Professional Development: 9 Lessons I Learned in the Worst Way

first_imgThey say good judgment is the result of prior lousy judgment. That idea has proven true for me over the course of my life in sales. The following stories of nine mistakes are all true, and the name of the person responsible is known to you and cannot be changed to protect the guilty.Buying Clients: I was very young with a flush expense account to entertain clients or prospects. I had called on a contact at a large company in Century City to schedule a meeting, but all my attempts ended badly. I decided to ask the contact for lunch, and she agreed. She ordered two appetizers, two meals, and two desserts. The second of each course was her dinner later that night. She said hardly a word at lunch. However, by saying nothing, she said everything. Although you will see it done from time to time, you can’t buy clients.Not Checking for Competitive Threats: After five or six sales calls with a decision-maker, I gained a verbal commitment and scheduled to pick up a contract the following week. Instead, I received a call that he had chosen my competitor. After I had left the building, a competitor presented and showed hi something I didn’t offer. He liked what he saw and changed his mind. I never asked what other options he was considering or if he had seen anything he wanted that I hadn’t shared with him.Selling Price from Behind: My price was always higher than my competitor’s prices. My strategy was to build the value up before disclosing my higher price as a way to validate it. I had not yet thought of the difference being a more significant investment in the client’s solution, though that is what it was. At some point, I started explaining to prospective clients in the first meeting that my price was higher than my competitors, and the difference in price was how we invested in improving their results. I built the value through the rest of the process. It’s hard to see a higher price at the end of the sale—even when it serves your client to invest.Big Logos: My small company and I won a lot of huge, well-known clients. I created a slide with all the big logos and added them to a slide deck I used to explain our offerings. Many people were impressed. Several smaller prospects, however, had a negative response to the logos. One of them said, “I believe we might be too small for your company.” I protested, explaining that we were also a small company. What I did not understand for some time was that some clients were looking at the list and recognizing the risk of other, much larger, much more prestigious company they were sure would get the attention they needed. You have to know your audience, and the proof you need should match the client’s concern, not create a new one.The Front Door Is Locked: I started by calling on people in Human Resources. Most of them would tell me they already had a partner, and that my services were not needed. Some of them would meet with me to learn enough about my company to be able to tell other people on their team, we were not a good fit—and to protect their incumbent. So instead of walking through the front door, I very literally started walking in the back door of buildings and finding the person who used the service I provided. I found my way to the people who wanted better results and were not married to my competitor. The people guarding the front door found out they were going to be using us only after the decision was made by someone who wasn’t getting what they wanted.Assuming What’s Important: I had a meeting with a client that took me seven years to obtain. To prepare, I read the last three years of their annual reports, including the Chairman’s letters. Having done my homework, I had a list of their three biggest, most strategic initiatives. When I sat down with my contact, I started to describe how my solution could help with the strategic initiatives. He asked me where I came up with those initiatives, and I told him. He replied, “No one in this building cares about any of that. I need people who can drive forklifts. Can you get me those people.” Never one to avoid a necessary change of plans, I quickly said “yes,” without another word about the Chairman’s letter. I overshot the mark by not knowing my audience.Big Does Not Mean Dream Client: At the time, my largest client was spending millions of dollars with my firm. They were always late on their bill, and they were not good partners. There were many people on their leadership team who brutal to my people—and tried very hard to be tough on me, but lacking in effectiveness due to my demeanor in conflict. At some point, I had enough of how they treated my people and their lack of payment. The CEO of the company told me if I ever asked again or mentioned how they handled my people, he would fire me (using much more colorful language and what he thought was a threatening tone). I calmly told him I expected him to pay me, and that I was sending them the thirty-days notice canceling our contract. The money spent doesn’t mean your client is a dream client.New Stakeholder: After serving a client for seven years, they hired a new person into a role with authority over my program. The new stakeholder’s power grew as some of my contacts moved out of the company, always taking my team with them because of the better results we provided them. The new stakeholder wanted to make a name for themselves and decided to attack my company and me over our pricing. I defended the investment they were making and did my best to explain why they had made it in the first place. When this stakeholder had the opportunity, they removed us from the company. We continued to work on the stakeholders who knew us, and because of the decisions the new stakeholder made, within a year she was gone. We were back. Because we held so many relationships and did such good work, we suffered from the false illusion that we were safe. We were not.Not Leading: As a young leader, I found it challenging to get the results I need through others. I started with a terrible premise. I assumed that all people were just like me, self-starters, needing no direction or leadership. That plan, as you might have guessed, was a disaster. I doubled down on that bet by hiring experienced people and compensating them so I wouldn’t have to lead them. The results were even worse. After spending too much time and way too much money, I accepted that everything was my fault, and I started to lead.There is no substitute for experience when it comes to your growth and development. You can learn as much from your mistakes as you can your successes if you derive the lessons and avoid them in the future. What mistakes have you made, and what did you learn from them? 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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Modi-Trump Meeting in Manila to Discuss Bilateral Issues

