Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We need eight wins to make the top four. We have two more games, hard games against TNT and Star, so if we luck on one of those, we’ll get what we’re waiting for,” said Guiao.Murphy Holloway paced GlobalPort (3-4) with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocks, while Terrence Romeo came off the bench and fired 24 markers, but went 6-of-13 from threes and committed eight turnovers in the loss.The scores:NLEX 109 – Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.GLOBALPORT 99 – Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.Quarters: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taalcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJuami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast.ADVERTISEMENT Tiongson wound up with 21 points on 5-of-7 clip from three and four assists.“Juami Tiongson played really good today. That’s the way we want it, we want players stepping up,” said coach Yeng Guiao. “Kevin Alas did not play bad, but Tiongson was just playing so well that I let him finish the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The burly Quiñahan followed suit, scrapping his way down low to rack up 18 markers and off the bench as he helped NLEX grab a 102-91 lead with 4:03 remaining.Aaron Fuller topscored with 33 points that went with 20 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists as the Road Warriors moved up to 7-2 in the standings with two games remaining in their schedule. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Guiao felt relieved to have survived the Batang Pier, who missed the services of Stanley Pringle.Pringle left for the United States to be with his ailing father.“We’re lucky that Pringle wasn’t there. I was watching the game against TNT and I was already contemplating on how will we stop this guy. But sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” said the veteran mentor.NLEX jumped out of the gates firing, establishing control early, 27-9, with 3:00 left in the first quarter before GlobalPort made a huge run that paved way for a nip-and-tuck battle in the middle quarters.But Tiongson was just stellar, holding off the Batang Pier as the Road Warriors inched closer on nabbing a top four seat that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Who Did Ellen Vote For?

first_imgWithout argument President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has never been entirely clear during or even before the entire duration of the campaign exercises about who she would prefer to see as her successor—as a result many Liberians would be wondering which of the candidates President Sirleaf might have given the nod to, when she entered the polling center at her hometown of Julijuah, Bomi County.President Sirleaf’s choice would be considered by many as one of the best, if not the worst, secret kept in the history of the country, though according to pundits, she has been giving ‘lip support’ to her Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai. The President seemed to have been playing a “twins’ mother” role throughout the electoral process and has never been direct in words and deeds about who she would support.Almost 2.2 million people were registered to vote in the election, though the turnout seemed to be impacted by few irregularities in the process. Campaigning was dominated by promises to tackle poverty, corruption, and guarantee stability not just in the country, but the MRU and the West African region.Polls were scheduled to have opened as early as 8 a.m. on election day and President Sirleaf was one of the early voters in her hometown, where she voted in the past two elections of 2005 and 2011.The President told reporters upon voting that she was glad to have voted someone to succeed her. “At least the talk shows will stop,” she said.The President said her efforts as the leader of the country are leading to a smooth transitional process and voting someone who will work and build on her legacy should be the prime responsibility of every Liberian.“I feel good because I managed the process to get to this day so I have to feel good about today, but don’t forget that I have three more months,” she said with laughter.Though she did indicate who she voted for, the President warned the electorates to not vote based on tribalism or religion.Ma Ellen might have cast her vote for generational change! “Your vote is about you and your family — not party, ethnicity,” she said.In a broadcast to the nation on Monday night the eve of the elections, President Sirleaf urged people to vote peacefully. “For the first time in three generations we will be transferring presidential authority democratically and peacefully from one elected leader to another,” she said.“We must respect the outcome of the election as declared by the National Elections Commission. The world will be watching, let’s make them and make ourselves proud.”As they have done since the war, women camped out by the side of one of Monrovia’s busiest roads on Monday, praying for peace. However, this is the first election that Liberia is managing without the help of the United Nations.A total of 20 presidential candidates are running to succeed the 78 year-old President who is stepping down at the end of her two terms, the term-limit guaranteed by the Constitution.Provisional results are expected to come as early as Wednesday and the final results, according to NEC might take up to two weeks. To avoid a run-off, the winner of the presidential race must get 50% plus one vote. With so many candidates running, the chance of a second round is incredibly high.When asked what they would remember the outgoing President for, many of the voters highlighted keeping the peace and freedom of speech.Abel Wheayou at the Paynesville Central Academy (PCA) said, “Regardless of whatever wrong President Sirleaf may have done in Liberia, she did her best to keep the peace. It’s easy to judge and insult our leaders, but let us all look back and think of the challenges associated with running a broken country.”The Youth FactorLiberia has a population of at least 60% youth, and they turned out in huge numbers on Tuesday to vote. One in five of Liberia’s registered voters is doing so for the first time, according to the NEC. A key issue swaying the votes of the young people is economic situation in general — especially the lack of jobs and educational opportunities.“There are no jobs for young people in this country and it is sickening for us,” Emmanuel Johnson, who is voting for the second time, said at the 72nd Barracks polling center. “We too deserve a better life like everyone who was born in this country. We have turned out today for our voices to be heard because the older people have marginalized us for too long. Youth only get opportunities as a result of patronage and this is not how it should,” he said.For Hellen Caulker, there is a need for a paradigm shift in national leadership. “We need a new corps of leaders who have the young people at heart… someone who will provide opportunities to the youth regardless of who he or she is, where his or her parents from and what their social statuses are.“We need change – some of us are looking for jobs, some people are looking for money to continue their education, but they don’t have money,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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COMMUNITY NOTICE: SLIMMING WORLD CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT IN RAPHOE

