The Leadership Playbook: The Lifeboat Exercise

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 You are in a lifeboat. You are sinking fast. You are surrounded by your ten biggest initiatives. They’re all important to your success, and they’re all heavy. To right the ship and save yourself, seven of your initiatives are going to have to be thrown overboard.But first, know this. Your ten initiatives aren’t all equal. The most important initiatives weigh more than the less important ones. In fact, they weigh a little more than twice the less important ones. So. If you want to save your most important initiatives, you’ll have to abandon a lot of the lesser ones.So let’s say you can keep only your three most important projects, goals, or initiatives.What’s are your biggest and most important projects, goals, or initiatives? Why are these more important than other initiatives that are weighing you down?What do you risk by continuing to act on the less important projects or initiatives? What do you give up in the way of time or results on your more important projects?What will you have to say no to or forego to put your time, energy, and focus into those three projects? What will you have to persuade your team to believe if you are going to get them on board and kill their pet projects?One of the keys to success as a leader is to very carefully, and very thoughtfully choose the organization’s priorities. Lots of things are important, but not everything can be a priority. The very word priority means more important than something else. If you have ten priorities, then you have no priorities.last_img read more

Dowry case: Cops oppose court-monitored probe

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Women’s Police Station on Saturday said there was no need for a court-monitored investigation into the dowry harassment and domestic violence case against Goa BJP vice-president Anil Hoble, his wife, Sandhya, and son, Milind.Mr. Hoble is also the Chairman of the OBC Corporation. Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar on Saturday fixed the arguments on the petition filed by Suchitra Shirodkar, the mother of the victim (Mr. Hoble’s daughter-in-law), for August 3. Saying that the investigation was at a preliminary stage, Sub-Inspector Sandhya Gupta said in a written reply to the JMFC on Saturday that the statements of the victim and witnesses had been recorded, and that the investigation does not need to be monitored by the court.‘Derailing investigation’Ms. Shirodkar, in her petition to the JMFC, had said that Ms. Gupta was derailing the investigation because of Mr. Hoble’s political influence. She had said that she feared Ms. Gupta’s investigation would be shoddy.Alleging that Ms. Gupta does not have a clean track record as a police officer, Ms. Shirodkar had sought directions to the police to investigate the case properly, and that the court monitor the investigation.The FIR against the Hobles was registered on July 12, based on a complaint filed by Ms. Shirodkar. She had alleged that the Hoble family had been demanding dowry from her daughter since 2009. Mr. Hoble has denied all the allegations.The three have been booked under Sections 498-A, 323 and 506 (ii) read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code, and Sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prevention Act.last_img read more

ScienceShot: ‘Asian Unicorn’ Turns Up First Time This Century

first_imgA last-gasp attempt to save the “Panda of Indochina” may be paying dividends. For the first time since 1999, a saola has been spotted in the wild. In September, a camera trap in Vietnam’s Annamite Mountains snapped photos of a beast so elusive that some call it the “Asian unicorn” (pictured); WWF and Vietnam’s Forest Protection Department, which set up the camera, released the photos yesterday. “These are the most important wild animal photographs taken in Asia, and perhaps the world, in at least the past decade,” said zoologist William Robichaud, coordinator of the Saola Working Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission. Similar in appearance to an antelope, the saola was the first large mammal discovered in half a century when it was described in 1992 based on pairs of tapering horns hanging in Annamite village homes. Scientists say that snares set by illegal hunters to catch civets and deer have helped decimate the critically endangered ungulate, which has dwindled to a few hundred individuals at most. Over the past few years, Vietnamese villagers serving as volunteer forest guards have removed more than 30,000 snares from critical saola habitat, according to Van Ngoc Thinh, WWF-Vietnam’s country director. Espying the shy creature in the wild, Van Ngoc said, “renews hope for the recovery of the species.”See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Fading Yanks Aced By Rays, 5-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon McCarthy gave up two runs in the first inning the night of Aug. 15 and these days, that’s a lot for the New York Yankees to overcome.“We didn’t score. That was the problem,” Manager Joe Girardi said after a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the Yankees’ fifth straight loss in a streak in which they have totaled only seven runs.Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Rays (61-61) became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season. The Rays won their third in a row.Tampa Bay also accomplished the comeback feat in 2004 when known as the Devil Rays. The 1899 Louisville Colonels and 2006 Florida Marlins have also gotten back to the break-even point after dropping 18 under.The Rays were 24-42 on June 10. They are trying to become the first club to finish with a winning record after being so far under.The Yankees were shut out for the second time in five games and remained eight games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles.“Cobb pitched a great game and it’s just a wasted performance,” said Brett Gardner, who went 0-for-3 with a walk. “We’re running out of time. Every day that goes by when we don’t win makes us one step closer to being home at the end of September, and that’s obviously not where we want to be.”Cobb (8-6) gave up six hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out eight and walking one. He improved 4-0 in six career home starts against the Yankees.McCarthy (4-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings.After loading the bases with none out in the first, the Rays took a 2-0 lead on RBI grounders by Evan Longoria and James Loney that looked like potential double plays.“I’ve got to do a better job of not getting into that jam, where you’re relying on something to happen behind you,” McCarthy said.Loney homered in the eighth when Esmil Rogers tried to quick pitch him.Tampa Bay has held its opponents to three runs or less in a club-record 11 consecutive games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

