first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:02 — 47.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, John Spence, is an avid reader, researcher, and writer. John has worked in many high level positions, acting as owner or CEO for numerous companies. He is passionate about passing on insight he’s learned along the way. John began pouring over business books early in his career when he realized he needed to know more to do the job he was hired for. All his reading inspired John to eliminate the fluff as he began writing his own material, developing a successful presence and platform with e-books. John built his career from finding patterns in business. Tune in today and learn to identify patterns for your own growth and success.The ROI on John’s advice and experience is worth a listen, on this episode of In the Arena.Do the fundamentals flawlessly, with John SpenceClick To TweetFlawless fundamentals John Spence developed an equation for success that starts with the fundamentals. In John’s experience, without these fundamentals, there is no success. Six key factors discussed in today’s episode, as well as in John’s books, include vision, best people, robust communication, a sense of urgency, disciplined execution, and extreme customer focus. John starts simple, but breaks the formula down even further for business specific success. Do you have the talent, plus an extreme customer focus? One without the other does not add up in the equation for success. Are you bringing something unique, interesting and valuable to your customers? But are you executing it well? Learn how to do the fundamentals flawlessly, with John Spence. Kindle coachingReading John Spence’s books is like having a consultant in your living room. His short e-books provide coaching at your own convenience. One book, Letters to a CEO, is filled with actual letters to John’s real clients. When a client asks for advice, John does not immediately dish it out. He looks through his resources and sends them a letter in preparation to discuss matters later. These letters offer real and researched advice these CEO’s used and found helpful. New leaders can read these letters and decide what applies to their current situations. John tackles problem efficiently and dives in deep, for the price of e-book. Hear from John today!John Spence tackles key factors for a successful businessClick To TweetDefine success for yourselfSuccess is often defined by ideas and experiences from one’s culture, family, and surroundings. So, how do you define it for yourself? John Spence’s book, Strategies for Success, moves past the picture of money, fame and power as marks of success. John argues that success is when your self-concept and daily behaviors match your values. When what you value is in harmony with your reality, you are successful. You might be rich, famous, and powerful, or you might not be. But, if you get to be yourself, you are successful. Success has to be value based, because wealth and power might make you miserable or imprisoned by the fear of losing it all. Your definition of success changes as these values change. As we age, our values usually shift. John shares his own shift of values, after losing all his material possessions. How will you define your success? Brutally honest with yourselfWhen you are able to be brutally honest with yourself, John Spence says you will find a fulfilled life. Can you define your five core values? How well do you actually live those out? When you picture your life three years from now, are you doing things today to move in that direction? When you are living against your values, or traveling away from your goals, you are not happy or successful. It is time to get courageous and do the hard work to change. John encourages you to find congruence with yourself. Whether you are young and have the desire to change and improve, or if you are finding yourself more and more rigid in your beliefs, give John’s message a listen today, on In the Arena. Define success for yourself ~ John SpenceClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of John Spence. John’s love of books and writing, Awesomely Simple. Six conclusions from John’s book. Talking to leaders about implementation and execution. Patience and focus essential to real progress. Letters to a CEO. John’s message to young entrepreneurs. What does success mean? Hustle and happiness. Becoming brutally honest with yourself. How to stay in touch with John.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJohn’s email: John(at)johnspence.comJohn’s website: http://johnspence.comTwitter: @awesomelysimpleB00II12AH4 B00II11VAG The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeDo the hard work to change ~ John SpenceClick To TweetFigure out what to say NO to ~ John SpenceClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

first_imgA CJM court on Friday rejected bail pleas of the 11 college students including two girls who allegedly blocked the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and showed him black flags on WednesdayEight of these students have also been suspended by the Lucknow University on charge of breaching security of the CM’s convoy when he was on his way to attend a programme in the varsity.Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Kumar rejected the bail pleas of the students on Friday after perusal of case diary produced by Hasanganj police. The court observed that the offence was of serious nature and, hence, the applicants did not deserve bail.On June 8, Chief Judicial Magistrate Sandhya Srivastava had sent the 11 students to four days judicial remand. The court had summoned the entire case diary on Friday for considering bail pleas of the students.Meanwhile, the Lucknow University said that eight students have been suspended and debarred from all student facilities in the university in the wake of the “security breach” of the CM’s convoy. “The names of suspended students are: Satwant Singh, Nitin Raj, Pooja Shukla, Anil Kumar Yadav, Ankit Kumar Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Madhurya Singh and Apoorva Verma,” N.K. Pandey director, Information, Publication and Public Relation, University of Lucknow said.Lending its support to the students, various Left-affiliated student unions, including SFI, AISA, NSUI, DYFI, RYA and AIPWA, attempted to stage a dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Lucknow on Saturday but were soon asked to leave by the police. The students, however, submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Governor. They want the arrested students to be released