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Warriors 130, Kings, 125: Warriors’ All-Stars prevail in crunch time

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Before the Warriors and Kings could show if they ever would become in-state rivals on the court, the Kings tried to ignite the atmosphere with a good-natured jab.During the Warriors’ starting lineup introductions, the Kings’ scoreboard played video footage of astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the moon over 49 years ago. Stephen Curry and his teammates watched the screen and laughed at the obvious implication. The Kings poked fun at Curry joking in a recent podcast that the …last_img

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South Africa to rally behind Bafana

first_img22 June 2010 It’s going to be Football Tuesday in South Africa today, with business and political leaders, joined by former president Nelson Mandela and the International Marketing Council, calling for a massive show of support for Bafana Bafana ahead of their crucial World Cup match against France. Primedia, the Southern Sun hotel group and the International Marketing Council have called on South Africans to “paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team.” Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament. “The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” Sophie Masipa, marketing manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, said on Friday. “‘Bafana Bafana, we believe!’ should be the war cry on Tuesday,” Masipa said. “Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th is us, the fans, and we must carry on playing our part.” President Jacob Zuma, for his part, has urged the country not to give up hope of progressing in the tournament. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on Saturday. “South Africans are already winners,” Zuma added. “The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor told the Sunday Times that Mandela and the Foundation wished Bafana the best of luck for their game against France, adding: “We assure you of our unwavering support.” Bafana Bafana, the IMC’s Masipa said, had in the past the past few weeks “done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks’ World Cup triumph. “With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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A Startup Should Take out a Business Loan that Makes Sense

