I’m troubled when anyone really complains about their customers. I am mortified when that person occupies a leadership role. A fish rots from the head, and rot it will.When a prospect presents you with a challenging business problem or a need that is difficult to serve, you see it as an opportunity to create value and win business. In fact, you seek out these issues as a way to help make the case for change.But once the prospect becomes a client, their demands are perceived very differently by some. I’ve heard clients described as “needy,” “high maintenance,” and “a complete and total pain in the ass” for requiring something new, something different, or something difficult.I’ve heard leaders say, “If it wasn’t for customers and employees, business would be great.”There is no doubt that serving your clients is challenging. There is no doubt that some of them are truly more needy than they should be, seriously high maintenance, and some are a complete pain. There are some client contacts who are adversarial and occupy the wrong end of the maturity continuum.It’s a mathematical certainty that your clients will change their minds, change what they need, and make difficult and unreasonable demands. As long as you have clients, you will be faced with these challenges and more.But how you feel about these challenges matters a great deal, especially if you are in leadership. Your neediest and most high maintenance clients are very often your best references, especially if you invest time in the relationship. The clients who have new needs are fertile ground for figuring out how to deliver something new and different to your other clients and your dream clients. Have you ever done something different to serve a client and then immediately presented it to another client only to be praised for being proactive? If you haven’t, try it now.If you are in a leadership role, your employees will share your feelings about your clients. They will look to you for how to define the challenges they face in serving them. If you have negative feelings about your customers, believing that they are the problem, you will soon be be faced with the problem of no longer having them.
MOST READ Jerwin Ancajas (left) and Israel Gonzalez face off after Thursday’s press conference of their IBF junior bantamweight title fight Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS—Israel Gonzalez tried to get inside the mind of Jerwin Ancajas in their faceoff Thursday afternoon, but the scare tactic backfired.The Mexican challenger moved uncomfortably close, about an inch within, and threw a dagger look at the Filipino champion after the press conference of their tussle for the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) here.ADVERTISEMENT Though he was unable to intimidate Ancajas, Gonzalez at least succeeded on getting the attention of the 26-year-old pride of Panabo City.“His eyes were a reflection of his determination to clinch my crown,” said Ancajas. “But it’s not for the taking.”According to Ancajas, he didn’t feel any pressure about the title fight itself, but the comparison being drawn with him to Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, Philippine senator and his benefactor.For his part, the 21-year-old Gonzalez said he intends to take advantage of the title crack and bring pride and joy to his family and supporters in Los Cabos, Mexico, which has yet to produce a world champion.Gonzalez told Philippine media on Wednesday that he and his trainer Adalberto Sanchez have thoroughly studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights, saw some flaws, and are going to pounce on them come fight night.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Though surprised by the sudden change in demeanor of Gonzalez, Ancajas did not blink. He gazed back and, after a few tense seconds, the Mexican dropped his stare first and offered a handshake.Ever a gentleman, Ancajas accepted before they headed back to their respective teams at Brewster Street ice house, just a few blocks away from Holiday Inn Downtown Marina where they were both billeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He got too close and it looked like he wanted to eat me,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “Maybe he’s trying to play mind games, but I didn’t bite. He’s just trying to psyche me out.“I have Filipino pride, we’ll know who’s the better man in the ring,” added Ancajas, who’ll be defending the 115-pound crown for the fourth time Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at the 10,000-seater American Bank Center. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: New coach, same old legacy for FEU Tamaraws View comments Read Next While Ancajas and trainer Joven Jimenez hardly found a video of Gonzalez in action, they said the challenger and his handlers will be in for a surprise.Ancajas mostly used 1-2 combinations in knocking down Jamie Conlan four times and knocking the Irish out in the sixth round in Belfast last November.This time, Ancajas will be unloading more punches—3-4-5 combinations—to bring down Gonzalez’s defenses.In trying to look mean and tough during their stare down, Gonzalez may have only roused the tiger within Ancajas.And when the Mexican wiggled out of the eye contact first, Ancajas already figured him out. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
Sri Lanka moved a step closer to a 2-0 series sweep over South Africa after the second day of the final Test on Saturday.South Africa’s spin frailties were laid bare once again as the tourists collapsed for 124 to concede a first innings lead of 214 runs at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.Sri Lanka, who made 338 in the first innings, were 151-3 at stumps after deciding not to impose follow-on against the tourists who now stare at the possibility of a second successive Test defeat inside three days.Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 59 at stumps, his fourth successive 50-plus knock in the series, with Angelo Mathews on 12 at the other end.Keshav Maharaj second South African to take 9 wickets in a Test inningsFor South Africa, left arm-spinner Maharaj took his match-haul to 11 wickets but his team were in dire straits.Earlier resuming the day on 277 for nine, Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa with a dogged 74-run stand for the final wicket before Maharaj struck when the latter was caught behind for 35. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.Maharaj’s 9-129 is the second best by a South African in Tests, behind only Hugh Tayfield’s 9-113 against England in 1957, but his success brought little cheer to a side battling their own spin vulnerabilities.Herath and Dananjaya (5-42) returned from the innings break to harm South Africa with the new ball, reducing the leaden-footed tourists to 15 for three.Dilruwan Perera (4-40) then joined the rout as South Africa lost all 10 wickets to the Sri Lankan spinners.advertisementFaf du Plessis (48) and Quinton de Kock (32) counter-attacked but it was not enough as the tourists once again failed to reach the 150-mark in the series.(With Reuters inputs)
