Leaders Don’t Hire Weak People

first_img 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 Now There are a lot of things that a leader can get wrong, but not many can cause as much damage as hiring poorly.New leaders, young and old, sometimes make the mistake of hiring people who they believe to be weaker than themselves. Some leaders are afraid that by hiring someone equally as strong as they are, their personal worth and value will somehow be diminished. Some are afraid that if someone on their team is a star, that person will eventually take their job–or worse, take their boss’s job.These same leaders try to be the “keeper of all knowledge” and “the holder of all relationships.” Knowledge is power; if your team doesn’t how to do anything well enough to do it on their own, you are never uneccesary. If your people never have relationships within the organization, there is no risk of anyone learning just how good they really are, and your position is safe. So thinks the weak leader.A leader’s performance is the sum total of the result of his team. The weaker the team, the poorer the results. By hiring weak people who don’t threaten his power, the weak leader assures that he is the indispensable man. But he also assures that his results are less than they should be, that he creates dependents, that his people are viewed poorly, that he deprives people of meaningful work, and that his team eventually grows to resent him.A strong leader hires people who are as strong or stronger than she is. She finds people with runway to join her team so she can build them up, creating the future generations of leaders. She gives them ever-increasing responsibility and opportunity for growth, helping them to perform at the highest level and giving meaning to their work. She makes sure to praise their work to others, knowing that this recognition will help them now and later. She may have high expectations, and from time to time she might be tough on them, but no one will ever say that she didn’t expect their best work, that they didn’t grow when they worked for her, or that she didn’t care about them.Great leaders hire strong. Weak leaders hire weak.last_img read more

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How Procurement Can Fail Their Company

first_imgA procurement executive recently wrote a post on LinkedIn about how salespeople aren’t good at cold calling.The first half of his post suggests that salespeople use poor opening lines and waste time trying to build rapport, and he’s not wrong. Needless to say, if you are cold calling procurement, you have a lot to learn about selling, about who you want to call, and where you can create value.“Where you create value” bring us to the second half of this procurement executive’s post, and it explains a lot about the disconnect between procurement people and salespeople. This procurement professional suggests that when you call him that you should tell him what you are selling, how you are different from your competitors, and specifically why you think his company would benefit from what you sell.Then he suggests you mail him information and wait for him to need you when he lets an RFP. But he adds two things that he wants you to know: 1). He doesn’t sit around waiting on salespeople to sell him stuff, and 2) He doesn’t share business information with strangers.No Value Created. And None Accepted.One could argue that this procurement person isn’t creating enough value for his company. By refusing to talk to salespeople when he isn’t buying something, he is intentionally cutting himself from new ideas, learning about what other companies are doing to improve their businesses, exploring new products and services, getting to know potential suppliers who might serve him better at a level that generates trust, or proactively working to improve his company.No one knows everything they need to know. No one has a monopoly on good ideas.Ideas Come From Everywhere. Even Outside.Refusing to take calls or meet with salespeople is a myopic view for someone in a leadership role. It’s a mistake for procurement people not to meet with salespeople and get to know the people and the companies they are hiring are well enough to make a decision that’s more than the result of canned responses to boilerplate questions and a price quote (speaking of scripts).The more strategic the decision, the more salespeople you should meet. And the best of the salespeople you meet will do more than sell you a product; they’ll help you shape your strategy.last_img read more

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Return to top four won’t be easy for Chiefs, Altas

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Mapua lost for the ninth straight time last Friday when the Cardinals dropped a 70-88 decision to the San Beda Red Lions. Leo Gabo, Denniel Aguirre and JP Nieles will be counted upon to turn Mapua’s fortunes around.The Stags are coming off an 81-69 drubbing of Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday in a game where Michael Calisaan fired 19 points.But the Altas are also coming into the game with plenty of confidence, having beaten Letran, 88-82, in overtime also on Friday with Most Valuable Player race leader Prince Eze leading the way with another double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Ceres: Mission possible vs Tajiks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano and Perpetual Help try to continue their climb back to the top four as they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Outlasting third-ranked Jose Rizal University last Thursday, 115-110, in double overtime, the Chiefs hope to inflict more misery on a shorthanded Mapua squad at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The Altas have a tougher assignment in the San Sebastian Stags, who can claim solo fourth with a victory in the 4 p.m. clash.“I just hope we stay consistent,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera after the Chiefs pulled the rug from under the Heavy Bombers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to keep improving if we want to contend for a Final Four spot,” added CodiñeraThe Chiefs are pinning their hopes on veterans Kent Salado, Lervin Flores, Allen Enriquez and Zach Nicholls, although Kraniel Victoria and Archie Concepcion have also proven that they can deliver down the stretch. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READlast_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 Games to be first Olympics to use facial recognition system

