A Bias for Action and Locus of Control

first_imgThe organizational development class I was taking at Harvard Business School included a group project. The project was based on a scenario in which all the members of the group were in a hypothetical plane crash in what the script called “the Canadian swamplands.”The exercise required each member of the group to look at a list of resources available and put them in order based on their importance to survival. The list included things like the tires from the plane’s landing gear, pills that would purify water, matches, the fuel from the aircraft, and about 15 other items.Each member of the group was to share their ranking with their team and make one single decision: Do you stay put and wait for help, or do you attempt to cross the 50 miles of “Canadian swamplands,” and make it to the nearest town.As we ranked the items, we learned from each other. I ranked the pills that would purify water as my number one resource. One of the members of my group, however, was a doctor, and he insisted that in the Canadian area where we were stranded, the water was cleaner than almost any water found on earth. He said to throw the pills away. We all went through the exercise of discussing each item and re-ranking them based on the knowledge of the entire group. We were smarter together than we were alone. (Out of 125 or so people, no one had a worse first ranking of these items than me, and no one had a greater improvement after re-ranking them with their peers).That learning outcome by itself would’ve been enough, but we still had to answer the question as to whether or not to stay put or attempt to cross 50 miles of harsh terrain. Of the 10 or so people in the group, only one of us suggested that we cross the 50 miles together. That one person was me. I have a strong bias for action.At the time I was taking this class, I was routinely riding a bicycle 100 miles every Saturday and another 75 or more miles every Sunday, in addition to what I rode throughout the week. Fifty miles is a long way to walk, and over tough terrain, it would be even worse. I believed it could be done, and argued that the tires from the airplane and the rope we had recovered from the plane crash would allow us to cross the water safely. But my peers argued vociferously against my plan. They won the argument, but I negotiated that we would wait three days, and then we would walk together to the closest town.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who showed up on a videotape to describe our situation and what the right choices were suggested that we would have likely been lost and died had we tried to cross the 50 miles. He said it was better and more likely that we would have been found had we simply waited to be rescued. Honestly, I am not very good at waiting. Riding 100+ miles dressed in lycra with only water and a few energy bars would have given me the confidence to give it a go and start walking, even though I liked the idea of catching the tires on fire to generate enough smoke to allow rescuers to locate my team.As I am reading Charles Duhigg’s new book, Smarter, Faster, Better, I am reminded that a “bias for action” and a “locus of control,” (believing that you have a choice and can complete some arduous task) is the foundation of motivation. When we win deals, we talk about what we did to win, as if it was all our volition. When we lose deals, we pretend that certain factors beyond our control caused our loss, that we were powerless. The problem with believing that forces beyond your control are what causes your losses is disempowering. It means that you have no control, that you have to sit passively while the world acts on you.The time to take the actions that ensure you win deals-or greatly improve your chances—is now. The time to deal without whatever obstacle you believe will cause you to lose is before you have lost. No one is coming to rescue you and your deal. You are going to have to save yourself. 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 Nowlast_img read more

The Source of Your Motivation Is Why

first_imgI regularly get asked questions by people who read my blog, and often the queries have similar inspirations. Recently I received one asking “How do I motivate myself?”The source of all motivation is finding the answer to the question “Why?”If you want to spring out of bed in the morning, passionately ready to begin your day instead of hitting the snooze button three times in a row, you need a compelling reason to do so. You need a “why?” When you identify the reason “why” you will immediately reclaim the 27 minutes you spend sleeping each morning.If you aren’t excited by your work, anxious to engage in doing whatever it is that you do, and giving yourself over to that work, you don’t have a reason that is compelling enough. You might be tempted to abdicate your responsibility for bringing purpose and meaning into your work, preferring instead to believe that your manager and leaders are supposed to provide that for you. Inspired and enlightened leaders may do that, but you can make your work meaningful enough by finding inspiration on your own.Your personal health and well-being is your primary responsibility. If you aren’t motivated to take care of yourself, to eat well, to exercise, to do things that reduce your stress, then you either lack a “why” or you aren’t paying attention to all the “whys” in your life. Like your family and friends. Like the people who count on you. Like the contribution you are here to make.A lack of motivation is a form of ingratitude. It indicates that you don’t yet appreciate the life you have been given for what it really is: the opportunity to make a difference, and the chance to make a contribution.Knowing something is true and not acting on it is the same as not knowing. But knowing you have been given a gift and wasting it is not to appreciate that gift. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twainlast_img read more

