Controlling the Nonlinear Sales Conversation

first_imgAs much as we have come to describe the sales conversation (or buying process) as linear, it is nonlinear. Our slide decks that show pictures of boxes that start on the left side with target, finishing on the right with the sale complete. Deals do not often proceed as such, many times going forward only to later retrace ground you have already covered.Because this is true, managing the process is critical, and that outcome allows for an agile, dynamic process for an equally dynamic conversation.Go Backwards to Go ForwardA new entrant to the conversation shows up after you have done good discovery work with the contracts with whom you have been working. This new stakeholder has missed out on the entire discovery process, and even though you asked who else might need to be part of this process, no one mentioned this person’s name. But now they are involved.Depriving this person of the chance to participate in discovery opens up the genuine possibility that you will leave out of your solution the very thing they need to agree to move forward. To go forward, you are going to go backward first. Even though you believe this is going to take more time, the investment of time here is better than a faster path to a loss.Serve Stakeholders Where They Are without Giving Up CommitmentsSome salespeople refuse to even discuss pricing without first doing the deep discovery work they believe allows them to create enough value to justify the investment they require. Others refuse to talk about solutions, resisting answering questions until they gain context. But one size fits all approaches to sales aren’t as useful as being able to focus on winning the right commitments while being flexible in your approach.You will find prospects further ahead in the process than you wish they were. They may buy what you sell frequently enough to have definite ideas of what they need, what they want, and what they need from a potential partner. You may have been taught to qualify prospects without ever being informed that they are sometimes qualifying you.You take clients where you find them, which is to say, you may have to answer questions before you earn the right to go back and pick up some of the commitments you still need your prospect to make and keep, like collaborating, building consensus, and reviewing potential solutions.Proposing Next Steps That Advance the InitiativeManaging the process will almost invariably require you to propose what next steps are necessary for you and your prospect to do your best work together. There are some who would tell you that you must follow your prospective client’s lead, fearing that doing anything other being compliant puts the opportunity you are pursuing at risk—even though your obligation to your client is to do what’s right, even if it means you have to deal with some small conflict, and even if it makes you and your client uncomfortable.If you want to be consultative, you have to do what is right, not what is easy. You need to do your best to control the process, at least as it pertains to doing all the things necessary to succeed in helping your client—and in doing so, winning their business. Even if it isn’t a straight line, you need key moving forward, even if not in the optimal order.The process may be nonlinear, but that doesn’t mean you should give up doing what’s right. It means you need to more flexible in your approach, more aware of what you still need to do for and with your clients and to propose next steps that move you both forward together. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UM Motorcycles to launch Renegade Classic in June

first_imgIf reports are true, then UM Motorcycles could be launching their latest bike for the Indian market. UM Motorcycle is all set to launch the Renegade Classic, unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016, sometime in June-July. The Auto Expo 2016 also marked the entry of UM Motorcycles in the Indian market.This will be the third bike from UM Motorcycles in the Indian market, as the company already has UM Renegade Commando and UM Renegade Sport S on the Indian streets.UM Renegade ClassicALSO READ:UM Motorcycles forays into India with launch of Renegade Sport S, Commando, ClassicSo what do we know of the upcoming UM Motorcycles Renegade Classic:Design:UM Renegade Classic The front part of the UM Renegade Classic gets a tall windshield above the single chromed headlamp. The Renegade Classic also comes with fog lamps on both the headlamps and comes with wide handlebar for smooth and comfortable ride.ALSO READ: UM Motorcycles to unveil Renegade cruiser bikes at Auto Expo 2016Moreover, the UM Renegade Classic gets spoke wheels with spokes.Engine:The UM Renegade Classic comes fitted with a 279cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled petrol engine which churns out peak power of 25bhp @8,500rpm and peak torque of 21.8Nm @7,000rpm, mated to a six-speed synchronous mesh overdrive transmission.UM Renegade ClassicPerformance:ALSO READ: Mahindra Mojo has the right amount of premiumnessUM Renegade Classic has a company claimed top speed of 125km/hr.Dimensions:The upcoming UM Renegade Classic is 1975mm in length, 1280mm in height and 730mm in width with kerb weight of 172kgs.advertisementUM Renegade ClassicCompetition:The upcoming UM Renegade Classic will rival Royal Enfield 350, Mahindra Mojo and Kawasaki Ninja 300 in the Indian market.ALSO READ:Mahindra Mojo stays steady even at high speedPrice: UM Renegade ClassicWe expect the UM Renegade Classic to come within the price bracket of Rs 1.90 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 1.95 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

Kiefer fuels NLEX victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We didn’t have that threat, that steadiness in the end game: A guard who can bring the ball down and make decisions,” coach Yeng Guiao said. “That’s something we’ve been missing without Kiefer.”Ravena poured 14 of his total 20 points in the first half and then turned to his playmaking and defense to keep Phoenix in the back seat when it mattered the most.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Kiefer is always going to be a threat going to the basket. So he’s going to attract a lot from the defense and he’s making good decisions spotting open people,” the fiery Guiao said.Olu Ashaoulu fired 29 points to lead NLEX. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Baldwin as program director, not coach; SBP confident Cone will take SEAG job MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:00Games and Amusement chair: Kiefer Ravena should be allowed to play in PBA00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Guiao asked the league to review Marcelo’s foul: “If you see the tape, he made a forceful motion to really bend (Erram’s) arm.”Ticket promoMeanwhile, the PBA will sell tickets for the Governors’ Cup at 50 percent off starting Sept. 25. To avail of the discount, fans must simply present proof of purchase of the products any of the PBA’s 12 teams at the ticket promo booth where the games are played.The proof of purchase includes four packs of Alaska milk or Alaska chocolate powdered milk drink, two bottles of Blackwater Fragrance, a minimum P250 worth of Dyip Ko Shuttle tickets, five seals of GSM products, a minimum P250 worth of any Magnolia chicken products, Meralco bill receipt, P250 worth of NLEX/SLEX toll receipts, used Air Asia boarding pass or e-ticket confirmation, P250 worth of Phoenix products, eight San Miguel Beer crowns and one unused Smart/TNT/Sun prepaid card or minimum P150 worth of e-load.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano In the later game, Meralco came from behind to turn back defending champion Magnolia, 98-92, as Chris Newsome scored 22 points and import Allen Durham added 21.Ravena, who spent 18 months away from the sport following a Fiba ban for mistakenly ingesting a banned substance, finished with nine boards and seven assists.“I got that monkey off my back in the PBA,” he told reporters. Ravena’s first official stint back from the Fiba ban was with Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup.Phoenix’s old reliable Eugene Phelps, meanwhile, led the way with 38 points and 10 rebounds, while Matthew Wright tossed in 24 more in the losing stand.NLEX big man Poy Erram, who hurt his left elbow after tangling with Dave Marcelo, was rushed to an unspecified hospital. The extent of the injury has yet to be determined.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? NLEX has caught a glimpse of its lethal form. One that will feature Kiefer Ravena a lot.The Road Warriors opened their PBA Governors’ Cup campaign on a winning note, fending off Phoenix Fuel, 123-116, on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Vivo V5s quick review: Best of both worlds, one selfie at a time

