Mailbag: How Do I Hire a Great Sales Manager

first_imgMark writes, “Can you write on the ‘How-to’s’ of hiring great sales managers, setting expectations, compensation packages, and key places to find this unicorn?”How to Hire Great Sales ManagersHiring well is an art form. If hiring is easy, you’re doing it wrong. If hiring is fast, you’re doing it wrong. If hiring isn’t the most difficult part of your job, I am certain that you’re doing it wrong.Here is what I know.You are not hiring a super-salesperson or a super-closer, even though they will from time to time need to help sell. You also aren’t hiring someone that you don’t have to train, develop and coach, so you better want to work closely with them.You are hiring someone to lead and take care of your sales force. And you are hiring someone that can help your team create value for your clients. That is who they have to be.You are hiring someone that has demonstrable leadership skills. You are hiring someone who is a student of the game. You are hiring someone who is sincerely interested in helping others achieve results. You are hiring someone that cares about people, but who will also hold them accountable for results. They must be a great coach; they have to get the very best performance out of each member of their team.Note: I want to know how they coach people. I also want to know what they believe their highest priorities are as a manager. Oh, and I want to know about their meeting rhythm (who do they believe they serve?).How to Set ExpectationsDon’t set expectations alone. Work very closely with your sales manager to help them decide what their goals are, what they are going to be accountable for producing, and how they will be judged. If you want them to make the number you have in mind, it has to become their number even more than it is your number.I would say this to a sales manager, so I’ll write it for you here. Your sales manager’s number is made up of all of the individual quotas of the team she manages. That means your big number is made up of all of your sales manager’s numbers. You have to do everything in your power to help them reach their number in order for you to reach yours. I once heard an Army General explain how he achieved his goals in an out-of-control corner of Iraq. He said, “I asked my people what they needed, and then I moved Heaven and Earth to get it for them.”Note: If they tell you they can blow out the number you come up with, worry. Scratch that. Just get up from the table and run like Hell. If they tell you they can get you the number you have in mind if you pony up the investment necessary to producing that result, you’ve found your sales manager.Compensation PackagesI wouldn’t dream of answering this question without a lot more information. So here are some vagaries.Personally, I like a salary large enough to acquire the talent you need and a bonus structure that is made up of some financial goals with a variable component that can be awarded for demonstrating a certain set of values and behaviors. As an example, a good leader should be building the next generation of leaders. So maybe there is some variable compensation based on their ability to grow new leaders within the sales team.So, salary + bonus for reaching goals + variable component.QuestionsHow do you identify and hire great sales managers?What are the skills that lead to success when managing a sales team?What is the best way to set and establish a sales manager’s goals?How you should compensate a sales manager?last_img read more

Painting of Indian Trumpeters At Risk Of Export From Britain

first_imgBritish Culture Minister Michael Ellis placed an export bar Friday on a unique watercolor painting depicting a traditional musical performance in mid-18th century Northern India.The move will prevent the painting, considered of significant cultural interest, from being sent abroad to enable a British gallery or buyer to match the asking price of 550,000 pounds.Read it at Xinhua Related Itemslast_img

