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first_imgThe way you think about making money will influence the way you earn it. Here are some inspiring stories to reshape your thinking and might help you make more money in the process!To make money you need to think about it in a new way. Ideas and opportunities for creative money making ventures are all around us if we know where to look. Knowing how to look and what to look for, can radically alter the way you view your world and in having a fresh perspective you might just hit upon a great money making idea. Here are a few inspiring stories to spur your creative business’ success.Reframe Your ThinkingThere’s a brilliant thread on Quora which answers the question What is the best way to invest and grow my money? The top answer is from Tina Sellig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, in which she sets her students the challenge: What would you do to earn money if all you had was $5 and 2 hours? Most of them think of simple ideas like buying lottery tickets or setting up a car wash with a bucket and sponge. But the ones that made the most money, hundreds of dollars in a few hours, were those who reframed the problem entirely:Read Quote of Visakan Veerasamy’s answer to Investing: I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money? Those teams observed common problems like long queues for restaurants and low tire pressure and turned them into money making ventures. The winning team uniquely pin-pointed an asset that everyone else missed and made $650 in 3 minutes. That asset was the captive attention of their student peers for the Monday morning presentation on what they achieved with their $5 and two hours. The winning team sold that time slot to a company who wanted to advertise to the students and created a three minute commercial on its behalf, brilliantly making the most money and solving the challenge.Reframing the way you look at your problems, resources and opportunities, taking the time to observe your market astutely and making the most of what you already have are key facets to creative money making.10 Percent Better It is often said that improving a product or service by just 10 percent can transform it into (perceptively) a whole new product. Making money creatively more often than not, means not re-inventing the wheel but rather finding friction points in existing systems and finding ways of providing a smoother experience. Tech Crunch has an inspiring post on how one entrepreneur went from $0 to $1 million in 2 years.In 2007, Bryan was a manager at Sears. He quit his job and within two years was making over a million a year. Eventually Braintree grew much bigger and raised $70 million from Accel and others, but that wasn’t what was interesting to me. “How did you do it?” I asked him. “What are the initial steps.” And he told me. So I will tell you.Bryan Johnson created a company called Braintree which processes creditcard payments.  It’s a booming industry (certainly not glamourous) but one with which he was intimately familiar. There were plenty of existing competitors and bigger services but he provided a better one. He made the most of the contacts he had, took the risk of trying something new and built a trustworthy brand. So the next time you say to yourself ”I really hate it when xxxx happens.” question whether there’s an opportunity for some creative money making staring you right in the face.ScalabilityOne of the inherent limitations in being a lone freelancer is that it is impossible to scale your operations. I cannot replicate myself like Michael Keaton can in Multiplicity (if that’s too obscure a reference you’re not missing much!) and do four times the work. I could get in junior editors, build an agency or try to expand into production as well – but that’s a whole other ball game. I could try to work double shifts but that would be exhausting and any time I’ve taken on too much work I’ve not enjoyed the experience. Finding a business idea that can scale is a better bet.E-commerce is all about scale. If you produce some online creative training materials, you can sell them to a thousand people as easily as you can to one person. The same work, but with ever increasing returns. Investigate how you could create a product or service that is infinitely scaleable and you’ll be on to a good thing. Or one step better, create a platform that will scale upon which others can interact, and in doing so make you a percentage from every transaction. Platforms like eBay, Kickstarter, Behance, Airbnb and YouTube  – to name just a handful, are all making money from their users efforts. The more users they get the more they make, the more they can scale their platform the more valuable it becomes and so on.Reframing the way in which you look at business opportunities, creating ideas with built in scalability and not re-inventing the wheel are all useful tools in making money creatively. But as with so much in life; ideas are easy and execution is everything.last_img read more

