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Huskies playoffs continue tonight

first_imgA meeting with the Whitecourt Wolverines is on the line (barring a miracle) as the Pups battle the Wheelers in what should be a very good, closely fought series. Game 1 is tonight at the NPA and you won’t want to miss it.   Well now that I have gotten all of that off of my chest let’s take a look at who was good in round 1 and what to expect in round 2. Now I know it isn’t really up to me to do this and I try very hard not to be a homer. I don’t want to be biased towards the Huskies and I don’t think that I am and neither is Jon. We definitely focus more on the Huskies, since that’s the team we cover, but we try very hard to do it in a fair and balanced kind of way. And not the Fox News kind of fair and balanced. But what happened in Round 1 is still annoying me and I want to set the record straight. I waited until the series was over so as not to inspire the Blades in any way but here is what went on in game 3. But I don’t think it tells the story of what will happen in round 2 starting tonight at the NPA. The Wheelers are a very talented team that some observers around the league think are better than the Huskies. They have extremely gifted forwards in guys like Littman and Weegar and stud D men like Sutherland and Johnson. The problem GP has is getting guys in the lineup consistently and getting consistent goaltending. Cody Atkinson is one heck of a hockey player but only played 19 regular season games. He is just one example of guys playing for GP that could make a huge difference between a win and a loss but just aren’t in the lineup often enough. It happens to most teams in this league, having to work cuts into playing time just ask Dan Pappin, but the Wheelers don’t have the depth that the Huskies have to cope with guys missing from the lineup. If GP has a full bench they will give the Huskies a run for their money. You have to give a lot of credit to Ty Gullickson for rebounding from a tough game 1 and posting very good numbers the rest of the way. The coaching staff rode his hot hand, from game 3 on, to close out the series and Garrett Muir will have to step up when he gets his next start. Also give a lot of credit to Cody Kalb, who wore the ‘C’ for most of the series in the absence of the suspended Payden Wongstedt (#27 will miss the start of round 2 as well), for bringing a tonne of effort and leadership to the rink throughout the series. Luke McInerney was at his best from game 3 on and the Huskies may have found a new line when they put Luke with Hildy and Sidhu. Those guys were flying and seem to like playing together. The Pups should be full of confidence after filling the net against the Blades and will have also learned that you have to show up and play hard to win games in the playoffs. Nick Darke was clearly out to get Norris and despite several attempts by Brighton Campbell to fight Darke, and therefore protect Norris, the Blades forward refused to drop the mitts until late in the third period when Kole Norris wasn’t looking. Darke and Norris wrestled around for a while before the linesmen separated them. Game 4 rolls around and pretty much the same thing happened. As far as I could tell Darke only played two shifts in the whole of game 4 and if he played more than that he was certainly not having much of an impact on the game. The two shifts where Darke was on the ice, and noticeable, Kole Norris was also on the ice. And the second of those shifts Darke jumped Norris from behind once again. Only this time Darke executed one of the worst jumpings in hockey history. It was a massive fail. Norris spun around, dropped his gloves (for the first time ever?) and maybe didn’t win the fight but held his own. You have to say it is a pretty cowardly move to jump the smallest guy in the league from behind. In my opinion a team with some very good players and a fairly good coaching staff showed a lack of class and dealt with some hardship, of their own doing, in the wrong way. Oh, and Nick Darke should be ashamed