Stop Chasing What Is New and Start Chasing Impeccable Execution

first_imgFor many, the next idea is going to be better than the one that came before it. They believe the next evolution of the sales process is going to be more effective than the existing process, the next new methodology better than the last. The next digital offering is going to revolutionize sales like nothing seen before, turning the industry on its head, and changing sales forever. The next new research report is going to provide a greater depth of understanding of how you should sell and what your clients need from you.Looking for “next” is chasing, and chasing is how one avoids doing the work necessary for producing better results. Also, there is something you can easily recognize in those who chase: they rarely ever execute the fundamentals consistently enough to produce results, being too busy looking for something better, something easier, and something new.If you are going to chase, chase impeccable execution of the fundamentals.You Know What You Need to DoThe execution of opportunity creation requires a few different activities. It starts with targeting your dream clients, those prospective clients who will perceive your value proposition as strategic, worth changing providers to obtain, and worth paying more for the better results you produce. Creating an opportunity means capturing mindshare by nurturing those relationships and executing a persistent, professional pursuit plan. You create opportunities by prospecting and scheduling meetings with your dream clients and prospects.The time you spend trying to avoid, over-automate, or over-optimize these activities, the worse your execution.In addition to executing against the activities that create opportunities, you need to execute opportunity capture, i.e., winning those opportunities. In most cases, this means face-to-face, or video face to video face, or ear-to-ear conversations with your dream clients. The execution of those meetings require you to plan your sales call, have a theory about what creates enough value for your dream client to continue to engage in the sales conversation, and gaining the commitment to take the next step. It also requires that you know how to control the process and, in complex sales, how to manage the many and varied stakeholders who are going to weigh in on any decision to change.The execution of a sales process includes good discovery work, proper development of solutions, and excellent presentation and proposal skills. All of this work now requires you have the business acumen and the relationship to create a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution.Everything outside of these two major outcomes, opportunity creation, and opportunity capture, is commentary, even when it is vital to good sales hygiene.All of this is to remind you that the difference in your future result isn’t likely to found in anything “new,” unless what is new is your commitment to impeccable execution. 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

Two researchers win highest U.S. honor

first_imgTwo prominent researchers have won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States.Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus and economist Robert Solow are among 19 winners announced today by President Barack Obama. The list also includes the late dancer Alvin Ailey, news anchor Tom Brokaw, actress Meryl Streep, and musician Stevie Wonder.Dresselhaus “is one of the most prominent physicists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers of her generation,” according to a White House statement. “A professor of physics and electrical engineering at [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)], she is best known for deepening our understanding of condensed matter systems and the atomic properties of carbon, which has contributed to major advances in electronics and materials research.” Dresselhaus, who also held senior administrative positions at the Department of Energy, recently chatted with Science for its Working Life column.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Solow “is one of the most widely respected economists of the past sixty years,” according to the White House statement. “His research in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s transformed the field, laying the groundwork for much of modern economics.  He continues to influence policy makers, demonstrating how smart investments, especially in new technology, can build broad-based prosperity, and he continues to actively participate in contemporary debates about inequality and economic growth.  He is a Nobel laureate, winning the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1987.” Solow is a professor emeritus at MIT.The awards will be presented at the White House on 24 November.last_img read more

Sitaram Yechury files affidavit in SC about visit to Kashmir

first_imgCPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury filed affidavit giving a report of his Kashmir tour in Supreme Court on Monday. Mr. Yechury was permitted to visit his colleague and former MLA Yusuf Tarigami by apex court following his application of Habeas Corpus.Though the CPI(M) refused to share a copy of affidavit, sources said that it details not only the health of Mr Tarigami but also touches upon the situation in Kashmir. It also talks about the excessive presence of the security forces and a near lock down. Mr. Yechury had attempted to reach Srinagar twice before, once with CPI counterpart D Raja and second as part of opposition delegation. But it’s only after the SC directions was he allowed to step out of Srinagar airport on August 29.last_img

