Liberia to Seek Election to International Maritime Council

first_imgIMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim and Ambassador Isaac JacksonLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson Jr., has announced the country’s intention of seeking re-election as a Category C Member of the International Maritime Council.Ambassador Jackson made the declaration at a Friday meeting with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, in London.Amb. Jackson said this ambition is a further expression of Liberia’s commitment to the global partnership that works towards a safe and collaborative environment for the development of the Maritime industry.Speaking from London, he noted that a place on the 40-member Council would grant Liberia voting rights and enhance the nation’s involvement with the IMO. Liberia already has one of the largest shipping registries in the world, second only to Panama.Ambassador Jackson recalled Liberia’s active role from the formation of the IMO back in 1959, noting that as a traditional leader in the global maritime infrastructure, Liberia will remain steadfast in contributing in whatever way to strengthen the sector and increase its value in the world.Jackson appreciated the significant benefits that the maritime sector brings to Liberia, especially through trading vessels that call daily at Liberia’s ports, as well as training opportunities through the Integrated Technical Co-operation Program (ITCP) towards attaining uniform global technical standards.Jackson expressed hope that working together in pursuance of IMO’s mandate, they will succeed in making the maritime industry more sustainable, safer and more responsive to changing security, technological and environmental approaches.Ambassador Jackson also conveyed the kindest regards of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia, and added that his appointment has a global outreach, and a further indication of the government’s continued determination to collaborate with other Member States and the Secretariat.For his part, the Secretary-General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, expressed satisfaction for the high quality standards being used in the management of the Liberian maritime program, stating that said standards was contributing to maritime safety in the world. He then praised Liberia’s representation at the IMO, describing it as outstanding.He concluded by saying that Liberia has a rich maritime history and as such, he was looking forward to working with its new Permanent Representative.Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the meeting by the Alternate Permanent Representative Mr. Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr Gustav Barnard; and Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs, Mr. Albert Jaja.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Too Difficult to Close

first_imgSome people brag about having really high close rates. They close deals at 80 or 90 percent win rates. They’re proud to be “closers,” and they are especially proud of their mostly undefeated records.Other people have really low close rates. They close 15 or 20 percent of the deals they pursue. These folks wish they were closers. They’re unhappy with their close rates and with their performance.Both of these groups have a similar problem.Avoiding Deals Too Difficult to CloseYou generally find one of two things to be true when someone has a close rate in the 80 or 90 percent range.The first reason their win rate might be so high is because they only put the deals they actually win into their CRM. That’s one way to have a nice high win rate, but it’s awful for improving your performance. Not tracking your losses is like a football team that avoids watching their films after losing a game (something they never, ever do).The second reason some salespeople have high close rates is because they never compete for any deal that is difficult to win. If it’s going to be highly competitive, they bow out. If the client is going to be difficult, they refuse to compete. Even if the deal is just going to take a lot of time and effort, they avoid it.Because a deal is going to be competitive, difficult, and take time and energy is no reason to avoid competing. This is what sharpens your skills, and you will also win some of the deals (you cannot win deals for which you never compete).You might have better numbers with a 40 percent win rate than with an 80 percent win rate. Like all metrics, this one only tells part of the story.Too Difficult to WinSalespeople with low close rates struggle to win deals. Winning deals is difficult, and these salespeople haven’t yet developed the skills necessary to compete and win. For them, the opportunities they compete for are too difficult to close.These salespeople need to improve as salespeople before they can improve their win rates. They need to develop the attributes of good salespeople, and they need to learn all the necessary skills.Win rate is a single metric, but it does tell a story. Your win rate may be too high, in which case you should pursue deals that will stretch you. It may also be too low, in which case you need to focus on your growth and development. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Sacramento youngsters lead World past US in NBA Rising Stars game

