The Ultimate Guide to Cold Calling

first_imgThere are a lot of people out there who will be happy to tell you that you should never bother cold calling. Typically these people are either bad at doing it themselves, have never sold professionally or stand to benefit in some way from discouraging you from doing so.Of course, I don’t believe that sales people should abandon all other forms of selling in favor of cold calling. There are different mediums one can use to create new opportunities, and it doesn’t make sense to eliminate one medium simply because another medium is available. There is simply nothing about any medium that makes it an exclusive choice. Like a toolbox, you use different tools for different purposes.Cold calling, if you do it well, can help you prospect, develop relationships and boost conversions. In this guide, I’ll walk you through exactly why cold calling is still important and how you can learn to be an effective cold-calling powerhouse in no time.Chapter 1: Cold Calling is Dead: A RebuttalSales people can often be divided into two camps: those who still do cold calling and those who believe that social selling has replaced it. Usually those in one camp feel that their method is best and the other is useless. The folks who like social selling have set up cold calling, something salespeople don’t like, as a straw man to have something to rail against to gain clients. This is simply not an effective way to approach sales.My friends at Sales for Life published this post as evidence that cold facing its demise. Here are their claims laid out along with some evidence to the contrary.Cold Calling has a poor conversion rate and only 28 percent of cold calls engage in conversations.The article uses Keller Research Center’s research to show cold calling has a 1 percent conversion rate. What they failed to mention was that this research was based on real estate agents, not B2B sales professionals. Even so, if I could speak to 3 out of every 10 people I connected with, that would be more than enough.Forrester says 37 percent of order takers and 27 percent of explainer archetypes will be displaced.People hate cold calling for the same reason that people become order-takers and explainers – because they are conflict averse. Hiding behind social platforms and using emails also puts you into the category of being an order-taker or explainer.B2B e-commerce will top 1.1 trillion dollars and account for 12.1 percent of all B2B sales.That number will grow regardless of whether you ignore cold calling or not. It doesn’t reflect anything about the opportunity you are missing out on by ignoring cold calling.Nine out of ten top-level decision-makers don’t respond to cold outreach.Again, if you have nothing worth their time, this is true. But that only speaks to your skills, not the medium. If your competitor picks up the phone and engages them and you don’t, this will hurt you.75 percent of B2B leaders say that they regularly use social media in their decision-making process.Of course they do. That’s why using the phone in addition to social media is the best approach.Salesforce reports that 74 percent of buyers choose a salesperson who is first to add value and insight.But how do you actually get your value and insight seen in all the clutter on social? The fastest way to get in front of a client is still cold calling.84 percent of B2B leaders start their buying journey with referrals and cold calling cannot reach the vast majority of B2B decision makers.Seriously? The same folks that fear the phone are even more timid when it comes to asking for referrals. Why wait passively for your pipeline to fill up when you can take action with a call?Forrester says 70 of execs say salespeople are unprepared to answer their questions, and “there is no way a salesperson on a cold call can be as prepared as a social seller.”This could be true for people who are simply bad at cold calling. Get better at it and you will have an answer for every question.The average salesperson makes only two attempts to reach a prospect.“Success in social requires many touch points through a variety of channels.” That isn’t success in social, it’s success in prospecting and developing relationships. One of those touches should be the phone. Another should be face-to-face. Use social, too.None of the information they provided offered a relevant argument against cold calling – it only backed up the fact that people just don’t like to do it, not that it doesn’t work.Chapter 2: Combining Cold Calling with SocialShould you be using social selling? Or should you be cold calling? There are two camps here.One feels that you should never ever pick up the phone to call people at work, you should never interrupt someone to ask for an appointment and you should never ask someone to buy something. Never be closing, always be connecting. That way you can let the buyer decide when they are ready to listen further or make a commitment.The other camp says that the phone is still an important tool and if you want speed to results you pick up the phone and call proactively targeted clients so you can go in and get face-to-face and start developing an opportunity. This group will also tell you to use social selling. They’ll tell you to get referrals. They’ll tell you to go to social networking events, conferences, trade shows, etc. They’ll tell you to use every single method available to you, in addition to cold calling, to prospect in order to achieve a balanced approach that fits your business.So who’s right?It has to be the group that says you should cold call. It’s faster, more effective and better at filling your calendar with appointments quickly. Social selling is a long game that results in a lot of wasted time and wasted opportunity. There really is no debate. Every single expert will tell you that you need to use every method available to you and that is the best way to ensure that you get the results you need. Not everyone uses LinkedIn. Not everyone goes to networking events. By utilizing all