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Presidential contender faces 19-year FIFA ban

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP):FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon said yesterday than he is facing a 19-year suspension by the ethics committee of the world football body for alleged ethics breaches surrounding South Korea’s failed bid for the 2022 World Cup and also for openly criticising the committee.The South Korean billionaire denied any wrongdoing and accused the committee of acting as a “hit man” of current FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who Chung says is attempting to damage his candidacy.”The true danger is that they won’t stop at sabotaging only my candidacy, but also destructing FIFA’s presidential election and FIFA itself,” the former FIFA vice-president said in a news conference in Seoul.Chung said the ethics committee is planning to hit him soon with a 15-year suspension for proposing, in letters to members of FIFA’s executive committee, a $777 million fund to finance football development projects around the world.Chung said his proposals were in line with FIFA’s rules. He said FIFA had already investigated the issue in 2010 and determined the matter as closed, but reopened the case after he declared his presidential candidacy in August.last_img read more

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Nsibambi late strike earns Cranes CECAFA semis berth

first_imgAbdela Abubeker broke the deadlock for Ethiopia in the first half with the Walya Antelopes seemingly headed for a shock result that would earn them a last four ticket.However, a lapse in concentration in the final minutes saw them drop the pot at the doorstep.The Walyas however stand a chance to qualify should South Sudan beat Burundi tomorrow, but that is a long shot considering the South Sudanese are the group’s punching bag.Abubeker tapped home from inside the box in the 21st minute after Uganda keeper Ismail Watenga spilled a shot from Yele Firew.The Cranes shaken from the shocking result against a side that had lost 4-1 to Burundi sought an immediate response and Muzamiru Mutyaba made an attempt with a header but it went over.Seeing his side had been totally dominated, Cranes head coach Moses Basena made changes Milton Karisa coming in for Sadam Juma who had failed to click in his first start of the tournament.Taking in a 1-0 halftime lead, Ethiopia came back after the break determined to lock up the result by defending well. Basena made another change, bringing on Allan Katterega for Mutyaba.On the hour mark, Uganda came close again, this time Karisa’s header going inches wide from a Joseph Nsubuga cross. Karisa came close again in the 75th minute with a stinging shot saved by the Ethiopian keeper.Despite a numerical advantage after Muleme’s red card, Uganda piled the pressure and were rewarded in the 84th minute when Nsibambi knocked the ball home inside the box after a goalmouth melee.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) SharesUganda’s Isaac Muleme in action for the Cranes during their CECAFA Senior Challenge match against Ethiopia at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10- Derrick Nsibambi’s goal six minutes from time earned Uganda a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia on Sunday evening as the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup defending champions did just enough to earn a ticket to the semi-finals.Uganda had to finish the match with nine men with Isaac Muleme sent off 10 minutes to time for a second yellow, same fate Timothy Awany suffered in added time with his second booking being for time wasting.last_img read more

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U.S. Navy steps up efforts to thwart pirate attacks

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates gave up control of two ships hijacked months earlier and U.S. Navy escorted the boats to safer waters Sunday as it stepped up efforts to bring security to the seas off the chaotic Horn of Africa nation. The pirates climbed into small skiffs and headed back to Somalia after speaking by radio to U.S. naval personnel. A Navy ship and helicopter guided the South Korean-owned boats Mavuno 1 and 2 further out to sea. It was the third time in a week the U.S. has intervened to help ships hijacked by Somali pirates. Sailors boarded a North Korean ship to give medical assistance to crew members who overpowered their hijackers, and a U.S. naval vessel fired on pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese-owned ship. Naval personnel boarded the South Korean-owned ships and gave medical checkups to the crew, said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. No injuries were reported. The two Tanzanian-flagged boats were seized May 15. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Navy was also urging pirates to leave the Japanese ship and two hijacked boats in the region and sail back to Somalia, she told The Associated Press. Robertson said the increase in U.S. military interventions was mostly due to the a surge in piracy. As the Navy moved ships into the area to respond to one incident, increased contact with other hijacked ships in the area was more likely, she said. South Korea said all 24 sailors on board the two ships freed Sunday were safe. The Foreign Ministry said the ships were being escorted to Aden port in Yemen at the request of the South Korean government.last_img read more

