first_imgBy the end of last season, the USC men’s basketball team had been so ravaged by injuries that it barely resembled the team that had taken the court just months earlier.All systems go · After an injury-ravaged 2011-12 season, USC men’s basketball will benefit from senior forward Aaron Fuller’s return from last year’s season-ending shoulder injury. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanWith four of their five starters suffering season-ending injuries by the end of January, the Trojans posted the worst record (6-26, 1-17) in the program’s history, sending the team to last place in the Pac-12.“It was a catastrophe,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “It was kind of like going to a knife fight with a spoon.”The Trojan freefall began when senior point guard Jio Fontan tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a summer exhibition game in Brazil, causing him to take a medical redshirt year.Over the next six months, forwards Aaron Fuller and Evan Smith and center Dewayne Dedmon suffered season-ending injuries as well, leaving sophomore guard Maurice Jones as the leader of a squad that featured two walk-ons in a seven-man rotation.“One by one, we just started falling,” Dedmon said. “It definitely took a toll on the team, as you could see with our record at the end of the year.”Jones has since transferred to Iowa State after being declared academically ineligible, but Fontan, Fuller and Dedmon are all back this season and are expected to form the backbone of a squad that features five transfers.“Those guys returning that were hurt are going to have to be a big part of the team,” O’Neill said. “They all feel like they got something to prove now.”Dedmon, a 7-foot junior who averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last year, is a rising NBA prospect that’s expected to carry the team down low.“He’s a potential pro, so we’re just going to go through him, feed him the ball inside,” Fontan said. “He’s starting to get more of a comfort zone on the offensive end.”Last January, Dedmon tore his medial collateral ligament after a Colorado player fell onto his knee, leaving the Trojans with only one player taller than 6-foot-6 on the active roster.“It was [the] nail in the coffin,” O’Neill said. “We knew we couldn’t compete without him.”After rehabbing for several months, Dedmon was cleared for all basketball activities over the summer.“I didn’t have to have surgery, so that was a blessing,” Dedmon said. “I just had to wait until the swelling went down so I could start working on my flexibility.”Fuller, a redshirt senior who averaged 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds last year, wasn’t as fortunate.After injuring both of his shoulders last summer, Fuller played through the pain for a few months before aggravating his left shoulder against UCLA on Jan. 15. Surgery and six months of daily physical therapy followed.“I was working out a bunch of small muscles that I didn’t even really know I had,” Fuller said.  “I just really wanted to get it healed and get ready for this year.”According to Fontan, Fuller is back in full force.“He’s still banging and aggressive as usual,” Fontan said. “His aggressive nature helps us out, kind of lifts the intensity up of the whole team.”Fontan himself, however, has taken a bit longer to fully recover from his torn ACL — he’s still held out of a few drills for precautionary reasons, but isn’t anticipated to be limited in the season opener on Friday against Coppin State.O’Neill still expects Fontan to lead the Trojans’ resurgence after the team crumbled without him last year.“Last year in Brazil when he got hurt, we knew our season was doomed,” O’Neill said. “I’m just really looking forward to him having a big year. I think it’s going to be one of those years where he just breaks out and has a great go of it.”O’Neill hasn’t finalized USC’s starting lineup outside of Fontan and Dedmon. But he’s confident that if the injury bug bites again this year, the Trojans are better equipped to swat it away.“We might have the best depth in the country,” O’Neill said. “We have more size, more veterans… It’s a completely different team. We have a lot of work to do and we got a long way to go, but we have a good starting point.”And there’s at least one Trojan who’s motivated by the memories of the worst year in program history.“The season we had last year, you don’t want to go back and have a season like that again,” Dedmon said. “We got to come out and show everybody that it’s a different USC team out here.”last_img read more

first_imgLast month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said healthcare workers would be allowed to use the drug in combination with antibiotics to treat patients with severe cases of the virus.Trump would not let Fauci answer the question about efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 6, 2020 It is likely that Governor Cuomo’s younger brother, CNN Prime Time host Chris Cuomo, who has the coronavirus, has also been prescribed anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to help fight his high fever. To the chagrin of CNN reporters and anchors, New York state health officials say as many as four-thousand coronavirus patients across the state have been given the “unproven” anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to help fight off the coronavirus. President Donald Trump has been touting the potential life-saving benefit of the newly FDA approved drug against COVID-19.last_img read more