of the methods available to you, you WILL see improved results.I have won major accounts with relationships that were begun on social media, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and this blog. Social media and inbound marketing are helpful and sometimes effective tools.But it is criminal negligence to suggest to salespeople that they no longer need to make cold calls (or pick up the telephone).If you’re a young person and you are uncomfortable of the cold call, getting comfortable with the phone will help you get results faster and build your pipeline. If you’ve been in the business for a while, you also need to get a killer LinkedIn profile as well as getting on the phone.Both social selling and cold calling together are better than each one alone. It’s simply common sense.Chapter 3: The Truth About Scripts and Cold CallingListen, we all know that using scripts can go horribly wrong. When I first got into sales, I was given a cold calling script. It consisted of a bunch of index cards collected into a tiny binder. Each card had tabs that were labeled with a prompt. The idea was that, as your prospect came up with an objection to meeting with you, you could flip to the corresponding tab and find the language you needed to overcome the objection.On my first or second day of calls, I was met with a prospect who interrupted me in the middle of the pitch and said “Hey, you’re reading from a script. Call me back when you don’t need to read from a script.” The tabs couldn’t help me with that one.Sales prospects are never going to have any confidence in you if you sound like you are reading from a script, it’s true. But scripts aren’t magic. You have to get comfortable with them with practice and over time. As I continued to make calls, I found it super effective to have access to effective language so I didn’t feel as blindsided when objections came up. As my competence and confidence grew, I found I didn’t need the cards at all. But they were a huge crutch in the beginning.You Are Already Using ScriptsThe fact is, you are already using scripts whether you believe it or not. Unless you are having a completely different conversation every time you speak to a client, you are depending on a script. Even when you are engaged in a conversation with your dream client, you are likely still using some stock answers to common questions and concerns. Scripted language is not supposed to read like a script. The idea is that they provide suggested language that you then take the time to learn so you can better finesse your response to each client.Take the Time to Craft and Rehearse Your MessageIf you’re new to sales, writing scripts is a good exercise in making sure you are on point and have a clear and concise message. And if writing scripts is old hat for you, remember that it is still helpful to revisit your language and make updates now and then. Taking the time to think about the language, writing it down and rehearsing it will build your confidence and competence.Try this. Make a list of common client and prospect communications you make and sketch an outline of key points and key questions you want to ask. Always keep your ultimate goal in mind. This will greatly improve your ability to make cold calls and your confidence in doing so.Don’t reinvent the wheel here. Reflect on what has worked for you in the past. What opening has worked the best for you in the past? What story best illustrates the point that you need to make? What funny anecdote always breaks the tension? What transitions work the best?Make sure you have a great sales call opening, a great value proposition, a spectacular and differentiating set of needs-analysis questions that prove your business acumen, a presentation that defines and validates your ability to achieve results, and tried and true commitment obtaining language.Chapter 4: Why People Fail at Cold CallingCold calling works – if you are doing it right. However, there are many reasons why people fail to make it work. Let’s take a look at some of the main ones.You’re not making enough callsIf you make 6-10 calls per day, it’s not enough to give yourself a fair chance at success. To make cold calling work you need an a researched target list and 60 to 80 fast calls. That will ensure that you get appointments and also that you get better faster.Weak value propIf your cold calls aren’t bringing in results, there’s a good chance your sales call value proposition isn’t compelling. Asking if I can “stop by, to introduce myself and my services” isn’t really something most people would jump at. To make cold calling work, you have to ask for a meeting where your dream client really sees the value they stand to gain.Asking for big commitments early onIt’s easy to frighten your client off with an open-ended “ask” right away. Even asking for an hour can be too much sometimes. Instead, ask for a smaller commitment, like 20 or 30 minutes to make it more palatable. That way they can say yes but also escape early if they don’t see any value.Asking for a meeting just onceIt’s good to go in expecting a “no” to your request for a meeting on your first attempt. Your dream clients says “no” to everyone who calls, not knowing how to decipher who is worthy and who isn’t. The first attempt will be met with an objection and then you need to follow it up with a second attempt.You aren’t resolving their fears or concernsProspects will tell you they already have someone, that they don’t need your service, that they don’t have time, etc. It’s unlikely that any of these are actually true. Their real concern is that you don’t have any real insight, you can’t really help them, etc. You have to make them believe that these things aren’t true.Chapter 5: Planning and Preparation for the Cold CallEvery interaction with your clients counts. The first cold call is where you need to sound like someone who creates value for their clients. It will determine whether or not you are someone worth spending more time with or whether they should object. This means you have