Stop Giving Demos. Make Sales Calls Instead.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There is a reason no one wants to see your demo. It’s boring. It’s a monologue. It’s an agenda that doesn’t include your client and their needs.Where you start: If you start with what you believe to be most important, you are making that decision based on what you believe to be true. Even if you have enough data points to believe you know where to start based on what other people wanted, you are still making an assumption that may or may not be true. If you want to know where to start, ask.Every presentation can be a conversation: No one wants your monologue. No one wants to watch you walk them through your talk track from start to finish. That part where you ask a question is tactical, especially since it is part of your script. It has to be part of the script because, without real engagement, you are talking to yourself. Even if your prospect politely replies.Isn’t that cool? Yes, it’s really cool. It’s whiz bang awesome. What is someone supposed to say when you ask that question? Steve could pull that off because his stuff was sexy enough to command that response without a prompt. Yours, however, may not be.You are in Sales. You have to follow the rules.Start here: “”Look, our software is a lot like other offerings you’ve seen. We have a few things that are radically different, and it’s why our clients prefer us over the other things they’ve tried. Rather than drag you through a demo, would it be okay if we just talked about what you are trying to do, where and how you wish things were better, and we’ll use the screen to show you how we’d address those things for you? Would that work?”Continue: “What’s important to you, and what would you like to talk about while we’re together?”Hand the steering wheel to your prospective client. Let them drive. Let them determine what they want to talk about, how much they want to see while you navigate.Work to understand their needs, and show them how you might address their challenges and meet their needs. The more you are talking, the more poorly the sales call is going for you.Stop giving demos. Make sales call instead.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Zou powers team China to gold in artistic gymnastics

first_imgA dazzling all-round performance led by Zou Kai powered defending champions China to the team gold in the artistic gymnastics here at the Olympics on Monday. China won with 275.997 points. In a controversial decision, Japan won the silver in a dramatic last-ditch appeal on 271.952 points while Great Britain took bronze with 271.711.China went into the last rotation nearly three points ahead, and strong pommel horse routines from Chen Yibing, Guo Weiyang and Zhang Chenglong dispelled any doubts about them.Zou, 2008 Beijing Olympics champion in the floor and the horizontal bar, put in near flawless performances on the same apparatus to put his team firmly on course to victory.”In the qualification, everyone had confidence in me. The team cohesion helped a lot,” Guo said.”We made sure our ability is good enough to make the gold ours. Beating our own goals is our happiest achievement.”But the main drama of the evening came on the final rotation, when Japan only needed two average scores on the pommel horse for silver.After one gymnast slipped, Kohei Uchimura fell on the dismount to allow the British into second and Ukraine into third.The Japanese, led by brothers Yusuke and Kazuhito Tanaka, headed the competition early on before China clicked into gear.Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas put Britain in a position for silver with scores of 15.166, 15.533 and 15.433 scores on the floor.They thought they had the bronze in the bag when it turned out they had outscored Ukraine, who hit 15.33, 15.233 and 15.433 through Oleg Stepko, Mykola Kuksenkov and Igor Radivilov.advertisementBut the judges took their time in scoring Uchimura, after which it emerged Britain had done enough for silver.Later the Japanese coaching staff appealed, arguing Uchimura had been penalised incorrectly for failing to dismount entirely, rather than a poor dismount. The judges agreed, returning the 0.5 points the Japanese needed for second place, pushing Britain for the bronze and Ukraine off the podium.”I wasn’t credited with the full difficulty start value for my routine. My coach lodged a protest and thats why the score was raised,” Uchimura said.For obvious reasons, the Ukrainians weren’t happy.”We’re not blind. Everybody has their own opinion, their own vision,” said coach Yuliy Kuksenkov when asked if handing the silver to Japan was a mistake.The British, meanwhile, were ecstatic with winning a medal, even though it was relegated to bronze at the death.”The whole situation hasn’t sunk in,” said gymnast Louis Smith.”Despite that protest and the score change, for us, this is a dream come true. To get a bronze medal is a miracle.””Silver, bronze, it doesn’t matter. We really look up to the Japanese and they deserved the silver medal. We are still happy.”The British got an early boost with Thomas landing a difficult vault in the third rotation, but a slip by Sam Oldham on the high bar put Ukraine in the bronze position going into the final round.A failed vault from US gymnast John Orozco dashed American hopes of a medal on the fourth rotation.Orozco planted his hands too early and landed on his rear end, leaving him in tears on the bench.”I do not have the best technique on vault and I was a bit worried because prelims was the first one I landed,” Orozco said.The Americans qualified in first and were expected to put in a stiffer challenge, ending up fifth.Russia’s outside hopes for a podium place were hit by Alexander Balandin’s fall on the parallel bars in the penultimate rotation.last_img read more

