How To Determine Your Dream Client’s Effort

first_imgWinning a new deal is complicated. Not only does it take time, but it also takes effort. If you don’t invest the time and effort, you are unlikely to win your dream client’s business. But you are not the only party that has to put forth the effort for you to successfully create an opportunity and a better outcome. The contacts within your dream client’s company also have to put forth the effort necessary, making your dream client’s effort as a measure of whether or not you will win their business—and whether you will be able to deliver.Are They Compelled to ChangeThere are contacts within your dream client’s company that understand the forces that are preventing them from producing the results they profess to need. They are well aware of the risks and threats to their business, yet they are unwilling to do anything about it now. The fact that they should be compelled to change is no indication that they are compelled to change. Some of these contacts are not willing to put forth the effort to do so, something that is often true even when the company is already suffering the negative impact.Imagine a company that is underinvesting in the results they need in some part of their business (this should be easy for you to imagine). This hypothetical company built a model around a particular set of assumptions, and they were profitable with that model up until one of their premises expired. The price of some input increases over time, and for the company to return to profitability, they need to raise the price they charge their clients or customers, but they are in a weak position to command a price increase. If the contacts are not willing to put forth the effort to change their pricing or change their model, their lack of energy around some change initiative is an indication they are not yet compelled to change.The lack of effort here is a signal that your effort is not likely to provide a return on the time you invest, or at least it won’t for some time.Are They Willing to Commit to the ProcessYou sell a meeting. You sell the processes. And then you sell your solution. You will find contacts who are more than willing to engage with you and explore change. They’ll give you their time, and they’ll share with you what they want and need. They’ll even accept a proposal and pricing. But what they will not do is commit to a process that would require them to put forth the energy necessary to change.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. An unwillingness to commit to meetings is a sign that your dream client either doesn’t recognize the value of the meeting, an outcome for which you are responsible, or they don’t want to put forth the effort. In larger, complex, business-to-business sales, contacts who refuse to meet to collaborate on the solution they need, to invite other stakeholders into the conversation, to engage a leadership sponsor, or to provide data or anything else that would be necessary to making a good decision and a better result, show an unwillingness to put forth effort. Skipping these conversations is sometimes an indication they believe what they are buying is a commodity and is transactional. In other cases, your dream client is unwilling to exert the effort to do what’s right.If you are reading this, it’s almost certain you have a sales process, guidance on what you need to accomplish to provide the best assistance possible in helping your dream client produce better results. Your process requires that you put forth the necessary effort to execute it. Your process is also likely to describe what you need from your prospective client to help them.Because no one can sell when there is no one buying, you need your client to put forth the necessary effort on their side. The likelihood of you winning a deal is often discovered by looking at the effort your contacts are willing to put forth in engaging in the process with you. The fact that they won’t engage with your process is not evidence that they aren’t engaged in someone else’s.Are They Willing to Do the WorkWhen you are young and naive, you believe that every failure to serve a client is your company’s fault. When you sold the deal and are accountable, you passionately think your company is in the wrong. As you mature into your role, you to start to recognize that many of your dream clients want better results, need better results, and pursue new suppliers to produce those results. However, they never achieve those results because they won’t put forth the effort.When determining whether or not you are going to be able to pursue successfully, win, and execute for a prospective client, your confidence in some part needs to factor in their willingness to put forth the effort throughout the sales conversation. An unwillingness to have the conversations and make and keep the required commitments is evidence that you may struggle to win their business and, having won it, difficulty executing your solution.None of this is to suggest that you give up, but rather, encouragement to have the difficult conversations that make one a trusted advisor and to do the work to sell well enough to increase their willingness. It’s much easier to sell and execute effectively with a client who is putting forth an effort that is equal to yours. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Manziel Goes 22nd In NFL Draft