first_img Kisner comes good ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga (AP): Kevin Kisner ended a year marked by runner-up finishes with his first PGA Tour victory yesterday at Sea Island. With the RSM Classic in his hands, Kisner ran with it. His three-shot lead turned into a six-shot lead at the turn, and he breezed home with a 6-under 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell. Kisner became the sixth first-time winner in the fall start of the new season, though this was hardly a surprise. He became the first player in nearly 70 years to lose three times in a play-off. He was runner-up in a World Golf Championship two weeks ago in Shanghai. Husbands lands brace TORONTO, Canada (CMC): Patrick Husbands won twice but came up short in the feature Glorious Song Stakes, on the ten-race card at Woodbine on Saturday. The 42-year-old Barbadian took victory in race six with favourite West L.A Girl before following up with another win in race seven aboard 7-1 chance Magni. However, paired with 5-1 bet Conquest Babayaga in the Glorious Song over seven furlongs, Husbands was forced to settle for second, 1-1/2 lengths behind eventual winner, favourite Ami’s Mesa, ridden by Luis Contreras. Atletico pass Real BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Atletico Madrid took advantage of Real Madrid’s humbling loss in the ‘clasico’ by moving past their cross-town rivals into second place in the Spanish league after winning 1-0 at Real Betis yesterday. Jorge ‘Koke’ Resurreccion blasted in what proved to be the winner in the seventh minute, and the outmatched hosts never mustered a serious challenge.center_img New Canadian Olympic Committee chief MONTREAL (AP): Olympic medallist rower and lawyer Tricia Smith has been voted president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. She is a four-time Olympian who won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games in coxless pairs with team-mate Elizabeth Craig. She is also the vice-president of the International Rowing Federation. Smith had been vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Committee since 2009. She recently became interim president of the organisation following Marcel Aubut’s resignation in October.last_img read more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know claims Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy will have a straight choice between Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, after both teams activated his release clause.There’s also the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal and William Carvalho, who have been linked with the Red Devils this summer.Listen to all the action from transfer deadline day on talkSPORTlast_img

first_imgGeorge Groves believes he is on the verge of a world title shot following Saturday’s impressive victory at the O2 Arena.Groves’ fifth-round demolition of Noe Gonzalez maintained the Hammersmith super-middleweight’s unbeaten record in fine style.And it kept him on course for a world title challenge later this year, with IBF champion Carl Froch and WBO title holder Robert Stieglitz among those touted as possible opponents despite Groves’ relative inexperience.“People like Carl Froch are world champions and have been world champions for a long time so I understand why people think that I’m not quite there,” said Groves.“But I’m ranked number one with WBO, number two with WBA, number three with WBC so there aren’t that many guys in front of me and when they do put guys in front of me, I put them asleep.” See also:Booth rules out Groves-Magee encounterDeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img22 July 2005Nobel Peace laureate and ecology activist Wangari Maathai got down on her knees with with Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi to plant an indigenous tree in the forest below Table Mountain in Cape Town on Thursday.Professor Maathai was visiting the Working for Water programme in Newlands forest on the side of the city’s mountain.The programme combines poverty alleviation with environmental restoration by employing people to remove alien plants, which drain water from the soil, increase fire risks and outcompete indigenous plants.Initiated in 1995 by former minister of water affairs Kader Asmal with a start-up grant of R25-million, the programme has become an important part of government’s Expanded Public Works Programme, employing 32 000 people nationwide.Paddy Gordon of South African National Parks and Guy Preston, chair of the Working for Water, explained the dynamics of the project to Maathai, Mabudafhasi, Kenyan High Commissioner to SA Tabitha Seii and Maathai’s daughter, Wajira Mathai, who is the international liaison officer for Kenya’s Green Belt Movement.The alien