Fulham duo set to miss Stoke game

first_imgJamie O’Hara will sit out Fulham’s League Cup clash with Stoke and Tom Cairney is also likely to miss tonight’s game. A hip injury meant O’Hara missed training on Monday, while Cairney picked up a knock during the session and is being assessed.Neither injury is serious but Whites boss Kit Symons wants to make sure the pair are available to face QPR so is reluctant to risk them ahead of Friday’s derby.Both players scored in Fulham’s 3-2 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.Fulham will also be without recent signings Ryan Fredericks and James Husband against Stoke as both players are cup-tied.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Mailbag: did the Erik Karlsson trade set the bar too high for the Sharks?

first_imgCHICAGO — With just five games remaining before the Christmas break, the Sharks appear to be turning the corner.They’ve won five of six games, Erik Karlsson is playing his best hockey as a Shark and the goalies have produced a .932 save percentage since Dec. 2.Meanwhile, the Pacific Division is finally heating up after a dismal showing over the first two months of the season. The Calgary Flames are leading the way, trailing the Winnipeg Jets by just two points for first place in the Western …last_img

49ers report card: Red-zone woes haunt TD-less offense

first_imgSANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle Fuller (23) in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (4-11) graded in Sunday’s 14-9, home-finale loss to the Chicago Bears (11-4):PASS OFFENSE: Clast_img

Play Your Part ambassador wins cultural award

first_imgBulelwa Basse’s organisation, Lyrical Base Project, provides a platform for budding writers from marginilised communities to hone their craft and express themselves. (Images: Supplied)Lyrical Base Project, a literary and performing arts platform, has been awarded Best Contribution to Literary Arts in the 2016 Cultural Affairs Awards Ceremony.The event, which took place on Wednesday, 3 February, was hosted by the Western Cape government’s department of cultural affairs and sport. The awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals and organisations in the fields of language, arts and culture, heritage, museums, geographical names, libraries and archives.Lyrical Base Project founder and Play Your Part ambassador Bulelwa Basse received the award for the organisation. Following the ceremony, Basse said to those who were pursuing their life’s purpose that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.Lyrical Base Project promotes writers from Cape Town’s marginalised communities through community-publishing projects, performance poetry, cultural and corporate events. It is celebrating 10 years since its inception in 2006.“As a proudly self-sustainable literary and performing arts organisation, there’s no better way to begin this journey of celebration, than to bring home the award for Best Contribution to Literary Arts,” said Basse.One of the initiatives that the organisation runs is the Donate a Book to a Child programme, which endorses a reading culture. Individuals, organisations and businesses are encouraged to donate books and a series of pre-selected anthologies for disadvantaged high school students, who are offered creative writing workshops by Lyrical Base Project.Bulelwa Basse, centre, with the award for Best Contribution to Literary Arts. She is pictured with the director of Artscape Theatre, Marlene LeRoux, left, and Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.BASSE, THE PASSIONATE WORDSMITHBasse’s experience in writing and literature has been varied and wide. She has collaborated nationally with various arts education and literary establishments as a language facilitator, published and performed poetry, is a public speaker and events co-ordinator. Her writing has been published by the Poetry Institute of Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Department of Arts and Culture and O, The Oprah Magazine.She is passionate about the empowerment of women and has been involved in Bona magazine’s Women Empowerment Club, True Love magazine’s Winning Style and Move magazine’s empowerment initiatives, for which she’s both hosted and performed her poetry as a motivational tool. She is also the editor of Muse, an electronic poetry publishing and profiling magazine.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

10 Sales Nevers. No Way. You Just Cannot.

first_imgThere are a lot of sales and social selling gurus, or as I like to call them – charlatans – out there selling you the magic elixir to sales success. The honest truth is: there is no magic pill, no easy path, no snap-your-finger route to success. Truly successful salespeople are professionals who have honed their craft; that doesn’t mean that they have learned the tricks that others don’t know. It means that they have skills and standards, and those standards include clear lines in the sand. Here are the 10 Nevers – the 10 things you can never do if you are serious about being a successful sales professional. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Never begin a sales conversation with a lie. The foundation of your relationship and the currency you trade in is trust. Don’t tell me you’re following up on an email that you never sent. Don’t tell me that you are following up on a LinkedIn conversation I had with your boss that I know never happened.Never make a promise that you do not intend to keep. Your word is your bond, and even though we live in a litigious time, no one should ever need to use a contract to enforce a promise you made.Never avoid dealing with a challenge or problem now. Problems don’t age well. They only grow in complexity and require greater time and attention in the future. Besides, professionals do the work that amateurs, pretenders, and poseurs avoid.Never avoid having a conversation about the investment necessary for your prospect or dream client to achieve their goals. By avoiding the discussion, you make it appear as if you’re afraid to talk about the price. That fear can make your prospective client believe you don’t believe in your product and your pricing.Never get comfortable. Never be so comfortable that you avoid doing things that stretch you. Growth only occurs when you adopt a new belief, even one that scares you, and when you take a new action, especially one that scares you.Never give up the pursuit. Even if you lose an opportunity, you must keep trying. Listen, if the prospective account you were pursuing was worth your time and energy when you lost, then it’s still worth your time and energy now. Regroup. Recover. Reload.Never spend time with people who make you less. Never spend time with those who are negative, cynical, burnout, has-beens, or never were’s. There is truth to the idea that you become like the people with whom you spend the most time. The greatest risk to your mindset is allowing yourself to become infected with poor beliefs. Never spend time with energy vampires.Never lie to win business. Don’t say that you can do something that you can’t do. And don’t commit your company to doing something your business can’t do. If what you sell will not benefit the person or people you are selling it to, then don’t sell it. Work harder at prospecting and maintain your integrity at all costs.Never leave a meeting without establishing the next necessary action in gaining the commitment to take it. If I can offer you only one piece of advice to improve your sales now, this would be it.Never believe that there is something that you cannot do. If you can imagine it, and if you can see yourself doing it, it is possible. This is especially true if other people are already doing what you dream of doing.last_img read more