first_imgTokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues, the organisers announced on Tuesday.Games organisers have linked up with Japanese telecommunications and information technology giant NEC to develop the first system of this kind to be implemented at an Olympics.The technology, which was demonstrated to the media at an event in the Japanese capital, will use IC chips within identification cards to automatically verify the identity of those entering over 40 venues.More than 300,000 athletes and Games staff will have to submit photographs to a database before the Olympics start in July 2020.”Every time they enter the facility, they have to do a security check,” explained Tokyo 2020’s head of security Tsuyoshi Iwashita.”Tokyo’s venues doesn’t always have enough space for the security check or even space to wait for the security check. When the events are happening, we expect many people to come and the weather will be very hot. This is why we introduced this facial recognition.”The system will not be aimed at spectators and will instead concentrate on strengthening security and decreasing waiting times for athletes.”More than 40 facilities, including the main stadium, International Broadcast Centre, the Olympic village and so on, will have the facial recognition system,” said NEC vice president Masaaki Suanuma.”Athletes, Games staff, volunteers and the media will have this recognition.”NEC said they tested the technology during the Rio 2016 Olympics and that the technology has already been implemented in various locations, including airports.advertisementDuring the demonstration to media, the technology correctly identified a string of people, including those in wheelchairs and of varying heights, which is a key feature of NEC’s system.Suanuma said: “99.7 percent of the time, the face is recognized by the system correctly.”This number will not change according to nationality or if big or small.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni suggested a yorker before hat-trick ball, says Mohammed Shami

first_imgMohammed Shami hadn’t played India’s first 4 matches at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but an injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar paved the way for his inclusion in the playing XI for the Afghanistan tie in Southampton on Saturday.Mohammed Shami made best use of the opportunity that came his way by becoming only the 2nd bowler after Chetan Sharma from India to pick up a World Cup hat-trick. Defending 16 runs in the final over, Mohammed Shami, picked up 3 wickets in successive deliveries, to restrict Afghanistan to 213 in a low-scoring thriller at the Rose Bowl.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsShami steamed in with aggression in the final over and got the big wicket of half-ceturion Mohammad Nabi with the 2nd ball of the 50th over. He then castled Aftab Alam with a full delivery. And when Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is certainly not known for his batting skills, walked in at No. 11 for Afghanistan, the Southampton crowd was roaring in anticipation.Shami came up with a perfectly-executed yorker that crashed into the leg-stump. Shami celebrated in delight, the crowd roared in jubilation. The India pacer had entered an elite list and, more importantly, helped India clinch 2 crucial points.”The plan was simple. To bowl a yorker and even Mahi bhai suggested that. He said, ‘Don’t change anything now as you have a great chance of getting a hat-trick. It’s a rare opportunity and you need to do the same thing. So I did what exactly I was told,” Mohammed Shami said.advertisementpic.twitter.com/vo1YrVKmrKCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 22, 2019Shami also insisted that he is focussed on making good use of the opportunities that come his way. The India pacer also pointed out that Mohammad Nabi’s knock in the tense chase gave the team a bit of a scare.”Getting a chance in the playing XI is a bit of luck. I was ready that whenever I get a chance, I will have to utilise it. As far as hat-trick is concerned, it is a rarity at least in the World Cup. I am happy,” Shami added.”There was a point when Nabi’s flow was irritating but it’s better if you don’t show your concern or irritation which the batsman would have gauged. We shouldn’t show our weakness. From the exterior, we should always show aggression. We knew that if Nabi was out, then match belongs us. He was the only batsman who could have built their innings.”Having won 4 out of their 5 matches, India, who are 3rd on the 10-team points table, are well placed to reach the semi-final. The former champions next face West Indies on Thursday.Also Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso See:last_img read more

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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN TO SPEAK IN SIOUX CITY SATURDAY

first_imgIT’S NOT GOING TO BE LONG BEFORE THE FIRST POSSIBLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE 2020 ELECTION SHOWS UP IN SIOUX CITY.THE WOODBURY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL HOST MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN AT AN ORGANIZING EVENT THIS SATURDAY MORNING AT THE ORPHEUM.WARREN ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT SHE’S FORMING AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.THE DOORS OPEN AT THE ORPHEUM AT 8:30AM AND THE FREE EVENT BEGINS AROUND 9:30 SATURDAY MORNING.PHOTO PROVIDEDlast_img

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PM says all Government Assets to be Examined for Privatisation

