Working with Jeb Blount

first_imgOne of my clients hired me to speak to their clients. They needed another speaker, and I recommended my friend, Jeb Blount. Jeb spoke on Sunday. I spoke today. We did a closing “keynote” together at the end of the conference.While Jeb and I were together, I watched him do a keynote and two workshops.Jeb is an exceptional speaker. He is one of those speakers that doesn’t have to work hard to connect with people. He’s got this authentic, laid back Southern thing that just makes it easy to like him. He’s also a terrific storyteller. He may work hard on his stories, but you’d never know it; it sounds like he is telling you the story personally, and for the first time. When he is hyped up, he is entertaining. When he delivers a serious message, you feel compelled to act on it.But Jeb also has deep, deep content. He weaved the five big questions from his book, People Follow You, into a keynote and 2 hour and a half long workshops. The questions are 1) Do you make me feel important 2) Do I like you? 3) Do you listen to me? 4) Do you get me and my problems 5) Do I trust and believe you?What Jeb does so well is create engagement with the content. Some people can deliver content well, but not in a way that pulls you into the content. Jeb pulls you in. Listen, I am biased about the content in People Follow You because it is so aligned with what I believe. That said, I watched and listened to Jeb help people through complicated problems with human relationships (commercial and otherwise) with the simple framework he created in People Buy You.If you didn’t do anything but view your relationships through those five questions, you could massively improve your sales results and your results as a leader. It was powerful stuff.Here’s Jeb’s site. Follow him on Twitter. Buy his new book, Fanatical Prospecting here. 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 Nowlast_img read more

HC bans new buildings in Pune

first_imgIn a setback to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and builders in the city, the Bombay High Court on Friday issued a directive prohibiting new constructions in Pune.The court, which restrained the PMC from granting occupancy and commencement certificates to new buildings, was acting on a public interest litigation filed by Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Amol Balwadkar in March. The PIL contended that the city’s residents were forced to pay a lot of money to ensure water supply and many occupants were not given water connections by the PMC.The High Court has given the PMC time till June 30 to furnish details of the total amount of water used up in the construction of new high-rise buildings in the city, and provision made for supplying potable water to the residents.last_img read more

Police seeks cancellation of FIR against IIM director

first_imgMore than a month after a complaint of sexual harassment against Indian Institute of Management Rohtak director Dheeraj Sharma, the Rohtak police have proceeded to cancel the First Information Report in the case saying that the “allegations levelled against him were not substantiated”.Station House Officer, Women’s Police Station, Garima, told The Hindu that no evidence was found against Prof. Sharma during the investigation spanning more than a month and the police had now moved the local court seeking cancellation of the FIR. ‘Evidence overlooked’The complainant, a former woman assistant professor of IIM-Rohtak, however, alleged that she was not satisfied with the investigation and the evidence produced by her was “overlooked”. She added that the police had failed to procure the closed-circuit television footage of two incidents — November 8, 2017 and March 9, 2018 — that could provide crucial evidence.She said that she was not “shocked” by the decision of the police to cancel the FIR since the accused was “influential”. The complainant said that she had also written to the Inspector General of Police, Rohtak, two days ago expressing dissatisfaction over the investigation. ‘DSP not neutral’In an email, the victim pointed out that she had submitted indirect circumstantial evidence to prove that her termination was motivated and also said that “it is difficult for me to trust DSP Ramesh Kumar (the Investigation Officer) as his role has not been neutral in my case”.The SHO, however, said that there was no CCTV footage available relating to the two incidents and the evidence submitted by the complainant did not prove her charges.The 35-year-old woman, in her complaint to the police, had alleged that Prof. Sharma began sexually harassing her soon after her appointment to the post of assistant professor on September 1 last year on a probation period of three years. The complainant, who was dismissed almost a month after she made an indicative complaint about Prof. Sharma’s behaviour to the institute’s board, had alleged in the FIR that the director would seek her views on extramarital relationships and make indecent remarks on her private life, looks and clothes. ‘Groped in cabin’She also said that he would ask her out for evening strolls and even groped her inside her cabin on one occasion.A case was registered at Rohtak’s Women Police Station on charges of an assault to outrage the modesty of a woman and making sexually coloured remarks under the IPC on May 29.last_img read more

