The Reason You Produce Inconsistent Sales Results

first_imgProducing consistent results in sales is difficult. Opportunities can die due to reasons beyond your control. You can lose deals that you expected to win. And some deals may not turn out to be as good as you expected them to be.One of the main reasons you produce inconsistent sales results has nothing to do with any of the reasons listed above. It has to do with a lack of prospecting.Consistency Is KeyHere are some easy numbers with which to illustrate this point and that you can model.Let’s say you schedule 3 new sales calls with prospective customers in week one. In week two or three—if you have gained the commitment you needed during these sales calls—you should have 2 or 3 future sales calls already on the books.In week two, you schedule another 3 new sales calls. Plus, you already have a couple sales calls from week one. If you schedule you next meeting before you leave these sales calls, you will have banked 2 or 3 more calls for week three or week four.In week three, you are consistent enough with your prospecting to schedule 3 more sales calls. You already have 4 to 6 other sales calls to make on the prospects that you had a first call with during weeks one and two. You are gaining momentum. You get the idea that the sales calls you make in one week are future sales calls.At some point (let’s assume a 90-day sales cycle), you start producing consistent wins. You might not have a new win every week, but they do start piling up because you have been so consistent about prospecting, gaining commitments, and following your sales process.How to Dig Yourself Into a Massive HoleSalespeople that take days off of prospecting often end up taking weeks off. One week turns into two weeks, and two weeks turns into months of no prospecting. The guilty parties who take time off from prospecting are often salespeople who create big opportunities and sit on them like a mother hen waiting for them to hatch, overconfident that they will win and doing no prospecting in the meantime.Because no prospecting was done in one week, there are no 2nd appointments in week two. The failure to prospect in week two means that there are no new sales calls and no 2nd calls on prospects in week three. At the 90-day mark, there are no new clients being won because no prospecting was done a few months early. Not prospecting for weeks and months is how you dig yourself a deep hole from which it is damn near impossible to extricate yourself.It’s the law of the farm. You plant in spring, and you reap in fall. The law is unforgiving and punishes those who don’t follow it, even when they are ignorant of the law.The reason you produce inconsistent sales results is because you are inconsistent in your prospecting. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Suarez scores first non-Messi hat-trick since Romario

first_imgLuis Suarez has scored Barcelona’s first Clasico hat-trick not recorded by Lionel Messi since Romario managed the feat back in 1994.The Blaugrana entered their latest meeting with arch-rivals Real Madrid looking for inspiration from somewhere.With mercurial captain Messi nursing a broken arm, somebody was required to step up in his absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Suarez proved to be up to the task as he ran the Blancos ragged at Camp Nou as Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory.Philippe Coutinho had handed Barca the perfect start inside 11 minutes, but his fellow South American took over from that point.Suarez recorded his first of the afternoon from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark, having earned the spot-kick himself, before Marcelo snatched Madrid a lifeline.Hope did not linger for long, though, for those in white as Suarez struck twice more to put the result beyond doubt.Arturo Vidal grabbed a fifth for Ernesto Valverde’s side to complete a derby demolition job, but the headlines belonged to Suarez.The Uruguayan recorded the 25th hat-trick in Clasico history, but the first by a Barca player not named Messi in 24 years.3 – Excluding Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez is the first @FCBarcelona player to score a hat-trick in #ElClasico in La Liga since Romário in 1994. Exhibition. pic.twitter.com/ZVwmhJRjAm— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 28, 2018Suarez’s treble was also the first managed in a glamour clash between La Liga’s heavyweight rivals since Messi secured a match ball during the 2013-14 campaign.3 – Luis Suarez is the first player to score 3 goals in the Classico since Lionel Messi in March 2014. Cannibal. #FCBRMA pic.twitter.com/0zhYH1Dly1— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 28, 2018He is also the first man to net from the spot in a Clasico other than Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2008.Barca needed Suarez to deliver when it matters most, and he did not disappoint.Valverde’s side are now two points clear at the top of the Liga table while Real, stuck down in ninth, have seen pressure mount on beleaguered boss Julen Lopetegui as he edges ever closer to the exits.last_img read more

