5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love You

first_imgEvery creative professional should follow these 5 tips for client success.  More client love equals more business – and more money in your pocket!For creative professionals, the focus should not only be on finding new clients but retaining the ones you have!  In this post, we suggest 5 ways to keep your clients happy and coming to you for future business.  Applicable for any creative professional – photographer, designer, video editor – follow these tips to forge a positive and happy client relationship.1. Offer Free Phone SupportThis is probably the most time consuming of these tips, but instantly makes you seem invaluable to your clients. Typically they’ll call you wanting to know how to do something which is actually incredibly simple…but makes you look like a hero. Letting your clients know they can call you whenever they need builds the relationship.  More importantly however, it means they’ll start to think of you as their go-to-guy/gal not only for technical help but also for more work. People hire people they trust.And how do you stop them ruining your life, calling 24 hours a day?  Save their numbers to your phone and just let it go to voicemail if you’re in the middle of something. Most of the time a two minute phone calls sorts it out. If you really want to go above and beyond, offer to Skype screen share with them and walk them through step-by-step.  Photo by Dave Catchpole 2. Offer Extra Deliverables For FreeOften a client will forget that in the future they might want to upload their finished film to the Internet, send it on an email or generally do more with it than they were planning to. By offering them some extra deliverables for free you can give them something more valuable, but that only involves a little extra effort on your part. As a film editor I have several Compressor presets that I’ve created because I use them all the time. The three I use most often are a compressor setting for Vimeo, emailing and client viewings. Its about 3 seconds more work from me to add these in and a little bit extra rendering time, but it makes for happy clients everytime.3. Share a Google CalendarThis is really a no-brainer as it will definitely help you get more work if you are a freelancer. Set up a free Google calendar and then keep it up to date with your available work dates. If you don’t want to reveal who you are working for you can just apply a simple ‘Busy’ filler on the dates you’re working. After every successful job, email  your client a subscription link so they can easily see when you’re free. A great way to keep yourself more organized and your clients more informed.4. Recommend a friendHopefully you’re so busy that you occasionally have to pass on work because you’re already booked.  In these cases it pays to actually pass it on to a trusted, professional, freelancer friend. Knowing others who do exactly what you do, and do it well, is a simple way to add value for your clients.  They’ll know that whether you complete the work, or you provide a good recommendation, they can always come to you to get their job done. I’ve gotten a lot of work from other film and video editors I know who recommend me when they’re busy and vise-versa. They’re not the competition, they’re your community.  Photo by Newtown Graffiti5. Listen to their ideasIf you can do this, and do this all the time, then your clients will certainly love you. Even though your client has hired you for your creative expertise, they will very likely have some ideas of their own. Even if you think their idea will sadly never work, let them express it fully and if its appropriate give it a try. That way everyone can see what is working and what isn’t.  In this way, every idea that ‘might work’ gets a fair shot and the client feels valued and involved. This might seem like an obvious tip, but just think back to the last time a client told you their idea and half way through you interrupted to tell them ”that will never work and here’s why…” You might well have been correct, but it pays to listen anyway.Got tips for working with clients in a creative environment?We want to hear your thoughts and advice in the comments below!last_img read more

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7 die while cleaning septic tank in hotel near Vadodara

first_imgSeven people died late on Friday night while cleaning a sewer line and a septic tank in a hotel near Vadodara. The deceased comprised sanitary workers and hotel employees. The police have lodged a case of culpable homicide against Darshan Hotel owner Hassan Abbas Bhoraniya. He was arrested on Saturday morning and charged under the offence of causing death due to negligence.In the FIR, the deceased were identified as Mahesh Patanwadiya (47), Ashok Harijan (45), Brijesh Harijan (25), Mahesh Harijan (25), Vijay Chaudhary (22), Sahdev Vasava (22) and Ajay Vasava (22). Vadodara’s officiating District Collector Kiran Zaveri said, “They died of asphyxiation inside the tank as revealed in their post mortem conducted at Vadodara hospital.” Gujarat Chief Minster Vijay Rupani has expressed sorrow over the incident of deaths and announced an assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the dependants of the deceased.last_img read more

