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Watergate Flats in Limerick City.Picture: Brendan GleesonTHE long delay in starting the final phase of refurbishment works at the Watergate Apartments in Limerick City has been questioned by a local councillor.The work at Tara Court was originally expected to start early last year when the first phase at Mungret Court and St Michaels Court was completed but, according to Sinn Féin councillor Malachy McCreesh, only some of the funding has been approved for the project.“The residents in Mungret Court and St Michael’s Court have seen the positive improvement the refurbishment has brought to their living conditions so it is important that Tara Court residents can experience the same result, especially with regard to heating in their homes,” the City West representative said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The residents have campaigned for years to have maintenance repairs to their homes in order to rectify the issues of dampness and general draughtiness. It has been difficult for families, especially those with young children, to keep these homes warm under the circumstances.”Cllr McCreesh believes a speedy resolution is now required to allocate the necessary funding to complete the upgrade to each of the 44 homes in Tara Court. He also takes the view that the overall housing maintenance allocation within the Metropolitan District is totally inadequate to support the 3550 Council owned housing units.He said that maintenance staff are restricted to providing limited responses to the numerous major repair requests on a year-to-year basis.“General maintenance has not provided the answers to the ongoing problems encountered by the residents of Tara Court. As was outlined in the literature associated with the original upgrade proposal, the Watergate complex has some of the lowest energy rated units across all Council housing units. Phase 1 of the project has resolved these energy issues so Tara Court needs the same attention.“Council staff work closely with the Residents Association to ensure the community gets all the necessary support. Obtaining the required funding and providing a schedule for the commencement and completion of Phase 2 of this refurbishment project will resolve many of the daily issues highlighted by residents,” he declared.Senior architect at the Council’s Social Development department, Seamus Hanrahan explained that the deep retrofit of the 100 unit Watergate Flats complex is being delivered on a phased basis.“This work has significantly enhanced the performance, comfort levels and visual amenity of these buildings. Part-funding has been confirmed by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for Phase 2 of the project. Part-funding has also been committed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) under the Better Energy Communities Programme 2018. It is envisaged that work will commence on Phase 2 this year,” he said.by Alan [email protected] Email Advertisement Print WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsQuestions over delay in refurbishment of Watergate FlatsBy Alan Jacques – March 30, 2018 1500 Linkedin Previous articleNew social work clinic will make pregnancy less stressfulNext articleWin cinema tickets Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCllr Malachy McCreeshlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn FeinWatergate Flats Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 showsBarcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar gestures after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 21, 2016.Neymar will leave prematurely the Catalan club the player announced on arrival to a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on August 2, 2017 following a rumour that he is considering a move to French club PSG. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENASAO PAULO — Neymar’s journey to a record-breaking transfer fee of $262 million started in a poor district of southern Brazil, a few blocks from the local dump.A spectacular move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to be completed this week after the 25-year-old striker and his father met with officials of the Catalan club Wednesday, telling them that Neymar wanted to leave.ADVERTISEMENT The son of a journeyman soccer player for Brazil’s smallest teams, Neymar was born in the industrial city of Mogi das Cruzes, some 60 kilometers north of Sao Paulo, the country’s biggest metropolis.He never settled there, as his father’s career as a striker and family breadwinner meant they were always moving on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’When Neymar was 6, the family moved in with his grandmother in Sao Vicente, a beach town 50 kilometers south of Sao Paulo. And when his sister Rafaella was born, the family moved again, this time to a bigger house in Jardim Gloria, a district in the poorer city of Praia Grande. Both homes were within reach of Santos, the Brazilian club made world famous by Pele and where the youngster first known as Juninho would start his own soccer career.While his family was anything but wealthy, Juninho was the richest kid around at Jardim Gloria. 