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San Jose Sharks earn first win in Patrick Marleau’s return

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first_imgCHICAGO — That familiar old fist pump from No. 12 was back.But the best gestures from the Sharks’ perspective Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks came after the game.Hugs, fist bumps and handshakes.Patrick Marleau scored twice in a dramatic return to the NHL and Barclay Goodrow scored the go-ahead go at the 4:47 mark of the third period as the Sharks ended their season-long four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center. “Just …last_img

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Roads boost for business in Limpopo

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first_img9 October 2013 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled the newly built R81 road linking the city of Polokwane and the rural town of Giyani in Limpopo province. Zuma said the government had invested R245-million in the construction of R81, which would make it quicker and easier to move people and goods between Polokwane and Giyani, which is not far from the Kruger National Park. Construction of the 61.5-kilometre stretch of road started in September 2010 and was completed in July this year, creating 455 jobs in the process. Zuma said he was also pleased with progress in the construction of the new R71 road between Polokwane and Tzaneen, the province’s second-largest town. “A broader road will be more passable and will lessen accidents, especially as we know that this road is used by a lot of the members of the Zion Christian Church in their pilgrimages to the church,” he said. The R71 leads to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa gate, and will therefore allow for easier travel to tourist destinations in the province. The President said the government had prioritised the development of infrastructure to boost inclusive economic growth, create jobs and improve the living and working conditions of South Africans. “We want to create infrastructure that makes life easy everywhere, not just in the big cities. That is why we’ve upgraded roads here in Limpopo and in other parts of the country. South Africa spends about R10-billion to service and re-tar roads each year. To build one kilometre of new tarred road can cost up to R25-million. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ten Things I Wish I’d Have Known Before I Managed Salespeople

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Balance activity and effectiveness. When I first managed salespeople, I was laser-focused on activity. Over time I learned that, even though an active rep will bump into deals, you can’t build a high-performing sales organization on activity alone. That takes a careful balance of both activity and effectiveness. You have to do as much work—or more—on building that effectiveness.Hire for attributes. Even though I worked in staffing, I defaulted to always hiring for experience. That’s always my clients wanted, too. I believed that by hiring for experience, I wouldn’t have to do so much managing. I believed it would make my job easier. Over time, I found that managing is easier when you hire people with the right attributes and coach, train, and develop them.You live and die by your pipeline. It’s easy to be distracted by all kinds of sales management tasks. But the real action is in the pipeline. I wish I’d have known that your future is easily predicted in the pipeline you have right now. If you want to know what the next two quarters look like, your pipeline has the answer. And there is no cramming for sales results.Serve salespeople before the organization. The organization makes incredible demands of the sales manager. Many of those demands do nothing to help the sales manager or to help his team produce better results. The more time I spent with salespeople, actively helping them with their live deals, the better the results. Even if the organization has to wait for what it needs, I learned it is better to serve the sales force first.You sell to your organization. I had know idea how much time I would need to spend selling within my own organization. Even though we all want the same things, there are all kinds of agreements that need to be negotiated. For clients. For the sales force. For the company’s benefit. Your team needs you to sell on their behalf. And, a lot of the time, you’re the only one that can make the internal sale.You build and manage the process. It was great to find someone that could sell. It was awesome to help someone grow into an effective salesperson. But the challenge is in notching the whole sales organization up. The real key to a high performing sales force is in building and managing a process that improves the performance of the 80% of the sales force that makes the top 20% possible.You have to see for yourself. If you really want to know how a salesperson performs in front of your prospective clients, you have to go see for yourself. It’s impossibly difficult to know how to help if you haven’t seen it for yourself. My ability to know how to help salespeople was improved by seeing things for myself.There is only one forecast date that matters. It doesn’t matter what the close date in your sales force automation says, if it isn’t a date your dream client has agreed to, the opportunity isn’t going to close on that date. Period.Show no mercy when cleaning the pipeline. Salespeople are happy to work on opportunities. They need opportunities to make their number. But much of what comes into the pipeline aren’t really opportunities. I wish I’d have known sooner that you have to protect the sales force from themselves when it comes to disqualifying. Show. No. Mercy.The big lever is caring enough to personally coach. I managed salespeople. But, if you want a high performing sales force, you need to care enough about the individuals on your team to coach them directly. It takes time and energy. But that investment is returned many times over in results. Yesterday I wrote about ten things I wish I’d have known before I started selling professionally. Here are ten things that I wish I’d have known before I started managing a sales force.last_img read more

