Giving Up Before Your Competitor Does

first_imgThere is this prospect in your territory. They’ve been with one of your competitors for years and for as long as you’ve known of them, they have never even entertained changing suppliers.Different BeliefsYou believe that because this prospect hasn’t considered changing, they never will. You’ve never tried to nurture relationships within this account. You don’t know anyone inside the company, and no one inside knows you.One of your competitors doesn’t believe  the fact that this prospect hasn’t changed suppliers in years is no indication of what they might do in the future. In fact, she thinks that they are overdue for a change. She believes that, given a long enough time line, everyone changes. This competitor has been nurturing relationships since she started in this territory, feeding ideas to the contacts within this company.Because you have to, you have been emailing one contact that you presume to be the decision maker inside this company every ninety days like clockwork, always requesting that they call you to discuss what you and your company might do for them. No one ever calls you back. You think you might need to change the language in your email.Persisting PersistenceYour competitor only sends emails as a follow up to her phone calls. If the contacts within this company are being honest, she’s been a bit of a nuisance, and she is seriously persistent, and a number of them have recently taken meetings with her. They came away impressed with her tenacity and her smarts.Now, your dream client has decided that they have given their existing supplier enough time to resolve their long-unresolved problems, and they’re going to move the business—if they can find the right partner.How do you feel about your position? The truth is, you wouldn’t know any of this is occurring. You gave up a long time ago, remember?How many prospects in your territory have no idea who you are, that you are responsible for acquiring their business, and that you can create massive value for them, should they entertain changing partners?How many of them could quickly and easily identify you as the person with the ideas and experience to help them move their business to a better result and a better future?Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up. 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

Indian Govt Follows U.S. in Volume of Requests for Facebook Data

first_imgIndia was second only to the United States in asking Facebook for data and access to accounts, according to the annual Transparency Report 2017 released by the social media company. The Indian government made a total of 9,853 data requests to Facebook, the transparency report, which covers the period of January to June 2017, said.With over 201 million users, India is also the second largest market for Facebook.The figures for India for the first half of 2017 show almost a 55 per cent rise over corresponding figures for last year. The volume of requests stood at 6,324 in the first half of 2016, and rose to 7,289 in the second half of last year.Over 9,690 requests were made by the Indian government regarding legal process, and access to 13,490 user accounts was sought. The social media site said it complied with 54.30 per cent of these legal process requests.Indian government agencies asked for 163 emergency data requests. Under the emergency data request category, it asked for access to 262 user data accounts of which Facebook accepted 36 per cent. The requests for content restrictions were made by law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Majority of the content was in violation of local laws of defamation and content violating religion and hate speech. A total of 1,228 pieces of content were restricted in response to the requests made.Facebook also received preservation requests, which means that certain account records are to be saved for official criminal investigations for 90 days pending the receipt of the formal legal process. As per the report, it got 1,166 preservation requests.The U.S government, which made the most requests to the social media firm, requested for data of 32,716 users and access to 52,280 accounts. The United Kingdom, at number 3, asked Facebook for data of 6,845 users and access to 8,167 user accounts.The requests made by the U.S. government rose by 26 per cent from the last six months of 2016 to this June. The number has been steadily rising since Facebook started releasing these reports in 2013. The volume of data that the United States asks for has roughly tripled in four years.“We continue to carefully scrutinize each request we receive for account data — whether from an authority in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere — to make sure it is legally sufficient,” Chris Sonderby, the company’s Deputy Counsel general, wrote in a blogpost. “If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary.”The report also talks about disruptions affecting access to Facebook products and services. The site was down 21 times in total during January to June 2017 period.This was the first time Facebook included data related to intellectual property in the report. “For the first time, we are expanding the report beyond government requests to provide data regarding reports from rights holders related to intellectual property (IP) — covering copyright, trademark, and counterfeit,” Sonderby said.In the period mentioned, Facebook received 224,464 copyright reports about content on Facebook, 41,854 trademark reports and 14,279 counterfeit reports. Globally, the requests for account data increased by 21 percent, from 64,279 in the second half of 2016 to 78,890. Related ItemsFacebookSocial medialast_img read more

