The Government says discussions are ongoing to secure a visit to Sri Lanka by US President Barack Obama.Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera said that while Sri Lankan leaders visiting the US is nothing new, securing a visit to Sri Lanka by a US leader will be historic. US Secretary of State John Kerry, during his visit to Sri Lanka this year, had confirmed that the Government had extended an invitation to Obama to visit Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lost the GSP plus concession after being accused of failing to meet human rights related expectations following the end of the war.However the current government, which took office in January this year, has shown progress in addressing the concerns raised by the EU.An EU delegation which visited Sri Lanka this year had said that it was considering Sri Lanka’s request to regain GSP plus. (Colombo Gazette) Perera said that the new Government has been able to strengthen its diplomatic relations with all the countries from the time it took office in January this year.He also said that the Government is confident of regaining the EU GSP Plus trade concession by the end of this year and also lifting the EU ban on Sri Lankan fish imports. Sri Lanka and the US have mended strained relations after the new Government agreed to work with the US on the human rights issue.
The Air Force says the IED was difused in a controlled explosion at the site by Sri Lanka Air Force EOD Personnel. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Air Force says it defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).The IED had been found along a road near the BIA.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO), with international and national health partners, is providing technical support to the ministries of health at the country and sub-regional level.The agency is working to strengthen surveillance activities. Supplies for case management and chlorination of water have also been dispatched to some of the countries.The total number of cholera cases recorded in 2005 now stands at 44,979, compared with 24,621 at the end of last month, in the affected countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal. The death toll is now 724, compared to 401.
OSU co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson works with redshirt freshman tight end Luke Farrell during the opening spring practice for the 2017 season on March 7. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorIt is no secret that Ohio State’s offense over the past several years has been heavily scrutinized by the fanbase.Now that Ohio State has hired a new offensive coordinator, all eyes will be on Kevin Wilson in his debut season as he tries to appease those cries for an improved offense. But with Wilson leaving Indiana for Columbus, many are probably wondering how this new offense will look. QuarterbacksCalling the plays for redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, Wilson will be presented with a new style of quarterback to work with. Over his six seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers, Wilson has coached 15 different quarterbacks, who have amassed a total of 1,820 rushing yards. Barrett has 2,465 rushing yards in three seasons. While mobile quarterbacks have never been a major part of Wilson’s offensive arsenal at Indiana, his signal-callers have always seemed to find success in the passing game. Since 2011, Wilson’s offense has led the Big Ten in passing yards three of the six seasons (2012, 2013, 2015) and finished second in 2016. In four of Wilson’s six seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers’ aerial attack tallied at least 3,000 yards, a feat the Buckeyes have accomplished only once in the Urban Meyer era (2014). Twice, that milestone was reached by just one quarterback (Richard Lagow with 3,362 in 2016; Nate Sudfeld with 3,573 in 2015), without the assistance of a backup quarterback. While Wilson will likely conform a little to Barrett’s game and coach a more mobile quarterback, his track record indicates that Barrett might be counted on for a little more production in the passing game. Wide ReceiversSince 2011 Wilson’s first season as a head coach, 80.6 percent of Indiana’s receiving yards have been tallied by wide receivers. With wideouts like now-Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer and now-Jacksonville Jaguars pass-catcher Shane Wynn, the Hoosiers had for several seasons one of the more potent receiving corps in the Big Ten. This provided their quarterbacks — including Sudfeld, who now plays for the Washington Redskins — plenty of opportunities to air it out.During Wilson’s tenure, wide receivers averaged 13.6 yards per catch. Wideouts totaled at least 2,600 receiving yards, twice surpassing the milestone of 3,000, in four of Wilson’s six years.In Meyer’s first five seasons at Ohio State, wideouts have only accounted for 69.7 percent of all receiving yards, and just 64.4 percent of all receptions.With a wide array of wide receiving options available next season, including redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin at his disposal, Wilson can be counted on to make the Buckeye wideouts more heavily involved than in past offensive schemes. Tight EndsThis season, Meyer and Wilson will feature four former four-star recruits at tight end, including trusted senior Marcus Baugh, who will have to shoulder much of the burden with redshirt sophomore A.J. Alexander out for the season with a knee injury. And Buckeye fans should expect to see Wilson target those tight ends frequently when his offense gets near the end zone. Though Indiana tight ends tallied only 9 percent of total receiving yards during Wilson’s tenure, they accounted for 15.2 percent of the program’s receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. The biggest season for Hoosier tight ends came in 2015, when they were on the receiving end of 18.5 percent of the team’s passing touchdowns that season and 13 percent of all receptions. Wilson’s tendency to distribute the ball to his tight ends might turn around a trend of reduced tight end usage by the Buckeyes over the past two seasons. After a 2014 season when the position was heavily involved, accounting for 19 percent of all touchdown receptions and 11 percent of all total yards, Barrett has not been targeting tight ends over the past two seasons, as they have only caught 4.4 percent of passing touchdowns and 9.4 percent of receiving yards.Running BacksSince Wilson took over the Hoosiers, no position has been drafted as frequently as the running back position at Indiana, with Jordan Howard going in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and Tevin Coleman going in the third round of the 2015 draft. Despite the individual success of Howard and Coleman, a rush-based offense was never something Wilson ran on. Still, the Hoosiers twice finished in the top three for total rushing yards in the Big Ten (second place in 2015, third in 2014). However, the ground game for Indiana dropped off a bit in 2016 as it finished 11th in the conference with only 1,979 yards (3.7 yards per carry).Running backs have also not proven to be a featured part of the passing game at Indiana, like they have at Ohio State. The position accounted for only 15.8 percent of all receptions, 10.5 percent of all receiving yards and just 7.2 percent of receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. Wilson’s reluctance to fully utilize the ground game stands in stark contrast to Meyer’s track record of keeping the backs busy in both the rushing and passing game. Since 2012, 16.3 percent of all receiving yards, 21.9 percent of all receptions and 12.0 percent of all touchdown catches have come from Meyer’s running backs.Part of the reason for this has been Meyer’s consistent inclusion of an H-back, with Curtis Samuel being the most prominent example of this role. Samuel led the Buckeyes with 865 receiving yards a season ago, and finished fourth in 2015. It awaits to be seen exactly how Wilson features the running backs in 2017 and beyond, but Meyer’s past track record of keeping running backs heavily involved could mean Wilson will need to work on utilizing them in his offensive schemes a little bit more than in past years.
A decades-old networking protocol used by global mobile providers may have put U.S. phone users at risk.Federal officials acknowledged the vulnerability in a previously undisclosed letter from the Department of Homeland Security to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), obtained by The Washington Post.Dated May 22, the memo describes Signalling System No. 7 (SS7), a set of protocols developed in 1975 that allows cellular customers to move between networks as they travel.More than 40 years old, the program features little security, according to the Post, which warned of spying by foreign intelligence agencies and criminals.“I don’t think most Americans realize how insecure U.S. telephone networks are,” Wyden said in a statement, published by the paper. “If more consumers knew how easy it is for bad guys to track or hack their mobile phones, they would demand the FCC, and wireless companies do something about it. These aren’t just hypotheticals.” Donald Trump Demands ‘6G’ Rollout ‘As Soon as Possible’China Preps 5G Coverage For World’s Longest Sea Bridge The @FCC can & should conduct an independent assessment of the security of U.S. phone networks, identity which networks are lagging behind, & then force those companies to up their security.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 30, 2018In a separate letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Wyden revealed that a major American wireless carrier suffered an SS7 breach, in which consumer data was accessed.“Although the security failures of SS7 have long been known to the FCC, the agency has failed to address this ongoing threat to national security,” he wrote.The FCC declined to comment beyond saying that it “received and [is] reviewing” the letter.Initially created as a way for telecom companies to exchange information as they routed calls, Signalling System 7 now performs number translation, local number portability, prepaid billing, SMS, and other mass market services for various firms.Anyone with a modicum of tech savvy could hack their way into the network and pretend to be a carrier requesting customer information.SS7 tracking systems around the world create millions of “malicious queries”—messages seeking unauthorized access to data—each month, the Post reported. The most advanced operations can monitor dozens of people for hours at a time, sending alerts if they get close to specific areas or each other.“The FCC must now take swift action,” Wyden wrote, “using its regulatory authority over the wireless carriers, to address the market failure that has enabled the industry to ignore this and other serious cybersecurity issues for decades.”He requested a response from Pai by July 9.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
