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first_imgTo reduce so-called chain immigration, the bill makes it more difficult for citizens to bring in family members other than their spouse or minor children. It also proposes to cap the number of visas given to parents of U.S. citizens at 40,000 annually. “We know that people are not going to stop wanting to be with their family members,” Huang said. “All they’re really going to do is create a new category of undocumented immigrants.” Area representatives appeared to tread carefully on the subject. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, stressed in a statement that he would not support the Senate-White House compromise if it includes amnesty for the nation’s estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants. Many immigration hard-liners consider any path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally to be a form of amnesty. Calls to Dreier’s office to clarify whether he sees the bill’s legalization plan as amnesty were not returned. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, called the bill a “promising breakthrough” on a controversial issue. “How we deal with people who are already here without rewarding their illegal entry is very tough,” Schiff said, adding that be believes “making it a long and earned process of legalization is the right approach. A lot of the details \ are going to be very important.” Schiff said the Senate will likely have an easier time reaching a compromise than the House of Representatives. “A lot of the conservatives in the House are very dug in,” he said. “Anything short of deportation of the 12 million people that are here is going to meet with opposition.” Activists in favor of tighter border controls criticized the proposal as being too lenient on people who have violated immigration laws. Reform is not needed, said Andy Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol in Covina. Existing laws need to be enforced, he said. With the bill, “Illegal immigrants get the gold mine and Americans get the shaft,” Ramirez said. “It basically is going to make Uncle Sam the new coyote.” To address those already in the country illegally, the bill allows them to apply for a green card under the merit-based system provided they are employed and pay $5,000 in fees and penalties. Ramirez criticized the Dream Act component of the bill, which stipulates that immigrants under the age of 30 who arrive in the United States as minors are eligible to receive their green card after three years rather than eight. “You are rewarding lawbreakers,” he said, noting that such individuals will be eligible for perks such as in-state tuition at public universities. On the flip side, others said the proposal was not doing enough for immigrants. The bill does not create a path toward permanent residency for guest workers, which they deserve, said Randy Jurado Ertll, executive director of El Centro De Accion Social in Pasadena. “They want them to work here for two years and then go back to their native country,” he said. Legislators must craft something that “would help individuals obtain permanent residency and come out of the shadows so that people don’t have to live in fear.” Without legal status, those workers will continue to be exploited by employers and receive less than minimum wage, he added. “Neither party wants to take responsibility for \, but both parties need to resolve it,” Jurado Ertll said. “It’s only going to get worse if they don’t.” Staff Writer Fred Ortega contributed to this story. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Area advocates on both sides of the immigration debate had something in common Friday – their dislike of the immigration-reform bill put together this week by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House. Depending on who is asked, the bill either fails to do enough to protect hardworking undocumented workers, or it penalizes tax-paying American citizens. Immigrant-rights groups say the bill attacks the long-standing family-based visa application system and deprives immigrants of a key support network. “This bill proposes to do things that tries to control immigrants in very unrealistic ways,” said Daniel Huang, a policy advocate with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. “Unless it’s amended drastically, it will be something that hurts the immigrant community more than it helps.” last_img read more

first_img1 Petr Cech is second-choice at Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur may be growing wary of the interest surrounding Hugo Lloris, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly keen, but could they find a replacement even better than the Frenchman?In recent weeks, Spurs have been loosely linked with a move for out-of-favour Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, available for nothing at the end of the season and someone who, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), is better than the north Londoners’ current shot stopper.In their annual ranking of the world’s best goalkeepers – compiled by editorial staff and experts from 60 countries – the organisation rank Chelsea’s back-up higher than Lloris, a conclusion that certainly raises a few eyebrows.Even at 32 years old, Cech still remains one of the finest ‘keepers around and should Lloris finally call it at day at White Hart Lane, he would represent an excellent signing for any Premier League side with Champions League aspirations.Below is the IFFHS list of the ten best goalkeepers in the world currently:=9. Hugo Lloris and Vincent Enyeama8. Petr Cech7. Guillermo Ochoa6. Sergio Romero5. Claudio Bravo4. Gianluigi Buffon3. Keylor Navas2. Thibaut Courtois1. Manuel NeuerSpurs fans, do you think Petr Cech would be a good replacement for Hugo Lloris? Comment below…last_img read more

