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 Now If I could offer you only one piece of advice for making your sales kickoff a massive success, it would be this: Coordinate the content into one integrated whole. Let me explain.It is rare that you get your entire sales force together in one place for a few days, so everyone is going to want time with the whole group, and a good many people on your team are going to want certain workshops. You are never going to have enough time, but you know that.It’s also expensive to put together a sales kickoff meeting. You have to deal with logistics, hire keynote and content speakers, handle catering, and deal with entertainment. All of this is critical, and it is more work than most people recognize.It is important that the sales force is entertained and educated, but it is more important that they return back to work with the ability to take action on what they learned. This means one of your primary goals should be to weave all the content together, building to the outcome that you want.Keynote speeches must be entertaining. They also have to contain some major learning outcome. A great keynote can provide the content that creates a mindset shift in the sales force. That mindset shift serves as the platform on which to build the rest of the content.Breakout sessions need to educate, and they should teach new skills to accompany the mindset shift enabled by the keynote. This is where mistakes are usually made, and they usually begin with content around product. Product is important, and salespeople need a deep understanding of what they are selling. The mistake is to provide product content alone, separated from the mindset shift and separated from the sales skills.This can very easily be improved by connecting the product to the theme, and then tying it tightly to the skills being developed in the breakout sessions. Here is a quick example.Let’s say your keynote speaker talks about how buyers have changed the way they buy. The skill set training might be around identifying where the buyer is in their process, requiring the salesperson to leverage that information to open a conversation about the new outcomes enabled by the product.The integration of content around the outcomes you are trying to enable isn’t easy to do, and there is no chance you won’t have content that falls out of your major outcomes. But it is still the best way to ensure that you achieve the result of having your salespeople leave capable of doing something they were not capable of doing when they arrived.
Pune: A policeman, who was serving as a bodyguard to senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat in Ahmednagar district, has been suspended after he allegedly penned an “objectionable” post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared it via social media, the police have said.According to sources, Ramesh Shinde was one of Mr. Thorat’s bodyguards at his residence in Sangamner, Ahmednagar.He allegedly criticised Mr. Modi in a WhatsApp post recently. The matter was taken seriously and an inquiry was ordered, the police said.Cyber cell inquiry“Action was taken against Mr. Shinde after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjan Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said.‘Many other complaints’Mr. Sharma said there were many other complaints against Mr. Shinde, besides the WhatsApp post. “Hence we initiated disciplinary action by suspending him,” he said. He said the policeman was suspended on Thursday.“His behaviour as a government servant was inappropriate, with regards to forwarding the objectionable post. There are certain norms to be followed in government service and Mr. Shinde violated them,” Mr. Sharma said.Mr. Shinde shared the post, which allegedly took a dig at Prime Minister Modi, to various WhatsApp groups. The post subsequently went viral, which prompted an investigation into it by the cyber crime police, who traced it to Mr. Shinde. — With PTI inputs
BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet were shot dead at point-blank range by unknown gunmen at Kishtwar in Jammu division on Thursday evening. The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew on the town as a “precautionary measure.” An official said the attack took place at Tapal Gali, a narrow lane, close to the residence of the BJP leader.“A hunt has been launched to nab the assailants. We are investigating who are behind the killings,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Rajinder Gupta said.Before joining the BJP, Mr. Anil had contested the 2008 Assembly elections on the J&K National Panthers Party ticket from the Kishtwar constituency. His brother was a government employee, who also owns a stationery shop. “The brothers after closing their shop were going home when the assailants opened fire. They took bullets in the upper body and the head. They were declared dead at the local hospital,” said a police official.The incident sparked massive protests in communally sensitive Kishtwar district. Two police officers were injured in clashes with the protesters. The police said they were probing “both militancy as well the local angle.” Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana, who decided to impose curfew on the town, warned the administration of “violent reaction endangering property and lives of locals.” The Internet service has been suspended in the region.The incident comes at a time when J&K is set to witness a nine-phase panchayat poll this month.Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah offered his condolences. “It’s sad news. My condolences to Anil and Ajit Parihar’s family and colleagues,” said Mr. Abdullah.
LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Executing well under numbing endgame pressure, Meralco scored an 85-83 nipping of Barangay Ginebra that squared the PBA Governors’ Cup title series at 2-2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.Clearly, the win gave the Bolts momentum with the series now down to a best-of-three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was a game we had to win,” Black said inside a packed press room while seated beside Baser Amer, one of the heroes down the stretch.“We knew that losing this game and going 1-3 down would be very difficult.”Amer hit a triple with 76 seconds remaining which made it 83-81 for Meralco. He was scoreless in Game 3. Import Allen Durham was the other big performer for the Bolts, shooting 10 points in the fourth period, including the marginal layup off a tight Reynel Hugnatan pass.Ginebra had a chance to at least forge extension, but the Kings on the floor failed to call a timeout with under 20 seconds left that could have given coach Tim Cone the chance to draw up a good play.“Our players just couldn’t see us,” Cone said, referring to his entire staff that was trying to get the attention of their players.Black’s biggest concern now is how to get his players fresh for Game 5, set Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, especially Durham, who is averaging more than 44 minutes in the series.“He’s probably tired, there’s no question about that, but he’s driven to win. ” Black said of the Best Import awardee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Norman Black put it as plainly as he could: “We have a series now, guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, but missed Ginebra’s last shot which could have necessitated overtime.Earlier, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo scooped up a fourth straight Most Valuable Player award after just five seasons in the league.The 27-year-old Fajardo said he wants more championships for San Miguel, which failed in its Grand Slam bid after losing to Ginebra in the Final Four.“In winning championships, everyone is happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m the only one who gets a bonus for winning the MVP.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL unveils foreign cast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.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 shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone company. In fact, according to IDC report that came out just a day ago, it has been the top phone company in India in terms of number of phones sold for the last five quarters. There are several factors behind the company’s success in India, but one of the major has been the popularity of its Redmi Note series. And to ensure that the Redmi Note phone continues to be on top of a smartphone buyer’s mind, Xiaomi is now launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India. The Note 6 Pro will go on sale in India, possibly at a price of Rs 17,999 or Rs 16,999, from November 23.Now, ahead of the official launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro on Novembers 22, over here at India Today Tech we have spent some quality time with the upcoming phone. And we can tell you that it is impressive. Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com. The first sale of the phone is scheduled for November 23. In India, Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in four colours: Red, Blue, Red, and Rose Gold.The key highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is its four-camera system. The phone has two camera sensors on the rear and two on the front. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration on the rear. The primary camera supports dual-pixel autofocus feature (basically better focus speed in low light) and has a lens with a wide aperture of f/1.9, while the secondary camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports the main camera that uses 20-megapixel sensor and secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementCaptures great pictures with good details and coloursConsidering that the Redmi Note 5 Pro was pretty good at clicking pictures, the expectations from the Redmi Note 6 Pro are high. After using the Note 6 Pro for two days, I can say that the new Xiaomi phone does great job in this area. I’m absolutely in love with the pictures that the phone clicks, especially the selfies. The camera of the Redmi Note 6 Pro manages to capture minute details in a scene, with spot on colours. Whether you are clicking photos inside a room or outdoors — sadly under the hazy Delhi winter sky — the cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely not disappoint you. Having said that, I feel the performance in blazing sun could have been better. Photos clicked in direct sunlight look little washed out as far as colours are concerned, even if they have ample details. For instance, photos of plants and leaves clicked under the burning sun didn’t look as green as they are in reality (check camera samples below).In low-light, the Redmi Note 6 Pro produces great results. The best aspect is that the pictures clicked in low light don’t appear too grainy, or miss out on colours or details. Shot on Redmi Note 6 Pro under the blazing sun. The Redmi Note 6 Pro captures great details and spot on colours. The Redmi Note 6 Pro does wonders with its main camera. Portrait shot clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro. Picture clicked in low-light with Redmi Note 6 Pro.The front camera system in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is as good as the rear one at its job. It clicks flawless selfies. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi phone to come with two selfie cameras on the front, and they sit on a wide notch. The front camera also offers features like studio lighting, something that has been made popular by the iPhone. Selfie clicked on Redmi Note 6 Pro. Portrait selfie clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro.Bright display, sleek designThe Redmi Note 5 Pro was Xiaomi’s first mainstream in India with somewhat slim bezel. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same design lines. The bezels are slim, and for the first time in a Redmi Note phone, you get a notch. If you don’t like the notch, there is an option to hide it. The sleek metallic finish body of the phone makes it easy for the user to hold and operate the device with one hand.The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is a bright display, and you won’t mind watching a Netflix movie or YouTube clip on it. The phone comes with options for changing the colour tone of the display to warm or cool, depending on the requirement.advertisementWhat else is there in the Redmi Note 6 Pro?In terms of core hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn’t a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Design too is somewhat similar. From the back side, both the phones look almost the same with vertically aligned cameras, with a single tone dual LED placed between them. Following the camera module, there’s a rear-mounted circular fingerprint sensor in the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is fairly fast, but the face unlock is much quicker and often takes less than a second to unlock the phone.Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. In India, the phone will be available in two variants – one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB. And just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also packs a massive 4000mAh battery and comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. This is also the first Redmi Note series phone to come with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. The performance of the phone is typical Xiaomi: fast. And MIUI 10 is a typical Xiaomi: optimised well and similar to the latest iOS features, including some of the animations. We will have more to say about the MIUI 10, battery life and Note 6 Pro performance in full review but my brief impression of both the Note 6 Pro software and hardware is positive.
UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.
