As Wisconsin’s Johnson weighs future, Trump ties take a toll

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fealty to former President Donald Trump has endeared Republican Sen. Ron Johnson to the far-right base in Wisconsin, but it could prove costly if he decides to seek a third term in 2022. His embrace of Trump’s anti-democratic campaign to overturn the election results already has angered some mainstream Republican allies and is poised to motivate Democrats who have ridden opposition to Trump to new strength. Observers note that Johnson has often behaved like a senator from a solidly red state. But November’s election demonstrated that Wisconsin, which Democrat Joe Biden narrowly won, is anything but. The fight for his seat will be among the most competitive races next year.last_img

Chapman doubles up with North of England crown

first_img5 Oct 2014 Chapman doubles up with North of England crown Windermere’s Adam Chapman held off a challenge from England A squad team-mate Jamie Bower to clinch the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship by a single stroke. His victory means Chapman has completed a North/South double having won the South of England Championship at Walton Heath in July. The 19 year old England international held his nerve on the fourth and final round at Pannal in a thrilling encounter that was decided on the final hole. Chapman needed a par on the 18th for victory and a precise iron shot from the tee set up a simple pitch to six feet. The Cumbrian teenager had started the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Bower, but bogeys on the third and fourth saw the Yorkshireman, from Meltham quickly trim the gap to one. Chapman’s birdie on the sixth calmed the nerves and he played steadily until a drive into the trees on the short par four 14th saw him drop a further shot. However, the set-back proved an inspiration as he birdied the next two holes before dropping a further shot at the 17th. His par on the last saw him finish the round at one over 73. Chapman put himself in pole position from the start with an opening seven-under-par 65 followed by two rounds of 69. “I’ve played nicely this week and hit the ball well but I’ve had a bit of luck too with some good lies and bounces. I played with a new putter and that seemed to work well,” he said. Lifting the Shaw Plate was the second time Chapman has tasted victory at the famous Yorkshire course this season – in July he won the Pannal Rose Bowl by six shots. Leading final scores: 276 A Chapman (Windermere) 65 69 69 73 277 J Bower (Meltham) 68 70 69 70 279 D Brown (Bedale) 71 69 72 67 280 A Wilson (Darlington) 71 70 67 72last_img read more

What I Am Thinking About Now

first_imgSegmentation by Generation: Every generation looks at the next couple generations and decides that “these damn kids” are different, that they don’t share the same values, and that they’re making a mess of things. The Millennials all got awards at the end of soccer season, even when they lost. They don’t care about money, and they are never going to leave their parents’ houses. They’re way too open-minded. We’ll see. One thing is for certain, the generations before them won’t understand them. It’s a rite of passage. My bet is that they won’t be all that different, but they will feel the same way about their children and grandchildren.A Lot of Research Isn’t Useful. Yet.: I love it that we can do fMRI imaging of brains. I am certain there are great insights being discovered every day. But they are absolutely meaningless in practice. There is nothing neuroscience has taught us that is applicable when you are sitting in front of another human being that human evolution didn’t already provide. You want to know how to tell if someone is lying based on the latest brain research? You already know when someone is lying, don’t you? Your gut tells you. This will, however, change. We are going to figure out what we are figuring out, and it will be useful.It’s the Creative’s World (You’re Just Living In It): Everything that can be done by a robot or a computer eventually will be. That means the future is going to be owned–even more than it is now–by the creative class. The people who are going to be in greatest demand are people who can create, people with imaginations, people who can produce new works. Also, people who know how to work with their hands, craftsmen. Some of the first craftsmen are going to make individual works using new technologies, like 3D printing. You are going to pay for things that were not mass produced.Fragmentation: We used to have three television channels. Everyone had a common set of experiences because of that box. We had a few channels on FM Radio, and the powers-that-be (or powers-that-were, more accurately) used to determine what music we listened to. We had common experiences. Big stars were made. Now, everybody has access to the tools to create and distribute. This has resulted in serious fragmentation. We no longer share the cultural experiences that television, radio, movies and entertainment provided. There are no great acts.Polarization: More and more, people are being polarized by their political beliefs. The discourse is coarser. Things that should unite us divide us because the political parties and their staunchest supporters frame every issue with the sole intention of reaching some segment of the population they believe necessary by demonizing someone or something else. Politicians no longer stand for anything. Instead, they just oppose things. They don’t have a vision of their own. They just oppose the other side’s vision, which doesn’t really exist anyway.last_img read more

