0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, December 20 – The play-offs to decide which two teams will be promoted to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) next season will be staged at Nairobi’s City Stadium on Saturday.Oserian and Posta Rangers who were recently demoted from the KPL were cleared to battle it out with debutantes Top Fry All Stars and KRA to fill the positions vacated by Kakamega Homeboyz and Karuturi Sport in the 16-team league, according to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Leagues and Competitions manager, Doris Petra. Speaking to Capital Sport on Friday, Petra said the matches were delayed to allow Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to take place with Rangers taking on KRA for the Nairobi slot as former KPL champions Oserian clash with Top Fry for the Western region ticket.“All plans have been finalized for the crucial games that will start at 1pm.“The process was delayed because West Kenya Sugar FC had appealed, therefore, making the play-offs stop. But FKF has solved the matter, granting Top fry All Stars the position,” Petra told.She added, prizes for the play-offs will be presented early next year.Gor Mahia were crowned league champions in the first time after 18 years, finishing top with 60 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Olivier Giroud: Celebrates Arsenal’s winner against Newcastle UnitedLONDON, January 4 – Olivier Giroud has dismissed suggestions that Arsenal need to strengthen in the transfer window this month to stand a chance of winning the Premier League title.Mohamed Elneny is expected to arrive from Basel to shore up an injury-hit midfield, but some pundits, including Alan Shearer, have suggested that Arsenal still need another striker if they are to stay clear at the top of the table.Giroud, however, believes the Gunners are well stocked up front. “Tell me where we need new players? Just tell me where? I will explain the opposite judgment,” he said after a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the weekend.“We have very good players as well on the bench, young players waiting to come in. They are very talented.“I am not worried about it. I know that maybe we sign a player, an Egyptian one.“Danny Welbeck will come back in one month and a half. Theo Walcott can play up front, Joel Campbell is doing well with his national team up front. If I am less good or get injured, we still have a solution.”The win over Newcastle moved Arsenal two points clear of Leicester City at the summit, with Giroud vowing to pass on his experience of winning the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier to the younger members of the Gunners’ squad.“To be champions in a season – and I know that because I was a champion with Montpellier – you need talent, of course,” Giroud said.“But you need a bit of luck sometimes as you cannot always play a fantastic game.“That experience will fully help me and if I can give advice to the young players, I will. The older players need to bring confidence to the youngest and lead them.“That is what I try to do sometimes. I always encourage them and show them, maybe, in a nice way, the best solution. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don’t care!”-By TEAMtalk.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
By Laura E. Davis Staff Writer Nearly a decade after Lennox voters overwhelmingly approved the community’s only school bond measure, officials are pushing another one on Tuesday’s ballot to help the struggling district. The $11 million measure would provide funds to improve the charter high school and bring technology advancements to all seven campuses in the Lennox School District, but some residents are worried they won’t be able to afford the tax increase to pay for it. But Jose Luis Nuno, whose two children attend Lennox schools, said the tax is an unnecessary burden in the largely lower-income, immigrant community. “The way the economy is right now, people are losing their houses,” he said. “At this point, if you have a kid, every penny counts.” Elba Ceja, who has a child at Jefferson Elementary, said she can’t afford to pay more than the $800 she now pays for rent. “The rent is more expensive for me, so I don’t think this is a good idea,” she said. “I need to be saving more.” Nuno said he thinks the district already has enough money to spend. “They say it’s for rainy days,” he said. “Today is a rainy day.” Money from the bond measure would increase Lennox Academy’s capacity from 450 students to more than 600, McDaniel said. The school will get more classrooms and new science labs and support facilities after it moves to the Huerta Elementary campus when the new Wayland school opens in summer 2008. “Students will have more opportunity to select Lennox Academy as an option,” McDaniel said. “We have a waiting list every year.” In addition, he said, all schools in the district will get new computers and other technology upgrades. McDaniel said the bond measure would also qualify the district for financial hardship funds from the state and allow it to meet a January application deadline for an overcrowding relief grant that would fund new construction. If the measure passes, the district will have to sell three bonds over several years because of Lennox’s limited assessed valuation. McDaniel said the plan calls for bonds to be sold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Lennox passed its previous bond measure in 1998. The $10 million Measure A passed with 86 percent of the vote. Measure L needs 55 percent to pass. The Lennox Teachers Association has taken a neutral position on the measure. “We didn’t have an overwhelming number of school sites that wanted to endorse it,” said Yesemia Alvarez, president of the union. “We had some staff that supported it and wanted to endorse it, but some were neutral about it.” McDaniel said a survey of the Lennox community indicated the bond measure has strong support. But Nuno, who lives on Buford Avenue between Lennox Boulevard and 111th Street, said he asked his neighbors if they were contacted by the school district for a survey, and all of them said no. “They only asked a group of people they know that support them, and that group of people is really small,” he said. “All the people who came up with this idea, they don’t live in my neighborhood.