Boeing buying stake in Embraer operations for 42B

first_imgCHICAGO — Boeing is buying a majority stake in Embraer’s commercial aircraft and services operations for $4.2 billion.The joint venture, announced Monday, gives Boeing 80 per cent ownership of those operations, with Embraer owning the remaining stake.Boeing will have operational and management control of the company. Embraer will keep consent rights for some decisions, such as the transfer of operations from Brazil.The deal still needs approval from the Brazilian government, as well as shareholders and regulators.The companies also agreed to another joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. Embraer will own a 51 per cent stake in the joint venture, with Boeing owning the remaining 49 per cent. The transaction is targeted to close by the end of next year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

France: Interior Minister Sues People Who Lodged Complaints Against Moroccan Officials

first_imgRabat – Morocco’s interior minister, acting on behalf of the Moroccan state, tasked lawyers to bring legal proceedings against people who filed complaints accusing Moroccan top officials of torture allegations though aware that they were false. In a complaint lodged, this Tuesday, with the Republic’s prosecutor to the Paris high court, the interior minister condemned the gross manipulation by some individuals who were sentenced for fraud and international drug trafficking by Moroccan competent jurisdictions, said a statement by the Interior Ministry.The minister also condemns the complicity of a French association known to be “blatantly biased and active against” Morocco’s territorial integrity. The complaint lodged by the interior minister deplores the instrumentalization of the French legal procedure by people responsible for false accusations of torture and exposes the real motives behind this manipulation, namely the destabilization of security bodies under the Interior Ministry mainly the DGST, an institution renown and respected for its achievements in counterterrorism and organized crime fight, in the respect of the rule of law, the statement said.The minister recalls that the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which Morocco signed and ratified as did France, set the adequate framework to judge any torture allegation.These legal proceedings are an addition to contacts and exchanges under way between government officials of both countries to shed light on the circumstances of the grave and unprecedented incidents that took place recently and identify concrete measures to avoid such occurrences in the future, it added.The group of lawyers in charge of the interior minister’s complaint is composed of Ralph Boussier, Yves Repiquet, Abdelkebir Tabih and Omar Taieb.last_img read more

Edmunds: What a truck’s off-road package really gets you

Pickup trucks are hugely popular, and so is the rugged outdoorsy, off-roading image that comes with them. You’ll commonly see trucks with huge stickers portraying alphanumeric monikers followed by the words “Off-Road Package.”But there’s less awareness among consumers about what these stickers actually mean when it comes to hardware and features. For instance, how exactly do TRD, FX4 and Z71 packages differ? And are off-road packages worth the money?We’ve selected three popular pickup trucks as examples to help you understand what you need to know if you’re shopping for a pickup with an off-road package. These are midsize trucks, but full-size pickups also offer off-road packages that are similar to the ones detailed here.2019 CHEVROLET COLORADO’S Z71Chevrolet’s Z71 package is the second-to-the-top trim level available for the Colorado. It includes upgraded hardware to help it better cope with rough roads, including a suspension revised with stouter springs and dampers, all-terrain tires, an automatically locking rear differential, and a skid plate that softens the blow of errant impacts to the underside of the truck’s transfer case.The premium for the Z71 varies depending on configuration. In our example, a four-wheel-drive Z71 crew cab with the short bed and V6 engine costs $2,700 more than a comparable truck in the LT trim. For this price increase, Chevy does throw in some creature comforts that don’t necessarily have anything to do with off-road driving, such as a damped tailgate, automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging and a heated steering wheel.Unlike the off-road packages found in the other trucks here, the Z71 package does not include two potentially useful off-road enhancements: a selectable traction control interface or a driver-controlled differential lock.2019 FORD RANGER’S FX4Ford’s approach to the Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road package is more straightforward. Rather than a trim level, this $1,295 stand-alone option is available even on the base trim level Ranger. The contents of the FX4 package are focused exclusively on bolstering off-road capability.This package includes revised springs and dampers, rugged all-terrain tires, three skid plates, exposed front tow hooks, an electronically locking rear differential as well as the Terrain Management System. It is an interface that allows the driver to select among four different types of terrain modes. Each mode has preset mappings of throttle sensitivity, transmission shift strategy and traction control calibration.The FX4 package also adds Trail Control, a low-speed cruise control system that manipulates the throttle and brakes to maintain a driver-selectable speed of up to 20 mph regardless of how rough the trail gets.2019 TOYOTA TACOMA’S TRDWith the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, Toyota splits the difference between the approaches taken by Chevrolet and Ford. The TRD Off-Road is a trim level of the Tacoma pickup that sits near the middle of the range and includes several pieces of hardware and software, plus an array of features unrelated to improving its trail-worthiness.As with the Colorado Z71, the TRD Off-Road’s price varies depending on configuration. A four-wheel-drive TRD Off-Road crew cab with the short bed and V6 engine costs $1,775 more than a comparable Tacoma SR5 truck, for example. Upgrades include beefed-up springs and dampers, all-terrain tires, an electronically locking rear differential, and a few cosmetic items such as black plastic fender arch overlays.The TRD Off-Road also includes Multi-Terrain Select, a driver-selectable terrain response interface with five discrete terrain settings. Like Ford’s system, this one allows for varying degrees of tire slip to maximize low-speed traction on different surfaces. Crawl Control is Toyota’s version of off-road cruise control and provides for five preset speeds.EDMUNDS SAYS: Aside from the price of entry, off-road packages generally do not introduce much compromise. Their more rugged tires are still civilized in terms of noise, and their suspension tuning takes care to maintain an agreeable ride on pavement. If you have any plans to venture away from the tarmac in your next pickup truck, an off-road package is a smart, guilt-free choice.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Jason Kavanagh is a senior vehicle test engineer at Edmunds.Related links:— 2019 Edmunds Truck Comparison Video:— 2019 Chevrolet Colorado review:— 2019 Ford Ranger review:— 2019 Toyota Tacoma review: Kavanagh, The Associated Press read more

