You and Your Stupid Politics

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are reading this post, it means my beloved The Sales Blog is back online after being taken down by Anonymous. Apparently, they took down Go Daddy for supporting SOPA and similar anti-freedom legislation.Earlier this year Anonymous hacked Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose services I subscribed to, and stole my credit card. I’ve heard Anonymous uses your credit card to make charitable donations, but that’s not what they did with mine. They see Stratfor as helping serve forces that they oppose.A few weeks ago, Chick-fil-a managed to make it into the news by sharing their opposition to same-sex marriage. They drew a lot of opposition from people that support same-sex marriage and a lot of support for their beliefs from people that share their view. They believe they have a religious duty to oppose same-sex marriage.Because this blog is important to me, I now want to switch hosting providers. Go Daddy’s political decisions are interfering with my business decisions. They made a political decision to support SOPA, they were vocal about their support, and I believe they even threw some money behind that support. They lost a lot of customers for making that decision. Now they have to live with the consequences of that decision as businesses that want their sites to remain up come to understand that Go Daddy is a target.I have written this warning a couple times. But I’ll repeat myself since we are getting close to another Presidential election.You are free to support whatever political party or candidate appeals to you. You are also free to support whatever cause you believe deserves your support. You are even free to share your opinions with the world here on the Internet, on the back of your car, or when you are sitting across from them in meetings.But you are not free from the consequences of your decision to publicly share your politics.Some people will support your opinions. Other people may buy from you in spite of disagreeing with your opinions. But some people won’t do business with you because of your political opinions. The more political you are, the more you will offend people that don’t share your politics.No one will know your political opinions unless and until you share them. If your politics have nothing to do with what you sell, you aren’t obligated to share them. You aren’t changing anyone’s mind about their political beliefs, but you might be changing their mind about buying from you.Be political if you want to, but be thoughtful and be careful. There are people counting on you.QuestionsWhat are the risks of sharing your political opinions?What are the benefits of sharing your politics?How does advertising your politics help you make more sales?After you know your client shares your politics, is it okay to talk politics with them?last_img read more

When Little Data Is Bigger Than Big Data

first_imgBig Data is all the rage. And with good reason, too. There is so much data being created, captured, sorted, sifted through, analyzed, reported, sold, and shared that extraordinary business insights are inevitable. And we’re just getting started.But not so fast! With all this trumpeting of the “new” new thing, let’s not forget about what’s really important: Little Data.Little DataBig Data is the aggregated data from lots of individual consumer transactions (as well as all of the rest of the data in the digital wake now trailing behind each of us). The data is being used to determine how to sell to individuals and businesses. But you already have Little Data, and that Little Data can help you serve your clients and dream clients now.Over time, you’ve captured your client’s communication preferences. You know that they prefer phone calls to email, or in some cases, they prefer a text message. You know that they like a follow up call when they place an order. You know that sometimes they need to see your face, and sometimes they just want you to listen. You’ve got information about your client’s communication preferences in your sales force automation software right now.You’ve also captured information about your client’s ordering patterns. You know the big shifts in their business, their peak season, and their client’s ordering patterns. You’ve got this information in your system now.You have a lot of data about your clients at your fingertips now.Context and InsightIf you’ve done a reasonably good job capturing information from all of the interactions you’ve had with your clients and dream clients, you’ve also got something Big Data doesn’t necessarily give you: context.I bought my son the Hellsing videos on Amazon.com. I think I bought two separate sets of videos. Now, Amazon is recommending I buy all kinds of cartoons and manga. The data collected doesn’t come with context. It doesn’t recognize that I am not my son, that the videos were a reward for good grades, and that they are cluttering my experience with what their data tells them I want to buy. It’s not the perfect analogy, but Amazon’s algorithm says that if I bought Helsing, I am interested the stuff that other Hellsing buyers bought.You, on the other hand, know why your clients ordered what they ordered, when they’ll need to order it again, and how they might do better by doing something different.You are all the time collecting and capturing data about your clients and your dream clients. But to make this Little Data work for you, you have to use it to generate insights, ideas, and value for your clients and your dream clients. Sometimes Little Data is more powerful than Big Data.QuestionsWhat little data do you collect?What do you know about your clients that helps to you serve them better than anyone else could?What ideas and insights does your insight give you?Is your Little Data as important as any Big Data? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Ken Wilber on Stages of Development and How They Show Up in The Business World  – Episode #69

