Divorced Limerick mother wins court battle to save home

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleSix month wait for welfare paymentsNext articleConcealed body thought to be missing Polish man Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Facebook Advertisement TAGSAIBCourtfeaturedlimerickmortgagerepossession Limerick District CourtCourt says actions of bank were disgracefulAndrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] DIVORCED Limerick mother of two has won a legal battle to keep her home after the actions of AIB Mortgage bank were described as “disgraceful” by a court when the lender sought her to pay €3,114 in legal fees to take out a new mortgage in her sole name.Striking out the proceedings brought by AIB before Limerick Circuit Court, County Registrar Pat Wallace said that the “needs to take a look at themselves” despite the woman making regular payments since her husband left her to look after their mortgage since 2009.At a sitting of the Repossessions list in Limerick, the court was told that the bank, who had initiated proceedings against the mother of two, sent her a solicitor’s letter demanding the fees be paid and that she take out a new loan.The court heard from lawyers for the bank that the total debt outstanding on the loan was over €93,000 and included in that was over €38,000 in arrears.However, the mother of two, approached the County Registrar at the court bench and handed in a ring binder folder of documents.In it, the woman had full documentation of her engagement with the bank since 2009 and the various payment periods, amounts and negotiations that the parties had agreed to.Mr Wallace asked for explanation of the situation to date and lawyers for the bank said that even though they had initiated the repossession proceedings in court, they were looking for a three month adjournment to allow the “bank engage in further negotiations with the customer”.On hearing that the solicitors letter was sent to the woman on August 17 last, Mr Wallace described the actions of AIB Mortgage Banking as “disgraceful”The woman explained that she was paying €480 per month on her original tracker mortgage and was fully engaged in an ongoing process but she was told that she had to take out a new mortgage loan and pay their associated fees.“This is disgraceful, disgraceful. I am striking out the proceedings, with no order. The bank needs to take a look at themselves,” said Mr Wallace as he advised the woman to continue making her loan repayments as she had been doing to date.After the ruling, the woman walked to the back of the court to collect her belongings from the seats at the public gallery and she was met by rapturous applause by other litigants in the court.Speaking outside the court after her victory, the woman who asked not to be named said that she felt like it was the 1990’s and she was the first divorced person coming before the courts as the bank didn’t know how to treat her.Explaining her story, the mother said that she bought a house in County Limerick in 2000 with a tracker mortgage from AIB.In 2009, her family circumstances changed and the family of four became a family of two when her ex-husband walked out.“I applied for a moratorium and it was agreed and then I paid €130 per month”, the mother explained and added that she increased that two years later.“The next thing, I was contacted by Certus and they wanted me to submit a statement of financial means.”In February 2014, an improved payment schedule of €480 per month was agreed by the mother of two and her bank with the last payment being received on December 31, 2015.“I handed the court a file to substantiate the fact that I cooperated and fully engaged with the process from the very start.”“The next thing I got was a solicitor’s letter from the bank, telling me that I was to be here in the County Registrars Court. I thought it was the cheek of them to come back and land me with their legal fees for a process which I totally cooperated with from start to finish,” she said.When asked if the whole experience had caused her a great deal of stress, the Limerick woman said “I didn’t feel at any point that AIB had any procedure that they were following in relation to divorced people trying to sort out their properties. In any of the dealings with them, I never got any impression that they had any procedure in place. And obviously I am not the first person to get divorced in Ireland. I felt like it was the 1990s and I was the first test case that had been divorced, to come before the courts.“In August the bank wanted me to take out a new mortgage in my name and they know from the financial statements that I would not be able to meet the terms”, she said.In other cases before the court, one county Limerick farmer told solicitors for the banks that he was in the process of selling 60 acres of land to pay off arrears of over €199,000 on his house.Moving the application for the bank to take possession of the home, the solicitor said that no payment had ever been made on the mortgage.Mr Wallace adjourned the case until May and ordered that the Limerick farmer submit an updated statement of financial means and land evaluation to the bank within three weeks adding “he has to be given a chance to see if the land sale can meet the arrears”. 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Impatient fans don’t know what teen striker Parrott looks like, says Mourinho

