If You Are a Farmer

first_imgWhat does a farmer do?A farmer prepares the earth. A farmer ensures that the ground is ready to produce. When the ground is ready, the farmer tills the soil and plants the seeds that will eventually bring a harvest.When the seeds are planted, the farmer nurtures them, ensuring they get the right nutrients, the right amount of water, and the right pruning. The farmer is in charge of the care and feeding that eventually produces a crop.You are, even as a farmer, responsible for creating opportunities.You start by developing the relationships that will be important to winning deals. You are also responsible for planting the seeds of change, creating the case for the client to do something different, something that produces new results. You till the soil. You nurture green sprouts.The idea of an account manager, or client success manager if you prefer, is to do the work that leads to new opportunities being created and won. That work starts with ensuring that the client captures the value of what you have sold them, and it continues through maximizing their results. It does not, however, end with you becoming a glorified customer service representative.Because you have greater access than a salesperson, you can get closer to the people that work inside your client account. You can also develop a greater understanding of what your client needs help with and what comes next. This access and these insights allow you to start introducing new ideas–and the new initiatives that create an opportunity for you and your company.Even though you may not be responsible for managing or winning the opportunity, you are responsible for–and best positioned to– create new opportunities.If your role is to manage accounts, then manage them so well that you have an absolute right to pitch the next idea, as well as bringing in your team to support you in delivering it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Deb Calvert on How Truly Meaningful Sales Connections Happen Through Leadership  – Episode #105

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episode#Buyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messenger – from Deb Calvert on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPS #salesClick To Tweet#Sales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentation. Learn how to make it happen on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:21 — 26.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery seller wants to have meaningful sales connections with their buyers, but it’s clear from the way sales is traditionally done that very few sellers really know how to pull it off. Deb Calvert has written a new book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading” that reveals many points of powerfully insightful data, taken from a study focused on the 30 primary characteristics of leadership. Her application of those characteristics to the sales process is not only ingenious, it also reveals what sellers are doing wrong, what buyers really want from those who are on the other side of the sales relationship, and how powerful selling can happen once sellers stop selling in begin leading. You don’t want to miss this conversation.Deb Calvert on How Truly Meaningful #Sales Connections Happen Through #Leadership – Episode 106 of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetBuyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messengerSales connections are about more than simply setting appointments and running through a sales presentation. It’s about building trust, a phrase we are hearing more and more these days. But do you really know what it means to build trust? More importantly, do you know how to build it? Deb Calvert says that buyers don’t believe anything you have to say to them about your product or service until they first believe in you. They have to see, demonstrated in your behavior, that you are person who can be trusted. What kinds of behavior is Deb talking about? Listen to this episode of In The Arena to find out – and learn how to change the way you sell in order to build greater trust with your buyers.33% of buyers say the salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credibleMuch of the research that Deb and her team did in preparation for her book focused on the experiences buyers had with those who sold to them. In many cases, these were relationships that were already established between buyer and seller – yet 33% of buyers said that the sales people they deal with regularly don’t come across as credible or trustworthy. What does that say about the way sales professionals are going about their work? More importantly, what does it say about the ways we can improve what we do to cause trust to be built from the outset? Deb’s insights into this issue of credibility and trust are incredibly helpful for salespeople who are willing to do the work it takes to apply what she has learned. The good news is this, none of it is hard. It just has to be done.33% of #buyers say the #salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credible. Learn how to reverse this trend in your #sales career on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentationOne of the things that buyers dread the most is the sales presentation. That’s because it often goes into data points and information that isn’t relevant to their situation. It’s kind of like sitting through a timeshare presentation in order to get the free gift, only the buyer doesn’t always walk away with the free gift. Deb’s research revealed that sales connections that matter happen through two-way dialogue, not a sales presentation. Buyers want to know that they are understood and that those selling to them truly have their best interests in mind. If you will apply the simple things Deb shares in her book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading,” your sales will dramatically improve.Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterWith all the advancements in A.I. and machine learning, there is a lot of hype about whether or not salespeople will really be needed in the future. Both Deb and Anthony believe that the human component of sales will always be in high demand because meaningful sales connections are what build the kind of trust that buyers need to feel. It still matters that there is a person on the other end of a transaction. It still matters that someone with empathy and understanding can approach a buyer’s needs with insight and right applications. As you listen to this conversation you’ll come to realize the truth: meaningful connections in sales still matter and always will.Meaningful #connections between #buyers and #sellers still matter. Learn what Deb Calvert discovered about the buyer-seller relationship on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Who is Deb Calvert? The kind of research Deb did in her decision to write her book The gap between what buyers want to see in their sellers and what exists What does it mean for sellers to model the way? Buyers need sellers to demonstrate that they have THEIR best interest in mind Why salespeople are hesitant about inspiring a shared vision What does it mean to challenge the process? The thing that matters most to buyers is relevant answers in a timely way Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.StopSellingStartLeading.comwww.PeopleFirstPS.com – Deb’s websiteDeb on Social – LinkedIn – Twitter – YouTube – FacebookThe Outbound ConferenceBOOK: Stop Selling, Start LeadingBOOK: The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedJim KouzesBarry PosnerThe Leadership ChallengeThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

