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Why Your Sales Force Isn’t Working

first_imgThese are some of the reasons your sales force isn’t working.Most people who work from home don’t “work” from home.More and more salespeople no longer commute to an office to work. But that doesn’t mean they are “working” from home. It just means that they’re home.There are people who are disciplined enough to work from home, but they are the minority. Most people don’t do as much work as they could—or should—when they are working from home. It’s easier for most people to buckle down when they are in an office environment, and when there are other people around.Many people need this environment. Wishing it were otherwise doesn’t change anything. When I talk to struggling sales managers, the ones having problems almost always have a sales force working from home.The browser invites distractions.It’s wonderful that so much of the software we use is browser-based. But it is also horrible, and it’s detrimental to salespeople. It invites distractions.There is no greater distraction than email. If there is a close second, it’s social media. And I am not talking about LinkedIn, the most useful social site for salespeople. I am talking about Facebook, perhaps the least useful site for quota-carrying salespeople.It’s too easy to click the bookmark and launch Facebook. Or ESPN. Or Politico. Or Engadget. It’s too easy to click a link and find yourself down the rabbit hole, a place where no deals are done.There is too little accountability.Some sales managers are afraid of micromanaging their workforce. Even more don’t really know how to hold their sales force accountable for the activity and the outcomes for which the salespeople are responsible. Even more are content to believe their salespeople are doing what they should be doing because some salespeople tell a good story when it comes to the opportunities they are working (they’re salespeople, after all).Without accountability for activity and outcomes, your results will never be what they could be. And you won’t only being failing your company; you’ll also be failing the salespeople by allowing them to turn in something less than their best performance.Your goals are impotent.It’s important to make the number. But that goal isn’t as meaningful as it could be if it had a little help.Purpose is more potent. Meaning is important. Growth is important, and I don’t mean the company’s growth, I’m talking about the individual salesperson’s growth.People want to know that what they are doing is making a difference. They want to know that they are getting better, gaining new skills, and becoming more valuable. And they want to be recognized for doing these things.You don’t score points by focusing on the scoreboard. You score points by playing the game. You are coaching the game. How well you coach determines the score. Telling people you need 48 points by itself isn’t going to work.Without the bullpen, there is little transfer of knowledge.We are back to working at home. Where salespeople are all alone, left to their own devices, and far away from the leadership, their managers, and their peers. They’re far away from the conversations being had, and so they are absorbing nothing through osmosis—the way we have handed down a lot of sales knowledge for more than a century.The conversation you have with one salesperson is just that. It’s a conversation with one salesperson. The other people on your team heard nothing. Later on, you can tell them the story, but it isn’t the same as having been there, listening in on the conversation in real-time.Some of the tools help create a virtual bullpen. But most managers steer clear of having “too many meetings,” fearing that their salespeople will be off the field too long (something they would worry less about were they better at holding people accountable).To get your sales force working again, eliminate these reasons as much as you possibly can.last_img read more

Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls

first_imgThe Congress today made a clean sweep in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections, winning 49 of the 54 seats for which results were declared. Results for 54 seats, out of the total 81, have been declared so far. Nanded is Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan’s home turf and it saw an aggressive campaign, with BJP making all efforts to wrest control of the civic body. The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena. Of the results declared so far, BJP has won three, while Shiv Sena is placed a distant third, winning a solitary seat. The results indicate a rout of the AIMIM, which had around a dozen corporators in the outgoing body. The Congress has 41 members in the outgoing civic body, followed by 14 corporators of the Shiv Sena, 11 of the AIMIM and Nationalist Congress Party’s 10. The municipal corporation of Nanded has been ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago. The BJP won 12 of the 16 civic bodies, for which polls were held this year, expanding its footprint in Maharashtra’s urban areas.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors Live Telecast

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming First Published: September 25, 2019, 4:14 PM IST Bengal Warriors will eye closing the PKL 2019 season 7 points table gap to Dabang Delhi when they face Telugu Titans on Wednesday. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors will be held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Bengal Warriors have already qualified for playoffs and will be looking to keep the momentum on their side with a second win in Jaipur. Telugu Titans, on the other hand, will look to end their four-match winless run. The PKL 2019 season 7 Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors fixture will commence at 7.30PM.The Jaipur leg of PKL 2019 season 7 will end on Friday, September 27. The next set of matches will be played at Tau Devilal Sports Complex, Panchkula in Haryana, starting September 28. The two PKL 2019 matches scheduled for the day will see Telugu Titans face the Bengal Warriors at 7.30PM followed by Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan at 8.30PM. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors match start?The 106th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 7.30PM. The match between Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors clash on TV?The PKL 2019 season 7 Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

