first_img 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 Part One:It’s easy to get trapped in the belief that you are hiring salespeople only for a certain set of skills. You focus your time and attention on what it is you want salespeople to do in the way of activities. The salesperson’s skills, their attributes, and their beliefs must be considered, but they often crowd out one of the most important constituencies you should be considering: your prospective clients.The first test to add to your evaluation is whether the salesperson you are considering is the person you want to deliver to your prospective and future clients.You are hiring for your prospects and clients.It makes sense to ask yourself some questions to include your prospect’s and client’s needs as part of your evaluation.Will your prospective clients want to buy from this person?Does she have the proper beliefs, attitude, and skills to actively work with your prospective clients to help them get the results they seek?Will she be someone that they trust and consider part of their management team?Who Are You Adding to Your Prospect’s Team?You spend a lot of time considering your value proposition, what you deliver to your clients and how you deliver it. You also spend a lot of time considering how you compete and win. It very much matters who you place at the intersection of creating value for your prospects and who represents you as you compete for opportunities.Your prospective client’s decisions about whether or not to buy from the salesperson you have offered them is a real evaluation of how well you made your hiring decision. It’s worth considering—especially when the salesperson is part of the solution.Were the last three or four salespeople you hired the right people for your prospective clients and clients?What really makes a salesperson the right salesperson to deliver to your prospects and clients?How instrumental is the salesperson in understanding your prospective client’s need and delivering the right solutions?If you were in your prospective client’s position, what would you want your company to deliver in the way of a salesperson?PART TWO:This is the second of three tests. Now you have looked at the sales person from you prospect’s perspective. You have to make a similar decision: Do I want to work with this salesperson every day?Part of Your TeamSometimes you may hire as if it’s enough that the person you hire can do the job for which you are hiring them. Rarely is this ever true. We spend most of our waking hours at work, and that means we often spend more time with the people we work with than we do with our family and friends.The salesperson’s cultural fit cannot be overlooked.It is important that the salesperson you hire fits you and your team. You are going to have to manage the salesperson, and that means you are going to spend time with them. You have to make a determination as to how well you believe you can work together.The rest of your team is also going to have to work with this person, including the parts of your organization outside of sales. As the salesperson works on opportunities, delivering will require that they work with your operations team, your accounting team, your risk team, and your management team. Are they the right fit? Is this someone who is going to be easily brought into the company and the culture?It’s easy to believe when hiring that it is enough that the person can do the job. But if they aren’t someone that you and your team are going to want to work with on a daily basis, then it is going to be difficult to for either the salesperson or the team to produce results.This doesn’t mean that the salesperson doesn’t also need to possess all the skills, abilities, beliefs and behaviors that the position requires. But you have to want to work with the salesperson you are hiring, just as your client is going to have to want to work with them.Do you consider how much time you are going to have to spend with a potential team member and your willingness to do so?What attributes, like likeability, are important when considering adding a salesperson to your team?What kind of person do they need to be to navigate your company successfully? What kind of relationships will they need and who with?PART THREE

:This third test is really more about you than it is about the salesperson, and this test is often the real determinant as to whether or not your salesperson will succeed or fail.This test is: How willing are you to take the actions necessary to ensure that this salesperson succeeds?Your Commitment to Your SalespeopleOnce you hire this person to sell for you, you are committed to doing all that is in your power to ensure that they succeed (this is, in part, why it is so important that they are a great cultural fit).As their sales manager or sales leader, you will have to invest your limited time and energy in this salesperson’s success. You will have to make certain that the salesperson has all of the training, the tools, and technologies to succeed in their role. You will also have to sure that they are successfully on-boarded, successfully introduced into the culture, and that they know how to navigate the organization to get results.These tasks fall to you as a commitment that you make when you hire a salesperson, and so your willingness to give this salesperson your time and support is critical.A Greater Commitment StillOnce you have hired the salesperson, you are also going to have to be willing to help them with any shortcomings they have in their sales skills, their sales behaviors, and actions, as well as their beliefs about sales. If you discover that they aren’t exactly where they need to be in regard to the skills and attributes they need to succeed, by hiring them, you are committed to helping them.Because these are often more challenging issues to help the salesperson improve, this is a greater commitment. You may not be able to uncover the areas that need improvement during the interviewing process, so you must be certain that you believe strongly enough in the salesperson’s ability to learn, as well as your commitment to ensuring their success before you hire them.What commitment do you make by hiring a salesperson and adding them to your team?What does that commitment require of you as their sales manager or sales leader?Can your newly hired salesperson be expected to perform as well as she needs to if you withhold your full support?These three tests will help you hire salespeople that can and will succeed.last_img read more

