4 Tough Conversations You Must Have to Succeed in Sales

first_imgWe like selling when it’s collaborative, when we get to help our clients through their process. We don’t like it so much when we have to deal with the inherent conflict that is part of sales and selling. If you are going to succeed in sales, you are going to have to be comfortable and confident having some tough conversations. Here are four of them.Time: The very first conversation you have with your dream client is tough conversation. You have to ask them for the commitment of time so you can explore working with them. They have to deny your request because they are too busy, they’ve said no to everyone else, it wouldn’t be fair, and they’re certain you aren’t going to make it worth their while. You want to be collaborative, but the very first conversation begins with your client telling you “no” and you refusing their very first request. If you want in, you have to have this conversation.Access: Once your past that first tough conversation, you have to ask for access. You need access to information, and if you are really good, information no one else has asked for. You also need access to additional stakeholders. Your new contact struggles to give you information. What do you need it for? What are you going to do with it? No one else has asked for it? She struggles to give you access to other stakeholders. Why do we need them? What if they take control of this project? What if I lose the relationship? If you want access, you have to have this conversation.What’s Right: Your dream client thinks he knows what he wants. But he’s wrong. What he wants isn’t going to solve his problem, and it isn’t going to deliver the result he believes it will. But he believes it nonetheless. You have to tell him he can’t have what he wants, it won’t work, and why you don’t want to give it to him. If you want to really serve your client as a consultative salesperson and trusted advisor, you have to engage here.Price: Your price is higher than your competitors. It’s higher than what the client is paying now. But it is the right investment to produce the right result. But still, your client pushes back. He wants a lower price. He wants to compare you to your competitors, none of who can deliver what you deliver. If you are going to win at the price that delivers results, you have to talk about the right investment.last_img read more

Donald Trump, Narendra Modi to get rakhis from women of a remote Haryana village

first_imgHe may have not heard of Rakhi, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-majority village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US President Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced that it will be named ‘Trump’s village’The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana Tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.“The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village,” Monica Jain, Vice President of the NGO, said.“These students have made 1001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers,” she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent yesterday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on August 7. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.“I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I also written in a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with PM Modi,” said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.last_img read more

Maharashtra reels under drought as water reserves dry up

first_imgAs the water situation steadily worsens in the arid Marathwada region, districts in ‘water-abundant’ western Maharashtra, too, are feeling the lash of the drought.Rising mercury levels have resulted in the rapid depletion of water stocks in the 22 dams which are part of the Bhima river basin in western Maharashtra and are the potable water lifelines of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.Low water stockAt least five of these dams, including Dimbhe and Temghar, have 0% water stock currently, while the collective stock in seven other dams is less than 10% of their capacity. The remaining 10 have a collective reserve stock of a little over 20% .While Pune’s Guardian Minister Girish Bapat announced that Pune city would not face water cuts, sources in the Water Resources Department said that dams in the Pune region had barely 18% water stock available as on May 6, as compared to 38% at the same time last year.Pimpri-Chinchwad too is reeling under the onslaught of drought. The city receives water only once in two days with water levels of the Pavana dam rapidly depleting. Its water stock, which stood at 31% of total capacity at the beginning of the month, has now reduced to 26%.Crisis in SolapurAuthorities said more than 750 tankers were deployed to provide relief to the worst-afflicted districts in the Pune division which include Solapur, Mangalwedha, Satara and Maan. The situation in Solapur is grave as Ujjani dam currently has a water level of -34.98% (dead water stock).On Sunday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar toured villages in Maan taluk, criticising the State government for its inadequate arrangements to combat drought.“Merely holding conference calls over phone with secretaries and other officials and taking a review will not help provide relief to the drought-afflicted public. It is important to know the precise condition of the livestock, their owners, the fodder camps, the crops and this can only be ascertained by field visits,” he said, taking a dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.He further pointed out that the aid of ₹90 per animal announced by the government was insufficient for the farmer in this hour of crisis as fodder and water were expensive and scarce. “The per animal monetary aid for fodder must be raised to ₹120. Furthermore, while the government may have arranged for tankers, water supply through them was highly irregular at best,” Mr. Pawar said.‘Contaminated water’The NCP chief said that people had complained to him during his visit that the drinking water they received was of poor quality and often contaminated. “I am least interested in indulging in politics at this hour. But I urge the government to ensure that these problems are rapidly remedied and that employment opportunities be immediately created to prevent the increased migration of the rural populace,” he said.Meanwhile, in Marathwada, despite the relief packages announced by the government, the scenario on ground remains grim as ever. Residents in pockets of Parli town in Beed district are on a hunger strike in front of the municipal council protesting against the acute water shortage. The groundwater table has plummeted sharply in several villages in the district as in other parts of rural Marathwada. In Jalna, irate residents staged a rasta roko on Saturday protesting against the alleged mismanagement and theft of water.According to reports, the desperation of the people of Halsi village in Latur’s Nilanga taluk turned to bitter rage directed at their local representatives. The villagers had collected money to dig up three wells. But the sarpanch, citing the model code of conduct for the elections, refused its implementation, causing the citizens to manhandle him.last_img read more

