How to Measure Productivity in Sales

first_imgA lot of people mistake being busy for being productive. Crossing to-dos off a list may, in fact, mean you’re productive, but as it pertains to sales, it may mean that you are incredibly unproductive.There are only two activities that prove that you are productive when it comes to selling. The first measurement of productivity is the opportunities created. The second measurement of your productivity is how many of those opportunities you win (caution here, winning one big deal may mean you are not productive, and winning many small deals may also mean that you are not doing well).The time you spend at work is no indication of productivity. Neither is the number of dials you make per hour or day. The number of face-to-face sales calls or ear-to-ear sales calls or video face to video face sales calls are also no measurement of productivity. They are activity, and not all activity produces the right outcomes. You can have meetings in which nothing is accomplished. They may even be necessary, but that does not mean that any initiative was advanced. The last thing on earth you can measure that might be mistaken for productivity is email, something that is necessary and that almost invariably reduces your productivity.All of the above activities are only proof that you are productive if and when you obtain the primary outcome that those activities are designed to generate. While it’s necessary that you dial the phone and schedule appointments the outcome is a new opportunity being created. And while it’s important to have sales meetings, it is possible to have meetings that do not result in the next step for you or a prospective client. It’s also possible to have meetings in which an opportunity is not advanced from one stage to the next.Productivity is the measurement of the outcomes you create divided by the time and energy you invest in those outcomes. Time and energy invested in activities that do not produce an outcome do not mean that you were productive. This is true even when the non-productive activities are necessary.Think of it this way, if you could generate the outcomes of creating and winning opportunities without doing any of the other activities that are necessary but not sufficient to produc those outcomes, would that be enough for you to reach your goal? If the answer is yes, then you should focus your time and energy on producing those outcomes. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Indian outplay New Zealand 4-2 in hockey series opener

first_imgBengaluru, July 19 (PTI) The Indian men’s hockey team pulled off a sensational 4-2 win over New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Campus here today.Rupinder Pal Singh (2′, 34′), Mandeep Singh (15′) and Harmanpreet Singh (38′) scored for India while Stephen Jenness (26′, 55′) scored a brace for the visitors.The forwards won India their first Penalty Corner of the match in the opening minute. Rupinder Pal, making a comeback into the squad after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was splendid as he fired the ball low to beat New Zealand Goalkeeper Richard Joyce in the second minute. Though the visitors had an opportunity to equalise in the seventh minute, Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was attentive at the goalpost.In the 15th minute, India doubled their lead when Manpreet Singh’s cross was brilliantly picked up by forward Mandeep Singh, who swiftly deflected it into goal.The second quarter saw New Zealand shake off the starting jitters and showed a tighter defence. Though India won the second PC of the match in the 22nd minute, a poor execution dented the home team’s chance of taking the score to 3-0. In the 26th minute, New Zealand finally made a breakthrough with Stephen Jenness scoring a perfect field goal that narrowed the lead to 1-2. After the half time break, India came back with a stronger attack. Forward SV Sunil, created India’s third PC and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh was brilliant yet again as he flicked towards top right of the net taking India’s lead to a comfortable 3-1 in the 34th minute.advertisement In the 38th minute, SV Sunil created yet another opportunity for India to score as he won another PC. Harmanpreet Singh was spot-on as he improvised the injection to powerfully convert India’s fourth goal.The final quarter saw New Zealand test Indian defenders as they made strong forays into the striking circle. Their efforts paid off with Stephen Jenness converting his second goal of the match as his shot bounced off Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera’s pad into the back of the net. With score-line reading 4-2, New Zealand won a crucial PC with four minutes remaining on the clock. But Nic Woods’ drag-flick was way off the target. The visitors earned yet another PC with a little over a minute remaining for the final hooter. And this time, Woods’ powerful flick was well defended by Karkera. New Zealand won two more back-to-back PCs with 50 seconds on the clock but Karkera kept the visitors at bay. The second Test will be played on Saturday. PTI BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings in IPL: 8 finals in 10 seasons

