The Leadership Playbook: Remaining Unfaithful to the Status Quo

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now A leader must remain unfaithful to the status quo.You can’t be faithful to the status quo. The status quo, or “the way we do things around here,” was built on the organization’s response to the past. The status quo grew out of many small decisions, and perhaps a few larger decisions, that were designed to deal with the reality of the time those decisions were made, a time that has passed.The “we do things this way” and the “we don’t do that” are a product of another time, even if many of those decisions are still relevant.You make decisions to deal with the existing reality. Dealing with the existing reality requires that you overcome the present obstacles standing between the organization you lead and the organization’s better future.Because you are responsible for the future, you can’t afford to allow people to protect their sacred cows. Because something was right at one time doesn’t mean that it is right for the organization or the people you lead now. The status quo has many defenders, and they will work very hard to prevent change and avoid anything disruptive. A leader is by definition an agent of change. You have to explore new ideas, some of which will mean change.You also can’t allow the organization to stagnate or become complacent. By being unfaithful to the status quo, you force the organization to adapt to their circumstances as they unfold. You don’t make change for change’s sake, but you do make a change when doing so helps the organization breakthrough and reach its potential. Reaching your potential allows you to unlock even greater potential. Leaders know that this is how growth works.You can be unfaithful to the status quo, constantly exploring new ideas and new opportunities and still building an unshakeable foundation, by providing values that are unchanging. Including the value of building an organization that knows its job is to adapt, overcome, and adapt again.The past decisions are what created today’s reality. Those decisions solved the problems that stood between the organization at that time and the organization now. The next set of decisions will create another set of problems for you and your organization to solve.By solving the existing set of problems, you create the next set of challenges. That’s what leaders do, and that is how growth works.last_img read more

Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters 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 Cani finished with 11 points for FEU while center Prince Orizu also had a double-digit scoring game with 10 points with five boards.Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 17 points while Mike Nieto added 13.The deciding game is on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cani then gave FEU its biggest lead of the game, 75-58, with a booming triple that beat the shot clock buzzer with 2:45 remaining in the game.FEU head coach Olsen Racela said they had to sustain their pace and energy from the opening tip until the final buzzer to hold off “a really strong team like Ateneo.” 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 were really confident going into the fourth that we will finish strong,” said Racela. “I told them that we will start strong, sustain the momentum, and finish stronger.”Ron Dennison topscored for the Tamaraws with 17 points with eight boards and two steals while Arvin Tolentino, a former Rookie of the Year for Ateneo, added 13 points. Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University forced a do-or-die for the last finals slot after stunning top seed Ateneo, 80-67, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws pulled ahead in the third quarter after erecting a 20-6 run with former Blue Eagle Hubert Cani capping it off with a layup that gave FEU a 58-44 lead late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

ONE: Xiong wins strawweight title, beats Teo

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Xiong’s relentless striking prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 2:17 into the fourth round.“I am happy to represent China and I take a lot of pride in that, I feel great and overwhelmed,” said Xiong. “I feel great and overwhelmed and this is a message to all the women across the world, you can achieve anything. This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight Stefer Rahardian (7-0) drew energy from the hometown crowd as he dominated Pakistani fighter Muhammad Imran (5-2).Rahardian repeatedly took the fight to the ground where he rained down on Imran with punches and continuous submission attempts en route to a decision victory. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Hot-shooting Rosario leads TNT past struggling Meralco Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments In a matchup between former World champions, former lightweight titlist Shinya Aoki submitted former featherweight king Marat Gafurov with a rear-naked choke in the card’s Grappling Super-Match.Russian bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev spoiled Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari’s return to ONE after scoring a unanimous decision win in a technical showcase.Saadulaev (17-4) controlled the fight from the ground where he negated much of Imanari’s (36-17), who last fought in the promotion in 2012, offense.Victorio Senduk (3-0) made a triumphant return to ONE Championship after almost six years and taking a TKO victory over fellow Indonesian Yohan Mulia (8-7) 57 seconds into the second round.Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (1-2) snapped her 0-2 career start with a resounding first round TKO win over Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface (0-3) 3:23 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Riski Umar (2-0) opened up the fight card in his home country with a powerful TKO win over countryman Eka Aprilianto (0-1) 4:20 into round one. Photo from ONE ChampionshipXiong Jing Nan made history on Saturday when she became ONE Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion after stopping Tiffany Teo at Jakarta Convention Center in IndonesiaRelying on her pinpoint accuracy, Xiong (11-1) repeatedly tagged Teo (7-1) with overhand rights and left hooks that the Singaporean struggled to counter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega took perilous path to UFC 222 chance

