England put Australia on the mat on Day 1

first_imgEngland bowled out Australia for a mediocre 268 on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA grounds on Thursday.In reply, England was 29 without loss at stumps with skipper Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook set to resume the second day on 12 and 17 runs respectively.Swing bowlers James Anderson and Chris Tremlett snared three wickets each to send the Australian top order crashing after Strauss had put the home side to bat first on a green top pitch.The situation could have been worse for Australia, which slumped to 69/5 just after lunch, but half centuries from Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson enabled the hosts to post a decent total before being bowled out 30 minutes before stumps Thursday.Still, England is well positioned to push for a victory that would see the tourists secure a successful Ashes defense, with Australia”s bowlers having struggled for wickets over the first two Tests. England won the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs to take a 1 0 lead in the five Test series.Tremlett wasted no time in making an impact, bowling recalled Australian opener Phil Hughes for 2 with the last ball of the first over, and then having the out of touch Michael Clarke caught behind for 4. He took 3 63 in 23 overs.In between, James Anderson, 3 61, claimed the prized scalp of Ricky Ponting for 12 when the Australia captain was brilliantly caught at third slip by Paul Collingwood, who flung himself to his right at third slip and held on to a one handed catch.advertisementPonting, whose scoring shots were three boundaries, hung his bat out at a James Anderson delivery, and another brief innings will increase pressure on the captain to keep his place in the team.Tremlett deepened Australia”s problems when he removed Steve Smith for 2 in the second over after lunch.Hussey and Haddin, who also batted Australia out of trouble in the first Test, counter attacked effectively. Hussey hit a six and nine fours as he continued with his imperious form with the bat. With other scores of 195, 93 and 52, he has been Australia’s standout batsman of the series.Haddin, another batsman in form, added 52 runs for seventh wicket with Johnson before another brilliant slip catch ended Haddin’s two hour knock.Johnson became the unlikely batting hero in his Test comeback hitting a six an eight balls.Earlier, opener Shane Watson, who batted for over an hour for his 13 runs off 40 balls, failed to have an lbw decision overruled by video review. He had an earlier reprieve when he was given out caught down the leg side off Anderson, but the on field decision was overruled by third umpire Aleem Dar.Numbers Game of Day One 62 Number of wickets claimed by Grame Swann at an avg of 25.01 in 13 Tests this year, most by any player53.50 Is the batting average of Brad Haddin against England. In seven Ashes Tests he has scored 535 runs, most against any country in Test cricket.66.76 Is the batting average of Michael Hussey against England. In 13 Tests he has scored 1,135 runs, which includes three centuries and nine half- centuries5 Number of half- centuries scored by Mitchell Johnson in 40 Tests. It was his second half- century against England in seven Tests7 Number of half- centuries scored by Brad Haddin in 30 Tests. It was his third against England in seven Tests. Prior to this, he has also hit two centuries in the Ashes24 Number of half-centuries scored by Michael Hussey in 57 Tests. It was his ninth against England in 13 Tests.Compiled by Manoj Kumarlast_img read more

UST coach Kung Fu Reyes wants to shut down injured Milena Alessandrini for rest of UAAP season

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes wants to sit out Milena Alessandrini for the rest of the season after the star sophomore suffered a knee injury four games into the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Alessandrini’s MRI results showed a partial tear on the anterior cruciate ligament, a Grade 3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament and the collateral ligament knee.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments Reyes said Alessandrini still has to undergo her two-week rehabilitative therapy and a possible surgery if the knee doesn’t hold up but UST’s mentor would much rather have his star player sit the remainder of the season.“It would be much better at my end that she will sit out this season,” said Reyes Tuesday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “Again the most important thing is she heals quickly but as of now we want to see her rest the season out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We’ll wait for the doctor’s advise and on our part we’ll do everything for the kid’s welfare because not everything’s about the UAAP of course we’re also thinking about her future.”Alessandrini suffered the injury on Saturday in the second set against Far Eastern University when she landed awkwardly that led her knee to buckle.center_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy There was an earlier prospect that Alessandrini, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, could play with a knee brace after the two-week rehab but Reyes would much rather play it safe.“This is a process and see how her body responds and if she’s mentally ready then why not? But I’d rather have her rest the season,” said Reyes.“We won’t gamble Milena’s health just for the sake of winning because if things go bad the kid’s career will be affected.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

Maharashtra Engineering Seat Allotment 2016: 81175 students allocated seats in first round

first_imgThe Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, has released the final merit status on Tuesday, June 28. A total of 81,175 engineering students were allocated seats in various colleges. Three options to choose:Freeze: If the candidates will get the preferred choice of course and college at any stage of counselling, they can freeze a seat. Slide: If the students had marked as higher preference of a seat, they have an option to slide.Float: In this option, the students can get a seat of their preference, but they can change it at the fourth round of counselling.The qualified students for admission must visit the reporting centre:”All students who have been allocated seats, must visit the admission reporting centre irrespective of whether they are satisfied with the seat allotted to them,” said Dayanand Meshram, Joint Director, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), according to a report in The Indian Express.He further added in a report, “the candidates will miss an opportunity of reallocation if they won’t report at the ARC till July 5.” The Maharashtra government shall declare the results of B.Ed CET tomorrow, June 30. The candidates can check their results through the official website bed.mhpravesh.inAbout DTE:The role of the Directorate is to maintain and enhance the standard and quality of technical education by laying the policies, establishing developing government institutions, guiding supervising the aided, private institutions, interacting with industry and national level institutions etc.For more details, the candidates can visit the official website. Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.   advertisementFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

The 10 Worst Highest Paying Job Misconceptions

first_imgMy birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Technology has transformed the way we dine out in groups. Gone are the days when friends take turns treating each other to nights on the town. Now that apps make money accessible everywhere, tabs are paid down to the cent… Full Story,Occupation: Copywriter Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 29 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck (BiWeekly): $2,100/mo after HSA and 401(k) removed Monthly Expenses: Rent: $462.50 Car lease: $300 Insurances: $85 All other expenses Utilities: $200/mo Pet supplies: $30/mo Phone: $50/mo Streaming services: $15/mo… Full Story,Occupation: Digital advertising Age: 30 Location: San Francisco Bay Area Income: $5,200 month net post 401K, health insurance / HSA, and taxes Total Debt: $0 Monthly Expenses: Rent and utilities: $1,800 Auto: $275 including car insurance Internet/mobile: $120 10:00 am:… Full Story,The holidays are time for family. Here are some fun ideas from our friends at Quotacy on how to make the most of this holiday season with your loved ones, with a bit of humor. ?   With the rise… Full Story,Occupation: Social Media Manager Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 26 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck: $2,500/month after health/vision insurance deductions Monthly Expenses Rent: $700 Car Insurance: $65 Renters Insurance: $16 Utilities: $75 (Internet, Electric, Gas) Dental Insurance (not through work): $15 Hulu:… Full Story,On November 30th, The Financial Diet is kicking off their nationwide book tour for The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide To Getting Good With Money in New York.  Join us when the tour hits your city and don’t forget… Full Story,Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending…. Full Story,Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses… Full Story,If you’re still in college or a recent grad working with a limited budget, the idea of implementing a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming and very expensive. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself shelling out lots of cash… Full Storylast_img read more

