5 Rules for Entrepreneurs

first_imgHave customers. You are not an entrepreneur if you don’t have a customer. You are a person (or a group of people) with an idea. Entrepreneurs create businesses. Anyone can have an idea and, in fact, everyone has ideas all of the time. Ideas are worthless; execution is priceless. Real businesses have real, paying customers who exchange money for the value they receive.Build a business. Entrepreneurs build businesses. They focus on creating something sustainable, something with real value. Your product is not a business. The service that you provide to others is not a business. To turn your product or service into a business, you have to acquire enough customers to make it one. You have to scale up. You need to build.Care enough about the business to work. Entrepreneurship isn’t a hobby. Bouncing from one idea to the next idea without ever putting in the work necessary to create a real, sustainable business doesn’t make you a serial entrepreneur; it makes you flaky. If you are an entrepreneur, you do the work. If you don’t want to do the work, become an investor.Generate a profit. Businesses make money. Well, the ones that survive do. Entrepreneurs know this, and they build models to ensure that they are profitable—and that they can grow the business. No real business tracks their “burn rate.” Real businesses have budgets and goals. Growing a business requires that you find a way to make enough money to invest it back in the business.Be stingy with your ownership. Venture capitalist will give money in exchange for part of your business. So will angel investors. Taking investor’s money is the part of “entrepreneurship” that seems glamorous, especially to young entrepreneurs entranced by stories out of San Francisco. Investment money is expensive; it costs you ownership. You can borrow money from a bank and keep your company. If you are giving up a significant piece of the ownership of your business, it ought to be for something more than money—unless the money is the result of selling the successful business you built as a wealth realization event.last_img read more

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4 Mistakes You Make When Raising Your Prices

first_imgYou are afraid to press send. You have written an email to your client to notify them of your impending price increase. You are worried that it may jeopardize your relationship—and potentially cost you their business. Over time, your costs have increased and generating the results your clients need means ensuring you have the profit to deliver those same results.Here are four common mistakes when raising your pricing.Avoiding the ConversationWhen you send an email about a price increase, you are also sending another message, one that is going to make it more difficult to gain an agreement on the new pricing. The subtext sounds like this: “I am afraid to tell you about the price increase, and I am worried you are going to take your business elsewhere.”If you want to look like you are doing something to hurt your client (instead of helping them), there may not be a better way to do so than hiding behind an email. The email you want to send gives the impression that you are afraid to discuss pricing and value creation because you believe what you are doing isn’t good, and right, and fair.The very best way to have this conversation is face-to-face. It demonstrates your confidence that the price increase is necessary to continue to deliver the results your clients expect from you.Failing to Justify the IncreaseYour clients also increase prices to their clients and customers. They recognize that their costs increase over time, and they know that they need to be profitable to live, thrive, and survive—and create value for the people and companies they serve. That said, they need to be reminded that what is true for them is also true for you.What’s more expensive now? Is it labor? Is it the raw material? Is it new governmental mandates? Without a justification, your client is left to believe that the price increases is your way of improving your margins, which in and of itself may be necessary, as too little profit may prevent your ability to execute.Providing the reasons and factors that cause the price increase makes it easier to understand and accept the increase.Not Preparing a Defense for Your ContactsSomeone is going to ask your contact about your price increase. Someone on their team has a spreadsheet with their costs, and you just changed one of their variables.If you haven’t had a price increase for the last five years, that’s going to be something helpful for your contact to know. If the increase is based on some challenge that impacts everyone in your industry, like government mandates or new tariffs, you are going to want to provide information as to how the effects everyone equally, without any regard for how it changes their contractual relationships.The more you prepare your contacts to argue on your behalf, the more help they can give you.Being Overly ApologeticOne of the worst things you can do is to believe that you are harming your client. Prices increase over time. Sustaining the ability to deliver the outcomes you sell means ensuring that you capture enough of the value you create to continue to execute for and with your client.Your price increase isn’t designed to hurt your client, and you cannot act or speak like this is true. Your price increase ensures that you continue to serve your clients—and to create new value for them in the future. Make sure that this is a large part of your message—when you sit down to speak with your clients. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing match