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, Brian Ortega, right, fights Diego Brandao during a featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 195 in Las Vegas. Ortega faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on Saturday night in a fight to determine the top contender for the UFC featherweight title. Ortega is risking his unbeaten record on short notice in the biggest fight of his burgeoning MMA career. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS — A thousand paths could have taken Brian Ortega away from the octagon. Gangs and drugs loomed over his adolescence in suburban Los Angeles, and a chaotic home life pushed him into the streets.Instead, Ortega ended up in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym and discovered the discipline and self-worth he had lacked. He surfed at a popular spot in Redondo Beach where another fighting coach spotted him and educated him on mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel like I’ve been through so much that 15, 25 minutes of my life (in the cage) is not going to faze me,” Ortega said. “The way I look at it is, ‘What can you do to me that hasn’t been done to me already? What are going to do, hit me in the face for 15 minutes? I’ve been beaten up worse than that in my life.’”Ortega and Edgar meet in the penultimate bout of UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena. The pay-per-view card is headlined by featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino against UFC newcomer Yana Kunitskaya.Ortega was nicknamed “T-City” as a teenager by his jiu-jitsu coach, Rener Gracie, who receives credit from Ortega for setting his life on its current path. The nickname is short for Triangle City in recognition of Ortega’s remarkable ability to lock opponents into a triangle submission hold, even back when he was the smallest kid in Gracie’s academy.After an unbeaten amateur career and a perfect professional start, he cracked the UFC lineup in 2014 — and promptly failed a drug test after his first victory. He acknowledged his mistake and fought back with five straight wins in 2 ½ years, culminating in an impressive stoppage of veteran Cub Swanson by guillotine choke last December.That win made him a top contender and got him a lucrative new contract with the UFC, yet he still drives his 1998 Chevy Blazer to Harbor City to train in the one-car garage of his longtime striking coach, James Luhrsen.ADVERTISEMENT And while his friends struggled, Ortega surrounded himself with a surrogate family that allowed him to thrive — and to build a fighting career on the verge of a breakthrough.“A lot of my friends, they’re out of prison (now),” the 27-year-old Ortega said. “I hang out with them, and they’re just proud of me. They’re like, ‘Man, out of all the boys, you’re the one that made it out. You’re living the dreams that all of us talked about.’ I’m doing what I said I was going to be doing when I was 16. They admire it. They respect it. They know not to get me in trouble anymore.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrtega (13-0, 1 no-contest) still lives dangerously, however: With barely more than three weeks’ notice, he agreed to fight former champion Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) on Saturday night. The winner is almost certain to get the next shot at featherweight champ Max Holloway, whose injury set in motion Ortega’s opportunity.Ortega is an underdog, but he’s used to the feeling. Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police 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 Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa At home in Lomita, Ortega still sleeps on the floor, just as he did as a kid when his family home in San Pedro frequently had well over a dozen people crammed into it, leaving no bed for him.“The people around me saved my life, not MMA,” Ortega said. “It was people who said, ‘You’re better than this,’ who told me, ‘You don’t belong in this world.’ MMA and jiu-jitsu and training gave me an escape. I would always train, but then I would go back to doing what I was doing. To have people who were constantly on me to be better, I felt like that love wasn’t really shown when I was growing up. They saw what I couldn’t see.”Ortega’s life picked up speed after his victory over Swanson. He travels the country now in a blitz of publicity stops, personal appearances and other commitments, sometimes arriving at the Los Angeles airport unable to remember where he’s about to fly without looking at his ticket first.If he manages to beat Edgar, his celebrity will skyrocket. But he doesn’t intend to forget the distance he has already traveled.“I always have my group of friends at the gym,” Ortega said. “We used to go hang out somewhere before. Now we’re just hanging out at the gym. We have sparring parties where everyone beats each other up, but then we all eat my dad’s cooking, and I hire a massage therapist, so everyone is just kicking back and having a good time. I just keep the environment great.” LATEST STORIES Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ‘All you need is 1 team to love you’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