immediately, the cases against them annulled and their suspension revoked. SP leaders meet studentsA delegation of Samajwadi Party leaders led by MLC Anand Bhadauria met the students in prison on Friday and claimed that they were being treated like criminals and mentally harassed. “The BJP government must keep in mind that these are students studying in the university, not criminals. They wanted to expose the irregularities in the university by demonstrating in front of the Chief Minister. Peaceful protest is not a crime in a democracy,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. He demanded that the administration immediately stop the “inhuman treatment” meted out to the students and arrange for a separate barracks for the girls.Delhi joins chorusIn New Delhi, a large number of students protested outside the U.P. Bhavan demanding immediate withdrawal of cases against Lucknow University students.JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said, “It is shameful that the government is branding everyone who protests against them as Naxalites and anti-nationals. We have seen this in JNU and we are seeing the same with the Bhim Army and the students of Lucknow University who protested against Yogi Adityanath.” Those who protested outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhavan included students from Delhi University, JNU and Jamia Millia.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgAt the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, Renault has unveiled Trezor – an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car that blends Renault’s warm, simple and sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving.  Trezor is from the Love ‘petal’ of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy – following in the footsteps of the 2010 DeZir concept – and previews trends likely to be seen in future Renault models.Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012.Design:Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012. On the bonnet, the honeycomb-form air intake echoes the structure of the rear bodywork. These hexagonal shapes provide a variable-geometry intake, the movement of which embellishes the Trezor with extra dynamism and creates the impression that it is actually breathing.On the left-hand side of the body, the fuel filler hatch has been replaced by an analogue gauge that indicates the vehicle’s charge level, drawing on traditional sports car practice.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser. This ‘rope-like’ fibre assembly provides bright, distinctive lighting. Under braking, the torsion and stacking of the optical fibres creates an interesting visual effect and increases the intensity of the light.The Trezor is fitted with tailor-developed Continental tyres, fitted to 21- and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively.advertisementThe Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.Engine:The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet. With a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from stand still to 62mph in less than four seconds.The Trezor also incorporates a brake-operated energy recovery system, courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.Dimension:This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. Thanks to this work, the Trezor boasts the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm/ height: 1,080mm) while tipping the scales at just 1,600kg.Features:The Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. The Trezor makes use of the latest Ultra High Definition developments. A combination of OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and Corning Gorilla Glass has produced a thin, curved screen which, unlike LED displays, does not require backlighting. The result is superior contrast and colour reproduction, along with deeper shades of black with no halo effect.To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle.The touch-screen’s interface can be personalised. The Smartphone’s apps will appear on the multimedia system’s screen and the driver can display the widgets of that he or she wishes to use on the screen positioned behind the steering wheel.Drive Modes:When the car is in autonomous mode, the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the lateral and rear logos, to indicate to other road users that driving has been delegated.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser.In this mode, the Trezor allows occupants to use their time on a journey to stay connected. The driver and passenger are able to immerse themselves in a shared universe, perhaps by watching a film, playing a game or flicking through photographs.last_img read more

first_imgHunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025, according to a major new campaign, launched today by Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups. ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ is the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005.The group warns that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, the scandal of children growing up hungry also imposes a grave economic burden on the developing world, costing £78 billion over the next 15 years.In its first report out today the group, which numbers 100 organisations and has the backing of philanthropist Bill Gates and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is enough food to feed everyone.As well as the 937 million children and young people (aged 15-40) whose life chances will be permanently damaged by the impact of childhood hunger by 2025, the report estimates that malnutrition will be costing developing countries an annual $125 billion (£78 billion) in lost economic output by 2030. Great strides have been made in reducing poverty and 14,000 fewer children are dying each day than in 1990.But hunger is threatening to reverse these achievements. Hardworking poor farmers, especially women and their children, vulnerable and ordinary people everywhere face the highest food prices in a generation. In the UK, the numbers of people needing to use food banks has risen sharply. Climate change is making things even worse.The campaign, which was formally launched on January 23 at Somerset House, London and across all nations of the UK, calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries. The ‘IF’ movement challenges the Prime Minister to tackle 4 big IFs to help there be enough food for everyone:IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars.IF governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers.IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger.IF we force governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food.Taking action on the ‘corporation tax gap’ by multinational companies alone would enable developing countries to raise enough revenue every day to save the lives of 230 children under 5 currently dying because of malnutrition.Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu supports Enough Food for Everyone IF and said: “Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes to bed hungry. We can stop mothers from starving themselves to feed their families. We can save lives. We can do all of this, IF we are prepared to do something about it. IF we challenge our leaders to take action. IF they listen to us. It’s time the world’s decision-makers came to the right decision on hunger. It’s time to end the unnecessary suffering caused by the failure of the current food system. We can make hunger a thing of the past IF we act now.”Grammy Award winner, Angélique Kidjo, commented: “We need to solve the underlying issues of famine and hunger once and for all. People are denied access to land that could produce food. Parents work tirelessly, but still can’t afford to feed their children. It’s unfair, it’s unjust and the truth is – it’s totally preventable. With enough people behind this campaign, we can make world leaders listen. 2013 can be the year we change the future by making this the beginning of the end of world hunger. It takes people coming together on a large scale demanding change to make this happen. IF you believe that everyone can and should have enough food to live, please join us.”Ben Jackson, Chair of the Enough Food for Everyone IF Coalition, said: “We should be proud of the great strides we are taking as a world to reduce poverty and tackle infectious diseases, but it is still the reality that more people die each year from hunger than from AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. In a world where there is enough food for everyone, this is nothing short of a scandal. We need a concerted effort from governments, civil society and philanthropists to tackle the root causes of this problem and together build a world where no child has to go hungry.”The London launch event was attended by more than 1,000 campaign supporters, including actors Bill Nighy, Keeley Hawes and Bonnie Wright, musician Baaba Maal, Olympic athlete Colin Jackson and England rugby legend Matt Dawson.Enough Food for Everyone IF events will be taking place across the UK’s four nations: in Glasgow, Scotland; in Cardiff, Wales and in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as regionally across more than 20 key towns and cities.IF enough people join us in showing support for ending hunger, world leaders will be forced to act. Join us at www.enoughfoodif.org.last_img read more

first_imgGENEVA — Christie’s has sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.Christie’s said that renowned jeweler Harry Winston was the buyer. The auction house had expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million for the nearly 19-carat, rectangular-cut stone, the largest fancy vivid pink diamond that it has ever put under the hammer.It was the standout offering Tuesday at Christie’s fall jewelry auction in Geneva. The standing-room only ballroom broke into applause after the auctioneer struck down a hammer price of $44.5 million. That excludes the standard “buyer’s premium” and other fees.The stone once belonged to the Oppenheimer diamond family, and Christie’s says it’s among the most chemically pure gems.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFREDERICTON — The rookie Tory premier of New Brunswick has declared the Canadian federation fractured — with Ottawa and other provinces seemingly unconcerned about Alberta’s slump, and Quebec actively blocking economic development.Blaine Higgs says he was shocked at the recent First Ministers meeting in Montreal to find there is no national urgency or strategy to deal with the 70-per-cent devaluation of oil in Alberta.“Here’s a province that has fed many of our kids for years and we’ve all been happy to be recipients of that transfer payment. I’m not proud of that fact, and I would like to develop the very industry that they have,” Higgs said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.“But for us in that meeting, not to have that as the focal point a crisis in our country, as a serious impact on Alberta and potentially a serious impact on all of us, like it was just another day.”Higgs is pushing to revive the cancelled $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project that would have moved western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and an export terminal in Saint John, N.B., but Quebec Premier Francois Legault is opposed to it passing through his province.Legault recently provoked the ire of western Canadians when he said there was “no social acceptability” in his province for a “dirty energy” pipeline from Alberta.His comments drew rebukes from pundits and western leaders such as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who said Legault “needs to get off his high horse.”Higgs, a former oil executive, is proposing that federal transfer payments be cut to force provinces to develop their natural resources.“Here’s Premier Legault getting an increase, a cheque of more than $13 billion out of the $19 billion in transfer payments, and no real sense of urgency,” Higgs said.He said that as a result of devalued oil, Alberta is losing $80 million a day, and all the provinces — including New Brunswick — should share in the pain through cuts in transfers.“We should cut what goes to each province, based on our ability to get the resource to market,” he said.Higgs said the debate over Energy East demonstrates how the federation is fractured.