first_img The Government has insisted the Premier League must provide financial assistance to the EFL, and has pointed out such help was one of the conditions for it giving the green light to Project Restart over the summer, when the 2019-20 season resumed behind closed doors.Julian Knight, the Conservative MP for Solihull who chairs the DCMS committee, says he agrees football must help itself.“It’s a very unedifying sight when you’ve seen other sports coming together in order to find a way through this crisis,” Knight told Sky Sports News.- Advertisement – “Football has just had a transfer window where they’ve spent £1.2bn, where we have 12-15 EFL clubs in the emergency ward, so to speak, that are in a situation where they could go under.“And having dealt with the aftermath of Bury and seen there the way in which that crushed the community, frankly I’m not really prepared to stand by and at least not do anything about that.“They’ve been given a lot of space, a lot of time. I do know they’re talking now and I would like to think that over the last two weeks while we have set up this meeting that may have focused some minds – let’s hope that it has.- Advertisement – “You never know, they could be now on the cusp of putting a deal together and then we can explore that deal in the committee. Hopefully that will be the case.“But the truth of the matter is that football in this country has for a long time… there’s been a feeling that the governance and the way in which many of those at the top of the game conduct their business and their approach to fans and to the grassroots of the game hasn’t been right.“The Covid crisis has just brought that into the sharpest of focus, so we’re looking forward to the session, and I would imagine it would be – to coin a current phrase – fairly good box office!” Fleetwood Town flag
Mick McCarthy and Jobi McAnuff agree with EFL chairman Rick Parry’s letter to the government asking for financial support 3:31 He added: “It does look to be deeply jarring if you have a situation where you’ve got a deal at the top of the game worth £9bn and then you have football clubs going under for the equivalent of a week’s wage to Gareth Bale, and I’m not singling out Gareth Bale in that respect.“At this particular time there seems to be something incredibly poorly placed with the game and I don’t wish to put particular blame on one of these institutions. I’m coming to the session with an open mind, I’m really keen to hear what they have to say.“Hopefully they’ll come with a plan – that would be absolutely fantastic. The only thing is it’s just a shame that it’s taking so long for them to come together. Other sports have put together plans in much quicker time.”EFL clubs have been particularly hard-hit by the loss of matchday revenue due to the pandemic, with Parry warning several clubs could be forced to fold by Christmas without a rescue package.The EFL says it needs a £250m package to continue to operate and rejected an offer of £50m for League One and League Two sides from the Premier League made up of grants and loans, saying it “fell some way short” of what was required.The Premier League says the offer remains on the table and is ready to engage with any club in financial crisis, but adds it has lost £700m during the pandemic. The committee will also take the opportunity to probe the game’s leaders on the Project Big Picture proposals.These first came to light last month, and would have represented the most significant changes to the English football pyramid since the foundation of the Premier League in 1992 if they had been implemented.Parry publicly supported the proposals, which were developed by Liverpool and Manchester United. Measures such as an immediate £250m rescue package for EFL clubs and a 25-per-cent share in future Premier League media revenues were welcomed by many, but the plans also sought to concentrate power in the hands of the top-flight’s big six clubs.Project Big Picture was described by the Football Supporters’ Association as “a sugar-coated cyanide pill” while the Secretary of State for DCMS, Oliver Dowden, derided it as a “distraction at best” and urged Parry in a committee hearing to ignore this “latest wheeze” and focus on bailout talks with the Premier League.Clarke’s presence before the committee comes amid questions over his role in Project Big Picture.He told the FA Council last month he had been involved in early discussions but walked away in the spring when “the principal aim became the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few clubs, with a breakaway league mooted as a threat”.A number of reports have since suggested Clarke was much more centrally involved.Knight said: “I’d like to find out the genesis of it, how it came about, who supports it, who doesn’t support it, why do they support it, why don’t they support it. What was the role of the three bodies that are in front of us, and were there any merits to it?“I understand the way it looked like a power grab, but small elements such as the greater distribution of TV revenues down the game, I thought that was a good idea.” Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood says only the government can save some EFL clubs from going bust Leaders of English football will face MPs on Tuesday over the failure to agree a coronavirus rescue package for the English Football League (EFL), with Project Big Picture also under scrutiny.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, EFL chairman Rick Parry and Football Association (FA) boss Greg Clarke have all been called before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, with proceedings set to take place from 9:30am.