Michel Platini Share on WhatsApp Read more Pinterest Facebook Share via Email Michel Platini, the banned former Uefa president and France football legend, has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption relating to Fifa’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, French justice sources have confirmed. Platini’s detention was first reported by the news website Mediapart on Tuesday morning, with Claude Guéant, the former secretary general of the Élysée Palace under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, also being interviewed as a “free suspect”. Another adviser to Sarkozy during his presidency, Sophie Dion, was also detained for questioning. Share on Messenger Topics Reuse this content A general view shows the judiciary police offices in Nanterre, where Michel Platini is detained. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Hide Share on LinkedIn Uefa World Cup The then Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said Platini told him he had changed his vote from the USA to Qatar after the lunch, and that a decisive three further European Fifa executive committee members changed their vote to Qatar. Platini did say in 2015, when he was a candidate to replace Blatter as president, that he “might have told” US football delegates previously that he would vote for their bid but he has denied changing his mind because of the lunch.A fortnight ago in Paris before the Fifa congress, Platini told the Guardian that he had made his mind up to vote for Qatar before the lunch. His son, Laurent, in 2012 joined the Qatar sportswear company Burrda, owned by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), as the chief executive, which Platini has always denied had anything to do with his vote, or represented a conflict of interest. news Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook A main focus for the investigation is reported in French media to be the lunch Platini has acknowledged publicly he had with Sarkozy and Tamim al-Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, on 23 November 2010, less than a fortnight before the Fifa vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts. At the time, France was seeking strong economic links with mega-wealthy Qatar, and Paris Saint-Germain, the club Sarkozy supports, were in decline and financial difficulties.Platini has said he understood Sarkozy wanted him to wield his Uefa vote for Qatar but denied that he was influenced. In an interview with the Guardian in 2013, Platini said of that lunch: “I knew Sarkozy wanted the people from Qatar to buy PSG. I understood that Sarkozy supported the candidature of Qatar. But he never asked me, or to vote for Russia [for 2018]. He knows my personality. I always vote for what is good for football. Not for myself, not for France.” After Qatar’s shock victory in the Fifa vote, QSI did buy PSG in 2011, and the Qatar sovereign fund has since funded the club to a massive degree, enabling them to sign Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and other stars, and become a European football power. National links between the two countries were also strengthened; in 2011 Qatar Airways bought 50 A320 neo-family planes made by Airbus at its factory in Toulouse, an order reaffirmed in December 2017. Guéant and Dion are reported to have been at the November 2010 lunch, as Sarkozy advisers. In 2015, Sarkozy responded to questions about the Elysee palace lunch by scoffing that it was an exaggeration of his power to suggest he could influence Platini.Platini and Blatter were banned from football activities after Platini was paid 2m CHF by Fifa in 2011; both men claimed it was in payment for Platini’s work as a Fifa football adviser, which he had finished nine years earlier in 2002. Platini continues to protest his innocence of any wrongdoing in relation to that payment, and has mounted a series of legal appeals against his ban, which is due to expire in October. World Cup 2022 Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Was this helpful? Show The detention of Platini, who voted for Qatar to host the tournament, represents the first substantial public move in an investigation into the 2022 decision opened two years ago by France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime. According to the judicial sources, the PNF is investigating possible “private corruption”, “criminal conspiracy” and “influence peddling and trading in influence” over the December 2010 vote, which are categories of corruption in French law. Platini’s representatives issued a statement stressing he had not been arrested – which was confirmed by the judicial authorities’ source – and that the detention was for a “technical” reason to maintain the confidentiality of the interview. The statement said Platini had also been questioned about Uefa’s award, by a single vote, of the 2016 European Championship to France. Platini was said to be “absolutely confident” that he had done nothing wrong and “had nothing to reproach himself for”. The 2022 Fifa World Cup will take place 21 November-18 December 2022. It is the 22nd time the tournament has been staged, and the first time that the football World Cup has been held outside its traditional slot of June and July. Qatar is the smallest nation ever to host the World Cup.The tournament will feature 32 teams. Qatar qualify automatically as hosts, and will be playing in their debut World Cup finals. Qualification for the tournament concludes in March 2022, and the draw is