World Cup quarterfinal preview: Netherlands vs Costa Rica

first_imgLionel MessiThe world’s best player goes up against perhaps the world’s best goalkeeper. The highest-scoring lineup in the World Cup takes on the tournament’s most surprising team.There are two remaining quarterfinals to be played at the World Cup and both create intriguing matchups as Argentina faces Belgium and the Netherlands plays Costa Rica.The winners will meet in the semifinals next week.NETHERLANDS vs COSTA RICAFew outsiders give Costa Ricamuch of a chance of knocking off the free-scoring Netherlands andextending its best-ever run at a World Cup. Then again, few people gaveit much of a chance of getting out of the group stage, much less intothe quarterfinals.Costa Rica has been the little team that couldat this World Cup, beating Uruguay and Italy to advance from a toughGroup D and then ousting Greece in a penalty shootout.Can it pull off yet another upset win?”We want to keep writing history,” Costa Rica midfielder Johnny Acostasaid. “In 90 or 120 minutes, we will see which is the better team.”Most would say that’s the Netherlands, which reached the final in 2010 andstunned defending champion Spain with a 5-1 win in their opening matchin Brazil. While the Dutch haven’t been quite as rampant since then,they’ve racked up a tournament-leading 12 goals so far despite oftenplaying in a formation with five defenders.Costa Rica, though,has only allowed two goals en route to its first quarterfinalappearance, despite facing three former world champions in the groupstage.advertisement”We should not underestimate Costa Rica at all. I thinkit’s going to be a very tough match,” injured midfielder Nigel de Jongsaid. “Costa Rica got here with a lot of passion and belief and, ofcourse, they’re playing without pressure, so we should not take themlightly.”ARGENTINA vs BELGIUMLionel Messi has faced Thibaut Courtois plenty of times in club competitions, and the Belgium goalkeeper has a habit of getting the better of the four-time player of the year.In fact, Courtois has kept Messi scoreless the last seven times his Atletico Madrid faced Barcelona. If he can do it again, Belgium will have every chance of reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1986 – when it was eliminated by Argentina.Messi has scored four of Argentina’s seven goals in the tournament so far and set up two of the others – including Angel Di Maria’s extra-time winner against Switzerland in the second round.Belgium is hoping a collective effort will be able to outshine one outstanding individual.”I don’t want to depend on a single player, I want to depend on many,” Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said. “That is one of our strengths.”Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella also insists there are more players who can make the difference for his team, even though striker Gonzalo Higuain is scoreless in Brazil and Sergio Aguero is injured.”Obviously he (Messi) is the best player in the world but there is teamwork,” Sabella said. “It’s a team that supports Messi, makes him stronger, makes him feel well. And, therefore, Messi performs as he’s doing.”And while Argentina vs. Belgium is about much more than Messi vs. Courtois, the winner of that matchup will go a long way toward deciding which team reaches the last four.last_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: NU gets 8th straight win, Ateneo blanks La Salle

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Still all business as LeBron James leads Lakers past Wizards for back-to-back wins Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The Bulldogs bumped their winning run to eight straight games to improve to a league-best 8-1 record while the Red Warriors dropped to 2-7.Bryan Bagunas led NU with 22 points while Angelo Almendras added 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the other game, Ateneo swept De La Salle 25-22, 25-20, 25-20, to solidify its place at  third with 6-3 card.Antony Koyfman had 22 points for the Blue Eagles while Ron Medalla and Chumason Njigha had 14 and 13 points, respectively. MANILA, Philippines—National University continued its hot streak with a dominant win over University of the East, 25-7, 25-21, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Chris Dumago had 15 points to lead the Green Archers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Stepping back for good of team, Zach Huang unleashes offensive potential for UST

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics With the Tigers determined for a victory after two straight losses, Zach Huang rose to the occasion and led the Growling Tigers to the 101-73 demolition of the Red Warriors.“I’m happy to get my numbers but I have to give credit to my teammates because they were looking for me early in the game and they were playing unselfish basketball,” said Huang, who had a season-high 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHuang was largely a wallflower in UST’s offense in the previous eight games, putting up just 4.1 points and 3.4 rebounds.His offensive outburst against the Red Warriors marked the first time he reached double digits in points and his six three-pointers already exceeded the four conversions combined from Season 81 and and in his past eight games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas needed to break out of its slump when it faced  University of the East Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ “I’m willing to take a step back if that’s what the team needs and if my teammates are more talented than me,” said Huang, who led the Growling Tigers to the third seed with a 5-4 card. “I’m willing to step down as long as we get the win.”Huang usually operates in the mid-range and in the paint but his hot shooting this game was a testament to his continuous drive to improve.“I always want my game to be complete because last year I barely took threes,” said Huang, who went 1-of-9 from deep in Season 81. “Coach [Aldin Ayo] is always telling us and preaching to us to not limit ourselves and there’s always room for improvement.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments PVL: BanKo Perlas puts Choco Mucho Final 4 bid in peril For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