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Measure L would produce nearly $11 million for a district that has lost more than $5 million in state funds over the past five years due to declining enrollment, Superintendent Bruce McDaniel said. If the bond measure passes, property owners would pay an estimated $22 more in taxes annually per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The average single-family residence in town has an assessed value of about $150,000, which means the average property owner will pay about $33 more a year if the measure passes, said McDaniel, who is optimistic about its chances. “It’s really a benefit to all residents because if schools are well-maintained and are successful in meeting student needs, it increases property values for everyone,” he said.
1 Danny Rose could soon be wearing the red of Manchester United Manchester United are reportedly plotting a £50million raid on Tottenham for Danny Rose.According to The Sun, Jose Mourinho wants to sign the north London club’s left-back when the transfer window re-opens in January.Rose has not played in the Premier League since the start of 2017 due to a knee injury but is back in training and close to a first-team return.The 27-year-old had been in outstanding form prior to his injury setback and had established himself as England’s first choice-back.Rose angered Spurs chiefs back in August when he gave an explosive interview criticisting the club’s lack of transfer activity and admitted he would be open to leaving.He has since been left out of Tottenham’s official 2018 calendar and, with Ben Davies impressing in his absence, Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted to cash in.And United are ready to pounce, with Mourinho eager to add a new left-sided defender to his squad.Luke Shaw is now fully fit but Mourinho still has concerns over the 22-year-old’s abilities and has selected Ashley Young at left-back in recent weeks.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe last time the winds shifted, the fire on the Ventura-Los Angeles county line doubled in size in 24 hours. The fire that began on Labor Day has burned 112,257 acres, or 175 square miles. It was 39 percent contained. Elsewhere, crews mopped up two smaller fires in forests to the south. The 2,370-acre Pinnacles Fire in San Bernardino National Forest was burning northeast of Lake Arrowhead, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. It was 97 percent contained, and crews hoped to fully surround it by Saturday. The Pines Fire, 10 miles north of La Ca¤ada Flintridge in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, was fully contained Friday night after burning 113 acres. “Our objective was to get that thing out … before the Santa Anas hit,” said Kathy Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service. “It’s in the heart of the forest …. We’ve got trees, brush and it’s within 10 miles or less of some major communities along the foothills. We just couldn’t take a chance with it.” Northeast winds were expected to begin hitting Southern California on Friday night. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of critical fire conditions through Sunday for mountains and valleys. High winds would ground nearly three dozen water-dropping helicopters and planes assigned to the Day Fire in the Los Padres National Forest and could send it racing southwest through dense chaparral toward foothill communities, fire officials said. Firefighters spent the week building fire lines in an attempt to protect Ojai, Santa Paula and Fillmore. But strong winds can cause “spotting,” where embers are blown as much as a mile in front of the fire and can move the blaze past fire lines, fire officials said. The fire had rained ash on towns about 10 miles away. The dense smoke prompted officials to issue a health advisory for Ventura County through Monday because of unhealthy air. More than 300 Ojai residents attended a Thursday night meeting about the fire danger. Joe Barthelemy, who lost his home in a 1985 wildfire, left his rebuilt house when Santa Anas came last weekend and might have to do so again. “If it’s coming and the winds are coming, there is no sense in hanging around,” Barthelemy said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OJAI – Hillsides glistened with retardant and bulldozers tore through chaparral Friday as crews struggled to surround a large forest fire before hot, dry Santa Ana winds could push it toward nearby towns. Firefighters were able to take advantage of favorable weather that included cooler temperatures and overcast skies. However, forecasters were predicting wind gusts of up to 70 mph for late Friday into early today. “They haven’t materialized yet, but we anticipate extremely strong winds by morning,” said Dan Bastion of the U.S. Forest Service. Ojai and other towns a few miles from the Day Fire remained under a low-level evacuation alert, with residents warned to be ready to move livestock and important belongings at any time.
