You Need to Know How to Close and Control the Process

first_imgQ: Why did you write The Lost Art of Closing?A: There is a massive gap in the area of closing. The ideas that are available to salespeople no longer match the reality of selling today. The idea that the one final commitment is what is necessary to win business is no longer true. There are at least ten commitments in a complex sale, and many of them are much tougher to gain. The truth of the matter is that gaining the earlier commitments makes the final ask simple and straightforward.Q: That’s a good reason.A: Yes, but that isn’t all. I write books for salespeople. One of the things that I have always struggled with was reading books that didn’t provide me with the answers. They were more theory than action, and while no one loves theory more than I do, I want to be able to put what I read to immediate use. So both The Only Sales Guide (TOSG) and The Lost Art of Closing (TLAC) are prescriptive. They’re the books that I would have wanted when I started selling.Q: What’s wrong with the old closing techniques?A: The closing techniques from decades ago are transactional. Most of them were developed to work in a B2C sale, and they’re based on tactics, tricks, and tie downs. Listen, there is a reason that salespeople have a negative stereotype, even if it no longer matches reality. A lot of that negative stereotype is the direct result of how we sold, how self-oriented we were, and the hard sell tactics we used. Those techniques are relics of the past, and they have no place in the present.Q: You also believe the idea of “overcoming objections” is no longer accurate.A: I do. That language suggests that you are doing something to someone. It hints at a contest, and that is how it was taught and trained. It’s no longer useful. The right way to think about what we do now is that we are resolving our client’s concerns. They aren’t objecting; they’re expressing their fears, what they perceive as risks. We have to help them resolve these concerns so they can move forward and make the changes they need to make to produce better results.Q: That sounds soft.A: I assure you it isn’t. I want to be very clear in what I say here. You are going to have very difficult conversations with your clients, and it can be a real challenge to help people do what is right, even when they believe they need to change. The Lost Art of Closing deals with those conversations because that is what is necessary to win deals and make change. If you think that anything here sounds “soft,” wait until you start dealing with gaining the commitments. There is nothing soft about helping people change. What this book is about is the skillful means for doing so.Q: Why do you work so hard on a book launch?A: You write a book so that you can help people with some idea, some way of thinking or doing something different. You write with a group of people in mind, the people you want to help. You want to get the book in their hands. That doesn’t happen by accident or chance. I market the books because I want people to do better work, to produce better results now. Plus, I am a salesperson. Why on earth would anyone buy a book on sales from someone who won’t try to sell their own book? 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

Getting Back on the Horse

first_imgIn The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I wrote about Me Management, or what some would call self-discipline or habits. The acquisition editor from the first publishing company read the book and asked me why I would start a sales book with discipline, noting that everyone hates self-discipline. I argued that my observation of successful salespeople—and successful people more generally—were disciplined about the most critical factors that lead to success.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedWilling oneself to do the work necessary to succeed is one of the primary differences of the successful, an unwillingness being a large part of lack of success.Disciplines are not easy to keep, as anyone who has ever tried to keep a disciplined nutrition or exercise program will attest. You can just easily struggle with disciplines like avoiding your email first thing in the morning, reviewing your prior week and planning the next week on Sunday, or spending time on your most important projects or initiatives every day. Whatever the discipline you need to keep, it’s easy to fall off the horse—or to be thrown off by some unanticipated or unexpected event.Falling Off is Not Failing: Maybe the most important belief about disciplines is that falling off is not failure, and framing it that way may increase your desire to give up the discipline—which might be giving up on the future self you are building. Falling off the horse is an event and a very human one at that. Disciplines worth keeping aren’t always easy to build.Don’t Postpone Starting Over: There is no reason to postpone starting over. You don’t need to wait for the calendar to change. Tomorrow is not better than today and later isn’t better than right now. Keeping your discipline five days out of seven is better than keeping it three days out of seven. Just start again.If disciplines were easy to keep, everyone would keep them, and everyone would enjoy the rewards of having done so. Once you lose the discipline, it’s easy to give up altogether. If some result is important enough for you to keep a discipline, the best thing you can do is to get back on the horse. 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

Centre to grant ₹600 crore as interim relief to Maharashtra farmers

first_imgMaharashtra may draw ₹5,000 cr. from contingency fund to help farmers  There were rains in Maharashtra during November as well.The Centre is awaiting details from the state government on the extent of damage to crops, he said and added the action will be taken for release of grant after getting information from the state.Replying to another query on the central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), the minister said about ₹3,100 crore has been made available to Maharashtra.The funds are released after the state government certifies eligible farmers. The Centre has decided to grant ₹600 crore as interim relief for Maharashtra farmers whose kharif crops were affected due to heavy rains in October, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said in Rajya Sabha on Friday.Responding to queries during Question Hour, he said crops have been affected due to rains not only in Maharashtra but in many other states as well.“Based on the first request made by the state government, we sent a delegation to assess the damage. Based on inputs of the delegation, we have taken an interim decision to grant ₹600 crore to help farmers. This is not the final one,” he said in the Upper House.Also Readlast_img read more

