December 9

Why You Need to Take Notes in Sales Meetings

first_imgLately I have seen salespeople (and other business people) walk into meetings without paper and pen. This is an enormous mistake, and I never expected I’d have to write a blog post about something so fundamental.Signaling Your Self-OrientationWhen you attend a client meeting without paper and pen, you are sending a signal. You are telling your client or prospect that you don’t really care about them, and that what they have to say isn’t really important. You are projecting that you are self-oriented, and that the most important things said during this meeting are the things you say.If you really cared, you’d take some notes. If you intended to follow-up on the issues discussed, you write down the commitments that you made during that meeting. If you were going to share your notes with the rest of your team, the people who need to execute on your promises, you’d be taking notes that you could handoff to them.Why You Need NotesYou want to be seen with paper and a pen. You want to be seen taking notes. You want your client to know that what they say is important to you, and that you are keeping a record so that you can take all of their needs into account as you move forward. If you miss something, you want to ask that your client repeat it so you can capture their ideas and their words.You need paper and a pen to take notes. Or you need an iPad or tablet. Or a laptop computer. I like my tiny Macbook and Evernote because it allows me to cut and paste notes into my customer relationship software, and it allows me to easily forward the notes by email. But I know people who hate even the smallest screen between them and their client or prospect, and I understand why they feel this way.On conference calls, I make sure to tell my clients that the typing they hear is me taking notes. I want them to know that I am not in my email (which I keep closed most of the day anyway) and that what they say is important enough for me to capture.In business and in life, the small things can sometimes be the big things. Taking notes during a meeting may not seem important, but not doing so can send the wrong signal, one that can seriously damage your results. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

November 27

SPORT-LD DALMIYA 2

first_imgNow a CAB joint secretary, Ganguly along with his Now a CAB joint secretary, Ganguly along with his colleague Subir Ganguly and treasurer accompanied the dignitaries while paying floral tributes to Dalmiya. ICC chairman Srinivasan called it a “a great loss” for the cricket fraternity while IPL chairman Shukla also echoed the same sentiments, saying it would be hard to fill the void. Giving credit to Dalmiya for revolutionising the sport, he said: “When we won the 1983 World Cup the board didnt have even 15 lakh money to reward the players and it was Lata Mangeshkar who had helped the Board. “From that crisis he made a way by selling TV rights and ensured that cricket reaches to all the countries and at the grassroots level. If we take into account of the domestic matches we conduct 55000 matches (every season),” Srinivasan said. He added, “He ensured that everyone from state association to players get benefited. His vision and way of functioning not only took Indian cricket but the world cricket to greater heights. Because of him the Indian subcontinent got prominence in the ICC. “Its very difficult to cope up with the crisis because theres a big void. We will try our best to fulfill his vision and desire. We will run the Board in a manner by which his aspirations can be fulfilled.” Speculation has already started as to who would become the president and Shukla said its not the right time to talk about it. “The future will take its course. BCCI will go by the constitutional provisions. What he did to Indian cricket nobody could do. The way he expanded cricket to every nook and corner is unparalleled. The world cricket also benefited a lot. He virtually transformed ICC cricket concept.” Paying glowing tributes to Dalmiya, BCCI secretary Thakur said: “He was a true sport administrator, a dynamic personality loved by everyone in India and abroad.” “Its a personal loss to me and the BCCI and to the game of cricket. He was a visionary leader a great sport administrator. He will be remembered to the world for bringing in reforms to the game of cricket, bringing in money, raising the standard of cricket in India by giving a lot of facilities to the players and developing infrastructure throughout the country. No one will be able to fill in the void.” PTI TAP/PNT AH MRM MRMadvertisementlast_img read more