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first_imgWaiting for someone else to create your opportunities for you. A lack of prospecting usually proves fatal when it comes to selling well. Your success hinges on your ability to create new opportunities.Not preparing for sales meetings. The most valuable activity in which you can engage is spending time face-to-face with your prospects and clients. Not using that time wisely is a mistake.Not listening. In inability—or an unwillingness—to listen well proves that you are self-oriented or lack discipline. No one wants to buy from someone who doesn’t care about what they say enough to listen.Leading with your product. Unless you are Apple, you’re not Apple. Trying to open an opportunity by leading with your product mostly causes resistance. It also makes it appear that what you sell is a commodity.Competing on price. Unless that is your company’s chosen strategy, competing on price is one of the worst of worst practices. It normally doesn’t work. And it prevents you from delivering.Lying or not setting the right expectations. There aren’t too many things worse than lying in an attempt to win business. Lies of omission aren’t any less harmful, which is why you have to set the right expectations, even when you feel that it will threaten your deal.Failing to follow up. Failing to keep your commitments might indicate that you don’t care, that you aren’t detail-oriented and buttoned-down, or that you can’t be trusted. Even the small commitments matter.Avoiding accountability. When you sell something, you own the outcomes you sold. Avoiding accountability makes you someone who can’t be trusted to be part of your client’s team. Not owning what you sell makes it almost certain you don’t make a future sale.Possessing a poor mindset. Having a negative or cynical attitude is a terrible affliction. Spreading that disease is even worse. Your results begin in your mind, and a poor mindset is the foundation of poor results.Giving up. A lack of perseverance and a willingness to professional pursue your dream clients will massively limit your success in sales. You can train your dream clients that you will go away and that they can wait you out.Choosing the wrong medium to communicate. Sending an email instead of a phone call when a critical conversation is necessary is a surefire way to damage a relationship. When an issue is important, the wrong medium says you don’t care, or you are avoiding the difficult conversation.Living in your inbox. Email isn’t your job. The most important work you need to do isn’t done in your inbox. You will never be as productive as you could be if you allow other people’s priorities to replace yours.Failing to grow personally and professionally. The name of the game is business acumen and situational knowledge. If you want to be a trusted advisor, then you need the trust, and you need the chops that make you someone who others will allow to advise them. If you aren’t growing, you’re shrinking.Making excuses. Excuses suggest that there is nothing you could or should be doing differently. But if you aren’t getting the results you want, you need to to do something differently, don’t you? Excuses are your attempt to rationalize your poor results and absolve you of responsibility. Making excuses for your failure or losses disempowers you.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter cutting LA Tenorio and Brgy. Ginebra down to size, Christian Standhardinger and San Miguel Beer gear up for Meralco’s challenge. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Understandably, Pido Jarencio likes what’s happening with NorthPort.But it’s not entirely because his Batang Pier have a 2-0 start in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “If we can just get our big men to be more aggressive [offensively], then this will truly be a promising conference for us,” Jarencio said, sounding off the call to Mo Tautuaa to assert himself more.“Mo is Mo,” Jarencio said. “And I have been asking him to be more aggressive. It’s different if you have a dominant big man in this league.”Meanwhile, the Beermen shoot for a second straight victory when they tangle with Meralco in the 7 p.m. main game.San Miguel bounced back from that upset loss with a 99-91 thumping of Barangay Ginebra also Sunday when, according to coach Leo Austria, his charges played with pride more than anything else.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You see how he plays, there are no wasted movements. His basketball IQ is off the charts and that’s what I love about him,” Jarencio explained. “Plus the fact that he is willing to be coached makes him even more special.”Special is what everyone can call NorthPort’s start here, as it owns victories over Blackwater and the Road Warriors and is tipped to make it three straight in its 4:30 p.m. clash with the Dyip.Against Columbian, Jarencio said that they were wary of the all-around contributions the Dyip’s own super rookie, CJ Perez, can come up with.“We have something devised for him [defensively],” he said. “But it will be total team effort for us. We are not about being a one-man team.”Columbian has a 1-1 card, with its victory coming at the expense of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer. And that, Jarencio said, makes the Dyip a dangerous enemy.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Ardina overtakes Thai aces in Beverly golf Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “Everyone has been stepping up that I don’t need to play Stanley (Pringle) to the ground to get wins,” Jarencio said as his Batang Pier try to extend their franchise-best start in the season’s most prestigious conference on Friday at Ynares Center here.“Now, he doesn’t have to score a ton of points for us to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPringle, the PBA Press Corps’ scoring champion last season, scored only 11 points in an authoritative win over NLEX on Sunday as the people Jarencio enlisted to be the team’s other gunners have stepped up.And he speaks highly of Robert Bolick, NorthPort’s first round choice—and third overall—in the last Draft, who has been delivering and has given the Batang Pier one of the most fearsome backcourts this early in the tournament. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: La Liga confirmed on Thursday it will appeal the decision to play Saturday’s postponed Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 18.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced the new date on Wednesday after the two clubs came to an agreement following the postponement of the original fixture at Camp Nou due to violent, pro-independence protests in Catalonia. La Liga proposed the postponement last week but want the match to be rescheduled for December 4.”La Liga does not share the Competition Committee’s decision to set December 18 as the date of the Clasico match and will appeal,” La Liga said in a statement on Thursday.Listing its reasons for opposing December 18, La Liga said the rules state postponed games should be played at the earliest possible opportunity, which is December 4, and that clubs have no power to decide dates of matches.La Liga added that it holds the responsibility for setting dates due to broadcasting considerations and that December 18 also clashes with the Copa del Rey.The appeal will be lodged in the common courts and to the Spanish government’s Sports Council (CSD).The RFEF said on Wednesday: “The decision of the Competition Committee has taken place after analysing in recent days the proposals of both clubs, who were invited to agree a date and decided on December 18.”It has also analysed a report from the RFEF Competitions Area as well as numerous reports submitted by La Liga, which are not binding.”Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Tuesday he hoped the two clubs would not be drawn into a political “war” between La Liga and the RFEF, who have clashed on various issues in recent years.”I would like common sense to prevail,” Valverde said.”I would like there to be a date settled and for the internal wars between La Liga and the RFEF not to involve us.”Barcelona moved top of La Liga last weekend, one point ahead of Real Madrid. barcelonaEl Clasicofootballla liga First Published: October 24, 2019, 8:05 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgLocated on the Nagpur-Hyderabad Highway, this swanky cricket stadium is one of the two home grounds for IPL team Kings XI Punjab after the franchise decided to move out of the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala citing logistical issues.Spread across 33 acres, the stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and it is equipped with all the ultra-modern facilities. Inaugurated in 2008, it has four stands and offers some of the best floodlights in India.The stadium has hosted five Tests, seven ODIs and eight T20Is, including matches from the 2011 ICC World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 2016. Its facilities have often attracted praises from the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne and Alan Wilkins.last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad, Jul 17 (PTI) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghram Rajan will address a seminar tomorrow at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj here.Rajan will participate in the national seminar on Equity, Access and Inclusion-Transforming Rural India through Financial Inclusion, a statement from the institution said today.The event will also be attended by IRDAI Chairman T S Vijayan, Andhra Bank Managing Director Suresh N Patel, NABARD Deputy Managing Director R Amalorpavanathan and MUDRA CEO Jiji Mammen, among others.Later in the afternoon, Rajan will participate in a programme being organised by Institute of Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). PTI GDK NRB ABMlast_img read more

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first_imgNigeria fans celebrated wildly after their team’s victory over Iceland on Friday in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Volgograd.The African nation beat Iceland 2-0 after Ahmed Musa scored a brace to give them three important points and help them go second in their group.Videos circulating on social media showed people jumping out of their cars and celebrating on the streets while some were seen banging and lifting tables back in Nigeria as the African nation registered their first victory in this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBut, one man stole the show from home. A twitter user named Rich Boi Hennessy can be seen doing a jig as his team scored.Issa goal, Issa goal Issa goal is a gooooaaaaalll #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/1g7QWgb7DcRich Boi Hennessy (@Camosocks) June 22, 2018….meanwhile in Naija….. pic.twitter.com/1Ph8eUZv5eMichelle Lacriarde (@MLacriarde) June 22, 2018Final Whistle….. Naija wins pic.twitter.com/U8ZFw2pFpFEfuntoye Olayemi (@yemotoye) June 22, 2018Street of Naija as NIGERIA scored the second goal!!AbujaTurn up weekend pic.twitter.com/nBe8HAuPl6A Y O M I D E (@Ol_Timi) June 22, 2018Luth medical hostel don scatter !!!!issa goal pic.twitter.com/NH3kxL5frhThelmz (@okonjithelma) June 22, 2018Nigeria, who lost their first match to Croatia in their opening Group D fixture, had to win the match to stay alive in the tournament. And, they did that with ease against a resolute Iceland defence at the Volgograd Arena.Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians move into second place in Group D behind Croatia, who have already qualified for the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementNigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland.World Cup 2018: Nigeria’s Ekong wins Iceland’s respect after sweet gestureMusa, Nigeria’s all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before. His two previous goals came at the 2014 tournament in Brazil in a group match against the two-time champions.”It’s possible I’m going to score another two goals,” the 25-year-old Musa said.On Friday, Musa gave Nigeria the lead in the 49th minute after Victor Moses sprinted deep into the Iceland half and curled a cross to the near post. Musa deftly controlled the ball before slamming it past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley.Nigeria nearly doubled its lead on several occasions, but Musa made it happen in the 75th minute. He picked up the ball on the left side of the Iceland penalty area, mazed his way past Halldorsson and picked his spot in the Iceland goal.”I think the control made it more perfect for me,” said Musa, who hinted he wants to leave Premier League club Leicester and play for CSKA Moscow. Iceland fans cheered their players on but the 11 on field failed to replicate their performance against Argentina (Reuters Photo)Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete in the World Cup, was not as effective as it had been against Argentina when it earned a surprise 1-1 draw.Still, the European champion quarterfinalists had a chance to get one back but Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a penalty kick over the Nigeria bar in the 83rd minute. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi.last_img read more

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first_imgPublic schools of Kerela are changing common notions of people which say government schools cannot attract students like private schools can.Notwithstanding government initiatives and schemes taken to improve the quality of education and increase the literacy levels in India, there hasn’t been a significant increase in the number of enrollments as far as government-run schools are concerned.Kerela sees the highest rise in public schools admissions in 25 yearsIn a record of sorts, Kerela saw a rise in over 40,000 students registering in public schools this year, taking the numbers up to 1.8 lakh, which is a first in 25 years. This is according to the data released last week by the Kerela education department.Until 2016, as many as 5,715 public schools were functioning without adequate student strength which was worrying as it could lead to the closure of several schools.What did the Kerala government schools do to bring this change?A welcome change was brought about with the launch of the general education protection campaign on January 27, 2017, by the Kerala education department. The campaign which relied on public participation to increase student admission in public schools saw people taking a pledge to protect the schoolsThe government meanwhile focused on improving the infrastructure and sanctioned up to 5 crores to each school. Classrooms were to be converted to hi-tech classes with the setting up of digital projector, screen, laptop and internet connectivity. Of these, 149 schools were chosen to be developed as centres of excellenceAnother factor was the starting of English medium classes in primarily Malayam medium public schools which has revived the interest of parents in sending their children to public schools, as English language is seen a necessity in today’s education systemadvertisementEncouraged by the success of their campaign, the education department is taking it forward. They will spend another 10 crores towards setting up of libraries in 9,600 classrooms in 866 upper-primary schools and strengthen existing libraries in 1,225 high schoolsPromoting interest in cultural activities among students is also a part of the plan. Classical dance training programme and centres for sports art and culture will soon come up at district level as per the new initiatives by the education department to give opportunities to for nurturing talent outside of academics.Other states need to follow Kerala’s exampleThe rest of India is still struggling with their public schools to bring them at par with private run schools. A 2017 study found that govt schools lost around 13 million students while private schools gained 17 million.The dismal conditions of our govt schools fail to instill confidence among parents and students who favour the private schools for their better infrastructure and facilities.At the primary level, 58.7 per cent of Indians cite better environment for learning as a major factor for opting for private schools, IndiaSpend reported in May 2016.Kendra Vidyalayas are the only schools set up by the govt that follows certain standards but they too face a high level of drop-outs.Government initiatives such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhigyan to be completely successful requires the primary centre of learning — the schools to be better managed with all facilities available for students so that they look forward to coming back every day.The success of the Kerela campaign can be seen as an exemplary attempt by their education department which should motivate other states to improve their education system in the coming times.Read: This Kerala school granted period leaves more than 100 years ago!Read: Education model of Kerala has garnered world attention, says CMlast_img read more

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first_imgBarcelona have signed defender Jeison Murillo on a six-month loan from fellow La Liga side Valencia, the Spanish champions said on Thursday.”FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth 25 million euros ($21.8 million),” Barca said in a statement.Barca’s defence has been left short due to France centre back Samuel Umtiti needing treatment on his knee and Thomas Vermaelen, whose Nou Camp career has been blighted by injury, being ruled out for at least a month with a calf problem.Murillo, 26, moved from Colombia to Italy aged 18 to play for Udinese, later joining Spain’s Granada before moving to Inter Milan in 2015.He joined Valencia on loan in 2017, making a permanent move in August for a reported 12 million euros, but has made only three appearances in all competitions this season.The defender has been capped 27 times for Colombia, but was not selected for the 2018 World Cup.last_img read more

