Round-up: Bees duo moving, QPR bid, Piazon back, Kane contract

first_imgStuart Dallas and Jonathan Douglas are on the verge of completing moves away from Brentford.Dallas is expected to be unveiled as a Leeds United player tomorrow after undergoing a medical.Douglas is also set to leave Griffin Park – the midfielder is close to finalising a move to Ipswich Town.QPR are planning to make a bid for Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley ahead of Saturday’s Championship opener against Charlton.Following news of Ranges’ planned offer, there has been speculation that other clubs, including Swansea and Nottingham Forest, are also looking to sign the 22-year-old.One player who could be on his way out of Loftus Road is Leroy Fer – Sunderland and West Ham have made enquiries about the midfielder.Fer could be on his way out of RangersMeanwhile, Chelsea youngster Todd Kane has been given a new three-year contract.And Lucas Piazon featured for the Blues’ Under-21 side as they won 2-1 in a friendly at MK Dons – Nathan Ake and Tammy Abraham scored for the visitors.In cricket, Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan both hit centuries against Sussex as Middlesex smashed their record for a one-day total.The victory came hours after it was announced that Middlesex star Eoin Morgan has been given two weeks off as he looks to arrest a slump in form.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors sign training camp invitee to guaranteed deal

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors have signed Alfonzo McKinnie to a two-year league minimum deal, filling the team’s 14th roster spot, sources confirmed to the Bay Area News Group.The Athletic was the first to break the news of McKinnie’s signing.McKinnie, who was signed to an Exhibit 10 deal prior to training camp, split last season with the Toronto Raptors and their G-League affiliate.McKinnie’s signing puts the future of restricted free agent Patrick McCaw’s tenure in flux. Earlier this month, …last_img

The Invisible Force Ruining Your Culture

first_imgThere is a force that causes businesses to produce results that are far less than the those they are capable of creating. It causes them to lose the talented employees they need, and it causes them to treat their clients and customers poorly—and in some cases, to treat them as adversaries. Like all of the most powerful forces on Earth, it is invisible to the naked eye. This force is negativity.The Only Cancer That Spreads by Contact  Negativity is the only cancer that spreads by contact. It is passed from Patient Zero, the carrier, to the people with whom they come into contact. It starts with Patient Zero complaining about “the way things are” and “the way things should be,” even though the person infected with negativity never does anything to make things better. To do something about things that might be better, you have to be a positive, optimistic, future-oriented individual with the ability to see things as better than they are and work towards that vision.Patient Zero’s complaints starts to infect susceptible Future Hosts with a seductive idea, the idea that none of the challenges or problems are the fault of Patient Zero or the Future Host. Instead, the problems are external forces working on Patient Zero and their prospective Host.The problems come from their unreasonable difficult clients, the ones that no one could serve because they are so needy, always asking for help producing the results they need. Other problems are the result of Patient Zero’s inept leadership team who is nowhere near as smart as Patient Zero. Then there are the other employees, the ones who actually believe that they do good work and make a difference for their clients. Over time, because Patient Zero continues to whisper in the ears of those who are keen to believe that nothing is their fault, there are new Hosts carrying the infection and infecting others. At some point, because the disease presses on unopposed, it runs rampant.Fighting the Infection  The advice given to boxers before a fight is apt advice here: “Protect yourself at all times.” If you are a leader, protect your culture at all times.If you don’t know who Patient Zero is, it’s likely they are right now reshaping your culture to one that is negative. If you know who Patient Zero is and have done nothing to protect yourself, your team, and your culture, their infection is likely already spreading throughout your company, making your culture something that repels good people instead of attracting them.To create a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, and empowered culture, you have to remove people who work against those ends before they destroy your culture. You have to work twice as hard on shaping a culture around beliefs and values that bring out the best in people, that provide them with a sense of agency, and that allows to do meaningful work.last_img read more