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi met U.S. President Donald Trump on Nov. 12 in Manila, Philippines, where the two leaders have gathered with other world state heads for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits. He will be meeting Trump again on Nov. 13 for a bilateral meeting in Manila Bay.Modi is scheduled to meet Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on the same day, apart from addressing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and attending a community reception. The Indian prime minister is scheduled to hold meetings with leaders of Japan and Australia, who are part to the proposed quadrilateral “Indo-Pacific” partnership. Modi’s Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had presented the strategy to Trump to counter China with the formation of an alliance between their countries, and Australia and India.Interacting with world leaders in Manila. pic.twitter.com/qh0pdcFyXP— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2017Modi will meet Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Manila. He also met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Malaysian Prime minister M Najib Razak, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the summit. He is the first Indian prime minister to visit Manila in 36 years, after Indira Gandhi.The world leaders, including Trump, Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, wore the traditional Philippine embroidered shirt Barong Tagalog on Nov. 12 for a gala dinner.Unlike Modi’s usual bear hug, he and Trump shared a half-hug and the Trump staple — a strong handshake.“A lot has happened between the Prime Minister’s trip to the White House and now. The South Asia strategy, which was announced in August, has laid out certain red lines for Pakistan. We will be interested to know about Trump’s perception of what Pakistan is doing on taking action against terrorist groups and individuals,” the Indian Express quoted official sources as saying.“Trump’s assessment of China under Xi, in his second term, will be key to understand how the relationship between Washington and Beijing is going to evolve. The fact that he chose to go there, right after the 19th Congress of the Communist Party, signals the importance he attaches to the relationship.”Indian officials also discussed with their counterparts from Japan, Australia and America that a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large,” according to the report.China had reacted to the catchphrase “Indo-Pacific” used by Trump repeatedly, and said that the quadrilateral alliance won’t hinder their economic activities in the region. India has been especially incensed at China’s One Belt One Road initiative in Pakistan.Modi also interacted with scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and inaugurated the Rice Field Laboratory at Manila. He also visited the Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc (MPFI).PM @narendramodi visiting Mahaveer Philippine Foundation in Manila. pic.twitter.com/boxILUk3IE— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 13, 2017 Related Itemsasean ManilaDonald trump Modieast asia summit Philippinesindo pacific Trump Japanmodi Philippinesrodrigo duterte Modilast_img read more

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Off-Broadway Enlightenment 101

first_imgIs it possible to achieve nirvana or enlightenment in neon-lit Times Square and that too in two hours flat? Well, yes, if you watch the new musical play Sidd at Dodges Stages. It is based on the novel *Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and deals with a young man’s wanderings through the temptations and corruptions of the city and his meeting with the Buddha and subsequent enlightenment. If you thought achieving enlightenment is heavy going, you’re in for a surprise. The play is light and funny with a lively multicultural musical score. But wasn’t Siddhartha supposed to be serious and deep? Ask Fran Kirmser Sharma, executive producer and choreographer of Sidd, and she says: “Herman Hesse is a Western writer. so it’s a Western take on Eastern matter. It’s really up for interpretation. One of the goals was to be inclusive of everyone and you know when you do a piece of musical theater in New York, if there isn’t an entertainment factor, if there isn’t an opportunity to laugh, if there isn’t material which is accessible to the tourist who’s coming into town, then you’re in trouble! So we wanted to make sure the piece could be shared with many, many people.” Different genres of theater, choreography and music mingle together and you can’t really identify the time and place the events take place in. Is it New York City today or is it an ancient city of Buddha’s days? “It’s whatever you want it to be. People fill in the blanks and that is exactly what we wanted,” says Sharma. “It’s supposed to be fun and we aren’t afraid to have fun. We’ve heard from people who were worried it was going to be this big serious journey of the Buddha and were surprised to find it light and accessible. It widens our net of people who are aware of all the doors and windows that the novel opens to thinking a little bit differently and learning about cross-cultures.”Sharma says, “It’s amazing how they constantly pull from us and we pull from them. These little accents were layered in, so you have the tabla, sitar, cello and reggae — cross-cultural but done sparingly so they fit together.” Another interesting thing about Sidd is the color blind casting. Though Manu Narayan plays Sidd, it was earlier played by Neil Maffin, a Caucasian-American, and the cast is of every color possible. Each one of the characters is based on a different country. Says Sharma: “One of the things the novel does so well is that East meets West and suggests that we’re all connected and all the same and everyone is part of everyone. There’s a universality in the novel and a suggestion for peace past culture. So we just wanted to cast the roles with the best person for the part and we wanted it to reflect the scene.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Hot Yogi

first_imgYoga guru to the stars, Bikram Choudury, could not hold on to his inner peace when an interviewer for the London The Times ventured into a discussion about his critics. Choudury lit into the reporter Damian Whitworth: “I don’t like to talk the negative things. My every second is billion dollar. People get cancer and people die in chronic disease. You know who is responsible for that? The media. You guys are kind of sick people. Only you talk the bad things. Why people get chronic disease? High blood pressure? Thyroid problem and cancer and AIDS? Because they constantly see and listen negative things that depress people and that destroy the biochemistry. Yoga controls that. I don’t give a shit what the f*** people think about me. They sick people. They are idiot people, they are stupid people…. They don’t know who I am. They are not me. People talk bad about Jesus. So what? Muslim doesn’t like Christian. White people kill all the black people round the world. I don’t care. I only care I can keep you alive a 100 years. That’s my job. That’s why pope come to me. Presidents come to. Whole world come to me. You come here with a negative attitude…. I don’t have time to waste. I read human mind. I look at your eyes I know you more than God knows you, your mother knows you, your father knows you…. It’s done. I don’t want you to write a story on me. I don’t need it. I don’t like you.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Grand Mazarin: Diamond with Historic Indian Past to be Auctioned