GRASSLEY CHALLENGES E-P-A DIRECTOR TO ACT ON ETHANOL OR QUIT

first_imgIowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s tired of waiting for E-P-A director Scott Pruitt to follow through on issues surrounding ethanol and wants him to take action or quit.Grassley threw down the gauntlet during a Tuesday conference call with reporters if he thought the E-P-A would stop giving ethanol waivers to large refineries.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ETH4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………with this” :06Grassley and others recently met with President Trump on the ethanol issue and he says the E-P-A needs to follow through on the support the president is giving the issue.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ETH5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………the R-F-S” :24Grassley says the E-P-A administrator needs to follow through with the commitment.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ETH6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….Trump agenda” ;13Grassley says continuing to give renewable fuel waivers to refiners will undermine the year-round use of the E-15 gasoline mix.last_img read more

‘Hazard needs Madrid move to match Messi & Ronaldo’

first_imgTransfers Hazard needs Real Madrid move to match Messi & Ronaldo – Sinclair Chris Burton 20:24 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Eden Hazard Chelsea Primera División Premier League A former Chelsea defender expects the Blancos to make a move for a long-standing target this summer if they choose to part with Gareth Bale Eden Hazard needs to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid in order to match Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Frank Sinclair, with the Blues warned to expect a transfer raid this summer.The Belgium international has been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu for several years, with his performances at Stamford Bridge lifting him into a talent bracket alongside the global elite.No deal has been done as yet, but Hazard has remained evasive of late when it comes to the question of his future in England and possible fresh terms in west London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Sinclair believes the 27-year-old could soon be on the move, allowing him to test himself at the very highest level, with it likely that Madrid will seek to test Chelsea’s resolve if they choose to part with Gareth Bale.The former Blues defender told Sporting Bet: “I think for Hazard to be mentioned in the same category as Ronaldo or Messi, he would have to move to a club like Real Madrid.”Chelsea will be doing everything they can to keep him there for at least another year, but Real Madrid were linked heavily last year and could come back in for him again.”With Bale potentially leaving Madrid, I think Real will have a list of players that they will want to replace him with, and I believe that Hazard will be on there.”Hazard is a crowd-pleaser and definitely a big-name player that Madrid like to bring in.”I think if you put him on that stage and at a club like Real Madrid, he’ll improve and become a better player.”Eden Hazard ChelseaSinclair is the not the first former Blue to warn those at Stamford Bridge that they risk losing a prized asset in the next transfer window, with Eidur Gudjohnsen having also expressed concern regarding Hazard’s future.He told Omnisport when quizzed on whether the Belgian will be staying put: “I hope so.”I’m afraid maybe not, but from what I understand he seems very happy.”He wants to know where Chelsea are going, what direction, which coach is coming, whether [Antonio] Conte is staying or someone else.”A lot will depend on how Chelsea present the future to him to convince him that he should be there for a long time.”last_img read more

