A List of Rules for Sales Success

first_imgFocus 10X as much time and energy and money on becoming someone worth buying from as you do on electronics, sporting events, or wherever you spend these resources now.Start every day with getting your attitude right, even if it means exercising first thing in the morning, meditating in the car, or listening to music that changes your state (for my money, AC/DC’s For Those About to Rock works beautifully).Read books on your craft, but also read non-fiction books and magazine articles to better understand your world and to improve your ability to think laterally.Prospect every day, even when you don’t feel like it, and even when you have a full pipeline.Spend time nurturing your dream clients, even if your competitor has them locked down, even if they are completely cold, and even if you have warm leads.Don’t spend time with people who can’t or won’t buy what you sell, even if you believe they should, and even if they would benefit from doing so.Plan every sales call, even if you have made 1,000 sales calls, and even if you believe it is not necessary.Listen more than you speak, and give people more time to respond by waiting until they run out of words, even when it feels uncomfortable.Remember that selling isn’t something you are doing to someone. It is something you are doing for someone and with someone. You are helping people produce outcomes they could not produce without you.Start the conversation at the highest level of value possible, even if you feel like you need to lean on the credibility of your company, and even if you really want to share your solution.Ask the difficult questions, even when they make you uncomfortable, and even if they make your dream client uncomfortable.Identify all the people who are involved in any deal, even if it is difficult to manage, and even if this causes you to have to engage with people who oppose the change you are helping your dream client make.Never give up on pursuing your dream client, even if it feels like a waste of time, and even if they have a contract with your competitor.Work to control the process and the sales conversation, even if the person or people you are working with try to avoid making the commitments they need to make, and even if you have to persist and go back over ground you have already covered.Close your web-browser for 90 minutes at a time while you focus on what’s most important. Close your email for 90 minutes while you are doing the work that produces the outcomes you want. Remember, you would have both of these things closed if you were with a client, and you should treat your goals like they are a client in which you are investing time.Ask for the commitments that you have earned, and when that fails, explain the value for your client in agreeing and ask again.Spend as much time studying human psychology as any other subject, as all of your results are going to be produced through or with other people.Remember that your clients have very real concerns that prevent them from taking action, and it is your job to resolve those concerns completely, even if they are irrational, and even if it is difficult work.Respect your competition, never underestimate them, and work hard to be the kind of person who wins a competition because they outperformed their competitors by creating a preference to work with you over all others.Be open-minded about the processes and methodologies available in sales, and never discount ideas with which you disagree, especially if they bring value to others. At the same time, remember everything is contextual, and be skeptical of any claims that you can have what you want without effort.In all human relationships, fast is slow, and slow is fast. If you want to go fast, go slow. If you don’t want to go slow, don’t try to go fast.Work harder than anyone you know. Work smarter than anyone you know.Plan your week over the weekend and block the time for your most important outcomes. Start the week knowing what you are going to do and get a jump on the competition.Don’t fear failure. Accept it as feedback, make adjustments, and try again.last_img read more

Aguilar says he stuck to Ginebra’s defensive plan

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire During those moments, however, Aguilar was always late to contest Semerad’s big shots down the stretch, including the game-winner from the right corner with 52.7 seconds left.READ: Semerad’s late 3-point barrage product of hardworkFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut according to Aguilar, he was just following the team’s defensive game plan which is to play the role of a secondary defender every time TNT star Jayson Castro drives.“Actually, it’s been our defense. That’s our system on defense. So if I didn’t help on Jayson Castro’s drive, it might lead into an easy layup, so I have to be there,” Aguilar told reporters. MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA commissioner urges rest of league to focus on developing more great players Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Those are the chances, we played the ratio because it was easier to make a layup than a 3-pointer,” he added.READ: Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead Unfortunately for Aguilar, Castro knew he’d draw the Gin Kings forward’s defense to him and Semerad would be left open in the right corner.Aguilar tried to close out on Semerad but couldn’t despite his size and length.Semerad put TNT ahead for good, 105-103, with under a minute left and Castro picked up his eighth and last assist.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Aguilar, though, thinks it’s on the offensive end of things where Ginebra needs to work on heading into a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday with TNT going for a sweep.“We weren’t able to execute our offense. They made a big shot. We kind of steered away from our offense, we played one-on-one and coach also pointed that out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the naked eye, it was easy to pinpoint Japeth Aguilar as the scapegoat in Barangay Ginebra’s loss to TNT in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Aguilar was supposed to cover TNT forward Anthony Semerad, who torched Ginebra with four 3-pointers inside the last six minutes of the KaTropa’s 107-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Ghana hold off Germany in thrilling 2-2 draw

first_imgKlose, Goetze scored for Germany while Ayew and Gyan were on target for Ghana Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their Group G match.Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana equalized three minutes later through Andre Ayew.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng (Shkodran Mustafi, 46th), Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger, 70th), Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze (Miroslav Klose, 69th)Ghana: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Mohammed Rabiu (Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 78th), Christian Atsu (Mubarak Wakaso, 72nd), Andre Ayew; Kevin-Prince Boateng (Jordan Ayew, 52nd), Asamoah Gyanlast_img read more

