The Difficult Choice Is Easy

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b54.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG9358.jpg" alt="first_img" />Some things that you might believe make selling easier actually make it far more difficult.You might believe that lowering your price makes it easier for your client to choose you over your competitors. But lowering your price lowers the perception of value that you are creating and makes it more likely that your client chooses a competitor with a lower price.Why? Because you commoditized yourself and made price the issue instead of value.You might believe that allowing your prospect to control “the process” makes you a better salesperson, that by following their commands you are demonstrating what kind of partner you will be, and that doing so increases the likelihood that you are chosen. But allowing your client to control the process eliminates many of the steps you need to take to both create value and position yourself to win.Why? Because not asking for the commitments you need eliminates your ability to create value and makes you transactional.You might believe that not telling your prospective client just how difficult it is going to be to get the result they want, that their own constraints (including under-investing) are the root cause of their problems, and that it is going to take more time, more effort, and more money will make it easier for you to win their business. Maybe it will; but what then will you be charged with?If you want to be a consultative salesperson, a trusted advisor, and a Level 4 Value Creator, then you have to tell the truth. It’s your truthfulness, your candor, and your willingness to help come up with ideas that can help that makes you worth buying from. Avoiding the difficult conversations makes you something less, someone less, someone selling transactionally.Just as fast is slow and slow is fast, difficult is easy and easy is difficult. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now<img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG13704.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8230"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Cristiano Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2051/IMG11096.jpg" alt="first_img" />LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed His goals against his old team on Tuesday have already proved historic. The result led Juventus back from a two-goal loss in the first leg for the first time in club history.The victory also helped boost Juventus’ share price on Wednesday morning. The rise was so sharp that trading on it had to be temporarily halted after opening on the Italian Stock Exchange with a 23 percent increase on Tuesday’s closing price.That same stock market had taken a hit three weeks ago, with the club’s share price dropping more than 9 percent after its 2-0 loss in Madrid.Juventus’ presence in the quarterfinals and the manner in which it qualified will also boost its coffers in a way that is hard to quantify: Brand improvement.That is something Juventus has been working on for several years and which included the changing of the club logo and the signing of Ronaldo, which increased its following on social media by tens of millions.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the three goals it needed to overturn a 2-0 loss from the first leg.The win earned Juventus a spot in the quarterfinals, worth at least 16 million euros ($18 million) from UEFA and ticket sales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s why Juventus signed me,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 24 goals this season. “I do my job and I’m very happy. It’s been a magical night.”The Portugal forward was brought in to help Juventus finally win the Champions League again after some tough losses to Real Madrid, a team at the time led by none other than Ronaldo. Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TURIN, Italy — If you can’t beat him, buy him.The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it.ADVERTISEMENT Peaking at the right time Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2065/IMG1196.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This season, Juventus has already received 94 million euros ($106 million) from UEFA and that could rise to almost 130 million ($147 million) if the Italian team wins its third European Cup — and first since 1996.That figure doesn’t include ticket sales. Juventus made a record 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) on Tuesday from gate receipts, including hospitality. That beat the previous mark of 5 million euros ($5.7 million) from its 2-1 loss to Manchester United earlier in the season.And that will likely be surpassed no matter which team comes to the Allianz Stadium for the quarterfinals.Ronaldo hasn’t had the easiest time off the field after being accused of rape in the United States, but his influence on the field cannot be overestimated.Just look at Real Madrid, which had won the last three Champions League titles with Ronaldo but couldn’t even reach the quarterfinals this year without him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2028/IMG8386.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8201"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Jose Mourinho unsure if De Gea will sign contract extension with club

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2038/IMG13246.jpg" alt="first_img" />AdvertisementManchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the future of the star Spanish Goalkeeper David De Gea at Manchester United. David De Gea’s contract with the Red Devils is going to expire after the end of the season; though he has to option to extend the contract till 2020. But Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the contract extension of David De Gea.When, Jose Mourinho was asked about the future of the Spanish Goalkeeper at Manchester United, he told to Sky Sports, “I am not confident,” David De Gea is an important player for the Red Devils and he has saved the day for Manchester United for enumerate times. If, the star Spanish Goalkeeper decides to leave Old Trafford, there will be huge void for them and it will be really hard for the Red Devils to find a proper replacement of David De Gea. Advertisement “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2021/IMG1109.jpg" alt="center_img" /> “Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.” David De Gea is the prime target of Juventus in the next summer transfer window. Juventus are currently not having a World class Goalkeeper in their side. The addition of David De Gea will surely help them to become a side who can challenge for the Champions League title in the next season. If the club management of Juventus can rope in David De Gea in the next summer, it will be another low cost signing of them after Emre Can(from Liverpool) and Dani Alves (from Barcelona). <img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG9011.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8195"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Is Iulia Vantur jealous of Salman Khan’s closeness to ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif?

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2057/IMG7157.jpg" alt="first_img" />Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor, Salman Khan, might finally settle down this year. If reports are to be believed, Salman will tie the knot with rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur. Buzz has it that Iulia and Salman have been dating for more than a year now and the two are ready to take their relationship to the next level. But there is a twist in their love story. Rumour has it that Salman’s closeness with his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif is giving Iulia sleepless nights.ALSO READ: Salman Khan to finally get married to rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur? ALSO READ: Ranbir-Katrina break-up, Katrina Kaif chooses Salman Khan over Ranbir Kapoor Ever ever since Katrina broke up with Ranbir Kapoor, the Bang Bang actor has often been spotted with Salman. In fact, Katrina’s closeness to Salman was cited as one of the reasons behind Ranbir-Katrina break-up.In fact, rumour has it that Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor is helping Katrina revive her career after a string of flops. Buzz has it that she might be roped in Kabir Khan’s next, opposite Salman.Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur And if a report in Spotboye.com is to be believed, the Romanian beauty isn’t too pleased with Salman giving too much attention to Katrina. The website further stated that Iulia has her reasons to worry and she isn’t ready to take things lying down.The report suggested that Iulia had a heart-to-heart discussion with Salman, explaining her fears. A source close to Salman was quoted as telling the website, “Iulia told him that she is very happy that he is helping Katrina in her troubled times. But she also hinted that his proximity to Kat disturbs her on some level.”advertisementThe source added that, however, Salman has assured her that she has nothing to worry.On the work front, Salman is currently busy shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming film Sultan. The actor will essay the role of a wrestler in the sports-based film. It is set to hit the screens on Eid.<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2057/IMG3042.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8190"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Govt plans hiring 29 clubs for sports training at schools

