Without An Idea, You’re Just Complaining

first_img 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 Now If you go to people to share a problem without sharing an idea as to how the problem might be solved, you’re just complaining. Even if you don’t mean to be negative, you are. And the more you talk about the problem without also talking about what you intend to do about it, the more negative you become. It doesn’t matter if that’s not your intention; it’s a fact. You’re carrying the infection. And you’re spreading the infection to others.It’s easy enough not be negative.Follow up your sharing of a problem or challenge with three or four ideas of how things might be made better. That easily changes what’s officially called a “bitch session” into something more useful, like a brainstorming session. Or a planning meeting. Or a massive improvement project. Or a revolution. If you’re really good at it it might turn into something even better than that, like consensusbuilding around changing things for the better.Once you have ideas, there’s no longer any reason to sit around complaining. Now you can start taking action. You can sell your ideas to your peers and build consensus. You can sell your ideas to your management or leadership group. You can outline the initiative, develop a way to prove your concept, and you can develop an unsophisticated return on investment (even if that investment is only time).Without an idea, you’re just complaining. Without an idea, there’s no action. And there’s no improvement. Instead, you simply become another carrier of the only cancer that spreads by contact: negativity.Don’t complain. Generate ideas. Plan. Scheme. Take action.last_img read more

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Why You Must Pursue Competitive Displacements – Episode 144

first_imgYou can’t sell something to someone who doesn’t want it, doesn’t need it, and doesn’t value it. You need to take clients from competitors. Even though it takes time, it’s still faster than calling on people who don’t spend in your category.last_img

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Dhania Medicine

first_imgCoriander has anti-bacterial properties that prevent food poisoning and can treat antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers at Portugal’s University of Beira Interior found that “coriander oil damages the membrane surrounding the bacterial cell.” Related Itemslast_img

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Indian-Origin Lawyer Elected Leader of Singapore’s Opposition Party

first_imgAn Indian-origin lawyer and lawmaker in Singapore was elected unopposed as the new secretary general of the Workers’ Party on April 8. Pritam Singh, 41, who has become the leader of Singapore’s main Opposition party now, succeeded Low Thia Khiang. The 61-year-old veteran Member of Parliament held the position for 17 years.Singh, who is also a town council chairman and MP for Aljunied Group Representation Constituency, a five-member group representation constituency in the north-eastern and eastern region of Singapore, was first elected to Parliament in May 2011.He was previously the assistant secretary general from July 7, 2016. He moved up unopposed from the position of the assistant secretary general to that of the secretary general on April 8 following the biennial Central Executive Council elections.Khiang, who was the secretary general since 2001, announced in November 2017 that he would not contest the elections again. Singh was seen as the front runner for the position of the party head.“Without new blood, the party will die a natural death in time to come,” Khiang said, according to the Straits Times. Singh said that his immediate task is to reach out to party members for their views and vision for the party.“It is also important for the newly elected central executive committee (CEC) to move forward as a team,” he added. “The process will be quite consultative.”Political analysts say Singh’s ascension to the leadership position will bring significant challenges.“The WP has, in the last 17-18 years, been identified very much with Mr. Low, but here is the opportunity for the party to demonstrate that it is more than just Mr. Low … a party that is able to appeal to a much broader spectrum of Singaporeans,” associate professor Eugene Tan said, according to Channel News Asia. “This is one challenge which presents both opportunities and risks,” he said.About Singh, he added: “I think, if anything, he would want to walk his own journey. It’s very much change with continuity. I think Mr. Singh will be keen to be his own man, but he will certainly rely on the tremendous wealth of experience Mr. Low has. And with Mr. Low continuing to be on the executive council, I think you have that wonderful combination of youth as well as experience and strategic direction as well.”Singh will be representing the Workers’ Party when Singapore Parliament reopens in May after a mid-term break. Related ItemsDiasporaSingaporelast_img read more