ICC team reinspects Eden Gardens for World Cup, Kolkata on the edge

first_imgA view of the Eden Garden stadium in Kolkata.A three-member ICC team on Monday reinspected Kolkata’s Eden Gardens to check the cricket stadium’s preparedness for the World Cup.The inspection began in the morning and continued till the afternoon. The team is expected to give its report by Tuesday. Vishwaroop Dey, honorary secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said the association was hopeful of getting a nod from the ICC to host matches.The under-renovation Eden Gardens had earlier been ruled out as a venue for the India-England match scheduled for February 27.But the ICC had agreed to reinspect the stadium and see if three other matches could be played. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).Labourers busy completing work at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Cricket fans were, however, angry with the ICC team’s visit. Many gathered outside the CAB office and shouted slogans, alleging a bias against the holding of matches in Kolkata. The protesters waved the Tricolour and black flags.While ruling out Kolkata for the India-England match, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat had said: “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said.”Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.The match was shifted to Bangalore.advertisementlast_img read more

Europa League: Arsenal Run Riot in Eintracht Frankfurt as Yongsters Shine for Unai Emery

first_img arsenalBukayo Sakaeintracht frankfurtEuropa League First Published: September 20, 2019, 7:30 AM IST Frankfurt am Main: Arsenal youngsters Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka claimed goals as a rotated Gunners side romped to a 3-0 win at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League.Willock, 20, one of seven changes by Arsenal manager Unai Emery to the team which started Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Watford, gave the Gunners a first-half lead after a deflection off a Frankfurt player. Eighteen-year-old Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed late goals as Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men for the final 11 minutes when midfielder Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for fouling Saka.”Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home,” said Emery.The Arsenal boss singled out Saka after the teenager showed confidence above his years by scoring and then setting up Aubameyang late on.”We wanted to give the young players a chance and they showed the confidence to take their chances,” said Emery.”He (Saka) showed his confidence with his finishing, he looked good and physically strong,” added Emery, who praised his side’s defending after shutting out Frankfurt despite facing 24 shots at goal.Last season’s Europa League finalists rebounded from throwing away a two-goal lead at Watford, with playmaker Mesut Ozil left out for the trip to Germany.Club record signing Nicolas Pepe and midfielder Dani Ceballos made second-half appearances off the bench.Aubameyang started up front flanked by teenager wingers Emile Smith Rowe, 19, and Saka.It took the Gunners time to find their feet and the first 15 minutes were strewn with errors from both teams.Frankfurt, beaten on penalties by eventual champions Chelsea in last season’s semi-finals, fielded an entirely new forward line after selling strikers Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.But the hosts had the best of the early chances, Jovic’s replacement Filip Kostic twice going close with Dutch striker Bas Dost also firing over.”We did well in the first half, we dominated, the only thing missing was a goal,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.”We kept our heads up after going down and the result doesn’t reflect our performance.”Arsenal started finding holes to exploit as Willock and Smith Rowe had massive chances before the former finally got the breakthrough — with a dose of luck.Saka linked up on the counter with Willock, who cut inside to get his shot away, which deflected off Frankfurt captain David Abraham and bounced in off the underside of the bar.The Gunners again rattled the woodwork just after the break through a free-kick by captain Granit Xhaka.The Frankfurt crowd grew restless as forward Andre Silva wasted a string of chances for the hosts before Kohr was dismissed.Saka played a hand in both late goals, which came in quick succession, finishing off a Pepe break and then robbing Abraham and feeding the ball to Aubameyang to slot home. 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.last_img read more

