first_imgThere is an infinite number of challenges that may prevent one from producing the sales results they desire. You might break them down into four primary categories, like too little activity, too little effectiveness, or poor leadership. Another view might be that an individual or a team lacks the mindset, or character traits, to sell effectively. It could also be a gap in their skills, especially now that effectiveness requires business acumen, the ability to compel and manage change, and no small amount of leadership (all concepts covered in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need).If you look across a sales organization, you will find all of the obstacles to success in individuals, in teams, and occasionally visible in the entire sales force. But more often than not, there is one reason above all else that prevents salespeople and sales organizations from making more sales: they don’t spend very much time selling.Opportunity CreationWe can break selling into two primary outcomes under which you can fit all kinds of tasks, responsibilities, processes, and methodologies: 1) opportunity creation, and 2) opportunity capture. Everything else is a commentary on these two activities, and even though everything is important, not everything can be most important.There are a few activities that allow one to create a new opportunity. The first and primary activity is prospecting using whatever method that works for the sales organization or salesperson. The second prerequisite for creating opportunities is sales meetings, where the salesperson is face to face or ear to ear with a prospective client (or a client, where creating opportunities is necessary).There are dozens of activities around prospecting and meetings, including things like research, nurturing relationships, planning sales calls, and a host of other valuable and necessary actions. There is a good reason to do all of these tasks, but not without paying careful attention to the primary outcome that is creating a new opportunity.How much time do you spend prospecting or sitting across from a prospective client exploring change?Opportunity CaptureLike opportunity creation, there are countless tangential activities one might engage in throughout the day that are all necessary to winning opportunities, but there is one that dominates: sales meetings. The time spent with prospective clients and clients is a useful metric to determine how much work is being done to capture opportunities.It’s possible that salespeople spend more time in their inbox than in their client’s office or on their telephone. Screen time exceeds the time most salespeople spend on the phone or in meetings. The countless initiatives and make-work that salespeople are tasked with indicate that there are higher priorities than creating opportunities and capturing them.Reverse Your Time BlocksInstead of carving out small segments of time to complete the ancillary work around sales, many (too many, maybe most) salespeople and sales organizations block time for sales activities.If one were to decide that they were a salesperson or their company a sales organization, improving their results would be a matter of reversing the way we block time. Instead of blocking time to make calls, making calls would be primary, with a 90-minute block to do the necessary administrative tasks and other miscellanies at the end of the day.If you want to increase your sales, spend more time selling.last_img read more

first_imgHow does a wasp turn a ladybug into a zombie? How did a shattered chromosome cure a woman of a rare disease? And what’s hiding inside a South American ice cap? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Susanne Bard. Plus, Will Steffen discusses the processes that define the planetary boundaries framework, and Jenna Jambeck examines the factors influencing how much plastic debris a nation contributes to the ocean.last_img

first_imgWipro is building India’s fastest supercomputer for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).The supercomputer, which will be almost one-and-a-half times more powerful than India’s current fastest computer, will have a processing speed of 200-500 teraflops.  The Columbia Supercomputer, located at the NASA Ames Research Center. NASAThe world’s most powerful supercomputer is the Tianhe-1A, in Tianjin, China, with a speed of 2.57 petaflops, according to www.top500.org, which is 10times faster.Presently the fastest Indian computer is the Eka Computer at Tata’s Computational Research Laboratories with a speed of 132.8 teraflops, which debuted as the world’s eighth fastest computer in 2008, but now ranks 47.  Related Itemslast_img

first_imgOppo F3 Rose Gold variant is now available in India at a price of Rs 19,990. The smartphone was launched in the country back in May this year and can be bought from Flipkart or at Oppo’s offline stores.”By launching the Oppo F3 Rose Gold Version, we aim to offer our Indian consumer an outstanding confluence of fashion and technology where exquisite design meets innovative camera technology. We have received a tremendous response for Oppo F3, especially from the younger audience. So, we decided to surprise them with a fashionable and trendier variant of the Oppo F3,” said Will Yang, brand director, Oppo India.While the phone comes in new colour but its specs and features remain the same. The Oppo F3 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass and comes with Corning Glass 5 protection on top. At the heart of it lies a MediaTek MT6750T chipset clocked at 1.5GHz speed paired with Mali T86-MP2 GPU and 4GB RAM. There is also a front-mounted fingerprint scanner in the phone.In terms of storage, the Oppo F3 comes with 64GB Internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s own Color UI 3.0 skin.Also Read: Oppo F3 review: Buy it for its superb selfie cameraThe Oppo F3 sports a 13MP rear camera with Dual PDAF, LED flash while there is a dual camera on the front- a 16MP sensor + 8MP sensor with wide angle view. Oppo says that the selfie camera detects if two or three people are in frame and automatically switches it to wide-angle mode. The smartphone is backed by a 3200mAh non-removable battery and supports Hybrid Dual SIM. The connectivity options include  4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, MicroUSB  and a 3.5mm headphone jack.