Bosh parts ways with Miami Heat

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES The six-foot-11 Bosh was an all-star in each of his six seasons with the Heat, helping Miami advance to four straight NBA finals and win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.In 13 NBA seasons, seven with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 893 career NBA games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh was dealing with more than one blood clot earlier this year, and said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that he felt written off when Miami Heat team doctors advised him that the situation would likely be career-ending.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)Miami, United States — The Miami Heat officially waived forward Chris Bosh on Tuesday, the same day the NBA club announced that they would eventually retire his jersey.The 11-time all-star missed the 2016-17 season after he failed a preseason physical due to a blood clot issue.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Govs’ cup just another title chase’ View comments “He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number ‘1’ will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” said Miami president Pat Riley.The decision to waive Bosh was a formality after the two sides agreed to resolution on his contract six weeks ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUnder terms of the agreement, the Heat will pay the 33-year-old Bosh $52 million over the next two years.Bosh’s salary will not count against the team’s salary cap, meaning they will be able use that money to sign players. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vidal completes €8.5m return to Sevilla

first_imgAleix Vidal has completed his return to Sevilla from Barcelona, with the deal worth €8.5 million (£8m/$10m) and a further €2m in variables.The 28-year-old headed back to his native Catalunya in 2015 after one productive season at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.A transfer embargo at Camp Nou delayed his debut, while he then faced fierce competition for places. 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! After taking in 51 outings for Barca, Vidal has now decided to take in a second spell with Sevilla.A statement released on Barca’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Aleix Vidal. Sevilla FC will pay FC Barcelona 8.5 million euros, plus 2m in variables.“FC Barcelona expresses its gratitude to Aleix Vidal for his commitment and dedication and wishes him every success in the future.“The player from Puigpelat ends his time at Barca after three seasons, from 2015/16 to 2017/18, and returns to the club he was signed from.”While Vidal struggled for regular starts throughout his time at Camp Nou, he did collect a healthy haul of major honours.In total, he formed part of eight trophy triumphs at Barca.As a result, his CV now includes two La Liga titles, three Copas del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup, a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup.Vidal had already tasted Europa League success with Sevilla in the past so will be hoping for more of the same after returning to Andalusia.last_img read more

India facing problem of plenty at top before Colombo Test

first_imgIndia’s clinical performance in thrashing Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle has left captain Virat Kohli facing a problem of plenty at the top of the batting order for the second match of the series this week.The touring side, ranked number one in the world, defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs inside four days to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.While Shikhar Dhawan put India in the driver’s seat on the opening day with a sparkling 190 off just 168 deliveries, it was his opening partner Abhinav Mukund’s turn to shine in the second innings with an 81.Dhawan and Mukund, however, were India’s second-choice pairing, with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul unavailable.Dhawan only came into the squad as a replacement for the injured Vijay, while Rahul was forced to miss the first test due to a viral fever.With Rahul having recovered and ready to re-claim his spot, team management are left with a difficult choice before the Colombo test which starts on Thursday.”Yes, it’s a very tricky situation,” Kohli told reporters.”(And) we’ve got a fourth guy who’s a regular opener for India who’s not fit (Vijay). We’ve got all four openers firing now.”Shikhar was supposed to go (home) to Melbourne, now he’s got a 190 in Galle. So, anything can happen in life.”India piled on 600 in their first innings and then declared their second innings closed on 240 for three. Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli also got hundreds as the touring side dominated the match on all four days.advertisementKohli said he hoped whoever missed out would understand.”It’s a massive headache but I guess a good one. You know, eventually guys understand that only two can take the field and at most two or three openers make the squad,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”It’s going to be tough but it’s something that any day you’d like to be in this situation rather than having guys that are not scoring.”last_img read more

Deakin University’s Ravneet Pawha Recognised as Business Leader of the Year for her Work in India

