Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgCitizenship & Immigration:  1-888-242-2100 or www.cic.gc.ca If a general election does not take place, a by-election must be called no later than 180 days (roughly six months) after my resignation.Advertisement I would like to reassure you that the constituents of Prince George-Peace River will continue to receive MP services and access to important federal programs and information. For any other queries, visit the Service Canada website or call 1-800-OCanada (1-800-622-6232). At this time, I can provide you with some of these details but please continue to watch your local newspapers and for your letter from Clerk O’Brien for further information. Shortly after October 25th, all constituents will receive a letter from the Clerk of the House of Commons, Audrey O’Brien, regarding the continuation of MP services in our riding.  It will include local and Ottawa telephone and fax numbers and mailing and email addresses. Passport Canada:  1-800-567-6868 or www.passport.gc.ca The Fort St. John office will close as of October 25, 2010.  The Prince George office, located at #101-1584 7th Avenue, will be open for in-person visits by appointment only.  However, you can contact the Prince George office during regular business hours at my long-time toll-free number:  1-800-661-1183. The Prince George Service Canada office is located at:  1363 4th Avenue.  For updates on parliamentary and political affairs, you may wish to monitor the Parliamentary website at:  www.parl.gc.ca.  You can also follow Government of Canada news and events atwww.news.gc.ca or on the Prime Minister’s website at www.pmo.gc.ca.center_img Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security:  1-800-277-9914 or www.servicecanada.gc.caAdvertisement In some cases only, MP staff can assist with federal programs and departments when constituents encounter difficulties obtaining information or resolving problems on their own. Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Service Continues for the Constituents of Prince George-Peace River”- Advertisement – As October 25th, my final day as your Member of Parliament, rapidly approaches, many constituents have been asking about access to the services you have come to rely on for the past 17 years from my Fort St. John, Prince George and Ottawa offices. The Fort St. John Service Canada Scheduled Outreach office is located at 10600 100th Street (Courthouse) and is open Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from 12 to 1 p.m.).   The Mackenzie Service Canada Scheduled Outreach office is located at 540 Mackenzie Boulevard and is open Mondays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Please note that passport services are not available at the Fort St. John and Mackenzie locations. Employment Insurance:  1-800-206-7218 or www.servicecanada.gc.ca Following the resignation of an MP, the Whip of that MP’s party (or the Speaker if he or she was an independent MP), becomes responsible for service to constituents, overseeing day-to-day operations and the management of employees in both the Ottawa and constituency offices until a new MP is elected.  In this case, Chief Government Whip Gordon O’Connor will assume responsibility for my offices. The following are some helpful federal telephone numbers and websites from which you can obtain assistance: Over the course of the next couple of weeks, my staff and I will continue to do our best to serve you as we always have. Advertisementlast_img read more

Klay Thompson on his golf game and impact he hopes his foundation provides

first_img‘THREE!’ chronicles the Warriors run to the 2018 NBA Championship.Order the book today!SAN FRANCISCO – Usually, nothing bothers Klay Thompson.He remains content with winning and his role. He has reiterated his hopes to remain with the Warriors for the rest of his NBA career. He has enjoyed a busy albeit relaxing offseason with promotional clinics in China, a basketball camp in the Bahamas, a visit to Charlotte, N.C to see younger brother, Trayce, play for the Chicago White Sox. He also has …last_img