Indians Closely Watch DHS Vs Save Jobs USA Case Over Visa Rules

first_imgAfter initial failure of its lawsuit to seek end of work authorization of H4 visa holders in 2015, Save Jobs USA seems to have mustered force in the current anti-immigrant climate in the United States.The families who will be affected are mostly Indian and remain fearful of the outcome. They await an update past Jan. 2, 2018, when the two sides were told to file their motions. The Department of Home Security (DHS) and Save Jobs USA have filed opposing motions regarding the same issue. The Trump administration is also reportedly working on ending H-1B visa extensions beyond six years.The DHS filed a motion to hold the lawsuit in abeyance (on hold/suspension) as they are in regulatory process of implementing the “Removal of the H4 EAD” while Save Jobs USA doesn’t want the abeyance. They argue that the removal could take up to two years and would impact Americans. They seek an oral argument, which the DHS seeks to avoid.If Save Jobs USA wins the lawsuit and if the reported proposal around H-1B visa becomes a reality, it would lead to deportation and job loss of close to 700,000 individuals. Most of the H-1B visas and H4 visas go to Indian immigrants.The lawsuit would decide if the president has the authority to determine work authorization for foreigners in the United States, Save Jobs USA’s lawyer John Miano told India-West.“We’re hoping that the court will rule that the president does not have the authority to decide on work authorization, absent of Congress, undermining American workers,” said Miano. The H4 visa became a reality through an executive order by former President Barack Obama.Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) have been given to 100,000 H4 workers and foreign students on the optional practical training (OPT) each and another 500,000 total to H-1B employees, according to Miano.Children of H-1B visa holders who grew up in the United States are also at a risk of job loss and deportation. Once they turn 21 they are no longer considered immediate family, so they lose their H4 visa status, forcing them to return to their home country. Related ItemsH-1BUnited Stateslast_img read more

Salary Requirement for Non-EU Migrants Could Cross £60,000, Warn UK Experts

first_imgExperts in United Kingdom have cautioned that the minimum salary requirement for a non-European Union migrant could go over £60,000 for the first time this year, placing a new burden on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s immigration policy.According to a system formed by May while she was the home secretary, minimum salary for visa applicants increases automatically when the number of applications goes beyond an annual quota of 20,700 Tier-2 visas, the Evening Standard reported.British Medical Association and businesses in the United Kingdom feel that the “out-of-date” and “arbitrary” system must be altered, else they would be “banging their heads” to employ desperately needed doctors and skilled workers, the report said.Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, pointed out that there was proof that the demand for visa this year will be “much higher,” pushing the earnings requirement up — it has already risen from £30,000 to £50,000 from last year.“The fact that the cap has already been hit this April suggests that demand this year could well be much higher than in the past few years. That would mean higher salaries,” Sumption was quoted as saying in the report.A rise to £60,000 or £70,000 would place a limit on the applications to workers — falling in the top five per cent of earners in the country. This would limit the recruitment in highly paid occupations, ruling out several employers.For a Tier2 “experienced skilled worker” visa, a person now has to be paid at least £30,000 to apply. This is up by almost £10,000 from 2011 when it was £20,800, BBC reported. A person gets more points for higher salaries or if the job is listed in shortage occupations.“The only point of a numerical cap is to stop us letting in skilled people that somebody wants to hire,” Jonathan Portes, professor of economic and public policy at King’s College, London, said, calling the system “crazy,” according to the report.The present system was made in order to help keep the net immigration down to 100,000. The quota, however, was used up for five months consecutively, which resulted in the minimum salary to rise from £30,000 to £50,000 and for a short while touch £60,000. As per the rules, a points system which rewards higher pay is used when the visas run the risk of being exhausted.“The Government fully recognizes the contribution that international professionals make to the UK. However, it is important that our immigration system works in the national interest, ensuring that employers look first to the UK resident labor market before recruiting from overseas,” a Home Office spokesman said, Evening Standard reported.Recently, reports emerged that UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid was examining a plan to get rid of the immigration target and then substitute it with an all-new annual quota.Also, three government departments had urged for visa rules to be relaxed so that the urgently-needed doctors and specialists can be allowed in the United Kingdom. May, however, turned their request down, according to reports. Related ItemsTheresa MayUK Home OfficeUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Airline Holds Passengers Hostage

first_img180 passengers on a Comtel Air flight from Amritsar to Birmingham, England, were stranded for six hours at the Vienna Airport and forced to fork over $31,000 to fund fueling costs for the remainder of the flight.Video broadcasts showed a Comtel crew member exhorting passengers: “We need some money to pay the fuel, to pay the airport, to pay everything we need. If you want to go to Birmingham, you have to pay.”Each passenger had to fork out $205. Passengers who didn’t have the money in cash, were asked to secure money from ATM machines.The airline has since apologized and promised refunds. Meanwhile, Indian police have booked 11 Comtel employees, including its CEO Richard Slucks on separate cheating and fraud charges on the basis of a complaint from a hotel owner for failing to pay $80,000 in hotel charges. Related Itemslast_img read more

End of the Humble Resume

first_imgTwo young Indian-American entrepreneurs are attempting to make the traditional paper résumé a thing of the past by connecting job seekers and employers through video résumés.Suki Shah and Naresh Patel have developed the most comprehensive video-based social recruiting platform and job board. Shah says is the first job board to embed video capabilities directly into its social recruiting platform so that job seekers can record and submit personal, dynamic responses to an employer’s most pressing pre-screening questions at the start of the hiring process.Shah, 28, explained that open positions on job boards like or Craigslist is time-consuming and expensive — and may elicit hundreds of email inquiries per post. Employers must then spend time sifting through these résumés to find the best candidates, sometimes with no insight into who is really best for an open position.Shah worked with Patel, a software architect, to launch which he says has reinvented the way that employers and job seekers are connecting in today’s digital world.“ combines the visibility of a job board with the functionality of an applicant tracking system – allowing employers to find and pre-screen candidates using audio and video, conduct interviews in real-time and manage the entire on boarding process,” he said. — IANS Related Itemslast_img read more

Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

first_imgEls invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’ll stick with it.”Harris scored 21 points in the first quarter, as the Pistons rolled to a season-high 40 points and a 40-19 lead.“Obviously, Tobias had a heck of a first quarter, but it all was clicking, on all cylinders,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said. “Everybody was scoring.”Drummond finished with 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. The entire starting five for the Pacers combined for just eight rebounds and their offensive output was a season low.“I have no explanation for that, absolutely none,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re just digging a hole for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “He just told me to clear my head and go out there and enjoy the game and just play off everything that happens,” Harris said. “That’s what I’ve been able to do and it’s been working.”It worked to near perfection Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time). Harris scored 30 points as the Pistons downed the Indiana Pacers 107-83.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarris was 10-of-11 from the floor, including making seven of eight 3′s.“It’s a new approach I have, since I was not shooting as well as I was before, so I’m just letting the game come to me and just try to feed off what the game brings,” Harris said. “You go on with a better mindset playing in the game. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ Ish Smith (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11) also reached double digits for Detroit.Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 13 points. Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 10 points.The victory moved the Pistons (19-14) past the Pacers (19-15) into second spot in the NBA’s Central Division and gave the Pistons a 3-1 decision in the season series between the two teams, the first time Detroit had won the season set from Indiana since going 4-0 against the Pacers in 2007-08.“That’s a team we’re looking forward to playing in the playoffs, so to get that advantage is huge for us,” Drummond said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDETROIT — A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.Van Gundy’s message to Harris, who was struggling with his shot, was to get out of his own head and just be in the moment.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Can Lady Chiefs score title repeat?

first_img“That’s already a thing of the past and we’re already looking at the future,” he said. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”Arellano, which will be coached by Obet Javier, will try to ride on its magical season last year when they defied the odds to dismantle a San Sebastian team that swept its way to the Finals. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES All eyes will be on the Arellano Lady Chiefs as they try to defend their volleyball crown. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETSan Sebastian begins NCAA mission with just nine players Arellano University opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua while last season’s losing finalist San Sebastian begins it trek to dust off unfinished business when it begins a new era Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena.The Lady Chiefs will parade a roster virtually untouched by graduation while the Lady Stags, who got swept in last season’s title series, start a new chapter in their history after three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones maxed out her eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Citycenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Regine Anne Arocha, Necole Ebuen, Andrea Marzan and Jovielyn Prado are back for Arellano, which battles the Lady Cardinals at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will play the whole season with just nine players starting with the 12-noon duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals.SSC coach Roger Gorayeb, who is expected to rely heavily on veterans Alyssa Eroa, Vira May Guillema, Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion, however, remained confident of their chances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb.Gorayeb also said they hadmoved on from last year’s heartbreak. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slowed by bogeys, Saso shares first-round lead with Thais 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Undermanned Lady Stags clobber Lady Generals in NCAA opener

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Dangie Encarnacion scored on back-to-back check balls that sent San Sebastian to the 24-16 match point before Daurene Santos finished it all off with an ace.San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb emphasized that they should rely on their own in the absence of Soltones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I always tell them that with Grethcel gone they should be able to stand on their own feet,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.“When Grethcel was still here the offense went through her for like 70 percent of the time so the players would tend to sit back instead of stepping up. Now that Grethcel’s gone maybe they will start performing better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues San Sebastian started off its campaign in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament with a strong sweep of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Stags, who began their new life without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones, played just seven of their eight total players but showed resiliency down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Can Lady Chiefs score title repeat? MOST READ San Sebastian had its relentless attack going on as it bombarded EAC with 44 scoring spikes and 12 service aces.That constant attack, however, also had a downside as the Lady Stags gave away 25 free points to the Generals due to errors.Captain Joyce Sta. Rita, Encarnacion, Nikka Dalisay, and Santos all had 13 points for San Sebastian.Jaylene Lumbo and Ladeisheen Magbanua each had six points to lead the Generals.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextlast_img read more

