Five Lies About Selling

first_imgSolutions Selling is Dead: Pure, unadulterated bullshit. Has selling changed? Absolutely. Has buying changed? Perhaps, but not as much as is being touted (at least not in B2B sales). The idea behind solutions selling is that you collaborate with your clients to understand their business needs, whether it is pain or latent pain, and develop consensus around a solution that moves their business forward. It’s a process that starts at target and ends at close, covering all of the stages in between. The process is mostly good fundamentals, and it is anything but dead.Pain Is Dead: Hair-splitting. People buy when they are dissatisfied. If they don’t know they’re dissatisfied and you motivate them to change, you aren’t helping them by ensuring they remain satisfied. Selling is helping to move your client to a better place. Better than what? Better than where they are now. If they didn’t know their results could be better, you created the pain, or you developed the latent dissatisfaction. If you help your clients capitalize on an opportunity they didn’t know existed, the gap you introduced them them to is the source of their dissatisfaction. Try to be compelling without pain.Relationship Selling Is Dead This lie should come with it’s own hazard suit. You don’t want to get any on you. Anyone who has successfully sold knows that the very heart of their success has been built on relationships of value, both inside their company and out. Imagine you have two opportunities. In the first opportunity, you have developed relationships with all of their stakeholders, you have access, and you have a deep understanding of their needs. You have developed trust. In the second opportunity, you are unknown, you’ve had no real access, and your prospective buyer doesn’t know that you understand their needs. You just don’t have a relationship. But let’s assume what is true about you in the first opportunity is true about your competitor in the second. Which deal are you going to win? Which deal is your competitor going to win?Cold Calling is Dead: This is a special lie. It belongs to charlatans selling greenhorns a book, a program, or a package that promises they’ll never have to make the uncomfortable “ask.” The charlatan’s target market is those susceptible to believing the fairy tales that social media and inbound marketing alone are enough to make your number. Is every method effective? Should your playbook be more than cold calling? Absolutely. But you still need to pick up the phone.Buyers Have a Process: They don’t. Certainly they go through the stages of a buyer’s journey (dissatisfaction, recognition of needs, exploring options, avoiding risk). But they don’t have a formal process (if they do, you’re selling to purchasing). Buyers hope you know how to help them figure out what they need, build consensus within their organization, and write the business case for their management team. Buyers don’t have a process, and if they do then it mostly leads to a no decision. Better you believe the truth which is somewhere closer to you helping your buyer with a process. 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 Here are five lies about sales and selling. Don’t believe them.last_img read more

Sue Bird enjoying time in Denver Nuggets role, still wants to play

first_imgPH 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A native of New York, Bird played for Connecticut and helped the Huskies to two NCAA championships. She was taken by Seattle with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA draft.Since then, she’s become one of the league’s most decorated players.And now, she’s becoming part of a growing community of women in the NBA. Kristi Toliver was added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin became an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are also trailblazers such as San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross.“There’s something nice about being part of a trailblazing group,” Bird said. “It’s hard to look at myself that way because I look at Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops and Rebecca Lobo and Dawn Staley in that way. … I know in 20 years I’ll be looked at as part of that group I just named.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.That is, when she’s shot her last jumper. The basketball fire still burns after wrapping up her 16th WNBA season with a championship in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I’m a player. I’m still focused on my playing career. I want to get the most out of that as possible,” Bird said Sunday night before the Nuggets hosted Toronto. “Whether I retire tomorrow or in 20 years, I just want to get as much out as I can. But with that I have an understanding that basketball’s not forever. At some point you’ve got to find something else, find your way, and that’s what’s so great about this. Hopefully with this process I can find out if I’m any good at this, if this is for me, and see what happens.”Bird was brought on board through a conversation with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. He basically asked: What does she want to do when she’s done? MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I always thought front office work, being with the team day in and day out, that was something I wasn’t going to get to until I was done,” Bird said. “When he put it in a way I could do both it became extremely attractive.”Admittedly, the learning curve has been steep.“It’s a lot of players. It’s a lot of teams,” said Bird, who’s helped the Storm to three titles. “There’s a lot of history that I’m stepping into now and having to learn about. The one thing you learn is when you can step out your comfort zone and be uncomfortable you see what you’re made of and who you are.”Bird’s quickly gotten up to speed in her role as a scout. Then again, the Nuggets expected nothing less as they’re off to a sizzling start.“She’s been an asset,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Anybody who has a resume Sue has is going to help any organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Sue Bird jokes with reporters as she talks about her new role as basketball operations assistant for the Denver Nuggets before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that’s a title she’s not quite ready to give up.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

BCCI to constitute committee to implement Lodha reforms

first_imgThe Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will constitute a committee to see how the Supreme Court appointed-Lodha Panel recommendations are implemented by the board in the best possible and swiftest manner.Briefing the media after BCCI’s SGM which was held on Monday, acting secretary of the cricket body Amitabh Chaudhary said, “Today we had an SGM with an eight-point agenda. The most important of which was obviously the implementation of the principal order of the Supreme Court dated 18th of July.””The House deliberated in very detail and with a view to complete the implementation process, constituted a committee which will examine how best quickly they are implemented.””The committee will be constituted tomorrow and should have its first recommendations in a fortnight’s time. BCCI office bearers will decide how many members will constitute this committee, which could be five or six,” he added.He further informed that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) members will not be part of the committee.Speaking about the role of the committee, Choudhary said, “The committee will go into each and every point necessitated by the principal judgment and then only those exceptional and limited areas of difficulty would bring it to the notice of the CoA who will thereafter decide the course of action.”The major issues that the committee will be looking into are ‘one-state, one-vote’, age cap of 70 years, cooling off period after every three years and increasing the number of members in the selection panel to five from current three.advertisementHowever, as per BCCI sources, the board is likely to go to the Supreme Court objecting the above issues.When asked about the future course of action about appointing the next Team India coach, the BCCI acting secretary said, “The process to elect the Indian team coach remains the same. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will assess all the applicants and based on that the selection will be made.”Choudhary, when asked about former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s presence in the meeting, replied, “A notice for a meeting is a notice. And the notice says that all member units are requested to attend the meeting.””Who would represent the member unit is a choice made by that unit as long as it doesn’t violate any court order. That is all I need to examine and I did,” he added.Earlier in a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice R.M. Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI and had given six months deadline to the board implement the recommendations.On October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee, but excluded the important ones which have been a bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.last_img read more

