Freeway car fire spreads to brush

first_imgeThe fire was east of the freeway in dried brush north of Templin Highway. It was was spreading uphill toward a ridge marked by fire roads and natural breaks that firefighters eyed as possible containment lines. On Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service imposed restrictions on campfires and other activities that could spark fires in the Angeles National Forest, which borders the scene of Friday’s fire. Car fires often spread and spark forest fires in the area, a Forest Service official said. CASTAIC – Flames spread into brush Friday along Interstate 5 near Castaic after a car caught fire on the side of the road. Because of the high fire danger, an army of about 150 firefighters descended on the fire by ground and air, Los Angeles County Fire officials said. Flames were spotted about 2:30 p.m. and reported by passing motorists. Crews held the blaze to about 25 acres and were starting to get a line around it by 4 p.m., Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said. No buildings were threatened, but one inmate crew member suffered heat exhaustion and was being treated on scene, Padilla said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Public urged to support ‘period poverty’ aid project in Donegal

first_imgA pop-up collection point has opened in Buncrana in support of a special project to end period poverty in Ireland.Period poverty is a silent struggle that many women are forced to deal with every month.It may be something that is often taken for granted, but the expense of feminine hygiene products can place extra pressure on teenagers and women in various circumstances. Buncrana woman Aoife Grant recently opened Donegal’s only collection point this year for Homeless Period Ireland, a project that gives dignity to women in need.The initiative takes in public donations of pads, tampons, liners and wipes that volunteers then drop off at Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges.Aoife Grant, co-founder of Merdog BooksAoife, who works in publishing, was inspired to help out after hearing about the trojan work of Homeless Period Ireland Manager Claire Hunt. The project was partly prompted by a scene from the British film I, Daniel Blake in which a young woman is caught for shoplifting sanitary pads.Aoife was also struck by the harsh realities of the film and by essays on period poverty. She decided to get involved with Homeless Period Ireland in January 2019 by opening a collection point in The Exchange in Buncrana. Pads, tampons, wipes and maternity pads can all be donated to the designated point between 9.30am – 1pm and at various times in the evenings. Aoife said: “I would urge women to, when they are buying something in the shop, just to put an extra one in the basket. Women who are pregnant and don’t need the items could also buy them anyway and donate them.“I would love the support from women and men alike.”A recent survey by Plan International found that nearly 50 per cent of Irish teenage girls find it difficult to afford sanitary products. Also, 61% of Irish girls aged 12-19 have missed school as a direct result of their period. A further 61% of girls said they are too embarrassed to talk about menstruation.The average cost for a pack of sanitary pads in Ireland is €4.50, while tampons range from €2-€5 for regular packs. In a year, a woman can spend up to €100 on feminine hygiene.Aoife is hoping the local collection can help the hidden crisis and break the stigma. She said: “The most important thing to me is to get rid of that hurdle because young girls do not need another obstacle.”“This is not just for homeless women, it’s women and teenagers in crisis and those in Direct Provision.”The Buncrana collection will end on 8th March, International Women’s Day, before the goods are delivered to Homeless Period Ireland for distribution.For more information check out www.facebook.com/homelessperiodIreland Public urged to support ‘period poverty’ aid project in Donegal was last modified: February 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranahomeless period irelandlast_img read more

