Today I Stopped Selling

first_imgToday I decided to stop selling and start waiting. I was waiting for opportunities where I could connect and to be helpful. So many experts have recommended this approach, there has to be something to it. Why else would someone suggest “stop selling” if it wasn’t working?10:00 AM: How long exactly does it take for the “waiting” approach to start working? So far nothing is happening. I’m just sitting here. Waiting.10:45 AM: Okay. I’ve gone out to LinkedIn and accepted all my connection requests and said thank you. Nothing.11:00 AM: Maybe I need to connect with more people on Twitter. Now I’ve gone out and engaged with some people there. Very cool people! Super nice!1:15 PM: I’m waiting. I’m starting to worry. My phone isn’t ringing. And I’m getting a lot of emails, but none of them is anybody asking to buy from me.1:30 PM: Maybe I’m not doing this right. Maybe I need to wait harder. This whole “stop selling” is a lot harder than it looks. I can’t seem to make it work.2:45 PM: Alright, I have an idea. I’ll stare at the phone. If I stare long enough, it’s bound to ring.2:57 PM: Nothing. I’ll stare harder. I think there’s a vein bulging out of my forehead. Still nothing.3:20 PM: I give up. Not selling is a lot harder than selling. Waiting is the most difficult strategy ever. I can’t seem to find a way to turn hope into actual sales results.4:22 PM: I must be doing something wrong. I guess I’ll go back to selling.last_img read more

Weak Market Rates Affect Navios Acquisitions Earnings

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed owner and operator of tankers Navios Maritime Acquisition has seen its net income drop by 18 percent to USD 5.6 million in the first quarter of the year from USD 23.7 million reported a year earlier.The lower new income was due to a USD 20.4 million decrease in EBITDA and a USD 0.2 million increase in direct vessel expenses, partially mitigated by a USD 1.5 million increase in interest income, USD 0.7 million drop in depreciation and amortization and a USD 0.3 million decrease in interest expense and finance cost.The company’s EBITDA decreased to USD 37.4 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to USD 57.7 million recorded in the first quarter of 2016. Navios Acquisition also said that its revenue stood at USD 64.4 million, down by 19.8% from USD 80.4 million seen in the first quarter of the previous year.The decrease was mainly attributable to the drop in market rates during the first quarter and a decrease in revenue by USD 3.8 million due to the sale of one MR2 product tanker in January 2016 and two chemical tankers in each of October and November 2016. “Our business model has two distinct characteristics. First, we seek long-term charters when available. This provides above market earnings during times in which period employment is unavailable and the spot rates are contracting. For the first quarter of 2017, Navios Acquisition’s average charter rate for its fleet was about 42% higher than the spot market average for this fleet,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition, said.“Second, we enjoy economies of scale through our relationship with Navios Holdings. Navios Acquisition’s operating costs were approximately 17% lower than the average of its listed peers. These efficiencies created estimated savings of USD 22.8 million in 2016,” Frangou added.Navios Acquisition currently owns 36 vessels, of which eight are VLCCs, 26 are product tankers and two are chemical tankers.As of May 16, 2017, Navios Acquisition had contracted 90.4% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2017, expecting to generate revenues of approximately USD 183.1 million. The average contractual daily charter-out rate for the fleet is expected to be USD 17,833.last_img read more

Serena Williams Toppled from No 1 Ranking in Stunning US

Serena Williams lost her No. 1 ranking at the U.S. Open Thursday. (Twitter)Serena Williams was knocked off the top spot after Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat her at the U.S. Open. Thursday night’s match caused Williams to lose her chance at making Grand Slam title history.USA Today reported Pliskova won in a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) upset.Williams told reporters she made many mistakes after the game at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I don’t think much went well today,” she said of losing to first-time major semifinalist Pliskova. “I made a lot of errors. I didn’t play as well as I’ve been playing.”The Guardian reported Williams went up against Simona Halep Wednesday, and though she defeated her in three sets, some wondered if the less than 22-hour turnaround caused Williams’ upset Thursday.But Williams dismissed those claims.“We play every single week,” she said. “I have been in Toronto or Montreal or Cincinnati where I play Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I mean, if I’m not used to playing this, and I really should think of something different. I’m not going to sit here and make an excuse because that’s not me.”A bad knee is to blame for her poor performance.Williams called her ailment “serious” and said it flared up “after the second or third round.” She declined to detail the diagnosis.“I wasn’t able to move the way I wanted to move,” Williams explained. “When you’re injured you’re thinking of other things when you should be just playing and thinking of your shots. My mind was just a little bit everywhere. But it was what it was.”“I don’t remember having seen her move so slowly ever,” her coach Patrick Mouratoglou told reporters. “As soon as she started, it was terrible.”The resulting defeat cost Williams her 23rd Grand Slam. She’ll continue to share the 22 record titles with Steffi Graff. The tennis stars will also share the 186-week record for the No. 1 world ranking. Williams will lose the top spot to Germany’s Angelique Kerber once the new rankings are revealed Sept. 12. read more

