It’s Okay to Want a Deal. It’s Not Okay to Need One.

first_imgIt’s okay to want a deal. It’s not okay to need a deal.If you need a deal, then you won’t qualify your prospective client. You’ll choose something less than your dream client, the prospective client for whom you can create breath-taking, earth-shattering, jaw-dropping results. If you need a deal, even a nightmare client starts to look a dream client.You don’t sell well when you need a deal either. You ignore the sales process that guides you successfully from target to close and take shortcuts instead. To get to that deal, you have to pitch. So you skip ahead and make the ask before you’ve created enough value to have earned it.When it comes to negotiating, forget about it. If you are lucky enough to find your way to a possible deal, your desperate need for a deal eliminates your ability to negotiate (not that you would have done enough value creating to deserve to capture any in the first place).But the root cause for “needing” a deal is always the same: You didn’t prospect when you needed to. There is only one thing that inoculates you from needing a deal and that’s a healthy pipeline of opportunities. You sell better, you sell more effectively, and you create more value as a salesperson when you don’t “need” a deal.When you don’t “need” a deal, you’re more confident. That confidence is what allows you to “want” a deal, to tell your dream client that you “want’ their business, and that you “want” to help them achieve the outcomes you sell. “Needing” a deal makes you desperate, and desperation is no way to win a deal.QuestionsWhat’s the difference between “wanting” and “needing” a deal?Why do you “need” a deal?Why is desperation a horrible place from which to sell?How does the confidence of not “needing” a deal help your sales performance? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

For these monkeys, more dietary fiber is a bad thing

first_imgScientists are constantly trying to beef up the nutrient value of what we eat. From iron-fortified cereals to vitamin A rice, we have ever-better foods to choose from. But in tropical forests, the opposite is happening. Over the past 30 years, tropical forest leaves that some monkeys depend on have lost protein content and increased in fiber, researchers report in an upcoming issue of Ecology. (More fiber makes the leaves less nutritious, and monkeys, such as this red colobus (above), prefer high-protein, low-fiber ones.) A nutritional ecologist studying the diets of monkeys happened to cross paths with researchers who in the late 1970s and mid-1990s had analyzed the nutrient composition of leaves in the same Ugandan tropical rainforest where she was working. She used the same techniques on 10 tree species, sometimes sampling leaves from the same exact trees, and found that the increasing temperature and variability in rainfall brought about by climate change have taken a toll. The forest hosts some of the highest densities of primates in the world, and, based on the leaves now available, models predict the populations of leaf-eating primates may decline by 31% in the coming years.last_img read more

Sebastian Vettel in fine fettle for F1’s August break

first_imgSebastian Vettel will enjoy Formula One’s August break as championship leader but the Ferrari driver knows the job is only half done and it will not get any easier in the months ahead.The German, a four-times world champion with Red Bull, is unlikely to spend the vacation fretting about his future, however.Out of contract at the end of the season, Vettel’s comments after winning in Hungary on Sunday did not sound like those of a man expecting anything other than a continued spell at Maranello.Reports in Italy have already suggested that Ferrari, the sport’s most successful and glamorous team, will confirm both Vettel and Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen at their home Italian Grand Prix in September.Vettel has now won four of 11 races this season, making 2017 his best season with Ferrari, and has led the championship from day one in Australia.He is 14 points clear of Lewis Hamilton, who shared the lead with him briefly after China in April but gifted Vettel three extra points on Sunday by handing back third place to his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.Vettel does not have to worry about such displays of sportsmanship, the 30-year-old a clear number one at Ferrari, and can be single-minded about the remaining nine rounds.”It’s what I dream about, to be honest. I want to win so that’s where you want to be,” he told reporters on Sunday when asked whether the season so far had been more than he could have dreamed of after a barren 2016.advertisement”The mission has been to get back to the top so obviously we had a great year, I’m only two and a half years in with the team,” he added.”Over the winter I think we were the team that made the least noise… I was very happy that we just worked, we just kept to ourselves and did the job. We have a great car.”Hungary, a slow circuit like Monaco where Ferrari also excelled, is very different from the next two high-speed races — Spa in Belgium and the flat out blast of Italy’s venerable Monza circuit.Mercedes dominated in similar circumstances at Silverstone, where Hamilton savoured a home win, and the Briton can hope to level the points tally by the end of the first week of September.He too will go away to recharge his batteries for the battle ahead, ready to deny Vettel a fifth title and secure his own fourth.”I definitely think it’s come at a good time,” he said of the break. “It’s definitely been a difficult season up to now.”This break I think will be really good for everyone to spend some time with family, recharge and come back fresh. I truly believe we have the capability of winning this championship.”But it’s going to take absolutely 100 percent of everyone’s effort to pull it off.”last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to hit a century on Test debut