first_imgMourinho has come under mounting pressure to play the 18-year-old Irishman with Spurs are shorn of any other recognised strikers, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out injured.Parrott is a prolific scorer at youth level and has already played for the Republic of Ireland, but has yet to play a full 90 minutes of senior football.Mourinho has regularly repeated his message that Parrott is not ready to come in and replace Kane or Son.“This is a world where lots of people, they don’t even know if Troy has long hair or short hair,” said Mourinho.“Or is blonde or is dark. They don’t even know that and speak about: Troy, Troy, Troy, Troy, he should play.“There was a guy behind me on the bench the other day: ‘Play Troy, play Troy.’ I don’t think he knows Troy.”Mourinho did play Parrott that day, but only for the last few minutes of the 3-2 defeat to Wolves.He was sent to play for the under-23s on Monday with a clear message to prove why he is ahead of his young team-mates and Mourinho said he was delighted with his 45-minute performance.“I told him before the game, every time you play with the kids of your age, you have to show your colleagues why you are the privileged one,” he said.“Why you are training in the first team every day and some of them are not – they are still in the group age. Because it was something that he was not doing.”Impatient fans don’t know what teen striker Parrott looks like, says Mourinho https://t.co/04uzfmX2F3 pic.twitter.com/t08MNhytW5— CleanSheet (@Cleansheet) March 4, 2020Read Also: Klopp reacts after Liverpool’s third defeat in four gamesMourinho said Parrott was on a learning curve.“So I think Troy will come even stronger and stronger when everything happens step by step. And not immediately,” he said.“So tomorrow if he plays and he scores the winning goal, and he is the back page of your newspapers, nothing changes. The next week he goes again to play for the U23s. Everything is a process.” Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Jose Mourinho says some Tottenham fans who are demanding that Troy Parrott gets game time do not even know what the teenager looks like.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Round-up: Jokanovic wants Martin, Bees eye Palace winger, Bendtner, Solanke injury

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic wants to sign Derby striker Chris Martin.Fulham head coach Jokanovic is keen to sign at least one forward before Wednesday’s transfer deadline and is hoping the Whites pursue a deal for the 27-year-old Martin.Brentford are keen to bring in a winger and, having had an approach for Chesterfield’s Gboly Ariyibi rejected, are now showing an interest in Crystal Palace’s Sulley Kaikai.Dominic Solanke picked up an injury while playing for Chelsea’s Under-23 side, who drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.Solanke could be facing a spell on the sidelinesChelsea, who are looking to sign a centre-back, have again been told that AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli is not for sale. Speaking on Italian television, Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani reiterated that his club have no intention of letting him go, describing Romagnoli as “untransferable.”Meanwhile, in a post on Instagram, Cesc Fabregas has hit back at reports he has been told he can leave Chelsea. QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has refused to comment on whether the club are likely to go through with a deal to sign former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.And Chelsea Ladies kept in touch with WSL leaders Manchester City by thrashing Birmingham 4-0.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sailing legend Dalling passes away

