PHILADELPHIA — After an extended period of inactivity, the Giants made a flurry of last-second deals right before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline.The two final moves? Shipping reliever Sam Dyson to the Minnesota Twins and acquiring infielder Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds.As Mark Melancon explained his decision to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to the Atlanta Braves, news of Dyson’s move began to spread throughout the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.Dyson …
Kevin DavieA friend who lives in the United States, and is of techno bent, has his rowing machine hooked up to the Internet. He can compete against other rowers from across the world.This means, at least for this discipline, that you don’t have experience the Olympics from your armchair. You can participate, race against the very best in the world. You may take twice the time or more to finish, but hey, you’ve competed against the greats.My friend’s techno sports go further than just rowing, though. He has his own fantasy league. You chose your team from the best of the players available, in this case the NFL, and then each week the statistics generated from actual plays pushes your team up or down the league.Fantasy leagues mean your team can be tops in cyberspace, even though it never gets near the Superbowl finals. These leagues, I am informed, are hot around the globe and across numerous sporting codes. They are, for instance, big in cricket in India, as you might well expect them to be.My web surfing tells me that there is a fantasy Olympics, but only for US athletes. Mine, aimed at medal-deprived South Africans, would be for any athlete who has a good chance of being in the medals.The medal deprivation is so bad that twice last week at the office I experienced an entirely new thing, the phantom medal. This is like a phantom pregnancy, when a woman goes to term, complete with some of the physical hallmarks of the real thing, only to produce air.The phantom medal creates a roar around the office as television watchers cheer as their athlete comes in among the medals. Hooray! But then, on closer inspection, you find that actually the bronze which you thought was ours went to New Zealand.I can admit to being the cause of one of the two phantoms we won at the office. I was sure we’d got a canoeing bronze and told a colleague or two. Turned out, though, that we were not in the top three, and the event wasn’t a final.The antidote to all of this is the fantasy Olympics. But before I tell you how this could work, you need to know a little more about me as a sports fan.I tend towards the fickle. My loyalty extends as far as how well the team is playing. I am happy for my team to lose so long as it played well. But I will even support North Korea against the Boks if they make fewer handling errors.I am not the loyal fan through thick and thin. If my team is facing relegation, so be it. I will click over to BBC Prime or BBC Food. I don’t care because I know I can always find another team.With the Beijing games now winding up at the time of writing, I realise that I really needed to win some medals this Olympics. I did not need even to match the six that South Africa brought home from Athens.I also do not also care what the discipline is. It could be wrestling in a cardboard box after taking a hot shower or for the most spectacular fall off a BMX after watching three bouts of Greco-Roman wrestling. But I needed at least one gold medal.Thinking back I think I had a reasonable expectation of winning at least one, if not a clutch full of silver and bronzes.It was not as though our athletes did not enjoy some profile. If swimmer Ryk Neethling, in particular, had been able to convert into gold the number of times he appeared showing his abs in woman’s magazines, he’d be up there with Phelpsie.But if we have an icon for this Olympics, it’s not Mr Abs. It’s the Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who runs on bladelike carbon fibre artificial limbs. He’s a fantastic story, winning the right to compete at Beijing against all the odds. He’s a bit of a phantom too, though, as he was too slow to qualify.We also have Natalie du Toit, another disabled athlete who moved up from the Paralympics to the real deal. Du Toit competes in an incomprehensible discipline, the 10-kilometre swim. In my book if you can swim 10 kays, you should get a gold medal irrespective of where you finish.If we’re going to be spectators rather than participants in the medal ceremonies, perhaps the fantasy Olympics is the answer.My fantasy team would have been mostly of Chinese, but I’d be overweight in Americans compared to how they actually did at Beijing.I’d have had more Australians than medals won and far fewer Poms relative to how they did. I’d have had a fair showing of Kenyans but definitely no Zimbabweans. I suppose, without knowing who or what, I’d have put us up for at least one gold medal.If I was in charge of my own fantasy league I would have bought the national colours of my most favoured nations and been ready to don these colours for the medal ceremonies. I may have even had a go at humming the national anthems.But forget fantasy and let me get back to reality. My new hero is Khotso Mokoena, the long-jumper who won South Africa’s single medal. I hope they take endless pictures of his abs.As a journalist Kevin Davie is a Nieman Fellow and editor of numerous South Africa business magazines and newspapers. As an Internet entrepreneur he co-founded South Africa’s first online stockbroker and WOZA, the first news portal which was independent of a traditional publisher.He divides his time between the Mail & Guardian, where he runs the business section and pursues the twin interests of economics and environmentalism, and projects in construction (particularly green building) and a better way to search the Internet. He also makes time to paddle and ride his mountain bike.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Golden Fresh Farms, a Canadian-based company, broke ground on a $22.5 million, 20-acre greenhouse yesterday in the West Central Ohio Industrial Center, in Wapakoneta near I-75 and U.S. 33. The groundbreaking represents just one phase of the project, which will expand over the next several years.Paul Mastronardi and Louie Chibante, principal owners of Golden Fresh Farms, announced a $100 million investment over the first four phases of the project. If all goes well, they will likely expand to 200 acres of greenhouses, with a $250 million investment over eight phases.They will start off producing three different varieties of tomatoes and expect to plant by Dec. 1. Golden Fresh Farms has already contracted with local groceries in Ohio. They will be producing their tomatoes in the “off peak” season of field tomatoes. They are currently doing business in America, already purchasing fertilizers from U.S. companies.The facility will use wastewater and drip irrigation — there will be no waste. They will also be set up to collect rainwater. Their technology is very cutting edge, and tours will be available whenever anyone wants to tour.The groundbreaking was held May 11 for the new Ohio Golden Fresh Farms facility.The manager for the Ohio facility — their first one in the U.S. — is Paul Mastronardi. He is moving to Wapakoneta. Construction on phase one will begin soon, and they hope to have the greenhouse up and running by December. Phase one will also add 52 new full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $1.9 million.The operation will be fully integrated from seeding through harvest, packaging and shipping. The Ohio facility will better allow Golden Fresh Farms to get a fresh end product to their U.S. customers.
