Plagiarism Isn’t a Content Marketing Strategy

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now A few weeks ago I received an email from an employee whose Executive Vice President was publishing my work on their company blog under his name. A half a dozen of his inside salespeople subscribed to this blog and brought this to my attention. I had a tough time convincing this gentleman to attribute the posts to me or take them down. He relented when I told him his people were questioning his leadership.Three days ago I received another email outlining exactly the same scenario. Another executive leader was “borrowing” my writing and passing it off as his own. He suggested that a “ghost writer” provides him the material and that he didn’t know where the ghost writer acquired the content. Once again, this gentleman’s people emailed me to question his leadership.Tonight I received a tweet pointing me to an individual on LinkedIn, who has been posting my blog posts every day for months, passing them off as his own. In this case, the person plagiarizing my work added his contact information to the bottom of each post, asking people to contact him for help with their sales results. He was forced to remove the posts when people in the small sales community left a dozen comments under one of his posts.The people who are plagiarizing my work and the work of others who regularly produce content are creating a serious problem for themselves. They are very publicly showing a lack of character. And they are leaving a long trail behind them, one that their employees or customers can easily follow. Anyone could capture screenshots of the plagiarized work and provide evidence to others or publish it themselves.None of this is necessary.There are people who do a very nice job synthesizing content on the web. Many of them don’t write much content. Instead, they curate content for their audiences. Their audiences find that curation is valuable because these curators are doing the work of pulling together content worth reading or viewing. Curation is a good strategy for a lot of folks.There are no shortcuts to building your brand and your reputation. You have to do good work. You have to do that work consistently. You need a unique point of view, and you need your own voice. But none of this matters if you don’t have character.Plagiarism isn’t a content marketing strategy.last_img read more

Farmers slam Sena for double standards on expressway

first_imgEven as the Maharashtra government begins direct purchase of land from farmers for the proposed 800-km Mumbai–Nagpur super expressway, farmer organisations are unhappy with, what they are calling, Shiv Sena’s “double standards”. This follows Sena minister Eknath Shinde’s direct involvement in the sale process, months after the party voiced its opposition to the project.On Thursday, Ram Sahu – a farmer in Nagpur district became the first to sell 1.25 hectare for the project for around ₹59 lakh. Mr. Shinde signed on the sale deed as a witness in an effort to encourage more farmers to sell their land to the government for this project. Ironically, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had not only met farmer organisations which are agitating against the proposed project assuring absolute support but its leaders in Thane, and Nashik have joined the farmers’ protests.“Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde have back-stabbed farmers. Uddhav Thackeray has said that the road will not be constructed without taking farmers into confidence but his minister is promoting the road. Whom should we believe? Whose interests are being served by the minister” asked Baban Harne, convener, Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti – a farmer body protesting against the project.Mr. Shinde said he is taking note of all reservations raised against the project by farmers. “I have been informing all these issues to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and working towards solving it,” We stand with development, but at the same time we believe that not a single farmers should face injustice,” he said, adding that the government will complete the project only after every farmer is satisfied.Meanwhile, Mr. Fadnavis has cancelled a special meeting called on Friday with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and agitation farmers to discuss issues raised by farmers. The CM’s office In a message conveyed to farmers, CM office said in a statement that the meeting will now be held after the presidential poll. Sources in the CMO said that the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting Mumbai on Saturday and Mr Fadnavis would be busy on Friday.“It just shows the casual attitude of this government regarding farmer issues. Date of presidential poll was announced much before, but still the meeting was scheduled on Friday. What was so pressing for the CM that he had to cancel it? This is not only our insult but also of senior leader like Sharad Pawar,” said Mr Harnelast_img read more

Stewart Withdraws After Fatal Race

first_imgWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident.The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.“He’s going through a tough time. It’s emotional for him.” Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s car instead.Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart traveled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was “visibly shaken” and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero said.“When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.Povero said Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”Ward’s website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Aug. 9. The multi-millionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.The crash came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month, and won in his return, at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Michigan.But the broken leg cost him the entire second-half of last season and sidelined him during NASCAR’s important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart wasn’t cleared to get back in a race car until February, the day the track opened for preparations for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 began.“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing. “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”Among Stewart’s many business interests is his ownership of Ohio dirt track Eldora Speedway, which last month hosted the NASCAR Truck Series, and his stake in Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields cars for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.Stewart had been scheduled to start 13th on Aug. 10 at Watkins Glen, one of just five remaining races for Stewart to either score a win or move inside the top 16 in points to grab a valuable spot in NASCAR’s Chase.The site of thes crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.By John Kekis and John Wawrow. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP writer Mike Sisak contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Give Headley $52M Deal