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WWE star Enzo Amore fired after rape allegation

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first_imgMOST READ ‘Everybody’s team’: Tigresses ready to operate without Laure, says Reyes RELATED STORIES:Exhibit of rape victims’ clothes shows clothing choice isn’t to blame for sexual assaultWWE legend asks internet if it’s OK to have sex with ‘daughter’ ADVERTISEMENT Enzo Amore. Image: WWEPHOENIX (AP) — WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman alleged on Twitter that he raped her and police opened a sexual assault investigation.The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired Tuesday after initially being suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt is being investigated in an alleged assault at a downtown hotel in October. Police say the accusation was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days after the alleged assault but did not release other details.A lawyer representing Arndt says he denies the accusations and is cooperating with authorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends. NVG Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoHull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City are reportedly not willing to allow Jarrod Bowen to leave for less than £20m.Tottenham Hotspur are leading a host of clubs in the Premier League and Championship who are pursuing the talented winger.According to Sky Sports, Hull have set their price for the 22-year-old and are not willing to go any lower.Burnley and Leeds United are two clubs who have scouted Bowen in recent weeks.Bowen only recently signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Hull. last_img

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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Everyone Thinks Justin Verlander Belongs In The Hall Of Fame So Why

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10Adam Wainwright39.434.036.7 9Jon Lester45.635.040.3 10Mark Buehrle59.235.847.5 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 2Justin Verlander69.848.359.0 In the wake of Justin Verlander throwing his third career no-hitter on Sunday — becoming just the sixth pitcher in major league history to do so — the debate didn’t seem to be whether the Astros ace was worthy of the Hall of Fame, but rather what cap he would wear in it.1To us, there’s no debate: It should be Detroit’s. Even Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account called it “ANOTHER line on Justin Verlander’s Hall of Fame résumé.” But are we all being a bit too hasty?By at least one smart measure of Hall-worthiness, Verlander is not yet deserving of a berth in Cooperstown. Cited by many sabermetrically-inclined voters, Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score, or JAWS, is the average of a player’s career wins above replacement2JAWS uses the Baseball-Reference.com version of this stat, so I will do the same throughout this article. and his WAR over his seven best seasons (“peak WAR”). To determine if a player belongs in the Hall, a player’s JAWS is compared with the average JAWS of existing Hall of Famers at his position (because it’s easier to accrue value at, say, starting pitcher than at catcher). If the player’s JAWS is higher, the system recommends a yes vote; if the Hall of Famers’ JAWS is higher, the player falls short. Although JAWS is an imperfect yardstick (for example, it doesn’t include postseason stats, nor does it account for unique accomplishments like, say, pitching three no-hitters), electing only people above its positional standards ensures that the quality of Hall of Fame players does not decrease.With a JAWS of 59.0 so far in his career, Verlander remains below the JAWS average for starting pitchers of 61.5. But he’s not alone. No active starting pitcher meets the JAWS standard (although some may do so by the time they retire). In fact, neither does any starter who has thrown a single pitch this entire decade. That suggests a problem not with Verlander or other modern pitchers, but with the standard. Simply put, it’s too high given the usage patterns of today’s starting pitchers.3For the record, this isn’t just a problem with JAWS. Perhaps the most famous old-school standard for a Hall of Fame starting pitcher, winning 300 games, may also now be obsolete; it’s been 10 years since anyone won their 300th, and people are openly wondering if it will ever happen again.As pitch counts and bullpens have become bigger parts of the game, we’ve gone from 1,034 complete games pitched in the 1978 season to 266 in 1997 to just 42 last year. From 1871 to 1953, a period that includes at least part