first_imgReasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Tags:#Business Funding#Finance Taking out any loan for your business or personal use is easy nowadays, but it is highly essential that you take out a loan that makes sense. No one wants to fall into a debt trap making life difficult. If you’re going to be stress-free then you should consider your need and most importantly the different scenarios before you take out a business loan to fund your startup. A startup should take out a business loan that makes sense.You may need money, a lot of it, for starting a business or for expanding.When you consult other businesses, friends, family or mentor about borrowing you will come across a series of varied opinions.You will come across a group of a traditional pessimist who will tell you about all the cautionary anecdotes that they can think of, and they will warn you from taking out a loan.On the other hand, you will be greeted by others who will encourage you to go ahead suggesting that a business loan has blessed them.You may be in a situation where you will face a dilemma in determining the feasibility of taking out a loan for your business.Since the negatives make a more significant and more effective impact in human minds, you will be apprehensive about a situation when you will have to face the trauma of carrying unmanageable debts. In such circumstances, like most people you’ll look out for ways in which you can find relief from your debt. You’ll consider debt and loans from different reliable and tested sources such as nationaldebtreliefprograms.com.Doing all of the research necessary will eat up your time and energy.You may feel you could have devoted this amount of time to other vital areas of your business ensuring more productivity and growth.To avoid such situations, it is crucial that you consider the different factors that will influence your decision to take out a business loan for your startup. You must also find several other things such as:The particular stage of your business when you need the moneyThe specific purpose of the loan and whether or not you can postpone it or manage it with an alternativeThe credit history of your businessThe amount that you are eligible toThe rate of interest you will have to pay on the business loan andYour ability and cash flow to repay the loan on time with interest without any defaults.It is only after considering all situations that you will know the difference between a good and a bad loan.Replenish your inventory.There may be times when you may need to replenish your business inventory which by it is perhaps the most significant expense for any business. Moreover, if you are into seasonal business, you will need even more money to buy a considerable amount of it in bulk well before the seasonal sale starts.If you do not have considerable funds on hand or in the bank you will need to take out a business loan. These loans are called an inventory loan. To make sure that you take a wise step there are a few things that you should consider beforehand such as:Comparing your sales projections this year with that of the last few yearsComparing the cost of the business loan with your current sales projections andFinding out the prevailing as well as upcoming market condition as these are extremely volatile.However, when you consider your future sales prospects and make a projection this year make sure that you are cautious, calculative and most importantly a bit conservative. This will help you to know the feasibility of taking out such a loan.Other situations to consider.Apart from your inventory purchase, there are a lot of other situations when you may need to borrow money for your startup. A few of these are:Need to purchase equipment:Irrespective of the type of business, you will need specific equipment. It may be IT tools or machinery, but you will need these to make your business operations more accessible and add to efficiency and productivity. Taking out a loan in such situations is a possible decision because the equipment that you purchase will be the collateral itself. Having a guarantee to hold against a loan will lower the rate of interest but make sure that the material itself is worthy enough to invest on.Need to expand office:When your workforce outgrows the available space in your current office, you may feel it is the right time to expand it and take up a larger space altogether. Larger accommodations involve an enormous cost of leasing a new real estate, picking and moving, overhead and other allied expenses. If you do not have immediate cash in hand, talking out a business loan is an excellent option to deal with the numerous financial aspects. However, consider the potential vagaries in revenue due to such relocation, especially if you are into a retail business.Need fresh talent:When your business grows, you will need to hire more people as few people wearing too many hats at work affects productivity negatively. A lot of startups get a loan to recruit new talent to keep their business running, innovative and competitive.However, you should be wise enough to evaluate the revenue generated later on so that it is enough to cover the debt as well as its costs. Remember, it is essential that you make future projection at present as the impact of fresh talent is not visible immediately. Thinking ahead will help you to see the bigger picture.Grab an opportunity:Sometimes, you will need to grab an opportunity which is too costly to let go, but you may not have the money to go ahead. Take a loan if you think that the return will cover the burden of debt.If you want to build your score sometimes taking out small business loans and repaying it successfully will help in building your score so that you can take a bigger loan in future if required. It all depends on your prudence and the reason for taking a business loan. Marina Thomas is a marketing and communication expert. She also serves as a content developer with many years of experience. She helps clients in long-term wealth plans. She has previously covered an extensive range of topics in her posts, including Money Saving, Budgeting, Cryptocurrency, Business debt consolidation, Business, and Start-ups. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture marina thomas What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgDownload the 21 Free Motion Graphics for PremiereClick the button below to download the free pack of 21 Motion Graphics for Premiere. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These motion graphics are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 21 FREE MOTION GRAPHICSUsing The Free Motion Graphics TemplatesThe great thing about using the Essential Graphics Panel to create templates like this is that it allows you to customize certain parameters and aspects of your motion graphics without going back and forth between After Effects and Premiere.As I mentioned above, the download includes the AE project file, so if you’d like to customize fonts, colors, and animation in a very specific way that we didn’t include in the template, feel free to open the project up and change whatever you’d like.With each of these templates, you’ll find specific tools that you can use to customize the animations, colors, and text to your liking.Before using these templates, be sure you are up to date with the most recent versions of Premiere and After Effects.Step 1: Install the fontsIn the download folder, you’ll find all the fonts you need to use the title graphics. Install these fonts before trying to use these graphics — otherwise they might not look correct.Step 2: Install the .mogrt files into PremiereTo install the .mogrt files (the template files that Premiere uses for the Essential Graphics Panel) in Premiere, you need to open the Essential Graphics Panel.In the bottom right-hand corner of the Essential Graphics panel, you’ll see a little plus button and square (pictured above). Click on that button and install the template that you want.At the time of this posting, there is no way to install multiple templates simultaneously; you have to install one at a time.Step 3: Using/customizing the templatesOnce you’ve installed your templates, drag your graphic of choice down to the timeline. Now, once you select that graphic, you’ll notice some customization options in the Essential Graphics Panel. Here you can change colors, text, and various opacities, and you can turn certain elements on or off.This will be different for each graphic, as the customization options depend on the needs and capabilities of each particular graphic.What’s truly fantastic about this workflow is that you can copy and paste the same graphic to a different place in your timeline, and once you change the copy, the original will remain unchanged. This is not the case with other workflows (dynamic link, etc.).BONUS: Pair with RocketStock’s 15 Free Lower ThirdsRecently, RocketStock released a similar pack of 15 FREE Lower Thirds. We created this pack of motion graphics templates specifically to play nice with that freebie pack. So, if you merge the two, you’ll have a pretty nice library of drag-and-drop motion graphics that all have a similar visual style.To find out how to use these lower thirds (which also covers the process for using and installing these graphics), watch the video below:The Essential Graphics Panel is the way of the future. Get used to it, experiment with it, and find some great and ways to add some really clean and professional motion graphics to your video projects.Enjoy!Looking for more on motion graphics? Check out these articles.17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion GraphicsHow to Create a Motion Graphics Template in Adobe After Effects3 Typography Motion Graphics Tips | After Effects TutorialLearn How to Create 2D Motion Graphics with After EffectsAnimate Your Text With Handwriting Motion Graphics Want to add some motion graphics to your videos — without After Effects? Download these 21 Free Motion Graphics templates for direct use in Premiere Pro.One of the best new additions to the creative cloud in the last few years has been the extremely convenient Essential Graphics Panel. This is a handy way for After Effects and Premiere Pro to coexist in perfect harmony.Using this free pack of motion graphics templates for Premiere, you can quickly add customizable motion to your video projects without ever opening After Effects.This Free Pack of 21 Motion Graphics for Premiere includes the following:8 customizable animated text titles.13 clean and modern transitions with customizable colors..AE project file (customize however you’d like).last_img read more