Pathan ton in vain, SA win by 33 runs

first_imgHosts South Africa beat India by 33 runs (D/L method) in the rain-marred fifth and final ODI to win the series 3-2 at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. SCOREChasing 268, India were all out on 234. The win could have been massive but for Yusuf Pathan’s batting blitzkrieg, that saw him score a 68-ball ton towards the end.Yusuf Pathan on way to his 105 in Centurion. APComing in to bat at the stage when India were 60/5, Pathan changed the face of the game with his sixes and fours. Spinners or pacers – all were sent across the park. In fact, the over before he was dismissed he hit two sixes and two fours in Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s over.He forged a 100-run ninth wicket stand with Zaheer Khan bringing down the escalating run rate to run-a-ball. But a lofted shot off paceman Morne Morkel ended his 105-run innings that was decorated with eight sixes and an equal number of fours.Morkel completed his four-wicket haul when Faf du Plessis caught him at extra cover.Keeping aside Pathan’s impressive knock, the hosts dominated the proceedings from the start. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss but failed to capitalise on it. He chose to field first under overcast conditions – a surprising decision keeping in mind that the lopsided Duckworth Lewis method was lurching round the corner.That and Hashim Amla’s impressive 116 not out, took the game away from the Indians.South Africa put 250 on board in their stipulated 46 overs. But the same target after the D/L calculations swelled and India ended up chasing 268 for a win.advertisementBatting second with a huge total looming large and ball doing wonders in the moist air, India had little chance.Opener Rohit Sharma was the first to get a taste of South Africa attack that had become lethal under the prevailing conditions.Even before he could settle down he was bowled out by Lonwabo Tsotsobe on 5 with an inside edge crashing into his stumps. There wasn’t any foot movement and his bat-pad gate was wide open.With a poor stance Sharma’s chances were slim, but what followed could have been avoided as Virat Kohli, who had scored a fine 87 in the last match, too fell early.Morne Morkel’s ball took an outside edge off Kohli’s bat to carry to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. He fell for two and India slumped to 32/2.Then it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s turn to walk. It’s time he does something about his batting that has hit a new low in South Africa. He managed to score five before Morkel send him back on 45/3.Post Dhoni, Morkel upped the ante and claimed Parthiv Patel too and India fell to 60/4. Parthiv could only score 38, still his innings was a lot better than those who failed to cross the single digit number.Hashim Amla en route to his century. APHowever, South Africa’s experienced pacer Dale Steyn was still wicket-less. He got an opportunity to open his account when Yuvraj Singh edged his ball to Duminy in the slips when batting on eight. India fell to 60/5. He followed that up with Suresh Raina’s wicket.The left-handed batsman scored a four off Steyn but the next ball was tinge higher than what Raina had expected. He played it on the up but failed to clear Morkel in the deep. India were 74/6 at the stage with practically no chance of a win.  Finally, Yusuf Pathan did what he is famous for – go after the bowlers without thinking of the outcome.He along with Zaheer Khan batted on to forge a 100-run ninth wicket partnership that highlighted the Indian innings that came to an end on 234 in the 41st over.Zaheer, who supported Pathan in his endeavour scored a useful 24.SA inningsEarlier, Hashim Amla became the first batsman to score a century in this ODI series even as the rain gods tried to spoil his concentration.South Africa were batting on 226/3 in 42 overs against India when showers pushed the covers on.Post the rains, which lasted for more than an hour, India scalped six wickets in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 250/9 in 46 overs. But Amla carried his bat through the innings to remain unbeaten on 116. The effort earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.As is the norm in rain-reduced matches, the teams batting second get a revised score with the Duckworth Lewis method coming into the picture.In this case too the D/L method was applied and the revised score for India was 268 in 46 overs.advertisementPut in after India won the toss, Amla batted with determination scoring an unbeaten 116. On the way he forged two partnerships even as the India bowlers found hard to contain the Protea charge.South Africa’ Morne van Wyk en route to his 56 in Centurion on Sunday. APFirst Amla put on 97 runs for the second wicket with Morne van Wyk and then got busy with another long innings with Jean-Paul Duminy.Amla and Duminy had put on 102 for the fourth wicket before Munaf Patel scalped Duminy caught and bowled on 35 after the match resumed.From there on the India pacers got busy counting their victims. Zaheer Khan ended up with two while Munaf claimed three wickets.In the morning, Protea skipper Graeme Smith failed to read a Zaheer Khan ball and departed early. Pitched on the off, the ball took a strong edge off his bat and Yusuf Pathan did the rest in the slips cordon. He fell for 7 as the hosts went one down with 16 runs on board.However, India bowlers failed to work on the advantage as Hashim Amla and Morne van Wyk batted on to push the score to 113.last_img read more

