Oct 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The first 600,000 doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine—all of them the nasal-spray formulation—are on their way to 25 states and major cities and should arrive by Tuesday, Oct 6, matching earlier predictions, federal health officials said today.”We are transitioning from the planning to the implementation phase” of the H1N1 vaccination effort, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at a news briefing.States and large cities began placing orders for vaccine yesterday, said Schuchat, who is director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She didn’t name the states or cities, but urban areas that work directly with the CDC program are Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles County.”Vaccine ordered yesterday should be arriving out to the sites by Tuesday,” she said. “We’re really pleased that this is starting, and it’s earlier than we were planning.”In response to a question about when the doses will become available, Schuchat said, “There’s a good chance they’ll be available later next week in a lot of the sites.”CDC officials have been predicting that the earliest doses would reach providers in early October. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said last week that the first doses could reach providers as early as Oct 6.Schuchat said that—as predicted previously—all of the earliest doses will be the live-virus nasal-spray vaccine, which is made by MedImmune. Like the company’s seasonal vaccine, FluMist, it is approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years, but not for pregnant women or people with chronic conditions that raise their risk for flu complications.”We believe a lot of the states will be directing those early doses to healthcare workers,” Schuchat said. “There’s a bit of a myth out there that the workers shouldn’t get the live vaccine, but that’s a myth. Most healthcare workers who are under 50 and don’t have those chronic conditions can receive the nasal spray.”She said the CDC plans to release information each Friday on how much vaccine was available for ordering and how much was shipped to each of the states and large cities, as of the preceding Wednesday.The CDC has contracted with McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccine doses to vaccination sites designated by state health departments. McKesson also distributes vaccines in the CDC’s Vaccines for Children program.Schuchat cautioned that the vaccination drive will face some bumps in the road. “At the beginning we’ll have a bit of a slow start. But we’ve ordered enough [vaccine] so everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be.”HHS releases children’s Tamiflu to statesIn other comments, Schuchat said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has released 300,000 pediatric doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from the national stockpile for distribution to states that may need it.”Basically each state that needs their proportion of that supply will receive this Tamiflu over the next week,” she said.The CDC said earlier this week that Tamiflu for children could run short as the flu spreads and advised that pharmacists may need to formulate the medication, sold as a liquid, on site by mixing the adult formulation with other ingredients.”Some of the liquid formulation will have an expiration date that may have passed, but the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has extended the expiration date of those courses after careful testing,” Schuchat said today.She reported that Texas and Colorado have already requested and received allocations of the liquid antiviral, getting 22,000 and 4,600 doses, respectively.Death toll in pregnant women risesOn another topic, Schuchat updated the CDC’s numbers on H1N1 complications in pregnant women. As of late August, 100 pregnant women in the United States had required intensive hospital care for H1N1 and 28 had died, she said.On a conference call with clinicians earlier this week, CDC officials said that about 5% of H1N1 deaths have been in pregnant women, though they make up only about 1% of the population. As of Aug 20, 24 of the 484 deaths in the country involved pregnant women, officials said.”The H1N1 influenza in pregnant women has really been striking,” Schuchat said today. CDC obstetricians have been talking to “doctors around the country who have never seen this kind of thing before.”She added that the CDC has not previously tracked seasonal flu complications in pregnant women, so it’s not entirely clear if complications are actually much more common with the new virus or if it just seems that way because of increased surveillance.See also:Sep 18 CIDRAP News story “CDC says 3.4 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to ship in early October”