Delhi needs NDRF help to fight mosquito menace at CWG site

first_imgFacing embarrassment over mosquito breeding sites around Commonwealth Games Village, Delhi Government on Friday sought assistance from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to fight the mosquito menace in its vicinity.Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia, chairing a high-level meeting, also directed MCD to form 100 teams to spray mosquito repellent around two km area surrounding the Games Village.She said each MCD team will be assisted by a group of three trained personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which works under the National Disaster Management Authority. NDRF is a multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled force to deal with all types of disasters.An NDRF official said the force will only assist the MCD and civil administration in destroying the mosquito breeding sites in and around the Games village. “We are deploying 100 to 150 personnel. We will also provide boats so that MCD teams can carry out the operation,” he said.Over 20 participating nations have sought information from the Games Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak in the city and steps being taken to combat it before the mega sporting event that begins in 22 days.A joint team comprising officials from MCD and Delhi Government are working in the Games village to drain out the accumulated water so that the area does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.The Games Village is surrounded by pools of water from three sides, making it conducive for mosquito breeding.The cases of the vector-borne disease has reached 1,652 in the capital this season and the civic bodies are blaming incessant rains and stagnation of water at Games construction sites for the rapid increase in dengue cases.advertisementOfficials said fire tenders and boats will also be deployed so that teams could reach the sites and spray anti-larval chemicals.Aggressive spraying of repellent will be carried out in pools of water accumulated in the eastern, western and southern sites of the Commonwealth Village, they said.Asking all the departments concerned to ensure proper coordination, Walia directed top officials to carry out the anti-dengue drive with all seriousness.Top officials of Delhi Government, Delhi Cantonment Board, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and MCD were present in the meeting.Walia said fishes will be released in the accumulated water bodies around the Games village so that they could eat the mosquito larva.last_img read more

Mahrez happy to stay at Leicester, insists Puel

first_imgTransfers Mahrez happy to stay at Leicester, insists Puel Jamie Smith 00:56 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Getty Images Transfers Riyad Mahrez Fleetwood Town v Leicester City FA Cup Leicester City v Huddersfield Town Leicester City Premier League The Algeria international is not seeking a move away from the King Power Stadium during the January transfer window, according to his manager Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.Mahrez went public with his desire to leave Leicester last May, handing in a transfer request, and was linked with Roma, Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal.The 26-year-old left an Algeria training camp to complete a deadline-day move in August only for the transfer to collapse, but has scored seven Premier League goals this season with the Foxes rejuvenated under Puel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the Frenchman rejected speculation Mahrez has again requested to leave Leicester, praising the recent contribution of the winger, who scored a brilliant goal in Monday’s win against Huddersfield Town.”I want to keep all my best players and Riyad is an important player in the team for us,” Puel told reporters on Thursday. “When I discussed things with him, he had a good attitude and is enjoying his football.Marc Albrighton Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Huddersfield Town“He is a happy player and likes to play with his team-mates. His statistics have improved, with assists and scoring. Of course, I want him to continue all this good work.”He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing.”Leicester travel to Fleetwood Town for an FA Cup third round tie on Saturday, but Jamie Vardy is an injury doubt for the game against his former club, although Adrien Silva could feature after making his debut against Huddersfield.”We will see. If [Vardy] cannot be 100 per cent, we will not risk him,” Puel said. “He is not training with the team. He is just doing some exercises in the gym. For the moment, it is not good for him.”For [Danny] Simpson, I don’t know when he can come back into competition. For now, he is in the gym. Wes [Morgan], I think it is not too bad, but I think he will be out for a few weeks.”[We may make] some changes but that is normal. Now we will see all the players, like Silva and [Matty] James, if they need some game time to have a good tempo to their play. It is a good opportunity for them to make progress in their fitness. We will pick a team to win the game, of course.”last_img read more