Sleeping Giant

first_imgThe University of Pittsburgh men’s’ basketball squad continues to surprise, even amaze some of the preseason skeptics including, yours truly. Before it is all over, I may have to buy some Dr. Scholl’s foot powder and mix it with a little Pepsi to make a special mouthwash to get the toe jam taste from my mouth. In regard to my preseason prognostications concerning Pitt, I was dead wrong. With all of the new blood this year I thought, (like a lot of other “band waggoners”) that the “newbies” stepping on the court to compete for the Panthers in 2010 would just be plasma in the water for the flesh eating Big East Conference. But hold up, instead of playing the role of the victim being bitten in the neck at the stroke of midnight by the vampires, the Panthers seem to be the ones jumping out of the coffins at the crack of dusk, seeking new and unsuspecting victims to satisfy their insatiable taste for victory. All of the big boys in the Big East, Syracuse, “G-Town,” UConn and “Nova” the ones that thought they had graduated from knickerbockers to trousers are finding out the hard way that when they enter the “Pete” to compete against the Panthers, maybe the equipment fellows should stash a few Pampers for the young bucks and a couple of Depends for a few of the coaches…just in case.Pitt won its seventh straight home game against a team ranked in the top five, defeating Villanova 70-65 despite shooting an atrocious 20-57 (.351) from the field as well as 4-12 (.333) from outside the arc. But there is a glaring flaw that the 2010 Pittsburgh squad displays. No team can play up or down according to what they perceive the level of talent that any given opponent on any given day may possess.They cannot be more or less focused depending on who they are playing.Now let’s get to the ratings system. It is difficult for me to understand how these experts come up with their rankings. Where do these “geniuses” get this stuff from? Pitt is tied for third in the Big East with West Virginia with a 10-4 Big East Conference record. As of the writing of this column, Pitt had an overall record of 21-6, while WVU had a record of 21-5, yet WVU was ranked #8 in the country while the Panthers were pegged at #21. Da math seems a bit shady to me or could it be that their calculators might be in need new batteries? But the ranking could turn out to be a positive because the lower the ranking, the lower the pressure meter. The only negative about that scenario is Pitt might be a 4th or 5th seed for the first round of the NCAA tournament which might not bode well for such a young group of players.Melanin on IceBlack mystery month is almost over with but the whining and crying about the lack of representation of Black athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics is becoming, nauseating and sickening. First and foremost whatever sport that any athlete decides to compete in must always originate from the desire of the heart, not to fulfill some perverted quota or to satisfy the right wing radicalism of some misguided group. On the last go round of his victory American speed skater Shani Davis sped across the finish line to victory winning an Olympic Gold medal in the 1,000-meter speed skating event. Davis is the first skater to win this event twice at the Winter Games. Not the first African-American skater but the first skater, period. “That race depleted me 100 percent,” he said. “I never want to leave anything on the track.” Well if he left anything I’m sure the amount was miniscule at best. “Those last 200, 300 meters were very difficult. I was just trying to carry my speed. I could feel it leaving me. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, just as long as you get across the line as quick as you could.”What mattered was that Shani Davis pursued excellence not because of his skin color but because of the fire and desire in his heart. Davis had this to say. “When you’re a world champion or an Olympic champion, you get this little thing on your back called a target,” Davis said. “To go out there and win the 1,000 meters twice is truly amazing.”Why don’t more Russians, Czechs and Germans win the 100 meters, fastest man in the world championships at the summer games more often? Why aren’t more White athletes flying through the air dunking basketballs in the NBA? Why aren’t more European-American athletes catching lofty passes and running “hula option left” sweeps from the backfields of the NFL doing “stinky butt” dances after scoring touchdowns?We must strive for excellence as human beings in whatever vocations that we choose because as long as we continue to be part of the teams that vocalize and dwell on color then the rest of the world will never silence their vocal chords and will never cease singing songs with melodies of color.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] Bruce can also be heard exclusively on PressPass airing on www.blogtalkradio. Thursdays 6-7PM. Join him and sports columnist John Harris by calling: 347.826.9355.)last_img read more

