A town park and multipurpose all-weather pitch for the Twin Towns area has moved a step closer.Local county councillor Patrick McGowan has welcomed the progress after planning for the proposed €1.2M park was adopted.He said “I have been driving this project for a long time and am delighted that we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. “The decision which was proposed by me at today’s full council meeting means the Council can move to complete to purchase the lands as agreed now with planning being secured.”The townpark as recommended by council will be stand alone as one proposal was to include the all-weather multipurpose pitch in the park itself in Drumboe but that is not the case now.The proposed park will be kept for walks, children’s playground, recreational, open space andwhich will be very much in keeping with the surrounding area. The civil war monument (Martyrs monument) will act as a focal point as well .Drumboe is a very relaxing area where people regularly goe for walks in one of Ireland’s most varied woodlands. In relation to the Multipurpose, all-weather full-size pitch the council has secured €1.2M peace 1v funding which will be constructed at the Stranorlar sports master plan area located next to the existing sports facilities.Finn Harps new stadium and the Finn valley centre sports master plan area will be enhanced by the addition of this state of the art all-weather pitch which will be available to a variety of sports and will support outdoor training all year round day and night.The facility will include changing rooms and flood lighting.The Council are working on management arrangements at present and this will include equal access for all types of sports as was envisaged when applying for under the peace programmewhich was zoned almost 20 years ago will.“Two year ago I approached the land owners at Drumboe and commenced the negotiations which the council are now pursuing, this part 8 is a direct result of that and when adopted will allow the Council to complete the deal. “The multipurpose full size all weather pitch is something I have been pursuing almost as long as the town park. I persuaded the council some years ago to make an application for funding but at that stage we were unsuccessful so when peace 1V opened and the Council held meetings around the County seeking proposals I convinced my colleagues on BASICC to propose the All weather pitch and which lead to this successful project receiving funding .“I am very grateful to BASICC , Donegal CO Council managment & staff , LCDC members and staff and of course Peace1V supporting what will be a great facility.“This will be a massive boost to the County designated Stranorlar sporting centre of excellence.“All we need now is for the FAI troubles to be settled and a big dream back in 2000 by Alice Bonner, Francey Coyle, myself and others will really take off,” said Cllr McGowan. All weather pitch and proposed park for Stranorlar moves a step closer was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
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.
zoomAl Jasra. Image Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based liquefied natural gas company Qatargas has set another milestone as it successfully delivered the 3,000th LNG cargo to Japan.The cargo was transported onboard Al Jasra, a conventional LNG vessel with a capacity of 135,000 cubic meters.It was delivered to the Kawagoe LNG Receiving Terminal, owned and operated by JERA, a joint venture between Chubu Electric and Tokyo Electric.Back in January 1997, the first-ever Qatari shipment was delivered to the abovementioned terminal in Japan. “We are delighted to celebrate the 3000th LNG delivery to Japan. This significant milestone comes over two decades following the first delivery to our foundation customer in Japan,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, commented.“Qatargas’ commitment to serving Japan’s energy needs has never been stronger. We are focused on boosting future cooperation with Japan,” Al-Kaabi, who is also Chairman of Qatargas Board of Directors, added.“We celebrate the uninterrupted supply of this 3000th LNG cargo to Japan, which is a major milestone reflecting the relationship between Qatargas and our esteemed Japanese customers. This delivery demonstrates Qatargas’ commitment to continue providing Japan, and all of our customers around the globe, with a safe and reliable source of clean energy,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, said.Qatargas has term contracts to supply LNG with many of the key Japanese buyers. Apart from these term contracts, Qatargas also delivers a significant amount of Japan’s spot LNG requirements.
If you are finding it hard to deal with the pressure at the workplace, there is more reason to worry. New research has found that work stress and impaired sleep are linked to a threefold higher risk of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension. “Sleep should be a time for recreation, unwinding, and restoring energy levels. If you have stress at work, sleep helps you recover,” said study author Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Professor at Technical University of Munich, Germany. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainCompared to those with no work stress and good sleep, people with both risk factors had a three times greater likelihood of death from cardiovascular disease, showed the findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. People with work stress alone had a 1.6-fold higher risk while those with only poor sleep had a 1.8-times higher risk, the study said. In the study, work stress was defined as jobs with high demand and low control — for example when an employer wants results but denies authority to make decisions. “If you have high demands but also high control, in other words you can make decisions, this may even be positive for health,” said Ladwig.
