I am writing this from the backseat of a car as my driver takes me to the airport. When I booked this trip, I looked at a couple of choices of companies to provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. It is a one hour trip from the airport to the hotel, and because I am leaving right after I speak, I don’t need a car of my own.The price difference between the two options I explored was $80. Compared with the overall price, that’s a lot of money because it is a high percentage of the total. Remember, it’s only a ride from the airport to the hotel, from point A to point B.One thing is for sure; the driver smokes in the company’s car. The air fresheners designed to mask the smell only remind you that someone has been smoking in the car. I noticed it as soon as the driver showed up. She was ten minutes late and told me she was stuck in traffic. At 9:30 PM. In Jacksonville, Florida.My driver is a very nice, pleasant person. It isn’t her fault that the car has a severe suspension problem. We are driving down the freeway at 75 miles per hour into very high winds. The car is all over the mostly empty road. But when we pass trucks, it’s a bit of a safety issue. We are very close to bumping into the trucks next to us when the wind gusts. The steering wheel has a lot of play.I tell her, “Wow, the suspension on this thing needs work.” She says, ” The owner just replaced the shocks.” That might have solved one problem, but there are clearly more problems.My outcome wasn’t the cheapest ride from the airport to the hotel. My outcome was a comfortable, safe ride to the airport. As priorities go, I would have given up comfort for safety. That’s the difference between price and cost.Just now, as I am writing these words, we ran over someone’s bumper. The driver was going to swerve, but the suspension was so bad, she couldn’t. She said, “You think that there is a problem with the suspension?”Price and cost are different. 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 Now
Liverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
At Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer has made it a habit of inviting successful people to speak to his team on topics outside of football. Today, the Buckeyes were joined by Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, and the topic was leadership. Thank you to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, for speaking to the team today on Leadership. pic.twitter.com/UOOACaUCmZ— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 12, 2015We know it’s Thursday, but today’s appearance by Dimon appears to go in line with Meyer’s “Real Life Wednesdays” tradition that he’s implemented. Ohio State put out a video about it in the fall.
Fresh concerns have been raised about the integrity of the disability benefits system, after a disabled woman’s appeal against having her benefits removed was rejected before she was even told her claim had been turned down.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sent Mandy Moseley a mandatory reconsideration notice, confirming that her appeal against the decision to reject her claim for the new personal independence payment (PIP) had been unsuccessful.But she was astonished to receive the letter because she had not yet been told the result of her claim.Until a claimant receives a decision notice that informs them of the result of their claim, they cannot ask for a mandatory reconsideration (MR) of that decision, and she had not done so.Moseley, from Birmingham, who was assessed on 28 June, had been receiving disability living allowance since 2004, and has been receiving the highest rates of that benefit since 2007, but has been told by DWP that she will receive no PIP at all, a decision which has cost her £141 a week.She said: “They are saying it was a mistake and it was an internal document. How can it be an internal document if it’s [described] as a mandatory reconsideration?”She believes her case proves DWP is preparing the MR notices – automatically turning down the first-stage appeals – at the same time it prepares the original decision notices.Disabled activists have been questioning for months why success rates for MRs are so low, when so many appeals that are taken to tribunal – the next stage of the appeal process after the MR – are successful.A DWP spokesman said: “Clearly, this was a clerical error. We’ve apologised to Ms Moseley and asked her to ignore the letter.“Any mandatory reconsideration outcome would be based on an appeal being lodged in the first place, and Ms Moseley hadn’t even received her decision notice.”But Moseley said she was “disgusted” by DWP’s tactics, and added: “I am just astounded by what they have done.”She has a number of long-term health conditions, currently receives 17 hours of care a week from her local authority, is constantly in pain, and is awaiting training so she can start using a white cane because of her deteriorating vision.After her son moves out from the family home in October, she has been told by her local council that she will probably receive 40 hours of care a week.But she was awarded a total of just two points after being assessed. She would have needed eight for the standard rate and 12 for the enhanced rate of the daily living and mobility components of PIP.