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JetBlue on the up

first_imgThe transcontinental market in the United States has always been an innovation incubator, rarified air where airlines premiered their most persuasive new products. Consider the latest bid for the premium pocketbook: JetBlue is introducing lie-flat seats on the transcon during the second quarter of next year. They debut on the carrier’s new A321s. Look for them on routes from New York JFK to LAX, and Kennedy to San Francisco.So where’s the innovation and how’s this different? Up front, in the pointy end of the airplane, JetBlue is arranging some unique space for premium passengers. The lie-flats will be arrayed in a 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2×2 seating; rows 2 and 4 will sport private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle. The doors can be closed for sky-high privacy. This ain’t your same old airplane.To be sure, private suites are nothing new aloft. Among others, Asiana has them in First Class. So does Emirates. But those carriers embed them in widebodies. The A321 is a narrowbody airplane, one employed primarily for domestic and shorter overwater runs.You’ll pay for the privilege of sitting up front, but perhaps not as much as you’d expect. “Transcontinental routes have had high premium fares we believe we can beat,” says Dave Barger, JetBlue’s CEO. The carrier contends when measured on an industry-wide basis, airline revenue derived from the blue-ribbon JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco markets is a full 50 percent higher than any other route in the U.S. On a per-mile basis, the rates are “much higher” says the carrier. That’s where the combination of premium product and comparatively (the term is relative here) lower fares will be persuasive, Barger believes, in “invigorat[ing] the market.”Lest you become bored all shut up in your private suite at 35,000 feet (impossible if you have a good window seat) JetBlue will begin installing Fly-Fi on its fleet by the end of this year. It’s a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product the airline says will offer true broadband speeds.All of this could just trigger a sky quake of sorts on the transcon. It will be instructive to see how the competition responds. There’s already ferment afoot on the continent-spanning routes. American Airlines will be getting its own specially-configured A321s beginning later this year. They’ll be four-class affairs. United is redoing its dedicated fleet of 757s and rendering them two-class carriages. Meanwhile Virgin America already offers its own highly-rated premium product on the transcon. Delta rounds out the nonstop competition from New York to the West Coast.last_img read more

Ohio Department of Agriculture updates Fertilizer Certification Program rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently revised the rules in order to fine-tune the program established in 2014 by Ohio’s legislature. ODA made several changes to the certification, education, and recordkeeping requirements for those who apply agricultural fertilizers to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production. Updates to the certification requirementsThree modifications to the certification requirements will: 1) provide additional clarity about how the certifications apply to employees, 2) adjust the cycle for when the certifications begin and expire, and 3) establish a grace period to obtain a renewal certification after a prior certification has expired.The new rule clarifies how the requirements apply to employees of businesses and farms, a provision that was unclear under the old rule. The certification rule requires all persons who apply fertilizer for the purpose of agricultural production on more than 50 acres of land to either personally have a certificate issued by the ODA Director, or to act under the instruction and control of a certificate holder. The person acting under the certificate holder must be either a family member of the certificate holder, or “employed by the same business or farm as the certificate holder.”Instead of starting on June 1 of year one and ending on May 31 of the third year, the certification period for an applicator will run from April 1 of year one until March 31 of the third year. The new cycle will avoid mid-season headaches by ensuring that certifications will generally be in place prior to planting season.The new rule provides a grace period to certificate holders who do not renew their certificates prior to the expiration of their old certificates. If a certificate holder’s certificate expires before they complete a renewal application, the new rule gives the expired certificate holder 180 days after the date of expiration to complete the renewal process. The primary benefit of this grace period is that within the 180-day period, the application will be treated as a renewal application rather than a new application, which requires fewer training hours. Updates to the education requirementsODA has modified the education requirements in two important ways:The rule provides an examination option as opposed to requiring all applicants to attend a certain number of hours of agricultural nutrient training. This allows individuals who know what ODA wants them to know about the topic to bypass the hours of training requirement.The new rule differentiates education requirements for new certification applications and renewal applications. Fewer training hours will be required for renewal applications than new applications.• New applicants have the option of either attending at least three hours of agricultural nutrient training or passing an ODA-approved fertilizer examination that demonstrates an “adequate knowledge of the fertilizer training requirements.” New applicants must successfully complete one of these options within the twelve months prior to applying for certification.• Those wishing to renew their certifications have the option of either attending one hour of agricultural nutrient training or passing an ODA-approved fertilizer examination. Those who obtain their fertilizer certificate within 12 months of applying for a renewal certificate do not have to complete the renewal education requirements. Additional recordkeeping requirementsThe final change to the program rules adds two new recordkeeping requirements. For each application of fertilizer, the fertilizer certificate holder must record:• The number of acres on which fertilizer is applied, and• The total amount of fertilizer applied, by either weight or volume.These are in addition to the current requirements, which include maintaining records of:• The date, place, and rate of the application of fertilizer,• An analysis of the fertilizer applied,• The name of the individual who applied the fertilizer,• The name of the certificate holder,• The type of application method used,• The soil and weather conditions at the time of application,• The weather forecast for the day following the fertilizer application, and• For surface applications, whether the land was frozen and/or snow covered during the fertilizer application.Each of these must be documented within 24 hours of the application. The existing timing requirements, such as how long the applicator has to submit the information to the certificate holder, have not changed.For more information, visit ODA’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification web page and OSU’s Nutrient Education and Management website. The program rules in Chapter 901:5-4 of the Ohio Administrative Code are here.last_img read more