The field for the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) was finally set Sunday, but — in true college football style — it wasn’t without controversy. The 12-person CFP selection committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, arguably snubbing Big 12 co-champions Baylor and (especially) TCU.The last four teams standing are exceptional. The Ducks, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And although the Seminoles have been unconvincing throughout the season, it would have been difficult to justify leaving the undefeated, defending national champion out of the playoff — No. 10 FPI ranking be damned. So, the committee may well have made the best decision it could have, according to its mandate to select the nation’s four best teams.But by ranking TCU third (ahead of both Florida State and Ohio State) the week before the conference championships, the committee also set itself up to violate the precedent of how college football rankings have always worked. That’s why, even after previous No. 5 Ohio State rolled over No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0, the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model — which is based on a historical analysis of Coaches Poll voters’ tendencies — saw little chance that TCU would drop from third place to fifth or lower in the committee’s final rankings.Using the traditional media polls as a guide, that was a reasonable assumption. Since the advent of the Bowl Coalition in 1992, only four times (in 214 opportunities) did the third-ranked team in the AP poll drop below fourth place the week after it won a game over an FBS opponent. All four of those teams (Florida State in Week 1 of the 2002 season, Ohio State in Week 3 of 2003, Tennessee in Week 1 of 2005 and Ohio State in Week 2 of 2008) posted victory margins that underwhelmed their pregame FPI expectations. By contrast, TCU beat its pregame expectations by 19 points in thrashing Iowa State. (And it bears repeating that none of those cases took place any later than the third week of a season, when you would expect voters to still be sorting out the order of teams.)And yet TCU did drop in the committee’s rankings — from third place to sixth, below Florida State, Ohio State and even Baylor (whom the committee had controversially slotted beneath TCU in every previous edition of its rankings, seemingly ignoring the Bears’ head-to-head victory over the Horned Frogs on Oct. 11). It was a stunning fall that, for better or worse, seemed to contradict the way college football teams traditionally move in the rankings.TCU’s exclusion also broke with tradition from another standpoint. Using poll data since 1992, I ran a logistic regression attempting to predict whether a team would finish the regular season in the AP’s top four based on various “résumé” statistics provided by ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. The factors that emerged as significant were a team’s winning percentage (modified slightly by Laplace’s Rule of Succession), its average points-per-game margin, its strength of schedule (according to the average FBS team’s expected winning percentage against its schedule using FPI), and whether it won its conference or not.This year, those criteria would have yielded the following probabilities of making the top four (assuming the committee would follow the pollsters’ traditional logic):(Note: Baylor and TCU were co-champions of the Big 12; for the purposes of the regression, they were each treated the same as a team that was sole champion of its conference.)It’s not outside the realm of plausibility that historical voters would exclude TCU and include Ohio State on the basis of their résumés alone (this method shows there was a 16 percent chance that would happen). In fact, the real AP poll dropped TCU from fourth to sixth, with two teams (Baylor and Ohio State) hurdling the Horned Frogs.It is, however, another way to underscore that the playoff committee may be rethinking the way college football teams have been ranked at the end of the season. As FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, wrote in his final assessment of the committee’s selection, the sport’s old algorithm rarely entailed a top-to-bottom reassessment of the field this late in the year (voters usually just made slight adjustments to teams’ rankings after losses or big wins; otherwise the current rankings were basically enslaved to the previous rankings). The committee’s final rankings, on the other hand, suggest it sorted the teams from scratch after the conference championships, with no allegiance to its previous choices.That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, like the existence of a playoff in the first place, it’s a new thing.
The Warriors were 17-4 during the regular season with average shooting. That equals a .810 winning percentage — tops in the the NBA — or the equivalent of a 66-16 record over an 82-game schedule.The reason for the Warriors’ strong record with average shooting is simple: They also play great defense. It gets overlooked because they play at a frenetic pace, but the Dubs held opponents to a .514 TS% during the regular season, the third-best figure in the league after Chicago and Portland.It can get even worse for opponents, and it often does: The Warriors went 46-3 with good shooting during the regular season. But “pretty good” shooting — average shooting, even — is usually plenty good enough for the Warriors. They’ll need to throw up a lot of bricks the rest of the way. Otherwise, James — as brilliant as he’s been — may become the first finals MVP in a losing cause since Jerry West in 1969. Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the storylines were intricate and rich:Could LeBron James carry one of the worst supporting casts in recent finals history to an NBA title?Was James’s experience — and sheer force of will — trumping the Golden State Warriors’ youth?Was Steph Curry just in a shooting slump, or was he rattled by his scary injury against the Houston Rockets?Could the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing stifling defense, or might Golden State’s smallball lineup be its ace in the hole?Were Cleveland’s poor finishes — it was outscored by a combined margin of 105-84 in the fourth quarter and overtime of the first three games1And if you include Game 4, it’s now been outscored 132-96 from the fourth quarter onward. — the sign of a spent team?Was Kevin Love’s injury (suffered in the opening round against the Boston Celtics) the ultimate example of Bill Simmons’s Ewing Theory? And maybe Kyrie Irving’s injury too?Is Matthew Dellavedova the Australian Tim Tebow?Does God hate Cleveland?But after a 103-82 Golden State win in Game 4, it all seems so simple.The Warriors are really, really good. You have a shot at beating them if their shooting goes ice-cold. Otherwise, it’s next to impossible.Let’s review the series from the standpoint of true shooting percentage (TS%), a relatively simple stat that gives appropriate credit for 3-pointers and free throws along with 2-point shooting attempts. Golden State led the NBA with a .571 TS% during the regular season, while Cleveland (.557) ranked fourth. The adjacent table lists each team’s TS% in each finals game so far, along with its percentile rank as compared to all NBA games during the 2014-15 regular season.Game 4 was the first time we’ve seen the Warriors shoot like they typically did during the regular season. Their .579 TS% was close to their regular-season average, and — since an average Golden State performance is so good — ranks in the 77th percentile as compared to all NBA games.But the Warriors’ defense has also been very good. It held Cleveland to a .409 TS% in Game 4, which ranks in just the 1st percentile. And it kept the Cavaliers to a .441 TS%, in the 6th percentile, in Game 2 on Sunday night.Wait — didn’t the Cavs win Game 2? They did (in overtime). The team with the higher TS% wins about 85 percent of the time2Based on the 2014-15 regular season. — this was one of the exceptions. Cleveland was able to take seven more field-goal attempts and 15 more free-throw attempts than the Warriors as a result of rebounding, turnovers and fouls. You can win as the slightly less efficient team when there’s a big differential in those categories.Still, Cleveland wouldn’t have won Game 2 had Golden State shot a little better. If the Warriors had hit shots at the NBA average TS% of .535 (never mind that the team’s TS% is typically way better than that), they’d have scored an additional eight points and won 101-95.And that’s the thing: The Warriors don’t have to shoot the lights out to win. If they shoot as well as the average NBA team, they’re very likely to win also.In the next chart, I’ve tracked each team’s record based on its TS% during the regular season. I divide games into three categories, which include about a third of regular-season games each:Good shooting — a TS% of .560 or higher.Poor shooting — a TS% of .510 or lower.Average shooting — anything in between.
Of course, none of this is to say that Harris will continue ascending the way Leonard has during his fifth and sixth seasons, when he went from scoring 16.5 points a contest to 25.5 points while managing to become more efficient despite a heavier offensive load. Without Harris becoming more of a one-on-one threat, which Kawhi has become stellar at in relatively short order, it’s more sensible to compare his offense to Golden State’s Klay Thompson or Washington’s Otto Porter, who play better off the ball than with it.Should Harris develop a more aggressive brand of offense, though, there’s reason to think he could find success with it. While he’s not built like Leonard — one of the NBA’s strongest players, and just one of four NBA wing players last season to record more and-1s than he had shots blocked — Harris is far stronger than he looks and doesn’t shy away from contact. The former All-American high school football player is one of three guards, after James and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who shoots 70 percent at the rim — elite company for strength around the basket.Malone said Harris has been diligent every summer about taking direction from coaches and staff each offseason to continue improving. But Harris told me it was simpler than that for him. “Really, I just want go out there to play and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about me going out and saying, ‘I’ve got to go out and be better than I was last year.’ If you put in the work, it’s going to show itself.”And if Harris continues to improve and show his work to this extent, it may be only a matter of time until just about every basketball fan knows who he is.Senior writer Neil Paine contributed to research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. DENVER — Kawhi Leonard is indispensable to the San Antonio Spurs — or at least that’s how he’s now perceived. His mysterious injury not only threatens to snap the Spurs’ two-decade-long playoff streak, but there’s a chance it could also derail the club’s future by driving Leonard away.If there’s an irony in how monumentally important Leonard is to the Spurs’ chances now, though, it’s that he was still relatively anonymous to the casual basketball fan just four years ago, despite performing at a fairly high level on one of the league’s best teams at that time. It wasn’t until June 2014, when Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors, that he began drawing broader attention en route to becoming a bona fide star, one whose health could shift the tenor of a conference finals series.Now, another player — Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris — quietly appears to be on a similar trajectory. From afar, nothing Harris does seems truly spectacular. But zoom in just a little, watch a handful of Denver’s games, and you’ll see elements of Harris’s consistent, well-rounded skill set start to stand out. Just the way Leonard’s once did.