first_imgI’VE always liked the Constitution for it is the backbone of this great country of ours, but if the area that needs to be amended is the part about free speech. For if certain people are going to avoid the half nelson, the chokehold and other wrestling moves, then the limitations on free expression cannot be limited to slander, libel, not yelling “fire” inside a crowded theater and other such things. To the woman ahead of me in line at the clothing store that day: If you want to wear jeans with slits instead of back pockets, then that is your business, but at least be sure to wear the appropriate undergarments underneath. You are in fine shape, woman ahead of me, but you are lucky that I do not have a condition that causes me to blurt inappropriate things out. Because if I did, I would have said something like “nice cheeks,” but I didn’t because a combination of fear, decency, self-discipline prevented me from doing so. But you must remember that some people don’t have anywhere near this healthy combination, and you could find yourself in some fine trouble one day. So my advice to you is this: Buy a needle and thread and sew them up. Or save them for an intimate dinner. To the man driving behind me who wished me cancer and a premature death for turning left into that driveway: I am sorry I did not signal my intentions, but I was afraid I was heading straight for the Hollywood Hills never to be seen or heard from again with an ever-fading cell phone signal by my side. My only hope is that your brain chemistry will continue to go downhill, and that your next incident will be in front of some guy with a shaved head, gold teeth and a jail record. But when that happens, I will be long gone, relocated to the Amazon to live peaceably among nature and the animals. As long as no one is wearing any funky jeans or T-shirts, then we should all get along just fine. Gail Tzipporah Saunders is a San Fernando Valley writer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBecause if most women shopping in a women’s clothing store in the middle of the afternoon want to look at another woman’s backside, then we can always go home and look at own cellulite-ridden ones. To the woman behind me in that same line with the “F- New York” T-shirt. Was that really necessary? I know that we all have had bad experiences with certain people and places, but is that any reason to diss an entire city and try to kill its tourist trade? Last month I made a mistake with a credit card and tried paying from the wrong account, so they tacked on some unseemly charges and canceled all but one after many phone calls. But that doesn’t mean that I went out and printed a “F- the Bank” T-shirt to express my thoughts and views. I thought it over, vowed to type more carefully in the future and moved on. So leave New York City alone. New Yorkers are having enough problems already with overcrowding, recent floods and an ex-mayor who probably won’t get to be our next president. last_img read more

first_imgFASHION BLOG: Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir is Donegal Daily’s newest columnist, and this week she’s giving you top tips on how to accessorize with confidence, while also profiling a Donegal start-up company which specializes in jewellery! Hi guys hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and you’ve all come out of your chocolate coma! I personally would be happy not to see another bar, chocolate sweet or egg for a long time…well until next weekend and the craving comes again!!ACCESSORISE WITH CONFIDENCE: This week I’m going to share some of my favourite jewellery accessories with you. I’m going to focus on accessorising with jewellery as opposed to shoes and handbags (I’ll do another post on those J).Personally I love to accessorise, although sometimes I can be a bit lazy about it! I think that accessorising can make the most simple outfit seem extremely fashionable and classy, your accessories can often be what highlights your outfit and what draws the eye to it, so ladies get those accessories out and flaunt them!!!LAYERING:This season seems to be all about layering, that is putting some simple bracelets together and building them up,  along with perhaps a watch or a few ring to create that boho chic look which everyone seems to be doing lately.This look is also the perfect accessory look for the festival season ahead. The accessories above are all from River Island and I think perfect to create the eye catching layered look.However, If you’re like me and have built up quite a collection of jewellery pieces over the years then you can mix and match with what you’ve already got to create this classy look.Remember when layering its best to keep it simple and stick to one or two colours anymore and it can begin to look messy!Here are some other pieces I’ve picked out in order to get that simple layered look.  