The Three Most Important Metrics in Sales

first_img 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 Everything is important, but not everything can most important. When it comes to metrics, more is not always better. There are, however, some metrics that tell you much about your sales results—and your challenges. These three metrics in sales can tell you a lot about what you need to know to improve.New Opportunities CreatedOne metric towers above all others and that metric is “new opportunities created” and the value of those opportunities. Because it’s true that you cannot capture an opportunity you haven’t first created. New opportunities created is the start of all good things.This metric is a gauge of your effectiveness in acquiring meetings. It tells you how well you are doing prospecting, and it also might provide an insight into your work ethic. It’s good to be an excellent prospector, but not if you don’t do enough it. A good work ethic will take you most of the way to your goals, but not if you are ineffective.Opportunities created is a critical metric for another reason: It is the best indicator of your ability to engage in sales conversations that result in your dream client deciding to explore change—and eventually agree to change. New opportunities created means you are adept at the exploration conversation about why your dream client should change in a way that allows them to engage with you on what is sometimes a tricky conversation—and often the conversations that cause them to buy from you long before you get to the Commitment to Decide (what you know as closing).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Average Deal SizeI tend to like all deals, small, medium, and large. I’ve had small sales grow up to monster deals. I’ve also had huge deals turn out to be something less than I imagined possible. You can grow deals, and contracts can also occasionally shrink through no fault of your own. There is also the fact that a deal that might be small in some company or industry might be a massive deal in another company or industry.Deal size does tell you a lot about where you spend your time. It indicates what kind of targets you are pursuing. Because it is rare for large clients to pursue sales organization outside of an RFP, large deals that were created by a sales rep suggests they are targeting hard-to-win, competitive displacements, something you might think of as your “dream clients.” Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchTiny deals might mean you are not targeting the prospective clients that would benefit the most from your solution, and it might also mean you aren’t as effective in larger, more complex deals. You might be creating many opportunities that aren’t large enough to allow you to reach your goals.One of the ways you make it easier to reach your goals is to win deals that are larger than your average sales. You need to create and win fewer deals. Your average deal size can tell you much.Win PercentageThere it is: Ink! Alternatively: “No ink!” You win some, and you lose some. You want the balance to be “won,” but no one goes undefeated in sales. The very best reps with the highest close rates still lose plenty of deals.Your win rate provides an idea about how well you sell. It’s the ultimate metric because, in the end, you will reach your goals or quota by winning opportunities (either new revenue or new logos or some combination thereof).Won deals indicate that you created a preference to buy from, “preference” is a complicated mix of intangibles, many of which your dream client wouldn’t recognize as a reason for giving you their business. A high win rate is often an indication of how well you control the process. In many cases, a high percentage of won deals measures how well you create value for your dream client; their experience working with you is a preview of what your dream client hopes will be their experience with your company.A low win rate is an indication of a lack of effectiveness, even though it can be incredibly difficult to tell where you might be struggling to produce better results. It could be a lack of ability to control the process. Frequently, the challenges show up early in the sales conversation, the exploration of change. If there is one area where the real struggle exists in improving win rates is in building consensus.What Else These Metrics Tell YouYou might have wondered about metrics like the number of phone calls you dialed or the number of meetings. The three metrics above will tell you if you are doing enough to get meetings.These metrics, over time, whether or not you are improving. Deals getting bigger and win rates improving is usually a sign you are getting better over time.You can look at a host of other metrics, like deal cycle times, the profitability of deals, the time deals are in stages of your sales process, and the growth of existing clients. There is no end to the number of metrics that might show up on your dashboard, but these few fundamental metrics are often enough to decipher where you are succeeding and where you might need to improve.With these three metrics, you can keep your own scorecard.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Glowing Trash May Be Becoming Fish Food

first_imgHONOLULU—Could glowing microbes be enticing ocean fish to snack on bits of plastic trash? That’s the intriguing idea floated here this week at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting by researchers studying the “plastisphere”—the sea’s millions of tons of drifting synthetic detritus. “It’s a whole new ocean habitat created by humans,” says microbiologist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Past studies have shown that more than 1000 kinds of seagoing bacteria and other microbes can live on the plastic bits, which are often smaller than a fingernail. “Out there in the middle of the ocean, [microbes] are really looking for surfaces to glom on to,” Mincer says. But some colonizers do better than others, he reported. One big winner, according to a preliminary genetic analysis, are bacteria in the genus Vibrio—many of which are bioluminescent. Indeed, researchers making nighttime trawls for plastic trash noted that up to 40% of their catch was glowing. And such shimmering refuse could be especially attractive to fish that hunt by sight, Mincer says. That could be bad for the fish, but good for the microbes, which can thrive in fish guts. “It’s a good gig for the bacteria—they have all the right genes to put a tap in that keg.”See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

