Underestimating the Value of Being a Great Salesperson

first_imgYou have a great offering. Your competitor also has a great offering.You have a tried and true sales process. Your competitor has a tried and true sales process, too.You are using the latest and greatest sales methodology. Your competitor is also using the shiny new “new” thing.Your sales force automation is a modern marvel. Everything you use is integrated into a beautiful, sleek interface with custom dashboards. Your competitor’s SFA is a dead ringer for yours. Only the company logo is different.You are equipped with the best technology that money can buy. Well, how about that. Ditto your competitor; they’re equally well equipped.The Difference: You.We tend to overestimate the impact of some things on sales results and greatly underestimate what’s most important. In any sales organization where the above statements are true, they’re true for every salesperson on the sales team. That means the difference in results is something else, even in your sales organization.The difference that makes a difference is you, the salesperson. It’s helpful to have a great offering, an effective sales process, good methodologies, and great technology. But it isn’t a substitute for the value created by a great salesperson sitting face-to-face with their dream client.If you want to improve something that will immediately and irrevocably improve your sales results, you start with the greatest asset you will ever have for producing results: You. You becoming the best ever version of yourself will do more to improve your sales results than anything else.QuestionsWhat do you substitute for developing your sales skills?What accounts for the difference in sales results between salespeople in the same organization? Different organizations?If you could change one thing that would massively improve your results, what would you change?How much does the salesperson account for in the decision to buy?last_img read more

PM’s role sought for settling food account

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the settlement of ₹ 31,000 crore food account for procurement of wheat and paddy, which he said was wrongly taken over by the previous Akali Dal-BJP government instead of being adjusted between the State and the Union governments.₹31,000 crore“The ₹31,000 crore included ₹12,000 crore principal and ₹19,000 crore interest amount,” the Chief Minister said, pointing out that the sum was on account of non-adjustment of accounts for procurement done by the State agencies for the Food Corporation of India from 2003-2004 onwards.At a meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi, Capt. Amarinder said that he had been pursuing the matter ever since taking over as the Chief Minister and it was now pending with the Union Finance Ministry.He added that the State was already facing an annual interest payment liability of Rs.324 crore and the total pay-off might touch ₹65,000 crore, which was totally untenable for the State.Special packageThe Chief Minister also raised the demand for a special package for the development of the border areas of Punjab in view of the fact that the State has an active International Border with several thickly populated areas located close to it.Debt waiverRaising the problems being faced by farmers in the State, Capt. Amarinder presented a request for a national debt waiver scheme, besides making the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana 100% centrally funded.last_img read more

Lopetegui: Courtois? I’ll only speak of phenomenal Navas

first_imgJulen Lopetegui has refused to discuss the prospect of Thibaut Courtois arriving at Real Madrid and insists the club has complete faith in goalkeeper Keylor Navas.As reported by Goal, Belgium international Courtois has not reported for training with Chelsea this week amid intense speculation he is set to swap Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking after his team’s 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday , new Madrid coach Lopetegui would not be drawn on the transfer rumours regarding the former Atletico Madrid loan star.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “As I’ve said, I don’t speak about players who do not belong to Real Madrid. I’ll only speak about the ones who are at Real Madrid and today is no different,” he said.”Did you see him today? Keylor is our goalkeeper. He’s here. There is no other goalkeeper we can talk about. Keylor, Kiko [Casilla], Luca [Zidane] and [Andriy] Lunin are the ones I can speak about.”Keylor is phenomenal. He’s been phenomenal all pre-season. He’s an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to be with Real Madrid and we’re delighted to have him with us.”Goal understands that Chelsea will activate Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause as they look for a replacement for Courtois.The move would break the club’s transfer record, set last season when the Blues signed Alvaro Morata in an initial £58m ($75m) deal, potentially rising to £70m ($90m), from Real Madrid.It would also make Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, less than a month after Alisson made the £65m (€73m/$85m) move from Roma to Liverpool.last_img read more

Focused on Flamengo despite Real Madrid C.F. deal, says Vinicius Junior

first_imgTeenage sensation Vinicius Junior said he will not let the publicity surrounding his future move to Real Madrid affect his form for Brazilian club Flamengo.The Spanish giants this week agreed to sign Vinicius for 46 million euros, but the 16-year-old will remain at Flamengo until July 2019, reports Xinhua news agency.”I’m not thinking about that yet. Sometimes the thought of a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo or [Toni] Kroos comes to mind, but right now I’m only thinking about Flamengo. In one or two years from now I can think about Real Madrid, the forward told reporters here on Thursday.Vinicius was an unused substitute in Flamengo’s 2-1 victory over Atletico Goianiense in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday.Flamengo coach Ze Ricardo was jeered by some fans late in the match for his decision not to use the star.”I said from the very start that we need to be calm. It was in the club’s planning to have him available in the Brazilian Serie A,” Ricardo said.”We will continue with that [way of thinking]. He has already shown that he is adapting and to watch a game from the bench is part of his maturing process,” he added.last_img read more

