Peruvian Police Captures Colombian Paramilitary Drug Lord

first_img Salazar added that Los Urabeños killed 279 people in 2009; 225 in 2010; and 348 in 2012, according to information provided by the Colombian Police. By Dialogo February 08, 2013 Don Leo was shown to the press amidst strong security measures at the National Office against Terrorism. The arrestee was calm, and was wearing a black t-shirt with the archaeological picture of Macchu Picchu. According to the Police, ‘Don Leo’ was designated by Los Urabeños as a key figure slated to take the lead in Medellín and confront the ‘Oficina de Envigado’ gang over the control of drug trafficking. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, praised Peruvian and Colombian authorities for the capture of ‘Don Leo’ in Lima. Salazar explained that after the paramilitary disarmament in Colombia, new groups were created, such as “Las Águilas Negras” (Black Eagles), “Los Urabeños” and “Ejército Revolucionario Popular” (Popular Revolutionary Army), causing violence in the area where paramilitaries were settled before. center_img “The capture of the fugitive drug trafficker, who entered Peru illegally this year, was carried out on February 6 in Lima’s Miraflores district, with the support of the Peruvian and Colombian intelligence police,” Peruvian National Police Chief, General Raúl Salazar, said in a press conference. He said that the 47-year-old ‘Don Leo,’ was accused of 100 homicides, and 800 more murders during his time as member of Los Urabeños, “therefore he is wanted for justice by Colombia and the state of Florida, United States.” On the evening of February 6, the Peruvian Police detained Colombian drug lord Jacinto Nicolás Fuentes Guzmán, aka ‘Don Leo,’ leader of the paramilitary drug ring Los Urabeños. He is accused of murders and of being linked to Mexican cartels. Under the leadership of Jacinto Fuentes Guzmán, Los Urabeños partnered with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and with criminal gangs from the subregion of Bajo Cauca in Colombia, the official stated. “Congratulations to the Colombian Police for capturing ‘Don Leo,’ head of The Urabeños in Bajo Cauca, in Lima, with assistance from Peruvian authorities.”last_img read more

Scott Shafer relives days of coaching with Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi

first_img Published on October 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer and Pat Narduzzi are accustomed to putting defenses together with one another, but when Pittsburgh plays Syracuse on Saturday, they’ll each be trying to dismantle each other’s.Narduzzi, No. 25 Pittsburgh’s (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) head coach, will face SU (3-3, 1-1) head coach Scott Shafer after coaching together at Rhode Island and Northern Illinois together in the 1990s. Shafer served as the defensive back coach for Rhode Island while Narduzzi was in charge of the linebackers.“We were learning on the run,” Shafer said. “We started putting together some defensive thought and stole some ideas from some really good coaches.”At Rhode Island, Shafer said he and Narduzzi met coaches like Bob Stoops, the head coach at Oklahoma, and Jim Leavitt, the head coach at South Florida from 1996 until 2009.Every year Indiana head coach Bill Mallory would get Narduzzi and Shafer free tickets to an invitation-only 4-3 defense clinic. Once Shafer and Narduzzi coached at NIU, the two started putting together packages with three down lineman.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Back in that time we did some things that were kind of neat, kind of creative,” Shafer said. “Not only were we good friends, we also pressed the envelope on some of the things we wanted to do defensively.” Commentslast_img read more

