Portugal 1-0 Scotland: Scots suffer another huge blow in Euro 2022 qualification bid


Erin Cuthbert’s deflected shot late on failed to offer up an equaliser

Scotland suffered another huge blow to their Women’s Euro 2022 qualification hopes after Portugal inflicted a second-straight defeat in Lisbon.

Both sides failed to make the most of their first-half chances before static defending allowed Ana Borges to net an unlikely second-half winner.

The Scots, without head coach Shelley Kerr who is self-isolating, were unable to make their late pressure count.

Scotland are third, four points behind Portugal and Finland.

The Finns, who defeated Scotland 1-0 last month, will host Kerr’s side in what is a must-win game in Group E game on Tuesday.

It was a game of great importance for the Scots but the preparation was far from ideal with boss Kerr told on Monday she had to self isolate following a Covid-19 outbreak with the men’s Under-21 squad.

Still, the Scots had the majority of possession early in the game, and they should have made their dominance count as Jen Beattie failed to divert a close-range header on target before Diana Silva spurned an effort at the other end by volleying straight at Lee Alexander from the edge of the box.

Erin Cuthbert then had a chance to test Patricia Morais in the Portugal goal after a lovely bit of skill to get into the box, but the Chelsea star lashed her effort wide of the near post before Kim Little curled over after a neat turn in the area.

Portugal began to dominate towards the end of the first half, and keeper Alexander breathed a sigh of relief as she spilled an effort from Silva before smothering a rebound effort from Claudia Neto.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot. Neto forced Alexander into a save before Scotland started to crank up the pressure as Kirsty Hanson’s cross from the left was almost diverted in off Silvia Rebelo.

However, it would be the hosts who opened the scoring as static defending from the Scots allowed Tatiana Pinto to clip a perfectly-timed ball in behind the visitors’ backline to Borges who finished low under the sprawling Alexander.

The Scots responded well as neat build-up in the area gave Hanson a sight of goal, but her strike was saved well by Morais before Martha Thomas forced the Portugal keeper into another close-range stop.

Beattie again failed to divert a header on target in the closing stages as the last real opening fell to Cuthbert, whose deflected strike was held well by Morias.

Scotland, who have qualified for the last two major tournaments, now have it all to do with three games remaining if they are to make it a hat-trick.

Group E

Player of the match – Caroline Weir

Caroline Weir
Scotland’s forward play failed to offer sharpness, but Caroline Weir was a constant threat from out wide.

What’s next?

Scotland have it all to do in their quest to qualify for Euro 2022 as they welcome Group E leaders Finland to Easter Road on Tuesday (19:30 GMT).





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It’s the famous Magpie Army, through no fault of its own, that may suffer the most


For a club that proudly claims to stand SIDE BY SIDE, Collingwood has done anything but.

They have mistreated a group of star players and treated its fans like fools this past fortnight.

Last week, coach Nathan Buckley tweeted angrily in response to a concerning report out of the Magpies. He denied having a conversation with midfielder Adam Treloar about moving him on.

“The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters. We’ll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with Adz and his management,” the statement read.

Well, one week later, Treloar is gone for a bag of chips and Collingwood is paying for him to play for another club for the next five years.

It’s clear now – if you believe the other young star who was shipped out in the garage sale yesterday – Jaidyn Stephenson – that the club didn’t deal with him sensitively.

He was traded to North Melbourne yesterday – also for a bag of chips – and here is how the club communicated with him during this difficult time.

“My manager came to me and then I heard nothing from the club,” the 2018 Rising Star said.

“I gave Bucks a call myself to see what was going on and how it was, and he just pretty much said, ‘mate, look for a trade as aggressively as you want and we’ll try to facilitate it’.

“There wasn’t a very clear reasoning or anything, but I think it’s all worked out for the best.”

Stephenson also admitted that Buckley was the only senior Collingwood figure that he spoke to. And it was him, a 21-year-old, who is entering only his fourth season, being forced to initiate that uncomfortable situation.

