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Khris Davis opens up about contract situation with A’s, impending free agency

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Star players typically don’t stay in an A’s uniform for long.Khris Davis wants to be an exception. “It’s not a good … The talks of a long-term contract for Davis have floated around over the past couple of seasons. Now set to become a free agent after the 2019 season and watching how many quality players still remain without a team this spring, it’s hard for Davis not to think about his future.last_img read more

Inside Kevin Durant’s 50-point night in Warriors’ Game 6 win over Clippers

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – When the crowd is not marveling at his moves, Kevin Durant tries to spend his other waking hours perfecting them. When defenders are not trying to disrupt his shots, Durant fine-tines them to ensure they can’t.In the Warriors’ 129-110 Game 6 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Durant showed how his behind-the-scenes work can produce a …last_img read more

Making Space for What Is Most Important

first_imgWhat three projects deserve your attention this week?What small things and distractions do you need to avoid be productive when it comes to the most important things you need to do? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The number of hours you work is not nearly as important as what you do while you are working. There are countless people who spend a lot of time at their desk but get less done than others who work a fraction of that time.“Hours worked” and “outcomes achieved” are two very different metrics.Fewer, Bigger PrioritiesThe primary difference in results is found in one’s intentions.Some people show up to work and wait passively in front of their computer with their email open, sitting in reactive mode to respond to whatever comes their way. These people start work with the intention of doing whatever is required of them. Others direct their work.People who get more work done in half the time start work with different intentions. They close their web browser and their email program, and they work on the projects and tasks that will produce the results they need to produce right now. They direct their own work.Productivity is making progress on your biggest priorities. Productivity doesn’t have anything to do with the number of hours you are at work.Saying No to Small ThingsTo clear space for your biggest priorities, you have to prevent small things from creeping in and crowding out what’s most important. You have to say “no” to things that won’t help you produce the outcomes you really need.Email is full of thousands of small things that could command your time. The Internet is a never-ending source of new distractions and the deepest rabbit hole in which you can easily lose yourself—and where you can lose your focus on what’s important.When you say “yes” to small things, you are saying “no” what’s important.Less in a Day, More in WeekYou can get less done in a single day than you believe you can, but you can get far more done in a week than you think possible.Blocking three hours a day for your most important projects will transform your results. Those three highly-focused, undistracted hours will allow you to make progress on the outcomes you need regardless of what that outcome may be.That’s fifteen hours a week on your most important projects. For me, that would be five hours each on my three biggest projects over the course of a week.Less in a Week, More in a MonthYou can get less done in a week than you wish were possible, even if you block time for your most important projects. But you can make exponential progress on your most important projects over the course of a month.Blocking three hours a day for four weeks is sixty hours. You are unlikely to have any outcome that couldn’t be achieved in sixty hours. If what’s most important to you can’t be achieved in sixty hours, those hours will have moved you much, much closer to the finish line.For me, those sixty hours end up being invested in many different projects. I tend to overestimate the time it takes me to complete projects by underestimating how much work I can do in short bursts of focused, uninterrupted time.last_img read more

Delhi University to end admissions by July first week

first_imgDU colleges to release first cut- off lists by mid-June.A day after Delhi University (DU) decided to discontinue use of application forms for admission to undergraduate programmes, senior officials in the administration hinted at a change in the admission calendar this year.The university intends to complete the entire admission process – from announcing cut- off lists to the last lap of converting vacant seats reserved for the Other Backward Classes ( OBC) into general category – for UG programmes before the academic session begins on July 21.According to a senior official, the first cut- off list ( qualifying marks for programmes) will be announced around June 15. Last year, it was declared on June 22.”The remaining three lists should be declared and admissions under each list completed around the first week of July.Then colleges will be allowed to announce two more cut- off lists in case seats are still vacant. But unlike last year when colleges converted vacant OBC seats to general category in August, we will ask them to do this before the academic session begins on July 21,” the official said.” At the most, this conversion of OBC seats and its admission can spill over to a week after colleges reopen. But, not beyond that,” he said. Last year, most colleges finished this process only around August 15.These changes in the calendar will be pitched during the meeting of the admissions advisory committee for approval.The university has been working on introducing semester system in the remaining UG programmes from this year. Last year, it had brought 13 science programmes under the system.advertisementThe pruning of the admission calendar has been proposed to ensure effective implementation of semester system. ” Last year, admission was made till the end of August. But we can’t have students joining classes in the middle of a semester. We want the full strength to be present right from the beginning. So the proposal is to wrap up the admission process, at least within a week of the new session,” an official said.The university has also hinted at changes in the admission calendar after it decided to do away with application forms.Till last year, DU aspirants had the option of either filling a common admission form or applying individually to the colleges.The common form was good for applying to 61 UG courses across 63 colleges. But from this year, there will be no forms. The cut- off lists will be announced by colleges based on their previous years’ experience of conducting admissions. Students can directly approach colleges for admission if they are eligible as per the cut- off marks.But students seeking admission under sports, SC/ ST and ECA quotas and to programmes with joint entrance examination will have to fill application forms.The DU, however, will continue to sell its information booklet and conduct open days. ” The information booklet will be available on our website, too ,” said J. M. Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, DU.SPORTS QUOTAThe DU might allow colleges to conduct sport trials for admission of students under the sports quota this year. This follows the ” No physical education teachers came forward to help during the centralised sports trials. We want to bring the teachers on board. After the changes made last year, trials account for 25 marks and certificates 75 marks.With this break up the scope of back door entry through trials is quite less. There doesn’t seem any problem in letting colleges have a say in how much a candidate should score out of 25 marks,” said a senior university official.last_img read more

