Baseball fans know that October only means one things: the playoffs. As teams compete to become World Series champions, each game becomes more significant than the last. Thus, the stakes were high last night when the San Francisco Giants hosted the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park last night. Though the Cubs ultimately won the game – and the series – the festivities in San Francisco were kicked off by none other than bluegrass ensemble, Hot Buttered Rum.Hot Buttered Rum has been a mainstay of the San Francisco scene for years, treating fans to their soulful blend of bluegrass performing. The band has had the opportunity to perform at AT&T Park in the past, but opening things up before a crucial playoff game must have been quite the honor.We’ll let the band take it away… Enjoy!
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — For the eighth year the annual buck pole was up in Alpena. Local hunters are bringing their deer to corner of Chisholm and 14th St. for a chance at winning prizes. Winner of the best buck was given a free head and shoulder mounting from Horizons Taxidermy, along with cash.Organizer of the contest, Dr. David Dargis, said that he is having a great time hanging with fellow hunters and seeing what they bring to the buck pole. “The only thing that would be better is if I was sitting in a blind and shooting a buck, but you know what, I’ve had my hands on about nine big bucks already and it’s only early afternoon,” he said. “We’ll probably have a couple dozen in here when it’s all said and done.”Dr. Dargis added that the buck pole is something that resonates with the people of Alpena, and surrounding communities. “This is an expression of our community. This is our tradition and this is our culture. This is our home, this is our community and this is what we do. We hunt. We’re hunters.”Troop 92 with the Boy Scouts of America was there to help out. Senior Patrol Leader, Deven Ulch, explained how they are helping raise the deer to the top of the pole. “The main process is by using a pulley and lifting them up with having the other scouts help pull the rope to lift the deer while somebody else is on top of the ladder tying the deer up.”There was $1,500 waiting to be given away, and the top 15 bucks took home the money.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Library teaching teens how to prepare dinner in a mugNext North Stars launch their inaugural season
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider the first of three readings of an ordinance that would increase rates for water, sewer, storm sewer and sanitation services.Finance Director Kevin Jacobson in a memo to the council says the council approved during the fiscal year 2019-20 budget session an increase in the monthly rates to help fund capital projects and for the Sanitation Department to build funds for vehicle replacements in future fiscal years.Jacobson says the water rate increase for a homeowner who averages 500 cubic feet of monthly use would be about $1.19 per month. The sewer rate increase would be about 43 cents per month for the same homeowner. The storm sewer rate increase would be $1 per month over existing rates. The sanitation rate increase will be an additional 55 cents per month, raising the rate from $11.10 to $11.65 per month starting in July.The council meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.
By Denise DiStephan |Amy Handlin, a Republican who was reelected to her District 13 Assembly seat in 2017, is not running for re-election in 2019 when her two-year term expires.Handlin, 62, who has represented the northern Monmouth County district since 2006, retired from her teaching position at Monmouth University at the end of the spring semester and decided, after 30 years in politics, that it was also time to retire from the public sector to have more time for family, travel and new career interests.“When I retired from Monmouth, I started re-evaluating and, after so many years of public service, it seemed to make sense to leave now so I don’t run out of energy or ideas,” Handlin said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be able to look back and reflect on a wonderful career.”And when she reflects, she said what she’ll remember most fondly are the times she worked with residents on important causes, like the time she worked with a local group that successfully fought a Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) proposal to build a controversial high-voltage transmission line between Aberdeen and Red Bank.This year an administrative law judge, and then the state Board of Public Utilities, pulled the plug on the proposal residents and officials said would negatively impact public health, property values and aesthetics.Handlin, whose district includes the five towns the line would have passed through – Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – said it was the same proposal JCP&L had pushed about 30 years ago.“It was the second time we had to fight that,” Handlin recalls. “Citizens should always speak up, speak loudly and make sure they’re heard. That’s the great gift of being an American.