of himself. So today marks the start of round 2 of the NWJHL playoffs and I decided to do something I haven’t done in a while. (insert your own showering joke here) It has been weeks since I had something to say about the Huskies that Jon hadn’t already said somewhere else. But today I am feeling a little ornery. I’m in a bit of a bad mood and I want to set the record straight. – Advertisement – Next up for the Huskies will be the Grande Prairie Wheelers. I think their actual team name includes a car dealership but I am not entirely sure. The Wheelers didn’t put up much of a fight in the regular season against the Huskies. At least, not in Fort St John. The Huskies won the first matchup of the season way back in October 7-4 in GP. They took the second game 7-1 on home ice in November. The Pups then lost game 3 of the regular season matchup 5-2 on the road, also in November. Friday December 4th saw the Huskies dispose of the Wheelers 9-3 at the NPA and the final match-up of the season in late January was another easy win for FSJ 9-2 the final, again at the NPA. That adds up toregular season domination for the Huskies with 4 wins out of 5. They outscored the Wheelers by 19 in those 5 meetings. And even more impressive, and pertinent since the Pups have home ice advantage in the series, 3 wins out of 3 on home ice and a combined score of 25-6 in those 3 games. Those numbers tell a pretty interesting story. I am not sure why the Blades were so upset with the Huskies. You would think that playing by the rules and not giving up when things aren’t going your way would be lessons you would want to teach your players. But maybe I am wrong. Maybe it makes more sense to give up when the going gets tough and take your ball and go home when things don’t go your way. Anyway, the Blades coaching staff seemed to think that Coach Kalb had orchestrated the whole thing and if some Blades fans and players are to be believed Bowker was only kicked out because of dodgy refereeing in FSJ. All of that is, of course, sour grapes and completely ludicrous. The rules on both the ejection and what happens when a team doesn’t have a backup are clear and must be enforced. But the part that annoyed me the most happened later in game 3 when Kole Norris got jumped. Nolan Bowker, who up until game 3 had been outstanding in the Blades net, lost his cool and sprayed Luke McInerney with water from his water bottle. The linesman saw it happen and Bowker rightly was given a gross. You spray a guy with water you get a gross. It’s one of those rules that the Ref has to call even if he doesn’t want to. And trust me he didn’t want to call it. But Bowker gets the game and a 2 game suspension and the Blades have 15 minutes to find someone else to play goal since they didn’t bother to bring a backup. They try to pack up their gear and go home but the Huskies won’t let them. Hockey Alberta’s rules are pretty clear on the whole situation and the Huskies make sure those rules are enforced. You see they want to finish the game and the rules state that the Blades have to stick around, find someone else to play between the pipes or the rest of the series would be a forfeit. And there is a reason that rule exists. You can’t just tuck tail and run if you didn’t have the foresight to bring a backup goalie. There are fans in the stands who would have wanted their money back if the game had ended halfway through the second and you can’t force a team to give refunds. Calls are exchanged back and forth between both teams and the head of the NWJHL and after about an hour the Blades dress a forward in goalie gear and the game resumes much to the Huskies relief. MF Between the pipes, from what I have seen, GP can get very good goaltending or very bad goaltending. In the frist round of the playoffs against Sexsmith it seems like they got the good kind of tending as Kris Dika won all 3 games of their first round sweep while posting very solid numbers. And this goaltending needs to continue if GP has a shot against the Pups and I don’t know why but I think it will.last_img read more

