How To Scale the Unscalable

first_imgCaring is difficult to scale. Every interaction—both internally and externally—requires greater intention, attention, and energy. Because so much of this depends on the individuals, many believe it doesn’t scale. Organizational caring isn’t a thing.Initiative is equally difficult to scale. The idea that a person would decide for themselves what needs done and take action before being asked isn’t something that is easily accomplished. Because it is difficult, few try to be proactive as an organization.Resourcefulness, harnessing the creative powers and imagination, if put to work in an organization would likely allow that group of people to outperform their competitors by the widest of margins. Most would never even consider this a goal.This may be the first time the words “organizational” and “respect” have been combined. The idea that everyone in an organization would respect all they come in contact with within their organization as well as with those on the outside isn’t something one thinks of scaling. When something is individual, it is perceived as being something that applies to groups—especially large groups.The idea that these things don’t scale is incorrect. In every case, they scale perfectly well, even if the work involved takes time and energy and effort. Any attribute or value or virtue can scale, and when one of these things scale, the word we use to describe it is “culture.” When a large group of people all believe and act in accordance with a set of values or virtues, you have proof positive that the “soft” stuff that makes any enterprise truly special does indeed scale.Unfortunately, there are more harmful things that also scale. Scarcity thinking can also spread to become how the enterprise views the world. Victimhood, the idea that the world is working on you without your ability to create a positive future, is easily spread amongst a population, as do negativity, skepticism, cynicism, and negativity. At the heart of each of these beliefs is fear.If you want to scale your business, the first thing you should scale is the things that most people don’t believe lend themselves to being scaled. When you scale the attributes and virtues and values that build a culture that is positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered, your business will scale on its own power. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgOn wicket-keeping, Rahul admitted that he needs On wicket-keeping, Rahul admitted that he needs improvement and he would be looking to work with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on this aspect. “About wicket-keeping, I have enjoyed whatever little bit I could do and contribute for RCB. I will have to work a little harder. I will get some time with MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe and my plan is to try to work with him on my wicket-keeping skills and see what feedback he has for me,” Rahul said. “I would like to be in the playing XI and I dont care where I play. It does not really matter where I play,” he quipped when asked about his preferred batting position. Another 24-year-old, Mandeep Singh also said the Zimbabwe tour would be an important opportunity for the youngsters. “Its a big opportunity for all of us and my goal is to perform well and make a good place in the team. Im confident as I have been doing well in the shorter format in the past 2-3 years,” he said. “I am excited to wear the Indian jersey. I dont care who the opposition is. I have done a lot of NCA camps, where they taught we have to treat every match same and not think of the result,” he added. He also said that playing alongside the likes of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli have helped him as a cricketer. “I have been lucky to play alongside both A B de Villiers and Virat (Kohli). I did a lot of technical talk with AB and spoke about fielding and fitness with Virat and batting. The two years which I have been with them is helping me. “Specifically, I spoke about head positioning with AB and he helped me. I am trying to match fitness level of Virat,” added the Punjab lad. On the batting approach, the right handed batsman said, “I have spoken to Virat and AB. In any format, you have to give time and there are more chances of being successful.” PTI NRB PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany’s inexperience highlighted while beating Australia

first_imgThe learning curve facing an inexperienced and experimental German side became clearer to coach Joachim Loew after they were given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday.It wasn’t just goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s two blunders but the way Germany eased off in the second half that bothered Loew. Still, Germany held on to open its Group B campaign with a 3-2 victory in Sochi.”Who would expect it to be perfect?” Loew said through a translator. “This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days.”For Loew this eight-team World Cup warm-up competition is merely a stepping stone on the path to defending the title won in Brazil in 2014.”We were losing our thread, our attacks were not as consistent and we weren’t single-minded,” Loew said. “We need to work on maintaining our stability … but this is a new team and things have worked very well.”Only two members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad started the game in Sochi and, while the team was dynamic going forward, it was vulnerable at the back.Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward fired the ball under Leno.Julian Draxler, an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, restored Germany’s lead from the penalty spot before halftime.Although Leon Goretzka extended the German lead three minutes into the second half, another blunder by Leno ensured it was a nervy conclusion to the game in the Black Sea resort. A shot from Rogic through a crowded penalty area was spilled by the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Tomi Juric stabbed the rebound into the net.advertisementThe Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.”We invested a lot in the first half and ran a lot,” Germany defender Joshua Kimmich said. “So in the second half, Australia had a bit more possession but I didn’t think they had a lot of opportunities and chances.”Australia is taking the trip to Russia far more seriously, bringing a full-strength squad unlike Germany. Contrary to assertions from coach Ange Postecoglou before the game, the Australian side was marginally older than its opponent.Germany’s rawness wasn’t obvious at all early in the game when a goal was created after only five minutes. Stindl exploited vast gaps in the center of the pitch to advance unchecked to meet a cutback from 21-year-old winger Julian Brandt.At 28, Stindl is the second oldest player in the squad. The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner’s diving header was off target.So much of Germany’s threat was coming from the right flank where Brandt and Kimmich were given space to unsettle AustraliaThe gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game.Australia was posing no threat when Draxler gave the ball away around the halfway line, leading to the equalizer against the run of play. Rodic’s shot came off defender Shkodran Mustafi and he followed up with a shot that went under Leno.Parity, though, was only in place for around two minutes. Goretzka was brought down by Massimo Luongo’s sliding challenge in the penalty area and Draxler made amends for his early sloppiness by restoring Australia’s lead from the spot.It was extended further three minutes into the second half. Kimmich threaded the ball through to Goretzka to beat Ryan at his near post.While Kimmich showed much promise, Leno demonstrated that he’s far from being a contender to replace 31-year-old Manuel Neuer in the German goal when it really matters for the world champions.”He could have held on to that ball but he is a good goalkeeper no doubt about it,” Loew said. “Maybe that was a mistake.”last_img read more