New mechanism to face impact on economy from climate change

Describing the nature of the water-related risks from the impact of climatic change, the Premier said that domestic agriculture had to face unfavorable situations. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, vegetable production in the highland had decreased by the 36% while production of the lower country came down by 30 per cent, Wickremesinghe said. He said that as a result of the bad weather, domestic agricultural production deceased, particularly coconut, vegetables, and rice. The Government is taking steps to create a mechanism to overcome the impacts on the national economy from climate change, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe disclosed today.Making a special statement in the Parliament the Prime Minister said that the Government will discuss these matters with representatives of aid agencies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), and Asian Development Bank (ADB). read more

Harper government could be tripped up during marathon voting on budget bill

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2012 6:11 pm MDT Harper government could be tripped up during marathon voting on budget bill OTTAWA – Opposition parties are planning to force several days of non-stop House of Commons votes on amendments to the Harper government’s massive budget implementation bill.And New Democrats are warning the majority government could be defeated if Conservative MPs fall asleep at the switch at any point during the marathon session.The government has put itself in peril by cramming controversial changes to some 70 different laws into the 400-plus-page budget bill, NDP House leader Nathan Cullen warned Tuesday.“If the votes go on for hours and hours, perhaps days, the government has to get every single vote right,” Cullen said.“It can’t screw one up. They can’t have members falling asleep, going home and not coming back for votes, missing votes. Because if they miss any of those votes, they put their own government in jeopardy.”Most of the non-budgetary measures in the bill — including overhauls to employment insurance, old age security, immigration, fisheries and environmental assessment laws — would not normally be considered matters of confidence.But because they’ve been included as part of the budget bill, Cullen said the government’s fate is now automatically on the line if any of the measures are not passed. He said the government should have listened to opposition parties, which have demanded that the bill be split up into more manageable chunks.“By making it all into a budget implementation act, the government has put themselves at risk and painted themselves into a corner,” he said.“The government has dug themselves a hole. We asked them to stop digging, they went a got a bigger shovel.”The bill is currently being examined by the Commons finance committee, where New Democrat members are proposing amendments to eliminate or soften what they consider the most egregious elements. But Cullen said the government doesn’t seem to want to change “a single period or a comma.”The bill is expected to return to the Commons next week, at which point Green party Leader Elizabeth May has vowed to move some 200 amendments. She has more latitude than other opposition parties to move substantive amendments at that stage because, as the lone Green MP, she is not a member of the finance committee.The Liberals have promised to back May’s amendments and move a host of their own, although they’ll be limited primarily to amendments proposing to delete clauses from the bill. An insider said Liberals could move as many as 500 deletion amendments.Cullen said the NDP also plans to move some 200 deletion amendments that will be complementary to May’s.It would take roughly 100 non-stop hours to get through recorded votes on 400 amendments. However, the Speaker may yet rule some amendments out of order or group a number of them together under one vote.Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae conceded the government will eventually use its majority to pass the bill but he said that doesn’t mean opposition parties should “give up the ghost.” He said they “have an obligation to fight this as hard as we can” to demonstrate the depth of public concern about the bill.That said, Rae scoffed at the NDP’s suggestion the government could be defeated.“What I saw of Mr. Cullen he was promising today that he was going to be bringing down the government. I think he just makes himself look ridiculous when he says things like that.”Cullen likewise conceded the government will eventually “ram” the bill through. But he said opposition efforts to hold it up as long as possible are nevertheless vital because of what’s at stake.“Under the Harper Conservatives, accountability is under attack, the very institution of Parliament is under attack. This is an abuse of power and it’s reckless.”The NDP conducted cross-country hearings of its own on the bill. Cullen said the party heard from thousands of Canadians who are concerned about the various measures in the bill and, more generally, about the government’s determination to sneak such fundamental changes through, with little scrutiny, under the guise of budget implementation.“Canadians said, ‘This is wrong. Is there any way that you can stop this?’”Government House leader Peter Van Loan countered that the bill is aimed at creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity and maintained its swift passage is necessary given the fragility of the global economic recovery.“It’s time for the NDP to put Canada’s economy first, instead of filibusters and other partisan procedural games,” Van Loan said in an email statement from his office.A spokesperson for Van Loan argued that the bill has already received the longest debate and committee examination of any budget bill in two decades. read more