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Eric Dier claims he’s NOT a key member of the England squad

first_img1 Eric Dier does not consider himself one of England’s main men despite appearing to be a certainty to start in Roy Hodgson’s midfield at Euro 2016.The Tottenham man, who can also play in defence, has appeared in all of the Three Lions’ last five games and will travel to France on the back of an impressive Premier League season with his club.Speaking at England’s press conference ahead of Friday’s friendly with Australia, he said: “I wouldn’t call myself a key member but it’s been a crazy 12 months for me. It’s been a great 12 months and I’m really enjoying every minute of it.“Hopefully I can repay the manager’s faith and keep improving.”Dier is one of five Spurs players selected in Hodgson’s preliminary squad but the former Sporting Lisbon player insists everyone is now fully focussed on England, starting with their opening game against Russia in Marseille on June 11.The 22-year-old, who is yet to play a competitive England match, added: “It’s fantastic for Tottenham and all the Tottenham boys. We’re delighted to be here but now it’s very much an England thing, not a Tottenham thing.“We’re playing for England and we need to focus on the way England want to play but at the same time bring our form that has given us the opportunity here.” England midfielder Eric Dier last_img read more

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MARY FROM DUNGLOE SELECTION TONIGHT

first_imgThe Mary From Dungloe International Festival committee, are holding a Disco in the Maghery Centre tonight Saturday 11th June with DJ Diver, to find this year’s Dungloe Mary & Rosses Mary.As always the selection disco is sure to be a great night’s craic.They will be looking to find suitable candidates for the prized title of the Dungloe & Rosses Mary. The committee are calling on all young ladies over the age of 18, to take part in the Mary selection to represent Dungloe & the Rosses.Being the host Mary is an extremely sought after title and a very rewarding one. The winners of the selection will be unveiled on stage at 1:00am.So why not get in touch with the committee to enter your details, or if you know someone who you think would be a great representative, get them to contact the committee today.If you’re interested in representing Dungloe or the Rosses as this year’s Mary, please contact Carol on 07495 22799 or find us on facebook. MARY FROM DUNGLOE SELECTION TONIGHT was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mary From Dungloerosseslast_img read more

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JENNI’S BRIEF CAREER TAKES OFF IN AMERICA!

first_imgA Donegal woman has gone from making sandwiches to providing underwear for people across America – in a very ‘brief’ career!Jenni Timony is well-known in Donegal Town for her Doolittles venture, which provided fresh coffee and sandwiches to to the hungry Celtic Tiger cubs.Now she is taking America by storm with her new venture www.frankley.com – an underwear by subscription business. Born of an Irish father and Indian mother, Timony grew up in Donegal before emigrating with her family to Australia and returning to Ireland when she was 18. Instead of waiting around for the Department of Education to recognise her Australian school results and allow her to pursue her chosen business degree, Timony just went straight into business at 19 years of age.Her first venture, Doolittles, began as a coffee shop and grew into a sandwich company supplying packaged sandwiches to Aldi and Topaz stores across Ireland and she featured in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2007. She has also worked as a mentor on Jerry Kennelly’s Endeavour programme.The business has been in development for the past 18 months and she has been travelling the world working with suppliers and identifying products.She lives in Donegal town but spends a week per month in San Francisco. The company has recently taken on €300,000 in private investment from Irish investors.“The key to what Frankley.com is about is supply chain,” Timony explained. “We’ve created a brand and a product around what allows families across America to order underwear. It’s a subscription service aimed at the 29-to-39-year-old working mom who is time poor and would benefit from this service.“The customers simply go to the site, pick their items and what frequency of delivery they need – every two months, quarterly or half yearly – and the shipment will be delivered within three days of their order. The customers only pay as we ship so it’s flexible.”Timony has taken a very grassroots US approach to promoting her new company, which launched in San Francisco today. As well as sponsoring an outdoor concert in a downtown park in San Francisco, she has launched the company on the popular Sarah & Vinnie morning show on ALICE 97.3 radio station in San Francisco today and has already been featured on websites and in newspapers across America, including Yahoo Finance, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News, the Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News.Frankley.com already employs three people in the Bay Area of San Francisco. “San Francisco and Silicon Valley are a hotbed of technology and creativity and it’s a city that’s very supportive of new start-ups. Technology and creativity are here in abundance.“Also, there are digital citizens over here. In Ireland, we are getting there but really we are just digital tourists,” she said.EndsJENNI’S BRIEF CAREER TAKES OFF IN AMERICA! was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Doolittlesfrankley.comJenni Timonylast_img read more

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Carr, Waller in sync except for the one that got away in loss to Vikings

