Umpire banned after wrong line calls at CAREBACO Under-19 Championships

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC):An umpire, officiating in the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) International Under-19 Championship has been banned for the rest of the tournament after a number of wrong line calls led to the elimination of Guyanese player Narayan Ramdhani at the quarter-final stage.An investigation was carried out after a report was made to the chief umpire and tournament director following the controversial calls in the third set of a three-set encounter.Angel Marinez Ulloa of the Dominican Republic (DR) won the first set 20-16, but lost the second to his Guyanese opponent 18-21.However, Ramdhani was leading 20-16 in the third set when four wrong calls by the DR line judges favoured the DR player.As a result, the young Guyanese player lost the match 23-21, prompting the probe followed by the disciplinary action against the umpire, who has been prevented from officiating for the rest of the tournament.The team phase of the Under-19 CAREBACO tournament started on Monday, with Guyana in Group B alongside Puerto Rico, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.Group A consists of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Suriname and Panama.last_img read more

Making sense of NBA free agency dollars

first_imgA: Players and teams can agree to contracts immediately, but except for some limited exceptions, such as rookies inking their initial contracts, nothing can be signed until after the free agency moratorium period ends, which is noon EDT on July 6.Q: How is the salary cap determined?A: It’s basically a formula based on basketball revenues. Last season’s was $99.1 million, and this year’s will be announced Saturday.Q: Why is James a free agent when he had a contract for next season?A: His $35.6 million salary for 2018-19 was a player option. He chose not to take it and became a free agent instead . Same thing with Paul George, who opted for free agency instead of the $20.7 million he was due in Oklahoma City next season, and Kevin Durant, with an option for $26.3 million in 2018-19.ADVERTISEMENT Q: How does Leonard fit into all this?A: He’s under contract two more seasons but apparently doesn’t want to wait for free agency, telling the San Antonio Spurs he wants to be traded even though he could cash in big by waiting and re-signing there. Teams that can’t afford a marquee free agent can try to entice the Spurs with a trade package for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.Q: Will things settle down once most of the signings are finished?A: Not entirely. Though deals can start to be finalized on July 6, that doesn’t mean free agency will end when the moratorium period ends. And talks never really stop in the NBA offseason. Last year it was Kyrie Irving asking to be traded from Cleveland and the Knicks trying to move Anthony that lasted deep into the summer, so count on something coming up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NEW YORK — Between the LeBron James guessing games and the Kawhi Leonard trade talk, it seems NBA shopping season is well underway.It’s actually just about to start.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Q: Does any team have a chance to sign them?A: Not really. Teams either need to be under the salary cap, or use some of the various exceptions that allow teams to exceed it (for example, to re-sign their own veteran free agents). There are exceptions allowing teams to spend even if they are over the cap, or above the luxury tax line, but those are not big enough to afford a top-level player.Q: Any other ways for players to become free agents before their contract expires?A: Yes, sometimes they have an early termination option. Carmelo Anthony could have gone that route, but decided to keep his contract, which plays him $27.9 million next season, intact.Q: Besides James and George, who are other big-name free agents?A: Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Tony Parker, J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors are all unrestricted options that could draw interest. There are also players such as Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine and Marcus Smart, but they are restricted free agents and their current teams would be allowed to match any offers they receive and keep them.Q: Are most teams far enough under the salary cap to really improve themselves?A: No, there are many more that are already over it or up against it. But the Lakers have slashed enough payroll to position themselves to afford James and another maximum-salary player.Q: How far over the cap can teams go?A: Depends on how much they’re willing to pay for it. There is a tax line (last year at about $119.3 million) and teams begin incurring a penalty once they reach that. It gets pretty severe depending on how far and how many years in a row they are over it. Terms like salary caps and contract options have been in the news for weeks, so fans might have an understanding of what they all mean. For those who don’t, here’s an attempt to explain how this all works.Q: When does free agency start?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA: It begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 1. So that’s early Sunday morning for teams in the East, but Magic Johnson and the Lakers can actually start their recruiting on Saturday night.Q: When can deals start happening? LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Suarez: club rivalry pushed aside vs Ronaldo at World Cup View commentslast_img read more

