first_imgDeulofue scored a hat trick against Cardiff CityWith Man City playing the League Cup final, Liverpool missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League as they played out a goalless draw away to Man United. Despite United losing three players to injury in the first half, the Kops failed to get going for the entire 90 minutes, registering only one shot on target in the game.The draw also means that United slip out of the Champions League places following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton. The Gunners who are now 4th had Alexander Lacazatte and Henrik Mkhitaryan to thank for scoring the two first half goals that won the game.Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspurs’s chances of winning a first Premier League title were dented a huge blow as they lost 2-1 away to Burnely. After a goalless first half, Chris Wood put the hosts ahead on 57 minutes but the returning Harry Kane equalized 8 minutes later. With 7 minutes to the end, Ashley Barnes poked home the winner to inflict a 7th loss of the season on Spurs.Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle also won their respective fixtures. Watford were the big winners on the weekend as they defeated Cardiff City 5-1 away from home, Palace were 4-1 winners against Leicester City, West Ham overcame Fulham 3-1 while Newcastle scrapped to a 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield.Here are the IX players that stood out in game week 25 according to PML Daily Sports Editor, Shaban Lubega, in a 3:4:3 formation.GK: Allison Backer (Liverpool).What a signing the big Brazilian has been for Liverpool. Allison keeps bailing the Kops out and on Sunday, he was at it again, making a miraculous save to deny Jesse Lingard.CB: Victor Lindelof (Man United).Victor Lindelof made more clearances than any of his Man United teammates and completely shut-out the opposition in their 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford.CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley).As far as competitors go, they don’t come much better than James Tarkowski. The England defender’s heroics at the back caused Tottenham a great deal of pain on Saturday.CB: James Tomkins (Crystal Palace).I always give credit where it is due and on Saturday, Tomkins produced one of his best displays as Palace defeated Leicester City 4-1.MF: Ashley Young (Man United).No Man Unitedplayer had more touches (63) or made more passes (44) than Ashley Young in their 0-0 draw at home to table leaders Liverpool.MF: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) Sead Kolasinac gained possession on 10 occasions and made two blocks as he helped Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Southampton.MF: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).Milivojevic continues to provide cool leadership on the field for Palace, which perfectly reflects that provided by Roy Hodgson in the dugout. Excellent in the win over Leicester and scoring one of the four goals.MF: Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United).No Newcastle player had more shots on target (3) or created more chances (6) than Miguel Almiron against Huddersfield.FW: Gerard Deulofeu (Watford).Gerard Deulofeu became the first Watford player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Mark Falco in October 1986. He did so on Friday as his side defeated Cardiff City 5-1 in Wales.FW: Troy Deeney (Watford).Denney was at his absolute best again this past week. The Englishman scored twice and made one assist in the 5-1 win over Cardiff.FW: Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace).The two goals against Leicester just had to put Zaha in my team of the week.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weektoplast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — A couple of home games provided the remedy the Sharks needed to start looking like the team labeled as Stanley Cup favorites in training camp.Following a similar formula to Thursday’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Sharks completed a two-game homestand with perfect grades Saturday, beating the New York Islanders 4-1 at SAP Center.After the Sharks wrapped up their five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 record Sunday, head coach Pete DeBoer offered a simple road map for turning the ship …last_img read more

first_imgThe brew will make its debut before the NBA season starts. Music fans attending the inaugural event at Chase Center — the Metallica concert on Sept. 6 — will be … The Bay Area’s newest beer is described as a “light, easy-drinking golden ale with a swish of evergreen hop character.”Swish?That can mean only one thing! The Golden State Warriors must be involved.Indeed, the team has partnered with San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Co. to produce a co-branded beer called Dubs Golden Ale.