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Why Your Dream Client Refuses Your Request for a Meeting

first_imgWasted Time: Your dream clients refuses to give you their time because they suspect that you will waste it. They have experience that suggests that this is true. Salespeople visit with no plan, no real idea as to what they want, and no plan to create value. So, they refuse you–and every other salesperson possible. Promise not waste their time.Not Different Enough: Face it; you aren’t the only one calling your dream client in an attempt to gain their time and attention. Your request sounds a lot like the thirteen other calls they received this week. The offer is easy to refuse. Share what makes you different and why it matters.Too Much Work: It’s hard to change the tires on an automobile that’s moving fast–and being urged to go even faster. Stopping to meet with salespeople takes time away from the never-ending urgencies piling up around your dream client (with no need in site). Your dream client has too much work to do to meet with members of their own team, let alone a salesperson. Offer to meet them at the time that works for them. Offer a working lunch.No Hint of Value: Your message does’t even hint as to what’s in it for your dream client. Sure, you get to try to do a needs analysis and dredge up some pain that you can use to create an opportunity. But what does your dream client get our of letting you in? If there is no value proposition that they can easily discern, you can look forward to hearing “no.” Tell them what they get out of meeting with you–even if they never buy from you.You Might Bring Real Change: What you say to gain an appointment may be compelling. But real change is scary. Your dream client is perfectly comfortable with the devil that they know; you’re a whole new devil. Even if you have the ability to improve things, what’s the cost of doing so? Build trust and nurture relationships over time.last_img read more

Why Johnny Can’t Sell

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Johnny never worked in a bull pen. He was never surrounded by other salespeople, so he never heard their conversations with prospects, and he never heard their conversations with clients. Johnny never listened to how his peers dealt with the friction that is part of business. He also never heard the collaborative conversations that are necessary to winning deals.Johnny works from home. He has to figure out for himself what he is supposed to do, how much he is supposed to do, and how to do it. Johnny is smart, and he is resourceful. But he doesn’t have a very good model of what his days and weeks should look like, so he lives in reactive mode, waiting for things to do to show up in his inbox, and responding as best he can.Johnny’s manager never worked in a bullpen either. In fact, his manager never spent much time in the field with prospective clients at all. He was hired for his experience as a manager, and most of his background is in marketing. Johnny’s manager wants to help him, but a lot of what he does is really about serving the organization, not the salespeople themselves.Johnny makes his face-to-face sales calls by himself. His manager has never been in Johnny’s territory, and he has never been on a ride-a-long. He feels like he does a good job in front of his prospective clients, but he doesn’t really have a frame of reference. He has no ideas what other people are doing differently, and he has no idea where his blind spots are.Johnny spends four hours a week on internal meetings. Well, not meetings, but web meetings. He’s learned to use his iPad to browse the web, so that the meeting software shows him as attentive when he is logged in on his laptop. Most of these meetings are a waste of time, and his long sales cycle doesn’t really require a forecast update twice a week.Johnny wants to do well. But Johnny can’t sell.last_img read more

Punishment handed out to us is harsh, says disgraced Butt

first_imgPakistan cricket players Mohammad Amir, left, Salman Butt, right, and Mohammad Asif, centre rear.Pakistan’s disgraced cricketers, Salman Butt and Mohammed Amir returned home on Sunday after being banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal on corruption charges but faced no harsh reactions from the people at the airport.The two players came out quietly from the terminal building and slipped away in their waiting cars but not before insisting they were innocent of the spot-fixing charges brought against them.Talking to reporters inside the terminal building, the two banned players said they were shocked and still at a loss over the bans imposed on them.”The punishments handed out were harsh. We are innocent and we intend to use every avenue to get the bans overturned,” former Test captain Butt said.”We were not expecting such a verdict from the ICC tribunal and I have said all along we didn’t get a fair treatment or hearing at the hearings,” he added.”I had gone to Doha with some hopes but was not expecting I would be banned for ten years it is unacceptable and shocking for me,” he added.Butt, who was given a longer ban because of his central role in the no-ball scandal during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last year said he would wait for the ICC to release the detailed judgement of the tribunal.”We are supposed to get the detailed judgement in two days time and we want to see the evidence on basis of which they have banned and then we will go into appeal,” he stated.advertisementThe ICC tribunal also banned pacer, Muhammad Asif for seven years and Aamer for five years.Aamer said he was still in a state of shock over the tribunal verdict.”I was not expecting this verdict at all and I say again I am insist and didn’t do any corruption,” he claimed.Aamer also complained about not getting fair treatment at the hearing on Saturday in Doha by the tribunal.”We are waiting for the ICC to release the detailed judgement of the tribunal after which we will decide what to do but we have made up our minds to appeal the ban in the first instance,” he added.He confirmed he had pleaded not guilty at the tribunal hearing.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