- Advertisement – 1:23 – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgI can say with pride that three of the 2012 NFL Hall-of-Fame “electees” Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin and Chris Doleman all have a Pittsburgh connection. I also happen to know them, personally. Oftentimes they gave me goose bumps watching them from high up in the press box. Imagine if I had been afforded the opportunity to observe them from the sidelines? I had the pleasure to cover the college and professional careers of both Martin and Doleman who played at the University of Pittsburgh.Let’s begin with Martin. Curtis Martin attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. He played “hoops” in his sophomore year but didn’t play sports in his junior year. He began to play football in his senior year, his senior year, despite having never cared much for the sport. He instantly stood out and became a star at running back and linebacker. He also played on special teams and even on a few occasions played quarterback. His play caught the eye of then University of Pittsburgh head coach and offensive guru Paul Hackett.I covered Martin when he played at Allderdice, Pitt, the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and in my opinion; for his size very few if any running backs could do what he could do. Speed, quickness and power are the first things that come to mind when I visualize “Curt” on the gridiron.Former NFL head coach Bill Parcells had this to say about Martin. “Curtis is one of the most inspirational players I have ever seen. I always judge players by their ability to inspire others. I’ve seen Curtis Martin inspire numerous players and coaches and I was fortunate to be among those he inspired. He’s one of the greatest players I have ever coached.” Hey boys’ and girls’ these were the comments of Bill Parcells not some members of Curtis Martin’s family.“He wasn’t the biggest guy, but he’s probably one of the more mentally tough guys that I’ve ever been around. He was a visual player. He could will himself to do things and I marveled at that. When Curtis Martin stepped on the field, you knew one thing—whatever he had in his heart or in his body he was going to give.” —former New York Jets head coach Herm EdwardsI can still hear legendary Pitt broadcaster Bill Hillgrove screaming; “sacked by Chris Doleman.” “The motor of Chris Doleman seems to always be running”—former NFL great and broadcaster Pat Summerall.Doleman played linebacker and defensive end for the Pitt from 1981 to 1984. He ended his career with 25 sacks. Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He began his NFL career as an outside linebacker in the Vikings 3-4 defense. However, the team switched to a 4-3 defense early in his career. That defensive playbook change benefitted Doleman who recorded 21 sacks during the 1989 season, the highest total recorded that season and the fourth highest total in the history of the NFL. 1981 was just two short years after I began my sports journalism career so it is fitting that I reminisce about Doleman. He was quick and relentless and like the finest bloodhound he could smell the quarterback, always. Doleman kept the Pitt tradition going mirroring the likes of Hugh Green and Ricky Jackson, two of the finest defensive line players in the history of the university. It is fitting that Jackson and Doleman have been ushered into the NFL Hall of Fame. Could former Pitt and Tampa Bay Buc’s star Hugh Green be next? Who Knows?Let’s get to offensive linemen. “He redefined the position. Looking schematically, when you start to design the center to pull after the snap, not many can do it. When you look at the numbers we had in the running game, everything we did worked from the inside out, and to have a guy like Dermontti and such stability, that was a staple of every offense we had.” —former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill CowherIn case you don’t know by now I am referring to the truly legendary Pittsburgh Steelers center Dermontti Dawson.Dawson played center and guard at Kentucky.He lettered in each of his four years. In his freshman year in 1984 the team defeated Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl. As a senior in 1987 Dawson was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference. Dawson was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft.He’s the first guy I ever saw as a center pull and lead sweeps. And they would lead Dermontti on what we called the ‘plus nose tackle,’ the guy who sat outside his shoulder with the play going to that side. His blocking assignment was to cut that guy out of that onside gap, almost impossible. But Dermontti could do it because of his quickness. You just don’t see that very often.”—Hall of Fame cornerback and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeauCongratulations to the “big three” there is a lot of love coming your way from Pittsburgh.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitts­ or 412-583-6741.) Hey with the NFL Hall-of-Fame inductions, game and all of the other festivities that surround it fast approaching, one thing puzzles me. These are a group of athletes who were beyond superior, yet the event that honors their contribution is titled the “class” of 2012.Generally speaking school and or lights were usually out when opponents were forced to compete against these gentlemen.last_img read more

first_imgThis is a riff from my friend, Chris Brogan, who has been doing this exercise since 2007. You choose three words (no more) to use as themes, or frames, for the coming twelve months. I have found this exercise useful, even when I didn’t honor some of the themes as well as I might have.My three words for 2019 are:Velocity: The word “velocity” is sometimes mistaken for the word “speed.” But “velocity” means speed in a certain direction, adding to speed the idea about how much ground you are actually covering. This word honors the idea of Polaris (a 2018 theme) which provided direction and adds speed of progress.Execution: No matter how good an idea is, your results will never be what they could be without deliberate, intentional, flawless execution. Execution is 99% of the results produced by a great idea. Sometimes you don’t need a new idea or a new strategy to improve your results. What is often missing is the relentless execution that never fails to improve your outcomes.Potential: I know the 40% idea Goggins refers to when he describes the point where most people quit. His belief is that once you reach the point where you want to quit, you are only at 40% of your real capacity. My own experience tells me this is true. As far as I can tell, no human being has ever reached their full potential, no matter what they have achieved. This theme is about deploying my resources to their full potential, and ensuring my projects and businesses reach their potential.My Past Year’s Three Words2018 Polaris (the North Star, direction), Via Negative (improvement by subtraction), and Leverage (more with less).2017: Integrated, Impeccable, and Essential.2016: Growth, Multiplier, and Focus2015: Order, Depth, and Lifestyle2014: Pivot, Frames, Margin2013: Platform, Lean, Tribeslast_img read more

