On the Future of Sales with Jonathan Farrington – Episode 27

first_imgThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeHaving great product knowledge doesn’t pass the ‘so what’ test ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetKnowledge is key ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Jonathan Farrington, is a speaker, coach, author, consultant, and sales strategist leading the way in managing change in business. He is the CEO for JF Consulting, a successful globally influential consulting business. You might also recognize his name from Top Sales World and Top Sales Magazine. Jonathan sees the big picture, and has big ideas, for changes in sales. Listen in as he leads you and your team to greater performance levels, on today’s episode of In the Arena.Will you survive the changes in sales?Click To TweetFinding your way out of a financial meltdownYour host, Anthony Iannarino, fires questions for Jonathan’s expertise, specifically addressing what exactly is affecting the change in sales. The implications Jonathan has uncovered will impact your reality and your team. Jonathan looks at the financial meltdown of our day and age, in North America and globally. His prediction? 80% of sales jobs are going to change in some way. Some will turn into customer service roles. The important roles will become marketing and customer service. Is your role in sales diminishing? Join Jonathan today for the good news that your role will change, not disappear. Can you still create uniqueness?It is more difficult than ever to create and communicate value as a salesperson. The developing transaction purchasing model eliminates the need for uniqueness and differentiating yourself. As Jonathan Farrington tracks the changes in sales, he sees the top 20% surviving and thriving, which forces 80% to shift their strategy. Will you be in that top 20%? Are you taking into account your clients comforts and needs? Have you asked your clients if they mind more computer interaction and less face time? Creating and embracing a new flexible relationship is key. The new breed of sales professionals will have to build their foundations from attitude plus skills plus knowledge plus process. Start today, by listening to this episode of In the Arena. Staying relevant and focused, with Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetInsight If you want to continue differentiating yourself, you are going to need insight. This buzzword has some salespeople emphasizing product knowledge with their team and clients. But insight reaches beyond product knowledge. Learn today, how to stay relevant and stay focused. None of your clients have time for irrelevant meetings. They do not even care about your product. What they do care about is what you can do for them. Demonstrate that you have the commercial depth and breadth they need and will continue to need. Want to count yourself among the sales survivors? Now is the time to develop your commercial bandwidth, with Jonathan Farrington.One size never fits allJonathan Farrington knows that many salespeople say we need to tailor solutions uniquely to our individual clients. But do we actually do that? One size fits all training, coaching, and counseling has never worked. Have you considered the realm of values, personality traits, etc. that will make your individual clients or sales teams work? Jonathan’s goal has always been to raise the bar in the business world. Today’s episode is just one more free resource you can use to tap into your true potential. Get In the Arena with Jonathan, today!The one size fits all training, coaching, counseling has never worked and it never willClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction and biography of today’s guest, Jonathan Farrington. Will there be far fewer salespeople in the future? Are we moving away from creating value as salespeople? What does a salesperson need to be in the top 20% that survives? What is insight and why is it necessary? Age as a disadvantage. How to make sense of distractions and stay focused. How you consider your clients creates your future. How to connect with Jonathan Farrington. Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeTop Sales WorldJonathan Farrington’s websiteJonathan on Twitter – @topsalesworldlast_img read more

Pakistan Elects its First Dalit Hindu Woman Senator

first_imgThe first Hindu Dalit senator, Krishna Kumari Kohli, was nominated in the upper house of the parliament in Pakistan, AFP reported. Kohli, the 39-year-old Opposition candidate, was nominated for a minority senate seat from the Sindh Assembly by Pakistan People’s Party last month. The election was for half of the seats in the senate for six-year terms.Kohli’s win on March 3 brought in a wave of optimism on social media, as it was a rare win for a woman belonging to a marginalized caste in an already minority religion. The first Hindu woman elected to the senate in Pakistan was Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla in 2006. With Kohli’s election, the minority representation in Pakistan People Party has gone up to six. Hindus make up 2 per cent of the country’s population.“I feel proud, I am thankful to Pakistan People’s Party that they nominated me,” Kohli, who is also known as “Kishoo Lal,” told the agency on March 4. “I will continue to work for the rights of the oppressed people, especially for the empowerment of women, their health and education”Congratulations to Senator #KrishnaKumari, for becoming the First Hindu Dalit #woman to become #Pakistani Senator nominated by #PPP #Pakistan #SenateElections2018 #EmergingPakistan pic.twitter.com/7PNOliMtlz— Pakistan in Sydney (@PakconsulateSYD) March 4, 2018Meet Senator Krishna Kumari Kohli, first Hindu Dalit woman to reach senate. Congratulations! Only PPP can do this! 👍 pic.twitter.com/ojUpE6IPMI— Saadia Afzaal (@SaadiaAfzaal) March 4, 2018Her nomination was also greeted with cheers on social media:An inspiring story of Krishna Kumari, a girl brought up in bonded labour & now running for #Senator. She made an amazing journey from slavery to freedom!Sending her my best wishes! It’s just start of her fight, she needs to walk a long way now!#PPP pic.twitter.com/x051zARIVe— Rabyanoor (@rabyanoor1) February 10, 2018A fantastic day for Pakistani women as @kishooLal files nomination papers for the Senate Elections.Krishna Lal is a powerful woman from the marginalized Kohli community in the Thar region of Sindh. If she wins she’ll be the first Hindu woman to serve in Pakistan’s Senate. https://t.co/0leZfreSwS— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) February 13, 2018Kohli hails from a remote village in Nagarparkar district in Sindh province. Born to a poor peasant in February 1979 and married at the age of 16 when she was studying in the 9th grade, she joined the party as a social activist along with her brother.  Her brother went on to become the chairman of Union Council Berano. Kohli and her family members were held for three years as bonded labor in a private jail allegedly owned by the landlord of Kunri of Umerkot district, as per a Dawn report. They were freed after a police raid on the land.Kohli, who completed her masters in sociology from the Sindh University in 2013, has worked for the rights of marginalized communities living in her district and surrounding areas. The family is said to be descendants of freedom fighter Rooplo Kohli, who fought against the British when they attacked Sindh in 1857.The ruling party in Pakistan, Muslim League-Nawaz, won 15 seats in the senate, making up a total of 33 spots in the 104-seat upper house. This, along with support from allies, have ensured the party’s domination in the lead-up to general elections this summer. The Pakistan People’s Party  came second, followed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Related ItemsDalitHinduPakistanlast_img read more