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) made history on Friday by reaching their 8th IPL final after they beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in Qualifier 2 in Vizag. No other team has featured in as many finals – Mumbai Indians lying a distant 2nd with 4 final appearances. Curiously, these 2 teams have faced each other in 3 finals already and come May 12, they will be slugging it out for the trophy once again – for a record 4th time.Coming back to CSK’s record in IPL finals, it’s one of the rare statistics regarding their IPL history where they find themselves in a slightly disadvantageous position. In the 7 finals that CSK have played, they have emerged winners thrice (2010, 2011 and 2018) while ending as runners-up on 4 separate occasions..@ChennaiIPL reach their 8th #VIVOIPL final, what a team #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/mMpGkNTJEbIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019Here is an account of how CSK have fared in each of their IPL finals:1. 2008: CSK vs Rajasthan Royals, MumbaiIn the inaugural edition of the IPL, CSK started as favourites against the underdogs – Shane Warne’s Royals. But the narrative changed soon as Man of the match Yusuf Pathan picked up 3 wickets to restrict Dhoni’s men to 163, before bludgeoning his way to a match-winning 56 to bring home his side’s maiden and till date, only IPL trophy.2. 2010: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, MumbaiRiding on Man of the match Suresh Raina’s 57 not out, CSK posted a respectable 168/5 batting first. In reply, even though skipper Sachin Tendulkar (48) held up one end, the rest of the batsmen couldn’t provide enough support to the legend, culminating in a 22-run defeat for the Blue Brigade and a maiden title for CSK.advertisement3. 2011: CSK vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, ChennaiCSK returned to their 3rd IPL final as overwhelming favourites, but this time they lived to tell the tale. Helped by Man of the match Murali Vijay’s 95 and Michael Hussey’s 63, CSK posted a huge total of 205/5 which proved too much for Daniel Vettori’s team as R Ashwin’s tweakers brought CSK a 58-run victory and their 2nd title win.4. 2012: CSK vs Kolkata Knight Riders, ChennaiEven though a Suresh Raina masterclass – 73(38) – propelled CSK to 190/3, KKR, who were high on momentum late in the season, finsihed the chase with 2 balls to spare. The now-forgotten Manvinder Bisla (89), who was adjudged the Man of the match, and Jacques Kallis (69) played starring roles in KKR’s long-awaited triumph.5. 2013: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, KolkataMan-of-the-match Kieron Pollard (60) almost single-handedly took MI to 148/9 after compatriot Dwayne Bravo had rocked the Mumbai innings with 4 wickets. But MI survived a late onslaught from MS Dhoni (63*) to win by 23 runs – almost an identical margin as the 2010 final.6. 2015: CSK vs Mumbai Indians, KolkataMumbai posted a huge total of 202/5 helped by Man of the match Rohit Sharma’s whirlwind 50 off 26 balls. The target proved too much for Dhoni’s men as they were able to muster only 161/8 with Mitchell McClenaghan (3/25) being the chief destroyer.7. 2018: CSK vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, MumbaiAfter being sidelined into wilderness for 2 years following the spot-fixing scandal, CSK had a few points to prove as they returned to the biggest stage of the IPL. Yusuf Pathan once again threatened to spoil CSK’s night when his 45 off 25 balls boosted SRH’s total to 178. But thanks to Man of the match Shane Watson’s 51-ball-century, CSK finished the chase off in style, with 9 balls to spare, thus bringing down curtains on an emotional 6 weeks for the side.But till date, CSK remains the only IPL side to have defended their crown – something they will take inspiration from when they take the field on May 12.Also Read | We are in the final because of our bowlers: MS Dhoni after CSK beat DC in Qualifier 2Also Read | Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finallast_img read more

