Things have changed.Globalization: Globalization has been around a long, long time. But in the last couple decades, a lot of labor moved overseas because labor was cheaper there. Then, white collar jobs started to follow. As it turns out brains are cheaper there, too. Then, more and more global competitors stepped up and started competing. People around the world aren’t only every bit as smart as you are (wherever you are), they’re also every bit as competitive. Your customers are dealing with this competition. Your company is, too.Disintermediation: (The Internet, in some form or fashion, shows up on this list a couple of times). You don’t want to be a newspaper right now. You don’t want to be a book publisher. You don’t want to be a record label. You don’t want to be a commodity. The Internet makes transactions faster and cheaper. It’s (still) disintermediating whole industries. And we’re just paving the cow paths.Two Recessions The beginning of this Century started with a serious recession when the tech bubble burst. Not to be outdone, the financial sector decided to remind us just how much things can unravel. These recessions have reinforced a global “scarcity mindset” and a further push for transactional, commoditized business models at all levels. Your clients are under margin press. You might have felt a little margin pressure, too.The Rise of Purchasing: Purchasing has grown more powerful. They’re managing global supply chains. They are sometimes paid bonuses on saving their companies money. They are trained to make you feel like a commodity. They’re laser-focused on price. And they’re part of your dream client’s buying committee and decision-making process. Your dealing with purchasing. The salespeople that sell for you customers are also dealing with purchasing.Consolidation of Vendors: It’s easier to business with one great partner. It’s difficult to manage a bunch of partners that each do things differently. Plus, consolidation allows you to command lower prices. Companies are consolidating vendors. They’re limiting the number of suppliers they use to a smaller, more manageable number of real Level Four Value Creators.Commoditization: You’re not Wal-mart. Your company’s business model isn’t lowest price. But all of the above listed forces make it feel as if the only value you can create is around price. It isn’t true. But if you don’t create a higher level of value, you will surely be treated like a commodity. If you behave like a commodity, the market will agree to treat you like one.Your Customer’s Required Financial Performance: Your customers are under pressure to perform financially. And this is no longer something that just a few people in executive management are concerned with; it’s organizational. Even low level stakeholders within your client companies are responsible for a line on the P&L. They’re under greater pressure to perform. They have less time to spend with salespeople that can’t help them. They need Level Four Value Creators, salespeople that can help them improve their results.The Internet: Here it is again: The Great Leveler. Your clients can learn as much about you as you can them. You can know more about your prospects with less effort than at any time in history. The tools we’re using have radically reshaped the nature of sales and the nature of our relationships with our clients–and prospects. There is a new tool kit, and you have to adopt and employe it if you are going to succeed.Your Customer’s Buying Process (but not as much as you might think): I don’t buy the idea that buyers are finding their own way through the buying process by using the Internet. They’re too busy to spend all of their time researching suppliers. But they are using more formal buying processes. And they’re including more stakeholders, and when they decide to abandon the status quo, they’re doing it with the consensus of more of their team members.Required Sales Skill Sets: Sales acumen used to be enough. To sell well, you needed product knowledge, the ability to prospect, the ability to tell a good story, to overcome objections, and to close. You still need to be able to do those things. But they’re not enough to help either you or your clients deal with the preceding nine factors. Now you need the ability to differentiate yourself by the value you create and negotiate to capture some of the value you create. You need deep business acumen, massive leadership skills, and the ability to sell change.Is there any question that you need to get better? Is there any question that you need to act with urgency? If you’re not working to become a Level Four Value Creator, you’re being left behind.
