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The Rank Group MD Alan Morgan steps down “to pursue other opportunities”

first_img Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Announced in a statement this morning, The Rank Group Managing Director Alan Morgan will be stepping down, effective as of July 21, 2019.The resignation comes as Morgan wishes “to pursue other opportunities”, with his duties set to be assumed by the Chief Executive until a successor is found, with the search set to begin immediately.John O’Reilly, chief executive of Rank Group, commented on the news: “I would like to thank Alan for all of his hard work in our retail businesses over the last three years. He has been instrumental in leading the transformation plan across the division and he leaves Rank with our best wishes for the future.”Morgan joined Rank in 2016, tasked with running the Mecca retail business. He was then promoted to lead the group’s UK Retail division in 2017.Morgan added: “I have had a very exciting three years with Rank and feel that now is the appropriate time for a new challenge. I wish [chief executive] John and the team every success as they continue to work through the transformation plan.” Related Articles Rank gifts Ipswich Town’s Magical Vegas sponsorship to Carers Trust July 3, 2020 Rank lowers profit guidance as Mecca venues begin reopening  July 3, 2020last_img read more

Angels hire Tony La Russa for advisory role

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Eppler said the extra games have helped Adell make up for the time he missed at the beginning of the season after he was hurt during spring training. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Adell, 20, is expected to compete for a spot in the Angels’ everyday lineup sometime in 2020, but Eppler wouldn’t commit to how soon that could be.“There are a lot of elements that he can get better at, just like there are a lot of elements of the game a lot of young players can get better at,” Eppler said. “Time will tell. I would just watch to see how things unfold. He’s had limited at-bats at Triple-A and in those at-bats he performed at a level consistent with when he first got to Double-A.”Adell hit .238 with a .753 OPS when he first reached Double-A in 2018. When he returned in 2019, he hit .308 with a .944 OPS. In his first 27 games at Triple-A at the end of 2019, Adell hit .264 with a .676 OPS.center_img Eppler said La Russa will be around the Angels’ major league club, in spring training and also helping with evaluating their minor leaguers.“He’s seen a lot, experienced a lot,” Eppler said. “My interactions with him have always been positive. I’m looking forward to using him as a resource.”WAITING FOR ADELLWhile most of the Angels enjoy a winter off, top prospect Jo Adell continues to be busy.Adell played in the Arizona Fall League, and now he’s playing for Team USA in Japan as they try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Adell hit an opposite-field home run to led the U.S. to a victory over Japan in its last game.Related Articles SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Years ago, Billy Eppler went out to dinner with Tony La Russa and they ended up having a four-hour conversation.Ever since then, Eppler has maintained a relationship with the Hall of Fame manager, culminating with Tuesday’s announcement that the Angels have hired La Russa as a special advisor to baseball operations.“From my chair, he’ll be a sounding board for anything and everything as it pertains to developing players, coaching players, just generally someone to bounce ideas off,” Eppler said during the second day of the GM Meetings.La Russa, 75, had lengthy stints managing the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals, including three World Series titles. Since he retired from managing in 2011, he has worked in the front offices of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to Valencia victory