first_imgNEW YORK — Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, agreeing Dec. 15 to a $52 million, four-year contract that signals New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.Coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year deal. The agreement with Headley is a sign New York plans to shift A-Rod to designated hitter, relegate him to a backup role or perhaps even seek trade offers.Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said last month that “if I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman.”Rodriguez has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, but he repeatedly denied using PEDs while playing for the Yankees.Then given a grant of immunity by federal prosecutors, Rodriguez told investigators he did use banned substances between late 2010 and October 2012 supplied by Anthony Bosch, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to defense lawyers. Bosch owned the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.The 30-year-old Headley was fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs for San Diego. He also won the Gold Glove at third base.Headley slumped to a .250 average, 13 homers and 50 RBIs the following year and was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs when the Padres traded him to the Yankees on July 22 for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley had been playing with a herniated disk in his back and started to hit better after an epidural injection June 20.Headley batted .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats for New York. He arrived in the Yankee Stadium dugout in the second inning on the night of the trade following a flight from Chicago, and his 14th-inning single at the stroke of midnight gave the Yankees a 2-1 win over Texas.On Sept. 4, he following Mark Teixeira’s tying home run in the ninth off Koji Uehara with a winning drive deep into the right-field bleachers for a 5-4 victory over Boston.With Headley available to play third in A-Rod’s place, the Yankees would be able to use Martin Prado at second. New York acquired Didi Gregorius from Arizona this month, and he is expected to platoon at shortstop with Brendan Ryan.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stars Attend 2017 World of Children Hero Awards

first_imgLast week, World of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, held the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards at Montage Beverly Hills.Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenHosted by {celebrity:Brooke Burke-Charvet, the evening recognized four extraordinary individuals for their work with children in various parts of the world. Funds raised at the event will benefit the World of Children Honorees to continue their outstanding work with children.Brooke Burke-Charvet at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenAttendees at the event included Amanda Seyfried (The Last Word) and husband Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), Award Presenter Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, Honorary Chair), Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (Actress, TV Personality, and CEO of ModernMom) with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Award Presenter Alyssa Milano(Actress, Producer, Entertainer, Philanthropist) with husband Dave Bugliari, Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer, Honorary Chair) with her daughters Ava Dash and Tallulah Dash, Honorary Speaker Caryl M. Stern (President and CEO – U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Kay Isaacson Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs), Award Presenter Cade Hudson (CAA Agent, Honorary Chair), David Salzman (Producer, Honorary Chair), Heidi Nahser-Fink (James Banks Design Co-Founder & Designer), Veronica Grazer (Honorary Chair, Board Member), and more.Alyssa Milano at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of Childrenlast_img read more

Firm tied to Facebook scandal says its work similar to traditional campaigning

first_imgOTTAWA – The co-founders of a Canadian firm tied to the international Facebook data controversy argued Tuesday that their seven-employee political consultancy has never broken the law — and only offers electoral support comparable to traditional door-knocking, phone canvassing and lawn signs.In testimony before a parliamentary committee, Jeff Silvester of B.C.-based AggregateIQ also insisted his company’s services, which he said include digital ads, website creation and software development, are already widely used by Canada’s major political parties.“We are not data harvesters by any stretch of the imagination and, certainly, we don’t do psychographic profiling or profiling of any other type,” he told the House of Commons committee.“We’re not psychologists, we’re tech guys.”Silvester also described AggregateIQ’s services as straightforward, saying they help political customers craft messages for online political ads and to effectively manage data that they’ve already collected themselves.“We are not a practitioner of the so-called digital dark arts,” he said.In recent weeks, however, allegations have surfaced that say the firm has been involved in something much bigger.The appearance by Silvester, AggregateIQ’s chief operating officer, and CEO Zack Massingham came a couple of weeks after their Victoria firm was suspended by social-media giant Facebook following reports of its alleged connection to British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.AggregateIQ is also under investigation by privacy commissioners in Ottawa, B.C. and the United Kingdom for its alleged role in the controversy that has engulfed Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of improperly using private Facebook information from millions of users to influence voters and give the “Leave” side a win in the U.K.’s 2016 Brexit referendum.Cambridge Analytica has also been accused of using private Facebook data to help Donald Trump’s winning 2016 U.S. presidential bid.The Cambridge Analytica controversy has forced policy-makers and regulators around the globe to consider how to better protect users’ online data. Facebook estimates the personal information of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was accessed by Cambridge Analytica without authorization.AggregateIQ was connected to the scandal following allegations made by Canadian data expert and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who was once a friend and colleague of Silvester and Massingham. Wylie worked for Cambridge Analytica.Last month, Wylie told the media committee of the British parliament that he believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases when it worked on the Leave campaign. He said the data could have been used to micro-target voters in the narrow referendum that eventually produced a win for the campaign fighting for Britain’s exit from the European Union.Wylie said it was “incredibly reasonable” to say that AggregateIQ had a very significant role in the Leave side’s victory. He also told Britain’s Observer newspaper that the companies shared underlying technology and had a working relationship so tight that Cambridge Analytica staff often referred to the Canadian firm as a “department.”On Tuesday, while under questioning by MPs, Silvester maintained his company did contract work for Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL, but that it had never been part of either firm.AggregateIQ has never violated laws in Canada or abroad, nor does it retain or share any data provided to it by clients, he said.Silvester compared AggregateIQ’s work to the campaign efforts of volunteers and of political candidates themselves to woo voters.“The ads that we show — it’s the digital equivalent of an ad on someone’s lawn or on a street corner,” he told the committee on access to information, privacy and ethics, which has been holding hearings on the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.“You choose where you want it go, you put your message on there and people drive by and see it. And it’s the same for the Internet and same with going door to door and the same with making phone calls.”MPs peppered Silvester and Massingham with questions about allegations of their firm’s connection to Cambridge Analytica. Many committee members seemed unconvinced by the responses.“I just would say as the chair of this committee … I think we’re all saying the same thing and we’re all concerned — something doesn’t smell right here,” said committee chair Bob Zimmer, a Conservative MP.In a news conference that followed the committee meeting, Silvester told reporters his company creates software for clients that’s similar to tools designed for and used by Canada’s three major political parties.For example, he insisted it enables volunteers to enter voter information they collect on door steps on tablets rather than with paper. It’s more reliable, faster and helps them avoid duplicating efforts during the rush of election campaigns.“We’ve got nothing to hide — we make websites, we make software and we do online advertising,” Silvester said.“We’re confident we’ve done nothing wrong and we feel that at the end of this, once everything all works out, that that will come to the fore.”When asked about his relationship with Wylie, he said the last time he spoke to him was September 2017 when they exchanged pleasantries and had what he called a “great conversation.”“It’s somewhat baffling to me that he would be saying these things — I don’t know why he’s saying them,” said Silvester, who’s known Wylie since 2005 and helped him land a job in the office of former federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion.Wylie continued working for the Liberal leader’s office under Michael Ignatieff until 2009, when his contract wasn’t renewed.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,314.42, down 14.54 points)Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Up two cents, or 3.28 per cent, to 63 cents on 30.3 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 24 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $12.14 on 12.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.61 per cent, to $4.86 on 12.8 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $4.92 on 10.7 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 57 cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $75.63 on 10.2 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 45 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $42.24 on 9.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Goose. (TSX:GOOS). Manufacturing. Up $18.02, or 30.04 per cent, to $78.01 on 1.5 million shares. The luxury parka maker reported stronger-than-expected earnings and announced plans for three new stores in North America. Fourth-quarter profit amounted to $8.1 million (seven cents per diluted share) compared with a loss of $23.4 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $124.8 million, up from $51.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier.last_img read more

UPDATE Hold and Secures lifted at both Dawson Creek Secondary School campuses

first_imgUPDATE: School District 59’s Director of Instruction Mike Readman said that the Hold and Secure at the South Peace campus was lifted at 10:25 a.m.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A Hold and Secure that was put into effect at one of Dawson Creek Secondary School’s campuses earlier this morning has been lifted, though another is still in effect.According to the School District 59 website, the Hold and Secure was put into effect at the DCSS South Peace campus at 9:00 a.m. after the school received a perceived threat earlier in the day. Officials locked the school’s outside entrances with limited entry, while students were kept in their classrooms with restricted hallway traffic. Secure and Hold at DCSS-SP Campus – https://t.co/50skAcTd6h— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) April 18, 2018At 9:25, officials at the Central Campus also initiated a Hold and Secure situation at their school, though in an update the School District said that was lifted at 10:15. The District added that the RCMP are currently on site at South Peace, and do not feel there is a direct risk to students. They are said to be investigating the threat and will advise the school of next steps.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

Methane gas continues to leak in Montney Basin finds recent study

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new video has been released showing methane leaking from gas wells in the Montney Basin.In December, non-profit organization Earthworks and the Pembina Institute used optical gas imaging cameras to document methane leaking from polluting gas wells and other facilities.According to scientists, methane is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. It is invisible to the human eye but responsible for 25 percent of already observed changes to Earth’s climate. “With the release of the CleanBC climate plan this month, the government re-energized its global leadership on climate change.  We trust that B.C. will apply that same ambition and strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.”Although there are strong elements to reduce reported and vented emissions, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s draft regulatory framework would exempt 93 percent of sites from frequent leak detection and repair and 35 percent of sites from modern instrument-based inspection.The B.C. Government plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019.You can view the methane gas leak video below. The images of leaking methane come in the wake of the David Suzuki Foundation’s peer-reviewed research showing methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much higher than reported. According to the research, 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Jan Gorski, of Pembina Institute, says oil and gas projects release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks.“Oil and gas operations, including those that will supply future LNG projects, release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks. B.C.’s draft regulations do not address the full scale of the province’s methane pollution problem.”In early 2018, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said it would be developing new ways of monitoring methane emissions and implementing a fugitive emissions management program after a report from the David Suzuki Foundation confirmed the findings of a study released in 2017.The report suggests the regulations under development should include more frequent site inspections of oil and gas operations and stronger policies to address intentional methane venting.Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director, says the Foundation trusts that the Province strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure the industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.last_img read more

Ohio State mens swimming takes 2nd Michigan 1st in Big Ten Championships

Michigan stayed the course after taking an early first-place lead in the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday night. Ohio State finished second in the four-day event with 552.5 team points, 186 points behind the leader. Indiana and Minnesota tallied 549 and 403, respectively. The Buckeyes were led by title-winners junior Jason Schnur, in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and senior Andrew Elliott, in the 200 backstroke. Schnur and Elliott broke school records in the preliminaries Saturday morning. The 200 breaststroke was dominated by Indiana’s sophomore Cody Miller with a 1:54.07 swim. Miller broke his own record which gave him the title last year. Freshman Chris Cowley was the only Buckeye to score points in that event, placing 16th. OSU sophomores Shane Miszkiel and Christian Holstein took first and second place, respectively, in the one-meter dive Friday night. Miszkiel’s dive marked his first Big Ten title. Michigan took the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle to expand its lead on OSU. The 200 freestyle relay team also posted a record-breaking time of 1:17.70 Thursday with performances from Schnur, senior Lincoln Fahrbach, junior Zach Holmes and junior Zach Birnbrich. Although the OSU relay team’s performance was enough to land in the school’s history books, Iowa placed first in the event, edging the Buckeyes by .09 seconds. Sophomore Alex Miller and senior Brent Hitchcock placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle competition, while junior Luke Stirton finished ninth with a time of 4:20.63. In the opening day of competition, the Buckeyes swam into third in the 200 medley relay behind Michigan and Penn State. OSU and Michigan were separated by .04 seconds. OSU improved from its third place performance last season. In 2010, they claimed the Big Ten title for the first time since 1956. The Buckeyes return to the pool Sunday in the Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will give participating athletes a final opportunity to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships held March 22-24 in Seattle, Wash. read more

We felt a little disrespected Luka Modric

first_imgThe Croatian player believes the English media underestimated his country before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final in RussiaCroatia and England met in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in the Semi-Final round.There, Kieran Trippier opened up the scoreboard in favor of the Three Lions, but then Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic gave the Croatians a ticket to the final.“When I said that after the game it was not meant to be about the players or the head coach but more in regards to some media and commentary that we read and watched,” the Real Madrid midfielder told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We felt a little bit disrespected and not enough recognition we thought we deserved.”“It was a little bit of extra motivation for the team, not that we needed any for a World Cup semi-final. That’s how I felt,” he added.“Is it a problem for England? That’s something you need to answer for yourself and analyze.”last_img read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

