Transportation companies turn to alternative services for income

first_imgThe number of MRT Jakarta passengers dropped dramatically during the implementation of PSBB measures between April and June. The operator served an average of 90,000 to 100,000 passengers daily between January and mid-March, but the number dropped to 5,000 in April and 2,000 in May.Since the city began easing restrictions on June 8, the number of passengers has slowly risen to 13,000 a day.Similarly, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has scrambled to adapt to the changing business landscape by launching KirimAja – an app-based courier service – in collaboration with PT Aerojasa Cargo.Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra said the new service was launched to stem the losses suffered by the airline in recent months due to mobility restrictions while still staying true to the company’s core mission to connect people across the archipelago.“It’s crucial that we continue to explore new opportunities amid the present challenges,” he said during the same event.Read also: Garuda may increase fares as capacity cap hits revenue“We expect [KirimAja] to facilitate people in sending packages to one another as a new form of intimacy during the pandemic.”Furthermore, he said, the company planned to launch an interregional food delivery service dubbed PesanAja to bolster its presence during these unprecedented times.The government has drafted a US$1 billion financial bailout for the flag carrier to help it prevent a debt default after the coronavirus crisis forced the airline to ground most of its planes.Meanwhile, publicly listed taxi company PT Blue Bird has trained its employees to deliver items such as documents and household products as part of the brand-new BirdKirim initiative.“Our drivers have been trained to deliver items to homes and offices while minimizing [physical interaction],” Blue Bird CEO Noni Purnomo said, adding that the alternative service reflected the company’s agility in navigating the crisis.The transportation industry has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).Read also: Let’s have a safe rideThe stay-at-home physical-distancing policy, coupled with the closure of tourist destinations and shopping centers, has seen earnings in the sector plummet.To ensure the sector’s survival ahead of the so-called new normal, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the government had been formulating a plan to “readjust” public transportation fees, so that they would be proportionate to the recent dip in occupancy rate.“The problem is that, if the occupancy continues to decrease, then the income of the entire sector will also continue to drop. It’s a fact that must be kept in mind,” Budi said during the discussion.The ministry recently revoked a rule capping the passenger load factor of modes of public transportation and private vehicles at 50 percent of capacity, as the country enters a transition period of relaxed restrictions. The rule had been introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Topics : The alternative services offered by MRT Jakarta included delivery services and online training programs aimed at start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), William said.Furthermore, he said, the company would use empty spaces at MRT stations for coworking spaces equipped with digital communication facilities.Read also: MRT Jakarta drafts new business model amid falling ridership“It’s all about building public confidence and trust,” he added. Several major transportation companies have devised alternative services that complement their core business models in a bid to adjust to changing customer behavior and needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In response to decreasing ridership in recent months due to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), city-owned public transportation company PT MRT Jakarta has announced a range of business initiatives that are expected to augment its revenue during the health emergency.“We can no longer rely on our conventional mobility services. The ongoing pandemic has forced us to innovate beyond ridership, beyond physical mobility and beyond transportation networks,” MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said during an online discussion held by Binus University on Tuesday.last_img read more

