Kotoko will not be intimidated by tricks of Algerian side JSM Bejaia – Coach Didi Dramani

first_imgKotoko coach Masud Didi Dramani has dispelled fears that Kotoko could be intimidated in today’s CAF Champions League qualifier against Algerian side Jeuness Sportive Madinet de Bejaia.The Algerian club have adopted several antics to frustrate the Ghanaian club ahead of Friday’s game which has sparked fears of cheating against the Porcupine Warriors.Contrary to FIFA regulations Kotoko were put on a bus from Algiers to Bajaia which is more than the 200km meaning they should have been put on an aircraft on the journey that took four hours by bus.The Ghanaians were also housed in a shoddy hotel while the constant change in the kick-off time are some of the tricks the Algerians have adopted to outwit the Porcupine Warriors.The Kotoko trainer said his team has the right mental attitude insisting that no amount of rough tactics adopted by their opponents will quench their desire to go all out in today’s tough duel.“At this level, we cannot be intimidated. We know how to play against the odds. In away matches you do things that favour you, not the things that will be to your disadvantage” said the Kotoko coach. “In Equatorial Guinea, we had the right attitude and in Algeria, it will not be different. Nobody can intimidate us.” he said.The fabulous lads reached the 1/16th stage of the competition after eliminating Equatorial Guinea’s Sony Nguema who they routed 7-0 in Kumasi before finishing off their excellent work with a 1-0 victory in Malabo.The Porcupines are therefore looking forward to overpower JSM Bajaia in the first leg encounter at the Stade de l’Unite Maghrebine to put their dream on course.The Porcupines left the shores of Ghana on Monday and have since been preparing feverishly for the all-important game.Kotoko fans and pundits have been expressing varying views on the match with the consensus being that as it is typical of most North African clubs, the relatively unknown JSM Bajaia could give Kotoko real difficulties in their backyard. But Coach Dramani rejected that notion. He argued that his players are not bothered by the pre-match commentaries but are fully aware that their supporters expect nothing apart from a result that will see them advancing to the next stage after the second leg has been played.Coach Dramani made it clear that Kotoko have their eyes firmly fixed on eliminating JSM Bajaia.“We cannot put everything we have done in the public domain. We have done a lot. We have the right choice of players. We will adopt the right approach and secure a good result” he said. He added that with their preparatory matches going well, there was nothing to fear.“Every previous game is preparation for the next game. We used the FA Cup match to assess our readiness. We have a positive approach. That approach will lead us into the game” he said.last_img read more

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Abrams proposal for eliminating sales tax exemption on non-profit hospitals quickly dies in Senate

