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first_img 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 Now I’m on record here and here and here saying that when too little activity is your problem, then more activity is what is needed. When you look at metrics and KPIs, you have to balance inputs and outputs.Telephone calls to prospective clients are inputs. The output of those telephone calls might be meetings in a B2B sale, or it might be a sale in one that is more transactional. Treating the telephone call as an output itself is to confuse the activity with the desired outcome.Meetings are also an input. The goal of a client meeting isn’t to have a meeting, it is to accomplish something, some goal, some outcome. Even though the sales process is more non-linear than ever, your sales process is still a valuable map, and it outlines the things that you need to do to create and win an opportunity. These things are the output of the meetings, and they tell you whether or not you have made any progress.The progress that you make on an individual sales call is an input, the output of which is the moving of a prospective deal from one stage of the sales process into a later stage, moving you closer to a decision. That movement is the output, and it is measured by noting the change in the stage of the process.It’s important not to confuse inputs with outputs.Let’s say the new client acquisition is what you want most of all. By placing too much of a focus on making calls (a mistake that is still made), you are looking at an input that says very little about how you are doing pursuing your goal. High activity might be better than low activity, but it isn’t better than effective activity.Meetings are important, too. You will not create an opportunity to win a prospective client without speaking to them. But the meeting itself is simply an input, something worth measuring, but not a metric that tells you much without looking at the output.And here we get to the reason why a lot of people like inputs better than outputs. To measure the effectiveness of a sales meeting, we enter the area where what we are measuring has a subjective component. We have to decide whether we obtained a certain goal that can be measured objectively. Was the call really a success? Is the prospective client really interested? Did we really gain the consensus of the two stakeholders that have previously been obstacles to change?Outputs are more important than inputs, without which they cannot be generated. Measuring success requires that you look at the inputs and outputs together, and that you inspect the subjective outputs in a way that allows you to determine their validity. Even though outputs may not provide the same objective certainty as the easier to capture inputs, they’ll tell you much more about how you are doing.last_img read more

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first_imgAn IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh has been suspended weeks after he gave an interview to an English website on how he had been sidelined after he had booked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, then the Gorakhpur MP, under the National Security Act in 2002.UP Police spokesperson R.K. Gautam confirmed that 1992-cadre IPS officer Jasvir Singh, who was last posted as ADG Rules and Manual, was placed under suspension. However, Mr. Gautam did not reveal the reason for suspension. As per the UP Police website, Mr. Singh was suspended on February 14. “ADG under suspension,” it read under his current post section. Mr. Singh was the SP of Maharajganj district in Purvanchal in 2002, when he booked Mr. Adityanath under the stringent NSA. In a story published in Huffington Post on January 30, Mr. Singh is quoted as saying that he had refused to withdraw his case for preventive detention against the then sitting MP despite pressure from politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were in power at the Centre at the time, and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which formed the State government. Two days later, he was transferred to the Food Cell of the UP Police, said the article.While narrating his ordeal over the years, the article says that under the Yogi Adityanath government which came to power in 2017, Mr. Singh had become “a pariah of the IPS.” Mr. Singh says he paid a price for trying to hold politicians and ministers to account, as per the article, in which he also questions the encounter killings under the Yogi government.Mr. Singh is quoted as saying: “They want loyalty to political persons. This is totally unconstitutional. If we don’t resist, things won’t change. Resisting is the most rewarding thing especially when there is a big allurement.”The story also says that for the 26 years of his service, Mr. Singh held posts entailing actual police work only for six years. “Detested by his superiors, shunned by his colleagues, he has been written off as a troublemaker,” said the article.last_img read more