Special Olympics is turning children with intellectual disabilities into top sportstars!

first_imgThe Special Olympics organization believes in a world where there are many types of abilities but no disabilities. It is one of the foremost voices in the world which is raising awareness about people with intellectual disabilities and 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the organisation since its foundation in 1968.”Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. While the athletes are the heart of the movement, the programme touches the lives in every segment of the society,” says Founder Trustee and CEO of Special Olympics Bharat Air Marshal Denzil Keelor. Special Olympics Bharat is a National Sports Federation having presence across all the States and Union Territories of India. SO Bharat is accredited by Special Olympics Inc, Washington, USA to conduct Special Olympics Programs all over India.Sports have an incredible transformative power and Special Olympics brings together different countries and communities to appreciate the various forms of abilities and potential in the human body.It offers 30-plus Olympic-style individual and team sports competition along with Olympic-style training for people with intellectual disabilities all around the world. Special Olympics Bharat is accredited by Special Olympics Inc, Washington, USA to conduct Special Olympics Programs all over India.Read: This 17-year-old national level cycling record holder with cerebral palsy just got selected to the Special Olympics!What is an Intellectual Disability?Intellectual disability (ID) is the common type of developmental disability used to describe a person with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills, including communication and self-care. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently.advertisementFragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders are all intellectual disabilities.It is a fact that 85 per cent of people with ID have mild disabilities that don’t get in the way of playing sports, being educated at inclusive schools and being employed.SO commissions and conducts high-level research which is externally validated to understand the issues faced by the intellectually disabled.The organisation then reaches out to officials in healthcare, education, business, the non-profit sector, and the government in order to bring new policies and services which can improve their lives. “This vision of inclusion starts at the local level. It is expanding on a global scale, says the official website of Special Olympics.How sports shifts the focus from disability to ability”Sports are a powerful force. Sports can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement,” says Keelor.It teaches a person to bank on their self-confidence, improve their health, strive for a goal with determination, learn teamwork with their peers, inspire competition, and find joy in success. As the athletes push themselves to attain their best, their success stories become an inspiration to all.”Since 1968, Special Olympics has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can — and will — succeed when given the opportunity. And it all happens through the simple power of sport,” the retired Air Marshall adds.The events in the Special Olympics help people rediscover the purity of sports and real athletic pursuits based on true Olympic ideals.4 ways Special Olympics are different from the regular Olympics, explains Denzil Keelor1Divisioning or ability grouping is a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age, and most importantly, the same competitive ability.2Short and simple instructions are extended to the Athletes. Every task is analysed. The coach is a caretaker of the athlete while enhancing his/her sport skills. Special Olympics has a ratio of 1 coach for every 4 athletes; the ratio being flexible to accommodate abilities of the athletes.3A few sports are customised in order to create a conducive environment for the athlete with intellectual disability to play. For eg: 5-a-side football which has truncated fields to prevent exertion on the athlete.4Athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Every athlete is recognized for their performance.How Special Olympics turns differently-abled sportspersons into future leadersThere are up to 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world.”SO is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities — with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries, and over a million volunteers,” says SO Bharat CEO Keelor.The organisation works across boundaries like gender, race, religion, economic or education level to awaken each person’s humanity. The drive for inclusiveness starts at a local level and expands to a global scale.Special Olympics does this through a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events.They also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to team together to change attitudes and support athletes.”Through sports and leadership activities, Special Olympics provides opportunities for young people of all abilities to be leaders in their schools and communities,” says Keelor.SO promotes athlete leadership — the intellectually disabled sportspersons can train to become coaches to other athletes in future, or become spokespersons spreading the message of the Special Olympics to the masses.Leadership trainings are conducted across 67 countries, initiated at the grass root level — many athletes are trained to take part in policy discussions and present their opinions to community and government leaders.The leadership activities help youngsters both with and without intellectual disabilities become the next generation changemakers who can promote a more inclusive mindset among the masses.advertisement”Our goal is to awaken everyone — and every community — to each person’s common humanity. This vision of inclusion starts at the local level. It is expanding on a global scale,” says the official website of Special Olympics.With their play programme for children named Special Olympics Young Athletes, the organisation focuses on fun activities that can help with the physical and mental development of children aged 2 to 7.Besides, it also takes care of the development of motor skills and hand-eye coordination which boosts their social skills.Special Olympics 2019 to be hosted by Abu Dhabi “Abu Dhabi is the ideal choice to help bring about true change for millions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in a strategically important region of the world. Selecting the city as host for the Special Olympic World Games in 2019 was an easy choice to make,” said Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of SOI.”Both Abu Dhabi and the UAE have made disability a priority, promoting rights for people with intellectual disabilities for more than 20 years, making huge strides in integrating people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace and in schools. Hosting the Special Olympics World Games is a way for the country to reinforce its long-standing commitment to creating inclusion,” he added.Prep camp at BITS PilaniThe preparatory camp for Special Olympics 2019 was held at the BITS Pilani campus. It consisted of 15 sports and required a large campus with adequate sporting facilities to train around 450 athletes.”A great partnership existing between the SO Bharat Rajasthan State Chapter under the aegis of UK Pandey, and the BITS leadership made it possible to organize the camp here,” says Keelor, explaining why BITS Pilani was chosen as the preparation venue.”The heat in the state helped in acclimatizing the athletes to perform and sensitized the coaches to be attentive to special care of the athletes in this weather, preparing them holistically for the World Summer Games 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi,” he adds.Special Olympics health programme”At World Games and other events, we offer a wide range of free health exams and care,” says Keelor.Fit Feet and Special Smiles are brand names of two medical screenings which are part of the health programme (called ‘Healthy Athletes’) of the Special Olympics.”Around 300 athletes were screened across both the disciplines to ensure enhanced sports performance. These two disciplines are one of the eight across which all the participating athletes are screened, all aiming to ensure upkeep of their overall health which would ultimately impact their sports performance,” says the founder of Special Olympics Bharat.The Special Smiles (Dental screenings) discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes.Special Olympics Fit Feet (Foot care) offers podiatric screenings to evaluate ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics, and proper shoe and sock gear to participating athletes.While we are still waiting to check out the big names which will make India proud at the Special Olympics this year, India Today wishes all the young sports-stars all the very best for Abu Dhabi!advertisementRead: Top 5 jobs for sports loverslast_img read more