to prepare for sales calls and plan for them like they matter.Develop SolutionsThe way you develop solutions needs to be more collaborative. It needs to include more stakeholders from diverse areas of the business. Less is just pitching.Negotiate ValueYou owe it to your client, your company and yourself to not allow your client to underinvest in the result they need. Offering discounts means that you are allowing your client to underinvest. It means you are depriving your company of the profit necessary to produce the results that you want to give your client. It also discounts the value you create.Take the Time to Craft and Rehearse Your CallA call should never sound rehearsed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get super comfortable with all of the language you need to make it work. Make a list of the common questions and objectives that you typically hear during sales calls. Start with the objections you hear during your prospecting activities. End with the objections you hear late in the process when your prospects and dream clients are resolving their concerns. Write down everything in between in an outline.Repeat the process above. Choose the most powerful words, phrases, and stories that help to resolve concerns. Reflect on what has worked in the past and keep a running diary of new questions and concerns and your responses.Chapter 6: Six Principles for Cold CallingIf you go into cold calling with these six principles in mind, you will succeed.You Are Going to Hear No. Don’t Believe It Means Anything.Your clients have no way of knowing who is worth spending time with so they will say no to everyone across the board the first time they hear from them. Those that are great at cold calling and telemarketing don’t attach any meaning to the word “no.” It is simply part of the dance.Your Dream Client Receives Lots of Calls. You Have to Differentiate Yourself.You have to differentiate yourself from your many competitors. Often, they are trying to sound professional. You need to sound different. Being real, being conversational and being authentic will help you differentiate yourself. If you don’t sound passionate about meeting with them and helping them, you will blend in with everyone else. Be yourself and be confident.You Have to Prove You Are a Value Creator. Not a Time Waster.You have one chance to make a first impression and convince a client that you are going to offer them value. If you say: “I’d like to sit down with you for fifteen minutes to see how we might be able to help reduce your overall cost of _________ and improve your __________ results,” you sound like a value creator.You Are Already Using a Script. Write a Better One.Even if you don’t use a written script, chances are, you are saying about the same thing on every call that you make. Improving your script improves your results.It is tremendously helpful to go through the act of writing down what you intend to say before you say it. It helps build the language into your nervous system; it makes the language part of you.Your Goal Is an Appointment. Nothing Else.Your goal is just to get an appointment. If you answer a client’s questions without leading the conversation to an appointment, they will say no. If you tell them you can provide them with that information along with details on how you can help them, it’s more likely that you’ll get in the door.You Are Going to Have to Push if You Want an AppointmentIt will be rare to reach the contact you need on your first call. If you really want the appointment, you are going to have to call more frequently than feels comfortable to you. You have to be persistent and resilient.Lots of salespeople are challenged by having to make cold calls. But there are some principles that, if taken to heart and adopted into your practice, can make your cold calling a lot more effective. The only way to ensure that you are making contacts and driving sales is by pursuing every opportunity available to you – and cold calling presents incredible value. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgPhilippine volleyball will have a major reshuffling at the start of the coming year.That’s according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco, who told the Inquirer that they set a meeting in January to discuss the changes they will make for the national team—including athletes and coaches.ADVERTISEMENT “Actually, it’s the players who wanted to call for the meeting; they called me and said they wanted to sit down and talk,” Cayco said.He noted that even the coaching staff may be affected as they are looking for a mentor who can implement his program given the complicated set-up of Philippine volleyball.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 shutout“We will talk to all leagues including the club and collegiate leagues,” said Cayco. “And we are looking at several names to be the national coach.”He said it will be a busy 2018 for the LVPI, which is eyeing slots for the men’s and women’s national teams in the Jakarta Asian Games. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The men’s team finished sixth place in the last Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur. The popular and star-studded women’s team finished fourth.But Cayco said they might use the results of the 2017 Asian Women’s Championships as basis for inclusion.“We placed in the quarterfinals of the Asian championships, that may have carry weight for the Asian Games Task Force (to endorse us),” added Cayco.The Philippines, led by the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Dawn Macandili, finished eighth in the Asians held here which was won by Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img MOST READ Cold weather, fever fail to stop Mag-aso 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 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.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 shutoutTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter. DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

