Fannie Mae: Expect Housing Expansion Next Year Despite Persistent Headwinds

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Economic Forecast Fannie Mae Housing Market U.S. Economy 2015-12-15 Brian Honea Tagged with: Economic Forecast Fannie Mae Housing Market U.S. Economy Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae: Expect Housing Expansion Next Year Despite Persistent Headwinds Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 12/16/2015 Next: Summit Valuations Unveils a New Website for 2016 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Brian Honea Soft economic growth in Q4 to this point has done nothing to change Fannie Mae’s forecast for economic growth forecast for 2016, as current economic conditions suggest that that a long-anticipated increase in the federal funds target rate will be announced Wednesday afternoon, according to Fannie Mae’s December 2015 Economic Outlook released Tuesday.Despite persistent economic headwinds, Fannie Mae’s Economic &Strategic Research (ESR) Group is predicting real GDP growth at a rate of 2.2 percent for the entire year of 2015 in its December forecast. The rate of GDP growth is expected to rise to 2.4 percent for 2016. Both numbers are consistent with the ESR Group’s prior forecasts. Real consumer spending is expected to pick up in 2016 after slowing in Q4 amid a tightening labor market and declining gasoline prices, which the ESR group expects will offset some of those persistent headwinds.Other factors that remain downside risks to growth include the possibility of a sharp slowdown in China and other emerging market economies, a further rise in the dollar, and geopolitical turmoil, according to the ESR Group.“After a year of modest improvement, we continue to believe economic growth will close out 2015 at 2.2 percent before gaining momentum early in 2016,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Overall conditions suggest the Fed will begin to raise the fed funds rate at the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting, but we don’t expect the financial markets to experience any sizable shocks as a result.”While the ESR group expects home sales to remain subdued for the near term, they noted that private residential construction has been strong in Q4 and that housing demand is up headed into 2016. The result will be an increase in total home sales for the year, according to the ESR Group.“The rebound in purchase applications suggests that sales will gain momentum in the first quarter after retreating slightly in the current quarter,” Duncan said. “For all of 2016, total home sales are projected to rise 3.9 percent. We believe that further easing of mortgage lending standards will combine with a positive household formation outlook to help the housing sector expand.”The lack of housing inventory this year has been more problematic for the existing home market, according to the ESR Group. The drop in for-sale inventory of 4.5 percent in October was the largest in two years, and only twice this in 2015 did for-sale inventory increase on a year-over-year basis. One reason for the thin existing home inventory is that institutional investors are taking advantage of the high demand for rent by holding housing units as rentals.“We do not expect the inventory crunch to ease substantially next year, and the situation could get worse if geographic mobility declines or if homeowners are locked in with low interest rate mortgages in a rising rate environment,” the ESR Group said in its report.Despite volatility in the market this year, home sales are poised to have their best year since 2007 with an increase of 7.4 percent up to 5.8 million units.Click here to view the Fannie Mae ESR Group’s site, which contains all the December 2015 data. 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Speech: Troubled Families

first_imgIntroductionThanks, Andy [Cook].I too would like to pay tribute to the work of the CSJ, the Centre for Social Justice. Through you and your founder Iain Duncan Smith you have provided powerful leadership on the issues of poverty and social breakdown; challenging assumptions as well as developing pragmatic, imaginative solutions but rooted in the experience of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.From Free Schools to the Modern Slavery Act, your influence I think has been hugely significant and very far-reaching and there’s little doubt that you’ve succeed in your mission to put social justice at the heart of British politics.As such, I’m hugely grateful to you for hosting us today and I very much look forward to seeing much more of your impressive work.Now we’re obviously meeting at an important moment in our country’s history as we forge a new relationship with Europe and raise our ambitions for what kind of country we want to be – a country with a strong, outward-looking presence on the world stage, but also with a strong foundation of thriving communities at home.That means renewing the cherished union not just between the four nations of our United Kingdom, but a new unionism between all our citizens – between the multiple units of solidarity; country, region, community and family that underpin it.These units of solidarity, of identity and belonging, operate in many ways and on many levels.But it’s clear that the most important