UECC Places Order for Two PCTCs

first_img Print  Close My location NYK, March 7, 2014 zoom United European Car Carriers (UECC), a company jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual-fuel LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs).The contract has been signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and the vessels will be constructed at the shipbuilder’s joint venture NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. Deliveries of both vessels will be in the second half of 2016.The vessels will be 181 meters long and have a 30-meter beam. They will be Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super vessels, thus allowing for full-year trading in the Baltic area. Each ship will be capable of transporting approximately 3,800 standard-sized vehicles over its 10 decks. A significant amount of the cargo capacity can also be used to transport high and heavy cargo, in addition to cargo loaded onto MAFI trailers. The deck configuration will be optimized for both current and expected cargo mixes.The vessels will be capable of operating on either LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, thus providing greater flexibility and efficiency. These ships will be the first PCTCs to be fitted with an LNG-fuel propulsion system and will be able to complete a 14-day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel for main engine and auxiliary power generation.LNG is recognized as the cleanest and most environmentally friendly choice of fuel suitable for marine transport. The use of LNG significantly reduces CO2 emissions, as well as almost eliminating sulphur oxide emissions and other particles. According to UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen, “The LNG installation is a pioneering design and will be one of the largest employed on a commercial vessel and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier. We are proud of the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping.”The vessels will employ a number of other design elements and technologies to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions, ensuring safer and more efficient operations. With a capacity for approximately 3,800 cars, these ships will be the largest PCTC-type vessels specifically designed for transiting the Baltic and other ice-prone areas. “UECC will be able to provide our customers with transportation in the Baltic area with unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and superior environmental performance,” Mr. Edvardsen stressed.The vessels have been jointly developed by UECC in close collaboration with NYK’s Technical Group and Wallenius Marine, together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

2 proclaimed offenders held

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested two proclaimed offenders including the sharp shooter of Anil Dujana gang. Police said that the accused Jumped Parole in the murder case of GTB Enclave in 2017. The accused were identified as Rahul (sharpshooter) and Kuldeep.According to police in one of the cases accused along with their associates abducted one Sagar Chaudhary who happened to be the boyfriend of Rahul’s sister-in-law. They had run over a truck on him and killed him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said during patrolling duty at Lalita Park, police personnel found a suspicious person at the bus stand at Pusta Road. During his personal search, one country-made pistol was recovered from his possession. The name of the accused was disclosed as Rahul. During the investigation, Kuldeep was also arrested. “Accused Kuldeep has been involved in two heinous cases of murder, attempt to murder case, kidnapping for ransom,” police said. During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that Rahul was involved in the case in which he along with his associates had opened fire on a person, in which the victim received two bullet injuries. In further interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Rahul along with his associates demanded extortion money.last_img read more

