Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.After another stunning comeback from Liverpool in Thursday night’s semi-final against Villarreal, the Reds are FAVOURITES to win the Europa League title.Despite defending champions Sevilla – who beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the other semi – aiming for a third consecutive title, Jurgen Klopp’s men are 8/11 to lift their first European trophy since their famous Istanbul Champions League win.The Spanish side, meanwhile, are 11/10 to make history and claim victory against the Merseysiders in Basel on May 18.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Finn Harps have been handed a dream draw after they were paired to play the winners of Avondale/St.Michael’s in the FAI cup quarter-final.Harps earned a fantastic away victory against Wexford Youths on Friday winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Tommy Mc Monagle and Michael Funston.Their reward for that victory is a meeting with the only non-league sides left in the competition. Harps would be hot favourites to overcome either of the minnows, although an away draw is a logistical nightmare for Ollie Horgan and his charges.Avondale are based in Cork while St.Michael’s are from Tipperary, and with the game being scheduled to be played on a Sunday afternoon, it will be an early start for the Ballybofey side.Avondale and St.Michael’s play each other in their replay tonight, so Harps will know exactly who they’ll face later this evening. DREAM DRAW FOR HARPS IN FAI CUP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsnewssoccerSport
There are traffic delays in and around Letterkenny University Hospital at present following a two-car collision.The accident happened at the main entrance to the hospital just before 1.30pm.It is not known yet if any of those involved in the crash have been seriously injured. Two ambulances are at the scene.Motorists should expect delays if driving in the vicinity.Traffic delays after two car crash outside Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SAN JOSE — Defenseman Mario Ferraro could be available to play Saturday, two days after a big hit from defenseman Matt Dumba knocked him out of the Sharks’ game against the Minnesota Wild.Ferraro said Friday he was “a little sore, but recovering” after he was injured by Dumba’s hit in the second period of the Sharks’ 6-5 win over the Wild.Ferraro was chasing after a loose puck in the corner to the right of the Sharks’ goal when he was hit shoulder first into the boards. Ferraro raised his …
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Mark Ellingson spent 27 years as the pastor of the rural Holmes United Methodist Church as well as helping out at rural Lutheran Churches. In 2010 he became a Chaplain working with Hospice Care and then, in 2014, became Manager of Pastoral Services at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND. Mark has worked extensively with resilience especially in the context of disaster and trauma. He became a Board Certified Chaplain in 2013, fills in on Sundays at various small churches and continues to enjoy playing ball with the Holmes Softball Club. He is married to Betty, a Speech Pathologist in the schools and has five grown children and two grandsons. by Mark EllingsonThe church I served for 27 years was settled in the midst of the country, surrounded by trees, crops and wildlife. I always lived in the parsonage next door. About a mile away was our ballpark where softball teams came to play the church ball club sometimes with a deer watching from behind the left field fence.Military families from the nearby air force base found this setting inviting. We would usually have some Air Force folks who would find a rural home or farmstead to rent or buy instead of living on base.We learned some things about the military personnel who came among us. For one thing they would improve the homes in which they lived. Places which had been vacant for years would be mowed and painted and cleaned. The whole community looked better.As an established church of generally German background we had learned to accept the occasional Norwegian (like me as the pastor). Our military families brought different backgrounds and travel experiences which enriched, challenged and interested everyone.Many of the families discovered our church, attended and became active. They were great to have in church for they offered something often in short supply: initiative. If we had something which needed doing I could expect a volunteer from among my military members or their families. They were used to getting things done and seemed to thrive on completing a project. I remember when our church council talked about a new church sign to point the way to the church. Within a week one of my military men, one soon to be transferred, had the sign built and paid for.I enjoyed many times of working with my air force friends and fellowshipping at their homes. But I also learned some of the unique stresses they faced.Deployment was one stress. The military folks would tell about the places they visited and show souvenirs they had collected. But sometimes they would also share about the challenge of being apart from family and, perhaps even more difficult, coming back together after months of learning to do things on their own.Military living had other stresses, including issues of life and death. They had unique expectations and were looked at differently by civilians. As I spent time with my military families I learned some things which helped them.Participation