Rumson Announces Plans For a Marine Field Station

first_imgA rendering of the proposed future marine station.The proposed marine station will likely be about 4,000-5,000 square feet and could cost roughly $1.5 million. Those projections are very tentative at this point, Bachrach advised, with the university preparing to under take fundraising efforts to make it happen.Monmouth University has been able to access the municipal boat launch area on the borough property for about 10 years for boats used in university research projects.The university’s Urban Coast Institute has two boats available and will shortly take ownership of a third, acquiring it from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will be kept on the property of the future marine station, Bachrach said.Kastning followed up by noting the Monmouth Conservation Foundation has not given up on Picnic and Dorn islands, hoping to eventually obtain them for future preservation.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |RUMSON – A partnership between the borough and Monmouth University will provide students an opportunity to study the rich ecosystems of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and surrounding waterways.Officials from the borough and the university on Tuesday, Sept. 26, conducted a press conference to make public their plans to cooperate in establishing a marine field station on municipal-owned property.“Rumson has embraced the agreement,” Mayor John Ekdahl told the audience of university representatives, elected officials and other individuals interested in the long-term plans for the project.In the rear of Borough Hall property, off Avenue of Two Rivers, the borough has a sewer pump station in the vicinity of a boat ramp allowing access to the Navesink River and, by extension, other area tributaries in the surrounding Two River area.This agreement will have Monmouth University, West Long Branch, through the school’s Urban Coastal Institute, construct a marine field house above the pump house. The station, officials said, is expected to have laboratory space, classrooms and meeting rooms. The location will be used by university students to explore the ecological diversity the area provides. Area high school and younger students attending borough public schools will have access to the facility as well, offering hands-on educational experiences in the future, officials said. “We’re excited for what the future holds for us,” Ekdahl concluded about the project.Monmouth Conservation Foundation worked with the par ties to facilitate the project, according to the foundation’s executive director, William Kastning. The foundation, which works to preserve open space around the county, had hoped to acquire two islands located in the river for the marine station. However, the islands, Picnic Island and Dorn Island, as they’re commonly known, totaling about 15 acres and owned by the Dorn family, weren’t suited for the use due to environmental considerations, Kastning explained.“This is truly a win-win-win, opportunity,” said Steven Bachrach, dean of the university’s School of Science. Students and academics can conduct scientific study of the shore area that will “provide guidance and help to protect our shoreline,” Bachrach added.“This is truly an exciting time for the School of Science,” he said.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016

