Local Jews Celebrate Shavuot Beginning Thursday

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3 ways to inspire your employees

first_imgWe all want healthy and successful companies. A great way to achieve success is to inspire. If your employees aren’t inspired, it will be a lot harder for them to achieve greatness. Here are three ways you can inspire your employees.Show the big picture: It’s nice to have a shared purpose with your coworkers. Sometimes that purpose can get lost in the day-to-day responsibilities. Try to find time periodically to remind your employees of the bigger picture. It’s not just processing a loan application, it’s helping a family buy their first home. Everyone in the company has a role that’s vital to the success of the institution. Remind your employees of their value and how they contribute to making members’ dreams come true.Be thankful: Successful employees will make a company successful. Shower your employees with praise when they deserve it, and encourage those who are exuding great effort to be successful. Make sure they realize how their personal successes impact the company as well. Be a champion for your employees and they will be a champion for you.Push innovation: As Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a-changin’” To stay successful you have to empower your employees to create and innovate new products and services. You can’t do it alone. By relying on your team, you’re giving them the opportunity to grow the business, which can only be a positive for their personal careers. 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

World Series 2019 updated odds: Astros tabbed as favorites after Zack Greinke deadline deal

first_imgThe Astros became the favorites to win the 2019 World Series after landing right-hander Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks at Wednesday’s MLB trade deadline.The move was the biggest of the day, adding Greinke to an already strong rotation that includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. In exchange, Houston sent Corbin Martin, J.B. Bukauskas, Seth Beer and Josh Rojas to Arizona.  MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Related News MLB trade deadline: Best, worst moves from a wild day MLB trade deadline: Astros ‘can’t believe’ they landed Zack Greinke, GM says “Zack Greinke’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. We had him high on our list,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters. “We didn’t know if this was even remotely possible, and it really wasn’t until the last 48 hours, really the last 24 hours that we started to get traction on something. [Astros owner Jim Crane] supported us and agreed that we could make the appropriate investment dollar-wise, and it became a matter of finding the right prospects, the right mix of players, to go back.”We really don’t have any holes right now. If we stay healthy, this team is as good as any team I’ve ever seen.” With Greinke now an Astro, Houston is favored to win the World Series at 2/1 odds, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, while the Dodgers (3/1) and Yankees (6/1) are close behind.The Astros enter Thursday with a 69–40 record, eight games ahead of the second-place Athletics in the AL West.World Series 2019 updated odds:TeamOddsAstros2/1Dodgers3/1Yankees6/1Braves9/1Cubs14/1Twins16/1Cardinals18/1Indians20/1Rays25/1Red Sox30/1Brewers30/1Nationals30/1Phillies40/1A’s40/1Mets100/1Angels200/1Giants200/1Reds300/1*Odds updated Aug. 1last_img read more