J&K women welcome stamp duty exemption for buying property

first_imgWomen in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the decision by the State government to approve zero percent stamp duty on the purchase of property by them.“It’s a welcome step. The move will help women scale up the social ladder in J&K,” said Nazia Ashraf, a businesswoman.The Cabinet on Friday approved to levy a stamp duty of 5% for buyers in urban areas and 3% in rural areas. “However, it is zero percent if the property in both urban as well as rural areas is registered in the name of a female member of the family,” reads the Cabinet decision, approved by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday evening.Earlier, the stamp duty was at seven percent.Ms. Mufti claimed women in J&K, as of now, owned bare minimum immovable assets even after contributing the maximum to the society. “This incentive will encourage families to register their properties in the name of their sisters, daughters, wives and mothers,” said Ms. Mufti.Former finance minister and MLA Rajpora Hasseb Drabu described the government move as a creative way of empowerment by market incentives. “It will help gender balancing of social power relations,” said Mr. Drabu.According to the 2011 census, there are 859 females per 1000 males in J&K and female literacy rate stands at 58.01 percent.last_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPosted on the aseanfootball.org, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Vivo wants to build on IPL gains after striking mammoth deal

first_imgNew Delhi, June 28 (PTI) The association with the IPL has been extremely beneficial for their brand, said a senior Vivo official after the mobile-phone maker bagged the T20 leagues title sponsorship rights for the next five years with a whopping Rs 2,199 crore bid. Vivo, which was roped in as the IPL title sponsor for the last two seasons after Pepsis exit, won the bid for the next five-year cycle yesterday. The winning bid saw a mammoth 554 per cent increase from the previous contract in which Vivo paid around Rs 100 crore per year. With the current contract, BCCI stands to gain approximately Rs 440 crore per year. “The association with the IPL proved to be really beneficial for our brand and it was natural to continue the strong partnership,” Vivek Zhang, Vivo chief marketing officer, told PTI. “Cricket is big in India and IPL is only getting better and bigger with each passing year. And not just cricket we believe in promoting other sports too and therefore the association with Kabaddi. We recently got associated with the FIFA World Cup for the next six years,” added Zhang. In another year five-year deal, Vivo was named the title sponsor of Pro Kabaddi in May. Later in the same month, the company struck a deal with FIFA for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. PTI BS PM PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli lost control with fan: Viswanathan Anand on leave India controversy

first_imgVirat Kohli’s “leave India” comment to a fan on his mobile application has stirred up a massive controversy with the Indian captain getting trolled on social media and slammed by critics.Kohli’s video on social media went viral for all the wrong reasons after he was seen telling a fan to live in some other country if he doesn’t like or support Indian cricketers.”Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet on his app.To which Kohli replied: “Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”Read – I don’t think he’ll really be proud of what he said: Aakash Chopra on Virat Kohli’s commentFive-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand feels India cricket captain may have become a bit emotional and lost control with the fan on social media.”I think he lost control. He got a bit emotional and he just said the first thing that came to his mind,” Anand told PTI on the sidelines of the Tata Steel Chess in Kolkata.”That’s the attitude he is comfortable with. In sport, you see all characters and this is the character that fits him best.advertisement”I try to be myself and in the end you should be comfortable in your own skin,” he added.Also Read – The Kohli comment storm: Kaif jumps to skipper’s defence, BCCI top brass unhappyThe 48-year-old chess icon, however, felt that enough was written about it and it’s better not to pile anything more to it.”Maybe Kohli was caught at a weak moment, feeling a bit sensitive and was not in the best mood maybe. That’s my impression. Then he lost control of it,” Anand said.Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?The soft-spoken Anand further said it’s natural to get emotional and that he too had lost it once in a while.”People are emotional and they lose control once in a while. It has happened to me even if I was more successful in not showing it. But there are moments when your emotions take over,” he said.”He has got enough criticism already. It’s over. Those who did not like it, already criticised him so no need to keep piling on it.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Coutinho close to finalising Barca transfer

