Sri Lanka leader vows action vs 2019 bombing militants

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president says he has received the final report of an inquiry commission investigating the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks and vowed he will not allow anyone responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people escape justice. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not disclose what’s in the report, saying only that he had already given instructions to implement its recommendations. Two local Muslim groups that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State were blamed for the coordinated suicide bombings in six places on April 21, 2019. Political infighting leading to a communications breakdown between the then president and prime minister was cited as a cause for the security lapse despite near specific foreign intelligence warnings.last_img

Stoking Your Hunger to Win in the Sales Arena, with Patrick Tinney – Episode #94

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:58 — 19.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery sales professional says they have a hunger to win, but few truly conquer as top sellers. My guest on this episode says every sales professional must have a perpetual hunger to win in sales – that constant drive to provide for their family, to be a success, and to be the trusted advisor who serves their customers well. Patrick’s newest book, “Perpetual Hunger” is the subject of our conversation. It’s a book that can serve you almost like a sales encyclopedia with easy-to-read chapters that are able to be immediately applied. You’ll get a great feel for what he covers in the book by listening to this episode of the podcast.Stoking Your Hunger to Win in the Sales Arena, with Patrick TinneyClick To TweetFear and adversity can contribute to your hunger in a positive way, or it can hold you back.You hear a lot these days about overcoming fears and adversity, but Patrick Tinney and I agree that both of those things can fuel your hunger if you know how to leverage them to your advantage. The saddest thing is to see a person with great potential who is saddled with their own fear to such an extent that they can’t push forward to the success that is possible. On this episode Patrick and I discuss the role adversity and fear can play in a positive way to stoke the hunger to win in sales, so be sure you listen.The truthful sales conversations happen when you are able to knock the chat off script.Every party involved in a sales conversation has their own agenda – a script of sorts they have prepared to direct the conversation in the direction they want it to go. But those scripts often prevent the conversation from getting to the real issues that are at stake, the real needs the clients have and the solutions you can offer. Patrick Tinney says whenever you can knock the conversation off that script you have the opportunity to hear the true needs of your prospect and are able to understand what your team can bring to the table. You’ll want to hear this part of our conversation – it’s well worth your time.The truthful sales conversations happen when you are able to knock the chat off script Click To TweetWhy relationships win in every sales interaction.Your hunger to win as a sales professional can’t be about you primarily, even though the need to attain a certain level of personal success is always part of the equation. You need to focus more on the relationships that are the basis of trust between you and your customers. That’s what will give you success long term. In this conversation, Patrick Tinney shares a story from his own experience about an opportunity he had to build enormous trust with a client and how it came to serve him personally in the end. You won’t want to miss this powerful story.The first part of becoming a trusted advisor is trust. Don’t violate it.We’ve all heard the admonition to become a trusted advisor to our customers, and while it’s definitely the goal we want to be shooting for, it’s easy to forget that “trust” is the first part of that goal. The trust our customers have in us is only what we enable them to have – and that comes about through our integrity toward them. In his new book, “Perpetual Hunger” Patrick Tinney speaks to the role those kinds of trusting relationships play in accomplishing the success we all want, and how trust is a key element in it. I encourage you to listen to Patrick’s advice on this, you won’t regret it.The first part of becoming a trusted advisor is trust. Don’t violate it.Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Patrick Tinney: Sales trainer, coach, and author. What does it mean for a sales professional to be perpetually hungry and why aren’t people MORE hungry? What makes for an exceptional sales prospector? The higher value questions a sales pro should be asking. Using your questions to help the prospect ask themselves value questions. The concept of powerful scripting and unscripting. Why relationships matter most: a story from Patrick’s experience.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.CentroidMarketing.com ~ Patrick Tinney’s websiteThe Hudson’s Bay Companywww.TheLostArtOfClosing.com – Anthony’s newest book099382841809938284341531888984The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino 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 Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeFear and adversity can contribute to your hunger in a positive way, or it can hold you backClick To TweetWhy relationships win in every sales interactionClick To Tweetlast_img read more

