Creating Opportunities > Qualifying Opportunities

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What if qualifying isn’t the most important thing you should be doing right now? What if you are supposed to be creating opportunities?Qualifying OpportunitiesWhat are your intentions when you are qualifying? If you still believe in the BANT process, you might be trying to make sure your prospective client has the budget, first and foremost. That isn’t always the best place to start a conversation, but then neither is starting the conversation with the question, “do you have the authority to make this purchase.”. These are different times, and they call for a different qualification process.Qualifying is still important, especially in low dollar, simple sales, where there isn’t a lot at risk. In more complex, more expensive, and more risky sales, this kind of qualifying isn’t very useful.The questions that you would ask to qualify don’t create value for your prospective client, and they don’t do anything to create opportunities.This is why SDRs and BDRs struggle.Qualifying has nothing to do with opportunity creation in sales where your prospects are known, targeted, and pursued over time. When your strategy is largely competitive displacement, you already know your dream clients are qualified. They’re already spending money with your competitor.The real challenge in sales now is opportunity creation.Creating OpportunitiesYour intention in above the funnel communication and when prospecting is to create opportunities.Your efforts at nurturing those relationships need to be built on creating a compelling case for change.The discovery meetings you have with your dream client are about exploring that change. You are going to qualify them as you determine whether you can create the requisite value and wether they are willing to make the investments necessary to change.It is more likely that your sales numbers aren’t what you need them to be because you aren’t creating enough opportunities than it is that you aren’t doing a good job qualifying.Opportunities are created by salespeople who are value creators and who have the business acumen and situational knowledge to help make the case for change. Opportunity creation is greater than opportunity qualification.last_img read more

Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally

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first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins could exhale at last. The nerves were long gone, his highly anticipated return to Sacramento in the books — and what a beauty it was.Cousins immediately scored after winning the opening tip and never stopped on the way to 41 points and 23 rebounds, and the emotional big man dominated his old team to rally the New Orleans Pelicans past the Kings 114-106 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Rookie De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points off the bench to lead seven Kings in double figures.Cousins received overwhelming support and love with a standing ovation during pregame introductions with a few boos. After his initial basket, the Kings answered with a 17-2 run.A video and highlight tribute to Cousins played on the scoreboard during a first-quarter timeout as he was formally welcomed back to the city where he played seven seasons, and the big man gave a big wave.“I loved it,” Cousins said. “I’ve got nothing but love for this city. I came here as a kid and left as a man. As I stated many times, I’ve got people here I consider family. These fans have been great to me throughout the years.”“BOOGIE THANK YOU, LOVE YOU, MISS YOU” read one sign held by a female fan in Golden 1 Center.“Very talented dude,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cousins took the crowd at Golden 1 Center on a trip down memory lane, then left them with some heartache after a spectacular performance. He waved to his supportive former home fans as highlights showed of his time in California’s capital.“It was pretty emotional,” Cousins said. “I was super nervous coming in. The anticipation was like through the roof. I really couldn’t wait for the ball to go up and we could just actually get to the basketball part.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:21 to play for a 108-106 lead and the Pelicans held on — and Cousins finally got some help in a second-half comeback after New Orleans trailed by 14 at intermission playing without injured star Anthony Davis.Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points with four 3-pointers with Davis sidelined with a left knee injury sustained at Portland on Tuesday. The Pelicans were down 70-56 at halftime with Cousins largely a one-man show already with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Horford, Irving lead Celtics past Bucks Cousins, who was fined $25,000 last week for cursing at a Grizzlies fan in Memphis, shot 14 for 25, dished out six assists and kept his emotions in check.At the 9:23 mark of the first quarter, Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein were tied up under the basket. Cousins then carried the ball out of the crowd and set it down in front of the New Orleans bench before the jump ball.“This was just as big a game for them as it was for us,” Cousins said. “We knew they would be juiced. We knew they would come out swinging and that’s exactly what they did.”He had faced the Kings once already since his February trade, in New Orleans on March 31, and scored 37 points while making 12 of 21 shots in the Pelicans’ 117-89 victory.“For him, he came here as a young kid, really. He’d been with this franchise the entire time,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “You have friends in the city, you have things that you’ve done just from a community service point of view that you had. And then very emotional when he left here. I was there when he got on the plane. I think people don’t realize, they look at these guys as something other than a 22- 25- 27-year-old kid, and that’s what they are. I don’t care how big they are, they’ve got the same emotions as everyone else has.“It’s tough, because it wasn’t his decision to leave. I think when that happens, it stings, it hurts initially. I think he has found himself in a positon where we really appreciate everything he brings to the table.”WEBBER TRIBUTEFormer Kings star Chris Webber worked the nationally televised game for TNT and received his own video highlight recognition and a standing ovation late in the first quarter. Webber stood, smiled and acknowledged the fans.TIP-INSPelicans: Darius Miller started in place of Davis and was scoreless. … After being outrebounded 63-42 in a 103-93 loss at Portland two nights earlier and giving up 18 offensive boards, New Orleans outrebounded Sacramento 47-34.Kings: As the Kings returned from a three-game road trip, Zach Randolph made his home debut for the Kings after missing the Oct. 18 opener against Houston following oral surgery.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Cleveland on Saturday.Kings: Host Washington on Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Top athletes allowed to keep personal coaches: Goel