Spencer boys basketball rips Granton

first_imgRockets win second in a row, now 4-4 in Cloverbelt EastBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Jack Bezlyk had 18 points, and Collin Nieman added 15 to lead the Spencer boys basketball team to a 77-47 victory over Granton in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup Thursday night at Spencer High School.The win is the Rockets’ second in a row, and they improve their record to 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the Cloverbelt East. Granton is now 1-10 and 0-9 in the conference.Spencer rolled out to a 48-21 lead by halftime and held control the rest of the way.Spencer hosts Edgar in a nonconference game Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 77, Bulldogs 47Granton 21 26 – 47Spencer 48 29 – 77GRANTON (47): Vandeberg 5-17 0-0 13, Riles 6-14 0-0 13, Opelt 4-16 0-2 10, Ludwig 1-4 3-4 5, Tyler 1-1 0-0 2, Martin 1-4 0-0 2, McConkey 0-0 1-2 1, Carver 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 18-59. FT: 5-9. 3-pointers: 6-19 (Vandeberg 3-8, Opelt 2-7, Riles 1-2). Rebounds: 35. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 1-10, 0-9 Cloverbelt East.SPENCER (77): Jack Bezlyk 7-10 2-3 18, Collin Nieman 6-10 0-0 15, Lukas Ellefson 4-12 1-2 9, Jordan Viegl 1-1 0-0 2, Noah Zastrow 4-8 0-0 8, Jacob Miller 3-7 2-2 8, Austin Bacon 2-8 1-2 6, Nate Karau 3-6 0-0 6, Vladimir Rivera 2-4 1-3 5, Brett Kasch 0-2 0-0 0, Josh Rudolph 0-3 0-0 0. FG: 32-72. FT: 7-12. 3-pointers: 6-19 (Nieman 3-6, Bezlyk 2-3, Bacon 1-4, Zastrow 0-1, Kasch 0-2, Ellefson 0-3). Rebounds: 50. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record; 4-6, 4-4 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

BEE deal to benefit Clicks employees

first_img22 October 2010South Africa’s Clicks Group has announced a share ownership scheme which will see 10% of the group’s shares issued to employees. Approximately 70% of the shares will be allocated to black people, with 60% of these being black women.The transaction is valued at around R1.2-billion, based on the group’s recent market capitalisation. Shares will be issued at market price to all permanent employees, except senior executives currently participating in the group’s long-term incentive scheme.The scheme is subject to shareholder approval at a general meeting in January 2011.The Clicks Group comprises store brands such as Clicks, The Body Shop, Music and United Pharmaceutical Distributors.Retain, attract specialist skillsClicks Group CEO David Kneale said the scheme would enable the group to retain and attract scarce and specialist skills which are critical to the sustainability of the business.“Pharmacists, senior black managers and longer serving employees will receive higher share allocations,” Kneale said in a statement this week. “The shortage of pharmacists is one of the biggest challenges facing our business.”He added that the scheme would enhance the group’s ability to attract pharmacists into Clicks by giving them the opportunity to share in the long-term growth and capital appreciation of the group.“Extending share ownership to all employees will accelerate transformation and build on the progress we have made across the other areas of black economic empowerment, particularly employment equity, skills development, preferential procurement and socio-economic development,” Kneale said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Indiana Issues IRC Conformity Guidance

first_imgIndiana has released a bulletin covering the most significant changes enacted in its IRC conformity law.  The bulletin discusses:inclusion of IRC Sec. 965 income;inclusion of global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI);modifications related to deductions for business interest; andnet operating losses.The law updated the IRC conformity date to February 11, 2018.Foreign Earnings or ProfitsThe bulletin informs corporate and individual income taxpayers on how to treat foreign earnings or profits.  Any return or schedule reporting an adjustment for IRC Sec. 965 income for 2016 and 2017 must be filed on paper. Indiana cannot accept electronically filed returns with the required codes at this time.Global Intangible Low-Taxed IncomeTaxpayers receiving global intangible low tax income (GILTI) under IRC Sec. 951A for tax years 2018 and later must include GILTI  on their federal tax retuns. An Indiana corporate taxpayer must add back the deduction taken under IRC Sec. 250(a)(1)(B).Any IRC Sec. 78 amount added back under IRC Sec. 250 can still be deducted as part of the existing IRC Sec. 78 deduction. The portions attributable to IRC Sec. 250(a)(1)(B)(i) and (ii) must be reported separately.S corporations, partnerships, and trusts will disregard GILTI as a receipt for apportionment purposes. However, the income reported as GILTI still must be reported.Interest DeductionIn 2018 and after, the deduction for business interest is allowed without regard to the limitation in IRC Sec. 163(j)(1). Thus, business interest expenses are allowed in the year the expense is paid or incurred. Any amount in excess of the allowable federal amount will be a deduction in determining Indiana adjusted gross income. If a taxpayer carries over an interest expense from one year to another, the carried over amount must be added back.Net Operating LossesIndiana will continue to allow net operating losses to be deducted up to 100% of Indiana adjusted gross income. Also, Indiana continues to have a 20 year carryforward for net operating losses.Information Bulletin #116, Indiana Department of Revenue, July 1, 2018, ¶402-913Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