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Texas Game on Twitter

first_imgReally love doing this post. Here’s the Texas game — stats, puns, jokes, photos, and more included — as it looked on Twitter last night.[View the story “The Texas Game” on Storify]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Real Madrid sanction Sevilla loan for Reguilon

first_imgReal Madrid have sanctioned a loan move to Sevilla for Sergio Reguilon, but have made a point of leaving a purchase option out of the agreement.Sources close to the discussions have revealed that a deal between two La Liga rivals is close and the 22-year-old will therefore form part of the squad refresh being overseen by Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Blancos are eager to get bodies off their books, with Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic having already been moved on, while Theo Hernandez is closing in on a switch to Serie A giants AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Reguilon will be the next to head for the exits, but he continues to be held in high regard by those in the Spanish capital.He impressed when providing cover for Marcelo in the 2018-19 campaign and has earned the trust of Zidane.Real have, however, added Ferland Mendy to their ranks this summer and are eager to avoid stunting the progress of an academy graduate.The initial plan was for Reguilon to head away from Spain and test himself outside of his homeland, but Sevilla have managed to convince all parties that they are the best option at this stage.A promising defender will therefore compete domestically against his parent club before returning to Madrid in 2020.It has already been revealed by Goal that Reguilon has committed to fresh terms with Real, despite no announcement being made public.They have no intention of parting with him and expect him to form part of their future plans.Sevilla will help to aid his development before more opportunities present themselves at the Bernabeu.Julen Lopetegui knows Reguilon well from his brief spell in charge of the Blancos and was impressed by what he saw.The ability to land him on a season-long loan means that no sizeable outlay is required by Sevilla – who have already been busy tying up additions elsewhere.Reguilon also meets the criteria laid out by Monchi when it comes to recruitment at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.He has made it a top priority to lower the average age of the Sevilla squad and bring in more Spanish players with home-grown benefit to the Andalusian outfit.last_img read more

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47 Foreign Nationals Granted Citizenship

first_img Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”. Story Highlights Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually. Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government.They were presented with documents formalising their status by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) during a swearing-in ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on December 14.The ceremony was attended by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for PICA.Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”.Noting that some 2,000 persons were deported from the island last year, with another 537 being denied entry, the Minister emphasised that the participants had been afforded an “exceptional privilege” by being granted citizenship.“We are happy to welcome you. (While) each person has a different background, what unites us is that you are now Jamaicans. You have varying skills and talents, which can now be used to help your new country. You will now take on the duties and responsibilities of Jamaican citizens… and you must take these very seriously,” he added.Mr. Montague encouraged them to engage in community activities and civic duties while honouring their statutory obligations.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually.He said that the latest batch of 47 persons represents the largest number of candidates granted citizenship on a single occasion, adding that PICA has granted citizenship to some 10,000 persons during its 10 years as an executive agency.“This is a watershed moment for the agency, as we have come to recognise that there are approximately three to five million Jamaicans in the diaspora who have descendants, relatives and others who are eligible for Jamaican citizenship. It is our intention to reach out to them to be a part of the family of this our great Jamaica,” Mr. Wynter said.Citizenship recipient, Dr. Ehis-Oje Pius Areghan, who responded on behalf of the group, described the occasion as an opportunity that “comes with responsibilities”.“It now becomes our responsibility (as new citizens) to exercise our civic duties, especially to help one another,” he said.Dr. Areghan, who is originally from Nigeria, is based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.“I am happy to be (here). The joy and love I have gotten from Jamaicans, I doubt I would ever get it in any other country,” he added.last_img read more

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CLdN Orders Two More RoRo Ships

first_imgzoom Luxembourg-based short sea specialist Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d’Navigation (CLdN) RoRo SA has ordered an additional two 5,400 lane meter vessels from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), with options for a further four of the same class. Previously, the company placed orders for four ships, of which the first two 8,000 lane meter vessels will be delivered this year. The RoRo ships will be placed on the Zeebrugge / UK route, which will “facilitate a large expansion of the Rotterdam and Zeebrugge / London service,” according to CLdN.To complement these orders and prepare for expansion, a new 59 Hectare Port facility at Albert II Dock, Zeebrugge will be opened in the second quarter 2017, CLdN said.The order is part of the company’s expansion program which includes up to 12 newbuildings, of which six have been confirmed until now. In March 2016, the firm ordered two RoRo vessels from Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik, with an option for further four.“These additions, coupled with the massive expansion of our Zeebrugge Port facilities, will allow CLdN to replicate the hub and spoke concept developed in the recently expanded Rotterdam facility. We will, with immediate effect, have our Iberian services, from Rotterdam to Santander and Leixoes, call twice weekly into Zeebrugge also,” a spokesperson from CLdN said.“In addition, we will also direct new builds to serve the Scandinavian corridor, where the present vessels are not optimum for this trade. We will start ramping up for their arrival immediately, in preparation for their deployment during 2018,” the spokesperson added.CLdN operates 24 RoRo vessels, offering sailings between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander and Porto.last_img read more