De Bruyne earns Ronaldo comparison

first_imgManchester City De Bruyne earns Ronaldo comparison from Man City colleague Silva Dom Farrell 21:35 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KevinDeBruyne - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Newcastle United Bristol City v Manchester City Premier League League Cup Cristiano Ronaldo The Citizens playmaker works with a Real Madrid icon for Portugal but believes a team-mate in England must also be considered among the very best Bernardo Silva believes Manchester City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne must be considered among the best players in the world.De Bruyne is favourite to scoop the end-of-season awards in England, with his consistently excellent form a major factor in Pep Guardiola’s side establishing a 12-point lead at the Premier League summit.The 26-year-old is rumoured to be on the verge of signing a lucrative new contract that would tie him to City until 2024. 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 Silva dons international colours alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and feels De Bruyne should also be spoken of in lofty terms.”Kevin, he was already a fantastic player, but he has definitely moved up to another level this season,” the former Monaco favourite told City’s official website.”He is a fantastic footballer and has everything. He has done amazing things this season and I’m certain he has become one of the best players in the world, without a doubt.”I’ve been fortunate to play with many great players including Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal.”Kevin and Cristiano do not play in the same position, of course, but it is fantastic to play alongside him and David Silva because they are so good and so consistent. “It’s great to have players like this in your team who score goals, assist goals, defend and attack, have great intelligence.”The form of De Bruyne and David Silva at the creative heart of Guardiola’s side is a factor in Bernardo Silva being restricted to six Premier League starts since joining from Monaco during the close season.He is set to return to the first XI for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Bristol City, although he acknowledges English football might not see him at his very best until next term.”I’m feeling better and better, but I’m still not showing my very best form,” the 23-year-old added.”I have to be patient and wait for my opportunities. It’s my first year in England and I know next year I will do much, much better.”I always try to improve and that won’t change. I think the City fans are yet to see the best of me, but will do in the months ahead and next season.”last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Tasmania

first_imgIt was a big weekend of Touch Football in Tasmania, with the 2013 Club Championships and Schools Championships taking place in Devonport. Club ChampionshipsThe 2013 Club Championships, although a northern based event, were extremely well supported this year by Southern Touch clubs with the Pirates taking the Men’s Division One title, the Condors taking out the Mixed and the Pirates being named the overall Club Champions.The Men’s division was well fought with the mostly young Launceston-based Sharks boys pushing the Pirates all the way. The Pirates came out on top in a fiery Grand Final, but certainly had to work for their 9-7 victory.Sharks veteran Jon Harmey was awarded the Player of the Final, and with 15 touchdowns for the day and a dominating display across the event, the Pirates’ Jez Edwards was named an unmatched Player of the Series.The Men’s three versus four play-off again was well contested by two Devonport Men’s teams with the favoured Unicorns defeating the Cobras 5-3.Once again, there was a great mix of youth and experience in both teams, with the DTA showing signs of better things to come when State Cup rolls around.The Mixed event was also well contested, with the Southern Touch Condors team proving too strong at the end of the day for the Grasscutters and winning the Grand Final 10-6.Once again the DTA showed a great spirit in competing in this event, with a growing strength in Mixed Touch, due partly to a great Mixed competition held regularly in their region.Sam Williams led the Condors well in the Grand Final and was rewarded with the Player of the Final award, with fellow teammate Nat Curtis taking out the female Player of the Series, and Grasscutter Tom Gardiner awarded the male Player of the Series.Southern Referee Klaire Carrick continued the great day for Southern members, being awarded the Referee of the Tournament.Schools ChampionshipsAlthough Riverside High School has once again shown their dominance at the junior event, they didn’t have it all their own way this year.The Boys 9/10 division was a fantastic division with all teams pushing each other in every game, and winning results changing from rounds to finals.The inclusion of Don College this year just strengthened the competition and after Reece High defeated the Riverside boys in the round game, Riverside hit back in the elimination final to put themselves in a great position to take on the undefeated Devonport High boys in the Grand Final and to replay the final from the last Schools Champs event.Whilst the game continued to be tight throughout, the Devonport High team were just too tough and took out the game 11-7.Devonport High’s Bailey Charleston was name the Player of the Final, with Riverside’s Mackenzie Nason taking out the Player of the Series.The 9/10 Girls was also a strong event, with great representation from the Devonport schools.The Riverside High girls experienced showed, with their ability to manage their seven players through the event to an 8-0 Grand Final win.Emily Nason was the stand out in a very classy Riverside team winning both the Player of the Final and Player of the Series awards.The Boys and Girls 7/8 divisions were extremely tough for all who came up against the incredible strength of both Riverside High teams.The girls completed their day with an 18-0 win over the Reece Flying Pigs and the boys winning 16-1 again over the Reece High school team.As would be expected, the Riverside players took away all of the individual awards with Amelia Bransden named as Player of the Final, and Alice Robinson the Player of the Series for the girls, and Toby Bott Player of the Final and Jacob Boyd Player of the Series for the boys.One of the highlights of the day was seeing the amount of Primary School students having so much fun participating in this event.The Exeter Primary girls took out the best of three series against an ever improving Riverside Primary Team, with Exeter’s Montana Wakeford being named Player of the Series.The boys division was a great standard and no doubt all have learnt so much over the day to take back to their schools and clubs.The Riverside 6’s were too big and too strong for the  Exeter Primary boys winning their Grand Final 8-0.With the younger Riverside boys also competing so well in this division, Riverside Primary is looking like being a force for some time.Jock Goodyer from the Riverside 6’s was named the Player of the Final, with his team mate Rakesh Dave awarded the Player of the Series.Riverside Primary narrowly defeated Exeter Primary to be awarded the Primary School Champions.Devonport referee Britt Gibson was awarded the Referee of the Tournament with Exeter Girls coach (and Exeter Coordinator) James Edmunds awarded the Coach of the Tournament.To view photos of the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania Facebook page – Related LinksBig Weekend in TAS!last_img read more