Top hierarchy of Soviet military, led by Marshal Dmitry Ustinov, visits India

first_imgSoviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62,Soviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62 aircraft trundled over the tarmac at Palam Airport and sighed to a stop in the heavily-guarded VIP area. Out from the cavernous depths emerged what, at first sight, resembled the joint Services brass band but turned out to be a veritable Who’s Who of the top hierarchy of the Soviet military machine.Leading the invasion force was Marshal Dmitry Fedorovich Ustinov, 74, the craggy-faced Soviet defence minister resplendent in a mustard green uniform encrusted with medals like barnacles on a neglected ship. Ustinov’s entourage included General Shavanov, the deputy defence minister, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, the Soviet naval chief and one of the most highly-decorated men in the Soviet defence forces; Marshal Koutakhov, the air force chief and an impressive assortment of 30 lieutenants-general and majors-general.In fact, the only missing link was the Soviet army chief Marshal Ogarkov and the omission was only because Ustinov and Ogarkov, who is head of the Soviet armed forces, never leave the country at the same time. The fact that there was more brass on display than at Moradabad was not the only surprise on the day of the generals. It was the first time that Ustinov had made an appearance in a country outside the socialist bloc. It was also the first time that Moscow-had dispatched such a high-powered delegation to any country and left itself so militarily vulnerable.advertisementDespite that, however, the Ustinov visit was shrouded in utmost secrecy. In mid-February, India’s ambassador in Moscow, V.K. Ahuja, flew into Delhi for hasty consultations with the prime minister to finalise dates for the visit. Both the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry were kept in the dark. The only clue they had was when they were asked to arrange a junket for all the foreign military attaches based in Delhi.Accordingly, two IAF aircraft with the attaches aboard took off from Delhi barely hours before Ustinov and his entourage arrived. The only attache missing was the US military attache who dropped out at the last minute. The junket, labelled a “sight-seeing trip” of Cochin and Trivandrum. returned to the capital a few hours after the Soviet delegation took off for Moscow.Short Notice: It was also, in some ways, very much a sneak attack. Ustinov’s unexpected arrival at surprisingly short notice was in reponse to an invitation extended to him five years ago by the then defence minister Jagjivan Ram during his Moscow visit in 1978. In fact, it was obvious the Indian Government was caught napping by the timing of the visit since the air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh was away in London and was forced to cut short his trip while the army chief, General K.V. Krishna Rao, was scheduled to leave on a well-publicised tour to Paris right in the middle of the Soviet visit.The reasons for Ustinov’s terribly belated acceptance of the Indian invitation were obvious. For one, the Soviets had no desire to send a man of Ustinov’s stature-he currently ranks number four in the Soviet hierarchy-during the Janata rule since it would have irritated Mrs Gandhi, a leader they are infinitely closer to and comfortable with. Additionally, India only acquired a full-fledged defence minister in the form of the affable R. Venkataraman last January and, with Mrs Gandhi scheduled to leave for Britain and Saudi Arabia, the Soviet leadership obviously felt that this was the best time. The unspoken fact that India has lately displayed signs of curing its obsession with Soviet defence equipment must have also figured in Moscow’s calculations.In that context, Ustinov’s bland statement that he was only here to “renew personal contacts” only formed part of the larger picture. The visit was, in the words of a Defence Ministry source, a “massive PR exercise”, probably the biggest the Soviets have attempted in recent times and, from all accounts, a highly successful one.Star Soldier: The star of the show was undoubtedly Ustinov himself. A bluff, hearty individual sporting rimless spectacles. Ustinov was described admiringly by a top army officer as a “soldier’s soldier” and by a Defence Ministry official as a “consummate politician”. In fact, he was very much a cocktail of the two as was evident right through his week-long tour of defence installations.advertisementIn Jodhpur, at the sprawling MiG-21 and MiG-23 base, Ustinov was visibly appreciative of the IAF’s skills shown at a demonstration and insisted on chatting to the pilots and inquiring from them through his interpreter how they liked the MiG’s performance. He was equally at home chatting to mechanics, technicians and an air force dispatch rider, particularly the last-named since Ustinov is a motorcycle freak and owns a 30 horsepower BMW. He spent considerable time comparing the merits of Soviet motorcycles and the dispatch rider’s Royal Enfield.On a side trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, he broke away from the group, to the consternation of the security people, and joined a group of schoolchildren having a picnic on the lawns. While the rest of the entourage waited, Ustinov entertained the children between bites of their sandwiches and then, in a spontaneous display of gallantry. presented the delighted schoolteacher with a necklace.Boundless Energy: His most masterful performance, however, was reserved for Babina, which houses the armoured corps and the largest number of Soviet T-72 tanks. “He is a soldier and he knows that for a soldier the most important thing is faith in his fighting equipment,” says an Indian army officer who accompanied the entourage. Displaying energy that belied his considerable age, Ustinov mixed freely with officers and jawans, asking them if they had any problems with the tanks or with spares and complimenting them on their maintenance. He revelled in making unscheduled visits, first to the house of an officer to see how the Indian Army lives, and then a surprise visit to the jawan’s langar to see how they eat.In the langar, he had the jawans guffawing at his antics, particularly when he examined a bench at the dining table and asked how many people it accommodated during meals. On being told it held four jawans, he shook his head as if in sympathy and then called three of his stoutest generals and ordered them to join him on the bench. Naturally, it proved a tight squeeze for just three and wagging his finger at the cook, said, “only three” and then pantomimed to the watching jawans that his officers ate too much. As a finale, he ordered the cook to serve him langar food which he then proceeded to consume with obvious relish.Later, at a luncheon in his honour, he charmed the officers’ wives by making a little speech prepared specially for them. “You have a great deal to do with keeping up the morale of the Indian Army,” he said gravely and then, with a mischievous twinkle added, “you can nag him as much as you like when he gets home but make sure you give him a good dinner.”Exchanging Compliments: Ustinov’s back-slapping bonhomie and quick-wittedness was soon being shared by his more proper colleagues. On a visit to Bombay, the Soviet naval chief, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov applauded the loudest when the western naval chief, Admiral Awasti, delivered his welcoming speech in fluent Russian. At the end of the speech, when Awasti told Gorshkov that he must come again to India, the latter replied: “Only when I can deliver a speech in Hindusthani.”advertisementDespite the hectic schedule, Ustinov and his beribboned party made a point of flying back to the capital almost every day of their visit. Wherever they went, they made a point of eating Indian food and drinking Indian liquor, particularly gin which probably came closest to their standard vodka fare. Ustinov also used his own aircraft for most of the trip except on occasions where the airfield was too small to accommodate it. On a visit to Khajuraho to view the erotic art of ancient India. Ustinov used the IAF’s VIP Boeing while his visit to Babina was accomplished via IAF Soviet-made helicopters.But right through his tour, he made three major points in his discussions with defence officers. One was that the Soviets do not merely say things unless they are prepared to back them up with actions. Secondly, that Indo-Soviet friendship and defence cooperation was not directed against any other country and lastly, that the Soviets knew how the Indian mind, particularly that of the soldier, worked. He did also make one more important point confidentially; that he realised it was indirectly because of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan that there was an infusion of arms into the subcontinent and the formation of a Washington-Beijing-Islamabad axis was of potential danger to India. In that context, confided Ustinov, the Soviets would like to see India strong enough to defend itself and would cooperate towards that as much as possible.Though no defence deals were signed during Ustinov’s visit it is evident that the elaborate foundations of future deals involving more advanced MiGs, tanks and battleships, were laid and unofficial commitments on both sides given. Considering the heavy Soviet involvement in India’s defence infrastructure and the steady deterioration of relations between India and the West, particularly the US, Ustinov’s visit was a masterful diplomatic and image-building exercise and in conjunction with its timing, is probably creating considerable ripples across the globe in Langley, Virginia.last_img read more