first_imgOne of the most glorious gems of France — The Grand Mazarin – will be put up for auction by Christie’s on Nov. 14 in Geneva. The colored, square-cut diamond weighing approximately 19.07 carats was excavated in India’s Golconda mines in the Deccan Plateau.The Golconda mines have been known for historic gems like the Koh-i-Noor, the Regent Diamond and the Wittelsbach-Graff, all famous for their exceptional clarity, Christie’s said.The gem has crowned royal jewelry for three centuries in France, Christie’s international head of jewelry Rahul Kadakia said, the Associated Press reported. The diamond, which will be auctioned for the first time in 130 years, was initially bought by Cardinal Mazarin, who became France’s Chief Minister in 1642. It has been a part of King Louis XIV and Emperor Napoleon’s royal treasury.It is “the diamond with the most prestigious and historic provenance still to be in private hands”, Francois Curiel, the chairman of Christie’s, Europe and Asia, said, according to the news agency.Louis’s wife, Maria Theresa of Austria, is probably the first person to have worn the diamond. After she died, Louis added the gem to a chain of diamonds. Later, Louis XVI was forced to hand over the royal jewels during the French Revolution. There was an attempt to steal the diamonds during the French Revolution, but the robber was caught and his life was spared only when he handed the jewel back.In 1810, the Grand Mazarin graced the jewels of Emperor Napolean’s wife, Marie-Louise. It was also a crown jewel for Louis XVIII. It was once auctioned in 1887, where Frédéric Boucheron, one of the favored jewelers of France’s great families, purchased it.The Grand Mazarin was sold to a private collection in Europe after it was last publicly displayed in 1962. The owner of the jewel is unknown. Related Itemschristie’s diamond auctionemperor napolean diamondfrench revolution diamondgolconda mines diamondgrand mazarinroyal jewelslast_img read more

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Registration of NRI Marriages to be Done Within 48 Hours: Indian Minister

first_imgMarriages of all Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) that have been solemnized in India will now have to be registered within 48 hours, Maneka Gandhi, the Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD), said on June 6.“NRI marriages will have to be registered within 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI. She added that the WCD Ministry has started the process of issuing orders to the registrars, where the particulars of the marriages have to be recorded, so a central database can be maintained.There is currently no time limit for the registration of marriages in India, but a report by the Law Commission, submitted in July last year, suggested that the time frame for the registration of marriages should be limited to 30 days. After 30 days, a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed, the news agency reported.“The ministry has recently issued six look-out circulars in such cases and in five cases, passports were revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs,” Gandhi added.The look-out circulars are issued according to directions laid down by the government in order to keep a watch on the arrival or departure of NRI husbands, as per the recommendation made by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the decision taken by the Integrated Nodal Agency. A watch is also kept to stop them from leaving India, Gandhi added.She pointed out that an alteration in the statute by the Law Ministry, that would permit authorities to hold the properties of NRI offenders in escrow in instances where they flee after deserting their spouse, is being awaited before the databases can be settled.“That is where we are held up and hopefully it will be sorted out at a meeting on June 11 and once that is done, we can create ‘Lakshman rekha’ of safety for women who marry people who come from abroad,” she was quoted as saying in the report.The WCD Ministry had earlier issued five Look-out Circulars (LoC) pertaining to NRI matrimonial disputes. The decision was taken following the third meeting of the Integrated Nodal Agency, held in New Delhi on April 17.The government informed the Lok Sabha on March 14 that 3,768 complaints were received by Indians missions and posts in foreign shores from distressed Indian women during 2014-17. Most complaints are related to dowry and ill-treatment by NRI husbands. Related ItemsManeka GandhiNRI marriageswomen’s rightslast_img read more

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Durant leads Warriors past Lakers for 11th straight win