first_imgUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 128-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.Ricky Rubio added 22 points and 11 assists, and Joe Ingles chipped in 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Seven Utah players scored in double figures as the Jazz won their third straight at home.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz: Gobert tallied his 42nd double-double of the season and Rubio earned his sixth. . Utah outscored Atlanta 62-46 in the paint. The Jazz also finished with a 51-40 edge in rebounds and a 22-11 advantage in second-chance points.UP NEXTHawks: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.Jazz: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kyrie Irving gets cheers and a win at MSG as Celtics beat Knicks SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Utah made it a one-possession game at 60-58 on back-to-back baskets by Mitchell and Crowder in the final minute before halftime.The Jazz outscored Atlanta 23-9 in the first eight minutes of the second half. Mitchell and Korver scored back-to-back baskets to cap off the lengthy run and give Utah an 81-69 lead. Gobert made the biggest impact during that stretch, scoring nine points, collecting four rebounds and blocking two shots.Utah maintained a double-digit lead through much of the fourth quarter. Atlanta closed within eight at 113-105 on a dunk by Collins. The Jazz answered with a 15-5 run, punctuated by back-to-back baskets from Mitchell and Ingles, that gave them a 128-110 lead with 1:35 left.TIP INSHawks: Young made five 3-pointers to overtake Salim Stoudamire for the Hawks’ rookie 3-point shooting record. Young has made 84 3-pointers this season. Stoudamire made 82 for Atlanta in the 2005-06 season. . Alex Len went 0 for 4 and finished with zero points and four rebounds in nine minutes. Len averaged 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds over his previous four games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Trae Young had 28 points and nine assists to lead the Hawks. John Collins scored 19 points, Dewayne Dedmon added 15 and Kevin Huerter finished with 14. Atlanta lost for the third time in four games.Utah made 10 of its first 14 shots to open the first quarter. Ingles had a pair of layups and a pair of 3-pointers to fuel the strong start and help the Jazz race to a 25-20 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAtlanta kept pace behind hot shooting of Young. He had four baskets in the first six minutes, the last of which sparked a 12-0 run that gave the Hawks a 32-25 lead.The Jazz rallied late in the first quarter and took a 40-39 lead early in the second on back-to-back layups by Ingles and Kyle Korver. Atlanta surged back in front with a 14-2 run. Huerter dished to Collins for a layup to spark the run and ended it with a jumper that gave the Hawks their largest lead at 53-42. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni might have drawn some criticism from a few former cricketers over his performances in T20 cricket but the World Cup-winning captain has found plenty of support from his own team.Last month during the T20I series against New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli was the first to throw his weight behind Dhoni and said the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman was still an integral part of his team.Dhoni’s 37-ball 49 in India’s defeat to New Zealand in the second T20I drew sharp rebuke from former cricketers who felt it was time for India to look for an alternative to Dhoni in the shortest format.However, coach Ravi Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today, slammed the 36-year-old Dhoni’s critics and said they should instead look at what they were like when they were 36.Now, Rohit Sharma has also backed Dhoni and said he was shocked when people still questioned Dhoni’s role in the T20 team.”I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still talking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good.”It is too far off and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No. 6 and does not get to play as many balls as some of us at the top of the order,” Rohit told India Today in an interview with Boria Majumdar.WATCH VIDEOadvertisementUnder Rohit, Dhoni batted at No.4 in the first T20I and hammered an unbeaten 39. In Indore, he walked in at No.3 after Rohit and KL Rahul had posted 165 for the first wicket. In the last match in Mumbai, Dhoni slipped back down the order to help navigate a bit of a tricky chase.Given the recent numbers then, should Dhoni bat up the order more regularly now?”That decision lies with the coach and the captain. I have seen him bat from four to six, and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket in Rajkot (the second T20I vs New Zealand) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk,” Rohit said.Speaking to India Today, Shastri had also wondered why Dhoni was being criticised when he was still extremely fit.”We are not stupid. I have been watching this sport for the last 30-40 years. Virat has been a part of this team for a decade now. We know, at this age, he can beat players aged 26. People who talk, forget that they played the game. If they look themselves in the mirror and ask the question, ‘what they were at the age of 36?’ Would they have run two runs faster?'” Shastri told India Today. “But the time they finish two, this guy will run three. Then he has won only two World Cups and averages only 51. Till today you don’t have a wicket-keeper to replace him in the one day team.””He is still one of the best around, not only in the Indian team, but the world. Some of the things you see with him are not sold in the market. You will not get it anywhere else.”The fact that he does not play Test cricket, means he should be playing as much cricket as possible till the World Cup in 2019″Dhoni, who was in indifferent form over the last couple of years in ODIs, finished with 788 runs from 29 matches in 2017. He had also scored a hundred against England in January and played a few crucial knocks for the team just when it looked like the opposition had the upper hand. His next challenge would be a tour of South Africa for six ODIs and three T20Is.last_img read more

