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Carroll’s chance of a lifetime

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first_imgBEN WORGULL/Herald photoSince 1998, the Kohl Center has been a house of horrors for visiting college basketball teams. In eight seasons in the 17,000-seat arena, 108 opponents have visited and only 17 have walked away successful. Under Bo Ryan, the Badgers’ record at home is even better, with the University of Wisconsin going 72-5 against the competition, including exhibition games. Needless to say, the Kohl Center is one the most ominous places to play in the Big Ten, if not the whole country. So when tiny Division-III Carroll College came to Madison, fans were expecting a similar result. But fans didn’t know that Carroll College head coach David Schultz, who turned the Pioneer program from a two-win doormat to a 20-plus-win NCAA tournament team, is well-respected for being able to find opponent’s tendencies and getting the most out of his players. In Schultz’s 400-plus games on the bench, however, he’s never had to prepare his team to play in a venue quite like the Kohl Center. 2:45–3:00Carroll’s charter bus arrives in the Kohl Center’s loading dock with coaches and players quickly getting to work. While the athletes get comfortable in their new locker room, the coaching staff gets a quick rundown from a Kohl Center manager on the pre-game introductions, where the Badgers stand for the national anthem and the media timeouts in place during the game. When asked if there’s anything else they need, Schultz is quick on the draw with a witty response.”Do you have any 7-footers we can borrow?” Schultz joked. “That’s all we asked for before we came.”3:00–4:00Carroll’s 18 players take the floor for a light one-hour workout to get used to their surroundings. Playing in small, high school gyms in Division III, the vast arena causes some wide-eyes among the young team. Schultz tries to keep the first half of the practice light, playing perimeter-shooting games with the squad, forcing the losers to do some easy conditioning. The last 20 minutes of Carroll’s practice is spent on the Badgers and five set plays Wisconsin likes to run. Since this will be Carroll’s first exhibition game of the season, Schultz wants to keep the defense’s mentality simple: Force Wisconsin into the middle of the floor, extend the defense to the free throw line and locate an offensive player before locating the ball.”Maintain your [defensive] triangles so you can come in and help your teammates but be able to kick out and contest the [perimeter] shot,” assistant coach Krayton Nash instructs. After practice, Schultz gives his team the message he will preach the entire evening.”Go out and play your game and whatever happens, happens,” Schultz said. “Most importantly, enjoy this moment and have fun out there.”4:00–5:30While the women’s basketball team takes the court for their practice, Carroll’s players get time to relax. Some choose to stay and watch the women’s team practice, while others make for the food tent to enjoy a lunch of subs, chips and Gatorade. However, not all the Carroll staff gets to enjoy the free time.One of the many miscellaneous things Schultz has to do is take ticket requests to the basketball offices, located on the second floor of the Kohl Center. Every visiting team gets 30 complementary tickets and the ability to purchase 70 more. Being only an hour east of Madison, Carroll has used up all their ticket requests, as people seem to come out of hiding quickly to ask Schultz for tickets or directions.”Everybody and their Uncle Charlie is calling the week before to get tickets,” Schultz jokes. “We can only help so many, and the rest are on their own.”6:10–6:35The coaches and players huddle into the tiny locker room with Schultz positioning himself at the board. After going over Wisconsin’s lineup, Schultz moves into his seven defensive points and seven offensive points: emphasizing communications, contesting shots, running the floor and valuing the basketball.”Make them play, [and] make them earn it,” Schultz said. “There are 10 guys and one ball.”Then Schultz, like a crafty general, reveals his plan to his troops: break the game into four-minute segments. Because Carroll isn’t used to having two-minute media timeouts, Schultz doesn’t want his players to pace themselves on the court, since they get extra time to recoup on the bench. “Win those first four minutes,” Schultz instructs. “Don’t play tired or to pace yourself, play hard for the first four minutes, and then we’ll go from there. Let’s see how many of those four-minutes blocks we can win.”After a team prayer and huddle, the players hit the floor running. Meanwhile, Schultz hits the coaches’ locker room for a pre-game shower and goes over final notes.6:40–7:05Schultz is ready, the players are ready and pre-game introductions begin. Before going out on the court, Schultz tries to calm the players and downplay the situation.”Take a deep breath, enjoy the moment and focus in on the moment when you’re out there and worry about the game you’ve been playing since you started playing,” Schultz said. “[If you can do that], we can live with the results.”First halfOn the fourth possession of the game, Carroll scores the first points of the contest.”Should we call a timeout and have someone