Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now I am writing to—and about—salespeople here. But this idea could apply to anyone in any line of work. I know salespeople. I know what successful salespeople believe, and I know what unsuccessful salespeople believe. And unsuccessful salespeople believe they are victims.It’s Not Me, It’s YouUnsuccessful salespeople believe that they are victims. They believe that they are exceptionally good at what they do and, were it not for factors out of their control, they would be wildly successful. They believe that their beliefs, behaviors, and actions aren’t the reason for their failure, that it is something—or someone—outside them.They believe that were it not for the down economy, they would be making their number.Were it not for the territory that they’ve been given, they’d be selling like the devil.Were it not for their company’s pricing structure they’d be winning deal after deal after deal.Were it not for their prospective clients buying on price, their sales numbers would reflect the superstar that they really are.This list could go on forever. But what’s important to note here is that in every one of these cases the salesperson is the victim. They are the victim of a poor economy, a poor territory, pricing problems, how clients buy, or something else outside their control.Stop Victimizing YourselfIn all of the examples above the salesperson really is a victim. But they aren’t being victimized by the challenges they cite. These salespeople are really victims of their own poor belief system, their own poor personal psychology.By adopting a belief system built on the idea that you are powerless to overcome the challenges you face, you eliminate your responsibility to take action, to find a way to overcome those challenges. You also eliminate your ability to use your imagination, your resourcefulness, and your determination to succeed in spite of your perceived challenges. The problem with a victim mindset is that it does nothing to help you improve your results.You can’t control the economy, can you? No, but you do have more control over your personal economy than anyone else in the world. If you believe there is an opportunity for you to create value for other people, there are always opportunities.You can’t control the territory you draw. But you can control how well you capitalize on the opportunities that do exist in your territory.You can’t control your company’s business model. If you aren’t the low price provider—and it’s likely you’re not—then you have to sell to prospects that want to buy something more than price. You control who you target and sell to. You also control whether or not you create enough value to make you worth paying more to obtain.If you feel like you are a victim, chances are you’re right. But you’re not a victim of something outside yourself. You’re a victim of your own disempowering belief systems. Change those beliefs and you change your results.QuestionsWhat is your favorite excuse for poor results?What’s the biggest challenge you face, the one that you believe does the most to prevent you from succeeding?How are the people who are succeeding doing so while facing the very same challenges you face?What do you have to do to shed the poor beliefs that make you a victim and replace them with healthier, more empowering beliefs?
Also joining Jacolo in the St. Benilde paddlers squad are Serknight Benoy, Joshua Padilla, and James Sy with coach Rudolph Palermo calling the shots.Meanwhile, the Lady Red Paddlers cruised to their fifth straight women’s division championship led by coach Kurt de Guzman.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 shutoutTournament MVP Abrianne Dominique Nuevao anchored the San Beda crew, alongside Angelica Sanchez, Kryslyn Manez, and Rismae Bernal, in the 11-game winning streak.San Beda also conquered the juniors’ tournament, with MVP Ryan Daniel Jurado leading the Junior Red Paddlers to their seventh straight crown. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH St. Benilde and San Beda stamped their class in the NCAA Season 93 table tennis competition, ruling their respective divisions Tuesday at Harrison Plaza Activity Center in Manila.Tournament MVP Ryan Rodney Jacolo led the Blazers to their fourth straight crown in the men’s division in the 11-game sweep including the last win over Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Also-ran Mapua snaps 11-game skid, eliminates St. Benilde Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Hyderabad, May 31 (PTI) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is set to be elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh with the deadline for filing nominations for the biennial election ending today. Prabhu today filed the nomination as a BJP nominee, supported by the NDA partner TDP. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary of TDP and former Andhra Pradesh minister and Chowdarys fellow partyman T G Venkatesh, who too filed nomination papers at the AP Legislature here today, are also set to be elected to the Rajya Sabha. While Chowdary is seeking an election to the Upper House of Parliament for a second straight term, Venkatesh is going to make his maiden entry. Both are industrialists-turned-politicians. The candidates were accompanied by Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju; TDP General Secretary N Lokesh, son of party supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu; and AP BJP president K Haribabu as they filed the papers. The election, slated for June 11, is being held to fill four vacancies from AP. With a combined strength of 108 in the 176-member AP Assembly, the ruling TDP-BJP can comfortably bag three seats. The opposition YSR Congress has fielded its leader Vijaysai Reddy as its nominee for the sole seat it can win. His wife, Sunanda Reddy, also filed her nomination as a dummy candidate. She will later withdraw it, YSRCP MLC U Venkateswarlu said. (More) PTI SJR RS KRK SRY
