Iturralde, on the expulsion of Germán: “It’s missing, but no card”

first_imgA foul by Germán Messi in the 69th minute was the second yellow to the Nasrid center. The referee Pizarro Gómez did not hesitate and expelled him. The Granada defender had seen the first card in the 59th minute by a piston to Vidal. The referee of As y la Ser, Iturralde González, disagrees with the second card shown by Pizarro Gómez to Germán. “It is necessary, but not for yellow,” he said in El Carousel.last_img

Nevada regulator suspends Khabib, McGregor for UFC brawl

first_imgWith LeBron gone, Eastern Conference set for a new champion MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage climbed into the octagon and attacked McGregor, and McGregor also tried to climb out of the cage during the brawl.Nurmagomedov’s $2 million for the fight has been withheld by the commission pending the outcome of the investigation, Bennett said. McGregor received his $3 million purse.“You can keep my money that you are withholding,” Nurmagomedov posted. “I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.”UFC President Dana White said three members of Nurmagomedov’s camp were detained by police but released because McGregor refused to press criminal charges.White said the UFC might strip the lightweight title from Nurmagomedov.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A commission investigation is pending and the panel can extend the temporary suspension when it meets Oct. 24, Bennett said. Nurmagomedov and McGregor could also appeal Bennett’s executive action at that time.Nurmagomedov, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting Wednesday in Moscow, responded with an angry Instagram post saying he was being unfairly punished.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe fighter complained that discipline didn’t follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows of Nurmagomedov’s bus with a hand truck after Nurmagomedov confronted one of McGregor’s teammates days earlier.“They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?” Nurmagomedov posted. “We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Khabib Nurmagomedov, bottom center, is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.Letters were sent Wednesday informing both mixed martial arts fighters that they will be suspended for at least 10 days effective Oct. 15, commission executive Bob Bennett said Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar at Paradigm Sports Management, said he was confident the investigation will clear McGregor.“It will be clear who and where the blame lies,” Attar said in a statement. “We are focused on the future.”Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz at Dominance MMA Management, did not immediately respond to emails. Abdelaziz’s telephone was not accepting messages.However, Fighting erupted outside the octagon late Saturday, after McGregor (21-4) tapped out during a chokehold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena.The Russian champion from Dagestan then stepped away from McGregor, climbed over the cage and scuffled with a fighter in the Irishman’s corner.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PYJ Describes TRC Report as ‘Fraudulent’