What Cloud is Your Healthcare Data In?

first_img77% of respondents were in North America11% in Europe4.5% Middle East46% of respondents were working in hospitals27% in multi-hospital systems or integrated delivery systems7% in ambulatory care facilities66% of respondents were in large organizations with more than 500 employees23% in medium sized organizations with 50-500 employees10% in small organizations with less than 50 employeesThe largest categories of roles of respondents were nurses at 14 percent, doctors/PAs/nurse practitioners at 13 percent, administrative directors/managers at 11 percent, and several other healthcare frontline worker roles across provider, payer, life sciences and pharma sectors of healthcare.What did they have to say? Stay tuned for more information in my weekly blog series leading up to HIMSS13 on the drivers motivating use of workarounds by healthcare workers, what specific workarounds they are using, and where privacy and security is breaking down.What risks are you seeing in your healthcare organization with sensitive healthcare data moving from endpoint devices into unsecured clouds?If you will be at HIMSS13 in New Orleans, join us for a workshop panel to explore this concept further. RSVP and reserve your spot. In January 2013, HIMSS surveyed frontline healthcare workers globally on what motivates the use of workarounds, what types of workarounds are being used, and where there may be challenges in privacy and security such as lack of policy, enforcement, or ineffective training. This survey greatly exceeded expected response rate with more than triple the target number of responses, or 674 total respondents. Here’s some quick bites of information about the respondents: We spend a lot of time and attention analyzing vulnerabilities with specific endpoint devices or cloud platforms, which is warranted, but often not the most significant source of privacy and security risk.Healthcare workers are being increasingly empowered with tools from bring your own device (BYOD) personal smartphones, tablets, laptops, to personal apps for file transfer, note sharing and other tasks, to social media, texting, personal email, USB keys and so on. When healthcare solutions, or the security around them, are perceived by healthcare workers as unusable or cumbersome, they can and do use workarounds that can drive additional risk.One specific example is moving unencrypted patient information using a file transfer service accessed using an app running on a personal device. In this case the sensitive healthcare data is moving through the data transfer cloud associated with the file transfer app. This moves the protected healthcare data into a “side channel”, separate from the EHR, out of the control of the healthcare organization. This in turn adds risk to confidentiality of breaches, as well as risk to the integrity or completeness of the patient record since data moving in side channels like this, out of band with the official repository eg EHR (Electronic Health Record) solution, often does not result in updates to the patient record.Over time the patient record can become incomplete or dated. In a best case this can result in suboptimal healthcare, and in a worst case become a patient safety concern.  This vulnerability can exist even with a secure endpoint device and secure cloud behind it, and even if a thin / VDI client is used, since it only requires the user to have the ability to install and use the file transfer app.last_img read more

Why Most Website Redesigns Have a Half-Life

first_img Topics: Half-life is the period of time it takes for a substance undergoing decay to decrease by half, and is especially used when talking about radioactive decay. Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignMany of you redesigning your website right now may be experiencing a half-life of your own, and one that might even be more dangerous (to marketing folks) than a radioactive substance.  This half live is the time that it takes for your own happiness with your website to decline by half. Most marketers and business people get tired of their websites way too fast, and because of this, they redesign their websites way too often.Your personal opinion of your website’s attractiveness has nothing to do with the need for a website redesign.   The goal of your website is to get found by more prospects, and convert more of them into leads and sales.  The only person you want to impress with your website is your prospect, and they are much more likely to want to find the information they want than to admire a beautiful flash graphic.  A more “beautiful” design or a new design may be more confusing to your prospects, and lower your conversion rate.Have you suffered from the Website Redesign Half-Life pitfall?  Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Website Redesign Originally published Jan 12, 2010 3:29:00 PM, updated July 28 2017center_img Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing.Download the Webinar Now and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Are You Making Marketing Decisions Like Bill Polian?