Pelicans Paste Knicks, 99-91

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury and took a hard shot to the eye for his trouble. Still, he managed to provide the Pelicans with some relief from their recent rut before absorbing the latest blow to his health.Holiday scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans snapped a three-game slide with a 99-91 victory over the New York Knicks on March 28.Returning from a two-game absence because of his toe injury, Holiday took over a tight game in the final minutes, scoring six points during a 9-0 run that gave New Orleans a 93-85 lead.But when he walked off the court in the final minute, his right eye was nearly swollen shut because of a collision with Kristaps Porzingis.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said team doctors needed to examine Holiday’s orbital socket — just the latest medical matter for his injury-decimated team.“I’m going to send out an all-points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else; we need a voodoo doctor or something here,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to find the bones under this place or do something.”Still, the Pelicans won for the first time this season when scoring fewer than 100 points. New Orleans had been 0-33 in such games.Former Knick Toney Douglas scored 16 points and Luke Babbitt added 14 for the Pelicans.Carmelo Anthony scored 22 for New York, while Robin Lopez added 17 points. Porzingis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.A little boy ran onto the court during a stoppage in play in the final minutes and went straight to Anthony, giving the Knicks star a brief hug. Anthony kindly patted the boy on the head.“It was a little kid,” Anthony said when asked about his affectionate response to the child. “I was shocked. I didn’t really know who was it until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid.”New York was in position to win when Jose Calderon’s 3 capped an 8-0 run that put the Knicks up 85-84 with 3:05 left. But New York then missed two shots and turned the ball over twice while the Pelicans surged back in front.After hitting a pair of free throws to put New Orleans ahead 88-85, Holiday added a layup in traffic and a tough, turnaround fade from 17 feet. The Pelicans weren’t threatened after that.New York led much of the game and by as many as 10 points in each half, but labored through costly dry spells.New York was up 59-49 after Lopez’s dunk in the third quarter. Then Holiday, Babbitt and Dante Cunningham each hit 3s during a 15-0 run that put New Orleans back in front.“We should have won this game. There’s no if, ands or buts about that,” Anthony said, noting that the injury-decimated Pelicans are missing most of their key players.“Most of the guys (still available to play) on their team — no disrespect to them — they play a limited role. They play limited minutes.”(BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos and Olympiacos in the Cup semifinals

first_imgAs expected, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos got the tickets to the Greek cup semifinals without any real troubles.Panathinakos hosted without fans due to punishment from last season PAOK and got the 88-69 win thanks to Giannis Bourousis (23 p.), Nikos Pappas (18 p.) and KC Rivers (16 p.). The game was decided in the last quarter, which had a partial score of 24-12 for the hosts.Olympiacos, who was missing Patrick Young due to flue, demonstrated its might over Kolossos Rhodes. The final score of 99-48 says it all with Erick Green scoring 16 points and Giorgos Printezis added 12, while Vasilis Spanoulis had 8 points and 8 rebounds.In the third Greek Cup quarterfinal game of the day Aris beat Kimi 98-62 and also qualified. The semifinals will be decided by a draw after the last quarterfinal game which will be played tomorrow (AEK vs Koroivos).Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Koreas bid for UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling

first_imgSeoul, Nov 26 (AP) North and South Korea are making a first joint bid for an international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling. South Korean culture officials on Monday said a UNESCO committee is set to determine whether to add the Korean wrestling to its list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” this week. The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport’s UNESCO recognition, but the cooperation follows an easing of tension on the divided peninsula amid a flurry of exchanges this year. Local media reports said South Korea had first proposed the joint bid during a leaders’ summit at the Korean border village in April. The Koreas were originally a single country before their separation in 1945. Split along the world’s most heavily fortified border, the countries now have linguistic, cultural and other gaps. They use different English Romanization rules. The wrestling’s English spelling is “ssirum” in North Korea and “ssireum” in South Korea. According to South Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration, the Koreas use both spellings for their combined bid. North Korea has won UNESCO recognitions of two Korean cultural assets the Korean folk tune “Airrang” and the making of Kimchi. The two are among the 19 items that South Korea has received UNESCO recognition for, according to South Korean officials. In the Korean wrestling, participants with a belt around their waists and thighs use their hands, legs and other body parts to bring down their opponents to the sand ground. In South Korea, it gained wide popularity the 1980s, threatening the long-running popularity of baseball and soccer. (AP) SMJSMJadvertisementlast_img read more

