What the Problems In Your Sales Funnel Reveal

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You can find sales problems by looking into your funnel (or pipeline, if you prefer).Top of the FunnelTop of the funnel problems are easy to identify.If you look at the value of your pipeline and the number doesn’t change from week to week, you are staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.If you test these opportunities by walking through whatever method you use to qualify only to find they fail your tests, you are looking at a very bleak future. Middle of the FunnelIf the middle of the funnel is empty, you really have a top of the funnel problem. You aren’t qualifying real opportunities, or you aren’t gaining the right commitments.Mostly middle of the funnel problems show up as stalled opportunities. If you skip stages of the sales process you can wind up with stalled deals. Almost always what is skipped over is a difficult-to-gain commitment, one that if it had been gained would have moved the opportunity forward.Deals also die in the middle of the funnel when you try to forgo the necessary consensus-building. That’s one way to run a good opportunity right into a ditch. Without consensus, the status quo wins.Bottom of the Funnel ProblemsDeals get stuck here when you are missing consensus, when you haven’t created enough value, when you haven’t effectively addressed risk, when new stakeholders (like purchasing and legal) enter the process, and when you fail to outline and gain agreement on what steps will be taken next.Without a compelling reason to change, deals get stuck at the bottom. Without resolving your dream client’s fears, the risk can keep them from moving forward. A lot of salespeople worry about asking to engage with purchasing or legal, but the sooner you deal with that reality, the sooner you move your deal forward (and the sooner your client gets the benefit of your solution).Your sales funnel reveals the areas of your sales game that you need to improve.QuestionsWhat does your funnel look like? Draw it.What does the shape reveal about how you sell?What problems are common amongst the clustered deals in your pipeline?What needs to change to get things moving?last_img read more

ONE: Honorio Banario confident ahead of Shinya Aoki showdown

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Honorio Banario inspired to get back on winning track in ONE Championship PLAY LIST 01:43Honorio Banario inspired to get back on winning track in ONE Championship00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man NCAA: Mapua wards off EAC to keep Final 4 bid alive Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Helping Banario (14-9) in his preparation for the Oct. 13 bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan is former ONE World lightweight champion and Team Lakay brother Eduard Folayang.“We all know the level he’s on but I believe that we can pull it off if we execute our game plan,” said Banario. “I see that he sometimes focus when he gets hit, so if we manage to execute our game plan, then we’ll have a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Folayang (21-8) fought Aoki (43-9) twice and the two martial artists split those matches both of which were for the lightweight title.The 35-year-old Folayang said Banario has to establish a strong game plan in the first round and the second frame would eventually dictate the tempo of the match. FILE – Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Honorio Banario is fighting arguably the biggest name of his career when he takes on Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in ONE: Century in Tokyo in October.The inaugural ONE World featherweight champion is on a bit of slump, losing three of his last four fights but he’s confident he can turn things around despite facing a legend of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “If Honorio manages to get out of the first round and lands cleans shots, he’ll be able to get it,” said Folayang. “So far he’s prepared well, Honorio really wants this fight. It’s MMA you can never tell what’s going to happen.”“You can’t say it will be one-sided because Honorio has knockout power as well.”Banario, who holds five knockouts under his name, was surprised that he was called to take on Aoki in ONE’s biggest fight card of the year but he wasn’t someone to turn down an invitation.“This is an opportunity to bounce back and face a legend of this sport,” said Banario. “I’ll definitely prepare for this and test my skills with Aoki.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