due to take place in April 2022.While the match schedule is yet to be confirmed, the World Cup is expected to take place in eight stadiums in five cities: Doha, Lusail, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah.Awarding the tournament to Qatar has been mired in controversy. Qatar’s bid won despite the country’s climate being too hot to host the tournament at the time specified in the bidding manual. Of the 22 people who voted in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December 2010, several including Sepp Blatter, Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira, Chuck Blazer, Rafael Salguero and Michel Platini have either been banned from football or indicted on corruption charges. Additionally there have been concerns over human rights abuses of construction workers building the new stadiums needed for the bid, and campaigners have criticised hosting the World Cup in a country where LGBT relationships are banned. 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The Ananda Alert System has been strengthened with an allocation of $9 million, as part of efforts to bolster its response and recovery mechanism.The Ananda Alert is a nationwide system, designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, on Tuesday, May 14, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert System through a multi-sectoral approach, at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.Ms. Hanna informed that the additional resources to the system will ensure that the required staffing and management mechanisms are in place to support the programme.She added that the allocation will also enable the streamlining of efforts whenever a child is reported missing.The Minister underscored that the recovery of missing children cannot be the sole responsibility of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Ministry, or even the Police, who have been a critical partner since the inception of the programme.“The success requires the partnership and the co-ordination of all sectors, not only private sector, but certainly all sectors in this country. It should be our duty to take responsibility for each and every child, whether they are biologically ours or not,” she said.Ms. Hanna informed that since the transfer of the Ananda Alert System to the OCR in March 2013, a series of consultations have been held with various key stakeholders, with the aim of finding fast and effective methods to lead to the safe recovery of children who have gone missing.“The success of the search and rescue activities requires the co-ordinated and relentless efforts of the Police and every Jamaican citizen to help save a child,” she said, adding that technology and social media are playing critical roles in this effort.Prior to the transfer, the Ananda Alert System was operated by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.Under the Ananda Alert System, when a child is reported missing, the name and picture will be publicised on various media, such as television, radio, billboards and multimedia equipment in stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and other locations.“This will strengthen the likelihood of a missing child being identified much sooner, and decreases the possibility of any harm coming to the child. The role of the media is vital and I urge all media houses to continue and expand their contribution of time and space for the recovery of missing children,” she said.Reiterating the Government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of the nation’s children, Ms. Hanna said policies and programmes aimed at protecting them, have been bolstered in the 2013/14 budgetary allocations.The MoU, which was signed by various stakeholders, is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Signatories included representatives from: the Child Development Agency; the Jamaica Information Service; the Office of the Children’s Advocate; the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica; the Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign TradeThe Ananda Alert system involves the mobilization of stakeholders into getting the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement personnel and communities to help bring the matter to public attention, with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.Contact: Chris Patterson
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF have announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.The partnership between NZR and UNICEF brings together two of the most highly-respected global brands, harnessing the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for the world’s most vulnerable and excluded children.The new partners share a common vision of sport and play as essential to the health, happiness and wellbeing of children and young people, and as key tools for teaching strong values and important life skills. Both organizations also believe in the power of sport to inspire and unite people behind a common goal, in this case, children.NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew explained that by forging an international partnership with UNICEF, New Zealand Rugby would be playing a part in bringing attention to the important issues UNICEF tackles.“Making a meaningful difference to people’s lives beyond the action on the field is a commitment we take very seriously. Our teams spend a great deal of time away from home and by supporting UNICEF we are ensuring we can use the power of rugby and the All Blacks to connect with people wherever our teams play.”UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said, “In our work we see firsthand how sport can change the lives of even the most disadvantaged children – children in poor communities, children living through emergencies and conflicts, children with disabilities – helping them overcome challenges, restoring a sense of normalcy, and providing the simple joy of play.