take a picture of the scoreboard?” Schultz jokes, drawing a laugh from his assistant coaches. Little did Schultz know, his four-minute plan would continue working, as the smaller lineup pestered the Badgers. At the first media timeout, Carroll had forced Wisconsin to take six outside shots and closed down the paint. “You won that first four minutes, now go out there and win the next one,” Schultz urges.Carroll uses their quicker speed, perimeter shooting and stout defense to overwhelm Wisconsin, going on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to lead 19-10 and quiet the Kohl Center, something few teams have been able to do.”Keep bringing the intensity,” Schultz encourages during the next media timeout. “Forget about the score. Just play ball and win the next four minutes.”Unfortunately for Schultz, Carroll begins to struggle down the first-half stretch. In their last 10 possessions, Carroll only manages three points, missing eight shots and committing four turnovers. Even so, the Pioneers go into the locker room only trailing by six, thanks to 13 points from Buck Colomy, making Bo Ryan take notice of their scrappy defense.”Defensively, they really worked hard on not giving up the easy looks,” Ryan said. “Didn’t help that they shot well over 50 percent in the first seven or eight minutes.”HalftimeSchultz and his coaching staff are bittersweet as they talk in the hallway outside the locker room. On the positive, Carroll allowed only 10 points in the paint, shut down Wisconsin’s big men and limited All-Big Ten forward Alando Tucker to just two points.What’s disappointing to the coaches is the Pioneers’ last 10 minutes of the half.”We had 10 turnovers in the last 10 minutes,” Schultz said. “That led to them transitioning and us not getting set [and] committing fouls. Take care of the ball. Some were bad ideas, but obviously, timing wasn’t right.”Regardless, the team felt good about the position they had put themselves in and how they’d forced Wisconsin to play to their style of basketball.”We jumped out to a lead and [Bo Ryan] countered by going small, so that’s fine; we have them playing our game now.” Schultz said. “Take a deep breath, get some shots in and take it.”Second halfThe Badgers jumped out quickly in the second half on Carroll, going on a quick 6-0 run that forced Schultz to call a time out.”Don’t get tight, play ball and play loose,” Schultz told his team.”Just stay focused on what you need to do, guys,” Nash said. “Don’t let them get into their comfort zone.”With just over 11 minutes left, Carroll makes their move, going on an 8-0 run by drawing foul, fighting for offensive rebounds and using their scrappy defense. Carroll was within six and feeling the upset.It was all for naught though, as Wisconsin finally started flexing their muscles, going on a 24-10 run over Carroll, who struggled to find the bottom of the net in the last eight minutes, only managing nine shots during that stretch. With the game well out of reach, Schultz used the last media timeout to encourage his team to soak everything in.”Finish strong guys, and don’t go backwards,” Schultz said. “Enjoy this experience and finish the game strong.”The end result was an 81-61 Wisconsin victory; a final score that didn’t tell the story of the entire game.9:05–9:15A somber locker room is left quiet for a few minutes as the five Carroll coaches huddle outside and write down a couple points. Inside, he keeps his talk brief but direct to the players, as the Pioneers just put a top-ten Division I team through a dogfight.”We had a few lapses, but it’s a good foundation to build on, and we got a sense of what our team is like, what we can do, where we are strong and what we need to continue to work on,” Schultz said to his players.”That’s the [No. 9] team in the country, and you gave them game,” Nash added. “What else can I say? You played hard and gave them a game.”After calling every player into the center of the room and having a team cheer, Schultz and players Buck Colomy and Nathan Drury make their way to the media room to address the media.While walking across the Kohl Center floor, Colomy, who led all scores with 25 points on the night, simply said, “This was a lot of fun.”As Carroll was about to walk into media room, a large eruption was heard from the stands, as two-dozen Carroll supporters stayed to continue to show their support for the school. With a wave of the hand and a shout of thanks, Schultz entered the media room.9:25–9:45After going up to the Kohl Center concourse to meet with some parents, Schultz returns to his locker room and gathers his things before heading to his car. With his luggage bag, briefcase and sport coat in his hands, Schultz takes one quick glance around the locker room and walks toward the bus. Once there, Schultz takes a count to make sure everyone is accounted for and tells the bus driver that they’re ready to go.It’s been a long day of planning and preaching for Schultz — formulating a game plan for success, walking that plan through with his team, reinforcing the plan in the locker room and executing it on the court.While the Carroll College Pioneers may have been just another victim to the winning ways of the Kohl Center, Carroll was able to do what most schools can’t — play toe-to-toe with the Badgers and show that they are legit.last_img read more