The youngest Croatian airport, the one on the island of Brač, has big plans to bring as many passengers as possible who have chosen this largest Dalmatian island for their vacation. But the people of Brač are afraid that they could get the final international permit for the extended part of the runway due to the administrative procedure only at the beginning of August !!?The runway of Brac Airport was recently expanded from 1 to 440 meters, which was financed with 1 million kuna by Jako Andabak, owner of the hotel house “BlueSun” because he realized that investing in the modernization of the airport benefits his hotel house. . The expansion enabled the landing of larger aircraft with over a hundred passengers, and not as before, only those up to a hundred passengers.In the second half of May, an Embraer 190 aircraft with five crew members landed at Brač Airport with a newly expanded runway, bringing 112 passengers from Brussels. This, they say on Brač, is just the beginning of connecting their island and the Belgian destination with TUI’s fleet. “This is a historic event for our airport and island tourism, because we can finally receive larger planes, such as Airbus 318 and 319, which, in addition to transporting tourists directly to Brac, significantly relieves the burden on Split Airport. By the end of the week, we are waiting for the official use permit for the extension of the runway that we have made, and we hope for a quick reaction from the Civil Aviation Agency in order to speed up the process of obtaining an international announcement.”, Says Tonči Peović, director of Brač airport, adding that it is customary to wait 72 days for notification of all participants in international air traffic about changes and business, from new technologies, services, and that would mean Brač to have an official international notice.Peović expects the understanding of the Agency because they already have agreed air traffic with TUI to Brussels by September, and from June 13 flights will start from Deauville, France, which will bring 30.000 new passengers to Brač, which is twice as much as last year. was a record tourist season.”Negotiations are underway with other airlines, Norwegians who will fly to Brac from London, and German and Scandinavian airlines. Now that we have better conditions and the possibility of landing aircraft with up to 150 passengers, many are interested”, Explains Tonči Peović.After the extension of the runway, the bomber C541 and C100 will be able to land at the highest Croatian airport, “Croatian Kathmandu”, as Brač is called due to the altitude of 300 meters, so the mentioned Airbuses 318 and 319, along with Fokker 70 and 100, and Embrier 170 and 190.Even if both the state and international administration had an understanding for the plans and wishes of the people of Brač…
AUSTRALIA’s sky-high wi-fi wars are moving into top gear with the confirmation Qantas will later this year start trialling a free service on domestic flights that is 10-times faster than conventional on-board Internet. The new service will allow customers to stream movies, TV shows, live sports and and the latest news bulletins through a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat and Australia’s government-owned broadband network, nbn.Conventional on-board wi-fi is good for e-mail and web pages but falls short when it comes to video streaming from the Internet.ViaSat will provide Qantas with Internet connectivity through a high capacity Ka-band satellite and ground stations and is hoping to emulate the take up of high-speed Internet on US airlines, which is four times higher than the industry average. The Ka satellites use frequencies around twice those used by older Ku satellites to provide the higher throughput.ViaSat chairman Mark Dankberg said the company’s service was available on almost 500 commercial aircraft in the US and used on 1500 flights daily. Dankberg said the US services reached speeds of up to 20 megabits per second and simultaneously supported as many as 148 active devices on a given flight, many of them using streaming media.The technology, which still needs to be certified by the relevant regulators, requires aircraft to be fitted with advanced antennae and modems and Qantas will begin in-flight trials with a single Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft towards the end of the year.A full roll-out across its domestic fleet A330s and B737s is planned from early 2017 and Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce revealed the carrier was also examining options for high-speed wi-fi across its international and regional fleet.Joyce said the goal was to make Australia home to the world’s best inflight wi-fi experience with download speeds similar to those users experience on the ground.“Bringing high-speed wi-fi to the domestic aviation market has been an ambition of ours for a long time and we now have access to the right technology to make it happen,” he said.“The sheer size of the Australian landmass creates some significant challenges for inflight connectivity but the recent launch of nbn’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help.’’Joyce also noted the inflight connectivity would open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment.“As a premium carrier, delivering value for money to our customers is extremely important to us,’’ he said. “That’s why we’ll be offering access to wi-fi for free, on top of all the other things that are included when you fly Qantas.”Virgin Australia last month announced its own plans to introduce wi-fi on international and domestic flights from the middle of next year.Virgin chief executive John Borghetti said at the time that wifi had the potential to transform air travel and that Virgin was determined to give customers “the best possible combined connectivity and entertainment experience in the air’’.