threatTable Mountain has some 2 300 plant types, more species than in the whole of Britain or New Zealand. But this wealth of biodiversity is threatened by invasive vegetation brought to South Africa in colonial times from places such as Australia.The fast-growing alien plants take up far more water from the soil, reducing the amount available for indigenous vegetation. Their burning substantially increases the temperature of veld fires, killing the seeds of indigenous plants that would otherwise survive a fire. A computer simulation showing the invasion of alien vegetation (green shaded areas) into a fire-prone mountain area in the Western Cape. The first picture shows the current situation, while the second and third show the area after three and six fires respectively. Given that fires can be 10 years apart, almost the whole area could be invaded within 50 to 60 years, with serious consequences for water and biodiversity.(Photo: CSIR)Invasive aliens also increase soil erosion and undermine the productive use of South Africa’s land. Some 7%, or 10.1 million hectares, of the country’s land is currently under the plants, according to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.Alien plants cost the South African economy billions of rands. They are the greatest threat to the country’s biodiversity.Creating jobs, creating businessesAn important part of the Working for Water programme is teaching skills in the labour-intensive methods needed to destroy alien vegetation. Unemployed people are not only given work; they also receive training in plants, in ecosystems, and in business skills such as how to tender for a project.Gordon said the Table Mountain project employs 500 to 800 people. Most of the work is handled by independent contractors, former labourers in the project who picked up business skills and then tendered privately to clear plots of alien-covered land.The programme therefore not only provides jobs, it also allows people to become independent entrepreneurs.South Africa is a world leader in this approach to environmental restoration, according to Gordon. This has allowed the project to attract millions of dollars in funding from the World Bank.In terms of the programme, 60% of Working for Water labourers have to be women. Studies have shown that money is better distributed, for example to children, by women workers than by men.The labourers are equipped with protective clothing against the elements and the poison used to kill the roots of invasive trees such as silver wattle and hakea.Working for Water has initiated two more projects based on similar principles. Working for Wetlands restores wetland habitats, while Working on Fire works to prevent and control wildfires.Mabudafhasi pointed out that several other African countries have been hard hit by the alien invasion. In Benin, invasive water hyacinth have drastically cut down fishing yields, reducing people’s income.She said Nepad, the African Union’s socio-economic development plan, has a special programme, endorsed by African governments, to deal with invasive vegetation. “But there is still enormous work to be done.”‘A vision unfolding before your eyes’Maathai is the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace in Kenya. She said she was impressed with the vision and implementation of environmental projects in South Africa, especially the way they provided young people with knowledge, awareness and skills.“To see a vision unfolding before your eyes must be satisfying,” she told those assembled at Newlands forest, saying South Africa had a bright future ahead.She too was inspiring as she eagerly and effortlessly danced and sang with workers, questioned officials and planted indigenous trees.“Each one of us needs 10 trees just to absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale,” she said. “For many interlinked reasons, just planting a tree can change your life for the better.”Maathai, an assistant minister in the Kenyan government, said she has worked to teach Kenyan peasants how trees are connected to ecosystems, how they prevent soil erosion, and their role in sustaining people’s environments and, so, their livelihoods.She said she would be returning to Kenya with greater confidence in a pilot project to remove the invasive eucalyptus that are slowly destroying Kenya’s tea-growing mountain areas.On debt relief and Africa’s future, she said that G8 leaders were mobilising support for Africa. “We want to ask them to help us by cancelling debt, removing agricultural subsidies and increasing financial aid.”But, she said, it is “important for Africans to understand that the burden of alleviating poverty in this region is our burden.“The greatest responsibility falls on us Africans.