“So with Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and ourselves — we are very much aligned — and Quebec in the middle in this case for transportation from west to east is not only disappointing, it’s really shocking,” he said. “I saw a willingness through every province but I didn’t see that willingness in Quebec.”Higgs said there should be a utility corridor across the country that could house pipelines, power transmission lines, and communication systems. He said, like the national railway, it would be a right-of-way through the country.Higgs said another area where the federation is fractured is with the way provinces are being treated differently by Ottawa when it comes to the carbon tax, which goes into effect next year. He said it is far from a level playing field, because the provinces are being asked to meet the same targets despite starting from different carbon-emission levels.New Brunswick is an intervener in legal challenges launched by Saskatchewan and Ontario and has launched its own legal challenge of the carbon tax.He said the proposed federal backstop — the tax Ottawa will impose in provinces without their own carbon taxes — puts New Brunswick at a disadvantage, and if it remains in place, New Brunswickers will be paying the country’s highest tax on gasoline by 2022.Higgs won a minority government in this fall’s election, having run on a platform of fiscal responsibility. The Liberals tried to cling to power, but were defeated in a confidence vote on their throne speech after the three members of the upstart People’s Alliance party agreed to support the Tories on confidence votes for at least 18 months.Looking out his office window at the spectacular view of the provincial legislature and the Saint John River, Higgs said he doesn’t take his time as premier for granted.“I took a picture of the view because I could only be here a short time,” he said.Higgs, a 64-year-old engineer and former finance minister, was hired by Irving Oil a week after he graduated from the University of New Brunswick. He was eventually promoted to director of distribution, overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.Higgs said he needs to administer some tough fiscal medicine right away in order to get quick results. He points to his decision to slash $265 million from capital spending plans the previous Liberal government had in place.“I do want to make things happen in a hurry, but that’s kind of my nature. I like to look at an issue, look at the facts, and then get on with it, and not spend time going around and around.”He is vowing to balance the budget in the spring in an effort to avoid a downgrade of the province’s credit rating.“I do not want to pay more interest. I would rather have $25-30 million a year going into service delivery than interest payments,” Higgs said.  Higgs said the province’s finances and the creation of a customer service focus for government are his priorities for 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – A Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, and the Chairman of the Marchica Med’s board of directors, Said Zarou, was received on Monday by Ivorian head of state, President Alassane Ouattara.The leaders of the two countries discussed bilateral ties, including construction projects, commercial relations, and the progress of the ongoing rehabilitation works within the framework of strengthening the socio-economic and diplomatic ties between Morocco and Ivory Coast.Abdelmalek Kettani, Morocco’s ambassador to Abidjan, also took part in the meeting, briefing Ivorian officials on the progress of the Cocody Bay rehabilitation project. Speaking about the economic and diplomatic significance of the Abidjan visit, Minister Abdelkader Amara told MAP that meeting with the Ivorian president served as an opportunity to highlight the progress of the large-scale project in construction at Cocody Bay and the many other benefits of a strong and larger Morocco-Ivory Coast cooperation.Noting that the Cocody Bay project is advancing at a rapid pace,  Zarrou reiterated the Moroccan side’s commitment to the bilateral relations linking the two parties. Morocco seeks to contribute to the realization of other projects of similar significance, he explained.“We will work on the part relating to the upgrading of the Cocody Bay as provided by the Agreement relating to this project, signed before the two Heads of State, King Mohammed VI and President Ouattara,” he said. Speaking on other prospective projects, he added: “We are also studying the construction of a marina and a fishing port in the city of Grand Bassam…The two parties are working together, not only on the technical side but also on the financial, institutional, and heritage rehabilitation aspects.” read more

Sherritt International Corp. investors rejected three nominees to the board proposed by activist shareholder Clarke Inc., which has criticized the nickel and energy producer’s performance and pay policies.Clarke Chief Executive Officer George Armoyan, who has been publicly calling for changes to Sherritt’s board since December, was seeking to replace three of the company’s directors. Proxy advisory companies Glass Lewis & Co. and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. both recommended last month that investors vote for Sherritt’s nominees.The board will continue to address issues raised by Clarke, Sherritt Chairman Hap Stephen said today at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Toronto.Sherritt, which fell 36% in Toronto in 2013, has rebounded 22% since the start of this year as nickel prices rose to a 14-month high after Indonesia, the biggest nickel miner, banned ore exports.Armoyan criticized Sherritt for a lack of strategic focus and excessive director pay and said Clarke wanted to change a “culture of complacency and entitlement.” Clarke and a group of other “concerned shareholders” also wanted Sherritt to focus on reducing debt rather than potential acquisitions, and called for the replacement of CEO David Pathe.Clarke said in December it controls about 5.2% of the company.Armoyan told reporters today at the meeting that Clarke will continue to monitor Sherritt.“We are committed to the company, we believe there is a lot of value in the company and hopefully they can surface it or we’ll help them surface it,” Armoyan said.Sherritt mines nickel and sells power in Cuba, has oil and natural gas assets in Pakistan and Spain and reached commercial production status in January at the new $5.5 billion Ambatovy nickel and cobalt joint venture in Madagascar. The company sold its Canadian coal businesses to two buyers for $946 million last month.Sherritt fell 2% to $4.49 at 12:48 p.m. in Toronto. Bloomberg.com read more

“I strongly condemn the firing at one of our helicopters in Beni territory,” declared Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a statement released from the capital, Kinshasa. The attack took place in the morning of May 4th, in the area of Oicha, 20 km north of Beni. The helicopters were fired upon by a group of unidentified armed men leading to a safe landing. “This targeted attack against United Nations personnel is unacceptable and intolerable. We will not be deterred in our active protection of civilians. The attackers will be pursued with maximum efforts and minimum tolerance within the rules of engagement,” Mr. Kobler added.

