How to Connect with Hard to Reach Clients

first_imgThere are reasons that your hard to connect with dream clients are hard to reach. They have too much work, too little help; they’re being asked to do more with fewer resources. They are time-starved. They don’t really buy what you sell. They don’t hear anything in your message that sounds like the kind of value creation that’s worth their time. Some just avoid all calls from salespeople. And sometimes you’re not even calling the right person.Here are a few ideas to help you connect.Leave a better message: Tell your dream client who you are, how you create value, and what you want from them. This sometimes helps with the value creation problem. If you promise to be respectful of their time and ask for a low level commitment of, say, 20 minutes, you can sometimes get a better result.Email suggested appointment times: Tell your dream client that are you are going to email them an invite for an appointment for a short exploratory phone conversation, and that if none of the times work for them to reply with a better time. Your dream client wasn’t sitting by the phone hoping to receive a call from a salesperson that sells whatever it is you sell. They haven’t yet committed to give you time. But if you limit the appointment to a short phone call you can sometimes improve your results.Ask for an alternative contact: Suggest that if they aren’t the person you should be calling isn’t the right person for you to speak with that they shoot you back the name of the right person (this let’s them off the hook). Sometimes you are just calling the wrong person.Promise to call back: I don’t know why we expect a call back. It doesn’t happen. You don’t need it to happen. Since the client hasn’t agreed to any commitment, you can only commit yourself. End your message by saying that you are sorry you missed your dream client, and that you will try again next week. I once won a dream client after calling 76 uninterrupted straight weeks.Persist without being a nuisance: Every time you reach out, share a new idea with your dream client. Share a story about what you’re doing to help another client. Send them a killer idea in the form of a white paper or a case study with a hand written note. Build a nurture tool kit of ideas you can use. Persist by continuing to prove you’re a value creator and not a time waster.Stop trying and get some help: You may not be the right person to make the call in the first place. Have you checked LinkedIn to see if you have a connection that could make an introduction? Have you checked to see if you have a client that would make the call and vouch for you?QuestionsWhy do you believe your dream client is so difficult to reach?What are you doing that is worthy of your dream client taking your call?How does your dream client know how you create value and that you are right to help them?What are you going to change about your approach? Free Infographic! Download my “8 reasons your sales opportunity stalled” infographic A super-cool, professionally-designed infographic shows the 8 reasons your opportunity stalled. Use this infographic and get back on track. Download Nowlast_img read more

Yoga on Ice: India to Offer Classes During Davos Summit

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delegation to the World Economic Forum at Davos will offer yoga classes on the icy slopes, the foreign ministry said Friday, the latest high-profile attempt to promote India’s traditions abroad.India aims to showcase its potential as a driver of global economic growth, after China, as well as its soft power, reflected in the popularity of yoga as well as its cuisine.Two yoga teachers from India will hold daily classes next week at the summit, which has attracted 70 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Donald Trump as well as celebrities, chief executives and top bankers.Read it at VOA Related Itemslast_img

Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino as if she flicked a switch to turn her confidence on. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Jomary Torres of the Philippines ready to make her debut. Photo by Bong LozadaTorres looked like a wallflower in the elevated panel during the press conference but seemed at home when talking to Filipino reporters once she got out of the stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 21-year-old gamely answered in her local tongue and expressed her eagerness to step into the ONE cage come Saturday at Cotai Arena.“Even if this is my first time fighting at ONE, I’ll do my best to win,” said Torres. “I’m excited, I will fight Rika Ishige so I’m pretty excited for this opportunity.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut1.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ View comments Possible La Salle reunion as Cardona tries out for Pumaren, GlobalPortcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MACAU—She may have stuttered in the press conference at The Venetian in Macau, but Filipino atomweight fighter Jomary Torres has the silent confidence ahead of her debut fight in ONE Championship.Torres is set to fight Thai contender Rika Ishige in her first fight in the Asian promotion on Saturday in ONE: Kings & Conquerors here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “I’m quite nervous but I will do my best for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms

first_imgThe influential Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is facing a possible leadership crisis after the country’s Supreme Court demanded it accept sweeping changes by Friday.The BCCI finds itself on a sticky wicket after it agreed to implement only part of a raft of changes recommended by a court-appointed panel, which was set up last year to usher in reforms at the world’s richest cricket board. (Stop funding of state affiliates opposing reforms: Supreme Court)The panel, headed by former chief justice of India RM Lodha, recommended, among other things, age and tenure restrictions for top officials as well as banning them from serving successive terms. (Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)”We will pass an appropriate order tomorrow if the BCCI refuses to give any undertaking (to accept the reforms),” chief justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur said on Thursday. (Apex Court to BCCI: Set Lodha panel’s reforms rolling or court will do so tomorrow)A disgruntled administrator at the Cricket Association of Bihar, which is not recognised by the BCCI, had approached the top court, demanding transparency in the board’s operations.The court made it clear that the BCCI, run largely by politicians and industrialists, could not cherry pick recommendations by the Lodha panel.”You behave like lords. Fall in line or else we will make you,” the chief justice said last week after the panel recommended ousting the BCCI’s highest officials for non-compliance.The panel blocked the BCCI from making two payments to its state associations on Tuesday, while approving routine expenditure, with the home series against New Zealand underway.advertisementThe BCCI have yet to reply to a request from Reuters to comment on the Supreme Court’s deadline to accept reforms by Friday.last_img read more

How to Get a Job as an Actuary

first_img The credentialing process is rigorous, so it’s in the best interest of those entering the field to engage in their work early. Internships during one’s undergraduate years, for example, are encouraged. SOA and CAS recommend that students aim to staff two summer internships while they are engaged in their undergraduate work. Similarly, the associations recommend that those who are changing careers to become actuaries also engage in internships. It’s key to learning the role.On Be an Actuary, a website co-sponsored by SOA and CAS, the associations advise:   “Probably the single most important qualification for an entry-level candidate is exam progress. Entry-level candidates should be prepared to pass two exams before being seriously considered for employment. However, a candidate with one exam and excellent internship experience is just as desirable as a candidate with two exams and no experience. The market discourages candidates from passing more than three exams without experience.”The associations note that recent grads who have passed two tests, have a solid academic track record and can demonstrate stellar computer skills should start their search by looking for internships. They advise that it’s possible but difficult to earn a full-time starting position without experience.The BLS similarly notes: “Job opportunities should be somewhat competitive for entry-level applicants because the number of students sitting for actuarial exams has increased in the past few years. Students who have passed at least two actuarial exams, have had an internship while in college, and have strong analytical and business skills should have the best job prospects for entry-level positions.” How to Gain Skills, Knowledge, and Experience There’s a bustling marketplace for credentialed actuaries. Earning actuary certifications takes planning and work, though, so it’s beneficial to engage in that work throughout one’s undergraduate experience. Though many are employed by companies, some actuaries work as independent consultants.Career paths plug: Degrees needed to work as an actuary Candidates interested in pursuing a career as an actuary first need a bachelor’s degree in an analytical field such as actuarial science, statistics, computer science, math, physics, engineering, economics or finance. They usually aim to pass at least one actuary exam before they complete their undergraduate work. The next step is to pursue actuarial credentials.The SOA and the Casualty Actuary Society (CAS) certify incoming professionals through a rigorous series of courses and evaluations. Two certification levels, associate and fellow, are available. Earning associate-level certification can take four to seven years, and securing fellow certification can add an additional two to three years of study.Skills for working as an actuaryThese are some skills that actuaries need to hone and apply in their daily work:Amass, analyze and explain dataCalculate the probability and related costs associated with an unforeseen event such as an injury, death or stormUse modeling software, charts, tables, spreadsheets and reports that communicate the probability and cost of such eventsCreate, test, and facilitate business products (investments, pension plans, insurance policies) tooled to minimize risk and maximize profitabilityWork as part of a group to advise decision-makers about risk Actuary Job Interview Tips Glassdoor data reveals that an actuarial trainee can earn $93,000 annually, while an entry-level actuary can make $97,000 a year. The average base salary for this job is $105,000, and the top of the range is $136,000. Actuaries with 10-14 years of experience reported earning nearly $160,000 annually. Some actuaries also report earning an annual bonus, averaging nearly $15,000.By checking out Glassdoor salaries, you can filter by location to see actuary salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 1,565 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by employees who work as actuaries. How Much Does an Actuary Make? Economist Average base pay: $102,000Degrees required: Master’s degree or Ph.D.StatisticianAverage base pay: $82,000Degrees required: bachelor’s or master’s degree.Mathematician Average base pay: $82,000Degrees required: bachelor’s or master’s degree. Outside of the insurance and financial industries, universities, labor unions, fraternal organizations and rating bureaus are some businesses that employ actuaries. Glassdoor shows nearly 3,200 job openings for actuaries, across industries.The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the job outlook for actuaries is robust: “Employment of actuaries is projected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026 . . . The increase in available data will allow insurance companies to better develop new products, set competitive prices, predict consumer behavior, and make more accurate projections of future risks and costs.”The BLS points out that growth stands to accelerate in the health insurance industry: “health insurance companies will require more actuaries to help evaluate the effects of changing healthcare regulations and guidelines, expand into new insurance markets, and offer products to new customers.” How to Get Hired as an Actuarycenter_img Actuary Job Market Step one to nailing your job interview is to thoroughly prepare. Research the company and absorb all the details articulated in the job post. Also, make sure to formulate your questions about the company and the role.If you haven’t done this before, or you’re feeling a bit out of practice, keep in mind that interviewing for a job as an actuary requires a hybrid approach. It’s a technical interview where you will likely be asked to demonstrate your expertise, approach and problem-solving skills. The work also demands excellent communication skills and team work. So you’re likely to field behavioral questions as well.You want to show that you’re prepared. To that end, rehearse your answers. Work them through with a mentor, friend, parent. Grab a partner who is a good listener and whose professional opinion you respect. He or she can help you think of elements to your answer you may not have considered. Take the time to mindfully sharpen your interview-response skills, this way, you command the narrative when it comes to articulating what makes you a stand out.These are some interview questions that Glassdoor users fielded when they were interviewing for jobs as actuaries:What was the hardest decision you had to make while dealing with a very angry customer?Tell me how you think.“What motivates you? Why do you want to become an actuary?””What is your favorite Excel function?””If you were going to rate a commercial automobile, what facets of the risk do you think would be the most important to consider?”What is an ethical dilemma you faced, and how did you overcome it?Two people each take turns to throw a die. Whomever has the higher number wins, and it’s a draw if the numbers are the same. What is the probability that the first person to throw wins? Related Careers to Actuary Actuary Hiring Process Learn More! Working as an actuary is a thriving, evolving and lucrative role. If you’re looking to break in, here are some additional resources:12 Great Jobs for Economics MajorsHow to Find a Job in a New CityHow to Build Your Own Career Path Within an OrganizationHow to Change CareersHow to Find & Land the Creative Job of Your DreamsJob Market Report: Where Are The Open Jobs?last_img read more