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Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “When that time comes to where I’ll be out there, I’m sure everybody is going to know and I’ll be out there playing the way I’ve always played,” said Thomas, who hosted a holiday party for some area kids at the team’s training facility. “I’m just trying to get as close as 100 percent as possible and to be out there to be special. Not just to be out there and be another body. However long that takes — it might be next week, it might be a week after that. We don’t know and we’re really not trying to put a date on it because it just depends on how my recovery is.“I’m ramping up my workouts, but at the same time it’s how I feel the next day, and it’s getting lighter and lighter, which is a good sign.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThomas is as close as ever to making his debut with Cleveland, which acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. Since training camp opened, the Cavs’ timeline for Thomas was for him to be playing games by the end of December.That now seems possible. The Cavs, who have won 18 of 20, host Chicago on Thursday and are expected to practice twice before their Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors, whom they’ve met in three straight Finals. Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan Cleveland has games in Sacramento and Utah next week before returning home on Jan. 2 against Portland. The next day, the Cavs will play in Boston, where Thomas spent more than two seasons and where he hoped to play longer before being traded.Since the deal, Thomas has talked about being motivated to show the Celtics they were wrong to let him go.Although he has not suited up for the Cavs, Thomas has been embraced by the city’s fans. As a way of giving thanks for their support, he teamed with World Vision — a humanitarian aid organization he has partnered with for seven years — to host children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at the party.“The biggest thing is just putting smiles on these kids’ faces,” said Thomas, who played basketball and video games. “You really don’t know what they’re going through or what they don’t have. It’s about having fun today.”Thomas said he has been touched by the warm welcome he’s gotten in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s genuine,” he said. “I just like giving back no matter where I am. That’s just who I am and that’s what I’ve always been about, so I just try to reach kids and touch kids and show kids I’m just like them. I’ve come from a similar background and especially in the holiday season, it’s about making others happy and putting smiles on other people’s faces.”The 5-foot-9 Thomas blended in easily with the kids, some of whom weren’t much smaller than him. At one point, he joined a game of “knockout” and was quickly eliminated.“I expected that,” he said. “Every time I play knockout with kids they try their hardest to beat me and I always seem to lose. That wasn’t my first loss.” View comments AP FILE PHOTOINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers.Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. Thomas has progressed to the point where he will be scrimmaging 5 on 5 in the next few days with the possibility of playing in games with the Cavs before the year ends.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Tokyo cuts estimated tab for 2020 Olympics to $12 billion

first_imgThe organizers said Friday that the event will cost a total 1.35 trillion yen ($11.9 billion).In their release, Tokyo 2020 officials said the U.S. dollar cost would be $12.6 billion. But at the current exchange rate of about 113 yen to the dollar it is just under $12 billion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen Tokyo won the Olympics in September 2013, its bid was for 730 billion yen. That ballooned to over 3 trillion yen but was slashed to 1.4 trillion yen after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike launched a cost cutting campaign.Organizers have managed to cut still more from the estimated cost by moving some events outside of Tokyo and using existing and temporary facilities. TOKYO — The latest price tag for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been trimmed slightly, but is still nearly twice the initial estimate even after a major cost-cutting effort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities A cost-allocation agreement calls for the city of Tokyo and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to pay 600 billion yen ($5.4 billion) each. The central government will contribute 150 billion yen ($1.4 billion).The remaining 35 billion yen ($315 million) will be covered by lottery revenues, officials said. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tokyo’s games won’t be the priciest ever: the 2012 London Olympics cost $19 billion, compared with the bid estimate of $6.5 billion.Cities tend to exclude large amounts of associated costs when they submit a bid to host the Olympics. Such bids usually include only core components such as the main facilities so that the bids are easier to compare. Building design, security measures, transportation and other costs are largely excluded.Thomas Bach, who took over as IOC president in 2013, has sought to slash costs to entice cities to bid for future Games and minimize damage to the Olympic brand. The IOC has urged Tokyo to cut $1 billion more.The addition of five new sports after Tokyo pushed the tab up, but one of the biggest factors is rising construction costs.The budget figure announced Friday does not include a contingency fund of between 100 billion-300 billion yen ($882 million-$2.6 billion).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Mbala on La Salle departure: ‘It’s final’ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Cañaleta provides veteran lift, hot shooting for Meralco