ICC World T20 2016: Team Synopsis

first_imgAustraliaAustralia dumped Aaron Finch as captain and have gone ahead with Steve Smith for the World T20 in India. The shocking move came after Australia’s humiliating 3-0 defeat against India at home. While they have retained big names like Shane Watson, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, there are a few surprises too. Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and legspinner Adam Zampa were given the nods. The left-handed allrounder Ashton Agar will provide the perfect balance to the team on conditions suited to slower bowlers.  Squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam ZampaEnglandEngland have been in red-hot form in the recent past. They won the Test series against South Africa and came up with an inspiring performance in the ODI series, which they lost 2-3. They have not made any major changes to the squad that toured the African nation. Even without big names Stuart Broad and James Anderson, the English attack looks formidable. Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and uncapped spinner Liam Dawson are the spinning options for the 2010 champions.Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Steven Finn, Reece Topley, Sam Billings, Liam DawsonIndiaThe Dhoni-led side have been tagged favourites after thumping wins against Australia and Sri Lanka. India have recalled veterans Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh for Asia Cup and World T20. Nehra and Yuvraj showed glimpses of why they are irreplaceable in the team in the recently concluded T20 sereis. The biggest surprise though has been the inclusion of Pawan Negi. The Delhi allrounder had impressed when playing under MS Dhoni for the suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. He along with Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja has given the skipper a lot of options to choose from. With an in-form top-order and a death bowling specialist in Jasprit Bumrah, Dhoni would be hoping for a second World T20 title this year.advertisementSquad: MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj SinghNew ZealandNew Zealand will be coming to the subcontinent without their highly revered skipper Brendon McCullum. It will be interesting to see whether his absence will have an impact on the team’s attitude on field. Kane Williamson is set to lead the side which has an array of big-hitting allrounders. Their top-order looks settled with in-form opener Martin Guptill. Colin Munro, who hit the second fastest T20I fifty, is expected to replace McCullum at the top. New Zealand have picked two specialist spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner while Nathan McCullum will help Williamson with his part-time offspinners.  Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross TaylorPakistanPakistan axed their regular opener Ahmed Shehzad and named two uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz for the Asia Cup and World T20 squads. Their pace bowling unit looks formidable with the presence of fiery duo of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. The Afridi-led squad have three left-arm slow bowlers to make up for the absence of legspinner Yasir Shah, who was  banned for three months in February following a failed drug test. Afridi though has not ruled out making some changes to the squad after assessing performances of players in Asia Cup T20.Squad: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babr Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Ahmed Shehzad, Rumman RaisSouth AfricaSouth African side is loaded with men who have rich IPL-experience. Their batting unit looks settled as always with the likes of Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. They would be happy with the recent form of wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock. When it comes to the bowling department, Imran Tahir is expected to lead the attack in Indian conditions. Aaron Phangiso and JP Duminy will come into play to make things easier for Faf. With Dale Steyn leading the pace attack, South Africa are a well-settled bowling unit. Not to forget the young pacer Kagiso Rabada who stole the show last year.Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David WieseSri LankaSri Lanka will be lead by Lasith Malinga, who won the title in 2014 at home. The team has been struck by injury woes and the absence of senior players has hampered the preparations for World T20. A young unit, that opened with a bang against India, was thumped by the home team in the remaining matches of the tour. Sri Lanka will be happy to have their star batsman Angelo Mathews back as the batting looked inexperienced against India. Slow left-arm bowler Rangana Herath is also making a comeback into the squad after two years. Eyebrows were raised when Sri Lanka left out young pacer Kasun Rajitha from the squad after his inspiring performances against India.advertisementSquad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanna, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Chamara Kapugedara, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga.West IndiesAfter a lot of confusion regarding the player contracts, West Indies finally announced a team retaining most of their superstars. The Sammy-led side looks strong even without their star performers Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard, who pulled out in the last minute. IPL legend Chris Gayle is a match-winner on his day. He will be joined by Lendl Simmons at the top. Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin are experienced campaigners in the middle order. West Indies have gone ahead with Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn as their two specialist spinners. They will be bolstered by the presence of quality allrounders Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Jason Holder.Squad: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.BangladeshBangladesh are the most hot and happening team in cricket at the moment. Having beaten top sides Sri Lanka and Pakistan, they have a chance to topple India and clinch the Asia Cup title. Their squad for World T20 will remain the same and will be led by the impressive Mashrafe Mortaza. With quality batsmen like Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah in their ranks Bangladesh can challenge any top-ranked team. There are doubts over Mustafizur Rahman’s participation as he was injured during the Asia Cup clash against Sri Lanka. However, their pace battery looks charged up with the presence of young and fiery pacers Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain.Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Muktar Ali, Shuvagata HomZimbabwe Zimbabwe will be lead by Hamilton Masakadza and they have quite a few match winners in their team. The recent T20I win against rising Asian power Bangladesh should give them a lot of confidence. Luke Jongwe and Malcolm Waller are two men to watch out for in their line-upSquad: Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Hamilton Masakadza (c), Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza Butt, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Luke Jongwe, Tendai Chisoro, Neville Madziva, Malcolm Waller, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Graeme Cremer Hong Kong Led by Tanwir Afzal Hong Kong will be featuring in their second World T20 in India next month. The team has had some impressive results in the last year managing to defeat Afghanistan in a one-match T20I series. They impressed by leveling a two-match series against Scotland. However, the team was not able to make it to the main-rounds of Asia Cup T20.advertisementSquad: Tanwir Afzal (c), Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Jamie Atkinson, Babar Hayat, Ryan Campbell, Christopher Carter, Mark Chapman, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan Ireland Ireland haven’t had their best time in T20I cricket. Except for a series win against Papua New Guinea, they haven’t managed to impress. They drew a series against United Arab Emirates earlier this year.  However, they have quite a few experienced players in their lineup and would  be hoping for better results. Watch out for Kevin O’Brien who hit the fastest World Cup ton against England in 2011.Squad: William Porterfield (c), Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig YoungNetherlandsNetherlands are an experienced T20I side as they will be playing their third World T20 in India later this month. The Wesley Barresi lead squad have had a decent T20I run beating UAE and Nepal in the lead-up to the T20I tournament.Squad: Wesley Barresi (c), Ahsan Malik, Peter Borren, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Sikander Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren Oman  Oman will be making their debut in this year’s World T20. The Oman team is an experienced T20 side having played only 24 T20Is so far. The Sultan Ahmed led-squad will be hoping to make their mark against top-sides in the tournament.Squad: Sultan Ahmed (c/wk), Aamir Kaleem, Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Ajay Lalcheta, Mehran Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Sufyan Mehmood, Vaibhav Wategaonkar, Yousuf Mahmood, Arun Poulose, Zeeshan Ahmad, Zeeshan MaqsoodScotland Scotland lost a one-off game against UAE earlier this year.  A 1-1 draw against Oman last year must have dampened their spirits. However, with the presence of Kyle Coetzer, Scotland would be hoping to put up a decent fight in the preliminary round.Squad: Preston Mommsen (c), Kyle Coetzer (vc), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Mark WattAfghanistan Afghanistan are on a roll. Despite not qualifying for the main draw of the Asia Cup, they came up with inspiring performances in the qualifier. They had defeated Zimbabwe twice in T20I series last year. the Stanikzai-led unit will be looking to continue their good run. Afghanistan pacers Shapoor Zadran impressed in the 50-over World Cup last year.  With the likes of Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi and Karim Sadiq the batting unit looks good for the Asian nation.Squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassanlast_img read more