India Slip to 104th Spot in Latest FIFA Ranking, Belgium Maintain Top Spot

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The Indian football team on Thursday slipped a place to 104th position in the latest FIFA rankings. The Indian team, coached by Igor Stimac, has been regularly playing since the 2019 Intercontinental Cup in July.Earlier this month, India had held Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw in Doha to gain their first point in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. The match was also a preliminary qualifier for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. India have been clubbed alongside Oman, Qatar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Group E of the second round World Cup Qualifiers.Qatar held on to their ranking of 62nd position, despite not being able to beat India.Oman, however, gained three places to 84th spot, following their 2-1 win over India.Belgium managed to hold on to the top position, while France have surpassed Brazil to reach the second spot.In the qualifying tournament for FIFA 2022 World Cup, India will next face Bangladesh on October 15, followed by a match against Afghanistan on November 14. 2022 FIFA Word Cup Qualifiers2023 AFC Asian Cup QualifiersbelgiumBrazil First Published: September 19, 2019, 8:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

Henry agrees to take Bordeaux job

first_imgThierry Henry has said ‘yes’ to becoming Bordeaux’s new head coach and the decision over appointing him now rests with the club’s new owners General American Capital Partners (GACP), Goal understands.Arsenal’s record scorer is eager to take the post vacated by Gus Poyet, who was suspended by the club last Friday following an outburst criticising the handling of the transfer market.Though the Uruguayan remains under contract, he has effectively been pushed out of his role, creating a void that Bordeaux are keen to fill with a high-profile name. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ex-Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann, who played with Monaco, and Laurent Blanc, who previously won Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, are two names who were linked with the post, yet Henry has emerged as the No.1 choice.Indeed, Bordeaux tried to offer Zinedine Zidane the opportunity to cut his teeth as a coach in the Gironde but now GACP, who take control of the club in September, will now make the final decision over whether to appoint Henry.The Frenchman, who is currently an assistant coach with the Belgium national team, is very interested in the challenge, but only gave the green light to take to the role after certain conditions were met.Primarily, Henry wished to know about the funding he will have to strengthen the squad when GACP complete their takeover and whether he’d have flexibility in the market.Meanwhile, the 41-year-old has already been in touch with former staff at Bordeaux in order to assess the current state of the team and the infrastructure of the club.Henry has sounded out former Gunners team-mate Gilles Grimandi as his assistant at the club, with the legendary forward wanting to follow a similar model to that implemented by Blanc when he took over the club in 2007.The former Arsenal striker’s manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has already given his backing for the 41-year-old to take the role.The Stade Matmut-Atlantique side finished sixth in Ligue 1 last term but have made a sluggish start to the campaign this time around. They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Strasbourg on the opening day of the season and then crashed to a 2-1 reverse away to Toulouse in a derby match last Sunday.However, they have made strong progress in the Europa League, winning all six of their qualifying fixtures to date. On Thursday, they face a trip to Gent under the stewardship of Eric Bedouet, who is their current interim boss.Bordeaux’s next league fixture comes on Sunday, when they play host to Monaco.last_img read more


first_imgA Craig, Iowa man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after previously pleading guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of invasion of privacy.66 year old James Grasz was sentenced Friday morning in Plymouth County District Court.He addressed his crimes before his sentence was issued:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/GRASZ1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….THESE OFFENSES. ;22Grasz was arrested and charged last April after an investigation determined that he had secretly videotaped people in states of undress for at least ten years at his Craig residence.Judge Jeff Neary sentenced Grasz to the maximum amount of time, but said that all four felony charges and the one misdemeanor charge will be served concurrently, meaning Grasz will be placed in prison for ten years:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/GRASZ2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..one year. ;18Upon his release, Grasz has been ordered to register as a sexual offender for the remaining years of his life.Grasz is to report to Plymouth County Authorities on March 17th to begin his prison term.last_img read more


first_imgDCIM100MEDIADJI_0052.JPG Students from six surrounding states will soon pay the same tuition rate as South Dakota residents at the state’s public universities.The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new policy this week.Board President Kevin Schieffer says the goal is to grow enrollment, meet the state’s workforce needs and attract more financial resources to the universities and the state.The South Dakota Advantage program allows first-year and transfer students Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado to pay the same tuition as South Dakota residents.Minnesota already has a similar agreement with South Dakota.The new program will be effective for the term starting summer 2019.Photo by South Dakota School of Mineslast_img read more

