Leicester’s players in spotlight

first_img Last-place Aston Villa are heading into their home match against Chelsea without a manager following the departure of Remi Garde on Tuesday. With seven games left, Villa are 12 points from safety and has only won three league games all season. MANCHESTER, England (AP): There have been considerable knock-on effects for Leicester following the team’s giddy rise to the top of the English Premier League. A ramping-up of global interest and adulation? Definitely. Qualification to the Champions League for the first time? Almost certainly, especially if the surprise leaders beat Southampton at home on Sunday. Then there’s growing international recognition for their star players. On Tuesday, England started with two Leicester players in this case, Jamie Vardy and debutant Danny Drinkwater for the first time in 42 years in the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. And on the same night, N’Golo Kante, Leicester’s enforcer in central midfield, made his full debut for France on his 25th birthday and marked it by scoring one of the goals in a 4-2 win over Russia. “Things are going fast,” said Kante, who was playing for Caen in France’s second tier only three years ago. “I wouldn’t have said it was possible four or five years ago,” said Vardy, a goalscorer against the Dutch and a striker who once worked in a carbon-fibre factory. Leicester’s fans will be saying the same kind of things. After narrowly escaping relegation last season because of an incredible run of results in the final nine games, Leicester are mounting the most unlikely of title challenges and are five points clear of second-place Tottenham with seven games left. The club has never won a top-flight English league title. Training would have been unusually quiet for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri over the recent international break, given the increased number of national-team call-ups. Ranieri, therefore, must reignite the team’s momentum from before the two-week hiatus ahead of the biggest six weeks in the club’s 132-year history. Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for Leicester, with the visitors from the south coast having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places. But Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning its last three matches 1-0. “They’ve been the best team this season, without question,” Alex Ferguson, a managerial great in English soccer, has told Sky Sports, “and they deserve to win it.” Tottenham would pile the pressure on Leicester by beating Liverpool tomorrow, a day before Leicester play. MAN CITY’S REINFORCEMENTS In danger of dropping out of the top four, out-of-form Manchester City have been handed a much-needed boost on the injury front. Three midfielders Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph were back in training this week after long injury layoffs and could be in line to play against Bournemouth tomorrow. De Bruyne’s return after two months out with damaged ankle and knee ligaments is especially important for City, who have not scored in their last three matches and have been short of creativity. City broke their transfer record last August to sign De Bruyne for more than US$77 million. City are in fourth place the final Champions League qualification position and only one point ahead of West Ham and Manchester United. West Ham host Crystal Palace tomorrow and Manchester United are at home to Everton on Sunday. MANAGERLESS VILLAlast_img read more

The Tortoise and the Hare: Profitable vs. Unprofitable Software IPOs

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editors Note: This is the first of a four-part content series ReadWriteWeb is producing in partnership with Tableau Software, where we examine interesting data sets relevant to technology trends today. You can use Tableau Public to create interactive visualizations like this and publish them to your own blog, web sites, or anywhere online. You also can embed this (or any other Tableau Public) visualization on your own site.As Tableau has shown previously, software IPOs have been few and far between in last decade; only 77 companies went public between 2001 and 2009, while 174 software IPOs were seen between 1998 and 2000 alone. A new data visualization from Tableau embedded blow reveals that in the short term, unprofitable companies that go public tend to perform better than profitable IPOs.Below is an interactive chart produced by Tableau; the orange and blue lines represent the average returns of unprofitable and profitable software IPOs over time since the beginning of their offering. The selection boxes near the upper-right corner allow you to narrow the chart to specific decades of data, and using the slider below that allows you to focus the range of days since IPO. If you adjust the slider to near day 600, you will see that at this point the companies which were profitable at the time of their IPO finally surpass the unprofitable ones.Powered by TableauIt seems that unprofitable companies (roughly 37% of sampled companies) see an initial boost from returns after their IPO, reaching 86% returns in their first year. However, after about a year and a half, these companies run out of steam and linger around the 100% before plummeting around day 666 (an unfortunate coincidence, surely). Profitable companies, on the other hand, see slower but steadier return growth, taking two years to reach levels their unprofitable counterparts reached in just one. Pulling the date range slider out further, we can see that profitable companies continue to prosper for several years after their IPO while unprofitable companies see much less and much slower growth compared to their first few years on the market. The lessons learned here is that while going public may be an attractive solution to an unprofitable startup company, its not a long term one. Much like the hare from the classic children’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, unprofitable IPOs, on average, have a great start only to eventually be surpassed by the slow and steady tortoises that are profitable IPOs. The data visualization embedded above is provided by Tableau Software, which today released its new free product, Tableau Public, allowing for the creation and sharing of unqiue, rich, interactive data applications.“It’s a way a blogger or writer can give their readers exactly the content they want,” says Tableau. “No plug-ins or programming skills are required for either creating the viz or having it render in a browser. A free tool like this could bring badly needed intelligence, beauty and speed to structured data especially as it proliferates all over the web.”Photo by Flickr user nDevilTV. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… An initial public offering, or IPO, is when a company opts to trade its shares publicly on the stock market – a decision that can be a risky investment. At times, unprofitable startups go public in hopes of reversing their situation, but most of the time IPOs come from the profitable startups looking to expand their value. Based on some fascinating new data visualization tools released today from Tableau Software(see note below), an intriguing trend has emerged among profitable and unprofitable IPOs. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start#startups chris cameronlast_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Too Direct or Too Empathetic