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Legislature has been working overtime to try to come to some kind of solution on the $406 million budget gap now plaguing the capitol. The latest news is all nonessential state workers will be immediately furloughed if a budget isn’t worked out by June 7.Steve AbramsBut one proposal that died quickly was one proposal by Kansas State Senator Steve Abrams, who represents Sumner County. The 32nd District Senator proposed ending a sales tax exemption for some nonprofit organizations, including 118 of the state’s 127 hospitals that are non-profit. Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington is on that list.Abrams contended that eliminating the exemptions would allow the state to avoid increases to sales taxes and income taxes.His plan would have closed a sales tax exemption on property and services for public and nonprofit hospitals and blood banks. Ending this and those of other exemptions would bring in $635 million total according to budgetary estimates.The proposal, issued on Sunday, died a quick death in Topeka. The Senate voted down the the plan on Monday after several hours of debate. But with the state facing a budget gap with new taxes, there’s a chance lawmakers could take another look at it.SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez said the proposal on Monday “could” hurt SRMC but the proposal was so new then, he couldn’t determine what the impact would be to the hospital.The Kansas Hospital Association issued the following statement: “During the debate, an amendment was offered by Senator Steve Abrams (R-Arkansas City) that attempted to balance the budget by largely removing the sales tax exemptions for certain organizations, including non-profit hospitals. Senator Abrams suggested his amendment was intended to broaden the tax base for the state and avoid an increase in the state sales or income tax. During the floor debate, many senators spoke on the amendment including several who raised concerns about its impact on non-profit hospitals. In the end, only 9 Senators supported the amendment brought by Senator Abrams and 30 voted against the removal of the sales tax exemptions. Towards that end, this most recent amendment demonstrates that the legislature is considering any solution to address the budget shortfall. While this recent amendment was defeated soundly, the hospital community should be on alert that other similar proposals may arise. If you have not done so recently, this is an opportune time to reengage your elected officials.  Ask them to support their local community hospital and reject any future recommendations that may harm the ability to provide care.In the Hays Post, Abrams said the plan was based on recommendations made in a 2010 Legislative Post Audit report. The rationale, Abrams said, was to remove exemptions for nonprofits that compete with similar for-profit entities that don’t enjoy the same tax privileges. Sen. Vicki Schmidt said legislators had given nonprofit hospitals the tax exemption for a reason. “I would guess it’s because nonprofit hospitals have a charity mission and for-profit hospitals often don’t share that mission,” said Schmidt, a Republican from Topeka. “And we treat charities differently in our law.”Sen. Molly Baumgardner, a Louisburg Republican, raised concerns during the caucus meeting that taxing hospitals and Boy and Girl Scouts would spark public backlash. Abrams said any tax plan would be viewed as targeting someone.Abrams’ plan also included the closure of exemptions for machinery and equipment, to bring in more than $200 million.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down time to act · 271 weeks ago Cue, could you post all of the local representation with their contact information so that we may contact our legislators. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 271 weeks ago I have had many discussions (arguments) with Mr. Abrams. As a life long Republican I am ashamed that Mr. Abrams is my Senator. This man has no reguard for Small business people or Farmers. His only concern is for large corporations and the Koch company. There is an easy solution to this problem. Leave all exemptions as they are and exempt all income below $300,000 then tax ALL income, individual and corporate, above that figure. Report Reply 3 replies · active 271 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Economics 101 · 271 weeks ago Tell me you are kidding? Under your “tax plan”, I would surely be exempt! I however do not think that you are serious about this fixing our current tax situation. Why would I try to increase my wealth if I know that at some point it will start being taken from me. To fix the current “tax situation” we have to stop taking from the rich to give to the poor. I am a typical middle class citizen and feel like it is my civic duty to pay my taxes, as should everyone else (rich or poor). I also don’t feel like because I have more children than you that I should get to pay less. Taxes across the board, same percent! Some will still pay less than others but it is a fair assessment of how they should be paid. Taxes should be used to support those things that everyone uses (roads, education, medical). Bottom line is…..if businesses aren’t allowed to grow and owners aren’t able to increase their wealth – there is no reason for them to try! Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down proof · 271 weeks ago If your going to attack him at least provide some credible proof that he has no concern for small business and farmer, otherwise your comments seem baseless. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Economics 101 · 271 weeks ago How about you can make $299,999.99 on your annual salary and pay no taxes, or you can make $300,000 on your annual salary and pay let’s say $1000 in taxes – what is your choice? Also proof where I was getting at is why is it the person making the $300,000 responsibility to pay for the roads you drive on, the emergency services you access, or for the education your child gets and you contribute nothing. I am proud to pay my portion of taxes and don’t think that it is fair to push more responsibility off on people who are already providing our economy with much needed money in the form of JOBS. I also didn’t say anything about him not having concern for small businesses or farmer, I can see that he obviously does. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down gggrg · 265 weeks ago Tired Taxpayer Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Serena says motherhood may make her better player

