Corrigan picked for state’s top court

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated San Francisco appellate Judge Carol Corrigan to the California Supreme Court on Friday, deciding on a moderate Republican and former prosecutor to fill the post of conservative jurist Janice Rogers Brown. “This is the best of the best that we have in the state,” Schwarzenegger said during a Capitol news conference called to introduce her. Corrigan, 57, an associate justice on the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, succeeds Brown, who resigned in June after the U.S. Senate confirmed her to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Brown was the only black on the seven-member court, prompting speculation that Schwarzenegger would name another black to maintain the court’s ethnic balance. He also was said to have closely considered Vance Raye, a black Republican sitting on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. Corrigan is white. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Schwarzenegger said his only concern in naming a successor was finding the most qualified person and making a decision that “was best for California.” He praised Corrigan as being someone of “unimpeachable character.” “Justice Corrigan is careful, thoughtful, quick-witted and brings a deliberate, detail-oriented approach to the law,” he said. “She will bring honor to California’s high court and serve the people with dignity and integrity.” Several black leaders criticized Schwarzenegger’s decision not to replace Brown with another black jurist. State Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, chairman of the California Legislative Black Caucus, said Corrigan’s appointment means the court will not accurately reflect California’s ethnic makeup “and therefore is lacking in the much-needed diversity to make accurate rulings.” Alice Huffman, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in California, said a black justice would provide “a perspective that nobody else can deliver for us in many of the cases. … We need both African-American and Latino justices on the bench. There’s always a void whenever we’re not there.” Corrigan was a Superior Court judge in Alameda County when she was appointed in 1994 to the appellate court by one of Schwarzenegger’s political mentors, former Gov. Pete Wilson. She previously had been a Municipal Court judge and deputy district attorney in Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco. Court watchers had predicted the governor would tap Corrigan or Raye because of their party affiliation, seniority and judicial philosophies. The pressure on Schwarzenegger to name a conservative to the bench had grown in recent days, after he angered many Republicans by appointing Susan Kennedy, a longtime Democratic activist, to be his chief of staff. But on Friday, the governor said politics played no role in his decision to nominate Corrigan. “That’s the last concern I have,” Schwarzenegger said, responding to a reporter’s question. “You don’t worry what is best about for the Republicans or you don’t worry about anyone who is concerned about Susan Kennedy or anything like that. … She is really the most qualified for this job.” Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative group that has been sharply critical of Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Kennedy as his chief of staff, said he was relieved that the governor picked a Republican for the court. On Thursday, the group asked the state Republican Party to reconsider its endorsement of Schwarzenegger in next year’s re-election bid. “Obviously, our membership would have been closer to Vance Raye,” he said. “He seemed to be the more conservative of the two. … We’ll have to see how she rules on cases.” Corrigan spoke briefly, saying the cornerstone of her judicial philosophy is that “the law doesn’t belong to judges; it belongs to people.” She declined to answer a question about same-sex marriage, an issue that is likely to come before the state Supreme Court, and said the topic never arose in her conversations with Schwarzenegger. The last vacancy on the state’s highest court was filled in 2001 by Carlos Moreno, the court’s only Democrat and a Hispanic who replaced Justice Stanley Mosk upon his death. If Corrigan is confirmed, the court will consist of two white men, a Hispanic man, an Asian man, an Asian woman and two white women. Assemblyman Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood, a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, supported Schwarzenegger’s selection of a woman, but said it also is important to maintain a racial balance on the court. But he noted that the court’s departing justice, Brown, disappointed many blacks with her decisions. “I think it’s wise to have an ethnic balance on the court of the land, but a person’s judicial philosophy takes precedence over that balance,” Horton said. “However, Justice Janice Rogers Brown’s (was) inconsistent with the views of the majority of California. Just because you wear the same colors doesn’t mean you’re on the same team.” Corrigan’s nomination will be considered Jan. 4 by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments, a three-member body composed of Chief Justice Ronald M. George, a Republican, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a Democrat, and 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Joan Klein, a Democrat from Los Angeles. California’s top court nominees do not need the approval of lawmakers. If confirmed by the commission, Corrigan would become the court’s 112th justice since statehood. The state Supreme Court is based in San Francisco. Also Friday, Schwarzenegger nominated his former legal affairs secretary, Peter Siggins, to fill Corrigan’s seat or another vacancy on the 1st District Court of Appeal. Siggins, 50, also needs approval from the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Corrigan, who lives alone in Oakland, is a Catholic who grew up in the San Joaquin Delta port city of Stockton, where her father was a journalist and held a variety of other positions with The Record newspaper. Her mother was a librarian. She has joined the appellate court in issuing several conservative decisions but also is seen as a moderate. In 1997, she joined an opinion reversing the convictions of several abortion activists who had been arrested for violating a court order while protesting outside an abortion clinic in Vallejo. In her ruling, Corrigan said the government had failed to prove that the protesters were part of a raucous group that had been barred from picketing outside the clinic. In one of her most noted decisions in 2001, Corrigan ruled that local governments can seize the vehicles of people suspected of dealing drugs or soliciting prostitutes from a car. In 2003, she joined the court in reversing the murder convictions of five defendants accused of killing a manager at Fremont’s Wintec Industries in 1998. The appeals court said the suspects were denied a fair trial because the trial judge refused to admit testimony that a sixth person was actually to blame for the killing. At the news conference Friday, she said her nomination is a tremendous honor and thanked Schwarzenegger for the consideration. “I will do my very best to live up that expression of your confidence,” she said. Associated Press legal affairs writer David Kravets contributed to this story from San Francisco. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

