Giants’ 2018 trade for Andrew McCutchen could soon look much worse

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Upon acquiring outfielder Andrew McCutchen in January, 2018, the Giants’ ownership group and front office attempted to sell its fans on a vision.The Giants believed a 98-loss season in 2017 was nothing more than an aberration and felt that surrounding their core players with proven assets like McCutchen and Evan Longoria would spark an immediate resurgence.By the end of August, McCutchen was playing the outfield for the New York Yankees and the Giants were headed for an 89-loss …last_img

Your Metrics Are Your Own

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now What someone else does to succeed has no bearing on what you have to do to succeed.You might need to make 80 dials to produce the number of appointments that result in the number of opportunities you need to reach your goals. For whatever reason, someone else might need to make half as many. They might be more effective than you are when it comes to gaining the commitment to meet. If they are in a different industry, with a different solution and a different value prop, their metrics might be very different.You might need 4 opportunities to yield a single win. That metric means in your business, you win 25% of the time. The person sitting in the next room might win 2 out of 4 opportunities, or maybe even 3 out of 4 opportunities. Someone in a different business might win 15%, specifically because of the factors that exist in their business, and another person might win 85% because of how they define “opportunities.”There is a good reason to measure your performance against your peers, and a good reason to measure your performance against different industries.By measuring your performance against your peers, you have an idea of what is possible. If someone can produce double your results with half the effort, you want to study them to discover what you need to do differently. If someone in a different industry has an approach that is yielding them greater returns on effort, you want to explore that to see if you can port their strategy over to your business.That said, your metrics are your own. If it take you 80 dials, you need to make those dials until such a time that you can generate the results you need with fewer dials. As it turns out, making those dials is what helps you improve.If your win rate is lower than you want it to be, you have to do the work review your wins and losses, get some coaching, and change your strategies and tactics to improve that number.Know your metrics, and do what is necessary to succeed. Then be thoughtful about learning what adjustments you need to make to do better.last_img read more

Pune BJP MP faces cheating case

first_imgPune: The Pune police have lodged a case of cheating against prominent real estate developer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sanjay Kakade in a matter pertaining to rehabilitation of villagers in Maval taluk.An FIR under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged against Mr. Kakade, his brother Suryakant Kakade and others at the Warje-Malwadi police station Saturday night. Last week, Judicial Magistrate First Class P.T. Gotey had directed that a case be lodged against the Rajya Sabha MP.The Maharashtra government, in the 1960s, had acquired land from villagers of New Kopre for construction of the National Defence Academy. Families displaced by the project were promised rehabilitation on a 14-acre plot in Warje-Malwadi through a building project led by the Kakade Group.However, villagers have accused Mr. Kakade of grabbing the plots, forging 7/12 extracts, and using the land for commercial purposes.‘A conspiracy’Mr. Kakade said the allegations were “a conspiracy” against him, denying any wrongdoing in the New Kopre rehabilitation works.Kakade Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd is also one of the accused in alleged irregularities in the tender for Sion-Panvel highway. In June, officials from the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), Thane, carried out searches at Mr. Kakade’s office in Pune. He is also an accused in the Maharashtra Sadan scam involving Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal. Mr. Kakade is accused of abetting Mr. Bhujbal to launder money.Vital role in pollsThe MP was earlier in the NCP, before being elected as an independent candidate to the Upper House and later joining the BJP. He is believed to have played a vital role in ensuring the BJP’s victory in the Pune civic polls. However, he has alienated himself from BJP loyalists like Girish Bapat and Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak.last_img read more

Can the BMW 1-Series M Performance Edition stand out in the luxury hatchback segment?

first_imgBMW 1-Series M PerformanceTaking competition in the luxury hatchback segment to a new level, BMW India has recently launched a limited performance edition of its 1-series vehicle. Changes made are in terms of external graphics and a few interior elements to help the vehicle gather more eyeballs. The 116i M Performance Edition is priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs, which could possibly help the company differentiate itself from the other two luxury car giants. External changesExterior modifications comprise of black front grille, stylish rear spoiler with fins, sportier alloy wheels and M Performance lettering. The car is available in two non metallic paintworks, namely Crimson Red and Alpine White. Apart from these, it is also present in the following six metallic paintworks- Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue and Valencia Orange. Internal changesSide skirtings and sporty red accents are visible across the insides of the M Performance editions. In addition, leather wrapping with red stitching for steering wheel, red highlights for the speedometer and an electric glass roof will also be offered as part of standard features. EnginesOn the mechanical front, no changes have been made to the standard 1-Series. It still comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine, delivering maximum power of 136 bhp and 143 bhp, respectively.Competition in the sub-25 lakh range is suddenly heating up in the Indian market. Many upwardly mobile Indians have taken a strong liking to vehicles such as the A-Class, 1-Series and the upcoming A3. It remains to be seen how well the new M Performance edition can stand out against the others in this segment. In terms of pricing, 116i M Performance Edition sis priced at Rs. 22.65 lakhs. The 118d M Performance Edition is available for Rs. 25.60 lakhs and 118d Sport M Performance Edition for Rs. 28.55 lakhs. Top variant 118d Sport Plus M Performance Edition can be purchased for Rs. 32.50 lakhs.advertisementlast_img read more

Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics officers from the San Diego Police Department seized more than 35 pounds of marijuana, nearly $3,000 and three firearms during a pair of operations this month targeting illegal marijuana businesses, police said Friday.The larger of the two raids focused on a North Park dispensary and the owner’s El Cajon residence, where officers served a pair of warrants Thursday morning, SDPD narcotics unit Lt. Matt Novak said.Between the two locations — Patient First Choice dispensary in the 2500 block of University Avenue and Hisham Hanna’s home near Greenfield Drive –officers seized 28 pounds of high-grade marijuana and more than 600 marijuana edibles and concentrates, Novak said. They also seized $1,600 in cash and two firearms.Hanna, 55, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit, Novak said.Jail records today no longer showed Hanna as an inmate.On Feb. 1, narcotics unit officers raided the Sacred Source Sanctuary dispensary at 3434 Midway Drive, seizing seven pounds of high-grade marijuana,$1,200 in cash and a .45-caliber handgun, Novak said. That operation resulted in five employees being arrested and cited for possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit.Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal on Jan. 1, similar raids like the ones this month will continue at illegal dispensaries, delivery services and other marijuana businesses, Novak said.“All owners and employees found operating these illegal businesses will be arrested and prosecuted,” the lieutenant warned. Over 35 pounds of marijuana seized last month in SDPD raids Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018last_img read more

Sharps banks considering additional aid as part of Foxconn deal Source

first_imgSharp Corp’s two main banks are set to lower the interest rates on a combined 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion) in loans to the Japanese display maker as part of a planned takeover by Taiwan’s Foxconn, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said.The core banking units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Mizuho Financial Group Inc also plan to extend the deadline for repayment of a combined 510 billion yen in syndicated loans due at the end of the month, the source said.The source declined to be identified because the plan has not been officially announced.The banks are also considering an additional commitment line for the troubled company, the source told Reuters, as it seeks to restructure under Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.Representatives for Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho declined to comment.last_img read more