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA weakened Panathinaikos was crushed, 83-65, to Spanish power Real Madrid in Euroleague group play, the second loss in four games for the Greek team.It was a rout from the beginning with the Madrid team up 39-29 at the half although the Greens closed to within four in the third period before the Spaniards went on a run to close it out without much of a challenge after that, running its lead to 81-59 before the finish.Esteban Batista was the top scorer for Panathinaikos with 15 points while AJ Slaughter had 12.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgLeo Messi ended the clásico in a state of undress again but it was Real Madrid who had been stripped bare. At the very end of the last Madrid-Barça, Messi stood to the left of the goal at the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu, shirt off and held up for all to see; at the very end of the latest Madrid-Barça, exactly eight months later and a little over eight metres away, he lay on the grass to the right of the goal at the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu, boot off and abandoned, unseen at first. Then, as now, Barcelona had just scored the third, only now he had given it instead of getting it: another visit, another victory, and maybe this time a title too. If then there was hope, ultimately unfulfilled, this time there is expectation. Alarm bells are ringing at Ipurua, but don’t worry: that’s good. A factory siren still greets every goal and they’ve been getting quite a few of them lately. They stuffed four past Girona and finish the year in seventh just three points off a European place. Real Madrid European club football Share on LinkedIn Read more “We’re not running out of gas,” Marcelino insisted, but inside Valencia they know that they need reinforcements this winter. And they knew that even before they were beaten 1-0 by Villarreal, falling to their third defeat in four having been unbeaten until then. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Topics Share on Pinterest Happy Christmas from everyone here. And from Fuenlabrada. Oh, and from Sporting and Oviedo. Much, much better: Happy Christmas from Villarreal and Bacca and Bakambu! It is rather easier to know what to say to this, and it rhymes with “duck cough”. The Atlético Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, says: “Football should lose feeling.” Share via Email Barcelonacenter_img Share on Twitter A gigantic banner had welcomed the players on to the pitch dreaming of a “White Christmas” but those celebrating it were mostly wearing red and blue. Messi was wearing red and blue and, it was now revealed, white. In the last minute, he ran at Marcelo. The challenge saw him lose his boot but not his balance and, dashing to the line, sports sock exposed, the Brazilian tumbling behind him, he pulled it back for Vidal, slipping to the floor as he went. As Vidal’s shot squirmed under Keylor Navas and over the line, he got up and ran to the scorer, leaping into his arms. Camera shutters clicked and when their pictures were developed handy circles superimposed over his sock showed everyone what they had missed. Ivan Rakitic arrived with the boot and as they broke Sergio Busquets drew near and, grinning, had a word in his ear. Merry Christmas, perhaps? The goal ended the game, and maybe the league. Barcelona had just beaten Madrid 3-0; for the first time in their history they had taken three points at the Bernabéu for a third season in a row, aggregate score 10-2. The most successful year in Real Madrid’s history – their fifth title, the Club World Cup, was briefly offered to supporters before the game – closed with them all but handing back the league they won in May. “It hurts,” Zinedine Zidane said. “But,” he insisted, “Madrid never surrender, no matter what. People can think the league is over but I don’t think so and the opposition coach doesn’t think so either.” Ernesto Valverde didn’t – or he didn’t say so, anyway – yet as Zidane suspected, almost everyone else did and not without reason. High in the north stand, a few hundred Barcelona fans waved and sang “Goodbye to the league, goodbye.” A chant of “Campeones” followed. Elsewhere in the stadium, they streamed for the exits, making their way out into the sunshine in silence. What noise there was came in the form of whistles. Soon Barcelona’s players were boarding planes at Barajas, heading home happy for their holidays. Valverde insisted “we’re not even at halfway yet”, but his team are already winter champions – an honorary ‘title’ handed to the team top at halfway when 19 games have been played and everyone has faced everyone once – and, as Marca’s front page put it, “virtually summer champions too”.“Barcelona have gone,” AS’s cover said. Mundo Deportivo called it “Bestial”, a 14 making up the I and the A to indicate the points gap between the two sides. Sport called them the “future champions”, its front page going for a simple: “Merry Christmas!” Victory also took Barcelona nine points clear of Atlético and 11 points ahead of Valencia, both of whom were beaten this weekend. “It’s difficult,” Marcelo conceded. Sergio Ramos admitted: “We have to be realistic, it’s very complicated.” Even if Madrid win their game in hand – against Leganés in February – and every other game too, Barcelona would still have to lose four times for them to win the league. So far this season, they have not lost one. The last time Barcelona were beaten was the last time they came here. It was the Spanish Super Cup and it was August. Neymar had just gone, and mentally they looked gone too. Gerard Piqué ended that game sitting on the bench verbally “shitting on the bitch” and muttering: “these guys are leading us a dance”; he ended this one heading up the pitch, looking for a goal of his own. That was him forcing the last corner. By then, Barcelona dominated entirely, having slowly taken control as if by stealth, and he felt superior; back in August he had admitted that for the first time in nine years he felt “inferior” to Madrid. Since that night, Barcelona have played 25 games, 17 in the league, and have not lost, a resurrection quietly led by their new manager, who has guided them from crisis to the top of the table, unbeaten at Valencia, Atlético and Madrid, virtual champions at Christmas. Things change fast. “It’s a lesson to us all,” Valverde said, nailing it as he does so often. There was a warning there – “the advantage can be gone in a flash,” he said – and a nod not just to his own team’s turnaround but Madrid’s too, urging caution and respect, a hint of Mr Wolf in his words. If it has happened once, twice, it can happen a third time. Madrid won it all: European and domestic champions for the first time in 59 years, the talk was not just of having finally returned to the