In 2018, the Collingwood Football Club celebrated its brightest star and AFL Rising Star winner Jaidyn Stephenson by wheeling him out on all the membership packages.

12 months later, they handed him a lucrative four-year contract.

Yesterday, they gifted him to North Melbourne.

Most of us can understand mistakes in any field, particularly if the person or club that has made them confronts it and acknowledges it.

The most difficult thing out of Collingwood’s garage sale is that they aren’t being up front with the hundreds of thousands of Collingwood members who have supported the club financially in their most difficult year.

Everyone knows it was an exploding salary cap that has forced these decisions upon the club, however the Magpies just won’t admit it.

The architect behind the Collingwood sell-off is list boss Ned Guy. He spoke unconvincingly yesterday when he was quizzed on the health of the salary cap.

In part, he denied that there was any issues with the salary cap and this fire sale, or garage sale, was designed about improving their list.

Not sure most Collingwood fans would stomach that.

“We want to go to the draft and improve our list” is obviously going to be the party line the club agreed to wheel out publicly. They’d be better served by calling it for what it is.

Collingwood got weaker, the opposition got stronger and your members are hurting.
They still have enough talent, experience and star power on their list to be highly competitive again next year, however, premierships are so hard to win.

To achieve it, as highlighted by Richmond and the dynasties before them, the culture of the club needs to be rock solid with complete buy-in from the players, coaches and staff.

It remains to be seen the damage that’s been done at the Magpies in the last fortnight but my guess is it will be significant.

It’s the famous Magpie Army, through no fault of its own, that may suffer the most.







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Queensland Maroons suffer another blow after Xavier Coates injured at training


Queensland officials will assess Coates on Monday and his potential omission would be a huge blow for the Maroons, which were set to use his aerial prowess as an attacking threat against red hot favourites NSW.

Asked about the Coates injury, Queensland rookie Brenko Lee said: “I didn’t think it was bad. You know when it’s bad when someone’s screaming and they don’t want anyone around, but he just said it was a bit numb.

You know when it’s bad when someone’s screaming and they don’t want anyone around, but he just said it was a bit numb

Brenko Lee

“I’ve got full faith in Wayne [Bennett] and the medical staff to make the right call. I think the big fella will be right. If not, whoever comes in will do their best for the state.”

Bennett is set to elevate Panthers utility Kurt Capewell, named as 18th man when the squads were announced last week, into his starting team to help provide defensive steel in the outside backs. Capewell is poised to play centre with Titans flyer Phillip Sami likely to drop out of the 17.

But Sami would make a swift return if Coates is not considered fit for the Adelaide match.

“I didn’t even see him go down,” Queensland prop Josh Papalii said. “I was in the middle and it was frantic there so I didn’t have time to look out on the wing. Xavier is a big boy and I’m excited to see how he goes … hopefully he is alright.”

Hurt: Winger Xavier Coates went down with a shoulder injury on Sunday.Credit:Getty

Coates has only played 15 NRL games for the Broncos in his short NRL career, debuting just days before last year’s series deciding match at ANZ Stadium.

NSW were heavy $1.37 favourites with Sportsbet for the first match of the series, with Queensland the $3.10 outsiders on Sunday.



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‘Gutted’ Wallabies suffer biggest loss to All Blacks in 117 years as Bledisloe dreams dashed


The six-tries-to-one thrashing will go down as Australia’s darkest night against the Kiwis, topping the 43-6 defeat in Wellington in 1996. Talk about a turnaround from last year’s 47-26 triumph in Perth.

“We were poles apart tonight,” Rennie said. “You can’t turn over the ball as often as we did. They put a lot of pressure on us defensively. We’ve got to give them credit, I thought they were really sharp and clinical. Their skill set was outstanding in these conditions. They had a really smart kicking game they implemented well. I thought they were top notch and we were a long way off tonight and it’s reflected in the score.

‘I thought they [All Blacks] were top notch and we were a long way off.’

Dave Rennie

“There was a gulf between the performances tonight.”

