News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders appealed to the government to act to combat violence against the media in a week in which a photographer and a radio station boss were murdered, a TV presenter survived a murder attempt, a reporter received death threats and soldiers threatened two other journalists. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines News November 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Killings, a murder attempt and death threats: A black week for press freedom Receive email alerts June 1, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News to go further Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at the murder of a photographer and a radio boss, a murder attempt against a TV presenter and death threats against a reporter, in a black week for press freedom in the Philippines.Ten journalists have been murdered in the country so far this year, making it the world’s most dangerous country for journalists after Iraq.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on President Gloria Arroyo to “take fresh steps to counter violence against the press.””The ongoing impunity calls for more effective investigations. Police investigations are not always effective and the courts are too slow to try the rare murderers of journalists who are arrested”, said the organisation’s general secretary Robert Ménard in the letter to the president.Herson Hinolan, commentator and director of Bombo Radyo in Kalibo, on Panay Island in the centre of the country, died in hospital on 15 November two days after an unidentified gunman opened fire on him leaving him with seven bullet wounds to his body and legs. He was out for the evening with friends, who were unhurt. The gunman escaped.The motive for the murder was not known but the radio station’s editorial chief Ernie Zamboang said it could have been linked to issues raised by Hinolan on his daily show “Bombohanay Bigtime”. Hinolan, nicknamed “Bombo Boy”, had spoken out against illegal gaming and exposed protection of traffickers by some members of the military.Immediately after Hinolan’s murder, a reporter on Bombo Radyo, Joven Anisco, received threats that he would suffer the same fate as his colleague.Shots were fired on 13 November at a car belonging to cable TV presenter Eric Tenerife of Progressive Channel in Bacolod City, on Negros Island in central Philippines. The journalist, who had just returned home with his family, escaped injury. Photographer Gene Boyd Lumawag (picture) of the press agency Mindanews was shot dead by a lone gunman on Jolo Island in the south of the Philippines on 12 November. The army accuses the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf of being behind the murder. Police on 16 November arrested and interrogated two suspects.On 11 November, a reporter for ABS-CBN TV5 Paul Palacio and his cameraman Loloy Cagayan were prevented from filming close to a military HQ in Cotabato City on Mindanao Island by soldiers who fired several shots in their direction. The journalists said they would make an official complaint.The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called a day of action on 17 November in reaction to the wave of violence against the media. Reporters Without Borders gives its full backing to this protest on the part of Philippines journalists. Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa February 16, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more
Angel Reapers Related Shows Tickets are now available for Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry’s Angel Reapers off-Broadway. The production is set to begin previews on February 2 and will play a limited engagement through March 13. Opening night is scheduled for February 22 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.Directed and choreographed by Clarke, the show will feature traditional Shaker songs and a mix of modern dance and actual Shaker movements. Angel Reapers follows the Shakers, an early American religious sect, which sought to connect with God through ecstatic ritual and strict celibacy. While the congregants strive desperately to maintain divine purity, the needs of the flesh threaten to take hold.The cast will include Sophie Bortolussi, Nicholas Bruder, Asli Bulbul, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Ingrid Kapteyn, Rico Lebron, Gabrielle Malone, Sally Murphy, Matthew Oaks, Andrew Robinson and yon tande. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016
A nearly nine-foot-long alligator showed up to a Fort Myers family’s Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.“He was hissing and swinging his tail around,” homeowner Chhaa Behary told CBS Miami.” And I looked through the window, and sure enough, there’s a gigantic alligator, and his tail was just smacking my door.”“I’m like, why my house? Do you smell turkey?” she added.Beharry’s fiancé called the Florida Fish And Wildlife, who sent trappers which showed up in minutes to remove the gator.However, trapping the reptile was not an easy task.It reportedly took FFW professionals longer than usual to remove the extra attendee.No other information is available at this time.