of the careers of about two-thirds of Hall of Fame starting pitchers, starters accounted for more than 80 percent of all innings pitched every season. In 2018, that share was 60 percent. It’s simply not fair to compare starting pitchers of the past few decades — let alone of the past few years, a period when “bullpenning” has exploded in popularity — with bygone Hall of Famers who regularly exceeded 300 innings pitched in a year.What we can do instead is sketch out a new standard, based on the premise that the Hall of Fame should immortalize the greatest starting pitchers of each era, even if those eras are not directly comparable. Verlander’s numbers may not be able to hold a candle to those of, say, the deadball era, but he deserves recognition as an elite hurler in the context of our current era, the bullpen-happy 2010s. The average season from 1901 to 20044I started with 1901 because that is the year the American League was founded and “modern” baseball (defined broadly) began; I ended with 2004 because players who were active in 2005 and later are still having their Hall of Fame candidacies considered by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. had 10 active starting pitchers who were eventually elected to Cooperstown, so we can maintain the Hall’s relative historical standards by electing the top 10 best starting pitchers in the game today. By JAWS, those are: 4Max Scherzer60.248.654.4 5CC Sabathia63.039.351.2 7Félix Hernández50.738.644.6 6CC Sabathia63.039.351.2 3Clayton Kershaw67.749.658.6 5Max Scherzer60.248.654.4 Even though none of them yet measures up to the traditional JAWS standard, it’s clear that the likes of Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Verlander should be Hall of Famers by this method. But the No. 10 pitcher on the list, Adam Wainwright, is probably not a Hall of Famer — and his 36.7 JAWS likely shouldn’t be used as the new standard. That’s because young studs like Aaron Nola (20.2 JAWS at age 26) are still racking up stats and could eventually displace the bottom several names on the list. So let’s try looking at the version of this list from, say, 2012. That’s long enough ago that the list is closer to being final, but it’s recent enough that it reflects the context of how starting pitchers were deployed during Verlander’s career (in fact, as of 2019, 2012 is the exact midpoint of his MLB career). 1Zack Greinke70.847.659.2 8Johan Santana51.745.048.3 Shaded players are no longer active.* Already elected to the Hall of Fame.Source: Baseball-Reference.com RkPitcherCareer WARPeak WARJAWS 2019′s most Hall of Fame-worthy starting pitchersTop 10 active starting pitchers by Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score, through Sept. 3, 2019 2012′s most Hall of Fame-worthy starting pitchersTop 10 starting pitchers who were active in 2012 by Jaffe Wins Above Replacement Score, through Sept. 3, 2019 1Zack Greinke70.847.659.2 4Roy Halladay*64.350.657.4 7Cole Hamels59.337.648.5 8Chris Sale45.239.542.3 RkPitcherCareer WARPeak WARJAWS 3Clayton Kershaw67.749.658.6 9Tim Hudson58.138.348.2 2Justin Verlander69.848.359.0 A few names might change on this list, albeit somewhat predictably. It would be surprising if Chris Sale (42.3 JAWS at age 30) didn’t crack it. Madison Bumgarner (33.6 JAWS at age 30) and Stephen Strasburg (30.8 JAWS at age 31) are young enough that they could get there in time as well. Félix Hernández (44.6 JAWS at age 33) and Jon Lester (40.3 JAWS at age 35) are close but may be running out of gas. In all likelihood, though, the first several names on this list are safe — which would mean that we know the JAWS threshold for cracking the top 10. Essentially, it looks like amassing around 50 JAWS for your career is enough to guarantee your place as one of the top 10 starting pitchers of the early 2010s. And, if the trend of increased bullpen usage of the past few years continues through the next decade, the standard for the early 2020s may be even lower.This revision has a couple of implications for Hall of Fame selection that voters should heed before it’s too late. First, despite falling well short of historical standards, candidates like Johan Santana (who received very little support on the one Hall of Fame ballot he appeared on, despite currently being the eighth-best starter active in 2012) deserve closer looks, as they were elite for their era. Second, yes — Justin Verlander is a no-doubt Hall of Famer. Hopefully, by the time he is up for a vote in the 2020s, voters will opt to view his JAWS as dominant among his peers, rather than mediocre within the Hall.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 6Cole Hamels59.337.648.5 read more