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Drumkeen man aiming to be Titanic success in China

first_imgTitanic Dance, a local dance company have jetted off to China this morning to perform an International performance.The Local Dance Company which is led by Drumkeen man Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, both starred as principle dancers in the world famous Lord of the Dance.The video clip by BBC Newsline speaks to Raymond and the rest of the group as they give their views of their show in Derry yesterday, August 4th. Click play to view the video below.  Drumkeen and Donegal are extremely proud of local 34-year-old Raymond Sweeney Creative Director, Producer and Lead Dancer of Titanicdance, a hugely successful Irish Dance Musical Extravaganza that is making waves in both China and the USA and is set to be a world wide sensationDonegal’s Raymond along with 26 Talented Cast Members, Five Musicians and One Singer travelled to China on the 5th of August to perform in the China International Folk Arts Festival at the Qinghai Grand Theatre in West China’s Qinghai Province from the 8th to 12th of August.This is a wonderful achievement not only for Raymond and the Cast but also for Donegal and gives great inspiration to other aspiring dancers of what can be achieved, through talent, hard work and dedication.Raymond’s passion and talent for Irish Dancing started many years ago, at the age of 9 he started dancing with Teri Lafferty School of Dancing. His natural talent and commitment to his craft ensured many successes over the years and by the age of 16 his professional career kicked off when he joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.Speaking before boarding his flight to China Raymond said: “We created Titancidance in 2013 opening in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny, from here we performed in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast and the Millennium Forum in Derry and now we are heading to China! We are so excited and honoured to be taking part in China’s International Folk Arts Festival and are hoping that this will be the big break that we need to bring Titanicdance worldwide. I have been so lucky during my career to have danced with some of best Dancers all over the world but Titanicdance is particularly special for me, this is not just an Irish dance show; it’s an emotional journey of hope, aspiration, love, heartbreak and sadness that we hope will mesmerise audiences everywhere”.Travelling to China will provide an excellent platform to showcase this incredible show to a global audience, gain the recognition it deserves and allow people to experience this amazing production first hand. Our feet are tapping just thinking on it!Best of Luck to Raymond and the whole cast, China is just the tip of the Iceberg!Drumkeen man aiming to be Titanic success in China was last modified: August 5th, 2016 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:BBCchina performancetitanic dance grouplast_img read more

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Derry City to face Letterkenny Rovers in friendly at Maginn