Why You Cannot Succeed in Sales and Be Conflict Averse

first_imgIf you are in sales, management, or leadership, you are going to have to be comfortable dealing with conflict. Success requires that you find a way to work through conflict.There are going to be conflicts around the commitments you need your dream client to make so they can produce the outcomes they need. The more serious the change, the more opportunity there is for equally serious conflict. When you ask people to make change, it comes with the territory.There are going to be larger conflicts around what the right solution needs to look like once you bring in additional stakeholders, many of whom have their own wants and needs, and who may also work actively work against you. You can surface these conflicts as you try to help people find a middle way, achieving the outcomes they need while mitigating the challenges that change creates.There will be conflict when it comes to the investment you need your client to make, and that conflict can be great when there is a lot at stake. Your clients want the outcomes they need, and much of the time, they want those outcomes without having to invest the necessary money. They also want to avoid the conflict that comes from asking for and spending more money than they are presently spending.Salespeople who are conflict averse have trouble obtaining the outcomes they need because those outcomes aren’t easily achieved without some level of conflict. Salespeople who don’t like cold calling are really afraid of the conflict that sometimes comes with interrupting people.As a manager, you will have conflict about the work that needs to be done, how much work is necessary, and how fast it needs to be done. This can cause serious conflict. You will have conflict about pipeline integrity, the opportunities being pursued, and whether or not your sales process is being followed to produce the greatest odds of winning. You will have the conflicts that come with providing your sales team with air cover from upper management, and the conflict that comes with selling your own company to do the right thing.As a leader, you are going to have the conflict that comes with determining strategy and leading your organization to reach its full potential. You are going to have conflicts when people disagree with your vision, when they act outside your values, and when they put the culture you are building at risk.I was recently asked why I seem to enjoy conflict, and I agreed that I do enjoy it. The reason I enjoy conflict is because the better results is always on the other side of conflict, and you can’t get there until you get through the conflict. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be polite, professional, and collaborative. It doesn’t mean that you can’t actually improve your relationships while engaging in the conflict. But it does mean that you have to be comfortable in conflict. 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

Hockey coach Harendra resigns after India’s loss to Malaysia

first_imgIndian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.last_img read more

North Korea says it released Canadian pastor Ontario congregation celebrates news

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario church congregation is celebrating news of the release of their pastor from a North Korean prison more than two years after he was arrested in the country.A decision from North Korea’s central court freed Hyeon Soo Lim from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities, the country’s Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.The pastor’s release, which came on the heels of an official visit from a Canadian government delegation, was described as “sick bail” by the news agency. No other details were provided.In a brief statement issued early Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Lim had been released.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention,” said Trudeau.The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said “operational security considerations” prevents the government from discussing the matter further.Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., had been sentenced by a North Korean court to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.Word of Lim’s release drew members of his congregation to their church, just west of Toronto, where they were seen hugging and crying Wednesday morning.Charles Baik, an associate pastor with the church’s English ministry, said members are ecstatic at the prospect of Lim’s return.“We’re so happy he’s been released, ” Baik said from outside the church.Lim, who has a wife and son living in the Toronto area, started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly three decades ago, shortly after he emigrated from South Korea.He grew the congregation from about a dozen people in 1986 to more than 3,000 members. He also runs a smaller church in downtown Toronto that caters to young people.The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim’s last trip there in January 2015.Family and friends previously said he was visiting an orphanage, nursery and nursing home in the country at the time of his arrest. The pastor had successfully travelled to North Korea more than 100 times over the past two decades, they added.Baik said the pastor’s ordeal would not deter the church from future humanitarian projects in the country.“Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be,” he said.Family members had urged the Canadian government to put pressure on North Korea to secure Lim’s release.Their calls for action took on fresh urgency in June following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who lived only one week after being released from North Korean custody due to health concerns.Lim’s own health was of concern to his family members, who had said the pastor needed medication to manage his blood pressure.A Canadian delegation led by Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this week to discuss Lim’s case.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case,” Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Neither Ahmad nor Global Affairs responded to request for comment on Lim’s release.Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more