India women shooters take bronze at junior World Cup

first_imgIndian shooters took bronze in the women’s 25m Pistol event on the fourth day of the ISSF Junior World Cup here.The Indian women’s team of Sanjana Sehrawat, Chinki Yadav and Gauri Sheoran shot a total of 1695 to walk away with the bronze medal on Wednesday evening.Russian Federation won the gold medal with a total of 1708 points while Germany had to settle for the silver medal with a total of 1698 points.Despite this medal, there was no change in India’s place in the medal’s tally and they are still placed at number three with a total of 10 medals which include three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.Italy top the medals tally with six gold, two silver and one bronze while the Russian Federation is at number two with four gold, six silver and seven bronze medals.The third place finish by the women’s 25m Pistol team was the only high point for Indian shooters on the day as they could not manage to finish on the podium in the other events.The Indian teams in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, women’s Skeet and women’s Trap events were unfortunate not to manage a podium finishlast_img read more

Did Sania Mirza call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?

first_imgThe bitterness of not getting a shot at the Olympics mixed doubles event continues to rankle Leander Paes and the veteran Indian tennis star has no qualms in stating that the country did not send its best team in the event to Rio.”I can very clearly say that in this Olympics and last Olympics we didn’t put the best team forward. This Olympics the mixed doubles was a great opportunity. What more does a man need to do than win four Grand Slams in 14 months. There was no more tournaments to win, I could not create anymore tournaments. Sad. Long story short, let’s nurture these kids,” Paes said referring to his fantastic mixed double run leading up to the Games.Sania Mirza, who went to the Olympics with Rohan Bopanna, took an apparent dig at Paes over his somewhat caustic remarks.The ONLY way to win with a toxic person, is not to play!!! #karmaiswatching #zenmode ?????? Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 18, 2016It turned out that Bopanna also retweeted Sania’s original tweet.Sania and Bopanna had been picked to represent India in the Games and the duo lost in the semi-finals before going down in the Bronze medal playoff as well.Paes was speaking to the media after partnering Saketh Myneni in a hard-fought men’s doubles loss to Olympic champions Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the ongoing Davis Cup. The 43-year-old said he would love to partner Myneni in the circuit as well.”I always believe it is the decision of the selection committee and captain but considering the way we played against a gold medal winning team and that too against 14-time Grand slam champion and Marc Lopez who has just come from winning a grand slam, good God, it will be crazy to switch anything around but having said that I am here to support the team,” the 43-year-old said.advertisement”I have a little long sight, sometimes people believe in it and sometimes people don’t. We have the Asian games coming up in 18 months and the Olympics in four years and whether I am around or not around, we need to nurture these guys or else four years from now it will again be a tussle who is playing and who is not.”I would love to play with him. I had a lot of partners who are much less talented than him. If I get Saketh for six months and if he keeps working hard, this guy can win a Grand Slam with others not just with me. This guy can be a Grand Slam winner, he is a hell of a player,” he added.During the Rio Games, there was controversy surrounding Paes and Bopanna.In the run-up to their first round match in Rio, Paes made the headlines for all the wrong reasons with questions being raised about his delay in joining the squad. Apparently, Bopanna was not happy with Paes joining the squad so late.At it again!! …the usual ploy to stay in the news by slanging fellow players in media. #Patriotism Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) September 18, 2016To make matters worse, Paes and Bopanna just had one practice match ahead of the quadrennial extravaganza when they played against South Korea in the Davis Cup match in Chandigarh in India last month.As a result, both suffered a first-round exit from the Olympics. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Curry, Warriors Take Game 1 of Western Conference Finals (Pics,Vid)