and keenly felt of these is family.Rich or poor, it’s the bedrock on which everything else is built – that teaches us the value of love and support, in good times and bad.That determines our ability to form healthy relationships, our levels of resilience.How well we do at school and into adulthood.That connects us to the wider community and the world beyond.I know I speak for many when I say that my family is the most important thing in my life – I would certainly have not have got through my illness last year without my wife and children by my side.That’s why this government is championing families at every turn: There is of course, more to do, but I think this is a significant achievement and a tribute to the tireless efforts of family workers, local authorities and their many partners in our public services and the voluntary sector.I’m hugely thankful to them.What they’ve achieved adds up to more people back in work, often in families where unemployment was seen as the norm.This isn’t just about the financial boost provided by a regular wage, but about the pride and dignity that comes from taking control of your own life. About children growing up with an example of hard work and aspiration.Equally important for the next generation is the security and stability provided by more families staying together as the pressures on social care and criminal justice system ease.This means a lot to the families who’ve benefitted.People like 13-year-old Kyle whose anti-social, gang-related behaviour – developed against a backdrop of historic domestic abuse and the death of his father – had left him and his mum Sue facing eviction from their home.Thanks to the wrap-around support organised by the Programme’s family worker, based in the Youth Justice Service, Kyle hasn’t been in trouble since, his behaviour and attendance at school has improved and Sue now has her own support network outside the family.The Programme has also made all the difference for 16-year-old Daniel and his father John.Following a difficult childhood, he had developed serious problems – self-harming, threatening suicide, regularly smoking cannabis – which had left John too scared to leave him on his own despite his desperation to get a job.Again, the family worker’s intervention in organising parenting and employment support for John and counselling and specialist support for Daniel was instrumental in helping improve his mental health, encouraging him to apply to an art college and helping John find work as a security guard.Just 2 examples.And it underlines why we must never give up on people like them and the families that this Programme is designed to support.The problems they face – tangled, entrenched, with deep roots – are among the most challenging in our society.Before beginning the Programme, over half of the families were on benefits.More than two fifths had at least one person with a mental health issue.In 1 in 6 families, 1 person was dependent on non-prescription drugs or alcohol.And in over a fifth, at least 1 person had been affected by domestic abuse.One of these issues alone is enough to be dealing with.When they’re multiplied, the effects are devastating – for the families concerned, affecting their ability almost literally to get through each day.But also sometimes for their neighbours, their classmates and the wider community; who can find themselves on the receiving end of disruptive and distressing behaviour as a result.In providing support, equally, we should not make excuses for behaviour which falls well short of what should be expected.As their issues have burgeoned, these families have usually found themselves becoming the passive recipients of services and becoming more isolated and alone.This is not, in any way, inevitable and there are plenty of examples of people who have beat overwhelming odds to succeed – and those who will say: “They did it by themselves, so everyone should be able to do it.”But when you dig deeper, it turns out that there are usually people who had their back.A loving parent who, even though money was tight, was not short on aspiration.An inspirational teacher who lifted their sights and broadened their horizons.A neighbour, a friend of a friend who helped secure a lucky break.Because the truth is no-one ever does it alone. We are all the product of a multitude of small kindnesses done to us and done for us.We all need support and commitment to achieve our full potential; to grow, branch out and reach our goals.That starts with stronger families – as the cornerstone of stronger communities.And that’s the spirit that runs right through this Programme.Families working together to rise together.Agencies across sectors working together to help them succeed.This represents a fundamental shift in how the state supports those who depend on it; centred not on systems and processes, but on people and forging a common sense of purpose among all involved.For families previously used to being shunted between a host of different, often disjointed services; all with their own assessments, thresholds, appointments and approaches, the role of the family worker, in particular, is a huge breakthrough.Someone who builds trust and rallies everyone to agree a plan to rebuild their lives, based on their ambitions – and, who, then, crucially, is a