Chelsea boss Conte can have his Diego Costa revenge over Atletico Madrid plan

first_imgDiego Costa is set to stay with Chelsea – for the first-half of the season.The Spain striker and Atletico Madrid have reached agreement where Costa would move to Spain in January.Costa was hoping to sign for Atletico and spend the first six months on-loan elsewhere due to their transfer ban. However, FIFA regulations have prevented such an arrangement.Instead, Costa will remain at Stamford Bridge until Atletico are free to work the transfer market in the New Year.It will mean Costa not being considered for Champions League football at Chelsea, so he is not Cup tied for Atletico. It could even see him not be registered by Blues manager Antonio Conte for the Premier League.last_img

Man Utd, Juventus target Renato Sanches pushes for Bayern Munich exit

first_imgManchester United have been offered fresh encouragement in their interest for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.The Sun says according to reports from Italy, the 19-year-old, who has also piqued the interest of Juventus, informed the club’s officials that he is unhappy with the amount of game time he got last term.The midfielder snubbed United in favour of a move to Bavaria last summer but failed to make any impression in Germany.Sanches only started six Bundesliga games, failing to score or provide an assist in 25 appearances in all competitions — completing 90 minutes on just one occasion.Juve’s interest in signing the Bavarians’ winger Douglas Costa could put them in the driving seat to sign Sanches.last_img

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Hemant Shah (India)