Pakistan Challenges ITF Decision to Shift Davis Cup Tie against India

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. aitaAll India Tennis Associationdavis cupIndia First Published: November 11, 2019, 11:29 AM IST Karachi: Pakistan has filed an appeal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), challenging its decision to shift the Davis Cup tie against India to a neutral venue with the assertion that Islamabad is well-equipped to host the clash.The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President Salim Saifullah told PTI on Sunday that a formal appeal has been filed with the international body and they were expecting a positive response by November 15. “We have pointed out that we are fully prepared to host India for the Davis Cup tie as there is no security issue and nor should political ties between the two countries over-ride our chance of hosting a major event,” Saifullah said.Saifullah said the event-free opening of the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday is a clear indicator that despite the ongoing diplomatic tensions it is possible to host the Indian tennis team in Islamabad.”I think our case is very strong because there is no viable argument for shifting the tie to a neutral venue,” he said.Pakistan was earlier scheduled to host India in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-I Tie on September 14-15 at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, where matches against Uzbekistan, Korea and Thailand have taken place in 2017 and 2018.But the ITF announced early this month that the tie would be held at a neutral venue to be chosen by Pakistan after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) requested the tie to be shifted from Islamabad. The ITF said it had acted on the recommendations of its independent security advisors.Saifullah also said if their appeal was not accepted, the PTF had some other options and was working on those.”We may tell the ITF that we’ll not nominate the neutral venue. We’ll request it to ask AITA to choose where its outfit wants to play,” he added.Saifullah said the Indian officials had used the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) ongoing sit-in in Islamabad to convince the ITF that their players would not be able to focus on the matches.”They highlighted to the ITF about JUI-F leadership’s aggressive attitude. We have a very good chance of beating India on our grass courts and the Indians know this that is why they are using all tactics to delay and shift the tie,” he said.Pakistan’s top players, Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan have also criticised the decision of the ITF to allow a shift in the Davis Cup venue. last_img read more

Mets Rock Matos for Nine Runs

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares JUPITER, FL — Mat Latos gave up seven hits in an eight-run second inning, and the New York Mets routed the Miami Marlins 12-3 Monday.New York’s first eight batters in the inning reached base before David Wright grounded into a double play. Daniel Muno tripled in the inning, and Anthony Recker and Ruben Tejada doubled. Michael Cuddyer singled leading off the inning and hit a solo homer for a 8-2 lead, his fifth home run of spring training.Latros allowed nine runs, eight hits and two walks in three innings.Michael Morse homered twice for Miami, a two-run drive in the first off NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom and a solo shot in the sixth against Buddy Carlyle. Morse has 14 RBIs.last_img read more

Justin Gilbert is about to get paid

first_imgIf you’re a reader of this here blog you know I have a Calvin Barnett-sized sports crush on Justin Gilbert so I’m pretty pumped about tonight.Gilbert is going to go in the first round, get paid lots of dollars, and make some GM look wise over the next few years. Plus, if he walks out to the fight song we’re all going to die.Anyway, here are three spots he might land tonight if he doesn’t land at the other 29..1. Detroit Lions: This is where most of the CBS guys plus Mel Kiper have him going. He’ll get to take Jacob Lacey’s spot as the best former OSU player in the history of Detroit secondary history.2. Dallas Cowboys: This is where Jason McIntyre has him and since nobody knows anything and Jerry Jones clearly loves Oklahoma State athletes, why not?!3. San Diego Chargers: If he falls, this is probably where he’ll fall to. From what I’m hearing. Which is nothing.By the way, if Gilbert goes to the Lions at No. 10 he’s going to get $12 million plus. Last year’s No. 10 pick got four years and $12.6 million.Also, this is the greatest mock draft in the history of mock drafts you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Mourinho more of a winner than Pep – Pardew

first_imgPremier League Mourinho more of a winner than Guardiola – Pardew Goal Last updated 1 year ago 09:39 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola Getty Images Premier League José Mourinho West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Guardiola The Spaniard may be in control of the destiny of the Premier League title, but he is not the champion that his Portuguese rival is, the WBA boss says West Brom manager Alan Pardew believes that there is no manager in the game more adept at winning trophies than Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho.The Red Devils may trail Manchester City in the Premier League by 14 points ahead of their match with the Baggies on Sunday, but Pardew believes that the Portuguese’s pragmatic style has allowed him to be the game’s best trophy winner.“Jose and myself would love to win a game 4-0 playing flamboyant football,” the former Newcastle boss said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You can’t do that, you just have to find a way to win sometimes. That’s the thing he does better than anyone else, including Pep. He wins more trophies.”Simply for the success he has wrought in his career, Mourinho does not deserve the level of criticism Pardew believes he receives.“I think it’s unfounded,” he said. “You get to the Community Shield by winning the Premier League or FA Cup. Then that’s another trophy. I don’t understand why people don’t think it’s a trophy. His targets and what he does are about winning. Simple as that.“As managers of course, particularly if you’re manager of Manchester United, you’re going to get criticised. Sir Alex Ferguson got criticised and went through periods where fans were baying for him.“It comes with the territory and Jose’s strong enough and big enough to win trophies, which I’m sure he’s going to do.”In 17 seasons of management, Mourinho has won eight domestic league titles, while he has also picked up two Champions Leagues and a couple of Europa League titles.By comparison, Guardiola has nine years of experience and six domestic league crowns, plus two Champions Leagues Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Derrick Henry Took His O-Line Out For Dinner To Thank Them For Heisman Winning-Season