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Scuttled plans? Annual board meeting reduced to sightseeing tour

first_imgThose who made the trip have started scheduling trips around this Southern Californian city starting Saturday as meetings have been shelved and planning for the calendar of the coming season put on hold.A 30-strong delegation made up of representatives of San Miguel Beer, Star, Blackwater and Meralco and the Office of the Commissioner checked in at posh Hotel Sofitel along Beverly Boulevard late Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PBA board to resolve Narvasa issue in USThis is the leanest such party recorded ever since the planning sessions abroad was first held more than a decade back, as board members have looked forward to this gathering for camaraderie and time to be with members of their respective families. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Trouble within the board started two weeks ago when a disgruntled group of seven teams headed by the three squads owned by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan openly asked for the resignation of Narvasa.The board was split—for the first time in the league’s 42-year history—when the San Miguel Corporation teams, together with GlobalPort and Kia, threw their full support behind Narvasa.An impasse happened as both sides don’t have the required number of votes—eight—needed to unseat or name a new commissioner.The 43rd Season opens on Dec. 17, and usually by this time, formats for the three conferences have already been determined, with schedules already released and height limits of imports already set. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOS ANGELES—With three members—and possibly a fourth in the chair himself—absent, what was supposed to be a critical annual planning session of the PBA’s board of governors has now become a sightseeing tour.ADVERTISEMENT Barangay Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua arrived hours before aboard a Cathay Pacific flight, while Erick Arejola of GlobalPort and Dickie Bachmann of Alaska flew in two days ago.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa and Mamerto Mondragon of Rain or Shine and Phoenix Patroleum’s Raymund Zorilla begged off from joining the bulk of the delegation aboard a Philippine Airlines 777 jet on Friday night.READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resignRamoncito Fernandez of NLEX, the incoming chair who will take over from Mikee Romero of GlobalPort, is supposed to come in on Nov. 14, but because of what has developed, will reportedly not be coming anymore.Representatives belonging to two warring board factions have refused to give comment on the issue plaguing Asia’s first play-for-pay league: Will commissioner Chito Narvasa get a fresh term or not?ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tabuena delivers vow, shares Resorts World golf lead Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Spurs legend David Robinson says it would be ‘crazy’ not to trade for Irving

first_imgRobredo: 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “The Admiral” was even adamant that Irving heading to Texas would be a perfect fit not just on the hardwood but even outside of basketball.“It’s just an enjoyable atmosphere where your teammates encourage one another, love one another,” he said. “I can only see positive things. … We can only dream about good stuff like that.”Meanwhile, Irving would certainly be godsend to the perennial contenders Spurs, especially with their 35-year-old facilitator Tony Parker entering the twilight of his career and coming off a major surgery.However, earlier reports have indicated that the Cavs are looking for “young assets” in possible trade scenarios, which the Spurs presumably lack at the moment.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)The San Antonio Spurs remains high on the list of possible trade destinations for supposedly disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.If only retired Spurs legend David Robinson were in charge, he would pull out all the stops to make it happen.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave CavsRetired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionallySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Although far removed form his playing days, the 52-year-old one-time NBA MVP still looks out for the best interest of the only franchise he has ever known.In an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Robinson made it clear that the Spurs should be going all out in pursuing the talented 25-year-old out of Duke.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’d be crazy not to want a talented guy like that. He’s been a force for (the Cavaliers),” he spoke highly of Irving.“I certainly think you add a talent like that to a system that can … enhance his impact in the game and make him more efficient,” he added. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

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Power and water supply cut off to Ajit Singh’s bungalow

first_imgAfter his defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, former Union minister Ajit Singh was further embarrassed on Saturday when the authorities snapped power and water supplies to his Tughlaq Road bungalow here. Despite his defeat in the elections, Singh has been refusing to vacate the accommodation allotted by the government. The bungalow has now been allotted to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is living at a private guest house because of Singh’s refusal.Singh, the 75-year-old Rashtriya Lok Dal president, lost the Lok Sabha elections from Baghpat which he had been representing since 1999.Sources said when the police arrived at the bungalow, RLD activists were holding a meeting of sugarcane farmers. Singh is reportedly abroad.Singh is one of the four former UPA ministers who have not vacated their bungalows despite repeated eviction notices. The RLD leader was served the eviction notice in July. Senior police officers said they had earlier sent a team to the bungalow on the direction of the Lok Sabha secretariat to ask the former Union minister to vacate it. But police faced stiff resistance from Singh’s supporters earlier this month. “The quasijudicial authority responsible for evicting overstaying politicians in government bungalows has been sending teams to different properties for the past two months. We were waiting for Singh to be back, so that the team with police personnel could go there again to get the house vacated,” said a government source.last_img read more