BWF World Tour Finals: Sameer Verma thrashes Tommy Sugiarto to stay in knockouts race

first_imgIndia’s Sameer Verma dished out a dominating performance to outclass Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to keep his hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive at the BWF World Tour Finals here Thursday.World No.14 Sameer, who qualified for the tournament at the last moment after defending his title at the Syed Modi International last month, looked at ease against the 10th ranked Sugiarto, defeating him 21-16 21-7 in a 40-minute Group B clash.The 24-year-old Indian, who had lost the opening match against world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota, will face Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen next on Friday. He had defeated Wangcharoen en route to his Swiss Open title but lost at the Thailand Open this year.Sameer had come into the tournament with a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Indonesian and he looked comfortable as his sharp game made life difficult for his opponent.The Indian lagged 1-3 and 5-6 initially but he soon wrested the lead with four straight points before entering the break at 11-7.Sugiarto stried to stage a comeback and narrowed the deficit to 16-17 but Sameer reeled off the remaining four points to earn the bragging rights.In the second game, Sugiarto again took a slender 5-3 advantage early on but the Indian soon stamped his authority to move from 7-6 to 16-6 with a nine-point burst and then slammed the door on his rival with another five straight points.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu will take on World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a Group A women’s singles match later in the day.advertisementThe top two players from each group will qualify for the semifinals, after which a knockout draw will be conducted.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket now: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar knows a thing or two about being a ‘boy wonder’, as he gave his seal of approval on India’s young stars — Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.The pair made a big splash at the Under-19 ICC World Cup in 2018, which India won. Since then Prithvi and Shubman have only grown from strength to strength.Prithvi and Shubman both got picked up for big sums in Indian Premier League. Prithvi went to Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for a whopping INR 1.2 crore, while Shubman went to Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore. Shubman scored 203 runs from 11 games for KKR, while Prithvi made 245 runs in 9 matches for Delhi Capitals.As for their senior record for India, Prithvi made a stunning debut in Tests as he hit a century and became youngest Indian to do so. He went onto aggregate 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.50 against the West Indies. Shubman has played only two one day internationals for India, although he did have scores of 7 and 9 – his promise as an Indian mainstay will not be judged on these two games.Master Blaster Tendulkar has come out in praise of the Prithvi and Shubman, saying that the pair should enjoy their cricket.”I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar said in an interview with Timesofindia.com.advertisement”Shubman also played a crucial role in last year’s U-19 World Cup and has had a good domestic season, so both of them (Prithvi and Shubman) have a lot of potential. Having said that, these boys have just started playing for India and they should enjoy their cricket,” Tendulkar added.Earlier, Team India skipper Virat Kohli had praised Prithvi and Shubman, saying that he wasn’t even 10 per cent of what the youngsters are when he was of their age.Also Watch:last_img read more

Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur make Newcombe medal history

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Topics Read more Young guns Ashleigh Barty and Alex De Minaur have been named as joint winners of the Newcombe medal on a historic night for Australian tennis. Judges were unable to split the pair after both enjoyed stellar seasons, ensuring Australian tennis’ highest individual honour was shared for the first time in the award’s nine-year history.Barty joins former US Open champion and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur (2010, 2011, 2012) as only the second multiple recipient after ending 2018 as Australia’s highest-ranked player at No 15 in the world. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Share on Pinterest Last year’s Newcombe medallist won the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, another singles title on grass in Nottingham as well as four doubles titles – including her maiden grand slam alongside American Coco Vandeweghe in New York.Barty amassed 46 singles wins for the season, reaching the Sydney final, semi-finals in Strasbourg, Montreal and Wuhan and making a career-best fourth-round run at the US Open in addition to her two title successes.De Minaur could not be denied either after being named the ATP’s newcomer of the year following his meteoric rise from No 208 to a career-high 31st in the rankings in 2018.The 19-year-old’s breakout season began with runs to the Brisbane semi-finals and Sydney final, which earned the teenager a Davis Cup debut, where he pushed then-world No 4 Alexander Zverev to five sets. He also reached the Washington final before rounding out his year with a runner-up showing at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.US Open quarter-finalist John Millman, who climbed to a career-high No 33 in the world after his stunning win over Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, and wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott, who won a sixth grand slam title this year, were the other nominees for the top gong on Monday night.A highlight of the night at Melbourne’s Crown Casino was the presentation of the spirit of tennis award to retired ace Casey Dellacqua for her outstanding achievements both on and off the court.Darren Cahill, who guided women’s world No 1 Simona Halep to her breakthrough grand slam crown at the French Open, won the coaching excellence award. Ashleigh Barty Since you’re here…center_img Australia sport Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ash Barty tipped to join exclusive tennis grand slam club Share on Messenger Tennis Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Coutinho out, no Keita in – Liverpool lack creativity

