WPB man brutally beats people with bat ‘for no apparent reason’

first_imgTwo people are recovering after investigators say a man attacked them with a baseball bat ‘for no apparent reason.’On Sunday, two men and a woman were walking to a breakfast café located inside a West Palm Beach shopping plaza when a violent attack occurred.Witnesses say the suspect later identified as 24-year-old Yoangel Quevedo approached the group and began swinging the bat “like crazy.”Quevedo went on the attack with his fists and a baseball bat, severely injuring two people and damaging a vehicle, according to the victims, who did not want to be identified.Security guards from a nearby nightclub grabbed the suspect before police arrived at the scene.Quevedo, who has since bonded out of jail, is facing multiple charges including aggravated battery with a weapon.He is expected to appear back in court Oct. 17.The victims are planning to take legal action.“One of the men, who is recovering from severe injuries to his ribs and arms, released the following statement: I feel impotence that a stranger comes and attacks my friend from behind. When I defend him, he attacks me with a bat full of anger and me getting out of work to eat withy wife and with our friend. I don’t feel anger towards my aggressor, but I hope that the law works fairly. There is enough evidence to prove what really happened.” The entire incident was captured on surveillance video.last_img read more

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Championship strugglers Charlton call for fans’ backing amid protests

first_img1 Championship strugglers Charlton have released a statement following protests by home fans marred Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.Supporters held a mock funeral before the clash at the Valley, while a large number of beach balls were thrown onto the pitch during the match.Addicks fans were voicing their displeasure at the way they feel the club is being run by owner Roland Duchatelet, with Charlton currently 23rd in the Championship table, five points adrift of safety.In a statement addressed to the fans, Charlton have said some individuals “want the club to fail” and have called on supporters to back the team as they bid to retain their Championship status. The statement said: “Last Sunday, some individuals did not come to the Valley to watch the game and support the team, but came to create disorder on the pitch and interfere with the players and the game. Disorder which is, allegedly, needed to drive change in ownership and management.“Whom would they expect the club to be sold to? How long would a sales process take? Is it easier to sell the club when it is in League One rather than Championship?“Some individuals seem to want the club to fail. This is a confused approach, since following this logic leads to exactly the opposite of what we all want: staying in the Championship.“We have nine games left in which we have to get six points more than our competitors. The team just got seven points out of three games.“We still have the chance to make it happen with the support of the fans until the very last game. We must believe it is still possible. Every football fan knows the 12th man is a crucial factor in the success on the pitch.” Addicks fans voiced their displeasure at the way owner Roland Duchatelet is running the club last_img read more

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BANK BOOK WITH €900 IN SAVINGS FOUND DUMPED AT ILLEGAL RUBBISH SITE

first_imgThe bank book containing €900 which was found dumped at Bonagee yesterday.A local election candidate found more than he ‘banked on’ when he was informed about an illegal dumpsite on the outskirts of Letterkenny yesterday.John Watson was shocked when he discovered old furniture, sofas and even toilets at the site at Bonagee.But even more concerning to the Fianna Fail candidate was the discovery of personal banking documents belonging to a Co Wicklow bank account. The account, which was only used last week, had more than €900 in its account.The well-known businessman told Donegal Daily “Local man John Wilkie asked me to take a look at the dumping site as he was shocked and annoyed by it.“I agreed and took a look and was disgusted by what I saw. But I was even more shocked when I saw the bank book which is based in a Co Wicklow branch.The dump site at Bonagee outside Letterkenny.“I’m not sure how it got there but I think a lot of questions have to be asked as to how it got amongst all this rubbish in the first place,” he said. Mr Watson handed the banking documents over to the Environment Officer of Donegal County Council who is to investigate the illegal dumpsite.Meanwhile Mr Watson is called on Donegal County Council to crack down hard on illegal dumping.“This problem is becoming more and more prevalent in recent times, with many of our beauty spots blighted with rubbish,” he said.He acknowledging that things are tight for many people at the moment but said dumping rubbish around our county is not the solution.“Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee is doing amazing work and I feel the overall award is within their grasp. We all must do our bit, we must help stamp out this filthy practice,” he said. He also expressed grave concern regarding the future relationship between Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.“The Town Council had an excellent relationship with the local Committee but now with the abolishing of the Town Council there will be a deficit in funding and supports available to all community groups and organisations,” he added.BANK BOOK WITH €900 IN SAVINGS FOUND DUMPED AT ILLEGAL RUBBISH SITE was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bank bookBOngeedonegalJOhn Watsonletterkennylast_img read more

