Diana Inks Charter Deal for Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize vessels, the M/V Seattle. The firm said that the gross charter rate is USD 11,700 per day for a period of minimum fourteen months to about seventeen months.The charter is expected to start on February 6, 2017.Diana also said that the employment of the bulker is anticipated to generate approximately USD 4.91 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Market value of the Capesize dry bulk carrier currently stands at USD 22.47 million, according to information provided by VesselsValue.The 179,362 dwt Seattle has been working for Geneva-based SwissMarine Services since December 2015, Diana’s data shows.Acquired by Diana in 2015, the Seattle was built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2011.Diana’s fleet is currently comprised of 48 dry bulk vessels, which have a combined carrying capacity of 5.7 million dwt and a weighted average age of 7.67 years.last_img read more

Rave party busted in South Delhi 8 arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Excise Department and police busted a party in South Delhi’s and recovered drugs, which was allegedly sold to guests.A senior officer claimed it as a rave party, which was going on in Dhan Mill compound. Police sources said that more than 200 persons were present at the party when raid happened. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Parminder Singh said that in the intervening night of June 8-9, a joint team of excise department led by ACP Alok Kumar and South district police had conducted a raid after getting inputs about violation of excise liquor’s licence and suspected supply of drugs in one of the premises, within the sprawling DHAN MILL compound, 100 Foota Road, Chatterpur Pahadi area, Mehrauli. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”It was also ascertained that the organisers were charging Rs.500/- per unit from the guests for the liquor/ beer being served there. One Pulkit on behalf of organisers claimed that they had a valid liquor licence P 10 for the purpose of serving a limited quantity of beer/liquor,” said Add DCP (South Delhi). However, huge quantity ( much more than the numbers mentioned in the licence)of hard liquor were found at the make shift counters. Pulkit who happened to be main coordinator in organising this zig was arrested along with the cashier and driver of the SUV, in which liquor in violation of licence terms was found. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe revealed that the whole event was organised by one Gaurav Mavi of Noida and Ali redsient of Noida, both dealing in property business and both of them fled from spot when the Raid was conducted. “Cash rupees 5.43 lakhs from sale proceeds of liquor, pills and entry fees reportedly charged by the organisers,” added Singh. Police said they also seized 17 dark brown pills, 21 pink colour tablets. The Delhi Police has registered cases under appropriate sections of the Excise and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act at Mehrauli police station, adding further investigation in the matter is underway. The officer said that 16 persons who had organised the party have been detained for questioning in which eight were arrested including organisers. The party was organised in the name of a foreign DJ. The police sent two decoy policemen who carried two Rs 2, 000 notes and ordered some drinks as they clicked photographs of the guests.last_img read more

Virginia looks to raise age limit on tobacco products

RICHMOND, Va. — Tobacco-friendly Virginia is preparing to raise the age limit on buying traditional and electric cigarettes from 18 to 21.GOP leaders in the majority-Republican General Assembly announced Thursday they were backing legislation to raise the limit for all tobacco products, citing the rapid growth of teenage vaping.Virginia-based tobacco giant Altria announced support for the legislation.The surprise announcement by Republicans is part of a wider effort to broaden their appeal to suburban voters ahead of legislative elections later this year. Altria could also be looking to garner goodwill among lawmakers to diffuse a push for stricter laws on vaping and other tobacco products.Other states have raised age limits, but Virginia has long been entwined with tobacco, which powered its economy when it was a colony 400 years ago.Alan Suderman, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly President travels to Asia for twonation tour

10 March 2010The President of the General Assembly is on his way to the Republic of Korea and the Philippines for talks with senior officials from both countries that will focus on interfaith dialogue, economic development and other issues. Ali Treki travels first to Seoul, the Korean capital, for meetings with that country’s President Lee Myung-bak, Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and National Assembly Speaker Kim Hyung-O, his office announced today.The General Assembly President will then head to Manila for a five-day official visit that will include his attendance at the Special Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue for Peace and Development.Before he left United Nations Headquarters in New York, Dr. Treki met yesterday with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and other senior officials from the African country.The social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders have pledged to try to attain by 2015, topped the agenda of the talks between Dr. Treki and Mr. Bongo Ondimba, according to information released by the Assembly President’s office.The two officials also discussed the situations in Africa and the Middle East, climate change, UN reform and economic development issues. read more