first_imgLiverpool Coutinho out, no Keita in: Liverpool’s lack of creativity costs them while Man United and Arsenal push on Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:57 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Salah Liverpool Premier League Swansea City v Liverpool Swansea City Opinion Jurgen Klopp’s side were directionless in a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City, where they lacked intelligence, improvisation and incision With Manchester United announcing the signing of Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal concurrently unveiling Henrikh Mkhitaryan as their prize from a drawn-out swap deal, the pressure was on Liverpool to make a sizeable statement as well.This was further emphasised by Chelsea edging closer to recruiting Eden Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri from Roma, while Manchester City held talks to bring their summer transfer business forward.Jurgen Klopp’s side were not going to make a move in the market on Monday, and so, had to seize the opportunity to underscore their ambitions at Swansea City in the evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While their top-four rivals looked for ways to enhance their options, the Merseysiders directed the spotlight on their shortcomings in a deplorable performance at the Liberty Stadium.Having deservedly ended Manchester City’s 30-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League last week, Liverpool were then deservedly undone 1-0 by the bottom club.The same line-up that provided buckets of dynamism against Pep Guardiola’s side – with the only change being the inclusion of £75 million Virgil van Dijk for the ill Dejan Lovren – were penurious in every respect against the relegation strugglers.They lacked creativity, verve, incision, composure and – strangely given their imperious form heading into the fixture – confidence in their way.For all the applauding over Liverpool’s ousting of City sans Philippe Coutinho following his £142m move to Barcelona, the club’s midfield was painfully in need of the playmaker’s attributes against Swansea.Swansea LiverpoolOf course, they have lost these frustrating types of games with him in the line-up too, but there can be no arguments that the 25-year-old was capable of conjuring the moment to blow apart the opposition’s blueprint.He contributed nine first-half goals before his switch to Camp Nou, and it was in the opening 45 that Liverpool practically surrendered maximum points with Alfie Mawson converting Swansea’s first shot on target of the game.The failed attempt to advance Naby Keita’s move from July 1 to this month illustrated the fact that the Reds were aware they needed to inject more ambition into their midfield.While RB Leipzig’s lynchpin is vastly different from the Brazilian, they share the ability of playing the game in the future and beating multiple markers to make things happen.Liverpool’s midfield three of Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrived in the intense battle against the leaders, but with 72% possession and tasked with taking all the initiative against their hosts on Monday, they were defective.Swansea LiverpoolCan tried to do too much with little efficiency, while the other two played as many passes in the opposition half combined as left-back Andy Robertson managed.Liverpool’s lack of quality supply was compounded by a continued flow of bad decisions with everyone on the pitch culpable.  Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have scored 50 goals between them in all competitions this season, but it felt as though they could have been given another half against Carlos Carvalhal’s men and still come up short.“We talk about tactical discipline and everybody thinks it’s about defence, that’s right, it’s a big part, but as well it’s offensive things, especially when you are a possession team like we are in a game like this,” Klopp said post-match.“It’s clear where you start, where you have to be in each moment. It’s not mathematics but it’s clear where we can cause them problems. Swansea knows to win this game today they needed our help and unfortunately we helped them.”It was a collective failing from Liverpool at the worst possible moment – after the teams above them and Arsenal all won this weekend, while additionally working on strengthening their positions.2 – Two of the last three occasions the team starting the day bottom of the Premier League table has beaten a team in the top four have been Swansea vs Liverpool (today and January 2017). Quirky.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 22, 2018For context, it is vital to highlight that this was the club’s first defeat in 18 matches and no side are immune from having an off day.The issue is that there is so little margin for error at the top table. City are comfortably in the distance, United now have a six-point advantage over Liverpool, and Chelsea are now three ahead. Tottenham are two adrift of the Reds, with Arsenal five off the pace. Besides the tight top-four contest, Klopp also has the Champions League knockout round and the FA Cup to factor in.The manager will know his charges are countless levels above the display delivered in Wales, but it has to be concerning that they were so devoid of ideas against the kind of obstructive approach they will face ad nauseam until the end of the campaign.Explaining his tactics for the clash, Swansea boss Carvalhal remarked: “When we studied Liverpool, I told the players that they are a really strong team – like a Formula One car. But a F1 car in London traffic at 4pm does not run well. If they have space like in Formula One, we would lose three or four-nil. So we have to put them in traffic. We have to make them play the way they don’t like.”Liverpool couldn’t solve this dilemma on Monday night and, if more aimless showings follow, questions will rightly be asked over why more wasn’t done in January to ensure there were greater options to crack this kind of conundrum. 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Ayew returns to Swansea in club-record deal