Three weeks left to register for Bundaberg Cup!

first_imgIf you’re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this year’s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across men’s, women’s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date.  We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insider’s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the event…and stay for a few days. “I’m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,” he said. “it’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and I’m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.“The prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. “I am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,” Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cuplast_img read more

Rep Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents

first_img29Jan Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents Categories: News,Pagel News State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption ceiling for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens in the form of an expanded credit.“This sets Michigan residents up to receive state tax relief in the face of federal changes,” said Pagel. “It was an important, needed step and I’m happy the legislature worked together to get it done. The federal law created some unintended consequences and protections were going to go away for hard-working people.”The package’s main bill, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township, ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older – $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Essential public services will not be affected because of the changes. The House has also added a specific provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Setanta Sports Eurasia has extended its deal to br

first_imgSetanta Sports Eurasia has extended its deal to broadcast football from Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 and secured rights to Scotland’s SPFL and Belgium’s Pro-League.The new three year deal, which was agreed with sports marketing agency MP & Silva, starts from the beginning of the 2015/2016 season and applies to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The agreement will see Setanta Sports broadcast its fourth consecutive season of Italian and French football, with the firm claiming that the addition of top tier Scottish and Belgian football is a “welcome supplement” to its stable of European football leagues.“We are delighted to continue our association with MP & Silva by signing an exclusive agreement to secure the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, SPFL and Pro-League in Eurasia,” said Setanta Sports CEO, Dwyer McCaughley.“We believe the continuation of Serie A and Ligue 1 plus the new acquisitions SPFL and Pro-League, coupled with our other premium content such as the FA Cup & Capital One Cup, Qualifiers for Euro 2016, NHL, Formula 1 and UFC, makes us the most compelling sporting channel in the region.”Setanta Sports Eurasia is a premium sports channel that began broadcasting in January 2012 and is operated in Eurasia by Setanta Sports affiliate, Eurasian Broadcasting Enterprise Limited.last_img read more

TV Connect the London TV conference and exhibitio

first_imgTV Connect, the London TV conference and exhibition owned by Digital TV Europe’s publisher Informa, has unveiled the speaker line-up for this year’s event.Key speakers this year will include Ben Pyne, Disney Media Networks’ president, global distribution, BT Sport and BT TV chief operating officer Jamie Hindhaugh, and Rhys Beer, vice-president, sports distribution and business development at NBCUniversal International.Network operator speakers will include Joan Gillman, EVP and chief operating officer, media services, Time Warner Cable, Bob Greene, managing director of online entertainment at Liberty Global, Matthias Maurer, head of product marketing, internet and content at Deutsche Telekom, Jim Slevinsky, director of technology innovation at Telus, Brian Curtis, senior director of product management at Comcast and Fernando Garcia Calvo, head of business development, global video unit at Telefónica.TV Connect will also have a strong line up of speakers from the content and channels world, including, in addition to Pyne and Beer, Mohammed Burhan, CEO of CNBC Arabia, Maaz Sheikh, president of Starz Play Arabia, Marc Lorber, head of UK TV at Lionsgate, Hugh Westbrook, product lead at Sky News and Murray Barnett, head of commercial broadcast and marketing at World Rugby.Oneline entertainment executives speaking at the event also include Mark Melling ,director of AOL Video and Ben Forman, principal streaming architect at Sky.The event will include keynote sessions on telco, pay TV and broadcast evolution, understanding the impact of millennial and multiplatform digital natives, and multiscreen monetisation and engagement.“We’re nearly two months away and we already have an outstanding line-up of executives willing and ready to share their insights that will challenge the boundaries of next generation entertainment on a global scale,” said Jake McNulty, head of marketing at Informa Telecoms & Media.last_img read more