Pardew accepts seven-match ban

first_img Pardew, who has also been fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by his club, said he will not appeal against the sanction. The Newcastle boss said in a statement: “As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable. “I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend’s game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible.” Pardew will be banned from Craven Cottage for Newcastle’s match at Fulham, and then from St James’ Park for the home games against Crystal Palace and Everton. The touchline bans will kick in for the games against Southampton (away), Manchester United (home), Stoke (away), Swansea (home). The 52-year-old appeared at a personal hearing in front of a three-man commission. It is believed the panel also looked at recent incidents over the last two seasons. Pardew was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. The clash with Irish midfielder Meyler occurred during Newcastle’s 4-1 win at Hull on March 1, which led to Pardew being sent to the stands by the referee. Pardew, who has accepted the punishment, has also been fined £60,000 and warned about his future conduct by an independent regulatory commission after admitting a misconduct charge. It is the longest ban ever handed out to a Premier League manager, and not since Brian Clough was banned from the touchline – from February 1989 until the end of that season for hitting fans who invaded the pitch – has a boss at a league club been given such a stiff punishment. After the commission’s hearing, the FA announced the punishment in a statement which read: “Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge. “An independent regulatory commission today [Tuesday 11 March 2014] ruled the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.” Newcastle fans are hopeful Pardew’s suspension will not unduly affect the club’s season. Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, said: “If you were fighting for the Premier League title or battling against relegation, maybe it would hit hard with the manager not being able to influence things, particularly at half-time if things were going against you. “The position Newcastle are in – and you hope they are aiming higher – it may be less of a problem. “If this had happened last season, it could have been a lot more serious with Newcastle fighting possible relegation.” Other managers who have been given long bans include Paul Ince, who was given a five-game stadium ban when in charge of Blackpool earlier this season after being found guilty of “violently shoving” and swearing at a fourth official. Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is currently serving a five-match touchline ban for using insulting words and behaviour towards a referee. Former Rotherham and Crawley boss Steve Evans has an infamous record of suspensions. He was given a six-match stadium ban in 2012 following incidents in a match between Bradford City and Crawley. During his time with Crawley when they were a non-league club, he was given a 13-match ban in 2009 after a number of misconduct charges. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a record seven-match ban – including a three-game stadium exclusion – for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Tears of the wolf