first_imgRoach: Pacquiao is the most skilled fighter in the world2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The 38-year-old Pacquiao is currently in the middle of training camp for his fight against unheralded Jeff Horn set on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.McGregor, who reportedly had submitted his application for a boxing license from Nevada State Athletic Commission two weeks ago, hasn’t fought since successfully defending his UFC lightweight title with a second-round stoppage over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.Mayweather, meanwhile, has stayed true to his word and hasn’t fought since announcing his retirement following his lopsided victory over Andre Berto in September 2015.Fernandez: Team Pacquiao likes a challenge4.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “It has to be a boxing match of course, in a boxing ring, in a boxing gloves and boxing rules,” Roach said on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay. “The thing is, Manny is a world champion boxer and the other guy is a UFC fighter. If he wants to cross over, I have no problem with that.”“I don’t think the two sports really match up well. Whoever rules we go by I think is going to be the winner. If it’s a wrestling match, he’ll probably beat Mayweather and Manny but if it’s a boxing match, I think Mayweather and Manny will both absolutely beat him up,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoach was asked about the possibility of Pacquiao taking on Mayweather after Bob Arum, who promotes the WBO welterweight champion, told TMZ that the Filipino ring icon will be available if the two fail to come to terms.Mayweather and McGregor have been teasing sporting fans about potential megafight since 2015 with their interminable belabor well-documented all over their social media accounts. Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao happy with conditioning 1 month before fight2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Freddie Roach answers questions from the media after the PSA Forum Tuesday. Photo by Mark GiongoFreddie Roach sees no problem with the idea of his prized student Manny Pacquiao fighting Conor McGregor as long as it will be a boxing match.Roach, the Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer, is also certain that both Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has been rumored to fight McGregor, will dominate the MMA superstar inside the boxing ring.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games NBA: Tony Parker denies retirement rumors, expects to return by January LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha used her lost pistol

first_imgSinger Asha Bhosle has said that her daughter Varsha committed suicide here with a pistol that belonged to her and which she had lost nearly 30 years ago, police said.Varsha, 56, shot herself in the head recently. She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother at Prabhu Kunj building in south Mumbai’s Peddar Road.Initially, police recovered a Belgian-made pistol from the spot which was registered in the name of Anand, Asha Bhosle’s youngest son.”We spoke to Asha briefly Tuesday night, when she claimed that her daughter committed suicide with the pistol she had lost. Asha had informed police about the lost pistol and her licence had been revoked,” Inspector Pradip Lonandkar said.Lonandkar said that police also have another pistol in their possession registered in the name of Anand. “Anand is not in town and might return soon. We are likely to question him Thursday,” he said.Investigators said that they were inquiring how Varsha found the lost pistol and whether she had hidden the weapon 30 years ago.Police sources said that the post mortem report confirmed that Varsha died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries. Three loaded cartridges were also found in the pistol she used to kill herself.Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre. She wrote columns for web portal Rediff.com, The Sunday Observer newspaper and the Gentleman magazine, among others.She had also been a playback singer for some Hindi and Marathi movies and performed in a few concerts alongside her mother.She was depressed for many years and had also tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming heavy doses of sleeping pills.advertisementlast_img read more

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No cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay Goel

first_imgIndian sports Minister Vijay Goel sent out a strong message against the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan.  CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOThis comes as the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board gear up to meet in Dubai to discuss the future of  India-Pakistan cricket and as part of an attempt to resolve the issues between the two boards .Speaking to the media, he said that under the current political climate, no cricketing ties can be maintained with neighbouring Pakistan.”BCCI should come out with a proposal on Pakistan only after consultations with the government. I have already made it clear that any bilateral series with Pakistan is almost impossible because there cannot be sports relations between the two countries until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side. Sports and terrorism cannot go hand in hand.””In terms of multi-national sports, we don’t have control on that, and they  will be treated differently,” he added when asked about other sports.Goel also spoke exclusively to India Today and said the government was against cricket and any other sports bilaterally with Pakistan unless it stops promoting terrorism.”As far as cricket is concerned, the government is of the view India will not play any bilateral sport with Pakistan if they are promoting terrorism. Everything has a limit. If Pakistan cross that limit, sports and terrorism cannot go side by side.”On the hand, Pakistan is promoting terrorism and instigating our youth of Jammu and Kashmir and on the other, they want to play a cricket match with us, that’s not possible,”  Goel told India Today.advertisementActing BCCI Secretary, Amitabh Chaudhary said a bilateral series with Pakistan is possible if the government gives the go-ahead.”We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. But everything depends on whether the government gives the clearance,” Chaudhary told a news channel.”The series will not be possible without approval from the government,” he added. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Najam Sethi and chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad will represent Pakistan at the meeting which will be attended by BCCI officials and a member of the CoA. Shahryar had said he would discuss the matter once again with the Indian cricket board officials during the June 4 ICC Champions Trophy match between the two at Edgbaston, Dunya News reported.PCB has sent a notice of intent to the BCCI claiming compensation of around USD 69.4 million for India not honouring the MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan under the MOU is supposed to host four of the series.(With Agency inputs)last_img read more