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG13486.jpg" alt="first_img" />New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) In order to promote sports among students, the Delhi government has decided to provide them training at its schools in several sports and games starting next month.The decision was taken at a recently-held meeting of Delhi Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Secretariat here.An government official said the Education department has prepared a list of 29 sports clubs and academy which will be engaged for the task.”The sports training of students will begin in government schools from July 4. Best trainers will be hired for the same so that students get encouraged towards the sports.”We are in the process of selecting some sports academy and clubs,” the official further said.He also said the games in which training will be given include table tennis, martial art, boxing, cricket, chess, kho-kho. PTI BUN TIR RG TIR<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2019/IMG2220.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8181"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Sindhu clinches historic silver, others disappoint on day 14

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG18665.jpg" alt="first_img" />Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (PTI) P V Sindhu became the countrys first-ever woman silver medal winner in the Olympic Games after coming second best against world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in a pulsating clash for the gold in the badminton singles on day 14 of competition. However, India continued to face setbacks on the athletics track and in mens wrestling in which Sandeep Tomar got eliminated in the first round after medal hope Narsingh Yadav was ejected from the Games Village without getting on the mat following the CAS ruling to ban him for four years for a doping violation back home in June. Narsingh had been exonerated by the National Anti-Doping Agency after a hearing at home to put him on the flight to Rio but the World Anti-Doping Agency challenged the verdict in the Court of Arbitration for Sports, and a marathon four-hour hearing was held before he was thrown out of the Olympics. It was heartbreak time for Sindhu whose dream to win what would have been only the second individual gold medal for India in Olympics history was dashed as she went down with guns blazing against the world no. 1 Spaniard in the final. The 21-year-old Indian womans gallant attempt to emulate the eight-year-old feat of shooter Abhinav Bindra and join him in the list of Olympic champions was foiled as the Indian world no. 10 crumbled under the tremendous pressure created by Marin to lose 21-19 12-21 15-21. Sindhu thus became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London). The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics history and the first to clinch a silver. She is also the youngest Indian to win a medal at the Olympics. Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to clinch a medal in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Away from Sidhus heroics, Tomar lost to two-time World Champion Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the 57 kg category and got ousted from the mens freestyle wrestling when Lebedev was beaten 1-6 in his next encounter against Sabzali Hassan Rahimi of Iran. Had Lebedev progressed to the final, Tomar would have been given a fresh lease of life to fight for the bronze through repechage, but it was not to be and he got eliminated. In athletics the Indians, a host of whom had taken the flight to this Brazilian city through the qualification process, continued to flounder in the face of quality of competition much beyond their reach. More PTI SSR AH SSRadvertisement<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG16726.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8176"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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ICC Champions Trophy: India favourites to lift title, says Virat Kohli’s childhood coach

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG9219.jpg" alt="first_img" />Following India’s splendid victory against arch-rival Pakistan in the Champions Trophy match, skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar on Monday said the defending champions were the favourites to win the marquee event.Rajkumar further said that India’s Sunday night performance has established that it can overcome the South African side to lift the trophy.”South Africa is a tough competitor for India, but the kind of cricket we played, it can be said that we are the favourites to win the Champions Trophy,” Rajkumar told ANI.Rajkumar also praised Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh for helping India to put up a score of 319/3, which proved too good for the Pakistani side as they were bundled out for 164.”A solid performance from the opening stand created a strong base. Both Yuvraj and Rohit proved that the form may dwindle, but the class remains permanent,” he said.Yuvraj scored a blistering half-century in just 29 balls, while Rohit Sharma (91) remained the top scorer for the Indian side.<img src="http://a17.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG16432.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8168"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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23: Serena Williams sets major record with win over Venus

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG10277.jpg" alt="first_img" />MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams held up a Grand Slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from Michael Jordan, the name most synonymous with No. 23.Venus Williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.Serena won the all-Williams final, the ninth in Grand Slam history and the second in Australia, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.With her record seventh Australian Open title, Serena moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.The Williams sisters are close. They started out playing together in Compton, California, hardly a hotbed for tennis, with their father Richard and mother Oracene as coach and mentor. And they still practice and travel together around the world.They met for the first time at a major at Melbourne Park in 1998 — Venus won that one. In 2003, when the younger of the Williams siblings completed her “Serena Slam” of four consecutive titles, Venus was on the other side of the net. She didn’t reach another Australian final for 14 years.When Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate on Saturday, Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.“This was a tough one,” Serena said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she’s an amazing person — she’s my inspiration.“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her — there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player I can be and inspiring me to work hard.”Asked if it felt awkward to be on the receiving end of so many losses to her sister, the 36-year-old Venus didn’t flinch.“No, because I guess I’ve been here before,” she said. “I really enjoy seeing the name Williams on the trophy. This is a beautiful thing.”Venus won the last of her seven majors in 2008 at Wimbledon. She didn’t make the second week of a major for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011. And she only made it back to the semifinals last year at Wimbledon.Another shot at a first Australian Open title was a sign of progress, she said.“That’s exactly where I want to be standing during these Grand Slams, is on finals day, having an opportunity,” she said. “That’s the highlight of all this, is to be in that moment.”Serena Williams, meanwhile, enjoyed the fact she made history in Melbourne. Only Margaret Court, with 24, is in front of her in terms of overall Grand Slam singles titles, although the Australian great won 13 of her Grand Slams before the Open era began in 1968.“My first Grand Slam started here, and getting to 23 here, but playing Venus, it’s stuff that legends are made of,” Serena said. “I couldn’t have written a better story.”The match didn’t live up to its classic billing, with nerves and tension causing uncharacteristic mistakes and unforced errors, with four consecutive service breaks before Venus finally held for a 3-2 lead in the first set. That included a game when Serena had game point but served back-to-back double-faults and three in all to give up the break.There were six service breaks in total. Both players were relatively subdued, except when Serena smashed her racket in the third game.After the fourth game, however, Serena Williams didn’t face another break point in the 1-hour, 22-minute match.“Serena Williams, that’s my little sister,” Venus said. “I have been right there with you. Some of them I have lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome thing, your win has always been my win.”In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women’s final in the Open era —the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.Roger Federer will be aiming to increase his all-time men’s record to 18 when he takes on 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal on Sunday, completing the singles finals lineup of all 30-somethings.Bob and Mike Bryan missed out on a doubles record, losing the final 7-5, 7-5 to Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia.The third-seeded twins were trying to win their 17th Grand Slam title, which would have tied them with John Newcombe.Speaking of records, Serena got a little bit superstitious Down Under, and hadn’t wanted to talk about the No. 23 until she got it.Now there’s a limited-edition racket — 23 of them to be released — and some custom-made shoes sent by former NBA great Jordan. It had Jordan’s usual jersey number No. 23 stamped on the heel, helping to provide some synchronicity for the numbers involved.TweetPinShare0 Shares<img src="http://C60.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG15667.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8151"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Martin Guptill interviewed by wife after match-winning hundred vs Bangladesh