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first_imgSenior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be tuning up for the inaugural World Test Championship against West Indies by playing in English County for Nottinghamshire.”Yes, Ashwin will be playing for the Notts this season. The CoA had already made it clear that any centrally contracted cricketer will have automatic rights to play County cricket if that player gets an offer. Ashwin’s deal is almost final and only the CEO needs to sign his NoC,” a senior BCCI functionary privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.After Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane inked a deal with Hampshire, it is the turn of Ashwin to play six division 1 County games for the Nottinghamshire side that also has England’s premier fast bowler Stuart Broad in their ranks.This will be Ashwin’s second stint in English County, having played four games for Worcestershire during the 2017 season.It was a fruitful season back then for the 32 year old, who got 20 scalps in four games and also scored 214 runs.The BCCI has been in touch with the various county sides as they want their top long form specialists to play county cricket every season during June and July.As of now, Rahane, Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara (with Yorkshire on three year contract) are certain to play the county games.Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma may also feature in a few games if things fall in place.As far as the youngsters are concerned, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal will be with the India A side in the West Indies as a part of the shadow tour before the senior squad embarks on its journey.advertisementWorld Test Championship will begin soon after the ICC World Cup with the Ashes in England starting the event, while the Windies tour India, and New Zealand hosts Sri Lanka — both in July.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_imgShare on Twitter “As soon as you go on air you’re opening yourself up to scrutiny, and especially if you work for the BBC,” says Chapman. “That’s fine – people have a right to a say because they pay for it. But the talk around our World Cup coverage was incessant, and that’s because of social media.”Tweets and Facebook posts passing judgment on football pundits is nothing new but the noise reaches a frenzy during a World Cup and, as Chapman adds, is hardly helped by journalists and commentators comparing those from the BBC with those from ITV. “It’s bizarre,” he remarks, which leads to an amusingly awkward moment as I remind Chapman that I wrote an article during the recent tournament comparing the BBC’s pundits with ITV’s.Once the laughter around the kitchen table has died down I make clear that I generally admire all pundits and find most of the criticism directed towards them to be unfair. Chapman agrees and it is at this point the host of Match of the Day 2 shows a level of warmth towards his colleagues that is as endearing as it is genuine.“I’m not looking at this from the point of view of what people say about me; when it’s about me, I couldn’t care less,” he says. “What’s happened is I’ve become incredibly protective of the people I work with.“The assumption that a pundit is ‘lazy’ or ‘hasn’t done their research’ not only does them a disservice but presumes the production staff haven’t put the effort in to make sure that person knows what they are doing. Behind every broadcast there is a hard-working team who go above and beyond.” A warm afternoon in south Manchester and Mark Chapman is in relaxed mood. In a few hours he will be back on BBC Radio 5 Live, presenting a show on England’s latest Test collapse, but for now he is sat in the kitchen of his family home with a mug of coffee in hand, ready to embark on a conversation that has been two months in the making.It was in late June that I contacted Chapman to ask for help with something I was writing at the time. Chapman being Chapman, he did his best to be of assistance and, during our conversation, made a comment in regards to being in Russia on World Cup-hosting duties for the BBC that grabbed the attention. “The level of scrutiny is exhausting. I’ve never known anything like it.” We agreed to discuss this in more detail when he returned home and so, with coffees poured, that is what occurred on a quiet, late summer’s day. Twitter Share on Messenger Soccer Pinterest Share on WhatsApp interviews Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Alan Shearer tells Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman that Tottenham’s players do not “deserve more money” because they “haven’t won anything” following comments by Spurs defender Danny Rose in August 2017. Photograph: BBC Sport Facebook Topics To illustrate his point Chapman shows me the binder of notes given to every member of the BBC’s World Cup team prior to them travelling to Russia. Known as “the Bible” it contains a detailed rundown on all 32 competing nations and is impressively comprehensive.“It was put together by seven people and probably took them a year to complete,” says Chapman. “And they will have watched every team on multiple occasions.“Four years ago [fellow BBC presenter] Dan Walker tweeted a picture of the Bible for the World Cup in Brazil and someone replied: ‘What a waste of money, why can’t you all do your own research?’ We can’t win.”Chapman’s defence is a strong one but I put to him that some pundits are undeniably worse than others, with one in particular, whose name I scribble on a piece of paper and hand across the table, the worst of the lot.He looks at the name, pauses and concedes that not all pundits are great at their job but insists there are none who leave him thinking “you are dreadful”. He also believes it has got to the stage where those who talk about football get more criticism than those who play it. As he puts it: “Some people think they talk too much; some people think they don’t talk enough. Some people think they’re too serious; some people think they joke around. Some people think they’re biased; some people think they don’t back their former clubs enough.”What, then, does Chapman feel are the principal duties of a pundit? “To inform, entertain and give an opinion,” he replies. “They don’t always have to do highbrow analysis or be controversial – there’s a balance to be found.“Over the course of a season on Match of the Day 2, let’s say, I would be disappointed and surprised if a team isn’t praised and criticised, and that includes Manchester City last season. That’s proof of the balance pundits provide.” Twitter center_img Alan Shearer Share on Pinterest Revealed: why Match of the Day is biased against [insert your club’s name here] | Marina Hyde BBC Pinterest Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this content Facebook Share via Email “Like most pundits Alan takes the criticism in his stride, but it can be hard. I remember he did some analysis on Arsenal for Match of the Day 2 last season and the way the desk is built there is a shelf where you can put your phone. As I went to the next game, he picked his phone up from there and said: ‘I’ll just see how much abuse my wife and daughter are getting’ because they’d got loads after he’d done something on Arsenal the week before. Is that where we are with pundits? It’s very weird.”Next summer it will be 20 years since Chapman joined Radio 1 as a sports presenter, moving to 5 Live in 2010 where the 44-year-old father of three has established himself as one of the finest broadcasters in the country, bringing a relaxed manner and pitch-perfect questioning to a range of sports, including rugby league and golf.“Sitting behind a microphone feels like the most natural thing in the world to me,” says Chapman, who is currently also studying for a master’s in sporting directorships, “and for me there is no greater buzz than doing Saturday afternoons on 5 Live. You know when you say ‘It’s five o’clock, you’re listening to 5 Live and this is Sports Report’ you’ve got two million-plus people, all coming back from the football or whatever, listening. I still get goosebumps.“I feel a great sense of responsibility for every show I do. Sports Report is 70 years old so, Christ, there are some names that have gone before me and I don’t want to be the guy who kills it off. I want to make sure whoever follows has something to work with.”A sense of professional responsibility, and pride, pours out of Chapman, and no more so than when the conversation returns to pundits. “As a presenter, and I’m sure Kelly [Cates], Dave Jones, Pougers [Mark Pougatch] … would say the same, our job is to get the best out of the pundits. They drive the show and I genuinely think most of them do a great job. And if people think they don’t that’s down to everyone who works on that show, the presenter especially. I’m supposed to be the one who knows what he’s doing and they’re in my environment.“I remember playing in [former defender] Terry Skiverton’s testimonial game at Yeovil a few years back and I was in central defence alongside Michael Duberry. Honest to God, Duberry talked me through the entire game, it was unbelievable. I look at myself as the Michael Duberry of broadcasting.” Arguably no one offers balance better than Alan Shearer who, more than a decade on from his first punditry appearance for the BBC, has developed into an assured voice on both Match of the Days as well as the broadcaster’s live coverage. Yet even he finds himself a regular target for criticism, with “bland” the most frequent insult thrown at the former England captain.“Alan probably did sit on the fence when he started but that was because he thought he would be going into management, so he didn’t want to go on telly and slag off people he may have ended up working with,” Chapman says. “Anybody criticising Alan is really judging him on his first few years of punditry. To suggest he isn’t nailing it now is ridiculous.” Mark Chapman of BBC Radio 5 Live commentating on the course during the final round of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie. 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first_imgVan der Sar warns Man Utd: Stars won’t join on past gloriesby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEdwin van der Sar has warned Manchester United will not able to recruit players on reputation alone.The Red Devils have not won the Premier League in six year and their current position of 12th on the Premier League table suggests that drought will not end soon.United are still considered one of the biggest clubs in world football, but former goalkeeper van der Sar says the biggest starts want to join winning teams.”Of course, the name is there. And of course the following they have all over the world,” van der Sar told ESPN.”But for a player […] you want to play at a certain level, you also want to have an idea that you can win trophies and they must take that opportunity also to improve the squad and make the world-class players they have, or the players that they’re going to sign, that they feel welcome and that there’s a good path to where they’re going to go to.