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Hoping next 20 years of my life are as eventful: Ashish Nehra

first_imgBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) “If you can, then sprint. If not, then run. Cant run? Then jog. Wont jog? Then at least walk! Cant walk? Then crawl but just keep on moving,” says Ashish Nehra as he gets ready to bid adieu to the game that has given him everything in all these years.A total of 163 international matches across three formats in 20 years is not the greatest piece of statistic but the straight-talking Nehra will remain an enigma for what he could have achieved had he not gone under knife 12 times.”Trust me, I have had an eventful 20 years. I am not a very emotional person. The next 20 years is what I am looking forward to. Hopefully, it will be as eventful as it has been since I started playing for Delhi in 1997,” Nehra told PTI during a free-wheeling chat at his academy in Noida, ahead of his final competitive match against New Zealand on November 1.”Its been a great journey. May be one regret. If I could change anything in these 20 years, that afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final. But nothing else as its all about destiny,” he said with his customary nonchalance.Talk about the journey that started at Delhis famous Sonnet Club in early 90s, he is thoroughly old school with loads of anecdotes.”During my first Ranji Trophy game at Kotla, Delhi team had late Raman Lamba, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan and Robin Singh junior. Raman bhaiya and Ajay bhaiya, I have grown up bowling to them at Sonnet nets. Difficult to forget Raman Lamba. Dada player thaa (cricketing lingo for dominating batsman),” he reminisces.advertisement”And Ajay Sharma, well I can tell you about his cricket. With no disrespect to all the current top spinners in our country — Ajay bhaiya would have murdered them even on rank turners. He was that good at the domestic level,” he recollected in an authoritative tone.”I remember bowling one-change in my debut Ranji game as Robin Junior and Wassan (his last first-class match) were bowling with new ball. I got Ajay Jadeja for a duck in both innings. Another man is Ajay Jadeja. I have huge respect for his cricketing acumen.”For me, Ajay Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the two shrewdest cricketing brains I have ever interacted with,” he lets one know his favourites and tells that its purely his choice.He has seen the quiet resurgence under John Wright, been through the tumultuous phase under Greg Chappell, had a second coming under Gary Kirsten and the final flourish under Ravi Shastri.”I didnt play much under Greg Chappell save two series in 2005 (in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe). Mujhe pahle series se hi maloom thaa yeh biryani, khichdi bannewali hain Greg ke under (I knew biryani would turn into Khichdi under Greg).”Thats where Gary (Kirsten) was such a superb coach. He discussed strategies with MS (Dhoni) but on field, he never interfered with MS style of functioning. But I still believe Chappell could have been a terrific coach for juniors,” Nehra observed.Talk about Virat Kohli and Nehra would say that Ravi Shastri is the ideal foil for Kohli.”Look Virats career and captaincy are on auto-pilot mode right now. He knows what he is doing and leads by example. He doesnt need gyaan (sermons) but support which Ravi gives him in abundance,” he said.”You know the best part about Ravi. If a player is going through a rough patch, he is the man. Even if the player is not able to middle a single ball in the nets, Ravi would make him believe that he is as good as Brain Lara! Now that might sound ludicrous to an outsider but those who understand cricket know that this is man-management,” he said.He did not speak a word about Anil Kumble but had a subtle take on what is an ideal coach-captain relationship.”If a coach, suppose is 50 years old and the captain is 28, it is the duty of the coach to understand the psyche of a 28-year-old and not the other way round. It doesnt work the other way. Not in cricket at least.”Will he become the bowling coach of the Indian team if offered the role?”No such plans as of now. Yes, I will do a bit of coaching and commentary but if you talking about Indian team, no such thoughts till 2019 World Cup. After that, lets see what happens.”People remember him for his 6/23 against England in Durban where he hardly put a foot wrong. But can just one nights performance describe him?advertisement”Sports is nothing but moments. People remember that night. I would like them to remember me as an honest trier. Ek aisa shaqs jisne seekh ke khela nahin par khelke ke seekha (a person, who didnt learn and play but played and learnt),” he replied. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

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Gareth Bale set to return for Real Madrid against Fuenlabrada

first_imgZinedine Zidane confirmed Gareth Bale will return from injury when Real Madrid host Fuenlabrada on Tuesday in the Copa del Rey.The Welsh winger has not featured since he scored in the 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on September 26.Bale suffered a calf injury during that clash and then later hurt his hamstring in training shortly before he was due to return.”The idea is that Bale plays, we will see how long that is for,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.Great to be back in training with the guys, been a tough month but working hard to get back out there ?????? #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/m8anYQCOtI- Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) November 27, 2017″He will be with us tomorrow. I want to see Bale at 100 percent as soon as possible, but I can’t say when that will be. He’s doing well, he just has to play.”Madrid won the first leg 2-0 against the third-division club.????? #RMCityREAD what Zidane had to say in the press conference the day before of tomorrow’s #RMCopa clash! ???https://t.co/Mi97J5qe89- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) November 27, 2017last_img read more