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Rain or Shine holds off TNT for 1st win

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Cañaleta provides veteran lift, hot shooting for Meralco Read Next View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine needed a solid defensive job in the end game as it held off TNT, 82-79 to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on a good note Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.The Elasto Painters’ defense held through in the clutch as Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams botched their late three-pointers which could have tied the game at 82.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities As happy as Garcia was to start the year right, he noted that this game should serve as an eye-opener for Rain or Shine to buckle down and focus on what it prepared for in the offseason.“It’s good to start the season with a win but again, we had so many lapses. We turned the ball over too much, gave offensive boards up to TNT. The nice thing about it is we’re able to get this win. But I told the boys that we prepared so hard for this in the offseason and it’s unfortunate if we’re just going to waste it with these kinds of performances,” he said.Castro topped TNT in the losing effort as he flirted with a triple-double of 18 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.Roger Pogoy added 16 markers but shot 0-of-7 from threes, while Anthony Semerad got 13 points before injuring his right knee early in the fourth quarter.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Still, coach Caloy Garcia regarded his wards as “lucky” as Rain or Shine survived the duel despite committing 19 turnovers and allowing the KaTropa to grab 33 offensive boards.“We’re just lucky that they missed those late threes. We had so much lapses in this game,” he lamented.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 shutoutBeau Belga led the Elasto Painters’ balanced attack as he fired 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.Chris Tiu was also instrumental in the victory, chiming in 12 markers and three boards, Raymond Almazan added a double-double with his 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, while Gabe Norwood also got 11 markers and four boards for the team’s first win of the season. RAIN OR SHINE 82 — Belga 14, Tiu 12, Almazan 11, Norwood 11, Ahanmisi 9, Daquioag 8, Borboran 5, Nambatac 5, Trollano 4, Ponferrada 3, Maiquez 0, Yap 0.TNT 79 — Castro 18, Pogoy 16, Semerad 13, Williams 11, Rosario 8, Reyes 7, Torres 4, Tautuaa 2, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Tallo 0.Quarters: 20-20, 43-37, 62-51, 82-79. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Christmas tradition: Warriors, Cavs headline holiday hoops