first_imgVivo launched the V5 in November last year. That phone came with a whopping 20-megapixel front camera. The company launched the V5 Plus in January. That phone came with an even crazier dual front camera system and iPhone 7 looks. Vivo launched the V5s on Thursday. That phone is a hybrid cross between the V5 and the V5 Plus. One the one side, the V5s retains much of the hardware specs – including its 20-megapixel front camera – of the V5, on the other it looks a lot like the V5 Plus, which invariably means that it looks a lot like the iPhone 7. While the V5 was launched at Rs 17,980 the V5 Plus – because it was Vivo’s premiere phone – was priced at a hefty Rs 27,980. The Vivo V5s, which falls in the middle, costs Rs 18,990.The Vivo V5s sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front much like the Vivo V5. The V5s, much like the V5, also has what Vivo calls a ‘moonlight flash’ (different from a typical LED flash or a screen flash) which shines a continuous beam of diffused light to illuminate your face, according to Vivo. The front camera is also capable of shooting panorama photos and recording 1080p videos.Also Read: Vivo V5 Plus quick review: The iPhone 7 look-alike with 2 front cameras Now, I have been using the V5s for a couple of days now and as far as first impressions are concerned, well, the phone doesn’t disappoint (much) as far as taking selfies is concerned. It is capable of taking some really crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions which means when you’re out and about in warm, sunny environment. So much so that those conscious about their black spots, acne or whatever would want to use the Face Beauty shooting mode on-board that (kind of, sort of) softens the details somewhat.advertisement The Vivo V5s brings in a very capable 20-megapixel front camera and iPhone 7 design to the table for Rs 18,990 Everything isn’t hunky dory though. Indoor shots under artificial lighting see substantial loss in detail, and also, there is some noise associated with these photos. Shutter speed is good, but, there’s room for improvement. You would wish it was (a little more) faster during motion photography.On the rear, the V5s comes with a 13-megapixel camera – like the V5 again — with Phase Detection Autofocus and a single LED flash. The rear camera can record 1080p videos.The rear camera on-board the V5s takes average at best photos (even) in good lighting. Dynamic range leaves a lot to be desired and landscape shots lack detail.Erstwhile, the V5s has the same hardware set as the V5 which was launched in November, the difference being only the internal storage. The V5s, just like the Vivo V5, comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM but 64GB of internal memory (the V5 came with just 32GB storage) which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based FuntouchOS which is Vivo’s custom user interface.The user interface comes with features like Smart Split multi-tasking which as the name suggests allows for split-screen multitasking on supported apps.The phone supports 4G LTE connectivity as well as OTG. It comes with Vivo’s proprietary “AK4376 dedicated Hi-Fi audio chip which provides an unparalleled sound quality, giving a signal-to-noise ratio of up to 115dB” according to the company. The phone is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery just like the V5.The most striking aspect of the V5s is however its design. Just like the company’s flagship V5 Plus, the V5s also looks ridiculously like the iPhone 7 especially from the behind. The visible camera hump, the single LED flash, the positioning of the antenna lines, everything screams iPhone. The V5s does give you a 3.5mm jack, however. If that wasn’t enough, Funtouch OS inside the V5s also looks ridiculously like iOS 10. The icons, the control centre, the wallpapers, everything screams iOS 10. Vivo is notorious for copying Apple. With the V5 Plus, it took that to an all new level. With the V5s it has made things even more affordable, if you’re someone who fancies an iPhone design for cheap. The Vivo V5s brings in a very capable 20-megapixel front camera and iPhone 7 design to the table for Rs 18,990. Its hardware – especially the somewhat dim screen and a lower mid-range processor – might be lacking in the longer run, but, for someone who’s into Vivo phones – and taking lots of selfies, of course – the V5s is a much better bet than last year’s V5. For others, there are definitely better options at far less the price. The Moto G5 Plus is one such phone for instance.Also Read: Vivo V5s with 20MP selfie camera, 64GB memory launched in India at Rs 18,990 advertisementThe biggest highlight of Vivo’s phone – like most Vivo phones — is the fact that it will be available via online and offline channels starting from May 6. Watch this space for our full review of the Vivo V5s in the days to come.last_img read more