‘A dogfight’

first_imgTNT KaTropa and Meralco tangle in the rubber match of their best-of-three quarterfinal series for the right to play the top-seeded Gin Kings in the semifinals and the 7 p.m. game at Smart Araneta Coliseum will certainly take something out of the Texters and the Bolts.“I wish they go to a Game 3 and play triple overtime,” Cone had said earlier in the week after following San Miguel Beer to the Final Four. “But either team will be a tough match for us because of their huge imports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It will be a dogfight,” Meralco coach Norman Black said on Wednesday night after a 103-100 overtime decision of the Texters that forged this KO match. “We just have to be ready because they are a very talented team.”Meralco carved out the win despite not having an import in the last 1:54 of regulation, surviving after going scoreless for the last six minutes or so of the fourth. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, Creamline keep head high despite semis exit The Bolts get their inspiration and confidence from their man-mountain of an import, who doesn’t really score a lot but goes after all those rebounds and changes practically every shot in the shaded lane.He had just seven points in Game 2, and his last foul, a silly nudge on Kelly Williams in a rebound play, almost ended the Bolts’ season on Wednesday night.Kelly Nabong literally filled in Stepheson’s shoes, shooting seven points in overtime to bail the Bolts out. He will definitely be in the TNT defensive radar for this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ The Texters, meanwhile, will be trying to avoid a repeat of an upset loss to the Bolts in the Governors’ Cup last season, when Allen Durham spearheaded Meralco to its first title series appearance which many believe cost Jong Uichico his coaching job at TNT.And the Texters and the Bolts grinding it out one final time sits perfectly well with Cone, who is wary of facing either team because of their huge imports who can pose matchup problems for Ginebra in the best-of-five series.San Miguel, the No. 2 seed, and Star, the third-ranked squad, already sealed their places in the Final Four and will play Game 1 Saturday at 5 p.m. also at the Big Dome in Cubao.That means whoever wins between the Texters and the Bolts will return to action in less than two days, tangling with the Gin Kings at 6:30 p.m. for their series opener on Sunday.Alex Stepheson will have to watch out for his fouls and definitely avoid a repeat of his Game 2 exit, as the Bolts might not be as lucky this time around.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Tim Cone got his wish and the foe Barangay Ginebra will face in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s Final Four will be quite weary after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games,Birmingham to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

first_imgsport SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on × Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announces the winning bid for the 2022 games in Birmingham, Britain.   –  Reuters Birmingham has been chosen as the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, organisers announced on Thursday with the Midlands city being the only bidder.Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin announced the decision at a press conference in the city.“We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city,” she said. “With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth.”Durban, South Africa was originally awarded the Games in 2015 before being stripped of the event in March because it failed to meet promises contained in its bid.Birmingham was chosen as Britain’s candidate city in September, beating a rival bid from Liverpool and receiving UK government backing. The city’s bid was judged to be not fully compliant with all the criteria in October, leading the CGF to extending the deadline for other bidders, but no other cities came forward.Birmingham bid organisers have said that 95 per cent of the competition venues are already in place with Alexander Stadium, an established athletics venue, set for an increase in capacity and facilities upgrade. The only new venue proposed in Birmingham’s bid is the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, which will host Swimming, Para Swimming and Diving. The city centre Victoria Square will also be used for 3×3 Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball.At an estimated 750 million pounds ($1.00 billion), the Commonwealth Games will be the most expensive sports event staged in Britain since the London 2012 Olympics. “The UK has a brilliant track record for putting on the biggest sport events in the world and it is great news that Birmingham has been selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said. “I am sure that we will put on an event that will make the country proud, leave a strong sporting legacy and strengthen relationships with our friends across the Commonwealth.”The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia from April 4.center_img Birmingham bid organisers have said that 95% of the competition venues are already in place with Alexander Stadium COMMENT Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announces the winning bid for the 2022 games in Birmingham, Britain.   –  Reuters SHARE December 21, 2017last_img read more

