‘Character’ key to Blackwater’s early success, says Ray Parks

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Ray Parks scores 29, Blackwater rips NLEX Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Blackwater is off to one of its best starts in franchise history going 5-1 in its first six games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a 132-106 thrashing of NLEX on Saturday at Ynares Center hereThe Elite are currently atop the league standings after their brutal beatdown of the Road Warriors and star rookie Bobby Ray Parks said it’s a testament to the team’s character and willingness to deliver.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Parks had plenty of help in import Alex Stepheson who had 21 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists, and forward Allein Maliksi who also had 21 points, nine of which came in the fourth.Parks, despite the huge offensive outing, said the Elite still have to improve on defense after allowing the Road Warriors to shoot at a 44.9 percent clip.“Both teams played great offense but at the end of the day, we still got to work on our defense,” said Parks. “I think we should have limited them more.”ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Fueling the Elite’s win was their blistering offense with three players scoring at least 20 points and two more putting up at least 10.Blackwater shot the ball with such efficiency, converting 50 of its 88 attempts and going 13-of-25 from beyond the three-point arch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s the character of the team, we have a lot of scorers and a lot of people took sacrifices to let other players play their game,” said Parks, who finished with 29 points five assists, and two steals.“Anybody can pop off at any given night and that’s great firepower to have.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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“Dual Citizenship Eventual, but Not a Priority”

first_imgThe nationwide debate on the claim to legitimate ownership of Liberia continues to be tested with zeal, heightened by the controversial dual citizenship clause proposed for Liberia. In recent years, the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) toured the country and sought the views of Liberians on changes or amendments to certain clauses in the Constitution and came up with a list of 24 propositions for referendum – among them, dual citizenship and the right of people of non-negro descent, to be allowed to attain Liberian citizenship.In what was described by other Liberian academics as ‘a very meaningful contribution to the dual citizenship debate’, a young Liberian scholar, Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey, presented her doctorate thesis on the topic on Wednesday, April 20, at the University of Liberia auditorium, with some fellow Liberian scholars and other members of the Liberian society in attendance. Her thesis research work which was done at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is entitled “The Love of Liberty Divided Us Here” and cataloged factors leading to the introduction postponed passage of a dual citizenship bill in the Liberian Legislature. The postponed status of the proposed bill happens to sum up her thoughts about the matter, given her findings from interviews of 209 Liberians residing in Europe, the United States of America and West Africa. In a nutshell, according to Dr. Pailey, a decision on dual citizenship is nowhere near the top of the list of priorities for most Liberians, at the present time. Moreover, her study sheds light on the respective journeys of several other African countries on the very dual citizenship issue, and what Liberia could learn from those experiences. Dr. Pailey scrutinized in her thesis the “markers” of citizenship narrowly defined in Liberia’s current Aliens and Nationality Law; how citizenship is currently conceived and practiced domestically and trans-nationally; and the symbiotic relationship between (dual) citizenship and post-war recovery.According to her, “Liberia, not formally colonized and more recently emerging from 14 years of armed conflict, represents a stark case study in citizenship construction, because of its idiosyncratic (distinctive, individualistic) history of black settler state formation.“Liberian citizenship has historically been a tool of exclusion, one barring women, non-settlers, non-Christians, and non-blacks, and it remains a violently contested space of inquiry with newer forms of citizenship now developing in Liberia and within transnational spaces.”She argued that conflict, migration, globalization and postwar recovery have configured Liberian citizenship across space and time, thereby influencing the introduction and postponement in the passage of a dual citizenship bill proposed in 2008. Her argument continued that the “bill is used as a point of entry to evaluate Liberia’s long-standing struggle to construct a unique brand of citizenship that is totalizing, tactical and timeless.“The rationale behind my research and contribution to this cardinal proposition is for us to practically fill in the empirical gaps, make informed policies, influence public discourse and begin wider discussions about what Liberian citizenship is and why should people of non Negro descent become citizens of Liberia.”She categorized Liberians into three main classes, namely: Homeland Liberians or citizens who are born in Liberia, reside in Liberia and have all their activities in the country; Permanent returnees or Liberian citizens who live in other countries that return to Liberia and settle; and Circular Returnees or Liberian citizens who are in and out of Liberia frequently due to transnational or global opportunities.She called on her fellow Liberians to stop the multilayered, gendered, aged, racial and ethnicized politics of citizenship.“This leads to the conflict-related expression that, for example, ‘Mandingoes are foreigners or strangers in Liberia’. Let us remember that Liberia is a signatory to many international conventions on global human rights, and that Liberians are citizens in other parts of the world,” she added.“Citizenship definition goes beyond legality. Being a Liberian rationally means having Liberia at heart by making meaningful contributions to its development by the use of one’s talents, time and energy.”Liberians all across the nation will be going to the polls in a referendum expected to take place before the presidential and legislative elections in 2017 to decide a number of critical issues, which include the reduction of presidential and legislative tenures, state religion, among others.Meanwhile, Dr. Pailey intends to publish her study on the matter to inform the Liberian decision on the topic, as well as to contribute to the global discussion on the matter. In attendance to hear the presentation were people from various vocations and persuasions, intelligently engaging the Dr. Pailey with many poignant and thought-provoking questions. The final question, which aptly concluded the question-and-answer session, was asked by the moderator, Norris Tweah, vice president for public affairs at the University of Liberia: “Is dual citizenship in Liberia an eventuality and, if so or if not, why?” “Given the global trends,” Dr. Pailey responded, “I think it is an eventuality in Liberia, but I will say as a caveat that perhaps… this particular moment may not be the right time. If you ask a typical Liberian what are [their] priorities, dual citizenship is not going to be at the top of their list of priorities. There are other bread and butter issues around making sure they have a living wage; that they are able to support their families; that the people they vote into power represent them adequately. They are not necessarily paying attention to what would-be dual citizens could achieve. They respect and appreciate the remittances, but are also concerned about people coming back and disenfranchising them. Whether those concerns are valid or not, they are concerns that I think should be appreciated and they should be reconciled.” She also said that there is a growing trend of dual citizenship being embraced across the African continent: one-third of African countries, she found, have varying forms of dual citizenship, some more restrictive than others. “And Liberia will follow that trajectory,” she said. “But at the moment, given the interviews that I have done and the push-back… I am not convinced that it is a priority now or that it will be passed now.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UK to expand trade with Caribbean post-Brexit – Quinn says

