Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: CDCALBANY — New York State is expanding its testing for the COVID-19 virus to all 19 million state residents.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a Wednesday press conference in which he said there have already been 4 million tests administered statewide.“You want to manage the COVID Virus, test, trace, masks, social distancing, that’s the formula, hard to do,” Cuomo said.”We now have 750 testing cites across New York State. We are now opening testing to all New Yorkers. We have that much capacity. Go get tested. It doesn’t cost you anything, it doesn’t hurt. take a test and it’s now open to everyone”He said the numbers indicate New York is “doing great.” Tuesday’s results show 879 people hospitalized with the virus, the fourth straight day under 900, he said. There were 11 reported deaths, “just about as low as it has ever been.” He said 56,000 tests were performed Tuesday, with a positive rate of 1.1 percent.“The key to what we are doing is the testing. We just finished four million tests in New York. We only have 19 million people in New York,” New York is doing more tests per capita than any nation on the globe.”Cuomo said the initial approach to the virus was not political or emotional and based on the facts as they were known at the time.“What we have done from day one, we have been smart about what we’ve done with COVID. we didn’t get political, we didn’t get emotional,” he said. “Y have to anticipate the issue coming down the pike and you have to get ahead of it. You have to get ahead of the virus so what we now do is anticipate what could happen.”Sixteen states are now on the state’s quarantine list, a doubling in only a week, Cuomo explained.“Chances are, whatever we do, people from those 16 states are going to make their way here and that’s how we got infected to begin with (from travelers from Europe),” Cuomo explained. “Our infection rate is low, we know.”He said infection rates in Europe are now in decline and that the European Union now has America on a quarantine list, which he called ironic.
President of Ghana premier league side New Edubiase United, Abdul Salam Yakubu has abandoned his mother club as a result of internal squabbling with some partners of the club in recent times.Salam formed the club from the second division and roused to the elite league and have survived for the past three seasons. The club won this year’s MTN FA Cup and is billed to face league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium for the Super Cup.The former president is surprised at what is happening to his club and have decided to stay off and save his life.“I am no longer the president of New Edubiase United even though I formed the club, my life is at risk if I continue to hold on to that position also I need to concentrate on my business” he told Asempa sports.Abdul Salam has fingered his brother Joe Abu Salam as the cause of his withdrawal from the club. The Edubiase side was in the news on Monday about a misunderstanding between the club and its sponsor SIDALCO which is disappointed.New Edubiase represents Ghana in the CAF Confederation Cup competition next year after winning the MTN FA
3 October 2014The Public Investment Corporation, a South African government-owned financial services provider, plans to invest R2.5 billion on the African continent during the 2014/15 financial year.“The commitment to invest in the rest of the continent is born out of a realisation that our collective success is premised on economic integration,’ says Nhlanhla Nene, chairman of PIC in the corporation’s annual report tabled in Parliament on 2 October 2014.Nene says the PIC has established two funds: the Africa Developmental Investments and Private Equity Africa, which will assist the corporation to discharge its mandate to invest on the rest of the continent. He says Africa’s economic outlook has been positively changing and over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled with projections that Sub-Saharan Africa will grow at an average of 5% over the next 10 years.“This growth means that the continent will be the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia. For this reason, the PIC will, in the new financial year, also focus on developmental investments in Africa with a minimum commitment of US$500 million for developmental investments in Africa and a further US$500 million towards private equity in Africa,’ says Nene, adding that the African story presents the PIC with unique investment opportunities.Acting PIC CEO, Matshepo More, says in the next financial year the PIC plans to invest “at least a further R2.5 billion in the rest of the continent’. “PIC’s largest transaction during the 2013/14 financial year was securing a 1.5% stake in a Nigerian listed cement company, Dangote Cement for US$289 million,’ she says.The Dangote Cement deal also offers PIC other opportunities in the Dangote Group portfolio companies, which includes sugar, flour, oil refinery and port operations.PIC’s first investment in the rest of Africa after the change in the corporation’s investment mandate was the US$250 million investment made in Ecobank, which has exposure to more than 30 countries in central Africa.These investments are in line with the Government Employees Pension Fund’s investment mandate, which was changed in 2011 to require the PIC to commit 5% of assets under management for investment in the rest of Africa, and another 5% to global bonds and equities.Investments in the rest of Africa currently represent 0.5% of the PIC’s total R1.6- trillion assets under management, which grew from the previous year’s R1.4-trillion.More says the PIC is in good financial health “with its profitability at R209 million as at 31 March 2014, up from R130 million at the end of the 2013 financial year’, adding that the PIC has also set aside 1% of the profit after tax from the 2013 financial year for corporate social investment.Established in 1911, the PIC is one of the largest investment managers in Africa, managing assets of over R1.6 trillion and still growing. Of total assets under management, 49% is invested in local equities, 32.4% in local bonds, 7% in cash and money-market instruments, 4.39% in properties and 5.36% in offshore equity and bonds.During the 2013-14 financial year R11.4bn worth of unlisted investments were approved, of which R4.8bn has already been disbursed.The PIC is increasingly expected by the government to contribute towards socioeconomic development. In this regard, Nene says PIC investments had created in excess of 7 805 direct and indirect jobs, and sustained 78 636 jobs.“The PIC is emerging as a leader in the development of green industries by directly and indirectly funding renewable energy projects that will generate in excess of 1 558 megawatts of electricity,” he said.The PIC has entrusted R50 billion of its funds to black asset managers as a way of spurring change in the asset management industry. It approved R6.9 billion in unlisted developmental investments in 2013/14 financial year and plans to invest at least R2 billion in social and economic infrastructure the 2014/15 financial year.