Ontario chief coroner says 18 inquests involving First Nation deaths stalled by

first_imgBy Tim Fontaine APTN National NewsThe low number of First Nations people on jury rolls has stalled coroner’s inquests into 18 deaths, according to Ontario’s Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer.Huyer said the inquest for the seven First Nation youth who died while attending the same high school in Thunder Bay is also on hold. The other 11 all involve the deaths of Aboriginal people, including two who died in 2007 and one who died in 2011 while in custody at the Thunder Bay jail.Coroner’s inquest are held when someone dies in a public institution or when the Coroner deems an inquest may prevent similar deaths. A quasi-judicial hearing, inquests use juries to examine evidence and issue recommendations.Huyer said the lack of First Nation representation on jury rolls has stalled the inquests.“They are all on hold for the similar reason arising from the representativeness of the jury roll specifically relating to Aboriginal people,” said Huyer. “This is not a decision made lightly.”Families of the seven First Nation youth who died under separate circumstances while attending the same high school have long been waiting for an inquest into their deaths. The youth are Jethro Anderson, 15, Reggie Bushie, 15, Robyn Harper, 19, Kyle Morrisseau, 17, Paul Panacheese, 21, Curran Strang, 18, and Jordan Wabasse, 15.All the deaths occurred between 2000 and 2011.The three custody deaths include Jacy Pierre, 27, who died in 2007, Ronald Fagan, 21, who died in 2007 and Christopher Coaster, 29, who died in 2011.An inquest is also on hold into the death of 7 year-old Katelynn Sampson, who was murdered in 2008 by her guardians in Toronto.Huyer would not reveal the identities of the other deaths that still await a Coroner’s inquest.He said jury rolls are outside of his jurisdiction and fall under the mandate of Ontario’s Attorney General.Leaders from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Chiefs of Ontario have been calling on the province to immediately rectify the problem so the inquests can move forward and families of the dead can finally get answers.The Chiefs of Ontario say the province needs to get creative with jury selection, perhaps even asking for volunteers.“That you can put a request out there to Aboriginal representatives to be on a jury roll, so that you could go ahead with the inquest,” said AFN Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy.The issue is also turning political.NDP MPP Sarah Campbell raised the issue in Queen’s Park Tuesday and read the names of the seven First Nation youth whose inquests have been postponed.“Will this government take immediate steps to rectify the underrepresentation of First Nations on juries so we can finally go forward with this inquest?” Campbell asked.Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer responded saying the government is working to implement the 17 recommendations made by Justice Frank Iacobucci in 2013.That report called for sweeping changes to not only how juries are selected but also to Ontario’s justice system as a whole.The Ontario government has formed a committee to examine the jury issue and is planning to hire an assistant Attorney General to deal specifically with Aboriginal justice.The Chief Coroner also said he’s examining the Iacobucci Report, seeing if he can use them to improve representation in the inquest process.Criminal and civic cases draw jurors from the same roll as coroner’s inquests, yet murder trials involving First Nation people continue in northern Ontario.“We are at a loss as to how the Attorney General is proposing to run jury trials on criminal matters in the North while at the same time our families cannot have access to a jury for a coroner’s inquest. This is becoming absurd,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.The Supreme Court of Canada will also be tackling the issue in the Clifford Kokopenace case. Kokopenace was convicted of murder in 2008, but appealed his conviction because there were no Aboriginal people on the jury. The case is expected to be before the Supreme Court this autumn.An eventual high court ruling in favour of Kokopenace could add more pressure on Ontario’s justice system, and others across the country, to make changes.Beardy said he hopes the families of First Nation people who have died don’t have to wait until then before the inquests can begin.“We need answers, we need some solutions, recommendations and we need protection for our young people and our people.” said Beardy.tfontaine@aptn.ca@anishinaboylast_img read more

On polling day, Delhi Police received 337 PCR calls

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday said that they have received 337 PCR calls regarding election-related complaints on polling day.According to police, the following calls were received till 6.00 pm and they were promptly attended. “The nature of calls primarily ranged from putting more tables, canvassing inside restricted areas, quarrel among party workers and EVM glitches. However, no serious complaint was reported throughout the day,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesApart from that, the law enforcement agency helped citizens to cast their vote. The city police further added that they had made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of general elections held in Delhi today. Around 63,000 personnel of Delhi Police and 47 companies of CAPFs were deployed. “Special attention was given to the area dominance, sensitive polling booths and border areas. All senior officers remained present in their respective areas to closely monitor the security arrangements on the ground,” police said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOwing to maximum visibility of the police force, no untoward incident was reported. “As a result, polls were conducted in a peaceful manner,” an officer said. The Police Control Room Unit was alert to receive every call of any complaints being made, especially relating to the election process. Anti-terror measures were also in place and special arrangements have been made to check sabotage of polling booths, including election rigging. Extra picket teams were also deployed in border areas too. In all the 15 districts, the city police show their humanitarian face helping people especially senior citizens to reach polling booths. Also, a person was reportedly got heart attack inside polling booth in Shahadra. Some police personnel hold the hands of elderly citizens and some used wheelchair to help the voters in need to reach the concerned booths. Senior officers of Delhi Police took Twitter to update the security presence. “Supervising police deployment and arrangement of prestigious #NewDelhi constituency. #VoteFearlessly #VoteEthically #DelhiVoteKar” tweeted DCP New Delhi Madhur Verma. The tweet had his photographs where he was patrolling the area. DCP West Delhi Monika Bharadwaj tweeted “A hectic day but satisfying nonetheless as polling concludes peacefully across West District. #DeshKaMahaTyohar”. “Delhi Police extending assistance to voters during General Elections-2019” tweeted DCP Outer Seju P Kuruvilla.last_img read more

Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack in Colombia

While expressing solidarity with the Government of Colombia, the Government of Sri Lanka urges the international community to join hands to effectively combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. (Colombo Gazette) The Government of Sri Lanka strongly condemned the terrorist attack by the ELN at the Police Academy in Bogotá, Colombia on 17 January 2019.A Foreign Ministry statement issued today said that the Government and the people of Sri Lanka convey their deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.