South Sound YMCA Announces Power Scholars Academy

first_imgFacebook58Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound YMCAPower Scholars Academy (PSA) starts June 20 and addresses summer learning loss for low-income children living in urban communities, enhancing overall youth development, academic performance, and graduation rates. Mornings focus on academic instruction (provided by certified teachers) in math and reading topics, while the afternoon offers a more traditional “Y camp” experience integrated with STEM and community service projects. On Fridays we’ll take them swimming in our local Y pools, arrange field trips to develop cultural competency, and bring in guest speakers to inspire Scholars to build the best of their potential.Students in the Power Scholars Academy are referred by their schools as needing additional academic help throughout the summer.We’ve partnered with Olympia School District and North Thurston Public Schools to identify 50 Scholars entering 2nd or 3rd grade to participate in the pilot. Each family will receive a scholarship covering 100% of the program cost and each Scholar will bring home a backpack full of books, math manipulatives, and workbooks at the end of the summer. We expect each Scholar to gain 2-3 months of math and reading skills at the end of 5 weeks, measured with a pre- and post-test built into the curriculum. All of our curriculum is developed by BELL (a partner of Scholastic) and is tailored to each grade cluster.We will operate out of Gloria Dei (West Olympia) and St. Mark’s (Lacey) Lutheran churches. Each church is located across the street from a partnered school (Garfield Elementary and Mt. View Elementary, respectively) so Scholars will utilize the community lunch program and have access to the playground for recess. The program at Gloria Dei runs June 20 – August 5, with a one-week break in the middle. St. Mark’s runs from June 20 – July 29.PSA includes a visit to the Y’s pools each Friday.The kids are chosen based on their current academic standing in their own school. These are students who are behind in math, reading or both, and are identified as “low-income” (ie. qualifying for free or reduced lunch).This program is not available to the public for open registration—it is by district invitation only. Parents may inquire about the program with their child’s teacher or school principal, or can contact Kacey Kimmel at [email protected] for more information.last_img read more

Thunder grad Taylor Stewart scores first university goal to spark Dinos to 1-1 draw

first_imgIt didn’t take Kootenay Thunder grad Taylor Stewart to make her mark in women’s university soccer.Stewart scored the Dinos only goal sparking the University of Calgary to a 1-1 draw against city-rival Mount Royal in Canada West Women’s Soccer League action Sunday at West Varsity Soccer Pitch in Calgary.In their first ever conference match-up between the two Calgary schools, Stewart opened the scoring at the 25th minute taking a pass from teammate Nikki Furukawa.However, Mount Royal, joining CIS league, tied the game before halftime.The point was the first of the season for the Dinos.The University of Calgary opened on the road with losses to UBC (5-1) and Trinity Western (6-1).Saturday, the Dinos played to a scoreless draw against seventh ranked University of Alberta.The Dinos remain at home next weekend where they will play the University of Victoria and the University of the Fraser Valley on Sept. 22-23.Stewart, the 5’5″ midfielder, is joined on the Dinos by Kootenay Thunder teammate Andrea Stinson. Both players toiled in Nelson Youth Soccer before joining the Thunder the past two seasons.The Thunder is part of the Soccer Quest regional teams.Soccer Quest regional teams play in Showcase tournaments in front of college and university scouts during the winter season.Both Stewart and Stinson, along with fellow teammates Brittany Wheeler and Morag Paterson, were seen and recruited by university coaches at these tournaments.Wheeler and Paterson are currently playing at the University of Lethbridge.All four Thunder players also played on the L.V. Rogers Varsity Girl’s squad.Soccer Quest recently formed a partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps to offer a similar regional academy.The program has approximately 90 players in ages ranging from 10 to 18 years of age.last_img read more

A’s get six homers, stout pitching from Anderson and blast Orioles

first_imgOAKLAND — The ball was carrying out to center and right field Tuesday night at the Coliseum.Was it ever.Rookie catcher Beau Taylor lit the fuse with his first major league home run, the first of six by six different players, and Brett Anderson (7-4) pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 14,310. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Things were bordering on the ridiculous …last_img

Ohio Crop Progress — May 14, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warmer, drier conditions in many parts of the State allowed for significant planting progress, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 13. Field conditions generally were ideal for planting and other activities. Planting progress for both corn and soybeans jumped ahead of the five-year average following a delayed start to the planting season. High temperatures with moist soil conditions also helped to promote corn emergence. Producers also were busy spraying herbicides, and spreading manure, chopping rye for silage, cutting and baling alfalfa, and tillage work. Wheat and pasture conditions improved from last week, while livestock were reported in good condition. In northern counties, however, scattered showers throughout the week followed by heavy rainfall during the weekend limited fieldwork opportunities. There were reports of flooding concerns, ponding in fields, leeching of fertilizers, and drowning of emerged crops.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