India vs Australia: Prithvi Shaw back to training ahead of Perth Test

first_imgYoung India opener Prithvi Shaw returned to training on Monday and had begun to start running as he continues his attempt to regain fitness ahead of India’s second Test against Australia at Perth, starting Friday.India registered a historic victory in the first Test at Adelaide Oval by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series and will be gunning to increase their advantage at Perth.At Adelaide, Shaw was seen wearing a protective brace on his left ankle, was seen jogging around the ground before the start of the fifth and final day of the first Test.Shaw had twisted his ankle during India’s only warm-up match while fielding at deep mid-wicket. Shaw had scored a century on debut against the West Indies in October.Ahead of the Adelaide Test, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri had said that Indian management will take a call on Shaw’s availability for the Perth Test ahead of that match because he was showing signs of quick recovery.”It was heartbreaking to see him go down. But the good thing is he’s recovering quickly. He’s already started walking. Hopefully if we can get him to run a bit by the weekend, that’s really good signs.”With youth on his side there might just be a case where he might recover quicker. We’ll make a call as and when we get closer to Perth,” India head coach Ravi Shastri had told SEN.Shaw had won the man-of-the-series award in his debut Test series against the West Indies and was all set to take one opener’s slot because he injured his ankle.advertisementIn his absence, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul occupied the two opening slots. Vijay scored 11 and 18 in the two innings while Rahul scored 2 and 44.With both the openers not able to complete stamp their authority on the team, it remains to be seen if Shaw will make a surprise entry into the picture at Perth.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Ravi Shastri wants Team India well rested for Perth Test: To hell with the netsAlso Read | I love troubling opposition batsmen: Rishabh Pant on his sledging tacticsAlso see:last_img read more

After Latest CFB Playoff Rankings, Does OSU Still Have a Chance?

first_imgWelcome to the Nate Silver portion of this broadcast. The CFB Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday evening, and Oklahoma State slithered up to No. 11 in the new top 25. This feels significant. Just seven spots back with three weeks still to go. There’s a chance, right? There’s a possibility OSU could get into the top four.Truthfully, I don’t think there is barring the most absurd final three weeks we have ever seen in recent years. But technically, yes, there is. Here is what Silver’s 538 model says about OSU’s chances. This is the best I could do this week without breaking the model. Maybe you can do better.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-8-55-18-amSide note: Is Washington State (!) which lost to a FCS team (!) going to make the CFB Playoff??The path for the Big 12 (i.e. OSU) is probably something like this, as Sharon Katz laid out in this ESPN Insider article.The Big 12 champion wins outMichigan or Ohio State wins the Big TenThe Pac-12 champion has two or more lossesLouisville loses againThis is basically what Matt Hinton says as well although he thinks the Pac-12 champion needs to have three losses. So Washington State would have to beat Washington and Colorado and then lose in the Pac-12 title game. Or something like that. You can see the schedules of the teams OSU needs to lose just below.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-9-04-09-amThe point is that the path to the CFB Playoff for a Big 12 champion is pretty haggard which is really a shame for any conference champion. The answer to the question in the headline, by the way, is, “no, not unless something apocalyptic happens at the end of November.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Fulham try to lift onus off Ryan Sessegnon in bid to overhaul Derby

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Pinterest An important present, too: you would not back against Sessegnon pulling out something special, but the next question is whether he will be allowed to by Derby. Their defence was superb in the first leg, smothering Fulham’s passing game and limiting their best players’ chances to excel although the Derby manager, Gary Rowett, suggested his team would not simply sit on their advantage in the return. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Ryan Sessegnon is not the only gifted young player in the Championship Fulham Read more Championship Ryan Sessegnon turns 18 on Friday. Not old enough to get a tattoo, but old enough to face the muscular men of the Championship, arms mostly covered in legally obtained ink, 47 times. Sessegnon notched up his half‑century in all competitions for the season in Fulham’s play-off semi‑final first leg 1-0 defeat at Derby, and his season might not nearly be over yet: he has an outside chance of being named in England’s World Cup squad on Wednesday.It is a lot to take for a kid, and watching Sessegnon in the last few weeks of a gruelling season, it’s tricky not to come to the conclusion that it all might be a bit too much, too soon. Sessegnon was substituted after an ineffective performance against Derby, similar to Fulham’s last few games of the regular season.center_img Cameron Jerome header gives Derby slender advantage over Fulham “We’ll try to be as brave as possible – what we can’t do is go down there and try to protect the lead,” said Rowett, who hinted he would make changes to his starting XI in order to maintain the same physically demanding performance.Will the way Derby neutralised Fulham alter the home side’s game plan? “We don’t need any revolution in my team,” Jokanovic said. “We followed the same style for the last few years, so it’s not necessary to change much. We will analyse today’s game, we’ll try to find a solution, to be more clinical. We must be ready for everything.”This is a beautifully balanced tie, likely to feature that sort of glorious chaos synonymous with the play‑offs. The winners will face either Middlesbrough or Aston Villa in the final, Villa taking a 1-0 advantage into their second leg, to be played on Tuesday.Before this season, Rowett’s last involvement in the second‑tier play-offs was as a player, scoring for Birmingham as they vainly tried to overturn a 4-0 semi-final deficit against Barnsley. That was on 18 May 2000, the day Sessegnon was born. What a remarkable story it would be if Sessegnon decided the game on Monday. Share on Messenger Derby County Share on Facebook features Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content This, it should be made clear, is nothing like a criticism. To physically and mentally get through a season in this most bruising of divisions is tough enough for even experienced souls, but to try it when you are legally still a child seems almost impossible.But Sessegnon has already achieved the impossible in that sense: he has been one of the Championship’s best players all season and is Fulham’s top‑scorer, his 15 league goals all the more remarkable when he played half the campaign at left-back. A defender‑turned‑winger with a goal poacher’s instinct, there’s little doubt that he will be a special player.Will he be special now, though, when Fulham need him to be? Slavisa Jokanovic, who deserves much praise for ignoring Sessegnon’s age and trusting his talent all season, did the sensible thing and deflected attention, but he could be forgiven for feeling worried.“It’s a big game for myself, for my assistants, for the whole team,” the Fulham manager said when asked if the second leg on Monday night will be a big game for the youngster. “He doesn’t need any more pressure on him.“The game doesn’t only depend on what Sessegnon will do. To put all this responsibility on the back of one kid – we don’t need that. He showed many times he’s a great lad, a great footballer, a great worker. We trust he’ll be at his best level. This man is 17 years old. This man is top-scorer for Fulham. This man has a very important future in front of him.” Read morelast_img read more