In 2015/16, he bet on two matches against Rangers, as well as fixtures against Raith Rovers and Ayr United. He then placed money on a Cowdenbeath game with Dundee United in 2016/17. He played in all five.Seven of the bets, which ranged from £5 to £50, formed part of an accumulator. One was a correct score bet. Scottish FA rules forbid players from gambling on any football games anywhere in the world.Brett will face a further three-game ban if he breaches rules on betting before the end of 2017. He will not appeal the decision.He was sacked by the Fife club for gross misconduct in late February but Cowdenbeath offered to pay the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of May, if he sought help for his gambling problems.Brett bet on Cowdenbeath to lose in matches against Brechin City, Falkirk and Rangers in the 2014/15 season but he did not play in those games. Former Cowdenbeath player Dean Brett has been banned for four matches after betting against his own team.The 24-year-old was sacked by the club after being hit with the initial Scottish FA charge in February and will now have to sit out his first games for any prospective new employer.Brett placed bets on 6369 fixtures with 11 different bookmakers, including 65 matches involving Cowdenbeath. He bet on his team to lose on eight occasions.He played in five of the games involved, meaning he could have directly influenced the result. One of the bets placed against his team was on the correct score in a match.
Share This!This past July I paid $253 per night – with tax – for a standard room at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. That’s more than 50% less than the $533 rack rate Disney was asking for similar rooms. It was less than Disney was charging for the same room in 2001 – 15 years ago. And I didn’t have to listen to a timeshare presentation or be a close, personal friend of Disney CEO Bob Iger to do it. All I had to do was believe what I read on the internet.In this case, I’d seen a lot of talk in our Lines Chat forum about a company called Magical Vacations Travel (MVT), whose Disney World room offers were far below the prices we were seeing everywhere else. And that was unusual, because we have relationships with some very large travel companies, who you’d expect would be able to match any offer a smaller company could come up with. But the big travel companies weren’t matching MVT’s offers. I wanted to find out why.I also thought it would be a good time to look at a new Disney World ticket vendor called Parksavers.com. We first noticed them in 2014, when Lines Chat folks started mentioning the fantastic deals they were getting on multi-day Disney World tickets – prices far, far below what even the biggest Disney World ticket wholesalers were offering. Disney World ticket scams are legendary, so, as with Magical Vacations Travel, I wanted to make sure Parksavers was a reputable business for the TouringPlans community.Here’s what I found: Both Magical Vacations Travel and Parksavers.com are legitimate businesses that sell exactly the products they advertise. But the way they can make these great offers to you – the business models behind these companies – are fascinating stories in their own rights. This is how they work.Group Sales Contracts: The Magical Vacations Travel ModelIf you’re a travel agency looking to get the lowest prices for your clients’ Disney World vacations, there are a couple of ways to go. One is to wait for Disney to announce a “special offer” and book your clients at those rates – for my trip, the best rate available to the general public was around $468 per night with tax. And many clients would be satisfied simply knowing they got the lowest advertised rate for their trip. But there’s another option that often results in even better offers, if your agency is willing to sign a contract with Disney’s “Group Sales” department. But those contacts come with risks.Here’s how that works: Your travel agency tells Group Sales that you’re going to sell a minimum of 10 rooms for a least 3 nights each, at some Disney hotel, during specific dates in the future. For example, let’s say that you’re willing to commit to selling 30 “room nights” (10 rooms for 3 nights each) at Disney’s Polynesian Resort between November 10 and November 16.Disney’s Group Sales department has 2 kinds of contracts your travel agency can sign, each with different levels of risk. Your price for the rooms depends on which contract you sign, and thus the risk your travel agency is willing to accept:In one contract, you commit to selling 30 room nights, but Disney gives you the option of “returning” any unsold rooms back to Disney without penalty. Let’s call this the “standard” contract, because it’s the most common one used by far. I’m told that a typical per-night room cost for the Poly with this contract might be around $300 per night during busy times of the year.In the other contract option, you