Revived Rangers Beat Ducks, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The slumping New York Rangers needed something good to happen heading into hockey’s holiday break and they got it in overtime from Mats Zuccarello.Zuccarello scored a power-play goal at 2:37 of the extra session and the Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 Dec. 22 for their fourth win in 15 games.“It was a must-win for us for so many reasons,” said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 17 saves. “Going into this break you try to feel good about yourself and the game. I think you could tell it was two teams that were looking for a good feeling out there. It was a very tight game and hard to create chances. In the end, all that matters is the win. It was nice to see.”Derrick Brassard had two goals and an assist as the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak in what has been an up-and-down season.New York opened 16-3-2 but is 4-9-2 in the last 15 games.The Rangers got the power play in overtime when defenseman Cam Fowler was called for holding New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh as he broke into the offensive zone.Dan Boyle made a cross-ice pass to Zuccarello in the right circle for a shot that beat John Gibson for his 15th goal of the season.“It was nice to get a power-play goal at the end there, so it was a really great win for us,” Zuccarello said. “When we lose, no one is more upset than the guys in this room. But we have to stick together.”Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell scored for the Ducks, who lost their second in as many nights and for the fourth time in five games. Gibson stopped 19 shots.“We got ourselves an opportunity to win the game and just made too many mistakes, myself included,” Fowler said. “It’s a tough thing right now but we’re going to go into the break and recharge and get ready for the latter half of the season.”The Rangers were within 2:54 of winning the game in regulation when Rakell tied the score with a shot from the left circle that appeared to deflect off McDonagh’s stick.Until that point, it appeared Brassard’s second goal of the game earlier in the period was going to be the winner.Zuccarello set it up by stealing a pass from Jiri Sekac deep in the Ducks’ zone and finding Brassard alone in front for his 13th goal.A little less than 2 minutes later, Lundqvist made his best save, going side-to-side in the net to make a sprawling stop of a shot by Rakell from the left circle. However, the forward got even late with his seventh goal.Both teams came into the game struggling and it showed. There were only 23 shots in the first two periods, which ended tied 1-all. Both goals seemed to come out of nowhere.Perry got his 11th of the season, collecting a loose puck between the circles in front of Lundqvist, turning and firing a shot into the upper corner.Brassard scored his 12th on his own. He stole a pass by Ducks defenseman Josh Manson in front of the Anaheim net and beat Gibson with a shot to the lower corner.The game was Carl Hagelin’s first against the Rangers since being traded to Anaheim in the offseason. He played his first four seasons in New York. He was introduced to the crowd during the first period and got a warm ovation.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Former Olympiakos Coach Breathing New Life into Struggling Hull

first_imgMANCHESTER, UK – It seemed Marco Silva had taken on a near-impossible job when he was hired as manager of Hull at the start of January.The promoted club from northern England was up for sale, in last place in the Premier League and planning to sell some of its best players. Money was tight, fans were disgruntled and a squad short on big names had been struck by injuries in key areas.Silva, a 39-year-old Portuguese coach labeled “Mini-Mourinho” by some after his illustrious coaching compatriot, was new to the English game and was facing a tough and grueling immediate run of matches across three competitions.At his presentation as Hull’s third permanent coach in a six-month span, Silva said survival in the Premier League would be a “miracle” but urged fans to believe in him. Somehow, though, he’s turning things around, just like he did in his first coaching job at Portuguese team Estoril, which he transformed from a second-tier club on the brink of financial ruin to a Europa League qualifier in two seasons.Silva has worked wonders in the transfer market and on the field.Operating under financial constraints, he saw key midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore sold from under his feet and reacted by making seven signings — predominantly players on loan and rejects from bigger clubs. Striker Oumar Niasse, for example, arrived from Everton, where he had made five appearances and not scored a single goal in the past year; winger Lazar Markovic (from Liverpool) and Omar Elabdellaoui (from Olympiakos) were among others looking to relaunch their careers.On the training ground, Silva worked hard on team shape and organization, with defender Curtis Davies saying the coach literally dragged players into the positions he desired. Days off were canceled. Silva was hard, but fair.His impact was been astonishing.Hull has won all four of its home matches under Silva, having failed to win any of its previous five at KCOM Stadium. Among the defeated teams were some stellar names, Manchester United in the League Cup and Liverpool in the league last weekend. Hull also ground out a 0-0 draw at United in the league and was regarded as unlucky to lose 2-0 at runaway leader Chelsea, when midfielder Ryan Mason fractured his skull.Hull — a team with an eclectic mix of youngsters, misfits and journeymen — has climbed to 18th place and within a point of safety. A trip to Arsenal on Saturday suddenly holds no fear for Silva’s team, and why should it? The last time Silva was in the dug-out at Emirates Stadium, he was in charge of Olympiakos and the Greek side stunned Arsenal 3-2 in the Champions League in September 2015.“I am not a miracle worker,” Silva said. “But that is not important. I am a worker, I want to work and keep our goal in our minds always, but my feet always stay on the ground.”It’s a good time to be playing Arsenal, too. Almost inevitably, Arsene Wenger’s side is starting to implode at a key stage of the season, with back-to-back losses to Watford and Swansea dropping Arsenal to fourth place and virtually ruling it out of the Premier League title race. The annual debate over whether Wenger should stay or go at the end of the season has resumed and the atmosphere inside the Emirates could be toxic if Hull continues where it left off against Liverpool last week.“They didn’t have good results in their last two games,” Silva said Thursday, “and, of course, the last time I played there it was a great result for us, for Olympiakos. But now it’s different. Different competition, different moment and different clubs.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fault! New York Town’s New $3.5M Tennis Courts Too Short