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first_imgA man sanitizes his hands at the entrance to the media cafeteria in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. South Korean authorities deployed 900 military personnel at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday after the security force was depleted by an outbreak of norovirus. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Signs posted around the Olympic venues urge extreme caution. Nine hundred troops stream into the area to help. Worried organizers sequester 1,200 people in their rooms.Officials are scrambling on the eve of the biggest planned event in South Korea in years — not because of anything related to North Korea and national security, but in an attempt to arrest the spread of norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Local media are fretting over a “virus panic.” South Koreans, always quick to air their views online, have poured scorn on the government’s response and preparations. Are the games hygienic? What will people think about South Korea? Could this spread to the athletes?Norovirus fears may turn out to be much ado about nothing. But with a national reputation on the line, officials are scrambling to contain its spread. No one here wants these games associated more with disease than athletics in the manner that Zika, a mosquito-borne disease linked to a rare birth defect, loomed over the Rio Olympics in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to Olympics organizers, the norovirus spread began Sunday when private security workers staying in the Jinbu area of Pyeongchang started complaining of headaches, stomach pain and diarrhea.About 1,200 people were kept in their rooms during tests for the contagious virus. Local and national health officials say they have investigated 1,023 people. Games organizers said Wednesday that 32 workers are being treated for norovirus and are in quarantine, including three foreigners. The liberal Hankyoreh newspaper published an interview with an anonymous civil security staff member who said that the tap water at the facility that accommodated the security workers “smelled fishy, or like something was decaying.” The staff member was also quoted as saying that officials were remiss after workers began showing symptoms.The conservative JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, meanwhile, said in an editorial that the norovirus outbreak raises worries about hygiene at the Olympics, and whether the illness might reach the athletes because some of the security workers showing symptoms had reportedly worked at the athletes’ villages.“As the virus panic spreads fast, some of the infected people turned out to have handled security at the Olympic village,” the editorial said, “which rings alarms over the management of hygiene conditions during the games.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Harden surpasses 15,000 points as Rockets trip Nets 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Because the sick workers handled security, 900 military personnel have been brought in to work at 20 venues until the sick and sequestered can return to work. Officials are conducting an epidemiological survey to track the disease’s spread. A preliminary five-day survey of water for cooking and drinking has come up negative for norovirus. Health officials say they are also inspecting restaurants and all food facilities linked to the Olympics.Notices have been posted around the Olympics urging regular, 30-second hand-washing sessions and the thorough boiling of water and washing of fruits and vegetables, among other precautions.The virus spread appears to feed a lingering South Korean sense of worry that the games will be filled with glitches and mistakes. The lodgings and transportations will be shoddy; the food will be poor, the service spotty; the weather will be too cold and the venues inadequately heated. Instead of putting on the best games possible, there will be too much focus by the liberal national government on efforts to engage rival North Korea and cater to their visiting athletes and cheering squads.Despite the official response, South Koreans have criticized the allegedly poor preparations at the Olympics, and what they believe was a slow reaction to initial reports of the virus.Local media have reported that the first symptoms began on Jan. 31 — not Sunday, as organizers say — long before officials launched a fact-finding investigation. There have also been reports of bad hygiene at the accommodations and complaints about meals and lodgings.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I knew I had to set the tone, but the other guys set the tone also. So in first quarter, we just wanted to come in and punch them in the face first because if we do that, we know we’ll win the game,” Rhodes said after pouring in a game-high 30 points that went with 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and two steals to carry the Beermen to their first Commissioner’s Cup crown in 17 years.“They’ll be so intense trying to get it to a Game 7, they’ll be shooting bad shots, so we did that and everything took care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsForget Dominic McGuire, the NBA veteran who was supposedly the Beermen’s first-choice import this conference. Forget Ricardo Ratliffe, the decorated Star reinforcement who has owned Rhodes’ number in the Korean Basketball League and the one coach Leo Austria endorsed as the prospective Best Import.When the dust settled, Rhodes stood tall, drenched in confetti and soaking in all the glory after finally getting over the hump as he made believers out of doubters. Getting a year older here in the country, the 32-year-old will be coming home in Galveston, Texas not only as the Best Import but also a champion.