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Strategic adjustments for year-end

first_imgYear-end? It’s just August! But yes, you read that title correctly: this August post is talking about the year-end. More specifically, strategic adjustments you might need to make.As we tell our planning clients all the time: strategic planning is a process not a date on a calendar. In essence, you should be doing strategic planning throughout the year.As the dog days of August hit, here are some issues you should examine to ensure you are making the necessary adjustments for year-end:Celebrate gains—It’s always a good time to reflect on your successes. Many executives and managers tend to focus on what is NOT being done or where we’ve missed the mark. Before doing that type of examination look at your accomplishments first. Did loans grow more than expected, did one branch perform exceptionally well, did you bring in a rock star new hire? Making adjustments starts with celebrating your success. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Kings, NBA launch joint investigation into Luke Walton sexual assault allegation

first_imgThe Sacramento Kings and the NBA have launched a joint investigation into sexual assault allegations made against coach Luke Walton.Just a few days after the allegations were reported, Sacramento and the league released a statement Thursday announcing they have started an investigation to find out the truth behind the claims made by a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, Kelli Tennant.  “Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute, wrote in a statement released to the media. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”Baute issued another statement Wednesday afternoon (via the Los Angeles Times) denying Tennant’s claims during the news conference that he described as an attempt “to create a public circus.”“We will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime,” Baute said.Statement from Luke Walton’s attorney Mark Baute. He again denies Kelli Tennant’s claims and says “we will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime.” pic.twitter.com/2ys11tKzVW— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) April 24, 2019 The NBA will follow the lead of Elizabeth Maringer, who is one of the league’s top attorneys and previously served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Walton was hired by the Kings on April 15 after parting ways with the Lakers. The Athletic reported earlier this week that Sacramento will wait to find out all of the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The Kings also told The Athletic that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news.Tennant filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this week, claiming Walton made unwanted advances toward her in a Santa Monica, California, hotel room in 2014. In the lawsuit, Tennant alleges she met with Walton to drop off her copy of a book and then he invited her up to his room, where he pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed and groped her, according to ESPN.She also claims he “forced an aggressive hug” and made comments about her outfit at a charity event in 2017. “The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” the statement released Thursday read.Kings and NBA Announce Joint Investigation » https://t.co/F6CCg3u5y4 pic.twitter.com/VCHOmxOSb4— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 25, 2019The Kings hired lawyers Sue Ann Van Dermyden and Jennifer Doughty to lead the team’s investigation. Van Dermyden is the founding partner of the Sacramento law firm, Van Dermyden Maddux, and has decades of experience conducting investigations. Doughty works with Van Dermyden and is a veteran investigator.  Related News Kings coach Luke Walton sued for alleged sexual assault, report sayslast_img read more

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Tyson Fury heading back to Las Vegas to fight Otto Wallin

first_imgTyson Fury will return to Las Vegas to fight Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14.Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti revealed earlier this month that an agreement had been reached for the former world heavyweight champion to step into the ring with the 28-year-old Wallin. It was confirmed Tuesday that Wallin (20-0) will get a chance to claim the Briton’s lineal title in Nevada next month.MORE: Watch more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNFury brutally knocked Tom Schwarz out at the same venue in June and will be a strong favorite to add another victory to his record, which shows 28 wins and a draw.The 31-year-old last month stated that he will face Deontay Wilder in a rematch on Feb. 22 next year, but now wants to fight in his homeland in December after the American agreed to a deal to face Luis Ortiz in November.CONFIRMEDLineal Heavyweight Champion @Tyson_Fury will defend his crown against 20-0 @OttoWallin at the @TMobileArena on September 14th.#FuryWallin pic.twitter.com/pRIjNPZax7— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) August 13, 2019Fury said: “I am pleased to be back in Las Vegas. I loved my time there in my last fight and am going to put on a show again. “Otto Wallin is a world-ranked fighter and is tall, something we want with the Deontay Wilder rematch around the corner. He is also a southpaw, which will bring its own obstacles, but I will be fully focused to get this job done because the rematch needs to happen.”Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, said: “I’m delighted that Tyson is boxing in Las Vegas again after his previous success.”It is another undefeated boxer he is facing and a contest where a victory will set up the Deontay Wilder rematch. Otto Wallin knows this is his big chance, and Tyson will not be underestimating him.”last_img read more