Trudeau dogged by pipeline protesters as he visits BC forestry centre and

first_imgJustin Trudeau mingled with hundreds of friendly people at two family-focused events on Vancouver Island, but the prime minister was also reminded of the strong opposition his government faces over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.At an outdoor news conference Saturday at the Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, B.C., Trudeau acknowledged there are people opposed to the government’s decision to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan, however, he said it won’t stop the project or Liberal plans to fight climate change.“There are people out there who think there is still a choice to be made between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy. I don’t,” he said. “I know the only way to build a strong economy, moving forward, is by protecting the environment, and ensuring we are protecting the environment for future generations is a deep priority of mine. Always has been.”In May, Trudeau’s Liberal government announced its decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Alberta to the B.C. coast, and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion. It could also spend billions more to build the controversial expansion.“We know we have to put in place a strong plan to fight climate change,” said Trudeau. “There are people on the other side of the political spectrum who don’t like that.”The prime minister shook a lot of hands and posed for countless selfies, but some placard carrying protesters at the gates of the forestry centre let him know the pipeline issue will continue to dog him, with one even calling him an “oil pimp.”Trudeau also made comments about North Korea, reacting to reports from the United Nations that the country has made few moves to halt its nuclear weapons program.“We must see a denuclearized North Korea,” he told reporters. “North Korea continues to be a concern, not just for regional security but global stability. We need to continue to put pressure on the North Korean regime.”Earlier in the day, Trudeau made a surprise visit to the Duncan Farmers’ Market, which quickly attracted a crowd of people around him, with many posing for selfies.The local band playing at the market stopped its regular set and played “O Canada,” with Trudeau later singing with the crowd.The prime minister wrapped up his Saturday tour with a visit to the Richmond Night Market, where he received enthusiastic applause from the hundreds of people who gathered near a stage to hear his remarks.Trudeau was joined on stage by Steveston-Richmond East MP Joe Peschisolido, the MP for Delta Carla Quatrough, and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.He reminded the crowd that Saturday was Canada Food Day, and he noted that all the delicacies being served up at the market were made in Canada.“Just like this night market, we come together and we share, and celebrate, and bring our families to know that our differences make us stronger as individuals, as communities, and as a country,” Trudeau told them.—With files from Spencer Harwood.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect name for the Minister of National Defencelast_img read more