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NEW DELHI, October 24, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Ms. Pawha was presented this prestigious award at the recently concluded IABCA 2018The pioneering work in India of Deakin’s South Asia office was recognised last week by the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA), which presented the award for Business Leader of Professional of the Year to Deakin South Asia CEO Ravneet Pawha.(Logo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/713572/Deakin_University_Logo.jpg )(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/772588/Ravneet_Pawha_Deakin.jpg )The award recognises the key leadership role of Ms Pawha, who has overseen a large expansion of key industry partnerships, developed the University’s largest international PhD program, and huge growth in student numbers coming from India. In 1994 Deakin became the first Australian university to open an office in India, with Ms Pawha leading that office from its very inception and overseeing its growth and development.The IABCA were awarded on 12th October during a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia attended by Indian business and community leaders, as well as prominent officials including High Commissioner of India to Australia Dr Ajay Gondane and Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Marise Payne. The IABCA is dedicated to celebrating the Australia-India relationship while honouring entrepreneurship and community leadership.She has been instrumental in establishing innovative strategic partnerships for the University that have successfully united Australian higher education with Indian popular culture. This includes unique scholarship programs with media houses and multifaceted partnerships with Indian Premier League teams.advertisementOn receiving the award Ms. Pawha commented, “This award recognises Deakin’s efforts in India towards education for jobs of the future and initiatives for the communities we serve. It is indeed an honour to be felicitated on such a big platform. The award belongs to the highly-committed Deakin India team in New Delhi. We endeavour to continue our mission with passion, persistence and people to people connect.”Her leadership role in Australian higher education in India became particularly apparent in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which saw massive drops in Indian student enrolment in Australian universities.Recognising the scale of the challenge at hand, Ms Pawha adjusted Deakin’s strategic focus in India, placing greater emphasis on partnership development while waiting for market forces to stabilise. The resulting efforts led to a sea change in Deakin’s partnership engagement in India. This had the threefold benefits of furthering the University’s aims as a research institution; developing brand awareness among key players in India, and set the stage for improved student recruitment that leveraged these partnerships. As a result, Deakin is a now a market leader in India and Indian students now represent the largest international cohort at the University. In addition, dozens of partnerships have been formed that are driving innovation and supporting India’s development needs.One of the key strategic project spearheaded by Ms Pawha is the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), which was established to strengthen research activities/partnerships in India with a view to bridging the gap between academia and industry. Through DIRI, Deakin has established more than 100 projects involving 100+ PhD students and more than 50 industry, academic, and government partners in India. This includes the $15-million TERI-Deakin Nano-Biotechnology research facility in India, often cited as a standout example of India-Australia collaboration.In addition, Ms Pawha has been a contributor to the Victorian Government’s India strategy and the recently published Australia-India Economic Strategy, both of which feature Deakin as a profile institution. She represents Australian higher education at various forums, and is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry Sports Council.The IABCA continues a string of awards victories for Ms Pawha and the Deakin South Asia office. In 2017, the Australia India Business Council awarded the Deakin South Asia office for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Australian Business in India.’ Based in no small part on the University’s success in the India region, Deakin has won several awards from the federal and state governments of Australia, including the 2017 Australian Export Award for Education and Training.About Deakin University:Established in 1974, Deakin University successfully combines excellence in teaching, research and effective partnerships with industry and government to deliver high quality courses and undertake research that makes a difference to the domestic and international communities it serves. Deakin’s South Asia operations commenced in 1994 at New Delhi, India, making it one of the first overseas education provider to set operations in this region. Here, Deakin engages with the government, industry and the academia to share its vibrant culture of education and research.advertisementSource: Deakin UniversityPWRPWRlast_img read more

Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusion

first_imgAmbati Rayudu has ‘ordered 3D glasses’ to watch the World Cup, a day after he was pipped by the ‘three-dimensional’ Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad for the showpiece.All-rounder Shankar was preferred over the 33-year-old Rayudu for the contentious number four spot in India’s World Cup squad.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup .. Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019Disappointment knocked on Rayudu’s door when his name was left out of the squad just a few months after captain Virat Kohli had more or less earmarked him for the number four position.”We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4,” chief selector MSK Prasad said Tuesday, justifying his selection.Prasad’s view was seconded by former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who called Shankar a ‘very handy cricketer.’On the other hand, in his quest to ramp up his limited-overs game, Rayudu had even given up on white ball cricket but he has struggled to be consistent.Three poor outings against Australia in the five-match ODI home series seemed to have put paid to his hopes. The experienced batsman also could not light up the Indian Premier League in a way he would have liked.advertisementWhile he enjoys an average of 47.05 in 55 ODIs, the three failures against Australia hurt him.The batsman was the team’s number four since Asia Cup last year. Between then and the home series against Australia, Rayudu scored one century and four fifties.A 113-ball 90 in New Zealand earlier this year paved the way for India’s victory after they were tottering at one stage.He played only two ODIs during the tour of Australia, but was the highest run-getter for India in the ODIs on the tour of New Zealand, with 190 runs in five innings at an average of 63.33 and a strike rate of 82.25.But the performances were not enough for him to ensure a ticket to the United Kingdom.Also Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionlast_img read more

Messi hopes for early Christmas present

first_imgBarcelona Messi: Clasico win will give Barcelona a happy Christmas Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:17 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Lionel Messi Getty Images Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Argentina v Iceland Argentina World Cup Lionel Messi The Barcelona superstar hopes his men can head into the festivities on a high with a Clasico win over Zinedine Zidane’s men Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to beat Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico clash to ensure his side can enjoy a merry Christmas.Barca head to the Bernabeu to take on their old rivals with an 11-point lead from Madrid in the Liga table, Barca sitting six points clear from second-placed Atletico Madrid.Victory for Ernesto Valverde’s men would give Barca an overwhelming lead from last season’s champions, who have a game in hand due to their trip to the Club World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Messi, who missed out on this year’s Ballon d’Or to Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, is keen for Barcelona to go into the winter break on a high.”It would be important to win for what it means, it’s always a special game,” Messi said. “Real Madrid, at their stadium… winning is an important advantage.”There would still be a lot of league games left, but it would be nice to be able to end the year with a victory and spend a happy Christmas.”Messi, speaking at a gala where he collected the Pichichi and the Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy – to honour the top scorer in LaLiga for 2016-17 and the player judged to be the best in the division by Spanish newspaper Marca respectively – also considered the prospect of his Argentina meeting Spain at next year’s World Cup.”I do not know if a final with Spain would be a dream,” said the 30-year-old, who was denied by a 1-0 final defeat against Germany in 2014.”It would be something incredible to be able to play in a World Cup final again.”First we have to think about the group, which is difficult, and then we will see what happens.”Argentina have been drawn alongside Croatia and Nigeria in a tough Group D, with Messi’s men set to open their campaign in Russia against World Cup debutants Iceland.last_img read more