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many different segments of industry across America are curious as to how the policies of a new and quite unorthodox Trump Administration will affect them and their businesses. For the agriculture sector, an advisory committee that includes two prominent Ohioans, will help set the tone for policy that pertains to rural America.Plain City, Ohio’s Fred Yoder has been farming in Union County for over 40 years raising corn, soybeans and wheat. In the mid 1990s, Yoder served as president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and then took leadership roles at the national level as the Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Biotech Working Group and then President of NCGA.“In the role as NCGA president I was able to get involved with other state organizationsFred Yoderand I learned that there are a lot of similarities and many differences as well,” Yoder said. “I’m a big believer in coalitions and talking things out. One of the things that I am most proud of was being a trade representative for NCGA and working out some differences with NAFTA in Mexico City where we negotiated a settlement for high fructose corn syrup to Mexico and Mexican sugar coming into the United States.“There was a complete difference of opinion, but we got the job done.”Yoder hopes that type of attitude will begin to change the way things are done inside the Beltway and he is encouraged by the new era of politics that President Trump will bring.Over the years, Yoder has gained a large amount of experience and knowledge in different aspects of agriculture, from biotechnology to policy. He says he will be willing to take on whatever role the new Administration will ask of him, but there is one role that Yoder said he would be most excited about and that is a position that dealt with trade.“One of the things that alarmed me about President Trump’s campaign rhetoric is how trade was a disaster and NAFTA is no good and I took exception to that because I knew agriculture has benefited extremely well from NAFTA,” Yoder said. “I know now that he isn’t anti-trade, he just wants to make sure that all of America benefits from trade.”Yoder joins a list of who’s who in agriculture on this committee and hopes that rural America is comfortable with who has President Trump’s ear when it comes to issues important to them.“Mr. Trump has told the committee that he doesn’t know much about agriculture but he trusts who was named to the group and if we do our job he’ll leave us alone and if we don’t he’ll fire us,” Yoder said. “My goal is to make sure that the Midwest is represented and I think we need some people that understand the full picture and how important the right policies are for us to flourish.”Also joining Yoder on Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee is Pickaway County’s Bill Richards, known by many as the grandfather of no-till in Ohio.Bill Richards, left, being recognized by ODNR.Richards graduated from The Ohio State University in 1953 with no farm background to speak of, but had a strong desire to become a farmer. After marrying a farm girl, he and his new bride bought a rough piece of Pickaway County ground.“Out of 325 acres there was only about 140 that we could farm,” Richards said. “We bought the land on a shoestring and used machinery off of the Dad’s machinery lot and got started.”Richards was taught early on that there were not too many good reasons to till the land, except for weed control. That was right around the time that atrazine and 2-4D were introduced.“We made an effort early on to cut down on tillage,” Richards said. “It was the early 1960s when we developed a till plant system that would be called strip tillage today.”One of the first trips to Washington for Richards was as part of the “Farmers for Nixon” campaign. Then decades later, troubles with the 1985 Farm Bill and a large farmer rebellion led Richards back to D.C.“I’ve always liked the idea of getting involved in politics and having farmers represented,” Richards said. “When asked to serve on this advisory committee I was honored to do so and I welcomed the opportunity.”The message he hoped to get across to President Trump’s administration is that farm programs should be designed for a voluntary, not a regulatory approach.“I want to let the President know that we can produce enough food to feed the world and that exporting ag products is a necessity,” Richards said. “We also have the opportunity to sequester carbon to help balance out the carbon that comes from the coal and oil industries.”Richards echoes Yoder’s hopes that trade will be looked upon favorably, especially when it comes to farm commodities.“The Corn Belt has entered a cycle of surplus corn and soybeans,” Richards said. “I hope that the President will use that surplus as an opportunity to generate trade from our country to level out the trade deficits we are seeing within other industries in the United States.”While there are clearly very divergent opinions about Donald Trump, many in Ohio agriculture can get behind the involvement of these two well-respected agriculturalists and the wealth of experience they bring to the advisory committee for the new administration.last_img read more