first_imgTWO MORE SOPHS POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBYNYQUIST BREEZES FOR MOHAYMEN SHOWDOWNGLORY, GLORY HALLEJULAH IN SANTA ANA STAKES?D’AMATO ENJOYING ‘DREAM’ MEET AT SANTA ANITADESORMEAUX SETS HIS SIGHTS ON NEW HORIZONS IRON ROB, DENMAN’S CALL EYE SANTA ANITA DERBYIron Rob and Denman’s Call, the one-two finishers in the San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on March 20, are being pointed to the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby on April 9, their trainers said Friday morning.Iron Rob, a bay Twirling Candy colt who upset 2-5 favorite Denman’s Call by a length and a half in the San Pedro, will retain jockey Stewart Elliott for the Derby, trainer George Papaprodromou said, while Rafael Bejarano replaces Flavien Prat on Denman’s Call in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, according to trainer Doug O’Neill.The two newcomers are expected to join the first five finishers in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes that was run on March 12: Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit, Exaggerator, Uncle Lino and Smokey Image.“We’ll try to stretch him out,” Papaprodromou said of Iron Rob, who was nearly 10-1 when he won the San Pedro. “It’s worth taking a shot.”Bob Baffert, trainer of Mor Spirit, will be seeking his record eighth Santa Anita Derby victory, having won with Cavonnier (1996), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Midnight Interlude (2011) and Dortmund (2015).O’Neill has two Santa Anita Derby victories, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and Goldencents in 2013. NYQUIST FINISHES ‘STRONG’ IN FLORIDA DERBY DRILLUndefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 Nyquist worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:03 under Jonny Garcia in the colt’s final major drill before leaving Monday for Florida where he will face unbeaten Kentucky Derby favorite Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park a week from Saturday, April 2.Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had Nyquist going the last half-mile in 49.60. Nyquist worked with stablemate Pay the Fine who was timed in 1:04.40.“It was a good drill,” trainer Doug O’Neill said on a picture-perfect but busy Friday morning. “Nyquist finished up really strong and I’m very optimistic about next week.“He’ll walk tomorrow, track Sunday, and fly out on Monday. That’s the plan. I’ll be leaving the same day.” DESORMEAUX SEEKS FRESH START WITH PEGRAMAt the age of 46, Kent Desormeaux has resurrected his Hall of Fame career and has no intention of slowing down.His eyes are on the future, which is one reason for Thursday’s surprising announcement that he parted company with agent Mike Ciani and hired J. R. (as in James Russell) Pegram.“I just thought it was time for me to shake things up a little bit,” the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey said between workers Friday morning. “Things had gotten kind of stale and it’s a move that has worked for me and lots of others multiple times.“I want the public to know that I’m not satisfied and I want more, and this is the only way to do it without going on to social media, I guess.“But there are still plenty who don’t read social media. I want the horsemen to know I’m not done yet.”Through Thursday, Desormeaux had won with 17 of 115 mounts, good for a 10th-place tie in the standings with Fernando Perez, although Desormeaux had ridden 53 fewer horses.Pegram previously represented Desormeaux in New York in 2012 and 2013. Jerry Hollendorfer13122121517%37%$1,586,586 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato12927212221%54%$1,462,115 FINISH LINES: With exercise rider Janeen Painter up, three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked five furlongs in company Friday morning in 1:01.60 for Richard Mandella, who has either the Grade I, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on turf May 5 or the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt May 8 ticketed for the six-year-old mare’s 2016 debut. Stablemate El Super was clocked in 1:02 . . . Imperative, fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap, worked four furlongs for Richard Baltas Friday in 50.60, breezing with Mike Smith aboard. “It was perfect,” said Baltas, who has designs on the April 23 Charles Town Classic for the son of Bernardini, winner of the race in 2014 when trained by George Papaprodromou . . . Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (April 3, 7 and 8) for careless riding aboard Yellow Bonnet who finished sixth in Sunday’s fourth race . . . Bring the family to Santa Anita Sunday for the largest Easter egg hunt and family fun day in the San Gabriel Valley. Visit santaanita.com/events for details. Doug O’Neill17327262516%45%$1,411,523 Rafael Bejarano26163502624%53%$2,929,872 David Lopez15622131914%35%$683,676 Edwin Maldonado17136161521%39%$1,144,530center_img Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Tyler Baze24825373710%40%$1,345,311 CONSISTENT GLORY SET FOR SANTA ANA STAKESTeam Hollendorfer hopes Glory enjoys a favorable pace scenario and can carry her speed to victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1 /8 miles on turf.The four-year-old daughter of Tapit owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms (Songbird) was second in an overnight race March 4, but missed by a neck after leading in the Grade III Frankel Stakes last Dec. 27.“She’s doing well and she’s nice to work with,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “She’s coming into the race well and she always runs good.”In 11 career starts, Glory has three wins, three seconds and two thirds, with earnings of $158,220. A win would give Hollendorfer his fifth stakes victory of the meet. After an uncharacteristically slow start, the Hall of Fame trainer has been picking up steam of late and ranks third, only five wins behind training leaders Phil D’Amato and Doug O’Neill, 27-22.The Santa Ana, race five of 11: Her Emmynency, Joe Talamo, 2-1; Nancy From Nairobi, Abel Lezcano, 5-2; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Fresh Feline, Alex Solis, 8-1; Glory, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Tuttipaesi, Chris DeCarlo, 3-1. Joseph Talamo22427252612%35%$1,904,284 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS D’AMATO CONTINUES ‘DREAM’ MEET SUNDAYPhil D’Amato, in the hunt for Santa Anita’s Winter Meet training lead from the get-go last Dec. 26, sends out Sheer Pleasure in quest of the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at one mile on Sunday.The race is for older fillies and mares and is another in the popular Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.Sheer Pleasure, a four-year-old daughter of Birdonthewire, was second in an overnight race last out on March 5 despite going four-wide into the stretch in the 1 1/16-mile test.“I like the way she’s coming into the race,” D’Amato said. “Her last race was a good effort. She had a little bit of trouble at the three-eighths pole, but she came running strong.“I think we’re headed in the right direction. Her confidence is good and she’s ready to go the distance.”As to the trainers’ race, in which D’Amato and Doug O’Neill are tied at 27 with 11 racing days remaining, D’Amato is “very happy” with how the meet’s unfolded.“We’re just taking it as it comes, and whatever happens, happens,” D’Amato said. “We’re just happy all our horses are firing.”The field for the Dream of Summer, race nine of 10: Kiss At Midnight, Rafael Bejarano; Lucy in Diamonds, Felipe Valdez; Swissarella, Edwin Maldonado; Melanistic, Tyler Baze; Tiz a Kiss, Kent Desormeaux; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez; Light One, Drayden Van Dyke; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens; and Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia. (Current Through Thursday, March 24) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Bob Baffert9621151522%53%$1,545,645last_img read more

Arcata baseball sweeps doubleheader against Fortuna to move into tie for second place in Big 5

first_imgArcata >> With plenty riding on Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader, Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti turned things over to two of the Tigers’ youngest players to get the job done on the hill.The Tigers’ longtime head coach’s plan worked out to near-perfection.Freshman lefty Merick Sears and sophomore right-hander Jaden Gorge limited the hot-hitting Fortuna Huskies to all of 10 hits on Saturday afternoon at the Arcata Ball Park, as the Tigers’ young hurlers led their team to 8-0 and 7-0 wins on …last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Chetco Bubble fishery kicking out some big kings

first_imgThe Chetco bubble season got off to another slow start, but quickly rebounded with plenty of big kings hitting the net over the weekend. “Fishing was fair on Saturday and good on Sunday once everyone figured out where the fish were,” said Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing out of Brookings. “Big swells to 10 feet and strong northwest winds made trolling tough at times, but good numbers of salmon were holding between Salmon Rock and the red buoy. Sand was churned up from the swell, so Fish Flash …last_img read more