India begin the West Indies tour with win in lone T20

first_imgPutting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday. ScoreIt is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMundra used a sports analogy to drive the point forMundra used a sports analogy to drive the point for changes in the infrastructure sector, saying many of the players of the past are “retired hurt” and there is a need for new talent to emerge.The infrastructure segment has been one of the biggest pain points, contributing to a bulk of the NPAs for banks.While speaking on the GDP growth to credit growth ratio, Mundra acknowledged there are a few complications like non-capturing of trade credit data, double counting in case of NBFC and HFC credit and a shift to the gross value added (GVA) growth from the traditional GDP.He also said banks need to put in place an efficient way of demand projections for the credit supply. PTI HV AA ARS ANUlast_img read more

ISL: Chennaiyin, Atletico de Kolkata share spoils in 1-1 draw

first_imgTitle holders Chennaiyin FC and former champions Atletico de Kolkata’s (ATK) chances of semi-final qualification were left hanging in the balance after a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) football clash here on Sunday.Atletico de Kolkata enjoyed a first-half lead through marquee player Helder Postiga (39th minute) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. But Chennaiyin were stronger in the second session and got the equaliser through Davide Succi in the 77th minute.The draw left Chennaiyin in the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches. ATK moved to the third spot with 15 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters. ATK have a better goal difference than Pune and Kerala. (Also read: Diego Forlan scores hat-trick in Mumbai City’s big win over Kerala Blasters)ATK coach Jose Molina left Canadian striker and ISL’s highest goal scorer so far Iain Hume on the bench.Hume’s absence didn’t hurt ATK much as they were on the offensive right from the kick-off. The visitors should have been ahead in the third minute when a cross from Lalrindika Ralte towards the far post saw Postiga rise highest but his angled header hit the sidebar and bounced back into play.It was a lucky escape for Chennaiyin, who took time to settle down. Thy had a chance to surge ahead but Dutch midfielder Hans Mulder’s half-volley was parried away by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.Chennaiyin were disciplined defensively and looked like going into halftime goalless. But Postiga struck with six minutes to the breather. Defender Pritam Kotal sent an accurate cross inside the penalty box where Postiga headed past goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.advertisementChennaiyin were much improved in the second session while going forward. Italian striker Davide Succi was at the end of most chances created by the hosts but lacked sharpness.In the 56th minute, he was put clear by Zakeer Mundampara on the right but Succi’s first touch took the ball away, forcing him to miss the target.Succi had another chance in the 71st minute when all alone inside the box after being at the right end of a through ball. The Italian drew out the goalkeeper and cut past him but his final shot only ended up hitting the side netting.After two misses, Succi finally converted his third chance in the 77th minute, rising high to head a ball into the net.Chennaiyin should have got all three points from this game but for their wayward strikers who squandered plenty of chances.last_img read more

ISL, I-League likely to run simultaneously for next season, announces AIFF

first_imgAll India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel on Thursday hinted that an extended Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League will run simultaneously in the upcoming season as a short-term measure.For the long-term fix, a commission would be instituted which will try and prepare a roadmap by the end of the year as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had asked for in a stakeholders’ meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.”There was nothing in pen and paper but verbally the idea was taken on board by the President,” an AIFF official present during the executive committee and special general meeting held here on Thursday told IANS.Another AIFF official explained that due to the availability of only a six-month window (November-April), it is not possible to have both leagues separately.”The ISL is expected to have more teams and therefore it won’t be possible to have both I-League and ISL going on separately. Indian national team will also have their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and then India will play the SAFF Championship in May.”There is little option but to do the leagues together. Details are yet to be chalked out but will have to be done soon,” another AIFF official informed on the condition of anonymity.It was learnt that the AIFF had been asked to go for this short-term solution by IMG-R, their commercial and marketing partners.Further, Patel has urged clubs to meet him on Saturday in New Delhi.Kolkata clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are learnt to be keenly interested in the meeting as their fate still hangs in the balance. The pair have maintained that they would not pay a franchise fee of Rs 15 crore to be part of the ISL and would want money from the central pool.advertisementIt is still unclear whether ISL will get the AFC slot or not.last_img read more