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QPR did not bid for striker, says boss

first_imgBlackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed that QPR did not make a bid for Yakubu last month.The Rovers striker was one of a host of forwards Rangers enquired about prior to Neil Warnock’s sacking as manager.And ahead of QPR’s match at Blackburn on Saturday, Yakubu claimed he had rejected a move to Loftus Road.But Kean said: “We had no bid from QPR for Yakubu. There was always going to be plenty of interest. There were many clubs that showed an interest.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kevin Anderson cracks tennis top 20

first_imgAnderson reached the round of 16 at the French Open and followed that up with a round of 32 showing at Wimbledon. Davis Cup Good startAnderson began 2013 on a fine note by reaching the final of the Apia International in Sydney in January where he lost to Australia’s Bernard Tomic. Even before the tournament, though, it was clear that his game was reaching new heights after his performances in the Hopman Cup in which he defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and the USA’s John Isner and narrowly lost 7-6, 7-6 to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. New goals At the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells in March, he became the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1996 to reach the quarterfinals of a Masters event. His results included a win over top 10-ranked David Ferrer. “The next step up for me is going to be in the top 16. The top 16 gets you seeded at all the Masters Series events for the year and the Grand Slams. It takes you from playing a guy ranked one through 16 up until the fourth round.” Despite his lack of Davis Cup play, Anderson added that he receives “quite a bit of support [from South Africans], which is really nice.” The towering (2.03 metre-tall) right-hander, who is now ranked 19th in the world, follows in the footsteps of Kevin Curren, Wayne Ferreira, Johan Kriek, Cliff Drysdale and Christo van Rensburg. He was ousted in the semi-finals of the Claro Open Colombia in Bogota by eventual champion Ivo Karlovic in July and followed that up with his third runner-up finish of the year at the BB&T Atlanta Open. In a very tight title-decider, John Isner claimed the honours 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. For many South Africans, their most immediate concern about Anderson is when he will return to Davis Cup action for the country. He said it was a question he did not have an answer to at present. 13 August 2013 One obstacle that has stood in the way of Anderson’s success this year has been his nemesis, Tomas Berdych. Of the 16 defeats the South African number one has suffered in 2013, world number six Berdych has been responsible for five of them. Questioned about the reasons for his continuing ascent, Anderson responded: “Continually working hard and looking to improve has been the big theme of my career as a tennis player … being a bit more experienced as well, as I’m playing more tournaments and feeling more comfortable against the top guys in the world.” In an interview with Talk Radio 702 on Monday evening, Anderson, who began the year ranked 37th in the world, said he has now set his sights on a new goal. “It has always been a difficult decision, but I have spent my life sacrificing and dreaming of becoming the best that I can be,” Anderson said before explaining that when he was growing up he would look at the world rankings and seeing South Africans doing well provided him with a lot of motivation. He said he hoped that his achievements serve as motivation for young South African tennis players. Curren owns the highest ever ranking for a South African man, having reached number five in July 1985. Ferreira peaked at number six in May 1995, while Kriek was ranked seventh in September 1984. Drysdale’s high mark was 13th in May 1974, while Van Rensburg was ranked 19th in February 1988. Clay court finalIn April, he reached the final of a clay court event for the first time in the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, but was beaten in three sets by Spanish clay court specialist Tommy Robredo. Kevin Anderson became the sixth South African men’s tennis player to be ranked inside the world’s top 20 when the ATP World Tour released its latest singles rankings on Monday.last_img read more

