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Relationship building during the pandemic

first_img continue reading » We are living in some very uncertain times; things are literally changing from minute to minute in our world due to the coronavirus pandemic. It can often feel as though you are not sure which way is up and which way is down. As a professional relationship builder, I have experienced this feeling nearly every single day in recent months.Before the COVID-19 uncertainty began, the way we interacted with our partners was the way we always had; face-to-face meetings to include annual partnership reviews, product presentations, and business dinners. On March 13, 2020, the way I was able to visit with my partners changed, and I will never forget it. It was a Friday, and of course, we all know the myths surrounding Friday the 13th: don’t walk under a ladder, stay away from black cats, etc., am I right? That should have been a sign for me that something was coming because it was shortly after when our state shut down and government officials released the Stay Home, Work Safe order. Little did I know that would be my last day in my physical office, and would have a drastic impact on how I interacted with my business partners going forward. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of the new normal, but I couldn’t think about that. I needed to figure out how I could help.Focused on HelpingOur financial institution business partners had to begin focusing 100% on how they were responding to the pandemic, including moving employees to home offices and learning how to take care of their account holders with closed lobbies and branches. Their plates were full, to say the least. So the question I had as a trusted business partner was, what could I do to help? How could I let them know they could count on me even if they did not know what that might mean at the moment? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Bravo – Test series vital for redemption

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates CMC – Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo says West Indies will use the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan to redeem themselves, following weak performances in the Twenty20 and One-Day International series recently.West Indies crashed to 3-0 series losses in both the T20s and the ODIs, to enter the Test phase of the tour without a single win in their six previous matches.“By all means, we didn’t really perform well in the shorter formats of the game (during this tour) and we’re disappointed about that,” Bravo said on the eve of the historic day/night first Test here.“Going into the Test match we will try our very best to put on a much better performance in the Test match series. The guys are working hard and we are really excited about going into this first Test match with the pink ball and the last two with the normal red ball.”As they did during the limited overs series against the likes of left-arm spinners Imad Wasim and Mohammed Nawaz, West Indies are expected to face a trial by spin during the Test series.And while Imad has been left out of the Pakistan squad, Nawaz, fellow left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have been included, and are expected to pose a significant threat on the slow pitches in the UAE.Bravo said confidence would be a key factor in the batting approach by the Windies.“They are quality spinners … but I think it is very important to back your defence,” he explained.“If you like going over the top or if you like sweeping, if you like chipping to a particular spin bowler, you just have to go out there and back yourself.“I don’t think you have to go out there and play names. If you play names you’re going to be on the back foot from ball one. It’s just a matter of going out there and just being positive.”Bravo got a half-century during the second ODI in Sharjah and stroked 91 at the same venue last week in a three-day game against the Pakistan Cricket Board Patron’s XI, to find form ahead of the longer format.The last game was a day/night affair featuring the revolutionary pink ball and the 27-year-old said his knock had allowed him time to get comfortable with the unfamiliar pink ball.“It was a very good experience spending some time out in the middle and getting acclimatised to the pink ball,” Bravo said.“I believe early up it was a bit difficult to actually see the ball but at the end of the day, once I spent more time out in the middle it was much easier.”He added: “I think it is all about acclimatising and just believing in yourself at the end of the day. It’s cricket, the colour of the ball has changed. If from the inception (of cricket) we used to use a pink ball, if we were going to try a red ball at this point in time it would have been difficult as well so it doesn’t matter.“It’s about going out and acclimatising as quickly as possible and just accepting the challenge for what it is.”last_img read more

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‘Green Machine’ begin battle in Hong Kong today

first_imgIT’S ‘D-Day’ for the Green Machine, Guyana’s National Sevens Rugby team, as they embark on yet another ‘David versus Goliath’ journey.Guyana will feature once again at the IRB Hong Kong Sevens where they will attempt to show the rest of the world that they belong among the ‘big boys’ after dominating the Caribbean circuit.Ryan Gonsalves was named captain of the team, and will be joined by Claudius Butts, Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers, Avery Corbin, Patrick King, Vallon Adams, Blaise Bailey, Rupert Giles, Rickford Cummings, Peabo Hamilton and Rondell McArthur.Robby Roberts will serve as the team’s manager and Barrington Brown their physical trainer.Guyana were placed in Pool G, alongside Spain, Uruguay and Papua New Guinea. The ‘Green Machine’ as they are more popularly known, will open their account on April 7 against Spain and would wrap up day one of the tournament facing the team from Southwest of the Pacific Ocean (Papua New Guinea).Guyana’s 7s rugby team captain Ryan GonsalvesThe men from the Land of Many Waters will play their South American neighbours Uruguay on April 8 in their final Group stage game.Green Machine head coach Shane Grant-Stewart is of the opinion that his team, collectively, are on-par with several of the world’s top rugby-playing nations, but more exposure at the top level is much needed.Meanwhile, for Gonsalves, it will be a return to familiar territory, with the team’s captain highlighting, “This is no strange place for me, and for some of the guys on the team. We all know what it takes to excel in Hong Kong. It’s no easy place because those teams are more regularly invited to the Sevens circuit when we (Guyana) have to wait an entire year to play and we have to actually qualify.”“It’s going to be tough, so we’re going to see how much practice games we could get with teams out of our group and we’ll try to get up with the speed of the game because that’s one factor that works against us.“Our chances are good and despite our showing the last time, we’re going out there to show that we belong at the top level and we’re not an underdog team,” Gonsalves added.last_img read more