DTI’s deputy minister Bongi Ntuli believesthe scheme will empower black-ownedbusinesses. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Black-owned emerging businesses are set to receive a welcome boost from a revised empowerment scheme recently introduced by government.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) relaunched its Black Business Suppliers Development Programme in Pretoria on 28 July. It will offer financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a grant-application process.The programme was initially launched in 2002 and has already given grants to more than 9 600 local companies. The revised one will focus more on funding machinery and other equipment required by black-owned firms. It is partially funded by the European Union Job Creation Fund.Operating on a cost-sharing agreement, the DTI will cover 35% of machinery and equipment expenses. It is also offering up to R800 000 (US$110 000) for tools and an additional R200 000 ($27 000) for corporate development.As part of the country’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policy, the programme is targeted at businesses that are more than 50% black-owned and all-women teams. The term “black people”, according to the policy, refers to coloured, African and Indian South Africans – all of whom were excluded from meaningful participation in the country’s economy during apartheid.Companies from all sectors with a current annual turnover of between R500 000 ($69 000) and R35-million ($4.8-million) qualify for funding.The programme will ensure that “small black businesses with potential are given the necessary assistance to grow their enterprises and become more competitive”, said the DTI’s deputy minister, Bongi NtuliThe success of the programme will be measured by the growth of the funded companies in terms of winning major government and private-sector tenders, jobs created and annual profits.“The launch represents a milestone in our efforts to support sustainable black businesses and small businesses in general,” said Tsepiso Makgothi of the DTI’s enterprise organisation division.Role played by World BankThe revised programme will have a trial run from 1 September 2010, with applications open until 15 November. During this period the DTI will be targeting 2 500 enterprises across the country.“The idea is to get as many applications as possible during these two months so that the process starts from there,” said Francisco Campos, a World Bank official who’s helping the DTI implement the programme. The World Bank’s role is purely to provide assistance – there is no financial involvement.If the target is reached, “applications will be closed for the time being”, Campos said.The programme will be piloted for 18 months until government launches the final version, which will allow time for improvements to be made, he added.“I am confident that that whatever teething problems we find will be addressed in this pilot phase,” said Ntuli.Since the initial launch in 2002, the DTI has set up a well-staffed unit to manage the programme. This, together with the new focus on funding equipment, will help the department better meet grant-applicants’ needs.“The new one is far bigger, far better. We believe it will benefit the SMEs,” said Dr Meshack Khoza, CEO of Fresh Thinking Capital, a company that conducted a study on the scheme progress since 2002.Nation-wide focusThe DTI is hoping to reach companies from all over the country, even those in rural areas. It will embark on a massive drive to get the word out.“There will be workshops throughout the country to create awareness,” said Campos.The department has contracted facilitators in all nine provinces to run the workshops. “We’re relying on our facilitators to spread the message,” said Makgothi. “We’ll go throughout the country to inform people so that when we launch it by 1 September, they know about it.”Although the World Bank is not funding the programme, it will monitor how the scheme is being implemented and conduct a study on it. Part of World Bank’s role is to ensure fairness and transparency in the roll-out process.Campos said they aim to guarantee that “no one is excluded on the basis of not knowing anyone” and that “everyone has an equal chance” to get funding.More beneficiaries since 2002The programme began with just four beneficiaries in 2002, but over the years has provided financial support for 9 663 businesses. With about 52% of these being majority-women-owned, the scheme is ensuring that “more and more people have an opportunity to participate in the economy,” said Makgothi.