EATONTOWN – CPC Behavioral Healthcare honored staff and volunteers at its annual awards ceremony held recently at the Navesink Country Club.John Mans, the agency’s CEO, welcomed more than 70 guests to help celebrate the outstanding achievements of employees Ken Pecoraro, program coordinator of Addiction Recovery Services at CPC and Eileen Stack, a teacher at High Point School, and volunteers Sandy Halsey and Al Ferguson, who are members of the agency’s governing boards.A longstanding agency tradition, CPC brings together staff members who are marking service milestones, board members and other friends of the organization to celebrate key figures in the life and work of the community mental health and special education services nonprofit.Pecoraro and Stack were honored with the Lois K. Levy Employee Award recognizing excellence above and beyond expectations in their job duties and a drive to ensure the success of CPC’s mission. Pecoraro, a clinician with several advanced certifications and more than 15 years of experience working in a clinical healthcare setting, has helped hundreds of adolescents and adults reclaim their lives from drug and alcohol dependence. Stack began her career as a teaching assistant at High Point, a special education school for young people ages 5-21 with serious emotional issues and learning challenges. More than 30 years later, she has been instrumental in fostering a robust health and nutrition education program for the elementary school students, as well as being a catalyst for improvements in many other school programs.Halsey and Ferguson were honored as co-recipients of the Lois P. Broder Humanitarian Award, recognizing exemplary volunteer work on behalf of the community, including CPC. During Halsey’s five decades of service to the agency, he has shown energetic, committed leadership in multiple board roles. He currently chairs the CPC Foundation’s Investment Committee. Ferguson has continued his father’s commitment to CPC through his service as a long-standing board member and transformative force in shepherding the mission-driven community healthcare provider almost since its inception over 50 years ago in 1960.Additional information about CPC Behavioral Healthcare is available by calling 732-935-2222.
LONG BRANCH—Holy Redeemer HomeCare has relocated its Long Branch office to 170 Morris Ave., Suite C.The new office is located among other health-care providers and meets the technological needs of Holy Redeemer HomeCare, which makes approximately 115,000 visits per year in the Monmouth-Middlesex-Union-Somerset County area to homebound patients with chronic medical conditions or who are recovering from medical treatment or surgery.Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice offers services throughout 11 New Jersey counties — Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, and Union. It is part of Holy Redeemer Health System, which offers a wide range of health-care and health-related services including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children.Additional information is available by visiting www.holyredeemer.com or by calling is 732-229-0816.
Embed from Getty ImagesWhen most people think about horse racing, their mind immediately jumps to traditional racetracks with crowds dressed up to the nines. However, the sport could be about to undergo a significant change… Recent developments suggest that horse racing could be coming to a street near you? That’s exactly what the London-based sports and entertainment agency, SEL UK have in mind. Plans are in place to bring horse racing to the forefront, away from the countryside and into the city. What exactly will this entail? Let’s take a closer look at the possibility of City Racing coming to London in 2019. Pop-up horse racing Headed by Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, SEL UK want to turn iconic sporting events on their head. Instead of traditional race fixtures, they want to bring horse racing to the big smoke. Plans aren’t limited to London either, with talks of a global series kicking off in Europe and then onto Australia, Asia and the US.The aim for this event is to hold six flat races, with eight runners over a 1,000m course. The track itself would be temporarily laid on iconic streets such The Mall in London city centre, with pedestrian crowd barriers. This would allow fans to get up close and personal, creating an intense energy around the races. Embed from Getty ImagesTest runsBearing this in mind, experts held a test event at Aintree at the end of 2018. Organisers modelled the 1,000-metre track on The Mall and Buckingham Palace. At the event three mock races were held, which proved that themambitions of City Racing are in fact logistically possible.The day before the event took place, the artificial surface – Equaflow – was laid down in 18 hours. The surface is designed to provide cushion and is covered by 180mm of all-weather surface which was used for equine events like those at the London Olympics. Safety first Although the artificial surface is said to provide high-quality cushion, concerns have been raised about the safety of the horses and the jockeys on this temporary track. With extensive testing, Phillips responded to critics stating that, “equine safety is paramount. We have a veterinary advisory board and a gold-standard welfare framework.” This focus on the well-fare of the animals shows the seriousness of the project, which have also been backed by London mayor, Sadiq Khan. A spokesperson for his office said, “we are always keen to host new and exciting sporting events in the capital.”Attracting a new racing audience So, what exactly is the aim of City Racing? Simply, they want to promote the sport to a wider modern audience. Horse racing is a long-held tradition in British culture, but there are worries that younger audiences don’t have the same appetite for traditional racing fixtures. Will City Racing broaden the appeal of horse racing? The event organisers surely hope so. By bringing horse racing to the door stop of younger city dwellers, they want to make the event more accessible, innovative and exciting. Not only can street racing bring horse racing to the masses, but it can be a fantastic platform for jockeys with more opportunities to build up name recognition in the industry. The big question going forward is: will you be amongst the city crowds? Or do you think horse racing should stick to the suburbs? Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
