1 Xavi in action for Barcelona Barcelona midfielder Xavi rejected offers from Bayern Munich and Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Spain.The 34-year-old had previously announced in June that he would be leaving Barcelona after spending his whole career with the Catalan club.However following the appoint of new coach Luis Enrique, Xavi made a u-turn on his decision and elected to extend his stay at Barca.At the time it was reported that the Spain international just turned down offers from MLS franchise New York City and Qatari club Al-Arabi.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Xavi also rejected approaches from Man United and Bayern during the recent transfer window.Either move would have led to Xavi being reunited with a former coach of his, having worked with both Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola during their times in charge of Barcelona.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPowered by heat rising from the planet’s interior, Jupiter’s atmosphere is full of “violent, vertical, energetic activity,” said JPL’s Kevin Baines, a planetary scientist. “We see bolts of lightning that are 10 times bigger than the biggest superbolts that we’ve seen on Earth,” he said. Previous missions had spotted lightning elsewhere on the planet, hidden beneath a 50-mile-thick layer of ammonia and ammonium hydrosulfide clouds. Though finding lightning at the poles fit theories about Jupiter’s toasty warm interior, Baines said, it was also a bit of a surprise. “We took those images actually to look at the aurora up at the poles, which we knew were there, and we saw lightning flashing away,” he said. Ironically, though, some long-expected Jovian features did not make an appearance for scientists during the late February flyby. “Jupiter was putting on a calm, serene face for us,” Baines said. “We were hoping for the same kind of roiling nature of Jupiter that we’ve seen every time we’ve gone by.” All the Jupiter-visiting missions of the past quarter century had returned images of numerous chaotic storm systems northwest of the planet’s famous Great Red Spot, he said. “We were going to sit and do movies and watch these storms come and go, watch them billow up and dissipate,” Baines said. “We get there and find we were faked out: Where were all the storms?” A broad band of white storm clouds around the mega-planet’s equator was also a fraction of its normal size. Shortly after New Horizons passed out of sight of Jupiter, Baines said, the features returned. “The southern regions in Jupiter that looked so calm is now roiling with the biggest plumes we’ve ever seen,” he said. The cause for Jupiter’s mellow months remains unknown. “There’s nobody up there that can really explain, it’s just the vagaries of the planet,” he said. “The heat’s coming from tens of thousands of miles down. It’s sort of like trying to predict when volcanos are going off.” New Horizon’s eagle eyes – fine-tuned for extracting details from tiny and dimly lit Pluto – also revealed new details about Jupiter’s rings, numerous moons and the comet-shaped magnetic field that encompasses the planet. Next stop for the mechanical space tourist is Pluto, in 2015. “We’re racing to Pluto to get there before the atmosphere collapses,” Baines said. Soon, the dwarf planet’s orbit will take it even farther from the sun, he said, and its thin, nitrogen-based atmosphere will settle onto the surface as snow. After that, Baines said, “it won’t have an atmosphere again for another couple hundred years.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – For the Pluto-bound New Horizons mission, Jupiter was foremost a power source, flinging the spacecraft toward the edges of the solar system with its powerful gravity. The rare close-up images of Jupiter taken by the JPL-managed craft revealed an uncharacteristically quiet side of the planet, scientists announced this week. But even a calm Jupiter is a stormy Jupiter. One of New Horizon’s discoveries during its Feb. 28 fly-by was the presence of massive lightning storms at the planet’s poles.