first_img9 July 2008South African Bruce Dalling, winner on handicap of the 1968 Transatlantic Single-Handed Yacht Race sailed between Plymouth, England and Newport, Rhode Island, died in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on Monday at the age of 69.Dalling’s win, which included him crossing the finishing line behind only Geoffrey Williams on Sir Thomas Lipton, was achieved on Voortrekker, probably the most famous name in the history of South African sailing.The boat, a 49-foot kvetch, designed by Ricus van der Stadt and specially built by Thesens of Knysna, was sponsored by the Rembrandt group of companies. Dalling had been chosen from 40 applicants to represent South Africa by the Springbok Ocean Racing Trust.National heroHis success in the race turned him into a national hero and sparked massive interesting in sailing in South Africa. It also provided the spark for the formation of the Cape to Rio Yacht Race – the longest ocean race in the southern hemisphere.While South Africa celebrated Dalling’s success, Admiral H.H. Biermann made the first recorded suggestion of South Africa organizing an ocean race, either to Australia or South America, at a function in Cape Town. His idea proceeded to grow at an astounding rate.The Springbok Ocean Racing Trust changed its name to the South African Ocean Racing Trust and immediately sprang into action. In co-operation with Clube de Rio de Janeiro, the race was organised in conjunction with the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) for 1971, at a date which would allow the finish to coincide with Carnival time.EntriesBetween 10 and 15 entries were expected, but that number was far exceeded as the race was embraced with enthusiasm, both at home and abroad.Entries poured in, including from Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mozambique, Mauritius and the United States. There were 69 entries in all, of which 59 ultimately crossed the starting line with 421 people on board the boats.Dalling skippered Jakaranda, which was expected to lead the South African challenge. Unfortunately she sheared a main rudder post early in the race and her chance of winning was done.The 3 600 nautical mile race has been raced 11 times since 1971 and is Dalling’s lasting legacy.ModestDespite his successes as top sailor, Dalling was a remarkably modest man, who was loath to speak about his achievements, which were about far more than sailing alone.He studied agriculture and law and later practiced as an advocate in Pietermaritzburg. Due to ill health he gave that up and became a lecturer at the University of Natal.Later he took up farming, but continued to serve as an assessor in High Court cases.Dalling leaves behind his wife, Carol, a son, William, and two daughters, Kerry and Kathy.The South Atlantic RaceThe ocean race he inspired, the Cape to Rio, has become the South Atlantic Yacht Race as it has from time to time changed its destination to also include Punta del Este in Uruguay and Salvador in Brazil.It next takes place in January 2009 from Cape Town to Bahia (Salvador).Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Media statement: Department of Trade and Industry launches Industrial Policy Action Plan 2016/17 – 2018/19