Olympic champ Shiffrin dominates slalom for 40th career win

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin, center, winner of an alpine ski, women’s World Cup slalom, poses with second placed Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, left, and third placed Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Sunday Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Shortly after winning her 40th career World Cup race on Sunday, overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin drew praise from one of her main rivals for “taking the sport to another level.”Beaten by 1.64 seconds in a slalom on the Podkoren course, Frida Hansdotter had mixed feelings about the American’s dominance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “It’s frustrating, but it is also good for the sport,” said the Swede, the only skier other than Shiffrin to win the season-long World Cup slalom title in the past five years.Shiffrin has won 20 of the last 25 slaloms she competed in, and finished on the podium in four of the other five races. Her 29 slalom wins in total leaves her six short of the record set by Austria’s Marlies Schild.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“She is super fast,” Hansdotter said. “All of us want to ski faster than her but she is on another level. We need to train harder and ski faster.”The Olympic slalom champion certainly was fast while taking a 1.47-second lead in Sunday’s opening leg, which Shiffrin called “maybe the best run of slalom I have ever done in a race.” Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Porzingis, Jack help Knicks edge Mavs to end 3-game skid BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed The result put the American level with Sweden great Ingemar Stenmark for the number of World Cup victories before turning 23.Only Annemarie Moser-Proell won more races (41) at that age, and Shiffrin can match the Austrian great’s record at a night slalom in Flachau on Tuesday.“I have so much fun skiing today,” said Shiffrin, who has won seven of the last eight races, including all four in 2018. “I feel so like in a good place, it doesn’t feel like I am dreaming, it doesn’t feel like it’s something crazy that’s happening. It just feels like I am skiing really well and I am starting to feel that in the races more and more.”Her two wins this weekend easily earned Shiffrin the Golden Fox Trophy, which adds the slalom results to those of Saturday’s GS.It was another confirmation that Shiffrin, initially excelling in slalom, has become a consistent winner in both technical disciplines.“That’s huge, that has been one of my goals since forever,” Shiffrin said. “So it’s so cool now that I can be a contender for the win in both slalom and GS.”Shiffrin’s triumphant run has seen her lead in the overall standings increase to 721 points over second-place Holdener, while she leads Vlhova in the slalom standings by 235 points.Not that she will take anything for granted because, as Shiffrin said, “there are quite a few who have the ability to win. It’s still competition.” LATEST STORIES It was the fourth straight slalom race where Shiffrin held a first-run lead of more than a second, a huge margin in a sport often decided by hundredths of a second.“I let it go down the hill and I am really, really happy with my skiing that run,” said Shiffrin, who also triumphed in Saturday’s giant slalom on the same course. “I am always looking to do the skiing that I do in training. That feels really good, it’s confident, it’s flowing. The surface is incredible and froze overnight so it’s just so much fun to ski.”Shiffrin posted the third-fastest time in the final leg and beat Hansdotter once again, while Wendy Holdener was 1.87 behind in third for the Swiss skier’s 13nd career slalom podium without winning — a World Cup record.“Sometimes it’s frustrating but it is still a good fight,” Holdener said.Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, the only skier to beat Shiffrin in a slalom this season, was 2.18 behind in fourth.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

For England, problems run deeper than Wayne Rooney

first_imgSo, it turns out dropping Wayne Rooney isn’t the simple cure to England’s problems.They run much deeper than that.”We have taken over a mess, really,” interim manager Gareth Southgate said after seeing his team stutter to a scarcely deserved 0-0 draw at Slovenia in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.Southgate has been in charge for two weeks after coming in as an emergency replacement for Sam Allardyce and clearly understands the challenge facing him and the national team, which possibly reached an all-time low in losing to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship in June.Given four matches in a caretaker role before the Football Association decides on a permanent successor to Allardyce, Southgate has presided over a tedious 2-0 home win over Malta and then the draw in Ljubljana.The mid-term report on Southgate? That pretty much nothing has changed.In fairness to Southgate, he has had little time to implement his own ideas and he was brave enough to make a call many England managers wouldn’t have taken – dropping the out-of-form Rooney.But the two games highlighted many of the failings that have blighted England’s players for years.Poor technique under pressure. No confidence. No identity. No plan.Some of that might be understandable at this point in time, given that the team has had three coaches – and therefore three different managerial approaches to take in – in the past five months.England have a young side, especially in attack, and it showed in a frantic, error-strewn display against Slovenia.advertisement”We’re very much a work in progress, as far as I can see,” Southgate said. “It is difficult to judge how hard to go in when you’ve only had them for such a short period of time and a lot of them are as inexperienced as they are. I’ve got to balance setting the challenge right for them as a team, demanding as much as possible, but also being realistic about how quickly we can adapt to a style of play.”England have been criticized in recent years for the ponderous nature of their build-up play and Southgate is clearly urging his players to get the ball forward quicker and sharper. Hence, the decision to drop Rooney.But it simply made England’s players look panicky as they launched attacks. There were also some basic errors in technique and passing, not forgetting the two woeful back-passes – by Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson – that led to one-on-one chances for Slovenia.Goalkeeper Joe Hart saved England on those occasions, as he did a few other times. Without him, England, which had only three shots on target, would have lost. As it is, the draw left the team top of Group F by two points after three games.Put simply, England’s players are still failing to perform in a national jersey at the same level they do for their clubs in the Premier League. Rectifying that is the challenge for the next permanent England manager, whether it’s Southgate or someone else.For now, after a whirlwind fortnight, Southgate just wants a break.Asked about his chances of getting the job fulltime, he laughed and said: “I’m going to have a couple of days to go and sleep.”last_img read more