first_imgIn this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. The NBA is driven by star power and its Christmas Day lineup is about the league’s best players, not all the best teams. Yes, the NBA will roll out LeBron James and Kevin Durant, toss in some Russell Westbrook and James Harden under the mistletoe. APNEW YORK — Not since the Kobe-Shaq breakup have two rivals spent so many Christmases together.Golden State and Cleveland are playing the holiday’s heaviest-hyped matchup for the third straight season. The same teams hadn’t met that many times on Christmas since the Lakers and Miami squared off from 2004-06.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments This time the Warriors, as the NBA champions, are home for the holiday after having to travel to LeBron James’ house last season.“It’s great. It’s no fun playing on the road on Christmas,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s great playing at home. I always enjoy Christmas Day home games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Lakers-Heat trilogy began immediately after Los Angeles had dealt Shaquille O’Neal to Miami, making it an obvious addition to the schedule because of his feud with Bryant, even though the Lakers had fallen from championship contention.Dwyane Wade played in those games, beginning what’s been one of the most successful Christmas careers. His 10 wins in 12 appearances are the most in NBA history, and his 301 points are tied with James for third on the list. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 Now together, they will to lead Cleveland to its 20th win in 22 games.A look at the games on the schedule of the 70th edition of the NBA on Christmas:PHILADELPHIA 76ERS AT NEW YORK KNICKSThe 76ers hope Joel Embiid can return from a back injury to play in their first Christmas Day game since 2001. The Knicks have played a league-high 51 games on Christmas and their 22 victories are tied with the Lakers for the most. They better enjoy being home for the holidays because they won’t be many times after Christmas. New York, tied for the NBA low with two road victories, plays 16 of its next 20 games away from Madison Square Garden after Monday.CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Stephen Curry isn’t expected back and Isaiah Thomas isn’t quite ready, so these familiar foes won’t look like they did last June or will if they meet again next June. Their first meeting this season is on the same floor as their last one, the Warriors’ victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The team that won the title followed by also taking the Christmas Day matchup the next season after their two previous championship clashes, with the Cavaliers erasing a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Finals and then a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter last Dec. 25 at home.WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BOSTON CELTICSIt’s hard to make history on a franchise with as much history as theirs, but the Celtics will just by stepping on the floor Monday. They’ve never played a home game on Christmas, with 28 road contests and two at neutral sites. Expect them to be rude hosts to a Washington team returning to Boston for the first time since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series in which the teams exchanged hard fouls and bad blood in what’s become a heated rivalry recently.HOUSTON ROCKETS AT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERPerhaps it’s time for Carmelo Anthony’s breakout performance with the Thunder, because nobody has been better on Christmas. He has averaged 33.2 points in five games, tops among all players who made at least four appearances. This is the Thunder’s first chance to see what Anthony and Paul George mean in this matchup after the Rockets easily dispatched them in the first round of the playoffs. James Harden has scored 51 points in his last two games, but the Rockets lost both of them after winning 14 in a row.MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES AT LOS ANGELES LAKERSThe Timberwolves get another chance after losing in Oklahoma City last year in their first appearance on Christmas. Christmas games may be new to the Wolves but not to fans in Minnesota, as the Lakers made their first 11 appearances on the holiday from 1949-59 when they were based in Minneapolis. The Lakers have gone on to play 19 straight years on Christmas, so rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma better get used to having holiday plans. 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ball to miss Lakers’ Christmas game with shoulder sprain Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextlast_img read more

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Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas Clasico

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was like a perfect storm for us to get beat tonight, but our guys figured out a way. We weren’t perfect out there but we played with really good energy.”As much as the bigs shone under the spotlight, the win wouldn’t have been possible without the solid showing of Ginebra’s backcourt.LA Tenorio scattered 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and five steals, while Scottie Thompson added six markers, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the victory.Magnolia saw the career-night of Ian Sangalang go down the drain. Sangalang had 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.Paul Lee had 16 markers, three assists, and three steals, while Peter June Simon got 15.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Guiao says playing at PH Arena ‘convenient’ but won’t regard venue as NLEX homecourt BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra once again, had Magnolia’s number after coming out with an 89-78 win in their Christmas Clasico clash Monday night at Philippine Arena here.The Gin Kings went to their strengths late as Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar sealed the deal to lead their squad to a triumphant debut.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Read Next Slaughter fired 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and four blocks, capping a dominant showing with a game-sealing three point play with 29.2 seconds left.Aguilar contributed 12 markers and five boards, highlighting his outing with a pair of rim-rattling dunks in the final 2:05 taking the air out of the opposition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderJervy Cruz chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.“I’m a little surprised at how well we played,” said coach Tim Cone as he was impressed with how his Gin Kings performed after the offseason the team had coming to this first conference. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 The scores:GINEBRA 89 — Slaughter 24, Tenorio 15, J. Aguilar 12, Cruz 12, Caguioa 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Mariano 4, Taha 2, R. Aguilar 0, Manuel 0.MAGNOLIA 78 — Sangalang 25, Lee 16, Simon 15, Pingris 6, Barroca 4, Dela Rosa 4, Gamalinda 4, Herndon 2, Melton 2, Ramos 0, Brondial 0, Pascual 0.Quarters: 22-17, 48-37, 66-60, 89-78. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

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Delhiites turn out in large numbers for yoga day