first_imgThe surgery went well “and then everything went bad,” she said.Williams, who has a history of blood clots, suffered from shortness of breath the day after the birth and told her doctors she needed a CT scan.Several small blood clots were found in her lungs, and Williams was put on an anticoagulant.“I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!” she joked.More complications followed as intense coughing caused her C-section wound to open and a hematoma was found in her abdomen.After returning home, Williams said she was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.In the interview, Williams also discussed her rivalry with her older sister, Venus.“I know that her career might have been different if she had had my health,” Serena said.“I know how hard she works,” she said. “I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she’s losing. Solemn. It breaks my heart.“So when I play her now, I absolutely don’t look at her, because if she gets that look, then I’ll start feeling bad, and the next thing you know I’ll be losing.“I think that’s when the turning point came in our rivalry, when I stopped looking at her,” she said.Share on: WhatsApp Washington, United States | AFP | Look out, women’s tennis. Serena Williams isn’t quite back on tour, but she says she wants more Grand Slam titles and may be an even better player after becoming a mother.In an interview with Vogue magazine published Wednesday, Williams also recounts the harrowing medical ordeal she went through after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1.Williams, 36, played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December but pulled out of this month’s Australian Open, saying she was “super close” but not yet playing at the level needed to compete.She is now eyeing a return to the women’s tour at the Indian Wells tournament in March.Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, told Vogue she is determined to win more major titles and surpass the record of 24 Slams held by Australia’s Margaret Court.“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams,” she said. “I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately.“It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25,” said the 36-year-old Williams.Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at a star-studded wedding in New Orleans in November, said being a mother may boost her quest.“Actually, I think having a baby might help,” she said. “When I’m too anxious, I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born.“Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match,” she said. “I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige.“I want them, but I don’t need them,” she said. “That’s a different feeling for me.”– Medical ordeal –Williams told Vogue she had an emergency cesarean section after the baby’s heart rate fell dangerously low during contractions.last_img read more

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Beaver Falls rallies to win Class AA title

first_imgby Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Beaver Falls defense came in waves, and it didn’t stop whether the team was down 12 or surging ahead in the fourth quarter.The Tigers’ pressure finally wore down Holy Cross late, especially with the Crusaders’ 6-foot-6 center Josh Kosin in foul trouble.The Tigers took advantage of Kosin’s absence by attacking the basket, hitting 3-pointers and making clutch foul shots down the stretch to rally for a 69-63 victory Saturday to win the state Class AA title.“We just ramped up the pressure a little bit to a level perhaps that they hadn’t seen,” Tigers coach Doug Biega said. “I’m just very proud of how our team closed the game.”Micoy Mason hit two late 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the WPIAL champions, who lost in the finals last year to Imhotep Charter, this year’s Class AAA champ. Four Tigers finished in double figures.But the Tigers (28-3) pride themselves especially on defense. They limited the Scranton-area Crusaders (27-6) to 36 percent shooting in the second half after Holy Cross hit 60 percent before halftime.Having Kosin (25 points, 11 rebounds) hampered with four fouls for much of the second half didn’t help. Holy Cross led by eight at the half and 48-41 after three quarters thanks in large part to Kosin.He understandably plays a huge part in stabilizing Holy Cross on the offensive end, and provides a defensive presence down low.But the Crusaders seemed to lose aggressiveness as Kosin and frontcourt-mate Casey Gaughan (10 points) battled foul trouble. Gaughan also entered the fourth with four fouls and eventually fouled out.“Anytime guys get in foul trouble, we have a problem. We get short in a hurry,” Holy Cross coach Al Callejas said. “We had two guys in foul trouble and that kind of hurt us. It was a physical game.”Beaver Falls got its last seven points at the foul line, including a pair of big shots by Drew Cook with 10 seconds left.Just seconds earlier Cook missed two foul shots with his team leading by three. The errant free throws breathed new life into Holy Cross’ hopes for a miracle comeback. But Cook (15 points, six rebounds) dashed those hopes by sinking both shots.Beaver Falls finished 8-of-21 shooting from the 3-point arc, including the three 3s in the final five minutes — two by Mason — and a handful of 3s in the first quarter that helped the Tigers hang in the game after Kosin dominated early.“If we’re hitting our 3s and executing our plays, we’ll be in pretty good shape, and that’s what happened,” Mason said.Beaver Falls’ Dan Stratton scored 14 points before fouling out, while Elijah Cottrill added 12.Holy Cross controlled the pace early, buoyed by a boisterous student section that showed up in white for a makeshift “whiteout” inside the Giant Center.Kosin gave Holy Cross a 35-27 halftime lead by altering a couple of shot attempts on the defensive end and hitting a pair of foul shots after chasing down a loose ball.“We threw everything but the kitchen sink at that kid to stop him, and we really didn’t,” Biega said. “He scored 25 points in 27 minutes.”What did stop limit Kosin was foul trouble.Kosin picked up his fourth foul with 1:06 left in the third quarter. He and Gaughan were on the bench when the fourth quarter started, but the pair quickly re-entered as Callejas sought to slow down the Tigers’ momentum.It didn’t really help. The Crusaders were outscored 28-15 in the final quarter.“I’m so proud of our effort,” Callejas said. “Give Beaver Falls credit … They hustled all over the place. Eventually that’s what cost us.”Callejas’ son, Connor, finished with 12 points and six assists for the Crusaders.Beaver Falls last won a state title in 2005. STATE CHAMPS–Holy Cross’ Connor Callejas (13) stumbles as he dribbles against Beaver Falls’ Javon Turner in the first half of the PIAA Class AA boys basketball championship game, Saturday, March 23, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)last_img read more