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will, in the coming months, be looking at all the assets under its portfolio with the intention of making them available to the private sector.Speaking at the official opening of the 120-room S Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on January 27, Mr. Holness added that while he sees this as a sure-fire way to boost further economic growth, “the process has to be one which is both competitive and transparent.”“In the coming months, the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilisation. These assets will be made available to persons who demonstrate the drive, interest and entrepreneurship…persons who are risk takers and who will take these assets and make something of them for the people of Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness explained that the assets will be disbursed through a process of divestment which will include public/private partnerships, corporatisation and placing many of these assets on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, “so that you who are gathered here can also own part of these companies and claim the prosperity.”“You would have heard about Wigton Wind Farm Limited, which will be placed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange very soon. I am encouraging you to look out for it and to own a piece of it. Other such profitable companies are also coming and I want you to be prepared for them,” he said.The Prime Minister said that while the idea of divesting the country’s national assets is part of a long-term plan for economic prosperity, it has to be done with the knowledge that ordinary Jamaicans will not be left out of the equation.“We can’t just have the few elites and connected persons benefitting. Every single Jamaican must benefit from the economic growth of this country,” he emphasised.The S Hotel, formerly Breezes Montego Bay, has been off the market for a decade, following its closure in 2009. It was sold by joint owners, NCB Staff Pension Fund and state-operated National Insurance Fund in 2011, to hotelier Christopher Issa, owner of the Crissa Group.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), listens attentively to Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (centre), at the official opening of the 120-room S Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on January 27. Also listening (from left) are: Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis; and the hotel’s owner, Businessman and Developer, Christopher Issa. For her part, the hotel’s General Manager, Lisa Gardner, said they are hoping that the hotel will attract leisure clients vacationing in Jamaica.The hotel features spa suites, lounges, a private pool for the fifth and sixth floors, a sky deck and pool bar. It has three restaurants specialising in à la carte, buffet and a poolside grill, which are complemented by an exclusive Thai deck eatery and bar. Story Highlights “In the coming months, the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilisation. These assets will be made available to persons who demonstrate the drive, interest and entrepreneurship…persons who are risk takers and who will take these assets and make something of them for the people of Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will, in the coming months, be looking at all the assets under its portfolio with the intention of making them available to the private sector. Speaking at the official opening of the 120-room S Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on January 27, Mr. Holness added that while he sees this as a sure-fire way to boost further economic growth, “the process has to be one which is both competitive and transparent.”last_img read more

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Province to Reduce Student WaitList for Psychological Assessments

first_imgThe province is investing $974,000 to reduce wait-lists for psychological educational assessments. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, announced today, April 6, a plan with Mount Saint Vincent University to work with registered psychologists to address the needs of the more than 300 students on referral lists. Starting this month, the plan will identify and organize the assessments for referred students in grades Primary to 12. “We are cutting waits for this very important service. We are helping students who need it most,” said Ms. Casey. “This investment will help more students reach their full potential.” The partnership will also involve four senior master’s students from Mount Saint Vincent University’s program in school psychology who will conduct assessments as part of their training. “We are pleased to be able to support this initiative and Nova Scotia children and youth in need of psychological educational assessments,” said Elizabeth Church, vice-president academic at Mount Saint Vincent. “Involving our senior master’s students in school psychology in this initiative will both help the children in need of assessment and provide an opportunity for our students to continue to build their professional experience.” A school psychologist’s assessment and consultation helps teachers recommend appropriate programming and services for students with learning and behavioral challenges. It helps to identify a student’s strengths and challenges. “The assessment I had when I was in high school helped to identify why I was having difficulties learning in the classroom,” said Mount student Herbie Berrigan. “As a result, I was given the tools I needed to learn new study habits. I didn’t feel like I was all by myself. It gave me the confidence I needed to do well. I was an honor student in high school and I am now pursuing my post-secondary education.”last_img read more

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US charges WikiLeaks founder Assange with publishing classified information

first_imgWashington: In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the US filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The Justice Department’s 18-count superseding indictment alleges that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in US history. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’It says the WikiLeaks founder, currently in custody in London , damaged national security by publishing documents that harmed the US and its allies and aided its adversaries. The case comes amid a Justice Department crackdown on national security leaks and raised immediate fear among news media advocates that Assange’s actions including soliciting and publishing classified information are indistinguishable from what traditional journalists do on a daily basis. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThose concerns led the Obama administration Justice Department to balk at bringing charges for similar conduct. Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, said Thursday that the “unprecedented charges” against his client imperil “all journalists in their endeavour to inform the public about actions that have been taken by the US government.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press called the case a “dire threat” to media freedom, and the American Civil Liberties Union said it was the first time in history a publisher was charged for disclosing truthful information. But Justice Department officials sought to make clear that they believed Assange’s actions weren’t protected under the law, though they declined to discuss the policy discussions that led to the indictment. The new Espionage Act charges go far beyond an initial indictment against Assange made public last month that accused him simply of conspiring with Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password. “Julian Assange is no journalist,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security official. “No responsible actor, journalist or otherwise, would purposely publish the names of individuals he or she knew to be confidential human sources in war zones, exposing them to the gravest of dangers.” Zachary Terwilliger, the US Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where the case was brought, said Assange was charged with illegally soliciting classified information and not simply publishing it. He said that while the indictment alleges that he published hundreds of thousands of documents, it charges him with disclosing only a “narrow set of documents” related to the identities of confidential sources. Prosecutors sought throughout the document to make a distinction between what Assange did as the founder and “public face” of WikiLeaks and the work of journalists. They noted, for example, that he promoted his site to a convention of European hackers and published a list of the classified information he sought as “The Most Wanted Leaks of 2009.” They described how Assange worked with Manning to improperly access Defense Department computers to gain access to thousands of pages of material and encouraged her as she delved through databases for information. Prosecutors also say the danger wasn’t just to the US government, but to people who worked with it. Reports from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq published by Assange included the names of Afghans and Iraqis who provided information to American and coalition forces, while the diplomatic cables he released exposed journalists, religious leaders, human rights advocates and dissidents in repressive countries. Assange said in an August 2010 interview that it was “regrettable” that sources disclosed by WikiLeaks could be harmed, the indictment says. Later, after a State Department legal adviser informed him of the risk to “countless innocent individuals” compromised by the leaks, Assange said he would work with mainstream news organisations to redact the names of individuals. WikiLeaks did hide some names but then published 250,000 cables a year later without hiding the identities of people named in the papers. Justice Department officials mulled charges for Assange following the documents’ 2010 publication, but were unsure a case would hold up in court and were concerned it could be hard to justify prosecuting him for acts similar to those of a conventional journalist. The posture changed in the Trump administration, with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017 calling Assange’s arrest a priority. Attorney General William Barr paused for several seconds at his confirmation hearing when asked if his Justice Department would ever jail journalists, finally saying there were scenarios when he could envision it as a last resort.last_img read more