Again these items can all be found on ASOS or River Island. HOW CHARMING:As you guys know charm bracelets have made a major comeback into the jewellery fashion world. Charm bracelets can be used while layering jewellery or simply on their own.I love these charm braclets from Laveesha.com and think they would be perfect for layering with a watch and some simple rings.ANYTHIGN GOES: When it comes to necklaces this season it would seem that anything goes.From simple layering and pendants to chunky bling you just can’t go wrong!It may come as no surprise to you but layered necklaces are everywhere this season as are pendants and they are set to be a huge summer look.Some of our  favourite celebrities have been seen embracing this simple, elegant look.Kourtney Kardashian wearing a single pendant layered with a simple cross.If bling isn’t your thing you might, you might love this classy elegant look.MAKING A STATEMENT: If you’re like me and love a little bling, don’t worry it hasn’t been lost in all the layering! Bling and statement pieces are still very much in; statement jewellery does exactly what it says and makes a statement giving your outfit the WOW factor! Statement jewellery can make that plain top or simple dress suddenly come to life. It makes the casual, somewhat boring outfit turn into a dressy, exciting outfit.Investing in some statement pieces is a great, inexpensive way to dress-up your everyday clothes.When you’re stuck for something to wear, you can simple re-wear the same outfits  but just add a different statement piece to give you a whole new look, it really is as simple as that!Above are four fabulous statement necklaces available from Laveesha.com.Laveesha.com is owned by  Donegal entrepreneur Louise Breslin and offers high quality jewellery (and make-up products) at great prices.These pieces are part of the new “Park Avenue Princess” collection. As the name suggests they are inspired by New York’s fashion elite & socialites from Sex and The City, Gossip Girl and Olivia Palermo. They will be available to purchase on Laveesha.com in the coming weeks.Louise is also launching a brush range next month and hopes to host a makeup/fashion event in Letterkenny so the pieces will be available to purchase at that also.These pieces really have the power to add the WOW factor to your spring/summer outfits Ladies.With love,Mairéad XXLIFESTLYE AND FASHION WITH MAIRÉAD – THIS WEEK LEARN HOW TO ACCESSORISE WITH CONFIDENCE was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AccesoriesBloggingConfidenceFashionLavessha.comlifestyleMairéad Ní GhallchoirStylelast_img read more

first_imgThe Volvo XC40 was launched earlier this year but demand has already outstripped supply. So in between customers calling into McGinley Motors for test drives in their demonstrators, we managed to get one of these cool new Volvos to ourselves for a morning to see if this new SUV was as good as the demand say it is.I can’t help thinking about my friends Lance and Judy Ball and how they were ahead of their time when they first arrived in Letterkenny nearly 50 years ago. Advertisement They had with them the first Volvo I ever saw. They parked it in the Golden Grill car park. As a child, I loved memorising car number plates but their car with its English or Northern number plate always beat me.I always thought Lance and Judy just came for the festival all them years ago and stayed on. They were the original free spirits, but their Swedish tank, back then the Volvo 122 contradicted their sense of easy going.The Saltpans and Chopin as only Volvo and RTE Lyric could do. Photo Brian McDaidThe Volvo was doing safety when a lot of other cars were not and in later years I learned that this was very important to Lance and Judy. A half a century on and Volvo seem to be taking a leaf out of Lance and Judy’s way and have become very cool with the latest offering in the Volvo range the XC40.If the bigger sister the XC60 does posh, this new kid in town is still very posh but with a sense of fun about it. Advertisement We tested the all-wheel drive diesel version this week which comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox which by the way can also be driven manually changing the gears yourself.The automatic gearbox does a far better job of it once you managed the double tap into drive, possibly a safety feature. You’ll soon realise when you drive any automatic for any length of time, there’s no point in having a dog and barking yourself.Our Volvo had all the home comforts, and then some, as we headed off on a journey on one of the best weeks weather that Donegal has offered this year so far.Lance and Judy Ball who were one of the first with a Volvo in Letterkeny in my memory. Photo Brian McDaidDown through Ramelton and on to Rathmullan and around Knockalla a spin this car was just like sitting in an executive section at a big game. Your driving but everything is so easy and simply with no fuss yet all the info you need was there for you to see.The Saltpans and Chopin As I headed out of Rathmullan names popped up on the satellite navigation system. Townlands like Castleshannon and Brownknowe registered either side of Ramelton and then the Saltpans popped up on the screen as I was tuning in the radio. On RTE Lyric FM as a piece by Chopin came crystal clear through the Harman/Kardon speakers system fitted to this Volvo. It was on the piano, in F minor apparently. The music lifted and dipped like the coast road ahead of me, It was like that moment in the Shawshank Redemption when they’re all in the yard listening to the song in amazement and at the same time, like me hadn’t a notion what there were listening to, but felt so free. Every so often the sound of the powerful five-cylinder diesel D4 engine would drift in over the airwaves as the eight-speed gearbox would change down as we started to climb the steepest part on Knockala.Even this SUV sits high off the road it never felt in any way unstable and could be pushed around the many bends in comfort. If you ever sat in a Volvo you will all know how good the seats are. Ours were covered in hand-stitched soft leather and look more like the captain’s seat on a plane than the driver seat in a family car.These