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 Now Your job and your work may be very different things. Your job is something you do so that you can make money. You may not want to go to your job, but you might have to if you want to survive.Your work, on the other hand, is something you do to produce results. You might do your real work at your job, or you might do your real work outside of your job. But if you want to love your job, you have to treat it like it’s your work.Give Yourself OverIf you want to love your job, you have to give yourself over to it. It doesn’t matter what your job is, there is a way that you can make it something more. One of my favorite quotes of all time makes this point better than anything I might write.Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”That one quote explains what you need to do to give yourself over to your job. Your job is what you make of it.Do More Than Is ExpectedThere aren’t too many things worse than doing what is expected of you, especially if you are the recipient of that low standard. Mediocrity isn’t in any way sexy or interesting. How could it be exciting for you to create something mediocre?If you want to love your job, you have to do more than is expected of you. You have to take things up a notch or two. You have to surprise people. Doing more than is expected is going to require that you be resourceful and that you take the initiative. But it is worth it.Find New Ways To Be ValuableWe humans are novelty-seeking creatures. We like new and interesting things. We’re made this way. When you do the same things over and over again, you can allow things to become tedious. The way to keep this from happening is to find new ways to create value for the people you serve.What needs to be done that isn’t getting done? What new tasks could you take on? What are most of your peers trying to avoid? The more value you create, the more interesting and engaging your job will be. You will also find that the very act of seeking out new ways to create value is the surest recipe for being promoted into roles of greater responsibility—and the financial remuneration that comes with it.Inspire Others with Your AttitudeWhen people go to their jobs, they say things like, “I hate Mondays,” or “Thank God it’s Friday.” They also say things like, “I’m just living the dream,” a strong indication that they are bored, unengaged, and bring very little of themselves to their job. Hanging around with the crowd with the black cloud over their heads is only going to infect you with what they’re carrying.Instead of buying into the idea that your job is terrible, have some fun and inspire others with your attitude. When things go wrong, be positive in insisting you can solve the problem. Client unhappy about mistakes? Call them and tell them you are on it and that you own it. Being accountable alone will turn your client around.Look it’s not easy to do these things when you are surrounded by slackers, cynics, and burnouts. But either they are working to influence you, or you are working on influencing them. Raise your personal standard and pull as many people up with you as possible.If you can learn to bring your best self to your job, it will help you tremendously should you ever decide to hang up your shingle and do your work.
The 14-year-old Subaru Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea has gotten the equivalent of a new pair of spectacles. And the first celestial object it looked at, producing a picture released today, is the Andromeda galaxy. Subaru’s 8.2-meter-mirror makes it one of the world’s largest optical telescopes. Its new Hyper Suprime-Cam digital camera has a field of view seven times larger than its previous camera, allowing it to capture the entire Andromeda galaxy in a single shot instead of the multiple exposures previously required. The new camera also has 870 million pixels, more than 10 times the number of its predecessor, ensuring high-resolution images. These capabilities will be put to use surveying hundreds of galaxies to determine their distance, brightness, motion, and chemical composition. And that, researchers say, should lead to an understanding of the evolutionary history and fate of the expanding universe.
Shardul Thakur, the new face in Indian test team for West Indies tour. File Photo – The Hindu cricket Published on COMMENT Rookie Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur was the lone new face in India’s Test squad for the tour of West Indies, while a second-string team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was picked by the selectors for the limited-overs series in Zimbabwe, here today.The 24-year-old right-arm medium pacer was a surprise pick in the 17-member squad with the selectors reposing their faith in the line-up that had played the last Test series against South Africa at home.Thakur was rewarded for his consistent performance in the domestic cricket where he took 41 wickets in 11 matches for Mumbai at an average of 24.51. His best figures in an innings were six for 107.Varun Aaron, who was part of the team during the series against South Africa, was dropped with a fit-again Mohammed Shami returning to the squad which will have Ajinkya Rahane as its new vice-captain.All-rounder Stuart Binny retained his place in the team announced by new BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke following a meeting of the selection committee here.The team, to be led by Virat Kohli, also had no place for veterans such as Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh despite their decent performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The tour of West Indies comprises four Tests in mid-July but the exact dates for the series are yet to be formalised. “No one has been rested. No one wrote to BCCI or called us (to say) they were not available or they should be rested. It was the decision of the selection committee to pick a young side for Zimbabwe and another side for West Indies,” selection panel head Sandeep Patil told reporters.Kohli has been rested from the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, scheduled from June 11 to 20, along with Murali Vijay and Ashish Nehra, who is due to undergo a surgery.The selectors have opted to pick a completely new-look team for the tour of Zimbabwe with Vidharbha left-handed opener Faiz Fazal, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, Punjab middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh and IPL star Yuzvendra Chahal being the uncapped players in the side.