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Boys need to perform consistently for selection in Asian Cup squad: Constantine

first_imgDhaka, Sep 13 (PTI) Indian football team chief coach Stephen Constantine Thursday made it clear that the SAFF Cup is a platform for talented players to impress and earn their places in the squad for the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup will be held early next year in the UAE. “These boys have a carrot in front of them which is a berth in the Asian Cup squad. They are well aware of the fact that they need to perform constantly to earn the same,” Constantine said. With India having secured a summit clash with Maldives in the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, Constantine said the “final will be a tough one”. “Maldives have shown their worth in the semi-final against Nepal. A 3-0 win against Nepal was not an easy task. Some of their players didn’t play against us and they did some major damage work against Nepal,” Constantine stated. “We are expecting a tough game against Maldives. But as I said before, we have come with a strong intent to win the tournament.” Manvir Singh who scored a brace against Pakistan in the semi-final to win his successive MVP Award of the tournament said the focus has “already shifted to the final”. “It was a group of tough guys and the job was never going to be an easy one. But we had the self-belief to churn out the positive result and eventually, we did,” he said. “Now, we have another major task in three days and we will need to focus on the final. We are working as a unit and we just need to keep our heads down and continue the work,” the 23-year-old striker who is leading the goal-scorers chart with 3 goals, maintained.advertisement The coach also lavished praise on the All India Football Federation for allowing him to work his own way. “I would like to thank All India Football Federation for giving me the freedom to work my own way. Regarding the team’s requirement, I have hardly been denied whatever I asked for. The credit of rising to 96 from 173 in the FIFA rankings in less than four years caters to everyone including the excellent backroom staffs who I work with. “Our sports scientist Danny Deigan implemented some of the major tools and it helps us in one way or other. We have a huge chunk of data with us and they are invaluable in terms of drawing a blueprint,” he informed. “Gigy George is one of the best physios I have worked with till date. The medical team works until 1am in the morning to keep the boys fit and running. Mostly, the credit goes to the players who have believed in themselves. Trust me, I’m not an easy guy to live with (laughs), the coach quipped. PTI AHlast_img read more

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Supreme Court decision means an end to crossborder beer runs Comeau

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick man whose beer run to Quebec in 2012 sparked a constitutional battle over cross-border liquor sales says the Supreme Court of Canada has put an end to his beer-buying trips.Gerard Comeau was reacting Thursday to the court’s decision to affirm the constitutionality of a New Brunswick law that limits the possession of alcohol not purchased through the province’s liquor stores.“If it’s against the law, it’s against the law,” Comeau said in an interview.The unanimous decision effectively preserves the current trade regime, in which provinces have the power to restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose. In this case, it’s the province’s the desire to control the supply of alcohol.Comeau, who lives in Tracadie, N.B., was fined nearly $300 in 2012 after he bought 14 cases of beer and three bottles of alcohol in Quebec, then tried to bring it all home.He said he received a great deal of support from people across Canada. However, he said he wasn’t surprised by the court’s decision.“According to the Constitution, you’re allowed to go and shop wherever you want in this country, but I guess tax revenues are more important than personal liberties,” he said.Many of his supporters were quick to comment on social media Thursday.One Twitter user said “So we will pay trained terrorists to come back and live in Canada, but you can’t drive a case of beer across the country?”Others said despite the court decision, Canada’s politicians now have a chance to change the laws and improve trade.“The government needs to get out of our nation’s refrigerators!” said one online post.However, the decision was welcomed by Roger Melanson, New Brunswick’s minister responsible for trade policy.“This confirms that the provinces have the right to regulate when it comes to alcoholic beverages. But it also affirms that this is no more a legal issue, it is a trade issue,” he said.Melanson, chairman of the Canadian internal trade committee, said a working group was formed last summer to look at the flow of alcoholic beverages within Canada to determine how it could be improved. A report is expected this July.He said trade policies in Canada need to evolve.“How can we embrace the new technologies and the new ways that consumers consume now? … Could we increase the quantities purchased per individual outside a particular province where you reside?” the minister said.But he stressed that the revenues generated by NB Liquor — about $170 million a year — can’t be overlooked.“That revenue is redistributed within the province for the common good, which includes health-care services, education and infrastructure,” he said.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, welcomed the ruling, saying it will help provinces adopt better health, safety and environmental standards.“It is very important that provinces have the ability to have appropriate prices and taxes for products like tobacco and alcohol,” he said. “This decreases consumption, especially among youth, and has a public health benefit.”John Nater, Conservative critic for interprovincial trade, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must change Canada’s trade rules.“Canadians recognize the economic benefits of reducing interprovincial trade barriers. It should not be illegal to work or to transport legal products across provincial lines,” he said.“It is extremely disappointing that the Trudeau Liberals have failed to take a strong stand against barriers to interprovincial trade in the Comeau case.”Corinne Pohlmann, senior vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said the ruling represented a missed opportunity.“We are concerned that the provinces continue to stand behind an archaic principle that flies in the face of everything their internal trade agreement stands for,” she said in a statement.Dan Albas, a Conservative MP from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, introduced federal legislation in 2012 to allow interprovincial trade of wine for personal use.“Unfortunately, it’s not the great leap forward I had hoped for,” Albas said in an interview, adding that the decision amounts to a loss for the public and wineries in general.As an example, he said Nova Scotia’s small, but growing wine industry could be hurt by the ruling.“Small wineries often rely on even smaller marketers; wine labels and website developers and couriers,” Albas said. “There are so many aspects to the wine industry that generates other industries.”last_img read more