first_imgPrithvi Shaw at 18 years and 329 days became the youngest Indian to score a hundred on Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot. Overall, he is the 15th Indian batsman to score a hundred in his first Test and the second youngest Indian to score a Test century. The record is still held by Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 107 days).With his scintillating hundred on debut, Shaw has joined the likes of famous Indian batsmen: Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Vishwanath, Surender Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Shaw is now the seventh youngest player in Test cricket history to score a hundred on debut.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket ScoreShaw also scored the third quickest century on debut when he reached the three-figure mark off just 99 deliveries. In 2013, Shikhar Dhawan smashed the fastest hundred off only 85 balls vs Australia while West Indian Dwayne Smith took 93 balls against South Africa in 2004 for his hundred on debut.Eventually, Shaw got out at 134 off 154 deliveries when he edged Devendra Bishoo’s delivery and got caught out.Take a bow, @PrithviShaw #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/3ttCamlAclBCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018On Wednesday, the Indian team management announced Shaw would make his Test debut against West Indies in Rajkot. He was part of the Indian squad for the final two Tests in England but he did not get to play a game.Once Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the two-Test series against West Indies, the path was clear for Shaw to make his debut. And there were major expectations of the young man.advertisementAfter all, Prithvi Shaw had become the youngest player to score a hundred on Duleep Trophy debut in 2017. The record was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who went on to score 100 international hundreds. Earlier in the same year, Shaw had also scored a hundred on his Ranji Trophy debut.Also read – 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw youngest Indian to score half-century on Test debut Prithvi Shaw celebrates his maiden Test hundred on his India debut against West Indies. (AP Photo)Prithvi Shaw is no stranger to success and high league pressure. He was captain of the Indian under-19 team which won the World Cup in New Zealand in 2018. Impressed with his performances, Shaw was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.20 crore for the 2018 IPL.More importantly, Shaw had the confidence of several hundreds under his belt when he walked out to bat for India Thursday morning. In 14 first-class matches before his Test debut, Shaw had scored seven hundreds and five half-centuries.last_img read more

Cabinet Gets Update on IMF Visit

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator, the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says that Cabinet has received an update on the visit of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission to Jamaica. The team, which arrived in the island on Tuesday, February 5, is in Jamaica for further talks towards concluding a new agreement with the Government. The team, which departs on February 15, is being led by the Fund’s mission chief for Jamaica, JanKees Martijn. Addressing Wednesday’s Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Falconer said that Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, will update the nation on the discussions, “when it is appropriate.” She said it is hoped that the mission will result in “a staff level agreement” regarding the Letter of Intent for Jamaica. “It will form the basis of Jamaica’s submission to the IMF board for the approval of a four-year extended fund facility at the earliest possible time, following the completion of prior actions to be agreed on,” Ms. Falconer stated. She noted that the Jamaican Government has “done all that is appropriate from our side to move things forward,” noting however, that due process must be followed and that during the negotiations, confidentiality has to be maintained. Following a three-day retreat in January, the Cabinet signed off on a number of measures that are required to advance Jamaica’s negotiations with the Fund. Dr. Phillips said, at that time, that the technical negotiating team would be able to return to the bargaining table with the IMF for what should be the final round of negotiations. He reported that the most critical of the measures unanimously agreed on by Cabinet, is a programme to reduce the country’s debt stock, which presently stands at $1.7 trillion.last_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS THE WRITERS LAB – FOR FEMALE SCREENWRITERS OVER 40

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Meeting one on one and in panels with outstanding female film professionals, as well as in peer groups and directed discussion sessions, talented writers examine and refine their work while building a unique and powerful community.Selections are blind and based solely on the merit of the screenplay submitted. We welcome all genres of narrative feature-length scripts:from women who have a compelling story and a cinematic vision.from women with or without previous industry experience.from women open to feedback and revisionfrom women eager to forge career-building peer relationshipsfrom women of any country who have written an English language feature-length narrative screenplay.from women of all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.APPLY NOW Twitter Advertisement The Writers Lab is a four-day script development workshop that gives women screenwriters over 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers, directors, and producers. The retreat takes place near NYC, but in the countryside: beautiful and private locations that minimize distractions and promote creativity and confidence. Through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, guest speakers, and group meals, Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process that provides support in both the craft and commerce of screenwriting.The 2018 Writers Lab will be at WIAWAKA, on Lake George, NY, from Tuesday, September 25, to Saturday, September 29.Submission InformationDeadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM ESTFee: $55.00Member Fee: $35.00 (NYWIFT, other WIF chapters, and WGA members)(Members of other Women in Film chapters must provide proof of membership via a letter from their chapter’s staff or Board President.)The Lab is an intensive four-day script development retreat for women screenwriters over 40.last_img read more

