Letterkenny General Hospital gets the highest bill in the country for employing temporary staff

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Facebook Letterkenny General Hospital gets the highest bill in the country for employing temporary staff Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDeclan Boyle says Finn Harps will be confident ahead of Play Off with UCDNext articleLack of Significant Progress on Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme Unacceptable – Doherty admin Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest By admin – October 23, 2015 The HSE paid 2.4 million euro to employ temporary staff at Letterkenny General Hospital in the first six months of this year, the highest bill in the country.Nationally, the bill is 14 million euro across the 18 hospitals to the end of July.A shortage of nurses and trying to keep on medical staff have been cited as the main causes for the high bill for Letterkenny General Hospital.However speaking earlier on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, HSE West Forum member, Cllr Gerry McMonagle says the main factor is the working conditions in the hospital is preventing the recruitment of full time staff:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/gerry1pm1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

FSOC: GSEs’ activities pose potential risk to financial system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Friday met to discuss its activity-based review of the secondary mortgage market and acknowledged that the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) activities, if not mitigated, pose a risk to the financial system. The Council warned that should the GSEs fail, access to capital for first-time homebuyers could be significantly reduced.Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria serves on FSOC alongside NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood and leaders of other federal and state regulatory bodies. View Calabria’s remarks on the Council’s findings. Calabria previously offered his support for FSOC’s review stating that, “As demonstrated by the 2008 financial crisis and again by COVID-19, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must be well capitalized in order to support the mortgage market during a stressed environment.”The Council recommended the GSEs adopt capital requirements within the minimum capital levels outlined in the FHFA’s proposed rule, which would require the GSEs to maintain the following risk-based capital levels: continue reading »last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Tiers: RP Rankings, Draft Strategy, Sleepers