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 36 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals while playing without injured star Kevin Durant once again.Curry shot 12 for 23 in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, finding far more open looks than he had in the last round against Houston. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31 facing a strong Golden State defense.Klay Thompson had 26 points, including a late one-handed slam. Draymond Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.Lillard scored 19 points back home in Oakland, just miles away from where he grew up. McCollum had 17 and missed five of his six 3s as the cold-shooting Blazers went just 7 for 28 from long range.Game 2 is Thursday night, and the Warriors are unlikely to have two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Durant back from a strained right calf. An update on Durant’s status is expected that day once he is re-examined.Curry matched his postseason career high for 3s, also accomplished in Game 1 of last year’s finals against Cleveland. He found his groove far earlier than in the Game 6 clincher at Houston on Friday night, when he scored all 33 of his points in the second half.Little brother Seth struggled with three points for Portland, which shot 36.1% overall.Lillard hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime Dec. 27 in his last regular-season game at Oracle Arena. He averaged 28.3 points and 6.5 assists in four regular-season games against Golden State this season.He arrived for Game 1 in a custom Oakland Athletics baseball jersey having averaged 30 points in his nine previous playoff matchups against the Warriors.Green has at least 10 rebounds in six straight playoff games, matching his postseason career-best streak of six also done last year.The teams combined for 11 turnovers in the opening quarter.Golden State began its fifth straight Western Conference finals, joining the Lakers are the only other team to do so.The Warriors won their previous two postseason series with Portland, both over the past three seasons. They had a four-game sweep in the first round in 2017 during a remarkable 16-1 run to the title and a five-game Western Conference semifinal series the previous year.“The Warriors were a special team that year that they swept us,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.FAMILY AFFAIRBetween warmup shots, Seth Curry stole a glance to the other end as his big brother went through his own pregame routine.Back in the locker room, Stephen Curry said, “That was wild.” Then, he joked, “Only me and Seth are going to score, the whole series.”Proud parents Sonya and Dell Curry had planned to flip a coin to determine who wore which gear for the games.It turned out Dell Curry wore Steph’s No. 30 on the front and Seth’s No. 31 on back, while Sonya had Seth’s number on her front and Steph’s on the back.The Currys became the first brothers to ever face off in a conference final and the first in any round since Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies against Pau Gasol and the Spurs in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.ON THE ROADThe Blazers traveled straight to the Bay Area from Denver after winning Game 7 on Sunday rather than return to Portland.“Denver seems like a week ago now,” Stotts said. “NBA players are resilient, physically and mentally. I think everybody is prepared for it whether you’ve had days off or not had days off.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland committed four quick turnovers and finished with 21 to the Warriors’ 14. … G Rodney Hood, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee Sunday against the Nuggets, scored 17 points. … Portland is 1-9 all-time against Golden State in the playoffs.Warriors: Golden State is 18-1 in Game 1 of a playoff series dating to the 2015 title run, having won the last 12 postseason openers. … Former Warriors C JaVale McGee received a rousing ovation when introduced in the first quarter sitting along one baseline. … The Warriors are 28-10 in the postseason with the starting lineup used Tuesday that included Andrew Bogut again starting in place of Durant, according to Elias.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Conference Call: Road to the Playoff Long for the Big 12

first_imgBut somehow onlookers make these kinds of conclusions.Chip Brown compared Shane Buechele to Colt McCoy. The Kool aid is getting dangerously strong in Austin.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) August 21, 2017The Saga ContinuesBaylor’s legal issues continue to unfold.Federal judge orders Baylor University to release underlying documents in Pepper Hamilton sex assault investigation with limited exceptions— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) August 11, 2017The ruling came in a Title IX gender equity lawsuit filed against the school on behalf of 10 women who attended Baylor and claimed that school officials failed to properly respond to and investigate their reports of assault.“This is another very positive step in getting all the truth and information out there,” attorney Jim Dunnam said. He said the judge’s ruling compels Baylor to turn over the “information and the data” that the school gave Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, which was hired in 2015 to examine the school’s response to sexual violence. “Now we can hopefully determine specifics about who did what and the specific failures.” [ESPN]So Pepper Hamilton’s carefully chosen footnotes aren’t enough.Quick HittersThree Big 12 players made the preseason All-American teamTexas’ starting right tackle underwent ankle surgery and their starting tight end is done for the yearStoops isn’t opposed to a spot on the CFP committeeK-State’s starting center foregoing senior season for health-related reasonsTexas Tech o-lineman is going full Gabe Lindsay – seeking eighth yearThe Big 12 is basically a NFL-farm system for undersized skill players.Had Great talk with the G.O.A.T @DarrenSproles, it’s amazing feeling to finally meet someone that you idolize as a kid. #HeartOverHeight pic.twitter.com/84srzKjqCx— Jakeem Grant (@_TheDreamIsHere) August 22, 2017TCU is on the doorstep of the rankingsTCU, Utah and Notre Dame were the top vote-getters outside the Top 25. pic.twitter.com/eS2GO9FUSj— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) August 21, 2017Briles has surfaced, informally. Let’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.Playoff-Sized ProblemSo what does it take to make sure the Big 12 is viable in the playoff-age?In order to improve its chances at being selected for the CFP, though, the Big 12 must also improve upon its 5-8 record against nonconference Power 5 opponents. Oklahoma has to beat Ohio State. West Virginia has to beat Virginia Tech. Texas has to win at USC.“If the Big 12 wants to kind of up their image,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said, “those types of games need to be won.”There are no guarantees with the selection committee, however. The Big 12’s new championship game has to feature more than its two best teams. At least one of them has to be one of the nation’s top four teams. Only then does any conference championship game matter. Just ask Penn State. [ESPN]And that’s what’s a challenge in setting up the league’s structure (scheduling requirements, champ game, how many league games, etc.) It just comes down to 13 guys in a room saying what they think and not an objective criterion to lean on.But here’s a pretty solid breakdown on the chances of the top teams for the playoff.TCU has finished with a losing record three times under Gary Patterson, most recently last season. What happened the past two times? A year later TCU won its conference. That’s in play for the Horned Frogs in 2017. Quarterback play and the performance of the defensive line are my two biggest concerns.Kansas State resembles a vintage Bill Snyder-coached team, especially if the secondary bounces back from a miserable season to finish in the top third of the Big 12 in the key categories – yards per attempt, opposing completion percentage and turnover margin, most notably. No one will enjoy playing the Wildcats in 2017.Oklahoma State is locked and loaded … but what about this offensive line? And the secondary? A wonderful quarterback, an explosive offense and a just-good-enough defense will put the Cowboys on a course for a New Year’s Six bowl, but the potential sticking points are numerous enough to have me questioning this team’s ability to lose just once during the regular season.That leaves Oklahoma. This isn’t a perfect team, either. There’s a hole at running back. No clear go-to receiver. The Sooners are more experienced on defense, but much does depend on the health of the defensive line. Still, this is the strongest, most cohesive roster in the Big 12; it doesn’t hurt to have the league’s best player in Baker Mayfield. [USA Today]Texas-Sized ExpectationsFinally, someone has a really reasonable perspective on Texas.I will not buy Texas as a top 25 team until I see it. The quarterback play has to get better. The ranking is based on the reputation of new head coach Tom Herman.If we are being honest, last year’s Houston squad underachieved because they didn’t win their conference. Houston didn’t win the division or a bowl game. The September game at USC could be a time where Texas can show us they are different. [SportsDay]Herman managed some blue-chip QB’s masterfully at Ohio State and groomed a blossoming QB at Houston in Greg Ward. If he can do something with Buchele at Texas, they could be poised to be a Top 25 team in 2018. But not today.Sounds like a dude who’s all in on his QB.Here is what Texas football coach Tom Herman said about Shane Buechele starting. Definitely a caveat pic.twitter.com/QtOWrrLyp0— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 21, 2017 “I think it’s a bad move. You don’t want to associate yourself with Art Briles right now” @LauraMRutledge pic.twitter.com/5Q02q1KLVZ— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 22, 2017And now more formally.https://twitter.com/Ticats/status/902187937382768641If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nearshore activities restricted from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram ahead of PM Modi, Xi-Jinping meet