first_imgNew Delhi, 21 Jun (PTI) The national capital celebrated the second International Yoga Day today with Delhiites turning out in large numbers at several venues earmarked for yoga demonstrations. Connaught Place was packed with an estimated 10,000 volunteers, who had started assembling before dawn for the event that started at 5:30 AM. Participants lined the three radial roads – inner, middle and outer circle- for the mega event.Apart from Connaught Place, the AYUSH Ministry organised the event at six other locations- Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden, Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini, Yamuna Sports Complex in Patparganj and District Park in Dwarka. At least 100 Resident Welfare Associations identified by the ministry also hosted Yoga Day events.Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Venkaiah Naidu, was present on the dais as the chief guest along with LG Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. The dignitaries later joined the crowd for the 45-minute yoga protocol.The event in Delhis Connaught Place saw talks on yoga and musical performances. There were also special yoga performances by two differently-abled groups, including yoga on wheelchair.A team of 250 CISF personnel, including a CISF women commando team also conducted a demonstration on Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a Filipino martial art.Connaught Place was closed for traffic from 3 AM to 9 AM. There was heavy security at every radial, including bomb detection squad. Several ambulances could also be seen at the site. NDMC and police personnel could be seen helping the crowd and manage the event.Celebrities like international wrestler Sangram Singh and Miss India 2014 Koyal Rana were also present at Connaught Place.advertisementSeveral central government ministries also hosted events in their office premises for their employees including Civil Aviation Ministry.Around 200 officials and employees of the Civil Aviation Ministry and Airports Authority of India , including Secretary R N Choubey, performed various Yoga asanans at the lawns of the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. PTI JC DVlast_img read more

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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe: Niroshan Dickwella fined for attempted Solomon Mire stumping

first_imgNiroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka has been fined 30 percent of his match fee and received two demerit points for attempting a stumping which was “contrary to the spirit of the game” during the first ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe in Galle on Friday.Dickwella was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.The incident happened in the seventh over of Zimbabwe’s innings when Dickwella, who was keeping wicket, after gathering the ball, held it near to the stumps and waited for the striker Solomon Mire to leave his crease.After an unsuccessful attempt to stump Mire, Dickwella waited for another opportunity to get the batsman out long after he had completed his stroke.After the match, Dickwella admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.All level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.Dickwella had come into this match with five demerit points against his name. As such, he is now on seven demerit points and pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if he reaches eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into four suspension points and he will be banned.advertisementFour suspension points equate to a ban from one Test and two ODIs or two T20Is, two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.In February this year, Dickwella had been suspended for two limited-over internationals after his accumulated demerit points had reached five following two breaches in a space of two weeks.The charge was laid by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz.The two teams will face each other in the second ODI on Sunday.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 6c with Surge S2 processor, 6GB RAM and dual rear cameras leaked online

first_imgXiaomi, in February, became only the fourth smartphone manufacturer in the world — and second in China — to have built a chipset designed and developed in-house. While the first-generation Xiaomi processor called the Surge S1 did not particularly excite those looking for raw fire-power, the company may secretly be working on a more powerful second-generation Surge processor, expected to be called the S2, to silence the critics. The Surge S2 is said to be based on the 16nm TSMC process as opposed to the 28nm-based Surge S1 and will likely launch sometime during the end of this year. Alongside the company may launch a phone, said to be the Mi 6c, to show off the S2’s mobile processing prowess.Although there’s no definite time-line of release, the Mi 6c will reportedly come with an octa-core Surge S2 processor (with four A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz) clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is also said to pack a dual camera system consisting of a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup. It is further said to start at 1,999 CNY going all the way to 2,499 CNY.As far as design is concerned, it seems the Mi 5c would be a hybrid cross between the Mi 6 and the Mi 5. It would come with dual curves and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.Xiaomi’s home-brewed mobile CPU, called the Surge S1, is an octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53) that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. Built on the 28nm High Performance Computing (HPC) process, Xiaomi’s Surge S1 CPU comes with a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU and a 14-bit dual ISP for “enhanced image processing capabilities.” The chipset scores an Antutu score of 64,817, notes the company. Moreover, the Surge ISP algorithm inside is claimed to improve camera light sensitivity by 150 per cent to achieve better low light photos.advertisementAs for the Mi 5c, it comes with an all-metal body — 132g and 7.09mm in thickness – and a 5.15-inch display with 550-nit brightness. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. It sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with 1.25 micron ‘large’ pixel size along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,860mAh battery with support for 9V/2A fast charging.Also Read: Xiaomi launches Mi 5c phone with in-house 8-core Surge S1 processorlast_img read more