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His street was properly paved and allowed him to play barefoot all day long, though he didn’t have to walk far to find dirt roads surrounded by wild vegetation. While other kids were lucky to have many toys, he had 50 footballs in his home collection at age 14. He even had a video game, which was a dream for most of his neighbors.Neymar put down some solid roots during his nine years at Jardim Gloria, and today his charity – the Neymar Jr. Institute – is based in the area. The local dump, where some of the local people used to earn a living from recycling, has been closed and the district has improved dramatically since Neymar’s family first moved there more than a decade ago.As for the interest in soccer, that started when Neymar was just 2, according to his father.In 1998, at the age of 6, he was spotted by Betinho dos Santos, a talent scout for the club Santos and who had also discovered another Brazil star, Robinho.“Neymar’s father was playing on the beach in Sao Vicente, his mother was with the kid in the stands,” Betinho said in a recent interview for the player’s institute. “I saw that kid running around and he caught my attention. He already had agility and coordination. Of course he was very, very thin too. Then he started doing some tricks with the ball, tricks that a normal kid would never do. I was shocked.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Betinho said Neymar had the Brazilian football swagger even at that age, and began taking him to play futsal – Brazil’s brand of indoor soccer that puts a premium on technical skills. His amazing dribbling and shooting abilities were soon noticed, with the late Santos and Brazil star Zito bringing the youngster into the club.Juninho became Neymar Jr. after signing his first contract at 12, a move that made Barcelona and Real Madrid start to take a very close interest in the youngster.On the field, Neymar quickly adapted from the indoor game, often playing against much older opponents, and he fully embraced being a Santos player despite growing up as a fan of rival club Palmeiras.He made his professional debut at 17, in a match against Oeste in the 2009 Sao Paulo state championship, the start of a career that is set to make history in the sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? 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Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Pasaol tallied a game-high 32 points to go along 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals to lead the Red Warriors while Manalang added 20 points.Mark Olayon, who made a crucial late-game block on Marvin Lee before Pasaol’s clutch basket, and Jason Varilla also came up big for UE finishing with 15 points apiece.Marvin Lee scored a team-high 20 points for UST while Steve Akomo came shy of a 20-20 game putting up 19 points and 18 rebounds.UST, which went a respectable 34-of-68 from the field, was pathetic from the free throw line missing 21 charities and made just 17 of its 38 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East finally joined the winners’ table and sent University of Santo Tomas to a winless first round after a 96-91 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Red Warriors improved to 1-6 at the end of the first round while the Growling Tigers were left to languish at the last spot with a 0-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Alvin Pasaol, fresh from scoring 49 points last Wednesday, dealt the final blow on the hapless UST with a rebound putback in transition giving UE a 94-91 lead with 22.7 seconds left.UST then effectively dug its own grave when it turned the ball over in the ensuing inbounds play allowing Philip Manalang to ice the match from the free throw line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren lauded his team’s effort against the Growling Tigers after showing glimpses of greatness in their close 106-100 loss to defending champion La Salle on Wednesday.“We played hard and they knew that it was not going to be easy,” said Pumaren. “We did not fold up, we were able to handle to comeback of UST and I am proud with the way they played.” How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made four changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta are substitutes.Cesc Fabregas has been recalled to the side and there are also starting places for Antonio Rudiger, Willian and Pedro.Swansea, who are unchanged, are without defender Federico Fernandez because of a family bereavement.On-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is ineligible to play against the Blues.Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Moses, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Hazard. Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Roque Mesa, Ki, Carroll, Sanches, Ayew, Bony.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Clucas, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, McBurnie. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farmers Union President Joe Logan said that “enough is enough” with further consolidation among the largest agricultural businesses that control more and more of the inputs farmers need to feed America and the world.He refers to a proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.“Where are the Teddy Roosevelts and the trust busters of today?” Logan asked.Two previous waves of mergers in the agricultural inputs sector have already created what is known at the Big Six: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, Dow and BASF. The current rumored or announced deals—including Dow-DuPont, ChemChina-Syngenta, and Bayer-Monsanto—would be a third wave of consolidation.“Competition is eroding more and more with each of these mega deals. While financial markets applaud supposed efficiencies of larger businesses, customers — farmers — have fewer choices, less competition and input prices continue to go up,” Logan said.The National Farmers Union today joined Food and Water Watch and the American Antitrust Institute in a letter to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division urging a challenge to the Dow-DuPont merger.The proposed merger would create a powerful duopoly between Dow-DuPont and Monsanto. Together, the two companies would control 76% of the market for corn and 66% of the market for soybeans, giving them the power to charge farmers higher prices and effectively decide which seeds farmers could plant.“Seed costs are the highest input expense for farmers. While some of the cost can be attributed to more sophisticated technology, we have seen time and again that consolidation and market restructuring has increased the cost of crop inputs. In a lagging farm economy with multi-year trends of low commodity prices, additional cost increases for crop inputs could cripple a lot of family farms in this country,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president.The groups conclude that the proposed Dow-DuPont merger “would be difficult, if not impossible, to remedy.” The letter notes accumulating evidence on failed remedies in other mergers, the difficulty of finding viable buyers of to-be divested assets, and the ineffectiveness of divesting assets to other members of the Big Six firms.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Unfortunately, we stay very cold today, but if you are looking for a silver lining, we do put a few more degrees on our temps today vs. yesterday. While a few spats of snow blew up off the lake yesterday and last night, today we have better chances of that over north central and northeast Ohio, with strong NW winds still crossing the lakes. As a matter of fact, winds are strong enough that we may end up with some blow over flurries from Lake Michigan getting into NW Ohio off and on today. We do not expect any accumulation from these lake snows in NW and north central Ohio other than a fresh dusting here and there, but in NE Ohio, we can see some better chances of accumulation. There really is no precipitation threat across the rest of the state. We remain partly sunny tomorrow, before clouds increase on Thursday. The precipitation threat for Thursday is shifting farther south and is delaying just a little bit. Right now, we will keep the chance for scattered snow showers in over area from I-70 south late Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. The totals do not look all that impressive and will be limited to mostly a fresh coating or maybe half an inch in one or two spots. Otherwise, its nothing. Coverage looks to be no more than 40%Friday turns out partly sunny, but we can’t rule out a few flurries her and there, then on Saturday clouds will really increase. We also see a significant escalation in winds for Saturday, coming from the south and building to 20-40 mph by early afternoon. This will bring in significant warming and take temps above normal. We are bringing the rain a little sooner, arriving Saturday afternoon and then continuing overnight Saturday night through Sunday mid to late morning. Rain totals are the same as our forecast 24 hours ago, at .5”-1.5” and coverage at 100%. There will be good thunderstorm potential overnight Saturday night into early Sunday, and we still think that it will take at least one or two of those thunderstorms to get any given area into the upper half of the rain range. The map at right shows storm total precipitation potential. Winds stay up for Sunday afternoon but switch to the west (eventually NW) while skies begin to clear. Monday looks partly sunny but colder.We are speeding up the arrival of our next system, with clouds building Tuesday morning. Rain arrives Tuesday afternoon and continues through Wednesday. Even though we see the rains stretched out over a longer period, we likely do not see much of an increase in moisture totals, with our projections at .25”-1”. That is a small increase on the top end, but we are leaving the bottom end of the range alone this morning. We turn colder with partly sunny skies next Thursday to finish out the 10 day window, although some models are trying to keep with a later arrival of the system