There are a lot of people who are happy to offer you the advice that you should never cold call. Here is a list of the people whose bad advice on cold calling you should ignore:Anyone who profits from your adopting the belief that cold calling doesn’t work. These charlatans are putting their financial interests over your own. They are preying on your fears and weaknesses.Anyone who has never sold professionally. The person suggesting that you abandon the phone has never carried a bag or had to make a number; they do not have the requisite experience to give you this advice. They are simply parroting what they hear other people say without no personal knowledge.Anyone who tells you that cold calling did not work for them. The fact that the person offering this advice wasn’t good at cold calling does not mean that that is a universal experience. A lot of diets work for people who follow them but not for people who don’t. Do not allow yourself to be infected by other people’s beliefs or limitations.Anyone who gets paid to create content for companies that sell services to sales people and sales organizations. The fact that someone is a writer for a blog belonging to a company in the sales space is no evidence that they have the expertise or credibility to speak about cold calling. A writer isn’t a salesperson, sales manager, or sales leader. They don’t make cold calls.Anyone who sends emails offering you lead generation services and promising to build your funnel using email. The email that you received is this company’s exact approach. How effective was their approach when they used it to obtain your business?Confirmation bias is looking for information that supports what you believe and refusing to entertain information that conflicts with your beliefs. It can be dangerous. If something makes you uncomfortable, it usually means that it is an idea worth exploring further.
Paul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Hotshots’ change of name from Star to Magnolia also signifies new hope for the players.Paul Lee, the Hotshots’ injury-plagued main man, is upbeat that he will return just before the new season starts.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES READ: Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots“The doctors have told me that at least, I’ll be ready by the first week of December,” he said.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 shutoutLee is still recovering from a left knee injury that kept him out since Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals last month.But Lee believes that he’s on his way to regaining his full strength. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Everything’s fine. My recovery has been good and there are hard drills where my injury no longer reacts anymore,” he said.Lee, however, will be the first to say that he’s not yet satisfied with his current form.“I need to catch up to them. I’ve been doing drills and exercises but I don’t feel it’s enough to get myself back in game shape,” he said.The team may have changed its name but its goal remains the same which is to win a championship.“The rest of my teammates are ready and I really wish we’ll be able to win a championship this season,” he said. “It’s a new chapter for all of us, and it’s a good challenge for us to win the crown. I hope we’ll be able to respond with what the bosses want.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments The Ginebra victory and Phoenix Petroleum’s 104-100 conquest of GlobalPort in the first game knocked Blackwater out of the playoff race.The Fuel Masters will face TNT KaTropa on Sunday for the remaining quarterfinal berth with the winner clashing with twice-to-beat San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals.Magnolia battles GlobalPort armed with the same advantage, while NLEX and Alaska clash in the other best-of-three quarterfinal series.Facing elimination, the Fuel Masters survived GlobalPort’s furious comeback in the first game. Matthew Wright had 32 points, but the Phoenix nearly blew a 31-point lead before winding up with a 5-6 record like Talk ’N Text and GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT Streaking Petron, F2 Logisitcs renew rivalry Ginebra finally made key plays in the third overtime against a suddenly cold-shooting Rain or Shine squad to forge a 100-92 victory and secure the fourth seed in the quarterfinals.Jervy Cruz hit a jumper with 34.1 seconds remaining and LA Tenorio buried cushion free throws as the Gin Kings avoided a difficult knockout duel against Blackwater for the eighth seed in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInstead, the Gin Kings will end up as the fourth seed with a duel against the same Rain or Shine team that pushed them to the limit on the final day of the elimination round.Japeth Aguilar had 20 points in 51 minutes to lead Ginebra, which wound up with a 6-5 record just like NLEX and Rain or Shine. The Gin Kings, however, grabbed the fourth seed when quotient was applied. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESDragged into a dogfight, Barangay Ginebra showcased its trademark grit and resilience to come away with a victory that could go a long way in its hopes of going deep in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But if this was a sign of things to come, the road to the top won’t be any easier for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
“It feels good. It’s really an honor to play on the court with all the legends and getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and play for a good cause,” said Helterbrand.“I didn’t really plan on playing that hard but I don’t wanna let them down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 42-year-old Helterbrand, one-half of Ginebra’s Fast and Furious tandem that ran havoc in the league in the 2000s, shared the best player of the game honors with Vince Hizon.Hizon fired 19 points and looked like his old deadly self from downtown in the third quarter where he caught fire with 16 points to spearhead Ginebra’s breakaway. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Roger Yap scored a game-high 27 points for Purefoods, which also had trouble containing Ginebra’s towering frontcourt of Marlou Aguino and EJ Feihl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nostalgia hits in PBA Legends charity event Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESJayjay Helterbrand played as if he could still make a PBA team today to lead Ginebra San Miguel over longtime rival Purefoods, 97-89, to cap off the PBA Legends: Return of the Rivals event Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Helterbrand, who retired just two years ago, posted a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with four steals to boot.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View comments
Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsA west coast artist just completed a week long journey in support of the Idle No More movement.Beau Dick walked from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to British Columbia’s capital in the south.And once there Dick performed a seldom seen ceremony aimed at shaming and challenging governments.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith was there to witness the powerful moment.