Chinese Ancestors Are Indian

first_imgThe ancestors of most Asian populations, including the Chinese, originated in India, according to a new genetic study.The study spanning 10 Asian countries found that humans migrated to the Indian subcontinent from Africa some 100,000 years ago and then spread to other parts of Asia.“When humans moved out of Africa, there was a migration to India and from India to southeast Asia and then east Asia, and finally to the Americas. So, all Asians have a genetic connection with India,” said Mitali Mukerji, of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology.  Related Itemslast_img

Tendulkar: Perth 100 shaped my cricketing career

first_imgMCC’s captain Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a cricket match against a Rest of the World team to celebrate 200 years of Lord’s at Lord’s cricket ground in London, July 5, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown (Reuters)Once again terming it his best Test ton, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today said his career took flight following the knock of 114 on a bouncy WACA track in 1992, adding that the innings against a hostile Australian attack in Perth gave him immense confidence.”One innings that changed my career or gave shape to my career was in Perth, 1992. Perth, at least at that time, was regarded to be the fastest wicket and the hostility of the Australian fast bowlers was something which was difficult to handle. I was able to score a 100 and I was only 19,” he said during an interaction with school children here.”And just two matches before that, I had scored a hundred in Sydney but they were two different kinds of surfaces. I knew that Perth was the kind of wicket which I would not get to play anywhere in the world and If I can bat on Perth and score runs then I am possibly equipped to go on any other track which is fast and bouncy and score runs there.”My career was just starting. I had done well for a couple of years by then but it really took off after that Perth innings because I felt I was ready to take on the world.By no means I was over confident but I became a confident cricketer where any challenge put up against me, I was equipped to face that,” he added.advertisementThe retired great interacted with Ryan International school children at north western Malad during the launch of ‘Kaspersky Kids Awareness Programme’.His response came when he was asked by a student to rate his best Test century out of the 51 tons he had scored in his 24-year international career in which he also notched up 49 ODI hundreds to make it a round 100 centuries.Tendulkar hung up his boots last November after a glittering career that saw him amass 15,921 runs in Tests, at an average of 53.78, and 18426 runs in 463 ODIs at an average of 44.83.The batting maestro said though his father was not interested in cricket he supported Tendulkar when it came to choosing his career, and he would do the same for his children.”In my case my father didn’t decide that I should play cricket. He gave me the freedom to express myself. Above all he found out what I was interested in and of course it was with the help of my brother.”My father was not interested in cricket at all but it was my brother’s initiative. My brother said we need to make him join a summer camp and partially also because I was a very naughty kid. That is how my career started,” he said.”I want the same thing to happen to my children. My son (Arjun) enjoys cricket. Earlier he enjoyed playing football and then it was chess. Now it is cricket.”So whatever he wants to be in life, all I have asked him is to be sincere and honest. I have told him that I will support you and guide you in whatever you want to be in life.”So is the case with my daughter (Sara). She wants to follow her mother’s footsteps. She wants to become a doctor or go the medical side and she has full backing. So it is their choice,” he added.last_img read more

MS Dhoni blames ‘soft dismissals’ of batsmen for 3rd Test loss

first_imgDhoni also said that India need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of 4th TestIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday blamed his batsmen for the “soft dismissals” which saw them suffer an embarrassing 266-run defeat in the third cricket Test and said they would need to discuss their four-bowler strategy ahead of the fourth rubber.Asked about the decision to go with four bowlers in the third Test, Dhoni said: “The reason for using four bowlers is that we never used the fifth. We just used him for 10 and 8 overs. With Shikhar and Vijay and Rohit around we thought we could do it.”But it`s the bowling we need to improve and hit the top of off stump. We will have to think about the four-bowler strategy. We can say the extra batsman didn`t score, but then again the extra bowler didn`t pick up wickets. So we have to discuss a lot and decide on the basis of the pitch.”Part-time off-spinner Moeen Ali`s six-wicket haul saw India bundle out for 178 in the second innings to earn a huge win for England and draw level in the five-test series and Dhoni said his batsmen should have been more positive. “I don`t think we played good cricket. We played the fast bowlers well. Moeen (Ali) bowled well, but we also allowed him to bowl well,” said Dhoni after India lost the third Test by a huge 266 runs here today.”He bowled good lines and one ball will turn, there is some wear on the wicket and we should have been more positive.”advertisement”There were quite a few soft dismissals during the phase where Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) got out and a couple of other wickets that fell. The last session yesterday, we lost too many wickets. We could have looked at the Test today a different way without that,” he added.Asked about debutant fast bowler Pankaj Singh, Dhoni said: “Pankaj bowled really well, tall guy bowled good lengths. In this pitch, he bowled the right length. He could have got three wickets but it just didn`t go his way. Shami and Bhuvi bowled well too.”When it comes to talent, we are good. In the mental approach, we have to play out shots and back ourselves because cricket is about runs and wickets,” Dhoni added. England skipper Alastair Cook said he was happy that they dominated all the sessions in the third Test.”Happy is the word, not relieved. We pretty much won every single session and that credit to the guys,” Cook said after the match.”It`s a great win, we wanted to get on that wicket first and to get 570 is a great start. We bowled well and batted quickly and knocked em over again,” he added. Troubled by poor form, Cook finally got his bearing right in the Third Test as he scored 95 and 70 not out in the first and second innings respectively and the 29-year-old said he had to work really hard on his batting.”I thought my game was heading in the right direction even with 10s and 20s. It was frustrating not to get the hundred, but I`d take what I got,” he said.”Getting back into the ball is vital, I`m pretty good with the short ball. I nick outside off and I had to take care of that. I had to work incredibly hard.”Asked about the contribution of his teammates, especially all-rounder Moeen Ali and wicketkeeper Jos Butler, Cook said: “The team from 1 to 11 have been fantastic. Moeen`s bowling has come on leaps and bounds, credit to him. When you`re bowing behind Ajmal at Worcester and he`s been bowling a lot. Responding really well and on a spinning wicket to get a six-for, can`t really ask for more.”Buttler`s been brilliant with his quick runs and his keeping has been great too. Leader of the attack, Anderson. Got a couple of wickets to set us off and settle nerves.” Cook also thanked the spectators for turning up for the third Test. “It is a fantastic crowd, it was a touch Test (scheduling wise), walking out on Sunday after lunch, the ovation was great.”It`s been a fantastic week and thank you Southampton.”England pacer James Anderson, who marked his birthday with a five-wicket haul yesterday, said: “Lovely, it was a good day yesterday, We just wanted to finish them off early and get out there and bat again. “I don`t think we lost a session in the game. Fantastic performance through the five days.”advertisementThe 32-year-old from Lancashire, who took five wickets in the first session before scalping two more in India`s second essay, said it was the batsmen who set the game for them after scoring 569 in the first innings. “570 is a huge score. It makes a huge difference for the bowlers. It was quite easy for us after that. Gary (Ballance) and Bell batted brilliantly, and set the game for us. We bowled brilliantly and got this win,” said Anderson, who was adjudged the Man of the Match.”We definitely enjoyed it as well, we`ve obviously performed well. It was slightly different atmosphere in the field, me and Broady set the tone with the new ball and then we threw ourselves around in the field. “The ball swung both innings and that made my job easier because that`s what I`m good at and if it keeps swinging hopefully I can continue.”Anderson is facing an ICC judicial commission hearing tomorrow set up to investigate accusations that he pushed India`s Ravindra Jadeja in the Trent Bridge pavilion during the lunch interval on the second day of the first Test. Asked if he is confident to get a decision in his favour, Anderson said: “I`m not sure tomorrow. We will have to wait and see. But I am happy that we have done brilliantly to put that out of our minds and level the series.”last_img