Notley pledges support for Alberta beer brewers as potential 100M lawsuit looms

first_imgCALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley, reacting to a proposed $100-million class-action lawsuit over Alberta’s beer subsidies, says her government will continue to find ways to support its homegrown industry.Notley declined to speak to the lawsuit directly, given it is before the courts.But she says Alberta is finished supporting liquor industries in other provinces at the expense of its own brewers.She says beer and liquor merchants enjoy wide latitude to sell in Alberta while Alberta producers face barriers in other markets.A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of brewers and others in the industry who allege Alberta’s beer ruleshave brought unfair price markups that hurt their competitiveness.Alberta is now revamping its beer subsidy plan after a trade panel recently ruled it violated interprovincial trade rules.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgBarrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Mining. Up 80 cents, or 4.54 per cent, to $18.43 on 9.9 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 67 cents, or 7.86 per cent, to $7.85 on 7.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 34 cents, or 4.78 per cent, to $6.78 on 7.3 million shares.GeneNews Ltd. (TSX:GEN). Health care. Down half a cent, or 10 per cent, to 4.5 cents on 6.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up two cents, or one per cent, to $2.03 on 5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 14 cents, or 6.17 per cent, to $2.41 on 4.7 million shares. Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,322.86, up 100.86 points) Companies reporting major news:The Canadian Transportation Agency says the country’s two major railways exceeded their maximum revenue entitlements for grain in 2017-18, despite shipping less of the stuff than last year. Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) reaped $1.05 million more than its entitlement of $787.01 million in 2017-18. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) took in $1.5 million beyond its entitlement of $707.99 million.center_img The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Royal Air Maroc Cancels New York Casablanca Flights Due to Blizzard

New York – Morocco’s state-owned airline carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced on Saturday the cancellation of its flights to and from New York scheduled Saturday following the deterioration of weather conditions in the United States of America.The announcement was made as the US east coast is being hit an historical blizzard.The ongoing blizzard on Saturday afternoon promoted New York Andrew Governor Cuomo to announce a citywide travel ban of 2:30 p.m. local time and the cease of operations for aboveground subways beginning at 4:00 p.m. The US National Weather System has issued an active blizzard warning that will remain in effect until 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.Snowfall has been recorded at 20-25 inches, with winds from the north at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Temperatures are in the mid-20s Fahrenheit.

Morocco is an Impenetrable Shield Against Terrorist Plans Official

Cairo – Director of the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khayam said that Morocco has always been an impenetrable shield against terrorist plans and that the vigilance of Moroccan security mechanisms thwarted all terrorist attempts targeting the Kingdom.El Khayam, who gave an interview to Egyptian daily “Al Watan” on Wednesday, noted that the Kingdom’s strength in terms of the counterterrorism fight relies on the proactive approach advocated by Morocco seeking to nip in the bud any attempt that could undermine the country’s security.This proactive approach is also aimed at facing young people who enrolled in terrorist organizations to undergo training or receive instructions, he added. El Khayam underlined that the setting up of the BCIJ is part of the plan for modernizing the Kingdom’s security mechanism following the terrorist attacks committed in Morocco in the past years and seeks also to counter the terrorist threat looming over the region, notably in Morocco given its geographic location.The upsurge of the terrorism phenomenon can be explained by the current situation in the Arab region and the world in general, mainly after the emergence of El Qaeda in Afghanistan, the indoctrination of fighters with ideas of jihad and the 9/11 attacks, he said.He went on to say that the number of Moroccans who joined the different terrorist organizations is 1,609, adding that several countries do not disclose exact figures. read more

