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Prologue (Original release: 7/10/15):
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12210487/1/Mixturing-Moves

Chapter 1 (Original release: 7/11/15):
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12210487/2/Mixturing-Moves

I figured to give you the .net links instead of the Wattpad ones because .net is pretty simple to navigate as it cuts right to the story itself. n_n

I'll give you all a link to chapter 2 somewhere next week. Probably next Saturday or Friday. Anywho, let me know what you think about the two chapters in the comments below. c:
Government GangStalking and Electronic Harassment
THIS VIDEO HAS A BIT OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT A COURT DECISION THAT WE SHOULD ALL BECOME AWARE OF BECAUSE OF ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN THESE NAME DISPUTE NEGOTIATIONS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YIdJ1m8SJ8


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If this Court ruled, in part, against Fyrom's use/misuse of the Greek Cultural / Historical matters, which by default would include the name Macedonia and would also discredit Fyrom's basis for entitlement to the name "MACEDONIA", then why is this Court's decision not used now as basis:

1-for refusing the name Macedonia now, in any way shape or form

2-for revoking Fyrom's current name because it has the name 'MACEDONIA" in it, hence, because the Fyrom name is contrary to the Court's ruling verbatim and as noted above

3-for revoking Fyrom's current / future rights of entitlement .

4-for revoking any claims that Greece has recognized and accepted the use of the name MACEDONIA, as claimed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6W7Ty5mq-Q
Ο Μάθιου Νίμιτς στον ΑΝΤ1 για την νέα πρόταση του στο Σκοπιανό

Stated otherwise, the name Fyrom can be deemed VOID as per Court's ruling as well as any claims that Greece has recognized and accepted the use of the name MACEDONIA, as claimed in the above link. In my humble opinion, Greece's presumed prior recognition can be effectively voided and be deemed erroneous based on this decision.

Furthermore, this decision can also be used to preemptively sue Fyrom, prior to bringing name change options to the negotiating table and prior to finalizing any of them. Matthew Nimetz himself had brought forth this type of option in the past when he was mostly pro-Greek

SEE

http://history-of-macedonia.com/2011/03/15/macedonia-name-issue-nimetz-greece/
Macedonian Name Issue – UN Negotiator Nimetz sides with Greece
IN DIASPORA, GENERAL NEWS, MACEDONIAN NEWS / BY D-MAK / ON MARCH 15, 2011 AT 6:56 PM /

THIS ARTICLE STATES, IN PART:

" NEW YORK – The UN mediator on the name issue of the FYROM, Matthew Nimetz, in his meeting on Friday in New York with a delegation of the Pan-Macedonian Association, acknowledged that FYROM’s majority are Slavs and that they “made a huge mistake in their attempt to antiquate their society as well as by their use of ancient Greek Macedonian symbols” said to the Newspaper of Greek Diaspora “National Herald“, the organization’s chairman, Dr Antonis Papadopoulos.

“Moreover, when I mentioned to Mr Nimetz, the issue of the Macedonian identity and that the adjective “Macedonian” should not be used for their army, their language and their people, Mr Nimetz told me, that indeed, it may be a good idea to sue the term ‘people of such and such Republic’, Army of the Republic of such and such’ and ‘the language of the Republic such and such’, not the adjective “Macedonian”, etc.”, he added.

=============

In two recent interviews with Matthew Nimetz, see the two Youtube links below, It was disappointing to see these Greek Journalists not bring up this Court's decision to him and to ask him legally based questions regarding the legal inappropriateness of Fyrom's Macedonia related demands and any mediator's support to same.

In addition, this Court's decision should have been brought forth to Nimetz as a legal notice for all legal barriers that now exist, as a result of this Court ruling, for Fyrom as well as for anyone involved in these name disputes and negotiations to even place the name Macedonia on the table of considerations for a name change.

These Greek Journalists should have done their homework but failed to do so. Failures are not permitted anymore. We don't have any more room for any further failures.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6W7Ty5mq-Q

Ο Μάθιου Νίμιτς στον ΑΝΤ1 για την νέα πρόταση του στο Σκοπιανό
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQbuoiiinY
Αποκλειστική συνέντευξη Μάθιου Νίμιτς στην ΕΡΤ

I hope that in future interviews this Court decision will be brought forth in detail and with all the legal basis, arguments and attention that it deserves. I also hope that the same will be done in all related negotiations for this long over due name change

Please send me links of this Court's decision as well as the legal citation so that I can obtain all related Court documents for my review.

I apologize for not writing in Greek. I know how to read and write in Greek but not in an impressive manner because my grammmar and spelling are very bad. I grew up and was educated in New York City. I went to Greek school up until the age of 11 or 12 in Greece, so I have forgotten a lot.

Although I am facing a terrible ordeal, as a result of having been turned into a politically motivated Targeted Individual, I have not forgotten my Country and my Macedonian roots. I took the struggles of my country with me and I try to help in any way that I can.

You can see my humble efforts in the links below

https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/MYdGAB
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GovernmentGangStalkingandElectronicHarassment/palette


Thank you for your attention in this matter

Regards
Eleni

A Greek Macedonian, and the only kind of Macedonian there is.



ΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΣ ΒΕΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ: Όλες οι νεώτερες εξελίξεις για το Σκοπιανό - (ALERT 12.1.2018)
Antonio Vallejo Chanal
Posted by dohertyjf Editor's note: We originally published a different article by mistake due to an oversight and a valuable lesson in the dangers of copy-paste; you can see it live here. We truly apologize for the error. --- If you’re an agency owner or solo consultant, you’re probably constantly thinking about getting new clients. And we’re inundated in this industry with too much advice around new marketing funnels, new marketing ideas, and "one weird tricks to 10x your traffic overnight." But something we don’t talk about enough is what you do when you actually convert that person into a real contact on your site. I’m not talking about “a lead” here, because that word is used widely in our space and has come to mean everything and nothing at the same time. A lead could be an email address and it could be a long-form submission telling you everything about their needs, as well as their budget and their birth city. What I’m talking about here is a marketing qualified lead (MQL) that you are going to turn into a sales qualified lead (SQL) so that you can turn them into a business qualified lead (aka a new client). (Note: I just made up business qualified lead, so don’t go around talking about BQLs. Or do, but credit me!). Over the last two years I’ve helped a lot of businesses connect with great marketing providers through my company Credo, and through that I’ve been able to watch how agencies and consultants alike pitch work. I see all sorts of strategies done to try to close a lead into a client, such as: * Send an intake survey to try to vet the lead more; * Send them a Calendly link to get them to schedule a call as soon as possible; * Send an initial proposal after the first call and then refine it with the client on the phone; * Send tracked proposals using a tool like DocSend so you can follow up depending on whether they’ve viewed it or not. There are many more I've seen as well. Some work well, others don’t. This post isn’t going to dig into the various tactics you can use, as you should be testing those yourself. What I care about is that you develop a sales strategy that sets a strong base and that you can build from into the future. I also have a unique view on our industry, because I get to see what kind of sales process actually closes potential clients into actual clients. While you may be doing something that you think works really well, there's a great chance that I know a better way. And today, I’m going to give you a view into what I know closes clients, and the sales process that I use to close a high percentage of projects who want to work with me into clients. --- What to do when a client contacts you The first rule of sales in a service business like a consulting agency is that the earlier you reply to a prospective client, the more likely you are to close them into an actual client. Over the last couple of years, I've tried to educate businesses that they should speak with multiple agencies and get multiple proposals, to understand what each agency has to offer and be able to compare them in order to arrive at the right decision for their specific business. And yet, time and time again I see the first agency to respond to be the one to close the project probably 70% of the time. This can absolutely be a templated response, and tools like Gmail’s Canned Responses or templates within your CRM of choice can help. I personally use HubSpot’s and push form entries there via Zapier, but there are many different options out there; I'm sure you can find one that connects your form technology to your CRM. In your response, you have to include these three points at minimum: * Respond as quickly as possible and thank them for contacting you * Acknowledge the project they say they're interested in * Schedule a time to chat on the phone as quickly as possible As I said above, I’ve seen many agencies send an intake questionnaire that's a page or two long before even getting on the phone with the potential client. I advise against this simply because this slows down the process. Some clients that you would otherwise win will simply move on to another agency. You’re giving them work when really what you need to do is remove friction from their decision to choose you. This initial contact is also not the place to tell them all of the brands you've helped and the results you've gotten. If they’re contacting you, they're already interested. Don’t make them think. You have one goal with your response: to get them to schedule a phone call with you. --- What to learn on the first call If you’ve followed my instructions above, you’re getting the client to schedule a call with you (when you're available) as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to have them include their phone number, as well! Schedule the call for 30 minutes so that you can: * Get an understanding for their project, and * Not invest too much time into them in case they're not qualified enough. As a side note, if you're getting too many “leads” (may we all be so lucky) that are not qualified for your business and thus wasting you or your salesperson’s time, then you may want to look at adding some friction to your lead forms. More is not always better. You should have an idea of who your best clients are and the kind of work they've hired you to do that you are best-in-class doing; you need to walk away from this first call at minimum knowing if they're a good fit or not. If they are a good fit, then you can move them forward in your sales process (usually a recap and another call). You'll also be able to use this process to qualify out the leads who on the surface seem to be a good fit because they were able and willing to successfully fill out your lead form, but when you dig deeper into their business and needs, you realize they're not quite such a good fit. We’ll talk about this more in a minute. On this initial phone call, you need to cover all of these points to determine whether you should pitch the work or not: * What their business model is, so that you can understand if they're profitable; * The type of project they're looking for, such as strategy or services or a combination thereof; * Their internal team structure and their knowledge of the marketing channel they're inquiring to you about; * Whether the person you're speaking with is the person who has final sign-off and budgetary control, or if they've been tasked with sourcing an agency but ultimately are not the decision maker; * Their budget range; * Their timetable for wanting to get started. Thank them for their time and set their expectations about what you'll do next and when they can expect to hear back from you. Now your work really begins. --- After the first call Assuming the first call with your prospective client goes well, you'll need a process to follow so that followups don't fail and the process moves forward. This part is important. Right after the call, follow up with the person you spoke with via email to recap the call and reiterate your next steps. First, thank them for their time. Regardless of whether or not you ultimately decide to pitch the project, you should be grateful that they decided to speak with you and not someone else. Second, recap what you discussed on the call. I like to take notes with my CRM (I use HubSpot, as mentioned above) and then use those to write the recap. A CRM should integrate with your email system and allow you to email the prospect from directly within it so that you don't have to move between your CRM and your email client. Here's a templated response that I use when replying to someone after our initial call: Hi FNAME, Thank you for the conversation today! I enjoyed learning more about your business and how we can potentially help. As we discussed, COMPANY is looking for TYPE OF PROJECT. (recap the project here) As I mentioned on the call, my next step is to spend some time reviewing your site and your project to determine if it is the right fit for me as well. I will follow up with you within 48 hours (NOTE: THIS CAN CHANGE IF YOU CHATTED ON FRIDAY, IN WHICH CASE SAY END OF DAY ON MONDAY) with my findings and where I think I can add value to your business. In the case that your project is not the right fit for me, I can suggest some other people you should speak with. Thanks FNAME, and you will hear from me soon! John Now you can review their project and website metrics to see where you can add value, and if it’s a project that can be successful within the budget they have outlined for you. Then, decide if you should pitch for the project or refer them elsewhere. --- Deciding whether to pitch the work Sales is all about determining who the right prospects are and are not, then optimizing your time to focus on the clients you want to sign — not on the ones that are a poor fit for your business. Hopefully you know who your ideal customer is, in terms of budget but also the type of work they need (strategy, services, or some combination thereof) as well as the marketing channel(s). Once you know who your ideal customer is (and is not), you'll have a much easier time determining whether or not you should pitch the work. In my experience with seeing over a thousand projects introduced