Shenzhen Open: Simona Halep crushes compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu to reach final

first_imgWorld number one Simona Halep continued her dominance ahead of the Australian Open with a crushing straight sets victory over fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the Shenzhen Open final in China on Friday.In an hour an 29 minutes, Halep triumphed over Begu 6-1, 6-4 and sealed a second career final at Shenzhen.Halep’s precision and counter-attack helped her dominate Begu and her 15 winners on the day powered her to victory.The top seed began in a perfect fashion and broke Begu early on to race to a 4-1 lead. Begu kept faltering, unable to find her stride, and it was a comfortable first set victory for the world No.1.It was not all that easy for Halep in the second set as Begu kept her on her toes, even leading the set 3-2 at a point. However, Halep put that big forehand of hers to perfect use and sealed the match.”It was a tough match,” Halep said in a courtside interview. “I know she is a strong player and in the second set you could see she was improving her game so it was a tougher battle.”I think I was strong enough to stay there and hit the ball stronger in the end because the energy was falling a little bit. I came back, I served pretty well in the last game and I’m pretty proud of my victory today, it was a tough one.”Halep will be up against defending Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic, who later in the day beat former world No.1 Maria Sharapova in a gruelling three-setter.advertisementSharapova battled for almost two hours against the defending champion but the challenge proved to be too strong for the Russian star, who is still trying to hit her stride since returning from the doping ban.In an hour and 55 minutes, Siniakova beat Sharapova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to set up the title defence clash against Halep.It were Siniakova’s 10 aces as compared to Sharapova’s just one that made the difference in the match.Siniakova completely dominated Sharapova in the first set and without much breaking much sweat, she powered to a comprehensive first set victory.Sharapova, however, came roaring back in the second set and upped her game to take the second set 6-3. Sharapova’s fighting spirit, something that has been her hallmark throughout her career, shone through in this set.It was a very close game in the final set but again, Siniakova planted those big serves in the right moments to edge out Sharapova.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

ACC Football Star Ruled Out For The Season

first_imgA wide-angle view of Heinz Field during a Pitt game.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Heinz Field during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)One ACC program received awful injury news on Wednesday afternoon. The Pitt Panthers were hit by the injury bug when team captain and star linebacker Quintin Wirginis went down with a non-contact injury in practice on Tuesday.Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Wirginis underwent season-ending surgery on the knee on Wednesday. It’s a tough break for a Pitt program that needs its stars now more than ever.The Panthers have struggled this season – especially on the defensive side of the ball. Wirginis leads the team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles on the year.Pitt announced the news.Huge loss for #Pitt. LB Quintin Wirginis out for the season. pic.twitter.com/hpNEjs4qEm— Ryan Recker (@RyanRecker) October 10, 2018Pitt ranks among the worst teams in points per game allowed, with over 32 points allowed per contest. The loss of the team’s star linebacker certainly won’t help matters.Next up for Pitt is a tough matchup against No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Maersk Tankers Names New MR Unit in China

first_imgImage Courtesy: Maersk TankersDanish tanker owner and operator Maersk Tankers held a naming ceremony for its latest newbuilding on January 11.The company’s new MR tanker, SHA-119, was christened Maersk Cebu at a Samsung yard in Ningbo, China.The 50,000 dwt unit is the number fifteen of nineteen vessels in the company’s ongoing fleet renewal programme.Soren C. Meyer, Chief Strategy Officer at Maersk Tankers, said that the latest addition contributes “to a competitive fleet and strong market position in a segment that is attractive to our customers. ”According to data provided by VesselsValue, the remaining four MR tankers being built at Samsung would all be launched in February 2019.last_img read more

PM Modi begins threenation trip says engagements will strengthen Indias relations with

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of his visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the engagements will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation.Modi will visit the three countries from August 22 to 26. He will reach France on Thursday.In his departure statement, the prime minister said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFrom August 22-23, he will have bilateral meetings in France, including a summit interaction with President Emmanuel Macron and a meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.Modi will also interact with the Indian community and dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s.Later, from August 25-26, he will participate in the G7 Summit meetings as Biarritz Partner at the invitation of President Macron in the sessions on Environment, Climate, Oceans and on Digital Transformation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large,” the prime minister said.He said the strong strategic and economic partnership is complemented by a shared perspective on major global concerns such as terrorism and climate change.”I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress,” Modi said. During the visit to the United Arab Emirates from August 23-24, the prime minister said he looks forward to discuss with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.Modi said he also looks forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with the Crown Prince.”It will be an honour to receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government, during this visit. I will also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad,” the prime minister said in the statement.Frequent high-level interactions between India and the UAE testify to our vibrant relations, he said.The UAE is the third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India, he said.”The qualitative enhancement of these ties is among one of our foremost foreign policy achievements. The visit would further strengthen our multifaceted bilateral ties with the UAE,” Modi said.The prime minister will be in Bahrain from August 24-25. This will be the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to the Kingdom.”I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the ways to further boost our bilateral relations and share views on regional and international issues of mutual interest,” Modi said.The prime minister would also be meeting King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders.”I would also take the opportunity to interact with the Indian diaspora. I will be blessed to be present at the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji – the oldest in the Gulf region in the wake of the auspicious festival of Janmashtami. I am confident that this visit would further deepen our relationship across the sectors,” Modi said.last_img read more