Gymnasts left stumped by SAI’s selection criteria for World Championship

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Sept 28 (PTI) Indian gymnasts appearing for the trial for the 48th Artistic World Championship have been left stumped by the SAI’s directive that they will have to perform the all-around routine instead of their individual events for selection. The uncertainty over Indian gymnasts participation at the Doha event ended last week with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) deciding to hold trials for the event on September 29 and 30.However, the gymnasts were surprised to know that the selection will be done on the basis of all-around results, which include four events for women and six for men.”We only came to know after coming here that the selection will be on all-around basis. Generally, we get a letter a month in advance but this time we got it a week before the trials and then it didn’t mention on what basis they will make the selection,” a gymnast told PTI on condition of anonymity.”Now there is no time to prepare. I had prepared for three events. For team event, there has to be three men and three women but they will select only four athletes, so why are they selecting on all-around basis when there is no team, I don’t understand.”Wouldn’t it have been better if we could have tried to come within top 30 in specific individual events? It would have been better as the upcoming world cups which would be qualifying events will be on the basis of individual events,” the gymnast added.advertisement Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, vice-president of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) was also left stumped when he received a mail on Friday from SAI, including him in the selection committee in place of Kaushik Bediwala. “SAI has included my name in the selection committee on such a short notice and that too without my consent. This is wrong,” he said. “SAI is helping us now but things happened too late. It has left the gymnasts with very less time to prepare. It could have been better managed.” In another major development, there is also uncertainty whether Dipa Karmakar, whose knee injury had flared up at the Asian Games, will participate in the trials. While Ashish Kumar and Aruna Budda Reddy have already decided to skip the world championship, there is speculation that Dipa too might give it a miss. A lot of gymnasts prepared for the trials, focussing on apparatus event and selection on all-around basis has put them in a spot. Many of them are also staying on their own in the capital as SAI made it clear it will not provide lodging and boarding facilities. Some are staying at the IG complex on payment basis. Also there is uncertainty whether the international judges will be available for the selection trial as they were informed at the last moment. Earlier, the Indian gymnasts were left in the lurch after Sports Ministry had refused to clear the team for the World Championship since the Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) is de-recognised and stands suspended as per the national sports code. PTI ATK PM PMlast_img read more