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Drake wins rap song Grammy Childish Gambino makes history

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake surprised the music world Sunday when he emerged on the Grammy stage to accept the best rap song trophy but told the room of musicians that winning awards isn’t necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs.Drake, who rarely attends awards shows, won the honor for his massive hit “God’s Plan.”“You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.DRAKE’S HERE! “You’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word.” – @drizzy wins Best Rap Song at the #GRAMMYs #CitytvGRAMMYs He tried to continue speaking but was cut off as the ceremony suddenly went to a commercial.Rap has endured a longtime losing streak at the Grammys. The last time a rapper won album of the year was in 2004, with Outkast. Only a handful of rappers have won best new artist.Drake has a chance to become the first rapper to win record of the year later in the show. Childish Gambino made history when his track “This is America” became the first rap-based song to win song of the year. Gambino has won three awards so far, including best music video and best rap/sung performance.The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.“Music has always helped me tell my story,” said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Gaga told the crowd: “They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them.”Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.“Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”The opening contrasted with last year’s Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won three Grammys each.Carlile took three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won best pop solo performance for “Joanne,” while hit “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born,” was named best song written for visual media. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.Women have a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Musgraves’ “Golden Hour,” and H.E.R.’s self-titled album are also in contention.Six of the best-new-artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to “step up.” He later acknowledged that it was a “poor choice of words,” and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.Musgraves picked up best country album for “Golden Hour,” best country solo performance for “Butterflies” and best country song for “Space Cowboy.”“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love,” she said onstage.She also gave a shout-out to her husband in the audience, saying she wouldn’t have been able to make the album if he “didn’t open my heart like you did.”Musgraves performed “Rainbow” from “Golden Hour” during the show, and hit the stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for “Here You Come Again,” later joined by Parton herself. The icon sang a duet version of “Jolene” with Miley Cyrus, who often covers the classic song. But the country music icon truly shined when she sang “Red Shoes,” with country foursome Little Big Town providing background vocals.Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a bright red dress to perform “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “The Best Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, saying afterward, “Happy birthday to me!” Her actual birthday is March 26.R&B singer H.E.R., who won best R&B performance for “Best Part” with Daniel Caesar, stunned as she played her guitar and sang. Monae grooved onstage during “Make Me Feel,” backed by several dancers. Post Malone performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage during her latest single, “Money.”Laura Daigle poses in the press room with the awards for best contemporary christian music performance/song for “You Say” and best contemporary christian music album for “Look Up Child” at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)All four acts are nominated for album of the year.Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.“I know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things … but (expletive) … this is wild and beautiful,” she tweeted after learning about her win.Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake’s “Nice for What” lost to Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin’” and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake’s “King’s Dead,” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for “Colors.” Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.___Online: https://www.grammy.com/last_img read more

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US State Department Warns Americans Against Travel to Algeria

by Ghita Benslimane Casablanca — The U.S. State Department has updated its travel advisory yesterday, warning Americans against travel to Algeria. The alerts and warnings page for Algeria hadn’t been updated since March 1, 2016. But as of December 13, the Department of State “continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to remote areas in southern and eastern Algeria, as well as isolated parts of the Kabylie region, due to a high threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.” Terrorist groups, says the US DoS, remain active in those regions. “While major cities are heavily policed,” it states, “extremists have conducted attacks (often using bombs, ambushes, or false roadblocks) in the mountainous Kabylie region (provinces of Boumerdes, Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, and Bejaia) an the southern and eastern border regions, including the Chaambi mountains area, south of Souk Ahras, near the Tunisian border.” The DoS further warns that although most terrorist attacks are directed at Algerian authorities, civilians and other foreigners are still at risk. To make its point, DoS recalls the murder of a French citizen in the Kabylie region in September 2014.In November, the DoS issued similar travel warning for Europe and other North African countries ahead of the holiday season, when travel tends to increase. As of right now, the only two North African countries the U.S. says it’s safe to travel to are Egypt and Morocco. And as for Europe, the State Department continues to alert “U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.” read more

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ABL Launches in Casablanca Becoming Africas First Aircraft Leaser

Rabat – Moroccan-born CEO Ali Ben Lmadani held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the start of ABL Aviation’s operations and its receipt of the Casablanca Finance City status. The status facilitates business operations in Morocco, providing tax incentives and other financial benefits. ABL Leasing came to Morocco in 2017 and is the first commercial aircraft leasing company in Africa. The company offers a number of services including sourcing and remarketing aircraft, leasing, aircraft technical management, and debt sourcing and restructuring. “By setting up operations in Casablanca, we aim to offer innovative solutions to African air companies as well as the unique business offering we have already achieved in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East,” Lmadani said in the press conference, reports Moroccan television channel 2M.“We strongly believe in the potential of the aeronautical market on the African continent, and we consider we have the expertise and experience necessary to accompany its development,” he stated.Africa “is a region where we see huge potential” ABL Aviations said on social media. According to a 2017 – 2036 market outlook document by Boeing, air traffic for African carriers is forecast to grow 5.9% annually over the next 20 years. The number is above the world average and is driven by African economic growth and the increasing numbers of travelers from, to, and within the continent.According to Boeing, African airlines will need 1,220 new airplanes over the next 20 years to accommodate the growth.The African air market is challenging. Direct flights between countries are limited because bilateral agreements control which direct connections are available. The market also faces safety issues arising from inconsistent enforcement of international safety standards as well as challenges due to political instability. Based in Dublin, ABL Leasing also has offices in New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. read more