first_imgNEW YORK — The Houston Texans chose defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick in the NFL draft on May 8, while much-vaunted quarterback Johnny Manziel had to wait until pick 22 to get selected.There had been criticism of Clowney’s work ethic last season when playing at college level for South Carolina, and questions about whether the Texans would hold or trade the No. 1 slot, but ultimately Houston went with the powerful defensive lineman.“I just been proving a lot of people wrong throughout my life,” Clowney said. “Growing up, I grew up hard. I always said I’m going to do something great. Hopefully, I’m going to be a Hall of Famer one day.”Manziel sat with a sullen look on his face until Cleveland made its third trade of the round and selected the Texas A&M quarterback, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player.“If you call it a slide, I wouldn’t call it that at all,” he said. “I was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.“It’s a great story. It’s great for me to end up there, at a team that has fans that are as passionate as I am on the field.”Manziel’s wait added suspense after the Texans took their time selecting Clowney. Teams normally announce the No. 1 pick in advance, and Houston’s failure to do so had prompted speculation it had soured on the defensive end.Clowney, 21, brings size, speed and power to a lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. However his diligence had been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury in his junior year before declaring early for the draft.He is the first defensive player taken first overall since Houston selected another end, Mario Williams, in 2006. Williams now is with Buffalo. Houston also made the top pick in its first season, 2002, taking quarterback David Carr. He never lived up to that billing; the Texans hope Clowney has more of an impact.Tackle Greg Robinson, whose blocking helped Auburn make the national college championship game last season, went second to St. Louis. The Rams owned the pick as the final payment for a 2012 trade with Washington that allowed the Redskins to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III.The first quarterback to go went to Jacksonville in the third slot, but it wasn’t ‘Johnny Football’ Manziel. Instead it was Blake Bortles of Central Florida, whose stock shot up last season and in subsequent workouts. Bortles has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger because of his combination of size and mobility.“He’s a down-to-earth guy, a self-made guy, a blue-collar guy and he wants to be the best he can be,” said Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell, who added a word of caution: “He just needs a little bit of time.”Buffalo traded up to selection No. 4 by sending a first and fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to Cleveland. That enabled the Bills to grab playmaking receiver Sammy Watkins of Clemson.“Dynamic playmaker, and that’s what this game is all about,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said of Watkins. “He’s automatically going to make our quarterback (E.J. Manuel) better.”Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, went to Atlanta with the sixth overall pick.Another Aggies star was chosen next, receiver Mike Evans to Tampa Bay. The 6-4, 231-pound Evans is durable, versatile — and quite emotional. He also couldn’t hold back the tears when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called his name.The crowd thought Manziel might go eighth when Cleveland traded up one spot to get Minnesota’s pick. So when the Browns took cornerback Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State, there was a loud groan from the fans.Minnesota grabbed UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Detroit selected North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, by far the best tight end in this crop, and Tennessee filled a need on the offensive line with Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan.Finally, a local team had a chance to make a pick and the audience approved lustily when the New York Giants chose Louisiana State receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Beckham was followed by Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald to St. Louis, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller to Chicago, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier to Ohio State, Notre Dame guard Zack Martin to Dallas, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley to Baltimore and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor to the New York Jets.Minnesota finished off the opening round by trading with Seattle to select Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, the third quarterback taken.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tsitsipas Beats Troicki, Comes Closer to Potential Meeting with Federer

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Spectators watch Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, their second round match against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas serves to Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates a point win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bale and Modric dropped for Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Bale and Modric benched for Alaves clash Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:24 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Deportivo Alavés v Real Madrid Deportivo Alavés The two stars will not start against the Basques, as Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are charged with accompanying Cristiano Ronaldo up front Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have been sent to the bench by Zinedine Zidane for a must-win clash against lowly Alaves. The pair have apparently paid the price for a woeful 1-0 defeat midweek to Betis that leaves the Merengues seven points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga. With a tough away clash against Borussia Dortmund also on the horizon and numerous injury worries, Zidane’s starting line-up takes on an unfamiliar look.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Cristiano Ronaldo starts at centre-forward as the only out-and-out striker in the Madrid side, accompanied by Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.Dani Ceballos, meanwhile, comes in for Modric after a promising start to his Madrid career, while Nacho continues to deputise for the injured Marcelo. The hosts come into the game in desperate straits having started the season with five consecutive defeats. Giovanni Di Biasi will try and stop the rot in his first game in charge of the Basques, and names an unchanged side from the team that went down to Deportivo 1-0 on Wednesday.Alaves: Pacheco; Vigaray, Maripan, Ely, Duarte; Torres, Manu Garcia; Burgui, Medran, Ibai; Munir.Substitutes: Romero, Pedraza, Sivera, Alexis, Sobrino, Wakaso, Pina.Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Ceballos, Casemiro, Isco; Vazquez, Ronaldo, Asensio.Substitutes: Casilla, Llorente, Tejero, Mayoral, Hakimi, Bale, Modric.last_img read more