KCCA to face Jackson Mayanja’s Al Masry in Confed Cup

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp TP Mazembe (COD, holders) v JS Kabylie (ALG)AC Leopards (CGO) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ)FUS Rabat (MAR) v MAS Fes (MAR)Enugu Rangers (NGR) v Zesco Utd (ZAM)Mounana (GAB) v ASEC Mimosas (CIV)Rail Kadiogo (BUR) v CS Sfaxien (TUN)Wits (RSA) v Smouha (EGY)CNaPS Sport (MAD) v Recreativo Libolo (ANG)KCCA (UGA) v Al Masry (EGY)Ports Authority (GAM) v Al Hilal Obeid (SUD)Port Louis (MRI) v Club Africain (TUN)Rivers Utd (NGR) v Rayon Sports (RWA)Barrack Young Controllers (LBR) v SuperSport Utd (RSA)AS Tanda (CIV) v Platinum Stars (RSA)Horoya (GUI) v Ittihad Tanger (MAR)First legs: April 7-9, second: April 14-16Note: winners qualify for group stage Action between KCCA and Sundowns. KCCA now travel North to face Jackson Mayanja’s former club Al Masry PHOTO KCCA MEDIAAfrican giants Mazembe and Kabylie paired as KCC drawn to face Jackson Mayanja’s Al MasryJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Multiple CAF title winners TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and JS Kabylie of Algeria were paired Tuesday in the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs draw.Mazembe won the African equivalent of the Europa League last season, comfortably defeating another Algerian club, Mouloudia Bejaia, in the final.The Congolose club from southern city Lubumbashi are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles, nine less than Al Ahly of Egypt.Kabylie have won six African titles, and the pairing is a repeat of a 2010 CAF Champions League semi-final won 3-1 on aggregate by Mazembe.Mazembe are among 16 clubs demoted from the Champions League to the Confederation Cup last weekend after suffering round-of-32 losses.KCCA FC will take on Egyptian side Al Masry SC, a club that football maestro Jackson Mayanja played for as one of Uganda’s first professional players in the early nineties. This after Magid Musisi’s record signing for French Club Rennes.KCCA dropped into the Confederation Cup after they were knocked out from the CAF Champions League by title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.Mike Mutebi’s KCCA will host the first leg in Kampala on April 7 / 8 with the return leg played between April 14/15/16 in Port Said, Egypt.The other 16 clubs who went into the draw, including Kabylie, came through the Confederation Cup qualifying phase.Since defeating Bejaia, the Congolese have lost defender Christian Marylinda, midfielder Vermeille Bop and striker Jonathan Boling to Standard Liege.Ivory Coast-born midfielder Roger Assale also moved to Europe, joining Swiss side Young Boys Berne.French coach Hubert Veld moved, too, signing for Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, with compatriot Thierry Roger taking over in Lubumbashi.Morocco had three clubs in the draw and UFS Rabat and MAS Fes, both former Confederation Cup title-holders, were paired.Having eliminated Kalium of Guinea last weekend, Ijtihad Tanger will face another club from the west African nation, Proroyal.There were also three South African hopefuls and they avoided each other in a draw conducted by CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani in Cairo.Johannesburg outfit Wits, beaten by Al Ahly in the Champions League, face more Egyptian opposition in Smouha.Platinum Stars are away first to AS Tanda of the Ivory Coast and SuperSport United also travel to west Africa to play Barrack Young Controllers of Liberia.First legs are scheduled for April 7-9 with the return matches a week later and the 16 overall winners qualify for the group stage.DrawYoung Africans (TAN) v Mouloudia Alger (ALG)last_img read more

Roller Derby season kicks off Saturday at Selkirk in Castlegar

first_imgRTRG, however, have been working hard at developing their new skaters this off-season, and if league scrimmages are any indication then there is some new talent that the rest of the league had best watch out for.From hard-hitting new skaters to fleet-footed veterans, the Rossland Trail team has been building momentum since last season and are eager to show the Kootenays what they’ve been working on up the mountain for all these weeks.The Killjoys may have finished 2013 on a win, but it means there is a target on their helmets coming into the new season and RTRG are only too happy to take the first shots.During the 2013 off season, as so often happens in roller derby, player retirement and relocation led to two of the five teams suffering low numbers, and low numbers at practice impedes the opportunity to hone skills and develop team cohesiveness.But roller derby athletes never say die, and the Valley Vendettas and Babes of Brutality agreed that for the 2014 season they would join forces to bolster their strength, creating a new team that combines the Valley’s teamwork and energy with Salmo’s fabled brutal hits and experience.Meanwhile, the Dams have been breaking free of their party-team reputation and are cross training and skating like never before, and are determined to win the Golden Boot this season.Pitting Dam City’s consistency and determination against Valley Brutality’s refreshed take on the meaning of teamwork, this game is sure to be one of the most ferocious of the season and will set a tone for the rest of 2014.Tickets can be purchased at Selkirk College Book Store and Central City Shoes in Castlegar, or online at www.kootenayrollerderby.com The new 2014 West Kootenay Roller Derby season kicks off Saturday with doubleheader action at the at Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Nelson Killjoys are out to prove last season’s title was no fluke as the Heritage City squad takes on rival Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) at 7 p.m. in the feature match.Kicking off the season is host Dam City Rollers meeetinga yet-unseen Valley Brutality at 5 p.m.The Killjoys won the Golden Boot last season and this year have helmets to match – and they intend on keeping the complete set.last_img read more