To the vampires and werewolves of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the dark forests of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula offer the perfect habitat. Now, thanks to The Nature Conservancy and its partners, this “vampire refuge” will continue to offer a healthy home to future generations of people, wildlife, and other characters that haunt these lush forests.Over the past 18 months The Nature Conservancy has acquired 3,000 acres of forest along the Clearwater River, south of Forks, Washington. This effort has protected a 12-mile fish and wildlife corridor where years of industrial forestry has left fields of stumps. The Conservancy is working here, and on another 8,000 acres further south, to bring back the giant trees where Bella, Edward and Jacob frolic.In addition the Conservancy is working with coastal tribes, including the Quinault and Quileute, on forest restoration and marine debris cleanup. The work is focused on salmon, but also protects and creates real habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, spotted owls, bears, Roosevelt elk and other wildlife the fictional Cullen Family depend on for survival.“This builds on more than ten years of work along the rivers and forests of the Washington coast,” said Dave Rolph of The Nature Conservancy. “With partners like the Quinault and Quileute and other local communities, we’ve begun the 100-year process of restoring old-growth conditions.”The “Twilight forest” of the Olympic Peninsula is not the only place where The Nature Conservancy is working to protect and restore forests. The first action of the Conservancy was to conserve a New York forest within the Mianus River Gorge in 1955; since then the Conservancy has helped protect more than 20 million acres of lands and waters in the United States.Most of this work has been accomplished by working with partners, including the U.S. Forest Service. For example, one of the most recent cooperative national efforts is called the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program, which is increasing the pace of forest restoration on Forest Service lands for community health and safety.Forests cover a third of the United States, and offer tremendous natural value to our nation. They store and filter half the nation’s water supply; provide jobs to more than a million wood-products workers; absorb nearly 20% of U.S. carbon emissions; offer 650 million acres of recreational lands that generate more than $15 billion a year; and provide habitat for thousands of species across the country.“America’s forests are critical to people, water, and wildlife,” said Jon Schwedler of The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring America’s Forests program. “Our forests support real lives and livelihoods— they aren’t just a pretty stage for vampires.”The Nature Conservancy and its 1 million members are working to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.Source:PR Newswire
We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible.
Dikembe Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging former NBA all-star center, was named as a finalist for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame class. It is debatable if he should get the call based on his 18-year career. But if humanitarian deeds were the criteria, he’d be a unanimous choice.The 7-foot-1 Congo native arguably has done more off the court for his country and Africa than perhaps any athlete has ever done for his native land. That alone should get him in the Hall. How can one not vote for a man who has been so committed to serving others, including in the United States?Mutombo showed the moment he joined the NBA in 1991 after a stellar career at Georgetown that he was cut from a special and unique cloth. He understood the value of his position and supported his troubled homeland as soon as his significant paychecks started being deposited.He’s done so much for so long that his basketball career would be considered secondary, except that basketball gave him a global platform and the resources to reach the masses. You’d think he graduated from Georgetown with a degree in humanitarian work instead of the double degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.In 2007, through his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, he opened a hospital in Kinshasa—a hospital—called the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital. Named after his mother, it is a 170-bed facility that cost $29 million to build. It’s the first new hospital there in 40 years. Futhermore, Mutombo raised money through his rich friends and fellow former Georgetown centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning as well as others. He also donated about $8 million of his own money to have it built.In his deep, hoarse voice with a heavy African accent, Mutombo told the Wall Street Journal that he was pained visiting the Congo and seeing his people suffer.The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinsasha, Congo“I got sick and tired of seeing people dying at a young age,” he said. “It hurt me a lot. People were dying from diseases that were treatable. I thought I could be part of the change and contribute to society and to mankind.”In 1994, Mutombo, Ewing, Mourning and others from the NBA office took a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, where they helped build basketball courts and speak to youths about achievement. Mutombo was the most comfortable person in the contingent. The Black South Africans were wowed by his height and connected to him because of his heritage.“These are my people,” he said back then. “We’re all from Africa.”Those who did not see Mutombo play in the NBA know him from the Geico commercials, where he blocks people’s attempts to discard things—and then waves his finger (as he did in the NBA) before running out of the scene.He is second all-time in blocks in NBA history, which is his strongest basketball case to make for the Hall. On the offensive end, Mutombo worked hard but was not a fluid or big scorer. But he was extremely fluid in business and charity.Here’s some of what he does: He’s active with Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Christmas toy drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For the past 12 years, Mutombo has been one of the leaders of Basketball Without Borders/Africa, the NBA and the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young African basketball players from across the continent to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.He’s been a spokesman for CARE and on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Mutombo has received numerous honors and awards including the 32nd Annual Thurman Munson Award, the Goodermote Humanitarian Award, the President’s Service Award from President Clinton, Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City Achievement in Public Service Award, the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, and the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. Mutombo is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2014. And that’s not half of what he does.Mutombo recently spoke in Atlanta about ending human and sex trafficking in Africa and America.“It’s not hard, because I love my job,” Mutombo said of being so charity-driven. “I thank the NBA organization for putting the trust in me to carry on this mission of social innovation worldwide. We’re having such a huge impact to our youth with our game of basketball. We invested more than $200 million in social innovation to improve health and literacy.”He said playing in the NBA has helped him see how important his work is.“It taught me how to be a good leader, a good competitor and how to win,” he said to the Journal. “It’s not easy to teach a child how to win. I’m glad I had a great mentor. [John Thompson] told me, ‘I know you want to be a doctor, but you can go out to make a lot of money and go out to save lives at the same time.’“I think it was the right choice, and I don’t regret that I didn’t go to medical school. I can go to medical school today if I want to. What I’ve done now is more than just treating people today—I’ve treated future generations to come.”Mutombo name might not be called when inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame are announced in April. But no one who makes it can claim to have done more good for more people than Mutombo.