Banks others may lose Rs over Rs 90000 crore as Videocon sinks

first_imgMumbai: The beleaguered Videocon Group has admitted to stupendous outstandings to various lenders – public and private – amounting to over Rs 90,000 crore, making it perhaps the biggest corporate bankruptcy case in Indian banking history, official sources said on Thursday. The two main group companies – Videocon Industries Ltd (VIL) and Videocon Telecommunication Ltd. (VTL) – owe Rs.59,451.87 crore and Rs.26,673.81 crore, respectively or a staggering Rs.86,125.68 crore to Indian banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Besides, 731 other Operational Creditors have made separate claims of Rs.31,117, 971,029 (VIL) and Rs.12,669,978,507 (VTL) for a total of over Rs 90,000 crore, the sources said. Interestingly, even the Group promoters – Venugopal Dhoot, Pradipkumar Dhoot and Rajkumar Dhoot – have also filed claims of Rs.57,823.24 crores on the basis of personal guarantees provided by them for various facilities availed/guaranteed by VIL, which are under evaluation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The VTL has also claimed Rs.17,86,94,69,659 from VIL on which there is no dispute and has been accepted in toto. This and other data has been uploaded by the company’s Resolution Professional (RP) on its website today for varing periods ranging from November 2018 to January 2019. Industry sources say this will be the biggest private sector bankruptcy in India after the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was introduced in 2016 for debt resolution – with wide-ranging ramifications for both the corporate world and the banking sector. Last year, the company was sent by the SBI to the National Company Law Tribunal after the Dhoot-family owned company defaulted on its loans. As per the IBC regulations, the company’s board of directors has been suspended and a RP appointed to manage its routine daily operations. Revealing the figures of claims, VIL has named a whopping 54 Indian and foreign banks, financial institutions and even a cooperative bank to whom it owes a staggering Rs 59,451.87 crore. Against this, claims of Rs.57,443.62 crore have been admitted while claims of Rs 1,149.57 crore have been rejected and those worth Rs.782.24 crore are being verified. There’s the ICICI Bank with a claim of Rs 3,318.08 crore on VIL and another Rs 1,439 crore on VTL. It may be recalled that in January this year, the CBI had booked the then ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, VIL’s Venugopal Dhoot and others, in an alleged quid pro quo loan scam, for criminal conspiracy and cheating. Later that month, Chanda Kochhar quit but in a drastic action, she was sacked by the bank which also revoked all her entitlements and appointed a new COO, Sandeep Bakshi, in her place. On January 31, the Justice B.N. Shrikrishna Committee appointed to probe the scam found her guilty of flouting the ICICI Bank’s Code of Conduct as she failed to discharge her fiduciary functions to rescue herself to avoid any conflict of interest. Among the claims of VIL’s 54 lenders are 34 banks with SBI making the biggest claim of Rs.11,175.25 crore; from VTL’s total 34 lenders, SBI has claimed the highest amount of Rs 4,605.15 crore. From VIL, the second highest claimant is IDBI with Rs 9,561.67 crore crore. From VTL, the Central Bank of India is the second biggest claimant with Rs 3,073.16 crore. From VIL, the Latur Urban Cooperative Bank (Maharashtra) is the lowest claimant with Rs 33 lakh and from VTL, the lowest claim has been submitted by Bank of Maharashtra for Rs 21.13 crore.last_img read more