Altidore red-card suspension upheld

first_imgMLS Altidore to miss first leg of Eastern Conference final after suspension upheld Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 03:13 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sacha Kljestan Jozy Altidore New York Red Bulls Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski MLS Columbus Crew v Toronto Toronto Columbus Crew Toronto FC has failed in its appeal of the striker’s red card against the New York Red Bulls, meaning he will miss the opening match against Columbus Toronto FC had hoped that it would be able to have Jozy Altidore in the lineup for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, but now the club knows for certain it will have to survive without him.The team has announced its appeal of Altidore’s red card picked up during a halftime altercation against the New York Red Bulls has been denied, meaning he will miss the opening leg against the Columbus Crew on Tuesday.The striker reportedly was involved in a fight in the tunnel with fellow U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, which saw both players issued red cards. Neither player took the field for the second half of the Red Bulls’ 1-0 win, though Toronto won the two-legged tie 2-2 on away goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Toronto had hoped video evidence would be enough to get Altidore’s red card rescinded, but coach Greg Vanney confirmed to media Wednesday it was not.”Jozy’s suspension has been upheld,” Vanney said. “The referees had given him a red card, so the burden of proof was on us to prove that it wasn’t. We weren’t able to do that with video we provided because there were still some gaps in the video.”That means Toronto will be without both Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco for the opening leg in Columbus, as the Italian star will miss out due to yellow card accumulation.The MLS disciplinary committee will be reviewing the halftime incident in greater detail later this week, meaning further punishments could still be handed out.last_img read more

Six Nations tickets worth £370,000 touted on Viagogo, investigation reveals

first_img Pinterest Viagogo releases data showing huge scale of ticket touting Six Nations 2019 Six Nations The tickets were marked as “Resale not allowed”.Despite the CMA’s court order, which demands that traders give their genuine contact details, the address for “harry tout” was given as the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, which has campaigned virulently against ticket touting. The Daily Record said it had no involvement with the listing.None of the traders could be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Rugby Football Union said the use of secondary market websites to resell tickets is prohibited by the RFU’s ticket terms and conditions and that ticket holders known to have breached the terms and conditions would be refused entry.“Where tickets are resold on secondary market websites – especially at inflated prices – it is not just the genuine fans, but the wider game, whom suffer.”The Irish Rugby Football Union urged fans not to buy resold tickets, which they said might be cancelled. The Welsh Rugby Union also warned fans against buying from ticket resale companies, warning that buyers risked ejection from the ground.This stance does not appear to dissuade traders. Touts have 194 tickets for sale for Scotland vIreland alone with a combined ticket price of £57,758 which, if sold, will prove the most lucrative game of the tournament for traders.Traders are selling 223 tickets for sale for the Scotland v Wales match on 9 March with a combined value of £49,318. Read more Screen grab of ticket for sale on the Viagogo website Facebook Consumer affairs Support The Guardian She pointed out that Viagogo was the subject of a court order by the Competition and Markets Authority, which has taken action against the company over alleged breaches of consumer law. “Viagogo must now make any necessary changes without delay and I expect the CMA to take further action if they fail to do so,” she said.The CMA has already warned that it has “serious concerns” about Viagogo’s compliance with the terms of the court order. And listings for Six Nations games raise fresh doubts about whether the company is abiding by its terms.The trader with the highest combined ticket price had 173 for sale with a total asking price of £79,719 (including booking fees and delivery).While the CMA’s court order calls for traders’ full contact information to be advertised, entries for the trader’s tickets simply listed his details as “Dublin”.The highest number of tickets for sale by an individual trader was under the name of an Eileen Green, who listed 290 tickets with a combined price of £64,704.Another prolific seller, a company called Tick Tock Ltd that listed its address as Panama City, had 100 tickets the combined cost of which stood at £45,981. Another trader, Candy & Co, gave a postbox address in Texas, while a fifth, Tyne and Wear Ltd, is based in Newcastle.The most expensive tickets, for sale by a trader listed as “harry tout” carried a total cost of £4,772 for two seats in the fourth row with a view of the tryline for the sold-out match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on 9 February. More than a thousand tickets for the Six Nations have appeared for sale on the controversial website Viagogo for a combined £370,000, according to Guardian analysis that illustrates the grip wielded by ticket touts over in-demand events.Details of the scale at which Six Nations tickets are being touted prompted concern from the digital minister, Margot James, and condemnation from rugby governing bodies, who warned that Viagogo’s customers risk being refused entry at the turnstile.The Guardian examined 1,155 tickets with a “Trader” label advertised on Viagogo for the Six Nations and found they were being listed for £369,526, including VAT, delivery costs and booking fees, collected by the website.The true amount of tickets controlled by touts is likely to be much higher, given that the Guardian’s analysis covered only two days of Viagogo listings.These tickets, two-thirds of which were in the hands of just five traders, are listed despite the risk that buyers will be turned away at the door.James said the Guardian’s findings were very concerning. “Fans should be able to attend major sporting events at a fair price,” she said. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read morecenter_img Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Rugby union Eddie Jones’s England options a cause for joy but they bring problems too Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Ticket prices … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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Share on Pinterest When contacted, Viagogo said it was “perfectly legal” to resell tickets and that any bought through its website were valid and should not result in fans being turned away.A spokesperson said: “Event organisers sometimes make claims that they will deny entry to people who have purchased resold tickets. These types of entry restrictions are highly unfair and in our view, unenforceable and illegal.“Therefore, as with all tickets on our platform, Viagogo customers should feel confident that they will gain entry to the event, and that is why we back every ticket with the Viagogo guarantee.”Under the terms of the CMA’s court order secured against the company, Viagogo has been obliged to publish not just names of touts but also more detailed information about what consumers are buying, such as seat number at the venue.But the Guardian found dozens of cases that did not display the seat number.Tom Watson, the shadow secretary for digital, culture, media and sport and deputy Labour leader, said it was “disgraceful to see that ticket touts on Viagogo are still ripping off rugby fans”.“Viagogo has been told time and again that it needs to clean up its act. They are flagrantly disobeying the law and even ignoring a court order. It’s unacceptable that consumers may not be able to see basic details about their tickets, like the seller’s name and the seat number. Secondary ticketing platforms have been taking advantage of loyal fans for far too long. This has got to change.”In late January the CMA, which had given Viagogo until mid-January to overhaul its business practices, said the changes made by Viagogo after the court order were “insufficient”.Viagogo, in turn, issued a statement which simply said: “We are compliant.”MethodologyThe Guardian analysed all listings for Six Nations tickets listed on the Viagogo website which carried a “Trader” logo on two consecutive days.The analysis covers 1,007 unique tickets on sale on the Viagogo website on Wednesday 30 January plus 148 unique tickets which subsequently came up for sale on Thursday 31 January. Checks were carried out to ensure no duplicate tickets were recorded by manually checking the ticket details, price and trader.• This article was amended on 8 February 2019 to remove an incorrect personal name. Twitter last_img read more