first_imgRaphoe Family Resource Centre:AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME:Tuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support; 4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;Thursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time; 3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Parents/guardians of 5th & 6th Class children please note that Tuesday from 4-5pm is now drop-in with activities such as pool, table-tennis etc. Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.RAPHOE WALKING GROUP Wanting to become fit or fitter in 2015? Don’t’ like to walk alone? Joining Raphoe Walking group could be the answer! The Walking group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.WOMEN’S GROUPThe Women’s group meet on a fortnightly basis and it take place on Mondays from 8pm. Dates for February are as follows – Monday 9th February and Monday 23rd. The Women’s group have been together for many years. We chat, we help each other out, make crafts, have cooking demonstrations, plan activities for International Women’s Day and have many social outings throughout the year. If you would like to be a part of this group, don’t hesitate to come along.RAPHOE SOMETHING SPECIAL The Something Special Support group’s next meeting is taking place on Tuesday 10th February 2015. The group meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm. If you are apparent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder, you will find support, advice and information by attending this support group. New members are always. Date for your diary – On the 10th March, an Autism therapist will be coming to talk to the group.If you would like more information about the support group please contact Melanie on 0749145796 / 0873641503.YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER INTERNSHIP:Applications are now being invited for Youth Development Worker Internship with the Family Resource Centre. The Internship will be of 30 hours duration per week for a period of 9 months. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of youth work and youth work practice to include enhancing the personal, social and educational development of children and young people; mentoring and supporting young people; recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. The Youth Development Worker will have good organisational skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to work on own initiative or part of a team, be reliable and responsible, empathetic, non-judgemental, warm and friendly and be willing to work unsocial hours if required. An application form can be downloaded from www.jobbridge.ie and please note that only eligible jobseekers can apply for the Internship.DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.VALENTINES NIGHT COME DINE WITH ME FUNDRAISERRAPHOE TOWN FC SEEKING HOSTS TO HOLD A NIGHTS FUN FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND RAISE SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR NEW PITCH.If you’re already a fan of the show, you know the drill. But for those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, the idea is simple: Just invite a few of your family or friends over for a dinner, asking each friend for a donation, enjoy a nice meal with excellent company, and raising money for Raphoe Town FC. You DO NOT have to organise any entertainment we have already done all that for you.Following your dinner party we have organised a Valentines Disco in Friels of Raphoe free of charge to all hosts and guests of your dinner party.You want to be a host so what do you do next?1. Pick a group of friends who you think would be interested and fun company give them a call and invite them over for some food.2. Call us immediately to let us know you are interested and we will provide you with passes for the Valentine Disco for you and your guests.3. Remember to let them know that all it’s all for a great causeIf you would like to be a host on the night or you would like to seek more information, Please contact: Shane on 0872143230 or Theresa 0879354016LIFFORD YOUTHREACHAre you currently out of school or education, or thinking about leaving school?Would you like to get your education back on track and gain some valuable skills and qualifications?Lifford Youthreach may be the answer…..Lifford Youthreach is an education centre that engages with early schools leavers, or young people who may be at risk of not completing their Junior Cert, Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert Applied. Youthreach is a full time programme. We operate 9 – 4 Monday to Thursday and 9 – 1 on Fridays. Young people receive an allowance for attending the programme depending on their age.SLIMMING WORLDDo you want to achieve your weight loss dreams in 2015. Well now you can with our new Streamlined Extra Easy Plan, even easier than before. And power up your weight loss with our new weight loss boosting eating plan. If you would like to know more, come along to one of our warm and friendly groupsEvery Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt hall RaphoeOr contact Geraldine on 0863348048 I look forward to seeing you soonEMPOWERING PARENTSDESSA ‘Empowering Parents’ training programmeThis is a new 6 week programme for parents with children with disabilities under the age of 12. It’s local and it’s free of charge. It won’t solve all your problems, but it will offer you information and advice which will help you to see things differently and to find ways of getting what you and your child need. You’ll be with other parents who are in a similar situation, so there will be lots of opportunity for getting and giving real support.DESSA, The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency is funded by the department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to develop and deliver social inclusion initiatives to people with disabilities and their familiesWhat does the training programme entail?“Empowering Parents” will:• Show you new ways of thinking about your children’s disability, which will help you to see new possibilities and ways of doing things• Tell you about your child’s rights, and how to achieve them.• Explain who can help you get what you need from public services and your local community.• Help build your confidence and keep your spirits up.“Empowering Parents” will be run one morning a week for 2.5 hours for 6 weeks. Each session involves lots of lively discussion and group activities, and there are hand-outs to take home so you can refer to them later.Venue: Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTime: 10am – 12:30pmDates: Monday 2nd FebruaryMonday 9th FebruaryMonday 16thWednesday 11th FebruaryMonday 23rd FebruaryMonday 30th FebruaryRefreshments will be providedFor more information and to reserve your place, please contact: Margret Larkin, DLDC on 074 91 27056 or mlarkin@dldc.orgST, MARYS GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERSSt. Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & OthersStarting back 4th March @ 8:15 pmif you are 18 years and over andwould like to get fit, learn a new skill, have fun andmeet new friends then this is the team for you!CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR REFUGEESOn Sunday 8th February you are asked to bring any spare clothes, belts, shoes and handbags to St. Eunan’s Chapel between 9am and 2pm. All funds raised in this country-wide collection will go to “Homes From Donegal” a charity building homes in the Central African Republic for some of the one million refugees displaced by war there. See homesfromdonegal.com for moreCOMMUNITY NOTICE: SLIMMING WORLD CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT IN RAPHOE was last modified: January 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunitynewsNoticesRaphoeSlimminglast_img read more