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG4004.jpg" alt="first_img" />Martin Guptill bounced back to form with a classy 117 not out on a slow pitch against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The New Zealand opener was woefully out of form in the ODI series against India and was ruled out of the T20I series.But Guptill, the only New Zealand batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs, appeared in fine touch after Bangladesh were bowled out for 232 on Wednesday. Chasing 233, New Zealand cruised home as Guptill scored his 15th ODI hundred. Skipper Kane Williamson made a stylish 53 and Ross Taylor laid the finishing touches with an unbeaten 45.Gutpill was the obvious choice for man-of-the-match. But there was a sweet moment in it for the cricketer on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Guptill’s post-match interview was conducted by his wife Laura McGoldrick.Guptill is not the first high-profile sports star to be interviewed by his partner. Legendary Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas kissed his girlfriend who was intereviwing him after Spain won the the 2010 World Cup. Iker Casillas later married Sara Carbonero, who was the reporter in question.Guptill and his wife were more professional and there were no obvious signs of romance even with Valentine’s Day around the corner.”The most pleasing thing was how the guys restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball. Losing four wickets in the first 10 is really tough to come back from,” Guptill said in the interview. “At most parts we talk to each other but he (Ross Taylor) just lets me through as I bat longer,” he added.advertisement<img src="http://a17.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG5326.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8131"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Koch Ships First UltraLow Sulfur Diesel to Mexico

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG17666.jpg" alt="first_img" />zoom Koch Supply & Trading Mexico is importing its first cargo of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) into Mexico through the Port of Veracruz.The product was supplied via the company’s US export system and will be delivered through a multi-year services agreement with the newly revamped Veracruz facility owned and operated by Vopak Mexico, who obtained the first regulatory authorization for an independent party to store and handle petroleum liquids.Koch said that the cargo will be the first waterborne delivery of motor vehicle fuel by a private party since the Mexican petroleum industry was nationalized in 1938.Under the country’s energy reform which began in 2013, independent companies can provide new alternatives for fuel supplies. By utilizing an existing facility that has been retrofitted, Koch Mexico can deliver imports significantly earlier versus other terminals which have yet to be permitted and constructed.“This is an important new supply route to Mexico for transportation fuels produced by US refineries such as Koch Mexico’s affiliate, Flint Hills Resources, which operates a 300,000 barrel per day facility in Corpus Christi, Texas,” Pete Ramirez, vice president of Koch Mexico, said, adding that the company plans to import up to 40,000 barrels (6.4 million liters) per day of these products into Veracruz.Koch and Vopak secured all applicable federal, regional and local permits. The parties have not disclosed the terms of the deal.<img src="http://a19.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2019/IMG17456.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8067"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Boy fascinated with garbage trucks gets one of his own from sanitation

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG814.jpg" alt="first_img" />EASTERN PASSAGE, N.S. – A Nova Scotia boy who every week waits wide-eyed for the local garbage truck now has a truck of his own — just on a slightly smaller scale.Hiro Getson turned three on Wednesday and his favourite two-man crew pulled up to his house with a unique gift — a model of their REgroup sanitation truck.His mom, Krystle Getson, said Hiro first started noticing the green REgroup trucks last summer and then insisted on waiting at the end of the driveway every Wednesday.“We try to actually not leave the house on Wednesdays,” she told Global News with a laugh. “It’s kind of ridiculous. I don’t do errands until the afternoon on Wednesdays.”After he worked up the nerve to talk to them, the crew of Dave Nickerson and his partner, Rudy, started giving Hiro fist bumps and high-fives, even letting the youngster onto the truck to pretend to work the handles to compact garbage.“He wouldn’t say anything for weeks and weeks,” she said. “He’s shy. But he’ll talk about them the entire week they’re gone. He plans his weeks around Wednesdays.”Over the months, Hiro baked them cookies, gave them Christmas gifts and even made Valentine’s Day cards for the pair.“It’s great. He’s a great little kid,” said Nickerson, who has been a driver with ReGroup since 2015. “I’m a father of two girls. I now have a grandson. So I’ve always loved kids.”His mom says that rain or shine, Hiro likes to be outside to wait for his two friends. If the weather is bad or he’s sick, she says he will wave to them from the window.Hiro celebrated his third birthday with an intricate cake that looked like Nickerson’s truck, even bearing the crew’s Number 81 designation on it.The two men gave Hiro a toy truck with the REgroup logo and their names on the doors, along with Hiro’s name on the back.Getson says the joy Hiro receives from the friendship is something she treasures.(Global News)<img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG7906.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8036"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Sundance Ceremony Part 2 The Buffalo Dance