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Once he has some time to think about it, Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller will see the positive in a near record-setting performance against the Minnesota Vikings.But in the immediate aftermath of a 34-14 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium, Waller was ruminating about the one ball he didn’t catch from Derek Carr rather than the 13 receptions for 134 yards that made for a gaudy stat sheet.“That’s points right … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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Jamie’s Italian expands to South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa reporterJamie Oliver’s successful restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, is heading to South Africa. It will add a Joburg branch in Melrose Arch to its already expansive global reach. There are 40 establishments across the world; the first opened its doors in the British university town of Oxford in 2008.@thejoburgfoodie You are correct! We are very excited to be welcoming Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver… Further details to follow shortly— Melrose Arch (@MelroseArch) January 27, 2016“Since I was a teenager I’ve been totally besotted by the love, passion and verve for food, family and life itself that just about all Italian people have, no matter where they’re from or how rich or poor they might be,” wrote Oliver on the restaurant website.“And that’s what I’m passionate about – good food for everyone, no matter what. But the thing I love most about the Italians is that somehow, although they have some of the best fashion designers and cars in the world, they’ve managed to retain a unique sense of tradition and village spirit.”Watch Jamie share a recipe:The restaurant is all about authenticity. Oliver has worked closely with his friend and mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, to create the essence of Jamie’s Italian – “tradition combined with current, innovative ideas and a Jamie twist”.The aim is to create an accessible, affordable neighbourhood restaurant. “Each restaurant is uniquely designed to incorporate the history of the building and personality of the city, as well as creating an environment where the focus is on exceptional food, good company and the relaxed conviviality of the ‘Italian table,’” reads the website.“Being awarded the Jamie’s Italian franchise is such a privilege,” Stephen Gersowsky, chief executive of Whisky Creek Brands told lifestyle website, Destiny Connect. “We all understand the responsibility that comes with representing this iconic brand in South Africa, and we believe our passion, commitment, integrity and dedication to the industry will lay a solid foundation for us to deliver on the expectation that comes with launching Jamie’s Italian.”Fans of the British chef expressed their delight on Twitter:How exciting is the news that @jamieoliver is opening his first SA restaurant in @MelroseArch #jozi pic.twitter.com/6htNrAo4Z9— Alan and Krishen (@AlanKrishen) February 16, 2016CONFIRMED: @jamieoliver‘s Jamie’s Italian will be opening in @MelroseArch!!! Exciting stuff for Joburg’s food scene!— thejoburgfoodie (@thejoburgfoodie) January 27, 2016@Jenty @thejoburgfoodie @jamieoliver @MelroseArch ooo ooo ooo ooo my tummy, my mouth is starving for Jamie’s so so exciting to have him here— Claire Sternberg (@ClaireSternberg) February 12, 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Department of Energy Honors Innovative Builders

first_imgHome in San Jose wins top honors in custom categoryThe grand winner in the custom home category was One Sky Homes of San Jose, California, whose high-performance entry includes both a photovoltaic array and a solar hot water system.Exterior walls are framed with 2x6s on 24-inch centers and insulated with R-23 dense-packed cellulose plus another 1 inch of EPS rigid insulation over the sheathing. Walls are finished in traditional three-coat stucco. The crawl space foundation is made from insulated concrete forms, with the slab insulated further with EPS foam.The roof is framed with raised-heel trusses and insulated with blown cellulose to R-51. Windows are triple-pane, argon-filled units with a U-factor of 0.2. A blower-door test measured airtightness at 0.57 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals (ach50), good enough to pass the very tough Passivhaus standard.Designers specified windows with a low solar heat gain coefficient (0.29) on the east, west, and north walls, in part to minimize solar gain from intense afternoon sunlight. On south-facing walls, the SHGC is 0.49, allowing winter sun to help warm