first_imgGive back.This one is easy: Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Learn how you can get involved.Eat healthier. (Warning: We are not licensed doctors or nutritionists.) The key to healthy eating: planning ahead. Before heading out the door, make sure to pack healthy snacks so you don’t get stuck buying junk food later in the day. Check out these 4 tips to avoid getting hangry on the geocaching trail.P.S. Please don’t leave snacks in geocaches. Bears love snacks. P.P.S It’s probably safe to carry snacks. (Warning: We are also not licensed animal psychologists.)Start thinking more positively.Scientists have found that practicing gratitude can lead to higher levels of positive emotions, like joy, optimism, and happiness. When you find a geocache, take the time to express your appreciation. You’ll make the cache owner’s day — and your own.Get organized. We’re not exactly sure how geocaching can help tidy up your life. (We ran out of time to ask Marie Kondo. Ideas welcome in the comments below.) However, we can help you tidy up your geocaching. Try My Lists beta. Make new friends. Meeting new people can be downright terrifying. Luckily, geocachers are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Whether you’re in your hometown or traveling abroad, geocaching events are a great way to make new friends — and you’re guaranteed to have at least one thing in common. Find an event and log your Will Attend now. Guest blog written by avid geocacher Paige Edmiston.We’ve all been there: only a week into January and your resolutions long forgotten… Good news, geocachers! Whether you’re wanting to get fit or give back, the game you love can help you achieve your New Year’s goals. Geocachers, after all, are nothing if not persistent. In honor of 2017, here are 17 common New Year’s resolutions — and how geocaching can help you stick with them. Learn something new. To find some geocaches, you’ll need to develop a very particular set of skills. Lockpicking, for example. Same goes for hiding. You’ll have to learn a little thing called “physical computing” to hide a geocache like this one.Step out of your comfort zone.Stuck in a traditional cache rut? Challenge yourself to find at least one geocache of every type. You’ll solve puzzles, answer geology questions, and may even discover a new favorite cache type along the way. Travel.If you want to experience a new place like a local, find a geocache! Or better yet, complete a GeoTour. These custom collections of geocaches are designed to introduce you to new locations.You’re sure to discover an incredible spot not listed in a guide book!If a big trip isn’t in the cards this year, send off a trackable with the goal of visiting all the places on your travel wish list. Check out the photos from this trackable’s big adventure for inspiration.P.S. You’re always welcome to come visit us at Geocaching HQ! Spend more time with family. If you attended a family gathering over the holidays, you probably know how difficult it can be to find an activity everyone loves. (You know where we’re going with this, right?) Use geocaching to connect with family near or far, just like this father and son.Drink more water.Geocaching gets you moving. Moving makes you thirsty. Carry this official geocache water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated. Added bonus: You’ll look cool.Be less stressed.Remember that geocaching health study? Researchers also found that geocachers reported fewer days of poor mental health. Get married.Geocaching can help. Seriously. Watch this video to learn how to make a geocaching proposal.Break a personal record.Visit your geocaching statistics page. Do you want to set a new record for longest streak? (Check out Moun10Bike’s tips for keeping up your streak in the snow.) Or maybe you want to set a record for the most caches found in one year. Write down your goal and share it with a friend who can help keep you accountable.Spend less time on social media.Ok, fine. We admit it: We often encourage geocachers to share things on social media. (Like now, for example. You should share this post with a friend. Do it. Do it now. Unless you’re trying to spend less time on social media. Then, stop right now. We support you.) Thanks to the recent addition of offline maps in the Geocaching® app, you can now find geocaches without an internet connection. Tune out of the internet and into nature — temptation free. Lose weight and get fit. Instead of buying yet another unused gym membership, why not try getting fit with geocaching? In 2014, Texas A&M researchers conducted a study on geocaching and its effect on health. One of the study’s principal investigators, Whitney Garney, M.P.H, said, “The results have important implications for how and why people are physically active. Geocaching is one option for people to have fun and be physically active at the same time without going to the gym and may be just what America needs to get moving.”For inspiration, read one of the many geocaching weight loss stories out there, like this one or this one. Spend more time in nature. Speaking of nature, that’s where geocaches like to hang out! To find a great hiking cache, search for caches with higher terrain ratings. When you’re in a park or wild space, the Geocaching® app’s Trails map type will help guide you. Enjoy life to the fullest.Geocaching brings people together in pursuit of discovery, exploration, and adventure. ‘Nuff said.Let’s wrap it up.The moral of the story: We’re better at sticking to our resolutions when we’re having fun. Geocaching is fun, ergo geocaching can help you achieve your goals. 