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City After jittery start, Jose finds bearing for Blackwater Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq It also helps that he’s playing for coach Norman Black, the same mentor he had briefly in 2014.Cañaleta’s explosion couldn’t have come at a right time, especially with the Bolts starting the new season without Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, both of whom are dealing with injuries.Still, the Tarlac native knows what he brings to the table for Meralco and he’s willing to hold the fort for his new squad as the Bolts go through this tough stretch without their usual starting forwards.“I’ve been in this league for so long and I know that I don’t need to rush anything. All you need to do is to be calm and control your emotions. It’s only then when you’ll be able to do what you need to do on the court,” he said. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “Every game, you have to be motivated. It just so happened that we faced my former team. But there’s no revenge angle or whatever,” he reiterated in Filipino.Seeking redemption or not, the 35-year-old forward looked like a man on a mission when he took the court for the Bolts, punishing the Elite as he led the charge in a 103-98 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe former UE stalwart torched the net as he went 5-of-8 from threes, with his gutsiest long bomb coming off the glass with 11.3 seconds remaining to put the game away for Meralco, 101-95. He finished with  25 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the win.But for Cañaleta, he attributed his good showing to his extensive plans coming to this season, saying, “We had a good preparation. I adjusted well with this new team and I didn’t have much difficulty because they were very supportive. They’ve been encouraging me to perform at my best and that’s the reason why I’m really confident playing for Meralco.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNiño Cañaleta admits that he was truly motivated when Meralco opened its 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign on Friday.That motivation, however, has noting to do with his new team facing his former club Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pelicans pull away after halftime, top Heat

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues E’Twaun Moore scored 15 and Jrue Holiday had 13 for New Orleans.Tyler Johnson scored 20 points for Miami, which got outscored 27-16 in the third quarter and saw the game quickly slip away. A 17-2 run put New Orleans up by 17 late in the third, and the outcome was not in doubt from there.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderGoran Dragic scored 13 and Josh Richardson had 12 for Miami.The law of averages was not kind to Miami — in multiple ways. Miami played again without Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow, and now Dion Waiters could miss multiple games with another sprained left ankle — the one that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed A night after the second-best shooting game in franchise history, Miami sputtered big-time and shot 42 percent. And coming off a 16-for-25 effort from 3-point range in that win over Dallas, the Heat went 10 for 32 from behind the arc.They were apparently due to go cold.And Cousins and Holiday were apparently due to win in Miami.Holiday was never part of a victory in any of his first 14 appearances at Miami (and had been 2-23 overall when facing the Heat). Cousins had played in Miami seven times, also with no wins.Miami got Dragic and James Johnson back from injuries — albeit briefly in Johnson’s case. He aggravated his case of right ankle bursitis and left after eight minutes, eventually retreating to the locker room for treatment and not returning. Dragic was also clearly laboring, wearing a sleeve on his strained left elbow and flexing it often.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) and Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) battle under the basket for position during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Ian Clark scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 17 and the New Orleans Pelicans went on a big second-half run to pull away and beat the Miami Heat 109-94 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Pelicans, who were 15 for 25 from 3-point range and shot 53 percent overall.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Schroder pours 33, hits big 3 as Hawks beat Mavericks View commentslast_img read more

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Champions Trophy: India to take on New Zealand in opening warm-up

