MDI volleyball team completes season sweep of Ellsworth

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The seven seniors on the Mount Desert Island volleyball team left the final home game of their high school careers on a high note.The Trojans beat the Ellsworth Eagles in four sets Friday. The Eagles took the first set 25-23, but MDI came back to win the match 25-11, 25-10 and 25-14.The Trojans improved to 9-4 for the season with just one regular season match remaining.Before the game seniors Valerie Del Cid, Alaina Duley, Grace Higgins, Emma Forthofer, Maddy Shields, Mariah Hamor and Emma Watras were recognized along with their parents for years of dedication and hard work. Head coach Corey Papadopoli played each senior in every set.The Trojans took a timeout in the final minute of the fourth set for the seniors to swap positions with the underclassmen — a symbolic passing of the baton to next year’s returning players.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEach girl on the team sported pink socks, and many of them also wore pink ribbons or headbands in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.MDI and Ellsworth (7-4) were neck-and-neck throughout the first set as the two teams were no more than two points ahead at any given time. The Eagles would win the set, but they wouldn’t stay on top for long; the Trojans came out strong in the second set and recorded a 14-point victory and continued their momentum throughout the final two sets to seal the season sweep of Ellsworth.For MDI, Higgins had nine aces, 10 kills and three digs; Forthofer had six aces, three kills, three digs and one assist; Hamor had three aces and three kills, and Shields had two aces and four kills.“While our seniors started off slow [on Friday] dropping the first set to Ellsworth, they caught fire at the start of the second set with tough serving and solid hitting performances,” Papadopoli said. “Ellsworth showed some grit, but our seniors did a great job of keeping the momentum on our side. We will miss [the seniors] next year, but for now, we want to work hard to get good positioning in the playoffs and keep them around for as long as possible.”MDI’s final game will be on the road against the Calais Blue Devils (12-1) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Ellsworth will be at home against the the Woodland Dragons (7-3) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected] Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all)center_img Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017 MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017last_img read more

Why You Absolutely Must Negotiate With Your Client First

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It is poor form to exert more effort extracting a discount from your company than you spend convincing your prospective client to make the investment necessary to produce the results they need. The energy you put into negotiating for a concession from your company should not come close to the vigor with which you negotiate with your prospect.Your sales manager or you company’s leadership team might want the revenue badly enough to allow you to make a concession, but the fact that they are more easily sold than your prospect is doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what is right for all parties. You need the courage to “go there” and defend the investment you are asking your dream client to make before you look within your company for money.Just because it’s easier to negotiate with your own company than it is to negotiate with your prospect doesn’t mean that it’s a wise decision.When you take money out of your side of the deal, you are really allowing your dream client to take their own money out of the investment they are making in the results you are being hired to produce. A smaller investment means less money is available for all of the things that you need to do to deliver. You are making these investments on your client’s behalf. When you focus your sales efforts on discounting on behalf of your prospective client, you are also making it more difficult for your company to generate results. When you need to spend more money to deliver, when there are problems or challenges that you need to resolve, the money you need isn’t there.You may occasionally have to discount the original pricing that you quoted your prospect, even though the first time they ask is simply a responsible contact doing their job and inquiring about a lower price. You will also have to negotiate with your dream client from time to time, especially in larger, more complex deals. Those negotiations mean you trade a lower price for something of equal or greater value to you and your company.If you spent the same effort selling your dream client as you spend selling your management team, you’d have already won their business.last_img read more