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Belships Inks 10Year Charter for Ultramax Newbuilding

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Daniel Norris on Unsplash Norwegian shipping company Belships has agreed a 10-year bareboat charter for a 64,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier newbuilding. The vessel, that would be the company’s 20th unit, is scheduled for delivery by a Japanese shipyard during the second half of 2021.The estimated cash breakeven for the ship upon delivery is about USD 11,250 per day including operational expenses, Belships said, adding that the deal has “attractive purchase options” which can be exercised as from the fourth year until the end of the charter.“In addition to signalling the superior ship financing available to Belships, we see this transaction as an option to buy a vessel at today’s market levels without deploying any of the of the company’s cash until delivery,” Lars Christian Skarsgård, Belships CEO, said.Following the transaction, Belships’ fleet will count 20 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers, including a newbuilding being delivered from Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding in the first half of 2020.last_img read more

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TSX rises Canadian dollar falls as US markets shut for holiday

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher in light trading Friday ahead of a weekend debt referendum in Greece, while the loonie slid lower amid fears about a recession in Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 44.40 points at 14,682.39 after rising almost 148 points the previous two trading days.But Canada’s main market was still down sharply on the week — and virtually flat for the year to date — courtesy of an almost 318-point drop Monday on fears of possible knock-on effects from Greece’s debt woes.New York markets were closed Friday for U.S. Independence Day, but not before also putting in a losing week blamed largely on the uncertainty over Greece that produced its biggest single loss of the year on Monday.“Uncertainty is the market’s nemesis,” said Philip Petursson, managing director at Manulife Asset Management.The Dow Jones industrial average finished the week down 216.57 points or 1.2 per cent and is in slightly negative territory for the year.The S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq were also down more than one per cent on the week, although both are still positive year to date.Petursson said he expects that North American markets will rebound from the losses, regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between Greece and its creditors.“North American markets fell over the past couple of weeks in sympathy with what’s going on in Europe. But really, one shouldn’t have anything to do with the other,” he said.Meanwhile, the loonie continued to drift lower, down 0.09 of a U.S. cent at 79.62 cents amid growing concerns that Canada may be in a recession, largely as a result of the plunge in oil prices over the past year.“I think that the Canadian economy is going to continue to face challenges over the next couple of months if not couple of quarters, and that is in part going to be reflected in the TSX,” Petursson said.Fears of a recession — defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction in gross domestic product — have increased speculation that the Bank of Canada might reduce its trend-setting interest rate, with negative consequences for the loonie.On the commodity markets, oil prices continued their recent downward spiral. Around 4 p.m. Friday, the August crude contract was down $1.41 to US$55.52 a barrel, a level last seen in mid-April. The August gold contract was up $4.30 at US$1,167.80 an ounce.Among investors, all eyes will be focused on the outcome of this Sunday’s referendum in Greece on whether to accept or reject the austerity measures demanded by creditors in exchange for bailout loans.The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras contends a No vote will strengthen its bargaining position in dealing with the country’s sovereign debt load, which now totals more than 300 billion euros.Critics say rejection could lead to Greece’s exit from the euro and perhaps the 28-member European Union itself. read more

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Switzerland ranked as most innovative country in new UN report