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Top athletes have been allowed to keep personal coaches besides being provided assistance to procure personal equipment as part of the governments increased focus on preparing them, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today. “If there is a need, top athletes are allowed to have a personal coach in addition to the existing national coach. Besides, liberal assistance was given to athletes to procure personal equipment,” said Goel at a press conference to highlight his ministrys three-year achievements and initiatives. “The coaches will be a major part of any delegation rather than the Federation officials. In selection of teams also, coaches will have a major say now for fair and transparent selection,” he added. The Minister said for the coaches development, National Sports Federations (NSFs) have been asked to enhance the expertise of existing coaches. “Recently boxing coaches were trained by bringing internationally accredited master coaches. Master trainers are being invited to upgrade coach development program. Foreign faculty is being engaged at NIS, Patiala and LNIPE, Gwalior.” Goel also said the SAI coaches performance will be reviewed and their contracts would be extended on the basis of their performances. “SAI coaches will be imparted induction training as well as phase-wise training during service as part of in-service capacity development program. Structured course modules have been framed and promotions will be linked with their trainings. “Regular coaches will be 50 per cent and rest will be on contract based as a flexi-mode and need based on gap analysis. Physical proficiency test has been devised for coaches so that they continue to perform at their highest level,” he said. Even the “athletes will be checked for injury before every major international event”, insisted Goel. Goel said the Ministry has also been sending coaches to foreign countries. “Sending coaches abroad for capacity enhancement is being implemented for strength and conditioning. 25 coaches have already undergone two weeks training at Birmingham.” Goel said the preparation for next three Olympics — 2020, 2024 and 2028 — has already started as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Task Force has been set up for the next 3 Olympic games and it has submitted report for 2020 Olympics which is being studied for implementation. Besides, sports talent search portal has been launched to make talent hunt process fair and transparent,” said Goel. He applauded a majority of the NSFs for implementing and following the sports code and said that the National Sports Development Code can soon be a bill. “A committee has been constituted and the recommendations made are under examination. The sports code can soon become a bill and when it is implemented it would be better than what one can think of,” he said. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Panel recommends committee to monitor scouts and guides

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first_imgbodies (Eds: Repeating after making a change in headline)New Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) A high-level committee under the Union Youth Affairs Ministry has recommended appointment of a permanent monitoring committee for regular audit of two scouts and guides bodies, which, the inquiry panel alleged, have been mired in “financial irregularities”.The committee, set up about two months ago by the ministry, inquired into the functioning of century-old volunteer bodies – Bharat Scouts and Guides, and the Hindustan Scouts and Guides – and today submitted its final report to Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel at his office here.”When it comes to financial management of the two bodies, there are irregularities and norms are being flouted. We recommend that a permanent monitoring committee be appointed for their regular audit, and its report be submitted regularly to the ministry,” convener of the committee, S K Bhattacharya said.”Also, an external chartered accountant be appointed by the ministry for conducting regular audit of accounts,” he said.After submitting the report to Goel, Bhattacharya and other members of the panel also held an interaction with the minister and urged him to ensure implementation of the recommendations.Goel said, “We have accepted the report and the ministry will now formulate an action plan on it as to the implementation of the recommendations.”The high-level committee has also recommended that greater transparency be brought in the process to select candidates for the Rashtrapati Puraskar (Presidents Award).”As of now, only the Bharat Scouts and Guides members are considered for selecting candidates for the Presidents Award. We recommend that its ambit be widened to include Hindustan Scouts and Guides as well,” Bhattacharya said.advertisementDuring the meeting with Goel, Bhattacharya and other panel members alleged that the question paper for the examination to be undertaken for selecting candidates for the award have been “leaked” in the past.Goel said his ministry would take cognisance of this and do the needful to expand the ambit of selection procedure.The committee has also recommended enlarging the enrolment strength from current 70 lakh to 2 crore, besides revision of its “outdated curriculum” in consonance with latest plans of the government.”The committee has also suggested to us to have more number of organisations which can be given recognition to take scouts and guides activities. Only two organisations are not enough to run the system, so we will look into that,” Goel said.Other recommendations include constituting a committee of experts to prepare the guidelines for scouts and guides activities, setting up of a training centre, and release of grant on the basis of project details submitted, instead of being awarded ad-hoc.”At least one of the volunteer activities, like NCC, NSS, or scouts and guides, should be made compulsory in each school, CBSE or state government board-run,” the committees convener recommended.According to the ministry officials, Bharat Scouts and Guides, and Hindustan Scouts and Guides, both receive Rs 75 lakh each per year as grant from the Centre.”Besides, they get funds from respective state governments as well as through the membership fee,” an official said.Goel said the two scouts bodies have played important roles in building discipline and work ethics among the youth and hence they need to be restructured so they can also contribute in spreading awareness about the governments programmes. PTI KND CHT CHTlast_img read more