single, consistent point of contact coordinating and mobilising all the necessary specialist services, such as mental health or debt advice.The impact of this should not be underestimated.Problems caught early before they escalate into a crisis.People no longer having to go through the emotionally draining process of repeating and repeating and repeating their stories to multiple services.A boost in confidence, new skills and resilience as families, as the extra help provided with practical issues – such as parenting and household budgeting – pay off.We know families value this support – this second chance to not so much transform their lives as rediscover them.To tap into their own power and agency to change them for the better.And this is the point – the Programme doesn’t affect this change. They do.But the benefits of the Troubled Families Programme don’t end there.It’s changed the way people deliver services too.Many of those working on the Programme have talked about silos breaking down and a marked change in culture and ways of working; with more sharing of information and discussion between partners as their eyes are opened to a fuller picture of a family’s circumstances.We know that the improved use and sharing of data across agencies has also helped identify families most in need of help, helped target services and track family progress more effectively, with systems increasingly picking up early indications of need – paving the way for improved commissioning of services in the future.But perhaps the biggest gain is a greater sense of solidarity among services who have worked with these families, who are among the hardest to help, for years, but who now grasp just how much more can be achieved for them when they come together.According to the evaluation, over half of Troubled Families Coordinators agree all agencies have a common purpose – up from 43% the previous year (2016).Moreover, just over two thirds of Coordinators say the Programme has been effective at achieving long-term positive change in wider system reform.This is really encouraging to hear.The Programme is breaking new ground in developing best practice and, as with anything new, you learn as you go.And yes we’ve undoubtedly learned a lot from the first phase of the Programme; improving the way we evaluate it by not only drawing on data from more local authorities over 5 years instead of just 1 year, but also through surveys with staff, including family workers and specialist employment advisers, and by speaking to families who’ve been involved.And we’re keen to continue to think about what we could do differently and better – and this is where it is fair to say that I think we need to look again at the name of the Programme.I understand why we alighted on phrase ‘Troubled Families’, but, in reality, it obscures as much as it enlightens.At its worst it points an accusing finger at people, who are already isolated, and says to them “you are the ‘others’ and you are not like the rest of us”.When, in truth, they are like the rest of us, they’ve just had a little less help, been a little less lucky, and yes, made choices themselves that haven’t led to the best outcomes.But we don’t give up on people in this country. People can make the most of a second chance.That is the lesson of the Programme.So we need something which better recognises its objective of creating stronger families.Something that recognises where it might take us.Because the implications for wider public service delivery are profound.We had the new public management model under Margaret Thatcher in the Eighties.Then the choice agenda, followed by the open public services agenda from 2010.The Troubled Families Programme – with its model of services joining up around a whole family – I think suggests the next wave.And fresh thinking is needed now more than ever to meet challenges we face.I’m thinking especially of the horrors of knife crime, which is devastating families and communities.This cannot go on.Every violent incident, every injury, every young life lost is an absolute tragedy and we must act to ensure our children can grow up knowing they’re safe and have a great future ahead of them.The Troubled Families Programme – with its emphasis on early intervention and its track record of tackling complex challenges – has a valuable role to play in this endeavour.It’s why we’re making a £9.5 million fund available within the existing Programme to focus on supporting children and families vulnerable to knife crime and gang culture – with a further £300,000 available to train frontline staff on how to tackle childhood trauma.The money will go to community-backed projects in 21 areas across England and I look forward to seeing it making a difference to families on the ground.ConclusionI have every confidence that it will make this difference because the real strength of the Troubled Families Programme – the real strength, too, of the CSJ’s approach – is that it’s not just trying to manage the challenges those families face. It’s changing lives in the long term.In doing so, it’s addressing not just the symptoms, but the underlying issues that have held them back.Just over three quarters of a century ago, in a similar spirit, Sir William Beveridge drafted the landmark report that laid the foundations for the welfare state.The 