UK falling behind in race to engage with India warns UK Parliament

first_imgLondon: The UK is falling behind in the global race to engage with India as it has failed to adjust its strategy to fit India’s enhanced influence and power on the world stage, a new British parliamentary inquiry report concluded on Monday. The report ‘Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties’, released to coincide with the first-ever India Day in the Houses of Parliament to mark the launch of UK-India Week 2019, called for a reset of ties through better visa and immigration policies for Indian tourists, students and professionals as it accuses the UK government of missing opportunities in the bilateral relationship. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “The UK is falling behind in the global race to engage with a rising India…The story of the UK’s recent relationship with India is primarily one of missed opportunities, the report said. There are certain practical steps the government must take to reset its relationship with India, in particular making it easier for Indians to visit the UK and to work or study here, it noted. On the issue of visas, it expressed concern that India seems to face tougher norms than a non-democratic country like China. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador “There is no excuse for the migration policies that have led the UK to lose ground in attracting Indian students and tourists – who not only contribute to our economy but build lasting bilateral ties. “The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) should ensure that the goal of improving the overall relationship with India is woven into the broader government migration policy. Something has gone wrong, if it is more difficult for citizens of a strategically important democracy that shares our values, language and history to visit or study in the UK than those of an autocracy such as China.” While the inquiry acknowledged that in all fundamental respects the UK is well placed to capitalise on a mutually beneficial relationship with India, it warned that the relationship between the two democracies is not fulfilling its potential because the right message is not going out to New Delhi. “As the UK prepares to leave the EU, it is time to reset this relationship. We cannot afford to be complacent or rely on historical connections to deliver a modern partnership, it said. The report follows the year-long “Global Britain and India” inquiry, launched by the House of Commons’ cross-party Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) in July last year to explore the India-UK relationship in the context of Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU). Through a series of oral and written submissions from a diverse range of organisations and individuals working within the UK-India corridor, the influential parliamentary committee concluded that the UK must prioritise talks with India and do more to lay the groundwork for an eventual free trade agreement. The Indian Ocean is identified as a vital arena for closer defence and security cooperation between the two countries. “The FCO should take care to ensure that stronger economic ties with China are not at the expense of a deeper partnership with India, it warned. Tom Tugendhat, Conservative Party MP and Chair of the FAC, raised the issue of the UK government’s failure to formally apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during the British Raj in time for its 100th anniversary in April this year as an important symbolic opportunity which was missed. He said: As new powers challenge the structure of global trade and dispute resolution, we cannot miss the opportunity to partner with India. Trade, security, a shared commitment to the rules-based international system – these are all factors in our growing and evolving partnership. The government needs to make sure the UK is making its support for India clear, reawakening the ties between us and building bridges that are made to last. The report’s findings are expected to feature heavily during the course of UK-India Week, organised by UK-based media house India Inc, which includes a high-profile Leaders’ Summit in Buckinghamshire, south-east England.last_img read more

The Elders Urge International Support For Interim Palestinian Government

first_imgThe Elders have welcomed the establishment of the long-awaited Palestinian unity government.They urge all nations to support the government as it works towards free and fair elections within the next six months.The last elections in January 2006 set the scene for bitter internal conflict, exacerbated by external powers, that has persisted to this day.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “The isolation of Gaza from the West Bank and divisions between Fatah and Hamas have had deeply damaging consequences for the peace process and for Palestinian aspirations for independence and an end to occupation. The social and economic damage to the long-suffering people of Gaza has been tragic and will take a long time to repair.“The new government offers hope: hope of a road to renewed and united leadership; hope of a return to a more normal life and of economic activity for the Palestinians – while strengthening their ability to engage effectively with Israel in any further peace negotiations.”Jimmy Carter, former US President, said: “Together with the international treaties and conventions that Palestine has recently acceded to, democratic elections in six months’ time offer an opportunity for fully representative and accountable government for all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is a deadline that should not be allowed to slip.“Unlike in 2006, when Hamas’s legitimate electoral victory was widely rejected, the international community should recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. We expect it to renew past commitments to pursuing independence through non-violent means and to recognise Israel within internationally agreed borders.“This is an opportunity to preserve the world’s hope of seeing, one day, two states in the Holy Land living side by side in peace and security.”last_img read more

Canadian YouTube stars talk starting out and taking off online ahead of

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the Internet’s favourite and most popular video creators attended this year’s YouTube FanFest at the Molson Ampitheatre on Aug. 13.The event, put on around the world, allows fans to get up close with the creators and stars for meetups and a live performance.“It was so important for us to bring it Canada, specifically Toronto,” said YouTube’s Canadian Marketing Director Fabricio Dolan. “We helped build up the YouTube space in Toronto to help incoming creators. Toronto is a hub for creative talent across the board.” Facebook Dolan said he is always asked if there’s a certain number of Canadians he must include for Toronto’s event.“Of course we have Canadian creators,” he said. “But they’re not here because we have to have a certain Canadian quotient. They’re here because they’re the biggest global name.” Twitterlast_img read more

British Airways to launch its shortest flight

first_imgLondon: British Airways is launching its shortest flight till date, a 54-mile, 50-minute flight from Bahrain International Airport to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Saturday. The return flight will be even quicker, with only 40 minutes spent in the air, CNN quoted the airlines as saying in a statement on Friday. The brief flight succeeds the airline’s current shortest trip: a 62-mile hop between the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Saint Kitts. The new service to Dammam is an extension of an existing route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Muharraq, Bahrain. At present, customers disembarking in Bahrain are offered a 90-minute limousine journey to Dammam. From December 1, travelers from London will have the option to continue on the same plane — a four-class Boeing 777-200 — to Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport. The 54-mile flight will not operate as an individual journey. Only passengers travelling to or from London will have access to the Bahrain-Dammam route. “The direct service will now enable seamless travel in eight hours from our home at Heathrow,” the airline statement said. “More than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas is produced in this region, so this new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth onward connections to Europe and the US.”last_img read more

German FA Uncertain of 2026 World Cup Host Vote

By Karen DuarteRabat – The German Football Association (DFB) is still uncertain as to which of the two bids to host the 2026 World Cup it will support. The competing offers are: a joint North American bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico and one from Morocco.The FIFA Council will vote on the bids at the 68th FIFA Congress on Wednesday, June 13 in Moscow. FIFA has judged Morocco’s bid to be “high-risk” because of a lack of infrastructure, transportation, and accommodations. There has also been “allegations that president Gianni Infantino has tried to undermine Morocco’s bid.”Although Morocco should reach FIFA’s stadium and infrastructure requirements in time for the tournament, North America’s bid would allow FIFA to concentrate on other aspects of the tournament.In the North America bid evaluations, FIFA says that they will “focus on a number of exciting initiatives related to sports science, fan engagement, multimedia interaction, and other new forms of digitalization.” However, the North African country is believed to be popular among many of the voting countries.According to German weekly sports magazine Sport Bild, DFB President Reinhard Grindel said his association has yet to make a decision as to which bid it will support.“FIFA’s bid evaluation favors North American because task force sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport, as well as ticketing and hospitality,” he said.“But in fairness, we will now await the debate over the FIFA Council report. Only after that will the DFB delegation make a decision on which bid to back.” read more

Financial market highlights on Thursday SPTSX 1577630 up 5530 points

Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,776.30, up 55.30 pointsDow — 22,775.39, up 113.75 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,552.07, up 14.33 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,585.36, up 50.73 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, down 0.44 of a centPound — C$1.6476, down 0.77 of a centEuro — C$1.4699, up 0.21 of a centEuro — US$1.1714, down 0.48 of a centOil futures:US$50.79, up 81 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,273.20 per oz., down $3.60(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.786 oz., up 16.6 cents$700.42 kg., up $5.34 read more