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairThe United Kingdom’s Department for Exiting the European Union has recently confirmed that negotiations to leave the bloc will begin today, June 19. However, concerns have once again surfaced over the country’s financial commitment to developmental projects and aid it funded in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. However, according to British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, his country is seeking to broaden trade with the Caribbean region in the near future.“What is very clear is that the UK wants to expand and increase its activity and its trading relationship and range of trading partners, so the message to take from that is that there is going to be a push actually to expand the relationship with all of the countries and all of the organisations in all of the regions we trade with, and that includes Guyana both as a bilateral relationship and also as a member of Caricom and the Commonwealth,” the UK High Commissioner stressed.Quinn confirmed this approach at the sidelines of his country’s renewed sovereignty claims over the Falklands Islands when a member of the territory’s Legislative Assembly visited Guyana last week. The Ambassador told media operatives at his residence in Georgetown that while the UK will soon embark upon new trade talks, it will be some time before the country officially leaves the 28-member bloc.“Don’t forget the fact that we still remain a member of the European Union until we physically leave, so our ability to negotiate separate agreements is very restricted, because we can’t do anything which goes against the EU; but certainly, there’s a lot of consideration being given within the UK as to what the relationship globally on trade will be once we leave,” Quinn committed.He indicated that Britain would continue to lend its support to the Caribbean, and further noted that it is unlikely that funding for projects would be reduced. Some projects are being funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.“If you look at the assistance which is coming to Guyana from the UK now compared to 5 (or) 10 years ago, it is significantly larger. We have got the 53-million-pound (sterling) worth Caribbean Infrastructure Fund, and there’s another 8 million pounds funding, an increase in FCO funding,” he noted.When further questioned, the High Commissioner highlighted that it is not too early to know what financial changes in funding the region could expect from the EU when his country leaves.“On the bilateral front, I don’t expect in any way, shape or form, any change on that, [but] to be honest, it’s too early for us to really know what will happen multilaterally with EU funding. I don’t think we’re in a position to talk about that at this precise moment in time; but certainly, on a bilateral front, there is no indication or suggestion that the assistance will (be reduced),” Quinn affirmed.Earlier this month, the British High Commissioner told <> that support and country relations would remain strong despite whichever candidate had won the June 8 elections. Though Prime Minister Theresa May was re-elected to the post, her party amassed fewer seats, losing its majority in the British Parliament. Some reports had suggested that EU exit talks could be stalled. However, from all indications, it is expected that the country’s government will honour the will of those who voted in the 2016 referendum for Britain to leave the EU.Following the country’s decision to exit the bloc, Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge posited that nothing was expected to change. And Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque had also pointed out in June 2016 that he did not foresee Brexit having a drastic impact on relations with Caribbean States.“I don’t anticipate our relationship in terms of Europe to be directly affected… We don’t anticipate any diminishing of relationship of the EU, and certainly not the UK; our relations are very strong,” he stressed last year.It is anticipated that Brexit negotiations will take as much as two years to complete.last_img read more