first_imgDrafting closers is the ultimate guessing game in fantasy baseball. Sure, there are some (seemingly) dependable studs, like Aroldis Chapman, but every relief pitcher is just two or three bad appearances away from being on the hot seat. Throw in the injury factor and the unpredictable regression/improvement that can result from allowing just a few more or less homers than the previous year, and you have a position that’s difficult to rank, never mind separate into tiers or devise a draft strategy for. Heading into 2020, the closer positions appears to be settled for the vast majority of teams. We know that won’t last, as roughly two-thirds of teams change their closer, at least temporarily, at some point every season, but there are just a few teams that have legit open competitions for the ninth-inning job. Again, that could change before opening day because of injuries or bad springs, but even if it doesn’t, it’s important to remember that even some of the “secure” closers are anything but.  Fantasy Baseball Deep Sleepers: Tier-6 RPsOur Tier-6 pitchers are middle relievers who generally provide a lot of Ks and good peripherals. These guys can have bigger overall impacts than lower-tier closers, especially if they can luck into some wins, but it’s tough to roster them in shallow leagues, especially weekly leagues (and even tougher to roster them in Quality Start leagues). It wouldn’t be a shock to see some of them getting closing opportunities, especially if there are injuries, but it’s tough to predict that in the spring. Still, drafting one in the last couple rounds can help balance out your pitching staff, especially if it’s a primary setup man who’s one injury away from racking up saves. If you’re really looking to maximize Ks, then Matt Barnes (15.4 K/9 ratio last year), Josh James (14.8), Tanner Rainey (13.9), Luke Jackson (13.1), Tommy Kahnle (12.9), Tyler Duffey (12.8), Freddy Peralta (12.6), Emilio Pagan (12.3), and Chad Green (12.0) are your guys. Darwinzon Hernandez (16.5 in 30.1 innings) and Drew Pomeranz (15.7 in 28.2 innings) also impressed last year. TIER 6Emilio Pagan, PadresDrew Pomeranz, PadresRyan Pressly, AstrosSeth Lugo, MetsMatt Barnes, Red SoxTyler Duffey, TwinsLuke Jackson, BravesJames Karinchak, IndiansJosh James, AstrosChad Green, YankeesShane Greene, BravesRyan Helsley, CardinalsDiego Castillo, RaysTommy Kahnle, YankeesBlake Treinen, DodgersFreddy Peralta, BrewersTy Buttrey, AngelsWill Harris, NationalsJose Alvarado, RaysAndres Munoz, PadresDarwinzon Hernandez, Red SoxTanner Rainey, NationalsAdam Ottavino, Yankees 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Unless you’re punting saves (not a recommended strategy), you’ll probably want to leave your draft with three closers. That’s not possible for everyone in a 12-team league (or even a 10-team league, if we’re being honest), but it’s ideal. That often leads to overdrafting RPs, which is a mistake, but that tends to be how things work out. If you have just two closers when your draft ends, you can live with that. Plenty more will pop up on the waiver wire once the season begins, so be vigilant. If you’re in a weekly league, all you need is two closers. If you want a “backup” in case one gets hurt or loses his job, just draft his handcuff. If you’re going all-in on closers and want to get four to really give yourself an advantage, you’re going to have to sacrifice some offense or starting pitching. That’s fine, but at least three of your closers need to be high-K guys to make up for the strikeouts you’re potentially not getting from a starter. Most closers are solid in strikeouts, but obviously some are better than others, and you need to prioritize them. The first closer in your draft will likely come off the board in the fifth or sixth round. There will be runs from that point on, so just be cognizant of when they start. You don’t necessarily need a Tier-1 closer, but you’ll want at least one who has a little bit of job security on opening day. That might mean you take closers in the ninth and 10th rounds, or maybe the eighth and 12th. You could also wait until the 12th and 13th. It really depends on how your draft is going. Some leagues see the closer runs start early, so read the room. And if everyone else is drastically overdrafting closers, clean up the hitter/starting pitcher values, grab some later-round RP sleepers, and work the wire once the season starts. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetWho are the best fantasy baseball RPs?Eligibility based on Yahoo default settingsThe pitchers in Tier 1, with the possible exception of Roberto Osuna, are all elite strikeout producers who should be firmly entrenched in their roles to open the season. A few of them have warts — Chapman walks too many batters, Hader gives up too many homers — but these are stud pitchers who will rack up saves and help your ERA and WHIP.These guys will go anywhere from the fifth-eighth rounds. Jumping in early for one of them is risky (remember Blake Treinen and Edwin Diaz last year?), but it can pay off if you choose the right one. TIER 1Kirby Yates, PadresJosh Hader, BrewersRoberto Osuna, AstrosBrad Hand, IndiansAroldis Chapman, YankeesLiam Hendriks, A’sMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft Simulator2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-2 RPsThere isn’t much difference between most of the Tier-2 guys and the guys in Tier 1, but overall, they’re just a bit more volatile. That’s especially true for Diaz and Craig Kimbrel, which is why they’re in Tier 2B. They were downright bad last year. We’re giving both the benefit of the doubt that they can figure out their HR issues and regain their All-Star forms. At the very least, they’ll strike out a lot of batters. The same goes for Brandon Workman, who was dominant last year despite a 5.7 BB/9 ratio. His K-rate skyrocketed and his HR-rate