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG1504.jpg" alt="first_img" />APTN National NewsThe Buffalo dance came to elder David Blacksmith in a dream. The Sprucewoods Sundance Chief later learned that it’s an ancient ceremony that was unheard of for decades. Now it’s one of the most important dances at his gathering.Blacksmith granted APTN access to his gathering in Manitoba and while there many agreed to speak about why they attend the sacred ceremony.APTN’s Shanneen Robinson now with part 2 of her series.<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG1119.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p> </div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Blue bin dos and donts City of Regina checking bins to educate

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post Related City bringing new recycling pilot project to leisure centres Blue bin blues: Finding solutions to an ailing recycling industry Right now, Wilson said around 11 per cent of what ends up in the recycling cannot be processed. These items have to be sorted out and taken to the landfill by workers at the recycling processing plant, lengthening the process and upping the cost. She also reminded residents to leave their recycling loose in the bin instead of putting it in garbage bags as this also slows down processing.By letting people know where they could be improving, Wilson hopes the program will encourage people to recycle more and recycle right, saving the city some cash and keeping more waste out of the landfill. It will also give the city a chance to gather data on which items confuse people the most.Wilson reassured residents that city workers will not be digging through recycling carts or dumping anything out, but simply opening the lid and looking at what is on top.The program will run for six weeks, wrapping up at the end of October.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com Pat Wilson, director of water, waste and environmental services for the City of Regina, speaks to reporters about new efforts to educate people on what they can and can’t put in their curbside recycling bins during a media event at a city property on McIntyre Street. As part of a city-wide education program, residents could soon see a pair of city workers flipping open the lid of their blue recycling bin and peering inside, looking for any any items that shouldn’t be there.Starting next week, the City of Regina is launching the CartSmart Program, where workers will be checking recycling bins. Bins with improper items will be given an “oops” tag clarifying what residents could improve on, and bins given the all clear will receive a “good job” sticker.Pat Wilson, director of water, waste and environmental services for the city, said even though the city’s recycling program has been in place since 2013, there is still some confusion about what should be sorted into the blue bin and what goes in the trash.“This program will give us a chance to find out what kinds of things are causing people problems and what we can do to better help people get the right things in the right places,” she said.“Folks might have come from another city where, for example, flimsy plastics like plastic bags might be accepted in one program, but our program doesn’t accept those just because of the kind of processing plant we have. Those flimsy plastics wrap around the equipment and damage it.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Common items to avoid recycling include stretchy plastic bags like grocery bags, crinkly plastic packaging like chip bags, paper disposable cups and food and yard waste.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7937"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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In letter to staff Annan outlines steps to improve security for UN

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The Secretary-General announced the panel in a letter to all UN staff in which he promised to do his “utmost to ensure that such failures are not repeated either in Iraq or elsewhere.” Besides the work of the panel, he said he would personally review “the serious weaknesses that have been revealed in the management of our security system.” The letter also outlined steps he had taken immediately after the bombing. Mr. Annan indicated that his letter to staff was in response to the report of a UN-commissioned panel to investigate the bombings – led by Martti Ahtisaari, a former President of Finland – which found the UN security systems to be “dysfunctional” and lacking in accountability. Mr. Annan’s letter, addressed to “Dear Colleagues,” said, “Like all of you, I am gravely concerned at the findings of the Independent Panel which I appointed, after the disaster of 19 August, to look into the safety and security of UN personnel in Iraq. The Panel’s report reveals serious shortcomings in our provision of security to UN staff in Iraq. “We owe it to all those affected by the attack on our Baghdad headquarters – the dead, the injured, the survivors, and their families – to do our utmost to ensure that such failures are not repeated, either in Iraq or elsewhere. Indeed, we also owe that to ourselves and to each other.” Mr. Annan said, “I am appointing an independent team of experts to review the responsibilities of key individuals for the lack of preventive and mitigating actions before the attack on 19 August. “Secondly, I am reviewing the serious weaknesses that have been revealed in the management of our security system,” he said. The letter outlined other investigations and reviews he ordered immediately after the bombings, saying that the Ahtisaari report would help their work, and he reported that he had ordered the remaining international staff in Baghdad to relocate temporarily for consultations with security staff from UN Headquarters in New York. The relocation of the Baghdad staff had been announced yesterday. Mr. Annan said, “As Secretary-General, I will spare no effort in acting on the conclusions of the Panel’s report. I deeply regret the systemic failures that it has revealed, and I look forward to your support in our endeavours to rectify them.”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7931"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Moving away from the fear factor Bringing insects into mainstream diets