Buccaneering fullback Marcos Alonso extends Chelsea stay till 2023

first_imgAdvertisementMarcos Alonso has signed a new Chelsea F.C. contract this afternoon that runs till 2023. The Spanish international arrived from Fiorentina in 2016 and has not had to look back so far , thus putting the pen on the paper.Since his arrival he has positively impacted a vast majority of the games he has played. Apart from plying his trade at the left-back position , the Spaniard has also proven to be a considerable asset going forward for Chelsea, with 14 goals and seven assists in his 64 Premier League appearances for the club.Speaking in September, Sarri said: “Alonso I think at the moment in this position, left-back, he is maybe the best in Europe.“Physical qualities at top level, I think. He’s doing very well in the offensive phase. I also think he can improve in the defensive phase. He could be the best left-back in the world.”Club director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.“In the past two seasons he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”Marcos Alonso has also been called up for Spain National team on 3 occasions.Advertisementlast_img read more

Russia cyclist Shane Perkins able to ‘sleep well at night’ after switching allegiances

first_imgTrack cycling star Shane Perkins has defended his integrity and backed Russian cycling as controversy continues about the country’s anti-doping regime.After winning two world titles and riding at the 2012 Olympics for Australia, Perkins switched allegiances to Russia when he was left out of the Rio Games squad. He will make his world championships debut as a Russian rider later this month in Poland. Read more Support The Guardian The Six Day track event at Melbourne Arena, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, will be his last event before the worlds.“My integrity is absolutely fine, I sleep well at night,” Perkins said. “A lot of people know the sort of person I am … people should know that just because I’m riding for another team, it doesn’t mean I’m going to change my ethics. I’m not going to tarnish that reputation that I’ve built up.”Perkins also backed his new teammates as controversy continues to rage about doping in the Russian sports system. “When I say to people, ‘I’m riding for Russia’, they automatically look at me and think ‘why have you done that – they’re drug cheats’,” he said.“The point is, it [doping] happens everywhere. Now I’m part of Russia and I know the athletes … I have confidence in the team that I’m in.”This week’s Six Day will be the first time he has ridden at Melbourne Arena since the 2012 world championships, where he was a member of the Australian trio that won the team sprint gold medal. He will ride in the team sprint again this month, his first world championships since 2015.“Going to these worlds, it’s going to show me basically what the level is now because it has been a while since I’ve been there,” he said. “I’m not expecting to be straight back up there again, but I’m not saying that I won’t be, either … I have to be realistic too. news Share on Pinterest Cycling Share on Messenger Australia sport Share via Email Topics Q&A: What is at stake at Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal?center_img “Once I get there and get a bit of a sniff of it, I’m always good like that – it will be a good couple of years after these worlds.”Perkins said the Six Day, which is part of an international series, is as much about entertainment as it is competition. “It’s an awesome atmosphere … there will be a lot of fun. The sprinters are there to put up a good show.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Shane Perkins on defecting to Russia: ‘I have a clean slate to prove myself’ Reuse this contentlast_img read more

TCSO Entering Its Final Delivery Phase

first_imgzoom The Verdon Terminal near Bordeaux, France is preparing to renew services under the new name TCSO, Terminal à Conteneurs du Sud Ouest (South west France Container Terminal), which is scheduled to relaunch this autumn.The industrial and logistics platform known as the Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux, is spread along the 110 km of the Gironde estuary.The port of Bordeaux’s ambition is to make the Verdon terminal an efficient high performance deep water port, served by a regular rail shuttle that will link it to the rest of south west France.The project has received financial support from the EU and the French government and the local authorities that have added to the financial package with a Government-Region contract.The port of Bordeaux has chosen Europorte, the rail freight subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel, as its preferred candidate to operate the Verdon terminal.The terminal is aimed at enabling maritime operators to benefit from the increasing opportunities in the estuary. The arrivals and departures will be made using the rail links to and from the hinterland (the whole South West), via the Bruges (near Bordeaux) freight zone.“This ambitious project, which was initiated by the Grand port Maritime de Bordeaux will be launched with the support of both European and national bodies, but also with the support of regional and local authorities. It is one of the greatest satisfactions that a public company like ours can achieve. The logic of modal shift which we support is highly visible and reinforces our belief that we are, above all, helping the economic development of our region,” said Christophe Masson, President of the Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux.Europorte has selected the Société de Manutention Portuaire d’Aquitaine to manage handling on the site. The company has already invested almost €10 million to acquire two stacking cranes and shuttle carriers which will be delivered in mid-September.According to Groupe Eurotunnel, the geographic location and the reduction in transit time, which comes from the installation of a complete logistics chain from unloading ships to loading trains will enable the management of 700,000 containers from 2016 and will lead to a shift from road to the mass transit maritime, fluvial and rail modes in the port of Bordeaux hinterland.last_img read more