first_imgby Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh CourierThis “golden era” of football should be renamed “the romantic period.” I know that sounds strange considering that the prime objective of the game is to run over, around or through the opponent to “pee” on the pole planted on their prime parcel of real estate. There is no event or play, theoretical or otherwise that would lead me to believe that the men who compete against each other would under normal circumstances sing a lullaby or pass out a few “Forrest Gump” box of chocolates to the guy directly facing him on third down and goal with all of the marbles on the line. All of a sudden pro athletes have developed this pseudo-loyalty in regards to their teams.The primary cliché that I have heard floating around for the past 33 years that I have covered pro sports and turns my stomach every time I hear it is, “It’s not about the money. I will always be Steeler, Cowboy or whomever for life.” Well, boys and girls if you believe that crock, I have a roadmap to a brothel on Mars just waiting for you complete with bottled water, shrimp scampi and fifty of Hugh Hefner’s biggest “Hooters’ finalists.”Recently Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin vented and pouted and threatened to retire if he is let go by the team to sign more “important” players. In an article by ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley, Boldin said, “I won’t play in another uniform.” He revealed in an interview with NBC Sports Radio, “We have a saying, once a Raven, always a Raven, and I’ll always be a Raven.” Jamison pointed out that Boldin, 32, has one year left on his four-year, $25 million deal, and is due $6 million next season. “You deal with that if you have to, but, I think for me–I know for me–Baltimore is the only place I want to play,” Boldin continued. First and foremost, if a player has an agent that is looking to get “mad money” for him and his client, the only loyalty they adhere to is the loyalty with a bank teller that doesn’t require them to produce identification to complete a transaction. I am sure Boldin’s agent only prefers that his client play for an owner with deep pockets and a bigger ego. I am equally certain that in regards to Ravens QB Joe Flacco, the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, you can bet your last dollar that the team will be “financially loyal” to him, case closed. I am now going to refer to the words of my late father, Oprah Elliot Bruce. During my numerous screw-ups as a young adult, he was never physical but boy those house “arrests” often seemed infinite and  were far more psychologically brutal than “water-boarding,” 10 times over. He would always look me straight in the eye and say in a deep but quiet voice, “I dislike punishing you but you were forewarned numerous times about your behavior so as the saying goes a hard head makes a soft behind.” Baltimore would be wise and prudent to draw from the pitfalls of their bitter AFC North rivals, the Steelers.If Baltimore wants to continue to be successful they had better keep some strong bodies in the barn for Flacco to toss the rock to. He cannot throw and catch the football by himself. Remember the Ravens allowed tight end Todd Heap to slip away and it took Flacco some time to adapt and adopt Boldin as his new “security blanket.” The Ravens better sign Boldin, well if they know what’s good for them. Pittsburgh learned that lesson the hard way. A few years ago, the Steelers allowed their two top receivers to depart the Steel City on the money train. The first one to break camp was Plaxico Burress and defector number two was Santonio Holmes. However, they robbed Peter to pay Paul in order to sign “Big” Ben Roethlisberger to a juicy, fat multi-year deal in order to guarantee that their “franchise” quarterback would spend the rest of his “prime” years scrambling around in a Steelers uniform. Pittsburgh was forced to restructure deals for several players just to make sure that Roethlisberger, “got his.” Until the Steelers signed speedsters Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, the Steelers wide receiver corps was shall I say, “a bit disrespected.” All the money that Roethlisberger banked did little for the offense. All the tea in China could not remove the fear that Limas Sweed had of testing the “deep and treacherous” waters that run across the middle of the gridiron. There is an insidious and dubious pattern that is constantly perpetrated on one hand and consistently ignored on the other. Okay, first things first. It is normal, alright, copesetic, groovy, fine and all of the other glib sayings that confirm paying a quarterback big “dineros” to stand in the pocket with all of the due protections and amenities to deliver the football. It is not only accepted, it is expected. But uh, when the boys that have to catch the ball ask for a little extra cheese on their nachos, well my friends that is an “equine” of a different color, you diggg…See, the boys who have to display their vertical leaping ability just to catch the football to keep the chains moving are likely to be the ones sitting in the “bone doctor’s” waiting room or in radiology on Monday morning. It is often said that, “you get what you pay for.” How about getting what you play for…Catch ya later, I’m out. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Silver medal bittersweet for Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor the third consecutive year the Kootenay Wildcats watched as another team celebrated a provincial title.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets scored the only goal of the third period to squeak out a 3-2 victory in game three of the 2010-2011 Female Midget AAA Championship Sunday night in Rutland.The Rockets win the best-of-three series 2-1 and repeat at Female Midget AAA Champions.“Try as we might we (just) could not get a break,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella. The Wildcats lost in 2009 to the Vancouver Fusion and in 2010 to the Rockets.This season it appeared to be different story as Kootenay opened the series Friday with a 3-1 win. Goals by Shannon Hall of Rock Creek and Hailey McLean of Castlegar staked the Cats to a quick 2-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan scored a power play goal to pull within a goal of Kootenay. But before the regular season champs could get any closer Hall scored her second of the game into an empty net.“(We) played tremendous defence over the last period,” DiBella said.Saturday, once gain the Cats scored first with Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy giving the visitors the early 1-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game then scored twice on the power play to take a 3-1 lead.Oddy, a member of the 2011 Team B.C. squad that competed in the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, scored her second of the game to close the margin to 3-2 but Kootenay could not find the equalizer. DiBella was less than impressed with the officiating in game two.“(Those calls) unfortunately adversely influenced the outcome of the game for the Wildcats,” DiBella lamented.Sunday, for the third consecutive game Kootenay scored first as Team B.C. defenceman Aimee DiBella of Nelson gave the Cats a 1-0 lead with a power play marker.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game before the period ended. In the second the Rockets took the lead. This time Hall came to the rescue, evening the game after 40 minutes.The third period turned into a defensive battle as both teams looked for opportunities to score.The Rockets took advantage of their chance, getting the winner on the power play.Kootenay pressed for the tying goal, pulling the goalie in the final minute of the game despite playing a player short but could not tie the contest and for the third straight season win finish as silver [email protected]last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