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL The two warm-up games will help the ‘Men In Blue’ get back into the 50-over groove Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement 2/2 1/2 Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters Published on Team India members on arrival in England on Thursday for the Champions Trophy on May 25, 2017.   –  Special Arrangement × COMMENT Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be in focus alongside speedster Mohammed Shami when defending champions India take on New Zealand tomorrow in their opening warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy here.After a hectic six weeks of Indian Premier League (IPL), the two warm-up games will help the ‘Men In Blue’ get back into the 50-over groove and the emphasis will be on team combination moving into the tournament-proper.India last played an ODI against England, back in January this year.Since the match doesn’t have official status, all 15 members in the squad will get a chance to play. All eyes will be on Ashwin as he is coming from a two-month break after the BCCI wanted him to opt out of the IPL in order to recover from fatigue after playing all 13 Tests in a gruelling home season.The warm-up matches will provide Ashwin with much-needed game time as he fights for his place with Ravindra Jadeja in case the team management decides to go with one specialist spinner in the playing XI.It will be a good opportunity for Ashwin to test his skills against the likes of Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Tom Latham on a placid Oval track where 300 plus is considered to be a par score.Ashwin has not exactly had a great time in white ball cricket but the Tamil Nadu off-spinner had recently said that he is ready with a bagful of new tricks for the Champions Trophy. One can expect him to try out new variations in these warm-up games.Another bowler who is expected to bowl a few overs is Shami. He has not played 50-over cricket for India since the World Cup semi-final in Sydney, back in 2015.A fit Shami is an asset with his ability to work up brisk pace, swing the ball both ways and hit the blockhole. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah along with Hardik Pandya looking good to make it to the playing XI in India’s tournament-opener against Pakistan, Shami would look to make a case for himself.Among the batsmen, Rohit Sharma will again be batting at the top of the order after not opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire IPL.While it’s a different format, Rohit will certainly need to make some mental adjustments of facing the new ball first-up.He had played a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Mumbai after recuperating from a hamstring surgery but that was also more than two and half months back.Shikhar Dhawan has been lucky to get a look-in considering Lokesh Rahul had a shoulder surgery. Dhawan, who was adjudged the ‘Best Batsman’ during the 2013 edition, would like to once again cement his place atleast in the limited overs squad.Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee and Trent Boult make up for a very potent seam attack in any conditions — something skipper Virat Kohli would fancy as he is slowly getting back to form.The middle-order trio of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav will also seek to gain requisite confidence before the game against Pakistan on June 4.Squads SHARE India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters May 27, 2017 India captain Virat Kohli poses with the ICC Champions Trophy during the press conference.   –  Reuters India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi (wk), Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Jeetan Patel, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult. cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Sporting start title defence against Churchill
first_imgMapusa, Aug 22 (PTI) Reigning champions Sporting Clube de Goa will open their Goa Pro League title defence against Churchill Brothers at Duler Stadium here tomorrow.The two football giants clashed in group stages of the just concluded Goa Police Cup 2016, where Sporting got better of the `Red Machines.However, Churchill Brothers will remember their performance in the opening match of the previous edition of the League where they managed to upset the `Flaming Oranje.Speaking about preparations for the match, Sporting coach Mateus Costa today said, “Tomorrow will be a good game for all of us. It wont be easy because Churchill Bros are a strong team with some good players. The win in our previous encounter will definitely give some additional confidence to our boys.”But Costa stressed it will be a completely a new start. “Well at the back of our minds we do know we have beaten them but this is a new day and a new start. What happened was good but we are not relaxed, we will give our best tomorrow.””We need to send the right message, the first few matches are always very important. A good start will set the momentum right. We want to start on a positive note and go home with 3 points,” Costa maintained.”Tomorrows match is important because we will leave for Durand Cup after this round so a win here can be a good moral boost.”Speaking about the previous season, Costa said “we remember how things went south last time around; we do not want to repeat those mistakes. We faltered in maintaining our focus and that?s what cost us the first two matches last time. We will ensure that doesnt happen now.”advertisementOn the current squad at disposal, he said “at Sporting we try to improve all our players ? its not important if he is the best player, young player or any other. What is important to us is he is our player and we will make sure to bring out the best in him.” PTI MCS RSY AT JMFlast_img
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Mane Scores 2 As Liverpool Extends Perfect EPL Start (Video)