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgThe FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (FoodBank), The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ), and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (JBJSF) announced today the formation of The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together), a community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training and other resources that aim to end the cyclical cause of hunger in Ocean County, N.J.Located in the Silverton section of Toms River, N.J. and accessible by public transportation, The B.E.A.T. Center will serve as an “one-stop shop” catering to the urgent needs of the community by connecting residents to resources such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program also known as food stamps), affordable healthcare and tax preparation services, as well as access to a community food pantry, meals for at-risk children and seniors, and culinary training program.“As food lines grow longer across our 133 programs in Ocean County and 1 in 10 of our neighbors struggle with hunger, we continue to build collaborative partnerships to expand our food distribution while also providing services for families that help shorten the line. Bringing our complementary programs and services under one roof at The B.E.A.T. Center will leverage our strengths and change lives in Ocean County,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, Executive Director of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.The B.E.A.T. Center will also house the second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant where diners can pay for their meal by making a minimum suggested donation of $10 each or volunteering. One hour earns volunteers a dining certificate for them and up to four family members.“The B.E.A.T. Center is a unique model and today’s announcement is the beginning of something great. At the Soul Kitchen, we see each week how food brings families, and communities, together. So we were excited for the JBJ Soul Foundation to join with the FoodBank and The Peoples Pantry to offer several services under one roof — it helps make our diners’ lives a little easier. One meal at a time, we hope to make a sustainable impact on hunger in Ocean County,” said Jon Bon Jovi, chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.Ocean County is New Jersey’s fastest growing county and was “ground zero” for Hurricane Sandy. According to FEMA, over 40,000 structures in the county were damaged or destroyed in the storm – 55% of the state’s total. The creation of The B.E.A.T. Center is in response to the reality that today, more than two years after the storm, there are still thousands of families that are still struggling to regain housing, financial stability and to overcome food insecurity — and they are turning to local agencies in record numbers for assistance. The impact of this collaboration is projected to provide $5 million in support to families in need in its first year.“Of all of the lessons learned from Sandy, the most jarring one was how financially stretched our middle class neighbors are. This collaboration will allow us to continue our work and provide the services that are so desperately needed and deserved by this underserved demographic,” said Patricia Donaghue, Executive Director of The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ).One of The B.E.A.T. Center’s goals is to also establish a strong, visible presence in Ocean County that will raise hunger awareness, attract volunteers and advocates, and encourage food donations and financial support. The B.E.A.T. Center is being launched with initial philanthropic support from The David Tepper Foundation.“We are excited to contribute to the launch The B.E.A.T. Center,” said David Tepper, founder of The David Tepper Foundation, “This is a unique partnership and a fresh approach to meeting the needs of communities that were hard hit by disasters like Superstorm Sandy and where families are still struggling to recover. We believe that The B.E.A.T. Center can become a model to help families attain food security and financial stability.”“It is with great honor that we welcome the B.E.A.T. Center to Ocean County. This endeavor has been two years in the making and is needed more now than ever. It has been a privilege for my office and myself to be a part of it,” said Thomas F. Kelaher, mayor of Toms River, N.J.The B.E.A.T. Center grand opening will take place later this year. For more information and to learn how to help, please visit TheBEATCenter.org.Source:Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundationlast_img read more

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NEW YORK — Univision has sold tech site Gizmodo, satirical-news hub The Onion and other English-language sites to the private equity firm Great Hill Partners. Terms were not disclosed.The Spanish-language broadcaster bought much of what was then known as Gawker Media for $135 million in 2016 after the gossipy, confrontational media company lost a privacy suit against Hulk Hogan. (The original Gawker.com has a different owner. It is being relaunched by another digital media company, Bustle.)Just a few years ago, Univision was investing in English-language digital sites aimed at young people. It had bought The Onion in January 2016 and African-American news site The Root in 2015.But the strategy didn’t turn out well. The sites were not profitable and the company has refocused on Spanish TV. Univision, based in New York, put them up for sale last summer.Several digital-media companies have recently run into trouble. For example, BuzzFeed laid off workers to help it become profitable, while Mic sold itself to Bustle after firing most of its employees. The online-ad business is dominated by tech giants Google and Facebook. Amazon is also encroaching on that space.Great Hill said Monday that it’s calling its new media company “G/O Media.” The collection of sites also includes the female-focused Jezebel, sports site Deadspin and pop-culture site “A.V. Club.” James Spanfeller, a digital-media veteran who is the former Forbes.com CEO, will lead the company and is also a “significant” investor in it.Great Hill has previously invested in media companies, including Ziff Davis, the publisher of PCMag.com, which it sold in 2012.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