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Social Media Networking Craze

first_imgFacebook, friends, fans, pages, Twitter, tweets, followers, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, blogging, CMS―do you feel overwhelmed by the social media networking craze? You are not alone! But think about this: Where would Microsoft be had it failed to update its Windows operating system? Even today, Microsoft refuses to stay behind, because it too uses Facebook and Twitter.This is the first of several articles I will be writing on the most popular and successful social media networking technologies that the home-building community should take advantage of for three reasons:They are free.They provide tremendous value in building your brand and enhancing your online presence.They are where your current and future customers are hanging out!How does it all work?Think of a social media networking strategy as the construction of a high-performance home. If you’re a green builder, you know that building a high-efficiency home goes beyond putting certain products together, even if they are Energy Star or labeled “green.” Green home building requires an integrated approach. It entails a different way of thinking. A beautiful green-built home begins with a great design, one that takes into consideration many aspects, including site selection, home orientation, eco-friendly materials and green building strategies.It’s all about strategy and avoiding mistakesJust like building a green home, social media networking requires a plan―a strategy with a purpose―in order to maximize your profits and productivity as a business owner.Social media networking and bookmarking go beyond blogging and having online discussions with your friends and co-workers about what you had for lunch or how tired you’re feeling on a Monday morning after a crazy weekend.Your social media networking strategy deserves an integrated approach. It requires a strategy. You want to manage your online presence because this is where your customers and business associates are and where they will be reading about you. And when they do, you don’t want to have any regrets about what you’ve shared with the world.Use social media networking to extend your business relationships with your customers and colleagues. Avoid posting messages and photos that you would not share with Granny, your customers or your new boss. Your business image can easily be damaged by making these mistakes.Your strategy should involve posting “online billboards” in various social media networking platforms to attract future customers to your website, thus increasing online traffic with the goal of turning leads into loyal customers. Successful businesses are using social media to stay connected with their current customer base and to attract new clients in a transparent, friendly, informative, and non-threatening manner.Your blog is keyOne of the main things you need in order to sing your tune and get with the social media dance is a blog for your business. Your blog serves as a platform where you regularly share your knowledge and expertise. In addition, your blog serves as a way to engage with your customers. It should have a mechanism for visitors to leave comments and submit questions. In short, your blog begins the discussion.Blogging tipsThree things to keep in mind about blogging:Keep your articles customer-friendly, yet professional.Respond in a timely manner to questions or comments.End your articles with a call to action.Larger organizations have departments dedicated to managing their online presence. Although you may not have the ability to hire someone solely to manage your social media presence, consider cross-training and selecting a couple of key individuals in your organization who are internet-savvy and can help you in this area.How do you get started?First, familiarize yourself with social media lingo. Attend social media classes, spend time learning about these (free!) tools and technologies, and study how other colleagues and businesses in your industry are using them.Second, begin mapping a social media marketing strategy to enhance your online presence. Decide which platforms make sense for you to use for your business, and learn more about them.Third, create a schedule to manage your online brand. You can easily manage your strategy in approximately seven hours each month. This is a doable time commitment to manage your online branding using platforms that cost you nada!Questions or comments? Your feedback is welcome.last_img read more