first_imgTransfers Ayew returns to Swansea in club-record deal from West Ham Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 05:26 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) andreayew - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Swansea City West Ham United Premier League African All Stars After 18 months in London the Ghana international has returned to Wales, where he will play alongside brother Jordan Swansea City have broken their transfer record to bring Andre Ayew back to the club from West Ham.Ayew has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after the Swans paid a reported £18 million for his services.The Hammers forked out £20.5m – then a club record – for the Ghana international 18 months ago, and the midfielder has only started 25 Premier League games since. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A hamstring injury suffered on his West Ham debut affected his momentum last term and Ayew has only started three league games since David Moyes took over at London Stadium.Ayew scored 12 goals in 34 league games in his previous, solitary season at the Liberty Stadium after signing on a free from Marseille and joins a Swans side on the up after victories over Liverpool and Arsenal, which vaulted them out of the Premier League’s relegation zone on Tuesday.The Ghana international will also have the opportunity to play alongside his younger brother Jordan, who is in his second season with the Swans after joining from Aston Villa in 2017.last_img read more

All Aboard: Bills Khakis x Mulholland

first_img The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home We love designer collaborations, especially when they involve two brands we know are dedicated to high quality and superior craftsmanship. This exciting partnership is between Bills Khakis, a brand that specializes in American-made sportswear, and Mulholland, the California based luxury leather brand – and the collection has our names written all over it.Bills Khakis has partnered up with Mulholland to create a specialty travel collection, filled with fall essentials. Rugged waxed canvas is dipped in paraffin wax for added strength and water resistance. Quilted twill tops and zippers galore, not to mention plenty of storage. But what is it that gives this rugged collaboration an extra push? The bags are hand sewn – and that screams dedication. So lets get into the details.Berkeley Duffel – Your new travel companion. This bag was built in San Francisco and will carry all of your items comfortably. The size is perfect; fitting everything you need, while still stowing perfectly into an overhead department. There are three outside zip pockets, one of which is deep enough to stash a pair of shoes. The rolled leather handles make hand carrying a breeze and each piece will develop a unique look due to the waxes in the canvas, which will develop handsome patina overtime.Dopp Kit – Never underestimate the power of a good dopp kit. Razor (check), toothpaste, (check), swagger (double-check) – carry all of your grooming must haves in this quilted toiletry bag. The paraffin waxed coated canvas will deflect any moisture and you’ll keep you basic needs in check with a dapper dopp kit.Officer’s Bag- If you can’t get enough Bills Khaki x Mulholland, then don’t limit yourself to their travel accessories – you can use this workbag everyday. The canvas material will evolve overtime, hold all of your stuff, withstand the elements, and the lightweight material will help prevent pinched nerves. Most importantly, you’ll look good. And that’s all that really matters after all.All of these products are available at select specialty stores nationwide, and of course on BillsKhakis.com Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Kargil seeks to shrug off its war zone tag claim place as