Interest rate shouldnt be seen as main tool for financial stabilitycentral bank

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2016 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Interest rate shouldn’t be seen as main tool for financial stability:central bank The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. The Bank of Canada says its trend-setting interest rate should not be considered the primary tool responsible for shoring up the country’s financial system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate needs help in shoring up the financial system from growing risks like rising consumer indebtedness, deputy governor Timothy Lane said in a speech Monday.Increased government spending, also known as fiscal stimulus, and regulatory changes to curb the accumulation of household debt are other tools that can be used alongside monetary policy, Lane said.“One thing is clear: monetary policy alone cannot be responsible for maintaining financial stability,” he said in a speech at the HEC Montreal business school.Lane said the central bank has identified the combination of climbing household debt and elevated house prices as the financial system’s most concerning vulnerability.This weak spot has been exacerbated by the use of monetary policy, which has led to an extended era of low interest rates. The bank has repeatedly warned that indebtedness, and its associated risks, have continued to inch higher.This creates a scenario where government spending can be used to stimulate the economy, particularly at a time of cheap borrowing rates, Lane said.He warned, however, that at a certain point expanding public debt can have its own negative effects on the economy and the financial system.“But these costs need to be set against concerns that prolonged monetary policy stimulus may result in an excessive buildup of private sector vulnerabilities,” he said.“These issues are relevant to the renewed discussion of fiscal policy that is now taking place in Canada.”Lane’s remarks reinforced recent arguments made by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.Last month, Poloz held off on lowering the central bank’s trend-setting interest rate as a way to help the struggling economy. Poloz said the decision was made after the bank factored in the Liberal government’s pledge to pump tens of billions of dollars into infrastructure projects over the coming years.The government is expected to unveil its infrastructure spending plans in the spring federal budget, which could be released as early as next month.Poloz has said any fiscal measures would likely help the Canadian economy, which has suffered from falling commodity prices.On Monday, Lane also highlighted other measures that can help shield the financial system, such as the tightened mortgage financing rules introduced in recent years. These “macro-prudential” measures brought changes, such as raising minimum down payments.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

Opinion Where will former Buckeyes go in the 2014 NFL Draft

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) attempts to avoid a defender during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIf you’re a fan of the NFL, even in the slightest, there’s a good chance that the past two weeks have felt like two years. Imagine, just for a second, what these two weeks have felt like for the players who’ve put in years of work all leading up to the coming days.With the NFL Draft set to take place two weeks later than it has in the past, just about everyone is going crazy with draft projections, analysis and anticipation.Well, I’m here to offer even more of the aforementioned projections, as we take a look at some former Buckeyes and where they could land during the 2014 NFL Draft.Ryan Shazier, OLBThe first Buckeye off the board will be linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is coming off a first-team Associated Press All-American selection as well as nominations for the Butkus, Bednarik and Lott Awards. Shazier came in the top five of Butkus Award voting.The biggest knock on Shazier is his size, coming in at only 6 feet 1 inch and 237 pounds at the NFL Combine, but the prospect has done all that he can to shed the “small” label, as he’s put on significant weight heading into the draft.Ultimately, Shazier’s size is what will keep him from being a top 15 selection, but his tremendous vision and athleticism will land him somewhere in the first round.Best case: No. 21 to the Green Bay PackersWorst case: No. 31 to the Denver BroncosBradley Roby, CBAt one time, Mr. Roby was considered to be a top-10 lock, as he was the most talented and athletic corner in the entirety of college football.Fast forward a year and all of a sudden, there’s no telling where he may go.Since the time of the top-10 projections, Roby has alarmed NFL teams with numerous red flags, the most telling of which may have been his 2013 season. Roby was not at his best for the Buckeyes in 2013 and as a result, saw his draft stock take a significant hit. Couple a less-than-stellar final collegiate campaign with an arrest and a recent citation and Roby’s projections have been wildly altered.The bottom line is Roby is still the speedy, athletic and talented corner that he once was, but he may be too much of a risk to take in the first round. That being said, all it takes is one team to look past the red flags and fall in love with the raw talent.It may be hard to believe, but Roby is going to ride his talent past all of his recent flaws and end up in the late first to mid-second round.Best Case: No. 24 to the Cincinnati BengalsWorst Case: No. 42 to the Tennessee TitansCarlos Hyde, RBWidely regarded as the top running back in the 2014 class, Hyde should be a first-round selection. However, something interesting has happened over the past couple of seasons that could prevent that from happening.The running back position, for one reason or another, has been tremendously devalued since the Cleveland Browns took Trent Richardson with the third overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Teams feel that they can find top quality backs in the later rounds of the draft and, in this pass-happy league, it’s hard to argue.Three years ago, Hyde, the athletic, tough, strong, durable running back might have been a top 15 pick. Now, however, unfortunately for him, he’d be incredibly lucky to go in the first round.With the value of running backs reeling, Hyde could very well see a free fall, but it will be for no other reason than the position he plays.Best Case: No. 26 to the Cleveland BrownsWorst Case: No. 65 to the Houston TexansJack Mewhort, OLMewhort has drawn the praises of just about everyone he’s been around. He was a team leader a year ago, a guy who Ohio State coach Urban Meyer fell in love with early on and a big part of the successes of the Buckeyes’ offense last season.While Mewhort anchored the OSU offensive line at the left tackle position, his size and skill set don’t quite translate to that of an NFL left tackle.A position change is surely at play for the former Buckeye, who will likely find himself a center or a guard before he finds himself a tackle, but his character, work ethic and talent will make him an easy selection near the middle of this draft.Mewhort is going to find a way to make an impact, no matter where he may end up.Best Case: No. 81 to the Miami DolphinsWorst Case: No. 144 to the Jacksonville JaguarsChristian Bryant, DBChristian Bryant is yet another interesting case in terms of NFL Draft stock.A leader and a captain for the Buckeyes in 2013, Bryant sustained a broken ankle during OSU’s battle with Wisconsin that ultimately cost him the rest of the season and his career.Could that injury derail the chances of Bryant being drafted? Sure.Will his smaller stature also cost him an opportunity to be drafted? Absolutely.Will he be drafted? Yes.Bryant is one of those guys who plays much larger than he stands and that quality, along with his high character and his great work ethic, will lure a team into drafting him.Best Case: 6th RoundWorst Case: UndraftedCorey Linsley, CMuch like Mewhort, Linsley was a key part of the dominance of the OSU running attack in 2013. Again, like Mewhort, his size just doesn’t translate that well to the NFL game.Linsley is strong, which will intrigue many NFL scouts, but he’s just not skilled enough to be a legitimate option near the top end of this draft.I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot, and maybe I have, but it’s Linsley’s work ethic and character, as well as his ability as a leader, that will earn him a spot in this draft. That being said, when Mr. Irrelevant is selected, Linsley may find himself left out of the draft altogether.Best Case: 7th RoundWorst Case: UndraftedThe rest of the Buckeyes – including Kenny Guiton, C.J. Barnett, Corey Brown, Andrew Norwell, Drew Basil, Jordan Hall and Marcus Hall – are going to have to make their way onto an NFL team as undrafted free agents. All of them have skill sets that could forge them a spot on a NFL roster, but overall, the draft will not be the place for these guys to make their mark. read more

