Big Two quick off the mark at Senior Men’s County Finals

first_img Yorkshire and Sussex got their campaigns off to a flyer with victory on day one of the Senior Men’s County Finals.Last year’s runners-up Sussex edged out Lincolnshire by a narrow 5-4 margin to claim two points.Yorkshire – the 2017 champions – fought off a gutsy Dorset side to put their two points on the board courtesy of a 5.5-3.5 triumph.Sussex showed their early desire to claim a maiden success in this event when they swept the board in the three morning foursomes against a Lincolnshire side slow out the traps.Victories for the partnerships of Steve Graham and Martin King (pictured above), Martin Galway and Martin Cawte and Doug Park and Colin Jones set Sussex on their way.Perhaps stung by the start to the Finals, Lincolnshire hit back in the afternoon singles.Tim Seaton, Paul Wharton and Simon Ostrom recorded thumping wins to help redress the balance.Galway then responded for last year’s runners up while Park added a point to the Sussex tally when he saw off the threat of Woodhall Spa’s Latham.Colin Trestrail earned the final individual plaudits of the day for Lincolnshire with a win on the 18th, but the team honours went the way of Sussex.It was the ideal start for a county still smarting at losing out to Lancashire in the final moments of drama a year ago.Yorkshire, though, will be formidable opponents in the final two days of action.Dorset – looking to finish higher than their third place in 2018 – had shown they meant business by halving the morning foursomes thanks in part to a victory for Tony Coles and Ashley Bennett over England international Rich Jones and his colleague Johnny Lawrence.John Smith and David Barton also earned a half point when another England international – Richard Norton – and his partner Alan Wright were held to a tie.Andy King and Ian Clarke’s 8&6 win over Gary Earl and John Pounder restored parity at lunchtime before the afternoon singles took to the course with the match poised at 1.5-1.5.Jones, Stephen Mason (pictured below) and King did their jobs with early wins for Yorkshire. Gary Earl claimed the notable scalp of Norton to pull one back for Dorset.Ian Clarke’s victory over David Barton helped take Yorkshire over the line before the final match of the day ended with a Dorset win for John Smith over Mark Lawson.A session of excellent scoring at Effingham GC in Surrey has teed up an exciting final two days of competition.On day two, Sussex will take on Dorset while Yorkshire face up to Lincolnshire.Photograph credits: Leaderboard Tags: Dorset, Lincolnshire, Senior Men’s County Finals, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire 8 Oct 2019 Big Two quick off the mark at Senior Men’s County Finals last_img read more

KIJHL assured by Nitehawks security breach fixed rest of playoffs

first_img“It’s in the (league) constitution that security is the responsibility of the home team and whether Beaver Valley needs more security people or more local RCMP attending games, that is up to them,” Ohlhausen added.Beaver Valley leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 3-1 with Game four set for Thursday in Fruitvale.A win by the Hawks eliminates the Leafs from post-season play.Should Nelson post the victory, the series would return to the NDCC Arena for Game six Friday.If a seventh game were necessary, it would be played Saturday at the Hawks’ Nest in Fruitvale.Camer rewarded for his special play on the iceRobson Cramer is in his final season with the Nelson Leafs.After two seasons with the Green and White, the Summerland native has made his final campaign one for the franchise history books.Cramer, 20, was rewarded for his fine play on the ice before Tuesday’s Game four at the NDCC Arena by KIJHL vice-president Bill Sheard.Sheard presented Cramer with two KIJHL awards — top defenceman in the Murdoch Division and top defenceman in the entire league.Cramer has sign a commitment letter to play next season in the BC Intercolligiate Hockey League with Simon Fraser University.Braves/Rebels locked in best-of-three seriesSpokane Braves tied their series with Castlegar after posting a 6-0 rout of the Rebels Tuesday in the Lilac City thanks in part to the stellar netminding of Jon Manlow, who stopped all 43 shots.The win sent the Braves back to the Sunflower City for Game five even in the best-of-seven series 2-2 with the favour Rebels.Paxton Malone scored twice while Jonny Marzec, Lance Noomen, Sean Collins and Kyle Davis added singles.Game six is Friday in Spokane. If necessary, Game seven is to be played Saturday in Castlegar. The crowd of Nelson fans lining up to complain about security at the Fruitvale Arena should be relieved hear the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is dealing with the problem.KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the league had contacted Beaver Valley Nitehawks franchise about the incident that happened during the second-period intermission of Saturday’s Murdoch Division playoff game between the Leafs and Hawks.Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily he believes security will be improved for the rest of the playoffs.“They are to have a meeting to set up a committee with the RCMP and municipality to fix up the entrance onto the ice for the visiting team,” Ohlhausen said.“I had a call with Dennis (Bedin) and he told me (Hawks) are trying everything they can to stop any further incidents from happening.”The incident occurred when the Leaf were leaving the ice following the second period.A fan became involved with some of the Leaf players as the team walked from the ice to the dressing room.The Nelson Daily has fielded many Facebook and text messages complaining about the security at the Fruitvale Arena during Hawks’ games.Leaf president Larry Martel, not in attendance at Saturday’s game, also spoke with the league after accepting several cell phone calls from irate Nelson fans.However, Ohlhausen believes the issue will be addressed and fans can go on cheering for their respective teams without any concerns.“Overall, I don’t think big problem,” said the KIJHL president.“I think it’s just two or three or four people causing all the trouble.”last_img read more