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Timorese institutions and people show resilience SecretaryGeneral reports

Timor-Leste’s institutions and people have shown impressive resilience after the violent attacks in February that almost claimed the life of the country’s President, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation. But he warns that the national police will still need long-term training and support for many years and greater efforts are required to strengthen the rule of law, boost economic and social development, and promote a culture of democratic governance. The report, made public today, is the first since an armed group headed by the fugitive Alfredo Reinado launched a series of attacks on 11 February that almost led to the assassination of President José Ramos-Horta. Mr. Ban writes that the Timorese Government took a restrained approach to the aftermath of the attacks and tried to focus on achieving national stability. “The leaders and people of Timor-Leste did not allow these events to jeopardize the country’s overall stability,” he states. “The security situation remained calm. Efforts to foster dialogue and reconciliation continued.” The Secretary-General notes that his Special Representative Atul Khare has also used his ‘good offices’ role to promote “a more conciliatory atmosphere among the political leaders and aimed at instilling among political actors the appreciation of the value of a strong opposition and an effective Parliament.” Progress is being made in reconstituting the national police, although he stresses that “a continuing robust UNMIT police presence” is needed across the country, which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002. He writes that creating job opportunities, especially for youth, remains a major priority, as well alleviating persistent and widespread poverty. Given the fragile security situation and the struggles faced by the country, no change in the mandate of UNMIT is currently necessary, Mr. Ban observes. 4 August 2008Timor-Leste’s institutions and people have shown impressive resilience after the violent attacks in February that almost claimed the life of the country’s President, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation. read more

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Maldives will seek Sri Lankas assistance to deport Nasheed

“It is ironic that Nasheed and his legal team are accusing others of attempted kidnapping when he himself is a fugitive from the law for the well-publicised kidnapping of a Chief Judge,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said. The Maldives says it will seek the assistance of relevant authorities in Sri Lanka to return former President Mohamed Nasheed using diplomatic channels, if required.Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Maldives’ Ambassador-designate to Sri Lanka said that Nasheed is a fugitive and left the Maldives midway through a jail sentence after being allowed to seek medical treatment overseas. International legal counsel representing former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed earlier raised concerns about a threat made by the Maldivian ambassador-designate to Colombo to detain their client in Sri Lanka and forcibly return him to the Maldives. Legal counsel Amal Clooney said any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain President Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law.She had said President Nasheed should not be returned to the Maldives to serve a sentence that resulted from a sham trial, and it is incumbent on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that his rights are respected while he is in their country. He said that as the very first foreign official to personally visit and congratulate President Maithripala Sirisena following the 2015 electoral victory and having lived and studied in Sri Lanka for many years, it is a rare privilege for him to have the opportunity to serve in Sri Lanka. “With a massive boost in Sri Lankan investment in the Maldives in recent years, the Government of President Yameen is keen on working closely with the Sri Lankan Government in promoting ties at various levels. We also continue to abide by our long-held tradition of non-interference in domestic politics of neighbouring countries, a principle cherished by successive Sri Lankan Governments as well,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef added. (Colombo Gazette) “Should a relevant authority in the Maldives request the Embassy to seek the assistance of relevant authorities in Sri Lanka to return him or any other fugitive in accordance with our Constitution and laws, all avenues available through diplomatic channels will be utilised to fulfill the obligation,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said.He also said that Nasheed and his supporters have continuously attempted to create diplomatic friction between Sri Lanka and the Maldives, including assertions of bias by the Sri Lankan Government.“Our ties with Sri Lanka are multi-layered and based on an age-old practice of non-interference in each other’s domestic politics. The close ties between our two Governments and responsibility of officials on both sides have been instrumental in avoiding misunderstanding in spite of erroneous claims by Nasheed and senior officials in his 2008 2013 regime. Among their most recent attempts is the ongoing social media campaign to create friction between the two Governments on the procedural issue of agreement to my appointment as Ambassador. I thank the Sri Lankan authorities for the speed with which our request was processed favourably, and look forward working closely with Sri Lankan authorities in promoting bilateral ties,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said. read more

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UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support antipoverty goals

