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

A’s Billy Beane keeps Kyler Murray on roster… in fantasy football

first_imgBeane and the A’s selected Murray … SAN DIEGO — Billy Beane was always going to find a way to put Kyler Murray on his team.Even when Murray opted to play for the Arizona Cardinals instead of Beane’s A’s, Oakland’s vice president of baseball operations wouldn’t be denied.Beane might not have Murray in his farm system, but he does start him on his fantasy football team.“He’s just an amazing athlete,” Beane said at the Winter Meetings on Monday. “Too good of an athlete, unfortunately.”last_img

Delta says operations are stabilising

first_imgDelta Air Lines says its operations are stabilising after storms swept through its main hub in Atlanta, prompting a massive disruption that saw more than 3200 flights cancelled.The carrier’s customers were still facing delays on Sunday and at least 150 flights were cancelled as the airline struggled to find flight crews who could operate within federally-mandated duty guidelines.The severe weather hit Delta’s hub, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, on Wednesday.The weather was so bad that the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a five-hour “ground stop” for flights at the airport, through which about 60 per cent of the airline’s aircraft pass.Storms at other Delta hubs on Thursday exacerbated the situation as did the timing in the busy US spring break.The airline struggled to recover as it suffered its worst bout of cancellations since computer problems with reservations and operations computers crippled it in August, 2016.“We know this is extremely frustrating for our customers and we apologize for that,’’ the airline said Sunday. “Delta teams continue to work around the clock to fully reset our operation and keep customers informed.The airline offered fare waivers over the weekend offering a refund for the unused portion of a ticket if a flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 90 minutes. Customers whose flights were not cancelled could make a one-off change to their ticket without incurring the usual fees.However, that was little solace for the thousands of Delta passengers stuck in long queues, attempting to locate their baggage, or spending long periods on the phone.Delta has acknowledged that its recovery effort —  hampered by the positioning of aircraft, crew roster limitations and insufficient customer service staff —  could have been better.Delta chief operating officer Gil West said last week: “We are grateful for your patience and want you to know that we, as always, learn from these experiences.“While we can’t control the weather, we understand the resulting recovery has not been ideal and we apologize for that.”last_img read more

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