Photos: College Football Team Unveils Incredible New Helmets For Tonight

first_imgStanford's tree mascot at a football game.PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The Stanford band, the Stanford trees, and fans cheer on the Stanford Cardinal after a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers in the first quarter on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Last weekend, Stanford had its undefeated season crushed by Notre Dame. Now, the Cardinal will have to get back on the winning track against Utah.If the saying of “look good, feel good, play good” actually works, then Stanford should be in excellent shape for tonight’s game.While the Cardinal are known for their red and white uniforms, they’ll wear awesome black helmets this weekend. Even though it might just be for one game, Stanford’s new helmet design is absolutely fantastic.Hey @darrenrovell what do you think of the new hotness for tonight? #PAC12afterdark @StanfordFball @CardinalEquip @UNISWAG pic.twitter.com/znD7ykefIB— Greg Valenzisi (@SiziBITW) October 6, 2018Many programs have showcase alternate uniforms, but something about adding black to Stanford’s colors makes it pop.With Bryce Love’ status still up in the air, Stanford will need more from its passing attack. Perhaps, the new look will reignite the Cardinal’s defense, which allowed 38 points on the road against Notre Dame.Stanford and Utah will kick off tonight at 10:30 p.m. E.T. from Stanford Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.last_img read more

India Tour of New Zealand 1st T20I broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs NZ live Broadcast

first_imgIndia Tour of New Zealand 1st T20I broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs NZ live BroadcastIndia vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match, Wellington: After clinching the five match One-Day International (ODI) series, a confident India will aim to carry the momentum to the three match Twenty20 International (T20I) series when they face New Zealand in the opening match at the Westpac Stadium here on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk WellingtonFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 19:59 IST India have played only one bilateral T20I series in New Zealand, losing 0-2 under MS Dhoni (AP Photo)India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. An MS Dhoni-led side was thrashed 2-0 in a two-match series in 2008-09. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin.While India are yet to open their account in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand, they have a poor head-to-head record against the Black Caps.India hadn’t won a T20I match against New Zealand until Virat Kohli led India to a 2-1 series win over a visiting Black Caps side in the 2017-18 season. In eight matches between the two sides, India have won only two with a win percentage of 25.Rohit Sharma has proved to be an astute captain in the T20Is and has led India well in the past in the absence of Kohli. From 12 matches as India captain in the shortest format of the game, Rohit has won 11 of them.What time does the 1st T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The first T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 6, Wednesday at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.advertisementWhere will the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington from 12.00PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 1st T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, M.S. Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow 1st T20I India New Zealand broadcasting channelsFollow India vs New ZealandFollow nz vs ind broadcasting channelFollow Ind vs NZ live Broadcastlast_img read more

Try Bonobos on for Size at the Crosby Street Guideshop

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain What do you look for in a satisfying shopping experience? Obviously quality merchandise and an attentive, helpful sales staff makes a purchase more worth your while. And in the world of suiting where you’re paying top dollar for custom-tailoring, a personal shopping experience is a necessary no-brainer. But what about the clothing you live in every day? Wouldn’t it be nice to get personalized recommendations on cuts and sizing so you can feel confident always? Luckily, Bonobos Guideshops make it all possible.How does it work? You make an appointment at one of the Guideshops across the country with locations in NYC, D.C., Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. A Bonobos Guide will help you find the appropriate sizes and styles you’re looking for to make the purchase a breeze. Order your favorite pieces on the spot and have them delivered to your door so you don’t have to lug shopping bags around all day. Plus, your information is saved to your personal profile to make future shopping even easier.We got a sneak peak of the brand new NYC flagship store, opening on Crosby Street tomorrow, and it is everything a man could want in a shopping experience. Check out our photos of this amazing space in the gallery above and see what the hype is all about. Want to check out the merchandise? Visit Bonobos online at bonobos.com to shop or make an appointment at one of their six Guideshops nationwide. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men last_img read more

