49ers-Saints reactions: San Francisco’s thrilling win called ‘game of year’

first_imgDefense be damned, anyone who watched the 49ers’ thrilling, 48-46 victory over the Saints Sunday can probably agree on one thing: this was one for the ages. (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)49ers-Saints reactions: San Francisco’s thrilling win called ‘game of year’ The two teams treated viewers to nearly 100 points and 1,000 yards in what can only be called an instant classic as the 49ers seized (at least temporarily) the top seed …last_img

New homes for low-income families

first_imgHabitat For Humanity in South Africa hasmade new homes available to more than3 000 families over the past 15 years.(Image: Habitat For Humanity) The Mashile family in Orange Farm receivethe keys to their new home from Eugene Drotskie, GM of Nedbank Home Loans.(Image: Jenni Newman PR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Adrienne Burke  Communications, Habitat For Humanity SA  +27 21 657 5640 RELATED ARTICLES • Drive to help clear housing backlog • SA’s housing drive ‘taking shape’ • New technologies for social housing • SA housing innovation on show in US • Housing projects to curb SA slumsJanine ErasmusHabitat for Humanity’s annual Corporate Blitz Build week has resulted in new homes for 44 families in poor communities around South Africa.The Blitz Build is a joint project of the South African chapter of the global humanitarian NGO Habitat for Humanity (HFH), the national Department of Human Settlements and a number of private companies.With an initial target of 50 houses in total, the building project took place from 3 to 7 October in Orange Farm in Gauteng province, Mfuleni in the Western Cape and Umbumbulu in Kwa-Zulu Natal.Volunteers from the Industrial Development Corporation, Nedbank Home Loans, Microsoft South Africa, 3M, the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation, ArcelorMittal South Africa and others, gave five days of their time to build brand new houses for needy families.They were assisted by professional builders, who ensured that the houses went up within the allotted time, and were of an acceptable standard.The event coincided with World Habitat Day, which this year fell on 3 October. In 1985 the UN declared that the first Monday of October each year should be set aside as a day of reflection on the need for adequate housing for all.In recognition of the work done by HFH in South Africa, the UN awarded its 2009 Habitat Scroll of Honour to the Gauteng project, which in that year took place in Alexandra, east of Johannesburg.To date the housing organisation, which began its local operations in 1996, has helped 3 143 families in 34 communities across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.This year will also see the completion of the 500 000th HFH home worldwide – this achievement will be celebrated in Kenya.The wait is overThe bulk of the building took place in Orange Farm, a large informal settlement located between Johannesburg and Vereeniging on Gauteng province’s southern border.Here, 34 houses, of the 39 originally planned for the community, took shape within the five days, while the balance was constructed in the two other provinces.Jethro Mashile and his family were the beneficiaries of the Nedbank Home Loans initiative in Orange Farm. Having lived for 12 years in a tiny two-roomed house, the family were delighted to have more space.“We are happy, happy, happy,” said Mashile’s wife Wendy.Both are unemployed, with a meagre social grant as their only regular income. To support themselves and their two children, they take whatever temporary employment they can find, such as collecting metal cans, which brings in a small sum of money when the cans are handed in for recycling.The Mashile family has been on the government’s low-cost housing list for six years. Now, with a brand new four-roomed house with electricity and running water, the parents feel they can offer their children a better future in a decent home.“We’ve been involved with Habitat for Humanity since 2004,” said Eugene Drotskie, the GM of Nedbank Home Loans. “We consider this exercise to be a natural extension of our day-to-day work of helping people to acquire a home, and we find that it contributes to team-building as well.”Nedbank Home Loans staff participated in all three building initiatives in 2011.“People in our Cape Town and Durban branches were beginning to complain about being left out,” said Drotskie.The project also falls in line with the banking group’s corporate social investment policy, which is led by the Nedbank Foundation and focuses on challenges such as health, job creation, community development and education.last_img read more