Greek Striker Samaras Joins West Brom

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first_imgWEST BROMWICH, England — Greece striker Georgios Samaras has joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal following his release by Celtic.It will be Samaras’ second spell in the Premier League after playing for Manchester City from 2006-08. He spent the last six years at Celtic.West Brom head coach Alan Irvine says the 29-year-old Samaras “has played a lot of football at the highest levels — Champions League, European Championships and World Cups — and the feedback we’ve got on him states he thrives on the big occasion.”Samaras scored the stoppage-time penalty that secured Greece a victory over Ivory Coast in the World Cup in Brazil and a place in the knockout stages for the first time in the country’s history.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Days before Survivor series, Daniel Bryan becomes WWE Champion

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first_imgWWE, on Tuesday, gave a shocking twist to the WWE Championship match at Survivor Series this weekend by organising a match for the title on SmackDown Live and alternated the entire scenario.Till Tuesday night, The WWE Championship match was set to take place between AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar but the combination has now changed. While Lesnar keeps his place as the contender, the WWE Champion is no more AJ Style, rather it is Daniel Bryan.On SmackDown Live, Bryan defeated Style via pinfall to become the WWE Champion title and set up a match for the title at the Survivor Series on Sunday.It all started with Styles boasting of his achievements standing in the ring and challenging Lesnar for the weekend match. Styles said he has been the workhorse of WWE since the time he got here and has defended all his opponents except Lesnar.Also read – WWE Crown Jewel: Brock Lesnar beats Braun Strowman to become new Universal ChampionStyles was about to elaborate more on Lesnar when his legal advisor Paul Heyman appeared from the crowd. He took a dig at Styles saying he’s now No.2 to Daniel Bryan.Heyman went on to say that WWE might never see Lesnar vs Bryan but it will undoubtedly be an honour for him to be on the front row seat to witness the universal champion take on the “second greatest performer in WWE”.Styles shot back at the dig by saying that he has umost respect for Bryan but reminded everyone that he not only defeated Bryan but tapped him out.advertisementStyles went on to add that Sunday will be all about him and not about Lesnar or Bryan.READ – Kohli as Beast Incarnate? WWE star Brock Lesnar’s legal advisor has a suggestionAt this point, Bryan came towards the ring conceding he lost to Styles a few weeks ago in their title. He further told Styles that he has been looking for a chance to punch him in the face and if Styles takes his name one more time, he will do just that. Style, of course, took his name again and as promised, Bryan pounched at him.SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon led the officials to break up the melee but backstage Styles and Bryan were at each other once again. At this point, McMahon told Styles that he will have to defend his title then and there against Bryan.This is where WWE threw the surprise no one saw coming!Also read – Roman Reigns reveals his leukemia is back, relinquishes WWE Universal ChampionshipStyles and Bryan were involved in yet another brilliant match that saw Bryan clearly turning into a heel. Styles attempted to go for the Phenomenal Forearm but just as he was coming off the rope, Bryan shoved him into referee Charles Robinson.With Robinson out of his wits, Bryan behaved like a heel and kicked Styles into the groin. Soon after as the referee came back into the match, Bryan hit the running knee and got the 1-2-3 in his favour to become the WWE Champion.Even after the match, Bryan continued to beat Styles proving that he has taken to the dark side. As he held the championship to end the show, he had an evil smile on his face and the WWE had taken an interesting turn.Also watch –last_img read more