Additionally, in the third quarter wholesale trader confidence increased by three index points to 50 – the same as that of the first quarter of 2010. “According to Statistics SA, the volume of retail sales increased by 4.9% year-on-year during the second quarter. The BER’s retail trade survey indicated that the growth in sales subsided during quarter three,” it said. 17 September 2010 Survey shows ‘mixed results’ During the third quarter, the semi-durable goods sector – which comprises mainly clothing, footwear and textiles – performed impressively. The non-durable (food, beverages and toiletries) and durables (furniture, household goods and jewellery) sectors weakened unexpectedly. The majority of respondents said that sales volumes were lower than a year ago. This is while a lack of pricing power put further pressure on retailers. A majority of 16 percent of respondents indicated lower rates of increase in average selling prices. The BER added, however, that the survey had shown mixed results. “The results indicate that the recovery in the retail sector remained on track, although areas of weakness persisted,” the Stellenbosch-based BER said on Thursday. “These lower rates of increase in selling prices, together with the lower growth in sales volume, adversely affected retailers’ overall profitability” said BER economist Craig Lemboe. The BER said that business confidence among new vehicle traders rose by 30 index points to 79, which exceeded expectations. “This to a large degree explains the steep rise in business confidence.” This as durable and non-durable goods traders indicated that the growth in sales volumes and the pace of average selling price increases was much slower than anticipated on quarter two. Wholesale trader confidence “The rise in business confidence was mainly driven by the consumer goods sub-sector, which includes goods such as textiles and clothing, footwear, food, beverages and tobacco, household requisites and pharmaceuticals,” said Lemboe. Confidence among retailers grew by 14 index points from 38 to 52, meaning that the index almost reversed all of the losses seen in the second quarter. Source: BuaNews Business confidence among South African retailers improved in the third quarter of 2010, says the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).
6 May 2014Former president Thabo Mbeki was among the South Africans who cast their special votes on Tuesday.Mbeki was due to leave for Abuja, Nigeria later in the day to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa summit.“I was very glad that the IEC could agree that I could do a special vote because this afternoon I leave to Nigeria for the World Economic Forum,” Mbeki said after casting his vote at his home in Johannesburg. “Tomorrow I will address [delegates at the WEF meeting] on illicit capital outflows from the continent. So I was very happy to have this arrangement.”Before casting his vote, two Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials could be heard explaining the process to Mbeki before marking his thumb with ink, in full view of political party observers and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.Asked who he voted for, the jolly former president said: “You are taking chances … I voted for you!” He said the question of who to vote for was challenging and needed an intelligent decision.“But still a choice has to be made … there is a very long list of parties, some of whom I have never heard of. But I think it is a good demonstration of the interest the country has in who should govern. So I think all of us need to go vote and take a decision of which party should govern South Africa.”His message to South Africans for Wednesday elections was: “Go out and vote.”He said there are many outstanding heroes and heroines, like Nelson Mandela, who were in the struggle, to whom South Africans had an obligation. “We should always defend the rights that they fought for us to enjoy. We have an obligation to those thousands who died for this freedom.”Turning to his trip to Nigeria, Mbeki said last month’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls was painful, adding that it was important that they should be returned home to their parents.“I believe we have to help solve the problem. We should not run away from the Nigerians because they are having problems, but I think we should be with them.”About 200 girls from the Chibok community in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State were abducted in April. The militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the act and threatened to sell the girls.The country has also suffered two bomb blasts in the last two weeks, which claimed dozens of lives.Source: SAnews.gov