Greek-French Ice Dancer Didn’t Risk Another Wardrobe Malfunction

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Gabriella Papadakis took no chances. Her ice dancing costume on Tuesday contained no hooks, nothing that could come undone as it did a day earlier in the Olympics’ most famous wardrobe malfunction. The French athlete and partner Guillaume Cizeron completed a lovely, lyrical free skate to win a silver medal behind the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, but it was hard not to see in their faces the belief that the faulty costume had cost them gold. NBC analyst Tanith White said she was “sitting here grabbing my chest feeling my heart pound” after their performance. White, however, punted when the time came to give her opinion on the deserving winner. “It’s making me sweat, just the idea of having to choose between the Canadian and the French, but most important, they were both exceptional,” she said. True, it was tough. But that’s her job.She later told reporters it was her “worst nightmare happening at the Olympics.”“I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening,” she added.Gabriella Papadakis was born on 10 May 1995 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is the daughter of Catherine, a skating coach, and Emmanuel, the owner of a food truck in Austin, Texas. Her father is from Korydallos, Greece, and his family has roots in Crete, according to L’Equipe. She emigrated from France to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 14 July 2014.WARDROBE MALFUNCTION, PART TWO: After two wardrobe malfunctions on the ice, it was hard to watch Canadian Kaitlyn Weaver’s ice dancing routine without focusing on a loose red strap that kept falling down her arm. Apparently it was part of the costume.TUMBLE: NBC analyst Luke Van Valin built up the tension as defending American gold medalist Maddie Bowman skied through her final run in the freestyle halfpipe, noting as she was in the air that Bowman had reached the point where she wiped out in her first two runs. Then it happened again. Van Valin and Todd Harris wisely stayed quiet as the camera bore witness to Bowman sobbing in the snow, recognizing the moment as a metaphor for the U.S. team’s rough showing in Pyeongchang. It was a welcome example of Van Valin stepping out of a world in which he’s too comfortable. He tends to get lost in numbers describing various moves, and “amplitude” is clearly his favorite word. We were stunned, however, to hear him talking about an earlier conversation with a judge about what they needed to see in a routine by American Brita Sigourney. Extraordinary reporting. But are Olympic judges supposed to be that forthcoming about a competition that hasn’t been completed yet?I’M SO EXCITED: A tie for bobsled gold! OMG OMG OMG! We thought NBC’s Leigh Diffey would blow a gasket when a Canadian team hit the same 3 minutes, 16.86 second winning time as a pair of Germans. Darned if he can’t pull history out of thin air. “It’s a tie!” Diffey said. “The last time Canada won a gold medal it was a tie as well. History repeats!” Not off your couch and cheering yet? “The Olympic sliding center has seen some amazing things these games but nothing like this!”TWEET OF THE NIGHT : “So great that @leighdiffey and @JohnMorgan7 can make almost every bobsled run sound like a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series.” — @zagfreak.RUSSIAN TROUBLE: NBC doesn’t have a great track record of talking about uncomfortable Olympic stories that are making news elsewhere, like the sexual misconduct accusations against Shaun White or Shani Davis’ unhappiness at not being a flagbearer. So it should be noted that the network addressed, in prime time and elsewhere, the doping charge against a Russian curler.RATINGS: It was a comparatively slow Sunday for Olympic content, with an average of 18.2 million watching on NBC, NBCSN or through streaming services in prime time. That’s down 15 percent from Sochi four years ago; the NBC-only telecast was down 23 percent. Saturday was the least-watched night of the Olympics so far, with 16.1 million viewers on NBC, NBCSN and streaming services, although that was down only 6 percent from Sochi. Viewership has largely exceeded expectations for the first half of the Olympics, but interest tends to dwindle in the second week.LAST LAUGH: NBC baffled some viewers Sunday by showing extended coverage of meaningless training runs by downhill skiers. The Nielsen company gave a window into NBC’s thinking: The night’s viewership peaked at 20.7 million when America’s skiing sweethearts, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, were on the mountain. So no one should have been surprised to see yet another Vonn practice run on Monday’s telecast.—By DAVID BAUDER , AP Media WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek Athletes To Fly PM Class To Minsk After Ticket Debacle

first_imgATHENS — Greece’s athletics team for this month’s European Games in Belarus will fly there in the prime minister’s government jet, after sports officials couldn’t find seats on commercial flights for them.The country’s track and field federation, Segas, said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras placed the plane at its disposal Thursday, shortly after it had announced its withdrawal from the event due to the ticket problem.Segas says 15 Greek track-and-field athletes are due to take part in the June 21-30 games in Minsk.TweetPinShare44 Shareslast_img read more

2019 Triumph Speed Twin launched in India, price starts at Rs 9.46 lakh

first_imgTriumph Motorcycles India today launched the new 2019 Speed Twin at an introductory price of Rs 9.46 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). The new Triumph motorcycle boasts an updated 1200cc HP Bonneville twin engine, twin silencers, three distinct riding modes and is also 10 kg lighter than Triumph Thruxton R. Triumph Speed Twin, which borrows its name from the 1938 Speed Twin, will be available in three colour options — Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Korosi Red/Storm Grey and Jet Black. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin in Korosi Red/Storm Grey colour option.The all-new 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will get a 1200 cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270 degree, crank angle, parallel-twin, Bonneville engine that is developed from Triumph Thruxton R’s motor. However, Speed Twin’s mill is 2.5 kg lighter than that of Thruxton R. The updates to the powertrain include new magnesium cam cover, revised clutch assembly and new mass optimised engine covers. The Triumph Speed Twin’s 1200 cc engine delivers 97 PS at 6,750 rpm and 112 Nm at 4,950 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets twin shocks with adjustable spring preload at the rear.There are three riding modes — Road, Rain and Sport — in the new Speed Twin. Performing the suspension duties are 41 mm cartridge forks at the front and twin shocks with adjustable spring preload at the rear. So far as brakes are concerned, the Triumph Speed Twin is available with twin 305 mm discs up front and single 220 mm disc at the rear. Also, there are Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers at the front and Nissin 2-piston floating caliper at the rear. The bike also gets dual channel ABS and switchable traction control. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres and 7-spoke aluminium wheels.advertisement Triumph Motorcycles India General Manager Shoeb Farooq with the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin.”We are proud to launch the 2019 Speed Twin that adds up to our existing modern classics range. The Modern Classic range continues to be the most loved Triumph motorcycles in India and contribute to 55 per cent of total volume. We take pride in offering the widest range of luxury motorcycles for riders in India and we’re focused on introducing smarter, high-performance machines that will enable us to furthermore strengthen our presence in the country. The Speed Twin has a rich legacy of being the world’s first parallel twin engine motorcycle and established Triumph as number 1 choice for performance,” Triumph Motorcycles India General Manager Shoeb Farooq said in a statement. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets a comfortable riding position, with a seat height of 807 mm.In terms of dimensions, the height of new Triumph Speed Twin 2019 without mirror is 1,110 mm, while the width with handlebars is 760 mm. The seat height is 807 mm. The fuel tank will have a capacity of 14.5 litres. Talking about the technological features, Triumph Speed gets LED DRL headlight, LED rear light and indicators, switchgear, twin clocks, torque assist clutch, engine immobilizer, USB charging socket and ride-by-wire. It also gets Monza-style fuel cap, bar end mirrors and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System accessory fit. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets features brushed aluminium side panel finishers and sculpted side panels with aluminium detailing.The new Triumph Speed Twin has a very muscular and imposing roadster poise. This motorcycle from Bonneville family features brushed aluminium side panel finishers, heel guards and front and rear mudguards; sculpted side panels with aluminium detailing; bench seat and twin upswept sports silencers with satin black painted wrap and stainless steel end caps. Also, more than 80 accessories will be available with the new Triumph motorcycle. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets an LCD multi-functional instrument pack.The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets an LCD multi-functional instrument pack. Both the speedometer and tachometer are analogue. The instrument pack gives a plethora of information, including about fuel consumption, traction control, gear position and throttle mode.ALSO READ | 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift with more safety features launched, price starts at Rs 2.93 lakhALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessorieslast_img read more