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22 May 2009The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by Israel’s blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today. Even before Israel’s military offensive targeting Hamas militants on the tiny strip of land earlier this year, which killed over 1,400 people and injured 5,000 others, the border closures had a grave impact on the health of Gazans and the ability of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide health services.According to the agency’s latest health report, some 4,000 medical items per day on average could cross into Gaza before the conflict, whereas only 40 items are currently allowed to be imported daily.UNRWA also reported that restrictions on building supplies have resulted in damaged health care centres being left in a state of disrepair and a scarcity of paper has led to difficulties in keeping medical records.The new report also voiced deep concern over the lack of adequate food to children, and said that on top of widespread unemployment, no petrol or diesel has been delivered to Gaza and only very limited amounts of cooking gas has made it into the Strip since 2 November, causing anaemia in 30 per cent of children below 36 months of age and 50 per cent of pregnant women. Guido Sabatinelli, UNRWA Director of Health, told reporters in Geneva today that the agency forecasted a 25 per cent shortfall in its biennium budget for 2009-2010. Since needs were expanding, the agency said it would be obliged to suspend some of its services next year, including hospital closures.Mr. Sabatinelli said that the UNRWA health budget was $80 million to provide for 4 million persons, or $20 per person per year, which is well below the recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO) of $60 per person as an absolute minimum. read more

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TORONTO — Losses in the industrials and materials sectors weighed on stocks in Toronto as Canada’s main stock index moved lower in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.34 points at 16,763.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 135.46 points at 26,943.23. The S&P 500 index was up 6.71 points at 2,973.31, while the Nasdaq composite was up 21.22 points at 8,014.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.31 cents US compared with an average of 75.48 cents US on Tuesday.The November crude contract was down 88 cents at US$56.41 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$2.50 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$14.20 at US$1,526.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.65 of a cent at US$2.61 a pound. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent defensive end Damontre Moore and waived defensive end Fadol Brown.The team made the move Tuesday, two days after Brown jumped offside to extend a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that sealed a victory for Kansas City.Moore enters his second stint with the Raiders. He spent part of the 2016 training camp with the team.Moore has played for the Giants, Miami, Seattle and Dallas during his five-year career. He has not been in the league this year. He has played 52 games with 10 sacks, four passes defenced, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

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first_imgJon Bon Jovi has a bone to pick with Steve Jobs. He wrote in the Sunday Times Magazine that Jobs is “killing” the music industry, that iTunes is to blame for the death of the album, and that no one experiences albums anymore the way artists intend to them to be experienced. The argument is far from a new one, a number of musicians blame digital music stores and services for killing the album, and blame digital music in general for the “death” of the music industry, but considering iTunes rakes in money from music sales and controls over 66% of the online music market, it’s doubtful the industry is going anywhere anytime soon.Bon Jovi says that kids today aren’t getting the experience of buying music in a music store based only on album art the way their parents did, and they’re missing the experience of listening to an album end-to-end as a story. At the same time, both of those issues: the trend towards buyers wanting to preview music before they buy and the desire of music fans to not spend money on an album that contained one or two songs they wanted both pre-date iTunes, or digital music sales entirely. Still, Bon Jovi also bemoans the end of the neighborhood music store as more people take their purchases online, and the end of physical distribution of music, both of which can – directly or indirectly – be at least partially attributed to digital music sales. [via TUAW]AdChoices广告last_img read more

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