Sammy slams ‘short of brains’ comment

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy has lashed out at cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas for describing West Indies as “short of brains” in a pre-tournament preview, and says the comment helped served as a catalyst for the side’s success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. Writing before the tournament, Nicholas said West Indies were “short of brains, but have Indian Premier League history in their ranks”, a comment Sammy and the Caribbean side took great exception to. “How could you describe people with ‘no brains’? Animals got brains. We’re not an object,” an emotional Sammy told a media conference on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final here yesterday. “To me, that particular comment really set it off for us. You could see me talking about it. It’s kind of emotional, as for somebody who I respect and had good rapport with that particular gentleman. “To describe our team, who were defending champions four years ago, as we guys with no brains is really out of order.” West Indies lost just once in the preliminaries – to Afghanistan in their final game – to top Group 1 ahead of the semi-finals. They then produced a spectacular performance against tournament favourites India, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai to book their spot in the final. Sammy said that because of the criticism, West Indies had become closer as a unit and were now highly motivated ahead of today’s final. “Everybody is entitled to his opinion. You guys (media) ask most difficult questions to get a good story. We understand that. The key for us is the belief in our own circle. Whatever they say, it does not really matter,” Sammy pointed out. “God doesn’t love the ugly, and we’re very wonderful and very beautiful men. That’s why we play exciting cricket. For us, all these things have happened before the tournament. That’s the passion, determination that we take on the field. It’s one more step. We believe that we could do it.” Highly motivatedlast_img read more

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8 Surprising Startup Lessons: What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

first_imgHow to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… It takes more than a big idea and a thorough business plan to start a new business. Most entrepreneurs aren’t quite sure what else it takes until they’re well underway, and many are shocked to discover important elements of startup success that they simply hadn’t considered at all.To find out what startups learn they really need but never though of, we asked eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their input. The results may surprise you as much as it did these startup founders: 1. AdaptabilityDuring the early days of our startup, we were bringing on people with very specific experiences and skill sets who had previously worked at larger organizations that were more structured and reliable. We soon realized that a better fit for us was to hire employees who were highly adaptable and open to – and able to – constantly change their roles and responsibilities depending on the needs of the business. The people who thrived and really made a significant impact to the success of our startup were those who could evolve and roll with the punches. They were comfortable with the relative lack of stability that you typically experience at a startup as it begins to ramp up. – Ben Rubenstein, Yodle 2. The Ability To Say “No”Many startups focus intensely on growth—sometimes to a fault. When I dove into real estate, I found myself exploring and experimenting with every possible revenue-generating activity. At the time I thought I was being thorough and productive, but I was really straining our company’s resources and physically draining myself. While it’s extremely important to experiment, every company should have a clearly identified core focus and mission. This helps you analyze opportunities that arise along the way and decline those that aren’t best aligned with your goals. It took me a while to realize it, but saying “no” is equally as important as green-lighting certain initiatives. The most productive, and ironically, sustainably innovative businesses I know are also very good at saying “no.” —Kent Healy, The Uncommon Life 3. LogisticsAfter raising our angel round of funding, my company decided to greatly increase our marketing and advertising spend. We sponsored 11 conferences throughout the year in major cities across the US. I tried to organize everything myself, but scheduling flights, hotels, car rentals and sponsorship passes was an absolute nightmare for me. Luckily, the account manager on my team was very organized and loved logistics. He took the lead and turned my nightmare into a happy dream. I focused on closing client deals while our new logistics and operations manager took care of all of the logistics. —Jun Loayza, Tour Woo 4. ImplementationThere’s no shortage of great ideas and vision in the excitement of a startup, but without implementation, it falls flat! Having a team in place and members who excel at follow-through and implementation is key to taking the vision and putting it into action. Most entrepreneurs are quick starters and big dreamers, so details become tedious and bothersome. If you’re not strong at follow-through, partner with a business manager or create automated systems that ensure things get done! —Kelly Azeved, She’s Got Systems 5. Avoiding Growth For Growth’s SakeWhen my partner Lev and I grew InsuranceAgents.com to #24 on the Inc. 500, we did it by growing for growth’s sake, not smart growth. Any revenue-generating opportunity we came across, we automatically said, “Yes!” The end result was a massive collapse of the company in 2009. However, through sheer effort and tons of luck, we managed to save it at the last second. Lesson learned: never grow for growth’s sake. It’s critical to slow down, take a deep breath, and ask yourself if your company can honestly support the strain that comes along with that new revenue stream. —Seth Kravitz, Technori 6. Time ManagementI know, it sounds boring. But as an entrepreneur, you are naturally dealing with limited resources, and you need to maximize your productivity. Specifically, you need to prioritize your activities so you are focusing your time, money and energy on activities that will bring you closer to your goals. If you don’t have a system for managing your time effectively, youíre squandering your most precious resource. If you want some great productivity tips, check out the book, No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy. —Pete Kennedy, Main Street ROI 7. Sales Is For EveryoneWhen starting a business, it is quite easy to put different hats on your team—“I will be sales, you lead our tech, she’ll be marketing and he’ll be in charge of operations and administration.” The reality of startup life is that everyone needs to build skills in selling the idea. This does not mean that each employee should treat every person they meet as an opportunity for a cash transaction. However, when you are involved in a startup, every person you meet might be of value, whether as a customer, adviser, partner or simply a brand advocate. Knowing your idea and being able to discuss it clearly and passionately will help the business uncover critical resources from everywhere. Every team member’s informal development plan should include a goal of improving communication and sales. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches 8. Don’t Ignore Your HealthThis might sound silly, but hydration is super important to keep my mind strong while in startup mode. We are all attached to our desks, cranking away on computers, and in business meetings. When do we have time to drink water? I’m serious—sometimes our health is ignored in our business, but in fact it enables our personal and business health. Stay hydrated! —Erica Dhawan, Erica Dhawan Inc. and GalahadsThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. Tags:#start#startups How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts center_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… scott gerberlast_img read more