ATT announces data throttling in advance of iPhone 5 launch

first_imgIt’s no secret that AT&T had one or two problems coping with the strain placed on its cellular network by data-hungry iPhone users. According to a release from the company back in April, data usage in 2010 soared to levels 8,000 times those in 2007. To make matters worse, accusations surfaced that AT&T was contributing to its own problems — and over-billing its customers at the same time as a result of mysterious “late night” data.With the launch of the iPhone 5 rumored to be coming later this year (September?), it looks as though AT&T has a new plan on how to deal with increased load on its network. Like competitors Verizon and Virgin Mobile, AT&T plans to introduce strict throttling rules. They’ll go into effect in October, and will put the clamps on any users who exceed AT&T’s prescribed data threshold.Why October? Some sites around the web are speculating that the final date will line up rather nicely with the launch of Apple’s as-yet-unleaked iPhone 5.So what happens if you cross the bandwidth boundary? You’ll be throttled back for a full billing cycle. AT&T hasn’t released specific numbers just yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Virgin’s lead followed. Beyond 2.5 gigs, you’re knocked down to a maximum speed of 256Kb/s. That’s a fraction of what your 4G device can handle, though it’s still nearly as good as what some of us survive on over a DSL connection every day.But who knows, maybe AT&T wouldn’t even have to implement throttling if it was allowed to go ahead with those T-Mobile merger plans.More at 9 to 5 Maclast_img read more

Analysis Corks diagonal ball weapon more superb defending 11week break hurts Waterford