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Declan Boyle confident Harps U17’s can still make the play-off positions

first_imgFOOTBALL: The FAI National U17 League is approaching the business end of the season with Finn Harps facing a tricky away fixture against Dundalk at Oriel Park this Sunday (kick-off 2.00). However, Declan Boyle’s side is still well in contention for a top four place that would qualify them for the knockout stages of the competition. Harps are third at the moment but it is still very tight with just one point separating five teams. After a poor start to the season Boyle’s boys have lost just once in the last ten games.“The season has gone pretty good so for. We got off to a bad start, winning just one out of the opening four games. Since them we have gone on a good run, having only lost one out of 10 games. At the moment we are sitting in third position with a host of other clubs, with one point separating five teams. It is very tight at the moment, with all the clubs looking to get into the top four and make the play-offs” Boyle said.Looking ahead to Sunday’s match at Oriel Park the Killybegs man spelt out the scale of the task ahead of his U17 side. “We play Dundalk on Sunday and they are on the same points as us, so it is going to be a difficult match, especially on their astro pitch, which is not the best surface in the League and can be difficult to play on. Dundalk is a good team, with good individuals, and are physically big and strong. In order for us to get a positive result, collectively we are going to have to be at our very best and put in a good performance that will hopefully get us three big points.”When the two sides met earlier this season Harps let a two-goal lead having been 2-0 up at the break.“We were leading 2-0 at half time, but conceded two goals in the second half and the game ended 2-2. The boys played very well the first half and Dundalk played well the second half. A draw was a fair result on the day” said Boyle who is aiming to guide the Harps U17s to either a third or fourth place finish that would guarantee his side a place in the knockout stages of the national competition.Declan Boyle confident Harps U17’s can still make the play-off positions was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Declan BoyleDundalkfinn harpsFootballPlay-offsSportU17slast_img read more