New Gas Tax In Anchorage Goes Into Effect Today

first_imgThe gas tax has been met with mixed emotions from residents in the Anchorage area, with some racing to the pumps yesterday to fill their tanks prior to the new tax starting today. According to Mayor Berkowitz, each Anchorage resident will be paying roughly $35-$50 per year in gas tax. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the fuel tax was proposed as a way to alleviate a heavy reliance on property taxes in Anchorage. The gas tax was proposed by the Budget Advisory Commission in Anchorage, and then was approved by the Anchorage Assembly in November of 2017. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp300:00RPd The proposal submitted by the chairman of the Budget Advisory Commission, Al Tamagni, said the proposed tax would generate about $14-million a year and that the commission recommends that 100 percent of that be used for property tax relief. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drivers passing through the Anchorage area will be faced with paying an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump starting today.last_img read more

Kenai Airport Awarded 12 Million Dollar Grant

first_imgThe FAA announced they will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The release that stated that their was a $1.2 million dollar grant for repair of the airport runway was actually an original request that the city made. The actual project which the city appropriated money for on June 5 with the council is for a project that is $783,000.” Facebook0TwitterEmailThe Kenai Municipal Airport will receive a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The release states the grant will be utilized to to repair runways, aprons and taxiways. Ostrander: “The $1.2 million was the maximum amount of the grant, the work will be done for a lot less than that.”  The project is expected to begin sometime in July, according to Ostrander. This project has nothing to do with the current airport terminal remodel.last_img read more

SP leader Santosh Punem kidnapped murdered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgSP leader Santosh PunemFacebook/Santosh PunemA Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was kidnapped and killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. The incident happened on Tuesday (June 18) evening. “Santosh Punem a resident of Marimalla who also worked as a contractor was abducted from his construction site in Marimalla village on Tuesday late evening,” Suderaj P, DIG (anti-Naxal operations), was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. “The incident spot is about 15km away from the police station, deep in the jungles and we have sent a police party. We will be able to share remaining details once police party returns,” the DIG said.After Punem was kidnapped, his family pleaded with the Maoists to return him but in vain. Reports state that Punem, who also works as a contractor, was under the Maoists’ radar for quite a while before his kidnapping and subsequent death. Punem had contested for the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh last year and lost. He had again contested in the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was the vice-president of SP in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar.last_img read more

Cabinet approves new telecom policy aiming 100 billion investment 4 million jobs

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha (Right) with Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda before presenting the Rail Budget 2014-15 in New Delhi on 8 July, 2014.PIBThe Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, now named as ‘National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018’ that aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.Communication systems have been evolving at a rapid pace globally, especially in areas like 5G, Internet of Things and Machine to Machine Communication, said Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.He added that it was felt that a “consumer-centric and application-driven policy” be brought in. Some of the objectives of the NDCP 2018 include providing broadband access to all, creating 40 lakh new jobs, and increasing India’s ranking in the global ICT Index to 50th spot.”We also expect GDP contribution of the telecom sector, which has been around six per cent, to grow to 8 per cent… and expect USD 100 billion investment to come in,” he said.The vision, Sinha said, is to have robust communication infrastructure which is “ubiquitous, resilient secure, and affordable”.The draft policy, which was in public domain for consultation, focused on increasing high-speed broadband penetration, with use of modern technologies like 5G and optical fibres across the country at affordable rates.last_img read more

Sutherland Springs Shooter Had Told Judge He Wouldnt Hurt Again

first_img Share LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUTThe gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church last year told a military judge in 2012 that he “would never allow myself to hurt someone” again while confessing to abusing his stepson.The Air Force on Thursday released hundreds of court documents about former airman Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed more than two dozen people during a rampage in Sutherland Springs, Texas.Five years earlier, Kelley was convicted of assaulting family members while serving in the Air Force. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement and given a bad conduct discharge.Kelley told the judge he had a problem controlling emotions and that “seems to cause a lot of problems in my life.” His ex-wife wrote that Kelley choked her and pointed a gun at her twice.last_img read more