first_img Monday 19 Jun 2017, 4:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Jun 19th 2017, 4:54 PM In the next shot, Coleman’s on the ball having mopped up the pieces and is preparing to deliver down the left touchline to Patrick Horgan:As play develops, Horgan plays a lovely ball inside to Seamus Harnedy, who forces a brilliant save from O’Keeffe.As well as out-and-out defensive quality from Coleman in this instance, what was really admirable was his use of ball coming out of defence. It was very rare that Cork hit a long, hopeful ball into their forwards.Now and again it happened but it was seldom. They were consistently picking out players.This next example perfectly highlights Cork’s good use of the ball.Initially, it’s Mark Ellis mopping up before playing a ball to Christopher Joyce.Joyce moves out of defence and plays a simple handpass to Darragh Fitzgibbon, in space:Conor Lehane, the eventual point-scorer, is already alive to the possibility and you can see him in the bottom of the next shot, with his hand in the air:Fitzgibbon obliges with a simple pass and Lehane sends the ball over from distance.It’s just really good play from Cork, and pretty uncomplicated with support players offering good options.There was another excellent second half example of Cork inter-play, and working the ball well out of defence.After lost possession late in the 52nd minute, Damien Cahalane was on hand to offer support. Again, simple ball to Fitzgibbon, to Colm Spillane, and down the line to Alan Cadogan.The Cork forward turned his man and sent over a cracking score. Again, Cork defending superbly but also, and critically, using the ball well having worked so hard to win possession in the first place.Cork’s use of diagonal ballI just have to come back to this, because it was such a key trend in the game.Cork do so much damage with these deliveries and what you see is their inside forwards starting from fairly central positions, making those runs towards the sidelines.It’s a tactic that’s very difficult to defend against, it allows Cork to play to their strengths and it gives them a great chance of winning possession.4th minute – A delivery from Ellis is aimed for Patrick Horgan and while Noel Connors gets a good tackle in, the ball breaks to Darragh Fitzgibbon and he scores a point.14th minute – the Cork diagonal ball works again (Seamus Harnedy this time), and leads to a goal chance for Patrick Horgan. Freezing the play in the next shot, you can see the amount of space in front of the Cork forward:If you replay that passage of play, before Horgan shoots wide, there’s a brilliant little flick from the Cork player as he allows the ball to run through him, before turning to advance on goal.Horgan knows that he can beat Connors on the turn so he’s not going to take possession first time and round his man.It’s just another illustration of Cork in full flow, dictating the game and playing it on their terms. Waterford are treading water.42nd minute – another diagonal ball leads to a Patrick Horgan point, after Cork win dirty ball inside their own half.64th minute – A Seamus Harnedy point from play originates from another diagonal ball, this time from a sideline cut.Waterford off-colourWaterford weren’t sharp. There was that early miss from Kevin Moran that I referenced at the start but there were other examples of this.9th minute – Maurice Shanahan shoots a poor wide from play under no real pressure.14th minute – This was a poor one for Waterford.In the three shots collated below, we first of all see Kevin Moran bursting through into plenty of space. He elects to play a handpass aimed at Maurice Shanahan to his left, but it’s overcooked, spooned into the air and Cork mop it up comfortably:On a wider issue, nobody would have been surprised if Waterford used the sweeper system but you can’t get inside the minds of their players.Who’s to say that actually wanted to use it? Maybe they’re trying to get away from that stereotype?You have to remember that Waterford’s last championship game was against Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay, when they didn’t play a sweeper and produced some outstanding stuff.They obviously had their preparation done for this game, and felt that if they executed their gameplan as they wanted to, that it it would have been good enough.Bear in mind that Waterford had 16 wides so it wasn’t as if they weren’t creating chances.It’s not necessarily the case that they were overly-exposed defensively but they did have those wides and the Cork defence ran the show.My argument would be that that’s not as a result of Waterford not playing a sweeper, but that they weren’t clinical enough with the chances that came their way.Playing with or without a sweeper is not the winning and losing of matches primarily, the real key is being able to execute the chances they create, and the couple of examples above clearly indicate how they butchered some good opportunities.If Waterford had to play the game on their terms, that meant closing down Anthony Nash’s puck-outs, and putting huge pressure on Cork’s distribution from deep areas.That would have effectively reduced the need to play a covering defender in the first place.Basically, Cork shouldn’t have been allowed to put the ball into the pockets of space they targeted, while there were also a number of examples of Cork hitting long puck-outs and not winning them.What Waterford wanted to do was force Cork to go long on the puck-outs and when they did, the Déise were able to win them.8th minute – Cork puck-out goes long, there’s a tussle for possession but Waterford win the ruck.12th minute – No short option for Anthony Nash and he goes long. The ball is touched out over the line by Shane Fives, and Cork win the sideline ball.20th minute – Lengthy Nash free cleared by Waterford.From a Waterford perspective, however, forcing Cork to go long didn’t happen often enough.That changes the whole dynamic of a game, not just on puck-outs and generally long deliveries, but in general play.You only have to look at the examples above of Cork being able to pick out their men and create space pretty much as they pleased.ConclusionI wasn’t really sure whether Cork’s performance against Tipp was hugely impressive and facilitated by Tipp’s lethargy but this latest display blew that theory out of the water.Cork completely outplayed Waterford, with almost a carbon copy of the style with which they dismissed Tipp.Waterford don’t have the same calibre of forward that Tipp possess, arguably, but even so, Cork looked even more impressive yesterday.They had a maturity and composure about them, played with a lot of intelligence and knew exactly what they were doing.They were extremely disciplined and overall, they’re in a great place with serious momentum built up.They have quality, they have pace and they’re playing with a style that suits them.The big question for Waterford is why they allowed Cork to dictate the terms of engagement in that manner? I can only conclude that Waterford simply weren’t capable of closing Cork down.