Liberia Casinos

Liberia has been such a disastrous mess in recent decades that it would be amazing to find anything that still operated in the country, let alone casinos. However, that undervalues the resourcefulness of the Liberians themselves for Liberia’s casinos in fact amount to two.

The country was first founded as a refuge for slaves freed in the United States, so it always had something of a tension between the more educated returning slaves and the indigenous population. This continued down the years, from the founding in the 1850’s to 1980. The country was run by descendants of those freed slaves and in some ways remained in a time warp: until the 1980’s, the President and his ministers, for example, still wore Victorian clothes, tail coats, and top hats (and can you imagine that in the African heat?).

Samuel Doe, who was descended from one of the local tribes, in 1980, overthrew that ruling class, and the old leaders were executed by firing squad upon the beach. There then followed some 25 years of vicious violence in which hundreds of thousands of the inhabitants were killed, often in grossly brutal ways. This finally came to an end with a UN sponsored peace mission just a couple of years ago.

With that sort of background and recent history, plus the destitution and poverty of the country and the people, it might be surprising to learn that there are any Liberia casinos at all: But, it seems to be a fact that in such war zones and despotic dictatorships that a couple will stay open, so that those at the top can gamble the money they extort.

List of Liberia’s casinos:

– Casino Monrovia

– Casino Oceano

The Oceano has roulette, blackjack, and poker tables, as well as slots. Both of the Liberian casinos are in Monrovia, the capital.

As an example of how divided the country was (and as something of an explanation for the rage that drove the two recent civil wars), the current President is the daughter of the very first indigenous Liberian to even be elected to the national legislature, let alone anything more important. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is actually, by the standards of that part of Africa, over qualified to be a politician: she’s worked for both Citibank and the World Bank. Her opponent in the recent elections was actually George Weah, an international soccer player.

With the recent peace (and the involvement of the UN in its imposition means it will probably stick), it is likely that the gangster element will disappear from Liberia’s casinos, and it might be even true that the sector will expand.

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Lose Weight With Kinect Games

Kinect Sports is a motion-control add-on game for Microsoft Xbox 360 console. It includes bowling, soccer, track and field, beach volleyball, table tennis and boxing. It's among the first full body, controller-free athletic games. Kinect features a six-team or individual player options for soccer, rafting, volleyball, dancing, bowling, table tennis track and field and boxing. Each game has multi-level adventures for a variety of skill sets. It utilizes voice-recognition microphones that allow you to bark out commands for navigating the menus.

Your Shape, by Microsoft Kinect, includes workouts created by Women's Health and Men's Health. You can do yoga, tai chi and kickboxing while receiving feedback from a personal trainer. The program tracks all of your movements and stats and can tell you if you are doing a move incorrectly.

Kinect fitness games are another attempt by gaming console developers to reach out to an untapped, non-gaming customer. Upon connection, the game scans your body, files your features and tailors the games to accommodate your fitness level. Each player is offered the option of choosing her own personal trainer. The physical workouts offered by Kinect mimic very real world fitness routines.

Losing weight with Kinect is a very realistic option. Kinect Adventures is a series of games that force you to jump, row with your arms and dodge obstacles. In Joy Ride, extend your arms as if steering a racecar. Engage in stunts by leaning in every direction, pull back or push forward on the steering wheel to adjust your speed. Your Shape is probably one of the more challenging fitness programs on the market. Take cardiovascular boxing or tai chi classes.

To lose weight with Kinect fitness games, be sure you're playing hard enough o increase your heart rate. Play for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Even if you can't spare 30 minutes at time, play tennis, volley ball or do some cardio kick-butt at ten-minute increments three times a day.

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The Football Widow

The official term for a»football widow,» is any woman involved in a relationship with a sports fan (often a follower of football, soccer, or rugby) who pays more attention to the game than to their partner during the sport’s season of play. Football widows usually have little or no interest in the sport themselves.

These women are left to fend for themselves during the NFL season. If you don’t believe me, go to the internet and read some of the football blogs. These poor forsaken women are pouring out their souls to anyone who will listen.

They can be found at the local grocery shopping for their man’s beer, wings and nacho chips. They are easy to recognize because there will be no husband or boyfriend around for miles-the men are at home warming up the couch and big screen television.

Rumor has it that these men sit in front of their television sets so long they begin to grow cobwebs. You will recognize them on Monday morning because they will have spiders nesting in their hair.

I have been an NFL fan for over 30 years. I own NFL memorabilia, pictures and cups of my favorite team. I am a recovering NFL addict and try to limit myself to watching no more than 4 games per week.

Most women don’t understand the madness that overcomes a man during an NFL game.

They can’t explain what makes a grown man put on a Viking helmet or wear a dress and a pig snout and call himself a «hog.»