in a group. I’ve already noted the value these families had for our church. But a group – church or other – which valued the contributions of military families helped those families deal with the other stresses. The families which sought us, or another group, were the better for us. As were we. Staying connected during deployments. When someone from our church was deployed we tried to stay connected. Sometimes it was a care package or just letters. If those letters and contact came from genuine caring they made a difference. And we also made efforts to affirm and support the family who stayed behind.A real welcome (or welcome back). Our middle-sized country church enjoyed having military families and welcomed them into the fellowship. When someone returned after deployment we also invited them to tell their stories and our people would turn out to see pictures and ask questions. Communication Skills for re-introduction after deployment. Perhaps the greatest challenge for deployed military is coming home and putting the family back together. Both the deployed and those left behind have learned to get along apart. How do they work that out?1. Patience in getting back together. Perhaps some families just “picked up” right where they were before the deployment. But, more often, the family had to take time to get to know one another again. The things the family learned to do weren’t immediately unlearned. So that took …2. Listening. Actually taking time to listen to one another is a skill everyone could work on, but all the more here. Listening was the best thing the church could do for everyone involved and a needed skill when the family is coming back together. While listening it was important to be …3. Acknowledging Changes. Some changes are obvious: the baby started to walk while dad was gone, the teenager grew three inches, the spouse grew out her hair. Other changes are less obvious having to do with new experiences the family had separately. Sometimes those experiences change a person. Such changes need to acknowledged and worked through. A military wife I knew learned to be very independent while her husband was gone and didn’t want to give back some of the things she’d begun to do on her own. The couple needed to work that through. They weren’t successful. Others, by listening with patience, created a stronger relationship.In looking back at our relationships with military families, I recognize the thing we did right was to include them. Inclusion means more than stopping by to invite them to church, though invitation is important. A person feels included when they are welcomed to bring in their uniqueness to the group. We welcomed the unique skills, background and experiences of our military families and only hope they learned as much from being part of our church family as we learned from them.
If you believe you are a vendor, your dream client isn’t going to perceive you as their peer. They’re going to perceive you as transactional, as a commodity. Your dream clients have lots of vendors. The prospect of dealing with another salesperson who doesn’t create enough value to be worth their time doesn’t excite them.If you believe that your dream client is always right and it is only your job to help them buy what they want to buy without question, you will never be perceived as a peer. A peer would challenge their thinking when it needed challenged. A peer would also make sure that whatever they did together was the biggest value-creating initiative they could dream up.If you avoid the difficult conversations around what your dream client really needs to do to produce the results they want, then you are something much less than a peer. A peer isn’t afraid to engage in constructive disagreements. They know how to disagree professionally, and they know how to nudge conversations in the right direction, opening their prospective clients to new ideas.If you are afraid that you will lose your opportunity by bringing other stakeholders into the decision making process, then you are not really in control of the process, you’re not giving your dream client good advice, and you are not a peer. A peer would help them build consensus. They wouldn’t run from the risk only to put their opportunity and their client’s goals at risk of loss to the status quo.If you are uncomfortable talking about the necessary investment for producing the results your dream client needs, you might be an order-taker, a vendor, or a supplier. But you aren’t someone your dream client can ever count on like they would a peer. If you allow your client to underinvest because you are uncomfortable with your pricing, you don’t believe in your solutions and neither will your dream client. A peer would help them spend the right amount for the right result.If you don’t have the business acumen and situational knowledge to sit across from your dream client and identify their possible paths forward, the appropriateness of each choice, and trade offs they will have to make based on each choice, you aren’t a peer. If there is information parity between you and your dream client, you aren’t a peer. If they know as much as you because they have the Internet, you’re in seriously deep trouble.Your dream client isn’t trying to hire a salesperson. They’re trying to hire someone who can help them deal with the challenges they face and capitalize on the opportunities in front of them. They’re looking for a business partner who can give them good counsel and help them execute on the right solutions.You sell best when you sell as a peer.
