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Kobe Bryant discusses his new fantasy books

first_imgApril 10, 2019 /Sports News – National Kobe Bryant discusses his new fantasy books Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEddie Perlas / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After leaving the court in 2016, basketball legend Kobe Bryant dove into his more artistic side: first writing the Oscar-winning Dear Basketball and now creating a whole series of books for young people. His new book The Wizenard Series: Training Camp was released just last month, and has already found its way onto the New York Times bestsellers list. Bryant told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he gets “a lot” of eye rolls when he tries to tell people about the series, which has been described as a Harry Potter-style fantasy mixed with the Olympics. “It’s strange right?” he quipped. “Ok, Kobe’s now writing fantasy novels and creating fantasy novels.”But Bryant says he is passionate about wanting to help young people to process their emotions and fears, and plus, says he is a “huge, huge Harry Potter fan.” One way he hopes to help young people process emotions is by helping them find something they are passionate about. “If you can wrap it around something that they are passionate about — basketball or volleyball or soccer — and teach life lessons through the sport,” he said. “Then it’s more powerful.” “And that’s what I try to do with the Wizenard series,” Bryant added.“I was very fortunate to have basketball, but even more fortunate to find storytelling after,” he said. “Because I really, really love this.” What comes next for the retired sports legend? Well, probably not Dancing With the Stars, he said. “My knees would be like, ‘Dude, what are you doing? we just went through 20 years of beating me up — Don’t dance,’” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


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Weber State; SUU, Represented on FCS STATS All-American Teams

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: FCS STATS All-American Team/Jonah Williams/Zach Larsen FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHICAGO-Thursday, Weber State and Southern Utah were each represented on the FCS STATS All-American teams.The Wildcats were represented by senior defensive lineman Jonah Williams. Williams is the co-Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year and has 7.5 sacks, 57 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.Williams has also amassed five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.The native of Meridian, Idaho has played in 53 career games for the Wildcats and has 27 career tackles for a loss, 189 total tackles, four pass deflections, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.Williams was also named to the HERO sports FCS All-American team.Southern Utah was represented by senior offensive lineman Zach Larsen who made this squad as well as The Associated Press FCS All-American team.Larsen was also named to the All-Big Sky Conference squad earlier this autumn. December 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State; SUU, Represented on FCS STATS All-American Teamslast_img read more


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BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Portland Saturday

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday, BYU men’s basketball (12-5, 1-1 in West Coast Conference play) hosts Portland (9-8, 1-1 in WCC play) as the Cougars seek to bounce back from an 87-84 loss to Saint Mary’s Thursday.The Cougars were forced to play without senior forward Yoeli Childs (20.9 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) Thursday as he is suffering from a dislocated finger injury.  He will remain out of the lineup for Saturday’s tilt against the Pilots.This is only the latest adversity faced on the season by head coach Mark Pope (12-5, .706 at BYU; 89-61, .593 as a collegiate head coach) who was forced to do without Childs for the first 10 games of the season because of an NCAA-mandated suspension.BYU scores 77.4 points per game, which ranks the Cougars 60th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Jake Toolson (15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds per game) and senior guard TJ Haws (13.2 points per game, a team-best 80 assists) also score in double figures on-average for the Cougars.Haws also has a team-best 19 steals to lead the Cougars in that category.BYU surrenders 66.5 points per game which ranks the Cougars 117th nationally in scoring defense.Portland is coached by Terry Porter who is 37-77 (.325) in his fourth season coaching the Pilots.Portland scores 69 points per game, tying the Pilots for 239th nationally in scoring offense with Norfolk State and Vermont.Graduate student guard Isaiah White (13.3 points per game) is Portland’s leading scorer. Junior guard, Puerto Rican national JoJo Walker (11.1 points per game) is the only other Pilot to score in double figures on-average this season.Junior forward, Malian national Tahirou Diabate and junior forward/center Jacob Tryon average 4.6 rebounds per game apiece to lead the Pilots on the glass.Freshman guard Chase Adams has a team-best 70 assists and Tryon’s 19 blocked shots lead the squad in that category.The Pilots surrender 66.6 points per game as they rank 119th nationally in scoring defense.The Cougars lead Portland 19-17-2 all-time and 10-9 at Provo. Tags: BYU Basketball/Portland basketball Written by January 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Portland Saturdaylast_img read more


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Merrill, Utah St. hold off Wyoming in MWC tourney semifinals

first_img Associated Press March 7, 2020 /Sports News – Local Merrill, Utah St. hold off Wyoming in MWC tourney semifinals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 27 points and seven assists, Neemias Queta scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and No. 2 seed Utah State never trailed in its 89-82 win over Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals.Utah State plays top-seeded and fifth-ranked San Diego State — which swept the regular-season series between the teams — for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.Merrill scored seven consecutive points during a 13-0 run that made it 79-66 with 1:28 to go.Kenny Foster had 18 points and Hunter Maldonado added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Wyoming. Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Tournament/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written bylast_img read more