Fed rushes to plug cash shortage in shortterm loan market

WASHINGTON — A peculiar thing is happening in financial markets this week — a corner of the financial system where banks and others go for billions of dollars in short-term loans is suddenly in need of cash.To that end, the Federal Reserve has stepped in to inject about $200 billion into the market over the past three days, with plans for another $75 billion on Friday.The Fed took action after interest rates spiked in a market for funds known as the repo market. While there was similar turbulence in the repo market in the period leading up to the financial crisis, economists say there’s no need to worry, the financial system isn’t going to seize up like it did in 2008.This marks the Fed’s first major operation in the repo market since the crisis.The repo market describes billions of dollars of daily operations in which one party lends out cash in exchange for a roughly equivalent value of securities, usually Treasury notes. This market allows companies that own lots of securities to gain cash when they need it at cheap rates.The borrower of the cash agrees to repurchase the securities it has loaned as collateral at a later date, often as soon as the next day.The reasons for the current turbulence were not entirely clear with various possible causes being suggested from rising borrowing needs of the federal government to a quarterly tax payment date for corporations coming due to the Fed’s moves to shrink its own balance sheet.Some economists even suggested that the weekend attack on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia could have played a role in increasing demand for cash by foreign banks with exposures to the Middle East.“I think this was a shock coming from outside of the U.S. banking system,” said Brian Bethune, an economist at Tufts University in Boston.Analysts say U.S. banks are much better capitalized now and also have greater amount of liquidity that should not leave them vulnerable to the same shocks seen in 2008.Deborah Cunningham, chief investment officer of global liquidity markets at Federated Investors, said that this week’s tumult in the repo market was due to technical factors, not to worries about defaults or the strength of the economy. Because of that, she said it should have little impact on regular households.“You won’t personally notice this, even though it’s been a headline item for the better part of a week,” she said. “You should not be worried that loan rates are going higher.”The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced that it was cutting its key policy rate for the second time this year, reducing its target for the federal funds rate by another quarter-point to a new range of 1.75% to 2%.The funds rate, which is the amount that banks charge each other for overnight loans, is the main way the central bank manages short-term interest rates and it can be influenced by moves in the repo rate.But Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed has the tools to smooth out any sharp movements in the repo market.“We don’t see this as having implication for the broader economy or the economic outlook, nor for our ability to control rates,” Powell told reporters at a news conference Wednesday following the Fed’s rate announcement.“If we experience another episode of pressures in money markets, we have the tools to address those pressures,” Powell said. “We will not hesitate to use them.”___Choe reported from New York.Martin Crutsinger And Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

Wealthy states and UN agency chiefs to join G77 summit talks next

For the first time, wealthy donor countries from the North have been asked to participate in the regular conference, which will also be addressed by the executive heads of United Nations agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).The High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, which will meet from 15 to 19 December, is dedicated to finding new partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society groups to help developing nations advance economically and socially.The G-77 said in a statement issued today that it expects inter-regional trade, food security, access to fresh water, information and communication technologies, health and education, investment and renewable energy to be on the agenda for action at the summit.But the group, founded to give a stronger voice to developing countries, said there was concern that the recent international emphasis on security issues meant development was being comparatively ignored.The grouping pointed out that many agreements made by developed countries, including those at the Millennium Summit in 2000, have not yet been fully implemented. “With development aid below expectations and the positive effects of globalization unevenly spread, many countries, not just in Africa, are frustrated in their efforts to reduce extreme poverty,” the statement read.The G-77 added, however, that it also expects to discuss the progress it has made on South-South reliance in recent years, with recent UN data estimating 40 per cent of total developing country trade taking place between the developing countries themselves.UN Under-Secretary-General José Antonio Ocampo will deliver a message to the Marrakech summit from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, while the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown and the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero will be among the attendees. read more