first_imgLeh: Keen to shrug off its “war zone” tag, around 500 families in Kargil are looking to the Centre to pump funds and promote the region as a tourist destination internationally after the move to accord it Union Territory status.During the tourism minister’s three day visit to Leh last week, tour operators and hoteliers from the region appealed to him to focus on Kargil, which they claimed is still living in the shadow of the 1999 Kargil war between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Even 20 years after the war, if you type Kargil in a search engine, the first result that pops up is Kargil war. That is so unfair to the people of the region whose mainstay is tourism. Because of the war zone tag, we have never realised our potential of being a tourist destination despite the region having various places of interest,” said Ashraf Ali from the All Kargil Travel, Trade Association. The Kargil war lasted for nearly three months, killed more than 500 Indian and nearly 400 Pakistani soldiers, and ended with India pushing back Pakistani fighters to the other side of the LoC successfully. While Pakistan called its operation to take over the control of Indian posts along the LoC as Operation Badr, India called its offensive Operation Vijay. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWith the Narendra Modi government according Leh and Kargil Union Territory status on August 5, both these previous districts of Jammu and Kashmir hope to come out of the shadow of violence associated with the Valley. However, for Kargil, the focus is now to ensure that it gets its share from the union government and is not overshadowed by Leh, which, they claimed was now the Centre’s darling. “In all the discussions that are going on, it is Leh and not Kargil that is in focus. We have the Aryan Valley, the Suru Valley, Drass, Zanskar Valley which could be promoted as tourist destinations. Also, we have three Buddha rock carvings which are the last such carvings after the Bamyan statues were destroyed in Afghanistan by the Taliban. These statues have been left unprotected and unpreserved,” said Md Hasnen Rangyul, a hotelier who was part of the delegation from the region. While Kargil gets around 1.25 lakh tourists every year, it is usually treated as a “transit camp”, they said. Kargil is placed midway between Leh and Srinagar and thus used by tourists as a resting point before their onward journey. “All we get are tourists who stay the night at our hotels and leave the next morning after breakfast. That’s not tourism, its like treating the region as a transit camp. Around 3000 foreigners from Japan, Korea come to Kargil to see the Buddha carvings and also enjoy the apricot blooming season. We want the government to promote us internationally and include us in its various circuits,” said Ali. However, surprisingly, it is Bollywood that is giving them some solace, specially Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. While parts of Johar’s earlier film, Kalank was shot here, it is ironically a film on Capt Vikram Batra who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War, which is giving the region some succour. “The entire team is shooting there for months. So, as this news comes, we want to tell the international community and the domestic tourists to come to Kargil and stay here. We have around 30 hotels, beautiful peaks which are covered with snow for 12 months and people who are immensely hospitable. Kargil’s area is 15000 sq km, bigger than Kashmir Valley and is as beautiful,” appealed Ali. The government on its part has promised equal distribution of opportunities and funds for Leh and Kargil, assuring the stakeholders in both the regions that the focus is on boosting tourism. Come November 1, when the PM is expected to announce the modalities for the two regions as UTs, Kargil will be hoping it gets enough to resurrect and reinvent itself as one of India’s prime tourist destinations. PTIlast_img read more