5 “giant evils” he sought to eradicate – want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness – thankfully no longer loom so large, as attested by longer lifespans and better life chances.But there is no denying that serious challenges remain.And while we’re doing all we all can to ease pressures on families, we must also face up to new “giants” – such as, for example, increasing social isolation – the sense that while with the internet and social media we’ve never been better connected, many of us have never felt more alone.And this perhaps is one of the biggest mountains that families on the Programme previously faced – the feeling they were battling multiple problems on multiple fronts on their own.Not anymore.At least 400,000 families have been helped by the Programme’s whole family approach as it goes mainstream; winning the confidence of councils and their partners alike with its proven ability to give people hope and a brighter future.That’s why I believe in the Programme and want to see it go from strength to strength.And why I will always do my utmost to champion these and other families – the principal units of solidarity that bind our communities and our country.Put simply; whether as families or communities or as a country, we’re always stronger when we stand together.And that simple but significant truth should guide our policy making for the future.Thank you. And let’s not forget milestones like the introduction of same sex marriage, measures to support flexible working and shared parental leave and now proposals to introduce blame-free divorce – important steps that to help somehow to strengthen the bonds of family further and protect them in difficult times but equally recognise the issues and structures that lie behind it.Now it’s important to see how we can bond that unit of family together.When families thrive, we all thrive.But sadly, the reverse is also true.As the CSJ’s latest research shows, young people who experience family breakdown under the age of 18 are more likely to experience homelessness, crime and imprisonment, educational underachievement, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy and mental health issues.Quite apart from the dire consequences for communities, there’s the enormous personal toll – in wasted potential, in lives unlived.It is a dangerous disconnection between these families and wider society – a society in which many feel they have no stake.And in many ways I have the CSJ to thank for helping make that crystal clear to me.Back in 2006, I took part in a CSJ Programme which saw MPs spending a week with a charity working on some of the toughest social problems.I spent my week in Devonport in Plymouth with a charity supporting the adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.It gave me the chance to shadow some of those out on the frontline working to combat social exclusion, deprivation and antisocial behaviour.One particular moment has guided and informed my thinking ever since.Walking through one of the run-down estates, I asked one of the social workers why the families of the truanting kids they worked with didn’t actively encourage their children to go to school to improve the opportunities available and give them that step up.The answer was as direct as it was bleak. This stark picture of the engrained challenges of inter-generational deprivation has stuck with me.It made clear to me that you can’t tackle the complex and overlapping problems that struggling families face – worklessness, persistent truanting, health problems, crime and anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and vulnerable children – in silos.That you need to join up support and work with whole families, and not just individuals, to change lives.None of this is especially revolutionary – it’s just common sense.And that profoundly is what lies at the heart of the Troubled Families Programme.The results – as seen in the latest national Programme evaluation being published today – I think speak for themselves.When compared to a similar comparison group, the programme of targeted intervention saw: Well if they did that it would remind them of the inadequacies of their own lives. the number of adults going to prison down by a quarter and juveniles in custody down by a third driving down the number of households where nobody works by almost a million driving up the number of good and outstanding schools extending free childcare helping more families onto the housing ladder through Help to Buy and by scrapping stamp duty for most first-time buyers easing pressures on families by cutting income tax and introducing the National Living Wage 10% fewer people claiming Jobseekers Allowance the number of children going into care down by a thirdlast_img read more

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Joe Aribo: A New Eagle is Born?