first_imgFernando Perez1321113198%33%$642,344 Jeff Bonde2872425%46%$168,010 Santiago Gonzalez20538292419%44%$1,507,469 John Sadler62118518%39%$507,619 Kristin Mulhall3676219%42%$306,520 FINISH LINES: Congrats to seven-pound apprentice rider Bruno Panicucci on winning his first race at Santa Anita yesterday aboard Icona for trainer Phil D’Amato. “He earned it,” D’Amato said. “He works hard.” Icona won by a length-and-a-half and paid $7.60 as the second choice. Panicucci now has eight career wins, his first four coming in his native France . . . Retired Hall of Fame riding great Laffit Pincay Jr. was a visitor to Clockers’ Corner Friday, looking fit enough to ride again. “I visited my native country of Panama a few times, I’ve also spent some time with my mother, Rosario, who is 93 and in an assisted living facility, and I recently returned from a Jockey and Jeans event in Ft. Lauderdale benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” said Pincay, who turned 69 last Dec. 26 and retired in 2003 . . . Rosie Ybarra celebrates her 64th birthday next Thursday, March 10. “I came to Santa Anita 37 years ago for the Strub Stakes and never left,” said the popular grub and grog hostess at Clockers’ Corner. “I’ve been at Clockers’ Corner now for 20 years.” Tyler Baze19520312810%41%$1,077,416 EFFINEX ARRIVES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMOR SPIRIT DRILLS SATURDAY FOR SAN FELIPE KOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE SAN CARLOSOM IS ON COURSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE Martin Garcia94169917%36%$905,399 Rafael Bejarano19342372022%51%$1,898,377 UNUSUAL HEAT: CALIFORNIA’S $50 MILLION MANPerennial California leading sire Unusual Heat has passed the $50 million mark in cumulative progeny earnings, becoming the first sire in the history of California breeding to achieve this while standing his entire career in the Golden State.Unusual Heat has sired 18 crops, and his 16th crop of two year olds will hit race tracks this year. As of Thursday, he boasted $50,158,241 in earnings.It was only fitting that the race putting Unusual Heat over the milestone was the stirring stretch drive victory by his son Boozer in the Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 27.Unusual Heat is the all-time leading sire in California in total progeny earnings, California-bred earnings and career progeny turf earnings. He set the all-time single-season California record for progeny earnings in 2008 with over $5.8 million and was again the California earnings champion for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, becoming the leading sire in California for an unprecedented six consecutive seasons in the modern era.In 2015 Unusual Heat achieved an unmatched ninth consecutive season of over $3 million in progeny earnings and also won his 12th consecutive California-bred North American Turf earnings championship. He has sired one Eclipse Award winner and 15 California champions, including 2015 two-year-old filly champion Pacific Heat.Unusual Heat has also started to make his mark as a broodmare sire, adding eight new stakes winners since 2015, including Grade I winners Masochistic and Spanish Queen.Unusual Heat is 26 years old and currently standing his 19th season at stud in California and his sixth at Harris Farms in Coalinga, CA.For more information about Unusual Heat, contact Harris Auerbach at [email protected] or go to www.unusualheat.com . Mike Smith68761310%38%$944,075 Edwin Maldonado13025111219%37%$849,205 David Lopez1162081617%38%$600,811 (Current Through Thursday, March 3) Brice Blanc464579%35%$451,940 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo17318202210%35%$968,014 Steven Miyadi49911818%57%$304,544 Drayden Van Dyke11213131512%37%$741,724 Mark Glatt6588312%29%$369,025 Hector Palma3053517%43%$134,547 Gary Stevens50106720%46%$1,113,803 William Spawr2975324%52%$187,687 Carla Gaines3762216%27%$453,015 Bob Baffert7917121222%52%$1,263,570 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 OM ‘READY TO ROLL’ IN FRANK E. KILROE MILEMultiple graded stakes winner Om is at the ready for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12.“He just breezed two days ago, so we’re all set in that regard,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “He got his work in and we’ll get a good strong gallop in Wednesday or Thursday. He’s doing good and we’re ready to roll.”Om was third behind Bolo and Obviously in the Grade II Arcadia Mile on grass Feb. 13, but won three of his previous four starts before that.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; De Treville, Bolo, Mike Smith; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR SAN CARLOSKobe’s Back, on the winning track again after wearing blinkers to capture the Palos Verdes Stakes on Feb. 7, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 47.20 for Peter Eurton under regular rider Gary Stevens.Kobe’s Back is headed for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 12. Also working for the San Carlos Friday was Salutos Amigos for trainer David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten only a half-length.