6Lance LynnTEX✓.486<16.8 +1.503034394449535863 Many of the other elite performers on this list are matching the mold Trout has fit all too often: great player, not-so-great team. Texas’s Mike Minor and Lance Lynn have each had unexpectedly outstanding seasons, but the Rangers are below .500 — and again, pitchers are usually undervalued in MVP voting anyway. Boston has two top-line candidates in defending MVP right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (plus a third if you count third baseman Rafael Devers, who ranks 12th in AL WAR), but the champs have almost no chance of making the postseason. The best of the A’s duo, Chapman, is on pace to run nearly 3 full WAR behind Trout by year’s end. And Houston has hoarded enough elite individual performances to potentially dilute each player’s MVP case, leaving Bregman as just one of many Astros who could claim credit for the team’s blistering 104-win pace this season.Perhaps all of this is why Trout is such an overwhelming favorite in the betting odds for the award. As of Sept. 2, the money line on Trout winning MVP was -1000, which implies a 90.9 percent chance of taking home the hardware.5Before adjusting for the bookmakers’ “take” on each bet. (Running second in the odds, with a 12.5 percent implied probability, was actually DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees, who ranks only 14th in the league in WAR, followed by Bregman at 9.1 percent.)Seldom in the entire history of baseball would voters consider the best player on a 74-win team — even a player as great as Trout — worthy of the game’s top individual honor. But in a season when so many other top players are either also toiling on bad teams or facing vote-splitting amongst star teammates, Trout appears to be the choice regardless of whether you prefer the “best” or “most valuable” player as your MVP.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Mike Trout’s WAR as of Sept. 4, prorated over 162 games, was 1.9 WAR ahead of No. 2 Alex Bregman, and Bregman’s team is +.184 ahead of Trout’s in winning percentage.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +3.003540444954596368 3Matt ChapmanOAK.583796.9 2Alex BregmanHOU.645>997.9 +2.003236414550556065 7Mookie BettsBOS.53636.6 (It’s worth noting that this effect is more descriptive than causal — we don’t know how Trout, or any other player, would play on a different team alongside better teammates. But for the purposes of illustration, it’s clear that MVP voters are traditionally very responsive to players on better teams, even if they have a much smaller WAR lead than Trout currently has over Bregman.)In general, MVP voters have long tended to smile more on players with solid stats on winning teams than players with dominant numbers amidst a string of defeats. Only seven modern-era MVP winners were on teams with a losing record: Giancarlo Stanton (2017), Trout (2016), Alex Rodriguez (2003), Cal Ripken Jr. (1991), Andre Dawson (1987) and Ernie Banks (1958 and 1959). And among those, only three played for a team whose record was as bad as the current Angels’ is: Trout in 2016, Rodriguez in 2003 and Ripken in 1991. Similar to his MVP bid in 2016, another Trout win would be a rare victory for great players on bad teams — and another sign that voters are redefining the way they make that distinction between the “most valuable” and “best” players.But Trout might also get some help from just how scattershot the competition is in this year’s AL MVP race. Aside from Bregman and fellow Astros Justin Verlander and George Springer, Oakland’s Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien are the only other members of the AL’s top 10 in WAR on a team with any kind of playoff odds whatsoever. WAR through games on Sept. 4, 2019.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +0.5027%31%36%40%45%50%55%59% An MVP candidate can always use more team successModeled probability of a league WAR leader winning the MVP award, based on his gap over the No. 2 player in WAR and on the deficit in winning percentage between the teams of the two players The AL MVP race has a lot going onTop 10 players in the 2019 American League by wins above replacement, plus team record and playoff odds (according to the FiveThirtyEight model) 1Mike TroutLAA.461<1%9.7 +1.002933374247525661 +3.503741465156616569 +2.503338424752576266 5Mike MinorTEX✓.486<16.8 10George SpringerHOU.645>996.3 No sport loves parsing out the “best player” vs. “most valuable” argument in MVP debates more than baseball. Sure, the NBA hasn’t given its MVP to a player on a nonplayoff team since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976. But the best basketball players exert so much more influence on the game than their baseball counterparts that it’s difficult to have individual success without the team coming along for the ride. For MLB players, however, we frequently see good — and even historically great — seasons on bad teams. That creates a perfect recipe for all those endless debates about what “value” really means.Will it happen again this year? Some of the ingredients are there in the American League. AL wins above replacement1Using our JEFFBAGWELL metric to combine Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs WAR figures. leader Mike Trout is tracking for 9.7 WAR (prorated to 162 team games), which would once again rank among the top 100 individual campaigns by a batter since 1901. (He’s already had three of those in his eight full MLB seasons, and he came extraordinarily close to a fourth in 2013.) But his Los Angeles Angels are, once again, lousy. Our predictions think they’ll finish 20 games out of the playoff race, with a lowly 74-88 record.But before we