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:58 — 53.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS“Stages of development” is a term you hear more in the philosophical and psychological realms than you do in the business realm. But Anthony has come to believe that a better understanding of human development and these “stages” we go through in our growth is very beneficial for sales and business leaders. This episode is a deep dive into psychological and philosophical theories surrounding this idea of “stages of development.” Anthony’s aim is to help you better understand yourself as a business or sales leader and to better know your team members and clients, so that you can better help your customers and work with your team, for greater success.Ken Wilber on Stages of Development and How They Show Up in The Business World – Episode #69Click To TweetWhat IS consciousness?Anthony starts this conversation with Ken Wilber by asking perhaps the deepest question of all: “What IS consciousness?” On one hand, Ken says that defining consciousness is not all that difficult. In his thinking, anytime you are aware of something, conscious of something, you’re experiencing consciousness.  For most of us, it is primarily associated with the “I” dimension of how we think about the world; the things we think about in relationship to ourselves. But there are others that think of consciousness in terms of “it.” It’s an objective structure of thinking that is strictly related to brain function and physiological process. On this episode Anthony chats with Ken about the reality of consciousness and how our thinking about it impacts the way we approach relationships with others – which can dramatically impact sales.Understanding the stages of growth can help you discern your customer’s motives and goals.Philosophers and psychologists categorize human development into stages of growth and try to label them in ways that describe what’s going on in the human psyche during that stage. For example, there are stages of growth that are entirely focused on the self, others that expand to include a concern about immediate community, and then even further during another stage to think about the broader world. As a sales or business leader, if you’re able to discern how your customer is thinking (which of those stages of growth they are operating out of), you’ll be better able to address the concerns they are likely to have as you interact about your sales solution.Understanding the stages of growth can help you discern your customer’s motives and goalsClick To TweetDo you understand where your team members are at in their developmental growth?If you can make that leap and begin to grasp their motivations and desires (based on their stage of growth) you’ll be able to lead them, motivate them, and energize them more effectively through the messaging, encouragement, and coaching you provide. That’s because you’ll have the ability to tailor your approach to each person to best fit into their view of the world at that time. You can hear this deep dive conversation about personal and cultural development as Anthony chats with Ken Wilber, on this episode.How we see the stages of development showing up in the business world.The importance of understanding the stages of development that people go through not only has to do with how to lead better, but also how to BE a better leader. For example, If a leader is stuck in an egocentric stage of growth they’ll clearly be leveraging things to their own advantage, which could impact the health and success of the company and clients. It’s an incredibly in depth conversation on this episode but is also filled with practical insights into the way people grow and interact with others. If you’ll take this one seriously it will put you way ahead of the competition on a number of different levels.How we see the stages of growth showing up in the business worldClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction with Ken Wilber, philosopher, author, and teacher. What is consciousness? – and thinking about the structures of consciousness. Research showing how the “I’ aspect of consciousness grows and develops. 4 major stages of hierarchical growth. The common structures of development that business leaders should know. The stages of growing up: 8 levels of growth. Understanding how the stages of development show up in the business world.Our Sponsors:Swag IQwww.PreOrder.TheOnlySalesGuide.com – Get bonuses with Anthony’s new book.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeMaslow’s Hierarchy of Needs0674445449The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhat IS consciousness? – get the answer on this episodeClick To TweetDo you understand where your team members are at in their developmental growth?Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Ground Yourself In What is Timeless

