December 29

Funny video of sport mascots gatecrashing photos

first_imgWhether you want them to or not, mascots are there to manufacture and enforce fun at sport events.That’s right, clubs pay people to dress up in dinosaur and bear costumes to run around the pitch and dance for you.Because that’s what you want, right? FUN.But not all mascots are bad, with some enjoying the occasional punch up and others gatecrashing photos…last_img

December 21

Liverpool linked with Roberts, Blues tipped to pursue Schurrle swap deal

first_imgThe Express say Chelsea are looking to offload Andre Schurrle to Borussia Dortmund in an exchange deal involving Marco Reus.A number of other Premier League clubs are said to be interested in Reus, 25, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.He is reported to have a clause in his contract enabling him to leave for £20m at the end of the season, but it is claimed that Chelsea are not only interested but want to sign him in January.Blues boss Jose Mourinho is expected to offer Schurrle in a straight swap, the Express say.Meanwhile, there continues to be speculation over the future of highly-rated Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts.The Daily Mirror say Liverpool are stepping up their interest in the teenager and are looking to beat Chelsea as well as Arsenal to his signing.Liverpool are said to have watched Roberts three times this season and be willing to loan him back to Fulham if they secure his transfer.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 20

Photos: Top 10 moments in Oakland Raiders last home game at the Coliseum in Oakland

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Jacksonville Jaguars rallied for 17 points in the final 15 minutes to beat Oakland Raiders in their farewell Coliseum game.Jacksonville scored 17 unanswered points after halftime, including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to Chris Carson in front of the Black Hole with 31 seconds left, to hand the Raiders a 20-16 loss at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.Trying to ice the game up 16-13, Derek Carr …last_img read more

December 12

Community Capacity Building: Say what??

first_imgThe MFLN consists of several concentration areas including Community Capacity Building (CCB). But many people wonder…what is CCB? What do those words even mean? Our FDEI team began to explore this idea through the lens of early childhood special education (ECSE) and early intervention (EI), and we discovered not only what the term means, but also how it can be used as a force multiplier for young children and their families in the Family Readiness mission.CCB is often defined as “people who feel a sense of shared responsibility and apply their strengths to achieve desired results” (Mancini & Bowen, 2014). Ultimately the goal of CCB is for both informal and formal support systems to work together to achieve positive result for members of the community.In the field of EI/ECSE, the desired result of our community (professionals and families who work together on behalf of young children with disabilities) is to see children learn and grow to their full potential through nurturing, enriched relationships with caregivers.  The informal supports within this community are parents, caregivers, extended family, friends, and other individuals who interact with the child in relatively intimate relationships. Formal supports include YOU – the EI/ECSE professional! This symbiotic relationship between informal and formal supports for children is a force multiplier that enhances outcomes for children. Like a rock thrown into a pond,CCB has a ripple effect that spreads wide and deep.As an ECSE/EI professional, you are in the position to equip caregivers with skills and knowledge to nurture a child’s growth and development. And FDEI is here to help you do just that. Community Capacity Building at its best: All of us using our strengths to achieve desired results. When one part of this formula is missing, the capacity of all decreases…so let’s work together to achieve remarkable outcomes.Created by R. DiPietro-Wells; Images from pixabay.com CC0How can we help support you? What kinds of information do you need to help support the military families you serve? What questions do you have? What resources do you need? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below or email us at [email protected] can learn even more about CCB and access an online training to increase your understanding of CCB here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

