African players in Europe: Aubameyang leads golden boot race

first_imgGhanaian Jeffrey Schlupp struck the goal that set Crystal Palace on the way to a stunning 3-2 victory at defending champions Manchester City.EnglandMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Liverpool’s Egyptian king continued his return to form by nonchalantly stabbing home the Premier League leaders’ opener in a 2-0 win at Wolves that sent them four points clear at the top. Salah also set up Liverpool’s second goal at Molineux as his cross was converted by Virgil van Dijk.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)Despite scoring, Salah dropped to second in the race for the golden boot alongside Kane on 11 goals for the season as Aubameyang’s double in a 3-1 win over Burnley moved the striker into the lead with 12. Aubameyang struck early in each half, his second strike, in particular, a fine finish that flew high past Joe Hart, as Arsenal moved level on points with Chelsea in fourth.Jeffrey Schlupp equalised for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson’s men stunned Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISJEFFREY SCHLUPP (Crystal Palace)Winger Schlupp played a big part in the surprise of the weekend as Palace stunned Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad. City dominated the early stages and led 1-0 until Schlupp stormed past Kyle Walker and arrowed a low left-footed shot into the far corner to put Palace on course for a famous win.SpainMUBARAK WAKASO (Alaves)The Ghanaian international midfielder helped Alaves secure a crucial second consecutive clean sheet as the season’s surprise package claimed a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad to move fifth in La Liga, just one point behind Real Madrid.ItalyKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Kalidou Koulibaly (L) celebrates Napoli’s victory over SPAL © AFP / Carlo HermannThe highly-rated Senegal centre-back helped Napoli to an eighth Serie A clean sheet of the season as Carlo Ancelotti’s men edged out SPAL 1-0 to remain only eight points adrift of leaders Juventus.HAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Empoli)Ivorian teenager Traore set up Francesco Caputo to score against Sampdoria, with the goal confirmed by VAR after first being disallowed for offside. Traore, 18, then missed a chance to score his first top-flight goal for the promoted Tuscany side when his daisy-cutter was fingertipped away from goal. Empoli finished 4-2 losers.BASTOS (Lazio)Lazio’s Angolan defender elbowed Cagliari’s Joao Pedro in the face resulting in a yellow card for himself and a penalty which the Brazilian converted to allow the Sardinians pull a goal back in Rome. Lazio, nevertheless, won 3-1 to move fourth and into the Champions League places.GermanySALIF SANE (Schalke 04)The Senegal centre-back claimed his first goal for Schalke in a 3-1 win at Stuttgart in fortuitous circumstances as his header flew in off the shoulder of Germany striker Mario Gomez. It was Sane’s first goal for the Royal Blues since joining in June and helped his team to their first Bundesliga win since early November.AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig)Haidara celebrates scoring against Leipzig in a Europa League tie for Salzburg in September © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELThe 20-year-old Mali international is tipped to be a future Bundesliga star after the central midfielder signed a four-year deal to join RB Leipzig on Saturday and inherited the No 8 shirt vacated when Naby Keita joined Liverpool at the end of last season.“There aren’t too many players of his age who have so much potential and he has all the capabilities to follow in Naby Keita’s footsteps,” said Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick after signing Haidara, currently sidelined with a knee injury, from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.FranceNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)A run of four straight games with a goal was ended in a 2-1 loss to Toulouse. Meanwhile, amid mounting interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs, sporting director Luis Campos slapped an 80-million-euro ($91 million) price tag on the Ivorian. However, club president Gerard Lopez added that Pepe has said on several occasions he wants to see out the season at Lille.MAX-ALAIN GRADEL (Toulouse)Max-Alain Gradel (R) has scored eight goals this season © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIThe Ivory Coast winger scored a pair of second-half penalties as Toulouse inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Lille. Gradel equalised just after the interval and then hit the winner on 64 minutes in a 2-1 victory after he was fouled in the area by Yves Dabila. He has accounted for eight of Toulouse’s 17 goals this season.WAHBI KHAZRI (Saint-Etienne)The Tunisian returned from suspension to bag his team-leading ninth goal this term in a 3-0 defeat of Dijon. His thumping first-time strike on 64 minutes saw Khazri match his personal best haul from the 2014/15 season with Bordeaux. His outstanding form also saw him collect the Ligue 1 player of the month award for November.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring their second goal against Burnley © AFP / Ian KINGTONPARIS, France, Dec 24 – Arsenal sharpshooter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took the African honours in Europe at the weekend by scoring twice to become the English Premier League leading scorer.A brace from the Gabonese helped see off Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates and lifted his season tally to 12 — one more than Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #2 – Ellis Farms, Clinton County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tuesday’s cooler than normal temperatures greeted the crew of the Ohio Ag Net as they ventured to Clinton County for the second installment of the 2015 Feeding Farmers in the Field sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids. The week’s winners were Ellis Farms – a corn, soybean, and wheat operation unique in the fact that it is also a successful pheasant hunting preserve.Scott and Matt Ellis lead the operation. Overall, the two said that rain would be very welcome and their planting season was quick. Now, the farm is attempting to catch up on spraying.“April was cold and wet for us. A lot of people around here didn’t get in until the last week, right before the first of May,” said Scott Ellis. “Wheat in particular didn’t get in putting pre-plant ammonia on until about the 26th or 27th of April. Started planting corn around the first and second of May. Then, from there, it was really quick to get things done. About a week for planting corn, another week for planting beans – a couple weeks to be done with everything. Since then, right here we haven’t had any rain to speak of. We’re really dry and could use a little drink.“Some of our corn has got some grass breaking through, so I think it didn’t get activated because of the dry weather without any showers to activate that. We’re starting our post-season right now,” said Scott. “We’re still looking decent for not having any moisture. It’s still early in the season though.”Looking to harvest, the Ellises say they’re optimistic, but also realistic.“I don’t think we’re looking at what we’ve had the past couple of years – we’ve been really fortunate. But with the markets down the way they are, we need to have a good crop like we’ve had the past couple of years,” he said. “All you can do is just sit back and let mother nature do what she can – nothing we can control about that.”Matt Ellis says the crops are in a good place for now, but that it’s up to nature for the next part.“The crops are so so. Our populations are there at least so now it’s up to mother nature,” Matt said. “I’ve been doing a lot of custom spraying since college and it’s always a challenge when you don’t get the rain. A lot of the 28 put on with the spray was gone. The activity of the chemicals didn’t happen so it’s a big post-season now and you’ve got to do things right with that.”More on the operation as Dale Minyo interviews Matt Ellis belowlast_img read more