Instagram updating contentbanning policies on app

first_imgSan Francisco: As part of its efforts to curb the spread of false information, consipiracy theories and hate on its platform, Instagram is implementing a policy change concerning the removal of posts violating content norms based on accumulated negative strikes, as well as content bans. Instagram has said that with its new policy, accounts will be removed after an undisclosed amount of violations and an undisclosed window of time. And it’ll be the same bar for every user, regardless of how often they post on the app, Engadget reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Up until now, Instagram relied on a policy that allowed “a certain percentage” of violations within a window of time before it decides to ban someone. The company said it doesn’t want to share the exact number of strikes it will put in place, or the timeframe for them, because it doesn’t want bad actors to take advantage of the system, the report added. Earlier this week, the photo-messaging app decided to run posts going viral on its app through Facebook fact-checkers to ensure the credibility of the posts. Instagram also announced that it would soon allow users to appeal posts that have been taken down, directly from inside the app.last_img read more

The Latest US setting up expert panel to review FAA Boeing

NEW YORK — The Latest on Ethiopian Plane Crash (all times local):4:05 p.m.The Transportation Department says it’s creating a special panel of experts to review Federal Aviation Administration procedures for approving new planes including the Boeing jet involved in two deadly crashes.The department said Monday the committee will be led by retired Air Force Gen. Darren McDew and Lee Moak, former president of the Air Line Pilots Association. Other members haven’t been named yet.Boeing and the FAA are already the subject of investigations by the Justice Department, the Transportation Department’s inspector general, and congressional committees.The FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max jet in 2017 and let it keep flying after a deadly crash in October in Indonesia that investigators believe may be related to a new flight-control system that pushed the plane’s nose down repeatedly. A second crash occurred this month in Ethiopia, leading regulators around the world to ground all Max jets.Preliminary satellite data indicates that both doomed planes made erratic climbs and descents before crashing shortly after takeoff. It’s likely to be months before investigators in Indonesia and Ethiopia issue conclusions on what caused the accidents.The Associated Press read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0010Brazil real 0.3995China renminbi 0.1894Euro 1.4837Hong Kong dollar 0.161659India rupee 0.01971Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01151Malaysia ringgit 0.2944Mexico peso 0.07125N.Z. dollar 0.9234Norway krone 0.1590Peruvian new sol 0.3901Russia rouble 0.02136Saudi riyal 0.3372Singapore dollar 0.9264South Africa rand 0.09580South Korean won 0.001110Sweden krona 0.1558Switzerland franc 1.3121Taiwanese dollar 0.04169Thailand baht 0.03804Turkey lira 0.3594U.K. pound 1.6290U.S. dollar 1.2647Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

China announces tariff hike on 75 billion of US products

BEIJING — China has announced it will raise tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s planned Sept. 1 duty increase in a war over trade and technology policy.The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday the tariffs of 10% and 5% take effect on two batches of goods Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 but gave no details on what imports would be affected.Trump previously announced plans to raise tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports on Sept. 1 but postponed a portion of that to Dec. 15.China’s government appealed to Trump this week to compromise in deadlocked talks aimed at settling the dispute that has battered exporters on both sides and threatens to tip the global economy into recession.The Associated Press read more