first_imgRockets GM says team is ‘obsessed’ with dethroning Warriors Kyle Kuzma scored 27 points and fellow rookie Lonzo Ball had 24 points with five 3-pointers in his first visit to Oracle Arena. Julius Randle added 21 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which snapped the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak Wednesday night in Houston.Durant shot 9 for 20 in the Warriors’ 10th win in a row at home against the Lakers and sixth overall after Golden State outlasted the Lakers in overtime Monday night in Los Angeles.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 shutoutWarriors coach Steve Kerr and Lakers coach and former top Golden State assistant Luke Walton had a nice chat near the Warriors bench after the final buzzer.Still without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Golden State got some much-needed reinforcements. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0), Larry Nance Jr. (7) and Brandon Ingram, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APOAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant had 33 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four blocks, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-106 on Friday (Saturday Manila time) for their 11th straight victory.Rookie Jordan Bell recorded his first career double-double with season bests of 20 points and 10 rebounds, making a key layup with 2:45 to go and dunking a minute later. Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Draymond Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as he came back from a shoulder injury for the defending champs.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police 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 Citycenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Green returned after missing five of six games with soreness in his right shoulder, while Andre Iguodala also was back after sitting out Wednesday night’s win against Memphis with flu-like symptoms.The Lakers, who trailed by as many as 23 in the third quarter before getting within 84-72 going into the final 12 minutes, briefly took their first lead of the night at 89-88 on Randle’s 3-pointer with 7:43 remaining.Los Angeles cut the lead to 86-81 on a steal by Josh Hart and Kuzma’s layup with 9:39 left, then 88-86 when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer at the 8:09 mark.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 communitieslast_img read more

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In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire

first_imgIn Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire PLAY LIST 02:31In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:29Police 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 When life knocks you down, you have a choice: Stay down or get back up.Paul Zamar chose the latter—continuing his basketball dream in Thailand, where he plays for Mono Vampire in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said.Looking back, things would have been different for the 31-year-old had he decided to leave the game for good.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 shutoutLife seemed to have been at its best for Zamar back in 2016.Marrying longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel in April, the steady playmaker out of University of the East churned out an MVP-caliber performance for Cafe France as he steered the Bakers to the 2016 Aspirants’ Cup Finals. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues He continued that solid outing in the 2016 Foundation Cup, but the Bakers once again crashed to the powerhouse Phoenix squad, which eventually won both PBA D-League titles that season.Though his team fell short, Zamar’s performance alone should have merited a call up, an invite at the very least, to the big league.Paul Zamar delivered solid performances for Cafe France in the PBA D-League before the team decided to change directions, leaving the former UE playmaker without a team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSome things, however, just weren’t in his control, and with Cafe France opting to go on a different direction, that left the 5-foot-11 Zamar unemployed. Without a direction to latch onto going forward, and with his PBA dream as distant as ever, Zamar’s situation almost drove him to depression.Paul’s father, Boycie, meanwhile, approached it differently, telling his son to keep on playing. After all, the now-San Miguel assistant coach himself has experienced this overseas way of living as he played and coached in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore years before.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” he told his son then. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES 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 Those words reverberated for the younger Zamar, and until this day, he keeps that in his mind, driving him to continue dreaming.That led him overseas to his new home in Mono Thewphaingarm, where he immediately brought the house down and set a new Thailand Basketball Super League scoring record of 52 points in the team’s victory over Hi-Tech back in June.His stupendous run in the local league led to his eventual stint with Mono Vampire in the ABL, where he now forms a killer backcourt duo with Fil-Am court general Jason Brickman.“The PBA is still crowded for us guards and we know have to work. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity,” he said.Mono Vampire’s @paulzamar willingly obliges for photos with Thai kids after the game. #ABL8 pic.twitter.com/zw5cw4XoOW— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 8, 2017In Mono Vampire, Zamar is a superstar, with the team expecting him to rack up solid numbers and be one of the key cogs to lead the team to victories. That also comes with the perks of his popularity with young basketball players try to chase him after games asking for picture and autographs.He’s not alone, though, as a number of Filipino cagers have taken their acts internationally and are now counted on as Heritage Imports in the ABL. Names like Leo Avenido, Jerick Cañada, and Froilan Baguion made lasting impact in their respective stints in regional circuit previously, with former PBA players like Reil Cervantes, Rudy Lingganay, and James Forrester now following suit.Zamar didn’t deny that it took him a lot of time before he was able to adjust to this brand new setting, from meshing with his new teammates as well as inculcating himself to the new culture. But what fast-tracked Zamar’s adjustment period is the same reason that drove him to this foreign land — the game of basketball. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I was still feeling my way in the beginning, but after two weeks of playing with them, it eventually became ok,” he said, as he spent the last six months of his life living in Bangkok. “It’s still different that you’ll go to the games on the road compared to here that we’re always flying. But I feel ok here with the freedom the coach has been giving me in the games.”Mono Vampire’s Paul Zamar tries to evade the defense of fellow Filipino Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueBut Zamar isn’t looking at this run as a demotion of sorts. Moreover, he feels challenged with the improved competition in the region, a testament to the evolution of the ABL over the years.“I was watching ABL before and I felt that I would like to play here because I saw the competition. A number of Filipinos have also played here, and we’re taking on American imports.Before, there are only Southeast Asian teams. But now, East Asian teams are joining like China, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei, so the level of play here in the ABL has truly improved,” he said. “You can say that it’s the best of the best of the countries that are being sent here, and it really fuels me to perform at my best, especially that I’m looked at here as an import. It really tests me to be on my toes because I’m out of my comfort zone and as my father reminded me, I’m always under the microscope as an import.”The cream always rises to the top, and for Zamar, this stint has been nothing but promising, as he averages 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in his seven games for Mono Vampire this season.Zamar has been nothing short of impressive but he reiterates that he still hasn’t given up on coming back home and playing in the PBA, where he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra back in 2012.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”But now that the opportunity is dry, Zamar is content on making his name and improving his game in Thailand.“For now, I’m thankful for this opportunity that I’m getting here in Mono. I’ll concentrate on my job here.”Photo from ASEAN Basketball League View comments In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire4.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Depleted Bolts get boost from Canaleta, new additions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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TNT vet Kelly Williams showing no signs of slowing down