Megatron May Retire But He Isnt Washed Up

Based on data from Pro-football-reference.com 2Antonio Brown27PIT6,016 6Demaryius Thomas28DEN4,330 5Calvin Johnson30DET4,355 8Eric Decker28NYJ4,142 4A.J. Green27CIN4,816 Projected future yards, active wide receivers age 25+ And though 2015 certainly wasn’t the best year of Johnson’s career, he hasn’t shown any unusual swings in his production — even the “cliff” after his record-setting 1,964 yards in 2012 is consistent with regression to the mean (not to mention he missed several games yet scored far more touchdowns) — and is still well above average.Retirements by receivers still producing at a level as high as Johnson are almost nonexistent. The closest example is probably Packers receiver Sterling Sharpe, who had to retire after a severe neck injury at age 29. Sharpe finished his career with 8,134 receiving yards and 65 receiving touchdowns, while Johnson has 11,619 receiving yards and 83 receiving touchdowns. Johnson’s total is actually the second-most yards by a receiver by age 30 since the merger, and most of the other top receivers on that list still had thousands of yards ahead of them: (Note that combining Johnson’s current receiving yards with his projections would put him ahead of Terrell Owens for second on the all-time yards list behind Rice, though Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall both project even higher totals than Johnson.)If Johnson ultimately decides to leave, good for him. If he ultimately decides to stay, good for football. 10Larry Fitzgerald32ARI3,957 Of course, both of these curves are skewed by Jerry Rice. Moreover, Johnson has had to shoulder a heavy burden in his career. So, I experimented with a number of variables to predict production among NFL players in their late 20s and beyond (call it back-of-the-envelope modeling). I found that — in addition to age — the most recent season is the most significant predictor, but that both past performance and burden are statistically meaningful as well.2I wanted to account for all of present season performance, past performance, how explosive the player has been, and how much of a load they’ve had to carry — all while remaining predictive and statistically sound — in a short period of time. Ultimately, the model that paid some tribute to all of those factors and performed best among those I tested was a linear model using age, yards and TDs gained in the present year, total TDs prior to the current year, and total receptions prior to and including the current year: lm(aftYds ~ Age + Yds + TD + cumTDs + thruRec, data=wrseas[Year<=2011 & Age>=25]. There is likely much room to improve on this, but it works as a first pass.With all of this taken into account, the balance of Johnson’s career projects to be the fifth-most productive among those of active NFL receivers age 25 and older: 3Brandon Marshall31NYJ5,050 1Julio Jones26ATL6,213 Further, Johnson’s 1,214 yards this season are the 14th-most for a 30-year-old since the merger. Production as a 30-year-old is a pretty good predictor of future career success for receivers, and it also suggests that Johnson might have 4,000-plus yards left in him: 7Doug Baldwin27SEA4,293 This rumor has been around for a while, but ESPN reported more details Sunday about the Calvin Johnson retirement saga, citing sources who suggest Johnson is “content” with his decision to call it quits. Johnson may have his reasons — health-related or otherwise — to retire, and he can do what he pleases. (I, for one, enjoy seeing players come and go for the sheer information value of it all.) But whatever is going on, it should be clear this isn’t a matter of Megatron’s career having run its natural course.Johnson, who won’t turn 31 until September, would be one of the most shocking retirements since fellow Detroit legend Barry Sanders bowed out of the league after the 1998 season. But Sanders – also 30 at the time and considered by some to be in his prime – had just matched the lowest yards per attempt of his career for a 5-11 team. And more importantly, he was a running back. Running backs don’t age nearly as well as receivers.Since the 1970 merger, there have been 294 seasons of 1,200-plus rushing yards and just 24 of them came from running backs aged 30 or older. Meanwhile, there have been 258 seasons of 1,200-plus receiving yards, with 56 by players aged 30 or older. While most starting receivers are usually in their mid-to-late 20s, we do start seeing significant attrition around the 30-year mark. It isn’t surprising that non-productive older receivers are quickly replaced by younger, cheaper alternatives. But for those with the skill and good fortune to stick around, there isn’t any drop-off in average performance.Here’s how Johnson compares to the gaggle of receivers who started the majority of a season since 19701I know there are more advanced wide receiver statistics than “yards,” but I’m not certain any are significantly more predictive of future career prospects.: 9Jeremy Maclin27KAN4,069 RANKPLAYERAGETEAMYARDS read more