Your Chance To Help Leonard Nimoys Final Mission

first_imgThis week marks the one-year anniversary since the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who lost his battle with COPD.Julie Nimoy with her father Leonard Nimoy His daughter, Julie Nimoy and her husband, David Knight, are determined to continue his “final mission” to raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by producing a new documentary called, “COPD: Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy”.“The film is going to be an intimate look at my father’s life, legacy, and his final years advocating for greater awareness around COPD,” Julie Nimoy said. “My Dad felt an urgent responsibility to educate people about it, frequently tweeting and speaking about the disease and its causes.” Our goal, as Dad’s was, is to reach the millions of people throughout the world who have the disease but sadly, do not know it.Video: COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Narrated by John de LancieThe couple launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month to raise the additional $150,000 required to produce COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy.Julie and David are hopeful they will secure the funding by mid-March so that the film can be released near Star Trek’s 50th anniversary later this summer. The immensely popular series aired its first episode on September 8, 1966.COPD affects over 30 million Americans and is America’s third leading cause of death. Sadly, over a third of these Americans suffer the symptoms of the disease – coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and breathlessness – without ever being diagnosed. This, as Spock would say, is “highly illogical,” since early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and extend lives.For more information, to view the documentary film trailer and to link to the Indiegogo funding page, go to www.copdllap.com. For a direct link to the funding page, click here.last_img read more

Pro gamers to converge on Toronto for national Call of Duty championship

TORONTO — Many people have a go-to tool at work. For Andrew Ivers, it’s a KBAR-32 this weekend.The 19-year-old from Toronto is a professional gamer who hopes to use his virtual assault rifle to help Team GIRG win the Cineplex WorldGaming “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” tournament final Sunday.Eight teams are competing for a total of $65,000 in prize money at the downtown Scotiabank Theatre. It’s an active spectator sport with fans paying from $9.50 to $40 to get into the 500-seat cinema with twitch.tv/worldgaming providing online tournament coverage.Ivers is in his third year as a pro gamer but missed out on last year’s national finals because he was 20 days too young.He was competing in Dallas last week and Atlanta and Paris in February, scoring good son points by taking his mother with him to France.Giant robots and US$143K in prizes: Vancouver’s Piranha Games’ on Mech_Con 2016 and eSports in CanadaProfessional video gaming: Canadian and his team win $1M at Halo World Championship“It’s tough to take vacations and stuff because there’s always another tournament or I’ve always got to practise or I have to be away this weekend at a different place,” he said. “So I told my mom to just come and we’d kind of have a mini-vacation while I’m out there. So we stayed two extra days to kind of explore the city which was cool.”Not surprisingly, he’s enjoying the life and plans to keep doing it for a few years.“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to continue to make a little bit of money and see the world a little bit,” he said. “And kind of see where it goes from there.”Ivers won some US$10,000 in prize money in 2016 and also was on salary with his team.“So I didn’t do too bad last year,” he said.And while he’s not driving a Porsche yet, his TV producer dad has one. “He doesn’t let me drive it yet.”Aside from work, Ivers doesn’t spend much time in front of a console. You won’t find him putting his feet up to play FIFA for fun.“I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playing,” he said. “So it’s kind of spoiled the rest of gaming for me in a way, because I don’t really play that many other games just casually.”Activision While he takes a controller and headset to work, it’s still serious business. Ivers moved to Michigan last year for several months to live and train with teammates at the Detroit Renegades.Ivers had a minor setback this week when a button on his controller stopped working properly. He’s calling in a loaner from a friend for the tournament.Players change teams regularly and Ivers plays with a different group in the “Call of Duty” World League. He estimates his team played six hours a day together in advance of last week’s event in Dallas.Each season, the pros decide which tournament maps they will use for the year.Gamers come with handles (Ivers is Ivy, for example) while Sunday’s broadcast team of Maven, Courage and Mr. X evokes memories of “Top Gun.”GIRG — which also includes Jevon (Goonjar) Gooljar-Lim, Peirce (Gunless) Hillman and Matteo (Royalty) Faithfull — is up against Ontario’s SetToDestroyX, Fury Gaming, 1Hype and Solar HQ and Quebec’s Earthroot Gaming, ReZist Esports and Team Impulse.I’m really drawn to the competition and the fact that I can make money playingThe name GIRG comes from the first letter of the members’ handles.Cineplex, seeing both a growing trend and another use for its theatres, got into the growing world of competitive gaming in September 2015 when it purchased WorldGaming for US$15 million while promising an additional $5-million investment “to expand the business model.”With PlayStation and game publisher Activision actively involved in the “Call of Duty” tournament, just about every part of the gaming equation is involved.And with the event starting at 10 a.m. and the final rounds set for 5-6 p.m., spectators will no doubt take advantage of the concessions.“The experience we offer not only to the teams and players but the fans is pretty cool,” said WorldGaming CEO Wim Stocks.At present, Cineplex has 24 theatres across the country — including two at the Scotiabank Theatre — that are equipped to host gaming events.WorldGaming ran a solo-player “Call of Duty” tournament last year with 18-year-of Allameen Ally of Brampton, Ont., taking home $20,000 for his “Call of Duty — Black Ops III” prowess.There were also “Street Fighter” and “Uncharted 4” competitions with events involving more games planned for this year. It also holds collegiate competitions.Sunday’s finalists survived online and regional qualifiers and online playoffs to get to the finals and the chance of the first-place purse of $20,000 and a trip to the 2017 CWL Anaheim Open.The Canadian Press read more