HEELAN STAFF & STUDENTS MOVE INTO NEW BUILDING

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first_imgSTUDENTS AT BISHOP HEELAN HIGH SCHOOL STARTED GETTING ORIENTED IN THEIR NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING THURSDAY.SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CHRIS BORK SAYS THE STUDENTS STARTED GETTING FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW BUILDING TO PREPARE TO EMPTY THEIR LOCKERS IN THE OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY MORNING AND REPORT TO THEIR NEW HOME ROOMS ACROSS THE STREET:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….A GREAT START. :10BORK SAYS SCHOOL STAFF HAVE BEEN SETTING UP THE NEW CLASSROOMS AND OFFICES SINCE CHRISTMAS BREAK:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..READY FOR CLASS. :15 THE MOVE ALSO MEANS THE END OF REGULAR CLASSES IN THE OLD BISHOP HEELAN BUILDING:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NEW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………MUCH BETTER SET UP. ;17THE TROPHY CASES HAVE ALSO BEEN MOVED AND REORGANIZED.BORK SAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL OF HEELAN’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES ARE GROUPED TOGETHER IN ONE DISPLAY.last_img read more

Hazard hails ‘top player’ Salah

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first_imgLiverpool He deserved more chances – Hazard hails ‘top player’ Salah Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 07:58 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Salah-cropped Getty Images Liverpool Chelsea Mohamed Salah Eden Hazard Liverpool v Chelsea Premier League African All Stars The Egypt star deserved more opportunities at Chelsea, according to his former team-mate, who is nevertheless happy to see him doing well at Liverpool Chelsea star Eden Hazard labelled Mohamed Salah a “top, top, top player”, saying the Liverpool forward did not get the chances he deserved at Stamford Bridge.Salah, who arrived at Liverpool from Roma in the off-season, has nine goals and two assists in 12 Premier League games this campaign.Salah 4/1 to score 1st vs Chelsea 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 The Egypt international, 25, is starring in his second spell in England, having struggled for game time across two seasons at Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2013-14 and 2014-15.Ahead of Saturday’s meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool, Hazard was full of praise for Salah.”He is still my friend. We are still in contact together. He’s a top, top, top player,” the Belgium international told reporters.”He did not get his chance at Chelsea but we know, in the team, the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals.”He did not get the chance [at Chelsea]. Maybe because of the manager, because of the players, I don’t know. But he is a top player for sure.”In training he did everything. Even in the games when he was playing, sometimes he scored goals, so we know the quality he has.”Mohamed Salah’s goal against @SouthamptonFC is enjoyable from every angleWho else loves Jürgen’s reaction? pic.twitter.com/iIX3P0f2yf— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 21, 2017Salah had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter on a permanent basis, scoring 29 goals in his two full Serie A seasons.Hazard said he too would have made a move if in Salah’s position at Chelsea and he is happy to see the forward performing well.”His feeling was good. When you are not playing at a club you need to go,” he said.”You need a chance and he took his chance at Fiorentina, so he did everything that you have to do when you are not playing.”If I was not playing, I’d want to go. That’s normal because all the players want to play. With him he did well and I am just happy for him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

a month agoNewcastle striker Andy Carroll set for Brighton chance

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first_imgNewcastle striker Andy Carroll set for Brighton chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Andy Carroll is set to be named on the bench against Brighton this weekend.It will be Carroll’s second debut for Newcastle after joining as a free agent in the summer.Carroll visited a specialist in London last week and was given the okay to speed up his recovery, according to the Daily Mail.The former Liverpool man has trained well over the past two days, giving Steve Bruce enough confidence to include him in the match-day squad to face the Seagulls. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Top JUCO DE Ali Gaye Announces Commitment

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first_imgLSU players warming up before playing Auburn.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: The LSU Tigers warm up before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)LSU has added a commitment from Ali Gaye, one of the top defensive ends in the 2020 junior college class. Gaye announced his decision earlier this afternoon.Gaye, a native of Edmonds, Wash., originally signed with the University of Washington in the class of 2017. However, he was forced to go the JUCO route, spending time at Arizona Western and now Garden City Community College.Gaye took an official visit to LSU over the weekend and committed while on campus, according to 247Sports. He will join the Tigers in 2020.Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others all offered Gaye as well. pic.twitter.com/8cAXgVXnyw— ÂŁÎ#️⃣5️⃣ (@Ali_TheGreat94) June 10, 2019The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Gaye is the No. 24 overall junior college prospect in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the fifth-rated strong-side defensive end in the group as well.LSU’s 2020 recruiting class currently ranks second in the nation.You can view the full 2020 team composite rankings here.last_img read more