Beck’s Hybrids weighs in on dicamba

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith a November deadline looming for an Environmental Protection Agency decision on the future of dicamba-resistance technology, leaders at Beck’s Hybrids decided it was time to comment on the matter.In late July, Sonny Beck sent a letter to the EPA asking for the XtendiMax, Fexipan and Engenia labels to be modified to restrict dicamba in its current formulations to pre-plant only. Dale Minyo talked with Scott Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, about the letter and the company’s view of dicamba technology moving forward.“Our purpose was simply to support the technology. We believe farmers do need dicamba-based chemistry as a tool, however with the results of last year — the training that took place, the restrictions the EPA did impose for certain states, the timing of the applications — we are still seeing damage this year,” Scott Beck said. “Our concern is that if we don’t properly steward the technology by making it a pre-plant application only, then we are going to continue to cause harm in farmer-to-farmer relations and the agriculture industry to the public. Even though we can do everything right as a farmer or as an applicator, the potential is there for volatilization. That is something we can’t control and nobody is able to step in and say they are liable for it. Insurance won’t cover it even if an applicator does things properly and damage is still done.”In addition to the possibility of damage to sensitive crops, the long-term viability of the technology is also important to preserve, Beck said.“We thought the best practice to preserve the technology is to steward it as pre-plant only. There are other technologies in the pipeline we believe will have good efficacy for post- application control. In fact Roundup Ready 2 Xtend beans in a few years will have the ability to apply Liberty in Roundup Ready 2 XtendFlex,” he said. “That new technology would be a great system with dicamba early followed by Liberty where you don’t have to have the buffering restrictions and the setbacks from neighboring crops. We think this is a step in the right direction to preserve this technology and make it safer for the farmers and for the public.”last_img read more