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Recognition and Gratitude (A Note to the Sales Leader)

first_imgWe tend to believe that the greatest levers we have to pull when it comes to improving salesforce performance are things like compensation structures and bonuses. And compensation is surely a critical component when it comes to building a high-performing sales organization.But there are two far more powerful levers: Recognition and gratitude.I Recognize . . .One of the most powerful forces in improving salesforce performance is to recognize sales people for their successes and their contributions. Too often we make the mistake of believing that because someone is doing the job that we don’t need to recognize them when they succeed. We think we don’t need to recognize them for their contribution. This is wrong. Human beings have a deep, inborn need to be significant. They need to know that what they do matters, that it’s making a difference, and that they’re contributing.Thank You for Your ContributionThe second lever, gratitude, is equally as important. It’s important to say thank you. It’s important to express your gratitude for a job well done. It says that you notice, that you care. It also tells the salesperson that you care about them as an individual, as a person.There are some people who are money motivated. They want a monetary reward for everything they do. A few don’t care about recognition or gratitude. But they are the exception, not the rule.The struggle with always using compensation and monetary rewards is that it begins a process where everything is done for monetary rewards. Things are done for pride. Things are done for meaning. Things are done for unit cohesion, because you’re part of the team.Like everything in sales and sales management, it comes down to balance. Is there anything wrong with monetary rewards? No, of course not. But monetary rewards should be part of the strategy that also includes things like recognition and gratitude. Absolutely. And if you’re ignoring these two levers, you’re ignoring them at your peril.QuestionsAre you relying too heavily on monetary rewards alone?When was the last time you recognize someone for the excellent work that they did?When was last time you said thank you to an employee for doing a job well.?How important is it for individuals to feel significant what affiliative make a contribution?Find three people to recognize and three to thank this week.last_img read more

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Trouble brewing on Manipur University campus again