November 26

Pro Kabaddi 2019: All-round Bengal Warriors Beat Patna Pirates 35-26

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal WarriorsBengal Warriors vs Patna PiratesPatna Piratespkl First Published: August 23, 2019, 1:01 PM IST Chennai: Bengal Warriors produced an all-round performance in the only match of Pro Kabaddi League on Thursday to beat former champions Patna Pirates 35-26 in front of a packed audience at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.Raider Maninder Singh, with a Super 10 (10 raid points), and defender Rinku Narwal, who impressed with a High 5 (5 tackle points), were the stars for the Bengal Warriors side who forced two All-Outs in a second-half blitzkrieg that took the game away from the Pirates. All-rounder Monu came in for Korean raider Jang Kun Lee in the Patna Pirates lineup as coach Ram Mehar Singh tried to cull their bad run of form by bringing in more balance to the starting seven. And the three-time Champions started on the front-foot with Pardeep Narwal looking ominous in the early minutes for the opposition, ably supported by Iranian Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou. But the Bengal Warriors are the best raiding unit of the season 7 for a reason and the likes of K. Prapanjan and Maninder Singh helped their side claw their way back into the game.A closely fought first half ended 15-14 in favour of the Warriors.They inflicted the first All-Out of the game on the Pirates in the second minute after the restart. The Warriors’ strategy was quite direct – tackle Narwal out of the game. The raider has spent more than 17 minutes per match in the dugout this season, partly the reason why the Pirates find themselves at the bottom of the points table, and the second half proved no different for the side as the Warriors produced a good defensive performance.Rinku Kumar and Jeeva Kumar marshalled the Warriors’ defence as Maninder Singh upped his game in the second half to inflict a second All-Out on the Pirates with 11 minutes remaining till the final whistle and open up a 13-point lead (28-15). A late surge by Pirates, courtesy Narwal, who clinched a Super 10 despite his team not performing well, saw the side force an All-Out on the Warriors in the final minute. But the push came far too late as the Warriors held on to win by a margin of 9 points. last_img read more

November 26

ISL 2019-20: Bengaluru FC, FC Goa Favourites as ATK and Kerala Blasters Kickstart Season 6

first_imgBengaluru FC will once again be the team to beat while FC Goa will also forge a strong challenge in the sixth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). But it all begins on Sunday when ATK and Kerala Blasters lock horns in the opening fixture.Defending champions Bengaluru and runners-up FC Goa, the two teams that stood out last season with their style of play, have retained the core of their squads and should be favourites to the full distance again. There is no denying Bengaluru and Goa are strong contenders, but all teams have made moves in the market and the stage has been set for the 2019-20 ISL.No team made as many heads turn as much as ATK. The former champions have signed plenty of top-notch foreign players and look possibly the strongest on paper.Chennaiyin FC, who finished at the bottom of the pool, have given themselves a new look and appeared hugely competitive during pre-season friendlies.Looking at the ‘favourites’ first, where Bengaluru FC stay on top. The Blues have been able to identify areas that need improvement and have strengthened the team with two key signings — Ashique Kuruniyan and Raphael Augusto, both of whom have starred for their former teams in previous ISL seasons.FC Goa have not added a single new foreigner to their roster and have retained six foreign players from last season, including ace defender Mourtada Fall, midfield maestro Ahmed Jahouh and Golden Boot winner Ferran Corominas.Add the talented Indian bunch consisting of Brandon Fernandes, Mandar Rao Dessai and Manvir Singh to the mix and they have a squad to go one step further than last season.Last season saw 254 goals being scored by the 10 teams during the league stages and the upcoming season is set to be an even better goal-fest, with every team securing their attack with reputed goal scorers.NorthEast United FC took many by surprise with the signing of Ghana international and former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, who is as proven as there can be when it comes to scoring goals.Kerala Blasters FC are banking on Bartholomew Ogbeche to solve their woes in front of goal. Only Goa’s Ferran Corominas scored more goals than Ogbeche last season. Mumbai City FC have a prolific scorer in their ranks in Modou Sougou who will be expected to pick up from where he left off last season.New entrants Hyderabad FC have managed to assemble a competitive squad in a short span of time while Delhi Dynamos-turned Odisha FC have added a few and have retained some of their players from last season.The 2019-20 ISL will also see some fresh and old tactical brains on the sidelines. NorthEast United have Robert Jarni at the helm, replacing Eelco Schattorie who has joined Kerala Blasters.ATK has welcomed back Antonio Lopez Habas under whom they lifted the trophy in 2014. Jamshedpur FC have roped in Spanish coach Antonio Iriondo who has more than 25 years of coaching experience in Spain.The new season will also rekindle old rivalries and set up new ones, with key players of several teams having changed clubs in the summer. This will be a season with plenty to watch out for. There will be favourites, of course, but this season could be laced with surprises aplenty. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkbengaluru fcchennaiyin fcfc goa First Published: October 19, 2019, 5:01 PM ISTlast_img read more

November 19

Muller and Kroos rue missed chances against France

first_imgThomas Muller and Toni Kroos rued a host of missed chances as Germany were held to a 0-0 draw by France in their Nations League opener.The previous two World Cup winners largely underwhelmed in Munich but it was the hosts – aiming to bounce back from their Russia 2018 humiliation – who came on strong in the closing stages.Germany found France debutant Alphonse Areola in inspired form between the posts, though, as Muller erred in key positions and Matthias Ginter was stunningly denied at close quarters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I would have liked to win because we had such good scoring chances,” the Bayern Munich forward told ZDF.Real Madrid’s Kroos produced a typically assured display in central midfield, completing all of his passes in the first half. “We controlled the game well, didn’t allow any counter-attacks,” he added.”What was disappointing was that, after some great chances, we didn’t score.”Joachim Low’s side were knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup this summer after shocking defeats against Mexico and South Korea, four years on from lifting the famous trophy in Brazil.The media backlash in the aftermath of the team’s performance has been severe, but they did manage to restore some national pride tonight against the country that managed to win the competition back in July. Germany are back in action on Sunday when they host Peru in a friendly at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Meanwhile, France will play the second game of their Nations League campaign on the same evening against the Netherlands.last_img read more