What I Talk About When I Talk About Playing to Win

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Playing the game is not the same thing as playing to win. You can play the game, simply going through the motions, without intention, without being mindful, and without a spirit of competition (found in this book). This is nothing more than “punching the clock” and “putting in your time.”Playing to win means intentionally doing the things that increase your chances of winning and creating a competitive advantage.Persisting in pursuing your dream clientThere are salespeople who call their dream client once and never call again. There are others who call once a quarter, just to “check in,” never calling with a real agenda worth a meeting, and so infrequently as to be meaningless. Instead of pursuing their dream clients, they look for more “hot” leads.Those who play to win develop a professional pursuit plan and persist over time, knowing that eventually they will find an opportunity. Giving up because something is difficult is not a strategy for winning. Determined, patient, persistence is what wins.Be known for your ideasSo, you say you want to be a trusted advisor? How then can you allow marketing to nurture your dream clients instead of doing this work yourself? There are some who refuse to read books on their craft, the news that would provide them insights, or the books and broadcasts that would help shape a better lens through which to see the world. No one believes your marketing department is their trusted advisor.If you are going to advise others, business acumen and situational knowledge are necessary. If you want to be known for your ideas and advice, you have to develop them yourself. Winning starts with you becoming someone worth buying from in the first place.Prepare for meetingsBecause it is your job to make sales calls, you make sales calls. The fact that one makes a sales call says nothing whatsoever about the quality of that sales call. I once heard a salesperson open their first sales call with these words, “Can you tell me what your company does?” As you might have imagined, it was a very short sales call.The time your prospective client gives you is a gift. It’s an opportunity. If you are going to play to win, you need to use that time well enough that you earn the right for more time—and greater commitments. Winners train, and winners prepare.Control the processIf you play, you may leave a sales meeting without a next step, without something on your prospective client’s calendar. Maybe they told you they’d get back with you (what is really a non-commitment). Or maybe you didn’t want to ask because you didn’t want to risk insulting, alienating, or making your prospect uncomfortable.Winning means gaining all the commitments (found in this book) you need to help the client move from their current state to the better future state you are going to help them achieve. It also means you have sometimes difficult, sometimes uncomfortable conversations.Connect with people and connect the dotsOne way you can tell someone is playing the game without trying to win is by looking at the number of contacts they are engaged with as they pursue the client’s business. Invariably, those who play are too comfortable being single-threaded, knowing only one nice, super-receptive, non-challenging contact who is always willing to give them time.Those who win go vertical, moving up and down within the organization, as well as moving horizontally, bringing in people from all the areas their solution will touch. They connect with people and connect the dots. They wire the building, and in doing so, they increase their odds of winning.Likability, caring, and thoughtfulnessLow energy, no energy, no real interest, and no follow up isn’t what you would project if you wanted to win. There are many who believe that it isn’t helpful to be known, liked, and trusted, and that relationships don’t matter. Imaging holding this view when your competitor holds the opposite.When you play to win, you invest your emotional energy, you prove you care, and you provide your client with an idea as to what it’s going to be like to work with you.Engineering winning solutionsPeople who play believe they are selling their solution. Much of the time, this means giving the client something to which they can easily refuse. The solution isn’t the client’s, and so they are not invested in it.Those who win do their best to engineer the right solution, knowing that all is for naught unless they give the client something to which they can say “yes.”There is no reason to play the game without a strong desire and intention to win. Do what is necessary to stack the deck in your favor.last_img read more

Mike Gundy on if Rob Glass Ever Leaves: ‘I’ll Have to Find Something Else to Do’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State strength and conditioning guru Rob Glass sat down with Brett Ledbetter of What Drives Winning, a seminar/training course that’s hosted collaborative efforts from the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to World Cup champion Abby Wambach.Mike Gundy has previously done two sit-downs with Ledbetter. OSU wrestling coach John Smith has done one, as well.Coach Gundy and Glass talked about the beginnings of their relationship (Glass was on staff at OSU when Gundy was a player) and Gundy talked about the importance of having someone you trust in that role.“If he decides to get out of it, I’ll have to find something else to do,” said Gundy.“Strength and conditioning is the most important aspect of developing college football players.” Gundy continued “Coach [Glass] gets them really eleven months out of the year, so the discipline, the structure, the toughness, the environment he creates and develops sets them up for us.”Glass, who makes just under $400,000 a year according to the Tulsa World’s database, talked about what the moniker #BodyByGlass entails.“We’re trying to, essentially, develop a swagger, a physical presence with our guys because that’s what it takes to be successful,” said Glass. “So we’re training that dominant, alpha-male type of mentality [that] is what we’re trying to create.”His track record of player transformation speaks for itself.Check out the full interview below.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Is Home of the Best Offenses In The Country