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England — Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool came back from a goal down to beat Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday and continue its perfect start to the Premier League season with a fifth straight win.Newcastle scored a surprise opening goal when Jetro Willems picked up a pass from Christian Atsu, cut inside past right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and blasted a shot into the top corner.Liverpool responded well, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain firing a shot narrowly wide, before Mane kick-started Liverpool’s comeback.The Senegal winger received the ball from Andy Robertson in the 28th and curled it into the top-right corner from a tight angle.Mane needed some luck for his second goal 12 minutes later. As he dribbled toward goal, the ball deflected off advancing goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and bounced in front of goal to leave Mane a simple finish. Mohamed Salah made it 3-1 after he charged through the Newcastle defense in the 72nd.Mane has now scored six goals in six games this season for Liverpool.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Neymar & Suarez lead TOTW 14 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:03 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mbappé Cavani Neymar Rennes PSG eSports Neymar Luis Suárez Barcelona PSG Primera División Ligue 1 The two superstars will be available in packs, along with an upgraded David Silva, Miralem Pjanic and Marcos Alonso, among others PSG superstar Neymar and his former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez headline a star-studded FIFA Ultimate Team Team of the Week.The Brazilian winger gets a massive upgrade from 92 to 94 after starring, yet again, for the Ligue 1 leaders, scoring twice and laying on an assist to his heir apparent, Kylian Mbappe.Suarez, meanwhile, inspired Barca to a 4-0 thumping of Deportivo, scoring twice and earning a 93 card. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester City’s maestro David Silva also receives a bump – his third in-form – after City’s 4-1 thumping of Tottenham despite his absence from the game, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso will also interest Premier League players – jumping from an 81-rated card to an 84.FIFA TOTWThe Team of the Week is available from 1800 GMT on Wednesday, December 20 until December 27.STARTING XIAnthony Lopes – Lyon – 83>85Naldo – Schalke – 82>84Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 81>84Sime Vrsaljko – Atletico Madrid – 79>84David Silva – Manchester City – 87>90Miralem Pjanic – Juventus – 85>87Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lazio – 80>83Aaron Mooy – Huddersfield Town – 77>84Neymar – PSG – 92>94Raffael – Borussia Monchengladbach – 82>86Luis Suarez – Barcelona – 92>93BENCHSven Ulreich – Bayern Munich – 76>81Djibril Sidibe – Monaco – 79>82Pizzi – Benfica – 82>84Salomon Kalou – Hertha Berlin – 80>83Josip Ilcic – Atalanta – 80>83Ryan Babel – Besiktas – 75>81Shinji Okazaki – Leicester City – 77>81RESERVESGary Mackay-Steven – Aberdeen – 68>78Henry Rojas – Millonarios FC – 68>78Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu – Stade de Reims – 66>76Timmy Thiele – FC Carl Zeiss Jena – 64>74Manuel Milinkovic – Hearts – 59>69last_img read more

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Playoff Committee’s Interesting Clemson Discussion

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)For the majority of the season, Alabama has widely been considered the best team in the country. Whether the Crimson Tide are scoring at an insane clip or shutting down opposing offenses, the defending champions look unstoppable.Well, it appears the College Football Playoff committee wasn’t entirely sold on Alabama receiving the top spot. After picking up another blowout victory over the weekend, it’s getting hard to ignore Clemson’s dominance.Clearly, the committee is impressed by the Tigers, which sparked conversations about flipping rankings with the Crimson Tide.This shocking news was revealed by the playoff committee chairman Rob Mullens.Rob Mullens said the committee did talk about whether Bama and Clemson should flip.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 21, 2018Although Alabama still holds the No. 1 ranking in the country, it’s obvious that Clemson isn’t too far behind.While the Crimson Tide had issues with The Citadel in the first half, the Tigers won with ease over Duke.Clemson has won its past six games by at least double digits. On the other hand, Alabama is still defeating opponents by an insane average margin of victory.Let the debate begin about which team truly deserves to be on top in the playoff rankings.last_img read more

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Housing Units for Residents of Majesty Gardens