first_imgDespite falling behind, Mohun Bagan forwards Glen and Despite falling behind, Mohun Bagan forwards Glen and Subash Singh made life difficult for the Yangon defence and an equaliser four minutes before half-time came courtesy of the former as the Trinidadian latched onto an incisive through ball from Lenny Rodrigues to tap home the ball beyond Yangon keeper Luiz Fernando. After the restart, it was Yangon who upped the tempo and forced the visitors to defend deep into their own half as the games momentum swung their way. And the pressure almost paid off immediately as Mohun Bagan defender Raju Gaikwad went close to scoring an own-goal, before Kyaw Ko Ko let two chances to retake the lead slip in quick succession as he was twice denied by the resolute Arnab. In the 86th minute, though, the away side did have a glorious chance to snatch all three points at the death as Luciano Sobrosa ventured forward to get on the end of captain Katsumi Yusas cross into the box, but his effort sailed over the bar. Despite the chances at either end in the second half, neither side could break the deadlock. PTI PDS AH PDSlast_img read more

Elaine Thompson wins Jamaican 100m title with year-best time

first_imgJamaica’s Olympic champion sprinter Elaine Thompson defended her national 100 metres title in Kingston on Friday with a world leading time of 10.71 seconds.Thompson, who completed a stunning Olympic 100 and 200m double at Rio, recovered from a moderate start to rein in training partner Christania Williams and pull away for an emphatic win.”The plan was to come out here and just go through the rounds, take it step by step, and even though we got some rain I just got the job done,” Thompson told Reuters.”As I know the season is very long, so I just have to take race by race.”The focus is on the world championships, so in due time the fast times will come,” she added.Thompson’s time improved on the year-best she set in Shanghai last month.Simone Facey had a poor start but closed quickly over the last 30 metres to be runnerup in 11.04, just pipping third-placed Jura Levy.Men’s former 100m world champion Yohan Blake recorded a season-best 9.90 to capture the national title in the absence of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who decided to skip the meeting as he prepares for his world championships farewell in London.Blake, who won 100m and 200m silver at the 2012 London Olympics, recorded his fastest time since logging 9.69 in 2012 and said his confidence was back after years of hamstringproblems.”As you can see every time I run I keep on getting better and better, so I just want to maintain this form going into the world championships, it’s not far away,” a beaming Blake told Reuters, adding that he intended to win the 200m title.advertisement”Everyday Usain Bolt keeps encouraging me and along with the hard work things are coming together at the right time.”Julian Forte, who clocked a personal best 9.99 to win his semi-final, was runnerup in 10.04, with Senoj-Jay Givans third.Asafa Powell, who has been nursing tendonitis, failed to make the final after posting 10.15 in his semi-final.There was an upset in the women’s 400m hurdles when the little-known Ronda Whyte produced a late burst to win in a career best 54.28, edging runnerup Ristananna Tracey third-placed Leah Nugent.last_img read more

Fashion kind of just fell into the lap, says ace designer Masaba Gupta

first_imgAt 27, she is among the youngest designers in the country’s fashion industry. Masaba Gupta, daughter of West Indian cricketer Viv Richards and actress Neena Gupta, had a happy, intriguing childhood, growing up in a household of sports and art.”It was a very interesting household because my parents are both very strong individuals, very opinionated and headstrong. It was quite amazing growing up in my house, because my grandfather was also there, and he was really old-school, and then we had these two extremely modern and fierce people. It was all salt and pepper. But, as opposed to what people think, I had a very conventional upbringing. It was one of those homes full of energy, positive thinking and lots of inspiration,” she says.Also Read: India Couture Week: Arjun Rampal’s bandhgala has a cock on itSomeone who wanted to play tennis when she was kid, Gupta says fashion kind of just fell into her lap when she was still in her second year of college, adding that she never got to finish her diploma because she was already at the fashion week!The fashion fraternity, she says, has zero gender bias. “There’s a very strong balance between men and women. This is one industry in which I find it really comfortable to be a woman in and I hope it stays that way,” she adds.”But it’s difficult to be young, though, that’s for sure,” she points out, “as younger people don’t tend to be taken seriously at times or people end up saying, ‘Oh! You’re too young to understand it.’ But in today’s day and age, you have to be quite young to understand a lot of things. There’s a nice balance and it keeps me grounded.”advertisementHowever, she feels that the biggest challenge in the industry isn’t the outside world, but the designer’s own mindset. “I feel like a lot of young designers and professionals are very delusional about what success is and what fame is, and most of the time they have it confused. If you have it clear in your head – what you want to achieve and whether you’re here to make money or you want to just create art – the world will fall in line. A lot of young people don’t know what it takes to get there and they are refusing to learn. That’s a biggest challenge in the industry today,” she observes.Also Read: Disha Patani looks radiant on Manav Gangwani’s runway at ICW 2017And what does the lady who has added some spunk and pop into the fashion fraternity do to unwind? “I’m a mountain person as opposed to a beach person. I’m a little hyper so I love going to the mountains because it calms me down. I recently went to Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand and there was nothing much to do, but look at the entire Himalayan range from there. There weren’t many people, so it was perfect,” says Gupta, who is currently preparing her new collection for the upcoming fashion week. This collection will have over 35 looks, all inspired by Himalayan Orchard Pure, the new flavoured water offering by the natural mineral water brand.Staying fit also comes quite easy to this energetic designer. “I love yoga and I do it three times a week. The rest of the days I go running, and sometimes, because I have a crazy amount of energy, I also work out in the evening and do some weight training. But I love my little garden next to my house in Mumbai, which is where I go running. It’s so green and fresh, and the run prepares me for the day,” she says.last_img read more