first_imgMELVILLE, NY (AP) — A New York town has padlocked the tennis courts in a brand new $3.5 million park because they were built improperly.The two courts at the recently opened Sweet Hollow Park in Melville don’t have enough clearance between the baseline and the fence. The truncated courts caused at least one player to run into the fence.The U.S. Tennis Association recommends courts have 21 feet behind the baseline. The new courts in the hamlet in Huntington have less than 10 feet, while the sides are about 2 feet short of the recommended 12 feet.The blunder was brought to the attention of Huntington officials by a resident who played on the new courts earlier this month.The town says the courts will be closed while they’re renovated.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung to play Tata Open Maharashtra

first_imgTata Open Maharashtra will have a star attraction this year in South Korean star Hyeon Chung. Earlier this year, Chung had a dream run to the semi-final of Australian Open before losing to eventual winner Roger Federer.Tata Open Maharashtra is set to begin in December and the world No.26 Chung will participate in the ATP 250 event to be played at the Mahalunge Balewadi Stadium in Pune.Chung had reached the semi-finals of Australian Open earlier in 2018 becoming the only South Korean player to go beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.On the way to the semi-final, Chung had shocked the world No.5 Alexander Zverev in Round of 32 and then even more shockingly, he ousted his idol and multiple Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the Round of 16.At the Tata Open in Maharashtra, Chung is expected to be the top draw and Tournament Director Prashant Sutar was excited about Chung being one of the first players signed for the event.”Chung is one of the most exciting talents in tennis today. His consistent run across various tour events, including Australian Open, since winning the inaugural Next Gen ATP Tour Finals last year has made him a player to watch out for this time at Tata Open Maharashtra,” Sutar was quoted as saying in a media release on Monday.Also read – Hyeon Chung wants to make tennis popular in South KoreaChung started the year ranked No.58 and by April, he climbed to a career-high ranking of 19, mostly due to his unprecedented run at the Australian Open. In November 2017, Chung had announced his arrival winning the inaugural ATP Next Gen Championships in Milan.advertisementTata Open Maharashtra begins on December 29 when the qualifiers will take place on the first two days to determine the last four entrants for the main tournament.The main draw will start from December 31 with the final scheduled on January 5.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Manchester City take title lead into last day as Kompany goal beats Leicester