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Despite serving as one of the KaTropa’s elder statesmen, Williams is hell-bent on representing the league’s seniors as he seeks to contribute alongside these fresh bloods.“I hope to see more from myself and I expect more from myself. We’ll see,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Williams wound up with 11 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes on the floor as he was one of the few positives coach Nash Racela can look at for the KaTropa.“Kelly showed it last season. The expectation this conference, this season was to continue what he was doing previously,” Racela said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player, however, feels that he’s still far from his peak form.“I still don’t feel as conditioned as I was before at this point.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s an extra oomph in Kelly Williams’ game on Friday.Seemingly turning back the hands of time, the 35-year-old was all over the court when TNT opened its campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup against Rain or Shine, with him skying for rebounds, hustling for loose balls, and even delivering rim-rattling dunks.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, clobber Kings Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq He’ll gladly take this one, though, as he looks to follow up a strong showing last season that saw him win his second Bogs Adornado Comeback Player of the Year award and a spot in the Mythical Second Team.“My body feels good. I think it’s more so on my mind that’s getting healthier. I’m just trying to keep myself healthier, eat right. I’m thankful that people notice the difference,” he said, owing his resurgence to his improved conditioning.“When you get older, you got to pay more attention to your body, listen to it and take care of it, eat right, get rest, and workout. That’s what I’m trying to do,” he said.Also playing a factor for Williams’ vintage form is TNT’s youth revolution, with the Fil-Am forward admitting that he feels rejuvenated playing with young guns like Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario.“The PBA has always been a young man’s league. I knew that early on when I came in. And I know you just got to prepare for it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

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Crowd-favorite Ginebra opens a season of promise with showdown against ‘Clasico’ rival Magnolia

first_imgLee exploded for 30 points and almost single-handedly brought formidable Alaska to its knees.And with coach Tim Cone, who won a 20th title when he guided Ginebra to a repeat in the Governors’ Cup last season, being the master of exploiting match-up problems, it would be interesting to see how he will make life difficult for Lee and press the Kings’ enormous advantage in the middle.Meanwhile, NLEX, after a rocky debut, guns for a second straight win when the retooled Road Warriors battle Terrence Romeo and GlobalPort in the 3 p.m. opener.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But before they get their shot at the Beermen, they would need to run a gauntlet of teams also wanting a shot at them—at toppling basically the next best thing.‘Manila Clasico’ rival Magnolia is first in line, testing the mettle of the Gin Kings in the main game slated at 5:15 p.m. at ultra-modern Philippine Arena here, with the Hotshots eager to prove that they belong in the conversation of title favorites for the season’s most prestigious jewel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I don’t need to motivate them (Hotshots) anymore,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino. “I just need to remind them to have the proper mindset to stay away from the distractions, this game being held in Christmas.”And while the Kings will use their Greg Slaughter-Japeth Aguilar tandem to overwhelm the opposition, Victolero is again going to rely on his 6-foot guard Paul Lee, who is also itching to be involved in the MVP talk judging from the way he played Friday night despite being less than 100 percent healthy. An interesting side story to Monday’s Christmas Day match: Can the double-header break a PBA attendance record anew at Philippine Arena? —Sherwin VardeleonBOCAUE—With a balanced roster seen as the only one that can rival a modern-day dynasty and coached by arguably the most brilliant mind in the PBA ever, Barangay Ginebra makes its Philippine Cup debut Monday to give everyone a glimpse on whether the hype is true or not.Bannered by a twin tower combo and quarterbacked by a heady veteran in LA Tenorio, the Gin Kings have been labeled as the only ones capable of toppling three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer from its lofty perch.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cojuangco’s Christmas comeuppance Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-PUNE 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 13) (REOPENS DEL 13) They continued to be laggards, lacking enough firepower and impact players to trigger a turnaround of fortunes. Adding to their woes was reports that there was a tiff between the team management and the owners. Punjab have certainly missed quality players in their ranks and non-performance of the big-hitting David Miller has affected them badly. Losing Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh, among their most consistent players, added to the problems. Now that they will take field for the last time this season, knowing that they have nothing to lose, going out of the event with a win is what both the teams would be hoping for. Teams (From): KXIP: Murali Vijay (C), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Mann, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Manan Vohra, Shardul Thakur, Nikhil Naik, Mitchell Johnson, KC Cariappa, Farhan Behardien, Arman Jaffer, Kyle Abbott, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Mitchell Johnson. Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Saurabh Tiwary, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Baba Aparajith, Ankiit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma. Match starts 8pm IST. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