England win ODI series to end Bangladesh’s home run

first_imgEngland’s Chris Woakes hit a six off Shafiul Islam to seal a series-clinching four-wicket victory in the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh on Wednesday. (Scorecard)Sam Billings justified his selection with his maiden fifty and Ben Duckett registered his second half-century of the series but it was Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 47 off 48 balls that helped England pull off a tricky 278-run chase with 13 balls to spare.Put into bat in Chittagong, Bangladesh had posted a strong 277-6 on the back of a string of top order cameos and Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 67 down the order.The 2-1 ODI series defeat was Bangladesh’s first at home in two years.England’s chase got off to a good start before Nasir Hossain dismissed James Vince for 32.Having added 63 runs with Vince, Billings added another 64 with Duckett, the duo helping themselves to fluent half-centuries in the process.At 227-4 in the 41st over, England looked heavy favourites but Mashrafe Mortaza struck twice, dismissing England captain Jos Buttler (25) and Moeen Ali (one) in quick succession to inject fresh excitement into the contest.Stokes, however, maintained his composure and hit two sixes and a boundary while running hard between the wickets to keep England on course.Woakes proved a worthy partner as the duo added 42 runs in 32 balls to seal the victory.RASHID SHINES WITH BALLEarlier, Buttler won the toss and decided to field but had to wait until the 19th over for a breakthrough.Tamim Iqbal (45) and Imrul Kayes (46) added 80 runs for the opening stand before the guile of Adil Rashid (4/43), combined with some poor shot selection by the home batsmen, pegged back Bangladesh.advertisementAfter Stokes sent back Kayes, Rashid dismissed Tamim, who became the first Bangladesh batsman to reach 5000 ODI runs, with a short and wide delivery.Mahmudullah opened his account with a six off the leg-spinner but Rashid had the last laugh as the batsman drove a long-hop to short cover.Sabbir Rahman (49) could not bring up his fifty either, becoming Rashid’s third victim as Bangladesh lost momentum.Mushfiqur and Mosaddek Hossain (38 not out) enjoyed a busy seventh wicket partnership that yielded 85 runs to take the hosts past the 275-mark.The teams now face off in a two-test series starting in Chittagong on Oct 20.last_img read more

Status quo remains, BCCI refuses to accept Lodha reforms

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stuck to its guns and have refused to accept the reforms suggested by Lodha committee.The BCCI held a meeting of their affiliated full members in the capital to take a decision on the Supreme Court order, which has directed that the state associations will be allowed to use the funds only if they accept the reforms. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)Most of the State associations have agreed that they will not pass a resolution, implementing Lodha recommendations.”Status quo remains. We (BCCI) will stick to the decisions taken during the SGM on October 1. Some state associations have difficulties in implementing the reforms. We will look at the Court hearing on Monday,” said a source. (Anurag Thakur’s affidavit to be on focus in next BCCI meeting)The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the BCCI time and again for their rigid stand against the Lodha recommendations. On Saturday, while members of most of the state associations were present, some like Rajasthan Cricket Association were denied participation.”Basically, Tripura and Vidarbha have decided to accept the recommendations. Hyderabad Cricket Association has given an affidavit in the lower Court there that they are accepting the recommendations. From Rajasthan Cricket Association, Mehmood Abdi came and met Ajay Shirke but he didn’t attend the meeting. RCA is also implementing the recommendations but they are suspended. So basically, Tripura, Vidarbha and Hyderabad have accepted it,” the source added. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)advertisementlast_img read more

EPL: Yaya Toure double gives Manchester City three points, Liverpool held at Southampton