plummeted, so we’re a little skeptical that he’s for real, but if he has a similar season, he could produce like a Tier-1 closer. It helps that Alex Cora is gone as manager, too, as the Red Sox will be less likely to play matchups with their relievers. The pitchers in Tier 2A are a little more reliable, though Kenley Jansen has regressed the past two years, and Raisel Iglesias has a home run problem (and issues with his manager, which is never good for job security). The Twins had a tendency to play matchups in the late innings last year, which could hurt Rogers’ save totals, and Giles has been up and down the past four seasons, so he could be due for a bad one. There is a lot of upside with all four of these pitchers, but the worst versions of themselves could hurt your team.If your first closer is from this tier, that’s fine, but if it’s a Tier 2B guy, you might want to get another “secure” closer shortly after (Alex Colome? Ian Kennedy? Archie Bradley?). If you took a Tier-1 closer, you also have more wiggle room to gamble on comeback years from Diaz or Kimbrel. TIER 2ATaylor Rogers, TwinsKen Giles, Blue JaysKenley Jansen, DodgersRaisel Iglesias, RedsTIER 2BEdwin Diaz, MetsCraig Kimbrel, CubsBrandon Workman, Red Sox2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each team2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Tier-3 RPsTier 3 is the most likely tier to feature a surprise breakout closer. Most of the pitchers in this tier have high K-rates, with Nick Anderson a threat to lead the league in K/9 ratio (15.2 last year). Jose Leclerc also had a K/9 over 13 last year, the second straight season he’s accomplished that feat. The sub-tiers here represent job security. Those in Tier 3B have it (as much as any third-tier closer can have job security in March), while those in Tier 3A don’t. Anderson is considered the favorites for saves in Tampa, but the Rays never settled on a permanent closer last year — and it worked — so why would they this year? If we knew Anderson had some job security, he’d definitely be in Tier 2, so obviously there’s a lot of potential value here. The same goes for Leclerc, Keone Kela and Giovanny Gallegos in the tier below (when healthy), and even Hector Neris, who all have great stuff but also worries in the form of walks or homers. Sean Doolittle is coming off a down year, but he’s another guy with big upside if he can regain his form. You’re not going to be excited about drafting someone like Colome or Kennedy, but they are pretty reliable bets for saves. That has value. Ideally, you’d get one closer from this tier in the middle or late-middle rounds. They provide a lot of bang for your buck if they pay off, and if they flop, the opportunity cost isn’t nearly as high as for the guys in Tier 1 or Tier 2. TIER 3ANick Anderson, RaysTIER 3BHansel Robles, Angles​Archie Bradley, D-backsJose LeClerc, RangersHector Neris, PhilliesAlex Colome, White SoxSean Doolittle, NationalsIan Kennedy, Royals2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | StarterFantasy Baseball Rankings: Tier-4 RPsTier-4 features closers who should have the ninth-inning role to themselves on opening day, but they could hurt more than help even as they’re picking up saves. To be fair, we thought that about Shane Greene last year, and he was dynamite most of the season, especially in the first half, so anything is possible, but none of these pitchers inspire much confidence. Mark Melancon is the “safest” of the group and should arguably be in the tier above. The reason we put him down here is because the Braves have a bunch of capable, if not better, pitchers who can handle the ninth inning, including Will Smith, Luke Jackson, and the aforementioned Greene. We just have a tough time imagining Melancon sticking in the closer’s role, and with mediocre peripherals, we’re not sure how much long-term value he really has. Still, if you can get him in the late rounds, you won’t be sacrificing much, and if you back him up with Smith, you can get as much value as possible from this situation. In fact, if you draft any of these pitchers, it’s not a bad idea to grab their handcuffs, which would probably be Smith (Braves), Kyle Crick (Pirates), Drew Steckenrider (Marlins), Buck Farmer (Tigers), Scott Oberg (Rockies), and Hunter Harvey (Orioles). TIER 4Mark Melancon, BravesKeone Kela, PiratesBrandon Kintzler, MarlinsJoe Jimenez, TigersWade Davis, RockiesMychal Givens, OriolesFantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsFantasy Baseball Tiers: Tier-5 RPsIdeally, you wouldn’t mess with the pitchers in Tier 5, but somebody will take them, at least the guys in Tier 5A. Matt Magill and Tony Watson are slight favorites to open the season as their team’s respective closers, and while neither inspires much confidence, there’s a chance they could take the jobs and run with them. Magill ended last year as Seattle closer, and Watson has some closing experience from his time in Pittsburgh. Kwang-Hyum Kim and Kyle Crick will likely open the season asa their teams’ respective closers, but that might be temporary until Kela is healthy and Gallegos returns to the team (assuming he ever does).The pitchers in Tier 5B are the handcuffs/primary competition for saves we mentioned earlier. You don’t need to draft these guys outside of the deepest leagues, but a few of them can have standalone value, namely Smith and Sam Tuivailala. Harvey is also an intriguing flier after he converted to a reliever last year in the minors and struck out 33 batters in 23 innings between Triple-A and the majors.  TIER 5AMatt Magill, MarinersTony Watson, GiantsKwang-Hyun Kim, CardinalsKyle Crick, PiratesTIER 5BGiovany Gallegos, CardinalsWill Smith, BravesScott Oberg, RockiesHunter Harvey, OriolesTrevor Gott, GiantsSam Tuivailala, MarinersYoshihisa Hirano, MarinersTyler Rogers, GiantsBuck Farmer, TigersDrew Steckenrider, Marlinslast_img read more