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Track star Felix criticizes Nike maternity policy

first_img“I wanted to set a new standard,” Felix wrote. “If I, one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes, couldn’t secure these protections, who could? Nike declined. We’ve been at a standstill ever since.”Felix, who has vowed to try and race in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in what would be her fifth Games, said the experience has cast light on how the sports apparel industry treats female athletes.“This isn’t just about pregnancy,” she wrote. “We may stand behind the brands we endorse, but we also need to hold them accountable when they are marketing us to appeal to the next generation of athletes and consumers.”Nike last week responded to the criticism by vowing to implement a new policy which standardized the treatment of female athletes during pregnancy while recognizing that the company “can go even further.”“I applaud Nike for seeing that change was necessary, and I look forward to specifics, from Nike and the rest of the industry who has yet to commit to contractually protecting women,” Felix said.“Pregnancy is not messing up,” she added. “For women it can and should be able to be part of a thriving professional athletic career, as my teammates have shown and I hope to show too. And I dream of a day when we don’t have to fight in order to try.”Share on: WhatsApp Allyson Felix with babyLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  Olympic track and field star Allyson Felix joined a chorus of recent criticism against Nike on Wednesday, accusing the US sporting goods giant of penalizing female athletes who took time off to have a child.Felix, the only female track and field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, wrote in the New York Times she had been offered a vastly reduced contract by Nike since taking time off in 2018 during her pregnancy.The 33-year-old former 200m Olympic champion spoke out after US team-mates Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher levelled similar allegations against Nike as part of an investigation by the Times last week.“They told stories we athletes know are true, but have been too scared to tell publicly: If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward,” Felix wrote in the Times.“It’s one example of a sports industry where the rules are still mostly made for and by men.”Felix, who gave birth to a baby girl in December, said she had decided to start a family last year despite anxiety over negotiations concerning the renewal of her Nike sponsorship deal that expired at the end of 2017.Felix said Nike had offered her a new deal worth 70 percent less than before. “If that’s what they think I’m worth now, I accept that,” Felix said.However Felix said that when she requested guarantees that she would not be penalized if she performed below her best “in the months surrounding childbirth,” Nike baulked.last_img read more

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Former LVR Bomber star inks deal in Romania

first_img“(CSM Oradea) were very successful last season and are going to be trying to get into EuroChallenge this season as well,” Denison said.“Their American point guard from last season, William Franklin, and their Australian shooting guard, Daniel Dillon, will be returning to play for them which shows they are a professional club that import players like to play for.”CSM Oradea plays in the 16-team Liga Nationala league.The team lost out in straight games during the 2012-13 playoffs to Gaz Metan after edging Ploiesti and U. Mobitel CN during the early round of the playoffs.“After talking to their coach and general manager it sounded like a good place to play and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team,” Denison said.“Last season they had five players average over 10 points a game and they averaged 15 assists a game as a team and I think this the reason why they were so successful last season.“I feel my play style fits in with a team oriented approach, I’m never selfish with the ball and if someone is open I will get it to them.”Last season Denison averaged 10.5 points per game while playing 20 minutes per game.Denison, who helped lead LVR (junior boys) and Trafalgar (juvenile boys) teams to provincial titles during his high school career, is penciled in to start on the bench for CSM Oradea.Franklin and Dillon join other starters shooting guard Radovan Markovic, center Bogdan Tibirna and power forward Vujadin Subotic.“When I talked to the coach it sounds like he runs a very structured system and I think this will help us win tight games,” said Denison, who spends the offseason living in Shuswap area near Salmon Arm. At least L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Sean Denison is getting to travel and see the world.The former Bomber basketball star recently signed on to play in the Romania League (Liga Nationala) with CSM Oradea after a stint last season in Russia.“I am really looking forward to this season . . . it looks like it could be good for me and fun to play,” the 6’11”, 245-pound power forward said before hopping a plane for Europe.Liga Nationala is the fifth team — fourth country — for Denison since graduating from a four-year NCAA Men’s Division One career with the Santa Clara Broncos.Denison, 27, had stops in Turkey, Germany and the past two seasons in Russia.Last season was a struggle just getting two the hardwood for Denison as the NBA lockout allowed the pros to take many of the jobs in Europe reserved for other players.“The lockout played a part but it wasn’t just that, my last season wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Denison explained. “There’s no telling all of the factors involved but this year it took longer to find something good.”In Romania Denison, who along with wife Trisha have two children, is excited at the team he is joining in the city of Oradea.last_img read more

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Takeaways: Joe Thornton gets mixed grades in return to Sharks lineup

first_imgSAN JOSE — The action on the ice looked like a repeat of last spring’s Stanley Cup playoff series. The end result was quite different.The Sharks picked up where they left off in their opening round sweep of the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, dominating their Southern California rivals for the majority of Erik Karlsson’s debut in teal and Joe Thornton’s return to lineup. But the Ducks managed to squeak five goals past the Sharks on just 15 shots, spoiling one of the most highly-anticipated nights at …last_img

