Birmingham’s SliceFest Hosts Performances By GRiZ, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, And More [Photos]

first_imgOn Saturday, the sixth annual SliceFest took over Birmingham, Alabama, tapping GRiZ, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Manic Focus to round out the top of its lineup in addition to a number of local acts that supported the one-day festival. The festival-cum-block party is annually put on by Slice Pizza & Brewhouse, and focuses on Birmingham’s vibrant community, both in terms of the music and food found at the event and in terms of the event’s goal — SliceFest doubles as a fundraiser for local Birmingham-based non-profits. Over the years, SliceFest has grown in scale, with the festival this past Saturday marking the loftiest event to date, selling out and raising over $40,000 for local charities.Phil Lesh, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, & More Open Weekend At The Cap With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band [Videos]Live For Live Music contributor Craig Baird was on the ground to capture some of the special moments from this year’s SliceFest, along with photographer Michelle Petty. During Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s set, the multi-instrumentalist brought out Taylor Hicks — the former winner of American Idol — on harmonica during his ensemble’s encore of “So Real.” You can check out Baird’s photos below, courtesy of the photographer.GRiZ Announces First-Ever Live Band Show During Two-Night Red Rocks RunSliceFest 2017 | Birmingham, AL | 6/3/2017 | Photo: Craig Baird Photo: Craig Baird; Originally taken at SliceFest 2017 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The economist who connected across politics