first_imgSenator Prince Y. Johnson: “I am not afraid, because I know I am a free man and will remain so.”-Says he remains a ‘free man’Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) has again described the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report as a fraudulent political instrument only intended to nail him and a few others who were deeply involved in the civil war in Liberia.In a live video conversation with Mac Jabateh at his (PYJ’s) church in Paynesville recently, Johnson said Jerome Verdier’s TRC report is full of contradictions and it is not worth being taken seriously.Jabateh is a social media political commentator who operates Mac Jabateh Political and Social Forum on Facebook.“Verdier wanted to nail me but God confused him. He who called me a disciplinary leader during the war was the same person who accused me of killing people of a whole community. His TRC’s report showed that my rebel group, Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) was a disciplined force because of my able leadership,” he said.PYJ said it is mockery for the same TRC report which said earlier that he, Johnson, was a good man to again say he committed crimes against humanity and, as such, he should be tried by a tribunal.He challenged TRC chairman Cllr. Jerome Verdier to bring forward proof showing crimes that he committed anywhere in the country as alleged by many who claimed to be disenchanted over the delay by the government to implement the recommendations of the TRC which calls for the establishment of a tribunal to try him and others linked to war crimes during the Liberian civil war.“I am not afraid because I know I am a free man and will remain a free man,” he boasted.He said when the National Patriotic Front of Liberia’s (NPFL) leader, Charles Taylor became President of the country he granted amnesty to all those who were involved in the war.“There are two laws. One  which was passed by the 51st Legislature says that all those who participated in the war from 1990 to 2003 are to be granted amnesty. The other law is found in the 1986 Constitution. It has granted amnesty to the People’s Redemption guys who perpetrated crimes against our people. They killed people at the Lutheran Church in Sinkor. So I am a free man as far as I am concerned,” he said.Although his claim of a law allegedly passed by the 51st Legislature granting amnesty to anyone who participated in the war could not be confirmed by the Daily Observer, Article 97 of the 1986 Revised Constitution states that “No executive, legislative, judicial or administrative action taken by the People’s Redemption Council or by any persons, whether military or civilian, in the name of that Council pursuant to any of its decrees shall be questioned in any proceedings whatsoever.”The Article continues, “And, accordingly, it shall not be lawful for any court or other tribunal to make any order or grant any remedy or relief in respect or any such act.”PYJ said Liberian taxpayers paid their money for the formation of the TRC in order to solicit views from across the fifteen political subdivisions but, after its tour, the TRC failed to provide the exact numerical ratio between those in favor of the establishment of a tribunal for the adjudication of war crimes and others who said there is a need for reconciliation and sustenance of peace.“The Act creating the TRC says that the alleged perpetrators of crimes and alleged victims should meet face to face in order to authenticate facts but that did not happen. Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, who was one of the commissioners of the TRC, got vexed with the idea and took the matter to the Supreme Court but, at the end, the Supreme Court said the TRC was not a court to do that,” he noted.He laughed out why the same TRC Report on the war praised him so much for helping a lot of people to survive during the war but also went on to claim that he committed atrocities against other people.“The documents I showed you, I have not shown them to any other journalist. The reason is that most of them are not objective in their reporting, he alleged. “I will be a free man if I take these documents to any war crimes court.”PYJ said he wrote the TRC at some point in time questioning its report on him, which he termed as a fraudulent report, but no reply came his way from the Commission.“I wrote them and asked as to whether they understood what they were saying in their own report. How can you say I am a disciplinarian but at the same time refer to me as a killer,” he asked.When asked to give his opinion on the Liberia Council of Churches’ (LCC) position which calls for national healing through reconciliation and sustainability of peace, PYJ said the LCC is composed of sound minded persons who love the country and are interested in its forward march.He said he has received several communications from Cllr. Verdier in which he descended on two of the TRC Commissioners, Massa Washington and John H. T. Stewart for challenging his decisions in which he (Verdier) proceeded wrongly.“The American advisor to the TRC was even vexed with Verdier for the many mistakes he made. In fact, the white man shared with me a couple of his letters to Verdier, with one of them being his letter of resignation from his service at the Commission due to the too many irregularities he found. I get all of the documents in my possession,” he claimed.He boasted that he is a fair man and truly worship God in whom he solely relies on all his assistance in times of joy and difficulties.“You cannot punish us and let the PRC people go free. They killed our people. They are responsible for the crisis. Therefore, we cannot bear any burden without the PRC people also in court because they too are responsible for the calamities the country suffered,” he said.Concerning the settlement of land disputes in Nimba, particularly between the Mandingo ethnic group and the Mano and Gio people (two dominant tribes in the county), Johnson said Musa Hassan Bility is to blame for the persistent land crisis between his kinsmen and other people in the county.According to him, Businessman Bility became chairman of the committee set up by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when he PYJ was in Nigeria at an ECOWAS function and was surprised that Bility’s push for the chairperson position was only because of money.“You know the Bible says that money is the root of all evil. Bility who has more than fifteen land cases against him in Nimba took on the position of chairman on the very committee I served only because more than US$1,000,000 was set aside for the committee to work and settle the land crisis in the county,” he alleged.“Musa Bility told me that he was selected by the Caucus. So in a meeting, I told him to step aside and allow me to serve as chairman but he refused. And since then nothing good has happened to put to rest the land conflicts there,” he said. PYJ said for Bility to be on the disputes resolution team is a conflict of interest.“I asked to be the chairman because with me at the front we could be able to look into the matters appropriately and transparently,” he boasted.Meanwhile, calls and a text message to Mr. Bility for his reaction to Sen. Johnson’s claims did not get a reply up to press time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Klopp warns Liverpool to respect Porto

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool won’t understimate Porto © AFP / Christof STACHELONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool won’t underestimate Porto after being handed a Champions League quarter-final clash with the Portuguese underdogs in Friday’s draw.Klopp’s side will go into the Porto tie as heavy favourites to advance to a semi-final showdown against Barcelona or Manchester United. Liverpool crushed Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League last 16 just last season, scoring all five goals in the away leg before a goalless draw in the return at Anfield.“What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.”With United taking on Barca and Tottenham facing Manchester City in the other quarter-finals, Liverpool got what looks the easiest draw of the four Premier League teams.But Reds boss Klopp is determined to ensure his side give Porto respect when they arrive on Merseyside for the first leg next month.“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t,” he said.It is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.”Liverpool are hoping to go one better than last season when they were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.They are also competing for the club’s first domestic league title since 1990, setting up a potentially glorious end to the season.But Klopp isn’t looking that far ahead and has warned his players that Porto will be desperate to avenge last year’s thrashing.“100 per cent (it could give them extra motivation). Porto were not on my wish list, but now they are our opponent, it is how it is and we have to play them,” he said.“The first thing you have to do is make sure everybody respects the opponent the right way –- and we will do that 100 per cent. We will know about the quality of Porto and then we have to play the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bargain Hunter finds free fun for gifts of food

