Echenique’s past: he was affiliated with Citizens and supported the US in the Iraq War

first_imgIn this public letter from Echenique, progressively forgotten and now rescued, the charismatic leader of Podemos recognized even having gone through a “neoliberal” stage prior to his landing in Citizens: “And yet, a few days ago, a friend reminded me that I Not only did I vote for Citizens, but I was affiliated with that party a few years ago, and he proposed to write a post about “not what someone is wrong, but what you were wrong about.” My friend has known me for a long time and knows that I used to be neoliberal (in my Citizens stage I was already moderating). “In this ‘post’, Echenique also reveals that he even came to defend the role of the US in the controversial Iraq War in 2003, a phenomenon so answered by the Spanish left: “It seemed appropriate for the US to invade Iraq, I thought that” freedom “He was above all, and he believed in all those slogans that capitalist advisors whispered to ZP in his ear.”The references against the former president of the Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, now defended in certain terms by some names of Podemos as opposed to other socialists such as Felipe González, Susana Díaz or Pedro Sánchez himself, were also a constant in Echenique’s ideology: ” Even the most idealistic politicians, such as our now longed for Bambi ZP, tend to succumb to the wishes of the lords of the top hat for a fairly simple reason (…) ZP, although he smoked parsley and believed in love, he didn’t have Ada Colau advising him, he had Pedro Solbes. “In the same writing, Echenique recognizes what it is hard for him to be reflected in those ideas that he defended: “It is hard for me to imagine myself thinking that, but it is a fact. I thought so.” Something that led him to ask himself the following questions in the months prior to the birth of Podemos: “Of more complex digestion than the facts are the explanations: How could I think that?” Now that Pablo Echenique has made a qualitative leap into Podemos by being appointed Secretary of Organization after being relegated to ‘first sword’ of the party in Aragon, many have wanted to dive into his past and rescue the era in which he sympathized with his great today rival, citizens.Far from hiding it, it was Echenique himself who, in a radio interview granted last week, recalled how one day he voted for the ‘orange’ party. However, rescuing a ‘post’ of his from 2013, it is discovered that the now ‘number three’ of Podemos not only voted for those of Albert Rivera, but also became affiliated with the party. Echenique, in the last Citizen Council of Podemos. Image: EFElast_img read more

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Nearly there

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Our need for a national hoop team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Then again, the Lady Falcons came through with a combination play and a block on the ensuing play to secure the victory.Despite the lowly standings of the Lady Altas, the Lady Tamaraws found a formidable opponent that tested their resolve to the limit.With three players scoring in double figures and its defense holding up, Perpetual went up two sets to one to threaten the erstwhile league-leader and title contender.Cindy Imbo fired 15 points, while Jenny Gaviola and Jowie Versoza made 13 and 10, respectively, to keep the Lady Tamaraws on their feet.Perpetual even led in service aces, 11-8, while keeping the excellent dogs count close, 68-70.ADVERTISEMENT Celine Domingo banged in 18 points, while Jeannette Villareal and Heather Guino-o chipped in 11 and 10 points each to help the Lady Tamaraws score their fourth win in five matches.Later, Adamson blew two match points in the fourth before downing University of the Philippines, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, in the other women’s match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Lady Falcons stayed unbeaten after four games and move within a victory away from outright qualification to the next round while pushing the Lady Maroons to their second defeat in four games.Adamson went 24-22 in the fourth but back-to-back attacking errors allowed UP to equalize and threaten to send the match to the distance. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the Lady Altas fell in a spate of errors in the fourth frame—making a total of 33 against the Lady Tamaraws’ 26—to allow FEU to extend the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FEU’s Celine Domingo, soaring for a kill in this file photo, fires 18 points in their win over Perpetual. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAdamson and Far Eastern University encountered rough roads en route to victories to both move one win shy of outright semifinal positions in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Sunday night.FEU encountered its most difficult assignment so far, struggling past Perpetual, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-6, at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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GPF never good at fulfilling promises