Moroccos BCP Signs Agreement with Nigerias Heirs Holdings to Up Africa

Rabat – Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria-based development bank Heirs Holdings this week, paving the way for new cooperation on investing and co-financing opportunities across the African continent.Heirs Holdings is known for its support of Africapitalism, which urges the continent’s financial institutions and business leaders to spearhead economic development efforts – similar to King Mohammed VI’s South-South cooperation initiatives. The monarch has been touring African Union states to ramp up support for Morocco’s return to the regional organization.Heirs Holdings chairman Tony O. Elumelu and Mohamed Benchaaboun, the CEO of BCP signed the document, according to Business Daily Online. Elumelu also heads the United Bank for Africa – with operations spread across 19 countries – which signed a cooperation agreement with Attijariwafa Bank as well. “This is an opportunity for the private sectors of both countries to collaborate to leverage on opportunities for sustainable economic growth,” Elumelu said in statement. “It shows that our leaders are committed to intra-African trade and to prioritizing commercial relationships across borders. As businesses that both share a pan-African perspective, we recognize the importance of intra African trade as a pillar of the continent’s economic transformation.”The Tony Elumelu Foundation will also continue to fund the training of North African youths in skills necessary for the 21st century business environment through the organization’s entrepreneurship program, which mentors 1,000 start-up CEOs across Africa every year.Benchaaboun said he expects the new cooperation between Nigerian and Moroccan banks to “deepen African integration” in order to attract further investments from other parts of the world. read more

Sherlock Holmes 3 Considers Filming in Morocco

Rabat – Will another Hollywood production shoot in Morocco? According to American movie-focused outlet Omega Underground, the third part of the Sherlock Holmes saga could film some scenes in locations within the Kingdom.Besides Morocco, the movie is already set to shoot primarily in London, the home of the characters.For this new adventure, American actor Robert Downey Jr. will again don his Sherlock Holmes suit, while British actor Jude Law will assume his role as Holmes’s sidekick, Dr. Watson. Original director Guy Ritchie has not been confirmed yet to return. Warner Bros. plans to release its production on December 25, 2020. The far-off launch date may be a result of the leading actor’s busy schedule. Downey Jr. just finished shooting the last Avengers film and Jude Law is about to wrap up filming for  Captain Marvel.Released in 2010, Sherlock Holmes is the story of the legendary detective of the same name, accompanied by his sidekick Dr. Watson; the duo relentlessly pursues criminals of all kinds. Holmes’s weapons are: a keen sense of observation and deduction, erudition, and curiosity.Morocco will welcome two other Hollywood productions this year. Keanu Reeves’s famous John Wick saga is revving up for round three in the kingdom. The Canadian actor is set to shoot in the North African country, following filming which began in Japan and Montreal April 25.Additionally, American actor, singer, and filmmaker Johnny Depp will soon fly to the kingdom with British actors Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance to shoot Waiting for the Barbarians, produced by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra.“We hope to start shooting at the end of the year in Morocco. It will be my first film outside of Colombia and in English,” said the director in a statement to AFP. read more

Guatemala UN chief pledges support for rescue effort after deadly volcano eruption

According to UN-partner, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (ICRC), news reports, at least 25 people have died and news reports suggest that more than 40 are missing.In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Monday, the Secretary-General said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and significant damage caused” by the Fuego volcano, located in the south of the country, around 40 kilometres from the capital, Guatemala City. Mr. Guterres also offered his condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Guatemala and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The volcano also resulted in what are known as pyroclastic flows: deadly fast-moving currents of hot gas and volcanic matter. Ash spewed across a 15-kilometre radius, and as many as 1.7 million people are likely to be affected.

Massive earthquake in Indonesia leaves hundreds dead UN chief deeply saddened

Casualty numbers are expected to rise, and thousands of buildings in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, have collapsed. A tsunami was also triggered by the earthquake, generating waves of up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, according to reports.Rescue efforts are reportedly underway, but are hampered by a major power cut, and a landslide that has blocked the main road to Palu.The UN chief has extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Indonesia, adding that the United Nations stands ready to support the Government-led ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