Not really concerned how Virat Kohli conducts himself on the field: Nathan Lyon

first_imgNathan Lyon stole the show on a grassy Perth Stadium pitch, dubbed a ‘pacer’s paradise’, on the third day of the second Test on Sunday. Lyon was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with 5 for 67 from 34.5 overs in India’s first innings of 283.The Australian off-spinner conjured menacing bounce off the expansive rough patches to clean up India’s tail and ensure Australia gained a crucial 43-run first-innings lead.Lyon has claimed 13 wickets in the series to continue his stranglehold over India as a desperate Australia seek a series-levelling victory after a narrow first-Test defeat in Adelaide.Australia were 132 for four in their second innings, with a lead of 175 runs at stumps on Day 3.When asked to comment on Virat Kohli’s dismissal and the visible disappointment from the Indian skipper at the umpire’s decision, Lyon refused to say anything for or against the controversial dismissal.”Virat Kohli is a great player. He plays on emotion we all know that. To be honest I am not really concerned how Virat Kohli reacts or how he conducts himself. I am just worried about how we are controlling the Australian dressing room,” Lyon told reporters after third day’s play. Virat Kohli was given out under controversial circumstances (AP Photo)Kohli edged Cummins to second slip where Peter Handscomb took a low catch. Debate will rage on as to whether it was a clean catch but third umpire Nigel Long did not have conclusive evidence to overturn it.”As bowlers I think we bowled pretty well this afternoon. It was good hard Test cricket. As players that’s what we want to be part of. As a spectator… as fans of cricket, that is what you want to see too… hard exciting cricket,” Lyon added.advertisementOnly James Anderson, Muttiah Muralitharan and Imran Khan have taken more Test wickets against India, earning Lyon significant praise from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar who said on social media that the Australian was a “very special spinner”.”He [Sachin Tendulkar] is one of the greatest of all time to ever play the game and to get recognised from him is a massive honour,” Lyon told reporters.Australia have got a very special spinner in @NathLyon421. He has got terrific variations and uses the pace and bounce from the pitch to extract maximum value. #INDvAUSSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 16, 2018Lyon also moved past South Africa great Allan Donald and into 25th place on the all-time Test wicket-takers list with 331.”It’s a bit surreal. Those milestones haven’t really sunk in,” said Lyon.”I don’t think I’m at the top of my game yet. I believe there is a lot more around the corner for me.” Sachin Tendulkar called Nathan Lyon a “very special spinner” (AP Photo)A cult hero in Australia, Lyon has been nicknamed the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) and has an opportunity to provide cheer for a nation still reeling after the damaging Newlands ball-tampering fiasco.”Playing Test cricket for Australia, we have an opportunity to become heroes,” he said.”That is something that sits very special to me that you can go out there and make a lot of people happy if you stand up.”Lyon remained confident that Australia would snap a run of six Tests without victory.”I would rather be in Australia’s change rooms than India’s,” he said. “We know we have the bowlers that can defend (the total).”(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Virat Kohli’s energy is infectious, says Jasprit Bumrah after enthralling dayAlso Read | Virat Kohli 3rd captain in Test history to score 1000 away runs in a calendar yearAlso Read | Absolute masterpiece: Sunil Gavaskar praises Virat Kohli’s gutsy Perth hundredAlso Read | My bat does the talking: Virat Kohli’s celebration after gritty Perth hundred wows fanslast_img read more

‘Tired’ Alexis expresses his frustration

first_imgA. Sánchez ‘Tired’ Alexis expresses his frustration at the press Last updated 2 years ago 15:13 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexis Sanchez, Chile Getty A. Sánchez WC Qualification South America Bolivia v Chile Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Chile Arsenal Premier League In the wake of an unsettling summer, the attacker has gone on the defensive after his national team’s chances of making Russia 2018 took a blow Alexis Sanchez has let rip at journalists in the wake of Chile’s 1-0 defeat to Bolivia in South America’s World Cup qualifiers.Alexis, whose whole summer was abuzz with a potential move to Manchester City that ultimately broke down, had hoped to see his side bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Paraguay last week.Sanchez 14/5 to score 2+ Saturday Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 It was not to be, however, as a solitary penalty from Juan Arce saw Chile slip into sixth, one spot behind Argentina, who currently reside in the only play-off place.And now “tired” after what has been an emotional few months for club and country, the 28-year-old took to Instagram to vent his frustration at what he feels has been harsh criticism from the press.“And there comes the time when you get tired,” he said.“You get tired when you are criticised with or without reason, you get tired when people want to see you defeated.“You get tired to tell yourself ‘I will get up again’ after crying about a defeat, and you get tired telling the world and the people that are with you that everything is okay. “And the worst thing is, no one ever realises how that makes you feel… I have Chile’s number 7 and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why it is a shame that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”Sanchez has been included in Arsenal’s 42-man Europa League squad and will next face Bournemouth in the Premier League on September 9 at the Emirates.last_img read more