first_imgPosted on August 17, 2016September 26, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In July 2016, global leaders gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop (SMNLW) hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) in partnership with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents. SMNLW participant Hemant Shah is Chief of Party, Technical Support Unit for CARE. He previously worked as the Director of the State reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent (RMNCH+A) unit in Bihar as well as a maternal health expert in the Integrated Family Health Initiative project and led quality improvement activities in health facilities in Bihar.K: Tell me about yourself and the work that you do.H: I am heading a project in the state of Bihar in India, which is implemented by CARE India and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are providing technical support to the government of Bihar, particularly in the health and social welfare departments in two aspects: RMNCH+A health and nutrition.K: What is the biggest challenge in maternal and newborn health in your country?H: I will comment about a state in which I’m working, not the country as a whole. The biggest challenge for us is that we have a maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 208 per 100,000 live births. The neonatal mortality rate is 28 per 1,000 live births. The volume with which we are dealing is a big challenge. From a maternal mortality point of view, it’s estimated that there are about 6,000-7,000 maternal deaths every year. We are providing support through the state government, starting from the state level to the block level. Our work can be divided into three categories: improving quality of care in the facilities; building capacity of frontline workers to improve services at community level; and working on health system issues like supply chain management, human resources, etc.K: What kind of leader do you aspire to be? How can quality leadership in maternal newborn health help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?H: All leaders require different skill sets. For the work I do, technical knowledge is important, so that’s number one. The second skill is being able to bring all stakeholders together. The third characteristic of an effective leader is being able to lead from the front and take responsibility for failure instead of blaming the team members. For example, as a leader, you can assign your colleagues or team members to do advocacy with the state government. On the other side, sometimes as a leader, you might directly take responsibility and do advocacy work. Sometimes when a leader himself or herself takes a responsibility, especially on a difficult issue, it builds the confidence of the team that their leader is also ready to try his or her best to pursue the government and is part of the team.From the SDG point of view, one of the qualities required in a leader is perseverance, because achieving the goals is not going to happen in the next one or two years. If you consistently pursue the things with your all, honest efforts, sooner or later, you will get the results.K: What would you like MHTF readers to know?H: By increasing institutional delivery alone, we cannot reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Quality of care in the facility is a very important issue to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and similarly, newborn mortality and morbidity.For example, we are doing a number of things to improve quality of care. One thing we are doing is increasing the capacity of auxiliary nurse midwives and nurses working in public health facilities in India. One of the problems we identified was that many of them don’t have the skills required to conduct normal deliveries or identify complications and stabilize and refer patients. The second problem we identified was delivery training. Previously, nurses and midwives would be pulled out from the facility and sent to another hospital for 21 days to be trained. Since there are very few people who are capable of conducting deliveries, many midwives or nurses who were capable of doing deliveries were never sent to the training site. So we reversed the training mechanics. We recruited senior nurses as mentors and built their capacity. Now, every month for about seven to eight months, these mentors visit the facility for one week and build the capacity of nurses and midwives working at that facility. The advantage is that they are building the capacity in the nurse and midwives’ real environment with incremental learning opportunities. What we are trying to achieve is not only knowledge and skills improvement, but also behavior change, bringing cultural change into the facility. When someone coming from outside demonstrates better practices, it gives staff the confidence and opportunity to practice.—Read previous interviews in the Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health series with Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa from Nigeria and Dr. Joannie Bewa from Benin.Read a summary of the Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) website.Receive the newest interviews in this series delivered to your inbox by subscribing to the MH Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Labor Day: 127 years later

first_imgSeptember 5, 1882 was the first Labor Day holiday, celebrated in New York City. (Read more about the history here.) It’s somewhat ironic that 127 year later, many workers still can’t afford to have this day off. We know that many of you hardworking folks need to keep the gigs rolling, but we do hope that you have the chance to at least enjoy a short break on Monday.last_img

When to say no and move forward as a freelancer

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Freelancing is a wild ride sometimes. You are always hustling, working with new clients, holding onto old clients, and always in “go” mode. While it is a thrill-ride every day with new opportunities, sometimes, when you slow down a bit you begin to question what you are doing.What I mean by this is, you start to look at your client load, and while some clients make you feel really great and offer endless opportunity for growth, others feel like they are a major weight on your shoulders.Not every client is going to be fantastic, but there is a fine line between a client that might not be your favorite client and one that is taking full advantage of your worth–and in the end taking that time away from clients who deserve and respect your time.Freelancing should be about quality and not quantity when hunting and obtaining work. You shouldn’t feel obligated to take on every client and the rates they feel you are worth and should instead invest in the clients who want to invest in you. Freelancing inherently has the word “free” in it and you should be free of feeling below your worth.Here are some ways to keep yourself in check when it comes to freelancing and when you need to say no or walk away:Research your industryYou might feel like that amount you are being paid hourly or per project feels right, but does it fall within industry averages? What one may believe to be a reasonable rate may be far off from what others may be getting paid for doing the exact same job.Going on websites such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reading forums, and jumping into as many articles as possible can help you find that sweet spot for finding what you should be getting paid and allow you to avoid undercharging yourself to new clients.Clock and quantify your hoursSometimes, when you are working with a client, you get into a routine of doing the work without truly quantifying the hours. You may get paid $15 a blog post, but if it takes you two hours to do the post, then you are making $7.50 an hour–don’t forget taxes, too!Looking at your average workload and how long it takes will definitely clear up your mind as to whether what you are doing is worthwhile and if you are getting paid your worth.Avoid free work unless it is a passion projectFree work can be great for the soul, but free work almost never works out in the end. There is a fine line between volunteer work and people who just don’t want to pay you–so make sure to keep yourself aware of how much they are asking of you and what they are asking you to do.It is great to work on a cause, but when you start doing too much work, then they may be taking advantage of that soft spot in your heart–especially if the work you are doing is items you are getting paid to do elsewhere.A helpful hint is to look introspectively and decide on one cause you would consider working for on a free basis, such as animal rescue or homeless advocacy. Having a clear idea of what is the cause closest to you will help you avoid getting captured by too much free work in every direction.Reach out to a mentorCheck in with trusted colleagues and mentors about how you are feeling. Sometimes, it may be a case of stress that has you feeling blue about clients. Although any quantifiable data such as low pay and hours that don’t match the payment cannot be disputed, you might just be dealing with the onset of a burnout and need a trusted individual to help you see the situation and offer solutions on how to move forward with your clients.Check your gutSometimes, the simplest step is just checking your gut. Which clients leave you waking up and feeling like you are moving forward in your career path, and which clients do you dread even working with?Like any business relationship, you are going to be speaking with your clients on a regular basis, so feeling off about them may be a good sign that the relationship isn’t working out.Red FlagsIf you approach any of your clients after the above steps are completed and they become disgruntled and disagree with what you feel you are worth, then it is time to move on. You should not have to defend anything as a freelancer that isn’t unreasonable for yourself or the industry you work in.Relationships, business ones especially, need to be grown from a foundation of respect and if they don’t feel you are worth what you are bringing forward, especially with industry average pay, to back you up, then you have to cut ties.There will always be clients that will see that you took the time to research your worth and will believe you are worth what you are bringing to the table. Give those clients your energy and let go of the bad energy.In the end, money can’t buy happiness, so sometimes cutting the cord with one client can free up your space and clear your stress level to focus in on another client you love or fill that space with one that offers a mutual respect and room for growth for both the client and you, the freelancer.Sarah DeGeorge currently freelances in the content creation, paid marketing and social media marketing realm but dabbles in public relations from time to time as well. When she isn’t helping clients she is most likely helping the stray animal population of Philadelphia or traveling somewhere new.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos will regret deliberate yellow card if we win: Ajax midfielder De Jong