summit, winning a second league title in eight years and adding the European Cup, but staying there, a new era all of their own. And now this: the league almost relinquished before the winter’s even out. “You lot have become too used to a good thing; this is sport, you can lose,” Marcelo said, while Ramos insisted that the clásico defeat could not wipe out 2017: “Anyone who thinks this is a failure should look at the stats,” he said. Yet defeat was a damaging one, places had been changed. “Back then people said they were sunk, tomorrow it’s us that will be ‘sunk’,” Zidane said. “There will be hostias,” he added. The hostia is the body of Christ, wafer-thin, the holy host, the consecrated bread, but it has multiple-meaning here, many of them sweary. It’s also a blow, a punch, a beating, a kicking and he was right: the kicking was coming. When Karim Benzema departed he was whistled, one radio commentator declaring playing with him akin to playing with 10, and by then they really were playing with 10 of course after Dani Carvajal’s superb one-handed save from Paulinho. Cristiano Ronaldo swung at his side’s best chance and missed the ball entirely. Sergio Ramos had hit out at Luis Suárez, and while he claimed that “in Catalonia they’ll say I should go to jail, like Carles Puigdemont”, who is not actually in jail but in Belgium, there were complaints from the capital too. And there was criticism of the way Madrid took a step back in the second half, even if Valverde insisted: “I don’t think that was a conscious decision.” By the end most agreed that Navas had been Madrid’s best player. Barcelona won 3-0 and ultimately it could have been much more. “Madrid throw in the towel,” said the cover of AS. “Madrid hand over the league,” ran Marca’s website. The talk before the game was whether Barcelona would give Madrid, the recently crowned world champions, a pasillo, a guard of honour, standing back and applauding them on to the field, letting them pass, as they had done in 2008. In the end, for all the polls and the faux anger and the furious mass debates, they didn’t. In the end, the critics said, it was Madrid who gave Barcelona a pasillo: standing back and letting them go, offering them an avenue through which to pass. “The pasillo was from Madrid,” said AS; “Pasillo for Barcelona,” said Marca. Above all, the hostias were Zidane’s. “That’s football; I accept that,” he said, “I don’t regret anything and I won’t ever change.” This time, he had: his decision to leave out Isco, arguably their best player in 2017, and play Mateo Kovacic instead, was at the heart of the analyses and the attacks. “Zidane confuses Madrid,” wrote Javier Sillés in AS. “Zidane hands Barcelona a pasillo,” said El Mundo. The cover of Marca sent him to the naughty step – the “thinking corner”, as it’s called in Spain, where he was told to contemplate what he had done. What he had done is employ Kovacic in a specific role with a dual function designed to stop Barcelona playing. A loose element, separate from the structure of the rest of the midfield, his job was to press Sergio Busquets, preventing Barcelona from bringing the ball out, and also then drop in and pick up Leo Messi – like a double man-marking job, one after the other and one ahead of the other. As the game progressed, and the balance tilted, as Barcelona edged their way up the pitch, the focus became more Messi than Busquets. By the time the second half began, the shift seemed definitive. And when the opening goal came, on 54 minutes, the idea was exposed as if the whole plan was portrayed in one picture, that single moment, flaws and folly laid bare. When Barcelona got the second 10 minutes later, Carvajal sent off just as Zidane was about to send Bale and Asensio on, Messi smashing in the penalty, bowing, blowing a kiss, and standing before the north end, arms outstretched, it was over. Then, eventually, Vidal rounded it off. But it had begun with Busquets, though. And with Kovacic. A drag-back, a Cruyff turn, and Busquets eased away from Toni Kroos, pulse barely registering. Unusually, Casemiro was ahead of the ball (normally he is behind it), knowing that Kovacic was behind him. Here came the ball out from the back that Madrid feared, the exit that exposed them. That left the other element that concerned them: Messi. Busquets cut out Luka Modric with the kind of pass with which Modric cuts out others, sending Rakitic running through the middle. Others ran too, Piqué included, too many of Madrid’s players not included. Kovacic was the only one in Rakitic’s path but instead of stepping towards him, he moved towards Messi, heading away from the ball, so the Croatian went on alone and unattended, almost unable to believe it. He reached the edge of the area and played the ball to Sergi Roberto who, first time, threaded it across to where Luis Suárez was arriving and he hit it under Navas. And there it was: the pasillo they talked about, provided by Zidane and Kovacic. Which meant that there, too, were hostias. It was easy. It might also have been a little unfair. For much of the first half, the plan had worked. Certainly, the clásico did not entirely delegitimise it. Nor, though, did it entirely legitimise it. In the opening 45 minutes, Madrid had more of the possession, created a couple of decent chances – Ronaldo missed one entirely, Marc-André Ter Stegen saved another with his foot and Benzema hit the post – and largely denied Barcelona a way out. Equally, while the heart of the media analyses was Messi – perhaps limited by the perspective offered by TV? – it was more when the focus tilted towards him and away from Busquets that flaws in Madrid’s gameplan were exposed, although given the energy needed to execute it, perhaps that was always likely to be the way. And to start with, it had the desired effect. “We found it difficult to find a way out; they went virtually man to man on us and we were forced to go long,” Valverde admitted. The thing is, that’s something his team’s prepared to do; they’re also prepared to risk playing through pressure, the reward for which is increasingly a player in possession, pitch ahead of him. Sometimes, it is just a case of having the patience to wait for that moment. Resistance is a quality Barcelona have developed, discipline too. Compact, organised, even in the first half the best two chances were perhaps theirs – both for Paulinho – and slowly they took control. By the second half, that control was complete. If they have not always convinced this season, here they did, possession theirs, opportunities too. By the end it was 3-0 and not just against any