first_imgDear Editor,For quite a while, mixed views have been expressed against members of the Guyana Police Force regarding their actions/performances in execution of their duties.Coupled with that are allegations of corruption, some being associated/linked with criminals, and various members being charged for criminal offences.One of the biggest complaints is extortion by members of the GPF whilst in uniform and executing their duties. It’s a norm now to traverse anywhere throughout Guyana and be stopped by GPF members in general duty uniform as they request to see your documents for the vehicle. In most cases, no traffic rank could be seen, but those that stopped you would perform the duties of a traffic officer and find some cause on your vehicle or documents, and either demand money or put you in a situation where you have to offer them money.At the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, many people opine that there is the second toll booth for the Demerara Harbour Bridge after you would have purchased your ticket to traverse the bridge from the eastern end.From all indications, most GPF members seem to prefer standing on the road blocking/stopping vehicles on the roadways, because that seems more lucrative. No wonder when one makes a report or phone call to the station one is always told that the mobile unit is on patrol.While the success rate in minimal for the roadblocks in terms of drug busts, capturing wanted criminals, or finding illegal weapons, etc., it would be more feasible if GPF ranks’ efforts are directed at other places too; but, then again, that is not lucrative for them!Editor, of recent, with the assistance of social media, we’ve been seeing and hearing of lots of crimes being committed but are not in the media, and, with the full knowledge of John Public, those responsible are trying to paint a picture that crime is down. Based on the manner and the way this is being committed, it should be of grave concern to everyone.Quite alarmingly, school children are being robbed blatantly, and are being physically abused. I should mention that most of these victims are East Indians. On Tuesday, around 4pm, as I was boarding a route 32 minibus, there was a commotion; and looking to see what it was all about, I saw around six young African males, none seemed to be above 20 years old, and one in a cream-coloured long pants and white shirt with a haversack (could be a schoolboy) who didn’t seem to be more than 16 years old, surround an East Indian male, cuffing and kicking him beside the City Constabulary.They ran away after a few seconds of abusing the young man, and then we heard that the young man was just robbed. Everyone was shocked, especially at the young man, whom everyone presumed to be a schoolboy. Everyone made the suggestion that if the perpetrator had been caught, he would have been given a sound licking.A while back, I penned a few letters expressing my concern with the rapid increase of limers going at school premises, and how their attitudes were motivating students to drop out of school and be involved in drugs and crime. No one takes heed, and sadly, today’s trend is uncontrollable and is still increasing. Now I am seeing what seems to be a schoolboy committing a crime.Sadly, in such a crowded area, the perpetrators were all still able to escape.This is an area that the City Constabulary and the GPF were supposed to be protecting, but it seems they are only protecting commuters from touts.This is the system we have in Guyana — a country being governed by an illegal Government. The head is a former ruler of the Guyana Defence Force, and most of his close associates/advisors are former heads of the GDF or the GPF. In other words, with all those ex-military personnel, four years after, instead of the crime rate being reduced, it is increasing. But, then again, if you are breaking the law, you cannot expect the citizens not to do the same.Consistency seems to be lacking from the GPF and the City Constabulary, because the various car parks around Stabroek Market have been plagued with criminals committing crimes against commuters traversing the area; and except for a brief stint — when Police presence was visible for a few days in uniform and in plain clothes, and crime was reduced a little – the situation is sadly back to normal. This is the vision of a now illegal Government that has legally inherited a country with problems, and cannot find a solution to deal with those problems.Traffic jam is an everyday problem around the Stabroek minibus parks, and even though security cameras have been installed there, the problems still exist. So it makes no sense recommending that cameras be installed to monitor where people usually get robbed and where there is a gathering of children, because that might eventually turn into a white elephant too, because it seems as if Government’s vision for Guyana is limited.Finally, Editor, a few weeks ago, a young lady was robbed of over half a million dollars and her cell phone among other items, including her handbag, whilst going home in the evening. Immediately, she went to the station and made a report, and informed the Police that she knows who had committed the crime against her. She told me she was surprised when the Police asked her if the colour of the bag was the exact colour she had told them. The Police picked up the individual after her insistence, and she was given the royal push around although she kept insisting that the person they were holding was the right person.Surprisingly, he was released and she was told the Police have to get more witnesses before he could be charged.Now, there were a few persons around when she was robbed, and they had seen when the thief was escaping, and she told the Police about those persons, but the Police never attempted to find/talk to those individuals, according to her. These questions are being asked: Is a proper investigation being conducted? Is there a cover-up? Are the Police being part of this crime by taking a drawback?Based on what this young woman told me, she would not be getting back anything, even though she knows the criminal, because she strongly believes that the Police are siding with the thief.How long are we going to continue hearing stories like these? From all indications, even though Police are being dismissed and charged, they are still indulging in illegalities. When there’s a public outcry, you will hear of some campaign that evolves to nothing a few days after.A simple example is: you cannot have any sort of tint on your vehicle without members of the GPF harassing you, but even though there’s a warning, almost every vehicle owned by a Police is heavily tinted, and these could be found parked in all the station compounds or outside of the stations in plain view. I’ve never heard of Police being charged for a tinted vehicle, but the ordinary man is being charged, forced to remove the tint, or daily being harassed to pay a bribe.Such is the vision for Guyana despite all the promises. Would you believe the new promises being made presently will become a reality when the simple ones cannot be fulfilled?Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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Van Dijk withdraws from Estonia match for ‘personal reasons’