Drake Game Notes NCAA vs. BYU ESPN3 Joining Newman on the MVC All-Tournament Team was Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Alexander crushed a two-run home run in the title game, Johnson went 3-for-4 in the two games with two runs scored and two walks and Wright went 2-for-3 against SIU and her RBI double scored the game’s first run. Eugene Regional Schedule (all times central)Thursday, May 17Game 1: BYU vs. Drake – 5 p.m.Game 2: Oregon vs. Albany – 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 18Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 5 p.m.Game 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – 7:30 p.m.Game 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner – 10 p.m.Saturday, May 19Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner – 6 p.m. (Elimination)Game 7: Repeat 6 (If Necessary) – 8:30 p.m. (Elimination) Drake received votes in each of the past four ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches polls. Print Friendly Version EUGENE, Ore. – The Drake University softball team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons. Drake (43-10), which swept the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, opens the tournament Thursday against BYU (35-20) at 5 p.m. CST in the Eugene Regional at Jane Sanders Stadium. Host Oregon (47-7), the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, and Albany (30-24), the America East champions are the other teams in the regional and will play at 7:30 p.m. CST. Every game of the three-day regional will be broadcast on ESPN3. The four teams will battle in a double-elimination format with the regional winner advancing to next weekend’s Super Regionals. Live Stats Against the FieldDrake and BYU have previously played twice (2004, 2008) with the Cougars winning both games. Both games were neutral contests with the first taking place in Las Cruces, N.M. and the second in Tempe, Ariz. The Bulldogs and the Ducks have also played twice (2005, 2016) with both games taking place in Las Vegas. Oregon won both games. Drake and Albany have never played before. Tournament Central Page RecapDrake, which has won 28 of its last 29 games, including a program-record 24 game winning streak, is making its third-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after it dominated the MVC regular season with a 24-1 overall record. The Bulldogs then defeated Valparaiso and Southern Illinois on their home field, Buel Field, to win the program’s fourth MVC Tournament title and claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Drake’s 19 road wins are the most by a Division I team this season. The tournament awards added to an impressive hardware haul for the Bulldogs, who dominated the MVC end of season awards. Along with Newman’s top pitcher award, Mandi Roemmich was named MVC Player of the Year, the first time a Bulldog has been named the league’s MVP and the Drake coaching staff of head coach Rich Calvert and Tina DeAngelo and Kasey Griffith was the top coaching staff in the MVC. In addition, 10 Bulldogs were selected to the All-MVC First and Second Teams and the MVC All-Defensive Team as voted by the league’s coaches. Drake in the NCAADrake returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 with the program’s first trip in 1994. Both of those postseason berths where earned by winning the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs are 0-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament as they lost Hawaii and Kansas in 1994 and to DePaul and Western Illinois in 2008. Story Links Drake led the MVC in batting, pitching and fielding holding the top mark in team batting average (.289), earned run average (1.19) and fielding percentage (.971). The Bulldogs rank in the top 5 of nearly all of the subcategories in batting, pitching and fielding. Drake took the most walks (190) and stole the most bases (89), struck out the most hitters (435), held a team ERA that was nearly 1.50 lower than next team and committed the fewest errors (42). Nationally, Drake’s ERA is third behind Oregon (1.19) and Washington (1.15). Quick HitsNicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) dominated from the circle during the MVC tournament, claiming the MVP award. In the semifinals versus the Crusaders, Newman tossed her third career no-hitter and just the fourth-ever in the MVC tournament, striking out 15. She then followed that performance with a complete game against the Salukis where she allowed one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts. Newman, who already has the most strikeouts in Drake history, improved to 21-3 this season and is three wins away from tying the program’s all-time record held by Laurie Bowden (1990-93), who won 66 games. She is one win away from No. 2 in all-time wins as Jenna DeLong (2008-11), who Newman moved past for the top spot in all-time career strikeouts, had 64 victories. Newman, who missed nearly all of the 2017 season due to injury, has collected numerous awards in 2018. She was named MVC Pitcher of the Year for the second time, won eight MVC Pitcher of the Week awards, was selected to the All-MVC First Team by the league’s coaches for the third time and was named one of the Top 25 Finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
BUSINESS: The decision by An Post employees to go on strike has prompted widespread fear among many business owners.However, there is no need to worry as a new Donegal company which specializes in delivery services has opened in Letterkenny.The Postal Store, is based in The Letterkenny Retail Park and management have some superb offers available. In what is an incredibly competitive environment – management at The Postal Store are confident they can have a big impact in the sector.Owner Douglas Mawditt told Donegal Daily, ‘Worried about An Post being on strike?“Don’t worry a new store has opened in Letterkenny that offers next day delivery service to Ireland and UK from as little as €5 for parcel deliveries.“Give us a call on 074 9114805 to find out how we can help. “We have number of different carriers we use and can tailor your delivery requirements accordingly.Call in today and avail of some of their fantastic introductory prices.NEW DONEGAL PARCEL DELIVERY COMPANY WILL EASE YOUR FEARS OVER AN POST STRIKE! was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Businessnews
North Coast offshore anglers will have one less option come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Monday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2018. The quota of 30,940 pounds will be surpassed according to CDFW unless the fishery is closed based on the latest catch projections. California’s 2018 quota is approximately 4,000 pounds less than the 2017 quota. Beginning in 2015, CDFW …
Soweto vendors are hard at work, making craft to send overseas to tourists who came for the World Cup and loved their work. (Image: Makoena Pabale) It’s been six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in this country say they are still reaping the benefits. South African street traders say that brushing up on different languages ahead of the tournament was really worth it – and they’re still getting craft orders from overseas fans.Thulani Mabhena is a vendor outside the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto – South Africa’s biggest township. He picked up some French so that he’d be able to converse with World Cup tourists who visited the museum and expressed interest in buying some of his handmade crafts.A hot spot for tourists in general, the museum on Khumalo Street commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising and is named after the first pupil who was killed in the protest.“My business did really well during the World Cup,” said Mabhena, who sells handmade beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders and other ornaments painted in the colours of the South African flag.Mabhena said it was a happy time for both the tourists and for his business. “We got to exchange cultures. With my conversational French I was able to sit with some of the tourists and chat about life and the amazing experience of the World Cup. We talked about our favourite teams and players, and I taught them how to play the legendary vuvuzela.”He said tourists felt safe in the township and spent time before and after games enjoying the culture, food and drinks at local spots close to where he worked. “It was amazing how free everyone was. I taught some of the visitors how to sing and dance South African style, it was a lot of fun. The best part was making sales … many of the tourists thought my stuff was magnifique (magnificent, in French) and bon marché (cheap, in French).”Mabhena said he is still hard at work keeping up with a number of orders for “local treasures” – such as calabashes and animal sculptures – which foreigners want packaged and sent back to them as a reminder of their time in Africa.“The crafts painted with South African flags were also quite popular with many tourists – they also asked me to tailor-make some crafts painted with their countries’ flags too.”A recipe for successDuring the 2010 tournament Ntabiseng Molefe and Lufuno Mgomane were based a few kilometres from Soccer City, which hosted the opening and closing matches. They learned Portuguese so they could chat to fans supporting their food business. “We sold plates and plates of pap and tripe, a local delicacy,” said Molefe.“Business is a bit slow now because there isn’t the same flow of people coming to the stadium, however, we have used the money we made during that time to pay for baking and cooking classes so we can open a small shop and sell food,” said Mgomane.She said many World Cup tourists asked them to write out the recipes and ingredients of the food they sold, so the fans could make the dishes back home. “Many were willing to pay for the recipes, but we were happy to give it to them for free. A lot of them insisted so, well, we were not going to refuse money.”Breaking into new markets“I made a killing on vuvuzelas,” said Siphamandla Njilo. “ I was just travelling around fan parks and along stadium routes all over Gauteng with vuvuzelas and flags. Within two hours I would be rushing back home to get more vuvuzelas and make more orders because tourists loved them so much and snapped them up within minutes.”Njilo said he couldn’t believe how popular the loud plastic horns were. “It was crazy … everyone wanted to blow one, it was all you could hear from any part of South Africa. It may have irritated some, but it excited me because I made major money from it.”As with the other vendors, Njilo said he is still enjoying the financial benefits of the World Cup. “Ive put my money away and want to go to school to learn how to make crafts that celebrate football and African culture. I could send these overseas to be sold there. I think I’ll do well, I saw how many foreign visitors loved African craft and I want to break into that market.