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Bayern Munich win, Borussia Dortmund climb on top in Bundesliga

first_imgGerman football champions Bayern Munich overcame Werder Bremen 2-0 owing to Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace while Borussia Dortmund edged Hertha Berlin 2-0 to move atop the standings in the 2nd round of Bundesliga.Bayern wrapped up their second straight win whereas resilient Bremen suffered their second loss in a row on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.The hosts staged a well-positioned defence and were able to keep the “Bavarians”, who lacked in penetration and ideas, on the distance for most of the time.Thus, Bayern created only two chances within the first half as Corentin Tolisso’s effort was denied by the woodwork before Arjen Robben came close with a header from inside the box.Carlo Ancelotti’s men increased the pressure after the restart. Still the visitors had to wait until 72nd minute before Kingsley Coman’s square pass found Lewandowski, who slotted home with back heel.The Pole gained momentum and completed his brace only three minutes later when he nutmegged Jiri Pavlenka with a shot from the edge of the box to seal the deal with 75 minutes played.Reuters Photo Borussia Dortmund reaped a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin. The hosts ensured a bright start on home soil as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock after slotting home Nuri Sahin’s cross with 15 minutes into the game.The BVB dominated the game but Hertha Berlin defended well. However, the “Old Lady” was hapless after the restart when Sahin doubled the lead with a dropkick from 16 meters in the 57th minute.With the result, Dortmund move atop the Bundesliga standings to secure a perfect start into the season.advertisementElsewhere, Wolfsburg defeated Frankfurt 1-0 as Daniel Didavi scored the only goal of the game.Wasteful Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils with clinical Hoffenheim following a two-all draw.Newly promoted Stuttgart recorded their first win of the season after beating Mainz on the sole goal from Holger Badstuber.Augsburg secured a 2-2 draw on home soil with a late goal from Sergio Cordova against Borussia Monchengladbach.last_img read more

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Supreme Court refuses stay PETA plea to ban Kambala. What is Kambala?

first_imgThe Supreme Court has refused to stay a plea filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to ban a legislation in Karnataka that permits the annual buffalo race known as Kambala.The sport is similar to the other controversial traditional game called Jallikattu. The Kambala season begins in November and goes on till March.10 things you should know about KambalaKambala is a contest where two pairs of buffaloes tied ploughs are made to race on slush-filled tracks with a jockey guiding them while they run.The buffaloes are made to run at a speed that they time close to 12 to 13 seconds while covering a distance of 140 to 160 metres.The farmers use a whip to nudge the buffalo ahead and try and make them a medal winner.The Kambala season generally starts in November and lasts till March l the following year.The winning pair of buffaloes were awarded coconuts as part of this centuries-old tradition but these days the race is for a gold medal or a trophy. Kambala races are nowadays conducted day and night under floodlights.Animal rights activists have opposed the sport saying that tying the noses of the buffaloes with a rope and using a whip amounts to cruelty.Supreme Court in 2014 had banned Kambala and Jallikattu based on a petition filed by various animal rights organisations.Kambala supporters have been protesting since the ordinance on jallikattu was moved by the Tamil Nadu government lifting the ban.Massive protests and processions are being taken around with buffaloes to put pressure on the Karnataka government to move a similar ordinance.Kambala is a traditional bull sport similar to Jallikattu advertisementlast_img read more

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Anil Kapoor dismisses rumours of Abhinav Bindra biopic being shelved: Great stories take time to be told

first_imgIt was in September 2017 that Harshvardhan Kapoor posted a picture with Abhinav Bindra announcing a film on the Olympic gold medalist. But two years since the big announcement, the film still hasn’t started rolling. And this delay in the film gave way to rumours of the biopic being shelved. However, Anil Kapoor, who plays Harshvardhan Kapoor’s on-screen dad in the biopic, took to Twitter to rubbish the rumours saying that “great stories take time to be told.”Anil Kapoor posted pictures with Abhinav Bindra and his dad Apjit Bindra on social-blogging site and wrote, “Great stories take time to be told! The world will see the inspirational life story of @Abhinav_Bindra on the big screen soon! So incredibly excited for this! @apjitbindra @HarshKapoor_”Great stories take time to be told! The world will see the inspirational life story of @Abhinav_Bindra on the big screen soon! So incredibly excited for this! @apjitbindra @HarshKapoor_ pic.twitter.com/0OtUkq2LJ4Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 3, 2019While Harshvardhan will essay the role of Abhinav Bindra, Anil Kapoor will step into the shoes of Apjit Bindra for the biopic.A website recently reported that due to the delay in the commencement of the project, it has been shelved. A source told the portal, “The Abhinav Bindra biopic, with Harshvardhan Kapoor in the lead was expected to start shooting in fall 2018, but now half of 2019 is almost over and there has been no progress on the film. The film has taken too long and the wait has seriously damaged the viability of the venture. Keeping this in mind the makers have decided to shelve the film completely.”advertisementBut now Anil Kapoor has dismissed all rumours.Early this year, Harshvardhan Kapoor told Mid-Day that “we cannot put a timestamp on this film.””We are currently rewriting the script. Good things always take time to brew. We are quite some time away from having a screenplay, which makes us unanimously feel that the film can now be made,” he told the daily.The 28-year-old actor revealed that director Kannan Iyer and co-writer Abhay Khurana have been adapting Bindra’s autobiography A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold for the big screen over a year now.”His story is different from that of any other Indian athlete. He has grown up wealthy, his struggles are different. Plus, shooting is a psychological sport. So, one can’t feel for Bindra the way they do for, say, the Phogat sisters because his struggles are internal. Kannan and Abhay are in the process of writing a story that is honest to Abhinav and his book. We can’t put a timestamp on this film,” said the actor.On the work front, Anil Kapoor is busy with Mohit Suri’s Malang.ALSO READ | Harshvardhan Kapoor on delay in Abhinav Bindra biopic: We cannot put a timestamp on this filmALSO READ | Anil Kapoor to play Harshvardhan Kapoor’s father in Abhinav Bindra biopicALSO WATCH | India Today Unforgettables: You were my first teacher on set, Hrithik Roshan tells Anil Kapoorlast_img read more