Christian bakers in gay cake row did not discriminate against samesex marriage

The Christian owners of a bakery have won an appeal at the UK’s highest court over a finding that they discriminated against a customer by refusing to make a cake decorated with the words “Support Gay Marriage”.Five Supreme Court justices allowed a challenge by the McArthur family in a unanimous ruling in London on Wednesday in what has become widely known as the “gay cake case”.The legal action was originally brought against family-run Ashers bakery in Belfast by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who won his case initially in the county court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.Announcing the court’s decision, its president, Lady Hale, said: “This conclusion is not in any way to diminish the need to protect gay people and people who support gay marriage from discrimination.”It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.”But that is not what happened in this case.”She went on: “As to Mr Lee’s claim based on sexual discrimination, the bakers did not refuse to fulfil his order because of his sexual orientation.”They would have refused to make such a cake for any customer, irrespective of their sexual orientation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the end the cake supporting gay marriage was made by a different bakery The legal action against Ashers was taken by Mr Lee with support from Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission.Controversy first flared when Mr Lee, a member of the LGBT advocacy group QueerSpace, ordered a cake in 2014 featuring Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia.His order was accepted and he paid in full but, two days later, the company called to say it could not proceed due to the message requested. He said that the ruling made him feel like a “second class citizen” in Northern Ireland, adding: “I think this has consequences for everyone. Anyone can walk into a shop – you shouldn’t have to work out if you’re going to be served based on their religious beliefs. I am confused.”Ashers general manager Mr McArthur thanked God outside court, saying he knew all along he had done nothing wrong. Lady Hale added: “The bakers could not refuse to supply their goods to Mr Lee because he was a gay man or supported gay marriage, but that is quite different from obliging them to supply a cake iced with a message with which they profoundly disagreed.” Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland where same-sex marriage is outlawed, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s DUP allies staunch opponents of changing the law.Reaction: Who is saying what about the ruling? Gareth Lee “We’re particularly pleased the Supreme Court emphatically accepted what we’ve said all along – we did not turn down this order because of the person who made it, but because of the message itself.”The judges have given a clear signal today. In fact it couldn’t be any clearer. Family businesses like ours are free to focus on giving all their customers the best service they can – without being forced to promote other people’s campaigns.”I know a lot of people will be glad to hear this ruling today, because this ruling protects freedom of speech and freedom of conscience for everyone.”On behalf of my family can I say thank you to everyone who has supported us or prayed for us through all this.”We want to move on from this now, and I’m sure Mr Lee does as well. And let me finish by saying that he will always be welcome at any of our shops.”Arlene FosterDUP leader Arlene Foster said the judgment was “historic and seminal”.She tweeted: “This has been a long journey for everyone involved in the case. I commend Amy & Daniel McArthur for their grace and perseverance. This now provides clarity for people of all faiths and none.” Amy and Daniel McArthur, owners of the Belfast bakeryCredit:Eddie Mulholland The court also said Mr Lee had no claim against Ashers on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion, but speaking outside of court, the customer said: “This was never a campaign. I had no idea when I ordered the cake that this would happen.” Gareth Lee In the original court case, the firm was judged to have discriminated against Mr Lee and was ordered to pay damages of £500.Mounting an unsuccessful challenge at the Court of Appeal in Belfast in 2016, Ashers contended that it never had an issue with Mr Lee’s sexuality, rather the message he was seeking to put on the cake.Mr Scoffield told the justices that the case, a simple transaction, raised an issue of principle since those with deeply-held religious or philosophical convictions could be compelled to act against their beliefs.Robin Allen QC, for Mr Lee, said: “This was a relatively small incident in his life which has become enormously significant and continues to be so.”That is a heavy burden to bear for one individual.” Gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who had his request for a cake with a support for same-sex marriage refused by the bakery, said: “To me, this was never about a campaign or a statement. All I wanted was to order a cake in a shop that sold cakes to order.”I paid my money, my money was taken and then a few days later it was refused.”That made me feel like a second-class citizen.”I’m concerned not just for the implications for myself and other gay people, but for every single one of us.”Daniel McArthurOutside court, Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur said: “I want to start by thanking God. He has been with us during the challenges of the last four years. Through the Bible and the support of Christians, He has comforted us and sustained us. He is our rock and all His ways are just.”We’re delighted and relieved at today’s ruling. We always knew we hadn’t done anything wrong in turning down this order. After more than four years, the Supreme Court has now recognised that and we’re very grateful. Grateful to the judges and especially grateful to God. Amy and Daniel McArthur, owners of the Belfast bakery Daniel and Amy McArthur, who have said the law risked “extinguishing” their consciences, were in court for the ruling.Mr Lee was also present for the latest ruling in a case which has attracted enormous attention.The bakery’s appeal against the finding of discrimination was heard at the Supreme Court sitting in Belfast in May.During the hearing the justices were told that the owners were being forced to act against their religious beliefs.David Scoffield QC, for Ashers, argued that the state was penalising the baking firm, with the courts effectively compelling or forcing them to make a cake bearing a message with which they disagree as a matter of religious conscience. The "gay cake" - this one made by another bakery - with the design Support Gay Marriage with the faces of Sesame Streets Bert and Ernie The Rainbow ProjectThe Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland’s largest support organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, expressed its disappointment at the Supreme Court ruling.Director John O’Doherty said: “Ashers agreed to make the cake. They entered into a contractual agreement to make this cake and then changed their mind.”While sympathetic as some may be to the position in which the company finds itself, this does not change the facts of the case.”We believe this is direct discrimination for which there can be no justification. We will however take time to study this judgment by the Supreme Court to understand fully its implications for the rights of LGBT people to access goods, facilities and services without discrimination.”We do not believe that this matter should have been brought to court. We believe that Ashers bakery should have accepted the Equality Commission’s invitation to engage in mediation, where a remedy could have been found without the expense and division surrounding this court case.”However, most damaging of all has been the attempt by politicians to use this case to justify amending the law to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people with the so-called ‘conscience clause.”‘Peter LynasPeter Lynas, director of Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland, said: “This is a win for everyone, no-one should be forced to say something that they disagree with. Gareth Lee felt ‘like a second-class citizen’Credit:Eddie Mulholland “It is disappointing that this case has been pitched as Christians versus the LGBT community.”This ruling affirms that this was never the case.”The Ashers bakery have served Mr Lee in the past and continue to be willing to serve him again.”Whilst no one should be discriminated against because of any protected characteristic, this judgment is clear that this is not what happened in this case.” read more

Draw between RNL and HBC Nantes put RK Vardar at 14 finals

3.Barcelona 13823380:35018 ← Previous Story Kielce get ready for PICK Szeged? Next Story → VIDEO: Amazing Ivanisevic saves 7 7-meter shots for Skjern at TOP 16 2.Nantes14923402:38220 7.PPD Zagreb13229325:3696 Rhein Neckar Lowen and HBC Nantes played 30:30 (13:15) afterwards RK Vardar Skopje secured position No.1 and direct placement at quarterfinal of the VELUX EHF Champions League!The German champions will finish fourth, while HBC Nantes are still on the second place, but if Barca win over PICK Szeged, the French vice-champions will finish third with Meshkov Brest for the rivals at TOP 16.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – HBC Nantes 30:30 (13:15)Löwen: Palicka, Appelgren; Schmid (5), Sigurdsson, Radivojevic (1), Baena (5), Tollbring (6/2), Mensah, Pekeler (2), Groetzki (1), Reinkind (1), Taleski (3), Petersson (4), Keller (2)Nantes: Dumoulin, Siffert; Lagarde (5), Saurina, Guillo (1), Claire (7), Klein (1), Pechmalbec (1), Tournat (5), Emonet (1), Matulic (1), Gurbindo (6/1), Auffret (1), Hansen (1)TABELA: 4.Rhein-Neckar 14653416:39117 6.Wisla Plock13229349:3776 5.Szeged 13616394:38313 1.Vardar13922359:31020 8.Kristianstad13229328:3916 read more