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started back in planting last Monday after two or three weeks. You could row the corn this morning already.We got done with everything for the first planting on Saturday and started replanting beans on Saturday. We had those big rains earlier and corn really struggled. That corn we planted the week of April 23 through 27, it was three weeks before it was up really good. We planted our Plenish beans that week too and all of those acres need another 125,000 on them because the beans couldn’t push through the ground crusting over. Most of that was on patterned tile ground too.We were fortunate with our 500 or 600 acres of corn we planted that week of April 23 and we only had about 40 acres that we needed to spot in. Some of that rotted, some of it leafed out underground and some of it just disappeared in the white clay.There are always a couple of days every year you shouldn’t plant and this year those days were April 27 and 28 before we got four inches of rain. The next couple of weeks we got more small rains and cool weather. We didn’t get good drying days until the week before last.We had a great run this last week and then Saturday we ended up getting a half inch to 1.2 inches. We needed about a half inch or so just to keep things going. East of us 10 miles it didn’t rain at all. I really feel for the guys west of us that have really been hammered with rain this spring.This area has been a really big replant area. There were a lot of guys jamming in crops that week of April 23. A lot of that corn planted on the 28th got torn out. We were fortunate we didn’t have to replant that much.Wheat is coming along really well. There were some early varieties starting in on the blister stage in the area. I would say by June 12 or 15 we will probably be in wheat harvest around here, unless it cools off. It looks pretty good.The new hog barn we put up is just a little over half full and everything seems to be running alright. They look to have it at full capacity here in the next couple of weeks.On our early-planted soybeans the bean leaf beetles are just running rampant. The one early field is the worst because it is the only field of beans planted in that area. They have had a feeding frenzy on them. We have had a little Pythium in the beans too.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In business-to-business sales, selling effectively now requires that you have business acumen and situational knowledge (something like experience). Your goal should to be a 52% subject matter expert as it pertains to your company’s products and solutions (and that percentage should improve over time) and a 100% subject matter expert at the intersection of your industry and your client’s industry. It would be best if you had information disparity, which means you know more than your clients or prospects. What is contained and conveyed to you in this paragraph is no longer optional, and it hasn’t been for a long time now.To become a subject matter expert, you need to pay attention to the trends in your industry, infusing what you know into your sales conversations. A lack of knowledge will undermine your goal of creating opportunities, creating a preference, and win your dream client’s business or your existing client’s new initiative. Gaining that expertise means studying.If you want to be relevant, you need to read, collect, study, and synthesize.ReadingIt is not possible for you to be a subject matter expert without reading. You may have plenty of experience in your industry, and you may have even more experience in a sales role. However, without being able to speak to the trends that are now impacting your dream client’s business (or soon will be), short of finding them already inclined to change, you will struggle mightily to create a case for change.You are reading to gain knowledge and bank insights.You have to read the newspapers (an unusual word to still use now that much of our news comes from online sources). The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are excellent sources, as both cover business, economics, and politics. The New York Times does more reporting on science and technology and health, helpful trends in some verticals.Online sources are also helpful, but stay away from the purely political outlets, something that seems to plague all news sources now, but some are pure opinion-shaping as it pertains to politics (a good enough reason to avoid them–and the negativity that can infect you with the same over time).By reading widely, you will find trends that are going to help you make a case for change and shape how your client views their world and their choices. An aversion to reading will stunt your growth as a salesperson.Note: Reading here might also include listening and watching.CollectingIt isn’t enough just to read. You also have to start collecting proof that what you say is true and how it shaped your views and values about the decisions you help your clients take.When you tell your client something, it’s your opinion. What you say might be suspect because your prospect recognizes your intention is is to sell them something. However, when Gartner says something is true, it’s true. When CNBC reports it, it’s a fact. By collecting third-party proof and data, you are banking insights and ideas for the future.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchStudyingYou must know more than your clients, which is the prerequisite for them choosing you as their strategic partner. When you know a scant more than your client, there is too little disparity for you to be compelling.What do you believe should be compelling your client to change? What change should they be making? Why is one choice better than some other? What has your reading and studying taught you?Marketing can help you with the slide decks and some insights, but if you are not working on developing the business acumen and situational knowledge yourself, you cannot be a real subject matter expert.SynthesizeYou must develop a theory of why it is more difficult for your client to produce the results they used to have no trouble generating in the halcyon days of yesteryear.You don’t have to be a college professor or something resembling a researcher at a prestigious think tank (although it wouldn’t hurt you to have enough subject matter expertise that you might be confused for one). You do, however, have to synthesize what you read, listen to, watch, and study. The synthesis allows you to make connections between ideas, trends, and all the factors that change over time–and force your client to change along with them.Bank your insights, building an arsenal of information that informs your views, your values, and your recommendations–and that will help you do the same for your clients.