Following Switzerland in the rankings are Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. India has risen most in the rankings since 2018, jumping five places to fifty-second most innovative country.The annual Index, which has been published for the last 12 years by WIPO, and a number of partners, is designed to help policy makers better understand innovation activity, which WIPO describes as a “main driver of economic and social development”. Global Innovation Index 2019: India 🇮🇳 makes major gains. Switzerland 🇨🇭, Sweden 🇸🇪, U.S. 🇺🇸, Netherlands 🇳🇱, U.K. 🇬🇧 are the world’s innovation leaders: https://t.co/GEABpH3RA3. #GII2019 pic.twitter.com/6UzeL1V99w— World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (@WIPO) July 24, 2019 Overall, this year’s Index finds that, despite the global economic slowdown, innovation is “blossoming”, particularly in Asia, but trade disruptions and protectionism are putting this at risk. It also notes that planning for innovation is critical for success:“The Index shows us that countries that prioritize innovation in their policies have seen significant increases in their rankings,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India has transformed the geography of innovation, and this reflects deliberate policy action to promote innovation”.Focus on future medical innovationKey findings of the Index include concerns that public expenditure on research and development – a major element in basic and ‘blue-sky” research, which are crucial for future innovations – is stagnating, particularly in high-income countries. The report also notes that, unless it is contained, increased economic protectionism will lead to a slowdown of growth in innovation productivity.This year, the authors of the report have focused on the future of medical innovation, with a separate healthcare section, which looks at the ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI), genomics, and mobile-phone based health applications, will transform the delivery of healthcare.The Global Innovation Index is a leading benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world. Innovation is rated in the report by using 80 indicators, from the level of Research and Development investment, for example, to mobile-phone app creation and high-tech exports. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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EXCIA chief Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state

Mike Pompeo (AFP)(BBC)- The US Senate has confirmed former CIA director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, ending a tough confirmation battle.Mr Pompeo had been accused by Democrats of being a war hawk and harbouring anti-Muslim and homophobic views.The Senate voted 57-42 to approve him as America’s top diplomat, the second of the Trump presidency.His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, was sacked last month by the president via Twitter amid a personality clash.Republican senators, who control the upper chamber, voted unanimously on Thursday to confirm Mr Pompeo. Six Democrats joined them.The approval comes in time for Mr Pompeo to lead a US delegation to Nato foreign minister talks in Brussels this weekend.He has been arranging a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader in the coming months. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKhashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince ‘crazy’, says US senatorDecember 4, 2018In “World”Letter: Tillerson is gone, what does it mean for Guyana?March 14, 2018In “Letters”Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of stateMarch 13, 2018In “World” read more

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Mait Patrail the best Estonian handballer in 2010

Left back of Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen and one of the best players on that position among players of his ages, Mait Patrail (22) is voted as the best player of his country in 2010 – Estonia.  Patrail will move to TBV Lemgo next summer and contract deal is already signed.Second place in voting process took Marius Alexejev, goalkepper of Swiss Kriens – Luzern and third is Janar Mägi from second Bundesliga team, EHV Aue. ← Previous Story Celje PL in deep crisis Next Story → Bojinović’s knee injury, problem for Serbia Estonian handballMait Patrail read more

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Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

first_imgSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety.As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course.The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation’s most valuable wine grapes and the wealthy entrepreneurs who employ them. Vintners were suddenly plunged into the same desperate struggle as their laborers, with everyone fighting to preserve the things most precious to them — families, belongings and businesses.On the public beach campgrounds where hundreds of evacuees escaped the flames, the affluent slept alongside migrant workers and combed through donated supplies.“We had people in Mercedes and Lexuses showing up” with soot on their faces after losing everything, said Patty Ginochio, a volunteer who helped feed, house and clothe evacuees. Even some of the well-off “had nothing but the clothes on their back. It’s humbling.”If anything, the fires seemed to target the affluent, blackening leafy suburban developments and hilltop estates more than the flatlands where many farm workers and middle-class families live.last_img read more

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Nantes pay emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala

first_imgNantes Football Club paid an emotional tribute to former striker Emiliano Sala on Wednesday night before their 1-1 home draw with Saint-Etienne.The 28-year-old, whose plane disappeared over an English channel on January 21, has a large photo of him unveiled in the center-circle prior to kick-off, the Nantes starting lineup also played in shirts featuring Sala’s name instead of their own.The Argentine went missing along with pilot David Ibbotson while traveling from Nantes to club Cardiff City.British police and investigators revealed on Wednesday it was likely that two seat cushions that have washed up on the shore in northern France were from the missing plane.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.Caen and former Nantes striker Yacine Bammou, who is a close friend of Sala’s before leaving Les Canaris, was in tears in the stands. The Nantes manager, Vahid Halilhodzic, also struggled to hold to back the tears.“It’s hard to talk about this, it’s a terrible moment, we’re all shocked,” Halilhodzic said before the match against Saint-Etienne, according to Rfi.“He is such a nice, kind, respectful, endearing boy and a true warrior who loved the club.”last_img read more