The Oval Test: Pride at stake as India look to end England tour on a high

first_imgThe Indian cricket team looks to end the England tour on a high by winning the fifth and final Test of the series at The Oval starting on Friday. India have already lost the series 3-1 with defeats in the first, second and fourth Tests.England, on the other hand, look to give Alastair Cook a perfect farewell by winning the series 4-1. Cook had earlier this week announced his international retirement and the Oval Test will be his last match in an England shirt.Chief coach Ravi Shastri has tried to keep the morale of the team high by calling it the “best travelling side in last 15 years”, something that is not corroborated by facts.A statistical lowdown will show that India under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership drawn Test series in England (2002) and Australia (2003-04) apart from winning a Test in West Indies (a team that had Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, Shivanarine Chanderpaul) and a series in Pakistan.Virat Kohli, Joe Root best active batsmen in the world: Brian LaraUnder Rahul Dravid, India won twin series in West Indies (2006) and England (2007) apart from winning a Test in South Africa. Virat Kohli has now lost two back-to-back Test series away from home (Reuters Photo)Under Anil Kumble, India won a Test match on a bouncy Perth for the first time while under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian team won a series in New Zealand and also for the only time drew a series in South Africa.England vs India, 5th TestSeptember 7, 2018The Oval, London15.30 IST#ENGvIND (@BCCI) September 7, 2018Having lost back-to-back overseas series in South Africa and England, the myth of being good travellers has been busted and they have not been able to convince that they are good enough to win a series outside sub-continent.The Kohli-led side though has retained its number one Test ranking despite series’ losses in both overseas tours in 2018 thus far.In this backdrop, Kohli’s India will be playing a Test match where team combination will again come under focus.Also Read – Wonderful opportunity to blood Prithvi Shaw in Oval Test: Sunil GavaskarSHAW TO DEBUT?While they would want to play the best possible eleven, there is also a case for experimentation with the line-up.With Prithvi Shaw’s inclusion in the Test squad, the Indian selectors are looking ahead to the next line of openers. And with Murali Vijay dropped, they need to firm up plans ahead as attention will soon turn to the tour of Australia in December. Prithvi Shaw (extreme right) may make his Test debut at The Oval (Reuters Photo)A school of thought suggests that Shaw should be thrown into the deep end of the pool to ascertain if he can take on the pressure of facing the best bowlers international cricket has to offer.Even if he fails to get going in this one-off Test, at age 18, Shaw still has time to climb the ladder again. Meanwhile, any success on his part will provide an easy answer to the opening conundrum ahead of the Australian tour.Winning the last Test before going home will be really important: RahaneThe other school of thought suggests that the current opening combination of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul ought to be retained.If the selectors are indeed looking ahead, this could prove to be a last chance for either of them to impress before the series against West Indies and the domestic first-class season begins back at home. Early indicators are that Shaw will have to wait for his chance, at least until the home season.JADEJA MAY REPLACE ASHWINElsewhere though, India will be looking to play with their lower-middle order and bowling combinations. With Hardik Pandya failing to impress with the bat, the management could trial Hanuma Vihari in the middle, as he is also a handy spinner.Read – Joe Root plans to make it 4-1 vs India and give Cook a great send offRavindra Jadeja looks set to play his first Test on tour, with Ravichandran Ashwin not bowling in the nets on Wednesday and moving gingerly as well.While there is no confirmation from the management, it has been reliably learnt that he has aggravated his hip strain and will miss out on the final Test.Jasprit Bumrah could also be rested keeping in view the Asia Cup beginning next week in the UAE. The pacer, along with Shardul Thakur, is part of India’s limited-overs’ squad and as such Umesh Yadav could make a comeback into the side.advertisementNO CHANGES IN ENGLAND PLAYING XIFor England, this Test will be marked more by emotion than anything else. One of their greatest ever, Alastair Cook, takes his final bow and leaves the hosts potentially searching for two openers for their tour of Sri Lanka later in the year. Alastair Cook will retire after The Oval Test vs India (Reuters Photo)Given that an unchanged squad for this fifth Test was announced after Cook went public with his decision to retire, the selectors retain faith in Keaton Jennings who seemed to have turned a confident corner in the second innings at Southampton.Now it’s not about competing but completing games overseas: Ravi ShastriThe pitch, on Wednesday, bore a green tinge like all other wickets in this series. However, it was more an uneven sprinkling than an even covering.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England: Joe Root (captain), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