first_imgThe illegal efforts to force a second yellow card by Real Madrid’s captain and defender Sergio Ramos were ill-advised and should Dutch team Ajax prevail in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 he will rue his actions, midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said.The Netherlands international De Jong, 21, who is set to join Barcelona in the summer, called out Ramos’ hubris as the Spanish forward was penalized and will have to sit out of the Tuesday match and also any second match the Spanish powerhouse may advance to if Madrid were to beat Ajax, reports Efe.”Maybe Sergio Ramos will regret it if Ajax pulls off an upset Tuesday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or if Ramos finds himself unable to play in the first leg of the quarter-finals,” the Dutch midfielder told the daily Netherlands newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.With just one minute to go on February 13 before the end of the match, after Spain winger Marco Asensio had sealed the 2-1 Madrid victory over host Ajax, Ramos deliberately earned a yellow card by blatantly fouling Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg.”Looking at the result, I would be lying if I said I didn’t force it,” Ramos said after the match.Ramos, 32, clearly did force it, hoping that by sitting out of the second leg round of 16 match, he would clear all former yellow cards against him and be ready to play in in the first leg of the CL quarterfinals without any risk.”It is not to underestimate the opponent nor to think that the series is over, but in football, you have to make hard calculations,” Ramos added.advertisementWhat Ramos could not foretell was that UEFA looked at the event and ruled that the famed Spanish captain had cheated and dole out a two-match suspension.In discussing the upcoming game, De Jong acknowledged that Ajax, the squad he joined in 2016, is the underdog in the lead up to the second leg.”Real Madrid is obviously the favourite,” the rising Dutch star said.Yet, De Jong stressed that he refused to throw in the towel as the team is intent on battling forward as long as it has life and a chance to play.The Dutch football federation decided to postpone the league match Ajax was due to play against PEC Zwolle this weekend, so the players could focus on the Tuesday Champions League clash with the famed Iberian club.De Jong said it was the right decision for the federation to make as his side would have been exhausted had they had to play Zwolle before the trip to Madrid.last_img read more