The Kardashians Won Big On Bing Searches In 2012

first_imgSomewhere in Hollywood, the publicists for Kim Kardashian and her sisters are raising a toast. According to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, the Kardashian sisters were easily among the most searched-for terms of 2012.Monday night, Microsoft released the most popular search terms of the year, grouped into various categories, including several devoted to celebrities. Kim Kardashian was the most-searched-for person of the year, with her baby, her role as a reality-television star… and what else? putting her name on Bing users’ fingertips.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Bing#Microsoft#search A Year-End TraditionLists of the most-searched-for terms have become a year-end staple, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others releasing their users’ most-popular terms, celebrities, albums, books, and other categories. Although Microsoft holds a minority position in the U.S. search market (16%, in October, versus 66.9% for Google, according to comScore), it’s likely that most if not all of Microsoft’s most-common terms will appear in other lists.Here’s what we know about people using Bing this year.Microsoft’s top searched-for celebs of 2012:Kim KardashianJustin BieberMiley CyrusRihannaLindsay LohanKaty PerrySelena GomezJennifer AnistonNicki MinajTaylor SwiftThe holidays will undoubtedly be a bit less cheery for Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Speats, who plunged from the top 10. (The 2011 list included Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Lopez, Spears, Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus.)Interestingly, even during a nasty, balloon-budgeted election year, celebs in 2012 were sought more often than the Presidential candidates. Mitt Romney won the Bing search “election,” placing 43rd to Barack Obama’s 46th place. Royals bowed to entertainers, too. Kate Middleton was No. 12, while sister Pippa dropped to the bottom of the list at number 75.The Kardashian sisters also swept the reality-show category, with Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney topping the first three spots. And don’t look now, but in the fifth spot, here comes little Honey Boo Boo, the redneck reality star who made most of America cringe.Khloe and Kim, with partners Lamar Odom and Kanye West, ranked third and fourth, respectively, among the top celebrity couples. Tech & SportsTop tech terms included the Apple iPhone 5, the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy S III/S3, the Amazon Kindle and iPad 3. Bing also ranked social media, where the only surprise was that MySpace finished third after Facebook and Twitter.Payton Manning topped the list of sports stars, as his comeback with the Denver Broncos captivated fans. Tiger Woods and devout quarterback Tim Tebow finished second and third, respectively, followed by sexy French Open winner Maria Sharapova and Kobe Bryant. Even international soccer star Ronaldo made the list, in ninth place. It seems the Kardashian connection propelled Lamar Odom (No. 7) above LeBron James (No. 8).The top Olympians, meanwhile, included Serena Williams, Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Michael Phelps, and gymnast McKayla Maroney, whose “not impressed” meme surely helped her ranking. Biebermania Subsides – A BitJustin Bieber fans were unable to propel their idol to the top of the Bing pops, but Bieber and the late Whitney Houston ranked first and second, respectively, among musicians, with Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna in the top five. (Bieber fans also launched an unsuccessful Twitter campaign to keep Bieber’s song “Baby” the most-watched video ever on YouTube. Korean pop star Psy stole that crown, however, with his viral video hit “Gangnam Style”.) Bing also revealed the top 10 songs of 2012, based on searches. (Look for these tunes to be 2012’s top sellers, too.):Psy’s “Gangnam Style”Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”Gotye’s “Someone I Used to Know”Fun.’s “We Are Young”One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”Drake’s “The Motto”Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa: “Payphone”The Wanted’s “Glad You Came”Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”Surprisingly, Bing did not list the top 10 most-searched for videos, although Microsoft did say that music videos dominated search – with Fun.’s viral hit, “We Are Young,” coming in first. (That’s probably because most, if not all, of the top videos resided on YouTube, owned by rival Google.) Bing also broke out other categories, such as Most Searched Fashion Designer or Label, Most Searched Destination and Most Searched Holiday Food. To see all the lists, check out Microsoft’s blog post.For some reason, though, Microsoft did not report the most popular search terms over all, but the company responsed to my request with these five:FacebookInsuranceNetflixTwitterCouponsKind of dull, actually… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Things Every Salesperson Should Know How to Do

first_imgEvery salesperson should be able to make a cold call, shake hands like a professional, tell a good story, smile when stepping into a room, plan a sales call, improvise under pressure, connect with people, write an email, write a proposal, resolve other people’s concerns, ask good questions, listen without interrupting, be kind and enlist the help of a gatekeeper, change a tire, shine shoes, entertain clients and prospects, travel with only a carry-on bag, help others discover something about themselves, persist without being a nuisance, take excellent notes, follow up on meetings, ask for commitments, keep commitments, run a meeting, avoid certain meetings, create new opportunities, discern when someone is hiding the truth from them, know enough jokes to entertain a small crowd for an hour, make other people feel good about themselves, help people make difficult changes, cite from enough books to be conversational, have an awareness of current events, be able to avoid conversations about politics, religion, and sex, research their dream clients, control their own attitude and state, negotiate with others and groups of others, play the role of diplomat, know who is playing in the championship game, write a LinkedIn profile, synthesize what they have researched and learned, use a CRM, speak to Executive Leaders, collect past due invoices while retaining the client, delegate tasks to their team, have difficult conversations, ask for a referral, share the right insight with the right person at the right time, leave a compelling voicemail, program their smart phone, create a spreadsheet and a pivot table, calculate the gross profit on a deal, send a thank you note, apologize, manage expectations, speak truth with power, know when to walk away from a bad deal, ask for the business, control the process, make good decisions under pressure, bring their executive leadership team into a deal, and know where to get a good cup of coffee. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930. View comments LATEST STORIES Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Different strokes

