How to Free Yourself from the Poverty of Polarity Thinking

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now “If this is good, that must be bad.”“If that is right, this must be wrong.”“There is only one way to do this, and that is the way we do it.”“It is black or white. There is no gray area.”One of the patterns in human thinking is the tendency to identify—and cling to—polarities. These polarities exist in all areas of our thinking, our values, our politics, and structures of our consciousness. Polarities exist in some of our general dispositions, like believing you are conservative or liberal. But they also show up in lesser matters, like Inbound or OutBound as a sales approach.Throughout human history, the brain has worked to keep human beings alive, dividing things into two categories: 1) Beneficial, and 2). Harmful. Blueberries are good, hungry predators are bad. My people are safe; strangers are dangerous. People who believe what I believe are part of my tribe, and people who believe something different are the enemy. These dichotomies have served to keep us alive. They have also created false choices and limited thinking that have kept us trapped with a set of problems that appear to be intractable.The truth is that blueberries are sometimes good, and hungry predators are also useful. Your people are sometimes safe, and strangers are often safe (everyone you know was once a stranger, and you may have had reservations upon meeting them). People who believe what you believe are part of your tribe, and defining that category to something as limited as, say, political beliefs, produces a different outcome than a broader, more inclusive class.There are some areas where the dichotomies require a choice, like integrity or dishonesty. In more domains, however, polarities extract a price when it comes to your success and your results.Elimination of OptionalityIf there is only one right answer, all other answers are necessarily wrong. If all other answers are wrong, then you have effectively eliminated your options. If what you believe is good, and right, and beautiful, and everything else is terrible, wrong, and a lie, then you have removed any new choices or options. These kinds of purity tests often end up destroying results. When there is only one belief and one right course of action, when it doesn’t produce the desired effect, you are stuck.In The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I described “resourcefulness” as the linchpin attribute of the ten that appear in the first half of the book. Human creativity and ingenuity have, so far, seemed to lack any boundaries or limitations.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedThe first tablet computers with a touchscreen hit the markets in 2000. They were mainly a computer with a touch screen. The experience wasn’t great, and no company produced anything that was remotely considered a success, and the ideas were virtually abandoned. Steve Jobs believed that a tablet computer was not only possible but that it was something different from a computer. His vision, his creativity, and his beliefs about what was possible made the market for tablets.Unnecessary and Incorrect AssumptionsMuch of the time, we make unnecessary and incorrect assumptions. We assume that what we do cannot be improved, and we accept a stasis that doesn’t serve us rather than exploring the new choices and new options. It can be challenging to believe that what we have done for a long time is no longer the right thing to do, and if you think in polarities, it means admitting that you are now wrong. The need to be right and a decision to be correct for the rest of all time is how people and collections of people get hurt.You don’t have to believe that other choices are wrong. Nor do you have to think that you are right. When you are hardened and unadaptable about what you think and your options, because your beliefs are set in concrete, you have set yourself in place while the world moves past you.How do you free yourself from polarity thinking? How do you get past mutual-exclusivity and see new beliefs, new actions, and new results?Exploring ConflictsMy challenge here is to share this idea without using polarities, even though, like all generalizations, they are useful.Whenever two or more ideas or courses of action exist, there is value in both the competition of these ideas and the integration of those same ideas. Most of us hold beliefs so firmly that we often refuse to explore their opposite.For some time, the people who fell passionately in love with inbound marketing suggested that any cold outreach (cold calls) was a violation of what is right. Because they held their beliefs so firmly, they limited the choices that salespeople and sales organizations might pursue. The result was detrimental to the vast majority of the people who held this belief, resulting in the being opportunity-starved. It did, however, improve the outcomes for some, mostly thought leaders and content creators.Those who fared the best chose to use both inbound marketing and cold outreach, integrating the two into a comprehensive approach. They refused the dichotomy, removing the “or” offered, replacing it with “and,” reaping the benefits of both.When I was young and first fronting a rock-n-roll band, we played only originals, a decision that was lauded by our small group of fans and followers, as well as other bands. The bands who were succeeding in building bigger audiences were playing mostly covers, something we refused to consider. At some point, we changed to playing covers, and our audience grew. At some point, we integrated the two, playing both and realizing greater success.Context matters. If you only accept competition, then one idea or choice wins, and all others lose. In eliminating ideas with which you disagree, you allow yourself to get stuck, as it pertains to your results your personal and professional growth. There are good reasons to explore the poles, including your values. It is never right to lie, except when doing so does nothing but hurt another person’s feeling.Accept the ThreatYou will not grow if you are unwilling to change your beliefs and your behaviors. To improve your ability to free yourself from your polarized thinking, you have to be willing to explore opinions and ideas with which you disagree. You must also be willing to take new actions. The greater the threat of the idea, the more you need to look at it.Exploring ideas you disagree with doesn’t mean you blindly accept them. Instead, it means you evaluate it in light of your circumstances, that you consider it, you give it a fair trial. Not all ideas are equally valuable for all scenarios — the context matters. But if you aren’t even willing to look at something different because it threatens what you know and believe, you cut yourself off from breakthroughs and transformation.Seek PerspectivesOne of the ways you can break free from being trapped on the poles is to look at people occupying the opposite pole. Because this is thesalesblog.com, if you believe “only inbound,” how do you explain the results of those who “mostly inbound?” If you are “only-outbound,” you are leaving communication channels out of your approach, even if we might disagree about the value and strategies for using these mediums.Exploring the opposite of what you believe means asking the question, “Why do these believe this is valuable?” If you think that other people’s beliefs and strategies are wrong while they are producing results, you understand the limiting nature of absolutist thinking. If there were no value, if it wasn’t useful in some context, one of two things would be true: 1). They would keep doing it even though they are not producing a result, or 2). They would stop doing something and do something different.If you are going to grow, change, and improve, you are going first to need to enhance your perspective.Trade Judgment for DiscernmentBreaking free of a fundamentalist mindset isn’t easy. It requires you to eliminate the tendency to judge something and explore the opposite pole with discernment as to the goal. There is value in the tension between the poles. You only know dark because you know light. You know cold because you know hot. Both of these examples demonstrate a continuum from one pole to the other. Instead of looking at the opposite pole with judgment, you ask, “When and how might this be useful?You want discernment, not judgment. What discernment offers is new beliefs, new behaviors, new courses of action, and new results. By seeing the value in context, you can integrate the opposite pole, when it makes sense to do so.last_img read more