Alas proves Guiao right with barrage of treys en route to career game

first_imgMOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alas remembered Guiao’s words, and on Sunday, the fourth-year guard, heeded his coach’s advice.In his best offensive night in the pros, the 26-year-old fired on all cylinders at Philippine Arena, draining four of his five triples in the fourth period to carry NLEX to a 93-90 squeaker over Blackwater.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat performance garnered Alas a new career-high of 25 points, on 5-of-12 shooting from downtown, to go with eight rebounds and five assists as the Road Warriors clinched a spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Asked what led to his stupendous showing, the 26-year-old said that it was just a matter of him trusting Guiao’s system while also seeking to perform better than his 15-point effort against Alaska last week. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Santiago right in time to complete NU’s comeback vs DLSUcenter_img “I was locked in. I played ok last game but coach said that I shouldn’t be satisfied,” he shared. “I just wanted to repay the trust coach has been giving me.”His explosion came at the right time for the Road Warriors, who was banking largely on Kiefer Ravena majority of the game before finding another offensive weapon in Alas.“We’re down and Kiefer was playing well. The focus of the defense was on him so I felt someone had to step up. We can’t rely on Kiefer alone and I’m happy that we’re both able to play well,” he said as that opened the floodgates for the others like Cyrus Baguio and Rabeh Al-Hussaini to make big plays down the stretch.With the famed NLEX backcourt now clicking, Alas is keeping his fingers crossed that this will only be the beginning of what Guiao labeled as his “K-and-K” combo.“I hope we’ll be consistent. I wish this is already the start for me and Kiefer to play better in our coming games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — NLEX coach Yeng Guiao knew how good of an offensive threat Kevin Alas could be once he fully develops his outside shooting.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting the last few games, I’ve been asking him to take outside shots, come early in the morning in practice and practice those outside shots. I’ve been telling him that he’s underusing his outside game and he’s relying so much on his slashing ability and the defense were already sagging off him,” Guiao said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready for ex-teammates media gauntlet: An easy ride?

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready for ex-teammates media gauntlet: An easy ride?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to run a gauntlet of former teammates in the media.Ex-United stars attacked Jose Mourinho over his negative tactics, his public rows with Paul Pogba and other first-team stars.Solskjaer said: “I won’t get an easy ride. Do you think Gary Neville will ever give anyone an easy ride?“I sat next to Gary for 11 years in the dressing room and he is different class. He is paid to be a pundit now and I think he is fantastic at his job. Gary is unbelievable.“But he has been a manager as well. He was caretaker manager at Valencia, so he knows what position I’m in. He’s been a player, he’s been a manager, and now he’s a great pundit.“There’s also Scholsey, Rio, Keano. They all have strong opinions and are entitled to those opinions. But they know me as a person. They know how I work and how the club works, so they understand the decisions I will make. They understand that results don’t just come with a flick of my fingers.“But for me this job is about getting better performances and getting the team to improve. If the performances improve then the results will come. If not….then we’ll see.“Results have been mixed this season, but the Premier League has changed. When I played here we maybe had one challenger in Arsenal for a period and then Chelsea. Now there are five or six teams challenging, so it is a completely different competition.“I never thought I would be manager here so I’m just going to enjoy these five months and do the best I can. It’s about getting the fans smiling.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Gracia

first_imgProdl thankful for Watford return after falling out with Graciaby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSebastian Prodl has expressed his gratitude after making his Watford return. The Austrian started his first Premier League game since April 2018 in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.”It felt good personally, I’m blessed and glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he said.”I suffered a lot the last couple of months, with injury, with comebacks, also with being out of favour, I have to admit it.”I put on my goals that I want to be back for Watford in the Premier League, especially in this very very weird and difficult situation, get back with my experience to help the team out with clean sheets, working hard and putting that work load in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canada was hoping to train Afghan security forces in Russia US diplomatic