first_imgRain didn’t stop people from attending the opening day of the Sioux City Farmers Market.The market began its 9th Season Wednesday at the corner of Pearl and Tri-View Avenue just west of the Tyson Events Center.Becky Davis was set up in her usual spot selling Loess Hills Honey and other products produced from bee hives near Anthon:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HONEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….local honey here. ;20She has been a fixture at the Farmers Market for six years and while Davis sells the popular plastic bears filled with honey, there’s also several other products that her bees help produce:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HONEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….with different flavors. ;19Davis will also have pollen and comb honey after her bees are out working in the clover fields.The Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. from May 3rd until October 28th.last_img read more

CBS: This Is The ‘Easiest” Schedule In SEC

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The SEC is regarded by many as the toughest conference in college football. Its fans certainly think that it is.But not every SEC schedule is created equally. Depending on which division a team is in and what its non-conference slate looks like, it might have an easier road than others in the league.CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli has ranked the SEC team’s in terms of strength of schedule. He used factors such as game location, bye weeks and opponent’s past performances in his ranking.The easiest schedule in the league, according to Fornelli, belongs to Missouri.Here’s why:Missouri’s nonconference is probably a bit more difficult than my rankings want to give it credit for. A road game against Purdue looks better given how strong Purdue looked last season, but my rankings look at Purdue over the last five years, not just 2017. A home game against Memphis will provide a challenge, too. In the SEC, the Tigers get Alabama and Arkansas from the West, and that Alabama game is in Tuscaloosa. They’ll also get Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee all on the road, but at least Georgia has to come to Columbia?The Tigers are coming off a 7-6 season in 2017, which included an appearance in the Texas Bowl. The possibility of another bowl bid is there, assuming they can navigate the schedule Fornelli says is the league’s weakest.Of course, weak in the SEC is relative. Florida and South Carolina on the road aren’t easy tasks and the Tigers still have to play the two teams that were in the national title game last season.Not exactly full of cupcakes.last_img read more

James Franklin Updates Penn State QB Battle

first_imgShot of Penn State coach James Franklin.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)With Trace McSorely’s time at Penn State officially over, the battle to become his successor is underway in Happy Valley. The uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position will most likely be the biggest storyline to follow for the Nittany Lions.Once last year’s season came to an end, the expectation was that Tommy Stevens would become the starter. However, an injury in the spring opened the door for Sean Clifford to shine.Clifford wasted little time showing the coaching staff what he can do under center.The sudden emergence of Clifford motivated Stevens to submit his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his final year of college football. Although Stevens’ exit from Penn State should cement Clifford’s status as the starting quarterback for 2019, head coach James Franklin revealed that the position battle isn’t over.Franklin admit that Clifford will have to earn the starting job.From PennLive.com:“Guys who are returning starters have an advantage, but we’re going to have open competition every single year,” Franklin said. “You have to go out and earn it. Obviously, we got two freshmen that came in at mid-semester, and they’re going to get more opportunities and reps because our situation has changed.”“We’ve done a pretty good job of recruiting and then developing guys,” Franklin said. “We have a lot of confidence in Sean and what he’s been able to do. Levis now is thrust into a more significant situation, and instead of it being a three-way battle with Levis, Sean, and Tommy, now it’s a three-way quarterback battle with one of the two freshmen.”If the Nittany Lions are going to have success this upcoming season, then they’ll need solid production at quarterback.Penn State opens its season at Beaver Stadium against Idaho.[PennLive.com]last_img read more