Football Fields leads Team Gray to 3517 victory in Spring Game

Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields attempts a pass in the Spring Game on April 13 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor the first time since 2011, Ohio State football took the field for its annual Spring Game Saturday without Urban Meyer as head coach.While Ryan Day begins his first year at the helm, he and the Buckeyes will no longer be able to rely on the record-setting arm of Dwayne Haskins to start games under center at Ohio Stadium.Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields seemed to prove himself to be Haskins’ heir apparent as Ohio State’s starting quarterback Saturday, as he led Team Gray to a 35-17 win against Team Scarlet on 131 yards and 2 total touchdowns at the Spring Game.Day said both Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin still have improvements to make.“They both did a good job today, they both flashed at times,” Day said. “It’s still a work in progress. We still got work to do.”After starting off 3-for-10, Fields displayed his playmaking ability when he uncorked a 98-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor with under two minutes remaining in the first half to put Gray up 21-7. Matthew Baldwin played for both the Scarlet and Gray teams as he took snaps on the bulk of the possessions, going 20-for-36 with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.One of those scores was an 18-yard dart hauled in by freshman wide receiver and five-star recruit Garrett Wilson in the corner of the endzone to tie it up 7-7.Wilson finished with four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown and seemed poised to factor into an Ohio State receiving core that seeks to make up for the 195 receptions lost to Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin.Redshirt freshman running back Master Teague started the scoring on Saturday with a 1-yard touchdown run. He showed another flash in the second half with an untouched 22-yard score to put Team Gray up 35-17.Teague put up a game-high 75 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.With Mike Weber foregoing his final year of eligibility for the Buckeyes, Teague will likely get more touches to help replace Weber’s 1,066 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage in a backup role to junior J.K. Dobbins come fall, who recorded three carries for nine yards on Saturday.Fields showcased his speed on his first score as a Buckeye with a five-yard touchdown run on a read option to put Team Gray up 14-7 in the second quarter.The former Georgia quarterback frequently went to his legs as he finished just 4-for-13 passing and picked up 38 yards on the ground.“There were ups and downs,” Fields said. “That just comes with, as coach says, growing pains. So I just have to keep improving and keep working and I think it’ll be good.”Despite the “thud” tackling rule, implemented by Day to prevent injuries, the Gray defense was still able to generate turnovers in the first half. Junior safety Amir Riep picked off Matthew Baldwin on the first drive of the second quarter to set up a Team Gray touchdown and redshirt junior safety Jahsen Wint intercepted Baldwin and senior quarterback Chris Chugunov on consecutive possessions in the final two minutes of the first half.“We’ll just keep building from here, but there’s a lot of good pieces, a lot of good leadership starting to form out there,” Day said.Ohio State will open up its season on Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic.Updated at 3:29 p.m. with quotes from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and sophomore quarterback Justin Fields. read more

World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Fellaini compares Lukaku and Harry Kane

first_imgMarouane Fellaini who recently signed a deal to stay at United, compared  England’s Harry Kane and teammate, Belgian Lukaku, saying we should watch out and see who scores the highest.Lukaku and England skipper Harry Kane have impressed so far since the beginning of the World Cup tournament four and five goals respectively in two group games.However Belgian midfielder Fellaini believes there’s so much more to his pal, Lukaku’s game than just being about scoring goals.“Everyone is talking about the goals Romelu and Harry Kane have scored in Russia and they have both made a great start,” he said according to Mirror.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“With Kane England have a striker who can score goals at the top level and we have all seen already at this tournament what he can do. Lets see who can score the most!“We have Romelu and he is in great form too scoring goals and getting better. He is like Kane – he wants to score goals every time he goes on the pitch.“But he also helps the team with the way he plays just like at United. He gives everything for the team. He always puts the team first.”last_img read more