first_imgDerrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Jordan Jenkins #59 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Jordan Jenkins #59 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama running back Derrick Henry had a beast of a season, racking up 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries – averaging 5.9 yards per touch. For his efforts, last Saturday, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. It looks like he’s willing to spread the wealth a bit, though.Wednesday night, Henry reportedly took his offensive line out for dinner to thank them for the season. Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking Alabama’s offensive line out to dinner tonight.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) December 17, 2015Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking o-line to dinner tonite “I dont have a preference. I’m not picky” #Alabama— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 17, 2015It was a solid day for the group – earlier, the unit was awarded the first-ever Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in the country. Alabama’s work isn’t done, however. The Crimson Tide gets Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

Michigan Fans Chanted “We Own Penn State” Saturday Night

first_imgMichigan Cheerleaders performing during a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Michigan blew out Penn State on Saturday, ending any hopes the Nittany Lions had of contending in the Big Ten East this year. It was an embarrassing a loss as the program has suffered during the James Franklin era.The Wolverines, who prevailed 42-7, ran for 259 yards – needing just 17 pass attempts from quarterback Shea Patterson to get the victory. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going through the air or on the ground. They were out-gained in terms of yardage, 403-186.During the contest, Michigan fans got a little cocky. They trolled Penn State fans in the stands once the game was in hand.For those unaware, Penn State plays “Zombie Nation” by Kernkraft 400 at home games, chanting “We Are Penn State!” throughout. Michigan fans had a new take.They chanted “We Own Penn State” instead. Pretty clever.The Big House crowd “We own Penn State”— David Noe (@DavidRNoe) November 4, 2018Does Michigan own Penn State? Maybe. The Wolverines led the all-time series 14-8 and have won four of the last five. But last year’s contest was a blowout in the other direction – 42-13. It’s up for interpretation.Either way, Michigan now looks like the favorite to win the Big Ten. The Ohio State game will be fascinating, as always.last_img read more

Life is beyond water now

first_imgLife is beyond water nowThe Olympic great rejects a second comeback from retirement as there’s nothing left for him to achieve in swimming worldadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:26 IST Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals in a swimming career spanning 16 years. (@DelhiCapitals Photo)A staggering 28 Olympic medals, 39 world record timings and 65 major international gold conjured over a career spanning 16 years makes Michael Phelps the best ever swimmer across all eras and arguably the G.O.A.T among all athletes that grace the world.Such a sparkling career should be enough for his rivals to be intimidated by his mere presence in a competition. However, the 33-year-old US swimmer’s jolly nature and an evergreen face meant he never came across as a person who will instill fear inside his competitors.But once standing on the block, doing his pre-race ritual of stretching his arm followed by the ever-so-famous backslaps always intimidated his competitors; to a level that they hated the sight of it.”It is something I later got to hear from some of them (counterparts) that they never liked to see me do the arm-slaps but to be honest I never did it to intimidate people.”It was a ritual I followed every time since I was 11. It is same as a singer clearing his throat before a performance,” said Phelps, who arrived in the Capital on Monday night to oversee the launch of Under Armour’s first store in India.Retired at just 31, fans around the world are still hopeful that the Flying Fish will be back at the block yet again; intimidating his rivals with those arm-slaps at the Tokyo 2020.And why not, the swimmer came back from retirement just two years after calling it quits at the London Olympics, only to come back and win five gold and a silver medal as the flagbearer of his country at Rio 2016.advertisementBut the show ended with a dent as he lost to Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly event.Perhaps creating that push the legend needed – despite winning everything that is possible – to return and confirm his supremacy in the water yet again?However, Phelps cleared the air that a comeback is not on the cards as he is stared away from the block for too long.”If I go in now, I don’t think I will be feeling the same and get back to where I was. There was a period when I spent six years straight without missing a single day of training, and I was getting so much benefit out of it.”Because once you skip a Sunday and you can only get back there on Tuesday. That gave me an edge over others, I believe. So staying away for so long, I know it won’t be the same anymore,” explained the four-time Olympian.Knowing that at just 33 it is too early to lead a life without a new goal, Phelps has already found a new goal in his life that gets him up on his feet every day.”Since there’s nothing left to achieve in the swimming world, I have turned my focus on talking about the importance of healthy and active lifestyles, mental health and water safety. It is something close to me and makes me excited to get out of bed every day,” he concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Michael PhelpsFollow SwimmingFollow Olympicslast_img read more