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Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Marcelo’s fitness is often brought up by his critics, who say the 30-year-old player hasn’t been able to keep up with opposing attackers like he used to. Some blamed him for not doing enough to keep Barcelona from scoring the second-half equalizer at Camp Nou Stadium. He didn’t follow Malcom into the area and the forward was free to pick up a loose ball and score.Marcelo never seemed comfortable against Malcom and had trouble containing him. He also made little impact on attack, which has been one of his greatest attributes.Marcelo’s struggles aren’t new. Last year, Solari didn’t hide his frustration with the player’s performances, saying he wanted to see “greater effort,” especially on defense.It seemed a vote of confidence by Solari to pick Marcelo for Wednesday’s clasico, but the Brazilian wasn’t able to make the most of it. He hasn’t played as often since the coach took over and started giving more minutes to young left back Sergio Reguilon from the youth squad.Marcelo has played only three league matches this year, with most of his appearances in the Copa del Rey. He was ordinary against Girona in the Copa round of 16, where Madrid conceded three times in the two-game series.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Not long ago there were widespread rumors about Marcelo joining his friend Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and talks about him trying to move to midfield, where his physical condition wouldn’t be so crucial and he would be able to make better use of his great skills with the ball.Marcelo joined Real Madrid from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007 and quickly became the obvious substitute to fellow Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos. Marcelo helped Real Madrid win four Spanish leagues and four Champions Leagues, in addition to four Club World Cups. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, being one of the captains in the 2018 tournament in Russia.Solari gave no hints about whether he would keep Marcelo in the lineup on Saturday for the league derby at Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid can pass Atletico for second place with a win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The club then travels to the Netherlands to face Ajax in the round of 16 of the Champions League.“We are going step by step,” the coach said. “We just finished this match and now we will have a few days to work and start thinking about the league match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian’s performances have come in for criticism.The clamor for dropping Marcelo only increased after a lackluster display on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. He struggled on defense and added little in attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSolari again avoided talking about Marcelo’s performance.“Marcelo is our second captain (after Sergio Ramos), he is 100 percent committed to Real Madrid, always puts the club first,” Solari said briefly. “We always work to make sure that all of our players are at their best.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Real defender Marcelo, right, duels for the ball with Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo during the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — It’s not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player’s great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player’s current achievements.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Team Lakay bros Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang determined to get out of Japan victoriouslast_img read more

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Ramon Richards Sets Phone Alarms To Remind Himself How Good He Is

first_imgRamon Richards is an interesting cat. Richards is the renaissance man of this Oklahoma State football team. He breaks down the squirrels on OSU’s campus and claims he could rock a mullet better than Mike Gundy himself.According to a recent interview with ESPN, he also sets alarms on his phone to remind himself of his own greatness (what’s with OSU cornerbacks and setting alarms?)“I have alarms at the top of every hour,” Richards told ESPN. “You know, we wake at 6 or 7 in the morning. So I have an alarm at 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, every hour until 10 at night.“It’s different things. In the morning, it’s just about being great, those are my messages from like 8 to 10. Then I have ‘You’re a Thorpe Award defensive back,’ ‘You’re an All-American defensive back,’ ‘You’re the best defensive back in the country.’ And then ‘Thank God for another beautiful day,’ those come later on in the day. Then at night it’s ‘You’re great, keep being great,’ stuff like that. It changes up throughout the day.”Maybe it’s working. Richards has two picks and has sealed the deal on multiple games this season with turnovers. On the other hand … maybe not. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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16 days agoBournemouth boss Howe hints King to stay in wing role: That’s why we signed him!

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe hints King to stay in wing role: That’s why we signed him!by Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has hinted he will continue to use centre-forward Joshua King on the wing.The Norway international has been used out wide to accomodate Dominic Solanke in the Cherries’ past four Premier League games. And Howe has revealed it was King’s performances as a winger for Blackburn in 2013 that lead to him joining the south coast club.Howe told the Daily Echo: “One of the reasons we signed him (King) was his performance against us for Blackburn playing left-wing, when he gave us a torrid afternoon here a few years ago.”That’s when he rose to prominence in my thoughts and I kept track of his career.”I’ve always known Josh can play there and play very well.”I know Josh will always consider himself a central player, it was us who played him there (centrally) on a regular basis.”But it’s nice to be able to tinker the team and players to have versatility. It’s benefitted the team, that change.”Asked whether he felt he could keep the 27-year-old happy playing him out wide, Howe replied: “As long as he’s feeling he’s getting the ball and contributing to the team in a positive way, I don’t think he’ll have a problem.”He had a goal disallowed against Southampton, he scored against West Ham.”As long as he’s feeling he has a chance to score, then any player with that mentality will be happy.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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A Legislative Downpour