Female pain has been grossly overlooked—and a new study points to a reason why

first_imgWomen are no strangers to pain. In addition to experiencing the obvious, like periods symptoms (which some doctors claim can cause cramps as painful as heart attacks) and childbirth, women are also significantly more prone to endometriosis and chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia than men are. And so, the fact that doctors and experts have consistently undermined women’s pain is infuriating. A new study has found fundamental biological differences in pain receptors between the sexes (at least in mice), and it’s a scientific explanation for why female pain and health has been vastly overlooked by the medical community.Following a 2014 mandate from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledging sex as a biological variable and therefore requiring testing to be done on male and female animals, this NIH study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, examined pain receptors in male and female mice and found them to be extremely different. While the researchers were able to manipulate certain receptors in the male mice to abolish chronic pain, doing the same to female mice had no effect. Basically, pain registers differently for males and females at the cellular level.“We’ve been overlooking a key variable for a long time, and I’m as guilty as everyone else,” said Ted Price, PhD and co-author of the study, adding that the recent mandated inclusion of both female and male animals in test studies has led to a slew of discoveries and findings that were previously overlooked.While a caveat of this study is that it was conducted on mice (as are many other medical studies), it’s speculated that pain receptors in humans would mirror the mice’s in being sex-specific, according to Inverse.In a press release, Ted Price, PhD and co-author of the study, admitted, “We’ve been overlooking a key variable for a long time, and I’m as guilty as everyone else.” He added that the recent mandated inclusion of both female and male animals in test studies has led to a slew of discoveries and findings that were previously ignored in situations when preclinical and clinical trials yielded different results likely due to the sex disparity.Dr. Price explained further that this has led to the mistreatment of women: Since preclinical investigators studied males and clinical trials studied females (“because more women suffer chronic pain than men,” he said), the findings would be inconsistent.Ultimately, the findings could lead to sex-specific drugs that are more effective at managing chronic pain, according to Dr. Price. Here’s hoping this is the first of many studies that ramp up how seriously women’s health is taken.Sourcelast_img read more

New Global CO2 Emissions Numbers Are In. They’re Not Good.

first_imgEach year in late November or early December, climate negotiators, NGOs and increasingly cities and businesses head to the annual climate talks. Typically coinciding with these negotiations is an announcement from the Global Carbon Project, which releases its annual data on carbon dioxide emissions, backed up by peer-reviewed publications. Carbon dioxide emissions are the largest contributor to human-induced warming, and, therefore, are one of the most critical signposts to watch.This year’s numbers, which are the climate community’s first indication of 2018 carbon dioxide emissions levels, are out. The major takeaway is that we are not doing well. While renewables are surging, energy use from fossil fuels is still outpacing low-carbon sources. Here are a few highlights from the new data.Record Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2018Last year’s Global Carbon Project forecast for 2017 (a forecast because the year was not over when the data were first published) made a splash: They expected fossil carbon dioxide emissions to grow in 2017, after flattening from 2014 to 2016.Prior to this, the climate community had been patting themselves on the back as emissions had been stabilizing. In a rough wake-up call, the Global Carbon Project found this was no longer the case. This year’s numbers confirm their earlier projection: Total carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry rose by 1.6 percent in 2017 to 36.2 gigatonnes CO2.A Flourish data visualisationFurthermore, the Global Carbon Project expects that this number is projected to have climbed to a record 37.1 gigatonnes CO2 in 2018. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources will have grown by 2.7 percent this year, growing even more quickly than the previous year, which saw a 1.6 percent increase.World’s Major Emitters Not Doing EnoughThe world is looking to developed countries to lead the way to a low carbon future. But they are not curbing their reduction in fossil fuel consumption quickly enough.In the case of the United States, emissions are headed in the wrong direction altogether. Energy use in the U.S. has increased over the last five years, reversing a decade of decline. Emissions are expected to increase in the US in 2018—a 2.5 percent increase between 2017 and 2018—in part due to weather (greater heating and cooling demands) and increases in oil use due to low oil prices. Emissions declines in the E.U. have slowed recently. Between 2017 and 2018, the EU saw a decline of emissions of only 0.7 percent.At the same time, emissions growth is not slowing in other parts of the world, and in many cases is accelerating. Between 2017 and 2018, CO2 emissions climbed by 6.3 percent in India (a rate three times higher than last year’s) and by 4.7 percent in China (compared with last year’s rate of increase of 3.5 percent). The rest of the world’s emissions have also been growing on average, with CO2 emissions 1.8 percent higher in 2018 than 2017.There are bright spots. Almost 20 countries, contributing 20 percent of global CO2 emissions, have decoupled fossil CO2 emissions and economic growth over the past decade.Natural Gas and Oil Use Still RisingNatural gas use is seeing the greatest acceleration, growing 2 percent annually in the last five years. While it has a lower carbon footprint than other fossil fuels, such as coal, it is a major source of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions. This is because natural gas is not only being used to replace coal, but also meet new energy consumption needs. In China, natural gas rose 8.4 percent per year since 2013 to respond to new energy needs, such as for heavy manufacturing, in addition to replacing coal.Oil is also on the rise, with oil consumption up 1.4 percent per year since 2012. Most of the increase has been in China and India, with increases of roughly 4 to 5 percent per year. While it had been previously thought that oil had reached its peak in the U.S. and E.U., oil use increased by 1.3 and 0.4 percent per year in these regions, respectively. Greater reliance on vehicles—with the number of vehicles growing 4 percent per year globally since 2012—and longer trips per vehicle can help explain recent trends. Furthermore, air traffic is on the rise, offsetting any increases in fuel efficiency.Coal Is a More Complicated StoryOne piece of good news: Coal consumption has been declining steadily since 2013. Global energy consumption from coal is declining on average almost 1 percent per year. In Canada and the U.S., coal consumption dropped 40 percent since 2005. Coal may be phased out entirely in the United Kingdom by 2025, and in the E.U. renewables may supply more primary energy than coal by 2021.However, the declines in coal in these countries could eventually be eclipsed by increased use of coal in other countries who currently lack energy access and are undertaking efforts to provide reliable energy accordingly. Coal consumption has been increasing in the Asia Pacific and Central/South America regions by 3 percent per year over the last decade. In India alone, the consumption of coal has risen almost 5 percent per year in recent years and now is greater than that of the E.U. and U.S. combined. Yet significant numbers of people in India—hundreds of millions—still lack access to reliable sources of electricity.Emissions Likely to Increase in 2019The picture is uncertain in 2019, but a key publication associated with the Global Carbon Project expects even further increases in 2019 given the persistent growth in oil and natural gas and projected economic growth next year. This is deeply troubling considering that the latest climate science suggests emissions should peak by 2020 to have a good chance of avoiding some of the worst climate impacts.When the Global Carbon Project’s initial figures came out last year suggesting that 2017 ended a period of emissions flattening, it was difficult to tell whether it was a temporary uptick or indicative of a longer trend. It’s of course still challenging to tell with just a few years of data, but it is now clear that 2017 wasn’t just an outlier.We have no signs that emissions are stabilizing, let alone swiftly declining, which is necessary if we are to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals.Hopefully the negotiators in the halls of Katowice, Poland are hearing the Earth’s distress calls—in the form of unusual storms, heat waves, and fires—that further ambition is needed. Parties have an opportunity to put forward more ambitious national commitments by 2020, and they should do so as soon as possible. Greater ambition is also needed on financing to provide adequate support to developing countries to make a transition to a low carbon economy. It will be critical for Parties to consider if they can commit to peak emissions more quickly, peak at lower emissions levels and decline emissions much more rapidly for those countries that have already peaked emissions.last_img read more