12 days agoItaly coach Mancini urges Everton striker Kean ‘to be more careful’

first_imgItaly coach Mancini urges Everton striker Kean ‘to be more careful’by Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini has urged Everton striker Moise Kean to keep his cool during games.Mancini has commented on Kean’s recent red card after the Everton striker was sent off on U21 duty.The Blues star was in action against Republic of Ireland U21s on Thursday but saw his evening cut short after being dismissed for an altercation with Tottenham Hotspur’s Troy Parrott, who also saw red.”‘m sorry for yesterday’s expulsion,” Mancini told reporters on Friday.”He was also unlucky. But he is always involved, he must be more careful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Shaw Targeting Reduced Onion Imports

first_imgStory Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says efforts must be made to reduce the percentage of onions being imported for domestic consumption.It is a call to which the Caribbean Broilers Group is responding through its Crop Division subsidiary, Imagination Farms, situated at Hill Run, St. Catherine, where it has 12 of over 400 acres of land under onion cultivation.Data provided by the Caribbean Broilers, more popularly known for meat production, indicate that over the past five years, domestic onion consumption soared to 10 million kilogrammes per annum, of which imports accounted for approximately 85 per cent.Against this background, Mr. Shaw emphasized that “we have to begin to chip away at that (85) percentage”, through increased domestic cultivation.He was speaking with journalists following a tour of Imagination Farms on Friday (April 6).Caribbean Broilers Group Operations Manager, Don McGlashan, told JIS News that the entity is seeking to produce enough onions from the 12 acres under cultivation to contribute to reducing imports by an initial 10 per cent, with a view to increasing this to 50 per cent over the next five years.Noting that the Mercedes and Polaris varieties of onions are currently grown at the farms, Mr. McGlashan said the entity wants to contribute to reducing the ratio of imports.“We (Jamaica) are importing about nine million kilogrammes and we want to be a part of the process to arrest this situation. We have started on a good road. Our yields have been good and at the end of the harvest in another 10 days, we should be doing as well as anybody in first world countries,” Mr. McGlashan added.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw reiterated plans to put vast acreages of unused arable lands, particularly at sugar estates in Monymusk, Clarendon and Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine, under production.“Right now, Monymusk only uses about 6,000 acres of land, which is in cane production. When we improve the conditions there, by getting more small, medium and large farmers (involved in) producing cane, we’re… going to need about 15,000 acres,” he said.The Minister also reiterated that over 20,000 acres of land are going to be available for lease and sale.“We’re going to put them in the hands of serious people who are going to plant (crops, and from these,) process and use what we can locally (for general consumption) and in the tourism industry,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw underscored the need to boost the ratio of domestic crops consumed within the hospitality sector, which he said totals five per cent.The Minister said against the background of inputs from stakeholders, such as the Caribbean Broilers Group, he is optimistic of a turnaround in this regardIn addition to onions, Imagination Farms also cultivates scotch bonnet peppers, sorrel, sweet corn and West Indies Sea Island Cotton.They are also working with value added processors to provide them with produce and to enter into long term contracts for supplies.Caribbean Broilers’ management anticipate that, similar to its livestock operation, they can partner with small farmers to provide them with access to research inputs and engage them as independent contract growers Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says efforts must be made to reduce the percentage of onions being imported for domestic consumption.center_img Data provided by the Caribbean Broilers, more popularly known for meat production, indicate that over the past five years, domestic onion consumption soared to 10 million kilogrammes per annum, of which imports accounted for approximately 85 per cent.last_img read more