guarantee to Disney that you will pay for all 30 room nights and give up the option of returning unsold rooms to Disney. In that case, Disney’s willing to provide better offers because you’re guaranteeing Disney the revenue. I’m told that per-room rates for these contracts are similar to the $253/night I got at the Poly. Let’s call this the “risk/reward” contract, because you travel agency now has to sell those rooms or lose money.There’s one other notable condition on the risk/reward contract: Disney doesn’t allow the contracts to cover certain dates. For example, November 1, 2, 13, and 28-30, 2016, aren’t available on MVT’s Agency-Exclusive Offers. That means that clients have to be willing to take their vacations during the dates that are covered, if they want the best offers. And some resorts or room types may be excluded from the contract.The vast majority of travel agencies I spoke to, will only sign the standard contract. Why? The smaller agencies typically can’t risk thousands of dollars on clients who might cancel at the last minute. Larger agencies, especially those with hundreds of thousands of clients, say that most of their clients can’t make their vacation dates fit the offer dates, because of work, school, or family commitments. The number of clients who are willing to do this, doesn’t offset the risk that comes with the contract.Magical Vacations Travel is using the risk/reward contract. They also let clients cancel with refunds using Disney’s standard cancellation policy (i.e., up to 5 or 6 days in advance), not the 30-day policy that they’re being held to in their contract. Again, that’s part of the risk MVT is accepting in return for less expensive rooms.Here are examples of how much that can affect your vacation price as compared to just booking through Disney’s website yourself.The first example covers the week of Easter 2017. It assume 2 adults and 2 children (ages 11 and 9) in a standard view room for 5 nights beginning April 15, 2017. The family also gets 5-day Magic Your Way tickets with the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options. All prices include tax. Disney’s prices come from their website.That $500 (18%) price difference you can lock in right now at Pop Century is remarkable for Easter 2017 – I’d expect Disney to announce something in the range of 5 to 10% tops, eventually, for a value resort package during a holiday period this far away.Around $290 of that $500 difference – a little more than half – comes from buying Parksavers tickets. As you move into the Moderate and Deluxe categories, the difference in room rates increases while the ticket price differences stay the same. A $639 (19%) price difference at Port Orleans Riverside seems to be pretty good this far out too. I don’t think a 14% price difference at Animal Kingdom Lodge is as good, in comparison. It could be that Disney thinks they can sell out AKL to the general public anyway over Easter, so they don’t think they need to offer lower rates to groups.Here’s the same scenario for the following week, April 22-27, 2017:The rates are slightly better the week after Easter 2017, probably reflecting the lower demand once most families have to send their kids back to school. Still, it’s a busy time of year and these are decent savings off what Disney is currently offering to the general public.One last thing about Magical Vacations Travel before we look at Parksavers.com: I think one of the big challenges they’ll face is how to scale their customer service if they find themselves growing very fast. The good news is that they seem to have a core group of solid agents. But it’s something we’ll keep an eye on. If you ask Magic Vacations Travel for a quote, let us know how the process goes.And now, for some background on Disney World ticket sellers!Discount Disney Tickets and Third-Party WholesalersDisney considers itself a premium brand, especially when it comes to its theme parks. And like other premium brands, such as Apple, Disney rarely offers direct discounts on its core products – in this case, theme park admission. Disney’s reasoning is consumers would eventually start expecting ticket price discounts, and the discounted price would effectively become the normal price people are willing to pay for admission. And, as JC Penney learned, once customers start expecting discounts, it’s almost impossible to stop offering them. For a company like Disney, whose revenue growth depends in large part on raising prices much faster than inflation, direct discounts on theme park admission are a long-term threat to their stock price.But Disney knows that finding even slightly discounted tickets can motivate some cost-conscious families to visit a Disney theme park, thereby increasing Disney’s overall theme park revenue. And that’s where third-party ticket wholesalers come in. Many of these wholesalers are small, family-run operations located near Disney’s theme