Thomas owners need to own Bell, who has proven to be a capable player in this offense and a preferred option near the goal line. Glen Coffee, RB, 49ers For all of the Frank Gore owners out there.OK, the numbers Coffee put up filling in for Gore the last few weeks were not great. But San Francisco kept giving him the ball, almost regardless of the end result. So if Gore goes down again, who do you think is going to get the call Darren Sproles, RB, Chargers For all of the LaDainian Tomlinson owners out there.The Chargers took Tomlinson out of the game on third-and-goal against Denver in a crucial situation on Monday night. Darren Sproles replaced him and proceeded to get stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Why Norv Turner thinks Sproles is better suited to punch in a tough touchdown in crunch time may never be known, but the fact that the coaching staff has apparently lost some confidence in LT should say it all to Tomlinson's owners. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins For all of the Ronnie Brown owners out there.Brown is playing too well to be replaced by Williams straight up.
The only way Williams has significant value to a Brown owner is if something injury-related were to befall Brown. Better to get that insurance now rather than later, when the cost would be much higher. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles For all of the Brian Westbrook owners out there.In Westbrook's absence earlier this season, McCoy showed that he is capable of handling the lead role in the Eagles' offense. This time of year, it is more important than ever to have the proper insurance in case of an ill-timed injury. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers For all of the DeAngelo Williams owners out there.Trading for Stewart may be fairly unlikely for Williams' owners because Stewart carries so much of his own value with or without the presence of Williams. So if a Williams owners really wants to get his/her hands on JStew, prepare to pony up a pretty penny.. CHICAGO (Reuters) - In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.Caught off-guard by the scale, scope and speed with which the financial crisis has hammered the global economy, many of America's corporate titans would be glad of just one eye that could tell them what the future holds for their businesses.Instead, as the U.S. economy has entered the uncharted territory of its worst downturn in decades, CEOs across many sectors find themselves unsure what to expect other than things are going to be ugly for a while.As a result, corporate earnings outlooks and other forecasts are becoming increasingly rare and that inability to see around the next corner is compounding an already serious lack of investor confidence."You might as well throw out the old models because they don't work in this environment," said Jim Young, CEO of Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N) this week when asked why the No 1 U.S.
railroad has not issued its customary earnings forecast for first quarter and full year 2009.Like the other major U.S. railroads, Union Pacific saw its freight volumes fall off a cliff late in the fourth quarter.Others in a growing list of companies have cited a "lack of visibility" and withheld either quarterly or full-year forecasts for earnings. Many more are expected to follow."It's par for the course given the current economic environment," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "But there's nothing par for the course about this environment."No one knows what's going to happen and it's hard to get a sense of what's out there because there are so many moving parts."Those who have dropped their outlooks while reporting results have included the world's largest software maker Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) which stunned Wall Street with disappointing results and news of plans to cut up to 5,000 jobs the world's largest chip maker Intel Corp (INTC.O), farm and construction equipment maker CNH Global NV (CNH.N), U.S. handbag maker Coach Inc (COH.N) and online auctioneer eBay Inc (EBAY.O).EBay Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan said the "uncertain and unprecedented" economic environment, together with currency fluctuations, prevented the company from issuing a full-year fiscal 2009 outlook.In a note on eBay's results, UBS analyst Benjamin Schachter described the lack of a forecast as "understandable" given the macroeconomic environment."We will not be surprised to see many more companies follow suit and not offer full-year guidance," he wrote.'WHO THE HECK KNOWS'General Electric Co (GE.N) was among the first big companies to break with past practice when it did not lay out a numerical per-share earnings target at its December outlook meeting with Wall Street analysts.Instead, the U.S.
conglomerate provided what it called a "framework," with separate growth targets for its industrial, financial and media businesses.Across numerous sectors company executives have been forced to admit that, as of now, they cannot tell what lies ahead."Beyond the first quarter we don't have visibility, but I don't think anybody does yet," said Michael Ward, CEO of No 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp (CSX.N).For many, that lack of visibility has been as unprecedented as it has been sudden."I've lived through three or four recessions in my career in retail, this is the only recession that I've ever been in where my clients could not predict next month's sales," said Craig Rowley, retail practice leader at human resources consulting firm Hay Group, while speaking at a panel discussion in New York this week.Or as automaker General Motors Corp's GM.N outspoken vice chairman Bob Lutz put it bluntly when asked at the Detroit auto show last week what kind of auto sales rate the U.S. market can support in the current environment: "Who the heck knows"Mesirow Financial's Swonk said the collective blindness has not helped the mood in the market."This has merely served to compound the lack of investor confidence out there," she said.But with the possibility that bold forecasts could come back to haunt them, Swonk said it was understandable few in the corporate world would want to stick their necks out right now."The lack of visibility makes it difficult to step up to the plate and say things are going to get better," she added. "We've lost so much (corporate) leadership over the past year. Who is going to want to be out there saying they know what's going on when no one really knows"(Additional reporting by Nicole Maestri, Alexandria Sage, James Kelleher, Poornima Gupta, Scott Malone and Jessica Wohl; Editing by Andre Grenon). TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jan 22 (MARKET WIRE) Sangoma(R) Technologies Corporation (TSX VENTURE: STC) today announced ithas completed the Japan Approvals Institute for TelecommunicationsEquipment Certification process for the Sangoma A104 digital telephonycards.JATE sets forth strict regulations on telephony equipment in Japan, sothat they can prevent any problems on the NTT telephony networks andensure voice quality.Sangoma has successfully completed the certification process and itsconnectivity hardware and software products have been type tested andcertified JATE, meeting all requirements.