first_imgEmbattled Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey has banned the staff and teachers’ associations of Manipur University after returning from long leave on Saturday. The associations reacted on Sunday, threatening to resume their agitation that could put the university on the boil again.Mr. Pandey had gone on a month’s leave from August 2 after the Ministry of Human Resources Development had advised him to stay away on the recommendation of the State’s BJP-led coalition government that feared a “law and order situation” on the campus. ‘Financial irregularities’ The Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) had on May 30 launched an agitation demanding his removal for alleged administrative and financial irregularities on the campus. The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staff’s Association (MUSA) joined the students’ protests later.‘Charges baseless’Mr. Pandey, who had joined the trouble-prone university in December 2016, dismissed all charges against him as baseless. He insisted that the unions were against him for tightening the administration and setting a few things right.“I returned to Imphal and took charge after my leave was over on August 31. I have informed the MHRD, the Governor and the Chief Secretary of Manipur besides the Registrar of the university about my rejoining,” he said.‘Subversive activities’ Hours after he rejoined, Mr. Pandey issued an order saying that the Manipur University Act of 2005 has no provision for the existence of employees’ bodies such as the MUTA and the MUSA. Both the associations, he said, were found to be directly involved in subversive activities leading to the current turmoil on the campus and indiscipline in the university.‘Violating ruies’ The two associations, the order said, have been found guilty of violating rules and thus been banned “with immediate effect and also from holding any meeting or otherwise” for maintaining discipline in the university.In a joint statement on Sunday, the MUTA, the MUSA and the MUSU said that the “virtual order” issued by Mr. Pandey “during his period of leave be condemned as null and void and so non-binding”. They also threatened to resume the agitation that was suspended temporarily if the “competent authority does not take action” against him.Fact-finding committee The three groups had on August 23 suspended their 85-day agitation after they signed a memorandum of understanding with the MHRD and the Manipur government. A fact-finding committee was set up according to the agreement and Mr. Pandey was advised to be on leave “during the period of inquiry and until follow-up action is taken on the inquiry report by a competent authority”.Mr. Pandey said the question of remaining on leave did not arise since the fact-finding panel “is yet to start its work”.last_img read more

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Semerad versus Semerad

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Parents cheering their sonsBut if their parents, Roman and Evelyn, had it their way, they’d rather see their sons playing in one team, like when they were kids growing up in Brisbane up until their college days at San Beda, which the 6-foot-4 twins helped to four NCAA senior championships.“They’re cheering for us now, but growing up, our parents wouldn’t allow us to play against each other,” David says.Anthony says they started playing basketball together in the third grade: “We were on every team together. We were so strong together that some people wanted us to be on different teams to make [the tournament] competitive. But our parents didn’t want that to happen, so they’d tell us to just keep the game close and win it in the end.”Before joining San Beda, Anthony estimates they were part of 15 champion teams at the age-group level in Australia.ADVERTISEMENT “Their work ethic makes them special players,” says Boyet Fernandez, who coached the twins at San Beda for two seasons. “They’re very competitive, they’re both winners. At the same time, they’re very protective of each other. I’m happy for both of them and for what they’ve achieved [in their careers].”Change in lifestyleWhen Anthony was drafted by GlobalPort and David was selected by Barako Bull in the PBA three years ago, the twins braced themselves for a drastic change in lifestyle.“We were in different teams, so we had different schedules,” says Anthony, who, like David, also earned a Business Marketing degree at San Beda.That same year, the twins also decided to live separately.Anthony describes the feeling as similar to breaking up with a girlfriend. “We’ve always done things together,” says Anthony. “David cooks for me and I cook for him and we do the laundry together. But it kind of worked out in the end.”Known more for his defense, David has gone on to win four titles with San Miguel. Anthony, a sweet-shooting forward, is still in search of a first crown in the pro league. “I knew his (Anthony’s) time was going to come,” says David. “I’m blessed to have four championships and I’m happy that Anthony is here to experience the finals.”Because they look after each other, Anthony says David gives him a small piece of the championship bonuses he gets, so “it sorts of levels things out.”The series has not changed the way the twins go about their days together. They still go out to dinner after the games, work out together and play one-on-one matches. Just don’t ask any of them to reveal his team’s gameplan in these finals.“I asked him one time and he said, ‘Sorry mate, I can’t tell you,’” says Anthony. “He tried to ask me and I told him the same thing.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This show of brotherly affection is nothing new for Filipino-Australian twins David and Anthony Semerad, who were both on the floor in the waning seconds of TNT KaTropa’s series-tying 102-97 win over the San Miguel Beermen.But considering the fact that they’re playing for teams looking to extend their winning tradition in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the gesture is a welcome sidebar to what has been a highly physical series between the flagship teams of the San Miguel Corp. conglomerate and the group controlled by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Whatever is on the court, we leave it there,” says David. “Off the court, we’re family.”When TNT and San Miguel arranged the championship duel, the 26-year-old Anthony and David also made history in the 42-year-old league by becoming the first twins to go up against each other at this stage of the tournament. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Who gains from swap of sparring partners? What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES As soon as the final buzzer sounded, two players wearing different uniforms but bearing a striking resemblance to each other embraced playfully as they left the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor last Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