Who Would Buy Newsweek

first_imgOne might assume that Newsweek could muster just as much interest. In fact, some parties apparently have already expressed an interest. Editor Jon Meacham told the New York Observer that he was contacted Wednesday by “two billionaires” who inquired about buying the magazine. Meacham himself said he’d consider rounding up some investors to place a bid. And then there was Henry Blodget, CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider, who offered only $1. (Remember OpenGate Capital’s $1 acquisition of TV Guide from Macrovision in 2008?)Jokes aside, I polled a small handful of our sources in the M&A market to pull together a list of companies/publishers that may make good suitors for Newsweek. Among them were OpenGate, Reuters, Politico, Dennis Publishing (owner of The Week), Newsmax, Tina Brown’s the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post. I fired off e-mails to reps at all but Reuters and the Daily Beast but couldn’t immediately reach any for comment.Some, of course, seem more likely than others. Upstart Politico, which is backed financially by Allbritton Communications owner Robert Allbritton, would make an interesting suitor if for no other reason than it was co-founded by Washington Post defectors John Harris and Jim VandeHei. Newsmax, which one source tells me will “very possibly” make a move for Newsweek, would be an interesting buyer because the Republican news monthly effectively could  snuff out a liberal-leaning rival. I’m sure Dennis Publishing owner Felix Dennis is still flush with cash after the sale of Maxim. But would the outspoken entrepreneur actually get involved?No doubt, it will be difficult for any potential player to justify buying Newsweek. The lag time between closing a deal and somehow making it profitable again would be long and weighed down with additional losses. A strategic buyer with deep pockets would make the most sense—a company that thinks buying Newsweek would add to the value/profitability of its own core business. That’s essentially what happened with Bloomberg and BusinessWeek. Not surprisingly, though, Bloomberg already has said it is not exploring a bid for Newsweek. Would others like Time magazine parent Time Warner or The Economist Group be willing to take the risk? I’m not so sure. After years of hefty losses, the Washington Post Company Wednesday said it had hired media and entertainment investment bankers Allen & Company to explore a sale of ailing Newsweek magazine.What does the market look like for a sale of Newsweek, a magazine that has been losing millions of dollars year-after-year? In 2009, Washington Post Co.’s magazine division, (which also included Budget Travel, until it sold in December) reported an operating loss of $29.3 million. “The losses at Newsweek in 2007 to 2009 are a matter of record,” Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham said. “Despite heroic efforts on the part of Newsweek’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010.”Just last year, with the economic recession still rolling, several interested parties—including Joe Mansueto, ZelnickMedia and Platinum Equity— stepped forward when McGraw-Hill put BusinessWeek, a magazine that reportedly lost more than $40 million the year before, on the block. It eventually was acquired by Bloomberg LLC for only $5.9 million, after tax.last_img read more

John Legend Bruno Mars GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations

first_imgThe Recording Academy earned five nominations this year for our musical TV centerpieces. The 60th GRAMMY Awards telecast live from New York earned nods for Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special.Meanwhile, the Academy’s TV tribute to the indelible music of an icon, “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute,” earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the special’s music director Davey Johnstone.Bruno Mars also earned a nod for Outstanding Music Direction for his Bruno “Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” while Super Bowl music director Adam Wayne Blackstone earned recognition in the same category for this year’s halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake. For his role in the breakout hit live TV musical “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” John Legend received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie. Already a GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner, if Legend wins his Emmy this year, he would join the elite EGOT-winning crew alongside entertainers such as Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg. See The Music That Earned 2018 Emmy Nods john-legend-bruno-mars-grammy-shows-earn-2018-emmy-nominations News Celebrating the best in TV, the annual Emmy Awards have announced this year’s round of awards candidates Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 1:42 pm Emmy nominations for 2018 — the 70th year of celebrating the best in TV over the course of the previous year — are out and here’s how the music world stacked up. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” also earned several additional nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Outstanding Variety Special (Live).Other familiar musical faces made the Emmy nominations list for their acting work. Donald Glover — aka Childish Gambino — earned several nods for his work on the hit comedy series “Atlanta,” including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. One-time “Glee” actor/singer Darren Criss is up for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie for his role as Andrew Cunanan in “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”In the musical categories, a number of composers earned nominations for their music works. This includes the GRAMMY-winning composers behind the score to La La Land Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who earned a Emmy nod for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics  “In The Market For A Miracle” from “A Christmas Story Live!” Steve Martin earned a nomination in the same category for “The Buddy Song” from “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter center_img NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Facebook John Legend, Bruno Mars, GRAMMY Shows Earn 2018 Emmy Nominations Email last_img read more

Landlady hacked dead in Nakhalpara

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a landlady from her residence at West Nakhalpara area in the city on Thursday afternoon.The deceased was Amena Begum, 65, owner of the house, Rasul Villa, in the area.Seeking anonymity, a tenant of Rasul Villa said Amena Begum would reside on the first floor of and went to the ground floor as a young man came to visit the vacant flat for rent around 2:00pm.Hearing Amena Bugum’s screams, neighbours rushed to the ground floor and found the body on the floor, presumably dead.On information, police recovered the body around 2:30pm, said Md Sentu Mia, inspector of Tejgaon Police Station.The body that bore signs of stab injuries was sent to the Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital morgue, Sentu Mia added.last_img