first_img Shalini Lobo ChennaiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 14:20 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-JinpingMahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu gears up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping meeting. The security has been tightened and the beaches cleared, but amid all this, the water enthusiasts take a blow.Ahead of this high-level meeting which is scheduled to take place from October 11-13, all near-shore water activities have been restricted. No one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.Showkath Jamal, who runs a surfing school in Kovalam says that they didn’t receive any official notification.On September 22, the police verbally informed them that due to VVIP movement, they are restricting them from surfing or teaching surfing along Kovalam till the meeting is over.”Twenty days ahead of the PMs visit restricting surfing and water sports are going to affect not just us but all the surfing schools. We have employed fishermen. This is their alternate source of income. We have to pay their salaries. They live on these monthly salaries and so do we. We don’t have any other source”, said Showkath.Another surfer Vijay said, “I spend more time in the ocean than on land. If they don’t let me into the ocean where do I go?”They are a group of 12 boys who call themselves members of the coco club. They teach the village kids surfing. They also take walk-in guests and give them lessons for about Rs 300-500 an hour.Now, with this restriction during season time, the boys have to go to the sea with their fathers and their extra surfing income will also be also cut.”They have stopped surfing. Soon they’ll stop fishing. This will be a tough time for people. We’ll be sitting and fixing broken boats and boards then”, said Rajesh, another young surfer boy in the village.Speaking to India Today, DSP Balamurugan of the coastal security group said that as of now orders are to restrict near-shore water activities. People with NOCs can continue their work but others will be restricted. Starting October 4, there will be a complete ban on all water activities along the 20 km coastline stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram.Fishermen also fear that as the date of the high level meet approaches, fishing will be the next activity to be restricted along the shore.”If they stop fishing, it will affect our work, income and we’ll have problems at home. Who will we ask for money? Will we ask the government?”, said 50-year-old fisherman Selvasigamani.advertisementAlso read: IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, PuducherryALSO WATCH| Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges shut as city witnesses another cycle of incessant rainsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Nearshore activities restricted from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram ahead of PM Modi, Xi-Jinping meetNo one can surf, paddle, dive or swim in the 20 km stretch from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram for 20 days.advertisementlast_img read more

New Music Monday: The Velvet Teen

first_img Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Nine years after the release of their third full-length, Cum Laude!, The Velvet Teen are back with a new album on Boston’s Topshelf Records, All Is Illusory. The record drops on June 30 and sees the band return in fine form.Even from their beginnings, The Velvet Teen have experimented with a variety of sounds. The band was able to switch its sound from fragile pop to heavy feedback and return easily. Even as The Velvet Teen’s music evolved over the course of three albums, the band kept a mind to explore different aspects of their sound. Elysium in 2004 saw the group abandon guitars for keyboards, strings, and horns. Cum Laude!, in 2006, saw the band embracing elements of noise rock in their sound.The various sounds The Velvet Teen has explored over the band’s sixteen year life coalesce on All Is Illusory. Opening track “Sonreo” kicks off with a jolt of energy that the rest of the album carries through. Songs like “Eclipses” and “You Were the First” keep the flow moving, but the band shows they can slow the music down, too. The title track, “Manifest,” and the eleven-minute “Taken Over” reveal a patience that the group has developed over the years. When the slower tracks come up on the record, they are a welcome change and the sign of a band that appreciates faster is not always better (though as many of the other tracks show, faster is often better).The Velvet Teen’s All Is Illusory is available for preorder through Amazon, iTunes, and Topshelf Records. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Repairs to the Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive are expected to continue until the end of June. One lane will remain open to traffic on the bridge. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to access Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 -30-last_img