first_imgThough he is eligible to play for his country of birth, England, he chose to star for the country of his fatherland, Nigeria. Against Ukraine on Tuesday, Joe Aribo debuted for the Super Eagles and he did not disappoint as he put up a Man-of-the-Match performance, which left many fans with the conviction that the future of the senior national team is very brightNewly invited Glasgow Rangers midfielder to the Super Eagles, Joe Aribo announced himself to the world stage by scoring the first goal in the 4th minute with a simple tap-in via an Alex Iwobi’s cut back and went on to deliver a Man of the Match performance that left a number of fans drooling as Nigeria ironed out a 2-2 draw with hosts Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena on Tuesday night.Though fans had been warned before the game to expect some fireworks from the Glasgow Rangers midfielder, not many reckoned they would be forced, on watching Aribo, to reminisce about the good old Austin Okocha days. Rangers coach Michael Beale reacted to Aribo’s goal for Nigeria @MichaelBeale Love it @J_Aribo19.Aribo earned his first call-up last week after his impressive start to 2019-20 at Ibrox under manager Steven Gerrard, and it’s safe to say his summer move from Charlton Athletic is starting to pay dividends.Aribo isn’t expected to walk into the Super Eagles’ starting 11, though, with Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi and Stoke City’s Peter Etebo the favoured and long-term defensive midfield pairing. The former wasn’t available on Tuesday night due to injury, but the Rangers man has surely given Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr a selection headache following a wonderful debut.Nigerian fans were over the moon with Aribo’s debut impact. The London-born star was in good form throughout the game and his powerful play in the heart of midfield certainly impressed the Nigerian fan base.Plenty of fans took to Twitter after the game to highlight their joy at Aribo’s performance. Some even compared him to former Super Eagles hero Jay-Jay Okocha and Manchester United midfield dynamo Paul Pogba.It looks like Rangers’ newest hero could also be about to have the same impact on international duty.Aribo has vowed to continue wearing the colours of Nigeria even though he is eligible to play for his country of birth, England. The former Charlton Athletic star made his international debut against Ukraine on Tuesday evening but playing in the game at the Dnipro Arena does not compare him to the three-time African champions.In a YouTube video uploaded by the Super Eagles Media team, Aribo said: ‘’I am Joseph Aribo, I am from Ondo State. I play for Glasgow Rangers.‘’I am really happy to have got this call-up to Nigeria and I just want to make the most of it and play as long as possible and just do what I can for the team and make sure that we continue being the best that we can be.’’Aribo has described himself as a midfielder with offensive and defensive qualities.‘’I am a central midfielder and I like to get in and around the box. I can defend and I can attack,’’ he concluded.Aribo, who has hit the back of the net four times in the new season, shares the same agent as Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Josh Maja.Speaking from Ukraine, before the international friendly encounter, he said he was ready to seize his chance and put on a show for Nigerian fans and prove his worth to coach Gernot Rohr.English-born Aribo recently joined Rangers from Charlton Athletic in England, having also previously turned out for Staines Town in non-league football.He already has four goals in 12 games for Rangers this year after making an excellent start to the new campaign that has seen him rewarded with a call-up.    Aribo joined the likes of Teslim Balogun, Brian Idowu, Julius Aghahowa, Finidi George, Victor Agali and Obafemi Martins as Nigerians to have scored on their international debut after the Rangers midfielder scored the Super Eagles’ first goal in Tuesday’s friendly with Ukraine.It took the 23-year-old less than three minutes into his maiden appearance for Gernot Rohr’s men to find the net thanks to Alex Iwobi’s assist.According to Nigeria’s former youth coach, Mark Fabian, Aribo will use the “huge experience” he gained in the recent Old Firm defeat to cope with the pressure of being a success at Ibrox. Fabian worked with Aribo at Staines Town before he signed for Charlton Athletic and has “no doubt” that the midfielder will cope with the expectations at Ibrox.Despite struggling against Celtic in the 2-0 defeat at Ibrox, Fabian is confident that it’ll stand Aribo in “good stead” after a positive start to his Rangers career.“I know the Old Firm game didn’t go the way he or Rangers would have wanted but it would have been a huge experience for him and it will stand him in good stead,” Fabian said.“I have no doubt he will cope with the pressure of playing for Rangers. Joe’s got a great mentality and he’s played in big games in huge atmospheres.“He played play-off final against Sunderland at Wembley last year and looked comfortable on that stage. “He won’t be intimidated by playing at Ibrox every other week. The fans will take to him because he gives 100 per cent every time he goes on to the pitch.”Aribo’s form for Rangers since signing for the Gers over the summer saw him win his first call-up to the Nigerian national team.With tough competition for starting places at Ibrox, Aribo will need to be at his best consistently if he is to keep his place in the side.There’s no doubt that his Old Firm experience will help him in the long-term though and he’ll be a better player for it when the sides meet again later in the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Visual Aid: Chance or Design?