33% of Companies Have a Mobile Marketing Strategy [New Data]

first_img Only 23% of marketers have advertised on mobile platforms. 4. , includes many interesting insights from marketers. You can download the report for the full research, but for an overview of the findings, we have selected seven interesting data points to share in this post. Mobile Marketing 6. Social networking leads the pack of current and planned mobile marketing activities. 3. 7. Mobile Marketing: Plans, Trends and Measurability 62% of marketers plan to have a mobile marketing strategy within the next 12 months. Mobile websites lead the pack for mobile marketing investment. 5. The iPhone is the leading platform for mobile marketing strategy.center_img 2. 82% of companies plan to increase mobile marketing investment over the next 12 months. Mobile marketing is becoming a hot topic in the marketing community. Today, KingFish media released new survey data about mobile marketing. The new report, Mobile marketing as a discipline is still young. It is clear that consumer adoption is driving testing and adoption among marketers. As a marketer, it is important not to get caught up in the novelty of mobile marketing. Focus on making sure that online marketing foundation pieces such as a company website, blog, and landing pages are working to drive leads and customers before trying something new. Additionally, the mobile market is very segmented. When experimenting with mobile, pick a small segment relevant to your customers for testing. Marketing Takeaway Originally published May 17, 2011 5:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 1.33% of companies have a mobile marketing strategy. Did you find any of this data surprising? Are you starting to experiment with mobile marketing strategies? Topics: 7 Mobile Marketing Survey Findings Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Psychology of Teams: 9 Lessons on How Happy, Efficient Teams Really Work

first_img Topics: This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post.Remember a job you loved? (Hopefully, it’s the one you have now!)Remember a job you hoped to leave?When I reflect back on my career journey, I have jobs that fit both categories, and the difference has often been the fit of the team. The happier and hustle-ier the group of coworkers, the more we get done and the more fun we have doing it.Now imagine having a way to get there, no matter where on that spectrum your team sits now.I researched a bit into some of the psychology and underpinnings of the most efficient, most happy team setups. Here’s what I’ve discovered.1) How cohesive is your team?The three biggest factors: Trust, respect, and affirmationOne of the best places I’ve found to look for tips on the workplace is in recognizing which tips work great for relationships in general. Take this advice from a research roundup done at Lee University:Research on healthy relationships between adults and young people has consistently identified respect, affirmation, and trust as the most influential factors.One very interesting and useful study was conducted by Dr. Jim Tunney, who asked teachers to assess the degree to which they cared for and respected their students (90% and 80% respectively chose 8 or higher on a scale of 10). He then asked students to indicate the degree to which they believed their teacher cared for and/or respected them (30% and 25% respectively chose 8 or higher on the same 10-point scale).The emphasis on respect, affirmation, and trust comes from the results of a family assessment model called FACES, which asks a series of questions about cohesiveness and adaptability of one’s relationships. (Sample questions here.)I’ve heard this exact idea shared before as the way to build a cohesive family, a cohesive group of friends, and yes, even a cohesive workplace.Dr. Stephen Glenn, a parenting expert, built this concept into his training courses on developing capable young people. Dr. Glenn, who raised four biological children and 20(!) foster children, ties those talks directly back to the research and results of FACES and more.2) How task-diverse is your day?The brain benefits to doing different types of tasksThis should not be confused with multitasking — doing more than one thing at a time, which can be tough.In Your Brain at Work, David Rock covers the different science behind working smarter on the job. One of the big takeaways: Different types of tasks use up different amounts of energy.Seems quite obvious, right? Yet, I’m still constantly guilty of getting plugged into the same big task for huge chunks of time.Let your team members build their days so they have diverse sets of tasks to do, and you might just see better results and happier outcomes. From the book:Lower stress and anxiety: “Bring your dopamine or adrenaline level down by activating other regions of the brain other than the prefrontal cortex.”Avoid blocks of emailing: “A study done at the University of London found that constant emailing and text-messaging reduces mental capability by an average of ten points on an IQ test.”Get disciplined about a schedule: “Schedule blocks of time for different modes of thinking.”One of the ways we’ve gone about this last step at Buffer is to structure our days with workstation popcorn:Image Credit: BufferYou start your day with a to-do list, then plan your list around different cafes, coffee shops, and workstations, popping from one to the next when you’ve completed a set of tasks.3) What is the personality mix of your team?Create a good blend of the big five personality typesIn the 1970s, two groups of personality researchers independently came to the conclusion that most personality traits can placed in five broad categories, now known as the Big Five. They are:Openness: Those who score high for this trait tend to enjoy adventure and are open to new experiences.Conscientiousness: High scorers for conscientiousness are generally organized and dependable.Extraversion: Those who are high on this scale draw their energy from being around others, so they tend to be more sociable (not to be confused with outgoing!).Agreeableness: High scorers for this trait are often trusting, helpful, and compassionate.Emotional stability: People with high scores for this trait are usually confident and don’t tend to worry often (this may be tested as neuroticism, in which case high scorers would be prone to worrying and anxiety). Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Image Credit: Out of Service(If you’re curious about these, you can try this online test to see how you score.)The idea is that when it comes to team-building, you should focus on collecting a mix of these Big Five and blending them into the team-at-large and the individual teams within. Here are some specific tips:Take note of the personality traits you need before hiringLook for personalities that will fit into and complement your company culturePair new employees up with team members who suit their personality type4) How big is your team?How to shrink your teams and limit choicesIn Paradox of Choice, author Barry Schwartz describes the problem with having too many choices: dissatisfaction, regret, uncertainty. One of his tips: At restaurants, close the menu after you find the dish you like. Simple. Done.To carry the food analogy further, this concept relates to the way that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos approaches team structure. Bezos defaults to small: If a team can’t be fed with two pizzas, it is too big.5) How much doing does your leader do?Bill Walsh’s standard of performance (i.e., lead from the front)Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh, who won three Super Bowls and popularized a revolutionary new way to play football, wrote a book that is kind of about football but mostly about leadership and life: The Score Will Take Care of Itself.Pretty metaphorical title!One of the lessons from the book touches on the concept of leadership, particularly as it relates to those in leadership positions.Someone will declare, “I am the leader!” and expect everyone to get in line and follow him or her to the gates of heaven or hell. My experience is that it doesn’t happen that way. Unless you’re a guard on a chain gang, others follow you based on the quality of your actions rather than the magnitude of your declarations.Part of running an efficient, happy team is placing leadership around it that is action-based. Walsh came up with a system he called “My Standard of Performance,” which guided everything he did. Here are some highlights:Exhibit a ferocious and intelligently applied work ethic directed at continual improvement.Demonstrate respect for each person in the organization and the work he or she does.Be deeply committed to learning and teaching, which means increasing my own expertise.Be fair.Demonstrate character.Honor the direct connection between details and improvement, and relentlessly seek the latter.Show self-control, especially where it counts most — under pressure; demonstrate and prize loyalty.Use positive language and have a positive attitude.Take pride in my effort as an entity separate from the result of that effort.Be willing to go the extra distance for the organization.Deal appropriately with victory and defeat, adulation, and humiliation (don’t get crazy with victory nor dysfunctional with loss).Promote internal communication that is both open and substantive (especially under stress); seek poise in myself and those I lead.Put the team’s welfare and priorities ahead of my own.Maintain an ongoing level of concentration and focus that is abnormally high, and make sacrifice and commitment the organization’s trademark.Not that those in leadership positions at your place of work need to do all these things, but what might it feel like to work with someone who embodied even some of this stuff?6) How do your employees experience freedom and responsibility?The joy of giving decision-making to allDennis Bakke’s The Decision Maker is an allegorical story about what it’s like when decisions aren’t solely made by those in leadership.It’s a fascinating concept. Giving employees responsibility and freedom to make decisions can be transformative, with the thought being that the closer one is to the problem — not the boss in a lot of cases — the better decision can be made.Here’s a snippet from the book, jumping into a conversation between an employee in HR and the CEO of the company. The CEO says:“You’ve got the responsibility, but you’ve also got the freedom. Think through these questions. Figure out what you think will work best. Do whatever you need to. If you want to connect with other people who are thinking about this, get advice from other businesses, you let me know. Whatever research you need to do, we’ll make it happen. And then come to me with your decisions about how to handle human resources going forward.”“So you can sign off on them?” Angela challenged.Tom shook his head. “Nope,” he said. “So I understand what’s happening in the business.”7) Why do you have values?Phew! Values don’t have to equal successWe place great emphasis on the culture and values we hold at Buffer. They define the way we do just about everything: from product to marketing to support to our personal lives. They run deep!We like to think that part of the great outcome of having these shared values is that we’re excited and motivated to come to work together each and every day.That being said, values are not a shortcut to results.Our CEO Joel Gascoigne summed it up really well in this blog post:This is the approach we have started to take at Buffer with our cultural values such as Happiness and Positivity or Defaulting to Transparency.I can’t say that creating a company where everyone is happy is something that will make us more successful, and I can’t say that being fully transparent about revenues, user numbers, salaries, and other details helps us grow faster than other companies.These are simply values we have chosen to live by.8) Are the right people on your bus?The delicate art of hiring and firingIf we get the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus, then we’ll figure out how to take it someplace great.This quote from Jim Collins (from his hugely popular book Good to Great) covers the way we like to think about hiring. We hope to get the right people on the bus, first and foremost. Then we can always swap seats later and figure out together where we’re headed.Of course, getting the right people on the bus might mean being a bit more disciplined about hiring or taking stock of who’s on the bus already.Again, Joel has some great thoughts on the perspective of getting the passengers right, even if it means some hard conversations: “I would even go a step further and say that keeping people around who are not a great culture-fit is one of the worst things that could happen to someone. It has almost always been a mutual feeling when I had the conversation to let someone go: They felt some relief. I even have this quote on my wall to remind myself to think in this way:’Waiting too long before acting is equally unfair to the people who need to get off the bus. For every minute you allow a person to continue holding a seat when you know that person will not make it in the end, you’re stealing a portion of his life, time that he could spend finding a better place where he could flourish.’ – Jim Collins”9) How much do you think about an efficient, happy team?The yin and yang of intrinsic versus extrinsicHere’s a cool story about cats. (Courtesy of Dr. Wayne Dyer.)One day this old alley cat crossed paths with a younger cat who was frantically running around, trying to catch its own tail. The older cat watched carefully for awhile. When the young cat stopped for a breather, the older cat asked, “Would you mind telling me what you are doing?”The young cat said, “Sure thing! I went to Cat Philosophy School and learned that happiness is in our tails. So I am going to keep chasing my tail and someday I will catch it and get a big bite of happiness.”The older cat responded, “Well, I have never been to Cat Philosophy School, but I agree: Happiness is in our tails. However, I have found that when I just wander around enjoying life, it follows me everywhere I go.”The same goes for building an efficient, happy team.In particular on the happiness side, this idea was highlighted in a 2011 study by Yale psychologist June Gruber and colleagues who found that pursuing happiness may lead to increased expectations that, if gone unmet, would actually have the opposite effect of happiness.So instead of chasing efficiency and happiness to the extremes, we may be better off pursuing it calmly and rationally. Trying new team experiments is a great way to go, so long as you keep expectations in check.Over to YouWhat have you found to work best when putting your team together?I’d love to learn any of your lessons and to brainstorm things together. Let me know what has been successful in your workplace in the comments below.center_img Collaboration/Teamwork Originally published Feb 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