NSBI Appoints Community Economic Development Leader to Board

first_imgA respected innovator in community economic development has joined Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s board of directors. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board, today, July 28, announced the appointment of Dan Christmas, senior advisor for the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, to the board. “Dan Christmas is recognized for his innovation and forward thinking in delivering economic results and good jobs for his community and the people of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Paris. “He will be a valuable addition to NSBI’s board of directors as the agency works to create sustainable, long-term prosperity for the people of Nova Scotia.” In his role as senior advisor to the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, Mr. Christmas advocates for community economic development by advising and supporting individuals on the front lines of business development in his community. “Export and trade is crucial to the success of Nova Scotia’s economy, and NSBI plays a significant role in marketing our province and its companies to the world,” said Mr. Christmas. “I look forward to building bridges between communities and businesses so everyone can take an active role in building Nova Scotia’s economy.” Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Christmas has served as the chair of the Cape Breton Partnership since 2009. He was also the executive director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Mr. Christmas’ ability to recognize economic potential and opportunities for business growth makes him a perfect fit among NSBI’s board,” said Mr. Hall. Dan Christmas has been recognized with many awards including the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the 2008 National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada and the 2008 Sparks Award from NovaKnowledge for forward thinking. Mr. Christmas and his wife, artist Arlene Christmas, have owned and operated Dozay’s Native Art Gallery in Membertou for 23 years. “Dan’s insight, experience and leadership are valued in many circles, and NSBI is fortunate to include itself among them,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. Mr. Christmas replaces outgoing board member James Kehoe, who served a four-year term. “Mr. Kehoe has been a strong voice for regional growth and sustainable economic development on the NSBI board,” said Mr. Hall of outgoing board member James Kehoe. “His efforts have made a lasting impact in helping to position the province for a prosperous and sustainable future.” Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing different industry sectors, make up NSBI’s private sector board. Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 directors on NSBI’s board. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI helps Nova Scotia companies meet their growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The investment attraction agency for the province, NSBI fuels job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and join the conversation at www.nsbi.ca/connect.last_img read more

Holly RobinsonPeetes Autism Charity Helps Sandy Victims

first_imgSpecial Needs Network is partnering with Los Angeles-based autism organizations The HollyRod Foundation and Wake Up For Autism for a disaster relief drive to help families impacted by autism and related developmental disabilities affected by Hurricane Sandy.“Because our South L.A. families know about the hardships of scarcity,” said SNN President & Founder Areva Martin, Esq., “we know how important it is to come together and help the families on the East Coast during hard times like this.”From now until Thursday, November 15th, they are collecting donations at the SNN headquarters, located at 3530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1670 , Los Angeles , CA 90010 . Among items needed the most are: coats, jackets, sweaters, and similar warm clothes, shoes, socks, pajamas, hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, diapers, and other children and baby items. Well wishes included in handwritten notes are also appreciated, as folks who have lost their homes could use a little cheer!“Our thoughts are with everyone who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy and we hope our donations will aid in their recovery,” said actress and HollyRod Co-Founder Holly Robinson-Peete.In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in Atlantic City , NJ on Monday night with winds up to 90 mph that killed at least 102 people, millions have been left with no power, no gasoline, and no inclination on when their lives may return to normal. While businesses are expected to get power back by Saturday, it could be another week or more for homes in the suburbs and more distant towns along the coast.Estimates currently place the total damage at $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses, making Sandy the 4th costliest U.S. catastrophe, just behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 9/11 attacks, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.“The need is great and will be ongoing, and we are humbled to be in a position to be able to provide assistance to all those who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster. I’m pleased to be working with my friend Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, who will receive and distribute the items we collect for families”, said Jodi Gomes, Founder of Wake Up For Autism.The Sandy Disaster Relief will go from now until November 15th. Special Needs Network’s office will receive all donations and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. They are located at 3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 1670, Los Angeles , CA 90010. If you have any questions, contact them at (213) 389-7100 or info@specialneedsnetwork.org. For more information on Autism or Special Needs Resources, please also visit www.wakeupforautism.com and www.hollyrod.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Denzel Washington Ryan Gosling Jennifer Garner Mark Wahlberg expected at TIFF 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Other talent expected to attend includes Xavier Dolan, Tom Ford, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Adam Driver, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Woody Harrelson, Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson.Actors expected at TIFF 2016 include: (top row, l-r) Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Tatiana Maslany; (centre row, l-r) Denzel Washington, Michael Fassbender (with Brendan Gleeson), Lupita Nyong’o; (bottom row, l-r), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, and Amy Adams. (TIFF)The festival also announced Mark Wahlberg will sit down for an intimate chat in front of an audience.The Oscar-nominated actor-director, who will be seen at the festival in Deepwater Horizon, is among the stars in the In Conversation WithΓǪ lineup. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the stars bound for the Toronto International Film Festival.The festival made its final programming announcements including its list of stars expected to walk the red carpet.Actors and guests expected at TIFF 2016 include: (top row, l-r) Chris Pratt, Mark Wahlberg, Richard Gere; (centre row, l-r) Masai Ujiri, Armie Hammer and Brie Larson (with Cillian Murphy), Rachel Weisz; (bottom row, l-r), Casey Affleck, Nathalie Portman and James Franco. (TIFF) Twitterlast_img read more