first_imgHanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH World Team’s Buddy Hield, of the Sacramento Kings, shoots as U.S. Team’s Taurean Prince, of the Atlanta Hawks, defends during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool via AP)LOS ANGELES — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans.Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum The annual showcase of the NBA’s top rookies and second-year players again served as the opening to the three-day All-Star festivities, which are being held in Los Angeles for the record sixth time.But this show was headlined by two shooting stars from the upstate rivals of the hometown Lakers and Clippers, with Hield and Bogdanovic combining to hit 12 of the World’s 23 3-pointers. The World has won this All-Star showcase four consecutive times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You know, it was (an) All-Star Game, so it wasn’t like a really competitive game,” Hield said. “But the World has been getting better. I’m proud to see a lot of guys around the world from France, Australia, you have (Joel) Embiid from Cameroon. Everybody is showing progress, and the world is showing progress catching up to American basketball. This shows how hard we’ve been working and how dedicated we are to this game.”Indeed, the 10-man American team struggled to keep up with the 10-man team representing everywhere else, from Canada to Croatia to Cameroon. Eight of the World’s 10 players hit double figures, including 21 from Denver’s Jamal Murray, the Canadian MVP of this game last season with 36 points. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Both Kings guards excelled against their Sacramento teammate, De’Aaron Fox, who scored four points for the U.S.“I told him I would score on him,” Bogdanovic said. “I should (have) bet as well, but we didn’t bet, so I didn’t get some extra money.”The biggest cheers at Staples Center went to Lakers youngsters Kuzma and Brandon Ingram on the U.S. team. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the U.S. roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.Ingram, who scored eight points, and Kuzma were both playing in their third game in three nights, including a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. But they are the struggling marquee franchise’s only representatives at the latest All-Star weekend in its hometown.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers (23-34), who also had Larry Nance Jr. in the dunk contest before trading him to Cleveland, are likely to miss the playoffs for a team-record fifth consecutive season.“It was a good pickup game,” Ingram said. “Guys got to go out there and hit a few shots and have fun. Got a couple dunks at the end. It was just good for the fans.”Embiid provided the third quarter’s best highlight with a nimble spin move into a ferocious dunk while the World padded its lead out to 32 points in the third and 39 in the fourth. Embiid only played nine minutes, but also hit a 3-pointer.The final seconds devolved into an uncontested dunk contest, and the Americans finally had a few highlights. Brown and Atlanta’s John Collins both threw down ferocious , acrobatic slams .Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. also warmed up for their participation in Saturday’s dunk contest with a couple of nasty slams in the first half. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Boston’s Jaylen Brown led the U.S. with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma, the hometown Lakers’ promising rookie, added 20.Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons also was sharp in his rookie debut in the game, with the Aussie No. 1 pick contributing 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals while catalyzing the World’s offense. His 76ers teammate, Croatia’s Dario Saric, also hit four 3-pointers.Hield, who is from the Bahamas, will be sorry to see the end of his eligibility for this game, in which he scored 28 points last season in New Orleans as a rookie with the Pelicans. The sweet-shooting Kings guard hit five 3-pointers.Bogdanovic, from Serbia, was even better from long range, going 7 for 13 on 3-pointers and even adding six assists to earn MVP honors.“I approach every single game the same way,” Bogdanovic said. “Try to compete to be the best version of myself that day, and it just happened tonight. You never know when it’s going to happen.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas shifts focus to Japan

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “All we wanted to do was compete, compete hard, and we did that,” said Reyes in a post-game press conference after their 84-68 loss. “But it’s hard coming into the ball game when you’re also thinking of the next game.”READ: Downed underFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines, which slipped to 2-1 in Group B, will face Japan next in Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday and that was what bugged Gilas during their game at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena.“We have a long trip ahead of us and we have to play Japan,” said Reyes. “So as much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we were managing minutes because we know we’re gonna need fresh legs against Japan.” “Our game could’ve been better but the effort was there,” said Reyes. “We thought, at least, we’ve accounted well for ourselves to compete against this Boomers squad.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Westbrook’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder past Kings Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may have just waltzed into Australia with a mental focus split in two.Head coach Chot Reyes was aware that the Philippines were facing the no. 10 team in the Fiba world rankings, but he admitted that Gilas also thought of their next opponents in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Philippines already beat Japan, 77-71, back in November in Tokyo but will now host the Japanese for the second leg.READ: Gilas Pilipinas bows to Australia in Fiba World qualifiersAndray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo were the two Gilas players who spent the most time on the floor with more than 25 minutes under their name while Kevin Alas and Matthew Wright both played 22 minutes.Reyes added that he “can’t complain about the effort” of his team, which is ranked no. 31 in the world.The Philippines held ground early in the second quarter with a 30-25 lead but ultimately crumbled against Australia’s pressure with the Boomers going on a 12-2 run to finish the half and taking a 37-32 lead heading into the break.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more