first_imgRonaldo sent Neto the wrong way on 17 minutes and added a second penalty, for his eighth league goal of the season, after Montoya fouled him again.Having only lost at the Mestalla to Villarreal this season Marcelino Garcia’s collection of loan signings and youngsters showed magnificent will as they fought to get back into the game.Rodrigo missed a gaping open goal for the hosts just before half-time.Just before the hour 22-year-old Spanish striker Santi Mina lost Nacho and stole in at a corner to pull a goal back with a well directed header. It was his third goal in three games.Bale, who showed all his old pace, was then booked for telling the referee he needed glasses. Television replays suggested Bale had a good point.As for Benzema, he was largely reliable in build up play although he seemed reluctant to shoot, but as he trudged off when substituted looking as depressed as the Spanish press claim he is.With tension building, Ronaldo might have scored three times, failing to convert after great work from Bale and Luka Modric and sending a free-kick sizzling narrowly wide.Marcelo finished brilliantly to relieve Madrid nerves after a tearing run and cut in from the left culminated in a fierce low drive into the bottom corner.Zidane, who has been in charge at Madrid since January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was fired after a defeat in Valencia, looked visibly relieved.Kroos then put the cherry on Madrid’s cake with a precise strike from outside the area with Valencia fading.Share on: WhatsApp Real manager Zinedine Zidane was able to field his favoured forward line of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for the first time in 279 days.“This was a big game in a big stadium and we played with great character,” said Zidane.“It shows we are still here and that we are ready to fight. There’s a long way top go in the league and we will do our best possible.”This was no walk in the park for Zidane’s men who indeed had to fight until two late strikes from Marcelo and then Toni Kroos relieved the tension.On a sunny afternoon at an animated Mestalla stadium with it’s impeccable turf and rowdy Curva Nord stand, Valencia, a club back on their feet after a decade of turmoil, had only lost once at home this season and gained a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu in August.Valencia’s fast, confident, counter-attacking bamboozled Madrid defenders Raphael Varane and Nacho from the off and the home team also looked menacing from corners.From one Valencia corner, however, Bale headed down to Ronaldo who tore down the field, passing to Marcelo and advancing into the Valencia box where Martin Montoya fouled the Portuguese superstar as he collected a pass. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties as Real Madrid battled to a 4-1 away win at Valencia in La Liga on Saturday, lifting the recent gloom over the defending Spanish and European champions.The result leaves Madrid 16 points behind top placed Barcelona on 54, Atletico Madrid are second on 43, Valencia third on 40 with Real another two back.last_img read more

‘To infinity and beyond’: Pochettino dreaming of Champions League glory

first_imgSon’s absence means Pochettino is robbed of another goal threat, with Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente his only striking options.However, the Argentine said Spurs’ teamwork can compensate for that lack of firepower.“I think the point is that we arrive where we are now because we were a team and we are going to be a team,” he said.“I don’t care who is going to score. Always it’s an issue to not have all the players fit, but in front of any name was the team, the collective.”Four-time European champions Ajax have far more European pedigree than Spurs, but their run to the last four for the first time since 1997 is arguably an even bigger surprise given the financial gulf between the Eredivisie and the Premier League.But with his youthful side already being broken up with Frenkie de Jong headed to Barcelona next season and captain Matthijs de Ligt attracting interest from Europe’s top leagues, Ten Hag is keen to make the most of this side’s only shot to win the competition.“It’s amazing that we are in the Champions League semi-finals – nobody could have predicted at the beginning of the season that a Dutch team would end up in the Champions League semi-finals,” he added.“We have achieved something, but we want to do more. We don’t want to rest on our laurels.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mauricio PochettinoLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham not to use the absence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min or tiredness after a draining campaign as an excuse for not making the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history.Kane headlines a lengthy injury list also including Erik Lamela and Harry Winks for Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg at home to Ajax, while Son is suspended.But having upset the odds to end Manchester City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies in the quarter-finals, manager Pochettino insisted Spurs’ strength as a collective can overcome Ajax’s talented group of rising stars.“To be in a Champions League semi-final is something I dreamed about. You need to settle your dreams, to infinity and beyond,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Tottenham’s first European Cup semi-final since 1962.“The chance to play a semi-final for Tottenham has not happened often. We are in a circumstance that is not going to change and we must be ready“It is impossible to be tired, impossible to not be excited to play. I am sure there is no doubt we will have the energy for 90 minutes.”However, while Pochettino’s stretched squad were slipping to a sixth defeat in their last 10 Premier League games to West Ham on Saturday, Ajax have had a full week to rest as the entire Dutch league calendar for the weekend was postponed to allow them extra time to prepare.“The team is good. We are very fit, very eager and very fresh. We can certainly perform at our best,” said Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.Without Kane, who is not expected to return this season unless Spurs make it to the Champions League final on June 1, Tottenham’s goals have dried up since a thrilling 4-3 defeat in the second leg of their quarter-final at City was enough to progress on away goals.Christian Eriksen’s late strike to secure a 1-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday was Spurs’ only goal in their past three games.last_img read more