There is just something about Bledisloe matches and the city of Sydney that doesn’t marry up with the Wallabies. First halves too, have been particularly ugly. In 2016, Australia trailed 32-3 and a year later found themselves down 40-6 at the main break. This time, they trudged into the sheds down 26-0 and looked bereft of answers as the All Blacks sliced through at ease.

In the last six first halves against the All Blacks in Sydney, Australia had scored a total of 21 points, and this latest performance was right down the bottom of the barrel, even by Sydney standards.

“At half-time we were just talking about trying to build some pressure,” Rennie said. “We’re gutted about the result.”

Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks scores a try.

Rieko Ioane of the All Blacks scores a try.Credit:Getty

Wallabies halfback Nic White was shellshocked during a half-time interview and couldn’t bring himself to pay the All Blacks the credit they deserved for executing a more astute game plan in the wet conditions.

“No disrespect but they haven’t done a whole lot,” White said on Fox Sports. “It’s just been all our mistakes. We’ve gifted them points … we’re making too many simple errors.”

The last Wallabies No.10 to win on Test debut against the All Blacks was Rod Kafer and while Noah Lolesio would have gone to bed dreaming of emulating the former Brumbies playmaker, his night was largely one to forget.

Replacing the injured James O’Connor, the 20-year-old struggled to find his rhythm early in the game and, while defending at fullback, failed to wrap up Richie Mo’ounga in the lead-up to both of the man-of-the-match’s two tries.

Jordie Barrett makes a break to score a try at ANZ Stadium.

Jordie Barrett makes a break to score a try at ANZ Stadium.Credit:Getty

Lolesio did cross in the 42nd minute but his night was summed up in the 60th minute, when his kick for touch went dead at a moment when Australia desperately needed favourable field position to come away with points.

He came from the field in the 64th minute, due to cramping according to Rennie, with question marks over whether he had been thrown into the deep end too soon at this level.

“We’re not looking to throw Noah under the bus,” Rennie said. “We battled all over the place.

“He’ll be happy to get one under his belt. He didn’t get a hell of a lot of front-foot ball did he. He’ll learn a lot from that.”

Fellow debutant Irae Simone was quiet at No.12, while Jordan Petaia was one of Australia’s best in a losing cause.

Inexperience came back to bite the Wallabies as Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett showed why they are a class above, particularly when the latter chipped over the top and his No.10 regathered and streaked away for a superb try.

Six days earlier at the same venue, the Penrith Panthers trailed the Melbourne Storm 26-0 and mounted a spirited comeback, yet there was none of the same for the men in gold who turned the ball over 17 times to New Zealand’s nine.

Pre-match, Filipo Daugunu said his intention was to “smash” Caleb Clarke. The winger’s words came back haunt him when his first tackle on the All Blacks wrecking ball went completely wrong.

Daugunu was yellow carded in the third minute for hitting Clarke while he was in the air and, like they do so often, New Zealand swooped to score shortly after courtesy of prop Karl Tu’inukuafe.

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From knocking on, to throwing the ball out, Daugunu was lucky not to be hooked at half-time. It will be an ugly Monday video review session in Cessnock.

The damage of Daugunu’s sideline spell was diminished slightly when Jordie Barrett was also sent for a 10-minute break after a high shot into contact on Dane Haylett-Petty.

With a mountain of territory and possession, the All Blacks were unlucky not to come away with a couple of tries as Dane Coles and Clarke were denied points – once through a knock-on and the other due to a special covering tackle from Marika Koroibete that brought back memories of George Gregan’s tackle on Jeff Wilson in 1994.

Three five-pointers though between the 21st and 30th minute sucked the life out of the Wallabies and once again, gave Sydney rugby fans little to cheer about.

“We came up against a really slick outfit tonight,” Hooper said. “To give them the ball [so often] … it’s just not up to a standard where we need to be and you get punished for that sort of stuff. We made some little inroads, turned the ball over and all of a sudden you’re under pressure and it’s hard to gain back momentum when you’re facing that.”

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Grand Final carnage as two players suffer early injuries


Both Gary Ablett and Nick Vlastuin came off the field within minutes of the 2020 AFL Grand Final beginning.