By Sulayman BahGambia national team will now play Mauritania in Nouakchott for the first-leg according to the Gambia Football Federation.There were initial doubts over possibilities of the game being held in Mauritania amid wide spread media report that Stade Olympique de Nouakchott 40,000-seater stadium is undergoing renovation. Senegal’s Stade Demba Diop was mooted to be the likely ground to host the first-leg game.However a GFF spokesperson told Foroyaa Sport that the game’s venue has never been changed.‘We’ve heard such rumours but they remain rumours as far as the federation is concerned. The match is March 25th Friday in Nouakchott and the return-leg four days later Tuesday March 29th,’ the spokesperson says.Gambia is yet to announce its final squad but the team –sure to include foreign-based players – is expected to camp 20th March before heading to Mauritania.Meanwhile, the Scorpions have been handed a boost ahead of their must-win clash against Mauritania scaling a step above in the new FIFA rankings for this month.Sang Ndong’s men are on one hundred and thirty-five (135) points, representing a one step move up the ladder sitting as the World’s 164th best footballing country. The global rankings is being led by Belgium on one thousand, five hundred and six (1,506) .points.The mathematics is figured out based on teams’ performances in the qualifiers, tournament proper and involvement in international friendly matches.Gambia has been inactive since getting jettisoned off the World Cup in the preliminary round stage by the Brave Warriors of Namibia.Holding of test matches demands funding, a thing that appears unavailable to concerned authorities forcing Sang Ndong to make do with using local Gambia league teams against assembled home-based Scorpions as alternative to international friendly matches.In Africa, Gambia occupies position forty-seven topped by Cape Verde with Ivory Coast, Algeria and Ghana at second and third respectively.
Germany boss Joachim Low omitted Leroy Sane from his final 23-man squad for the World Cup due to concerns over his attitude, claims The SunThe German winger played an integral part of Manchester City’s domination in English football this season as Pep Guardiola’s side claimed a domestic double in breathtaking fashion.Sane’s performances over the course of the campaign had seen being awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year ahead of what was expected to be his maiden World Cup appearance.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…However, the 22-year-old was shockingly dropped in favour of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt with reports now emerging that his attitude during Germany’s World Cup preparations were what ultimately cost him a place in the squad.After Sane’s poor display in Germany’s shock 2-1 defeat to Austria at the weekend, Low was reportedly fearful that he may upset some of the other players if he had decided to select him for Russia.Sane scored 10 league goals and had 15 assists in City’s dominant title-winning campaign, but has yet to find the back of the net for Germany in his 12 appearances.
The Football Association has fined Arsenal manager Unai Emery £8,000 after he accepted charges of improper conduct for kicking a bottle towards a Brighton fan.Emery was caught on camera kicking a bottle in the dugout in the latter stages of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.But he apologized after the game, saying: “I said to them [the supporter], apologies because I kick the bottle after a disappointing action for us in the last minutes,”“It wasn’t hard, but it touched one supporter for them. I said to them ‘I’m sorry’.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Arsenal boss was then charged last week over the incident, and the FA on Monday issued a fine for his improper conduct.According to Sky Sports, the FA released a statement which read: “Arsenal Manager Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.“It concerned his conduct during the game against Brighton on 26 December 2018.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Car Show on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 10am to 2pm. The event will be held in the Swain Green parking lot located at 140 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington during the Wilmington Farmers Market. Attendees are invited to view an assortment of plug-in electric vehicles from local automobile dealers. Local owners will also be in attendance with their electric vehicles to offer insider reviews and commentary. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. This is a family friendly event featuring complimentary snacks, kids’ activities, and a raffle.Plug-in electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel and maintenance costs for owners, and help keep electric rates low.Electric vehicle owners interested in showing their vehicle may register at https://www.rmld.com/electric-vehicle-rebate-programs/webforms/electric-car-show-owner-registration.About Reading Municipal Light DepartmentEstablished in 1894, Reading Municipal Light Department is a municipal electric utility serving over 68,000 residents in the towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has over 29,000 meter connections within its service territory.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”REMINDER: RMLD To Hold Free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event At Wilmington Farmers Market This Sunday (July 15)In “Community”