Razor Clam Dig to Start Friday at Washington Ocean Beaches

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington State Department of Fish and WildlifeState fishery managers have approved the second of two evening razor-clam digs this month, this one running from Friday, November 15, through Wednesday, November 20, at various ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon, noting that best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.WDFW has scheduled the upcoming dig on the following dates, beaches and low tides:• Nov. 15, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis• Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis• Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks• Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors• Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors• Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors“This is a great opportunity to dig some razor clams for your Thanksgiving table,” said Ayres, who recommends the recipe for the “Best Darn Razor Clam Dip Ever” on the WDFW website at http://goo.gl/57Z2Zr. He also recommends bringing a lantern for evening digs.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.For information on additional razor clam tentatively scheduled through December, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more

One of the greatest clubs of all time just signed Indian footballer Bala Devi!

first_imgAdvertisement 9u8gxwNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7uiqbkg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8kumWould you ever consider trying this?😱63sCan your students do this? 🌚hRoller skating! Powered by Firework Scottish team Glasgow Rangers have signed India’s prolific attacker Bala Devi from Manipur Police Sports Club in a historic deal following her successful trial at the club last November. The 29-year-old is set to join the Rangers on an 18-month-deal and will become the country’s first woman to be a professional footballer in Europe. The Glasgow club on Wednesday announced her signing in a statement, adding that the move is subjected to ‘international clearance’.Advertisement Photo Credit: North East NowBala who happens to be Rangers’ first Asian international footballer, is India’s top scorer with 52 goals in just 58 games and has an outstanding domestic record, netting more than 100 times in her last 120 appearances. The Manipuri forward was the top scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the last couple of seasons and won the AIFF Women’s Player of the Year twice in her illustrious career (2015 and 2016).After her transfer was confirmed, Bala expressed her gratification saying,Advertisement “To play my football in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed of. I’m looking forward to making the most of the top-class facilities and coaching and I am certain I will benefit immensely from the standard of training and competition.”“I’m very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the entire management at Rangers for believing in me. This move wouldn’t have been possible without Bengaluru FC who have been instrumental throughout. I can’t wait to get to Glasgow, join my teammates and give this my best shot” she added.Advertisement Meanwhile, Amy McDonald, the manager of the Rangers Women’s and Girls’ team said,“We are thrilled to welcome Bala to Rangers. She is an exciting signing on so many levels and a playmaker who likes to play as a number 10 and we believe she will contribute goals and assists to the team.”This historic move in Indian football was made possible through Rangers’ partnership with Bengaluru FC which was announced in September last year and Mandar Tamhane, the CEO of Bengaluru FC couldn’t hide his delight stating,“We are delighted at Bala securing what is a historic move to Rangers Football Club. Bala’s signing with Rangers sets a very encouraging precedent for women footballers from India and we are glad that Bengaluru FC’s partnership with Rangers is creating the right kind of impact in such a short period of time.”You may also like:ISL club Bengaluru FC to unite with Scottish giants Rangers FCCadiz CF returns to scouting project in India Advertisementlast_img read more