Womens basketball Shayla Coopers leadership molded by her journey

Senior forward Shayla Cooper dribbles past a Maryland defender in OSU’s game on Feb. 20 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterIn a team meeting on Feb. 9 about chemistry, relationships and late-season improvement, Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper addressed her teammates and laid out her vision for the team.“I brought it up to them like, ‘Hey, if we win 12 games in a row, which we’re very capable of — we’re national champions,” Cooper said. “If we win 11, we’re in that game, the national championship game.”Since the meeting, the Buckeyes are three games closer to the 12-0 goal set by Cooper, having defeated Iowa, Nebraska and, most recently, No. 2 Maryland on Monday, when Cooper was recognized as the lone senior on Senior Night.Cooper arguably played her best game of her career in the team’s 98-87 win over the Terrapins, putting OSU into a position to win the regular-season Big Ten title with a win over Rutgers on Sunday. She scored 20 points and had five assists, and led the team with nine rebounds.“It means a lot to be able to provide that for my team to secure the win, for one,” Cooper said. “They kept passing me the ball and hand down, man down — that’s what I’ve heard in the past, so I just let it rip.”Her performance on Monday was a long time coming for Cooper. And it wasn’t always easy. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, living there until she moved to Tampa, Florida, in fifth grade when T-Mobile offered her mom a job in the Sunshine State. She picked up her first offer from a Division I program in eighth grade, when South Florida offered her a scholarship. After ninth grade, she moved to Georgia and the letters from college teams began flowing in.Cooper played high school basketball at Norcross High School (Georgia) with now Tennessee redshirt junior guard Diamond DeShields. Cooper and DeShields were competing for the limelight — an environment Cooper said she thrives in. But through those intense moments in practice, Cooper and DeShields formed an inseparable bond.DeShields, the Naismith High School Player of the Year in 2013, remembers nearly fighting with Cooper during a practice.“With her being one of my best friends, it was just kind of like a defining moment in our friendship and it made us closer, because I was able to see that she really wanted to win and she was able to see how much that I really wanted to win,” DeShields said.Cooper who transferred from Georgetown two games into the 2013-14 season after her coach was fired, brought the same competitive attitude to practices at OSU. Last season, she took pride in matching up with forward Stephanie Mavunga during the summer. Mavunga, who transferred to OSU from North Carolina after the 2014-15 season, was ineligible to play in 2015-16 due to NCAA transfer rules. Cooper took it upon herself to compete with the incoming 6-foot-3 post player whose only time on the court came during practice.“That was definitely fun, because I feel like I was the only one who would bring that competitiveness that she loves and I love,” Cooper said. “So we would trash talk to each other, but it was out of both of our competitive spirits.”Her competitive streak has been known to get her in trouble during games in the past.“A couple times I had to literally pull (Cooper) by her hair and be like, ‘Stop, you’re going to get a (technical foul), you’re going to get us in trouble,’” DeShields said.But as Cooper grew older, she matured and kept her emotions in check. DeShields has taken notice.“Shayla used to have a bit of a temper, which we used to always have to try to keep in check,” she said. “You definitely see that aspect of growth. She’s learned how to check herself when you can see her emotions flaring up.”Cooper challenged herself this season to communicate better with her teammates. Her tone varies for each player.“I might be able to get in (junior forward) Alexa (Hart) harder than I might be able to get into (junior guard) Asia (Doss),” Cooper said. “I might be able to go up to Alexa like, ‘Yo, what’re doing? You’re better than that.’ But Asia, I might have to pull to the side like, ‘Yo, I know you can do it,’ like on the softer tone.”She said she’s proud of her improvement in the area because, as someone who transferred, she understands players who feel like they don’t fit in. Cooper and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland transferred to OSU in the same season and clicked instantly.“We were so close when we first got here, because it was like we didn’t know anybody and everybody is looking at us like, ‘Who are they?’” Cooper said.She didn’t want any of the three OSU freshmen — forward Tori McCoy, guard Jensen Caretti or guard Kiara Lewis — to feel the way she did. “Your freshmen are very important because if you don’t make them feel welcome, a lot of freshmen are transfers,” Cooper said.Mavunga, Holland, redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun, redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper and Cooper are all transfers who now play for OSU. But Cooper won’t be around after this season to reap the rewards. Cooper has her eyes set on the final games of 2017 and her OSU career. Cooper is eternally confident in herself and her team. She even espoused her desire for a rematch with No. 1 Connecticut (24-0), a team that beat No. 12 OSU 82-63 on Dec. 19, and currently owns the sport’s longest-ever winning streak at 101 games.“There are some things that we didn’t capitalize on,” Cooper said. “If we get another shot at them, I feel like we could beat them.” read more