Davis happy to return to Rangers

first_imgSteven Davis has expressed delight at returning to former side Rangers suggesting he pounced at the opportunity as soon as he learned of their interest.And the midfielder admitted he can’t wait to work under “icon” Steven Gerrard at the Light Blues.Davis spent four-and-half years at Rangers after Walter Smith signed him 11 years ago, initially on a loan, from Fulham and he picked up eight major trophies.The 34-year-old is now back on a six-month loan from Southampton and Davis told Rangers TV: “I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to getting started.GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Scott Brown and Scott Bain of Celtic are confronted by Andy Halliday of Rangers at the final whistle during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)Gerrard: No guard of honour for Celtic Obinna Echi – May 9, 2019 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed there will not be a guard of honour for Scottish champions Celtic at Ibrox before Sunday’s Old Firm game.  Celtic wrapped…“It’s been a little while in the making but when I found out the club was interested, this is the one that I wanted to happen.“I found out there was interest a little while back and talks were ongoing between the two clubs to try and come to a conclusion.“And then, when the decision is made, it all happens very quickly; so obviously I’m delighted to get it agreed and I was straight on the flight this morning to get out here.“It’s great to be back and I am obviously very familiar with the club. I’m sure there will be plenty of faces I recognise as I go along and I’m looking forward to getting back out at Ibrox.”last_img read more

Sterling Bank Trust announces appointment of Canada former Premier Michael Harris as

first_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 3, 2017 – Sterling Bank & Trust has announced the appointment of former Ontario Premier Michael Harris as a director of the integrated banking and financial services firm specializing in development and real estate-related investment vehicles. The new appointment increases the role Mr. Harris will play in helping to set policy direction for the growing award-winning firm with more than $9 billion in assets under administration and offices in Nassau, Bahamas and The Cayman Islands.   Mr. Harris, who also serves as director on other boards of Sterling, was recently named Canada’s number one premier since 1981, topping a field of 80, including four sitting premiers.  The honour was based on leadership, economic policies and organizational skills with votes tallied on actual results in job growth, balanced budgets and business investment. “Mike has been an excellent director in his previous roles, showing the leadership skills, discipline, wisdom and insight that made him so well-liked as well as highly respected when he was premier of a region with a population of over 13 million,” said David Kosoy, Sterling Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased that he has agreed to expand the position he will play going forward as Sterling Bank & Trust continues to recognize promising opportunities for growth on behalf of our more than 1500 high net worth clients.” Mr. Harris, the former Member of Provincial Parliament and Premier, currently serves as a senior business advisor in the Corporate/Commercial and Government Relations & Ethics Groups at the Law Firm of Fasken Martineau in Toronto, Ontario. He holds numerous directorships or advisory positions in the health and financial sectors with Canadian-based companies, some with a global reach such as Colliers International, and his counsel is often sought for his advice on governance and government relations.According to Stephen Tiller, Sterling Global Financial President, and a strong supporter of community programs, Harris is also a good fit for the firm’s quiet commitment to philanthropic causes, particularly for the underprivileged or underserved. “Mike Harris’s passion for the community is shown through his involvement with various organizations and institutions.   He is a former Director of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and St. John’s Rehab Hospital and currently holds the position of Senior Fellow with The Fraser Institute and Director of New Haven Learning Centre,”  said Tiller.   “Mike is also the Honorary Chairman of fundraising initiatives for Nipissing University, Canadore College and North Bay Regional Health Centre.”Sterling Global Financial is the corporate umbrella of Sterling Bank (Bahamas) Ltd., Sterling Trust (Cayman) Ltd., and several funds, including the multiple award-winning Sterling Mortgage Income Fund, two-time winner of AI Barclay’s Best Hedge Fund Since Inception Award.   Among the fund’s current projects are Ocean Terraces, West Bay Street, Marriott Courtyard, downtown Nassau, THIRTY SIX, the first new condo development on Paradise Island in a decade and Beach House Villas, Paradise Island.   In 2016, the fund also provided financing for land assembly for a major multi-use redevelopment in an iconic section of South Boston.   #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Houston Asks Oilman To Help With Hard Choices After Harvey