Meetups Everywhere Brings AVC Meetups Worldwide

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img Tags:#start#startups In celebration of his 5,000th blog post, Fred Wilson announced this morning that he will “host AVC Meetups everywhere that you would like to do them.” The announcement not only unveils new feature on Meetup.com (as well as a series of events worldwide that entrepreneurs may want to pay attention to), but also a new way for like-minded people to network and share ideas. While yesterday, we wrote that entrepreneurs should cut unnecessary meetings and other time-wasters out of their schedule (on the advice of Mark Suster), many of the commenters on Suster’s own blog post advocated these sorts of gatherings as effective tools for making connections and getting in some face time.Wilson pointed to the Meetup Everywhere API, which could be used in a number of ways. Instead of thinking in terms of just mashups for the public, think of looking at Meetup data as a way of targeting an audience. As you can see in the API demos, the data can be used to find out what people are talking about and where they are creating meetups around these topics. This could be a great way to gauge interest for your startup in terms of real-world location, whether you’re considering places to launch for location-based technologies or where to look for other people interested in the same topics.To start everything off, Wilson created a Meetup Everywhere page and added meetups for the 50 most active communities, with 38 in the U.S. and 12 in other countries. Already, 14 additional meetups have been added and more are likely on the way. Wilson announced the AVC meetups as part of a new feature, Meetups Everywhere, of his portfolio company Meetup. The feature allows users to create meetups centered on a central theme, such as startups or location-based technology (or poetry, for that matter), and could be a great way to connect with similar-minded people in your locale. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Good Salesperson, Inferior Product

first_imgMike asks, “ I’m still relatively new to sales, and I’m wondering. Is there ever a genuine situation where you work for a company that sells a product no one wants, but you’re still a good salesperson? Alternatively, could a good salesperson get meetings regardless of the product?”I’ve hired countless salespeople who, soon discovered that every major prospective client in their territory already had a partner and would reject their attempts to schedule a meeting.  Invariably, the salespeople decided it was impossible to get a meeting with the prospect because no one wanted to change. Instead, they decided it would be better to call on people who did not use what we sold, teaching them how to understand the value of our offering as something that was somehow easier than a competitive displacement (i.e., Eat Their Lunch).In my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I opened with the idea that sales success is not situational. Some salespeople sell for Google and Amazon.com, both great products, great marketing, and an enormous tailwind, who still struggle to sell well even with a great product. Some people sell cardboard boxes, the most commoditized commodity anyone might sell, who sell at prices higher than their competitors, displacing lower-priced alternatives by creating greater value. If the product by itself was enough, all you would need to succeed in business is an order taker, not a salesperson.Every day salespeople sell products and services and solutions that are inferior to other products and services and solutions that their competitors offer. They don’t believe that their product is inferior. The top 20 percent of salespeople that sell something that is not the best in class beat the bottom 80 percent of the sales force that sells something that may be considered the best in category. Salesmanship matters a great deal.A good salesperson can get a meeting regardless of the product. In fact, a good salesperson is not selling the product when they ask for a meeting. Instead, the meeting is the product that they’re selling. A good salesperson is selling the value of having a meeting with them. To be effective here, you have to believe that it’s valuable for your prospective client to have a meeting with you, regardless of the product. In my second book, The Lost Art of Closing, we call this concept Trading Value. What are you going to provide your prospective client that’s valuable enough for them to exchange their time, their single, finite, nonrenewable resource?I would never recommend someone sell something that does not serve their client. However, in many cases, it’s not the product that’s inferior; it’s the lack of salesmanship. That lack of salesmanship may be the result of a lack of training, a lack of experience, or a problem with mindset. It might also be a combination of all of these. In any case, wherever there is evidence of other people selling successfully, you can be sure it is not the product.It’s not the product. It’s salesmanship. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. 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 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10 Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Santi Santillan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

a month agoDanilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinner

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Danilo D’Ambrosio pleased to prove Inter Milan matchwinnerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDanilo D’Ambrosio was pleased to prove Inter Milan’s matchwinner against Lazio last night.His header separated the two teams on the night.D’Ambrosio later remarked: “What counts are the three points, this is always the case. I missed from close range against Milan but luckily my mistake didn’t matter in the end.“In the first half, we didn’t produce what the Coach had asked from us, but then we played in a more relaxed manner and deserved the win. We could have scored a second after the restart to put the result beyond doubt, but in the end we got the three points. This is the most important thing.“I feel comfortable in any kind of role, playing as part of a five or three doesn’t make any difference for me. When you have a coach like Conte, there are memorised playing patterns and you need to give 100% in every match, irrespective of the position you play in. Lazio are an experienced side and have quality in all positions. If we’d lost or drawn today, the Derby result would have meant nothing.” last_img read more

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