Italy wins late to keep pace with Spain

first_imgSKOPJE, Macedonia (AP):Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia yesterday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.Spain got off to a slow start at Albania but eased to a 2-0 victory behind second-half goals by Diego Costa and Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo.Italy needed an injury-time goal by Ciro Immobile to secure the hard-fought win that allowed it to join Spain atop the group with seven points.Albania stayed with six points along with Israel, which beat Liechtenstein 2-1.Only the group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Macedonia and Liechtenstein remain without a point after three matches.Spain dominated from the start as expected, but it struggled to create many significant scoring chances against Albania in steady rain at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.The first goal came after a mistake by Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who mishit the ball while trying to clear it from the back and gave it to Vitolo. The striker passed to David Silva and he set up Costa’s easy goal from inside the area in the 55th minute.The second goal was a well-placed shot by Nolito, who found the far corner from a tight angle after evading a defender inside the area in the 63rd.COMPLICATED GAME”It could seem like an easy game, but we knew it was going to be complicated,” Nolito said. “We really needed these three points.”Albania entered the match with a two-point advantage over Spain and Italy, which drew 1-1 when they met in Turin on Thursday.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui tried a different tactical scheme, playing with three defenders at the back and an extra man in midfield.Italy seemed in control against Macedonia after Andrea Belotti scored in the 24th minute, but goals by Ilija Nestorovski in the 57th and Ferhan Hasani in the 59th, both times after Italian giveaways, left the visitors in danger of a shock defeat.Immobile equalised in the 75th and netted the important winner with a close-range header two minutes into second-half injury time, keeping Italy in a strong position.”It was a great response by the team as far as character is concerned,” Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said.last_img read more

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San Jose Sharks’ win streak ends at six games

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Kevin Labanc scored in the first … SAN JOSE — The Sharks’ six-game winning streak ended with a thud Tuesday night at SAP Center.Slowing down Connor McDavid and the first place Edmonton Oilers for the second tine in eight days was a bit too much to ask.The Sharks fell behind by two goals after the first 7:59 of the first period and never fully recovered in a 5-2 loss, San Jose’s first defeat since Nov. 2.last_img

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What To Do With a Single Hour

first_imgIn a single hour you can:Exercise, meditate, and ensure you are in the right physical and mental state to be productive.Write 500 words. That might be a blog post, a letter to your dream clients, or the start of something big.Make 2 calls to the most important people in your life. Or you can make 6 to 10 calls to contacts who might need you and the value that only you create.Plan your week, making sure that the most important outcomes you need make it on to your calendar.Knock a big chunk out of that project you’ve been meaning to complete.Train someone to do some task that they really own but that you continue to do because you haven’t invested the time to hand it off.Have lunch with someone you need to spend time with or get to know better.Send 6 thank you cards to people on your team, people who have trusted you with work, or people you want to thank for making a difference in your life.Brainstorm your next big project. In an hour you can create the mind map or slide deck to layout that project.Eliminate two boxes of clutter from your life forever, and eliminate the psychic RAM that it takes up inside your mind.Read a couple chapters of a book that you need to study. Or you can read four long form magazine articles. Both will add to your perspective and give you context.Follow up on some of the most important sales opportunities sitting in your pipeline right now.Reflect on the lessons you’ve learned over the past few months and write down how you are going to change things.Sure, you could browse the web or live in your inbox for the next hour. But the results you produce every day, every week, every month, every year, and over the course of your lifetime are determined by the choices you make with what you do with your time. Make big choices in the single hour. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Choosing the Right Medium – Episode 76

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A Drag on Your Success

first_imgYour success depends upon you deciding to be successful, and then having the discipline and focus to do it. It also depends on your guarding against the very things that will obstruct you. You must decide that you will not allow the following be a drag on your success:Poor Mindset: Every result you create starts in your mind first. Your beliefs about something become your truth, whether or not they are true for others. A pessimistic, cynical attitude is a debilitating and disempowering attitude, and one that will prevent you from doing the work you are capable of—and producing the results you want. A positive, optimistic, future-oriented mindset is empowering and produces velocity.Poor Energy: Every result you want to achieve requires time and energy. A lack of energy is a drag on results, as it reduces your capacity to work. Everyone starts the week with 168 hours, but those with the energy produce out sized results. Without the energy, very little gets done. Your energy is a critical variable. It levels the playing field against those with great resources, including those who may be smarter and those who have greater resources. The energy to out-hustle the field produces a competitive advantage and speed to results.Lack of Purpose: Without knowing what you want, and without a burning desire to manifest it in your life, your results will be slow coming. Drifting, with no goal in sight, makes it difficult to decide what to do and when to do it. It leaves you susceptible to distractions and complacency. When you know your purpose, all your actions are designed to help you be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. Purpose eliminates and streamlines.Distractions: Focus is the new currency of success and achievement. If your smart phone gets more attention than your real goals and ambition, you are prioritizing small things in place of much bigger, much more valuable things. This drag on your success is underestimated, as many have traded sitting in front of the television for staring at the tiny screen of infinite distractions. Success is never achieved before the price is paid, and that price is not being paid while you are scrolling. Success audits your actions and knows when you have put in the work.Excuses and Rationalizations: Maybe you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Maybe you didn’t’ go to the right college, or maybe you didn’t go to college at all. Maybe your parents split when you were a kid, and maybe you misspent a good part of your youth and got in trouble. The story you tell yourself is either a set of excuses or the reason you are now going to do what you are here for. You chose that frame, and you can choose another one whenever you want to. Excuses and rationalizations will never improve your results or lead to success. Own your story, and then write the next chapter.You are either empowered or not, and that is your choice. If you are empowered then you control your ability to be successful. If you have that control, you can take care not to allow anything to tamper with the mindset you need to achieve the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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New industrial policy offers ₹17,500 cr. for new businesses

first_imgMaharashtra’s new industrial policy offers ₹17,500 crore for new businesses as packaged fiscal incentives in a year the State goes to polls at the Central and Assembly levels. According to official estimates, the notional value of the basket of incentives for the micro, small and medium enterprises, and large scale industries is now estimated at ₹3,500 crore annually. The State government has clarified this amount is not a direct burden on the State exchequer. Instead, it is a reduction in taxes the industries would have otherwise paid as indirect taxes over the next five years, thereby ensuring nothing is paid out of the State kitty, officials said. “Elections or no elections, Maharashtra has always offered the highest incentives to industries. We have the capacity and capability to do that. It is not that an additional burden of ₹3,500 crore annual is provisioned for in the budget for this purpose,” said Harshadeep Kamble, secretary (small and medium industries), and development commissioner (Industries).The Industrial Policy 2019 offers a basket of incentives, whose aggregate amount does not exceed the specified ceiling for eligible units. These include an Investment Promotion Subsidy on Gross State Goods and Services Tax paid by the units on the first sale of eligible products, billed and delivered to the same entity within Maharashtra. Eligible units are also entitled to 100% stamp duty exemption for acquiring land and term loans. Small micro units are also being offered stand-alone incentives to promote quality competitiveness, research and development and technology upgrading. Meanwhile, the Opposition said the government could offer a monetary bonanza before the polls but it does not seem to have any incentives on offer for the farmers and underprivileged. “The policy has been released just before the code of conduct comes into effect, offering sops to the industrialists close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While this BJP government has no money for the farmers, it has a ₹17,500 crore bonanza for the businesses,” Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Unveiled by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, the policy comes into effect from April 1. It aims to attract investments of over ₹10 lakh crore and creating around 40 lakh jobs by 2023-24.last_img read more

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