US crash investigators most wanted list!

first_imgAviation safety doesn’t just happen. It’s hard-won, composed of lessons learned from accidents and incidents. Its’ the job of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, one of the smallest yet hardest-working organizations in Washington, D.C., to chronicle what goes wrong when an airplane crashes and issue recommendations to fix the problems.The Safety Board just issued its ‘Most Wanted’ list for 2016, improvements aimed at making almost all modes of transportation safer. As often happens, aviation concerns either led, or were near the top of, the list. At least five of the ten ‘Most Wanted’ improvements are related to commercial aviation. The NTSB wants U.S. regulators to:Require medical fitness for dutyNTSB says, “When safety-critical personnel, such as public vehicle operators (in many cases that means pilots) have untreated medical conditions that prevent them from doing their jobs effectively, people can be seriously injured or die.” The Safety board cites a case in which a FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet flew into the ground while on approach to Tallahassee, Florida “because the pilot had a severe color vision deficiency which made it difficult for him to correctly identify the color of the airport’s PAPI lights that were warning him the flight was too low.” Three people were injured in the crash.NTSB recommends a comprehensive medical certification system for safety-critical transportation personnel that includes—among other things—a complete medical history taken at prescribed intervals that includes medications, conditions and treatments as well as physical exams; and an exam to identify personnel at high-risk for sleep disorders. End substance abuse in transportationThe Safety Board says, “Our new reality” is that drugs or alcohol can affect the ability to operate any vehicle, including aircraft. NTSB recently studied drug use among all fatally-injured pilots. What it found was sobering: “The prevalence of potentially impairing drugs increased from an average of 11 percent of fatally-injured accident pilots during the period from 1990-1997 to an average of 23 percent of accident pilots during the period 2008-2012…The most commonly found impairing substance was diphenhydramine, a sedating antihistamine found in over-the-counter medications.”As to what can be done, the Safety Board concedes, “Unfortunately, for most drugs, the relationship between the amount consumed and crash risk is not well understood. We need more and better data to better understand the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of countermeasures.” Expand the use of recorders to enhance transportation safetyStating flat-out that “no single tool has helped determine what went wrong [in an accident] more than recorders,” NTSB recommends the use of cockpit image recorders—not merely voice and flight data reorders. Noting that in a crash “data and/or voice recorders may have been present. But some questions could have been answered only through the data provided by an image recorder. Image recorders can help fill in the gaps.”This isn’t a new recommendation on the part of the Safety Board. Previous suggestions that video recorders be installed in the cockpits of airliners have been met with opposition among some pilots.Strengthen occupant protectionThe Safety Board says it’s investigated “many accidents where improved occupant protection systems…could have reduced injuries and saved lives.” The 2013 crash of an Asiana Boring 777 at San Francisco International illustrates the issue, where “a lack of restraint use led to some tragic consequences.” NTSB says, “While 99 percent of passengers survived…two of the three fatally injured passengers were ejected from the airplane because they were unrestrained.”The Safety Board is especially keen to see improvements in rules regulating child restraint. Ironically, “While we are required to secure our luggage and even small items such as snacks and beverages during takeoff and landing, the [U.S.] Federal Aviation Administration exempts the most vulnerable passengers—children underage two—allowing them to travel unrestrained, or on an adult’s lap.”The Safety Board wants to see increased use of existing restraint systems, systems that “preserve survivable space and ensure ease of evacuation.”Reduce fatigue-related accidentsFatigue can have terrible consequences. “Nearly 20 percent of the 182 major NTSB investigations [of accidents affecting all modes of transportation] completed between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2012 identified fatigue as a probable cause, contributing factor or finding.” One of the most glaring instances was the August 14, 2013 crash of a UPS A300 cargo aircraft at Birmingham, Alabama. Both the captain and first officer died.As to what can be done, the Safety Board says, “Over the past three decades a great deal of research has been done. But research only goes so far; we must implement what we have learned.”Lessons that were hard-won indeed.last_img read more