Islanders Strike Lightning, 5-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Disappointed by a bad loss in the last game, New York coach Jack Capuano singled out some players he said ‘needed to play better.’ The Islanders then went out and got a crucial win in their playoff push.John Tavares got his 30th goal and two assists, and New York scored three times in a 5:15 span of the second period to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on April 4.On April 2, the Islanders lost 5-0 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.“We were embarrassed by it,” Tavares said. “We knew it was a big two points (tonight) and we played our type of game. … We really liked the way we responded and now we got to carry it over tomorrow (at Washington). That’s the really important test I think, test our character in a tough back-to-back against a team that’s won the Presidents’ Trophy already and we’re still fighting hard here.”Ryan Pulock, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 32 saves.New York holds the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot and won for the third time in four games to reduce its magic number to two over Boston to secure a third straight postseason berth.After the morning skate earlier April 4, Capuano named Nelson, Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey among the players that needed to step up down the stretch.“It’s not that I’m calling them out or trying to embarrass them in front of anybody, we need those guys to play better,” Capuano said after the win. “The only reason I singled them out is because I care about them. … And we gotta do something to ignite them.”The Islanders remained two points behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division, and the teams meet at Madison Square Garden on April 7.The Islanders improved to 10-2-1 at home since the All-Star break and play two of their last four at Barclays Center.Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Ben Bishop gave up five goals on 23 shots before he was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 13 shots.Tampa Bay dropped four points behind first-place Florida in the Atlantic Division after the Panthers’ win at Toronto, and the Lightning’s magic number for their third consecutive playoff berth remained at one.“We gave up four breakaways in the second period,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We weren’t shooting and ultimately we would spend time in their zone and they’d get a breakaway and score. … That was the tough part to watch because they were working their tails off. They were competing, they were battling and we just weren’t working smart enough.”The Lightning were without star Steven Stamkos, who had surgery to remove a blood clot from near his right collarbone April 4 and is expected to miss one to three months.Martin put the Islanders ahead 2-1 with 9 minutes remaining in the second when he took a pass from Cal Clutterbuck, cut toward the net and lifted the puck in off Bishop for his ninth of the season.Nelson made it a two-goal game about 4 1/2 minutes later when he got ahead of Lightning defenders, took a perfect pass from Nikolay Kulemin and lifted a backhand into the top right corner.With the Lightning’s J.T. Brown off for a high-stick to Clutterbuck’s face, Tavares made it 4-1 with a slap shot from the top of the left circle with 3:45 left in the second. Kyle Okposo had his team-high 39th assist on the play.Hedman pulled the Lightning back within two with his 10th of the season with 7 seconds left in the middle period.Bishop stopped two shots by Anders Lee on a breakaway, but Boychuk wristed it in at 4:28 of the third. Tavares had his second assist of the game and team-high 64th point on the score.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brose Bamberg dominates Olympiacos

first_imgBrose Bamberg led from start to finish en route to beating Olympiacos Piraeus 82-68 at Brose Arena on Thursday night. The win improved Bamberg to 5-9 in the standings, while snapping Olympiacos’ four-game winning streak and dropping the Reds to 9-5. Bamberg opened the game with an 11-0 run and never relinquished it. A 17-6 spurt in the second quarter broke the 20-point barrier and Bamberg never let Olympiacos closer than 9 points the rest of the way. If Olympiacos had any chance of coming back, Darius Miller denied it hitting 4 fourth-quarter triples and scoring 15 of his 20 points in the final stanza. Fabien Causeur scored all of his 17 points in the first half, Nicolo Melli had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Janis Strelnieks collected 9 points and 7 assists in victory. Olympiacos, which played without the injured Georgios Printezis, saw Vasislis Spanouli score 15 points and Kostas Papanikolaou add 11 in defeat.Bamberg stormed out of the gate, scoring the first 11 points of the game behind Causeur and Miller. Olympiacos needed more than four and a half minutes to score its first points, before threes from Papanikolaou and Spanoulis cut the deficit to 13-9. However, Miller hit a triple to spark another Bamberg run and the hosts were quickly back up with a double-digit lead, which stood at 23-13 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back threes from Melli and Strelnieks opened a 29-13 advantage after 63 seconds in the second. A 0-8 run sparked by big man Patric Young got the visitors within 10 points, but Bamberg answered with 7 straight points, capped by a Nikos Zisis triple, before a three-point play and three-point shot from Causeur increased the margin to 48-27. Olympiacos cut it to 48-30 at halftime with a Spanoulis layup-plus-foul. The visitors scored the first 6 points of the third quarter. A Vangelis Mantzaris triple cut the deficit to 50-39. Zisis stopped the bleeding for the hosts, but a three-pointer from Spanoulis helped cut the deficit to single digits and Papanikolaou beat the third-quarter buzzer with a put-back to make it 59-50 at the end of third quarter. But the visitors never got closer. Strelnieks hit a three to restore a double-digit lead, before Miller took over. His 11 points in four minutes opened a 75-58 edge and Bamberg cruised the rest of the way.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kontron: KBox A-250 with pITX-2.5