first_imgIt is going to be a chilly day today with the temperature expected to hover between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius.India will be hoping that the rain stays away on Day 3 so that they get the time to set a massive target for England.India reached 124/2 at stumps with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli unbeaten on 33 and 8 respectively. India now lead by 292 runs after they bowled out England on 161 in the first innings. Kohli’s side is 0-2 in the five-match series.Trent Bridge Test: India in command after Pandya takes 5 wickets in 29 ballsKL Rahul (36) and Shikhar Dhawan (44) were the only two Indian wickets to fall in the second innings. While Rahul was bowled out by Ben Stokes, Dhawan fell to leg-spinner Adil Rashid.India began the day on 307/6 but lost their final four wickets for 22 runs in 40 minutes as Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled superbly to lay down the template for an astonishing afternoon.England vs India 3rd Test, Day 2: HighlightsIn reply, England were bowled out for 161 after they lost all 10 wickets in the second session, conceding a first innings deficit of 168.Stumps on Day 2 of the 3rd Test. #TeamIndia lead by 292 runs.#ENGvIND (@BCCI) August 19, 2018Pandya took a career-best five for 28 in six overs to transform the game after England had lunched in the comfortable position of 46 without loss.Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketKohli and his team will now be hoping for cloudy conditions on Tuesday which is when they would be looking at bowling at the England again in the fourth innings.advertisementTuesday however, is likely to witness partly sunny skies throughout the day with the temperature around 19 to 24 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

first_imgFormer UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday.Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, the official said Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.Platini, a former France soccer great, was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.Also detained Tuesday for questioning was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy when he was French president, the judicial official said. Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee under Sarkozy, was quizzed by investigators as a witness and not detained.French financial prosecutors have been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. France’s financial prosecutor services opened the investigation on grounds of private corruption, criminal association, influence peddling and benefiting from influence peddling relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.Platini’s lawyer and adviser did not immediately answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comments.Much intrigue has centered on Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar.Blatter, who was FIFA president at the time of the vote in 2010, blamed Platini for backing out of a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to award the 2022 tournament to the United States.advertisementPlatini told the AP in 2015 that he “might have told” American officials that he would vote for the United States bid. However, he changed his mind after a November 2010 meeting, hosted by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence in Paris and Qatar’s crown prince, now Emir, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani.Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later.”Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good,” he told the AP in 2015.But Blatter claimed in a 2015 interview with the Financial Times that Platini told him ahead of the World Cup vote: “I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France.”Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions of power at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in relation to a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter a suspension due to expire in October.Qatar’s methods to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time have been subject to investigations by FIFA. American attorney Michael Garcia found that some of Qatar’s conduct “may not have met the standards” required by FIFA but concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”Also Read | Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerAlso Read | Chile begin Copa America title defense by trouncing Japan 4-0last_img read more

first_imgChris Gayle doesn’t mind disappointing his millions of fans in cricket-crazy India if it means the West Indies can continue to be contenders at the World Cup.There’s more at stake than usual for West Indies against No. 2-ranked India, because the Caribbean lineup needs to win its last three group games to have any chance of reaching the semifinals.The 39-year-old Gayle did a backflip on his retirement plans, announcing Wednesday he’d play a series of one-day internationals against India on home soil in August, and maybe even a test match. Perhaps that was to take some heat out of the Old Trafford showdown.He wants to add some World Cup silverware to his collection of career milestones, and that means West Indies need a 100 percent record from now.”It’s an important game for us there’s still a slim chance for us to qualify,” Gayle said in a match-eve news conference. India has “been playing good cricket. Everyone knows India’s style of cricket, and hopefully we can conquer that tomorrow and get the better of them.”Gayle is an undisputed star, the so-called Universe-Boss, in the Indian Premier League, where the Twenty20 format is perfect for his crash-and-bash style of heavy hitting and ability to hit the ball out of the ground.He may be more guarded against India at the World Cup but expects his inside knowledge of the IPL and Indian cricket will help.”I’m sure the fans are looking for some entertainment for sure, from not only me but from all the West Indies,” Gayle said. “Since we’ve actually been a part of India’s fraternity over the last couple of years, I know what style of cricket transpires in Indian cricket as well.advertisement”Hopefully it will go down to the wire and West Indies win.”That would be a turnaround for West Indies, following losses to Bangladesh when posting 321 batting first and then losing by five runs to New Zealand when chasing Carlos Brathwaite’s attempt to win it with a six here at Old Trafford last Saturday night was caught on the boundary. Brathwaite was out for 101, his first ODI century, and amazing innings. Gayle posted 87 higher up the innings, his highest score of the tournament.India had a close call against winless Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday, with skipper Virat Kohli’s 67 the highest score in a low total of 224-8. The lowly-ranked Afghans chased hard until paceman Jasprit Bumrah put the brakes on them with calm precision bowling in the penultimate over and Mohammed Shami took a hat trick in the last over to finish off an 11-run win.That’s the closest India has come to anyone excluding the washout against New Zealand in a series of World Cup wins over South Africa, defending champion Australia and archrival Pakistan.There’s less pressure on India, but the two-time champions want to continue their unbeaten streak.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Not thinking about similarities to 1992, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after New Zealand winAlso Seelast_img read more