Devon holiday camp hosts teen Calais asylum seekers

first_imgA spokesman said they could not confirm when and if more refugees were arriving.  A spokesman for the Home Office said they could not comment on operational details.One local community leader said Great Torrington was a “bizarre” choice as he claimed Government and council officials had failed to consult the town’s 5,000-strong population.”We are a very tolerant, accommodating community but that is a very large amount of people,” said Nick Hallam, secretary of the Great Torrington Cavaliers, which has won The Queen’s Award for voluntary service. “This is the first we have heard about it and I think that the Home Office should have consulted with the local community on these things.” Child refugees from the Calais jungle are being housed in a 17th-century manor house in rural Devon, The Telegraph can disclose.Up to 70 refugees are set to be taken to Beam House, which is about two miles from market town Great Torrington in the north of the county, with the first group of 20 arriving in the early hours of Monday morning.At lunchtime on Monday, a group played basketball in the picturesque grounds of the historic estate while four guards dressed in black manned the lengthy driveway. The house, which is home to PGL holiday camps, is situated on the bank of the River Torridge.It is usually houses children on adventure holidays, with activities typically including abseiling, climbing, archery and motorsports. The grounds also boast a high ropes course.The facility welcomed the first arrivals under the “Dubs amendment”, which grants refuge to the most vulnerable. Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, has said the move would not be a “permanent institution” and the hostel would act as a processing centre. “The majority of the children will only be here for a few days,” he said.PGL – which advertises seven day stays from £450-a-week – has been contacted for comment.The arrival of youngsters in the UK comes as the bulldozers prepare to move in to destroy the Jungle camp where they were based.Last week the Government faced questions over its ability to check the age of new arrivals into Britain when some appeared to be far older than 18. Some 3,000 children are being taken in from camps in the Middle East, while some who have made it as far as mainland Europe are also being resettled in Britain if they have close family links.A Home Office spokesperson said: “We continue to explore a range of suitable accommodation throughout the UK for refugees and asylum seekers, including those who have arrived in the last week and those who will arrive in the coming days.“We are working closely with NGOs, charities, private contractors, local authorities and MPs across the country to ensure the children receive the appropriate care and support when they get here.       “We are grateful to those who have stepped forward and provided assistance.” Rooms at PGL Beam House, where youngsters from Calais are staying Rooms at PGL Beam House, where youngsters from Calais are stayingCredit:PGL website 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.center_img One shop owner, who did not want to be named, said the refugees had “fallen on their feet” with the accommodation.The 57-year-old added: “It does seem a strange place to put them up. It is almost as if they [the authorities] want to just get them out of London, their families probably aren’t even down here. One of the big cities, Exeter or Plymouth or something, that would be better, somewhere more multi-cultural.”But Sean Harrison, 53, said he had no problem with the move.“It is something we should be doing something about. If here is a place that has correct facilities, they should be welcome.”Devon County Council confirmed 20 youngsters had arrived at Beam House in the early hours of Monday morning. The market town of Great TorringtonCredit:Rex The market town of Great Torrington PGL runs children's adventure holidays at Beam House PGL runs children’s adventure holidays at Beam HouseCredit:PGLlast_img read more

VfL Gummersbach and Emir Kurtagic to separate ways in summer 2017

One of the most successful teams in the history of handball, VfL Gummersbach will try to get back into upper part of German handball in following years with a new coach. Cooperation with Emir Kurtagic will be ended at the end of the season.Kurtagic, who began to work in 12-times German champions as assistant coach of Sead Hasanefendic in 2008, since December 2011 is head-coach. The team from Gummersbach had a lot of financial challenges in the last few years which had negative effects on the results. ← Previous Story Serviti and ZTR leading the groups Next Story → The worst month of Talant Dujshebaev’s career: November on -24! Emir KurtagicVfL Gummersbach

Life on Mars it was possible

first_imgCOULD THERE HAVE been life on Mars in the past?It was the most important question given to the men and women behind the current Nasa mission on the planet and they now believe they have the answer.“Yes,” says Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the exploration programme from the agency’s HQ in Washington.An analysis of a rock sample collected by Nasa’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month.This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA’s Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is ” Wopmay” rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover. On the right are the rocks of the “Sheepbed” unit in Yellowknife Bay, in Gale Crater, as seen by Curiosity. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/MSSS)The collected data indicates the Yellowknife Bay area was the end of an ancient river system or an intermittently wet lake bed. The rock is made up of a fine-grained mudstone containing clay minerals, sulfate minerals and other chemicals. This ancient wet environment, unlike some others on Mars, was not harshly oxidizing, acidic or extremely salty.“We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that probably if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it,” said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology.“We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new ‘gray Mars’ where conditions once were favourable for life.”Curiosity, carrying 10 science instruments, landed seven months ago to begin its two-year prime mission.-Additional reporting by APMore: Are humans or robots the future of space travel?last_img read more