first_imgYaya Toure made a sensational return to the Manchester City ranks, scoring twice on his comeback to inspire the title contenders to a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Ivorian powerhouse was in the City line-up for his first league appearance of the season, back in the fold after recently making a public apology following comments the player’s agent had made about the club and manager Pep Guardiola. (Also read: Olivier Giroud snatches point for Arsenal in 1-1 draw against Manchester United)Injury-prone City captain Vincent Kompany had to go off with injury after a collision with his own keeper Claudio Bravo but Toure was soon back in business when his 39th minute shot, via a deflection, flew past Wayne Hennessey.After Palace equalised in the 66th minute with a Connor Wickham strike, Toure struck seven minutes from time to consign the home side to their fifth consecutive defeat, slotting home from a low corner delivered expertly by Kevin de Bruyne.SOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 LIVERPOOLLiverpool missed a chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League after squandering a string of chances in a dull 0-0 draw against Southampton in driving rain at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.Liverpool have 27 points from 12 games, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. Third-placed Chelsea, on 25, can leapfrog both of them when they visit struggling Middlesbrough on Sunday.The visitors dominated the first half and came close when former Southampton forward Sadio Mane, who moved to Liverpool in the close season, forced a good save from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.advertisementGeorginio Wijnaldum drove a long-range effort over the bar for Liverpool before the leaders wasted their best chance when Roberto Firmino shotwide with the goal at his mercy after a defence-splitting pass by fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.STOKE CITY 0 – 1 BOURNEMOUTHBournemouth won their first Premier League match on the road this season thanks to Nathan Ake’s second league goal and a penalty miss from Stoke’s Bojan Krkic on Saturday.Dutchman Ake proved the Cherries’ courageous first-half hero, picking himself off the ground after a tough challenge from Wilfried Bony and heading home straight away from a Junior Stanislas cross.Bournemouth were denied an obvious first-half penalty when Ryan Shawcross upended Callum Wilson but Stoke missed their chance to strike back after the interval when Bojan, fouled in the area by Simon Francis, struck the resulting spot kick against the bar.Stoke could hardly credit that their six-match unbeaten record was ended as they squandered numerous chances for a late equaliser and Bournemouth celebrated their first away league win since April.TOTTENHAM 3 – 2 WEST HAM Tottenham was the only unbeaten team in all four leagues in England thanks to Kane’s late scoring exploits.Kane, the league’s top scorer last season, netted in the 89th minute and again in the first minute of stoppage time from the penalty spot as West Ham unraveled at White Hart Lane. There was still time for Winston Reid to be sent off after collecting his second yellow card for pushing Kane in the final seconds.Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead with a 24th-minute goal that was canceled out six minutes after halftime by Harry Winks on his first Premier League start. West Ham went back in front thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s penalty, after Reid was fouled by Vincent Janssen.EVERTON 1 – 1 SWANSEAJust when Bob Bradley thought Swansea had secured their first win under his management, Seamus Coleman produced an 89th-minute header to give Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Bradley made eight changes in a bid to kickstart his side’s spluttering season and when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot, after having been brought down by Phil Jagielka in the 41st minute, it was the first time they had even led under the American.The goal stunned Everton, still smarting from their 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea before the international break, and Yannick Bolasie went close after the interval as Everton went all out for the equaliser.After spending almost the entire second period in their own half, Swansea eventually buckled when Coleman headed home in the 89th minute, although the draw means Everton have only won one of their past seven league games.SUNDERLAND 3 – 0 HULL CITYTwo goals from Victor Anichebe and another from Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a deserved 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City as David Moyes’ side registered back-to-back wins for only the third time in 2016.Anichebe, who netted his first goal in 546 days against Bournemouth last time out, grabbed two more in 22 minutes after Defoe had opened the scoring from a Duncan Watmore knockdown with his 150th Premier League strike.advertisementA power failure led to a delay of several minutes at the start of the second half but there was no stopping Anichebe who produced a sharp left-foot shot after 62 minutes before thumping his third goal in two games to seal the win on 84.The only sour note for Sunderland, who moved off the bottom of the table, was the late sending-off of defender Papy Djilobodji for a needless second yellow card.last_img read more

World is his Playground: Prithvi’s journey from Virar to Rajkot

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) There is an element of inevitability involved in certain occurrences and Prithvi Shaw’s century as the youngest Indian Test debutant is one such instance. It’s a matter of conjecture whether the West Indies attack could be rated as ‘Test class’ but the moment Shaw hit his first boundary, it seemed as if he was destined to succeed. At 18 years 329 days, Shaw showed that he always had the game to match the unbelievable hype that had surrounded him from the time he was a four-feet boy trying to jostle with the middle-aged uncles in order to get inside the early morning train from Virar to Bandra. “He batted like someone who has played 50 Test matches. He is an unbelievable talent and hopefully if he is nurtured well, he will serve Indian cricket for a long long time,” chairman of selectors MSK Prasad told PTI after the teenager’s smashing hundred on debut. Indian sports is replete with stories of blood, sweat and sacrifices and Shaw’s story is no different from others. But the outstanding aspect of Shaw’s journey is his quick progression from one level to another. He didn’t jump levels but seamlessly crossed one after the other. A 546 in Harris Shield for Rizvi Springfield School, the debut hundred in a Ranji Trophy semi-final, leading India U-19 to World Cup trophy, a hundred on Duleep Trophy debut and some eye-catching knocks for India A before his big day arrived. He was ready to take on the world.advertisement Every year, Mumbai waits for its ‘next Sachin Tendulkar’ but once the 11-year-old started making waves, they got their ‘first Prithvi Shaw’. “I remember when I first saw Prithvi as a nine-year-old. For a kid standing barely at four feet, the impact of the bat hitting the ball was so different. He was a special talent,” Makrand Waingankar, a veteran cricket analyst, who had considerable influence on Shaw in his formative years, said. “I remember him scoring a double hundred as a 12-year-old in an U-14 T20 tournament organised by Gymkhana. I feel proud that I could do my bit in his progress,” he added. “He got his first sponsorship deal of Rs 36 lakh from SG (famous cricket equipment manfacturers) when he was hardly 12 years. NRI oncologist Dr Sameer Pathak, a big fan arranged for a cricket scholarship in UK. He studied four months at the Cheadle Hulme School and played club cricket. His progress was closely monitored,” Waingankar said. The pace of life in Mumbai is different from Delhi, Kolkata or Bengaluru and probably that is one of the reasons why grit (‘khadoos’) is associated with its cricketers. “When a little boy is taking a 4 am train from Virar to Bandra, trying to get into those insanely crowded compartments where at times people protest if they see huge kitbags, it prepares you for a tough life. “The option of failing is nullified,” said Prashant Shetty, the man who was Shaw’s coach at the MIG Cricket Academy (Bandra). “He came when he was nine years old and when he turned 10, our head coach Kiran Mokashi sir instructed to put him in the senior nets. He was facing those 18-20 year old boys. Our only instruction to them was not to bowl bouncers as he was too small and not try to injure him. We got a customised chest guard for him so that he doesn’t get hurt,” Shetty recalled. So what was it that made him special apart from temperament, Shetty recalled: “His back-foot play. When you have 9 or 10 year olds coming at cricket camps, you will see the reflex action is to come forward. For Prithvi, it was playing off the back-foot.” Talk about his back-foot play and chairman of selectors Prasad sounds excited. “He is exemplary off his back-foot. I still believe he is a work in progress and as he plays more and more international cricket, he will only get better,” said Prasad. At 18, most teenagers face the peer pressure of getting into a good college, get a degree and get set for challenges that lie ahead. Months shy of his 19th birthday, Shaw has now shifted with his father Pankaj to an apartment in Santa Cruz provided by his employers Indian Oil. He is getting ready for bigger challenges but it seems like he was getting ready for an eternity. “Actually, he started so young that it seems that he has played for a long time. He is matured beyond his age and blessed with a great game sense,” India U-19 and A coach Rahul Dravid had said before the colts World Cup.advertisement Prithvi Shaw’s journey has just begun and the world is his playground. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