Karunanidhi denies being party to ceding of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka

The DMK passed a resolution opposing the agreement and held State-wide demonstrations opposing the move, he said and added that he himself had participated in the demonstrations. DMK members had opposed the move in Parliament in 1974. The Teso headed by the DMK had decided to move the Supreme Court against the ceding of Katchatheevu on April,15, 2013, and later a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on 10 May 2013. DMK chief M. Karunanidhi has denied the allegation of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa that he was aware of ceding Katchatheevu islet to Sri Lanka and did not oppose the move.Reacting to the Chief Minister’s question that how Karunanidhi was able to add some sections to the agreement, if he was not aware of it, the DMK leader said the DMK pressed for the incorporation of a few sections only after coming to know about the agreement. But, the signing of the agreement was not known to him and it came as a shock for him, he said, according to Deccan Chronicle. He said Jayalalithaa had written a letter to the Centre on July 23, 2003, stating that the best possible solution is to get the island of Katchatheevu and adjacent seas on lease in perpetuity solely for fishing, drying of nets and pilgrimage. She had said the Sri Lanka’s sovereignty over Katchatheevu could be upheld at the same time, the DMK leader alleged. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN envoy hopes talks between Iraqi and Kurdish officials will resolve outstanding

Welcoming the meeting set for Monday between the leaders of Iraq and its Kurdistan region, a senior United Nations official said he hopes the talks will help resolve outstanding issues.Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nichervan Barzani, are set to meet tomorrow in Baghdad, according to a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).“At this critical juncture, sitting together and talking in a constructive spirit is the best way to overcome problems,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI.“Both parties need to address once and for all outstanding issues such as true partnership, security, budget and revenue sharing, in a transparent and frank manner,” he added. “I truly hope this meeting will contribute to finding long-lasting solutions based on the Constitution to overcome Iraq’s current crisis, and to the Kurdish ministers rejoining the Cabinet soon,” Mr. Kobler stressed.Also this weekend, Mr. Kobler deplored the killing of Jalal Diab, the head of the Movement of Free Iraqis (Ansar al-Huriya), calling it “a shameful and despicable murder.”Mr. Diab headed a non-governmental organization defending the rights of the black Iraqi minority community in the south of the country. He was assassinated on Friday in Basra province. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of such an important human rights figure in Iraq, whom I met more than once,” said the envoy, who also condemned the attempted assassination of a young provincial council candidate, Amar Al-Mantifij. read more

Davenport No 22 Marquette women beat Michigan 8574

MILWAUKEE — Erika Davenport scored 21 points and Allazia Blockton had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists to help No. 22 Marquette beat Michigan 85-74 on Sunday night.Davenport was 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds and Blockton hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Amani Wilborn and Danielle King scored 12 points apiece and Natasha Hiedeman had 11 points, seven assists, three steals and two blocks for Marquette (6-1).Hiedeman hit back-to-back 3s — the first of which gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good at 13-12 — during a 16-2 run that made it 24-14 with three minutes left in the first quarter. Blockton scored four points and King and Lauren Van Kleunen hit 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during that stretch. Naz Hillmon answered with a layup to trim Michigan’s deficit to eight points, but Davenport made two layups and Wilborn added a third to make it 30-16 early in the second quarter and Marquette led by double figures the rest of the way.Hillmon, Priscilla Smeenge and Nicole Munger had 12 points apiece for Michigan and Hallie Thome scored 11.The Associated Press 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

Report Last week 564 county flu cases 2 flu deaths

first_img Posted: March 13, 2019 Updated: 11:14 PM KUSI Newsroom Report: Last week 564 county flu cases, 2 flu deaths March 13, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county received reports last week of 564 flu cases and two flu deaths, down from the previous week’s totals, health officials announced today.This season’s flu death toll now stands at 47, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency. A 96-year-old south county woman and a 56-year-old north county man died due to flu complications. Both had additional medical issues, but the county did not disclose whether they had been vaccinated.“We’re two weeks into March and influenza is still making people sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “The best protection against the flu virus is getting vaccinated.”The previous week’s report showed 618 confirmed cases of influenza — the highest number this flu season — and three deaths. The county has confirmed 6,660 flu cases to date, according to the county’s weekly flu report, roughly a third of the 18,758 confirmed cases at this point last season.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Recent flu seasons have extended as late into the year as May, according to county health officials.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.org, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mental health evaluation ordered for shooting suspect

