first_imgGARDAÍ are searching for the occupants of a car which was disrupted during what officers believe was a crime gang’s bid to carry out house raids.It follows an incident in which a man was arrested in Letterkenny on Wednesday. Martin Stokes, from Derry, appeared in court in Sligo yesterday on 36 separate driving offence charges.He will appear in court again in Letterkenny next Monday. Gardaí are now searching for a second car which was spotted in and around Ardara on Wednesday afternoon with a number of males inside.Officers believe the men – who fled the town at high speed – may have driven across the Border.They are liaising with colleagues in the PSNI to identify the gang members.Gardaí believe good police work prevented a series of planned break-ins in and around the Ardara and Glenties areas. Officers have set up a special team in Letterkenny to coordinate a high level investigation into a series of robberies in the county in recent weeks.It’s understood detectives are looking at suspects from both Donegal and Derry in several different investigations.Some of those suspects may now be armed after stealing weapons belonging to a burglary victim in Rooskey earlier this week.So far no-one has been arrested in the hunt for the gang behind robberies at the homes of six elderly people in the east of the county in late January and early February. REVEALED: GARDAÍ HUNT CRIME GANG AMID NEW BURGLARY FEARS was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraburglarsGardailetterkennythieveslast_img read more

Dolan, Coley sign letters of intent

first_imgOn Tuesday, two local track athletes took time away from their preparation for this weekend’s league championships to announce where they’ll be taking their talents next year.McKinleyville’s Lizzie Dolan and Christian Coley, both record holders for the Panthers, will continue their athletic careers in SoCal after graduation, with Dolan heading to UC San Diego and Coley going to Cal Poly Pomona.Each was on hand at the McKinleyville High library to sign a letter of intent for their respective …last_img read more

The Last Word On Cold Calling Versus Social Media

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now I believe in social selling. I believe that the tool kit that is social media has made the world much smaller, has given us an easier way to learn about our clients, and has provided a much easier way to both connect and nurture relationships.I have won major accounts with relationships that were begun on social media, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and this blog. Social media and inbound marketing are helpful and sometimes effective tools.But it is criminal negligence to suggest to salespeople that they no longer need to make cold calls (or pick up the telephone).It’s easy to recommend that salespeople not pick up the phone when you don’t carry a bag. It’s easy to tell salespeople not to make cold calls when you don’t have a quota. It’s easy to tell salespople that the old ways of selling have died when your business model allows you to acquire clients more easily through social media and your blog.If what you sell is designed to help salespeople better use social, it’s easy to sell the idea that they will no longer have to make their calls. But it is criminal negligence. You’re hurting people.Would you take your own advice if you were that salesperson or their manager. Would you abandon the phone if your family was counting on you to support them? Would you stick with social media alone if you didn’t have a blog–or were forbidden to keep one? If you were a sales manager, would you stake your job on a prospecting plan that included social selling and inbound alone when opportunity creation is one of the biggest challenges any sales organization faces?If the only way you can sell something is by convincing people that they can have the results they need without having to do what is necessary, you aren’t helping people. You’re selling snake oil. An honest approach would be to tell salespeople the truth, namely that they need to be able to use all prospecting methods available, including social selling. Not to use social media to prospect would also be criminal negligence.last_img read more

H.P. avalanche: another soldier’s body recovered

first_imgThe body of one more Army jawan, who had gone missing last month following an avalanche in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district, was recovered on Saturday, an official said.Nitin Rana (27) and five other jawans of the 7 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles were buried under the avalanche at Shipki La near the Indo-China border on February 20. Rana’s body was recovered on Saturday, while his mobile phone was recovered a few days ago, a district official said. His body was taken to Pooh from where it would be sent to his native place at Rit village in Jaisinghpur tehsil of Kangra district, he said. Earlier, bodies of three jawans were recovered, whereas two are still missing. Havaldar Rakesh Kumar’s body was recovered on the day of the avalanche, whereas bodies of Rifleman Rajesh Rishi and Rifleman Govind Bahadur Chhetri were recovered on March 2 and 4 respectively. About 400 personnel and several residents of Khab village are involved in the search operation.last_img read more

2 Major Week 3 College Football Games Have Now Been Cancelled

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two major Week 3 college football games have now been cancelled in anticipation of the incoming Hurricane Florence. Both of these games include ACC teams.North Carolina announced earlier today that its game against UCF is being cancelled. The Tar Heels say it’s unlikely the game will be rescheduled.N.C. State has also now announced that its game against West Virginia is being cancelled.“Due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, our game with West Virginia will not be played this weekend,” NC State announced.Due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, our game with @WVUfootball will not be played this weekend.— NC State Football (@PackFootball) September 11, 2018From NC State:Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today’s decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state.NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.Should this game be rescheduled or a replacement home game be scheduled, tickets for the West Virginia game will be valid.  If this game or a replacement home game is not viable, a refund will be offered to season ticket holders. Details will be communicated at a later date.Stay tuned for more details.last_img read more