Villa and Norwich looking to beat QPR to Keane deal – report

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first_imgAston Villa and Norwich also want Robbie Keane, the Daily Mirror say.QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to sign Keane, who played under him at Tottenham, on loan from LA Galaxy now the MLS season has finished.It is claimed the striker is not keen on a short-term return to England but that Villa, who had him on loan last season, will try to bring him back and that the Canaries are also interested.Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal to sign Lazar Markovic from Partizan Belgrade despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.The Blues are reportedly set to capture the highly-rated midfielder, 18, for an initial £8m.Meanwhile, The Sun say Dnipro’s Ghana international midfielder Derek Boateng will choose between a move to Fulham or Villa.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Calling Something a Whale Doesn’t Make It a Whale

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first_imgAnother popular article was more accurate and did not call it a whale or a Protocetidae but an “unknown species of animal.”[3] Claiming this animal was a whale is worse than claiming a dog is a cat. It is rather more like claiming a dog looks like a crocodile. The illustrations used to publicize the creature show a large doglike body and a crocodile-like head that contains the brain, head and mandible. Plus, it has a crocodile-like tail. So what is the more absurd comparison? Although shown swimming in the water, it had four legs and could navigate on land as well as any other land mammal. The problem is, “Whales look so unlike other mammals that it’s hard to imagine the type of creature that they evolved from.”[4]Example of media hype over this fossil.Dogs Evolved into Whales?The reports on the Peregocetus pacificus discovery claim the “ancestors of modern whales and dolphins evolved from a small, four-limbed hoofed animal living in south Asia that looked very much like a dog.” They actually think the ancestor could well have been related to an ancient dog. In the words of LePage, “Whales started evolving in South Asia around 50 million years ago from a dog-like creature related to deer and hippos.”[5]Genetically, the molecular evidence shows whales’ closest living relatives are the artiodactyls. These are hoofed mammals that include cows, sheep, pigs, deer, giraffes, camels, and hippos. The dog-to-whale evolution theory claims that the hoofs of the dog-like ancestor evolved into flippers. Likewise, hundreds of other body parts had to evolve into other structures to get a whale out of a dog. So many changes would have been required to go from some type of dog to a whale that it would seem better to start over. Anyone who has attempted to renovate and modernize a house built in the 1800s will understand this.Darwinists teach that as whales “became more aquatic, these early whales began spreading along coasts.”[6] Eventually they made it to Peru where the discovery of Peregocetus pacificus was made (7 April 2019). This very unlikely scenario from-dog-to-whale evolution was selected because no other known animal has even a close possibility of being a whale ancestor. Various just-so-stories made up about whale evolution have been proposed, but all were soon rejected. Famously, Darwin thought the ancestor was a bear! He wrote, “I can see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale.”[7] Well, he should have seen lots of difficulties. When scientists contemporary to Darwin mocked this claim—and many did—Darwin removed it from subsequent editions of his book, but privately defended it.[8] He admitted his bear-to-whale hypothesishas been well laughed at, and disingenuously distorted by some into my saying that a bear could be converted into a whale …. As it offended persons, I struck it out in the second edition; but I still maintain that there is no especial difficulty in a bear’s mouth being enlarged to any degree useful to its changing habits—no more difficulty than man has found in increasing the crop of the pigeon, by continued selection, until it is literally as big as the whole rest of the body.”[9]Credit: Brett MillerDarwin’s speculation that whales evolved from bears is, ironically, not far from the modern just-so-story of whale evolution! If the earliest whale ancestor was claimed to be the ancestor of wolves, this story is still proposed by Darwinists.Speaking of wolves, all the Darwinists can say about wolves is that they evolved “from carnivores (meat-eaters) … canids (which include wolves, dogs, and the felids [cats and their relatives]) around 20 million years ago.”[10] One could tell a just-so-story that cats and dogs have some common ancestor which was some type of carnivore. The major question is, which carnivore was it? And what animal did that carnivore evolve from? Some other animal, but which one? And which common ancestor evolved into a whale? Guesses exist, but no evidence. Yet some look to this as the best case. The “flood of new fossils has filled in the gaps in our knowledge to turn the origin of whales into one of the best-documented examples of large-scale evolutionary change in the fossil record.”[11] This statement says less about whale evolution than it says about the pathetic fossil record for most other animals.What is Peregocetus? My guess is the creature found has nothing to do with whale evolution, but is yet another example of an extinct animal similar to those already found. The Peregocetus family fossil record shows no evidence of having evolved from something else, nor evidence that it has evolved into something else. It is part of an extinct animal kind – nothing more.Whales were first classified as mammals only in 1693 by the famous creation-affirming naturalist John Ray, a Bible-believing Christian. Although the Pakicetus family had a few minor aquatic characteristics, most of its traits were very different from whales as is also true of the Peregocetus pacificus. Converting a land tetrapod to a fish-like mammal would demand thousands of major structural changes. As with any animal, all of its body systems are interrelated and function as a coherent unit. Evolutionary transformation into another kind of animal would require altering the complete set of complex interrelationships in entire biological systems. Both size and structural changes would be necessary for a large dog-sized tetrapod animal to evolve into a whale. Consider that a humpback whale is larger and heavier than a city bus! A