the house interior.The grid-tied 6.4-kW PV system consists of 28 panels that together will produce an estimated 11,000 kWh of electricty per year, or 13% more than the house will need. The extra capacity is to be used to recharge the homeowner’s electric vehicle.Other features include a gray-water recycling system which stores water from sinks and showers for seasonal irrigation, Energy Star appliances, and high-efficiency lighting.It achieved a HERS rating of -1. Denver company wins in production builder categoryNew Town Builders of Denver, Colorado, picked up top honors in the production building category with a two-story, 2,115-square-foot home with a HERS rating of -3. The house complies with the company’s stated goal of converting its entire product line to zero-energy-ready construction by the end of next year, according to the Department of Energy’s project fact sheet. New Town produced its first DOE Zero Energy Ready House only last year, but has quickly adopted the standard.Construction details include:Exterior walls: Double 2×4 construction using advanced framing techniques and insulated with 9 1/2 inches of blown-in fiberglass (R-40.7). New Town Builders frames all of its houses with lumber from trees killed by beetles.Roof: The vented attic is framed with raised-heel trusses and insulated with blown-in fiberglass to R-50.Foundation: The conditioned basement is insulated with R-19 interior insulation.Windows: Dual-pane vinyl windows have a U-value of 0.25 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27.Domestic hot water: Tankless water heater.Heating: The high-efficiency system uses a ducted heat pump, supplemented by a gas furnace when temperatures drop below 5 degrees F.The 8-kW PV system will help the homeowners keep their annual utility bills to about $5. (The bills would have totaled $1,414 without the PV system.) New Town Builders said the estimated added cost of the house over one built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code was $22,000 without the PV system and $35,000 with the PV. Bellingham, Washington, house wins in affordable categoryIn the affordable category, a 1,055-square-foot two-story house built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) and an insulated concrete form foundation was the top winner. Ted Clifton Jr. of TC Legend Homes built the house for about $144 per square foot, not including the cost of the lot.The house is powered by a 3.2-kW PV system which will help the homeowners lower their utility bills by $556 compared to a house built to the 2009 energy code. Total utility bills are estimated at $283 a year.Clifton designed the house with a simple, open floor plan that includes a 630-square-foot footprint and a 400-square-foot loft. The house, oriented for maximum passive solar gain, is built on a concrete slab insulated with a layer of high-density EPS foam (R-20) plus one 16-inch course of insulated concrete forms at the perimeter. The slab was stained and sealed and is used as the finished floor.SIPs used for exterior walls are 6 inches thick and rated at R-26. The 10-inch-thick roof SIPs are rated at R-42. The building also has low air leakage, measured with a blower door at 0.67 ach50.Some of the other features include:Windows: Triple-pane vinyl with a U-factor of 0.2 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.45.Heating and cooling: A single ductless minisplit heat pump located on the first floor.Ventilation: A high-efficiency, 30 cubic-feet-per-minute fan in the bathroom that runs continuously. Supply air is routed through a 100-foot long, 6-inch-diameter earth tube buried 2 feet underground.Domestic hot water: Gas-fired tankless unit.All of the fixed lights use LEDs, while movable lamps use compact fluorescents. Appliances include a high-efficiency water-dryer combo unit.center_img The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 28 builders and construction professionals for Housing Innovation Awards, recognizing their roles in developing technologies and designs that significantly reduce energy consumption. The awards were announced at an Energy & Environmental Building Alliance conference in St. Louis on Sept. 23.The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy said the awards went to builders in the Zero Energy Ready Home program. There were three categories of home construction: custom, production, and affordable. In addition, Palo Duro Homes of Alburquerque, New Mexico, was given the Zero Energy Ready Leadership Award, and Jerry Wade of Artisitic Homes won a lifetime achievement award.The department also recognized four professionals participating in the Home Performance with Energy Star program.last_img read more