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said in a telephone interview the utility is not appealing the decision and had no further comment.Now that she is retiring, Handlin said she wants to spend more time with family, including her two children, travel and pursue consulting and writing work.Another constituent issue Handlin has been working on is the problem of scam artists who prey on senior citizens, often through phone calls. For Handlin, the fight is personal: con artists bilked her 92-year-old father-in-law of large sums of money through a series of cons before the family became aware of it.Handlin and state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced a bill forcing telecommunications companies to include free information about fraud and scams in public outreach already being sent to customers. If the bill becomes law, the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs will determine a warning statement to be published and contact information for other state and federal agencies will be attached.Telecommunications companies charging customers for scam protection is “one of the things that steams me,” Handlin said. The bill would eliminate that.Handlin, a Middletown resident, was a Monmouth County freeholder from 1990 until 2005 and on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987 to 1990. Her legislative office is in Red Bank.Handlin earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and her doctorate from New York University. She was as an associate professor of marketing at Monmouth University for the past 27 years.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Most of the things that make sales go faster are bad for long term relationships–and longer term results.Trying to close faster only creates resistance on the part of your buyer. Making sure that you take them through all of the stages of their process, even if it feels like it may take you longer, gets you to the final commitment sooner and with your relationships in tact.Telling the client what they want to hear so that you can make a sale might get you the business faster than telling them the truth about what they really need, but your deal will be short lived. By trading time for what is right, you damage the long term relationship, and you most certainly leave yourself open to be competitively displaced by a truth-telling salesperson.Avoiding consensus-building and collaboration because you fear it will take longer to strike a deal by involving more stakeholders might seem like a good plan to compress time and get the win across the line. But if for some reason your power sponsor gives you the green light, you will struggle with all kinds of execution problems because you didn’t really do the work to discover what your client needs and you didn’t allow the people you serve to collaborate on the solution. By neglecting and/or avoiding people, you damaged relationships.If you feel like you have to race to make your number, it’s because you don’t have enough opportunities to reach your goals and you aren’t gaining all of the smaller commitments you need to move forward the opportunities you do have. To go faster, you have to take your time and do better work during every sales interaction. Fast is slow, and slow is fast. 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 Now
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Signed under the ONE Championship umbrella for the past three years, Batolbatol has registered a 5-3 record since transitioning from boxing to the world of MMA.His last fight was on May last year where he submitted to Christian Lee at ONE: Kingdom of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBatolbatol was scheduled to fight Indonesian Sunoto Peringkat at ONE: Conquest of Kings this July before the card was cancelled.In a statement, ONE Championship expressed its grief following the tragic news, which read: “ONE Championship is deeply saddened by his untimely passing. The organization extends its sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rocky Batolbatol during this very difficult time.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Batolbatol’s fellow fighters also paid him a tribute, with Jenel Lausa writing: “Sana nasa magandang kalagayan ka na ngayon, ‘tol. We miss you so much. God bless. Alam naman namin kasama ka na ngayon ni God.”(I hope you’re in a better place right now, brother. We miss you so much. God bless. We know that you’re with God now.) IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Rocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol passed away on Sunday after figuring in a road accident in his hometown Cagayan de Oro. He was 32.Formal medical reports have yet to be released on his untimely demise.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet
Bhubaneswar, Jul 30 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced cash incentive of Rs 5 lakh each for two sprinters of the state, Dutee Chand and Jauna Murmu after they qualified for the World Athletics Championships beginning August 4 in London. Patnaik expressed the hope that they would emerge successful in the championship and bring glory for the country, sources in the chief ministers office said. Dutee yesterday got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of International Association of Athletics Federation, which had barred her from competition for another two months. The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds for 100 m sprint, got an invite from the IAAF as the target number of 56 athletes for the womens 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London. Dutees best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a quota entry for the World Championships. Her 11.30s timing gives her a current global ranking of 103. PTI SKN SSC SSC