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Hurricane Dean lashes Jamaica

first_imgAs of 8 p.m. Sunday, Dean was located 70 miles west-southwest of Kingston and was traveling west at 20 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. George Lee, mayor of the Portmore community near the capital Kingston, said appeals to evacuate had gone unheeded. Some islanders said they were afraid for their belongings if they moved to shelters. “Too much crime in Kingston. I’m not leaving my home,” Paul Lyn said in Port Royal, east of Kingston. Assistant Commissioner of Police Linval Bailey said police were sent to commercial districts to prevent looting and curfews were imposed until Monday evening. Police got into a shootout with looters at a shopping center in the central Jamaican parish of Clarendon, but no one was hurt, Constable Cheree Greaves said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forecasters had predicted Dean would hit the Cayman Islands head-on, but on Sunday night revised that and said it would instead likely pass to the south. Still, the islands could get up to 12 inches of rain and tropical-storm strength winds Monday, said meteorologist Rebecca Waddington of the hurricane center. Hurricane-force winds began lashing Jamaica on Sunday afternoon, Waddington said. But the island was spared a direct hit when Dean’s eye wound up passing just to the south Sunday night. The government set up more than 1,000 shelters in converted schools, churches and the indoor national sports arena. Authorities urged people to take cover from the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and was expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain on the island. But only 47 shelters were occupied as the storm began hitting, said Cecil Bailey of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. “For the last time, I’m asking you to leave or you will be in danger,” Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller urged residents earlier as the storm loomed offshore. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Hurricane Dean pummeled Jamaica with gusting winds and torrential rains Sunday after the prime minister made a last-minute plea for residents to abandon their homes and head for shelter. Many residents ignored the call, however, while tourists holed up in resorts with hurricane-proof walls. Dean, which had already killed eight people on its destructive march across the Caribbean, triggered evacuation calls from the Cayman Islands to Texas, and forced the space shuttle to cut short its mission. Cruise ships changed course to avoid the storm, but some tourists in Jamaica could not get away before the island closed its airports late Saturday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season was projected to reach the most dangerous classification, a Category 5 storm, with sustained winds of 160 mph before plowing into Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on Tuesday. The Mexican mainland or Texas could be hit later. last_img read more