first_imgFor the last decade, there has been a trend towards believing that what worked in the past is automatically wrong for the future—and, more still, ineffective right now. The purveyors of this thinking believe that there is no progress without the type of disruption that comes with tearing down what came before it. As I have written here before, evolution transcends and include what came before, not eliminating it altogether.A few examples are helpful. If you read a book on a Kindle or a tablet, that form is different from a bound book. But the core of a book is that it is a method for sharing the written word. That has not changed.Streaming audio provides much more control over what you can listen to and when. It’s much better than radio (terrestrial of a satellite), and it’s a fair bit better than cassette mix tapes. What radio was—and is—the ability to share words and music across great distances.Television and movies are also now streaming to any device with a screen, and the production of content has been liberated from the hands of a few to the masses. This is a massive shift in power, but not that does not change the medium much. You still watch programs that educate and entertain you.Not everything that is new is good or healthy. For proof, look at the food most people eat. Much of it is efficient in delivery while lacking when it comes to delivering nutrition.Many of those who write about sales mistakenly misunderstand how things evolve. They believe that a new medium, namely the Internet, destroys everything that has come before, even if a Digital newspaper is no different than a paper newspaper; the form has changed but the function has not.They argue that cold calling is no longer a valid method for prospecting because there are new ways to communicate. They suggest that permission marketing is the right choice and then send unsolicited emails and InMails. They criticize interruptions while working hard to cause you to stop scrolling with your thumb.They suggest that closing is dead, without understanding that one must still gain commitments, oblivious to that fact that most salespeople wouldn’t know how to pressure someone to buy or execute a hard sell. This, when all the evidence points to companies struggle to make decisions and needing more help and more prescriptive direction.When it comes to pitching, that too is old and must be replaced with something new, which is often framed as sharing information and being helpful. The idea that one should never pitch is always written as if it were a law handed down on Mt. Sinai. It’s black and white, with all context removed. Even when there is a time to pitch, and even when some prospects want to be pitched.In a time of constant, accelerating, disruptive change, you are right not to become too attached to the things that are likely to change. You may want to be more agnostic and more willing to take in new ideas and new technologies and tools. At the same time, however, you would do well to ground yourself in the things that are timeless. There have been disruptions before, and they were in many ways more jarring. What helped people succeed then is what will help you succeed now. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Dry weather leads to drop in minimum temperature across Kashmir

first_imgLeh in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, as the minimum temperature across Kashmir division dropped by several degrees due to dry weather and clear sky.The night temperature in Leh dropped from the previous night’s low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department here said.Along with Leh, the temperature at other places across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down last night due to dry weather and clear sky.Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded minimum temperature of 0.9 degree Celsius down from the previous night’s 2.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar—Jammu national highway, registered a low of 0.4 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.Kupwara town of north Kashmir had registered a minimum of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, a decrease of three degrees from 0.5 degree Celsius yesterday.The night temperature recorded at the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was minus 6.6 degrees Celsius down about seven degrees from the previous night’s 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, adding the resort had yesterday recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.He said the resort was the coldest place in the Valley.The spokesman said the weather is likely to remain dry for a few days after which there is possibility of another wet spell from February 26.last_img read more

Vicente sets ‘humble’ goals for women’s volleyball team in SEA Games

first_imgMayweather, McGregor smack tour only free thing for fans Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaNational team head coach Francis Vicente is refusing to set lofty expectations for his squad for the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“We have a chance; I’m not saying what place, but we have a chance,” said Vicente in Filipino during the team’s media day at Arellano School of Law on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes To prepare his team for the SEA Games and the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will take place in the Philippines in August, Vicente and crew will travel to Japan to hold a training camp.The team will leave in late July for Japan and return to the country in August, and Vicente said they hope to improve their speed while abroad.“They have to gain the speed, because it’s ideal for the team to be fast-paced while on the court,” said Vicente. “We have the height, we have the skills, but we need to boost our speed.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentscenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just being humble, I don’t want to say we’ll win gold, silver, or bronze, I’m just being conservative.”The Philippines is grouped with hosts Malaysia and 2015 silver medalists Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVicente added they have the tools to matchup against the host team, they just have to avoid being overconfident.“This team can win against Malaysia, as long as they don’t get too confident against the Malaysians,” said Vicente. “We just need the killer instinct.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Nigamanand’s family blames his ashram for death

first_imgThe shocked family of Swami Nigamanand Saraswati has demanded a high-level probe, alleging that he was poisoned under a conspiracy by forces working “against his noble mission to make the Ganga pollution free”.The swamiss family is based in the Ladari village under Keoti police station in Darbhanga district of Bihar. It expressed dismay that while the Uttarakhand government had arranged for the best medical facilities for yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was also admitted to the same hospital during his recent fast against corruption, it completely ignored Nigamanand.Nigamanand’s grandfather Surya Narayan Jha claimed that Nigamanand was poisoned to death during treatment and accused the Uttarakhand government of insensitivity. He also sought a probe into the role of Nigamanand’s guru Swami Shivanand Maharaj of the Matri Sadan Ashram, Haridwar, accusing him of forcing him to go on a fast.Jha said Swami Shivanand had never let any of his family members meet Nigamanand at his ashram in the past.Nigamanand’s aunt Rekha Jha said the 34-year-old swami had also gone on fast on two other occasions in the past “at the behest of his guru”. She said thatthe Uttarakhand chief minister was aware of his condition and had once visited Nigamanand asking him to give up his fast but the latter refused. “After that, nobody visited him,” she said. “He has been murdered under a conspiracy,” she said.The young ascetic’s death had cast a pall of gloom on his village. His parents had gone to Haridwar after receiving the news of Nigamanand’s demise. Most of the villagers wanted the body of Nigamanand to be brought back to his native place for cremation. “We want the state government’s help in bringing his body to our village,” a villager said. “We want to pay homage to him for his supreme sacrifice to make the Ganga pollution free.”advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you