IMO Adopts Polar Code Environmental Provisions

first_imgzoom The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code) and associated MARPOL amendments to make the Code mandatory by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).The MEPC was meeting for its 68th session from May 11 to 15, at IMO Headquarters in London.The Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters relevant to ships operating in waters surrounding the two poles.The newly-adopted environmental provisions cover:• Prevention of pollution by oil: discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any ship is prohibited. Oil fuel tanks must be separated from outer shell;• Prevention of pollution by noxious liquid substances: discharge into the sea of noxious liquid substances, or mixtures containing such substances is prohibited;• Prevention of pollution by sewage; discharge of sewage is prohibited unless performed in line with MARPOL Annex IV and requirements in the Polar Code; and• Prevention of pollution by garbage: discharge of garbage is restricted and only permitted in accordance with MARPOL Annex V and requirements in the Polar CodeThe adoption of the environmental provisions follows the adoption, by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), in December 2014, of the safety-related requirements of the Polar Code and related amendments to make it mandatory under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The complete Polar Code, encompassing the safety-related and environment-related requirements, is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017.The Polar Code will apply to new ships constructed on or after January 1, 2017. Ships constructed before that date will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after January 1, 2018. ​last_img read more

Wont apologise for honest opinion on Kangana Taapsee

first_imgMumbai: Taapsee Pannu has said that she will not apologise for her “double filter” comment about Kangana Ranaut, for which she has faced flak from the latter’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel. The whole argument started when Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel attacked Taapsee on Twitter. “Kuch log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard, Taapsee ji said Kangana needs a double filter, and Tapsee ji you need to stop being a sasti copy,” Rangoli tweeted. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Seriously, I will not apologies for my honest opinion. I did not know that she has a patent on curly hair because I born with curly hair, and my parents are responsible for that. So, I cannot apologies for that either. Rest, I do not know what else I have copied,” said Taapsee, adding: “However, if I am a copy of a good actress like her (Kangana) — and I always maintain that she is a good actress — I take it as a compliment. I am also called ‘sasti’ (cheap). Yes, I am not the highest-paid actress, so that way you can call me ‘sasti’.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Taapsee also mentioned: “I did not reply to that individual because they do not matter in my scheme of things. Why should I pay attention to people who do not matter to me? They are taking time out to say things to me, meaning I matter to them. Everyone knows how to bully, and even I know how to answer back. But there is a certain use of language and vocabulary that I have not learnt and I never will. So, I answered in my way.” The actress was speaking at a media interaction to promote her upcoming film ‘Mission Mangal’. Taapsee has been busy this year with multiple releases. While “Badla” and “Game Over” have released, “Mission Mangal” is coming up on August 15. She said that negative comments like Rangoli’s do not affect her spirit. “When a journalist asks me a question (on the subject), I answer because through your medium I can tell my audience who I am. So, you people matter to me,” she clarified, about taking in questions on the controversial issue. The whole argument started a while back because Taapsee jocularly mentioned in an interview that Kangana needs a “double filter” because she is brutally honest and that puts her into trouble. Kangana’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli, however, was not amused, and she launched a tirade against Taapsee. “One needs a filter when she does not have any pretention, and no filter between their mind and their mouth. I do not see this as a derogatory comment. It is just a comment,” Taapsee explained. “Even my sister tells me to put a filter before I open my mouth in public. That is true because at times my honest opinion gets me into trouble. So my comment on ‘keeping a filter’ was not meant to be negative, though people on the other side took it negatively. I cannot change their perception,” explained Taapsee.last_img read more