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DR MCKENNA CUP: DERRY PROVE TOO STRONG FOR EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL SIDE

first_imgNew Donegal manager Rory Gallagher suffered defeat in his first competitive match against Derry in the Dr McKenna Cup.Rory Gallagher suffered defeat in his first competitive match as Donegal manager as his side were comfortably defeated by Derry in Owenbeg.Rory Gallagher fielded a very experimental side in the Dr McKenna Cup opener with neighbours Derry and handed senior debuts to a number of players.Eamon Ward, Conor Parke, Ciaran McGinley, Eunan Doherty, Eoin McHugh and Willie Gillespie were all handed their competitive debuts. Dungloe star Cory Gallagher was also handed a starting berth at right-half-back but he has experience in this competition after playing in the Dr McKenna Cup in 2013.Martin McElhinney, Dermot Molloy, Michael Boyle and Mark McHugh added some experience to the team.Brian McIver named a strong and experienced side and that showed throughout the game.Derry completely dominated the match and they particularly enjoyed dominance in the middle sector of the pitch. Emmet McGuckin was the stand-out performer during the match and his goal separated the sides at half-time.He was outstanding throughout and was ably assisted by Mark Lynch and Benny Herron.Despite their dominance Derry only led by three points at half-time. Derry 1-05 Donegal 0-05. Rory Gallagher made a series of changes in the second period and handed other senior debuts to Joe Gibbons, Ryan Melley and Malachy McDermott. But in truth Donegal were completely outfought by a determined and resilient Derry side that really stepped up through the gears in the second-half.There greater experience and quality showed and they powered to a comfortable win over their bitter rivals.Rory Gallagher can take plenty of positives from the match with a number of the debutants performing well.Gallagher will be able to experiment further in their other two Dr McKenna Cup matches against Fermanagh and Queens University. Final score Derry 1-16 Donegal 0-08 DR MCKENNA CUP: DERRY PROVE TOO STRONG FOR EXPERIMENTAL DONEGAL SIDE was last modified: January 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DerrydonegalDr McKenna CupGAAHome-page SportnewsRory Gallagherlast_img read more

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Get kitted for Football Fridays