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SPORT-EURO-FRANCE 2LAST

first_imgIceland has only a population of 330,000 but Euro 2016 Iceland has only a population of 330,000 but Euro 2016 has put the country “on the map”, according to Arnor Ingvi Traustason.”Ive been getting messages from all over the world from people proud of us,” he said.Didier Deschamps men will take on Germany in Marseille on Thursday for a place in the final.Deschamps hailed his sides performance though he acknowledged the weaknesses highlighted by the two goals.”Its not ideal even if I made some changes but there are so many positives to take from tonight,” he said.”Germany are the best team, there is no doubt about that, even if Italy gave them a few scares. But we are there in the final four and well give it our all,” said Deschamps.Germany beat France in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals. But France feel their defeat in the 1982 semi-final when Patrick Battiston suffered critical injuries even more.Iceland, who had never beaten France in 11 attempts, kept faith with the side that shocked England, making European Championship history as the first team to name an unchanged line-up for their first five matches.Sluggish starts have been a hallmark of France matches in the tournament, but the hosts quickly seized control and Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson had to smother Payets early effort at the second attempt.It took less than a quarter hour for France to make the breakthrough. Giroud raced onto Blaise Matuidis floated ball over the defence and drilled through Halldorssons legs.advertisementPogba headed home a Griezmann corner for his first goal of the tournament and in a powerful end to the half, Griezmann teed up Payet whose low drive whistled into the far corner.Griezmann tucked away Frances fourth on the stroke of the interval, running onto Girouds pass and lifting the ball over Halldorsson.Sigthorsson, who netted Icelands winner against England, scored for the second game running after poking in Sigurdssons cross on 56 minutes.But France replied with Giroud beating Halldorsson to a Payet free-kick immediately before the Arsenal striker was withdrawn.Iceland were rewarded for their perseverence though as they grabbed a second goal when Bjarnason headed in Ari Skulasons cross on 84 minutes.”Now we have gotten a taste of being at the big stage, we love it and we belong here,” said Halldorsson. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

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England announce friendly dates

first_imgEngland England to face Netherlands and Italy in World Cup warm-ups Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 00:23 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Southgate Getty Images England World Cup England v Brazil Netherlands Italy Friendlies Gareth Southgate will get the opportunity to test his players against high-class opposition ahead of the World Cup in Russia England are to face Netherlands and Italy in March as part of their preparations for the 2018 World Cup, the Football Association has announced.The fixtures will provide Gareth Southgate’s side with an opportunity to face top-class opposition ahead of the showpiece tournament in Russia.England 11/1 to beat Brazil 1-0 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 The Three Lions will travel to Amsterdam to face Netherlands on March 23 before welcoming Italy to Wembley Stadium four days later.We’ve confirmed the #ThreeLions’ fixtures for next March:Netherlands@AmsterdamArenAFriday 23 March7.45pm (GMT)Italy@wembleystadiumTuesday 27 March8pm— England (@England) November 14, 2017England have lost their last two meetings with the Dutch, who failed to even reach the World Cup qualifying play-offs after finishing third in Group A, including a 2-1 loss on home soil in March 2016.Italy, meanwhile, missed out on a World Cup berth for the first time since 1958 after losing a two-legged play-off against Sweden.The Azzurri were beaten 2-1 on their last visit to Wembley, back in August 2012.last_img read more