Can Warriors’ Damion Lee cement an NBA future?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS – In a little less than a week, Damion Lee will chart out a goal he hoped to accomplish this season with the Golden State Warriors.The goal: play well enough that an NBA team has no choice but to keep him on its roster.“I have to keep proving myself and trying to get better,” said Lee, citing his defense and strength. “I’ll continue to try to grind and …last_img read more

More Reasons to Doubt Scientific Omniscience

first_img(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We hear it all the time; 99% of scientists agree. All it takes, though, is one overlooked fact to tumble a consensus.Occasionally we take a look at matters other than creation and evolution, when they are instructive about the scientific process. The scientific consensus on climate change (previously known as “global warming”) is a case in point. Scientists have been so dogmatic about it they have convinced most major world governments to enact draconian measures to counteract it. Climate has changed drastically in the past before humans evolved, they will admit, but they insist that the current climate excursion was caused by people trying to increase their happiness and reduce their suffering. News about global warming often includes denunciations of President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris Climate Accords.We don’t quote climate “denialists” to get into the mud on this issue. We just look at the secular news itself, which is almost uniformly on the side of the climate consensus, and ask questions (see this list for previous entries). We pass over the ridiculous stories about what’s coming with global warming, like this headline on Phys.org, “Competition between males improves resilience against climate change.” Claims like that nobody could ever know for sure. Instead, we focus on the epistemology of the consensus: how do they know what they claim to know about human culpability for a warming climate? Did the consensus take the following factors into account?These ‘Dirty’ Thunderstorms Fill Sky with As Much Smoke As Volcanic Eruption (Live Science). Big volcanic eruptions, it is well known, can alter the climate. A well-known case was the Mt. Pinatubo eruption that reduced global temperatures for a time by 0.9° F in 1991. This article says that pyrocumulonimbus storms (pyroCb’s), or “dirty thunderstorms” fed by ash from wildfires, can put as much carbon smoke into the atmosphere as a volcano. “While such major volcanic events are sporadic, Peterson said, pyroCb events occur every year,” the article ends. “But scientists have not studied these storms enough to understand their potential impact on the climate.” Since wildfires are common, and have occurred long before man started burning coal or oil, would climate models produce different conclusions if pyroCbs were taken into account?Smoke from a relatively small wildfire.Tiny particles high up in the sky give insight into climate change (Phys.org). Black carbon (BC) can reflect incoming solar heat back into space, this article says. So can the clouds that form around the particles. Atmospheric particles, or aerosols, are thought to be the second or third most important factor after carbon dioxide. But do scientists understand its contribution? Note the uncertainty in this quote regarding a substantial contributor to climate change (which would seem to lower temperatures rather than raise them).Aerosols, tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere, contribute significantly towards climate change. However, despite their consequential role, aerosol interactions aren’t very well understood.The authors say that particles can last for years and influence regions far from cities with their pollution. The concentration of these particles over the Amazon Basin was higher than expected. Does this give anyone confidence in climate models, with their dire predictions of temperature changes a century away, specified in tenths of a degree? Yet those are the models used to scare politicians into taking drastic action.Microbes eat rocks and leave carbon dioxide (Science Magazine). This news item reveals that geologists and climatologists were wrong about silicate rocks acting as a carbon sink to counterbalance the outgassing of volcanoes. Microbes in the silicates can actually “eat” the rocks and release much of that carbon back into the atmosphere as CO2. A study of these rocks in Taiwan showed that “microbes oxidize roughly two-thirds of the petrogenic organic carbon there and that the rate of oxidation increases with the rate of erosion.”How does the Pacific Walker circulation respond to strong tropical volcanism? (Phys.org). Read this news item to get an idea of how complicated it is to tease out the significance of individual factors that might alter the climate. Severe volcanic eruptions (SVE’s), like the recent one in Bali, Indonesia, “can affect Earth’s climate.” But by how much? Trying to figure that out is complex, because a large eruption, which is unpredictable, can affect air currents in unexpected ways that are not well understood. Obviously humans are not responsible for what volcanoes do. Note, too, that SVEs tend to have a cooling effect. “The cooling effect from the SVEs is able to cool the entire tropics,” the article says, and yet the temperature anomalies that result are not uniform.Anthropogenic combustion iron as a complex climate forcer (Nature Communications). Even though this paper mentions a factor that might exacerbate warming, the key fact is that it was not taken into account before. “Our results demonstrate that anthropogenic combustion iron is a larger and more complex climate forcer than previously thought, and therefore plays a key role in the Earth system,” the authors say. This should lead thoughtful observers to ask what other factors have not been considered, that could be larger or smaller than previously thought?The Politics of Climate ChangeRepublicans more persuasive than scientists on climate change (Science Daily). This article, pretending to be an unbiased analysis of political attitudes about climate change, ends up as a partisan advocacy piece. The authors of a psychological survey at the University of Connecticut seem disturbed that Republicans who argue against anthropogenic climate change are more persuasive than the scientific consensus. But rather than see if Republican counter-arguments have merit, the authors delve into ways to package consensus arguments in more persuasive ways. They assume that Republicans are engaging in misinformation. “Citing Republican elites who endorse the scientific consensus on climate change may be the most effective way to persuade citizens that climate change is a real and important problem,” says Lyle Scruggs, a professor of political science at University of Connecticut. “That may be a step forward in reducing the partisan gap in public opinion on the subject.” Anyone smell partisanship in that comment?In closing, maybe it’s worth asking what the ruckus is about. Mike Wall wrote on Space.com, “Life on Venus? Why It’s Not an Absurd Thought.” Venus, we note, is a very warm planet. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon says that the atmosphere a few dozen miles up is pretty benign – if the Venusians can tolerate the sulfuric acid. So why worry? If climate change wipes out human society, some scientists, like the misanthrope Eric Pianka who wants to solve overpopulation of stupid people by releasing atmospheric ebola to kill billions of people indiscriminately, might be happy. Darwin will ensure that the next generation of organisms on earth will be heat-tolerant, acid-tolerant, and will vote Democrat. That’s not an absurd thought at all, now is it? Not for the scientific consensus.Dr Eric Pianka, ardent evolutionist and genocide advocate, by J B Greene. Used by permission.last_img read more