Roger Taillibert designer of Montreals Olympic Stadium dead at 93

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first_imgMONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, has died at the age of 93.The renowned French architect also created the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar.Taillibert’s success in France in the 1960s and early 1970s attracted the attention of then-Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, who asked him to design a stadium to house the 1976 Olympics and later the Montreal Expos baseball team.Taillibert’s vision for the Olympic Stadium included a massive concrete dome with a retractable roof, held up by cables suspended from the world’s largest inclined tower, at 165 metres high.He remained proud of the design and continued to defend his creation over the years, despite criticism over its malfunctioning roof and an original price tag that ballooned to several times its original estimate.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante writes on Twitter today that Taillibert has left the city a great legacy, noting that his stadium is known around the world.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tom Arnold To Be Honored With Humanitarian Award

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first_imgPeggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, will honor Tom Arnold with the “Humanitarian Award;” Oscar De La Hoya with the “Man of the Year” award; and Kelly Meyer with the “Woman of the Year” award at their 25th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 25 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Sydney Holland and Sumner Redstone serve as Honorary Co-Chairs; Peggy Albrecht and Michael Hollingsworth, Co-Chair. Celebrity fashion stylist and television personality Brad Goreski will emcee.The “Humanitarian of the Year” award is being presented to writer, producer and actor Tom Arnold. Although he’s known as a funny man, he’s successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype by landing more mature and dramatic roles featured at film festivals. Going back to his roots, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa in addition to supporting a number of other charities.Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s “Man of the Year” honoree is Oscar De La Hoya, Olympic gold medalist and 10–time world boxing champion. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has focused his attention on building his company, Golden Boy Promotions, into the most successful boxing promotion company in the world.Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, will be honored with the “Woman of the Year” award. Meyer is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and co-founder of the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens.Find out more here.last_img read more

Robin Roberts Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference for Women

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first_imgThe 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that “Good Morning America” co-host and author Robin Roberts will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.Roberts joins Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, who will also deliver keynotes at the Conference.Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, Gracie Award and CINE Award for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published in 2007. In her latest memoir Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts tells the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.Roberts, Arquette and Chang are among 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.The 16th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by sponsors
including: Cisco; United Airlines; United Healthcare; Mercer;­­ Phillips 66; Shell; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; State Street; Austin Woman; Clear Channel Outdoor; Statesman Media; and The Texas Tribune.Registration is open for the Conference. To register or learn more about the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit www.TXConferenceforWomen.org.last_img read more

How essential is dock work Answer could determine if longshoremen can strike

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Montreal port employers and longshoremen are gearing up for a battle over the definition of “essential service” amid ongoing negotiations for a new collective agreement.The Maritime Employers Association asked the Canada Industrial Relations Board in October to review whether longshoremen carry out essential work in a bid to shield the docks from strike threats, with hearings kicking off this morning.A ruling establishing certain port services, such as the movement of prescription drugs, as “essential” would bar a full strike or lockout in the interest of public safety or security, according to federal labour legislation.Local union president Michel Murray argues that dock work is not essential to Canadians’ health and security, and that shippers can turn to other ports in the event of a strike.Employer spokesman Yves Comeau is raising the spectre of shortages in medicine, groceries, seeds and fertilizer as a risk to community health, on top of the economic impact.In December, the union voted 99.5 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, which can typically be exercised at any time during contract negotiations, now ongoing. But the employers association forestalled the move with its request to the industrial relations board two months earlier. No strikes or lockouts can take place until a decision comes down, both sides say.The Canadian Press read more

Syria UN rights officials deplore government aerial attacks warn of retaliation by