to marketing providers, the six factors mentioned in the “What to learn on the first call” section are the ones that reliably help you understand whether you should pitch the work or not. Some of the factors to avoid are: * Unrealistic expectations or timelines * No or low budget * No resources to get things done * Their last four agencies haven't worked out * Going out of business "unless they get help" I love that so many in the SEO industry are helpful and genuinely good people who want to help others, but if you start taking on clients that can’t pay you what you need to operate a profitable business or have had issues with many other agencies, then you're doing yourself and your business a disservice. If I had a dollar for every time I heard an agency say that they “pitched the work, but set the budget high” I’d be financially independent and retired to a mountain town in Switzerland by now. Hear me loud and clear here: You do not have to pitch every project that falls into your lap. If the project doesn't meet your minimum project budget, the type of client you can get outsized returns for, or is not within your core competency (your zone of genius), then you should not pitch the project. Let me explain why. If a client is below your minimum project threshold and you pitch them, you've wasted two people’s time. You've wasted your time by creating a proposal and potential project plan, and you've wasted their time because they took time out of their day to review something that they'll never sign off on. Second, if they negotiate back to try to get the budget lower, you're going to spend your time to get a project that is smaller than what they ideally need and can afford. You're literally spending time to make less money, when you could take that time to pitch and negotiate with someone who can easily afford your services. Should you sign the project that is smaller than or right at your minimum while at the same time being at very top end of their budget, you can rest assured that this client will take up more time than they're paying for because they feel pressure to make it work quickly. Unless you set expectations explicitly and are very good at saying no to requests for work that are outside of the scope of what they're paying for, this project will quickly snowball and take up too much time, thus putting it in the red. Don’t pitch a project that's very likely to go into the red budget-wise. That is Business 101, and you will regret it. I promise. --- Conclusion I hope this post has been helpful to you in learning what to do when a new potential consulting client first contacts you or your agency. First, speed is of the essence. While we want to believe that the best pitch will ultimately win the business, experience tells us that it is most often the first person to respond who actually gets to pitch and sign the business. Second, get the potential client on the phone as quickly as possible. Don't rely on email, as you can gain way more information on a 30-minute call than in a string of emails. People are busy and you don't want to create more friction for them. Get them on the phone. Third, you need to send a followup email within a few hours of the phone call where you thank them for their time, recap what you discussed, and set their expectations for what your next steps are and when they'll hear from you again. Feel free to use my template and adjust it for your specific needs. Fourth, decide if you want to pitch the project. Don’t pitch projects that are too small, outside your/your agency’s zone of genius, where what you have to offer is not their highest leverage option, or where they're not set up internally to make the project successful. Your project will not succeed if any of these are true. I am also writing an ebook, hopefully out in Q1 2018, about everything I’ve learned seeing over 1,100 projects come through Credo. If you’re interested to hear when it launches, sign up. I’d love to hear your comments below and interact with you around better sales for digital marketing consulting work! Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don't have time to hunt down but want to read! http://bit.ly/2Dd5Nuz
Posted by dohertyjf Editor's note: We originally published a different article by mistake due to an oversight and a valuable lesson in the dangers of copy-paste; you can see it live here. We truly apologize for the error. --- If you’re an agency owner or solo consultant, you’re probably constantly thinking about getting new clients. And we’re inundated in this industry with too much advice around new marketing funnels, new marketing ideas, and
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Chetraj Bhandari (Chitra Raj Bhandari)
#inboundmarketing What to Do When a New Potential SEO Client Contacts You: Posted by dohertyjf Editor's note: We originally published a different article by mistake due to an oversight and a valuable lesson in the dangers of copy-paste; you can see it live here. We truly apologize for the error. --- If you’re an agency owner or solo consultant, you’re probably constantly thinking about getting new clients. And we’re inundated in this industry with too much advice around new marketing funnels, new marketing ideas, and "one weird tricks to 10x your traffic overnight." But something we don’t talk about enough is what you do when you actually convert that person into a real contact on your site. I’m not talking about “a lead” here, because that word is used widely in our space and has come to mean everything and nothing at the same time. A lead could be an email address and it could be a long-form submission telling you everything about their needs, as well as their budget and their birth city. What I’m talking about here is a marketing qualified lead (MQL) that you are going to turn into a sales qualified lead (SQL) so that you can turn them into a business qualified lead (aka a new client). (Note: I just made up business qualified lead, so don’t go around talking about BQLs. Or do, but credit me!). Over the last two years I’ve helped a lot of businesses connect with great marketing providers through my company Credo, and through that I’ve been able to watch how agencies and consultants alike pitch work. I see all sorts of strategies done to try to close a lead into a client, such as: * Send an intake survey to try to vet the lead more; * Send them a Calendly link to get them to schedule a call as soon as possible; * Send an initial proposal after the first call and then refine it with the client on the phone; * Send tracked proposals using a tool like DocSend so you can follow up depending on whether they’ve viewed it or not. There are many more I've seen as well. Some work well, others don’t. This post isn’t going to dig into the various tactics you can use, as you should be testing those yourself. What I care about is that you develop a sales strategy that sets a strong base and that you can build from into the future. I also have a unique view on our industry, because I get to see what kind of sales process actually closes potential clients into actual clients. While you may be doing something that you think works really well, there's a great chance that I know a better way. And today, I’m going to give you a view into what I know closes clients, and the sales process that I use to close a high percentage of projects who want to work with me into clients. --- What to do when a client contacts you The first rule of sales in a service business like a consulting agency is that the earlier you reply to a prospective client, the more likely you are to close them into an actual client. Over the last couple of years, I've tried to educate businesses that they should speak with multiple agencies and get multiple proposals, to understand what each agency has to offer and be able to compare them in order to arrive at the right decision for their specific business. And yet, time and time again I see the first agency to respond to be the one to close the project probably 70% of the time. This can absolutely be a templated response, and tools like Gmail’s Canned Responses or templates within your CRM of choice can help. I personally use HubSpot’s and push form entries there via Zapier, but there are many different options out there; I'm sure you can find one that connects your form technology to your CRM. In your response, you have to include these three points at minimum: * Respond as quickly as possible and thank them for contacting you * Acknowledge the project they say they're interested in * Schedule a time to chat on the phone as quickly as possible As I said above, I’ve seen many agencies send an intake questionnaire that's a page or two long before even getting on the phone with the potential client. I advise against this simply because this slows down the process. Some clients that you would otherwise win will simply move on to another agency. You’re giving them work when really what you need to do is remove friction from their decision to choose you. This initial contact is also not the place to tell them all of the brands you've helped and the results you've gotten. If they’re contacting you, they're already interested. Don’t make them think. You have one goal with your response: to get them to schedule a phone call with you. --- What to learn on the first call If you’ve followed my instructions above, you’re getting