Songa Shipmanagement Gets KR Cyber Security Certificate

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Songa Shipmanagement has underwent a cyber security audit and became the first company to achieve certification by Korean Register (KR).KR said that it has certified the company to be fully compliant in all areas. Songa’s cyber security certification audit has been conducted over the last six months, and the company has passed 87 inspection items in 18 categories such as human management, risk management, asset management, response and recovery.“A robust and comprehensive cyber security reponse and active protection against any cyber attack has become essential to ensure the safety of vessels and their crews and to protect organisations across the maritime industries,” said Jeong-ki Lee, CEO of KR.The audit examines the organisation’s processes to ensure they meet industry standards, satisfying all the requirements of the IMO, OCIMF TMSA (Oil Companies International Marine Forum Tanker Management Self Assessment) and RIGHTSHIP under the direction of the CCSO. KR will now certify the operational cyber security of Songa Shipmanagement’s fleet.The company manages and operates 23 chemical/oil tankers and is the first KR cyber security certified company that has developed and implemented a comprehensive cyber security management system able to respond to all kinds of cyber incidents.KR established its cyber security certification process last year (2018) in accordance with international security standards ISO 27001, IEC 62443, NIST framework and in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and BIMCO’s cyber security guidelines.last_img read more

3 Congress rebels one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa Ministers

first_imgPanaji: Congress rebels Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jennifer Monserrate and Filipe Nery Rodrigues were sworn in as Ministers in the Goa Cabinet on Saturday. Kavlekar, a former leader of Opposition, is likely to be appointed as the deputy chief minister. The lone BJP minister to be sworn-in is Michael Lobo, who resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly earlier in the day.last_img

691 Canadians who wanted out of hurricanestruck Caribbean are home minister

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says all Canadians who wanted help have had the chance to get out of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.She told reporters ahead of a federal cabinet meeting today in St. John’s, N.L., that 691 Canadians have now returned from widespread devastation in Turks and Caicos and St. Maarten. Bibeau said officials are now on the ground there assessing how Canada might help with humanitarian aid and rebuilding.Stranded travellers and opposition critics had lambasted an evacuation effort that many said was slower and less organized than American operations.Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters he understands the frustration over delays and communication problems but it was a complex situation.Garneau said the government mobilized right away but there were issues getting commercial flights cleared for take-off in those countries.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are in St. John’s for two days of meetings expected to include North American Free Trade Agreement talks and reaction to hurricanes Irma and Jose.last_img read more

Unrest in Myanmar could block food aid for 500000 people UN food

28 September 2007The restrictions Myanmar has placed on the movement of food due to the current unrest are an obstacle to feeding half a million people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “We appeal to the authorities for access to all parts of the country,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said. “We have to protect the most vulnerable people in the country,” most of whom are young children and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis patients in desperate need of assistance.Buddhist monks have been leading civil protests in the South-East Asian nation for 11 consecutive days. While the unrest has been concentrated mostly in the main cities of Yangon and Mandalay, the demonstrators’ stand-off with the Government and its response are having consequences in other areas where WFP distributes food assistance.All movements of food out of the Mandalay Division have been halted by local authorities, and this will impede WFP operations in northern Shan and the Central Dry Zone, both of which depend on food deliveries from Mandalay.Disturbances in the port town of Sittwe have also thwarted food movement to the agency’s operational areas in north Rakhine State.Over a three-year period, WFP, which partners on the ground in Myanmar with nearly two dozen UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aims to feed 1.6 million people at a cost of over $50 million. Its operations rely on the Government to facilitate the movement of both food supplies and personnel.However, the agency currently faces funding shortages – to date, it has only received $12.5 million or just under one quarter of its needs – and thus must scale back its planned assistance to primary school students and vulnerable families.In its operational areas, WFP’s food assistance is crucial to sustain lives and livelihoods, and without the agency’s support, it is expected that vulnerable families will face acute food shortages while food prices could potentially soar, especially in the post-monsoon season. read more

UN tells Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability

“There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability. And we hope those are followed,” he said. The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability.Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, responding to a question posed on Sri Lanka, recalled that there are agreements between Sri Lanka and the international community and Sri Lanka should stick to those agreements. He commented after being asked by a reporter at a media briefing in New York to respond to reports that President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to agree to have international judges in the domestic accountability process. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN tribunal sentences former Bosnian police chief to 10 years in prison