first_imgCOASTERS FOR CANNED FOOD: Get free admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Wednesday when you bring a full bag of canned goods or other nonperishable food. Tickets are normally about $30 to $60. The park is trying to fill the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in time for Thanksgiving. CHEAP EATS INDIAN: Here’s a Lincoln Lunch to end all Lincoln Lunches. A $5 meal at the vegetarian India Sweets and Spices in Canoga Park is unparalleled in size and a top contender for quality. I surrendered my Lincoln fiver for a samosa, pakora (shredded veggies dipped in chickpea batter and fried), yellow rice, yogurt curry, stewed chickpeas, a tangy yogurt sauce to cool my tongue, chapati (like a very flat naan), a piece of crispy poori, onions and pickles. I couldn’t eat half of it! Everything was hot and spicy, but not enough to make my nose run. My table wasn’t perfectly clean, but the floors were, and before I left an employee came out to wipe every table. It’s at 22009 Sherman Way, just west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. (818) 887-1417. Parking in back. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre OLD NAVY $10: Get $10 off your $50 tab at Old Navy until Wednesday. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the online code or to print an in-store coupon. CHEAP MAGS: Amazon.com has a $5 instant rebate on 150 magazines until Dec. 31. For $3 you can get a year of Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, Redbook or Esquire. For $5 get Wired, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping or PSM Independent PlayStation Magazine. No code required. KB TOYS SALE: Get a free toy when you buy three. My guess is the cheapest thing you buy will be the freebie. Just a hunch. Expires Wednesday. LINENS ‘N THINGS 20% OFF: Get 20% off one item at Linens ‘n Things with a printable coupon at www.insidesocal.com/bargain. Expires Dec. 31. Caveats: not good online or on SharperImage, All-Clad, J.A. Henckels, Tempur-Pedic, Godiva Chocolates and a few more brands. BEST BIRD PRICES: T-day is this week. Egads! I’ve got my head so buried in bargains, the holiday crept up on me. The sale that brought me out of the fog was from Ralphs. The 12- to 24-pound frozen turkeys are 37 cents a pound (with club card and $25 purchase). Albertsons has frozen birds at 39 cents a pound. Vons has 17- to 22-pound frozen Butterballs for 48 cents a pound (also with club card and $25 tab). Smart & Final has frozen birds for 99 cents a pound. One-bird limits are common. Prices good through Thursday. A reader found even lower turkey prices at Food 4 Less. Prices depend on weight but are about 27 cents to 40 cents a pound, he reported. BANANA 20% OFF: Get 20 percent off your tab at Banana Republic until Dec. 24. Looks like it’s good only online, not in stores. Go to www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the coupon code. For women, they separate dressy threads into three categories: bash, office party and house party. Seems incredibly useful. JOIN THE CROWD: Sign up for the Bargain Hunter Daily Digest and don’t miss any sales. E-mail me at julia.scott@dailynews.com to join. Thanks! FREE DECORATING CLASS: Pottery Barn is having free holiday decorating classes Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. Discuss how to deck out your home and trim a tree. And all this time I thought I knew what I was doing! Ah, but this may make it worth it: Participants receive a complimentary Pottery Barn Design Book while supplies last. Call your local store to sign up. Save a buck at www.insidesocal.com/bargain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

YOUR CHANCE TO BOOK THE LAST OF THE CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT RADISSON BLU

first_imgPromoted postMake this Christmas one to remember with Party Nights at the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.Radisson Blu party nights offer guaranteed craic, entertainment & award winning food – Perfect for that staff night out, or a long due reunion with friends. Enjoy a cosy mulled wine reception on arrival, a four course festive menu & entertainment by The Humble Earthworms, followed by DJ & complemantary raffle.Tables still available, but are selling fast!Call today to make your booking on 074 919 4444.YOUR CHANCE TO BOOK THE LAST OF THE CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT RADISSON BLU was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas Party NightsdonegalRadisson Blu Hotellast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Travels to Missouri State on Saturday