first_imgunder an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Experience Stunning and Comprehensive 4K Ultra HD DTH Content From Videocon d2hMUMBAI, February 19/PRNewswire/ — Videocon d2h Limited (NASDAQ:VDTH) (Videocon d2h), Indias fastest growing DTH service has completely revamped its 4K content being shown on its active 4K UHD channel – d2h Life 4K, Indias only 24 hours DTH channel service in 4K.Videocon d2h, a pioneer in bringing the most visually stunning TV experience to consumers, will now provide a plethora of 4K UHD services. It will telecast fresh new content in 4K UHD format spread across genres like movies, cricket, extreme sports, travel destinations, infotainment, nature, lifestyle, fitness, cooking and many more. 4K Ultra HD is 4 times the resolution of Full HD content and takes viewing experience to a whole new level and dimension. 4K Ultra HD displays pictures in resolution of more than 8 million pixels. Videocon d2h has been revamping its 4K library for nearly a year to deliver a comprehensive collection of 4K entertainment. d2h 4K Life from Videocon d2h can transform your home into a soothing and relaxing oasis, thanks to its unique combination of rich, beautiful, amazing and spellbound pictures with custom soundtracks. The programming is created to delight its viewers every moment of the day.(MORE) PRN KSClast_img read more

SPORT-FOOT-ITALY 2LAST

first_imgJuventus, too, had seen a goal ruled offside on the Juventus, too, had seen a goal ruled offside on the quarter hour although on that occasion Sami Khedira was blatantly offside when sent through by Mandzukic.Khedira made amends on 39 minutes with a great chip that hung in the air for Paul Pogba to nod into the path of Mandzukic for the Croatian to beat Tatarusanu first-time. Juventus were hitting Fiorentina on the counter for most of the second half as the hosts pressed hard for a leveller, although Pogba was unlucky to miss the target after Mandzukics great through ball sent the Frenchman on a long run down the left on 56 minutes. Fiorentina were showing some great footwork and passing, but failed to breach the Juventus net until much later. Buffon did well to parry Kalinics shot on the hour and minutes later had to look sharp to parry Mauro Zarates rasping shot from distance. Juve looked impenetrable, but a mistake by Leonardo Bonucci saw Zarate steal possession to set up Kalinic for an 81st-minute leveller. The stadium erupted, but calm was restored minutes later when Morata fired home from close range at a messy corner that caught out the hosts. Fiorentina should have at least levelled the game but Kalinics poor spot-kick was no match for Buffon, who had to block a second time when Bernardeschi tried to sneak the rebound home. Among earlier games, Sassuolo maintained their surprise bid for a place in the Europa League with a shock 3-1 away win at Torino.advertisement Sampdoria are as good as safe after defeating Lazio 2-1 and Bologna beat Genoa 2-0 to all but end their own relegation fears. Atalanta defeated Chievo 1-0 while Palermo claimed a crucial three points in their fight for survival as they won 2-0 at fellow strugglers Frosinone. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

David Warner set to become father in 2019, wife Candice reveals

first_imgDavid Warner had a horrific 2018 but by the end of the year, he had something to cheer about. Warner’s wife Candice revealed in a social media post that the family is all set to welcome another member in 2019. Warner, whose ball-tampering ban will end in March this year, has been playing cricket in various leagues in the world but can only return to Australian cricket after the end of the ban.Candice Warner posted a collage of photographs with her family thanking everyone for the love and support shown throughout the year and announced they are going to become a “family of 5”.The various photographs posted by Candice shows the happy family of four. Their daughters Ivy and Indi smiling and enjoying with their parents in all the pictures make for an adorable viewing.The Warner would have already been a family of five if not for the unfortunate miscarriage that Candice had after the unsavoury ball-tampering incident in Cape Town.advertisementAfter coming back to Australia post the incident that shook Australian cricket, Candice had revealed that they had lost the baby because of stress and an arduous flight home.David Warner and his family went through a tumultous time after the ball-tampering incident, where Warner came out as the chief conspirator. Warner and the then-captain Steve Smith were handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft, the player who carried out the tampering with a sandpaper, was banned for nine months. Bancroft ban recently came to an end and he made a three-ball appearance for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL).Recently in a TV interview with Fox Cricket, Bancroft confirmed that David Warner had suggested him to carry out ball tampering while Smith, in another interview with Fox Cricket, said that his failure of leadership was not stopping something he saw happening in the dressing room during lunch.Warner has chosen to stay quiet and away from media glare.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer Said Lightning Delay Helped OSU Make Defensive Changes