Alabama Players Bash Fox Sports’ Clay Travis For Column On Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones

first_imgEarlier today, a Monroe, La., district attorney elected not to pursue charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence. When explaining his decision, the DA said he “refused to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”This apparently didn’t sit well with Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, who wrote a column lambasting the decision and insinuating that athletes don’t work that hard.“This is one of the most absurd clichés that has taken root in sporting life,” Travis wrote. “Athletes, at most, train 3-4 hours a day. Every doctor, lawyer, investment banker, accountant, teacher and fast food worker in the country works harder than an athlete does. In fact, there are no jobs in America that pay more for less work than athletics.”Two current Alabama players, quarterback Blake Barnett and defensive end Mekhi Brown, proceeded to blast Travis’ column on Twitter.Sounds like something an unathletic person would say. “Ignorance is bliss.”— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Great point. Funny how there’s a misconception about the work athletes put in. College athletes have 12+ hour days.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Put them in our shoes and they’ll quit lol. There is a reason why jobs prefer former athletes over the reg students— Khi (@MekhiBrownn) June 20, 2016mekhiNot to be outdone, Travis replied to Barnett’s tweet.Bama QB thinks athletes work hard compared to doctors, lawyers and investment bankers. So wrong.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 20, 2016Barnett wasn’t finished though, and dropped a comeback to Travis’ response. @ClayTravis Sounds like you have the personal experience of being an athlete, doctor, lawyer, and investment banker.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016@ClayTravis You’re comparing something where there is no need for comparison. No need to dig through things to cause controversy.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016The back-and-forth ended at that. We’re going to guess that Barnett and Brown’s tweets at Travis were very tame and composed compared to what some fans may have sent him. []last_img read more

What is a dive in football?

first_imgDiving. Players do it, managers have a moan over it, and some critics have accused divers of ‘ruining’ the modern game and football itself.But what is diving, and why do footballers feel the need to do so? The act of diving has, over the years, been perfected into an art by some players, with some mastering the craft of going to the ground with just the perfect amount of weight and theatrics.It is a fine line, however: other players, including some of football’s elite, have become notorious for throwing themselves to the floor in a bid to hoodwink match officials into awarding decisions in their favour. 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? Goal takes a look at players who have a tendency to dive, what the punishments are for diving, as well as how to recognise a ‘simulation’ and more.What is a dive? Luis Suarez Liverpool Premier League 2013-14A ‘dive’ is the term used for when a player attempts to gain an unfair advantage on the opposition team through falling to the ground easily and feigning injury, giving the impression to the referee that a foul has been committed.Deciding whether or not to award marginal fouls, especially when they occur inside the penalty area, has long been one of the most controversial elements of football and a regular talking point after games.Referees are forced to decide in the blink of an eye between giving the fallen player the benefit of the doubt by awarding the penalty or ultimately seeing what was a fake attempt at trying to gain an advantage for their team.Players generally dive in order to receive free-kicks or penalties or to earn opposing players yellow or red cards.High-pressure and intense games where the scoreline is either even or tight may see more players go to ground more easily in order to gain an edge for their side.Diving has been formally termed ‘simulation’ by FIFA.Which players are known for diving? Neymar Brazil World Cup 2018Brazil forward Neymar has picked up infamy for his diving theatrics across the World Cup 2018 in Russia, whose numerous tumbles spread across social media like wildfire, inspiring memes and mockery.After Mexico lost to Brazil in the World Cup group stages, El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio berated the antics of the PSG star as the reason for his team’s defeat.Late on in the second half, Neymar was found writhing on the ground for nearly two whole minutes after Mexico’s Miguel Layun trod on his ankle.“This is a real shame for football,” Osorio said at the time. “We wasted a lot of time because of one single player.”Interestingly enough, however, despite some players obviously taking the opportunity to dive as a means to gain an advantage for their team when the score is unfavourable to them, the Wall Street Journal analysed the Brazil international’s diving patterns during the 2018 World Cup and concluded that his tumbles come more frequently when his side are winning.Roughly 60 per cent of Neymar’s falls come with the scoreline level, but the research showed that he actually goes to ground more when his team is winning – averaging 15 seconds on the ground when his team in front against only nine when the game is tied.Additionally, Brazil’s games had been tied for longer than when they had led – so Neymar flops more often when his team are in front, approximately once every eight and a half minutes, compared to once every nine and a half minutes when the game is tied.Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Premier League 2017-18Tottenham’s Dele Alli has also gained a notorious reputation for diving, earning the dubious distinction of being booked for simulation twice in one season when Spurs played out a 2-2 draw at Anfield in February 2018.Manager Mauricio Pochettino had no excuses for the England international, but also lamented that too much discussion around driving will distort the game in the future.“It was a yellow card,” Pochettino told reporters. “It happens. During different games, a lot of situations like this happen. The problem now is we are so sensitive about the situation. And then we are so focused on Dele Alli. The referee was right and perfect. It was a yellow card and nothing [else]. It’s too much sometimes. There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue.“Dele is not perfect. Nobody is perfect. He is a clever boy. He is a little bit nasty. Football is a creative sport in which you need the talent that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain. But the problem today is that, more than this type of situation, I am worried we are going to change the game we know.”Former Liverpool and current Barcelona striker Luis Suarez also has a reputation for going to ground too easily, as do the likes of Gareth Bale, Sergio Busquets, Didier Drogba, Ashley Young and Radamel Falcao.What technique goes into a dive? Queens Park Rangers Sheffield Wednesday ChampionshipUsually, certain dives are fairly obvious to identify – such as when the player goes to ground in too dramatic a manner, almost after a short lapse in time following initial contact with the opposition team player.Certain players such as Neymar and Suarez are also overtly theatrical with their dives, and are often victims of ‘contact consistency’ – nursing a body part other than when the impact occurred, such as when a challenge to the chest causes the player to fly to the ground or hold their face.The ‘archer’s bow’ pose is the biggest giveaway used to identify a diving player, which has them set in a position with their head tilted back, chest thrust forward, both arms raised and legs bent at the knee to lift both feet of the ground to the rear. According to the Telegraph, such motion is counter to the normal reflex mechanisms used to protect the body in the event of a natural fall.Dr Paul Morris explained: “In most dishonest tackles the behaviour itself does not indicate dishonesty, the deception is revealed in the timing and co-ordination of the behaviours.”But one action is unique to a faked fall – the archer’s bow.”This occurs in many dives but biomechanically it does not occur in a natural fall.”What are the punishments for diving? The FA’s rules state that attempts to deceive the referee through feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled through simulation must be sanctioned as unsporting behaviour, and punishable by a yellow card.In November 2017, Everton player Oumar Niasse became the first player to be banned by the FA for diving, receiving a two-match ban for the offence in a match against Crystal Palace.Most recently, Spurs hotshot Harry Kane was given a yellow for going to the ground in December 2018 in a home game against Wolves in the Premier League.Of course, one of the most tangible punishments for diving do not come through cards, but through the way the reputation of the diving player is affected.Referees tend to have limited patience for those who are seen as prone to go to ground more easily, as opposed to those players who rarely make a meal out of a challenge.And so, similar in a ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’ scenario, in the event that a player subsequently does merit the awarding of a penalty after being legitimately fouled inside the box, the referee may decide to simply turn a blind eye. 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Chinmayanand case repetition of Unnao episode Priyanka