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will captain the squad as he will be largely out of action due to India’s busy Test schedule this year.Squad for West Indies: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (v-c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhimaan Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.Squad for Zimbabwe: M S Dhoni (c), K L Rahul, Maneesh Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Mandeep Singh, Jaidev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal. M S Dhoni to lead in Zimbabwe Shardul Thakur, the new face in Indian test team for West Indies tour. File Photo – The Hindu COMMENTS May 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE ×
New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell today launched a PUMA store at the Select City Walk mall here. “Select City Walk (New Delhi) saw one of the coolest PUMA store launch with the Sub-10 King Asafa Powell today,” a release said. “The #mannequinchallenge video was the hero of the launch,” it added. Powell, a PUMA athlete, is known as Sub-10 King for running 100m dash below 10 seconds for 98 times, the maximum by any sprinter. He has held the 100m world record between 2005 and 2008. His personal best is 9.72 seconds. PUMA has brought him to India to engage with his fans and followers through h them. Yesterday, PUMA hosted the 33-year-old Jamaican sprinter along with Indian sprint legends P T Usha and Milkha Singh at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Others present were former athletes Ashwini Nachappa and Rachita Mistri, and current runners Amiya Kumar Mallick and Brinston Miranda. Abhishek Ganguly, MD, PUMA India said, “Our motivation behind bringing Asafa Powell to India is two fold — to give the fans an experience of a lifetime and to promote running as a sport in India. We want India to be a country that runs, a country that is more inclined towards fitness. “Our endeavours is to inspire everyone to adopt an active lifestyle and an icon like Asafa can only ignite that thought. It has been an absolute privilege having a champion like him among us.” PTI PDS CM CM
Commonwealth and Asian Games champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has undergone surgery on the elbow of his throwing arm and faces a race against time to be fully fit before the World Championships in Doha at the end of September.The 21-year-old Indian has not competed since picking up the injury to his right elbow late last year and was working extensively on his core strengthening and flexibility with an eye on the World Championships.The former world junior champion underwent an arthroscopy procedure to remove bone fragments which were causing him discomfort on Thursday and was released from the Mumbai hospital on Friday.”Undergone elbow surgery in Mumbai by Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala,” Chopra said in a social media post, accompanied by a picture of him lying on a hospital bed with his right arm in an elbow brace.”Will require some months of rehabilitation before I can start back with throwing. Hoping to return stronger.”Every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before.”Undergone elbow surgery in Mumbai by Dr.Dinshaw Pardiwala.Will require some months of rehabilitation before i can start back with throwing.Hoping to return stronger.Every setback is a setup for a comeback.God wants to bring you out better than you were before.pic.twitter.com/6b793eSnsyNeeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) May 3, 2019Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took to twitter and wished for the speedy recovery of Chopra.”Neeraj, you’re a brave youngster who has been making India proud continuously! Everyone is praying for your quick and complete recovery,” Modi tweeted.advertisementNeeraj, you’re a brave youngster who has been making India proud continuously!Everyone is praying for your quick and complete recovery. @Neeraj_chopra1 https://t.co/aTTFMbQHdpChowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019Last year, Chopra became only the third man to win an athletics gold for India at the Commonwealth Games after sprinter Milkha Singh in 1958 and discus thrower Vikas Gowda in 2014.A throw of 86.47 metres was enough to take the title on the Gold Coast and he followed that up with 87.43 metres at the Diamond League leg in Doha in May.At the Asiad in Jakarta he threw even further, clearing a season’s best distance of 88.06 metres for the title placing him sixth on the IAAF top list for 2018.Hailing from the Northern Indian state of Haryana, which is better known for producing wrestlers and kabaddi players, Chopra is currently ranked fifth in the IAAF world rankings in javelin.He was targeting a throw of 92 metres and finish in the top six at the World Championships in Doha.”Neeraj went through consultations with doctors in India and his scans were sent to multiple international experts as well, who all suggested that the elbow arthroscopy would be the best alternative,” said Manisha Malhotra, Head of Sports Excellence at JSW Sports, the organisation which manages the athlete.”After considering all options and feedback, Neeraj decided to stay in India and undergo the procedure.”
Mexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Porto trio in postponed match, Jimenez scores for Benfica Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 05:49 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Mexico World Cup Goal runs down the week for Mexicans playing outside the country with the World Cup now just five months away It was a big week for the Mexican players based in Portugal. Unfortunately for the majority of those players, they weren’t able to get a full match in.Sometimes that’s been because of a coach’s decision for the four El Tri players at Porto, but this week it was something different that kept them from getting 90 minutes in. Porto’s match with Estoril was suspended at halftime after cracks emerged in the stadium itself. Hector Herrera, Diego Reyes and Miguel Layun had started the game with Layun playing in the midfield as Porto’s fullbacks spots continue to be locked down by Alex Telles and Maxi Pereira. Herrera wore the captain’s armband. Jesus “Tecatito” Corona was on the bench.Layun has been the subject of winter transfer rumors after seeing very limited minutes in Portugal, but this was his second consecutive start after taking part in Porto’s 2-1 victory over Moreirense in the Taca de Portugal. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benfica was able to play its whole match against Braga, and Raul Jimenez came on and scored an excellent goal that sealed the 3-1 victory. Jimenez’s first league goal landed him on the cover of O Jogo and excited himself as well, if his Twitter posts are any guide. The forward posted video of the goal and also a pair of photos of himself celebrating. Like Layun, Jimenez is seeing only sporadic playing times and reports emerged this month that Club America had attempted to bring Jimenez back to Mexico City only for Benfica to turn down the offer.In Spain, it was another typical performance for Andres Guardado, who helped Real Betis to a 3-2 win over Leganes. Guardado has played every minute of Betis’ two games so far in 2018.Check out the video above to see the full rundown of how Mexican players are performing at the beginning of the year. Next week, Hirving Lozano and PSV return to action after the winter break while Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez seeks more time with West Ham United.
ABCIt would be hard for things to begin much worse than this for Nebraska. Ohio State is up 14-0 early, with both the offense and defense clicking. A Jeff Okudah interception might define the early part of this game for both sides.Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez thought he was close to getting the Huskers on the board. He delivered a strike to Jaevon McQuitty.The pass was a little high, went off McQuitty’s hand, and fell into Okudah’s lap. The Buckeye defensive back was basically laying on the ground, but came up with his second interception from insider Ohio State’s five yard line.The impressive highlight, via Big Ten Network: Jeffrey Okudah: Laid back dude. 🤙The @OhioStateDB gets pick No. 2 of the evening from the turf: pic.twitter.com/cDQaCNl8qC— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 29, 2019Okudah also picked off Martinez to end Nebraska’s first drive. That turnover led to Ohio State’s first touchdown of the day, a 15 yard run by quarterback Justin Fields.Jeff Okudah has been an impressive player throughout his time at Ohio State, and is a potential first round pick. He finally got off the interception schneid, picking off his first career pass against Miami (OH) last week. He was a solid contributor for Ohio State in 2017 and 2018, but hadn’t yet found his way to an interception.Now, during the first half in Lincoln, that number is up to three.Martinez is just 2-of-5 for 10 yards with the two picks, and has another 10 yards on the ground. Fields is 6-for-7 for 81 yards and a touchdown through the air, and has 32 yards and a score on the ground.Nebraska will need the quarterback battle to get much, much closer to get back into this one.