Melbournes paedophile priests to be defrocked

first_imgThe Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne is defrocking every priest convicted of sexual offences against children according to reports in The Age. Fourteen Melbourne priests have been convicted in criminal courts of offences against children. To date, three priests are dead, four have been defrocked and applications against another five are before the Vatican. Two more cases are being prepared for submission later this year. Another priest, not convicted in court, has already been defrocked after being judged guilty of abuse by the church’s independent commissioner. The archdiocese has moved quickly in the past year. In April 2010 a spokesman said that despite the more than 300 allegations of abuse substantiated by the independent commissioner, only one priest had been defrocked. The church has been criticised for not acting to remove paedophile priests, but Melbourne’s Vicar-General, Bishop Les Tomlinson, said it was only recently that changes to canon law allowed defrocking without their consent and without a trial. He said defrocking might be important in helping victims find closure, but any priest found to have offended against a child already had their faculties to act as a priest removed. Helen Last of advocacy group In Good Faith said the church’s actions opened the way for consultation about changes needed to the Melbourne system for dealing with complaints. ”There are a lot more priests who should be laicised [returned to lay status] through complaints to the independent commissioner’s office as well,” she said. Bishop Tomlinson said the church could not identify the priests concerned, but last month he confirmed that former Healesville priest Paul Pavlou – convicted of an indecent act with a 14-year-old boy and of possessing child pornography – had been defrocked. Barry Whelan, a serial abuser, but not of children, was also removed this year, but at his own request, reportedly to marry. The priest removed before 2010 was rapist and serial abuser Michael Glennon, jailed in 1978, 1991 and 2003 for a multitude of offences. The Broken Rites website identifies several Melbourne priests convicted in criminal courts, including Wilfred Baker, jailed for four years in 1999 on 16 counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency against eight boys; David Daniel, jailed for six years in 2000 on 16 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual penetration of a 16-year-old; John Haines, jailed for four years and three months in 2008 on six counts of indecent assault and possessing child pornography; Terence Merivale, jailed for six months in 2000 for indecently assaulting three young girls; Terry Pidoto, jailed for seven years and three months in 2007 for rape and other offences against four boys and Victor Rubeo, given a 12-month good behaviour bond in 1996 for indecent assaults against two boys. Bishop Tomlinson said applications take six months to a year to be completed at the Vatican, and are similar to a prosecution brief in a criminal trial. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Quantifying the success of multiculturalism

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New policy measuring the success and failures of multiculturalism in Victoria will see the government up their involvement with new migrants and community institutions. The new policy, Victoria’s Advantage – Unity, Diversity, Opportunity, launched this week by Premier Denis Napthine and the Minster for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, will see qualitative steps taken to measure the success rate of multicultural programs.The new initiative will track the progress of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people and seek feedback on what needs to be done to improve services and community acceptance.Things like how many CALD students finish high school, how many go onto university and how many international students are currently studying in Victoria will be tracked.The number of international visitors in Victoria will be catalogued and the government will also see if skilled migrants have actually managed to find a job in their field. In a first, the policy will also gather data on whether people think multiculturalism makes life better in their area and also track the prevalence of racism and discrimination currently in the community. It will be the first time the state government has introduced policy to address specific complaints of discrimination and racial and religious vilification. The Scanlon report last year found the proportion of people saying they had experienced some form of discrimination jumped from 12 per cent in 2012 to 19 per cent in 2013.Premier Napthine said fighting racism and discrimination was not just for the government to tackle but something all Victorians should count themselves a part of.“We must all remain vigilant in our efforts to combat racism and discrimination whenever it occurs,” Premier Napthine said on the new policy.“It is not the role of the government alone, but rather it is the shared responsibility of all Victorians to ensure we are a stable and welcoming society.”The policy will also interview new migrants to see if government and community services are adequate when dealing with CALD needs.More information about the policy will be given closer to the November election, says Minister Kotsiras.“I think it’s important, we can’t embrace new migrants and say welcome to everyone but not provide the resources and the assistance for them to feel a part of the community,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“As we’ll be going closer to the election we’ll be announcing policies and programs with dollar terms on how to achieve this.”The government is expecting to invest to make sure translators and interpreters are available for people with low English proficiency to access government information and service, while it also hopes to encourage young people with migrant backgrounds to excel in the workforce and at school.The whole purpose of the policy, the government says, is to help better identify trends and emerging issues to better direct resources.Neos Kosmos approached Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Daniel Andrews for comment but he did not reply before deadline.Also launched this week by Minister Kotsiras and the Education Minister Martin Dixon is a joint program to back civics, citizenship and multicultural education. They hope to improve access to bilingual resources, provide cultural diversity training to educators, guide schools and early learning services in developing inclusive, respectful practices, and give young people more opportunities to be involved in civic projects.last_img read more