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! GAA President unfazed by missed Páirc Uí Chaoimh deadline, Special Congress to discuss hurling plans‘Austin will bounce back. He’s 21, he’ll have more good days in the Waterford jersey’ Analysis: Cork’s diagonal ball weapon, more superb defending, 11-week break hurts Waterford I wondered if Cork’s performance against Tipp was a one-off but they improved even more to see off Waterford. 17,306 Views center_img Share45 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Tommy Dunne Follow us: CORK HIT THE ground running and Waterford looked off the pace right from the very start of yesterday’s Munster semi-final.You’d have to suspect that the eleven-week break for Waterford was a factor in this.Cork got into their rhythm quickly and didn’t really relent all the way through.Waterford, in a sense, put all of their eggs into the championship basket from early in the year, because they didn’t really go after the League.Unfortunately for them, that strategy didn’t really pay off and I felt they were in trouble from the off.Early indicatorThe second minute of the game provided a very clear and early indicator of Waterford’s issues, but also a real clue as to how Cork wanted to play the game.Kevin Moran, from inside his own half, hits a very poor wide under no pressure at all and the resultant puck-out is taken quickly by Anthony Nash.He picks out Luke Meade, uncontested, who finds himself in space:The diagonal ball inside is aimed for Alan Cadogan but freezing the frame here, look at how badly Waterford (blue circles) are set up from a defensive viewpoint:What puzzles me is that Waterford would have taken note of how Cork played against Tipperary, particularly the quality of Nash’s distribution and and how Cork made hay with diagonal balls of this nature.Waterford aren’t engaged early enough – is the 11-week lay-off a factor here?From what I saw, and this is a very clear example, they didn’t have the answers to Cork and that’s a tough pill to swallow, when they would have known how the Rebels wanted to play.Cadogan initially spills the delivery from Meade but Horgan has also drifted out to the side to mop up the second ball, and he scores Cork’s opening point.Good Cork defenceI referenced this after the Tipperary game and it’s worth pointing out again.The way Cork had been playing until this year, defensively, had been all over the place, quite frankly.It was a huge Achilles heel for them but they were excellent against Tipp and upped the ante again yesterday.Here are a few examples to back that up.First of all, we have a puck-out from Stephen O’Keeffe, a long one down into the heart of the Cork defence.As the ball breaks, look at the amount of bodies around Shane Bennett, the Waterford player in possession:As play develops, Bennett is turned over but re-gathers possession.He’s forced outside to Maurice Shanahan but again, the Cork cavalry arrive to close down the Waterford man:Shanahan’s turned over and the ball is eventually cleared by Conor Lehane, who’s back working deep inside his own half.In that picture above, you have five Cork players in and around Shanahan.This was a feature of Cork’s defence, hunting down Waterford opponents in strong numbers.Of course, they weren’t always able to get as many as five players in the contact zone and this was early in the game but this further illustrates my point that Cork hit the ground running.That’s the beauty of having a championship match under their belts, they were into the flow of the game almost immediately.You can’t underestimate the value of a previous game, particularly in the context of Cork, a fresh team with a number of new players. They’re hungry, young, bursting for road. This is manna from Heaven for them.They had that match against Tipperary four weeks ago and answered loads of questions.They developed a huge amount of confidence from that and carried it into the Waterford match.Having beaten the All-Ireland champions, you can be sure that Waterford held no fear for them, and that was very evident in their play early on.Even in a one-on-one situation, Cork did very well in the next example.Maurice Shanahan does brilliantly to catch a high ball under pressure from Damien Cahalane but the Cork player’s defending is excellent.He forces Shanahan to check back inside, before executing a superb block:The ball spins into the air and Shanahan wins it again but Cahalane’s defending is textbook, sending the forward wide and into a tricky shooting position, from where he sends the ball wide:Here’s an Austin Gleeson wide in the 11th minute. Before this, Kevin Moran had been harried by a posse of Cork defenders but look at the amount of Cork bodies around the ball as Gleeson is hurried into his shot, and it goes wide.In the freeze frame, look at the zone highlighted, with six Cork bodies outnumbering four Waterford, and Gleeson sends his effort wide:There are a couple of things I would say on Gleeson. The first thing is that they used him very sparingly during the League, which I thought was noteworthy at the time.The objective there was to keep him fresh and hungry, but that back-fired because he didn’t look sharp at all.That was a general trend, however, because most of the Waterford players, bar Stephen O’Keeffe and Jamie Barron, wouldn’t have been happy with their overall displays.Austin’s only 21 years of age, we shouldn’t forget that, and in terms of inter-county experience, he’s still coming to terms with that.That’s a huge factor because there have been very few players of the year at that tender age, and so much expectation comes with that tag, and perhaps it’s a heavier burden than it would be for an older player.His role looked to be a very loose role yesterday, very much dictated by himself to a large extent. That can be a good thing sometimes, but if you don’t have a fixed position or defined role in attack, defence or midfield, unless you’re in the game very early, it can be difficult to feature.If he was played at centre forward, similar to Joe Canning in Galway, and left there, he might have profited.But he looked all over the place, even though he scored two superb points from play.The man remains an outstanding player, that’s not going to change. This often happens when you’re coming in on the back of a huge season, people think you can automatically pick up where you left off but sport doesn’t always work like that.But it was good to read Derek McGrath’s comments this morning, when he spoke about how Austin reacted positively to being taken off.Going back to Cork’s defending, this next example shows a grounded Pauric Mahony, having contested a Stephen O’Keeffe puck-out close to the touchline.Christopher Joyce (5) has applied the initial pressure but Luke Meade (10) is arriving to offer support. The ball eventually trickles out over the line and Cork win the line-ball:Another great example of Cork backing each other up occurred in the 34th minute.As the ball is arrowed in by Waterford, I’ve highlighted the covering player, Mark Coleman:last_img read more

