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Commodity Classic registration opening soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.All registration and housing reservations should be made online at  Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic.  In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

EU and Japan working on trade deal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Negotiators from the European Union (EU) and Japan are working to seal a trade deal that would lower tariffs on EU pork to levels discussed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to travel to Brussels in July to meet with EU negotiators, including European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The National Pork Producers Council continues to urge the Trump administration to initiate bilateral trade negotiations with Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy.last_img read more

Saving The World, One Text At A Time

first_imgIt was Marissa’s 18th birthday when she was rescued from an abusive pimp by a team of undercover police officers. A text message saved her life. Marissa sent a text to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization that works to combat human trafficking in the U.S., and in just two hours the nonprofit and law enforcement officers coordinated a way to remove her from the dangerous situation. Organizations like the Polaris Project are using text messaging to solve trafficking cases like Marissa’s. The nonprofit is partnering with Twilio, a platform that lets developers integrate voice and text services into mobile and web applications, to build in SMS services into its crisis hotline.Jennifer Kimball, a systems and data coordinator for the Polaris Project, shared Marissa’s story at Thursday’s Twilio conference and talked about how her organization is using SMS to effectively communicate with victims of human trafficking.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Nonprofit#SMS#texting#Twilio selena larson The pilot program launched in March has been very successful, with over 300 unique text message threads corresponding to 248 hotline cases. Almost 80 percent have been sex-trafficking cases. “We’re seeing people under 18 who are reaching out directly over text,” Kimball said in an interview. “On the phone hotline that has been historically very rare for us.”A Nonprofit PushTo further benefit nonprofit organizations like the Polaris Project, Twilio launched, a new initiative that will provide nonprofit organizations the communications technologies needed to have a greater impact on the communities they promises to deliver “one billion messages for good,” and CEO Jeff Lawson said the company wants to make it easy for nonprofits to use Twilio to establish better communications tools. “We’re using the power of connections and communications to connect the dots,” Lawson said. “To close the gap, and make it so people that can help can connect with people who need help.”The Global EffectMultiple initiatives from Internet giants have surfaced this year, all with the ambitious goal of connecting the world to the web. But even if underdeveloped countries don’t have full broadband Internet access, their citizens are still connecting to each other via SMS, a resource that these tech companies could be potentially overlooking.Smartphones saturate the U.S. mobile market, so it might surprise users that 70 percent of handset shipments were feature phones last year. Mobile data plans in developing countries are often the same price as they are in developed nations, so the high price point deters potential users. That’s why many nonprofits have begun using SMS to communicate with their consituents. The Twilio-powered project Clean Kumasi partnered with US Aid to raise awareness about the health problems caused by public human waste surrounding areas like schools, villages and other public areas in Ghana. The community-led total sanitation program uses SMS capabilities to enable users to text notifications of human waste in public areas. The program eventually added call-in functionality, as people often preferred that method of communication. The Success Of SMSThe Polaris Project is just one of the many nonprofits that are quickly embracing text messaging to better connect with their communities. Although they are still focused on the United States, they plan on expanding to other countries, and SMS capabilities would be a huge benefit. “We’re starting to see a few more crisis texting hotlines,” Kimball said. “Any organization looking to reach youth, this is the way to do it.”Nonprofits are always looking for the most effective way to reach people in need, and SMS is proving to be a successful tool to further their missions. Images via Flickr and the Polaris Project The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