first_imgDERRY CITY will play their first ‘home’ game at Maginn Park this evening when they take on Ulster Senior Legaue side Letterkenny Rovers at 7.30.While Brandywell Stadium is undergoing a phase of redevelopment, Derry will play their home games in 2017 at the Buncrana venue.Seats have been installed in the stand at Maginn Park while a number of other remedial works are to be carried out before the start of the new season. This evening’s game will see Derry use the facility for the first time.Derry manager Kenny Shiels has a number of trialists – including Belgian centre half, Bryan Van Den Bogaert, Togo midfielder, Thomas Amegnaglo and Greek midfielder Antonis Rikka.“It’s good to get them on the pitch at Maginn Park,” Shiels told the Derry Journal.“It will give us a good experience of that. We’re just preparing, the upheaval of not having a stadium is difficult for everyone so we’re trying to muck in. The players are just glad to be back and getting on the pitch.” Derry have asked supporters attending this evening’s game to park at the old Fruit of the Loom factory carpark, opposite the fire station. Derry City to face Letterkenny Rovers in friendly at Maginn was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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Albertson’s could be sold for $9.6 billion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Beyond the Sept. 2 announcement, I have no comment,” said Shannon Bennett, an Albertson’s spokeswoman. The company put itself up for sale on that date. She also refused to confirm the newspaper’s report that its board planned to meet this weekend. The Journal said the transaction could be announced after the board meeting. According to the report, the Cerberus group would assume $6.4 billion in Albertson’s debt as part of the deal. Spokesmen for Cerberus, based in New York, Stamford, Conn.-based Kimco, and Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Albertson’s was founded in 1939 on a downtown Boise street corner by entrepreneur Joe Albertson, who was among the first American grocery retailers to combine supermarkets with drug stores. Albertson’s trails only The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, among supermarket-only operators, although the food business of Wal-Mart has eclipsed the both of them in recent years. Albertson’s presently has about 2,500 stores in 37 states, with about 240,000 workers. It stores include Albertson’s, Acme, Shaw’s and Jewel, while its drug stores include Osco and Sav-on Drugs In the three months ended Nov. 3, Albertson’s missed analyst expectations for a second quarter in a row and reduced its full-year profit outlook, adding to pressure to find a buyer. In the period, net income declined 30 percent to $77 million, from $110 million in the third quarter of 2004. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, it earned $284 million, or 76 cents a share, up from $249 million, or 67 cents a share, a year ago. Nine-month sales rose to $30.13 billion from $28.76 billion a year ago. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOISE, Idaho – An investment group including Cerberus Capital, Kimco Realty Corp. and Minnesota-based supermarket chain Supervalu Inc. is near a deal to buy Albertson’s Inc., the second-largest U.S. supermarket chain, for about $9.6 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The deal, which the newspaper said was valued at $26 per share, would put an end to a three-month auction for Boise-based Albertson’s, which has suffered from lagging results, a stagnant share price and competition from lower-cost rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Albertson’s shares rose 34 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $24.33 on the New York Stock Exchange. The Journal, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter for its report, also said Albertson’s is continuing separate talks to sell its pharmacy business to CVS Corp. for as much as $4 billion of the overall purchase price. last_img read more

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How to See the Competitive Game of Sales in Slow Motion