first_imgGlenn Spencer said in a post-game presser that the overtime helped him and the coaching staff make some adjustments on the Panthers’ constant quick motion, something that we talked about last week.“A mixture of the delay and we put in another wrinkle after that,” Spencer told the Oklahoman. “Wish it wouldn’t have to come down to that. It’s just so hard to simulate that with scout team. You chew on them about the speed of it, and gosh, they were running the edges fast. Had to simplify things a little bit.”“The lightning delay gave us a great chance to go in and redraw offense and defense, change our schemes, walk through and get prepared for the remainder of the game,” added Mike Gundy.The defense certainly defended the quick motion better after the delay. When Pitt ran it in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys played against it well. The outermost defender would outflank the blocker, forcing the ball carrier to cut back inside, where a dropped safety and/or outside linebacker was waiting. Didn’t work every time, but it did work in these two instances. OSU was able to limit Pitt to five punts and an INT on its final six drives. That gave the offense a chance to drive the dagger in later with Rudolph’s deep bomb to Jhajuan Seales. A lightning delay that might have saved the season following a call that got 10 referees suspended for two weeks that tried to submerge it. What a world.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Premier League UK TV rights: How to get every match

first_imgPremier League Premier League UK TV rights: How to get access to every football match Goal 20:35 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Paul Pogba Dele Alli Split Getty/Goal Premier League Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Stoke City Southampton Burnley Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town Liverpool West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Watford Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Chelsea Picking a package can be confusing – Goal looks at how to get access to every single Premier League match available on TV in the UK Not since before the inception of the Premier League has England’s top-flight football been available on terrestrial TV and with so many different platforms and ways to watch these days, things can become confusing very quickly.At present, rights to broadcast Premier League matches in the UK are limited to BT Sport and Sky Sports, with the latter holding the lion’s share of the 168 available clashes.There is, however, a way to consolidate everything into one easy package, as well as being able to pay for one-off matches or even get a weekly pass if you have your eye on a couple of games within a few days of each other. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal breaks down what’s available:Sky Sports TV packageFor a time, Sky had a monopoly on the Premier League’s matches, but they now share the rights with BT Sport. However, Sky still broadcast far more than their competitors – 126 games in total.That includes Saturday’s 12:30 kick-offs, Sunday’s 13:30 and 16:00 kick-offs and all Premier League matches shown on weekdays.As a new customer, the cheapest possible way to get access to all of Sky’s Premier League matches is their Sports and Entertainment package which, at the time of writing, will set you back £40 pounds plus a one-off installation fee of £20 for their TV box. It is possible to add BT’s additional matches to your Sky box but it must be done through a third party (Virgin) and costs £25.99 per month plus a £30 activation fee.See here for an up to date list all of Sky’s options.BT Sport TV packageWhat BT Sport lacks in Premier League coverage (42 matches compared to Sky’s 126) it makes up for in Champions League and Europa League coverage, so it’s really up to the customer to decide what they prefer if they want to pick between the two.BT’s coverage of England’s top-flight includes Saturday’s 17:30 kick-offs and Sunday’s 12pm kick-offs.The cheapest way to get your hands on BT’s games means getting a standard internet package, including line rental for £28.49 per month, with a one-off activation charge of £59.99. Or if you want the speedier, fibre-optic internet version, it’s £39.49 per month and a £79.99 activation fee.See here for an up to date list of all of BT Sport’s options.Virgin Media TV packageIf, like Freddie Mercury, you want it all, the easiest and cheapest monthly option is Virgin, whose sports package includes both BT and Sky Sports’ matches for a fee of £64.50 per month with a combined installation and activation fee of £60.At present, they are offering new customers a bundle which includes all of the above plus line rental and broadband for £75 all in. If you want everything and to pay it all at once, this is the way to go.See here for an up to date list of all of Virgin Media’s options.Premier League on Now TVMaybe contracts aren’t for you, or you just don’t want to pay for matches you’re almost certain to be snooze-fests. If that is the case, you can watch all of Sky Sports’ matches through Now TV, who offer a pay-as-you-go type service.A day pass will cost you £7.99 and lasts, you guessed it, 24 hours, while a weeklong pass will you get you seven full days and a month will set you back £33.99.It’s worth making clear that Now TV does not have access to any of BT Sport’s matches.See here for an up to date list of all of Now TV’s options. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi is a gorgeous golden goddess in latest pics

