Opportunity Lifespans Are Measured in Dog Years

first_imgI know that you love your opportunity. You’ve had this opportunity for a long, long time. You were thrilled when you got it, and you rushed back to the office to enter it into your pipeline. You spent a lot of time with your then new opportunity, and you helped it to grow and mature.But opportunities don’t age well. They don’t live as long as humans. You aren’t that much older than when you first found your opportunity, but your opportunity has grown to be quite old. The longer an opportunity lives in your pipeline, the more certain it is that the opportunity has serious health problems. It is no longer a healthy opportunity.I know that you love this opportunity. He’s like an old friend, a trusted companion. You have had all kinds of adventures together. You have lots of cute and funny stories about you and your opportunity. Each day when you open up your sales force automation software, your opportunity is there, waiting for you, protecting you from an otherwise too shallow pipeline.But you aren’t going to be able to keep your opportunity for your whole adult life. There comes a time when you have to part with your old opportunity. It’s old, its health has failed, and you have to let it go. You’ve only been keeping this opportunity alive because you can’t stand to part with it. You can’t imagine your life without your special opportunity. But it’s time to say goodbye and finally part with your opportunity.It’s sad. It hurts. I know.But this doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Over time, the pain will subside, and life will go on. I know nothing will ever replace your special opportunity, but you can go and find another opportunity. Many of your dream clients are suffering from neglect and abuse. They need a good home. You can go out and get yourself a new one.If you want to keep an opportunity forever, make sure you help it grow into a client. That’s the only way you get to keep it.QuestionsWhy don’t opportunities age well?What kind of health problems do old opportunities typically suffer from as they age?How do you know when an opportunity is no longer really an opportunity?Why do some salespeople struggle to part with old opportunities that aren’t ever going to result in a deal? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Gilas gets blown out by Lebanon, drops to battle for 7th

first_imgRead Next Lebanon’s naturalized big man Norvel Pelle also gave the Filipinos’ fits, dominating the paint on both ends with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.Gilas, which sorely missed the services of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, faces Jordan on Monday in a duel for seventh place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTerrence Romeo paced the Philippines in scoring with 19 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter where the game was already decided.Frustrations mounted for Gilas late with head coach Chot Reyes getting tossed midway through the final frame. 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ woes continued as it suffered a second straight beating this time, at the hands of Lebanon, 106-87, in the classification phase of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Sunday night at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese’ wire-to-wire win with a tournament-high 36 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After going undefeated in the group stages, Gilas’ campaign took a turn for the worse following a blowout loss to fierce rival South Korea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Football again pays for chaos at Ambedkar Stadium

first_imgBe it a political rally, function or any celebration, Ambedkar Stadium is the favourite destination in the Capital for gatherings of all kinds. And every time it has come at the cost of football.The latest is the agitation by Baba Ramdev at the stadium on Monday. The yoga guru along with thousands of his supporters thronged the stadium after being evicted from the Ramlila ground. By the time he left the place on Tuesday morning, it was in a mess. All this happened just two days before the Durand Cup kicks off.Even though Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) workers have begun cleaning the stadium, the protest has affected the field of play.NK Bhatia, vice-president of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA), said this kind of ‘tamasha’ is nothing new to them and nothing has changed in the past couple of decades. “We have no power to stop any such political rally as the ground belongs to the MCD. As far as yesterday’s incident is concerned the police also insisted to send Ramdev to Ambedkar Stadium to maintain the law and order,” Bhatia told Mail Today.”There was rain on Monday and so many people were there, so the field might have been affected. There are patches in a few places.”This has been the case for the last 30 to 40 years. Add to this the tantrums of the MCD who keeps increasing the rate for hiring the stadium though it is not used for most period of the year.”advertisementThe problem has aggravated as the qualifying rounds of the 2012 Durand Cup will be starting at the stadium from Thursday.The organisers, however, said that the ground will be ready before the main tournament begins on August 23. “The field is fine for conducting the tournament. It has been cleared up and there is good grass cover,” GS Khanna, member of the Durand organising committee, said.”After the qualifiers, the main tournament will begin on August 23, so we have got enough time in our hand. The sprinklers are on and whatever little mending is required, will be done.”However, Bhatia insisted that sports grounds should be used only sport.”Our national team had to shift to Bangalore because they could not find any quality ground in the Capital. And here we have a ground which gets affected for all non-sporting purposes,” he said.last_img read more

