Sumner Newscow Sports Calendar: Sept. 19 – Sept. 24

first_imgWellingotn Middle School FOOTBALL: El Dorado, home, 5 p.m. JV GIRLS TENNIS: Wellington, host, 3 p.m. Wellington High School Andale at Wellington CV-Dexter at South Haven Arg./Att.at South Barber Wellington High School Friday night football at 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL: Girls freshman quad at Circle. GIRLS TENNIS: at Wichita Collegiate, 3 p.m. TENNIS: at Wichita Collegiate, 9 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS: At Goddard, 9 a.m. FRESHMAN/JV: Rose Hill, home, 5 p.m. Caldwell at Flinthills Thursday, Sept. 22 VOLLEYBALL: El Dorado, home, 5 p.m. Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County schedule for Monday, Sept. 19 – Saturday, Sept. 24:  Friday, Sept. 23 VOLLEYBALL: 8th grade at Augusta, 5 p.m. Wellington Middle Schoolcenter_img CROSS COUNTRY: Oxford meet, at Winfield Veteran’s Home, 4:30 p.m. Wellington High School VOLLEYBALL: Varsity at Cheney, 9 a.m. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. GIRLS JV TENNIS: at Goddard, 3 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY: at Andover, 4 p.m. Wellington High School Monday, Sept. 19 VOLLEYBALL:  Freshman at Clearwater, 8 a.m. CROSS COUNTRY: Oxford meet, at Winfield Veteran’s Home, 4:30 p.m. Conway Springs at Medicine Lodge Oxford at Stafford Saturday, Sept. 24 Tuesday, Sept. 20 VOLLEYBALL: Collegiate, away, Rose Hill playing. 5 p.m. VOLLEYBALL: 7th grade Wellington hosts Augusta, Clearwater, 5 p.m. Belle Plaine at NE Arma. Wellington Middle School Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Mixed Slopitchers finally get to play in the sunshine, Championship set for Sunday at QE

first_imgOn the diamonds first was Cardinals against Our Glass in B-Division play.Thursday its defending champions Jackson’s Hole against Takeouts at 6 p.m. and Molson Finleys vs Bogustown at 7:30 p.m. in A-Division action.The tournament concludes Sunday with A-Divison final at 6:30 p.m.The B event goes at 5 p.m. while the C event begins at 3:30 p.m.Due to the flooding of the Lakeside Diamonds, all games are being played at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview. Thankfully, Mother Nature decided to take the night off rainwise, allowing the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League to begin the run to the championship game Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img read more

Gomis hopeful of permanent move to Marseille after successful loan spell

first_img Bafetimbi Gomis: The 31-year-old has a year to run on his Swansea contract Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has set his heart on a return to Marseille, according to reports in France.The 31-year-old has spent this season on loan at the Ligue 1 club, managing to bag 19 league goals and three assists.The Frenchman’s form has led to reports Swansea may bring him back into the fold next season as Paul Clement looks to build on his good start to life in Wales.But, according to Le10 Sport, Gomis is eyeing a permanent move to the south of France instead of a staying in the Premier League.The striker, who has thrived since going back to Stade Velodrome, is said to be reluctant to go back to Swansea.Gomis has a year to run on his current contract and, as he is unlikely to sign a new deal, Swansea must decide whether to sell him in the summer or risk losing him for free in 12 months. 1last_img read more