first_imgMartin Feldstein ’61, a towering figure in economics who advised presidents across political boundaries and helped develop public economics as an empirical science, died Tuesday at age 79. He taught at Harvard for five decades.Generally known as Marty, Feldstein was the George F. Baker Professor of Economics and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which he headed for nearly 30 years, from 1977 to 1981 and from 1983 to 2008. At the helm of the bureau, Feldstein championed empirical research on economics because he believed it could improve society and make a difference in people’s lives.A strong believer in low taxes, limited regulation, and fiscally responsible policies, Feldstein was one of the most prominent economists of his generation, not only because of his trailblazing research on taxation and social insurance programs but also because of his ability to work effectively with Democrats and Republicans alike.Feldstein was President Ronald Reagan’s chief economic advisor in the early 1980s and served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under George W. Bush and on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board under Barack Obama.Jeremy Stein, chair of the Economics Department and Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics, praised Feldstein’s aptitude for working across the political aisle.“Marty was the preeminent bridge-builder in the economics profession, someone who did more to bring people and ideas together in a congenial way than just about anyone else,” said Stein in an email to faculty and staff. “It’s an extraordinary legacy.”At Harvard, Feldstein taught Ec 10, the introductory course in economics and one of the College’s most popular undergraduate classes, from 1984 to 2005. Some of his students became influential policy economists themselves, including Larry Summers, President Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary, Jeffrey Sachs, an authority on economic development and poverty, and Raj Chetty, known for his groundbreaking work on economic and racial inequality. Rep. Kennedy advocates a new economic agenda that addresses the needs of embattled workers A man of boundless energy, Feldstein hadn’t taken a sabbatical since 1984, when he returned to Harvard after serving in the Reagan administration, said Liebman, who co-taught Ec 1420, “American Economic Policy,” with Feldstein for the past 18 years. Feldstein often taught three classes each semester: “American Economic Policy,” undergraduate public economics, and graduate public economics. Several times during the semester, he would teach three classes on a Monday, fly to China or Europe for meetings, and then teach three classes on Friday, said Liebman.Feldstein authored more than 300 research articles and numerous columns for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and other publications. In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contributions to the field. He had graduated from Harvard in 1961 and received a Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1967.For Harvard Provost Alan Garber, who also studied with Feldstein as a Ph.D. candidate, his influence was profound in the area of applied economics, which uses economic theories in business, finance, and government.“Nobody did more to shape applied economics in the past half-century,” said Garber.Garber also recalled Feldstein’s role as a mentor to many of his students, as they became “students for life.”“Marty, who had declined admission to medical school himself, first advised me when I was an undergraduate considering both medicine and economics as careers,” said Garber. “Subsequently he served on my dissertation committee. When I was about to become a faculty member, he helped direct me toward research on aging, which became a major focus over the years that followed. And in his role as president, he appointed me as director of the NBER’s Health Care Program.”His colleagues considered Feldstein a role model personally as well as professionally.“He was kind and generous,” said Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy at the Kennedy School. “He advocated hard for the public policies he believed in, but taught, mentored, and advanced people without regard to his own views. He felt it was just as important to explain economic policies as it was to develop them.”Feldstein’s studies of real-world policy challenges ranging from economic growth and employment to health, savings, and national security were unparalleled, said Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Kennedy School.“He invented the field of the economics of health,” said Allison, who bonded with Feldstein when they were students at Oxford. “In the past decade, he was exploring the economics of national security — teaching a seminar that had half Ph.D. students from the economics department and half Kennedy School military and security professionals. To every issue, he brought a fair, open, rigorous, ruthlessly analytic mind. And he called conclusions as he saw them — even when they ran contrary to the conventional wisdom of Cambridge.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Sharing tributes on social media, Feldstein’s former students recalled his generosity and dedication as a teacher and the pivotal role he played in their careers. Jeffrey Liebman, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, was a Ph.D. candidate under Feldstein in the ’90s. In an email to the Gazette, Liebman recalled Feldstein urging his students to conduct economic research by paying attention to people’s motivations, rather than abstract economic models, by getting out of the office and classroom and interacting with economic actors.“When I was writing my thesis, I was having trouble making sense of some quantitative results,” said Liebman. “Marty said, ‘Jeff, you aren’t studying fish. Go out and interview some real people about how they are making their decisions.’ By teaching us to think hard about how government policies like taxes and social insurance programs affect individual behavior, Marty has had an extraordinary impact on economic policymaking and economic prosperity around the world. [Paul] Samuelson and [James] Tobin made us all Keynesians. [Milton] Friedman made us all monetarists. Feldstein turned us all into supply-siders.” “When I was writing my thesis, I was having trouble making sense of some quantitative results. Marty said, ‘Jeff, you aren’t studying fish. Go out and interview some real people about how they are making their decisions.’” — Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School For Feldstein, economics was “a calling,” said Summers in a tribute piece he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, “never an intellectual game or a political tool.” Summers was a sophomore when Feldstein hired him as a research assistant. He took Ec 10 with Feldstein, “the best economics course” he ever took. Former New York mayor and philanthropist urges grads toward ethical business practices Bloomberg extols ‘moral leadership’ at Business School Related “He decided to take a chance on hiring as a research assistant a disheveled college sophomore,” said Summers, Harvard’s Charles W. Eliot University Professor and University president emeritus. “I saw working for him what I had not seen in the classroom — that rigorous analysis and close statistical analysis of data could lead to better answers to economic questions and that the result could be better lives for millions of people.” A call for a kinder capitalismlast_img read more