How To Create Compelling Content

first_imgAt Dreamforce, a member of the audience asked:“How do you create content that cuts through the noise? How do you get attention now that there is a glut of content being created?” It’s an excellent question. How do you create compelling content? What do you do to bring attention to your company, your brand, or yourself now that the social web has gotten so crowded? How do you stand out in a world of content shock. Here’s a framework for thinking about content creation for sales and marketing.What Is Compelling?First, we have to deal with the idea of “compelling content,” and this is the difficult part. Compelling to whom? Compelling how? Here’s the thing, compelling is in the eye of the beholder. If you want to be compelling, you have to know what is already compelling to your prospective clients or customers–or what should be compelling to them.If you are going to create content as part of your “above the funnel” marketing or nurturing efforts, you need to decide who should be compelled and why. There is no better lens with which to answer this question than your buyer’s journey.“I Hate Everything Right Now”Most buyers beginning their buying journey are compelled by some recognized gap in their performance. They realize that the status quo is no longer serving them, and they are motivated to change. When they start typing their query into Google, they search for content that speaks to that dissatisfaction.The gap might be something as simple as not knowing where to eat dinner in a city you have never visited. It might something more personal, like how to lose weight or get back in shape. But it’s a little more complicated for sales organizations that sell business-to-business where the outcomes are more complicated. The best of your time and energy is spent thinking about the challenges your prospective clients face and how they talk about those challenges.What are the challenges your clients face right now? What are the areas where they struggle to perform as well as they need to? What words do they use to describe those challenges? Writing content that speaks to these challenges is compelling because it is aligned to what your buyers need right now. It serves them by helping them to understand their dissatisfaction, and it puts them on the path to finding answers.“I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know”Buyers need help uncovering their real needs. They have their own ideas about what needs to change and how they might need to do things differently. But they don’t know what they don’t know. When they search for help, they look for help discovering their real needs. They also search for people and companies that can help them understand their needs.One of the strongest benefits of creating compelling content is that you can give your prospective client some idea of how you view their challenges and how they might think about what they need.What do your prospective clients need to do to overcome their challenges? What do they need to change, why do they need to change it, and how does that change make a difference? Your answers here give your prospective buyers the insight as to how they might think about their needs while providing clues about what you believe and how you might help.“What Are My Options?”Once your prospective buyers understand what they need, they want to know what their choices are to effectively deal with that need. At this stage of their journey, you have a lot of great options for producing content.What are the range of choices available to your prospective clients? What can they do? What are the tradeoffs they may need to consider? Would you recommend one course of action over another?But there is a second set of questions here that can guide you towards compelling content. How are you different? And more importantly, why do you do what you do in a way that is different than your competitors? How does that difference make a difference for your clients?Some of the content you create should help you position yourself in your market. It should differentiate you by explaining what you believe makes a difference in producing the results your buyer needs.“Prove It”The final stage buyers march through on their journey is avoiding risk and ensuring execution. Stories are compelling, and so is data. What stories can you tell about where your clients were when you found each other, what you discovered together, and how you produced better results? What measurements can you use to speak about the impact of the changes you made?Content that tells the story of how you helped your client get to the better results they were seeking give your prospective clients the vision of what they can look forward to. It helps them to see their future results. That vision can be seriously compelling.Compelling How?You create content to help your prospective buyer through their journey, but you need to compel them to take some action. Your content needs to leave them with a call to action. If you can help them better understand the source of their dissatisfaction, your content needs to compel them to connect with you in whatever way best serves both of you in exploring ways you might help.How do you make it easy for your prospective buyer to connect with you? How do you assure them that by connecting you that you are going to be helpful instead of desperately trying to prematurely push them for a deal? What is the first commitment you need them to make and what is the value proposition for them when they agree to that commitment? Is it signing up for more information? Is it scheduling a call?A Final WarningThe biggest mistake you can make in designing a content strategy is to withhold. Your content will never be compelling if you don’t tell your prospective client the what, why, and the how. If you aren’t willing to share how they can improve what they are doing now, your content will fall short of the mark. It won’t be compelling because it doesn’t provide any answers and it leaves your prospective buyer even more dissatisfied. You can’t create content that leaves your prospective client in the same stage as where you found them.Many sales organizations are too fearful about sharing content that answers their buyer’s questions with actionable information. They believe that their answers are their intellectual property, and sharing deprives them of the ability to capture some of the value they create. There is some truth to this, and there is some risk. But the greatest risk for most sales organizations now is that they share content that isn’t compelling, doesn’t help their prospective client with their buying journey, and doesn’t give them the experience of what it might be like to work with them. The greater risk is irrelevance.Create compelling content by looking at what your prospective clients or buyers need as they work their way through their buying journey. The more helpful you are in serving their needs here, the more your content will be compelling. And the more likely you are to create new clients.last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic deal