Ahmed Patel writes to Rajnath, seeks fair probe

first_imgAs the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stepped up pressure on Congress leader Ahmed Patel over the arrest of an alleged Islamic State (IS) operative, Kasim Stimberwala, who worked in a hospital that was reportedly associated with the Congress leader, Mr. Patel has written to the Union Home Minister seeking an impartial probe into the matter.In a letter dated October 28 to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mr. Patel wrote, “As an MP, who has taken oath to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, I call upon you to take cognizance of the matter and as the Home Minister of India instruct the relevant law enforcement agencies to take this investigation to its logical end in an impartial and objective manner.”On Friday, the Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani sought Mr. Patel’s resignation. Both the Congress and Mr. Patel have denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

Odisha to ban plastic in phases starting from Gandhi Jayanti

first_imgThe Odisha government on Tuesday ordered a ban on the use of plastic bags, polythene and single-use plastic in the State starting from Gandhi Jayanti in October.The ban will come into force in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Puri from October 2 and in the entire State in phases over the next two years.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made the announcement to ban plastic in the State while talking about environmental awareness in the newly started “Ama Mukhyamantri, Ama Katha” (Our Chief Minister, our issues) programme.Three departments of the State government will be assigned responsibilities to make the ban effective and control plastic pollution.While the Housing and Urban Development Department will enforce the ban in the Municipal Corporations and urban local bodies, the Panchayati Raj Department will enforce it in rural areas of the State.The Forest and Environment Department will oversee the plastic pollution- control measures in the entire State.Talking about the need to check environmental pollution, Mr. Patnaik said that the use of plastic has posed a grave danger to the environment as well as the heath of children and future of human race.Speaking about the urgent need to plant trees to save the environment, Mr. Patnaik urged the people to plant one sapling each during the ongoing monsoon season and care for those plants as their family members.last_img read more

Refugees in J&K await citizenship

first_imgThe release of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam has once again turned the spotlight on the refugee problem in Jammu and Kashmir, with many representatives of displaced people seeking a one-time settlement in the State.Labha Ram Gandhi, president of the West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, told The Hindu that abrogation of Article 35A, which defined State subject laws and granted special privileges in matters of property and jobs, was the shortest route to access the pending citizenship rights in India.Long fight“If Article 35A goes on August 6 [the day the Supreme Court will hear multiple petitions filed against it], we will get citizenship rights, including the right to vote for the Assembly. We are fighting for our rights since 1947. We are Indians and not Bangladeshis, who need to be thrown out. It’s because of the local governments, a puppet of Pakistan, we failed to get citizenship rights. This government [the Centre] will deliver us justice,” Mr. Gandhi said.The BJP in J&K has been campaigning for full citizenship rights for West Pakistan refugees.These refugees are mainly Hindus, with 80% of them belonging to the Scheduled Castes, who migrated during Partition from Sialkot to J&K. By an assessment, their population of these refugees is estimated at between 2.5 lakh and 3 lakh.Rajiv Chuni, president of SOS International, an NGO fighting for the cause of displaced citizens of erstwhile J&K who shifted into this part during the 1948, 1965 and 1971 wars, said the case of displaced population should be “looked through the humanitarian prism”.“I doubt the sincerity of purpose in Assam. It’s taking a Hindu-Muslim colour. In J&K, I am held back in a territory that is not mine. I am from Mirpur [in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir] and wants the right to vote from there,” Mr. Chuni said.Independent MLA Engineer Rashid, while accusing the Centre of “dislodging Muslims in Assam”, said: “If the Centre wants foreigners to be identified and deported it must start with the West Pakistani refugees in J&K.”last_img read more