November 18

Having strong raiders a plus for U Mumba, says Adake

first_imgMumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) U Mumba player Kashiling Adake feels it is an advantage to have strong raiders in the side for the fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi league, which gets underway this week. “Having good raiders is a plus point. When a raider earns a point for the team, the covers play with a free mind and theres less pressure on the defence and that helps them to perform better and take a few risks,” Adake said in a release. “I am fortunate to belong to a side that boasts of strong raiders, something that always helps in gaining an upper hand over the other teams. “Our team has some of the best raiders the sport has ever seen. While Shabeer (Bapu) and Nitin (Mandane) are both left raiders, Anup (Kumar) and I are right raiders — keeping all options covered. If the opponents right defence is strong, we will raid on the left and vice versa. I feel this combination of having strong left and right raiders in the team will be an advantage,” he added.The player also said this year the team was focusing on building stamina so that fatigue never became a factor through the extended season. PTI NRB CM CMlast_img read more

November 16

India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 years

first_imgBrief scores – New Zealand 75/3 (21 overs) vs India. Ross Taylor (15*), Tom Latham (10*); Chahal (1/27), Bhuvneshwar (1/23), Shami (1/13). ScorecardAn injury to Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Dinesh Karthik the opportunity to shine as the wicketkeeper after almost 6 years in the ongoing third ODI against New Zealand on Monday.Dhoni has a sore hamstring which is why he was not included in the playing XI for the crucial game, one that could decide the fate of the series with India already leading 2-0. This is only the third occasion when the veteran stumper was forced out of the playing XI.India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Live Cricket ScoreThe last time he was out of the playing XI was way back in 2013 when he missed three ODIs due to a hamstring injury in a tri-series in the West Indies.While the first time, he missed out was 12 years ago when he was out of two ODIs against Ireland and South Africa in Belfast in 2007 due to viral fever.Dinesh Karthik, who did not feature in the first two ODIs, has donned the gloves for the first time since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2014, the tournament which Dhoni had missed.He remained out of the team for three years before making a comeback in 2017 in the ODI series against West Indies. Since then Karthik has been in splendid form with the bat having scored 183 runs in 2017 at an average of 61, 167 runs last year at 41.75. He has played four matches this year and scored 37 runs till now.advertisementAlready 2-0 up in the five-match ODI rubber, India made two forced changes by leaving out an injured Dhoni and all-rounder Vijay Shankar with Hardik Pandya coming back into the side.This is Pandya’s first match after his ban was lifted by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for his alleged “sexist comments” on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.On the other hand, the hosts made a single change by including the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in place of Colin de Grandhomme.last_img read more

November 16

TVS Sport launched in Sri Lanka

first_imgTVS Motor Company has launched Sport motorcycle in Sri Lanka. While the two-wheeler manufacturer has not specified the price at which the very popular bike has been launched in the island nation, we do know that TVS Sport will be available there in three colour options — Black Blue, Black Red and Volcano Red.Powering TVS Sport is a 99.7 cc, 4-stroke, Duralife engine that makes 7.8 PS and 7.8 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 4-speed constant mesh transmission. The suspension duties are performed by telescopic hydraulic front forks and 5-step adjustable shock absorber at the rear. There are 17-inch tyres with 130 mm drum at the front and 110 mm drum at the rear. The motorcycle also gets Synchronized Braking Technology.TVS Sport comes with features like all gear electric start, economy mode and power mode, long seat, 3D Chrome logo, pillion handle and sporty headlamp and taillamp.”We are delighted to bring our popular motorcycle TVS Sport to Sri Lanka. TVS Sport caters to a robust customer base of close to 2.5 million customers globally. In Sri Lanka, where two-wheeler mobility is on a rise, TVS Sport is the ideal motorcycle to traverse long distance with excellent fuel efficiency. The motorcycle is a blend of style and comfort thus making it a complete package for the customers in our key international market, Sri Lanka,” TVS Motor Company International Business Senior Vice President R Dilip said.”We are happy to add the 100 cc economy motorcycle TVS Sport to the extensive TVS Lanka product portfolio in Sri Lanka. The motorcycle will be available in over 400 touchpoints across the country with state-of-the-art service and spare facilities. We are confident it will find favour with customers,” TVS Lanka Director Operations SV Nana Rau said.advertisementAlthough we do not know the price at which TVS Sport has been launched in Sri Lanka, we definitely know how much it costs in India. Below are variant-wise TVS Sport prices (ex-showroom, Delhi).– Kick Start Spoke Wheel – Rs 39,900– Kick Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 45,500– Electric Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 48,291– Kick Start Long Seat – Rs 46,700– Electric Start Long Seat – Rs 49,491ALSO READ | Hyundai Kona for Rs 25 lakh or Hyundai Creta for Rs 16 lakh: Which will save you more money in long term?ALSO READ | Govt selling vehicle and DL data of Indians for Rs 3 crore, 87 private companies already bought itALSO READ | Hyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUVlast_img read more