first_img1Oklahoma State81612 10Oregon263229 6Notre Dame134026.5 3Texas Tech25816.5 2Michigan71812.5 4Florida State173124 5North Carolina64425 RankTeamBasketball RankFootball RankAverage Rankcenter_img 7Louisville401527.5 Over the past decade Oklahoma State’s football team has become known for its premier offense. This year Oklahoma State’s basketball team has soared to become one of the most efficient offenses in Big 12 history.When you combine the two, you get Stillwater, OK — home of arguably the best offenses in college football and college basketball during the 2016-17 school year.I recently looked at all 128 D-1 football programs and where they ranked in points per possession. Then I combined them with there they rank in raw points per possession in hoops (OSU is actually No. 2 when in hoops when adjusted for opponent but No. 8 in raw PPP).Here is your top 10 as of right now. 8West Virginia114628.5 9Toledo49929 OSU averaged 2.89 points per possession in football and averages 1.16 per possession in basketball. Both top 20 in the country. Michigan is the only other team that can claim that.OSU’s combined total of 4.05 points per possession was not the highest, though. Western Kentucky averages a combined 4.57, but Western Kentucky ranks No. 193 in basketball PPP. OU also ranks ahead of OSU in total combined PPP with 4.48, but they are No. 2 in football and No. 254 in hoops.I thought the fairest way to normalize the fact that you are able to score more points per possession in football is to do it by national rankings. And Oklahoma State is No. 1.OSU has quite literally has had the most efficient (points per possession) offenses in the country in football and basketball this school year.I refuse to do the same ranking for defense (because I don’t want to know what I find), but this is a pretty sweet achievement for Underwood, Gundy and their assistants. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Broadcasters Praise Oklahoma State Football Program

first_imgMichigan St99-56-064% TeamW-LWin % Florida113-44-072% Boise State132-26-084% TX Christian117-37-076% Wisconsin119-41-074% Texas104-50-068% Oregon119-38-076% Iowa93-61-060% Penn State107-47-070% BYU108-47-070% Missouri100-56-064% Florida St116-44-073% Clemson118-43-073% Whoo boy, I had to take a couple of laps around my neighborhood after watching this video summing up Mike Gundy’s last 12 seasons in Stillwater. ESPN’s Rece Davis and Fox Sports’ Tim Brando were asked for their thoughts about OSU football these days.“It’s a different deal,” said Davis. “The brand is now known. Oklahoma State is a brand name now. They’ve pushed their way into the upper echelon of college football. Now, I think they’re recognized as a perennial contender.”They are. Here is OSU’s record since Gundy took over in 2005. Exactly the same as … Texas. Notre Dame94-58-062% S Carolina93-61-060% W Virginia106-48-069% N Illinois99-60-062% LSU120-36-077% VA Tech113-48-070% Louisville99-53-065% Alabama135-28-083% App State29-19-060% Ohio State133-24-085% USC117-40-075% “The culture now is success,” said Gundy. “That’s what’s happened around here in the last five or six years. We’ve won so many football games. We’ve done so well in the classroom. They players just have success that’s instilled in them. We’re very proud of that. They look forward to competition. People from coast to coast respect Oklahoma State football.”Awesome. And the video is even better. Stanford99-55-064% Nebraska103-55-065% Cincinnati98-55-064% Navy102-54-065% Oklahoma123-36-077% Oklahoma St104-50-068% Georgia112-46-071% Houston103-54-066% Utah103-50-067% Michigan92-60-061% Auburn102-53-066% While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