Alf Kumalo: South Africa loses a hero

first_img22 October 2012Less than a week before the passing of one of South Africa’s longest serving photojournalists, Alf Kumalo, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com spoke to his eldest daughter Sibusiso, and the curator of the photography museum he founded.Kumalo died at age 82 at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg, on Sunday 21 October after struggling with prostate cancer. He enjoyed a long and eventful career spanning over six decades, eloquently capturing South Africa’s progression from apartheid state to a democracy.Sibusiso referred to her father as a people’s person who would always tell stories – generally funny ones – about his work.“I remember him telling me how he was not allowed to take pictures during the Soweto riots of the 1980s,” she recalled, “and he learned to balance the camera on his head so, using a self-timer, he could shoot without using his hands.”Sibusiso was born in 1969 but only lived with her father for nine years until 1978 when her parents divorced.She expressed her gratitude for the time the two of them spent healing old wounds. “I am glad to have had a relationship with him where we ironed out old issues before he was on his death bed.”Tributes pour inPresident Jacob Zuma said in a statement that South Africa had lost an outstanding individual.“He was a meticulous photographer and his work will live on forever as a monument to the people’s resilience and fortitude in the face of colonial oppression and apartheid,” Zuma said.In a tribute issued by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Monday morning, spokesperson Sello Hatang reflected on Kumalo’s career, which began in earnest in 1951 and mirrored the rise of Mandela’s own political career.“He was one of South Africa’s most eminent photographers and one who closely documented the life of Nelson Mandela both before and after his imprisonment,” Hatang said.“Bra Alf photographed many of the historic events in which Mandela played a key role, including the Treason and Rivonia trials.”From the time Mandela was sentenced in 1962 to five years in jail and then to life in 1964, he added, Kumalo continued to photograph the struggle against apartheid and, importantly, to visually record the life of Mandela’s family.Former ambassador to the UN Dumisani Kumalo, a cousin of the late photographer, told The Times newspaper that he had not been well for a while.“We lost a hero. We lost a great man and a brother and a pillar in our family,” said Kumalo.Six decades of photographyKumalo’s is credited with some of the country’s most captivating photography that captured numerous historic events from as early on as the 1950s.It was after he freelanced for Bantu World newspaper – which later became known as The World – and worked for Golden City Post that he began to rise to prominence, and especially during his tenure at Drum magazine in the 1960s.Kumalo entered and won his first photographic competition in 1963, and the announcement reached him while he was in London covering a Mohammad Ali fight.He had entered under his African names Mangaliso Dukuza, because he wanted the judging to be impartial and not influenced by his already-flourishing reputation.Other momentous events captured by Kumalo include the infamous student uprising of 1976, the release of Mandela from prison in 1990, negotiations at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa – often referred to in local media as the “Codesa talks” – and the former president’s inauguration as South Africa’s first black head of state in 1994.A solo exhibition of his life’s work took place at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2004.In the same year Kumalo received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver for his contribution to documentary photography and journalism in the country. The award is presented by the president in recognition of South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport.His work has appeared on international publications including Britain’s Observer, the New York Times and the New York Post and Ireland’s Sunday Independent. Passing on his skillsIn 2002 Kumalo opened the doors to a school of photography, which he operated from what used to be his house in Diepkloof, for the benefit of previously disadvantaged youngsters who aspire to follow in his footsteps. There is also a museum with his works on the premises, where Jabu Perreira works as a full-time curator.“Personally I think his portraits are the best,” he told our journalist. “The good thing about Alf’s work during the apartheid era is that his talent came from inside and his subjects felt relaxed with him behind the lens.”Because of a lack of funds, the school has not been able to enrol new students for several years. It was initially funded by a grant from Movimondo, an Italian NGO involved in the field of photography.“Bra Alf would be invited to events as a VIP, but he would end up taking photos and engaging with the masses instead,” said Perreira.Kumalo’s vision for the museum, which is currently being renovated, was to create an artistic space for people who are in the arts.“We want to host film screenings, exhibitions and seminars on photography to attract an audience to the museum,” said Perreira.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Giant Flag to bring tourists and jobs to the Camdeboo