Tomorrow’s Hope: Lebo Malepa

first_imgFounder: Lebo’s Soweto BackpackersWhy is Lebo considered to be Tomorrow’s Hope?Lebo Malepa is one of those young, passionate South Africans who are extremely proud of where they come from and want to share their vision with others.When Lebo was selling African crafts outside the Hector Pieterson Museum back in 2002, he was also selling tourists on the many attractions of Soweto and its rich cultural surrounds.What sets Lebo apart is that, instead of being saddened by the busloads of tourists being whisked in and out of South Africa’s biggest township with only a few pictures and museum brochures in hand, he saw an opportunity to offer a more “real” Soweto experience.It wasn’t long before Lebo had ditched the crafts and opened a place where tourists can experience Soweto as a living museum of the country’s rich history and culture.In his own words.“Being around different people from different countries telling you how much they love South Africa makes you realise how special I am to be living in this country.”Fast FactsLebo’s Soweto Backpackers is run by Lebo Malepa and his life/business partner, Maria Westlund.The backpackers was originally Lebo’s grandmother’s house.Lebo won an Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award in 2007.The backpackers is within walking distance of the Hector Pieterson Museum and Orlando Stadium, which is currently under reconstruction as a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The backpackers offers a variety of walking and bicycle tours of Soweto.The backpackers works closely with a network of organisations and projects in the area, like orphanages, youth clubs and schools, and makes it possible for guests to spend time at or donate goods to these initiatives.How can I experience Soweto?If you want to experience Soweto life first-hand, Lebo is sure to have a walking/cycling tour or event to suit your needs. Visit Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers.Contact Lebo’s Soweto BackpackersTel: 011 936 3444Cell: 084 851 8681E-mail: lebo@sowetobackpackers.co.zaStory published on SAinfo on 4 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau takes part in Equine Affaire

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment Ohio Farm Bureau will be participating in the Your Farm Forum in the Bricker Annex during the Equine Affaire April 11-14 at the Ohio Expo Center.At 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, OFBF staff will present on Current Agricultural Use Value at a seminar titled “CAUV: How to qualify for and save on property taxes through Ohio’s ag use program.” At 3 p.m. staff will cover Ohio’s ag district program and how this “right to farm” law assists with farm liability concerns.For a full list of all the activities at the event, click here.Equine Affaire, Inc. was founded in 1993 with the goal of creating a first-class, education-oriented horsemen’s exposition. The mission of Equine Affaire is to host events that improve the horse management, training, and riding skills of current horsemen; promote communication and cooperation within a widely diverse national horse industry; provide an introduction to the world of horses; and showcase the finest horses and riders representing a variety of horse breeds and equestrian disciplines in a non-competitive environment.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