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Mandana Karimi posed with poise in this bikini for a shoot.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: In Ishqbaaz, Mandana played a character with negative shades and she got positive feedback for her role.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Mandana has undergone drastic transformation after her Bigg Boss stint. The star went through a lot in the past one year from injuries to a broken marriage.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Her drastic transformation received both- criticism and applause from fans and followers. But she gave a befitting reply every time trollers tried to pull her down.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Mandana is a complete fitness freak today. She mostly shares pictures and videos of her workout sessions on her Instagram page.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Mandana Karimi’s marriage hit a rough patch last year, barely after five months of their nuptials, when her husband and his family allegedly abused her and kicked her out of her marital home. They also asked her to leave acting profession.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Mandana apart from Bigg Boss 9 has acted in movies like Kya Kool Hain Hum, Main Aur Charles and Bhaag Johnny.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Bigg Boss 9 contestant Mandana Karimi, who recently made her debut in fiction TV genre with Ishqbaaz, looks like an absolute goddess in gold in her latest pics. She can be seen sporting an oh-so-hot gold bikini with her hair let loose. The actress has lost oodles of weight and her fans are loving it.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Credit/Source: Credit to AllCredit Name: InstagramTags: Mandana KarimiBigg BossSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Bigg Boss 9 contestant Mandana Karimi, who recently made her debut in fiction TV genre with Ishqbaaz, looks like an absolute goddess in gold in her latest pics. She can be seen sporting an oh-so-hot gold bikini with her hair let loose. The actress has lost oodles of weight and her fans are loving it.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d2efebff3b871563360959_1570413_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 14:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi is a gorgeous golden goddess in latest picsApp headline: Former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi is a gorgeous golden goddess in latest pics1200x675:last_img read more

Province will Pay Less with Portable Asphalt Plant

first_imgNova Scotia will continue to pay less and pave more by acquiring a new asphalt plant. Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, announced today, Dec. 12, the province has awarded General Combustion Corporation of Orlando, Fla., a $3,569,638 tender to buy a portable plant. “In some areas of Nova Scotia, limited or uncompetitive bidding has led to higher prices for asphalt,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “By operating our own mobile asphalt plant, we anticipate tender prices will go down just as they did with chip seal when the province started chip sealing last summer.” The asphalt plant will be operational in 2012, with estimated savings of up to $2.5 million per year. Provincial crews will only provide a small percentage of the overall capital program. Most work will continue to be tendered to the private sector. By doing some chip sealing in-house this summer, the province saved $2.3 million that was reinvested to make Nova Scotia’s highways and roads safer. The 2012-13 highway capital budget is $281 million, an increase of $16 million from last year. The province has invested more than $1 billion in highway infrastructure since 2009,the largest investment in Nova Scotia’s road system. For more information on the province’s Five Year Highway Improvement Plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/tran .last_img read more

Canadas Best Dressed 2016 See who made the list

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter The Great White North is known for many things, but this year was definitely one that put Canucks on the style map. From Celine Dion‘s show-stopping wardrobe overhaul and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau‘s parade of homegrown designs to The Weeknd‘s collaboration with Puma and Xavier Dolan‘s Louis Vuitton campaign, our sartorial stars were the talk of the town. So we bring you our list of Canada’s Best Dressed – the 50 who regularly inspire us to step up our game! Login/Register With:last_img read more