BMWs Ian Robertson and Boschs Peter Tyroller to headline 2012 SMMT International

The Society of Manufacturers and Traders is pleased to announce details of its fourth annual International Automotive Summit to be held at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, on 12 June 2012.Now firmly established as a must-attend event in the automotive calendar, the 2012 Summit will include keynote addresses from global industry figures Ian Robertson, BMW, Board Member, Global Sales and Marketing, and Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH. The event will once again be chaired by national broadcaster, Justin Webb.This year’s Summit centres around three main streams:The Changing Face of Vehicle Retail, supported by GForces Web Management.Innovation in Ultra Low Carbon Technology, supported by EDF Energy.Growth in the Supply Chain.Throughout the day, panellists will explore each stream with intensely focussed session topics including the changing nature of the consumer and the emergence of the ultra-low carbon vehicle market, plus the key technologies manufacturers are adopting and – with the shift towards low carbon transportation – how the UK can play a major role in technology innovation.  Attendees will also gain insight into vehicle manufacturers’ future purchasing strategies, funding opportunities, capital investment and workforce training in the supply chain.Keenly awaited, up to 250 delegates are expected from across the full breadth of the automotive industry.  At the Summit in 2011, vehicle manufacturers represented included Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen.  Last year’s attendees included eight European or national CEOs / MDs of car companies as well as a number of directors of marketing, corporate and public affairs, engineering, assembly, sales, planning and operations.Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. An earlybird booking rate of £187.50 + VAT for SMMT members and £300 + VAT for non-members is available until 2 March. Full price tickets are priced at £250 + VAT for SMMT members and £400 +VAT for non-members. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit www.smmt.co.uk/summit or call SMMT on 0808 178 8818.To discuss advertising, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact 0808 178 8818 or summit@smmt.co.uk.The event will run alongside the Canary Wharf Motorexpo which runs from 11-17 June.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Urban Meyer talks position battles impressive freshmen

Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon. read more

ICAT to showcase dust water and fire solutions at Electra Mining

first_imgExhibiting for the first time at Electra Mining Africa 2016 heing held September 12-16 atExpo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, environmental solutions company I-CAT is to launch a range of water, fire and dust-suppression technologies. I-CAT Marketing Director comments that the flagship exhibition is an ideal forum to showcase the company’s services and products to potential new clients. “I-CAT has been in existence for ten years, and our exponential growth in the last five years has underlined our unique offering to clients in the mining industry.”“We operate in a very competitive industry, and Electra Mining will afford us the opportunity to offer mining operators an alternative to their current service and product providers. Due to the prestige and sheer size of Electra Mining, we expect it to draw a much more focused visitor profile dedicated specifically to finding solutions and suppliers for their specific requirements,” van Rensburg stresses.The R-SDR (Retractable Stockpile Dust Ring) will be showcased as the latest innovation from I-CAT Dust Solutions. Introduced to address dust issues at conveyor discharge points, the R-SDR system creates a virtual curtain around material flow for outstanding particle containment.The I-VAP System (Waste Water Evaporation Cannon) from I-CAT Water Solutions is capable of handling 500 m3 per 12-hour day. The evaporation rate is 60% to 65%, depending on the ambient weather conditions.The Roto-Fire-Pack (Backpack Fast Response System) from I-CAT Fire Solutions makes use of T-Rotor technology, currently the leading misting technology internationally. It extinguishes all classes of fires by using foam mist as the agent.In addition, I-CAT will also be exhibiting its standard range of products for dust suppression and environmental services, including RDC 20 and GreenBit. A range of fire extinguishers, vehicle protection and localised protection systems will also be showcased.Visitor participation and interaction will be encouraged by on-site demonstrations of the Roto-Fire-Pack and various extinguishers and systems, together with a working model of a dust suppression ring and a full-size evaporator.“I-CAT will have an expert from each division on-site every day, together with a representative from top management. These will be able to answer any questions and carry out demonstrations where needed,” Jansen van Rensburg elaborates.“All mines need to comply with environmental and OHS regulations, and most of our services and products are aimed to offer specific solutions in this sub-sector. We believe our brand is becoming well-known in the mining fraternity, and want to underline its relatability to ‘excellent service’ and ‘superior products’,” he concludes.last_img read more