Sale of BC hydroelectric project boosts Fortis Q2 profit to 720 million

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadian utility company Fortis Inc. says the sale of its share of a B.C. hydroelectric project helped boost its second-quarter profit to $720 million — nearly three times what it had in the same period last year.However, adjusted earnings and revenue for the Newfoundland-based company were below analysts’ estimates.The quarter included a $484-million after-tax gain on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric project in British Columbia.Fortis says its net profit attributable to common shareholders including the unusual item amounted to $1.66 per share, up from $240 million or 57 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Excluding the Waneta Expansion sale and the impact of natural gas derivatives, Fortis had $235 million of adjusted earnings, or 54 cents per share, down from $251 million or 59 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.The electric and gas utility company’s revenue was $1.97 billion, mainly from businesses in Canada and the United States, up from $1.95 billion a year ago. Analysts had estimated $2.06 billion of revenue and 57 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this story: (TSX:FTS)The Canadian Press read more

Next session of UN information technology forum to focus on education

The UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force has organized the two-day Global Forum – from 13 to 14 April – to bring the experts together with UN officials to explore ways ICTs can provide a practical, cost-effective and enabling solution for improving the quality and quantity of education.The Forum, meeting in Dublin for the first time, will be co-hosted by the Irish Government and the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI). Launched by Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in December 2003, GeSCI works at local, national and international levels, convening and supporting groups as they deliver effective ICT-in-education strategies.At the Forum’s start tomorrow afternoon, Ireland’s Minister of Communications, Noel Dempsey, and ICT Task Force Chair José Antonio Ocampo are scheduled to make remarks, followed by a keynote address by Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting will then focus on the contribution of ICT to education initiatives.At Thursday morning’s “break-out” sessions, the Forum is scheduled to examine how partnerships can maximize complementary strengths, ways to increase and make more affordable access to ICT in education, learning strategies and content development; and capacity-building for leaders, managers, teachers and administrators. In the afternoon, the Forum will discuss the outcomes of those sessions and devise next steps. read more

Rigors of the Ohio State mens hockey team excursion to Alaska

“It’s just another weekend,” said Mark Osiecki, coach of Ohio State men’s ice hockey, of his team’s trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, this week. But that notion might be a bit of a stretch. The team, which travels by bus for most away games, made the nearly 4,000 mile excursion by air Wednesday. After three plane rides and two layovers, the Buckeyes arrived in Fairbanks at about 3:20 a.m. EST Thursday, according to Osiecki’s Twitter account, @Osiecki24. OSU began preparing for its two-game series against the Alaska Nanooks the next morning. Friday night’s series opener is set for 11:05 p.m. EST, less than 48 hours after OSU’s transcontinental trip. Sophomore forward Max McCormick, who has never been to Alaska, said his upperclassmen teammates were helpful in explaining what to expect. “I think it’s just a matter of getting the trip over with and then getting our bodies ready and getting our minds focused,” McCormick said. “We’re used to the long road trips. We’ll know how to get our bodies ready.” Although the players are primarily focused on the task at hand on the ice, they are excited about getting to visit America’s northernmost state. “We only have a few kids that have made this trip, kids are looking forward to it,” Osiecki said Wednesday on Twitter. McCormick agreed. “It’s a long trip, but other than that I think it’s a pretty cool opportunity,” he said. The juniors and seniors on the team will be making a return trip to Fairbanks after a two-game series there in 2011. The Nanooks outscored the Buckeyes, 7-2, en route to a series sweep. Junior forward Chris Crane remembered it being a “rough trip,” one in which the airline lost the team’s luggage. “You get on three different planes throughout the day, and you’re traveling for 10 hours, it definitely takes a toll on your body,” Crane said. “I’m definitely going to be looking forward to getting to the hotel there and getting settled in.” The players and coaching staff have not made any excuses for potential poor play as a result of the travel demands. “It’s what every team has to go through throughout some point in their college career,” Crane said. “We’ll be ready to go Friday night.” read more