Champagne to announce ombudsman for corporate social responsibility

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is planning to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position on Wednesday.Government sources say the new position will be a substantive upgrade to the “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a matter not yet made public, said the new ombudsman would have jurisdiction over more than just the mining sector, but provided no further details.The source said the position would be “the first in the world with real independence with real powers, and more than just mining.”It is not clear how much power the newly created position will be given, such as whether it will be able to compel specific behaviour from companies.The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, an organization pushing for changes, says it is encouraged by the pending announcement but needs more details on whether the new office will have real powers and independence before endorsing it.“Will the ombudsperson be relying on ministerial discretion to exercise investigator powers? Will the ombudsperson operate autonomously from Global Affairs Canada?” asked Stephanie Gervais, the group’s spokeswoman.The organization also wants Champagne to confirm whether the ombudsman can look at old cases retroactively or just new ones, she said.Hundreds of mining companies operating in Latin America, Africa and Asia make Canada a leading player in the sector. But the sector is periodically the subject of human rights complaints and legal action, often by Indigenous groups.The head of one of the largest investment firms that has consulted closely with the Trudeau government on its economic agenda distributed a letter this week telling big companies they need to step up their corporate responsibility efforts if they want to benefit from their financial largesse.“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” writes Laurence Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, in a letter that was first obtained by the New York Times this week.If companies don’t engage better with local communities, Fink writes, they will “ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders.”In November 2016, BlackRock was among the of the world’s most powerful institutional investors to take part in a summit hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.According to a draft agenda, Fink and Trudeau were to deliver the opening remarks at the gathering, which used the opportunity to promote Canada as an attractive place to invest. BlackRock was asked to invite its clients to the event.In the lead-up to the summit, BlackRock reportedly participated in biweekly conference calls with Infrastructure Canada and the Privy Council Office to create a presentation Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi was to deliver to the investors.Trudeau will meet more business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week in an attempt to continue selling Canada as a prime investment destination.“We must have the full and equal participation of all to have economies that work for everyone and a future that is fairer, more inclusive, and more compassionate,” Trudeau said in a statement.— With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawalast_img read more

Should we Reject Democracy to Be Able to Drink Whiskey

first_imgRabat- With a matchless spontaneity and an even more commendable honesty, the Algerian singer Khaled said that he supports the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term, despite all the demonstrations and protests that the country is facing.“At least, with Bouteflika, you can now go out with friends and go in palaces in Algeria,” Khaled said. “You can order a glass of whiskey and drink it. I must say it in the clearest and the most sincerely way of the world.” Khaled doesn’t support the sick candidate for a fourth term because he has a convincing political, economic and social program… No. He supports him because thanks to Bouteflika, he can drink alcohol in public places. This makes Bouteflika a popular candidate because he defends a particular lifestyle based on individual freedom and an open society. The people in Algeria fear these freedoms will evaporate if the president is not reelected.What Khaled said, spontaneously and frankly, is an opinion shared by the Maghreb and Arab elites who avoid declaring this support openly themselves. These people are afraid to see the fundamentalists coming: the great opponents of whiskey in front of (and on behalf of) the Lord– the great enemies of a liberal life.These elites are fighting against any democratic changes in our societies. They fear to see the bearded take positions of power with the hopes to remove certain benefits and freedoms. They hide behind slogans, ideas and attitudes that don’t accurately reflect their fears for their personal freedom, provided by despotic regimes led by secular elites (socialist, liberal or nationalist). So, the secular in our country are struggling against democracy because it could bring in the Islamists. But the latter, unfortunately, represent the majority in these conservative societies.Groups aim to be dictatorial because their despotism is political. The Islamists despotism affects the societal norm, impacting daily routines and personal choices. As between two evils, namely two dictatorships, you need to choose the lesser. Then go with the seculars… So how can we move away from this system that only offers autocratic government or an opposition that is just as much autocratic?There is, of course, a solution, that can be valid only if we consider as a mistake to have to choose between these two camps. What secular and Islamists have retained from democracy is the power of the ballot box, that allows the majority, the day after the elections, to dominate a minority. And this is a serious mistake.Democracy is a package of principles, rules and practices including: protection of individual freedoms, separation and balance of powers, freedom of the press, and rights for minorities…. The system that defends the right of minorities is always democracy, not absolutism.An elected government has no right to ban someone from drinking alcohol, a woman from  going to the beach or a girl from wearing jeans. This comes, indeed, under the individual freedoms. People who know their freedoms and the meaning of democracy can’t accept the guardianship or autocracy, even if it’s religious. This is true that in Afghanistan, Sudan or Iran, a particular way of life is imposed by the political powers by force. But they arrived at the head of their country by violence, coup, revolution, and armed conflict. Not in a democratic way.A large part of the political, cultural and media elites fears or feared the Arab Spring, and  didn’t support the enthusiasm of young people in their respective countries for democracy. These elites feared for their lifestyles and finally chose autocracy and despotism instead of freedom and liberalism.Translated by Nahla Landoulsi. Edited by Saba Naseemlast_img read more