In Loving Memory Of Avoya Chairman Pal Anderson

first_imgPal AndersonMay 15, 1922 – February 10, 2019 We are deeply saddened to share that Avoya Travel Chairman and Founder Pal Anderson passed away Sunday, February 10 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Pat; his sons, Van and Brad; and his eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Pal is remembered as an adventurer, an entrepreneur, a dreamer and pioneer. His zest for life, passion for travel, and appreciation for people and relationships left enduring impressions on all who knew him. Born on May 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Colorado, Pal valued family above all else and was a traveler at heart. He attended the University of Colorado before serving in the United States Navy during World War II where he participated in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. After his service, Pal finished his BA in Economics and moved to Washington to work in his family’s automobile business. In 1950, Pal married his loving and supportive wife Pat. Together they raised their two sons, Van and Brad, and took on life as one great adventure. Always an idea man who embraced change, Pal has had a profound impact on his family’s travel business. Pal and Pat first entered the travel industry in 1964 while living in Hawaii when they purchased and ran a Hawaiian tour company. After moving to California, together they opened a retail travel agency in Escondido, which eventually became Anderson Travel and Cruises with 10 retail locations throughout San Diego. With the changing tide of the Internet, the family’s brick and mortar travel agency chain evolved into the innovative and award-winning travel company known today as Avoya Travel. Pal’s wanderlust and core values have been passed down to his children and grandchildren, who are now at the helm of the travel business that he and Pat created. One of the greatest honors in Pal’s travel career came in 2014 when he welcomed many colleagues and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his family’s business. The entire Avoya Travel family extends our deepest sympathies to Pal’s wife, Pat, and his family. Pal’s life was celebrated at a private service on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to www.Tourism The family fondly notes that aside from a donation, Pal’s wish would be for friends and family to see and experience the world together through travel. Today, Avoya Travel is one of the most awarded travel companies with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative travel brands. With an elite Network of over 1,250 independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides a better vacation planning experience for travelers by combining modern technologies with the expertise of travel professionals. Cruise lines and travel industry partners continuously recognize Avoya’s ingenuity and success with Travel Partner of the Year awards and accolades for best-in-class innovation and leadership.last_img read more

Its not IPL so pressure to perform will be different for Russell

first_imgManchester: They have the license to thrill in cash-rich T20 leagues but the likes of Andre Russell will feel “situational pressure” in their World Cup game against India, feels leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. West Indies are all but out of semi-final contention having lost four out of their six games and Russell’s hamstring issues have compounded their problems further. Chahal, who has had a good World Cup so far with seven wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 5.45, will be ready to ask questions along with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, who has given less than five runs per over. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “We would obviously have a plan. He (Russell) is a hard-hitter but we have bowled to him enough,” Chahal replied when asked about the possible gameplan for Russell and the other big-hitters in their line-up. The wiry leg-spinner, who is ready with his bag of tricks for the June 27 battle, is certain that the Caribbean batsmen will be under severe pressure as they are desperate for a win. “Playing for your country is very different from playing IPL. The pressure to win games is as much on them as it is on us. Look they are desperate to win. They are also trying to get some form back. So the conditions will be different and so will be the situation,” Chahal had a word of caution for the opposition. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game. However with all his pyrotechnics, the Jamaican marauder may come to the crease when the Windies might be four out for next to nothing and he would need to play as per situation, reckoned Chahal. “If Russell comes in after four have got out, then he would also be conscious that he would like to play himself in. So we would also be changing our tactics as per game situation,” he said. The Afghanistan game has been like a reassurance for the bowling unit that they can deliver even when the margins are lesser due to a low total. “This was one occasion when we scored below 230 (224). There would be some negative points that would come up and also a few positive points. When you win these types of games, you are confident that even scores less than 250 can be defended,” he said. For Chahal, the big positive in a not so impressive batting performance was Kedar Jadhav’s half-century at a time when the pitch was difficult for batting. “In the first innings, the positive was the manner in which Kedar batted when the pitch was offering turn. At the onset, we had thought of a score of around 270 but they bowled so well, then we readjusted the target in our minds. We were confident even 30 runs less would have done the job,” he sounded assured. The idea was to test themselves while defending a low total as skipper Virat Kohli had also mentioned. The primary aim for him and Kuldeep Yadav was to bowl as many dot balls as possible during the middle overs. “From the start, the intent was to keep up the pressure and bowl more dot balls, so that during the final overs, their asking rate should be 6 or 6.5, which at least bring the bowlers back in the game. “If it’s an asking rate of 4 or 5 per over, and the field is open and the ball is a bit old, it won’t swing. The aim was to increase the dot ball percentage in the first 25 overs. Sometimes you can’t even defend 350 and sometimes, you can defend even 250. It’s all about mindset,” he concluded.last_img read more