first_imgLucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said the alleged harassment of a woman student by ex-Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur appears to be a repetition of the Unnao case. In a tweet, she alleged that in Uttar Pradesh, if a woman registers a complaint against a BJP leader her security is not guaranteed. Gandhi was referring to the rape charge made by a 19-year-old woman from Unnao against MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was expelled from the BJP recently. In Shahjahanpur, Chinmayanand was booked on Tuesday under IPC sections related to abduction in order to murder, and criminal intimidation. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s media advisor Mrityunjay Kumar was quick in his retort advising the Congress general secretary not to create confusion and the police have taken all the steps in this regard. The Shahjahanpur police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. Her father had filed a complaint with the police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The woman’s father alleged that she has gone missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram. “In Uttar Pradesh, this matter appears to be repetition of the Unnao case. If a woman complains against a BJP leader, then she is not guaranteed justice, even her own safety is not guaranteed,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi with hashtag ‘EnoughIsEnough’. The 19-year-old rape survivor from Unnao and her lawyer suffered critical injuries in a car-truck collision in Rae Bareli district in Uttar Pradesh on July 28. Her two aunts died in the incident. The girl’s family alleged that the accident was an attempt to eliminate her. In another tweet, Gandhi said, “Not a single day passes in Uttar Pradesh when the BJP government manages to assure women that you are safe and you will get justice if anything happens with you.” She also tagged new reports of the case involving Swami Chinmayanand in support of her tweets. “Last year, the BJP government had withdrawn a rape case against accused (Chinmayanand). It’s clear where the government is standing. UP girls are watching,” Gandhi said in the microblogging site. “The girl, who raised voice is missing or deliberately being taken away. What is happening with her nobody knows. Till when this will continue?” she posed in another tweet. Reacting on Priyanka Gandhi’s comments, Mrityunjay Kumar took to the same platform to say, “Dont create confusion Priyankaji. UP police has taken all steps.” “FIR has been registered and the family has been assured of their security. Read newspapers and know truth and stop playing politics by showing sympathy. People know all. Your veil has slipped and the real face is out,” he said.last_img read more

On a capex spree IOC to invest 2 tn over 57 years

first_imgMumbai: National oil refiner and marketer Indian Oil plans to invest around Rs 2 trillion over the next five to seven years to expand the core petrochemical business and to ensure comprehensive energy solutions to the nation. The company, which controls a third of the country’s 5 million barrels a day oil refining capacity through its 11 refineries, is also entering newer areas like renewable energy, battery storage, city gas distribution, among others involving an investment of around Rs 2 trillion, chairman Sanjiv Singh told reporters here after the AGM. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor city gas city distribution alone, IOC will invest around Rs 10,000 crore over this period, he added. “We have embarked on a robust capex plan of around Rs 2 trillion over the next five to seven years. This is much beyond the Rs 25,000-crore capex cycle that we have been planning for every year for quite some time now,” Singh said, adding this will also include acquisitions. He further said IOC will focus on consolidating its core business verticals, will continue to scale up new business verticals and at the same time gain entry into high growth potential areas to ensure inclusive and sustainable energy development.”We are in the process of entering/expanding newer business areas. After the modification of our refineries to meet the BS-VI requirements, we are now expanding almost all the refineries. These include the expansion at Barauni, Gujarat and Panipat. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Although we have not received the approval, we also want to expand the Paradip refinery,” Singh said. He said since 1997, IOC has invested over Rs 25,000 crore each in major petrochemical projects in Gujarat, Panipat in Haryana and Paradip in Odisha refineries and is now investing over Rs 20,000 crore more on several ongoing and new petrochemical projects till 2023-24. “We are not just focusing on brownfield expansion but we will also invest in greenfield expansion like the one planned through the West Coast Refinery and another one at Nagapattinam,” Singh said. “Apart from refining, we will require a matching pipelines for our growing marketing network. Also, there is a significant amount going into greener fuels. We are also exploring battery/energy storage, and a charging station vertical. This may include improving conventional battery storage or new forms of batteries. This will be beyond lithium-ion,” he said. IOC is also going ahead with significant upstream investment, both domestic and overseas. “We have done a couple of fairly good acquisitions in the recent past and we are open to more such opportunities,” Singh said. On the West Coast Refinery project, Singh said the work is in progress and the final detailed project report is likely to be ready this year itself. “After the agitations, the government has offered a new land parcel in Raigad district for the project. We had hired a consultant earlier to study the configuration of the project on the basis of the land at Nanar in Ratnagiri. However, now we have now again hired a global consultant to verify and fine-tune the configuration,” he said. Singh further said the government has already issued notices for land acquisition and is hopeful the actual process will start from this year itself.last_img read more