I don’t understand the madness either. Just the mere thought of a 300 pound linebacker crushing some 200 pound quarterback is enough to send me over the edge.

Being a former addict, I can offer some helpful advice to the football widow. Give your man household jobs he can complete while sitting on the couch. For example, my wife gives me clothes to fold while I watch games.

My final solution is to use this time to bond with your man…since you can’t legally beat him, why not join him?

Ladies, I suggest you go to the library and borrow a football guide. If you become informed, you can sit with your man and enjoy the game with him.

Trust me, he will be impressed when you tell him a sack is when the QB gets tackled behind the line of scrimmage and not what his beer was carried in.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Sporting Apparels

In the past, sporting goods were only made available for professional athletes. Today, sporting companies are taking every opportunity to supply sports equipment to the public. If you want to purchase exercise equipment to improve your recreational sporting skills, you can consider taking into account the durability, versatility and costs of the equipment.

The factors to consider when choosing sporting apparel include:

· Price

Sporting activities are adored by many people around the globe. To benefit from these sporting activities, many people need specific outfits. You can consider purchasing the right sporting apparel from stores within your locality. To benefit from major cutbacks, you can consider visiting virtual stores as well as public auction sites. You will be able to find affordable clothing here. Many of the online stores offer competitive selling prices. For instance, you can consider visiting an online store that offers soccer jerseys.

It is possible to buy high quality apparel without spending a substantial amount of money. If you consider some online stores you will be in a position to find many fantastic bargains. You can also find used apparel that you will love at competitive prices considering sports apparel from popular manufacturers are expensive.

· Comfort

When you are considering the sporting goods the sports uniform comes to mind. When you are choosing the sporting apparel, it is important to consider the comfort of the clothing. It should be able to soak up sweat and generate a sense of lightness. The clothing should also be in a position to withstand the sporting rigor. Therefore, a rugby player may not do well playing the sport with clothing normally worn by basketball player; they are likely to get ripped off or torn. A soccer player may also not wear sporting apparels worn by basketball players.

· High quality and stain resistant fabric

Considering that sporting apparel is usually beat up daily and they often get dirty enduring daily washing, it is important that they are designed out of high quality and stain resistant fabric to ensure the clothing last longer.

· Size

When it comes to choosing sporting apparel, it is equally important to select the right fitting apparels. Loose clothes are likely to make you fall. On the other hand, tight-fitting clothes are likely to cause discomfort.

· Other factors

Other factors to consider when choosing the sports apparels include the style/design, color/pattern, appropriateness for occasion, durability of garment, versatility/multi-use, breathability of fabric, allergens in fabric, alterability, washing/cleaning instructions, ability to match with the existing wardrobe, prestige factor/designer label, wrinkle resistance, weather resistance, warmth, formality and functionality.

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How Sports Psychology Can Improve Your Sales

Learn from the Habits of Highly Successful Sportspeople

I am often asked «How can sports psychology help salespeople, surely they are totally different areas of expertise?» and my answer is simply this:

Every sport has different skills sets & disciplines and requires different areas of knowledge – yet most, if not all, now accept that mental strength and readiness is the single most important factor that separates the winners from the also-rans.

I’m sure you will accept that at the pinnacle of any sport the top athlete’s skill levels and abilities are extremely close?

My sport is golf. In any given week there are 20, 30 even 40 players who could win a tournament – if it was all down to their inherent ability to hit a golf ball. But it’s not! Every week it’s the player who thinks right and plays right that wins – not necessarily the most skilful player on show!

If you follow football; does the best team always win the match? No.

This demonstrates how you think matters!

And as someone who’s been involved in Sales and Sales Management for many years and is now actively involved in the training and development of sales forces throughout the country, I believe the same is true of our industry.

How salespeople think, matters!

Sales success is all in the mind. Yes you need selling skills. You need product knowledge. You need the ability to plan and prepare. As does the golfer; he needs to be able to drive the ball, play out of bunkers, play flop shots and putt. BUT! That all said; it’s how he thinks during the round that will determine his success and so it is in selling too. How you think during the day, during the call, ultimately determines your success.

So here is a brief glimpse into some of the areas that highly successful sportsmen and women excel at and how they would benefit us in the sales game too.

Practice, Practice, Practice… but in right way:

The top echelon of sportsmen and women make every second count when practicing. They work all areas of their game to the maximum, not just the points they’re good at. They dissect their sport into its smallest components and ensure they are world class in each and every one of them.

Take a long jumper. The UK Olympic qualifying distance is 8.20mts. If an athlete is coming up short of this target – let’s say 7.90mts, he doesn’t just keep practicing by running and jumping over and over hoping to get longer – he practices in the right way. He and/or his coach analyses every area of his performance and works on it in order to improve.

Technique: Take-off and landing – is his method right?