Applauding the Government of Liberia for Signing the Construction Project of the Ganta-Yekepa Road

first_imgThe Government of Liberia under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again with the signing of the construction project of the Ganta-Yekepa Road come to fulfill its pledges to the people of Nimba County, promising to build roads, schools, and hospitals and also to restore electricity, thus bringing to the county a number of social services initiated across the country.An example of such initiatives is the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, which was destroyed as a result of the civil war and is being rehabilitated; expansion work on the Bushrod Island turbine plant; major rehabilitation and construction work on the Red-Light-Ganta highway; and rural electricity project through the West Africa Power Pool, all of which have brought lights in the homes and streets of Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland counties. The Freeport-Red-Light corridor, which is currently being undertaken, remains in earnest, as are the construction projects for the Gbarnga – Manikoma highway, the Greenville – Zwedru, Ganta – Zwedru to Fish Town roads, which have either been completed or are about to be finalized.With the latest development culminating into the signing of the construction plan of the Ganta – Yekepa road, many Liberians, in particularly citizens of Nimba County, will have cause to applaud and celebrate. Nimba is Liberia’s second most populous county and where a huge number of economic activities are concentrated. The county shares borders Guinea and Ivory Coast, as well as immense trade and commerce.Once completed, the project will enhance the socioeconomic activities of Liberians from all walks of life, reducing travel hiccups and hurdles which are mainly a result of bad road conditions and will encourage investors to the county.We can rightly say that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government has demonstrated hindsight and commitment in that it has done and is doing more to respond to the needs and aspirations of the Liberian people. And rather than ignoring the challenges undertaken by the government, we hope that with resilience and concerted efforts we as a people will help in the socioeconomic development of our country. This is a government that makes and keeps its promises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Happy New Year” – Magistrate tells pickpocket before jailing him

first_imgTwenty-four-year-old Akeem Ishmael was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Faith McGusty after he pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The charge stated that on December 23, 2019, while being armed with a knife, he attempted to rob Jose Tamblante.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told the court that Tamblante was doing his Christmas shopping and as he made his way to the minibus park, he felt a hand in his back pocket. The VC, however, held onto the suspect’s hand and a scuffle ensued.It was then that the suspect whipped out a knife from his pocket but was wrestled to the ground by the Virtual Complainant, who managed to take the knife away. A police mobile unit was summoned and the man was arrested.In a plea of mitigation before sentencing, the man claimed that his financial circumstances led to him attempting to steal the VC’s wallet and begged the court for leniency.However, Prosecutor Singh informed the court that Ishmael was previously charged for a similar offence and had to compensate the victim. The Magistrate wished the suspect a “Happy New Year” and sent him off to jail.last_img read more

Mavericks Nightclub in Dawson Creek on fire

first_imgCrews are currently on scene fighting the fire and have streets around Mavericks blocked off.  Residents are asked to stay away from the area.We will post more updates as they become available.If you have any photos of the fire, please email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.- Advertisement –last_img

COMPETITION: WIN A PLACE ON POPULAR SUGAR-FREE EATING PROGRAMME

first_imgA Donegal nutritionist is offering you a chance to win a place on her popular ‘quit sugar’ programme.The sugar-free eating plan can help reduce mood swings, bloating and help relieve heartburn, says Letterkenny nutritionist Caitriona Feeney.“There are so many other health benefits associated with reducing the amount of sugar in your daily diet. It really is something to consider when you are trying to eat healthier,” she said. Caitriona, from Raw Nutrition, is now running a second “Free Yourself From Sugar” programme starting on October 12th.To win a place on the programme, just send an email to caitrionamfeeney@yahoo.co.uk, with SUGAR in the subject and your contact details – a winner will be announced this Friday, October 9.Based in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, Raw Nutrition Centre also offers a food intolerance test at its two centres.To book an appointment with Niamh or Caitriona all you have to do is private message on Facebook or call on 00353 87 795 1159. They are based in Donegal Town on a Monday.Appointment times are:Monday 9:30am-7pmAppointments for LetterkennyTuesdays 9:00am- 6:00pmWednesday 9:00am-7:30pmThursday 9:00am -6:00pmFriday 9:00am-5:00pmThe Raw Nutrition online programme Free Yourself from Sugar programme is a six week personalised service that will help you curb your sugar cravings and help eliminate refined sugars from your diet.Caitriona said: “We devise a seven day personalised nutrition plan and you have unlimited contact with one of our nutritionists. We also provide nutritional updates and motivational tips throughout.“Free Yourself from Sugar is one of the best designed programmes Raw Nutrition has come up with. We have thought of everything, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and how to control the little sugar cravings.” Caitriona said the programme is suitable for everyone.“If you are just setting out on a healthier eating plan, this will help you. You have support on hand and you will have your own nutritional plan prepared for you. Sometimes the hardest part is thinking about change. We make it easier to take those next steps,” she says.“For more active people who are finding it difficult to lose that last bit of weight, it will also help them. Everyone knows that you can’t out-train a poor diet. The online programme will help you to stop feeling hungry, it will give options for a healthy snack and show you how to enhance your meals using spices.“People who are halfway through the current programme have said that one of the main results is the amount of energy that they now have as well as a much better sleep pattern,” said Caitriona. Caitriona can be contacted at:Raw Nutrition087 795 1159or Click here:https://www.facebook.com/RawLK?ref=hlCOMPETITION: WIN A PLACE ON POPULAR SUGAR-FREE EATING PROGRAMME was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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:competitiondonegaleating planFree Yourself from SugarRaw Nutritionsugar-freewinlast_img read more