7 Inspiring Brand Activations to Help You Launch Your Own

first_imgOne of my favorite themes from the critically-acclaimed show Mad Men is that 1960’s advertising was based off the half-truth that you would be happier if you owned more material possesions.At the beginning of the series, the show’s main adman, Don Draper, passionately believes in this notion. It helps him sell whatever he advertises and it’s also the concept he molds his life around. Not only does Don sell the lie of money, status, and material items being the keys to happiness, but he also lives it.Watch Now: Interviews on Advertising Best Practices from Facebook, Google, HubSpot, and LinkedInBy the end of the series, though, Don realizes materialism can only bring him so much joy. After struggling through plenty of trials and tribulations, he learned that real happiness stems from living his life to the fullest, forging genuine relationships with his loved ones, and staying true to himself.Mad Men taught people a powerful lesson about the pursuit of happiness, and today, psychologists and neuroscientists want to do the same.Thomas Gilvich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, urges the public to prioritize experiences over material possessions because that’s what actually leads to happiness.To explain further, while you can attach material items like your new iPhone or car to your identity, these objects eventually lose their allure. Eventually, you’ll throw them away to replace them with the newest, trend-setting product. So if you really think about it, material items can never really be apart of your true identity.On the other hand, you’re the sum of your experiences, so they’re ingrained in your identity. Sharing experiences with people also has a special ability to forge close relationships. Even if experiences end like your relationships with material objects do, they’ll always be a part of your story, allowing you to bond with other people who’ve shared similar experiences.In marketing, engaging your target audience in experiences is one of the best ways to resonate emotionally with them. And some of the most memorable experiences you can host are called brand activations.  Brand Activation Originally published Apr 22, 2019 8:43:38 AM, updated October 14 2019 In the U.K., suicide is the number one cause of death of men aged 18 – 45. CALM, a suicide prevention charity, decided to spread awareness for the issue by creating 84 life-size sculptures of hooded-men, which is the the number of men who take their own lives every week in the U.K., and placing them on top of one of U.K.’s top TV network’s building.Every sculpture is unique and tells the story of a real person who committed suicide. And to produce as much publicity for male suicide prevention as possible, ITV, the TV network CALM partnered with, agreed to air the campaign on their morning show and dedicate three days of programming to male suicide. The campaign also promoted a petition that urges the government to take suicide more seriously and take greater action to help solve the urgent issue. Topics: Brand Activation Examples1. Vitamin Water | BrandonI usually don’t pay much attention to subway ads, but Vitamin Water’s “Brandon” was so funny, it literally made me laugh out loud, get out of my seat, and take a picture of the ad.But what I witnessed a few weeks later is arguably even more hilarious. When I was walking around Boston one Sunday afternoon, I strolled past Forbes’ Under 30 Summit and saw a guy holding a sign that said, “Need Handshaking Tips?”.This guy seriously seemed like he was trying to give handshaking tips to the attendees of the event, but I needed to see for myself. When he told me what his handshaking service truly was about, though, I snorted out loud.The guy was a part of Vitamin Water’s “Brandon” marketing campaign — the one I saw a subway ad for a few weeks back. There were also other members of the campaign, handing out Brandon’s business cards, some swag, and even bottles of Vitamin Water.The funniest (and most impressive) part of the “Brandon” marketing campaign, though, was that the members acted like they actually worked for Brandon. No matter how many times I prodded them about working for Vitamin Water, they stuck to their act.Vitamin Water’s “Brandon” campaign resonated with so many people because instead of just giving subway riders a quick laugh on their way to work, they made the extra effort to interact with their target audience and bring the ad to life. To make things even more personal, Brandon accepts all of his LinkedIn requests.2. InVision | Design Disruptors Documentary To promote the second season of their hit show Westworld, HBO built a miniature replica of the show’s Wild-West-themed amusement park in Austin, Texas for attendees of SXSW 2018 to explore.With over 40 “hosts” who guided attendees on their own unique narrative within Sweetwater, the attendees felt like they were actually in an episode of Westworld, traversing a town full of trotting horses, troublemaking bandits, and money-hungry gamblers.The park also contained clues of season two’s storyline and new characters, which helped generate a ton of suspense and anticipation for its upcoming premiere.4. Charity Water | WaterwalkImage Credit: Huffington PostCharity Water, an organization that creates clean water sources for remote villages in developing nations, gave attendees at a trade show an experience they will always remember.By setting up a booth where guests could carry two 40 pound jugs of water across a 50 yard platform, which African villagers do for miles every single day, attendees realized how challenging it is for villagers in developing nations to access something that most people can obtain with the twist of a faucet, boosting the odds that attendees would donate more money to the cause.5. Nordstrom | Merchandise-free ShopsImage Credit: Retail DiveNordstrom is famous for their luxury merchandise, but in 2017, they decided to set up special shops that only sell experiences. By providing styling, makeover, and sampling services, Nordstrom can pull their customers into delightful, memorable experiences that make much more of an emotional impact than buying a product. These experiences also make for a compelling story that consumers will always remember and be more than happy to share with one another.6. Netflix | Altered Carbon at CEScenter_img In 2016, InVision, a digital product design platform, embarked on a creative journey that no other B2B brand has ever stepped foot toward — they made a documentary. But crafting a feature-length film that could honestly list on Netflix wasn’t the most impressive accomplishment in this creative journey. It was actually their distribution strategy.Instead of uploading their documentary to every digital platform possible, InVision stuck to the fundamentals of film — they ran four red carpet premieres, which each attracted over 1,000 attendees. They also set up independent community screenings where organizations can sign up to show the film to their design team or special interest group. By November 2017, InVision had ran over 1,500 independent community screenings across the world.By crafting a refreshingly creative piece of art and innovating on the typical distribution playbook most B2B brands use, InVision was able to drive over 70,000 leads, connect with industry leaders that they’d never have access to otherwise, and develop relationships with the design team leads at huge brands like NBC.3. HBO | SXSWestworld Brand activations are in-person events, experiences, and interactions that forge lasting emotional connections between a brand and their target audience. At CES 2018, Netflix designed one of the most popular booths at the event. But it didn’t showcase the inner workings of their recommendations algorithm or their process for green lighting shows. It actually spotlighted a concept their show Altered Carbon revolves around — immortality.In their booth, fictional employees from Psychasec, the company that offers transfers of their clients’ consciousness to new bodies, or “sleeves”, in Altered Carbon, pitched the benefits of their service and even displayed some models of their sleeves.Netflix deeply immersed CES’ attendees in the narrative of their hit sci-fi show, and it made them feel like they could actually live forever — if only Psychasec’s service was real.7. CALM | Project 84 Marketing Campaigns Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at home