Ohio States Marcus Hall on Senior Day All good things come to

Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett (4) celebrates an interception during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (10-0, 6-0) prepares to try and break the OSU record for consecutive wins, the Buckeye seniors are getting ready for their final game at Ohio Stadium as players.For most seniors like redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett, Saturday will be a memorable game, but the pre-game ceremonies aren’t what they’re focused on most.“We’ll get through the emotions together, but we’ve got a job to do, (to) go out there and try to beat Indiana,” Barnett said.Barnett said playing his final home game makes him think back over all the accomplishments he and his classmates have achieved in Columbus.“I’ll probably be a little emotional. I can remember the first time I ran out there against Navy in 2009,” Barnett said. “We have had ups and down, but I do think we’re finishing strong.”Redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall said Wednesday he’s not ready to start thinking about what will be going through his head Saturday against Indiana (4-6, 2-4), but he will definitely miss his time at Ohio State.“I just really don’t want to see it come to an end,” Hall said. “But you know what they say, all good things come to an end.”Coach Urban Meyer said redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby will participate in the senior ceremonies, as the two have already discussed his plans for next year. Meyer said four years is all he expects his players to commit to the program, adding Roby is on track to earn his degree in the spring.“(Four years) is all you ask, you don’t ask for five years nowadays.”Meyer said not all senior classes are good and deserve the praise this class will receive before the game.“It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because what they’ve done,” Meyer said.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who might forgo his senior season after a very successful campaign in his third year, said he has not made a decision regarding next year at this time.“I just want to help (the seniors) leave with a bang,” Shazier said. “I’m not even thinking about (the NFL Draft) right now, I’m thinking about Indiana.”With a win Saturday, OSU will clinch the Big Ten Leaders division title and punch its ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game. Meyer said being in the title hunt mid-November, both in the Big Ten and the BCS, is what attracted him to OSU two winters ago.“That’s why you come to Ohio State as a coach or a player,” Meyer said.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the state of the BCS, which has No. 3 OSU ahead of No. 4 Baylor by .0013, isn’t something his team can afford to focus on out on the field.“It’s not in our hands, but a couple things are in our hands,” Miller said. “We can go out there and dominate who we’re playing.”OSU and Indiana are set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

Braxton Miller yet to hit ceiling of ability

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is surrounded by Michigan State defenders during the Big Ten Championship Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two seasons into the Urban Meyer reign, junior quarterback Braxton Miller still hasn’t reached his peak.“I have no idea where his ceiling is. And then the middle of the season where he put together — he played very well for a while, and everyone around him did, I started to see what Braxton Miller could become as a quarterback, and I can still see that,” coach Meyer said Thursday.Averaging 169.1 passing yards per game, Miller has thrown 1,860 total passing yards, which is dwarfed by Clemson redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 3,473 yards. Those passing yards might not mean all that much though.The Buckeye offense has depended on senior running back Carlos Hyde to barrel past opponents, which is a key reason for the lower passing yards in addition to Miller’s personal rushing yards.Hyde has stacked up 1,408 rushing yards, even while sitting out the first three games because of a suspension over an incident at a Columbus bar in July. Clemson’s core running back, graduate Roderick McDowell, has recorded 1,004 rushing yards.Comparatively, Miller’s running yards more than double Boyd’s.The Orange Bowl could be a balancing act between Clemson’s throwing game and OSU’s running game.Clemson still isn’t counting out Miller as a thrower though.“Anytime you play a dual threat quarterback, there’s always that element of running with pulling up and throwing the ball. I think a lot of people underestimate Braxton Miller’s passing ability. I actually think that Braxton Miller, the more I watch film, is a great passer,” said Clemson junior safety Robert Smith Tuesday. “A lot of people don’t see it as much because he can run really well.”For Meyer though, “great” isn’t going to cut it.“Braxton has got to play better, but the guys around him have to play better too,” Meyer said. “If you closely evaluate the last few games, two were weather conditions, one was a game where we didn’t throw the ball very much because the run game was working so well and we had to go win the game obviously.”The game against Clemson Friday might force the Buckeyes to throw more with the Tiger defense amping up against Miller’s rushing game.“I can’t (stop Miller) by myself, personally. But our front seven and whole 11 on defense, we can get the job done,” said Clemson redshirt-junior defensive end Vic Beasley Tuesday. Having had several days in Miami to prepare, Miller seems to have a target on his back for the Clemson defense.Meyer has resolved to push Miller into top condition to face the Tigers, and like the Clemson players, sees that his quarterback’s abilities are beyond many.“He’s not there yet, but the ceiling is pretty high, and it’s a special place not many guys can go because he’s got just incredible ability, quick release, and fundamentally, when he’s on, he’s on. So we just need to keep pushing that envelope,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium. read more