parks. They all have contracts with Disney that allow them to buy thousands of regular theme park tickets, at prices lower than Disney charges at its parks.The wholesalers add on a small amount – I’m told it’s sometimes as little as $3 on a $390 ticket – and resell the ticket to the public. This arrangement lets Disney capture business from those cost-conscious families without having to offer discounts to everyone. It also provides dozens (possibly hundreds) of jobs in the areas around Disney’s theme parks.What Disney didn’t count on, according to the people I’ve talked to, is Expedia.com.Expedia is one of the largest travel sellers in the world. In fact, only two companies – Expedia and Priceline.com – account for 95% of the $152 billion online travel market. In 2015, Expedia earned almost $6.7 billion in revenue. That has fueled an aggressive growth strategy, allowing Expedia to acquire competitors including Hotels.com, Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, and Hotwire.com.A few years ago, Expedia launched Local Expert, a program that allows Expedia and third-party companies to sell tickets, activities, and tours, through Expedia’s website. The idea behind Local Expert is that once you book airfare or a hotel to a specific destination, Local Expert will offer you an activity to do in the same area, earning Expedia a small commission for each sale. For example, if you book airfare to Washington DC, you might be offered a guided tour around the city’s monuments from a tour operator, or discounted admission to the Newseum. Buy the tour or ticket, and Expedia makes some money as the middleman.Expedia’s Local Expert ProgramExpedia’s Local Expert program offers discounted tickets to Walt Disney World too, in the form of electronic vouchers. These are different from the park tickets sold by Disney and most third-party wholesalers, in a couple of minor areas. But in every meaningful way – admission, Fastpass+ reservations, and linking to My Disney Experience, the vouchers are essentially identical to a ticket you buy directly from Disney.What’s Behind That Great Deal on Disney World Tickets?Here’s where things get interesting. Parksavers’ website confirms that they’re reselling Expedia’s Walt Disney World ticket. And in many cases, Parksaver’s prices are lower than Expedia’s own prices for the same ticket: a 7-day Adult Park Hopper is currently $394.10, while Expedia wants $410.03. For comparison, long-time Disney ticket vendors such as Official Ticket Center and Undercover Tourist are asking just under $450 for the same ticket.In fact, Parksavers’ and Expedia’s prices are so low, according to industry people I spoke to, that third party wholesalers can’t even buy those tickets from Disney for the prices Parksavers and Expedia are selling them.How are Expedia and Parksavers able to sell tickets at those prices? There are only a couple of likely explanations:Expedia negotiated a fantastic one-off contract with DisneyExpedia is intentionally losing money on each ticket as part of a long-term strategyThe industry people I’ve spoken to think it’s the latter. Their opinions, all seemingly arrived at independently, is that Expedia is using some of its $6.7 billion in profits to sell Disney tickets at a loss, in order to drive third-party ticket wholesalers out of the market. Just as Expedia’s purchase of other travel websites reduced competition, this would eliminate most competition in the Local Experts ticket market for Orlando. And with other ticket wholesalers out of the way, it might allow Expedia more leverage with Disney when it comes to setting ticket prices.Disney, I’m told, thinks Expedia is playing the long-term strategy too. And they’re not at all happy about it. Some of that unhappiness is because Disney really wants these small, family-run ticket wholesalers to stick around. That’s partly for altruistic reasons – Disney seems to understand (in this case, anyway) its role in the local economy includes supporting the tourism industry. It’s also partly selfish, because Disney knows that any one of that small group of mom-and-pop vendors is never going to have enough bargaining power to tell Disney how to set ticket prices. But Disney’s concerned that Expedia might.One hurdle with Expedia’s strategy is, I’m told, that Expedia’s contract with Disney expires at the end of 2016 and has not yet been extended for 2017. It’s almost certain that ticket pricing is one of the main discussions in that renewal, and I’m sure Disney is pushing for restrictions on how low Expedia can set its prices. In the meantime, you can still buy those ticket vouchers for dates in 2016, and use them in 2017.Disclaimer: Neither TouringPlans nor its staff have any relationship of any kind with Magical Vacations Travel or ParkSavers.com. Our requests to Expedia’s affiliate and travel agency divisions, and to Parksavers.com, for clarification on their voucher pricing, got no response.