the client to schedule a call with you (when you're available) as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to have them include their phone number, as well! Schedule the call for 30 minutes so that you can: * Get an understanding for their project, and * Not invest too much time into them in case they're not qualified enough. As a side note, if you're getting too many “leads” (may we all be so lucky) that are not qualified for your business and thus wasting you or your salesperson’s time, then you may want to look at adding some friction to your lead forms. More is not always better. You should have an idea of who your best clients are and the kind of work they've hired you to do that you are best-in-class doing; you need to walk away from this first call at minimum knowing if they're a good fit or not. If they are a good fit, then you can move them forward in your sales process (usually a recap and another call). You'll also be able to use this process to qualify out the leads who on the surface seem to be a good fit because they were able and willing to successfully fill out your lead form, but when you dig deeper into their business and needs, you realize they're not quite such a good fit. We’ll talk about this more in a minute. On this initial phone call, you need to cover all of these points to determine whether you should pitch the work or not: * What their business model is, so that you can understand if they're profitable; * The type of project they're looking for, such as strategy or services or a combination thereof; * Their internal team structure and their knowledge of the marketing channel they're inquiring to you about; * Whether the person you're speaking with is the person who has final sign-off and budgetary control, or if they've been tasked with sourcing an agency but ultimately are not the decision maker; * Their budget range; * Their timetable for wanting to get started. Thank them for their time and set their expectations about what you'll do next and when they can expect to hear back from you. Now your work really begins. --- After the first call Assuming the first call with your prospective client goes well, you'll need a process to follow so that followups don't fail and the process moves forward. This part is important. Right after the call, follow up with the person you spoke with via email to recap the call and reiterate your next steps. First, thank them for their time. Regardless of whether or not you ultimately decide to pitch the project, you should be grateful that they decided to speak with you and not someone else. Second, recap what you discussed on the call. I like to take notes with my CRM (I use HubSpot, as mentioned above) and then use those to write the recap. A CRM should integrate with your email system and allow you to email the prospect from directly within it so that you don't have to move between your CRM and your email client. Here's a templated response that I use when replying to someone after our initial call: Hi FNAME, Thank you for the conversation today! I enjoyed learning more about your business and how we can potentially help. As we discussed, COMPANY is looking for TYPE OF PROJECT. (recap the project here) As I mentioned on the call, my next step is to spend some time reviewing your site and your project to determine if it is the right fit for me as well. I will follow up with you within 48 hours (NOTE: THIS CAN CHANGE IF YOU CHATTED ON FRIDAY, IN WHICH CASE SAY END OF DAY ON MONDAY) with my findings and where I think I can add value to your business. In the case that your project is not the right fit for me, I can suggest some other people you should speak with. Thanks FNAME, and you will hear from me soon! John Now you can review their project and website metrics to see where you can add value, and if it’s a project that can be successful within the budget they have outlined for you. Then, decide if you should pitch for the project or refer them elsewhere. --- Deciding whether to pitch the work Sales is all about determining who the right prospects are and are not, then optimizing your time to focus on the clients you want to sign — not on the ones that are a poor fit for your business. Hopefully you know who your ideal customer is, in terms of budget but also the type of work they need (strategy, services, or some combination thereof) as well as the marketing channel(s). Once you know who your ideal customer is (and is not), you'll have a much easier time determining whether or not you should pitch the work. In my experience with seeing over a thousand projects introduced to marketing providers, the six factors mentioned in the “What to learn on the first call” section are the ones that reliably help you understand whether you should pitch the work or not. Some of the factors to avoid are: * Unrealistic expectations or timelines * No or low budget * No resources to get things done * Their last four agencies haven't worked out * Going out of business "unless they get help" I love that so many in the SEO industry are helpful and genuinely good people who want to help others, but if you start taking on clients that can’t pay you what you need to operate a profitable business or have had issues with many other agencies, then you're doing yourself and your business a disservice. If I had a dollar for every time I heard an agency say that they “pitched the work, but set the budget high” I’d be financially independent and retired to a mountain town in Switzerland by now. Hear me loud and clear here: You do not have to pitch every project that falls into your lap. If the project doesn't meet your minimum project budget, the type of client you can get outsized returns for, or is not within your core competency (your zone of genius), then you should not pitch the project. Let me explain why. If a client is below your minimum project threshold and you pitch them, you've wasted two people’s time. You've wasted your time by creating a proposal and potential project plan, and you've wasted their time because they took time out of their day to review something that they'll never sign off on. Second, if they negotiate back to try to get the budget lower, you're going to spend your time to get a project that is smaller than what they ideally need and can afford. You're literally spending time to make less money, when you could take that time to pitch and negotiate with someone who can easily afford your services. Should you sign the project that is smaller than or right at your minimum while at the same time being at very top end of their budget, you can rest assured that this client will take up more time than they're paying for because they feel pressure to make it work quickly. Unless you set expectations explicitly and are very good at saying no to requests for work that are outside of the scope of what they're paying for, this project will quickly snowball and take up too much time, thus putting it in the red. Don’t pitch a project that's very likely to go into the red budget-wise. That is Business 101, and you will regret it. I promise. --- Conclusion I hope this post has been helpful to you in learning what to do when a new potential consulting client first contacts you or your agency. First, speed is of the essence. While we want to believe that the best pitch will ultimately win the business, experience tells us that it is most often the first person to respond who actually gets to pitch and sign the business. Second, get the potential client on the phone as quickly as possible. Don't rely on email, as you can gain way more information on a 30-minute call than in a string of emails. People are busy and you don't want to create more friction for them. Get them on the phone. Third, you need to send a followup email within a few hours of the phone call where you thank them for their time, recap what you discussed, and set their expectations for what your next steps are and when they'll hear from you again. Feel free to use my template and adjust it for your specific needs. Fourth, decide if you want to pitch the project. Don’t pitch projects that are too small, outside your/your agency’s zone of genius, where what you have to offer is not their highest leverage option, or where they're not set up internally to make the project successful. Your project will not succeed if any of these are true. I am also writing an ebook, hopefully out in Q1 2018, about everything I’ve learned seeing over 1,100 projects come through Credo. If you’re interested to hear when it launches, sign up. I’d love to hear your comments below and interact with you around better sales for digital marketing consulting work! Sign up for The Moz Top 10, a semimonthly mailer updating you on the top ten hottest pieces of SEO news, tips, and rad links uncovered by the Moz team. Think of it as your exclusive digest of stuff you don't have time to hunt down but want to read! http://dlvr.it/QBVXxx #google
What to Do When a New Potential SEO Client Contacts You
How do you react when a new potential client contacts you? Discerning between a good fit and an adequate (or poor) fit can be key to both retaining those clients and growing your business. John Doherty walks you through the client vetting process, including the initial call and how to determine whether you should pitch your project or move on.
Azlin Bloor
Vote now for Post of the Week! - #MyMotivator