23 May 2014Tennis South Africa (TSA) will launch a new monthly Internet-based programme next week that will feature some of the leading names in the sport.Former players Robbie Koenig, currently a world-renowned television commentator, Jeff Coetzee, who is coach to the Colombian Davis Cup team, and Michael de Jongh, the former coach of Amanda Coetzer and Mary Pierce, will guide viewers through the latest news and behind-the scenes intrigue of the various tennis tours.StreamingThe programme will be shown via streaming with the first show going out on Tuesday, 27 May, at 19:00.Viewers will be able to connect through the TSA website (www.tennissa.co.za) by clicking on the “Game, Set and Match” icon.The programme will run for about 45 minutes. Those who miss the live streaming will be able to download it from the “Video On Demand” section in the Archive.AnchorIt will be anchored by De Jongh, who will be joined by Mike Dunk, who will conduct many of the interviews.As far as the international scene is concerned, Robbie Koenig will be doing an ATP Tour wrap, while Jeff Coetzee will be conducting behind-the-scenes interviews with players to learn about their personal lives, and how they prepare for matches and major tournaments.ContentThe programme will also encompass coaching tips, discussions on the rules, product, the TSA Reward Card, wheelchair tennis, schools news, club news, in-studio debates, nutrition, TSA results updates and highlights from local tournaments.Streamit 360 is handling the portal and production for TSA, with TSA owning the streaming rights.SAinfo reporter
South Africa’s financial services sector, backed by a sound regulatory and legal framework, is sophisticated, boasting dozens of domestic and foreign institutions providing a full range of services – commercial, retail and merchant banking, mortgage lending, insurance and investment.The Reserve Bank has a significant degree of autonomy in terms of South Africa’s Constitution. (Image: SARB, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThe banking systemThe South African banking system is well developed and effectively regulated, comprising a central bank – the South African Reserve Bank – as well as a few large, financially strong banks and investment institutions, and a number of smaller banks.Many foreign banks and investment institutions have operations in South Africa.Investment and merchant banking remains the most competitive front in the industry, while the country’s “big five” banks – Absa, FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank and newcomer Capitec – dominate the retail market.Read more: Banks and exchange in South AfricaLegislation and regulationLegislation governing the financial sector is primarily the Banks Act 1990 and the Mutual Banks Act 1993, which serve the achievement of a sound, efficient banking system in the interest of the depositors of banks and the economy as a whole.Download a copy of the Banks Act, 1990 [PDF]An office headed by the Registrar of Banks, operating as part of the Reserve Bank, is responsible for registering institutions as banks or mutual banks as well as enforcing all the requirements of the Acts.Read more: South African Reserve Bank or go to the Reserve Bank’s websiteThe non-banking sector is overseen by the Financial Services Board (FSB). An independent body, it is responsible for the regulation of financial markets and institutions, including insurers, fund managers and brokering operations.A massive banking call centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa)The National Credit Regulator is responsible for regulating the South African credit industry, including the registration of credit providers, credit bureaux and debt counsellors. It is responsible for enforcing compliance with the National Credit Act, and is focused on developing an accessible credit market to meet and promote the needs of people who are marginalised, especially economically.The Banking Association of South Africa is an industry body representing all registered banks in South Africa. It is the mandated representative of the sector, and represents the industry through lobbying, engagement with stakeholders and political influence.The Johannesburg Stock ExchangeThe JSE Limited is the 17th largest exchange in the world by market capitalisation, which is at more than R6- trillion.With about 400 listed companies and 907 securities (JSE, November 2012), South Africa’s exchange is Africa’s largest and is bigger than Moscow’s and Singapore’s.The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is opened by the sounding of African instruments including marimba and kudu horn. (Image: UN Women)World-class systems allow the JSE to offer leading technology, surveillance and settlement on a T+5 basis. In 2012, it was ranked as number one in the world for the third