Already reeling from excess supply, crude oil prices may fall further if sanctions on Iran are eased, since supplies from Iran would double the surplus, currently estimated at 1.2 million barrels a day. Oil prices, which rallied last week following Saudi Arabia’s military attacks in neighbouring Yemen to suppress the Houthi rebels, gave up all the gains on Monday as talks progressed on Iran’s nuclear programme. Traders had believed that the escalation of geo-political tensions in the Middle East would lift prices up. However, oil prices extended their losses to hit $56 per barrel on Monday.Discussions are underway between officials from Iran and six world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme and both the parties will have to reach an agreement by next Tuesday. If there is a deal, sanctions on Iran will be lifted and the country will be allowed to export oil.”Iran is very important in terms of market balances because they can add in another million barrels. However, just to give you numbers again the current oil markets surplus about demand and supplies already 1.2 million barrels a day. So when Iran is also allowed to come back in to the market once the sanctions are removed that would double the market surplus,” said Miswin Mahesh, energy analyst, Barclays, to CNBC-TV18.Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has recently rejected the idea of cutting oil production to shore up prices, even as some members of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) lobbied for cutback in supply.”We think Brent could easily fall into the $40-50 per barrel range again in terms of barrel per dollar and obviously with the WTI discount I would mean WTI in the late 30’s early 40’s that is the levels that we see as a point where you need that price at least for some of the low cost producers to actually make a good sizable return,” Mahesh added.
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, giving her annual State of the City Address. (Photo courtesy of baltimorecity.gov)Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in her annual State of the City Address, on March 9 speech, she touted sharp decreases in Baltimore’s unemployment rate, more businesses moving into or staying in the area, decreases in the homicide rate, and development across the city as accomplishments. However, community advocates raised questions about who exactly is benefiting from the city’s growth, and whether there is sufficient focus on the city’s most vulnerable.“The state of our city is strong,” said Rawlings-Blake towards the conclusion of her speech. “We are growing Baltimore and I plan to keep that momentum going. We are building on a strong fiscal foundation. We’re making Baltimore safer. We’re restoring public trust in government. We’re building new recreation centers and schools. We’re ensuring our children are healthy. We’re creating more jobs and economic activity. We’re growing small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship, we’re taking back our vacant properties one by one, and making our communities stronger.”The Mayor said Baltimore saw a 10 percent drop in homicides in 2014, a one-third drop in unemployment since she took office, a 50 percent decline in the high school drop-out rate over the past five years, and an improved credit rating from Standard & Poor’s.Rawlings-Blake also rolled out a number of new proposals. These included a plan to sell city-owned parking garages to private owners to fund new recreation centers, and a mentorship effort in the vein of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. She also proposes expanding the Baltimore for Healthy Babies initiative to include school age children and teenagers to improve the health of our city’s youth.“The fundamental issue of economic development is that people define it in such broad terms,” said Dayvon Love, director of research and public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. “People say, ‘such and such a thing has $15 million worth of economic impact,’ but there’s no discussion on who that actually directly impacts.”Love said the reduction in state aid to Baltimore City public schools, the result of increased value in the city’s property tax base, is a good example of this failure to address who actually benefits from the city’s development efforts. Much of that increase stems from the value of newer developments, many that do not yet generate tax revenue because of agreements with the city. This creates wealth for developers while depriving the city of funds that could help close the gap in our city’s school budget, thus benefiting a more representative cross-section of Baltimoreans.“There needs to be a more substantive engagement on what economic development looks like in a way that isn’t focused on bringing industry to Baltimore by itself, but is interested in developing a population of people in Baltimore that have access to the economic dynamics that are happening in our city,” said Love.Kim Trueheart, chair of Liberty Elementary School’s Recreation and Tech Center’s steering committee, said she was struck by what was not addressed in the speech. “There was nothing about affordable housing. There was a statement in there that said we’re going to build housing for new people – I thought that was outrageous,” said Trueheart. “There was nothing about homeless people, and we just got through, barely, several weeks of dramatically cold weather, and had to go to extreme measures and open up the War Memorial building, and yet there was no conversation at all about that.”email@example.com
Darjeeling: A man was arrested from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, with nearly one and a half kilogram of gold which he was trying to smuggle out. The gold was found hidden in his rectum.The man was scheduled to board an afternoon Air Asia flight to Delhi. While going through security check, the handheld metal detector of the security personnel began to beep while frisking his lower body. This aroused the suspicion of CISF personnel. He was then asked to walk through the doorframe metal detector. He was then interrogated by a CISF team and asked whether he had any metal implants in his body. When he replied that he did not have any implants, he was handed over to the Central Excise and Customs officials. During further interrogation, he broke down and admitted that he was carrying gold in his rectum. 9 gold biscuits wrapped in three black plastic packets were extracted. The recovered gold is worth around Rs 50 lakh. On January 15, one Gaurav Singh had been arrested from Bagdogra with gold biscuits weighing 900g.
