The Golden State Warriors opened the doors to their first game at Chase Center, and fans came out to check the new digs in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.Construction on the $1.4 billion arena took two years. It was already open for concerts in September, but Saturday was the first time the building’s main tenant, the Warriors, held a game day. Fans filled up the 18,0064 seats and checked out more than 40 food and beverage points in the Chase Center, according to Stadia …
The first version of the Hustler, let’s call it V1, is crude and unsophisticated. The hustler lacks the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need. But all of what is missing is more than offset by their belief in their ability to create value and their willingness to take action.The V1 Hustler is a crude instrument. They’re a meat cleaver, not a scalpel. They’re all hustle, all the time. Like the proverbial bull in the china shop, they make a lot of messes. But they also produce results.Some hustlers get stuck and never evolve to a higher level. They don’t refine what they are doing.Another LevelHustlers that evolve to V2, the second version of themselves, have gained knowledge and experience. They’ve refined their approach, investing in themselves, and deepening their understanding. They’ve developed a subject matter expertise that allows them to deliver greater value. They’ve got processes and systems.Version 2 isn’t any less of a Hustler, but they’re much more deliberate in their focus. The V2 Hustler spends more time on the few things that matter most, and they eliminate much of the time they spend on non-value-creating activities.The Hustler at V2 is making more money than they’ve ever made, and likely more than they ever believed possible. From V2, the Hustler can see V3.And Another LevelIt takes time for the Hustler to transcend the earlier version of themselves. It also takes an awareness, introspection, and most of all, it takes a bigger vision.At V3, they have the knowledge, the experience, and the money they need to create something bigger than they imagined. This version of the Hustler has the ability and the willingness to scale the value that they create. They serve more people, and they make a bigger impact.As their vision has grown, so has their ability to help others hustle and generate results—and income.The third version of the hustler is a hustler of a different order. They’re no longer the crude, blunt instrument of the hustle of their earlier versions. Instead, they’re smart, refined, precision instruments of hustle. The V3 hustler is focused, with no wasted energy, no wasted effort. 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 Now
India dismissed West Indies for a paltry 173 in their first innings and then accumulated 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in their second essay to take an overall lead of 164 runs at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test here. Score | PhotosRahul Dravid, who was dropped on six by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, was the crease on 45 along with debutant Virat Kohli (14) at the close of play yesterday.Captain Sammy (1/16), Ravi Rampaul (1/17) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1/27) accounted for wicket apiece for the home team in India’s second innings.Starting their second essay with a vital lead of 73, India once again witnessed a sloppy start as they lost their first three batsmen with only 57 runs on the board.Opener Murali Vijay’s flop show continued as he was dismissed lbw to Rampaul in the second over with India yet to open its account.Debutant Abhinav Mukund (25) showed glimpses of his potential during his 75-ball stay before he edged a Bishoo delivery to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.India’s problems were further compounded when VVS Laxman was brilliantly caught by Sammy of his own bowling in the next over to see the visitors reeling at 57 for three in the 26th over.But Dravid and Kohli then held fort and shared unbeaten 34 runs for the fourth-wicket to ensure that there was no further damage for the visitors.India pacer Praveen Kumar appeals for a West Indies wicket during the first Test in Kingston on Tuesday. APEarlier, Praveen Kumar (three for 38) and Ishant Sharma (3 for 29) snarred six wickets between them to bowl out West Indies for 173 in their first innings at tea, in reply to India’s 246 all out.Towards the end of the West Indies innings, spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra also registered their names in the scoresheet with identical figures of two for 51 runs.advertisementThe tenor of a hot and humid day was set by Praveen, who picked up three wickets in a span of 14 balls in the opening session of the day after West Indies had threatened a recovery through a 55-run third wicket stand between Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18).Praveen could have registered more wickets against his name in his debut Test if not for umpire Daryl Harper, who banned him for treading into the dangerous area for a third time in the innings in his 18th over, the 51st of the innings with the hosts scoring reading 135 for five.West Indies, who were struggling at 119 for five at lunch, seemed to be on the recovery path for a brief period when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Carlton Baugh (27) joined hands for a 45-run sixth-wicket stand after the hosts were reduced to 102 for five at one stage.The duo took West Indies score to 147 for five before Harbhajan dismissed Baugh, caught at silly point by Vijay.Ishant quickly built on the advantage and clean bowled Sammy (1).But the final nail in West Indies’ coffin came when Harbhajan accounted for veteran Chanderpaul, caught in the close cordon by Mukund.Mishra then cleaned up the West Indies tail in the 68th over by removing Fidel Edwards and last man Devendra Bishoo in a span of three balls.Paceman Ravi Rampaul remained unbeaten on 14 for the West Indies.Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant and Harbhajan, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour.West Indies batsmen adopted a cautious approach and scored only 37 runs off 14 overs in the first hour of the day.Barath moved into his 40s by thrusting Praveen off his pads to the mid-wicket fence and then his leg-spinner Amit Mishra for a four and a six down the ground of his first two deliveries of the day.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then decided to switch Praveen to the other end and it paid handsome dividends to the visitors.There was no inkling of it when Barath off-drove Praveen to the cover fence but off the very next delivery which held its line, the little opener had edged a catch one to Dhoni behind the stumps.advertisementBarath made 64 from 122 balls and hit nine fours and a six during his stay at the crease.Praveen built on this success with two more wickets of Bravo and Brendan Nash.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
TweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zimmer wasn’t a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees’ latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died June 4 at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.“Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. Was a mentor to me,” teary-eyed Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Zimmer started out as a minor league infielder in 1949, hitting powerful shots that earned him the nickname “Popeye.” He went on to enjoy one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.Zimmer played on the original New York Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky Dent’s playoff homer and got tossed to the ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl.Oh, the tales he could tell.“Zim was around when I first came up. He was someone that taught me a lot about the game — he’s been around, he’s pretty much seen everything,” Jeter said after the Yankees lost to Oakland 7-4. “His stories, his experiences.”With the champion Yankees, Zimmer was Joe Torre’s right-hand man as the bench coach. “I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game,” Torre said in a statement.“The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life … We loved him. The game of baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man,” he said.A career .235 hitter in the big leagues, numbers could never define all that Zimmer meant to the game. He had tremendous success, too — his teams won six World Series rings and went to the postseason 19 times.Zimmer’s No. 66 Rays jersey had been worn recently by longtime Tampa Bay third base coach Tom Foley in tribute — the team wanted that, and MLB decided a coach should wear it.Foley was crying in the dugout June 4 during a 5-4 loss to Miami. He later remembered the Rays going as a team to see “42,” the movie about Robinson. “He would talk about it. He had a lot of stories, a lot of history coming out of him,” Foley said. “He had a lot to give, a lot to offer and he did.”Earlier this season, the Rays hung a banner in the front of the press box at Tropicana Field that simply read “ZIM.”“Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.There was a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium for Zimmer before Los Angeles played the Chicago White Sox.“On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that ‘Popeye’ served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.Zimmer’s biggest admirer was his wife “Soot” — they were married at home plate during a minor league game in 1951. Two years later in the minors, Zimmer’s path took a frightening turn — he was beaned by a fastball and left in a coma, and doctors had to put metal screws in his head.Zimmer recovered well enough to wear a lot of uniforms during his 56 years in the majors. He played for the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. He managed San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Cubs.“I loved Zim. I loved his passion. He was a great, great guy. He was a great baseball guy,” Yankees executive Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. “Everybody loved him.”Zimmer hit 91 home runs and had 352 RBIs in 12 seasons. He started Game 7 when Brooklyn beat the Yankees for the 1955 crown and was an All-Star in 1961.The next year, he played under Stengel on the 1962 expansion Mets, who famously went 40-120. “Don’t blame them all on me,” Zimmer once said. “I got traded after the first 30 days.”Zimmer was the 1989 NL Manager of the Year with the Cubs and was at Yankee Stadium for three perfect games, by Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series and by David Cone and David Wells in the late 1990s.“Zim was a great man, and there are no words to explain what he brought to us and what he meant to me,” Rays star Evan Longoria said. “He taught me a lot of things, and those days of sitting in the dugout with him will be missed,” he said.Said Rays pitcher David Price: “Zim was a very special person to all of us. A very special person in baseball, period.”“He always lit everybody’s faces up whenever he’d walk in,” he said. “Zim had a passion for baseball that rubs off on everybody.”Zimmer is survived by his wife; son Thomas, a scout with the San Francisco Giants; daughter Donna, and four grandchildren.
NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.
OTTAWA – When Ottawa announced changes to EI parental leave benefits last year that will allow new mothers to receive benefits for 18 months, Heather Wilson was excited about the possibility of spending more time with her baby.But after digging into the changes, Wilson and her husband are probably going to stick with the 12-month option.That’s in large part due to the fact that when Ottawa announced the change, it didn’t increase the amount of money for the program. So, while you may receive paternity benefits for a longer period, the weekly amount will be less.The reduction means that new parents looking to make up the difference over the extended period with savings may want to have $10,000 or more put aside, on top of their other savings in preparation for the new baby.Calgary-based Wilson says her EI maternity and paternity leave benefits, which max out at $547 per week before taxes, are already going to be a drop from her regular paycheque, so the further reduction to take 18 months may not work for her family’s budget.“The time and concept is really nice, that 18 months, but for us, we’re not sure financially it makes a lot of sense,” said Wilson, who is due with her first child in May.She noted that she and her husband may already face challenges in coming up with their regular contributions to their tax-free savings accounts and RRSP savings with the reduction in her income.Amy Dietz-Graham, a portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns, said having a baby can be a huge expense and choosing the longer option means being able to budget for the longer time away from work.“If you can plan ahead and start saving ahead of time if you do want to take that extra time, the better off you’ll be,” said Dietz-Graham, who is also due with her first child at the beginning of March.Federal EI maternity and parental benefits provide money for new parents through employment insurance benefits, while Quebec runs its own Quebec Parental Insurance Program, which has not changed.Federal EI maternity benefits for biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, run for 15 weeks and pay a weekly benefit of 55 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum amount of $547 per week.After that, EI parental benefits, which may be shared between parents, kick in with two options: a standard choice of up to 35 weeks or an extended version that spreads the same payment out over a maximum of 61 weeks. The extended option reduces the payment to 33 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $328, though that amount may be increased if you are eligible to receive the family supplement for low-income families.EI benefits are also taxable, so federal and provincial or territorial taxes will be deducted from your benefits too, reducing the amount that ultimately ends up in your pocket.Some new parents also receive parental leave top-up payments from their employers, but they will likely not cover the entire period.Dietz-Graham said you may also want to budget for additional expenses such as making a will if you don’t have one, or a life insurance policy to take care of your child if something should happen to you.She adds that reducing RRSP contributions in a year that you are on leave may also be something to consider, as you may get bigger tax savings by making them in a year when your income is higher.Those who do opt to take the extra time could save on the spending side of the equation, Dietz-Graham noted.You won’t have the costs of going to work like your daily coffee, lunches out and transit or parking. And, by taking the extra six months it means you won’t have daycare costs for that time, which could add up to thousands of dollars.