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SPENCER MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF INVOLVING A CROSSBOW

first_imgA six and a half hour standoff overnight has led to the arrest of a Spencer, Iowa man who was armed with a crossbow.Spencer Police were dispatched to a home around 8pm for a threat complaint.Police say 56 year-old Todd Norgaard had allegedly threatened some neighbors while displaying a crossbow.Witnesses said that Norgaard had retreated inside his residence immediately following the incident.Officers unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with Norgaard and a standoff ensued.Norgaard voluntarily surrendered around 2:30am.He is charged with Intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and harassment.last_img read more

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Brett McMurphy Clarifies Edits On Original Zach Smith Facebook Story

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Update: Sunday morning, it was discovered that Brett McMurphy’s July 23 and July 24 Facebook reports on Zach Smith had been edited. The original reports, as Facebook screenshots publicly show, said that Smith had been arrested. The post has since been changed to say that Smith was investigated.McMurphy has since spoken to us and clarified what he says happened.McMurphy’s original report claimed that Smith had been arrested during the October 26, 2015 incident. McMurphy says that a revised version of the report from the Powell Police, released after his original report, indicated that Smith had actually not been arrested.“The terminology used by the Police Department was different in the original report (dated 10/26/2015) and inconsistent with what actually occurred,” Megan Canavan, director of communication for the Powell Police Department, told McMurphy.McMurphy included these claims in his bombshell August 1 report. He later went back to his July 23 and July 24 posts and updated them to reflect that the new report reportedly suggested Smith had not been arrested during the incident.You can view all Facebook posts’ edit histories by clicking on the “three dots” icon and selecting “view edit history.”Earlier: Brett McMurphy’s reporting on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State situation has, undoubtedly, been the biggest story of the year in college football. It’s led to Smith’s firing at OSU and Meyer’s future with the Buckeyes being put in doubt.McMurphy’s original story, published on Facebook on July 23, appears to have been edited over time, according to Facebook’s history.The edits to the story were pointed out on Reddit and have since been tweeted about by Ohio State reporter Kyle Lamb.“I referenced this a few days ago. Thanks to the internet gumshoes, this is important context to consider in the timeline of events. July 23 “arrested.” July 25 Urban’s response. July 30 changed to ‘investigated’,” he tweeted.I referenced this a few days ago. Thanks to the internet gumshoes, this is important context to consider in the timeline of events. July 23 “arrested.” July 25 Urban’s response. July 30 changed to “investigated.” https://t.co/6V0ur3zf3U— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 5, 2018CORRECTION: I stated Urban’s response was July 25. It was July 24. The original report by McMurphy was July 23, but Urban’s response came July 24.— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 5, 2018Here’s what was uncovered on Reddit:To see the old un-edited article where he claimed Zach was arrested in 2015, click on the three dots (…) in the upper right hand corner of the post, and select “more options” and then “view edit history”. You will see the original post said:Smith,… was arrested Oct. 26, 2015 on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith.The new edited post says:Smith,… was investigated Oct. 26, 2015… on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith,On July 24th, when Urban was responding to the story, McMurphy’s post still claimed Zach had been arrested in 2015. Urban’s response was:I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing — once again, I don’t know who creates a story like that.Here’s what Meyer then said about everything in his statement released on Friday:“Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media days on July 24, I failed on many of these fronts,” Meyer said in his statement. “My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.”“Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.”This is clearly an ongoing saga and more information continues to trickle out. We’ll see what is going to happen with Urban Meyer and Ohio State at some point in the coming weeks (or sooner).last_img read more

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ESPN Releases New Bowl Projections Following Week 11

first_imgAn aerial view of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Sunday afternoon and another weekend of college football is behind us. New bowl projections are out, courtesy of ESPN.There were some changes from last week’s edition, including a minor tweak to the CFP matchups (but not the four teams in the field) and to a couple of NY6 games.Here are the updated bowl projections following Week 11 from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Notre Dame Sherman: Clemson vs. Notre DameCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Michigan Sherman: Alabama vs. MichiganTexas Bowl Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech Sherman: Auburn vs. Texas TechCamping World Bowl Bonagura: Syracuse vs. Iowa State Sherman: Syracuse vs. Iowa StateAlamo BowlBonagura: Utah vs. Texas Sherman: Washington vs. TexasPeach BowlBonagura: UCF vs. LSU Sherman: West Virginia vs. LSUGator BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Purdue Sherman: South Carolina vs. WisconsinFiesta BowlBonagura: West Virginia vs. Penn State Sherman: UCF vs. Penn StateRose BowlBonagura: Ohio State vs. Washington State Sherman: Ohio State vs. Washington StateOutback BowlBonagura: Florida vs. Iowa Sherman: Kentucky vs. Michigan StateSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Georgia vs. OklahomaCitrus BowlBonagura: Kentucky vs. Northwestern Sherman: Mississippi State vs. NorthwesternYou can view all the bowl picks from the Worldwide Leader here.last_img read more