first_imgLeaders need to make effective choices about their approach when they interact with the people they lead. The measure of a leader is taken by how well the leader can match the approach to the situation.Too Self-DirectedSome leaders believe that they need to be very self-directed to be effective. Self-directed can come across as self-oriented, selfish, and oblivious to what the other person needs or the constraints with which they are struggling. I’ve met some leaders who pride themselves on their self-directed approach. And sometimes it is exactly the right approach. This is especially true when the leader is protecting the culture they’ve built, or when they are dealing with a legal or moral issue. There are some issues that are non-negotiable.But unless you have the relationship that allows for self-directed communication, every time you are self-directed when it is unnecessary takes a little something out of your moral leadership. When you are unnecessarily direct and short with people–even if it’s because you are short on time and under pressure–you are making a withdraw from your relationship.If you’ve ever seen a coach on the sideline during a game, you’ve no doubt seen them grab a player and light them up when they are trying to make a point, rev them up, or change their state. If your approach is always high negative energy, then when you really need to call on that approach, it won’t mean anything. You will have worn out the approach.Too EmpatheticOther leaders believe that they always need to be patient and empathetic. There is no doubt that as a default approach, this is a pretty good choice. But it isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes, to make your point felt, you need to be impatient and demanding. Serious issues may need a serious, unrelenting response.Empathy and patience can sometime be the wrong response. Being empathetic at the wrong time can cause people to believe that a serious issue isn’t a big deal. It can lead people to believe that they aren’t really accountable for change when they have a serious behavioral issue or when they aren’t producing results. But worst of all, when it is your only approach, you are a pushover, and you can just as easily lose your moral authority.Some people and some situations call for patience and empathy. Some call for coaching and an approach that fosters learning. Sometimes you need to explain yourself carefully. But other people and situations call for a more self-directed approach.A great leader will have a range of approaches they can use for different people in different situations. All of those approaches must include some consideration of the person and the relationship, lest your approach subtract from your moral authority. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Religious belief vs. call of the ballot in Ganjam

first_imgIt will be a tussle between traditional religious belief and call of the ballot for thousands of voters in Odisha’s Berhampur parliamentary constituency that goes to the polls on April 11.Political parties fear that thousands of people participating in ‘Danda Nata’, the annual festival of penance, may stay away from voting in this Lok Sabha constituency of Ganjam district. Elections to the Assembly seats that are part of this Lok Sabha constituency will also be held the same day.‘Danda Nata’ troupes Thousands of male devotees leave their homes and become members of ‘Danda Nata’ troupes to take up nomadic life for 21 days till ‘Mahavishub Sankranti’ that falls on April 14. It is feared that because of this practice many of them may not enter polling booths to vote. According to sources, there are over 200 such troupes in the Berhampur parliamentary constituency. Smaller troupes have around 100 members while larger ones may have more than 500 members. During the 2014 panchayat polls, the Ganjam district administration had initiated measures to persuade the troupes to return to areas near their villages before polling day and take part in the voting exercise. This time too, political leaders as well as Ganjam District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange will make efforts to persuade them to vote.last_img read more