French Auction House Artcurial Comes to Marrakech Art Week

Rabat – French auction house Artcurial will hold the “Paris/Marrakech” auction week beginning December 30 in Marrakech as part of Marrakech Art Week. Africities 2018 elected Marrakech the African Culture Capital for 2020.Artcurial came for the first time to Marrakech in 2015. Since then, the French house’s numbers have been rising, thanks to a strong consumer base, according to Le Figaro. In December 2017, Artcurial raised a total of €3.5 million with 95 percent of the auctions coming from Morocco.Founded in 2002, Artcurial is a French leader in auctions, with a total sales volume of nearly €200 million in 2017. Artcurial has been focusing on Morocco, where it is the only French auction house.In 2011, the auction house hosted an exhibition in Marrakech on French Orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who was based in Marrakech, and his contemporaries. read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns new flareup of fighting in South Darfur

“Military action is not a viable solution to ending the conflict in Darfur and can only result in the unwarranted death and suffering of the civilian population of Sudan,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.According to that statement, Mr. Ban received reports of aerial bombings in different locations in South Darfur and the Government of Sudan yesterday confirmed that Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) aircraft bombed rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) positions in southern Darfur’s Muhajeria area on 13 January. “Such actions are in violation of both Security Council resolutions and relevant agreements,” the spokesperson affirmed, adding that the Secretary-General also received reports of clashes between the JEM and Sudan Liberation Army/ Minni Minawi (SLA/MM) in the Muhajeria area on 15 January. Condemning all those attacks, Mr. Ban called on all parties in Darfur to commit to an immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities and to intensify efforts to come to a comprehensive political agreement with the assistance of the African Union-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassolé.Fighting in Darfur erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen and causing an estimated 300,000 deaths, while forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes. 15 January 2009United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned recent air and ground attacks involving national armed forces and rebel movements in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, as he renewed his call for an unconditional cessation of hostilities and a political solution to the violence. read more

Scrappage boosts August registration volumes

The scrappage incentive scheme has boosted vehicle registrations for the third successive month in August, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). ·         102,071 vehicles have been registered under the scrappage scheme since its start·         Scrappage accounted for 25.1% of August new car registrations with 16,848 units “The scrappage scheme is proving hugely popular with motorists and has provided an important boost to the UK motor industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The scheme is clearly delivering environmental and safety benefits, in addition to incremental business for UK manufacturing and much needed demand for retailers.” In August, generally a small volume month ahead of the new registration plate in September, one in four new cars bought were attributable to the scrappage incentive scheme. In the commercial vehicle sector, a total of 1,706 vans have been registered since its start and 247 in August, accounting for 3.3% of overall van registrations in August. A full table of provisional scrappage scheme registrations is attached to this press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State baseball stays hot defeats Akron Zips 94

Sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson (4) is welcomed in to home plate by junior infielder Troy Kuhn (5) and redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis (21) before scoring an OSU run. The Buckeyes beat in-state opponent, Akron, 9-4, on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerFor Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program.“It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said.For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added.“When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it in a year,” he said. “It takes some time to find that depth and find the right type of guys.”The Buckeyes showed the depth and balance of their team Wednesday night, beating the Akron Zips, 9-4, at Bill Davis Stadium.Akron started the game off strong by scoring the first two runs in the second inning before the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2 going into the third.After two innings of three up, three down baseball, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.“In the fifth inning, it’s a situation where we figured out their starter,” Beals said. “It was our third at-bat, the lineup had flipped and it was our third line through. That’s when we figured him out and were able to get some extra base hits.”After struggling with their bats in the first few innings, the Buckeyes showed their tenacity to get the win as sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson slammed a two-run homer. After struggling throughout the beginning of the season, Dawson said he feels that he’s gaining some of his confidence back.“I was struggling a little bit, but the coaches have faith in me and talk to me every day,” Dawson said.Dawson said the issue had come from his mentality, feeling like he wasn’t able to relax and be patient at the plate.“I just put a lot of pressure on myself. When I didn’t do so well, I got mad, but as I play more people are going to figure out who I am and how to pitch to me so I just have to patient,” Dawson said. “I’m just starting to relax again.”Along with Dawson, senior outfielder Pat Porter blasted a home run, maintaining his offensive leadership with one double and three RBIs.But the real standout for the night was junior Zach Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The first baseman began the season starting for the Buckeyes, but struggled at the plate with a .185 batting average heading into Wednesday’s matchup.Wednesday was the day to test what Ratcliff could do when given an opportunity, Beals said.“I thought today was a good matchup for Zach to get in there and get his shot back and he took advantage of it,” Beals said. “I’m happy for him. He got the call tonight and answered the bell.”Ratcliff was humble to acknowledge his multiple double performance and grateful for the opportunity presented. But the junior said his mentality is to “just keep working.”Akron was consistent in the batters box, having seven of nine batters with at least one hit on OSU’s junior left-hander, John Havird. The Buckeyes’ starter tossed 84 pitches in 5.2 innings, with nine hits, only allowing one walk, four strikeouts and three earned runs, tallying his third win of the season.“The depth in our pitching staff is something we take pride in. We have multiple guys, we went two midweek games without any of our starting pitchers,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will look to maintain their consistency against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday at 3:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

Norddeutsche affinerie hits out on energy costs

first_imgIn a hard hitting press release, Norddeutsche Affinerie says the dramatic rise in electricity prices compels it to reconsider the future viability of its energy-intensive production sectors. “The possibility of closing down particularly energy-intensive sectors, such as the secondary smelter (RWN) in Hamburg, until such time as the company’s own SF power plant is commissioned in 2009, is being considered in order to protect the company from considerable damage. Up to four hundred NA employees could be affected.” NA says the key to avoiding this is to be found in German energy policy and the four German energy suppliers. “The four energy suppliers operating in Germany use their market-dominant position to the detriment of the German base industry and the whole of German trade and industry. As a result, the electricity costs for NA as an energy-intensive company with a requirement of 650 million KWh/y have doubled over the past three years. If NA buys its electricity at the current price level on the Leipzig electricity exchange EEX, it would have to absorb an additional annual financial burden of millions of Euros.”NA says it does not “understand Vattenfall Europe’s comments that electricity could have been bought at a more favourable price at an earlier time. This statement can only come from someone who is aware in advance of constantly rising market prices and assumes that the market will not function anyway. Even at the time prices were at their lowest this year, the EEX price was far higher than the actual production costs with completely unjustified pricing of CO2 licenses which were allocated free of charge. The pricing of the CO2 licenses created a windfall profit for the four energy suppliers of €5.3 billion.” “In order that NA can in future maintain its competitiveness worldwide, and to secure the Hamburg operations long-term, we must save costs until such time as they are reduced by the power plant we are planning”, said NA’s Chief Executive Officer, Werner Marnette. “We are counting on the full support of the Hamburg Senate for the erection of the substitute fuel power plant, so that we should have no delay in realising this project which is crucial for NA.” The SF power plant which is planned for the long-term will make NA independent of the electricity price tariffs of the four energy suppliers. For NA, as Europe’s largest copper producer, it is the basis of the company’s long-term electricity supply at fair prices. “We are doing everything in our power to safeguard the jobs in the recycling sector in Hamburg. Due to the good economic situation, I am optimistic that redundancies can be avoided if the power plant is commissioned in good time”, said Marnette. “For German citizens and German trade and industry, I hope that the politicians will ensure that the suppliers’ market-dominant behaviour will be effectively countered. Because in Germany not only NA’s jobs are at risk, but more than 660,000 jobs in energy-intensive enterprises.last_img read more