A Muay Thai fight in Belfast, Northern Ireland between to Euro blokes is the last place you’d expect a must-watch martial arts highlight, but that’s exactly what happened recently at something called Siam Warriors Superfights.As the bag pipes played in the background, Mark Frazer caught Robby Drought’s kick and went for a leg sweep and takedown. As he was falling to the ground, Drought unleashed a perfectly placed head kick that dropped a stunned Frazer to the mat.Frazer managed to get up following the kick, but was later TKO’d. In a slow sports week, this is worth a watch.
Three Latin American countries hold elections next month — Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia — a crunch test for ruling leftists seeking to bolster budding dynasties in the face of a regional slowdown.All three countries have become symbols of the region’s leftward tilt in recent years, but only Bolivia looks sure to continue the trend.In Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, an economist and former guerrilla with a no-nonsense reputation, is trying to extend the Workers’ Party’s nearly 12-year reign by winning a second term like her charismatic predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.In Uruguay, fellow ex-guerrilla José Mujica, a folksy iconoclast known for legalizing marijuana and living in a run-down house, is looking to hand power back to his Broad Front party predecessor, medical doctor Tabaré Vázquez, the country’s president from 2005 to 2010.And in Bolivia, Evo Morales, a virulent critic of the United States who became the country’s first indigenous president in 2006, is seeking a third term after winning a Supreme Court ruling allowing him to stand again under a new constitution.“If you had asked me about these elections a year ago, I’d have told you that in all three cases the ruling parties were sure to win,” said Carlos Malamud, a Latin America specialist at the Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid.“But these past few months, in both Uruguay and Brazil, the scenario has evolved considerably.”In Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America and seventh-largest in the world, the October 5 vote has been shaken by the shocking plane crash that killed Socialist candidate Eduardo Campos last month.His running mate, 56-year-old environmentalist Marina Silva, took his place and immediately emerged as a far greater threat to Rousseff, 66.The latest opinion poll indicates Silva would win an October 26 runoff against the incumbent by a margin of 47 percent to 43 percent.Silva, an Evangelical Christian who appeals to both religious conservatives and the left, has vowed to be Brazil’s first “poor, black” president, scooping up undecided voters with the promise of a new direction for a recession-hit country swept by massive protests last year.“She has come to embody the face of change,” said André César of consultancy Prospectiva. The three main Uruguayan presidential candidates in the race for the October 26 vote. (L-R) Ex-president Tabare Vazquez (2005-2010), of the ruling leftist Broad Front (FA), Senator Pedro Bordaberry, the son of a former military dictator, and Luis Lacalle Pou, the candidate for the National Party and the son of former president Luis Alberto Lacalle (1990-1995). AFPIn Uruguay, the race for the October 26 vote has also been rattled by an unexpected latecomer.Luis Lacalle Pou, the son of a former president, defied forecasts to win the center-right National Party’s primary in June, and has since shot up in the polls.The latest gives him 28 percent of the vote, to 40 percent for Vazquez.The little-known 41-year-old has brought new energy to a race long seen as a cinch for 74-year-old Vázquez, who doesn’t use social networks, refuses debates and “thinks the electorate is still the same as 10 years ago,” said Ricardo López Göttig of regional think-tank Cadal.Both the Brazilian and Uruguayan newcomers have been boosted by “a climate of disappointment, fatigue, a general bad mood after a series of leftist governments,” said Adolfo Garcé, a social scientist at Montevideo University.Morales, the exception Bolivian Presidential candidate Samuel Doria Medina (L) and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. AFPBolivia’s October 12 vote looks less volatile, with Morales polling at 56 percent — far ahead of center-right rival Samuel Doria Medina’s 17 percent.Morales, 54, has also refused to debate his opponent.But with economic growth projected at five percent this year, he doesn’t need to.