“My first championship and it happened in the Philippines. I’m just lost for words,” he said. “I just want to thank San Miguel for choosing me, to boss Ramon S. Ang for always giving me encouraging words, my bosses, and my teammates. We went through a little adversity, but these guys, they’re great teammates. They welcomed me as family from day one.”Rhodes’ job may be done, but he knows the rest of San Miguel isn’t.And as the team makes a run at a rare Grand Slam in the season-ending Governors’ Cup, Rhodes gave Wendell McKines, who will be SMB’s import for the third conference, some words of wisdom.“I told him the pressure’s on him now,” he said with a chuckle. “The pressure’s off my back. I’m a champion, so I ain’t gonna worry about that. But yeah, I just gave him encouragement. And he’s going to get the job done. He’s a hard worker.” ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES I’ll urge Pacquiao to quit, says trainer Roach View comments Rhodes is just also glad that he’ll be going home the same way he arrived.“I came to a parade in my first day here and I’ll be having my own parade soon,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith02:49Robredo: 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 Charles Rhodes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharles Rhodes’ nine-year odyssey for a title has finally come to an end.Always on the cusp of a championship but never a champion, the mercurial reinforcement made sure he’d be one on Sunday night, catching fire early in what would be a title-clinching Game 6 for San Miguel over TNT.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has raised competition concerns on the proposed merger between Wilhelmsen Maritime Services (WMS) and Drew Marine Technical Solutions (DMTS). Having completed its Phase 1 review of the proposed acquisition by WMS of Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, safety and rescue businesses, CCS concluded that the two parties “appear to be each other’s closest competitors.”This is due to the fact that WMS and DMTS are two of the largest players possessing extensive global networks of end-to-end distribution and ancillary services for the provision of chemicals, gases and equipment to the marine sector, CCS said.Further, the commission said that alternative suppliers may face difficulty in achieving sufficient geographic scale to be viable alternative sources of supply and exerting sufficient competitive pressure on the merged entity post-merger.“The proposed transaction may therefore substantially lessen competition in the supply of these products in Singapore, and may lead to price increases, deterioration in quality of products and/or service levels,” CCS explained.At this stage, the parties may commit to addressing the potential competition concerns that may arise or the merger will proceed to a detailed Phase 2 review, according to the commission.On August 10, 2017, WMS applied for a decision by CCS on whether the proposed acquisition would infringe the prohibition in the Competition Act against anti-competitive mergers.WMS signed in April an agreement worth USD 400 million to acquire the technical solution business from Drew Marine, aiming at enhancing the scale and geographic reach of its marine products division.last_img read more

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first_imgGhaziabad: In yet another Ponzi scheme surfaced in NCR region, a Ghaziabad-based man was allegedly duped with Rs 10 lakhs when the fraudsters lured him with lucrative profits and doubling the amount in just a few months. As per reports, the victim identified as Manoj Bansal, a native of Raj Nagar area in Ghaziabad, has alleged 6 persons including a woman, whom he identified as Mayank Toodeja, his wife Swati (both are the mastermind), Kamal Singh, Managing director of the company, Pankaj Sharma, country head, LAL Chandra Gaur and Marketing head, Vikas Chaudhary, is duping him by investing in their company ‘Top My Trip OPC limited’ on the pretext of giving facilities in five star hotels. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBansal alleged that the fraudsters offered him various investment schemes while the profits varied on the amount of investment. The victim believed them and invested Rs 10 lakhs from his savings. For the first two months, he received returns as per he was promised. However, when the company stopped crediting money into his account, he went to enquire them. The victim also alleged that he was threatened by the accused persons who told him that they have earned over Rs 100 crores through this scheme and have paid Rs 10 crores to police as they share for staying quiet. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe also mentioned that the accused also shoot a video advertisement and the brand ambassador was Vijay Raaz, the Bollywood actor. The company has also spread the advertisement on YouTube, Pictures hall, FMs and many other places to endorse the product. Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of police (City) said that an FIR has been registered against seven named and four unknown persons at Sihani Gate Police station under the section of 420 (punishment for cheating), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC.last_img read more