We won’t be able to fully assess the quality of this year’s NFL draft class until all the players retire. But we can be pretty sure their success will depend on more than innate ability. One important factor will be something they have little control over: The more success produced by a draft’s immediate predecessor and successor, the less value that draft is likely to produce.It’s a surprising finding. Normally we’d expect talent to be roughly equally distributed each draft, with some fluctuations. The draft process isn’t entirely random: College players can leave school early. But that should smooth any fluctuations, because the draft is, after all, an efficient market, so rational players should time their exit for when they’ll have the least competition from their peers.And yet, total value from a single draft depends on the year before and the year after.Two explanations strike me as most plausible.The first is that the total talent entering the draft each year does oscillate. That could happen because a particularly strong college class will get a disproportionate share of playing time and coaching, leaving surrounding classes weaker.The second possible explanation is that NFL teams can only play 11 men at a time; being surrounded by other young athletes getting a lot of playing time makes it harder for rookies to get on the field. That suggests that the underperforming draft class’s sin isn’t being less talented, but having bad timing, and therefore less opportunity.I think one of these two explanations is more likely than the other. But before I explain why, here’s what I did:I downloaded the data for every draft from 1970 — the year the AFL and NFL merged — to 2013 from Pro-Football-Reference. For each drafted player, each year, the website lists his career contribution to team success. Its unit of measure is the player’s approximate value (AV), an all-encompassing estimate of a player’s usefulness, for all positions. For its draft pages, PFR doesn’t use a simple sum of AV, but instead an alternative measure that takes into account a player’s overall career contribution and his peak value. (100 percent of his best single-season AV, plus 95 percent of his second-best season total, and so on.)To compare adjacent draft classes’ total AV, I had to account for the varying number of draft picks in a given season: as low as 222 in 1994, as many as 487 in 1976. For each pair of adjacent drafts, I chose the lower of the pair’s number of picks, n, and summed the AV of the players selected in the first n picks, for each draft. I then restricted the analysis to the period 1970 to 2002, because many of the players for subsequent seasons remain active, which could affect the year-to-year correlations. Then I checked the correlation of one draft class’s total value to the total value of the preceding and subsequent drafts. Each correlation was -0.54. The negative sign means the higher one class’s value, the lower the preceding year’s and following year’s. And the correlation was even more strongly negative between the value of one year and the average of the value for the year before and after: -0.7.The most extreme fluctuation, as Brady Butterfield noted this week on his blog, was from 1982 to 1983. The 1983 class, which included six Hall of Famers in the first round, produced 53 percent more AV than the year before. It also produced 36 percent more AV than the 1984 class.I then performed similar checks of offensive stats to see whether they hinted at the reason for the negative correlation. I wanted to check whether the effect was due to opportunity or performance. Counting stats represent opportunity: If players are getting on the field more, they’ll put up better numbers and higher AV totals, on average. Rate stats represent quality of performance: The more a player does with his opportunities, the better his rate stats and higher his AV totals.What I found is that opportunity was the chief driver of the results. Counting stats exhibited the same sort of negative correlation from year to year, especially for quarterbacks: For completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns, the higher the numbers the classes before and after compiled in their career, the lower the numbers that year’s class racked up, with a correlation for each of about -0.4. Yet for rate stats, the opposite effect held: The higher completion percentage and passer rating were for neighboring years, the higher it was for that year’s draft class, with a correlation for each of about 0.5. Quarterbacks surrounded by draft classes with lots of QBs who got a lot of playing time got to play less, but when they did, they were better. That suggested they had to do better to even get the chance to play.Opportunity matters in sports, as in other walks of life. General managers are inclined to give top draft picks playing time in the hope they’ll justify the pick. The careers of Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell demonstrate this phenomenon on a micro level. The macro-level data tells the same story. read more

first_imgApart from Garmin I can’t think of any other make of GPS sports watch on the market without resulting to a touch of Google research, which is why this bit of news caught my interest. Nike and TomTom have combined forces to bring us the Nike GPS SportWatch, which is out in the UK and US in April.The GPS watch certainly looks stylish from the images I have seen. It is said to be packed with a clear and readable user interface which can be manipulated easily whilst on the run thanks to its three button and tap screen system. During your run, the watch will also be able to capture location information and show you the time, distance, pace, and calories that have been burned.Additionally, the GPS receiver will work in tandem with the shoe-based Nike+ Sensor to provide more accurate pace/distance data. Before/after your run you can plug the watch into a USB port (Mac or PC) and then transfer your data over or install routes via Nikeplus.com.On-watch features include:Tap Screen for setting laps and activating back-lightRun History with data from past runsPersonal Records including those imported from Nikeplus.comQuick Start with optional shoe-based Nike+ SensorHeart Rate Monitor compatibility Read more at Nikebizlast_img read more