first_imgThe 2019 Budget/Monsoon session of Parliament turned out to be the most productive in (at least) the last two decades. The government sprung into action, making the most of the first session after re-election, by setting a gold standard for its first 100 days of governance. Not only did it bring contentious amendments to certain acts (UAPA, NIA, RTI), it also re-introduced lapsed bills like the National Medical Council Bill and of course, locked down J&K to effectively abrogate Article 370 – bifurcating it into two separate Union Territories (Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh). Also Read – A race against timeExercising a healthy majority in the Lok Sabha, the session witnessed a variety of bills being pushed through, despite a crucial check present in Rajya Sabha. This is where the most recent session of Parliament turned interesting as the government managed to cruise through the Upper House without any visible difficulty, despite lacking majority. In fact, the J&K Reorganisation Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha and received a vigorous mandate following some deliberation. With Prime Minister Modi himself urging parliamentarians to be present in the respective Houses, the government’s strong intention to see the bills through reverberated in both Houses as they passed a record 28 bills together in a single session. Also Read – A Golden LootIt was perhaps the first time in decades that the Parliament pro-actively pursued legislative work with the government – keenly rooting for bills, to see them through instead of just introducing and letting them remain stuck in the House, as has been the norm. It was this diligent approach towards legislative business that allowed the Parliament to clock impressive numbers and set the tone for a new normal, which is a high functioning legislature. Though deliberations featured and bills were passed, the absence of Standing or Select Committees blemished the perfect picture. Such committees, though not necessary, are important to resolve several bones of contention that may stall House proceedings or create unabated pandemonium. Controversial bills such as the RTI, UAPA and POCSO could have made positive use of scrutiny from a parliamentary committee. Questions like whether the death penalty under POCSO would really act as a deterrent, or whether the government might be overreaching with its amendments to RTI, and if the executive should have the right to designate individuals as terrorists, have escaped rigorous scrutiny this session. Legislations from the Budget session will have a resounding impact on society, marking only the beginning of what lies in store for the next five years. There are several takeaways from our Parliament’s recent performance. It remains to be seen if the same kind of proactiveness would continue in the Winter Session or whether this was a one-off statement piece. While clocking surplus productivity exceeds expectations, scrutiny of parliamentary committees is important to sustain the undying spirit of democracy – which ideally takes all voices into consideration.The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha by Amit Shah (Minister of Home Affairs); passed by both Houses. Key Features Empowers the government to designate ‘individuals’ as terrorists based on grounds as mentioned for organisations. It additionally empowers officers of NIA to investigate cases. Allows NIA to seize properties connected with terrorism wherein the approval can be obtained by Director General of NIA. Opposition Designating individuals as terrorists place unchecked power in government’s hands and has a high scope for misuse. Empowering NIA to carry out investigations and seize properties impinges upon state’s jurisdiction, as central power (NIA) trumps state police (state subject), flouting federal autonomy enjoyed by states. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) BillIntroduced in Lok Sabha by Nitin Gadkari (Minister for Road Transport and Highways); passed by both Houses. Key Features Constitution of a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund to provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users. Provides immunity to good samaritans. Constitution of National Transportation Policy & Road Safety Board for managing framework and checking standards. Increases penalties for several offences under the Act to prevent road accidents and increase safety. Opposition Provisions provide scope for misuse by police and increased corruption on roads in the absence of camera-based monitoring. Brings a variety of general road offences under the category of dangerous driving. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill Introduced in Rajya Sabha by Smriti Irani (Minister of Women & Child Development); passed by both Houses. Key features Introduces possibility of death penalty for offenders committing aggravated penetrative sexual assault on children alongside extended punishment for penetrative sexual assault of minors. Provides for fines and punishments for being in possession of, distributing, appearing in, or shooting child pornography. Opposition There was some contention about whether the death penalty can be an effective deterrent. Interestingly, the gender neutrality this Bill provides in English is absent in the Hindi version, which uses balakon (boys) instead of children.The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha by Jitendra Singh (MoS Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions); passed by both Houses. Key features Allows central government to set the term of office for Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) at both central and state levels. Allows central government to determine salaries, allowances and other conditions of service for CIC and ICs at central and state level. Opposition Amendments will curtail the autonomy exercised by CIC and ICs and, in general, hamper the functioning of RTI. With decisions on tenures and salaries resting with the Centre, the amendment will disincentivise CIC and ICs to deliver information against government. Due to the sensitivity of the legislation and unconvincing Statement of Objects and Reasons, the bill deserves scrutiny by a parliamentary committee. National Investigation Agency (Amendment) BillIntroduced in Lok Sabha by Amit Shah (Minister of Home Affairs); passed by both Houses. Key features Lends National Investigation Agency (NIA) the statutory jurisdiction to take up and probe terror cases outside India. Provides for the constitution of special NIA courts by convert ing sessions courts. Adds offences such as human trafficking, manufacture and sale of illegal weapons and cyber-terrorism to the schedule of offences. Opposition A major concern has been vesting NIA with the authority to probe cases abroad without going through the local police – some members called the move window-dressing. Given allegations that NIA has been misused to target a specific community, concerns lingered around how amendments can be passed without defining ‘terrorist’.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha by Ravi Shankar Prasad (Minister of Law & Justice); passed by both Houses. Key features Succeeding a Supreme Court ruling that prohibits the practice of triple talaq as lacking legal basis, this bill further criminalises perpetrating Muslim men by providing punishment for defaulting husbands. It provides the custody of minor children to the wife. Asks the offending husband to compensate the wife with subsistence allowance, equivalent to an alimony. Opposition There was strong objection against the Bill criminalising only Muslim husbands abandoning their wives. Dissenters highlighted how it should be extended to all men abandoning their wives.The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill Introduced in Rajya Sabha by Amit Shah (Minister of Home Affairs); passed by both Houses. Key features Scraps special provisions provided to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution. Divides the state into two separate Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature) Retains only seven state land laws while replacing 153 others with Union laws. Opposition The most controversial Bill this session elicited deep distrust – not so much with specific provisions but with whether it should even be considered. Some went as far as calling the move illegal, given how the government had arrested local political leaders, imposed a curfew, and kept the region under communication lockdown until the Bill was passed in the Upper House. There was also some concern on the Bill infringing upon the states’ rights, particularly people’s right to information and personal liberty.The National Medical Commission Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha by Dr Harsh Vardhan (Minister of Health and Family Welfare); passed by both Houses. Key features It allowed constitution of National Medical Commission replacing the Medical Council of India with appointment of 25 members by the central government. Issuance of licenses to Community Health Providers (CHP) connected with the modern medical profession to practice medicine. Introduction of National Exit Test (NEXT) for giving licenses for practice to MBBS graduates and allowing admission to post-graduate super-speciality medical education in all medical institutions regulated under the Bill. Opposition Inadequate training will not prevent CHPs from acquiring a license, following which, apprehensions of risk besides degrading quality of healthcare will be large, especially in rural India. MCI had 2/3rd of its members (160+) directly elected by the medical fraternity but the new system proposes 25 nominated members which raises questions on the integrity of nominated members and, thus, the entire process. Two objectives of NEXT cannot be intertwined into one since both require different training and knowledge. A certain level of knowledge may be sufficient to practice medicine but higher knowledge remains a prerequisite for pursuing further specialisation.BILL-DOZEDPassed in both Houses The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 The Code on Wages, 2019 The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019 The J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019 The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed only in Lok Sabha The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed only in Rajya Sabha The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 This list is exclusive of Finance and Appropriation Billslast_img read more

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The Meghan Markle effect helps Aritzia profit to climb in its 17th

