Hurry Up Offense and Controlling the Clock

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now I am fascinated by football. I am spending more time watching games (both college and professional), and I am reading and studying to understand how championship teams are built—and sustained over time.Football is an excellent metaphor for the great game of business and sales. One of the variables I have noticed that is under appreciated is time.Hurry UpThe hurry up offense some teams prefer gives them a distinct competitive advantage by depriving their opponent of looking at their formation and making adjustments. In the terms of an OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act), the offense is depriving the defense of the opportunity to observe and orient because the fast tempo is eliminating the time.But there is something else about the hurry up offense: it compresses the time it takes to score. It provides speed to result. Like the psychological advantage gained by depriving the defense of making adjustments, scoring very quickly has to provide the additional competitive advantage of feeling like a loss of control, an inability to stop your opponent.In business, we tend to underestimate tempo. The word “hustle,” which causes some people to chafe due to the negative connotation of a “hustler” being one who takes advantage of another, really means to do your work with haste and pull results forward in time. There is every reason in business to produce better results faster. But like all things, there is another side.Slowing DownThere are other times when a team tries to slow things down, to control the tempo, to deprive your opponent of the opportunity to play offense. When this is the strategy, the offense does everything it can to take time off the clock, letting the play clock run down, keeping the ball on the ground and inbound to manage time. A team that doesn’t have the ball cannot put up points.Brent Adamson of CEB Gartner has shared research that suggests that of the total time a company spends considering a buying decision, about 18% of that time is spent with salespeople. If that’s an average, then half of the companies spend more than 18% and half spend less than that number with salespeople (which makes sense, especially if their sample included both transactional and strategic opportunities). CEB’s research suggested this time was often split between 3 different sales organizations, begging the question, “What percentage did you command?”Assuming all things being equal when it comes to sales abilities, more time with the people making decisions is better than less time. If you are commanding and controlling the time, you are likely depriving your competitors of time with your dream client.Time is too important a variable to ignore, and you can find a competitive advantage in managing the clock.last_img read more

Cherry Rondina, streaking Tigresses coping with Milena Alessandrini’s absence

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas has risen to the upper echelon six games into its campaign in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and its captain Cherry Rondina intends to keep the Golden Tigresses’ progress going.The Tigresses climbed the ladder on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre when they brushed off National University, 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, to tie defending champion De La Salle in the third spot with 4-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Mid-range game good enough for June Mar Fajardo, says Yeng Guiao Rondina, who had 16 points, said that with Alessandrini gone the rest of the team has to step up while also making a stand that the remaining players can fill in that void.“We’re staying on our goal and even though Milena’s gone we’re still here,” said Rondina. “We’re here to fill in the gap she left and we all trained in the same system so there’s no problem on that part.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Being third is a good position to be in but Rondina believes UST is better than that and she’s out to prove that the Golden Tigresses are among the league’s top teams.“I’m always positive and I always think to myself that we’re on top,” said Rondina in Filipino. “So what we have to do now is just talk to each other and continue what we’re doing. We just have to avoid the simple errors that we could have converted into a good action.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUST had a rough start this season after splitting its first four games and losing star spiker and reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini to a knee injury.But instead of crumbling amid adversity, the Golden Tigresses used Alessandrini’s absence as motivation and went on to notch their first string of successive wins this season. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Shahid Afridi’s Pakistan contract depends on performance, says Pakistan Cricket Board

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said the decision of awarding a central contract to veteran Shahid Afridi will be made after observing his performance.The PCB chief said despite the fact that Afridi didn’t take part in the fitness test arranged by the PCB due to some injury, “our main focus will be on his performance”. (Also read: Afridi, Hafeez refuse to attend Pakistan fitness camp)When asked if in the current situation will Afridi be automatically selected for a central contract like in the previous years, Shaharyar told The Dawn on Sunday, “this decision will be taken by the selection committee”.The current central contract awarded to players will end on June 30, 2016. Afridi is currently in the A category of players.The PCB chairman also announced that Intikhab Alam has been appointed team manager for the upcoming tour of England, “since he did a good job recently”.The decision about hiring a bowling coach will be taken after consultation with newly appointed head coach Mickey Arthur, while the future of batting coach Grant Flower and Grant Luden will also be decided once the PCB officials discuss the matter with Arthur after his arrival in Pakistan, said Shaharyar Khan.last_img read more