World Cup Countdown: 1975- Slow Sunny, a broken foot and 4000 pounds within 5 days

first_imgTrick question: What year was the 1st ever Cricket World Cup played in? 1975. Wrong answer. Women actually beat men in this regard as the correct answer is actually 1973 – the year of the 1st Women’s World Cup. It was only two years later that men cricketers got to play their maiden World Cup in June 1975.While the tournament, at least initially, was thought of as an experiment by the purists, no one had imagined the kind of impact it would leave on the game’s future. 10 more such tournaments later, the doubters from 1975 couldn’t be more wrong as the World Cup has emerged as the biggest stage in world cricket.West Indies who were on their way to almost 20-years-long world domination emerged as the winners of the 1st World Cup held in England after they beat Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord’s.With a total of just 18 ODIs being played before the tournament started, the World Cup was destined to set a precedent for the future and it did so by producing many enthralling contests, close finishes and moments of brilliance from the players. We take a look at some of the interesting facts and figures from the 1975 World Cup:8 teams, 5 days and 4000 PoundsBesides the 6 Test playing nations – Australia, New Zealand, England, India, Pakistan, West Indies – 2 more participants were accommodated in the tournament. While Sri Lanka was the obvious 1st choice, East Africa (a combined team of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia) was included to make it an even eight-team tournament.advertisementBesides all the competition, the prize money that was pocketed by winners West Indies was a mere 4000 Pounds with Australia pocketing 2000 Pounds and a consolatory award of 1000 Pounds each to the losing semi-finalists England and New Zealand. Also, the tournament was only played over 5 days with multiple matches being organized simultaneously. Comparing this with the 6 weeks long schedule and $4 million prize money of the 2019 World Cup, one can see how far the sport has progressed since.Madan Lal ‘the First’ and ‘Slow Sunny’Indian medium pacer Madan Lal etched his name firmly in the annals of World Cup history as he bowled the 1st ball ever in World Cup history. Fellow seamer Mohinder Amarnath however, picked up the 1st ever wicket to fall in a World Cup when he dismissed England opener, John Alexander Jameson.But the joy of Indians was shortlived as England piled up 334/4 in their 60 overs. In reply, opener Sunil Gavaskar played inarguably the strangest and slowest innings in ODIs as he carried his bat for an unbeaten 36 off 174 balls! The particular innings garnered widespread criticism with even the Indian team manager Gulabrai Ramchand terming it “the most disgraceful and selfish performance” he had seen. India’s final score was 132/3 and they lost the match by 202 runs!Thomson breathes fireDuring the 7th league match, Jeff Thomson was called upon to stifle Sri Lanka’s spirited chase of 329 by Australian captain Ian Chappell. Though he only picked up a solitary wicket during the innings, his high-octane bowling sent back two Lankan batsmen to the pavilion being retired hurt.First Duleep Mendis was hit on the head by a rearing fast bouncer forcing the batsman to leave the field abruptly. Next in the firing line was opener Sunil Wettimuny who was initially tested with bouncers before a fast yorker broke his foot. Unsurprisingly, Sri Lanka were restricted to 276/4, losing the match by 52 runs.Despair for IndiaIndia arrived for the World Cup having played just 2 ODIs before the tournament. The inexperience was on show in plenty when the matches started as India managed to win just a single game out of 3 – against minnows East Africa. India lost their last game against New Zealand by 4 wickets to bow out of the inaugural edition empty-handed.Notwithstanding the criticism for his 36* against England, Gavaskar still finished as the highest run-getter for India – thanks largely to his 65* versus East Africa. Seamer Abid Ali with 6 wickets finished as the leading wicket-taker for the country.Key stats from 1975 World Cup:Team records -Highest Team Total: England 334/4 vs IndiaLowest Team Total: Sri Lanka 86 all-out vs West IndiesHighest successful chase: West Indies 267/9 vs Pakistan 266/7Individual Records -Most Runs: 333 – Glenn Turner (New Zealand)Highest Score: 171* – Glenn TurnerMost Wickets: 11 – Gary Gilmour (Australia)Best Bowling figures: 6/14 – Gary Gilmour vs EnglandAlso Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in Englandlast_img read more