Tough decisions ahead regardless of Troika involvement Minister

first_imgTHE GAP BETWEEN spending and taxation means that tough policy decisions will have to be made in post-bailout Ireland regardless of the level of monitoring by the Troika.That is according to Minister of State for EU Affairs Paschal Donohoe who says that Government must now remain aware of the impact decisions will have on the cost of borrowing.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Donohoe says that since we have now chosen to leave the bailout without a precautionary credit line, we must keep borrowing rates low:Even if we were in an environment where we did not have the arrangements that we’re talking about. Because of the need that we will have to borrow in the future to fund the gap between our spending and taxation, we would need to take a set of decisions anyway to allow us to borrow at rates that we can afford. Donohoe says that the Government has been aware of this fact during consultations with bailout partners in Europe and the United States. He says that talks with potential investors in Irish debt formed an important part of the decision taken by the Government to go it alone from the middle of next month:We looked at the input that we had received from the consultation round that we’re referring to, discussed the different options with people who would be buying our debt in the future, who would be experts in how our economy would perform after the exited the bailout.Ireland will leave the Troika’s three year bailout programme on 15 December, but as they themselves have pointed out, the the EU, IMF and ECB will keep Ireland “under a close watch”.Donohoe says however that this will be far less stingent than what pertained under the programme.“The Troika were actually involved in how decisions were made, the micro level of detail regarding how government was run.“What we’re now going to moving to now is an environment in which people are going to be looking at the consequences of decisions rather than being involved in making the decisions with us.”Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supports >Read: Gilmore insists: Bailout exit without credit line was not for political reasons >Read: Minister Paschal Donohoe hopes for route back to FG for TDs who left party >last_img read more

Les français ont passé 5 heures devant Facebook le mois dernier

first_imgLes français ont passé 5 heures devant Facebook le mois dernierLe réseau social prend la tête des sites les plus longtemps consultés par mois, devant l’ensemble des services de Google, comprenant moteur de recherche, mail ou YouTube.Si Google conserve toujours sa place de site le plus visité au monde, le moteur de recherche étant devenu une porte d’entrée au web pour la majorité des internautes. En France, la situation est la même mais un autre classement fait tomber le géant de son piédestal, c’est celui du temps d’utilisation. Et là, pour le mois de décembre, les français ont privilégié Facebook.À lire aussiSéisme, Google et chargeur, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 juinC’est en moyenne cinq heures qu’ont passés les internautes hexagonaux sur le réseau social, battant de plus de deux heures le moteur de recherche, selon les dernières analyses du groupe comScore. Les améliorations en terme de service ont réussi à la plateforme de Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook réussissant à accaparer les abonnés pour leur faire découvrir toujours plus d’actualités sur leurs amis.Ensuite suivent, sur la dernière marche du podium, les sites de Microsoft boostés par la messagerie électronique Hotmail (2H30 par mois), puis en quatrième et cinquième position le portail Orange et le site d’annonces Le Bon Coin (respectivement 1H48 et 1H27). Vivendi, Illiad, eBay et Yahoo complètent le top 10. Notons la présence récurrente d’opérateurs dans le classement, les internautes aimant surveiller leurs connexions et également sont régulièrement attirés par les portails d’actualité de ces acteurs.Au total, 47.8 millions de Français ont surfé sur Internet, toujours selon comScore, pour un total d’environ 1,2 milliards d’heures en décembre 2011, soit une moyenne de 25 h par internaute. Et 20% de ce temps de navigation était réservé à Facebook. Un succès toujours plus grandissant pour le réseau social qui a réussi sa nouvelle étape, passer de l’augmentation d’abonnés (un plafond déjà atteint) à celle du temps de présence, d’où la nouvelle Timeline et les applications. Le 24 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New year demands new ways to get fit

first_imgWith the new year underway, you might have an itch to give the gym a shot again.But before you undertake your resolution to be more active, only to give up on that resolution three weeks later, let us walk you through the newest trends in fitness.Exercise science, just like every science, is constantly evolving, and being fit in 2019 doesn’t mean you need to run six miles each day or lift hundreds each gym visit.Sherri McMillan, the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, said some of the newest trends in fitness revolve around improving mobility and pliability. It’s less about being “strong and fast,” she said, and more focused on peak performance, efficiency and injury prevention.“What we’re seeing more and more of is mobility and release training to help people become more mobile,” she said. “It’s ‘I need to be able to move through my normal joint range of motion pain-free.’ Not just lifting as heavy as you can.”This all comes down to “using muscles and joints in the ways they are designed to move,” McMillan explained. She said that stretching, and using foam rollers or vibrating, massaging tools have become more popular. People are recognizing more of the importance in breaking down fascia to gain more mobility and decrease tightness. She said that over time, tissue can become sticky and tight.last_img read more