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Goa journalists shocked at new accreditation guidelines

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Union of Journalists(GUJ) on Tuesday expressed shock at a new set of “Guidelines for accreditation of media organisation and their representatives” issued by the Goa Legislature Secretariat which proposes to govern passes to mediapersons covering the Assembly proceedings. “The guidelines strike at the very root of the freedom of speech and the right to be informed — both of which are at the core of our fundamental rights as citizens — and more than being an enabler are designed to block access for a majority of media houses and their representatives for covering the Assembly,” said a GUJ press release issued by its president Kishore Gaonkar. It demanded that the guidelines be withdrawn immediately or modified to ensure that no bona fide news organisation and journalist was denied entry to cover Assembly sessions.Naik Gaonkar, president of the GUJ, which represents nearly 200 working journalists, told The Hindu that the body would write to speaker Pramod Sawant asking him to withdraw the guidelines. “Goa is a small state, where very few newspapers have a circulation of more than 15,000 and there is no question of news portals getting 10,000 page views. Going by the guidelines, there will not be more than four journalists who will qualify to cover the assembly session,” he said adding that this was a regressive step in every way and gives the impression that those involved in decision-making are not interested in allowing journalists to cover Assembly proceedings. Interestingly, the guidelines have come a month after a journalist representing a mobile news message service was banned from the Assembly premises after his digital news service gave details related to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health. A senior legislative secretariat official said the set of norms were based on the guidelines followed by Parliament for accreditation of journalists.GUJ also demanded that a fresh set of guidelines be brought in consultation with the GUJ and the Press Accreditation Committee of the Goa Legislature Secretariat.last_img read more