In a statement issued today in The Hague, the Tribunal said today’s sentencing judgement was based upon the Trial Chamber’s acceptance of Stevan Todorovic’s guilty plea and the consequent conviction of the accused for persecution as a crime against humanity. The judgement sets forth details of the criminal conduct underlying the accused’s conviction for the crime of persecutions, including his participation in the beating and murder of Anto Brandic, the beatings of several other individuals, and the sexual assault of six men at the police station in Bosanski Samac. The accused has also admitted to participating in the unlawful detention, the cruel and inhumane treatment, and the deportation and forcible transfer of Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians in the municipality of Bosanski Samac, the Tribunal said.As a component of the overall gravity of the offence, the Chamber has taken into account as aggravating factors the accused’s position of superior authority as Chief of Police in Bosanski Samac, and the cruel manner in which he perpetrated several of the criminal acts underlying his conviction. In light of the above, the Trial Chamber concludes that Mr. Todorovic’s crime was “particularly grave.”Mr. Todorovic had initially been charged in a joint indictment with five others for crimes allegedly committed in the municipality of Bosanski Samac between April 1992 and December 1993. In his capacity as Chief of Police, the accused was charged with 10 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution, deportation, murder and inhumane acts, nine counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and eight counts of violations of the laws or customs of war.In November 2000, two years after Mr. Todorovic’s initial appearance, a joint motion was filed, notifying the Trial Chamber of an agreement between the accused and the Prosecution, pursuant to which the former police chief would plead guilty to Count 1 of the Second Amended Indictment, and the Prosecution would withdraw all other counts against him. On 13 December 2000, Mr. Todorovic entered a guilty plea on that Count, and the proceedings against him were separated from those against the other accused.Mr. Todorovic will remain in the custody of the Tribunal pending the finalization of arrangements for his transfer to the country where his sentence will be served. read more

Cyprus Security Council members welcome agreement by leaders to start direct talks

Council members welcomed “this and other positive developments and hope that progress will be achieved at the negotiating table resulting in a comprehensive settlement,” the President of the 15-member body, Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali, said in a press statement. He noted that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had informed the Council that the talks would begin on 16 January 2002.Ambassador Ouane said Council members gave their full support to the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices, conducted pursuant to Council resolution 1250, and encouraged Mr. Annan and his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, to continue to help the parties as appropriate.Earlier this afternoon, the Council was briefed by Mr. de Soto. read more

Oromin Explorations tell shareholders to hold off on Terangas takeover offer

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2013 2:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oromin Explorations tell shareholders to hold off on Teranga’s takeover offer VANCOUVER – Gold miner Oromin Explorations Ltd. (TSX:OLE) is advising its shareholders to hold off on any decisions about a recent takeover offer from Teranga Gold Corp.Last month, Teranga (TSX:TGZ) made an unsolicited proposal to Oromin shareholders, offering 0.582 of a Teranga share for each Oromin share held.At the time, the Toronto-based miner said the value of the offer was a 50 per cent premium on a 20-day volume-weighted average trading price of Oromin shares as of May 31.In a directors’ circular, Oromin said the board of directors is reviewing the offer, and has not made any official recommendation.An independent committee has been set up to examine the offer and “develop and review alternatives that would maximize value for Oromin and its shareholders,” the company said.Further instructions will be given before Teranga’s offer expires, it added.Oromin said one of the reasons why it has not issued a recommendation is that there is uncertainty with Teranga’s board of directors. Three people from Mineral Deposits Ltd. were recently nominated to Teranga’s board but it announced on Thursday that MDL has revoked those nominations.“While this would appear to clarify the likely composition of the Teranga board of directors, the other reasons for not making a recommendation at this time continue to give rise to uncertainty and, as a result, there is no change in the current position of the board,” said the company.Teranga owns 18,699,500 Oromin shares, representing 13.6 per cent of outstanding shares. It says it also has an agreement in place with Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) to buy its 16,088,636 shares, which will give Teranga 25.3 per cent of outstanding shares. read more