November 16

IOWA LAWMAKERS CONTINUE BUDGET & TAX WRANGLING

first_imgAs Iowa lawmakers look to wrap up the 2018 session, the two major hurdles left are passing a budget and tax cuts.Republican leaders in control of the House and Senate are spending Thursday trying to get on the same page, with no other activity in either chamber.Governor Kim Reynolds cancelled an economic development trip to New York to be directly involved in the negotiations:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NEGO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..this year. ;06In plans released last week, GOP tax writing committees disagreed on how deep to cut taxes, a move that has been a priority for Republicans.They also don’t agree on whether to stop allowing Iowans to deduct their federal income taxes or whether to tackle corporate tax cuts this session.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says a deal is expected soon.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NEGO2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….forward on. ;15Republicans in the House have also approved what they call “status quo” funding for the state’s prison, highway patrol and crime lab.Democrat Chris Hall of Sioux City is concerned, stating that the prisons in Iowa remain understaffed:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NEGO3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….across the state. ;06Senate President Charles Schneider says once there is an agreement on taxes, the budget should “fall into place in short order.”Radio Iowalast_img read more

November 16

Can Formula One’s American takeover fuel a long-awaited US expansion?

first_imgFormula One 2017 About an hour’s drive from where I live, in the coastal hinterlands of South Carolina, lies the city of Savannah, Georgia. And every so often I’ll cross the border for a taste of the big city.On one such excursion a few months back, while walking through a neighborhood on the fringe of Savannah’s tourist district, I found myself doubling back to examine a historical marker for something called the American Grand Prize. What’s its connection to Sunday’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas? Well, it’s the granddaddy, an early milepost on the way to Formula One as we know it today. Share on Facebook The grand prize seemed here to stay. Repeat successes in ’10 and ’11 – with banking in some turns! – soon had other cities lining up to steal the grand prize away from Savannah. So it hopscotched on to New York’s Long Island, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and to Santa Monica, California, drawing throngs at every stop. But then just as the grand prize race was well on its way to sweeping the nation and laying a foundation for Formula One to become America’s premier racing series, maybe even its national pastime, World War I broke out. And this complicated transatlantic travel for the grand prize’s mostly European competitors. For a few decades the Indianapolis 500 feigned for the dropped baton, but a narrowing focus on oval circuits made it into an entirely different style of racing and a bespoke series. And then of course Nascar improved on that template on the way to becoming America most popular sport besides football in this millennium.Just think for a moment of the racing world we might’ve inhabited if the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne had rescheduled his trip to Sarajevo. Maybe Savannah isn’t Nascar country; it’s an F1 mecca to rival Monaco. Maybe the enduring images of Richard Petty or Dale Earnhardt Sr are of their wheel-to-wheel battles with Jackie Stewart or Ayrton Senna. Maybe the baseball playoffs, the NBA tip-off and the NFL regular season are all afterthoughts this weekend because Lewis Hamilton has a shot to clinch a second world championship on adopted home soil. (In 2015, he celebrated title No3 with a Union Jack over his shoulders and American flag under his cap bill.) Read more Formula One Pinterest Sportblog Share on Twitter Hamilton deserves credit for addressing issue whether or not he takes a knee Share on Messenger US sports Facebook Share via Email Nascar Savannah, as it happens, is the birthplace of Grand Prix racing in America. The inaugural GP – held on Thanksgiving Day, 1908 – predates prohibition, which gave rise to Nascar, by 12 years. For the course, organizers cropped out a 25.3-mile swath around the city and hired prison workers to resurface its streets with oiled gravel. Among the bigwigs who descended on Savannah that Thursday were no less than president-elect William H Taft (maybe the US president least associated with speed until the Washington Nationals reimagined him as a keen mascot racer, and even then his stay in the Majors was brief) as well as Horace Dodge, Henry Ford and the head of Firestone tires – who overnighted at the city jail when he couldn’t get a hotel room anywhere in town.The final spectator count ran well north of 250,000, a single-day draw neither baseball or college football could approach then or now. To ease the congestion, grandstands were erected on both sides of a single boulevard. When the checkered flag flew, a Frenchman named Louis Wagner flew past in a Fiat, 58 seconds ahead of a mostly foreign pack. In that triumphant moment, grand prize racing seemed as if it had arrived, too. Taft thought it was