first_imgHe is less than five-and-a-half feet tall, but that didn’t come in the way of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar taking on the fearsome West Indies pace quartet on his debut in 1971. With just a soft hat between his head and the 150-kph leather missiles aimed at him, Gavaskar redefined batting,He is less than five-and-a-half feet tall, but that didn’t come in the way of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar taking on the fearsome West Indies pace quartet on his debut in 1971. With just a soft hat between his head and the 150-kph leather missiles aimed at him, Gavaskar redefined batting not only for India but for the whole world. The first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, his name has a long list of firsts attached to it. The first cricketer in India to create an agency to manage players’ business interests, the little master was also one of the first glamour boys of Indian cricket.And then there’s the other SG, who took the reins of the Indian team when even the most die-hard fan had given up hope. The match-fixing scandal in 2000 had many star casualties, including Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja. But there was no stopping the feisty Sourav Ganguly, as he transformed a bunch of no-name youngsters into world-beaters. Undeterred by failure and uncaring about protocol, the most important thing for him was victory, even if that meant annoying a certain Steve Waugh. Bengal Tiger or Lord Snooty, call him what you will, but his shirtlessness at Lords remains the iconic image of the resurgence of Indian cricket.The two SGs played in contrasting eras. While Gavaskar represents an era where cricket was a slow-paced, leisurely game, far away from the corporate world, Ganguly belongs to a time when the entire nation eats, drinks and sleeps cricket, dissecting every move its icons make in the middle, and off it. There is money everywhere, and the pressure of being successful is relentless. Here is how they see it.advertisementQ. Do you remember your first prize from the game of cricket? What was it? How did you feel?”Colonel C.K. Nayudu promoted Indian tea, Farokh Engineer did a Brylcreem ad much before I did my first commercial.”- Sunil Gavaskar**********************************”I got Rs 400 when I started playing for Ranji Trophy. In my first tour of Australia in 1991-92, I got Rs 30,000 for the entire series.” – Sourav GangulyGavaskar My first prize from the game of cricket was for the tennis ball cricket games that we played in our building compound in Mumbai. It was a bottle of lemonade shared by the eight players in the team that won the game. My uncle, the late Pramod Pandit, would offer that as an incentive to the team he captained. It was barely a sip or two but it still brings back great memories.Ganguly I think I got a man-of-the-match award in Orissa in an under-15 level game. They gave me a cricket bat for it. Obviously getting a cricket bat in those days and at such an age was very special.Q. When you played professional cricket for the first time, how much did you earn? How much did players earn as match fees in your time?Gavaskar Since we were employed by corporates we never actually earned a professional income. It was called allowance by the BCCI. I played for Mumbai at Rs 15 for a match and when I graduated to playing for India, I think, it was Rs 1,000 for the entire tour of the West Indies.Ganguly I got Rs 400 at the Ranji level when I started playing professional cricket. In my first tour of Australia in 1991-92, I got Rs 30,000 for the entire series.Q. What was the match fee you earned from your last match?Gavaskar The last Test I played in 1987 got me Rs 5,000 as match fee plus Rs 4,000 that went into the players’ benevolent fund.Ganguly I got Rs 4 lakh in the last Test I played two years ago.Q. Do you remember the first news published about you? How did you feel?Gavaskar The first time my name appeared in print as G. Sunil: 30 not out, for St. Xavier’s High School. I was a bit disappointed since there were plenty of Sunils and I wanted my surname to appear too. I guess it was a forerunner of things to come since even now, after so many years in the game, people still mispronounce my name.Ganguly I got a hundred against Orissa because of which my name appeared in a newspaper for the first time. I really felt on top of the world that day.Q. Was it easy for cricketers to get jobs during the time you were playing?Gavaskar If you were a good enough cricketer then you were likely to be picked by a corporate or a public enterprise like airlines, banks or the railways since there were plenty of inter-company tournaments. I struggled to get a job till I played for India and then Associated Cement offered me one.advertisementGanguly For both the questions my answer is yes. I was recruited by Tata Steel and the company offered me a top managerial position.Q. Did cricket help you in exploring