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsFriends and family in two provinces are mourning the woman they call ‘Sunshine Girl’ after she was shot and killed by Calgary police May 17.The body of Josephine Pelletier, 33, was buried on the Muskowekwan First Nation June 9, her mother Donna Pelletier said Wednesday.“She had a hard life – she did struggle lots,” Donna said of her second-oldest daughter.“She tried her best but then she would meet the wrong people and off she would go.”Josephine, 33, was living in a half-way house in Calgary after spending most of her life behind bars. She spoke to APTN News in 2016 about wanting to turn her life around.Donna says she was told Josephine was missing from the half-way house for about two days when she spied an open door to a basement suite and went in.“They went in an open house. Nobody was home.”But someone upstairs called police who say they responded to the report of a home invasion with a K9 unit before summoning the tactical team.News reports say at least two officers fired on Josephine and the male she was with saying they heard sounds of distress and found the pair barricaded inside.Awo Taan Healing Lodge Executive Director Josie Nepinak ‘There is a war on Indigenous women in Canada,,, Just two weeks ago here in Calgary there was Indigenous was women who was shot 7 times by Calgary City Police’ #mmiw #inquiry #canada #alberta #calgary #yyc #testimony pic.twitter.com/wYdjYiw0oA— Lowa Beebe (@LowaBeebe) May 31, 2018Her close friend Tanya Sugar says the women grew up in Regina together.“Josephine, you were loved, man. You were my little sister.”Sugar says Josephine died at the scene after being shot seven times. Something she was able to confirm after accompanying Donna to view her daughter’s body.Sugar says the male, who was injured after police fired rubber projectiles at him with an ARWEN launcher, remains in custody on various charges. He was unable to attend Josephine’s funeral, Sugar added.I am a former corrections officer who spent a lot of time with Josie. This breaks my heart— Tanja Campbell (@tanja_lynn) June 12, 2018Police say the male suffered serious stab wounds, allegedly inflicted by Josephine before she was shot, but Sugar and Donna don’t believe it.“Calgary Police are lying,” Donna said. “She didn’t hurt (him)…it was the police who hurt him.”The fatal incident is now being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), which takes over when officers are involved.APTN is still waiting to receive more information from ASIRT.“Nobody deserves (to) leave this world the way she did,” her sister Mariah G-Lynn said on Facebook.“She had heart, she had love, she had a mother and a son, she had brothers and sisters. She was a mother herself.”“She was not a target to be shot at many times by multiple cops,” added her sister Shalene Jobin.Josephine, also known as JoJo and Josie, struggled with drug addiction, Sugar said, but was trying to become clean with traditional ways.“I watched her grow and mature and become a beautiful Indigenous woman the past five years,” Sugar said on a memorial page.“She was praying and singing (and) coming to the sweat when she could. She just didn’t have enough support in her life that were healthy and teach her a better way.”Sugar hosted an event in Calgary to help raise $2,000 so Donna could take her daughter home and bury her.Donna says she was shocked at the condition of Josephine’s body.“I had to have a closed coffin,” she said through tears.Donna says the half-way house gave her the wrong clothes – “three times bigger than Jo” – and victim services was unable to help because her daughter was shot by officers.“They said it was a conflict with city police,” Donna said in a telephone interview from her Saskatchewan home.A spokesman for Alberta Justice was unable to comment on a specific case due to privacy issues, but offered a link to eligibility requirements that confirmed a crime must be involved to access funds.Link to victim services in AlbertaDonna says she works but doesn’t make much money and didn’t have the savings to cover the unexpected travel and funeral expenses.She says Alberta Human Services gave her funds to get “to the Saskatchewan border.”She plans to buy a headstone when she “can do fundraising” and needs to save up “the $200” needed to buy her daughter’s autopsy email@example.com@katmarte
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, says the last two seasons have been the worst for wildfires and that these grants should reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two summers have shown the need for better preparation in advance of wildfire season. To help keep people and communities as safe as possible, it’s more important than ever that we invest in programs that reduce the risk.”The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers this program and processes grant applications.The application deadline for the next intake is October 18, 2019.For more information on the Community Resiliency Investment program, you can visit the Province’s website. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia has allocated another $574,840 in Community Resiliency Investment program grants for the Prince George Fire Centre.According to the Government, the grants will be given to eight local governments and First Nations communities in the Prince George Fire Centre to help support wildfire risk reduction projects.These grants are in addition to the more than $6 million in funding provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout B.C. in May.