first_imgA TV commercial for the Honda Accord has been circulating around the net as a popular download (see Steel City’s Finest).  It shows the parts of a car, without human intervention, interacting in strange ways like a Rube Goldberg device, resulting in a finished car rolling off the ramp.  Garrison Keillor adds the punch line, “Isn’t it nice when things just work?”If you teach science or Sunday School, this could be a great visual aid to stimulate thinking about intelligent design.  It is fun to watch and quite amazing to think about how the production team had to spend $6 million and perform 606 takes to get it right.  Applying William Dembski’s explanatory filter, how could you rigorously conclude that the sequence was designed, and not the result of chance?  Contrast this scene with the familiar analogy of a tornado in a junkyard producing a 747, popularized by the late Fred Hoyle.  What’s the difference?  Put even a micro-tornado on the Honda set and the whole sequence would fail.  That’s irreducible complexity – a picture is worth a thousand words.  Life is like that.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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USDA grant awarded for Ohio specialty crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as “specialty crops,” through research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry. This includes a grant to Ohio State University for $46,253.These grants are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).“Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America’s rural economies, while also increasing access to healthy food for our nation’s families,” Vilsack said. “These investments will support local and regional markets, and improve access to healthy food for millions of children and supply thousands of farmers markets, restaurants and other businesses with fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. The grants also help growers solve technology needs or make better informed decisions on profitability and sustainability, leading to stronger rural American communities and businesses.”The grant for OSU program seeks to increase specialty crop competitiveness by helping Ohio growers with organic production and food safety grant. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will provide Ohio beginning and existing organic farmers direct technical support and educational programming to help improve organic production and marketing skills. The project will also help transition other growers to certified organic production, and will help farmers of all sizes and levels of experience to establish and implement on-farm food safety plans.USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is awarding $63 million to 755 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program projects nation-wide. The grants are issued to State departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits, vegetables, and nursery crops, including floriculture through research and programs to increase demand. Since 2009, AMS has awarded 385 grants totaling $392.9 million for 5,484 projects, including those announced today.For example, an USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing $50 million in grants funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), which is made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This program develops and disseminates science-based tools to address the needs of specific crops across the entire spectrum of specialty crops production, from researching plant genetics to developing new production innovations and developing methods to respond to food safety hazards.In fiscal year 2015, NIFA made 15 new awards totaling more than $40 million. Other fiscal year 2015 grants include:University of California, Davis, Calif., $4,584,535University of California, Davis, Calif., $9,450University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $4,438,003University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $3,404,674University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $3,456,195Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $6,515,655Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $27,606Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $4,478,345North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $6,745,400Agriculture & Environmental Geographic Information Systems, Great Falls, Va., $46,257Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $2,688,111University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc., $226,906USDA Agricultural Research Service, Peoria, Ill., $3,672,482USDA Agricultural Research Service, Houston, Texas, $46,350last_img read more

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Client Relationships and Détente

first_imgIn the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger worked on establishing a détente with the Soviet Union, a cooling of hostilities. The relationship between the two countries was increasingly adversarial during The Cold War, and the threat of a conflict (maybe even a nuclear conflict) was growing greater.One strategy during this détente was to help 3,000 Americans, including scientists, government officials, and college professors, develop relationships with 3,000 Russians from similar walks of life, making it more difficult for there to be an event that resulted in missiles being launched, and perhaps the end of the world as we knew it.No one wants to lose their friends. Outside of our governments and our choice of economic systems, we had more in common than things that made us different.This idea had merit then, and it has merit now. Relationships matter. The closer and more wide spread those relationships, the less likely that something bad happens. Cooler heads prevail. People argue for their friends.Think about your existing clients.How widespread are your relationships?Do the people at the top of your organization know the people at the top of your client’s organization?How deep, how meaningful, are these relationships?Would your client’s people argue on your behalf?Would you argue for them?This détente strategy can help you retain your clients when things are difficult. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha notifies recruitment for 131 posts