team, against Real Madrid – without Neymar, without Dembele, without Coutinho and without Samuel Umtiti too.Go through the team and it is impossible to find a player who didn’t play well. Iniesta glided, described as the Mona Lisa in El País; Vermaelen quietly did everything right; no one went past Piqué and no one was fouled by Piqué, either; Alba occupied a wing alone, again, and sent a backheel through Modric’s legs; Ter Stegen stood tall and strong; every decision Sergi Roberto takes is the correct one, executed cleanly and quickly; Suárez scored one and provided a wonderful pass that should have led to another; Paulinho has something no one else does, “surprise” according to Valverde. He meant on the pitch, but there are plenty off it surprised too. And Busquets’s cool clip over Carvajal might even be better than his part in the opening goal, the perfect illustration of how inviting pressure is not as suicidal as it can seem. When it comes to breaking the press, no one does it better and when Busquets plays, Barcelona play. There’s a reason Zidane wanted to stop him. There’s a reason, above all, why he wanted to stop Messi playing, even to the point of sacrificing his most creative player: he is very, very good at football and just about every part of football. The plan might not have worked, but that’s not to say the idea was necessarily wrong; certainly not to say it was impossible to understand. In the aftermath of the clásico, the day that Barcelona took a huge step towards another league title – their ninth in the 13 years since Messi has been a starter – much of the criticism focussed on the idea that Zidane was afraid of Messi. And there may be something in that, but there is also an obvious response: “Well, yeah. Wouldn’t you be?”In their match report, AS made the baffling claim that Barcelona “didn’t need Messi to beat Madrid”. Given what Zidane did, that would be wrong even if Messi had done nothing all game, just his presence conditioning the clásico, but Messi didn’t do nothing. In fact, he did pretty much everything. Watching it back, the variety and sheer number of things he does is extraordinary. Even in the first half an hour or so, when space was denied and Madrid’s plan appeared to be working, even when a case could be made for suggesting that he was under control and Modric was arguably the man who most impressed, Messi provided the two best chances for Paulinho, the first from an absurdly good pass. And then, step by step, he took to the stage, until there he was standing at the north end of the stadium with his team-mates, victorious again. The stats bear out the sensations, even though they can’t explain everything, even though they can’t measure the timing, the decision-making, the control, the effect on all those around him. According to Who Scored, Messi had 81 touches, more than any Madrid player and second only to Busquets; he completed six dribbles, three times more than all the Madrid players put together, and played more passes than any Madrid player except Modric, completing 88% of them. He made three tackles; only Toni Kroos and Busquets made more. He made nine key passes, more than twice as many as any other player, and created more chances than anyone had made in any game this season. Against Real Madrid. At the Bernabéu. On the day they man-marked him. Which is why even when Messi didn’t do anything, he was decisive. The breakthrough came when Barcelona, for once, didn’t look for him – because Madrid did. And while it would be a push to credit him for that, there’s something in it. Then he scored the penalty to make it 2-0. Sure, it’s only a penalty but that’s his 54th goal in 2017 (only Harry Kane, one behind, can catch him now) and the man who scored a clásico hat-trick at 19 has got more goals in this fixture than anyone else. Besides, Messi’s passes made the penalty in the first place. Look, too, at the other chances made, the quality not just the quantity of his delivery, his vision: no easy through ball into space, simple cut back, or set-play swung into the box here; these are something else. His pass to Paulinho is fantastic, that Messi ball which one opposition manager admitted they all know is coming but don’t know when and can’t stop it. The pass to Andre Gomes leaves him clean through but he hits it over. The pass to Semedo is wonderful, but Navas saves. And the pass to Suárez is brilliant, but eventually, via another pass, Carvajal saves.And, then, at the end of it all, when the ball was about to go out – maybe it does? – and the clock was ticking down on the last clásico of 2017, Leo Messi sprinted across, slid in to stop it, turned, ran behind Asensio, received the pass, dashed beyond Marcelo and found Vidal for the third goal, leaving his boot behind and leaving Real Madrid behind too. Results and Talking PointsLevante 0-0 Leganés Getafe 2-0 Las Palmas Real Sociedad 3-1 Sevilla Eibar 4-1 Girona Alavés 1-0 Málaga Betis 0-2 Athletic Espanyol 1-0 Atlético Madrid 0-3 Barcelona Valencia 0-1 Villarreal Deportivo 1-3 Celta Alavés are out of the relegation zone! Which is why it was a bit weird to see Munir apologising when he scored the goal that lifted them up to 17th, but he wanted to say sorry for making them suffer with all the chances he had missed before. When he eventually volleyed in the winner in a huge match against Málaga, they didn’t care any more. That’s three wins out of four under new manager Abelardo – and the one they didn’t win was a 1-0 defeat at the Wanda. blogposts Share on Messenger And what a way to go. Adiós, Carlos Vela, the foreign player who has made the second most appearances in the club’s history and who scored on his last game for Real Sociedad. Share on Facebook Before the Galician derby, Luisinho claimed that Deportivo de La Coruña were the “big team” in the region, given their history. Meanwhile, Celta’s captain is Hugo Mallo, a local boy and a man who has a bit of form when it comes to winding up Depor. So when Celta won 3-1, with two of the goals scored by his best mate Iago Aspas, it was no surprise that he gave some back. “Someone should tell Luisinho that you don’t talk in the press, you talk on the pitch,” he said. “It’s true that Deportivo were big but if they still were now Luisinho wouldn’t be playing for them.” As for Aspas, who has scored more goals in 2017 than anyone else in Spain except Messi and Suárez, the first in the derby celebrated by standing still before the Depor fans, soaking it all up with his hand on the Celta badge, the second a belting free-kick, he could not resist having a go too: “I don’t know if he has