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KISS AND CRY – Opens today in Toronto

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Get your tickets … oh … and remember to take your Kleenex. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LINK:  NOW Toronto Review – NNNN RatingINTERVIEWS: Kiss and Cry opens today in Toronto at the Carlton Cinema.Kiss and Cry is the inspirational true story of Carley Allison (Sarah Fisher), an up-and-coming elite figure skater and singer who finds love just as she is diagnosed with an incredibly rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of cancer. Sarah Fisher delivers a groundbreaking performance honoring Carley Allison, her real-life best friend.The reviews have been amazing and I truly look forward to seeing this movie.  Kudos to Director Sean Cisterna, Producer Avi Federgreen, the cast and crew.last_img read more

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UN health agency welcomes move by companies to licence some HIVAIDS drugs

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed new initiatives by some companies to license their patents for certain HIV/AIDS drugs to generic manufacturers, resulting in increased competition, reduced prices, and greater access by poorer people to needed medicines. Candidate products for voluntary licensing include those with established safety, efficacy and public health relevance for priority health problems, WHO said in statement, which noted that such products should be those included in international and national treatment guidelines, and products with the potential for low-cost production. Licensing arrangements should also ensure that regulatory authorities have access to quality assurance standards for the product. Last year, WHO and more than 50 partner organizations launched the International HIV Treatment Access Coalition, which aims to provide access to antiretroviral (ARV) medicines for at least half of the six million people with HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries who need them by 2005. “Achieving this ambitious goal depends on continued decreases in the prices of ARVs, as well as adequate international and national financing and effective delivery systems,” WHO stressed. read more

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US stock market rises at midday helped by better economic news

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Upbeat news on employment is lifting stocks at midday, breaking a five-day losing streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.The S&P 500 index gained four points to 1,696 at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points to 15,313. The Nasdaq climbed 21 points to 3,782.Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years last week, the government says.The Dow and S&P 500 have fallen five consecutive days, spooked by the prospect of a government shutdown. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress this week that the Treasury’s ability to borrow funds will be exhausted Oct. 17.Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.17, or 4 per cent, to $77.38. The retailer said Wednesday that its quarterly profit increased 11 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:19 pm MDT US stock market rises at midday, helped by better economic news read more

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Freshman Wang leads Penn to 8975 upset win over Miami

PHILADELPHIA — Freshman Michael Wang scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, AJ Brodeur had 18 points, and Penn upset Miami 89-75 on Tuesday night at the Palestra.Devon Goodman added 16 points for the Quakers (7-2), who made 13 3-pointers to beat a team from a Power Five conference team for the first time since the 2002-03 season.Zach Johnson scored 17 points and Chris Lykes had 16 for the Hurricanes (5-4), who have lost four straight and two in a row to Ivy League teams after a 77-73 defeat to Yale on Saturday.With Miami trailing by 17 with less than 8 minutes left, Lykes reeled off eight straight points to pull the Canes within nine and a Johnson jumper got them within four with 3:20 to go. But Goodman made two straight acrobatic layups to snap a five-minute scoreless drought for Penn and kickstart a 9-0 run that derailed Miami’s comeback bid.Although the Hurricanes were allowing opponents to shoot just 27.3 per cent from 3-point range coming in, the Quakers blitzed them for 11 3s in the first half on 18 attempts to take a 50-36 halftime lead. Wang led the way with four 3s before the break and the freshman forward from California finished 9 for 12 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Penn extended its lead to 19 on a Jake Silpe 3-pointer midway through the second half, giving the Quakers enough cushion to hold on for the first win over ACC team since they knocked off Georgia Tech on Nov. 19, 2001.BIG PICTUREMiami: After opening the season with five straight wins, the Hurricanes are now in somewhat of a freefall heading into a two-week layoff for finals. They’ve been playing without top big man Dewan Hernandez while the school and NCAA reviews his eligibility.Penn: The reigning Ivy League champs are looking like a very dangerous mid-major squad once again, even after losing last season’s top scorer Ryan Betley to a season-ending knee injury in the opener.UP NEXTMiami kicks off a four-game homestand vs. Houston Baptist on Dec. 19.Penn hosts defending national champion Villanova in a Philadelphia Big 5 matchup next Tuesday at the Palestra.Dave Zeitlin, The Associated Press read more