Recommendations from Int’l Conference on Trafficking in Persons

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and NATFATIP Chair, Carol Palmer, said the recommendations will feed into the review of a plan of action to be presented to Cabinet for approval. The recommendations are the result of breakout sessions on the last day of the conference, hosted at the Meliá Braco Hotel by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), which focused on four areas – victim’s treatment and a gendered approach to human trafficking, child trafficking and how to prevent it, sustaining the fight against human trafficking, and social media and the Internet. Seventy-two recommendations geared at boosting the country’s response to trafficking in persons have come out of a two-day international conference hosted in Trelawny on July 25 and 26.The recommendations are the result of breakout sessions on the last day of the conference, hosted at the Meliá Braco Hotel by the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), which focused on four areas – victim’s treatment and a gendered approach to human trafficking, child trafficking and how to prevent it, sustaining the fight against human trafficking, and social media and the Internet.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and NATFATIP Chair, Carol Palmer, said the recommendations will feed into the review of a plan of action to be presented to Cabinet for approval.“Many of the recommendations will require us to build on work that we are doing and in some instances formalise relationships. [We are looking] to strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat to be able to drive the national effort,” she said.Recommendations include the establishment of an effective needs and security assessment mechanism to properly screen clients and guide technical staff; increased research using sex disaggregated data to inform policy and programmes; development of stronger partnerships with the media, academia and Bureau of Gender Affairs; and increased mechanisms for building awareness and sensitisation.Mrs. Palmer said the new action plan will include establishing partnerships with academia to improve the capacity of Jamaica’s key anti-trafficking stakeholders in the area of social media, the Internet and new technologies.“I hope that tertiary-level institutions will be interested in helping NATFATIP to develop appropriate applications to reach more children and young people. We will be seeking to formalise partnerships going forward,” she said.She noted that victim support therapy is also an element for attention. Consideration is also to be given to the training of social workers and the development of standard operating procedures for the sector.“We need help from everyone, all groups and sectors, especially the media, to reach the nooks and crannies all across the island, to reach people and help them to appreciate this grave crime and how they can protect themselves,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP International Conference was hosted under the theme ‘From Victim to Survivor: The Hard Road to Recovery’.Its objectives were to increase public awareness on human trafficking; train officials throughout the public and private sectors to identify victims of human trafficking; and explore the provision of appropriate protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, particularly women and children. Seventy-two recommendations geared at boosting the country’s response to trafficking in persons have come out of a two-day international conference hosted in Trelawny on July 25 and 26. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Cape Breton crews working around the clock to repair stormdamaged Cabot Trail

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – One of Atlantic Canada’s most stunning scenic roadways has been badly damaged by weather and is in need of major repairs weeks before a busy tourism season gets underway.Days of heavy rain and snow melt off the Cape Breton highlands have eroded sections of the Cabot Trail, leaving extensive damage and washed out shoulders.The roadway has reopened to traffic but the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation says “in excess of 20 locations” need work.It says crews are working overtime to fix the road, especially sections with sharp turns along steep ocean cliffs.The Cabot Trail Relay Race, a two-day, 17-stage course that draws competitors from around the world, starts May 27.A number of other secondary highways in the region were also washed out and two roads remain closed.“We’ve had crews out around the clock and working extended hours to assess the damage and get started on repairs,” Transportation Department area manager Stephen MacDonald said Thursday.“The Cabot Trail is our highest priority,” he said. “It’s a twisty-turny road that goes up and down hills right along the coastline, so safety is a concern.”MacDonald said he hopes to have most of the repairs completed ahead of the relay race, which attracts 1,200 runners to the area.Meanwhile, Sydney-area residents continue to keep vigil over their basements.Cape Breton Regional Municipality spokeswoman Christina Lamey said a week of steady rain has saturated the ground and water levels are high.“Groundwater is impacting basements in some areas,” she said by email. “There are no reports of overland flooding of homes or infrastructure though.”Despite surging watercourses, she said no roads in the Sydney area have been washed out.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Markets Right Now US stocks wobble in early trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are wobbling between small gains and losses in the early going on Wall Street as trading settles down following huge losses last week.Technology companies were among the early winners Monday. Facebook climbed 2.6 per cent and Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent.Online review company Yelp rose 2.5 per cent after a shareholder said it wanted to shake up the company’s board.Nutrisystem soared 31 per cent after Tivity Health agreed to buy the company for a big premium.The S&P 500 index inched up 1 point to 2,635. The index is coming off its worst week since March.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 6 points to 24,375. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 22 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 6,991.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Thousands of Somali children at risk of dying from malnutrition UNICEF warns

13 September 2007Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. “These children urgently require attention to ensure that they survive,” UNICEF country representative Christian Balslev-Olesen said. “UNICEF is very concerned that their numbers might increase with continued civil strife, limited humanitarian access to these areas, food insecurity and a depressed economy.” Malnutrition is not new to Somalia, a country which has been riven by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. But such critical levels in a region known as the country’s breadbasket are alarming and point to a deteriorating humanitarian situation. In fact, an earlier comprehensive nutrition survey conducted in May in the Middle and Lower Shabelle region bordering Mogadishu, the capital, had already indicated that 17 per cent of children under five years suffer from global acute malnutrition, above the UN World Health Organization (WHO) emergency threshold levels of 15 per cent. “Children and families in this region have recently gone from one shock to another, and with the next flood season around the corner, it is important that peace-building efforts are intensified to ensure that UNICEF and its partners can address the underlying causes of these problems as well as the immediate needs,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. UNICEF currently supports 60 selective feeding programmes in Central and Southern Somalia, treating about 15,000 malnourished children each month. But in order to scale up its activities and reach the thousands of additional children at risk, security issues must be tackled. “We appeal to all parties involved to establish peace so that we can work with communities to meet the needs of these children,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has increased from 1 million to 1.5 million since January 2007. Most of those in need are children and women. read more