BC argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain but it can protect environment

first_imgAlberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say only Ottawa _ not the provinces _ has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.But Arvay says a spill of diluted bitumen in B.C. would be disastrous and the province is not required to simply accept such a fate.Instead, he says it can be proactive in trying to prevent harm.He says B.C. has “no axe to grind” against pipelines and it understands it cannot prevent the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, but there are legal precedents for it to enact laws that reduce the risk of inter-provincial projects.Arvay says the National Energy Board heard differing opinions about the likelihood of a spill, but things don’t always go according to plan and B.C. has the right to take precautions.“Accidents happen,” he told a panel of five judges on Monday. The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August.Construction is on hold after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the energy board failed to consider marine impacts and the government needed to do more Indigenous consultation.The board wrapped its review of marine impacts last month and recommended the government approve the project with 16 additional conditions, but Trudeau’s cabinet hasn’t made a final decision. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for the British Columbia government says the province knows it cannot stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but it can enact environmental laws to mitigate the harm it may cause.B.C.’s Court of Appeal is considering a reference case filed by the province that asks if it has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Joseph Arvay, who represents B.C., says his opponents in the case are essentially saying provinces are powerless to enact laws that prevent environmental harm to their lands, waters, people and animals.center_img The energy board recently ruled the project is in the Canadian public interest despite adverse effects to endangered southern resident killer whales and related Indigenous culture.Arvay says the board has concluded that the benefits of the project are national and regional in scope, but that some local communities would shoulder the burdens of the expansion.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines, although it later withdrew the ban to the relief of Okanagan wineries.Notley’s government accused B.C. Premier John Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation.last_img read more

Elite Airways launches new PortlandtoHalifax route two direct flights a week

HALIFAX — After a bumpy start, Elite Airways’ inaugural non-stop flight from Portland, Maine, to Halifax is set to touch down Thursday.The launch of the new route, aimed at business and leisure travellers, was delayed two weeks due to a glitch with a computer reservation system.Elite Airways spokeswoman Rebecca Ayers says the debut flight is expected to take off from the Portland International Jetport at 1:15 p.m. and land at Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 3:30 p.m., local time.She says the twice weekly, 75-minute flights on Thursdays and Sundays will be aboard a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 jet and cost US$99 one-way.Ayers says the ticket price is all-in, with no extra fees for flight changes, a first checked bag or onboard snacks and beverages.Although Elite Airways launched as a charter service, and specializes in private charters for sports teams and other businesses, the Portland-to-Halifax route is a scheduled commercial service that will be offered year-round, if there is sufficient demand. read more