first_imgMissouri State is led offensively by a trio of attackers. Unnur Bergsdottir, a freshman forward from Iceland, is tied for the team-lead with three goals this season. Senior midfielder Jordan Eickelman has also recorded three goals, and she has dished out two assists for a team-best eight points. Ashley Coonfield, a senior midfielder, boasts an impressive line of two goals, seven points, and a team-high three assists in 2019. Kaitlin Maxwell, a junior, is among the top goalkeepers in the region. She was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year last season and has posted a 0.78 goals against average in the 2019 campaign. Print Friendly Version The Bears (7-2-1, 1-0-0 MVC) earned a 2-1, come-from-behind win over Valparaiso in their MVC opener. They were picked fourth in the MVC preseason poll, two spots behind Drake. Live Stream Story Links Senior defender Brittney Robinson anchors the Missouri State defense. An All-MVC first-team selection a season ago, Robinson earned preseason All-MVC honors in 2019. She netted the game-winner for the Bears against Valparaiso. The Bears’ offense makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity. Missouri State has been out-shot by its opponents 98-69 this season, but has scored 16 goals while allowing just eight. Eickelman is the best example of the Bears’ clinical ability, scoring her three goals on exactly three shots on frame. The Bulldogs (3-7-1, 0-1-0 MVC) are looking to get back to their winning ways after falling to Loyola, 3-0, to open Missouri Valley Conference play. The Ramblers scored three second-half goals to seal the result. Live Stats The Bulldogs beat Missouri State, 1-0, last year in Des Moines to increase their all-time series advantage to 12-3-4. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Following a week-long layoff, the Drake University women’s soccer team returns to action with a road match against Missouri State on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Scouting Missouri State Live stats and a live stream are available for the match.last_img read more

Do woolly worms really predict the winter ahead?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Imagine yourself as a student on the campus of The Ohio State University. It’s a nice, sunny day outside. Students are walking to class, others are having conversation beside Mirror Lake, and in the distance, you see your entomology professor running around with a crazed look in his eyes while waving a comically-sized insect net.Yes, the latter really happened. The man in question is known as the BugDoc, professor emeritus of entomology at The Ohio State University, Dr. David Shetlar. I had the pleasure of visiting with him recently to ask him something that bugs my brain every year at this time, no pun intended.Old wives’ tales are something of a hobby for farmers in Ohio it seems, especially when it comes to predicting winter weather. Everything in the Lord’s creation is up for grabs when it comes to telling us how bad the upcoming winter will be. Whether its corn husk thickness, leaf amounts, or wool growth on sheep, something somewhere will tell us winter is coming.That leaves one logical question for the BugDoc. Are the stories I’ve heard all my life about woolly worms predicting the weather really true?“The true banded woolly bear is the larvae of a moth. Most caterpillars are either the larvae of a butterfly or a moth. Generally, the hairy ones are going to turn into moths,” Shetlar said. “The moths are actually called Tiger Moths. The moths themselves are highly collected by entomologists and amateur collectors because they usually have bright, striped markings on them so that’s where they get the name Tiger Moth. There’s a lot of these woolly bear caterpillars out there. People may see them in weedy fields. There’s a yellow woolly bear, a red woolly bear, and so forth. But the one that gets most of the notoriety this time of year is the banded woolly bear.”The black, brown, then black again bands are supposed to reflect what the following winter will be like in length and intensity.“The normal statement is that the length of the black is supposed to predict the strength or the severity of the winter, which I find is kind of interesting because the natural color bands of these is black at the front, brown in the middle, and black at the back. If I were really going to say that it would be a predictor, I would say that it ought to be brown in the front, black in the middle, and brown at the back. I think there are some local variations. There are some people who say it’s the brown in the middle that predicts the the winter. That would be more correct in terms of the timeline we’re talking about. But the reality is there were some entomologists who a few years ago that actually did some regional studies. What they find is that there’s a significant amount of variability, even within a population in the local region,” Sheltar said.”To give you an example, I had a person here in central Ohio send me a picture of a banded woolly bear that was mainly black in the front and a little tiny narrow brown band in the middle and mainly black at the back. He said, ‘Boy this one’s predicting a harsh winter.’ But then I returned and said well here are two of the caterpillars that one of the local weathermen and I collected. And it had just a bare hint of black at the front, which meant there would be an early cold snap. I think we’ve already had that. And then it had almost two thirds of the body was brown, which means it’s going to be a long mild winter. And then another little black band at the end which means there would be a late cold snap in the spring time. And I said, ‘My woolly bear’s not predicting what your woolly bear is predicting.’ Especially since they were collected in the same county, that seems a little bit odd.”Here is a summary of the legend from the National Weather Service Forecast Office out of La Crosse, Wis. that appeared in a former article.According to folklore, the amount of black on the woolly bear in autumn varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locality where the caterpillar is found. The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. Similarly, the wider the middle brown band is associated with a milder upcoming winter. The position of the longest dark bands supposedly indicates which part of winter will be coldest or hardest. If the head end of the caterpillar is dark, the beginning of winter will be severe. If the tail end is dark, the end of winter will be cold. In addition, the woolly bear caterpillar has 13 segments to its body, which traditional forecasters say correspond to the 13 weeks of winter.“As with most folklore, there are two other versions to this story. The first one says that the woolly bear caterpillar’s coat will indicate the upcoming winter’s severity. So, if its coat is very woolly, it will be a cold winter. The final version deals with the woolly bear caterpillar’s direction of travel of the worms. It is said that woolly bears crawling in a southerly direction are trying to escape the cold winter conditions of the north. On the other hand, woolly bears crawling on a northward path would indicate a mild winter.”The winter weather predicting abilities of the woolly bear have been the source of discussion since colonial times, but got a boost when C.H. Curran, the curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, took a more scientific look at the legend in 1948. Curran examined autumn woolly bears in Bear Mountain State Park and applied the theory to make a winter weather prediction. He repeated the experiment for eight years and, with the help of publicity in The New York Herald Tribune, the fuzzy caterpillar was made famous.But why does this happen? Shetlar has some thoughts.“The current thinking of this is there are regulatory genes, just like we know that certain animals will take darker colors if their skin is exposed to colder temperatures. Now the obvious reverse of that is the arctic fox. That one, when the skin is exposed to cold weather, the hair turns white, because it wants to be white during the winter time not to stand out in the snow,” he said. “These genes regulate the expression of color in the body. The current thinking is these caterpillars are actually expressing the colors from the temperatures they were exposed to back in July and August when they were small larvae or even eggs developing as an embryo. So what they’re really telling you is what they’ve been already exposed to not what they’re going to predict coming up.”Woolly worms are not the only insect thought to predict the weather. The amount of spider webs seen before the upcoming winter is a sign to some, taking that as an indicator of hard times ahead.“People have heard the term gossamer thread and they might not know what that is. It has sort of lost favor as people get out of the rural and agricultural areas. But the vast majority of spiders actually are like Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. If you remember the sort of tear-jerking part of that story, Charlotte dies at the end of the season but she lays an egg case. That’s what most spiders do. At the end of the season, the females will mate, and they’ll lay an egg case. For about half of the species of spiders, those eggs will hatch in the fall and those little spiderlings will climb up to the tops of grasses and shrubs, spin out a thread of silk, which is a gossamer thread, and they’ll actually do what we call ballooning. If there’s enough wind, that wind will pick up the little thread of silk with a little spiderling on the end of it and they’ll go for a ride to try to find new territory and get away from all their siblings that hatched out of that same egg mass,” Shetlar said. “Gossamer threads are just one of the things that occur in the fall, and in reality what it usually means is we have a warm spell with some wind in it. And I noticed this a couple of weeks ago when we had our last warm spell. It was a nice sunny day and I could look out over a field and there were just these hundreds of little shimmery threads that were glistening in the sun. Those were the gossamer threads of the little spiderlings.”Scientific or not, it’s always a good time to find our furry caterpillar friends crawling away from the winter ahead. From what I’ve seen, we’re looking at a rough winter ahead. But isn’t it supposed to be every year?Only time will tell.last_img read more