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first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. – Another Humboldt Broncos player has signed with a hockey team at an Ontario post-secondary institution.Bryce Fiske, a 20-year old defenceman from La Ronge, Sask., has committed to play hockey for the Ridgebacks at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this September.“I’ve been fortunate to see him play four times this year and Bryce is just a winner,” said Ridgebacks head coach Curtis Hodgins, who had flown out to Saskatchewan a couple times to watch some games earlier this year.He said he liked everything he saw in Fiske.“The first thing that jumped out at me the first time I saw Bryce was what a competitor he was,” Hodgins said in an interview. “He played the game tough, he played it hard — combined with the fact that he’s an elite skater.“He has some real good skills.”Fiske was one of 13 players injured on April 6 when the Humboldt junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided in rural Saskatchewan. Sixteen people were killed.Hodgins said they were days away from offering Fiske a spot on the team when the crash happened.Fiske, who contacted Hodgins after determining he’s ready to play this fall, has enrolled in the faculty of business and technology at the university.He wasn’t available for an interview, but told the school that he’s looking forward to fulfilling his dream of playing university hockey.“It was my goal and I’m excited to see where the future takes me,” Fiske said in the university’s news release. “I grew up in a small town and started my career in La Ronge, my hometown, and later traded to Humboldt …which are two small junior hockey towns.”Fiske said he was in a bit of shock when he landed in Toronto on Monday, but was certain he’d adjust.“I’m excited and happy to be here,” he added.Last month, another player who was injured in the crash took his first steps to getting back on the ice.Kaleb Dahlgren, a 20-year-old from Saskatoon, has committed to play university hockey for the York Lions in Toronto.He also hopes to start school this year, but has said it will depend on whether his body is ready.Dahlgren suffered a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back.Two other teammates were paralyzed and another two suffered brain injuries.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National newsTwo British Columbia chiefs have joined together to launch a class action suit over what they claims is glaring hypocrisy.Hundreds of their members were ineligible for residential school compensation only because they were allowed to return home at night.These students are known as day scholars and the chiefs are fighting on their behalf.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #VoteKar campaign, the AAP on Monday asked how can people vote when the BJP “gets their names deleted”. Modi Sunday appealed to public to vote in record numbers in the upcoming elections and launched the #VoteKar campaign on Twitter. The prime minister also urged personalities from the fields of sports, entertainment, and media to create increased voter awareness. The AAP said while Modi wants people to vote, his party is getting names deleted from Delhi’s voters’ list. In a statement, the AAP alleged that the BJP has engineered a massive voter deletion scam in Delhi where more than 30 lakh voters’ names have been deleted from the electoral rolls. “The deleted names mostly include traders, Purvanchalis and minorities, all of whom have serious reasons for disenchantment with the BJP,” the AAP claimed. The AAP has been alleging “deletion” of names of 30 lakh voters since the 2015 Assembly election in Delhi, claiming that the BJP was behind it.last_img read more

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A 39-year-old Port Colborne man is facing multiple charges following a theft at a worksite on April 27 around 4 a.m.Police responded to a report of a theft where a man was spotted removing materials from a site in Dunnville.A man was located a short distance away and was arrested without incident.Further investigation determined he was in possession of illicit drugs.The charges he is facing are mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, possession of break in instruments, two counts of possession of a Schedule I substance, fail to comply with a probation order and two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.He was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga.Boat and trailer stolenA boat and trailer have been stolen from a driveway in Haldimand County.At some point between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on April 28, a silver Sylvan Pontoon style boat and a silver Genesis MBP trailer were removed from a driveway on River Road, Cayuga.Police responded to a call about the theft around 6 p.m. after the resident noticed the boat and trailer were missing from their driveway.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. read more