May 8, 2021 0

DNO North Sea makes minor oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea

first_imgThe preliminary estimates of the discovery is between 1 and 2 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents Image: The licensees are planning to assess the results of the well to further follow-up of the resource potential in the production licence. Photo courtesy of QR9iudjz0/Freeimages. DNO North Sea (Norge) and its partners have made minor oil and gas discovery at wildcat well 6507/7-16 S located near Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea.Located in production licence 888, the well was drilled about 4km west of the Heidrun field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea and 240km west of Brønnøysund.The well was aimed at proving petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Early and Middle Jurassic Age (the Garn, Ile and Tilje Formations).Following drilling, the well 6507/7-16 S encountered a total gas column of 52m in the Garn, Not and Ile Formations, of which 48m of sandstone with good to very good reservoir quality.In the Ile Formation, a four-metre thick oil column was found Under the gas column. The drilling also encountered net water-bearing reservoir rocks of about 75m deeper down in the Ile, Ror and Tilje Formations, mainly with moderate to good reservoir quality.Drilled to a measured depth of 3238m and a vertical depth of 3184m below sea level, the well was terminated in the Tilje Formation from the Early Jurassic Age.DNO used Island Innovator drilling facility to drill the well 6507/7-16 SThe well, which will now be permanently plugged and abandoned, was drilled using the Island Innovator drilling facility.The preliminary estimates of the discovery ranges between 1 and 2 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents.The licensees are planning to assess the results of the well to further follow-up of the resource potential in the production licence.NPD said that the well extensive volumes of data have been collected from the well and samples have been taken. It was not formation-tested.DNO holds 40% stake in the production license 888 while ConocoPhillips and Wellesley Petroleum each hold 30% stakes in the discovery.In August 2019, Aker BP said it has made gas discovery at the near the Bøyla field in the North Sea following drilling of wildcat well 24/9-13 and appraisal well 24/9-13 A in production licence 869 (PL 869).last_img read more


May 7, 2021 0

Global Clean Energy acquires Bakersfield Refinery in US for $40m

first_imgThe renewable fuels refinery will vertically integrate to produce renewable diesel from various feedstocks GCEH to retool the Alon Bakersfield Refinery. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Global Clean Energy (GCEH) has acquired Alon Bakersfield Properties, a subsidiary of Delek US, in a deal worth $40m.Alon Bakersfield Properties owns the Alon Bakersfield Refinery located in Bakersfield, California in the US.With the completion of the deal, GCEH plans to retool the refinery to produce renewable diesel from various feedstocks, including GCEH’s patented fallow land crop varieties of camelina.Global Clean Energy CEO Richard Palmer said: “We are thrilled to announce this exciting new venture in Bakersfield, California; a venture that leverages the region’s core competencies in agriculture and both traditional and alternative energy.“We expect that this project will be a catalyst for economic development and will generate both direct and indirect job opportunities in Kern County and the region.”Renewable fuels refinery to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsGlobal Clean Energy expects the fuels produced from the renewable fuels facility to result in significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local air pollutants.The firm plans to complete retooling work at the refinery between 18 to 20 months.Delek chairman, president and CEO Uzi Yemin said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the last remaining assets located on the West Coast that were acquired through the Alon acquisition in 2017.“The sale proceeds and the removal of liabilities from our books should help further strengthen our balance sheet while eliminating the annual expenses associated with that business.”Last year, Delek US has agreed to acquire 15% stake in the Wink to Webster Pipeline joint venture formed by ExxonMobil, Plains All American Pipeline, and Lotus Midstream.last_img read more


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Has Purplebricks turned the corner in Australia?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Has Purplebricks turned the corner in Australia? previous nextAgencies & PeopleHas Purplebricks turned the corner in Australia?CEO Neil Tavender says the company is growing again after a disastrous few months last year, and its LPE headcount has begun increasing again too.Nigel Lewis7th February 201901,446 Views Despite recent setbacks in Australia, Purplebricks’ new CEO in Oz Neil Tavender has come out fighting, claiming that the business is growing and that 90% of its customers say they would use the hybrid agency again.Tavender has made the comments as he revealed that Purplebricks has hired oddly-named local digital agency King Kong to increase the rate at which people book appraisals.“We know that once we get a lead, our real estate agents have an extremely high rate of conversion,” he says.“As a disrupter in the real estate industry, we needed a campaign to match our agile, results-focused approach. So King Kong was the perfect fit.”Gorilla marketingThe Melbourne-based digital agency has been creating marketing strategies and campaigns across a range of platforms including Google Ads, YouTube and Facebook.As The Negotiator reported last month, this digital marketing push coincides with a new advertising campaign launched by Purplebricks recently that aggressively savages Australia’s traditional estate agents, fronted by TV property expert John Du Bois.Both initiatives are attempts by Tavender to turn the business around, including the recruitment of more local property experts. Last year numbers dropped from 105 to 88 but research by The Negotiator reveals it now has 120 LPEs working for it.Internal documents leaked in June last year revealed that the company’s sales effort was up to 70% off target while the company was fined by regulators and clashed publicly with Western Australia’s trade body over its advertising claims.         John Du Bois Purplebricks Neil Tavender Australia February 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