Viet Nam becomes first country to be removed from WHOs SARS list

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the decision followed careful monitoring of Viet Nam’s current situation, in which there had been no new reported cases since 8 April and no cases of spread to other countries. “Viet Nam has stopped the outbreak within its borders,” said Pascale Brudon, WHO’s Representative to the country.The absence of new cases for a continuous 20-day period was an encouraging indicator that appropriate detection and protection measures, as recommended by WHO, can contain outbreaks and prevent their further spread, the agency said in a statement. As of 26 April there had been 4,836 cases of SARS, 293 of them fatal, in 26 countries. “Viet Nam has effectively worked in partnership with other governments, WHO and WHO’s partners to stop its outbreak of SARS,” David Heymann, Executive Director of the WHO’s Communicable Diseases Cluster, said. “We are pleased that other countries in the region with local transmission of SARS are also following appropriate detection and protection measures, and cooperating with each other to do so.”Viet Nam was the second country to suffer a SARS outbreak after China, where SARS began in Guangdong Province in mid-November. But the ailment was first identified by Carlo Urbani, a WHO infectious disease specialist, who alerted the world when cases of an unusual and severe respiratory illness began appearing among health staff treating a Chinese-American businessman at the French Hospital in Hanoi.The patient’s recent travel history had included trips to Guangdong. By 20 March, at least 22 staff at the Hanoi hospital were ill with influenza-like symptoms and 20 had signs of pneumonia, two of them in serious condition. The businessman died in Hong Kong on 13 March and Dr. Urbani died in Thailand on 29 March.WHO said Viet Nam was one of several countries affected by local transmission that have conscientiously implemented detection and protection measures including prompt identification of persons with SARS, their movements and contacts; effective isolation of SARS patients in hospitals; appropriate protection of medical staff treating these patients; comprehensive identification and isolation of suspected SARS cases; exit screening of international travellers; timely and accurate reporting and sharing of information with other authorities and/or governments. read more

Motor industry responds to The Eddington Transport Study

However, the industry is concerned by comments that transport policy must respond to the challenge of climate change. In road transport it already does, through fiscal instruments like vehicle excise and fuel duty and company car tax. SMMT believes the comments may be used as justification to levy further taxes on motorists and commercial vehicle operators. On road pricing the SMMT makes the following points:It must be absolutely transparent, stable and acceptable to motoristsIt must not be used – or seen to be used – as a revenue raising exerciseFunds should be re-invested in the transport network, with roads as a priorityIt should be inter-operable with other EU systemsManufacturers should not be made to pay to install new technology to support road pricing Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) More than two-thirds of companies in auto manufacturing say that Britain’s transport infrastructure makes it hard to stay competitive. That was one of the key findings in SMMT’s fourth annual issues survey1 published this week, which also revealed that 84 per cent think the situation is unlikely to improve in the next five years. Motor industry responds to The Eddington Transport Study Note to editors: SMMT’s fourth annual issues survey pooled the views of more than 100 senior executives in the auto industry. Copies of the report called Automotive Manufacturing, the industry perspective are free to download from the home page of the SMMT web site – www.smmt.co.uk So today, SMMT welcomes publication of Sir Rod Eddington’s study which recognises the need for investment in roads infrastructure. It also makes clear the need for ‘good alternative travel options’ when road pricing is introduced. ‘Congestion is an issue for the industry, as well as for the private motorist’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Aside from the environmental impact, time wasted in jams costs the industry millions of pounds every year. Transport is a key driver of a country’s competitiveness and government must take this opportunity to set out its stall for the future in a clear and transparent way.’ read more

McLeod Thompson named on World Indoors team Blake returns after suspension

Defending 60m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and 60m bronze medallist Elaine Thompson were named on a 30-member Jamaican team to compete at the IAAF World Indoors to be held in Birmingham, UK, March 1-4.Omar McleodSixteen women and 14 men were name by the selection panel of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that will see Michael Frater and Dion Hemmings – McCathy as the managers and Maurice Wilson as technical director.Asafa Powell one of three Jamaican medallists from two years ago when the championships were held in Portland, Oregon in the USA was not named on the team after he pulled up in a race at the national stadium on Saturday.Quartermiler Dominique Blake who was banned after the 2012 Olympic Games was also named in the team, her first national selection since her ban expired in 2016.The men’s team – Everton Clarke, Kimmari Roach, Omar McLeod, Javon Francis, Steven Gayle, Kemoy Campbell, Ronald Levy, Demar Forbes, Clive Pullen, O’Dayne Richards, Andre Clarke, Jermaine Gayle, Peter Matthews and Rusheen McDonald.The women’s team- Remona Burchell, Gayon Evans, Eliane Thompson, Dominique Blake, Tovea Jenkins, Stephenie- Ann McPherson, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Rushell Burton, Jeanine Williams, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Tiffany James, Annastasia Leroy, Janieve Russell. (Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica names ‘high-powered’ team for World IndoorsMarch 12, 2016In “latest news”Omar — good as gold!August 8, 2017In “latest news”A Royal Affair: Sprint king Bolt meets hurdles king McLeod over 100m in MonacoJuly 20, 2017In “latest news” read more