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The spokesman said the envoy, Razali Ismail, had found Daw Aung San Suu Kyi “well and in good spirits, recovering at her home” from recent surgery.In a just-concluded three-day visit – the eleventh undertaken for the Secretary-General -Mr. Razali met with several government leaders, including Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt and Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as well as representatives of ethnic nationality groups, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a news briefing.During Mr. Razali’s discussions on the roadmap announced by the Prime Minister on 30 August, the Special Envoy stressed the need for the Government to begin by taking timely steps to include all parties in the various preparatory processes leading to the National Convention, the spokesman said.Mr. Razali also “urged the Government to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD (National League for Democracy) leaders as soon as possible, and that they be allowed to participate in the preparatory process,” Mr. Eckhard said. “The Special Envoy hopes that an understanding will emerge between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shortly so that their dialogue on the country’s democratic transition may resume.”Mr. Annan has called for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release ever since her detention on 30 May. read more

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“This is an issue that we’re not going to resolve quickly,” Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) told reporters. “We’re fighting. We were behind. We are, I think, catching up.“There is more to be done because it’s a cultural shift that is really taking place… with some 80,000 people deployed around the world to make sure that in each and every mission there is the right attitude, that the zero tolerance policy that is clearly decided at Headquarters really is understood and applied and implemented in each and every mission. That is something that requires a continuous effort.”Mr. Guéhenno’s comments came a day after the head the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Inga-Britt Ahlenius, reported to the General Assembly that the increase in reports of sexual exploitation and abuse at peacekeeping missions and duty stations had led to new procedures and more resources to conduct investigations, detect cases, and train personnel.The issue came to fore last year with allegations against peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), when an OIOS report cited payments ranging from two eggs to $5 per encounter. Some victims were abandoned orphans who were often illiterate. Secretary-General Kofi immediately instituted a policy of zero tolerance.In response, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) implemented a number of robust measures, including a strict curfew and non-fraternization policy for all military contingents and “off-limits areas” for all UN personnel including civilian staff. These measures are being vigorously enforced.The UN has dispatched three different teams of investigators to look into all outstanding allegations, and their work has resulted in criminal and disciplinary action in several cases, as well as the creation of improved measures of prevention and enforcement. Reports on 50 military personnel have been sent to their national authorities for action, including prosecution. One civilian is in prison awaiting trial and disciplinary action has been initiated against four others.UN officials and a special adviser named by the secretary-general are working with the governments of troop-contributing countries, which are ultimately responsible for the discipline of their personnel, to ensure effective follow-up and to prioritize concrete ways they can assist in combating the problem.A number of countries contributing personnel have already begun to take action on this front and have filed criminal charges against individuals alleged to have committed sexual exploitation or abuse while serving with MONUC.Mr. Guéhenno praised Nigeria’s recent decision to withdraw a unit from the DRC recently because of the problem. “Nigeria made the right decision and pulled the unit out and they took some very strong decisions. That is exactly what needs to be done. That’s the kind of message that gradually will really transform the attitude of the forces in all our missions.”He also praised the insistence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the issue. “You’ll say I’m a masochist but actually when I see that NGOs are continuing to press on the issue, I think it’s actually good because it does keep the pressure and we need to keep the pressure if we are to have results.” read more

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Oil prices rises above US$106 as U.S. manufacturing expands at strong pace by Sandy Shore, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2012 11:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil prices moved higher Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in April at the fastest pace in 10 months, signalling more demand for energy products.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.22 Tuesday to US$106.09 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price varieties imported by U.S. refineries, rose 44 cents to US$119.91 in London.A purchasing managers’ trade group says U.S. manufacturing benefited from new orders and more production. A measure of employment also increased.In addition, Chinese manufacturing expanded for a fifth straight month.However, concerns remained about Europe’s struggle with a massive government debt crisis that is hurting the region’s economy.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