Barrick Gold critic says Munks departure will be a positive but concerns

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 10:27 am MDT OTTAWA – The retirement of Peter Munk and a revamp of the board at Barrick Gold are seen as positive moves by a U.S. fund manager who has been critical of the gold miner, but he still has concerns.Mike Morris of Two Fish Management said Thursday he is worried about the direction Barrick will take under John Thornton, a former Goldman Sachs executive, when Munk steps aside as co-chairman of the board.“My concern is that Thornton, according to some of the reports I’ve read, is interested into potentially diversifying into other metals and actually having more capital injected into the company through partnerships with the Chinese,” Morris said.“That is exactly the opposite of what we are looking for.”Two Fish, which has a relatively small investment in Barrick mainly through call options, has sought changes at the gold miner including the break up of the company and the addition of a mining engineer and geologist to its board.Morris said Thursday he wants Barrick, which became the world’s largest gold producer under Munk’s watch, to focus on returning cash to shareholders, not growth or diversifying into other metals.“The whole point of mining copper or mining gold isn’t to mine gold or to mine copper, it is to make some money doing it,” Morris said.Barrick said Wednesday that Munk, 86, will retire next year at the annual meeting and that long-time directors Howard Beck and former prime minister Brian Mulroney won’t stand for re-election.The gold miner also appointed a chief operating officer and announced the nomination of four new independent directors.The additions will increase the number of independent directors to 10 on the 14-member board. Barrick currently has seven independent directors on its 13-member board.Thornton, who has shared the chairman’s duties with Munk since 2012, brings with him a wealth of experience in China and said Wednesday he wanted to help Barrick build a long-term relationship with the Asian powerhouse.He noted that the cost to develop Barrick’s holdings in South America is going to be expensive.“Both as a financial matter and as a political matter it makes great sense — one could argue — to have a Chinese partner, or partners plural, in that process. That’s the kind of thing that I have in mind,” Thornton said Wednesday.The changes at Barrick capped a difficult year for the company that has seen its shares lose half their value.The entire gold sector has been affected by a sharp drop in bullion prices.In addition, Barrick has been forced to suspend work at its massive Pascua-Lama mine it is building in South America due to court and government decisions.Barrick has taken billions in writedowns this year, slashed its dividend and begun to slim down its organization. At midday Thursday, its shares were down nearly $20 from their 52-week high. Barrick Gold critic says Munk’s departure will be a positive but concerns remain read more

WestJet inching toward expanding international service with widebody aircraft

WestJet Airlines says it could take its rivalry with Air Canada overseas by launching an international service using large widebody aircraft.The Calgary-based airline said Tuesday the new service could be in place in 1 1/2 to three-and-a-half years, if its board gives the green light. WestJet has been discussing the move with its pilots and also meeting with potential airplane lessors and manufacturers.“So no decision made yet but we’re getting all the pieces in place to be able to make a good decision,” president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said during a conference call to discuss its first-quarter results, which saw a lower profit.WestJet (TSX:WJA) is already getting into the European market by launching service next month to Dublin, Ireland, from St. John’s, using its narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft. It said demand is so strong the seasonal service will be extended by about three weeks to Oct. 25.“All of that gives us great confidence that there is strong demand for a value-based international product that WestJet is looking to pursue,” Saretsky said before the airline’s annual meeting in Toronto.He declined to say how many large planes could be added to its fleet, or which destinations could be served.“Obviously, we are looking for markets that are burdened by very high airfares and there are lots of those in the international space so there are opportunities across many geographies.”Expanding its global footprint would allow Canada’s second-largest airline to challenge carriers like Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and tour operators including Transat (TSX:TRZ.B), which fly large planes to many destinations including Europe.While it assesses this new opportunity, WestJet said it is also upgrading its technology before deciding later this year whether to add a fee for first checked bags.Saretsky said the decision by Porter Airlines to begin charging $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag checked on domestic travel is “indicative of the steps that airlines are needing to take to offset the headwinds that we’re all facing.”The airline’s net profit fell two per cent to $89.3 million from $91.1 million a year earlier. It earned 69 cents per diluted share for the period ended March 31, one cent above last year. Adjusting for one time items, it earned 59 cents per share, four cents less than forecasted by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Revenues surpassed $1 billion, increasing 7.7 per cent from last year.After a two per cent fare increase in February, WestJet has selectively increased fares in markets where demand is strong. Ancillary fees increased 28 per cent to $10.55 per passenger in the quarter, with the prospect for $80 million being collected for the full year. Charges including for changing and cancelling flights, pre-reserving seats and buying food are designed to offset higher costs and the impact of the lower Canadian dollar.However, the airline said it has no plans to introduce a currency surcharge as some charter operators have done.At the same time, WestJet continues to cut costs, trimming $125 million this year, above its $100 million target and a year ahead of schedule. It hasn’t announced any new target for additional efforts.Meanwhile, WestJet said it was disappointed by the Ontario Liberal government’s budget proposal to increase fuel taxes. The four cents per litre increase to be phased in over four years would cost the airline about $13 million.Chief financial officer Vito Culmone said the tax doesn’t make it easier for Canadians to access low-cost fares without crossing the U.S. border.More than one million Ontarians fly out of Buffalo each year, which reduces the use of taxis, restaurants and hotels in Canada, added Saretsky, who noted that a more “progressive” government in British Columbia has eliminated the fuel tax on its international itineraries from Vancouver.“So it’s a much bigger issue than aviation, it really is a transportation issue and not very progressive.”The airline said the quarterly results include pre-tax recoveries of value-added taxes of $17.6 million associated with fuel costs and $2.5 million associated with airport costs from 2009 to 2013. Severe weather in January cost between $3 million and $6 million while the lower loonie had a $33-million negative impact.WestJet said it will purchase up to two million of its shares in the coming year, about 30 per cent less than the nearly 5.7 million shares it bought last year.It also announced the further roll out of its Encore regional service in Eastern Canada with the launch of twice-daily service between Toronto and Quebec City as of next March using Bombardier Q400s.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the revenue trends are more positive than he initially thought, while costs aren’t as bad as feared.“We were very encouraged to hear the CEO speak to a much improved traffic and yield environment,” he wrote in a report. “There was some focus on the call with regards to a wide-body fleet, which may be met with some uncertainty by the market — but nevertheless, we consider the quarter to be a net positive from a trend basis.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, WestJet’s shares lost 37 cents at $24.60 in Tuesday morning trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 3:25 am MDT WestJet inching toward expanding international service with widebody aircraft Gregg Saretsky, president and CEO of WestJet, dances at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese read more