first_img What is my cost-per-lead for each marketing activity? Polian is referring to the 15 years worth of data that has been collected since the kick-off distance rule was changed, which has the ball start on the 30 yard line instead of the 35 yard line. This 5 yard change started a trend where the receiving team had slightly better field position. When you take a look at the numbers, nearly 59.8% of the time, the team that wins the overtime coin toss and takes possession of the ball will win the game, and an astounding 34.4% of all overtime wins were coming on this first possession. But once you saw the statistics, it became obvious we had to do something change how sudden-death overtime is handled during playoff games Topics: There’s a ton of factors that lead to this decision, but the key factor behind this latest change comes from rock hard data. As Bill Polian, the president of the Indianapolis Colts, states, “Plenty of people on the committee, myself included, are so-called traditionalists. I am proud to be one. Stop waiting for your turn to receive the ball when you lost the sudden-death coin toss. Is this effort and money driving traffic? Originally published Mar 25, 2010 12:45:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Don’t let traditionalist tendencies get in the way of radical changes that can improve your bottom line. Follow the data. Stick with strategies that work and abandon ones that don’t From a pure numbers standpoint, if a playoff game has made it all the way to overtime, the split between winning and losing the game shouldn’t be skewed so far towards winning the coin toss, and the NFL has voted to change this ruling. .” Is that traffic becoming leads? This Blog isn’t About Football, its About Marketing What is my best lead source? To get answers that help improve business, it is important to ask the right questions. Here are a few questions that can help when you are thinking about making changes to your marketing budgets. Inbound Marketing When you look at everything you do with your marketing budget, ask yourself “Why am I doing this?”. If the answer you give yourself is “Because we’ve always done this”, make sure you look at the data. This week, the NFL voted to Is the sales team closing those leads as customers? How To Question Your Marketing Budget .last_img read more

Free eBook: Building the Marketing Plan: A Blueprint for Start-ups

first_img I talk to a lot of start-ups about their marketing and sales operations.  Often, the conversation turns to the subject of building a marketing plan – how to prioritize, what to do, activities, infrastructure, etc. 9.When the time is right, fill the following marketing roles: content creators; evangelical networkers; and optimization gurus. I’ve surely missed a bunch of stuff – so would love to hear what are your thoughts and best practices on putting together a marketing plan for a start-up. Ilya Mirman 5.Early on, hedge your lead generation bets across inbound marketing, outbound marketing, and sales prospecting. Originally published Aug 3, 2010 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 So I’ve put together an Download his free eBook: Building a Marketing Plan: A Blueprint for Start-ups. Topics: I’ve noticed that my suggestions have been roughly the same, because many of the challenges start-ups face are similar: on a small budget, with a small team, you need to go from a standing start to quickly create awareness, establish a new category, educate the market, generate and nurture leads, make sales, all the while nailing down the product, company processes, finding your way in the ecosystem, building a community and gearing up for exponential growth in the coming months and quarters; and all the while, with entrenched Goliaths in your rear-view mirror. 4.Instrument your systems and metrics to enable rapid course correction. e-Book 6.In order to zero in on viable lead sources, have a plan early on to test a variety of messages, lists, and offers. . Ilya has spent the past decade running marketing for software vendors including SolidWorks, Interactive Supercomputing (acquired by Microsoft) and Cilk Arts (acquired by Intel). 2.When considering infrastructure (marketing/sales/commerce/support), choose platforms and approaches that’ll let you focus on your business, rather than the nuts-and-bolts of connecting disparate systems.center_img The following is a guest post by : 1. Nail down the key messaging on user personas and product positioning; this is the foundation of all your marketing efforts, content, prioritization. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 8.Invest a lot of effort in viral tools and utilities – if successful, you can dramatically transform your cost of customer acquisition, your required capital, maybe even your business model. Here’s my Top 10 suggestions from the Marketing Strategy that would hopefully help construct a start-up’s marketing plan.  Outlined in it are some considerations – with respect to messaging, infrastructure, demand generation, process, budgets and timelines –  that I’ve found useful across a bunch of markets and companies. 10.Move and learn quickly: within weeks, have a plan; within a couple months, you should have first “signs of life” from lead gen campaigns; and within 4-6 months, a nicely humming lead generation engine. More than one management consultant has pointed out that this stuff is really obvious.  They’re right.  The hard work is not putting it on a PowerPoint slide – it’s actually doing it.  The good news is that it’s now easier than ever to do this, quickly, on a small budget.  Nowadays, there’s no reason you can’t have a web site up in days, start publishing content within weeks, run quick experiments regarding prospecting lists/messages/offers, and within a couple months start to see the needle move in terms of traffic, leads and prospects. 7.Develop marketing offers for every stage of the sales process. e-Book 3.Engineer your marketing and sales process with as much rigor as you engineer your product.last_img read more