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Wisconsins Ethan Happ Is College Basketballs Latest Unicorn

Wisconsins Ethan Happ Is College Basketballs Latest Unicorn

At first glance, Ethan Happ, Wisconsin’s do-everything, still-growing sophomore forward, looks like a typical Wisconsin big. He’s the sort of player former coach Bo Ryan habitually used to recruit to Madison — this season’s Jon Leuer or Frank Kaminsky. Under-recruited in high school, he’s remarkably efficient within the arc, connecting on 58 percent of his two-point field goals, and is active on the defensive glass, hauling in a quarter of opponents’ misses. He appears to be a good college player but someone likely to crack an all-Big Ten first team — at most — at least once during his Badger career.But Happ has transcended his role. Thanks to a growth spurt in high school that boosted him from a guard to a big, Happ is a multidimensional player who leads Wisconsin in offensive (6.3) and defensive (9.5) Box Plus/Minus, assist rate (22.9), steal rate (4.0) and block rate (4.5). He also tops all of DI in Box Plus/Minus (15.8). Using those rates as parameters within College Basketball Reference’s Player Season Finder, only two other players since 2009-10 have come close to matching Happ’s statistical output.1To measure how Happ compared to other bigs, the tool sifted through players with a usage rate of more than 25 percent, an assist rate and a defensive rebounding rate of at least 20 percent, and a block rate of at least 4.5 percent. The search was further sorted by field goal percentage, which would weed out any players that hadn’t scored enough to qualify for national rankings.Similarly, through the beginning of the Big Ten tournament, Happ was one of just three players the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 (or more) and an offensive BPM of 6 (or more). The other two? Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success But Wisconsin is not Kentucky, at least not this year. Towns and Davis led their Kentucky squads to Final Fours in their respective seasons with the school, but this season’s Badgers team has stumbled through February and early March, losing six of their last 10 games. Now they’re a No. 8 seed in the East Region. That sort of seeding isn’t usually indicative of a team with a player who possesses Happ’s unicornlike stat profile.But having just one unicorn — no matter how efficiently he plays — isn’t necessarily enough, and that is partly why Wisconsin has struggled this season. Happ is in the midst of a statistically anomalous season, and yet the Badgers — the tournament’s 29th overall team — enter March looking gassed. They’ve lost six of their last 10 and have an 18 percent chance to make the Sweet 16.I’ve watched hundreds of Happ’s plays this season, and what sticks out isn’t so much his offensive output, it’s how he mimics moves from other players and morphs those skill sets into his own. He then uses those moves to impact the game at different levels. Happ’s offense is entirely limited to attempts around the basket. His jump shot is non-existent — the ball knuckles as it leaves his hand without any rotation — and opponents realized midway through Big Ten play that the best way to defend Happ, and essentially shut down Wisconsin’s offensive flow, was to mix and match double teams (e.g., double on the catch or on the bounce).This strategic change led to the ball often sticking too long on the block and Happ looking like a rec league player who had stumbled into a game full of pros that just needed an extra body (he scored in single digits three of those six losses).That said, Happ is a bear for opponents to guard — a bundle of contained energy, he never stops moving. Whether setting a drag screen off a fast break, or bouncing on the balls of his feet as he roams from low block to the high post to the perimeter to set a pick, Happ is constantly seeking out the ideal angle that’ll give him even the slightest edge on the block. He scores .92 points per post up, which ranks 22nd nationally among other BCS conference forwards and centers (with at least 100 attempts, according to Synergy Sports), and he uses his vision to find fellow Badgers open on the perimeter or cutting through the middle. Since coach Greg Gard needs guards Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter to concentrate on scoring and stretching defenses with their combined 39 percent 3-point shooting, the Badgers invert their offense — it flows inside-out — to run plays through Happ. Happ makes a pass out of the block on 41 percent of his post-ups, and the squad has benefited from Happ’s touch, scoring 1.30 PPP following one of his dishes.One move that he “borrowed” was used initially by Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten’s player of the year. According to Happ, Swanigan would “chin” the basketball, or bring it to his chin, and then elbow the defender’s chest to create separation for a jump hook. “It’s a very good move,” Happ said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight. “He did it to me this year. Most people put their shoulder down to create space, but when you use an elbow, a defender can’t stand his ground.” Or, if the defender is within the arc, take a charge.This adaptability also impacts Happ’s defense. The Badgers hold opposing teams to .913 PPP, but what is most interesting about the squad’s defensive efficiency rating this season is its steal rate — 19.9 percent. The Big Ten squad is infamous for rarely generating turnovers, preferring to control the glass and use a man defense to hamstring opponents. But since Happ took the court, the team’s steal rate has skyrocketed (from 15.8 percent in Ryan’s final season as coach to a combined 19.2 percent during Happ’s two seasons on the court). According to Gard, Happ is “a gambler,” a trait he picked up during his redshirt season in 2014-15 when he matched up with Kaminsky daily in practice. “Frank would score on me so many times that I would have to adjust and learn how to do something different,” Happ said.Happ is the only player taller than 6 feet 5 inches with a steal rate that ranks in Ken Pomeroy’s top 50. He showcases that same nimbleness by playing farther behind whoever he is guarding, which presents the illusion that man is open. As soon as the pass is thrown, Happ swoops around the opposing big to tap the ball away. That same speed helps when a ballhandler tries to take Happ off the dribble — per Synergy, Happ holds opponents to .63 points per isolation possession, which ranks within the nation’s 73rd percentile.Happ is nowhere near the level of Towns or Davis — or even Swanigan. He is far from dominant on either side of the ball, and he can’t take complete control of a game and carry his team; whether he continues to build his game into something worthy of a lottery pick is unknown. But Happ is a basketball cipher, and what he has shown this season is just a glimpse of a player who is starting to realize the extent of his multifaceted skill set: “I knew I wasn’t a finished product, and that I would have to stay for three to four years to become a pro. I am just a really weird player.”Check out our March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 17, 10:15 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated Ethan Happ’s offensive and defensive Box Plus/Minus stats. His offensive BPM is 6.3, not 9.5. His defensive BPM is 9.5, not 15.9. As a result, the article also incorrectly identified Happ as one of three players over the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 or more and an offensive BPM of 6 or more. That was only true through the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament. read more