Positive reaction from analysts to Air Canada Transat deal

first_imgMONTREAL – Industry watchers and stock traders are reacting positively to news that Air Canada and Air Transat are in exclusive talks to finalize a deal.Air Canada is looking to buy rival Transat AT Inc. for about $520 million.READ MORE: Air Canada offers deal to purchase TransatThe country’s largest airline would pay a premium price of $13 per share for Transat, the Montreal-based owner of Air Transat and numerous vacation travel businesses.In morning trading, Transat shares rose about 15 per cent to $12.14 while Air Canada stock gained nearly three per cent to $40, which is above the previous all-time high set Wednesday at $39.16.Air Canada shares are now at an all-time high on news of possible Transat deal— Yahoo Finance Canada (@YahooFinanceCA) May 16, 2019McGill University professor Karl Moore says a combination of the two companies would help grow Air Canada Vacations, which competes with Transat, WestJet and others in the leisure travel market.He believes that Transat is going to be in better shape because of the potential of being bought by Air Canada.Moore also says a deal that keeps Transat’s head office in Montreal would also be greeted favourably by politicians in Quebec, just as Alberta politicians said they want to see WestJet headquarters remain in Calgary if it’s bought by Onex.Toronto-based Onex Corp. announced Monday that it has a friendly deal to buy WestJet Airlines Ltd., Canada’s second-largest airline for about $5 billion, subject to approvals.Moore said the level of competition that Air Canada faces from WestJet will increase with the financial resources of Onex.last_img read more

Prince Harry To Race To South Pole For Charity

first_imgPrince Harry will take part in a race to the South Pole with a team of wounded British servicemen and women.The 28-year-old will take on teams from the United States and the Commonwealth in the 208-mile (335km) Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in November and December this year.He said at a press conference in London during which the teams were announced: “So, it just remains for me to say to Soldier On Canada, Soldiers To Summits from the US and Soldier On Australia – welcome to the party.”As a member of the British team, I will have a brew ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”Prince Harry, who took part in the charity’s trek to the North Pole in 2011, is already patron of the Antarctica expedition, but today he confirmed he will be taking part with Team Glenfiddich for the whole race.He missed out on a bid to conquer Mount Everest with the group last year because of his military commitments and he withdrew early from the successful North Pole expedition to attend his brother’s wedding.He said of the South Pole race: “The format may be different. The scale is certainly different.“But the aim remains the same – to enable our wounded to do what they and all other servicemen and women do better than anyone else I know – meet a challenge head-on and overcome it and inspire others to do the same.“Ladies and gentlemen, these men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause.“That they should once again step into the breach – this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the South Pole – just underlines their remarkable qualities.”Prince Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the Army, added: “So, what are these qualities? Courage, to be sure. Physical strength, endurance, a sense of comradeship, absolutely.“But there’s something else, something deeper than that. Something that continues to draw me back to this charity and these people time and again – and always will.“It’s toughness of mind. An unquenchable spirit that simply refuses to say, ‘I am beaten’. In a way it’s something that can’t be defined. You’ve either got it or you haven’t.”The four wounded service personnel in the British team are Sergeant Duncan Slater, 34, from Muir of Ord in Scotland, who lost both his legs in a blast in Afghanistan in 2009; Major Kate Philp, 34, from Worcestershire, who lost her left leg after a bomb blast in 2008; Captain Guy Disney, 31, from Oxford, who lost his right leg in a rocket attack in 2009; and Captain Ibrar Ali, 36, from York, who lost his right arm in a roadside bomb in 2007.During the four-week Antarctic expedition the racers will drag sledges – known as pulks – weighing more than 150lb (68kg) and face extreme temperatures as low as -45C, along with savage 50mph winds.Prince Harry and his teammates will trek between nine and 13 miles each day, battle against extreme weather conditions and encounter vast crevasses, moving ice-shelves, glaciers and snow storms.The Prince has previously said his career in the army has given him a better understanding of charities for injured Armed Forces personnel and veterans.Prince Harry has been on a number of visits to hospitals and therapy centres where wounded servicemen and women are treated and rehabilitated.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Inflation angst Businesses face higher labour vendor costs