VIDEO Crazy finish in Nantes and Celje

← Previous Story THREE YEARS OF RIVALRY: GONZALES – JACOBSEN 5:2 Next Story → PASTOR HAS A KEY: PICK Szeged beat FC Barcelona Lassa Two great endings have been seen this afternoon in VELUX EHF Champions League. Niklas Ekberg took revenge to Celje Pivovarna Lasko with a goal eight seconds before the end for THW Kiel win – 28:27 (15:14). Swedish right wing netted seven goals for the first away win of his team in European elite competition this season, a week after shocking defeat in Sparkassen Arena…RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko: Lesjak (1.-60., 13/1 saves), Dobaj (1 save), Panjtar; Vujovic (5), Jurecic, Malus (1/1), Razgor (4), Suholeznik (2), Marguc (5), Groselj, Kodrin (3), Makuc, Anic (1), Dujshebaev (4/1), Mackovsek, Beciri (2); THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 14/1 saves), Wolff (n.e.); Firnhaber, R. Toft Hansen, Dissinger (n.e.), Wiencek (6), Ekberg (7/3), Zeitz (2), Frend Öfors (n.e.), Rahmel, Dahmke (3), Zarabec (1), Vujin (2), Bilyk (4), Nilsson (3); Cyril Dumoulin is the hero of Nantes once again! The fantastic French goalkeeper saved the last shot (16 saves in total) of Tin Kontrec for important win of HBC Nantes over RK PPD Zagreb 28:27.Nantes : Dumoulin 16 saves (37,21%), Siffert – Lagarde 4/4, Saurina 1/5, Faluvegi 1/4, Claire 3/7, Buric 6/7, Klein 3/5, Pechmalbec, Tournat 1/3, Feliho, Matulic 2/2, Lazarov 5/8, Gurbindo 1/1, Balaguer 1/2, Tuzolana. Zagreb : Kastelic 6 saves (31,58%), Skok 7/20 (35%) – Z. Markovic 3/6, Mrakovcic 2/2, Bozic, Kontrec 2/3, Vori 2/3, D. Markovic 1/2, Horvat 1/2 (1/1), Susnja 1/1, J. Valcic 2/4, T. Valcic, Mandalinic 5/12, Hrstic, Vuglac 2/8, Bicanic 6/7 read more

Dublin City Council could lose billions to Irish Water

first_imgThrough his legislation the Minister is dictating the disposal of more than €2billion worth of assets, removing democratic input into the future provision of services, saddling Dublin City Council with €330million pension liability and providing no guarantee that water services will not be sold-off and/or privatised in the future.Read: Irish Water will not cut off supply to homes over unpaid chargesRead: Irish Water has ‘lot of work to do to provide safe drinking water’ DUBLIN CITY COUNCILLORS last night voted to defer the transfer of assets to Irish Water, saying that they were “extremely concerned” about the deal.At a special meeting of the council last night, a report was presented that showed that the council would hand over €2 billion worth of assets,  but retain €330 million worth of pension liabilities.In a motion that was passed, councillors say that they wished to meet with Environment Minister Phil Hogan.Hogan had declined a request to attend the meeting, which showed that water charges for businesses in Dublin city will be increased, but the council will be unable to compensate business owners for the increase.The transfer of the assets is due to take place on 1 January, but the Service Level Agreement has not been agreed between Dublin City Council and Irish Water.This, the council claims, is because they have yet to see the final draft of the agreement.Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said that she felt Hogan was pushing the legislation through.“The Minister is railroading legislation through the houses of parliament this week which will directly impact Dublin cities commercial competitiveness.last_img read more

Van der Vaart Zlatan threatened to break my legs

first_imgRafael van der Vaart revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to break his legs in their time together at Dutch side AjaxThe duo played alongside each other at the Amsterdam Arena for three years and often butted heads with each other.Before Ibrahimovic’s arrival in 2001, Van der Vaart was an established star within the Ajax team after graduating the club’s academy system.The two exciting youngsters would battle for supremacy the moment they were put into the same team.And, 14 years after Ibrahimovic left for Juventus, Van der Vaart has now revealed the extent of how sour their relationship became.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“Yes, he did say that, but Zlatan said it to everyone,” he told FourFourTwo.“It’s also true that around that time things just weren’t working between the two of us, but I would rather be in a team with people who are honest, like him, even if it means there are a few arguments.“But there wasn’t a specific moment we fell out – we generally didn’t get along well.”Both Van der Vaart and Ibrahimovic have had long careers at the top of football and are both in the twilight phases of their respective playing days.Nowadays Ibrahimovic plays for MLS side LA Galaxy, while Van der Vaart is in his third season of Danish football with Esbjerg.last_img read more