Good news for India’s Aditi Chauhan who plays for West Ham women’s team

first_imgIn what could be music to India female football goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan’s ears, English Premier League (EPL) club West Ham United have taken full control of their women’s team after claims of discrimination.Chauhan is back in England with a work permit and has joined West Ham women’s team again after her first stint, where she scripted history by becoming the first Indian female footballer to play for an English club.The Hammers eves, who play in the Premier League southern division (third tier of women’s club football), had their former chairman Stephen Hunt, accusing West Ham of refusing to provide funding for the women players and even forcing them to pay their own medical bills.According to a Guardian report, Hunt also claimed his team has had to train by the side of a road as West Ham would not let them use the gym.Hunt had a number of issues with the club and claimed the players could not afford a physiotherapist or a coach to take them to matches and were playing in last season’s home kit, with the names of players crossed out on the back.”I don’t know much about the development. But I am happy with whatever I have read,” Chauhan told IANS from London on Wednesday.”I’m not very sure what it will mean. But it’s positive and that is encouraging news,” Chauhan, who is West Ham’s first choice goalkeeper, said.The club’s vice-chair, Karren Brady, was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “West Ham United Ladies have operated separately to the club for 25 years and today marks the next step in building the future of women’s football at West Ham United.advertisement”The addition of the ladies into the West Ham family is the solution my board and I have long sought,” Brady said.”Not only does it secure the long-term future of the women’s side but also guarantees that current and future supporters, players and staff of the women’s team will form an integral part of the club’s bright future as we move forward.””From the top down, West Ham United is passionately committed to equality, particularly for women, and that is precisely why ladies’ football is such a high priority on our agenda. We are delighted to be able to support West Ham United women’s continued progression, and look forward to building the momentum that will see the team become an institution that our club and our supporters can be proud of,” she added.last_img read more

Musonda injury not as bad as first feared

first_imgChelsea have assured Vitesse that Charly Musonda’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared, as assessments at Cobham Training Centre show that he will only be out for just over a month.Vitesse signed Musonda on transfer deadline day, with the young Belgian having to ready himself for a debut by playing in the behind closed doors friendly match against Royal Antwerp.His competitive debut for Chelsea’s feeder club will be delayed but Vitesse had feared the worst after a collision in the 0-0 draw resulted in a serious looking shin injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 21-year-old is one of 40 players on loan from Chelsea across the football world and still has a contract at his parent club until 2022, after renewing his deal last November.Musonda has a mixed time on loan at Real Betis in 2016, while his Celtic switch in 2018 was ended early due to a lack of game time afforded to him by Brendan Rodgers.Anderlecht attempted to sign Musonda on a permanent deal this summer, while Roma and AC Milan have shown an interest in bringing him in on loan as a back up option. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Virat Kohli is the ‘form batsman’ going into the World Cup: Jos Buttler