first_img0Shares0000Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk (L) has withdrawn from the side to play Estonia on Tuesday for “personal reasons” © AFP / Mark MARLOWBRUSSELS, Belgium, Nov 17 – Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk will miss Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia for personal reasons, the Dutch federation announced on Sunday.“The manager Ronald Koeman will not be able to call up Virgil van Dijk on Tuesday against Estonia”, the federation said on its website. “The Dutch captain has had to withdraw from the match for personal reasons and left the training camp immediately.”The Dutch booked their passage to next year’s finals, their first major competition since the 2014 World Cup, with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast on Saturday.At stake in Tuesday’s game will be top spot in Group C which is currently held by Germany who are two points ahead of the Dutch.The defender is clear to play for Liverpool against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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WE TRACK DOWN THE REAL ‘BRENDAN’ THE GAA LOTTO WINNER!

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The mystery winner of the Donegal GAA lottery has finally been tracked down after he left just his first name and a wrong phone number on his ticket.For the past number of days members of Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club have searched high and low for the winner of the €6250 prize.All they knew was that his name was Brendan. They tried to contact him but the phone number wouldn’t connect.So the club put out an SOS and asked for anyone called Brendan who might have bought a club lottery ticket to get in touch.They even put posters in dozens of bars with pictures of the winning ticket on it hoping the winner would come forward.And yesterday the ‘real’ Brendan – Brendan Duffy of Dromore in Letterkenny was finally tracked down. And he didn’t even know about all the fuss of the club looking for a lost lotto winner!According to club spokesman John McDermott they received up to 50 responses – with some as far away as Australia and London.“I was getting calls form all over the world –literally. I got calls from across Donegal and Ireland but also as far away as London and even Australia.“We were able to rule them all out straight away because we knew we had a mobile phone number which was probably just slightly wrong.“So when the real Brendan did call and he was just one number out – a three instead of a two – we knew we finally had our man,” said John. As it turned out the ‘real’ Brendan was relaxing on Lough Keel in Donegal fishing.Brendan will be presented with his cheque next week and has promised a drink for his friends in McGinley’s Bar!EndsWE TRACK DOWN THE REAL ‘BRENDAN’ THE GAA LOTTO WINNER! was last modified: August 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan DromoreLetterkenny Gaelslottolast_img read more

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49ers swept on the road by Gauchos