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn July, interested parties from around Ohio gathered at Stone Lab on Lake Erie to hear about the science behind the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Forecast for Lake Erie in 2018. At the event, Laura Johnson, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research from Heidelberg University, reported that phosphorus loading in rural waterways has not changed much in recent years since the sharp increases that began in the mid-1990s.“What we have been finding out of the Maumee River hasn’t changed a whole lot over the past 5 to 10 years. We are still getting the same concentrations that we have gotten in the recent past, but that doesn’t mean we are not making progress. There is a lot of effort going into practices that most folks would say are the practices we need to focus on like nutrient management plans, not applying on frozen ground, drainage water management, 4R certification — these are all moving in the right directions. There has been an awful lot of implementation, but we need more,” Johnson said. “The other question that is really important is has there been enough time to tell if these practices are doing their thing? I would argue that is not the case. We are talking about something that took years to get to. I would argue that we just haven’t had enough time and people need to be patient. We wouldn’t expect to see changes this quickly. We have to remember that there are more practices going into place and more funding going into those practices. We also have to remember that it takes time not only for the practices to go into place but for them to lead to these reduced phosphorus levels coming out of the Maumee River and to reduce algal bloom size in Lake Erie.”Hancock County grain and hog farmer Duane Stateler agrees, based on what he has been seeing on his farm since 2017. Stateler is one of three farmers with acreage included in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network to conduct edge of field water monitoring research. The research is a joint effort of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation collaborating with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and a number of stakeholders. The project looks at surface and tile runoff from the farm and nutrient losses, among other things. One reason the Stateler farm was selected for the program was its relatively high phosphorus soil test levels.With all of the #WaterDrama18 that has unfolded this summer, Stateler has been at the forefront of the discussion and served as a strong voice of reason for Ohio agriculture based on his first hand experiences on the farm. When Ohio’s legislators gathered in opposition to executive orders from Gov. John Kasich pushing for distressed watershed designations in northwest Ohio, Stateler was at the microphone. Stateler again provided comments at the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission meeting where it was decided to send the distressed watershed designation discussion to a subcommittee for further review. His statements made a powerful argument to buy agriculture more time in the face of looming regulations.Stateler, and many in agriculture, are hoping cooler heads prevail in the water quality discussions to allow time for learning through the demonstration farms and other research and for more practices to be implemented and given a chance to work.The edge of field testing looks at both surface and tile run-off.Statelers raise corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres in Hancock County and also operate a 7,200 head wean to finish swine operation. They have already learned plenty from the edge of field research being done on 243 acres of their farm through the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. First, Stateler points out that, after studying the data generated from 2017, his farm is indeed losing nutrients.“They always told us that once you put phosphorus in the soil it doesn’t move. We just assumed that it was always there,” Stateler said. “When we put in the edge of field equipment, we found that we had P leaving.”Manure supplies all of the phosphorus (and other nutrient needs). No commercial fertilizer has been used on the farm since 2006. The nitrogen needs for the corn on the farm are supplied by manure, 15 gallons of 28% 2-by-2 at planting and 75 to 100 pounds at sidedressing.Hog manure from the farm was applied for the 2017 crop in early November of 2016 at a rate of 5,000 gallons per acre. The manure was applied with a GenTill system that roughs up the surface of the field (similar to an AerWay) and broadcasts the manure on the surface. There was about an inch of rain in December following the manure application. Edge of field data collection began Jan. 1, 2017.2017 phosphorus loss on the Stateler farm (with Duane’s rainfall amounts added)Through most of the year, nutrient losses were minimal. For 318 days of 2017, the Stateler farm averaged a loss of .075 pounds per acre of dissolved reactive phosphorus and a .24 pounds per acre of total phosphorus load, which is below the desired target of .26 pounds per acre per year set by the Ohio Phosphorus Task Force. The problem, however, was the other 47 days of 2017.“The results for the other 47 days were so bad that the average for the total time period resulted in losses of .54 to 1.9 pounds of dissolved reactive phosphorus per acre and a 2.8- to 5-pound per acre total P load. The target we are shooting for is under .26 dissolved reactive phosphorus and under 1 pound total P load loss per acre for the year,” he said. “We can do a pretty good job even with our high P soil test for the majority of the year but we can also have two-plus years worth of phosphorus loss in just 47 days.”Numerous large rain events caused the losses. During that 47 days of significant nutrient losses there were seven major rain events of over 2 inches within a 24-hour period. The largest single rain amount was 4.1 inches. The biggest nutrient loss took place in early July, 8 months after the manure application with a growing corn crop in full tassel in the field.