Ozil ‘happy and healthy’ for new season

first_imgArsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed he is “happy and healthy” ahead of the new season, and says his marriage to partner Amine Gulse has made him “calm” as the 2019-20 campaign approaches.The pair wed in Amine’s adopted home city of Istanbul in Turkey earlier this summer after two years together, with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, playing the part of Ozil’s best man.And, while the former Germany international concedes organising the ceremony ate into his off-season holiday, he claims it was an “amazing” experience and one that has had a positive effect on life away from playing football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the 30-year-old said: “Outside the pitch, you have to be happy.“If you find the right person, which is what I did, you’re more calm in your life. I think it helps a lot in your job as well.“I am really happy, I am healthy and I got married, so I am calm.“It’s always difficult to plan everything during the season. “When you live in London but the wedding is in Istanbul, it’s difficult and needs time. “The first two weeks of my vacation, it was really hard to organise everything to make everything fixed with my wife. “But it was an amazing wedding, we had a lot of fun with my friends and family and her friends and family. We had a good time.”Ozil, who arrived in the English capital from Real Madrid in 2013, is closing in on 250 appearances for the Gunners, and is keen to play a pivotal role as the club look to improve on last season’s fifth-place finish.Currently contracted to Arsenal until the end of June 2021, the number 10 says he would like to add more silverware to his collection over the coming months after suffering Europa League final defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea in May.“You want always to win a title,” he said, “so we are working hard and let’s see what happens.”Arsenal’s 2019-20 Premier League campaign gets underway on August 11 with a visit to Newcastle United, followed by a home clash with Burnley six days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

State of emergency remains in effect amid floods in southwestern Ontario

first_imgCHATHAM, Ont. – A state of emergency and flood warnings remain in place in southwestern Ontario, though officials say damage from a local river appears to be less than expected.Officials in Chatham-Kent, Ont., say the Thames River, swollen by days of heavy rains and melted snow, is reaching its peak in most areas covered by the state of emergency.In a statement, they say water levels in the municipality of Thamesville, Ont., caused less street flooding than anticipated and peaked early this morning.Officials with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority say the peak is expected in Chatham, Ont., this evening between 7 and 9 p.m.They say that while the rate at which the river is rising has slowed, low-lying homes are still at risk of flood damage.Many streets near the river remain closed as a precaution, and officials say the Thames itself is dangerous for those in the immediate vicinity.“There have been many individuals drawn to the river bank but we’re urging extreme caution,” Chatham Mayor Randy Hope said in the statement. “A current of this magnitude can sweep you away in a second.”Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bob Crawford also warned that the water levels could put pressure on riverbanks and dikes, adding there’s also a risk that debris building up in the river could exacerbate the flooding.Days of mild temperatures and heavy rain have caused flooding in other parts of southern Ontario this week, including Brantford and Orangeville.The city of Brantford issued a state of emergency Wednesday when warm weather and torrential rain caused an ice jam on the Grand River, forcing nearly 5,000 people from their homes. The state of emergency has since been lifted.Also on Wednesday, a three-year-old boy went missing in the Grand River when fast-moving waters swept him away from his mother’s grip after their van plunged into the water in Orangeville, about 100 kilometres from Brantford.last_img read more