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3117750 Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:22 AM Source: Curt AndersonThe US investigation began after British coast guard officials tipped off their American counterparts. The Caribbean Princess began making illegal discharges in 2005, a year after the ship entered service.The ship’s chief engineer and senior first engineer ordered a coverup, including simultaneously discharging clean seawater so that digital records would indicate that a legitimate discharge had occurred, according to the Justice Department.Investigators uncovered other illegal practices intended to hide oily discharges by the Caribbean Princess and four other Princess vessels, meaning that illegal discharges in US waters were likely.Princess is a subsidiary of the cruise lines giant Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company.As part of the plea agreement, Princess agreed to plead guilty to illegal dumping, and the eight Carnival cruise companies will be subject to a court-supervised environmental compliance program for five years, the Justice Department said.© – AFP 2016Read: China is building a full-size replica of the Titanic> By AFP 30,587 Views Short URL Dec 3rd 2016, 10:22 AM 19 Comments It reflects very poorly on Princess’s culture and management. This is a company that knew better and should have done better.Prosecutors said the pollution was discovered after a recently-hired marine engineer on the Caribbean Princess revealed the existence of a “magic pipe” used in August 2013 to spew 4,227 gallons (16,000 liters) of oily waste off the coast of England. Cruise company fined €37 million for deliberately dumping into the seas The Caribbean Princess began making illegal discharges in 2005, a year after the ship entered service. Share101 Tweet Email3 PRINCESS CRUISE LINES will pay a €37 million ($40 million) fine for deliberately dumping waste into the seas it sails in and attempting to cover it up.The fine imposed on the California company for polluting US waters with oil waste from the Caribbean Princess is the largest ever criminal penalty for deliberate vessel pollution, the US Justice Department said. Princess Cruise Lines’ Pacific Princess sails past Cunard’s Queen Mary II in port at Southampton Docks Source: Chris Ison“The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship,” the department’s chief environmental prosecutor John Cruden said in a statement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img“All will be revealed this Sunday on Hulu” – World Record Egg account.Please don’t tell me there is an Egg IG account documentary lol pic.twitter.com/g56P6CVvfJ— Erin Ashley Simon (@erinasimon) February 2, 2019 Hulu and the Insta-famous egg are really trying to “crack” Super Bowl advertising with their vague statement. No other details were provided either, except for the hashtags #EggGang, #WeGotThis, and #TalkingEgg. So far, the picture has racked up more than four million likes on Instagram.The post could be tied to Hulu’s recent Super Bowl commercial efforts: Variety pointed out that Hulu purchased a 30-second ad for Super Bowl LIII. Hulu didn’t disclose additional information on the World Record Egg deal, however, it could increase publicity for the Insta-famous egg and the streaming service.The Twitter community also shared funny responses to the Instagram post.Well timed notification. #hulu #egg pic.twitter.com/E1gtjW4n9V— Dan Edström (@danedstrom) February 2, 2019 Stay on target ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Airs Creepy Teasers at Super BowlWatch: NASA Space Technologies Are Also in Play at Super Bowl LIII center_img Hulu x The Egg. Super Bowl. Super Curious. Super Smart. pic.twitter.com/CdtMsGvz3k— Musa Tariq (@MusaTariq) February 2, 2019“Egg-cellent” marketing? Maybe. Fans will have to wait until tomorrow to see what Instagram’s most-liked egg and Hulu have in store for Super Bowl Sunday.More on Geek.com:This Photo of an Egg Dethroned Kylie Jenner as Most-Liked Instagram PostBest Football Movies to Stream on Super Bowl WeekendLA or Boston: Uber Will Give Losing Super Bowl Fans a Free Ride Step aside, Kylie Jenner: Instagram’s record-breaking egg and Hulu are collaborating on a big reveal for Super Bowl LIII.On Friday, world_record_egg, the Instagram account of the viral egg picture that generated more than 50 million likes and beat Jenner for the world’s most-liked Instagram photo, posted a new image of a cracked egg with football laces. Its caption said, “The wait is over. All will be revealed this Sunday following the Super Bowl. Watch it first, only on @Hulu.”last_img read more

first_imgLuis Suarez will welcome Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona with open arms, but warned the young star he won’t “solve anything either”.The Ajax midfielder will join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal that includes bonuses of €11m.Ernesto Valverde’s side faced stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in order to sign De Jong.There has certainly been a lot of hype surrounding the 21-year-old recently, who has even been compared to the iconic Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.But Blaugrana striker Suarez insists De Jong must not get carried away at Camp Nou, while discussing his summer arrival.“Yes, of course. He’s a player the whole of Europe is talking about,” Suarez told Sport on how excited everyone at Barcelona is over De Jong“We’ll be waiting here with open arms because he’s a great player but we also need to make sure he isn’t under too much pressure.“He’s come to help the team but he needs to understand that he isn’t here to solve anything either.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Rumours have been circulating that Barcelona’s capture of De Jong puts Ivan Rakitic’s future in the team in doubt.The Croatia international hopes to convince the club board of awarding him a new contract but has, so far, been unsuccessful.This has led to speculation over a surprise move to the Premier League at the end of the season, despite Rakitic insisting he wishes to remain at Barcelona.“No, because they are players with a lot of experience,” said Suarez, when asked if De Jong’s arrival could upset Rakitic.“Ivan, Arturo [Vidal], Busi [Sergio Busquests]. It’s the same with me. If they bring in a 22-year-old striker, I think that’s great.“It’s another player who will learn and adapt to what is Barcelona. Everyone is conscious of the age they have.”Suarez and Barcelona will be back in action on Saturday at home to Valencia in La Liga.last_img read more