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government was exploring ways to have Canadian military trainers work with Afghan security forces in Russia as part of a wider plan to significantly downgrade Canadian involvement in Afghanistan and shift focus to the rebuilding of Haiti, according to “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.The cables show that in early 2010 U.S. officials expected the Stephen Harper government to basically end Canada’s Afghanistan mission by the end of 2011.This past November, however, the Conservative government announced that about 950 Canadian troops would remain in Afghanistan until 2014 as part of a training mission. The training mission is expected to cost about $700 million a year.APTN National News obtained hundreds of secret and confidential U.S. diplomatic cables from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks also recently released a large number of unclassified diplomatic cables on its website from the U.S. embassy and consulates across Canada.Steven Staples, of the Rideau Institute think-tank, said these latest cables show the “dramatic a shift in position” Harper took when the government decided to stay on in Afghanistan as part of the training mission.“The U.S. had every expectation that there would be only some financial assistance and a soldier guarding the Canadian embassy,” said Staples.U.S. officials were preparing for Canada to not only withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan, but also scale back its financial assistance to the country, according to the diplomatic cables.One of the cables said that the Harper cabinet considered three options on the future of Canada’s role in the Afghan mission. The options were described as “small, medium, and large” roles. The cable said cabinet chose the “small role” as its preferred option.U.S. officials were also told Canada wanted to focus its efforts to improving the porous Afghan-Pakistan border which allows Taliban militants to cross back and forth with ease.“Canada will not only end its military mission in Afghanistan in 2011 but will likely significantly scale back its assistance after 2011 and offer only relatively modest contributions to Afghan Trust Funds. A top priority is likely to be the Afghan-Pakistan border programs,” said the cable, dated Feb. 18, 2010. “With growing concerns over budget deficits … Canadian leaders will be loathe to make any new generous commitments for Afghanistan in what is already an unpopular cause within Canada.”The cable said the trust funds included assistance for the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police and the Reconciliation fund.U.S. officials were told Canada wanted to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, except for whatever was needed to provide security at the Canadian embassy in Kabul.The Canadian government didn’t even want military trainers to remain in Afghanistan and was hoping to find a way to train Afghan forces in a third country, the cables show.One of the cables is based on a conversation between U.S. officials from the Ottawa embassy and Regan Watts, a senior policy adviser to former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon.“Watts promised to explore the option of providing trainers for the Afghan National Security Forces, but wondered about whether it might be possible to offer such training after 2011 in a third country, i.e. Russia,” said the cable.Canada has since committed to keeping soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the training mission.Defence Minister Peter MacKay said earlier this year that Canada had no plans to remain in Kandahar after the end of the year, but that officials were exploring training options in less volatile parts of the country.In April, the Canadian military said most of its trainers and support troops would be stationed in Kabul and a few would be sent to Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, The Canadian Press reported.The same cable also notes that Canada wanted to make Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake last year, its top foreign policy priority, instead of Afghanistan.“Watts also noted that Canadian officials increasingly viewed Haiti as overtaking Afghanistan as its main foreign policy priority (after relations with the U.S.),” the cable said. “And its major assistance recipient, especially in light of post-earthquake rehabilitation. Haiti is currently the second largest recipient of Canadian aid.”Staples said the focus on Haiti may have been more productive in the end.“One has to wonder about opportunity costs of the Afghanistan extension,” said Staples. “Would we be doing more in Haiti today had we not taken on the new Afghan military mission?”Staples said the Liberals played a key role in the government’s ultimate decision to stay in Afghanistan.“The Liberals can either take the credit or accept the blame for the extension of the Afghanistan military mission,” he said. “Had they not applied public pressure on the government, it appears that Canadian troops would all be returning to Canada this summer. Instead, hundreds will be involved in dangerous training missions throughout Afghanistan.”U.S. officials at the time, however, weren’t thinking about the Liberals, but hoping a Conservative majority government would lead to a sharp change in Canada’s Afghanistan plans, the cables show.“Absent a federal election in which the Conservatives win an actual majority, a significant and positive change in the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan, and/or a formal U.S./NATO request for Canada to remain post-2011 in some military capacity, the likelihood at present is that Canada will withdraw on schedule as gracefully as possible,” said one of the cables, dated Jan. 4, 2010. “Some Conservatives as well as defense officials and media commentaries have already begun to express concern that the Canadian military pullout will diminish whatever special attention and consideration Canada has received from the U.S. and NATO as a result of its sacrifices in Kandahar.”[email protected] CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, 24KB)last_img read more

What Paul means when he says he lives outside the

first_imgWhat Paul means when he says he lives “outside the Matrix” The BIG problem with the public school system The good side of economic collapse Join Ryan Brooks of The Sound of Freedom as he interviews Freeman’s Perspective author Paul Rosenberg on a variety of topics including: How and why to ‘Go Galt’ The problem with hope … and plenty more. Click here to enjoy The Sound of Freedom show (opens in a new window at For more information about The Sound of Freedom radio show, click here.last_img