Volvos start around €37,000 ex-delivery in petrol and diesel versions going right through the range to around €60,000. This Volvo still has all the safety feature we come to expect with this brand but this car and still feels very robust to the touch inside the car. The dash is all about the 8-inch multi-function touch screen which is nearly everything is operated from. In contrast alongside this technology is the most classic looking air vents that look like ornaments but work beautifully.A view for the coast road around Knockalla, enjoying the view and listening to classical music through the top of the range music system. Photo Brian McDaidOur car even had a sunroof the length of the roof which opened at the front which we had opened for a while but this week it was far too hot to have it opened so we retreated to the comfort of the climate control and just sat on board, enjoyed the view and listened to the end of Fredric Chopin’s classic, as you do! As I Said the central touch display looks after everything onboard this Volvo even your phone if you want to connect it, which I did much to my mistake as 5 missed calls popped up on the screen from Mc Ginley Motors looking to see when I was coming back with the car as more were in looking for it. Brilliant.Finally a word of farewell to my friends Lance and Judy Ball who arrived in the town all them years ago in the Big Volvo and contributed so much to the music of the Folk Festival over the years, never forgetting them Morris Dancers. Recently Lance and Judy signed out at Upper Main St in Letterkenny at CT Balls Jewellers and have headed to stay with their family in England. Thanks for the great memories.The Volvo XC40 looking cool along the coast road around Knockalla this week. Photo Brian McDaid.DD Motoring: A test-drive in the Volvo XC40 was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWell, that did not go well.The Raiders’ 33-13 loss wasn’t as lopsided as the scoreline might indicate, but it was 100 percent a calamity for a Raiders team that was looking to stat off the second Jon Gruden era with some win and some serious momentum.Instead, the Raiders furthered some already pertinent questions and raised some questions along the way. Here’s what we learned in the Raiders’ Week One loss:1. Dink and dunk Derek is on the hot seat (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) …last_img read more

first_img28 June 2012There were mixed emotions at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport when South African couple Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari walked out of international arrivals to meet their families and friends on Wednesday.There were hugs, laughs, screams and tears from both the couple and their relatives – tears of joy and relief, and of pain and heartache symbolic of what the couple had gone through since their capture 20 months ago.The couple, whose release from Somali pirates was secured last week, were taken hostage off the Gulf of Aden in October 2010 after armed pirates hijacked their yacht as it was about to enter the Mozambique channel, south of Dar es Salaam.The pair was rescued last Wednesday and flown from Mogadishu to Djibouti and then on to Rome, where Pelizzari’s mother lives.In the emotional homecoming, the frail-looking pair sounded strong spirit despite their physical condition.Speaking to the media shortly after their arrival, a tearful Calitz expressed gratitude to everyone involved in their rescue and those who kept them in their prayers. “We must have felt the vibrations of South African people because something kept us going … We love you South Africa.”The couple was received by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane when they landed.The two spoke about their ordeal, which they described as inhumane, as they were treated worse than animals. Calitz said they were not fed well, were handcuffed 24 hours a day, and were also not allowed to bathe much.The couple was kept together and fed a high starch diet of rice, pasta and bread.“We were not allowed luxuries which meant no soap. We had one and half litres of water per day between us … it was just terrible,” said Calitz.Pelizzari, who holds dual South African-Italian citizenship, said they were happy to get their freedom back. Pelizzari, who said he came out of the ordeal a “new person”, told reporters that it would take a lifetime to repay everybody.Hitting back at their captors, he said what the pirates were doing needed to stop. He added that South Africa had created a rainbow nation and, as a country, it had to help others to do the same.Caltiz’s daughter Sam said their safe return was a miracle. “There are no words, it’s emotions, we are happy,” she said.Nkoana-Mashabane welcomed the couple, saying it was a happy moment. She assured the couple that no one would take their freedom away now that they were back in the country.The minister also took some time to express gratitude to both the Somali and Italian governments for their roles in securing the release of the couple.The instability in Somalia has exacerbated the growing scourge of piracy. Instability due to war and the absence of a functioning government have contributed to the worsening of the situation, while a lack of sustainable programmes for institution and capacity building also renders Somalia more vulnerable to natural disasters.Last year alone, 24 ships where hijacked in 134 piracy incidents off the Somali coast, according to the European Union Naval Force.Nkoana-Mashabane said Somalia, with the assistance of the international community, needed to evolve a developmental strategy that would a result in a prosperous and stable democracy.She also encouraged the families of those who were in similar situations not to give up.The couple is expected to debrief South African officials about their journey in the next few days.