Halal Food to Reach 16 Trillion by 2018 Report

Fez- A report published by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce forecasts the growth of the global market for Halal food and beverages (F&B) (corresponding to Islamic law) to reach 1.6 trillion dollars by 2018, up from 1.1 trillion dollars in 2013, with an annual growth rate of 6.9%.According to the Gulf News, the halal food market, which includes products such as chicken and beef, processed foods, and cold drinks accounted for 16.6% in 2012 of the global F&B market.The industry of Halal food is increasingly growing all over the world. “We see opportunities to enhance the halal food industry. The research finding on halal food sector is of considerable importance for the UAE food and beverage business, especially since halal food is a key pillar in the Dubai Capital of Islamic Economy initiative launched in 2013,” Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Dubai Chamber’s Chairman, was quoted by Gulf News as saying.The industry of Halal food is growing mainly in the Middle East, North Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Saudi Arabia occupies the first rank as the largest market for Halal food in the region, followed by the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain respectively.With the growing demand for Halal food, “Today, Malaysia is the leading global halal hub with an annual export value of RM35.4 billion for halal products, which contributes approximately 5.1% of the total exports for the country,” according to Malaysia government’s web siteHalal is an Arabic word meaning permitted and lawful according to the Islamic guidelines. Halal food is therefore used in reference to all kinds of foods prepared or processed under Islamic Shari?ah guidelines that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink. read more

TSX ends solidly higher after commodity prices and US jobs boost stocks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended solidly higher Friday after a broad advance powered by commodity prices and a solid jobs report south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index closed ahead 81.20 points at 15,170.02, but slipped about one per cent on the week, after several sessions of volatile trading. The TSX has endured a slide in energy stocks as traders weighed the potential impacts of the NDP’s majority win in the Alberta election.However, it was energy stocks that led Friday’s advance, rising 1.4 per cent as oil prices resumed their upward trek. Benchmark crude rose 45 cents to US$59.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Gold prices for the June contract rose $6.70 to US$1,188.90 an ounce, driving the gold sector higher.The telecom sector was the biggest decliner, falling 1.9 per cent. Shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) dropped 3.7 per cent after the company announced late Thursday that it’s cutting 400 people from the workforce at its Allstream national division, which reduces the staff by a quarter.The loonie added 0.20 of a U.S. cent to 82.71 cents.On Wall Street, stock markets logged their biggest gain in two months after the latest U.S. Labor Department report which showed the American economy added 223,000 jobs in April after a dismal March that saw only 85,000 net jobs created.The Dow Jones industrial average soared 267.05 points to 18,191.11, rising 0.9 per cent on the week .The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 58.01 points to 5,003.55, while the S&P 500 gained 28.10 points to 2,116.10 — marking its biggest single-day increase since March 16.Hollisweath senior adviser Allan Small said the climb in markets, considering the recent triple-digit declines, shouldn’t be surprising to investors.“I don’t believe those sell-offs were appropriate,” he said.“It was overblown to the downside, so it would make a sense that a big run today would be overblown to the upside.”Employment numbers in Canada were less rosy, with Statistics Canada reporting the economy lost 19,700 net jobs last month.However, some observers saw a silver lining in the numbers, noting the addition of 46,900 higher-quality, full-time positions in April while shedding 66,500 part-time positions. The economy also registered a net gain of 24,200 private-sector positions compared to a net loss of 19,900 jobs in the public sector.In corporate news, McDonald’s reported that a key sales metric declined in April as the hamburger chain struggles to make headway in its turnaround plan. The company said global sales at established locations open at least 13 months fell 0.6 per cent for the month, though the same metric dropped a steeper 2.3 per cent in the United States on fewer consumers and stronger competition.Next week, U.S. traders will be closely watching retail sales for signs of improvement, while manufacturing shipments will be in focus for Canada.The Canadian Press read more

At debate UN and Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist

Briefing the 15-member Council ahead of the UN body’s approval of its Presidential Statement on the issue, Mr. Ban warned that since mid-2014, the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, and other extremist groups, has swelled by 70 per cent.According to UN monitoring teams, he added, more than 25,000 such fighters from over 100 Member States are estimated to have travelled to Syria and Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya. That is a notable increase in numbers from the last release of such data in November when the Organization observed that over 15,000 fighters from more than 80 countries were flocking to join radical groups. “I remain concerned that recent events, particularly in Iraq and Syria, which have seen the advance of Da’esh and other groups with the growing support of [foreign terrorist fighters], demonstrate that this is an increasing threat to international peace and security that requires even more concerted action by the international community,” affirmed Mr. Ban.“No country can tackle this challenge alone,” he continued. “Member States have to enhance their cooperation and exchange information, develop effective border controls and strengthen their criminal justice systems, in accordance with the rule of law and human rights standards.”As the international community ramps up its efforts to counter the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, however, Member States must remain in full compliance with international law in order to be fully successful with all counter-terrorism efforts, the Secretary-General said. And, in particular, global efforts must also be directed towards address the conditions conducive to luring young men and women to extremism. The UN has noted that most foreign terrorist fighters are young males aged between 15 and 35 but an increasing number of women and girls have also been joining the ranks of militant groups. “I welcome this growing emphasis on addressing the underlying drivers of violent extremism at the global, regional, national and local levels to prevent radicalization,” stated Mr. Ban.The Security Council last met for a debate on terrorism in November when a statement calling on Member States to cooperate in efforts to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters was adopted.Today, in yet another Presidential Statement, the Council reaffirmed its view of terrorism as “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security” and expressed “great concern” that fighters continue to be recruited “in significant numbers.” “The Security Council recognizes that addressing the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters requires comprehensively addressing underlying factors,” the statement announced, adding that that Member States “must ensure that any measures taken to counter terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law.”In addition, the statement cited concerns for the ramped up usage of social media and communications technologies in recruitment efforts by extremist groups which, it said, appeared to directly target women and youth. read more