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Man City team news: Predicted line-up for Carabao Cup v Leicester

first_img 3. Danilo (Right back) 8. Ilkay Gundogan (Centre midfield) 11 18. Fabian Delph (Left back) You can hear full commentary of Leicester City v Manchester City on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 19:45. Click here to stream talkSPORT 2 online.Manchester City hope to take one step closer to a potential Treble when they face Leicester City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.Pep Guardiola’s side visit the King Power Stadium on the back of a run of 16 consecutive wins in the Premier League, and with just one defeat to their name in all competitions this season.The Foxes have themselves been on an impressive run of form since the appointment of Claude Puel as manager, though they suffered a shock loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend.Guardiola will be aware he needs to rotate his first XI for tonight’s clash – given the hectic run of Premier League fixtures over Christmas – though he may not want to risk crashing out of this competition while a Treble is still a possibility.So, who could Guardiola select for the clash? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester City line-up for the EFL Cup match against Leicester, listed in squad number order… 11 20. Bernardo Silva (Right forward) 25. Fernandinho (Holding midfield) 19. Leroy Sane (Left forward) 42. Yaya Toure (Centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 15. Eliaquim Mangala (Centre back) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (Centre back) 1. Claudio Bravo (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Man City line-up 33. Gabriel Jesus (Centre forward) 11 11last_img read more

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Where Solskjaer ranks among best paid Premier League managers

first_img“We know there’s so much more to come from them, we can see so much more improvement.“We see them every single day in training, the attitude has been fantastic, but we know we’ve got a way to go.“But lifting a trophy, I am sure, will be a success.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Highest-paid Premier League managers LIVE on talkSPORT REPLY West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 gameday cracker Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is the highest-paid Premier League boss on £15million-a-year, followed by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on £8.5million.Below Solskjaer are Klopp on £7million, Arsenal chief Unai Emery with £6million and Maurizio Sarri on £5.15million.Solskjaer has turned around United’s fortunes in a short space of time and has been able to get the best out of star midfielder Paul Pogba, who fell out with Mourinho.United last lifted a trophy in May 2017 when they won the Europa League and Solskjaer, 46, is targeting silverware next season. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining REVEALED Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope to return Manchester United to their glory days Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Solskjaer had impressed in caretaker charge since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, winning 14 of his 19 matches, including a shock 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.The Mirror report he will earn £7.5million-a-year, which is half the amount of which his predecessor Mourinho took home. 1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – £15million-a-year2. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) – £8.5million-a-year3. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) – £7.5million-a-year4. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – £7million-a-year5. Unai Emery (Arsenal) – £6million-a-year6. Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea) – £5.15million-a-year talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 1 He said: “I know the expectations of the club, the traditions of the club, the history we’ve got.“Of course, I want to be successful, of course, I want to lift trophies, but I can’t wait to get on to the job, on to the challenge of improving this great bunch of players because it’s a squad full of potential.“I worked with them – or we have as a staff – for three months and the improvement is there to be seen. ADVICE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will earn more than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.Manchester United confirmed the Norwegian as their permanent manager on a three-year deal on Thursday.last_img read more

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Cash stolen during Chatham break-in

first_imgJust after 2 a.m. on Thursday, someone forced their way into a home on Campbell Street in Chatham.The suspect broke a rear door to gain entry, Chatham-Kent police said. A large amount of cash was stolen.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Josh Flikweert at joshuaf@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87146. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Warrant arrestsOn Wednesday afternoon, officers on patrol located a male wanted by police. He was arrested on the warrant for breach of recognizance and taken to court for a bail hearing.On Wednesday morning, police found a female who had a number of outstanding warrants. She was arrested and released with a court date.last_img