FA looked at 147 candidates for England women’s role, says Sue Campbell

first_img FA knew of Phil Neville tweets before making him England women’s manager Topics Read more Share on Twitter Neville’s shortage of experience – he lacks previous involvement with women’s football and, bar one game as Salford City caretaker, has never managed a men’s first team – has provoked dismay in international coaching circles but Campbell maintains leading candidates did not want the job. She believed this was largely down to the “scrutiny” they feared they would face in the wake of the sacking of Mark Sampson, Neville’s predecessor, for “inappropriate” behaviour with a player in a previous job.“Having seen the way Mark’s departure was dealt with by the media – whatever the rights and wrongs of that – many were very nervous of the scrutiny not just for themselves but for their families,” Campbell told BBC Sport.“Many candidates were interested but they were not willing to put themselves into this very difficult – as they saw it – and challenging role. Moving their family halfway round the world and then being subjected to what they thought might be massive intrusion into their lives was a risk they were not willing to take. I respect that. This is not a job you can force on someone.” news Share on WhatsApp Campbell is optimistic Neville – with 59 England caps while playing for Manchester United and Everton, and coaching experience at United and Valencia – will build on Sampson’s achievements in taking the team to two tournament semi‑finals while lifting them to third in the world and first in the European rankings.“When you speak to Phil, you can hear he’s passionate,” said Campbell, who has already seen Neville forced to apologise for sexist comments he tweeted in 2011 and 2012. “He believes he can work with these players to win the World Cup, hopefully an Olympic medal, and hopefully a European Championship in 2021.” Due diligence on Phil Neville could not save FA from another PR mess Baroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association’s head of women’s football, has defended the “massive global search” that resulted in Phil Neville’s controversial appointment as the manager of England’s female team.“We looked at 147 candidates across 30 countries; you could say any name in the women’s game and I could tell you we spent quality time talking to those people,” Campbell said. England women’s football team Women’s football Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Martha Kelner The FA Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

Glenn Spencer Is Always Watching

first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed this exchange between Glenn Spencer and Kevin Henry on Twitter on Friday. It’s 50 degrees and rainy in Stillwater on Friday so Henry kind of has a point on not going to class (IMO). But Spencer came back strong because Glenn Spencer is always watching.this weather is a valid excuse not to go to class son— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) April 21, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. say no more? pic.twitter.com/nNsptBhqTH— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) April 21, 2017center_img Amazing. Also, I don’t know (or want to know) what “the 300” is.Gundy did say recently that adding a 10th assistant (which schools will be able to do starting January 2018) will help out with monitoring stuff like this.“For us, the biggest impact is being able to regulate our players, stay on top of their academics, their social lives, things like that, more so than anything,” Gundy told the AP. “It certainly helps to have coaches on the field, but for us, we spend a lot of time trying to regulate these guys in the different areas other than football.”Like with whatever the 300 is.last_img read more

Georgia Athlete James Graham Names OSU in Top 10

first_imgThree-star Georgia quarterback/athlete James Graham dropped his list of top 10 schools on Friday. Oklahoma State made the cut, along with Michigan, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn Georgia Tech and Georgia.Graham, who plays quarterback for Fitzgerald High School in southern Georgia, held 18 offers as of Friday. But he whittled down his list to a manageable 10, eliminating Arkansas, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, UCF and Georgia Southern. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU could have a backdoor into Graham’s recruitment that only Virginia Tech can boast, as two teammates from last year’s team signed at Division I schools (running back J.D. King signed with OSU, tight end Lecitus Smith signed with the Hokies.)Graham is a star dual-threat quarterback, but is being pursued by the Pokes as a running back to play alongside his former high school teammate in the same backfield.As a junior last season, Graham threw for 950 yards in seven games and rushed for 330 on just 54 carries.last_img read more

Breaking Down Mike Gundy’s 104 Wins

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One-hundred and four wins. An astonishing number. That’s 42 more than Pat Jones who was the previous record holder in Oklahoma State coaching history. Gundy is more than a full Jimmy Johnson (30-25-2) ahead of Jones, and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon.There have been blowouts (Savannah) and nail-biters (all the Kansas State games). There have been ugly, slogging affairs (Montana State). There have been barn-burning shootouts (every Tech game). There have been unranked road wins and highly-ranked home losses. When you’ve coached 154 games in your career there will be a little bit of everything.So let’s look at them. How good is Gundy on the road against the spread? What about at home when getting 3+ turnovers? What about in bowl games? We did this exercise last year before Gundy topped the century mark, and it was a lot of fun so I thought we should bring it back this season before the games get cranking. A look at Gundy’s 104 wins in a variety of ways. Most data came from Team Rankings or CFB Reference. Also, if you have requests, send them and we can try to figure them out for a follow-up post.AdChoices广告OverallHome: 60-19 (80%)Road: 34-25 (58%)Neutral: 10-6 (63%)Conference: 63-39 (62%)Non-Conference: 41-11 (79%)Bowls: 7-4 (64%)Homecoming: 8-4 (66%)As a FavoriteOverall: 80-12 (87%)Home: 48-6 (89%)Road: 25-5 (83%)As an UnderdogOverall: 17-38 (31%)Home: 6-13 (32%)Road: 9-20 (31%)Coming off a …Loss: 27-18 (60%)Win: 65-30 (68%)Bye: 17-13 (57%)Against the SpreadAs home favorite: 34-20 (63%)As road favorite: 17-11-2 (61%)As home dog: 8-10-1 (44%)As road dog: 13-16 (45%)When scoring …19 or less: 1-13 (7%)20 or more: 103-37 (74%)30 or more: 91-18 (83%)40 or more: 57-4 (93%)50 or more: 31-0 (100%)60 or more: 11-0 (100%)When holding teams to …20 or less: 54-0 (100%)30 or less: 78-9 (90%)40 or less: 100-24 (81%)50 or less: 103-43 (71%)60 or less: 104-48 (68%)When getting __ turnovers0: 6-11 (35%)1 or more: 98-39 (72%)2 or more: 71-22 (76%)3 or more: 49-6 (89%)4 or more: 20-1 (95%)5 or more: 9-1 (90%)When rushing for __ yards per carry2.9 or less: 10-11 (48%)3 or more: 94-38 (71%4 or more: 68-25 (73%)5 or more: 43-17 (72%)6 or more: 24-5 (83%)7 or more: 13-0 (100%)When throwing __ passes in a game19 or fewer: 5-0 (100%)20 or more: 99-50 (66%)30 or more: 63-28 (69%)40 or more: 27-17 (61%)50 or more: 4-7 (36%)RankingsAs top 10 team: 16-8 (66%)Against top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)Against top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Against top 25 teams at home: 12-14 (46%)Against top 25 teams on the road/neutral: 8-16 (33%)last_img read more