Announcing our two finalists for this round of Post of the Week. Lisa shared a breathtaking view of the Italian Alps, and Marsha created her own lovely view using digital software.

Be sure to click on the links below to see the original posts!

+Lisa Watson, Italian Alps:
https://plus.google.com/+LisaWatson/posts/YGzU5mE1N1o

+Marsha Leigh, Digital Art:
https://plus.google.com/+MarshaLeigh/posts/4wDRkf6NWs5

Voting ends Friday morning (PT) 01/19/17

P.S. Honorable mention goes to +Justine OBrien https://plus.google.com/+JustineOBrienJust4Cash/posts/DF7FsZe2AhG for her inspirational post.
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Chelsea are interested in signing Alexis Sanchez amid United links, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports understands that Antonio Conte rates the forward highly, although no formal offer has been made at this point. 

Back on Friday, Conte said it would be a good investment to buy Sanchez from Arsenal this January for a fraction of his worth.

Conte also revealed he attempted to sign Sanchez while at Juventus, adding that the 29-year-old is one of the top players in the world.

Chelsea are interested in signing Alexis Sanchez amid United links (Sky Sports) Chelsea are interested in signing Alexis Sanchez amid United links, according to Sky Sports. Sky Sports understands that Antonio Conte rates the forward highly, although no formal offer has been made at this point. Back on Friday, Conte said it would be a good investment to buy Sanchez from Arsenal this January for a fraction of his worth. Conte also revealed he
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2017 in review: Major terror attacks to strike Pakistan this year


A trail of terrorPlaces of worshipCivilian targetsSecurity forces targeted



As the year draws to an end, Dawn.com looks back at major incidents of terrorism that took place in 2017.An overview of these attacks paints a grim picture of the state of security in the country. Despite the launch of two major military operations this year u2014 country-wide Raddul Fasaad and Khyber 4, which focused primarily on Rajgal Valley u2014 the South Asian Terrorism Portal reports at least 484 civilians and 145 security forces' personnel were killed in various incidents of terror across the country. A total of at least 400 people were killed in the major terror attacks this year which are highlighted in each of the tabs in this report.The follow-up to a majority of the largest attacks this year also highlights the state's knee-jerk response to terror instead of preemptive measures.For instance, in the case of the terror attack targeting Peshawar's Agricultural Training Institute, a senior superintendent police told DawnNews that although police were told the hostel was among the more vulnerable areas in the city, it had not been adequately secured. The police's response after the attack was reported, however, was swift.Though security is almost always 'bumped up' at the sites of the attack, the same areas continue to be targeted, as in the case of Parachinar u2014 a town in Kurram Agency that has seen repeated terror attacks over the last 10 years. The majority of the attacks in this report targeted security forces, not civilians. Jamaatul Ahrar this year declared open season on security forces, threatening a nationwide campaign targeting civil and armed forces, judiciary, media and political parties.Interestingly, attacks orchestrated by the militant Islamic State (IS) had the greatest number of casualties this year, despite top civil and military officials' repeated denial of their presence in the country.IS-claimed attacks took the lives of 160 people. Jamaatul Ahrar-claimed attacks killed 104. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami only claimed two attacks this year u2014 both in Parachinar u2014 and killed 92. Another interesting takeaway from the data is that although the TTP claimed the greatest number of attacks, the combined death toll came to 79. Their attacks mostly targeted security forces and law enforcement personnel and, although high in frequency, took fewer lives than those carried out by other groups.


Claims of responsibility for major attacks in 2017.


With respect to the pie chart above, it is pertinent to note that two of the attacks were claimed by two groups each u2014 Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami (LeJ-A) and TTP jointly claimed responsibility for an attack on Parachinar's Sabzi Mandi; Jamaatul Ahrar and IS both claimed responsibility for an attack near the Balochistan police chief's office in Quetta.Tragically, the largest proportion of victims of terrorism were killed in attacks on places of worship this year. As the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor addressed a press conference on Dec 28, he spoke mostly of Pakistan's response to the United States and regional tensions and security.He did, however, speak of a "greater focus on Balochistan", confessing that the military was unable to secure the province with the speed and efficacy required. This much is evident from the number of attacks targeting police officials in Balochistan."When we started action in Fata, the troublemakers turned to Balochistan," he observed."What we do today, you'll be seeing the results of in subsequent years." Click on the tabs below to read more about the major terror attacks in 2017.PLACES OF WORSHIP

At least four places of worship were the targets of major terror attacks this year. Two of the places targeted were Sufi shrines, one an imambargah and one church.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, Sehwan
The deadliest incident of terrorism this year u2014 claiming more than 88 lives u2014 was a suicide attack targeting the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh's Sehwan Sharif on February 16. The attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State group.


Security personnel stand guard at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan following the blast. u2500AFP


A large number of devotees, from different faiths and from across the country, were present at the shrine as it was a Thursday u2014 a day of spiritual significance in Pakistan's shrine culture.The death toll rose to over 88 in the days following the attack, which left at least 343 others wounded. CCTV footage released after the attack showed the suspected suicide bomber slipping past a security check at the shrine's Golden gate. Police believe he blew himself up after hurling a grenade that failed to explode.The explosion took place in the area where the dhamaal (a Sufi ritual) was being performed after evening prayers.At 3:30am the next day, the shrine's caretaker stood among the carnage and defiantly rang its bell, a daily ritual that he vowed to continue, telling AFP he will "not bow down to terrorists".Devotees gathered at the shrine to resume the dhamaal in defiance of not only the attackers but also the police. One of the workers who looks after the shrine, Haja Shah, had tears rolling down his cheeks as he said, "This is no place for the police. This is our place."A key suspect identified as Nadir Ali alias Murshid Jakhrani was arrested during a joint Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department operation in Manghopir. The son of a landlord in Kashmore, Nadir Ali confessed to having past links to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. The army launched the Operation Raddul Fasaad days after the Sehwan bombing, saying it was aiming at eliminating the "residual/latent threat of terrorism".Explore our coverage:
Backgrounder: The Qalandar's magnetism
After the blast at Qalandaru2019s abode
Sheema Kermani defies act of terrorism, performs at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine
Damadam mast Qalandar is a cry of rebellion against established orders
Editorial: Attack on a place of peace
Sehwan: The undisputed throne of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar


Parachinar Imambargah, Kurram Agency
At least 23 people were killed and 73 were injured when a car bomb exploded near the women's entrance of the main Imambargah in Parachinar's Noor Market area hours before the Friday congregation on March 31.The attack, claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar (JA), is believed to have targeted the Shia community in the town, which has seen 10 major terror attacks since 2007, including three just this year."Human body parts and pools of blood were visible at and around the place of the blast. The explosion caused severe damage to shops and residential quarters in the market," a shopkeeper in the area had told Dawn.After the blast, a group of people proceeded to the office of the political agent to hold a protest against the incident and were forcibly dispersed when paramilitary and Levies forces opened fire on the mob, killing one person and injuring seven others.In the aftermath of the firing, thousands of people carrying coffins took out a procession from the Imambargah to the press club, placed coffins on the road and started a dharna demanding concrete security measures and the arrest of perpetrators who had been targeting the town at will for the past seven years. Residents and elders blame the local administration and security forces for security lapses in the area. Parachinar with a population of 100,000 is the administrative headquarters of Kurram Agency. It continues to be targeted by terrorists despite the heavy deployment of troops and checkpoints in and around the town.Additionally, the main hospital in Parachinar lacks qualified staff and equipment, and is unable to cope with emergencies.After the attack, the main commercial area in Parachinar was declared a red zone, causing business activities to stagnate.Days after the attack, eight suspected JA terrorists surrendered before the army in Mohmand Agency.Explore our coverage:
Editorial: Carnage in Parachinar again