Mbeki, Bush cement relations

first_img10 July 2003A toast between President Thabo Mbeki and visiting US President George W Bush, proposed by the former, sealed a relationship between the two countries at a luncheon hosted by Mbeki for about 250 guests in Pretoria on Wednesday.Mbeki said the Americans had offered their unwavering support to South Africa during the struggle era and during the post-democratic dispensation to overcome the challenges it faced.“As the eminent representative of such a people, Mr President, we could not but receive you as a friend and an honoured guest,” Mbeki told Bush.A few hours before the luncheon, the two leaders held discussions on political, economic and social issues. These included conflict resolution on the continent, the post-war Iraq, the Zimbabwean crisis, HIV-Aids, and trade relations.Addressing the media after the meeting, Mbeki said his government was pleased by the commitment shown by the US to assist both South Africa and the continent. “The visit will result in strengthened bilateral relations and strengthened cooperation to meet these and other challenges that we face together,” he said.In response, Bush said he appreciated the relationship between the two administrations, describing it as vital. “Mr President, I want to thank you for making it a vital relationship,” he said, adding that the partnership could help extend democracy, free markets and transparency across Africa.On Zimbabwe, Bush said the US would encourage the South African government to continue engaging the warring parties in that country, adding that Pretoria and Washington shared the same objectives on the manner in which the political, economic and social turmoil in Zimbabwe could be resolved.“I have no intention of second-guessing [Mbeki’s] tactics. We want the same outcome,” Bush said. “Mbeki is the point man in this important subject, he is working very hard and is in touch with the parties involved, and the US supports him in his efforts.”Mbeki assured Bush that the warring factions in Zimbabwe – the government and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – were engaged in talks to solve the problems in that country.Mbeke reiterated, however, that the principal responsibility for the resolution of those challenges lay with the Zimbabweans themselves. “It is very important that they should move forward with urgency to find resolutions to these questions,” Mbeki said.Bush also lauded efforts by Pretoria to forge peace elsewhere on the continent, particularly in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.He said the US was heartened by South Africa’s decision to increase its HIV-Aids budget, reiterating that his administration would provide $15-billion to Africa in the next five years to combat the disease.“Trade is the key to Africa’s economic future. The African Growth and Opportunities Act is creating jobs and stimulating investment across the continent,” Bush said.Bush arrived in South Africa on Tuesday from Senegal as part of a five-nation tour of the continent. He leaves for Botswana on Thursday, from where he will head for Uganda and Nigeria before returning to the US.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ben Klick, Sept. 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we speak, we are chopping corn silage. We are about done with the first silo and we’ll get five or six loads this morning. We are seeing pretty good yields tonnage wise. This is our second planted corn this spring, April 25. It was a pretty good stand with good ears on it. We are getting 23 or 24 tons to the acre, which compared to last year is pretty good. This is 110-day corn we are chopping. I think it will be pretty good quality stuff.We are a good three weeks later chopping this year than last. We have another 10 days or two weeks until we can chop the next corn. If it gets warm like they are talking about it might be a little sooner.This might be the first year that I can remember where we don’t cut beans in September. They have quite a ways to go. The first beans I planted were May 10 and they are 2.7s and they are not even half turned. It has been so cool. It has been like October weather the last two weeks.It was 40 degrees the other morning. We need some heat. These beans have a long way to go. I think if we get some rain here this week it will still help some of these later beans. The corn is pretty well done. We got a little rain last week, but it wasn’t even tacky out in the fields.I have a group of calves I turned out on pasture 10 days ago and they still have plenty of green grass. This is one of this first years I can remember where we didn’t have to feed any hay. We’ve had pretty good luck. We mowed everything once and it came back pretty nicely.last_img read more