This jewelry designer is also an architect Melecio, La Salle heave sigh of relief: Good thing Abando had big shoes MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catantan, who reaped MVP awards in the UAAP’s junior division for University of the East, posted on Facebook about her joy of winning the top prize.“My first Asian gold medal! My heart!” said Catantan in the postThis wasn’t Catantan’s first hardware in international competition after she bagged the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Samantha Kyle Catantan flashes her gold medal. Photo from her Facebook accountMANILA, Philippines—Samantha Kyle Catantan had a masterful performance en route to the gold medal in the Women’s individual foil competition in the Asian U23 Fencing Championships Thursday in Bangkok.The Philippines’ bet ruled South Korea’s Choi Yu Min, 15-9, in the final after overcoming Japan’s Choi Minseo, 15-14, in the semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments
Liverpool defender Joel Matip could return from his muscle injury sooner than expected, manager Juergen Klopp said as he ruled out the centre-back for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow.Matip, one of Liverpool’s first-choice centre-backs, was expected to be sidelined for a month after picking up the injury in the club’s 3-0 Premier League win at Stoke City last week but Klopp is hoping the 26-year-old can make a quicker recovery.”He has hurt his muscle. I don’t know how long exactly he’ll be out, but he’s definitely not playing Wednesday,” Klopp told the club’s website.”A month? No, I don’t think so. But as always, it’s possible. We have to wait.”But it’s possible that it will be shorter. We will see.”In Matip’s absence, midfielders Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can were part of a three-man defence in Liverpool’s 5-1 league win over Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday and Klopp praised the duo for their adaptability.”Emre needs to do that, like Gini can do that. They have to do it, we don’t have anybody else,” Klopp added. “I enjoyed it. It was like ‘wow, interesting’…”It was clear it wouldn’t be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system.”They did really well.”Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the Champions League and top of their group ahead of their final group match against Moscow.Liverpool, who are fourth in the league, host 10th-placed Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.advertisement
After returning to be with his wife for the birth of their newborn girl Samaira, Rohit Sharma had joined the India cricket team in the lead up to the three-match ODI series against Australia, starting January 12 in Sydney.When the new dad was speaking to the media in the first press conference ahead of the much-anticipated series, an Indian journalist won a lot of hearts when he presented a small toy to Rohit’s baby girl, Samaira.Towards the end of the press conference, the journalist walked up to Rohit and handed him the gift on behalf of all the touring journalists in Sydney. The India vice-captain called it a “sweet” gesture and thanked the journalist.Rohit had left for India after the third Test of the four-match series that India won 2-1. The 31-year-old missed the fourth Test in Sydney but rejoined the camp as he travelled to Australia with the rest of the ODI team members, including the likes of MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu.Happy papa @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/pGkukrQU7eSunandan Lele (@sunandanlele) January 10, 2019Shortly after arriving in Australia, Rohit sought “babysitter” Rishabh Pant’s help, saying his wife Ritika Sajdeh was looking for one back home.Pant became one of the major talking points of the Test series after he posed with Australia Test captain Tim Paine’s wife and kids in Sydney. Earlier in the series, Paine had sledged Pant, asking the India wicketkeeper whether he was available for babysitting. Paine’s wife, Bonnie shared a photograph of Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best Babysitter”.advertisementMorning buddy. Heard your a good baby sitter, need one right now. Ritika will be quite happy @RishabPant777 https://t.co/JkGWTYpnBkRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 9, 2019Meanwhile, Rohit, while speaking to the press earlier in the day, also heaped praise on Kuldeep Yadav and good friend, Yuzvendra Chahal’s contribution to India’s recent success in the limited-over formats. The vice-captain also pointed out that MS Dhoni’s guidance has helped the two wrist-spinners blossom.”Chahal and Kuldeep are both doing really well so somebody like Dhoni standing behind the stumps and helping those guys about what the batsman is trying to do, it makes a huge difference I think,” Rohit said.”These guys started playing for India in 2017 and since then they have done really well in and outside India. And one of the reasons for that is MS and how he has guided these two guys in the middle about how to keep things tight and field placements.”He has played a massive role ever since the time he has left captaincy.”Also Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso See:
Editors’ Recommendations Have you ever dreamed of having a man cave where you can relax alone or with your friends, a room equipped with a giant television, a fridge full of cold beers, and bar cart, and maybe even a little something on tap? Sadly, most of you don’t have the extra space in your home, but now there’s something even better in Las Vegas.It’s called The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats and it’s located in the Mirage Hotel & Casino. “Inspired by the 1920’s prohibition era, The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats is the newest man cave/sports bar that offers a vast selection of 50 beers- including 16 drafts and 25 crafts, ‘Hop-Tails’ which brings together the worlds of beer and liquor, along with specialty craft cocktails that include whiskey, bourbon and rum such as cinnamon infused whiskey called the Fire Water Fashion and a bourbon cocktail called Berry Bugsy,” say its reps. “At The Still, you drink straight out of a mason jar or tin, mirroring the prohibition era. Complete with a 24-foot airstream trailer, which will function as the kitchen serving household favorites with a twist, The Still will also have 22 flat screen TVs, which makes it the perfect sports bar to cheer on your favorite teams.”We don’t know about you guys, but The Still Craft, Drafts & Eats sounds even better than an actual man cave in your home. We’re definitely going to check it out next time we’re in Las Vegas. Fifty beers with 16 of them on draft and 25 craft, that sounds like our idea of heaven. The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
The Senate on Thursday, March 21, passed a Bill to prosecute persons involved in the illegal lottery scam.Some 14 amendments have been made and it will be sent back to the House for approval. The Bill Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act addresses, among other things: obtaining any property or inducing any person to confer any benefit on any person by false pretence; inviting or otherwise inducing a person to visit Jamaica for the purpose of committing an offence under the Act; and knowingly conducting a financial transaction with the proceeds of an offence.It also makes provision for powers of search and seizure and restitution, and for guilty persons to be fined and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for up to 25 years.In his comments, Government Senator, K.D. Knight, said he agreed with the provision of the Bill which states that a person charged with an offence under the Act will be committed for trial without any preliminary examination.“As a member of the legal profession I have heard some comments from some of my colleagues dealing with this, and expressing some discomfiture with it. But, I don’t share the discomfiture because it exists in the Gun Court Act. There is no preliminary enquiry on a charge of illegal possession of firearm,” Senator Knight said.He also argued that it has become necessary to increase the number of judges in order to deal with the level of cases that will arise from this illegal activity.For his part, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Senator Arthur Williams, emphasised that the Bill is needed to effectively tackle the crime that has become a scourge on the country.“This legislation is the culmination of efforts of law enforcement to tackle this problem that has been with us for some time now. The nature of the criminal minds involved in the lotto scam are constantly evolving and finding new ways to carry out their nefarious activities. Law enforcement must be one step ahead of them in order for us to effectively deal with this problem as a nation,” Senator Williams said.Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, in his remarks said he is concerned that offences committed under the Act will not be tried by jury, but instead by a single judge. “These offences are going to be harder to put together than your normal routine charge, so I only hope that when this becomes law, the prosecutors and the Supreme Court will have a better working relationship with the investigators, to ensure that the cases are properly put together,” he said.In his comments, Senator Lambert Brown raised concern that preliminary examination will not be facilitated under the Bill.“There is no magic in the single judge. We need to strengthen the (justice) system. Given the emergency that we face, I will vote for this Bill. This position is not to defend the criminals who are guilty; they must pay,” Senator Brown emphasised. Meanwhile, Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, in dealing with the levels of sentencing, said there is need for a strong deterrent, given the prevalence of the lottery scam.“We feel that the levels of sentencing that are in the Bill are appropriate for that purpose. They are not a minimum, they are indeed a maximum and there is full discretion given to the judge,” he said.On the matter of jury trial, the Justice Minister noted that this was not feasible, due to the nature of the crimes. “Where organised crime is involved and (there is) propensity for violence and intimidation, we will not have an effective trial if there is a jury,” Senator Golding argued.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter
Colombo: The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between November 15 and December 7, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said, clarifying that according to constitutional provisions the polls must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term. Deshapriya’s clarification on the constitutional provisions regarding the date for the next presidential elections came after President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters last week in New Delhi that the presidential polls is likely to take place on December 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ President Sirisena’s five-year term is scheduled to end on January 8, 2020. “The election must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term,” Deshapriya said, addressing the Voters’ Day events held at the south Colombo suburb of Moratuwa Saturday. “The nearest date the election can be held is November 15 as the November 10 is a Sunday and November 12 is a Poya Day (a Buddhist holy day). December 7 is the furthest day the election can be held,” Deshapriya said, adding the Election Commission would be permitted to hold the election on any day between November 15 and December 7. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Sirisena was elected for a 5 year-term on January 8, 2015 when he challenged the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former strongman had called snap elections two years ahead of the end of his second term. Sirisena backed by the then main Opposition United National Party (UNP) became the common Opposition candidate against his former boss Rajapaksa. Although Sirisena has not so far declared his intention for a re-run, his souring of relationship with the UNP of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that the UNP would be fielding its own candidate. Sirisena in October last year sacked Wickremesinghe, who elevated him to the presidency, and replaced him with Rajapaksa. The move led to a constitutional impasse which lasted over 50 days. After the intervention by the Supreme Court court, Wickremesinghe was restored as the prime minister. Sirisena speaking to reporters in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony said he had not decided on seeking another term in the election that is due by year-end. “I am not in a hurry to decide whether to stand,” Sirisena said. Sirisena has faced criticism over his leadership after a series of suicide bombings killed 258 people in the island nation on April 21.
New York: Cara Delevingne has confirmed that she has been in a relationship with Ashley Benson for a year. After making their relationship official on Instagram a few days ago after the supermodel-actor posted a clip of her kissing Benson in their film Her Smell, Delevingne declared love for the Pretty Little Liars star. Delevingne thanked Benson while accepting an award at the TRevorLIVE New York Gala recently, reported Teen Vogue. “I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are. She’s one of the people who helped me love myself when I need it most and I really needed it”.
The Canadian PressFORT MCMURRAY, Alta.—An ever-changing, volatile situation is fraying the nerves of residents and officials alike as a massive wildfire continues to bear down on the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta.In the wee hours this morning, weary evacuees from Fort McMurray were sitting on buses headed for Edmonton after being forced out of their temporary shelter in nearby Anzac.They had arrived there late Tuesday after being evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray. By Wednesday morning, the Anzac recreational centre was a bustling hub filled with people, tables of food and rows of cots.By that evening, it was eerily silent and empty.Officials with the Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo had been notified of changing weather patterns and weren’t taking chances, ordering the evacuation of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation.Anzac resident Bree Baumberger said her family was surprised when RCMP told them of the evacuation order Wednesday night.“They told us to get out—It is a safety issue,” she said. “They just want people to have enough time and not be like Fort McMurray where all of a sudden the fire is on you.”In another part of the community an RCMP cruiser rolled into Travis Vickrey’s yard.“Aren’t you aware of the evacuation order? It’s mandatory right now,” the Mountie said. “The fire is coming south.”Vickrey was annoyed at the short notice as he quickly packed three cats and other belongings into the family’s vehicle. They were heading to nearby Lac la Biche.Regional Mayor Melissa Blake urged “more patience in northern camps” as the move became a necessity. “No need for panic, just steady progress.”But as the province declared a state of emergency Wednesday, it was clear the situation that had forced the evacuation of 80,000 people was “unstable,” as Scott Long of Alberta Emergency Management told reporters.The wildfires that had already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Fort McMurray continued to do damage throughout the day. Reports of homes being burned mounted, while officials advised a new school being built in one neighbourhood had been destroyed.Residents anxious for updates on their own neighbourhoods turned to social media, prompting the writer of the municipality’s official Twitter feed to issue a plea: “I’m providing as much details as I can re: fire/neighbourhood/street … please be patient, we’re doing our absolute best.”There was good news—the water treatment plant was saved, and Long said the downtown core was being held “through some Herculean efforts” of firefighters. Most importantly, there was still no indication of injury or death.But the images being seen around the world were largely ones of devastation—scorched trucks, charred homes and telephone poles, burned out from the bottom up, hanging in the wires like little wooden crosses.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley flew up to survey the situation first-hand, and tweeted “heartbreaking” pictures of the fire from above. As high as her helicopter was, she said the plumes of smoke reached even higher.“So far, I’d have to say people have been amazing,” she said in the evening, after a visit with evacuees at a giant Edmonton sports arena.“They’ve been incredibly patient. They’ve followed what they’ve been asked to do. They’re focusing on taking care of each other, their families, their neighbours.”Blake agreed her city is strong and gave a shout-out to Slave Lake, another northern Alberta community devastated by wildfires in 2011.“We will hope to follow in the shadow of Slave Lake in our perseverance and resolve,” declared the mayor. “And as we look to the future, this is still a place of incredible strength, resiliency and vibrancy.”