Students alerted to clipboard scam on campus

Campus Security is urging the Brock community to be alert after a potential scam promoting job opportunities in exchange for personal information was spotted on campus.During the first two weeks of the fall term, several complaints and observations were shared with security about sign-up sheets being circulated at Brock soliciting students for summer jobs.The sheets, which do not identify the employer, indicate participants will be well paid for their time, but provide no other details.After investigating the incidents, Campus Security identified the people responsible and confirmed they are not Brock students. They were subsequently escorted off University property.Similar incidents have recently been reported at other Ontario university campuses, with clipboards circulated in lecture halls and classrooms asking for personal information.Campus Security, along with the Brock University Students’ Union, wants to remind students to be vigilant about who they provide their personal information to.Scammers may attempt to take advantage of both new and returning students, some of whom are away from home for the first time and are looking to make new connections as they pursue their academic career.Scams can come in many forms — some offer employment opportunities that promise the ability to make a lot of money fast, while others focus on rental properties or high-end clothing at discounted prices.Soliciting on campus is not permitted without first being approved by visiting the Student Life Involvement Commons in MCA 204 or contacting Student Life through its Campus Promotions page.Information regarding the procedure for promotions on campus is available online.Anyone who witnesses suspicious soliciting or activity on campus should immediately report the incident to Campus Security at 905-688-5550 x3200 or email security@brocku.ca.Provide as much detail as possible regarding the description of those involved, the activity and direction of travel if they leave the area.Contact information should also be provided if you are unable to stay and meet with responding officers.Brock’s Career Education has created an informative document that outlines different types of fraudulent job postings and red flags students can watch out for.Students who have questions or concerns regarding job postings and their legitimacy are encouraged to contact Career Education at careerzone@brocku.ca read more

Commentary 2022 Qatar World Cup decision raises questions about FIFA leadership

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke (right) shows Germany’s name during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw Dec. 6 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.Courtesy of MCTStill weathering the blowback of its 2010 decision to select Qatar as the host nation of 2022’s World Cup, FIFA’s Executive Committee is off to a rocky start once again this year.Secretary General Jerome Valcke said in a France Info radio interview Wednesday the FIFA World Cup would not take place during the summer months of 2022.This appeared at first to simply corroborate — but also expand upon — a September 2013 statement by President Sepp Blatter that cited the danger that extremely hot temperatures in the Middle East in June and July would pose to player and fan safety alike.The only difference was that Blatter said the Executive Committee would wait until the completion of this year’s World Cup in Brazil before formally adjudicating the logistics of 2022’s event.Widely regarded as Blatter’s de facto second-in-command, Valcke has managed with one passing comment to call into question his boss’ ability to lead and control the Committee. Contradicting his superior now gives shape to the perception that the 26-member team doesn’t know how to tightly regulate its public relations activities.More to the point, the situation makes one wonder how capable the organization, as a whole, really is.One of seven vice-presidents on the Committee, Jim Boyce said he was “completely shocked” in a statement to Sky Sports News after hearing of Valcke’s commentary, a clear indication the members are not on the same page.How can FIFA be expected to properly organize and run a quadrennial international soccer competition worth billions of dollars in revenue when its own leaders can’t even agree in the spotlight?The miscommunication might not seem like a big deal upon initial consideration. Since FIFA has publicly stated it won’t be changing the host country to mollify critics of the 2010 decision, the only real option involves the formality of voting to move the tournament dates to the wintertime.But Valcke’s conversational delivery of the comments could prove more damaging than the actual content of what he said. Operating in an official capacity on record, he should have refused to discuss the tentative date changes on-air in order to show consistency with his boss’ decree that a ruling would wait until after a champion is crowned in Brazil.Valcke’s undisciplined statement reflects poorly on the interpersonal communication (or lack thereof) taking place within FIFA and between its top personnel.Undermining Blatter’s authority like this proclamation does — a proclamation that was neither sanctioned nor collectively agreed upon by the Committee that has yet to deliberate on the matter — makes FIFA look like it has a long way to go before any sort of positive reputation is restored.The World Cup in Qatar is still eight years away. But building the facilities and infrastructure to support a colossal sporting and cultural event takes time. So does working out deals with corporate partners and figuring out scheduling breaks in seasons of professional soccer leagues worldwide to allow players to compete for their countries.For an event of this magnitude, it seems jarringly reactive of the Executive Committee to not have anticipated all the logistical difficulties that could come with holding the 2022 World Cup during a less traditional time of year.FIFA’s leadership should be able to make these sorts of judgment calls long before mishandling their dissemination like Valcke did today.It’s an understatement that this is not exactly the professional impression soccer fans might hope to get from the brass of a federation responsible for managing the affairs of the world’s most lucrative and popular sport. read more

US minings annual safety data for 2009 set to break record

first_imgBruce Watzman, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at the National Mining Association (NMA) has highlighted new federal data emphasising the improved safety performance achieved thus far this year by the nation’s mines. “US mining’s annual safety record to date surpasses its record for all previous years at this point,” said Watzman. “Our record for lost time accidents underscores the strong commitment coal and mineral mining companies have made to improving mine safety”. Watzman points at this year’s safety record for coal mining, which, to date, is set to make 2009 the third consecutive year of steadily declining fatalities in the nation’s mines. Through 2008, coal mining’s fatality rate had fallen 40% from the 2000 level.   Speaking at the 2009 joint meeting of the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute and Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Watzman said data collected through the third quarter by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) show total US mining fatalities are fewer than at the comparable period in 2008, the industry’s record year for mine safety. For all US mining, including coal, minerals and metals, federal data show that since 2002 the rate of fatal injuries has declined by 13% and the rate of non-fatal injuries has declined by 26%. “US mining has returned to our trend of steadily improving safety performance,” said Watzman.  “We won’t be content until we achieve our ultimate goal of zero fatalities.”last_img read more