Neymar calls Barca president a ‘joke’

first_imgBrazilian forward Neyma. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANONeymar labelled Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the war of wards between Barcelona’s beleaguered board and the Brazilian star continued on Tuesday.In interviews with Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, Bartomeu claimed Barca would be better off without Neymar this season following his world record 222 million euro ($263.7 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT With Bartomeu’s handling of Barca’s haphazard transfer policy being heavily criticised, he described the loss of Neymar as an “opportunity” for Barca to rebuild their midfield rather than pile resources into a superstar front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.“It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!” Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy.“This president is a joke,” Neymar replied in a comment about the news on social media site Instagram.A vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito that could oust Bartomeu if it receives enough support from the club’s members in the coming weeks.Neymar’s departure sparked a shopping spree from Barca, who landed 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele for an initial 105 million euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho for 40 million from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.However, Barca missed out on a host of other targets, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, blaming the rampant inflation in the transfer market caused by PSG and Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ La Liga has asked UEFA to investigate both PSG and City for breaches of financial fair play rules.“Qatar and Abu Dhabi are two countries that have two clubs,” added Bartomeu.“If Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal buy a player from you, you know (the money) comes from football.“But these two clubs distort the market.”Bartomeu also insisted a four-year contract extension for Lionel Messi has been signed by the player’s agent and father, Jorge Horacio Messi.Barca announced an agreement with the five-time World Player of the Year in July, but Messi himself is yet to put pen to paper amid rumours he is unhappy with the running of the club.Messi’s current deal expires in 2018 meaning he could leave Barca for free next summer.“It is all agreed and signed,” Bartomeu added.“There are three contracts: one with Messi’s foundation, that is signed by the president of the foundation and the player’s brother; a contract with Leo Messi’s image rights, that his father and administrator of his company have signed; and the work contract that Leo’s father has signed.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

World Cup ahead, price rise stumps MSD

first_imgEver wondered what our cricketers, who make a substantial sum in fees and endorsement deals, feel about the rising prices of petrol and onions. Nothing much, it would seem, as we found out at a press conference called to mark Team India’s send-off for their opening World Cup encounter against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the teams send-off function in the capital on Wednesday. Photo by Subir HalderAt the press conference, a scribe asked Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his teammates Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Piyush Chawla what they felt about the price rise that has eclipsed many Indian middle-class households.While the entire hall erupted in laughter over the question, the cricketers were conspicuous by their silence as they looked at each other for an answer. It fell upon skipper Dhoni to attempt an answer.”That’s an absolute googly for me,” said the skipper cautiously. “As of now we are busy with the World Cup,” he added, defending the question with a straight bat – something he has forgotten to do on the pitch.Moving on from the inflation question, Dhoni exuded confidence at his batting and the team fortunes. “It’s just a matter of time,” he said.Earlier, the players played basketball for the waiting cameras with Yuvraj and Pathan leading in the slam dunk contest.last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Lost, But Freshman G D’Angelo Russell Threw A Ridiculous Pass vs. Iowa

first_imgD'Angelo Russell throws crazy pass vs. Maryland.The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell on the road to Iowa Saturday afternoon, 76-67. Buckeyes’ freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, as he’s done basically all season, shined in defeat. Russell, a projected top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, totaled 27 points, 14 rebounds and two assists against the Hawkeyes. He deserved at least three assists, though. Check out this ridiculous one-handed bounce pass Russell threw in the first half:That’s an NBA-caliber feed from a future NBA player. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 14-5, 3-3 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improved to 13-5, 4-1 in the conference.last_img