Pir Rakhel Shah shrine, Jhal Magsi
At least 21 people were killed and over 30 injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up at the entrance to the shrine of Pir Rakhel Shah in the Fatehpur area of Balochistan's Jhal Magsi district on October 5.IS claimed responsibility for the attack, the third such incident targeting a shrine in less than a year.It took place on a Thursday when attendance at the shrine was high. Several hundred devotees from various parts of Balochistan and Sindh had arrived at the shrine to participate in the congregation held every 15th day of the Islamic calendar.This was the second time this shrine has been targeted u2500 a 2005 attack killed more than 50 and injured more than 70 people. Sources said the suicide attacker detonated his vest while a police constable frisked him at the entrance, killing six people on the spot, including the cop.The blast was so powerful that it was heard several kilometres away from the shrine. The bodies of the victims were scattered in a 200-metre radius.The attack took place hours after the military's media wing highlighted the army's efforts in combating terrorism across the country and brought up the role of "non-state actors" that the army believes are being sponsored by enemy spy agencies.Hundreds in Dera Murad Jamali, Sibi and Jhal Magsi participated in protest rallies against the attack carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against terrorism and the governmentu2019s failure to protect peopleu2019s lives.In the aftermath of the attack, Sindh police and Levies personnel launched operations against terrorists in Khuzdar and Jhal Magsi.Explore our coverage:
Editorial: Attack on shrine
Attacking shrines and the culture of peace


Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, Quetta
At least 10 members of the Christian community in Quetta lost their lives and over 50 were injured in a terror attack claimed by IS which targeted the Sunday services at the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on December 17.


A family being evacuated from the premises of the Bethel Memorial Church, Quetta, after a suicide attack. u2500 AFP/File


The attack is believed to have been carried out by four attackers. A suicide bomber himself up outside the door of the churchu2019s main hall, where 400 worshipers u2014 including women and children u2014 had gathered for Sunday Mass. A second bomber was killed in a shootout with police near the main gate of the church, and officials and eyewitnesses claim two other attackers fled the scene after both suicide bombers were killed. The fatalities occurred mainly near the front of the main hall, with those positioned near the rear of the church somewhat shielded from the impact of the blast. "The victims were wounded by shrapnel from the suicide jacket and broken glass and wood splinters from the windowpanes and doors of the main hall. The front side of the hall was splattered with blood and the dead bodies and the injured lay scattered everywhere," said Alexander A. Kelvin, 52, who was inside the hall when the explosion took place. This was the second time the Bethel Memorial Church has been targeted. After the previous attack, security for the church, located in the city's high-security zone, was beefed up. Police were deployed in and outside all churches in Balochistan after this attack.The incident was the first suicide attack that has targeted the Christian community in Quetta u2500 although smaller attacks have taken place through the years.Relatives laid their loved ones to rest amid tight security just days before Christmas.In the aftermath, government officials were quick to offer condemnations and compensation to the victims. BNP-M chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal expressed solidarity with the Christian community by attending the Christmas service at the Bethel Memorial Church. Days after the attack, the Frontier Corps conducted 'sanitisation operations' in Balochistan's Sibbi and Gandimgozi Kaur areas, killing four suspected terrorists. The purpose of 'santisation operations' is to clear an area of the presence of terrorists.Explore our coverage:
Editorial: The state responded in a disturbingly reflexive manner to Quetta's church tragedy
'No one was there to help': Victims recall horrors of Quetta church attack
Footprints: Children of a lesser God
Bombs targeting Christians is extremism, but our everyday bigotry isn't?
As a minority, it is the everyday discrimination that hurts me most

Click on the tabs below to read more about the major terror attacks in 2017.CIVILIAN TARGETS

At least 484 civilians were killed in various incidents of terror across the country. Two attacks targeting civilians this year took place in Parachinar, one targeted a senator in Balochistan, and one targeted an educational institution.
Parachinar market, Kurram Agency
At least 25 people were killed and over 87 others injured in the first major terror attack of the year. A timed improvised explosive device (IED) hidden in a vegetable crate in Parachinar's Sabzi Mandi market went off during peak business hours on January 21. A shopkeeper described the scene after the attack: "I saw 10 charred bodies lying on the spot and heard many wounded crying."Ashiq Hussain, who was purchasing vegetables at the market, had said: "There was no ambulance, and people had to carry the injured in cars and private pickup trucks to the hospital."In what appeared to be a sign of growing cooperation among extremists, two banned groups u2500 the LeJ-A and the Sheheryar Mehsud-led Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan u2500 claimed responsibility for the attack. The TTP spokesperson described it as an act of revenge for the killing of Malik Ishaq, the LeJ chief, and others in "fake police encounters".Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the deadly bomb blast a day after the attack.The then interior minister Chaudhry Nisar had expressed concern over the inadequate security and directed the National Counter Terrorism Authority to investigate why appropriate security measures were not taken in Parachinar despite two threat alerts sent by the ministry on Nov 25 and Dec 14.Explore our coverage:
Editorial: Parachinar bombing


Parachinar, again u2014 twin blasts in market
Parachinar's Turi Bazaar market was the third target in the town this year, with at least 67 people killed and over 200 injured as twin blasts ripped through the densely populated area on June 23, just days before Eidul Fitr.


Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Parachinar's Turi Market. u2500 DawnNews


A first bomb went off in the market near Tal Adda, where a bus terminal is also located. A second explosion targeted rescuers and bystanders who rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first blast. The attack took place as Eid shoppers thronged the market, minutes after an Al Quds Day rally began dispersing at some distance from the site of the blasts.The attack was claimed by the LeJ-A.Members of the Shia community in Parachinar protested against government inaction following the bombings, demanding a visit from Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and then interior minister Chaudhry Nisar. Four civilians were killed as Frontier Constabulary personnel opened fire on protesters. Rumours circulated that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory had restricted coverage of the protests u2014 they were denied by the body.Chaudhry Nisar, the interior minister at the time, had pointed out that such incidents occur every time the Pak-Afghan border is opened up and advocated tighter policing of the border.Although compensation was announced for the victims of the blast, protesting tribal elders rejected it, saying they would rather be recognised as human beings.Explore our coverage:
My hometown Parachinar was attacked and I'm heartbroken by your silence
Why is Parachinar routinely targeted by terrorists?
Blood, tears, Parachinar
Opinion: Surrendering Parachinar
Editorial: Tragedy strikes again
Anger grows in Parachinar after three attacks in six months
Social media gives voice to Parachinar protesters
Parachinar solidarity sit-in continues
Multiple attacks on Eid shoppers, cops stun nation


Agricultural Training Institute, Peshawar
Reminiscent of previous attacks on Army Public School and Charsadda's Bacha Khan University, four burqa-clad gunmen in possession of suicide vests stormed the hostel of Peshawar's Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on December 1.