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DreamWorks, Chinese partners unveil plan for Shanghai entertainment district by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2014 4:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, third from right, Li Ruigang, Chairman & CEO of China Media Capital, fourth from right, and Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, third from left, together with representatives from the Shanghai government, unveil the master plan for the Shanghai DreamCenter on Thursday March 20, 2014 in Shanghai, China. DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners unveiled designs on Thursday for a 15 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood’s growing ties with China. (AP Photo) SHANGHAI – DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners unveiled designs on Thursday for a 15 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood’s growing ties with China.The “DreamCenter,” due to open in 2017, will have a 500-seat IMAX cinema with international film festivals and red carpet events in mind, bars, restaurants and performance venues, the companies said. It will also showcase a “Dream Avenue” theatre district modeled on London’s West End and New York City’s Broadway.The project is led by “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek” maker DreamWorks Animation, Chinese investment fund CMC Capital Partners, whose owners include state-owned companies, and Hong Kong developer Lan Kwai Fong.“This will become the world’s third great urban centre of entertainment and arts alongside New York’s Broadway and London’s West End,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg at a news conference in a former cement factory, which will become one of the performance venues.The area near the 2010 Shanghai Expo site in the city’s west will also include the headquarters of animation production company Oriental DreamWorks, a joint venture between DreamWorks and Chinese partners which will produce “Kung Fu Panda 3.”The 15-hectare (40-acre) site includes eight outdoor events plazas.The project gives Shanghai an opportunity to diversify beyond its status as a financial and manufacturing centre by adding media and cultural industries.Another project highlighting Hollywood’s influence in China is Shanghai Disneyland, the first Disney park on the Chinese mainland. It is scheduled to open in the city’s Pudong district at the end of next year. read more

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B.C. premier offers flood relief for Kitimat hydro dam project decades later by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2016 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHESLATTA LAKE, B.C. – It’s been more than 60 years since members of the remote Cheslatta Carrier Nation in northern British Columbia were told they had a few weeks to leave their homes because a man-made flood was coming.On Monday, the provincial government tried to make amends.The Kenney Dam project was built to provide hydroelectric power for the aluminum smelter at Kitimat, a 400 kilometre drive from Cheslatta territory.The dam created a massive reservoir and rerouted the Nechako River system, flooded traditional Cheslatta territories and communities and regularly exposed the human remains at a local cemetery. It was the largest privately funded construction project in Canada at the time and included a 16-kilometre tunnel through the Coastal Mountains.“The reservoir, when it was built or in the process of building, people went around and said, ‘Look, the flood’s coming. You’ve got two weeks to move,’” B.C. Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad said in an interview. “That was the level of consultation back in the 1950’s.”Premier Christy Clark and Rustad were in Cheslatta territory south of Burns Lake to sign an economic and cultural framework agreement aimed to help heal historic wounds and shape a better future. The Cheslatta Carrier Nation is located more than 1,000 kilometres north of Vancouver.“We cannot change history, but working together, we can create more opportunity and sustainable prosperity for the Cheslatta people,” Clark said in a statement after viewing a Cheslatta graveyard that is often subject to flooding.The $2.3 million framework agreement explores forestry, agriculture and recreation opportunities and plans to reduce flood events from the reservoir, the government said.“There is a graveyard in one of the communities that’s right along the lake and the high water will actually wash out graves,” said Rustad. “It’s very traumatic for the Cheslatta people. Some of the elders who have passed on, their hopes and dreams were to see the opportunity to return to their homeland. This is a big step towards that.”Cheslatta Chief Corrina Leween said in a statement that the agreement provides dignity for her community after decades of seeing their dreams washed away.The Cheslatta Carrier Nation includes less than 400 people who live in several isolated, tiny reserves.Officials with Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., the owner of the Kitimat smelter, attended the announcement within Cheslatta territory.“Today seals the foundation for a long term relationship that will have beneficial outcomes in the future,” said Gervais Jacques, Rio Tinto’s Atlantic Operations managing director in a statement. “We are focused on moving forward and continuing our dialogue with the Cheslatta with the goal of reaching an agreement.”Rustad said the Cheslatta people have been waiting patiently for years for government acknowledgment that the Kenney Dam project flooded their traditional territory, destroyed hunting, fishing and living areas and dried up parts of the Nechako River.Rustad said he doesn’t expect the province to be making similar reconciliation statements decades in the future when it comes to the completion of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam in B.C.’s northeast.The Site C dam, which includes an 83-kilometre long reservoir, included a consultation process with area First Nations that started a decade ago, he said.— By Dirk Meissner in Victoria. read more