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Nowitzki ‘disgusted’ by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench during the first half of the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 14, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday night he was “disgusted” to read about allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.The 20-year player who has spent his entire career with the Mavericks told reporters after the first post-All-Star break practice in Los Angeles that he was glad the franchise was addressing the situation by hiring outside counsel to investigate the allegations.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Cuban declined comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday.Two women claimed Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.A day earlier, the NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed. The league said it would “closely monitor” the investigation.“Their findings are going to go directly to Mark Cuban and (Commissioner) Adam Silver, and the Mavericks will abide by whatever recommendations are made,” coach Rick Carlisle said after practice. “I can tell you that when it comes to anything involving the Mavericks, Mark Cuban is a strong believer in extreme ownership, extreme accountability.”SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC D-League: Eze leads as Perpetual hammers Batangas-EAC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 “It’s very disappointing,” Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the article, obviously, as everybody was. I was shocked … that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on.”Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. 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Indian rugby team hopeful of win at CWG

first_imgRanked near the bottom among rugby sevens playing nations, the Indian team are rank outsiders at a top class field in the Commonwealth Games but the home squad is gearing up to prove that they can compete at the highest level.Indian rugby team is keen to do well against its stronger opponents.Grouped with Wales, South Africa and Tonga, the Indian ruggers have little chance to go beyond the preliminary league round but nonetheless are looking to give their more fancied rivals a run for their money in front of the home crowd.The Indian team is high on confidence after their recent title triumphs in Istanbul (Istanbul 7s) and England (Bee’s International 7s)–against some of the best club sides in Europe, Middle East and Asia–and a tour to New Zealand in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.Skipper Nasser Hussain sought to see the positive side and said they would not be overawed by their fancied opponents.He is rather upbeat that his side has got the chance to measure their strength against the best in the world.”The top 10 Rugby teams of the world are from Commonwealth countries. So the field is really going to be strong. But we are ready for the challenges and looking for some great rugby action in front of the home crowd,” Hussain said.”Commonwealth Games will bring the best out of all of us. Teams like New Zealand, South Africa, England and others have superior understanding of the game and that shows in their rankings. We all know as a team that there is still a long way to go for us. But we are looking forward to test ourselves against the best in the world. Who knows we can have an upset or two,” said Hussain.advertisement”Recent title triumphs in Istanbul and England have boosted our confidence.”Wales and South Africa are formidable sides and it would be quite a herculean task to beat them. But we expect to beat Tonga,” said Hussain.last_img read more

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Harmanpreet first Indian woman to slam T20I hundred

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues got together at the Providence Stadium in Guyana to break records in their Women’s World T20 opener against New Zealand on Friday.The duo stitched together a record 134-run partnership for the fourth wicket. The pair got together after the New Zealand women struck early blows to the Indian batting line-up. The openers were sent back quite cheaply, with debutant Dayalan Hemalatha being the only one making it to double figures.Harmanpreet albeit started slowly, soon changed gears and began attacking the New Zealand bowlers. Jemimah at the other end played with calm and finesse beyond her years.Women’s World T20 India vs New Zealand – LiveHarmanpreet raced to a 51-ball 103, laced with seven boundaries and eight sixes, and more importantly raised her game after Jemimah was dismissed for 59 off 45 balls.Making her first appearance in a World T20, Jemimah controlled her nerves playing the perfect second fiddle to the fluent Kaur, who was at her aggressive best throughout the innings – hitting seven boundaries.Kaur raced to a 33-ball 50 and in no time converted that to a magnificent century off only 49 deliveries.103 off 51 balls with seven fours and eight sixes – take a bow @ImHarmanpreet!India finish on 194/5 – can the @WHITE_FERNS chase it down?#NZvIND LIVE https://t.co/V7VsQBK1dn pic.twitter.com/5WBMoVzhnaICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018The India bench applaud a fantastic century from captain @ImHarmanpreet! #NZvIND #WT20 pic.twitter.com/E0ee6ZvcQ8ICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018Sensing the urgency of putting up a big total, Jemimah, towards the end also pressed on the accelerator to get to her half century off 40 balls.advertisementHaving cleared the fence eight times, Kaur now has the most number of sixes for India in a T20 innings, beating her own record of, five set against Sri Lanka in September this year.New Zealand managed to get rid of the partnership with Jess Watkin getting the back of Jemimah and Sophie Devine dismissing Kaur, but by then the damage was done as India walked back with the highest ever total in a World T20 tie.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

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