American in El Clasico? Pulisic can make it happen

first_imgChristian Pulisic American in El Clasico? Pulisic ‘one step away’ from joining likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 03:02 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División As the Spanish giants renew one of the world’s great rivalries, Americans are left to wonder when one of their own might play in the big game Even though it won’t be kicking off until around 7 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States — and the brutal hour of 4 a.m. on the West Coast — Real Madrid’s clash with Barcelona on Saturday will still lead thousands of Americans to flock to televisions, coffee in hand, to watch what many believe to be the greatest club rivalry in the world.At least a few of those sleepy Americans will watch stars from Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, and even Costa Rica, and wonder if one of their own might one day suit up and play in the most high-profile league match in the world.How far away are we from seeing that happen? The reality is we are closer than we have ever been because of the emergence of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic, who has seen his value skyrocket faster than Bitcoin and has made talk of a U.S. international moving to a mega club like Barcelona or Real Madrid seem less like a pipe dream and more realistic than ever before. 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 “I think Christian [Pulisic] is maybe one move away from the possibility of being at one of those clubs,” U.S. Under-20 national team coach Tab Ramos told Goal. “I certainly feel like he can play there, so I think it’s a matter of time whether he winds up at one of those clubs or he goes to the Premier League.”He certainly has to continue to improve, but at 19, to be where he is right now, he’s only one step away.”Ramos Pulisic quoteA move to one of the Spanish powerhouses feels like more of a possibility given how well Pulisic has already played against Real Madrid on multiple occasions. Dortmund has been in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League group in each of the past two seasons and Pulisic, who counts Madrid legend Luis Figo as an idol, has turned in some memorable performances against the Liga champions.His most recent exploits, earlier this month in a Dortmund loss to Real Madrid, showed us a fearless young player who seems to thrive when the lights are the brightest, even nutmegging Sergio Ramos and slaloming through the Madrid defense on multiple occasions.Pulisic has made it a habit of stepping up his game against Dortmund’s biggest opponents, and it’s that habit of shining against top competition that has top European clubs taking notice and has led some in Germany to see him as an inevitable Bayern Munich target.That’s a reasonable progression to make if Pulisic can continue to impress in Bundesliga play, but even that is still an early jump to be talking about because the reality is he has yet to put together a full year as a first-choice starter.Christian Pulisic Sergio Ramos Dortmund Real MadridThat hasn’t stopped Pulisic from being linked to eight-figure offers by clubs such as Liverpool, but as former U.S. national team star and current television analyst Brian McBride noted during the summer, the belief is that Pulisic isn’t looking to make a move at the moment.”I think the issue for Christian is he’s at Dortmund, which is a pretty big club to begin with, and he’s playing,” Ramos said. “There’s a lot of value to that, so I’m not sure that making the move at 19 years old to Madrid or Barcelona, where you’re possibly playing 15 games a year instead of 40. I don’t know if that’s necessarily good for him at the moment.”Look, hopefully he goes to Barcelona or Madrid and plays every game, but if that’s not the case, do you really want to be playing 15 games a year,” Ramos added. “I think he thinks about that — and this is not from speaking with him, but just reading some of the interviews he’s done — and I think he’s leaning toward that kind of thought, that, ‘Hey, I want to keep playing and the time will come.'”Ramos is no stranger to soccer in Spain, having spent part of his career playing at Real Betis in the 1990s when the club was in the Spanish second division. The former U.S. national team standout helped the club earn promotion to La Liga in 1994, but missed the subsequent season while recovering from a skull fracture suffered during the 1994 World Cup.Ramos counts one of his best experiences as a player being when he helped Real Betis upset Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals in 1994.”I think we crossed midfield one time, and we beat them and knocked them out of the cup,” Ramos said. “That was the Michael Laudrup, Romario, Ronald Koeman team.”Playing at the Camp Nou was amazing because of all the stadiums I’d played at, I’d never been on a field that was so big,” Ramos continued. “The width of the field was so big that I thought, ‘Man, if I tried to switch a ball here I don’t think I can reach the other side.’ The field was humongous. And obviously the speed of the game was so fast. It was an amazing experience, for sure.”Ramos knows the challenges that can exist for American players making the move to Spain, and sees Pulisic being well-equipped to handle the demands that such a move would put on him.Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund“Christian doesn’t seem to be bothered by pressure,” Ramos said. “Obviously playing at Real Madrid or Barcelona is different than playing at Dortmund, because in general the Spanish press can be very negative and the fans can be very negative, and that’s difficult to deal with.”Having said that, I was there when we put Christian on the national team for the first time, and he was completely calm. He wasn’t nervous, and didn’t look any different than he did in practice. You see that in the big games he plays, the pressure doesn’t bother him.”As enticing as it might be to have an American like Pulisic at Madrid or Barcelona, both teams have plenty of examples of youngsters who made moves there only to see their career development stunted by a lack of playing time on some of the most talented teams in the world.”Think of [Martin] Odegaard,” Ramos said, referring to the Norwegian super prospect signed by Real Madrid in 2015. “He went to Madrid, young guy who is supposed to be the next huge talent of the world, bigger than Christian was when he went to Dortmund, and he went to Madrid and completely disappeared.”You wouldn’t want your player in that environment. He’s at a great club now, and he’s under pressure and doing well with it. I would like to see him stay there one more year and play every game, and then make a move.”There’s always going to be a move for (Pulisic), because he’s a good player. It’s not like he’s going to get worse. He’s going to get better.”last_img read more