Marketing on what is known

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCPractically everyone in the grain trading world is saying “I didn’t see that coming” after a 70-cent corn price drop over the last 30 days and a $2 per bushel drop in soybeans. I know I’m not the only one disappointed that prices are back to levels last seen in January. At least the market has come off of its lows and is only down 50 cents in corn and $1.50 for beans.While I wish I would have sold more futures during this last rally, knowing what I know now, I’m glad I sold what I did above $4.25. At the time I sold those bushels I was worried $4.50 to $5 may be possible and that those sales would turn out to be a mistake.It’s easy when negative and unpredictable things happen to fall into the “if only” trap, but there’s too much uncertainty to spend significant time dwelling on what should have been done. No one knows what’s going to happen, and certainly no one can predict the weather, the biggest driver of prices. We only know current conditions and 30 days ago we knew….Corn was planted one to two weeks later than usualNormal yields with average rainfall would likely mean that for the 2018/19 marketing year there would be: a decreased world stock level by 20%; the lowest corn carryout in the U.S. in 5 years; and the tightest “Stock To Use Ratio” in 40 years.Weather forecasts indicated: increased dryness throughout the southern plains; Memorial Day Weekend would be hot, 100 degrees throughout the Corn Belt; June would likely continue to be hot; and there were global dryness concerns outside the U.S.There were potential trade concerns, but the market had responded well after a couple days with each announcement up to that point.Trendline yields around 174 bushels per acre would have likely meant $4 Dec corn by Thanksgiving. What do we know today?Crop conditions are off to a great start, maybe the best ever, with widespread timely rains and warm weather. Even with the delayed planting, the intense heat has help speed up the growth of the corn and pollination will likely happen during the normal time period. It is unlikely that there will be many prevent plant acres and that corn could actually see an increase in planted acres. If fantastic weather continues, the national yield averages could hit 180 or 182, which would mean carryout exceeding 2 billion up from 1.6 billion only 2 months ago. This could set up the market for a situation similar to last year.Each bushel per acre increase over the 174 national yield average would likely mean 10 cents off a $4 Dec corn price. So, an average 180-bushel national yield would mean Dec corn probably trading $3.40. What don’t we know today?Will Good weather continue through pollination and grain fill?Will the last half of July and August be hot, or will there be cool nights?Will too much rain be a factor? That has only happened once in the last 30 years, so it’s probably a long shot.Trade/tariff issues have received a lot of press recently, but they too are impossible to predict. The U.S. produces 30% of the world’s grain, so there isn’t enough global supply to support the world’s needs without the U.S. supply. In the short term, headlines can make some market shifts, but like weather, no one knows what will happen. Market Action — July options expired — CornTrade 1 — Sold callWhen the market was moving toward its low for the year last season on 8/31/17, I sold a $4 July call for 19 cents (5% ’17 production)What does this mean?If July corn is above $4 on 6/22 I have to sell corn for $4 and keep 19 cents ($4.19 total).If July corn is below $4 on 6/22 I keep the 19 cents to use on another trade in the future.I hope corn rallies above $4 before July, but it’s unlikely knowing what I know today. Therefore, getting an additional 19 cent premium to add to a later trade will be helpful in maintaining profitability if prices don’t increase.What happened?Corn closed below $4 and I just collected the 19 cents. Trade 2 — StraddleOn 2/26/18 when July corn was $3.82:Sold a $3.90 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same strike price)Bought a $3.60 put to minimize downside risk in this tradeCollected a total of 28 cents premium for the trade.What does this mean?If corn is below $3.62 on 6/22/18, I don’t get to sell any corn and I could lose up to 2 cents max.If corn is above $4.18 on 6/22/18, I have to sell 10% of my 2017 production for $3.90 plus the 28 cents from the sale of the options, so I would get $4.18 total.If corn is between $3.62 and $4.18, I will make some premium on this trade but no sale has to be made. The closer July corn is to $3.90, the more of the 28 cents premium I get to keep.Worst case scenario — prices fall below $3.62 and I lose 2 cents. I think this is unlikely, but I’m prepared if it happens. Any price above $3.62 and I’ll be pleased the results.What happened? Corn closed at $3.57. I lost 2 cents and didn’t sell any grain. Trade 3 — StraddleOn 4/17/18 when July corn was around $3.88, I sold a July $4.10 straddle (sold both the put and the call) and collected 34 cents total on 10% of my production.What does this mean?If July corn is $4.10 on 6/22/18 I keep all of the 34 cents.Every penny corn is below $4.10 I get less premium until $3.76.If corn is $3.76 or lower I will have to remove a sale by buying back futures.For every penny higher than $4.10 I get less premium until $4.44.At $4.44 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $4.10 against July futures, but I still get to keep the 34 cents so it’s like selling $4.44As with all straddles, this trade is most profitable if corn stays sideways. And while I think corn has upside potential, I don’t think it’s likely to rally higher than the top of this straddle’s range (but I’ll obviously be happy if it does). The biggest concern of this trade is the downside. Corn demand will have to stay strong and a weather scare would help.I think there is a good chance corn will be between $3.76 to $4.44 at the end of June, with what I know today. Even last week May corn didn’t drop below the lower limits of this trade. And since I sold 20% of my corn the previous week, buying back some of this sale (worst case scenario) is acceptable risk, given the potential reward of the trade.What happened? Unfortunately, the market collapsed the last 4 weeks and we finished below $3.76. Perfect rains and tariff issues were too much for the market to bear. It turns out I was too aggressive with my plan for higher prices.I didn’t want to buy any of my previous sales back as I stated in my original plan back in April when I placed the trade. Instead I bought back the put portion of this trade for 55 cents before it expired. If I had left the put I originally had sold in place it would have caused me to buy corn back at $4.10 July futures. I’m very uncertain of where the market will go next so I choose to take my loss and look for other opportunities down the road.I let the $4.10 call portion of the straddle I sold for a premium expire worthless because the market was below that strike price.After the 34 cents I collected from selling the straddle originally, I have a 21-cent net loss (34 – 55 = -21) on 10% of my ’17 production that will be subtracted from my pot of premium I’ve been collecting all year long. The results of using straddles this past yearIn the last year I’ve had a lot of success using straddles to collect extra premium during a long-term unprofitable sideways market. Along the way I have shared the results of those trades in these newsletters, both the winners and the losers. Here is a quick recap of the results:Since 6/20/17 I’ve placed 14 different straddle trades, with 11 of the 14 being profitable.11 Trades each on just 10% of my ’17 production added to my pot of premium +1.89 cents total (+18, +8, +12, +37, +7, +14, +5, +38 +18, +7, & +25)3 Trades each on just 10% of my ’17 production removed from my pot of premium – 37 cents total (-14, -2 & -21)My net premium from trading straddles is +1.52/bu on 10% of production or 15.2 cents on every bushel I raised this past year.While overall the last year, I’ve had many successes, I’m disappointed the two straddles above were losses (specifically trade #3). In hindsight I had too much faith the market would remain strong through July 4 and should have bought a put for downside protection, which would have limited my loss to 5 cents only. But with delayed plantings in April, and a potential big drop in carryout next year it seemed unlikely there would be perfect crop conditions in June. Back then I feared the market was going to go way up and selling too low, then I was with the market going down.With an 80% success rate selling straddles on the ’17 crop and overall profit, I’m probably not going to stop using them. But the straddle trades that just expired are an important reminder that the market is unpredictable and even when it seems impossible that the market could go down, it still can. So, it’s important to always understand all possible outcomes for each trade and be willing to accept them all. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Return to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway Options