Rangers Alive, Beat Penguins, 5-1

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Martin St. Louis has only been in New York a few months.Still, the Rangers’ locker room feels like home, a sanctuary the veteran forward needed while trying to deal with one of the worst days of his life.Only hours removed from sitting with his family in Montreal trying to come to grips with the death of his mother, St. Louis was in Pittsburgh with his teammates for an emotional 5-1 victory in Game 5 that extended New York’s season and served as a fitting tribute to someone St. Louis called “the best human being I ever met.”“She was with me the whole way,” St. Louis said.St. Louis and his father talked about whether he should just stay in Canada to mourn. They both knew what France St. Louis would have said.“I owed it to her to do it,” St. Louis said. “I know she would have wanted me to play. I was a tough day for everyone, but we’ve got to keep pushing.”Now it’s on to Game 6 — Mother’s Day — for a series that suddenly looks competitive now that the Rangers have apparently solved their woes with the man advantage.Derick Brassard scored twice, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein added their first goals of the postseason for New York and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots.St. Louis had one shot in 16:19 of ice time, all of it with his mother in his thoughts. “She was with me the whole way, but this is probably the most comfortable place you can be as a hockey player,” he said.The Rangers certainly looked at ease while the Penguins failed to win a close-out game for the sixth time in their last seven chances on home ice. Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that allowed the Penguins to sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.“I don’t think there’s much good to take from it to be honest with you,” Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby said. “So I think we have to make sure we come with the right mindset going to New York. Whatever mindset we were tonight it wasn’t enough.”While Penguins coach Dan Bylsma stressed the importance of putting the Rangers away, the fire he was looking for from his bench came from the guys in white sweaters a couple stalls over.Pittsburgh committed a pair of sloppy penalties the Rangers finally turned into goals and couldn’t convert a lengthy 5-on-3 power play late in the second period as it tried to climb out of a three-goal deficit.“At the start I think we played like a team that looked like we had an automatic bid to the next round,” Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi said. “When it’s 2-0 right off the bat and you’re playing from behind it’s not easy.”Pittsburgh held the Rangers to a 15 shots in Game 4, a franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a playoff game. New York had 17 in the first period Friday night.Having its beleaguered power play finally look competent helped. The Rangers hadn’t scored with the man advantage since Game 2 of the first round, an 0-for-36 stretch that often featured disinterested or disorganized play by New York whenever an opposing player skated to the penalty box.Kreider ended the miserable run 9:36 into the first period after Pittsburgh defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was called for delay of game for lazily flipping a puck over the boards in the Penguins’ zone despite having no pressure on him.Playing in his second game after missing more than a month with a hand injury, Kreider threaded a rebound from the bottom of the left circle in a small hole between Fleury’s right pad and his blocker to give the Rangers their first lead in more than 180 minutes of play.Brassard made it 2-0 just over 5 minutes later, diving across the Pittsburgh crease to bang home Mats Zuccarello’s rebound.The Penguins seemed to regain their swagger in the second period and Malkin cut the lead in half at the end of a thrilling burst in which he beat two Rangers to the net and did a 360-degree spin before slipping his own rebound by Lundqvist.The momentum didn’t last. The Rangers scored twice in the second to make it 4-1 and Pittsburgh never threatened to make it close.Now it’s back to Madison Square as the Rangers try to win a series after trailing 3-1 for the first time in franchise history.(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohit Sharma should go out and express himself in Australia: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgRohit Sharma has played just 25 Test matches for India in a career that spans over a decade and in which, Rohit has produced seven 150 plus totals on one-day cricket. Rohit’s Test numbers have been an enigma of sorts for most.Rohit was picked in the Indian Test squad for their South Africa tour earlier this year where he got to play two matches before being dropped. He was then left out of Test squads for series against England and West Indies. Following calls for Rohit’s inclusion in the Test squad, he was picked for the Australia tour.That Rohit Sharma has some unfinished business in the longest format of the game, is an understatement.Sachin Tendulkar is hopeful that the upcoming tour of Australia could be the one big opportunity that Rohit needed.”Rohit has played a couple of big innings in Test cricket but his away from home form is something he needs to work on. I am sure he knows it, he realises that. I think it’s wide open now because it’s a great platform where he can go out and express himself. The Australian pitches where there is bounce and pace will suit Rohit’s style of play,” Tendulkar told India Today at the sidelines of Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy cricket camp.Also read – Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India Test squad for Australia tourTendulkar had famously tipped Rohit and Virat Kohli to be the ones to take the batting mantle for India from him post retirement.advertisementKohli, with his stunning run of form across formats, has made Tendulkar’s prophecy come true. Kohli’s average is touching 60 in one-day cricket, it is close to 55 in Test cricket and just below 50 in international T20s. Kohli threatens to get past many of Tendulkar’s records that appeared non-surmountable at one point of time. Tendulkar, however, was not keen on comparisons and felt different generations cannot be compared.”Even when I played, I thought there should not be any comparisons. Generations should be judged differently, the game changes. The game of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s was all different. The numbers and figures will continue to change. 220 used to be a safe total, today 320 is not a safe total. The conditions change, the pitches, rules, quality of play all change. There are lot of factors,” Tendulkar said.”But his hunger for runs is so good, I hope it continues. The way he is scoring, the way I have seen him develop, it’s a joy to watch him,” Tendulkar added.Also read – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runsOn being asked if the best of Kohli is still to come, Tendulkar said till the time one is playing cricket, he needs to be hungry and Kohli, he felt, had that hunger.”The way I approached, I always felt that there is room for improvement. And that journey is a never ending journey. Till the time you are playing cricket you are always a student of the game. Once you are a student, that capacity to grasp things has to stay. You have to be hungry and as much as I know Virat, he is still hungry,” Tendulkar observed.The upcoming tour of Australia is not just an opportunity for Rohit and Kohli but for Team India to crack the Australian code in Test cricket down under.”Australia is not like the Australian teams I have seen. They are looking at rebuilding their side. Without Warner and Smith, it’s a big vaccum to fill for them. This is a great chance for India to grab that opportunity. I am hoping that the team will travel well and do something that we can be proud of,” Tendulkar signed off.(Edited by Abreshmina S Quadri)last_img read more

Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-Haq

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 23:22 IST Pakistan’s former cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB has appointed Misbah-ul-Haq and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year periodMisbah felt this new system of selection would create a strong connection between the domestic and international cricketBoard has also asked Misbah to work as coach during the coming edition of the Pakistan Super LeagueThe dressing room culture needs a complete overhaul and the revamp of cricket structure in the country will take some time, emphasised the newly-appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.Misbah, the most successful Pakistan Test captain, was also handed the role of chief selector.”As a coach, or a leader, what one wants is to have such a great team that they instantly dominate the match and put pressure on the opposition. But that is the ideal situation. In real life one has to strategies based on the kind of players available, I will be doing the same,” Misbah said.”Of course, the ultimate goal is to have a very strong team at the end but we have to begin with what we have. The revamping of the cricket structure will take some time,” Misbah added.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Misbah and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year period.The Board has also asked Misbah to work as coach during the coming edition of the Pakistan Super League and he will be paid the same salary what outgoing coach Mickey Arthur drew.”I want our cricketers to play intelligently, smartly and fearlessly. I am aware this will require a change in the dressing room culture but if we have to compete consistently at the highest level, we have to embrace these modern day requirements,” said Misbah, who is expected to be paid USD 18,000 per month.The selection committee will have six other members the head coaches of provincial cricket associations in the new domestic structure.advertisementThe six coaches are former Test players, Arshad Khan, Azam Khan, Ijaz Ahmed junior, Kabir Khan, Muhammad Wasim and Abdul Rehman who has not played international cricket but is one of the most successful coaches at domestic level and in PSL.Misbah felt this new system of selection would create a strong connection between the domestic and international cricket which has been missing for the past many years.The former test captain said he was aware that expectations would be high from new management but he was confident he could work well with some of the most talented and exciting cricketers in Pakistan.”If I was not ready for this challenge I would not have thrown my name in the ring for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.”Misbah and Waqar have worked together in the past when the former was the Pakistan captain and the latter was the head coach.”I am excited to once again have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Waqar Younis in my corner as a bowling coach. We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern day stars,” said Misbah.The Misbah-Waqar duo’s first test will be the upcoming One-day International and Twenty20 home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9.Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Waqar Younis appointed as bowling coachAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan cricket Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-HaqThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Misbah and former pacer Waqar Younis as bowling coach for a three-year period.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Province Aims To Improve New Home Energy Efficiency

first_imgThe province wants to make all new homes more energy efficient. A proposal to increase the energy efficiency standards in new houses was released today, Jan. 16, by Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, at the ENERHouse 2007 conference in Halifax. “The houses we build today will have the same energy requirements 15, 30, even 50 years down the road,” said Mr. Dooks. “We can help consumers save on long-term energy costs and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by improving our energy building codes today.” Under the proposed “80 by ’11” initiative, new homes could be required to display an EnerGuide rating by 2008. The EnerGuide rating system is measured on a scale of 1 to 100. No minimum standards exist, but the average energy rating of a home in Nova Scotia is 67. Beginning in 2009, all new homes could be required to achieve an energy rating of 72. In 2010, the minimum rating would increase to 77. In 2011, the minimum would be 80. Industry consultations will begin in February to review government’s proposed energy efficiency standards. “This approach could allow homebuilders, consumers, and government to improve the energy standards in new houses in a way that is both gradual and achievable,” said Heather Foley Melvin, chief executive officer of Conserve Nova Scotia. “Both consumers and the environment will benefit from these proposed changes.” Improving the energy codes to an EnerGuide 80 rating could save consumers up to $900 annually in energy costs. It could also prevent more than 5.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions for every new home built to this standard. “Conserve Nova Scotia’s commitment to the EnerGuide for New Houses program will change the face of new home construction in the province by making energy efficiency a priority,” said Paul Pettipas, chief executive officer of Nova Scotia Homebuilders’ Association. “It will impact homeowners through the savings they receive on energy costs, and the environment by the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — a win-win situation.” To encourage consumers to build homes to an EnerGuide 80 rating before 2011, Conserve Nova Scotia will offer a $500 incentive through the EnerGuide for New Houses program. Homes in the EnerGuide for New Houses program get a maximum $350-plus-tax rebate if it achieves an EnerGuide rating of 77. The rebate covers the cost of the home energy evaluation. Combined, consumers could more than $850 in rebates in addition to the permanent annual energy savings. To participate in the EnerGuide for New Houses program, visit www.nshba.ns.ca/energuide.html or www.conservens.ca or call 1-800-668-2001.last_img read more