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThese are really cool if a bit expensive. My wife really likes these hair bands. It has definitely reduce the amount of hair that comes off when she takes the hair band off. She tries to wear her hair down but soon gives up, so she always carries a hair band on her wrist. These ones definitely look s lot more stylish on her wrist than a regular hair band. They also hold the hair very well in a ponytail. However, the claim about not leaving a kink in the hair is not true and they are a bit expensive, hence 4 stars. A dramatic improvement on all alternative hair bands and more decorative. Ordered not for personal use on behalf of another family member, it was unclear at the point of ordering just how ‘popband ponytail holders, tie dye’ could function. The intended user was no better informed until she handled them when all became clear. Had the description included ‘elasticated fabric’ or similar, the issue would not then exist. They are to be used identically to elastic bands but are softer to the touch and much kinder to the hair. They are smaller than was anticipated but of more than adequate length and made from tie-dyed fabric, this set in muted and neutral colours so less likely to clash with brightly-coloured clothing. For contrast, there are other sets offered in various brighter colours, some almost fluorescent but mostly mixed. The person for whom these are intended has been using elasticated hair bands of various types for years but they either break where the ends are stitched or are held by a clasp, or they stretch and eventually break. These are knotted to join the ends, broader, inherently stronger and appear not to tangle with the hair. They should also be longer-lasting and less subject to breakages. Absolutely fabulous on my daughter. She loves the popbands whether used to tie her hair or on her wrist as a bracelet. They looked bigger in pictures (always misses the dimensions on product description) than they really are so my wife and daughter was very happy with the actual size. They are about the same size as other bands these guys have been using but these are way superior than most of those. I received:1 x black1 x grayish3 x grayish/ black random colour mixture. With a pretty marbled look which would go nicely either for a. This pack includes one black, one silver and three tie dye bands – the tie dye ones are nicer than i was expecting, with a pretty marbled look which would go nicely either for a night out or with an office outfit. The usual great quality which allows you to tie up and let down your hair without snagging or pulling any hairs out, and they don’t loosen over the course of the day either, and keep your hair looking neat and tidy. Overpriced pre-tied elasticated ribbon.Smart and stylish hair tiesFab ponytale holders even if you have very fine hairA dramatic improvement on all alternative hair bands and more decorativeA new take on the elasticated ponytail bandBetter than the usual fabric covered elastic hairbandsPopband Ponytail Holders, Tie DyeThe ‘original’ Popbands that are kind on hair cute on wrists! The must have hair accessory for every a-list celebrity and savvy fashionistaPopbands hold hair up tight without leaving creases in your hair. Our soft and stretchy hair ties won’t damage hair like regular hair bandsPerfect for sport workouts yoga running and everyday use Popbands hold hair up tight no matter how thin/thick (without leaving a dent)Popbands double up as super-cute wrist accessories with so many colours and styles available the accessorising possibilities are endlessFantastic gift ideas for all occasions. Popbands come pre-packaged so arrive clean fresh and beautifully presented Lovely hairbands – better quality than many others i have used. Hold hair in place really well and don’t leave it full of kinks when removed. I like the designs of these but. Think they’re more suited to thicker hair. In thinner or layered hair too many turns of the band are needed and it makes the band a bit bulky in the hair. I think this pack of these bands are brilliant as wristbands though. The designs are really, for want of a good old fashioned word, trendy. Since trialling the denim version of popbands, i’ve been converted. I have been a huge invisibobble fan for years but these are an interesting and attractive alternative. My hair has a tendency to get tangled, but these don’t snag or catch which is vital with unruly hair like mine.They’re pretty and even the patterned ones are subtle. Good quality and well made in a very appealing range of colours and patterns. Good mix of monochrome colours. My daughter loves these bands for her hair, they don’t slip but don’t get tangled either and this is another nice mix of monochrome/silver colours – which also work well as wrist-bands as they don’t cut off the blood supply, ready for when you need to tie your hair back. Fab ponytale holders even if you have very fine hair. As someone with very long (and very fine) hair i’m always looking for better hairbands. I stopped using bands with metal on them years ago because they’re so damaging to your hair and tend to leave you with millions of split ends but i have problems with other bands i’ve tried since then because i have to wind them around my hair so many times to get them tight enough to stay in place. I have to admit i was nervous when i saw these bands, they’re large enough to wear comfortably on your wrist as a bracelet / friendship band so i thought i’d have a similar problem and end up