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first_imgPrincipe de précaution : un concept plutôt flou en cours de remaniementFrance – Alors que l’Assemblée nationale débat aujourd’hui du principe de précaution, la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno a estimé nécessaire de mettre en place une “boîte à outils” clarifiant les applications d’une notion très floue.Un débat sur la mise en œuvre du principe de précaution s’est ouvert aujourd’hui, à l’initiative du comité d’évaluation et de contrôle dirigé par le président de l’Assemblée nationale, Bernard Accoyer. Un débat auquel participeront le ministre de l’Écologie et du Développement durable, Jean-Louis Borloo, et la ministre de la Recherche, Valérie Pécresse. Le principe de précaution et ses modalités d’application doivent être clarifiés a estimé, dans un avis rendu lundi, le Comité de la prévention et de la précaution (CPP), une instance consultative du ministère de l’Écologie.Chantal Jouanno assure que le gouvernement ne reviendra pas sur le fondement de ce principe, estimant que “ce serait la plus grosse erreur qu’on commettrait à l’égard de nos enfants”. Elle partage toutefois l’avis du CPP et plaide pour une clarification du principe.Alors que le CCP recommande de désigner des instances d’expertise et de débat, et un pilote chargé de conduire le processus de décision, la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie souhaite créer une “boîte à outils” qui permettrait de sortir du flou qui entoure le principe de précaution, souvent confondu avec le principe de prévention. Le premier s’applique en cas d’incertitudes fortes face à un risque, tandis que le second suppose un danger connu et avéré.Le 22 juin 2010 à 15:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgAnd the winner is——–Vern Halter.Download AudioThe final vote tally Monday afternoon  in the Matanuska Susitana Borough mayor’s race indicates that Vern Halter is the Borough’s new mayor. Halter drew 5,422 votes compared with incumbent DeVilbiss’s 4,971.A special Review Team counted the absentee and questioned ballots today.  On election evening, fewer than 200 votes separated the two front running mayoral candidates.  A third candidate, Rosemary Vavrin, gained 407 votes as of Monday’s final count.The Borough’s closely contested District 7 race now goes to Randall Kowalke. Kowalke finished with 979 votes compared to challenger Doyle Holmes’ 946 votes.Election results remain unofficial until they are certified Tuesday night at 5 pm before the regular Borough Assembly meeting.last_img read more

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first_imgA Petersburg resident has been recognized by the King of Norway for her dedication to promoting relations between Norway and the U.S. The Ambassador of Norway to the United States was in Petersburg last week to hand out the Medal of St. Olav.Listen nowA handful of Petersburg residents are gathered at Glo Wollen’s beach front home to have a cookout. Wollen is the current President of the local Sons of Norway lodge and she’s also the town’s Harbor Master.At this point, she had no idea she’s getting an award. As far as Wollen’s concerned, she’s just hosting important visitors. The last time the Norwegian Ambassador visited Petersburg for the Little Norway Festival in 2016 Wollen also hosted a BBQ at her place.Ambassador of Norway to the United States, Kare Aas, and Glo Wollen pose for a photo after she was award the Medal of St. Olav, Sept. 28. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)“We’re hosting the Ambassador of Norway to the United States of America here and his assistant and our Norwegian consul that is located up in Anchorage,” Wollen said. “So, we’re having a little Alaskan party. And we also have the Lt. Governor of Alaska as well.”Southeast Alaska’s Senator Bert Stedman was also there.People were socializing in the back yard while local black cod, salmon and shrimp are grilled over a fire.Soon, people are called around the deck because Ambassador Kåre Aas wants to publicly thank Wollen for the hospitality. He says he is also here for another reason.“His majesty King Harald V has told me to come here,” Aas said. “When his majesty wants to honor a person or persons he gives them the Medal of St. Olav.”The medal is round and silver and hangs from a red, blue and white ribbon. Wollen also receives a diploma.Aas said the medal is given to Norwegians or foreigners who have been working hard to strengthen the relationship between Norway and another country — in this case, the U.S. He said he nominated Wollen for the medal.“Since you were born–your mother is here–you grew up in a fishing family, and your father he told you a lot about values, Norwegian’s values,” Aas said. “Your mother, she told you about how to interact with other persons, how to sew and how to cook.”Petersburg resident, Glo Wollen, received this Medal of St. Olav for her work to strengthen the relationship between Norway and the U.S. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)After the award is given, Wollen received hugs from friends and poses for photos.Aas said the king’s medals are seldom given out, maybe one a year to Americans.“It’s really a recognition of what Glo has been doing in working and promoting and maintaining Norwegian values in Alaska,” Aas said. “But also really emphasizing what many Norwegian Americans think about their relationship to Norway historically, politically but also culturally. And his majesty, he really honors those who are really advocating [for] our two countries.”Aas said that based on this recognition he believes that when Wollen visits Norway – which she hopes to do – she will be able to meet the King of Norway himself.Wollen herself didn’t give any speech after receiving the award but besides wearing a new medal on her chest, she also had a beaming smile on her face.last_img read more

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first_imgA multi-agency group of officials entered theSimón Bolívar Zoo on Monday morning and seized Kivú the lion to take him to what is now his new home at Zoo Ave, a private animal sanctuary located in Alajuela province.The Environment Ministry (MINAE) said in a news release that the 18-year-old lion will live in a new special enclosure with plants, trees, a cave, various platforms and a pond, built in less than a month and following international standards.“Kivú’s new home is a 300-square-meter (some 3,300 square feet) area away from visitors and surrounded by nature. After been exhibited for 18 years, he will no longer be on public display,” adds the news release.Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez said the relocation operation was carefully planned.“We were fully aware that it was a risky operation considering that Kivú is a geriatric lion with special conditions that could compromise his health,” he said.The minister noted that they made the decision to relocate the lion along with officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG). “We took the risk with the only goal of giving Kivú a better quality of life,” he said.OperationThe seizure operation began Monday at 8 a.m. and included officials from MINAE, MAG, MINAE’s Environmental Tribunal, the Presidency Ministry and UNA’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Observers from the Costa Rica’s Veterinary Medical Association, the Costa Rica’s Biologists Association and the Humane Society International, also participated.Officers from the National Police, Traffic Police and the Judicial Investigation Police closed the zoo, monitored the seizure and prevented visitors’ entrance until the lion’s departure.Experts from the National University’s (UNA) School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a series of tests and anesthetized the lion before moving him to an special enclosure and then to an ambulance truck from the UNA.Officers from the Traffic Police and the National Police escorted the vehicle that left the zoo at noon and arrived at Zoo Ave one hour later.Fundazoo, the administrator of the zoo, had repeatedly refused to abide by court orders to remove Kivú from public exhibition and relocate him to a better site, including the Santa Ana Conservation Center, a Fundazoo animal shelter.Zoo officials argued that Kivú’s age and health conditions prevented him to leave his home at the downtown San José zoo.Fundazoo officials declined to address the seizure operation. National Police and Traffic Police officers escort an ambulance truck from the National University’s School of Veterinary Medicine transporting Kivú the lion out of San José’s Simón Bolívar Zoo. L. Arias/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Kivú the lion recovers at his new home Officials demand the removal of Kivú the lion from public display Ministries confirm relocation orders for Kivú the lion Zoo administrator fights to avoid relocating Kivú the lionlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Five years, 1826 days or 788,940,000 seconds.Whatever time measurement used will suffice, because either way that’s how long it’s been since the Arizona Cardinals outlasted the Philadelphia Eagles in a thrilling 32-25 NFC Championship Game victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.The sights are still very clear, even though the team has had just two winning seasons — including a 10-6 campaign in 2013 — since. There were the three first-half touchdown passes from Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, including a 62-yarder that involved more than a little trickery. The 19 unanswered points put up by Philadelphia to begin the second half on three touchdown passes by Donovan McNabb to Brent Celek (twice) and Desean Jackson.And, of course, the 14-play, 72-yard drive by Arizona, capped off by an eight-yard touchdown connection between Kurt Warner and running back Tim Hightower with 2:53 remaining.The Cardinals would secure their first and only trip to the Super Bowl with two more defensive stops following Hightower’s touchdown — one on which came on a 4th and 10 at the Arizona 47 with 1:51 left in the game.Here’s the reaction Cardinals play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch and color analyst Ron Wolfley had following the incomplete pass intended for Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis.last_img read more

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