Ontariobased cannabis firm Aphria Inc targeted in hostile takeover bid

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. — An Ohio-based company is making a hostile bid to acquire one of the biggest players in Canada’s legal cannabis market.Columbus-based Green Growth Brands Ltd. has announced a takeover bid for Aphria Inc. that values the Leamington, Ont.-based firm at $2.8 billion.Green Growth says in a statement that the offer values Aphria shares at $11 each, providing shareholders with a 45.5 per cent premium over the company’s closing price on Monday, Dec. 24.Aphria shares closed Thursday at $7.57 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but shot up in after-hours trading amid reports of the takeover bid.An Aphria representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Green Growth CEO Peter Horvath says in a statement that the acquisition “will create value for both Aphria and Green Growth shareholders.“We are confident that the significant premium we are offering and the opportunity to participate in the growth of a stronger, combined company are so compelling that we are taking our offer directly to Aphria’s shareholders,” Horvath said.“Together, we can unleash synergies between our teams, assets and geographies, forming a combined enterprise that will accelerate our collective growth strategies in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.”Earlier this month, a Toronto law firm said it filed a proposed class action against Aphria and its chief executive and financial officers after the company was targeted by short-sellers.Koskie Minsky LLP alleges Aphria made false and misleading statements related to its acquisition of LATAM Holdings Inc., a claim that has not been tested in court.The proposed class action came after short-sellers Quintessential Capital Management and Hindenburg Research alleged in early December that Aphria’s acquisition of the LATAM Holding assets in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica were “largely worthless.”Aphria said on Dec. 6 that it had set up a special committee of independent directors to review the acquisition. Companies in this story: (TSX:APHA, CSE:GGB)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alberta business forum applauds linking carbon tax implementation and pipelines

first_imgThe Newfoundland-born orator quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said this week in Calgary the discounts amount to a “crisis,” adding he holds the government accountable for that crisis.On the sidelines, executive fellow Ted Morton with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said Murphy’s speech resonates with many in the oilpatch who feel betrayed by the government in Ottawa despite Alberta’s financial contributions to the country.Trudeau said on Thursday the federal government is addressing Alberta concerns by buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer and by continuing to try to get the expansion built after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down its National Energy Board approval in August.“Until there are pipelines leaving Alberta, plural, and there is oil flowing through them that will go to international markets, and US$40 price differentials are no longer the thing, until that time, it should be illegal for two lips to close on the phrase, carbon tax,” said Murphy. LAKE LOUISE, A.B. – Social commentator Rex Murphy says it should be illegal for Canadian governments to collect carbon taxes until there are new export pipelines delivering Alberta crude oil to world markets.A sold-out audience at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum leaped to their feet in a standing ovation as the former CBC commentator ended a fiery speech criticizing environmentalists and federal politicians alike for stalling pipelines.A lack of pipeline capacity is blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that has resulted in Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude trading at as much as US$52 per barrel less than New York-traded West Texas Intermediate.last_img read more

Cong decides not to field candidates in 5 seats

first_imgKolkata: The Congress has decided not to field candidates in five seats — Bishunupur, Diamond Harbour, Asansol, Bolpur and Tamluk— as a “goodwill gesture.”The Left Front did not field candidates in four seats from where Congress nominees had been elected in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Holding the Left Front responsible for the failure to ink an electoral alliance, veteran Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said: “We wanted a complete alliance. Discussions were on with the Left Front. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We want to defeat the Trinamool Congress and the BJP and for this total alliance was necessary. “Why did the Left field candidate in the seats where Congress candidates had got more votes. We believe in political courtesy.” Left Front chairman Biman Bose had said on Tuesday that the party would field candidates in four seats from where Congress candidates had won in 2014 polls if the party did not respond. Political experts said in view of the alliance there would be triangular fight in the nine seats, four seats from where Congress candidates had won in 2014 polls and five seats where Congress did not field any candidate. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHowever, in Raigunj and Murshidabad the Congress will fight against CPI(M) candidates Mohammad Selim and Bodrudojja Khan. Selim had won by 1,634 votes only. He got 3.17 lakh votes while Deepa Das Munshi got 3.15 lakh votes in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The first ever electoral alliance between the Congress and the CPI(M) which was formed in 2016 before the Assembly election did not go well. The Left Front had managed to get only 32 seats of which CPI(M) got 26 seats while RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI got three, two and one seat, respectively. Political experts said the alliance between the Congress and the CPI(M) was not likely to work in 2014 as for hardcore Congress supporters voting for CPI(M) was “impossible” and the same logic applies to hardcore CPI(M) supporters also. It is a political compulsion of both the parties to stay together as the organisation of both the Congress and the CPI(M) has become very weak over the years. Even CPI(M) leaders admitted that it would not be possible for the party to man all the polling stations. There are 77,000 odd polling stations in Bengal. The political experts felt that alliance or no alliance Trinamool Congress would be benefitted in the ensuing election.last_img read more