SCPAs Box Volume Up by 54 Pct

first_imgzoom South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) recorded a 5.4 percent increase in container volume fiscal year to date, with 1.029,450 TEUs handled since the period began in July 2016.SCPA said that December was “a solid finish” to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, with 164,480 TEUs moved last month, a year-over-year increase of nearly 14 percent.As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 92,956 boxes last month, up 12.8 percent compared to the same month last year.Fiscal year to date pier container volume is up 5.4 percent, with 580,880 boxes moved at SCPA’s North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.Port of Charleston handled 61,377 pier tons in December, pushing fiscal year to date volume to 422,120 pier tons moved across SCPA docks. Additionally, Charleston exceeded fiscal year to date plans by 8.5 percent.“The port is experiencing an all-time high container volume, with loaded imports and exports achieving over 7 percent growth,” Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO, said.“Looking ahead to the second half of our 2017 fiscal year, we remain cautiously optimistic as we continue to prepare for the deployment of 14,000 TEU ships and improve our existing infrastructure,” Newsome added.SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer.last_img read more

Preliminary inquiry in suspected Montreal compassion killing to resume in October

first_imgMONTREAL – A preliminary hearing for a Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing has been put off until October.Michel Cadotte, 56, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.Quebec court Judge David-Emmanuel Simon has placed a publication ban on the contents of the hearing.The purpose of the inquiry is to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Cadotte to trial.He was granted bail under several conditions earlier this month.The case resumes Oct. 23.last_img

Duchess Of Cornwall Hosts Rape And Sexual Abuse Survivors

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall recently hosted a reception in support of survivors of rape and sexual abuse at Clarence House.The Duchess of Cornwall (right) talks to guests during a reception in support of survivors of rape and sexual abuse at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/supporting-survivors-of-rape-and-sexual-abuseThe Duchess organised the reception, whose guests included Home Secretary Theresa May and Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer, to bring together political figures, rape support groups and rape survivors.The Duchess, who has visited nine rape crisis and sexual assault referral centres in the UK since 2009, spoke to those present of the importance of forming a “united front to help victims of rape and sexual abuse”.She said: “Over the past few years, I have seen for myself some of the remarkable work being undertaken by representatives of rape crisis organisations, the National Health Service and the police across the country.“During my visits to some of these centres I have been so impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the individuals who provide a lifeline to the women, the children and the men, who have been left shamed and traumatised and made to feel so worthless through no fault of their own.”She spoke of the need to end the taboo surrounding rape and sexual abuse, adding: “Perhaps, from this small beginning, we will be able to build a future where society will simply not tolerate rape and sexual abuse any longer.”Survivor Mia James chatted to The Duchess for several minutes following her speech. Ms James, from south-east London, said: “I just thanked her for her support.“We need somebody high profile to raise awareness for the common man, because our juries are made up of each and every one of us – and each and every one of us has misconceptions about rape, misconceptions about the causes of rape.“It’s a case of wanting to get the message out as to what it’s all about, and I’m really happy we’ve got The Duchess doing that.”The Duchess said it was “shocking” that relatively few rapes resulted in a conviction.In her speech, she said: “This challenging and emotive subject has been brought to the fore in recent months with some shocking news stories – although it is by no means a new story.“The findings of the Government’s recent report into sexual offending revealed once again that the number of victims reporting these crimes is still only a tiny proportion of the total and even fewer of those cases end in a conviction.”Ms James agreed that more people need to speak out about rape and sexual assault.She said: “I want people to stop sweeping us under the carpet. I want this to be something that is not associated with the word ‘taboo’.“With someone as high profile as The Duchess, survivors will feel more comfortable coming out with their stories. They can report it and know there is no stigma attached.”Mr Starmer admitted that “hard work” was needed to increase victims’ confidence and lead more of them to report their rape.He said The Duchess’s contribution was “really positive”.“It’s fantastic that she’s shown such a level of commitment to this important area,” he added. “Bringing these people together is a very significant step. We’re working together more than we were – but we need to continue to do so.”Ms May said the meeting highlighted the fact there are many victims of rape and sexual violence, with more needing to be done to support them.She added that the Government had ringfenced funding which would provide funding for rape crisis centres, emphasising their importance.Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts also attended the reception.Mumsnet has a campaign called We Believe You, which aims to challenge rape myths and raise awareness of the impact of sexual violence on people’s lives.Ms Roberts said of today’s meeting: “You can really tell she’s spoken to victims. She feels very passionately about the issue.”The meeting was the first time such a wide range of representatives from various UK groups had met to focus solely on issues surrounding rape and sexual abuse, a Clarence House spokeswoman said.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more