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> One Hop Kitchen’s Eli Cadesky poses with insect protein based pasta sauces and protein material in Toronto on Wednesday December 21, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn TORONTO – Imagine grabbing a mealworm powder smoothie for breakfast, snacking on chocolate chip and cricket cookies at work and coming home to a big bowl of pasta drenched in a cricket bolognese sauce.A number of entrepreneurs are banking on this environmentally friendly, nutritionally dense protein hopping into the average Joe’s diet and are cooking up products to help make these critters a pantry staple.“It’s moving away from the novelty. It’s moving away from the fear factor,” says Eli Cadesky, co-founder and CEO of C-fu Foods in Toronto.The company sells textured insect proteins that can replace traditional meat, soy, eggs or dairy when cooking. His second company, One Hop Kitchen, uses the product to make two bolognese sauces — one with crickets and the other with mealworm.The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations encourages entomophagy — or the eating of insects — because of its environmental and health benefits.Most insects likely produce less greenhouse gases, require less water and feed, and need less land than traditional livestock, according to the FAO. They also tend to be high in fatty acids, fibre and micronutrients, and don’t tend to transmit diseases to humans.A bottle of One Hop Kitchen’s pasta sauce costs US$9.99 in the U.S. and C$9.99 in Canada.People trying One Hop Kitchen’s products now do so because they want to be more conscious consumers, Cadesky says, with 25 to 50 year-olds identifying as vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian, meaning they sometimes eat meat, making up the bulk of his customer base.Around the world, humans eat more than 1,900 types of insects, including beetles, caterpillars and bees, according to the FAO — often because they’re a favoured food and not due to a lack of options. Most of the insects are consumed in Asia, Africa and Latin America.The trick to helping the protein become more commonplace in North America is to package it in ways that make it easy to add to the average person’s diet, says Esther Jiang, the CEO of Toronto-based Gryllies, which sells a pasta sauce made with crickets.“Everyone wants to eat better — whether it’s for themselves or the environment. But, there is a big learning curve associated with that,” she says. “So, we want to just essentially break down the barriers to make it more accessible to everyone.”Pasta sauce, for example, is something most everyone knows how to make. The only difference is that Gryllies and One Hop Kitchen’s products include insects.At Gryllies’s last visit to a local market, the company sold out of its tomato sauce before the day was over, she says, and staff had to return to the kitchen to create more for the next day’s event.Jiang finds about 80 per cent of passers-by of a Gryllies booth are willing to sample some sauce and buy into the environmental and health benefits.After they taste it and see how it can fit into their eating repertoire, she says, “it is such an easy sell. It just makes sense.”The market for edible insects is growing rapidly, says Alex Drysdale, who launched CrikNutrition, a Winnipeg-based company that sells a cricket protein powder, in the spring of 2015.Between 2016 and 2024, the edible insect market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 6.1 per cent, according to a report published last August by Persistence Market Research. By the end of 2024, it will account for US$722.9 million.Drysdale says he fields calls nearly every week from individuals starting up insect farms or insect protein companies.Anticipating growing demand, all three companies plan to expand their offerings in the future. One Hop Kitchen is tinkering with a curry and a spicy Arrabbiata sauce, while Gryllies is eyeing other types of alternative proteins, like algae.Still, they recognize they can’t convert everyone right away.Sometimes, people refuse to stop by Gryllies’s booth at markets when they hear what the company is selling, says Jiang, who assumes they can’t overcome the emotional or mental barrier of eating something with the reputation of a creepy and crawly.She remains optimistic that most will overcome that reaction eventually.“With any new trend that comes with food, it does take some time,” says Jiang. “But I think it’s only a matter of time that it becomes more mainstream.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. ‘Moving away from the fear factor:’ Bringing insects into mainstream diets by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 5, 2017 8:32 am MDT Last Updated Jan 5, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7914"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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At UN transition leader urges support as wartorn Central African Republic pursues

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Catherine Samba-Panza told delegations that the Assembly’s high-level debate is taking place amid a “difficult situation” in her country. Political instability and internal conflicts had plunged the Central African Republic (CAR) into a state of extreme vulnerability. “The country has been shaken and its people are facing tragic situations,” she said. In January 2014, her predecessor resigned, Ms. Samba-Panza said, noting that subsequently, her leadership had given rise to hope. She was the country’s first female President; “a radical break from the past”. She had set out to address the myriad challenges, embarking on efforts to restore security and peace, address the humanitarian crisis, launch activities that fostered economic growth, and ensure the convening of free, transparent elections.The CAR has been embroiled in fighting, fuelled by what are believed to be inter-communal retaliatory attacks between anti-balaka and Séléka rebels, after the latter were ousted from power in January 2014. The UN estimates 2.2 million people are believed to be in need of humanitarian aid as a result.Today, Ms. Samba-Panza told the Assembly that her call for international support for her transitional Government had not fallen on deaf ears, and she welcomed the Security Council’s establishment of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Since 15 September, authority had been transferred from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to MINUSCA. The success of that transition depended upon the involvement of national security forces. Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration would require substantial international support.On the humanitarian front, she said the number of internally displaced persons has dropped; 81 per cent have left the camps and returned to their communities. Yet, the situation is nevertheless concerning, as it hinges on fragile security. In addition, the conflict had cut the country’s economic growth rate by 36 per cent in 2013, plunging it into recession. She expressed hope that the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on rapid disbursement of funds will put the country on a path of growth.On the political front, Ms. Samba-Panza said that she has focused on “disarming hearts and minds” through national reconciliation. The Ebola outbreak and the spread of Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), terrorist groups in neighbouring Nigeria and Cameroon were also worrying, she added.She supported efforts to cut the illegal flow of small arms and light weapons and expressed commitment to fight impunity, noting that her country was a party to the Rome Statute. She also supported the effort of France and Mexico to limit the veto power in the Security Council in cases concerning such serious crimes as genocide. On climate change, she urged Member States to ratify the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7906"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Whirlwind of thievery at Canterbury Archaeological Trust is as devastating as Palmyra