All Government departments expected to respond on topup payments by start of

first_imgTHE HEAD OF the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has said he expects all Government Departments to respond to letters on the subject of top-up payments to senior staff by the beginning of December.The Committee has sent out letters in the past few days asking whether official pay caps were breached.It follows the revelation this week that 24 state-funded hospitals and health agencies have breached pay guidelines, with some senior executives receiving top-ups to their salary.Under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004, which includes both health agencies and voluntary hospitals,  bodies may not supplement approved rates of remuneration with either Exchequer funding or non-Exchequer sources of funding.Of 44 organisations, 36 have provided a reply and 24 of those returned a status of non-compliance. 12 reported compliance.The first such breach was discovered in May at Tallaght Hospital, and the internal HSE audit was carried out as a result.Speaking in the Dáil this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Government was currently in the process of “attempting to weed out any additional sweeteners”.Public Accounts Committee Chairman John McGuinness said he was concerned the practice could be be more widespread.“Its a huge concern that people at that level should be taking home payments that we didn’t know anything about,” the Fianna Fáil TD told TheJournal.ie.He said it was “peculiar” that the situation hadn’t come to light during an earlier Department of Public Expenditure review of allowances, completed last year.“When you’re running a business properly, if you’re paying out money, somebody at senior level has to sanction it.“We need to establish what’s going on in relation to HSE and who gave the authorisation for the payments.”Director General Tony O’Brien and other senior officials at the HSE are due before the Committee next week to answer questions on the issue. McGuinness said that the letters to other departments had been sent “over the last few days” and that responses were expected within ten days.Responding to an enquiry from TheJournal.ie on whether there could be further top-up arrangements that haven’t yet come to light, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Expenditure said:“Every Government department is responsible for ensuring that its agencies operate within Government pay policy guidelines.”The spokesperson also drew a distinction between the two review processes, noting that one was into “authorised and sanctioned allowances payable within the public service” while the second was an internal HSE audit report “on unsanctioned top-up payments”.Read: HSE pay breach ‘should be addressed’ – Howlin >Read: Government ‘attempting to weed out’ top-up payments to health executives – Kennylast_img read more

Suspicious package in Dolphin Mall parking lot deemed safe

first_imgSuspicious package at The Dolphin Mall has been checked and cleared. Thank you to the responding agencies for your assistance. @MiamiDadePD @DoralPolice @fdlepio— Sweetwater Police (@SweetwaterPD) June 22, 2018Just before 5:30 p.m., they determined the package did not pose a threat and cleared the scene.Mall officials said, besides a section of the parking being blocked off, operations at the shopping center were not affected. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspicious package that was spotted in the parking lot of Dolphin Mall has been deemed safe after police examined it.Sweetwater Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 12th Street and 114th Avenue in Sweetwater, Friday afternoon.Police blocked off a portion of the north side parking lot where the package was found while they investigated.last_img read more

Diverse backgrounds among three on list for vacant state Senate seat

first_imgAlaska state Senate District E Among the many items on the governor’s to-do list remains a decision on whom he should appoint to the vacant state Senate seat for District E.Listen now The appointment is needed after Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy resigned to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.Party officials from District E forwarded three names to the governor for consideration, after whittling down a longer list of names through several rounds of voting Monday night.They are retiree Tom Braund, who said he worked in public safety for 30-plus years; sitting House member George Rauscher, who currently represents District 9; and Todd Smoldon, an Anchorage teacher.Braund declined an interview request, saying he distrusts the news media.On the phone from Juneau as the legislative session got underway this week, Rauscher said he was still unpacking and dealing with a busy schedule. He said he appreciates the selection by District E officials.“I work hard for ’em, and I think there’s some reciprocation going on there, and I just want to be able to keep serving them in the way they expect,” Rauscher said.Rauscher said it’s too soon to say whether further cuts to state budgets are necessary to make up the gap between what the state spends and what it takes in. That’s something Dunleavy argued for.Rauscher said his priorities would remain the same if he ends up in the Senate. He said that includes advocating for smarter, or perhaps fewer, state regulations and other policies to boost employment in Alaska.“We’re talking about private industry jobs, we’re talking about what we can do to keep the people in Alaska working,” Rauscher said. “I think that’s very important. I think we have to understand what makes the job market happen.”Smoldon, the third applicant on the list, has not worked in state government, but he said working as a teacher has prepared him to serve in the state Senate. Many of the skills — like acting as a mediator and finding ways to intelligently answer questions — are the same, he said.“You gather information from a variety of sources and you extract that and turn that into something that’s usable and workable,” Smoldon said. “So in that sense, crafting legislation, working with constituents, those are skills that I have honed as a classroom teacher.”The constituents in District E have made it clear that they want a senator who will continue to work on fixing state crime legislation known as SB91, protect the payout of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and craft a sustainable budget, Smoldon said.Smoldon said he agrees with Dunleavy that not enough has been trimmed from the budget. He thinks there are ways to find more efficiency in state government.“We have a spending priority problem,” Smoldon said. “And so when we’re spending money on things that are not, you know, the essential functions of government, and then we can’t afford more prosecutors or more state troopers or things like that, for me, that’s bad leadership and bad policy.”Smoldon said Rauscher is better known, but added that he hopes the governor picks the person who will best serve the district’s needs.None of the three applicants said they had spoken with the governor, as of Thursday.The deadline for the selection is February 14.last_img read more