first_imgBy half-time, there had been only one occasion when Schmeichel had been seriously called into action. Agüero’s header had struck the underside of the crossbar, direct from a corner, but could conceivably have spun over the goal-line had it not been for Schmeichel, mid-air, clawing the ball away.Leicester looked relatively comfortable otherwise, as well as being lively on the break, and though the home crowd occasionally took out its frustration on the officials, it would not have been out of the question for the referee, Mike Dean, to show David Silva, of all people, two yellow cards, rather than just one, in that period. Kompany escaped with a booking for a wild challenge on James Maddison and that, again, demonstrated how the home side were not playing with their usual control. Lineups Read more 30 Otamendi Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger 11 0 (s 85′) 3 Danilo (s 90′) 6 Evans 26 Mahrez Something had to change if the players in light blue were not to blow the league title. Guardiola removed Phil Foden in the 56th minute, bringing on Leroy Sané, and that meant the team operating in a 4-2-4 formation. The full-backs, Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko, had the licence to power forward and gradually it became the kind of match that might have been expected earlier on: one side doing virtually all the attacking, the other pinned back.Even then Leicester still had promising moments on the counterattack, not least when Harry Maguire’s run from defence led to Maddison firing narrowly wide from 20 yards. Schmeichel saved again from Agüero but the home side’s momentum was building. Then the ball was at Kompany’s feet and, in that moment, he produced the reminder that big players like to contribute big moments.Kompany has provided plenty of them over the years but this one was the pick of the lot. He will never strike a sweeter shot. It will never be forgotten here if it is followed up by another victory this weekend and afterwards Guardiola was asked if he knew his captain was capable of hitting the ball so well. “Honestly?” the manager replied, and his face gave away the true answer. Leicester 11 Albrighton 2 Walker 24 Mendy 11 5 Share on WhatsApp 10 Aguero Match stats Premier League 14 Laporte (s 87′) 31 Ederson The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 12 Ward 35 Zinchenko 19 Barnes Substitutes (s 80′) Fouls Bernardo Silva catches the eye before Kompany leaves indelible mark LEI39MNC61% Reuse this content (s 56′) 5 Stones Read more 8 Gundogan Share on LinkedIn It still might have been but for Kelechi Iheanacho, their former player, squandering Leicester’s outstanding chance of the night, three minutes from the end of normal time. Iheanacho was clean through on goal, with the ball on his favoured left foot, after Hamza Choudhury had picked out his run and, for a split-second, there was a pained silence inside the stadium as everyone waited to see where his shot would end up. It was not even close and, 40 miles or so away on Merseyside, a devastating miss for the Liverpool supporters watching on television.Leicester had been difficult opponents for a team defending the league title. Guardiola’s team are never quite the same when they are missing Kevin De Bruyne. Fernandinho was also on the list of notable absentees and early on, when an onslaught might have been anticipated, it did not happen. The crowd was flat, twitchy, waiting for something to materialise. The players were flat, too, with the honourable exception of Bernardo Silva, who seemed utterly determined to lift everyone around him. Kompany might not get a statue – not yet, anyway – but his fourth championship winner’s medal from his 11 years at the club would make up for that, one imagines, and, if the trophy does remain in Manchester, there can be no doubt how people will remember the defining moment of the title race.There were 70 minutes on the clock when Kompany took possession of the ball and started loping forwards. Nobody in a Leicester shirt went to close him down because, well, it was Vincent Kompany, and he was not going to shoot, was he? Yet they underestimated him. Kompany took the ball into striking range and pulled back his right foot to take aim. It was a mix of desperation and inspiration, all in one. His shot was still rising as it flew past Kasper Schmeichel into what is known, in the parlance of the sport, as the “postage stamp”, just beneath the crossbar at its join with the post.It was the 100th home goal City have scored in all competitions this season. Brilliantly it was the first time Kompany had tried a shot from outside the penalty area since 2013. Sergio Agüero later told Kompany he had been shouting for him not to shoot. “Everyone was telling me the same,” Kompany clarified. Yet the ball was struck with curve and spin so it was arcing away from Schmeichel. It was struck majestically. And in that moment, amid all the euphoria and the unmistakable feeling we were watching the champions-in-waiting, suddenly it did not seem to matter it had been such a stodgy performance from Guardiola’s team.Kompany certainly knew the significance of that goal: he was in tears as he walked round the pitch at the end to thank the crowd for their backing. He and his teammates had toyed with the emotions of those supporters. It was anything but straightforward for the reigning champions and, until Kompany decided to take matters into his own hands, it was shaping up to be a potentially calamitous evening. 15 Maguire 1 Schmeichel 21 Silva LEI MNC Share on Facebook Manchester City Man City Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany embrace after the match. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA 14 Ricardo Pereira Topics 33 Gabriel Jesus 47 Foden 25 Ndidi Leicester City 49 Muric 38 Choudhury 10 Maddison 39 61 Substitutes 20 Bernardo Silva (s 75′) 9 Vardy 21 Tielemans 4 Kompany Share on Pinterest 14 Man City Off target 5 Leicester 5 Man City On target 2 Leicester Goal attempts 8 Iheanacho 3 Chilwell Perhaps Gary Neville put it best in his commentary role from the television gantry: “Where do you want your statue, Vincent Kompany?” It was, without question, the goal of a lifetime from the Manchester City captain and the rewards will be measured in silver if his team can extend their winning 13-game sequence by just one more match. It is simple now: a win at Brighton on Sunday and there will be nothing Liverpool, a point behind in second position, can do about it.No wonder every single player made a beeline for Kompany at the final whistle. One by one they embraced the Belgian. They were soon joined by the substitutes, various members of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff and the tracksuited players who were not in the squad. Everyone went to the same player. And then it was Guardiola’s turn, with a bear hug for the man who may just have struck the decisive blow at the top of the table. Pinterest 28 Fuchs 7 Sterling match reports Corners Manchester City 1-0 Leicester: Premier League – as it happened Share via Email Share on Twitter Possession 7 Gray 19 Sane 5 Morganlast_img read more

FIFA fines Mexico over homophobic chants

first_imgWorld Cup FIFA fines Mexico over discriminatory chants during World Cup Jamie Smith 06:05 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Manuel Neuer Germany Mexico 2018 World Cup Matthias Hangst World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany Costa Rica v Serbia Serbia Costa Rica FIFA has confirmed that the Mexican federation have been hit with a fine after fans were found to have made discriminatory chants against Germany The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been fined CHF 10,000 (£7,616/$10,035) by FIFA in relation to “discriminatory and insulting chants” at the World Cup.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was the latest to be targeted by an alleged homophobic slur, a common chant among the Mexican fans who have been warned about its use and asked to avoid it by players, as he prepared to take a goal-kick in the first half of a Group F encounter in Moscow. Disciplinary proceedings were opened following Mexico’s 1-0 win over the world champions, which came thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move FIFA has now confirmed Mexico have been hit with a fine, although it noted the FMF’s efforts in attempting to persuade fans to stop such chants.”The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters,” FIFA said in a statement released on Wednesday.”Moreover, the disciplinary committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type.”Mexico are next in action against South Korea on Saturday, with striker Javier Hernandez calling on supporters not to use homophobic slurs again.In addition, FIFA has fined the Serbian Football Association CHF 10,000.FIFA confirmed the punishment was handed out for the display of an “offensive and political banner” by Serbian fans during their match against Costa Rica.last_img read more