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Bryan Armen Graham Boxing Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Nobody won at the Golovkin-Álvarez fight – and boxing was the biggest losercenter_img Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) was coming off an eighth-round knockout of Russia’s Sergey Kovalev in June, a rematch of their November bout which the American won by a controversial unanimous decision. Those pay-per-view fights came after a host of injuries and a promotional spat that conspired to limit him to four fights in the previous 50 months. Previously, he had cleaned out the talent-stacked super middleweight division with a run of clinical victories over Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Chad Dawson. He went 114-5 in an extraordinary amateur career that culminated with an Olympic gold medal at the Athens Games, which remains the last time an American has topped the podium in men’s boxing. The last time Ward lost a fight was against John Revish at the 1997 National Silver Gloves tournament in Baton Rouge when he was 13.“I remember what that felt like, I remember who it was, I remember where it was, I remember how I felt coming home,” he recalled to the Guardian last year. “And I just never wanted to feel like that again. I made up my mind that it was never going to happen again in terms of what I can control. That’s what drives me. I don’t know if it’s a fear of failure, but I’ve always had it.“That’s why I train the way that I train. I don’t like to lose. God forbid if that ever happens, it’s not going to be because I wasn’t ready.”In an era dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr’s money-spinning bombast, Ward offered a fresh-faced alternative: a happily married devout Christian with four children, Michael Jordan’s endorsement, a level-headed personality and talent to burn.Ward said last month his TV contract with HBO, for whom he’d fought six of his last seven fights, had expired. “Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it – as a champion at the top,” HBO boxing czar Peter Nelson said in a statement. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.” Andre Ward, the unified light heavyweight champion widely recognized as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.The Olympic champion attributed a physical toll and waning desire to his decision to walk away at the relatively young age of 33.“I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” Ward said in a statement on his website. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.” Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story:— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more

first_imgOlivier Giroud has aired his “frustration” at life on the bench at Chelsea, with the World Cup winner admitting his situation is already “difficult” as speculation suggests Gonzalo Higuain could be about to join him at Stamford Bridge.Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal with Juventus which will see them land a top striking target during the January transfer window.Maurizio Sarri is moving to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Napoli as he has been left far from convinced by France international Giroud and Spanish frontman Morata – who is edging towards the exits and a possible switch to Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Any agreement for Higuain would likely further limit Giroud’s game time for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard already been preferred as a false nine on several occasions, and the 32-year-old concedes his situation is far from ideal.He told ESPN FC: “It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part. But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea 2018-19Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, added: “The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me. I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players. We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team. It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud’s next outing for Chelsea could come against Arsenal on Saturday, with there a determination on his part to be involved in a crunch London derby with vital points on the line in an ongoing battle for top-four finishes.He said: “It’s going to be a special moment for me, the first time I’ll be back at the Emirates since I moved to Chelsea, so I’m looking forward to this game.“We need the win to keep them away from us. There’s an opportunity to put them nine points behind us, but in a personal way it’s going to be a special moment.”Unai Emery Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsenal will be under the guidance of Unai Emery this weekend, having parted company with Arsene Wenger last summer after 22 years of stability, and Giroud believes good times beckon for the Gunners if they keep faith with a new regime.He added: “It’s a new adventure for them with a new coach.“I think Emery has settled well in the club, the players like him, the way they are training, his philosophy of the game. I spoke with some of them and they are quite happy, but you don’t forget what Arsene Wenger achieved in this club.“He basically built this club – if you take the different teams that used to train under Wenger, there were some unbelievable teams. We need to be patient with Emery and I think he will do very well at Arsenal. I’m not sure they’re better than before [yet], but one thing for sure is they’ve got a nice future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City have avoided a transfer ban after FIFA found the Premier League club guilty of falling foul of regulations regarding the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.Instead, football’s governing body has fined the Abu Dhabi-owned side CHF 370,000 (£315,000/$380,000), which may come as a surprise to some after Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were banned from signing new players as punishment for similar offences.Chelsea are currently serving a transfer ban for breaching article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in the case of 29 minors, and the club was unable to sign players this summer as part of a one-year punishment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Barcelona, meanwhile, served a ban in 2014 while Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also hit with punishments for the same offence. City have no such complications to deal with, however, with a statement on FIFA’s official website stating: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. “Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.“The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.“The decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee was notified today.Manchester City had also vehemently denied reports that the club was facing a ban from the Champions League as the result of the investigation.UEFA had launched a formal investigation in March 2019 following allegations made by Der Spiegel, which were in turn based on information obtained from whistleblower organisation Football Leaks.The reigning Premier League champions, who have won the league each of the last two seasons with historic point hauls, opened their domestic campaign this past weekend with a 5-0 battering of West Ham.Also Community Shield winners following a victory over Liverpool, Manchester City will face Tottenham on Saturday in their next Premier League match.last_img read more

JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing a fiscal plan that includes sweeping cuts and providing Alaska residents with a full payout from the oil-wealth fund, and many residents are unhappy about it.The annual check paid to qualified residents was capped the past three years as state leaders struggled to address an ongoing budget deficit now estimated at $1.6 billion.Dunleavy campaigned on wanting to get residents their full payout. Now that he’s governor, they’re learning what that means.He has proposed cuts to a range of services, along with tax collection changes that municipal officials say would devastate some local governments.Some see this as a manufactured crisis that doesn’t consider taxes and too highly prizes the dividend over government services.Dunleavy says the problem is spending, not the dividend.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

Updated:A man in his 20’s has been arrested after police investigated reports of shots being fired inside a home on the Six Nations Reserve.It happened around 10 this morning on Chiefswood Rd. Police say no one was injured and the man was taken to hospital for a mental health assessment. Several criminal charges are pending.CHCH’s Donna Skelly asked Sgt Dave Smoke of Six Nations Police about a tweet that somebody had been taken hostage. “To my knowledge there was no indication of a hostage being held or any hostage situation. It was local residents and the officers knew the people involved, people knew the officers involved.”“Officers were able to speak to residents and come to a peaceful conclusion under the circumstances.”A stretch of Chiefswood Rd was closed, but has since re-opened. Police say they found a weapon in the home. read more

“Today, the world is in a state of turmoil economically, socially and politically,” said Prime Minister Mahathir, who, in May defeated the political party that had been ruling Malaysia since its independence – over 60 years ago.Moreover, countries are reeling under the pain inflicted by a trade war between the most powerful economies; there is international political turmoil; savage conflicts and widespread terrorism are killing millions; and budgets that should be devoted to helping the poor are being used to buy and maintain expensive weapons of war, he said.“There is something wrong with our way of thinking, with our value system … we still believe that conflict between nations can be resolved with war,” added the Malaysian Prime Minister.He went on to say that “free trade” means “no protection” for small countries and their small industries, with simple products of the poor subjected to clever barriers that prevent their sale to rich markets. At the same time, globalization, despite its benefits, has imperilled the independence of smaller countries.Applauding the efforts of the UN to end poverty, protect the environment and bring peace to all countries, Prime Minister Mahathir, underscored the need for reform in the Organization, particularly the Security Council.“Five countries on the basis of their 70-year-old war victories cannot claim to have a right to hold the world to ransom forever,” he said, underling the need to reform the veto rights in the Security Council.In addition, he declared that a world without the UN would be a disaster and called for the Organization to receive sufficient funding.“No one should threaten it with financial deprivation.”Concluding his address, Mr. Mahathir said that after 15 years, and at the age of 93, he returned to the General Assembly “with the heavy task of bringing the voice and hope of the new Malaysia to the world stage.”“We look toward the UN to hear our pleas.”Full statement available here. read more