first_imgEngland batsman Jos Buttler has taken world cricket by storm in the past year and if the recent series against Pakistan was anything to go by, he will be the biggest threat for opposition bowlers as teams gear up to play in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Despite dominating the headlines in the last year with his consistent show, Buttler considers India skipper Virat Kohli as the ‘form batsman’ going into the showpiece event.Speaking to IANS, Buttler not only professed his admiration for Kohli, but also revealed how the time he spent with former Australia skipper Steve Smith during the IPL (playing for Rajasthan Royals) helped him learn about the amazing work ethics of the batsman who is hungry to show the world what they missed while he served a 12-month ban after the Sandpaper Gate in 2018.”Both obviously amazing batters, I first time saw Steve up so close this IPL, it was a great experience to watch him go about his practice and his work ethics. As for Virat, we all know what a fantastic player he is and has been. He is probably the form batsman’ for the last 12 months in the world. Two fantastic players, very different styles, but both very impressive,” he said.While pundits feel that how Buttler goes about his business at the top of the innings for England will decide the fate of the hosts in this edition of the showpiece event, the batsman picks Ben Stokes for special mention.advertisement”Ben is the biggest key player really for England. He balances the side brilliantly in the way he can bat and bowl and has a great influence on the whole team. He is one of the best all-rounders in the world and I am looking forward to him showing that with some quality performances in the World Cup,” he pointed.Talking of his own journey in the last year, Buttler feels the elevation to the top of the innings while playing for Rajasthan in the IPL changed the course of his career.”It has been an incredible year personally. I think last year when I started with the Royals, I was doing okay, but I wasn’t quite feeling like I was showing exactly what I was capable of and a change to the top of the order coincided with a great run of form and from there I was very lucky to be involved with England in Test match cricket and had a really enjoyable summer. Have been riding that wave ever since and looking to make it continue and last as long as possible,” he smiled.England are touted as favourites going into the World Cup and Buttler believes it is the result of the effort that the team has put in over the last couple of years. But he is quick to add that all these mean nothing once the tournament gets underway on May 30.”I think it is good to be favourites as that shows that you have been doing some really good stuff leading into the tournament. But it doesn’t really count for much when you get into the tournament. We just have to stick to what we have been doing and what has worked well for us. If we see around the world, every side has got some dangerous players and say for example we came up against an in-form Chris Gayle in the West Indies and a player like him can make life extremely tough for whoever you are. We just have to trust ourselves and take one game at a time,” he revealed.Finally, with the World Cup being played in England, there is bound to be the pressure of expectations from friends and family, but Buttler just wants to go out and enjoy the ride.”It is obviously a huge thing and as a side we have been planning and building for it for a number of years. With it being in England, it is hugely exciting for English cricket and I feel very lucky to be a part of it. Very excited about it,” he said.Also Read | Glen Maxwell looks to prove his all-rounder credentials at the 2019 World CupAlso Read | Sushma was so scared, she started crying: Kaur and Mandhana on World Cup ‘ghost’Also Seelast_img read more

Minister Paulwell Turns on Light in Bottom Yard

first_img Residents of Bottom Yard in Bath, St. Thomas, now have electricity in their homes following the completion of installation work in the community by the Rural Electrification Programme Limited (REP), at a cost of $2.5 million.The project, which will benefit upwards of 22 residents, entailed the installation of approximately 0.5 kilometres of power lines, utility poles, transformers, and conductors over a three-month period.Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who formally switched on the light during a ceremony on Tuesday, July 23, underscored the importance of electricity in advancing development.“Electricity is a vital utility. We can’t speak about the information age; we can’t speak about the revolution that is taking place in information and communications technology; we can’t speak about the 21st Century, until our people have full access to electricity,” he contended.The Minister urged the residents to exercise responsibility in utilizing the service.Health Minister and Member of Parliament for East St. Thomas, where the community is located, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in welcoming the service, commended the Ministry and REP on an “excellent job”.  He expressed gratitude for the quick response to the community’s request for electricity.In echoing similar sentiments, Acting Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor Ludlow Mattison, said the project’s completion “means much to the residents”, pointing out that “for a long time, they have endured the darkness; but tonight, indeed, there is light.”Several residents, who spoke with JIS News, were also elated to finally have electricity in their community.Samantha Laing, who has lived in Bottom Yard for just over two years, said that “before (tonight), we were in darkness down here. But I give thanks for what they have done,” she said.Another resident, Fay Ellis, pointed out that travelling in the community at night was challenging as “down here was very dark, the road was very dark, and we could not see (very well) to come down here.”“I feel very grateful to see; in fact we feel great that we all see light come,” Ms. Ellis said.In describing the installation of electricity as “a big thing”, another resident, Dawn Wynter, contended that residents will “feel much safer (in) their surroundings” adding that “they are very happy about it.”In his remarks, REP Chairman, Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper, urged the residents to use the opportunity of having electricity to engage in activities that will enhance themselves and the community.“It’s very important that you make some choices (about) what you want to do, now that you have light. What I think the community of Bottom Yard needs to do…every time you spend some money to use (the) electricity, (is) make sure you can earn some money by the use of (it). And when you do that, you will begin to change the character of the place….because you are increasing your productive output,” Rev. Roper advised. The project entailed the installation of approximately 0.5 kilometres of power lines Residents urged to use the electricity to engage in activities that will enhance themselves Story Highlights Electricity installed in Bottom Yard at a cost of $2.5 millionlast_img read more