first_imgTransfers Coutinho close to record Barcelona transfer from Liverpool Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:16 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(56) Coutinho, Camp Nou Getty Transfers Barcelona Liverpool Primera División Premier League Philippe Coutinho There was a possibility of doing an advanced deal now ahead of 2018-19, but Barca and the 25-year-old have pushed for an immediate transfer Barcelona are finalising an offer in excess of €150 million to secure Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, which would make him the third-most expensive footballer in the world and their record signing.Only Neymar’s €222m switch from La Liga’s leaders to Paris Saint Germain, and his team-mate Kylian Mbappe’s loan move from Monaco – which becomes permanent ahead of next season for €180m – surpass that figure.It would also see Coutinho oust Ousmane Dembele – brought in from Borussia Dortmund last August for an initial fee of €105m that could rise to €145m – as the club’s highest-cost recruit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca bloated their three failed bids with unrealistic extras for the Brazil international in the summer, but their base amount now would eclipse the €105m Manchester United paid to Juventus for Paul Pogba in August 2016 by around €15m to set a new British transfer record.It will be supplemented by €40m in add-ons related to performances and appearances, which are likely to be triggered.There was a possibility of doing an advanced deal now ahead of 2018-19, but Barca and the 25-year-old are insistent on an immediate transfer.The Catalan club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and chief executive Oscar Grau have driven the approach, facilitated through the playmaker’s representatives Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci.Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolCoutinho – masterful for Liverpool after submitting a transfer request that was rejected in August – has been resolute on furthering his career at Camp Nou after five years of service on Merseyside , which has produced no trophies.While the Brazilian, scorer of 12 goals and supplier of eight assists in all competitions this campaign, is grateful to the club for helping him develop into a pedigreed performer, he cannot ignore the opportunity of becoming a long-term reference point for Barca.Liverpool were definitive in their stance that Coutinho was not for sale at any price in the summer, but with their No.10 maintaining his intention to depart and Barca on the verge of tabling an acceptable bid for his services, it seems to now be a matter of when rather than if a deal is done.Jurgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolThere has been a noticeable erosion of the club’s unwillingness to contemplate the virtuoso’s exit , with Jurgen Klopp admitting last month that he had “no desire” to sit through an entire window of speculation again.Sources close to the player revealed to Goal on Tuesday that the Merseysiders unsuccessfully tried to convince Coutinho to remain at Anfield by proposing multiple incentives and a greater wage packet to their highest earner over the course of the season.Having made 201 appearances and producing 54 goals for Liverpool after signing from Inter in January 2013 for just £8.5m, he looks set to take the next step in his career.last_img read more

League Wide: How Good Can KSU Be in 2017?