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Streak continues for No 1 Bucks

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Winning 20 games in a season is nothing new to Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta. Winning 20 games before picking up his first loss, however, is a different story. OSU’s 73-68 win against Illinois on Saturday advanced the Buckeyes’ record to 20-0 and earned Matta his 11th consecutive season with 20 or more wins as a college basketball head coach. Only Mark Few of Gonzaga has started his career with such a streak. “It’s amazing,” Matta said. “You always want to get to 20. I mean, that was kind of like the benchmark for college basketball.” The Buckeyes’ 20-0 start is OSU’s first since the 1961-62 season when the team started the season with a 22-0 record. A season earlier, the 1960-61 squad got off to the best start in program history with a 27-0 record. Both of those teams went on to become the national runner-up in their respective seasons. Despite the Buckeyes’ hot start, Matta said he hasn’t noticed anyone on his team pay any attention to it. “I haven’t heard one guy say one word about not being beaten,” Matta said. “The focus has, I think, been primarily on who’s the next opponent, and you know, the job that we have to do to win that basketball game.” Kansas’ loss to Texas on Saturday — which snapped the Jayhawks’ 69-game win streak at home — leaves OSU and San Diego State as the only undefeated teams in the country. With six of their next eight games coming against ranked opponents — including road matchups at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue — the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them as they attempt to remain unbeaten. “The Big Ten’s a great conference, and there’s no easy games, especially on the road,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “We’ve got some great tests coming up, and we’re definitely looking forward to those challenges.” OSU’s next test will be when it hosts Purdue at 9 p.m. Tuesday. With a Buckeye roster composed of accomplished veterans and blue-chip freshmen, Matta said the team’s history of success would play a key role in determining how long it remains unbeaten. “You’ve got a lot of guys on this team that have won at the high-school level, at the national AAU level,” Matta said. “I haven’t seen anything in regards to somebody letting their guard down.” read more

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18 year old identified in Friday car crash in Provo

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 17, 2017 – Devante Lewis is the name of the young man who died in that traffic accident around 1:30am Friday morning.Lewis, just 18 years old, reportedly managed to get out of his severely crushed red Mustang and asked for his mother to be contacted before telling friends he was ‘okay’.A bystander said he collapsed right after those few words, and despite efforts to resuscitate him, the young man was gone.Understandably, the family is devastated by this loss.#trafficfatalityinProvo#18yearolddiesinaccident#DevonteLewis#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#18yearolddiesinaccident, #DevonteLewis, #magneticmedianews, #trafficfatalityinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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JAMAICA Beneficiaries Receive Keys to New Homes

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 27, 2018 – Montego Bay – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Friday (February 23), handed over keys to contributors who have purchased one-bedroom units at The Estuary in Friendship, St. James.The scheme was developed under a joint venture arrangement between the National Housing Trust (NHT) and West Indies Home Contractors Limited.  When completed, The Estuary will comprise 1,500 units and supporting infrastructure on 254 acres of land.  The development is being done at a cost of $7 billion, and is targeted at low income earners.In his remarks, Mr. Holness said the NHT is on track to issue 8,000 mortgages for the 2017/18 financial year.“This is the highest it has done in any decade. You can see that the Government is being very effective in using an institution like the NHT to create housing solutions for the people,” he stated.The Prime Minister commented that the NHT was designed to promote formal home ownership in Jamaica, however “the challenge has always been to find a way to ensure that every Jamaican has access to this formal process”.“I have made it a point of duty to come to all of these ceremonies, whether it is groundbreaking or handing over, to prove the point that the Government of Jamaica can use the resources at its disposal in an efficient and effective way to achieve Government policy and to deliver benefits to the people in a timely way,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness has given the commitment that the roadway leading to the community.“There are plans already in place for the roads to be repaired and this will happen in short order. And you will notice, that not just here, but right across Jamaica, that the National Works Agency (NWA), has been conducting an island wide patching programme,” he stated.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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