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Tony Pulis expected to be named as Middlesbrough manager by new year

first_imgMiddlesbrough hope to name Tony Pulis as their new manager by the end of the week and, ideally, as early as Boxing Day, when Bolton Wanderers visit the Riverside.The former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City manager is in discussions with Steve Gibson, Boro’s owner, with a view to agreeing a three-year contract to succeed Garry Monk, who was sacked late on Saturday night following the team’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.Gibson has known and admired Pulis for a long time and is believed to feel that the 59-year-old’s pragmatic tactics will suit a Boro side who were moulded into a cautious, counterattacking unit during three years under Aitor Karanka. Monk’s attempts to foster a more expansive approach had foundered during his seven-month tenure. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest With Gibson having invested around £50m in new players – including the record £15m buy Britt Assombalonga – last summer, while also pledging to “smash” the Championship there were fears that the former Swansea City and Leeds United manager would be unable to oversee an immediate return to the Premier League. Some senior players are understood to have been confused by the new philosophy and the side lacked a clear identity.Although Monk was said to be “surprised” and “baffled” by his 9pm Saturday exit, Boro have won only 10 of their 23 league games and are ninth, 19 points adrift of Wolverhampton Wanderers, the leaders, and 12 short of second-placed Cardiff City. They are, though, only three points behind sixth-placed Aston Villa, who visit the Riverside for a potentially vital game on Saturday. By then it is hoped Pulis will be in the dugout with Craig Liddle, the caretaker, having reverted to his role in charge of the academy.After being sacked by West Brom in November, Pulis had said he wanted to take some time out of football and was particularly keen to spend Christmas at home with his family before taking on a new “project” during 2018 – but it seems Gibson’s powers of persuasion may have accelerated that process.Should negotiations between the pair founder, Boro’s owner would be expected to turn his attentions to Nigel Pearson, who is managing OH Leuven in Belgium’s second tier, Pearson and rivalled Monk for the Riverside post when it was last vacant in May.With James Beattie, Monk’s assistant, having also been dismissed Liddle will be assisted by the former Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate until an appointment is made. Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter news Middlesbrough Read more Championship Share on Messenger Carlos Carvalhal leaves Sheffield Wednesday after dismal winless run Share via Email Tony Pulis Reuse this content Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Western Bulk Unloads Its Chartering Business

first_imgzoom Norwegian dry bulk operator Western Bulk ASA has sold its wholly-owned subsidiary Western Bulk Chartering in an attempt to stay financially viable.“The company is exposed to an increasingly challenging market situation with dramatically low dry bulk charter rates and guarantees granted by group companies for charters for certain ship owners. This has resulted in significant strains on the company’s short term liquidity situation,” Western Bulk said in a statement.Western Bulk Chartering was sold in an auction to Norway-based private investment company Kistefos AS for a cash consideration of USD 16 million.The enterprise value was established at approximately USD 47 million.Under the terms of the sale, Kistefos AS will further assume the company’s remaining debt amount of USD 31 million.The sale is subject to approval from the company’s bondholders.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory VictoriaInverness Counties

first_imgVICTORIA/INVERNESS COUNTIES: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry across St. Patricks Channel in Cape Breton will be out of service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 7, Wednesday, Nov. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 9. This will allow repairs to the ramp and provide time to prepare the ferry for winter operation. Local Area Office: 902-756-2010 -30-last_img

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Film Nova Scotia Empire Theatres Screen Bridge Award Films

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres will showcase the province’s emerging talent with a free screening of the short films The Motorcycle, One Hit Wonder and The Lullaby of Mike Bossy on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Theatre, 6408 Quinpool Rd., Halifax. The projects, produced by Tarek Abouamin, Brad Horvath and Aram Kouyoumdjian won the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award. The award is designed to give emerging producers the opportunity to produce a program for broadcast in the Atlantic Region. The screening is being held to increase awareness of the Bridge Award among emerging producers in advance of the Feb. 8, 2008 application deadline. It is also a showcase of the next generation of Nova Scotia filmmakers. Screening nights are held four times a year and allow local audiences to see homegrown film productions while helping local filmmakers promote their work.last_img read more