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b45.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2045/IMG8504.jpg" alt="first_img" />“It is the heritage of Canterbury trampled and trodden on by a pair of thieves. We have been caught up in a whirlwind of thievery.” “The combs are so fragile that in their hands they will disintegrate,” added Mr Bennett.”They may end up on eBay or car boot sales for pennies whereas their real place is in a museum. They are our legacy for future generations.”These two people have been allowed to run rampant and steal our material. They are a couple of low lives who live locals. They must have a huge swag bag. Trust director Paul Bennett, who this week received an MBE from the Prince of Wales, said it was a ‘disaster’ for the country.“It is one of the biggest thefts of archaeological artefacts in the world,” he said.“It is almost like in Syria, Iraq and the archaeological sites there and Libya, where I also work.“It ranks with the theft of the Benghazi treasure in 2011 at the end of the revolution.“They have left such chaos it is difficult to determine what has been stolen. It is as bad as the Viking Sacking of Canterbury in 1011.” Pictures showing the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria before and after Isil destructionCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. <img class="responsive lazy-image__img article-body-image-image" src="/content/dam/science/2018/02/02/TELEMMGLPICT000153103795_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqAw6BzeVXMhy-xmeloyGevJ8aCNctvEEBHJFkN_RNg0M.jpeg?imwidth=480" alt="The raids left artefacts strewn across the floor at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust "> A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers from Kent Police are appealing for information after historical artefacts were stolen by burglars.”The items are reported to have been stolen from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, in Kingsmead Road, overnight on 22 and 23 January and again on 23 and 24 January.Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/4200/18.Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. The raids left artefacts strewn across the floor at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust Credit: Canterbury Archaeological Trust Propaganda videos released by the terrorist group have shown militants dynamiting centuries old churches and mosques and rampaging through museums with pickaxes and sledgehammers.Isil claims it is destroying idol worship and correcting the history of Islam and has sold plundered artefacts to fund its campaign.However the attacks in Canterbury appear to have purely financial motives. The two thieves also stole copper cables from the building during the burglaries and one of the men was caught on camera stealing beer from a local shop.The trust was hit by four break-ins in the space of a week in January and the perpetrators took around 860 Anglo-Saxon beads as well as replica bronze axes, Iron Age coins, combs and pins and a plaster bust of Queen Victoria.<img src="http://a37.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2037/IMG3029.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Hundreds of Anglo-Saxon beads were takenCredit:Canterbury Archaeological Trust The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra being blown up by Isil Thousands of rare Anglo-Saxon and Iron Age treasures have been stolen from an archaeological trust in a raid likened to Isis’s destruction of ancient archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq.Canterbury Archaeological Trust said its collection had been devastated by a ‘whirlwind of thievery’ in which precious artefacts, coins, beads and bones were snatched.Archaeologists are concerned that the nationally important hoard could end up on eBay or sold for scrap metal and are urging the public and antiques dealers to lookout for the items. The destruction of archaeology has hugely increased in recent years, fuelled by Isil’s war on cultural heritage which has seen sites like the Syrian city of Palmyra bulldozed and blown-up. <img class="responsive lazy-image__img article-body-image-image" src="/content/dam/news/2017/03/04/PalJ3_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqEDjTm7JpzhSGR1_8ApEWQA1vLvhkMtVb21dMmpQBfEs.jpg?imwidth=480" alt="Pictures showing the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria before and after Isil destruction"> <img class="responsive lazy-image__img article-body-image-image" src="/content/dam/science/2018/02/02/TELEMMGLPICT000153103792_trans_NvBQzQNjv4Bqek9vKm18v_rkIPH9w2GMNmcv5yZLmao6LolmWYJrXns.jpeg?imwidth=480" alt="Hundreds of Anglo-Saxon beads were taken"> <img class="responsive lazy-image__img article-body-image-image" src="/content/dam/news/2016/04/06/Palmyra----explosion_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqqVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8.jpg?imwidth=480" alt="The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra being blown up by Isil"><img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG2365.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7879"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Turtles evolve to use flippers like hands and karatechop prey

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a22.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2022/IMG5557.jpg" alt="first_img" />A green turtle swiping the stinging jellyfish (Cyanea barkeri) at Hook Island, Queensland, AustraliaCredit:Copyright Fujii et al. shared under Creative Commons CC BY  “It shows an important aspect of evolution – that opportunities can shape adaptations.” Sea turtles have evolved to use their flippers as hands, grasping jellyfish and even karate-chopping their prey, scientists have found.Previously it was thought that the brains of the reptiles were too small to handle the dexterity required for manipulating objects with their limbs.Instead, it was thought they simply used their flippers to swim and change direction.But after scouring photos and videos of marine turtles, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California have discovered the creatures are surprisingly nimble.The images showed turtles karate-chopping and carrying jellyfish prey, rolling a scallop along the seafloor, grasping coral to eat the sponge clinging to its surface, and pushing against a reef for leverage while ripping loose an anemone.In fact, the researchers identified at least eight different kinds of flipper manipulation, including ‘holding’, ‘digging’, ‘striking’, ‘tossing’, ‘leveraging’, ‘swiping’, ‘corralling’, and ‘pounding’. They were even seen licking their ‘fingers’ after eating.Dr Kyle Van Houtan, science director at the Monterey Bay, who co-led the research, said: “Sea turtles don’t have a developed frontal cortex, independent articulating digits or any social learning.“And yet here we have them ‘licking their fingers’ just like a kid who does have all those tools. Three species were studied – the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta).Similar behaviour has been observed in marine mammals with flipper-like limbs such as walruses, seals, manatees and sea ottersBut the resourcefulness of the turtles was unexpected given the small size of their reptile brains.The findings, reported in the journal PeerJ, provide insights into the evolution of four-limbed sea creatures and raise questions about “nature or nurture” – which traits are learned and which are hard-wired from birth.Dr Van Houtan added: “We expect these things to happen with a highly intelligent, adaptive social animal. With sea turtles, it’s different. They never meet their parents; they’re never trained to forage by their mom.”It’s amazing that they’re figuring out how to do this without any apprenticing, and with flippers that aren’t well adapted for these tasks.”Lead author Jessica Fujii added: “Sea turtles’ limbs have evolved mostly for locomotion, not for manipulating prey.“But that they’re doing it anyway suggests that, even if it’s not the most efficient or effective way, it’s better than not using them at all.”<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG18206.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. <img class="responsive lazy-image__img article-body-image-image" src="/content/dam/science/2018/03/28/166437_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqscKuyqQp6IXRzod7hjCu_uzG_RNXqPtPflXwtUTq5PY.jpg?imwidth=480" alt="A green turtle swiping the stinging jellyfish (Cyanea barkeri) at Hook Island, Queensland, Australia"><img src="http://b45.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2045/IMG12635.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7876"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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This €186m hostelrestaurantmicrobrewery could be sitting in Galway Harbour by next spring