dig in for one more round of online MVP bickering, another factor should come into play: This year’s AL MVP landscape is weird. There’s so much else going on, Trout could very well avoid too much friction along his path to putting a third Kenesaw Mountain Landis Award on his mantle.First, how big is Trout’s edge in individual value? The gap between his WAR and that of Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who ranks second in the AL, is 1.9 wins if prorated over 162 games. (That’s basically an entire season’s worth of value from an average player!) Limiting to cases in which the top two in WAR were both position players, the only league leader since 2002 with a wider gap came in the 2012 AL, when Trout himself was 2.5 wins ahead of No. 2 Robinson Cano. (Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera famously took home the MVP instead after winning the Triple Crown.) About three-quarters of WAR leaders in the modern MVP award era2Since 1931. lead the league by a smaller margin than Trout is on pace to beat Bregman by.Historically speaking, though, Trout’s MVP case would be better served if he were on a team with a slightly better record, even if his personal stats were worse. To examine this, I built a model3Using a Lasso classification regression on data since 1995. predicting a league WAR leader’s chances of winning the MVP based on his differentials (relative to the No. 2 player) in both WAR and team winning percentage.4I also accounted for whether the player was a pitcher — which significantly downgrades MVP odds after holding WAR constant — and whether the season came since WAR hit the big time as an MVP metric in 2012, which makes a WAR leader more likely to win MVP. According to the model, Trout would have better MVP odds than he currently does — with a 1.9-WAR lead on a .461 winning-percentage team — if his WAR lead got trimmed to a half-win but his team won just three or four more ballgames: WPCT Deficit 9Xander BogaertsBOS.53636.5 8Marcus SemienOAK.583796.5 WAR Lead-.200-.180-.150-.130-.100-.080-.050-.030 4Justin VerlanderHOU✓.645>996.8 RkPlayerTeamPitcher?Team WPctPlayoff OddsWAR/162
Fans and students alike, breaking last year’s national spring game attendance record, flocked to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to watch the annual intrasquad scrimmage by the Ohio State football team.The 2016 OSU spring game started with a moment of silence honoring both former OSU standout Will Smith and Columbus swat officer Steve Smith. Both men were killed over the weekend in separate instances, and the crowd of over 100,000 stood and remembered the two.This year’s spring game was a chance for Buckeye faithful to see how OSU coach Urban Meyer would answer many of the question marks left after a multitude of starters left for the NFL draft.Meyer did not shy away from the high expectations of the new starters.“We certainly don’t lower our standards just because a player moves on,” Meyer said. “That’s not what this place is all about.”Starting things off for the Buckeyes was the Scarlet team, led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. After the Gray defensive line put on a display of pass-rush skills, junior Sean Nuernberger came on for a field goal attempt. In an example of an event unique to the spring game, after nailing a 43-yard attempt, he stayed on the field to drill a 51-yard kick.The Scarlet team struggled to score after the opening drive. Barrett was picked off twice, once by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and later by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The pick by Hooker was returned for a touchdown, and even though the Gray was called for a defensive holding, the play stood, once again evidencing the unusual nature of the spring game.Gray capitalized off these miscues, finding the endzone twice in the first half. The Gray team’s starting quarterback Joe Burrow connected with redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson on a picture-perfect 18-yard strike over the defensive player for one of the scores.Burrow provided many over-the-shoulder throws when given time, and looked sharp on his reads.Gibson scored another touchdown on a two-yard end-around. The score put the Gray up 21-3 before redshirt freshman Mike Weber of the Scarlet side barreled his way into the endzone to end the first half.Weber impressed the coaching staff, finishing the day with eight carries, 38 yards, and two touchdowns.“They were starting to compare him to Carlos Hyde,” Meyer said. “Easy now. He hasn’t reached that level yet.”The second half began with a quick score by the Scarlet, set up by redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier. A 40-yard pass to redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell led to a short touchdown run by Weber.After a dazzling one-handed interception by sophomore Jerome Baker for the Scarlet, the Gray were given the ball right back immediately following an errant pass from Collier, of the Scarlet team, which was picked off by Hooker for his second takeaway of the day.“Our D-line got to (Burrow) and I saw Joe under pressure and I went up and got it … I just made a play,” Hooker said.Redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin continued his stellar showing with a 47-yard touchdown reception. McLaurin carried two defenders into the endzone with him for the score and finished the day with four receptions for 111 yards.“I had a lot more confidence coming in,” McLaurin said. “I just want to take that next step forward, being a guy that this offense can depend on, trying to find my role in this offense.”The wide receiver corps for OSU provided most of the offense on the afternoon. A defensive presence in terms of pass-rush kept the quarterbacks for the Buckeyes on their toes for most of the game.Both the Scarlet and the Gray had four sacks apiece, and the offensive line appeared to struggle retaining the pocket at times. The occasional lack of protection can be directly credited to a majority of the line being replaced by underclassmen. Even with certain areas clearly needing attention before the Scarlet and Gray are set to take the field against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, the Buckeyes have shown the team has potential heading into regular season play. “What I didn’t like?” Meyer asked about the events of the afternoon. “I liked it all.” OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray team beat Scarlet 28-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo Editor