first_imgLet’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. The Facts of the MatterRobert Allen had some strong thoughts on realignment conversations, all are pretty pointed.First, concerning how badly OU is trying to leave the league:Truth of the matter is, if a school is looking to leave a conference then they likely are being very quiet about it and exploring their options as stealth as possible. [GoPokes-$$$]Agreed. Lest they look like Mizzou who got all dressed up with (initially) nowhere to go. Boren is saying an awful lot but truth of the matter is, he’s 76 and when OU is actually negotiating late in the grant-of-rights, it’s unlikely that he’s making the deal.Second, grant-of-rights aren’t to be messed with.I think we’ve gone far enough down the road to know that those agreements called “Grant-in-Rights” that each school signed to the Big 12, basically each other, calling for the conference to own each school’s television rights are holding up. If one school, even OU, tries to bolt and do it alone, well that will cause one heckuva legal battle. [GoPokes-$$$]Berry Tramel pointed out on a lunch chat yesterday that you could see things heat up in 2022 when there are two to three years left in the grant of rights – so we may see action before 2025 but probably not on this side of 2020.And last, the demise of the league won’t come for the reason you think it will.Remember history, for someone to leave the Big 12 then they have to be looking for something. If the other conferences in the Power 5 ever want to expedite the end of the Big 12 then the schools they need to offer aren’t OU, Texas, or Oklahoma State, but instead Kansas State, Iowa State, or Texas Tech. Those schools are the ones with concern. [GoPokes-$$$]We’re just talking semantics here, if it dies it dies because of states’ rights and not a strong central government, right? Inmates running the asylum? Something along those lines.But could you see Iowa State frantically leaving behind the Big 12 if somehow the Iowa legislature highway-robbed the Big Ten into taking their other flagship school? Possibly. But is that more likely than OU getting shut out of a playoff and trying to break the handcuffs first? Naw.Why Texas Must Need Not Be TexasTulsaWorld’s Guerin Emig makes the old “a rising tide lifts all boats” argument. The Longhorns should be making January bowl games and sending players into the first round, not losing to Kansas and napping through the NFL draft. They should be challenging KU’s reign over Big 12 hoops, not finishing dead last in the standings.The Horns living up to their potential does (Tom) Herman and (Shaka) Smart the most good, but don’t underestimate the impact on Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy, Lon Kruger and Mike Boynton. They thrive under the OU and OSU brands, sure, but also under the Big 12’s. This goes particularly for December and March when College Football Playoff/NCAA Tournament committee members consider strength of schedule, RPI and what not.The Big 12 brand isn’t nearly what it should be with Texas floundering. [TulsaWorld] No matter how logical that argument sounds (Texas improvement = Big 12 status grows), it still feels like the best thing for Oklahoma State is to take Texas’ place in the upper tier.Sure, long-term the league image suffers when Texas doesn’t Texas but if the thing is terminally ill, let’s “ride for the brand” until it lands securely.Sad News BearsJenni Carlson looked at the Baylor situation not from the perspective of NCAA violations but transgressions against humans, concluding rightly with the ultimate goal.Baylor may have enacted reforms, but changing policies and procedures does little good if hearts and minds remain the same. [NewsOK]Reading the piece is well-worth your time, looking at various aspects and how they shaped her conclusion. A few hundred words hardly do justice to the topic but a correction in focus is timely.Another conclusion reached is that no punishment is too much. And may be possible.The Big 12 may have power to kick Baylor out of the conference https://t.co/7kvh71vp5n— Eric T (@Taylorical) May 19, 2017Deja VuOSU’s not the only team who can see similarities between the year ahead and the last time they won a conference title.With an inefficient defense and almost no big-play threats, Kansas State went 9-4 and ranked 31st in S&P+ last season. The Wildcats found their offensive rhythm midseason and won six of their final seven games. After a 3-3 start, they transformed from the team I expected them to be — 6-6 with limited upside — to a team that in a lot of ways resembled the 10-win 2011 squad.So does that mean 2017 will be another 2012? Probably not, but … you can’t count it out, can you? Conference favorite Oklahoma just lost its three best skill position guys, Oklahoma State and TCU have a lot to prove defensively, West Virginia has a ton of production to replace, and Texas and Baylor are in transition. The Wildcats have a lot to replace in their front seven but boast a seasoned secondary and offensive line, a revived skill corps, and, in KSU fashion, a quarterback who’s among the best running backs in the conference. [SBNation]Of course, referencing Kansas State winning the league in 2012 (unless you’re Bob Stoops and depending on what day it is) and apparently the sentiment that they could repeat. Isn’t that last line the most K-State thing you’ve ever heard? Only thing missing is a Lockett and hyped-juco transfers.I’d hate to see the hype K-State gets when they aren’t losing a defensive end to the NFL and have a Michael Bishop/Collin Klein-level talent returning.Also, found the next 6’2″, 180 pound (soaking wet) quarter/running back that will lead the ‘Cats to nine wins: So grateful and excited to receive an offer from Kansas State University! #Family #EMAW ? pic.twitter.com/oK2tw0c2nz— Max Duggan (@MaxDuggan_10) May 10, 2017Bonus Tweet:Lubbock is a top 5 Big 12 town. That’s not saying too much, but people act like it’s Mars.— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 18, 2017Top five, eh? If the people were Nebraska-friendly, mayyyybe. It’s hours from skiing but not sure that floats it that high, Ubbs. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Spurs deserved to beat Juventus – Son