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and 2015 San Carlos winner Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano. Flavien Prat18433262718%47%$1,944,601 Mike Puype58611310%34%$301,130 Philip D’Amato9621161622%55%$1,100,485 Agapito Delgadillo7398612%32%$251,607 Jerry Hollendorfer991591415%38%$981,546 Doug O’Neill13522192116%46%$1,130,473 J. Keith Desormeaux3565817%54%$241,069 Peter Miller971191211%33%$476,435 EASTERN INVADER EFFINEX SETTLES IN FOR BIG ‘CAPEffinex, the probable favorite for the 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa AnitaHandicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino a week from Saturday, March 12, arrived safely from Florida early Thursday evening and was bedded down in trainer Eoin Harty’s barn to prepare for the prestigious mile-and-a-quarter classic.“We left Palm Meadows at 6:30 a.m. our time (Eastern Standard Time) and got in the barn about 6:30 (Pacific Time),” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains Effinex.“It made for a long day for him but he ate up everything last night and looks good. I had him walking this morning and bouncing around, so he shipped good.”Sweezey, who recently turned 30, is a native of Lexington, Ky. He worked with Harty until parting company two years ago at Del Mar and has been with Jerkens for 18 months. Prior to that, he was with Christophe Clement for a bit, then came to Southern California where he was with Harty for three years.“The horse hasn’t run since November 27 (when he won the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs),” Sweezey said. “Initially, we were going to give him a break after that. Then the World Cup was considered but we felt he wouldn’t be ready to go all the way to Dubai (for the March 26 race), so we decided the Santa Anita Handicap was the next-best option.”Effinex, a five-year-old full horse by Mineshaft bred in New York by Dr. Russell S. Cohen, a veterinarian, is owned by the Tri-Bone Stables. The horse has won seven of 20 starts and earned $2,112,950.“Effinex will breeze here for sure, but rain is supposed to come the next couple days, so it puts us in a predicament,” Sweezey said. “We gave him a little breeze Wednesday before we left Palm Meadows–I’m not sure it even went down as a breeze–but he blew out a little bit.“He jogged today, will gallop tomorrow, breeze in the next couple of days and then go straight into the race. Maybe Jimmy will be here for the race. I’m not sure. We’ve got a bunch of good young horses in Florida one of which might run there the same day Effinex runs here, so Jimmy will have to make a decision if he’s going to come out or not.”Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap: Donworth, Mario Gutierrez; Effinex, Mike Smith; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano; Hard Aces, no rider; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez; and Melatonin, no rider.In other Big ‘Cap news:According to Santa Anita’s work tab, Donworth worked four furlongs Friday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 48 seconds flat under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Trainer Doug O’Neill, however, had the son of Tiznow going a mile in 1:45, the last eighth of a mile in 11:60.“He went super,” O’Neill said. “All systems are go.”Trainer Phil D’Amato said turf marathon specialist Big John B would pass the race in favor of the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Sunday, March 13.Havana Belle, a four-year-old filly that won the $75,000 Astra Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Jan. 17, also is ticketed for the San Luis Rey for D’Amato. Brice Blanc, who was aboard the Irish-bred filly in the 2 ¼-length Astra upset at 10-1, retains the mount.Bob Baffert said Cat Burglar, who also is nominated to the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs March 12, would not run in the Handicap.Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces is scheduled to work tomorrow for John Sadler at 6:45 or 7:45 a.m.Team Hollendorfer also is likely to have a starter, although Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said they were waiting on “the weights and the weather” before rendering a final decision. Hollendorfer has three horses nominated: Cyrus Alexander, Point Piper and Southern Freedom.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time will be 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.MOR SPIRIT HEADS SAN FELIPE WORKERS TOMORROWMor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s primary Triple Crown contender, is scheduled to work Saturday at a time and distance the trainer did not reveal for the San Felipe Stakes on March 12.Baffert said Martin Garcia would be aboard for the workout.Also scheduled to breeze Saturday for the Grade II San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles are undefeated California-bred Smokey Image for Carla Gaines, Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino, five furlongs at 6:45 under regular rider Fernando Perez for trainer Gary Sherlock, and Danzing Candy for trainer Cliff Sise Jr.Probable for the San Felipe: Danzing Candy, Exaggerator, Mor Spirit, Smokey Image and Uncle Lino. Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Vladimir Cerin3393527%52%$307,630 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas8014121018%45%$980,394 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 Peter Eurton6912161117%57%$743,317 Mario Gutierrez14619252113%45%$1,135,369 Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Victor Espinoza6189613%38%$681,135 Patrick Gallagher2863521%50%$468,023 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Abel Lezcano5462411%22%$254,764 George Papaprodromou3973618%41%$213,890 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux8412211614%58%$1,024,990 -30-last_img read more