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Warriors-Jazz cheatsheet: Utah is reeling, but don’t count them out

first_imgThe Utah Jazz are in the midst of a losing stretch, dropping four of their last five games. However, if history is any indicator, a run could be around the corner. Golden State is hoping they aren’t the first victim of a Jazz turnaround.Get to know all about the Jazz below. Where/When: Vivint Smart Home Arena, 6 p.m. (NBCSBA) Jazz projected starting lineup: Jae Crowder, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Donovan MitchellJazz stock report: In what seems like an annual …last_img

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What should be the requirements in IoT communication?

first_imgTags:#data security#Internet of Things#IoT#Knowmail#privacy Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Eran Abramson Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The future is coming fast, connectivity is a commodity, and IoT is upon us; steadily taking shape, growing in popularity, and becoming a reality.To assure growing adoption rates and usage, there are certain requirements and caveats on which we must agree. Otherwise, it will either be a passing trend or just an early adopter’s hope for mass acceptance.So for IoT to truly become the “next thing” with all devices and users connected in and out of the home, we must take a look at the cost of connection, device type, and privacy.Painless connectivity – “The Experience”When referring to cost, we speak of the ease of connectivity and IoT protocol that is built in and available.As with current digital products, services, and websites, we go through a variety of experiences that range from outstanding to awful. Just recall when you connect to a Bluetooth device, is it intuitive and painless or strenuous and difficult?For mass IoT adoption, connectivity must be painless, quick, and intuitive – Anything different would be ignored and deemed useless.Whether we personally see it beneficial or required, any device that could be connected will end up created (or upgraded) as so. There must be an IoT connectivity standardization as we have with current devices being ‘bluetooth enabled’, ‘wifi available’, built with “Intel inside” or IoT “wireless plug-and-play.”This will be both a technical and logistical issue, as the ability to connect must be a non-issue on its own: either a “Yes” or a “No,” but not a “How.” Just like a good design: don’t make me think.What about devices?From our refrigerator to the stop light, to the office whiteboard, to the scale in the grocery store to…you get the point.What one individual will see as useless, another will see as heaven sent. If individuals will find it useful, heck…connectable, then it will be adopted to the IoT landscape.Users should have the choice of whether to connect or not and the amount of details needed to utilize available features.In addition, it is likely devices will have various grades of intelligence, from simple to super-intelligent. For example, simple lightbulbs are either on or off, where a smart whiteboard would allow enhanced capabilities: image capture, sharing/collaborating, sync and more.The key issue of privacyBack in 2010, Mark Zuckerberg made a few comments how people no longer have an expectation of privacy. Since then, we can notice such a movement, as devices, websites, services, and products are requiring (not requesting) access to more and more personal info.If this will be the case in the near future, privacy selection should be strict and crystal clear, so there won’t be a worry about why or the potential ethical dilemmas.As with devices, I believe there will be a known standard and different preferences you can select between: fully personal, semi-personal, combo, semi-public and fully public.While you have the capability to turn off specific “permissions” in certain apps today, it would be hell to do so for every single app, so a strict yet simple menu of privacy access should be the standard as to maintain ‘painless connectivity’. You should be able to limit the stream of data to know ahead of time which features won’t be available at each privacy level.Take for example virtual personal assistants or Alexa: granting access to your contacts, calendar, email, and social life enables more features, but all such access is not needed at a friend’s house…in that case, you would be able to only join with permissions needed for temporary use.IoT has the potential to grant many capabilities, yet intuitiveness would be a requirement to be picked up beyond the early adopters and have an easy set of rules to abide by, consisting of painless connectivity as well as device and privacy selection.So while the IoT ground rules may vary, what do you think should be the ultimate IoT device you should always carry? Or will there be more than one?Eran Abramson, Head of Marketing, KnowmailThe author is head of marketing at Knowmail, an artificially intelligent inbox assistant for professionals. He is an entrepreneur and creative with vast startup experience as well as mentoring and instructing venture creation and product management.center_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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Value Creation First. Rapport Building Second.