Exwife of cheating travel boss demands share of his earnings on top

first_imgThe ex-wife of a travel boss who had multiple affairs is demanding a share of his future earnings on top of a £10m divorce payout, the court of appeal has heard. Kim Waggott, 49, a trained accountant, walked away with the settlement after her 21-year relationship with travel industry boss William Waggott, 54, ended.But she has come back to court to argue that she is entitled to a share of the “post-separation” fruits of his career.Mr Waggott, a boss at travel firm TUI – formerly Thomson – says Mrs Waggott’s claim should be rejected.Lawyers say the issue of post-separation payments is “vexed” and suggest that the three judges’ decision will have implications.Mrs Waggott is challenging a decision made by Recorder Andrew Tidbury in the Family Court last year.Mr Waggott says the judge was right – “in law and overall fairness” – to reject Mrs Waggott’s claim to a share in “future bonuses” he earns “long after separation”.Appeal judges have been told that Mr and Mrs Waggott, who have a teenage daughter, are both accountants who met in 1990 when working for Coopers and Lybrand.They married in 2000 and lived first in Withington, Manchester, then Lymm, Cheshire, then set up home near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Judges heard that Mr Waggott – who has also worked for Courtaulds Textiles, Airtours and the UK Leisure Group – had moved out after being “confronted”.Mrs Waggott had worked for UCI Cinemas for more than five years, but stopped work in 2002.Payments which support a divorcee throughout her life following a split used to be more common but have been phased out as judges are more likely to say women are capable of going back to work and supporting themselves. Amanda Sandys, of law firm Forsters, said that the case raises the prospect of women being awarded ongoing payments because of the sacrifices they had made for a family, rather than their financial need. “In justifying her position, Mrs Waggott appears to be raising an argument that fairness dictates that her maintenance award should continue because of the support she gave her husband whilst he built his career over the course of their long marriage,” she said.  A view of Royal Courts Of Justice Mrs Waggott is challenging a decision made by Recorder Andrew Tidbury in the Family Court last year.  Credit:Anadolu Appeal judges Sir James Munby, Lord Justice Moylan and Mr Justice MacDonald are analysing the dispute at a Court of Appeal hearing in London. While Mrs Waggott and their daughter still live in Great Missenden, Mr Waggott now lives at Markyate, Hertfordshire, with “another lady”, judges heard.In early 2011, a few months after Mr Waggott became Chief Financial Officer of TUI Travel, Mrs Waggott discovered that Mr Waggott was having an affair with a work colleague, judges heard.The affair ended but in the autumn of 2012 she discovered that he was “again having an affair with another woman”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Boliden and Vattenfall sign agreement to electrify mines and smelters

first_imgVattenfall and Boliden say they have signed an agreement to jointly evaluate technical developments to electrify mines and smelters, “the circular economy and a fossil-free future”. The agreement, which covers a four-year period, also includes battery solutions with a view to supporting the electricity grid and optimising electricity consumption, the two companies said.The companies said: “Vattenfall and Boliden are committed to the transition to a sustainable society, which means reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Under the new four-year strategic agreement, the companies will develop business solutions involving batteries, solar panels, electric transport and recycling of new generation car batteries.”President and CEO of Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, said: “It’s great that Vattenfall and Boliden can work together on this. It will require technological change and investments in new solutions, but the opportunities are there for both companies. Industrial partnerships like this are crucial if we are to make progress on the electrification of industry and enable fossil-free living within one generation.”President and CEO of Boliden, Mikael Staffas, said: “Boliden is one of Europe’s largest players in the field of base metals. These metals are a crucial part of the solution for achieving ambitious climate targets in society. At the same time, it’s clearly important for us to drive the development forward within the raw materials sector and identify business solutions and processes for both mining and recycling which will make us more competitive.”Boliden has mining and smelting operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland, with the main sources of fossil emissions include diesel vehicles, process heat and coke as a reducing agent.“In all areas, fossil-free electricity can be an important part of the solution,” the two companies said. “As a technology-independent partner, Vattenfall can evaluate and enable the introduction of fossil-free technologies, eg electricity and charging infrastructure for transport and mining.”As a first step in the partnership, modern energy solutions will be implemented at the Bergsöe lead smelter in Landskrona, one of Europe’s largest recyclers of lead batteries from cars. Solar panels, which will produce locally generated renewable electricity to power the plant, will also be installed shortly, according to the two companies.Technical solutions involving batteries, among other things, are expected to reduce the load on the electricity grid, provide backup power, reduce peaks in capacity and offset renewable weather-dependent electricity generation, they said.last_img read more

Architect aims to 3D print an endless house

first_imgThough 3D printers aren’t exactly a common consumer product, they’ve been on the rise for a few years now. The objects they print are becoming more complex, and more useful — from smartphone cases to working gun parts. Now, dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars plans to build an entire house with a 3D printer, and an “endless” one at that.Dubbed the Landscape House, Ruijssenaars has designed the building to be “one piece,” which could be a little misleading. Rather than a 3D printer creating a building in one go, separate pieces will be printed out, which will then interlock and create the full structure. Each piece is planned to measure in at 19.6 x 29.5 feet (6 x 9 meters), and printed with the large D-Shape 3D printer, which is said to be able to build full-size sandstone buildings “without human intervention.” Inventor of the D-Shape printer, Enrico Dini, suggested that Ruijssenaars only print out the frame of the building, then fill it with fiber glass and concrete in order to increase the strength of the structure.The design for the 3D printed house looks like a möbius strip, with “floors transforming into ceilings,” which is why it is sporting the “endless” description. However, we’re acutely aware that a house in the shape of a circle would be “endless” as well, as would any apartment where each room has at least one exit separate of an entrance.The project is expected to take a year and a half, and it would be possible to begin work on the structure sometime in 2014.last_img read more

