Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A poised and productive Ricky Rubio has been smiling and laughing, masterfully running Utah’s offense in his matchup with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.Meanwhile, the reigning league MVP has been scowling, shoving, fouling, complaining and most of all – losing.It’s fair to say Rubio has been more effective for the Jazz.The Rubio-Westbrook matchup mirrors what is happening throughout the NBA playoffs: The team that gets the best point guard play usually wins.Rubio’s all-around success has the Jazz on the brink of advancing. Utah has a 3-1 lead on the Thunder and can finish the series Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.He summed up his play after Game 2, saying ”I did my job, looking for my teammates, and looking for my shot too when it was open. I just took what the game gave me and watched film and got better andwe played as a team.”Maybe it is just that simple.Rubio is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8 assists per game against Oklahoma City, all well above his regular season numbers. The 27-year-old is in the first playoff series of his seven-year career, yet he is playing like a seasoned veteran.Westbrook and the Thunder have tried to throw Rubio off his game, maybe to a fault.Westbrook has lost his focus at times. He is averaging 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the series, but he’s shooting just 37 percent from the field and 21 percent from 3-point range.Rubio went for a triple-double in a Game 3 victory , the first playoff triple-double for the franchise since John Stockton had one in 2001.Westbrook said he’d shut down Rubio in Game 4, but his efforts backfired – Rubio got more of Westbrook’s attention, and the Thunder weren’t as effective helping on Donovan Mitchell and RudyGobert, Utah’s two best players. Westbrook was overly aggressive and had four fouls at halftime. The Jazz rolled 113-96 . On Tuesday, he was fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Gobert in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game.Westbrook toned down the situation with Rubio after the game.”It wasn’t about me or him,” he said. ”Let’s get past that. We’re done with that.”Looking around the playoffs, that’s probably a good thing.How goes a team’s point guard, so goes the team.New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons are among the point guards whose play has lifted their teams.That has been true in the matchup between Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Washington’s John Wall. In Toronto’s two wins, Lowry averaged 10.5 assists, but 6.5 in two losses. Wall averaged 27.5 points and 14assists as Washington won two games to even the series.The 32-year-old Rondo appeared to be overmatched heading into the matchup with Portland’s Damian Lillard but showed he is not past his prime.Rondo averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists to help the New Orleans sweep the Trail Blazers. Lillard averaged just 18.5 points in the series, eight below his regular-season average, andshot just 35 percent from the field.Philadelphia’s Simmons has averaged 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists t help the 76ers take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Miami Heat. In Game 4, he had the first triple-double for a rookie in a playoff game since Magic Johnson in 1980.Miami’s Goran Dragic is playing well, too – he’s averaging 19.5 points and shooting 49 percent. But when Simmons has been special, the 76ers have won.Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Terry Rozier have gone back and forth on the court and in the media. Rozier dominated the first two games – both Boston wins – averaging 23 points on 47 percentshooting while Bledsoe averaged 10.5 points and shot 36 percent.Bledsoe won the next two matchups, and so did the Bucks. Bledsoe averaged 13 points on 50 percent shooting while Rozier averaged 9.5 points on 26 percent shooting.Rubio doesn’t have to statistically out-perform Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double the past two seasons. For Rubio, the key has been not trying to do too much. Just be the team’s floor general.On offense, he takes open shots and finds his teammates. On defense, he can take chances because the 7-foot-1 Gobert can erase most mistakes.”That is our strength,” Rubio said. ”Play as a team and get a win.”One more Utah win and Oklahoma City’s season is done. Associated Press April 25, 2018 /Sports News – Local Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason Written by Tags: Basketball/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Oklahoma City Thunder/Ricky Rubio/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

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Hampton man charged with first-degree sexual abuse

first_imgHAMPTON — A rural Hampton man faces life in prison after being charged with first-degree sexual abuse.53-year-old Richard Arends was arrested after Franklin County authorities say an alleged incident took place Saturday at Arends’ residence at 1239 Nettle Avenue just southwest of Hampton.Arends was booked and taken to the Bremer County Jail where he’s being held on $100,000 cash-only bond. He’s due in court for a preliminary hearing on June 11th.First-degree sexual abuse is a Class A felony, punishable by a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the opportunity for parole.last_img read more

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QPR still looking at Tottenham youngsters