NFL Update: Top Five OSU Storylines from Week 5

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It was an eventful Week 5 for former Cowboys in the NFL, from a rash of injuries to a couple Pokes earning a little redemption.We’re going to change things up with our NFL Update by focusing on the top five (or so) talking points regarding former OSU players each week. Let’s get started with the one of the biggest stories around all of football this past weekend.Rudolph in Concussion ProtocolMason Rudolph suffered a scary injury on Sunday that took him out for the remainder of Pittsburgh’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Before his injury, Rudolph was shaping up to have a solid game for consecutive weeks. He finished 13-of-20 with 131 yards and touchdown.On the play that ended his day, the Steelers faced third-and-11 from deep in their own territory. Rudolph scrambled, evading several tacklers, before finding James Washington for a big first down just before taking the hit that knocked him out.Despite some talk about his and the Steelers’ heavy use of short passes, Rudolph is still showing he can go deep so far this year.Per ESPN stats and info: Mason Rudolph’s TD to JuJu was his 4th TD pass of 35+ yds. He’s now second in the league for 35+ yard TD passes behind Patrick Mahomes (6). Jimmy G is second with 3.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 6, 2019And he’s showing plenty of improvement just four games into his tenure as Pittsburgh’s QB1.Mason Rudolph started the Ravens game 9 for 9 for 89 yards. That means he had completed 33 of his past 37 passes for 318 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions in less than six quarters, going back to Bengals game. That’s a 129.5 passer rating.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) October 7, 2019Rudolph is all among the top 10 in the NFL in passer rating (9th), long passes (4th), passing TD percentage (2nd), and sack percentage (2nd).Fortunately Rudolph went home from the hospital on Sunday night and even showed up to the facility on Monday.Mason Rudolph came into the locker room smiling during the team’s availability today. Definitely good to see him up and walking around.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 7, 2019He remains in the league-mandated concussion protocol. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin is expected to address Rudolph’s injury status in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.Rudolph wasn’t the only familiar name to go down in the Steelers and Colts game. The intradivisional tilt become a Bedlam MASH unit of sorts. Rudolph was lost with the concussion. James Washington went out with a shoulder injury after hauling in three of his six targets for 52 yards. Washington’s status for next week is unknown.On the Sooners side, Baltimore safety Tony Jefferson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Ravens receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) and tight end Mark Andrews (undisclosed) left the game with injury, but both returned to the game.Chris Carson Rebounding NicelyAfter losing three fumbles in the first three weeks, and averaging just under 53 yards per game, Carson returned to 2018 form averaging 111 yards per game and 4.5 per carry over the last two weeks.On Thursday night, he turned in a season-high 118 yards on the ground plus this touchdown catch.Chris Carson with the bobble catch.Meanwhile, Russ is putting on a SHOW!#LARvsSEA | #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/G5I8EM6Cff— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) October 4, 2019Dan Bailey Perfect in WinDon’t look now but the former OSU record-holder is 7-of-8 on field goals so far this season after a 4-for-4, 14-point outing during the Vikings’ 28-10 win over the Giants. Bailey’s 87.5 percent field goal rate is ninth in the league currently.What’s more, the Dallas Cowboys — who cut Bailey last season for CFL journeyman Brett Maher — lost to by 10 to the Packers in a game in which Maher went 1-for-3 including missing a 33-yard kick that would have cut the lead to 7 with two minutes remaining.This, of course, set Cowboys Twitter ablaze.What is Dan Bailey doing?— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) October 6, 2019 Dan Bailey. That is all. #GoPackGo— Marshall Scott (@Marshall_Once) October 6, 2019Marcell Ateman Called UpAfter spending the first four weeks on Oakland’s practice squad, second-year wideout Marcell Ateman was promoted to the Raiders’ active roster. This seemed like a matter of time after the team and Pro Bowl wideout Antonio Brown parted ways earlier this season. It looks like the injury of offensive lineman Jordan Devey cleared the way.He saw the field for just 28 snaps during the Raiders’ win over the Bears and did not draw a target, but there should be opportunities to be had. Ateman was promoted from the practice squad midway through his rookie season and started six games, recording 15 catches, 154 yards and a touchdown.last_img read more