We were trained our entire lives to ignore Hip singer Downie addresses

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn an emotionally charged final concert in Kingston, Ont., Tragically Hip singer Gord Down paused the show to address the audience, the country, and specifically, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“We’re in good hands, folks, real good hands. He cares about the people way up North, that we were trained our entire lives to ignore, trained our entire lives to hear not a word of what’s going on up there,” said Downie. “And what’s going on up there ain’t good. It’s maybe worse than it’s ever been, so it’s not on the improve. (But) we’re going to get it fixed and we got the guy to do it, to start, to help.”Downie, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in Dec., 2015, has been on the road for the past month on the band’s final tour.Kingston’s show was sold out in minutes and thousands turned out to watch the show in a square downtown.Trudeau declared himself a big fan of the Tragically Hip, and Downie waxed poetic about Trudeau Saturday night during the band’s final concert of the “Man Machine Poem” tour.“He’s going to be looking good for about at least 12 more years, I don’t know if they let you go beyond that. But he’ll do it,” Downie told concertgoers between songs.Trudeau could be seen in the audience nodding and mouthing “thank you.”Before the show started, Trudeau’s official photographer posted a photo on Twitter of the prime minister embracing Downie.Trudeau has put repairing the relationship at the top of his first mandate as prime minister.Letters to each of his ministers that spell out their assignments, each mentioned Indigenous peoples.“No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples,” wrote Trudeau in the letters. “It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”In recent years, Downie has been tuning into issues around First Nations, specifically northern Ontario along the James Bay coast.In band’s 13th release, Now for Plan A, the track Goodnight Attawapiskat closes out the album.“Attawapiskat, City by the Bay! A diamond dazzling. Oh, Attawapiskat, you’re on your way.”The Hip followed the album release up with a tour that included a stop in the Fort Albany First Nation just south of Attawapiskat.The Kingston show was the last in a 15-city concert tour.— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Three people injured in industrial explosion

first_imgRCMP continue to investigate the incident.  There are no concerns for the safety of the public and no expected travel delays as the incident occurred in a remote location. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. –  Three people have been injured after an industrial explosion near Musreau Lake.On January 18, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP along with emergency personnel responded to an explosion of a compressor building at an oil and gas industrial site west of Musreau Lake, Alberta.   Three individuals who were working near the building were injured as a result of the explosion.  All three of the workers were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  last_img

The Latest Students in New Delhi protest for cleaner air

BERLIN — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local):8 a.m.In India’s capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren are protesting inaction on climate change and rising air pollution levels that often far exceed World Health Organization limits.Friday’s rallies by students around the world were one of the biggest international actions yet to demand more government action to fight climate change. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including in cities as diverse as Hong Kong, Paris, Warsaw, Wellington, New Zealand and Oulu, Finland.The co-ordinated ‘school strikes,’ were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.___5 a.m.From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media are skipping class to protest what they believe are their governments’ failure to take tough action against global warming.The co-ordinated ‘school strikes,’ were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.Since then, the weekly protests have snowballed from a handful of cities to hundreds, fueled by dramatic headlines about the impact of climate change during the students’ lifetime.Friday’s rallies were one of the biggest international actions yet. Protests were underway or planned in cities in more than 100 countries, including Hong Kong; New Delhi; Wellington, New Zealand; and Oulu, Finland.___For more Associated Press climate coverage, go to https://apnews.com/ClimateThe Associated Press read more

EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case

LUXEMBOURG — A European union high court has ruled against German sports apparel giant Adidas’ claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade mark protection.The EU’s General Court ruled on Wednesday that the company could not prove that the stripes had a distinctive enough character throughout the 28-nation bloc.Adidas said it is disappointed in the ruling and considering its next options.Three years ago, the EU’s Intellectual Property Office had struck down the registration of the mark on the grounds it was not distinctive enough throughout the bloc. The court backed the assessment.Adidas insisted specific applications of the stripes were not affected by the ruling.The Associated Press

UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic needs funds – Ban

The 2 October event is being organized by the Mission – known as MINURCAT – as well as the Government of Chad and the European Commission. The organizers are hoping to raise some $17 million for the Mission’s technical and logistical support for a specialized Chadian police unit – the Détachement Intégré de Sécurité – that is tasked with protecting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Chad’s north-eastern border region with Sudan. The area is host to over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur conflict, as well as 180,000 Chadians who are displaced within their own country due to insecurity. The Mission says it also needs another $4 million for new projects to improve Chad’s justice and prison sectors.The Security Council approved the establishment of MINURCAT in September 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in Chad and CAR, as well as neighbouring Sudan. 24 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to donor nations and institutions to be generous when they meet next week in Brussels to raise much-needed funds for the UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

SriLankan Airlines puts flight marshals on planes

Despite increased security measures, a drop in visitor numbers to the island nation following the attacks would be inevitable, the airline chief added. “Business, if you look at it in terms of the passenger numbers and the forward bookings, we have seen about a 10 percent decline,” said Gunatilleka. “Of course, we see cancellations coming from the European destinations, but our other markets like India and the Middle East have been holding on.” SriLankan Airlines is considering having air marshals on board some flights following the Easter Sunday attacks.Vipula Gunatilleka, the CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines, told Euronews that whilst the national air force had taken charge of ground security, the state-owned carrier was looking to bring air marshals on board some flights. The CEO added that despite the current situation, day-to-day operations at the company couldn’t be ignored, emphasizing that the strategy to turn the loss-making airline into a profitable one was still in place.“In the turnaround plan that we submitted to the government, we were expecting to reach a breakeven situation in three years time,” he said. “They have been looking for a private investor, but that will get delayed I believe, with the current situation. The biggest problem is that 45 percent of our losses are due to interest financing costs.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

WTO candidate says Canada needs more diversified approach to trade

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 5:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A leading candidate for the World Trade Organization’s top job says Canada needs to diversify its trade reach, especially in the fast-growing Asian economies.Mari Pangestu, Indonesia’s tourism minister and a candidate to replace outgoing Pascal Lamy later this summer, said in an interview that Canada has too many eggs in the U.S. basket, but also it’s efforts to diversify are too narrowly focused.Pangestu, who met with Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast late Monday afternoon, characterized Canada’s outreach in Southeast Asia as overly focused on China and India, the two economic giants of the region.“I think you’ve improved your outreach to Asia, but I think you could do more,” she said. “You tend to focus more on China and India, but don’t forget Southeast Asia because we are 600 million people are we are growing.”Canada has begun talks on an investment agreement with Indonesia, but has devoted more time and effort joining the TransPacific Partnership talks, and in improving economic ties with China and India. Bilateral trade with Indonesia, a country of 241 million, remains in its infancy at about $3 billion a year.Pangestu was also gently critical of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s announcement in last week’s budget that “graduated” 72 emerging economies, including Indonesia, to the level of advanced countries for the purpose of tariff levels. The move, to be implemented in 2015, means imports from those countries will see border duties increased by about three per cent on average.Pangestu said some countries are better positioned than others to absorb higher tariff levels, and that a more nuanced criteria needs to be adopted in determining countries should be elevated.“Yes we have to give a bit more because we are more advanced than the lesser developed countries, but we should not give the same as an advanced country,” she said. “We are a big country and parts of it are developed but a lot of it is still underdeveloped, we still have subsistence farming.”The government said countries designated by the World Bank as high income or upper-middle income with at least one per cent of global exports for two consecutive years would lose their discounted tariff status. Countries included by the definition vary from Hong Kong and Israel, to Jamaica and Kazakhstan.The former trade minister, who speaks fluent English, is in Canada as part of a world-wide tour to round up support for her bid to succeed Lamy as director general of the WTO, the organization of 159 countries that sets the rules for global trade and commerce.The new head inherits an organization that has been stalled since 2001 in its effort to reach an all-encompassing global treaty encompassing agriculture, manufacturing and services. The latest drop-dead deadline came and went over a year ago.With agricultural subsidies the biggest sticking point, some have suggested the way out of the impasse may be to ramp down the ambition and move on sectors that have the best chance of finding compromise. Many nations, including Canada, has simply moved on in pursuit of bilateral and regional deals.Pangestu said Canada should not give up. She is hopeful a new approach to concentrate first on small, pragmatic steps — such as increasing transparency on national border rules —will get the ball rolling toward a comprehensive deal.But she says she doesn’t want to give up on an agriculture deal that has as a goal reducing trade-distorting subsidies in the developed world, particularly the United States, Japan, Europe and Canada, which make it difficult for emerging nations to export their products abroad and improve their economies.“Agriculture is crucial,” she says, “because it’s the part of the Doha round that is going to be beneficial for developing countries, and you can only do that multilaterally. You can’t do it bilaterally.” WTO candidate says Canada needs more diversified approach to trade read more

Carlos Hyde shows different hunger for the game in win against Northwestern

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) cries as he meets with the media after a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorEVANSTON, Ill. – For nearly 45 seconds, Ohio State senior running back Carlos Hyde couldn’t find the words to describe the suspension that cost him playing time in the first three games of the season. Addressing the media for the first time in 2013 following OSU’s 40-30 victory against Northwestern Saturday, tears welled up in Hyde’s eyes as he was asked to recall the punishment.“That suspension, it really hurt, not being out there with my brothers, because I made a mistake,” Hyde said with emotion. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through.”Hyde’s suspension was issued after he was involved in an altercation with a woman at a Columbus bar in July. The incident was reported as an assault, and Hyde was tagged as a “person of interest” in the case. Charges were not filed against him, however, at the alleged victim’s request, but he was still disciplined by OSU for his involvement.The suspension gave Hyde, who said his Christian faith helped keep him focused during the suspension, what he called a “different hunger for the game.”“I go out every game with a mindset that I have to make up for those three games,” Hyde said. “I’m running with a whole different demeanor than what I would have had in the beginning if I didn’t get suspended.”Hyde showed that hunger Saturday, his third game back from suspension, with the biggest performance of his career. He gashed the Wildcats for a career-high 168 yards on 26 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns and also had 38 receiving yards on four receptions. With 206 yards from scrimmage, he accounted for more than 45 percent of OSU’s 451 yards of total offense.“I wanted it bad,” Hyde said. “I caught a rhythm. My (offensive line) was doing a great job to convert on run blocking, and they made it easy for me.”With just 126 rushing yards on 22 carries and five yards on two receptions in his first two games of the season, Hyde exceeded each of those totals Saturday.In his junior season in 2012, the Naples, Fla., product was the Buckeyes’ starting tailback and ran for 970 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns on 185 carries.That said, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Hyde’s career has been disappointing thus far.“His whole career was just kind of a mush. He hasn’t done a whole lot for himself or the program,” Meyer said of Hyde. “We all make mistakes. I hope this is a game-changer for him.”The Buckeyes needed Hyde to take on a greater role Saturday. OSU’s leading rusher this season, redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, did not play in Saturday’s game because of an injury.“Jordan Hall’s got a little knee issue we’re dealing with right now,” Meyer said. “(Hyde)’s the horse right now. I think he’s a great player. That tells you how much I trust the kid to be able to do that.”Trailing 23-13 following a 32-yard field goal by Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien early in the third quarter, the OSU offense needed to find the end zone.The Buckeyes turned to Hyde. He scored all three of his touchdowns — the only offensive touchdowns of the game for the Buckeyes — in the second half, in which he ran for a total of 112 yards on 16 carries.In total, the Buckeyes ran the ball 48 times, and Hyde said he thought that quantity of rushing attempts was a contributing factor in his success.“I’m made to carry the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I definitely feel like me and the offensive line wore them down.”Getting to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten play did not come easily for the Buckeyes, though the team held steady at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll after the victory. They trailed for at least part of each quarter in Saturday’s game, and never held a lead of more than four points until freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa’s fumble recovery touchdown as time expired extended OSU’s margin of victory to 10 points.OSU’s winning streak, which stands at 18 games dating back to the start of the 2012 season, might have ended at the hands of Northwestern if not for Hyde’s contributions.“You always can lean on a great back like him, especially in the Big Ten season,” OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller said of Hyde.After playing its first six games of the season on consecutive Saturdays, OSU has a week off before it plays for its seventh win of the season against Iowa at Ohio Stadium Oct. 19. read more