TORONTO – The president of Tim Hortons says a plan to conquer a crowded Chinese coffee market hinges on tailoring its menu to local habits and tastes — including offering congee and matcha alongside signature items like double doubles.Alex Macedo believes the coffee chain’s plan to open 1,500 stores in Asia over the next decade will face lofty competition from a slew of companies who have dominated the market as the continent warms to drinking coffee.“We are late to the game for sure,” Macedo said in an interview with The Canadian Press.He’s made regular trips to Asia to observe the operations of rival coffee purveyors, including U.S. heavyweights Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts; Beijing-based start-up Luckin Coffee; and U.K. chain Costa Coffee.“They created an atmosphere that is almost get in and get out, and it is very fast paced,” he said, noting the tables and ambience differ from that in Canadian and U.S. cafes, where patrons tend to sit and linger with their cup of java.China’s coffeehouse atmosphere contrasts against the “home-y” feeling that Macedo wants to build to encourage customers to spend as much as time as they’d like at Tim Hortons Asian locations, a custom popular with many Canadian Tims regulars.“We want our team members to be the most welcoming staff in China,” said Macedo. “We want people to be able to sit in our restaurants for 10 hours if they want to with only one cup of coffee if they want to or not ordering a cup of coffee at all.”The company’s coffee has already proven popular in early overseas testing, he said, as have the brand’s iced cappuccino drinks.They will be featured on the menu alongside products featuring matcha — a tea-based powder that comes in a bright green hue and is a perennial favourite in Asia.The food selection will reflect local taste preferences, he said, adding the company has noticed Chinese consumers don’t eat baked goods or doughnuts as frequently as Canadians.A completely local breakfast and lunch menu will feature Asian-style rice porridge called congee.“A lot of (Asian) coffee shops will sell a piece of cake or whatever, but they don’t have a kitchen like we do, so that is where we are spending most of our time, trying to figure out what to serve for breakfast and lunch,” he said.Despite some of the adjustments the brand will have to make, food industry expert Robert Carter thinks the expansion makes sense because China’s growing middle class is willing to spend their increased wealth on eating out, and more people are starting to drink coffee over tea.However, Carter believes Tim Hortons needs to find a balance between serving local cuisine and signature Tim Hortons treats in order to succeed in China.He pointed to one menu item in particular: iced coffees.Research, he said, indicates it is the fastest-growing area for coffee, particularly with younger consumers.“They will try traditional brewed coffees, but it is really those coffee-based, sugary beverages that are driving them into coffee shops, not only in China, but in North America,” he said.“I would expect Tims to have a pretty aggressive portfolio with those types of beverages.”Tims announced an agreement last month with private equity firm Cartesian Capital to bring thousands of restaurants to China, with plans to open the first location in 2019.Tim Hortons has previously announced plans to expand to Spain, Mexico, Great Britain and the Philippines.Its U.S. expansion, however, appears to be faltering. Last month it closed four locations in Ohio, the latest in a string of closures south of the border in the past several years.In June, after reports parent company Restaurant Brands International was scaling back on its U.S. expansion plans, Macedo said in a statement that the company has seen softer comparable sales growth in the U.S. in more recent quarters amid a very competitive environment.Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region today received a new United Nations handbook that focuses on the role of human rights in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.Produced by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Handbook on HIV and Human Rights is designed to assist the region’s national human rights institutions to integrate HIV into their human rights mandates. Launched at the eighth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, being held in Colombo, the publication provides a basic overview of the role of human rights in an effective response to the HIV epidemic and suggests concrete activities that national institutions can carry out.“This is a critical time for national human rights institutions to engage in the AIDS response,” said Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director. “We have learned that we will not succeed against HIV unless we address discrimination, gender inequality and other human rights abuses that drive the epidemic. National human rights institutions need to be full partners in the day-to-day AIDS response.”United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour referred to the Handbook as “an essential guide for national institutions in their efforts to ensure that States are held accountable for protecting the rights of people living with HIV.”Also today at the Congress, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Purnima Mane, emphasized that HIV prevention efforts will be more effective if linked with sexual and reproductive health. “We know what it takes to break the silence about HIV,” said Ms. Mane. “Going beyond the silence into action is the only way we can face the future generations knowing that we are doing our best to ensure an AIDS-free generation. Let us never forget that prevention is for life.” During the International Congress, which is being held from 19 to 23 August in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, OHCHR, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNAIDS will be co-hosting a satellite event entitled “Unblocking the Barriers to Universal Access: the role of national human rights institutions.” The event, which includes the participation of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+), will address how national institutions can work with partners to address critical human rights issues in the AIDS response, and promote accountability, including to universal access. 