first_imgThe woman accused of shooting her former supervisor at a U.S. Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver will be sent to Western State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols on Tuesday ordered the evaluation of Deborah A. Lennon, 46, at the request of her attorney, Steven Rucker. During the brief hearing, Lennon appeared with Rucker in front of Nichols. She’s is being held at the Clark County Jail on $1 million bail.“There appears to be a history of erratic behavior that would lead us to have concerns about her mental health,” Rucker said. “Before we move forward and do anything in the courts, we have to determine whether she is competent to understand the proceedings and aid and assist counsel.”The evaluation will be restricted to determining whether Lennon is able to aid in her defense. It doesn’t address all mental health issues.Lennon’s arraignment, previously set for Feb. 20, will be delayed pending the evaluation. Nichols scheduled a hearing for March 13, when he will review the evaluation. Lennon is expected to be transported to the hospital within a couple of days, Rucker said.last_img read more

Consider Adopting Your Local Neighborhood Fire Hydrant

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services is asking the public to consider adopting a local neighborhood fire hydrant. In a message from CES, “If you have one of these on your street, or in your yard, please consider spending a few moments digging out around it so that firefighters can quickly locate it and have immediate access. It may save a life, and valuable personal property. “ These devices provide firefighters with a ready and ample supply of water when fighting fires. The only thing that would slow that readily available supply is their ability to locate it and place it into use. Adopt-a-hydrant allows citizens to claim responsibility for shoveling out fire hydrants after heavy snowfall.center_img Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant. This will ensure hydrants are visible and will allow the Fire Department to quickly locate the fire hydrant, obtain a water supply for firefighting activities, and give the fire department room to work with this hydrant should the need arise. In the midst of winter snowstorms, buried hydrants cause dangerous delays for firefighters. But having the department employees check and clear hundreds of hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process.last_img read more

New Ford Explorerbased Police Interceptor Utility is efficient and loaded with tech

first_imgFord introduced the 2020 Explorer at the Detroit Auto Show, and if you’ve imagined what it looks like as a police car, wonder no more.Ford also unveiled the Police Interceptor Utility, the SUV cop car that bears more than a passing resemblance to the 2020 Explorer, at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The headlights look pretty close to the shape seen on the revised Edge SUV, but the rear end is just about all Explorer, staying close to the look of the previous generation.The automaker will offer three powertrains in the new Police Interceptor Utility. The standard setup is a 3.3-liter hybrid-electric configuration, which Ford believes will carry an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg combined, some 41 percent higher than the current model with its 3.7-liter gas engine. A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and a 3.3-liter V6 are also available. No matter the engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.The hybrid is the focus of Ford’s release, and for good reason — there’s a whole lot of wasted gas money to be saved with the Police Interceptor Utility’s hybrid variant. Ford estimates that if every Police Interceptor utility sold in 2017 were upgraded to the new hybrid model, it could save about 43 million gallons of fuel. At current gas prices, that could save police departments between $118 million and $193 million.Enlarge ImageHeads up, scofflaws: You have another set of headlights and running lights to memorize. Steven Pham/Roadshow When the Michigan State Police tested the new Police Interceptor Utility with its hybrid powertrain, it shone. It beat competitive police utility vehicles in a 0-to-100-mph sprint, and it also beat the competition in a lap around the MSP’s test track. Ford’s latest police ute also has the highest top speed of any cop car the MSP tested, at 137 mph. The only vehicle faster than the hybrid was the new Police Interceptor Utility equipped with the 3.0-liter turbo V6.Standard equipment on the Police Interceptor Utility includes cloth front seats with reduced bolsters for easier ingress and egress, in addition to vinyl rear seats, a vinyl floor and anti-stab plates behind the front seats. Under the body, the cooling has been improved, and the brakes are tuned specifically for police use. LED headlights are standard, too, because visibility never hurts.Ford threw some new cop-specific tech into the mix, too. The standard Police Perimeter Alert uses the vehicle’s parking sensors to detect motion around the vehicle, locking the doors and alerting the officer inside. It will also display motion trails to track the detected object or person. Dodge has a similar system on its latest Charger-based police car. Ford also equips each Police Interceptor Utility with a modem and two years of its Telematics service, which can track vehicle usage and location. 25 Photos News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts Share your voice Ford 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker Comment More about 2019 Ford Ranger 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ More From Roadshow Ford SUVs Car Industry Ford Police Interceptor Utility: The fuzz goes green 1 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ Tags Ford: Keep in the know with all the Big Blue Oval news you can read.2019 Ford Edge: Check out our first drive in the Explorer’s smaller sibling. 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUVlast_img read more