TSX posts gains at midday as copper prices drive higher

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market retained a small gain late morning Friday amid rising copper prices and a lower than expected reading on Canadian inflation.Positive U.S. data also helped the S&P/TSX composite index extend gains to a fourth session, up 22.22 points to 12,054.8, down from early highs as gold prices and stocks turned negative. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 4.33 points to 1,225.57.The Canadian dollar backed off 0.25 of a cent to 101.1 cents US after closing at a fresh 3 1/2 month high Thursday as Statistics Canada reported that the Consumer Price Index declined 0.1 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in July. Economists had been looking for a 0.1 per cent rise after the index decreased 0.2 per cent in June.The agency said Friday that consumer prices rose 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to July, following a 1.5 per cent gain in June.The loonie was down from early highs as analysts suggested the data represented another reason for the Bank of Canada to keep interest rates on hold.“With inflation running below target and external headwinds still blowing, we don’t expect the Bank of Canada to resume tightening until well into next year,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic.U.S. markets were up at the end of a positive week, helped along by a positive reading on consumer confidence. The University of Michigan’s index rose to a preliminary August reading of 73.6 from a July reading of 72.3.Also, the Conference Board’s index of future U.S. economic activity posted a 0.4 per cent gain in July.The Dow Jones industrials edged 7.4 points higher at 13,257.51.The Nasdaq composite index was 1.89 points higher at 3,064.28, while the S&P 500 index added 0.3 of a point to 1,415.81.The TSX also finished at a 3 1/2-month high Thursday, closing above 12,000 for the first time since early May when the European debt crisis took a turn for the worse as markets focused on high debt levels in Spain. Traders were encouraged by a solid reading on American housing starts and hopes that central bankers are prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep the economic recovery on track and preserve the European monetary union.This was also the case Friday when traders reacted favourably to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Ottawa. She said Thursday that her country — which has Europe’s biggest economy — is committed to doing everything it can to maintain the euro currency union.There have also been high hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will announce another round of economic stimulus in September. But such a move has been thrown into doubt in the wake of recent positive economic data, including better than expected readings on job creation, retail sales and industrial production.Analysts pointed to another element.“I think it’s that the absence of bad news has allowed for this slow but steady rise in equities,” said Garey Aitken, director of equity research at Bissett Investment Management.“I don’t think anything has changed structurally, I don’t think that by any means we’re out of the woods yet. We’re in a bit of a holding pattern and I think that with equity valuations being attractive in a very low interest rate environment, that no news has just allowed for a bit of a rotation from fixed income into equities.”The TSX tech sector led advances with Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) ahead 10 cents to C$7.98.The base metals sector was close behind, up 0.65 per cent as copper added to Thursday’s three-cent advance, up another three cents to US$3.41 a pound. Prices for the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, gave up ground earlier this week in the wake of weak Chinese export growth data and much lower than expected Japanese economic growth in the second quarter. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 24 cents to C$29.63.The energy sector gained 0.2 per cent with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange off 21 cents at US$95.39 a barrel following a strong gain of more than $1 on Thursday. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was ahead 13 cents to C$32.19.Financials were also positive with TD Bank (TSX:TD) ahead 39 cents to $80.87.The gold sector slipped 0.8 per cent with bullion prices down $3.80 to US$1,615.40 an ounce. Barrcick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 39 cents to C$35.21.Apple’s stock set a new high after a four-month swoon as investors looked ahead to the release of a new iPhone model and, possibly, a smaller iPad. Already the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit US$644.13 in morning trading Friday before retreating slightly.Facebook Inc. shares continued to fall, though not as fast. On Friday they fell another 78 cents to $19.09 after hitting a fresh, all-time low of $19.05, a far cry from the $45 level the social networking site hit the day of its Initial Public Offering in May. Prices started to tumble Thursday as the post-IPO offering lockup on about 271 million shares expired, making them available for insiders to sell on the open market.European bourses were positive, with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.14 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX up 0.41 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 up 0.16 per cent. read more

Cyprus talks to pause for reflection and rest until later this month

“At the close of today’s meeting between the Greek Cypriot leader and the Turkish Cypriot leader, it was agreed to begin a pause in the talks, for evaluation, reflection and rest,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The talks are scheduled to resume on 27 August, according to the spokesman.