The Death of Win-Win

first_img 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 A win-win agreement presupposes that it is possible for you and your client to come to agreement in which both of you are left better off than you would’ve been without a deal. In my experience there is always a path that leads to a win-win negotiation. You might believe deeply that both you and your client can win. But it doesn’t mean that your client is seeking a win-win agreement. They maybe seeking a win-lose agreement. They may believe in order for them to win you necessarily have to lose.You might define a win as helping your client obtain the outcome they need at a price that allows you to be both profitable and deliver that outcome. They might define winning as getting you to help them obtain the outcomes they need at a price that is something less that then you need to generate that outcome and still be profitable. Their win might be getting you to match your competitor’s price and deliver way below what you need to be successful.The Definition of WinIt matters very much how both you and your client define a win. And if it’s wrong for you to try to impose a win-lose on your client, it’s equally wrong for them to try to impose a win-lose agreement on you.If you believe that reaching a win-win agreements means allowing your client to obtain a lower price than you need to succeed and be profitable as their win, you’re really allowing them to create a win-lose agreement. You’re agreeing to what is in fact a win-lose with you on the losing side.Not negotiating, not trying to prevent your dream client from choosing your lower-priced competitor isn’t an option either. If they can’t really obtain the outcome they need at your competitor’s lower price, you’re allowing them to lose. They may feel like they have a win-win agreement with your competitor, but if choosing that supplier costs them time and money, they’re losing.If your intention is a real win-win agreement than the first win needs to be changing your client’s definition of win. If their win can only be defined as you lowering your price, then you are probably making a win-lose agreement. This doesn’t mean that you don’t seek win-win; it means you don’t deceive yourself into believing that this is your prospect’s intention when it isn’t.QuestionsDo your prospects always seek a win-win agreement?How do they typically define a win?How do you define a loss as it applies to you in a win-lose agreement?How do you change how your prospect defines win?last_img read more

Head injury

first_imgYouve fallen and hit your head. It hurts a little, but youre not bleeding and you feel okay. Do you have a head injury, or are you fine? Knowing how to tell a minor head injury from a serious one could literally save your life. Lets talk about head injuries.Millions of people get head injuries every year. They get into car accidents or fights, they fall, or they get hit in the head while playing sports or working on the job. Most head injuries are minor, because your head comes equipped with its own natural hard hat, a protective skull that surrounds and protects your brain. But sometimes that protection isnt enough. More than a half-million people each year get head injuries severe enough to send them to the hospital.The most common type of head injury is a concussion. Thats when a hit in the head makes your brain jiggle around in your skull. You can also get a bruise on your brain, called a contusion. Brain contusions are a lot more serious than bruises from a bump on the arm or leg. Other types of head injuries include a fractured skull or a cut on your scalp.If you get hit in the head or fall and you dont bleed, youve got a closed head injury. If an object enters your brain, like glass from a windshield during a car accident or a bullet from a gunshot, then you have an open head injury.It can be very hard to tell if youve got a minor closed head injury or a serious one. Your head might look perfectly fine from the outside, when you actually have bleeding or swelling inside your brain.advertisementTo tell the difference, look for other signs of a serious head injury, such as a severe headache; Clear or bloody fluid coming from your nose, ears, or mouth; Confusion, drowsiness, or a loss of consciousness; Changes in the way you hear, see, taste, or smell; memory loss; mood changes or strange behaviors; slurred speech or recurrent vomiting.If you or someone else has any of these symptoms, call for medical help right away.If you dont have these symptoms and you think its just a minor head injury, you probably dont need to be treated. Just ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on you. If its your child or someone else with the head injury, wake them up from sleep every 2 or 3 hours to ask questions like, “Where are you?” and “Whats your name?” just to make sure theyre alert.If youre in any doubt about whether a head injury is serious, play it safe and get medical help. To play it even safer, protect your head during any activities that could lead to an injury. Wear a helmet whenever you skateboard, roller skate, ski, snowboard, or ride a bike or motorcycle. Put on your seatbelt whenever youre in the car. And put kids in an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat.Review Date:10/25/2011Reviewed By:Alan Greene, MD, Author and Practicing Pediatrician; also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