been hiding in a coffin for the last four years because there have been eight derbies and Depor only won one.” Luisinho responded: “It’s easy to talk now. You can see what cowards their players are. Deportivo is the best team in Galicia, a big team in Spain and what I said is no lie. I know it annoys them, but that’s a fact. A few days after he returned from prostate cancer surgery and even fewer days before Christmas, Sevilla sacked Eduardo Berizzo. And, well, it’s not easy to know what to say to that really. Share on WhatsApp Six years under Simeone, and Atlético are better than ever. That’s what the stats say about 2017, anyway. And yet they’re out of the Champions League of course – and on Friday night Atlético were atlético’d, caught by a late winner at Espanyol, scored by Sergio García. Who’s still around, and still got something, that’s for sure. La Liga Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgShare on Twitter David Warner Share on LinkedIn David Warner full of regret for his part in ball-tampering scandal – video Read more Share on Facebook Candice sobbed silently as she watched her husband stop and start, the words catching in his throat. Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket team Australian ball tampering Warner prostrated himself before the public, begging forgiveness. There were six apologies and three sorries in his opening statement alone.Yet, for all that, little new was offered. Who else was involved? Why did he do it? Has he tampered before? The questions were met with more tears and apologies but the answers never came. Journalists who pressed Warner were cut short by a media minder. When Warner failed to answer when asked who else had been involved in the plot, one journalist pressed: “You haven’t answered the question, who else was involved?”The intervention was quick: “Excuse me, one question.” The questions may have been stopped in the press conference on Saturday. But for the public they will continue. Perhaps sensing the unfulfilled expectations, Warner tweeted soon after, acknowledging there were “lots” of unanswered questions. Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Topics The ground rules were laid out with a firm hand before David Warner’s arrival.Saturday’s press conference in Sydney would not descend into a circus. Questions were to be taken in an orderly fashion, one each, upon the raising of a hand. Candice, Warner’s wife, was to be left alone as she watched on from the back. It had been a tough time for the couple, and respect ought be shown. The rules, though, were only ever going to hold for so long. Cricket Support The Guardiancenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport Play Video The media were tense. This was the moment when Warner, one way or another, would reveal the nature of his reported masterminding of the Cape Town ball tampering saga. Either that or his well-known belligerence would come to the fore after days of rumour and innuendo painting him as the scandal’s villain-in-chief. But by the time his media minders called “last question”, the answers had failed to materialise. “Dave, have you been made a scapegoat here?” the final questioner asked. “You’re holding back on some of your answers.”It was then that the order broke down entirely. A flurry of questions were shouted at Warner’s departing back. “Whose idea was it? Whose idea was it? Who took the sandpaper out there?”“Why won’t you answer the question?” Little more than 10 minutes earlier, Warner had arrived at the offices of Cricket New South Wales with his wife, both visibly chastened.Warner looked like a man whose mental state had afforded him little sleep. The lines under his eyes were dug deep. His head was bowed. The couple hugged before parting ways; Warner to face a dozen cameras snapping away, and Candice to sit among journalists at the back. The emotions were raw and genuine. Since you’re here… But there was a formal process to follow, he explained. Much like the press conference, that process will descend into chaos for Cricket Australia if the answers don’t come. Share via Email Reuse this content He wept real tears, but David Warner’s straight-bat answers kept much hidden Share on Pinterest 0:42 Read more Share on Messenger David Warner (@davidwarner31)1/3 I know there are unanswered questions and lots of them. I completely understand. In time i will do my best to answer them all. But there is a formal CA process to follow.March 31, 2018last_img read more

first_img Lando Norris: ‘A lot of swearing goes on generally when I am driving’ Norris, who is still only 19, was first signed by McLaren as a junior driver in 2017. He tested their car that year and while competing in F2 last season was the team’s reserve driver. His performances on promotion to a full race seat have proved his credentials as a potential future starof the sport .“It’s good to see McLaren have faith in me and back up what they’ve said in that I have been doing a good job so far,” he said. “I wasn’t pushing for it. I wasn’t saying I want the deal done by Silverstone. It was out of the blue last week. It doesn’t change too much because I wasn’t thinking about it, or worried about it, but it gives me a bit more confidence.”Norris has out-qualified his more experienced teammate Sainz six to three so far this season and has shown maturity, tenacity and finesse. He has remained optimistic in the face of two mechanical failures, reacted well to playing the team game in Monaco and did not seem at all intimidated by going wheel to wheel with the world champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raïkkönen. He has scored two sixth-place finishes – in Bahrain and at the last round in Austria.McLaren’s chief executive, Zak Brown, wanted to ensure there would be stability in the team’s lineup. “Lando is in a good place, so as he gets more successful, and we get more successful, we all win together,” he said. “Given how well Lando and Carlos are doing, it was in our best interest that as silly season ramps up, we have our head down, we know what we’re doing next year, and this announcement is to end speculation or potential activity.”McLaren are in the process of rebuilding after a period of underperformance and are beginning to display some of the form that has returned eight constructors’ and 12 drivers’ championships. They are fourth in the championship, the best of the midfield teams and 20 points in front of fifth-placed Renault. news Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. McLaren Support The Guardian Read more Formula One Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Lando Norris has had his contract with McLaren extended to continue racing for the team for a further three years.McLaren have shown their confidence that Norris will be central to their efforts to return to the front of the grid by announcing they will retain him before his home race, the British Grand Prix. The team have also extended the contract of his teammate, Carlos Sainz. Share on Facebook Formula One 2019 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