In a sickening incident, an accidental elbow from Patrick Dangerfield concussed Vlastuin, who was stretched off the field.

Meanwhile, Ablett’s final career started in most heartbreaking of circumstances, with the Cats great coming from the field clutching his left shoulder after a Trent Cotchin tackle.

“This is a massive start to the match,” Terry Wallace said on AFL Nation.

“Huge consequences for both sides.”

Ablett returned to the ground later in the first term.









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9 Family Members Suffer Burn Injuries In Dispute Between Man, Wife: Madhya Pradesh Cops


Exact cause behind incident will be known after a detailed probe, police said (Representational)

Guna, Madhya Pradesh:

Nine members of a family, including a five-year-old boy, sustained serious burn injuries following a dispute involving the relatives of a married couple in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, a police official said on Tuesday.

The incident took place in the evening when Jitendra Kevat, along with his family members, went to his wife’s house to resolve a dispute between them.

Mr Kevat is a resident of Bidouria village, police station in-charge Madan Mohan Malviya said.

Initial reports suggested that following a verbal spat between the two sides, nine persons were set ablaze, he said.

However, the exact cause behind the incident will be known after a detailed probe, the police official said.

The injured persons were admitted to the district hospital, where the condition of the five-year-old boy was stated to be critical, he added.



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Too ‘UNFASHIONABLE’ to help? Poor white children fall behind in UK schools and may suffer biggest Covid-19 hit, experts warn MPs — RT UK News



White children from poor or working-class backgrounds are falling behind their peers from other ethnic groups in educational achievement, and they face the worst prospects for economic advancement, experts told UK lawmakers.

Efforts to raise educational standards tend to be aimed at minority students, dimming prospects for white children to catch up, according to reports sent to a Parliamentary committee that is investigating issues faced by disadvantaged groups.

The struggles of poor white children tend to be neglected because they are seen as “unfashionable” and “not worthy” of helping, the UK Daily Mail cited an Oxford University professor Peter Edwards as saying. Raising such concerns is “taboo” in academia, he said.

Researchers found that working-class whites also figure to be hit hardest by fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, and Exeter University professor Lee Elliot Major said they face “permanent educational and economic scarring.”




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White children whose families are poor enough for them to receive free school meals are underperforming their peers academically and have only a one in 10 chance of attending university, according to the UK’s Centre for Education and Youth. By comparison, in the same low-income group, three in 10 children of Black Caribbean ethnic backgrounds and five in 10 of Bangladeshi ethnicity make it to college. Nearly seven in 10 ethnic Chinese children who receive free school meals attend university.

Despite the plight of white students, government and private education programs target large cities with ethnically diverse populations and, in the case of some charities, require that beneficiaries be non-white.

Working-class white boys, in particular, are at the bottom of the heap when it comes to educational assistance, Edwards told the Daily Mail. Neglect of those children not only means their potential will go untapped, he said, but also will have a destabilizing effect on “the very fabric of the country.”

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Women’s Super League: Foreign stars raise bar but will English youngsters suffer?


The United States’ Sam Mewis, France’s Valerie Gauvin and Denmark’s Pernille Harder are among the 50 non-English players to sign for WSL clubs so far this summer

The 2020 summer transfer window was like no other in women’s football history with a huge array of international players signing for Women’s Super League clubs prior to Thursday’s deadline. The window shut at 17:00 BST for domestic deals.

To many, it’s a mark of the league’s success and growing global appeal, epitomised by the fact that the two Manchester clubs have, between them, signed four members of the United States’ World Cup-winning squad, while Chelsea have acquired arguably Europe’s best player – Pernille Harder from Wolfsburg.

Yet of the 73 new signings made by WSL clubs this summer, just 23 have been English.

While the overseas arrivals will excite fans and surely boost the league’s profile, how badly will the influx of foreign stars limit the first-team opportunities given to young English talent?

Where are this summer’s WSL signings from?

Despite the WSL transfer window for domestic deals being closed, international deals can still be made until 00:00 BST on Friday.