first_imgManchester United’s patchy start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton after a Jannik Vestergaard header cancelled out a brilliant Daniel James goal for the visitors on Saturday.The result left United on five points from four games after last weekend’s shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace while Southampton, who stretched their winless league streak at home against United to nine games, have four points.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded his team lacked the killer instinct in the opposition half but showed no signs of frustration after a third successive lacklustre performance following the opening 4-0 home win over Chelsea.”We started well, got the game where we wanted it and that’s where you have to score the second and the third and finish it off,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.”We weren’t clinical enough. We had loads of chances, and the last bit is missing. It’s getting there though.”The three other games that we haven’t won, we played better than against Chelsea.”We are dominating and creating chances but haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal to win games. We have missed penalties, chances – it’s a dip in results but not in form.”Wales winger James, signed from Swansea City during the close season, netted the third goal of his fledgling United career when he beat Angus Gunn with a 10th-minute rocket into the top corner which gave the Saints keeper no chance.It was almost a carbon copy of his goal against Palace and with the visitors dominating the opening half, the 21-year-old forced a reflex save from Gunn with another piledriver from 20 metres midway through the first half.advertisementThat effort came after striker Marcus Rashford, who endured another forgettable afternoon, headed well wide of the near post from close range.United faded after the break and Vestergaard equalised in the 58th minute when he rose above Victor Lindelof to head home emphatically a Kevin Danso cross from the right, moments after visiting keeper David De Gea tipped away a Danny Ings header.The home side were forced to hang on in the closing stages after Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable foul when he hacked down Scott McTominay, with Gunn denying Rashford and substitute Mason Greenwood.United left back Ashley Young acknowledged it was a poor result for the winners of a record 20 English league titles, who have won only one of their last nine league games.”I think it’s two points dropped, even before they went down to 10 men we felt comfortable,” Young told BBC Sport.”We didn’t come down here to draw, we came to win. The chances are there, we just need to take them.”last_img read more

India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma’s dream debut as opener gives India 1-0 lead

first_imgSouth Africa suffered a massive collapse on Day 5 of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday to give India a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.Things changed quickly for South Africa as they came up with contrasting batting performances in the 2 innings of the Test. While Dean Elgar daddy hundred and Quinton de Kock’s quickfire century helped them resist the Indian charge and post 431 in the first innings, the visitors surrendered meekly on a wearing wicket on Day 5.South Africa were bowled out for 191 in the second innings and faced an 203-run loss in the 1st Test. Ravnindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami ran through the batting unit as Faf du Plessis’s men were bundled out just after Lunch on Day 5.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 5: HighlightsThe visitors were in danger of getting bowled out inside lunch as they were reeling on 70 for 8 but a fine resistance from tail-enders Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy helped frustrate India bowlers a bit.The duo added a record-breaking stand of 91 runs for the 9th wicket to take the match past lunch on the final day. Shami came back to get the wicket of Piedt after he had frustrated the Indian unit with a dogged fifty.’2nd innings’ Shami steps upIt was always going to be difficult for South Africa on a wearing fifth day wicket but their collapse after a fine in the 1st innings should be hurting their confidence for the remainder of the series.There was some uneven bounce for pacers and sharp turn for the spinners on Sunday as South African wickets fell like a house of cards.advertisementAiden Markram waged a lone battle by beautifully counter-attacking the spinners but his resistance ended when Ravindra Jadeja took a stunning return catch in the over wherein he took 3 wickets to end South Africa’s hopes of saving the Test.Earlier in the day, Mohammed Shami, known for his 2nd innings exploits, was at it again as he got the big wickets of Temba Bavuma, captain Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock — all three South Africa batsmen heard the death rattle.R Ashwin started it all on Sunday as he removed Theunis de Bruyn to pick up his 350th Test wicket. The India off-spinner became the joint-fastest along with legendary Muttiah Muralitharan to reach the landmark.Just when du Plessis and Markram were looking to steady the ship with a 32-run stand, Shami got one to nip back to the South Africa captain who shouldered his arms before losing his off-stump.South Africa were dealt an early blow when they were made to bat during the last hour on Day 4 as Ravindra Jadeja got the big wicket of Dean Elgar who had made a classy 160 in the first innings.Record-breaking outings for Rohit in maiden Test as openerIndia were able to set a target of 395 runs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s second successive hundred in his first Test as opener. Rohit slammed 127 from just 145 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and 7 sixes to help India post 323 in quick time in the 2nd innings.Rohit Sharma helped remind fans of Virender Sehwag with a counter-attacking display that left the South African bowling attack distraught. Rohit got good support from Cheteshwar Pujara who started slow only to accelerate and make 81.The Visakhapatnam Test was all about India’s batting might on display. While Rohit Sharma stole the show with hundreds in each innings in his first Test as opener, Mayank Agarwal hit a classy double hundred in the first innings as India posted 502 for 7 declared.South Africa reduced the deficit with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock coming up with fine hundreds but India were too hot to handle in the 4th innings.Having sealed a 1-0 lead, India will take on South Africa in the 2nd Test in Pune from October 10.Brief Scores, 1st Test, Day 5: India (323/4 d and 502/7 d) beat South Africa (191, 431) by 203 runs. Dane Piedt (56), Mohammed Shami (4/35), Ravindra Jadeja (4/87)Also Read | Failure makes you a better batsman: Cheteshwar Pujara on his return to form in Vizag TestAlso Read | 1st T20I: Top-ranked Pakistan fall to humiliating defeat at the hands of Sri LankaAlso See:last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite launched in India: Get price, features, engine, colours, other details here