Rice Program To Teach Executives How To Lead Effectively

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaBrent Smith, PhD, teaches executives in Rice University’s new Leadership Accelerator. 00:00 /04:01 X center_img Listen Share Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has launched a leadership accelerator, a four-day program that teaches executives to become better leaders.“The value of leadership education is to prepare people for a set of responsibilities that they’re generally not prepared for, honestly,” said the course’s instructor, management professor and senior associate dean of executive education at Rice Business Brent Smith.The program includes four “building blocks”: leading oneself, leading others, leading the team and leading the enterprise.Smith said people are often looking for a simple recipe to improve their leadership skills. But it’s not that simple.“I can’t define leadership,” he said. “It’s not something that I’ve ever attempted to do in my two decades being a professor. Because as soon as I define leadership at a general enough level to apply to a large population of leaders, it’s so general that it’s meaningless.”Instead, Smith tells his executive students to understand the context of what they are leading.“The people that you lead and what are their expectations,” he said. “The outcomes that you’re expected to accomplish and how those might be different from the outcomes that you were expected to accomplish six months ago; strategy and how it might have changed in your organization; culture and what you’re trying to reinforce.”Smith said studies consistently show bad leaders are unable to understand emotions, whether in themselves or others. They are insensitive or intimidating in their management style, don’t adapt to different people or the circumstance they are in, and don’t take responsibility for their team’s performance.The first Leadership Accelerator course is fully booked and starts on Monday, June 17. The next one will be offered in The Woodlands Oct. 7 through 10.The one after that takes place at Rice Nov. 4 through 7.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Smith.last_img read more

Heavy rainfall to hit Bengal again mercury to remain low

first_imgKolkata: Temperature in the city may continue to be on the lower side for the next three days as the districts in North and South Bengal will be lashed by fresh rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning, and gusty winds in a few districts, as predicted by the Alipore Meteorological department on Sunday.”Due to cyclonic circulations in Bangladesh and other adjoining areas, the districts of North and South Bengal, including Kolkata, may receive light to heavy rainfall from Monday to Wednesday, accompanied by thunderstorms. The maximum and minimum temperature in Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosethe city will be around 28 and 18 degree Celsius respectively,” said an official of the Alipore Meteorological department. “An alert has been sounded for the districts of Gangetic Bengal as several districts may witness thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds on Monday. Whereas several districts of South Bengal may witness the Nor’Wester (Kalbaisakhi) rain on Tuesday, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds,” he further said. On Sunday, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 28.9 degree Celsius, three degree lower than normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 16 degree Celsius, five degree lower than normal. Although the city did not receive any rainfall, the skies remained partially cloudy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLast week, both Bengal and Odisha had been lashed by heavy spells of sudden rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning and gusty winds due to Western disturbances in the region. Several pockets of Kolkata had also been completely thrown out of gear due to severe waterlogging and traffic disruptions. Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the state have claimed the lives of six people, apart from uprooting trees and snapping cables in several areas. “The rainfall which may occur in the upcoming days is not due to the Western disturbances which had occurred last week. The rainfall which may occur from Monday is due to cyclonic circulations which have developed in Bangladesh and other adjoining regions,” he said.last_img read more

Choose the right type of socks with your shoes

first_imgBelieve it or not but socks are also very important to the life of your shoes. As feet are prone to sweating, this can cause damage to the footwear, which highlights the importance of a good quality pair of socks so make sure you are opting for right pair. Experts share a few tips on how to choose the right type of socks with your shoes: 4Styling knee high socks with boots is both an opportunity to transform an outfit and a way to let your personality shine. They’re durable, they stay put on calves of all sizes and are comfortable enough to wear all day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4On a rainy day rubber boots are a necessity, it becomes important to make sure feet stay warm, comfortable and, most importantly, dry. Pairing rubber boots with quick-drying, cushioned crew socks will enhance the comfort.4For those looking for a visible, stylish option should wear knee socks with ankle boots. Don’t let more than 2-3 inches of your sock peek out over the top of your ankle boot.4If you prefer socks to stay hidden; a pair of comfortable no-show socks with Casual sneakers should be your go-to. It covers enough of the foot to stay in place while remaining out of sight. Best of all, they don’t slip. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For a sports enthusiast, who is very fond of running and playing or just walking around, sports socks paired with running/walking shoes will be the best pick. Sports sock absorbs sweat keeping the feet away from bacterial and fungal infection. 4Play Safe and wear black: If you are someone who doesn’t know the art of wearing socks, classic black dress socks paired with a smart tuxedo and formal or brogue shoes will make you look classy and elegant. 4Striped and Patterned socks: Go for cotton and cotton blended striped and patterned socks for casual sneakers.4Matching up is important: It is very important to keep the colour of your dress socks matching to your trousers for suits. Always Choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers.4No show socks: No-show socks are best friends of Oxfords shoes, loafers and casual sneakers. Don’t forget to buy a pair this summer.last_img read more