NBA trade rumors: Multiple teams interested in dealing for Pelicans F Nikola Mirotic

first_imgMultiple teams are interested in trading for Nikola Mirotic.The Pelicans are seeking a first-round pick for the forward, according to a report from The Ringer, which cites unidentified league sources. The Nets, Jazz, Spurs and Trail Blazers remain interested in dealing for him despite New Orleans’ “excessive” demands, the report says.  Related News Pelicans confirm Anthony Davis won’t play before trade deadline Mirotic has battled injuries in 2018-19, but has averaged a career-high 16.7 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from 3-point range. He is also tallying a career-high 8.2 rebounds.The Pelicans rank 13th in the Western Conference standings and have lost their last three games.center_img NBA trade rumors: Pelicans, Celtics ‘discussed extensively’ Jayson Tatum-for-Anthony Davis deal New Orleans will face the Bulls on Wednesday in Chicago.last_img read more

Producer input sought for 2016 National Beef Quality Audit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which will be added to the audit’s traditional production research to form an in-depth look at where the industry stands and its successes and shortcomings.“It’s very important that every interested producer weigh in with their information and opinions,” said Jesse Fulton, NBQA audit manager. “By having substantial participation in the survey across all industry segments, we create the best opportunity for determining where the industry is and where we need to take it.”The survey will be completely anonymous and include both information about the industry’s cattle operations and the opinions of the people who run them about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry. Input from every segment of the industry — cow-calf, stocker, feeder, dairy and others — is valued and will become part of the detailed picture of the U.S. cattle industry. The survey can be accessed at the Beef Quality Assurance website at in 1991, NBQA since its inception has provided the industry a meaningful set of guideposts and measurements relative to the quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. Conducted every five years, it is based on a set of core principles:Only that which is measured can be effectively managed;An industry-wide scorecard provides direction to individual decision-makers across the beef supply chain to improve the quality and value of the U.S. beef supply; andIdentifying and correcting quality shortfalls and non-conformance will lead to greater profitability through improved beef demand in both domestic and international markets, the capture of lost opportunities, and commitment to the hard work of continuous improvement.The most recent NBQA, in 2011, concluded the industry has come a long way in terms of improving beef quality, and suggested significant changes for further improvement in product integrity and eating satisfaction. Similar information is expected in the 2016 NBQA.”With broad participation, this survey will help establish a clearer picture of our industry from the producer’s view in 2016,” Fulton said. “We hope every producer will access the survey and take the time to honestly and candidly answer the questions so that our final results will be as complete as possible.”Upon completing the survey, participants can choose to leave their contact information to be entered for a chance at winning a YETI Tundra 75 Marine Cooler. For more information, contact Jesse Fulton at [email protected] or 303/850-3461.Final results of the 2016 NBQA will be released in July 2017.last_img read more

The Secret is that There is No Secret

first_imgThe secret?There is no secret to effective prospecting. You need to be able to pick up the phone and call your dream client and schedule an appointment. The best language choices are known. The responses to all of the objections you may encounter are known. The trends that should compel your prospective client to consider changing are also known.If you are not getting the results you want from prospecting, it’s a lack of willingness to pick up the phone or to learn what others already know.There is no secret to holding an effective sales meeting. Millions of salespeople know how to open a sales call effectively. Those same millions know how to set an agenda and gain their prospective client’s agreement. The salespeople also know how to agree upon next steps before closing, asking their prospect to open their calendar and schedule the next meeting.If your sales meetings don’t produce the results that you need, it’s not because what you need to know to do so isn’t available to you. Rather, it is your willingness to learn these things and execute them well.If you do not know how to justify the delta between the price of your offering and your competitors, it isn’t because this is a new or novel skill required of salespeople and companies with higher prices. We know that greater outcomes require more significant investments, and countless salespeople know how to make the case for value over price effectively.If you have to discount and compete on price when it is not your model, it isn’t because the method for selling value is a mystery. It’s because it’s a mystery to you.Everything is KnownEverything that you need to know to succeed in sales is already known. There is nothing new coming that will allow you to produce the results you want or need without having to do the work. Anything new is a derivation of something that is already known or a nuanced view of some well-practiced principles.There has never been a better time to be a salesperson or a success minded individual. All of the ideas, insights, tools and technologies are readily available to you, and it is likely that they are in your pocket right now.The big secret to success in sales is that there is no secret. If there were a secret, it would be that some people are willing to work harder to develop themselves personally and professionally than other people. If you want to, you can do this.last_img read more