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are continuing to look at Tottenham youngster Charlie Owens.The 19-year-old midfielder recently joined the R’s on trial and played for their development side last week.He made another appearance for them on Monday evening in a 1-0 win at Leeds, where Josh Bowler scored with a first-half penalty.Forward Aramide Oteh, who is currently on a work experience loan at QPR from Spurs, also played in the match at Elland Road.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Media Club South Africa top 10 photos of the week

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly photo essay on the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos.But remember you can only republish images if you credit Media Club South Africa, including a hyperlink to the site if they’re published on the web. If you don’t credit the site you are liable for financial damages as set out in the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, and where they can be found in the library.ABOVE: Phakisa shaft headgear catches the sun at Harmony Gold Mine in the town of Welkom in Free State province. Gold mining is one of the generally rural province’s main industrial activities.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo in the image library at Business & Industry 20. (Register and log in first.)ABOVE: A summer thunderstorm brews over the Maluti Mountains in the east of Free State province. The landscape is marked by flat agricultural plains rising to sandstone mountains on the border of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a high and remote mountainous country entirely surrounded by South African territory.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Countryside 19.ABOVE: Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fisherman use handlines to catch bottom fish off Cape Point south of Cape Town in Western Cape province. The fish they catch is mainly of a species known as hottentot, or black bream, as well as panga.The tip of Cape Point, the southernmost end of the Cape Peninsula, can be seen rising above the ocean in the top left of the photo, with its lighthouse just visible. False Bay lies between Cape Point and the promontory to the right, behind the back of the boat. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at South Africa at Work 20.LEFT: Cattle graze outside the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, watched by Vuyani Sidubule, a young man wearing the clothes and white body paint of manhood initiation according to Xhosa tradition.Qunu is the home of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, international statesman, and symbol of peace and reconciliation worldwide.Mandela grew up and went to school in Qunu, and tells in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom how during his childhood in the village he looked after his uncle’s cattle, played with friends, splashed about in swimming holes, and slid down the “sliding stone”. This land still belongs to the Mandela clan.In the village of Qunu you can find the second Nelson Mandela Museum (the first is in the Eastern Cape city of Mthatha) and Mandela’s Eastern Cape home. You can view photos of both at Buildings & Structures 12. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at People 14.ABOVE: Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Gauteng province. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at 2010 Fifa World Cup 9.LEFT: Vines in close focus in the richly biodiverse indigenous forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park on the border of the provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Tsitsikamma is a a subtropical rainforest bisected by the Storms River, which breaks into the sea at the Storms River Mouth. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Nature 12.ABOVE: A bakkie – a South African pickup truck – speeds along one of the the straight and seemingly endless roads of the Northern Cape.The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, taking up a good third of the country’s land area. But it is generally arid and uninhabitable, with a population of some 2% of the national total. It is a starkly beautiful part of the country, and well worth a visit.The roads stretch out as far as the eye can see, with a flat landscape giving way to the ragged Richtersveld Mountains in the north – an area that has been named a World Heritage Site.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Infrastructure 19.ABOVE: The suburb of Sea Point in Cape Town, with the Lion’s Head mountain peak seen in the background, and a summer sky above.Lion’s Head is to the right of Table Mountain, when viewed from the Cape Town harbour. To the left of Table Mountain is Devil’s Peak.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at Cities 3.LEFT: Sitting alone at the top of a hill outside the Northern Cape town of Sutherland, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT, is the largest optical telescope of its kind in the world.The telescope forms part of the Southern African Astronomical Observatory installation in Sutherland, a town chosen by astronomers for its high elevation, clear skies, and remote night skies unpolluted by any lights from human development.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Buildings & Structures 11.LEFT: After South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the new government went on a concerted drive to build cheap and affordable housing for the country’s poor, under its Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).Small, packed in straight rows and painted a rainbow of colours, these “RDP houses”, as they have come to be known, are a distinctive feature across the South African landscape. These RDP houses are on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee Find this photo at Development 7.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the Media Club South Africa image library terms and conditions of use.If you have queries or comments about the image library, or need help, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