few examples of the transformations required will now be summarized.LocomotionLeg changes required for a dog to evolve into a whale include the front legs becoming shorter and shorter until they are replaced by flippers. When its front legs are halfway between ordinary legs with feet and flippers, this mutated creature would be at a tremendous disadvantage, both while on land and in the water. In this stage of its claimed evolution, it could neither swim nor walk very well, or if it was able to manage some movement on land, it would at best be terribly awkward. When in the water, it could not swim with front flippers that were partly feet, and with a tail that was only a partial fluke. Why this change would occur is unexplainable, especially due to the fact its intermediate stages would severely compromise its ability to hunt and live.ScaleThe body size changes required to evolve from the small terrestrial mammal proposed by evolutionists as the precursor of whales to a marine whale are enormous—from a less than 50-pound dog-sized terrestrial animal to up to a 150-ton sea animal, and from a few feet long to up to a 100-foot-long animal. The tongue of a blue whale alone weighs as much as an elephant. These changes require not only size modifications, but major design changes in every body organ, structure, and system.Illustration courtesy Illustra Media.EnvironmentThe body must also be streamlined to flow in the water like a shark, animals they closely resemble in shape but not in size. Many whales can travel at enormous speeds in spite of their enormous body size. The speed record is held by the killer whale, which can travel as fast as 34 mph (55 kilometers per hour), faster than any other sea mammal. To achieve this speed, they possess huge muscle blocks that carry some whales as far as from Alaska to Mexico to mate and back to Alaska. This trip involves more than 12,000 miles (20,000 km).[13]ReproductionReproduction is another major problem. Do females at this stage of evolution from land to water have their offspring on the land or in the water? If she had her calves in the water, how does she keep them from drowning? And how does she nurse them until she evolved all the complex systems required to nurse under water? The idea that a hairy, four-legged mammal gradually changed into a whale during millions of years is irrational. Illustra Media’s film Living Waters also discusses the insuperable difficulties of evolving the male’s reproductive organs from outside to inside the body.Skeleton, Diet and RespirationOne study of Pakicetus’s anklebones determined it did have many similarities to artiodactyls, not whales.[14] Moreover, the teeth of the Pakicetus wolf-sized land animal “closely resemble those of land-dwelling mesonychids—so closely that paleontologists . . . had always regarded such teeth as belonging to mesonychids until they found the jaws those teeth came from.”[15] Then they had to revise their theory. In contrast to the whale diet of fish, the teeth of Pakicetus were probably used to feed on carrion, mollusks, or tough vegetable matter. Pakicetidae nostrils were also located in a very different place than where a modern whale blowhole is located, Rather they were in the same place as a dog’s nostrils.[16]ConclusionAs is obvious from this brief review, the problem of dog to whale evolution is beyond enormous. It is scientifically untenable, as I document in my new book on whale evolution which I hope will go to press this year.[1] Lambert, Olivier, et al., 2019. “An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans.” Current Biology 29:1–8 April 22, Elsevier Ltd. p. 1.[2] Black, Riley. 2010. “How Did Whales Evolve?” Smithsonian Magazine, December 1st. [3] Dvorsky, George. 2019. Unknown Species of Ancient Four-Legged Whale Uncovered in Peru. Gizmodo.[4] Yong, Ed. 2010. “Whales evolved from small aquatic hoofed ancestors.” Discover Magazine.[5] Le Page, Michael. 2019. “Amazing four-legged fossil shows how walking whales learned to swim.” New Scientist.[6] LePage 2019.[7] Darwin, Charles. 1859. The Origin of Species. John Murray, London, p. 184.[8] Darwin, Francis and N. C. Seward (Editors). 1903. More Letters of Charles Darwin. London: John Murray.[9] Darwin, Francis and N. C. Seward (editors), 1903, Letter 1860.[10] Resnick, 1999, p. 6,[11] Black, 2010.[12] Dvorsky, 2009.[13] Papastavrou, Vassili. 2004. Eyewitness Whale. New York: DK Publishing.[14] Thewissen, J.G.M. Hans, E.M. Williams, L.J. Roe and S.T. Hussain. 2001. “Skeletons of Terrestrial Cetaceans and the Relationship of Whales to Artiodactyls.” Nature, 413:277-281.[15]Parsons, Keith.  2004.  The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA., p. 160.[16] Gingerich, P.D. 2003.  “Land-To-Sea Transition in Early Whales: Evolution of Eocene Archaeoceti (Cetacea) in Relation to Skeletal Proportions and Locomotion of Living Semiaquatic Mammals.”  Paleobiology, 29(3):429-454, Summer. Solid lines indicate actual bones found. Dotted lines are inferred. Locomotory behaviors are also inferred. This absurdly hyped fossil is a WINO— Whale in Name Only. Dr Jerry Bergman gives it a reality check. On Calling a Creature Very Unlike a Whale a Whale by Jerry Bergman, PhDGiven the title of a paper in a peer reviewed scientific journal, “An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans,” one would assume the researchers discovered a whale. Actually, it was a very non-whale creature the authors assumed was on its way to evolving into a whale! The article classifies it as a Protocetid (“first whale”),[1] and, judging solely by the drawings of the animal in the flesh, it looks very much like another extinct non-whale animal called a Pakicetidae. Also judging by the drawings of the skeleton, the skeleton looks very much like a dinosaur. Not surprisingly, whale bones were once often mistaken for dinosaur fossils.[2]Peregocetus pacificus (“the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”) was the name given to the “whale” fossil. It is a “remarkably well-preserved” four foot long, fairly complete animal, the discoverers say. The fossil includes its jaw, front and hind legs, bits of its spine, and most of its tail.[12] The fossil was found in 2011 at a site called Playa Media Luna and is the first ostensible “whale” found in Peru. Due to possessing characteristics similar to modern otters and beavers, this mammal was apparently well-adapted to both land and water.center_img Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. 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Three Steps to Building an Online Brand

