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County Under 21 A Hurling Final.

first_imgLoughmore Castleiney and Kildangan meet in this weekends decider.While Loughmore have had a number of competitive outings in recent weeks Kildangan have had a six week wait.Their manager Liam Kelly says not knowing their county final opponents over the last six weeks meant they had to focus on themselves. He’s says they only had a couple of challenge matches and training in their six week wait for the county final decider which is in contrast to Loughmore’s path to the final.However Kelly says the fact that they are well rested might work to their advantage.last_img read more

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Sixty Second Inspiration winners to be honored this Friday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Nineteen community members will be honored this Saturday at Bay Athletic Club’s annual fitness inspired gala.The event will recognize every person who has been featured on 60 second inspirations over the past year.The audience will vote on the most inspiring story of 2019 at the end of the night. The community is welcome to attend the event, which will be held this Saturday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. At Fletcher Street Depot.Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (989)356–5600.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 60 Second Inspiration, bay athletic club, GalaContinue ReadingPrevious Michael Mahler fills economic director position at Alpena Area Chamber of CommerceNext Michigan DNR to Host Virtual 5K with Bob Ross Inc.last_img read more

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Where in the World is Facebook Used? (Interactive Map)

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook hit 500 million users this week, but where do they all live? If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world – but it’s not a country. Those 500 million people (give or take a few fake profiles, right?) all live in actual countries, where Facebook is used to a greater or lesser degree.Ross Perez is a Data Analyst at data visualization company Tableau. When the UK Guardian data blog posted numbers of Facebook user numbers country-by-country this week (including from longtime number tracker Nick Burcher) Perez thought those numbers would look good in a Tableau visualization. And indeed they do.Perez, who is part of the marketing team at Tableau, said it took him about an hour to put this visualization together. Tableau aims to be to data visualization what Blogger was to blogging or YouTube to video publishing.RSS readers can click here to see the interactive maps.Powered by TableauI think it’s fascinating to think about the relative sizes and market penetrations of various countries. In case you were wondering, the countries with the highest percentage of people using Facebook are Hong Kong, Canada, the UK and then the United States. Who’s most into Facebook in South America? Chileans, at 41%. Not all countries are included. China, for example, doesn’t appear on the map. The giant social network hasn’t gained a whole lot of traction there, due to language, culture, marketing effort, local competition and probably most of all – government suppression of access to the site. (See this discussion on Quora for more perspective.)For those countries where numbers are available, though. This is a pretty cool way to look at the data. Poke it a few times, it really is interactive. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#international#social networks#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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The Only Real Objection to an Appointment

first_imgYou have your scripts, and your prospects have their scripts. If your script is good and effective, you can schedule an appointment with your dream client. But if their script is better than yours, your request to meet will be denied.There are only four or five objections to a meeting, and they boil down to one big issue. First, the objections.We Are HappyThe first objection you should expect to hear most often is that your dream client is happy with their present provider. They know and understand that if they are happy then there is no reason for them to change and the outcome you are seeking means change.Asking your dream client what they are unhappy about why you are on the phone asking for an appointment is ineffective, and it is why they have such an easy time saying no.We Don’t UseWe used to call this “no need.” Look, if they don’t spend money on what you sell, there is no reason to meet. That works perfectly for both you and your dream client. They don’t want you to waste their time, and you don’t want to waste your time.I once had a prospective client who spent $1 million a year who believed they didn’t use very much of the service I sold. At his last company, they spent $14 million a year. But this objection works, and you should expect to hear it.Now Is Not A Good TimeThere is never a good time. Your dream client is never going to be less busy, at least not so much so that they hope to invest time with salespeople.This objection is a way to get rid of salespeople. You want to be respectful of your dream client’s time. When they’re super polite, they will allow you to make a commitment to call them back in a few months. That’s a positive rejection, but a rejection nonetheless.Mail Me InformationNow this objection sounds like, “Can you email me some information?” Your prospective client doesn’t want your information. There is no brochure that you can provide that they’re going to take home and study, hoping that you are the answer to all their prayers. There is no white paper or case study that’s going to cause them to call you back and beg you to sell them.“Mail me information” is another positive rejection that gives you something to do to keep you busy while getting you off the telephone.You might hear something about “not having a budget,” or, “we need to wait until” some future event occurs. None of these prevent them from meeting with you, exploring the nature of their challenges, or determining what they may want to do in the future. There simply ways to make a salesperson go away.The One Real ObjectionIf you are going to be successful in sales, you need language for every one of these objections. You need a script that promises that you will create value that has nothing to do with you “introducing yourself and your company” to your dream client.Your sales call value proposition needs to be something that improves your contacts even if they never buy from you. Answering that question is what will allow you to overcome objections. The real reason behind these objections has nothing to do with the objections written above and everything to do with the lack of perceived value in your pitch.last_img read more