Peter J. Thompson/National Post files Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings equalled 31 cents per share, two cents per share above analyst forecasts, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Meanwhile, its net revenue climbed 18.8 per cent to $242.9 million, from $204.4 million in the third quarter the year before.It attributed about 40 per cent of its revenue growth to its U.S. business, which evolved over the last two quarters to include two pop-up boutiques in San Jose, Calif., and Chicago.Aritzia predicted its 2020 fiscal year will be its biggest yet for U.S. expansion with plans to open six boutiques.“Our business in the U.S. is so good right now that we feel we can open up in any premier shopping destination in the U.S. right now and do extremely well and we are seeing lots of deals and opportunities in these locations,” said Hill.The brand said the months ahead would bring some challenges from currency fluctuations and continued raw materials cost pressures.To mitigate both, Hill said Aritzia is already continually reviewing its pricing and new product opportunities, but has also looked to its outerwear offerings and Black Friday sales. TORONTO — Aritzia Inc. says its first outlet boutique has been “incredibly profitable” in its first two months open, but don’t expect the womenswear retailer to push heavily into the discount space.Brian Hill, the Vancouver-based company’s chief executive officer, told analysts on a Wednesday call that the outlet Aritzia opened at the Toronto Premium Outlets mall in November has already made back its original capital investment, but “to be clear, this is not the start of an outlet rollout.”Hill’s remarks came as Aritzia — also the owner of Wilfred, Babaton and TNA stores — announced its third quarter had delivered the company’s 17th consecutive quarter of growth in comparable-store sales. Aritzia net income triples to $15.1 million as U.S. revenue climbs Canadian designers get boost from Meghan Markle’s love of their clothing ‘Great time to be expanding’: Old-school retailer Simons keeps faith in beautiful stores in Age of Amazon The key retail metric for sales from stores open at least a year jumped by 12.9 per cent for the period ended Nov. 29, up from 6.3 per cent a year ago. That’s due, in part, to celebrities Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and the Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle, wearing pieces from the company in the quarter and from Kendall Jenner, who Aritzia launched a marketing campaign with, executives said.“There are lots of potential opportunities in front of us and a lot of brand awareness that we can continue to increase,” said Hill. “I think we really just got the tip of the iceberg, but we have a long way to go.”The company also revealed that its net income increased by more than 16 per cent, reaching $32.6 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, up from $28.1 million or 24 cents per share the year before.Aritzia predicted its 2020 fiscal year will be its biggest yet for U.S. expansion with plans to open six boutiques. read more

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Paris accord faces first test at meeting on climate adaptation funding –

“The first test of States’ commitment to the principles of the Paris Agreement will be next week,” said John H. Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment.“This is no time for complacency,” he said, adding: “The fact that 177 States have signed the Paris Agreement in less than a month is very welcome news, but the hard work of safeguarding the environment and human rights is just now beginning.”Mr. Knox recalled that the Paris Agreement is the first environmental treaty to include a strong commitment to protect human rights in addressing climate change.“The Paris Agreement recognizes that States do not check their human rights obligations at the door when they enter a climate negotiation,” he said. However in the agreement, States committed to safeguard human rights in taking actions to address climate change, he added.In the Bonn meeting, convened by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 16-26 May, government representatives will negotiate the terms of a new international climate mechanism to transfer funds from developed to developing countries for projects that contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable development.If the Clean Development Mechanism was too often a human rights scofflaw, this is the moment for the new Sustainable Development Mechanism to become a human rights championThe new fund is expected to be the successor to the Clean Development Mechanism, which was highly criticized for contributing to some hydroelectric and other projects that were linked to human rights abuses, including displacement of indigenous and other communities without transparency or adequate consultation.Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Knox had made a number of recommendations to the Paris Convention’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). He called for the adoption of specific safeguards, such as prior assessments, provisions for public participation, and effective grievance procedures that would help to ensure that proposed projects do not run rough-shod over the human rights of indigenous peoples and other communities that are most directly affected by them.“The main problem with the Clean Development Mechanism has always been that it lacks effective safeguards to ensure that human rights are taken into account,” he said. “The urgency of addressing climate change does not justify violating the rights of those who live and work near the projects.”“If the Clean Development Mechanism was too often a human rights scofflaw, this is the moment for the new Sustainable Development Mechanism to become a human rights champion,” the Special Rapporteur concluded.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Brock to help lead charge in improving online education

Brock University is one of seven Ontario universities to join forces in order to expand access, improve quality and share resources for online learning in the province.The consortium, called Ontario Universities Online (OUO), is sponsored by the Council of Ontario Universities. The initiative is designed to respond to increased demand for online courses and improve student access to them, including introducing a new pathway to university education through open access to a range of courses.In addition, the group will encourage collaboration in the development of online and technology-enabled learning, improve credit transfer for such courses, and make it easier for universities to share online education resources.“We want to be a lead institution,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning, and Brock’s representative with OUO. “This will enable our faculty to have access to cutting-edge technology-enabled learning materials, and allow our students to have access to a broad array of online courses and programs.”Currently, students wishing to take an online course at another university need a letter of permission to do so. Working together, OUO would streamline this process, Lathrop explained, eliminating the need for time-consuming paper work and enabling a student at another Ontario university to take an online course offered by Brock, and vice versa.“Students want access to various forms of teaching and flexible course delivery,” Lathrop said. “Really this is about universities using their resources effectively and efficiently, and co-ordinating their efforts rather than functioning independently of one another.” Brock will join the University of Waterloo, Guelph, McMaster, Ryerson, Wilfrid Laurier and York in the development of a plan that will lead to the establishment of the consortium by this fall.Once formed, all Ontario Universities will be invited to be a part of the consortium.“I am delighted that Brock counts among the first to have a seat on the OUO Steering Committee,” Lathrop said.“As our success grows, so will our institutional membership.” read more

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Registration open for 2015 3MT® contest