“We are excited to welcome New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks family to #TeamUNICEF and look forward to working together to get more disadvantaged children off the sidelines and into the game.”The All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, New Zealand Women’s Sevens, Black Ferns, Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Under 20 teams will contribute to UNICEF’s work as they play rugby around the world. They are joining UNICEF’s existing team of international sports partners and ambassadors, including FC Barcelona and Manchester United and sporting champions David Beckham and Serena Williams. UNICEF also works with sporting bodies such as the International Olympics Committee and is an official partner for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.In New Zealand, All Blacks Conrad Smith, Charlie Faumuina and Tony Woodcock marked the launch at an event at Melville Intermediate School in Hamilton, where the team was based ahead of Saturday’s test match against England.Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director of the New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF New Zealand) said, “Children are at the heart of UNICEF’s partnership with New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks, so it’s fantastic that children from Melville Intermediate can meet their heroes and take part in this exciting event.“UNICEF New Zealand already works closely with schools in New Zealand to help kids learn about sport and fair play, and we are also proud to have the support of All Black legend Jonah Lomu as an Ambassador. The New Zealand Rugby teams have an incredible following around the world and we look forward to seeing the impact their support will have for children on a global scale.”To celebrate the partnership launch, New Zealand Rugby is auctioning off a limited edition signed Dan Carter framed jersey to mark his 100 Test caps. The auction will run on www.allblacks.com until 28 June, 2014. All funds raised from the auction will go to UNICEF.Throughout the partnership, the All Blacks will also raise funds at www.supportunicef.org/allblacks. As well as supporting UNICEF’s global work for children, the All Blacks partnership will have a special emphasis on UNICEF’s 100% immunization campaign which aims to reach every child with life-saving vaccines.
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A truck crashed into an Army security post in Mullaitivu killing one soldier and injuring another.The Army media unit said that the mini lorry (Canter), going at high sped, crashed into a military sentry point killing one soldier on duty and injuring another. The vehicle had lost control and crashed into the sentry point.Private H.P.S Pathirana of the 6 Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) lost his life on admission to the Mullaittivu Hospital. Staff Sergeant S.D.R Dissanayake of the 6 SLCMP received injuries. Mulliyaweli Police are conducting investigations.
Twitter may be the megaphone for the leader of the free world, but the company’s headline omnipresence has yet to turn into a long sought after pot of gold for the company.In the near term at least, it appears that is the way it will remain.A lean profit outlook sent shares of Twitter Inc. plunging 9 per cent at the opening bell Thursday.Donald Trump has used Twitter like no other world leader, firing out broadsides and accolades in rapid succession, generating headline after headline with 140-character missivesThe response on Twitter has exploded, but that has not done anything to pump up profit numbers for the San Francisco company and growth, as it has been for years, remains elusive.The social media website expects between $75 million and $95 million in adjusted earnings this quarter before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. That’s a far cry from the $191 million that Wall Street had been expecting, according to a survey of industry analysts by FactSet, and investors scrambled to get out of the way of the falling stock even before markets opened.Its growth is a shadow of rivals Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Revenue growth has been stalled for more than two years and the company is cutting costs and shuffling executives.“2016 was a transformative year as we reset and focused on why people use Twitter: it’s the fastest way to see what’s happening and what everyone’s talking about,” said CEO Jack Dorsey, who rejoined the company in late 2015 with hopes of reviving it.For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Twitter had 319 million active users, up 4 per cent from a year ago. Facebook has about 1.86 billion monthly active users.Trump’s election has created a more active landscape for Twitter. Average daily active usage rose 11 per cent compared with the same time last year, which Twitter can point out to advertisers.In a charged political and social environment, the company is balancing its position as a platform for free speech while curtailing hate speech and bullying.This week, the company announced three additional measures to control rogue users, including identifying past abusers and banning them from using new Twitter handles.But reversing profit trends is what matters on Wall Street, and the company took a beating Thursday.Losses for Twitter Inc. swelled to $167 million in the fourth quarter, from $90.2 million in the previous year’s quarter, as revenue inched up 1 per cent to $717.2 million.Per-share earnings of 16 cents in the quarter, was 4 cents better than expected, but that was overshadowed by its outlook.Advertising revenue fell slightly to $638 million in the fourth quarter, and the company said tough competition and Twitter’s push to re-evaluate its product portfolio could affect future revenue growth.The company didn’t offer a revenue forecast for the first quarter, but it said it expected advertising sales growth to continue to lag audience growth in 2017.Live video is another selling point that Twitter is trying to drive home because of the potential ad dollars.The company says it streamed more than 600 hours of live premium video from sports, news and entertainment events during the quarter, drawing 31 million unique visitors.R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said there were some green shoots in user engagement, and he called video a silver lining.Shares of Twitter plunged more than 12 per cent, or $2.31, to close Thursday at $16.41.___This story has been corrected to reflect a 140-character limit, not 130 words. FILE – This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter announced Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the company is struggling to convert its headline omnipresence into cash and its profit expectations going forward is sending investors scattering. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 6:15 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Turning headlines into cash, the white whale for Twitter