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“Government air strikes have reportedly killed more than a hundred civilians in the past week. Employing means or methods of combat which cannot distinguish civilian from military objectives is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. Not only has the Government of Syria failed in its responsibility to protect its populations from atrocity crimes, but it continues to attack its own people,” says the statement.The statements was issued by: the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng; the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh; the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.The Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs sounded the alarm about the broader consequences of the aerial attacks by Government forces for particular communities in Syria. As a result of such strikes, they said, non-State armed groups could carry out large scale reprisal attacks against religious and ethnic minorities perceived to be associated with the Government, including Shia civilians who live in Aleppo and Idleb governorates, and Druze communities concentrated in As Suwayda governorate.In addition, the experts reiterated their concern about the ongoing threat to the safety of minority groups in Syria, including Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Druze, Ismailis and Kurds, who are being killed, persecuted or otherwise targeted – primarily by non-state armed groups, including Jabhat al Nusra and the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ – on the basis of their religious or ethnic identity. “We call on all parties to respect international human rights and humanitarian law and immediately stop targeting people on the basis of who they are or what they believe and to do everything, in action as well as in words, to prevent further rifts and escalation of tensions along sectarian lines.”The Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs also condemned advocacy of racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to violence in the traditional and social media against ethnic and religious minorities in Syria. In particular, they expressed outrage at recent speeches and media articles that dehumanise Alawites and Christians and call for their conversion, or death.All parties to the conflict, including the Syrian Government and non-state armed groups, are alleged to have committed grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, adds the statementDenouncing the prevailing culture of impunity in Syria, the Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs warned that “it must be made very clear to everyone carrying a gun, or holding a command position, that perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Syria will be held to account.” “The protection of the populations in [Syria] is the primary responsibility of the Syrian state. However, in face of the State’s failure to do so, and with a situation of continued attacks against civilians by all parties to the conflict, the international community – and in particular the Security Council – has the responsibility to take timely and decisive action to protect populations in Syria,” stated the group of experts. read more

Nissan exhibition helps students to See Inside Manufacturing

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Nissan is holding a three week exhibition at SMMT headquarters in Westminster to educate and inspire young people about the automotive industry. Part of government and industry’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative, the exhibition showcases the design, development and manufacturing process of the new Nissan Note, which is built in Sunderland.Showing a timeline of the new B-segment car’s five year development cycle, the exhibition includes a number of early design drawings and interactive clay models, as well as a fully-built car. A production-ready Note bodyshell is also on display to help explain the rigorous development and testing undertaken when engineering a modern production car, while interactive video displays show the workings of cutting-edge safety and powertrain technology.Over the three week display, local schools will be invited to SMMT’s headquarters, where Nissan apprentices will help them to discover various aspects of automotive manufacturing. Nissan will also hold a ministerial reception at SMMT to highlight its work with young people and within See Inside Manufacturing.Business Minister Michael Fallon said, “The automotive sector in the UK is one of the most innovative and exciting with eight out of the 11 Formula 1 racing teams based in this country. That is why I’m pleased that SMMT and the automotive sector are once again pledging their support to the programme following the success of previous years. It’s encouraging to have an iconic name like Nissan show such enthusiasm to inspire young people, teachers and career advisers that the automotive sector offers interesting and rewarding jobs.”See Inside Manufacturing is an initiative held throughout October by government and industry to help inspire young people about manufacturing industries and educate them on the varied career paths that it can offer. The automotive industry was the first to pilot the scheme in 2011 and this year will see participation from a number of UK-based manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Michelin, Nissan and Toyota.Click through for more information about See Inside Manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Offense dazzles Ohio State football romps over Bowling Green 7710