Protest against Manipur journalist’s arrest under NSA

first_imgThe BJP-led coalition government in Manipur is facing mounting pressure from the Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the Press Council of India (PCI), various students’ organisations, and political parties to release Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha, a local cable network journalist arrested on November 27 under the National Security Act (NSA).He was arrested earlier for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for observing the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi in Imphal. The journalist had contended in his Facebook message that the Rani of Jhansi had nothing to do with Manipur and the anniversary was observed at the directives of the Centre.On November 26, the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal west, released Mr. Wangkhemcha on bail saying that his message did not amount to “sedition”. However, the government arrested him the next day under the NSA. Ranjita, his wife, said the police did not furnish reasons for the arrest when they raided their house.The Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) in a statement appealed to all to raise their voice against this “blatant violation” of human rights. MUSU general secretary I. Kennedy wondered how a few words by Mr. Wangkhemcha could pose a threat to national security.Report soughtThe Press Council of India (PCI) has registered a suo motu case on the arrest. PCI chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has directed the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director-General of Police to submit a report on the arrest.The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) said that it curtailed the freedom of expression and was a blatant misuse of the NSA. In a statement, IJU president and PCI member Amar Devulapalli and secretary-general Sabina Inderjit said: “The arrest must be seen as an attack on freedom of expression and most undemocratic”.‘Case holds no water’A prominent Manipur High Court advocate told The Hindu on Tuesday that the State government should have gone to the High Court against the ruling of the CJM, Imphal West, if it wanted to arrest the journalist under the NSA. The government’s justification will not hold water if Mr. Wangkhemcha goes to the High Court challenging his detention under the NSA as the lower court had ruled that his case did not amount to sedition.The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) has, however, said it would not get involved in the issue. AMWJU president Brozendra Ningombam said: “There is a resolution which says that the AMWJU shall not get involved in matters which have nothing to do with the profession of a journalist”.Mr. Wangkhemcha’s wife is miffed that no help was extended to her husband from any circle.Congress MLA and party spokesperson Joykishan Khumukcham said the BJP-led government was out to muzzle the voices of journalists and all others. He dared the authorities to arrest him since he too was a critic of the government.last_img read more

DAY TWO SUMMARY- LEADING CONTENDERS MOVING TO THE TOP

first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDAY TWO SUMMARYMENS 20’s:The Sharks started their day by recording their first win, a 7-2 result over the Hornets who were on top of the ladder after day one.The Northern Eagles look to be picking up the pace, their 8-3 win over the Barbarians was good for them but not so good for the Barbarians.They followed it up with a 4-2 win over the defending champions, the Southern Suns and cemented their position, second on the ladder at the end of day two.The Sydney Mets are sitting on top after day two, but with a bye still to come the Northern Eagles and Brisbane City Cobras should overtake them before the finals begin.The Cobras spent day two in cruise mode, a 10-2 win over the Barbarians and a 9-2 win over the ACT gave them the chance to relax before the competition heats up again tomorrow.For the ACT and Barbarians the tournament has not been as successful as they would have hoped, winless after 6 rounds the competition will certainly be on to record a win in tomorrow’s final round matches. WOMENS 20’s:The ACT are looking as though they will be tough to be, an impressive 7-1 win over the Sydney Mets (who were undefeated prior to this) sending them to the top of their pool after day two, followed closely by the Mets and the Cobras.The Southern Suns and Hunter Western Hornets both continued on their winning ways, with the Suns winning comfortably 8-2 over the Rebels and the Hornets finding it a little tougher to score, beating the Cyclones 3-1. The Hornets have followed up their good form from the Under 18 Championships last September and are currently sitting on top of pool one, courtesy of their earlier win over the Sharks. They will be tested tomorrow by the Southern Suns in their final round match. The Sharks may have stumbled in their quest for a seventh title in eight years yesterday, but they recovered from their shock loss to inflict maximum pain on a struggling Sydney Scorpions side, 18-0. They then ground out a tough 5-2 win over the Suns to move them to third in their pool.Credit must go to the Scorpions girls, who are still out there and enjoying themselves despite some heavy losses.MIXED OPEN:The first round of the Mixed went as expected, with all the favourites coming out on top. The Mets beat the Cyclones 8-2, the Suns beat the Rustlers 6-3, the Scorpions hurt the Barbarians 12-4 and the Cobras finished with a 10-5 win over the Rebels. The Sharks sat out the first round with a bye, no doubt watching the four teams likely to challenge for the title. The Barbarians and North Queensland Cyclones are the only two Mixed Open teams yet to record a win, although both teams will take positives from the event as they have displayed plenty of good Touch.With three rounds to be played before the finals, it would take a massive effort from the Southern Suns or Queensland Rustlers (sitting two wins behind the Scorpions in fourth place) to knock any of the top four teams off their perch.It looks as though the Mets, Sharks, Cobras and Scorpions are all safely through in the Mixed Open division for 2006.WOMENS OPEN:The Womens Open has been the steadiest of all divisions, with results falling generally as expected. The Rustlers, Sharks and Hornets all cruised through their first day two matches in pool two, but it was the afternoon match between the Cobras and Sharks that grabbed the most attention.In a close and exciting match, featuring some brilliant defense from both sides, the Sharks held off rivals the Cobras 3-1 in a win that lifted them to second on the ladder.The Hunter Western Hornets are sitting third in pool two, but with matches against the Cobras and Sharks tomorrow, they may find the going a little tougher.Despite sitting on top of the ladder in pool two, the Queensland Rustlers were subjected to their first loss of the tournament, a tense 3-2 win to the Cobras sealing the deal that the fight in pool two should be between the leading Queenslanders.MENS OPEN:In pool one of the Mens Open the day began as a one sided affair, the Cobras held no mercy for the ACT, a 12-0 win was one the ACT would like to forget. The Mets and Sharks recorded similar results, 12-4 for the Mets over the Cyclones, while the Sharks left no stone unturned with a 13-2 win over the Rebels.Pool two began in a similar fashion, the Southern Suns destroying the Crusaders 15-1. From all reports it looks as though the Suns have hit their stride and may be more than just a contender come finals time.The Rustlers also came out firing, a 13-2 win over the Eagles making it an all around miserable start for the bottom half of each pool in the Mens Open competition.The one exception to the trend of the morning was the match between the Hornets and Barbarians, with the Hornets emerging narrow 6-4 winners. It was a much improved Barbarians side, with their up and coming young guns providing promise for future events. At the end of day three it is the Suns and Scorpions clearly ahead in pool two, while the Mets, Cobras and Sharks battle it out in pool one.Stay tuned tomorrow for the final round matches and quarter finals at the 2006 NTL!last_img read more