NBA Scores and Highlights – 18/10/2018

first_imgAdvertisementThe second day of the new season saw a whopping eleven games, and here is the recap of them all.The Milwaukee Bucks secured a close 113-112 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Kemba Walker had a monster game with 41 points for the Hornets, but the Bucks’ team effort saw them over the line.The Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 104-101 in another close game, courtesy of Aaron Gordon’s 26 points and 16 rebounds. Andre Drummond’s similar stat line of 24 points and 20 rebounds helped the Detroit Pistons defeat the Brooklyn Nets 103-100.The Lebron-less Cavaliers lost 116-104 against the Raptors, whereas the Pacers romped to a comfortable 111-83 win over the Grizzlies.Thirty-one points from Tim Hardaway Jr. helped the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 at the MSG. One of the day’s surprises came in Houston, as the Pelicans beat the Rockets 131-112 courtesy of 30 point nights from Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic.New Spur DeMar DeRozan was the scoring leader with 28 as San Antonio beat the Timberwolves 112-108 for whom Jimmy Butler did play. The Utah Jazz, who had seven players in double figures defeated the Sacramento Kings 123-117.Led by Devin Booker’s 35, the Suns defeated the Mavericks 121-100 in Phoenix. To round of the results, the Denver Nuggets beat the LA Clippers 107-98 in the last game of the day.That is a lot of NBA action for a day, but we still can’t get enough. Come back here tomorrow for a similar recap on the three games to be played on Friday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Steve Smith hails Ben Stokes’ ability, criticises off-field behaviour

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith says England’s Ben Stokes is “one of the best players” in the world but he cannot condone the behaviour that led to the all-rounder being arrested for an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub.Stokes, 26, is England’s vice captain and one of their most important players, but his participation in next month’s Ashes series against Australia has been thrown into doubt after he was released under investigation following the incident.Smith would not be drawn, however, on whether Stokes should be banned from playing in the series.”Whether he comes or not, that’s out of our control,” Smith told ABC Grandstand in his first public comments on Stokes’ situation.”You always want to come up against the best and test your skills against the best. That’s what test cricket is all about. There’s no doubt Ben Stokes is one of the best players around the world at the moment with the skills he brings to the game.”The five-test series starts in Brisbane on Nov. 23 and Smith said he hoped no Australian players ever found themselves in the same situation as Stokes.”I certainly don’t condone that kind of behaviour,” he added. “Hopefully it never happens to one of our boys. I don’t condone that type of behaviour. Let’s hope we never cross paths with that.”last_img read more

1st Test: Ben Foakes shines on debut as England recover to 321/8 vs Sri Lanka

first_imgBen Foakes made a memorable debut to help England recover from a terrible start and reach 321 for eight wickets on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.With England reeling at 10 for two and then 103 for five, even the 200-mark looked difficult but Foakes forged 50-plus stands with Jos Buttler and Sam Curran to drag them back into the contest.Foakes, replacing the injured Jonny Bairstow in the side, was batting on 87 at stumps, having been impressive with his batting while his glovework remains to be seen.Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test, Day 1: HighlightsJack Leach was on 14 at the other end after quite a turnaround by the tourists in the last two sessions.A well-deserved for Foakesy from the changing room!Scorecard: https://t.co/YTp1AsTdCx#SLvENG pic.twitter.com/1Dp8gCfFsJEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) November 6, 2018England had earlier made an unconvincing start to life following the retirement of stalwart Alastair Cook after captain Joe Root opted to bat first to avoid the prospect of having the final innings at a famously spin-friendly venue.It was the early pace of Suranga Lakmal, however, that undid the top order of a side playing their first Test without England great Cook who left the international arena in September.Opener Rory Burns (nine) disappointed on his Test debut and Moeen Ali failed to justify his promotion to number three as Lakmal claimed two wickets in two balls.Root denied Lakmal a hat-trick and started the rebuilding job, initially at a run-a-ball rate, with Keaton Jennings.advertisementGOLDEN HERATHSri Lanka wasted both their reviews inside 12 overs but it was the golden arm of retiring 40-year-old Rangana Herath that ended Root’s 62-run stand with Jennings.Herath, given a guard-of-honour by his team mates ahead of his 93rd and final Test, yorked an advancing Root to claim his 100th wicket at the venue where he made his Test debut in 1999.Root hit five boundaries in a fluent 35 before paying for his recklessness.Dilruwan Perera (4-70) dismissed Jennings for 46 and Ben Stokes for seven in his second spell, clean bowling both the left-handers.Buttler and Foakes sensibly abandoned the ultra-aggressive batting which had cost England dear in the morning session and combined in a 61-run stand for the sixth wicket.Even after Perera dismissed Buttler for 38, Foakes raised 88 runs with Curran, who hit three sixes before falling for 48, while Adil Rashid contributed a quickfire 35 down the order.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