first_imgSarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. Candidates can apply latest by August 12.Post details:Total posts: 131 postsPost name: Physical education instructor: 72 postsArt education instructor: 59 postsEligibility criterion:Educational qualification:Physical education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have completed their 10+2 with CPED/they should possess a graduate/post graduate degree in professional education. Candidates having a valid certificate issued by ‘Director of sports, Odisha’ will be preferred. Also, sports candidates above the age of 42 years with national level participation is eligible to apply.Art education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have done Bachelors in Arts/Bachelors in Visual Arts. Candidates having BFA and BVA degree from B.K. Degree College and other government college of art and craft may be considered. Also, candidates who possess a B.Mus degree will be taken into consideration. Besides, candidates who do not possess a diploma/degree but has participated in the state-level competition can also apply.Pay Scale:Physical education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)Art education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and download the application forms from there. The duly filled application forms should be printed and sent to “District Project Coordinator, RTE-SSA, Shiksha Sadan, Near Collectorate,Koaput 764020”.last_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri puts burgers on menu to beef up Fulham survival mission

first_imgShare on Facebook Fulham That season at Leicester was a bonus, a miracle I forgetClaudio Ranieri Inevitably there were also questions about his time at Leicester, who he guided to an impossible Premier League title as 5,000-1 shots in 2016. However, even at 67 Ranieri insisted that he only wanted to look forward. “One quality I have is to forget what happened yesterday,” he said. “I look always forward. I’m an ambitious man. I believe I have good players. Now I have to choose players who show fighting spirit, quality and unity.”It helps that Ranieri still has a house in west London from his time at Chelsea, and he seemed instantly at home at Fulham, which he called a “little big club”. But there were no grand promises to win the Premier League again – merely a hard-hatted acceptance that he wanted to get to 40 points and keep Fulham up as quickly as possible.“That season at Leicester was a bonus, a fairytale I forget,” he said. “Now it’s important not to think about the miracle. There will be a lot of battles ahead and it’s important to be ready together. The club, the players and the fans, together. They have to support us in a bad moment. And this is a bad moment, because Fulham is at the bottom. Read more There has been little to light up Craven Cottage this season, but on a shale-grey November afternoon Claudio Ranieri was a one-man sunbeam – offering optimism, old-world charm and an iron promise to do everything possible to keep Fulham from the drop. “If I come here it’s because I believe,” he said, smiling after being unveiled as the club’s new manager. “I’m mad but not stupid.”At Leicester Ranieri promised his players pizza every time they kept a clean sheet. This time, he joked, he would have to up the ante for a side that have conceded 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season. “I have to promise something more,” he said. “Pizza is not enough now. Better everybody to McDonald’s! I hope to pay for a McDonald’s big burger very soon!” 1:08 Reuse this content “But I am very happy to come back, the country of football. To me it is the best league of the world. It is difficult, very difficult. But I love this job.”There was no mistaking the enthusiasm – or the intent. Ranieri is back. And the Premier League is undoubtedly a more interesting place for it. There was, of course, a serious message behind the laughs. Fulham have lost six league games on the spin (seven in all competitions), are three points from a safe position, and have a defence more leaky than the Trump White House. This was the politest of warnings from Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday, that things would have to change – and fast.“Fulham concede a lot of goals,” he said. “I’m an Italian manager. For us Italians it’s important to maintain the clean sheet. This team has enough quality to be safe. But I need fighting spirit too. Play football, play well. But when you lose the ball I want to see you with an anchor, like pirates. I have fought for everything. I am a fighter. I want my players to be fighters – that is it. It is simple.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes “But when the manager changes, life is new, everybody wants to show their best. For me it’s important they understand me, just one man, my philosophy.”Yet Ranieri, who resembles a likeable buzz of caffeine and charm, is confident he can turn things around – once he gets to work on the training pitch. “I’m only thinking about when the players come back from the international break,” he insisted. “I just have two days to prepare for the match [against Southampton]. My nightmare is this. To think about how I can help my players. That’s it. The Fiver: sign up for our free daily football email.center_img Share on WhatsApp Fulham appoint Claudio Ranieri as manager after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic Topics Read more features Eni Aluko Claudio Ranieri’s journey to Fulham and back to the Premier League – video profile Share via Email Play Video Share on Pinterest Claudio Ranieri Share on Messenger And Ranieri made it clear that improving Fulham’s defensive shield will start with his star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who never appeared entirely happy being asked to harry and hustle by Rafa Benítez at Newcastle. “For me Mitrovic is a fantastic player,” explained Ranieri. “We have to give him some good balls so he can score. I watched him in the national team and score a lot of goals. He is very important. And I think from him we have very good things. But I have to choose the best way not only for him but for everybody, for the first XI.”Inevitably such an approach, he warned spectators, meant his side might have to shun some of the free-flowing style under Jokanovic in favour of winning ugly. “I hope we can play well, but if we play well and lose it’s a big problem,” Ranieri admitted. “Fulham played so well against Manchester City and Liverpool and lost. I hope to play badly and win.”Yet as he pointed out, he has got teams out of worse scrapes in his 32-year managerial career – particularly when he took over at Parma in February 2007. “When I arrived, I called my friends and they said: ‘You are mad to go there – it’s not possible to save this team.’ And I saved the team.”That Parma team won 17 points in the final 10 Serie A games to survive the drop, and earn Ranieri the manager’s job at Juventus. And his friends are firm believers that he can work his particular brand of magic again. “Everybody has said good choice, good club, historical club, magical club,” he added. “They all said: ‘Come on Claudio, you can do it’.”last_img read more

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