The Ultimate Guide to Productivity

first_imgConclusionThe time you spend at work is no indication of productivity. Neither is the number of dials you make per hour or day. The number of face-to-face sales calls or ear-to-ear sales calls or video face to video face sales calls are also no measurement of productivity. They are activity, and not all activity produces the right outcomes. You can have meetings in which nothing is accomplished. They may even be necessary, but that does not mean that any initiative was advanced.Productivity is the measurement of the outcomes you create divided by the time and energy you invest in those outcomes. Time and energy invested in activities that do not produce an outcome do not mean that you were productive. This is true even when the non-productive activities are necessary. If you are vigilant and honest with yourself about the way you spend your time and can cut out or minimize the unnecessary tasks, you will become much better at focusing your time and energy on producing awesome outcomes. A lot of people mistake being busy for being productive. You might get to cross 15 things off your To-Do List, but unless these items are directly related to sales, chances are you are being incredibly unproductive. Productivity is a measurement of the progress you are making on important outcomes. You can say “yes” to all kinds of work and projects that consume your time and energy and while interesting, they do nothing to move you ahead toward your major initiatives or goals.Being more productive requires a broader shift in thinking. It can be tough to improve your productivity overnight but there are some simple steps you can take to meaningfully boost productivity over time. Some of these strategies require lifestyle changes, while others require getting more organized and comparing your progress against peers. Read up on these tips to help you build a foundation for killer productivity.Set Yourself Up For SuccessYou can’t have a great day without a little preparation the night before. Every night I set the coffee pot to go off 10 minutes before I wake up. I also get water bottles ready if I am running in the morning. I start the day in the office with mindfulness meditation, a journal entry and writing. Then I set to work with a cup of coffee and a blank page on my computer.Everyone has different daily routines. But the more you can do to get your day in order before you are up and running, the faster you will get to work and the more you will accomplish. You set the tone for your whole day during the very first few hours. Review your calendar for the next day the night before so you know what to expect. It only takes a few minutes but it’s important to know what you’re doing and where you have space to fit in last-minute tasks that pop up. Make sure you are prepared for meetings and commitments you have planned.It’s also important to write down your priorities or To-Do list – this can help you achieve three or four major outcomes each day. You can try to do this on a weekly basis, but if you’re really staying busy, chances are you will want to revisit your schedule and renegotiate commitments on a daily basis. Review the list and schedule time to do the real work – the proactive, intentional stuff, not the reactive stuff like responding to emails, answering calls, etc. Doing this work the night before lets you do purposeful work starting right at the beginning of your day.Don’t Skimp on SleepGetting a full night of sleep is critical to boosting productivity. The average person needs at least 7 hours of sleep each night and some need even more than that. Figure out how many hours of sleep you need to function most effectively and set a “cut off” time for when you need to go to bed every night. You can even set that cutoff time on your smartphone so you get an alert when it’s time to get some sleep. It’s also important to detach from electronics an hour or two before bed. Studies show that the light emitted from electronics can disrupt your natural sleep rhythms. Instead of checking email or watching TV, try a book or other activities. Maybe get some exercise or use that time to pursue your hobbies. Getting enough sleep may require a significant change in your daily habits. When you set a time to get out of bed, stick to it. People that keep hitting the snooze alarm just come to work feeling groggy and lethargic. You want to pick a wake up time when you can jump out of bed and start your day.Narrow Your FocusBeing productive is about prioritizing your top goals and narrowing your focus. You have to carefully select what is important in your day and eliminate the things that aren’t adding up to anything so you know you are spending your time wisely. A successful day is not just one where you are so busy you don’t have time to sit down – it’s a day where you make progress on the things that are the most important.Keeping a time journal is a great way to take measurements and make adjustments. Write down everything you do from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. If you do this for a few days in a row, you will see exactly how much time you are wasting in between tasks or on tasks that just aren’t helping you stay productive. This is anything from lying in bed scrolling through social media to spending an hour on the phone talking through someone else’s issues.Raise your standards by looking at what you really do and how little of it is related to the outcomes you want to produce. This will create the awareness you need to lead to positive change. Decide and act on the idea that you are going to prioritize what is most important and is moving you closer to your goals.Set Long-Term GoalsYou can’t be productive unless you have broader overarching targets to guide your efforts. Long-term goals help you frame your thoughts and give you a roadmap for success. The ideal timeframe for these goals is 1-3 years, but figure out what works best for you. This process might involve really taking the time to consider what kind of personal growth is important to you. Where do you want to be at the end of those three years? Think about what promotion you’re gunning for or what milestones you want to hit, then think tactically. The next step is figuring out the short-term goals that will get you there.Set Short-Term GoalsShort-term goals are goals over the next few days or months that can help you reach your long-term goals. These goals might include developing a certain skill, learning more about the broader company, or attending conferences to network with peers. It’s not enough to just write down a few short-term goals. Make sure to evaluate your progress at the end of the week to make sure you’re on the right track. Think about what you did well and what you could have done better; there might be some lessons learned that you haven’t considered. Short-term goals are the tactical steps you need to take to reach your long-term goals and require a lot more detail. Depending on your progress towards your short-term goals, you might find it necessary to adapt your long-term goals. Setting goals, striving for them, and reaching them is an iterative process that requires periodic reflection.Set Three 90-Minute BlocksIt’s not enough to just have goals for each day. You need to think about the little steps you’re going to take to get there. Break the day into 90 minute blocks of time (or another interval) and decide what work you want to accomplish in each particular block. This ensures you don’t have long stretches of time without a specific focus. Blocking time doesn’t mean you have to schedule your entire day with no room for last-minute meetings or other work that arises. It just means you need to have a plan and that you work that plan as best you can.If you schedule three 90-minute blocks of time each day for your most important work, you’ll find you get more important work done, the work is higher quality and you finish your tasks faster than you would have if you stretched them out throughout the day.Also, these three blocks account for just 4.5 of the 24 hours in your day. That leaves you plenty of time to be reactive or responsive to other things that come up. You are simply using about half of your work day to protect yourself from distractions and small work that doesn’t move you closer to your goals.Use the first 90-minute block (say between 8am and 9:30am) to finish the most important task you need to complete. This is often the LAST thing you will want to do first thing in the morning but that’s even more reason why you should. Then no matter what else happens in the day you will have been productive and completed an important task. See how it works?Using the second block in the late morning to work on your second most important task boosts the odds of you being doubly productive. Then you can take a break around noon to reenergize and refuel. Even if your day ended at this point you still will have accomplished more than most of your peers!Having a third 90-minute block in the afternoon is a good chance to bang away at one of the important projects you haven’t yet finished or start a new task. If you’re interrupted by something urgent, and we all will be on some days, don’t worry about it. Just get back to it as soon as possible and try to devote the full 90 minutes to it even if it is broken up.Be Aware of Demands on Your TimeWhen you create your workday budget, one of the most important things to do is to set periods of time when you won’t check your phone or email. An email is a significant demand on your time and so is a phone call or text. It might not sound like a heavy burden in terms of taxing your brain or energy, but it does require you to step outside of your current task and consider what to do, how to respond, etc. These interruptions are demands on your time without your consent.Setting limited windows to check messages can stop you from constantly switching your attention from projects to responding to routine emails. Setting aside these blocks of time give you a chance to focus on one specific task and get it done faster.It’s often impossible to ignore demands on your time, but you can bundle them together so you can control your focus and attention. If you landed your dream client, you want to be available to them when they call, text or email you because they are in need of your help. You want to honor your commitment to them but also make sure that every little distraction doesn’t end up keeping you from accomplishing anything with your day.Double Activity or Increase EffectivenessWhat if your sales results are off by 50%? You’re only producing half of your number. In order to close that gap, you can do one of two things: Double your activity or Increase Your Effectiveness.Doubling your activity begins with the assumption that sales is just a numbers game. There is nothing but activity and more activity leads to more opportunities which leads to more wins and so on. Doubling your prospecting efforts might not be a bad plan for those who aren’t doing enough to create the results they need. However, only increasing your activity level doesn’t account for all the other things that one could be doing to improve their sales results.Increasing your effectiveness assumes that better results will happen when the sales force is more effective and sales teams aren’t struggling as much. This involves training, development and coaching that help your ability to target dream clients and go after bigger opportunities. It requires more of a time investment but also improves win rates and creates a higher percentage of wins than just increasing activity alone.Some people need more activity for better results and others need to get more effective at what they are doing. Implementing both strategies at once means more activity as well as new mindsets and skills – usually a winning combination.BenchmarkOnce you’ve got that personal feedback, it’s time to benchmark with counterparts inside and outside your company. It’s time to see how you stack up against the competition. Compare your productivity to peers you admire. Those comparisons are another objective way to evaluate your performance. Figure out exactly what metrics are going to be important when benchmarking. Is it sales growth? Number of new accounts opened? Invitations to speaking engagements? Any metrics can be valuable if they are relevant and easily measurable. Also look at what those people are doing to boost their productivity. Maybe they spend more time networking and getting to know people across the company. They might be more aggressive about finding ways to work smarter instead of harder. Observe your peers and if possible, have a chat; you might learn some new strategies to boost your productivity. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