Metis veterans awaiting apology from federal government

first_imgA Métis veteran at a Winnipeg Remembrance Day service (APTN file).The Canadian PressThe vice president of the Métis National Council is urging Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his staff to ensure an apology is issued soon to Métis veterans from the Second World War.In a letter to the minister, David Chartrand says an apology to veterans who were “disrespected” and “ignored” must happen soon because veterans are nearing the end of their lives.Chartrand says the Manitoba Métis community recently lost another Second World War veteran, who did not receive recognition and justice before his death.He also says the federal government and the Métis Nation were close to reaching an agreement under former veterans affairs minister Seamus O’Regan.O’Regan was moved out of the portfolio and into Indigenous Services during a January cabinet shuffle.MacAulay’s office says it plans to speak with Chartrand and the Métis National Council in the near future on the issue, adding the minister remains committed to “appropriately recognizing” Métis veterans for their courage and sacrifices.last_img read more

Death Toll in Syria War Rises to 312000 Monitor

Beirut – Syria’s war has killed more than 312,000 people since it began in March 2011, including over 90,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.The Britain-based group said it had recorded the deaths of 312,001 people since the war began with anti-government protests, including nearly 16,000 children.The toll includes more than 53,000 rebels and nearly 110,000 pro-regime fighters, among them over 60,000 Syrian soldiers, but also tens of thousands of Syrian militiamen, members of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement and other foreign fighters. The group said nearly 55,000 jihadists had also been killed in the fighting, most of them from the Islamic State group or former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, but also from smaller groups.The Observatory said it had also recorded the deaths of 3,683 people it had not been able to identify.Syria’s conflict began with anti-government protests but spiraled into a brutal civil war after a government crackdown on dissent.On Tuesday, Syrian pro-government forces were on the verge of retaking all of the city of Aleppo from rebel fighters, in what would be the biggest victory yet for President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict. read more

Last of Congolese refugees from Central African Republic return home – UN

9 October 2007The United Nations refugee agency today announced the end of an organized repatriation programme which over the past three years has brought nearly 5,000 Congolese refugees home from the Central African Republic (CAR). The United Nations refugee agency today announced the end of an organized repatriation programme which over the past three years has brought nearly 5,000 Congolese refugees home from the Central African Republic (CAR).The last convoy traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this weekend carrying just over 130 returnees leaving the CAR capital Bangui. In total, 4,994 Congolese refugees have returned home from CAR. “Returns to DRC started from CAR in October 2004, but the operation was repeatedly interrupted for security concerns, weather, conditions in areas of return,” said Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Since the start of the Congolese repatriation in 2004, some 135,000 Congolese refugees have returned home from surrounding countries – 43,000 of them since the beginning of this year, according to UNHCR. As many as 312,000 Congolese refugees remain in neighbouring countries – mainly in Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda. The DRC suffered decades of instability and four years of civil war between 1998 and 2002, during which an estimated 4 million people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands fled the violence. read more

Global stimulus vital to counter economic meltdown – UN report

World per capita income is expected to decline next year, export growth and capital inflows will fall, borrowing costs for developing countries will rise as contagion spreads from the major economies, and the United States dollar is set to resume its decline, with a possible hard landing in 2009, according to the UN annual economic report, issued at the international Financing for Development review currently under way in Doha, Qatar. The report, World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009, calls for deep reforms of the global financial system to prevent a recurrence of the crisis, including stronger regulation of financial institutions, adequate international liquidity provisioning, an overhaul of the international reserve system and a more inclusive global economic governance. According to the baseline scenario, world output will reach a meagre 1 per cent in 2009, compared to 2.5 per cent in 2008 and global growth rates of between 3.5 and 4 per cent in the preceding four years. The 2009 projection includes a decline in output of 0.5 per cent in developed countries, along with growth of 5.3 per cent in the transition economies and 4.6 per cent in the developing world. Under a more optimistic scenario, factoring in fiscal stimulus of between 1.5 and 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) of the major economies and further interest-rate cuts, developed economies could post a 0.2 per cent rate of growth, and the developing world would surpass 5 per cent growth, the economists calculate. But given the great uncertainty prevailing today, a more pessimistic scenario is possible. If the present credit squeeze prolongs and confidence in the financial sector is not restored in the coming months, developed countries could enter into a deep recession, causing world output to fall and GDP growth in the developing world to drop to 2.7 per cent, dangerously low for the ability of countries to sustain poverty reduction efforts and social and political stability. The report noted that crisis management moved slowly in 2008 with aggressively expansive monetary policy in the United States during the first half of the year in an attempt to stave off a recession while European central banks maintained a tightening stance in the face of inflation.This mismatch typifies a lack of coordination during the boom years, when growth was strong and the over-extension of credit in the US and over-accumulation of savings in surplus countries could have been addressed with less pain and more room for manoeuvre. To shore up weaknesses which led to the extraordinary damage brought on by the downturn and prevent this from happening again, UN economists recommend a broad range of steps including:Fundamental revision of the governance structure and functions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank for enhanced international policy coordination and more inclusive participation of major developing countries;Fundamental reforms of existing systems of financial regulation and supervision to stem past excesses; Reform of the present international reserve system, away from the almost exclusive reliance on the US dollar and towards a multilaterally backed multi-currency system; Reforms of liquidity provisioning and compensatory financing mechanisms backed, among other things, by better multilateral and regional pooling of national foreign exchange reserves, and avoiding onerous policy conditionality.In another report, the World Bank said protecting the poor and vulnerable while at the same time removing constraints to economic growth and productivity would be a priority to overcome the financial crisis and resume sustained growth. “The costs of investing both in social programs and economic activities can seem daunting for many governments now short on cash,” World Bank Vice-President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Danny Leipziger said in Doha in releasing the report, called Weathering the Storm: Economic Policy Responses to the Financial Crisis. “But the future cost of not taking action can be much higher than the savings from inaction.” Interventions such as the conditional cash-transfer programmes in Mexico and Brazil are cost-effective and can cost less than 1 per cent of GDP. For many developing countries, spending on targeted safety nets is a smart investment since the effects of malnutrition in children is life-long. “Governments will be facing a significant global downturn, which in turn will raise demands for public expenditure, some of which will need to be accommodated,” Mr. Leipziger added. 1 December 2008United Nations economists today called for massive coordinated global economic stimulus packages, linked with sustainable development measures, beyond liquidity and recapitalization steps already taken, to counter the worldwide economic meltdown. read more