Prajnesh advances in Winston Salem Open as BopannaSharan crash out

first_imgNorth Carolina: India’s top single’s player Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament with a straight set win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe here. Prajnesh, ranked 89th in the world, beat his German rival 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 13 minutes on Sunday night. The Indian utilised two of the five breakpoints he earned while holding his serve throughout the match. He will next face top seed Benoit Paire of France, who received a first round bye. Paire is ranked 30 in the world. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Indian will fancy his chances in the next round as earlier this year, Prajnesh had stunned Paire at the Indian Wellls ATP Masters event for one of the biggest wins of his career. In the doubles event, the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round. The Indian duo lost to American pair of Nicholas Monroe Tennys Sandgren 3-6 3-6. Meanwhile, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, will take on the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the opening round.last_img read more

Lottery losses have BC parents hoping for French teachers from Europe

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia parents who have lost the chance to get their children into French immersion through a lottery system are hoping the education minister’s teacher-recruitment trip to Europe will create more opportunities for early bilingualism.Rahel Staeheli said she registered her daughter Milani for French immersion at two schools but learned in February that she didn’t get a kindergarten spot for September, landing her at 53rd and 57th place on wait lists.Staeheli has since registered Milani at a third school further from their home in Surrey, only to see her at the bottom of another wait list.“We contacted the school board after we found out our wait-list numbers and they basically said, ‘You’re never getting in,’ ” she said.“We’re really disappointed to learn that there isn’t necessarily an equal opportunity for all children to learn our second national language,” said Staeheli, adding her father speaks English, French, Swiss, Spanish and Swiss German, and she wants her children to at least be conversant in Canada’s two official languages.She said her daughter may have to wait to get into early French immersion in Grade 1, but fears she may again lose out on a spot because children with siblings already in the program are given priority.That would have Milani and students in a similar situation waiting to enter “late” French immersion in Grade 6, when they would have to change schools if the program isn’t offered at their school. Forty-eight of 60 school districts offer the program.Parents in various provinces share Staeheli’s frustration, but advocates in B.C. say demand for French immersion enrolment is particularly strong in their province, where a Supreme Court of Canada decision in November 2016 restored small class sizes, requiring more teachers in all subjects.Education Minister Rob Fleming said nearly 3,700 teachers overall have been hired in the last year and the hiring process continues, but demand for French immersion far outstrips the number of available teachers, leaving the province competing for educators with other jurisdictions in Canada.Fleming said 37 of 100 new seats added to education faculties at British Columbia universities are specifically for those intending to teach French immersion, which is taught to almost 10 per cent of B.C.’s public school population.His trip to France and Belgium earlier this month was an “aggressive” effort to recruit French teachers, he said, adding the province made assurances about removing barriers to temporary work permits and citizenship, along with faster accreditation of education degrees and teacher licensing.“I think what this trip was really about was opening doors of recruitment, to let the governments of France and Belgium know that we’re serious about the teaching opportunities that exist here in B.C., which means promoting B.C. as a vibrant, dynamic part of Canada that is not Ontario and Quebec, which they’re most familiar with,” Fleming said.“Ninety-five per cent of the business they currently do is with Quebec. They are not aware that the anglophone provinces have a significant and growing interest in French-language education,” he said, adding B.C. would pay for teachers’ relocation costs and provide scholarships for those wanting to complete their training at the province’s French-teacher education institutions.Glyn Lewis, executive director of the B.C. and Yukon chapter of Canadian Parents for French, said the organization noted a worsening teacher-supply problem four years ago and issued a report, but received little response from either provincial or federal governments.“Last spring when the Vancouver School Board cut a quarter of its program and turned all those families away because they couldn’t find teachers I went to the (provincial) government and said, ‘We told you this was going to happen.’ “A lottery system for French-immersion registration was introduced by some school districts to replace long pre-registration lineups outside schools, where parents often camped out over several days.“Families are still being turned away, whether through a lottery system, a campout or a wait-list system at 20 of 48 school districts,” Lewis said.Heritage Canada spokesman Simon Ross said the department has hiked funding for various French-language programs, including $31 million to recruit more immersion and French-as-a–second-language teachers as part of a plan to increase the bilingualism rate of English speakers outside Quebec.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

MP Nicola Di Iorio says he will resign in January after finalizing

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio says he’s resigning his seat on Jan. 22 after weeks of speculation around whether he would ever return to work.The Montreal MP has not been seen in Ottawa since Parliament resumed sitting Sept. 17.Di Iorio wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday that to finalize “certain projects” he will hold his job until a few days before the House of Commons returns after a Christmas break.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer raised the issue in question period shortly afterward, asking if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinks it’s fair for Di Iorio to remain a member of Parliament and take a paycheque from a private firm while still collecting his salary as an MP. Di Iorio has an active law practice in Montreal.Trudeau said Di Iorio has indicated his intention to leave and has shared the issues he will be working on for his constituents until then.“We expect every member in this House to work in the best interest of his constituents,” Trudeau said.Di Iorio wrote in French on Facebook that he will serve his riding, will work on matters such as road safety and impaired driving, and will be in the House of Commons when it’s required by the Liberal whip or the prime minister and will carry out his duties as a member of Parliament.He says even after he resigns he will be available to his constituents until the general election due next fall, saying he will be alert to their concerns and will volunteer to help.Last week, Di Iorio posted a short message on Facebook saying that Trudeau had assigned him responsibilities that required him to be away from the House of Commons.But Trudeau dodged reporters’ questions about the MP’s absence on Monday, suggesting reporters ask Di Iorio about it.First elected to represent St. Leonard-St. Michel in 2015, Di Iorio has been sending mixed messages about his future in politics since April, when he announced he was leaving but without giving a timeline. In September he said he was still reflecting on the future.last_img read more