22 August 2007Countries in the Asia-Pacific region today received a new United Nations handbook that focuses on the role of human rights in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
10 September 2011United Nations humanitarian agencies have begun to assist communities in southern Pakistan that have been pummelled by monsoon rains which have claimed the lives of almost 200 people and destroyed or damaged nearly one million homes in an area still recovering from last year”s catastrophic floods. An estimated 4.2 million acres of land have been inundated by floodwaters caused by torrential rains during the annual monsoon season, with Sindh province the hardest hit and Balochistan also badly affected. About 200,000 people are displaced from their homes and require immediate assistance.The Pakistani Government has called on the UN to support its own relief operations and a joint Pakistani-UN humanitarian team has visited some of the affected areas and met with local officials to discuss the disaster.The UN and Pakistan have begun a rapid needs assessment in Sindh, with shelter, food, water, sanitation, hygiene and health care expected to be the priorities.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which said that overall needs remain “huge,” reported that nutrition and promoting an early recovery in affected areas will also be key challenges.Timo Pakkala, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, said that after “seeing first hand today the devastation and vast amount of flood water in Sindh, now is a crucial time to stand in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and build on the lessons learned from the recent 2010 floods response to support the Government of Pakistan in their ongoing monsoon relief efforts.”Last year”s floods killed some 2,000 people and submerged about a fifth of the country”s land, affecting 20 million people in total.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A new report says Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility Nalcor is doing a better job of keeping track of the cost and the risks associated with its timetable for the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.However, the EY report released Thursday, also says the project still faces a high level of risk because of work complexity and the approach of the winter season.EY also says Nalcor has identified three risks not included in its June forecast, including significant protest unrest, vegetation and soil removal, and unforeseen directives from government.The report follows an interim report released in April 2016 that called for better oversight of a project that was significantly behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns.The hydro project, which is estimated to be about 78 per cent completed as of June, has ballooned in cost by about $5 billion since it was first approved five years ago.The EY report says changes made in planning and forecasting have improved the level of certainty around cost and the schedule to complete the project.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady says the report demonstrates “significant progress” in managing Muskrat Falls.“Since coming to office our government has worked methodically and diligently to ensure the Muskrat Falls project is managed with greater accountability and transparency,” Coady said in a news release.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team’s Big Ten slate hasn’t been kind to them this year. It was more of the same for the Buckeyes against Nebraska Thursday, as the Cornhuskers dropped OSU, 62-53. In the process, the Buckeyes lost their seventh conference game this season. They might be losing hope of a turnaround, too. “To be honest, it’s hard to come to practice and to try to be positive,” said OSU senior guard Amber Stokes. OSU, which sits 10th in the conference, struggled to match the Cornhuskers‘ (15-6, 5-3) marksmanship from behind the arc. En route to what is now a three-game winning streak for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers unloaded 25 3-point shots and connected on nine of them. That theme seemed apparent early in the contest. Less than two minutes into the game, the Cornhuskers scored two 3-pointers while the Buckeyes struggled to make a basket. OSU’s shots clanked off the iron time and time again, but for a while, it seemed Nebraska wasn’t faring much better. After the initial 10 minutes of the contest, though, when both teams only made 25 percent of their shots, the Cornhuskers improved to 38 percent of their shots and the Buckeyes to 33 percent. Nebraska, however, proved to be the more aggressive team in the first half, including a 5-of-13 outing from behind the arc. Conversely, OSU missed all seven of the 3-point attempts in the game’s first act. Despite OSU senior guard Tayler Hill’s 12 first-half points and junior center Ashley Adams’ eight points, the Cornhuskers continued to build a cushion between themselves and the Buckeyes and head into intermission