Part 3 of 3-part series: It all comes down to finances for the USD 353 voter

first_img200716.5760.01173.61 Oxford60.617159.43 South Haven71.071204.385 The backgroundSteve Shogren, of Shogren and Associates and the financial advisor for this project, has been in Wellington before. In fact, one could argue he lived in Wellington for three years as the community struggled through three elections while deciding on a new high school at the turn of the century.It’s just not USD 353 Shogren advises. He does it all over the state. He helped Belle Plaine a few months ago with its bond proposal.  That fell do defeat. He helped at the Cheney School District last week. That one passed.He wins some and loses some. But his job is always the same. His purpose is to position school districts in the most advantageous spot possible in passing whatever school project is being proposed.“Raising taxes is always a tough sell,” Shogren said. “Especially when you have people on fixed incomes who may never use the facilities you’re trying to build.”But Shogren has a mantra he has used forever.“You never go wrong when voting for schools,” Shogren is convinced.Shogren said he likes Wellington’s proposal for three reasons.1) Wellington school district has one of the highest state aid reimbursement rates in the state of Kansas.2) Interest rates are low.3) Wellington has benefited from the lowering of mill levy rates elsewhere specifically from the Kansas Star Casino.“I think this is a window of opportunity, Wellington taxpayers shouldn’t pass up,” he said. Town Overall mill levy Belle Plaine174.684 Anthony205.091 200318.5362.78171.817 Pratt200.154 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — So you are looking at this car in the dealer parking lot. You like how she drives, the way she looks, the way she feels. It would look great in your garage.But there is one hitch: the price. And what happens at that negotiation table with the car dealer will determine whether you drive off that lot with a car or not.Tuesday’s election is no different.The Wellington USD 353 voters will be going to the polls Tuesday to determine whether the Security and Safety Improvements, proposed by the Wellington School Board, is worth the 20-year financial commitment. Norwich205.385 200517.4865.72175.511 YearUSD 353 bond & InterestOverall USD 353 mill levyOverall mill levy 200218.5557.45162.599 Conway Springs185.121 Wellington’s total mill levy rates as oppose to other towns is also comparatively low. In a survey conducted by former Wellington City Manager Gus Collins the total mill levy in Wellington is the lowest of 11 towns comparative in size: See overall figures here: Tax Information – City of Wellington. Wellington63.471162.352 Caldwell72.836208.657 The mill levyWhen taxes are raised, holy hell usually follows.But let’s remember in 2012 and 2013, Sumner County was the beneficiary of a tax “decrease” due to the advent of the Kansas Star Casino. Because Sumner County taxpayers receive one percent reimbursement on all casino business traffic, the county taxpayers as a whole saw a decrease of 15.546 mills in the first year. A mill levy is a “tax rate” that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value.In 2011, Wellington city taxpayers had a mill levy rate of 177.516 for all county, state and city taxes (see figures here).In 2012 that levy fell to 162.352. Translation: If you owned a $100,000 home in Wellington, you were billed $1,853 in 2012 compared to $2,042 in 2011. That’s a saving of $179.When Wellington voters passed the new high school bond issue in 2001, it was estimated that the school district would have to pay off the new school by raising the rate to 18.5 mills. What happened though, due to the low costs with bond, it didn’t require that much. Today, the mill levy for the 25-year high school bond issue is at 12.67 mills.Here are the mill levy figures for Wellington since 2001: Kingman178.323 Mill rate comparisons in 2013   Interest ratesThe conventional wisdom today is it a great time to invest in bonds. It is not so great of time being a lender.Shogren said if Wellington voters pass the issue Tuesday, the bond rates would be at a 50-year low.“We are estimated the interest rate at 4 percent,” Shogren said. “I think that is a conservative estimate. We could very well finance these bonds at 3.25 percent.” 201312.6563.471162.352 200616.7559.14172.881 Conway Springs64.061185.121 201014.9959.75179.113 Belle Plaine57.031174.684 State aid If Wellington passes this $11.5 million bond issue, the state of Kansas will reimburse USD 353 at a 52 percent rate using 2014 figures. The rate is determined by a formula based in Topeka in which a school district is reimbursed based on the wealth of a child. And that is determined by the overall assessed value of a school district multiplied by the number of full-time enrollment students.That rate is then compared with the other 285 school districts in the state.Wellington’s 52 percent  reimbursement rate is rather high, Shogren said. A rich school district like Johnson County gets zero. Conversely, a very rural school district in western Kansas will get zero not because it is wealthy district, but because they have few students.“I think there are only 10 school districts that is as high in Wellington in the whole state,” Shogren said. “Most school districts have a 25 percent rate for school construction reimbursements. Wichita School district is at 27 percent.”State aid has been around for awhile since the early 1990s when the Kansas State Legislature decided the state schools had some significant building issues to address and this was an incentive program to get construction moving.The program worked as new schools or improved facilities popped up across the state. Wellington took advantage of the program in 2001 with the building of the new high school. People may remember the rate for USD 353 was 38 percent then. Today, the state is paying 52 percent (it fluctuates each year) for Wellington’s high school.The program has been a godsend for school districts like Wellington, but each year there is a threat that the state could be taking it away.“You never know but each year there is that potential of losing that state funding,” Shogren said. “That’s why I keep going back to that window of opportunity. If we don’t use it now, we might not get it later.” 20019.26560.92160.132 SchoolsMill levy ratesOverall mill levies (in cities) Mill rate comparisons in 2013 with towns Wellington’s size 201113.2559.32177.516 200915.1962.77178.499 The proposalAs mentioned above, USD 353 taxpayers are currently paying 12.67 mills on a 25-year bond issue for the new high school and elementary school.In 2014 (see figure sheet here: Proposed New Bond Issue)  it is estimated $1.88 million of that bond debt will be paid with the state aid kicking in $976,189 at a 52 percent rate. Wellington paid $874,848.If Wellington passes the bond issue Tuesday, taxpayers will see an estimated increase of 2.65 mills. Therefore, a taxpayer will see his property taxes increase on a $100,000 home at $30.47 a year or $2.54 a month.“What does $2.54 pay for these days?” Shogren said. “It won’t pay for a gallon of gas. That’s for sure. It could get you a hamburger, but not a cheeseburger.”The bonds from both 2001 and 2014 would be combined. At its current rates, Wellington taxpayers will be assessed 15.32 mills. In 2026, when the 25 year high school project has run its course, then the mill levy will drop to 9.74 mills since the security and safety bond issue will still have eight years left.“I’m not sure there’s ever been a time that Wellington can get so much for so little money,” Shogren said.Here is a comparison of mill levy rates at the eight Sumner County schools: Argonia46.619155.021 200815.1957.4172.506 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -9 Vote up Vote down VoteNOonSKLBOND · 321 weeks ago Yeah what the county dropped in Mill Levy the City jumped in and raised it up. Don’t go blowing smoke our direction. Federal government today said their going to raise fuel road tax 12 cents a gallon on gas and tractor fuel. Add that up and most will be paying $300 dollars more plus in taxes and you want to add another $265 a year on $100K home. Not going to happen. We still don’t know the effects of the 48,000 new obamacare taxes are. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down guest 1 · 321 weeks ago Very good 3rd series. Lots of information. Didn’t sense the bias. Thanks Cueball your a fave behind Bob Getz. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 320 weeks ago where in the article does it say your taxes on a 100K home would be raise $265 a year?? If I read that correctly it says $30.47 a year…shoot that won’t even fill up your car…I think investing a little over $30, $40 or heck even $50 a year in our children (our FUTURE) is pretty darn cheap!! VOTE YES on this bond issue!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Wellington · 320 weeks ago VOTE NO Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down WW Dixie · 320 weeks ago Well written and researched with loads of facts and figures to read over again. This I like. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim Bodean · 320 weeks ago Don’t forget about this one either taxpayers. The new two-story rec facility addition at the 200 block of West Lincoln will include a new fitness center, locker rooms, conference rooms, art rooms, and offices. The current facility will also get some renovation. In November 2013, the Wellington City Council acted as “guarantor” which directed the Wellington Public Building Commission to issue 20 year bonds not to exceed $990,000 for a $1.89 million Wellington Recreation Commission Center expansion. This came at no expense to the city, but will be paid through the existing 5 mill levies designed to the WRC over the next 20 years. Higher water prices, higher fuel prices, WE DO NOT NEED THIS SCHOOL BOND FOR WISHES. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Wanda · 320 weeks ago Howdy friends in Wellinton, just wanted to stop by and say thank yous all for letting us have the casino 😉 it’s made life so much better for’s all of us in Mulvane. We have added to our schools, paving our streets, water is great, parks are being maintained, adding employees, business’s and people are moving in. What a great add the Kansas Star has been for us. All of this without adding to taxpayers expense. Too bad you all didnt have what it took to get the deal signed sealed and delievered yous all could be sittin wheres we are. Me and my posse have great times when we go to the Star and cant help but laugh about the biddin process and how the 3 wellinton commissioners at that time tryed everthing they had to derail our chance of landing the golden gooses that has helped our little community out. If your tired of higher taxes yous all can move up here to mulvane and we wills welcome you with open arms. Just thought you would like to know we are making plans to open up our own hospital in the next 5 years makiing our community much more convienate for those wanting to move here. Too bad you had too many hayseeds that could not grasp another town hostin the casino as we can tell it was best put here cause look at all the trouble it would have had being placed near wellinton. well I haves to go play some slots with my friends at the star and have another great day Living well livin in Mulvane. Wanda Report Reply 2 replies · active 320 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Charlie · 320 weeks ago Does my tax dollars pay for this guy to preach about the bond issue, or the concerned citizens? I doubt he is here doing this for free. If it’s my money, I’m not sure I like it. Oh, but wait, it only cost me two sticks of gum. Report Reply 1 reply · active 320 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down VoteNOonSKLBOND · 320 weeks ago Would like to know some more about what their being paid? Better hurry up on the answer as people are going to take this seriously. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down VoteNOonSKLBOND · 320 weeks ago HOW MUCH MONEY is Shogren going to make if bond is passed? CUE please hound them till it is printed. Someone was telling me it was close to $250,000.00 Thats BS if its true. Report Reply 3 replies · active 320 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Notice in 2001, USD 353 taxpayers had 9.26 mills designated toward bonds. That jumped to 18.55 in 2002 when the bond issue passed. The mill levy leaped to a 179.113 high in 2010. But one can see in 2012 when the casino revenue kicked in and it decreased. As far as mill levies are concerned they are where they are in 2001. Harper204.996 Wellington162.352 Arkansas City199.443 201214.5462.47162.04 Wellington mill levy tax rates through the years Mulvane50.132139.751 200418.7865.881174.548 The decisionTuesday is voting day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voting locations can be found here. You can still advance vote.Just like the guy buying the car, voters will be deciding on peripheral issues that has nothing to do with the school. It isn’t just about the car. It’s about his world. Will this car cost him say a house payment, or eating out, or cable television, etc.?Wellington voters most certainly have other issues to worry about. The hospital is looking at bringing up a half-cent sales taxes to cover expenses. The county commissioners are looking at allocating more money toward road and bridges. The city has street issues. Overall, there are needs everywhere.While taxes have lowered, assessed valuations have gone up — which isn’t a bad thing if the economy is growing. Is it growing in Wellington? That’s going to take more time than what Sumner Newscow has to figure out. The double edged sword when it comes to property taxes is it just isn’t the mill levies issued by county, city and schools for goods and services, it is also the county appraiser on the other end who establishes how much your property is worth.Decide on the information above and look at the other two issues in part one on the security and safety rooms and part two on the miscellaneous other project, and determine whether it’s worth your investment.Follow us on Twitter. Winfield181.73last_img read more

Quarter mark in the 2016 season arrives with not much settled

first_imgEUREKA >> The battle for the track championships in Redwood Acres Raceway’s six divisions is still up in the air. With the season nearly a quarter of the way done there are a lot of things that can change between this weekend’s upcoming race on June 11th and the final point races in September.Redwood Acres’ newest division, the Legends, are picking up cars as the season progresses. Current point leader, Brent Mack, has managed to be the only driver to be able to start each of the four feature …last_img read more

Online journalists’ alerts

first_imgA new free online tool has been launched to help journalists source relevant content for their stories. Media Alerts will allow journalists to reach the people with the right contacts and information, before deadline.Media Alerts is aimed at helping reporters decrease the amount of time spent finding information and industry experts. Radio and TV producers will also find it especially useful for sourcing people to interview for the next talk show. Based on the popular American Help A Reporter Out concept, Media Alerts is a simple service to help journalists get the best content, quickly.How it worksThrough an easy to use online form, you enter your specific requirements, from looking for IT experts who can comment on the new communications minister, to finding entrepreneurs who use Facebook for business. You will be able to specify the details of what you need, your deadlines and how you would like to receive the information.Your requests will be sent to a database of people who are in a position to help. The person who has the right information can then contact you directly, following the contact preferences and deadlines you specify.Using the power of networksThe subscribers that receive your requests are mostly PR practitioners, who have direct access to the CEOs, MDs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other networks of interesting individuals. With their extensive contacts, plus their desire to build good relationships with more journalists, they are an obvious source for the information you need.The PR subscribers have been given one rule though – to only ever send you content that is directly relevant to your request. Any abuse of this rule will see them being removed from the service.Start sending your requests nowMedia Alerts will be sending the first alerts on 21 May, so in the meantime, be sure to submit your requests for the next story you need to research – it’s free. Your requests will form part of the first batch of Media Alerts, helping you access a fast-growing network of people who want to help you.Media Alerts is an Encyclomedia service, designed to make journalists’ – and PR practitioners’ – work a little simpler.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articles2010 Gauteng media guidelines Young reporters go mobile The media in South Africa Useful linksMedia AlertsEncyclomediaHelp A Reporter OutGovernment Communication and Information African National Editors’ Forumlast_img read more

Facebook Snags Open Web Community Leader Recordon

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… David Recordon, an outspoken young advocate for Open Source and Open Web technologies, is leaving blog software company SixApart to join Facebook. He confirmed to us that he’ll be starting on Monday with the title Senior Open Programs Manager. The move was first reported by Spencer E. Ante this afternoon in BusinessWeek.Additional Facebook hires reported by BusinessWeek today include top Yahoo Engineer Arturo Bejar, former Genentech Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, and senior Google engineer Greg Badros. As close observers of the movement to develop open technology standards for the social web, we find the hiring of Recordon to be of greatest interest.David Recordon traveled all over the world advocating open standards apparently in the belief that an open web would ultimately benefit SixApart. By the same logic that more web use and thus more search is good for Google, so too is more blogging and more online activity good for an activity stream-savvy SixApart. But the company’s activity stream products don’t appear to have flowered as much as its blogging software, and Recordon’s international advocacy must have been expensive.Facebook, on the other hand, may have a clearer interest in fostering increased activity and syndication of that activity data. While some critics, including this site, have noted Facebook’s tendency to both horde user data and push definitions of privacy in directions most users are unlikely to approve of, the company has also been an active participant in standards discussions concerning both data syndication and privacy. (We worry that users are being pushed to open up data that developers will only be able to access in aggregate for a high price.)Recordon has been a key leader in the movement to advance standards-based technology concerning identity and activity. We hope that he will help usher in future developments at Facebook that will both make user data available to as many developers as possible to build on and help users stay in control of their privacy in ways they are comfortable with. That’s not going to be an easy job.Just like when open source advocates take jobs at Microsoft, it’s hard to know to what degree they are changing the nature of the company and to what degree they are being co-opted.Meanwhile back at SixApart, long-time team member Anil Dash has greatly increased his public profile in recent weeks with big posts about what he calls the Push-button Web.Key questions then seem to be these: can Dash and others at SixApart keep pushing the Open Web agenda by bringing new technologies to market effectively? Can Recordon help the part of Facebook that favors open innovation and not just put a happy face on what departed Forrester marketing analyst Jeremiah Owyang recently predicted would be a future of big social networks “colonizing the rest of the web.”Facebook recently announced that it will be expanding its staff by as much as 50% this year, and blogger Robert Scoble notes that he was told by Google employees today while visiting that they are being recruited hard by Facebook as well.Photo by Joi Ito. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#news#web Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How I Know Your Deal Is Going to Push

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 Inevitably, some of your deals are going to push. Blame it on the non-linearity of the sales process in practice (as opposed to the theoretical sales process that moves smoothly from target to execution without so much as a pause or a backward step). Place the blame where you like, here is how I know your deal is going to push.It’s Not the Client’s Date: Here it is in the very first spot. Your client did not provide you with a date by which they would like to begin executing your solution. You chose the date, or more accurately, entered some random sequence of numbers into your CRM. If I were to call your client now and tell them you intend to show up with a contract next Tuesday, as per your entry, would they be surprised? Would you be concerned about me making that call? Where there is no commitment to a start date, your deal is going to push.No Commitment to Change: If there is one of the ten commitments in The Lost Art of Closing (my second book), it is the Commitment to Change. You can have a whole bunch of meetings that feel just like the meetings you would have if you were pursuing a deal with-out there being a deal. People will have a meeting with you, explore change, and review your proposal and pricing without ever having made the commitment to change. If you haven’t asked them if they are committed to changing, your deal is going to push (or more likely, it will die).A Pattern of Unkept Commitments: If you want to know if your client intends to keep their commitments, look at their track record. Have they kept all of the commitments that they have made up until this point? Or have they made commitments without keeping them and instead caused you to give chase over voicemail and email? If they haven’t kept commitments up until now, why would they start with the Commitment to Decide?You Don’t Know Who Is Deciding: If you don’t know who is actually making the decision, then your deal is extremely likely to push. If your contact is going to present to their leadership team on your behalf, a leadership team that has never met you, look for the push. If you don’t know who can say yes, it’s a push.You Missed Commitments: There are 10 commitments you need in a sale, especially a B2B sale. You can find them all here, and if you want a deeper dive, you can pick up the book at For example, if you skipped building consensus or resolving concerns, you left major openings for bad things to happen, the kind of things that end in a deal being pushed.There are so many factors outside of your control that could cause your deal to push, you need to make sure that you do everything that is in your control to ensure that it doesn’t.last_img read more

Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism

first_imgRonaldo also scored twice in Madrid’s Champions League opener this season, a 3-0 win against APOEL. But he was criticized by many after a poor performance in a 1-0 home loss against Real Betis in the Spanish league. The Portuguese missed several chances in that game, including clear opportunities in front of goal.“I’m happy because I know that when everything is normal, that when I’m well and the opportunities appear, I will score,” Ronaldo said. “Sometimes the goalkeepers will make saves, or the woodwork will stop me, but this is part of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always work the same way,” Ronaldo said. “I’m an example as a professional. I never become desperate, although some people may think that I do. I’m always with a healthy mind, a clear mind, prepared for great challenges and for the criticism, which is getting worse.”This is not the first — or likely last — time that Ronaldo has complained about criticism against him. ButRonaldo reiterated that he is happy playing in Madrid and that he never said he wanted to leave, as widely reported after a tax-fraud investigation in Spain earlier this year. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, rear, gesture during a Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo says criticism against him is getting worse, and he doesn’t think it’s fair.Ronaldo made his comments after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.“It seems that match after match I have to show who I am,” Ronaldo said. “I’m surprised by the public opinion about me. Again, the numbers speak for themselves.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Ateneo still undefeated Read Next Ronaldo’s season got off to a slow start after a five-match suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final. He has scored five goals in six games so far. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “You didn’t hear that from me,” Ronaldo said. “People talk about Cristiano every day, everywhere in the world. If I had to answer to all the people who talk about me, I would only do that, and it can’t be that way. I live for football and for my family, the rest is secondary. Everything that involves the name of Cristiano is news everywhere in the world, it’s normal. When you are a big name, people will always talk about you.”Ronaldo dismissed questions about a possible new contract with Madrid, saying that’s for club president Florentino Perez to talk about.But Ronaldo also said he doesn’t feel Madrid depends on him to succeed.“When Cristiano is not playing, Real Madrid remains the same,” he said. “I see Real Madrid strong, with a great team, a great squad. It’s not about individual players.”The game against Dortmund marked Ronaldo’s 400th appearance with Real Madrid since his debut in 2009. He is the club’s all-time scoring leader with 412 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more