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou expected in Vancouver court

first_imgVANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court is expected to set key court dates today for the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.The Department of Justice says in a statement the appearance is also an opportunity for Meng’s lawyers to discuss the scheduling of any pre-hearing applications they want to bring forward.It says they may also review administrative matters like Meng’s bail conditions.Meng was arrested in December at Vancouver’s airport at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges.She has been free on bail and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver while wearing an electronic tracking device and being monitored by a security company.Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Tensions between China and Canada have escalated and just days after Meng was arrested China imprisoned two Canadians.China has also banned shipments of canola and some pork imports in what is widely seen as economic retaliation for the arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN peacebuilding official condemns assassination of GuineaBissaus president

4 March 2009The head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Country Configuration on Guinea-Bissau has joined the chorus of voices at the world body condemning the killing of the country’s president and its chief of staff of the armed forces earlier this week. The “tragic events” which took the lives of President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Tagme Na Waie on 1 and 2 March respectively are cause for “deep concern”, said Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, chair of the PBC’s country-specific configuration on Guinea-Bissau and Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN.“I call upon the international community to continue assisting Guinea-Bissau in the implementation of the Strategic Framework and in the organization of the upcoming presidential elections,” said Ms. Viotti.“I remain confident that Guinea-Bissau will peacefully resolve the current political crisis within the constitutional framework,” she added.Guinea-Bissau is one of a handful of States on the agenda of the PBC, which aims to help poor countries avoid sliding back into war or chaos. The West African country has struggled to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and also to sustain economic growth and political stability amid a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings in recent decades. This past November, renegade military elements attacked the residence of President Vieira but he survived the attack, which occurred just one week after legislative elections were staged in a peaceful and orderly manner. read more

After Gaza success mutual plan still the only way to Mid East

“The objective benefits of the disengagement recently concluded are obvious and fairly easy to tick off,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, said in the monthly briefing on the situation.He mentioned in particular Palestinians experiencing “the joy of the departure of the occupier” and Israelis freed of “the Sisyphus-like grind” of the occupation. Moreover, “Israel has demonstrated that it can make the sacrifices that are required to make peace; the Palestinians have shown restraint in the face of unilateral decisions and tight time frames.””A basis has been laid for a true partnership, which should encourage each party to understand and address the other’s legitimate needs and concerns,” he summed up.However, without the Quartet’s so-called Road Map, which calls for parallel steps from both sides leading to two States living together in peace, there was no way to break out of the cycle of mutual distrust.Accordingly, Mr. de Soto said, all Palestinians have not renounced the use of violence and Israel’s need for security led it to build its barrier, creating facts on the ground. In this situation, he said, “it is unfortunately difficult to circumvent the classic chicken and egg conundrum: Israeli leaders demand an end to violence before addressing further Palestinian concerns.””Palestinian leaders,” at the same time he said, “find it difficult to persuade extremists to restrain themselves and accept to work toward democracy if they are unable to point to a visible prospect of satisfaction of their legitimate goals on the horizon.”Only by taking mutual steps to restore good faith, as outlined in the Road Map, can they address each other’s needs and concerns, Mr. de Soto concluded.Following Mr. De Soto’s briefing, the Security Council expressed support for the statement issued in New York on 20 September by the Quartet, which welcomed the successful conclusion of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and urged further measures to improve the Palestinian economy, end terrorism and resume negotiations toward a lasting settlement. read more

Duos effort helps Buckeyes club Gophers

Double-doubles by Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahlis fueled Ohio State past Minnesota as the Buckeyes torched the Gophers 81-58 Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.A combined 43-point effort by the duo almost matched the Gophers point total on their own. The two also combined for 17 rebounds.Prahalis added 10 assists, including an array of impressive no-look or down-court passes that earned loud cheers from the crowd. The game was never close as OSU opened up the first half with a 10-point run, then added a 14-2 run four minutes later and never looked back.The victory answered many questions about OSU after it lost Monday night to Purdue, a team they were heavily favored against.The Buckeyes looked like the team of weeks past, shooting 10-21 from three-point range and grabbing 10 steals.The Prahalis-Lavender combo seems to be back in action and with those two hitting on all cylinders, the Buckeyes hope to avoid another surprising loss in conference play. read more