Australia’s defeat by South Africa sets up England World Cup semi-final

first_img India pile tons on Sri Lanka and end up leapfrogging Australia David Warner Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Then two moments of Quinton de Kock magic: a back-handed flick to hurry-on a throw from Rabada to run out Stoinis; and a springing left-handed leap as Maxwell swung at a bouncer.Australia’s afternoon in the field was summed up by Mitchell Starc’s first over: he stroked his moustache, ran in for the first ball of the match and delivered a 90mph legside wide that flew over the boundary. Another wide followed two balls later, before Markram drove him twice between cover and point for four. The World Cup’s leading wicket-taker was out of sorts. Soon he’d be clutching at his knee uncomfortably as well. It went downhill from there.Faf du Plessis made an immaculate 100 off 94 balls; Rassie van der Dussen, a jellyfish to the Australian spinners early on, found his mojo, out for 95 going for a six off the last ball of the innings. South Africa’s four highest scores of the World Cup have come in the last two games.Starc snaffled two wickets at the end, equalling Glenn McGrath’s World Cup tally of 26. But there is no time to rest on any laurels; he and the rest of the banana walking wounded head to Edgbaston for what Aaron Finch called a “blockbuster” –one Australia could have done without. South Africa cricket team match reports Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Read more David Warner’s renewed duel with Kagiso Rabada does not disappoint The Observer Australia cricket teamcenter_img Share on Twitter Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. South Africa left the World Cup with a defiant raspberry, defeating Australia by 10 runs in another Old Trafford last-over thriller to set up a semi-final between England and Australia on Thursday.Tension had mounted after the result zipped across from Headingley, which meant Australia had to beat South Africa to finish top of the table – fail, and India would tuck into the freshly prepared New Zealand fattened calf, tender and soft, and send the reigning champions instead to Birmingham. In the royal box at Wimbledon, Eoin Morgan licked his lips and ordered another Pimm’s: meeting Australia at Edgbaston in a semi-final was a far tastier proposition than at Lord’s next Sunday. The very last match of the long round-robin stage suddenly mattered.Australia had chased only twice in this World Cup, once against Afghanistan, and once, badly, against India. Patched together and limping, and after a lacklustre bowling performance, a target of 326 looked unlikely. At 119 for four at nearly halfway, it seemed off-piste.But there was David Warner, brisk and businesslike, short little legs prickling with determination, bursting chest-proud during the national anthem, slapping the ball high and long – for midwicket sixes and back over the bowlers’ heads. Bang he went, passing 600 runs for the tournament; bang-bang: his third World Cup century; up he leapt, kissing the badge. Pluckily he took control of the chase, finding in Alex Carey a partner of some staying power, computing the field placings and picking the gaps.Warner fell with 11 overs left and scoreboard pressure mounting, dancing down and darting at Dwaine Pretorius, before being brilliantly caught at mid-on by a soaring Chris Morris.Carey, who reached his own 50 by ramping the ball over slip, took his chance, tearing into Imran Tahir. But South Africa held their nerve: Aiden Markram took a pressure catch at deep cover to dismiss Carey for 85 and Kagiso Rabada stole two wickets in the penultimate over, leaving Australia with just too much to do.The omens were bad for Australia’s batting from the start. Warner just survived being run out in the first over, Aaron Finch flicked Rabada airily just short of third man and Warner played and missed. Then Finch fired a heavy backfoot biff to cover and 10 minutes later Usman Khawaja was limping off with a dodgy hamstring – when he returned at the denouement, he could barely run.Steve Smith swivelled a four before being trapped lbw by Pretorius. Marcus Stoinis chunked a few boundaries without ever looking convincing, and soon he too was swallowing tablets from the physio’s magic shoulder bag following a recurrence of an old side strain. 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18 days agoToulouse defender Diakite happy for Todibo at Barcelona

first_imgToulouse defender Diakite happy for Todibo at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveToulouse defender Bafode Diakite insists he’s happy for Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo left Toulouse in January for Barcelona and is now set for a first team run due to their injury crisis.Diakite said, “Of course I am happy by what he does, he was trained in Téfécé, like me. “If he chose to join Barca, it’s not for nothing. He has an idea on his mind, we do not take such a big decision without thinking. I hope that he will make a place in their starting XI, he will be beneficial for the French squad and Toulouse.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cincinnati Bengals RB Mark Walton Arrested On Battery Charge

first_imgA look at the sky during a Miami-Syracuse game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 21: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Syracuse Orange on October 21, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Late Friday night, police reportedly arrested Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton. According to multiple reports, police arrested the backup running back on a charge of misdemeanor battery.According to a report from David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, Walton was taken into custody outside of his Bickrell condo. Ovalle reported the former Miami Hurricanes star already posted bond.Walton allegedly engaged in an argument with a couple near his condo before police arrived and he was arrested.Here’s more from the Miami Herald.Police said Walton’s car was obstructing the entrance to the building’s parking garage. Another couple in a car trying to get into the garage asked him to move the car and an argument ensued.The woman started recording Walton with her cellphone camera and he grew angry and snatched the phone from her, according to a police spokeswoman. He and the woman got into a tussle, both suffering scratches in the altercation, police said.Walton is a former college football star, who shined for the Miami Hurricanes before entering the NFL.The Cincinnati Bengals selected Walton in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft.He saw limited action for the Bengals this season, rushing for just 34 yards on 14 carries.[Miami Herald]last_img read more