first_imgMercedes-Benz today launched the V-Class Elite in India for an introductory price of Rs 1.10 crore (ex-showroom, India). Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite is targeted at an array of customers, including those having large families, sports enthusiasts and businesses owners, looking for a top-end luxury MPV.Earlier in January 2019, Mercedes-Benz had introduced two variants of V-Class — the six-seater long-wheelbase Exclusive for Rs 81.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and the seven-seater extra long-wheelbase Expression for Rs 68.40 lakh (ex-showroom).Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite is powered by a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre OM 654 diesel engine that makes 163 hp and 380 Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The V-Class Elite can make 0-100 kmph in 11.1 seconds.So far as features are concerned, Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite gets 17-inch standard alloys with an option for 18-inch units, optional panoramic sliding roof, electric sliding doors, Easy Pack tailgate with separate rear window opening, centre console with refrigerated compartment, luxury seats with massage and climate control functions, leather upholstery options (silk beige/black), Burmester surround sound system, and ambient lighting. Also available is an accessories package. The standard safety features include six airbags, attention assist and 360-degree camera with active park assist.Mercedes-Benz V-Class Elite comes with Steel Blue, Selenite Grey, Graphite Grey, Obsidian Black Metallic, Cavensite Blue Metallic, Rock Crystal White Metallic and Brilliant Silver Metallic colour options.ALSO READ | Hero Splendor iSmart BS6 launched: Check out price, features, other detailsALSO READ | Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Who is the winner in terms of October 2019 sales?ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has offers up to Rs 80,000; get the details hereadvertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal, Chelsea told Zaha is ‘going nowhere’

first_imgTransfers Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City told Zaha is ‘going nowhere’ in January Jamie Smith 23:15 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wilfried Zaha Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Manchester City Chelsea Swansea City v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Premier League The Ivory Coast international’s form has led to rumours he could leave Crystal Palace, but Roy Hodgson insists the forward will stay at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been given assurances that the club’s in-form forward Wilfried Zaha will not be sold in the January transfer window.Palace were beaten 3-2 at home by Arsenal on Thursday to end a run of eight Premier League games without defeat, leaving Hodgson’s men a point above the relegation zone.Zaha’s performances have played a key role in Palace’s resurgence under Hodgson, leading to the 25-year-old being linked to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hodgson indicated earlier this month that he could not guarantee Zaha’s future, but the former England manager has now been informed the Ivory Coast international will not be sold.”I have assurances from the club owners and chairman, Steve Parish, that [Zaha leaving] is not going to happen,” Hodgson told Palace’s official website.”We want to keep all the players we have got and ideally want to add to the squad in the January transfer window to strengthen even more.Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha going nowhere“We are not too concerned about any rumours which might circulate because he is going nowhere.”Zaha’s four Premier League goals have helped Palace to move away from the bottom three, with Hodgson delighted with the player’s impact.”Wilfried has been absolutely excellent for us in this recent good run we have had and of course he is the iconic Crystal Palace player, having been with us for so many years and being a local hero,” Hodgson added.”He is doing everything he can to try and keep us out of the relegation zone and he is going to have to keep producing those type of performances for many more games because we have a long fight ahead of us.”last_img read more

Midwest City Safety Evan Fields Eliminates OSU From Consideration

first_imgMidwest City safety prospect Evan Fields, a once top target for Oklahoma State, has eliminated the Cowboys from consideration in a list he released on twitter earlier this week. Saying he is cutting his recruitment “exclusively” to these schools.https://twitter.com/evan4_/status/808876655968157696Fields is a 2017 recruit, now with close to 30 Division I offers that include Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State, Memphis and others. Quite an impressive offer sheet.So what gives?Fields announced recently that he was wiping the slate clean with his recruitment due to some behind the scenes activity between coaches, although it’s unclear if that was in reference to the OSU staff. After hitting the reset button, OSU fell off his list – and OSU seemed to be moving in on another target, Corrion Ballard, in his place.Ballard is a junior college prospect from Blinn College. He announced on Wednesday night that he had committed to Utah over OSU and Texas Tech.So … Will OSU be getting back in the Evan Fields sweepstakes?At this point it seems unlikely.Based on their target that emerged in junior college safety Corrion Ballard, it would appear that OSU may be looking for a prospect who could come in and contribute immediately to help replace Jordan Sterns.OSU has several committed prospects at the position with Kris McCune, Tre Sterling, Malcolm Rodriguez, and Lamarcus Morton – all of which are currently high school seniors.I’d expect that should they take another safety in the class, they’ll be looking for someone who can fill in immediately – either a junior college prospect or a highly-rated recruit who projects to play early. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Rudolph-Led Orange Team Swamps Black

first_imgSTILLWATER, Okla. — The black team was dealt a losing hand.The orange beat the black 24-0 for the Oklahoma State football team’s spring game Saturday. Heisman Trophy candidate Mason Rudolph trotted out to start at quarterback for the orange. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee was his counterpart for the black. Wudtee and the other quarterbacks for the black team were not as good. They completed two passes.On Rudolph’s first possession, he sliced through the black defense. His first pass was a 39-yard seed to Tyrell Alexander. Right between the 1 and 0 on Alexander’s chest. A few plays after, Rudolph threw a fade to Chris Lacy, who had to swim back toward midfield to make a leaping 38-yard snag. Jeff Carr carried it in a play later.On Wudtee’s first possession, he handed it off twice and threw incomplete. Things never improved. He was 1-of-6 for six yards.Postgame, coach Mike Gundy said he didn’t learn too much from the spring game other than that last year’s backup quarterback Taylor Cornelius played well. Cornelius was 5-of-9 for 77 yards and threw a 22-yard arching touchdown to Obi Obialo. He also showed speed that hadn’t even been close to being there in years past.“I thought Taylor did a good job, and the other guys that were inexperienced, looked inexperienced to me,” Gundy said.Gundy did not name a backup quarterback after the spring game. He said if he had to Saturday, he would go with Cornelius, but the decision likely won’t be made official until August. The Cowboys open Sept. 2 against Tulsa.None of the other quarterbacks for the black team were any good. Redshirt sophomore John Kolar only threw five passes. Two of them, including his first and final, were interceptions coming on horribly wobbly balls.Before spring practice started, Gundy said he would like to implement a package for a more athletic, playmaking quarterback to head. Whether such a package remains an interest after his young quarterbacks’ woeful performances is unclear, but Gundy said if a package were designed after the spring game, it would be for Wudtee depending on how Jelani Woods progresses. He also said whoever is the quarterback for that package does not necessarily have to be the backup.“But we’re gonna have a package where we have a guy that can give us more on short-yardage, goal line situations,” Gundy said. “Really wouldn’t want to burn a year on a guy for that package, so 11 would be the leading candidate right now.”But the discrepancy remains between Rudolph and the pack remains. Rudolph worked three series to start and led scoring drives on two of them. He went 13-of-17 for 204 yards and a passing touchdown. He said it was just good to be back out at Boone Pickens Stadium.“I think we’re all excited about our senior season as a whole, not just me,” Rudolph said. “We’ve got so many playmakers that you can point to on this offense, and the defensive side, they’re huge components of this team, so I’m excited.”Gundy said the orange defense was stacked against the black team’s offense. Last year’s starters Jarrell Owens, Cole Walterscheid, Chad Whitener and Ramon Richards were all on the orange defense, which made it clearly near impossible for a group of quarterbacks who had played in two games combined.The offensive lines were split as well. The orange had a couple of experienced guys, and the black the others. Because of that, both teams struggled in protection and particularly had challenges running the ball. Between both squads’ backs, there were only 129 yards on the ground, and the leading rusher was La’Darren Brown who had 49.There were several inactive offensive linemen. Gundy said Zach Crabtree, Larry Williams and Deionte Noel were all injured in the past couple of days and will be out for a couple of weeks. The Cowboys were two deep at a lot of positions, which almost changed the dynamic of the game, Gundy said.“Almost just went to an offensive/defensive scrimmage,” Gundy said. “But we decided to go ahead and split ’em up.”It didn’t make for good football all too often. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Sane snub makes no sense – Ballack