Art thieves steal 7 masterpieces from Dutch museum

first_imgROTTERDAM’S KUNSTHAL MUSEUM was broken into over the night and art thieves stole seven paintings of considerable value, including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan.“There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels.The hiest, one of the largest ever in the Netherelands includes French artist, Henri Matisse’s painting called the 1919 “The Reading Girl” – a picture by state news agency NOS earlier today showed a broken wire hanging from the wall where one of his paintings had been.“We’re investigating how they got access, what time it happened and who did it,” Wessels said.The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondriaan, according to its website.Police are reviewing surviellance footage of the museum and calling on any witnesses to contact them.The Kunsthal museum, which means “art gallery” in Dutch, is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own.Others whose work was on display include Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Rene Magritte, August Rodin, and Andy Warhol.In a statement, the museum’s chairman Willem van Hassel said the museum would be closed today.Additional reporting © AFP, 2012Read: The FBI’s 10 most sought-after pieces of stolen art >Read: Stolen ‘Rembrandt’ dumped – but opens a whole new mystery…last_img read more

Beekeepers appalled Govt against pesticide restriction proposal

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER Coveney is helping to block a landmark EU proposal to restrict the use of pesticides linked to dwindling bee populations in Europe.Irish beekeepers and conservationists say they’re “appalled” and “flabbergasted” that the government voted against the European Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of three neonicotinoids.Nine countries opposed the plan at a Brussels meeting last month, while five abstained. The combined voting weight of the remaining 13 countries was not enough to achieve a qualified majority, so another ballot will be held on 29 April.Since being introduced in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become some of the world’s most widely used pesticides. They work by damaging insects’ nervous systems.A mounting body of evidence indicates that exposure to the chemicals, which are closely related to nicotine, leave bees disorientated and unable to find their way back to their hives or to forage, among other effects. Millions of hectares of treated crops like oilseed rape and maize in Europe now pose an acute risk to bees.Minister Coveney said he had “technical concerns” about some of the proposed restrictions, including on using the chemicals at certain times of the year and on crops that are not attractive to bees. Crops of this kind for which neonicotinoids could be banned Europe-wide include spring-planted cereals.Responding to a parliamentary question from United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly, Minister Coveney said he also believed it should be member states’ own decision whether to ban or approve pesticides.The Department of Agriculture declined to comment on how Ireland will vote on 29 April. If member states again fail to reach a majority in favour or against, the commission will cast the deciding vote, meaning the restrictions would be implemented. But the position of the two biggest member states, Germany and UK, could be a decisive factor.Both abstained last time but remain under pressure from their pesticides industries and farmers.Irish beesThe Irish Wildlife Trust and the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association have called on the Minister to change his position, linking neonicotinoids to declining bee numbers in Ireland. The department declined to comment on whether it has done any research into the use of neonicotinoids in Ireland and their possible effects on bees.The pesticides registry shows that two of the three pesticides covered by the proposal are authorised for use in Ireland and can be used on winter cereals and sugar beet. Based on research from the European Food Safety Authority, the commission decided these uses are less dangerous to bees and its proposal includes special exemptions for them.But seeds can also be imported to Ireland already coated with neonicotinoids. This is not the norm for cereals but is common for oilseed rape, according to a number of farmers and seed traders interviewed for this article. The pesticide works by spreading throughout the growing plant to all tissues including the flowers, pollen and nectar, putting foraging bees at risk.A recent Teagasc report for the government on growing the tillage sector as part of Food Harvest 2020 named oilseed rape as one of the crops with the biggest potential for expansion. The area under cultivation could be increased by over 700 per cent, adding over €100m to the value of output.The minister’s office declined to comment on whether his decision in Brussels was linked to expansion plans for the tillage sector, including for oilseed rape.Neonicotinoid treatments are also currently permitted for ornamental flowers and for lawns and recreational fields, like sports pitches or golf courses.It is difficult to know whether neonicotinoids pose the risk to bees in Ireland that they do Europe-wide. Oilseed rape is still a relatively small crop in Ireland, a country with a relatively small tillage sector. The area of land under oilseed rape cultivation in 2012 was around 16,000 hectares. By contrast, neonicotinoids are used on over 1m hectares in the UK, almost one third of the total planted area.