Master’s and doctoral students at Brock have until Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 to register for the 2015 Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) contest.A registration form is available on the 3MT® website along with contest information, important dates and links to videos from Brock’s previous competitions.The contest challenges graduate students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. It is held each year in conjunction with Brock’s annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. A preliminary round will take place in February and the top finishers will advance to compete at the finals that will be held at the conference on Thursday, April 9.Julian Petrachenko, an master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, was one of last year’s finalists. The title of his presentation was “C.H.A.R.M. – Blending TPSR and arts-based education with underserved youth.”Videos of all the 2014 finalists can be found online.“I would strongly recommend that other students pursue this rare opportunity as passionately as possible,” says Petrachenko who is supervised by Professor Maureen Connolly. “Being able to engage in meaningful discourse with a variety of Brock faculty members and students enabled me to bolster my own research efforts and graduate experience.”With the clock running and one static slide at his disposal, Petrachenko described the design and objectives of CHARM (Confident Healthy Active Role Models), a program that serves at-risk youth in Niagara. This service-based learning initiative gives Brock students the experience of delivering community programming in which they serve as mentors to youth.The program is unique for its arts-based approach to teaching personal and social responsibility to youth who, in Petrachenko’s words, “are under served in traditional and educational environments and deemed at risk for future maladaptive and destructive behaviours.”With less than 30 seconds left on the clock, Petrachenko looked at the crowd of 80-plus people facing him and posed a pointed question – “But, why should you care?”Like a skilled advocate, he paused slightly before replying: “See, risk is a moving target. Today, it is our youth caught in the cycle of poverty and mental illness. But five years from now, it may be our retirees or business owners or, people who are just like you.”Before the time wound down, Petrachenko issued a call to action for practitioners to find ways of responding to needs in society with “respect, responsibility and meaningful engagement.”“I feel the opportunity of participating in the 3MT® contest allowed me to showcase the value that Brock University identifies in service learning,” he said recently about the contest experience. “My presentation allowed me to share our approach to learning that has led to strong, successful and growing community partnerships involving Brock University and the Niagara region.”The Brock 3MT® contest offers prize money of $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up. Also, the winner will advance to the provincial finals being held at Western University on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Last year, Brock’s Leslie Nash, a master’s student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, placed second in the province and advanced to compete in the first Canadian 3MT® competition.This year participants in the 3MT® and MNK conference events will earn credit toward a Vitae Essential Skills certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies. To find out more about this certificate, please visit Vitae Essential Skills.Continue to watch Brock’s 3MT® website for updates about the contest. read more

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Duchess of Sussex chooses songbird and sunshine to represent Californian roots in

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry's coat of arms A coronet has also been assigned, composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.The design of the Duchess’ arms was agreed and approved by the Queen and Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, who is based at the College of Arms in London. The Duchess of Sussex has been granted her own coat of arms by the Queen, as she chooses the blue skies of California and a songbird emblem of communication to represent her in married life.The Duchess, who helped to design the image, holds the coat of arms in her own right with no input from her father, who as an American does not have his own coat of arms.Instead, she has chosen her own symbols, with a white songbird as her “supporter” to stand opposite the lion representing her husband and his family.Just as her presence brought American emblems to the vellum of the Instrument of Consent before her marriage, the coat of arms is infused with transatlantic symbols.The Duke is represented with his own coat of arms on the left-hand side, granted on his 18th birthday, which includes both his Royal family lineage and the small, red escallops of his mother’s family.  The decision to grant the Duchess a coat of arms in her own right follows a model set by the Duchess of Gloucester when she married into the Royal Family in 1972 after being born in Denmark.More usually, the coat of arms belonging to a Royal bride impale the emblem of her own family with that of her husband to form a new image. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Sussex’s coat of arms was “both personal and representative”, and had involved the newlywed working closely with experts at the College of Arms over its design.The choice of symbols suggests both the Duchess’s pride in her American roots and her hope to continue to speak freely within the parameters of her new royal life. ​“The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state,” the spokesman said.“The three quills represent communication and the power of words. “Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.”While most royal brides have two “supporters of the shield” represented on their coats of arms, one from their husband and one relating to themselves, the Duchess has a “songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication”. Mr Woodcock said: “The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms.“Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as Cities, Universities and for instance the Livery Companies in the City of London. ” Prince Harry’s coat of armsCredit:Kensington Palace In 2011, the Middleton family was granted its own coat of arms before Catherine Middleton married Prince William, incorporating the three acorns of the Middleton children with a golden chevron representing her mother’s maiden name of Goldsmith. The Markle family has previously complained bitterly of a “snub” after Thomas Markle, the Duchess’s father who was unable to attend her wedding, was not given his own coat of arms. Samantha Grant, the Duchess’s estranged half sister, declared it “really stripping him of an honor”, delivering a “huge insult”.In fact, Mr Markle’s American citizenship meant that he could only be granted an honorary coat of arms, had he applied for one and been able to prove descent from a subject of the British Crown.Even then, a source suggested, it could not have been used by the Duchess by virtue of being honorary.  read more