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Spurs deserved to beat Juventus – Son Dejan Kalinic 12:25 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Son Heung-Min Tottenham Juventus Champions League GLYN KIRK Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Juventus UEFA Champions League The Tottenham forward believes that his side outplayed their Italian rivals in the second leg and that his side deserved to move on Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min insisted his team’s performance against Juventus on Wednesday deserved more than a loss. The South Korea international opened the scoring on the night, but his side suffered a 2-1 loss to bow out 4-3 on aggregate in the last 16.It ended Tottenham’s run in Europe after two wins over Borussia Dortmund and a victory over Madrid in group stage had the club looking like a contender.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, Son said those results were irrelevant after Spurs exited the Champions League, with the 25-year-old feeling his side were unlucky to be out of the competition. “It doesn’t matter when we beat Real Madrid or Dortmund, it doesn’t matter,” he said.”Juventus is another good team, and another top team in Europe. I think we played very well – better than them.”I say we deserved more than this but football is about scoring goals and they scored two goals at Wembley Stadium. We have to accept the result.”Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in a three-minute span saw Juve complete a stunning second-half comeback at Wembley, with Spurs unable to respond. And Son believes luck played a large part in Juventus moving forward. “Our performance was very good and I think we deserved more than this,” he continued. “The last Harry [Kane] header … if we’re lucky then that’s going in… we should have got a penalty I think.”But as I said, they scored two goals. Football is about scoring goals, and if you don’t score, you lose of course.”But I think we’re unluckily out of the Champions League.”Tottenham must now turn their full focus to the Premier League, where they hold a five-point lead over fifth placed Chelsea, and the FA Cup, where the London outfit face a quarter-final against Swansea.last_img read more

Calamitous Mou calls see Man Utd dumped out

first_imgManchester United Calamitous calls by Mourinho see Man Utd dumped out Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(51) Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba Manchester United Sevilla Champions League Getty Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester United v Sevilla Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Manchester United manager made a couple of huge calls in his selection and had to watch on as his side were knocked out by a limited Sevilla team When Jose Mourinho gets it right, results like Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool can happen and he looks like a master. But the Manchester United manager will long be questioned over his decision to start Marouane Fellaini over Paul Pogba as they were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla on Tuesday at Old Trafford.Fellaini, who had not started in almost four months due to a knee injury, was given the nod over Pogba, who despite having picked up a training-ground knock last Friday had recovered sufficiently to play some part in Monday’s pre-game session.The result was United turning in an utterly abysmal showing as Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to strike twice in the second half and hand the Spanish side a 2-1 aggregate victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp By the time Ben Yedder had broken the deadlock Fellaini had already been replaced in favour of Pogba on the hour mark, but the damage had in many ways been done.Mourinho’s decision to place Fellaini alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield resulted in a stagnant United engine room which was far too easily bypassed by Vincenzo Montella’s side. The Belgian’s aerial threat was clearly his main selling point but in truth they were far too disjointed to make the most of it, with a big gap often appearing between their five most attack-minded players and the five charged with limiting the damage at the back.The Portuguese had clearly made an error in playing around with his attacking midfield line too as he attempted to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez to the detriment of Marcus Rashford. After the England front man’s explosive display from the left against Liverpool he found himself shunted to the right in a bid to get Sanchez into more spaces of his own liking.The consequence for Rashford was that on the occasions he was able to get beyond defenders and into space, he had a corner flag facing him rather than the goal. And on the one occasion during the first half that he did get into a good crossing position he found six Sevilla defenders and no team-mates in the opposition box.This was about as abject a performance as United could possibly have turned in, and there was an air of inevitability about Ben Yedder’s opener when it came. A United move was broken down in midfield and the Frenchman got in between Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to slot home Pablo Sarabia’s pass. Within four minutes he had scrambled home a second at the far post with David de Gea unable to keep the ball out despite two desperate attempts.Jose Mourinho Manchester United SevillaRomelu Lukaku pulled one back but there was never going to be a miracle recovery. United’s first home Champions League knockout fixture in four years was also their last for at least 12 more months, and the inquiries can start now. How on earth did United get humiliated by such a limited Sevilla outfit?Mourinho said in the build-up that this game and the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton on Saturday were far bigger fixtures than the win over Liverpool, but that begs the question as to why he took a gamble on a half-fit, ill-equipped Fellaini and pushed Rashford out of the position from which he thrived just three days ago.In all truth, United were never going to be good enough to win the Champions League this year. But Mourinho will now have to explain exactly why they were quite this bad on their biggest night of the season.last_img read more