Fortuna dethrones Montgomery

first_imgDonald Willis had 17 points, Drew Gillette poured in 17 more and the Fortuna Huskies downed the two-time defending Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament champion Montgomery Vikings 69-49 in the first round of the 51st AIBT, Thursday evening at Arcata High.“We’re just playing so incredibly smart right now,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Our guys just know what to do and when to do it, we pass up decent shots for good shots and good ones for great ones.”With the win the Huskies (6-0) …last_img read more

Williams F1 races to help Angola

first_imgThe newly launched Williams F1 Foundationis soon to begin vital work in Angola.(Image: Williams F1) MEDIA CONTACTS • Liam CloggerWilliams F1 Head of Communications+44 1235 777706 or +44 7977 275756RELATED ARTICLES• Gauteng teams up with Renault• World’s longest solar race in SA• Transforming lives through sport• SA, Angola strengthen ties• Economic boomtime in AngolaJanine ErasmusBritish Formula One (F1) team Williams launched its first non-profit foundation in August 2009 with a view to making a broader contribution to society, and has chosen Angola as its first beneficiary.Williams is to partner with local management and operations company Ridge Solutions, a diversified concern that works mainly to develop the real estate sector, but is also involved in natural resources, agriculture and industrial projects.Established in 2004, Luanda-based Ridge Solutions has an active social responsibility programme with a strong sport component. The company is one of the sponsors of the Williams F1 team.Williams F1 CEO Adam Parr expressed his delight at the opportunity to work in the Southern African nation: “Angola is a wonderful country which has a strong programme of social and economic development following many difficult years,” he said on the team’s website.The Williams Foundation has identified three areas which it feels need immediate attention. These are education, energy efficiency and road safety. Because they are aligned with the company’s core business of racing and engineering, Williams is confident that it can make a meaningful impact.“Road safety and education are important challenges for the people of Angola,” said Parr, “and we are pleased to be able to provide assistance in these areas. Motorsports offer opportunities for the country to develop both on the sporting front and economically, and Williams is proud to be a part of the endeavour.”The foundation’s work in Angola is expected to set the pattern for future projects in other countries.Support for sportIn addition, Williams F1 is throwing its weight behind Angola’s African Cup of Nations (Cocan2010) campaign. Angola is hosting the 27th edition of the tournament between 10 and 31 January 2010, and will welcome 16 football teams from across the continent to battle it out in the host cities of Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango.Already the Cocan2010 logo can be seen on the rear left wing of the Williams-Toyota racing cars. The tournament branding will remain on the cars until the end of the 2009 season on 1 November.“This is an important event for Africa and Angola,” said Parr, “and Williams is proud to be able to support and promote Angola’s Cocan2010 football tournament by running the campaign’s branding on the team’s race cars for the rest of the season.”The foundation will work hand in hand with the Angolan ministry of youth and sport as well as the Cocan2010 organising committee and the Angolan charity Fundo Lwini, whose logo is also currently displayed on the Williams-Toyota F1 car.The Lwini fund strives to alleviate the devastating effects of the millions of landmines scattered around the country, a legacy of the 27-year-long civil war which ended in 2002.Lwini provides medical care, rehabilitation and training to victims of landmine accidents, helping them regain a meaningful place in society.It also assists those who are injured or disabled in accidents on the country’s roads, which according to the US Department of State can be treacherous, especially during the rainy season.While roads in major towns are drivable, those in more remote areas can be completely impassable at times. Also, the threat of landmines is ever-present.The US Department of State describes Angola as the third most heavily mined country in the world. Estimates of the number of mines buried beneath its earth range between 9- and 15-million.The Williams Foundation hopes to provide long-term assistance to Angola’s post-war restoration programme by partnering with other corporations as well as NGOs and government agencies from all over the world.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Sell Like a Human