Students at Brock benefit from the commitment and expertise of faculty at the University who provide an innovative and student-centred research and learning environment. Their influence engages students to think creatively and critically both inside and outside the classroom.Brock will honour two faculty members for their outstanding contributions to research and teaching at Fall Convocation on Saturday, Oct. 13.Diane Dupont, a professor in the Department of Economics, will receive the Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding research achievements, contributions toward the training of future researchers, and consistency in scholarly or creative performance.Tim O’Connell, a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, will receive the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant commitment to providing and developing quality learning experiences for students, in addition to making valuable contributions in curriculum development and the mentoring of colleagues.O’Connell will receive his award at Saturday’s 10 a.m. ceremony. Dupont will receive her award at the 2 p.m. ceremony and deliver the afternoon’s Convocation address.More than 800 students are expected to receive their degrees at Fall Convocation. All ceremonies will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium and a reception for graduates, family members and other special guests will be held after each ceremony.Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity: Professor Diane Dupont, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social SciencesDiane DupontProfessor Diane Dupont is a resource and environmental economist. She achieves excellence in her work by adopting cutting edge methods in her research that looks at fisheries and other resources, and human health issues as they relate to water. Water issues are a growing concern in Canada and Dupont is one of our country’s leading experts when it comes to the economics of water use.Throughout her career, Dupont has produced a strong and influential body of research. In the last three years, Dupont has published nine articles in peer-reviewed journals of the highest quality. These include two in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and one each in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Land Economics, and Ecological Economics.In the last six years, Dupont has made more than 30 presentations of her research to national and international academic associations including the 4th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economists, the Canadian Economics Association, and the United Kingdom’s Agricultural Economics Society.Dupont’s research has also been awarded funding regularly from national competitions. She has received funding from Canada’s major funding agencies, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Canadian Water Network, which was created by the Networks of Centres of Excellence program supported in part by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding.She has been awarded more than $1-million of research funding in the last 12 years and in that same time period has also been successful in securing continuous funding over the lifetime of the Canadian Water Network.This year, she was a co-applicant on a $2.3-million SSHRC Partnership Grant to form the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network. The network is made up of 21 internationally recognized researchers and 35 partner organizations. This includes government agencies – from municipalities, to provincial ministries and federal departments – First Nations communities, and industry groups like the Canadian Water Resources Association and Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.Dupont has displayed a genuine curiosity for scientific inquiry by seeking out new areas of research and methods of analysis. Her work has pushed the boundaries of her own discipline and moved beyond disciplinary constraints to embrace multiple perspectives. At Brock, she has demonstrated an ability to foster spaces for transdisciplinary research, including the development of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.Throughout her career Dupont has made a point of mentoring young scholars and has worked hard to be a role model for young women in academia. She has made a significant impact in training of undergraduate and graduate students both at Brock and at other institutions through the widely used graduate-level textbook The Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources that she co-authored in 2004.Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching: Professor Tim O’Connell, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health SciencesTim O’ConnellExperiential education is defined as “a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values.”Professor Tim O’Connell’s teaching philosophy resonates with and applies this definition when he invites his students to “walk across the curriculum,” for they engage with academic content in an experiential framework. As O’Connell formulates it, “I follow the old adage of ‘See one, do one, teach one,’ and provide practical experiences and combine them with theory and reflection.”O’Connell’s teaching evaluations are among the highest quantitative scores in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The qualitative comments provided by his students clearly indicate that his students – both current and former – recognize and value both his expertise in the discipline and his skill as a teacher.He is known as a co-founder of BaseCamp, an outdoor experiential orientation program. Prior to the start of term, incoming students take part in a variety of outdoor trips that are led by current Brock students. Through this experience the new students build community through the peer mentorship of current students, gain experience as outdoor leaders, and acquire information on healthy choices, understanding diversity and living away from home.A colleague observes that O’Connell is also known for his research in reflective journaling and how he applies that research to his teaching: “While these areas of inquiry have certainly impacted the research and pedagogical literature around the world, I have been most impressed with how Tim applies the themes present in his research in his teaching practice. Tim’s courses often include the journaling components he writes about, and I have personally used Tim’s articles on journaling in my own courses with great success to inspire guided reflection during field and classroom experiences.”In 2011, O’Connell was named the recipient of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence. In April 2012, he was announced as a recipient of a prestigious Chancellor’s Chair in Teaching Excellence, which provides funding for research in the scholarship of teaching and learning over three years. He has been involved with the workshop program of the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. After he won the Faculty award for teaching excellence in 2011, he took part in the Instructional Skills Workshop, a three-day intensive teaching skills development course, modeling continued professional development as a life-long learner.A graduate student observed that O’Connell has been described as “the leader who is not known” because he carries himself with such pedagogic humility, an indication of selfless teaching. Another former student, now employed outside of Brock, writes: “As an educator, he does not assume to be the holder of knowledge, but rather supports students in answering their own questions. Above all, Dr. O’Connell nurtures curiosity and helps to create a supportive and encouraging environment in which to learn.” read more