first_imgIt used to be customary that the salesperson to try to connect and develop rapport with a prospective client before tackling the business agenda they suggested when they scheduled the meeting. The salesperson would sit down in the prospective client’s office and look for something they had in common. They’d ask about the pictures on the client’s desk, especially pictures of their children. Or they would look for signs about what their prospective clients interests were, including things like where they went to college, what their hobbies are, or what kind of car they drive.Now, because everyone has more work to do in less time, and because so many companies are operating lean, most prospective clients aren’t willing to suffer through the rapport-building exercise first. Instead, they’re more interested in a business conversation and agenda.Value Creation FirstIf you cannot create commercial, economic, or strategic value during a sales call, you are unlikely to get the opportunity to develop a relationship with the prospective client. They are not going to waste time allowing you to build rapport and invest in a relationship with someone who cannot help them produce better results.By putting the business agenda first, and you prove yourself as a professional. When you ask your prospective client for a meeting, you suggested that you could help them produce better business results, not find a personal ground that would allow you to attempt to build rapport and develop a relationship. The relationship your prospective client is interested in developing is a commercial relationship. A commercial relationship does not preclude a friendship, but it does require create value for the prospective client as it pertains to their business.Rapport SecondThe greater the value you create in a commercial sense, the more likely you are to have the opportunity to develop the rapport and relationship that allows you to create a deeper preference to work with you. This is the normal course today, with the commercial and economic value creation happening first, and the reporting relationship building happening later, only because no one wants to invest in a relationship with someone with whom they are not intending to do business with.This is a generalization. All generalizations are lies, including this one. There are some people in some places where moving to the business agenda without the rapport-building and relationship building formalities is a mistake. Most of the time in sales you are not working in situations where there is black or white approaches. You have to be comfortable working in the gray. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Mexico falls to Denmark in final tuneup

first_imgDenmark 2 Mexico 0: Poulsen beauty awakes goal-shy attack Ben Spratt 04:26 6/10/18 YussufPoulsen - cropped Getty Images Denmark are heading into the World Cup on a high after their difficulties in front of goal were ended by Yussuf Poulsen against Mexico. Yussuf Poulsen’s stunning strike awoke Denmark’s goal-shy attack from its slumber to inspire a 2-0 defeat of Mexico in their final World Cup warm-up match.Denmark struggled to find the net after thrashing Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the qualifying play-offs and looked set for a third consecutive goalless draw in Brondby.But after toiling in front of goal, Poulsen bent a glorious 71st-minute effort into the top-left corner to lift the mood, before Christian Eriksen netted a quickfire second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The result will be a boost for Denmark ahead of their World Cup opener against Peru next Saturday, while Mexico face the even more daunting task of defending champions Germany the day after.#DENvMEX | FT | We suffered a defeat against Denmark.#NadaNosDetiene pic.twitter.com/k79XoctvXS— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 9, 2018Denmark started brightly and Nicolai Jorgensen glanced an early header wide before seeing a close-range effort blocked by Guillermo Ochoa, who soon denied new Borussia Dortmund signing Thomas Delaney.However, Mexico, led by the dazzling Jesus Manuel Corona on the left, built some momentum and tested Kasper Schmeichel through Hector Herrera’s strike.Schmeichel saved again when Oribe Peralta volleyed on target, but Denmark regained a measure of control with the impactful half-time introductions of Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Dolberg.Braithwaite centred for his fellow substitute to stab wide, before twice failing to beat Ochoa from a tight angle on the left.It looked like Denmark would be frustrated once again until Poulsen cut inside from the left and lifted a gorgeous curler over Ochoa and into the net.That was the lift the home side needed, with Eriksen bursting through on the right three minutes later to hammer a low finish past the goalkeeper and seal a fine win. read morelast_img read more

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