Raiders, Donald Penn part ways

first_imgALAMEDA — With the addition of tackle Trent Brown in free agency, it came as no surprise Saturday when the Raiders released Donald Penn in what was described as a “mutual” decision.Penn arrived during a grim period when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie decided against retaining free agent left tackle Jared Veldheer and instead coveted Rams tackle Rodger Saffold. The Raiders agreed to terms with Saffold, only to have the deal fall apart after the lineman failed a physical because of a …last_img read more

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When You Should Be Ashamed to Sell

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 If you know that what you are selling isn’t right for the person buying it, you should be ashamed to sell it to them. This isn’t something professional salespeople do.If what you are selling doesn’t create the value that you have led the buyer to believe it will create, you should feel ashamed about selling it. If you have allowed the buyer to build up what you are selling too much in their own mind, you should be ashamed to sell it to them. Professional salespeople aren’t afraid to discuss the limits of what they sell.If you have to be manipulative to get a buyer to buy what it is you sell, then you should be more than ashamed to sell it to them; you should be horrified. If you can manipulate buyers and not feel shame, then you have a rather serious medical condition.If you have to take advantage of someone by relying on some imbalance between you and your buyer, then you should feel shame for making the sale. This too probably indicates a serious medical problem. You should feel a sense of shame if you wouldn’t want someone to sell to your Grandmother the way that you sell.If you aren’t willing to stand behind what you sell, then you shouldn’t feel good about selling it.You should never be ashamed to sell. If you feel any sense of shame or guilt about what you’re selling, you shouldn’t sell it. If you aren’t proud of the way that you sell, then you should stop selling that way. Live by the code.QuestionsHow do you feel about what you sell?How do you feel about the way that you sell?Do you know anyone that still sells using any techniques that they should be ashamed to use?last_img read more

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Over 8,000 shifted as rains continue to lash Gujarat

first_imgTorrential rains continue to batter parts of Gujarat, leading to floods in North Gujarat region. The state authorities have shifted more than 8,000 people from Banaskantha and Patan districts due to flooding in low lying areas while over 250 people stranded in floods were rescued by various agencies like NDRF, BSF and Air Force. According to Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar, NDRF, Air Force, Army and other agencies are involved in rescue operations in affects parts. “Four choppers for rescue works in Banaskantha have been mobilised,” he said. Meanwhile, the government has issued high alert in North and Central Gujarat districts where the heavy to extremely heavy rains likely. So far, 7 persons have died in rain related incidents since July 20 while death toll since June 1, stands at 73. More than 900 animals have also died either being washed away in floods or in other related incidents.last_img read more

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New Zealand name uncapped spinner in World Cup squad

first_imgNew Zealand have named uncapped left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock in their 15-man squad for next month’s cricket World Cup.Woodcock made his New Zealand debut in a Twenty20 international against Pakistan last month but has yet to represent his country at one-day or Test level.”Luke Woodcock has worked hard for his chance after forging an impressive record with Wellington over a number of years,” selection panel convener Mark Greatbatch said.”He has a good head on his shoulders and his selection provides the option of playing three spinners which could be useful in the subcontinent.”Young fast bowler Hamish Bennett, who suffered a groin strain on his test debut against India last November, was recalled along with veteran all-rounder Jacob Oram.Brendon McCullum was the only specialist wicketkeeper named Wednesday in the New Zealand squad. Batsman Jamie How would provide backup at the tournament and Peter McGlashan was on standby.”We’ve taken a bit of a punt there, but at the end of the day we thought a third spinner was more important in the subcontinent,” Greatbatch said.”Jamie How’s a good athlete. He kept in a World Cup game a few years ago and at the end of the day it’s about catching a ball. He was keen to do it. The schedule allows us to get someone over if we need to.”Greatbatch said Bennett had earned his recall after overcoming his injury and showing strong domestic form”Hamish made a good start to his one-day career and deserves the opportunity now that he is fully fit,” he said.advertisement”He’s back, running in fast and hitting the deck hard. He impressed us in Bangladesh and the way he bowls – with the angle he creates back into the right-handers – we think he’ll be useful.”Greatbatch said Oram had convinced the selectors of his fitness, though his career has been plagued by injuries.”He is getting stronger each game, I saw him throwing himself around a couple of rounds ago, looking nimble and bowling his overs. We have missed him over the last year,” Greatbatch said.”You look at his numbers, he is impressive on the world stage. He is experienced and it could be a good stage for his batting to come right in the lower end of the order.”In order to be competitive at the World Cup, New Zealand will have to break a streak of 11-straight losses in one-day internationals, the second-longest in its history after a 13-man losing run in the mid-1990s.New Zealand squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.last_img read more

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