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s career ended by injury at Commonwealth Games

first_imgShare on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Commonwealth Games 2018 Share on Twitter Read more Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny Support The Guardian The elbow injury that forced transgender competitor Laurel Hubbard out of the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition has ended her career.Having led the standings in the 90+kg division with a lift of 120kg in the snatch on Monday, she injured her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort and was forced to withdraw. newscenter_img Share via Email Since you’re here… Australia sport Share on Facebook Reuse this content Commonwealth Games Share on Pinterest The 40-year-old, whose participation was criticised as “unfair” by the Samoan team, said at the time she thought she had ruptured a ligament in her left elbow. Hubbard said on Tuesday the injury was career-ending and she would not compete again.The 40-year-old, who competed at national level as a man, finished second in the women’s super-heavyweights behind American Sarah Robles at the world championships in December. Hubbard was expected to win gold on the Gold Coast, but her exit left the door open for Feagaiga Stowers to claim Samoa’s second weightlifting victory of the day, ahead of Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru and England’s Emily Campbell.The crowd had been supportive of Hubbard, who passed all requirements to make it into the Games and compete in the women’s competition.“The Australian crowd was magnificent,” she said. “It felt like just a big embrace. They really made me try to lift my best. I gave it everything and I regret I wasn’t able to make the lift today.“The Commonwealth Games here are a model for what sport can, and should, be. It’s an incredible environment and an amazing atmosphere. Without any doubt, they have lived up to the mantra of humanity, equality and decency.” Topicslast_img read more

Judd Trump surges back to beat Ding Junhui and reach Crucible last eight

first_imgTrump quickly erased any lingering frustration from an erratic opening session with a break of 93 in the first frame of the evening to reduce the deficit to one. And with Ding, like Trump a former finalist who is still chasing the sport’s major prize, struggling to get a look-in, Trump went on to make three more half-centuries, then a 103 to move within one of victory.After completing the job Trump, who is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career with three titles including the Masters, said he is relishing his meeting with Maguire. “He is a very fiery character who can intimidate you if you’re not playing well,” added Trump. “We’ve had a good few battles over the years. If I start like I have in my last two matches again, I’ll be going home.” match reports Facebook Since you’re here… Judd Trump said he is still “leagues” away from winning an elusive first World Championship title despite reeling off six consecutive frames to sink Ding Junhui.Trump, who made his solitary final appearance in 2011, turned a 7-9 deficit into a 13-9 victory over the Chinese player to set up a quarter-final against Scotland’s Stephen Maguire. But the 29-year-old has been far from happy with his form in the tournament, having squeezed through his first round-match against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, and believes others stand a far better chance of success.Trump said: “I’ve probably been the worst player of the whole tournament so far, so I knew I had to raise my game and I was prepared to go out there and fight. You have to look at Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson – those two are leagues above the standard I’ve seen in the tournament so far, so I just have to keep competing and hope my chance will come.” Snooker Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share via Email Mark Selby and Mark Williams suffer shock World Championship defeats Read more John Higgins John Higgins booked his place in his 15th career quarter-final with an attritional 13-11 win over Stuart Bingham. Resuming at 8-8, Higgins racked up an opening break of 97 but he would have Bingham to thank for a series of spurned opportunities to take control. After moving within one frame of victory, Higgins knuckled down with a 63 to set up a last-eight clash with the title favourite, Robertson.Wilson also overturned a 9-7 overnight deficit to reel off back-to-back centuries and seal a 13-11 victory over Barry Hawkins in a record-breaking Crucible showdown. Breaks of 125 and 132 in the last two frames earned Wilson a fine victory and took the total of centuries in the match to nine – a new mark for a best-of-25 match in Sheffield. Wilson’s break in the penultimate frame took him in front for the first time in a match in which he had trailed 6-1, after Hawkins scored four centuries of his own in the first session.Wilson, a semi-finalist last year, said: “Towards the end I reeled off the games very comfortably. I’ve worked really hard for this event and that’s the time you rely on it and it comes out.”Hawkins, a six-times Crucible quarter-finalist, said he was planning to “go mental for a bit” after suffering a defeat which he said summed up his topsy-turvy season. Support The Guardian John Higgins edged past Stuart Bingham to book his quarter-final spot. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Read more Share on WhatsApp World Snooker Championship … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics Pinterest Ali Carter preys on Jack Lisowski’s errors to keep Crucible dream alive Ali Carter drew on his renowned fighting spirit to reel off six successive frames and turn a 9-7 overnight deficit into a 13-9 victory over his fellow qualifier Zhou Yuelong. The two-time finalist, who has twice beaten cancer and has Crohn’s Disease, will next face another qualifier, Gary Wilson, in his sixth career appearance in the last eight.Consecutive breaks of 72 helped Carter nudge in front and, with Zhou appearing to wilt under the pressure, the Essex player kept his focus in a scrappy session to get over the line.Carter said: “I feel like I’ve swum the channel to get through that match. It’s just the fight I’ve got in me and, if I didn’t have it, maybe I wouldn’t be here today. I feel like maybe I deserve to be world champion. I’ve lost twice in the final to Ronnie [O’Sullivan]. I’m not really bothered about the other tournaments any more – this is the only one that matters.” Share on LinkedIn Judd Trump Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Touch Football Victoria Announces New Director of Referees

first_imgSally brings with her a wealth of knowledge and the ability to work with referees, players and administrators at all levels within the sport. Sally’s appointment is the first in TFV’s plans to redevelop a number of its Technical Panels over the next six months. Sally replaces Leigh Bryant who has been the TFV Director of Referees for the past two years. TFV would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh and his previous panel members for their dedicated work over this period. Leigh will still remain involved in the sport to referee and help develop new referees at the grassroots level within our competitions.Over the next month, Sally will be working with the State Executive Council (SEC), the TFV office and participants within the sport to develop a Referees Panel for the next two years. This panel will be developed in line with the National Framework, with five key areas to develop the sport. Sally will be working with the National Referees Panel under the guidance of Greg West to improve the quality of our referees and help deliver referee retention and recruitment programs in Victoria.After forming the TFV Referees Panel, Sally will be spending time within the Touch community to canvas information that will help take the sport to the next level within the State. The advisement provided by Sally and the newly formed TFV Referees Panel will be instrumental to the growth and support of Touch in Victoria.last_img read more