Poojas fleeting tryst with Richardson

first_imgMumbai: Actor Pooja Hegde says getting shot by Academy Award wining cinematographer Robert Richardson was an iconic moment in her life. Richardson took charge of the camera for some shots of her South Indian project Valmiki when he visited the sets during his trip to India a while back. “I’ve absolutely loved his work and I’m a very big fan. After watching Hugo, I thought, ‘wow what amazing cinematography’. I feel privileged because this is the man who has shot with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, and he was on our set rolling a shot for us. It’s such a privilege,” Pooja said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I think he’s a really fun person. He’s so vocal about his opinions and is really funny. His sense of humour is really great. He is the man who has shot with Margot Robbie and now I’m the next girl in front of his camera! He is the man who has just shot Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and would have been like ‘Leo just move a little right of the camera’ and now he was like, ‘Pooja move little right of the camera’…That’s quite an iconic moment for me,” she added.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales climbed 15 per cent in October

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales increased 1.5 per cent to $63 billion in October, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector.The increase more than offset a 1.1 per cent drop in September.The agency says gains were made in six of seven subsectors, while wholesale sales in volume terms gained 1.2 per cent.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector reported the largest increase in dollar terms for the month as sales climbed 5.2 per cent to $12.7 billion.The personal and household goods subsector rose 3.4 per cent to $8.9 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector was the only group to fall as it slipped 2.3 per cent to $11.8 billion.last_img read more

UN mission continues efforts to bring home East Timors refugees

The group was welcomed at the border town of Batugade, Bobonaro District, by UNTAET Chief of Staff N. Parameswaran, independence leader Xanana Gusmão, Prosecutor General Longuinhos Monteiro and dozens of the refugees’ relatives.The family members travelled from Aileu and Manatuto Districts for the meeting at the border, and will now accompany some of the refugees to their hometowns for a three-day visit. Many of the refugees have already decided not to return to the camps in West Timor, Indonesia, according to UNTAET.The meeting was coordinated by UNTAET, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of the Mission’s efforts to bring refugees back.A similar visit took place in December 2000, when a group of more than 150 refugees from West Timor camps visited East Timor for one-month during the Christmas holidays, UNTAET said. The majority of them have since then returned to East Timor. Over the past two years, dozens of smaller visits have also been organized. read more

Ohio State baseball hopes to carry 4game winning streak into series with

OSU senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff (32) takes a cut during a game against Hofstra on March 18. OSU won 12-1.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterAfter winning its first Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team (16-7-1, 2-1) took care of business against two nonconference opponents: Ohio University and Toledo. Now, the Buckeyes are looking ahead to a weekend series against Bethune-Cookman (11-15).The Buckeyes, winners of 16 consecutive midweek games, have done an excellent job protecting the home turf against these teams. For OSU coach Greg Beals, part of what makes those wins so special is that they have come against teams from Ohio.“Well the thing I like about that midweek streak is the fact that we’re playing a lot of other schools,” Beals said. “They come in here and it’s a really big game and we’re defending the T-H-E and a lot of places don’t like the T-H-E on The Ohio State University, but it’s something that it’s our responsibility to defend it.”Scouting Bethune-CookmanThe 2016 season has not been so terrible for Bethune-Cookman, but it certainly could have started better. The Wildcats are 6-4 in their past 10 games, a span that has included a one-run loss to No. 4 Miami (Fla.), but also a 21-8 throttling courtesy of Florida International (13-15).The pitching has been the Achilles’ heel for the Wildcats this season. They do not have a starting pitcher with an ERA below 4.50 and own a miserable team ERA of 5.62. While Bethune-Cookman has struggled on the mound, hitting has not been nearly as much of a concern. The Wildcats are batting .260 with 19 home runs as a team. The major force in their lineup is junior catcher Michael Cruz, who through 90 at-bats has a .333 batting average with nine home runs. Up and down the lineup, the Wildcats have players who can hit the ball with some authority, but Beals said he believes OSU can keep up its winning ways of late.“I think our pitchers need to stick to the gameplan and execute the gameplan, and that’s pitch the bottom of the zone,” Beals said. “I’d like to see us click a little more (on offense) and have a 12-, 13- or 14-hit night where we get contributions from up and down the lineup and a little more steady than we’ve been.”Fearsome foursomeOne would be hard pressed to find a more dangerous top four hitters in college baseball than the quartet starting things off for the Buckeyes. The table-setter, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery, currently has the most walks in the Big Ten with 26 and is sixth in on-base percentage (.490). The No. 2 hitter, redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic, is second in home runs with eight already; the No. 3 hitter, junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson, owns a .557 slugging percentage, good for 10th in the Big Ten. The cleanup hitter, senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, is first in hits with 40 and second in batting average (.417). Even with the recent success, Bosiokovic, who has hit a home run in three straight games, said he still wants to keep his approach simple.“I’m seeing it pretty well right now, but it’s just baseball,” Bosiokovic said. “The first weekend I had those home runs and then next week, I had one hit so it’s really just taking each at-bat and each pitch for what it is and tracking the ball and just trying to put a good swing on it.”Part of what has made this team so successful has not only been the outstanding hitting at the top of the lineup, but steady contributions from every player on the team. Against Toledo, senior shortstop Craig Nennig (batting ninth) went 2-for-5 with a home run. Junior left-handed pitcher Joe Stoll came in and provided the Buckeyes with four lockdown innings in relief.When looking at the past couple of wins for the Buckeyes, Beals said he knows that the bench, bullpen and bottom of the order have been crucial to the success of this team.“It’s the bullpen, it’s the bench guys, it’s the fact that we’ve got talent up and down the line,” Beals said. “We pinch hit twice last night, pinch ran twice last night, had a defensive switch, and we were able to do some things and the talent on our ball club is what allows (me) to make those decisions.”Staying hotNow riding a four-game winning streak, it will be important for the Buckeyes to keep things rolling against the Wildcats. Despite his team having played two games already this week, Beals said he is certain that his team will be ready to go against Bethune-Cookman.“These guys all have the ambition of playing professionally, and when you play professionally, you play every day,” Beals said. “I think this is what they train for, and I think this is what we train them for, and this is what they’re expectation is and when players get going in the sport of baseball, more than any other sports, it’s a rhythm, so once they get going and get feeling good, they want to play and they want to play almost every day.”The series against Bethune-Cookman is scheduled to begin Friday at 6:35 p.m. with junior lefty Tanner Tully set to take the bump for the Buckeyes. Redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer and senior left-hander John Havird are set to follow him up on Saturday and Sunday. read more