The Forgotten Conversion in the Sales Process: Lead-to-Customer

first_img . bearroast You have been blogging like crazy. You have a fantastic call to action. Leads are rolling in. But for some reason you struggle to convert those leads into actual customers. . Also remember to Google their company to find articles about other possible problems they might have.   The questioning process will also allow the customer to come to conclusions about their own business issues. And this is important, because customers always value the conclusions they come to themselves (with the assistance of guiding questions) more than those that are forced upon them. If all you do is tell customers what they need, and how you as a seller can help meet those needs, you will fail in today’s selling environment. The majority of customers who are in the market for complex products or services much prefer a more consultative approach. Assess your sales team. Since all questions are not created equal, it’s important that you ask questions that are helpful and insightful from the customer’s perspective. The customer is Gone are the good old days where you can simply call on a prospect, list your products’ features and expect to take an order. If you sell a product or service at a premium price, and you have competitors that can beat you on price, the key is adding value in the eyes of the customer. This is where knowing how to ask the right questions is so crucial. By asking the right questions you will discover what their concerns are. This will give you an opportunity to address their concerns and create tangible value for your customer through the sales process. Ask them to supply a report on some information you need, such as quarterly results or current presentations. Asking the right questions Passing Leads to Sales Encourage buy-in from others in the company execute sales best practices For more free information on how to sell like a pro have a look at Huthwaite’s whitepapers on Looking at the lead history in HubSpot is a great place to start.  not sales performance here Small transactional sales are perfect for the web. No one thinks twice about shelling out $7 for a small item via an online checkout system. But closing bigger deals is another thing. At some point you need a little human interaction. HubSpot tools do a great job of preparing the prospect for your sales call but if your sales team doesn’t have the right skills to understand your customer’s needs, they will simply not close the deal. Effective questioning skills that drive the sales process are the most important skills that a seller can develop. With the right sales questions the seller will get answers that will help him or her to better understand and address the customer’s needs.center_img This is a guest blog post from Ralph Vugts, Online marketing specialist for Huthwaite Asia Pacific. Huthwaite specializes in sales performance training and works with some of the largest organizations on changing the behaviour of their sales teams. If you have a large organization, ask around if anyone has any knowledge about the prospect. There is always a good chance someone might know something you don’t. Topics: Photo by: looking to fill in the gaps of your knowledge. Instead, they look to you to understand their issues with greater clarity. Using your expertise and listening skills, you want your questions to lead them down a path of self-discovery. Originally published Feb 1, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Arrange a meeting with someone who owns the problem in their organization. Get them to commit to a paid trial. Sounds great, but what should I do now? Make sure they do their homework before making a call. Researching information about the potential client before initial contact is essential.  Don’t waste time by asking questions you can easily find out before hand.  Go along on a sales call and pay attention to how they interact. If they are not asking very many questions and are doing the bulk of the talking, you may have a real problem. Are you having trouble closing deals? How would you rate your sales team’s question asking skills? . The aim of every meeting is to move the sale forward, and the best way to do this is to get a commitment from the prospect to do something on their end that will progress the sale. For example: Get them to bring along their most senior manager to the next meeting, a person who has the final approval. Sales professionals involved in complex sales need a strategy if they want to succeed. They need to understand the customer decision process and be able to Lack of selling skills is not a rare phenomenon among salespeople. We conducted on December 2010 a survey of 544 Sales Directors and General Managers and 22% said that the selling skills of their team were the #1 reason for not reaching their sales targets for the quarter. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more