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the 66-hectare Giant Flag, with colured desert plants, white gravel road and a field of solar panels. (Image: Giant Flag)Mary AlexanderIn the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo region of the Eastern Cape, a global online crowdfunded project with huge ambitions is set to transform a community where four of every 10 people don’t have jobs. This is South Africa’s Giant Flag, a development project so big it will be visible from space.Infographic: South Africa’s world-first Giant FlagThe Camdeboo is part of South Africa’s dry and tough Karoo desert, where economic opportunities are limited to sheep and ostrich farming, and not much else. Its major town, Graaff-Reinet, has an unemployment rate of 40%.The Giant Flag aims to turn this around by combining tourism and sustainable green energy with job creation. The plan is to grow a 66-hectare field of desert plants, succulents and cactuses indigenous to the Karoo, in the colours of South Africa’s national flag – red, yellow, blue and green. The white part of the flag will be represented by gravel roads bisecting the cactus fields, and the black by 6.6 hectares of solar panels capable of delivering four megawatts of electricity to 4 000 homes.It is, indeed, a giant project. The flag will take up an area equivalent to 66 football fields, or 660 000 square metres. The full precinct will ultimately include a hotel, conference centre, food gardens and adventure tourism.The flag: excitement and national prideThe flag is the brainchild of Guy Lieberman, the green and social new business development manager at advertising firm FCB. The agency asked Lieberman to come up with a project that would both rekindle the national pride and excitement of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup and stimulate growth in neglected rural regions. He came up with a Giant Flag of plants to bring colour and jobs to the barren Camdeboo.Read more: Fred Brownell and the creation of the South African flagIt is not a modest project. Over its two-year, three-phase development, is expected to cost something in the region of R180-million. But when its gates do open it will have brought 700 permanent “green-collar” jobs – mostly for women – into a deeply depressed region, and built enormous tourism infrastructure for the Eastern Cape.The first phase, which cost R4-million, is complete. The land has been secured, and the zoning, environmental impact study and business plan have all been approved. The second phase, launched in late October, will cost some R25-million.A visualisation of a satellite image of the town of Graaff-Reinet with the completed Giant Flag. (Image: Giant Flag)Rural tourism key to job creationThe project is supported by three government departments – including tourism – as well as provincial and local authorities, a range of corporate sponsors, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Development Bank of South Africa. The SABC has committed to broadcasting 52 weekly two-minute episodes about its progress. Google has given the flag a permanent monthly advertising grant worth R100 000, and powers its online platform.At the launch in Graaff-Reinet on 23 October, tourism minister Tokozile Xasa said her industry had enormous power to improve the lives of people in rural areas, far from urban centres of economic activity.The Giant Flag project, she said, “dovetails with our department’s National Rural Tourism Strategy that has community beneficiation as is its core. The strategy is aimed at developing rural tourism that can greatly contribute to the alleviation of pressure in areas that are often characterised by poverty and underdevelopment. The strategy illustrates the National Department of Tourism’s commitment to the development of rural economies in general and rural tourism in particular.”Offsetting thousands of tons of carbonThe second phase will see the flag take form. The 2.5-million plants – fire barrel cactus for the red, golden barrel cactus for yellow, blue dan succulent for blue and spekboom for green – will be planted on the 66-hectare site, and the white road laid down.The plants will not only create a stunning display of South Africa’s national flag and help draw tourists to the area. They will also scrub 87 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year – equivalent to the energy used by 7 276 typical American households. They will also bring rich and diverse plant life to this barren desert area.The full site will take up a full 100 hectares, one square kilometre, surrounded by security fencing. In the 34 hectares between the flag and the fence, gardens growing food and medicinal plants will be established.The key to getting the Giant Flag in place is global crowdfunding through the project’s Google-powered website. People anywhere in the world are invited to set up profiles on the site, and purchase units of plants, road or solar panels. The prices range from US$10 for the plants (about R110), $100 for the road (R1 110), and $250 (R2 700) for a unit of the solar field. Registered users are then given the GPS coordinates for the sections of the flag they have bought, and can monitor progress online, in real time.Helping people and the environmentThe third phase of the Giant Flag is where the green development really begins. Starting early next year, construction will begin on the 6.6-hectare solar field, set to cost R100-million. A further R45-million will be spent on a 22 000 square metre canopy structure, a biogas facility, algae plant, civil works and a water reservoir with an 11-million-litre capacity.The solar plant will be the first large, commercial scale solar field in the world to harvest water. The energy it produces will be sold into South Africa’s national grid, and the money – with other profits from the Giant Flag project – will go into endowment and education funds. These will finance micro-loans and skills development for the local community, as well as school upgrades and tertiary education bursaries.The final phase of development will include building a tourism precinct with a conference centre and hotel, which will offer adventure tourism activities such as microlighting and hot air ballooning.“The sky’s the limit,” Lieberman, the mastermind of the Giant Flag, said at the launch. “I see opportunity upon opportunity upon opportunity when I visualise the flag and the communities that live around it.”last_img read more