“We welcome the commitment by the Summit of the Americas to halve the number of people living in poverty by the year 2015,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Eckhard’s comments came in reaction to yesterday’s signing in Quebec, Canada, of an agreement endorsing the poverty alleviation goal, which was set by leaders attending the UN Millennium Summit in September, 2000.On that occasion — the largest ever gathering of heads of State and government — the Summit adopted a visionary Declaration on the future role of the UN, spelling out clear targets for achieving peace, cooperation and development. In addition to setting a specific timetable for cutting poverty, the Millennium Summit pledged to ensure — by the year 2015 — universal primary education for boys and girls, a reduction in maternal mortality by three quarters, and a halt to the spread of HIV/AIDS. read more

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Proxy advisory firm ISS Pershing has compelling case for change at CP

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Proxy advisory firm ISS: Pershing has ‘compelling’ case for change at CP by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 1:43 pm MDT CALGARY – A prominent proxy advisory firm is backing activist shareholder Pershing Square Capital Management’s view that Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. needs to replace its CEO and shake up its board of directors.“Because the dissidents have demonstrated a compelling case that poor board oversight has allowed the company’s performance to drift further and further below both its peers and its potential over at least half a decade, it seems clear that change on the board is needed,” said Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.In the report released Thursday, two weeks before shareholders have their say at CP’s annual general meeting, ISS recommends shareholders vote for all seven of the nominees the New York hedge fund, which owns 14.2 per cent of CP, wants on the board of directors.The advice firm is also backing nine of the nominees CP (TSX:CP) has put forward for the 16-member board, including newly-retired Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) CEO Rick George and former cabinet minister John Manley.Pershing Square managing partner Bill Ackman is included on both the management and dissident slates.ISS recommends shareholders vote out CEO Fred Green, whom Pershing Square wants to replace with Hunter Harrison, ex-boss of rival railroad Canadian National (TSX:CNR).“In the short term, we believe Green has not served shareholders well enough as a director to merit support in this proxy contest,” ISS said. “Over the longer term, we would expect to see the company appoint its anointed CEO to the board.”Nor does ISS recommend CP shareholders vote for chairman John Cleghorn, former chief of Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), who has steadfastly backed Green’s leadership.Ed Harris, who has held senior management positions at both CP and CN and has also been a vocal supporter of Green, also did not make the ISS cut, despite his many years of railroad experience.“Harris’ repeated public pronouncements throughout this contest that Green is the right CEO for CP, despite all the evidence to the contrary, raises questions about his commitment to facing hard truths in the service of all shareholders,” said ISS.CP said in a release that ISS has reached the “wrong conclusion” and that is analysis was “flawed.”“The CP board has significant breadth and depth of expertise and experience in both the railroad industry and other complementary fields and is the right board to drive shareholder value by guiding the company through the successful execution of the multi-year plan,” it said.“The entire board of CP is holding Fred Green and the CP management team fully accountable for the success of this plan.”It reiterated that its board is unanimous in its view that replacing Green with Harrison “would delay and damage CP’s value-generating plan, and represents unwarranted risk to shareholder value at a critical time.”The crux of CP’s plan, as well as Pershing’s criticism, revolves around how the railway will improve its operating ratio — the percentage of revenue required to pay for operations — to boost profitability. CP has set a target to bring the ratio down from 80.1 per cent to 70 to 72 per cent for 2014, but Pershing says it can do better and achieve 65 per cent by 2015.ISS said CP has “significantly underperformed” other North American railroads. In the five-year period ended April 30, CP had a total shareholder return of 19.4 per cent while its peers delivered between 56 and 117 per cent.The firm doesn’t buy CP’s arguments that factors beyond its control have affected its performance, like the 2008-2009 downturn and structural factors that put it at a disadvantage to other railroads.“If commodity cycles can work against you one year they must, one has to believe, work for you in other years, so that the dismal trend relative to peers does not extend unbroken. Strangely, this does not appear to have been the case,” ISS said.ISS also blasted a study Canadian Pacific commissioned earlier this year weighing the feasibility of its plans versus the targets put forward by Pershing Square.“One helpful signal that a corporate culture may lack accountability might be the impulse, when faced with a potential proxy contest over poor performance, to hire a consultant — five senior partners, shareholders have been soberly informed, working more than 5,000 hours over four months — to measure what is impossible to achieve, then use those results to explain why management and the board cannot be held accountable for underperformance.”And ISS noted a “flurry” of management changes at CP during Green’s six-year tenure. The company has changed chief operating officers five times and swapped out chief financial officers three times, it said.One or two management changes would be understandable, ISS said, but the level of turnover among CP executives is “akin to playing Whack-A-Mole in the C-Suite.”“How, one might ask, is it possible to plan for the long term, much less execute on those plans, which succession planning in the executive suite looks more like crisis management?”Canadian Pacific shares fell 73 cents to $76.71 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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Ban announces new initiatives to enhance UNs work with and for worlds