Ouzo Festival 2016

first_imgMelbourne is still enjoying warm days and balmy nights, and what better way to feel closer to Greece than sipping on ouzo, while nibbling on mezethes? Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne is saying goodbye to summer the Greek way, with its annual Ouzo Festival this Sunday 21 February. Expected to attract more than 1,500 people, this year’s event will be held in Bayswater, and two buses, one from Delphi Bank in Oakleigh and one from the Degani car park in Northcote, will transport event-goers to the Lesvian village-style panigiri. The Lesvos Ouzo Festival has become a staple family event, offering an original sensory experience of Aegean culture. From as early as 11.00 am, festivalgoers can sample ouzo all day, celebrating the Greek art of making the aniseed spirit and its prominent production in Lesvos. Traditional Greek specialities and stalls packed with mezethes the likes of charcoal gyros, grilled calamari, salads, sardines in brine and feta cheese will be waiting to accompany your drink of choice – Ouzo Mini, Ouzo of Plomari, Ouzo Kefi and Ouzo Barbayannis – all hailing from Lesvos island. Entrance fee is $15 per adult, which includes complimentary ouzo and a commemorative ouzo glass. There will also be jumpingcastles and backgammon competitions for children, plus live music with the Greek band Rythmos. Tickets are now on sale through Trybooking. Under 18s receive free entry. Address: 26 Waldheim Road, Bayswater, VicAttendees can also take advantage of free buses from: Delphi Bank – 15 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh. Departs 10.30 am and 11.30 am to Bayswater, with return back to Oakleigh at 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm Degani Bakery Cafe – 92/3 Separation St, Northcote Northcote Plaza. Departs 10.30 am with return to Northcote at 5.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

James Gunn Once Again Directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

first_imgStay on target 2. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018He later released a statement, Deadline reports, accepting the decision, and apologizing again.“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then,” it read. “…To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.”We shouldn’t be surprised. This is just what Disney does. One whiff of controversy, one inkling that you might put a toe out of line, and you’re gone. It happened to Phil Lord and Chris Miller when they were working on Solo. It happened to Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, and now it’s happened to Gunn. Only this time, it also sent a message that if you criticize their leader these pissy men on the internet will turn their whatabout megaphone on you, and Disney will listen to them.Is it possible Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will still turn out to be a good movie? Sure. There are other talented directors out there. But it’ll be tainted now. There will always be a version that could have been if only a multi-billion-dollar company didn’t cave to fake outrage.Twitter was a mistake. Update 2: Months after the initial tweet controversy seemed to kill all chances of James Gunn directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Deadline is now reporting that Disney has miraculously changed its mind and will rehire the writer/director to finish his Marvel trilogy after finishing Suicide Squad 2 for rival DC.Update: the Guardians of the Galaxy cast (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker) has just released this statement.They “fully support” of James Gunn.A few words from the Guardians of the Galaxy #wearegroot pic.twitter.com/s62ffGtOQo— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) July 30, 2018Well that’s one way to take down someone you don’t like. Director James Gunn, who made the wonderful, funny, surprisingly heartfelt Guardians of the Galaxy movies has been let go from the third one. Why? Because some conservative personalities on Twitter dug through his history to knock him down one. It worked. And now the guy who made two sincere space operas about nostalgia, family and abandonment (with kickass ’70s soundtracks) has been kicked off the third one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Look, there’s no denying the old tweets were bad. They were shitty and hurtful, and they probably should never have been written. They’re exactly the kind of edgelord attempts at humor most self-described provocateurs make. They suck, but they’re not new. The tweets collected and distributed by conservative personalities on Twitter were written between 2008 and 2011, all before Gunn was hired by Disney. They weren’t a secret. They aren’t new. They’re a public part of Gunn’s past, and crucially, he does not tweet like that now. People grow and change over ten years. I guarantee there’s not a single person reading this who’d be entirely proud of their social media activity in 2008.But it’s not about those tweets. Not really. See, Gunn is still as outspoken as he ever was. Only now, his tweets tend to take more of a political focus. He’s fiercely critical of President Trump, and that’s what this is really all about. The right needed an easy target, and they had to go ten years into the past to find one. It doesn’t matter though, because it worked. Disney caved to bad faith complaints from a bunch of self-important internet trolls.“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney chairman Alan Horn said as though this information wasn’t publicly available when the company hired him.Gunn responded in a series of tweets explaining where he was when those tweets were made. Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie NewsDaredevil Has a Poster, Captain Marvel Has a Secret & More MCU News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Never Miss Another Putt With Nissans SelfDriving Golf Ball