“Morales has never debated in his previous elections and that has always brought him success. Why would he do it now?” said Marcelo Silva, a professor at La Paz University.But elsewhere in the region, the end of a so-called “golden decade” of strong economic growth has brought an increasingly restless electorate, said Daniel Zovatto, Latin America director at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.After expanding by 5.9 percent in 2010 and 4.3 percent in 2011, the region’s economies are expected to grow just 2.7 percent this year, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Part of the new middle class could slip back into poverty. Or demand a better quality of life, more public services,” said Zovatto.“The winds of change are starting to blow in the region.” Facebook Comments Related posts:In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse Brazil split ahead of presidential election Incumbent Rousseff leads in first round of Brazil election, faces runoff US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo
“Try to be something to somebody rather than everything to nobody,” says RoomXML’s Prakash Bang (left). With Mona Tannous and Megan Patroni (Sultanate of Oman) and Mark Luckey (RoomsXML). Next door to the general practitioner you’ve been seeing for years is a cardiologist. Your doctor knows you, you’re comfortable with them, but when you get chest pains, will you go to the general practitioner or the cardiologist?This was the question posed by RoomsXML founder and director Prakash Bang in Sydney last week.His point: in order to survive being overlooked by the self-booking consumer, the traditional bricks and mortar travel agent must specialise.“You can make the pie smaller and smaller by asking yourself what is it you’re really good at,” Mr Bang said.“Try to be something to somebody rather than everything to nobody.” Mr Bang admitted this fact is sometimes “a hard pill to swallow” pointing to RoomXML’s own temptation to sell flights following growth of their core business (a temptation they resisted).According to the agent-only accommodation distributor, “It’s better to sacrifice 90 percent of the market but make sure you own that ten percent.”“It’s about doing more and more about doing less.”Within the coming weeks RoomsXML will release a new feature aimed at helping agents “take the guesswork out of the equation”. Check back on e-Travel Blackboard for more details. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals (TSGYP) are pleased to announce the sale of the 112-foot Westport Raised Pilothouse Motor Yacht RAINMAKER by Yacht Charter and Sales Broker Barbara Stork. The yacht’s new owners, who have renamed her MILK MONEY, made the purchase after enjoying several luxury charter vacations on a very similar Westport 112 through TSGYP’s innovative Try Before You Buy® Program.MILK MONEY (ex-RAINMAKER)“It was such a pleasure to work with these clients, who had not previously owned a large yacht,” said Stork. “After the first charter we arranged for them with their children and grandchildren in The Bahamas, they realized just how much fun they could have spending a family vacation together on board. Then, during their second through forth charters, they had time to truly evaluate and fall in love with the Westport 112 model. I’m delighted we were able to find MILK MONEY (ex-RAINMAKER) for them.” Listing Broker Brian Long of Westport Yacht Sales also assisted with the sale.“I had the pleasure of witnessing the clients’ ‘tears of joy’ when describing the true sense of family they have found through their yachting vacations and how wonderful it will be to have their own boat,” said Jennifer M. Saia, TSGYP President and Charter Specialist. “They don’t mind sharing MILK MONEY with charter guests, and have decided to put her in The Sacks Group Charter Marketing Fleet in order to take advantage of our team’s expert knowledge and logistical support.”Not only did TSGYP’s Try Before You Buy®Program clients help Stork’s clients make an informed decision about their purchase, but it also introduced them to veteran charter Captain David Laird, who will take over MILK MONEY’s helm. “Once Captain David agreed to come aboard, the owners knew they would have a sensational charter program,” Stork said. “We look forward to booking lucky clients on the yacht.”Delivered by the Westport Shipyard in 2001, MILK MONEY is a composite, semi-displacement motor yacht with a cruising speed of over 20 knots. She accommodates eight guests in four luxurious en suite staterooms. A shallow draft of 5’6″ makes her ideal for shallow waters like The Bahamas. A terrific water-sports platform, she has a tender and two WaveRunners, and the owners also plan to offer her with an additional sporty tow-behind tender in select charter areas.MILK MONEY is available for luxury charter vacations in Florida and The Bahamas this winter. At this point, the Holiday weeks are still open, but interested clients should act now as those dates are sure to be reserved quickly!www.sacksyachts.com
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