first_imgSporting Images have been here again shooting team and action shots for the 2005 NTL. A small gallery of these shots is available to be viewed using the ‘Gallery’ link on the left hand side of the ATA homepage. Photos will be available for purchase from www.sportingimages.com.au apporoximately one week after the tournament.last_img

first_imgMan Utd target Pochettino: I’m focused solely on Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation he could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Pochettino listed as a heavy favourite to join the Red Devils.”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham,” said Pochettino.”I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.”I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.”It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health. In his message for the Day – commemorated every year on 5 June – Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), observed that climate change is “magnifying existing disparities between rich and poor” and “aggravating tensions over fragile or increasingly scarce natural resources” such as productive land and freshwater. “It increases the potential to create a new class of displaced people known collectively as environmental refugees,” Mr. Steiner warned.He stressed that collective and decisive political will is “the final – and still missing – piece in the jigsaw puzzle.” While many sectors of society are moving to deal with climate change – including local authorities, industry, the financial sector and civil society – the collective political process, he said, is moving “frustratingly slowly.”Referring to this year’s theme, Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?, Mr. Steiner urged people everywhere to ask their political leaders and elected representatives: “Just how much hotter does this topic need to become before Governments across the globe finally act?”Meanwhile, the head of the UN health agency highlighted in her message the close relationship between health and the environment, noting that 60,000 deaths from climate-related natural disasters occur every year, the majority in the developing world.“Limiting the impact of climate change is about saving lives and livelihoods, as much as it is about protecting the natural environment,” Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said. She stressed the need to strengthen public health systems, the “first line of defence against climate-related health risks.” Also, noting that prevention is just as important as a cure, she said many of the actions that are necessary to reduce the impact of humans on the global climate can also reduce pollution and save lives now. “Reducing our impact on the global climate requires individuals, communities and governments to make the behaviour and policy changes – such as cleaner energy and more sustainable transport systems – that will also bring immediate health benefits.”World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to raise global awareness of the environment and boost political attention and action. 5 June 2007The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health. read more

The Transparency in Trade Initiative (TNT), launched in Geneva today by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the UN Statistics Division and other UN agencies, is “a joint project aiming to eliminate the transparency gap resulting from the lack of access to data on country-specific trade policies,” according to UNCTAD. “Free access to data will make it easier for exporters and policy-makers to meet relevant standards and requirements,” the agency stated. “Increasing transparency in trade will improve the trading environment in Africa and in Africa’s export markets; it will facilitate the continent’s exports to both regional and international markets,” said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. The two-day Global Review of Aid for Trade, which opened today, is aimed at assessing what has been achieved since the launch of the Aid for Trade Initiative in Hong Kong in 2005. Aid for Trade aims to help developing countries, particularly those classified as least developed countries (LDCs), acquire the trade-related skills and infrastructure to implement and benefit from WTO agreements and to expand their overall trade.The participants at the global review include senior officials from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as well as dozens of international trade organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private corporations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to address the group tomorrow.Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO, opened the meeting by detailing some of the results of Aid for Trade implementation activities on the ground worldwide.“This covers projects and programmes from countries as geographically and alphabetically distant as Azerbaijan and Zimbabwe – and most countries in between,” he said. “Results range from increased export volumes to more employment, to faster customs clearance times and impacts on poverty.” 18 July 2011Several United Nations agencies and their partners today launched an open information initiative designed to eliminate the “transparency gap” in world trade, as a global review of the six-year-old Aid for Trade initiative got under way in Geneva. read more

The temporary Mosque which was attacked on Saturday is to be closed and the old Mosque in the area will operate once again.The bo-tree was removed in order to give more space to the old Mosque. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that the government must ensure that all are able to practice religion without fear. Britain has raised concerns over the attack on a Mosque at Grandpass over the weekend.Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said that it is vital that the Sri Lankan government investigates the incident. After two days of tensions a solution had been reached on the Mosque issue yesterday (Sunday) and as part of that solution a bo-tree near an old Mosque in the area was cut down today.