Boxing: Jaime Munguia defends his WBO Junior Middleweight title against Liam Smith

first_imgAdvertisementJaime Munguia came out the gates a little slow as Liam Smith was able to take the fight to him. In round one, Smith came out utilizing his jab while landing right hands seemingly at will on the champion. Rounds two and three were more of the same as the former champion started building some nice momentum, seeming to clearly win the opening few rounds.In rounds four through six, we saw the momentum start to tilt in the favor of the champion. He started to mount a sustainable attack to the body. Known for his left hook to the body we saw that punch much more frequently.With the size, strength and body punching starting to take its toll on Smith, Munguia dropped him with a nice left hook in the seventh round.Fast forward to round nine we saw perhaps the best action of the fight as both men stood and traded big shots to both the head and body.After a shaky first few rounds Munguia arguably won pretty much every round after round three.As exciting as he is to watch his defense definitely needs work. As he steps up against better competition he may not be as fortunate to rely solely on his power to get the job done.The official judges scored the fight 119-108, 119-110 and 116-111.Munguia improves to 30-0 with 25 knockouts and has firmly placed himself on the radar within the junior middleweight division.Advertisementlast_img read more

Knicks Rout Nets, 110-81

first_imgNEW YORK — New York’s once faint, nearly unrealistic playoff hopes have become a real possibility. The Knicks intend to seize the opportunity and run with it.“We know what we want,” Carmelo Anthony said.J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the city rival Brooklyn Nets 110-81 to move percentage points ahead of Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.The Knicks were 21-40 on March 3 after a seven-game skid and are still just 33-43. But they know that record gets wiped away if they can finish off this turnaround.“We want to get there. That’s the goal,” Anthony said. “Despite this emotional season, this up-and-down season, I think it would be a big deal to get in that spot.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points a game after spraining his right ankle to help the Knicks win for the 12th time in 15 games, dominating a team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference since the new year. New York won its third straight.The Knicks made 24 of 36 shots in taking a 63-38 halftime lead in front of new President Phil Jackson, who wouldn’t have much to fix if they looked like this more often. They finished at a season-high 60 percent and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-23.“Our guys are hungry,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Normally anybody that comes off the West Coast, when you’ve been out there for a while, that game coming back is normally a tough game, but our guys came out with energy and came out ready to play.”Joe Johnson scored 16 points for the Nets, who had won three straight. A night after clinching a playoff berth by beating Houston, they were out of the game by the opening minutes of the second quarter.“It was very frustrating the way we got blown out,” Johnson said. “For whatever reason, we had a few guys fighting and a few guys who wasn’t fighting. If we’re not all on the same page, you get a lopsided score like that.”In a game that both clubs need for different reasons, the Knicks were the more desperate team, taking a 2-1 lead in the season series. None of the games has been close, but both have bigger concerns than city bragging rights, anyway.The Knicks have almost no margin for error in a final seven-game stretch against playoff-bound opponents. They had no problem with the first one and will face the Nets one more time on April 15 on the second-to-last night of the season.Brooklyn is hoping for home-court advantage in the first round, but fell 2½ games behind Toronto and Chicago for a spot.The Nets led 20-19 late in the first quarter, but Anthony had two baskets, Smith made a 3-pointer and found Hardaway for another at the buzzer as the Knicks scored the final 10 points for a 29-20 lead.Hardaway made another 3 to open the second and Iman Shumpert scored to make it a 15-0 run and give the Knicks a 34-20 advantage. Anthony had the first six points of an 8-0 burst that pushed it to 58-34 with 1:36 remaining in the half, and it was 63-38 at the break.The Nets were angry with the officiating, with Johnson picking up a technical foul at halftime and coach Jason Kidd’s assistants stepped in front of him as he tried to yell toward the refs.Brooklyn got within 14 with 2 minutes left in the third, but the Knicks, unveiling a small lineup that had Anthony as its center, stretched their lead to 82-61 heading to the fourth.“They were the better team tonight,” Kidd said. “Lose by one, lose by 100, it’s just a loss. We move on.”Knicks guard Raymond Felton went the locker room early in the third quarter with bruised ribs and back after a hard landing while trying to grab an offensive rebound, but was able to return early in the fourth.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Padres Beat Up The Mets, 7-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Sure, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp did their part — again. Padres Manager Pat Murphy was excited to get contributions from the rest of the lineup, too.Upton homered and drove in three runs and Yonder Alonso also connected as San Diego beat the New York Mets 7-3 on July 29 despite three long balls from Lucas Duda.Kemp, Yangervis Solarte and Will Venable all drove in early runs as San Diego chased Bartolo Colon (9-10) after only 2 1-3 innings, his shortest start since 2012.Solarte doubled twice and matched a career high with four hits as the Padres won for the seventh time in 11 games since the All-Star break.“It makes it really helpful. You can’t ask those guys — and we have asked Kemp and Upton to provide all the wins for us lately — it’s great to see that those (other) guys are performing, Alonso and all those guys are coming through,” Murphy said. “It’s a good team win.”Duda hit the first of his home runs leading off the second to end Tyson Ross’ streak of starts without allowing one at 16, a Padres record. Ross (7-8) hadn’t given up a homer since April 28, a span of 100 innings.Ross exited after just five innings, allowing just two hits, because his right quadriceps was tightening after he was struck by a comebacker in the fourth.“Got me pretty good in the quad,” Ross said. “I told him I could still go.”Duda also connected in the sixth off Kevin Quackenbush and in the ninth off Marcos Mateo. Duda has six homers in the last four games after going through an extended slump.As rumors spread throughout Citi Field that the Mets had acquired outfielder Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee in a trade that would possibly include infielder Wilmer Flores, fans gave the rookie shortstop a standing ovation when he came to bat in the seventh inning. Then Flores wiped away tears when he warmed up at shortstop before the eighth.It wasn’t until after the game that Flores learned the truth.“There is no trade,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said. “Unfortunately social media, etc., got ahead of the facts and it may have had an adverse affect on one of the players rumored to be involved. It was an unfortunate situation.”The Mets had their three-game winning streak snapped. They fell two games behind Washington in the NL East.Mentioned along with several teammates in numerous rumors ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Upton had a sacrifice fly in the first inning after the first three Padres singled off Colon for a 2-0 lead.Venable and Solarte had RBI hits in the second, and Upton and Alonso led off the third with consecutive homers to make it 6-1.Upton added a run-scoring single in the sixth.“It’s always good to get results but I can’t predict the future,” Upton said. “I can only come here tomorrow and work the same way I did today and previous days and try to get myself up to a better position.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Avalue introduces Intel 8th gen Core processor ATX motherboard