Physical: Does he have enough power in his legs for an explosive run up? If not – into the gym!

Diet: Is he eating properly, is he carrying a few pounds too many?

Mental: Does he have the belief in himself and his ability?

Technical: Is he using the whole run-up area – jumping too soon before the board?

You get the point? They don’t just keep doing the same thing over and over hoping it will get better.

The first thing to do in order to get better at selling is to think about the way you practice and rehearse your selling, your pitch, your selling style (if you even do it!) and create a solid routine.

First Impressions: Approach to the customer, Appearance? Do you adapt to what you see?

Presentation: Do you establish customer objectives? Translate selling points into benefits? Do you tell rather than ask?

Profitability: Do you always look to up-sell? Provide add-ons?

Closing: Do you make saying «yes» easy? Ask for referrals?

I’ve worked with many golfers and salespeople of all abilities and the thing that correlates most to improved performance is the way you practice. To keep motivated, create a Personal Progress Log – break your sales role into all of its different facets and mark whether your own performance in each area is Not Good Enough, Good Enough or Excellent and then work away on each area no more than a few at a time – to get them all up to Excellent.

Study, learn and rehearse – in sales this is your practice – the equivalent of going to the driving range for golfers. And like I tell all golfers, if you want to improve don’t make practice routine, make practice hard and challenge yourself. What can your team do to become dedicated to continual improvement?

Stay Focussed and in the Moment:

Staying in the present means that you give whatever you are doing your complete and undivided attention. In sport, this means you’re not thinking about your score, why you think you just mishit that shot or 3 putted the last hole. All your energy is on the task at hand. This is also true when selling. No point reflecting on missing out on that last sale, being caught out by an objection or forgetting to up-sell your add-ons and accessories – while you drive to your next appointment or await your next customer coming into the store. The last sale is over!

Yes you will and should have time to reflect later on, when the selling day is done but DON’T do it on the way to the next call or while you wait. Don’t bring yourself down. Focus on the positives in your abilities and think how the next sale will happen successfully.

It’s counter-productive not to be in the present!

If you play golf for example, just think back to the last time you started playing well and subsequently thought about shooting your best score, «if only I can keep it going for the last few holes» – only for your game to unravel!

Staying in the present is easier said than done, I appreciate that; and like everything else it takes practice but it can and should be done.

Create a highly repeatable routine – follow your Sales Process:

In golf, the top players in the world all go through the exact same routine before every shot, even down to the number of practice swings. Watch them and you’ll notice that the number of seconds it takes to go through their pre-shot routine is the same every time. This helps them stay focussed on the process of shot-making and not get too caught up on outcome thoughts such as; «This putt for the Open» or in football when they think «This penalty to get through to the World Cup Final» (Many football supporters will be all too familiar with what happens when a player focus on the outcome of the penalty!)

What’s your routine when selling? Pre-sale or during a sale? Post sale? Don’t have one? Do you factor in your Sales Process and plan and prepare accordingly?

Well unless you are perfect – take leaf from the Pro’s and get a routine that makes you feel comfortable and confident so you perform at your best when selling.

Know how to calm yourself down when the pressure is on.

How do you cope with the pressure of hitting demanding targets? Or dealing with a tough customer who’s giving you a hard time? In sales, nerves can and do kick in when the pressure is on and once again we have an area where selling can learn directly from the sports arena.

I’ve worked with enough golfers to know that the good ones know powerful techniques to calm themselves down to prevent nerves turning into panic and negatively affecting their performance. They use nerves to their advantage. Because if you are nervous it’s really a good sign – it shows that what you are doing matters! You care!

There are many ways to control nerves such as breathing techniques or using your peripheral vision or having special thoughts/places to go in your head. I recently read that Jesper Parnevik would try to solve math problems in his head when it all got too much when playing. So there are countless ways to do it! You just need to find a technique that helps you.

Remember, nerves cannot be eliminated totally IF what you are doing matters to you. If it’s not important or way below your level of ability and skill – you probably won’t be nervous. But when it matters – then you need the awareness to appreciate that feeling nervous is «normal» in fact it’s desirable – and then have a way that suits you in dealing with it and let the nerves help your performance, rather than hinder it.

The power of acceptance and moving on:

No one is successful 100% of the time. Mistakes happen. Sales are lost. But beating yourself up about it won’t improve your next performance!

By all means, at the appropriate time analyse what went wrong and take steps to ensure it won’t be repeated again if it’s within your power to do so but being able to accept a setback and not let it cripple you mentally is imperative to peak performance.

In golf, being able to accept the outcome of every shot is a trait that all the top players possess. Although almost impossible to achieve, the optimal state for golf would be if you could become emotionally indifferent to good and bad shots and remain on the same level throughout – but show me any sportsperson who’s not emotionally charged and pumped up for winning and I’ll show you a loser!