Goodman family tours business school expansion project

For Ned Goodman, supporting a university isn’t about the financial return on investment.“To see the Goodman School of Business flourish and know that my support and involvement played a critical role in it provides me with a return that is not measurable in dollars or percentages,” Goodman said Friday as he toured the $22-million renovation and expansion project currently underway at Brock. “It provides the ultimate meaning of a lifetime of work and study.”Former Brock University Chancellor Ned Goodman, his son Dan and his grandson Anthony all got a first-hand look at the dramatic progress being made on the project to expand or refresh 79,000 square feet of classroom, office and collaborative space.Before the tour, the Goodman family met with business school students and offered some valuable advice.“I always advise students to work hard and focus on the work in front of them,” Ned Goodman said. “If you give your best effort today, tomorrow seems to surprise to the upside consistently.”He also emphasized the importance of taking risks.“Make sure to regularly push yourself out of your comfort zone,” he said.Dan Goodman said the family is “completely blown away” to see the progress on what started years ago as a seed of an idea.“We look at the Goodman School of Business and we think the future has endless possibilities. We’re so confident in the direction that it’s going and we’re delighted to see the physical infrastructure and how well it’s turning out,” he said.He said the Goodman Family Foundation has made supporting post-secondary education one of its mandates because his father wants to make access to education easier than it was for him.“My brothers and I all have significant post-secondary education, as does my father. For him it wasn’t as easy to continue his studies at university. He has seen how his family has taken those steps and he wants to see other families get the same opportunity,” Dan said.Goodman School Dean Andrew Gaudes said it was a privilege to be able to lead the Goodman family on the tour of the new building.“The Goodman School of Business greatly appreciates the support we’ve received from the Goodman Family Foundation over the years,” said Gaudes. “It was the first opportunity for myself as the new Dean to meet Ned Goodman and his family, and it was an honour to be able to give him a tour of the building project that will take us into the next era of the Goodman School of Business for students, faculty and staff.” The $22-million Goodman School of Business expansion project will feature:79,000 square feet of new and renovated spaceSix new and nine refreshed classrooms with state-of-the-art technologyLarge two-storey engagement AtriumFive employer interview roomsBloomberg financial research labGraduate student study space, faculty research space and additional offices read more

Muzzins former coach on Toronto defencemans journey Its quite the story

Denny Lambert remembers plenty about a young Jake Muzzin.There was his size, skill, leadership and an unwavering determination to better himself as a hockey player.What also stood out – perhaps more than anything – was what Muzzin did when he wasn’t on the ice.“The best part about him is he’s an unbelievable person,” said Lambert, Muzzin’s junior coach. “This guy cares about his community, cares about his teammates, cares about his family.“He’s the kind of person I hope my twin boys grow up to be like. He’s respectful, honest, hard-working.”The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday in a trade aimed at bolstering a blue line viewed as the weak link on a talented roster eyeing a long playoff run.The six-foot-three, 213-pound Muzzin won the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings and instantly becomes an important piece for any potential success his new team might enjoy this spring, possibly on Toronto’s top defence pair with Morgan Rielly.But long before this latest twist, the soon-to-be-30-year-old’s career was nothing short of a roller-coaster.A veteran of nearly 500 NHL games, Lambert had Muzzin in all four of his seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – two as an assistant and two more as head coach.The potential in Muzzin was there, but it was clear the 11th pick in the OHL draft, who sat the entire 2005-06 campaign following back surgery, was a late bloomer in need of help when it came to figuring out his body.“We worked out together to get him to the playing weight he needed to be at – just kind of guiding him in the right direction,” Lambert recalled Tuesday in a phone interview from Sault Ste. Marie. “I liked to teach the kids I worked with what it was going to be like in the NHL. How hard it’s going to be, how grinding it is. You’re going to have some ups and downs, but the key to playing in the NHL is being consistent.“It was unbelievable to watch him develop.”Muzzin didn’t sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins after they took him in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL draft following his first season playing for Sault Ste. Marie.The native of Woodstock, Ont., re-entered the draft in 2009, but was completely passed over before returning to the Greyhounds as a over-age player.Lambert, 49, said Muzzin struggled to log 20 minutes early on in the OHL, but was registering close to double that by the time he was named the league’s top defenceman in 2009-10.“He had something to prove,” said Lambert, who played for Anaheim, Ottawa, Nashville and Atlanta. “It’s a story of perseverance.”Muzzin eventually signed with the Kings as a free agent in 2010 and established himself as a full-time NHLer in 2013 after 146 games in the minors. In 496 NHL contests, he has 51 goals, 162 assists and 298 penalty minutes.“He became that go-to guy,” said Lambert, who went on to briefly coach in the QMJHL with Gatineau and is now an officer with the Anishinabek Police Service. “He did everything really well. He could kill penalties, he could play on the power play, great first pass, good shot.“He was a professional even back then.”Familiar with Muzzin from his time as a Greyhounds scout, Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas said acquiring the defenceman for two prospects and a 2019 first-round pick checked a lot of boxes.The on-ice component, playoff experience – his 50 games immediately puts him second on the Leafs – and the fact he’s signed through next season at a reasonable US$4-million salary cap hit are huge, but Lambert said Muzzin’s presence in the locker-room can’t be understated.“He was my captain and he was the leader,” said Lambert, “I didn’t have to worry about the team because I knew when we spoke, he’d let me know how the team was doing and what we needed to do to correct things.“He was a great leader at communicating both on and off the ice.”Lambert said he hasn’t spoken to Muzzin in quite some time, but is eager to follow this next chapter.“You get emotional because you know how hard he worked and how hard he’s working to stay where he’s at,” Lambert said. “It’s a true story of how you can make it.“The energy that he put in, the determination and the drive and the never-quit attitude … it’s quite the story.” read more