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JM Coetzee archive heads to US

first_imgRay Maota Literary icon and Nobel laureate JM Coetzeesaid he was happy his archives will reside at the Ransom Centre, which has one of the world’s greatest research collections. The Life and Times of Michael K won Coetzee the coveted Booker Prize.(Images: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jennifer Tisdale  Harry Ransom Centre: Director of   Public Affairs  +512 471 8949 RELATED ARTICLES • Young writer to publish 18th book • Mandela quotations book published • New Forbes Africa out in SA • Nollybooks: Literacy with loveThe archive of South African literary giant and Nobel laureate JM Coetzee has been bought by the Harry Ransom Centre library at the University of Texas in the US.The collection of work covers the life and career of the author, spanning more than five decades.It was acquired for US$1.5-million (R11-million) using funds from private donors and the university.Coetzee said: “It is very satisfying to me to know that my papers will find a home at the Ransom Centre, one of the world’s great research collections, as my association with the University of Texas goes back almost half a century.”Coetzee received his doctorate from the Ransom Centre in 1969.Thomas Staley, the director of the centre, said: “He writes brilliantly of his native home of South Africa, but the themes and conflicts he explores in his works are universal. We are delighted that his remarkable archive will be available for study at the Ransom Centre.“Known for his spare, striking and powerful prose, Coetzee has left an indelible mark on our culture.”The award-winning novelist, academic and literary critic grew up in South Africa, but now lives in Adelaide in Australia.He received Australian citizenship in 2006 and is a professor of literature at the University of Adelaide.He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, making him the second South African after Nadine Gordimer to win the award. He was also the first author to receive the Booker Prize twice.The archiveCoetzee’s archive consists of 155 document boxes, five filling cabinet drawers and eight storage boxes consisting of journals, manuscripts, correspondence and business documents.Documenting Coetzee’s family life and upbringing are photo albums which include his parents, grandparents and children, as well as some of his childhood drawings.Notebooks and manuscripts show drafts of his works at different stages of the writing process.Some of the manuscripts show Coetzee toying with ideas of how to represent a character, such as Michael in his book The Life and Times of Michael K.In one version he describes Michael as a “brilliant poet” and in another as an “educated dispatch clerk”. Michael’s relationship with his mother takes different formats, in one manuscript she is his wife and in another his grandmother.The archive also includes various letters of correspondence between him and publishers spanning over 30 years. They show Coetzee’s transition from a writer seeking a publisher to his relationships with his agents and publishers.A collection of digital material with over five boxes of discs with manuscript drafts and other material related to his works are included, as well as award ceremony, radio and interview videotapes and recordings.One of the world’s greatest research collectionsThe Harry Ransom Centre aims to advance the study of the arts and humanities. It acquires, preserves and makes accessible the original cultural material to students and visitors.It also houses the archives of other Nobel laureates such as novelist, playwright and theatre director Samuel Beckett; playwright, literary critic and poet Thomas Stearns Eliot; author and journalist Ernest Hemingway; writer Doris Lessing; playwright George Bernard Shaw; author Isaac Bashevis Singer; writer John Steinbeck; and poet and playwright William Butler Yeats.The centre has an extensive collection of archives ranging from rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and performing art material.Bill Powers, the president at the University of Texas, said: “Coetzee is one of the university’s most distinguished alumni and his archive will be not only a tremendous resource for scholars from around the world, but an inspiration for the students of the university.”According to Staley, the centre is constantly expanding and deepening its 20th century collections by acquiring the archives of major figures.last_img read more

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The scoop on trackable tattoos

first_img SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”You earned a free tracking code, now what?August 23, 2017In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar post Geocacher aunna adds a little color to her designGeocachers love to make anything and everything trackable. We’ve seen trackable pets, cars, stuffed animals, and even a drum set. Over 500 geocachers have taken their love of trackables to a whole other, more permanent level – trackable tattoos.There are many reasons as to why geocachers decide to brand themselves. Maybe it’s because they want every geocacher they encounter to have a way to remember them, or maybe it’s an artistic way for a geocacher to express their love for the game. Either way, getting a trackable tattoo is a pretty reliable way to ensure your TB won’t go missing.We asked Geocacher NutmegBrownie to share her recent experience with us, and we were amazed by the amount of thought and creation that goes into the process. Here is what she had to say:What inspired you to tattoo a trackable on your body?“I’ve always been interested and pretty much fascinated with tattoos, the history they have played and the stories behind the ones people choose. I’ve known that I was going to have one for a very long time and that it would be nature related somehow… On the other hand, timing and funding were another story. While researching tattoo artists that do that kind of realistic natural work and trying to find one somewhere near me, I stumbled on the site for the first human trackable and was immediately hooked – I thought it was absolutely awesome and just knew my first tattoo would have to be a trackable! I have a blast geocaching and have met some truly amazing individuals through it that I otherwise would likely never have known. It just makes perfect sense for something that I enjoy participating in so much and look forward to doing long into the future. Sometimes I forget it’s there and then I’ll catch a glimpse of it and it just makes me smile every single time!”Can you tell us more about the design?“Narrowing down the things that I really liked and wanted for my first tattoo was tough and took a long time… We’re talking years. My job as a Naturalist and various volunteer work as an Assistant Wildlife Biologist in an NPS entomology lab as well as various insect surveys helped narrow down my choice… Well, kinda. My first choices were more physically interesting specimens, but the space they required to get the detail I wanted  made me go back to the drawing board. I knew that my insect interest was perfect for a TB and that I also wanted to mix scientific accuracy with some Steam Punk elements. This particular insect doesn’t have any research, photos, or drawings, of it’s wings so that allowed me to take a bit more artistic license with my idea. The idea of mechanically driven insects isn’t anything new and there are some artists out there with amazing miniature works of art where they have taken a real preserved insect and added clockwork innards. So I just took mine a step further and gave the wings a bit of a mechanical feel too. I was also really lucky to have a super laid back and talented artist that didn’t mind my insistence on an 18th century scientific font or adding some additional small details as we went along. I had spent some time in their shop prior and a few e-mails regarding design elements I wanted so we were really comfortable at tattoo time. He was really great and did amazing work!”NutmegBrownie Human TB How did you decide placement?“You always hear and or read that placement of a tattoo is a personal choice… It is, but other variables come into play as well. I originally envisioned my first tattoo being on the inside of my right wrist and just a little bit up the inside of my forearm. Partly because it is an area that is almost guaranteed to age well (i.e. no noticeable weight gain and little loose skin down the road in the later years) and also because I was getting the tattoo for me to enjoy and I wanted to be able to see it easily every day. Well, a small wrist doesn’t leave much room for anything but a pretty small tattoo and hard to notice details… So when the tattoo artist asked me if there was anywhere else I would consider – I immediately said the inside of my shin just above the ankle. He was good with that and there my insect sits. Now I have my wrist free for a second tattoo. Hmmm… decision, decision, decisions!”What advice would you give to other geocachers who are interested in getting a trackable tattoo?“Absolutely don’t be in a hurry, not even a little – take your time deciding on your design, research tattoo artists (near and far) then check them out while they work, be flexible and have a back up design and location (or two) on your body just in case. Do be prepared to sit still for quite a while to get it done and, I have been told that it hurts, sometimes a lot. I seem to be a bit of an anomaly because the 2.5 hours that I sat there watching wasn’t long enough! I actually enjoyed the tattoo process and was a bit disappointed when the tattooing was done… That isn’t the way it is supposed to be so just make sure you are mentally ready for the process and the pain. Choose the design carefully and make sure it’s something that you don’t think you’re going to get tired of seeing, explaining, or sharing… because none of that is going to go away.”“A nearby cacher in the next state over from me was the first actual physical human trackable that I found, and I was literally so excited when I met him and his tattoo last spring. I was kind of dancing and hopping in place and making some embarrassing girlie squeaks (so not me). He just gave me some great advice at our Fall Event yesterday. He said be ready for the cachers that will forget to cover up your trackable number before posting pictures. It will happen at some point and once it’s out, well it’s out, so think about how you want to handle that ahead of time when the virtual logs start rolling in. I hadn’t thought about that because of course all cachers play by “the rules” and follow “TB etiquette”… LOL Rules?!? Etiquette?!? Absolutely appreciated the warning and shock prevention he provided. Oh, and like a trackable, tattoos aren’t for everybody so don’t be disappointed or surprised at those who show little or no interest; it just isn’t their thing. If you got your tattoo for you, it won’t matter one way or the other! :>)”s/v Ubiquitous’s traditional travel bug tattoo is very popularMulling over the idea of getting a trackable tattoo? Here are a few things to consider beforehand:– Tattoos are permanent so make sure you’re “all in.”– It’s easy to get a tracking code for your tattoo. Purchase a set of Travel Bugs from Shop Geocaching or one of Geocaching.com’s Official Distributors. It is important that you do not send the Travel Bug into the geocaching world, as it will cause confusion.– Use the unique tracking code from your Travel Bug as part of your design and have a trusted tattoo artist work their magic. -You can receive a custom trackable icon for your tattoo. Send an email to [email protected] and include a photo of the tattoo that clearly shows the tracking number. The icons are typically updated within a week of receiving your email.Løiten’s Signal tattoo. Thumbs up!If you were to get a trackable tattoo, what would the design look like?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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A Looming Challenge for Utilities