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Caribbean illegal migrants nabbed by US authorities

(CMC) The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says law enforcement authorities have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti in four separate events since January 20.The CBP said working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), 30 of the migrants with prior immigration or criminal records will be prosecuted for attempting to re-enter the United States.“There are subjects with previous aggravated felony convictions in the United States, including alien smuggling, narcotics violations and weapons law violations.“Our CBIG partnership provides for a force multiplication to address smuggling ventures in the Mona Passage,” said Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Border Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector.“Migrants continue to place themselves at the mercy of smugglers who have complete disregard for their safety knowing all the dangers involved.”CBP said its Air and Marine Operations DHC-8Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) had on Wednesday detected a “yola,” or small vessel, and that a total of 21 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti were found.“A CBP aircraft consistently patrols throughout our Caribbean area with a firm determination to detect smuggling attempts,” said Johnny Morales, Director of Air Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. “These four interceptions demonstrate our collective capabilities to deter attempts into our borders.”On January 22, the US authorities detained 37 migrants, including two Cubans, two Haitians and 33 Dominican Republic nationals, one day after finding 38 undocumented immigrants on board another vessel.CBP said the US Coast Guard repatriated a group of 64 migrants to the Dominican Republic this week.“CBP maintains a strong position regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws along the country’s borders and coastal areas.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean nationals nabbed in maritime smuggling attemptMay 31, 2019In “latest news”Caribbean national wanted for murder gets nabbed trying to get back into U.S.May 23, 2017In “latest news”People smugglers arrested in several Latin American countriesDecember 19, 2018In “World” read more

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Hawaii braces for backtoback hurricanes heading towards it