Track and Field Ohio States Karen Dennis becomes first woman awarded Mens

Coach Karen Dennis sits front and center during her teams celebration after her team won theBig Ten Championship on Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterOhio State track and field director Karen Dennis became the first female to win the Men’s Big Ten Indoor Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.Dennis coached the Ohio State men’s team to its first Big Ten Indoor Championship since 1993 on Saturday. Seven Buckeyes earned first team all-conference honors during the indoor regular season.Dennis is not only the director, but she also coached sprinters, including both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, which combined for 29 points in the championship. This success includes junior Nick Gray’s Ohio State record-breaking performance in the men’s 200-meter dash of 20.45 seconds. Dennis is currently in her fourth season at Ohio State as director. She was the women’s track and field and cross country head coach from 2006 to 2014. She led the Buckeyes to indoor and outdoor women’s titles in 2011, the outdoor title in 2012 and the women’s team indoor Big Ten Championship back in 2015.Dennis has been with Ohio State for 16 seasons, starting as an assistant track coach in 2003 in sprints. Before coming to Ohio State, Dennis was the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the 2000 Olympic Games. read more

Where are we all going 83 residents of Camden towers refuse to

first_imgWhen asked how much notice she had been given she replied: “None. No notice. I picked it up on your news programme.”I think it’s absolutely disgusting.“Why have they left it until half past 8 at night to start getting residents out? Where do they think we’re all going? This is a massive tower block,” she said.They’ve started evacuating Bray [tower block], so where are we all going?Another resident told Sky News he received a letter yesterday morning from the council but there was no indication in it that they would be asked to leave their homes.“They said they’re going to fix it, they didn’t say nothing about we’re going to get moved out. This is all in a panic, I just left work.” Source: PA Wire/PA Images‘I am in shock’However, some residents are glad the council has taken such swift action. “I am in shock, I don’t believe it”, said mother-of-three Adelina who lives in the estate’s Burnham tower.“I think it’s the right thing to do if it’s health and safety. I’d rather be safe.”Pippa Wordsworh told AFP she was “very frightened” after hearing her tower block had the same cladding as the Greenfell Tower.“This cladding looks nice. We had no idea it could be so dangerous,” she said.Britain is now carrying out emergency checks on cladding installed on social housing tower blocks across the country, with 600 identified as potentially dangerous in England alone. Source: Alastair GrantCladding on 14 towers in different parts of the country has so far been found to be “combustible”.Casey Oppong head of the tenants’ association in the estate’s Blashford tower, blamed the use of multiple subcontractors for work on council tower blocks for putting fire safety at risk, saying that “in the end, there is no control”.“The scariest thing to know is that if it happened to Grenfell, it can happen to us,” he said.- With reporting from AFP. Read: Five tower blocks with 800 homes being evacuated in Camden over fire safety fears> 16,387 Views Jun 24th 2017, 9:18 AM Updated 11.21amRESIDENTS OF FIVE London tower blocks evacuated last night over fire safety concerns have criticised the last-minute evacuation and 83 have reportedly refused to leave their homes.The dramatic snap decision follows urgent testing of the Camden towers’ exteriors, which were installed by the same contractor as the Grenfell Tower, where 79 people lost their lives in a fire.Speaking to reporters, Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, said the London Fire Brigade had told the Council that they “could not guarantee” the residents’ safety.“And so I’ve made to really, really difficult decision to move the people living there into temporary accommodation while we do the urgent works to guarantee safety,” she said.Some 800 homes in total were evacuated last night and residents expressed frustration at the lack of notice they were given and at the inadequate arrangements put in place for them. The BBC reports 83 people have refused to leave their homes on the Chalcots Estate.Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said if people choose not to leave their homes it would “become a matter for the fire services”. Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA“It’s totally crazy. What difference would another night have made?” asked Melanie Tham as she evacuated her home. ”I was at my boyfriend’s, I received a text message, and I had to rush back home. They told us we had to evacuate before midnight.”Leaving on foot, some with suitcases and bags, hundreds made their way to the nearby Swiss Cottage library to be allocated a hotel for the night after the council block-booked rooms across London. The council is also asking residents to stay with friends and family if possible.They are expected to be out of their homes for up to four weeks.‘It was a mess’Ahmed Mohamed, 19, who lives in the Taplow tower with his parents and two sisters, said they were alerted by a neighbour.“It was a mess. We only had five minutes to get our stuff,” he said.I don’t know why they’re telling us to evacuate 800 homes right now. We could’ve packed our stuff nicely and they would’ve have time to rehouse people.Residents will be allowed in to collect more belongings today, under escort from the fire brigade.Shirley Philips told Sky News she first heard about the evacuation while watching the news in her second floor flat. 31 Comments Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 9:18 AM Image: Stefan Rousseau/PAcenter_img Share86 Tweet Email ‘Where are we all going?’: 83 residents of Camden towers refuse to leave their homes Some residents first learned of the evacuation while watching the news. By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Star Wars Resistance Finale Sets Up The Rise of Skywalker

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Star Wars: Resistance premiered just last year and gave us the anime-esque Star Wars cartoon we never knew we wanted. Star Wars had already animated the prequel and original trilogy eras with Clone Wars and Rebels, respectively. But this show gave us a new perspective on the sequel trilogy we’re still in the midst of.However, that sequel trilogy, and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, ends this holiday when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. And before that happens, Star Wars: Resistance airs its second and final season which will help set up the events of that film. Take a look!There are so many new Star Wars characters now I can’t keep them straight. But this new season continues the tradition of bringing in famous faces from the movies to help (or harass) these new heroes. Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie return as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. And while he’s not voiced by Adam Driver, Kylo Ren does make an appearance. This season is partially set during the events of The Last Jedi so we’ll get to see how Kylo Ren flexes his muscle as new Supreme Leader of the First Order.I don’t know if there are that many fans of Star Wars: Resistance, but it’s a bummer for them the show is wrapping up so soon compared to other Star Wars cartoons that lasted for many more seasons. Maybe it just doesn’t make any sense to continue this story based on the way The Rise of Skywalker wraps up. And besides, there are other new Star Wars shows to look out for including a revival of the Clone Wars cartoon and the live-action Mandalorian show coming to Disney+.Star Wars: Resistance season two premieres October 6 on Disney Channel. For more on Star Wars check out this Galaxy’s Edge cookbook and limited re-release of classic Star Wars video game cartridges.last_img read more