Track & Field Wins Eight Events To Open Outdoor Season

first_imgATHENS, Ga. – The Drake University track and field teams opened the outdoor season by winning eight events at the Georgia Relays, March 18-19, at Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga.In two of those events, both the men’s and women’s 200 meters, the Bulldogs swept the top four spots to start the outdoor campaign.Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) led the women’s team with a pair of wins in the 200 meters in 25.35 and the 100-meter hurdles in 14.00. Her first-place showing helped lead a Drake sweep of the top four spots in 200 meters. She also ran the third leg on the team’s first-place 4×100-meter relay and was second in the 400-meter hurdles. Joining her on that relay was Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.), Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) and Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa). All three had stellar days with Rolle also winning the long and triple jumps with marks of 17-10.25 and 38-1.5 respectively. Ahmed-Green finished in second in the 200 meters in 25.35 and was fourth in the 400 meters in 59.48. Welch finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.29.Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) also had a strong showing with by winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.84 and taking third-place in the 200 meters in 25.81.The men’s team enjoyed similar success with Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) winning the 200 meters in 21.73 followed by Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) in second in 22.10 to lead four Bulldogs to the top four spots in the race. Aaron Chier came in third, followed by Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) in fourth. Vincent also finished second in the 100 meters in 10.47 while Priebe enjoyed great success in the hurdles.The sophomore won the 110-meter hurdles 14.97 and took second, but was the first collegiate competitor, in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.09. The Bulldogs return to action next weekend for their annual trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Arkansas Spring Invitational.2016 Georgia RelaysAthens, Ga. – Spec Towns TrackMarch 18-19, 2016Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters – Prelims1. Mary Young, 25.352. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.353. Virginia Hill, 25.814. Taryn Rolle, 25.97400 Meters – Prelims4. Rai Ahmed-Green, 59.48100-Meter Hurdles1. Mary Young, 14.002. Destani Welch, 14.293. Virginia Hill, 14.59400-Meter Hurdles1. Virginia Hill, 1:00.842. Mary Young, 1:01.144×100-Meter Relay1. Ahmed-Green, Rolle, Young, Welch, 47.66Long Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 17-10.25Triple Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 38-1.5 2016 Georgia RelaysAthens, Ga. – Spec Towns TrackMarch 18-19, 2016Drake Individual Men’s Results100 Meters2. Pierce Vincent, 10.475. Aaron Chier, 10.756. Demetrius Shelton,10.84200 Meters1. Demetrius Shelton, 21.732. Pierce Vincent, 22.103. Aaron Chier, 22.244. Hudson Priebe, 22.74110-Meter Hurdles1. Hudson Priebe, 14.97400-Meter Hurdles2. Hudson Priebe, 54.09Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