the future of sports in America. There’s no lack of native angles into the conversation, either. Besides Liberty, whose leadership will surely be second-guessed at every turn, you have machining magnate Gene Haas two years into an expensive F1 pilot program, running his own team out of a shop based in Charlotte – the heart of Nascar country. Farther up the standings there’s the racing team of Red Bull, the official drink of young-minded Americans with a thirst for live action and personalities; on that score Red Bull’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Belgium’s Max Verstappen more than satisfy. For those looking for something a bit stronger there’s Fernando Alonso, a real mensch. Earlier this week the Spaniard signed an extension to remain with his team of the last three seasons, McLaren, in spite of said team’s inability to put him in equipment commensurate with his credentials as a two-time world champion. The new deal, which likely never happens if McLaren doesn’t first abandon a star-crossed technical collaboration with Honda to partner instead with Renault, probably elicited as much celebration in Woking as Indianapolis. His maiden appearance in last May’s Indy 500, which saw him lead 27 laps led before a mechanical failure doomed him to a 24th-place finish, left throngs of stateside race fans wanting more. And given McLaren chief Zak Brown’s stated commitment to maintaining a presence at the 500 there’s little reason to think Alonso, who blew off Monaco to race at Indy, would leave them hanging.The potential for crossover, after all, is what makes racing great. It harks to a simpler time, when the sport was freewheeling and revving with potential. Certainly that’s how F1 looked in its infancy on these shores on Thanksgiving in 1908. Granted, things didn’t work out as envisioned. And yet the park sign I saw in Savannah, easy enough to miss while admiring all the dapper homes and Spanish-moss covered oaks trees, doesn’t strike me as a blatant reminder of that. In retrospect, it seems more like a sign that those better days could still circle back around. Since you’re here… Twitter center_img These are the kinds of thoughts you imagine flying around the inboxes at Liberty Media. Their $8bn acquisition of F1 in January has given rise to fresh questions about the series’ intentions in America. Where Bernie Ecclestone, F1’s old boss, did not hide his contempt for America – “a big island,” he once called it – Chase Carey, F1’s new boss, wants to put a race in New York or Miami in the next five years. Before you laugh consider that Formula E – F1’s smaller, electric-only powered cousin – has already ticked both those boxes. (Meanwhile, Austin’s race organizers hope to remain on the schedule; a potential second US date and the recently rebooted Mexican Grand Prix, which has given local F1 patrons less reason to travel north for their fix, greatly threaten those prospects.)What’s more, earlier this month F1 announced that it would be shifting its US television rights deal from NBC Sports – an arrangement that Liberty CEO Greg Maffei memorably dismissed as a “popcorn fart” – to ESPN, the self-styled worldwide leader in sports. This not only figures to help efforts to raise the sport’s profile in America. It could also do for F1 what it did for European soccer: grow it from a niche watch into the kind of major television happening that gets people talking around the water cooler on Monday. Especially if the ratings for all sports, not least the NFL and Nascar, stay in freefall. features Louis Wagner driving a Fiat in 1908 at the Coppa Fiorio motor race in Bologna, Italy. Photograph: National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Oliver Turvey rounds a turn at the Formula E New York City ePrix in Brooklyn, NY during July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Twitter Reuse this content Read more Facebook Motor sport Share on Pinterest Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A decade after Indy joy Lewis Hamilton is looking for another US win Pinterest last_img read more

October 28

21 days ago​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasers

first_img​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been put up for sale as part of a deal that would value the Premier League club at UK£210 million (US$258 million),according to City AM, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The business newspaper claims to have seen a document intended for prospective buyers offering to facilitate the purchase of at least 75 per cent and up to 90 per cent of the club for either a single buyer or consortium.The document, which was apparently drawn up by Zenith Global Capital Partners rather than Palace themselves, reportedly says the club would be sold-debt free and have a projected valuation of UK£525 million (US$645 million) by year three and UK£700 million (US$860 million) by year five.It has been widely reported this year that Palace’s American owners, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, are looking to sell their stake in the club just three years after investing in the team.However, City AM’s report added that Steve Parish, Palace’s long-serving chairman and minority owner, is open to remaining at the club but would be willing to dilute his 18 per cent stake. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 13