Mines dept suffers from acute staff crunch in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: The Mines and Geological department in Mahbubnagar is facing severe staff crunch as authorities are finding it difficult to supervise and inspect hundreds of quarries and mines located across Mahbubnagar and Narayanpet districts.At present there are 68 mines and quarries located in Mahbubnaga and about 32 quarries are situated in Narayanpet district. As there are only 5 members who are serving in Mines and Geological department in the district, the little staff it is not adequate to serve the needs of the two districts and therefore the State government has directed the district administration not to carryout division of the staff and let the operations continue from the old district of Mahbubnagar. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Because of this, the Mining department officials are not able to supervise over 100 quarries leased to various companies across Narayanpet and Mahbubnagar districts. “We are facing actuate shortage of staff. For both the districts of Mahbubnagar and Narayanpet only 5 member staff is available because of which we are not able to discharge our duties effectively as we are overburdened with various activities at a time,” said a senior official. However, despite suffering lack of adequate staff, the department is earning big revenues for the government’s exchequer from the district. The department has been consistently achieving 100 per cent targets set by the government. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The major earnings for the Mining department in Mahbubnagar is received from leasing the quarries of quartz, granite, lime stone, marble stone and sand to the private owners. Last year during 2018-19, the State government had set a target of achieving Rs 70 crore revenue, as against this the district mines department earned Rs 90 crore which is Rs 20 crore more than the set target. Advertise With Us This year again, the State government had given a target of achieving Rs 115 crore to the combined Mahbubnagar and Narayanpet Mines department. Of this Mahbubnagar is given the target of Rs 75 crore while Narayanpet Rs 40 crore. However, the officials are terming this target to be very tough to achieve as they are already overburdened due to lack of staff. “We have been doing our best with the little staff and last year we could comfortably achieve the revenue targets. This year as the target is Rs 45 crore more than the last years, it may be tough to achieve it given the low strength of staff. But we will do our best to reach the targets,” said Mohanlal, Assistant Director, Mines and Geological department, Mahbubnagar. In Narayanpet alone there are 100s of small and big quarries. Once the officials give license to the digging companies, they have to inspect and supervise on a regular basis to ensure whether the leaser is dinging the quarry as per the norms or not. However, in many of the cases there are incidents where the quarry owners sometimes tend to cross over the norms and violate the terms these issues must be supervised and inspected regularly for which there is a need to have adequate staff. However there are no possibilities that the government will fill up the vacancies in the Mines and Geology department and the task for the mines department is said to be very tough.last_img read more

At least 15 dead as wall collapses in monsoonhit Mumbai

first_imgAn Indian man wheels a bicycle along a flooded street after heavy rain showers in Mumbai on 1 July. Photo: AFPAt least 15 people were killed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai early Tuesday when a wall collapsed during torrential monsoon downpours.Another 69 were injured when the structure came down around 2:00am (2030 GMT Monday) in a slum settlement, Tanaji Kamble, a disaster management spokesman for Mumbai’s local authority, told AFP.The tragedy came as the teeming coastal settlement of 20 million residents was lashed by heavy rains for a second consecutive day, bringing the city to a virtual standstill.Authorities declared Tuesday a public holiday and advised all residents to stay indoors. Schools and colleges were closed while flights were diverted from Mumbai’s main airport.Large swathes of Mumbai received around 100 millimetres (4 inches) of rain overnight into Tuesday morning, leaving low-lying parts submerged in water.Train services on Mumbai’s colonial-era rail network, a lifeline for the city’s population, were reduced due to waterlogged tracks while motorists were seen pushing cars through flooded streets.Rescuers were sifting through the wreckage of the wall that collapsed in a slum area in Mumbai’s north, in the hope of finding more survivors trapped under rubble.”Rescue operations are underway and more details are awaited. Besides, a team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took control of the situation,” a National Disaster Response Force official told the Press Trust of India news agency.Mumbai’s streets regularly flood during the monsoon, which runs from June until September or October, and which provides India with most of its annual rainfall.In 2005, 950 millimetres (37 inches) of rain fell on the coastal metropolis in just 24 hours, killing more than 500 people.In August 2017, intense rainfall brought the commercial hub to a virtual standstill for two days and left at least 10 people dead.Building collapses are common during the monsoon when dilapidated structures buckle under the weight of continuous rain.Activists say Mumbai’s susceptibility to floods has worsened in recent years due to a construction boom that is trying to keep up with the city’s swelling population.Much of Mumbai’s mangrove cover, which is extremely effective in helping to drain water, has been destroyed over the past decade to make way for glitzy high-rises.According to various studies, anywhere between 40 to 50 per cent of the city’s population live in slums, which become a sea of blue tarpaulin every monsoon as residents try to keep out the rain.last_img read more