A police commando escorts rescued ATI staff members to safety after the attack on the hostel in Peshawar.u2500AFP/File


At least nine people were killed and 37 injured in the TTP-claimed carnage that took place on 12th Rabi-ul-Awal. Only a small number of students were present at the hostel as it was a holiday. A university student who witnessed the attack said: "Two terrorists entered and fired, and the students began running. Some were injured; others jumped out of the windows of the hostel.""I was asleep. When we heard the gunshots, we quickly shut our room's door and made phone calls to find out what was happening. We were told that the people outside are terrorists and that we should keep our room's door shut," said Saleh, another student who was in the hostel at the time of the attack.He added: "The terrorists shot at everyone who was roaming around and they were breaking doors down to attack students. Thankfully security personnel reached the hostel before those men came to our room u2014 that is why we are alive."Although security had been beefed up in the provincial capital on the occasion, the ATI u2500 located in the city's University Town area u2500 was reported to have been a vulnerable installation.The quick response of police and security forces averted what could have been a greater tragedy, as one of the hostels was secured before the attackers reached it, and people in and around the ATI were speedily evacuated. Security forces hunted down and neutralised the terrorists in an operation launched soon after the attack was reported and then began clearing the university's premises. Police said the terrorists had contacted handlers in Afghanistan as the attack was underway. The attackers had also broadcast the siege live to their handlers via a smartphone attached to the body of an assailant.Investigators probing the incident said that the planners of the attack had apparently tricked the suicide bombers into believing that the facility was an intelligence agency's office in order to keep them motivated.Following the attack, at least 15 suspects were arrested during operations carried out by law enforcement agencies. Explore our coverage:
In pictures: Terror strikes Peshawar again
Timeline: Militants' long and bloody war on education
Editorial: Peshawar attack
Opinion: Debating terror


Senate deputy chairman attacked, Mastung
A suicide attack targeting the convoy of Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung, Balochistan, on May 12 left at least 27 people dead and 40 others injured. Maulana Haideri, belonging to JUI-F, suffered minor injuries in the IS-claimed attack.The deceased included several JUI-F volunteers, a naib emir of the JUI-F Quetta chapter, a Senate official, and an Anti-Terrorism Force official. The suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into the vehicle in which the Maulana was travelling along the Quetta-Karachi National Highway.A large number of vehicles and motorcycles, including a police car, were destroyed in the blast that rocked the entire town of Mastung, causing panic among the residents. Survivors, several covered in blood, picked up body parts that lay scattered on the road among vehicles twisted by the blast.Sardar Noor Ahmed Bangulzai recounted the blast: "The place was engulfed by thick smoke and nothing was visible. When atmosphere cleared, I saw bodies lying here and there, even at the distance of 100 feet from the blast site... The injured were crying and asking for help."Leaders, activists and JUI-F supporters held protests against the attack in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the tribal areas. Haideri criticised the federal government for its inaction following the attack, saying that "no information has been shared regarding the investigation into the Mastung blast".Security forces conducted operations in Mastung targeting 'IS facilitators', in which at least 12 "hardcore terrorists, including two suicide bombers" and a number of 'key commanders' were killed.Consistent with the government policy of not acknowledging IS presence in the country, the ISPR downplayed reports that Daesh was targeted in the operation, saying it was against 10-15 terrorists of the banned LeJ-A who had been hiding there. The operations were also spurred by intelligence reports that two Chinese citizens kidnapped from Quetta on May 24 were being held by IS in the area.Explore our coverage:
Footprints: Mastung in mourning
Situationer: Injured recall horror of Mastung explosion

Click on the tabs below to read more about the major terror attacks in 2017.SECURITY FORCES TARGETED

This year saw a number of terror attacks targeting security forces, particularly police personnel, across the country.The largest attacks took place in Lahore on Ferozepur Road and Mall Road, while a number of smaller attacks u2500 higher in frequency and with high-profile targets u2500 took place in Balochistan, KP and Karachi.
Mall Road, Lahore
A suicide attack targeting police officials on Lahore's Mall Road on Feb 13 was the first of three major terror attacks to hit the provincial capital this year u2014 all of which targeted law enforcers, army and security personnel.At least 13 people, including six police officers, were killed and 85 others injured when the suicide bomber struck a protest of around 400 chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers in front of the Punjab Assembly.There was a significant presence of law enforcers in the area, with senior police officials seen mediating with protesters to clear the area in front of the Punjab Assembly. SSP Operations Zahid Gondal of Punjab Police and DIG Traffic Lahore Capt (retd) Ahmad Mobin were among those killed in the attack.The Jamaatul Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.Footage of the attack showed two men walking towards the blast site, according to Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. He said that the DIG Traffic and SSP Operations were posted on one side of Mall Road, whereas the protesters were on the other side, and that the attackers "moved towards them before the bomber blew himself up".Following the attack, Punjabu2019s law enforcement agencies launched a province-wide crackdown on banned militant organisations and a probe into the incident. Over 124 suspects were taken into custody for interrogation.The Punjab government, which appeared to have resisted the deployment of the Rangers for much of 2016, finally called in the paramilitary force to 'help combat terrorism'. The Rangers were given police powers to conduct intelligence-based operations against terrorists, wherever required, with full authority.Despite the operations, 11 days after the attack another blast rocked Lahore's DHA area. However, authorities claimed it was an 'accident' caused by a cylinder explosion. At least 10 people were killed in the blast. Explore our coverage:
Capt Mobin: a father figure for Lahoreu2019s traffic wardens
In the line of duty: Friends eulogise slain police officers
Blood, bodies and fire at Charing Cross
As Lahore buries its dead, citizens demand answers
Editorial: Another operation
Spell of terror attacks keeps buyers away


Ferozepur Road, Lahore
A suicide bomber targeted policemen providing security to the Lahore Development Authority which was clearing Lahore's Ferozepur Road of encroachments on July 24. At least 26 people, including nine policemen, were killed while 58 others were injured as a motorcycle bomb exploded.