Aluminum and steel users disappointed with imposition of hefty US tariffs

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian makers and users of aluminum and steel say they are disappointed but not surprised by the Trump administration’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum produced north of the border.United States Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says exemptions for Canada, Mexico and Europe from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum will expire as of midnight, as scheduled.The head of the Aluminum Association of Canada says the 10 per cent tariffs to be imposed Friday on his industry will cause the most harm to Americans who will face higher prices for goods made from the metals, but could also damage smaller Canadian suppliers.Jean Simard says Americans will continue to pay a premium to purchase aluminum in addition to the new tariff as suppliers are likely to pass the price increase on to consumers.He says the tariff designed to protect the U.S. industry is the wrong tool directed at the wrong place.The United States used 5.5 million tonnes of aluminum last year, largely imported from Canada, but only produced about 700,000 tonnes domestically.The U.S. Beer Institute says its members, which includes Denver and Montreal-based Molson Coors Brewing Co., are united against the tariffs on imported aluminum.Institute CEO Jim McGreevy called the tariffs a new tax on the U.S. beer industry.He said the tariffs will in the long run increase the cost of global beer production but have a disproportionate impact on American brewers and jobs.Molson Coors analyst Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones says brewers will try to pass along the higher costs to consumers but the industry’s current demand challenges may make that difficult.She says most companies have some breathing room because of hedging contracts that protect them from wild price swings.But aluminum prices have already risen as buyers have hoarded the material.Molson Coors chairman Pete Coors says the company purchases 500 million pounds of aluminum annually. It makes up two-thirds of their U.S. packaging costs about 60 per cent in Canada.Companies in this story: (TSX:TPX.B)last_img read more

Minister Duncan says planned 2013 introduction of private land ownership legislation

first_imgEditors note: Following article previously stated Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said 74 First Nations supported private land ownership legislation. Duncan was referring to a different piece of legislation already in force.APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says the Conservative government will introduce legislation allowing private land ownership on First Nations reserves sometime next year.Duncan told APTN National News that the legislation will allow First Nations to “opt in” to the legislation, once passed, which would introduce fee simple land ownership within reserve boundaries.The Assembly of First Nations, the country’s largest Indigenous organization, has come out against the introduction ofprivate land ownership on reserves.last_img read more

Easter bombers visited J&K & Kerala: Lanka Army chief

first_imgColombo/ Srinagar: Sri Lanka Army’s chief has said that some of the suicide bombers who carried out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sorts of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits. It is the first time that a top Sri Lankan security official has confirmed the militants’ visit to India which had shared intelligence inputs with Colombo ahead of the attack. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. In an interview to BBC, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, divulged some details on the movements of the suspects in the region and also international links. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”They (the suspects) have gone to India, they’ve gone to Kashmir, Bengaluru, they’ve travelled to Kerala state. Those are the information available with us,” he said. Asked what activities they were doing in Kashmir and Kerala, the Army chief said: “Not exactly, but definitely in some sorts of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country”. The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed the attacks but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAsked why the threats were not taken more seriously after receiving information from India, Senanayake said: “We had some information and intelligence-sharing, situations and military intelligence on a different direction and the others were different and there was a gap that everybody could see today”. Reacting to the Lanka Army’s chief claim, Indian Central security agencies’ officials said in Srinagar on Saturday that there is no record to suggest that any of the suicide bombers had visited Kashmir. One of the officials said immigration records were re-visited after the terrorist attacks and none of the bombers had visited Kashmir. However, there could be a possibility of the bombers visiting the state using pseudonym, the official said, adding if Sri Lanka hands over some evidence, it can be verified from the ground.last_img read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Video: Business report with Mike Eppel BlackBerry’s second-quarter loss US$965-million was in line with the warning reported by the company, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Sep 27, 2013 6:37 am MDT blackberry|business report|mike eppel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Several homeless following Sisters Village fire