first_img Residents of Majesty Gardens, in St. Andrew, are currently going through the selection process for some 48 apartment units. Story Highlights The houses have been built by the National Housing Trust (NHT), under the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) co-ordinated Community Renewal Programme (CRP). President of the Majesty Gardens Benevolent Society, Wayne Bernard, We welcome the project with open arms. Education is one of the community’s top priorities now Residents of  Majesty Gardens, in St. Andrew, are currently going through the selection process for some 48 apartment units, which have been built by the National Housing Trust (NHT), under the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) co-ordinated Community Renewal Programme (CRP), with input from other agencies.“To get a real impact and a change for the community, we started off with a working group that looked at transforming the entire community, and we have built 48 apartment units at one section of the community, and we are now to complete the remaining 400,”  stated Technical Specialist for Youth Development and Social Transformation with the  CRP project, Sherrian Gray, while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on October 8 at the agency’s head office in Kingston.“Not all communities will require housing, but some do. Our main aim is social transformation for all the communities,”  she said.Welcoming the houses, and other social programmes in the community, President of the Majesty Gardens Benevolent Society, Wayne Bernard, told JIS News that the area is receiving renewal, with educational and skills training programmes and the residents  preparing to equip themselves, focusing on a vision to build the community, empower themselves and assume worthwhile positions in the society.“We welcome the project with open arms. Education is one of the community’s top priorities now…to educate the community people to higher levels, so that we can meet the demand of what is to come, and get to operate within society at the highest levels,” Mr. Bernard said.Meanwhile, Miss Gray pointed out that the CRP is working in 100 communities that are classified as vulnerable and volatile, in the parishes of St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon, and Kingston and St. Andrew. She said the programme is helping to shape the physical look of the areas, and address the economic development and governance structures of the communities.“Physical transformation of the communities deals with housing, roads, water supply and youth development. We look at employment for youth, social transformation, parenting, family structures and attitudinal changes. We also look at governance elements in the communities, safety and security, and the interaction between the Police and the citizens,” she said.The CRP is targeting parishes that have experienced the highest murder rates over the last decade. Its primary role is to provide a co-ordinating framework for the implementation of a holistic range of interventions that enable citizens to live full and satisfied lives in safe and just communities.last_img read more

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GD NASSCO Cuts Steel for 2nd APT’s Tanker

first_imgzoom General Dynamics NASSCO has started construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony at NASSCO’s San Diego-based shipyard.U.S. Rep. Scott Peters signaled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel. NASSCO began construction on the first tanker in September 2014.Under the contract, each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers will be LNG-conversion ready and will hold a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.With a specialized ECO design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System.  “The construction of the first tanker for American Petroleum Tankers is well underway at NASSCO and we are pleased to begin construction on a second tanker for the company today,” said Kevin Graney, Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.NASSCO said that the five-tanker contract will also help sustain its workforce of nearly 3,200 and will add approximately 300 more jobs in the near future.The Jones Act compliant vessels are due for delivery in mid-2017.last_img read more

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Rickmers Maritime Exits Intercreditor Deed

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (RTM), the trustee-manager of mainboard-listed Rickmers Maritime, has fulfilled the conditions required to exit the intercreditor deed the company signed with three bank syndicates in June 2010.Following this move, the company regained the right to cash inflows from equity fund raising and prepayment step-up through excess cash generation. The exit also allows RTM to negotiate with each syndicate individually on a bilateral basis to meet its obligations and term out its loan maturity profile, without the need for unanimous agreement from all syndicates.“It is a significant development for Rickmers Maritime to finally achieve Trust Exit from the Intercreditor Deed after five years. This move complements our efforts to preserve cash to weather further market volatility, and improves our financial flexibility to be well-placed for growth when the shipping market improves,” Soeren Andersen, the Chief Executive Officer of RTM, commented.Rickmers Trust Management and the lenders entered into the intercreditor deed to restructure the RTM’s obligations after it failed to meet the value-to-loan (VTL) covenant requirement due to the significant drop in vessel values amid the shipping downturn then.As a result of the continued debt repayment, RTM is now VTL compliant, meaning that it is no longer required to negotiate for an extension of the VTL covenant waiver, due to expire on December 31, 2015.last_img read more

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Nourish Nova Scotia Helps Start Healthy Eating Habits Early