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgAfter Effects is a powerful program that can be fantastic as an online and finishing tool with a only few changes in your preparation and workflow.A few months ago, Oliver Peters did a fantastic post about the benefits of using After Effects as a finishing tool. He covered a lot of the benefits – significantly more powerful typography and design tools, larger library of effects, powerful nesting/precomping, and even glossed over others, like better keyframe control, 3D object abilities, easy motion blur, time remapping and frame interpolation – you get the idea.What he doesn’t cover is the specifics of an After Effects finishing workflow…but you’re in luck! I’ve been using this workflow for several years.I initially started doing it because I was creating videos for a specific non-standard aspect ratio being projected by a set of image blended projectors. All of my videos had to be cropped to 2048×768, and at the time I was editing in FCP7, so all of my videos had to be formatted for this aspect ratio in After Effects. I loved the power and flexibility of the workflow so much that I kept on doing it after we moved back to a standard 1920×1080. It became even easier when I moved to Premiere Pro as my primary NLE.There are a few things I’ve learned along the way with prepping a timeline in Premiere (or whatever NLE you use) for finishing in After Effects, and they might be good things to consider if you decide to try out this workflow. All of the following suggestions are built around using Premiere’s Dynamic Link to send to After Effects, but most of them still apply if you’re using an XML and After Effects’ built in “Pro Import” command.1. Use Placeholders for TextBelieve it or not, After Effects can’t actually read the actual content of titles from Premiere. It doesn’t just ignore font and formatting like Automatic Duck used to when coming from FCP; After Effects completely replaces the text with a black solid. No actual title data is carried over. What are carried over are effects, keyframes, changes to the motion parameters, and timings (in and out points). After Effects also carries over the name of the text layer. This is the best workaround for text content: Name your title in Premiere with the full content of the text you want at that spot and After Effects will make that the name of the black solid. Then you can just copy and paste the name to a new text layer, and use the black solid for timing the in and out points. Here’s a timeline that had a ton of overlay and full screen graphics. Every pink layer is a separate graphic (click image for larger view).In my workflow, I don’t even bother with the content of the title tool. With my first text layer, I make the title show the word “placeholder”, name the title layer what the content should be, and place it. This is what every layer in the above timeline said:Then, all I have to do for the next title is duplicate the first one (for speed, I’ve mapped this to the shortcut CMD+D in Premiere to match After Effects). When you duplicate a layer in Premiere it automatically selects the layer and puts you into rename mode. Just paste or type whatever the content of the new layer should be, drag or insert/overwrite it into your timeline, adjust the timing and transition needed and there you go. No more messing with Premiere’s clunky title tool: Instead you can use After Effect’s significantly more powerful typography tools!2. Keep Tracks to a Minimum and Stay Vertically Organized in PremiereWhen you send from Premiere, After Effects lines up your clips by tracks. The tracks stay in the correct order (top to bottom, not numerically), and each track staggers/stair-steps down before starting the next track. This is important to take note of because editors tend to group things together vertically, like B-roll on upper tracks or titles above the shot it should go over. When you make the move to After Effects, even though the layer order is technically correct, since After Effects doesn’t have tracks they won’t be grouped so closely together. You may have to manually re-order the layers to suit the groupings you prefer (I always do this because it helps me keep my comp organized in the long run). Keeping tracks to a minimum (similar to collapsing or using a minimum number of tracks before sending to a color grading application) keeps these groupings easier to find and makes for a more organized comp.Designating specific tracks for specific items helps with the move and organization in After Effects. I generally use V1 for my storyline (interviews, primary narrative, etc.), V2 for all of my b-roll, V3 for all of my titles/graphics (unless I need to stack them for one reason or another), and V4 for any overlays (film flashes and light leaks, film grain, alpha matte transitions, etc.). This is all subject to change depending on the needs of my edit, but it’s a good template to stick to for me. When I move to After Effects, all of these things stay grouped together vertically.3. Use Dynamic Link, But Don’t Trust ItDynamic Link is a fantastic way to get from Premiere to After Effects. Unfortunately, it can cause problems if used too frequently, if it’s been too long since the project was open, if some source files move, if you sneeze too hard – you get the idea. I’ve heard of and seen Premiere project files and sequences get corrupted or glitched. In small uses it