first_img Despite the best efforts of automakers like Tesla the public still isn’t all that trustworthy of self-driving cars. Nissan engineers came up with a fun little way to warm people up to the idea, and it took real balls to do it.Golf balls, that is. Nissan’s crew took the technology that powers their vehicles’ driver assist features and used them to create the ProPilot ball. It’s guaranteed to find the hole on the first putt, every time.It doesn’t matter how bad your aim is. It doesn’t even matter if you bother to aim at all. It also doesn’t matter if you don’t hit the ball hard enough or if you hit it too hard. Nissan’s system, based on their updated ProPilot 2.0 tech, will automatically make all the course corrections needed to put the ball in the hole.The ball itself is a bit like a souped-up Sphero. A camera with a clear overhead view keeps tabs on the position of the ball and the cup. The brains behind the system is an AI that processes information from the camera and then passes navigational instructions on to the ball.Clearly a golf ball that finds its own way home isn’t going to change opinions about self-driving cars overnight… but it’ll put a few smiles on faces and give people something to talk about around the water cooler.On the sporting front, I’m thinking PGA tour golfer Bryson DeChambeau may want to get in touch with Nissan. Cutting the time he spends sizing up a putt from two minutes to a few seconds ought to get the other tour pros off his back about his glacial pace on the greens. ProPilot balls may not be tour-approved but maybe they’ll be willing to make an exception this time.As for the rest of us non-card-holding golfers, with Nissan’s ProPilot balls in your bag we’ll never find ourselves doing this on the course again:Watch This Next: This Tiny Autonomous Drone Will Upgrade Your Selfie GameMore on Geek.com:Nissan’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckNissan’s Recycled EV Batteries Power ‘Off-Grid’ AdventuresWorld’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland Stay on target Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptUS Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving Trucks last_img read more

Juventus can win all trophies this season says Marotta

first_imgJuventus director Beppe Marotta believes that they have “put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives.”Juventus is playing their first home game of the season today against Lazio, and Ronaldo was handed his home debut too.Juventus director Marotta is confident that with the signings they have made, that Juventus can win all the trophies they compete for this season.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“In this squad there is no classic divide between first choice and substitutes, they are all co-starters here. We put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.“The club supports the work of the Coach on a daily level. The players understand they can’t always start and are all very professional, so the frequent squad rotation allows them all to be in good shape and mentally engaged.“It takes real intelligence to get the players to accept and embrace that situation, certainly more so than in recent years.”last_img read more

Rohingya shifting being delayed

first_imgRohingya refugee camp in Cox`s BazarBangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open the new settlement built to house 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char on 3 October, despite warnings the silty strip was prone to violent weather.But a spokesman for Bangladesh’s armed forces, which has overseen the $280 million-effort to transform the muddy islet into a habitable camp, said the opening ceremony had been delayed.”We will announce a new date soon,” Lieutenant Colonel Alamgir Kabir told AFP, without providing further details.The controversial plan, first floated in 2015, was already well behind schedule.Officials previously said they wanted to start moving refugees from overcrowded camps near the border with Myanmar to the island in June, before the monsoon season began.A senior disaster management official told AFP in September that nearly three quarters of the project was complete, with the navy fast-tracking construction of shelters and evacuation centres.No reason was provided for the latest delay.But the proposal to uproot the refugees to a remote island that only rose from the sea in 2006 remains unpopular in the teeming Rohingya camps.The island is one hour by boat from the nearest land but violent storms make the journey by sea dangerous or sometimes impossible.”It is cut off from the mainland. What if someone needs emergency medical attention?” said Rohingya community leader Abdul Gowffer.The UN has insisted that any relocation to Bhashan Char be voluntary.Local authorities have been seeking to reassure refugees that they will be safe on the island.”We are still working on it. We’re talking to the families,” Bangladesh’s Refugee Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP.One million displaced Muslims live cheek by jowl on hillside shanties near the Myanmar border, in conditions aid groups warn put them at risk from floods, landslides and disease.There was a further push to get the plan off the ground after 700,000 Rohingya, fleeing a violent crackdown in Myanmar in August last year, poured into southeast Bangladesh.But rights groups have warned it is too risky to house refugees on the island. Hundreds of thousands have died in Bangladesh from natural disasters in the last 50 years, mostly in coastal areas near Bhashan Char.Local officials have pointed to a newly-constructed three-metre (nine-feet) high embankment around the island they say will keep out tidal surges in the event of a cyclone.But refugees remain wary.”Any strong blow from a cyclone and, God forbid, the shelters would be wiped out,” said a community leader, Mohammad Shoyeb.last_img