first_imgWe don’t like people who are inauthentic. We don’t like phonies, frauds, or fakes. We like people who are real, honest, and congruent.We also don’t like to do business with people who are only telling us what we want to hear so they can make a sale. We don’t appreciate someone using what they know about us to manipulate us, persuade us, or coerce us into taking action—especially for their gain.Do You Know MeIntimacy is difficult to automate. The fact that computers now know more about you than your doctor, your lawyer, your priest or rabbi does not mean that you have any level of intimacy with the company who owns the data. You may love Facebook, but it doesn’t love you back. Intimacy is something uniquely human, or at least limited to sentient beings, and something that isn’t easily replicated.The recommendation engine on an online bookstore isn’t the same as Brian calling to tell me he found a signed, first edition of Richard Nixon’s autobiography.Do You CareThe pre-written email that is sent after a computer determines that there is something of note in your communication that calls for an empathetic response is not the same as a phone call from a human being that personally reaches out to you.Empathy isn’t something that can be outsourced to microchips.Prospecting CampaignsThere are some communications that are so transactional that they can be automated, like communications that give you information without requiring any real conversation. Sales campaigns, especially campaigns designed to acquire a commitment for time, require a real conversation. That conversation is the only way one party can address the other party’s concerns. Automation isn’t conversation.Because something is possible doesn’t make it the right choice. More still, like or not, you are telling your prospective client how you feel about them when you automate what should be human. You are projecting that you believe they are a transaction, and not a human.As long as you are selling to humans, sell like a human. 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

Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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 shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

2014 NYC Memo – 21.08.2014

first_imgPlease find enclosed some information in relation to the Touch Football Australia 2014 National Youth Championships. Please click on the attachment to download. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Filesnyc_memo_-_21-8-2014-pdfRelated Links2014 NYC Memolast_img read more

Urban Meyer Calls NCAA’s New Texting Rule “The Most Ignorant Thing (He’s) Ever Heard”

first_imgUrban Meyer during an interview.Urban Meyer Play-CallingDuring a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don’t believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn’t mince words when discussing the new rule.Urban Meyer is much more upset about the texting rule change. “The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in my life.”— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) April 11, 2016Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn’t like the then-proposed rule (via Cleveland.com):“I hear the stuff about texting,” he said. “I want to make this clear why — and this is a high school coach’s and high school player perspective — not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That’s not what this is about. It’s about them, and not screwing up a high school kid’s senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can’t stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.“If I don’t want to hear from that school they’ll keep hitting me because that’s their job, and usually it’s not them, it’s maybe an intern doing it. So here’s a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it’s social media, you can determine who you want to hear from.”There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.last_img read more

Greenpeace members arrested for climbing Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Several Greenpeace members climbed the outside of the Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal on Thursday to protest the federal government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project.The five climbers, who were equipped with cables and harnesses, ascended partway up the 165-metre-tall structure, which is built at a 45-degree angle.They then unfurled a banner as a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the sign reading, Stop Pipelines, Don’t Dirty Our Money.They later descended without incident and were arrested by Montreal police.Greenpeace spokeswoman Loujain Kurdi said the climbers wanted to send a message to Trudeau that “climate leaders do not build pipelines.”In a phone interview, she said Ottawa’s decision to spend $4.5 billion to take over the Trans Mountain project goes against its international commitments to reduce emissions.“Instead of spending $4.5 billion of taxpayer money on one pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could help us build three million electric rechargeable stations,” she said.“For even less than that, for only $3.2 billion, he could fulfil the promise he made last December and ensure that every Indigenous community across Canada has access to drinking water.”She added Trudeau still has time to back out of the deal, since the government and the company have given themselves until this coming Sunday to seek a third-party buyer for the pipeline.Police cordoned off the area below the tower, and tourists and employees were barred from the stadium until around 11:30 a.m.Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils said officers arrested four women and three men between the ages of 26 and 40.Two women were arrested on the ground at around 9:30 a.m., whereas the five climbers were stopped after descending from the structure at around 11 a.m.All seven will be charged with conspiracy and mischief over $5,000 and will be released on a promise to appear, Chevrefils said.The organization carried out a similar action earlier in July when several climbers dangled under Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge for 36 hours to create what the organization called an “aerial blockade,” according to a Greenpeace news release.last_img read more