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.The three steps to building an online brand are:1. Look good,2. Get noticed,3. Build trust.In the long run, only the last one matters. Enron’s logo was just fine, and it got noticed, but on that last count, well…Look GoodYou need to do many things on the cheap. but there is one thing on which you should spend as much money as you can afford. Spend for it in cash if you have it. Spend for it in equity if you don’t. Do it yourself if you are brilliant at it. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is brilliant at it and will do it for free, well, good for you (but the fair thing would be to give her or him some equity).The thing we’re talking about here is logo design. Your logo will set the theme of your site’s design. It will visually key off the story that you tell in words.Yes, you can re-design it later when you have the money. But when you need to get noticed and you need those first impressions to be good ones, a great logo really does matter.Get Noticed, Part 1: Don’t Rely on PR MechanicsWhen you are established, you can be a “PR mechanic” and do the basics, such as:Send emails to bloggers,Announce news via wire services,Send press releases with embargoes.Those mechanical tasks are fine when you are big and established and well known. But they are totally pointless when you are working out of your garage and no one has heard of you. You can do these things yourself — they don’t cost much time or money — but just don’t rely on them for results.When starting out, you need to be a PR artist. You need a bit of magic to get noticed. You cannot delegate this. You or your partner have to do this because, first, you cannot afford to hire a PR person yet (at least not a good one) and, secondly, anyone who picks up on your story will want to speak to the person who was passionate enough to build the service.You have to begin with an insanely great Web service. PR artistry won’t help a poor site. Some people might take a look, but then they will ignore it just as fast.If you have a great service, then getting noticed is very easy. You tell someone, who tells someone else, who tells someone else… That happens fast in a networked world.Get Noticed, Part 2: Study the Networking Science of PR ArtistsMagic is merely a science you don’t understand yet. The magic of PR artists is understanding how networks of influence work and getting into those networks wherever they can.If you are a serial entrepreneur and your last venture was a roaring success, simply contact a few mega-hubs of influence. They will surely listen to you and get the word out, even if your new service is rubbish (in which case, it will die after a short burst of hype).But for you, the first-time entrepreneur, who doesn’t know anyone famous, just getting anyone to listen to you is a small victory. Luckily, today you have a couple of amazing social media tools to traverse those networks of influence. The one you choose depends on your service:Twitter for a consumer service,LinkedIn for a business service.Some fans may be annoyed that I left out Facebook, but there is a reason. Facebook is designed to communicate with your friends. Those friends may or may not be able to help you. If they can, that is probably a coincidence. And relying on coincidence to build a business is not good.Twitter is the easiest way for your consumer service to get noticed because it is so open. Find experts in your area; it’s not hard. Google around until you find some people who write intelligently about your market. Then find those people on Twitter; they are probably there, but if not, don’t worry: plenty of other experts will be.Following those experts does not mean that they will follow you back. But you can look at who they follow. Choose the ones who are experts in your subject, and follow them too. See what hash tags they use, and put out some tweets using the same tags. Re-tweet some of what they say; they will notice it on their wall of vanity.If one of the people they follow mentions you, your target expert may notice. If two or three mention you, they certainly will.This is certainly much, much easier and more effective than cold calling, cold direct-mailing, or cold emailing.Similar techniques are possible on LinkedIn. But by the time you read this, they may be overused, ineffective, and regarded as spammy, and LinkedIn or Twitter may have put in place controls to block certain techniques.So, as you look at the current social media world, just remember:Everything is a network. Traverse the network until you find some entry points, and then start from there.Everything social revolves around conversations, and conversations often start with a story and move on to a question.Get Noticed, Part 3: Tell a Good Story and Ask a QuestionNow you have a great site and a great logo. All you need now is a great story. All three have to be in harmony. You need to be able to get that story across in:One sentence in an email. 140 characters is as good a limitation as any.30 seconds verbally, at any F2F event when someone is in front you. (If you are lucky enough to trap them in an elevator in a tall building, you may have plenty of time. But you will more likely be at a cocktail party after a conference and have far less time.)One page, or five minutes, once you have the person’s attention.People have been telling stories ever since they have been hanging out in caves, and all stories tend to have these characteristics:A beginning, middle, and end. Being a startup, you can tell only the beginning. But you are claiming to know how the middle and end will play out. You are spinning a science-fiction tale.Protagonists, tension, good vs. evil, with good winning out in the end.Corny? Sure. Effective? Definitely.Whatever you do, though, don’t waste a good story-telling opportunity with bland corporate-speak, PR-washed, yawn-inducing, click-away drivel. Ask any journalist or blogger friend to send you the most cringe-inducing examples of this to scare you straight. Keep the story human and real and simple.Once you’ve told your story, have a question ready. That is how you engage in a conversation. The questions come at strategic points in your flow. When you have finished your 140-character, 30-second story, ask a question. Ask another question once you have finished your one-page, five-minute version.Here is the golden rule of questions:Questions must be open-ended.A closed question invites a “No.” You make it too easy for the person to walk away. Basically, the question should be something along the lines of:“Well, what do you think?”No, this won’t work every time. It won’t even work most of the time. You will have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.Build TrustOnce you get noticed, you will have to build trust. In the end, a brand is simply a representation of trust. You trust Red Bull to keep you awake without damaging your system too much. (Okay, maybe not. Not everyone trusts every brand.)With a website, you are promising four things:This is not a scam.We will not abuse your privacy in any way at all. Period.We will not waste your time with buggy code, clumsy user interfaces or long-winded articles that promise more than they deliver.We will give you something either useful or entertaining (or better yet, both, which would be magic but is not imperative). bernard lunnlast_img read more