After 120 years Country Life swaps famous Girl in Pearls fora man

first_imgThis week’s magazine Priced at sixpence, the very first edition of the magazine did not record why the Earl had been chosen.Since then, the frontispiece page quickly became the home of Britain’s young aristocratic women, nicknamed Girls in Pearls for the commonly-seen accessory of choice.Only a handful of men have graced the page in the last 120 years, with members of the Royal family occasionally being permitted a guest slot along with Sir Winston Churchill and, once, a horse.This week, Viscount Andover and his children the Hon Eloise Howard and the Hon Arthur Howard, of Charlton Park, Wiltshire, will appear opposite their ancestor. This week's magazine starring Viscount Andover This week's magazine The 18th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who graced the very first frontispiece Since 1897, thousands of young women have graced its pages to announce engagements, graduations or their coming-of-age.But this week, Country Life will offer a rarely-seen species on its famous “girls in pearls” page: a man.The magazine is to celebrate its 120th anniversary year with a photograph of Viscount Andover, the great-great-grandson of its first ever frontispiece star, the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire.The 18th Earl appeared in Country Life on January 8, 1897, in a solemn black-and-white photograph, sitting in a leather armchair with a pocketwatch and book. The 18th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, who graced the very first frontispiece This week’s magazine starring Viscount Andover Mark Hedges, editor of Country Life, said: “We are delighted that Viscount Andover and his children agreed to be photographed for our famous Frontispiece, which has been an iconic and notable page of the magazine ever since the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire first graced it 120 years ago.”Previous male stars include the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who were both photographed on the occasion of their 18th birthdays, and the Prince of Wales who was pictured in the Highgrove garden for his 50th. In 1937, Neville Chamberlain, the then-Prime Minister, provided a holiday photograph of himself fishing and a shot of Lord Burghley in 1931 captured him leaping over hurdles.Sir Winston Churchill appeared posthumously, in a 1965 black-and-white photograph in his study published the week after his death.The new Country Life, starring the 18th Earl and Viscount Andover, is out now. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Over 30000 tonnes of fodder delivered to struggling farmers

first_imgMINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Simon Coveney had said that some 2,000 loads of imported fodder have been transported to farms suffering food shortages as part of a scheme that has been running over the last number of weeks.The Fodder Transport Scheme was extended by a further two weeks on 10 May and the fund for the transport subsidy was doubled to €2 million following discussions with Met Éireann, Teagasc and officials working on the ground.Today Coveney said that by the end of the week over 30,000 tonnes of fodder will have been transported to farms suffering shortages due to our harsh winter this year. He also announced that “as an exceptional measure”, any definite purchases that have been placed by this Friday and will be delivered during the following week will also be included under the scheme.The minister explained that those wishing to avail of this option would have to submit documentary and financial evidence of firm purchases to his department, by close of business this coming Friday.Where the department is satisfied with the documentation submitted, it will grant approval to cover that fodder under the scheme provided it is delivered during the following week.Though there has been a slight improvement in the overall weather conditions in the east and south of the country there was considerable rain in the west and north-west over the weekend.Coveney said that while the forecast for the next week is more positive, and the department is focusing on the emergency situation in the short-term, it is now also important to look at growing and conserving fodder for next winter.Read: Fodder scheme doubled to €2m and extended for two more weeks>Read: 20 per cent increase in dead animals as fodder crisis deepens>last_img read more