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire rips through North Sophia wooden home, 4 homelessAugust 16, 2017In “latest news”10 homeless, as Jilted man sets Sophia apartments ablazeJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news”4 homeless as fire guts Princes Street homeJune 12, 2017In “latest news” All that remains after the fire was quelled A fire on Wednesday night has completely destroyed a one story wooden building leaving several persons homeless at Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Reports are that the fire occurred sometime after 21:00h on Wednesday when one of children was reportedly playing with a lighter and a mattress caught fire. There was reportedly no adult supervision at the time.The owner of home Wilfred Duncan said on Thursday morning that 7 persons were living at the home including some of his children and grandchildren.Duncan, a construction worker said he wasn’t able to save anything as he was not at home at the time.Eyewitnesses say the fire brigade responded promptly but sourcing water proved to be an issue.Neighbours recalled intense heat emanating from the structure.The Duncan’s eastern neighbours were also affected as they were seen removing blinds and fetching down furniture to be sun-dried. read more

Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are not

first_imgTHE MINISTER WITH responsibility for mental health says that reports that mental health services in Roscommon are operating under a 30-year-old national strategy “are not new”.Kathleen Lynch was speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning about mental health provision in the Galway Roscommon areas after reports emerged over the weekend about the services.A report by the expert review group, services in the areas are using a 30-year-old national strategy as their guidelines, not the current document.However, Lynch told the show that the report was known.“When this report was commissioned 18 months ago, the people in Galway/Rscommon knew that there were changes that needed to be made.“We’ve had this conversation numerous times in relation to St Brigid’s in Ballinasloe and all that we’re seeing from this report is not new, it was known.”Lynch added that it was necessary to “frame” the discussion around what changes needed to be implemented.She added that many of these changes have already been made in relation to rehabilitation services in the area.“The other issue that you’ll see is that there are 58 psychiatric hostels. What the [strategic plan] says it that you need around nine hostels for a population that size.“We will have to be very sensitive about how we move to that.”Lynch said that Ireland needs to get to a 24-hour coverage system and said that there is “always someone available” in emergency mental health cases.Read: More than a dozen children admitted as involuntary patients in 2013Read: HSE doubles amount of admission officers for mental health patientslast_img read more

Labor promises 820000 to the Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Andrews Labor government will provide $100,000 each year during its first term towards the iconic annual celebration of Hellenic culture.The Greek Community of Melbourne’s two day Glendi in Lonsdale Street at the heart of Melbourne’s Greek precinct is one of the most prominent multicultural events in Victoria.Abundant performances, activities and food make the Glendi a weekend carnival for all Victorians, attracting over 150,000 people in 2014.Known as the biggest event of its kind outside of Greece, the Lonsdale Street Glendi showcases the enormous success of Victoria’s multiculturalism.Mr Andrews says Melbourne has the largest Greek population of any city outside of Greece in the world and the Lonsdale Street Glendi gives all Victorians a great opportunity to appreciate Hellenic culture.Labor MP Jenny Mikakos added that the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street Glendi showcases the strength of Victoria’s Greek Australian community.She said that Labor also recognises this community is changing and that newly arrived migrants from Greece need support to settle here.Ms Mikakos stressed that Labor made a $360,000 commitment earlier this year to the Australian Greek Welfare Society for social workers to assist newly arrived migrants from Greece.She said the social workers will be based at Australian Greek Welfare Society offices in Brunswick and out-posted to the Greek Community of Melbourne offices in Lonsdale Street.She added that Labor promised a $60,000 grant to the Oakleigh Greek Glendi on 2 November. That brings Labor’s election commitments to the Greek community to $820,000 so far.last_img read more

Airbnbs Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lovers Paradise

first_imgStay on target Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelYou’ll Need Very Deep Pockets to Book Airbnb Luxe Accommodation Oscar Mayer’s famous Wienermobile is now an Airbnb rental and it is the perfect getaway for those that “relish” a stay at a fun hot dog hub.The Airbnb listing, which was posted just in time for National Hot Dog Day on July 17, is a hot dog lover’s paradise. For one night on August 1, 2, or 3, fans can have the opportunity to live in a hot dog, nosh on actual hot dogs, and have sweet dreams of hot dogs in this cute Airbnb lodge, which is located near Chicago and available to book starting July 24. And, let’s be frank—for only $136 a night (plus taxes and fees), this is a vacation retreat you don’t want to pass up on.You know we had to go big for #NationalHotDogDay! So, we turned America’s favorite  on wheels into a place to rest your head. Set a reminder for next Wednesday, when booking opens on @Airbnb and become one of the first guests in the @Wienermobile!  https://t.co/wZEyAULdk5 pic.twitter.com/EkfZBAfoiz— Oscar Mayer (@oscarmayer) July 17, 2019Hosts AlexanDog and Jake N’ Bacon will make you feel like a hot dog king, or queen, in this weenie-on-wheels. The cozy space, which can accommodate up to two people, comes with a small sitting area, a bed, and an outdoor space for roasting some frankfurters.(Photo Credit: Oscar Mayer)Other amenities include a mini fridge with Oscar Mayer hot dogs, an Oscar Mayer roller grill to take home, and a welcome kit that’s complete with all the hot dog-inspired goodies you can dream of.(Photo Credit: Oscar Mayer)For more information on this adorable Airbnb hub, visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile’s listing here.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fans Can Rent Tony Stark’s Rural Cabin on AirbnbSpice Girls Bus From ‘Spice World’ Movie Is Now an Airbnb RentalThis Massive Idaho ‘Potato’ Is Now a Cozy Airbnb You Can Stay inlast_img read more

Illegal structures demolished earlier this week in 5 Cays

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppReportedly placed under pressure by the planning department, owners of some 6 acres of property in the Five Cays community were forced to start demolition of illegal structures earlier this week. Reports are the Planning Department served the owners of the land with notices to clear their property of some 50 structures. Eight frames have already been mowed down causing raging reactions by those who feel they are justly residing at the site. Word is a January 8, eviction notice has been given by landowners to the occupants which is owned by James Cox and his family; news break understands that sections of the land have been rented since 1998 and rent runs from $50- $200 depending on the size of the parcel occupied. Related Items:last_img read more

ASA Raises Concerns on Possible Retaliation for Steel Tariffs Requests Meeting with

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has expressed the organization’s serious concerns to President Donald Trump over the potential for retaliation by China in response to proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, and requested a meeting with the president to discuss the issue.In a letter today, ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer urged the president to “modify if not reverse [his] decision to avoid a trade war that could seriously undermine our industry, which is highly dependent on trade.”Heisdorffer noted the significant contributions of soybeans to the nation’s trade balance.“In 2017, U.S. farmers produced a record 4.4 billion bushels of soybeans and exported over 2.3 billion bushels, or 52 percent, valued at $27 billion. For the last 20 years, soybeans have contributed more to the U.S. trade balance than any other agricultural product,” he said.Heisdorffer also highlighted the importance of the Chinese marketplace to American soybeans.“In the last ten years, China has become by far the largest customer for U.S. soybeans. In 2017, China imported 1.4 billion bushels from the U.S., 61 percent of our total exports and nearly one out of every three rows of soybean production,” he said. “The importance of the China market in sustaining our livelihoods and our industry’s role in the Nation’s agricultural and rural economy cannot be overstated.”Finally, Heisdorffer dispelled the incorrect assumption that whatever market share the U.S. loses to South American competitors like Brazil can be made up with sales to other markets.“In the case of soybeans, this argument fails to recognize that our largest competitor, Brazil, is continuing to expand soybean production on new lands,” Heisdorffer said. “Brazil is already the world’s largest soybean exporter, including to China, and would respond quickly in the event U.S. trade actions trigger retaliation against our soybean exports.”“As an export-driven industry, we believe agriculture can make a powerful contribution to reducing the nation’s trade deficit if the administration pursues policies that enhance our competitiveness rather than reduce our access to foreign markets,” Heisdorffer added.The prospect of retaliation against soybeans is on the mind of ASA’s Board of Directors as it gathers in Washington this week for meetings with lawmakers and administration officials.A full copy of the letter is available here.last_img read more

19 villages of Polavaram Mandals are still under floods

first_imgAmaravati: The floods in river Godavari continues to rise in the West Godavari district. The floodwater is overflowing from the Edduvagu bridge in Veerullapadu Mandal. With this, the transport got effected, and 19 villages of Polavaram Mandals are still underwater. With the reduction of floodwater at Kademma sluice bridge, the traffic is likely to restore by Monday evening. The Lanka villages under Achanta Mandal are also underwater, where the livelihood of Puchalanka, Ayodhya Lanka, Anagarilanka and many other villages got effected. The floodwater is continuing to overflow from Kanakayalanka causeway, Yalamunchili Lanka causeway.last_img read more