first_imgAvalue Technology is unveiling EAX-C246P, an ATX board with 8th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and Celeron SoC Processor (ECC memory supported by CPU), which has a rich IO (4 x USB 3.1 Gen2 and 4 x USB 3.0 Gen1) industrial motherboard requires less expansion application for Automation, Industrial, Automatic Medicine Packing Machine and other embedded applications.EAX-C246P main features 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DP++, 1 x Intel i211AT & 1 x Intel i219LM Gigabit Ethernet, 8 x RS-232, 2 x RS-232/422/485), 16-bit GPIO, onboard Infineon SLB9665 TPM 2.0, 2 x PCI-e x16 slot for 1 x PCI-e x16 or 2 x PCI-e x8 (By BOM option), 1 PCI-ex4, 3 PCI-ex1, 1 PCI, 1 x M.2 Key M, 1 x M.2 Key A, ATX power.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Maxim’s heart-rate sensor designed into smartphone for seniorsNext Connected LEDs light the road for smart citieslast_img read more

10 of the Best Podcasts About Business and Management

first_imgToday’s workforce is always on the go and multitasking. We’re busy, we’re distracted, we’re ambitious, and we’re always on the hunt for new sources of inspiration. That’s why business management-oriented podcasts are so perfect for today’s professionals.A recent comScore survey found that 22% of U.S. internet users listen to podcasts at least once a week. It makes sense. Whether commuting to our offices, schvitzing at the gym, or sitting at our desks, podcasts provide hands-free enrichment. Enthusiasts listen in order to strengthen and freshen skills, to learn about new business success models, and to explore new perspectives on leadership and management – all while going about our regular routines.Let’s be frank. Who has the time to keep up with all our favorite blogs and social feeds nowadays? Since the majority of podcasts are light in tone and conversational in structure, they make it easy to explore business challenges and trends from multiple perspectives. Listening in on these discussions can feel like having coffee with a group of expert colleagues, deliberating the latest trends in a freeform conversation.Here are some highly recommended management and leadership podcasts.10 of the Best Podcasts About Business and Management1) For social media and the entrepreneurial grind: Gary VaynerchukSource: her heartland soulOutspoken thought leader Gary Vaynerchuk has taken his colorful personal brand to new heights with his hit podcast, The #AskGaryVee Show. Vaynerchuk delves into a variety of topics such as business management, entrepreneurship, millennialism, social media, ethics, leadership, and self-starting.In episode 192, Vaynerchuk reveals that he’s finally starting to think about having a different perspective on work, perhaps recognizing that there are important things in life beyond the non-stop hustle that makes him famous. On the other hand, this man has taken just three vacations over the course of his life. (And he’s not alone — 53% of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the past year.) So, if you have thick skin and you’re looking to get both practical and inspirational information on how to create the career you were meant to have, Vaynerchuk is your man.Wildly entertaining, crass and impassioned, Vaynerchuk’s podcast will have you hooked. New episodes go up sporadically, but there are typically several uploaded each week.2) For perspectives from the top: Jill GeislerSource: Work Happy: What Great Bosses KnowWhat Great Bosses Know is hosted by Jill Geisler — a leadership, management, and news media expert who teaches at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication. In this podcast, Geisler shares practical lessons for managers who want to be great bosses.In “How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge,” for example, Geisler gives an overview of her tips for getting recognized as management material, even when serving in a junior role. People who emerge as rising stars in organizations, Geisler says, consistently offer constructive solutions to problems – and take the lead on implementing them. They constantly learn, grow and connect what they’re doing to overall organizational strategies. They stay calm under pressure, and they’re generous with resources and information, but always in a way that doesn’t detract from their own productivity. And there are fewer of them out there than you might think — 51% of managers say they’re not even engaged at work.If you’re looking to build the essential skills that inspire others to perform at their best, this engaging and practical podcast is likely to give you plenty to chew on. Geisler posts two episodes each month.3) For getting your leadership development fix: Richard RiersonSource: Dose of LeadershipFormer U.S. Marine Richard Rierson’s Dose of Leadership Podcast is a fantastic place to find educational and inspiring interviews with dozens leaders from a wide swath of industries. The podcast focuses on leadership development and ethics, featuring influencers of all types, from entrepreneurs, to authors, to military heroes, to faith-based leaders.“Fear and uncertainty are never going to go away,” said Rierson in a rare solo episode in which he explored the importance of confidence. Along with being calm, consistent, and courageous, Rierson explained that being confident is one of the “Four Cs” that form the core of a leader’s personal charisma.Interviewing some of the bigger names in business — such as Barbara Corcoran, Steve Forbes, Fred Smith, and Bob Burg — Rierson’s podcast is a must if you’re working on leadership development. His episodes don’t air on a regular schedule, but two to six episodes come out over the course of most months.4) For exploring the success mindset: Nathalie LussierSource: Nathalie Lussier MediaDigital strategist and entrepreneur Nathalie Lussier’s podcast, Off the Charts Business, is packed with short, actionable advice to move your business forward. In iTunes, it’s listed under a section for “Inspiring Women’s Voices”, thanks in part to Lussier’s interviews with women entrepreneurs and business experts across the globe. The guests provide a diverse range of perspectives on professional success, management, and work-life balance.In one episode, Australian coach Leonie Dawson — who runs the Shining Biz + Life Academy — discussed the importance of documenting goals for the purpose of business planning. That’s huge — 82% small business owners say that envisioning their goals have helped to actually accomplish them.