LONDON — Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat.The debt-laden British-based company has confirmed it is seeking 200 million pounds ($250 billion) in extra funding to avoid its collapse.The company says it is in talks with stakeholders such as leading Chinese shareholder Fosun to bridge the funding gap and stave off entering administration.Thomas Cook said in a statement on Friday that the money required would be a “seasonal stand-by facility” and come on top of the 900 million pounds it had already raised from Fosun and its lenders.If the company goes under, an estimated 180,000 people could be stranded abroad. Thomas Cook employs 22,000 staff members around the world, including 9,000 in its home market.The Associated Press read more

Current and future United Nations operations can take away valuable lessons from the world body’s recently-closed mission in Guatemala, which stands as a successful example of multidimensional peacebuilding, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his wrap-up report on the mission’s work.The UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) officially closed shop at the end of December, after 10 years of verifying human rights and helping the country implement its far-reaching peace accords. The accords, signed in 1996, ended 36 years of conflict that killed an estimated 200,000 people, most of them civilian victims of massacres, and the majority Mayan indigenous villagers.In his end-of-mission report to the General Assembly, Mr. Annan hails the operation’s accomplishments as a model to be emulated elsewhere. He summarizes the Mission’s work on each of the agreements and outlines its two-year transition programme designed to ensure continuity in the peace process beyond the end of the mandate.Mr. Annan chronicles the evolution of MINUGUA – which faced “tough criticism” from some conservative elements early on – through the decade, spanning four government administrations, and over a vast subject area contained in the accords. The accords attempted not only to end the conflict and disarm the parties, but to address the root causes of the war through long-range public policies on human rights, justice reform, demilitarization, the fight against racial discrimination and against poverty.“Perhaps the most difficult challenge for MINUGUA was to operate in the complex multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual environment of Guatemala, with its deeply entrenched racism and abandonment of the nearly two dozen Mayan, Xinca and Garifuna indigenous communities that comprise at least half the population,” Mr. Annan says, adding that the Mission made use of national indigenous staff and translators able to explain the peace accords and the mandate.Although the Mission verified continuing abuses during that first period, some very serious, its presence generally had a dissuasive effect, contributing to a steady decline in violations from the time of its arrival through a ceasefire and the final signing of the peace agreement. According to the report, human rights activists and members of rural communities who had been targeted during the conflict saw the Mission as a source of protection.The signing of the Agreement on Firm and Lasting Peace on 29 December 1996 marked the end of 36 years of conflict and signalled a new phase in the life of MINUGUA. Its mandate expanded beyond human rights to the verification of a wide-ranging package of accords designed to overcome the economic, social, political and cultural root causes of conflict. MINUGUA also expanded and broadened its expertise, adding specialists in indigenous affairs, macroeconomic and fiscal policy, labour issues, land rights and agrarian policy, military and public security reform, and gender issues, among others.The Mission dedicated its final year to ensuring that peace priorities were reflected in the policies of the new administration, while continuing, through its transition strategy, to build national capacities to promote and monitor peace accords implementation after its departure.The centrepiece of the transition effort during the final year was the National Transition Volunteers Programme, through which 60 young Guatemalan professionals received special on-the-job training within MINUGUA as verifiers and promoters of the peace accords. “That was one of the most successful initiatives undertaken by MINUGUA which could potentially be replicated in other missions,” Mr. Annan says.Also during the final period, each MINUGUA field office prepared an in-depth analysis of the state of peace implementation in its respective region, for use by newly elected authorities, civil society counterparts and regional staff of international cooperation agencies.Finally, Mr. Annan notes that MINUGUA’s closing marks not only a milestone for Guatemala, but also ends a long chapter of UN involvement in Central America, where it also helped Nicaragua and El Salvador emerge from civil wars, and adds: “With the end of international verification, the Guatemalan peace process has matured into a new and important phase in which national actors area assuming fuller responsibility for monitoring and promoting the goals of the peace accords.” read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Comedian, writer and actress Katherine Ryan has been confirmed as the celebrity guest speaker for the 102nd Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Annual Dinner, to be held on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.Well known for her appearances on Live at the Apollo, Katherine’s other TV credits include Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the Radio 4 institution The News Quiz. She’s been a regular on comic challenge show Taskmaster and music quiz Bring the Noise, and has also appeared in Channel 4’s comedy Campus, BBC2’s Episodes, and has hosted BBC Two reality contest Hair.More than 1,000 guests from across all sections of the UK automotive industry, government and media will be attending, making the SMMT Annual Dinner one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the year.The 102nd SMMT Annual Dinner will be hosted by SMMT President