Boys and Girls Clubs to get free supply of opioid overdosereversing spray

first_imgCALGARY — Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada locations across the country are getting a free supply of an opioid overdose-reversing drug.The youth organization is announcing a three-year partnership with Adapt Pharma Canada, which makes Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride. The nasal spray will be available at 700 Boys and Girls Clubs locations across the country.That includes after-school programs, youth hubs, emergency shelters, group homes and high schools.Jeff Dyer, CEO of the group’s Calgary chapter, says staff are already trained to inject naloxone and the nasal spray will be much easier to administer.Dyer says three youths involved with the clubs in Calgary died in the past year after taking drugs laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid.Naloxone would have saved their lives, he added.“No doubt, in the future, it can save many more,” Dyer said.“We don’t have a handle on the opioid crisis in our country, so this is one way to tackle it in the interim.”The Canadian Institute for Health Information says that youth aged 15 to 24 saw a 53 per cent increase in opioid poisonings between 2013 and 2017 — one of the fastest growing cohorts.Dyer said many of the young people his organization serves are particularly vulnerable because they are often dealing with homelessness and trauma.The spray will be kept locked up and under the supervision of Boys and Girls Club staff. But in some cases, where youth are homeless or living on their own, Dyer said they can be given the drug to take with them in case they or someone they know overdoses.Adapt Pharma’s general manager said the partnership is significant.“It means we’re able to reach even more young people in our communities and ensure that the resources and information they need are readily available to them,” said David Renwick in a release.“The goal is to get as much naloxone in the community as possible.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ONCF Launches Contest for Best Photo of New Train Stations

Rabat – The National Office of Railways (ONCF) has launched a competition calling all those with a keen eye behind the camera, amateur or not, to take their best shot of the four new strain stations built along the high-speed line. To enter the competition, simply upload a photo on Instagram of the train station of your choice, along with the hashtags: #ONCFPHOTOSGARES #LENOMDELAGARE. The competition will be divided into 4 parts, with a different week dedicated to each different station. Here are the dates and the stations:  Rabat Agdal: July 18 to July 24Kenitra: July 25 to July 31Casa Voyageurs: August 1 to August 7Tangier City: August 8 to August 15Each week, round-trip trips on the LGV Al Boraq trains, the high-speed rail service between Casablanca and Tangier, are to be won. The tickets are valid for one month from the day the winner’s name is announced. The winner is free to choose the times of the trip. Here are the exact prizes on offer: 1st prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 1st class for two people 2nd prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 2nd class for two people  3rd prize: 1 Al Boraq trip A / R 2nd class for one personThe 4 train stations all recently received a massive upgrade, to match the LGV high-speed train line that was inaugurated on November 15, 2018, by King Mohammed VI. The inauguration came after over a decade of planning and construction by Moroccan national railway company ONCF.The 200-kilometer-long LGV line is the first of its kind in Africa, linking Casablanca and Tangier in two hours and 15 minutes instead of the usual 5-hour train ride.The large-scale projects cost MAD 10.5 billion, with new Kenitra train station costing approximately MAD 400 million. The Casa-Voyageurs train station cost MAD 450 million, and renovation at Tangier-Ville cost MAD 360 million.The new train stations are all fitted with state-of-the-art technology which meets international standards in terms of safety, comfort, security, and quality of services. read more

General Assembly urges observance of Olympic Truce during Beijing Games

In a resolution adopted unanimously and sponsored by the vast majority of UN Member States, the Assembly also welcomed the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to galvanize actions to promote a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Olympic Truce, a revived ancient Greek tradition known as ekecheiria.It called on all Member States to cooperate with the IOC in its efforts to use sport as an instrument to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic Games period.Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the 192-member body considers the concept of ekecheiria “to be an important part of promoting international understanding and maintaining peace.” He noted that the UN “works closely with the International Olympic Committee to develop strategic partnerships with the international sport community to promote education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality, environmental protection, peace and reconciliation.”The President praised examples including peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Liberia who use sport to bring previously warring factions together, while backing a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a more systematic follow-up by all Member States and UN bodies to “more effectively use sport as a tool” to achieve the global antipoverty targets collectively known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“If we are going to build a world with greater tolerance, mutual understanding and peace sport must continue to be used to channel energies away from aggression and self-destruction and into learning and self-respect,” he said. “This is the essence of the Olympic ideal.” 31 October 2007The United Nations General Assembly today urged all countries to observe the Olympic Truce during the 2008 Beijing Games – a move backed by its president, who advocated greater use of sport to promote peace and development. read more

Seventh annual General Brocks October Soirée set for Oct 25

Brock University staff, students and faculty should be prepared for some minor disruptions during Saturday’s seventh annual General Brock’s October Soirée.All buses will be redirected to the temporary bus staging on Isaac Brock Blvd. West from 5 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 25. Buses will return to their normal pickup in front of Schmon Tower on Sunday.Lot S East will be reserved for event parking beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Permit holders can park in Zone 1.Pay parking on Isaac Brock Blvd. West will not be available on Saturday. Pay parking is available at Lot D ($7 day rate) or at many pay machine/meter spaces around campus.Guernsey Market will be closed Saturday as it hosts Soirée. DeCew/Lowenberger dining halls will be open from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and the Walker Food Court will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.The sold out Soirée begins at 6 p.m. and is a fundraiser for students attending the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.About 300 guests are expected as Brock continues its 50th anniversary celebrations. read more