first_imgAt the launch of the eighth iteration of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base.TO: ALL JOURNALISTS AND EDITORSBuilding on achievements: a higher-impact IPAP• Download media statement in PDFThe Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says there is now an even more pressing need for structural change in the economy, to break out of commodity dependence and move to a more diversified base in which increasing manufacturing-based value addition, employment creation and export-intensity come to define South Africa’s growth trajectory.Minister Davies was speaking at the launch of the 8th iteration of Industrial Policy Action Plan – IPAP2016/17-2018/19 (IPAP) on Monday 9 May 2016, at Guestro Naledi Inhlanganiso Group Foundry (NI-Forge), in Benoni.Launching IPAP 2016 at NI-Forge emphasises the importance that government attaches to developing close cooperation with cutting-edge local industrial (and especially black-owned) companies involved not just in infrastructure development, transport and logistics, but in the widest range of technologically sophisticated, export-ready and labour-intensive sectors of the SA economy. Speaking at the launch, Minister Davies indicated that economic growth should not be based on unsustainable models and that Industrial Policy is key for inclusive growth.“Inclusive growth cannot be achieved by sticking to an imbalanced and unsustainable economic model based on the service sectors growing at twice the rate of the productive sectors, on the back of credit-fuelled consumption and import-intensity. Especially in tough times, there can be no retreat from Industrial Policy. It must be strengthened, deepened and embraced by all the social partners,” specified Davies.Achievement highlights 2015/16Public procurement: the impact of designations and localisationClothing, Textiles, Leather and Footwear – After having set a 100% local content requirement – we have seen the re-introduction of products where local production had been discontinued. These include technical fabrics, protective footwear, protective fabrics and chambray fabrics.The value of public procurement of locally produced clothing and textile products recorded by National Treasury increased from R264m in 2013/14 to R479m in 2015/16 – an increase of 82%. This intervention, supported also by our Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme has contributed to turning the sector around. Similar lessons have been applied to the Leather and Footwear sector, with 4 new factories having opened in the last six months.Designation of bus bodies has led to the local manufacture and assembly of more than 700 bus bodies.Alongside the rejuvenation of the bus industry for the various Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, there has been a substantial increase in medium and heavy commercial vehicle exports. In 2012, South Africa exported just R1.3bn worth of these vehicles. By 2014, this had almost tripled to R3.7bn and we expect the performance in 2015-16 to have improved even further.Local production of locomotives At the present time, the supply chain supports 14,000 jobs, and many supply companies have not only rebuilt their fabrication capabilities but developed niche capabilities in high value and complex systems such as traction and propulsion motors and bogie systems.Local procurement requirements provide a framework for achieving a minimum local content of 55%, rising to 85% in different rolling stock classes and involving 4 OEMs in the Transnet, Transnet Freight Rail and PRASA procurement programmes.The fact that many domestic Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers have the capability to produce components to the required standard – at a competitive price and within ‘just in time’ manufacturing principles – demonstrates that these companies now have the possibility of entering the global supply chains of these same OEMs.Ship and boat buildingUnder the Oceans Economy Operation Phakisa, SA Shipyards (SAS) won a R1.4 bn tender to build nine Tugboats for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The contract has to date created approximately 200 new jobs and more than 60 apprentice artisans and mine engineers are being trained. More than R700 million has been earmarked for the Supplier Development agreement entered into by SAS and Transnet’s local suppliers, employees and graduates.Automotive sector investments The automotives sector has performed exceptionally well. For example, R7.8 billion in government incentives has yielded R28.5 bn worth of investments by OEMs. At the same time, exports grew to R151.5 billion in 2015, while 113,360 jobs are currently supported in the sector.Agro-processing highlightsNestlé has committed to help revive South Africa’s chicory industry by committing to increase its local sourcing of the plant for use in its Nescafé Ricoffy brand.Ice Cream: A R600m Unilever Ice Cream factory was opened in Midrand, supported by the dti to a value of R350 million.Grain staples: FABCOS was funded by the dti to establish and market the Home Grown brand. The brand (bread, mealie meal) has become well-established and has continued to be regularly stocked by leading retailers.Cassava: The Cassava Programme is a vehicle designed to improve the productivity, profitability and market access of small-scale and emerging farmers through support provided by the Transfer of Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).Business Process ServicesSouth Africa’s Business Process Services (BPS) sector continued to maintain its status as a leading global outsourcing destination, whilst steadily moving up the value chain in terms of service offerings. BPS already accounts for 200,000 jobs nationally and is one of the country’s fastest growing sectors, with double digit growth over the past five years.By the end of 2015 a further 18,000 jobs had been created as a direct result of the BPS incentive, representing a growth rate of 26% per annum.Green industry investmentsOn the back of the highly successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP) the very strong flow of new investments in the sector continued throughout 2015-16 – too many to mention individually here. The major areas of investment were in solar and wind, with interesting new developments in own- and co-generation.Fuel cells: Working in conjunction with key industry stakeholders, government has made significant progress in accelerating the development of the fuel cell industry. A number of ground-breaking initiatives are under way which promise to put SA at the forefront of the technology development (and pilot implementation) of static and mobile fuel cell generation, placing the country in an optimal ‘first mover’ position to ensure that clean energy production with associated industrial benefits is secured.dti incentive schemesAcross the dti’s main incentive schemes – the AIS, 12i, CIP, Film, MCEP & ADEP – R57.1 bn in private-sector investment was leveraged in FY 2015-16, on the back of R10 bn in incentives (on-budget R4bn + R6bn in 12i tax allowances). Support is being provided to 1,770 local companies – i.e. at a rate of 7 new or established firms every working day in 2015-16.A national industrial effortIPAP 2016 envisages nothing less than a massive, concerted and focused national industrial effort, intimately involving all the key stakeholders and economic partners.This must be built on four pillars:1. Policy coherence and policy certainty across government;2. A close collaborative effort between government, business and labour;3. A commitment to ensure that the linkages between the primary and secondary productive sectors of the economy are maximised; and4. A combined and constructive drive to overcome the key constraints to manufacturing-led, value-adding growth and labour-intensive manufacturing.IPAP 2016/17–2108/19: Key Focal Areas1. Public procurement – greatly enhanced and enforced compliance with localisation targets set for government departments and SOCs.2. A strong focus on spill-over and labour-intensive sectors – In particular: agro-processing; the CTLF sector; the component manufacturing and sub-assembly sub-sectors in automotives; rail, light manufacturing and engineering in the metals sector; plastics and associated sub-sectors; electro-technical assembly, sub-assembly and component manufacturing; downstream timber and pulp products, including furniture and boatbuilding.3. Carefully targeted Industrial financing and incentives – including a) much stronger export credit and export credit insurance support, in combination with a wide range of sector-specific incentives; and b) energetic implementation of the recently launched Black Industrialists Incentive.4. Leveraging the devaluation of the Rand to make South African manufactured products more globally competitive and create opportunities for the expansion and further development of SA’s domestic manufacturing capabilities.5. Growing exports: There are four main pillars to the IPAP export strategy:• Building partnerships with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) focused on transferring technologies and growing our exports in OEM value chains; partnering with national export champions to catalyse increased national technology absorption for the development of high value exports.• Strengthening existing Industry Associations and Export Councils; including establishing a dedicated new Export Council for Africa.• Developing export-orientated production hubs in SEZs and Regional Clusters and fostering industrial decentralisation.6. Automotives: the dti has established a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotives Master Plan.The mandate of the team is to examine the entire automotive sector and not just the existing Automotive Policy Development Plan (APDP) – which means that it will now include light, medium and heavy vehicles and motorcycles.The purpose of this work will be to ensure that in the context of long term policy certainty a post-2020 Master Plan will create a framework to secure even higher levels of investment and production, higher exports, deepening localisation and expanding employment.7. Gas-based industrialisation: IPAP 2016 introduces a medium term programme to ensure that gas-based industrialisation increasingly develops into one of the spines of our industrial strategy – leveraging natural gas as both a source of power generation and a driver of industrial diversification.8. Minimising red tape: to open up space for much more streamlined and business-friendly governance processes. These efforts will include:• Establishment of an inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Investment to tighten up the intra-governmental coordination required to underpin South Africa’s new One-Stop Investment Centres.• A rapidly expanding partnership between the CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) and all the major banks to provide official company registration facilities within their branches and online.Overcoming constraints – moving forwardIPAP 2016 will be renewing its efforts to overcome lingering structural obstacles to development and industrialisation, focussing on:• Working to stabilise electricity supply constraints, whilst creating an enabling environment for own- and co-generation and fuel cell technology development;• Continuing efforts to secure port and rail network reforms in order to overcome inefficiencies and associated high costs and robustly support exports; and• Concerted intra-governmental efforts to address deep-seated and serious skills deficits and mismatches that impact on the capacity of the economy to grow faster and diversify more effectively.ENDSEnquiries:Sidwell Medupe – Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