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No charges recommended against BHS teacher yet – DPP

first_img…says Chronicle article “totally false”The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday denied that it had advised that criminal charges be instituted against embattled Bishops’ High School Teacher, Coen Jackson, who is at the centre of a sex scandal involving students at his school.Accused: Sir Cohen Jackson, former BHS teacherThe DPP’s Office in a statement said it has asked the Police to conduct further investigations into the matter. It labelled a Guyana Chronicle report as “totally, totally false” which reported that the DPP confirmed that charges would be laid after wrapping up investigations.The office said the file concerning the matter was returned since December 8, 2017, so that additional information relating to copies of birth certificates could be included. The DPP also wants statements from the counselling agency and the Teaching Service Commission.Jackson, a trained and qualified teacher, continues to deny accusations made by Government’s Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson and his partner that she had an intimate relationship with Jackson while she had been a student at the Bishops’ High School.But Jackson says the accusations against him were concocted by Johnson who has a personal problem with him because he had been in contact with the young woman who is now 22 years old.last_img read more

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DONEGAL HOPING TO EXPLOIT WEAKENED KERRY SIDE

first_imgA large crowd is expected in Ballybofey this afternoon for the visit of Kerry to MacCumhaill Park.The Kingdom’s brand of football has always attracted attention from football purists and today will be no different.However, for a change Donegal will be favourites going into the game which throws in at 2pm. Kerry have been going through an indifferent league campaign and they are also missing a number of key personnel.Just a year ago, Kerry brushed aside Donegal by 2-16 to 1-8 as Donegal threw a glance towards their championship campaign.Today’s game as its own prize.Both sides will be anxious to get full points today to keep their hopes of maintaining Division One status intact. Jim McGuinness’ team have a number of injury worries with David Walsh almost certain to miss out while midfielder Neil Gallagher is still doubtful.Mark McHugh is also a doubt while Karl Lacey is still a long way off making the team following his hop operation at Christmas.Donegal played well in spells against Tyrone at Healy Park last week but it wasn’t enough to wrestle the points form Mickey Harte’s side.Jim McGuinness will be looking for an improved team performance but most of all he will be looking for two points to give him a bit of comfort.Those two points can allow him to throw himself and his team wholeheartedly into Tyrone and the challenge that May 26th will bring. DONEGAL HOPING TO EXPLOIT WEAKENED KERRY SIDE was last modified: March 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalKerryNational Leaguelast_img read more