struggling to get these to hold my fine hair in place but i was actually really impressed. I only had to wind them round 3 times and i have a perfectly secure ponytail that stays put all day. (i have to wind bands that are half the size of these 4 or 5 times usually to get them to stay in place). I can’t say i agree with their claim to leave hair kink free at the end of the day but they certainly don’t leave hair looking any worse than any other hairband i’ve tried and since i have to tie them less tightly they definitely do less damage to my hair. They also look pretty and i love the range of colours you can collect so you’ll have something to match every outfitthis particular pack contains 5 bands1 black1 white1 very pale grey that’s almost a non-shiny silver3 black, white & grey marble patternedi’ll definitely be buying more of these bands in the future. These are pretty hairbands, designed to be able to colour co-ordinate either with hair colour or outfit. I like the fact i can slip one on my wrist without looking ‘odd’, ready for the inevitable moments in my day where i need to tie back my hair. The bands are stretchy and easy to use. I don’t feel they tear or pull my hair excessively. They look neat, and do the job intended. My only gripe is that they don’t perform quite as claimed – there is always a ‘kink’ in my hair after tying it back. It’s inevitable, and i’m a little unsure how any hairband could claim otherwise. I like these patterned tones, they match my blonde/mousey hair nicely, and look good on the wrist. Very pretty, and available in many other colours too. I love these hair ties so much. I wear them on my wrist all the time, they are comfortable and never get stuck in my thick, tangly hair. Popband ponytail holders – tie dye. I was so underwhelmed when i opened the packet as they looked so flimsy, but they are extremely attractive. This set is great for using with black or white outfits and i like the grungy feel of the tie dye. I didn’t expect they would be any use in my hair – i have extremely thick curly long hair and need to wear it up for gym sessions. However, even though they feel loose and flimsy on the wrist, they tie up extremely strongly and were also easy to remove. I wore my hair up high in a tight knot and it stayed put for my entire gym session. These are a bit smarter than simple covered elastic bands, and as claimed, they don’t leave a mark in your hair. The elastication starts to slacken after a few uses though, so they won’t last for a very long time. This pack is a good neutral mix. The details call the lightest band ‘white’. It is actually a light silver, and much better than white. Small pieces of knotted elasticated fabric, in minimal packaging. These bands loose their elasticity fairly quickly. Coupled with the high price, they are poor value for money for an online purchase. Versatile desings and easy to post, so could be suitable as a simple gift. Soft, stretchy hairbands in appealing colours. I use these soft, stretchy popbands when i want to quickly tie my hair up. They’re great for keeping my hair out of my face when i’m exercising. I like the neutral tie-dyed colours in this pack, and there is also a plain black for when i simply want a plain colour. The back of the pack suggests wearing the bands on your wrist as “arm candy” when they’re not in your hair. I thought this was a somewhat odd suggestion, unless perhaps you’re a 13-year-old girl. I think these bands will appeal to all age groups: preteens, teens and beyond. Nice ponytails holders and they don’t make marks in your hair. Again like the hair bands these are easy to use and don’t leave any wrinkly marks in your hair, some bands leaves a ridge where you have put your hair up and leaves wavy ridge, not with these, had some before and are great for anyone who put their hair up, very kind to hair and doesn’t pull either. Terrific hair bands – i appreciate them. These are basically knotted elastic strips so i was a bit doubtful about them. They are neat and in a stylish tie dye grey pattern – a bit diverse to my standard scrunchies. They do not slip, even when working out, and never snag at all when i pull them out. They maintain a unwanted fat bunched pony tail as properly as skinny hair strips equally properly. My teenage daughter has now operate off with most of them as she enjoys them far too. Most hair bands are really unexciting, or a little bit much too shiny but these are distinctive. I definitely like the tie dye pattern , it is delicate and goes with most of my outfits.They arrive in genuinely charming colours. They occur in genuinely beautiful colors. They secure my hair with pulling at it much too a lot. When i am not working with one particular they also search cute on my wrist. I want them in each and every colour.Good and classy hair ties. With us all acquiring very long hair, my ladies and i will all attest to the fact that ponytail hairbands can be a serious pain. Putting them on can be a faff, remembering them in the initial place is an challenge, as is using them off with no leaving your hair wanting like its absent by way of a hedge backwards. These