2016 Tasmanian State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners and runners up from the 2016 Touch Football Tasmania State Cup, including a special mention to Launceston who were overall winners for the third consecutive year. Men’s OpenWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Gabriel Chambers (Southern Touch)Women’s OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Smith (Southern Touch)Mixed OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Jack Rust (Southern Touch)Men’s 30’sWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Chris Nason (Launceston) Women’s 30’sWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Jill Fish (Launceston)18’s Boys Winners: LauncestonRunners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sam Petit (Southern) 18’s GirlsWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sheena Rawlinson (Launceston)15’s BoysWinners: Devonport Runners Up: Launceston BlueBest and Fairest: Mitchell Dell (Devonport)15’s Girls Winners: Launceston Blue Runners Up: Launceston GoldBest and Fairest: Amy Halaby (Launceston)12’s Boys Winners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: William Jones (Launceston)12’s GirlsWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Brooks (Southern Touch) State Cup Winners: LauncestonReferee of the Tournament: Harry PayneCoach of the Tournament: Carolyn Robinson (Launceston)Volunteers Appreciation Award:Alex StokesAl McKinlayAli JohnsonLifetime Recognition Award – Jo MasonRelated LinksTAS State Cuplast_img read more

a month agoBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our best

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood: We were at our bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley’s two goal striker Chris Wood praised the manner of their win over Norwich City.Norwich – fresh from beating champions Manchester City a week ago – never really threatened the lead as Sean Dyche’s men wrapped up a first win since the opening day with an accomplished display from back to front.“That’s what comes of it if we are at our best – we get the three points,” said Wood.“That’s what we try and strive to do every week and it’s nice to put in a great performance and get the three points out of it.“We thrive on home games and try and work hard to get those wins. Thankfully we got another one today and now we can build on that and go forward.“We knew we had a good four games (between international breaks) to hopefully get some points on the board and we’ve started pretty well.“You can look it very happily, knowing that we can build on it and move forward and hopefully get some more results.” last_img read more

No Health Concerns with Haitians

first_imgDeputy Executive Director of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, has assured that there are no health concerns regarding the 25 Haitians who arrived in Portland by boat on February 5. He said the Ministry of Health has already conducted tests for diseases, such as malaria and dengue. Mr. Thompson was speaking at Wednesday’s, February 6, Jamaica House Press briefing, at the Office of the Prime Minister, which was hosted by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer. The group included seven children, 16 men, two women, four boys and three girls, from two to 14 years old. Also included are a two year-old child, who was born in Jamaica, and six other persons who had previously arrived in Jamaica following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Thompson noted that a number of agencies are involved in the process, including the Ministry of National Security, Portland Parish Council, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA), Jamaica Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. He said it is estimated that it would cost the Government some $45,000 per day to care for the group, inclusive of food, water, electricity and gas. Minister Falconer, in acknowledging the cost to Jamaica, said she has heard the questions about cost, but apart from the fact that “we are signatories to the UN Convention it is in the DNA of Jamaicans that we take care of people.” “We can’t have Haitians in need who have come to our country and we do not make sure that they are taken care of. We treat them as we would like any other country to treat Jamaicans who go there. We want to cut down the length of time that they are here on our shores, but as long as they are here, we will ensure that they are taken care of – medical treatment, food and shelter,” she said. The group is being housed at the ADRA facility in Portland, where they will remain until Friday, February 8, after which they will be moved to another location in Portland, and then repatriated to Haiti. Mr. Thompson said this should be done by early next week. “That process (repatriation) is not a quick process, but what we try to do is ensure that it is speedily dealt with,” he added. In the meantime, border patrol has been increased by the Jamaica Defence Force, and on-site security is being provided by the Jamaica Constabulary Force.last_img read more