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Even on weekdays Salman Khan starrer Bharat registers big numbers at box

first_imgBharat box office collectionTwitterSuperstar Salman Khan’s recent release Bharat seems to be unstoppable as people are not shying away from stepping out to catch the film even on working days. Bharat collected around Rs 8.30 crore nett even on Tuesday which only goes on to show Salman fans are not giving any day a miss.Salman Khan starrer Bharat has charted a new number record with its first-day collections at the box office as the highest ever of all times for the superstar. The magic of Saman has pulled out massive numbers of Rs 42.3 crores on its first day itself, beating his own record of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. On Tuesday, Bharat raked Rs 8.30 crore taking the grand total to Rs 167.60 crore.Bharat was released on 4,700 screens in India and on over 1,300 screens, overseas. One of the biggest Hindi releases this year, the emotional drama has been released in as many as 43 countries worldwide.The Salman starrer has not only been creating all the buzz for charting the highest numbers with advance bookings even ahead of its release but is set to become the biggest chartbuster of all times. It is the huge star power of Salman Khan and the power pack of not just the movie starring Salman and Katrina, together that had piqued the excitement amongst the audience much ahead of its release.The Salman Khan starrer is on its way to chart new records already. The nation saw a fan frenzy and the numbers are proof.Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar under the banner of Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd. and Salman Khan Films, presented by T-Series.last_img read more

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Bangladeshi shot dead in South Africa

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA Bangladeshi trader has been gunned down by unidentified miscreants in South Africa in the early hours on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Ziaur Rahman, 32, of village Darinda Rasulpur in Matlab Dakkhin upazila of Chandpur.Family members said, a group of miscreant opened fire on Ziaur while he was inside his grocery shop around 10:00pm on Monday.Ziaur was involved in grocery business along with other partners there for the last 12 years. He visited his home a month ago and returned to South Africa, they added.”My husband talked to me over mobile phone around10:00pm on Monday,” victim’s wife Tanjina Begum said, adding that he had no enemy at his workplace.”I am seeking cooperation of all including the prime minister to take necessary measures to bring back my husband’s body to the country”, she added.AHMS Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Matlab Dakkhin police station, said that they are yet to be informed about the incident.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews PHANTOM THREAD