Greek language campaign gaining momentum

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The campaign for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum currently under consideration by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is gaining momentum as a plethora of Greek Australian organisations are intensifying their efforts. State and Federal politicians from both major political parties have also added their voices to that of the Greek communities advocating for the cause.The Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) for Oceania and the Far East organised a meeting on March 27 with the Modern Greek Studies Society of Australia and New Zealand. During the meeting it was decided to produce a document that will outline the educational, cultural and social arguments for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum. The Greek academics who took part in the meeting included: Dr Vrasidas Karalis, Dr Antonis Dracopoulos and Dr Panayota Nazou from the University of Sydney, Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos from Μacquarie University, Dr Maria Zarimis from the University of NSW, Dr Maria Herodotou and Dr Despina Michael from La Trobe University, Professor Michael Tsianikas and Dr Maria Palaktsoglou from Flinders University, Dr George Frantzis from Charles Darwin University and Savvas Papasavvas from the University of Notre Dame. The participants decided to circulate the document to all interested parties for consultation in order to form a final submission that will be sent to ACARA as a collective effort of Greek organisations. It should be noted, that the Australian Hellenic Council is already trying to establish a leading role in the Greek campaign. The SAE initiative followed another meeting that took place in Adelaide on March 25 regarding the campaign to include Greek in the national curriculum. The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), Vasilis Elovaris convened the meeting between Co-Ordinator of SAE Oceania George Angelopoulos, Professor Michalis Tsianikas, SA MP Tom Koutsantonis, Federal MP Steve Georganas and Senator Nick Xenophon. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Victorian Opposition Ted Baillieu sent a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Julia Gillard. Arguing for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum Mr Baillieu wrote among other things: “It is not an overstatement to say that there is no other language or culture to which Europe owes a greater debt for the higher education of its people than Greek. “I am convinced that the inclusion of Greek in the the National Curriculum Policy will equally enrich the cultural profile of Australia and will reinforce the foundations of learning for our school-aged children.”Mr Baillieu’s letter is added to a number of representations made to Mrs Gillard by State and Federal politicians for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum. These representations include among others: Victorian Liberal MP Nick Kotsiras, ALP Victorian candidate for Brunswhick Jane Garrett and Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos.last_img read more

Greek students excel in 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A world class archer, a scholarship recipient to Panathinaikos, a jiujitsu champ and a Greek teen parliamentarian are just some of the areas where students of a Greek background have excelled at South Oakleigh Secondary College in 2012. Newly arrived migrants from Greece, Daphne Trepca and her brother Nick have displayed that with some Greek hard work their efforts well and truly have paid off. This year, Daphne was invited to Athens to take part in the Government of Teenagers after she won first prize in an essay competition for the content and analysis of her essay ‘Human Rights in Today’s Society’. The competition, run by the Education Department of Greece, saw her take part in Greek parliament and voice her opinion. Her brother Nick has excelled in the sports arena as a Brazilian jiujitsu champion. He won first place in Australia in the 16-17 year old category in this sport. “You don’t know what you can achieve unless you try,” said the teenager. “No matter what obstacles you face in life no matter what comes your way as long as you put in the hard work and the effort you don’t know what you can achieve unless you go down that path.” Greek teacher Sophie Stamatelatos says the students who have recently arrived from Greece are “very resilient”. “They are trying to fit into a new country and culture and the beauty of our school is we have about 10 teachers of Greek background but even with the teachers of non-Greek background we are trying to make a real awareness for them for the students.” “They are dealing with a lot the Greek students but they are coping so well.” Penny Vissariou is ranked first in Victoria, second in Australia and eighth in the world for archery in her division. The year 10 student decided to take up a less conventional sport. “I went into the traditional sports like cycling and swimming and then I was involved in the scouts and from there I thought why don’t I break out of the traditional moulds and start something new,” she said of her archery career. Oakleigh Cannon’s young gun Zac Prokopiou spent the early part of 2012 in Thessaloniki after scoring a scholarship with champion Greek club Panathinaikos. At the tender age of 13, the young soccer star is showing real potential of being an international superstar. “South Oakleigh Secondary College values the success of students in all areas. Recently, one of our Year 12’s won the highest award, a gold medal for the University of New South Wales English Writing Competition. Her success is just as valued as those succeeding in the Sports and Arts arena,” said Ms Stamatelatos.“Our Greek students have shown that they excel in a variety of areas and we want to support all our students achieve their dreams. A strong emphasis will be placed on encouraging our recent arrivals from Greece.” And it’s not just the students excelling, the School Principal Debbie Locco and Assistant Principal, Helen Koziaris have organized a charity event where food hampers will be delivered to the Greek Church – The Three Hierarchs in Clayton just in time for Christmas.last_img read more

Le mystère des traînardes bleues enfin élucidé

first_imgLe mystère des traînardes bleues enfin élucidéDe nouvelles observations réalisées par des scientifiques américains devraient permettre d’expliquer comment les étoiles inhabituelles que sont les traînardes bleues se forment.Les traînardes bleues (ou “blue stragglers”) sont des étoiles situées dans des amas stellaires et qui brillent de façon anormale en émettant une lumière bleue, différente de celles des autres étoiles. Mais dans un amas d’étoiles, toutes se forment à la même période, rappelle Sciences et Avenir. De ce fait, ces traînardes devraient soit être devenues des géantes rouges, soit s’être éteintes en naines blanches comme leurs consœurs.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes chercheurs américains de la Northwestern University présentent ainsi, dans la revue Nature, de nouvelles observations susceptibles d’expliquer le principe de ces structures qui restent mystérieuses depuis plus de 50 ans. C’est en croisant les informations obtenues par les étoiles bleues de l’amas NGC 188 avec un modèle informatique de simulations que les scientifiques démontrent que les traînardes bleues sont le résultat d’un transfert de masse dans un système stellaire binaire.Dans ce type de systèmes, composés de deux étoiles orbitant l’une autour de l’autre, l’une va commencer à vieillir et augmenter de volume tandis qu’une partie de sa matière va être absorbée par la seconde qui devient ainsi soudainement plus massive qu’elle ne l’était initialement. La seconde étoile se trouve ainsi comme rajeunie et semble alors plus bleue que si elle présentait son âge réel.Le 22 octobre 2011 à 11:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Magnitude 58 earthquake strikes off southern Alaska coast