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EYEWITNESS Mouth finally open…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The law…June 15, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Just a gyaff…September 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Affirmative action…October 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …on land giveawayOn Sept 19th, Prezzie spoke to the regional press corps on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and made an intervention on Hurricane relief for the just battered Caribbean islands. GINA reported the Ministry of the Presidency’s press release the same day on its website: “Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support”. There was not a word about what form the “support” would take.However, CARICOM followed up the next day (9/20) with some more details on their website, which, for some reason, indicated the Government’s news agency was rather modest in its announcement: “Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger”. The following day, TT’s Newsday cut to the quick about Prezzie’s offer: “Guyana offers land for hurricane victims”. In the meantime, the state-owned Chronic, whose local reporter had featured prominently in the photograph of Prezzie briefing the press, remained mum.It took this newspaper, on Sept 24, to break the news of the Government’s generosity of offering land to the hurricane-hit ‘small islands’. Now, this subject of “giving away lands” was a very touchy issue in Guyana. ACDA, for instance, had made quite a stink about Indigenous Peoples getting lands in the interior – even though some pointed out it was ALL their lands to begin with!! Your Eyewitness figured the Chronic didn’t report Prezzie’s extraordinary offer because they feared ACDA might take to the streets if they found out about it!If they’d objected to Indigenous Peoples getting land, imagine how they would object to these FOREIGNERS getting land!! The plight of the hurricane-hit islanders wouldn’t cut any ice with ACDA, since surveys from Independence to last month showed the Indigenous Peoples had never recovered from the hurricane called the “European Invasion”, which had hit since 1500!! But ACDA, for some reasons that escape your Eyewitness, didn’t utter a word of protest, and it took the ex-AG from the PPP days to take an ACDA-like line and complain that Prezzie had no legal authority to give away Guyana’s patrimony.Well, the Minister of Information’s water boy finally had the Chronic give the OFFICIAL version of the land giveaway. They quoted the Foreign Minister, who made such a ridiculous statement that it bears full repetition: “If West Indians are interested, and if those who are providing relief, need a place in the short term, at which people can be resettled while (their) land is being rebuilt and made habitable, Guyana is prepared to assist in that regard.”So the islanders would leave the land they own (but where their houses were destroyed); move to Guyanese undeveloped land; develop those and erect TEMPORARY housing, and then MOVE BACK to their islands to rebuild their PERMANENT houses?Something na regulah!!…on reason for land giveawayThe unanswered questions set your Eyewitness thinking as to what is really going on. He found a clue in the Chronic’s paraphrase of Minister Greenidge’s explanation: “…making lands available to islanders is nothing new…lands were made available to St. Lucians and other Caribbean nationals along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway in the past.” The “past” of course, was during the first PNC regime under Burnham, whose reason for bringing in Caribbean nationals weren’t on humanitarian grounds.According to declassified US 1965 files, the Dep CIA Director wrote: “In a conversation…on 20 November, Forbes Burnham stated that his immediate objective is to launch his economic development plan so that he will be able to induce large numbers of West Indians of African descent to settle in Guyana prior to the December 1968 elections. His purpose is radically to alter the racial balance now existing in the electorate in sufficient time to enable him to win a plurality in the 1968 elections.”Is the latest offer déjà vu for 2020?…on Amaila Falls HydroAfter playing ducks and drakes for two and a half years, the APNU/AFC government’s finally admitted what’s been clear from the beginning: they’ve abandoned AMFHP.Cutting Guyana’s nose to spite Jagdeo’s LCDS face? Pitiful… read more

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Australian alumina company recognised as national leader in safety and health

first_imgWorsley Alumina has won the Australian minerals industry’s highest accolade – the 2007 MINEX Award – the National Minerals Industry Safety and Health Excellence Award. Worsley Alumina is a joint venture company operated by BHP Billiton, with three sites located in southwest Western Australia. The sites are separated by hundreds of kilometres, with the bauxite mine at Boddington, the alumina refinery at Collie and the port facilities at the Port of Bunbury.At the 15th Annual Awards dinner, Charlie Lenegan, Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), said: “the MINEX Awards are designed to demonstrate this industry’s commitment to its number one value of zero harm in the workplace and the communities in which we operate. We consider there is no greater stewardship responsibility than the safety and health of our people.”Worsley Alumina impressed the evaluators and judges with its leadership and safety culture applied through its consistent use of systems and procedures across three complex and discrete sites. “Worsley exhibits a well structured, well resourced commitment to safety and health with a high degree of employee participation,” Lenegan said. “The level of management commitment is outstanding, with health and safety fully integrated into all operations with a high degree of participation by all. The company has clear measures of competency and continuous improvement goals with management committed to long term objectives. The business integrated approach with active and continuous improvement represents industry leading practice.”Health and safety systems are embedded in Worsley Alumina’s overall business planning cycle whereby strategic considerations are applied to risk profiling, interventions and initiatives, appropriate resourcing and a commitment to both capital and operational funding.The judges also awarded a Highly Commended Award to Mt Whaleback iron ore mine in Western Australia’s iron rich Pilbara region, operated by BHP Billiton. Mt Whaleback has considerable strengths in safety and health management, made more remarkable by the enormous scale of the operation and the large number of employees. The judges were extremely impressed with the strong leadership, commitment and the substantial amount of resources made available across the site to achieve continuous safety and health improvement. Mt Whaleback’s risk management systems are strongly embedded in the company’s operation and the focus on employee health and wellbeing is exemplary – translating to both families of employees and the wider community through significant complementary programs.Loy Yang Power’s coal mine in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley was awarded an Encouragement Award by the judges. The Minex judges considered that if the site follows through on the significant commitments it has made on the road to continuous improvement it will reach a level of maturity in its safety and health management that next year and the following years is likely to be outstanding.last_img read more

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South African gold mines get Firetrace fire protection