“The more that you’re in tune with where you’re going,” she said, “you will very, very naturally see what it is that you need to start doing and what you need to stop doing, in order to make sure that your business and life goals come true.”Airing bi-weekly, Lussier’s episodes discuss what it takes to run a growing business — like productivity skills and the right mindset. This thought leader provides loads of inspirational and actionable advice on email marketing, digital product development, website creation, business management, and more of the best business resources.5) For freelance development: Daniel DiPiazzaSource: Daniel DiPiazzaRich20Something host Daniel DiPiazza is a self-taught millennial entrepreneur. DiPiazza is an advocate for being your own boss, and takes a friendly approach to professional self-discovery, freelancing, leadership, and business organization. Freelance advice is a hot space to be in, too — the rise of the gig economy seems to have inspired a new generation of side-hustlers and aspiring “solopreneurs.” But it can be scary to get started, which might be why DiPiazza welcomed guest Mark Dhamma, a performance coach for entrepreneurs, to talk about facing one’s fears.DiPiazza’s podcast has yet to settle into a set schedule, but there are typically four to five episodes each month. You can access them via YouTube or iTunes.6) For faith and communication: Andy StanleySource: StitcherThe Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast takes a faith-infused approach to leadership, efficiency, communication, and lifestyle. An author of dozens of books, Stanley is a big believer in character, clarity, courage, and competency as the pillars of leadership.In one episode, guest Glen Jackson — co-founder of brand communications agency Jackson Spalding — explains the first three of his “seven pillars of preeminence.” To build a truly exceptional organization, Jackson believes, leaders must build trust, strong relationships, and a focused marketing communications program. And, he discusses how you know when you’ve achieved preeminence.Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and founder of the North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. His podcast has a lot to offer business professionals of all backgrounds — episodes are posted on a monthly basis.7) For team building and success stories: Jesse LaheySource: Engaging LeaderThe Engaging Leader podcast, hosted by author and HR consultant Jesse Lahey, is dedicated to discourse about leadership and communication principles. Knowing that meetings are a point of contention — 33.4% of their participants say it’s not a productive use of time — consultant Karin Hurt came on the show to talk about “How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend).” Her advice was to overtly state the objective of every meeting, and to invite only the people who truly must attend if those objectives are to be met.   Lahey conveys key business lessons through storytelling and humor, often sharing engaging stories as springboards for giving over valuable advice about work-life balance, teamwork, and leadership development. Episodes are published on the 1st and 15th of each month and last 30 minutes.8) For book-driven business insights: Jeff BrownSource: Read to Lead PodcastHosted by seasoned broadcaster Jeff Brown, each Read to Lead episode examines a different business book. Brown drills down to talk about each book’s take on personal development, leadership, business, productivity, marketing, and entrepreneurship.At one point, Brown was joined by management coach and author Michael Bungay Stanier to discuss his latest book, The Coaching Habit. Among other topics, Stanier explained what he sees as the three most common and potent self-perpetuating obstacles to professional achievement: overdependence, overwhelm, and disconnect.This podcast could be especially valuable If you love reading, but don’t have the time to pick up every business book you’re interested in. It’s a great opportunity to get an inside look. Although Brown doesn’t air on a set schedule, you can access all of his episodes on iTunes and his website.9) For learning to lead and live intentionally: Michael HyattSource: Michael HyattPublishing executive Michael Hyatt co-hosts his weekly This Is Your Life podcast with emcee-for-hire Michele Cushatt. Some recent episodes have covered things like charisma, handling critics, software recommendations, and getting the most out of vacations.Hyatt and Cushatt once took on topic of “the cult of busy” in the “6 Ways to Reclaim Your Free Time” episode. With some sobering tough love, they made a compelling argument for individuals to take responsibility for their own busyness levels. After all, 61% of U.S. professionals say they’re too busy to do the things they want, and that’s a problem. That means smart time management requires sometimes saying no.“It may be that you have a fear of missing an important opportunity. It may be that you have a fear of disappointing other people. It may be that you have some other kind of fearthat keeps you stuck in this area,” said Hyatt, “but the real problem is us.”Hyatt strives to help each of his listeners “live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.” With recurring themes including the importance of life planning, writing, healthy lifestyle, and influence, Hyatt’s podcast delivers well-rounded inspiration. New episodes go up every Monday morning on his website.10) For growing and marketing brass: HubSpotSource: StitcherHosted by HubSpot’s VP of Marketing Meghan Keaney Anderson and CMO Kipp Bodnar, The Growth Show is an exploration of all things relating to business growth. Anderson and Bodnar take turns at the helm, welcoming expert guests to talk about growth: organizational, cultural, conceptual, and team.In one episode, Bodnar welcomed Candor, Inc.’s Kim Scott, whose “radical candor” framework has transformed the way companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, and Dropbox handle team management. Encouraging us all to unlearn the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” Scott championed an approach to feedback whereby managers maximize their abilities to “challenge directly” and “care personally.” The most effective and revered managers, Scott said, are invested in their team relationships enough to give honest feedback, even when it’s negative.Can’t Hurt to DownloadIf you’re looking for an easy way to learn about taking your career to new heights, management podcasts are a great solution. Always available with new and engaging insights, this could be the connection between you, greater skills, and stronger leadership. Plus, they’re a great way to add a productive edge to what might otherwise be “time-sucks,” like your commute, cleaning, or getting from point A to B.What are your favorite management podcasts? Let us know in the comments. Originally published Nov 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Podcast Suggestions Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Why Workplace Friendships are Good for You (and How to Form Them)