a month ago​West Ham announce official travel partner

first_img​West Ham announce official travel partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have announced Nirvana as their official travel partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see the company, which specialises in event travel, accommodation and logistics for sporting and leisure events, provide exclusive travel offers to Hammers fans.Nirvana adds West Ham to a list of sporting partners, which include Paralympics GB, British Triathlon and the Ironman European Tour Series. For the Premier League club, Nirvana adds to a list of recent commercial deals in recent months, having signed up the likes of Monster Energy, Ivacy VPN and Osonyq.Karim Virani, West Ham United’s commercial and digital director, said: “It’s fantastic to sign up Nirvana as our official travel partner. Their expertise in planning and logistics will benefit our squads as they travel around the country, and in time we’ll work with Nirvana to bring exclusive offers to our supporters too.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Neville: Bronze is the best player in the world

first_imgPhil Neville has heaped praise on to England right-back Lucy Bronze after her player-of-the-match display against Norway in the Women’s World Cup quarter-final.The Lionesses won the clash in Le Havre 3-0, with Bronze playing a huge part in all three goals.It was her dribble and cross in the third minute that fell so perfectly for Jill Scott to tap in the game’s opener, while later in the half it was Bronze’s ball to Nikita Parris that found the winger with time and space from which she centred the ball to the waiting Ellen White for a simple tap-in.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the full-back saved the best for last and in the 57th minute her pile driver from outside the area added England’s third, and final, goal on the night. Bronze is widely acknowledged as one of the top right-backs in the women’s game, but speaking after the match Neville said she has raised the bar even higher this tournament. “I think what you’ve seen tonight, you’ve seen that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it three times. There’s no player like her in the world, there’s no player that has her athleticism or her quality and I’m very lucky. I played full-back but never to that level that she plays at – she’s the best player in the world.” The quarter-final success means England will face the winners of France and the USWNT on Friday night, but the Lionesses boss has said he fancies his side’s chances against either team in the last four. “Well, you know what – we want to play them both,” Neville said. “We’re not bothered who we play. We’ll go to Lyon and the atmosphere and the occasion will be great. We’re having fun.” Lyon is, of course, where Bronze plays her club football. With the French side, the England star has won back-to-back Champions League titles and helped Lyon complete the treble in 2018/19. She arrived at Division 1 Feminine outfit in 2017, having previously spent three years at Manchester City. Bronze also has represented Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland.last_img read more

Spotted: Brand New Elandra Palm Joins LSC’s Ranks

first_imgImage Courtesy: Latvian Shipping CompanyLatvian Shipping Company’s arm LCS Shipmanagement has expanded its fleet with a newbuild Elandra Palm. In today’s spotted we present you this new tanker that will transport oil and chemical substances.Tanker Elandra Palm is the second out of three new ships being built by the South Korea-based shipbuilding company SSP Shipbuilding. The first of the three ships, Elandra Spruce, was received on January 11, while the final fleet addition from the series is expected in May with the delivery of Elandra Oak.“LSCSM adds the next ship to the fleet under its management to reach its maximum petroleum and chemical substance transportation capacity,” Robert Kirkup, Latvian Shipping Company’s Chairman of the Management Board says.The 50,300 dwt Elandra Palm has a length of 183 meters and width of 32 meters. According Marine Traffic, its current position is North China.Latvian Shipping Company has 22 ships in its fleet.last_img read more

SAIL supplied specialquality steel for Chandrayaan2

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned SAIL Monday said it supplied special-quality stainless steel from its Salem Steel Plant for the country’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2. “Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has supplied special-quality stainless steel from its Salem Steel Plant for India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 meeting the ISRO’s requirements for stringent specifications, superior surface finish and close tolerances,” SAIL said in a statement. Earlier also, SAIL collaborated with ISRO to provide quality steel for the country’s prestigious and indigenous space missions. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor the Chandrayaan-2, SAIL’s special-quality sheet has been used in the Cryogenic Engine. SAIL along with ISRO has taken a major step forward as part of the Make In India initiative advanced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for indigenously developing the “exotic Russian grade ICSS-1218-321(12X18H10T) austenitic stabilised stainless steel used in the construction of the cryogenic rocket engines that are being made at ISRO”. As part of this initiative, scientists from the Liquid Propulsion System Centre of ISRO and the SAIL team at its Salem Steel Plant have closely collaborated and rolled the stainless steel coils at Salem. With this breakthrough, SAIL is optimistic of leveraging other aerospace grades of stainless steel for the space launch vehicle components in future. Aiming to take a “billion dreams to the moon”, India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport here to explore the unchartered south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.last_img read more