first_imgLeroy Sané Sane snub makes no sense – Ballack Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 00:28 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Germany 2017-18 Getty Images Leroy Sané Germany Chelsea Manchester City Premier League World Cup The Mannschaft legend can’t understand the youngster being left out and thinks something is going on between him and his manager Michael Ballack believes there is more going on behind the scenes between Joachim Low and Leroy Sane than has been said following the Manchester City star’s shock omission from Germany’s World Cup squad. Sane played a key role in City’s successful 2017-18 campaign and was widely expected to make Germany’s roster for the upcoming tournament in Russia.Nevertheless, Low surprisingly opted against picking the 22-year-old as he preferred Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt instead. 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 Ballack is not convinced Low’s decision was merely a tactical one, however, and suspects there might be issues between Sane and the Germany boss.”For me, it makes no sense at all. As you mention it, he had a great season,” Ballack told Goal  during the Betfair road to Russia preview. “The way he is playing football I think suits every team. There’s no tactical scheme which doesn’t allow him to not be in the first XI or even in the squad.”It was surprising for me and for a lot of people. To get the final answer, you have to ask the coach Joachim Low his thoughts were about that. He was comparing him with Brandt, in a one-versus-one comparison he decided with Brandt. I don’t think that’s 100% the answer, to be honest.”There must be something going on behind the scenes where he is not happy with Leroy Sane to make the decision. He should tell this then, so everyone knows that this has happened why he is not part of the squad. Football-wise, it is very hard to understand.”I was not working with him on a daily basis but there must be something behind the scenes which forced him into that decision. When I see the games, and that’s what counts in football, week-in week-out, in every competition, he plays well so that’s why it is very difficult to understand.”Ballack played 99 times for his country and captained his side for two major international tournaments. He fell short of winning the World Cup, finishing second and third in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich star does think that Germany have more pressure on them this year than in previous World Cups but he ranks them among the favourites, even without Sane in their squad. “We have a great squad. He is really lucky to pick from so many good players. It is not just one Leroy Sane, we have lots of different players with [Marco] Reus, with [Julian] Draxler who also not always playing but he trusts them more at the moment. You have to accept that but he has options, that’s the main thing.Joachim Low Timo Werner Germany 04092017“He has options and he can make decisions to also maybe wake up the team a bit because the last performance didn’t go so well (a 2-1 defeat to Austria on Saturday). We will see. I am really looking forward to the World Cup, as are many people as we are expecting really good football. Germany is well prepared like always, we are one of the favourites.”We are having this little bit of extra pressure maybe because all the teams want to play really well against Germany. So we know really well about that but we are prepared. We have a good balanced team and, yes, I expect that we will go far.”If you win it and I know it from my past, the expectations then grow but it is up to the coach and the players to handle that pressure. To handle that expectation, not to block or be stiff. Just go there, enjoy your football and perform. I don’t think that it is not a success if you don’t win.”What we want to see is good football, that talents are improving and they are playing their game. Sometimes you can lose games unluckily or the other team is better than you and has a great day as well. That can happen in football. A lot of things have to come together to win a World Cup.”It is not easy, you need also a little bit of luck in a few situations. What I expect is good football and hopefully we can see it. I think the squad improved compared to 2002, and even 2006. You could already see a few young talents came up through 2010. Finally 2014 we could win it.Michael Ballack“I think that compared to the last World Cup in 2014, we have lost some leaders. Phillip Lahm, Miroslav Klose, [Per] Mertesacker, [Bastian] Schwiensteiger are not playing anymore. These are the leaders that you have to replace. This is not easy. It is not work from one day to another, it needs time.”We have a few players who were part of the former team. [Thomas] Muller, [Manuel] Neuer and also [Mats] Hummels. They can lead the team. Some young players coming in, Draxler, [Leon] Goretzka, Sane is not in the squad which is a bit surprising.”I’d love to see him playing as well but these kinds of players gives the team a bit of specialty and hopefully it can work out as well.”last_img read more