first_img Share Charlie Riedel/APHomes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)As Houston confronts the immediate and long-term crisis created by Hurricane Harvey, it’s turning once again to an oilman.The choice of former Shell president Marvin Odum to advise the mayor on storm recovery efforts reflects Houston’s history as a Texas oil town, long before it became the nation’s fourth-largest city with a sprawling mix of skyscrapers and multiethnic strip malls on the Gulf of Mexico.Several oil companies are headquartered in Houston, and oil money helped build its downtown, its priciest neighborhoods and its cultural centers.One of the biggest challenges facing Odum, a native Houstonian, in his job as recovery officer will be pushing Houston away from its roots as a city that’s long chosen development over conservation, paving over critical wetlands to make way for new buildings. Some advocates working on those causes wonder whether someone from the city’s most powerful interest can get leaders to make better choices for the future.“The decisions that Houston makes about how it develops in the future are going to be decisions that affect businesses, and I hope that a businessman can make those tough calls,” said Brian Zabcik, an advocate at the group Environment Texas.Houston has flooded each of the last three years, and while Harvey caused unprecedented damage in many neighborhoods, storms in 2015 and 2016 also displaced people and destroyed hundreds of homes. And Houston’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, combined with the effects of climate change, make it a certainty that life-threatening weather will remain a threat.The problem has worsened because Houston lost a third of its wetlands in the last three decades, reducing places for rainwater to settle before flooding.Courtesy PBS NewsHourHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner talking about Harvey with PBS Newshour on Sept. 5th, 2017.In announcing Odum’s appointment, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the city has to change how it develops and that it has to invest in mitigation projects that could cost billions of dollars. He said he hoped Odum would help create change and not just produce “a report” telling him what to do.“There will be another storm. That is very, very clear,” Turner said. “The question will be whether or not we will take advantage of this moment to put us in a better position for the next storm that certainly will come.”Turner cited Odum’s experience at Shell, where he worked more than 30 years and rose to president of the Dutch conglomerate’s North American operations.Odum led Shell through a disaster of similar magnitude, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when an offshore rig owned by BP exploded and killed 11 people. Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf for 87 days, destroying wildlife and disrupting the lives of thousands of people along the coast. The U.S. government ordered a moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf for six months, shutting down a major element of Shell’s business.Under Odum’s leadership, Shell sent its experts and equipment to help respond to the spill, said Bill Tanner, the company’s former head of media relations. Shell was among the first companies to be allowed to resume deep-water drilling almost a year after the spill.Tanner said he watched Odum meeting with several executives of rival oil companies before they testified before Congress about the spill, in a hearing carried on national television. He said he saw Odum’s efforts to “bring down tensions” between the executives with a low voice.“He brings a calming influence to otherwise chaotic situations, and he does so with a great deal of decorum and tact,” Tanner said.Turner said Odum was preparing to start a new business venture when he called asking for help, and that Odum put aside that venture. Odum will not receive a salary in his new position. He has an office at City Hall and is already taking meetings with city departments and officials from other agencies, including John Sharp, who was appointed the state’s recovery czar.At the news conference announcing his appointment, Odum stood to Turner’s side and deferred to the mayor on most questions. He declined an interview request from The Associated Press, but in written responses to questions sent by email, said he was working “nearly around the clock” already.He says that while the city already has “very strong capabilities,” Harvey has presented challenges on a “vastly different scale.”Odum said Houston’s most immediate challenge include removing debris piled on neighborhood lawns across the city, repairing infrastructure and making sure recovery money goes to “building a more resilient Houston that can better weather future natural disasters.”He did not specify how the city would accomplish that. But people who have studied Houston’s flood control system — a network of bayous and reservoirs that are meant to drain a city built on flat terrain — say much of it is decades old and in dire need of expansion. City and county officials have also talked about buying out homeowners in areas that are especially prone to flooding.“These are not easy choices and it will be critical to include a broad spectrum of interests,” Odum said.Houston and the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast are expected to receive tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster funding, with more help coming from state government and nonprofit groups.But how that money is spent and whether city officials can affect change remains to be seen.“He knows what it takes,” said Kara Cook, toxics program director at the Texas Public Interest Research Group. “Is he going to hold his former colleagues accountable to new regulations, and to better prepare Houston for disasters?”___Follow Merchant on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nomaanmerchant.last_img read more