Brazil and Neymar have got to improve

first_imgWorld Cup Job done but Brazil & Neymar need to get better to live up to World Cup favourites billing Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:58 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar Brazil Serbia World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Brazil Serbia v Brazil Serbia Opinion The five-time champions can look forward to a last-16 date with Mexico and are also celebrating the elimination of Germany but work needs to be done There were more than a few cheers from the Brazilian contingent inside the Spartak Stadium compound as word got through of Germany’s defeat to Korea in Kazan.On one hand, they felt a dose of humiliation for the team that inflicted upon them the Mineirazo of their own World Cup semi-final defeat four years ago was in order.And it was also as if those supporting the team in yellow had thrown themselves forward to the World Cup’s later stages and imagined it being a whole lot easier now that the defending champions were out at the group stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar That was not to overlook Serbia because even by that stage Brazil were not technically qualified for the last 16 and their opponents were still alive too.Brazil now have a date against Mexico on July 2 in Samara to look forward to – but it’s far too early to be celebrating a potential obstacle like Germany being removed.The worry is that Tite still has plenty of work of his own ahead of him if he is to avoid a fate like Joachim Low suffered. And the injury to Marcelo is a thorn in the side he could have done without.Serbia are a good team – not a great one – and probably the third best team in the group as play opened. The challenges will become stronger for Brazil and it will take more than they showed in the group stages to surmount them.As far back as the winter friendlies the warning signs were there that Brazil would have a puzzle to solve against high-quality European opposition. England worked them out at Wembley in November, defending superbly without the ball, and Switzerland’s opening-game draw here in Russia owed plenty to that discipline too. It needed real magic on the day just to get a draw.And against Costa Rica too they failed to meet expectations. Sure, a 2-0 win was secure but it was late and untidy. And here for spells they had questions to answer.It’s true that they played a little more freely after Thiago Silva scored their second goal. There appeared to be a collective exhale from the five-time world champions as the brief second-half onslaught from the Serbians came to an abrupt end.Thiago Silva Brazil World CupThere were good chances for Aleksandar Mitrovic to level things but the second goal was all about belief. Brazil gained it, Serbia lost it once Neymar’s corner was converted.But the inspiration for the win did not come from the PSG man under the spotlight; it again flowed from his creative sidekick Philippe Coutinho.The Barcelona midfielder is rapidly becoming the team’s go-to man when it comes to constructing attacks. He has goals under his belt from the opening two games and it was his exceptional through ball for Paulinho which got Brazil off and running against Serbia.In truth, Neymar still looks a little undercooked – whether through issues of form or fitness – and was more isolated here than he might otherwise have preferred.Casemiro meanwhile, at the base of midfield, is key to the way Tite is asking his team to play.The manager has spent two painstaking years reassembling Brazil and giving them back their style. Their 2014 World Cup meltdown under Luiz Felipe Scolari seems a long way away now following an awesome qualification phase. There is an assuredness and a confidence both in and out of possession but there is no doubt that they are bogged down a little when faced with European opponents.They have seven points and are top of the group but they are still without a defining performance at these championships. The likes of France, Portugal – or even England and Belgium – won’t be quaking in their boots just yet.last_img read more

Celebrate National Doughnut Day With America’s Best

first_img Editors’ Recommendations What’s better than the first bite of a fresh, piping hot doughnut? The answer is nothing. Whether glazed, cake, frosted or filled, we love these decadent circular pastries for breakfast, dessert or anytime life calls for a delicious sugar rush.So in honor of National Doughnut Day, we bring you our favorite holey treats from across the county (and one from our Canadian friends) so you can indulge in this holiday in your favorite city. And please tell us where to find your favorite doughnut in the comments because we can never get enough.The Doughnut Vault Peanut Butter and JellyA classic combo is turned up to the max by Chicago’s Doughnut Vault, opened by Brendan Sodikoff of Gilt Bar. Delicious jelly surrounded by a peanut butter doughnut? Our mouths are literally watering.Voodoo Doughnut Voodoo DollWe love this quirky Portland, OR outpost for some of the looniest doughnuts around. But the favorite has to be the unique Voodoo Doll Doughnut, filled with raspberry jelly and topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. The best part: all characteristics of these little guys are different.Cafe Du Monde BeignetsBrought to Louisiana by the Acadians, no one serves up these fried pieces of powered sugar-covered dough better than New Orleans’ Cafe Du Monde. Take a break from the American version of the doughnut by tasting in one of its original forms.Dough Blood OrangeWe hate picking favorites, but this Brooklyn, NY shop slinging the slogan “We Fry in Bed-Stuy” is the best of the best. The Blood Orange doughnut is as close to perfection as it gets – crispy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside with a glaze that’s a flawless balance of sweet and tart.Glory Hole Doughnuts Salted Caramel & Spicy PecanBesides having the best name for a doughnut shop ever, this Toronto bakery also produces a line of customers that reaches the door, and for good reason. The Salted Caramel & Spicy Pecan is so delicious, you better have a friend nearby to share so you don’t wolf the whole thing yourself.Sublime Doughnuts Fresh Strawberry N CreamA doughnut that eats like a sandwich without a beef patty in the middle? We’ll take it. And no one does it better than Kamal Grant’s Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta. Don’t let its English muffin looks fool you – it’s just as sweet and decadent as the rest, filled with cream and the freshest strawberries.Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Doughnuts. Funky MonkeyWe adore Austin, TX for it’s eccentric neon signs and outdoor trailer park eateries. Though they just opened a brick-and-mortar location, we prefer to eat Gourdough’s Funky Monkey – a doughnut topped with grilled bananas and cream cheese icing with brown sugar – at the original site on South Lamar. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned last_img read more