first_imgREVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have scrapped their option for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard.BILD says in talks with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic, Chelsea agreed to write off their first refusal clause for Hazard.BVB see Hazard as a replacement for Pulisic and weren’t prepared to sell the American to the Blues unless they agreed not to compete for the Belgium international.Hazard confirmed recently, “Yes, Chelsea has a say in what happens to me. But that’s governed by the clubs.”However, the Blues will now allow BVB to move for the midfielder without any counter offer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRangers boss Gerrard ‘flattered’ by Klopp’s Liverpool plan for him

first_imgRangers boss Gerrard ‘flattered’ by Klopp’s Liverpool plan for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard was happy to hear Jurgen Klopp tipping him as his successor at Liverpool.But he expects and hopes Klopp to be in position at Anfield for many years to come.”I was surprised and flattered at the same time,” Gerrard said when asked about Klopp’s comments. “But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.”Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Seniors in northern communities to receive increased communitybased seniors services

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Seniors living in Northern British Columbia will start to receive increased community-based seniors’ services.Through Northern Health, the Ministry of Health is funding $100,000 grants to an initial group of three organizations.According to Northern Health, this funding is part of a provincial initiative to help seniors maintain meaningful social connections through a series of community projects to support healthy aging in place and improve opportunities for social connection. One of the three organizations to receive funding is the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, which received $100,000 to improve access to healthy food and social connection for seniors, and is currently conducting focus groups with and planning a survey for local seniors on these topics.The Province is also providing funding to several community organizations in B.C. sothey can provide better transportation for seniors, such as the NH Connections service.last_img read more