Two River Politicians In The News

first_imgBy Jay Cook |In the midst of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica personal privacy and data release scandal which has dominated the 24-hour news cycle in recent weeks, one of New Jersey’s own federal representatives were questioned and challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his second consecutive day in Washington, D.C.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), the ranking member of the federal Committee on Energy and Commerce, was given the floor and delivered a critical opening statement to Zuckerberg on Wednesday morning.“Facebook is just the latest in a never-ending string of companies that vacuum up our data but fail to keep it safe,” Pallone said as Zuckerberg sat in front of him. “This incident demonstrates yet again that our laws are not working.”On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), of Long Branch delivered the opening remarks at a hearing at which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the federal House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone is the ranking member.The hearings come after Facebook came under fire for not protecting who can access its personal privacy data. A third-party app created by Aleksandr Kogan collected data from over 80 million Facebook users which was then given to Cambridge Analytica for use in the 2016 presidential election.To prevent that from happening again, Pallone pushed for more legislative oversight.“We need comprehensive privacy and data security legislation,” said Pallone. “We need baseline protections that stretch from internet service providers to data brokers to app developers and to anyone else who makes a living off our data. We need to figure out how to make sure these companies act responsibly even before the press finds out.”Zuckerberg, who was questioned at length on Tuesday by representatives from both political parties, doubled down on the positive impact Facebook has had on the world. He said 70 million small businesses use the social media site to grow and it’s helped organize social movements like #MeToo, March for our Lives and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts last summer.“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well, and that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” said Zuckerberg. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of responsibility and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake and I’m sorry.”Holmdel’s DiMaso Pushing for More Gun LegislationSince being sworn in four months ago, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) is making one of her first pushes for legislation in Trenton. Last week, DiMaso, along with Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21), made a call for legislators to take action on 10 bills designed to make New Jersey schools safer.The bills were drafted with guidance and information learned through hearings after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The legislative push also comes nearly two months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 where 17 students and staff were gunned down by a former student.“Many school districts are doing everything they can to ensure their schools are as safe as possible, but the state can do more to help ensure those districts are using the best practices,” DiMaso said in a news release.The bills call for additional supervision over student and staff identification in schools, more enhanced communication and better training for school staff.“Everyone should feel safe at school: students, parents, and teacher alike,” said DiMaso. “Making sure that all our schools are using the best plans will ease all concerns.”Here is a list of the proposed bills:• Requiring the attorney general and Education Department to share best practices on school security with school districts (AR154), based on recommendation No. 4 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force report.• Training for all school employees and local police on how to handle a school emergency (A3787 and A3793), based on recommendation No. 5 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report and recommendation No. 5.10 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Create a 24-hour State Police hotline for tips that must be shared with local police and school officials (A3789), based on recommendation No. 5.1 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Better real-time communication between school security, emergency responders and law enforcement during emergencies, and procedures to notify parents (A3788), based on recommendation No. 10-12 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• Require all school employees and students to carry identification cards (A3790), based on recommendation No. 27-31 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• The Department of Education must review and rate all school safety and security plans and school district emergency communications policies (A3791).• Require DOE and Homeland Security to develop online forum for schools to share best practices (A3792), based on recommendation No. 5.12 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.Stoler Suspends Primary Race Against Incumbent SmithInstead of a head-to-head race with longtime Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) in the June primary elections, his challenger and fellow Republican Felicia Stoler bowed out of the race earlier this month, so she can face Smith in the November general election.Stoler is now running as The Inclusion Candidate and has focused her campaign on term limits, tort reform, family law, health care, education affordability and taxes.“I want to give people in the district a real choice in November,” Stoler said.“I want to hear from all of you,” Stoler continued. “I want to hear what’s important to you, I want to address your issues so that you have fair representation regardless of what party you are a registered voter for.”Stoler, 51, is a registered dietician professional with offices in Red Bank. She’s been featured on national broadcasts with Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News.To keep Two River area residents up to date on the political movements countywide and in their respective towns, The Two River Times will be compiling local coverage and notices of different happenings from now up until the November 2018 elections. Please send additional tips, notes or information to reporter Jay Cook at [email protected] article was first published in the April 12-19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Temple women’s basketball outplayed on ‘both sides of the floor’ in loss