The OSU athletic department named Ben Schreiber as the school’s spirit head coach April 7.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State spirit squad has a new head coach — and he’s a former Buckeye.More than four months after former head cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman — who had been in the position since July 2009 — was terminated “for cause” following a sexual harassment investigation involving her assistant coaches and athletes, OSU announced Ben Schreiber as the squad’s new head coach in a press release Monday.Schreiber, who cheered at OSU from 2004-07, replaces interim coach Steve Chorba, who took over for Buchman Nov. 25, the day she was fired.“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and be at the helm of the spirit program, specifically as the head cheerleading coach,” Schreiber said in a released statement. “I look forward to working with each student-athlete and helping them achieve their goals and dreams as I am blessed to live out my own.”Schreiber spent the past five years as the head cheerleading coach and fitness coordinator at the University of Delaware.Schreiber led the Blue Hens to the 2014 UCA Division I Large Coed National Championship, while the team finished as national runners-up from 2010-13, according to the release. He said he looks to establish that kind of success at OSU.“My desire is to continue to build on the traditions of the program and develop new, cutting-edge concepts to help distinguish this program from others,” Schreiber said.Schreiber is set to earn a base salary of $43,000, OSU spokesman Adam Widman told The Lantern in an email. Chorba earned $37,000 as interim head coach, while Buchman earned $43,003 after receiving a raise Aug. 23.After becoming the spirit coordinator at Delaware in 2011, Schreiber expanded the cheer program by adding an all-female team, according to the release. In that role, he also oversaw the cheer and dance programs and took on marketing responsibilities for the athletics and recreation services department.“Ben has all the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach,” Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate athletics director for administration and the cheer program’s administrator, said in the release. “His experience and success as a head coach and his passion for Ohio State and developing student-athletes holistically make him a perfect fit to lead our spirit program.”Widman said aside from hiring Schreiber, decisions on what the rest of the cheer staff will look like — including whether or not Chorba is to be retained — are forthcoming.“Our spirit squad coaches do not have employment contracts and no staff decisions have been made at this point,” Widman wrote in the email.Schreiber’s predecessor, Chorba, was appointed to interim head coach from assistant cheerleading coach after Buchman was found to have demonstrated a lack of “leadership and courage” by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith while she was coach of the squad.In an email obtained by The Lantern, Smith told Buchman she was terminated for “several serious lapses of judgment and leadership.” An October report by the OSU Office of Human Resources found those lapses occurred after former cheerleader Cody Ellis’ attorney said he was kicked off the team by Buchman for reporting he was sexually harassed by two former coaches, Dana Bumbrey and Eddie Hollins.Bumbrey and Hollins were terminated in May following an OSU investigation, which found “sufficient evidence” both had violated the school’s Sexual Harassment Policy. That policy defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances” and “requests for sexual favors,” among other things.Although he was terminated in May, Bumbrey hosted a cheer camp in August that Buchman took her team to participate in — more than two months after he was let go.“Though I know that the camp was not run by Ohio State, you took our students and brand there with you,” Smith said in the email to Buchman. “All the while, you knew the nature of the behavior Mr. Bumbrey had been engaged in, that Ohio State dismissed him just a few months earlier and that the university had emphatically chosen to disassociate itself from him and his damaging behavior.”The report also found that even though Hollins showed up uninvited to a practice Sept. 9, Buchman did not tell him to leave.“When an assistant that had been fired for sexual harassment shows up at a team practice, it is obvious what is expected of a head coach,” Smith wrote in the email.In an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29, Smith did not offer any further explanation for the investigation or events that transpired after it when asked.“I’m not going to get into a personnel issue,” Smith said. “It was a personnel issue, there are legal issues around it, so I’m not discussing it.”
Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is hopeful that Gareth Bale will be available for Saturday’s game with Levante in La LigaThe 29-year-old winger was forced to withdraw from the Wales squad over the international break after sustaining a groin injury in Real’s 1-0 defeat to Deportivo Alaves last time out.But Bale has since returned to full training with Los Blancos and Lopetegui is feeling “optimistic” about the Welshman’s chances of making the squad for this weekend.“Some players have had the chance to take the time out and get back from injuries. In the short time we’ve seen the players we think we have more players back than we had before,” Lopetegui told reporters on the club website.“We have to see what happens in training about [the game]. We’re optimistic, we’ll have to wait to see to make decisions. [With] Bale we’ll wait and see what happens in training, we’re optimistic.“Gareth’s been very responsible about his injury, he hasn’t played with the international team when he could have tried to, it’s good to see he has that responsibility and we have a good chance to get him fit.”The former Spain boss is pleased to see Isco available once more after recovering from an appendicitis problem.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“He’s a very important player, no doubt about that, like many of them, he’s had appendicitis, it’s difficult to control,” added Lopetegui.“He’s obviously someone that will come in to play and help us out in the near future.“We always want to have as many players as possible available. Of course, we’re happy to have Isco available to select for Saturday if necessary.”Although full-back Dani Carvajal will remain on the sidelines for Saturday.😎 Cool as a cucumber.@GarethBale11 | #RMCity pic.twitter.com/M4s04iE1Ap— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 18, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 5, 2017 – Nassau – More from the Budget Communication including lots of social media outrage being expressed over money spent on road works and consultancies during the Perry Christie Administration. During his report on the public purse, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest said that the PLP Government paid $10M in National Health Insurance consultant contracts and a whopping, $30M in roadside contracts. More fiscal bombshells were dropped as the DPM opened up to media about public spending under the last government and revealed was that a foreign company was hired to run the NHI public relations, that $27M dollars more than was allocated to the Beaches and Parks Authority was spent. Turnquest said $3M was in the budget but $30M was used, reportedly for road works. Add to this, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival actually cost the country more than was disclosed by the PLP Administration, $25M over three years. And another bombshell, there is no insurer in place for NHI. Finance Minister Turnquest is quoted saying, “I submit that those choices for the use of the large sums of VAT dollars collected did not correspond to the wishes and expectations of Bahamian citizens.” Peter Turquest was quick to state that the fiscal imprudence of the PLP did not equate to insolvency of The Bahamas. The DPM said everyday there are new surprises and that the Minnis led government is now pressured and compelled to uphold agreements of the ousted PLP, made just days before the 2017 national vote. #MagneticMediaNews#budgetbombshellsforBahamas#DPMPeterTurnquest Related Items:#budgetbombshellsforBahamas, #DPMPeterTurnquest, #magneticmedianews
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years. He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done. We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen. In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors. He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology. He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Paul Pogba has admitted he was lucky to have scored after missing from 12 yards and suggested he may have to change his approach to penalties.The Frenchman saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford, only to calmly slot in from the rebound to give United the lead.Pogba also saw his effort saved earlier this season after Joe Hart thwarted him at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…And despite United’s 2-1 win over the Toffees, Pogba admits he will need to think about a change in his technique.“I was lucky,” he told the Mirror. “The important thing is it went in and I scored the goal, good for us and me. After we carried on and had other chances, most important thing was the win.“I always try and destabilize the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practice to change it, if the keepers know my step.”
After more than a day of searching for Emiliano Sala’s plane on the sea between France and the United Kingdom, a Whatsapp message has emerged.The hopes of finding Emiliano Sala alive are slimmer by the minute, the Argentine player who had just made his transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City left an ominous Whatsapp voice message that was recovered by Diario Ole from Argentina.The player is heard relatively relaxed about an hour and a half before the plane was reported missing, in the voice message Sala mentions that he is scared for how difficult the flight is for him as the plane feels like is “falling to pieces”.The missing player was about to start a new chapter of his career in English football, but it was put on hold for this horrible accident.Every single search party that has been set to look for the player and the rest of the crew in the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft has been detained by the bad weather, plus the fight against time as the daylight in that area of the globe tends to last for only a few hours.The player’s family is already expecting the worse, but everybody refuses to give up hope still as they wish they can find him still alive.⚠ El audio que les mandó Sala a sus amigos ya subido al avión pic.twitter.com/743JK9POpr— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 22, 2019The Whatsapp voice message was shared by Argentine Diario Ole this Wednesday, it was recovered from one of his friends in a group they both share and the news outlet was slick enough to get a hold of the document.Out of respect for the family, the audio was not revealed but the transcript was shared with the media and reproduced in its entirety.Emiliano Sala is 28 years old at the moment, we are all still wishing for him to be found unharmed but there comes a time in these types of situations when one has to be realistic.“Hello my brothers, how are you? Boy I’m tired,” he says in his message.“I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things. And it never stops, it never stops. Anyway guys I’m up in this plane and it feels like its falling to pieces. and I’m going to Cardiff, crazy, and we start tomorrow.