‘VAR needs to chill’

first_imgVideo Assistant Referees were once again a talking point on Monday as hosts France benefitted from a pair of reviewed calls to hold off Nigeria in their third and final group stage match of the Women’s World Cup.The hosts were held scoreless for 75 minutes on Monday before the match turned on its head as Nigeria’s Ngozi Ebere was sent off following a VAR review.Ebere’s dismissal was accompanied by a penalty, with Wendie Renard putting the spot kick wide, causing Nigeria celebrations. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Those celebrations were short-lived, as a further VAR review ruled that Chiamaka Nnadozie had come off her line prematurely, forcing a retake.Renard buried her second opportunity, giving France a 1-0 lead that would last through the 90 minutes.It wasn’t without controversy, though, as fans, pundits and former players had plenty to say about the questionable use of VAR.VAR needs to chill.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 17, 2019So after years and years, I guess NOW is the time to start strictly enforcing the encroachment rule #FIFAWWC— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 17, 2019Nigeria really put up a great battle! I’m sad it had to end in a controversial and unsatisfying penalty after the VAR decision. https://t.co/6QrgOsxlzB— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) June 17, 2019People talk about VAR like it’s a sci-fi horror scenario where the robots take over when in fact it’s a comedy wherein aliens/robots come to earth and obey obscure traffic bylaws that no human has ever considered.— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) June 17, 2019The biggest question for me is: Why does VAR seem like such a shambles in the women’s World Cup when it didn’t at all in last year’s men’s World Cup?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2019VAR is actually a French word, La Var, which means “Home-Ice Advantage” 🇫🇷— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 17, 2019This just in, VAR nullifies ‘99 World Cup. 🇺🇸 back to 2 stars. ⭐️⭐️Thems the new rules. I guess I’m just nostalgic for the good old days when FIFA ignored women’s soccer and didn’t give a shit about their own tournament…what’s that, they still don’t? pic.twitter.com/blseNVwDjT— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 17, 2019VAR is making this World Cup the best drama filled movie or show I’ve seen in a long time. #FRANIG #MustSeeTV— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) June 17, 2019The VAR official got tricked by a scam email about a prince and is trying to get revenge— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 17, 2019last_img read more