A Compendium of Weak Thinking About Sales

first_img 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 As much as we might want things to be black and white in sales, there is a lot of gray. Even more, the fact that things have changed, does not mean that everything that came before now is no longer effective or useful. Evolution transcends and includes what came before.“Commissions drive bad sales behaviors and a self-orientation because so many salespeople are motivated by money and will do anything to make more. Salespeople can’t be trusted to do right by their clients because they have a variable component to their compensation.”For this premise to be true, salespeople would have to actually win sales by being self-oriented conmen and con-women who willingly take advantage of their prospective clients. Those prospective clients would also have to be so naïve as to be easily duped by said money-grubbing salespeople.What is extraordinary about this thinking is that many of those who hold the belief that commissions cause bad behavior also believe that buyers are extraordinarily well educated, and know as much or more than the salespeople who are calling on them. They are wholly unaware of these conflicting beliefs.Think about your friends and family members who sell. Are they the kind of people who behave badly and would cheat a client to make a few bucks? Or, is it more likely that they value the relationship more than the transaction, preferring a long-term relationship over a short-term gain. More still, is it likely that the kind of salesperson that would need to dupe their prospective client would be the kind of salesperson that is smart enough to do so?“Sales is mostly aggressive, by-the-numbers, take-no-prisoner cultures being poorly led by Cro-Magnon and Neanderthals who will do anything to make their number.”Less than half of salespeople make their number. Most of them will still work in sales after missing their number, and mostly for the same company they work for now. A lot of them find it very difficult to be fired.There are certainly aggressive, self-oriented sales cultures. There are, no doubt, sales cultures with leaders who can rationalize their willingness to take advantage of a prospective client. These, however, are the exception, and not the rule. The reason movies like Glengarry Glenn Ross and Boiler Room draw our interest is because the behaviors are so rare, not because they are so widespread. Is that what your place of business looks like?“Thanks to the Internet, buyers know everything they need to know, and so salespeople can no longer create any real value. They are already 57 percent through the process without a salesperson, so all you can do is spend time on social media.”If buyers know everything they need to know, why are they not already producing the better results that are available to them? If they are doing so much research on the Internet and are aware of all of the choices available to them, why then haven’t they happened upon your offering, recognized what they are missing, and immediately picked up the phone to call you to remedy their existing challenges?If your clients produce the better results you could help them generate without you, why haven’t they?The truth about the 57 percent statistic from CEB, now Gartner, is that you are supposed to be creating opportunities when your client is at 0 percent. It was never CEB’s intention that this statistic suggest that you wait passively, nor that you have no value to create. The idea of “challenger” is that you have a unique insight that allows you to create value.Always and never are generalizations, and all generalizations, even useful ones, are lies.The undercurrent here is that everything from the past is wrong, so anything new must be correct. This is weak thinking. It starts from a premise that there is a single right answer, and that anything to the contrary is incorrect. The danger in mutual exclusivity is that it eliminates choices. It assumes that there things are black and white, that there is no gray.In doing so, this thinking ignores the fact that sales is a complex, dynamic, human interaction with too many variables to be defined by a set of finite rules. Its weakness is in its assuming that there is a single approach that is to be used universally. Selling requires choices of action, and that requires the weighing of different options to determine the best course of action based on a set of facts and circumstances that may differ wildly from deal to deal.Compensation is tricky, and what works for one company will not work for another. Some sales cultures are unhealthy, just like there are unhealthy cultures in law firms, hospitals, and non-profits. Some of your prospects spend time researching on the Internet, and others never do any. And some things that once worked still work exceedingly well, and some are no longer as useful in some cases.Make good choices and do good work.last_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in the world, says Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan

first_imgSri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan feels India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world and his achievements with the ball are a testimony to his greatness.Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.Muralitharan congratulated the Indian off-spinner on his achievement.”I want to congratulate him (Ashwin). It’s a big achievement as getting 300 Test wickets is not an easy job. Definitely, he is the best spinner in the world at the moment,” Muralitharan said. (More blessed than the other greats, says R Ashwin after becoming quickest to 300 Test wickets)”He is not in the One-Day team but hopefully he will return and do wonders in the shorter formats also,” said the spin legend, who holds the world record for capturing 800 wickets in 133 Test matches.Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.Among them are Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).Having eclipsed Lille’s feat, the real challenge now for Ashwin is to break Muralitharan’s record of being the fastest to 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 Test wickets.”He (Ashwin) is hardly 31, 32 years of age and can play for another 4-5 years at least. But it will also depend on how he performs and remains injury free. Only time will tell as it will be very hard for him after 35,” said Muralitharan.advertisementBesides, Ashwin also has 150 ODI wickets from 111 matches. Not just quality of two teams but overkill of contests have taken the sheen out of India-Sri Lanka series, a fact which was recently endorsed by India captain Virat Kohli.Asked Muralitharan about the issue, he gave a tongue-in-cheek reply.”I can’t say there is too much of (India-Sri Lanka) cricket but may be Virat (Kohli) is getting bored of winning every time,” he said.While Muralitharan complemented the current Indian team under Kohli for its level of consistency, he expressed serious concern about the sorry state of Sri Lankan cricket.”India is a very good side and I rate them very high. You can’t take credit away from India by saying that Sri Lanka is a weak team. They are doing really well in every format,” he said.”Alarm bells (in Sri Lankan cricket) rang two-three years ago. For me it’s a matter of great concern. You lose sometime but this (Sri Lankan) team is losing a lot and that is a major worry,” a concerned Muralitharan said.”Young cricketers are not coming through. They are not performing. That’s the biggest concern we have,” concluded the spin great.last_img read more