463 jailed Morsi backers declare hunger strike Lawyer

first_imgCAIRO –A source from within Egypt’s prison authorities dismissed the allegations, claiming that none of the prisoners had declared a hunger strike. “Some prisoners only objected verbally to the introduction of glass dividers,” he said.As many as 463 jailed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Monday declared a hunger strike in a Cairo prison to protest alleged maltreatment by Egyptian prison authorities, a lawyer with the detainees’ defense team said.Among those who have joined the hunger strike are Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat al-Shater; deputy head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Essam al-Erian; leading Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Beltagi; and former youth minister Osama Yassin, lawyer Sayed Nasr told Anadolu Agency. A handful of former Morsi aides – including secretary for foreign affairs Essam al-Haddad, adviser for Egyptian expatriate affairs Ayman Ali, adviser on media affairs Abdel-Meguid Mashali, security advisor Ayman Hodhod, and aide Ahmed Abdel-Atti – have also joined the hunger strike, Nasr added.“They declared the hunger strike to protest the prevention of their families from visiting them and new measures to install glass dividers between them and visiting family members,” he added.However, a source from within Egypt’s prison authorities dismissed the allegations, claiming that none of the prisoners had declared a hunger strike. “Some prisoners only objected verbally to the introduction of glass dividers,” he said.The Interior Ministry had announced earlier that jailed Brotherhood leaders would be able to use booths to see visiting family members through a glass divider and talk to them through handsets instead of face-to-face meetings.In a statement, the ministry said that prison regulations gave the authorities the right to organize prison visits in ways that prevented prisoners from passing messages on to followers outside.Following Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the military, the government launched a wide-ranging crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which the ousted president hails.Most Brotherhood leaders, including the movement’s supreme guide and his top aides, are currently in jail on multiple criminal charges that they insist are politically motivated.By Islam Tawfiqlast_img read more