December 9

Blaming External Factors for Your Results

first_imgIf you look for reasons you can’t do something, your mind will look for evidence to confirm what you want to believe. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Why do you want to believe external forces are preventing you from achieving some outcome or goal?” The answer can be challenging to accept, even though it is true. You look for external factors to explain why you are not responsible for failing to achieve something (or worse, as a reason not to try). Your mind works very hard to protect your ego, keeping it intact, regardless of how detrimental its strategies can be to your overall success. It will absolve you of your responsibility if you let it.External factors are beyond your control. Since there is nothing you can do about those factors, you can’t possibly be responsible, can you? So you look at politics, foreign affairs, the economy, the President, the Congress, events from your childhood, your lack of education, your age, your parents, your company, your leadership, your lack of training, your manager, your competitors, your clients, your lack of time, and an inexhaustible list of things that are beyond your control—and mostly beyond your influence.Denying the EvidenceSalespeople often believe and suggest that they lose deals because their price is too high when compared to their competitors. The external factors include their company’s pricing and their competitor’s willingness to sell something similar at a lower price. When presented with empirical and unassailable evidence to the contrary, namely a list of salespeople who are succeeding with the same pricing and the same competitors, they suggest those reps are lucky (a factor outside their control) or their territory is different (another factor outside of their control).I have heard sales leaders suggest that it is impossible to hire good salespeople, that they don’t exist. The most popular external factor that they point to as the cause is generational differences (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, etc.). Even though they are sometimes correct about activity levels that are too low, and some salespeople employ ineffective approaches, neither are universally true across their sales force. It’s easier to blame the sales force than to lead and manage them, building a culture of accountability. There is little chance of producing better results while believing you can’t impact the performance of the people in your charge. The evidence is when a salesperson that fails for you goes on to succeed working for someone else.The Case for Believing Everything is Your FaultThere is a case for believing everything is your fault. That case does not include refusing to acknowledge the external factors, but instead to recognize them and respond to them appropriately. Even though you lack the power or influence to change the external factors, you have the power to determine how you react to them.The approach of believing that external factors beyond your control dictate your results eliminates your agency, disempowers you, and positions you as a victim. You might recognize this as blaming someone or something else as the root cause of your challenges. That posture can create a downward spiral (or vicious circle). Instead of working to improve your results by controlling your response, you give up and get carried away in the “The Drift.“By believing everything is your fault, you exercise your agency, empower yourself to act, and position yourself as the protagonist. You are not the victim. Instead, you are working on the things you can control or influence, and in doing so, creating a different outcome. If you must err on one side or the other, you are better off holding beliefs that allow you to act to improve things rather than those that would have to sit idly by, come what may.What It’s NotIt is not your price that causes you to lose deals to lower-priced competitors; it is your ability to convey the greater value and the better outcomes in which you are asking them to invest. The most substantial variable is how you sell and the experience you create for your prospective client.It isn’t true that there are not good salespeople available for work, nor is it true that the generational differences are so vast as to prevent any young person from being a successful salesperson. Instead, it’s what you do with the people you hire that has the most significant impact on your results.Two ListsIf you want control, start by making two lists. On the first list, write down all the external factors that might have some impact on your results. Label that list, “Things Outside of My Control.” Make a second list of what you can do to improve your results—in spite of the external factors. Label this list, “My Action Plan for Turning Things Around.”Any time you want to look at the external factors, also look at the list of things you can do and take action on what appears on that list. The more work you do on the second list, the less the first list will matter, as the first list isn’t actionable and the second is.You never have to wait for someone to empower you. You can empower yourself to act as soon as you decide to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_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 7

NSC 2018 Finals

first_imgIn a thrilling day of finals play, The Cathedral College won the 9/10 Girls division in a 6-5 win against Helensvale State High, scoring that sixth try within the last 20 seconds of play. The Player of the Final award went to Olivia Jenkins.Coombabah State High School completely smashed it in the 9/10 Boys Final, with an 18-6 win against Iona College. Player of the Final was Harridon Wilson.In the 7/8 Girls Final, Helensvale State High defeated All Hallows’ 9-6 after dominating the competition for the whole tournament. Skylar Adams took Player of Final.Cavendish Road State High School took the 7/8 Boys Final, with a 9-6 win against Cleveland District State High. Player of the Final was awarded to Hayden Wong.last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first time

first_imgSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will be a special moment when he leads the team against Huddersfield at Old Trafford tomorrow.Solskjaer’s managerial stint is off to a fabulous start with the 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend.He said, “Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I’m there to do a job, I’ve got to be focused. It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy but I’m looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key. We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.”You can never set the bar too high. They [the players] are setting the standards. The players that play for this club, they’ve got high standards to live up to and, Saturday, it was not like they’ve outperformed themselves because you cannot outperform yourself. We want to look at this game, evaluate and look at a few clips. We can be better, we can understand each other better, so it will be good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 17