TMC workers murder puts Jangalmahal on edge

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high in Jangalmahal following the murder of a Trinamool Congress worker and assault on another. The body of a Trinamool Congress worker was recovered from a paddy field at Narayangarh on Monday, with external marks of injury. He had reportedly been missing from Saturday night.Local Trinamool Congress leaders held the BJP responsible for the murder. However, BJP has denied the allegations and said it was the result of an intra-party squabble. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe local people said some persons had called up the Trinamool worker on Saturday night on his cell phone and asked him to meet them. When he did not return, his family members lodged a missing complaint with the police. His body was recovered from a paddy field on Monday morning. The police subsequently sent the body for post-mortem. Local people alleged that the body had external marks of injury. Local people further alleged that BJP has been trying to create trouble in Narayangarh since the Lok Sabha election results came out on May 19 and everyday since then, Trinamool Congress workers have been attacked on one pretext or the other. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that Dilip Ram, a Trinamool Congress leader, was murdered by unknown miscreants at Bandel railway station on June 29. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged involvement of BJP in this instance as well. In another incident, a Trinamool Congress leader was beaten up allegedly by BJP workers at Shalboni. The leader was returning home when some BJP workers stopped his bike and forced him to get down from the vehicle. He was beaten up with sticks and left on the road in a pool of blood. Local people took him to a hospital where he was admitted. The police have begun investigation. No one has been arrested so far in this connection.last_img read more

AARP And Don Rickles Announce Dinner With Don

first_imgAARP has announced the launch of AARP Studios, an award-winning in-house production entity that produces a variety of rich and compelling content for an ever-growing 50-plus population.Led by former Discovery Communications’ digital studios executive producer and director, Jeffrey Eagle, AARP Studios will distribute its viral videos, documentaries, virtual reality content and long-form television specials across multiple platforms including film, television and digital media.AARP Studios’ inaugural production for 2017 is “Dinner With Don,” starring Don Rickles, a co-production in collaboration with Stamper Lumber Media Group, the production company founded by television and movie producer Robert Bauer (“Waitress,” “Headcase”) former Mark Burnett Production executives C. Scot Cru (“The Apprentice,” “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”) and Patrice Choghi (Televisa, Mark Burnett Productions). The 10 episode series will feature the reigning king of comedy dining with friends and fellow comedians he has inspired over the years. The star-studded guest list features Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Martin Scorsese.“AARP Studios is all about telling real and relatable stories driven by great characters,” said Eagle. “In creating a show with Don Rickles, we give viewers a seat at the table and the chance to hear decades of great show business stories from one of the most celebrated comedians of all time.”The series will be shot at some of Rickles’ favorite iconic places to dine around the Los Angeles area such as Craig’s, Dan Tana’s, Madeo, Vincente and The Palm. Every episode of “Dinner With Don” will feature a spirited back and forth between Don and his special dinner guest, archival photographs and footage from Don as well as clips from each guest’s personal and private archives whenever possible.Rickles’ long-time manager Tony Oppedisano’s Winbrook Entertainment and Rickles’ Wynnefield Productions serve as executive producers alongside Stamper Lumber Media Group.“Don Rickles is a living legend in the truest sense of those words and we’re looking forward to celebrating this series in advance of his 91st birthday this year,” said Robert Bauer, co-founder of Stamper Lumber Media Group and series director. “Scot and I are tremendously honored, and consider ourselves fortunate to be working alongside Don, Tony O, and AARP Studios to present this legacy series.” “It is awe inspiring to see some of our all time favorite entertainers come together to show their love and respect for Don,” added C. Scot Cru. “We’re grateful to AARP studios for this opportunity. This has been one of our all-time cherished production experiences.”AARP Studios and Stamper Lumber Media Group will announce the premier of “Dinner with Don” in the first quarter of 2017.The deal was brokered by Jake Dexter at Paradigm.AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.last_img read more

Gold imports dip 5.5% to $29.5 bn during April-Feb

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s gold imports dipped about 5.5 per cent in value terms to $29.5 billion during April-February 2018-19, which is expected to keep a lid on the current account deficit. Total imports of the precious metal in the corresponding period of 2017-18 stood at $31.2 billion, according to commerce ministry data. Trade experts said softening prices of the yellow metal in the world markets could be the reason for the contraction in imports. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAfter recording negative growth for three consecutive months — October, November and December 2018, gold imports grew by 38.16 per cent to $2.31 billion in January this year. It again contracted by 10.8 per cent to $2.58 billion in February. India is one of the largest gold importers in the world, and the imports mainly take care of demand from the jewellery industry. Gems and jewellery exports too dipped by 6.3 per cent to $28.5 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia’s current account deficit (CAD), or the difference between outflow and inflow of foreign exchange in the current account, widened to 2.9 per cent of the GDP in the second quarter of the fiscal, against 1.1 per cent in the year-ago period, mainly due to a large trade deficit. In volume terms, the country’s total gold imports increased by 22.43 per cent to 955.16 tonnes in 2017-18. It stood at 780.14 tonnes in 2016-17. The government has introduced several measures to restrict the import of gold, including restricting duty-free gold imports from South Korea as allowed under the India-Korea free trade agreement and imposition of self-use condition on Premier Trading House/Star Trading House authorised to import the precious metal directly from overseas bullion suppliers. It has also imposed 10 per cent import duty on gold. The domestic jewellery industry always demands a cut in the duty and relaxation of norms for increasing availability of the yellow metal to boost jewellery exports.last_img read more