Spikes to be Placed on Toll road Off Ramps

first_imgSpikes are to be placed on the toll road off ramps, to deter motorists from reversing onto the road.Regulations facilitating the move were approved by the House of Representatives on February 26.A spike is used to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tyres.Opening the debate, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies noted that over time, the toll road has become plagued by motorists who, in an effort to avoid the toll fees, reverse onto the slip roads adjoining the toll roads.“This has created great cause for concern due to injuries, damage and fatalities from the collision between these motorists and unsuspecting legitimate users who are exiting the toll road. The last fatality occurred on 22 August 2011,” Dr. Davies said.He added that the police have been trying to stop the practice, but due to resource constraints, are unable to provide the physical presence of an officer at the locations at all times.According to the Regulations, the Toll Road Operator is responsible to retract the device for the use of the road by emergency service providers, and that it is an offence to interfere with, alter, damage, destroy or remove the device. Dr. Davies also said signs would be put in place at strategic locations to advise motorists of the device.“There is no denying the fact that we are dealing with an unruly bunch that seek to break the law, in order to benefit themselves by not having to go through the toll. Measures have to be taken to ensure that the travelling public is not endangered, so we accept that,” said Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Karl Samuda.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies said the Ministry went through the process of seeking an opinion from the Attorney General’s Chambers.He noted that the Ministry was advised by the Attorney General’s Chambers that the Road Traffic Act and the Toll Road Act have a legal basis on which spikes may be installed on a slip road.The Regulations will now be sent to the Senate for approval.last_img read more

Yamuna flowing near warning level agencies on alert

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Yamuna flowing near the warning level, Delhi agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding, an official said on Saturday.According to the official, at around 4 pm on Saturday, Yamuna’s water level reached 203.27 metres, slightly below the warning level of 204.5 metres. The official said that at 10 am, over 21,000 cusecs water was released from Hathani Kund Barrage in Haryana. Besides, around 17,000 cusecs water was also released from the barrage. “We have been closely monitoring the water level of Yamuna. Preparations are being made to deal with flood-like situation,” the official said. In July last year, traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi had been closed for a few days after the water level breached the danger mark. Last year, river Yamuna’s water level had reached 205.5 metres.last_img read more

Mikmaq lobster fishers facing new pricing hurdle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe battles between Mi’kmaq and non-Aboriginal fishers made national news in the 1990s.But it seems the two groups have turned a corner.In fact, a different fishery dispute has brought the two sides together, at least for now.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

Youth Advisory Council is seeking new members from 1218 years old

first_imgYAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019.For more information email communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.”last_img read more

Morocco Submits Film Adam For Best International Feature at Oscars

Rabat – The Moroccan Cinema Center (MCC) has selected Maryam Touzani’s directorial feature debut, Adam, to represent Morocco at the prestigious Oscar Awards. The film has been entered into for preselection in the category of Best International Feature Film.Although Morocco has not had great success in the Oscars so far and a Moroccan movie has not passed the shortlist stage since 1977, Adam has received wide critical acclaim since it entered the festival circuit making supporters hopeful.The movie, which will make its debut in theatres in January 2020, spotlighted the controversial topic of unwed mothers in Morocco. The story was inspired by a pregnant woman who was going door-to-door asking for work in Touzani’s hometown of Tangier. “In a country like mine, it’s the biggest shame for a woman to have a child out of wedlock,” said Touzani. “She doesn’t want to disappoint her parents so she cannot tell the truth.”Touzani also explained her reasoning behind featuring taboo topics: “There is a facade that everything is all right on the outside even if people are tormented inside. It is good to let in some air and light, and people are relieved and happy things are being spoken about.”Whether Adam proceeds to the next stage or not, Touzani will be at the Oscars. Touzani recently joined the Oscar’s Academy, in the “Screenwriters” category. As part of the role, she will be responsible for selecting the nominees and winners in the category for the upcoming Academy Awards.She is joined by three other Moroccans already in the Academy, actor Saïd Taghmaoui, director Nabil Ayouch, and producer Khadija Alami.Read also: Brice El Glaoui Bexter: Morocco’s Rising Star Discusses Film Industry, His Career read more