“Major rains are a piece of the pie. There are way more 2- and 3-inch rain events this decade in comparison to previous decades and we still have two years to go. With these big rains, we have to save every ounce of phosphorus possible because of the elements we can’t control,” Stateler said. “Still, my edge of field is telling me that I am losing less that what some people are saying. We’ve learned more than what I ever thought we’d learn.”Like phosphorus, the largest nitrogen losses in 2017 also occurred in July and November with another significant spike in May accompanied by big rains. The total per acre NO3 loss for 2017 on the Stateler farm was 104.407 pounds and the total nitrogen loss was just over 115 pounds per acre.There is no doubt that many questions remain with regard to nutrient loss from farms, but some answers are starting to emerge as well. First, careful attention to the 4Rs, starting with accurate grid soil testing, can do a number of positive things for minimizing nutrient loss.“Everyone needs to be aware of how much fertilizer can be lost when we do not use proper timing prior to a rain and the placement of nutrients as critical parts of the 4Rs,” Stateler said.In addition, managing the water leaving tile lines can have real value in water quality.“If we can manage the water leaving our tile we have seen that we can make a definite immediate impact on what we are losing,” Stateler said. “Across any tiled field, the 30 inches of soil does a pretty consistent job of pulling the P out regardless of soil type. Even though we are taking a lot of phosphorus out by the time it drains through 30 inches of soil profile and using that as a filter, we still have P coming out of our tile.”Nutrient losses from an open tile can be fairly consistent through the year compared to the large dramatic spikes of losses from surface runoff with big rain events. To address the problem, Stateler has installed water control structures that can close the tile off completely or raise and lower the water table between the surface of the field and tile level. The nutrient loss reductions through the tile lines have been significant.“If we can get by with drainage only three or four months a year we can slow that constant drip from the tile going into the streams,” Stateler said. “The water control structures on our farm were opened April 1 and were partially closed to set the water table 16 inches below the soil surface June 10 after sidedressing of the corn. The tile was closed off after harvest. If we can manage that water we are still losing nutrients out of the tile, but it is within the range of acceptable losses. We will spend about $4,000 for 50 more acres of controlled drainage structures. If we would get a 5% yield increase in a couple of dry years, it pays for itself.”In comparison, surface nutrient losses on Stateler’s farm were more dramatic than tile with the frequent and heavy rains in 2017 accounting for the majority of nutrient loss.“The surface losses are larger but in a shorter time duration,” he said. “And the surface loss issues are harder to control. If you get seven major rain events, you’re going to have some surface runoff. We can keep the ground covered, though. A cover crop can absorb nutrients and put them in the roots where the microbes can get to it and use it for the next crop. That reduces what we have leaving the field. It is amazing the difference a cover crop can make when it comes to reducing losses.”Recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS) looking at edge of field research data show very significant reductions in nitrogen loss with a mustard cover crop. So far, cover crops have not been used on the Stateler’s portion of the Demonstration Farms.“The use of cover crops is going to have to increase. We have so far run the baseline with our edge of field research without cover crops,” he said. “So, when we put cover crops on next year we can get a handle on what is happening pretty quickly. Cover crops will be the first variable we change in our edge of field research.”The Statelers also plan on adding deep incorporation of manure to assess the impacts on nutrient loss. ARS research has found a roughly 70% reduction in the concentration of dissolved reactive phosphorus in runoff when fertilizer is injected. With a baseline established with surface application of manure on the Stateler farm, they will start side-by-side comparisons with deep injection to see the results in the near future.With growing political pressure, Stateler emphasizes the need for broad and rapid adoption of these practices within Ohio agriculture.“The people in Toledo get to see this green water in the Lake, on their television and in the newspaper and they are living it. We have to make a major effort to understand what they have to live with. We have to be responsible on our end and if we don’t take it to heart it will be legislated to us. If this is legislated, this will immediately affect the smaller farmers more than the larger farmers. Larger farms can spread these costs out over more acres. I am afraid legislative action is going to hurt the smaller guys especially,” Stateler said. “There is no one thing that will solve this problem and it will take years to solve it. Incorporating nutrients will only influence the surface runoff and tile control structures are only feasible on maybe 40% of the tiled acreage. We can’t do cover crops on every acre because of rental agreements and so forth but where we can save any phosphorus, we have to do what we have to do to save it. We need 100% buy-in on this from agriculture.”