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South Africa kicks off 2011 election drive

first_imgSouth Africa is headed for local elections. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The IEC has launched its voter registration campaign. (Image: M&G) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate Bapela Spokesperson, IEC +27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386  RELATED ARTICLES • Millions vote in record SA election • South Africans go to the polls • Hopes of a peaceful Sudan poll • Zuma: a more prosperous nationBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched an ambitious drive to swell voter turnout at the 2011 local government elections – a poll that has, in the past, been under-supported, especially among young people.The government is yet to announce the exact date for citizens to vote in their new municipality council leaders, but it’s expected to be in either May or June. The current term for incumbent councillors ends on 2 March, and the next elections should be held within 90 days of that.The commission wants to register no less than 1.5-million new voters to ensure these are as well attended as national elections. More than 21-million voters registered for the 2006 local government elections.About 23-million voters are currently on the IEC’s roll, following registrations for the 2009 national elections.Registration for the 2011 poll will take place on 5 and 6 February in more than 20 000 voting stations across the country. The IEC said 60 000 officials have already been trained to handle the registrations, while about 196 000 officials will be deployed on the actual day of elections.The commission’s preparations got under way in September after it received clarity on the voting districts, also known as wards, from the Municipal Demarcation Board. A number of new wards were created as a result of demarcations.“As an election management body, we are always mindful of the huge responsibility that rests upon us,” said the IEC’s chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula. “We have to implement election management processes that will produce an outcome that will be accepted by all contesting political parties and candidates.“We know that we can only do so if we are meticulous in our preparations for each election.”The IEC has an excess budget of about R1-billion (US$147-million) for the 2010/11 financial year, which should enable it to acquire sufficient equipment to ensure a smooth voting process.South Africans who are already on the voters’ roll, or those who registered for the previous elections, need not register again if they are going to vote at the same station. If they are not sure, they can ask the IEC to check if their details are still in order.New voters will include youngsters who were not yet 18 at the time of the 2009 national elections. “We encourage the youth to take a keen interest in the affairs of their local municipalities,” said Lusani Mulaudzi, chairperson of the ACDP Youth Foundation.‘Love your South Africa’The IEC’s registration campaign has a strong focus on young voters, as their support in municipal elections is usually low. The drive was launched at a glittering event in Midrand, outside Johannesburg, on 12 January.The campaign is called ‘Love your South Africa’. The commission said it hopes to inspire South Africans to vote in the elections out of a love for their country.All eligible South Africans have been called upon to register and take part in the upcoming elections. “The love for South Africa must stir each one of us to participate in these elections,” Tlakula said.Political parties will soon launch their campaigns to woo voters, and earnest preparations and canvassing will start thereafter.The parties have opportunities to increase representation in eight metropolitan councils, 44 district councils and 226 local councils.There are currently six metropolitan councils in the country, but this will increase to eight on the day of elections when Mangaung in the Free State and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape join the ranks.The metros are nodes of economic growth and have more industries compared to their district council counterparts. They include the City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal.Election results are expected to attract much interest, especially in the Western Cape where the African National Congress will be hoping to make a mark in the province it lost to the Democratic Alliance in 2009.last_img read more

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Google May Map the New York City Subway System

first_imgjosh catone 1 In December 2005 Google announced a Labs project called Transit to help residents of Portland, Oregon plan local trips on the TriMet public transit system. The Transit app is essentially a Google Maps mashup that lets users plan local trips and navigate public transportation systems. Google Transit now covers 15 cities in the US, including Seattle, San Diego, and Dallas, and all of Japan.This morning Bloomberg is reporting that Google is now working with the grand daddy of all transportation systems New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Along with the New Jersey Transit, which is also working with Google, the New York/New Jersey metro area transit systems transport 9 million people each day. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to Bloomberg, the Transit service provides Google with a lucrative venue for selling ads. New York, being the nations largest transit system, would be a gold mine for the search giant.“U.S. companies spent about $922 million last year to place ads alongside local searches and maps, according to Kelsey Group Inc., a market research firm in Princeton, New Jersey. That will almost triple to $2.61 billion by 2011, the researcher says. Google probably got about $500 million in sales last year from local ads, or about 8 percent of its U.S. revenue of $6 billion, said Greg Sterling, an analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence in San Francisco.”While Google declined to confirm that it was negotiating with the MTA and NJT, both transit authorities confirmed to Bloomberg that they were working with Google in some capacity. If Google Transit expands to New York City and New Jersey it would certainly be the most complicated endeavor for the service. As Bloomberg notes, the MTA’s 468 subway stations is just 35 fewer than the total number of all other subway stations in the United States, and New Jersey operates the largest statewide transit program in the country.Edit: As commenters to this post point out, while you’re waiting for Google’s MTA/NJT transit maps, check out HopStop, which covers a number of major US metros including New York, and this NYC transit map built on top of Google Maps. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Talent Tip #82: Five MORE Tips for Discussing Salary During Your Job Hunt