first_imgThere are more ways to get a demo wrong than there are ways to make it compelling and useful. If what you sell requires you demo for your prospective clients, the following eight laws will allow you to rule your demo—and improve your odds of winning.A Demo is a Sales CallThe first—and most important—law when giving a demo is to operate as if it is a sales call (because it is a sales call). When you get this wrong, you behave as if the software is going to do all the selling for you (entering from the left). When you approach the meeting as a sales call, you start with the outcomes the software generates for your clients (entering from the right).Because the sales call includes a demo, you are likely to have different levels of stakeholders in the meeting. These stakeholders need different outcomes, and the four levels of value to speak to this fact, treating all levels as necessary. The end users care about the product and need to know it works. Other stakeholders want to know about the experience working with you and your company. Still, others care about strategic outcomes.Your ability to link what you share to the outcomes is what makes for a successful sales call, even if you call it a demo.Open StrongLike any sales call, a successful demo starts with a strong opening in which you 1). Thank the practice and the stakeholders for their time, 2). Share your agenda, 3). Suggest the next steps you will ask for at the end of the meeting, and 4). Invite the stakeholders to share with you any adjustments to the agenda they may want or need from you.The pro tip here is to preview how you intend to speak to the individual needs of the different stakeholder’s needs. The more you demonstrate you understand each individual’s needs and concerns, the more effective the demo, and the better the sales call.It also doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humor.Confirm AttendeesWhen you are meeting with a group of people from your dream client’s company, you want to acknowledge them and learn a little bit about how you might best serve them. Start by asking for the attendee’s name, title, and how long they’ve worked for their company. If you have done enough discovery that they know what to expect and you know enough about their needs, you can ask them to share what they need to see from a demo to be confident it can meet their needs and improve their experience.The more productive you are at making sure everyone gets to see and hear what they need to be confident in changing, the more effective your sales call (demo).Confirm Decision-Makers AttendanceOne of the significant problems you run headlong into when you provide a demo is that the person with seniority and authority often goes missing. What most people do when this happens is plow through the demo without addressing the fact that the person you need in the room is absent; pretending it is okay may be polite, but it doesn’t do anything to improve your chances of winning without a person you know is critical to the process.You ask if the person can join you, and if they cannot, you ask if someone can confirm a follow-up call where you can bring them up to speed. To make this work, you have to identify the person that will help you acquire that meeting and ask them directly for help. You do not have to wait until the meeting ends to recruit their help.Start with Why ChangeIt is natural to want to dive right into your demo. That is what you believe your contacts are there to see. You are better starting off by sharing the reason your product or service exists in the first place. You expect too much of your product or software if you believe it is going to answer the question, “Why should we change what we are doing now?“Differentiate your product or software by explaining how it improves your client’s lives by eliminating the difficulties they struggle with as it pertains to the outcomes they are charged with creating. However, it is important to remember that different stakeholders will have a different view of what that value is.Tie the Value to the Future StateYou might say something like, “You know how you have that one problem that causes you to have to do this difficult thing using that cumbersome process? Here is how we get that outcome without all that effort.”Alternatively, you say, “You know how you have struggled to acquire the new clients you need and have experienced more churn than you believe is warranted? The outcomes we help our clients generate reverse these trends.”The demo is not going to connect the dots between what you do and how it benefits your clients. It is your job to show them the connection between what your product or service does and how it ensures the outcome your dream client needs from you. This is pure sales. The demo helps support the conversation; the conversation doesn’t support the demo (see law number 1).Confirm the ValueYou want to ensure that the stakeholders are tracking with you and agree that what you are showing them will help them produce better results. One of the outcomes of a sales call is to ensure it was valuable for your clients. You also need them to share their questions and concerns, which means you must ask for them.Schedule Next StepsNo sales call is successful if you don’t gain a commitment to do what comes next. This is as true for a demo as it is for every other sales call you might make. You want to control the process, sharing what works best for your clients after a demo—and when they want the better results you just spent an hour or more discussing with them.Follow these laws and make your demo the best sales call your dream client has ever experienced.last_img read more