AMRewards Wraps Successful 2018 with 38,000 Participants

first_imgFollowing the launch of a new AMResorts brand and program enhancements, AMRewards sees record-breaking growth NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – Jan. 15, 2019 – AMResorts®, an Apple Leisure Group company, closed 2018 with another year of explosive growth for the company’s robust travel agent loyalty program, AMRewards™. More than 38,000 travel agents have registered for the program, shattering previous participation records with a 27 percent increase year over year in bookings entered. Agents also maximized their rewards like never before, redeeming points for room nights at AMResorts’ 52 properties using AMRewards’ online booking engine. This tool allowed agents to check availability and make their reservations in real-time, resulting in a 15 percent increase in redeemed room nights compared to 2017. “In just four short years, the AMRewards program has developed a large and loyal following of travel agents who see the incredible value of the tools, resources and incentives provided,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Retail Sales North America, AMRewards, and Sales & Marketing Canada. “After an amazing 2018, we’re excited to continue to build and enhance the program and provide the biggest and best benefits for our agents, who in turn deliver stellar experiences for their clients.” Continued enhancements, rewarding promotions and exciting contests helped fuel the program’s expansion in 2018 and are expected to drive an even stronger 2019. To celebrate the debut of the newest family-friendly brand offering Unlimited-Luxury®, Reflect Resorts & Spas, AMRewards is launching a promotion that is applicable for the brand’s locations in Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta. Travel agents will earn a chance to win a stay for themselves when making and entering bookings made through Feb. 28 for travel to Reflect properties through March 29. Full details coming soon on In addition to the recent debut of Reflect Resorts & Spas, agents will soon have two new resorts to offer travelers or to use their AMRewards points to visit. Now Natura Riviera Cancun, a luxurious, family-friendly beachfront property in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is already accepting reservations, and will welcome guests beginning in late 2019. Also slated to open in 2019 is Secrets St. Martin, which marks not only AMResorts’ first property on the island, but also the collection’s first resort in the French Caribbean. Agents will also soon be able to use their points to further reward their loyal clientele. Through the program, agents are already able to surprise their guests with extra perks, such as a relaxing spa treatment, breakfast in bed, or a romantic dinner for two. A new feature will soon give travel agents the ability to also book in-room amenities for their guests. Created to help travel agents improve their selling capabilities, the AMRewards program is constantly reviewed and improved upon, a process that has allowed the program to grow and enhance each year.  About AMResortsAMResorts collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to seven individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury®, and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ 52 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include:boutique Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless Resorts & Spas (; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now Resorts & Spas (; 1-877-NOW-9953); spirited Reflect Resorts & Spas (; 1-855-4REFLECT); and fun-filled Sunscape Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-SUNSCAPE). Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at read more

Premier Acknowledges Crown Share Panel Appointments

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald welcomed the announcement today, Jan. 9, of the three members of the panel on Crown Share Adjustment Payments, and acknowledged the experience and ability that each member brings to the task at hand. “The members are very well respected and will bring a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and balance to the process of determining the value of the Crown share adjustment,” said the premier. “I look forward to the end of what I’m sure will be thorough deliberations, and commend each for being so willing to assist their province and country.” The premier’s comments come after the province and the federal government named Dara Gordon, partner and member of the board of directors at law firm McInnes Cooper, and Brian Lee Crowley founding president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and current Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the federal Department of Finance, as members of the panel. Lorne Clarke, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, has been named chair of the panel. As specified by Premier MacDonald and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the panel will settle the long-standing technical dispute over the value of federal Crown Share Adjustment Payments to Nova Scotia under the original 1986 Offshore Accord. The panel has been asked to report back by March 15.last_img read more

UN agency announces global standards for Internet television services

18 December 2007The lead United Nations agency for information and communication technology (ICT) today announced the first set of global standards for providing television services over the Internet, a move that is expected to fuel innovation and competition in an emerging field. The standards for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) were developed by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with input from leading service providers and manufacturers from the ICT sector. They “cement ITU’s role as the global leader in IPTV standards development,” the agency said in a press statement. Highlighting the importance of the guidelines issued today, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau said they will “encourage innovation, help mask the complexity of services, guarantee quality of service, ensure interoperability and, ultimately, help players remain competitive.”According to the agency, IPTV is a key element of a “triple-play package” of voice, video and data services, noting that “standardization is imperative if service providers are to offer high quality products with value-additions, such as video-on-demand services that will inevitably drive the market.“A combination of voice, Internet and video services over a single broadband link and from a single provider is foreseen as the ultimate goal of the broadband revolution,” it added. read more

Sony network hacked executives American Airlines flight diverted after hacker groups tweets

by David Koenig And Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2014 9:18 pm MDT Sony network hacked, executive’s American Airlines flight diverted after hacker group’s tweets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – Hackers attacked Sony’s PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.American cut short the Sony Corp. executive’s flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix.The plane with 179 passengers and a crew of six was scheduled to fly from Dallas to San Diego but stopped for what the FBI termed a security threat. American Airlines declined to comment on the threat.A Twitter account called Lizard Squad tweeted to American Airlines that there might be explosives on the plane carrying John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, which makes video games. The same account also claimed responsibility for the PlayStation Network outage.San Diego airport spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield said that as the plane was being re-routed, the Transportation Security Administration told airport officials that the FBI was investigating a tweet about possible explosives on the plane.Smedley said on Twitter: “Yes, my plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.”After landing in Phoenix, the plane taxied to a remote area of the airport, where passengers exited and their bags were searched by police officers with dogs. American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said the plane later resumed its flight to San Diego.This isn’t the first time someone has tweeted a threat to an airline. In April, police in the Netherlands arrested a 14-year-old girl who tweeted to American Airlines that she was part of al-Qaida and was “gonna do something really big bye.”When American replied six minutes later that it would turn over the matter to the FBI, the girl posted a series of panicked tweets and said she was just a girl.Sony spokesman Satoshi Nakajima said the PlayStation Network’s online services were unavailable from Sunday through Monday afternoon Tokyo time. While Lizard Squad tweeted that it was responsible for the outage, Nakajima said it remained unclear who was behind the attack.Sony said no personal information was stolen in the incident. Hackers orchestrated a so-called denial-of-service attack against Sony, which involved overwhelming the company’s gaming network with fake visits so that legitimate users couldn’t get through. In 2011, hackers compromised the company’s network including the personal data of 77 million user accounts. Since then, the network’s security has been upgraded, the company said.___Kageyama reported from Tokyo. AP Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz in New York contributed to this report. read more