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‘Frustrated’ Gavina would love to keep Kia’s No. 1 pick

first_imgRead Next “I can’t confirm it. I’m learning just as much as everyone else as I read things and hear about things as well. I’m asking my management also, like, ‘Is this true?’ You just kind of wait it out and see what happens,” he said.Gavina is keeping his fingers crossed that the deal won’t push through.“Nothing’s set in stone. I don’t know what the board’s going to do, whether they’re going to accept it or not, so whether we keep it is a tossup right now. I’d love to keep it, but you know, there’s some higher powers that be that might not agree.”Gavina, however, knows he is at the mercy of the Kia management and said that just like in the past, he has to make do with what he has in his lineup.“Honestly, it’s not as if I haven’t been in this position before. When I first took over, we gave up our pick and we got legitimate veterans for it, and wind up having a great season,” he said, referring to the time when the team traded second overall pic Troy Rosario to TNT for Aldrech Ramos and Nino Cañaleta back in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ “On a scale of one to 10, [my frustration is] maybe a 12,” he said.Gavina was at the PBA Draft Combine on Monday, trying to keep a straight face while discussing the possible moves of his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReports said that Kia is getting a bunch of San Miguel reserves, a future first rounder, and a boat load of cash in exchange for the No. 1 pick.Gavina, though, did not want to comment on the reported deal and said even he is left in the dark when it comes to management’s moves. View comments Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at official LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kia coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt this point, nothing surprises Kia coach Chris Gavina anymore.That’s why he couldn’t hide his frustrations following the news about the Picanto’s latest head-scratching move to ship trade the rights to this year’s top pick to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “In my position, you got to kind of live with what you can get sometimes and really, just look to how we’re going to improve with what we have. It comes down to really development. We’ve already started with our skills training as early as last week, probably the first team that came back, so we move forward from there,” he said.“So whatever the case happens, whether we get Christian or not, I think as long as we get some veteran leadership on the team with championship experience, I think we’ll be able to form a formidable team next year.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Australian eves beat England to win Women’s World T20 title

first_imgAustralian women produced an impressive performance to edge out their English counterparts by four runs in an exciting final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Colombo on Sunday.Put into bat, Australia put up a competitive 142 for four in 20 overs with almost all the batswoman getting runs.Jess Cameron with 45 was the top scorer but openers Meg Lanning (25), Alyssa Healey (26) and Lisa Sthalekar (23 not out) all chipped in with useful contributions.In reply England could manage 138 for nine as Australian bowlers got wickets at regular intervals.Needing 16 of the last over, England managed only 11 runs off spinner Erin Osborne’s over. England needed an over boundary of the last delivery but could manage a single as girls in canary yellow celebrated enthusiastically.In a big ground like Premadasa (although boundaries were shortened), chasing a target of 143 is an uphill task in women’s cricket.Although skipper Edwards showed positive intent but once she was dismissed for 28, the other batswomen could hardly make any impact.They did get the boundaries but couldn’t stay long enough to get a decisive result in their favour.Players like Sarah Taylor, Aaran Brindle all got starts but couldn’t carry on as left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen turned out to be the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 25.She could have taken four had she not dropped a sharp return catch offered by Jenny Gunn.The main wicket of Edwards was however taken by veteran Lisa Sthalekar.While batting, Australia had two significant partnerships that clinched the issue in their favour. The opening partnership of 51 runs between Lanning and Healy and another of 51 runs in six overs between Sthalekar (23) and Cameron.Cameron hit five fours and a six during his 34-ball knock.Brief scores:Australia: 142 for 4 in 20 overs (Jess Cameron 45, Alyssa Healey 26, Meg Lanning 25; Holly Colvin 2/21).England: 138 for 9 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 28; Jess Jonassen 3/25, Lisa Sthalekar 2/16).advertisementlast_img read more