83% of the time it works every time, guaranteed.So tell us — what’s your New Year’s resolution? 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first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The Amazon online retail service and Amazon Web Services have little or nothing to do with each other but the idea that the company’s IT department would not use cloud computing almost seems implausible.Or does it? Amazon IT is really like any other IT department. It has a mix of different systems and processes that have developed over the past several years. It’s a global organization that has thousands of employees who depend on the IT infrastructure to manage finances, human resources and all the other functions in the enterprise. For the past four years, Amazon IT has been working toward a move to the cloud. Along the way it has gone through the process that many companies are now also experiencing. Amazon IT Director Jen Boden shared her unique story about moving to the cloud at an event this week hosted by her employer. covered what she said in an excellent post on its site today. The post provides insights into similar issues that IT directors face in moving to the cloud. It’s her special status as someone who actually works for a company that specializes in cloud computing that makes her story different.Drinking Her Company’s Own ChampagneBoden has the luxury of working for a company with n-house expertise about cloud computing. But she still had to evaluate her employer in some ways as she would a third party vendor. What she experienced is a case study for anyone going through the process of choosing a cloud computing provider.Boden says she did not have to adopt cloud computing. There was no directive from Jeff Bezos. She claims it was a business decision but also says she felt it was a lesson in “drinking her own champagne.” We like that analogy far more than the one we hear from other companies about eating their own dog food. Yuck. Makes Amazon appear like they are of a higher class than the competition.In the post from SearchCloudComputing, Boden said Amazons’ enterprise portfolio includes Oracle E-Business Suite Financials software for reporting and business process needs. It also uses Appian for business process management and BMC for systems management.Virtualization Played An Important RoleShe said they decided to start internally by consolidating and virtualizing the IT environment. That’s an example of good maintenance and organization as it helped get things in order before switching to the cloud. She said the effort provided more flexibility in where and how applications could be deployed and served.Right now, Boden is in the preliminary stages of moving into AWS. She has started with simple, homegrown applications. The more critical aspects of the IT operation will move later. Finance will be last.The planning began a year ago. It will most likely be another 18 months before the process is completed.She said the biggest challenge is security and compliance. She said she would not have considered moving the company’s financial applications to the cloud before last Fall. That’s when Amazon began offering its virtual private cloud service. It’s essentiailly a virtual private network, cut off from the public Internet. It also helps that Amazon has recently completed a major security audit.But in the end, it’s the people that make it all come together. She had had to negotiate with her auditors, assuring compliance. She had to help her IT department learn how to manage applications in a cloud enviroment.Making her Sarbanes-Oxley applications fully virtualized and certified made it all a bit easier.The lesson? Boden lowered the barriers. Virtualization smoothed out the process. In the end, she was prepared to drink her own champagne and move to the cloud. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williamslast_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It’s easy to see a leader’s legacy. That legacy is the leaders that she has built while she had the responsibility to lead.You can’t be a leader if no one is following you. But the measure of your success as a leader isn’t the raw number of people you lead. Success isn’t measured by what you’ve accomplished with and through the people you have the honor to lead. If you produce outstanding results for your company as a leader and leave it unprepared for the future, you have failed as a leader.Your legacy is going to be the quality of the people you led, and that is most easily measured in the quality of the leaders you have helped to build.The best leaders help others realize their potential. A leader sees something inside some of the people they serve that those people often can’t yet see for themselves. One of the ways they build new leaders is by continually giving these high potentials assignments and responsibilities that stretch them. They push the high potential to take on a little more than he is ready to take on. And each time the high potential grows into his role, the leader pushes him into something that once again tests his boundaries.Great leaders know that they are building a leadership factory. They build leaders who in turn work to build new leaders. They pass on to the leaders they are building all that they have learned, their vision, their mission, and their values. These new leaders do the same, building the next generation of leaders behind them. Creating leaders propels the whole organization forward and helps the organization to reach its full potential–along with all of those within it.last_img read more