first_img His hunch was correct. The Gauchos, stretching their winning streak against Long Beach teams to seven matches in a row, prevailed in a tight Game 1 to trigger a sweep, 30-28, 30-19, 30-25, in front of 1,205. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In avoiding the program’s first-ever five-matching losing streak, coach Kathy Gregory’s team demonstrated succinctly why, despite the Gauchos’ 0-1 conference record and 3-7 overall mark going into Friday night, Gimmillaro believes UCSB should be favored to repeat as Big West champion. “We were long overdue for a match like this,” Gregory said, crowded by well-wishers after her team’s first home match of the season. “Our tough schedule is finally starting to pay off.” The 49ers (10-4), who took a three-match winning streak into their Big West conference opener, opened play in brisk fashion Friday night while bolting to a 6-2 advantage. But, despite two Gimmillaro timeouts, the Gauchos twice moved to a five-point advantage and were in front, 24-20, after Rosie Lewis hit the ball well out of bounds from the left side. GOLETA — Long Beach State volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro anticipated that the UC Santa Barbara club the 49ers would face Friday night would not be the one that had dropped four matches in a row for the first time in 10 years. The team that he expected would play host to the 49ers in the Thunderdome was the one that was ranked No. 15 in the preseason, and was projected to win its fourth consecutive Big West Conference championship. center_img Long Beach scored the next three points, the last of those on a Alexis Crimes kill to force Gregory’s second timeout. But, when play resumed, Olivia Waldowski, a graduate of Irvine High whose parents, Barb and Toby, sang the national anthem before the match, got a kill and then had consecutive service aces to help her team regain control. The 49ers cut their deficit to 29-28 before Janine Sandell closed things out from the left side. Sandell, the dominant performer on Friday despite a nasty scrap on her right palm, courtesy of a spill from her bike on the way to practice Monday, came through with a match-high 16 kills (with a .444 hitting percentage) to go with seven digs. The Gauchos cruised in Game 2, 30-19. Long Beach played better in what proved to be the final game but UCSB was still in control while winning 30-25. “Santa Barbara played very, very well tonight as well as I’ve seen a Santa Barbara team play in a long time,” Gimmillaro said. Long Beach plays at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo tonight. Frank Burlison can be reached at Frank.Burlison@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Hats off to Young and No. 2 Longhorns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 No. 4 Florida State 41, Wake Forest 24 : Drew Weatherford threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns as the Seminoles blew open a close game with three quick scores in the final quarter. Wake Forest (2-4, 1-2) closed to 20-17 on a 31-yard touchdown run by Chris Barclay, who finished with 125 yards. But the Seminoles scored three touchdowns in the next 9 minutes to take a 41-17 lead. Weatherford completed 20-of-31 passes and also scored on a 1-yard run. No. 5 Georgia 27, No. 8 Tennessee 14 : Starting for the first time against a top-10 team, D.J. Shockley went 16 of 27 for 207 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards as the visiting Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC) won for the third straight time in Neyland Stadium. No. 16 Penn State 17, No. 6 Ohio State 10 : Michael Robinson and Derrick Williams ran for touchdowns less than three minutes apart in the second quarter, and Penn State’s defense did the rest for the Nittany Lions. The game was over, the “Eyes of Texas’ had been sung and Vince Young was still on the run. The Texas Longhorns (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) had finally beaten the Oklahoma Sooners stuck it to ’em, 45-12 and more than 30,000 people wearing burnt orange were on their feet turning five years of frustration into sheer joy. Young had as much to celebrate as anyone, so he whipped up a few more cheers by going along the stands slapping hands and posing for pictures. “We wanted them to feel everything we were feeling,” Young said. “It was a great moment for all of us.” Young showed the Sooners how much he’s developed since their last meeting, throwing three touchdown passes and guiding the No. 2 Longhorns to a victory with so many meaningful implications. No. 3 Virginia Tech 41, Marshall 14 : Branden Ore rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Hokies (6-0). Marcus Vick finished 11 for 16 for 163 yards and an interception. center_img The Buckeyes had 230 total yards with Troy Smith passing for 139. Penn State managed 195, Robinson passed for 78 and ran for 52. No. 9 Miami 52, Duke 7 : Kyle Wright threw for three touchdowns in a 5-minute span of the second quarter, and Tyrone Moss ran for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns. No. 11 LSU 34, Vanderbilt 6 : JaMarcus Russell threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns and Joseph Addai ran for 102 yards and a TD as the Tigers kept the Commodores from their best start since 1950. No. 13 Florida 35, Mississippi State 9 : Dallas Baker had a career-high 123 yards receiving and a touchdown, and the Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) rebounded from its first loss of the season. Northwestern 51, No. 14 Wisconsin 48 : Freshman Tyrell Sutton ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and Reggie McPherson’s interception sealed the victory. The Wildcats scored on seven straight possessions and finished with 674 yards of offense. No. 15 Texas Tech 34, Nebraska 31 : Cody Hodges tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Joel Filani with 12 seconds left for the victory. Taurean Henderson became Tech’s all-time leader in receptions. He caught six passes for 51 yards to raise his career total to 262, tying him for the NCAA record for receptions by a running back with Long Beach State’s Mark Templeton (1984-87). Henderson led Tech rushers with 50 yards on 11 carries. No. 25 Oregon 31, No. 17 Arizona St. 17: Kellen Clemens threw for 279 yards and Terrence Whitehead ran for 122 to lead the Ducks. Whitehead also caught nine passes for 100 yards for Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10). No. 18 Boston College 28, Virginia 17 : Quinton Porter threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Brian Toal scored on a pair of 1-yard dives. Minnesota 23, No. 21 Michigan 20 : Jason Giannini kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1 second left, helping the visiting Gophers snap a 16-game losing streak to the Wolverines. No. 23 Louisville 69, North Carolina 14 : Brian Brohm threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns for the visiting Cardinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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2019 Agriculture Challenges FAQ Webpage now live from OSU Extension