first_imgThe crowd learning the 2010-themed DiskiDance at the launch of Football Fridaysoutside Soccer City stadium inJohannesburg.(Image: Khanyi Magubane)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122• Rich Mkhondo2010 Organising Committee Chief ofCommunicationsrich.mkhondo@media.2010oc.com+27 83 201 0254• Jermaine Craig2010 Organising Committee MediaManagerjermaine.craig@media.2010oc.com+27 83 201 0121MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterWith under 280 days to go until Bafana Bafana run onto the pitch at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium for the opening game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the concept of Casual Day is getting a distinctively South African makeover.Danny Jordaan, CEO of the tournament’s Organising Committee, and 2010 World Cup mascot Zakumi joined a team of 2010 organisers and communicators at Safa House alongside Soccer City Stadium today to celebrate the launch of Football Fridays, a national initiative to build local support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa’s first football World Cup gains momentum.View the gallery of the Football Fridays launchThere are 40 Fridays to go until Friday, 11 June 2010, and South Africans are being urged to mark each one by “dressing down” in a way that will come naturally to a sports-crazy population – by wearing a football shirt to work.“We are encouraging everyone to adopt Football Friday and to wear the shirt of their favourite team,” said Paul Bannister, acting CEO of Brand South Africa.“Obviously, we’d prefer it if their favourite team were the national team.”A joint initiative of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee, the Government Communication and Information System, South African Tourism, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Brand South Africa, Football Fridays is part of the Fly the Flag for Football campaign launched earlier this year.The initiative will act as an “ignition point” for the campaign, which aims to get citizens to show their unique “South Africanness”, to support the national soccer team, and to be good hosts when the footballing world arrives on the southern tip of Africa in June 2010.“By wearing a football shirt to work or just socially each Friday, you’ll be showing your true colours as a supporter of South Africa proudly hosting the biggest event in the world,” said Bannister.Didi Moyle, acting CEO of South African Tourism, also encouraged South Africans to get into the groove of the 2010-themed Diski Dance.“We encourage every South African to learn the Diski Dance so we can welcome the world and host them with our spirit of celebration and rhythm during the World Cup and beyond,” Moyle said.At the recent 2010 National Communications Partnership Conference in Johannesburg, Organising Committee chair Irvin Khoza encouraged the country to make the most of the football extravaganza, and to appreciate the vast scale of the project.“We won’t get another marketing opportunity like this in the next 100 years,” he said. “With the Fifa Confederations Cup now behind us we need to feel that the show is in town. This is the real deal.”last_img read more

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Box of 36 long hair pins bun pins hair slides grips : Great set of pins.

first_imgCan’t really reuse them as they stretch too much. Bought these to have my hair done when i was a bridesmaid this summer. Had never used hair pins before as i didn’t realise they were great for curly hair. Was really impressed by the level of hold they provide. Couldn’t find ones that were dark enough for my hair in boots, so these were a great find. Sturdy pins, however my daughter thinks they are too thick when doing a bun. They pin up the bun but not suitable for my heavy hair. Great set of pins.My favourite hair pinsGood value, good product.Good price, average quality.Great hair pins for my daughter who has very thick They do the job.Box of 36 long hair pins bun pins hair slides grips (Brown)Pack of 36 waved metal hair pinsProtection to pin endsMeasure 6.5cm longAll measurements approximate across widest points These are so much easier to do my little girls hair with. Difficult to comment on hair pins, but the wife likes them so their you have it. Suffice to say they were delivered quickly to her. Couldnt find straight pins they tend to pull your hair. Just wanted i needed and described as said and arrived really quick. These pins are great for my hair, i have long hair down to about my bra strap and i have fine hair but a lot of it which makes it quite thick. I’ve tried a few different pins for my up dos and i cannot get on with the ones with straight edges for some reason. These are brilliant though and have very good grip and i can hold all of my hair up in my ‘birds nest’ style with about 5 pins which is very good. They are long pins so i’d imagine they are better for longer hair. This product arrived well in time. They were the promised colour and amount. I bought two sets because i find that thirty-six has never been enough. If you are wanting to put your hair in a bun, don’t bother with bobby pins or kirby grips as i find they always slip out. I have always raided shops for these pins but when i realized i could buy them online for half the price it more than useful. If you have thin hair and have to use a donut to make your bun look bigger definitely use these ones. You can catch the hair underneath and push it firmly into the donut making the perfect bun. 🙂 brilliant value a great buy. Great hair pins for my daughter who has very thick. Great hair pins for my daughter who has very thick hair. They are not plasticky nor finicky they are sturdy and stay in . Arrived well before the estimated time, promised colour and amount. Good price, average quality. . Bargain price for these hair pins, not great quality though, a few have snapped due to be made from very thin metal. Excellent product and good value for money. Good packaging and prompt delivery. Happy with purchase, seller and product highly recommended. Great hair pins and strong as they managed to keep. Great hair pins and strong as they managed to keep my hairpiece in place all evening. Great pins and the ends don’t pop off as easily as some others. These are much greater than the kinds i ourchased not too long ago from superior street store.last_img read more