first_imgA sophisticated Firetrace® automatic fire detection and suppression system has been installed to provide around-the-clock protection for a large transformer at the Kusasalethu mine in Gauteng, South Africa.  Among the latest mine-related orders to be announced by Firetrace International, this brings the tally of Firetrace systems installed in the past year or so at the Kusasalethu and Evander mines to in excess of 50. Both mines are owned by Harmony Gold, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies with operations in South Africa that are located primarily on the Witwatersrand Basin.  While Firetrace systems are increasingly being used to protect the engine compartments of mining vehicles, the systems installed at Kusasalethu and Evander are beingused to protect MCCs (Motor Control Centres) and essential electrical and machinery control enclosures in the sites’ substations.  The installation protecting the transformer at the Kusasalethu mine is acombination of a Firetrace ILP (Indirect Low Pressure) ABC dry powder installation with a watermist system.   The installation was carried out by Telesto Fire Solutions, Firetrace’s South African trading partner, which also supplied the watermist element of the contract. The majority of the other Firetrace systems installed have used both the Firetrace ILP system and the Firetrace DLP (Direct Low Pressure) system with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Suppression Fluid as the extinguishing agent.The difference between the ILP and DLP systems is, essentially, in the way in which the suppression agent is discharged.  Both systems comprise a cylinder containing the suppression agent that is attached to specially developed leak-resistant polymer tubing. This proprietary Firetrace Detection Tubing is a flexible, linear pneumatic heat and flame detector that is routed throughout the enclosures being protected.  Immediately a fire is detected the tubing ruptures at the point where the heat is detected, automatically triggering the release of the suppression agent, suppressing the fire in less than ten seconds.In the case of the DLP system, when the tubing detects a fire anywhere along its length it ruptures, forming an effective spray nozzle that automatically releases the entire contents of the cylinder.  The ILP system uses the Firetrace tube as a detection and system activation device, but not for agent discharge; the rupturing of the tube results in a drop of pressure causing the indirect valve to activate.  This diverts flow from the detection tube, and the agent is discharged immediately from the cylinder through diffuser nozzles, flooding the entire cabinet.last_img read more

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Operational effectiveness refined the key to maximising NPV

first_imgSteve Burks, an Associate Director of Johannesburg-based MAC Consulting, notes that “most enterprises strive to maximise net present value (NPV) – the sum of discounted cash flows – over the entire value chain through the whole of the planned life of the operation. Unfortunately most optimisation study techniques do not include implementation of the recommendations – recommendations that take into account genuine operational limitations and opportunities after a detailed assessment of the conceptual EO recommendations by technical consultants and the client’s teams.“It is for this reason that MAC Consulting has developed an enhanced offering, Operational Effectiveness in which its own experience and expertise of short to medium term business improvement plans is applied at the same client’s operations or projects to improve the strategic optimisation recommendations. The business improvement investigation process sometimes reveals flaws in the initial strategic identification of potential NPV uplifts but can also identify opportunities to increase production or recovery, or perhaps to reduce costs or consumption of critical items in various elements of the production value chain. Changing limits in the system bottleneck will result in a better potential long term outcome.”The strategic component of Operational Effectiveness frequently identifies potential NPV improvements in the range 5-35%. The tactical or business improvement element confirms which of these improvements may be realised in practice, reduces the risk that the Enterprise Optimisation (EO) recommendations may not be operable and sometimes also identifies potential to improve the EO results even further.Both of the planning elements of Operational Effectiveness require the owner’s team to initiate and maintain some fairly radical changes in operating philosophies in order to achieve the benefits. It is essential that people at all levels in the operation or project team understand the reasons for the proposed changes, agree that they make sense, and can  use them to develop and implement a plan to deliver the potential improvements. “The third and possibly most important element of MAC Consulting’s program,” Burks says, “is therefore to provide fundamental transition support to the client to achieve organisational change and leadership in operating practices.”MAC Consulting generally suggests a phased approach to Operational Effectiveness contracts. An initial detailed assessment of the business may identify that a full Enterprise Optimisation exercise is needed, or that a less sophisticated approach using selected elements of EO may be more appropriate, or that only the business improvement elements are required. This initial review will therefore determine the logical approach for Phase 2, the planning or ‘design’ phase of the contract.Once the design phase of the work is completed it is possible to determine which elements of the plan should be implemented and how this can best be done. In some case the client may have all of the necessary skills and expertise to implement the plans itself, in other cases differing degrees of support, coaching or even leadership may be required from the MAC Consulting team.In all phases, change management support will be essential and there are likely to be feedback loops to enable earlier portions of the intervention to be improved as the team learns more during the process. MAC Consulting sees this as being an integrated effort that requires close collaboration with the client’s management and project teams and the operations groups at each site. The insights of the client’s personnel and their buy-in to implement the recommendations are critical to the success of the Operational Effectiveness concept.Phases 2 and 3 of the approach outlined in the diagram may sometimes be of short duration but in other instances could require several years of sustained effort by the client with external consulting support. This is completely aligned with MAC Consulting’s preferred collaborative approach with clients, which has been tested over many years with success for leading blue chip mining companies in South Africa.Burks has prepared a series of articles discussing typical practices relating to long and short term business planning and the implementation of the agreed plans in the Sub-Saharan African mining industry. MAC Consulting has created a suite of focused capabilities that facilitate an approach aimed at assisting minerals companies to upgrade their strategic and business planning processes both for operations and projects. This can be done for individual sites or for complete regional portfolios.Since Burks joined MAC Consulting in May 2014, several consulting assignments for international mining companies have enabled portions of this Operational Effectiveness concept to be tested with very positive results.  The overall process has been discussed and upgraded with input from representatives of a number of MAC Consulting’s key clients. The diagram indicates the main principles to be applied. MAC Consulting works closely in support of Whittle Consulting of Melbourne Australia and its affiliates such as Inani Mining Optimisation (a joint venture between Whittle Consulting and VBKom) in this region to prepare strategic EO studies for clients.last_img read more

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Supaboy is a working SNES that will fit in your pocket

first_imgAt this point, there’s scarcely a console out there that some deft modder won’t gut of its insides, tape them to a spare LCD and a couple of D cell batteries and transform as if by magic into a handheld device. Heck, there’s even a dude who has gone pro making just such handheld consoles.Of course, in real world terms, these “handheld” Xboxes and PlayStations and vintage NESes may be portable, but they aren’t very pocketable. They tend to suffer from bulky designs necessitated by the sheer size of the games they need to be able to read. They also tend to be one-off affairs, sold on eBay or designed for the personal use of the mod’s creator. And since the original hardware isn’t optimized for batteries, they tend to go through juice like there’s no tomorrow.Given the usual pedigree of such handheld console mod jobs, then, it’s hard not to get excited about Hyperkin’s upcoming Supaboy handheld. This is a handheld console that is actually a functional Super Nintendo, right down to the requirement to plug in original vintage cartridges.Unlike the usual home-baked console mods, though, the Supaboy is pretty pocketable and — with five hours of battery life per charge — it’s got plenty of juice. Even cooler, the Supaboy supports multiplayer. Just hook the Supaboy up to a television, plug in some vintage SNES controllers and boot up your favorite game. Sure, it’s not WiFi, but it’s something.As a guy with more than a few vintage SNES cartridges knocking about, I love the look of the Supaboy, especially at the projected price of between $60 and $70.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