This Russian-designed token wants to tackle crypto-volatility

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first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 6 User-Interface Musts for Personal Finance Apps Related Posts Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#featured#gold#Goldmint#Internet of Things#IoT#market volatility#Russia#top center_img The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Adrien Henni In this Blockchain era where technology promises to digitize virtually any type of assets, the emergence of gold-backed tokens comes as no surprise.The concept is not new, but we are now witnessing its first applications. One of these projects is propelled by Goldmint, a company with Russian roots now preparing for an ICO and the subsequent launch of a gold-backed crypto asset. Christened ‘GOLD,’ the token will have its value equal to that of one ounce of gold on the LBMA exchange.This implies that GoldMint’s real gold reserves “be equal to or exceed its mined amounts of ‘GOLD’.” Thus GoldMint will “buy, sell and repurchase ‘GOLD’ at the current market price for physical gold, using exchange-traded funds (ETF) or physical gold (of 999 quality) as its security.”What will investors be able to do with their ‘GOLD’ tokens? One of the key strengths of gold-backed assets lies in their relative stability — which is particularly appreciated as cryptocurrencies are demonstrating their high volatility.Thus Goldmint will promote its ‘GOLD’ as a stable financial instrument to pay employees, conduct transactions or even ICOs. “If the cryptocurrency you receive in the ICO varies too sharply, there are two possible outcomes: either the currency becomes too expensive, in which case investors will be dissatisfied, or it becomes much cheaper, which is very bad for the founders who started the ICO,” the Goldmint team explained to East-West Digital News.Even though most members of blockchain community are aware of the issue, “there is currently no practical possibility to use a gold-backed cryptocurrency for an ICO — and this is the market need we’re going to address,” Goldmint says.‘GOLD’ may also be used by traders and other cryptocurrency users to “hedge their gold commodity with ‘GOLD’ on any cryptocurrency trading exchange, without leaving that particular platform. Traders [will also be able to] diversify their trading portfolio with ‘GOLD’ assets,” according to the company.The company also recommends ‘GOLD’ as a means to purchase and transport physical gold: “You can convert your physical gold into ‘GOLD’ in any bank that uses the GoldMint blockchain platform. This does not only protect your gold in cross-country transportation, it also simplifies the process.”Her Majesty’s government in the runningNo such gold-backed crypto assets seem to be available yet to individual investors — but Goldmint is not the only startup in the running. One of its strongest future competitors could be Singapore-based DigixDAO, which plans to launch its ‘Digix Gold Tokens’ (DGX) in the near future. These crypto-assets are set to become “the future gold standard for value exchange in the Ethereum ecosystem,” claims the company. Launched in 2014, DigixDAO raised $5.5 million in Ethereum’s first on-chain crowd-sale in March 2016.Chinese ZenGold (ZGC) also successfully completed an ICO in May 2017, raising over 2,000 BTC in less than a minute. Its plan is to launch “a smart asset system backed by physical gold” using the Metaverse blockchain, but the current activities of the company and its platform are unclear at least to non-Chinese speakers (1).The Royal Mint, a company owned by the UK government, has put its “more than 1,000 years of experience” in a project of gold-backed tokens, scheduled for launch in late 2017. Dubbed ‘Royal Mint Gold’ (RMG), these tokens are intended for investors through third-party investment intermediaries such as banks and brokers instead of being sold to individuals directly.Another player, LAToken, comes from Russia. Having just raised the equivalent of $10 million in the first phase of its ICO, this platform aims to tokenize virtually any kind of assets including stocks, real estate, works of art, and of course silver and gold.Tokenizing $100 billion worth of goldEven tough the success of these new types of cryptoassets is yet to be confirmed, the startups propelling them are not short of ambition. “Our idea is revolutionary,” claims Goldmint: “We plan to convert [dozens of thousands of tons of gold] into blockchain-encrypted tokens to help owners protect their valuables, to help investors move their gold rapidly and easily from one part of the world to another, and to help companies and individuals hedge their gold against market volatility.”Thus, the company aims to “gain access to 1% of global gold circulation (over 300 tons)” by launching its Custody Bot automated storage facilities in pawnshops around the world; “another 5%” of gold circulation by introducing them in shopping centers, with the ultimate goal of controlling “10% of gold reserves, worth more than $100 billion.”Goldmint will initially target Asia and Eastern Europe: “We have many robust partnerships in these areas, which will help us to run our business faster. Then we see India and OAE as very interesting countries where our Custody Bot and the gold-backed crypto asset will be very in-demand,” the team told EWDN.Goldmint has requested Deloitte, as well as Elina Sidorenko in Russia and Julia Zegelman in the USA, to establish the legal status of ‘GOLD’ in different countries.“Once banks decide how to legally and fiscally regulate GOLD, clients will be able to exchange dollars, foreign currency, and gold bullion to ‘GOLD’ and to fully benefit from all aspects of the cryptocurrency market,” Goldmint claims.This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a tech news site covering Eastern Europe and a syndication partner of ReadWrite.last_img read more