Why No One Wants to Buy Your Product

first_imgThere is something salespeople do that makes selling more difficult. They don’t mean to do it, and many still don’t know what they should do differently and why what they’re doing makes selling more difficult. What they are doing is leading with their products.It is easy to get hyped up about your product, especially if you work in a company that develops great products. A lot of the internal conversations are about how the product is better than what came before it and how it is better than any of your competitors. A lot of the company goals cascade down to the sales force and salespeople are measured against these targets. It’s easy to talk about the cool stuff you are creating and even more so when you are measured and rewarded for doing so.But here is the rub. People don’t want to buy your product or service. This is a point I made in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need where I quoted Theodore Levitt from Harvard Business School who said, “People don’t want to buy drills. They want to buy quarter-inch holes.” To view what you are doing in sales you have to reverse the order and start with the holes.When you lead with the product, you are starting the sales conversation at Level 1, which is product and features and benefits and advantages. This works against you because I haven’t yet agreed that I need the holes that your drill produces. Worst still, I may already be getting the holes I need from the drill I have now. When you lead from what I call Level 4, which is strategic, you lead with the idea that the client needs better holes, they need to improve the speed at which they produce those holes, they need holes that better serve their clients, holes that allow them to increase their profits, holes that help to capture greater market share or holes that position them to move their organization to a place where they can leap to some new type of hole altogether.Outcomes drive solutions. Outcomes drive the choice of product. But most important is that fact that outcomes drive the need to change, a result that is more difficult for product alone.Like a lot of things, you need to reverse what you are doing to produce greater results. To go faster, slow down. To make producing results easier, do what is most difficult. And to sell more product, sell the outcomes instead. 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 Nowlast_img read more