time in terms of securities regulation by the World Economic Forum.The JSE is an essential cog in the functioning of South Africa’s economy, and is the market of choice for local and international investors looking to gain exposure to the leading capital markets in the country as well as the broader African continent.In October 2011, South Africa’s JSE Top40 Index joined Brazil’s Bovespa Index, Russia’s Micex Index, the BSE India Sensitive Index, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index to form the BRICS Exchanges Alliance. Trading began in March 2012.Read more: BRICS stock exchanges form alliance and Invest in South Africa via the JSEWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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The current thinking on sales is that your client is either unaware of the need to change or already motivated to change, something we might have described as either dissatisfied or satisfied. Naturally, salespeople prefer their dream clients be good and discontented, as it reduces the difficulty of making a sale.A lot of sales strategies developed over the last decade have started with the premise is that your dream client is not likely to be dissatisfied and requires help in understanding their world and the better results available to them. Rather than view the state as binary, it’s better thought of as a continuum. For our purposes here, I am going to use four points along a path from content to dissatisfied.ObliviousThese prospects are wholly unaware that they should be dissatisfied and are not the least bit concerned about their results or their future. They aren’t aware of the forces that should be causing them to change, and because they are unconcerned, they hold the most dangerous position possible: business as usual.It takes time and effort to help bring the awareness to prospects who are oblivious, and they don’t often greet your attempts to wake them with anything that resembles gratitude. Sometimes you will be greeted with contempt for shining a light on areas of their business they’d prefer not to look at, as doing so would require them to change.Your business acumen and situational knowledge have to increase both awareness and concern to create an opportunity to explore change.Aware, Not ConcernedI once had a client that was aware that what they were doing was wrong, and no matter how much I shared with them about how awful their future was going to be unless they changed, I couldn’t compel them to do what they needed to do to help themselves until it was too late. After three years of making the case and sharing the changes they needed to make, the bottom fell out of their business—despite my persistence.Some of your prospects will know their world is changing without being concerned enough to take action. In some cases, they don’t believe anything can harm their business and that what impacts others will not damage their results. Others will avoid concern because of politics, lack of will to make a change or lack of knowledge around making that change. A few will prefer to hand the future challenges over to their successor, riding out their time.Here your insights, ideas, and business acumen must be deployed in increasing concern to create an opportunity.Aware, ConcernedA good portion of your prospects and dream clients are going to be highly engaged in their business and both aware of the changes that should be causing them to change and concerned about what it means for their business. These prospects are already awake and turned on, and because this is true, the goal of sharing insights and ideas needs to shift from creating awareness and concern to proving you have the subject matter expertise to help them explore change and determine how they should change (for more on Exploring Change, see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. One might assume that your dream clients at this stage are easier to win because they are already aware and concerned. I would that were true, but it is not. It’s more difficult for your dream clients to make change in their organization, and because complex sales require some level of consensus, it takes more time and effort. If you are working on a competitive displacement (i.e., stealing a customer from your competitor), it’s even more difficult.Here you have to explore change, compel action, and build consensus.Motivated to ChangeOccasionally, the stars align in your favor and you come across a prospective client who is aware they need to change and highly motivated to do so. In the modern age of sales, we do so little prospecting that we rarely find these opportunities, especially when one suffers from the belief that they can rely on inbound and that their competitors have their dream clients locked down forever, something that, given a long enough timeline and persistence, is always proven to be false.Even when the stars align, you still have to do the difficult work of selling—and creating a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution. Your insights and ideas need to position you as the right partner to help your dream client move from their current state to a better future state.It can be tempting to try to approach these prospects by making the case that you are the right partner, but you are better proving that you are the right partner by helping them design and envision that future, providing a roadmap of how to achieve that better future, and helping them make the internal sale.If you want to motivate your dream client to take action, it is helpful to match your approach to what they need from you to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now