Genting Hard Rock named as potential Crown Resorts buyers

first_imgMalaysian gaming giant Genting Berhad and Hard Rock International are among the global casino operators that could consider a takeover of Australia’s Crown Resorts, according to analysts from Deutsche Bank AG.The local arm of the investment bank also suggested private equity firms could show interest in a buyout following the events of the past 48 hours, which saw US-based casino operator Wynn Resorts terminate negotiations with Crown after news broke of private discussions. Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load More While that US$7.1 billion deal is now off the table, the consensus among analysts and major Australian media outlets is that Crown is officially for sale with the company’s majority shareholder, James Packer, desperate to exit following a turbulent few years in which he has been forced to sell off key assets in both Macau and Las Vegas.Shares in Crown Resorts declined by around 9% following news that the Wynn deal was off, having surged by 20% when negotiations were first revealed just 24 hours earlier.However, Bernstein analysts also noted, “There’s no guarantee that any potential discussion around the [Wynn] deal will not resurface.”Discussing the possible motives for Wynn’s initial interest in Crown, Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu added, “There may be solid synergies with respect to Chinese customers. We also see an acquisition as partly a possible defensive strategy for Wynn to fend off any potential acquirers.“While a transaction does expose Wynn to development risk of Crown Sydney, introduces Wynn to a slow growth Australian gaming market, increases debt, the synergies may be positive. A deal could also signal to Japan that Wynn is a larger, more serious candidate and Massachusetts may think twice about implementing harsh conditions on the license.” RelatedPostslast_img read more

Cadbury Heinz team up to create creme eggflavored mayonnaise

first_imgWe weren’t kidding, Heinz Creme Egg Mayo is a thing! Who wants to try it?🙌 OF COURSE YOU DO! Come and see us at Ely’s Yard, Truman Brewery in London from 11th-13th April for free samples of this crazy combo. Only until stocks last! pic.twitter.com/3ZVehv0LJb— Heinz Mayo (@heinzmayo) April 2, 2019Heinz said the condiment is a great way to add flavor to waffles and cupcakes.The mayonnaise is not available on shelves just yet. Heinz is going to offer free tastings at a brewery in London from the 11th to the 13th.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – For those of you looking for that … unique mixture of savory and sweet, Cadbury has teamed up with Heinz to concoct a special condiment.The two companies recently announced the creation of Cadbury creme egg-flavored mayonnaise.last_img read more

Committee Staff Discuss Policy Bill Differences

first_imgIn the face of substantial differences over a variety of issues in the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, the lead staff for the congressional committees that produced the two measures said the bills aren’t as far apart as it may seem.“The objectives are the same, the intent is the same,” Chris Brose, staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday at an American Enterprise Institute event.One of the tougher issues that will need to be settled in conference is funding. While they both stick to the topline requested by the Obama administration for DOD’s base budget, the House adds $18 billion from the department’s overseas contingency operations account for base budget needs not requested by the Pentagon. That maneuver, though, would shortchange funding for overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplementary war funds before the end of April. As a result, the White House has threatened to veto the measure.Bob Simmons, staff director for House Senate Armed Services, defended the bill’s fiscal approach, pointing out that Democrats had used it in the past, reported Defense News.“We’re doing all these things to help the Department of Defense,” Simmons added.  “If [the president is] going to veto it, he’s operating under false pretenses. We are taking care of the warfighter. We want to make sure those kids go into harm’s way with what they need.”The Senate version did not adopt the House framework, but Brose noted that SASC Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) also sought extra funds to pay for more equipment and higher force levels.“We have no disagreement over the need for this, and the challenge is how you deliver it with a topline both sides agree is inadequate,” Brose said.The Senate version also contains provisions that are opposed by the White House, including language that splits the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics into two posts — an undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and the renamed undersecretary for management and support.The committee’s reforms continue last year’s approach, which placed more acquisition authority in the hands of the services, Brose said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

CES 2019 Bowflexs smart coaching app brings a digital trainer to your

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Sport and Outdoors See also CES Products Tags Share your voice 1:22 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Post a comment These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 0 Download the app for Android or iPhone — it costs $15 per month or $149 per year — and complete Bowflex’s “fitness assessment.” This gives the software a baseline to determine the length and difficulty level that’s best for you.It also claims predictive capabilities that are supposed to automatically adjust your next workout based on your previous one. I got to try it out for myself and found the app fairly intuitive to navigate with straightforward workout stats and other data. Services like this are part of a growing trend in fitness equipment — tools to keep you motivated while you workout at home — and it isn’t the only home fitness device we’ve seen here at CES 2019. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Bowflex Max Intelligence coaches you through your workout CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos The Bowflex Max Intelligence Platform service is supposed to keep you motivated when you exercise at home. Angela Lang/CNET Bowflex, makers of a wide range of fitness equipment, has something new for your home gym — the Max Intelligence platform. The Max Intelligence platform is an optional service that’s compatible with Bowflex’s Max Trainer M8 and M6 machines. The platform is supposed to act as a digital personal trainer in your home, keeping you motivated and adjusting your workouts for you based on your level of fitness.last_img read more