first_img Is Phantom Thread good?It’s excellent. One of the year’s very best.What’s it about?I can’t tell you.…what?I’m not supposed to tell you what the movie is about.…why?There’s been an air of secrecy around the film forever; critics were barred from talking about it until a few weeks ago regardless of when they had seen the press screenings, etc. And now that I’ve seen it, I get why – it would be wrong to give almost any of this away. It works best as a series of surprises.Can you at least say what the premise is, up to a point? Maybe with the understanding that people should go see it before they read further anyway?Fair enough: Phantom Thread is a dark psychological set in the world of British high-fashion in the 1950s, centering on the work of Daniel Day Lewis (in what is said to be his last performance) as a legendary designer of classically-glamorous ladies’ dresses named Reynolds Woodcock, who li-I’m sorry, his name is what?…really?Sorry. Please continue.Woodcock lives a life as meticulous and precisely-ordered as the conditions of his workshop, commanding a phalanx of seamstresses with military precision and leaving the management of his house-proper to the iron-willed temperament of his manager Cyril, who also happens to be his sister. He’s a genius and an artist, prone to melancholy and tantrums of pique when distractions intrude on his carefully-arranged life, but when he meets a new muse in the person of a young waitress named Alma while on holiday. He can’t resist inviting her into his life even up to the point of asking her to marry him and making her something like an assistant and head model for his business – which is threatened by the looming spectre of rapidly changing tastes in the fashion world. But while at first submissive and demure, Alma’s presence soon grows more assertive in ways that initially thrill but also begin to repel him… and that’s where I have to stop.Huh. Okay. So, it’s a relationship drama that… “get’s weird?”Yes – though not necessarily as weird as all the mystery might imply at first (and then, maybe, much much weirder.)So you’re really not going to tell us what’s really going on, are you.Thing is, if I tell you it’s just going to be “Oh, that’s an unusual way to go with it.” The full effect comes from seeing the pieces slowly into focus – even after the “reveals” have been set, it’s not really until the final few minutes where you realize what the story has actually been about up to this point. Not in a cheap-twist “Somebody was an alien the whole time!!!” genre-flip way, but in a “human psychology sure is strange” way. It plays fair.This isn’t like mother! where you don’t give away the secrets because it’s fun to see audiences get horrified and grossed-out by what happens, is it?No, it’s not like that; though they’re actually pretty complimentary otherwise in terms of movies that are “about” the relationship between artists, their work, and their inspirations – just with slight but important differences in how they view the “great but difficult man” archetype.Who directed?Paul Thomas Anderson, and it’s right up there with the best of his work. The “ideas” here are so singular and close-to-absurd that to make it work takes a staggering level of control over tone, story and the performances of the actors – even more so when you take into account how detailed and deep the film also is on a technical level. For a work that takes place mostly indoors and really only has three significant characters, it looks and feels like a sprawling epic simply by virtue of how much is packed into the frame. It’s an achingly beautiful piece of work, even when “nothing is happening.”And the actors?Whether you honestly believe that we’ll never see Daniel Day-Lewis again or not, Reynolds Woodcock is yet another excellent characterization from one of the finest actors to ever take up the form. He’s asked to take his character to some pretty extreme places while also playing him as a guy who just doesn’t… “do” extreme as a matter of emotional expression, and that it doesn’t become absurd is a real testament. Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps – a relative newcomer to films of this scale – delivers what can only be fairly described as a star-making turn as our female lead Alma and Leslie Manville is beyond excellent as Woodcock’s sister.So you recommend it?This is one of the year’s very best films. An immediately-apparent Oscar contender of startling power, visual splendor, subtle understated writing, impeccably acted and directed with a precision that recalls the very best of Stanley Kubrick and is even impressive when weighed against the already formidable filmography of its director. It is, without exaggeration, a masterpiece – as fine a work of film as art, visual storytelling and character drama as you could hope to see amid the ocean of middlebrow pablum that is the so-called “Awards Season” of moviegoing. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Anderson takes six as Australia skittled for 136

first_imgEngland bowler James Anderson ripped shellshocked Australia to shreds with six wickets to bowl the tourists out for a paltry 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Anderson took six for 47 and fellow quicks Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, on his Test return after a two-year absence, two apiece as rejuvenated England put their heavy second Test defeat at Lord’s firmly behind them. Only plucky opener Chris Rogers, passed fit after suffering dizzy spells at Lord’s, offered resistance with a half-century for Australia who failed to cope with the seam and swing-friendly conditions after winning the toss and batting first.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaRogers was eighth man out for 52, lbw to Broad, and Anderson fittingly took the final wicket when Nathan Lyon played on as Australia were dismissed in just 36.4 overs. Anderson, who went wicketless in London where Australia squared the series with a 405-run victory after losing the opener in Cardiff, took four wickets in 19 balls after lunch. His quickfire burst started when he had Adam Voges caught behind for 16. Mitchell Marsh (0) also nicked a swinging delivery to Jos Buttler and then Peter Nevill’s bad misjudgement saw him bowled for two without offering a shot.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriEngland’s leading wicket-taker in Tests then bagged his 18th five-wicket haul when Mitchell Johnson (3) sliced to Ben Stokes at fifth slip. Australia lost three wickets in a rain-interupted morning with Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, took the scalps of Steve Smith (7) and skipper Michael Clarke (10).  After Anderson had given England a flying start by trapping David Warner (2) lbw, Finn, recalled in place of an unfit Mark Wood, found bounce and movement on the quickest pitch of the series so far.last_img read more

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