Federal announcement about a threat to coming election will be a last

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior federal official says the threshold will be high for deciding to tell Canadians about an attempt to interfere in the coming general election.The official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, says the extraordinary step of a public announcement would be a last resort.Scenarios that might trigger an announcement include blackmail against political candidates, hacking of databases or the spread of misinformation through video manipulation or other deceptive means.Should the government become aware of an interference attempt, security agencies would brief a panel composed of the Privy Council clerk, the national security adviser and the deputy ministers of foreign affairs, justice and public safety.If the panel finds there is a substantial threat to a free and fair election, it would tell the prime minister, political party officials and Elections Canada about the incident and then a public announcement will be made.Canadians would then be told what is known about the incident and any steps they should take to protect themselves.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

September 28

Was Tressel the ticket to high ticket sales

Ohio State football tickets are scheduled to go on sale for students today at 4 p.m., and some some say coach Jim Tressel’s resignation will change their buying plans. Tressel resigned on Monday after a scandalous offseason, and some students say it has affected their decision to buy tickets. “I’m disappointed that he’s leaving because I thought that Tressel was different from most coaches,” said Mark Rudolph, a first-year in biomedical science. “I bought tickets last year, but I’m not going to this coming year.” One student said she isn’t optimistic about the upcoming season. “It’s not going to be a great football season without him next year,” said Katy Wheeler, a fourth-year in accounting. “But then again, I know it really just comes down the players.” Others don’t think Tressel’s departure will hurt the program’s ticket sales. Tickets will be sold by students’ rank, which is determined by a student’s number of credit hours. Sales will run through June 15, with any unsold tickets going on sale to all ranks at 4 p.m. on June 16. “If I buy tickets next year, I’ll probably just sell them,” said Natalie Zeleznik, a first-year in math and physics. Students can purchase the student season ticket package, which includes tickets to the final five home games of the year. This package includes games versus Colorado, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Penn State, respectively. The cost for this package is $170, plus a $10 processing fee, according to OSU’s official website. Some students said Tressel’s resignation wouldn’t prevent them from attending the games. “Tressel is a great coach but no one is bigger than the program,” said Alan Irving, a fourth-year in psychology. “I bought tickets last year, and I’m getting tickets next year. OSU football is a tradition. It’s not just about Jim Tressel.” Students can also buy tickets to home games against Akron and Toledo, which cost $34 each, along with a $2 processing fee. Upgrading to the Block “O” section of the stadium costs an additional $5 per ticket package, as well as a $15 Block “O” membership fee. Students can buy tickets to away games, but must purchase the home game package to be eligible. The prices for away games range from $70 to $90. The only away game ticket to cost $90 gets students into the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 26, when the Buckeyes play Michigan for the first time in the post-Tressel era. Prior to Tressel’s tenure, the Buckeyes hadn’t beaten the Wolverines in Ann Arbor since 1987. “I got tickets last year, and I’ll come back for a couple next year,” said Matt Gant, a fourth-year in economics. “I expect anywhere from one to four losses next year.” Tressel won’t be the only familiar face not donning scarlet and gray at Ohio Stadium on Saturdays this fall. Five Buckeyes including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel was also to be suspended for the first five games of the season. Columbus’ NBC affiliate reported Tuesday that Pryor has been driving under a suspended license. Pryor arrived at a team meeting Monday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350Z with temp tags on it. read more