Divers Set for NCAA Zone C Diving Championships

first_imgStory Links The Cardinals will be joined by representatives from 23 schools across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s and women’s diving team is slated to compete at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships from Thursday to Saturday, where they will vie for spots at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Live Scores Should a diver earn an automatic qualification in any of the three events, they will be eligible to compete in the remaining two events at NCAAs as long as they finish in the top-12 at Zones. At the ACC Championships, the Cardinals combined for 123 points, the fourth-best diving total of the meet. Pinto led the way for the Louisville men with a sixth place finish on the 3-meter (322.10).  The top-18 divers from both the 1-meter and 3-meter prelims will advance to the final round each day of competition, while the top-12 on platform will qualify for finals.center_img The Cardinals will be represented by Kivanc Gur, Daniel Pinto, Molly Fears, Anika Holland, Brianna Price and Michaela Sliney. Each diver will compete in all three events. For the men, the top-11 on the 1-meter and top-eight on the 3-meter and platform will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The women must finish in the top-nine on the 1-meter, top-eight on the 3-meter and top-12 on platform to qualify. Fears leads the way for the women, returning to NCAA Zones as a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Cards. At ACCs, Fears finished third on the 3-meter, eighth on platform and 14th on 1-meter to score 61 individual points for Louisville. Sliney also qualified for finals at ACCs on the 3-meter, where she recorded a career-best eighth place finish. The competition will take place in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, beginning with the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter on Thursday at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s 3-meter and the women’s 1-meter on Friday at 1 p.m. The meet will conclude with the men’s and women’s platform on Saturday at 11 a.m. Following the NCAA Zone C Championships, qualifying women will prepare for the NCAA Championships, which is set to begin on March 20 in Austin, Texas.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Over 95 Bengal residents steer clear of veg food Survey

first_imgKolkata: Has the over dependence of people on meat indirectly helped unholy people to thrive on the business of carcass meat in the state? A nationwide survey conducted by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner states that around 98.55 percent of total population in Bengal is non-vegetarian, which is the second highest in the country after Telangana. Meanwhile, many believe that this huge demand of meat across various markets in the state might have prompted some people to run a parallel business of trading carcass meat, which is allegedly collected from dumping grounds, stored in cold storages and later delivered to various restaurants and hotels in the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the sample registration system (SRS) baseline survey 2014 released by the registrar general of India, around 98.7 percent of male and 98.4 percent of female in Bengal are non-vegetarians. This means only 1.3 percent of the total male population in the state is vegetarian while figure stands at 1.6 in case of females. Bengal ranks second in the list of states, in regard to the prevalence of non-vegetarianism among the population aged 15 years or above, as published in the report. The data shows that around 71 percent of Indians over the age of 15 are non-vegetarians.The percentage of non-vegetarians across the country has, however, has dropped from 75 Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedpercent in 2004. The survey says that Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women enjoying meat, fish and eggs, marginally higher than Bengal. Other states with a high non-vegetarian population include Andhra Pradesh (98.25%), Odisha (97.35%) and Kerala (97%). Vegetarianism, as it is often interpreted as a practice in the country, encouraged or imposed by ideologies of religion and caste, is basically a food habit. Many people think that a life without meat would be boring, unhealthy, and damaging to your body. However, it is debatable. Rajasthan tops the list when it comes to vegetarianism. Around 73.2 percent men and 76.6 percent women in Rajasthan are vegetarians. Haryana follows next with 68.5 percent men and 70 percent women depending on vegetarian diets. Whereas in Punjab, around 65.5 percent of the male population and 68 percent of the female population eat vegetarian food. Ever since the carcass meat row has come to light, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and police conducted raids at various places and seized a huge amount of rotten meat. The selling of various items of meat has dipped considerably since the incident took place. Sudesh Poddar, President of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India said: “We have issued directives to the restaurant owners to buy meat from reputed suppliers having trade and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India license. We have also asked hoteliers and restaurant owners to get the meat tested at a private laboratory. The situation is gradually improving.”last_img read more