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: Networking Originally published Jun 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated June 11 2019 A happy work environment is critical for increased productivity and engagement among your employees. Additionally, happy employees can result in more loyal customers, and can positively impact your company’s bottom-line.However, it can be easier said than done — how can you make your workplace a happier, more engaging place to be?While there are many factors at play, one key element of a happy and productive work environment is close friendships between colleagues.For instance, the people at Gallup have shown that job satisfaction can increase by 50% for those with good workplace relationships. And a white paper from the O.C. Tanner Institute demonstrates that having friends at work makes you feel like you can take on big challenges. That’s both a nice feeling, and a good professional attribute.Of course, for anyone who has ever felt awkward and isolated at work, this may seem like a daunting task. If this sounds like you, take a look at this new guide to making friends at work. It’s worth the effort for your heart, mind, soul — and career!Download a Free Guide and Template to Help You Create a Company Culture Code. last_img read more

World Cup Qualifer: Igor Stimac rues his players’ inability to score goals

first_imgIndian football head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday rued his players’ inability to score goals as his side settled for a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifying round match here.India missed their star defender Sandesh Jhingan sorely as a judgmental error from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minute through a Saad Uddin header.It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best.”Our scoring incapability was the reason why we didn’t win. We conceded very silly goal. We can’t expect to win the game if you concede such a goal. Their goalkeeper was my man-of-the-match,” Stimac told reporters in the post-match media interaction.”We deserved to win this game. We pushed until the end and created enough chances to win the game. But our scoring was not good enough.”I’m not happy with first 45 minutes. Our players in the back were not passing well. When you play against a team like Bangladesh who put more in defence you need to pass well from behind,” the Croatian said.Stimac said his side “absolutely” changed in the second-half by executing the passes from the sides as the channels started opening up.”But we were not aggressive enough. Many more things we need to work on.”India thus failed to notch a win against a team who are 83 places below them to settle for a successive draw.advertisementIn their previous game, India fought valiantly to hold Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw in a match Gurpeet Singh Sandhu made 11 saves.Stimac, however, refused to blame any player.”Sometimes you have a great day, sometime you have mistakes in making judgment. We are not here blaming anyone. I defend my players with my heart.”Today we dominated for 90 minutes and proved we can change our game in regard to opponents. This team is rising up.”India played in front of 65,000 fans at the Saltlake Stadium and the Croatian World Cupper said he would remember this forever.”This was amazing day for indian football, many of them will never forget the ambience, the support they received in Kolkata. I had many big names in my career. I will remember this as as one of the biggest ones,” the 52-year-old said.”It was a very exciting match. All the people who came could enjoy the beauty of football.Also Read | FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Adil Khan equaliser helps India hold Bangladesh to 1-1 drawlast_img read more

Champions League: Man City held by Atlanta as Kyle Walker ends up in goal

first_imgManchester City were made to wait to book a place in the Champions League knockout stages and ended up clinging on for a 1-1 draw against Atalanta on Wednesday after a red card forced Kyle Walker to go in goal.City had taken an early lead through Raheem Sterling but Mario Pasalic’s equaliser turned the tables and substitute keeper Claudio Bravo’s sending off late on left the visitors holding on for a point with defender Walker in goal.Sterling finished off a flowing City move early on before Gabriel Jesus squandered a golden chance to double their lead by rolling a tame penalty wide on the brink of halftime.Pep Guardiola’s side were made to pay for their profligacy when Pasalic’s bullet header levelled the scores early in the second half and the City manager was left frustrated by his side’s performance after the interval.”In this competition you know you have your chances and moments and you have to take it,” he said.”But with the problems we have, we made a good first half. First half we were outstanding and second we suffered. In the last 15 minutes we had the issue with the new keeper.”When asked whether the injury that forced first-choice keeper Ederson off for Bravo at halftime is serious enough to rule him out of contention for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with league leaders Liverpool, the Spaniard replied: “I don’t know right now.”City remain top of Group C with 10 points, five ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb, while the draw earned Atalanta their first point in the competition.advertisement”We still have a chance in the Champions League, but I would be very happy with a place in the Europa League too, as long as we continue some European experiences and can grow,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said.The Premier League champions took the lead with a sensational goal after seven minutes as Bernardo Silva’s pass was back-heeled by Gabriel Jesus into the path of Sterling to finish.City dominated possession and carved out several promising openings throughout the first half but were given a gilt-edged chance to double their lead just before the break when they earned a penalty for handball following a VAR review.Jesus stepped up to take the spot kick, but sent it harmlessly wide to leave the Italian side with a glimmer of hope as they headed into the changing rooms.Gasperini’s side were transformed after the interval and took four minutes to draw level as the unmarked Pasalic powered home a Papu Gomez cross.There was drama late on when Bravo, who had been introduced at halftime with Ederson carrying a knock, was shown a straight red for a sliding tackle on Josip Ilicic outside the box, forcing Guardiola to send on Walker as a goalkeeper for the final few minutes.Also Read | Champions League: Ajax manager miffed with refereeing decisions after draw vs Chelsealast_img read more