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Chris Hani: a selfless leader

first_imgTwenty-two years after his assassination, Chris Hani has become the symbol of humility and selflessness. At the memorial held in his honour, President Jacob Zuma called on South Africans to be as selfless as the struggle hero and unite to solve our issues. Speaking at the Chris Hani Memorial Service, President Jacob Zuma said South Africans must work selflessly to build a better country. (Images: Melissa Javan ) Melissa JavanPresident Jacob Zuma brought a message of unity to the Chris Hani Memorial held at the Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park in Boksburg. The service takes place annually at Hani’s gravesite on 10 April, which is the day he was assassinated.Pole Janusz Walus had shot Hani 22 years ago with a gun arranged by right-winger and former Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis. It was their attempt at starting a full-scale civil war fought along racial lines and stopping South Africa’s democratic transformation.Zuma said South Africans cannot build a future if they are not united. “We must work harder to build a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world without selfishness. Let us solve our problems and unite.”Zuma unveiled the Chris Hani Memorial Monument plaque in front of guests that included Hani’s widow Limpho Hani.A pathway had also been built from the plaque to the Wall of Remembrance, which honours South Africa’s struggle heroes. Vincent Maumela, senior manager of the heritage services of Ekurhuleni Municipality, led the tour of the new monument. Struggle is not overZuma said Hani’s death should no longer be mourned but celebrated as the former South African Communist Party (SACP) leader was a committed patriot who lived and died for the freedom South Africans have today. “He understood the fights and the different phases of it. We are still in the struggle.“If we believe the struggle is over, then we will be overwhelmed by our enemies.”Zuma also spoke about the colonial statues that have been vandalised in recent weeks, saying that they should not be destroyed. “We have to follow an order. We have to follow the law. There are consultation processes that need to be adhered to.”He said even though colonial and apartheid statues remind us of pains from the past, it is still part of South Africa’s history. “If you read a history book, you don’t take out the pages that are hurtful to you. We cannot have a selective history.” Media were quick to capture the moment Zuma unveiled a plaque commemorating Chris Hani. Hani an ‘activist of the poor’Minister of Higher education and Training, Blade Nzimande, said Hani was a true revolutionary. “He fought in every terrain. He knew that if he left a terrain open, the enemy would attack…Let us emulate Chris Hani.”Bafana Mahlale of the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Veterans Association said Hani was a humble and selfless leader, walking beside people instead of in front of them. “Hani was an activist of the poor. A national asset. He was a true revolutionary. We must commit ourselves as a community to defend the revolution.”He said Hani would stay amongst the lower ranked members in the MK camps and even help solve their problems.Mahlale said many of today’s political leaders lack the selflessness Hani had. “They are celebrity leaders. They show that how they are living does not allow them to do things [for the people.] For them it is ‘all about me’ but nothing about the people.”Ekurhuleni’s mayor, Mondli Gungubele, called Hani a warrior of peace. He said South Africans must follow Hani’s example. “In the absence of peace, prosperity cannot succeed. The future is then not possible. We know violence, we know civil war. Peace must become our preferred option.”  Many of the leaders in organisations like the ANC and the MK Veteran Association remembers Hani for his selflessness.last_img read more