London murders 2019 Four murder probes launched in 24 hours as teenager

They tried for more than half an hour to save his life, but Mr Martinez died at the scene at 5.10pmScotland Yard do not believe the incident is gang-related.Man dies three days after being stabbed in SohoA man died  three fays after he was found with serious stab injuries in Soho over the weekend.On Sunday, 3 March just after 6am hours police were called to Romily Street, W1.Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found the 37-year-old man suffering stab injuries. He was taken to hospital with critical injuries and he was pronounced dead at 7.42pm hours on Wednesday, 6 March.His next of kin are aware and a post mortem examination is due to be held in due course. A murder investigation was then launched by the Met Police and is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin.A 34-year-old man was charged on Monday, 4 March with two counts of attempted murder, in relation to this incident along with another stabbing on the same day, of a teenager which occurred in University Street, WC1.The charge for attempted murder willl be subject to a review by the CPS.A 41-year-old woman who was arrested remains released under investigation.Film producer’s body found in shallow grave in Kew gardenA murder investigation has been launched after the body of a film producer who has worked with the likes of Joan Collins and Sheridan Smith was discovered in a shallow grave two days after she was reported missing.  Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday.But late on Wednesday night, officers located a body in a shallow grave in a garden in Darell Road, Kew. Laureline Garcia-Bertaux The home of Laueline Garcia-Bertaux Spanish national stabbed to death in LeytonDavid Martinez was stabbed to death in east London by someone police believe was known to him. It is thought he was attacked at a home near North Birkbeck Road. He managed to stumble out into the street, where he collapsed.  David Martinez Laureline Garcia-Bertaux The scene in West Kensington French national Ms Garcia-Bertaux, from Richmond, was last seen on Saturday night at a supermarket in the area, but she was messaging friends on Sunday night when it is understood she was planning on going on a date with a “charismatic vet”.Producer Hester Ruoff, who worked with Ms Garcia-Bertaux on a number of projects including Gerry with Joan Collins, was among those to have talked to her close friend hours before she was reported missing. She told The Telegraph: “I am just absolutely devastated. “It’s very, very rare in our industry that you find someone you trust in a way that I trusted her. She was just the most trustworthy woman with so much charisma, so much spirit. “Laureline was incredibly loyal – she had my back 100%. She would give up her contacts for the benefit of the film, which is just so very, very rare in the industry. “She became so much more than my line producer, she became a very close friend. She was just so spirited and very loyal and when you find someone like that you do everything you can not to let them go. Scotland Yard launched four murder investigations in the space of 24 hours as a teenager became the 25th person to be murdered on the streets of London this year. In a barbaric week in the capital where the authorities were squeezed further to curb the knife crime epidemic, it emerged three of the four most recent victims had been stabbed. The first murder probe was launched Wednesday afternoon when Spanish national David Martinez, 26, was stabbed to death in Leyton. Hours later, a man who was stabbed on Sunday, March 3, in Soho, succumbed to his injuries and a second murder investigation was launched. The third murder file was passed to CID on Thursday afternoon when the body of film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew. And the fourth murder investigation in 24 hours was launched when Ayub Hassan, 17,  was stabbed to death in broad daylight in West Kensington. The scene in West KensingtonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Scotland Yard, who launched a murder investigation Thursday afternoon, have made no arrests.Teenager stabbed in broad daylight in West KensingtonPolice investigating a fatal stabbing in Fulham are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward. Police were called at 2.14pm on Thursday to Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, to reports of a person stabbed.Officers, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. A male, aged in his late teens, was found with stab injuries to the chest.He was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly died a short time later. Next of kin have been informed.Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed. On Friday morning, Scotland Yard announced they had arrested three males – aged 18, 17 and 15, on suspicion of murder. Later on Friday, the victim was named as 17-year-old Ayub Hassan.  David Martinez 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. The home of Laueline Garcia-BertauxCredit:David Rose London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended and reported finding a man suffering from knife injuries. “My heart goes out to her mum who has had such a hard year losing her partner and a close friend.”  read more

Woman who sued NHS for £25m claiming operation left her in agony

A woman who tried to claim £2.5m from the NHS after claiming that having vaginal mesh fitted had left her in constant pain has been sent to prison after pictures showed her enjoying her daughter’s Ibiza hen partyLesley Maria Elder, 50, from Poole, Dorset, was caught after photos on social media showed her taking part in the celebrations in night clubs on the party island.Elder claimed she was left disabled by constant pain following a vaginal mesh operation and could no longer work or do routine tasks without help.She sued the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, where she underwent the surgery in 2010, for £2.5 million.But a judge found she had “grossly, dishonestly and repeatedly” exaggerated her symptoms.Undercover surveillance also showed Elder was able to go shopping and to walk her dog regularly, without the aid of a walking stick.Elder was jailed for five months at the High Court in London for contempt of court over her false claims.She was sentenced in her absence.Judge Karen Walden-Smith said: “This was a deliberate and persistent making of false statements for the purpose of falsely recovering significant monies from a publicly-funded body.” The court was told Elder suffered a genuine injury as a result of the surgery, which it later transpired was not necessary because she had been misdiagnosed.The NHS trust admitted liability but disputed the amount she claimed, and a judge at a county court in 2017 ruled she was entitled to just £120,000 instead. 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. read more

GOLUZA TO OVERTAKE RK PPD Zagreb and Silvio Ivandija separate ways

← Previous Story SG Flensburg outplay Meshkov Brest after dramatic finish Next Story → SHOCK IN SKOPJE: RK Metalurg beat RK Vardar in Macedonian derby! RK PPD Zagreb announced the end of cooperation with coach Silvio Ivandija by mutual agreement. That came only two days after Croatian champions ended season at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase after two defeats against Telekom Veszprem.EX Croatian NT head-coach Slavko Goluza will lead RK PPD Zagreb until end of the season. He will overtake Slovakian best team HC Tatran Presov next summer.Who will be the new coach of RK PPD Zagreb at the beginning of next summer? Lino Červar will be probably option for wrote about Sead Hasanefendic, who had to overtake Croatian champions even before Veszprem’s clashes. RK PPD ZagrebSilvio Ivandija read more