After the outrage over Hockey India’s meagre incentives to the victorious hockey players, the Sports Ministry on Wednesday hiked the reward money. Sports Minister Ajay Makan, who maintained “a small thing is unnecessarily snowballed into major controversy”, has said the government will give an award of Rs 1.5 lakh each to 17 members of hockey team that won in China. Maken said he requested the government of India to consider granting reward money to players under a special scheme. “After discussion it was decided that Sports Ministry will give an award of Rs 1.5 lakh each to members of the team,” the minister said. Hockey India had offered the players a paltry sum of Rs 25,000 for the recently won Asian Champions Trophy, which was refused by the team. The players were offered the money by HI during their felicitation on Tuesday. But the players refused, saying the amount was too less and would not even fetch them a decent playing kit. Maken said players did the right thing in refusing Rs 25000 given to them earlier. “I think no action should be taken against these players,” he said. The Indian team beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a tie-breaker in the finals of the inaugural championship in China. Hockey management in India too is under perennial crisis. Recently, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy from India. Maken also said, “I have tried and will continue trying to make sure things are fine between FIH and HI. The fighting between the two is the cause for the current state of hockey in India.” The minister said the players get the reward automatically. “The government had been giving awards medal winners in international sports even. That’s why we don’t announce, because it is in public domain. We don’t take credit. The players automatically get money. In the past six months, we had given Rs 7.81 crore on preparation of hockey team,” he said. State govts show the way Earlier, even as the Union Sports Ministry had washed its hands off the entire episode, the Punjab and Maharashtra state governments had announced bigger cash rewards for the players. While Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced Rs 25 lakh for the entire team, the Maharashtra government was giving 10 lakh to Yuvraj Walmiki, a player from the state. The move came even as Maken failed to announce any rewards suggesting they had spent enough on Indian hockey. In fact, after announcing the reward, the Punjab deputy CM said the Centre should apologise for the shabby treatment of the players after their big win. Maken absolves govt Maken was quick to absolve the Sports Ministry of any blame in the matter. He tweeted that the government had nothing to do with the measly reward for the new Asian champions. The Sports Minister tweeted, “Rs 25000 cash award was not announced by Govt but by the Hockey India. Govt spends all the money on training, coaching & foreign exposure.” He went on to tweet that the government has spent almost Rs eight crore on the hockey team in the last six months, Rs 5.97 crore on national coaching camps, Rs 1.75cr on foreign visits and Rs 8.75 lakh on foreign experts.advertisement
After a real resurgence that saw her get to two finals — including at the 2017 Australian Open, where she lost to her younger sister Serena, a straight-set winner Tuesday — and two other semifinals in a six-major span, Williams was bumped from two of the past four Slams in the first round.Thanks to recent results, the former No. 1-ranked player is currently 36th; the last time she appeared at a major without the benefit of a seeding was the 2014 Australian Open.And so, in the seedings anyway, Williams was the underdog in this one, even if Buzarnescu was making only her fifth main-draw appearance at a Slam.She came in seeking her first career victory at the Australian Open, where she lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki a year ago in her Melbourne debut. And so while she did move out to that early lead, Williams credited “experience” with helping her turn things around.“I feel like I’ve played the game for a while,” said Williams, who recently split from longtime coach David Witt. “You just have to buckle down and try to play better than your opponent, and it worked out today.”ADVERTISEMENT And over the next 70 minutes Tuesday, Williams went from nearly gone to moving on, putting together a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Buzarnescu to reach the second round in Melbourne.“It was pretty hairy there,” the 38-year-old Williams said. “I hope this match will prepare me for the rest of the tournament.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe knows her way around a Grand Slam court and a real challenge, having won seven major titles and dealt with an energy sapping autoimmune disease for years.This match against Buzarnescu, a 30-year-old Romanian who earned a Ph.D. degree in sports science while taking an injury-forced sabbatical from tennis, had plenty of ups and downs for Williams, much like her recent record. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening United States’ Venus Williams reaches for a backhand return to Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — Things were looking bad for Venus Williams, who was perilously close to an opening-round exit at the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years.When she double-faulted twice in the span of three points, Williams suddenly trailed by a set and a break against 25th-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu. At that moment, 1½ hours into the match, all that separated Williams from defeat was one game. Just one.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 View comments Sure did, but it was touch-and-go there for a bit.Buzarnescu served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, but Williams broke at love there, then was superior in the tiebreaker that would follow. In the third set, Williams went up immediately, breaking to lead 2-0, and that was pretty much that.If anything, Williams looked stronger and stronger as the match stretched beyond 2½ hours.“It was a real marathon,” said Williams, who faces Alize Cornet in the second round. “She played amazing and it was really hard to get on top of her.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño ‘Serena-tard’ debuts at Australian Open LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion