People, Ideas, and Technology. In That Order.

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 spent half the day today at a little conference called Boyd & Beyond. The conference was held on the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia. The goal of the conference is to bring together a group of people who think deeply—and apply—the work of a relatively obscure Air Force Colonel, John Boyd.Tackling who John Boyd was, his life’s work, and why he is so important to the Marines and not the Air Force is too much to tackle here. More still, it’s only necessary to know that John Boyd is the American Sun-Tzu.Boyd was a tremendous, one-of-a-kind thinker. He made a ton of great observations, but the one that was repeated a number of times today bears repeating here: People, ideas, and technology—in that order. Boyd loved all three, but his bias was that people are what win wars. Ideas are what allow you to cope with a changing environment, to adapt and overcome. And technology should serve the first two—not the other way around.If you are going to win in the great game of sales, there is no more important than your people. People are more important than the sales process you choose. They are more important than any methodology you install. And they’re exceedingly more important than any technology you employ. Sales organizations—and businesses more generally—would do well to listen to Boyd here.After people come ideas like your strategy, your sales process, your sales methodologies, and your value proposition. One of my favorite quotes from the other American Sun-Tzu—Mike Tyson—is this: “Everyone has a plan until he gets punched in the face.” Your ideas are going to need to change. You are going to get punched in the face as you compete. When you do, you need to notice what’s working and what’s not working. If you and your people use your initiative and imagination, you can come up with new ideas. You find a way to win in a rapidly changing environment.Because of the wonderful capabilities technology enables, we have become too enamored with technology. Because we can sometimes produce some pretty staggering results, we fall into the trap that Boyd warned against, putting technology first. The best technology in the hands of a poor salesperson won’t improve their sales results. The best ideas won’t either. People come first.You have to hire the best people you can find. You have to teach them, train them, coach them, and develop them. And once you have done so, you have to empower and enable them to use their imagination and initiative to make a difference for you and your clients. Your results start and end with people.QuestionsWhat is your most important asset for producing results?What is that gives you an advantage? What allows you to win?When you lose, what is the source of that loss?How do you get better at getting better? How do you get better faster?last_img read more

John Wall on Wizards’ playoff downfall: ‘Our bench got outplayed’

first_img“I think Kelly Oubre could’ve played a little bit more, but coach makes the decision, and we stick behind him 100 percent,” he added.Wall was instrumental throughout the Wizards’ playoff push, but appeared to have ran out of steam in the deciding game after missing his last 11 shots from the field.Oubre, on the other hand, was suspended for one-game of the series for his altercation with Kelly Olynyk, but managed to produce 6.5 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting.Earlier, Wall’s backcourt mate Bradley Beal made headlines after proclaiming that “Cleveland didn’t want to see us.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT The Wizards were one win away from challenging the Cavs, but lost a pivotal game 7 against the Celtics.Over the weekend, the Wizards’ best player, John Wall, shared why he believes his team failed to set up a date with the perennial Eastern conference powerhouse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We need to help our bench,” the four-time NBA All-Star told CSN’s Chase Hughes. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”He also wished that the team’s young role player, Kelly Oubre, could have gotten more playing time, but refused to throw his coach Scott Brooks under the bus. LATEST STORIES Cavs arrange 3rd Finals showdown with Warriors, eliminate CelticsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Washington Wizards guard John Wall (AP/Alex Brandon)The reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers are set for a finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, after dispatching the Boston Celtics in five games of the Eastern Conference Finals.Still, both fans and pundits alike are still left wondering if the Washington Wizards would have posted a better challenge to the LeBron James-led squad.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

first_imgBrussels has lost the right to stage Euro 2020 matches following delays in the development of its new Eurostadium and the four games it was due host will go to London’s Wembley instead, UEFA said on Thursday.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said those four matches would be in addition to the two semi-finals and final already scheduled to be played at England’s national stadium.The 2020 tournament is being played in 12 cities across Europe, instead of there being one or two host nations, as a one-off to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary.UEFA also announced that Rome’s Stadio Olimpico would host the opening match.The building of the Brussels Eurostadium had run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits.”We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all the documentation. Today we don’t know if they can build a stadium or not,” Ceferin told reporters.”They still don’t have the documents… They didn’t expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be yes or no.”Experts from (our) administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait. If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium.”Koen De Brabander, chief executive of the Belgian Football Association, said in a statement that they did everything they could to make UEFA hold off.”Missing out on Euro 2020 does not necessarily mean a death blow for our stadium plans,” he said. “We absolutely need a new 45,000-seat stadium and we hope that the competent ministers will grant the permit in January so that a stadium for the 21st century can finally be built in our country.”advertisementUEFA also divided host cities into pairs, with each pair sharing matches in a given group.It said that Group A would be played in Rome and Baku, Group B in St Petersburg and Copenhagen, Group C in Amsterdam and Bucharest, Group D in London and Glasgow, Group E in Bilbao and Dublin and Group F in Munich and Budapest.last_img read more

IOWA HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION SET FOR TUESDAY

first_imgThe Iowa Legislature has been in session for a week, but Tuesday a special election takes place in Woodbury County to fill the 6th District House seat.Woodbury County Elections Commissioner Pat Gill says only ten precincts will take part in the election:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cast your ballots. :18Republican Jacob Bossman, an aide to Senator Charles Grassley is running against Democrat Rita DeJong, a retired school teacher and administrator.The winner takes the seat formerly held by Republican James Carlin, who was just elected to the state senate in a special election last month to replace Bill Anderson.Anderson resigned from the senate November 1st to become Cherokee’s Economic Development Director.Gill says it’s highly unusual to have an election right after the state legislature convenes a new session:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………about two weeks. :17The special election will also mark the first time a new Iowa election law is in effect:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………claim to be. :17Absentee voting took place at two sites Saturday and Monday, with the courthouse open for voting only on Martin Luther King day:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….worth the effort. :12The Woodbury County Supervisors will do a canvass of the vote on Thursday, so whoever wins could be sworn into office as early as Friday or next Monday.Because it is an election for a state official, the polls in the district will be open from 7a.m. until 9p.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

ESUS SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER

first_imgSave up to 70% for a limited time only!!! To celebrate the release of ESUS’ exciting new touch football shoes, Touch Football Australia and ESUS are pleased to offer TFA members a one-off opportunity to buy these revolutionary new shoes at a significant discount.  For a strictly limited period, members can purchase a pair of either the Toro or Matador shoes for the fantastic price of only $30*.  This represents a saving of $49 on the normal price of the Toro and of $69 on the Matador.  Members can also purchase both styles for a single payment of $55*!!!  That’s two pairs of ESUS shoes for less than the price of one average pair. To purchase the shoes, all you need to do is fax the attached order form to ESUS on 03-9425-9922 (see bottom of page for link to the order form).  Alternatively, email your name, address, shoes size, styles required and credit card details to tfa@esus.com.au.  Shoes will be delivered to you within 5 days. Be quick though as this offer ends on September 30th.  For more information on ESUS shoes visit www.esus.com.au* Plus postage and packing ToroThe standard ESUS touch football shoe, the ‘Toro’ is designed for players of all levels and is particularly suited to softer grounds.  The ballistic mesh and polyurethane synthetic upper ensures that the shoe is breathable and lightweight.  Made from pre-moulded TPR, the heel counter is solid and supportive.  The mid-sole comprises full length compression moulded EVA thus providing increased overall shock dispersal and a softer and more of a ‘running shoe’ feel. MatadorThe Matador touch football shoe is also designed for players of all levels.  It is ideally suited for conditions where the ground is firmer.  The two colour rubber outsole ensures excellent traction and cushioning whilst the hi-density die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) mid-sole increases cushioning and greatly reduces leg stress.  The breathable water resistant nylon lining ensures the shoe keeps upper shape and the die-cut EVA sock liner, with extra 6mm wedge in heel, is cushioned and durable.  Overall, the Matador shoe is strong, flexible and comfortable. Related Filesesus_order_form-doclast_img read more

Torontos Shenae GrimesBeech became famous playing teens on 90210 and Degrassi Shes

first_imgAdvertisement After launching her career on teen dramas Degrassi: The Next Generation and 90210, Toronto-born Shenae Grimes-Beech embraced the more mature role of Jacqueline Cooper on CTV’s new police series The Detail.“I’ve literally never even played a grown-up, really,” she said in an on-set interview. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Detail centres on three homicide detectives played by Grimes-Beech, British actress Angela Griffin, who spent many years on the popular soap Coronation Street, and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope). Vancouver-raised David Cubitt (Medium) also stars in the series, which premieres March 25.Interviewed last July on the Toronto set, Grimes-Beech said the show is about “three generations of women who are brilliantly balancing home life and work life without it even being talked about.”last_img read more

Ban says UN must aid Nepalese Government to reintegrate Maoist child soldiers

The United Nations should give the Nepalese Government all necessary aid to rehabilitate some 3,000 demobilized children who fought with the former rebel Maoist army in the country’s decade-long civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The discharge of child soldiers was a key component of an action plan signed in December by the UN, the Government and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M). Altogether 2,973 persons were disqualified from the Maoist army as minors in a UN verification process after a 2006 ceasefire ended the conflict, but they still remained in temporary camps. Their discharge was completed by 8 February.“I call upon the Government of Nepal and UCPN-M to cooperate closely to ensure the full implementation of the Action Plan,” Mr. Ban says in his report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Nepal, noting the significant progress that has been made. “Furthermore, the Government of Nepal should be provided by the United Nations with all necessary assistance for the rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel disqualified as minors.”The UCPN-M should ensure that the minors have unhindered access to the rehabilitation packages offered by the Government, and the UN should continue to monitor the party’s compliance with the action plan, with particular attention paid to whether those discharged are forced into association with groups which engage in political violence.For its part, the Government should ensure adequate resources for the effective reintegration of the discharged minors into society, Mr. Ban writes.He also stresses that continuing strikes and protests by various groups across the country, in particular in the Tarai region, curtail freedom of movement, restricting children’s right to education. The report calls on political parties and agitating groups to stop the closure and use of schools.“All political parties and their affiliated youth wings, including related political and social groups, need to ensure that children are not exposed to or forced to participate in violent activities,” he says. “Armed groups should stop all violent activities including the use of improvised explosive devices and small arms, and stop the recruitment and use of children.”He calls on all armed groups to publicly commit themselves to ending violations of children’s rights, including the recruitment of persons under 18, highlighting the need to strengthen the monitoring and reporting of violations against children in the Tarai, identify responsible armed groups and provide appropriate protection.Public security remains a matter of serious concern, especially in the Tarai and some hill districts in the east, where many armed groups continue to operate in a climate of impunity, he writes, and he urged the Government to expedite the enactment of a child rights bill to ensure the immediate criminalization of recruitment of children to armed groups and armed forces. 23 April 2010The United Nations should give the Nepalese Government all necessary aid to rehabilitate some 3,000 demobilized children who fought with the former rebel Maoist army in the country’s decade-long civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Ranil orders probe on police action against disabled soldiers

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene had said this week that political forces working against the Government must take responsibility for the incident. The Defence Ministry had this week expressed regret over the incident. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered an investigation into the action taken by the police on a group of disabled soldiers at Galle Face earlier this week.The Prime Minister told Parliament the incident where the police had used tear gas and water cannons on the disabled soldiers during a protest near the Presidential Secretariat will be investigated. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the disabled soldiers who protested near the Presidential Secretariat demanding pension. (Colombo Gazette)

Doug Ford fires back at council meeting

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Rob wasn’t the only Ford under fire at today’s Toronto council meeting. Councillor Doug Ford got into a heated exchange with Denzel Minnan-Wong.“Everyone in this chamber is coming across as holier-than-thou, lily white, none of you have every done anything wrong, have you? Ever? Never, ever. The question is: have you ever smoked marijuana?”As speaker Francis Nunziata tried to interject, Ford answered his own question: “The answer is yes, I guess.”Ford told the other councillors they weren’t entitled to take the moral high ground. “You’re not. Every one of you are not.”“Everyone should be careful about throwing rocks in a glass house.”Here are the files that relate to the censored files from the original police documents released Wednesday: read more

Major Dell stockholder derides companys proposed 244 billion sale as woefully inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO – Dell Inc.’s decision to sell itself for $24.4 billion to a group led by its founder and CEO is being ridiculed as a rotten deal by a major shareholder who estimates the slumping personal computer maker is really worth more $42 billion.The missive launched Friday by Southeastern Asset Management Inc. threatens to complicate Dell Inc.’s efforts to end its 25-year history as a public company.In a letter to Dell’s board of directors, Southeastern CEO O. Mason Hawkins threatened to lead a shareholder mutiny unless the company came up with an alternative to the deal announced earlier this week.Hawkins vowed to wield Southeastern’s 8.5 per cent stake to thwart the deal currently on the table. Only Michael Dell, the company’s eponymous founder and CEO, owns more stock with a roughly 14 per cent stake.Under Dell’s proposal, Southeastern and other stockholders will be paid $13.65 per share to leave the company in control of Michael Dell, who founded the business in his University of Texas dorm room in 1984. Michael Dell is contributing about $4.5 billion in stock and cash to help pay for the deal. The rest of the money would be supplied by the investment firm Silver Lake, loans from Microsoft Corp. and a litany of banks. The loans will burden Dell with debts that could leave the company with less money to invest in innovation and acquisitions.Hawkins derided the price of the proposed sale as “woefully inadequate” and laid out a scenario that values Dell at $23.72 per share, or about $42 billion. The per-share amount mirrors Dell’s stock price six years ago, when Michael Dell returned for a second go-round as the company’s CEO.A Dell spokesman declined to comment Friday.The company, based in Round Rock, Texas, has previously said that Michael Dell recused himself from all discussions about the proposed deal to take the company private. The board has also said it explored a wide range of alternatives before agreeing to sell the company for $24.4 billion — a price 80 per cent below Dell’s top market value of more than $150 billion at the peak of the dot-com boom 13 years ago.Anticipating possible second-guessing, the board is allowing 45 days for other potential bidders to emerge.Hawkins is worried other suitors will be discouraged from bidding because Michael Dell already has lined up a deal to buy the company for what Southeastern believes to be a steep discount.The transaction that Michael Dell and Silver Lake negotiated “clearly represents an opportunistically timed bid to take the company private at a valuation far below Dell’s intrinsic value, and deprives public shareholders of the ability to participate in the company’s substantial future value creation,” Hawkins wrote.Michael Dell and Silver Lake contend the company will be in a better position to overhaul its operations as a privately held company. That’s because Dell would be able to make dramatic changes without having to worry about Wall Street’s fixation on whether earnings and revenue are growing from one quarter to the next.The proposed sale at $13.65 per share is 25 per cent above where Dell’s stock stood last month, before word of the buyout negotiations leaked out in the media. Dell’s stock has plunged during the past year as PC sales have slumped amid the technological upheaval caused by the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers.Dell’s shares rose 10 cents Friday to close at $13.63.Michael Dell has been trying to wean his company from PCs by expanding sales of technology consulting services, business software and higher-end computers. As part of that process, Hawkins pointed out that Dell has spent $13.7 billion, or the equivalent of $7.58 per share, on acquisitions since Michael Dell returned as the company’s CEO in January 2007. Dell hasn’t taken any charges to reflect that the acquisitions have diminished in value.In his letter Hawkins laid out his rationale for valuing the company’s PC business at $2.78 per share and other product lines at a combined $13.36 per share.Instead of sticking with the current deal, Dell’s board should consider an alternative that would give existing shareholders a stake in a restructured company that would still be led by Michael Dell, Hawkins wrote.Messages left with Southeastern for comment weren’t immediately returned.The 38-year-old firm, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee, manages about $33 billion in assets. In a regulatory filing Friday, Southeastern said it had spent about $2.28 billion to accumulate more than 147 million shares of Dell. That means Southeastern would lose about $270 million on its Dell holdings if the company is sold at $13.65 per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 5:42 pm MDT Major Dell stockholder derides company’s proposed $24.4 billion sale as ‘woefully inadequate’ read more

UN labour agency partners with retailer HM on social sustainability

“Issues in the garment industry are systemic and require action that helps develop effective industrial relations and promote respect of international labour standards,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, stressing that “there is therefore an urgent need to establish strategic and comprehensive collaborations with companies that have experience in these fields, such as H&M.” The new partnership will focus on industrial relations and wages, training and skills development for workers at H&M source factories, as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ organizations in the global garment industry.“ILO, with its unique tripartite composition, is the perfect partner for addressing issues such as wages and training and skills development in the textile industry,” said Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M. He also considered this cooperation as a great opportunity to further ramp up their work as the foundation of well-functioning industrial relations on all H&M’s strategic production markets.Under the new agreement, the more comprehensive and strategic partnership will promote a wide range of activities in training and skills development at the global, national and enterprise level in a larger number of countries, until the end of 2018.Capacity building for the social partners and skills development project between ILO and H&M was first launched in 2013 in Bangladesh, aiming to improve the quality of work and productivity in factories, as well as enabling workers to record and have their skills formally recognised. Further, not only is the partnership intended to establish a positive and innovative model for other brands, but it also creates a global alliance to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in the supply chain of the global garment industry.The cooperation between the ILO and H&M dates back to 2001, when H&M joined the agency’s Better Factories programme in Cambodia. In 2013, the cooperation was expanded to specifically address industrial relations and wages in the country, including actions at the governance level. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State outlasts Stanford 7971 at PK80

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts a 3-point shot in the second half against Northeastern on Nov. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (5-1) rode a strong ending to the first half and took the lead early in the second half to beat Stanford (3-4) 79-71 in the second round of the Motion Bracket in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon.The Buckeyes opened up the second half with a 3-pointer from junior guard C.J. Jackson to give Ohio State the 35-32 lead. Ohio State held the lead for the remainder of the game. Jackson finished the game going 7-for-14 from the field for 23 points, three assists and six rebounds.The two teams traded punches the remainder of the game, finishing on a near-even, Ohio State 44-37 run.A 3-pointer by redshirt junior guard Robert Cartwright with 10:45 left in the first half gave the Cardinal a 10-8 lead. The Cardinal then went on a 21-13 run over the next 6:54 to extend its lead to 31-21.Ohio State finished the second half on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 32, fueled by three 3-pointers from redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. He hit a deep 3 to tie the game with seven seconds left in the first half.The Buckeyes were led by Bates-Diop, who finished the game with his fifth double-double of the season. He went 6-for-13 from the field — including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc — for 18 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes went 25-for-61 (41 percent) from the field, compared to just 22-for-61 (36 percent) from the Cardinal. Ohio State outrebounded Stanford 43 to 38.The Buckeyes will next take on Butler at 3 p.m. ET Sunday in its last match in the PK80 Invitational. read more

Defensive struggles cost Buckeyes in loss to Spartans

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) make a tackle during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State defense allowed six touchdowns and 603 total yards to the Michigan offense in the two teams’ regular-season finale Nov. 30, but that didn’t cost OSU its chance at a second consecutive undefeated season.One week later, the 34 points it gave up to the Michigan State offense in the Big Ten Championship Game did.That defense allowed 438 total yards, four touchdowns and two field goals Saturday as OSU (12-1, 8-1) fell to the Spartans (12-1, 9-0), 34-24.Although the Buckeyes were able to score 24 consecutive points and put up 374 total yards against a Spartans defense that came into the game allowing just 11.8 points and 237.7 total yards per game, the plays allowed by its own defense proved to be too much.OSU gave up five plays of 20 or more yards to the Spartans on Saturday. Three of those — a 72-yard pass from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Mumphery, a 33-yard pass from Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Tony Lippett and a 26-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Jeremy Langford — were touchdowns. A 48-yard pass completion from Cook to sophomore wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. set up the Spartans’ other touchdown, while a 34-yard run by Langford set up one of the Spartans’ field goals.“It is what it is,” defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said of his unit’s struggles. “Guys got to make plays. We got to put them in situations where they can make plays. There’s no finger-pointing.”For the second straight week, the OSU defense allowed its opponent’s quarterback to have a career-best performance. After giving up 451 passing yards and four touchdowns to Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner Nov. 30, the Buckeyes allowed Cook to throw for 304 yards.“Disappointed with our pass defense,” coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday’s loss. “We have to get this fixed. We’re going to get back to work.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the defense’s struggles to defend the pass against Michigan State were a result of miscommunication.“We just got to do better,” Shazier said. “Everybody did their best out there, and we just got to rally up and just get ready for the next week, just keep practicing.”That struggling pass defense’s cause was not helped when redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. He would eventually return to the game, but Meyer said it hurt the OSU defense not to have him on the field for a stretch.“Take a great player off the field, that’s an issue,” Meyer said of Roby, adding that sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves “didn’t screw it up” and played fine when he entered the game in Roby’s place.Although the Michigan State offense ranks just 83rd nationally with 384.6 total yards per game and 60th nationally with 29.8 points per game, Fickell said the quality of that unit was another factor in OSU’s defensive struggles.“You got to give (Michigan State) credit,” Fickell said. “They did a good job. (Cook) threw the ball in the right spots and guys got to cover, guys got to rush, guys got to get there when they pressure.”Still, as OSU prepares to finish its season in what will likely be a BCS bowl game, its defense has to bounce back. After giving up 34 or more points just twice in its first 11 games, OSU has allowed that many points in each of its last two games.Fickell said the defense has to “get better as a group.”“Football’s the greatest team sport known to man because it takes 11 guys,” Fickell said. “You have 10 (defensive players playing well) out there and they’re going to find that one guy. That’s what we got to make sure we do a better job (of) is all stick together through those adverse situations.” read more

Russian model who was victim of Salisbury poisoning scare claims Putins henchmen

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. Police cordon off the restaurant in Salisbury Police cordon off the restaurant in Salisbury on Sunday nightCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on Col Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.Prezzo was closed until recently due to the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died after being exposed to the nerve agent. A Russian model who claims she was one of two people who fell ill at a Salisbury restaurant says she was targeted by assassins sent by Vladimir Putin.Anna Shapiro, 30, reportedly became violently ill at a Prezzo restuarant in the city on Sunday night, sparking fears of another nerve agent attack following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.Wiltshire Police said two people were not exposed to “any kind of nerve agent” and enquiries are ongoing.But The Sun reported security sources suggesting their illness may have been caused by a suspected rat poison attack. Ms Shapiro, who says her father was a “general in the Russian army who played for the military orchestra”, claimed her husband Alex King, 42, collapsed in the toilet of the restaurant and was “foaming at the mouth”. He remains in hospital. Police are not linking their illness to the recent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury. She said she may have been targeted because she has renounced the Russian president.She told The Sun she believes the Russians think she’s a British spy, adding: “I was targeted by Putin’s henchmen. They want me dead as I oppose Putin and have turned my back on my country. Russia is capable of anything.”Officers in bio-hazard suits evacuated nearby restaurants and pubs after the incident on Sunday. read more

Manoeuvrable transport of longwall mining equipment

first_imgThe new FBL-55(H) high-capacity diesel-powered shield hauler features the world’s highest lift capacity in its class and is designed to lift and carry longwall shields and equipment weighing up to 60 t. The machine, manufactured by Bucyrus, is fitted with a six cylinder diesel engine and wet-exhaust system package, which, in tandem with particulate filtration, inline purifications and a catalytic converter – all controlled by the Diesel Control System – reduce emissions.The machine’s safety features include exhaust-emission filtration, falling object protection (FOPS), and maximised visibility. It is highly compact with a low profile, allowing greater manoeuvrability in tight roadways. Additionally, a removable cookie plate and fixed forks allow the shield hauler to be used in underground roof support installation and for transportation of heavy equipment.Horizontally mounted radiators and fans allow clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility as the direction of mine ventilation has no adverse effect on its performance. This layout also gives the operator good visibility.The FBL-55(H) is a further development of the company’s FBL-55. Both products feature identical operator compartment design and control layout. Shared features help reduce the quantity of spare parts held on mine site and allow operators to switch between various Bucyrus vehicles with a very short learning curve.last_img read more

Découverte du seul crâne fossilisé dun grand singe du Miocène

first_imgDécouverte du seul crâne fossilisé d’un grand singe du MiocèneEn juillet dernier, des paléontologues ougandais et français ont mis au jour, dans le nord-est de l’Ouganda, un crâne fossilisé qui s’avère être le premier découvert pour l’espèce Ugandapithecus major, un ‘ancêtre’ des grands singes déjà connu, mais dont les chercheurs vont pouvoir préciser les caractéristiques.  C’est dans les cendres du volcan Napak, vieilles de 19 à 20 millions d’années, dans le Karamoja, au nord-est de l’Ouganda, que l’équipe française de Brigitte Senut et Martin Pickford (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle/CNRS), des chercheurs du Collège de France et l’équipe ougandaise du Muséum de Kampala, ont découvert, le 18 juillet, ce crâne presque entier d’un Ugandapithecus major, un grand singe du Miocène. Une première pour cette espèce.À lire aussiUn jeune Américain de 22 ans survit miraculeusement à une “décapitation interne”Appartenant à un jeune mâle adulte, comme le montrent ses puissantes canines et ses dents définitives encore peu usées, ce crâne est de la taille de celui d’un chimpanzé mâle. Les scientifiques pourront en déduire, notamment, le volume cérébral de l’animal, et, dans une certaine mesure, son régime alimentaire ou les caractéristiques de son appareil visuel et olfactif. D’autres fossiles de cette espèce, trouvés antérieurement dans la même région, suggèrent qu’il s’agissait d’un primate largement arboricole.Le site de la découverte, appelé Napak XV, fait partie d’un ensemble de gisements de fossiles où, depuis 1985, dans le cadre d’un accord entre les autorités scientifiques ougandaises et françaises, de nombreuses découvertes paléontologiques ont pu être faites, notamment concernant l’évolution des grands singes et de l’homme.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 17:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lacazette reveals Griezmann friendship

first_imgThings are looking set to heat up for both Alexandre Lacazette and Antoine Griezmann over the coming week with the two friends set to face each other for their respective clubs in the semi-finals of the Europa LeagueThe France internationals will line up at the Emirates, as Arsenal host Atletico Madrid for the first leg of their semi-final tie in the Europa League on Thursday.While they will be rivals during the semi-final encounter, Lacazette has revealed that their bond has been around for a decade already.“Griezzy is a very good player who I met nearly 10 years ago now,” Lacazette told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We developed a strong bond and we see each other every year, either on national duty or elsewhere. We get on really well.“You can’t really explain why you get on well with someone. It’s instinctive. Perhaps we share the same values and the same jokes.“We laugh a lot. We like to, quote-unquote, poke fun at people but always respectfully and in a kind manner. We are both jokers. We talk about our current lives and our families. Normal stuff.“In everyday life, we both have a laugh, we are always pretty lively. And for faults, I would say that he would stress that I like to relax and I’m very slow on the uptake, quote-unquote!”last_img read more

Late night two car collision involving taxi

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Police move to charge man for weekend traffic fatality Providenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – A traffic accident around 9:30pm last night on Leeward Highway could have been a lot worse and onlookers say they believe speed was a factor. A white taxi-bus and a white Honda civic collided and the driver of the Honda was taken to hospital; his injuries are believed non-life threatening. One media account is that the taxi driver lost control and the ambulance was very long in getting to the scene of the smash-up which did clog traffic along the highway near Courtyard Plaza. Speed is also believed behind a traffic wreck last week, where a white sedan was found turned upside down in the bushes north of Maranatha High School on Millennium Highway. Related Items:millenium highway, traffic accidentcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Wife away, husband and father dies in Long Bay smash up Traffic Death claims life of TCI manlast_img read more

Morning Press Benton job and foe CRC fatal wreck coop

first_imgThe current Interstate 5 Bridge, seen here looking toward the Oregon shore from under the lift span, is actually two bridges. The upstream bridge is older. Check out the weekend’s weather forecast for Clark County here.This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Environmental services director job description alteredThe job description for Clark County environmental services director — the position state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was hired to May 1 — was altered on Clark County’s website in September, and county officials are currently working to figure out why that occurred.The changed job description came to the attention of Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart last week when a county resident queried the county on why the changes had been made.Stuart said he’s looked into the matter and said former County Administrator Bill Barron requested the changes be made in his final weeks before his Sept. 10 retirement.Stuart said he asked Barron on Monday why he made the request for the changes, but that Barron told him he couldn’t recall the reason.Stuart said he intends to take the current job description to the board to “be clear if the updated job description is what the board expects.”last_img read more