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now This is my fourth year writing my personal balance sheet as year end accounting. Here is how 2016 went.AssetsIn 2016, I treated time like the finite, non-renewable resource that it is. I wasted very little of it. I dedicated more time to my very highest priorities. There are still gains for me to make here, but I was extremely deliberate about where I invested my time.I am not good at vacations, but I took two vacations this year. I also took a number of day trips with members of my family, something that isn’t easily done with our busy schedules.I launched my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need. That book became a USA Today bestseller. It’s still doing very well on Amazon.com, and companies are starting to buy the book in bulk so they can provide it to their sales force.I completed the writing of my second book, The Lost Art of Closing, which will be released by Portfolio on August 8, 2017. There is no book like this book for B2B salespeople, and it is going to change how we talk about commitment-gaining.Another year of publishing daily here. Began publishing daily on YouTube.I launched Iannarino.io, my online platform in October. The first three monthly modules are live (The Buying Cycle, Philosophy, and The New Cold Call). The number of subscribers grows daily, even though we have done very little to promote the platform.I started a third business that opens on January 3, 2017 with my longtime business partner.DebitsI didn’t always exercise the managerial will that I should have in all cases. I wasn’t firm enough on some non-negotiables, and my list of non-negotiables didn’t cover all the territory necessary.In a number of cases, I didn’t act fast enough or wasn’t aggressive enough pursuing opportunities.Launching Iannarino.io and The Only Sales Guide at the same time was poor strategic thinking, and confusing.I started my book launch too early, and I started pursuing large companies too late (a mistake I don’t intend to repeat).I didn’t free the teams I work with to make decisions independently, requiring my time and energy for things that would be handled by subject matter experts with autonomy to decide and create.There is a reason I continue to take the time to write these personal accounting sheets; I don’t believe that any of us should ever consider ourselves “finished.” Success is built on continued effort. On continuing to learn as we go. These personal accountings are about being self-aware, and about a yearly self-assessment so that I can continue to fix the negatives and get better, year after year.
The BCCI on Saturday retained the three-member disciplinary committee probing charges of financial irregularities against Lalit Modi, rejecting the former IPL chairman’s demand for a reconstitution of the panel.The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting convened to resolve the matter after Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi pointed out last month that the panel did not have the BCCI General Body’s mandate.The committee comprises the trio of Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia.”The committee had already got the BCCI’s approval in the Annual General Meeting but it was not recorded in the minutes of the meeting,” a BCCI source said after the meeting.Abdi had said that BCCI forgot to re-constitute the Committee for the year 2010-2011 at its AGM held in September.Modi’s camp had consistently opposed the nomination of Amin and Jaitley, both members of the IPL Governing Council when it was headed by Modi, citing bias.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff believes the world’s top players would now prefer to join Manchester City.Cruyff, 44, joined United from Barca — the club built in his father Johan’s image — in 1996 when they were the dominant force in England.He said, “Like other players at the time, I did not need to think twice about whether I would join United or City. Just like Barca, United were irresistible in those years.“With everything that is happening and developments at City, it is no longer an automatic choice for players to choose United, and that is an even bigger concern.“United was not just a beautiful football club, it also followed up the football I was used to.“Home or away, United had a playing style, youth players and a winning mentality which was clear to everyone in the club.“If Barcelona have one bad year, they would still not finish any lower than 3rd in La Liga. That should be the case at Man United, but sadly it is not.”