How To Deal With Sexual Harassment At Work

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marissa CummingsJackie Ford with the Vorys law firm says employers should nip sexual harassment in the bud as soon as possible.The recent firing of popular – if controversial – Fox News host Bill O’Reilly shook the TV world.It also put a focus on how employers should deal with allegations of sexual harassment.To learn more about that, we sat down with Jackie Ford, an employment lawyer and partner at the Houston office of the Vorys law firm, for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.To listen to the interview, click on the play button above. Share X 00:00 /03:35last_img read more

Google Teams Up With Fandango to Bring Movie Ticket Sales to Google

first_img Popular on Variety Google and Fandango have teamed up to let consumers buy movie tickets with voice commands: The two companies teamed up to bring Fandango’s online movie ticket sales to the Google Assistant, which powers voice interactions on Google’s line of Google Home smart speakers as well as Android phones, Android TVs and other devices running the assistant software.Consumers can access Fandango’s service by saying “Okay Google, let’s buy movie tickets.” They can also ask for a specific movie with commands like “Hey Google, let’s buy tickets for ‘Black Panther’.” The integration even makes it possible to buy advance tickets for upcoming movie premieres.However, Google Home users won’t actually be able to buy the tickets without ever looking at a screen. After selecting a movie and nearby theater as well as a show time, the voice action simply sends a link to buy those tickets to their phones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “At Fandango, we’ve built ticketing innovations for a wide variety of mobile, social, AI bot and voice-activated platforms, so we can super-serve moviegoers at scale, wherever and whenever they are thinking about and planning a trip to the movies,” said Fandango president Paul Yanover in a statement.  “We’re thrilled to be working with Google once again, bringing movie discovery and ticketing capabilities to users on the Google Assistant, and giving them access to the widest choice of theaters from their living room or while on the go.”last_img read more

