20 Nov

The Masters: Joaquin Niemann out after positive coronavirus test | Golf News

first_imgChile’s Joaquin Niemann will miss The Masters at Augusta National from November 12-15 due to positive Covid-19 test. Watch the final men’s major of the year live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel. By Ali StaffordLast Updated: 06/11/20 9:37pm Joaquin Niemann will miss The Masters after a positive coronavirus test Joaquin Niemann will miss The Masters after a positive coronavirus test
Joaquin Niemann will miss The Masters after a positive coronavirus test

27 Sep

Govt can’t redefine marriage – McCoskrie

first_img3 News 11 May 2012Prime Minister John Key coming out saying he isn’t  personally opposed to same-sex marriage has prompted a lobby group to question  the state’s right to re-invent marriage. Mr Key was asked about the issue after US president  Barack Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, ending a period of equivocation  on a divisive issue. “I am not personally opposed to gay marriage,” Mr Key said. “It’s possible that Parliament may consider a member’s  bill at some stage, but it is not on the government’s agenda.” Mr Key’s position has triggered a response from lobby  group Family First, which says the state didn’t invent marriage and has no  authority to re-invent it.“A homosexual cannot now legally marry. But neither  can a whole lot of other people,” the group’s national director, Bob McCoskrie,  said. “A five-year-old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot  get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old  aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter.  A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless.” Being pro-marriage and wanting to maintain its  definition as being between a man and a woman was not “anti-gay”, Mr McCoskrie  said. Mr Key earlier said he didn’t think there was any  clamour for gay marriage in New Zealand. Labour leader David Shearer says he personally  supported marriage equality. Civil unions between same-sex couples have been  allowed in New Zealand since 2005.http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-cant-redefine-marriage—McCoskrie/tabid/1607/articleID/253892/Default.aspx#ixzz1uW2ERWqeLobbyists for gay marriage hope issue will be revisitedRadio NZ Morning Report 10 May 2012Responding to Barack Obama’s public support for gay marriage Prime Minister John Key says he also has no problem with same-sex marriage.http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2518391/lobbyists-for-gay-marriage-hope-issue-will-be-revisited.asxlast_img read more

14 Aug

Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend Brittany Matthews says she was harassed by Patriots fans

first_imgPatrick Mahomes’ girlfriend said she was harassed by opposing fans from the start of Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Patriots at Gillette Stadium.Brittany Matthews, who attended the game with Mahomes’ younger brother Jackson, posted to her Twitter and Instagram pages multiple times throughout the AFC showdown. She says stadium security had to move her to a “safe place” because of the hostile treatment from New England supporters and noted that security caught the harassment on camera. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Patriots fans are rude as hell!!— Jackson Mahomes (@jacksonmahomes) December 8, 2019Brittany is on a Twitter/ig rampage🤣— Jackson Mahomes (@jacksonmahomes) December 8, 2019Matthews and Mahomes ended up getting the last laugh, as the Chiefs defeated the Patriots by a final score of 23-16. Patrick went 26-of-40 for 283 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception to help Kansas City clinch the AFC West title.After the victory, Matthew celebrated on the field with Jackson and in a stadium hallway with Patrick. VICTORYYYY MONDAY 🔥🎉 #chiefskingdomA post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne) on Dec 9, 2019 at 10:46am PST Everyone was sleeping on us, so we had to wake em up👏🏼💯 #chiefskingdomA post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne) on Dec 8, 2019 at 5:38pm PST MORE: Three takeaways from Chiefs’ win over PatriotsAs soon as we sit down, drunk dude “hey everyone this is patrick mahomes girl and brother, let’s give them shit”This shall be fun 🙄— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019This place is horrible, people already yelling every time I stand up, am I not aloud to stand up for football game?😲🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019I was told if I stand they will call security and kick us out, can’t stand for your team? Some fans y’all are 😂🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019Gillette security came and got us and moved us to a safe place 🙌🏼 that’s how you know it was bad🤔🤔— Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) December 8, 2019Jackson backed up Matthews on his own Twitter feed, calling Patriots fans in attendance “rude as hell.”last_img read more

27 Jul

6 Common Roadblocks to a Productive Introductory Conversation

first_imgAs I’ve previously written, I am very fortunate that my role as an Associate at OpenView allows me to speak with some incredible entrepreneurs and hear about some really amazing businesses.  Unfortunately, while I go into every introductory call with a positive attitude and a desire to learn, that doesn’t always happen. Below, I highlight some roadblocks that can prevent the conversation from being as mutually productive as possible. Not enough time for the call.  I am far too guilty of this myself. I often try to cram more meetings/calls into a fixed time period. Half an hour may not be enough time to discuss OpenView’s approach, how we look to add value to expansion-stage businesses, AND come away with a good understanding of what makes the potential company a compelling investment opportunity. My advice is to try and give yourself some time on the back-end of a call in case the conversation is going well and you need to spillover. Or, simply set up the call for 45 minutes to an hour. If it is clear early on in the conversation that there is not a mutual fit, you can always ended the call prematurely.Do your homework. Again, this goes both ways for the entrepreneur and the investor.  Spend some time on the company’s website to pick up an understanding of what they are doing so you can spend your time on the phone together more wisely, asking the right questions to each other.Don’t assume. We’ve all heard this one before. Don’t make the common mistake of assuming the person on the other end of the line knows what you are talking about. Per the previous point, hopefully everyone has done their homework, but by no means does that make the VC an expert on the potential portfolio company and visa-versa. Make the conversation comfortable and engaging by allowing each other to ask questions of clarification or request specific examples.Playing games and/or not being forthcoming. Trickery and games won’t move the conversation in the right direction. Each party should do their best to answer questions as honestly and openly as possible. That doesn’t mean that you have to tell a VC all of your trade secrets in conversation #1, but it is important to give clear answers to questions to help them assess whether or not there is a good fit. A common question is regarding revenue and growth – many CEOs just aren’t comfortable divulging that information and that is OK! A quick way around this is to talk in the form of ranges for the initial call – i.e., “we’ll just about double this year to $4 or $5 million in revenue.” This directional feedback should be enough for the VC to assess whether you fit their criteria while not holding you to specific numbers right out of the gate. If you want to keep the conversation going, however, I would be prepared to share more-detailed information soon after that first conversation.Give just enough information. I find that the most productive conversations are ones where CEOs spend less time on the history of the business, but rather focus on what is going on today. Similarly, while a technical overview is helpful, you may lose your audience by diving too deep in the weeds on the technology. I’d focus on how your technology is unique against your competitors’ and how your customers are using it. That helps answer a lot of the fundamental questions that a VC may have.Have a two-sided conversation. I like to hear myself talk – I know that. But I make it a point to try to limit my OpenView pitch to a few minutes so that I can spend more time answering questions about our firm and approach. The same should go for the CEO – far too many VC pitches are one-sided, dropping a lot of information, buzzwords, acronyms, etc. into a long-winded appeal for capital, only coming up for air once they’ve finished. Pause every now and then to engage your listener to make sure he or she is following the story and that you are driving home the points that you truly care about.Again, I’m sure I missed plenty of other items that could halt a highly-productive conversation, but these are a few of the more common ones that I run into (and that I’m guilty of myself). I think if we can make a concerted effort to focus on understanding the way we approach these introductory conversations, we can break through these roadblocks and have very valuable, productive, and fun discussions that move us all towards finding the right partners much more quickly.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more