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Junior H-back Curtis Samuel lines up before a play against Bowling Green on Sept. 3. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorJunior H-back Curtis Samuel was called the primary playmaker for Ohio State by coach Urban Meyer during the spring. On Saturday afternoon, Buckeye fans got a taste of how effective the junior can be, as Samuel scored twice as a receiver and once as a rusher against the Bowling Green Falcons, propelling the team to a 77-10 blowout victory. Although the offense was clicking for most of the game, the 2016 season got off to a bit of a bumpy start for OSU. On the first offensive drive for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Bowling Green sophomore outside linebacker Brandon Harris.The 7-0 lead the Falcons enjoyed would be their only one of the afternoon, as OSU responded with 21-straight points.OSU freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill hauled in a picture-perfect pass from Barrett on his way to a 47-yard touchdown reception. The long strike tied the game at seven, and the Buckeyes never looked back.The Buckeyes would strike two more times before the first quarter ended. Samuel and senior H-back Dontre Wilson were on the receiving ends of perfectly placed passes by Barrett. Samuel made a quick cut to the middle, creating a three-yard gap between himself and the Bowling Green defender. With no deep safety help, Samuel broke free untouched for a 79-yard touchdown.Samuel ended his day with 261 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.“It’s a great feeling to be one of the first people out there to touch the ball,” Samuel said. “I have to keep my mind right. I just want to ball out and make opportunities for my team.”After a field goal from Bowling Green sophomore kicker Jake Suder brought the Falcons within striking distance, OSU redshirt sophomore Noah Brown responded with his first career touchdown reception. Brown made the back-shoulder catch while being blanketed by a defender in the right side of the endzone.Brown ended his day with four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith failed to hail in a pass, and he saw limited time on the field.The ball was spread to multiple Buckeye receivers, tight ends, running backs and H-backs throughout the afternoon. By halftime, six different receivers had receptions in the game, and by the end of the game, nine different receivers caught a pass.After OSU regained the ball, Barrett made use of his legs, picking up a nine-yard touchdown run with just 26 seconds left in the half.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, who had been named the starter on Wednesday, used a bruising running style to wear down the Falcon defense. The Detroit native pounded away, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and amassing 136 yards total.Weber produced at a high level for a player in his first collegiate game. Meyer jokingly said he could not remember his running back from last year, and also noted he expects to see Weber produce at a level near now departed Ezekiel Elliott.“He’s still young,” Meyer said. “We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and continue to improve.”The Buckeyes outscored the Falcons 42-0 during the second half of play, powered for much of the third quarter by Barrett and Samuel.Tossing his sixth touchdown, Barrett set a new OSU record for touchdowns responsible for with seven. After the impressive showing, Barrett bowed out for redshirt freshman Joe Burrow.OSU finished the day with 776 total yards. This total surpassed the previous record of 718, set against Mount Union in 1930.The OSU defense surrendered just 244 total yards to Bowling Green. A question mark for much of the spring, the Silver Bullets stifled much of the Falcons offense, not allowing a single offensive touchdown all afternoon.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker proved his worth as the starting safety for the Buckeyes. An acrobatic interception deep in Bowling Green territory and an over-the-shoulder pick on a deep pass set up a pair of touchdowns for OSU.The defense of the Buckeyes took a shot, however, as redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle sustained a knee injury early in the game. He did not return to the game.“We have the best defensive lineman coach in the country in Larry Johnson,” OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “He’s had experience with situations like this. We’re all going to pitch in and work through it and find a solution.”Burrow and fellow freshman Demario McCall both scored their first career touchdowns on a 36-yard reception by McCall. Following the trend of firsts, freshman defensive end Nick Bosa picked up his first career sack near the beginning of the fourth corner.The Scarlet and Gray will look to keep the momentum entering next Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Tulsa at noon in Ohio Stadium. This story has been amended with quotes following a press conference after the game. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State set to face Morehead State and Notre Dame

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Ohio State freshman forward Lexxe Lipsey battles for possession during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team will host Morehead State at 7 p.m. Thursday, then will travel to Indiana to take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday.Ohio State is coming off a win against Florida and a canceled home-opening match against the Duquesne Dukes because of weather, leaving the Buckeyes’ overall record 1-2-0 on the year.Leading the team to a 1-0 victory against No. 5 Florida, freshman forward Kayla Fischer was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as co-freshman of the week. Fischer is the first Ohio State player to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Sammy Edwards in Oct. 2017. Fischer shares her first freshman of the week honor with Northwestern goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood.Last week, Fischer scored Ohio State’s first goal of the season against the Gators, becoming the first freshman since Lisa Collison in 2005 to score the first goal of the season for the Buckeyes. Morehead State is coming off three consecutive losses falling to Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Ball State, resulting in a 1-3 overall record.After winning the first three games of the season and falling to Butler in its most recent match, Notre Dame will play Ohio State at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 2. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Leprechauns 2-1, winning in a double-overtime showdown in Columbus. read more