Arrivals down dramatically for Grand Bahama Nassau better with cruise stop overs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Central Bank of the Bahamas report is out and it shows a devastating reality; that Grand Bahama has seen a tourism dip of nearly 17% and air arrivals to the island are extremely concerning and are down over 40%.    Even cruise ship arrivals are down for the country’s second city, by 12%.The crippling blow dealt by Hurricane Matthew is largely to blame for the loss of room inventory, investors, airlift and bookings.    Grand Bahama is losing the largest ground of all the country’s islands in the tourism sector, and overall, according to that Central Bank report, arrivals nationally are down 2.2%, in a trend which saw the same period last year dip, though just slightly.   New Providence is doing best, with sea arrivals up 14.7% and overall tourism is improved by 7.3% for the Capital.#MagneticMediaNews#arrivalsdownforGrandBahama#TheCentralBankofTheBahamasreportPhoto credit: Bahamas Weekly Related Items:#arrivalsdownforGrandBahama, #magneticmedianews, #TheCentralBankofTheBahamasreportlast_img read more

FTSE 350 defined benefit pension deficit falls to £72bn

first_imgThe accounting deficit for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes at the UK’s top 350 organisations has decreased by £1 billion, from £73 billion at the end of January 2018 to £72 billion at the end of February 2018, according to research by Mercer.Its research, which analyses pension deficits calculated using the approach FTSE 350 organisations have to adopt for their corporate accounts, also found that liability values decreased by £7 billion at the end of February 2018, falling to £837 billion. This is compared to £844 billion recorded at the end of January 2018.Asset values also fell by £6 billion, to £765 billion at the end of February 2018 from £771 billion at the end of January 2018.Alan Baker (pictured), partner and chair of the DB policy group at Mercer, said: “2018 has started where 2017 left off, with a reduction in the pension gap and good news for UK businesses. Underlying the good headline news, February actually saw significant fluctuations, and this demonstrates the importance of trustees and sponsors understanding the overall level of risk facing their pension scheme.“Trustees and sponsors should put in place the necessary steps to mitigate against future volatility and ensure any potential downside is in line with their risk appetite. They should also make sure the right governance is in place to allow them to respond and react in time.”Le Roy van Zyl, partner and strategy advisor at Mercer, added: “While this is more welcome news for UK pension schemes, many are alive to the risks they face through continued economic uncertainty. More recently, schemes have been seeking certain strategies that allow them to retain some upside potential, such as with equity prices, [while] protecting themselves from the most adverse outcomes.“While this approach foregoes some of the gains they might otherwise achieve, it ensures they are well placed to weather a hard storm.”last_img read more

Reliance Jio Airtel in race for Anil Ambanis RCom assets

first_imgMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are among the top contenders for the assets of the bankrupt Reliance Communications, Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel. Major asset management companies and telecom tower operators are also eyeing the assets and have submitted their expressions of interest (Eols) to compete with the telecom giants.The Economic times reported that about 12 companies have sent their expressions of interest to buy the RCom assets. However, Vodafone Idea was not in the list of suitors. As per the report, Deloitte will manage the bankruptcy process of RCom.RCom’s assets such as 14 broadcasting airwaves, 43,000 telecom towers housed under Reliance Infratel and some fiber and real estate assets are listed for sale. RCom will lose a major part of its present revenue after the license for 800 MHz 4G spectrums expires in 2021.The Anil Ambani-led telecom company has been in news for the long-standing debt of about Rs 46,000 crore. ET reported that the company owes money to 39 financial creditors. The company and its units also have hundreds of operational creditors.Airtel is eyeing RCom’s assets in view of upcoming 5G plans after acquiring the airwaves. The company had faced a setback following the success of Jio, and is looking to revive its market share by buying RCom’s airwaves.However, with private equity firms seeking deals in the sector, the battle for the asset acquisition might get intense. Their interest would mostly lie on the assets rather than spectrum, which increases the competition between the telecom giants.According to the latest reports, a consortium led by Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management was in talks to buy Reliance Industries’ Reliance Jio Infratel unit in a multi-stage deal.last_img read more