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Auction house warned over potentially misleading ads on Zoopla

first_imgA Scottish auctions house has agreed to be clearer about land usage rights within its property listings both on Zoopla and its own website.Future Property Auctions, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and holds four auctions a month (pictured), was reported to the Advertising Standards Authority by a complainant.They challenged whether several property listings for land published by the company could be misleading because they didn’t make clear that there were restriction on the use of the sites.These included preventing properties being built on the land, which was reserved to be used as a play area.Listings“We contacted the advertiser, who provided an assurance to update this information into current and all future listings,” says an ASA spokesperson.“On that basis we considered the matter resolved and closed the case informally.”The company’s advert is likely to have broken the ASA’s Code 3.3, which says that marketing communications must not mislead the consumer by omitting material information that the consumer needs to make informed decisions in relation to a product.It is now six years since the ASA’s sister body the Committee of Advertising Practice told property auctioneers that it would be monitoring audtion catalogues to ensure companies were compliant with advertising codes, particularly in relation to transparency over guide prices.Read more about the ASA and auctions.future property auctions advertising standards authority ASA Scotland Zoopla October 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » Auction house warned over potentially misleading ads on Zoopla previous nextAuctions newsAuction house warned over potentially misleading ads on ZooplaScots firm Future Property Auctions promises to update future ads for land coming up for auction at its weekly events.Nigel Lewis28th October 202001,126 Viewslast_img read more


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Major Countrywide shareholder describes debt plan as ‘destructive and ill-judged’

first_imgOne of the major shareholders in Countrywide has today revealed that it is strongly opposed to the company’s plans to raise extra funding through a shares issue.As announced this morning, the estate agency giant is seeking the cash via a £90 million capital raise through an investment by private equity firm and shareholder Alchemy.This will be via a 66 million share issue on top of a new £75 million loan from its existing lenders with a four-year term.“Catalist Partners notes Countrywide’s announcement this morning,” a statement issued this morning says.Largest shareholders“As one of the company’s largest shareholders, Catalist strongly opposes this unnecessary, ill-judged and dilutive transaction which, while clearly a very attractive deal for Alchemy, is destructive for shareholders and only serves to fund the continuation of a flawed “back to basics” business plan.”Catalist has been hoovering up shares in Countrywide, a story The Negotiator broke in July.The investment firm is a vehicle for Robin Paterson, the senior industry figure who owns the Sotheby’s International Realty franchise in the UK but was instrumental in growing Hamptons International and Barnard Marcus during the 1990s.Paterson has been a vocal opponent of the way Countrywide has been run in recent months, and has threatened a likely hostile takeover unless the company begins performing better.Alchemy Catalist Robin Paterson Countrywide October 22, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Major Countrywide shareholder describes debt plan as ‘destructive and ill-judged’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleMajor Countrywide shareholder describes debt plan as ‘destructive and ill-judged’Catalist, which is one of the firm’s largest stakeholders, has made an unusually strong statement criticising fellow shareholder Alchemy and the company.Nigel Lewis22nd October 202002,094 Viewslast_img read more


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Rezi’s unique partnership to revolutionise ‘location’ for agents

first_imgHome » News » Rezi’s unique partnership to revolutionise ‘location’ for agents previous nextProptechRezi’s unique partnership to revolutionise ‘location’ for agentsDezrez says its new deal with What3words will make locating boards, entrances and local parking much quicker for suppliers and clients.Nigel Lewis21st December 20200569 Views Estate agency CRM giant Dezrez has launched a property-industry service that will enable agents to revolutionise the way they communicate with clients about location.Its Rezi platform used by thousands of branches is now integrated with What3Words, a British digital service that has chopped the world’s surface into three-metre squares and given each a unique name.For example, the three-metre square patch outside the front door of No.10 Downing Street can be found on What3words as ‘petal.truck.windy’.Dezrez says its integration with this service will enable agents to give property viewers exact locations for hard-to-find properties such as rural hideaways or large blocks of flats, and also locate new build developments or plots of land which don’t have addresses.Another practical use for the service is that it can be used to an estate agency board supplier exactly where to install or fix a For Sale or To Let board.Agents can also show viewers and staff where to park, all using Rezi’s new ‘drag and drop’ What3words functionality coupled to a satellite view of the property.Richard Milner (pictured), Head of Sales at Dezrez: “A world’s first for proptech, Dezrez’s integration with what3words is ideal for busy estate agents looking to make the viewing process a lot smoother for buyers, sellers and the agents themselves.“We are delighted to have teamed up with such an exciting and innovative company.”Luis Glaeser from What3words says: “Over the past year, I’ve been speaking to so many estate agents who were already using what3words for their properties manually.“They all loved it but always asked for ways to make it easier to integrate into their software.”Read more about Dezrez from The Negotiator.what3words Richard Milner dezrez December 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more


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