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 My brother-in-law is a football coach. His oldest son started as a quarterback in his freshman year of high school, and he started as a safety on defense. He was the best player on the field and eventually played for Ohio State. My brother-in-law’s youngest son is now starting as quarterback for the junior varsity team at his high school. On Saturday, he ran for five touchdowns, beating a team that was supposed to beat his team badly. I asked my brother-in-law whether the game moves slower for his son than other kids on the field, and he assured me it does move slower.The game moves slower for my nephew because he has a deeper understanding of the game. He understands the offensive plays better than most because his father is a football coach. He’s grown up watching and listening to his Dad explain and teach the plays, and he has sat through the film reviews on Saturday mornings from the time he was a small child. Even though my nephew is very young, his Dad has educated him to read a defense. His knowledge and experience make the game move slower for him.If you want the great game of sales to move slower, allowing you to anticipate problems, challenges, and obstacles, and overcome them, you have to acquire a deeper knowledge of your craft, an education that provides you with an advantage.You Can’t Learn to Sell from Reading a BookYou cannot learn to sell by reading a book. You can’t learn to sell by reading many books on sales. You can, however, learn to sell a lot better by reading books. But not only from reading books, but also from training, development, and coaching.When Neil Rackham wrote SPIN Selling in 1988, salespeople were taught to ask two kinds of questions, open-ended questions that required their prospects to provide information, and closed-ended questions that required a yes or no answer. The close-ended questions being used to teach salespeople to tie-down their prospects and close them. Rackham’s work provided a framework that included situational questions, problem questions, implication questions, and need-payoff questions. At that time, salespeople asked mostly situational and problem questions. No one had described the value of implication questions, or uncovering the motivation for change or the consequences of doing nothing.Imagine two salespeople competing for the same client. One asks questions to understand the situation and the problem the client is experiencing, while the other asks questions about the implication of their issues and the consequences of maintaining the status quo. I would argue the game is slower for the second salesperson.In 1970, Mack Hanan wrote a book titled Consultative Selling. There may not be a book that was so far ahead of the curve as it pertains to selling effectively. Hanan’s primary framework in the book is something he called a “PIP,” an acronym for a Profit Improvement Plan. The general concept was to show your client how what you were selling them would contribute to higher profits.Maybe because every new salesperson’s knowledge base starts at zero, much of what Hanan taught is unknown to most salespeople. The game moves very fast for those who believe they lose deals on price, and most salespeople still struggle to justify the more significant investment they need their clients to make to produce better results. The game moves much slower when you know how to position your higher price and relate it to lower costs, i.e., higher profitability.Without the conceptual frameworks, you can’t make sense of what you are seeing. You can’t learn to sell by reading a book on sales, but you sure as hell can learn to sell better.Process, Methodologies, and JourneysIf you want the game to slow down for you, you need to deepen your understanding of the sales process, particularly the outcomes you need at each stage of the sales conversation and the obstacles to obtaining them. A sales process provides you with an understanding of where you are in space, without which you can quickly lose your orientation. You underestimate the value of the sales process when you believe it is just a way for your sales leaders to forecast. I believe the sales conversation is now non-linear, but that will mean nothing to you if you aren’t aware of the linear process I am referring to, that idea isn’t useful to you.Both Rackham and Hanan’s work are both methodologies. Rackham’s work is a methodology for asking questions to uncover dissatisfaction and the implications of the problems and challenges your client is facing. Hanan’s work is a methodology for positioning your offering and compelling change. These methodologies provide you guidance on how to play the game. When you have access to structures that allow you to see something and understand the choices available to you, you are moving faster than the game–and faster than your competition.Now, there is much work being done on the buyer’s journey, even if the application of business-to-consumer journeys used are inadequate for complex, business-to-business sales. Understanding where the stakeholders are in their buying process provides you with a better understanding of what conversations they will find valuable. When you know where they are now, you are better prepared to serve them.Your processes, methodologies, and frameworks for understanding your buyers all provide you with conceptual frameworks that can shift the game into slow motion for you, allowing you to see what’s coming and make effective choices.My ConstructsAs of this writing, I have written three books.The first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, is a competency model for salespeople. The framework in that book provides you with a way of looking at your personal and professional development.My second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, is a methodology for gaining the commitments you need to control the process and help your clients obtain better results.The third book, Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition, is the most strategic, providing several conceptual frameworks, including Level 4 Value Creation, my approach to starting conversations at the strategic level and compelling change. That book also includes a practical and tactical framework for building consensus, something that can slow the game tremendously when used well.If you want the sales game to slow down for you, you have to speed up your acquisition of the concepts, strategies, and tactics that will provide you with the ability to make sense of what you are seeing.last_img read more

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73,000 farmers in Punjab benefit in latest tranche of debt relief

first_imgOver 73,000 farmers from six districts were given debt relief certificates worth ₹.485.69 crore at a function in Rampura, Sangrur district, on Thursday. The relief was provided under the farm debt waiver scheme of the Punjab government.SAD flayedHanding over certificates to 14 farmers as a token gesture, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal used the occasion to hit out at the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, accusing its leadership of trying to “tarnish the image” of the Congress government through false propaganda.“They (SAD) failed to do anything for the farmers during their 10-year rule and now they are indulging in propagating false information among people about the Congress,” he said.Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar accused the Akalis of “destroying” the State to promote their vested interests. “The hue and cry over the debt waiver scheme was being made only by influential defaulters, most of whom belonged to the SAD,” he claimed, urging Chief Minister Amarinder Singh not to consider their case and initiate action against them for wilful default.Farmers from Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar and Rupnagar districts were the beneficiaries in the current phase of the implementation of the farm debt waiver scheme.last_img read more

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GALLERY: 5-peat! San Miguel bags another PBA Philippine Cup crown

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 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 READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7Relive San Miguel’s celebration of its latest title through these photos:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo wins another finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Warriors look to build off strong, well-balanced Game 1 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Struggling mightily and pushed to their limit by a gutsy Magnolia side, the San Miguel Beermen still found a way to win and extend their reign in the PBA Philippine Cup for a historic fifth straight year.It was an emotional night for the Beermen, who went through the wringer against the Hotshots with the championship decided in the final minute of Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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