popband ponytail holders purpose to solve these concerns and, for the most part, do a good position of addressing them all. Firstly, they’re uncomplicated to set on. They’re broad strips of elasticated content in pleasant colors (this set arrives with black and silver colors, with one silver, one black, 3 black and silver/white tie-dye model coloured band) so they you should not have the problems those people string-like bands do. It took about 3 twists to get them tight enough to keep my daughters’ extensive hair in a restricted ponytail. They have a knot with a very little tassel at the finish, which appears to be like good when you’ve finished the band up. Secondly, they’re built to search just as superior close to the wrist, which means that you can carry them all over as a vogue accessory even though you might be not sporting a ponytail and then continue to have them for when you do want a person. As they’re larger than a looped elastic ponytail hairband, they’re harder to get rid of as nicely.These are tender and light hair ties for ponytails, uncomplicated to place on and take off with out pulling or damageing hair.Improved than the typical cloth lined elastic hairbands. I ordered for assessment both equally the pink candy set of five and the tie dye established of 5. They are elastic and about a centimetre extensive with a knot at the conclude which suggests it is not a ongoing loop except all other elastic hair bands as much as i am informed. The elastic is superior density woven into the material there are no noticeable elastic strips and it all feels pretty uniformly stretchy. I tried putting on these in a pony tail and then pig tails as i wished to test how they stayed and the no kink promise so the pig tails ended up a later decision. I found there was some kinking of my hair but it was as a final result of its currently being still left in right away. Much more importantly i discovered that the elimination was effortless and i misplaced no hairs compared with when i choose out my usual elastic hair bands. I attempted putting on just one on my wrist but it appeared stupid with the knoted ends sticking out and i also located these ends annoying when in use as i experienced to transfer the band about so they were concealed each and every time i employed them. If the manfacturer could uncover their way to sew the finishes together so a steady loop i would give these 5 stars.Helpful and pleasurable to dress in. I am delighted that i been given these for assessment via the vine programme because i do not think i’d have bought popbands devoid of becoming capable to take a look at them as i would have assumed they would not be potent adequate for my reasonably thick hair. In reality they hold my hair pretty securely and they never snag your hair or truly feel not comfortable.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This will be my 4th year making the pilgrimage from Columbus, Ohio to Rochester, Minnesota over the 4 days of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Not only do I cover the eastern leg of the tour for The Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal, I also collect information and interviews for farm broadcasters all over the U.S. who are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).Almost everywhere I go I am asked what it is like being on the tour and how one gets the chance to take part.Being on the tour is everything that one would expect it to be. The days begin early as we comb our way through dewy green fields of corn and soybeans as the sun comes up, then reminisce and compare stories of the crop encounters, good and bad, as the sun disappears.I liken this tour to a battle. It is just you and your team of scouts with tools in hand, covering territory that is only seen by those who use the narrow gravel roads in some of the most rural parts of the Midwest. Conquering field after field and gathering information that will be of value to those that farm the ground we cover and to those that seek the information that may or may not make the markets seem a bit more fair, if only for a day.The scars from razor sharp corn leaves, a sweat-drenched hat and the mud from 20 different fields in 20 different counties on the bottom of your boots is not all you have to show for a day’s work.When it is all said and done, all of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts will cover close to 80% of America’s corn and soybean growing regions. We rack up thousands of miles, piles of data, numerous tales (some true and others not so much) and quite honestly, more fun than I will have in many other weeks of the year.I do take pride in being a part of this annual journey and my hope is that as you follow along over the next 4 days, your will be very well informed and somewhat entertained.Keep watching as I continually update my daily journal of the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share the good, the bad and the ugly as we trek across the recently weather-challenged heartland of America.last_img read more