first_imgThe two storms swirling towards Hawaii Source: AP/NasaHAWAII IS PREPARING itself tonight as a rare pair of hurricanes takes aim at the holiday paradise, with the first expected to make landfall within hours.Big Island is expected to see a direct hit from Hurricane Iselle tonight, bringing with it strong wind, heavy rain and dangerous storm surges, the Central Pacific Hurricane CenterIn an unusual development, Iselle is being trailed by another, stronger hurricane dubbed Julio, with the prospect of a one-two punch placing the popular archipelago on even higher alert.Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour, Iselle — a Category 1 storm — was located some 560 kilometers east-southeast of Hilo and 560 miles east-southeast of the state capital Honolulu at 12:00 GMT, the CPHC forecasters said.“On the forecast track, the center of Iselle is expected to pass over the Big Island tonight and pass just south of the smaller islands Friday,” they added.Rainfall of up to 12 inchesTropical storm conditions were expected on Big Island this afternoon, with hurricane conditions taking hold overnight. Maui and Oahu were forecast to see tropical storm conditions starting late Thursday.The haven for sun-seekers from around the world was expected to see rainfall of up to 12 inches thanks to Iselle.“These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods as well as rock and mud slides,” the CPHC cautioned.Rush to stock up Julio, which strengthened to a Category 2 storm overnight, was situated some 1,340 miles east of Hilo, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.With maximum sustained winds of nearly 100 miles per hour, the NHC forecasters warned it could strengthen some more before slowly losing steam. A couple read a weather update in the lobby of a hotel in Waikiki earlier today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn its current trajectory, Julio was expected to pass to the north of Big Island as a tropical storm late Saturday or Sunday.With the twin storms fast approaching, television images showed long lines at local supermarkets, as residents and vacationers alike rushed to stock up on water and other basics to see them through the next few days. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that shelters would open Thursday night for residents of Oahu — home to Honolulu — and that state authorities were shutting down a slew of recreation areas that could become danger zones due to possible flash flooding and other storm-related hazards.- © AFP, 2014Read: Hurricane Bertha will miss us, but other possible storms are ‘being monitored’ >Read: A unique innovation in umbrellas spotted in Dublin >last_img read more

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Murder accused put more effort into striking deceased with knife after first

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Friday 15 Mar 2019, 5:39 PM A MURDER ACCUSED told gardaí that his first attempts to strike the deceased with a knife didn’t work so he “put more effort into it”.The accused, who stabbed a man to death in broad daylight outside a shopping centre, admitted that he went out with a knife that day to “get him” for threatening his family and breaking their windows.The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court today.Rihards Lavickis (26), originally from Latvia, but with an address at Annaly court, Longford is charged with the murder of Polish father-of-two Arkadiusz ‘Arik’ Czajkowski on 1 November 2016 at Rue Noyal Chatillon, Townspark in the town.The father-of-one stabbed the 31-year-old to death outside Longford Shopping Centre shortly after 11.30am that day. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.The court has already heard that the accused had come downstairs that morning to find his living room window broken, something which had happened a number of times before.His neighbour had described the people who had done it, and the accused said he knew that it was the deceased, to whom he owed money. The gardai arrived and began an investigation.Detective Garda Joseph Esler told Patrick McGrath SC, prosecuting, that he and a colleague had interviewed the accused about what he did after the gardaí left his home that morning.“I wasn’t in the best of mood because my girlfriend, her mother and sister weren’t,” he said, referring to the three women with whom he and three children shared the apartment.“My temperature was going up. It wasn’t just about the women. It was about the kids. He could have come in,” he said of the deceased.“I was looking to get him for what he’d done. It just kept on happening so either I or he was getting it.”He said that he took the knife because he had never known the deceased to have a fair fight.“He always had someone with him. This was the chance I get him on his own,” he said.He said that he saw the deceased and stood into an alley so that he couldn’t see him.“I waited five to six minutes,” he said. “I was getting stressed about all he had done to me.”He recalled then running after the deceased as he crossed the road.I gave him a nice push in the back to turn him around. He looked around. He was very surprised. He kept on walking backwards away from me. Near the middle of the street, I took out the knife. I told him to his face what this was for. I put it twice in the stomach.He said that he struck him a third time and was going to strike him again.“Then I thought it’s enough,” he explained. “I turned around and started walking back to the apartment… I was just thinking I might have crossed the line.”He was asked how much force he had used when he chased the deceased and pushed the knife into him.“The first few didn’t really work because he was running backwards and that’s when I put more effort into it,” he replied.He said that was his first time to take the knife, a gift, out of the apartment. He agreed that the only reason he brought it was in case he met the deceased.“I was thinking about going to frighten him, but when it was out I went to use it” he said.“After I was back in the flat smoking and watching everyone flipping, I couldn’t say I didn’t feel sorry for what I’d done.”He said he’d thought then that he shouldn’t have brought the knife with him.“That it could have been sorted with fists,” he said.He said that the deceased had threatened to come over and kill his family.“He said to my girlfriend, he shouted to her: ‘When Richie goes to jail, we’ll see what happens then’,” he said.The State has now closed its case and Justice Michael White has asked the jury of eight men and four women to return to court on Wednesday.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Short URL By Natasha Reid 17,489 Views https://jrnl.ie/4545335 No Comments Share2 Tweet Email1 Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Mar 15th 2019, 5:39 PM Murder accused ‘put more effort into’ striking deceased with knife after first attempts didn’t work The jury in his murder trial was hearing the memos of his interviews being read to the Central Criminal Court today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Were not going to bullsht ourselves saying that might be the best