first_imgNEW YORK — Diners are willing to pay more at Manhattan’s upscale Gotham Bar and Grill, but price increases these days aren’t about snob appeal — the restaurant is contending with higher costs, particularly from rising wages.“We have been forced to raise our prices to offset this expense and our pricing still doesn’t compensate fully for the increase,” says Bret Csencsitz, managing partner in the restaurant located in the Greenwich Village section.Gotham’s hourly wages have gone up along with the city’s minimum wage, which rose $2 an hour to $13 last December and will reach $15 this Dec. 31. The restaurant is also paying more for ingredients, especially eggs and other dairy items that are key dessert components.Higher labour costs due to a tight employment market and rising minimum wages in states like New York are a key factor as some small businesses struggle with inflation and consider whether to pass higher expenses along to customers. Wholesale prices, which reflect what businesses pay for goods and services, rose 0.6 per cent in October, the largest increase in six years. Consumer prices, which the Federal Reserve considers as it determines whether to raise interest rates, were up 2.5 per cent from October 2017. Economists consider U.S. inflation to currently be mostly in check, but individual businesses can feel the impact of higher prices in differing ways, depending on where they’re located, whether they have employees, are in tight real estate markets and face the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports.Owners have varying strategies for coping with inflation. Where possible, they try to negotiate lower prices with suppliers or search for new vendors. They may change products or services to avoid raising prices or keep the increases to a minimum. Others understand when they’re forced to charge more that they may lose some business.Gotham won’t downscale its menu, and while it has raised prices, it’s also absorbing costs rather than lose customers, Csencsitz says.“There is a limit to what the consumer is willing to accept to dine out. We’d rather take a hit on the bottom line,” he says.Just a few years ago, Tom Malesic was able to pay a website developer at his Lancaster, Pennsylvania, internet marketing company $35,000. Now, he says, “we’re lucky to get one at $60,000.”“Our biggest business expense is labour. Our salaries have had to go up substantially to stay competitive and attract the people that we need to be successful,” says Malesic, owner of EZSolution. He also has other rising expenses, including software that’s upgraded yearly and costs more with each enhancement.Malesic has had to raise prices, but rather than implementing an across-the-board increase, he’s created a tiered system, packaging services and pricing them according to what each package offers. Customer response has been positive, he says.“In the last year, we’ve done a better job at repositioning and being transparent about what they get,” Malesic says. “That’s definitely been helpful.”Raising prices is difficult in the printing industry, where many companies have shut down in the past decade, not only because of the recession, but because their business customers no longer send printed documents through the mail.“I had to keep my prices decently low just not to go out of business,” says Joy Gendusa, owner of Postcardmania in Clearwater, Florida. She absorbed the increases by resigning herself to lower profit margins. Now, however, with labour costs up $22,000 a week this year including what she pays for staffers’ health insurance, she’s passing some increases to customers.“We’ve had to raise our prices to afford the creme de la creme of personnel,” says Gendusa, who has 235 employees. She’s also finding ways to diversify; she’s added electronic mailing services that bring in more revenue and are more profitable than printing.When inflation manifests itself in the form of soaring rents, some companies shut down, forcing their small business customers to find new suppliers. When some of Haldora Bjornsson’s fabric vendors in New York’s Garment District closed, she had fewer resources for the silk she uses in custom-made women’s clothes.“Now, there aren’t so many choices, and we are paying a higher cost,” says Bjornsson, owner of Haldora, a store in Rhinebeck, New York.Bjornsson also pays more for thread and buttons and is concerned that Trump administration tariffs could exacerbate the increases. While customers expect to pay more for her clothes — her signature shirt ranges from $258 to $649 — Bjornsson is hesitant to raise her own prices because she doesn’t want to lose sales. The solution, she says, is to scale back the types of fabric she uses.“I make less silk (shirts) than I used to. I’m still using linen and cotton,” Bjornsson says.Owners whose companies require frequent travel are getting hit hard, especially if they’re not flying in and out of major hubs.“I’m finding that coming out of Santa Fe and Albuquerque (New Mexico), the inexpensive flights I used to take are sold out,” says Sarah Boisvert, who takes about five trips a month for her technology training company, Fab Lab Hub. She estimates her travel expenses are up by a third this year. Boisvert flies to cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and fares are higher than on more heavily travelled routes like New York-Los Angeles. Some tickets she used to pay $400 for now cost $900.But Boisvert, whose company helps train people in skills like 3D printing, gets funding from grants and can’t pass along cost increases. She has to take steps that are hard for a company focused on new technology.“We have to cut elsewhere — delay new equipment purchases, for example,” she says._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Statistics Canada says pace of Canadian economic growth slowed in third quarter