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 There are hundreds of books on sales, all of which can help you learn to be a better salesperson. There are countless blogs (and now a vlog) that can improve your ability to sell, and improve your effectiveness. There are courses and classes on sales, and you can also get training and coaching. All of these things work, but they are not as important as the one thing that matters most.Your character and your integrity matter more than what you know about selling. The fact that you are the kind of person that is honest and trustworthy is more important than most everything else.Being other-oriented is underestimated. Caring is a superpower. You make it easy for people to buy from you when you are laser-focused on helping others get the results they need. It’s not that you can’t pitch, but that your pitch ins’t about you.Your attitude and your personal demeanor matter a great deal, too. Are you likable? Are you the kind of person that people are going to want to work with as they change and do something different? Confident, successful people are not negative or cynical.If you are resourceful, you are someone who can come up with solutions and find ways to make things work. If you take initiative, you continue to make changes that improve things without waiting for some external event to compel your clients to change. Persistence is an attribute that is the key to producing results over time. Being the kind of person who puts enough time and energy against obstacles and watches them yield makes you someone with whom it makes sense to bring onto your team.What you do is important. But much of what you do is the result of who you are. Who you are matters more than what you do.Be someone worth doing business with.last_img read more

first_imgAward-winning actress Judith Light, known for TV’s Who’s the Boss?, Dallas, and Ugly Betty, is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to raise awareness about influenza (“the flu”) this season.The National Council on Aging and Judith Light encourage people 65+ to ask about their flu shot optionsThe Flu + You program, a national public education initiative by NCOA aims to educate adults 65 years of age and older, and those who care for them, about the seriousness of the flu, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options.Video: Flu + You 2014 PSALight will appear in a Flu + You public service announcement (PSA) that will share information about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older and the importance of understanding their flu vaccine options and getting an annual vaccine. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination, which is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, with rare exception.“I just turned 65 and I am busier than ever. I need to stay healthy and can’t let the flu slow me down, so I received my annual vaccination and learned there are different flu vaccine options for people 65 and older,” said Light. “I want to encourage others to speak with their doctor or pharmacist to find out more about simple steps they can take to help prevent the flu for themselves and the people they care about.”“Research shows that the immune system weakens with age, which means older adults are more likely to catch the flu and that they can suffer greater complications because of other health issues,” said Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, NCOA Senior Director for Clinical and Community Partnerships and Director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “Through Flu + You, we encourage all older adults to help protect themselves by getting vaccinated as early in the season as possible.”The flu is a contagious illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for older adults. Adults aged 65 and older typically account for more than half (60 percent) of flu-related hospitalizations and almost all (90 percent) of flu-related deaths. The flu can make existing health problems worse and is especially dangerous for people with chronic conditions, which commonly affect older adults. In fact, among adults 65 years of age and older, 41 percent have diabetes, 42 percent have coronary disease, and 16 percent have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Furthermore, 86 percent of adults aged 65 and older have at least one chronic condition, and 68 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more, which makes flu vaccination all the more important in this age group.Adults 65 years of age and older have flu vaccine options, including the traditional, standard-dose vaccine and a higher-dose vaccine specifically designed to address the age-related weakening of the immune system. The higher-dose flu vaccine, which includes four times the antigen compared with the standard-dose vaccine, triggers the body to produce more antibody against the flu virus. Older adults should speak with their health care provider about the risk of catching the flu and how it can be prevented, including the best vaccine option for them. Flu vaccination is a Medicare Part B benefit, which means there is no copay for eligible beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.Find out more at read more