WADDINGTONS CANADIAN AND INUIT FINE ART AUCTION MAY 27

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON, O.S.A., P.R.C.A. ROADSIDE STORE, Oil on masonite, Estimate $200,000-$300,000 (CNW Group/Waddington McLean & Company Limited) Carefully sourcing each item for this auction was of critical importance, with provenance a key criterion, exemplified by two major Group of Seven pieces, Alfred Joseph Casson’s ‘Roadside Store’ (estimate $200,000-300,000) and Alexander Young Jackson’s ‘Sun and Fog, Great Bear Lake’ (estimate $350,000–400,000.)  Both paintings have been in the same families since their original acquisition, and are in impeccable condition. Research also always plays a major role in preparing our auctions. One of the more interesting investigations led to uncovering the true identity of the subject in Laura Muntz’s portrait ‘Lady in White’, courtesy of a Globe & Mail photograph circa 1899, and Facebook.Significant historical works also feature prominently in the auction, including important works by Cornelius Krieghoff, Frederick Arthur Verner and William Armstrong.Following the AGO’s recent exhibition of Rita’s Letendre’s work, we are proud to feature ‘Dynamique vs Statique’ 1966 as our catalogue cover. Painted during a seminal period for the artist, Letendre would go on to explore in large scale many of the themes that are evident in this energetic and subtle painting.A number of very special works by Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Arthur Shilling are also represented in this sale, as well as important works by Inuit artists Marion Tu‘luuq, Jessie Oonark, Kenojuak Ashevak, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Sailaand Aisa Qupirualu Alasua, and others.Marion Tu‘luuq’s works on cloth speak eloquently about her attachment to her remote homeland. ‘Together in Spring’ (estimate $20,000–$30,000) is coloured by her experience living in the Canadian Arctic and the social, economic, and political transformations that have marked the North. Well known as a textile artist, Jessie Oonark’s wool and felt wall-hangings reveal her as a master of colour and form. ‘A Winter Day’ (estimate $15,000-20,000) is typical of the artist’s graphically bold work.Osuitok Ipeelee is particularly revered for the balance and delicacy of his sculpture. ‘Standing Caribou’ (estimate $15,000–20,000) is characteristic of the graceful, delicate rendering, yet often precarious sense of balance in his stone sculpture.View the Auction: https://www.waddingtons.ca/auction/canadian-inuit-fine-art-may-27-2019/AUCTION INFORMATIONMonday, May 27, 7:00 pmWaddington’s275 King Street EastToronto, Ontario M5A 1K2PREVIEW INFORMATIONFriday, May 2412:00 pm – 7:00 pmSaturday, May 2511:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday, May 2611:00 am – 5:00 pmMonday, May 2710:00 am – 12:00 pmOr by private appointment. Please contact us at: canadianart@waddingtons.caWADDINGTON’S SPRING AUCTION SEASON CONTINUESOur Spring 2019 season continues with the following auctionsDecorative Arts and Design, June 8 – 13International Art, June 8 – 13Asian Art, June 15 – 20Fine Jewellery, June 18 at 7:00 pmABOUT WADDINGTON’SWaddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services. We specialise in Asian, Canadian, Inuit, International and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts and Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits. TORONTO – Waddington’s launches its Spring 2019 Auction Season with Canadian and Inuit Fine Art on May 27 at 7:00 pm in Toronto.Waddington’s strives to deliver a unique experience for collectors – the opportunity to see works they haven’t seen before – and to experience Canadian art through a fresh lens. This spring Canada’s oldest auction company presents a unique combination of works by artistic masters from all regions of Canada, a less-restricted interpretation of what is Canadian art.  The auction features excellent examples by the Group of Seven, Painters Eleven, important Quebec Abstractionists as well as some of the most significant, internationally-acclaimed Inuit artists. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Naxals will be rooted out by 2023 Rajnath Singh

first_imgHussainabad (Jharkhand): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said naxals will be rooted out in the country by 2023. Rebels and terrorists come in the way of the country’s security, which is an essential part of development, and will be crushed, Singh told a poll rally here. Naxals have been almost eliminated in Jharkhand and their remaining pockets in the state will end soon, he said. Singh, who was campigning in support of Palamau (SC) constituency sitting BJP MP V D Ram, claimed that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress have joined hands in the state due to their “lust for power” but will not be successful in acheiving their goal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There is no leader in the opposition to match the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who appear to be leaders in the opposition are “dwarfs” compared to him, he said. Referring to developmental schemes like the Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana, the union minister said BJP is committed to usher in development of the country by 2022 and its poll manifesto reflected it. Ridiculing opposition parties seeking proof of bodies in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes, Singh said the air force’s job was to hit the terror camps, which it carried out, and not count bodies. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Our leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was then in the opposition, had praised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the 1971 war against Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. But now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a big step (Balakot air strike) the opposition leaders are raising questions instead of praising him. After Pulwama attack all the countries, including Islamic countries, stood with India. “India’s policy is not to fire the first bullet but to respond strongly to any bullet fired at it”, he said. Addressing another rally in neighbouring Chatra Lok Sabha constituency for BJP’s sitting MP Sunil Kumar Singh, the union minister said that Garibi-mukt Bharat can only be possibble only when there is a Congress-mukt Bharat. In the last five years the BJP-led NDA government made notable achievements in opening bank accounts for the poor, building roads, distribution of gas cylinders and its housing scheme and according to a survey report 7.5 crore people were taken out of poverty. Palamau goes to the polls along with Chatra and Lohardaga(ST) seats in the fourth phase of polling on April 29, which will be the first phase for Jharkhand.last_img read more

Ghaziabad man shot at in broad day light

first_imgGhaziabad: A 19-year-old, son of a plastic scrap trader, was allegedly shot in broad daylight by unidentified bike borne assailants in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Friday. Victim’s kin alleged a group of people in their neighbouring area have committed the crime in order to take revenge.According to police, the incident occurred around 2:30 pm at a flyover near Vijay Nagar by pass. The victim identified as Salman, a native of Haj house colony in Hindon Vihar area of Ghaziabad, was returning from Chaar Moorti roundabout in Greater Noida when the incident took place. Shabban, victim’s father told Millennium Post that few passerby took Salman to nearby MMG hospital by an OLA cab. “I was informed by one of the eyewitnesses who also took Salman to the hospital. They told me that they had made several calls to police helpline number but the help was not received so they took him to hospital by an OLA cab. The assailants might have tried to kill him but the bullet has hit his thigh. Also his belongings are missing which include three gold rings, a watch and cash,” said Shabban. He further alleged some people living in neighbouring area to have committed the crime in order to take revenge. “Around fifteen days ago, we had scuffle with a group of people living in neighbouring area in which my another son had received critical head injuries. We reported the matter to police and both the parties were presented before the magistrate where a settlement was made. However, on Thursday evening, cops held Salman while he was going to market and also seized his motorcycle and mobile phone. Salman was released later in night and we got the motorcycle released on Friday afternoon and just a couple of hours later, we received information about Salman’s getting shot at the flyover,” added Shabban. He also alleged police to have been involved with the other party and said that the incident could have been averted if police have acted on out first complaint of fight. Meanwhile police officials said that they are waiting for the victim to gain consciousness to record his statement to lodge an FIR. “Victim’s condition is stable now while we are yet to record statement. An FIR will be registered into the case while investigations will be done covering all the possible angles” said Shyamveer Singh, Station House officer of Vijay Nagar police station.last_img read more