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Facebook Loosens Zynga’s Leash – Can Changing The Rules Save Zynga?

first_imgIf this were a certain social network, Zynga and Facebook could probably agree that their relationship status is: It’s complicated. Two new SEC filings on Thursday revealed that the social game-maker and the social network are putting a little distance between themselves, amending some rules of their multi-year agreement to give both companies a bit more autonomy.What’s Changing In The SEC Amendments?According to the filings, Zynga’s exclusive relationship with Facebook is dissolving. Loosening Zynga’s collar means that the social gaming company can ramp up efforts on Zynga.com, and redouble its push into mobile, as CEO Mark Pincus suggested in a gloomy earnings call earlier this month. The company’s own browser-based gaming HQ, code-named Project Z, launched this March. Project Z lays the groundwork for a more independent Zynga that could expand beyond the confines of Facebook’s walled garden, and maybe even stop its slide. Zynga will also look to invigorate its flagging performance by trying its hand at real-money gambling titles.Zynga games will continue to clog facebook News Feeds of course (isn’t it time you fed those pigs?), but the game-maker will no longer be required to employ Facebook credits for micro-transactions or display Facebook ads on its games. These amendments also open the door for Facebook to nurture other gaming partnerships, or even develop its own games, though the company claims to have no immediate intentions to do so. Tags:#business#Facebook#gaming#social media#social networks#zynga Zynga’s Stock Takes A Hit… AgainZynga’s symbiotic relationship with Facebook is a troubled one. Now that the honeymoon is over, the social media giant seems happy to throw Zynga to the wolves. In its third quarter earnings call, Facebook noted that casual gaming was booming, but drew a distinction between the underperforming Zyngaverse, with its revenue down 20% in the third quarter of 2012, and the rest of Facebook’s gaming ecosystem, which is seeing healthy growth. On the heels of Thursday’s SEC filings, Zynga’s stock took a roughly 5% dip down to $2.50 a share. The latest fall is just a drop in the bucket compared to Zynga’s ongoing woes – the company has lost more 70% of its value over the course of 2012.  Breathing Room – And Room To Innovate?Facebook might be the big dog here, but Zynga is still the biggest social game maker around. As we learned with Facebook’s IPO, Zynga accounted for a whopping 12% of the social network’s revenue in 2011. But if casual gaming rose sharply between 2010 and 2011, its fate is looking a little less certain at the end of 2012. Social gamers, many new to gaming, appear to be burning out on Zynga’s cadre of candy-colored, cookie-cutter titles – which even Zynga itself admits don’t innovate enough to keep gamers engaged.But as social gaming slows, arguably into maturity, mobile gaming continues to explode. Projections from eMarketer estimate that mobile gaming will boom 19% in 2013, while social gaming will level off with around 6% growth in the coming two years. With a little more slack on its leash, Zynga needs to think fast – and think different – to break out of its social gaming rut.But is mobile the answer? There’s certainly growth there, but revenues are less certain.Want to dig into the SEC filing yourself? Read the full text of the respective filings from Zynga and Facebook.Lead image from Zynga. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

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9 Powerful Ways to Help Your Clients and Create a Preference