leading, 34-24. It also didn’t help that OSU turned the ball over 10 times compared to Nebraska’s five miscues. The second half started off better for the Buckeyes, with a jumper by redshirt junior center Aleksandra Dobranic within the first ten seconds. On the subsequent possession, Nebraska turned the ball over, which translated into an easy layup for Hill, who finished the night with 22 points. But for every shot the Buckeyes made, the Cornhuskers had an answer. Their lead, which withstood a 41 percent outing from the floor from OSU, never fell below six points for the rest of the half. Part of that had to do with Nebraska junior forward Jordan Hooper’s season-high 28 points. “My teammates did a really good job of finding me and I just shot it,” Hooper said after the game. OSU head coach Jim Foster said that he thought OSU’s defense was weak on Hooper. “I don’t think we did a great job of identifying where Hooper was. And when you have a player like that, you don’t start your defense under the 3-point line, you start it one foot outside the 3-point line,” Foster said. “That just comes with experience and understanding and making decisions. And hopefully we learn something from them.” The Buckeyes (11-10, 1-7 Big Ten) are now 10-3 at home this season. OSU is set to next take on Indiana Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., at 2 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An argument between two men inside a McDonald’s in Fort Lauderdale spiraled into gun violence, sending one of them to the hospital.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the fast food restaurant along West Broward Boulevard and Southwest First Avenue, just before 10 p.m., Thursday.Officials said there was a verbal altercation that took a dramatic turn when one of them took out a firearm and shot the victim.Rescue crews transported the victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.Police are now on the hunt for the gunman.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Over the Fourth of July weekend we learned two high profile Baltimoreans, connected intimately to the criminal justice system lost loved ones to violence.Baltimore Police spokesman, T.J. Smith delivers the horrific news of homicides, that devastates families, because it is part of his job. But, tragically for Smith on July 2, it was his turn to receive the dreaded news nobody wants to hear. Smith was actually working when he found out his younger brother, Dionay Smith, 24 was fatally shot.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“Of course I’m upset, angry, mad, and all those things. But, I can only channel the negative into the positive and pray for the soul of the person responsible for this,” Smith said via Facebook.“He (the murderer) ruined his life for something small and petty, no doubt. So, many young people lack the foresight to understand the gravity of their poor decision making,” Smith added.According to Smith, his younger brother had three small children and was working two jobs to support his family.The day before Smith was murdered, yet another young Black man was gunned down, shot in the back in the early hours of July 1. And this one hurt me to my heart.The media has seized upon the fact that Louis “Cody” Young, 22, was the stepson of skilled defense attorney Warren Brown. And I’ve covered Brown’s notable career for several years. But, I met Cody’s family even before I began reporting on Brown.I visited the house Cody grew up in, the morning of July 5, and sat with his grandfather, veteran attorney William Dorsey. His wife, Cody’s grandmother Betty (Ms. Betty to me), was still asleep. I sat in the family room of their home and stared at the walls filled with photos of their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. There he was; Cody, that rambunctious little boy, with the mischievous grin and round face that lit up like the moon when he smiled broadly.Also, among the family photos on the Dorsey’s wall were numerous photos of Cody’s mother Donyelle Brown; from the time she was a baby, to a teenage beauty queen, a young bride and a young mother. Cody and his older sister Leah, were and still are the shining lights of her life.Cody, the rugged little boy with the mischievous grin, grew up to be a big, strong young man and an outstanding football player. Donyelle was so proud of him. Now, the mother has to bury her only son because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.Behind every homicide “number” there’s a story and a family somewhere, whose world has been torn asunder.Almost exactly 13 years ago, June 22, 2004, me and my family found out my beloved mother, Leslie was murdered in her home. Her killer is unknown, her murder remains unsolved. Tragically, our story is only one of hundreds, thousands of families that have lost loved ones, irreplaceable, to the wanton violence Baltimore is now famed for.Behind every homicide number, there’s a story…I still remember our first Thanksgiving (her favorite holiday) without my mother. I almost died of heartbreak. Since then, I have prayed that nobody I know, nobody that I love would have to endure that type of pain. Because the ebbing away of that pain is a slow, often tortuous process.But, the pain does subside, eventually and you move forward. But, the pain never fully goes away. You just learn to live with it.Yet, that is little solace to those experiencing the first waves of catastrophic heartbreak, when a loved one is snatched away because of violence.Homicide is not a numbers game.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of, “First Edition,” which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.