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Selfish Genes Turn Cooperative

first_imgNature1 has reported evidence that transposons help to regulate gene expression.  Transposons are genetic material that insert themselves into the DNA of a host, and were thought to represent “selfish genes” that only had their own propagation in mind, “without regard for the consequences.”  Some new studies on the L1 retrotransposon, which makes up about 17% of the human genome (mainly within non-coding introns), have shown, however, that they may do us some good.    The studies “suggest that the insertion of L1 elements into introns can also diminish cellular gene expression in a graded fashion,” the News and Views piece says.  “In the words of Han, Szak and Boeke, such L1 insertions provide a ‘molecular rheostat’ with which to govern gene activity � and their bioinformatics analysis establishes that the mechanism is widely used.”  (For more on the molecular rheostat concept, see 01/10/2003 headline).  If the transposons were truly selfish, “responding individually to darwinian natural selection” “without regard for the consequences,” it has “long been a mystery” what keeps them “at bay.”  If the new studies “unveil a major control mechanism,” part of the solution may be to recognize synergy instead of selfishness.1Frederic Bushman, “Gene regulation: Selfish elements make a mark,” Nature 429, 253 – 255 (20 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429253b.How can a gene be selfish?  A gene has no concept of self.  It couldn’t care if it propagated itself or not.  The myth of selfish genes is a misleading anthropomorphism.  Only people are selfish.    On the other hand, genes are not altruistic, either.  The metaphors of rheostats, regulators and molecular machines imply intelligent design and programming.  That is not an anthropomorphism, because machines are not personal.  Consequently, one doesn’t have to demonstrate anything about the designer to see the evidence that a product was designed.  But observing that the design works so well (i.e., your senses are working as you read this thanks to the regulation provided by transposons), it wouldn’t hurt to ponder the subject a little.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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To Create Greater Value Be Future Oriented

first_img 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 Staking out that trusted advisor, Level 4 Value Creator™ position requires that you do more than sell your client what they need right now. To own that position, you have to be future-oriented. You have to help your dream client build a platform that helps them deliver the results they need now and in the future.Solve More Than the Current Problem: When your dream client raises their hand and asks for your help, you are already too late; you’re not being proactive. Similarly, if you are only solving their current problem or challenge, you are also failing them. Your role is to know what your client doesn’t yet know, to anticipate what they need. Your solution needs to solve more than your customer’s existing problem, challenge, or opportunity. Even if it is more expensive. Even if it takes longer to make the sale. Even if it makes them uncomfortable.Platform for Future Results: What are you selling your dream client? It is easy to withhold the biggest, best value creating solution you have because you believe it is more than your client presently needs. But your role as a consultative selling, trusted advisor, Level 4 Value Creator is to look at what your client’s future needs are going to be and help them get there. What you recommend and provide needs to help build a platform for who they are going to be and what they are going to need in the future. What you sell should help ensure that when the future arrives, your dream client is in position to take advantage of that future.QuestionsIs what you are providing your dream clients going to solve only their existing problem?Does what you sell your dream client also position them for greater results in the future?Do you propose solutions that aren’t really future-oriented because you fear it will be too complicated or lengthen the time it takes to win?Do you know what your dream client is going to need to be able to do to produce better results in the future? Do you have a solution that will help build the platform for those future results?last_img read more

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Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday Rose landed awkwardly, but stayed in the game to shoot two free throws before going to the bench. The play was originally called a common foul but was upgraded to a flagrant 1 Saturday by the NBA.Jose Calderon started at point guard Saturday for the Cavaliers, who have won their first two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRose signed a one-year contract with Cleveland in July. He became the team’s starter when Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston.Rose was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Chicago Bulls, but has battled injuries since. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker, right, defends against a driving Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle.Rose twisted his ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter on Friday. Monroe grabbed Rose by his neck and pulled him to the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan is now Interpol’s Turn Back Crime ambassador

first_imgBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as an ambassador for Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign to promote awareness on how everyone can play a role in preventing crime.SRK, said to be the first Indian to be made an ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect law and fight crime.Shah Rukh Khan shares his pic after being signed as Interpol’s ambassador for a crime prevention campaign. Twitter “It’s a very special honour to be a part of Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign as an ambassador,” said Shah Rukh.”As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only god. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to.”We all should believe in this maxim and in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them.”Because I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take,” Shah Rukh said in a statement.SRK joins actor Jackie Chan as an ambassador for the campaign, which has already garnered support from public figures including footballer Lionel Messi, Formula 1 racing drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in addition to law enforcement agencies around the world.advertisementShah Rukh Khan shows off his Turn Back Crime Band. Twitter  Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at raising public awareness that organised crime is often involved in seemingly unrelated crimes.Drug trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeiting, cyber crime, kidnapping, crimes against children and corruption in sport are in fact often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another.The Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at helping the public better understand these issues and empowering them not to be duped by criminals when buying products or using the internet.”Shah Rukh Khan has dedicated his life to making films which reflect the highest level of professionalism and commitment to bringing joy into the lives of hundreds of millions of filmgoers in India and around the world,” said Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble.”We are honoured to have him as an ambassador for Interpol’s global Turn Back Crime campaign and we look forward to seeing how he puts his artistic talents behind this campaign,” the Interpol chief said.The Turn Back Crime campaign is also reaching out to companies and policy-makers in a bid to form a united front against contemporary crime challenges, and to support the ongoing activities of the global law enforcement community.last_img read more

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