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What Heartbleed Teaches Us: Be An Open Source Contributor, Not Just A User

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#developers#enterprise IT#Heartbleed#Jim Whitehurst#MongoDB#Open Source#Red Hat Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The open-source community has officially donned its Heartbleed hairshirt.See also: Open Source Should Thank These Five CompaniesComputerWorld’s Richi Jennings slammed “another horrible, horrible open source FAIL.” (Trolling for page views much?) ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, not prone to anti-open source histrionics, still manages to call Heartbleed “Open source’s worst hour.” Finally, ZDNet’s Chris Duckett pragmatically pleads for “corporate funding to avoid Heartbleed repeat.”While a nice start, corporate funding isn’t ultimately the answer to Heartbleed. You are.Companies that want to avoid open source failings should move from being mere users of open-source software and contribute instead.Contributors Ride First ClassContributors get to help steer particular projects. They get to act, rather than be acted upon. Most companies lack the resources to get involved in every open-source project that they use, but every company can invest in those projects that truly matter to them. And the more they invest, the greater their benefits.Open source is the gift that keeps on giving—particularly to those who give back.See also: The Enterprise Strikes Back On Open Source ContributionsMy MongoDB colleague Adam Comerford makes this point persuasively: If you look at the timeline of who knew about Heartbleed first, those who learned of it first (like Google) had a considerable advantage. As Comerford argues, these companies “had a significant advantage” as “[t]hey were able to take the necessary steps to protect their systems while the bug was largely unknown.” Given the advantages of knowing early about problems like Heartbleed, Comerford asks, “How do I make sure that I am on the early notification list for such issues?”If you’re dependent on proprietary software, you have one answer: Pay the vendor lots of money and hope it responds appropriately. But if you’re using open-source software, the options expand: “Either have a significant number of employees contributing to [the open-source project], or…have employees that know the main contributors well (and let’s face it, most of them will be contributing to other OSS projects—geeks and nerds gossip just like everyone else).”The benefits don’t stop there, as Comerford avers:There are many benefits to this – besides getting early notification of issues, you would have an expert on hand to answer those screaming for updates, to evaluate your exposure and perhaps even fix the issue internally before the public fix is available.  You also get a respected voice in terms of setting the direction of the project, have a way to prioritize key features and more.  Finally, you get the good will of the community, help make the product better for everyone, and become a possible destination for other smart contributors to work.In other words, get involved. Membership has its privileges, and the primary privilege may well be information.Choosing Where To ContributeAgain, no company has the resources to effectively contribute to all the projects it uses, which is why Comerford suggests honing in on the critical projects in this way:If you start by asking people to list all of the OSS technology that is critical to the business, you will likely end up with a massive list. Now tell them that they are going to have to commit headcount, budget to support every piece of technology on the list (and justify it) – it will likely shrink rapidly.If you’re a chip company like AMD, contributing essential drivers and other code to the Linux kernel is likely mandatory. Contributing to LibreOffice probably is not. Or, if you’re betting your future on Hadoop for deep data analytics, you should be contributing to Hadoop, even if you elect to free-ride on the OpenSSL community. And if you’re Dish Networks, whose CIO told the Open Business Conference crowd last week that it’s shifting important workloads off relational databases to Apache Kafka, it had better be investing code in Kafka, even if it doesn’t contribute to the Apache HTTP server project.Every company has its priorities, and those priorities should be substantiated with serious commitments to open source. This is partly a way to ensure security in those projects. And partly it’s a way to influence direction. But also, as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst declared back in 2008, it’s a way to reduce incredibly wasteful IT spending:The vast majority of software written today is written in enterprise and not for resale. And the vast majority of that is never actually used. The waste in IT software development is extraordinary….Ultimately, for open source to provide value to all of our customers worldwide, we need to get our customers not only as users of open source products but truly engaged in open source and taking part in the development community.Comerford insists, “If I am using open source software that is critical to my business, I should be employing people that actively contribute to that software, that are known to the core developers, if not core developers themselves.” This is the key to making the most of open-source software: Contribute to it, don’t just use it.center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Matt Asaylast_img read more

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Sri Lanka’s supportive fan following in finals of World Cup 2007