first_imgOTTAWA — The pace of economic growth in Canada slowed in the third quarter as business investment spending moved lower and the growth in household spending slowed.Statistics Canada says the Canadian economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.0 per cent in the quarter.That compared with an annualized pace of 2.9 per cent in the second quarter.The result matched the expectations of economists, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The move came as non-residential investment in buildings and engineering structures fell 1.3 per cent as spending in the oil and gas sector slowed. Investment in machinery and equipment by businesses fell 2.5 per cent.Meanwhile, the growth in household spending slowed to 0.3 per cent in the quarter compared with 0.6 per cent in the second quarter.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aerospace company Bombardier to sell UK, Morocco operations

LONDON — Canadian aerospace company Bombardier says it will sell businesses in Northern Ireland and Morocco as part of a broad restructuring.The company said Thursday it will consolidate its aerospace operations into one unit. As a result, it will focus its business on manufacturing plane structures at its sites in Montreal, Mexico and Texas.Bombardier said that means it “will pursue the divestiture of the Belfast and Morocco aerostructures businesses.”The Belfast unit alone employs almost 4,000 people and it was unclear if any sale would lead to job losses beyond those already announced last year.The company had said in November that it would cut some 5,000 jobs globally, including 490 in Belfast, to trim costs.The Associated Press read more

Finance Ministry calls for proposals for 2018 Budget

The Ministry of Finance has called for proposals from all stakeholders including the general public to be included in the Budget – 2018, to be presented in Parliament in November this year.The Ministry of Finance said that since the Government has a plan to introduce a successful budget targeting  building a strong economy, an enriched country and creation of one million jobs, the public have been invited to submit their proposals to enhance the opportunities in those fields to the Ministry of Finance, The Secretariat, Colombo 01, or  email: before the October 15, 2017. The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera will present the 2018 budget in Parliament on November 09, aiming at  building an enriched country with a strong economy for creation of one million employment opportunities. (Colombo Gazette) “Democracy, Reconciliations and Development are the three main pillars on which the Unity Government has been formed in order to fulfil the economic needs as well as the aspirations of the masses of the country. Therefore, the Professionals, scholars and those who are engaged in the Manufacture, Services and the Agriculture, the three main sectors of the economy are requested to contribute with their proposals for the budget – 2018,” the Finance Ministry said. The Government, since it came in to office, has achieved tremendous success in the fields of free education and health making them accessible to all whilst completing the construction of 200,000 houses for the homeless people. read more

Security Council calls on Bosnia to abide by decisions to certify police

In a statement read out in an open meeting by its President for June, Ambassador Lauro L. Baja, Jr. of the Philippines, the Council called on Bosnian authorities to ensure that all decisions by the United Nations International Police Task Force (IPTF) were “fully and effectively implemented” and that those who were denied certification were terminated from their jobs and precluded from any position within any law enforcement agency in the country.The IPTF was the branch of the former UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) responsible for helping the country set up law enforcement agencies and train police officers. The Mission’s mandate concluded at the end of 2002 and it handed over responsibility to the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) on 1 January 2003.In March, the international community’s top civilian administrator in the country, High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown, told the Council more than 150 non-certified officers have asked the courts to assess the legality of their employer’s decision to dismiss them on the grounds that they had not been certified by the IPTF. He stressed that the vetting process must not be allowed to unravel.The Council’s statement today expressed concern at the failure by the Bosnian authorities to take steps to implement decisions to deny certification, and reaffirmed that the process was carried out pursuant to the IPTF’s mandate, which was legally based in the UN Charter.”The comprehensive and rigorous vetting procedure was designed to create a police force comprised entirely of personnel meeting internationally recognized standards of personal integrity and professional performance,” the Council said. read more