Off the Beaten Path in Lake Placid, New York

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Lake Placid. It sounds deceiving, like when you get there,  the trees will be snoring; the kind of place you better bring a good book, a new girlfriend or one you really love (we suggest all three, but maybe not at the same time), but this little Adirondack mountain town is hardly as calm as its name suggests.It’s most well known as the host of the last of the small, non-commercial Winter Olympics. This was in 1980, and the Winter Olympics blew up afterwards, many say, because of the Miracle on Ice, when the US hockey Team, a scraggly bunch of college kids and newcomers, defeated the heavily favored Soviet team. It was the original Rocky IV and, according to Sports Illustrated, the top sports moment of the 20th century.Ah yes, those halcyon days of American exceptionalism. Since then, there hasn’t been much attention paid to this upstate New York town, so as Team USA gears up for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, Lake Placid should be back on your radar.WinterBeyond doubt, Lake Placid is cold and snowy, which makes it an ideal long weekend for skiers, snowboarders and lovers of small Christmas villages. Whiteface Mountain has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies and with 86 trails that traverse 22 miles. It is where they threw down in 1980 and where most of the snow-based activities take place today, like skiing, snowboarding, the sport of skeleton (sledding on crack), snow tubing (where you fly on a tube out of a 700 foot chute), snowshoeing (snow-hiking), ice-climbing and cross country skiing. You can also tag along on a bobsled ride or, if you’re there from December 10-15, watch the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup, before the teams head to Sochi. If you’re feeling real Olympic, you can head to Lake Placid from Feb 6-9th to watch the Empire State Winter Games as the Sochi games are broadcast on TV.On your off time, the quaint village turns into a scene straight out from under a Christmas tree.SpringJust as ski season goes away, golf season starts. There are 12 golf courses in the area, some of which date back to the 19th century and are gorgeously manicured lawns, flaunting themselves before the rugged wilderness that surrounds. Craig Wood Golf Club, designed in 1925, is a perennial favorite, but also check out Whiteface Club and Resort, Saranac Lake Golf Club and Lake Placid Club Golf Course. On the flip side, whitewater rafting in the entire region is also booming at this time of year.SummerThis is high season around these parts and there’s no shortage of things to do. Gneiss Cliffs have been a rock climbing must for decades. The west branch of the Ausable river is a fly-fishing favorite and thousands of reflective lakes make for some gorgeous boating. There’s also rapelling and kayaking in the same area. Cycling is a great way to see the area and there are some choice downhill spots. Check out Placid Planet Bikes or High Peaks Cyclery to get more info. Hiking and mountaineering but are popular through summer. Most trails/routes are safe enough to do on your own, we suggest the Cascade Pass trail for a good half day trip, and there’s an EMS right in town where you can pick up maps or a guide for more complicated trips.FallNo doubt most of the summer activities last well into fall, but as the crisp enters the air, it’s time to harvest. As in eat. Being surrounded by all manner of farms and farmer’s markets makes Lake Placid a top farm to fork destination. Leading that movement is Generations, an unassuming spot with a green roof that overlooks Mirror lake and where anything edible has been cultivated in a farm within 40 miles. By far the most sophisticated is Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar, which feels plucked right out of Portland, Oregon or Brooklyn, New York. Here’s where you go for any kind of beer your heart desires. You can also hit up the farms themselves. Snowslip Farm has a horse program that specializes in something called Horse Therapy, which is run by world renown horse whisperer Kathryn Kincannon, but they’ll also saddle you up for some good ol’ horseback riding. Which is nothing short of angelic from the last week of September to the first week of October when the leaves are at their most colorful. Check out 800-CALLNYS to find out the best leaf viewing times and routes.There’s also a burgeoning mountain biking scene, with Barkeaters Trail Alliance leading the way in creating new, mountain biking paths through some of the area’s topiary wilderness.Anytime of YearAn Olympic tour. You need about a day and a half to see everything Olympic from the famed 1980 Miracle on Ice rink, the Olympic jumping center, the Olympic museum. There’s a Passport that gets you access to all. You’ll see a lot to do on the Olympic list, but know that everything is pretty close.StayLake Placid Lodge is by far the nicest place in town and the only that’s directly on Lake Placid, but we also loved Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, a family run, green hotel on Mirror lake. The prices are much cheaper and despite being within walking distance of Lake Placid’s main drag and the 1980 Olympic Center, rooms with balconies make it feel like you’re far away from it all.Get ThereDrive.But if you don’t have a car, there are a few less than perfect options here. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

2 Singapore soldiers charged over actors death in training

first_imgSingapore: Two Singapore soldiers were charged in military court Wednesday over the death of a popular actor during reservist training in a case that has sparked calls for changes to the country’s system of conscription. Aloysius Pang, who starred in Singapore-produced Chinese language TV shows and movies, was completing compulsory reservist training in New Zealand in January when he suffered serious injuries while repairing artillery. The 28-year-old, who first rose to fame in the predominantly ethnic Chinese city-state as a child actor, died later in hospital. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPang’s death — and those of three other servicemen in the space of 17 months — prompted widespread criticism over safety and calls for changes in the conscription-based system, a major plank of Singapore’s defence strategy since independence in 1965. Male Singapore citizens are required to undergo two years of national service upon turning 18 and are also called up for further training in the following years, which sometimes takes place overseas.last_img read more