iPad Sales in 2011: 18-25 Million or More, Say Analysts

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We already know the iPad is popular – it sold 2 million units in its first 60 days, and then 3 million by the 80-day point. But how big of an impact will the iPad have in 6 months? A year from now? Analysts are starting to weigh in on this topic, and the numbers they’re coming up with are big. Very big.According to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Apple could sell 25 million iPads in 2011. Barclays Capital, meanwhile, predicts 28 million tablets will be sold in 2011, with Apple owning the majority of that market for several years. Reported by Digital Daily, Sacconaghi, in a note to clients, said the iPad could sell “5 million iPads or more in FY 11.” He determined this by extrapolating sales trajectories of the iPhone, iPod Touch and netbooks. However, he offered a more conservative estimate of 18 million, saying that “product use-cases and competitive offerings are very nascent.” He also underscored that the firm does not have a high conviction in the estimate for those reasons. Meanwhile, only yesterday, Barclays Capital was estimating similar numbers for the tablet industry: 28 million units by 2011 and Apple holding onto a 75% market share throughout next year. New Estimates Much Higher Than Earlier OnesWhat’s interesting about both these predictions (and, as always, analysts predications are taken with the proverbial grain of salt around here), is how much higher they are than the earlier estimates that came out around the time of the iPad’s launch. In February, we rounded up the current analyst estimates and, at that time, firms were predicting unit sales of 3.75 million to 9 million for FY 2011. Specifically:Yair Reiner, Oppenheimer: 4 million units in FY 2011 Scott Craig, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch: 3.75 million in FY 2011 Keith Bachman, BMO Capital: 5.5 million units in FY 2011 Ben Reitzes, Barclays Capital:  7.3 million in FY 2011 Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray: 8 million units in FY 2011 Katy Huberty, Morgan Stanley: 9 million units in FY 2011 How does one get from (the arguably decent) showing of 3.75 million units in FY 2011 to the (somewhat earth-shattering) figure of 25 million+?Part of that jump may be attributable to the iPad’s in-roads in the enterprise. As reported yesterday by our own Alex Williams, Well Fargo took two years to support the iPhone, but approved the iPad in the span of a few weeks. And Mercedes is thinking of purchasing iPads for its 350 U.S. dealerships.But enterprise sales alone can’t account for what’s clearly a seismic shift in the personal computing landscape. Perhaps it’s like Steve Jobs, Apple CEO said: tablets are leading the way to the “post-PC” era (And of course by “tablets” he meant “iPad”). Jobs wasn’t just referring to the death of Windows computers, either, but to the very form factor our generation has grown up knowing as “the computer.” A box, screen and keyboard, which then became the flip-to-open notebook and later its tiny sibling, the netbook. And while many of us can’t personally imagine life without a hardware-based keyboard, the majority truly “personal” computing can be done on a touchscreen alone. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, email, Web surfing and everything else that occupies a good bit of people’s non-work related computing time rarely requires the amount of keyboard input that necessitates the additional hardware. For many mainstream computer users, the iPad suffices. Yahoo! Reveals iPad User Base is More Gender-Balanced…and Much, Much Bigger Recent findings from media company Yahoo! support the claim of iPad’s growing mainstream popularity: the company today revealed a follow-up to its early reports on the iPad user base, an analysis based on visits to Yahoo! network properties. As expected, the first wave of iPad users skewed heavily male, as is often the case when new tech gadgets arrive on scene. But now, the gender ratio is more balanced, moving from a 2:1 to 3:2 male to female ratio. The company has also seen a 7x increase in the number of users visiting Yahoo! services via the iPad, another indicator of the device’s popularity for the above-referenced “personal” computing. And given the more balanced mix of iPad users, interest in other Yahoo! properties beyond Flickr, News, Finance and Sports has also increased. Yahoo! Groups, for example, is up 28%, Shopping is up 25% and Travel is up 22%. On a personal note, we didn’t need analysts to tell us the iPad would be a hit: the first weekend with the device had us convinced: the iPad is the first real family computer. But to see numbers now associated with the phenomenon is still impressive. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#Trends#web center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Why JavaScript Will Become The Dominant Programming Language Of The Enterprise