and therefore a slower exit. We will watch the developments closely.For the extended period, we still look pretty active. Next Friday should feature mixed clouds and sun, then a strong system is still on the way for the following weekend. Models seem to want to buy into a colder bias, and hence more snow. However, we are reluctant to take sides just yet. We are going to keep all precipitation types in the forecast at this point, led by our bias toward, rain, but then also leave the door open to snow, thunderstorms and perhaps some freezing rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation can be anywhere from .3”-1.1” and coverage at 90%. It turns significantly colder again behind that system as we clear out for Sunday. On Monday the 18th we can see a bit of snow potential down south, near the OH River, but should be dry and cold for Tuesday and Wednesday, the 19th and 20th.
Skip the bleachPfeif has been attacking the mold with bleach. That’s a recommendation that pops up frequently, but it’s not without its risks, and it’s unnecessary.“The bleach is working, but my eyes are very itchy, and my cheeks feel irritated,” he complains. “While wearing the N95 respirator the smell of bleach became intolerable. I don’t think I had the mask sealed, and the fumes were trapped under it. I have been fit tested and trained on how to apply the mask, but the 3M mask I purchased at the store was stiff and difficult to mold. I feel like it did more harm than good.”Chappell-Dick says that misting moldy areas with bleach won’t fix the problem and may even make it worse. Also, an N95 mask is for particulates, not exposure to chemicals.“I don’t know enough about chemical exposure protection to say what would protect you from bleach but an N95 won’t,” he says. “I suggest you try calling 3M or another vendor of respirators to get assistance with what type of respirator cartridge is needed. Again, I would not continue the bleach.”Who said anything about bleach? Holladay ask. “Skip the bleach,” he says. “If you need to clean up mold, ordinary soap and water (for example, dish detergent or laundry detergent) is all you need — plus some way of keeping everything dry.”And as for Pfeif’s comment that a friend has offered to power-wash the attic once all of the insulation has been removed, forget it. Malcolm Taylor put it this way: “Pressure washing the attic is an insane idea.” How to seal the air leaksPfeif has bought some canned foam to seal the leaks, but is this the right stuff? Maybe not.“As you move the insulation out of the way and air-seal the cracks, you’ll find that spray foam in a can is useful for big obvious leaks like around ceiling lights and sometimes drywall cracks, but you’ll typically use way more caulk which is easier to tool into place,” says Andy Chappell-Dick.Keith H suggests that Pfeif get pro-grade spray foam equipment (one source is this retailer). “The consumer cans are terrible for applying foam and dry up fast,” Keith says. “You can also get a super long gun if you want for reaching under the roof. A properly stored pro can on a pro gun lasts months.”He adds that while caulk is a common suggestion, his experience has been that caulk shrinks over time. “Foam shrinks, too,” he add, “but is easier to apply in generous quantities.”As the online discussion developed, Pfeif shared the fact that his ceiling consists of tongue-and-groove boards. Holladay suggests that drywall can be an effective air barrier, and it might be the simplest approach in this situation.“The easiest approach is to install drywall on the interior side of the tongue-and-groove boards,” says Holladay. “Of course, that means you won’t see the boards. If you love the boards, and want them to be visible, you can try to remove them carefully so that they can be reinstalled later. As long as they weren’t installed with ring-shank nails, this is probably doable.“After the boards are removed,” Holladay continues, “install drywall with taped joints. Then re-install the boards on the interior side of the drywall (assuming you like the look).” Air Sealing an AtticAll About Attic VentingCreating a Conditioned AtticHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersAir Barrier or Vapor Barrier? A Building Science Podcast A three-season cabin built in the 1940s became a year-round dwelling two years ago, but owner Marty Pfeif has discovered an alarming problem: a bumper crop of mold in the attic.In a post at the Q&A forum, Pfeif ticks off the particulars, including no apparent attempts at air-sealing, “shake and rake” R-19 insulation on the attic floor and some batting against the walls, no vapor barrier, and a ridge vent but no gable vents.In addition, he’s recently learned that an exhaust duct for the bathroom fan has fallen apart, allowing moist air to spill directly into the attic for the last couple of years.“This week I found mold in the attic, and lots of it!” he writes.“I’m spraying the mold with bleach, and have ordered RMR 80 mold remover,” Pfeif continues. “I have removed a 12×5-foot section of insulation, and I am in the process of air-sealing this section.”When he’s done, he’d like to have a more usable space, either for storage or possibly for use a loft.