Rescue workers move the body of a victim of a suicide attack on Lahore's Ferozepur Road. u2500 AFP


The blast occurred at an old vegetable market in the Kot Lakhpat neighbourhood u2500 a busy locality near Arfa Karim IT Tower and the office of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the first attack carried out by the Taliban Special Group, a new militant network and offshoot of the TTP comprising highly-trained suicide attackers.After the attack, the army chief had said: "We are breaking connectivity between terrorist masterminds and their facilitators."A few days later, another explosion took place on Lahore's Outfall Road in which two people were killed and 48 others injured.A joint investigation team was set up to probe the blast, and the CTD claimed to have gunned down four suspected TTP terrorists in Lahore. Explore our coverage:
My momentary encounter with a policeman hours before he was martyred in the Lahore blast
Panic, hope and fear outside Lahore's public hospitals
Lahore plunges into mourning
u2018Terrorists canu2019t undermine police moraleu2019
Editorial: Lahore attack


Census team, Lahore
A suicide bomber targeted a census team in Lahore's Bedian Road area on April 5, killing four army men, an off-duty Pakistan Air Force airman and a civilian. At least 19 others were injured in the attack. The attacker detonated his explosives next to a van carrying security personnel who were going to join a census team. The explosion occurred at around 7:50am when the van reached the Mananwala Chowk. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had said there had been a repeated threat alert in Lahore for 10 days prior to the bombing. COAS Bajwa asserted that despite the attack, "the census will be completed at any cost." A review of security measures for census teams was ordered by the Punjab police chief after the attack.Explore our coverage:
Editorial: Lahore attack
Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Ahmadi or 'other': The census, a source of fear and hope for minorities


Senior police officers targeted
BalochistanThe most prominent attacks u2500 both bomb blasts and shootings u2500 on senior police officials took place in Balochistan.District Police Officer (DPO) Killa Abdullah Sajid Mohmand and his guard lost their lives in a TTP-claimed blast near Boghra Road in Balochistan's Chaman area on July 10. DIG Police Telecommunication Hamid Shakeel Sabir and two other police officials were killed in a TTP-claimed suicide bombing in Quetta's Chaman Housing Society on November 10.Seven police were among 14 people killed in a suicide blast near the Balochistan police chief's office on Quetta's Gulistan Road on June 23. At least 20 other people were injured in the attack claimed by both the Jamaatul Ahrar and IS.At least eight people, including seven policemen, were killed and 24 others injured in an explosion targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta on October 18. The attack was claimed by the TTP.On July 13, SP Mubarak Shah and three other policemen were gunned down in Quetta's Killi Deba area in an attack claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar, and on Nov 15, SP Muhammad Ilyas and three members of his family were gunned down in Quetta's Nawan Killi area. Against the backdrop of the renewed wave of targeted attacks against senior police officers in Balochistan, Gen Bajwa said the "terrorists in desperation" were targeting law enforcement agencies and soft targets since there had been a phenomenal reduction in targeted killings on sectarian grounds in the province.In addition to major attacks, seven policemen were kidnapped in Balochistan's Awaran area on June 29 u2500 Eid day u2500 but later released when security forces blocked all entry and exit points of the area.A number of operations were conducted in different parts of the province, including Quetta and Zhob, and probe teams were set up to investigate different attacks. Explore our coverage:
Situationer: Balochistan police in the line of fire
Editorial: Police officialsu2019 murder


KarachiThe same day that a blast took place outside the IGP Balochistan's office in Quetta, four policemen were gunned down in Karachi's SITE area as they sat down for Iftar at a roadside hotel.The same murder weapon was used to gun down DSP Traffic Hanif Khan and constable Sultan Ishtiaq, in Azizabad on Aug 11. Additionally, a police razakar, a retired army officer and three policemen were gunned down in Karachi in various incidents. Most of the attacks were carried out by the newly surfaced militant group, the Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan (ASP), an Al Qaeda-inspired group which comprised highly educated operatives. The story of the ASP appears to share similarities with that of the Saad Aziz-led, IS-inspired group which orchestrated the 2015 Safoora Goth massacre and the murder of activist and T2F founder Sabeen Mahmud.The ASP also claimed responsibility for an attack on MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan on Eidul Fitr in which one police officer and a civilian lost their lives.Security agencies and police cracked down on the group. Reports circulated in September that top members of the ASP had been arrested, and about a month later, eight ASP militants were killed in an 'encounter' jointly carried out by the Rangers and the CTD in the Raees Goth area in Karachi's Baldia Town.The rise of the ASP sparked concern and fear about the origins and scale of radicalisation occurring in Pakistani universities. Explore our coverage:
The rise and u2018fallu2019 of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan
More attacks feared as u2018battle-hardenedu2019 militants come back from Syria
Why does a university-educated student turn to terrorism?
Profile of a radicalised young man from Karachi
Opinion: Deradicalising our universities
Anatomy of a murder


Khyber PakhtunkhwaAttacks targeting police officials in KP were significantly lower compared to the other provinces. On Nov 25, Additional Inspector General Muhammad Ashraf Noor was killed when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into his vehicle near Zarghoni Masjid in Peshawar's Hayatabad area. The Lashkar-i-Islam claimed the attack.A Dawn bureau report revealed that terrorists have killed 29 KP police officers over the last decade. Explore our coverage:
Terrorists kill 29 KP police officers in over a decade
Over 450 KP police vehicles to be made bulletproof
u2018KP police being trained to meet tough security challengesu2019


Army, FC targeted
At least eight security officials were among 15 killed in a suicide blast targeting a military truck near Quetta's Pishin bus stop on Aug 12, two days before Independence Day. At least 32 others were wounded in the attack. Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the terrorists did not want people to celebrate Aug 14. A high-level investigation team, comprising three senior police officers, was formed to probe the deadly suicide bombing.


Security officers and volunteers collect evidence at the site of an attack targeting an FC convoy in Peshawar. u2500 AP


A landmine blast in Balochistan's Sibbi district killed two FC men and injured three others on a routine sweep of the area on Nov 29. A Frontier Corps convoy was targeted by a suicide blast on Quetta's Sariab Road area on Nov 25. Five people were killed and 27 others, including two FC men, were injured in the attack.At least one FC man was killed in a suicide blast in Balochistan's Chaman area near the Pak-Afghan on July 17. The same day, two FC personnel were killed in Peshawar's Hayatabad area when a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into an FC vehicle on patrol. Nine people, including two security personnel, were injured in the explosion.



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Dayvid Castro
Funny Friday! Build a LSTM (Long Short-Term Memory) network to predict stock market sentiment from social media using TensorFlow in a convenient Jupyter Notebook. You shoould get an accuracy over 70% after only 50 epochs. A great tutorial by Garrett Hoffman on O'Reilly Media. Please have a look at the "util.py" file to get a better understanding of how to preprocess the data.
Introduction to LSTMs with TensorFlow
How to build a multilayered LSTM network to infer stock market sentiment from social conversation using TensorFlow.