Get Great Location Audio When Working as a One Man Band

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first_imgThere’s no substitute for having a sound recordist on your crew, but there may be times where you need to multi-task and record audio yourself. These tips will show you how to do it right.Top image from The Location CrewWe all know that audio is just as important (if not more important) than video when it comes to the audience experience. Audio is much less forgiving than video, which is why a great looking film with poor audio will never be received as well as a mediocre looking film with great audio. It all comes down to how our senses react to the content we perceive.Even so, many of us make the mistake of neglecting audio – especially on really small shoots. Personally speaking, even though most of my shoots have full crews (including an audio team), I also have many shoots were I’m working as a one man band. In the latter scenario, I’m typically shooting, directing and rolling audio all at once, which can be a real challenge. Through a lot of trial and error (and many big mistakes along the way), I’ve managed to develop some techniques that work really well for me when shooting under these conditions. Like many of you reading this, I am not a professional sound recordist, but that doesn’t mean I can’t employ the right techniques to capture professional quality audio.Here are three fundamentals that you should always follow when recording audio without a boom op. 1. Use a Lav and BoomEven though you might not always have the luxury of working with a dedicated location audio recordist on set, you can still emulate their workflow to ensure you’re getting the best results. Most sound recordists prefer to have two mics covering their talent: a boom and a lav. The boom mic is usually preferable as it typically generates the cleanest sound and doesn’t run the risk of getting muffled or hit the way a wireless lav mic will.At the same time, a lav is critical to use simultaneously. Some shooting conditions won’t allow you to get the boom as close to your talent as you would like, or there may be more than one character speaking at once, and the boom is unable to cover both effectively. The bottom line is that using two mics gives you a safety net. If there’s an issue with one, the other is a great backup.Typically on set, I’ll have my boom mic set up on a stand and the lav mic hidden under the clothing of my talent. Both are running into my Zoom H6 recorder, and in post I’ll choose between the two tracks depending on the specifics of the scene in question.In this video, Curtis Judd guides us through the process of picking the right lav microphone for your needs.  2. Always Go ManualImage from DSLR Film NoobWhether you’re recording audio straight to your camera or using a dedicated recorder (such as a Zoom or Tascam) you’re going to want to set your levels manually. This is one of the most common mistakes that inexperienced filmmakers make on set, which results in really awful sounding amateur audio.When your levels are set automatically, the quality of your recordings is diminished substantially. Automated systems are constantly boosting and reducing their levels in an attempt to catch up with the variances in levels being recorded — but no system works perfectly, and there are always issues. One example is the hissing sound that’ll occur in between lines of dialogue.When nothing is being spoken in the scene you’re shooting, the automated levels will boost up really high to compensate, and you’ll be left with a lot of white noise. And even though you may be able to correct this in post to some degree, it’ll never sound the same. When your talent starts speaking (and breaks the silence) the levels will drop very quickly and you end up with a strange audio artifact that just doesn’t sound professional.The solution to all this, of course, is to set your levels manually. Simply run a few lines with your talent before you start recording and make sure that the levels aren’t peaking. Now you’ll have a consistent result throughout your entire take, and can rest assured that you won’t generate any of those strange artifacts associated with auto-levels. 3. Record A Backup TrackImage from The Location CrewWhen you’re working as a one man band, you don’t have the luxury of monitoring your audio as closely as you would if were your sole task. In many cases you’re going to be spread pretty thin while checking your focus, directing your talent, and handling all sorts of other things on set, which means you’re prone to error on every front. Audio is no exception.One of the most common issues that you’ll run into when working this way (as it relates to audio), is improperly set levels. We’ve already gone over why it’s so important to record your audio manually, but the downside to manual audio is that your recordings are prone to peaking. For example, your actors may have run their lines and sounded great during your test (and level setting), but then in the scene they get much louder or one of them screams. Now all of a sudden your levels are peaking like crazy, and you might not even notice since you’re so bogged down handling other aspects of the shoot.The solution to this potential problem is to always record a backup track. Many audio recording devices will allow you to record a safety track (usually -20db lower than your regular track), so that in situations like this, you can pull clean audio from your backup track to patch over any moments that peak. You also might have the option (depending on your setup) to split your audio and record to two different devices – let’s say your camera, and an external recorder – each set to different levels. The method that you use isn’t the important part, what really matters is creating a safety net for yourself to fall back on in case of any technical issues.Want some more audio tips? Check out these articles:On-Location Audio – 3 Tricks Every Filmmaker & Sound Person Should KnowAudio Tips for DSLR FilmmakersHow to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsGot any recording tips for your fellow filmmakers? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