A Tablet PC Buyers Guide

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read Enroll Now for Free As more tablets come to market, be prepared to be wowed by the power that some of these slates are capable of. But also be prepared to be disappointed: The tablets already on the market, or coming soon, have a slew of gotchas–especially the lower-cost models you may see advertised at rock-bottom prices.Given the sheer number of tablets expected to ship in the coming months–including anticipated models like the Apple iPad 2, the HP TouchPad, the Motorola Xoom, the RIM PlayBook, and the T-Mobile LG G-Slate–we suggest looking around, doing your homework, and being patient instead of leaping headfirst.But if you can’t wait and simply must take the plunge now, keep in mind the following three key points (plus a fourth on a slightly alternative way to go) before you buy.1. You Get What You Pay ForThe rock-bottom-priced tablets you see advertised around the Web carry those low prices for a reason. Typically, they lack the processing power, memory, display quality, or responsiveness (or some combination thereof) to provide a satisfying experience. Not that tablets should be all about specs, but right now, if you’re going to buy, do pay close attention to them. Single-core models, or ones with CPUs less than 1GHz, are going to be slow. Also watch out for resistive touchscreens, which generally lag in responsiveness, and for low-resolution displays.The one bonus: None of these inexpensive models require a service contract with a carrier, so you’ll have the option to ditch your first tablet with less pain than if you had signed a contract.2. Service Contracts Risk Your Ability to UpgradeWhile it’s possible to get a tablet via a service carrier without a contract, you’ll pay more for that privilege. The unfortunate reality is that many tablets–especially those that have 3G connectivity–are tied to contract obligations with mobile broadband service carriers. That means that if you buy a tablet today with a carrier contract, you’re not going to be eligible for an upgrade anytime soon. Never mind the two-year wait for a contract to expire; in the tablet universe, the technology is evolving so rapidly that the market will shift again in six months, let alone a year or two years.Nvidia only just got dual-core Tegra 2 products out the door, and already the company has announced its road map for quad-core chips. So before signing up, get a sense that the unit you’re buying is the one you want, and not just a stopgap until the next great thing (though something is always around the corner). The amount you save up front may not offset what you’ll pay down the road–and the freedom to change devices may be something it’s not worth putting a price on.3. For Android Tablets, Look for Google ServicesLet me preface this by saying that a number of alternate app stores are around, including market leader GetJar. But the bottom line is, they’re not the official Google Android Market. Having Android Market on the device–along with other services like maps and e-mail–just makes the experience of using the tablet more fluid, and stronger on the whole. The “Google Experience” enables a certain consistency and expectation of what you’re going to get, so if you’re bothering to plop down the bucks for a tablet now, consider that the more complete and well-rounded your experience, the more likely it is that you’ll love your tablet. Think of what has made Apple’s iPad experience so strong (beyond the easy interface)–it’s the simplicity of accessing a deep array of apps.4. Consider Snapping Up a First-Gen iPadYes, you read that correctly. If your wallet couldn’t handle the original iPad’s prices, iPad 2 will remain out of your reach. But Apple is clearing out its stock of the first-generation iPad–and if that version’s weight and lack of dual cameras or dual-core CPU aren’t dealbreakers for your needs, a first-generation iPad is the most cost-effective way to get a good tablet today. Check out the deals for used iPads, too: Over on eBay, I’ve seen 16GB Wi-Fi models selling for as little as $350. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 9, 2011 Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more