Community Civic Spirit Recognized

first_img “This award provides an important opportunity to recognize the people and places that make Nova Scotia a special place to live and visit,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “I am delighted to extend my congratulations to these exceptional communities and I look forward to joining in the upcoming celebrations.” Melanie Beaton submitted an application on behalf of the Mabou and District Community Development Association, in partnership with several community organizations, that shared stories of a community with a strong and committed volunteer base. “This nomination is a labour of love and pride for us”, said Ms. Beaton. “Even though our community is small in geographic size and population, Mabou’s capacity is limitless because of the strength, tenacity, and the caring, generous spirit of the people who live here.” Robin Campbell of the Community Action Society nominated River John. His submission highlighted the community’s high citizen participation in a wide range of activities and projects, strong community pride, co-operation, and a welcoming attitude. “When River Johners experience serious accidents or illness, there is always a significant rally to raise funds, supplies and support,” said Mr. Campbell. Donna Williamson of Family SOS was included in the submission to nominate Spryfield that listed more than 40 non-profit groups in the area that provide social support, education, and recreation. “It is great for Nova Scotians to discover Spryfield as the beautiful, active, diverse, and supportive community that those of us who live here know it to be,” said Ms. Williamson. “We take pride in the fact that we reach out a hand to help when someone stumbles.” The final selected community receiving an award is Washabuck. With a foundation in Gaelic and Mi’kmaq cultures, Carmie MacLean’s application, from the Washabuck Community Centre Association, included stories of friendship, cultural learning and awareness, summer festivals, camp fires, winter wood stoves, community ceilidhs, and numerous house parties. “Even with a permanent population of 50, there is an enduring sense of commitment to family, community, and neighbours, and a pride that is expressed locally and beyond, which makes this a very special place to be,” said Ms. MacLean. Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story. For more information on the award visit communityspiritaward.ca . Four Nova Scotian communities are being recognized for their civic and community spirit and will be awarded this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. In January, Nova Scotians were asked to send in their submissions. The communities being recognized this year are: Mabou, Inverness Co. River John, Pictou Co. Spryfield Washabuck, Victoria Co.last_img read more

Student protest outside the White House a snapshot of American gun debate

first_imgWASHINGTON – A snapshot of America’s gun debate unfolded outside the White House on Wednesday, on the fringes of a youth-led march where teenaged demonstrators drew cheers from adult bystanders and horn-blasts of support from motorists.Nijier Coates felt like an outlier.The 16-year-old high school student favours gun rights, he’s been shooting for years, has a dad in the military, a mom in federal security and he made clear why he was attending this gun-control march: “I’m just here with my friends.”It was one of several protests across the country, as schools in Maryland and Virginia saw students — outraged over last week’s massacre of 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school — spill out to voice their impatience with generations of politicians who have resisted taking meaningful action on gun control.The marches got support from parents, teachers, and school principals. In some cases, the approval was tacit: “Our principal was like, ‘Because I’m the principal I can’t really say you should walk out. But I’m not gonna stop you,’” said one Maryland teen, 16-year-old Jennifer Rodriguez.So they took the metro to Capitol Hill and marched to the White House, chanting, “We have a voice. We have a voice” and, “No more violence! No more silence!” and, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, the NRA has got to go.”But Coates finds some of this unfair — blaming the National Rifle Association, or guns for that matter.“I’m an NRA member. My family is,” he said.“To ban all those guns — I don’t know what to say…. In a DUI, we blame the (drunk) driver. In a bombing, we blame the bomber. But in a mass shooting, we blame the gun. It makes no sense to me, and it makes no sense to other people. Why do we blame an object?… People kill people. Guns don’t kill people.”Yet he shares much common ground with his friends.Expanded background checks; a ban on purchases for people with mental disabilities; wait times — he supports them all. Coates also wants limits on clip sizes: “There’s no reason for a civilian to have a 60-round magazine that goes into an AR-15.”It turns out other kids share those objectives. Few have any illusions their country is on the cusp of a broader gun ban.“I know that’s not really going to happen,” said Kylee Sebens, 15.“At least (have) a little bit stricter rules.”That, in a nutshell, is America’s gun-control debate.Limited reforms have near-unanimous support. This week, a Quinnipiac University poll showed 83 per cent approval for a mandatory federal wait time to buy a weapon and 97 per cent support for expanded background checks, significantly higher than the 67 per cent support for a ban on so-called assault weapons.So why the failure to get anything done?One author ascribes it to political tribalism. In a country split into mutually loathing camps, she says the paramount priority is not to find solutions but to pound away at the other: city-dweller versus country-dweller, Democrat versus Republican, upper class versus lower class, and gun-owner versus gun-hater.“People from one tribe see others not just as the political opposition, but as immoral, evil and un-American,” Yale professor Amy Chua, author of, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,” wrote in the New York Times.Those tribal cleavages appeared Wednesday.Conspiracy-theory peddlers smeared the student protesters as actors, or political plants and their videos skyrocketed to popularity on social media. One such video even got a Twitter “like” from the American president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Inside the White House, the president tried bringing disparate groups together. Some favoured gun control, some less so. One thing they had in common was a connection to school shootings — as survivors or family members of victims.Trump promised to explore three actions: expanded background checks, mental-health screening, and age limits on gun purchases.“We will get there,” Trump said.The president appeared to float the idea of arming teachers — an idea opposed by many in the room; they clapped when one man suggested arming staff would create more problems than it solves.A Trump-supporting father, grieving the loss of his daughter in last week’s Florida massacre, shouted that it’s time to secure schools — instead of debating peripheral issues like firearms.“We should have fixed it (already),” Andrew Pollack said of school safety.“And I’m pissed.”A teenage survivor tearfully insisted guns are the core issue.Meanwhile, on the sidewalk outside the White House, Sebens described the effects of school shootings on her generation. She said she has a group chat set up on her phone so she can immediately connect with her entire family in the event of massacre.“You can’t really feel safe — in or out of school now,” she said. “We’re having lockdown drills. But we don’t think it’s going to help. Florida (had those drills) it and it didn’t help at all…“I hope that this time will make a difference.”last_img read more