Central African Republic Ban deplores recent attacks urges end to cycle of

“The Secretary-General calls for an immediate end to the cycle of violence and retaliatory attacks,” his spokesperson said, referring to fighting that broke out following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.Muslim rebels yesterday attacked Christians sheltering at the Church of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui, killing an unknown number of people, including the priest, and abducting others, according to a statement issued by the UN in New York. The attack follows violence in the capital earlier in the week during which three Muslim youths were brutally killed by suspected anti-Balaka elements on their way to an inter-communal reconciliation football match.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban encouraged CAR leaders and partners in the sub-region to work with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) to work towards “meaningful national dialogue and reconciliation in order to chart a sustainable path to peace.”He also called on the international forces present in the country to take all necessary measures in support of these efforts. read more

Several including nightclub owner in custody following CANU bust

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana seeking int’l help in multi-million dollar drug bust caseMay 23, 2017In “Crime”$550M cocaine bust: Vieira released on his own recognisanceMay 23, 2017In “Crime”DRUG BUST: 1,276 lbs compressed marijuana found in containerJune 15, 2016In “latest news” A Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) led operation on Tuesday morning has resulted in several persons- one of whom has been identified as a nightclub owner- being taken into police custody for possession of narcotics.This is according to Police “A” Division Commander, Leslie James on Tuesday via a telephone interview with INews.At the time of the enquiry, James was unable to ascertain the exact number of persons who are presently being interrogated, as well as the amount of cannabis unearthed.However, another senior police officer has confirmed that approximately 19 kilos of marijuana were unearthed within the Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown area.Investigations are ongoing. read more

RPMGlobal offers steeply dipping coal solution

first_imgRPMGlobal has expanded its suite of commodity based mine scheduling software solutions through the launch of its Steeply Dipping Coal (SDC) XPAC Solution, a mine scheduling solution specifically tailored for the complex scheduling issues unique to this type of geology. SDC is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software product built on harnessing RPM’s leading scheduling solution, XPAC and as with RPM’s other commodity based solutions incorporates RPM’s dynamic design, haulage and product optimisation functionality. The company says “it is now possible to maximise productivity and coal recovery from steeply dipping coal seams.Such coal mines use the Terrace mining method due to the nature of the coal seams within the deposit. These mines can be geologically complex, involve many thin seams and have intricate coal mining methods and therefore present a number of challenges not encountered with traditional open pit mines.Despite this complex geology, SDC allows users to visualise the location and shape of every coal seam that intersects every bench, making schedules more practical and easier to communicate. The opportunities for backfilling in worked out sections of the mine are considerable and the maintenance of adequate backfill space is essential when maximising haulage efficiency. Such situations require a more dynamic and flexible approach to the design of the mine.Commenting on the release, RPM’s CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said “XPAC is the industry standard for mine planning and scheduling and has been for 40+ years. Our Steeply Dipping Coal Solution is the 10th commodity specific solution we have released. Consistent with our other solutions SDC was developed in collaboration with our key customers and strategic partners to ensure we were able to deliver a solution that the industry can benefit from immediately.”Built on XPAC’s scheduling platform, the SDC process driven solution has been designed to optimise how dynamic haulage can be used to model and provide accurate, cost effective, alternative routes to both the worked out areas and the conventional external pit dumps within a mine.Mathews continued by saying “The advanced scheduling platform handles the large data sets generated by today’s mining operations meaning that users aren’t required to split their operation into many separate models in order to generate a working schedule. The scheduling platform also performs all scheduling functions in a single process rather than sequential scheduling steps. This is something no other scheduling application can deliver and a key advantage of the XPAC scheduling platform that delivers real value for users.”“The reserve model compatibilities in SDC are a game changer. Previously if one reserving model changed, users would have to manually change every other model. As with all of RPM’s XPAC Solutions, SDC users now have the ability to incorporate multiple reserving models together, regardless of what activities, fields or codes were originally used. This particularly benefits larger companies as it removes the painstaking and unproductive task of updating every model. Also, as the reserves or the underlying design change, the resultant changes to the schedule are automatically reflected.”Mathews concluded by saying, “Being able to simultaneously optimise coal production, waste placement, haulage and product processing is incredibly powerful and enables mine schedulers to compare and optimise complex options around coal recover, dump constraints and haulage requirements. This ensures end users are able to make the optimal mining decisions around the most cost effective scheduling and extraction sequence. Whilst it has been a long time coming, we are looking forward to seeing the response from miners who until this release have had no real choice but to try and adapt and ‘shoehorn’ traditional scheduling products (that were originally designed for use within flat coal seams) into their more geologically complex mining operations.”last_img read more