first_imgSunil GavaskarThe Indian sub continent will be relieved that there’s a team from the region which has reached the final. It’s the good old fashioned virtue of the sub continent-patience- which has seen Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final. The last time they made it to the final,,Sunil GavaskarThe Indian sub continent will be relieved that there’s a team from the region which has reached the final. It’s the good old fashioned virtue of the sub continent-patience- which has seen Sri Lanka enter their second World Cup final. The last time they made it to the final, they won the World Cup in Lahore under the combative Arjuna Ranatunga’s leadership and on the back of the blazing starts provided by Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana and the silken smooth strokeplay of Aravinda de Silva. The current captain Mahela Jayawardene is definitely not likely to get under the opponents’ skin like Ranatunga used to, and if anything as a batsman, he is even smoother than de Silva was. Before Aravinda de Silva, there was Roy Dias, who made batting look easy and was a joy to watch even if he kept you on the field chasing the red ball.When Jayawardene came in to bat in the semi-final, Sri Lanka had lost their first two wickets for 67 in the 14th over and the out-ofform Upul Tharanga was at the crease. The skipper quickly realised that the Kiwis had done their homework and were not offering any width at all and were bowling a much fuller length which restricted the arc of swing. So he bided his time, picked the ball for singles and played himself in. There were plenty of overs still left to launch an assault later. Jayawardene’s plans worked brilliantly. Tharanga found his touch to score at a run-a-ball and Chamara Silva kept the momentum going, allowing the skipper to play the way he wanted. If an Indian batsman had batted like Jayawardene did in those early overs, the supporters at the ground would have booed him and those watching at home would have thrown things at their TV sets. Jayawardene’s ton has to be one of the best world cup innings everThe SriLankan captain’s patience had a purpose behind it and that was to keep wickets in hand till the final 10 overs. When those overs began, he had the innovative Tillakaratne Dilshan batting with him. Dilshan is a cricketer in the Ranatunga mould, only much slimmer, and he loves a challenge. Those last 10 overs went for more than 100 runs as Jayawardene unfurled the full range of his shots which make him such a sublime batsman. His century has to be one of the best World Cup innings ever and the Kiwis had little idea how to contain him or where to bowl. The final overs of the innings often can change the mood in the camps. If the attack is torn to shreds as the Lankans did, the side chasing the target is demoralised and the side defending the total goes in with a spring in their steps. If the counterattack does not come immediately, the side chasing is under more pressure. The Kiwis lost their skipper early, and Lasith Malinga made life even more difficult as the Kiwi batsmen were unable to pick him. To add to the agony, Muttiah Muralitharan came on and wove his magic and shut off all escape routes.The Sri Lankans also displayed another sub continental trait. They released their grip on the game and allowed the last wicket to flourish. Not only did it delay the win but it also reduced the margin of victory to less than 100 runs. In a sport where psychology plays a big part, a thumping win by over 100 runs sends the kind of signals the next opponent does not want. But by letting things drift, the Lankans lost out on the big morale booster.Now that they have reached the final, they will have to settle the anxiety pangs that a final always creates. Unlike the other semi-finalists, they have one extra day of rest as well as one more day to think about the finals. They will be getting millions of messages from their countrymen, and while these are always welcome and most appreciated, they do add to the pressure of living up to their expectations. The Sri Lankan fan is a lot more patient and tolerant than the Indian fan, and that will make it that much easier for them.The Lankans also have some players from their 1996 World Cup winning squad in their ranks in the Caribbean, and they will no doubt tell the others what the pressures can be and how to handle the nerves.That’s going to be the easy part. Going out there and delivering will actually decide if they repeat 1996 or not. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for INDIA TODAY all through the World Cup.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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9 Ways You Are Guaranteed To Ruin A Salary Negotiation