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LD MALLYA 3

first_imgIn his resignation letter, Mallya had said that he In his resignation letter, Mallya had said that he received a letter by panel Chairman Karan Singh regarding “purported default” by Mallya in the “repayment of bank loans”, which have “not been reflected” in his declaration of Assets and Liabilities.Appending a copy of his reply to Karan Singh, Mallya, had, however, asserted,”the allegations against me are blatantly false and baseless”.”I am shocked that the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has provided factually wrong information to a Parliament committee,” he had added.The committee had sought details of the liabilities on Mallyas airline Kingfisher from 13 banks, which furnished their replies according to which the total liability on Mallyas company is Rs 9431.65 crore. Of this, IDBIs liability alone is Rs 1687.04 crores followed by Punjab National Banks Rs 1223 crore.The committee decided to crack the whip on the ground that Mallya never declared these liabilities in the last ten years, which a member is supposed to do annually.Enforcement Directorate had a fortnight back written to 17 banks and a clutch of probe agencies to prepare a water-tight case against Mallya who is being probed for money laundering charges in the IDBI alleged loan fraud case.In a step closer to initiating his deportation, the government had over a week ago revoked the passport of Mallya who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.According to rules, a Member who intends to resign his seat in the Rajya Sabha has to intimate this in writing under his hand addressed to the Chairman, his intention to resign his seat in the Council. PTI AMR PALadvertisementlast_img read more

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Happy that my team won, says Rahul Tripathi after missing out on maiden ton

first_imgRahul Tripathi lead from the front with a stylish 93 off just 52 balls to steer Rising Pune Supergiant to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.The Pune bowlers put up a disciplined effort to limit KKR to 155/8 before Tripathi fashioned his team’s win with a blinder.The visiting team got home with four balls to spare with Tripathi missing out on a well-deserved hundred. He was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his exploits with the bat.”I enjoyed my batting today. I was getting good starts, but was not able to convert it. Happy that my team won today. I’m just trying to middle the ball, trying to concentrate on the wicket and not on the outside. I’m happy that I’m able to do well. I’m just watching the ball, hitting and it is coming off well,” he said at the post-match prize distribution ceremony.Tripathi reached his fifty in breath-taking fashion, scooping the ball after a shuffle at the crease, off just 23 balls – becoming the quickest RPS player to reach the milestone.Born in Ranchi and raised in Maharashtra, the 26-year-old Tripathi, who made IPL debut this season, showed fine composure as he held on despite wickets falling around him – Ajinkya Rahane (11), Steve Smith (9), Manoj Tiwary (8), last match’s hero Ben Stokes (14) and MS Dhoni (5).”My role was just to play till the end. The coach (Stephen Fleming) and Smithy (captain Steve Smith) told me to be there till the end, so I was doing it ball by ball. The ball was coming on nicely and I tried enjoying myself out there in the middle,” he said.advertisementHis knock was studded with 9 fours and 7 sixes. His previous best in the IPL was 59 which he had scored against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in his fourth game this season.On being asked if hitting such lusty blows comes naturally to him, he said: “Yes! I hit six sixes in an over twice in the local tournament. I’m happy that I’m doing well and hopefully I will continue hitting.”Tripathi has been in tremendous form in this season of the IPL, having scored thirty-plus scores in all of the games he has played, barring Pune’s last game against Gujarat Lions, in which he lost his wicket for just six runs.last_img read more

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It’s the perfect weather to camp. Head to these sites for the experience of a lifetime

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