first_imgFalling prices for solar-plus-battery systems are giving a growing number of people the option of completely cutting ties with the grid and represent a serious challenge to electric utilities, according to a study released by the Rocky Mountain Institute.In a report titled The Economics of Grid Defection, the authors conclude that falling prices for distributed electricity generation, chiefly photovoltaic systems, plus the development of new batteries for storing power will “make the grid optional for many customers — without compromising reliability and increasingly at prices cheaper than utility retail electricity.”The report says solar-plus-battery systems, which it calls a “utility in a box,” can already provide electricity for the same cost as utility power in some parts of the country, and will soon be able to do so for millions of utility customers. The point when these systems reach grid parity, the report says, is “well within” the 30-year economic life expectancy of power plants and transmission lines.“Such parity and the customer defections it could trigger would strand those costly utility assets,” the report says. “Even before mass defection, a growing number of early adopters could trigger a spiral of falling sales and rising electricity prices that make defection via solar-plus-battery systems even more attractive and undermine utilities’ traditional business models.” Study focuses on five geographic regionsThe study looked at a number of factors in five regions of the U.S. — New York, Kentucky, Texas, California, and Hawaii. After considering a number of distributed energy technologies, the authors say, they chose solar-plus-battery systems because costs are coming down, the systems are commercially available today and can operate completely independently of the grid, “thus embodying the greatest potential threat.”In Hawaii, where electricity is the most expensive in the U.S., solar-plus-battery systems have already reached grid parity. In the other regions that were studied, parity comes for tens of millions of commercial and residential customers as soon as 2025 in New York, 2031 in California, and 2047 in both Kentucky and Texas.Some of the report’s other conclusions:In general, commercial customers will see grid parity sooner than residential customers.A variety of factors could push early adopters to buy into solar-plus-battery systems sooner, which “could accelerate the infamous utility death spiral.”The conventional business model for utilities based on electricity sales will become “obsolete.”“Though many utilities rightly see the impending arrival of solar-plus-battery grid parity as a threat,” the report adds, “they could also see such systems as an opportunity to add value to the grid and their business models.”The key for utilities will be figuring out how to tap into new technologies to “build the best electricity system of the future at lowest cost to service customers and society.” That will be the topic of an upcoming report, the Institute said.The Rocky Mountain Institute, based in Boulder, CO, is a non-profit that researches a variety of energy issues. The Institute collaborated with CohnReznick Think Energy, an energy consulting company, and HOMER Energy, a “microgrid” specialist, on this report.A separate report, Caveat Investor from the Institute offers a more detailed look at the financial implications for utilities and utility investors. It concludes that distributed generation and storage offers opportunities for “progressive” utilities.last_img read more

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Relationships and Competitive Threats

first_imgI just received a note from a client with whom I have a great relationship. It reminded me of these stories, all true.The salesperson had a great relationship with her client. They spent a lot of time together, and they worked very closely setting up a solution that really worked. When the client got in trouble with a messy legal issue, the salesperson’s advice helped the company out of a seriously complex issue. This salesperson’s competitor dropped off doughnuts and other treats to her client each week, attempting to open the relationship and make a play to displace her. When the competitor left the food stuff at the client’s office, the client called the salesperson to come over so she could share the competitor’s snacks.Another salesperson with a strong relationship had competitor’s who would drop off their pricing and competitive proposals with his client almost weekly. The client saved all of their proposals and prices. Then, when his salesperson showed up to visit, the client handed the salesperson all of his competitor’s proposals, including their pricing.A salesperson had pursued a client for seven years. Over that time, they developed a relationship. When the prospective client decided to make a change, she had three meetings with the salesperson before she met with her internal team to discuss putting the business out to bid. She worked with the salesperson to develop her needs. The salesperson was the most expensive of the four potential partners. All four presented, and the prospective client’s cohorts liked a lower-priced provider. She brought the salesperson into meet with her team a second time. They bought from the salesperson at the higher price.I could write dozens more stories where the salesperson’s relationship helped them win or retain business at a higher price because they had a relationship of value. The relationship either allowed them to win or to avoid competitive threats.What the ROI on relationships of value?last_img read more

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