NASAs Dawn Spacecraft enters orbit of Vesta asteroid tonight

first_imgAs NASA’s space shuttle program winds down, the space agency is already focusing its efforts in other parts of space — particularly with an asteroid the length of Arizona. The $466 million Dawn Spacecraft mission will help NASA eventually send astronauts to places outside of Earth’s orbit, like to large asteroids and, eventually, to Mars. NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft will drift into orbit late Friday around the 330-mile-long Vesta asteroid to start a year-long study that will provide scientists with a better picture of how our solar system came to be.Dawn has been floating around in space for four years, and its stop at the Vesta asteroid will be the first of two for NASA. In about a month, close-up photos of Vesta will be sent back down to Earth to many scientists’ delight. Up until now, the only shots we’ve seen have been from a much greater distance. The new photos will greatly help scientists in figuring out how Earth and other planets were created.AdChoices广告According to the mission’s lead scientist, Christopher Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles, Vesta will allow the scientist to explore a “record of the earliest history of the solar system.” In addition to a camera, Dawn also has a gamma ray and neuron detector to measure the surface’s chemical composition, as well as a spectrometer to help map out the asteroid’s materials.The asteroid was discovered in 1807 as the fourth asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists are particularly interested in a deep crater in Vesta’s South Pole which sent pieces of debris into space and gives scientists reason to believe that one in 20 meteorites on Earth have come from Vesta.It seems that slow and steady really does win the race in the case of Dawn trying to catch up with Vesta’s orbit. Dawn uses special ion propulsion engines that allow for a mild but steady acceleration. This is much more efficient than regular rocket fuel used in most other spacecrafts. It’s easy for spacecrafts to go beyond the target if their engines are too fast, and thanks to the ion propulsion engines, Dawn’s slow speed will help it line up with Vesta as it approaches it at 60 mph around 10 p.m. PDT on Friday.But Vesta’s not the largest space rock that Dawn will visit. After a year with Vesta, Dawn will travel to Ceres and will become the first spacecraft to orbit two asteroids on the same mission thanks in part to its ion propulsion system.Dawn has traveled 1.7 billion miles to get to Vesta and will still be about 10,000 miles away from the asteroid’s surface when it enters orbit. The spacecraft will have travelled 3 billion miles by the time it gets to Ceres in 2015.via NASA and ABC Newslast_img read more

New government committee to promote Greek interests

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The state government is looking for strong members of the Greek community to join its new Ministerial Consultative Committee. As a way for the Greek community to have a direct communication line with senior ministers, the committee will be open to anyone interested that meets the selection criteria (see bellow). Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP says the committee is noting the big contribution the Greek community has given Australia. “The Greek community has made an important contribution to Australia for many years. That’s why the Government is formally recognising its role by establishing this Ministerial Consultative Committee,” Mr Bowen said. Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas MP, and Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP will be co-chairing the committee. “Maria and I have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that the Greek Australian community is heard and recognised for their contributions. This committee will provide a powerful new channel through which we can work to make sure that continues.” Mr Georganas says. The Ministerial Consultative Committee will comprise approximately 10 members, drawn from Greek community leaders across Australia. The Government will also hold an annual forum for the committee to facilitate access to the Prime Minister and other senior Government ministers. Candidates must address these selection criteria: · Displays strong leadership in the community · Demonstrates an understanding of issues affecting the community · Possesses a capacity to inform and consult within the community · Experience in engaging with and working with government Please email expressions of interest to Timothy Chandran in the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s office mcc@immi.gov.au before 5pm on Friday, 6 July.last_img read more

Facebook Makes It Easy to Donate Blood in the US

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target In the time it takes you to read this sentence, at least two people will need a blood transfusion.They may not receive one, though.Blood banks in the US are seeing a decline in donors—particularly those with type A, B, and O flowing through their veins.It doesn’t take much: Ten minutes for one pint, and you get a free snack after.But giving blood isn’t on most people’s to-do lists. So social media giant Facebook is stepping in to raise awareness and make it easier for folks to find opportunities to help.Folks in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., can look for the new in-app Blood Donations feature, rolling out nationwide “over the coming months.”“Tens of thousands of blood donors are needed each day across the US to transform the lives of patients requiring blood transfusions,” according to Mitzy Edgecomb, vice president of marketing and communications at Facebook partner Vitalant.“Summer and winter are notoriously difficult times for collecting enough blood donations,” she said in a statement. “But the need does not stop and can even rise due to increased travel, activity, adverse weather events, and cold and flu season, among other factors.”Initial collaborators include America’s Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, Inova, New York Blood Center, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Stanford Blood Center, Versiti, and Vitalant.Sign up to be a blood donor on Facebook by going to Blood Donations in the About section of your profile (via Facebook)This isn’t Facebook’s first blood-donation rodeo: The firm has been working with centers around the world since 2017 to increase the number of donors. In fact, this tool is already available in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, and Pakistan.Simply navigate to “Blood Donations” in the About section of your profile to sign up. When centers are running low, they can request donations and send notifications to folks nearby.“Through our partnership with Facebook, individuals will be able to conveniently find and connect with their local blood center to help meet the ongoing need for a diverse pool of blood donors in the US and share their experiences and the importance of blood donation,” America’s Blood Centers CEO Kate Fry said. “By encouraging blood donation as a way of life, each of us can assure that the more than 30,000 pints of blood used daily throughout the country is available.”June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day, founded by the World Health Organization to thank people for donating and to raise awareness of the need for regular contributions.To commemorate, Facebook will host blood drives in some of its offices, as well as run awareness campaigns in Brazil and India. The firm also joined the Missing Types campaign led by the Red Cross and Vitalant, which underscores the critical need for blood donors.“This campaign comes at exactly the right time, as busy summer schedules make it extremely challenging to sign up sufficient blood donors,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, said. “And Facebook’s new blood donation feature makes it even easier to make a lifesaving donation.”More on Geek.com:FDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentFDA Approves Blood Test to ID ConcussionsFacebook Wants to Connect You With Your ‘Secret Crush’last_img read more