first_imgNourish Nova Scotia has come to the table, and will soon come to the kitchen and the farm field, to help youth across the province learn about the importance of healthy eating. The charitable organization launched today, Nov. 7, and supports breakfast programs at more than 360 schools, thanks to $750,000 in funding from the province. As Nourish grows, it will expand to help create environments that support healthy eating. This could include funding and resources to support other programs, such as edible gardens and cooking skills programs, and food literacy education to teach children where their food comes from. “By giving children the chance to start the day with a healthy breakfast, we’re improving their chances of success at school and into adulthood,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Right now, Nourish Nova Scotia is beginning with a focus on breakfast. I look forward to seeing them grow and expand to other programs. I’m proud that the province is part of their success.” Last May, Halifax West High School student Elizabeth Haikings attended a Nourish Nova Scotia session at her school that explored the marketing and advertising techniques of food companies. “Before this, I took food at face value; if the label said it was healthy, I assumed it to be true,” said Ms. Haikings. “I learned you can’t always believe what you read on a package. “I shared what I learned with my family, and now we all think about this more when we make our food choices.” Nourish Nova Scotia receives $750,000 a year in provincial funding. As a registered charity, it can also accept donations from people, groups and corporations. At today’s launch, Nourish accepted its first major corporate donation, $5,000 from Atlantic Central, the regional trade association that provides leadership, advocacy and support services to credit unions across Atlantic Canada. “On behalf of the 29 credit unions across the province, we are thrilled to partner with Nourish Nova Scotia to support their important work with youth,” said Michael Leonard, president and CEO of Atlantic Central. “As co-operative organizations, we share Nourish’s principles and recognize the value of local actions and the relationship it has to the environmental, economic and social prosperity of Nova Scotia.” For more information on Nourish Nova Scotia, or to donate, visit http://nourishns.ca. Helping create Nourish Nova Scotia fulfills a commitment of Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

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News observers hope for change and more context at The National postMansbridge

first_imgTORONTO – With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of “The National,” speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster’s flagship program.Mansbridge’s last night on “The National” comes on Friday and he’ll then helm the CBC’s Canada Day coverage on Saturday. The CBC has said it will unveil a revamped edition of “The National” on Oct. 30 with multiple hosts, a new format, a new set and new graphics.It’s a change industry observers welcome.“I would urge and applaud them to use this opportunity to create something different,” said Janice Neil, chairwoman of the school of journalism at Ryerson University.“I think it should distinguish itself from the other stations. You only have to look at the ratings tumble over the years to see that CTV has continued to do so well with its newscast, it’s not declining the way the others have. So why should the CBC try to go head-to-head? I know they’re not the same hours but why should they?“It’s an opportunity to try different things, like there is experimentation elsewhere in local and in other markets.”Including airings on both CBC and CBC News Network, “The National”‘s average minute audience between Aug. 29, 2016 to April 9, 2017 was 866,000 viewers, according to data supplied by ratings agency Numeris. Including all CTV and CTV News Channel broadcasts, the average audience of “CTV National News” during the same period was 1.3 million.In an age when many viewers consume news all day on social media, some say “The National” needs to focus on in-depth conversation and context to the headlines.“The only way a newscast like that, I think, is going to work in the future is (if) it’s not going to tell you the news, it’s rather going to make sense of the news,” said Richard Stursberg, a former CBC executive and the new president of the writers’ group Pen Canada.“So then it becomes about context, background, analysis, investigatory. It becomes all that kind of stuff rather than just telling me what the news is — because I already know that.”Ian Morrison, spokesman for the advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, declared: “Judged by the hard numbers, it’s time for a change.”“The status quo isn’t working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that I think all viewers should welcome,” said Morrison, noting he’d like to see a current affairs-style element to the show that appeals to a younger generation.“A lot of the appetite for watching ‘The National’ now is those panels that they have, the Chantal Heberts or Jennifer Ditchburns or whatever … helping to contextualize the information and I think that that’s really important.”Diversity is also a critical factor the CBC should be considering, he added.“I think there’s a lot of pressure, and appropriate pressure, on the public broadcaster to reflect Canada on the screen,” Morrison said. “And that involves diversity in age, in facial colour, in male-female balance and a whole range of things.”Mansbridge announced nearly a year ago his planned exit from “The National,” where he’s been at the helm for nearly 30 years.He said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press that he hasn’t been a part of the decision-making for the new show, although he has offered input.“I do raise the cautions about risking going too far in change and I think those warnings are respected,” he said.The switch to multiple anchors isn’t a huge change, added Mansbridge, noting: “It’s always been a team anchor in our case.”Stursberg argued the role of news anchors has changed in the digital age and they now have much less influence.“The idea that there’s a father figure or a mother figure who is the trusted source of all wisdom that comes from the national newscast, I think those days are just gone,” he said.Neil noted the news anchor has typically been seen as “the captain of the ship,” but “now viewers are increasingly perfectly happy to be their own programmer.”Still, Mansbridge does believe that in a time of crisis, viewers want to watch an “anchor they respect and like the most.”Morrison is happy to see “The National” move away from the idea of “the cult of the personality.”“Mansbridge would exemplify that in spades,” said Morrison. “He’s reported to be quite influential around story content, editorial decisions, how much time is spent on this and that.“All of a sudden he’s gone on the first of July and I kind of welcome that. I think it’s better to have a variety of sources in this age where context is important.”— With files from David Friend.last_img read more