Lindelof accepts competition in Man Utd ‘dream’

first_imgManchester United Lindelof accepts Man Utd competition as he lives the ‘dream’ Chris Burton 17:15 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Victor Lindelof Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Swedish defender has endured a testing debut campaign in England, but believes he is adapting to the demands of life at a global superpower Victor Lindelof admits to living “a dream” at Manchester United and is accepting of competition for places at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.The Sweden international defender moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017, with life at Benfica traded in for that at the Theatre of Dreams.Adjusting to the demands of a Premier League stage has not been easy, with Jose Mourinho having eased the 23-year-old into his plans following a testing opening to his debut campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Lindelof has, however, improved as the season has progressed and is happy with his development at a club he always hoped would give him a chance.He told Sky Sports ahead of a possible outing against Crystal Palace on Monday: “Coming here to play at this great club has been a dream for me since I was a kid, so yeah – I enjoy it every day.”I wake up every day and I’m very happy I get to come here and do what I love. I don’t take anything for granted, I work hard every day.”I’m just trying to do my best every day, work hard and improve. When you’re given the chance to play, it’s always nice to be out there and help the team, and I’m just happy to be out there doing that.”We have world-class players in every position and I think that’s very important to have. This club is one of the biggest clubs in the world, so you’re obviously going to have that.”Lindelof has made 23 appearances this season, although only eight of those have been Premier League starts.He admits that the English top-flight has been something of an eye-opener for him, with the standard considerably higher than that he experienced while impressing in Portugal.”Every game is difficult here,” Lindelof added, with United looking to wrap up a runner-up finish this season.”Every opponent is going to work hard, fight for 90 minutes to try to get three points, and that’s what makes the Premier League such a good league, the level of competition. It was a bit different in Portugal, we had only a few big games during the season.”We want to win as many games as possible and of course, you always want to come first. But if not, second is there, and that’s what we have to work for.”We’re improving as a team every day. It’s important for us to play a lot of games, and just keep going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Atletico boss Simeone lauds Sevilla

first_imgSevilla ‘Sevilla win overshadowed by Man Utd exit’ – Simeone praises La Liga rivals’ magnificent achievement Jamie Smith 00:46 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wissam Ben Yedder Ashley Young Sevilla Man Utd 13032018 Getty Sevilla Manchester United Manchester United v Sevilla UEFA Champions League Atlético Madrid v Lokomotiv Moskva Lokomotiv Moskva UEFA Europa League Atlético Madrid Sevilla have not been given enough credit for knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford, says Diego Simeone. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Sevilla’s stunning Champions League win at Old Trafford has been overshadowed by Manchester United crashing out of the tournament.Vincenzo Montella’s decision to send on Wissam Ben Yedder proved a masterstroke as the striker scored twice in six minutes to set up a 2-1 aggregate win, Romelu Lukaku’s reply proving only a consolation.Much of the post-match reaction has been dominated by analysis of United’s limp performance, with the achievement of Sevilla – Europa League champions three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 – somewhat overlooked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Simeone does not think it is fair for Sevilla’s triumph to be judged in the context of Jose Mourinho’s United side suffering a surprise Champions League exit in the round of 16.”It is concerning that the general consensus is that this was anything other than a magnificent achievement with a great deal of weight and importance,” Simeone said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Lokomotiv Moscow.”Sevilla played with huge levels of motivation, discipline and enthusiasm and their approach put them in good stead and made this look like a straightforward achievement.”Atletico hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg of their last-16 clash with Lokomotiv but Simeone is not taking a place in the quarter-finals for granted.”For me, everything I play is important,” he said. “We use these games as a way of continuing to grow, as we have been doing for six years.”Don’t forget what made us strong, because I remember the old days in the Europa League when we had no sponsor on the shirt. Now, we cannot forget that if we want to keep growing.”We aren’t thinking about what can happen later, only about overcoming the tie tomorrow. The objective is always our work day to day.”You will fill that periodically with opinions and debates, but what concerns us is to progress past each stage. The reality is tomorrow’s game and it is the only one that counts.”last_img read more

Significant Production Activity Under Agro Park Project

first_imgSignificant work is in progress under the Government’s agro park project, with some 3,237 hectares (8,000 acres) of land already engaged in the production of a number of critical crops.The parks are situated in Plantain Gardens and Yallahs, St. Thomas; Amity Hall and Hill Run, St. Catherine; Ebony Park and Spring Plain in Clarendon; New Forest/Duff House, St Elizabeth/Manchester; Ettingdon, Trelawny; and Meylersfield in Westmoreland.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 8, noted that the agro parks, targeted specifically at import substitution, are being developed through a tri-partite partnership involving the Government, farmer/investors, and the private sector. The Government is making the lands available with the requisite infrastructure for leasing to farmers/investors, who will be responsible for working capital and agricultural production.“The private sector will be responsible for providing markets, that is, farmers will sell to them on a contractual basis and they (investors), in turn, will market the goods to the hotels, agro-processors, export markets or retail outlets,” Minister Clarke explained. “In some instances the investor/farmer will market his or her own goods; but in every instance what is being produced will be tied to a specific market,” he noted further.Providing details of the work underway, Minister Clarke informed that 48 hectares (120 acres) of lands have been identified for the agro-park in Plantain Gardens. He said that land preparation has commenced, and farmers have been engaged through leases, to produce ginger and onion on some 23 hectares (50 acres) of those lands. The farmers are also being provided with working capital in the amount of $40 million through a loan from the St. Thomas Cooperative Credit Union Limited.“Seeds have been procured on behalf of the farmers, and the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) and the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) are working with them to improve crop husbandry and to provide technical assistance with the installation of on farm irrigation,” Mr. Clarke informed.He noted that at the same time, the Ministry is in the process of rehabilitating the existing irrigation system to supply the entire 48 hectares, and main drains will be cleaned, while proper access roads will also be provided. “All the ginger cultivated will be purchased from the farmers by the Ministry’s Export Division. An importer, who currently trades in onions, will purchase the onions produced in this agro-park through contracts with the farmers. By next year, we expect the rest of the lands in this agro-park to come into production,” Minister Clarke told the House.At Amity Hall, theGovernment has provided an irrigation and drainage system that comprises some 809 hectares (2,000 acres) of land. Significant bridge/road work has also been done to allow for access to large equipment such as planters and harvesters. Mr. Clarke also informed that land preparation activities are being finalised on some 323 hectares (800 acres) of land and the planting of sorghum by Caribbean Broilers will commence within days. “Another 283 hectares (700 acres) of sorghum will be planted this year by other private interests. Red peas will be planted in rotation with the sorghum, and the quantum of red peas to be reaped will be sufficient to replace a significant portion of that being imported,” the Agriculture Minister said.In addition to the sorghum, another 48 hectares (120 acres) of land is being engaged for vegetables; 12 hectares (30 acres) for onion; and another 40 hectares (100 acres) for hay production in support of a private sector-led small ruminant expansion project. Meanwhile, the focus at Ebony Park will be on the production of onions, yams, pepper, pineapple and a mixture of vegetables.The Government is in the process of concluding discussions with a Canadian investor, who is the largest exporter of beans to Jamaica, along with a number of Jamaican interests, to grow a minimum of 600 acres of onions, which represents approximately 42 per cent of national demand. Additionally, the Ministry is finalising discussions with two of the largest suppliers/importers of vegetables to the tourism industry to establish a 40 hectare (100 acre) vegetable farm focusing on replacing products that they now import.“In addition, three farmers’ associations are producing vegetables, tubers, condiments and spices amounting to 101 hectares (250 acres), valued at $150 million in the 2013/14 financial year. In order to support all these production activities, the Ministry’s contribution will be the installation of a proper irrigation system in this area. This will be implemented in this fiscal year,” Mr. Clarke said.In relation to the facilities at Spring Plain, Hill Run, New Forest/Duff House, Yallahs and Ettingdon, the Ministry is conducting the necessary assessments and preliminary work in terms of crop identification, planning of necessary infrastructure works, identification of farmer/investors and private sector partners. The intention, Mr. Clarke said, is to bring these parks fully on stream by next year. He informed that significant production activities is already taking place at New Forest/Duff House and Yallahs, as two new irrigation schemes have been completed for these areas. “The value that these agro parks will add is to orientate production to defined markets by linking existing farmers to private sector buyers. This work is currently being done, and therefore, for all intents and purposes, these two agro-parks will come on stream this year,” Mr. Clarke said.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Boy 10 falls down Niagara Gorge after losing balance on railing