works, but frequent large uses can be risky.Another issue specific to the After Effects offline workflow is changes. When you use Dynamic Link, your timeline in Premiere is replaced with a linked comp. What if you need to make some editing changes? You could do them in After Effects (maybe), but it would be a total pain.My suggestion? Do one of two things:Duplicate your timeline before you send to After Effects so that you have an un-replaced version you can use for any necessary changes, which has the added bonus of leaving the linked comp in Premiere.You can send to After Effects and after it’s all done transferring you go back to Premiere and “undo” the send to AE. The linked comp is deleted, which prevents project corruption, but After Effects keeps the timeline you sent. All you do is output from AE instead of rendering in Premiere. This is my preferred option.4. Export an Audio MixdownAfter Effects is obviously not focused on audio, so working with sound in AE can be frustrating.. So, instead of sending a bunch of audio layers to After Effects (and we all know the crazy amount of audio tracks you can end up with), do your audio mixing in Premiere or a dedicated audio program, then export a WAV file mixdown and bring that into After Effects. That way you’ve only got one audio track that’s already been mastered to deal with in After Effects. You’ll also have all of the pieces you need to do your final export from After Effects, which is the point of the workflow to begin with!I hope these tips help save you some headache as you move to After Effects for all of your finishing needs!last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It starts with an email. Well, not really an email from you, but an email from marketing made to look like it was from you. That email ended up in a spam filter, and your prospective client deleted it, along with a few more that looked a lot like it. This is the starting point of the experience, and it offers no real chance for the establishing of a relationship.It continues with another email. Like the email before it, there are links, the clicking of which is alleged to provide an indication of honest to goodness interest in you and your company. So far, the experience hasn’t been too great for you or your prospective client.In an act of desperation, you call your prospective client, and you leave a message asking them to call you back and leaving your phone number. For some reason, you have decided to give the task of connecting with you to the person you are actually trying to sell. No one understands why they should have to return a salesperson’s call, and your client, unmoved, deletes your voice mail.Back to email. Nothing. Back to voice mail. Nothing. Then, an answered telephone. Yes!You ask your prospective client if you can stop by, introduce yourself, and share all the ways that your company helps their clients, along with the story about how they hung both the Sun and the Moon in the sky. Your prospective client, with the slightest bit of interest, agrees to a meeting.You show up prepared. You have your slide deck, and you have your talking points. You also have questions you intend to use to elicit your prospective client’s needs. She says, “Tell me a little about you and your company.” You launch PowerPoint, and you begin at the beginning, history, buildings, locations, logos . . . your client, stifling a yawn, feigns interest. Then, you ask, “So, what keeps you up at night?”Fortunately, your prospective client has real issues, and she hopes you can help. So she lays out all of her challenges. Lacking an SME, you take meticulous notes, promising to get back to your prospective client with some answers, and you promise to schedule an appointment to bring someone with you to your next meeting. Your client asks, “Can you send me a proposal and some pricing?” You, anxiously agree.You send the pricing and the proposal by email, as requested. Your client gives it a very quick glance, and she leaves it in her inbox. She’s not sure she likes it. She’s not sure she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t know if she wants to show it to the rest of her team, or the leadership team who would need to approve any decision to buy from you.So, not hearing anything, you take the bold move of sending an email to follow up.This is a cautionary tale. There are good reasons for you to control the sales process, and chief among them is the buyer’s experience buying from you.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad crime branch refused to arrest Hardik Patel and his supporters in a case filed last week for rioting and arson at a BJP municipal councillor’s residence in the city. On Monday, Hardik and his dozen odd supporters, who too are named in the case, approached the crime branch to surrender but they were turned away on the grounds that the investigation officer (IO) in the case was out of station. “Mr.Patel was required to present himself before us every Monday. So, Mr. Patel asked us to arrest him and others but as the IO (investigating officer) is out of station, we told him we will do it later,” assistant commissioner of police(ACP) B. C. Solanki said. On March 20, Ramol police station in Ahmedabad lodged a rioting and arson case against Mr. Patel and 59 other Patel quota agitators for creating a ruckus outside the house of BJP councillor, who lodged the case against the agitators. After the FIR was lodged, the local police station arrested 13 persons named in the FIR while the case was handed over to the special agency Crime Branch, which had earlier booked Hardik and others in sedition case.last_img read more