Watchdog urges plasticbacked fridges to be removed from sale over fire risk

first_imgSimilar testing of metal and aluminium laminate-backed refrigeration products found that none caught alight after the 30-second test, with samples of metal and aluminium laminate-backing less than 1mm thick able to withstand an open flame for a full five minutes, the group said.It has now labelled 250 models “don’t buys” and is recommending consumers do not buy plastic-backed models.Fires due to faults with refrigeration appliances are rare, with UK statistics showing they are responsible for just 8% of domestic fires.But Which? is calling on manufacturers to stop making refrigeration products with any plastic backing and urging retailers to immediately stop selling them.Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: “People will rightly be outraged to learn that manufacturers and retailers are selling potentially unsafe products that could be putting their lives at risk.”If manufacturers and retailers fail to act and leave plastic-backed fridges, freezers or fridge-freezers on sale, the Office for Product Safety and Standards must step in and take action.”A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesman said: “The Government’s top priority is to keep people safe.”Manufacturers selling white goods in the UK must meet some of the strictest safety laws in the world and we are working with Which? and other parties to see whether standards can be made even more stringent.” A spokesman for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances said: “All appliances on the market have to be safe and tested to the rigorous safety standards prevailing at the time. These standards are continuously revised.”The aim of the latest revision in relation to refrigeration, now being rolled out around the world, is to improve fire retardance in case a fire starts elsewhere in the home. Fires starting in a fridge are extremely rare.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img A watchdog has called for plastic-backed fridges to be “urgently” removed from sale after finding they pose a fire risk and could even hasten the spread of a blaze.Which? said an industry-wide investigation of more than 500 of the most popular refrigeration appliances on the market found that backing material on 45% of them was made of unsafe plastic which posed a potential fire risk.The research also found that a number of models backed with plastic which manufacturers previously claimed was flame-retardant could speed up the spread of a fire, the consumer group said.All plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers on the market pass existing safety standards but Which? said the tests were “inadequate, not fit for purpose and do not come close to replicating the source of a real house fire”.The current British Standard requires refrigeration appliances to pass a glow wire test to assess their fire resistance, involving putting a hot wire through a sample of the fridge or freezer backing material and seeing if it catches alight.However, Which? said its own, more stringent, tests found that no plastic backing sample was able to withstand a flame for 30 seconds, indicating that in the event of a fire it would not sufficiently prevent the flame from reaching the flammable insulation used in all refrigeration appliances.last_img read more