3 Steps to Better Business Pitches

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read November 12, 2007 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you’re human and in business, some of the skeletons in your closet belong to the bones of initiatives and projects you fought for but which died a bloody and mysterious death. In my writer’s eye, you’re half reading this, half zoned out, flashing back to a truly brilliant job done by yourself, a colleague, or a team pitching a rock-solid project that never got off the starting block.My purpose here is to reach out to IT leaders, IT managers, and other individuals seeking to effectively advocate for something (anything) to leadership higher than themselves in the form of a pitch. I’m assuming two things. First, you know the technical (i.e. practical, procedural) workings of your project or subject inside out. Second, you can effectively communicate that much in presentations.This article isn’t a slide deck recipe of the critical elements of business pitches. Instead, I ask you to think with me about the critical context issues that affect pitch success, while I provide objective thinking points for action and improvement.In short, I’m working from the basis of four key points:Pitches are nothing more than the midpoint in a larger conversationAssuming the perspective of the audience is criticalFocusing on the larger conversation will help align your perspective with your audience and tune your approach, greatly improving your odds of successMost presenters do not master thisTake a lesson from the world of venture capital. Attend enough events and you’ll hear the same company present again and again but the story tends to change over time, even if the company does not. Why?Successful entrepreneurs voraciously seek feedback, coaching, and more chances, striving to get out of their heads and into the minds of investors a little more each time. Admittedly, startups have something pitchers within corporations usually don’t: Second, third, and even twentieth chances to pitch, as well as alternative sources of funding. But two lessons remain: Those that succeed see their pitches as part of a conversation, and they shift their perspective.To understand how these points work together, let’s look more closely at the three phases of the conversation: the preparation, the pitch, and the follow-up.1. PreparationYour goal: Discover your audience and the information they need in order to move forward with your plan.Know your audience. Great advice, but what does it mean? If you’re the director of technology at your company and have worked with your CTO or CEO for a couple of years, you know them, right? But what does it truly mean to know your audience in your situation? Do you know precisely what information they will need to see about your project in order to reach a decision? More importantly, do you know what they will do with the information? Or whether they are the final decision makers?For example, depending on your organization’s governance structure and the nature of your project, the CTO and CEO in the above example may need to get board approval. Or buy-in from a business partner. In either case, your job just became much less about convincing the CTO and CEO and more about preparing them with the information they need in order to go sell your project to someone else.That affects not only your presentation, but also how you relate to your audience and their needs. Note how it alters conversation, triggers it much earlier, and radically shifts your perspective.True, this may not be precisely the situation at your organization, but the fundamental premise applies. Build a list of questions, and then go ask.2. The PitchYour goal:Build recognition of a situation that absolutely must be solved/changed/stopped (pain)Identify a desirable goalPosition your plan as achieving that resultClose the deal here (optional)In my nonscientific polling, it’s a toss-up as to what’s the No. 1 flub in business pitches of all kinds. It’s either focusing way too much on technical details, or having far too little evidence of a sound operational plan that will make good use of money.It’s not the only way, but a great approach is to build pain that a situation must be changed: an opportunity seized, a problem solved, etc. Your goal is to position your plan as effectively achieving that result, and do so without choking on technical details. Be absolutely able to speak to a forward action roll-out plan that demonstrates how you will achieve objectives and therefore be fiscally accountable. Don’t fake anything, though. If you don’t know an answer, promise to find out.Should you close the deal? Sure, if you can. But remember: It’s all about the perspective of your audience. If they didn’t come to decide “Yes or No,” then you’re probably not getting approval today, and that’s OK. That’s what follow-up is for.3. The Follow-UpYour goal:Provide informationManage objectionsClose the dealFollow up information requests with unbelievable speed. This goes beyond providing the complete answer and includes keeping requestors in the loop along the way. Make contact within 24 hours of the presentation even if you don’t have all requested information. This gives you the dual opportunity to demonstrate tenacious follow-through and, more important, discover and manage new issues as well as those that don’t get raised in meetings.This one-on-one interaction also gives a valuable chance to find out who your allies are. At this point, begin suggesting one or two well thought out strategic “getting started” steps to get the project rolling (e.g. proof-of-concepts, markets tests, etc.).SummaryIt’s human nature to want to do a good job. For too many presenters, however, this translates as too much attention paid to inner workings of project solutions, presentation mechanics, and self-evaluation. Make no mistake: these things are important, but there’s more. You’re not the center of the universe, and the success of your presentation goes radically beyond both your presentation skills and even the face value merits of your initiative.Re-frame your thinking to cast your presentation as a conversation where the pitch is the midpoint rather than the end game, focus your attention on understanding your audience’s perspective and actual needs, and then answer those needs. You’ll be miles ahead.Dustin Wallingoffers advisory management consulting to leaders of small and midsize businesses seeking improved productivity, profitability, and stakeholder value. Previously, Dustin was principal of a technical consulting firm offering services to enterprise-minded businesses of all sizes.last_img read more