first_imgTalent Tip #82: Five MORE Tips for Discussing Salary During Your Job Hunt  This is post was originally published by Claire Kittle Dixon Executive Director of Talent Market. Last month we offered you five fabulous tips for discussing salary during your job search — all for the low, low price of zero dollars. Amazing, right? What if I told you I would throw in five BONUS tips forFREE (plus shipping and handling) this month?! Know Thy Market – As we discussed last month, you’ll want to consider market conditions when determining your desired salary range. Make sure to take into account current economic trends, cost of living, demand for your skill set, etc.One of the quickest ways to be eliminated from the running in a job search is to ask for an outlandish salary that doesn’t reflect the current market (and your market value!).  This is especially true when you’re interviewing with a nonprofit organization. Remember that 990s will provide useful information about an organization’s recent budget and pay scale.Stop Talking – If you haven’t already provided salary information in an application or cover letter, you might find yourself sitting in front of the hiring manager and being asked, “What is your desired salary?”It sounds daunting, but of course, you’ve already done your homework and you have a range ready. So, you say it. And then what? Nothing.The best bit of salary advice I’ve gotten came from a fellow who told me, “After you answer the salary question, stop talking.” Too many people can’t stand the deafening silence that occurs after the number has been uttered; therefore, they keep talking…and talk themselves right down to a lower salary. Let’s all learn something from Joe Biden and know when to stop talking.Don’t Play Reindeer Games – Pretty please with sugar on top: resist the temptation to play games during salary discussions. Don’t ask for a higher salary than you want because you are worried about being low-balled. Don’t attempt to play multiple organizations off each other in hopes of ratcheting up competing offers. Don’t be evasive, dishonest, or manipulative.Bring Up Salary if They Don’t – Once in a while I’ll hear from a candidate who tells me something like this: “I have had multiple phone interview with an organization and now they want to fly me across the country for in-person interviews. While that’s great news, they have yet to ask me about salary. Is that a problem?” Well, if you value time and money (yours and theirs), YES!Why fly across the country for an interview before knowing if you and the hiring organization are on the same page (or at least the same chapter!) in terms of salary?   Out of respect for yourself and the organization, bring up the topic before a flight is booked. It doesn’t have to be awkward or painful; simply say, “I would love the opportunity to interview in person. Before we do that, though, I thought it would make sense to briefly discuss salary to make sure we’re roughly on the same page.”  Hiring managers will appreciate your thoughtfulness — especially if it turns out you’re worlds apart and you save them $1500 in airfare and hotel charges! The situation is less dramatic with local interviews, but the point remains.I’ll never forget hearing from a executive who told me he interviewed a candidate five times and only asked about salary right before making an offer.  The candidate wanted a full 50k more than he could afford to pay. Oops. (And that, my friends, is why I ask about salary up-front; I value my clients’ and candidates’ time too much to do otherwise!)center_img Well, in true infomercial fashion, I’m going to do it. But remember, this is a limited time offer! Consider the Complete Package – When you get an offer, don’t just look at base salary. Consider bonus potential, health insurance, retirement benefits, cost of living (if you’re moving to a new city), growth potential, and other perks (gym memberships, parking, tuition reimbursement, etc.). Don’t be afraid to ask questions about specifics, as the devil is often in the details.  For instance, if the organization is touting BIG bonus potential, ask what the average bonus was last year. If they sheepishly reply it was $100 and a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club, good to know that up-front!last_img read more

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