Tigers play top-ranked Oshkosh North in sectional semifinal Thursday at Appleton NorthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterNEENAH — Ethan Posteluk scored off a rebound with three seconds left to lift the Marshfield boys basketball team to a come-from-behind 70-69 win over Neenah in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Saturday night at Neenah High School.After a timeout, Neenah turned the ball over out of bounds with 1.1 seconds to go. Marshfield threw the ball down court and Neenah intercepted, but the Rockets’ heave from three-quarters court missed left, giving the Tigers the win.The Tigers (16-8), winners of eight straight, move on to a sectional semifinal against the top-ranked team in Division 1, Oshkosh North (24-0), at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Appleton North. Marshfield lost to Oshkosh North 74-46 in its season-opener back on Nov. 25.The winner moves on to a sectional final Saturday, March 11. If Marshfield wins, the game will be played at a site to be announced. If Oshkosh North wins, the game will be played at Marshfield at 4 p.m. Two-time defending Division 1 state champion Stevens Point (20-4) and Eau Claire North (20-4) play in the other sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial.“Win or lose, it was a great high school basketball game,” Marshfield coach Scott Scheuer said. “It was a very well-played game, and it’s one of those where it is unfortunate someone had to lose. I’m really happy for our guys, especially to come back from eight down and pull it out.”Marshfield jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led for nearly the entire first half. Neenah crawled back to take a 31-30 lead before Adam Hauge made layup at the halftime buzzer to put the Tigers up 34-33 at the break.Neenah (15-9) built a 59-52 lead midway through the half before the Tigers mounted a comeback.Marshfield went on a 7-0 run to tie it, capped off by two free throws from Reed Miller.The game was tight the rest of the way. Seth Anderson made two free throws to tie the game at 68-68 with approximately 15 seconds to go. Neenah then made one of two free throws at the line before Posteluk’s game-winner.Posteluk finished with 22 points, and Anderson and Alec Hinson each had 12 for Marshfield.The Tigers made 23 of 27 free throws in the win.“We came ready to play,” Scheuer said. “We shot the ball well initially. (At the end), there was no action on the play I set up. We worked through all the options, and the thing I said during the timeout (before the final possession) was we had to make sure we rebounded, have five guys in the lane if we miss. Ethan was in the right place at the right time and put it in the basket.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 70, Rockets 69Marshfield 34 36 – 70Neenah 33 36 – 69MARSHFIELD (70): Ethan Posteluk 7-14 6-6 22, Brant Bohman 0-3 0-0 0, Seth Anderson 4-7 4-5 12, Reed Miller 2-6 4-4 8, Alec Hinson 2-4 7-10 12, Grant Michaelis 3-9 2-2 10, Nathan McGrath 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Meverden 1-2 0-0 2, Adam Hauge 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Stewart 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 21-48. FT: 23-27. 3-pointers: 5-16 (Michaelis 2-5, Posteluk 2-5, Hinson 1-3, Bohman 0-1, Miller 0-2). Rebounds: 25 (Anderson 6). Assists: 13 (Michaelis 4). Turnovers: 4. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-8.NEENAH (69): Statistics not provided. Record: 15-9.