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Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Posts Photo Of His Return To The Field

first_imgOle Miss celebrates the Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates during the trophy ceremony after their 48-20 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ole Miss star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is a little over three months removed from a brutal ankle injury that cut short a brilliant season. Treadwell recently posted video of himself on the treadmill rehabbing, and today he celebrated his return to the field. Treadwell documented the occasion on his Instagram account.For anyone who watched Treadwell get hurt, the fact he’s made this much progress this quickly is just remarkable. We wish him well as he continues his recovery process.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Point Honors New York

first_imgCelebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza last night, in support of Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.Ronan Farrow and Thomas RobertsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyThe annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point’s higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs.Influential journalist Ronan Farrow was presented with the Point Courage Award by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, himself a past Point honoree. The Point Courage Award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ and allied community and believe investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow. Farrow said:“Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.”Laura Benanti at Point HonorsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyActor and singer Laura Benanti was introduced by fellow Broadway star Celia Keenan Bolger, who presented Benanti with the Point Impact Award. The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ and allied community. Accepting the award, Benanti said:“Now, more than ever, we need organizations like the Point Foundation to support, protect, energize and mobilize those of us who were not born rich, cis, white men…Thank you again for this tremendous honor. I promise to do my best to make an impact for LGBT youth every day.”Actor and musician from FOX’s hit series, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, performed a set of uplifting songs, while comedian Michelle Collins hosted the festive evening. Additional celebrity attendees included Jason Collins, Tamron Hall, Eileen Kelly, Andrew Kennan-Bolger, Don Lemon, Valerie Smaldone, and others.“The many generous sponsors and supporters Point is fortunate to call friends, all sincerely believe that the source of our nation’s strength and potential is its youth,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Everyone joining us tonight, from our honorees to each audience member, is helping Point empower the next generation of leaders our world needs.”Sponsors for Point Honors Presenting: Wells FargoPremiere Sponsors: Cadillac, Hilton, HSBC, Janssen Infection DiseasesPrincipal Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Time WarnerNational Media Sponsors: The Advocate and Pride.comLocal Media Sponsor: Gay City NewsFriend of Point: Winston Art Grouplast_img read more

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MLB Teams Should Go For Talent Not Balance At The Trade Deadline

One school of thinking about the MLB trade deadline, which passes at 4 p.m. Eastern time, is that teams should address their weaknesses and become more balanced in preparation for the stretch run. The notion, which we’ve taken as a given around these parts in the past, is that sacrificing in some area of strength (whether on offense, pitching or defense) to plug a weakness makes a team less vulnerable in the postseason. But is that true? Certainly teams should patch up their weaknesses if it doesn’t mean taking away from their strengths, but all else being equal, balance for its own sake may not necessarily help improve a team’s chances.It’s easy to look at a team’s offense/defense balance — defined as how closely matched a team’s run-scoring and run-prevention capabilities are. We can quantify the clubs most in need of it at the deadline this season by indexing each team’s (park-adjusted) runs scored and allowed per game against the league average. In the chart below, the teams in the bottom right-hand corner are the most balanced — they’re good at both scoring and preventing runs1In this case, a lower defensive index is better because it means a team allowed fewer runs. — but those in the adjacent quadrants have a weakness in one of the two categories. (Those in the top left are just bad at everything.) But to examine the broader question of whether balance helps a team, we need to see if our measure of balance — specifically, the absolute difference between a team’s index and the league average of 100 on both offense and defense — tracks meaningfully with a team’s future success after controlling for its overall talent level.To that end, I computed the same offensive and defensive indices as above for each team on July 31 of every season since 1986, when the trade deadline was permanently moved to that date (except this year, when the commish moved it to Aug. 1 because July 31 fell on a Sunday). As a first pass, I checked whether a change in a team’s balance correlated with improved play over the remainder of the regular season — and the relationship was practically non-existent.2In statistical parlance, the r between the change in a team’s balance from before the trade deadline to after and its change in winning percentage was 0.018. I then did the same thing but for eventual playoff teams only … and got the same result.3This time, the correlation was -0.009. Finally, I looked at whether a playoff-bound team’s balance had any real bearing on its World Series odds after controlling for its talent, and again, a team’s balance had no significant effect. (If anything, less balanced playoff teams have tended to win the World Series more often since 1986, though that finding is likely just noise.)In other words, balance isn’t something for a team to seek at the deadline — talent is. Teams should be wary about dealing from a strength to improve a weakness if it doesn’t leave them in a better overall place than where they started. Even under the bright lights, a run saved is still worth the same as a run scored, balance be damned.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more