Ruth Morrissey I want to move on and spend whatever time Ive

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Ruth Morrissey said it’s unfortunate she had to be the one to go through a full court action after the Taoiseach said women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal would not have to.— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) May 3, 2019 65,441 Views Share100 Tweet Email Updated May 3rd 2019, 12:49 PM THE HIGH COURT has delivered its ruling in the case taken by Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul over the alleged misreading of her cervical smear tests and the failure to inform her about it.They are to be awarded €2.1 million in damages the court ruled this morning, in what’s seen as a test case in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy. Ruth is to be awarded €757,000 and her husband is to be granted €1.4 million. Speaking to reporters outside the court in Dublin today, Morrissey said she now wants to “move on and spend whatever quality time I’ve left with my daughter”. She thanked the judge for his compassion and her family for all of the support she and Paul have received over the 37 days of the case. Image: Leah Farrell/ Image: Leah Farrell/ Short URL May 3rd 2019, 10:43 AM 41 Comments Ruth Morrissey: ‘I want to move on and spend whatever time I’ve left with my daughter’ Morrissey and her husband Paul took the action against the HSE and two US laboratories. What can I say? I didn’t think I’d be in this position because our Taoiseach told us that none of us would have to go through this. But unfortunately I’m the one that had to so I hope that’s a positive thing for the women left, that they don’t have to do this and fight for what is their right to have a good life, what they’ve left.She thanked her husband, who she described as “my rock”.Morrissey also encouraged women to continue to go for smears. Though she said the system had failed her, she said the screening “does save many, many lives”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 3 May 2019, 12:49 PM Responding to the judgement today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed the fact that the couple won their action. “I know a year ago I said I didn’t want any woman to have to go through court, I still don’t and I know the Irish public don’t want [that] either,” he said.And I genuinely believed at the time that it would be possible to settle all cases by mediation and negotiation. While many have been, we know now that’s not possible in all cases but we have found an alternative, an alternative to court, and that’s a tribunal.Varadkar said legislation for the establishment of the tribunal is now being prepared and this process will mean women who want to take a case will have an alternative. He said these cases will be heard in private and the system will help to fast track those cases. The couple took the action against the HSE and two US laboratories, Quest Diagnostics Ireland and MedLab Pathology Limited over cervical smears taken in 2009 and 2012.The court had heard the woman was not told until May 2018 that a review of her two smears in 2014 had found they were incorrectly reported. In February last year she was diagnosed with a recurrence of her cancer and was told she had at most two years to live. The labs had both denied liability.Pain and distressIn his judgement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said that her life had been “ruined”.He found the laboratory where her 2009 slide was read were negligent and in breach of duty. In the case of the 2012 slide, he found this lab was not negligent in its failure to determine it contained abnormal cells as the sample was not adequate.However he found that the failure of this lab to test the slide for adequacy was negligent and in breach of duty. He said if this test had been done, it would have been reported as inadequate and Morrissey would have been called back to be retested within one and three months. MedLab Pathology welcomed the judgement that its lab was not negligent in its review and interpretation of the 2012 slide. It said it was “surprised and disappointed” with the finding there was insufficient cellular material on the slide to meet the minimum threshold of 5,000 cells. “This is contrary to findings of a retrospective detailed actual cell count where it was proven there was in excess of 35,000 cells present on the slide,” the firm said in a statement. “This is over seven times the required volume of cells to deem a cervical sample as adequate.”The company said it will now review the judgement in full with a view to appeal.This evidence about the 35,000 cells on the slide related to a computer analysis of the slide – for the lab’s legal defence – using what is known as the Qupad system.However the judge was told by a medical expert hired by Ruth and Paul Morrissey that this analysis was irrelevant as the slide should have been assessed using the method in accordance with what is known as the Bethedesda system. This is the system the labs are suppose to use for carrying out tests, under their contracts with the HSE.“Mrs Morrissey has suffered a life sentence, of which she is fully aware, which is expected to take effect within two years and for which there is no reasonable prospect of reprieve.”He said the 37-year-old woman has “suffered a catastrophic injury, no less than that of a tetraplegic or someone with brain damage”. He said there is a high probability she would have been successfully treated using the non-invasive LLETZ procedure and she never would have contracted cancer in 2014. “She would have been spared the pain and distress of what followed and in particular, the cancer would not as a matter or probability reoccurred.”He said she would not be left with the knowledge she had only at most two yeas to live, her careers would not have been interrupted, she would not have had to stop having intimate relations with her husband and she would likely have had another child. She would have been spared the prospect and knowledge that her daughter and her husband will have to go through life without her care and guidance and in particular she will not live to see her daughter make her way through life and probably start her own family and of most importance, her life would not have been so tragically cut off. The HSE admitted it owed a duty of care to Ruth Morrissey in relation to the disclosure of the audits of her smear tests after she was diagnosed with cancer. The judge said that apart from the non-disclosure of the audits, the immediate cause of damages was the acts of omissions of the two labs.He said the HSE is entitled under contract to indemnity against the laboratories for all matters other than its own liability relating to the audits and has been ordered to pay €10,000 of the damages.last_img read more