19 Slams: Nadal Stops Medvedev Comeback Bid to Win US Open (Video)

first_imgThe way this back-and-forth tale was spun, though, it probably was inevitable that Medvedev would break there. And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening, which elicited loud boos from folks in the stands.In the next game, Nadal held a pair of match points, but Medvedev, of course, avoided defeat yet another time, erasing one of those with a backhand winner, the other with a service winner, earning a standing ovation.With Nadal’s backers screaming, “Close it out!” at the ensuing changeover, he once more stepped to the baseline to try to serve it out, this time at 5-4. Naturally, he was forced to deal with another heart-in-throat break point, but came up with a stinging forehand that drew a long forehand from Medvedev.Two points later, it was over, and the indefatigable Nadal was splayed on his back on the court, as he’s been so often at the conclusion of energy-sapping, will-challenging, high-stakes matches.“What he went through during the match and still being able to survive and finish the match that way, it’s out of this world,” said one of Nadal’s coaches, Carlos Moya. “You have to be, mentally, a genius. He’s still there, still fighting and turning things around when things look really bad. He was able to do that today.”Add the Spaniard’s haul in New York to his 12 titles at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open, and the 20-19 gap between Federer and Nadal is the closest it’s been in 15 years. Federer led 1-0 after his breakthrough triumph at the All England Club in 2003, and he had four by the time Nadal got his first at Roland Garros in 2005.Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, congratulates Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after Nadal won the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 — making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. He’s also the first man to win five majors after turning 30.Nadal says he wants to finish his career at No. 1 in the Grand Slam standings — ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, looming in third place currently with 16 — but also insists he won’t base his happiness on how it all shakes out in the end.This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. The journey just took more detours than anyone could have anticipated.It also, Nadal said, made “this day unforgettable, part of my history.”Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)When the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Medvedev sensed the loss approaching, he turned into a trickier foe, playing less defensively and more aggressively. He alternated serve-and-volley rushes with a penchant for out-hitting Nadal at the baseline. For a stretch, it felt as if Medvedev simply could not miss, and he finished with a 75-62 edge in winners.That’s the sort of ball-striking Medvedev displayed while going 20-2 during the North American hard-court circuit until Sunday, reaching four finals in a row. But he also switched tactics, winning 22 of 29 serve-and-volley points.“The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match, was just incredible,” Nadal said.The Flushing Meadows fans that jeered Medvedev in Week 1 because of his on-court behavior — he trolled his detractors by sarcastically thanking them and telling him their vitriol was why he won — were pulling for him.Or, as he noted during the trophy ceremony, pulling for more bang for the bucks they spent on tickets.They certainly got that.“I’ll definitely remember it,” Medvedev said, “even when I’m, like, 70 years old.”By: Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.What had all the makings of a casual crowning morphed into a grueling contest thanks to Nadal’s opponent, Daniil Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major title match. Down by two sets and a break, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal — and even received an unexpected boost from the Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev’s surge Sunday and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and Broadway-worthy drama to collect his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.“One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career,” said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs.“The last three hours of the match have been very, very intense, no?” Nadal said. “Very tough mentally and physically, too.”Now at 19 majors — a total Medvedev called “outrageous” — Nadal is merely one away from rival Roger Federer’s record for men.But this one did not come easily. Not at all.Sure seemed it might, with Nadal ahead by two sets and a break in the third at 3-2, playing like “a beast out there,” as the No. 5-seeded Medvedev put it.At that moment, Medvedev would joke afterward, this is where his thoughts were: “OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say?”But the 23-year-old from Russia did not go gently into the night. He broke right back to 3-all, then again to claim that set and yet again to end the fourth.“The nerves were so high,” Nadal said. “A crazy match.”Not since 1949 has anyone won a U.S. Open final after trailing by two sets to none. Never before had Medvedev won a five-set match. Only once before had Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two sets.And yet the tension was real.At the very end — or what appeared to be the very end — Nadal couldn’t close it out. After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2.last_img read more