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Kurt Angle QA Favorite match and opponent addiction battle and more

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Yes but it wouldn’t last long. Triple Ass & Stephanie McEgoManiac wouldn’t keep themselves off TV to save their childrens’ lives. Pinterest Videos Articles Kurt Angle candid Q&AIn promotion of his upcoming return to WWE as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame as well as his Anglestrong app which which aims to aid those battling addiction, Kurt Angle took to Reddit to take part in an AMA (ask me anything) session. Here are some highlights.Favorite matchMy match with Chris Benoit… the only reason why that’s not my favorite match of all time is because it always has an asterisk next to it. Most of my best matches were with Chris Benoit! So, you’re taking away all that history I had with him. I get it, but gosh dang! How are you ever going to place Kurt Angle in the history books as one of the best of all times but you can’t really count Chris Benoit’s matches?Favorite opponentOh, man, you know, it all depends. There’s so many styles, so many variations.You know, an Austin. He was such a ring general, really intense. Him and Chris Benoit were the most intense wrestlers I ever wrestled.As far as athletes, Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles. Those two guys were super athletes and completely different. Their athleticism is unreal. It’s one of those things where they are really rare individuals.I look around, Triple H, one of the best workers from the business I have ever been in the ring with. Brilliant ideas, knows how to do it all.But I would have to say, Shawn Michaels. He just had it all, from an entertainment standpoint and from a wrestling standpoint, he was so easy to work with. I always thought after I wrestled Shawn, I thought I’d never wrestle another individual like him until AJ. Shawn had everythingBattles with addictionI think an addict will be in denial until they realize their rock bottom. They’ll make excuses for why they continue to use, for instance, “their life’s gone badly or getting worse.”Me personally, my rock bottom wasn’t as bad as most addicts because most addicts, their rock bottoms are when they have nothing left – no family, no money. They’re doing things they shouldn’t be doing. I’ve met many addicts who sold their bodies for sex. With me, the money never got bad. I always had money. If I ran out of money, I would have resorted to heroinFor me, the rock bottom was when my second wife Giovanna said to me, “Listen, I love you, but you have had 4 DUI’s already. I love you but I can’t stay with you. I can’t live like this. You pass out every night at 7 o’clock and you don’t spend any time with the kids.” Then she said, “If you can’t turn this around, we’re leaving.”Undertaker considering Kurt to end the WrestleMania steak in 2006Undertaker did go to me in January of that year and said, “Listen, I think we should talk to Vince. I know you’re champion. I know they don’t want to go with me as champion, so I’m willing to lose if we have to. I never had that Wrestlemania match that I wanted and I know that I can have it with you.”He encouraged me to talk with Vince. It was never thought of. Vince never thought of it. As a matter of fact, Vince shot it down right away! But it was an idea Undertaker had. It wasn’t an idea I had. It wasn’t an idea Vince was thinking of doing. Vince McMahon didn’t want it and it was an idea that got shot down.Fortunately, Undertaker did have those Wrestlemania Moment matches afterward, so I was really happy for him that he had that.The entire Q&A session with Angle can be found on Reddit.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Kurt Angle: John Cena Is The GOAT WhatsApp March 9, 2017 at 2:02 am Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE 3 COMMENTS March 9, 2017 at 1:56 am Now Playing Up Next Anonymous Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Mentioning Chris Benoit & indirectly mentioning his time in TNA by bringing up his rivalry with AJ Styles. Good for you, Kurt! Great to hear the WWE censorship & revisionist history machine hasn’t corrupted you.Integrity!! Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son TheCyberZon WWE pulls Kurt Angle from scheduled WrestleCade appearance in Winston-Salem Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ Wouldn’t it be something if he became the next GM of RAW? Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook March 7, 2017 at 1:58 am TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Rape trial of Labour court judge goes to trial enough evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ArthurForbesrapetrialbegins, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2017 – Providenciales – It is onto trial at the Supreme Court in Grand Turk for Arthur Forbes, the Labour Tribunal president who is charged with sexual assault.   A sufficiency hearing held earlier this month in Grand Turk is over and it was determined that there is strong enough evidence to take the matter to trial.Forbes is accused by a housekeeper, who is originally from Haiti, of sexual assault.#MagneticMediaNews#ArthurForbesrapetrialbeginslast_img read more

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McGregor geared up for tough December fixtures

first_imgCeltic midfielder Callum McGregor is expecting a tough fixture list in December and has urged his teammates to “put the foot to the floor”.Celtic have five more Scottish Premiership games before the end of the year and McGregor says they must battle through the fixture schedule if they want to remain top spot in the new year.“The fixtures have been pretty grueling and the boys have been playing games every couple of days at high intensity,” McGregor told Sky Sports.“Another positive is we went through on Thursday night [in the Europa League]. We have to pick ourselves up again and Easter Road is a tough place to go.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We have had tough games against them as well there so we need to be fully ready for that. We need to recover and be flying for Sunday.“November and December are a big couple of months in the fixtures and if you get through them and come out the other side well you are in a pretty good place.“We have the cup in the bag, we have five games left so we have to put the foot to the floor and get as many points as we can.”last_img read more

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