first_imgMiss Baldwin is considered to pose a risk of harm to the childrenNottingham Family Court Louis Madge, who is also missingCredit:Nottinghamshire Police It came after he said officers were growing “increasingly concerned” for the children’s welfare and safety.On Friday night, he said: “Samantha has no legal custody of the boys at this time. Our investigation team are exploring a number of lines of inquiry.” New images were released of the family on Saturday. One showed a smiling Dylan in a red school uniform. Two others, taken from CCTV cameras, showed the trio walking into a building together days before the disappearance.Supt Rich Fretwell confirmed on Saturday that officers were still working on the notion they remain together and appealed directly to Ms Baldwin to “do the right thing” and return the boys to the “safety of the court”. “We cannot stress enough the likelihood that Samantha may have changed her appearance and we would like you to keep an open mind.”In a statement Nottingham Family Court added: “It is assumed that she has abducted Louis and Dylan. The children have now been made wards of court. Miss Baldwin is considered to pose a risk of harm to the children.” Dylan, in what appears to be a red school uniform  The 42-year-old was last seen near Nottingham city centre that day​ and a missing persons appeal was launched​ on Tuesday​. Police later announced the investigation had become an abduction inquiry.As the search enters its fifth day, police are continuing to appeal for information on the whereabouts of the trio, with officers warning Ms Baldwin may have changed her appearance or name.  Fears are growing for a missing mother and her two sons after a family court warned she posed a “risk of harm” to them.Samantha Baldwin is thought to have disappeared with Dylan Madge, six, and his brother Louise, nine, on Monday following a decision by Nottingham Family Court to remove the two boys from her care. Ms Baldwin was last seen on Monday Credit: Raymonds Press Two women aged 62 and 36 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and were released on bail. Lines being investigated include whether Mrs Baldwin is being helped by someone, or is lying low at a hotel or bed and breakfast.“There is always the possibility that Samantha could be being harboured by someone,” Supt Fretwell continued. “We would urged that person to come forward and let us know where the boys are. Ms Baldwin and her son Dylan in the days before the disappearance center_img Dylan, in what appears to be a red school uniform  Ms Baldwin and her son Dylan in the days before the disappearance Credit:Nottinghamshire Police Ms Baldwin is described as 5ft 7in and of slim build with shoulder-length, highlighted blonde hair and green-blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knee-length coat but may have changed her clothing.Louis has collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes, while Dylan has collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 urgently, quoting incident number 332 of March 27. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Louis Madge, who is also missing Samantha Baldwin, who is being searched for by police Ms Baldwin was last seen on Monday  Samantha Baldwin, who is being searched for by policeCredit: Nottinghamshire Police “We are concerned that Samantha poses a risk to the boys and we have a 100 strong team of officers working around the clock to trace her and return the children safely,” he added. “We would also like to appeal to anyone who owns or runs a guest house, B&B or hotel to check your registers and be mindful that the group may be staying under a different name.”We would also ask caravan park operators and holiday let properties to think about any groups that have joined them since Monday.last_img read more

EHF EURO 2014 Serbia beat Montenegro 32:25 (18:13) in the first official match of two teams after dissolution of former “Serbia and Montenegro” union.Serbia – Montenegro 32-25 (18-13)Serbia: Đukanović (5 odbrana) Pušica, Vujin 9 (3/3), Nikčević 6, Manojlović 1, Toskić 2, Stanić (6 odbrana) Ilić 1, Radivojević, Milić, Prodanović 2, Stojković 4, Nemanja Ilić, Rnić, Mitrović, Zelenović 2, Petar Nenadić 4, Draško Nenadić 1 Marsenić.MontenegroMijatović (4 odbrane) Rakčević 4, Borozan 1, Milašević, Lipovina 1, Marković 2, Rajković (2 odbrane), Radović, Miloš Vujović 1, Simić (5 odbrana), Grbović, Pejović 5, Ševaljević, Perišić 3, Simović 1, Lasica 5, Petričević 1 Sedmerci: 1/1 Isključenja: 12 minuta.RESULTS: 2:2 (3.) 6:5 (8.) 9:5 (12.) 11:6 (17.) 13:11 (24.) 16:11 (27.) 18:15 (32.) 23:16 (37.) 26:17 (42.) 28:17 (45.) 28:19 (47. t.o) 28:21 (48.) 30:22 (50.) 31:23 (54.) 31:25 (57.)In the first match of tournament in Skopje, Macedonia beat Montenegro 33:27. ← Previous Story Provident Cup 2014: First Hungarian win – Polish domination over Jicha and Co. Next Story → SHOCK IN SPAIN: Alex Dujshebaev to miss EHF EURO 2014! read more