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Russian YouTube Whistleblower Arrested on Fraud Charges

first_imgmike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web The Russian cop who went on YouTube and alleged rampant corruption throughout the police force has been arrested on fraud charges today, according to the Associated Press. We first reported on his story in November, when the videos first appears, and then again in December when the fraud charges were filed against him.According to the AP report, Russian courts sanctioned his arrest today on charges of embezzling $800 while working as a narcotics officer.Alexei Dymovsky first put his message on YouTube in early November of last year, in three separate videos, and quickly gained notoriety. The videos were viewed over 700,000 times within days of posting. In the YouTube videos, he accused superior officers falsifying reports for unsolved crimes and said he was promised a promotion to jail an innocent person. Take a look for yourself at one of his videos here: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… While Dymovsky has been arrested, we can only wonder if his YouTube popularity might save him from disappearing into a gulag on the outskirts of Siberia.last_img read more

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Google Places Offers Free Trial of “Tags” Ad Program

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts In an effort to encourage more business owners to take advantage of its Tags advertising program, Google Places is offering a 30-day trial to users who sign up by July 23. The Tags program was one of a handful of features rolled out in April when Google revamped its Local Business Center and re-branded it as Google Places as part of a larger push to capture more local searches and advertising dollars. Tags offer local businesses an opportunity to enhance their Google Maps listings with a note about special offers, coupons or just a link back to their website. The upsold listings include a small yellow tag graphic and an adjacent line of text. These yellow tags help businesses stand out in a sea of red pins, and when clicked, show users more detail about the special offer or announcement. For some companies, it’s simply a way to get users to click through to their own website directly from Google’s map or listings view, without having to click through to an individual listing first. Like Google AdWords, Tags are labeled as “Sponsored” but it doesn’t appear that the presence of a tag has any influence on the order or placement of listings. Rather than the pay-per-click model made famous by AdWords, the Tags program costs a flat fee of $25 a month once the 30-day promotional period is up. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How to Lose a Deal

