Realtor group partners with West Texas Food Bank

first_img Pinterest Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: And the band played onNext articlePERRYMAN: Keeping the Texas economy on track admin By admin – March 18, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Local News WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitter Collin Sewell talks about new businesses that will be coming to Parks Legado in 2019. The West Texas Food Bank is partnering with Sims & Guess, Realtors through the months of March and April, with $20 being donated to the food bank for every house sold by Realtors from Sims & Guess, the West Texas Food Bank announced Friday.Since the food bank can provide four meals with every dollar donated, each donation would bring about 80 meals for area neighbors in need, the West Texas Food Bank said in its release.“With the price of oil shooting back up, and the influx of new residents to the Permian Basin, we could not be more excited to partner with Sims & Guess who is finding homes for all these people,” said Libby Campbell, the West Texas Food Bank’s executive director, via the release. “The donation for every home sold will serve as a reminder to all those finding themselves in new homes that there are others less fortunate in our community, and the very act of purchasing a new home will help get our neighbors fed.”The food bank also announced the total donation will be presented at a food drive at the Sims & Guess building on May 12. Realtor group partners with West Texas Food Banklast_img

Back to School—Differently

first_imgNormally, at this time of year, we do a back-to-school column with thoughts about the start of the academic calendar.  Since the Coronavirus is still with us, everything is different this September.  The Bayonne public school system and many others are not having in-person classes, at least not yet.  Students will have to rely on the Internet to see their teachers and classes.Although it will not be the same as a regular school year this September, students should still keep up with all of your assignments.  It is very important to work steadily through the next several months, so that you will not fall behind while taking your classes from home. Everything that you do in remote classes will help you to get ready for the rest of your education and for your life after that.  Your teachers will help you to learn the information and skills that you will need in the years ahead. Parents and guardians of elementary school and high school students should do whatever you can to make sure that your children do their homework and projects under these extraordinary circumstances.  You have a special role to play in showing your children that learning is important.  We should all salute the parents who are juggling their own careers and their children’s educations at the same time this year at home. If your children are having problems with their lessons, you should contact their teachers and counselors as soon as possible, so that the problems can be addressed before they grow.  We want all of our children to keep learning, whether at home or back inside our school buildings.I would like to wish all college students well as you begin the semester.  Some of you are taking all of your classes remotely, while others have gone back with masks to in-person classes.  Still others are having a hybrid semester, with a mixture of remote and in-person classes. Most of you have a lot to read.  Don’t let it go until the last minute.  You have a great opportunity to think about some big questions and to get ready for your future careers.I would like to congratulate all students and teachers who are starting at a new school this year.  You will always remember this as the school year that began on the Internet, and hopefully, ended inside the actual school buildings.  Good luck, everyone, and study well! ×last_img

Integrity not Sampson’s concern

first_imgAny sport?s value can only be measured by its integrity. Every league has its ups and downs, but throughout history, the main point factoring into a sport?s success is its unequivocal principles and ethics that should not be broken.In that regard, college basketball must leap over its most recent bump in the road. Indiana University head coach Kelvin Sampson was accused of violating five NCAA recruiting violations Feb. 8. Often viewed as a basketball genius, Sampson this season has led a strong Indiana team to a solid record in the Big Ten and a much-feared lineup featuring likely Big Ten Player of the Year Eric Gordon and forward D.J. White ? ­both of whom are destined for the NBA.Yet, Sampson?s actions are not the first in the NCAA?s history. In fact, one could go back to recent memory of the University of Michigan scandal. In short, a man named Ed Martin paid several college basketball players ? including the stars Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor, Chris Webber and Louis Bullock ? to play for the Wolverines. And as a result, Michigan?s athletic program imposed strict sanctions that, among other bad results, took 112 wins away from Michigan?s record and erased two Final Four appearances from school memory.Michigan handled the situation in the only possibly smart way ? by eliminating the players, records and titles from school memory. In doing so, it allowed the NCAA to make an easy decision and accept the Wolverines? apology to college sports.Now, Indiana is faced with a similar situation. Through the accusations, Indiana representatives have been anything but clear to the media. They are still looking into the situation, and have yet to impose any sanctions on Sampson or the men?s basketball team at Indiana.This is not the first time Sampson has sparked some controversy. Recruiting Gordon, who verbally committed to the University of Illinois, without speaking to Illinois head coach Bruce Weber is still seen as an immoral move.Furthermore, when he coached at Oklahoma, Sampson was the center of controversy when his Sooners team was investigated for three years and eventually was charged with making more than 550 illegal recruiting phone calls, and as a result, was placed under probation, during which he could not recruit outside the Bloomington campus for an entire year.Remember that Michigan imposed the sanctions on itself ? the NCAA did not recommend any action. As a result, the NCAA may have looked at Michigan, along with its athletic director Bill Martin in a positive light and in the aftermath, NCAA officials exerted no further penalties on the Wolverines? basketball program.So for now, only time will tell to see if the Hoosiers respond similarly to Michigan?s harsh stance against cheating and improper recruiting. Though basketball fans and maybe even NCAA officials may not see Sampson?s illegal recruitment as terrible a crime as Michigan?s in the 1990s, it still should not be taken lightly.However, even if Sampson?s actions were not as severe as Ed Martin?s and the four star players at Michigan, the fact remains that, if proven guilty, he will have violated five NCAA rules and Indiana may be liable for not investigating the issue earlier with more urgency.Now the question can be raised ? are Indiana?s wins this season legitimate? There was already much controversy surrounding Sampson when he recruited Gordon. If proven that his recruiting was, in fact, illegal, it seems that Indiana has no other choice but to act as if the 2007-08 season never occurred.Sampson?s actions could have ruined Indiana?s basketball future for several years. Looking again at history, after Michigan?s major offense, the Wolverines have not had a successful men?s basketball team since the whole scandal. Perhaps it is the fact that players do not want to play at a school where such controversy occurred.It took more than a decade for Michigan to recruit a top player, and that person has finally arrived in freshman Manny Harris, who is beginning to bring back life to the Wolverine squad.This recruiting debacle could take a huge toll on Indiana?s future, and even if Sampson resigns or is fired, the stain of indecency will remain on every Hoosier uniform. The 2007-08 season will be regarded as a travesty, and many basketball fans ?especially Indiana fans ? will hope to forget its existence.Indiana athletic officials now have an important decision to make ? whether they support Sampson?s strong coaching ability, or if they will not accept his illegal actions and get rid of the person who has caused the school so much unwanted recent national attention.For now, Sampson will continue to coach the Hoosiers, but if he is found guilty, it will be difficult to argue in his favor, and Indiana must do something to begin to wipe away his dishonor to the Hoosiers and college basketballlast_img