Cancers should be treated by type not location new study suggests

first_img“At the project’s infancy 10 years ago, it wasn’t even possible, much less on such a scale, to do the types of characterisation and analysis that were being proposed. It was a hugely ambitious project.” The researchers believe that by breaking down different cancer types on a genetic level more effective treatments can be developed.”It’s time to rewrite the textbooks on cancer,” said Professor Christopher Benz, from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California.”It’s time to break down the silos in clinical oncology that make it difficult for patients to take advantage of this paradigm shift in cancer classification.” 33 cancer types can be reclassified into 28 different molecular types Cancer should not be treated based on where it is first found in the body, but depending on the type of tumour, scientists have said.Until now medics have treated cancers according to the part of the body they originate, such as the lungs, bowel, or breasts.But a new study has found that all 33 cancer types can be reclassified into 28 different molecular types, or “clusters”, based on their cellular and genetic makeup and independent of their origin in the body. Nearly two-thirds of these clusters shared molecular similarities and were found in more than one area of the body. Patients suffering from lung and colorectal cancers could benefit most from more targeted treatment 33 cancer types can be reclassified into 28 different molecular types The US study looked at data from more than 10,000 patients as well as 23 of the most common tumour types, plus 10 rare kinds, and found that common cancers, such as in the lung and breast, can be broken down into more than one cancer.This discovery means that in some cases medications for one type of cancer should be used to treat another and drugs used for treating other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, could also be used to fight cancer.Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the US research, said: “This project is the culmination of more than a decade of groundbreaking work. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “This analysis provides cancer researchers with unprecedented understanding of how, where, and why tumours arise in humans, enabling better-informed clinical trials and future treatments.”Patients suffering from lung and colorectal cancers could benefit most from more targeted treatment, the study found.But in some cases, cancers that are harder to treat might require a combination of medications, researchers said.Dr Carolyn Hutter, a director at the National Human Genome Research Institute and the team lead for TCGA, said: “TCGA was the first project of its scale to characterise – at the molecular level – cancer across a breadth of cancer types. Patients suffering from lung and colorectal cancers could benefit most from more targeted treatment Researchers mapping cancer genomes, as part of the Pan-Cancer Atlas project, found one tumour type was in 25 parts of the body and therefore would have previously all been treated differently.last_img read more

Alaska Womens Hall of Fame Eleanor Andrews

first_imgEleanor Andrews has been building the human infrastructure capacity of Alaska for nearly five decades. She has been a successful business woman, as the owner of the Andrews Group, and also has been a highly regarded public servant. But it is the effectiveness and sweeping nature of her advocacy on behalf of community that is most amazing. Andrews is most widely known as a “civic entrepreneur” – that is a person who inspires institutions, businesses and individuals to invest in the community at the same time that they being successful at their work.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgLawmakers wrestle with the state plans to privatize the Alaska Psychiatric InstituteAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFive House members who chair committees have urged the state’s chief procurement officer to halt the state’s contract with Wellpath to operate the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.Ballot initiative to move Alaska Legislature’s meetings clears early hurdleJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAfter the sponsors get some official documents, they’ll have one year to collect more than 28,000 qualified signatures to put the question to voters in 2020.Alaska Democrats look to swap caucuses with primary for 2020Associated PressAlaska Democrats have proposed swapping their long-standing caucus system with a primary to determine state-level support for Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination for president.Pebble backs lawsuit to halt Bristol Bay seafood association’s funding for anti-mine groupsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSix Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are suing a regional seafood association they belong to, challenging over $250,000 in contracts it made with groups that advocate against the proposed Pebble Mine.Former Gov. Bill Walker lands at political ally’s law firmNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFormer Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has a new job. Walker, an attorney, has joined the law office formerly known as Brena, Bell and Clarkson — now known as Brena, Bell and Walker, according to a document filed Friday in a federal case.A New York Times reporter discusses his story revealing the ANWR test well was ‘worthless’ Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe New York Times published a story this week uncovering a long-held Alaska secret. The reporters found a lawyer in Ohio who revealed that the only exploratory oil well ever drilled in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was “worthess.”State of Alaska petitions federal government to delist Arctic ringed seals under the Endangered Species ActRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksIn the latest chapter of an ongoing debate over the status of Arctic ringed seals, the State of Alaska has petitioned the federal government to take them off the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.Southeast Alaska researchers get rare opportunity to study a sperm whaleElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe species has been spotted in the Inside Passage before. But sightings are infrequent. A whale found recently near Juneau is thought to have died from a vessel strike.AK: Know the risks before you visit Mendenhall Glacier’s newest ice caveAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauAlthough the famous blue caverns from several years ago have disappeared, word of a new cave spread over social media this winter and brought crowds to the glacier. But while hiking to the cave is a remarkable experience, it also comes with some risk.49 Voices: Benjamin Agimuk of BethelKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThis week we’re hearing from Benjamin Agimuk in Bethel. Agimuk is originally from Chevak and is part of several Native dance groups as a yuraq drummer. He performed at this year’s Cama-i Dance Festival. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