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Syracuse adjusts to rule changes in season-opening scrimmages

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For all the hype surrounding the new rule changes going into the season, in the first scrimmage of the year against Hofstra it was tough to tell the immediate effects.A stall warning wasn’t called until the final minutes of the first scrimmage when Syracuse was primarily playing its reserves. About 20 seconds after the stall warning was called and the 30-second shot clock began the Orange turned the ball over.“We did a couple different things today,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Thirty seconds is really a long time … we can run an offense.”The stall warnings were infrequent, and often unnoticed, and largely didn’t affect Syracuse. But some of the other rule changes helped the Orange play at the pace that it enjoys.Subbing on the fly and quicker restarts helped SU, just as many expected. Syracuse was able to get out and run and score 15 and 16 goals against the Pride and Holy Cross, respectively.“With these new rules we’re able play Syracuse lacrosse like back in the day where we pick up a ground ball and we push it,” senior captain JoJo Marasco said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor a viewer, though, it just looked like the same sport. It still remains to be seen how the rules will affect the style that teams like Providence, Maryland or Johns Hopkins play where they slow the ball down and wear down their opponents, but for a team like SU that liked to play at a fast pace even with old rules, the differences were at most slight.Never was a shot rushed because of a shot clock, but off of penalties the Orange was scooping up the ball and moving in the other direction before its opponents could finish pleading with the officials.The breakouts were still infrequent, as both games were relatively tame and penalty-free, but when they happened it was a clinic in SU lacrosse – a blur downfield for Syracuse to set up transition opportunities.The shot clock should help Syracuse, but it won’t create transition in the way that some of the other rules do. It all comes down to helping the Orange dictate tempo, and the tempo won’t be any different than what SU is used to.“I didn’t see that changing us too much,” Desko said. “I think it helped the pace. There weren’t too many stalling calls, but when there were we generated some shots without rushing it too much. It’s made it a little faster game, but I don’t think it’s changed things drastically.” Comments Published on January 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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Real Madrid gives Odriozola to Bayern Munich until the end of the season

first_imgBoth clubs have made it official without any clauseIn Germany, Álvaro will try to recover the level of the Royal SocietyHe will fight with Achraf, in Dortmund, for a gap for the next course In addition, with this assignment until June 30, without any clause, Madrid will have the option to see if Odriozola can recover the level he showed in the Royal Society and that led him to sign for the picture meringue last season. One way to gain a place in the squad of 20/21, where Carvajal will theoretically continue as the undisputed holder, who will have a direct rival in the Bundesliga, specifically in the great rival of Bayern, Borussia Dortmund.In the fight they maintain for the title, together with Leipzig and Monchengladbach, Achraf Hakimi stands out within the yellow club. The Moroccan defender accumulates good minutes in his assignment in Dortmund and at the end of this campaign he also ends his assignment in Madrid, so he will have a career with Odriozola to reach the theoretical position of substitute right back.Odriozola arrived at the Bernabéu in the summer of 2018, after his excellent 17/18 at the Royal Society, but he has never finished curdling. In the shadow of Carvajal, the Donostiarra has had irregular peaks that with Zidane have never finished guaranteeing their confidence. Marked by the defeat against Mallorca, which at the moment is the last this year of the Madrid team, his assignment comes to try to recover the level of Anoeta and return to the club with greater confidence and, why not, may have options to sneak in the list of the Selection for the Eurocopa 2020. Photo: Reuterscenter_img Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have formalized the transfer of Álvaro Odriozola, until the end of the season, to the Bavarian team. A sung exit, which could be the only one of the white club of not moving Mariano or Brahim, and that will give the right back an opportunity to return to count on minutes after being left behind by the excellent level of Dani Carvajal. Odriozola will have a new opportunity in his career, this time under the command of Hansi Flick. The interim coach of Bayern, replacing Kovac, requested reinforcements to the German directive to face the second part of 19/20 and that of the San Sebastian side is an option that allows many variables. In Munich, although Kimmich or Pavard have alternated in the right lane during the last months, the arrival of the Spanish international frees them both so that they can be well in the center of the field, the first, as well as central, the second.last_img read more

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