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#app development#cloud computing#JavaScript#programming language 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Guest author Nolan Wright is the CTO of Appcelerator.There is no denying that since its inception in the mid 90’s, JavaScript has become one of the most popular Web development languages. In September 2012, industry analyst firm, RedMonk, showed it as the top language. Much of this is due to its ability to deliver rich, dynamic web content, its relatively lightweight and its high ease of use. Although initially developed as a browser-agnostic scripting language, in recent years, we’ve seen its continued evolution beyond the desktop to areas such as mobility and server-side web applications. Over the next few years, JavaScript is poised to become the dominant language of the enterprise for IT – ultimately displacing the all-encompassing and highly pervasive C, C++ and Java languages. There are several factors that support this reasoning:Mobility & Client-Side DevelopmentToday virtually all enterprises recognize that mobility is foundational to disrupting markets, gaining competitive advantage and increasing efficiencies, in many cases by an order of magnitude. The rate at which users adopt new devices and apps, and the fact they demand a constant stream of innovations and updates, is driving shorter, more frequent release cycles, measured in days or weeks rather than months or quarters. From Appcelerator developer surveyUser experience has also become a crucial issue, due largely to Apple, who dramatically raised the bar for what is considered acceptable. Users now demand a great user experience, and the overall success and adoption of an app is highly correlated to it. In the enterprise, trends like Bring Your Own Device and Bring Your Own App are driving consumer-like behavior regarding the adoption of mobile apps. The result is that the user experience has become key to the success of any application regardless of its target and not something a CIO can ignore.JavaScript’s ability to meet the demands of rapid development, while at the same time maximizing the user experience, makes it a natural fit for mobile development platforms. It’s no coincidence that both Apple and Google have exposed JavaScript application programming interfaces to their mobile development tool kits in order to expand their developer base.Cloud & Server-Side DevelopmentWhen it comes to mobile solutions in the enterprise, the cloud is the name of the game. And here JavaScript’s role is fast becoming just as central. Although not historically associated with server-side development, JavaScript has in the last four years seen swift adoption as a backend technology platform via Node.js.Node.js, a software platform used to build scalable network applications based on Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, is growing like gangbusters. It is being adopted by millions of developers and enterprises for a wide range of use-cases. Big brand names like GM, Yahoo, Dow Jones, Walmart and Dell have all deployed Node.js and are touting its merits.According to Strongloop, a company and community that supports Node.js, there are over 35,000 downloads of Node.js per day. When it comes to cloud adoption it’s one of the top four software systems, supported by five of the six major platform-as-a-service providers including Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Node.js has over 30,000 modules available. It’s this strong ecosystem of developers that makes it so compelling to enterprise IT. Resources & Skill SetsAlthough there is no definitive measure to determine the absolute popularity of different development languages, much of the research uses metrics such as search queries, job postings and Github projects as the basis of its reporting. SitePoint, an Australian book publisher focused on developers, compared data from job vacancies for 2012 and showed that JavaScript demand has increased faster than any other language. JavaScript doubles Ruby, Objective C and Android (Java), and over three times more than C++ and C#. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… nolan wright The TIOBE Programming Community Index, another indicator of the popularity of programming languages, looks at the numbers of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors based on popular search engine queries. For June 2013 it showed that JavaScript was the fifth fastest growing language, year over year, after Objective C, PHP, Java and Python. Where To Start?It’s rare that shifts as dramatic as mobile and cloud don’t require IT organizations to re-staff or re-train around the (often complex and befuddling) New Thing. But JavaScript, owing to its power, flexibility and ubiquity, holds out just this promise.Early-adopter enterprises are already repurposing their Web developers as mobile developers, leveraging their JavaScript skills and applying them to these new domains. Similarly, server-side developers of traditional corporate applications are migrating their expertise to JavaScript and find it an easy and natural migration from more complex languages such as Java and C#.Becoming The Default Enterprise Programming LanguageThere are strong odds in favor of JavaScript becoming the dominant language ofthe enterprise. This isn’t to say every other language will atrophy overnight (they won’t; too many legacy systems count on them) nor that JavaScript is free of issues (no language is). But the gigantic efficiencies to be gained by having a lingua franca for the enterprise, especially when that lingua is easily learned and already in wide adoption, makes the case for JavaScript very strong. Even Microsoft has warmed to the JavaScript movement, promoting it to first-class citizenship in Windows 8.Importantly, there’s also JavaScript’s popularity in high school computer courses,owing to its simplicity and quick learning curve. At least the next few generations of programmers are likely to treat JavaScript as their native programming tongue. All of this is good news for the enterprise. A simple, open language, equally adapted to building both client and server-side apps? There’s no such thing as technology utopia, but JavaScript looks like the next best thing.Cloud computing images courtesy Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Your Name Is Priceless

first_imgA few years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of salespeople. They were running a boiler room, and when I researched the company before joining them for a phone call I discovered that they took money from their prospective clients without delivering the value they promised. There was enough evidence to make me believe that the practice was widespread, and what I found was credible enough to give me pause. As I looked more deeply into the company, I also found complaints about sexual harassment and poor treatment of women inside the company. There were too many of these complaints to ignore.On a phone call with the CEO, I suggested I wasn’t the right speaker for his group. I tried to leave it at that and bow out without having to explain my reasons. But I was pressed by the executive I was speaking to for an explanation of my lack of interest in speaking to his company. I shared with him what I found when searching for information about his company in preparation for the meeting. He didn’t do much to deny anything I said but instead said, “I am offering you money. I will pay you, and you will speak.” Politely, I again refused. He pushed back, insisting that money should be enough of the motivation for me to speak to his company. I told him that money wasn’t enough for me to change my deepest held values.This individual offered to double the money and double the work. Clearly, he believed that everyone has a price and that he merely hadn’t found mine. By doing so, I was even more convinced that what I discovered about the company was true. I refused his offer and hung up the phone, only to have one of his lieutenants call me to ask me how I could refuse his offer. Nothing I said made any impact, and I eventually hung up.I was not interested in helping them. I was not interested in helping this group of people to steal faster. Nothing I would have said would have changed the culture of the organization.It doesn’t make sense to possess a “whatever it takes” attitude towards making money. It doesn’t make sense to compromise your values, especially for something you can obtain without having to do so, even if it means you must work harder, and even if it will take longer. Your character is worth more than money, and in the long run, so is your name.last_img read more