Operators showcase Destination NSW to India

first_img“This Trade Mission will help our tourism operators make important connections to the key travel businesses in India and continue to raise our profile in this important market.” The ten companies travelling to India next week include; Accor, APT, Grand Pacific Drive, Merlin Entertainments Group, Mirvac, Scenic World Blue Mountains, Sydney Showboats & Magistic Cruises, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa and Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J NSW travel leaders have released plans to sponsor up to ten tourism operators to attend a Tourism Australia organised tradeshow in India.Tapping into the growing travel market, the three day event will kick off on 25 August and will expose agents and key buyers in India to NSW.“The trade mission will provide the ideal platform to showcase the diverse appeal of our State, highlighting the wealth of tourism experiences, cultural and natural attractions on offer in Sydney and regional NSW,” Destination NSW tourism executive director Lyndel Gray  said.“At least 100 Indian buyers from key markets will attend the three-day mission, and those buyers are from agencies that have invested in training their staff under the Aussie Specialist Program.” According to Ms Gray up to 65,000 visitors from India travelled into NSW for the year ending December 2010, a 18.4 percent increase on the 2009 period.The tourism executive explained that the region is an important target for Australia’s tourism industry because over the same year travellers from India injected up to $2.8 million in spending, a 35.5 percent rise on 2009.“The number of Indian visitors to Australia is expected to grow at around 9 per cent per annum over the next decade and we are keen to make sure that Sydney and NSW continue to be their number one preferred destination,” she explained.last_img read more

Ministry of Civil Aviation launches a new digital experience for air travellers

first_imgThe Ministry of Civil Aviation has added a Digital experience for air travellers through DigiYatra platform. The ‘DigiYatra’ is an industry-led initiative coordinated by the Ministry to transform the nation into a digitally empowered society. This follows Air Sewa which brought together all the stakeholders on a common platform for handling customer grievances and disseminating real-time data.The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressed hope that the initiative of ‘DigiYatra’ will transform the flying experience for passengers and position Indian Aviation amongst the most innovative air networks in the world.The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha recently launched the report on ‘DigiYatra’, stating that the initiative aims to bring together entire industry to develop a digital ecosystem that will deliver Indian customers a seamless, consistent and paperless service experience at every touch point of their journey.Sinha informed that the platform will be built on four key pillars like Connected Passengers, Connected Airports, Connected Flying and Connected Systems which can make it possible over a period of time for passengers to:– Plan their trips efficiently by identifying price trends and estimate future airfares at the time of ticket booking,– Optionally link their Aadhaar to airlines and other ecosystem players at the time of booking for faster airport entry and automated check-ins without requiring any paper-based interventions,–  Walk-through security scanners swiftly owing to advanced biometric security solutions,– Receive relevant information pertaining to various facilities, protocols, airline timings, queue lengths at airports etc.,– Engage in customised digital offerings at experience zones,– Get real-time notifications about congestion and delays to have greater visibility on the next step of journey,– Conveniently navigate through the airport using digital guidance systems, interactive kiosks and augmented reality apps,– Stay connected during flights and indulge in immersive experiences. Also book in-flight services and destination based offerings digitally,– Get a prompt when their luggage reaches the baggage claim belt, and– Submit grievances, share experiences and provide feedback.last_img read more

The Next Recession on the Horizon

first_imgThe Next Recession on the Horizon in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News 8 days ago 211 Views HOUSING Recession Zillow 2019-07-25 Seth Welborncenter_img According to experts, the next recession is on its way, and could begin next year. According to the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, conducted quarterly by Pulsenomics, a panel of more than 100 real estate economists and experts concluded that the next recession will likely begin in 2020.Half of Zillow’s survey respondents said that the next recession will start in 2020, and around 19% stated that Q3 2019 will likely be the beginning of the recession. Another 35% of experts think the current expansion will end in 2021.According to Zillow, trade policy will be a driving force behind the next recession, with only a few experts, just 12 respondents, pointing toward housing as a significant factor.”Housing slowdowns have been a major component, if not catalyst, for economic recessions in the past, but that won’t be the case the next time around, primarily because housing will have worked out its kinks ahead of time,” said Skylar Olsen, Zillow Director of Economic Research. “Housing markets across the country are already heading into a potential correction a solid year before the overall economy is expected to experience the same. The current housing slowdown is in some ways a return to balance that will help increase the resiliency of the housing market when the next recession does arrive.” Housing may not be the cause, but it will likely still feel the impact of the next recession. About 51% of survey respondents stated that home buying demand will be somewhat or significantly lower in 2020 compared with 2019, and Zillow notes that Homes will likely stay on the market longer and bidding wars will become less common. However, a recession may not result in a plunge in home values. Home prices are predicted to rise 4.1% in 2019, and 2.8% in 2020, down from the Q2 2018 prediction of 2.9% growth.”More than any other factor with the potential to impact home-buying demand through 2020, mortgage rates are viewed by our expert panel to be most significant,” said Pulsenomics Founder Terry Loebs. Sharelast_img read more