Annan says Palestinians should support new leadership to achieve statehood

“This is an opportunity for them to realize their dream, the aspiration for a Palestinian State,” Mr. Annan said in an interview at Dubai airport, where he stopped en route to New York from a trip which had taken him to countries affected by the recent catastrophic tsunami as well as a UN conference on small islands held in Mauritius.“I appeal to them to shy away from violence, to reject violence, support their new leader and let him work with the Israeli Government and the Palestinian people and the international community to fulfil their dreams,” he said.Earlier this month, Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas as President in polls which received technical and logistical support from the UN.Mr. Annan repeated his earlier condemnation of a recent attack that killed six Israelis, calling it “a real blow to the peace process.”Following that incident, which took place on Thursday night, a spokesman for Mr. Annan had voiced hope that it would not be allowed to undermine the recent positive steps made by both parties.Today, Mr. Annan said: “I hope it will be possible to find a way to engage both parties.” Asked about the violence in Iraq, the Secretary-General noted that the vast majority of Iraqis want to vote but “the situation is far from ideal.”The UN is working with the Government “on the assumption that, as of today, the elections will take place on 30 January” as planned, he said. read more

Pineiro Wright lead USD to 7361 upset of SDSU

SAN DIEGO — Isaiah Pineiro scored 21 points and Isaiah Wright had five of his 18 points in a key stretch in the second half for the San Diego Toreros, who stunned San Diego State 73-61 Wednesday night in their annual crosstown showdown.The Toreros (7-2), under first-year coach Sam Scholl, fought through foul trouble to beat the Aztecs (5-3) for just the second time in the last 13 years.San Diego shot poorly in the first half but trailed just 33-26 after the first 20 minutes, keeping it in reach for the upset.USD missed all 11 3-pointers in the first half, but suddenly got hot from behind the arc, with five different players hitting long shots in the first six minutes of the second half.Alex Floresca hit a 3 just 18 seconds into the second half and the Toreros came to life. Wright and Finn Sullivan added 3s, and USD took its first lead, 39-38, when Pineiro made two free throws after Jalen McDaniels was whistled for a technical foul.Pineiro was called for his fourth foul with 10:57 to go to put the Aztecs in the double bonus and Shackel made two free throws for the Aztecs’ last lead of the night, 49-47.Wright then gave USD the lead for good, converting a 3-point play and then scoring off a nice spin move to make it 52-49. Olin Carter hit a jumper and Tyler Williams a 3 for a 57-49 lead with 7:16 to go.McDaniels fouled out with 3:11 left and Jordan Schakel joined him on the bench less than a minute later.Devin Watson led the Aztecs with 22 points while Matt Mitchell had 13 and McDaniels 12.USD outrebounded SDSU 32-30BIG PICTUREUSD: The Toreros were without 6-foot-10 forward Yauhen Massalski, who sprained an ankle early in a loss at Mississippi a week earlier. He averages 7.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.San Diego State: The Aztecs returned to full strength after an impressive 75-65 win at Illinois State. Nolan Narain didn’t travel because he had flu-like symptoms and Watson and Jordan Schakel weren’t feeling well.UP NEXTUSD hosts Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon.SDSU plays at California on Saturday night.Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press read more

Saints Jonathan Vilma Sidelined For The Next 6

Jonathan Vilma, the most aggressive attacker of the New Orleans Saints bounty program suspensions and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, has been place on the physically unable to perform list. And so, his battle to be reinstated to play this year was overturned on Friday, but off-season knee surgery will not allow him to play for at least five more games.Vilma, who was called the “ring leader” of the so-called bounty system where players were paid to injury opponents, will be eligible to return after Week 7. The Saints, who will have their bye in Week 6, opted to put Vilma on the PUP list after his roster exemption expired Monday.Vilma, 30, can participate in team meetings and will be allowed to use the Saints’ training and medical facilities. But the three-time Pro Bowler cannot practice with the team.Vilma had his season-long suspension overturned Friday by a three-member appeals panel, which ruled that Goodell did not have authority to punish players for any salary-cap violations committed in the Saints’ alleged bounty scheme. Vilma countered with suits challenging Goodell’s authority and said the commissioner’s signaling out of him as a participant damaged his reputation.Granted the reprieve by the panel, Vilma attended the Saints’ season-opening 40-32 defeat to the Washington Redskins. He did not suit up for that game, but Vilma led the Superdome crowd in a spirited pregame “Who Dat” chant and watched the game from the sideline.New Orleans sure could have used Vilma’s prowess on defense, as Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III masterfully dissected the Saints’ defense to the tune of 320 yards passing and two touchdowns while giving up 40 points. The Redskins also ran the ball effectively. In short, the Saints’ defense was dominated by an offense that had not shown itself to be that potent in the preseason. read more