Bafana edged in Cosafa Cup shootout

first_img18 July 2013Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the Cosafa Cup tournament at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday evening by hosts Zambia, who edged the contest 5-3 from the penalty spot. The sides were level at 0-0 after extra time.Zambia will tackle Zimbabwe in the final on Saturday, while South Africa will face Lesotho for third place. Zimbabwe, who have won a record four Cosafa Cups, downed Lesotho 3-1 in the first semi-final on Wednesday.“I think this was a very good game tonight of two teams having a go at each other. I would like to congratulate Zambia for the win, although it is never nice to lose on penalties,” Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said after the game.‘They have their all’“I thought we were better tonight and as you saw we beat the post twice. I am just disappointed for the boys because I would have loved to see them in the final because they gave their all.”Referencing the strong home support, Iegsund added: “The crowd did not affect us because we stuck to our game plan and took the game to our opposition. It is just unfortunate we could not get the desired results.“I feel we were very strong defensively. We dominated the midfield, but maybe we could have done better upfront. But I am quite pleased with the effort of the whole team. It was a tough match, but we held our own.”Igesund made five changes to the team that played against Namibia in the opening match on Saturday, 13 July, bringing in Katlego Mashego, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Thabani Mthembu and Lehlohonolo Nonyane, while Sibusiso Khumalo, Sibusiso Msomi, Lerato Chabangu, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba were on the bench.ScrappyThe first half was a scrappy affair with Zambia dictating terms, but the second stanza was a closely-contested affair with South Africa asking all the questions.Both sides could have won it in the 90 minutes only for the woodwork to deny them.First it was Nonyane who hit an upright in the 60th minute with a powerful header, only for Gamildien to shoot the rebound over the bar when it appeared almost easier to score than to miss.Hit the uprightTwelve minutes later after good move by Lebogang Manyama and Mandla Masango, Masanago put in a cross that found Chabangu, but he hit the upright with the keeper in no man’s land, and Zambia survived.The home side gave the visitors a scare four minutes from time when Kondwani Mtonga beat the offside trap to tap in, only for his shot to hit the crossbar.Thirty minutes of extra time produced no goals leading to the dreaded penalty shootout.Zambia managed to score their spot kicks through Alex Ngonga, Bornwell Mwape, Moses Phiri, Kabaso Chongo and Bronson Chama. For South Africa only Chabangu had his shot saved, while Thulani Hlatshwayo, Lebogang Manyama, and Mzikayise Mashaba scored.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