first_imgSpeculations about the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar suffering yet another split were put to rest on Thursday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the NDA will contest the assembly polls next year under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Leaders of the JD(U), headed by Mr. Kumar, erupted in joy as snippets of an interview given to a news channel by Mr. Shah were beamed, capping weeks of bad blood between the two parties.“The gathbandhan (coalition) is atal (unshakeable). The NDA will contest assembly polls under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Nationally, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to lead the coalition,” Mr. Shah was shown as having said in the interview, to be telecast later in the day.“An-ban (bickering) is a sign of a healthy coalition. But matbhed (difference of opinion) does not necessarily mean there is manbhed (mental rift),” Mr. Shah added. The statement may also came as a disappointment to the opposition Grand Alliance which had been expecting a break-up among the alliance partners in view of the fact that Mr. Kumar has served as the chief minister for three consecutive terms and the BJP — under the aggressive leadership of Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah — is planning to expand its footprints in Bihar.JD(U) national general secretary and state minister Shyam Rajak came out with a flurry of tweets thanking Mr. Shah.“I wish to thank the top leadership of BJP @AmitShah1 @narendramodi for having dispelled many doubts by speaking about fighting the next assembly polls under the leadership of @NitishKumar. It is a slap on the face of the opposition which was enjoying (the recent bickering),” he said.“Those wishing the disintegration of JD(U)-BJP alliance will disintegrate themselves since we have forged the coalition on an idea — that is to uplift 12 crore people of Bihar to which we have been devoted,” Mr. Rajak added. Disgruntled JD(U) leader Ajay Alok, who had, of late, become critical of his own party on a number of issues, also appeared sobered down as he tweeted, “Amit Shah’s statement would make the NDA rock solid and disappoint those who had other expectations. Only Nitish Kumar has the capability to further strengthen the NDA. Jai Bihar!” Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a junior partner in the Bihar NDA, seemed to have heaved a sigh of relief as he remarked in Samastipur — where he is canvassing for his nephew Prince Raj before the by-election — “We always said there is no confusion over leadership in the NDA.”“Please go and ask the opposition what they have to say about this since all their hopes have hinged on the possibility of our disunity.” The NDA had made a clean sweep in Bihar in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, winning 39 out of 40 seats. The BJP and the LJP won 17 and six seats respectively, while the JD(U) succeeded in bagging 16 out of 17 that it had fought. Among the opposition parties, only the Congress managed to win a seat while Lalu Prasad’s RJD — which has ruled the state for over a decade and still has the highest number of MLAs — drew a blank. Shortly after the NDA’s spectacular victory in the polls, the opposition sensed an opportunity when Mr. Kumar decided against having a party representative in the Union cabinet. Add to that, JD(U)’s opposition to the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious legislations like the triple talaq bill and the one on reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir further fueled speculations of the party’s growing unease with the BJP’s ideological hard line. RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had held out an olive branch to the JD(U) chief after the elections, urging him to return to the anti-BJP front which lacked a credible leadership.Mr. Singh has, however, been snubbed on this account by Lalu Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, leaving the veteran leader sore. He said that he expects the 29-year-old to “realize the significance of what I am saying in six months”.Recently, outbursts of Union minister Giriraj Singh — known to share cold vibes with the Bihar Chief Minister over water-logging in Patna had also triggered a war of words between state-level leaders of the BJP and the JD(U).Mr. Kumar had, however, made it clear in one of his speeches “there is nothing amiss in the coalition and those trying to create mischief will be in trouble”.last_img read more