Schools in Miami Springs and Davie placed on lockdown due to threats

first_img“She said everyone is OK. They’re just locked up in the cafeteria,” Thompson said. “They’re on lockdown in the cafeteria, so I’m talking to her now.”Parents said they’re living on high alert with so many school threats happening.“I’m just wondering when this is gonna stop,” said parent Andrews LaGuardia. “This is every other day. Almost every moment we’re worried about sending our kids to school.”This comes after there was a stabbing at Nova High on Friday. In that case, two students were fighting, and that’s when one stabbed the other with scissors.“It was actually quite terrifying because of what happened on Friday,” Forbes said, “and everything that’s happening in the world.”“Because this is such a serious threat, officers from Davie went in, checked every single building, every possible area — as well as the parking — to determine the threat was not credible,” Leone said.The other threat happened at Miami Springs Middle School over social media, Monday. Some students got on the floor while others hid.“I went into the teacher’s lounge, and I was stuck there with six other kids in a little room,” said student Morgan Ellenberg.David Forbes, who also attends Nova High said school officials didn’t take any chances.“They had us in the back room. They put the TV in front of the window,” Forbes said, “and they put a board in front of the other window to make sure no one was able to get in.”It was a terrifying day for parents across the county who heard about the ordeal.“There was a threat called into Davie Police Department,” said parent Jackie Brenzo. “I cried the whole way here, and I got here as fast as I could. We’ve been outside for an hour and a half waiting for the kids.”Michael Thompson said he was communicating with his children during the lockdown. The threat was posted on an Instagram Story, which said: “ALL OF Miami springs middle school kids are gonna die when i shoot up the school!”Miami-Dade School Police officers investigated that case.Back over at Nova High School, police said they have several leads and hope to find the prank caller.“I just want to have my kids safe,” LaGuardia said. “I was kind of thinking, my wife and I, maybe we should just home-school our kids, and we won’t have to deal with this anymore.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The start of the school week began with a rough start in both Miami-Dade and Broward after police had to investigate two separate threats.First on Monday, all four Nova schools were placed on lockdown because someone threatened to “shoot up” one of the campuses.Nova High, Nova Middle, Nova Eisenhower Elementary and Nova Blanche Foreman Elementary schools were all locked down while police investigated the threat.According to Davie Police detectives, a caller said someone was going to shoot up the high school, located at 3600 College Avenue. Police swept the area but determined that the threat was not credible.“Shortly after 11 a.m., someone called the school making threats to come and shoot the school,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone. “School resource officers were in the area. He got the phone, asked the person ‘when.’ The person said ‘now’ and hung up.”Leone said officials then put the call out on the radio. About 20 police officers responded to Nova High to lock the campus down and evacuated classrooms.“They said we were going into a Code Red,” said student Victoria Brenzo. last_img read more

Alaska sees first measles case since 2015

first_imgThere is a confirmed case of measles in Alaska. A list of places where others could have been exposed to measles in Alaska is available online. It includes three Soldotna locations: Froso’s Family Dining, Soldotna Urgent Care, and the Central Peninsula Hospital. The windows for exposure fall between July 8 and July 14. Castrodale says it’s important for residents to check their immunization status, and be up-to-date on vaccines. Alaska has one of the lowest measles vaccination rates in the country. According to the latest data from the CDC, in 2017, around 89% of children in Alaska age 19-35 months were covered by the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday, in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula. The teenager had recently traveled out of state. Louisa Castrodale is an epidemiologist with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She says the patient likely contracted measles while traveling, not in Alaska. “When someone is exposed to measles, it takes anywhere from seven to 21 days for that person to incubate the virus and for them to become sick,” Castrodale said. “So this person had been traveling out of state and likely was exposed somewhere in their travels in either Arizona, or they went through the airport in Seattle. So they were exposed to the virus there. And their body incubated that and they became infectious back here in Alaska.” Only those not already immune to measles are at immediate risk. Castrodale says once you’ve had measles you can’t get it again. And with the proper immunizations, there’s a very low risk of becoming infected. center_img According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been measles cases confirmed in Arizona this year. An outbreak is ongoing in Washington. “If people were exposed to that person while they were infectious here in Alaska, we could see more cases,” Castrodale said. “But we’d only see more cases if the people who were exposed were actually susceptible to measles.” According to DHSS, the patient is at home recovering. “We just want to encourage people to think very globally about measles,” Castrodale said. “We’re not the only state who has had measles associated with the travel exposure. We’re probably not going to be the last ones. It’s not going to be the last time we have someone traveling who has the potential to be exposed.” Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash. Anyone who suspects they may have measles is advised to call the doctor before going to their office, to avoid additional exposures. The department says more cases in Alaska are possible. The last time a case of measles was confirmed in Alaska was 2015. Before that, it had been nearly 15 years.last_img read more