After a year at Monterey Bay, DJ Broome re-joins Humboldt State’s men’s basketball coaching staff

first_imgARCATA >> When DJ Broome stepped into Lumberjack Arena for the first time last season, things were a little different.Not by something new with how Humboldt State’s gym looked like. It was simply because of where the former Jacks point guard was sitting. He was on the other bench, not the one he sat on as a player and then as an assistant coach.He won’t have to worry about that again come the 2016-17 season.Broome is back with the Jacks’ program, returning for his second stint as an …last_img read more

Why the Warriors need to keep a close eye on the Anthony Davis trade saga

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAnthony Davis wants out of New Orleans and the Golden State Warriors are always keen to acquire top talent.Normally, I’d say to let your imagination run wild — but anyone who expects the Brow to be heading to NorCal anytime soon is in for a big disappointment.The timing simply isn’t right for the Dubs. If the Warriors were ever to trade for Davis, they’d have to do so before the NBA’s trade deadline in nine …last_img read more

South Africa’s anthem, prayer power Van Niekerk

first_img27 August 2015Saying a little prayer before the race and singing the national anthem the night before, were the remedies athlete Wayde van Niekerk used to calm his nerves, before the young Kraaifontein man made South Africans proud when he clinched the gold medal for the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing yesterday.The win comes after a record made in July, when he became the first South African to dip below 20 seconds in the 200m in Switzerland. He was also the first African to run a sub-44 second time in the 400m.Yet he said that the stress leading up to the race at the Bird’s Nest stadium “nearly killed” him this week. “Before the race I was feeling quite nervy. I always am. I was lame and very weak‚ I thought to myself, ‘I’m in trouble now because I’m stressing myself out way too much’. I said a little prayer on the track.”He then set his target on reigning world champion LaShawn Merritt of the United States. “I kinda knew he’s the one to beat,” said Van Niekerk. “I tried to get with him as fast as possible and I came out of the first 100 feeling quite good about myself. the nerves were better. I just started building up from there.”The final 50m were tough. “It was so difficult because I could feel them coming up on to me‚ but at the same time I felt strong enough to pull it away.“Just that thought‚ ‘I’m actually busy winning‚ I’m actually busy winning’ was quite overwhelming. I just tried to keep it up‚” said Van Niekerk‚ who crossed the line in 43.48 seconds.He became very stressful before every single race, said the sprinter. “I might have looked very composed on the track but lying in my bed at night was not the best feeling. I couldn’t sleep.”Sometimes he would lie down and just visualise the races. “I just had to pinch myself and say‚ ‘Wayde‚ calm down; Wayde‚ it still has to come.’“The heats were probably the most nerve-wracking experience I’ve ever had because I had to get over that fear because last world championships [in 2013] I was knocked out.“Funny‚ I was singing the whole national anthem in my head last night to fall asleep‚ saying to myself, ‘You can do it‚ you can do it.’ I just wanted it so bad I kept on singing it in my head until I fell asleep. I had a good night’s rest.”Van Niekerk’s post-race celebration on the track was brief‚ though, and when he sat down to try to recover‚ he was unable to get up. “I tried to stay active but I think my mistake was to go and sit down again after that and I couldn’t stand up.”Medical staff attended to him on the track, and then took him to hospital.“I don’t think it was very necessary‚” he said. “Obviously the lactic comes with the sport. It just seems I was the only athlete out of the eight‚ nine guys that got tired‚” he said with a laugh. “Before I knew it they were busy taking me off the track and I was out of breath. It’s actually normal. It seems I’m the only one who dies after a race.”But he was back at his hotel soon after midnight to enjoy a low-key welcome and a cold supper, and to read through more than 100 WhatsApp messages on his phone. Congratulations also streamed in via the social media pages of Van Niekerk and his family.On Instagram this morning, the winner said to his fans: “Morning to all, extremely sorry if I can’t thank each and every one. But I’m really thankful for all the amazing messages and all really truly appreciate it.“Was an honour representing my country and making you all proud. I am fine just made the wrong decision to sit down last night. really love, cherish and appreciate everyone!”Van Niekerk, who will receive his medal before the start of this evening’s finals‚ is now looking ahead to the Olympics in Rio next year.“Once you’ve been blessed with something you need to use it as best as possible. I’m not going to waste it‚” said the sprinter‚ who started out in the 100m and 200m before moving up in distance.“I hate the 400m but look how far it’s brought me. It does put me on the floor afterwards,” he said. “There’s obviously still the Olympics next year. That’s definitely a must that I need to turn up for. I would love to double up on the gold again.”Source: RDM Wirelast_img read more