You should hope the salespeople you compete against believe the big lie that relationship selling is dead. You should hope they decide to go without all of the many advantages that relationships provide. You should be so lucky.The advantages relationships provide are many. Here are four advantages relationships provide.A Platform of TrustThe most important thing that a relationship provides you when it comes to winning a deal is a platform of trust.If you are going to offer your insight and ideas, a relationship will get you an audience. If you are going to upset the status quo with your next big idea, a relationship will get you the opportunity to do so. When your solution comes under attack from internal or external threats, relationships will provide you with air cover.Operating from a platform of trust is one of the most important advantages gained through your relationships.Allies, Advocates, and Influence on the InsideWhen you are competing for an opportunity, relationships provide you with the allies, the advocates, and influence on the inside of the organization. Much of the selling that goes on in your dream client’s company goes on after you have left the building.You need allies that will work on your behalf. You need advocates that are armed to act as your surrogate sales force. The power sponsors within your dream client company have more influence than most outsiders—and more than most salespeople imagine.Access to InformationSome salespeople believe that access to information is the critical factor in winning deals. While it’s not the most important factor, it is better to have access to information than to go without it.Knowledge that you can apply to your deal strategy can be powerful. Information that can help you tailor your offering to the many stakeholders you need to a win a deal makes a difference. Relationships provide you access to that information. Your power sponsors and stakeholder relationships can keep you informed.A Second ChanceRelationships almost always give you a second bite at the apple.When a deal comes down to two competitors and your dream client has concerns about the one of them that is you, you’ll wish you had relationships. When your new initiative is off to a bumpy start, your relationships provide you with the time and the support you need to get things back on track.If you ever need a second chance—and you will need a second chance—you will be grateful to have the strong relationships you need within your client or dream client’s company.All things being equal . . . well, you know.QuestionsWhat are the advantages of having relationships when you are competing for opportunities?What are the risks of competing without the relationships that you need?How do relationships build a platform of trust?How important is it to have allies on the inside?Does your strategy for winning deals include building relationships? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
He might be skipping ODIs with regularity but Sachin Tendulkar says he does not plan to quit the format altogether just yet and will continue as long as he enjoys the game.Sachin’s 100 tons in picturesTendulkar, who has played just two ODI series after the World Cup last year, most recently opted out of the tour of Sri Lanka later this month, fuelling speculation about his future in the format.But the 39-year-old star batsman insisted that he rarely gets affected by what is speculated about him.”It’s not what XYZ think, it’s what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I’ll continue (playing ODIs),” he told a news channel.”I felt I shouldn’t be part of the Twenty20 squad in 2007 and I had been asked (to stay on) but I felt I should not be part of Twenty 20 squad because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket may be I would take that decision,” he said.Tendulkar said he decided to opt out of Sri Lanka tour as he wanted to spend time with his children.”I just wanted to spend time with my family, as simple as that. I spoke to the BCCI and requested them. To be able to spend time with my children is also important.”Because once we go back they will go to their schools then you won’t get quality time which any family man expects from his family and that is something which will keep me going for next 10 months,” he said.advertisement