World Cup Twenty20: Failure on all fronts against the Aussies

first_imgWhen a team gets annihilated by nine wickets with 31 balls to spare in a Twenty20 International , ‘what went wrong’ is a tough question to tackle, since the answer could be just about everything.As India took to the practice nets at the Colts Cricket Club ground on Saturday, the psychological effect of the defeat at the hands of Australia was writ large on the players’ faces.While it would be easy to blame Dhoni’s dropping of Virender Sehwag, Friday’s troubles went much deeper than the absence of one star batsman. Sehwag sat out of practice on Saturday as well. He played a bit of football, and just sat and joked around.The other six looked listless, and nothing summed up the Indian innings better than Irfan Pathan’s 30-ball 31 at the top of the order. The all-rounder got off to a flying start against the pace bowlers, but once spinner Brad Hogg was introduced at the end of the Powerplay, he could barely get the ball off the square. He also survived a couple of close shouts for LBW, and seemed to withdraw into a shell.Once the in-form Virat Kohli had perished for just 15, the middle-order found itself in the unfamiliar position of having to rebuild without their star batsman around.They flunked the test, with Yuvraj Singh succumbing to a bouncer and Rohit Sharma to his Achilles Heel, the in-swinging delivery.The batsmen just didn’t seem intent enough to hit the big shots and play to their strengths, letting the Aussies put the choke hold on them.Still, 140 for seven was a score on the board, and a couple of early wickets on the slow track would’ve put the untested Australian middle order under pressure.Whatever pressure Zaheer Khan created with a strong spell of fast bowling was let off by Ravichandran Ashwin at the other end. The fifth over was the key, as Ashwin gifted the dangerous Shane Watson two long hops that were duly deposited beyond the on-side boundary.Piyush Chawla bowled two loose deliveries to Watson and watched them disappear; Harbhajan Singh pitched it up to David Warner twice and then picked up the shattered bits of his confidence from the cow corner fence.For swashbuckling batsmen like Watson and Warner, a couple of freebies are enough to feel good about life, and Dhoni’s strange tactical decision not to bowl his best new-ball bowler, Pathan, till the 10th over was another factor. When he did get the ball, he bowled long hops, and conceded 19 runs. There were also misfields, a dropped catch, and terrible body language once the going got tough.advertisementlast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Just Trashed Jim Harbaugh On The Paul Finebaum Show

first_imgEzekiel elliott talks about Jim Harbaugh on the Paul Finebaum show.Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.last_img read more

Barrick Gold to take US429million charge on PascuaLama project

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it expects to take a US$429-million charge following an order by the Chilean government to close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes mountains.The gold miner says it is reclassifying Pascua-Lama’s 14 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, which are based on an open pit mine plan, as measured and indicated resources.Barrick is studying the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit.It says the change would address a number of concerns by reducing the overall environmental impacts.The project, which straddles the Chile-Argentina border, has been criticized for threatening water supplies and glaciers.Barrick says it will provide a further update on the Pascua-Lama project at the company’s investor day on Feb. 22.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

Broad decline weighs on Toronto market as trade war worries hit US

first_imgNorth American markets saw broad declines Friday after President Donald Trump proposed more tariffs on Chinese goods.The announcement late Thursday that Trump was considering duties on an additional $100 billion in goods imported from China marked a shift in tone from U.S. officials earlier in the week that the U.S. was looking to negotiate a resolution to the trade dispute.The latest potential tariffs come on top of the tariffs the U.S. has proposed on US$50 billion worth Chinese goods, which China promised to match earlier this week, and an earlier back-and-forth after the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.The day-to-day shifts in trade sentiments are now dictating markets more than the underlying health of the economy, said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“Rhetoric is supplanting fundamentals at this particular point. The economic data both in the U.S. and Canada continues to show the economies are doing well…but clearly the market’s completely preoccupied with the spectre of a trade war between the U.S. and China.”“You flip and flop around when you get into these periods of volatility we’re into now,” he said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 148.64 points at 15,207.41, to leave the index down 1.04 per cent for the week.U.S. indexes saw declines of more than two per cent on Friday as trade concerns hit the U.S. more than other markets, said Robertson.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 572.46 points at 23,932.76. The S&P 500 index was down 58.37 points at 2,604.47 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 161.44 points at 6,915.11.Despite the market retreat, Robertson said he still believes the tariff threats are more of a negotiation tactic.“I think the market believes there may be some fire to this smoke, but I think it’s still negotiating tactics at this particular point. We saw this with NAFTA and we’re clearly going to see it with China as well.”The Canadian dollar averaged 78.35 cents US, up 0.08 of a US cent as Statistics Canada said the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 per cent for a second consecutive month to match its lowest level since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976.The dollar climbed despite a drop in oil prices that saw the May crude contract end down $1.48 at US$62.06 per barrel, though it was still well within its recent range, said Robertson.“Oil at this particular point is pretty well contained sort of between US$58 and US$68 and when you get in some of these situations where you get concerns for risk assets, I think that oil should move to the lower end of that range.”The May natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.70 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$7.60 at US$1,336.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down one cent at US$3.06 a pound.last_img read more

TMC registers complaint against Arjun

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from North 24-Parganas have registered a complaint with the District Election Officer (DEO) against Arjun Singh, who is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Barrackpore constituency on BJP’s ticket.A separate complaint was also lodged at the Titagarh police station in this regard. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Singh had called up a Trinamool Congress leader in Barrackpore and threatened him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also termed the incident as a desperation move after Singh was removed from the post of chairman of Bhatpara Municipality through secret ballot on Monday. The district TMC leaders are also of the view that Singh is making threat calls after apprehending defeat in the upcoming elections. It may be mentioned here that Singh has recently joined BJP from Trinamool Congress. After he joined BJP, the Trinamool Congress leaders decided to issue a no-confidence motion in the 34-member Bhatpara Municipality in North 24-Parganas. The no-confidence motion was passed against Singh through a secret ballot, where he lost 21-11. The DEO of North 24-Parganas, who also happens to be the District Magistrate, will carry out a probe into the alleged threat call and may submit a report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state. The CEO’s office had also sought a report from the DEO on Monday, after a BJP party office was allegedly ransacked in Bhatpara.last_img read more

Federer back to third after Zverevs Munich knockout

first_imgParis: Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released Monday, replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence. Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas takes ninth spot from American John Isner following the Greek’s victory at the Estoril Open. Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.last_img read more

The Scouts And Stats Agree Kris Bryant Is Going To Be Dope

Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 David Wright2.0.83549.7 Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Kris Bryant1.7.881— Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2 The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0 read more