Australian leader says cybersecurity laws urgently needed

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says new Australian cybersecurity laws that force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals were urgently needed to safeguard the nation.The legislation was passed by the Senate late Thursday, the last day the Parliament sat in 2018.The opposition Labor Party agreed to support the legislation as an emergency measure because extremists are expected to target Christmas-New Year crowds. But Labor Party lawmakers have said they want amendments passed when Parliament resumes.Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Labor’s decision to support the laws as a concession.Morrison told Nine Network television on Friday: “This was very important legislation to give police and security agencies the ability to get into encrypted communications.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12

Petition Increases Pressure on Morocco to Release Hirak Activists

Rabat – Over 160 artists and intellectuals have signed an online petition demanding the Moroccan government free Hirak activists.The petition is yet another call to authorities to release the activists, whom police arrested for rallying against corruption and unemployment in northern Morocco’s Rif region in “unauthorized protests” in 2016 and 2017 in what is known as the Hirak movement.Actors, writers, and intellectuals signed the petition, criticizing the heavy prison sentences imposed on the activists and demand their immediate release. On April 5, the Court of Appeals in Casablanca upheld the prison sentences imposed on dozens of the Hirak activists in June 2018. The court sentenced the leader of the movement, Nasser Zefzafi and activists Ouassim El Boustati and Samir Ghid to 20 years in prison for “conspiracy aiming to undermine state security.” Other activists were sentenced to prison terms of 15, 10,7, 3, or 1 years, and fined for “participating in unauthorized protests.”Read Also: First Hirak Rif March After Appeal Brings Hundreds to RabatAmong the signatories are actors Mohamed Choubi and Touria Alaoui; film producers Nabil Ayouch and Driss Roukhe; and intellectuals and journalists Ahmed Assid, Sanaa El Aji, and Ahmed Bouzafour.Member of Parliament Mustapha Chennaoui also wrote to Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Wednesday demanding the release of the activists.In his letter, Chennaoui expressed concern about the health of the prisoners, in particular, activist Rabii el Ablaq, who has been on hunger strike. Chennaoui requested the release of all the activists, stating they had done nothing wrong and had only demanded their human rights of justice and equality. On Sunday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Rabat, demanding activists be freed. Political and civil rights groups organized the march, as well as the families of the prisoners. read more

October 8

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola prices mixed barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.90 lower $491.50; Jan. ’18 $0.70 lower $498.20; March ’18 $0.30 lower $503.30; May ’18 $0.20 lower $505.70; July ’18 $0.30 lower $506.40; Nov. ’18 $2.90 higher $487.20; Jan. ’19 $2.90 higher $488.90; March ’19 $2.90 higher $491.60; May ’19 $2.90 higher $491.60; July ’19 $2.90 lower $491.60; Nov. ’19 $2.90 lower $491.60.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 482,480 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 482,480. read more