Were like soap opera stars in a way Inside an Irish wrestling

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first_imgMy family weren’t happy initially. But they get used to it.Craig is a little older and has been here for about three years. He says that the whole thing is an “incredible adrenaline buzz”.This community in Ireland is small, but has created waves worldwide. A world champion was bred in facilities just like this, in fact.So here, on a bitterly cold Thursday night in a dark industrial estate, a group of students and men with day jobs are learning how to fall, flip and fight in the hopes of becoming a professional wrestler.Learning to fallFirst things first, this is the ring in Main Stage Wrestling’s academy:It is metal topped with plywood topped with about half a gym mat. Yes, the results of the shows are scripted, but falling on it is not pretty and can frequently hurt. As Karl Byrne found out in a training match.This why trainer Lee O’Brien (who wrestles under the ring name Lee Lightning) opens a training session by teaching the rookies how to take a bump (fall) and then sell it (make it look real).Main Stage Wrestling has been running shows across Ireland for the last number of years. They train their own wrestlers and hold shows in GAA halls, community centres and theatres the length and breadth of the country.Occasionally, they will bring US superstars over, with former WWE (if you haven’t watched wrestling in a long time, that’s what WWF is now called) wrestler Chris Masters on the bill for their show at Good Counsel GAA in Drimnagh on 20 April.The Great WhiteWhat nearly everyone in the gym, and the wider Irish wrestling scene, aspires to is competing in America or Japan. In the US, and much of the world, WWE is the undisputed top dog.WWE is a publicly-traded $3.3 billion company that just happens to have an Irish former IT manager as one of its biggest stars.Stephen Farrelly is best known as Sheamus. The Cabra man spent two years in the school of Irish Whip Wrestling, before heading to WWE on a development contract in 2006. Since making his TV debut in 2009, he has been a consistent presence at the top of the company, winning the world title three times, including an 18-second title win in front of 78,000 people at Wrestlemania 28.(WWE/YouTube)WWE has also signed up Bray’s own Fergal ‘Prince’ Devitt, who spent a number of years as one of the top “gaijin” (foreign wrestlers) in Japan. He is expected to make his debut in the coming weeks.Main Stage is not alien to WWE, either.Former MSW wrestler Omen, real name Joe Cabray, was until recently a member of the organisation, having received a developmental deal based on his work in Ireland.Karl admits that the impact of Sheamus and Devitt is an inspiration.When you see people from your own country, who have been in the same situation as you, at the top of the business it’s definitely inspiring.“It’s all fake”Pro-wrestling, or more specifically pro wrestlers, have long battled to overcome a stigma that is attached to the industry.It’s not technically a sport, because the outcomes are decided by bookers and writers, but it is certainly not an un-athletic endeavour. Most of the trainees here, some of whom have wrestled on shows, some who are nearing readiness for that, put in six hours training a week, on top of an average of four gym sessions.Matches generally last between eight and 20 minutes, but the constant punishment and explosive nature of the impact means that fitness and muscle strength are key.Many people, however, deride the sport as fake, which can anger the wrestlers.“It’s a ring that is metal with plywood and thin padding on it, no matter how you fall on it, it hurts,” says Karl McSherry.Karl Byrne says it’s something he has encountered.“I’ve had people say it’s fake, but then they see you after you’ve had a concussion or your knee swollen up.”Craig concurs:“It definitely feels real when you take a bump!”.What makes a Mankind?So is wrestling a gymnastic pursuit? Is it acting? Athletics?Trainer Lee O’Brien says it’s a mixture.“I’d said it’s athletics and entertainment. We wouldn’t be a UFC style star.“We’re more of a soap opera star in a way. We’re telling a story, we’re actors. The story we’re telling are the same story you see everywhere; good versus evil, but we do it in a more dramatic way.”And what makes a good match? The answer is spots, wrestling shorthand for sequences or tropes that are aimed at increasing the interest of the crowd. As O’Brien explains.In the end, it’s all about entertaining crowds and, of course, getting the three count.Videos by Daragh Brophy/TheJournal VideoRead: Sheamus and WWE pay tribute to Brian O’Driscoll ON ANY GIVEN weeknight, or Saturday, if you head to the Jamestown Industrial Estate, beyond a number of blue metal warehouses and up the stairs in a gym, you will find a group of young men, and some women, taking part in an odd past time.“For the most part, people are taken aback by it,” says Karl Byrne, a college student in his early 20s. He’s been here five years, so he knows well that revealing his night time pursuit can come with mixed results.last_img read more

Youd need a Christmas holiday to complete this cardboard Gundam

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first_imgThere are many ways to enjoy Gundam. You can sit back and watch the countless anime series depicting the giant robots, play the latest Gundam game, or go out and buy some of the merchandise. If you want to get a bit more involved you can buy the model kits, construct and paint them. Still not enough for you? Then how about creating your very own large-scale Gundam out of cardboard?We don’t believe there are any instructions for creating the figure you see below. It just takes an intimate knowledge of the mech, a lot of cardboard, a very sharp knife, and a lot of time. I bet this took a few solid days to plan, then there’s the cutting time, and finally the glueing. It’s got to be a few weeks worth of work.AdChoices广告The end result is truly epic, and the creator should be commended for getting this so perfect. The two-color cardboard scheme really works and you don’t need to add color. Although, if you did, and did it well, you could end up with something looking even better. I’m not sure you can get the metallic paint effect on cardboard easily, though.Read more at Geeks are Sexylast_img read more