first_imgKate Savage, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was the lead veterinarian on the job. Normally, she’s decked out in teal scrubs teaching students how to do necropsies on much smaller marine mammals, like frozen sea lions.But last week, she got to help lead a team to work on a 48-foot-long sperm whale.“People were just, like, really into learning as much as we could and excited to be working on a species no one had worked on before,” Savage said.Only two dead sperm whales have washed up on Alaska shores to study since the 1990s: one in Homer and another near Kenai Fjords National Park. So the opportunity to examine the whale was particularly exciting for local scientists.Living sperm whales have been spotted in the Inside Passage before. But sightings are infrequent. Savage said marine biologists have theorized this young male may have been following a group and feeding on squid, based on the contents of its stomach.A team of marine mammal experts perform a necropsy on a male sperm whale. (Photo courtesy Johanna Vollenweider/NOAA)A plane reported it dead last week north of Berners Bay in Lynn Canal.Upon arrival on the scene, Savage and a team went to work trying to determine the cause of death. Immediately, they noticed long slices around the dorsal fin — injuries consistent with a vessel strike.Savage said it looked like significant trauma.“Just jumbled vertebrae and lots of fractures,” Savage said. “Big fractures and small fractures. I could see some of the spinal cord.”There were other signs that indicated this whale probably wasn’t floating dead in the water before a vessel collided with it. Savage said a tissue sample will ultimately determine the whale’s time of death.Last year, seven whales in Alaska were killed by vessel strikes.But her team members weren’t the only ones to marvel at the strange sight. Someone took most of the whale’s lower jaw before researchers went back for their second examination.NOAA Enforcement is asking whoever took the body part to return it. It’s illegal to possess any piece of an endangered marine mammal. A team of marine mammal experts perform a necropsy on a male sperm whale. (Photo courtesy Johanna Vollenweider/NOAA)An endangered sperm whale carcass was spotted on the beach recently near Juneau. It’s a rare sighting along the Inside Passage waters. Sperm whales typically feed in the open ocean.last_img read more

first_imgKhalid Mahmud Chowdhury. File PhotoThe government has taken a plan to dredge some 10,000 kilometres of waterways to strengthen the country’s water transport system, said state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday.”Water transport system is a cost-effective, comfortable and environment-friendly means of communication. But, we’re gradually losing the traditional waterways due to navigability problem,” he said.The state minister further said, “The government has taken a plan to dredge some 10,000 kilometers waterways to restore their navigability and strengthen the country’s traditional water commination system.”Khalid came up with the remarks while inaugurating the dredging work on the Bhogai-Kongso River in Purbadhala upazila of Netrokona district.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has taken the initiative to dredge 155km of the Bhogai-Kongso River from Netrokona’s Mohanganj to Sherpur’s Nalitabari to restore navigability by removing silt at a cost of Tk 1.34 billion.Khalid said a strong and effective water transport system can play an important role in the country’s socio-economic development.He said the waterways are being developed alongside the development of Chattogram, Mongla and Payra ports as part of the government’s efforts to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041. “All must get united to develop the country.”last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft managed to secure a year of exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider when it launched in November last year. That annoyed Tomb Raider fans who had opted to buy a PS4 this generation, but it looks as though the exclusivity may actually backfire in the long term for Microsoft. That’s because a big problem with the Xbox One version of the game has been fixed on PS4.People can argue all they want about superior graphics on one platform or another, but when you ultimately sit down to play there’s only one thing that matters: gameplay. And that’s where the Xbox One version of the game fell down. Not because the gameplay was poor, but because the player’s control of the game was.Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One has a very noticeable input latency issue. There was clear input lag when playing which meant actions such as achieving a headshot were made much more difficult and frustrating. There was also an obvious and large dead zone. Those input issues remain even today on Xbox One.For the Xbox 360, PC, and PS4 versions of the game, development was shifted from Crystal Dynamics to Nixxes. They removed the input latency issues on the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game. The launch build of the PS4 version contains the input latency suggesting it wasn’t getting fixed for the Xbox One’s main rival, however, patching the game to v1.04 sees it removed.So, not only does the PS4 version contain a number of bug fixes, frame-rate improvements, PSVR support, and the option of 4K image quality tweaks if you play on a PS4 Pro, it also removes by far the most frustrating feature of the Xbox One version.I wonder if Microsoft will now demand Crystal Dynamics revisits Rise of the Tomb Raider and finally fixes the input latency issue? If they don’t, how can anyone recommend buying the Xbox One version anymore?last_img read more

first_img Sony finished their E3 2018 press event by showing an extended look at the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man. We got to see more of the game’s core mechanics along with some story elements. As with other previews, this latest video only makes the wait harder to bare. Thankfully, Sony gave journalists at the event a chance to finally play the game, including yours truly. Though I only spent ten minutes with it, I can safely say the hype for Spider-Man is real. Sony and Insomniac Games are set to release a proverbial monster this fall.The demo began with a standard tutorial segment, which is cleverly interwoven into the gameplay. Pressing R2 makes Spider-Man swing, while pressing X makes him shoot forward quickly. The swinging mechanics are easy and intuitive. In just a few short minutes, I all but mastered traversal. I swung around the city, ran on the sides of buildings, and jumped as far as I could. Like Spider-Man 2 on PS2, simply traveling across the