Egyptian president wishes Salah speedy recovery

first_imgThe Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has wished Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery following the injury he sustained in his side’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last Saturday.Salah sustained a dislocation in his left shoulder as he vied for the ball with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos. There were initial reports that Salah would miss the World Cup, but the Egypt international is confident he will be fit for the Mundial.El-Sisi tweeted about his compatriot,“I have contacted the good son of Egypt and my son, Mohamed Salah, to reassure him after his injury. As I expected, I found him a hero who is stronger than the injury and is excited to continue the path of tournament and excellence.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…He added, “I told him he became an Egyptian icon, sending an honour and pride. I pray for Allah, like a father to his son, for him to be well soon.” تواصلت مع إبن مصر البار وإبنى محمد صلاح للإطمئنان عليه بعد إصابته .. وكما توقعت وجدته بطلاً أقوى من الإصابة ومتحمساً لإستكمال مسيرة البطولة والتميز ، وقد أكدت له أنه أصبح رمزاً مصرياً يبعث على الفخر والإعتزاز وأننى أدعو الله له دعاء الأب لإبنه بأن يحفظه ويتم شفائه على خير.— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) May 27, 2018last_img read more

Johnson Stoltze Square Off in Valley Senate Race

first_imgDownload AudioRepublican candidates for the District F Senate primary are similar on the surface. Both Bill Stoltze and DeLena Johnson grew up in small town Alaska, and Both are adamantly opposed to Proposition One. There the similarity ends. Stoltze and Johnson have been debating in recent weeks, bringing a local slant to the big issues. One of the biggest – affordable energy. Bill Stoltze says he’s worked hard to keep Susitna – Watana Dam funding in the state budget: “I thought that was an important step not to abandon a project at which so much had been invested in and it has such potential for Alaska. We have a goal of fifty percent renewable resources energy by, I believe, by 2020. No other project other than hydro gets you there. Wind, and other that are heavily subsidized, and hydro is the one that gets you to that sustainable energy goal.” 53 year old Stoltze, with a dozen years in the legislature behind him, co-chairs the House Finance committee, and has been a member of that body since 2003.50 year old Johnson, a two time mayor of Palmer, owns Ethos LLC, a property development company and has made reduced government spending one of the tenets of her campaign. She says her priorities are costs, and costs will determine the big projects slated for the district. “Certainly there’s some that have more benefit to residents, but I would say we have to prioritize based on what we can afford. If we can put that in the budget and we can afford it, I say, lets build as much as we possibly can. “ But Stoltze says, it’s a legislator’s job to prioritize: “When you are elected you do have to prioritize. That’s one of the things we did this last session, we prioritized that we kept Susitna on track, so at least until we get to the next step and can determine its viability. That was leadership and prioritization.” Johnson says she’s flushed wasteful spending from Palmer’s budget, and that she’ll bring a fiscally conservative attitude to the legislature. The two candidates had this lively exchange when asked about the cost of the renovation of the state building in downtown Anchorage. Stoltze said, ” I have tried to throw as many hurdles in the way of that as possible, every thing from voting against a furniture consulting contract.”Johnson responded’“Well, I guess this is new information to me, because my understanding, Bill is that you allowed that to go forward with a no-bid contract.”Johnson has raised five children, all of them educated at home or in Mat Su Borough schools. She says her experience will help her to bring a common sense, practical approach to education funding. “I know a little bit about school choice, because I home-schooled my children. I’ve also had my children in charter school. I have yy youngest son who is now a senior at Palmer high school. So I’ve had quite a gamut of educational experience, so I’m all for making things work first and foremost for the children, and not to look at it from a ten thousand foot bureaucratic view.” Stoltze can’t say he has kids in local schools, but says he’s in favor of “educational choice” whether that means charter schools, home schools or vocational training.“I suspect it’s not unusual for a parent to be involved in their school with their kids. But, look at my record. I’ve been involved with about every school in the Valley, and if you talk to teachers and students there, they know that Bill Stoltze is engaged in their school, not because I care about my kids, but because I care about your kids.” Possibly one of the more contentious issues dividing the candidates: Cook Inlet fisheries. Stoltze backs the Mat Su Borough’s initiative aimed at bringing more sport fish to the Northern District river drainages. He says he’s shocked that Johnson has employed a commercial fisheries lobbyist in her campaign staff. But Johnson counters: “We absolutely have to not target industries and decide we are going to put them out of business. So it doesn’t matter if it is sport fishing or commercial fishing, somebody is making their money that way. Instead of dividing the interests, we have to make this fish resource sustainable. “ Delena Johnson says she’ll work hard to serve local interests.  “The government closest to the people governs best. And local government, knowing what the people need, that’s the kind of government that I bring.” Stoltze says he’s got a history of working for communities, whether they are inside his house district or not. “Not caring about the boundaries, but looking at how we can make the Valley and Chugiak an even better place, regardless of these arbitrary political lines, which I’ve ignored in the past and I will in the future. “ Winning the primary may come down to determining who is bound to have biggest legislative clout, since so many big projects in the Valley depend on legislative support. According to the APOC, at end of the last reporting period Stoltze had about 37 thousand dollars remaining in his campaign chest, while Johnson had about 83 hundred dollars.last_img read more