first_imgSophomore guard Marissa Mackins, who led the team with 19 points, said that the Eagles were playing aggressive, but the Owls largely beat themselves.  “They were doubling [junior forward] Mia [Davis], who is our go-to on offense,” Mackins said. “But like coach [said], we weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing on either end of the court. So really it was on us.” “They have guys that can beat you off the dribble, and are capable of knocking in threes,” Cardoza said. “And they’re really quick, just stopping them in transition was really difficult.” Offensively, the Owls struggled to take care of the ball. The Owls finished with 15 turnovers, compared to just four from Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles took the ball away 12 times, while the Owls recorded just one steal.  “I thought that we would compete a little bit better than we did today,” Cardoza said. “I thought on both sides of the floor they dominated us and made it difficult to defend them and difficult for us to score.” Redshirt-sophomore guard Ashley Jones dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Florida Gulf Coast at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 22 | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cardoza felt that the Owls were giving up too many wide-open threes, a shot that Florida Gulf Coast was capable of hitting. The Eagles’ balanced offense was difficult to defend, Cardoza said.  Redshirt-senior guard Davion Wingate gave the Owls trouble, in particular, scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Wingate is currently shooting 50 percent from three on the season after making six threes out of eight attempts against the Owls. The Owls did not give enough attention to her threat, Cardoza said. center_img The Owls struggled all day to find their shot, while Florida Gulf Coast did not. The Eagles took more than twice as many three-pointers as the Owls did, hitting them at a 40.4 percent rate, compared to the Owls’ 27.3 percent shooting mark from three.  Temple University women’s basketball (6-6, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) fell short to Florida Gulf Coast University (12-2) Sunday afternoon at McGonigle Hall, 93-67.  “It’s something that we just haven’t been able to focus on,” Cardoza said. “Knowing where the shots are coming from and knowing where we need to go.”  The Owls lacked intensity from the beginning of the game, coach Tonya Cardoza said. Florida Gulf Coast’s ability to grab offensive rebounds killed any type of comeback the Owls could have mounted in the second half. The Eagles took long-distance shots, which yielded longer bounces on rebounds. The Eagles grabbed six offensive boards in the last two quarters. The Owls’ next game is at La Salle (6-6) Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more

Standard Bank comes out tops in Africa

first_img27 July 2011South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has again been named Africa’s top bank in The Banker magazine’s 2011 rankings of the world’s top banks by their Tier 1 capital.It also rose from 106th to 94th place in the list of 1000 top banks in the world.Standard Bank Group Deputy CEO Sim Tshabalala said the bank’s continued rise up The Banker’s rankings table demonstrated the group’s strength and ability to implement its strategy across Africa.“It is particularly pleasing to achieve a top ranking on the basis of objective criteria applied by an independent journal,” Tshabalala said in a statement this month. “The ranking points again to the substance in our strategy to keep Africa firmly at the core of Standard Bank Group.”Leading global journalThe Banker is a leading global journal of the banking sector. Its annual top 1 000 world banks survey is to show banks’ soundness in relation to the Basel requirement of a minimum ratio of Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets of 4% (increasing to 7% by 2019), and a minimum ratio of total capital to risk-weighted assets of 8%.In its July edition, The Banker says that Standard Bank has increased its Tier 1 capital to US$12.06-billion, an increase of 26.15% on the previous year and almost twice as much as the second-ranked bank.“The strong capital position, highlighted by The Banker’s rankings, provides a stable platform for further growth,” Tshabalala said. “We will continue to build first-class, on-the-ground banking franchises in chosen markets in Africa, investing in people, branch networks and systems.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Salesperson is Dead. Long Live the Salesperson.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Have Amazon.com and other companies that mostly sell without salespeople proven that salespeople are necessary? Has the internet replaced the salesperson, providing more and better information than a human salesperson? Do people prefer to buy without the help of a salesperson, even when a decision comes with complexity and risk? Does all this technology suggest that salespeople are now unnecessary?You have to believe a lot of assumptions to believe that salespeople will soon disappear.Assumes knowledge: To believe that salespeople are going to disappear, you must also assume that people have the necessary knowledge to know what they need to do and what choices may be available to them. “But, Iannarino,” you say, “they can search the internet.” And you would be correct and wrong at the same time. What Google query do you enter when you want to know what it is that you don’t know you don’t know?Assumes understanding tradeoffs: Is this choice better than that choice in my situation? Some of the information I have gathered conflicts with other information I’ve found. Which information is right? Which tradeoffs make the most sense for me now? Assuming that people want to make decisions by themselves runs counter to how humans have made decisions for a long time. When decisions are important, people seek counsel. They seek wisdom. They do this after they have information.Assumes the right solutions: Are all solutions available, configured, and tailored for every application? Do they all come with a built-in understanding of every complex process or system in which they are going to be installed? Do they all automatically know why one stakeholder is going to benefit from what one buys while another stakeholder in the same company will be crippled by the decision? Most of what salespeople who work for companies that have customer intimacy find collaboration and customization to be critical to building the right solution.Assumes one doesn’t want or need help: Some people believe that because they keep their own counsel (like the man who acts as his own lawyer and has a fool for a client), they believe no one else wants help with important decisions. But it’s not true. A lot of people like to hear from people who have knowledge—and wisdom—in the areas in which they need to make decisions. In the future, it is not likely that people will abandon this practice.Assumes one can convince others: Because more and more decisions are made by consensus, to believe a salesperson will be obsolete to the buying process is to believe that one person is going to search the internet, find the information they need, chat with a bot, and convince the 16 people who are going to be affected by the decision that person makes. It assumes that this person will be able to sell her peers, even when outside opinions often weigh more than the opinions of the people who work for the company.Assumes concerns are resolved: How many times have you set out to buy something online and abandoned your shopping cart? The reason you bailed is that you had unresolved concerns. For some reason, more information did not resolve your concerns. You didn’t need information. You need to know that you were going to get the outcome you wanted, that what you bought was going to work, and that you were making a good decision. What is that technology didn’t supply?If all you can do is transact, then all that is needed is a transaction. The role of a salesperson is diminishing. But when this is not the case, the salesperson is going to have a role for a long time into the future, even if the nature of the role changes, and even if they are aided by greater technology.last_img read more