first_img Also on Glassdoor: How to Negotiate Your Salary at Your First Job You could learn from your own salary negotiation mistakes—but wouldn’t it be much easier to learn from the mistakes of other employees? That’s why we asked nine hiring managers to share the some of the most memorable salary negotiations they can remember, describing exactly what the employees did wrong so that you can do better. Here’s how nine employers’ recall employees and candidates ruining their chances for better salary.1. Using a personal financial situation as a negotiating tool. “One of my employees requested a meeting to negotiate their salary. They came into the meeting and right off the bat started to discuss their personal financial situation at home: She was getting married and the wedding was costing more than she and her fiancé had anticipated. She used the wedding as a bargaining tool to ask for a raise. At the risk of sounding less compassionate than I really am, I must express the importance of leaving personal issues out of the conversation when asking for a raise. As much as I empathize with financial struggles, an employee can create a more compelling argument for a raise by providing evidence of his or her hard work.” —Lori Bizzoco, cofounder of NV Media, Inc.2. Lacking confidence.“I remember one employee who failed to be confident in what she had to offer. She failed to outline what her unique accomplishments were and how well they stacked up to the job description and therefore lacked the ammunition she needed to make a logical argument as to why deserved the compensation. Confidence is key. You should know what you’re worth and be able to list the reasons why.” —Jason Hill, founder of Sound AdviceSalary Negotiation Scripts for Any Job3. Lying about a current salary.“After a long recruitment search for the perfect candidate, I finally found someone who passed my interviews with flying colors. He had great experience, said all the right things during the interview, and was an interesting person to boot. But as we were going back and forth through salary negotiations, he made a fatal mistake: he lied about his current salary. He threw out a number higher than what was indicated in his initial paperwork. With such an amazing candidate, it was hard to believe he would lie. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, we directly asked him about the discrepancy. He admitted he was mistaken at that the lower number was his actual salary. This immediate sent red flags. Knowing that a lie already crept up even before he joined the team, I questioned his integrity. For the hope of earning a few more dollars, he blew his chances to join the team.”  —Mary Grace Gardner, career strategist at The Young Professionista4. Asking for a raise when performance doesn’t merit it.“The biggest mistake I’ve seen from employees over the years is asking for a raise when their performance is average or sub-par. For example, I’ve had sales people asking for raises when they are in the red and not able to close—or worse, people who take frequent vacations, use all their sick days … who have a general sense of entitlement and an attitude of ‘I deserve a raise because I’m just awesome.’ If these employees had shown they’re really worth their salt, by showing up to work on time and working as hard as they could, I would have given a them a raise.” —Joanna Buickians, vice president of operations for JBA5. Getting defensive.“I negotiated with a candidate who really ruined his chances of moving forward. When I presented my offer, he got defensive immediately. He negotiated a higher amount, and I returned with a salary that still did not meet his expectations—and that is when things went from defensive to downright rude. I asked that we remain amicable and keep the door open so that I could return if things changed with the salary. But the candidate reminded me I would not find anyone of his caliber who would take the offer I presented him, and he went on to bad mouth the assessment tool that the organization used for his role. His tone continued to be very combative. When you are negotiating … be polite and don’t take an offer personally. Being anything less than that can ruin your chances of getting hired even if you are a top tier candidate.” —Devay Campbell, career coach6. Using scorched earth tactics.“We were trying to hire a business director—someone well-connected to other businesses to help establish relationships. We took a chance on someone who knew the right people but had little experience working for a small company, and his negotiating strategy was scorched earth right off the bat, demanding almost twice what we had effectively agreed on in his previous interview. Playing that style of hardball might have been effective in larger companies, but in an open workspace with your new colleagues casually eavesdropping, it was off-putting for them to hear, embarrassing for my business partner and me to talk through, and made for such an untenable start that we ended up not hiring him.” —Mike Catania, chief technology officer of Promotion CodeEmployees Reveal Their Salary Negotiation Horror Stories7. Asking for a raise before meeting performance review goals. “A particular employee hadn’t received a raise in about a year, and although we’d had a performance review detailing what he needed to do to be eligible for one—goals that he’d help set previously—he told me that he deserved a raise. My first reaction was that he didn’t quite yet, but after the meeting the conversation stuck in my head. My issue was that it is my job to determine who deserves a raise. One of my responsibilities is observing my team, evaluating their work, and acknowledging those who’ve performed well. I like to think I’m fairly good at it. The implication of my employee’s demand that he deserved a raise is that I was unaware of his performance—that I wasn’t doing my job. And while he certainly had no ill intentions—he just wanted more money—I found it off-putting. As such, I was less inclined to offer him higher pay. Eventually, he did get a raise, but only after we’d talked about it, and he had also reached the goals we’d set. My advice: avoid telling your manager what you deserve, and instead prove that you are deserving.” —Lauren McAdams, career advisor and hiring manager at Resume Companion8. Making threats to quit.“I remember an employee long ago who was interested in a salary raise and was very open about the fact that he was willing to leave the organization—right away!—if he wasn’t granted a pay increase. While [we were] interested in keeping him, the fact was that this employee’s skill set wasn’t particularly rare or otherwise ‘in demand,’ and as a result, his threats to leave the organization really didn’t hold much weight, and there really was no incentive for the organization to give him a higher salary. In this situation, I would recommend a softer approach. Instead of threatening to leave, an employee should make a reasoned, well-thought out case for a raise or promotion. However, if this is the route you choose to take, be very certain of the value of your professional skill set within your industry. It’s no use to threaten to leave an employer if what do for a living can be done by hundreds of other people.” —An employer at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences9. Negotiating every. last. detail.“I had a candidate who received a verbal offer but chose to negotiate his title and responsibilities before negotiating salary. In most employment offers, there are three main negotiating points: salary, title, and responsibilities. It’s tough to negotiate all three after the initial offer is made. This candidate first asked that his VP title be bumped to an SVP title—that was approved. Then the candidate asked that his future sales region also include the Florida area—and the company agreed, so that was included also. Lastly, the candidate decided that the salary and bonus needed to be increased. But by the time we were discussing salary, the firm already thought he was high maintenance and dropped the offer. This individual should have negotiated his compensation first.” —Peter Keseric, managing consultant with Korn Ferrylast_img read more

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