Sri Lanka and Vietnam to advance bilateral political cooperation

The two sides stressed the importance of continuing to work together at regional and multilateral fora for advancing shared interests and on mutually important issues.Đặng Đình Quý, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam also called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. Sri Lanka and Vietnam today reaffirmed the commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation.The Third Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Political Consultations was held today in Colombo at senior official level. A wide range of matters in the areas of mutual collaboration and ongoing programmes in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, education and training, trade and investment, culture and tourism were reviewed and discussed. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam delegation was headed by Đặng Đình Quý, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. A MoU between the Foreign Ministries of Sri Lanka and Vietnam, signed in October 2011 paved the way for enhancing bilateral cooperation through political consultations.The first and second meetings of Political Consultations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam were held in 2012 in Colombo and 2013 in Hanoi, respectively. Senior officials of the two Foreign Ministries and other line agencies also participated in the Meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Couple charged with fraud over 5000

Two Norfolk residents have been charged following a fraud investigation in Port Rowan.Family members alerted police after discovering inconsistencies with financial transactions involving a relative and a personal support worker.The transactions occurred between September, 2016, and August, 2018.Last weekend, Norfolk OPP arrested a female personal support worker, 36, and charged her with fraud over $5,000.The woman’s 40-year-old husband was also arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000.The pair will answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March 19. read more

CVS Caremarks 1stquarter profit climbs 9 pct Walgreen contract dispute helps business

CVS Caremark Corp. gained millions of new prescriptions in the first quarter due to a contract impasse between two rivals, and now the drugstore chain wants to keep the growth going by ensuring that those customers stick around and use the rest of its store.The Woonsocket, R.I., company said Wednesday its first-quarter earnings climbed 9 per cent, and it raised its profit forecast for 2012 because the end of a contract between Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc. prompted Walgreen customers to migrate to CVS stores. Walgreen, the nation’s largest drugstore chain stopped filling prescriptions for Express Scripts, the biggest pharmacy benefits manager, at the end of 2011, when a contract between the two companies ran out.CEO Larry Merlo estimates that his company filled about 5.7 million to 6.5 million additional prescriptions in the first quarter due to Walgreen-Express Scripts dispute, which added about 3 cents per share to his company’s earnings. All told, CVS Caremark filled more than 179 million prescriptions at its retail pharmacies in the first three months of 2012.Merlo said his company focused first on making the Walgreen-to-CVS switch as smooth as possible for pharmacy customers. Now they want that customer to start using the front-end, or the rest of its stores. CVS Caremark predicts another gain of between 3 cents and 4 cents per share for its second quarter earnings, assuming Walgreen and Express Scripts don’t start doing business again.Even if that happens, the new customers CVS snared will likely stick around, analyst Dave Shove said in a research note. He covers drugstores for BMO Capital Markets.“We suspect that sales will continue to benefit throughout the year, with or without a resolution by the companies,” Shove wrote.In the first quarter, CVS Caremark earned $776 million, or 59 cents per share. That compares with $713 million, or 52 cents per share, in last year’s quarter. Revenue rose 20 per cent to $30.8 billion.Adjusted earnings were 65 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected, on average, earnings of 62 cents per share on $30.3 billion in revenue.CVS Caremark runs a pharmacy benefits management business and is the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain after Walgreen. CVS operated 7,352 retail drugstores at the end of March.CVS said revenue at stores open at least a year climbed more than 8 per cent. Pharmacy sales grew nearly 10 per cent, even though a weak flu season hurt business and the introduction of some generic drugs pinched revenue. An earlier-than-expected start to the allergy season partially offset those factors, and an extra day in the quarter caused by the leap year helped sales.Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key indicator of a retailer’s health because it excludes the impact of recently opened or closed stores.Revenue from the company’s Caremark pharmacy benefits management, or PBM, segment climbed 32 per cent to $18.3 billion, mainly because of business gained from the acquisition of Universal American Corp.’s Medicare prescription drug business.PBMs run prescription drug plans for employers, insurers and other customers. They use large purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices and make money by reducing costs for health plan sponsors and members.CVS Caremark now expects 2012 adjusted earnings to range between $3.23 and $3.33 per share. That’s up from a previous forecast of $3.18 to $3.28 per share. Analysts expect, on average, 2012 earnings of $3.29 per share. Company officials said they don’t include a gain from the Walgreen situation beyond the second quarter because the situation is fluid.Company shares climbed 2.7 per cent, or $1.21 cents, to close at $45.92 Wednesday, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell slightly. by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 8:11 pm MDT CVS Caremark’s 1st-quarter profit climbs 9 pct; Walgreen contract dispute helps business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more