Côte dIvoire UN expert group calls for measures to help track arms

The Group of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire, set up by the Security Council in February to improve mechanisms for keeping arms from both sides in a country where a UN mission is trying to foster peace, calls upon the Government to submit a comprehensive breakdown of defence expenditure for 2005 as a matter of urgency.In its report, the Group urges the Council to call upon the Government to commission an audit of cocoa production and exports to be completed by next May, and on the rebels to urgently provide a weapons inventory.Noting that the export of diamonds is illegal and there is no credible evaluation of current export volumes, the report calls on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Kimberley Process Secretariat, the body that seeks to keep so called “blood diamonds” used to buy illicit arms off the market, to investigate the situation.”Ivorian diamonds may enter the Kimberley Process supply chains, thus threatening the credibility of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme,” the report warns.The Group notes with pleasure that a number of countries have suspended or blocked the export of military goods and services to Côte d’Ivoire. The authorities of Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa and Israel were forthcoming with information, but the Government of Guinea failed to provide documents despite repeated requests.The experts appreciated the openness of the Government’s National Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) in assisting their enquiry, although the Director General of Customs failed to help despite numerous requests, according to the report. The rebel Forces nouvelles (FN) failed to cooperate adequately and hindered the Group’s investigations in the Seguela region.”The Group recommends that the Security Council call upon the FN to provide UNOCI with a comprehensive inventory of the weapons it has in its possession as a matter of urgency,” the report says.The Group concludes that the Government and FN do not have a strategic need for of the financial ability to procure heavy and light weapons. “Their immediate needs are for transport, such as helicopters and 4×4 vehicles and trucks,” the report says. read more

Two railway workers killed by passenger train in Wales

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: “Shortly before 10am today officers from British Transport Police were called to the railway close to Port Talbot in South Wales, following a report of a train striking persons on the tracks.”Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service are also on scene, very sadly two persons have been pronounced dead at the scene.”Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, said: “We are making a number of urgent enquiries to understand exactly what happened in the moments leading to this fatal collision.”Very sadly two people have died and my officers are now working to identify them and ensure that their families are supported at this incredibly difficult time.”A Network Rail spokeswoman told The Telegraph there were no planned engineering works in the area overnight.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the siteCredit:Wales News Service Two railway workers have been killed and another injured after they were hit by a passenger train in south Wales.It is thought the three men were struck by the speeding train as it passed through a line they were working on because signallers were unaware they were on the tracks.The train was heading from Swansea to London Paddington but struck the men just 20 minutes into the journey near Port Talbot.Two workers died at the scene while a third was treated by paramedics for shock. One railway worker said: “The driver immediately called in the accident saying he had struck the three workers and ambulances were called.”A signal worker didn’t know that they were there. It could be that they hadn’t notified the right people. There have been a lot of near misses on the tracks recently with contractors working on the line.”A full investigation is now underway to establish what exactly how the train ended up hitting the three men.A shocked passenger on board the train said the train came to an abrupt stop moments after leaving Port Talbot Parkway. He said: “We weren’t sure what was happening, but a train manager came through the train and said the railway workers had been hit by the train.” Another passenger said the impact was not felt by those on board. They said: “To be honest there was no indication that anyone had been struck. Nobody on the train saw anybody get hit. The train is quite calm. There was no bang or anything.” Paramedics and Network Rail workers at the site read more

Heres the song that will represent Ireland at Eurovision

first_imgRYAN DOLAN WON the chance to represent Ireland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest last night, beating out four other contestants on the Late Late Show.We had our own ideas about how the winner should be selected, but never mind.Here’s Ryan singing the song that we’ll be sending to Malmo: YouTube/Ryan DolanListen to all the other entries>How we should REALLY choose our Eurovision contestants>last_img

New Greek tax laws explained

first_imgThe new changes affecting Greek tax laws that have impacted on the diaspora will be explained in a public meeting on Monday 18 February. Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the meeting will be led by Greek lawyer John Tripidakis who will outline the changes to the tax law, detail how it impacts on you and will be available to answer any questions you may have. The meeting will take place at the Panmessenian Brotherhood, 2 Gooch Street Thornbury on 18 February 7:00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more