UN relief chief warns of dire humanitarian situation inside Libyan city

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on parties to the fighting in Libya to cease fire so that aid workers can rush supplies to those in need.“We are very concerned about people trapped in Misrata, including migrant workers. Because of the heavy fighting, they are unable to leave the city for safer locations,” she said in a statement issued by her office.“Now is a time when people’s ability to move is a life or death matter. We need a temporary cessation of hostilities in the area so that people can get themselves and their families out of harm’s way, if they choose to do so.”UN aid agencies have supplies at the ready, Ms. Amos stressed, and can quickly distribute them to civilians in need.Misrata, a city with an estimated population of 300,000 people, has been the scene of continuous fighting for more than a month between military forces allied to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi and opposition groups.The clashes in Misrata are part of broader fighting and protests across Libya that has followed a popular revolt against the rule of Mr. al-Qadhafi and other long-term leaders across North Africa and the Middle East.Within Misrata alone, hundreds of people have been killed or wounded and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that it is increasingly concerned by the situation in conflict-affected areas.Almost 450,000 people have now fled Libya since the fighting began earlier this year, with many of those leaving being third-country nationals. Large numbers of people are also internally displaced, and more than 13,000 others are stranded in camps or at transit points along the border.The UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are all involved in efforts to bring relief materials and services to civilians in Libya or on the borders.OCHA also warned that significant areas of Libya are contaminated with landmines, unexploded ordnances or abandoned weapons, jeopardizing the health of civilians.“There is a need for community-based communication campaigns to inform people about the dangers… there is also a need to conduct assessments, including recording and documenting these new mines.” 6 April 2011The top United Nations relief official today voiced serious concern about the dire humanitarian situation inside the north-western Libyan city of Misrata, where thousands of residents are short of food, water, medicines and other basic supplies after weeks of intense fighting. read more

President to meet religious leaders following tensions

He said that talks were already held with religious leaders on a lover level and now the discussion will be held on a higher level with the participation of the President. President Maithripala Sirisena is to meet religious leaders tomorrow to seek unity among all religions following the recent tensions which arose in some parts of the country.Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Ministers in charge of all religions will also attend the meeting. A large number of people had attempted to enter Batticaloa on Saturday but were prevented from doing so by the Police on a court order. The mob which called itself the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ included members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Sihala Ravaya.BBS General Secretary Galagodathe Gnanasara thera said that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ attempted to visit a monk in Batticaloa who had recently staged protests in support of the Sinhalese community. Galagodathe Gnanasara thera insisted that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ had no intention of creating disharmony among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Batticaloa but only wanted to show their support to the monk.Security was tightened in Batticaloa over the weekend with the police Special Task Force being deployed to the area. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Kosovo Serbs must take up their rightful places in government Security Council

“All sides need to help each other to find common ground solutions so that many of the complex situations facing Kosovo – ones that require concessions on all sides – can begin to be tackled in a way that will prove effective and sustainable,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told an open meeting of the Council.In his briefing, Mr. Guéhenno noted that on 9 May the Kosovo Government submitted its draft Programme to the Assembly, which highlighted such priorities as consolidating democratic structures, improving education and health care, and promoting economic development. The Programme also focused on the protection of the rights and interests of communities – including the right to return – and regional integration, including meaningful dialogue with the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.Unfortunately, the Kosovo Serb Return coalition (KP) so far had not put forward candidates for the three government posts it had been allotted, Mr. Guéhenno said, noting that it was regrettable for two reasons. First, it meant that the Kosovo Serbs were still not part of the decision-making process and did not participate in the talks on the Government’s Programme. Secondly, it tended to undermine the KP Assembly members and their ability to be respected by their colleagues in the Assembly.As for municipal elections, Mr. Guéhenno said that the vote, originally slated for 21 September, would now be held on 26 October, with the important element that local electoral bodies would take increased responsibilities for the balloting. The voting would also provide an opportunity for those communities that had boycotted the 2000 elections, particularly the Kosovo Serb community, to participate.Turning to the issue of repatriations, Mr. Guéhenno said the aim was to achieve increasing returns this year to create momentum for more significant numbers during 2003 and 2004. In its draft Programme, the Government of Kosovo had committed itself to demonstrating its willingness to address the wishes and concerns of internally displaced persons and refugees. Efforts had continued, he added, to determine the fate of the missing from all communities, an issue that remained one of the major obstacles to reconciliation. read more