Shocker No 1 Maria Sharapova Knocked Out Of Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova, seeking back-to-back Grand Slam championships, was eliminated from Wimbledon on Monday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to No. 15-seeded Sabine Lisicki  in a match played in windy, rainy conditions.Sharapova, the No. 1 seed who took the French Open title last month for her fourth Grand Slam, was outplayed by Lisicki, a German who won the 2004 Wimbledon title.After blasting an ace down the middle on her third match point, Lisicki collapsed to her knees on the grass and shook both fists. Among those cheering for Lisicki in the guest box was German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.“It’s just unbelievable,” Lisicki said. “For the third time I’ve beaten the French Open champion here. I’m just so happy. I’ve lost the three previous meetings against her. Now I just played well and beat her for the first time.”Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. But Lisicki was better.“I just went for my shots. Really from the first point on I felt great out there,” Lisicki said. “It’s my favorite tournament, I love playing on grass, I love the crowd here. I just love it.”Lisicki will next face fellow German and No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who drubbed Kim Clijsters 6-1, 6-1. Clijester, the 47th-ranked Belgian, has said she is retiring after this year’s U.S. Open – this time for good, having returned to the sport in 2009 after a two-year break. read more

Ray Small tells all ExBuckeye says he sold memorabilia some players dont

Ray Small saw it all – and did most of it, too – during his four years suiting up in scarlet and gray. Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.” “I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.” Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career. “We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.” Small said he sold the rings to cover typical costs of living. “We have apartments, car notes,” he said. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.” The wheeling and dealing didn’t stop with rings. The best deals came from car dealerships, Small said. “It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” said Small, who identified Jack Maxton Chevrolet as the players’ main resource. The Columbus Dispatch reported on May 7 that OSU was investigating more than 50 transactions between OSU athletes and their families and Jack Maxton Chevrolet or Auto Direct. Representatives for Jack Maxton Chevrolet did not return repeated requests for comment. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from benefiting from the sale of their merchandise. Small said he wasn’t the only one. Ray Small interview with The Lantern by The Lantern OSU “They have a lot (of dirt) on everybody,” Small said, “cause everybody was doing it.” Although he understands how athletes are easy targets for getting deals, Small said anyone can take advantage. “(People say) ‘Oh you got a deal, it’s because you’re an athlete,’” Small said. “Playing for Ohio State definitely helps. But I know a lot of people that do nothing and get deals on their cars.” The Lantern obtained a police report from shortly after 2 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2007, when Small was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. According to the report, Small was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 that he told the officer he had just purchased. The vehicle had a dealer plate on it instead of a temporary tag. Police then received a call from Aaron Kniffin later that morning, wanting to know why the car had been impounded. Kniffin, a salesman at Jack Maxton Chevrolet, told the officer the dealership “gives a lot of coaches and faculty cars and that Mr. Small’s family is purchasing the car,” according to the report. Kniffin told the officer that paperwork for the car had not yet been worked out. On Dec. 23, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game ban. OSU handed coach Jim Tressel a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report the players’ actions. Malcolm Jenkins, who played cornerback for OSU from 2005-2008, said the tattoo violation was overblown. “The tattoo thing is whatever. It’s not that big of a deal, but it’s one of the dumb rules that the NCAA has,” Jenkins told The Lantern on Wednesday. “I don’t see what advantage getting free tattoos has to a university to be a violation, but it’s whatever. It’s in the rules, so it’s whatever.” Small said he isn’t surprised players couldn’t resist the temptation of discounted tattoos. “If you go in and try to get a tattoo, and somebody is like ‘Do you want 50 percent off this tattoo?’ You’re going to say, ‘Heck yeah,’” Small said. The NCAA’s notice of allegations sent to university President E. Gordon Gee on April 21 details the infractions that the six aforementioned athletes committed. It also lists a seventh violator, noted under letter “g” in its document. The NCAA accuses that player of having repeated interaction with Rife for a year-and-a-half. Small said he didn’t know much about Rife or Fine Line Ink. Among the items this mystery player sold to Rife was a 2010 Rose Bowl watch for $250. However, Small, defensive end Rob Rose and running back Bo DeLande were suspended for the 2010 Rose Bowl for a “violation of team rules.” According to athletic department spokesman Dan Wallenberg, that means Small didn’t receive a watch. “Postseason awards are limited to student-athletes who are eligible to participate in such contests under NCAA and Big Ten Conference regulations,” Wallenberg said Wednesday in an email to The Lantern. Rife declined The Lantern‘s request for an interview. Small spent much of his four years at OSU in Tressel’s doghouse. “When I was in college, in my opinion, I was the bad guy,” Small said. “I mean I knew that I was being the bad guy. I had took on that role.” Small said the allure of deals and discounts overshadows the rules education that the athletic department’s compliance office provides. “They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you’re not really listening to all of them rules,” Small said. “You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don’t even think about the rules. You’re just like ‘Ah man, it’s cool.’ You take it, and next thing you know the NCAA is down your back.” Jenkins said the athletic department makes a concerted effort to prevent such scenarios, but not all players follow instruction. “What the players go out and do on their own time and make their own decisions is on them,” Jenkins said. “I know (the compliance department) puts things in place to give us knowledge of the rules, give us education on how to deal with those situations, but what the players do with that is another story.” The Lantern reached out to Doug Archie, head of the OSU compliance department, but instead received a comment from Wallenberg. “We educate as best we can and expect student-athletes and staff to follow our messaging and policies,” Wallenberg said in an email. Jenkins said some players fail to resist the temptation of discounts. “When I was in school, I never really encountered too many offers and stuff, and the ones I did, it wasn’t hard to say no,” Jenkins said. “But some guys who have less self-control feel like they can get away with it.” Although six players have been penalized, Small said players mostly kept their wrongdoing under wraps. “(It) was kind of hush-hush. I mean, you tell … probably your close friend, or a close friend to your close friend,” Small said. “As far as everybody just talking about it in the locker room, that wasn’t really a big thing. So if somebody is giving them a deal, it was probably a situation where they kept it to themselves.” Small did not provide details on who bought his memorabilia. In a September interview with The Lantern, athletic director Gene Smith said outside influences are to blame for players’ misjudgments of NCAA rules. “At the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. There’s some things you can’t control,” Smith said. “Do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. “It worries me constantly that our education sessions might not work, might not make it to a particular family member.” But when speaking to the media at the announcement of the players’ suspensions on Dec. 23, Smith said the compliance department could have done more. “We were not explicit with these young men that you cannot resell items that we give you,” Smith said. “They stated in their interviews with us and with the NCAA that they felt those items were theirs, that they owned them, that they could sell them to help their families. … We were not explicit, and that’s our responsibility to be explicit.” Smith said the compliance department reaches out to those who might interact with athletes to make sure everyone is on the same page. “We focus more on education, education, education. Our education is marvelous,” Smith told The Lantern in September. “We go out and meet with the car dealers, we’ll go into the bars and restaurants with cover charges and nightclubs and educate those people so they don’t give our athletes freebies.” Former OSU basketball player Mark Titus wrote Tuesday on his blog, Club Trillion, that the perks within the football program are far from a secret. “Any OSU student in the past five years could tell you that a lot of the football players drive nice cars,” Titus wrote. “You’d have to be blind to not notice it.” Titus declined further comment when The Lantern contacted him, but said he has received “all sorts of hate mail. … If people are this upset with me for pointing out the obvious, I can’t imagine how mad they must be at all the guys who actually broke the rules and got OSU into this mess in the first place.” In his four years in scarlet and gray, Small – who is back at OSU pursuing a degree in sociology – totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns. He returned a fourth-quarter punt 69 yards for a touchdown to seal a 26-14 victory against Ohio University on Sept. 6, 2008. Small spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. OSU has until July 5 to respond to the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The university will present its case to the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. Small said players get deals just based on affiliation with the university. “Everywhere you go, while you’re in the process of playing at Ohio State,” Small said, “you’re going to get a deal every which way.” read more