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Stars Honoured At 2018 O2 Silver Clef Awards

first_imgThe O2 Silver Clef Awards earlier this month brought music industry greats together to celebrate the power of music and to raise vital funds for Nordoff Robbins – to ensure they can continue providing music therapy to vulnerable children and adults across the UK.Video: O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018Presenter Edith Bowman, hosted the star-studded 43rd O2 Silver Clef Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, with blue carpet arrivals coverage presented by Nordoff Robbins supporter, Peter Andre.Two legendary giants of music, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant were honoured for their contribution to music at the awards – Roger Waters was presented with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award, while Robert Plant won the Integro Outstanding Award. Welsh rockers Stereophonics picked up the American Express Icon Award, while multi-platinum recording artist Ellie Goulding was awarded the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award and British singer, songwriter and musician George Ezra took home the AEG Presents Best Male Award.Ellie Goulding said: “From a very early age, music was everything to me, the ultimate companion and often a way for me to express myself. The way Nordoff Robbins uses the power of music to bring everyone together is extraordinary. It creates this personal language so people can express themselves. I’m honoured to receive this award, thank you.”George Ezra said: “I am honoured to be receiving the AEG Presents Best Male award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards! Music is such a universal power for good and I’ve heard so much about the great work that Nordoff Robbins do – it’s an honour to support a charity who are dedicated to helping so many people through music.”Irish rock band The Script were presented with the Raymond Weil International Award, classical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe received the PPL Classical Award, and Rudimental were awarded the Bose Innovation Award. R&B artist Jorja Smith collected the Amazon Music Best Newcomer Award. The Sky Best Group Award was awarded to alternative pop band Bastille.The Script said: “We are honoured to receive the Raymond Weil International award at this year’s O2 Silver Clefs. We saw first-hand at a recent visit to Nordoff Robbins, the power of music therapy and we know from personal experiences how music can heal. So, to be supporting this charity through this event feels very special to us.”Jorja Smith said: “Thank you so much. This means a lot. After I went to the Nordoff Robbins Music centre, I realised how important music really is. It removes a barrier and enables us to communicate with people in a different way. A huge thank you for this award.”Fans have also been voting for their favourite artist in the Ticketmaster Best Live Act category with Harry Styles taking home the award which is sponsored by Ticketmaster and Live Nation.Ticketmaster said: “As the largest live entertainment company in the world, we see the profound effect that music has on people every single day. We’re hugely proud to be involved with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, supporting the incredible work that they do for thousands of people every single year.”The O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018 raised a staggering £705,000 at the 2018 awards. Earlier this year, it was announced that Nordoff Robbins are set to benefit from a dedicated three-year charity partnership deal with long-term supporters, O2.Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship, O2, commented; “O2 is incredibly proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins, now our fifteenth year as partner of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. As passionate live music fans, we love celebrating the work of the world’s most talented artists who grace the stages at The O2 and our O2 Academy venues nationwide. But we’re even bigger fans of the work Nordoff Robbins do delivering thousands of music therapy sessions every year in care homes, hospitals, schools and their own growing list of day centres around the UK. I’ve visited these Nordoff Robbins centres, and seen for myself just what an important part music, and the charity, play in people’s lives. Not just for those receiving the therapy, but their families too.”Nordoff Robbins CEO Julie Whelan said: “The O2 Silver Clef Awards are one of the reasons why Nordoff Robbins is able to continue delivering life-changing music therapy to so many people facing some of the biggest challenges who desperately need our help. For 43 years this event has celebrated the best names in music, whilst raising over £10.5 million for our charity to date. We are forever grateful for the tremendous support it receives year on year.”last_img read more

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