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESReturn-Air ProblemsThis New Door Design Solves an Old ProblemPerfect Balance Makes the CutNew Green Building Products — March 2011An Easy Retrofit for Return AirAll About Furnaces and Duct Systems If a forced-air HVAC system is pushing more air into a space or room than return pathways can match, some spaces in the home become pressurized and others depressurized. This imbalance can cause problems: thermal comfort, moisture, and even combustion safety.Types of HVAC returnsIn an ideal world, every supply would have a companion return duct. This approach is called a dedicated return for each supply. But most older and even many new homes have one or maybe two central returns located in common spaces because it is less expensive and difficult to locate and run just a supply to each space. With central returns, here are the ways to provide return pathways: door undercuts, jump ducts, transfer grilles, and the deKeiffer bypass.Door undercutsThis is certainly the easiest and cheapest way to attempt a return pathway but it is rarely sufficient. For most situations, door undercuts need to be greater than 1.5 inches to be sufficient and that amount of undercut is very often not acceptable for aesthetic or privacy reasons. Jump ductsA jump duct is a large insulated flex duct that connects two ceiling grilles, one just inside the door to the supplied room and the other just on the other side of the door in the hallway ceiling. The sharp bend and variegated surface of the interior lining of the jump duct reduces sound transfer without compromising air movement. Since this approach penetrates the ceiling plane, the jump duct must be carefully air sealed if it breaks into an unconditioned space like the attic.Transfer grillesThere are two types of transfer grilles, above-door and high-low offset. The above-door transfer grille simply has two grilles located above the door between the room and common space, one on each wall, with offset baffles to limit sound transmission.The high-low offset is located in an interior wall framing cavity adjacent to the door between the room and common space. One grille is located high on the wall on one side (usually the common space), the other low on the wall (in the room). The offset reduces sound transmission. Note that this interior framing cavity must be clean and without wiring penetrations (or seal these penetrations as you would if it were an exterior wall framing cavity).The de Keiffer bypassAn HVAC engineer from Boulder, CO, Rob deKeiffer of the Boulder Design Alliance, came up with an elegant return pathway: the deKeiffer Bypass. The door trim is spaced off of the wall on both sides enough to create around 23 square inches of free air space connecting the room and the common space. The framing cavity space above the door is sleeved with sheet metal to create a dedicated pathway connecting the two sides of the spaced-out door trim.Armand Magnelli’s (Livable Housing, Inc.) perspectiveAnother approach is to install a product that combines a metal sleeve with an interior baffle and grilles on both sides of the wall, such as the Tamarak Return Air Pathway (RAP). Or one of Halton’s transfer grilles (these more commercial in nature). These products purportedly provide better noise reduction with good air flow and are relatively easy to install. The fit between standard stud spacing in interior partition walls. For an independent analysis of several approaches see the following review by the Building America Program.An advantage of using the products from Tamarak is that they are sized for CFM capacity, an important variable in balancing the airflow between rooms. The issue with the products from Tamarak and Halton is that while they provide an attractive and effective packaged solution it may be difficult to convince local HVAC distributors to stock their lines of products forcing contractors to order them online. Some of the other solutions are fabricated from stock components available at most HVAC distributors.The use of any of these solutions may also improve performance of whole house ventilation systems by enabling better circulation of fresh air from bedrooms at night, a crucial time to deliver fresh air to occupants.Your perspectiveBe great to learn what method you use and why? Weigh in—it’s what GBA is all about.last_img read more