To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Pte McPherson was killed on Otterburn ranges in NorthumberlandCredit:Crown Copyright Both police and Ministry of Defence officials have launched investigations into his death, which sources said was believed to have been an accident. No arrests have been made.Lt Col Alasdair Steele, his commanding officer, said: “He was hugely committed about his career in the Army, he had aspirations to join the Machine Gun platoon and attend a junior leadership course at the start of next year. 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. “He constantly drove to develop himself physically and was well liked among his peers for his sharp wit and sense of humour. However, Private McPherson’s true passion was to his parents and his older sister – he was part of a very close knit family, and his great joy was spending time with them at the weekends and over leave.” A soldier shot dead during a night time live firing exercise has been praised as hugely committed and capable.Pte Conor McPherson of 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland was shot in the head during small scale infantry exercises on Otterburn ranges in Northumberland.The 24-year-old from Paisley in Scotland joined up two years ago.
Image: PA 27 Comments Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah. May 13th 2019, 10:35 PM Share9 Tweet Email Short URL Saudi oil tankers among ships targeted by ‘sabotage attacks’ The ships suffered “significant damage” but none of the crew members were harmed. Monday 13 May 2019, 10:35 PM Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah. Image: PA https://jrnl.ie/4633316 FOUR SHIPS, INCLUDING two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in mysterious “sabotage attacks” that have further inflamed Gulf tensions amid a standoff between the United States and Iran.A United Arab Emirates government official said the Saudi oil tankers Al-Marzoqah and Amjad were attacked off the emirate of Fujairah along with the Norwegian tanker Andrea Victory and an Emirati ship, the A. Michel.The Andrea Victory’s managers, Thome Group, said the tanker had a hole in the hull area “after being struck by an unknown object on the waterline”.The crew were unharmed and the ship was not in any danger of sinking.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom’s two tankers suffered “significant damage” but there were no casualties or any oil spill.Neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE gave details on the nature of the attacks or accused anyone of responsibility.The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the Emirates would probe the “deliberate sabotage” of the ships.‘Alarming’In the face of growing international concern, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned visit to Moscow to head to Brussels instead for talks with European officials on Iran.Tehran called for an investigation into yesterday’s “alarming” attacks off the Emirati coast and warned of “adventurism” by foreign players to disrupt maritime security. Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Source: PABritain said there was a danger of conflict erupting “by accident” in the Gulf. US President Donald Trump warned Iran would “suffer greatly” if it does “anything”.“I’m hearing little stories about Iran,” Trump said at the White House. “If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake. If they do anything they will suffer greatly.”The United States has already strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to alleged Iranian threats.Saudi Arabia, the Islamic republic’s regional arch-rival, condemned “the acts of sabotage which targeted commercial and civilian vessels near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates”, a foreign ministry source said.“This criminal act constitutes a serious threat to the security and safety of maritime navigation and adversely impacts regional and international peace and security,” the source added.The United Nations called for restraint from all sides.“We are concerned about the heightened tensions in the region. We call upon all concerned parties to exercise restraint for the sake of regional peace, including by ensuring maritime security,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.- © AFP 2019. 15,994 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Mediator : le fonds d’indemnisation sera instauré le 1er septembreLe fonds d’indemnisation pour les victimes du Mediator sera mis en place dès le 1er septembre. Le décret l’instaurant a été publié, ce jeudi, au Journal officiel. Le fonds sera géré par l’Office national d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux (Oniam).”C’est une étape essentielle dans l’indemnisation des victimes qui vient d’être franchie”, a déclaré ce jeudi, le ministère de la Santé dans un communiqué. En effet, le décret instaurant le fonds public destiné à indemniser les victimes du Mediator a été publié au Journal officiel. Très attendu, le fonds sera donc mis en place dès le 1er septembre et pourra recueillir les premières demandes à un “guichet unique géré par l’Office national des indemnisations des accidents médicaux (Oniam)”.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Concrètement, les demandes seront examinées au cas par cas, dans un délai de six mois, par un collège d’experts qui se chargera de déterminer les dommages et les responsabilités. Les membres du collège, dont un cardiologue, un pneumologue, un médecin proposé par les associations de malades et un médecin proposé par Servier, seront nommés par arrêté, explique l’AFP. Une fois l’avis de ces experts prononcé, l’Oniam le soumettra aux laboratoires Servier qui feront une proposition d’indemnisation, dans un délai de trois mois. Une indemnisation intégrale des victimes S’il refusent d’indemniser les victimes, elles seront indemnisées par l’Oniam qui pourra néanmoins saisir la justice pour se faire rembourser par les laboratoires. “Dans ce cas, le responsable pourra se voir appliquer une pénalité de 30% pour ne pas avoir accepté la demande initiale”, a expliqué le ministère avant de préciser : “Ce dispositif permet une indemnisation intégrale des victimes tout en garantissant leur droit d’intenter une action pénale si elles le souhaitent.”Lors d’un entretien accordé au Figaro lundi, Xavier Bertrand avait demandé à Servier “de collaborer pleinement à l’indemnisation des victimes”. Néanmoins, l’un des avocats des victimes, Me Charles Joseph-Oudin a émis des “doutes très sérieux” quant à la “volonté de Servier de coopérer”, expliquant que les victimes étaient toutefois davantage en “recherche de reconnaissance de la culpabilité de Servier que dans une recherche d’argent”.Le 4 août 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambert
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has advised Paris Saint-Germain to sign Aaron Ramsey.The French champions have reportedly joined Bayern Munich in the race for the signature of Aaron Ramsey and have received rave reviews from his old boss Arsene Wenger, Metro claims.Ramsey is out of contract next summer and is expected to leave the Gunners after they surprisingly withdrew their contract offer despite months of positive talks.It had been reported that Ramsey’s destination is Munich, but reports in France claim PSG have been advised to try and sign him by Wenger.The former AS Monaco manager who signed Ramsey back in 2008, has a good relationship with PSG’s owners and has been linked with the sporting director role at the club.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Wenger has met with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel previously and talk of singing the Wales international came up, with Wenger Le Parisian’s fears.Arsenal are reportedly mulling over whether to cash in on Ramsey when the transfer window reopens in January should they receive a good enough offer.Though the 27-year-old can begin negotiating a pre-contract agreement to leave free as soon as the window opens.Bayern are understood to have held talks with the former Cardiff MSN’s representatives with Ramsey demanding around £200,000 in weakly wages as well as a huge signing-on fee.
National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that the service will have to reduce training and possibly cancel weekend drills unless the roughly $193 million in training accounts is replenished amid the southern border mission, Stars and Stripes reported.“If we don’t reprogram funds back into our training accounts, (we) will have to make modifications within our current appropriations that will either reduce our training opportunities or do things like cancel drill weekends to find the money,” Lengyel testified.There are currently 2,079 Guard members on the border.“Canceling drill weekends will impact readiness,” Lengyel said. “I will tell you that our hope is that the department finds funds available inside the department that are re-allocatable so that we don’t have to do that.”Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez ADC AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Interested in being a part of Wildcat Sports coverage on WCTV?Wilmington Community Television is holding a meet-up on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 6pm to 7pm, at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street).This meet-up is designed to bring together people who have covered games in the past with those who might be interested in the future. Learn about what’s involved and meet the staff members (Marty and Adam) who are coordinating coverage.This is open to students, parents, or just people in the community who want to be a part of the crew from time to time.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”
1:13 Now playing: Watch this: 48 Photos Karma Revero: 5 things you need to know Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2017 Karma Revero: Hybrid sedan is back from the dead and better for it More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2017 Karma Revero Share your voice 0 The new internal-combustion engine works with two electric motors and a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery for a total driving range of 360 miles. The pure electric range sits at 80 miles, which is up from 50 miles in the previous-generation Revero. Performance also jumps to 536 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. Those figures are up from 403 hp and 981 pound-feet of torque and 0-60 mph happens in 4.5 seconds instead of 5.4 seconds previously.While the powertrain is the 2020 Revero’s biggest change, the design is slightly updated with redesigned panels, new seats inside and a tweaked center console with added storage. The interior also hosts a new touchscreen system, new audio architecture for sound performance and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic detection is part of the options roster.Karma is taking preorders for the new Revero now and deliveries are set to start in the fourth quarter of this year. 2017 Karma Revero looks like a Fisker, but much improved underneath Enlarge ImageThe Revero is a mighty expensive plug-in hybrid. Karma Following its debut at Auto Shanghai this past April, Karma has revealed how much it will cost to put a 2020 Revero in your driveway. Long story short, it’s not an inexpensive car.Neither was the first-generation Revero, either. The original Revero cost $131,400 after a mandatory destination charge. The 2020 Revero with its updated looks and powertrain adds $5,000 to the price. Karma said in its Thursday release the latest model commands a $135,000 MSRP but did not disclose destination. We assume that figure will stay the same or increase slightly.The $5,000 increase perhaps bakes in some value over the outgoing car when reading through the 2020 Revero’s spec sheet. This time, there are still electric motors that drive the wheels at all times, but the range-extending gasoline engine comes from BMW. Specifically, it’s a turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in the BMW i8. While Karma likes to call the Revero “all electric,” that’s not exactly the case. Instead, the engine never actually drives the wheels, but when the batteries are out of juice, it powers the electric motors. At the end of the day, there’s no mechanical connection to the engine but it’s not a pure electric car.