Baseball Ohio State drops three of four games to Pac12 opponents in

OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team knew facing off against the No. 5 Oregon State Beavers and the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes that this would be a challenging weekend. And while the Buckeyes were able to split the series against the Beavers (7-1), they were swept by the Utes (5-1) and lost the weekend series 1-3 and dropped to 3-5 on the season.The pitching struggled over the weekend but, arguably the biggest issue of the series for the Buckeyes came behind the mound, as the defense struggled to field the ball cleanly. The club had four errors in their first game against Utah, three in the second game against the Utes and another one in the series finale against Oregon State. Game 1 versus UtahThis game was all Utah from the beginning, as they piled on the offense and came away with a convincing 12-0 victory over OSU.Redshirt junior starting pitcher and co-captain Adam Niemeyer allowed only a single run in the first inning, but the Utes piled on in the second. Niemeyer gave up five runs in the bottom of the second, thanks in large part to a bases-loaded double from freshman second baseman Oliver Dunn.The lead was expanded to 8-0 in the bottom of the fourth by a two-run home run off the bat of senior right fielder Josh Rose.The Utes scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth, giving them their 12th and final run.Utah received a dominant combined effort from its pitching staff, as they held the Buckeyes to just five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Freshman starting pitcher Jacob Rebar delivered 5.2 shutout innings with only three hits and one walk allowed while striking out three.Game 2 versus No. 5 Oregon StateComing off a rough debut as a starting pitcher, redshirt junior starting pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos delivered six innings of three hit, shutout baseball and led the Buckeyes to a 6-1 victory over the fifth-ranked Beavers.After scoring in the first inning, OSU remained silent until the fifth inning. With a runner on second, sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry drilled a home run over the left-field fence to expand the Buckeye lead to 3-0.Both teams scratched across runs in the seventh inning before the Buckeyes tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth off an errant throw on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by junior left fielder Tyler Cowles.In Pavlopoulos’ first career start, the right-hander surrendered six runs on four hits, two walks and lasted only 2.1 innings. This time around, he was able to miss bats and limit base runners, allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out four batters. Of the three hits he allowed, only one went for extra bases compared to the two extra-base hits he allowed in his last start.Game 3 versus UtahAfter falling into an early five-run hole, the Buckeyes staged a late comeback, but fell just short and lost to the Utes for the second time this weekend 6-4. With the game sitting at 2-1, things started to unravel for sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner in the fourth inning. He allowed back-to-back doubles to open up the frame, which brought the score to 3-1. An error and a single followed the pair of doubles and Utah expanded its lead to 4-1. The Utes would later go on to score again in the fifth and seventh.After Utah’s starting pitcher exited the game having dealt six innings of one-run baseball, the OSU bats immediately came to life, scoring a run quickly in the seventh after Ratcliff doubled and later scored on a wild pitch and throwing error. The eighth inning was the most productive one of the night, however, for the OSU offense. With two down and runners on the corners, junior first baseman Bo Coolen singled up the middle to bring the score to 6-3. Redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff followed Coolen’s single with one of his own, driving in another run and bringing the score now to 6-4. The Buckeyes would later load the bases, but a strikeout ended the frame.Sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Buckeyes, but Utah’s closer was able to put away the next three batters and send the Utes home happy.After Feltner left the game, the Buckeyes received a lights-out performance by their bullpen. Senior relief pitcher Joe Stoll allowed only one run on two hits and one walk in 1.1 innings while freshman relief pitcher Jake Vance came in and provided OSU with 1.2 innings of three hit, shutout baseball. Redshirt junior relief pitcher Kyle Michalik provided the lockdown performance of the game, going 1.1 innings while allowing no runs on only one hit. Game 4 versus No. 5 Oregon StateNeeding a victory to secure at least a series split, OSU could not find enough offense and fell to Oregon State 5-1.The game was held scoreless until the fourth inning. After two straight hits began the inning, freshman catcher Adley Rutschman chopped one to the right side that Coolen couldn’t quite get to, plating the first run of the game and giving the Beavers the early 1-0 lead.Junior Michael Gretler followed Rutschman’s single with a double that rolled just under Cherry’s glove and brought the score to 2-0 Beavers. An error in the inning brought across the third run of the inning across for the Beavers.After Oregon State scored again in the sixth inning, there was little action until the top of the eighth inning. With two away and the Buckeyes’ hopes fading, Junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt stepped up to the plate and drilled the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a home run.The OSU offense was largely shut down in this one by redshirt junior starting pitcher Jake Thompson. Thompson limited the Buckeyes to just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven across eight innings. OSU will travel to Builes Creek, North Carolina on Friday to kick off a three-game series against Campbell University. First pitch of the weekend series is set for Friday at 6 p.m. with Niemeyer, the likely starter for the Buckeyes. read more

Emery wants Auba to aim for the Golden Boot

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can go all the way to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season.Aubameyang became the first player to hit double figures and currently top of the scoring charts with 10 league goals after his double inspired the Gunners to a win over rivals Spurs on Sunday.And Emery in a recent report on FourFourTwo challenged the Gabonese striker to maintain his hot streak in their game against United.“I want him to continue improving, and his challenge is also collective and individual,” Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.10 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the first player to score with 10 consecutive shots on target in the Premier League since October 2007 (Benni McCarthy for Blackburn). Pinpoint.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I want his challenge to be that he has the opportunity to be the best scorer in the Premier League.“We want to help him achieve this and that is because, if he is scoring, he is helping us.“In the last two matches, he has had a very big performance, working and scoring. I want to say to him, ‘Don’t stop, continue with this commitment every match.’“It is also important that he takes confidence from matches like Tottenham. Now is the moment to say to him, ‘Don’t stop’.”last_img read more

Kroos adds to Madrids injury woes

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has been ruled out of action for around three to four weeks with an adductor problem.Kroos injured his adductor in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad and further compounded the club’s woes with other key players equally facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.“Following tests carried out on our player Toni Kroos today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg,” the club revealed in a statement on Monday.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His recovery will be monitored.” according to quotes cited via the Evening Standard.The German midfielder is set to miss the Liga games against Betis, Sevilla and Espanyol, as well as the two-legged Copa del Rey last-16 tie versus Leganes, but he should be back for the knockout stages of the Champions League next month as Madrid face Ajax home and away.Other players missing out of action are Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente.last_img read more