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas completes RZ/N1 solution kit lineupNext Rohde & Schwarz presents test solution for 3GPP release 14 location services for NB-IoT Kontron announces the KBox A-250 at embedded world 2018. The newest addition to Kontron’s compact industrial computer platforms is tailored for gateway applications. Based on a pITX-2.5″ SBC with Intel Atom processors of the E3900 family, the fanless KBox A-250 has been designed as a cost-optimized gateway for IoT Edge applications. Its fields of application are primarily found in industrial automation.The compact KBox A-250 offers numerous interfaces to connect various layers of communication: A serial interface (RS232/RS485) for local data collection and connection to the sensor- or machine environment is provided. Connection to the IT environment can be realized through the integrated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well optional WiFi support. Additionally, a GPIO-interface is included. Wireless technologies such as LTE (4G) and GSM (2G/3G) are supported, an integrated LTE module can be added on demand.The KBox A-250 can be set up and run quickly and easily, making it suitable for OEM manufacturers and systems integrators aiming to leverage the full potential of next generation intelligent infrastructure in IoT environments. The KBox A-250 is Microsoft Azure Certified and can be easily used with Microsft Azure IoT Services. The Kontron KBox A-250 is based on pITX-APL with Intel Atom® E3930/E3940/E3950 processors and up to 8 GB ECC storage. The system offers one DisplayPort interface, two Gigabit Ethernet- and two USB 3.0 interfaces. System upgrades can be implemented through a MiniPCIe interface. Operating system and data can be stored either on one M.2 SSD, one mSATA SSD or one microSD.The KBox A-250 supports Kontron’s Security Solution APPROTECT. In tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides full IP and copy/reverse engineering protection through a Wibu-Systems security chip. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also provides license management to enable demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation of functions for a limited number of executions for new business models like pay-per-use. For secure cloud connectivity, a TPM 2.0 Security Chip is integrated.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

19 days agoMan Utd vs Chelsea kids? Why there’s no (& unfair) comparison

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man Utd vs Chelsea kids? Why there’s no (& unfair) comparisonby Chris Beattie19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Not good enough. They’re just not up to it. These Manchester United kids. They’re not United standard. Just look at what’s happening at Chelsea. There’s simply no comparing…Which is right. There is no comparing the youngsters Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to bring through at United and what Frank Lampard has on his hands at Chelsea. And nor should there be. Indeed, those ex-players scrambling over eachother to condemn Solskjaer and the talent he’s working with should know better. And instead of drawing the irrational comparison with Frank’s Blue Babes, they should be informing the public of why the stark difference.Because the answer is simple. Easy. And could actually lead to a decent debate about the differences between the two clubs regarding youth development and the use of the loan system.It’s stating the bleedin’ obvious and this column apologises to those whom have already sent their remote or shoe through a screen. But the thing about comparing the kids we’re seeing at Chelsea and what’s coming through at United is that there is no comparison. The lads making headlines today: Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, have also made headlines elsewhere. Mount had an outstanding year in Holland before last season’s spell with Lampard at Derby County. Tomori also is no sudden star. His time with the Rams, which culminated with the club’s Player of the Year gong, was actually his third loan spell after stints with Hull City and Brighton – where he didn’t exactly pull up any trees. Which the same can be said of Abraham and his time with Swansea City. A period when many on the outside were encouraging the club to cut the lad loose. Again, like Tomori, it’s taken Abraham three different loan spells away (Bristol City and Aston Villa included) to reach the level of what we’re seeing today.In contrast, the youngsters Solskjaer has turned to – Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong – are all in the middle of their first real experience as senior players. Yeah, they’ve had bits and pieces over the last two seasons. But this is the first time in their careers where there’s an expectation of them as members of a senior squad. Something Tomori and Abraham were getting to grips with three seasons previous. Even Aaron Wan-Bissaka was only making his first team debut with Crystal Palace less than 18 months ago – just as Daniel James was doing as a Swansea City player. Indeed, amongst this United group, it is Axel Tuanzebe who boasts the longest time involved as a senior prospect.So comparison? There is no comparison. But what is worth exploring is United’s attitude to the loan system. An approach which is more about protecting and cultivating a saleable asset than any serious plan to develop a youngster for a first team future with the club. Tuanzebe aside, those youngsters earmarked as having the potential to be a United first teamer aren’t risked to the loan system. Instead, they’re kept in-house. The long-held view, dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge, is the most gifted are better served training with – and being around – the first team. If Reece James had accepted that offer from United 18 months ago, there’d have been no season with Wigan Athletic. Nor a Latics Player of the Year award for the Chelsea fullback. So are United missing a trick here? Well, there is no hard and fast answer. The success and failures of youth development are always a slow burn. But the progress of Scott McTominay does offer United some hope that they’re on the right track.No-one saw the emergence of McTominay coming – outside of Mourinho, of course. Now a Scotland international and first-choice for Solskjaer, McTominay never came close to being capped at youth level by Scotland – nor England. But into his third season as a senior player, no pundit would dare claim he doesn’t deserve his current status. Which wasn’t exactly what was being said about the midfielder after his first season under Mourinho.”McTominay, when I watch him, I’m not sure he’s actually good enough on the ball to be a Man United midfield player,” questioned former United captain Gary Neville. “Is he sharp enough on the ball to be a Man United central midfield player?”But today – or at least last week – after McTominay’s goalscoring performance for the draw with Arsenal, Neville was saying, ahem, something slightly different: “I have to say, he [McTominay] steps up every single game. He’s always there and wants the ball every single time.“He might give it away but he wants it again – and sometimes it’s about having the temperament to play for a big club – and I think he’s got that.”What hasn’t yet been acknowledged is that McTominay’s progress has continued since the change of manager. Indeed, this column would argue it’s accelerated since Solskjaer and his staff have grabbed hold of him.Which could be the same that awaits Greenwood and co in the coming seasons. So long as the club is patient and those making irrational comparisons are ignored. last_img read more