Peshawar: Three security personnel were killed in an IED blast at a check post in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, police said. The explosives, which were planted close to the check post in Sheva tehsil of North Waziristan District, went off when the levies personnel reported for duty, eye witnesses said. One person was injured in the incident that happened on Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister K P K Mehmud Khan strongly condemned the blast, saying that the resolve of the government against terrorism can not be suppressed through such acts of cowardice.
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. plans to spend $900-million on a new pipeline connecting two Alberta oil hubs as well as a 1.9-million-barrel terminal in an industrial area north of Edmonton.The Heartland pipeline will run 200 kilometres between the Edmonton region and Hardisty, Alta., the start point of its Keystone system. It could ultimately transport 900,000 barrels of crude per day.The two projects are expected to come into service in the second half of 2015 — around when TransCanada expects its 830,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL expansion project to some into service.“With Alberta oil production projected to increase by almost three million barrels per day over the next 15 years, it is important to have the right infrastructure in place to move these resources safely and reliably to market at the right time,” said Alex Pourbaix, the TransCanada executive in charge of oil pipelines.“These projects will help link Canadian crude oil resources in northern Alberta to markets in Eastern Canada and the United States.”In addition to Keystone XL, which would enable Canadian crude to flow to Gulf Coast refineries, TransCanada also has a plan in the works to ship up to 850,000 barrels of crude per day to refineries in Montreal, Quebec City and Saint John, N.B.Keystone XL has faced numerous delays and has been the subject of fierce environmental opposition south of the border.TransCanada plans to file a regulatory application for the terminal this spring and one for the pipeline in the fall.The Heartland project is TransCanada’s latest move in the regional Alberta market.In October, TransCanada and a PetroChina subsidiary announced a partnership to build the $3-billion Grand Rapids pipeline, shipping crude and diluent between oil sands projects northwest of Fort McMurray, Alta. and the Edmonton region.
Eight Dvora craft and a 10-member SLN diving team were in deployment on the SAR operation. The 35-year old Diving Instructor, Olivenzo Arnold, who had been leading the diving group had been the first to be rescued. Others, who were equipped with safety equipment, had also been rescued by a near-by fishing vessel. The Navy launched an extensive Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) in the seas off Panadura for the rescue of the divers which included a French national. The group had gone for the diving expedition from Mount Lavinia in a rented Fiber Glass Dingy yesterday. After one and half hours of diving, they had surfaced near a ship wreck off Panadura where they were caught up in a strong current and carried away.Meanwhile the body of a novice monk who had gone for a swim in Panadura was found today while another man who went for a swim in Ambalangoda had also drowned. Two people drowned while four others were rescued in three different incidents at sea today, the police media unit said.Four divers who had gone missing last morning in Mount Lavinia were rescued by fishermen and the navy today.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose above US$100 a barrel Wednesday as the market looked beyond a large increase in oil supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery gained $1.07 to close at US$100.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, a contract for international varieties of oil, added four cents to US$107.03 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.A report from the Energy Department for the week ended March 21 showed crude oil supplies rose by 6.3 million barrels, more than double the gain of 2.6 million barrels expected by analysts, according to Platts.However, supplies at the oil hub in Cushing, Okla., where benchmark U.S. oil is priced, fell by 1.3 million barrels. And gasoline supplies dropped by 5.1 million barrels, a much bigger drop than analysts anticipated.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained three cents to US$2.91 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was flat at US$2.92 a gallon and natural gas fell one cent to US$4.40 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 7:50 am MDT Crude oil above US$100 a barrel as traders look beyond big supply increase