Social Networking For Authors & Overcoming The Rejection Slip

first_imgNot a Novel IdeaThere are many other social networks for writers on the Web. So getting new users is going to be nearly as much of a challenge for Moysidis as getting a publisher to notice her debut novel.But according to Moysidis, most of the existing social networks for authors are geared towards helping writers self-publish. Writer’s Bloq is all about helping new writers get the attention of publishing houses. Which begs the question: how will Writer’s Bloq attract publishing industry people to the network?Moysidis replied that Writer’s Bloq is starting out with a focus on writers, but it intends to open up to publishers officially at a later date. In the meantime, she said that industry professionals are already registering… as writers. Many in the industry are budding writers themselves.Like any new social network, Writer’s Bloq has a very tough road ahead of it. The key is to get network effects going, in other words get more and more writers – and ideally publishing industry people too – signed up and using the site regularly. Easier said than done. But Writer’s Bloq has a great design, enthusiastic early users and a Kickstarter project (see video below) to raise money for offline meetups – cleverly called “bloqparties.”Perhaps most importantly, Writer’s Bloq has a passionate, focused founder in Nayia Moysidis. Whose ultimate goal, by the way, is still to get her first novel published. The first thing that struck me about Writer’s Bloq when I signed up for a nosey, was the crisp and clean design. Goodreads could learn a thing or two from that.Writer’s Bloq has two main sections: a writing section and a reading section. As with any social network, it’s advisable to have a look around first before posting your own content. There are many ways you can discover the writing of others – by genre, format, status (published or unpublished), or tags.You can choose to read a piece immediately, or save it for later. You can also send it to your Kindle. The staples of social networks are all there: comments, likes, sharing via Facebook and Twitter, the option to subscribe to the author. What’s In It For WritersWriter’s Bloq is clearly very early in its evolution – there isn’t a huge amount of activity on the site right now. That is of course the problem every new social network has. Goodreads is at the opposite end of the social network spectrum. It’s a mature social network that reached its tipping point a few years ago and is now in the midst of mainstreaming (10 million users and counting!).So the challenge for Writer’s Bloq is to get its core user base – budding writers and people in the publishing industry – to sign up. I asked Nayia Moysidis why new writers should post their work on Writer’s Bloq. Why not just self-publish, if they aren’t able to land a traditional publisher? She replied that when writers submit a manuscript to a publisher, essentially they are after the following three things:Editing and serious feedback on their work.Marketing.Validation.Writers can’t get those things by self-publishing, said Moysidis. The aim of Writer’s Bloq is to give writers a better opportunity to attract publishers. They can promote their work on Writer’s Bloq and get feedback from peers – and perhaps even from publishers sniffing around the site. The community helps self-select the best writing, through ratings and comments. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus Yesterday I reviewed the leading social network for book readers, Goodreads. In the second post in my Social Books series, I’m checking out a brand new social network for book writers. Called Writer’s Bloq, it was founded by a young wannabe writer from New York named Nayia Moysidis. In a phone interview, I discovered that Moysidis, a graduate of Columbia University’s creative writing program, started Writer’s Bloq because of the frustrations she encountered trying to get her first novel noticed by publishers. She’d sent 93 individualized letters to publishing houses, but only received a few generic rejection letters in response.Like many entrepreneurs, Moysidis is a very determined person. After being largely ignored by publishers, her next step was to take an intern job at Simon & Schuster. There she was dismayed to find her very own novel – submitted under a pen name – in the slush pile! On the plus side, Moysidis saw first hand that it was impossible for a publishing house like Simon & Schuster to pick up every book sent to them. They simply receive too many manuscripts.After seeing the writer submission process from the other side, Moysidis concluded that publishers are so overwhelmed that they aren’t discovering enough new talent. She felt that writers needed a better way to try and get noticed, which ultimately would help publishers too. So she created Writer’s Bloq, a wonderfully named social network where writers can post snippets of their work and network with others in the industry. Tags:#Reviews#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Causes behind Brahmaputra turning black could be natural: Union minister