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US Open: World No. 2 Ash Barty crashes out after straight-sets defeat

first_img Next US Open: World No. 2 Ash Barty crashes out after straight-sets defeatWang Qiang, who had never been beyond the third round of a major in 20 tries, kept Barty back with consistent groundstrokes that landed deep in the court and she had just 14 unforced errors to her opponent’s 39.advertisement Shripad Yasso Naik New YorkSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 23:19 IST World No. 2 Ash Barty crashes out (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAsh Barty overcame three match points before Wang Qiang finally served out the matchWang Qiang kept Barty back with consistent groundstrokes that landed deep in the courtWang next faces the winner of the match later between No. 8 Serena WilliamsSecond-seeded Ash Barty is out of the U.S. Open, beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Wang Qiang, who advanced to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.The 18th-ranked Wang, who had never been beyond the third round of a major in 20 tries, kept Barty back with consistent groundstrokes that landed deep in the court and she had just 14 unforced errors to her opponent’s 39. Barty overcame three match points before Wang finally served out the match, pumping her fist in the air as the Australian’s return sailed long.Barty’s loss ends an impressive run of Grand Slam performances this year, having won the French Open, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the round of 16 of Wimbledon. That record, along with titles at tour events in Miami and Birmingham, England, helped her hold the No. 1 ranking for nearly two months this summer before Naomi Osaka regained the spot.Wang, the first Chinese woman to get this far in the U.S. Open since Peng Shuai made a run to the semis in 2014, next faces the winner of the match later between No. 8 Serena Williams and No. 22 Petra Martic.Also Read | US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal not sure if light first week helps or hurtsAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ash BartyFollow Wang Qianglast_img read more

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Cosco Shipping Ports Boosts Its Stake in Qingdao Port

first_imgzoom China-based Cosco Shipping Ports Limited has decided to increase its stake in Qingdao Port International (QPI) to 18.41%.Taking the proposed New H Share issuance plan of QPI into consideration, the subscription shares will represent 16.82% of the issued share capital of QPI, increasing Cosco Shipping Ports’ shareholding in QPI to 18.41%.Shanghai China Shipping Terminal Development Co., Ltd. (SCSTD), a subsidiary of Cosco Shipping Ports, will subscribe for over 1 billion non-circulating domestic shares in QPI at a total consideration of RMB 5.8 billion (USD 846 million), of which RMB 3.2 billion will be settled by the transfer of a 20% equity interest in Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCT) to QPI and the remaining RMB 2.6 billion will be settled in cash.Additonally, the parties agreed to cooperate to further develop the port of Qingdao into an international shipping hub in Northeast Asia and co-invest in overseas terminal projects, including the Khalifa Port Container Terminal II project in Abu Dhabi.They also agreed to set up a terminal project management company to cooperate in the businesses of management and operation of PRC and overseas terminal projects of Cosco Shipping Ports agreed by the parties.Cosco Shipping Ports said that “increasing the investment in QPI is a meaningful step in realising the company’s strategy of sharpening its competitive edge and creating greater value.”The increased investment in, and the subsequent strategic co-operation with QPI, are also expected to strengthen the company’s position in the Greater China region.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisories Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties

first_img The Hewit Bridge is now open on the Raynardton Road The Gavel bridge on the Canaan Road is still closed to vehicles but is now open to foot passage Yarmouth County Traffic Advisories, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties Shelburne County:center_img Upper Clyde Road is open to the Bloody Creek Bridge (bridge remains closed)last_img

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La Province souligne la Semaine de sensibilisation au Prix du duc dÉdimbourg