No fewer than 21 nationalities are represented in the signings made so far this summer by WSL clubs:

  • 23 English players
  • Six Australians
  • Six Scots
  • Five Germans
  • Four from the United States
  • Four from Denmark
  • Three from Norway
  • Two from each of Canada, France, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Wales
  • And one from each of the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

In total, 34 are from the United Kingdom and 39 (53.4%) are not, while 57 are from Europe and 16 (21.9%) are from further afield.

The new arrivals from all over the globe have undoubtedly helped the WSL secure new broadcasting deals in Germany, Italy and the United States, to add to existing deals in Scandinavia, Central America and Australia.

Is the WSL now the best league in the world?

This summer’s big-name foreign arrivals have followed quickly after last winter’s signing of Australia captain Sam Kerr by Chelsea. More and more top players now choosing the WSL, when previously it was the American clubs, plus European champions Lyon, who seemed to have a monopoly on the best talent.

So why do so many players now feel that England is the place for them?

France’s attacking midfielder Kenza Dali, who joined West Ham United in 2019, said: “Everyone wants to play in England.

“I mean, the league is going to be really hard. When you play in the French league, you already know you’re going to have two levels: Lyon, PSG, Montpellier and the rest. In England it is completely different.

“Every game is really hard and as a player you are looking for a league like this. You don’t know who is going to win the league or who is going to be last.

“When you speak to a male player, they want to play in England and it’s starting to be the same with the women.”

When asked why she moved to the WSL, Australia midfielder Ella Mastrantonio – a new signing for Bristol City – said: “Europe is really booming for women’s football right now and I think the WSL is one of, if not the best league in the world.

“Just look at all the signings that are coming over, all the best players in the world are attracted to the league.”

Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Rose Lavelle, Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema (left to right)
In Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Rose Lavelle, Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema (left to right), five of the top 10 players listed in the Guardian’s ‘best 100 female footballers in the world from 2019’ now play in the WSL

Impact on English youngsters’ game time ‘inevitable’

But will the multitude of new arrivals have an impact on the amount of game time afforded to England-qualified players?

Asked if, despite boosting the league’s profile, the new overseas arrivals would take away opportunities for the development of young English talent, Aston Villa defender Anita Asante told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Absolutely, I think it will to some degree, I think that’s inevitable.

“The top clubs are driving the standards in terms of the professional game – you’re going to pull in the best talent across the world.

“It might make it a bit more challenging for those youth players to really get that first-team experience that players used to get.

“That’s a challenge and a balance that clubs are going to have to strike, depending on their own philosophy. Clubs aren’t always geared towards national team development either.”

The issue is one the Football Association are mindful of and it was confirmed on Wednesday that a new homegrown players quota has been agreed from the 2021-22 season, meaning that – from, next season – at least eight of a club’s 25-player squad must have spent at least three years training in England prior to their 21st birthday.

The FA hopes to increase that quota further in future years, however, no such rule will be in place this term and – even when it does come in to force – it will not stipulate the number of homegrown players who must feature in the matchday squad.

Asked whether she was concerned about the impact this summer’s non-English signings might have on young English players, Kelly Simmons, the FA’s director for the women’s professional game, replied: “It’s one to watch, for sure. It’s something that we’ve been talking to the clubs about and the board.

“We are increasing the number of loans, to give the clubs a chance, and that comes in this season, to make sure that young talent who are maybe not getting on [the pitch] can go out on loan and get key game time, which is so important for their development.

“We’re doing a review as well; we’ve got four pilot clubs where we are reviewing our player pathways. So, alongside rules, we’ve got to make sure we’re producing top, top talent, so we get this blend of English and [foreign] world-class talent.”

All figures are correct as of 17:00 BST on Thursday, 10 September, but do not take in to account any signings announced after this time. An earlier version of this article was published on 3 September.



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One in four Indigenous kids suffer hearing loss, program finds


Her adult daughter had otitis media as a child and now has 25 per cent hearing loss in one ear.

Ms Longbottom, an Aboriginal health practitioner at the Waminda Women’s Health Centre in Nowra, directs local families to the screening program to help their children avoid the same fate.

“This is an opportunity I want our people to take seriously because at the end of the day, our children’s hearing is affected and that does impact on their way of life,” she said.

Otitis media is caused when fluid builds up in the middle ear cavity and becomes infected. For most non-Indigenous children, it is readily treated without long-term effects.

An Indigenous child will typically endure middle ear infections for at least 32 months, compared with three months for a non-Indigenous child, from age two to 20 years, according to the Australian Medical Association.

Health experts say the condition is more likely to become chronic in Indigenous communities due to poverty, overcrowded housing and a mistrust of, or lack of access to, health services.

Hearing issues have become normalised in some communities, such as remote areas of the Northern Territory where a 2013 study found almost 90 per cent of Indigenous children under 3 had otitis media.

Kylie Christopher with her one-year-old daughter, Miamii, at Waminda Women’s Health Centre in Nowra. Credit:Rhett Wyman

The screening program, aimed at children under 5, works with local Aboriginal community-controlled health centres to monitor children and refer them for further medical treatment or speech pathology services where necessary.

Senior audiologist Sarah Love says the ultimate goal is to train Aboriginal health workers to conduct the hearing assessments themselves.

“If we can get the message out there with families that hearing health and ear health is really important for children’s lives and their performance at school, we expect that will make a huge difference to overall outcomes for Aboriginal children as they get older,” she said.



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Plan, or suffer network stagnation


With the sudden onset of COVID-19 and the resulting commercial impacts, I suspect many of us have forgotten this sage advice. I’m as guilty as anyone at the moment of being reactive in my business or having a shorter-term focus, with the view that this situation is temporary. This is particularly obvious in how we network and build connections.

From my recent research on networking in the pandemic, I discovered three signs of this reactivity. Firstly, we are spending much less time networking. Secondly, we are now more reliant on email to keep in touch, opting for the quickest, easiest and cheapest method. Thirdly, we are focusing our attention mainly on existing networks to the detriment of growing potential new networks.

Whilst it may seem easy, and tempting, to replace our previous networking activities with sending mass, impersonal emails to everyone in our contact list, or making phone calls to our key clients, it is not necessarily going to succeed if our goal is to develop and grow our relationships. In fact, it can be risky.

Take some time and consider your strategy. With the future so uncertain it can seem like a waste of time to strategise right now. But we still need goals and a way forward or we will stagnate. I suggest following the steps below to create a shorter-term plan, perhaps just three months, as a starting point.

1. Know your end-goal

What are your
goals from networking right now? Write them down and try to be as specific as
you can.

For example, do you want to maintain relationships with your top five clients, remain front of mind with senior leaders in your company, or do you want to re-connect with key contacts you have lost touch with. To what end? Is it to maintain your profile, or to keep the work you are getting now? Perhaps your end goal is to set yourself up so that the transition post-COVID-19 is easier.

2. Prioritise your contacts

Start by doing a
network audit and be somewhat ruthless. Ask yourself, who are the key people in
your network now? Who are the people you are regularly in contact with? Who are
the most helpful people in your network?

Those in your “A”
bucket will be the top priorities based on your goals. For example, if you want
to focus your time on your top 10 existing clients, they will go into your “A”
bucket. If you want to broaden your reach and grow your business, you may need
to identify some potential contacts that will be a focus for you.

Those in your “B”
bucket are still important but may not be as relevant or need as much of your
time right now. This doesn’t mean that they won’t move to the “A” bucket if
things change. Just remember, it’s not possible to connect with any of your
contacts in a quality way if you are trying to reach too many people.

3. Focus on how you will make it happen

Plan your tactics.
The initiatives you put in place to develop your relationships, maintain your
profile with your contacts and potentially grow your network will depend on
your goals and the priorities identified above. These need to be tailored to
the individuals and groups you want to connect with, and ideally personalised.

If you are finding your networking is stagnating, or you are not having the response you hoped, stop and take a moment to develop a strategy. It won’t take long, and you will be amazed at how it will inspire you to act and help you measure your success.

Lisa Butler, Managing Director, The Talea Group





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