Own goal seals famous Manchester United comeback win at Juventus

first_imgThis was surely Manchester United’s finest victory under José Mourinho. To leave Turin with three points after a breathtaking comeback having appeared to be heading for certain defeat vanquishes any doubt that his players wish to perform for their Portuguese manager.At the end Mourinho enjoyed the moment, cupping an ear to Juventus fans after they had taunted him during the 1-0 defeat in the reverse Group H fixture a fortnight ago and throughout this game. This drew the ire of some Juve players, with Leonardo Bonucci appearing the closest to him but the United manager will hardly mind: that was classic Mourinho in the same way this smash-and-grab victory came straight from his playbook.Cristiano Ronaldo’s sweetly struck 65th-minute volley that broke a five-match Champions League drought had moved him to celebrate against his former team and seemed set to give Mourinho the task of picking his side up ahead of Sunday’s derby at Manchester City. Juventus 7 Ronaldo 10 Dybala (s 90′) MNU47JUV53% Sign up for the Fiver, our free daily football email. 1:01 Gabriel Jesus scores controversial penalty in Manchester City rout 27 Fellaini Pinterest 14 Lingard match reports 17 Mandzukic 23 Shaw (s 82′) (s 79′) 24 Rugani Reuse this content 20 Joao Cancelo 21 Ander Herrera 14 Matuidi Possession 12 Smalling 5 Pjanic Match stats 8 Juventus Off target 3 Man Utd 8 Juventus On target 4 Man Utd 36 Darmian 16 14 Mourinho had made two changes from Saturday’s win at Bournemouth, selecting Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard for Fred and Marcus Rashford. With second place still being in their hands even if they lost, their manager had said he would approach this game as a quasi-free hit but, privately, he surely gave his players the opposite instruction. 6 Khedira (s 70′) Juventus Substitutes Champions League Share via Email Read more ‘I was insulted for 90 minutes’: José Mourinho defends reaction at full time 30 Bentancur 31 Matic Share on Pinterest 3 Bailly 19 Bonucci Goal attempts It was a far brighter opening half showing from Mourinho’s team than in that fortunate win at Bournemouth. Juventus were prepared to concede space for their visitors to ping the ball around and this allowed them to settle.This spell was broken when Victor Lindelöf skied a regulation clearance near his area and the error was compounded by the ball being allowed to bounce, so ceding it to Paulo Dybala. 6 3 Manchester United 12 Alex Sandro 1 Szczesny 18 Young José Mourinho defends hand gesture after ‘fantastic’ win over Juventus – video 15 Barzagli Juventus were far more menacing than United when in on goal as Pjanic illustrated with a surge down the right that had United defenders back-pedalling. A neat United approach involving Lingard and Sánchez foundered when the centre-forward’s backheel proved wasteful. Still, two successive corners a few seconds later was at least time spent at the right end of the pitch.Just when United were beginning to genuinely threaten at last, Ronaldo pounced. A fine ball over the top of the defence from Bonucci was met with the cleanest of strikes, a volley which flashed beyond a helpless De Gea.Juventus came close to doubling the lead when De Gea repelled a Pjanic shot and Cuadrado hit his effort over the crossbar. Those misses proved very costly when their lead evaporated in the closing moments. United will surely relish a trip across Manchester at the weekend to try and dismantle the champions as they did – via another come-from-behind win – in last season’s meeting at the Etihad Stadium. Man Utd Share on Twitter (s 79′) (s 61′) Read more MNU JUV Share on Messenger 16 Cuadrado 2 De Sciglio 11 Martial 17 Fred Juan Mata equalises for Manchester United with a brilliant free kick in the 86th minute. Photograph: PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images United were as relieved to scramble clear as Juventus were when Nemanja Matic’s clever lobbed pass into Alexis Sánchez narrowly failed to deliver. When Luke Shaw was beaten for a second occasion – down Juve’s right – Juan Cuadrado’s shot deflected off Matic and David de Gea had to be sharp to react and proved up to the task.Juventus had upped their game and United were clinging on. Sami Khedira saw his effort ricochet from De Gea’s right-hand post and so the last thing required was some Pogba sloppiness: yet he conceded possession in a central area, Juve roved downfield, Miralem Pjanic’s attempt went for a corner, and from this eventually Dybala shot. When the Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan blew for the break it was United who welcomed it.A case of so-far so-good for United continued when the second half started with Mourinho’s men attacking via an Anthony Martial shot that flew wide of Szczesny’s left post. Dybala showed better though not telling precision when his shot crashed back off De Gea’s crossbar, the goalkeeper furious with a defence that allowed the Argentinian too long to take aim. 7 Sanchez 4 Benatia 8 Mata 22 Perin 10 Rashford 22 Romero Play Video 47 53 Twitter Instead he refused to buckle, and throwing on the pairing of Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini with 11 minutes remaining proved a masterstroke. As he did with the opener in the comeback victory over Newcastle United last month, Mata struck with a superb free-kick, beating Wojciech Szczesny from 20 yards and, with four minutes, remaining United were level. Better was to come.Fellaini made a nuisance of himself under a high ball, Paul Pogba tried to make contact, and in went the winner off Bonucci and then Alex Sandro. When the final whistle blew seconds later, United were heading for a jubilant trip home. 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St Stephens address cancelled Mamata unmoved