Foreign cricketers hope to cash in on the cricket craze in India

first_imgSteve WaughWith five months to go for the World Cup, many foreign cricketers are hoping to leap over the home market barrier and cash in on the cricket craze in India.An early player in this is Australian Test captain Steve Waugh who has signed a deal with MRF. His bat,Steve WaughWith five months to go for the World Cup, many foreign cricketers are hoping to leap over the home market barrier and cash in on the cricket craze in India.An early player in this is Australian Test captain Steve Waugh who has signed a deal with MRF. His bat carries its sticker. Foreign players usually feature in ads when they are playing in India but in Waugh’s case his popularity is seen as more widespread and deep-rooted.Says Jeet Banerjee, CEO of Gameplan, a Kolkata-based sports marketing company: “More and more international cricketers are coming to India for advertising.”Waugh’s compatriot Brett Lee is negotiating for an endorsement of Kingfisher through his manager Sporting Frontiers while Sri Lanka’s Muthiah Muralitharan came for a scouting mission-cum-coaching clinic earlier in the year.Australian Shane Warne has also indicated keenness. A foreign star, no matter what his cricketing ability, comes cheap-usually a quarter of a frontline Indian name.The ratio of match fees to endorsements is 90:10 overseas and closer to 40:60 in India. Outside of India, Australia is the biggest cricket market with its highest earner being vice-captain Adam Gilchrist.His endorsements include fork-lift trucks and air conditioners earning him $1.1 million (Rs 5.3 crore) a year. England’s top- earner is skipper Nasser Hussain whose annual earnings are $750,000 (Rs3.63crore).last_img read more

Samples show dust from BC pipeline blast not a health threat Enbridge

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The company that owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned one week ago in central British Columbia, says the dust that settled on homes near the blast site does not pose a health threat.The latest post on the Enbridge website says earth sampling near Prince George shows mineral and metal composition is well below provincial and federal standards for urban and residential areas.Enbridge also says construction of an access road to the damaged line continues and repair crews may be able to reach the scene later this week, although the company has already said there is no timeline to return the 91-centimetre pipeline to service. FortisBC, the company that distributes natural gas to about one million homes and businesses in B.C., is urging customers to limit non-essential use of the fuel while the line is shut off and a second, smaller pipeline is running at reduced capacity.The Vancouver Park Board says it is doing its part to reduce consumption by turning down thermostats in the parts of city-run buildings where there will be a minimal impact to the public, such as staffing areas and common areas.Park board spokeswoman Margo Harper says heat in childcare centres, swimming pools and the on-demand heaters at ice rinks will not be affected.last_img read more

Water main break Thursday morning near Montanas

first_imgParts of the Montana’s parking lot was flooded due to the water main break.Some area businesses are temporarily closed due to the break.No further details are available at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews were on scene this morning, Thursday, as they attended to a water main break near Montana’s next to the Totem Mall.The water main break was contained as the City shut down water in the area.Crews are currently in the process of repairing the broken water main.last_img