Building community fish harvest monitors to create change on the Kusko

first_imgCommunity harvest monitors working with the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association in Kuskokwim villages: (left to right) Mike Williams Jr., Ben Agimuk, Jackie Larson, and Bernard Williams.(Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.Listen nowFour young men take the floor to applause in front of a large gathering of Kuskokwim tribal representatives at the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission annual meeting. Missing from the group are two young women who couldn’t make the meeting: Cathy McIntyre and Colleen Andrew of Kwethluk. Each of the men and women served as community harvest monitors in their villages.“I would wait at the boat landing where most of the fisherman were bringing in their fish,” Benjamin Agimuk explained. Agimuk collected data in Napakiak. “And I was interviewing fishermen on what their harvesting was like during the opening.”Agimuk and the other monitors would ask fishermen how many fish of each species they caught, how long they were out, and what gear they used.Akiak monitor Mike Williams Jr. said that some people found sharing the information inappropriate. It could be seen as bragging, and it’s not how some account for their harvest.“They don’t really count the fish,” Williams said. “But rather look at the fish rack, and when it’s filled, then they’re done.”But most fishermen would participate. And as the season went on, Napaskiak monitor Bernard Williams said that the fishermen would see him coming and just start talking.“They’d give us the answers right away. They know what we’re going to say and do,” Williams said.Monitors would also collect data on harvested king salmon: the age, sex, and length of each fish. And they’d write down comments like these from fishermen:“We should keep the river open all summer.”“Thank you for an opening.”“We need to be conserving.”The monitors would send the data to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via a phone app. The feds would then crunch the numbers to help determine when managers could plan the next opening.The program is organized through the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association and is similar to other programs along the river. It’s meant to empower tribes, give them a clear view of their catch, increase access to harvest information, provide managers more accurate harvest data, and offer job and leadership training.“There has to be a change on the Kusko because of all these closures,” Jackie Larson, age 19, said. Larson was a Napaskiak monitor. “So I might as well step in and learn so our people can have more chances to go out fishing.”Four villages participated this year, with plans to expand to more villages next year. At that time, monitors will also collect water temperatures to track shifts related to climate change.last_img read more

Visakhapatnam TikTok video lands another cop in soup

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Smitten by a mobile video application TikTok, another police constable lands in soup.TikTok, a mobile video application, seems to have caught the fancy of uniformed personnel as another cop recorded a video while on duty. The constable was seen dancing away to glory, winking, blushing and acting at his best before the camera in the short video that went viral on Wednesday through various social networking platforms, including WhatsApp. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us After the two women constables who were part of all-women Shakti team recorded TikTok video in the recent past, this is another similar incident that took place in Visakhapatnam. When asked about the incident, District Superintendent of Police Attada Babujee told The Hans India that the police were inquiring into the issue and action will be initiated against the police constable after thorough investigation. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The trend of recording a video through TikTok app seems to be catching up not only among cops in Visakhapatnam but also in other parts of the country such as Gujarat wherein a young woman cop was seen dancing in the police station. She was later suspended for recording the video during duty hours. Meanwhile, DGP D Gautam Sawang at a programme in Vijayawada talked tough on the unhealthy trend. He said that steps would be initiated to ensure such incidents in the department would not recur. Advertise With Us The video recording and sharing platform has been in the news for wrong reasons, drawing flak from all quarters. However, despite the controversies, the app users have been significantly growing across the globe. Despite the backlash, scores of people have downloaded the app. There were incidents where homemakers got hooked to video sharing platform, spending hours and neglecting their family responsibilities. Some of them also indulged in exposing while recording the video which further led to disputes.last_img read more