“For native bees, habitat loss is the problem in Ireland,” said Dr Úna Fitzpatrick of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. But there has been little research done on the effects of pesticides on Ireland’s bees, she added.Irish honeybees are known to be affected by diseases and pests, particularly the varroa mite.Another neonicotinoid pesticide, thiacloprid, which the commission does not propose to restrict, is used in many popular pesticide brands on sale in Irish garden centres. But it is far less toxic to bees than the three that may be restricted, according to evidence given by scientists to a UK parliamentary inquiry into the chemicals. One Dublin garden centre visited recently stocked six neonicotinoid products, only one of which was labelled as posing a risk to bees.Minister Coveney received correspondence from the chemicals and farming sectors, as well as from NGOs and citizens ahead of the March vote, he said.Read: Invasive species cost Ireland €261 million per year>last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_img By Aoife Barry 19,202 Views Mar 28th 2019, 8:30 PM PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Dumbo Source: Disney UK/YouTubeWhat we knowColin Farrell and Eva Green (and a very cute CGI elephant) star in Tim Burton’s reimagining of the Disney classic. A cute tale updated for 2019 – you’ll definitely be left teary-eyed.What the critics say“Dumbo, now created with animatronic and digital effects, is still a cute, lonely pachyderm with impossibly large floppy ears who speaks to us with his soft pleading anthropomorphic Keane eyes (he has no dialogue.)” – Variety” In “Dumbo,” Burton takes this self-referential impulse to a startling level through the representation of its Walt Disney-style impresario — who speaks of magic and mystique — and then by lighting the whole shebang on fire.” – New York Times 12 Comments DumboBeing Frank: The Chris Sievey StoryOut of BlueNone of themVote What’s it rated? https://jrnl.ie/4559724 Source: Altitude Films/YouTubeWhat we knowThe true story of cult British entertainer Frank Sidebottom is told in this documentary.What the critics say“Being Frank is constructed with an appropriately scrappy DIY aesthetic. The film makes great use of the copious VHS tapes, letters, notes and cartoons that Sievey left behind after his death in 2010, and the archive footage makes this a fascinating time capsule of late ’80s/early-’90s television.” – Little White Lies “Sullivan’s documentary sheds more light on one central question: was Frank Sidebottom a creation of pure surrealist/performance-art genius? Or was he a creative cul-de-sac, a semi-funny piece of strangeness being laughed at, not with, by his raucous fans?” – The Guardian Share2 Tweet Email Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 8:30 PM RottenTomatoes: 55%IMDB: 7.0/10Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Storycenter_img What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 92%IMDB: 8.2/10Out of Blue  Source: FilmStop Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowPatricia Clarkson stars in this film version of a Martin Amis novel. What the critics say“Never one for a straightforward story, the director trumps her superstitious schoolgirl mystery The Falling by asking even more questions about the nature of the universe, in the context of a murder case here.” – Empire ”Out of Blue is incoherent, which isn’t to say it’s bad. Carol Morley’s murder mystery is a mood piece that alternates between naffness and transcendence.” – BFI Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (333) Out of Blue (113) None of them (1811) RottenTomatoes: 38%IMDB: 4.8/10Which one would you go see first? Poll Results: What’s it rated? Dumbo (1342) Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jeff Jarrett gets emotional about Vince McMahon Videos after this weeks WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next Riz Ahmed Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jeff Jarrett gets emotional about Vince McMahonWWE has posted new videos featuring Jeff Jarrett touring the Nashville Fairgrounds (the former home to TNA Wrestling during the weekly Wednesday night PPV era) and discussing his return to the WWE during the Hall of Fame ceremony this Friday night.In the second clip, Jarrett gets emotional talking about getting the opportunity to be involved with WWE for the first time again in 19 years and Vince McMahon allowing it.We reported on Tuesday about videos WWE uploaded of Jarrett visiting the Smackdown taping earlier this week in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.You can check out the new videos below. Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos after this week’s WWE NXTWWE posted the following videos after this week’s WWE NXT. When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis? Roman Reigns Videos Articles Facebookcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WhatsApp Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Freezing temperatures light snow in Vancouver Portland

first_imgSnow and ice Monday night and into the morning will likely impact the Tuesday morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.Temperatures dropped below freezing early Monday night. Another round of snow showers were expected to arrive between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. before tapering off overnight, said Scott Weishaar, a meteorologist with the weather service.Snow began to accumulate Monday night in areas below 500 feet in elevation. The accumulation is expected to stay below an inch in those areas, with over an inch collecting in higher elevations, according to a forecast form the weather service.Leftover moisture is expected to freeze over and remain frozen through the Tuesday morning commute. Temperatures will likely rise above freezing before noon, Weishaar said.As roads became slick, a number of minor accidents were reported throughout the county after 9 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Road crews will spray de-icer on major thoroughfares beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to Clark County Public Works. A map showing primary and secondary route options is available on the county website.last_img read more