September 28

Ohio States offense pulls through in 4928 win over Maryland

When it hasn’t been the offense looking shaky this season for the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes, it has been the defense. Despite allowing 253 rushing yards to Maryland on Saturday, OSU still came away with a 49-28 win to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play.Still, OSU coach Urban Meyer was more than happy with his team’s effort.“It was a good win,” Meyer said. “As a matter of fact, it was a great win. We’re going to enjoy that one and get back to work next week.”The afternoon did not get off to a great start for the Buckeyes, as a quick three-and-out on offense gave Maryland (2-4, 0-2) the ball at its own 18-yard line. After a pair of third-down conversions, Maryland redshirt junior Perry Hills found freshman wide receiver D.J. Moore wide open after a play-action fake for 52 yards and an early 7-0 lead.On the ensuing possession for OSU, redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones drove the ball 50 yards to Maryland’s 25-yard line. From there, redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett came in — something Meyer alluded to considering earlier in the week.“J.T. is just a very good player,” Meyer said after the game. “We’ve been having some red zone issues … he provided an obvious spark for us in there.”Barrett brought the Buckeyes the rest of the way in six plays, capping the drive with a three-yard run up the middle to tie the game at 7-7.Meyer stuck with the same strategy on OSU’s next drive, putting Barrett in the game after Jones and redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller combined to get the ball to the 5-yard line.“J.T.’s one of our team leaders, and he always has a great attitude, so it’s just good to see him go out there, compete and have a good game,” junior running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “I’m happy for him, and it’s good to see him get some playing time now.”OSU stuck to the ground in the short-yardage situation, as two runs Elliott and a carry by Barrett led to Elliott punching in his ninth touchdown of the year from two yards away to make the score 14-7 early in the second quarter.After a three-and-out from each team, OSU extended its lead to 21-7 with the help of Miller.Miller, who had not scored since he had two touchdowns in OSU’s opening game at Virginia Tech, grabbed consecutive passes of 33 and 19 yards, with the latter resulting in a touchdown from Jones.The score was the 87th one that Miller either caught, ran or threw for in his collegiate career, extending his OSU record.“It was great to see him smiling,” redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas said. “He scored that touchdown and he made that great catch over the middle. He’s been able to showcase his ability in front of everyone, and that’s all he wants to do.”After a missed kick by redshirt senior Jack Willoughby, the game seemed primed to enter the half with a 21-7 score. However, Hills changed that presumption.After a false start moved the Terrapins to their own 22-yard line, Hills scrambled up the middle and got in open field for 75 yards. He kept the ball again on the next play, falling into the end zone to make it 21-14.“We had a bad taste in our mouth going to the locker room, but we were motivated to not let anything come of it, not give anything up,” redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard said.Jones finished the half 15-of-20 for 195 yards and a touchdown, while his counterpart Hills was just 2-of-11 for 62 yards, but ran nine times for 97 yards. Both of Hills’ completions came on the opening drive. Barrett was 1-of-1 for 20 yards in the first half, and gained seven yards and a score in four carries.Miller and Thomas combined for 11 of OSU’s 16 first-half completions for 174 yards.The passing game reopened for the Terrapins to open the second half, as Hills used three completions to help move the ball 69 yards. The drive was capped by another touchdown run by Hills from four yards out to tie the game.“That’s probably the most difficult thing, keeping a person like that in the pocket,” redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis said about Hills.Maryland coach Randy Edsall opted not to name a starting quarterback until the first snap, something Lewis said made defensive adjustments more difficult.With the announced crowd of 107,869 getting uneasy in the tie game, the OSU offense kicked into gear midway through the third quarter, as Jones found redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall for a 48-yard score on OSU’s first play following a punt.Jones waited in the pocket and found Marshall uncovered in the middle of the field for the Middletown, Ohio, native’s second touchdown grab of the year.After a defensive stop, the OSU offense kept its foot on the gas pedal, moving 66 yards in nine plays, capped off by Barrett’s second touchdown run of the day from a yard out to make it 35-21.At Indiana, the Buckeyes did not score a touchdown in three red zone trips. That turned around on Saturday, as they got into the end zone on all six trips — five led by Barrett and one by Jones.With the game safely in hand, the Buckeyes began padding their lead late in the fourth quarter. Barrett started the drive for the first time and called five consecutive runs, the last of which was a 16-yard touchdown run by Elliott.Jones started OSU’s next drive following an interception by redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell, but was pulled after one play in which he found Thomas for 12 yards. Barrett came back in with OSU in the red zone, and quickly scrambled 18 yards for his third rushing touchdown of the game to make it 49-21.“I think the red-zone package they put in for J.T. was perfect, and I think they complemented each other perfectly,” Elliott said. “They both were able to get into a rhythm, and it worked out pretty well for us.”Elliott’s touchdown put him over 100 yards rushing for the 11th consecutive game. He finished with 106 yards on 21 carries and two scores.A late rushing touchdown made the final score more pleasant for the Terrapins, but OSU still walked away with the 21-point victory.“That was easily our best game,” Elliott said. “We played a complete offense, moved the ball around, everyone made plays and we have good momentum going into next week.”Hills completed just 10 of 27 passes but picked up 170 yards on the ground — the most an opposing player has had against OSU this season by 72 yards.Jones finished the game 21-of-28 for 291 yards, setting a new career high in passing yards in the process.“I think he was great,” Meyer said of Jones. “He played his best game since last year.”Barrett only threw two passes, completing both for 26 yards, but ran for 62 yards and three scores on 12 carries.OSU is next set to remain in Columbus to host Penn State on Oct. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. OSU redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) high-fives fans before a games against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