How To Improve Your Results By Starting Strategic Sales Conversations

first_imgOver the past couple of weeks, I have had occasion to watch and listen to salespeople enter the conversation from the Left. They start a conversation with their prospective clients with a story about their company and how their product might help the client. I am always struck by the fact that salespeople still believe people want to buy a drill when the truth is that they want to buy what the drill produces. They want holes. If you want to improve your results, start strategic sales conversations.If you know people want holes, why wouldn’t you start the conversation there? If you happen to be tasked with winning new business away from your competitors, something we euphemistically call “a competitive displacement,” you know for certain that your prospective client already has a company who looks and sounds a lot like you. Because you decided to enter from the Left, you look and sound like a commodity, something that doesn’t help you compel change.Tired Approaches“But wait,” you say, “I just want to uncover their dissatisfaction so I can help them with a solution.” The approach we have used in B2B sales for the last thirty years is inadequate to today’s challenges, which is why our methods continue to evolve. How can you work in an industry for years—or decades—and not have any theory as to the common, systemic challenges your prospective clients struggle with every day? How is it possible to not know how to help your clients with better results as it pertains to strategic outcomes they want and need—and are likely struggling to obtain?I believe there is room for all approaches, and deciding on your strategy requires understanding the context that drives your choices. However, when the general setting is that your prospect doesn’t believe they need to change and that you are a commodity (or should be treated like one), there isn’t a good reason to play small.Enter from the RightStarting a conversation about the change necessary to obtain the strategic outcomes you sell is a better strategy. While it’s easy to lump your offering in with your competitors, it’s more difficult to minimize the value of the strategic outcomes you can help your dream client improve.Starting a conversation about something more important, more strategic, and more valuable makes you look and sound very different from your competition. It positions you as something more than a salesperson; it positions you as a business person and a potential partner with a more strategic—and valuable—view of your client’s business.This Morning’s ChallengeEarlier this morning, a reader accused me of Entering from the Left. The reader suggested that I am guilty of doing precisely the opposite of what I recommend. Fortunately, the reader was incorrect. Here is what it might look like if I entered from the Left:My name is Anthony Iannarino, and I am an internationally-recognized sales expert. I have written and published three best-selling books on sales. I have spoken to and advised some of the largest sales organizations on Earth. Over 100,000 people subscribe to my daily blog, and many of them read my Sunday newsletter. You should buy my books because they will help you sell better.You aren’t going to find me writing anything like this on this site or my Sunday newsletter. Instead, I wrote a post that describes the very problem many salespeople and sales organizations struggle with now, namely competitive displacements and being perceived—and treated like—a commodity. I provided an idea about how you start a conversation in a different place than your competitors to increase the likelihood your dream client will agree to meet with you.In writing this post, I have infected you with the idea that one can enter a sales conversation from the Right or the left, that one is markedly better than the other, and that there is a way to increase your effectiveness by entering from the Right. Rather than trying to rely on my bona fides to convince you, I provided you with an experience that tells you more about me and my ideas than sharing my resume with you.Every Interaction MattersEvery interaction with your dream client provides them with information about you. Entering from the Left often proves that you believe the value you create is found in your company, your products, and the proof that other companies work with you. You lose a lot of prospective clients in this conversation because it is clear to them that you don’t offer any value yourself when you are the value proposition.When you start a conversation about improving results in an area that rises to the level of being strategic for your client, the experience of that conversation provides a higher level of proof than leaning on external factors, like how big your company is, how long you’ve been in business, and a fancy list of logos your company serves.You will find the blueprint for this work in Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition.last_img read more