One of the more interesting things to come from this year’s NBA 2K release is a feature called Facescan. If you own a PlayStation Camera for your PS4 or a Kinect for your Xbox One, this feature allows you to scan your face into the game and superimpose it on your player of choice.Unfortunately, like just about every other iteration of this technology, the software isn’t exactly living up to the hype. Instead, users are discovering that the photos being added to their players look more like something you’d see in a horror film.The problem with any software that uses photos of your face to create a 3D object is often the inability to deal with every possible environment. Lighting has to be perfect, you can’t have complex 3D structures in the background, and your face needs to be held at just the right angle in order for everything to work.While NBA 2K15 offers you some basic pointers for getting a successful Facescan, you still basically need to either crouch down and lean in to your console camera or lift it up to your height for the best possible photos. Even then, as many have discovered, this system is still fairly flawed.Unfortunately there’s not an easy way to solve this problem, especially when you consider how relatively low res the cameras in both the PS Camera and the Kinect are. These are cameras that only really need to capture 1080p video, and so the ability to take photos is fairly limited.It would be amazing if somehow you could import photos from second screen apps on your Android phone or iPhone, but for now I guess we can all just sit back and watch this train wreck together.
1. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.2. A Letter From Santa Claus – Mark Twain His elder daughter, Suzy Clemens, was born in Elmira, New York, and lived a short life, dying at the age of 23 from meningitis. In childhood, Suzy often had poor health, similar to her mother. At 13, she wrote a biography of her father, which was included as par of Twain’s Chapters From My Autobiography. Mark Twain wrote a letter to his daughter, which he sent from Santa Claus, during one of her childhood illnesses.3. Papa Panov’s Special Christmas – Leo Tolstoy This is a very thoughtful story, based on the Bible text ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me water’ which Jesus used to make us understand how we should serve him by serving each other. The story of Papa Panov is an excellent way to introduce young children to the principles of kindness.4. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is the seventh story of 12 in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The plot revolves around a rare blue carbuncle (a type of semi precious stone) going missing. Watson visits Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after the hat and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat it, but comes back later with the carbuncle. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 5. Christmas Day in the Morning – Pearl S. Buck A heartwarming story about sacrifice and the spirit of giving. In Christmas Day in the Morning, Buck has captured the spirit of Christmas in this elegant, heartwarming story about a boy’s gift of love.6. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs The story is told through picture, action and music. A groundbreaking publication depicting the birth and development of a beautiful but fragile friendship between a young boy, James, and the Snowman he has built in his back garden.7. A Kidnapped Santa Claus – L. Frank Baum Christmas-themed short story written by L. Frank Baum. It is a continuation of the story set forth in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, telling how Santa Claus was kidnapped by ‘Daemons’ in a plan to make children unhappy. It has been called one of Baum’s most beautiful stories and constitutes an influential contribution to the mythology of Christmas.8. The Holy Night – Selma Lagerlof One cold winter’s night, a cruel and hard-hearted shepherd is amazed by some strange happenings. A man comes looking for wood for a fire to warm his wife and newborn baby, and following the man back to his cold grotto, the shepherd discovers the true spirit of Christmas.9. The Christmas Rose – Lizzie Deas On a cold December night, everybody was coming to see their new Savior and brought Him all kinds of gifts and presents. A shepherd maiden had also come to see the Christ Child but she was very poor and had nothing to offer the child. An angel took pity on her and gently brushed aside the snow at her feet, from where a beautiful cluster of waxen white winter roses sprang up with pink tipped petals. He softly whispered to her that these Christmas roses are more valuable than any myrrh, frankincense or gold for they are pure and made of love.10. The Nutcracker and The Mouse King – E.T.A Hoffman The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann in which young Marie Stahlbaum’s favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.