September 24

Kazatomprom output reduction should boost uranium price

first_imgKazatomprom announced that it is planning a 10% reduction in 2017 U3O8 output due to the prolonged recovery in the uranium marketThis will amount to more than 2,000 Mt U or about 5.2 Mlb U3O8The reduction represents approximately 3% of 2015 global uranium productionKazatompromChairman Askar Zhumagaliyev noted, “While the outlook for nuclear energy growth continues as strong as it has been in many years, the realities of the near-term uranium market remain in oversupply. Kazatomprom, and its joint venture partners, have had to make responsible decisions in light of these market challenges. These strategic Kazakh mineral assets are far more valuable to our shareholders and stakeholders being left in the ground for the time being, rather than adding to the current oversupply situation. Their greater value will instead be realized when produced into improved markets in the coming years.”The reduction will occur in mines wholly and jointly owned by Kazatomprom.All uranium mines in Kazakhstan are at least partially owned by the state-owned entityThe exact change in production levels vary by mine and were approved through the respective management boards. This includes joint ventures with Cameco’s Inkai mine that was expected to produce 5.8 Mlb (100% basis) in 2017 prior to this announcement.“We view this as an inflection point in the uranium space as Kazakhstan has relentlessly increased production from 46.3 Mlb in 2010 to 61.9 Mlb U3O8 in 2015. This decision to reduce production is a notable change in attitude for the world’s largest producer of uranium.“If we were to assume the 5.2 Mlb U3O8 reduction remains in effect for three years, our supply and demand forecast under a $40/lb spot U3O8 price scenario shows increasing deficits from 2017 onward. Note that the spot price is currently $22.00/lb.Diagram source: Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Research Rob Chang at Cantor Fitzgerald notes that Kazatomprom, Kazakhstan’s state uranium trader has just announced a 2017 reduction of planned uranium output by 10%/y which should be a game changer for the uranium price which should now increase. Kazatomprom has relentlessly increased production for years into a weak uranium market which has undermined the whole sector with falling uranium and uranium company stock prices. This will hopefully be seen as excellent news for uranium stocks. His comments are below by permission.Kazatomprom, Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium company and global production leader, has announced that it will be cutting planned 2017 uranium production by 10% (5.2 Mlb U3O8), which is about 3% of 2015 global output.Bottom line: very positive – “Kazatomprom’s relentless increases in production over the years was one of the top causes for uranium price weakness as its cheap to produce uranium was flooding a market that had low spot demand due to utilities being well contracted over the past decade. We had given up on expecting Kazakhstan to exercise production restraint as its mines were the lowest cost operators in the world and constant production increases appeared to be a cultural focus for the country. This news is a definite surprise and may be the inflection point for the uranium space to head higher across the board.last_img read more

September 22

Slavko Goluza leaves Nincevic and Balic out of the squad calls Vori

← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 7): Ademar Leon convincing at home, 35:21 win over Villa de Aranda Next Story → Laszlo Nagy to receive trophy for the “World’s Best Player 2011” in “Veszprem Arena” Slavko Goluza gave the list of the players that he will call for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers that Croatia is to play against Slovakia and Latvia at the beginning of November. The list is without Ivan Nincevic and Ivano Balic, and Goluza belives that he can do without these two players, while Igor Vori has been called for the matches despite his announcement that he wants to rest.Croatia’s players that were called:Mirko Alilović (Veszprem)Filip Ivić (CO Zagreb)Ivan Čupić (Kielce)Zlatko Horvat (CO Zagreb)Manuel Štrlek (Kielce)Hrvoje Batinović (CO Zagreb)Igor Vori (HSV)Željko Musa (Kielce)Blaženko Lacković (HSV)Jakov Gojun (Atletico Madrid)Marko Matić (CO Zagreb)Domagoj Duvnjak (HSV)Marko Kopljar (PSG)Denis Buntić (Kielce)Josip Valčić (CO Zagreb)Drago Vuković (Lubbecke) balicgoluzanincevicvori read more

September 20

US Postal Service Reveals New Sesame Street T Rex Stamps

first_img 20 Years Later, How ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Still Feels Fresh’Space Ghost Coast to Coast’ Is Still Influential and Funny Stay on target Sending snail mail is about to get a little cheerier. The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating Sesame Street, one the most beloved children’s shows on television, on its 50th anniversary with new postage stamps for 2019.The stamp art features photographs of 16 Muppets from Sesame Street — Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover and Zoe, according to a press release. Art Director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.Photo Credit: U.S. Postal ServiceThe U.S. Postal Service has not revealed other information on the stamps, including dates and locations for the first-day-of-issue ceremonies, as of yet.This year, the Postal Service is also bringing the Tyrannosaurus rex back to life — some 66 million years after its demise — with stamps designed by art director Greg Breeding with original artwork by Julius T. Csotonyi, a scientist and paleoartist.One design illustrates a face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops — both dinosaurs shown in fossil form. The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile T. rex chasing a primitive mammal.Photo Credit: U.S. Postal ServiceThe “Nation’s T. rex,” the young adult depicted on two of the stamps, was discovered on federal land in Montana and is one of the most studied and important specimens ever found. Its remains will soon be on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.More on Geek.com:Sesame Street Has Been Making Movie/TV Parodies For Years, We Had No Idea‘Avengers’ Actors Get in Twitter ‘Debate’ Over Stolen PillowThe Best Adult Animation Anthologieslast_img read more