US beat India 4-1 in women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final

first_imgThe US women’s hockey team made a powerful comeback to score three goals in the final 20 minutes as they beat India 4-1 in their second Pool B match in the women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final here.There was plenty of action in the first quarter with the US keeping India’s goalkeeper Savita busy at the post. They were awarded a penalty corner in only the second minute of the match but nothing came off that as Savita came up with an effortless save.A smart referral call by Rani appealing that there was a back stick by the defender in her attempt to stop Rani from driving into the circle, saw India win their first PC. However, an innovative variation didn’t pay off as Deep Grace Ekka’s strike lacked the power to carry it past the keeper.Almost immediately, India came close to scoring when Vandana brilliantly assisted by Rani made a diving effort to deflect the ball into the post. Though she got a slight touch on the ball, it wasn’t enough to convert. With less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, US won their second PC but in vain as Savita came up with yet another great save.India came up with an improvised attack in the second quarter as Rani managed to win the second PC in the 22nd minute. She showcased exceptional dribbling skill to beat two US defenders on the counter to find the foot of US defender in the D. But the chance to score went begging with stopper Monika miss-trapping the ball.advertisementUS however didn’t fumble when given a chance as Jill Witmer dispossessed Deep Grace to drive into the circle and beat Savita to score the goal in the 24th minute. Though India made a brilliant effort to equalise when Rani from the midfield sent a powerful pass to Vandana inside the circle in the dying minutes of the second quarter, the US keeper ensured they kept the lead with a great save.While both teams traded PCs at the start of the third quarter, it was a quick-thinking Monika, dribbling into the circle, who found Lilima Minz positioned perfectly to deflect. Minz made no mistake as she scored the equaliser in the 38th minute.Though India played on par with the higher-ranked US side in the first two quarters, the equaliser saw US change gears to put India under the burner.Only two minutes later, a miscalculated attempt to defend on India’s part saw Taylor West (40′) score US’s second goal before Jill scored her second goal of the match when she perfectly deflected a dragflick to take the lead to 3-1 in the 43rd minute.The final quarter saw US limit India’s chances in the striking circle with strong defence. The Americans continued to dominate with a fourth goal scored in the 49th minute. It was Michelle Vittese, who scored the goal from the top of the circle.Though US won another PC in the dying minutes of the match, nothing came off it but it didn’t stop them from notching up their second win in the tournament.last_img read more