Security Council Annan voice distress over US airliner crash in New York

“On behalf of the members of the Council I wish to convey our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of the United States, and to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible incident,” Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, the Council’s current president said in a press statement. For his part, the Secretary-General expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the passengers and crew who were on that flight. His spokesman said that Mr. Annan, who could see from his office window as the smoke billowed from the crash site, encouraged UN staff to remain calm and go about their work normally. Meanwhile, meetings of various United Nations bodies continued uninterrupted at UN Headquarters in New York amid tightened security following the crash of the airliner that was reportedly on its way to the Dominical Republic with some 246 passengers on board. At 10:00 a.m., US law enforcement officials stopped all vehicles and pedestrians from entering the UN complex, but those restrictions were later partially lifted. read more

Global military spending nearly 17T amid Mideast conflicts

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts FILE – In this June 12, 2015 photo, people uncover the body of a man from under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. The air campaign waged by the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen has been increasingly criticized by human rights activists over civilian deaths. Airstrikes account for 60 percent of the 3,200 civilians killed in the conflict, according to the United Nations, which has criticized coalition strikes that hit markets, clinics and hospitals. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 8:18 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows.The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support of Ukrainian separatists also accounted for nudging spending up 1 per cent in real terms, compared to 2014.For weapons manufacturers, the nonstop pace of airstrikes targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, as well as Saudi-led bombing of Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies, means billions of dollars more in sales.But activists question continued U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia as its Yemen campaign has killed civilians, while American fighter jet sales to both emerging military buyer Qatar and longtime ally Kuwait appear stalled.The United States, with $596 billion in defence spending, and China, with an estimated $215 billion, led all countries in 2015, the annual report by SIPRI said. Saudi Arabia, however, came in third with spending of $87.2 billion — double what it spent in 2006, according to the report. That fueled the first worldwide increase in military spending since 2011.Iraq spent $13.1 billion on its military in 2015, up well over 500 per cent from 2006 as it has rebuilt its armed forces following the U.S. withdrawal and rise of the Islamic State group, SIPRI said.While part of the U.S. coalition fighting the extremists, Saudi Arabia also launched a war in Yemen in March 2015 to support the country’s internationally recognized government after Shiite rebels known as Houthis earlier overran the country’s capital, Sanaa. The Sunni kingdom views the Houthis as a proxy of Shiite power Iran, long its regional rival.The United Arab Emirates also is taking part in both conflicts and likely has spent billions of dollars to support its military in 2015 as well, though the Stockholm-based institute said it couldn’t offer precise figures this year, senior research Pieter Wezeman said. Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia also sent troops into Bahrain to put down its 2011 Arab Spring-inspired protests.“This clearly is a reason for these countries to improve their so-called security forces, both to be able to fight against internal uprisings, whether a more-peaceful nature or more violent, but also of course to intervene in neighbouring countries,” Wezeman, who took part in the report, told The Associated Press.But the air campaign waged by the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen has been increasingly criticized by human rights activists over civilian deaths. Airstrikes account for 60 per cent of the 3,200 civilians killed in the conflict, according to the United Nations, which has criticized coalition strikes that have hit markets, clinics and hospitals.Yet arms deals continue, especially from the U.S. Asked about the civilian casualties, State Department spokesman David McKeeby said the United States remained “deeply concerned by the devastating toll of the crisis in Yemen.”“We have remained in regular contact with the Saudi-led coalition and have reinforced to them the need to avoid civilian casualties and the importance of precise targeting,” McKeeby said in a statement. “We have encouraged them to investigate all credible accounts of civilian casualties as a result of coalition strikes — and to report publicly the results of these investigations.”But both the Yemen war and the fight against the Islamic State group likely will keep arms manufacturers busy into 2016. Companies that may see increased sales include Boeing. Co., General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co., aerospace and defence analyst Roman Schweizer at Guggenheim Securities wrote March 28.“We have been bullish for the better part of a year that the Pentagon and its European and (Gulf) allies will have to refill their stocks of missiles and munitions due to the current campaign against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and even Libya,” Schweizer wrote, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group.Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promised America’s “ironclad commitment” to back its Gulf allies during a summit last May. In the time since, the U.S. has made $33 billion in arms sales to its Gulf allies, including an $11.25-billion deal with Saudi Arabia that includes four armed warships to modernize its navy, McKeeby said.But the Obama administration has been criticized by U.S. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, for “failing to live to up the promises” made at the summit by allegedly stalling fighter jet sales to both Kuwait and Qatar.“They are languishing on the shelf gathering dust,” McCain said at a hearing on March 8. Tiny Qatar in the meantime has signed a deal for 6.7 billion euros ($7.6 billion) to buy 24 Dassault Rafal fighter jets from France. Kuwait on Tuesday finalized a deal to purchase 28 Eurofighter Typhoons, a deal estimated to be worth around $8 billion.Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on April 21 for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. The jet sales likely will be a topic of discussion, as will Iran after its recently implemented nuclear deal with world powers.Wezeman said international sanctions against Iran had seen its weapons technology lag behind its neighbours as its military spending dropped by 30 per cent between 2006 and 2015. However, he acknowledged regional suspicions likely would keep Gulf military spending strong.“Iran is, of course, perceived as an adversary and also wants to be the main player in the region, a country which will potentially use its influence over different proxy groups in the region to destabilize countries,” Wezeman said. “Both the expenditure and the armament procurement by states in the Gulf are clearly aimed at kind of keeping Iran in check.”___Online:Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: www.sipri.org___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jon-gambrell . read more