Almost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014

first_imgAlmost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system The median level of blood alcohol concentration was four times the legal limit. Share Tweet Email 42 Comments Mar 16th 2017, 1:46 PM Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 7,883 Views By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS of a new report has found that 31% of people who died on Irish roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.The report from the Health Research Board examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, and gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) said these figures provide the most up-to-date information on the alcohol levels in people who died on the roads.Of the 193 fatalities recorded by the RSA in 2014, closed coronial files were available for 136, or 71%, of them.Findings of the report include:33% of drivers and motorcycle riders who died in fatal crashes in 2014 tested positive for alcohol in their system.28% of pedestrians killed had a positive toxicology for alcohol.96% of the drivers and motorcycle riders who had this positive toxicology were male.The median age of these drivers was 38-years-old.The median blood alcohol concentration was 192mg, or almost four times the legal limit of 50mg.Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said that this was a persistent problem as significant numbers of road deaths associated with alcohol were under the age of 35.She said: “Younger people are now engaging in risky behaviour, and that’s leading to poor decisions… There’s a small cohort who continue to take that chance.”The RSA chief also said that the number of deaths linked to drivers who’d been drinking in the report was actually conservative, as it did not take into account people who had no alcohol in their system who were involved in a collision when someone who had been drinking alcohol had been involved.Reacting to the figures, Minister Ross said in a statement: “While the findings of this report are very disappointing, I welcome their publication as they highlight that fact that we continue to have an unhealthy relationship in this country with alcohol and it’s spilling onto our roads.I would take this opportunity to again appeal for cross party support, for the new bill which I will introduce shortly, for the introduction of an automatic disqualification for all drivers found to have been drinking with a BAC of between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in their blood.Speaking to RTÉ, Murdock said she was in support of Shane Ross’s plan for zero tolerance for drivers found to have alcohol in their system.Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said that the message of never to drink and drive needed to be reinforced ahead of St Patrick’s weekend.He said: “We want everyone to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival without the fear of meeting a driver that’s impaired.So this weekend, we ask you to also do your bit to support the local community and stop these drivers from putting lives at risk. If they don’t listen, phone the Gardai and report it, you might save a life.Read: Almost one in 10 Irish women wear their seatbelt underarm to avoid ruining fake tanRead: ‘Very bad year for road safety’ sees more deaths and more fatal crashes Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gotham Wouldnt Like Captain Barnes When Hes Angry