French Court Summons 2 Moroccan Journalists for Press Offense

Rabat – A French court has summoned two Moroccan journalists, Naim Kamal and Narjis Rerhaye, for an article’s alleged press offence against a former Moroccan army captain.Both Narjis Rerhaye, a freelance journalist and author of the article, and Naim Kamal, director of Moroccan news outlet Quid.ma which published the article, are Moroccan nationals residing in Morocco.“The facts with which we are charged are based on a supposed press offense against Mr Mustapha Adib,” Kamal wrote in an article on August 29. Mustapha Adib is a former Moroccan army captain now residing in France. Both journalists received “summons for first appearance” from the Court of Major Jurisdiction of Paris, to appear on October 8.In the letter, Aida Traore, vice-president in charge of the investigation, informed the journalists that she “considers [their] indictment” for having published an article entitled “L’honneur perdu d’un ex-capitaine qui confond justice traditionnelle et caniveau’’ (The Lost Honor of an Ex-Captain Who Confuses Traditional Justice and the Gutter).The article, wrote Traore, contained an “outrageous expression, a term of contempt or an invective towards Mr Mustapha Adib.” The phrase she objected to, in French, translates to: “What Mustapha Adib did tends to barbarity.”The articles of the French law by which the two journalists have been charged include fines and imprisonment, according to Kamal.The two journalists expressed their “deep astonishment” that the French judicial system followed up on what they called “an unfounded complaint” to judge them “for a fallacious fact.” They asserted the issue “does not concern [France] in any way.” A grievance from 2014The incident dates back to June 20, 2014, when Quid.ma published an article stating that former army captain Adib “had tried to rush into” a hospital room in France’s Val-de-Grace Hospital, belonging to General Abdelaziz Bennani, former inspector general of Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR). Bennani was convalescing, and Adib left Bennani rotten flowers and an insulting letter.“Criminal Abdelaziz Bennani murdered thousands of innocent people and threw millions of orphans into the streets,” Quid.ma quoted Adib’s letter.“This is not activism. This is not militancy. It is not about the defense of human rights. What Mustapha Adib did tends to barbarity,” Quid.ma described Adib’s action.Adib, a captain in FAR, left the Moroccan army and settled in Paris after he was released from a Moroccan prison.  In 1998, Adib had written a letter to King Mohammed VI (then crown prince), claiming there was corruption in the Moroccan military.According to Jeune Afrique, King Mohammed VI conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Adib. He was held for 30 months and freed in May 2002.Previous summonsTwo and a half years after Quid.ma published the article in June 2014, Kamal and Rerhaye received an email summoning them to the French police for what appeared to be an investigation.To avoid media agitation, “we preferred to act in strict observance of the procedure,” Kamal noted.“At my request I was received by Mustapha Ramid, then minister of justice, who assured me of his support. I had for him a question of sovereignty, a precise question: Did the French judiciary have the right to summon Moroccan citizens residing in Morocco, without going through any Moroccan institution?” wrote Kamal. Ramid’s answer was “no,” he added.Rerhaye hired a Parisian law firm to follow the case.In the early summer of 2017, Morocco’s National Brigade of the Judicial Police (BNPJ) summoned both journalists  at France’s request. Kamal and Rerhaye answered the Moroccan police’s questions, “assuming [responsibility] before the BNPJ for the entire content of the article,” Kamal wrote.Quid.ma questions the journalists’ summonsFollowing summons, Quid.ma raised some substantive questions: “Can Moroccan citizens whose country of residence is Morocco be justiciable in France? Is the French judiciary entitled to summon foreign nationals not under its jurisdiction, in this case Moroccan, without other forms of procedure?”Again the journalists asked, “Would the Moroccan judiciary agree to divest itself of its powers? We dare to believe that the answer is no.”Conversely, the Moroccan news outlet wondered if “one could imagine a French publisher and a French journalist living in France, summoned by a Moroccan magistrate who would put them under investigation for ‘defamation’?” read more

DR Congo UNICEF chief basketball star unveil new HIVAIDS treatment centres

The retired basketball great Dikembe Mutombo, along with the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today unveiled two centres to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 1 million people are living with the disease. Together with the medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Company, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility named after the sports star’s late mother, launched two Centres of Excellence in the capital, Kinshasa. The Immune System Monitoring Laboratory seeks to bolster the monitoring and treatment of people living with the pandemic, while the other, the Occupational Safety Centre for Health Workers, will train over 300 clinicians. The new centres “are an important milestone in improving the quality of life for those who live with HIV/AIDS and in training new health-care workers to help prevent the spread of the disease,” said Mr. Mutombo, a former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 per cent of the almost 70 million-strong population is living on less than $1.25 a day, with half a million children under the age of five dying ever year from largely preventable causes, including diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria. The DRC is one of Africa’s poorest nations, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman noted today, with “poverty, conflict and disease contributing to a public health crisis for the country’s most vulnerable people.” She commended Mr. Mutombo for his commitment to his home country, calling him a “true friend of UNICEF” and noting that “his dedication for his home country is an inspiration to us all. Dikembe continues to give a voice to the voiceless people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Ms. Veneman is currently on a five-day visit to the DRC, which will also take her to its volatile far-east region. 26 August 2009The retired basketball great Dikembe Mutombo, along with the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today unveiled two centres to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 1 million people are living with the disease. read more

Bus and Coach new registrations – June 2004

June’s bus registration total was 14.0 per cent up on figures for the same month in 2003. However, for the first six months of 2004 registrations were down by 10.9 per cent.Coach registrations were down 1.1 per cent in June, but up by 8.3 per cent for the year to June. More details of registrations by gross vehicle weights are presented in the table and charts that follow. Over the course of the year registrations of buses over 8.5t gvw have set a declining trend compared to those in 2003. Big falls were seen in January and May. The June result, with a marked 25.3 per cent increase, has tempered the pace of decline, particularly for single deck buses. Coaches had seen growth extended from 2003, but this is expected to weaken over the second half of 2004.Headline trends still confirm industry expectations of weakness in bus demand this year, but there is now some positive news as the gap relative to 2003 has narrowed. Mini buses to 3.5t gvw take a big slice of the total volume and much weaker demand here has had a key influence on the overall trend. Over the year to June the fall in mini bus registrations from 4,338 to 3,611 units accounted for over 102 per cent of the 714 net fall in total bus registrations. But growth has come in the 3.5 to 8.5t and 8.5 to 16t gvw categories, respectively 28.8 per cent and 10.4 per cent up over the year to June.The rolling year total for all bus registrations at June was 11,714 and for coaches it was 1,086. The corresponding totals at December 2003 were respectively 12,428 and 1,033. The larger, double deck buses saw a rolling year total of 1,367 at June 2004, this was 1,568 at December 2003. The annual average registration volume for double deck buses from 2000 to 2002 was 1,206.See attached tables for further details.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

End of Dark Days Trev by George Kapiniaris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Kapiniaris is one of this country’s best loved comedy, music and TV stars – having had an incredible impact on Australian popular culture over the last thirty years. In South Australia he is best known for his Trevor-stalking character ‘George’ in the extremely popular but annoying RAA ads, who have this year reached their 12th season. He is bringing his new show End of Dark Days Trev to The Rhino Room as part of the Adelaide Fringe.When: From 10-14 February 8:00 pm and 17-19 February 8:00 pmWhere: Rhino Room, 13 Frome Street, Adelaide.For more information visit www.adelaidefringe.com.aulast_img

Civette de nouvelles espèces découvertes en Asie

first_imgCivette : de nouvelles espèces découvertes en AsieDes chercheurs du muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris et du CNRS ont révélé l’existence de plusieurs espèces de civettes palmistes en Asie du sud-est. Jusqu’alors, les scientifiques pensaient que ces différents individus ne représentaient qu’une seule espèce.Les chercheurs sont parvenus à préciser le classement de la civette palmiste commune (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) grâce à des techniques de biologie moléculaire, explique le CNRS dans un communiqué. L’animal est connu pour être à l’origine du café le plus cher du monde, le café indonésien “Kopi Luwak” qui peut être vendu plusieurs centaines d’euros par kilo. La civette consomme en effet les cerises du caféier, digérant leur pulpe mais pas leur noyau. Ce dernier se retrouve dans les excréments de l’animal après avoir transité par son tube digestif, où il subit diverses transformations chimiques qui confèrent au “Kopi Luwak” ses qualités uniques.Le petit mammifère vit principalement dans les forêts tropicales d’Asie, dans de nombreuses zones géographiques qui peuvent être très éloignées les unes des autres. Jusqu’alors, une seule espèce avait été identifiée, mais les scientifiques du muséum et du CNRS ont découvert qu’il en existe en réalité plusieurs sur le sous-continent asiatique, réparties sur trois régions différentes.La première espèce de civette palmiste vivrait dans la région indienne jusque dans la partie nord de l’Asie du sud-est, et serait proche parente de la civette palmiste de Jerdon (Paradoxurus jerdoni), endémique du sud de l’Inde, et de la civette palmiste dorée (Paradoxurus zeylonensis), endémique de Sri Lanka. Une seconde espèce vivrait en Asie du sud-est, tandis que la troisième existerait uniquement à Bornéo et aux Philippines. À lire aussiUn ancêtre hypercarnivore du renard arctique identifié au TibetLes auteurs de l’étude, parue dans le Journal of Biogeography, expliquent que les événements climatiques qui se sont produits au cours des derniers millions d’années ont provoqué des modifications du niveau des mers comme des changements de végétation. Des événements qui ont pu isoler des populations de civettes, engendrantune différenciation des espèces. Les transports de civettes par l’homme viennent s’ajouter aux changements climatiques anciens pour expliquer cette répartition géographique. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, la civette palmiste est considérée comme de préoccupation mineure par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). La découverte d’espèces distinctes les unes des autres demande cependant une réévaluation de ce statut.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