How to Manage Remote Sales Teams

first_imgHow to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts David Lloyd is the CEO of The Intern Group, an award-winning international internship program. David Lloyd Tags:#Entrepreneurs#productivity#remote work#sales advice#sales teams#startups Many professionals are comfortable working remotely, especially sales team members. For the employees who were surveyed, 86% felt they were most productive when working alone. Without the distractions of noisy coworkers and impromptu desk meetings, a remote work environment increases productivity. But the question is how to manage remote sales teams.Although the benefits of flexible working are clear, managing a remote sales team can be more challenging than in a traditional office setting. A lack of face-to-face communication requires sales managers to make more of an effort to engage team members and build trust. 56% of employees believe managers need to adapt their skills to manage a remote workforce. Sales managers must create an environment where remote teams can thrive and succeed.Managing a remote sales team comes with its own unique set of challenges. However, with the help of technology and defined procedures, managers can overcome these obstacles. Here’s how to manage remote sales teams and set them up for success. Keep track of work activity. When salespeople aren’t in the office, it’s challenging to check the progress of tasks. However, some accountability processes make it easy to track projects. Ask employees to put together a weekly work list that details their leadership development activities, plans of action, and goals. This keeps everyone accountable and lets managers know who is working on what.It’s crucial that salespeople manage their time wisely and invest their efforts in the right opportunities. It’s unproductive to spend time and resources on leads that aren’t likely to yield high returns or convert prospects to customers. Managers can use tools to track the sales activities of their remote employees. Badger Maps, for example, collects valuable data from physical sales visits. The app integrates with CRM tools and automatically adds data and reports to the system. Sales managers can also use Time Doctor, a software that tracks where employees spend their time, to improve remote team efficiency.  It’s essential for sales managers to keep track of daily and weekly projects. However, they should be careful not to micromanage employees as trust is vital in a remote work environment. Establish clear expectations.Employee engagement is more likely to increase when managers set clear expectations. According to a Gallup study, 38% of highly-engaged employees agreed that their managers help them set work priorities.Managers should provide each employee with a report that details specific tasks and ideal performance goals. Go over sales objectives and procedures for finding leads, cold calling prospects, following up, and closing a deal. It’s essential that managers encourage remote sales employees to meet higher performance levels. Hold a weekly one-on-one call or have a quarterly meeting with the whole team to discuss expectations. Being available opens the door for any questions or concerns that employees may have but are unable to express in person. Setting clear expectations and listening to their concerns ensures everyone is on the same page.Promote collaboration.Even if remote employees are working thousands of miles apart, it’s still essential to provide an environment that fosters collaboration and engagement. Weekly calls are an excellent way to catch up, brainstorm ideas, and share success stories among the entire team. For instance, a salesperson can share a new market they’ve tapped into or the strategy they used to convert a hesitant customer. Employees on different teams can learn from one another and become more motivated after hearing their team members’ achievements. Encourage employee engagement.Employees that work remotely can get lonely. Hold annual meetings or retreats where employees can get together in person. Encouraging social interaction helps build healthy relationships among remote workers. Additionally, managers can have sales team members work in pairs to reduce any feelings of isolation.Building trust is also essential in any remote work environment. Be sure to talk about other topics aside from work. Discuss hobbies, pets, or family. Managers should open up to employees and show them who they are outside of work. Remote sales teams may never see each other in the office, so it’s a good idea to connect in different ways.Provide the right tools.Managers should supply remote sales teams with the necessary tools to help them succeed. Having a robust CRM is crucial for team members to follow up with leads and for managers to monitor their progress. Managers should encourage remote employees to update potential and existing customer information as often as possible.Another way to help sales teams manage their time and track tasks are by providing a project management tool. A project management tool offers greater visibility into the status of each project and encourages remote team members to collaborate. For example, Trello can be used to store sales resources and provide a clear view of the entire sales cycle. From lead status to customer onboarding, all employees can access the Trello boards to manage their tasks.Managing a remote sales team isn’t easy, but there are numerous ways to create a work environment that enables everyone to succeed. From building trust to encouraging employee engagement, managers that put forth the extra effort will reap the benefits of a remote sales team that maximizes productivity and closes more deals. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Punjab CM dials Raje over assault on Sikhs in Ajmer

first_imgAfter the video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje Scindia, seeking her personal intervention in ensuring a thorough probe into the incident of alleged mob violence. In a statement released here, describing the reported incident as unfortunate, Capt. Singh said the Rajasthan government needed to fix culpability and ensure that the culprits are duly punished. Capt. Singh urged the Rajasthan Chief Minister to take stringent action against the constable who is said to have instigated the crowd, if found guilty. He also sought immediate steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Video goes viral Notably, a video of four Sikh men being abused and thrashed at a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan went viral on social media on Thursday. The incident took place in Chainpura village near Nasirabad on April 24, when the Sewadars of a gurdwara in Alwar district, led by Nirmal Singh Bakhar, visited the area seeking donations.Police caught unawaresCapt. Singh expressed shock at the fact that the incident did not come to the notice of the local police till the video surfaced on the social media.Capt. Singh said that even though the Rajasthan State Minorities Commission had reportedly taken cognisance of this video and sought a report on action taken by the Ajmer police, a strong signal need to be sent to the perpetrators of the violence by the political dispensation of the State.last_img read more

Asian Games hockey: India top points-table with four wins in a row

first_imgStar drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his goal-scoring spree as India defeated Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B of the Asian Games men’s hockey competition, in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners on Sunday, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minute to see his team finish the preliminary stage on an impressive note.However, it was captain Rajpal Singh (31st minute) who drew parity for India after Japan had surged ahead with a Hiroki Sakamoto strike in the 21st minute.And then seven minutes later Sandeep converted the first of his two set pieces with a fierce drag-flick to ensure his team a 2-1 lead at the breather.Crossing over, both the teams struggled hard for goals till the 62nd minute when Sandeep once again was bang on target from India’s second penalty corner.Japan, however, pulled one back a minute later through another field strike from Sakamoto.With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points.India will now take on the second placed team from Group A — the winners of the match between China or Malaysia later in the day — in the semifinals on November 24 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea.last_img read more