What Entrepreneurs and Small Business Get Wrong – Episode 49

first_imgEntrepreneurs and smalll businesses prioritize everything and anything, neglecting sales and marketing.last_img

Big Companies Do Not Have It Better

first_imgWhen I was very young and new to sales, I thought that bigger companies were better managed, better resourced, and had fewer problems. The larger the clients I won, the more I realized that bigger companies have bigger problems, and they have more of them. Wal-mart is now dealing with the very real threat of Amazon.com, a giant problem, and one not easily solved.I also believed that bigger companies have better talent. I thought that because they had more money and more opportunities, they would acquire all the best talent. The scale of a larger company requires more talented people, and their much larger needs often leaves them with a much larger deficit when it comes to hiring the people they need.For the first few years I worked in sales, I believed that my larger competitors had advantages when it came to sales. They worked for a bigger company with more locations. They had better technology, and they had way better programs. They also had much better marketing and much better sales collateral. When I saw how crisp some of their people looked, I was sure that they were unbeatable. Over time, I discovered that sales chops level the playing field, and many of the largest companies I competed against were paper tigers when it came to selling.As I won large clients, I believed that winning them was enough, that I could throw them over the fence and the operations team would take care of executing. I thought that responsibility belonged to someone else. As the problems mounted, I was disabused of this notion by clients who expected to me to be standing right next to them in the fox hole when the bullets started flying. I learned that I was accountable for the outcomes I promised.Your beliefs will change over time. Your growth and your experience will provide you with new beliefs, beliefs that serve you better than the beliefs you hold right now. 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 Nowlast_img read more