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Analyst Predicts Iowa’s ‘Worst Case Scenario’ For 2019 Season

first_img The best case scenario for Iowa is another 8-4 record in the regular season, meanwhile the worst case scenario could result in the program suffering six losses.Worst-case scenario: (6-6, 3-6) — There’s a chance Iowa could be 4-0 exiting September and we still won’t know if this team is Big Ten title caliber yet. The Week 3 tilt at Iowa State is extremely tough, but will be one of those black-and-blue games that comes down to the fourth quarter. Unlike the past few seasons, Iowa’s league slate does no favors and the Hawkeyes will play Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan.Iowa’s season will most likely depend on how it handles back-to-back matchups against Michigan and Penn State.We’ll see if the Hawkeyes can open the season on the right note when they host the Miami Redhawks on August 31.[247Sports] Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley winds up to throw.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 01: Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes passes during the 2019 Outback Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The Big Ten is undeniably one of the top conferences in college football. Not only are there a few powerhouses within the conference, but it also has potential dark horses like Iowa.Iowa enters this upcoming season with an experienced quarterback in Nathan Stanley and strong defense led by top prospect A.J. Epenesa.Head coach Kirk Ferentz has turned the Hawkeyes into a consistent winner in recent years. While another successful season could be on the horizon, it’s possible that his squad succumbs to the pressure of playing such a difficult conference schedule.Brad Crawford of 247Sports revealed his best and worst case scenarios for each team in the Big Ten.last_img read more

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Security Strengthened at KPH and Victoria Jubilee

first_img The cameras, valued at $1.3 million, were procured through funding provided by the Ministry of Health. Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that 13 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the facilities. Security measures have been strengthened at the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals, downtown Kingston. Story Highlights Security measures have been strengthened at the Victoria Jubilee and Kingston Public hospitals, downtown Kingston.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the hospitals, Colleen Wright, told JIS News that 13 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the facilities.The cameras, valued at $1.3 million, were procured through funding provided by the Ministry of Health.Ms. Wright said that the cameras cover high-traffic and vulnerable points throughout the compound, including the lobby areas and all entrance and exit points.“It enhances public safety. In the event of criminal activity, it will also help us to quickly solve these by identifying the perpetrators,” she noted.In addition to the cameras, other security measures have been put in place to monitor the approximately 210 persons who visit the hospitals daily.These include 24-hour security personnel, and visitors are now required to sign in to enter the facilities.Additionally, searches have been implemented to ensure that no unauthorised items/persons enter or leave the hospitals.“When visitors are coming, they have to be searched. They are given a pass and their names are recorded. They must state who they are going to on the wards, and we have a list to ensure the (patient) is on the ward or the visitor will not be admitted on to the compound,” Ms. Wright said.She is appealing to members of the public to comply with the new measures, which are intended to ensure the safety of all persons at the hospitals, and improve service efficiency.“We are ensuring that we tighten up security to mitigate breaches,” she said.last_img read more

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Offen Group DEVK Abandon Marenave

first_imgzoom The existence of German shipping trust Marenave Schiffahrts comes once again into question as the proposed capital reduction – the condition for implementing the restructuring concept – has been rejected by key shareholders.At the annual general meeting held on September 15, members postponed capital reduction. Consequently, the investment agreement involving CPO Investments GmbH & Co. KG (Offen Group) and DEVK Allgemeine Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft fell through.Earlier, investors said that in case the capital reduction is not adopted, they will no longer pursue the investment agreement.The meeting resolved to remove Klaus Meyer as a member of the company’s supervisory board and enlarge the board to four members.Last month, German asset and investment management company Ernst Russ, which holds a minority stake in Marenave, sought removal of Meyer.At the same time, the annual general meeting, according the proposal of Ernst Russ, has elected Jens Mahnke and Hans Michael Schmidt-Dencker as members of the company’s supervisory board.Against this overall background, all supervisory board members acting so far, the chairman Bernd Zens and Henning Winter resigned from office. Thereupon, Schmidt-Dencker has been elected as new chairman of the supervisory board.As World Maritime News previously reported, Marenave agreed with its financing banks on the restructuring terms, which included the sale of the entire fleet.On March 31, the company entered into an agreement on restructuring and release of liability, and a waiver and liquidation agreement with the financing banks.The negotiations with banks started in late 2016 in an effort to prevent insolvency after Marenave received notice from two banks, which were financing its fleet, denying support to the company’s restructuring plan.last_img read more

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