Ferguson: United’s forwards are as good as the class of ’99

first_imgManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to his forwards after they destroyed Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round.United were hugely impressive in their 4-1 victory over the Whites, who never looked like causing an upset.And Ferguson is desperate for his team to go on and lift the trophy for the first time in a decade.He told ESPN: “The FA Cup is an important trophy for us this season. We haven’t won it for 10 years.“Rio Ferdinand has never won an FA Cup medal, so we need to do something about that.“The four strikers we had in 1999 were fantastic players but we have four now who are equally as good.“If we can get three or four players around the 20-goal bracket then we’re in business.”More reaction to follow later.Click here for our Man Utd v Fulham quizSee also:Fulham are thumped by rampant 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Raiders vs. Packers: Five questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Matt Schneidman of The Athletic Wisconsin, who covers the Green Bay Packers and covered the Raiders for this news organization in 2017-18:1) From afar, it appears the Packers, while getting some great play from Aaron Rodgers, are intent under Matt LaFleur to play things a little closer to the vest in terms of balance and play-calling. Is that simply LaFleur’s style, or a sensible long-term plan to keep Rodgers healthy for 16 games?LaFleur’s offense is far less predicated …last_img

What Cold Calling Means

first_imgThere’s a lot of confusion about what a cold call is and what a cold call is not. Whenever I write about cold calling I get emails and comments from people who insist the cold calling is dead. A few days ago I even had Jeffrey Gitomer comment to that effect on this post. But I don’t believe Mr. Gitomer means what some people think he means (but who knows, maybe he’ll correct me).I believe there’s some confusion around the words cold calling, and that confusion is a matter of semantics. We’re using the same words but we mean something different.When I talk about cold calling, I am talking about calling someone who is not expecting your call in order to initiate a sales conversation. What makes it cold is that they aren’t expecting your call.Different MeaningsIt’s important to understand that when people say they’re opposed to cold calling they are talking about picking up the phone and indiscriminately dialing through a list of numbers without doing any research—and without doing anything to improve your odds of success. This is not a good strategy. It never has been.In fact, in the days before computers (B.C.), if you were hired to sell, someone would throw a phone book on your desk, tell you that the book was your “leads,” and expect you to dial numbers. This is what some people mean when they say cold calling is dead. But even in the old days smart salespeople knew better than that. They read the business sections of the local papers, local business journals, attended networking events, and did everything possible to gain knowledge, insight, and introductions—anything that would allow them to make a warmer call.The reason there is so much confusion around the words cold calling is because a lot of people who tell you cold calling is dead mean that you should do everything possible to make a warmer call instead of indiscriminately dialing phone numbers. And they’re right—even though the person on the other end may still not be expecting your call.But another group of people, I called them the anti-cold calling charlatans, literally mean that you should never pick up the phone and call prospects. They go too far, and many of them offer awful advice. You can almost always spot the anti-cold calling charlatans because they always suggest that sales is a dirty word, that you should feel a sense of shame, and even change your title to disguise the fact that you’re selling. This is criminal negligence as advice given to sales people. Criminal!When I write that I am an advocate for cold calling, it doesn’t mean that I’m an advocate for indiscriminately dialing numbers without being smart enough to do any research. It doesn’t mean I’m an advocate for not trying to connect with your prospects on LinkedIn. It doesn’t mean that I believe that cold calling is better then asking for a referral and an introduction from a client that already loves you (even though in my experience people that don’t cold call don’t ask for referrals either).What it does mean is that you are the salesperson. After you’ve done everything you can to make a warmer call, you still need to pick up the phone and dial your dream client. You should also do whatever you can do to improve the likelihood that they say, “yes” in front of that call.last_img