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG15619.jpg" alt="first_img" />[Image: Naomh Éanna Trust]And here’s what the proposed revamp would look like… THE TEAM HOPING to restore and relaunch heritage vessel the Naomh Éanna meet with Arts & Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan today to put their proposals forward.Businessman Sam Field Corbett, whose company also restored Dublin landmark the Cill Áirne, has been scrambling to put together a business plan since the Minister announced a temporary stay-of-execution for the ship last month. She had been due to be scrapped by Waterways Ireland, after safety concerns were raised in a hull inspection.Once used to carry passengers and supplies between Galway and the Aran Islands, the Dublin-built ferry had been berthed in the city’s Grand Canal Dock since 1989.Various businesses operated out of it, but following a hull survey Waterways Ireland — which manages the dock — announced the vessel was no longer safe and would have to be destroyed.The Naomh Éanna Trust — a campaign group established in 2005 aimed at saving the vessel — had wanted a longer reprieve period so a proper business plan for the revamp could be arranged.However, the Trust — in co-operation with Field Corbett’s company the Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Company — now contend they’re ready to move ahead to the next stage of the proposed restoration process, having put together a ‘comprehensive’ plan.The proposed €1.86 million revamp would include…An 82 bed boutique hostelA 46 seat restaurantAn interactive museumA micro breweryA 60 seat  caféHowever, Field Corbett contends a proper inspection of the ship needs to be carried out before the plan can move to the next phase.Here’s how the ship looked in the late 198os… [Image: Naomh Éanna Trust]More recently… [Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Company]“None of the investors would be willing to put their hands in their pocket unless the ship is properly surveyed,” Field Corbett said, noting that he would be putting that very point to the Minister at today’s meeting.He said that €1.86 million was the maximum budget his team had been able to secure, and warned that if the vessel turned out to be in a worse state than expected, the proposals would have to be abandoned.Field Corbett said he had contacted experts from Harland and Wolff, and that whey were ready to carry out a full inspection of the ship should Waterways Ireland and the Minister give their go ahead.“Engineers are confident the antique machinery in the ship can be returned to service and the ship will return to Galway under her own steam,” Field Corbett said.The vessel was moved to the NAMA-controlled ‘Graving Docks’ by Waterways Ireland last month. However, Field Corbett contends a specialist would need to be commissioned to dry-dock the ship properly in-situ before any further assessment could take place.“These actions would have to be taken as part of the scrapping method, and would not put additional costs on the state,” the businessman said.If all goes to plan, the restored ship could be fully operational in Galway by December at the earliest, but “realistically, this time next year”.It’s planned 45 people would be employed aboard the new business. Galway Port Company have already offered a berth for the heritage vessel.Read: Scramble to save heritage ship after Minister grants stay-of-executionRead: Groups outraged at exclusion from ‘relevant stakeholders’ meeting on ship destruction<img src="http://b52.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2052/IMG8459.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7853"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Brendan Gleeson and family team up for a short film about a