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Bautista-Agut in quarters to continue dream run

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas continued his giant-killing run at the Australian Open as he stunned Roberto Bautista-Agut in a four-set thriller to enter the men’s singles semi-finals on Tuesday.Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final. The 20-year-old also became the youngest man to make the last four of a Slam since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 US Open.Having already floored Roger Federer to send shockwaves through the tournament, the 14th seed can create further tennis history for Greece when he plays for a spot in the final against either Rafa Nadal or Frances Tiafoe.Under a blazing sun at Rod Laver Arena, the aggressive baseliner fought back from 4-2 down in the third set and was unflappable in the fourth-set tiebreak, closing out the match with a pair of booming serves.With a victory that triggered a chorus of singing from Greek fans in the terraces, Tsitsipas became the youngest semi-finalist at Melbourne Park since American Andy Roddick, also 20, at the 2003 tournament.last_img read more

Veterans Still Face Hurdles when Entering the Civilian Workforce

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Service members entering the civilian world continue to face challenges obtaining licenses and certifications for skills they used during their service. Combat medics, for example, typically will not qualify for basic health care jobs despite being highly trained.At a two-day American Legion conference last week, leaders from business and government looked for ways to smooth the transition for personnel seeking to enter the civilian workforce.Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the government has overhauled DOD’s job readiness program for service members leaving the military over the past two years, but said “unnecessary licensing barriers” still exist, reported Stars and Stripes.  “We need to do a better job of recognizing the core competencies that our service members bring to the table,” Perez said.The military once was reluctant to help troops gain skills and certifications that translated to civilian work for fear of losing them. But that has changed greatly, said Steve Gonzalez, the American Legion’s assistant director for veterans employment and education.One speaker underscored the critical resources that service members can provide society.“There’s a demand for skilled workers and we’ve got the supply coming out of the military,” said Lisa Lutz, president of the policy and research analysis group Solutions for Information Design. “We can’t afford to ignore that.”last_img read more

Twitter had plenty to say about the second Democratic debate

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice null 3:18 Hear IBM Debater argue with a human — and lose 0center_img Another batch of Democratic candidates debated Wednesday night in Detroit. Getty Images In the wake of night two of the Democratic debates in Detroit, Google and Twitter have some new insights on how the evening played out for the second batch of presidential hopefuls on stage. In a visualization posted by Google Trends showing each candidate’s search results popularity as the debate progressed, you could once again see candidates including Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Vice President Joe Biden and others rise and fall depending on what was happening at any given moment. At the end of the night, Biden was in the top spot, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and entrepreneur Andrew Yang tying for second. Gabbard, in particular, challenged Harris on her criminal justice record, in one of the night’s heated exchanges. Meanwhile, on Twitter, the top three most tweeted-about Democratic candidates were Biden, Harris and Yang. Looking at the most tweeted-about politicians overall, the spots went to President Donald Trump, Biden and Harris. Trump also took the top spot Tuesday night.As for big moments, the most tweeted-about instance came when Booker said to Biden, “There’s a saying in my community, you’re dipping into the Kool-aid and you don’t even know the flavor.” This is Google and Twitter’s second round of debate stats.  On Tuesday, Google showed that at the end of the night, Sen. Bernie Sanders came in first, Sen. Elizabeth Warren second and author Marianne Williamson third. On Twitter, the top three most tweeted-about Democratic candidates were Warren, Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And although there were more than a few meme-worthy moments (Bernie wrote the damn bill!), the most-tweeted moment was an exchange in which Warren told Rep. John Delaney, “I genuinely do not understand why anyone would go to all the trouble of running for president just to get up on this stage and talk about what’s not possible.”Originally published July 30.Update, Aug. 1: Adds information about the second evening of debate. Politics Tags Google Twitterlast_img read more