Geocaching a geothermal geocache (GC25643)—Geocache of the Week

first_imgIceland’s Blue LagoonNo doubt if you plan to visit Iceland, you will probably plan to work a visit to the Blue Lagoon into your itinerary. With its otherworldly landscape, promoted benefits to your health, and mix of rugged rocks and modern architecture, it’s obvious to see why it’s the country’s top destination.You don’t need to enter the spa to log this EarthCache. But if you do, know that the waters are rich in minerals, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The temperature in the bathing and swimming areas of the lagoon are warm to quite steamy-hot. The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.No need to enter the spa to log this EarthCacheHow did this come to be? In 1976, a pool of wastewater formed near the geothermal power plant that had just been built. In 1981, people started bathing in it after its supposed healing powers were popularized. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon company was established, and the bathing facility was opened for the public.So no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon; it’s actually created by the runoff from the nearby geothermal plant. But it’s fascinating, nevertheless. Check out what some geocachers have to say about this geothermal geocache:EarthCache logging is tough businessDiabolic27Brilliant trip. Went in 54 yrs old and emerged a mere 21(again). Well worth a visit.Soapy JoeWell the sun actually came out today, for the first time during our trip. What an odd feeling to be bobbing away in warm water when the air temperature was 3 degrees! Made the sprint to the changing rooms even colder than normal! Thank for placing this cache at this iconic location. TFTC BeinhartWe had already visited a geothermal plant, so we knew what is done here. It is fascinating that a company uses the geothermal power, can sell electricity and hot water and that they can even make money from the “waste” (the used water) by building a bath, a hotel and by selling beauty products and other stuff under the name “Blue Lagoon”.Hot spot in the lagoon are near the steam ventsYup. It’s cold outside the spa!Now THAT’S a wet bar!Mud maskMud maskSoak it all inContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:IcelandN 63° 52.810 W 022° 26.976 EarthCacheGC25643by goldohulk SharePrint RelatedCome on in, the water’s fine. — Blue Lagoon (GC25643) — Geocache of the WeekApril 9, 2014In “Community”11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

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