FOX Sports Analysts Make National Championship Picks

first_imgFOX Sports analysts make Alabama vs. Clemson picks.FOX SportsOnce again, Alabama and Clemson will face off for college football’s national championship.The Crimson Tide have essentially gone wire-to-wire as the nation’s top team. Clemson is right there though, also undefeated on the year.With stellar young quarterbacks, deep passing attacks, and elite defensive line play, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney’s teams actually mirror each other more than they have in years past.The early betting lines have Alabama as a solid, if not overwhelming favorite.Things opened at Alabama -6.5, but Clemson action has actually brought it down to 5.5 or six points at most books, per OddsShark.The Tigers have plenty of believers in this one, with five days until the game.Two of FOX Sports’ main college football analysts like Clemson to beat Alabama on Monday.Matt Leinart and Dave Wannstedt are both taking Clemson to win the game. From Monday night:Coach and @MattLeinartQB are all in with Clemson for the natty.— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 1, 2019Leinart points to the improvement in the passing attack from Kelly Bryant to star freshman Trevor Lawrence:“I like Clemson in this game. Trevor Lawrence is a better thrower than what we saw last year with Kelly Bryant, when Clemson went up against Alabama. He’s proven on this stage that he can play well.“Defensively, Clemson’s defensive front is going to be a lot for Alabama to handle.”Wannstedt actually pointed to Clemson’s offensive line as a place where the Tigers can set themselves apart:“Dabo Swinney made the comment, this is his best offensive line. They’re going to need to show up. I think they will, and they’re going to need to do a good job on first and second down, because Nick Saban on the other side, he’s as good as there is at creating pressure if you give him the opportunity to. So I like Clemson because their offensive line makes the difference.”Robert Smith was the dissenter, picking the favorite Alabama. He likes Alabama’s superior mobility at the quarterback position, with Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, considering both teams will have to contend with elite defensive fronts.“You’re talking about two of the best defensive lines in the country. I gotta take Alabama in this one. The difference, for me, is that (Clemson) just doesn’t have the mobility at the quarterback position. Alabama is just as good as getting after the quarterback as Clemson.”We’ll see plenty of other analysts weighing in over the next few days. However things shake out, there’s going to be a ton of elite talent on display Monday night.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks College Football’s 10 Greatest Programs Of All-Time

first_imgAlabama's Eddie Lacy runs through would-be Notre Dame tacklers in the BCS National Championship Game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 7: Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)With 150 seasons worth of college football in the history books, ESPN ranked the best programs of all-time. While there will certainly be some debates as to which teams belong where, it’s not an easy task to judge over a century worth of history.Although the past few seasons of college football have been dominated by Alabama and Clemson, it doesn’t diminish the accomplishments that other programs have had over the course of their existence.Historic programs such as Notre Dame and Michigan are high on the list due to their sustained success.The list from ESPN is based on overall record and championships. Since Alabama isn’t lacking in either category, it has the honor of being named the No. 1 program in college football. Nick Saban has taken the program to new heights as the head coach, winning five championships with the Crimson Tide.Here are the top 10 programs in the history of college football, per ESPN:AlabamaNotre DameOhio StateOklahomaUSCMichiganYaleNebraskaTexasNorth Dakota StateIt’s a pleasant surprise to see ESPN rank North Dakota State so high on the list even though it’s an FCS program.Regardless of all the success that Clemson is having lately, the program is ranked No. 24 by ESPN. That ranking could change in the future if Dabo Swinney continues to lead the team into the postseason on a consistent basis.The full list from ESPN that ranks the 50 best programs of all-time can be seen here.last_img read more

Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Protect Themselves Against Cyberattacks

first_img “It is absolutely imperative that we take cybersecurity and data security seriously at all levels. Something as seemingly harmless as downloading an app or clicking on a link can have serious personal and financial implications for users or an entity. Cyberthreats are real and no one is immune,” she said. Mrs. Williams was speaking at a public forum put on by the National Consumers League of Jamaica (NCLJ) in observance of World Consumer Rights Day 2019, to be celebrated on March 15 under the theme ‘Trusted Smart Products’. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is calling on Jamaicans to educate themselves in cybersecurity measures to protect their information from cyberattacks.“It is absolutely imperative that we take cybersecurity and data security seriously at all levels. Something as seemingly harmless as downloading an app or clicking on a link can have serious personal and financial implications for users or an entity. Cyberthreats are real and no one is immune,” she said.Mrs. Williams was speaking at a public forum put on by the National Consumers League of Jamaica (NCLJ) in observance of World Consumer Rights Day 2019, to be celebrated on March 15 under the theme ‘Trusted Smart Products’.The forum was held on Wednesday (March 13) at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in Kingston.The Minister listed some of the most common cybercrimes experienced by consumers, including having a device infected by a virus or other security threat, experiencing debit or credit card fraud, and having an account password compromised.Other cybercrimes that persons commonly fall victim to are unauthorised access to, or hacking of an email or social media account; making a purchase online that turns out to be a scam; clicking on fraudulent email; and providing sensitive information in response to fraudulent email.“Some persons may think their data or information is not valuable or of interest for anyone to steal, but let me dispel this myth. We live in a time where data (personal, health, financial) is important and data is king. It is, therefore, incumbent on us to keep our data safe, and that is why we urge individuals to use social media safely. Do not overshare. You will never know who is accessing your information,” she warned.She urged persons to install the necessary safeguards and use strong passwords on devices and networks and to exercise caution when engaging in online transactions. “Think before you click on suspicious links, and be mindful of applications or programmes which require personal information,” Mrs. Williams said.The NCLJ has organised several activities to observe the day, including two other public forums on Thursday, March 14 at Saint William Grant Park, downtown Kingston; and the National Council for Senior Citizens on World Consumer Rights Day, March 15.The local theme for World Consumer Rights Day is ‘Smart Consumer in A Digital Age’. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is calling on Jamaicans to educate themselves in cybersecurity measures to protect their information from cyberattacks.last_img read more

Province Recognizes National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

first_imgNova Scotia is recognizing Canada’s first National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, today, Nov. 19. The Day of Remembrance is observed in many countries annually as part of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. To mark the day, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott joined other road safety partners at J.L. Ilsley High School for a remembrance event. “The National Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to acknowledge our responsibility as individuals and a community to prevent serious injuries and deaths on our roadways,” said Mr. Scott. “It’s great to see youth getting involved and showing leadership in road safety awareness.” The Nova Scotia Road Safety Youth Committee, along with students at J.L. Ilsley High School, organized the event to raise awareness about the high number of youth injured and killed. Every year, an average of 28 youth age 15 to 30 die on the roads of Nova Scotia. “The fact that injury is the leading cause of death for youth, yet 95 per cent of injuries are preventable, is astonishing and it’s something that needs to change,” said committee co-chair, Catherine Kennedy. “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury, disability and death in the youth population across Canada and we all need to take a stand together to make that change,” said committee co-chair, Jennifer Heatley. The Nova Scotia Road Safety Youth Committee is hoping to leave a lasting impression on youth and jumpstart action on youth road safety with the key message: Don’t lose another friend. The Nova Scotia Road Safety Youth Committee is a sub-committee of Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee. The province has introduced several legislative, enforcement and awareness initiatives to improve road safety. The initiatives include a ban on hand-held cellphones, stronger and expanded penalties for street racing, legislation and funding to improve crosswalk safety and an integrated impaired driving enforcement unit.last_img read more

Big fish in drug trade not identified yet Goa CM

first_imgPanaji: The big fish involved in the drug trade in the state has not been identified yet, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Goa legislative assembly on Tuesday. The chief minister faced some tough questions both from the ruling and the opposition members over the failure of the state police to curb the menace. “The big supplier has not been identified yet,” Sawant said, after opposition MLAs Digambar Kamat, Aleixo Reginaldo and BJP MLA Atanasio Monserrate accused the police of not being serious about the problem. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The actual drug suppliers have never come in the picture. Only young people who deal in small quantities are arrested. The big fish is not,” Kamat said during Question Hour. Responding to the charge, the Chief Minister said that over the last few years, the detection rate of crime involving drug trade had increased, but also added that parents as well as the state education department need to be serious about ensuring that youngsters are not involved in drug sale and abuse. Sawant also urged parents to become more responsible and ensure that their children are not exposed to drug abuse. “We are serious. Education department and parents need to be serious too. Every parent should act responsibly when it comes to youngsters,” Sawant said, adding that the drug menace was not a new issue in Goa.last_img read more