Justin Trudeau attends Liberal Party fundraiser at Nova Scotia winery

first_imgWOLFVILLE, N.S. – It didn’t take Prime Minister Justin Trudeau long to get a chuckle from a crowd of Liberal partisans in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley Thursday, following an intense day in which Canada responded to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.“It’s been a busy day,” a relaxed Trudeau said to laughter from the dozens of supporters who attended a party fundraiser at a winery near the university town of Wolfville, N.S.“You all know what it’s like when you have discussions with the neighbour about something. But we have been standing up for Canada as you all know.”Trudeau then joked about actions that will see Canada retaliate dollar-for-dollar against a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium.“We are polite as Canadians but we are also firm. When push comes to shove we know how to use our elbows in the corners on the hockey rink, so you draw on what you do, but this is an opportunity to remind people how important it is to stand together,” he said.Trudeau spoke for just over 15 minutes before dozens of supporters and party luminaries including federal Treasury Board president Scott Brison, along with Nova Scotia provincial cabinet ministers Keith Colwell, Iain Rankin, Zach Churchill and Kelly Regan.The prime minister took the opportunity to thank workers for their support and told them he believes there is a sense that people are working together not just in the Atlantic region, but across Canada.Returning to a theme he pitched during the national Liberal convention held in Halifax in April, Trudeau urged those gathered to continue working to let people know what the Liberals have been doing while in power.He said it’s important to “stay involved in building a better country.”“The one thing we are discovering about democracy is that we can’t take it for granted,” said Trudeau.Following the speech, Trudeau circulated in the room taking pictures with supporters.He is scheduled to speak Friday before a conference of big city mayors in Halifax before heading to Quebec next week for a meeting of the G7.In a news release, the federal Liberal Party said it was committed to openness and transparency, and a list of guests at the event would be available within 45 days.The party said these events are hosted in publicly accessible spaces, and it has also committed to facilitating media coverage.last_img read more

Feds insist emission standards need to strengthen as US moves to ease

first_imgOTTAWA – As Donald Trump’s administration moves towards easing U.S. fuel emission standards for vehicles, the Liberal government says Canada’s standards need to become “stronger,” and it will conduct its own assessment after the American review.Reports emerged this week indicating Trump is set to introduce new rules for auto emissions.The current rules were adopted jointly by former prime minister Stephen Harper and former U.S. president Barack Obama in 2014 with the aim of increasing fuel efficiency for vehicles sold between 2022 and 2025 and reducing greenhouse gas from cars and light trucks.Trump is also expected to challenge California on its ability to independently set regulatory standards.In Canada, officials in Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office say they’re watching the U.S. developments closely, but they add that Canada’s standards need to become stronger over time, because transportation accounts for nearly one-quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution.McKenna and California Gov. Jerry Brown have discussed “our shared goal to fight climate change and promote clean transportation,” said Caroline Theriault, a spokeswoman for the minister.Christopher Sands, a senior research professor and director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, called the situation a “fascinating” case because it’s an example of U.S.-Canada regulatory co-operation that saw Obama decide on increasing standards and Harper agreeing. But now that co-operation is under threat.Harper had argued it didn’t make sense for the Canadian economy to get ahead of the U.S. economy on environment policy because Canada would bear additional costs, making it less competitive.Even if the U.S. eyes changes to emission standards, it doesn’t necessarily affect Canada’s rules, Sands said, but Canada will have to consider a similar move because the auto industry would prefer not to operate under two sets of regulations.Dan Woynillowicz, policy director for the advocacy group Clean Energy Canada, said the auto sector on both sides of the border will be in for a fairly long period of uncertainty.“Canada has an important role right now to signal its intent to stick to the current standards.”Woynillowicz said it may mean fewer vehicle choices for Canadian consumers, but with globalization of the auto industry there should not be a genuine shortage.last_img read more

Canadian couples trapped in Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian are safe daughter

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal-area woman says her parents and their friends are safe after riding out Hurricane Dorian in the attic of a home in the Bahamas.Kristin Dudley said in a brief phone conversation that she was able to speak to her father via satellite phone earlier today and he confirmed all four Ottawa residents are alive and well.She said her 70-year-old parents Sharyn Laughlin and Denis Dudley, as well as their friends, are expected to be evacuated via helicopter later today.Dudley hadn’t heard from her parents since Sunday, as they and their two friends were taking refuge in the attic of a house on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas during the massive Category 5 storm.She said the water had already burst through the main floor of the home, and she worried for their safety.The storm caused widespread devastation across the northern Bahamas, as sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour ripped off roofs, bowled over cars and sent floodwaters rushing into people’s homes.Dudley said Wednesday she needed to leave her phone line open but took to social media to thank the public for their prayers and messages of support.“It means the world to us,” she wrote on Facebook.— With a file from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