“The house is only 600 square feet,” he says. “It has vaulted ceilings everywhere but the bedroom and bathroom. I have no idea if mold is growing in this part of the roof. I plan to hire a new contractor, but this time I want to know what should be done, instead of blindly trusting that they will do the job correctly.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s GBA technical director Peter Yost’s take:A common problem with turning cabins in heating climates into year-round homes is that people often insulate first when the required order of updates should actually go like this:(1) Improve bulk water management.(2) Air seal.(3) Do the above while maintaining/designating directional drying.(4) Manage interior and household sources of moisture.(5) Insulate.You could argue that #4 could be moved up one, two, or even three spots. I am OK with that, but #4 must be on the list, and insulation should be dead last.For seasonal cabins which now need to be airtight, you need to bite the bullet and guide your air sealing with a blower door. It doesn’t matter if you or a contractor is doing the work: the blower door will tell you if or when you have managed to improve the building’s airtightness. In my experience, for buildings in cold climates, airtightness should be in the range of 3 to 4 air changes per hour (at 50 pascals) to manage wintertime condensation.Do you need to clean up the mold before you run a blower door? Good question. For most of us, mold spores are just particulate irritants, annoying but not injurious. If you are worried about too much contact with the mold spores, clean them up with soap and water as Martin described. You are physically removing the spores as opposed to trying to “kill” them with bleach.And one more thing on item #4: I get called quite a bit about interior moisture problems in the winter in cold climates just after energy retrofits. Prior to insulating, the home was tolerating quite a bit of interior or occupant moisture loading. But those same loads can become a problem after the energy retrofit. Here is the list — pretty much in order of priority and prevalence — of the interior sources of moisture I find that need to be better managed after the energy retrofit:Cordwood stored in a basement.Exposed dirt or unsealed crawl space floors.Unvented gas appliances (heaters, stovetops, ovens).Lack of, or poorly installed, kitchen range hood.Lack of, or poorly installed, bath exhaust.Clothes dryer vented to the interior during the winter.Greenhouses attached to living spaces.Along with buying at least one decent hygrometer so you know what your overall interior moisture is (see this GBA article: Measuring and Understanding Humidity), check off all of the moisture sources listed above, and you will be in good shape. Don’t make the solution more complicatedPfeif has pondered bleach, pressure washing, new gable events, and vapor barriers, but Chappell-Dick reminds him not to overthink the solution. It’s really all about the air sealing.“People like the look of a board ceiling, especially in a cabin, but by itself it’s not compatible with a heated house,” he writes. “It must have an air barrier added. Draping sheet plastic over the joists in the attic is an awkward solution at best — hard to seal and prone to compromise. Plus, you don’t need any kind of ‘vapor’ or ‘moisture’ barrier on your ceiling — just an air barrier, for reasons that Martin also discussed.“So it may be a tough decision,” Chappel-Dick continued, “but really your only workable solution is to put up drywall on the ceiling, either just covering up the boards, or tear off the boards and reinstall them after the drywall is taped (although FWIW this introduces a thousand nail holes into the drywall…)”Throw out any old insulation that looks moldy and replace it. With an effective air barrier in place, any remaining mold spores will remain dormant and harmless.One footnote: Pfeif should think twice about using that attic for storage or as a loft, Chappell-Dick says. “That’s Yosemite Sam shooting himself in both feet,” he writes. “A usable attic is a troubled attic. With sufficient insulation, an attic is a terrible place to store stuff — dusty, hot, accessible only through a very tightly sealed door. As for the loft idea, you’d have to completely change how the space is insulated and air-sealed; now the roof becomes your thermal and air barrier, which can be a huge challenge in an old building.” RELATED ARTICLES Air leaks are the problemThe cause of the problem is no mystery to GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, who writes, “The most likely cause of the mold is air leaks in your ceiling. These air leaks allow humid interior air (conditioned air) to enter your attic. The moisture in the air condenses on cold attic surfaces, encouraging mold growth.”The ridge vent, he adds, is just making the situation worse because it lowers the air pressure in the attic, thereby pulling air through cracks in the ceiling and adding even more moisture.Holladay’s recommended fix is to temporarily remove the insulation and seal the air leaks. But, he adds, don’t worry about adding a vapor barrier, such as polyethylene plastic, because the problem is air leakage rather than vapor diffusion. “The moisture is piggybacking on exfiltrating air — it’s not diffusing through your drywall,” Holladay wrote (before Pfeif revealed that his ceiling lacked drywall). For more information on the difference between air leakage and vapor diffusion, see the links in the “Related Articles” sidebar.