HOUSTON – Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations.“We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life.“That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.The City of Burnaby said Wednesday that it has filed leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking the court to weigh in on a dispute over construction of the Trans Mountain expansion.The National Energy Board ruled last December that Kinder Morgan could bypass local bylaws as it builds the project and the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the city’s application to overturn the decision.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said in a statement Wednesday that the city does not believe the energy board is the right place to review municipal processes, so it’s taking the issue to Canada’s highest court.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe’s SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website’s performance.But they’re missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about — especially when starting up.Here are five other types of analytics you should be monitoring to discover critical information about your business, customers and marketing efforts:1. Funnel analytics. Your funnel analytics provide data about customer flow through lead generation, checkout pages, registration and other means.While you can get basic funnel data from web analytics tools, specialized software can help you better understand your customer funnel. One is KISSmetrics, starting at $150 a month, and MixPanel, with a freemium option where you can track up to 25,000 events for free. These tools can help you understand how leads obtained through your acquisition and onboarding funnels are working out.From studying your funnel, you can conduct tests and make changes to forms, buttons, language and more. Improving your funnel is one of the chief ways to enhance your bottom line.Related: Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Website Longer2. On-site engagement analytics. Beyond knowing how people get to your site, you should understand what they’re doing on your pages. Where are they clicking? Where are they hovering? Where are they looking and perhaps getting confused?This is where mouse-move heat map and click heat map tracking tools come in. Mouse-move heat maps show you were people hover and move across your pages. This information can help you learn whether users find your site intuitive. Click heat mapping tools show you visually the exact locations where visitors’ cursors clicked on your website. This information can be useful in identifying usability or navigation issues.Startups should use these early on so they can make any necessary website adjustments. Some handy tools include ClickTale, which offers both mouse-move and click heat maps and starts with a freemium plan where you can study up to 400 page views a month, and CrazyEgg, which focuses mainly on heat mapping and starts at $99 a month.3. Customer analytics.Startups often wait too long to survey customers and set up consumer feedback channels. But with customer analytics, you can learn about unfulfilled consumer needs and identify problems in your marketing, such as confusion over your messaging.Try tools like ZenDesk, a customer-service platform that lets you respond to customer concerns across channels, track those concerns and improve communication. It starts at $24 a month. There’s also SurveyMonkey, an online research tool that offers a generous free plan that’s worth trying. Another is Qualaroo, a customer insight tool that starts at $79 a month and enables you to easily survey your customers for quick feedback on their experience with your website and other consumer issues.Related: Want to Sell More Online? How ‘Split Testing’ Your Site Can Help4. Lifecycle analytics.To understand the best ways to communicate with customers, you need to collect data on emails, newsletters, in-app messaging and more.Consider using tools such as Customer.io, an email communication platform, that helps you first understand if your emails and newsletters are working and then enables you to easily edit them for improved performance. It starts at $75 a month. There’s also Intercom, which starts at about $50 a month and can improve both communications and customer development by helping you identify and survey specific customer segments.5. Marketing analytics. When a startup begins marketing, it often pushes forward with the channels it has the most experience with. But that’s a risky way to create a marketing roadmap.Marketing analytics tools, which monitor, track and compare your marketing channels in one dashboard, can help you understand which approaches work best, as well as measure the success of specific campaigns. From there, you can decide how best to allocate your marketing budget and make better hiring decisions when ramping up your team.To track and understand this type of data, you can try such tools as HubSpot, a marketing automation platform that helps you see all of your marketing channels in one dashboard view. It starts at $200 a month. Moz (previously SEOmoz) also just opened up a beta for their marketing analytics solution, which allows you to manage all of your inbound marketing efforts in one place. It starts at $99 a month.In the age of analytics platforms, marketers are often overwhelmed by data. Reactively, we tend to rely on the tools and types of data we have loved for years, but that’s a dangerous approach. Instead, we should take advantage of the many new types of data that can help us learn ever more about our customers and better meet their needs.Related: A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 29, 2013 Register Now »