This post originally appeared on the SmartRecruiters Blog, and is re-published with permission. Last week Tuesday am, our Office MacGyver Joanna Savio resigned. It’s sad to see her go, but we all wish her the best of luck in her next position as a college recruiter for the good folks at Google.Leaving @SmartRecruiters at the beginning of July for an #amazing company, #google!! #mixedemotions — Joanna Savio (@RunTheOffice) June 12, 2013The Office Manager is an essential position to the company culture and day to day operations. He or she makes a big difference in setting up the right environment allowing a group of people to actually operate as a team within an office. It’s a hire you don’t want to get wrong.With a two weeks notice, I knew we had no time to lose. But I also was not prepared to compromise and hire “the first acceptable candidate” like many people do under time pressure. Here is how I did it:Tuesday – Start Sourcing (5 minutes)Recovering from the news, I selected my SmartRecruiters Office Manager Job Ad template (saved from when I hired an Office Manager in early 2012) and tweaked it as the role evolved a bit (8 people in 2012, 45 now…).I posted to the recommended job boards (SmartTip: for an Office Manager in San Francisco the best performing job boards are LinkedIn and Craigslist) as well as my website, network (Facebook friends and fans, LinkedIn Connections, Twitter Followers, etc.) and job aggregators (Indeed, SimplyHired, Glassdoor,..). In less than five minutes my job ad was in all the right places.Wednesday – Prescreening (1 hour)By Wednesday we had the first 100 candidates. I flipped through the resumes, scanning for the main criteria’s I was looking for – startup experience, local, and that diversity of experience that makes a good SmartRecruiters employee. I also looked for the personal message that candidates wrote as introductions. Within an hour, I had shortlisted 10 people. We reached out to those 10 for interview and sent out a personalized feedback email to all others that didn’t make it.Thursday, Friday | First Round of interviewsDaniel, our Controller, did the first round of interviews with six top candidates on Thursday (If you’re reading this, thank you again for taking the time).Three made it to 2nd round to meet with me on Friday (if you’re reading this, it was so close, hard choice).Monday | Final RoundOn Monday the Finalist met with three other teams members. They shared their feedback within the SmartRecruiters software. Share averaged a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. This collaborative approach confirmed my notion that she was a good fit for the job and would work effectively across departments.Meanwhile, we ordered a Reference Check from Chequed (awesome). This is a great way to get a 360 degree feedback on your candidate from people who know her/him best.Tuesday | Offer Accepted!She accepted the offer! I am thrilled and I know for a fact that this will be a great fit for the SmartRecruiters team.My Hiring ConclusionHiring top talent is not about being lucky. It is about being methodical in how you Source, Engage and Hire the right person. This boils down to 3 things:1. Build a massive pipeline of awesome candidates.2. Engage with everyone quickly (so you don’t lose the best) and nicely (candidates are human beings).3. Use collaborative interviewing, add some science and don’t compromise.
Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Web developer and self-proclaimed happiness evangelist François Beaufort has shared new video of a touch interface for Google’s Chrome browser currently in development. The video apparently demonstrates the interface running on a desktop computer, with a mouse cursor clicking the elements.Some of the UI doesn’t look much different from the desktop Chrome browser, but the on-screen keyboard and widget buttons are more tablet-friendly. Beaufort sounds disappointed in the pace of development in his Google Plus post sharing the screencast. “This morning, I was wondering if Google Chrome Team worked a little bit more on the Touch UI during my holidays,” he writes. “Answer is not so much sadly.” jon mitchell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The video fuels more speculation about the development of the browser-based Chrome Operating System for tablets. Google hasn’t been forthcoming about this work, maintaining at Google I/O this May that Chrome’s development is “100 percent focused on laptops” and that the team has “no plans on any other form factors.” But as we reported in April, Google has admitted that it is, at least, “engaging in early open-source work for the tablet form factor” with Chrome OS.We’ve seen multiple reports of tablets and tablet-like devices rumored to be made for Chrome OS, and Google has released its own mock-ups of Chrome tablets. But it’s not clear what market Google would try to serve with them, especially since, presumably, they would be competing with Google’s own existing tablet OS. Google’s Android OS has already been commercially released for tablets, although developers seem to be losing momentum, and sales aren’t great. Google’s efforts to develop two operating systems simultaneously might be a way of hedging its bets or creating healthy competition within the company.A Google mock-up of a Chrome OS tabletPublicly, Google has positioned Chrome OS as a replacement for the desktop environment, but it has always been shown as a hardware-software package that looks like a traditional laptop. Instead of a desktop and a filesystem, a Chromebook has a Web browser, and all the applications are Web-based, just like Gmail and Google Docs already are. But that’s all you get. Our experiences trying out Chrome OS have been frustrating; being confined to the Web on a laptop feels limiting. Given these reactions (and we’re notalone), it’s not surprising that Chromebooks haven’t hit the mass market yet. But tablet users accept the limitations in the nature of the device. Perhaps some Google developers believe tablets will be a better fit for Chrome OS. Related Posts