other sources of income? If yes, how?Gavaskar Using players to promote a brand was a very new concept when I played for India but yes that came as extra income. Later, other opportunities like writing columns for newspapers and magazines and live commentary on television came along.Ganguly It surely helped in getting me endorsement deals for various products.Q. Do you think the media has played a big role in making the game of cricket a very lucrative profession?Gavaskar Yes, both print and electronic media have played a huge role in making cricket popular. The Hindi and local language commentary spread the game to the interiors of the country and we are reaping the rewards of that with so many players from non-metros playing successfully for India now.Ganguly I would say it has helped only partly. Another important factor is the performance of the national team as cricket is widely followed in India.Q. You were one of the earliest Indian cricketers to be featured in a commercial. Why do you think you were chosen to endorse the brand?Gavaskar The popular perception is that I was the first cricketer to be used in a commercial. Actually, Colonel C.K. Nayudu promoted Indian tea and Farokh Engineer did a Brylcreem advertisement much before I did my first commercial. I don’t know why they chose me.Q. How much did you earn from your first endorsement? And from your last endorsement during your playing career?Gavaskar It’s hard to remember but I think I received Rs 2,000 for my first commercial. The last commercial I did when I was playing got me less than Rs 10 lakh.Q. How many endorsement deals did you get during your playing career?Gavaskar Maybe less than a dozen and they were not in the same year.Ganguly I have endorsed about 30 brands during my playing career.Q. In 1985, you created PMG, India’s first sports marketing company. Why? How has it changed Indian sports?Gavaskar PMG came into being when my then partner Sumedh Shah, who was a director in an advertising company, approached me to do a commercial. I was too shy to tell him how much money I wanted. Shah said to me, “If you, even after being the Indian captain, are so shy, how will the other players behave?” He then asked me if I had heard of IMG, the managers/agents for players like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and who negotiated on behalf of these players. He thought that there was scope for something similar in India and that’s how PMG came into being. There are many more organisations like PMG now and they have helped the players to concentrate on their game while leaving commercial matters in their agents’ hands. Apart from PMG, my organisation Champs Foundation has been giving monthly cheques since 1999 to more than half a dozen sportspersons who have hit hard times.advertisementQ. Do you think easy money has spoilt new generation cricketers?Gavaskar I don’t think so. Maybe those who know their limitations as players may not work as hard as those who have ambitions to be recognised as top cricketers.Ganguly No, not at all. Otherwise, how is India doing so well in recent times?Q. Indian cricketers were not paid enough during your time. But do you think even the current players are paid enough, considering the amount of money the Indian cricket board makes annually?Gavaskar The players today get a 26 per cent share of the revenue from the bcci and that is a handy sum as can be seen by the latest gradation contracts and match fees announced by the BCCI recently.Ganguly I think the term enough is always debatable.Q. If advertisements and corporate involvements are banned, do you think cricket will still remain the craze as it is today in this country?Gavaskar Yes it will for even in the days when there were no advertisements and corporate involvement, the game was still very popular across the country.Ganguly Why should it be banned in first place? I believe cricket would have been as popular as it is now even if there was no corporate involvement and product endorsements by cricketers.Q. Sunny, you acted in a couple of films. What prompted you to flirt with the glamour world? The acting bug or the potential money?Gavaskar I grew up in a locality where we used to stage plays during festivals. The guys from the locality along with the elders would actually construct the temporary stage with props and sound design and also act in them. So when there was a long break between internationals and the film offers came along, I took them as they did not clash with any match or training session. They were guest roles in the films so the money was either nothing or peanuts.Q. Sourav, you judged a dance reality show and are currently hosting a quiz show. What attracts you to tv? Ganguly The quiz show is very exciting but the dance reality show wasn’t at all, as I have no idea about dance. There are certain quality programmes going on in television, that’s the reason I was drawn to the medium.last_img read more