Chairmans fishery blocks flow of Ichhamati

first_imgFish farming using bamboo and net fencing continues unabated in a four-kilometer area of the Ichhamati river in Nawabganj, Dhaka. Local residents suffer. The photo was taken recently. Hasan RajaA local chairman has been fish farming on the Ichhamati river in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj in Dhaka, hampering the river’s natural flow.This has caused local residents a lot of suffering.Chairman of Shikaripara union Alimor Rahman Khan erected a bamboo fence around a four-kilometre area on the Ichhamati river about five years ago and started fish farming.As a result, residents cannot freely use the river for bathing, fishing, or travelling. The life of aquatic animals is also in danger and river traffic cannot move.Residents say they have complained to the district administration.Under the authority of mobile courts, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has had the fence removed a number of times, but the chairman and his associates put up a new fence and start fish farming again.The residents allege this fish cultivation has been going on for the last five years. Around 600 fishermen from seven villages used to fish in the river. Now the chairman’s henchmen do not allow them to fish. They also prevent villagers from bathing in the river. When, The chairman’s men snatch away stray ducks from the river that belong to local residents.There are also allegations of local residents being beaten up and  residents on both banks of the river are leading troubled lives.There is a large bridge over the Ichhamati river in front of a bazar in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj. Under the bridge, bamboo and net fencing form clusters of fisheries. Such operations can be found in other sections of the river including Mahespur, Garibpur, and Hagradi bazar.During a recent visit, this correspondent, on Sunday, found a  bamboo and net fence stretching some 300 metres wide on the river near the Kashiakhali dyke.Local residents say such fences are there at about eight different places on the river.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a number of fishermen, including Amar Haldar, a fisherman from Daudpur, and Maron Barmon from Ananda Nagar, said they were not allowed to fish in the river for five years. Earlier, fishing on the river was their livelihood.Ali Hossain, Shikaripara bazar trader says there was a time when they travelled by launch on the river. Now, not even a boat can move on it. Because of a dyke built at Dasher Kandi, where the river originates, sand builds up in the area.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Awami League president of Shikaripara union, Mozammel Hoque, said the chairman is grabbing the river and water bodies of the locality using a “pocket” committee.According to chairman Alimor Khan at his home, the river flow is falling due to an embankment at Kashiakhali and water dries out during the lean season. Following these circumstances, the Directorate of Fisheries launched a project in 2017 to cultivate fish by dredging seven kilometers of the river. He said a 104-member committee comprising of fishermen, freedom fighters and their beneficiaries, are running the project. Alimor, who heads the committee, said Tk 1M is invested in the fish farming enterprise and the profits are distributed to the aforementioned beneficiaries.Asked whether it is fair to cultivate fish by obstructing the river, Alimore said, “The directorate of fisheries is not concerned about the flow of the river. The organisation focuses on fish production in the country.”About the allegations of local residents, chairman Alimor Khan said, “We do not torture anybody. Out of jealousy, some people spread false propaganda’.When contacted about the project, Iqbal Azim, deputy director of fisheries, , in charge of Dhaka division, said a project of dredging rivers and ponds across the country to cultivate fish was indeed undertaken.by. He also said the local administration leased out the water bodies to various beneficiaries. The department of fisheries provides the scientific and technical support, said Iqbqal Azim, adding that they provided technical assistance for the fish farming project on the Ichhamati river.He said the local administration attends to matters like grabbing, , and any hardships of local people.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Nawabganj-Dohar, AKM Al Amin, said he would investigate the allegations and take action.Prothom Alo Nawabganj Corresondent cooperated to file this report. * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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