Brentford’s B team beat QPR’s development side 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon.All the goals came in the first half at the Bees’ Osterley training ground, where Manny Onariase, Herson Alves and Justin Shaibu found the net.Onariase blasted in the opener on 12 minutes after being found at the far post by Zain Westbrooke’s cross.Lukas Talbro crossed for Alves to score the second shortly before Chris Mepham set up Shaibu for the third.It meant another heavy defeat for Rangers, who were beaten 6-2, 4-1 and 6-1 in their previous three Under-23 matches. See also:QPR youngsters beat Crystal PalaceDon’t despair – QPR’s youth system is beginning to work againQPR youngsters lose to Sheffield UnitedThree consecutive heavy defeats for QPR youngstersCall-ups for QPR’s Wszolek and WashingtonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
So far, the department had received 73 407 applications from Zimbabweans wanting to regularise their stay in the country, Apleni said, adding that 20 966 of these applications had been approved and 5 486 rejected, with the rest awaiting adjudication. The Department of Home Affairs said last week that work, study and business permits would now be issued from its headquarters in Pretoria. South Africa has centralised the issuing of study, work and business permits – and is looking at extending the period of their validity – in order to make it easier for foreigners to work and study in the country, and for businesses to import scarce skills. Need for scarce skills Dlamini-Zuma said she also wanted permits to be valid for three to five years, doing away with the need for annual re-applications for permits. To achieve this, the department was looking into introducing changes to its current operating procedures. These backlogs had a negative impact on the operation of businesses that wanted to import scarce skills from abroad, and created hardships for foreigners who had apply for their permits to be re-issued annually. Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Alpeni stressed that the centralisation of the process of issuing permits did not apply to Zimbabwean nationals, who were required to regularise their stay in South Africa following a Cabinet decision. “This is totally unacceptable and has become unbearable for business, students and foreign workers,” said Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The deadline to document all illegal Zimbabweans by 31 December 2010 had not changed, he added. As a result, South Africa was losing out on critical skills that could contribute to the growth of the economy and the development of the country. For foreign students, delays in receiving their study permits often meant that they lost their positions at academic institutions. 22 November 2010 Zimbabwean nationals excluded Previously, permits were applied for at Home Affairs’ regional offices across the country. These applications were then sent to the department’s headquarters for adjudication and ratification, resulting in huge backlogs. Source: BuaNews
Social Selling isn’t living up to its promise. Those promises have been exaggerated and oversold. Social selling is failing.Lack of Content: Your social selling program isn’t going to work without content. You may want to make noise on the social channels, and you may want attention. You can’t have attention without content. Salespeople without content are unarmed.Link Bait Content Isn’t Content: You see some social gurus and sales experts writing provocative content. If it’s not link bait, it’s comment bait designed to drive engagement simply by being provocative. If you want attention from your peer group, you’ll get it. You are not, however, gaining engaged prospects.Content Doesn’t Compel Change: Infographics are really neat. So are inspirational images. And quotes. But they do absolutely nothing to explain to your dream client what’s going on in their world, why they are plagued with dissonance, and why they should change.Too Great a Reliance on Content to Drive Leads: Content marketing is not going to generate enough leads for you to make your number unless you are the rare exception, a thought leader with an earned following. Inbound marketing isn’t supposed to provide you with 100 percent of your leads, plus the amount you need to make your number.Too Much Faith That Connecting Is Enough: You need to open relationships. You can do that on the social web. The barrier for someone to accept your LinkedIn connection request might now be lower than a friend request on Facebook. Prospecting means asking for a meeting.Too Much Time Spent on Social Channels: It is a complete and utter Time suck. Perhaps the greatest time suck and distraction in the history of mankind, approaching levels that exceed television. It is critical that you use the tools. And then it is critical that you set the tools down and do the work you really need to do. If you believe social is urgent and important, you are making a mistake.Belief That Social Replaces Traditional Approaches: Social fails when it is used as a replacement for the traditional approaches. You InMail isn’t prospecting. It is approaching spammy.Activities Are Not Strategic: Sharing other people’s content is great. Liking and commenting is great, too. Posting status updates can be a great way to share with people you are connected to on social. It just isn’t strategic. If what you are doing doesn’t create value for your prospects and clients, it’s not strategic.Lack of an Integrated Approach and Campaigns: What story are you telling with what you publish and share? What is the end goal? How is it aligned with a campaign that is a tailored message designed to move your dream clients to a place where they are willing and interested in engaging in a conversation around change?Shift in Platforms Away from B2B: Name all the great social platforms for B2B? If you named SnapChat, you’re just being funny. If you said Instagram, you’re teasing me. LinkedIn is the only platform for professionals, and it looks more like Facebook every day.If salespeople and sales organization are going to use the social tools to generate sales, we’re going to have to do a whole lot better.