10 Best Restaurants in New Orleans, Both Old and New

first_img The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries New Orleans knows how to eat and drink better than any city in the United States. The love for food and booze knows no bounds, which you’ll quickly come to realize after spending a few days in the Big Easy. With so many delicious restaurants — both old and new — from which to choose, it can be difficult to plan your eating adventure. To help with that, we put together this handy guide of our absolute favorite New Orleans restaurants. Let it lead your culinary escapades all through your stay.Longway TavernWe loved this French Quarter newcomer so much, we visited them twice on our last visit. Longway Tavern is housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings, and their food and drink philosophy reflects just that — the restaurant is a nod to taking your time and following the road less traveled. Chef Jonathan Sinclair puts creative twists on nostalgic tavern fare for the menu, and you truly can’t go wrong with any of his dishes. Start with the fried calamari, which is perfectly crispy and served with Swiss chard, blistered grape tomatoes, and charred lemon. The English peas (cauliflower cream, country ham, crumbs) and home fries (pork belly, crème fraîche, caramelized onions, chives, and caviar) are not to be missed, along with the succulent pork shoulder steak, complete with broccoli rabe, braised fennel, roasted garlic, and chili flake. Liam Deegan’s cocktails perfectly complement the fare and also speak for themselves if you just want a drink. Try the Greeña Colada,  a cooling mix of El Dorado 5 Year rum, Green Chartreuse, and “beach flavors.” Their playful shot list serves each shooter with a chaser — think Fernet with a Mr. Pibb back and Jeppson’s Malort with a Slim Jim back.Compère LapinTucked inside the lobby of our favorite New Orleans hotel (the insanely-charming Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery), chef Nina Compton’s Compère Lapin is a special place. The restaurant’s name comes from a story about a mischievous rabbit that Compton used to read as a child in St. Lucia, and the menu is inspired by her Caribbean roots, the rich culture of New Orleans, and its indigenous ingredients. We recently went for brunch and enjoyed delicious dishes like vanilla bruléed grapefruit, a smoked hamachi and everything doughnut, goat bolognese with cavatelli and ricotta, and a wagyu burger with caramelized onion and taleggio cheese. If you’re going for dinner, don’t miss favorites like conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce, cold smoked tuna tartare with avocado and crispy bananas, and adobo pork tenderloin with plantain crema and charred okra. Abigail Gullo’s cocktail menu is just as wonderful as the food. We’re loving the Andromeda, made with pisco, green chile vodka, lime, grapefruit, and egg white.MaypopChef Michael Gulotta takes inspiration from a lot of eating cultures for his menu at Maypop and his style of Southern-Asian fusion is downright irresistible. His menu references Vietnamese, Cajun, Creole, and Sicilian, and he even does a weekend dim sum brunch with dishes like andouille turnip cakes with XO sauce and head cheese and blue crab soup dumplings. He uses the bounty from local purveyors and cures his own meat in-house, which is hanging in a glass case in the dining room for all to see. Gulotta also makes his own pasta, which you can taste in dishes like chanterelle mushrooms with herbed malfatti dumplings and pancetta. Don’t miss the peach and oxtail curry, which is served with roasted bone marrow and warm roti.La Petit GroceryLa Petit Grocery chef and owner Justin Devillier was inspired to enter the culinary industry as a kid, when he would fish and dive for lobsters in his home of South Orange County, California. He puts a creative spin on classic New Orleans cuisine that makes for a diverse and delicious menu. Think small plates like blue crab beignets and buttermilk-fried quail, along with a bounty of fresh vegetable sides. The bucatini with turtle bolognese is a must, as is the panéed rabbit with spätzle, wilted greens, turnip purée, and sauce Grenobloise. Bar director Jesse Carr’s cocktail menu pairs perfectly with the fare and includes such concoctions as the Cofresi’s Inspiration (High West White Whiskey, Rougaroux Sugarshine Rum, Duplais Absinthe, lime, pineapple, and coconut milk) and Momotaro (Mizu Barley Shochu, Orchard Peach Liqueur, Cocchi Rosa, lemon, thyme, nutmeg, and honey). Situated pleasantly away from the French Quarter in a quaint 1800s cottage, you have to check out this NOLA mainstay.Cochon ButcherLocated next door to Cochon in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, Chocon Butcher is a sandwich counter and wine bar that’s inspired by old-world meat markets. Almost everything is made in-house, from the cured meats, sausages, and terrines to the bounty of pickles, jellies, jams, and sauces. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski put a Cajun twist on their cured specialties. The smoked turkey sandwich is light and delicious, topped with avocado, sprouts, tomato, and basil aioli. They have a classic muffuletta, pastrami with sauerkraut, a Cubano, and Moroccan-spiced lamb with cucumbers, tzatziki, and chili oil on flatbread. Charcuterie and cheese plates are available, along with small plates like head cheese with chow chow and sweet and spicy brisket sliders. There’s also a nightly dinner special, so expect to see dishes like boudin-stuffed chicken leg and fried catfish with corn fritters on weekly rotation.Killer PoBoysThe name says it all: Killer PoBoys makes really good sandwiches. The original location in the back of Erin Rose is a treat, especially when you pair one of a hearty po’boy with a frozen Irish coffee, the bar’s specialty. But you’ll get the same delicious sandwiches at the freestanding location on Dauphine, which makes for a hearty lunch after an afternoon at the Museum of Death. The restaurant has a tasty po’boy for every palate, like seared Gulf shrimp with coriander lime spice, sriracha aioli, herbs, daikon radish, carrot, and cucumber, and barbecue duck confit with ranch slaw, coffee barbecue sauce, and red onion. Roasted sweet potato and cheddar omelet po’boys cater to vegetarians, and sides like smothered greens and spicy potato salad are perfect pairings for the massive sandwiches.El LibreJosh W./YelpThis casual Cuban eatery recently opened its new, bigger location in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood, but it’s still serving favorites like Cubanos and tropical-tinged cocktails. El Libre takes the former space of beloved Bud’s Broiler burger joint, which closed after four decades in business, and El Libre pay homage to the older restaurant with a burger and seasoned waffle fries (which can be topped with things like pork, black beans, and avocado). There’s a ropa viejo po’boy, both traditional and vegetarian Cubanos, chicken cooked in signature mojo marinade, and a hearty vegetarian bowl. Wash it down with a rummy libation like a daiquiri, mojito, or Cuba Libre.St. Roch MarketAs you walk into this gorgeous Southern food hall, the first thing you’ll notice is high ceilings, majestic white columns, and huge windows which allow the natural light to flood inside. Start walking around St. Roch Market and you’ll get to know all the food vendors selling their tasty creations. There’s an oyster bar, a juicery with quinoa bowls and salads, a Haitian eatery, a taco stand, Egyptian food, plus so much more. There’s even The Mayhaw, a craft cocktail bar to quench your thirst. St. Roch Market is the perfect place to stop for lunch or a casual dinner before a night out in the Big Easy.Central GroceryIf you’ve ever enjoyed a muffuletta, you have Central Grocery to thank for starting it all. The Italian sandwich shop and grocery store was opened in 1906 by Sicilian immigrant Salvatore Lupo and the shop has been in the family for three generations. To say that Central Grocery’s muffuletta is delicious is an understatement. Layers of Italian meats and cheeses are placed between pillowy, sesame-studded bread that’s been slathered with homemade olive salad. The longer you wait to eat the sandwich, the more the oils soak into the bread, imparting it with salty brine and fatty goodness. If you’re just one person, the half-size muffuletta is plenty. We suggest buying one right before going to the airport. Eat half on the plane and half when you get home — or for breakfast the next day.Palace CafeThis gorgeous three-story restaurant is a real looker — the charm feels half French brasserie, half New Orleans cafe. The food is Creole through and through, so you can expect to find NOLA favorites like crabmeat cheesecake, turtle soup, and fried oysters with housemade ricotta and guanciale. One of our most memorable New Orleans meals was Palace Cafe’s Shrimp Tchefuncte, which is Gulf shrimp in a Creole meunière served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, popcorn rice, and green onions. After dinner, pay a visit to Black Duck rum bar upstairs and indulge in a Frozen Banana Foster, which is made with Rougaroux Full Moon Rum, brown sugar, banana liqueur, and cinnamon. Editors’ Recommendations WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall last_img read more

Bahris Quarterly Profit Sinks

first_imgzoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has reported a 37 percent drop in its net profit for the third quarter of 2016 to SAR 318.3 million (USD 84.8 million) from SAR 510.3 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.The decrease in net income is mainly attributed to an overall decrease in Spot markets rates during the current quarter compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015, the company said in a stock exchange announcement.Other factors that influenced the net profit were the decrease in average Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) rate in crude oil transportation spot market during the current quarter compared to the corresponding quarter of 2015 and the decrease in the company share in profits of Petredec limited (30.3% owned by Bahri).Operational profit for the quarter plunged by 57 percent from SAR 545.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2015 to SAR 230.1 million.However, for the first nine months of the year, the company’s net profit improved by 14.6 percent and stood at SAR 1.43 billion, against SAR 1.25 billion reported in the same period of 2015. The increase in net income was mainly driven by the company’s fleet expansion, as Bahri now owns a fleet of eighty-three vessels, compared to seventy-three vessel as of September 2015.Bahri’s operational profit for the nine-month periods also increased to SAR 1.48 billion from SAR 1.38 billion, respectively, representing a rise of 6.9 percent.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

84 airports to install body scanners by March 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has directed 84 airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, according to an official document.”Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect both metallic and non-metallic items concealed on the body,” states the circular sent by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to all airports in April this year. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe circular also states the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that 84 airports would have to follow while using body scanners. Of around 105 operational airports in the country at present, 28 are classified as hypersensitive, including those in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and in conflict areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast while 56 airports are categorized as sensitive. These 28 hypersensitive and 56 sensitive airports would have to install body scanners by March 2020 while the remaining airports can install it by March 2021, as per the circular. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”Scanner shall provide an image-free solution using a generic mannequin. Threats shall be graphically presented, the circular states, addressing the privacy concerns that these machines may generate images with full body contours. On the mannequin-like image generated by the machine, a yellow spot will highlight the area on the body that may need further screening, the circular states. Passengers would have to remove their jackets, thick clothing, shoes, belts as well as all metallic items before entering into the body scanner of an airport, according to the circular.last_img read more