first_imgLes jeunes Néo-Écossais qui se mettent au défi et qui changent les choses dans leur communauté sont mis à l’honneur, aujourd’hui 16 octobre, lors du lever du drapeau à Province House dans le cadre de la Semaine de sensibilisation au Prix du duc d’Édimbourg. « De nos jours, avec la communication instantanée et les médias sociaux, il est très agréable de voir un programme qui fait la promotion de l’amélioration continue, du perfectionnement personnel et des réalisations, affirme le lieutenant-gouverneur Arthur LeBlanc, président d’honneur de la division de la Nouvelle-Écosse du programme du Prix international du duc d’Édimbourg. Il va sans dire que ce programme est déterminant dans la formation de citoyens responsables et participants, ce qui est positif pour nos collectivités, pour notre province et pour le Canada. » Pendant la semaine de sensibilisation, qui se déroule jusqu’au 22 octobre, on encourage les jeunes, les participants au programme, les leaders, les membres de conseils, les parents et les bénévoles à participer à des journées sous différents thèmes tels qu’une journée de reconnaissance (Thank You Thursday) ou une journée de service (Service Saturday). Les activités célèbrent le lancement du programme du Prix international du duc d’Édimbourg à l’échelle du pays et mettent en lumière l’excellent travail que font les jeunes Néo-Écossais dans leurs communautés. « Les participants au programme du Prix international du duc d’Édimbourg visent à atteindre des objectifs personnels dans les domaines du conditionnement physique, de l’acquisition de compétences et du service communautaire tout en renforçant leur confiance et en s’épanouissant à titre de citoyens actifs et responsables, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Il s’agit d’une occasion de reconnaître les élèves pour le beau travail qu’ils accomplissent à la fois à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de la classe. » Le programme favorise le développement communautaire et national et, ce faisant, les participants font l’acquisition d’aptitudes à la vie quotidienne qui mènent à la croissance personnelle et à la réalisation de soi. Plus de 4 000 Néo-Écossais de 14 à 25 ans participent au programme chaque année. Il s’agit du 45e anniversaire du programme en Nouvelle-Écosse. « J’ai commencé à faire du bénévolat dans le cadre du programme du duc d’Édimbourg. J’ai toujours su que c’était important, mais maintenant je peux vraiment apprécier la valeur de redonner aux autres, déclare André Aucoin, participant au programme. Le bénévolat est devenu une nécessité dans ma vie. Chaque fois que je vois une occasion, je plonge! » André est âgé de 17 ans et il fréquente l’École du Carrefour, à Dartmouth. Il a reçu les prix Bronze et Argent dans le cadre du programme, et il vise maintenant à obtenir le prix Or. Pour plus d’information, consultez le www.dukeofed.org/ns (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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Canada will not bend to US steel tariff pressure in NAFTA talks

first_imgOTTAWA – As the United States tries to light a fire under NAFTA negotiations, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will not be bullied or pressured by the United States as part of those talks.Freeland is coming off a tense week which started with the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations making little progress towards an agreement but ended with a sigh of relief when Canada and Mexico secured an exemption from new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.The steel tariff threat was seen by many to be an attempt by the Trump administration to pressure Canada and Mexico to complete the NAFTA talks — giving in to other U.S. demands or giving up some of their own —rather than risk the punishing steel and aluminum duties. The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on U.S. national security.Freeland said it was absurd to consider Canadian steel a national security threat and that “as far as Canada is concerned there is absolutely no connection” between the national security reasons cited for the steel tariffs and NAFTA.“These are two separate tracks and in the NAFTA negotiations Canada will not be subject to any type of pressure,” she said. “This episode has not changed our NAFTA negotiation position.”Her words echo those of Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo who said last week Mexico also believed the steel tariffs had nothing to do with the NAFTA talks.Freeland notes the written presidential proclamation putting them in place does not.“That was significant and we were glad to see that,” she said.The proclamation instead pointed to economic integration between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the fact the U.S. also exports steel to both Canada and Mexico, and the three countries’ shared commitment to national security and addressing global excess capacity in steel production. Trump did say he expected both Canada and Mexico to take action to prevent other countries from sneaking steel into the U.S. by sending them to Canada or Mexico first.However Trump specifically mentioned NAFTA in his press conference announcing the exemptions on March 8.“We’re negotiating right now NAFTA and we’re going to hold off the tariff on those two countries to see whether or not we’re able to make the deal on NAFTA,” he said. He added that national security was an important part of that deal and, if a deal is made, “this will figure into the deal and we won’t have the tariffs on Canada or Mexico.”NAFTA talks started seven months ago and the U.S. is starting to get antsy about getting a deal. Mexican federal elections scheduled for July 1 and U.S. congressional elections in the fall are adding pressure, as changes of government as a result of either could affect both getting a deal and getting it ratified.Following the close of the seventh round of negotiations last week in Mexico, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. wants to get a deal done in the next four to six weeks. Canada and Mexico are both indicating a willingness to step up the pace of the talks but not at the expense of getting a good deal for all.Freeland is headed to New York Monday to host an event on Canada’s Elsie Initiative for Women in Peacekeeping, which aims to increase the number of women deployed as part of peacekeeping forces around the world. From there, she may travel to Washington, D.C. to continue NAFTA talks although her spokesman would only say her schedule is still being finalized.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Canadian steel country this week on a three-day tour designed to shore up the industry. The tour was planned before the tariff exemption was confirmed but will still go ahead despite the exemption, with stops in Alma., Que, Hamilton, Ont., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina, Sask.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Ottawa plans more police mandatory jail terms in battle against underground tobacco