first_imgKolkata: Reacting on cancellation of the programme at St Stephen’s College, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she doesn’t mind as the choice was theirs and maintained that she would be attending the Catholic Bishops Conference of India on Tuesday.When asked about the cancellation of her trip to China, Chicago and now her lecture at St Stephen’s College, Banerjee said: “Let them cancel. I don’t mind. Let God save them.”It may be recalled that a Trinamool Congress MP had maintained in connection with the programme at St Stephen’s College on Saturday that ‘Mamata Banerjee is giving the BJP-RSS sleepless nights. Let them keep trying… She cannot be silenced…” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSt Stephen’s authorities cancelled a programme of Mamata Banerjee scheduled to be held on August 1 by raising protocol issues. Banerjee was the first Chief Minister who was scheduled to address students of one of the most premier institutions in the country. She further added: “I will be attending the attending the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. It is a major event.”The Chief Minister is the chief guest at the “Love your Neighbour” conference organised by India’s largest Christian body — The Catholic Bishops Conference of India. The event is going to be held on Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen asked about the possibility of a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Chief Minister said while addressing the press conference at Nabanna on Monday: “I heard that she is unwell. But if I get an opportunity, of course, I will meet her.”She further said: “Day after tomorrow I will be going to Parliament. I will meet many people there.” This comes when the Trinamool Congress supremo has given the clarion call to oust the BJP in 2019 general elections and there will be a major rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19 in 2019 in which Banerjee will be inviting several anti-BJP leaders. She had also said that the UPA Chairperson will also be invited. In the same breath, Banerjee added: “I have many programmes in Delhi. I will go to the residence of Ram Jethmalaniji where Yashwant Sinhaji, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie will also be coming. I will be going to Jethmalaniji’s residence at around 5 pm.”It may be recalled that Banerjee had interactions with BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie during her visit to Delhi in March. According to political experts, the meeting of the Trinamool Congress supremo with the BJP leaders is quite significant in terms of the present political scenario.last_img read more