PM Holness at G20 Leaders’ Summit

first_imgThe Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of JamaicaG20 Leaders’ Summit, Buenos Aires, Argentina30th November – 1st December 2018__________________________________________________________________Session II: Climate Change ResilienceMr. President,The small island states of the Caribbean whose case I plead at this summit do not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on Climate Change. We are on the front lines. Every year without fail one or more of our our islands will be hit by weather events of greater frequency and intensity which can wipe out entire economies several times over in a few hours, as was the case last year.Small Island developing states must support the strengthening of a global system that secures a commitment to the 1.5 degree target, and the commitment to finance its achievement.I recently accepted the UN Secretary General’s invitation to Co-Chair the initiative on climate financing, jointly with my French colleague President Macron. I very much hope that we can count on all Leaders around this table to demonstrate their will to meet the longstanding commitment to mobilize the AGREED US$100 billion per annum by 2020 -while we seek as well to harness private sector investments towards the goal of building resilient infrastructure.While the international community works towards a consensus on the approach to the existential global threat of Climate Change, vulnerable states must act in their own behalf to adapt and build their own resilience. We have a duty to be fiscally responsible, energy smart, and embracive of technology and innovation in this regard. Jamaica holds it self out as a small island state that has embraced fiscal responsibility and energy diversity. With the help of our development partners from the IMF, IDB, and the world bank we have reduced our national debt from 147% of GDP in 2013, to be just under 100% now. With the support of the US We have diversified our energy sector away from heavy fuel oils. However, despite our efforts and ownership of the problem, these gains could be easily reversed with the direct hit of a single hurricane.It is for that reason that Jamaica has a simple, principle-oriented proposition: Countries that demonstrate fiscal credibility, and develop a track record of fiscal responsibility, but yet remain vulnerable to the fiscal impact of natural disasters, should be eligible for international cooperation and assistance in the acquisition of ex ante financial insulation for the cost of emergency response to natural disaster. Furthermore, GDP should not remain the sole determinant of graduation, where vulnerability so clearly impacts on small islands’ economic resilience. This aligns our commitment to promoting fiscal responsibility, Debt sustainability and climate resilience.We must move from Climate Talk, to Climate Action.last_img read more

Calgary 2026 leadership in the hands of entrepreneur skier Scott Hutcheson

first_imgCALGARY – Riding around in the back of the Canadian men’s ski team van and reading The Economist directed the course of Scott Hutcheson’s life.He decided to go back to school — he’d dropped out to join the ski team — and learn what it takes to launch projects to profitability.Hutcheson is a man who has stood at the intersection of business and sport for much of his life.Those who know him say he has the skill set to shepherd a city to where both worlds fuse on a monolithic scale, which is an Olympic Games.As chair of Calgary 2026, the bid corporation tasked with constructing a deal that business, government and the public will embrace, Hutcheson has a lot to do and little time to do it.Calgary must decide by January if it will make a pitch for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There will be a plebiscite later this year when the populace will give a thumbs up or thumbs down.“It’s never safe to step out as a leader. It’s often got giant challenges,” Hutcheson told The Canadian Press on the 15th floor of The Edison, an office tower owned by his company Aspen Properties.“If we get to put to bid in, I think Calgary has a fantastic opportunity, but we’ve got to get there. There’s a lot of hurdles between now and then. It’s not for the weak of stomach.”You’d think a man who bought the Calgary Tower must be whimsical, but the 191-metre downtown tourist attraction came in a 2006 deal for a larger commercial property, to which the tower is attached.“It’s a very tiny piece of the bigger investment,” Hutcheson said. “It kind of scared me to be honest because it’s a different business than commercial real estate. It’s a tourism destination.”The 58-year-old from Huntsville, Ont., moved to Calgary to start his own company in 1998 after working in finance and commercial real estate in the U.S.Aspen Properties owns and manages $1 billion in assets in Calgary and Edmonton. The Canadian Press rents space in the base of the tower for its Calgary bureau.The commercial vacancy rate in Calgary hovers around 25 per cent. So what’s in it for Hutcheson, if the city pursues and wins the bid for 2026?“I don’t know that Aspen gains necessarily,” he replied. “If we as Calgarians, whether we get the bid or not, can turn a conversation from the negative place our business community is today, to some dreams and some hope, I think the community can change some of the narrative.“I would hope we put good numbers and good value propositions that are very believable and very accurate in front of our community and let the community assess that.”Hutcheson is 2026 bid chair in part because John Furlong, the head the Vancouver organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games, championed him.“To me, the big test of leadership is, is anyone following?” Furlong said. “When Scott is at the front of the room, people are paying attention and they’re following.“He has a way to take a room. He speaks thoughtfully. When he presents something, people tend to gather around it because they think it’s well thought-through.”According to those who know him, Hutcheson speaks quietly, listens a lot and analyzes continuously.“Scott’s one of those guys that has the highest form of intelligence, which is acute common sense,” said Bob Rooney, chief legal officer of Enbridge.“You can get a lot of people that will overanalyze and go too far into esoteric issues and he can bring it back to what’s fundamentally important, to whatever issue you happen to be dealing with at the time.”Added Calgary Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandip Lalli: “What he’s known for is a wholesome business leader with multiple industry experience and having the foundational experience as an athlete.”You don’t take on a tilting-at-windmills project like an Olympic Games without loving sport.Hutcheson has chaired and served on various boards running national sport, including WinSport, which oversees the legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and Own The Podium, which directs funding and provides technical expertise in Canada’s high-performance sport system.He’s also been a board member for the annual World Cup downhills at Lake Louise, Alta., where he and some Canadian ski legends raced in the first one in 1980.Hutcheson doesn’t count himself among the Crazy Canucks. He says that title is reserved for six men — Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Jim Hunter and Todd Brooker.Hutcheson was primarily a slalom and giant slalom skier for Canada from 1978 to 1982, although he liked downhill too. He competed in all three disciplines at the 1982 world championship in Schladming, Austria.“He’s a big strong guy. He was a power skier,” Podborski said. “He made it happen on the race course much the same way he does in business.”Hutcheson’s father Bob put his son on skis, as the saying goes, as soon as he could walk.Bob Hutcheson owned and operated several businesses in the Huntsville area. He and wife Jane volunteered at the ski venue, Nakiska Ski Resort, at the ’88 Games in Calgary.Scott’s younger brother Blake was chief executive officer of Oxford Properties Group, but was recently named president and chief pensions officer for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) that boasts $95 billion in assets.After retiring from the Canadian team, Scott headed to the University of Utah where he raced on scholarship, finished his high school equivalency and obtained his first finance degree.The father of two sons says the parallel between entrepreneurship and ski racing is managing risk in a healthy way.That is also a requirement for a successful Winter Games bid.“We’re built with healthy fear and unhealthy fear and when you’re hurdling down a ski hill at really fast speeds, you have to overcome some healthy fear and you have to work through that over time,” Hutcheson explained.“Business is similar to being an athlete. You’d better take baby steps and if you take a leap too far ahead at any point in time, you can get yourself into trouble by taking risks that you’re not aware of.”last_img read more