Ireland Women will face England in Rugby World Cup semifinal

first_imgIRELAND WILL FACE England in the semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Wednesday after the seeding for the top four was confirmed this evening.Philip Doyle’s side famously beat England on their way to the 2013 Grand Slam, but fell to a 17 – 10 defeat at Twickenham earlier this year.Ireland booked their place in the semis with a 40 – 5 victory over Kazakhstan early today, but it was this evening’s last Pool fixture that finally settled the upcoming fixture list.Hosts France kept up their 100% record with a 17 – 3 victory over Australia and moved to 14 points, enough to edge Ireland out of the number one seed slot and Australia out of the top four.Next up, Les Bleus will face Canada who claimed a 13 – 13 draw against England to leave both sides on 12 points (with Canada edged into second place due to England’s superior points difference).That result meant that New Zealand – reigning World Cup champions since 1998 – were dethroned before they even kicked off in their 34 – 3 win over the USA.The southern hemisphere superpowers now have only placing matches to look forward to while Canada and Europe’s finest do battle for the big prize.Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals (Wednesday August 13):Ireland v England (17.oo Irish time)France v Canada (19.45 Irish time)Fleming’s lung-bursting try and more great pictures as Ireland Women win againAnalysis: Black Ferns broken by Ireland’s clever attacking at World Cuplast_img read more

Spaceflight sim Kerbal Space Program has landed on PS4 and Xbox One

first_imgFor the last several years, PC gamers have been able to build and fly their own rockets manned by little green men. Now, console gamers can hit the launch pad with the release of Kerbal Space Program on PS4 and Xbox One. The game has been released on both platforms in recent days, and it preserves the deep technical gameplay of the PC version with some tweaks to make it playable with a controller.Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is not your average video game. It’s your chance to run an entire space program in career mode, or just mess around with haphazard rocket designs in sandbox mode. However you choose to play, you’ll be at the mercy of a physics engine that is both incredible and maddeningly realistic. You’ll actually have to learn things about rocket science and orbital mechanics to make progress in KSP. The video below really captures the feel of the game.The Kerbals in KSP live on an Earth-like planet called Kerbin with two moons. These moons will be your first target for exploration, but that’s just the start. Advanced players will find a huge solar system to explore with planets very similar to our own Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and more. I have personally burned more than 200 hours playing Kerbal Space Program on the PC and can vouch for how addictive the process of designing rockets and exploring the solar system can be. The game is available for download on PS4 and Xbox One right now for $39.99. A Wii U version is supposed to be on the way, but there’s no news on that front.KSP is very well-made and enjoyable, but it’s also extremely challenging. If you need a little primer, we’ve got one from the v1.0 PC release last year. Most of that should transfer over to the console version.last_img read more

SPOILER Details on final inductee for WWE Hall of Fame

first_imgFacebook Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Kevin Nash is scheduled to be announced as the final inductee into the Class of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame this Monday night during RAW. Nash will be going in under his former WWE persona of Diesel according to multiple wrestling media reports.Source: PWInsider.com, The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Ric Flair Gene Okerlund Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Rob Van Dam shares thoughts on John Oliver, wrestling high in ECW, WWE Hall of Fame Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+center_img Pinterest Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash reveals he recently underwent stem cell treatment Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

619 WWE Results Saginaw Michigan John Cena vs Kane

first_img Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Twitter Google+ John Cena Now Playing Up Next Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theroncenter_img Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Facebook Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar 6/19 WWE Results: Saginaw, Michigan* Neville def. Bo Dallas.* Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel def. The Miz & Heath Slater.* Alicia Fox & Emma def. Cameron & Summer Rae.* Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett.* Cesaro def. Erick Rowan.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players def. The New Day.* WWE United States Champion John Cena def. Kane in a Steel Cage match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game eventlast_img read more

Trump insists hes not dropping citizenship question effort

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he is not dropping efforts to include a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census, even as the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without it.“News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!” Trump said in a tweet. “We are absolutely moving forward.”The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what he meant, but the confusion sown by Trump’s tweet prompted federal judges handling census cases in Maryland and New York to ask the Justice Department for clarification.Trump’s tweet directly contradicted comments made less than 24 hours earlier by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Justice Department lawyers that they were standing down, following a Supreme Court decision halting the question.“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement Tuesday. “My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”last_img read more