NYC Wine Food Festival Raises Over 1 Million For Charity

first_imgThe eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) took place October 15 – 18 and comprised of more than 100 events at various locations from Wall Street to Harlem.This year’s Festival raised more than $1 million for the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry, bringing the total to more than $9.5 million since the Festival’s inception.“In addition to the funds raised this year, NYCWFF provides an invaluable way to drive awareness, engage with, and inspire people to participate in philanthropic activities,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “We are fortunate to give more than just money to our beneficiaries, but also a platform that enables them to reach a large and passionate audience.”The charities are not the only ones who came out of the weekend as winners, with a number of participants taking home top honors for their offerings. Beginning on Thursday, October 15, Carolyn Bane of Pies ’n Thighs in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Matt Fein of Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pa. tied up Whoopi Goldberg’s taste buds when she recognized their creations as her favorite dishes at her annual Chicken Coupe event.Friday, October 16 saw winners across several events. Henry Tibensky earned a trip to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF set for February 24-28, 2016), when Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living; Tyler Florence, Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race; Matt Higgins, Co-Founder & CEO RSE Ventures; and Charlie Walk, Executive Vice President at Republic Records selected his restaurant concept, Hank’s Juicy Beef, as the winner of the Festival’s first FOODi Challenge. Guests at Thrillist’s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Adam Richman voted Shane McBride of Pig Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Pitmaster – Best in BBQ 2015 for his mini BBQ baked potatoes with pulled pork, Benton’s bacon mac and cheese sauce and scallions.The Festival’s signature Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray welcomed new faces to its historic league of winners, now including: • Joe Isidori of Black Tap | Craft Burgers & Beer, who was crowned this year’s Blue Moon People’s Choice Award-winner for his Black Tap Kobe beef Burger with Wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula. • GRAMMY Award-winning artist Coolio, Food Network host and cookbook author Robert Irvine, reigning champion Josh Capon, and the New York Jets’ Nick Mangold chose Ralph Perrazzo of BBD’s Beers Burgers Desserts as Pat LaFrieda’s 2015 NYCWFF Burger Bash Champion for the BBD’s “Steamed Double” with diced onions and pickles.Saturday, October 17 was also bestowed top honors for several participants at various events that were part of the LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines series. Attendees at Stacked: Sandwiches & Sides hosted by Tiffani Thiessen chose Michael Ferraro’s Short Rib Dip of braised short ribs, whipped potatoes, wilted kale, and cheddar from Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. as winner of The “Sammy” Award, and Andy Kitko of STK Restaurants’ sweet corn pudding as winner of The “Sammy’s Sidekick” Award. Top Dog: A NY Hot Dog Competition hosted by Andrew Zimmern featured a special celebration in honor of the 200th episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel, which aired on Tuesday, October 20. Attendees voted the Cheddar Bratwurst, a pork bratwurst filled with pockets of cheddar, sauerkraut and grilled onions on a French roll, from Chase Hartwig at Rosamunde Sausage Grill in Brooklyn, N.Y. winner of The Delta Local Series People’s Choice Award.Craft libations also took center stage as Festival winners. At The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown presented by Cocktail Kingdom hosted by Emeril Lagasse, Three Dots and a Dash from Chicago, Ill. was chosen as Cocktail Kingdom’s People’s Choice Award winner for their Cabana Queen on Saturday, October 16. Additionally, the team at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, N.Y. received Cocktail Kingdom’s Judge’s Choice Award for their Frozen White Zombie, as decided by Emeril Lagasse; Jeff Berry, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29; Greg Boehm, Cocktail Kingdom; and Brian Miller, Monday’s with Miller.The cast of the Food Network prime time series Chopped came out on Sunday, October 18 for the Best Bloody Mary Brunch presented by Velocity to decide who will take top honors for their creations in three categories: • Death’s Door Spirits claimed two categories – best overall for their Intensely Bloody Mary and most creative for their Eason’s Nawlins-Style Bloody Mary. • Best dressed honors went to ABSOLUT Vodka’s Hello Sunshine Bloody Mary.NYCWFF came to an end on Sunday, October 18 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with the first New York City screening of the movie BURNT, followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and director John Wells moderated by New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni. Cast members Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, and Sam Keeley joined Wells in giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and anecdotes about their personal relationship with food to an audience filled with chefs, culinary personalities, media, and industry insiders.Between NYCWFF and its sister SOBEWFF, more than $30 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.last_img read more