ZEB1 handheld laser scanner maps UKs deepest mine for health and safety

first_img“Using the total station it used to take about an hour and a half to survey each of our five districts,” continued Hedges, “plus data processing time. This meant that the survey cycle was a minimum of a week. Using the ZEB we can complete it all in one day! This allows us to capture and produce survey measurements for a multitude of other applications.” Prior to purchasing the ZEB1 Cleveland Potash used traditional chain and offset surveying with manual data entry before upgrading to total station measuring. Since its implementation last year ZEB1 mobile mapping system has dramatically increased the efficiency of underground mapping required by law for health and safety compliance. The ZEB1 is also being used to capture volume measurements for the creation of monthly tonnage reports, survey outdoor stock piles and silos and produce detailed drawings and plans of the mine workings. Cleveland Potash, a business unit of ICL Fertilizers, is a producer and supplier of potash for agricultural and industrial use. Operating out of Boulby mine, the UK’s only potash mine, the company produces over 1 Mt/y of potash and over 500,000 t/y of salt. The second deepest of any kind of mine in Europe it has a network of underground workings extending under the North Sea totalling more than 960 km in length.  Cleveland Potash is using the ZEB1 hand held laser mapping system to map underground workings, complete stock surveys and comply with health and safety legislation at Boulby mine in North Yorkshire. The deepest mine in the UK, Boulby produces all of the UK’s output of potash and rock salt. Purchased from 3D Laser Mapping, the ZEB1 mobile mapping system is reducing the time taken to survey the workings, increasing the amount of data available to mine managers and allowing for the introduction of new working practices.  “ZEB1 is saving us time,” commented William Hedges, Mine Surveyor, “both underground while surveying and back in the office data processing. “It is so easy to use that after just a short introduction any member of the team can pick it up and run with it and it is robust enough to cope with the challenging environments we work in. I would go as far to say as I would recommend the ZEB1 to any mine in the world!” Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments, where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function.last_img read more

Angry Birds is coming to Facebook

first_imgIf Rovio‘s intention to ensure Angry Birds is available to play anywhere and everywhere wasn’t clear to you before today, then news of a Facebook version in development should remove any remaining doubt.A page has appeared on Facebook announcing that Angry Birds is coming to the social network, and that you can be one of the first to hear when it goes live by clicking the Facebook Like button.While the game has the potential to be as big as Zynga games on Facebook, Rovio clearly wants Angry Birds to be synonymous with gameplay on all platforms. After topping the charts in the App Store, the game is now available on Android Market, the Mac App Store, Intel AppUp, and is heading to Windows Phone 7 this spring as well as Xbox 360 and PS3. If you’ve hacked your Kinect it’s also possible to play the game using motion control.Mikael Hed, boss of Rovio, has stated that Angry Birds on Facebook will bring new elements to the game due to its social nature. For example, we can expect the pigs to feature more prominently in this version.For the moment there is no release date stated for Angry Birds on Facebook. Fans of the game do have something to look forward to, though, as Angry Birds Rio is set to launch on March 22 offering up 45 new levels.Read more at All Facebook and DevelopMatthew’s OpinionWith a Facebook version released I think Rovio has achieved its goal of offering Angry Birds to everyone, everywhere. I am actually a little surprised it has been announced last due to the potential for hundreds of millions of people to play it and generate revenue for the company. Maybe Rovio was using the Android release as an experiment to see how offering the game for free with ads worked out before following a similar path on the social network.Zynga is already generating healthy returns through Facebook games, and it started out on the social network with no previous success. Rovio is coming to Facebook with a hit on its hands meaning it’s pretty much guaranteed Angry Birds will be a huge success. After all, there are many people out there who have yet to play the game due to a lack of iOS or Android device. Putting it on Facebook means all you need is a PC to play.last_img read more