What Questions Should Your Clients Be Asking

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Have you ever left a sales call and wished that your dream client had asked you a certain question? Is there some question that, if asked, would allow you to really move your client?Sometimes sales calls go down a certain path because your client is steering the call. They’re asking questions of you, and you’re answering their questions. Even if you do a wonderful job answering their questions, the questions can take you in the wrong direction. They can get you mired down in selling product. They can force you to respond as if you were a commodity. And they can generally reduce the value that you might have created.If your dream client doesn’t ask the questions of you that you believe should be asked, then you ask those questions yourself.We Don’t Know What We Don’t KnowWe don’t know what we don’t know. We have limited knowledge, and it’s easy for that knowledge to get in the way of producing better results.Your dream clients know a lot about what you sell. They have purchased what you sell before, and they have some ideas. But what they know, what they believe, and their ideas can prevent them from exploring new beliefs, new ideas, and new opportunities.You know what I am talking about here because you get the same questions from your prospects over and over again, don’t you?If the line of questions your dream client pursues doesn’t get you where you need to go, ask the questions that will get you there.Ask the Question of YourselfHave you ever had a client ask you a final question at the end of your sales call that sounded like this: “That’s all the questions we have. What should we have asked you?” Maybe you’ve been smart enough to ask this question at the end of a sales call yourself. The question opens up the possibility for you to increase the value that you create on the call and to learn enough to create more value in the future.If the questions you want aren’t asked, ask them yourself.You can say something like, “I am happy to have had a chance to answer your questions. Can I share with you a few other questions we were hoping you’d ask?” Or you might try something like this, “Before we wrap up here, can I share with you some questions that we’re continually asked by our clients?”Better Questions, Better ResultsMuch of the time, the right question is better than the right answer.Asking the right question of your clients can help you change their mind about what they believe they want. They can help you differentiate yourself and your offering. They can help you get in front of the pricing conversation.Asking the right question of yourself can allow you to change your clients mind about what’s important, why it’s important, and what you can do to help them with the big issues they may not yet know they need help with.You might say, “We are continually asked about why our approach is different than the industry standard. It’s a good question. We’ve found that by taking this approach, we can better help our clients . . .” Now you have shifted the discussion to what makes you different and how it makes a difference.Or, try this one, “We are often asked why our prices are 5% to 10% higher than our competitors. The answer is because by helping our clients make the right investment in the solutions we propose, we produce far greater results and a much higher return on investment. Here is exactly how that works . . .” Now you have moved the conversation from price to cost, and you have also likely driven a wedge between your client and competitor by shifting the criteria to return on investment.If you aren’t asked the questions that you need your dream client to ask you, then you have to ask the question yourself. They don’t know what they don’t know, and they won’t know it if you don’t help them by asking the question.QuestionsWhat are the five most important questions your dream client can ask you? Make a list.Why are these questions so important? What does it allow you to change in the way of their beliefs, their perceived needs, or their plan to evaluate you and your competition?What questions allow you to move the conversation to the areas where you can create greatest value for your dream clients?last_img read more

18-month-old boy killed by stray dogs

first_imgAn 18-month-old boy was attacked and killed by stray dogs in Old Bhopal outside his house, police said on Friday. The incident occurred on Thursday under the Gautam Nagar police station area when Shaikh Raza was outside his house, they said. “A pack of five to six stray dogs attacked and dragged the boy for about 50 feet from his house before the neighbours chased them away,” said Gautam Nagar PS in-charge Mukhtar Qureshi. His family members were inside the house when the incident occurred. They took the badly injured toddler to Hamidia Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said. “We have registered a case and investigating further. We are waiting for the post-mortem report. The child’s family members were provided an immediate help of ₹10,000 by the district administration,” Mr. Qureshi said. Following the incident, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to start a campaign to deal with the stray dog menace. “This is sad. I have called a meeting of the BMC health officers. We would soon start a drive to catch stray dogs,” Mayor Alok Sharma said.last_img read more

Gov’t Welcomes Increased French Interest in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights “Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said. “We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said. The Government has welcomed the increase in French private-sector activities in Jamaica and support for the island’s efforts to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and economic development.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, noted that a number of French companies have successfully bid for local contracts.These include divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, a local company formed as a subsidiary of the French global terminal operators, the CMA CGM Group.“Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith was speaking at the launch of the commercial exhibition and a cultural festival dubbed ‘A Touch of France’ at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 8.On Wednesday (November 7), a delegation of business leaders from MEDEF International – an umbrella group for French private-sector companies – arrived in the island for a two-day visit to explore viable opportunities for companies in France and Jamaica.Areas being examined include water sanitation, water distribution, energy and aeronautics.Chairman of the France-Central America and Caribbean Business Council of MEDEF International, Jean-François Tallec, noted that 10 business leaders and a government official travelled to Jamaica “with the objective of promoting initiatives of the most dynamic sectors of France”.“We (also aimed) to establish connections with the local business community and contribute to the strengthening of the economic ties between our countries,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith emphasised that the Government is giving priority to trade and investment promotion “as a major aspect of our relations with our bilateral partners”.She used the opportunity to congratulate the Embassy of the Republic of France for the inauguration of the French Visa Application Centre, located at the DHL building in New Kingston.“We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.In his remarks, Logistics and Infrastructure Manager at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Don Gittens, said his agency is keen on advancing business relations between the countries and continues to work with the French Embassy.“We also continue to seek opportunities in the French market with several missions to the country, with special focus on the creative industries, renewable energy, logistics and the tourism sectors,” he said.He pointed out that JAMPRO will continue to support ‘A Touch of France’, by helping to coordinate business activities, including panel discussions on logistics and renewable energy, which are key areas of focus for investment in Jamaica.Started in Jamaica in 2000 by President of Club France Jamaica, Pierre Lemaire, the exhibition, which is in its 11th staging, is an opportunity to showcase French culture from the mainland to its overseas departments and includes fashion, cuisine, music and dance.For his part, French Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Denys Wibaux commended Mr. Lemaire for orchestrating ‘A Touch of France’ and wished this year’s staging well.Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters. Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters.last_img read more