Documentary looks at the fiery life of Calgary magician Carisa Hendrix

first_imgAt the beginning of the documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, the magician and fire-eater tells a frightening tale about a stunt that went disastrously wrong a few years back.The Calgary performer, who broke the Guinness World Record for “longest duration fire-torch teething” in 2012, was trying something new involving a fuel-soaked cotton ball that was to be lit ablaze and popped into her mouth “like popcorn.” Unfortunately, when she rehearsed the bit, she wasn’t wearing stage makeup. On stage, she was. So when she lit the cotton ball on fire, flames leapt into her face. Back stage, she surveyed the damage, eventually putting her fingers on the burned areas.“All of the skin came off and wrinkled to one side like a layer of wet tissue paper,” she calmly tells the camera. “I was flipping out. I said, ‘You need to drive me to the emergency room. I think my skin is falling off.’” Login/Register With: Advertisement It’s a fairly compelling opening for Buddy Day’s new documentary, even if it suggests the director may have been a little too on-the-nose with his choice of title. But the further we get into the film, the more apparent it becomes that Hendrix’s fire-eating abilities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what makes her fascinating.“The fire-eating kind of falls away really quickly,” says Day. “You don’t want to lose it because it is very interesting. Although, ironically, the fire-eating is one of the least interesting things about her.”The novelty of her job, and the world record she broke in Italy at the age of 25, was what first drew Day to Hendrix as a subject for the documentary. He was looking for a followup to his 2015 efforts The Salvation of Todd Bentley, about a Pentecostal preacher who claims he can heal the sick and raise the dead; and Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, about troubled NHL player Clint Malarchuk. He had heard of Hendrix’s varying talents, which include not only fire-eating but also barefoot walking on glass, stilt-walking, sleight-of-hand and variations of the “human blockhead” spectacle that can involve, among many other things, sticking scissors up her nose. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

US energy official sees great promise in eastern Med

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — A U.S. State Department official says Washington sees “great promise” in developing energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean as ExxonMobil began exploratory drilling off Cyprus’ southwestern coast.Francis Fannon, the Assistant Secretary of State responsible for energy matters, says Washington sees existing and potential gas deposits in the east Mediterranean as a catalyst for regional co-operation and economic development.He said the U.S. will continue advancing energy development in the region as a priority and repeated support for Cyprus’ own hydrocarbons search.Turkey strongly objects to exploratory drilling off Cyprus because it claims it infringes its own rights and those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the ethnically split island nation’s natural resources.Fannon was in Cyprus Friday as part of a three-nation visit that includes Israel and Egypt.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stone pelting near polling booths in J-K’s Kulgam

first_imgSrinagar: Several incidents of stone pelting took place Monday in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, police said. “Isolated incidents of stone pelting near polling stations have been reported from various parts of Kulgam district but the situation is under control due to timely action of security forces,” a police official said. He said there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the stone pelting incidents so far. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency is spread over four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama with 16 assembly segments. The Lok Sabha polls to this constituency are being held in three phases due to security reasons. Anantnag district went to polls on 23 April, while voting in Pulwama and Shopian districts will take place on 6 May. The Election Commission has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours following a request from the state police to this effect. The revised polling timing is from 7 am to 4 pm. There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency, including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. The Congress has fielded its state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir, while former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi is contesting on the National Conference ticket.last_img read more

Dutch Politician Geert Wilders Calls Moroccans ‘Terrorists’ on Twitter

Rabat – The leader of the Netherlands’ far-right nationalist party PVV, Geert Wilders, is causing a stir again, as part of his “fewer Moroccans” appeal.The controversial politician took to Twitter to post a photo of a Moroccan flag in a pool, with the incendiary caption; “We want our pools back! Make them safe for women and children again.”He topped the post off by saying “Tackle the nuisance at last! #StopTerrorism,” implying that Moroccans are inherently terrorists. We willen onze zwembaden terug!Weer veilig voor onze vrouwen en dochters.Pak het overlastgevende tuig eindelijk eens keihard aan!Stop de #zwembadterreur !! pic.twitter.com/stByjgVZa9— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) July 2, 2019The tweet received 361 retweets and over a 1000 likes. The responses to the tweet are mostly from his far-right followers expressing their agreement. “Stop this cancer population,” one user replied.“If the police don’t do it, we will do it ourselves. But then don’t complain if there’s a civil war because Dutch dads beat Muslims completely rotten,” another user said.Wilders has been making his disdain for Moroccans clear for years. In February 2017, he made headlines for calling Moroccans “scum” and said he wanted to make the Netherlands “ours again” during his election campaign.“The Moroccan scum in Holland … once again not all are scum … but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people … and that should change,” he told journalists.Wilders also said he would ban the Quran if he came to power, and is known for chanting “fewer Moroccans!” with his supporters during rallies.While he does have supporters for his extreme views, he has faced a substantial amount of backlash – and legal ramifications. In 2017, he was charged with inciting discrimination, although he received no fines or jail time with the conviction.However, just last month, he was charged with inciting discrimination again, and this time he has to pay €5,000 fine. The charge stems from comments he made during a political rally just before the elections in March 2014, when he again encouraged the crowd to chant “fewer Moroccans!”Read also: 100 Teens Chant ‘Geert Wilders,’ Attack Moroccan Family in Netherlands read more