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What if qualifying isn’t the most important thing you should be doing right now? What if you are supposed to be creating opportunities?Qualifying OpportunitiesWhat are your intentions when you are qualifying? If you still believe in the BANT process, you might be trying to make sure your prospective client has the budget, first and foremost. That isn’t always the best place to start a conversation, but then neither is starting the conversation with the question, “do you have the authority to make this purchase.”. These are different times, and they call for a different qualification process.Qualifying is still important, especially in low dollar, simple sales, where there isn’t a lot at risk. In more complex, more expensive, and more risky sales, this kind of qualifying isn’t very useful.The questions that you would ask to qualify don’t create value for your prospective client, and they don’t do anything to create opportunities.This is why SDRs and BDRs struggle.Qualifying has nothing to do with opportunity creation in sales where your prospects are known, targeted, and pursued over time. When your strategy is largely competitive displacement, you already know your dream clients are qualified. They’re already spending money with your competitor.The real challenge in sales now is opportunity creation.Creating OpportunitiesYour intention in above the funnel communication and when prospecting is to create opportunities.Your efforts at nurturing those relationships need to be built on creating a compelling case for change.The discovery meetings you have with your dream client are about exploring that change. You are going to qualify them as you determine whether you can create the requisite value and wether they are willing to make the investments necessary to change.It is more likely that your sales numbers aren’t what you need them to be because you aren’t creating enough opportunities than it is that you aren’t doing a good job qualifying.Opportunities are created by salespeople who are value creators and who have the business acumen and situational knowledge to help make the case for change. Opportunity creation is greater than opportunity qualification.
The Odisha government presented a ₹1,39,000 crore budget for 2019-20 in the State Assembly on Friday with focus on agriculture, poverty reduction, rural development and empowerment of women and youth.Presenting the budget, State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said the outlay is proposed to be financed through revenue receipts of ₹1,15,266 crore and borrowing and other receipts of ₹23,734 crore.Mr. Pujari presented the budget in two parts – first as agriculture budget and the second as general budget. The proposed agriculture budget, with an outlay of ₹20,714 crore, is about three times the size of the first agriculture budget presented in 2013-14.A sum of ₹5,611 crore has been proposed for the KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme to provide financial support to about 75 lakh farmer families.‘Lifeline of economy’“Agriculture remains the lifeline of our economy, contributing to our food security and providing livelihood to the vast majority of our people,” said Mr. Pujari while presenting the agriculture budget.More than 400 suggestions were received from people and these were carefully considered while preparing the budget, Mr. Pujari saidStating that the budget focuses on boosting agriculture production and productivity in other sectors, Mr. Pujari said restoration work in the districts affected by Cyclone Fani and creation of disaster-resilient physical assets would be the government’s priority.“With substantial increase in investment in infrastructure we intend to increase economic activities and attract manufacturing and service industries especially in the MSME sector,” he said.Observing that education and skills were the key drivers of human development and enablers of employment and livelihood, the Finance Minister proposed an allocation of ₹19,492 crore for the sector.Mr. Pujari also announced that the total budgetary allocation for the State’s Health and Family Welfare Department has been increased by 10% to ₹6,828 crore in 2019-20.Paperless budgetingAs a green initiative, the government this year reduced physical printing of budget documents from 500 sets to 200 sets and would distribute the budget documents in electronic form to stakeholders.“Overall, it’s a pro-farmer, pro-women, pro-poor and growth-oriented budget,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reacting to the budget.