Mr. Ban used the opportunity provided by International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August, to announce the new steps to advance peace, promote employment and tackle poverty. Indeed, in his message on the day, he said: “Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries.” With these things in mind, he announced the formation of an Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, as mandated by UN Security Council resolution 2250 (2015), the first such measure to recognize the important and positive role young women and men play in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. By that historic text, the Council requested Mr. Ban to “to carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels.” The findings and recommendations of the study will be presented to the Council in December 2017, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the resolution. Also today, the UN chief announced a new Special Envoy for Youth Employment, the former Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann. With more than 70 million youths unemployed worldwide, the new official will aim to help tackle the challenge posed by the fact that young people have all the skills and energy needed to contribute to society – but they lack opportunities for decent work. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Werner Faymann, former Chancellor of Austria (April 2010). UN Photo/Mark Garten Going forward, Mr. Fayman will work with the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). Delivering his address, A Call to Youth, at the University of Calgary in Canada where he announced the initiatives, Mr. Ban said that education is not something to take but be used to give back to the world. “I am here with a call to help us rise to three global challenges: sustainable development, employment and peace,” he said. The UN and Canada are in sync – especially when it comes to the power of young people to change the world, he said, explaining that the UN Mr. Alhendawi as its first-ever Youth Envoy, and Canada has Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, the only world leader who is also Minister of Youth. With more than 70 million unemployed youth around the world, youth can do more than find jobs – they can create them, Mr. Ban said. “Every successful entrepreneur climbed to the top on a stack of failures,” he said. “The trick is to keep climbing. Along the way you will get something more valuable than any material reward. You will gain resilience, confidence and compassion for others.” Turning to the advisory group of experts to study progress on the historic Security Council, the Secretary-General said that nearly half of the group’s members are young, with some having survived conflict, and one that lost her father in war, another who had been shot, and others who were refugees. “We need you to help generate change. Raise your voices. Prove that youth are not a liability – they are an opportunity. Build trust in your communities. Help the United Nations build peace in our world,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General also said that the UN will name the first-ever class of 17 young leaders for sustainable development from among 18,000 nominations, and bring the winners to the UN Headquarters in September. “All of you can be sustainable development leaders,” he said, stressing that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are comprehensive. In an opinion released today, Mr. Ban wrote that “these steps may seem small and largely symbolic” because the 17 leaders are just representative of the change needed, the advisory group has only a handful of members, and a new appointment may not seem game-changing. But “incremental progress adds up,” he stressed. read more

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Track and Field Ohio State wins 2018 Mens Outdoor Big Ten Championship

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterAfter finishing fourth overall in last year’s Big Ten championships, head coach Karen Dennis, named as the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, brought home another championship on Sunday. The Ohio State men’s track team won the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, recording 109 points ahead of Indiana and Nebraska.The men’s track team ended its championship drought in February, winning the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the first time in 25 years. With top- five finishes in five different events, Ohio State recorded first-place finishes in two events. Freshman sprinter Eric Harrison, junior sprinter Duan Asemota, senior sprinter Drelan Bramwell and senior jumper Zach Bazile recorded a first place finish in the 4×100-meter relay, finishing in 38.93 seconds. Harrison added a first-place finish of his own, running the 200-meter dash in 20.39 seconds. Junior sprinter Nick Gray came in second place, finishing in 20.55 seconds. The Ohio State women’s team tied for fifth place with Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska with 60 points. Despite not winning any single event, the women’s team recorded seven top-five finishes including second-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay read more

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EHF CL THW Kiel revenges against Veszprem Chekhovski fails to win in

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 21): HSG Wetzlar wins Hessenderby against depleted Melsungen squad Next Story → EHF CL (W): FTC – 3 games, 3 wins! Buducnost with first victory atletico madridGorenjeiliclazarovomeyerSavehofsilkeborgTHW Kielveszprem THW Kiel gave Veszprem their first defeat this season in the Champions League in a very dominant way. Led by brilliant Thierry Omeyer on the goal, and almost perfect attack and counter-attacks, the German Champions were able to humiliate Veszprem by beating them 32:21.Chekhovski Medvedi had a nice lead of around 4-5 goals with 10 minutes to go, but Montpellier fought back and in the end took a lucky point which moves them on the 4th place now just one more than Ademar Leon.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg also had a very exciting home game against Gorenje and with Lauge’s goal in 59th minute and 59th second, they secured a home win with 27:26, which now makes Gorenje most likely to finish third place if Metalurg are to beat Bjerringbro at home next weekend.Atletico Madrid had not much trouble and beat 32:25 at home against IK Savehof, and secured them the third place in the group. read more

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HSG Wetzlar to keep coaching staff until 2019

German team HSG Wetzlar decided to continue successful cooperation with coaching duo – first coach Kai Wandschneider and his assistant and goalkeeper’s coach Jasmin Camdzic. They will stay at the promising German club until 2019 according to new two years deal.HSG Wetzlar ended last season at 10th place. The best resuls is seventh place in season 2012/2013.Team from Wetzlar became world famous after signing contract with Ivano Balic in 2013. The World best handball player every by IHF ended career in Wetzlar in 2015. ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest to keep Ivan Pesic until 2019! Next Story → Best European Beach Handball clubs compete for crowns! Join them via live stream! Jasmin CamdzicKai Wandschneider read more

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