Victims of bad lawyers falling through the mandatory compensation cracks

first_imgTORONTO — Victims of negligent lawyers in Ontario are being cheated out of hundreds of thousands of dollars despite court-ordered awards in their favour because the insurance legal professionals must carry won’t cover the losses.Despite judicial criticism of the situation dating back decades, justice has often proven elusive when disbarred lawyers have no assets or hide any they do have, leaving clients high and dry.“I am going soon bankrupt,” said Nalliah Balachandran, 63, who now lives in Calgary. “I’m in the middle and I have lost everything.”For years, Balachandran has been unable to collect on the $188,646 in damages an Ontario Superior Court justice awarded him in 2012 against lawyer Michael (Mike) J. Webster, who was disbarred after an avalanche of complaints. Webster, who now describes himself as a franchise consultant, botched a legal dispute for his client. He did not respond to requests for comment.Balachandran is not alone.Other victims whose cases The Canadian Press reviewed lost out on compensation for car-crash injuries or ended up in jail because of lawyers who failed to do their jobs. They have not been able to collect on court-ordered damages awarded despite the legal profession’s mandatory insurance.“It is in the best interests of the proper administration of justice for litigants to expect that lawyers who represent them will be properly insured, thus protecting their interests,” Superior Court Justice Kofi Barnes said in one such case in 2016.The Law Society of Ontario, which governs the province’s 50,000 lawyers, set up an insurance company more than two decades ago to defend and cover claims against its members. Lawyers must carry insurance from the Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company — or LawPro —as a condition of their licences.The company sees more than 2,500 new claims a year with annual payouts above $100 million and rising. Lawyers pay up to $5,000 by way of deductibles for LawPro to defend claims against them, and thousands more in higher premiums if a judgment favours the client.“The coverage that the law society’s mandatory insurance program provides is considered to be both in the best interests of the public and in the best interests of Ontario lawyers — in that the public has reasonable assurance that an insurance policy backstops errors committed by lawyers in practice,” LawPro said in its 2017 report to the law society.But if a lawyer fails to report a claim to LawPro or won’t co-operate with its investigation, the insurance company — with about $743 million or 83 per cent of the law society’s total assets — denies coverage.Toronto lawyer David Altshuller, who has spent years trying to help Balachandran and another client collect on default judgments LawPro refused to cover, said there needs to be a mechanism to deal with the loophole.“My clients are out of luck. I’m out of luck,” said Altshuller, who estimates he’s racked up $6,000 in expenses and about $52,000 more in unbilled time for Balachandran.“The law society should obviously act with due dispatch to get lawyers who have fallen off the path, stop them from practising law (and), in an ideal world, LawPro would have to respond to every claim.”For Brampton, Ont., lawyer Ava Hillier, the lack of an airtight system is appalling.“The public would be horrified if they knew that the lawyer that they’ve hired had no insurance,” she said.Hillier is suing LawPro on behalf of a family that hasn’t been able to collect on a court-ordered award from their former — now disbarred — lawyer.Carolina Caputo and her husband were in a vehicle crash in 2004 that cost him his life and left her with serious injuries. Caputo hired Toronto lawyer Wayne Novak to guide them through the claims process but he failed to open a file.Left without benefits, the Caputos sued Novak and notified LawPro of the action. In 2014, a judge awarded the couple about $321,500 after a trial that neither Novak nor LawPro defended.LawPro refused to cover the award, citing Novak’s failure to co-operate, although he insists he did try to help.Hillier said the insurer should not be able to use the “ruse of non-co-operation” to deny coverage.“It’s very unfair and unfortunate — and to my mind shocking in a way,” she said. “People need to know that they’ve got nothing if their lawyer just decides not to pick up the phone.”Even Novak, who said he feels badly for his clients, decries LawPro’s approach.“We pay big insurance premiums, and they should belly up to the bar,” Novak said.In another case, Linofiel Eroma, charged in October 2008 with assault and weapons-related offences, hired Paul Slocombe, a longtime criminal lawyer who ended up being disbarred in 2011.Despite Eroma’s requests to testify in his own defence — an immutable right of an accused — and Slocombe’s assurances he would do so, his trial ended in a conviction and intermittent 90-day sentence. Slocombe never called him to the stand.After 17 weekends in jail, Eroma won bail pending an appeal. When Slocombe failed to file the paperwork required to extend his bail, Eroma was arrested in front of his employees in June 2011 and charged with being unlawfully at large. A new lawyer was able to get the charge withdrawn and succeeded in having the conviction quashed on appeal given Slocombe’s conduct. Attempts to reach Slocombe for comment were unsuccessful.Internal LawPro correspondence seen by The Canadian Press indicates the insurer knew Slocombe would be found liable on the basis of the Appeal Court ruling. They also knew the lawyer would be unable to pay any damages awarded.“We should deny coverage or attempt to settle,” a senior litigator with LawPro said in an internal note in November 2013. The decision was to deny coverage on the basis Slocombe hadn’t co-operated.Eroma won an undefended judgment against Slocombe in March 2015 now worth more than $130,000. He has not seen a penny.A spokeswoman for LawPro said payments are made to clients of at-fault lawyers in about 14 per cent of its closed files.“A coverage denial for a lack of co-operation by the insured is an extremely rare happening in my experience — at most, a handful of times in any given year,” said Naomi Dummett, LawPro’s communications director.The relative rarity of such cases makes LawPro’s hard-nosed position the more baffling, critics say.Latest figures indicate an average of about 18 lawyers a year are disbarred or allowed to resign to avoid disbarment. Dozens more get reprimands or suspensions.LawPro’s approach is now under attack by way of a novel legal challenge: In mid-December, an Ontario court is scheduled to hear the Caputo case when Hillier will try to force the insurer to cover the judgment against Novak.The Caputos want the court to find that LawPro owes Novak a debt they can garnish from the insurer — the same way the taxman might collect taxes owing directly from a taxpayer’s employer. LawPro is resisting.Lawyer David Green, acting for Eroma at a similar hearing scheduled for January, said the courts will have to determine LawPro’s obligations.“Allowing LawPro to get off the hook would subvert the policy objective behind mandatory insurance,” Green said.The head of the law society, Malcolm Mercer, said the organization was open to looking at whether people have been denied redress unfairly. After all, he said, the aim is public protection.“If there are more gaps that ought to be addressed…we will look at those,” Mercer said in a recent interview.The society does run a separate fund that currently reimburses up to $500,000 for losses due to a crooked lawyer — but not where malpractice or negligence is involved.However, Mercer said the law society adopted a policy in the mid-1990s to treat a lawyer’s refusal to co-operate as dishonesty, giving victims access to the fund. While none of the lawyers approached by The Canadian Press said they had heard of the policy, the society said compensation had been paid out 12 times.“If it turns out there’s been problems, either because it’s unknown, which may be an issue, or in terms of its application, that’s worth looking at,” Mercer said.Days after that interview in late November, the law society updated its website to include reference to the 1997 policy.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saskatoon police clarify comment about investigation at FSIN

first_imgFederation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatoon says ‘business continues as usual.’Dennis WardKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAfter a number of back and forth emails, the Saskatoon Police Service has confirmed that it is investigating an individual – or individuals – at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) but the focus of the investigation is not known.The information was confirmed in an email response to questions posed to police by APTN News starting Wednesday night.“I can tell you that the Saskatoon Police Service is investigating an allegation which was reported to us, but as it is a file that is still being investigated, we will not be commenting further,” said Kelsie Fraser, senior public affairs consultant for Saskatoon Police Service.But on Thursday Fraser contacted APTN to clarify her original statement.“I need to clarify that it is not the FSIN that is under investigation, but an individual(s),” Fraser said.The news caps a strange period at the FSIN where an election is currently underway for a new chief, first vice-chief and third vice-chief on Oct. 25.On Monday Sept. 24, police were called to FSIN headquarters because of a disturbance.No charges were laid.When informed late Wednesday night that the police were investigating the FSIN, APTN was sent a short statement.The FSIN executive “Has become aware of a report of an alleged police investigation against the organization from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” the statement said.“The FSIN has retained legal counsel to address these false allegations. The FSIN also cannot comment further on any matters pertaining to issues that are now under litigation.”No one at the FSIN has spoken to APTN after this correspondence.Last Friday, the FSIN had a similar response when contact by APTN about a different story.“We want to clarify and confirm that the FSIN is not under criminal investigation and business continues as usual,” Vice Chief David Pratt said in a statement.https://aptnnews.ca/2018/09/27/bullying-leads-to-legal-action-fsin-lawyer/Incumbent FSIN chief Bobby Cameron is seeking another three-year term.The FSIN says “until the election on October 25th and the position of Chief is filled, no Interim Chief will be appointed at this time.  The administration will continue under the Executive Operating Officer, Dawn Walker.”last_img read more

Moroccos Foreign Minister to sue Annas newspaper

Rabat – Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar decided to sue arabic-speaking paper “Annas” for “publishing false information and undermining his honor and dignity,” his defense said on Tuesday. “Upon his return from his working visit in Peru and the Dominican Republic and following a meeting with his lawyers on the case of false allegations against him by Annas newspaper, Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, decided to sue the paper, given the dangerous nature of the accusations that were published, including misleading information that Mezouar is the holder of a French passport,” said the minister’s defense.These accusations, the same source added, are “an affront to the dignity and honor of the minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.” Annas the newspaper has alleged recently that Mezouar holds the French nationality.The Moroccan official denied in a statement the information that he described as “false and devoid of any credibility.” read more