first_imgIntel’s Sandy Bridge processors have been official for some time, but all the attention has been on the high-end quad-core models . The dual-core models were supposed to come out later (February 20th to be precise) but the flaws with the Cougar Point chipset pushed that date back a bit. Now Intel has revised the chipset and it sounds like the dual-core Sandy Bridge processors are on the way.Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others all have dual-core systems on the way as well. ZDnet has more details on those releases if you are curious. Basically the systems are coming and if you are looking for a new notebook that’s either portable or not a desktop replacement, hot new gear will be available soon.This doesn’t apply to Apple though. They are very buddy-buddy with Intel these days and got the chips first. So Apple wasn’t just one of the manufacturers to come out with Sandy Bridge laptops, they were also the first to release the dual-core chips, specifically the 2415M and the 2620M in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 15- and 17-inch MBPs have Sandy Bridge quad-cores.As for, say, Lenovo, they’ve already announced their quad-core models, like the ThinkPad T420, as well as some dual-cores, like the T420s. The latter will run Intel’s  Core i3-2310M. The ThinkPads won’t be available until late March though.And why does this matter? Isn’t quad-core the way to go anyway? Sometimes it is, but keep in mind that most laptops are still dual-core and these processors are both cheaper and often less power demanding than quad-core models. With Sandy Bridge’s improvements and the new Intel HD graphics these processors should bring a significant improvement to more portable notebooks.Dell has said a new ultra-slim Sandy Bridge notebook will be announced next week, which probably means we’ll see something cool from them, as well as more stuff from other manufacturers.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he has no issues over his playing time and will instead give it his all when called upon by coach Jurgen KloppThe England international has been in stellar form this season with four goals in seven appearances across all competitions, which includes a stunning late equaliser in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.However, Sturridge is yet to make a start in the Premier League this term with Klopp often preferring to use Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up front for Liverpool.But Sturridge is just focused on making the most of his opportunities, no matter how small or insignificant they may be.“Whatever decisions the manager makes, he’s the boss,” he told the club website.“Whatever team he picks, you just give your best whether you come on for five minutes or start the game. It’s just about giving everything on the pitch whenever you get the minutes.”The 29-year-old is keen to win silverware at Anfield after near misses for Klopp in the last three years.The German suffered defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, while also losing the Europa League and EFL Cup finals in 2016.“There’s no point in worrying about what we haven’t won or what we need to,” he added.“We’ve got a great squad, a great manager, the backroom staff are top drawer, the fans are great. What more would players want?Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We want to get over the tipping point where we’re able to win something.”Bittersweet. Tomorrow we go again. Big tings a gwan!! Let’s go!!— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 28, 2018He continued: “That’s the goal for us. Once we lift that first trophy, you’d hope that would have a domino effect and we’d be able to win a few more.“I feel like I’m a winner – I’ve won stuff in the past. But it’s the future now. I want to win something here with Liverpool.“We’ve had opportunities, we’ve been to a couple of finals since I’ve been here and weren’t able to win. To be able to win a trophy is what would take us to the next level.“It’s one of those where you just have a positive attitude about it, don’t put any pressure on winning something or have it in your mind that we have to do this or that.“When we play with a smile on our face and we work hard and put the opposition under a lot of pressure – stamp our style on them – I believe we can beat anybody on our day.“We got to the Europa League final and the League Cup final, last season we did well in the league and the boys got to the Champions League final. This season, we’re just focusing on trying to take the next step.”last_img read more

first_imgPart I of the Leadership At Its Best program, co-sponsored by Syngenta and ASA, was held Aug. 5-8 in Minneapolis. Fifteen soybean producers participated in the program, designed for current state association board members and/or key committee members to support their organizations’ efforts to build for the future by helping to develop and train their leaders.LAIB participants Matt Wright (left) and Rusty Grills during a session of the program. (ASA photo by Kathie Mullen)Participants in the LAIB program learn how to enhance their leadership skills to be strong spokespersons for the soybean industry. They learn how to address legislative issues, interact with the media, manage diverse communications styles, plan and strategize for the future and improve productivity.  This year’s class was assisted by ASA Chairman Steve Wellman, First Vice President Ray Gaesser, Executive Director Bill Schuermann and Project Coordinator Kathie Mullen.Part II will be held in Washington, D.C. in March in conjunction with the ASA Board meeting.  Participants will concentrate on the importance of communicating with members of Congress, parliamentary procedure and key legislative issues affecting U.S. soybean farmers. They will also meet with members of Congress from their respective states.Syngenta Head of Industry Relations Rex Martin speaks during Part I of Leadership At Its Best in Minneapolis. (ASA photo by Kathie Mullen)The 2013-2014 Leadership at Its Best participants are:Josh Kirkpatrick (Ind.), Rolland Schnell (Iowa), Kyle Jeschke (Kan.), Barry Alexander (Ky.), Heather Feuerstein (Mich.), Wayne Stafford (Md.), Mike Skaug (Minn.), Matt Wright (Mo.), Robert Johnston (Neb.), Michael McPherson (N.C.), Craig Olson (N.D.), Mike Heffelfinger (Ohio), John Horter (S.D.), Rusty Grills (Tenn.), Don Lutz (Wis.).last_img read more