first_img This week’s Gotham changes things up and gives us a story all about Captain Barnes. Enjoy him while you can, folks. As we begin this week’s episode, Barnes is returning to his car with some groceries when he sees a van that doesn’t look right to him. He follows it to a warehouse where he finds a man standing over a barrel of acid and a human torso in a bathtub. The man tells him he’s just a cleaner, hired by someone named The Toad. Barnes is angered by the fact that they guy would probably be back out on the streets in a couple of years. The man begs Barnes to arrest him, saying The Toad is the one who ordered the job. That’s not good enough for Barnes anymore. He murders the cleaner.The next day, Gordon returns for his first day. Before he can get settled in, Bullock tells him they have a case at a warehouse. When they get there, they find the cleaner we saw Barnes with at the beginning of the episode. He’s been dismembered. Bullock says they should call Barnes.Barnes is in the interrogation room with Hatter trying to get to the bottom of what’s happening to him. The Hatter says the virus makes the darkest parts of a person come out. Barnes asks if there’s a cure and Hatter says the only thing he can do is give in and let his sister take over. He guesses that Barnes has dirtied his hands and is trying to make things right. Barnes insists he can make it right.Bullock and Gordon present their findings to Barnes, who insists on taking point on the investigation. Gordon protests and Barnes yells at him. He sends Gordon and Bullock to follow the evidence and tracks down The Toad himself. He finds The Toad at a bar and threatens him with a broken bottle. The Toad says he’s just a middleman hired by Simon to get rid of the body. Simon, he says, is a plastic surgeon who has a side business giving criminals new faces. Barnes orders The Toad to take him to Simon.The captain seems to have embraced the crazy. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Barnes arrives just in time to stop Simon from cutting off a woman’s face to give to one of his clients. Barnes is about to arrest Simon when he sees a face in a jar. The rage begins to boil inside him, and he asks Simon how many people he’s killed. When Simon smugly asks for an attorney, Barnes almost loses control. He kicks Simon to the ground and points his gun at him. Fortunately, cooler heads prevail, and Barnes brings the surgeon unharmed to GCPD. He tells Gordon that Simon is responsible for the murder of their John Doe in the bathtub, but not the cleaner.Captain Barnes goes to Lee and Mario’s engagement party to congratulate her. Lee convinces him to stay for one drink. The presence of Carmine Falcone angers him, and he calls the station to say he’s about to bring in the man responsible for killing the cleaner. He learns Simon has walked free. Apparently, he’s well connected. Worse yet, he shows up at the engagement party.Gordon and Bullock arrive at the party to arrest Simon, having found evidence that directly ties him to the murder. Mario asks to talk to Gordon in private, while Bullock walks into the party to arrest Simon. He’s a little too late as Barnes has followed Simon into the bathroom. Barnes roughs Simon up a bit before throwing him clear through a brick wall and onto a parked car a few stories below.Gordon rejoining the GCPD means even more awkward moments with Lee (Morena Baccarin). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Bullock and Gordon assume Simon has escaped and Barnes says things are going to be different now. They’re going to rid the city of crime. Barnes looks around the party and sees everyone’s face transform into a decayed, demonic visage. Gordon exits the party and finds people crowded around the still-living body of Simon. He asks Simon who did this to him and Simon says, “Barnes.”Meanwhile, Nygma is having breakfast with Isabella, who is attending a librarians’ conference out of town. She puts on her backup pair of glasses, which remind Nygma a little too much of Ms. Kringle. He begins shaking and excuses himself to the bathroom, where he has a vision of Kringle in the mirror. Kringle tells Nygma he’s a killer and it’s only a matter of time before he kills Isabella too.Nygma brings his problem to Penguin, asking for advice. Penguin suggests that Nygma ends the relationship in order to protect her. Nygma agrees that that is the best course of action, but can’t bring himself to do it. He asks Penguin to break up with Isabella for him. Penguin happily obliges and does it in possibly the meanest way possible. Isabella says she doesn’t deserve him but refuses to let him go. She figures out that Penguin loves Nygma, but doesn’t care. She says she will write to Nygma and convince him to come back to her. Penguin storms out.Isabella (Chelsea Spack) is just as crazy as Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Later, Nygma arrives at Isabella’s apartment, having received her letter. He finds that he’s made herself to look exactly like Kristen Kringle. She says it’s to prove that he won’t hurt her. She puts his hand around her neck. He begins to choke her, and they kiss in what turns out to be a deeply unsettling love scene. Nygma returns to tell Penguin the good news, who pretends to be happy for him but secretly plans to have her killed. While Isabella is driving to her conference, she tries to stop for a train only to find her breaks have been cut. The camera cuts away, and we hear a crash.It was nice to have an episode focusing on Barnes. He’s a great character and one of the best additions to the show from last season. It’s a shame he’s probably not going to be around much longer, given the way his story is going. Watching him slowly turn into a villain over the past few episodes has been interesting, and it was exciting to see the culmination of it this week. The Penguin-Nygma relationship also took a few interesting turns. You have to imagine that Nygma will figure out that Penguin had his girlfriend killed. Now we have to wonder who wins a Riddler vs. Penguin fight. Stay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