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Senators players say viral video a hiccup team relationship with coaches strong

first_imgMatt Duchene and the Ottawa Senators are attempting to put the drama behind them after a viral video of him and some teammates criticizing the club, most notably assistant coach Marty Raymond, appeared online on Monday.Duchene spoke publicly about the incident for the first time Tuesday night after the Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3 in Ottawa.“I want to take this opportunity to extend my absolute sincere apologies to Marty Raymond. He’s a heck of a person and coach and he did not deserve what we said. I sincerely, sincerely mean that on behalf of myself and my teammates,” said Duchene.“It’s been a tough couple of days for a lot of people and we needed to respond and we did (with a win). We’ve dealt with things and everything in (the room) is good. We’re moving forward and it’s hard for me to even talk about because it makes me emotional and it’s not the person I am, or any of us. We’ve done a heck of a job bouncing back tonight as a whole group and I’ve said it all season and I’m going to keep saying it, we have a heck of a group in here.”Ottawa forward Mark Stone said earlier in the day that the latest bit of turmoil in the ongoing saga of the Senators is a “hiccup,” and that the team has already done work to repair the frayed relationship between players and coaches that was laid bare in the video.Stone said that the video showing seven Senators players insulting the team and Raymond during an Uber ride is an internal matter.“It’s disappointing the way the video got released,” he said. “We dealt with this long before this video was released. As a coaching staff, as management, as players it was dealt with internally and the way it should be and we’re going to move forward and grow from it.“We don’t want negative stuff surrounding our team and this is a hiccup. I think guys have made a great effort to repair relationships. This is only going to make our team stronger going forward.”The video was the latest bit of humiliation for the organization, which has endured numerous controversies over the past two years. Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening to move the team, a bizarre alleged cyberbullying incident involving the wife of former star captain Erik Karlsson and harassment allegations against former assistant general manager Randy Lee are just the tip of the iceberg.The video shows the players, including Duchene, Chris Wideman, Chris Tierney, Thomas Chabot, Alex Formenton (since sent down to his junior club in London), Dylan DeMelo and Colin White, discussing their ineffective penalty kill and mocking Raymond in what appears to be a recording from a camera mounted on the dash of an Uber driver’s van or SUV in Arizona last month.“I can’t talk about it, but I think we’re all very sorry for Marty Raymond and we think he’s an amazing guy,” White said post-game Tuesday.None of the players involved were made available to talk about the incident at Tuesday morning’s skate, leaving Stone to do most of the talking.“As a leader of this team I want to be supporting my teammates,” Stone said. “It’s something I never want anyone to go through with it. As a coaching staff and management and players, we’re trying to form a bond that turns this team into the right direction and this is a hiccup, but I think we’re on the right track of doing that.”In the video Duchene, who is one of the Senators’ alternate captains, is heard saying: “Marty Raymond, the only coach in NHL history to have the worst power-play and the worst PK within a calendar year.”Duchene later adds that he “(hasn’t) paid attention in three weeks” in Raymond’s meetings.The players apologized to Raymond in a statement released Monday.Raymond, who is in his third season with the Senators, was responsible for the power play for much of last season and is in charge of the team’s penalty killing this year. Ottawa’s penalty killing is currently 30th in the league.Senators coach Guy Boucher did his best to sidestep the issue, saying the team had moved forward and was focusing on Tuesday’s game.“I don’t know who makes decisions to put things like that out there, but when you purposely try to hurt another human being, I don’t want to spend too much time on that, and especially probably the best human being I know (Raymond), that’s personal,” Boucher said. “There you have it. Team wise we’ve moved on and we’re getting ready for (the game Tuesday night).”During the morning skate Duchene was seen talking and laughing with Raymond as the two held a brief conversation at centre ice.The incident, meanwhile, has raised concerns about player privacy.“We’re all totally aware that any time someone says to you this is off the record … nothing is off the record in your life. So let’s get that straight,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said at the Maple Leafs’ morning skate on Tuesday.Many Maple Leaf players questioned said it’s imperative for players to be aware of their surroundings when having a private conversation. And defenceman Travis Dermott expressed some sympathy for the Ottawa players caught up in the controversy.“I mean, tough bounce for them. They’re going to have to deal with that, but it could happen to anyone, really.”Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby also felt bad for the Senators players.“Those conversations happen all the time. Coaches know it, players know it. We’re together every day, so it’s pretty easy for that to happen,” he said.Added Vegas Golden Knights winger Ryan Reaves: “I would never expect a cab ride conversation to be made public, but that’s the world we live in right now.“Everybody’s a snitch.”— With files from Canadian Press national hockey reporter Joshua Clipperton in Toronto and freelance reporter Lisa Wallace in Ottawa.last_img read more

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