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Murray Kinsella Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Aug 29th 2019, 1:01 AM ‘We’re not going to bullsh*t ourselves saying ‘that might be the best thing for us” Peter O’Mahony wants to put the green jersey back in a good place. 93 Comments “There certainly isn’t any panic of any sort. Guys understand the points of the game that we got wrong at the weekend and we understand that it doesn’t turn on its head overnight.“There are things that have probably manifested that we need to sort out in our game. That’s a good starting point to get it sorted.“I’m not going to go discussing them here but they are things that we’ve spoken about that are important to us and our game and that we will sort.”O’Mahony says the squad have had “a harsh reality check” in their video analysis sessions this week, as they reviewed their shortcomings.Now, it’s time to convince themselves and supporters that the dire day in Twickenham was indeed an aberration. “It’s not something that we are used to,” said O’Mahony. “We know that you take the 24 hours and you feel sorry for yourself, but the beauty of this game is that you have another one this weekend.“Whoever gets selected this weekend has a huge, huge responsibility to put the green jersey back in a good place.” 26,494 Views Share8 Tweet Email PETER O’MAHONY DOESN’T buy into the idea that Ireland’s hammering against England was a timely reminder that they need to step things up as the World Cup looms.He doesn’t agree with that sentiment. Not at all.While some outside the Ireland group have reconciled the shock of an eight-try thrashing at the hands of Eddie Jones’ side by suggesting that it’s better this happened now in August rather than at the World Cup in Japan, O’Mahony says it was simply unacceptable. O’Mahony was in no-nonsense form this week. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“These are Test matches,” says the Munster man, who is set to captain Ireland from the openside against Wales this weekend as they look to respond.“You hear people saying ‘oh, maybe it’s a good thing’. It’s not a good thing to lose a game like that. We’re not going to bullshit ourselves by saying ‘that might be the best thing for us’. That’s not the best thing for us.“Yeah, it wasn’t a World Cup game, we’ve time, we can sort it. It is certainly better that it happened now but that’s kind of a bullshit saying as well – we’re not going around trying to claim it.”What about suggestions that Ireland were fatigued after a heavy training camp in Portugal leading up to the England clash?“No, I don’t think so. Again, it’s not an excuse for a Test match. It’s just not.”O’Mahony’s refusal to make excuses will likely sit well with some Ireland supporters, but actions would speak much, much louder than words in this case.The Cork man himself is among those under pressure to respond to events in London with a strong performance, albeit he is set to switch to the other side of the scrum in a rejigged Ireland team featuring widespread changes.O’Mahony will have been among the senior figures in the Ireland camp setting the tone again this week, and he explains that Schmidt’s men have been calm in the wake of what was an alarming result for fans. O’Mahony at Ireland training this week. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I think we have a good enough coaching group and a good enough experienced player group that you need to have a good look at it and have a good look at the reasons why,” says O’Mahony. Short URL https://the42.ie/4786650 Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 8:00 AMlast_img read more

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Turn Any Thumb Green With Ava Byte Smart Garden

first_img Thanks to IKEA, indoor gardening is in vogue. And Ava Technologies wants to join the party.“The future of plant technology,” the Ava Byte automated indoor smart garden features NASA-inspired lighting and a self-watering system.Each machine comes with five soil-free, transplantable and compostable ready-to-grow plant pods. Simply drop them into the box and fill the reservoir, then sync with your smart device. From any iOS or Android gadget, you can monitor water and light levels, optimize plant growth, set alerts, and even plan meals.Standing 7.5 inches tall (expandable up to 21 inches), 13.1 inches long, 4.7 inches deep, the Byte lets anyone cultivate fruits and vegetables at home or watch flowers flourish in the office.Whether you have a green thumb or a track record of plant slaughter, Ava Byte is marketed as a way to master gardening “without sacrificing on style, space, and time.”Just plug in, press a button, and watch (literally, via an optional time-lapse camera) as the adaptive lighting and intelligent controls turn some seeds into dinner (or a garnish, at least). Access to Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Homekit also mean hands-free horticulture—a truly 21st Century perk.“We are on a mission to feed the world’s transition to sustainable food with a vision of an exciting future where anyone can grow anything, anywhere,” the AVA Team said of its crowdfunding project.Early-bird buyers can save 40 percent on the Ave Byte, available to pre-order in white, gray, or black for $189—a steal considering the $299-$320 retail cost. The first boxes are expected to ship in March.“By building our community of future foodies and sharing our vision with the world, we are able to get people excited about standing for a sustainable future,” according to the company’s Indiegogo page.If you’re still dead set on soil, spades, and staking, check out Tertill, the new autonomous robot from the Roomba creator. Despite its odd name, the device is gaining interest among gardeners who hate the tedious process of weeding. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on targetlast_img read more

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ASA Kudos Jenny Rohrich

first_imgKudos to Jenny Rohrich, Ashley, N.D., who is now promoting farm life with a new set of T-shirts on her blog, Prairie Californian! See her “OMG I <3 GMOs” design and more by clicking here! Thanks for continuously coming up with new ways to promote agriculture and for sharing your ideas, Jenny!Click here to see more ASA Kudos!last_img

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