Rabia Duddy belly dancing at a Turkish cultural event in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Republic of Turkey is about as far as you can travel from Alaska on the other side of the globe. The country of nearly 80 million people straddles the edges of Europe and Asia, with a Mediterranean climate, and a rich history as the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Again, not a lot of parallels with Alaska. But both places have food and dance at the center of their cultural traditions.Listen nowAt the Wildberry Theater in Anchorage on a recent Saturday night, Engin Kılıç sharpened a long knife next to leg-sized cone of meat rotating near a flame.“Makes it sharper,” he explained. “Gets dull very easily.”Kılıç (who’s last name means ‘sword’ in Turkish) was slicing thin strips of meat and heaping it onto pillowy flatbread. It’s a dish called döner, which is was once just an inexpensive street food — almost like the Turkish equivalent of a hot-dog cart– but has spread around the globe and become ubiquitous in world capitals. The meat here is layers of beef and lamb pressed together and marinated for a full day.“As it cooks, as you can see, its dripping. All that fat is dripping, so it keeps the whole meat very moist,” Kılıç said.Cooking döner is a bit of a kitchen hobby for Kılıç, who taught himself out of curiosity. He plated the food up as part of a sold-out cultural event called Tables of Istanbul. It’s an evening of food, belly dancing, and a documentary by a sociology professor.“If someone had told me 23 years ago that one day I would live in Alaska, I would never have believed them,” says the film’s narrator, Prof. Zeynep Kılıç, as the screening began.Kılıç grew up in Ankara, but got her doctorate in the U.S. A few years ago, she moved to Anchorage for a job at UAA, in part to be closer to her brother Engin — the same amateur chef slicing döner. In the film, ‘Tables of Istanbul,’ Prof. Kılıç uses her own experience as an immigrant missing Turkish cuisine as doorway into examining the country’s phenomenally complex culinary traditions.“I just realized that my scholar self was a very critical…like, ‘food imperialism,’ and ‘racialization of ethnic food,’” Kılıç tossed out. “Then my regular self in the kitchen was like, ‘I eat baklava, yay!’”For years, Kılıç would invite friends over and cook. People would often ask questions about the foods she was making. So she’d give an answer.“And then there was all this, like, ‘oh my god, I’m telling people all this stuff about Turkish cuisine, but I don’t know anything about it.’ I just know what my mom showed me,” Kılıç laughed. “People treat as if your word is the last word if you’re the only Turkish person they know.”Her film looks at restaurants and foods around Istanbul, Turkey’s enormous cultural capitol. Kılıç looks at the historical and class dimensions of different foods, and where they fit into the ways people come together to eat. The setting is Turkey, but it’s the kind of curiosity and awareness about food she believes can be applied anywhere.“It’s not just about Turkish food, if anybody around the table can start thinking about ‘what does my table represent?’ Is this about me being Jewish and eating Kosher food? Or is this about me being Muslim and eating halal food? Or is this about being Alaskan and eating the fish that I fished last summer?” Kılıç posed. “I think these are universal questions.”After the documentary ended, there was a second round of belly-dancing. In an elaborate costume with colorful, swirling veils, jangling metal talismans, and flashes of bare flesh, the main dancers’ hips ricocheted back-and-forth in time with a rapid drum. It was like watching the choreography to a music video, but with muscle movements one might not even know existed.The performance was led by Rabia Duddy, who arrived in Anchorage in 2002 after growing up and studying dance in Turkey.“It’s not a burlesque, it’s not a ballet,” Duddy said of belly-dance. “It’s a truly phenomenal dance form…you become a live instrument on stage.”Like a lot of immigrants, Duddy acutely missed the things that were common place in her home culture. As a response, she made a little sliver of Anatolia in Anchorage teaching belly-dance, which was a challenge. For example, figuring out how to put highly specific bodily movements into language — a different language, no less.“Omuz atma,” Duddy offered, as an example, “meaning shoulder shimmy. Or shoulder accent. It took a while.”Duddy estimates there are about 50 Turks in Alaska, mostly in Anchorage, and she knows the majority of them. In 2013, she decided to undertake a personal initiative, and began organizing events to bring Turks together and expose more people in Alaska to Turkish culture.This particular night is bitter sweet: it’s one of the last gatherings Duddy is putting on before she and family move out of state this summer.“It’s emotional” Duddy said. She’d like to see the community she’s helped bring together continue convening for celebrations and special occasions. “I’m hoping (they) continue to have gatherings like this.”For now though, as guests filed out and the last desserts were scraped from their trays, Duddy felt accomplished with how many people came to eat, learn, and watch a little belly-dancing.