city as The Wall-Crawler is its own reward.It didn’t take long for Spider-Man to run into a group of bad guys that needed thwarting. Combat is surprisingly deep. Not only can Spidey attack with kicks and punches, he can also use his webs to incapacitate foes or to grab objects in the environment to use as weapons. Spidey can even unleash devastating special attacks. Truth be told, I was somewhat overwhelmed by how many options there are during combat. I know mastering the fighting mechanics means getting the most out of enemy encounters.Spider-Man’s rendition of New York City is exceptionally put together. The lighting effects help bring the metropolis to life, helping you see every little nuance. Despite how richly detailed everything is, the game contains a distinct art style that helps it stand apart from other action adventure titles. It isn’t graphically on par with the likes of God of War or Detroit: Become Human, but it’s still a looker. Trust me, this is a title you’ll use to show off your 4K TV.The demo I played wasn’t finished and I hit a bug while playing. This prevented me from completing the main mission where I needed to fight one of Spider-Man’s famous villains. Since I couldn’t progress the story, I chose to do a side quest where I had to discover who is tampering with the ventilation system of random buildings. These missions involve solving a simple puzzle, which I found interesting. The final version will no doubt contain a great deal of side quests, challenges, collectibles, and more.In another side quest, I needed to take out a dangerous gang. Each wave of foes was harder than the last. These sort of missions are great for keeping one’s skills sharpened. The final wave had enemies carrying rocket launchers, which is something I wasn’t expecting. Thanks to modern-day games, I wondered if there are missions I could not complete until I progressed and became stronger. I was told this isn’t the case. All one needs to complete any quest is a good understanding of Spidey’s skills. This is refreshing in an age where games stop your progress if you are under-leveled. Don’t expect that in Spider-Man.My time with Spider-Man was brief, but it’s clear Insomniac Games is going to deliver the goods. To be honest, I had some minor worries about the game. After all, for every good Spider-Man title there are 20 that are complete garbage. I do not see Insomniac’s Spider-Man falling into that category. After playing the demo, I want summer to end as soon as possible so I can play the full game. If ten minutes left such an impression on me, I can only imagine how amazing and spectacular the final product will be. Don’t sleep on this one, gang!Spider-Man releases exclusively on PS4 on September 7, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Positrons are anti-particles, the opposite twin of electrons. Besides being created in physics labs, they are also found in jets emitted by black holes and pulsars. To date, the creation of positrons for study has involved very big and expensive machines. One of those is the particle accelerator at CERN. Another is a device built by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that created positrons by firing a hugely powerful laser at a tiny disc made of gold. Other recent work by researchers at the University of Texas has involved building a desktop sized accelerator. This new effort builds on that work—this team has built a device not more than a meter long that is capable of generating short bursts of both electrons and positrons, very similar they report, to what is emitted by black holes and pulsars.To achieve this feat, the team fired a petawatt laser at a sample of inert helium gas. Doing so caused the creation of a stream of electrons moving at very high speed. Those electrons were directed at a very thin sheet of metal foil which caused them to smash into individual metal atoms. Those collisions resulted in a stream of electron and positron emissions—the two were then separated using magnets.The researchers report that each blast of their gun lasts just 30 femtoseconds, but each firing results in the production of quadrillions of positrons—a density level comparable to those produced at CERN. The researchers suggest their device could be used to mimic the jet streams from black holes and/or pulsars, hopefully offering some answers to questions such as, what sort of proportion of particles are present in such streams, how much energy is in them, and in what ways do the particles in them interact with the environment into which they are spewed. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Physicists create tabletop antimatter ‘gun’ (2013, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-physicists-tabletop-antimatter-gun.html (Phys.org) —An international team of physicists working at the University of Michigan has succeeded in building a tabletop antimatter “gun” capable of spewing short bursts of positrons. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they created the gun, what it’s capable of doing, and to what use it may be put.center_img a. Top-view of the experimental setup. Plastic and Tefon shielding was inserted to reduce the noise due to low energy divergent particles and x-rays. b. Typical positron signal as recorded by the Image Plate. The region labelled with gamma noise is predominantly exposed by the gamma-rays escaping the solid target. c. Typical signal of the electron beam as recorded on the LANEX screen, without a solid target and d. extracted spectrum. Credit: arxiv.org/abs/1304.5379 © 2013 Phys.org More information: Table-Top Laser-Based Source of Femtosecond, Collimated, Ultrarelativistic Positron Beams, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 255002 (2013). prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v110/i25/e255002 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1304.5379AbstractThe generation of ultrarelativistic positron beams with short duration (τe+≃30  fs), small divergence (θe+≃3  mrad), and high density (ne+≃1014–1015  cm-3) from a fully optical setup is reported. The detected positron beam propagates with a high-density electron beam and γ rays of similar spectral shape and peak energy, thus closely resembling the structure of an astrophysical leptonic jet. It is envisaged that this experimental evidence, besides the intrinsic relevance to laser-driven particle acceleration, may open the pathway for the small-scale study of astrophysical leptonic jets in the laboratory.via Synopsis Still in the dark about dark matterlast_img read more