Capcom Home Arcade ready to pummel you with nostalgia this October

first_img 28 Photos 4 Comments First published April 16 at 9:41 a.m. PT.Updated April 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds full game list. Capcom has packed an entire arcade machine into the just the controller, including on-board Wi-Fi. You connect it to a TV or monitor via HDMI. Capcom licensed the rights to the Austrian games publisher Koch Media, which manufactures the hardware.It has “a pair of competition-class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with eight-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons,” according to the company.And before you start assuming that the games are reworks of the existing titles, they’re actually the original ROMs. Capcom will also host a global leaderboard — you can upload your single-player or co-op multiplayer scores to compete.Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the US release or pricing. Share your voicecenter_img The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Capcom Revisit your arcade days with classic games like Street Fighter 2, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Final Fight with the Capcom Home Arcade, an arcade-style controller shaped like the developer’s famous logo.It’s slated to ship this Oct. 25 and is available for preorder now, (only in Europe for the moment), via Capcom’s online store. It’s priced at 230 euros, which converts to about $260, £200 or AU$360, and comes with these games:1944: The Loop MasterAlien vs PredatorArmored WarriorsCapcom Sports ClubCaptain CommandoCyberbotsDarkstalkersEco WarriorsFinal FightGhouls and GhostsGiga WingMega Man: The Power BattleProGearStreet Fighter 2: Hyper FightingStriderSuper Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo Consoles Video Gameslast_img read more

BNPs street campaign over should prepare for polls Quader

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File photoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Saturday opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) anti-government campaign is over.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader suggested that BNP should rather prepare for the next general elections now.Speaking to newsmen while inspecting the repair work of the Dhaka-Tangail four-lane highway in Chandra of Gazipur, the AL leader also claimed that the ruling party has no desire to keep BNP out of the next polls slated to be held at the year end.“As a registered political party, BNP reserves the right to take part in the polls. The issue of Khaleda Zia’s release is not in our hands. We’ve no objection if Khaleda Zia is freed through legal battle,” said Quader.The road transport and bridges minister said as much as 70 per cent work of Dhaka-Tangail four-lane highway is complete so far, hoping the home-goers would not need to suffer during the next Eid journey.last_img read more