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a22.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2022/IMG16662.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Share23 Tweet Email2 Short URL Feb 18th 2019, 8:01 PM THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT the short film. Like a short story, it has to pack an entire world into a small period of time. It’s the perfect way to get started in the industry, but it brings with it considerable challenges.How do you tell a story that leaves the audience wanting more, but not feeling short-changed? How do you set a scene when you’ve to do it in seconds? How do you balance exposition with moving the plot forward? It’s a real test of skills, but the pay-off can be amazing.At this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF), which kicks off this Wednesday and runs until 3 March, there’s plenty of space dedicated to the short film. It’s an important thing for filmmakers – and all those involved in the film – because it might be their first stab at making something cinematic.Here, we take a look at three of the short films featured in the DIFF line-up – from one starring a Hollywood actor to one examining women and beauty, to one exploring masculinity and same-sex marriage. PsychicThe short Psychic is a family affair crammed with familiar faces. Brendan Gleeson (making his directorial debut), stars alongside his sons Domhnall and Brian in a film written by his son Rory.  Brendan plays a washed-up psychic who is father to two nefarious sons, played by Domhnall and Brian. The film was written by their brother Rory and produced by Juliette Bonass.Rory Gleeson describes Psychic as “a film about family, about showmanship, manipulation, illusion and self-delusion”. The idea came after his family showed him some flips of Tommy Cooper, the legendary stand-up, being interviewed. “Tommy Cooper had this super interesting life, but every time an interviewer gets close to something real, something personal, Cooper pulls something out of his pocket or starts making jokes,” he explains.“I started with the idea of someone like that, a performer, trying to avoid a grilling on TV, then began to flesh it out and make it a bit more cinematic, a bit darker.“I also just liked the idea of Dad having to wear a turban.”Producer Juliette Bonass points out that there’s a world of differences between features and shorts. “Well, speaking practically, it can take probably about five years (or even 10!) to make a feature from start to finish – including the funding and development stage, straight through to the marketing stage, involving several different expertise for all of the different steps,” she says. Monday 18 Feb 2019, 8:00 PM But a short can take as little as six months to complete and by fewer people. Obviously this is because there is less to shoot, so there is less to organise and shorts don’t usually get a wide release. The funding is usually far simpler than a feature, as budgets are smaller.The Gleesons had been itching to work together since the play The Walworth Farce. “[Dad] had his eye on directing for a while, especially for a feature, so this was a nice way of getting used to the role, the practicalities and the challenges of it, as well maximising the opportunities it presents,” says Rory. With the family all working together, there must have been some interesting moments. Rory Gleeson says that though it was “brilliant” to work “with people you love and people you admire”, it did get a bit tricky when arguments needed to be had.“Because on any project you do need to argue,” he admits. “Keeping the separation between the professional and the personal is hard. But it was a fantastic experience, and there were no punches thrown, so that’s a plus. ”Bonass says that shorts can “pack a punch or inspire an idea in someone by doing something very concise and simple”, explaining that you have to often get into the film quicker, and be more clever in your exposition (ie giving some of the back story).“You have to decide if you are just showing a few moments in real time that does the job of what you are trying to say, or craft it quite excellently that you are not cramming everything in,” she says. War PaintIn Yasmine Akram’s short, War Paint, there are some very intense moments in a dark tale that’s told in just 10 minutes. She plays a narcissist who befriends a despondent loner from a book club and drags her along on a gruesome misadventure.Taking in the themes of rape culture, femininity and male behaviour, it’s a very timely piece.Akram, an Irish actress best known for playing Janine Hawkins in Sherlock, wrote the film and acted in the lead role. She tells TheJournal.ie that she was initially going to write it as a book, but made the short film as a ‘proof of concept’ for a longer feature. She wanted to explore the idea of how women are treated because of their looks, and how they see themselves as a result of that. “It’s the greatest lie women get told, that if you are just beautiful enough you will be loved,” she says. “It’s something that is not really explored in many films.”In War Paint, the woman “unravels to the point where she is starting to lose her mind,” explains Akram. Making the short gave Akram space to explore her own thoughts on the issue of beauty and societal pressure. “A lot of this is based on aspects of my own personality when I was younger,” she says. “The sense of if I didn’t have my makeup and hair done… I would never understand if I met a guy out and about that he would think I was attractive, because I wasn’t trying my hardest to be a good-looking woman.”The film, of course, comes post-Weinstein and during the MeToo era. So the time is ripe to explore the knottier ideas around women’s looks and identity.“But I still don’t feel like a lot of the time we are talking about what women have to put up with,” says Akram. “The difficult contradictory ideas of what we are supposed to be and look. And we’re not supposed to age and if you do age and if you go to the dermatologist and decide to get botox or whatever, that somehow that makes you a failure. There are so many loopholes and trip wires for us.”Akram would like to move into directing, and is glad that more opportunities are opening up for women. At the same time, she is open to discussing what she calls ‘box ticking’. “The unspoken thing is you might be getting that opportunity because [like me] you tick a mixed-race box and woman box,” she says. “You do understand that, but at the same time there were no opportunities for us before so now they’re making room for us.”Making a short film enables people to flex a new creative muscle, without the bigger funds needed to make larger projects. The more Akram worked as an actor, the more she realised that she enjoyed it but “you are a cog in a machine – even though it’s creative you’re not part of the whole creative vision”. So she stepped behind the lens.Every creative step she has taken has led to this point. “I remember feeling a sense of ‘I just had an idea in my bedroom one day and that turned into something that has a life and all those people working on it’,” she says of her first play, 10 Dates With Mad Mary, which was later turned into a film. “That was the start of me realising there was a journey, there was a path for me to go to directing.”She says coming from an acting background really helped in the transition to directing, as she knows how to communicate with actors. You don’t have to walk on set and be Martin Scorsese, she adds. “I think I’m surprised at how straightforward it is. I’d always thought I’d never be a director, and they seemed like they’re in charge of things – and I’m an idiot,” she jokes.If you love film and you watch an awful lot of film, you know what you want, you know what a scene is suppose to look like. I was surprised at how supportive everyone is.She has her sights set on working in independent cinema and creating more of her own work to star in and direct.Juliette Bonass is positive about the support for women in film in Ireland. “The new initiatives set up to support female filmmakers have been excellent,” she says. “I think it has encouraged female talent, in particular female writers and directors, to pursue and keep working on their own projects.It would be great to get some initiatives set up for younger kids in schools to instil confidence for them from a young age to consider themselves in this industry. Especially for technical roles.Wren Boys Lalor RoddyIn the short film Wren Boys (which is beautifully shot on 60mm), we meet a priest who’s driving his nephew to prison to marry his partner, an inmate. Starring Lalor Roddy, Diarmuid Noyes and Fionn Walton, it’s produced by Sorcha Bacon. The film was Oscar long-listed, BAFTA and BIFA nominated and a winner at the Galway Film Festival. Like War Paint, it’s a very timely watch, exploring masculinity, violence, incarceration and same-sex marriage in just 15 minutes. It’s a short, sharp shock of a film. It doesn’t shy away from violence or disturbing scenes. “Harry [Lighton, the director] really wanted to do something based on the gay marriage referendum in Ireland and what that might look like for people in prison – whether or not it might be something that’s too late for that group of people in prison,” says Bacon. The wren hunt features briefly in the film, and acts as a metaphor for tradition and people’s resistance to change, as well as the violence inherent in the men’s’ lives. Bacon is experienced in making short films, and says that it can be quite a journey for a filmmaker to go on. “I think it’s really difficult. I think a lot of short film makers fall at the first hurdle while trying to tell a short story,” she says. “The themes are really broad and the actual story is really simple – it just happens on one day, one event, that’s it.”A lot of short film makers feel they have to cover a lot.. I think let’s think of a moment that happens and let’s think about these characters.“If you worry too much about the bigger picture you’re going to get completely lost,” she adds. “I’ve seen so many [short films that] danced around different locations.“One of my biggest takeaways is the beauty of doing something so simple and short. It’s really contained and allows the narrative to breathe within the confines of a limited space.”Wren Boys was shot near Rutland in the middle of England, which stood in for Cork during the winter. A shoot in Ireland during the summer didn’t work for logistical reasons, so they just had to find the next best place. Little props like Christmas trees helped evoke the right atmosphere. Bacon says that one thing she has learned in her job is that filmmakers don’t have to be obsessed with progressing from short to feature. “Actually there’s something quite beautiful about the short form project,” she says. “The short does such a good job of telling a story really compactly.”What advice would she give to people who want to make a short film? “To really trust the story that you’re telling and know that it’s worthwhile and you’re going to do something different,” says Bacon. “I think that’s why [Wren Boys] did so well – it moved dialogue forward, started a conversation. But it’s so simple.”“If you look at the Oscar nominations – simplicity is key.”Psychic will be featured in the DIFF shorts #1 programme on Saturday 23 February  – which features shorts funded by Screen Ireland – at the Lighthouse at 6pm, and will air on Sky Arts in March 2019. War Paint will be aired in the DIFF Shorts #2 programme on Sunday 24 February at the Lighthouse at 8.15pm. Wren Boys will be aired in the DIFF shorts #3 programme on Monday 25 February at the Lighthouse at 6pm. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG5738.jpg" alt="center_img" /> https://jrnl.ie/4499782 Brendan Gleeson and family team up for a short film about a psychic with terrible sons Plus: We talk to short filmmakers Yasmine Akram and Sorcha Bacon to find out more about the medium. 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