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Elizabeth Hawkins, Ohio State University ExtensionThe unrelenting rains this spring and summer have created many challenges that the farming community is now sorting through. In order to help with decisions, Ohio State University Extension has created a Frequently Asked Questions webpage. This page provides the most up-to-date answers to questions about topics ranging from the Market Facilitation Program and disaster payments to cover crops, forages, livestock concerns, management of crops that are out of sync with normal planting dates, as well as answers to more questions as information becomes available. There is also an option to submit questions that you would like answered. Webinars with more detailed information will also be shared at this site as well. The page is available at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis. Since the situation we are facing is constantly evolving, be sure to check back for the latest information available to help you.last_img read more

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Comparing The Top Smartphone Data Plans [Infographic]

first_imgTop image: Samsung Galaxy S4 by Dan Rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Carriers#smartphones Shopping for wireless data plans for your smartphone can be an exercise in banging your head against a wall. Over and over. Does AT&T have the fastest data? How much does Verizon charge for overages? Where, oh where, is my “unlimited” plan? Do these new T-Mobile plans save me money? Good luck figuring it all out. At the end of the day, your bill is probably not what you thought it was going to be anyway. But, there are general baselines that we can follow from carrier to carrier that can give us a good idea on where to start. WhistleOut, a website that tracks wireless plans among the top cellular carriers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, wants to make it easy for you. The WhistleOut team created an infographic that compares plans among the top U.S. carriers. Check it out below. dan rowinskilast_img read more

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Your Problem Is Not Quality. It’s Quantity.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now “I’m about quality, not quantity.”Quality isn’t really your problem. Your problem is you don’t have enough quality, and that means you have a quantity problem. Not enough quantity, not quality.“Yeah, but I don’t want to bang out calls to people who aren’t good prospects. I am not a telemarketer.”Good. Then bang out calls to people who are good prospects. You know who your dream clients are. You know your competitor’s clients. Spend your time calling the contacts who should be working with you, the ones who will benefit massively from what you sell.“Those clients already have someone that they’re working with, and it’s hard to displace them. I want to do something easier than that.”Right. That’s why you are pursuing them. And that is why they are pursuing your clients. The best time to nurture those relationships and pursue their business was 24 months ago. The second best time is today. If you want to make selling easy, do what needs to be done before it needs to be done.“If marketing provided me with ready-to-close leads, I could easily make my number. I am great when I am in front of the client.”Are you in front of enough clients? No? Then you have a quantity problem. You are not doing enough work, or you aren’t doing the work with a great enough effectiveness to produce the results you need.There is no choice between quality and quantity. The two ideas are not—and cannot be—mutually exclusive. That is a false dichotomy. You need quality opportunities, and you need enough of them to be able to reach your goals. If you don’t have enough opportunities, that isn’t a quality problem; it is most definitely a quantity problem. Increasing the quality of your opportunities does nothing to close the gap between the opportunities you need and the number of opportunities you have now.Photo credit: Stephanie Overton Identities via photopin (license).last_img read more

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