first_imgBuilding Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire,Building Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire many others to achieve what they desire and dream.–Rohit Kumar, MumbaiThe demographic profiling of the population has brought out the promise of the present generation. These 35 young role models have excelled in spite of insurmountable odds. The number of such stories would multiply manifold if an infrastructural and academic platform is provided to them. Their talent should be nurtured with the utmost care for optimum realisation of their latent potential.–Piyush Prashant Sinha, HyderabadGames of Neglect (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4)Deficiencies of the system and inefficiencies of the managers are squarely responsible for the ill-preparation for the Commonwealth Games (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4). Our incompetencies have caused irreparable damage to India’s image. It’s a pity that the prime minister had to step in to fix loose ends and ask those responsible to focus on completing the job, instead of indulging in a blame game.–Neeharika Sinha, AllahabadWalk the Talk (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4)The all-party delegation’s visit to Srinagar was an exercise in futility, a paid vacation for the MPs who went to offer lip-service (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4). Sitaram Yechury and Gurudas Dasgupta of the Left cannot do anything to stop bloodshed. After all, their party was responsible for the carnage of innocent people in West Bengal. Parliamentarians like them don’t have any moral right to speak on humanitarian issues.–Arun Azad, JamshedpuradvertisementHeart Matters (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27)A heart attack strikes whenever and whosoever it wants, without any forewarning (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27). About 40 per cent of heart attack victims in India do not even reach a hospital. It not only indicates the swiftness with which it happens but also the lack of proximity to healthcare units or hospitals. People need to be more conscious and alert, and hospital charges, doctors’ fees and other medical costs need to be brought down substantially to enable patients to seek timely treatment. –Prem K. Menon, MumbaiPolitics of Peace (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)Why have India and Pakistan become favourite terror targets (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)? It is because these two nations are run by weak governments, which shy away from acting against terrorists and have become their breeding grounds due to lack of political will? Instead, they love to blame each other for the rise of terror in the sub-continent. The governments let terrorists thrive because they help them reap gain electoral dividends.–Som Sharma, GurgaonSpoiled Sport (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13)Cricket in Pakistan has been dogged by betting scandals for over a decade now but its cricket board has largely remained indifferent to it (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13). If players are found guilty, they must be banned for life. Players are accepting money from bookies, but are they doing so out of greed or is there a powerful clique within the team that threatens to end their careers if they don’t? Honest answers are needed.–J.S. Acharya, HyderabadSplit Wide Open (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)What leads to marital disputes (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)? Perhaps, the lack of work-life balance, and more often than not it is the woman who is blamed for the lack of it. Life becomes a mess, especially for working couples whose materialistic pursuits costs them marital bliss. The man, however, is seldom blamed, for he is the breadwinner and not responsible for kids and domestic chores. This work should ideally be shared by both, but a man rarely does so. If a woman can be a boardroom queen and also a domestic goddess, why can’t a man be a little more responsible, understanding and involved to make a marriage work? Happiness is not just one big thing, but it is many little things rolled into one. And these little efforts will sow the seeds for a happy marriage.–Vimal S. Thaker, Ahmedabadlast_img read more

first_imgzoom The US Bankruptcy Court has approved the USD 78 million sale of Hanjin Shipping’s stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), an affiliate of the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Reuters reports.The sale of Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in TTI, which operates container terminals at the Port of Seattle and the Port of Long Beach, was given a nod by the Seoul Central District Court in December. Following this, the South Korean bankruptcy court sought approval from US authorities, including the relevant ports.In late December, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its approval for the deal, under which MSC will take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s largest terminal, the 381-acre Pier T container terminal.The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.The transfer of the sale’s proceeds to South Korea would also be approved, Reuters cited US Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood as saying.The approval may reportedly help prevent a bankruptcy filing by TTI as the terminal operator recorded a decrease in its container throughput after Hanjin filed for court protection on August 31, 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement While working a photography gig, she found out about plans to redevelop the West Don Lands, an ex-industrial site east of the Distillery Distrct. Excited by the area’s potential, she decided to make it the starting point of her condo search. With a $300,000 budget, she began hunting. A pre-construction Streetcar Developments condo in Corktown seemed perfect, but when she showed up at the sales centre, there weren’t any units left. “I was so bummed,” she says.READ MORE Alexis Jardin, 50ArtistWhere: Corktown, TorontoHow big: 497 square feetHow much: $256,000When Alexis Jardin left her rented Liberty Village penthouse behind in 2008 after a breakup, she was ready to buy a home of her own, but she did not want to bring more than a few suitcases with her. She had a short wish list: the place had to be small, it had to be easy to rent out when she was travelling and it had to have at least a little bit of outdoor space. (Jardin grew up in Muskoka and can’t abide by an indoor-only lifestyle.)last_img read more