Buy This Comic Gravetrancers 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “On a journey to track down the grave of their estranged father, Maribel and Anthony find their way to the Malort Cemetery, a strange, seemingly abandoned field of mostly unmarked tombs. There they encounter an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose. What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare, will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?”GRAVETRANCERS #1 (W): M. L. Miller (A): James Michael Whynot (C): Dee Cunniffe (L): Jim CampbellI think I’ve written for Geek long enough for you guys to know that I’m really into some bonkers comics. The crazier things get inside a story with art, colors, and letters to boot always have me on board as a fan. Graverancers #1, written by M. L. Miller, with art by James Michael Whynot, Dee Cunniffe on colors and lettering by Jim Campbell, checks every box on that criteria list. Black Mask publishers a comic from these creators who give us enough to keep us engaged, but hooked to know what happens next.AdChoices广告via Black MaskM.L. Miller writes a narrative that will creep you out to the core. He never holds back on how low it can (and potentially could) get for one second. He weaves together a story that’s not only mysterious and questionable, but ghastly and realistic. You can tell that he won’t be holding back in order to protect you. Miller based Gravetrancers off of a real-life case where a cemetery was making a profit off reselling plots when they dumped the bodies in a hole in the back of the lot. Miller takes the inspiration and moves it into a narrative that’s sometimes uneasy and tense. I know I’m using a lot of negative words to describe it, but these are not negative words. It’s honestly quite the opposite.Gravetrancers #1 will make you feel uncomfortable. However, that shouldn’t sway you from the comic. Miller lays out some harsh truths, especially for his two main puzzling characters, Maribel and Anthony. They’re trying to either piece together or let go of the past. Either way, they’re trying to find some truth, some closure, but with the events unfolding, you’re not sure if they’re gonna get it. The uncertainty of the fates of these characters leaves you guessing.Miller balances out these harsh truth with a compelling story that leaves you on edge, diving into issues of family, crime, secrets and most importantly, drugs. He secures you within the hallucinogenic grip of the story, but you’re not sure if any of these people (or you) will make it out alive.via Black MaskJames Michael Whynot does a remarkable job in bringing this eerie and menacing narrative to life with his pencils and inks. With Whynot’s art, you almost feel like you’re tripping out with characters in the story. You’re not sure what you’re seeing. You’re not sure of what’s happening. But you look deeper into the panels to make sure you’re not missing anything. While his art overall is top-notch, the last couple of pages of the comic show you what Whynot can do. The details into one of our main characters trips and the hellish existence they find themselves in truly stand on its own just with his art.Dee Cunniffe are so metal. Within this comic, that metal stands out. He combines a hardcore and brutal type tone to this comic. It bleeds with vivid and trippy colors or neon blues, pinks, greens, yellow and more. Cunniffe also invokes that feeling of being uneasy with his colors. He excels highlighting those all too anxious moments with a mixture of dark and light neons. Jim Campbell knows how to place to allow you to follow the story. He never fails to move your eyes from panel to panels flawlessly. Campbell brings everything together to create this unsettling, but stirringly impressive comic.via Black MaskGravetracers #1 fills you with an unreliable story, sinister imagery and an overall sense of “what did I just read,” but it will leave you coming back for more. Gravetracers #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.12/13/17 Releases – In addition to Gravetrancers #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Giants #1 by Carlos and Miguel Valderrama (W, A, L) Dark HorseThere’s Nothing There Vol. 1 (M+) by Patrick Kindlon (W), Maria Llovet (A), Jim Campbell (L) Black MaskJudas #1 by Jeff Loveness (W), Jakub Rebelka (I), Colin Bell (L) BOOM! StudiosBrave Chef Brianna SC by Sam Sykes (W), Selina Espiritu (I), Sarah Stern (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosRumble #1 by John Arcudi (W), David Rubin (A), Dave Stewart (L)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Washougal schools take on boundary review

first_imgBecause of growing enrollment and two new schools opening, the Washougal School District is setting up a committee to review its district boundaries.Construction started this summer on a replacement for Jemtegaard Middle School and the new Columbia River Gorge Elementary School. Both are expected to open next fall.The district will consider revising current boundaries for the start of the 2017-18 school year.The committee will be made up of two parents and the principal of each school in the district, and will meet weekly from mid-January through mid-March. The district also will host open houses Feb. 8 and March 1 so the public can provide input for the boundary review process.The committee will make its final recommendation at the district’s March 28 school board meeting.For an application to serve on the committee, visit or pick one up at the district office, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 28, and committee members will be identified by Nov. 10. The application asks for people to submit some personal information, as well as personal statement, no longer than 100 words, detailing their relevant experience and what they can bring to the committee.For more questions about the process, contact the district at or 360-954-3000.last_img read more

Firefighters rescue hurt worker from bottom of hole at Ridgefieldarea work site

first_imgFirefighters pulled an injured worker out of a 20-foot hole Monday afternoon at a construction site near Ridgefield.A crew member working on a sewer project related to the construction of a subdivision south of Ridgefield was down in a deep hole when a cement cylinder fell on him, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.“It shifted somehow, it struck him, so he has moderate injuries, and through the grace of God, the guy didn’t get injured worse,” Dawdy said.Firefighters were called around 2:49 p.m., and when they arrived, one climbed into the trench to check on the worker.The man suffered injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening, said Dawdy, who added that the hole was properly reinforced against collapse.The site is near Northwest Hillhurst Road and Northwest 229th Street, at the planned Kennedy Farms subdivision, Dawdy said.The firefighters at the work site called for more help, and the regional technical rescue team responded, Dawdy said.By about 4 p.m., the firefighters pulled the man from the hole and transported him to a hospital.last_img read more