It’s a balancing act. Remaining in emotional control when it matters most can be done but once again it takes practice, discipline and the finding of techniques that work for you. Then you need the ability to let it all go – when it goes wrong!

Padraig Harrington tells himself as part of his pre-shot routine that although he has a positive intention for the shot, if it doesn’t go where he wants it to, it’s better to accept it and move on, than get upset. He wants his mind to be clear, ready for the next shot – wherever it may be from – not harking back to the previous swing that put him in trouble.

Try giving yourself that same pep talk before your next sales call. Don’t let setbacks drag you down!

Conclusion

Ensure your sales people make every second of selling time count! That’s when they are performing their trade, their skill, their chosen career.

Encourage them to put the above ideas into practice and you will see continuous improvement in their sales ability and performance.

The sports industry has spent millions of dollars and decades of research fine tuning these techniques. Use them. They work!

Should you wish to discuss how Sports Psychology can help you and/or your Team improve Sales Performance please feel free to drop me an email or give me a call.

Here’s to successful Selling!

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Brasilia: Brazil’s Fantasy Island

South America is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

The continent is home to twelve independent countries (and three territories). The countries (from roughly north to south and east to west) are:

Venezuela, capital Caracas

Guyana, capital Georgetown

Suriname, capital Paramaribo

Colombia, capital Bogotá

Brazil, capital Brasilia

Ecuador, capital Quito

Peru, capital Lima

Bolivia, capital La Paz

Chile, capital Santiago

Argentina, capital Buenos Aires

Paraguay, capital Asunción

Uruguay, capital Montevideo

Nature lovers come here to see the vast array of birds and wildlife, particularly along the Amazon River which runs roughly east-west, mostly through Peru and Brazil, with many tributaries which reach out into Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Several companies offer tour boats to take passengers up and down the river for birding and wild-animal viewing.

Archaeology and history enthusiasts come to South America to view the many Incan ruins. Machu Picchu, located in Peru, is perhaps the most famous of these. It was built in 1450, abandoned in about 1550, and unknown (except to natives indigenous to the region) until it was discovered by an American historian, Hiram Bingham in 1911. While Machu Picchu is the most famous, it is certainly not the only Incan ruin in South America which draws the curious traveler.

People are fascinated by the architectural remains of these Incan ruins, built over 500 years ago with a precision that astounds the modern day tourist who find it difficult to believe that «primitive» people could construct buildings of such magnificence.

But when it comes to a modern-day wonder, Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, has got to be on the list.

Capital Cities

Most cities have both an «old town» – the site of the original area of the city, with buildings hundreds of years old; and then acres and acres of new buildings, roads and so on which are built gradually over the course of time, with the roads meandering here and there and no planning to it.

Of all the capital cities of the South American countries, that of Brasilia, capital of Brazil, is unique. It’s the only city that was actually planned, with the entire layout of the city being designed by an architect.

The centers of all three branches of the federal government of Brazil are in Brasília, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. The city also hosts 124 foreign embassies. Brasília International Airport connects the capital to all major Brazilian cities and many international destinations, and is the third busiest airport in Brazil.

The city has a unique status in Brazil, as it is an administrative division rather than a legal municipality like other cities in Brazil. The name ‘Brasília’ is commonly used as a synonym for the Federal District through synecdoche; However, the Federal District is composed of 31 administrative regions, only one of which is Brasília proper, with a population of 209,926 in a 2011 survey; Demographic publications generally do not make this distinction and list the population of Brasília as synonymous with the population of the Federal District, considering the whole of it as its metropolitan area. The city was one of the main host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Brasília hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Brasilia: Planned Beauty

There are many reasons to visit Brasilia, of course, but the main reason is to take in the beauty of the design and see how it has grown and evolved over the 55 years since its founding. In 1987, UNESCO acknowledged the uniqueness of Brasilia by making it a World Heritage Site.

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and until 1960 its capital city was Rio de Janeiro. In that year, the brand-new city of Brasilia was named the capital.

Brasilia didn’t spring up overnight. The new city took four years to build, beginning in 1956.

It was planned and designed by three Brazilians: architect and urban planner Lúcio Costa, architect Oscar Niemeyer who designed the government buildings, and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

The city is built along the Monumental Axis, or main avenue running the width of the city, with six lanes running north and six lanes running south. Most of the government buildings, as well as dozens of monuments and memorials line the Monumental Axis, and it is this avenue that will enable the tourist to get the full impact of this unique city.

The residential areas of the inner city are arranged with precision into «superblocks,» each one consisting of several apartment buildings and schools, retail stores, and parkland to serve the inhabitants.

Brasilia features a metro (or Underground), and is served by buses and of course taxis, for those who don’t wish to drive themselves. The city is served by the Brasília-Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.