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The Conservative government said Tuesday it would create a 50 officer RCMP anti-contraband tobacco force and introduce a new bill to impose mandatory minimum jail terms for repeat offenders involved in the trade.In a statement, the federal government said the new RCMP force would target “organized crime groups engaged in the production and distribution of contraband tobacco.” There were no immediate details available on where the force would be based.The statement also said the Conservative government would introduce a bill to amend sections of the Criminal Code and impose jail terms on those involved in the black market tobacco trade. Repeat offenders caught transporting more than 10,000 cigarettes or 10 kilograms of tobacco products would face a minimum of 90 days in jail on a second conviction, 180 days on a third conviction and two years less a day on subsequent convictions.Under the changes, a first conviction could net a maximum 6 month jail term on a summary conviction and a 5 year term if prosecuted on an indictment.“Tobacco trafficking is a serious threat to the public safety of Canadians, our communities and our economy,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, in a statement. “Contraband tobacco fuels the growth of organized criminal networks, contributing to the increased availability of illegal drugs and guns in our communities.”Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who represents Nunavut, also praised the announcement.“There is no place for contraband tobacco in our communities and today is an important step in the fight against illegal tobacco,” said Aglukkaq.Much of the underground tobacco trade flows through Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border.Tobacco was introduced to Europeans through contact with First Nations and many see the tobacco trade as a traditional right.There have been concerns expressed in Mohawk communities that the RCMP focuses too much on trying to seize cigarettes at the expense of other, more dangerous products like cocaine.last_img read more

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Cree Elder documents erosion of land and culture

first_imgAPTN InFocus:Cree Elder Jackson Osborne began taking pictures of the land on the Pimicikimak Cree Nation thirty years ago.He wanted to document changes brought on by fluctuating water levels caused by hydro development.Now students at the University of Manitoba are taking his work a step further.And then another story about why volunteers are searching the banks of Winnipeg’s Red River.last_img

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SC seeks status report on 2017 SSC paper leak case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam paper leak matter and sought status report on it. The exam took place in 2017 and thousands of students who appeared for it continues to remain in limbo. The court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to bring on record its latest status report regarding the ongoing probe into the leak.last_img

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Second City improv class teaches how to work unscripted