Vijayawada: The entire Krishna river course area downstream Pulichintala project is facing flood threat following the huge inflows from upstream areas. According to officials, all the reservoirs on the river are still receiving copious inflows from upstream areas. Nearly 7.5 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Pulichintala project to Prakasam barrage and the same is being released into the sea. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us A breach developed to Krishna flood bank at Kolluru in Guntur district as the officials failed to take precautionary measures by identifying the weak points on the flood banks. Several villages in Krishna district, especially the low lying areas in Jaggaiahpet, Nandigama, Ibrahimpatnam mandals are facing submergence threat. The river view guesthouses of VIPs including former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s residence at Undavalli are facing flood threat. Already, hundreds of houses which are located inside the Krishna flood bank at Krishnalanka in Vijayawada city were inundated by floodwater. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Similarly, floodwater entered several island villages in Kolluru and Bhattiprolu mandals in Guntur district. The Krishna river bund got breach near at Pesarlanka village. Though the bund has weak points which breached in the past too, but the officials neglected to take precautions by strengthening it. As of inflows, Srisailam reservoir has 8.65 lakh cusecs of inflows from upstream areas on Friday while the same is being discharged into Nagarjunasagar. Around 200 tmcft water is available in Srisailam reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 215 tmcft. Advertise With Us Similarly, 301 tmcft water is available in Nagarjunasagar reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 312 tmcft. It is getting 7.5 lakh cusecs of inflows and the same is being discharged to Pulichintala project. As much as 7 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Jurala project and it has been getting the same quantity of inflows. Around 7 tmcft water is available in the project as against its total capacity of 9 tmcft. Both inflows and outflows are 5.5 lakh cusecs in Narayanapur reservoir, which has now 25.35 tmcft water as against its full storage capacity of 37 tmcft. The first reservoir on Krishna river Almatti is still receiving 5 lakh cusecs of inflows and the 105 tmcft water is stored in the reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 129 tmcft. Meanwhile, ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, P Anilkumar Yadav, Velamapalli Srinivas and several MLAs of YSRCP focused only on the flood at former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s residence instead of monitoring flood regulation operations. Indeed, there is a flood regulation manual in the water resources department. The government machinery should take precautionary measures based on the flood levels. Especially Krishna river bunds are in a weak condition in two locations one at Amaravati capital location and near Kolluru mandal. The official machinery did not visit the locations. The places got breaches in the past as per the records of the water resources department. Moreover, the ministers have not visited the flood-prone areas, instead indulging politics on whether Naidu’s residence has submerged or not. One senior official of the water resources department refused to discuss flood management operations which ought to be the main issue in the current situation.
Toshiba Corp said on Tuesday it was not considering withdrawing from personal-computer production and selling its Hangzhou factory in China.The comment by a Toshiba spokesman followed a report by the Sankei newspaper that said the Japanese conglomerate is planning to pull out of PCs as it restructures its business following a massive accounting scandal.The Sankei said Toshiba, Fujitsu Ltd and VAIO are in talks to merge their PC businesses. Toshiba would consign production of its Dynabook brand to Fujitsu and VAIO factories while it focuses on design and development, helping it cut costs, the paper said.