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Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors

first_imgCJ Perez shrugs off rookie jitters to deliver PBA debut fitting of top pick View comments Durant said: “Hopefully that’s the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.”Cousins credited his teammates for making his return “as smooth and easy as possible.”“They all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a really good teammate. He’s an emotional guy but he’s loved because he cares about us.”And the Warriors feel the same way about their new big man.“This is not the end of the story,” Kerr said. “It’s the middle and there’s a long way to go.” Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, pats center DeMarcus Cousins, center, on the chest as forward Draymond Green smiles during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins was nervous. His stomach felt tight and filled with butterflies. He grabbed his phone and fired off texts to family and friends. He talked to his brother and sister.Golden State coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors reassured Cousins it wasn’t just about Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was like poetry,” teammate Stephen Curry said.Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.“I’m just glad to know I can still dunk,” he said. “That felt good.”Cousins joined the lineup at a time when Golden State has won seven in a row and an NBA-leading six straight on the road. Friday was the start of a five-game trip that will take the team back East, giving players time to bond.“It’s good for him to come in at a time we’re playing well and things are calm,” Kerr said. “It allows for an easier re-entry.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s about the rest of his career.Making his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, the big man called Boogie scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s been a long journey,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”After missing his first shot, Cousins announced his presence with a one-handed slam off Kevin Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket.center_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño As if the Warriors weren’t potent enough with Curry and Durant, Cousins’ return made them the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.“We’re not going to drink our own Kool-Aid in terms of understanding that just because he’s back, it’s a totally different team,” Curry said. “We still have things we’ve got to work on. We still have details we have to focus on. These next four games on the road are going to be tough, so it’ll test us right out of the gate with DeMarcus in the lineup.”Against the Clippers, Cousins shot 5 of 11 from the field. He was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers to go with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block in 15 minutes before fouling out. He became the first Warriors center to hit at least three 3-pointers in a game since Anthony Tolliver on March 17, 2010, against New Orleans.“This is almost like training camp for him,” Kerr said.Cousins played his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, when he ruptured his left Achilles tendon with New Orleans. He missed the rest of the season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him in July.“We haven’t even really practiced together, so we’ve got a lot of growing to do,” Cousins said. “I still don’t feel like my rhythm is where I want it.”After getting his fifth foul 30 seconds into the fourth, Cousins hit consecutive 3s, throwing up three fingers as he ran down court.“He does so many things well for them,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The post game, which he didn’t have because of rhythm, but he made a couple of 3s and he just knows how to play.”When he got his sixth foul a few minutes later, instead of his usual scowl, Cousins smiled and high-fived his teammates, who gave him a standing ovation.“Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,” he said. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

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