Tony Walker CBE, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, who will be giving a keynote address to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry in the coming year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The SMMT Annual Dinner is one of the most highly anticipated events in our industry’s calendar. We are delighted that Katherine Ryan will be joining us to add some extra star appeal to what is shaping up to be another must-attend occasion.MSX International (MSXI) will return as the event’s headline sponsor. MSXI (www.msxi.com) is a business process outsourcing company that provides technology-based services to enterprises in more than 80 countries.Patrick Katenkamp, CEO Retail Network Solutions, MSXI, said,MSX International is proud to once again sponsor the SMMT Annual Dinner. As the world leader in delivering retail solutions to OEMs and their dealer networks, we are committed to the global automotive industry and the success of all its stakeholders. The SMMT Annual Dinner provides an excellent opportunity to network and build a stronger community, as our exciting industry continues to evolve and innovate.Tickets for the dinner are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.smmt.co.uk/events/annualdinner read more

first_imgIt is feared the company could use the anonymised data in legal cases minimising the dangers of smoking, or fighting regulation. The medical records of British cancer victims have been handed to a controversial American firm working for one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, the Daily Telegraph can reveal. The data covering almost 180,000 patients – every case of lung cancer diagnosed in England over a four year period – was given by health officials to a firm which has acted to cigarette giants Philip Morris International for almost three decades. The sensitive information, taken from NHS records, was taken without the consent of any of the cancer sufferers or their families. An investigation…last_img

first_imgSKF has announced the introduction of the LMC 301 controller for lubrication applications where sophisticated control and feedback are required. Designed for use with pumps that have no internal controller, the LMC 301 is very suitable for mining and large process industries.Compatible with single-line, dual-line and progressive lubrication systems, the LMC 301 can operate three different pumps, and each of those pumps can control up to three zones. Because one unit manages up to nine separate zones, fewer controllers are needed, which reduces system investment. Also, each pump can function as a different system type.The versatile LMC 301 is an efficient solution for systems that have lubrication points requiring different lubrication intervals or varying types of grease. This controller can handle multiple greases and diverse temperature ranges, and is ideal for critical bearings where it is essential to know that they have been lubricated properly.SKF also demonstrated a comprehensive range of solutions designed to extend the service life of machinery, improve productivity and reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance in mining.A featured bearing solution is the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing. With improved heat treatment, the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings can have a service life twice that of the previous industry leading SKF bearings, especially under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. The upgraded bearing is also available in a sealed version. This protects the bearing from contamination during assembly into the machinery and during operation with considerably less maintenance.In addition, with a new design in the smaller sizes, the sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings have up to 50% less seal friction, resulting in reduced operating temperatures by up to 20 °C, enabling doubled operating speeds.Another solution for the mining and construction industry is the range of SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings. With improved corrosion resistance and heavy-duty sealing, these bearings now have a dynamic load rating 50% higher than conventional steel/steel bearings. These bearings can operate maintenance-free and can last significantly longer than even regularly relubricated conventional bearings in applications with low to moderate contamination levels.“SKF continues to improve our products to provide OEM and end user customers increased reliability and reduced maintenance” says Keith Meyers, SKF’s Global Industry Manager Mining, Mineral Processing and Cement. “This improves their productivity and the safety of their workers.“last_img read more

With majority of the votes, Handball-Planet.com fans on Facebook decided that clash between MKB Veszprem and Vive Targi Kielce was the best match of the EHF CL Round 8 (64 votes). Second place won the match between Ademar Leon and Montpellier (8 votes), followed by important win of Fucshe Berlin over Russian Bears (6 votes). The fourth place took the Balkan derby between Cimos Koper and Metalurg, while the last one from nominated matches was the win of Barcelona in Chambery. ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League: Estonian Kehra leader after 10 Rounds Next Story → Bosna Sarajevo saved – BH Telecom new “last name” Best handball matchMKB VeszpremVive Targi Kielce

first_imgThere are enough cases out there with kickstands now that if you plan to do any traveling with your phone or like to watch video on it, there’s no reason to buy a case that doesn’t have one on the back. The new iKit Chrome Flip case for the iPhone 4 adds a little style and color to your iPhone, leaves the ports and buttons open for use, and has a kickstand on the back so you can prop your device up when you’re ready to watch video or do a FaceTime video call. The Chrome Flip is available in blue, silver, and pink metallic shades, and is made of polycarbonate to protect your phone from drops and falls. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for that iPhone owner who just won’t get a case, this one will set you back $34.95 list.last_img