Consultant Melissa Madian wanted to help her clients navigate the fast-paced world of sales. She turned to a comedy juggernaut for a new skill to add to her tool kit: improvisation.“Sellers have to be improvising all the time with our customers because there’s not one set script,” says Madian, owner of Toronto-based consulting firm TMM Enablement Services.“You need to listen to what the customer is saying, then improvise and adjust based on what they’ve said so you can come to a solution together. A lot of the foundational items you learn in improv are absolutely applicable in a business environment.”Madian had previously attended training at Second City Works, the business arm of the famed comedy company, and returned to enroll in RewireU, a new educational program designed to help businesses boost on-the-job efficiency through improv.“It used to be B2B (business to business); we now talk about H2H — human to human,” says Kevin Frank, artistic director of the Second City Training Centre.“That’s the storytelling of your own story, listening to the story of your client, telling the story of your company, and those kind of tools are what we do.“We’re storytellers. We know how to craft a great story based on the truth and honesty of what we are; so we help companies and business managers be authentic about their story so they can relate one-on-one with their client and their teams.”Five questions to ask yourself to build your confidenceSix easy steps to help you deal with conflict at work, professionally, while also keeping your coolFollowing a post-lunch warmup, Madian joined her RewireU classmates in a series of exercises testing their abilities to think on their feet and forge bonds of trust. Fellow participants included a holistic doctor, consultants and individuals from a variety of sectors, including retail, finance and tourism.In one exercise dubbed “A Bunch of…” they branched out into small groups to take turns reciting a common story punctuated by their own punchlines. Regardless of whether their improvised endings elicited a hearty belly laugh or groan, the response from their peers was always the same: unconditional support, kudos and warm applause. The practice is designed to promote inclusivity and give participants the confidence to take a risk knowing that their delivery will have a soft landing.Frank says they have attendees self-evaluate their experiences within the exercises and tie them back to business culture to explore the parallels they see within their own work environments.“There’s a lot of evaluation, there’s a lot of debrief that allows our participants to say, ‘All right: it’s one thing to do this exercise in a workshop — how is it going to affect my workplace and the way I do business?’ ”Second City has also teamed with University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is researching the impact of improv tools on business practices.“Those studies will allow us to quantify the effects of our training on business leaders and managers in the industry,” says Frank.He recognizes each individual arrives at RewireU with their own skill sets and comfort level and will evolve at different rates — particularly those who may initially seem more reserved.“I think (the term) ‘introverts’ is sort of a blanket description. What are the reasons that you aren’t stepping out?” asks Frank.“Is it because you are a perfectionist? Is it because you’re cautious? Is it because you don’t want to offend people? Let’s go down to the core of that and work on those skills.” read more

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President declares war on group of 15 members

The former Ministers had attended a recent protest rally staged by the joint opposition against the government. The move came hours after the SLFP Central Committee removed former Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, T.B. Ekanayake and Chandima Weerakkody from their SLFP electoral organiser posts. President Maithripala Sirisena has declared war on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ‘group of 15’ who had left the Government with his blessings.The President today removed former Ministers Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, John Seniviratne and Chandima Weerakody from their SLFP District Development Committee cho-chairmanship posts. They were however invited to attend the SLFP Central Committee held last night yet they did not attend.Former Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, who was part of a ‘group of 16’ SLFP members who left the Government, has since made a u-turn and extended support to President Maithripala Sirisena. The 16 SLFP members resigned from the Government in April this year, with the blessings of the President, after voting in support of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. read more

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UN fund for fighting hunger launches first project in Caribbean

FAO jointly launched the $5 million project with the Caribbean Community, the CARIFORUM and the Government of Italy to strengthen policy, services and improve production and marketing systems accessible to small farmers. Funded by the Italian Government, the project is the first of its kind to focus on regional food security with support from the FAO Trust Fund for Food Security.The $500 million Trust Fund, created during the 2002 World Food Summit, aims to increase the flow of resources to fight hunger. During the Summit, Heads of State and Government signed a declaration committing themselves to renewed support for the goals set during the 1996 World Food Summit, which included halving the number of hungry people worldwide by 2015.Italy is the first UN Member State to respond to this appeal and has committed itself to providing €100 million (euros), of which €50 million have already been received. Other projects to support developing countries are in the final stages of preparation. read more

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Gladiator acoustic switch for blocked chute protection

first_imgThe Gladiator Acoustic Switch uses acoustic wave technology in a new Sender/Receiver form for blocked chute detection and anti collision for heavy machinery. The Gladiator Amplifier powers two AW Transducers which use special Hawk developed software where both units pulse and receive each others acoustic echoes. When the path between the transducers is blocked the units immediately detect the presence/absence change of the return signal and trigger a communications relay for indication or control purposes. The transducers work both together and independently to detect pulse interference giving twice the application security.Hawk’s Acoustic Wave Switches are self cleaning. The switch is designed for continuous operation in dusty, wet environments where other technologies fail. The power of each pulse (pressure wave) blows the water, moisture and build-up off the face of the diaphragm. Typical uses include:•Blocked chute detection in wet or dry environments•Wet screen blocked chute detection•Nucleonic/tilt switch replacement•Hi level alarm / Low level alarm•Truck/machine detection (ROM bins, Primary Crusher Dump Pockets)•Sewage sludge handling.last_img read more

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