Leading Media Outlets Cover the Story of New Maternal Mortality Estimates in a Big Way

first_imgPosted on April 14, 2010July 14, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)You may have seen our post on Monday that linked to the new maternal mortality estimates published in the Lancet.It is exciting to see that several leading media outlets (both print and online) are covering the new findings of dramatic reductions in global maternal mortality. With an “above the fold” front page story in the New York Times, coverage in the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, and on Sarah Boseley’s Global Health Blog, it is clear that maternal health is gaining long-awaited attention.Staying true to our mandate to share important information as it happens and provide a neutral space for dialogue, we will continue to post links to coverage of this story–and please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Neymar and Brazil held by Switzerland

first_imgBrazil 1 Switzerland 1: Zuber pegs back below-par Selecao Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 6/18/18 stevenzuber-cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho’s curling strike was cancelled out by Steven Zuber’s second-half header as Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland. Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov.Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring.Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the possession and space the underdogs were afforded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 The five-time winners failed to extend their lead and were punished early in the second half when Steven Zuber lost his marker at a corner and equalised – a goal that might have opened the game up had Brazil been at their best.But Tite’s side remained somewhat subdued by their own high standards, with Neymar a shadow of his usual talismanic self having only recently recovered from a fractured foot, and their remaining group games with Costa Rica and Serbia now come with more pressure than would have previously been anticipated.Switzerland can reflect on an excellent start to their campaign, having claimed a point from the most difficult of their group matches and improved their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament.#HoppSchwiiz #HopSuisse #ForzaSvizzera #HopSvizra #BRASUI #WM2018 #CM2018 pic.twitter.com/GNcoG4HMuE— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018Vladimir Petkovic’s side began on the front foot, Xherdan Shaqiri sending a bouncing cross towards Blerim Dzemaili that the Bologna midfielder fired over the crossbar with a shot on the turn.Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, almost finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played.Just 10 minutes later, Switzerland were reeling from a piece of sublime, quintessentially Brazilian skill.Marcelo’s cross from the left bounced back out of the box to the feet of Coutinho, who took a touch to control it before unleashing a shot that curled spectacularly around helpless goalkeeper Yann Sommer and in off the post.VOLTAMOS AO JOGO!1-0 | #BRAxSUI pic.twitter.com/IvN6vskWFX— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 17, 2018Having taken the lead, Brazil slowed the pace of the game down and frustrated Switzerland, whose only subsequent attacking foray before half-time ended disappointingly with Zuber firing a shot straight into Thiago Silva, who headed narrowly over the crossbar at the other end just before the interval.Switzerland drew level only four minutes into the second half when a corner from Shaqiri found Zuber unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading the ball beyond Alisson and high into the centre of the goal.Neymar fired into the side-netting from inside the penalty area and Fernandinho hit a speculative long-range shot wide to the left of the target as Brazil probed for a goal to restore their lead, but their attacks lacked the necessary urgency.Coutinho had another chance to score with 20 minutes left but his neat control was followed by a wayward drive, and Gabriel Jesus saw a penalty appeal waved away when he was challenged by Manuel Akanji in the box.Two late chances fell to Brazil substitute Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool forward lashed the ball over before drawing a reaction save from Sommer with a close-range header, and Miranda almost made amends for his failure to mark Zuber earlier but fired wide from 18 yards as Switzerland held on for a deserved point that was secured when a Fabian Schar block prevented Coutinho from having the final say.Key Opta stats:- Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.- Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017.- Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.- Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3).- Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals – he also appeared in 2006, 2010 and 2014.- Brazil have won only one of their last seven World Cup matches against European opposition (D2 L4), a 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup.  read morelast_img read more

Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss

first_imgGermany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joshua Kimmich - cropped Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.last_img read more