Ohio State field hockey upsets No 3 Virginia falls to No 2

OSU junior forward Peanut Johnson prepares to pass in a game against Penn State Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost 4-3Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefWith just minutes to play, the Ohio State field hockey team got a goal form freshman midfielder Morgan Kile to take down No. 3 Virginia in overtime.OSU won, 4-3, after Kile’s goal put the team ahead for good, capping a 1-1 weekend for the squad.The Buckeyes (4-7, 0-3) completed a late second-half comeback against the Cavaliers (10-3) when junior forward Peanut Johnson connected on a goal with less than 10 minutes to play to tie the game at three. Freshman forward Annabel Sams found Johnson on a penalty corner to send the game to an extra session.Virginia is the highest-ranked team OSU field hockey has defeated since Anne Wilkinson took over as coach in 1997, and it’s the first top four program it’s beaten since No. 4 Syracuse in 2010.The Buckeyes got out in front of the Cavaliers quickly. Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey got the Buckeyes on the board first. The Virginia Beach, Va., native scored on a break away that was assisted by Johnson to give OSU a 1-0 lead 14:27 into the game.The Cavaliers tied the score six minutes later, however, when sophomore striker Riley Tata converted in front of the net just past OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro.The score remained tied until halftime, but five minutes into the second half, Virginia struck again on sophomore striker Caleigh Foust’s 10th goal of the season.OSU showed resiliency in striking back against Virgina. Kile scored her second goal of the season to even the score at two.The Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead after freshman midfielder Tara Vittese scored her 10th goal of the season with a little more than eight minutes left, but OSU wouldn’t go away, tying the game up on Johnson’s penalty corner conversion.The Buckeyes were not as fortunate Friday afternoon in College Park, Md., when they faced No. 2 Maryland. OSU kept the game competitive for the first 25 minutes, but Maryland would not be denied in its first Big Ten home game.Junior midfielder Anna Dessoye started the first half rally for Maryland with 9:05 left to play in the frame. The Mountain Top, Pa., native snuck in front of the net and tipped in a rebound off a penalty corner.Three minutes later, senior forward Katie Gerzabek scored her first goal of the season to make it 2-0.With less than three minutes to play, Gerzabek found Putsch in front of the net, and she found the back of the net using a high stick to get the job done.Maryland tacked on one more before the half ended from freshman midfielder Lein Holsboer, giving the Terrapins a commanding 4-0 halftime lead.Gerzabek added her second goal of the game 1:37 into the second half and the Terrapins shut out the Buckeyes, 6-0.Tamburro saved 15 shots Friday, which stands as third most in single-game school history.OSU is set to have four days off following its upset of Virginia before it takes on another Big Ten newcomer, Rutgers, in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday. The game is set for 1 p.m. read more

Several in custody over robbery attack at Goed Fortuin

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChinese restaurant in Goed Fortuin robbed, 2 suspects in custody- PoliceJune 27, 2018In “Crime”Early morning accident at Goed Fortuin leaves one deadJune 4, 2016In “latest news”UPDATE: Three arrested for daring gas station robbery, shootout with policeApril 15, 2016In “Crime” Several persons are now in police custody following a robbery attack on a Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, Chinese restaurant in the wee hours of this morning. This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James who was asked by INews to provide an update on the case earlier today. INews was informed that the yard in which the restaurant is located, houses two other buildings, with the second being the workers’ living quarters and the last being the house in which the owner of the business, Su San resides.Commander James said that that from all indications at least seven men broke into the workers’ quarters. The employees heard the noise and upon inspection, came across the men armed with cutlasses, crowbars and knives.The bandits reportedly fled the scene with one computer, one cell phone and a bottle of Hennessy.Police were immediately contacted and a search was launched.James also told INews that a toy gun was found at the scene, however, it is unclear whether the instrument was used to carry out the robbery.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Peace in our time Noel King and Tony ODonoghue shake on it

first_imgLAST NIGHT WE saw Noel King and Tony O’Donoghue play out the most memorable moment of the evening at Lansdowne Road.The interim Ireland manager bristled at the RTE man’s line of questioning in the wake of the 3-1 home win over Kazakhstan, insisting: “This conversation is not correct.”This morning however, the pair shook on it at Abbotstown.“I’m in the media. I worked with Tony in 1990, 1991,” King told the press when asked about the incident earlier. “In 1988 I was a co-commentator on RTÉ for the Irish matches.“Anybody who knows me over the years knows I’ll argue with anybody over football, no difficulty. I lose the plot. I’ve lost the plot on the pitch, I’ve lost the plot off the pitch. That’s football. It’s a passionate game.“But the next minute or the next second when I lose it, it comes back. We’re alright. I think we’re alright Tony, are we?”“We’re grand,” answered the RTÉ broadcaster.Pic: INPHO/James CrombieHow Ireland have become the antithesis of everything Roy Keane stood forNoel King plays down unrest following ‘cowboy’ criticismlast_img read more