As they prepare to expand overseas, Indian startups like Droom, Pepperfry and HealthifyMe are planning to hire foreign students from top universities including Ivy League schools for newer markets. Foreign interns are being hired ahead of expansion in order to not only familiarize them with the company’s operations but also prepare a pool of manpower for handling overseas markets.Read it at Business Standard Related Items
A few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played,A few years ago, I hung up my racing goggles thinking I’d love the leisurely pace of regular life. Having been a professional athlete all my life, I found myself craving the discipline of training and competition instead. One evening, I watched a film called The Greatest Game Ever Played and it inspired me to try golf. Two days on the course and I was well and truly hooked. It’s my goal now to, hopefully, go pro at this new sport. I train mainly in Pune and Dubai but over the last few years have played at several courses around the world, since I love to travel. Here’s a list of my favourite courses in the UAE, which you may want to try. The Emirates golf course The first thing that hits you when you enter the courses in the UAE, is the wide expanse of the undulating, beautifully manicured green fairways in the midst of the hot desert, always a testament to the power of human will! And the Emirates Golf Club undoubtedly offers two of the finest courses in the region, the Majlis and the Faldo. In fact, Majlis was the first all grass championship golf course to open in the Middle East. The club takes pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, and plays host to the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, where you can watch the world’s best in action.The club’s Faldo Course is also the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, in my opinion, remains one of the most eye-catching in the region. If you respond well to good course management and enjoy that kind of thing, I suggest you make your way to the Emirates Golf Club.advertisementHoles you think look easy off the tee will keep you on your feet in your approaches to the pin, and for many, lines off the tee with your drives will be a challenge too. But no matter what level you play at, if you do end up visiting Dubai, don’t forget to make your way here. ‘The Emirates’ appeal is equally wideranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside topnotch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand new spa. As for me, I somehow found the Faldo harder than the Majlis, and with the night golf on offer is definitely on my list of mustplay’s on my next visit.Green fees depending on peak/off peak Majlis Course AED635-1200 for 18 holes Faldo Course AED435-695 for 18 holes Faldo Night Golf AED365-450 for 18 holesThe Els clubThe Els club is one of the most courses in the UAE.I train at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, so the home course at The Els Club in Dubai Sports City, where the school is located is clearly one on my favourite lists as I play it most often while I’m in the UAE. The course was the first in the Middle East to be designed by US Open & British Open champion Ernie Els, and is aptly named after him. 18 holes, 7538 yards, with a par 72 layout the course combines a desert style setting with a links style design.You will see large sand waste areas, open undulating fairways and greens and massive bunkering. All this set on rolling slopes of native desert vegetation make it a lovely place to spend a few hours. The Els Club course is unlike any other I’ve played before.It’s a challenging design, and you need to plan your shot very well be fore you execute it, or you could end up hitting a great shot and still be in trouble. For instance a 270-yard drive could go straight into a fairway bunker where you’re bound to lose a stroke just chipping out sideways.The greens are quick and true, and test your short game. Reading slopes and lines for approach shots inside 100 yards can also be a challenge. They say ‘The hole isn’t over till it’s over’ and it’s more true on this course than other’s I’ve played. So if you are new to it, make sure you take the pro tips off the sat-nav in your golf cart, or play with someone who has experience with the lay of the course! It’s all this and more that makes the game so enjoyable at Els.advertisementGreen fees depending on peak/off peak AED 595-995 for 18 holesYas LinksThe staggering view at Yas Links.Nestled on the western shores of Abu Dhabi’s popular entertainment destination Yas Island, Yas Links is an hour’s drive from Dubai and promises to test professionals, enthrall amateurs and excite beginners with its pot bunkers, unpredictable wind conditions and uneven fairways.Set among undulating hills and wild mangrove plantations, the course has been designed by architect Kyle Phillips as Arabia’s only true links course. Often listed among the world’s top city golf clubs, the 7450 yard, Par 72 championship course has mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf.This adds to the charm as you tee off at the course. In fact, eight of the 18 daunting holes run right up along the coastline. An added plus is the floodlit driving range that allows you to escape the heat of the day and put in practice time to perfect your swing in the cooler evenings, or after a busy day at work.If you’re planning a golf getaway, you’d be happy to know that this iconic golf course is served by seven island hotels, including the Yas Viceroy Hotel which is the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula F1 track. Aprivate boat mooring service and a fine dining restaurant with lovely views of Abu Dhabi’s futuristic skyline, and lawns with croquet add a fun touch if you’re travelling with friends or family. Green fees depending on peak/off peak day Regular AED600-899 Twilight AED475-675