5 nouveaux chantiers pour la Hadopi

first_img5 nouveaux chantiers pour la HadopiDans un communiqué daté d’aujourd’hui, la Hadopi se lance dans cinq nouvelles missions contre le piratage et le partage illégal de fichiers informatiques. Revue de détails.La Hadopi va se lancer dans cinq nouveaux chantiers contre le piratage et le partage illégal de fichiers informatiques. Ils seront menés par la Commission de protection des droits. À lire aussiHadopi : le budget revu à la baisse ?Selon son communiqué, “ces chantiers visent à consolider et élargir les résultats d’ores et déjà obtenus par l’institution dans les domaines de la transparence et de la compréhension des questions liées au téléchargement illégal et les offres légales d’oeuvres sur internet.” Les nouvelles actions d’Hadopi concernent l’évolution des pratiques de partage, du volume de biens partageables et partagés, de la facilité à partager, etc. La Hadopi s’intéressera ensuite à la question suivante : “le développement des nouveaux usages numériques doit conduire à modifier la définition, la nature et la portée de certaines exceptions, en appréciant leur légitimité…”De plus, elle examinera la distribution des rôles entre les différents acteurs institutionnels autour de la régulation. Un chantier “Open Data” sera ouvert et enfin une observation économique des dispositifs est prévue pour chiffrer le coût effectif total que représente la lutte contre le piratage. Car en effet, selon le communiqué, “à ce stade, il n’existe en effet pas véritablement de recensement des dépenses – publiques et privées – engagées, dans chaque pays, y compris en France, pour lutter contre les effets des téléchargements illégaux depuis Internet.” Des “travaux de commande” complètent ces cinq chantiers. Une consultation ouverte est prévue jusqu’au 30 novembre 2011. Les chantiers ouverts précédemment se poursuivent.Le 24 octobre 2011 à 19:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Research team proves you can teach bumblebees new tricks

first_imgWe’ve all seen the videos demonstrating how intelligent crows can be, using multiple tools in order to recover a piece of tasty food. Well, it turns out bumblebees are also intelligent and can be taught to carry out new tasks and acquire new skills. But not only that, once they’ve learned a new skill they go on to teach other bees!The research has been carried out by a team at Queen Mary University of London. They placed food at the center of a blue disc meant to represent a flower, which was then placed under a clear barrier. Each disc has a string attached and the bees had to learn to pull the string in order to get the food from beneath the barrier.From a group of 40 bees 23 managed to learn the process. Then bees who hadn’t been trained were added into the mix. 60% of those who observed the trained bees also managed to learn the process and recover the food themselves. So not only are bees intelligent, they can also pass on their knowledge. In a real-world setting it wouldn’t take long before a whole hive of bees learned a new skill only a few had initially picked up.The research team class this process as “culture spread.” It’s clear that humans aren’t the only ones that can learn new skills and then pass on this new knowledge to other people. Other mammals and even insects can do the same thing, making them more able to adjust to a changing environment as long as it doesn’t change too quickly.The next question to answer is: how do they do it? That will apparently require understanding how a bee’s brain processes work, so we could be waiting some time to find out.last_img read more

Mexico boss hails his sides bravery following shock win over Germany

first_imgMexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio has hailed the bravery of his side as they produced a shock victory over defending world champions Germany on SundayPSV striker Hirving Lozano finished off a superb counter-attack to score a close-range finish in the 35th minute of the encounter to give Mexico the lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.Toni Kroos almost scored an equaliser for Germany from a free-kick, but the Tri held on to secure a famous win.Speaking after the match, Osorio revealed that he had planned a long time ago to expose Germany’s weak points.“We had plans six months ago to have two quick players on the wings,” he said, according to the Irish Times.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We chose Hirving [Lozano, the game’s only goalscorer], our quickest player, and Miguel Layún, an offensive midfield player.“In the first half, we managed today to hit them on the counter many times. We could have scored earlier. With all due respect, we were superior to them.“In the second half, they attacked more and they made the substitutions they tend to make. We had prepared for the use of Mario Gomez in attack. We practised defending with four defenders and three players up front and that was how we almost scored a second goal. I’m very satisfied with what we did.“For the players today the phrase was to play for the love of winning not the fear of losing. And that is exactly what they did. They played with real bravery.”Mexico will next play South Korea on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don in Group F.last_img read more

Fertilizer vehicle catches fire on Weston golf course

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue responded after a vehicle caught on fire at a Weston golf course, Wednesday.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue shared photos of a part of a golf course up in flames, near Country Club Way and Weston Hills Boulevard.Officials said a worker was in the vehicle, which sprays fertilizer, when it suddenly caught fire.The worker managed to jump out unharmed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img