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“Training in the afternoon guys, with my new club. Let’s see what happens. So how’s it all going with you boys, all good? If in an hour and a half you haven’t heard from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they won’t find me, but you will know. Man, I’m scared!” said the ominous message.Argentine outlet Olé has leaked the alleged final WhatsApp audio message sent by Emiliano Sala to what appears to be a group chat with friends from Argentina: “How are you doing you crazy people? – you can hear the plane’s propeller in the background https://t.co/k7G2ulW4mR— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 22, 2019Emiliano Rail Sala Taffarel was born in Cululu, Santa Fe, Argentina on October 31, 1990. He grew up in Club Atletico San Martin’s youth academy before moving to France where he made a career in the second and first divisions of the country, he is a centre-forward with a natural skill to score goals from inside the box.During his time in France, Sala played his better years at Nantes where he developed more like a football player and eventually got the attention of Cardiff City during the last winter transfer window.The hope that Emiliano had with this new step on his career was to possibly reach the National Team through hard work and dedication, something that has apparently been left on hold for the moment.Several public demonstrations from the world of football have been shared in support of Sala and his family, the player was transferred from Nantes for a reported €17 million and was expected to start training earlier this Wednesday.We all pray for Emiliano Sala, where ever he is, and we also pray so his family can find peace during this difficult time.En la fría noche de Nantes, los hinchas cantan y hacen fuerza por Emiliano Sala con un solo deseo: que aparezca con vida. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yHrb2vcRaD— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 22, 2019What do you think about the message that Emiliano Sala left just moments before his plane was reported missing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
ASAE, The Center for Association Leadership, has announced plans to relaunch its publication, Associations Now, which will also coincide with the launch of a mobile app, a dedicated online news site, and a daily email newsletter. The relaunch is slated for October, and ASAE has aligned with TMG Custom Media to assist in development and strategy. ASAE is targeting a 360-degree approach for offering its association members relevant content. Editor-in-chief Julie Shoop describes the changes as “an extension of a really strong brand.” While the publication is redesigning its print product, Shoop indicates that what is significant is the addition of digital products. She says that, “Like every other publisher out there, we understand that the world has changed, as has the way we consume information. We were not in the digital space as a magazine, so the expansion into the digital world is a big step here.” In addition to the new digital products, organization was also vital in the relaunch. “In the past, people found it hard to find what they were looking for in the magazine, so we are going to have five standing sections, in addition to features, that cover major topic areas—leadership, technology, membership, money and business, and meetings. All of that content was in the magazine before, but it wasn’t organized,” says Shoop. She also says that organizing content in this manner will work well in the digital space. “The strength of the content is what brings people to it. Our current audience will find this really engaging and easier to use,” she adds.Associations Now previously did not have its own website, separate from the association. Shoop hopes that this new offering will not only enhance the existing reader’s experience, but also attract a new audience. “This is truly a launch, it didn’t exist before” Shoop says, adding, “[The site] will offer fresh online content every day, and is a new kind of content that ASAE has never provided.” For the time being, Associations Now’s app will be a digital replica of the print publication. However, Shoop suggests that the technology does allow for interactivity within the content and for adverters. She describes the app as “pretty basic,” and states that, for now, they “are not putting a lot of bells and whistles in it.” Associations Now is still finalizing its relaunch elements before the October release. However, Shoop discloses that the preliminary “buzz is good,” from those who have seen design mock-ups and strategy plans. She describes the ASAE community as “very engaged” and thinks the audience will embrace the publication’s new methods for delivering content.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday that the justification for the Postal Service’s 4.3-percent exigent rate hike has expired. Lower mailing volumes brought on by the recession should be recognized as a “new normal,” removing the defense for higher pricing intended to make up for lost earnings. The ruling affirmed the stance the Postal Regulatory Commission took when it approved the exigent rate increase in late 2013. Subsequently, the USPS attempted to override the imposed limits, arguing that the hike should become permanent. Critically however, the court said that the method used by the PRC to arrive at an expiration date for the rate increase—the “count once” standard—was insufficient. Timing restrictions on mail volume tabulation were ruled “arbitrary”; a better estimation of mail volume lost from the recession needs to be calculated. That leaves the original August finish line for the price hike in doubt. A federal appeals court ruled that the USPS will have to roll back its exigent rate hike in a big win for magazine publishers struggling to keep distribution costs down (or, at least, consistent), but exactly when that will happen is still in doubt. “We are pleased that the court recognized that exigent circumstances are not permanent and that the Postal Service must adjust to lowered mail volumes as its ’new normal,’ says Mary Berner, president and CEO of the MPA, in a statement. “We are very pleased that the court upheld the Commission’s conclusion that the exigent surcharge should not be applied permanently,” says David LeDuc, senior director of public policy for the SIIA. “That said, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty around rates going forward. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that August will bring the end of the exigent rate increase, as expected.” “Just because some of the effects of exigent circumstances may continue for the foreseeable future, that does not mean that those circumstances remain ‘extraordinary’ or ‘exceptional’ for just as long,” Judge Patricia Millett wrote in her opinion.