LENDING TO IRISH households continued to fall on an annual basis up to September this year, the Central Bank said today.Its latest money and banking statistics for September 2013 show that household loan drawdowns exceeded repayments during that month for only the third time since the end of 2009.It said that this monthly increase of €37 million was entirely due to an increase in net consumer credit drawdowns of €87 million (0.7 per cent). Housing related and other non-consumption related loans recorded negative net flows, minus €45 million and minus €5 million, respectively.However, this was notably less negative than recent months, said the Central bank.Lending to Irish households registered an annual decline of 4.2 per cent in September, following a 4.3 per cent fall in August.This was because mortgages were declined at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent last month. Meanwhile, lending for other purposes declined by 9.8 per cent over the period.For the three months to the end of September, the flow of loans to households averaged -€296 million.Lending to Irish resident non-financial corporations (NFCs) declined by 4.5 per cent on an annual basis in September 2013. Plus, NFCs’ loan repayments exceeded drawdowns and loans to NFCs dclined by €63 million.Credit institutions’ borrowings from Central Bank fell by €700 million last month, an annual decline of 18.9 per cent.Deposits from Irish residents increased at an annual rate of 8.6 per cent last month, which followed a rise of 7.8 per cent in August.There was an increase of €251 million (0.1 per cent) in Irish resident private-sector deposits last month.Read: Contain your shock: Irish homes are borrowing less and less>
Alternate Administrative Reform Minister Giorgos Katrougalos revealed that it will cost almost 25 million euros to rehire some 3,900 civil servants the government believes were fired illegally but that this money would be obtained by making savings elsewhere.Katrougalos revealed that the total cost of hiring the civil servants will be 33 million euros but that 9 million of this is already being paid in wages because some 1,600 of the public sector employees in question have appealed the decision to sack them and are still receiving their salaries, pending a final court decision.The minister said that the difference would be covered by halving the public relations budget as well as the number of cars used by ministries.Katrougalos said the government would also pass the task of guarding ministries to the police instead of private security firms. He added that the cleaners among the 3,900 would be hired when the government’s contracts with private cleaning firms run out.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook WWE issued the following on Monday.WWE ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF SHINSUKE NAKAMURATOKYO & STAMFORD, Conn., February 22, 2016 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced the signing of international superstar Shinsuke Nakamura to its NXT® division. Nakamura will officially report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in late March.Over the course of his 14-year career, Nakamura has garnered universal popularity for his eclectic personality and electrifying style that combines speed, ferocity and technical skill. That style earned him multiple titles for organizations in his native Japan.“Talent is the lifeblood of our company, and the signing of Shinsuke Nakamura further demonstrates NXT’s commitment to bringing in the best talent from all over the world,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative. “His explosive style will make an immediate impact to an already dynamic NXT men’s division.”Nakamura is scheduled to make his in-ring debut against Sami Zayn at NXT TakeOver: Dallas on Friday, April 1 from a sold-out Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena during WrestleMania® Week. NXT TakeOver: Dallas will be broadcast live around the world on the award-winning WWE Network at 10 pm ET. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte
Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira has received a call-up to the Brazil squad for the first time.Manchester United’s academy star Pereira started the first game of the season against Leicester in last week’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City.Sky Sports now reports that he and new signing Fred have been called up to the Brazil national team.For the upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in the US next month, Brazil head coach Tite has named a 24-man squad.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.The 57-year-old omitted players like Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo, Ederson, Marcelo, Miranda, Paulinho, Cassio, Geromel and Taison.Tite stated wants to give new young players opportunities to impress ahead of next year’s Copa America in Brazil.Squad: Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Neto (Valencia), Hugo (Flamengo) Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dede (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) Midfielders: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United), Fred (Manchester United), Arthur (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Lucas Paqueta (Flamengo), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Everton (Gremio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro (Fluminense), Willian (Chelsea)