first_imgNIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Police say a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured after he fell about 25 metres down the Niagara Gorge on Sunday afternoon.Niagara Parks Police say the boy, who was visiting from out of the country, was sitting on a railing along the top of the gorge, near Niagara Falls, so his mother could take a picture of him.They say he adjusted his position and lost his balance, falling backwards and landing on the gorge floor 25 metres below. Police did not say how close to the Niagara River the boy was after his fall.Investigators say emergency services found the boy and stabilized his injuries before taking him to a children’s hospital by air ambulance.They say on Sunday the boy was reported to be in serious but stable condition.last_img

Annie Lennox To Be Presented With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgAnnie Lennox is to be honored with the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award.Annie will receive the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British music and tireless charity work at a gala dinner on November 4.David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “This is very much an award from the wider British music business to honour Annie Lennox’s unique contributions to our industry. Every year – and this is our 22nd year – the British music industry comes together to honour and salute one person’s special contribution.“This year the MITS Award is being presented to Annie in recognition of her universally acclaimed status as an artist, songwriter, HIV/Aids activist and social activist who indefatigably supports and raises awareness for HIV charities in Africa, and champions humanitarian causes. One of Britain’s most successful songwriters, the recipient of eight BRIT Awards, four Ivor Awards and four Grammys and the most successful female British artist in UK music history with over 80 million records sold worldwide: Annie Lennox we salute and celebrate you.”Lennox said of the honour: “I’m incredibly touched and honoured to be considered as a recipient of the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award. Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I never would have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman.”The Music Industry Trusts Award, now in its 22nd year, has raised over £4.3 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Lucian Grainge CBE, John Barry OBE, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Harvey Goldsmith, Jools Holland OBE and Gary Barlow OBE.The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.last_img read more

Myanmar Ban underlines need to release all remaining political prisoners

29 July 2011Releasing all remaining political prisoners is the single most important step that authorities in Myanmar can take, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, expressing hope that the Government of the Asian nation will soon take steps towards greater democracy. Mr. Ban spoke by telephone earlier today with U Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister, just days after he welcomed a meeting between a Government minister and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent opposition figure.Ms. Suu Kyi, who spent almost 15 years under house arrest during the past two decades, was released in November last year.In his conversation with the Foreign Minister, the Secretary-General “underlined that he had publicly welcomed the reform measures announced by the new Government,” according to information released by his spokesperson.“He hoped that the Government would now move toward concrete action and take the country forward towards peace, democracy and prosperity.”Mr. Ban also pressed for “early action” on releasing Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners, describing their release as the “single most important step the international community expected to take.”The Secretary-General also voiced his concern to the Foreign Minister about the ongoing violence involving some armed groups and the impact of that on civilians, saying the Government must resolve the situation peacefully. read more

SecretaryGeneral Ban welcomes meeting of leaders of Sudan and South Sudan

The meeting between Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will take place in Ethiopia – hosted by that country’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn – with the facilitation of Thabo Mbeki, the chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).“The Secretary-General encourages both Presidents to address decisively all outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan regarding security, border demarcation and the final status of the Abyei Area, to urgently activate agreed border security mechanisms, and implement all other agreements signed on 27 September 2012,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement today.“The United Nations stands ready to support the parties in implementing their agreements and to assist in the resolution of all remaining disputes,” he added.South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. Its birth was the culmination of a six-year peace process which helped bring an end to the long-running conflict between South Sudan and Sudan, which it was formerly a part of.However, the peace between the two countries had been threatened in 2012 by armed clashes along their common border and outstanding post-independence issues that had yet to be resolved.In late September last year, the two countries’ leaders met in Ethiopia to finalize agreements on issues being discussed under talks – held under the auspices of the AUHIP – which were designed to enable them to fulfil their obligations under a so-called roadmap aimed at easing tensions, facilitating the resumption of negotiations on post-secession relations and normalizing relations between the two countries. At the meeting, the two countries reached a key framework agreement for cooperation – particularly in security, the common border and economic relations.The final status of Abyei, a disputed region straddling the border between the two countries, has yet to be determined – it is one of the outstanding issues of the so-called Comprehensive Peace Agreement which helped bring an end to the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, before the latter’s independence. read more