“When I got here, there were questions about whether Gary Harris was an NBA player,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told me, a reference to Harris’s rookie season, in which he shot just over 30 percent from the field.1While part of that poor performance was due to his over-reliance on threes, Harris was one of just three rookies since 1960 to have shot that poorly on 200 attempts or more. The thought seems comical now, as Harris is serving as both Denver’s best on-ball defender and its leading scorer.For a while, Harris was far stronger on the defensive side of the ball, where it’s harder for the average fan to notice excellence. A solid scorer, by contrast, handles the ball more and gets his name called while the camera pans to his face every time he finds the bottom of the basket. Forcing a missed shot or denying your man the ball on the other end, however, usually isn’t enough to garner that same attention. So that may partially explain why the 23-year-old Harris flies under the radar.At 6 foot 4, he doesn’t force teams to alter entire offensive schemes the way that the 6-foot-7 Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, can. Yet Harris constantly seems to find ways to disrupt the league’s best wing players.Harris ranks ninth in the NBA in deflections per game — the same ranking Leonard held last season — hounding volume scorers as they come around screens and illustrating nearly perfect timing as he swats down directly on the ball just as a player is lifting up to launch his shot attempt. Harris’s quick hands and defensive persistence are pretty much the only things that prevent the Nuggets, who surrender more layups than anyone except Orlando, from having the worst defense in basketball. With Harris on the court, Denver surrenders 107.4 points per 100 possessions, which would tie for 20th among the league’s 30 teams. With Harris on the bench, the Nuggets allow 110.6 points per 100 possessions, a rate that would tie for dead last.It’s incredibly difficult to draw the types of defensive assignments that Harris typically gets without committing a lot of fouls. But just like Leonard did in his fourth season, Harris has collected more steals than fouls so far this year, a feat that only elite defensive shooting guards and small forwards generally manage.Harris could be named an All-NBA defender in the coming years without changing much about his game. But to achieve true stardom, he will likely need two things: More scoring — he’s still pretty limited in creating looks for himself — and more wins for the Nuggets.“If we make the playoffs, a lot more people are going to see and know who the hell Gary Harris is,” said Malone, whose team is locked in a crowded playoff race. “It’s funny: Last year, Nikola Jokic wasn’t going to be a part of All-Star Weekend. Then he puts up 40 points at Madison Square Garden and gets a phone call from the NBA the very next day. ‘Hey, we want you to be part of All-Star Weekend!’ So, we know Nikola and how special he is. And I think the same is true of Gary.”Harris has shown true scoring progress every year since his dismal rookie campaign. The former Michigan State star has gone from 3, to 12, to 15 and now 18 points per game; he has become one of the league’s best offensive threats in transition; and he’s on track to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line for a second straight year. He moves incredibly well without the ball and has perhaps the team’s best on-court chemistry with Jokic, the face of the Nuggets and one of the league’s most skilled young big men.2Through Monday night’s games, Harris was logging a ridiculous 64.3 effective field-goal percentage off Jokic’s passes, according Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — a rate that’s on par with the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Similarly, Jokic posts a 62.1 effective field-goal rate off Harris’s passes, a figure that narrowly outpaces that Stephen Curry’s overall rate.Harris’s development on offense bears similarities to Leonard’s rise. Through their first four seasons, their numbers looked identical — 12.2 points and 2.1 assists on 47 percent shooting and 37 percent from 3 for Harris3Harris’s fourth year is still ongoing; 12.3 points and 1.8 assists on 50 percent shooting overall and 37 percent from 3 for Leonard.Perhaps even more important: The two men play with an unusually quiet, workmanlike approach, and they are among the most consistent players in the NBA on a night-to-night basis. “He just puts his head down and goes about his business. He doesn’t talk about it much — he just goes out and does it, and we’re fine with that,” says Denver guard Will Barton, whose locker is next to Harris’s. (Harris’s noticeably quiet disposition, along with the Nuggets’ struggles to really break through on TV with local fans,4During the ride to the arena in Denver, my Uber driver, a self-described huge NBA fan, admitted he didn’t know who Harris was. undoubtedly contributes to why Harris isn’t better known around the league yet.)In Harris’s case, one could argue that his consistency on both ends has him on the cusp of joining the elite. Using effective field-goal percentage, a stat that accounts for 3-pointers by looking at the number of points generated per field-goal attempt rather than just shots made per attempt, the chart below illustrates how often the league’s starting shooting guards and small forwards have good shooting nights compared to bad ones. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are at the very top of that list. Leonard rates fifth. And right behind him is Harris at No. 6.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update -Friday According to Anchorage Police only minor injuries were sustained during the two vehicle collision. UPDATE 11:50amBoth lanes of the Seward Highway have been reopened at Mile 109. The closure is valid from 10:57 a.m., until 2:57 p.m. Original PostThe Seward Highway is closed near milepost 109 due to a crash/vehicle fire according to the Department of Transportation. According to the DOT, drivers should watch for police and fire trucks on the highway. Limited details are known at this time, updates will be posted as they are made available.