Porsche Design BlackBerry P9981 unveiled costs an arm and a leg

first_imgBack in September, a mysterious and snazzy BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 remix popped up in China. Now it’s looking a whole lot more official than it once was, with the strikingly similar BlackBerry P9981 unveiled by RIM and the folks who crafted it, Porsche Design.Gone is the plastic front bezel, replaced with a shined-up stainless steel face. Like the 9980, the P9981 sports the crosshair-emblazoned optical trackpad instead of the button-style one featured on most BlackBerry phones. The back of the P9981 eschews the carbon fiber-look plastic for a tooled black leather wrapping. There’s even an exclusive theme applied to the BB7 OS.The Bold Touch 9900 was easily RIM’s best-looking phone to date, and the Porsche Design P9981 is a snazzy upgrade. Under the hood, the hardware is the same: a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear shooter, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1.But as is the case with most of RIM’s recent announcements — like the fact that  BBM and email have now been dropped from PlayBook OS2 (which itself has been delayed) — the P9981 news has a sad trombone soundtrack.It’s projected to sell for around $2,000, will be produced in extremely limited numbers, and they’ll only be available from Porsche Design stores. So while Android and Windows Phone manufacturers continue to up their collective game and make sexier designs the norm, RIM has made sure the P9981 is an unattainable purchase for the Average Joe.But hey, at least RIM is setting aside an exclusive range of PINs that will allow P9981 owners to identify each other. Somehow I doubt it’ll be that hard to spot one…More at Tbreak and Engadgetlast_img read more

DNABased Neural Network Identifies Human Handwriting

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on target Robots are becoming more human every day. Case in point, Caltech researchers developed an artificial neural network made of DNA.Even more impressive, though, is that the AI can solve a classic machine learning problem: correctly identifying handwritten numbers.The work—a “significant step” toward demonstrating the capacity to program artificial intelligence into synthetic biomolecular circuits—was published in the journal Nature.“Though scientists have only just begun to explore creating artificial intelligence in molecular machines, its potential is already undeniable,” Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering at Caltech, said in a statement.“Similar to how electronic computers and smartphones have made humans more capable than a hundred years ago,” she explained, “artificial molecular machines could make all things made of molecules, perhaps including even paint and bandages, more capable and more responsive to the environment in the hundred years to come.”Ultimately, Qian’s team hopes to program intelligent behavior—the ability to compute, make choices, etc.—in artificial neural networks made of DNA.Similar to the human brain on which they are founded, these machines function like a system of neurons, and are capable of processing complex information.“We have designed and created biochemical circuits that function like a small network of neurons to classify molecular information substantially more complex than previously possible,” Qian boasted, comparing her technology to a roundworm, which makes simple decisions using just a few hundred neurons.To demonstrate the DNA-based neural networks’ abilities, graduate student Kevin Cherry chose a fairly standard challenge: recognizing handwriting.Far from the uniform digital fonts we’re used to, human handwriting is profoundly varied. So when you try to read the sloppy sequence of numbers that cute guy from the bar scribbled onto a napkin, your brain must perform complex computational tasks to make out the phone number.Similarly, neural networks must be “taught” to recognize numbers, account for variations in handwriting, and compare their “memories” to decode the writing.In this case, Cherry built a neural network of carefully designed DNA sequences that identify “molecular handwriting”—numbers and letters made of unique DNA strands.Deoxyribonucleic acid is made of four basic nucleotides, which bind together in specific combinations to form the double helix of DNA. These predictable patterns make nucleotide strands perfect for computing devices.Initial tests have shown great promise; Qian and Cherry plan to further develop their artificial neural network to perform different tasks.“Common medical diagnostics detect the presence of a few biomolecules, for example, cholesterol or blood glucose,” Cherry said. “Using more sophisticated biomolecular circuits like ours, diagnostic testing could one day include hundreds of biomolecules, with the analysis and response conducted directly in the molecular environment.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Workshop on hazardous trees is Wednesday night

first_imgVancouver’s Urban Forestry office invites the public to learn how to know and manage hazardous trees at a free TreeTalk workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.This time of year brings lots of windy, wet weather, and that can cause some property owners to fear for the health and safety of their trees. Learning about tree defects in advance can help ease those worries, make the environment safer and potentially guard against liability.Certified arborists and tree assessors will be present to lead the discussion and answer questions.“Most trees fail because of an existing defect in the tree, such as cankers, decay and root problems,” Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray said in a news release. “Professionals are trained to recognize these existing conditions and work with the home owner to reduce them.”For those wanting to know more about their trees before the meeting or to learn about upcoming workshops, visit the city’s Urban Forestry webpage at:, or call 360-487-8308.last_img read more