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How Social Selling Jumped the Shark

first_imgThere aren’t too many people who believe as deeply as I do in the power of the social tools in business. And yes, salespeople can use these tools to good effect. So this is going to sting a little bit, but here is the truth:Social Selling has jumped the shark.Too much hype. It’s never good to overpromise and under deliver. But that is what social selling has done. It has been offered as the panacea to all the problems that ail sales organizations, and in doing so, the case has been greatly overstated. Wait. It gets worse.The social selling pitch has misled salespeople and sales organization. I am not sure why the social selling proponents have felt that their best argument for using social tools was to suggest that all other methods of prospecting no longer work. The tools have value without making such claims. But too many people have believed this claim, and to their detriment. Honestly, I do know why the proponents of social selling target traditional prospecting methods; that is the primary area where social tools create potential value.Misreading of trends and research. Buyers are on the Internet. Why? Because everyone is on the Internet. The fact that buyers have a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter account provides no more evidence that they want an email or a connection request from a salesperson than a telephone proves they want a phone call. Let’s say I am wrong. Let’s say that buyers are burning up the web getting the evaluation stage of their buying process. That doesn’t change what salespeople need to do to succeed. In fact, it would make those actions more necessary–and more urgent.The words “social selling” don’t match the outcomes salespeople need. The social tools are spectacular for researching your dream clients. For a salesperson with already great prospecting chops, they are incredibly useful. But the social tools only deal with targets above the funnel. They create awareness, brand recognition, and an opportunity to connect. They even allow you to ask for an appointment, should you be so old school. But the tools don’t lend themselves to most of what salespeople do outside of prospecting and nurturing.Proponents sell the idea that to sell you have to not sell. The proponents of social selling suggest that the best way to sell is to not sell at all. Instead, you are supposed to be helpful. This pitch is very appealing to a certain segment of people who carry the title of salesperson without really embracing the role. This idea is causing salespeople and sales organizations to produce results that are less than they should be. It’s too passive. It assumes that inbound opportunities are enough or are somehow more valuable than outbound opportunities. There is nothing about outbound that makes it inherently more self-oriented than inbound.The social curriculum isn’t aligned with real sales outcomes. The curriculum for some of the social selling courses I have seen are mostly built on the proper use of the tools, like setting up a good LinkedIn profile, and writing a good introduction email. They’re built on the idea that “connecting” and “sharing” is the goal. These ideas drive awareness, build your personal brand, and may even allow you to nurture your dream client. These are more marketing than sales. The real goal in any social selling program should be appointment-setting. In fact, I might sign up for a course called: “Appointment-setting using LinkedIn.” Or maybe, “How to Make the Ask Using LinkedIn.”Like social media marketing, anyone with command of the tools is an expert. Try to find a social media marketing expert now. The people with true marketing chops ran away from this title years ago, when every marketing person with a blog and a Twitter account self-identified as an expert. Now they recognize themselves as content marketers or work in digital marketing. Some of the best people in this space never called themselves social media marketers at all, recognizing that the tools were not the deep, underlying force at work but enablers. But a command of the tools doesn’t translate to being able to help produce the main outcome for salespeople, namely acquiring new customers.People with great prospecting chops are great at social too. The salespeople that are good on the phone, good in a room, and good in a face-to-face meeting with a prospect are also good when it comes to using the social tools. They have the requisite confidence. But the folks that lack the confidence in real life, aren’t much better with the social tools. Mostly they hide behind email, afraid to ask for the commitments they really need to create or win an opportunity.The people who benefit the most from social tools and content marketing are entrepreneurs and thought-leaders. Salespeople can’t (or shouldn’t) publish. There is a difference between being a content creator and a curator. Both roles have value, but content is still King (or Queen), and it’s the creator that benefits the most from its sharing. Salespeople need marketing to give them the insights and the tools to share ideas that create value and nurture a relationship. Marketing applies these tools broadly. When salespeople market, it must be done one-to-one, as that it the nature of the relationship.By pretending to be too much, social selling is too little. It could be more. It should be more.The professional proponents of using the social tools understand the value that they create, but they don’t overstate that value. They also readily admit that the social tools do nothing to replace traditional prospecting approaches, but rather, they supplement them.If you are in business-to-business sales, you need to use the social tools. Especially the most useful tool in this regard, LinkedIn. Then you need to go back to doing the work of selling. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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