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Live updates: Titans beat Raiders 42-21 at Coliseum

first_imgODDS: Titans -2.5. OVER/UNDER: 47.5.SERIES: Raiders lead … GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (6-6) vs. Titans (7-5) at Coliseum on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT)TV: CBS-TV, Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Melanie Collins (reporter). Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.center_img Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look to snap a two-game losing streak with the Titans in town.last_img

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SA chorus shines at world opera awards

first_img25 April 2013 South Africa’s Cape Town Opera beat 1 500 nominees from 41 countries to win the best opera chorus award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London on Monday. Presenting the award during a ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel, Opera magazine editor John Allison praised Cape Town Opera “for its energy and exciting commitment, which never fails to communicate itself to an audience and shows again why a chorus can be the backbone of any company”. Cape Town Opera managing director Michael Williams said in a statement afterwards that the award was “a climax to all the hard work of the company, particularly the chorus, last year. “Albert Horne (chorus master), you are to be congratulated on your leadership and musical ability. And to all the members of the chorus in Porgy & Bess, Mandela Trilogy, the Sheldonian Chorus Concert, the Porgy & Bess Concert in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the concert tour to Melbourne, Australia – well done. This award belongs to you.” Other prizewinners at the inaugural awards included the Frankfurt Opera (opera company of the Year), New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company (orchestra of the year), Jonas Kauffmann (best male singer) and Nina Stemme (best female singer). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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How to Give Up Non-Deals

first_img 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 Now The only reason you keep working on deals you know you don’t have a real chance of closing is because you don’t have real opportunities with which to replace them. In order to rid yourself of time-wasting non-deals, you need to replace them with real opportunities.Massively Increase Your Prospecting EffortsThere isn’t any way to create more opportunities that doesn’t require you spend more time and more energy prospecting. You cannot create new opportunities until you develop new relationships.The more prospecting you do, the more relationships you develop, and the more opportunities you will create. The faster you do the necessary prospecting work, the faster you will produce the opportunities that allow you to ditch non-opportunities.Vary Your Approach and Use All Methods and ToolsSome of your prospective clients will respond to your phone call, cold, warm, or whatever. Others will respond to a LinkedIn connection. A small few may respond to an email request for a meeting, if it’s personal and value creating.The best place to start is referrals. The second best place to start is with deals that you lost in competitive situations in the past.There is no plan that includes waiting for inbound marketing or lead generation to do this work for you. You need to consistently use every method and every tool available.Build a Serious Plan to Nurture Your Dream ClientsThe problem with acting with a great sense of urgency is that it can be sporadic and undisciplined. There are some prospects for whom you need a proactive, disciplined, professionally persistent approach. These are your dream clients.A nurture plan is a blueprint for contacting your best prospects over time using a campaign. That campaign starts with a message that creates value for your dream client. That might be a blog post, white paper, or case study. That content is followed up with a phone call.Your nurture plan can be written in advance and used to pursue the small number of your very best prospects over the course of a year. You will get some of these dream clients to respond and engage with you. You will win some of them. Those will be your best deals and the best use of your time. But you still have to prospect and for other opportunities while you are nurturing your dream clients.last_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward together

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Henry and I will take Monaco forward togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he’s joined AS Monaco to help the club’s young players.Cesc is in line to make his debut tonight against Marseille.He said, “It’s a great pleasure to join the Monaco, it’s a new project for me with a team of young players and a new coach, there was a lot of discussion, obviously I spoke with Thierry Henry, he really wanted me to come and make a difference, now I’m here and we’ll take this challenge together.”I think my experience can help the young players to grow and progress to the highest level, I am a patient player with them because I was in their place. “This group has a huge potential, so I can help them and if we can win something together even this year, it would be perfect, I am now part of the team and I cannot wait to start. We’re currently in a delicate situation, but we all want to improve, we’ll do everything to change things quickly.” last_img read more

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