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The idea of creating value can easily be summed up as helping your clients. The more you help your clients, the greater their preference to work with—and buy from—you. Here are nine ways you help your clients and create a preference to work with you.Providing a New Vision of What’s Possible: You will often find your clients mired down in the status quo, sticking with the devil they know, and working to survive. Without a vision for what’s possible, nothing is pulling them towards something better. One way you can help them is to provide them a new insight, sharing with them what is possible. They may struggle to believe that what is possible for others isn’t possible for them, and they may need a little proof and some time to come around. However, when they do, your clients value you showing them the way forward.Explaining Why They Struggle to Produce Results: One of the main ideas in Eat Their Lunch is about helping your dream client understand why they are not producing the results they want. While your contacts know their business better than you, it is unlikely they know the intersection of your business and theirs nearly as well as you do. When you can identify the factors causing them to struggle, you help them recognize the need to change, and with that discovery, you have helped them take the first step in any change initiative: awareness.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchHelping Them Shift Their Focus to Strategic Outcomes: You often find your dream client trying to fix the presenting problem instead of focusing on something more substantial. They think about purchasing this thing or that when they should be giving their attention to the strategic outcomes they need. You don’t buy sales training; you buy higher sales. You don’t buy a marketing campaign; you buy new customers or new sales. Many of your prospective clients will need your help to focus on what they really need.Preventing Them from Underinvesting: Every client you acquire is going to ask you for a discount. They believe you have padded your pricing, and they are exercising their responsibility to their company. That doesn’t mean you should provide them with a lower price. More often than not, your clients would have an easier time achieving their strategic outcomes by investing more money—not less. Never in the history of solutions has taking money out of a solution produced a better result. You help them by matching the investment to the outcome.Managing the Process of Change: Even in the best of circumstances, change is challenging. Many of your dream clients won’t have a process for moving from their current state to a better future state. They won’t be aware of the conversations they need to have within their company and aren’t likely to know how to build consensus within their team. You are valuable to them when you help them do all the things they need to do to change, and in doing so, produce better results. (If you want to learn how to manage this process, see The Lost Art of Closing).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Sharing the Choices Available to Them: Because you have situational knowledge, you are aware of the different ways companies can go about doing something. The contacts within your prospect companies won’t have the same experience as you, which means what you know is valuable to them. You create value and a preference to work with you when you can help them make smart trade-offs and sound decisions about how to get better outcomes.Working to Understand Their Business: You create separation from your peers when you work to understand your client’s business. You increase the value of your advice when your recommendations consider the context of your client’s business, their challenges and opportunities, and their ability to execute whatever solution they choose. Most won’t take the time or expend the energy, and by doing so, you will look and sound very different from your competition.Becoming Their Second Brain: So, you want to be a trusted advisor, eh? If you aspire to that title, you are going to have to start by reading widely. You’re going to have to go deep and wide in the area you want to become an expert. You cannot be a trusted advisor in business without being interested in business. If you’re going to be valuable to your dream clients, do the reading they won’t do, study the things they won’t study, and find the ideas that they aren’t trying to discover. By becoming their second brain, you alleviate your client from having to do the hard work of thinking as it pertains to the outcomes you sell.Executing and Helping them Execute: In the end, when your dream client becomes your actual client, they need you to execute your solution and help them perform on their side. The better results you help to produce is what solidifies your relationship and your place at the table. When you generate results, you earn the right to propose and pursue what comes next.If you want clients to prefer you and your solutions, create more value for them than anyone else.last_img read more

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Nagaland BJP shifts venue of ashes immersion after protests

first_imgProtests from tribal organisations made the BJP in Christian-majority Nagaland opt for a “lesser” river instead of Doyang to immerse the ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday.The Doyang, Nagaland’s longest and biggest river emerging from the Japfu peak, flows northward through Kohima, Zuhneboto and Wokha districts. The former PM’s ashes were to be immersed in Wokha district dominated by the Lotha Nagas.‘Alien to Naga culture’ On Sunday, the Lotha Hoho — apex body of the Lothas — said the BJP could perform the ritual “alien to Naga culture and religious belief” anywhere in the State except Wokha. It also asked the party to refrain from going against local sentiments. The Nagaland Joint Christian Forum, too, said it was deeply concerned about the issue ofi mmersion of Vajpayee’s ashes. “We are not against any homage or practice of the party, but to insist on carrying out the religious rite and culture of a certain religion which the BJP keenly affiliates itself to, is suspect,” the forum’s vice-president, Reverend N. Paphino, said.BJP’s Nagaland unit chief Temjen Imna Along Longkumer said the immersion was performed quietly in an unnamed river in Dimapur district without hurting the sentiments of anyone. Protests outside the BJP’s office in Dimapur, the State’s commercial hub, in the morning necessitated the change of plan. “This [protest] should not have happened. Atalji is a national icon and should not be associated with any religion,” he said.last_img read more

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