Share John L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church. Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. In a statement released Monday, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Dinardo said, in part, he was grateful for the Pope’s letter, saying it must provoke action, especially by the bishops.“These words must provoke action—especially by the bishops.” President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Response to Pope Francis’s Letter to the People of GodFull Statement: https://t.co/C6h6kS9osU pic.twitter.com/HKR66HifjQ— US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) August 20, 2018The Cardinal added that the Church can only move forward by confronting its own failure.Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement:“I am grateful to the Holy Father for his Letter to the People of God, responding to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation and other revelations that have surfaced. The very fact that he opens the letter with the words of Saint Paul: ‘If one part suffers, all parts suffer with it’ (1 Cor 12:25), shows that he is writing to all of us as a pastor, a pastor who knows how deeply sin destroys lives. I find these words of the Holy Father particularly helpful: ‘penance and prayer will help us to open our eyes and our hearts to other people’s sufferings and to overcome the thirst for power and possessions that are so often the root of those evils.’ These words must provoke action – especially by the bishops. We bishops need to– and we must – practice with all humility such prayer and penance.“The Holy Father is also inviting, and I am asking this as well, that all the faithful join in prayer and fasting as a way to help foster conversion and genuine change of life wherever it is needed, even in the shepherds of the Church. Jesus remarked once, ‘This kind can only come out through prayer and fasting’ (Mark 9:29); a humble reminder that such acts of faith can move mountains and can even bring about true healing and conversion.“On behalf of my brother bishops, I offer that only by confronting our own failure in the face of crimes against those we are charged to protect can the Church resurrect a culture of life where the culture of death has prevailed.”May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace of conversion and the interior anointing needed to express before crimes of abuse our compunction and our resolve courageously to combat them. https://t.co/3CDnYUBLid— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 20, 2018Pope Francis’ letter on sex-abuse scandal:
By J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore StaffIt’s a grim picture Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is painting as a possible future for the city’s water.Rudolph “Rudy” S. Chow, professional engineer and DPW Director, speaking to Baltimore citizens gathered at Walbrook’s Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Baltimore, laid out what had been done, what needs to be done next, and addressed directly what was on everyone’s mind: What it would cost.Rudolph Chow, Director of Baltimore DPW addressing concerns about an imminent water rate hike. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)DPW and Chow, personally, are asking for rate increases in water service across the board, approximately nine percent annually for water, sewer and storm water. Each rate hike will become effective each July starting in 2019.“That’s the cruel reality,” Chow said.Baltimore’s approximately 620,000 residents sit atop 1,500 miles of pipe, a 100-year-old system. DPW is six years into repairing every length of Baltimore’s water infrastructure at a rate of 15 miles of pipe per year.The city is unquestionably falling behind with its current revenues.Walbrook Ave. itself was flooded by a broken pipe until the week prior to Chow’s visit. It’s now repaired.Last year saw record rainfall in Baltimore and thusly record service demand to a strained system. Last winter saw 10,000 frozen service mains and, at peak, 600 main breaks in four weeks.Chow claimed to be going off script and speaking from the heart when outlining his concerns about the conditions of city infrastructure. Nevertheless the slides behind him, pictures of collapsed highways and a decrepit concrete sewer pipe punctuated his remarks about what the city and the community are up against.Independent of the issue of the necessity of rate hikes, one community member asked how she could be expected to pay anything more for water, if she is already five percent above the poverty line and just breaking even right now.As published elsewhere in the AFRO the rate hike comes with a promotion of DPW’s “new” Baltimore H20 Assists Program.Essentially a streamlining of already available assistance programs, H20 Assists look to Baltimore citizens at or below 175 percent of the poverty line. Such eligible citizens can receive a 43 percent reduction in their water rates, reductions include waivers for both Bay Restoration and stormwater remediation fees.The program will go into effect July 1, 2019, the same time as the rate increase. Citizens already receiving public assistance in other forms likely qualify for H20 Assists, DPW said.Further, Chow told the AFRO that based on census data, 40,000 Baltimore residents should qualify, but only a few thousand are enrolled in DPW’s current rate reduction program. Chow hopes to close that gap with the new initiative.Linda Batts, of Hanlon Park, asked Chow for comparative figures during the meeting, examples of how other municipalities like Washington, D.C and Detroit were paying for and delivering water. No such figures were provided during the presentation. Batts also asked how with a declining city population, service costs were still rising. Chow did not have an immediate answer.“We didn’t hear from you what choices we have in case we don’t like what we’ve heard today and want to protest and follow through with an appeal,” she said.