5 Steps to Better Sales Results

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first_imgEarlier this week a client asked me what I would do to produce better sales results right now. He wanted to easy answer. He wanted me to tell him how to go fast. If you’ve shared your Sunday morning with me for any time, you know that I believe that fast is slow and slow is fast. I wanted to give him the right answer in the short time we had together, so I told him the five things I would do if I were him.Spend more time nurturing and prospecting. Most sales organizations and most salespeople can immediately improve their results by spending more time nurturing their dream clients and spending more time prospecting. You don’t close opportunities without first opening them. You improve your results when you nurture the relationships you need by providing them with value in front of your asking for their time. You open new opportunities by prospecting, by gaining the crucial first appointment.Ask yourself if you are giving prospecting and opportunity acquisition the attention it deserves.Discover what is or what should be compelling. Your dream client isn’t going to change without some compelling reason to do so. We find our prospects in one of two places: they are either dissatisfied with some gap in their performance or they don’t recognize they have a gap in their performance. You aren’t going to create an opportunity without an underlying reason for change. You either uncover that reason to change or you help your dream client come to understand that he has a reason to change. The more compelling the reason, the more certain the change.Look at every so-called opportunity in your pipeline. Is there a burning reason for your dream client to change?Talk about the necessary investment as early as possible. Grown ups know that acquiring something of a higher quality requires a greater investment. But sales organizations and salespeople mistakenly want to postpone that conversation as long as possible. If there is a compelling reason to change, there is a compelling reason to invest in that change. Mostly I work with clients with higher prices and who produce greater results than their competitors. The greater investment is necessary to produce those results. You might believe a higher price builds resistance to a deal, but if you are focused on the value you create (the outcomes), it reduces resistance.When do you discuss the necessary investment for producing the results that your dream client needs?Spend more time building consensus. If there is one thing that could derail an opportunity for you faster and more assuredly than anything else, that would be your mortal enemy, the status quo. The status quo has many defenders. Unless and until you work your way North and South through your dream client’s company building consensus, you aren’t likely to move the opportunity forward. To loosen the status quo’s grip on your dream client’s company, you have to spend time with the stakeholders. You have to help them understand the case for change, and you have to help mitigate the problems it creates for them.Ask yourself if you are spending time with the people whose support you need.Gain the commitments you need throughout the sales process. If you want to go fast, go slow. Follow your sales process. Create value during every interaction with your dream client and earn the right to take the next step together. Spending less time helping your dream client creates drag and slows you down. Go from commitment to commitment, creating value at every stage of the process.Are you following your process, creating value, and leaving every meeting with the next necessary commitment?That’s five big pieces, none of them easy, all of them critical.last_img read more

There Is No Buyer’s Journey in B2B Sales. There Are Journeys.

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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 Dave Brock writes an excellent piece on the hyper-focus on buyer’s journeys here. Here is another reason one must be careful in the way they use this concept.The traditional idea of a buyer’s journey starts with awareness, then moves to interest, then to consideration, then to purchase, then re-purchase. If you want to throw in other stages, like “delight” or “evangelist,” you won’t be the first or last to do so.I’ve always believed that the buyer starts when they are unhappy enough about something that they are compelled to change, at which point they start to explore what they might do differently, explore their choices, resolve their concerns, and then decide. Now, we compel that change by helping them to recognize the greater results available to them. We do that by helping them recognize and the dissonance they are experiencing.Whatever the process, you are likely to see it displayed as starting on the left side of a PowerPoint slide and progressing towards the right side of the slide. The way that the journey is displayed indicates that it is a linear process, and that it progresses from one stage to the next, each moving the buyer closer to a purchase. But the truth is that the buyer’s journey is non-linear, and in B2B sales, the non-linearity is non-linear (which is to say, it’s a mess)One contact inside your dream client company is unhappy with the results they’re producing. You can call this pain or dissatisfaction, or maybe it’s just dissonance, something just not working right without being understood. But her peers don’t agree that there is anything wrong, nor are they close to being compelled to do anything about the dissonance she’s experiencing.Two levels above her, the senior leadership team is not only unaware that there is a compelling reason to do something different, it isn’t something that is going to make their priority list if they were aware. The leadership team is working on what they believe to be their two most strategic initiatives.There is no buyer’s journey in B2B sales. There are buyer’s journeys (plural). Not every constituency within a company is going to be neatly aligned with the main contact, or what I call the CEO of the Problem. Not all stakeholders are going to reach the same point in their journey at the same time, and this process isn’t one that is easily managed or controlled. The misalignment, disagreements, and resistance to management make this a difficult challenge for salespeople—and the people trying to pursue change.I dedicated a chapter to this concept in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need titled Managing Change. I also included a chapter in The Lost Art of Closing on Building Consensus. If what you sell requires consensus and requires the support of different constituencies, knowing that the process is non-linear, meaning that it isn’t likely a straight line, and knowing that it’s non-linear between individuals and departments gives you a fighting chance of finding a path to consensus – even if you have to slow down the hard chargers and work on bringing the laggards up to speed.last_img read more

PBA D-League: Petron-Letran routs Batangas-EAC, awaits fate of playoff bid

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue At 6-3, the Knights stayed in the running to make it to the next round but will be relying on the fate of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde and Che’Lu Bar and Grill to survive.“We don’t hold our status anymore, but we’re still giving our best effort,” said Knights head coach Bonnie Tan in Filipino. “There are games that we just have to invest in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlvin Pasaol muscled his way for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists to lead to Petron-Letran, which had a fiery start and never looked back.Jerrick Balanza filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and two blocks while Jeo Ambohot had a near double-double of 17 points and nine boards. The Generals fought back and got to within nine, 69-58, in the third quarter but the Knights retaliated with a massive 39-12 fourth quarter that put the match to the rest.Kyle Carlos scored 24 points for Batangas-EAC, which is already eliminated with a 2-7 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss George Pascua beaming with pride for Lady Tamaraws for a season well done MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Petron-Letran wrapped up the elimination round with a 115-73 beatdown of Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nunavut faces second territorywide protest over high food prices

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first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut saw a second territory-wide protest over high food prices this week.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll found out, no matter the size or location of their community, people took to the streets with one message: Food in Nunavut is too expensive.last_img