Algeria Tops NonTransparent Country in The World US State Department

Rabat – Algeria ranks as the top “non-transparent” country in the world, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2017 report on government fiscal transparency.Although Algeria made significant progress publically publishing its budget documents and obligations, the public information did not provide “comprehensive treatment of allocations to and earnings from state-owned enterprises.”  Nor did it publish an executive budget proposal or end-of-year reports within a reasonable period of time, stated the U.S. State Department.Algerian government kept a number of off-budget accounts, and while they were subject to audit with the results made public, the government apparently made “efforts to reduce the number of off-budget accounts,” according to the report, which assessed the practices of 140 governments. Natural resource contracts or licenses awarded by the Algerian national government “were specified in law and appeared to be followed in practice.”The State Department report indicated that Algeria’s fiscal transparency would be improved if it were to publish its executive budget proposal and end-of-year reports within a “reasonable period of time,” and if “the government provided detailed debt obligations and revenues and expenditures in the budget, including those for state-owned enterprises.”Algeria ranked at the same level as Iraq, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Maldives, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Yemen.In contrast, Morocco is ranked by the report as among “the countries that have met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency for 2017.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Greater regional integration can build more resilient African economies – UN report

25 June 2009Deeper regional integration is crucial for building stronger and more resilient African economies, particularly in light of the current global financial crisis which has hit the continent hard, the United Nations says in a new report released today. Economic Development in Africa 2009: Strengthening regional economic integration for Africa’s Development, produced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), argues that regional integration, which would address the long-standing structural weaknesses of African economies, is essential for sustained development.“Better links between countries, ranging from paved roads to banking cooperation, are needed to spur mutual economic growth,” the agency says in a news release. “Indeed, weak physical and institutional infrastructure is the key obstacle to increasing intra-African trade and investment.”The report recognizes the progress made in Africa over the last 20 years in creating subregional institutions dedicated to economic integration. They include the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).However, these groups have not “substantially” increased intra-African trade, investment and mobility of people as expected, says UNCTAD. In fact, the report finds that relative to other regions, Africa has by far the most fragmented market.“The result of intra-African trade is still quite insignificant,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told a news conference in New York yesterday as he launched the report. He added that the cost of transportation is a major factor hampering intra-African trade.In addition, intra-African investment is “quite small,” amounting to about 13 per cent of total foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa.Mr. Supachai said that Africa has been enjoying some benefits of the 5-6 per cent economic growth experienced between 2002 and 2007, and several nations have made progress in reducing poverty and achieving some of the other targets that make up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).But these achievements are under threat because the drops in external demand for exports from Africa, remittances from migrant workers, FDI and official development assistance (ODA) will mean that Africa will have less resources for growth, he said. He added that the report comes at the right time, as Member States discuss the global financial crisis and its impact on development at the three-day high-level conference that began at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday. In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to confirm Mr. Supachai as head of UNCTAD for a further four-year term beginning on 1 September 2009 and ending on 31 August 2013, according to a spokesperson for the world body. read more

UN inspectors land in Iraq Blix tells Security Council they will go

In prepared remarks to a closed-door meeting of the Council, Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), stressed that inspectors would go anywhere at any time without prior notice. There are 11 inspectors from UNMOVIC and six from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now in Iraq.Some 100 inspectors plus support staff should be in place by Christmas, while logistics are being strengthened, he added, predicting that by the end of the week, the UN could have the first of eight helicopters in Iraq. A plane is already in place to ferry inspectors and equipment to Iraq from the field office in Larnaca, Cyprus.Reporting on his recent talks with Iraqi officials, Mr. Blix said they had pledged full cooperation with the inspections process. The UN side had emphasized the importance of the declaration by Baghdad – due by 8 December – concerning its weapons of mass destruction, and the Iraqi delegation voiced uncertainty as to how to prepare the text. Mr. Blix, along with IAEA chief Mohammad ElBaradei, declined to interpret the Council resolution that mandated the declaration, but stressed that all proscribed items must be acknowledged.The UNMOVIC chief also made a number of proposals during the talks, including calling for the adoption of laws prohibiting citizens from engaging in programmes related to weapons of mass destruction, according to the text. He also sought Iraqi assistance in setting up a field office in Mosul and in expanding UNMOVIC premises at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad.Commenting on the heavy media interest in the UN’s work in Iraq, Mr. Blix emphasized that no reporters would be allowed at inspection sites. The Iraqi side said it might invite the press to sites following inspections.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Blix was asked about Iraq’s contention that it has no weapons of mass destruction. He replied that during talks with officials in Baghdad, he had suggested that “they should look into all their stores and stocks.” Pressed further on the question, he said, “The production of mustard gas is not exactly the same as the production of marmalade – you do expect those who produce chemical weapons to keep some track of what [they] have produced,” he said. “That is in their own interest, and I’m sure they do.” In order to be believed, Iraq must provide either the weapons that remain or full accounts, he stressed.Concerning presidential sites, Mr. Blix said the UN had emphasized that it would inspect all locations on an equal basis. “The Iraqis said they are content to cooperate in all respects under the resolution; they did remark, however, that ministerial buildings and presidential sites are not the same as factories, and that is undeniable,” he reported.To a question as to whether UNMOVIC faces pressure from Washington, he said, “We get recommendations and advice from all countries, including the United States, but I’d like to say that we may not be the brightest in the world but I can tell you we are in nobody’s pockets.” read more