Cogeco Inc reports secondquarter profit falls from year ago revenue gains

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:31 am MDT Cogeco Inc. reports second-quarter profit falls from year ago, revenue gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO) has raised its quarterly dividend by a penny to 19 cents per share despite a drop in second-quarter earnings compared with a year ago.The cable company and radio broadcaster also lowered its earnings guidance for its 2013 financial year to a profit of $69 million attributable to owners of the corporation, down from an earlier estimate of $75 million.However, revenue is expected to grow to $1.84 billion from the January estimate of $1.73 billionThe revised guidance came as the company said profit attributable to owners of the corporation amounted to $16.9 million or $1 per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28, down from $25.1 million or $1.49 per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter grew 32.7 per cent to $458.5 million.The company’s cable subsidiary, Cogeco Cable (TSX:CCA), reported a profit of $58.7 million or $1.19 per diluted share for the quarter, down from $83.1 million or $1.70 per diluted share a year ago.Revenue grew to $429.7 million, up from $317.7 million.The company attributed the increase in revenue to Cogeco Cable’s deal to buy Atlantic Broadband cable company last summer for US$1.36 billion and the recently closed purchase of Peer 1 Network Enterprises, a Canadian Internet infrastructure provider, for $526 million.In its outlook, Cogeco Cable said it expected profit for the year to come in at $205 million compared with earlier expectations of $225 million, as operating margins are expected to slip to 45.2 per cent from 46.2 per cent.Revenue at Cogeco Cable is expected to increase to nearly $1.7 billion, up from $1.6 billion.“We are satisfied with the favourable results obtained for the second quarter of fiscal 2013,” said Cogeco president and CEO Louis Audet.“The cable subsidiary continues along a path of steady growth, both organic and through acquisition. I am confident in this subsidiary’s ongoing ability to perform and contribute favourably to Cogeco’s objectives.” read more

Stricker strikes an ace to claim lead after 2 rounds at Memorial

Steve Stricker’s hole-in-one during the second round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, sent shock waves throughout the course, and up and down the leaderboard. Stricker improved on his first-round score of 68 by posting a 67 on Friday, and ascended to the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard thanks to a rare ace on the par-3, 186-yard eighth hole.  “You don’t expect to make a one,” Stricker said. “That (hole) always provided me with trouble over the years, and it’s just a tough par-3.”  Despite his past difficulties with Muirfield’s eighth hole, Stricker said his tee shot came off surprisingly well. “I was surprised that it came off good because I haven’t hit some good shots there in years prior,” Stricker said. “I didn’t see how it went in, but it looked like it went in fairly nice, like a putt.” For those who weren’t within earshot of cheers that went up in support of Stricker’s ace, souvenir radio headsets alerted Muirfield patrons to the hole-in-one. Tournament officials then were seen updating magnetic scoreboards throughout the course — within moments, Stricker’s name sat atop all others. Luke Donald, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, birdied the 17th and 18th holes to move to 5-under-par after Friday’s second round. Donald said he thought he was one shot behind four players — Ricky Barnes, Rod Pampling, Jonathan Byrd and Rory McIlroy — who had previously been tied for first place before Stricker’s hole-in-one.  Donald was first alerted to the hole-in-one by a member of the media. “That (hole-in-one) will help,” Donald said. “(Stricker) is a great player, and he’ll be tough to catch. I’ll give it my best shot.”  Stricker, who teed off from the 10th hole at 12:43 p.m. to begin his round, birdied the ninth hole to close out the round and move to 9-under-par.  Despite his 3-stroke lead ahead of Barnes, Pampling, Byrd and McIlroy, Stricker said “there’s a long way to go” in the Memorial. “Obviously, I’m happy to be where I’m at,” Stricker said. “Heading into the weekend, things change. Guys get more aggressive. So, you just kind of got to be patient and hang in there and keep doing the things you know how to do.” Third-round play will commence at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, and Stricker and Barnes will tee off at 1:40 p.m. as the Memorial’s final pairing. read more