first_imgEngage in a Process that Doesn’t Serve You: Sales process is for sales managers to forecast. It has nothing to do with real sales calls. If your prospective client wants you to fill out an RFP, RFQ, or RFI, do it. If they want an arms-length process, give them what they want. It’s all a transaction anyway.Sell to Everyone: Everyone needs what you sell. Make sure you sell hard and pitch every prospect in your territory. If they don’t believe they need what you sell, then you aren’t doing a good enough job pitching and evangelizing your product, service, or solution.Skip Discovery: You’ve spoken with hundreds of clients before, haven’t you? You’ve seen and heard it all. You know what your prospects need. Why waste time listening to them recount all their challenges when you can get straight to the solution that you know is right.Be Self-Oriented: Make sure that your client knows that you are focused on a win-win. Let them know that you intend to make this deal as good for you as it is for them, or maybe even a little bit better. Let them know how much you personally stand to gain in the way of commissions so they are even more motivated to help you.Pitch Early and Often: Your product, service, and solutions are great. You have unmatched features and benefits. Start every conversation with a deep dive into the features and benefits, and pitch like the devil. Your prospective client needs to know how good you really are.Don’t Listen: Nothing your client has to say could be as important as what you have to say. Wait patiently until they are done speaking, and then get right back to pitching. If they still feel the need to share with you, pitch them harder. You might only get one chance!Ask for Commitments You Haven’t Earned: Always be closing. ABC. Start closing for a commitment to buy right out of the gate. Remember, you need to attempt to close five times in order to win, and the sooner you get through all five closes, the sooner you win the business. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t built trust; your client will learn to trust you after they buy.Work Only with “Authority”: You don’t have time to waste with people who can’t help you win a deal and put money in your pocket. You need to speak with “The Man.” Refuse to spend time with anyone who doesn’t have the formal authority to press hard while signing your contract.Don’t Follow Up: It’s not your job to follow up with your prospective client. If they really want an answer to their question, they’ll reach out and let you know. You need to stay busy pitching other prospects, and you don’t have time to go over the same ground with people who aren’t capable of making up their minds.Sell What You Want to Sell: It doesn’t matter what your client wants. You know better than they do. You know what’s good for them. If they were as smart as you are, they wouldn’t have the problems they have now, would they? Sell them what you believe is right for them.Play Your Competitor’s Game: If your competitor does something, match it. If they change their offering, you change yours to match it. Make sure your client knows that you are exactly like your competitor and you can do anything they can do.Underestimate Your Competition: Losers. You’re better than they are. You shouldn’t even have to compete against them. They’re worthless and weak. They have no chance of beating you for a deal. Don’t even think about them.Focus on the Price: Everyone knows that people only buy on price. Do everything in your power to reduce your price, even if you have to fight with your manager to gain additional discounts. If what you sold was really worth more, people would be beating a path to your door.last_img read more

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Central team visits Nashik to assess crop damage

first_imgA two-member team from the Union government on Friday visited Nashik district to assess the loss to crops due to unseasonal rains last month.The team comprised Deena Nath, adviser in the Union finance ministry’s expenditure department, and Subhash Chandra, director in the Centre’s farmers welfare department, local officials said. They inspected damaged maize, soybean, grapes, chilli, onions, jowar, bajra, groundnut and other crops, said officials. During a review meeting here, Divisional Commissioner Rajaram Mane informed that 21.58 lakh hectares has been affected due to the unseasonal rain in Nashik division which includes Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar and Ahmednagar districts.Of the 1,961 villages in the district, 1,678 villages cultivate kharif crops whereas 283 villages cultivate rabi crops.Accordingly, sowing was done on 4,95,525 hectares during the 2019-20 Kharif season in the district.But due to the unseasonal rain in October-November, as many as 1,958 villages and crops on 6,47,315 hectares were affected.As many as 52,258 hectares of paddy, 60,103 hectares of soybean, 72,933 hectares bajra, 2,05,000 hectares maize, 54,408 hectares onion and 55,965 hectares grapes crop has been affected due to the unseasonal rain, Nashik collector Suraj Mandhare informed. As compensation for crop loss, a sum of ₹599 crore is needed, of which ₹181 crore have been received, district superintendent agriculture officer Sanjeev Padwal informed during the meeting. As part of the Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana, insurance of 1,27,870 hectares of land belonging to 1,93,393 farmers has been decided. There are 12,37,313 livestock in the district and 2,02,776 metric tons of fodder is required monthly, but due to unseasonal rain in October, fodder production has reduced by 60 per cent, officials added. On Saturday, the team will visit Gevrai, Majalgaon, Dharur and Wadhwani in Beed district, while on Sunday it will go to Badnapur, Bhokardan and Jaffrabad in Jalna district, it added.last_img read more

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