first_imgHOMER, Alaska — A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Alaska, but no damage has been reported.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit around 1:50 a.m. Monday southwest of the Kenai Peninsula at a depth of 40 miles (65 kilometers).A dispatcher with the Homer Police Department said there were no reports of damage or injuries from the quake that hit 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of the small coastal town of Homer.There were more than 1,000 reports of people feeling the earthquake on the Geological Survey website.Devon Hilts, a clerk at the Land’s End Resort in Homer, said that she slept through the temblor but that it woke up some guests.She says nothing broke and she has not heard of any damage.last_img read more

Two North County gas stations cutting prices Monday in campaign against gas

first_imgTwo North County gas stations cutting prices Monday in campaign against gas tax February 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two North County gas stations will be selling gasoline at reduced prices Monday as part of a signature drive for a campaign that aims to reverse recently enacted fuel taxes.On Monday morning, station owner Linda O’Brien will lower prices at her Mobil gas station — located at 310 Encinitas Blvd in Encinitas — to $2.49 per gallon between 7 and 9 a.m. Customers filling their tanks can sign a petition for a ballot referendum to repeal the new taxes.Between 3 and 6 p.m. Monday, a Shell station at 2509 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad will sell gasoline for $1.99 per gallon.In November, gas taxes in the state of California went up by 12 cents. For diesel, the price jumped 20 cents.Former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio is behind the campaign to hold a ballot referendum on the taxes.DeMaio will host his KOGO-AM radio show, The DeMaio Report, during the afternoon signature-gathering event. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Some CTran routes are affected by construction

first_imgSeveral C-Tran bus stops in Vancouver will temporarily close this week for road work.The transit agency announced that routes No. 4 and 44 — both serving the Fourth Plain corridor — will skip stops between Northeast Andresen and Falk roads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, while construction crews are scheduled to complete microsurfacing work — which aims to extend the life of the pavement with a “shell” of coarse liquid mix that cures and smooths out as cars drive on it over several weeks, according to the city — in the area.Also on Tuesday, route No. 39 will not serve the loop along Northeast Stapleton Road, Plomondon Street and Caples Avenue.For routes No. 32 and 37, all stops between Fourth Plain and the BPA stop on Highway 99 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.Riders can call C-Tran’s passenger service line any time at 360-695-0123.last_img read more

Cost of Cold Staying warm in Homer

first_imgHomer resident Laura Upp keeps buckets of coal next to her stove. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Karen Hamm is walking along the tide line at a popular beach on the Homer Spit, five gallon bucket in hand. She reaches down to collect chunks of coal. Some are pebble sized. Others are a large as a loaf of bread.Listen nowHamm says it’s not an ideal day to scavenge.“It’s always better after a storm first of all,” Hamm said. “Secondly, the wind has to be coming from the west because if it’s coming from the east, it’s going to blow it out instead of in.”Hamm would know. She’s been scavenging for coal with her husband for seven years. The coal that washes up on Homer beaches comes from veins in the bluffs that line Cook Inlet and overlook town. Boulder-size sections of coal break off the cliffs, are churned up in the ocean and wash onto area beaches in smaller pieces.And Hamm needs about 9,000 pounds of coal to heat her home every winter. She and her husband typically drive onto the beach and fill the bed of their truck about nine times every year.“You go to the beach, you get cold and you come home and stand next to the coal fire,” Hamm said.Back at her home, Hamm pulls brick size pieces of coal from a trailer and brings them inside.But before Hamm burns anything, she needs to empty out the ash box. She says it’s not exactly a clean fuel.“There’s a lot more ash with coal than there is with wood,” Hamm said. “Not only that, but it gets in the air. It’s messy.. but it’s cheap. You can afford to hire a maid.”Coal is scattered across beaches in Homer, especially after a storm. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Those savings drove Hamm and her husband George to ditch their wood stove and install a coal stove instead.George Hamm, who is 80 years old, used to gather wood and says it would take about five cords to heat his 2,500 square foot home each year. He also supplements with heating oil when they’re not home.“You can just figure if you burn 100 gallons of oil, you’re going to burn a cord of wood or you’re going to burn a ton of coal,” George Hamm said. “Those are not accurate figure, but it gives you a round figure to work with.”No one knows exactly how many people burn coal in Homer, but it seems to be getting more popular, likely because it’s free. After a big winter storm, you can see a number of people on the beach collecting coal.Karen Hamm says there’s been more competition on the beach recently.“I think it has a lot to do with our economy right now,” Hamm said.For Laura Upp, the economy was certainly a factor. She switched to a coal and wood burning stove about five years ago after wood became too expensive.“Cords of wood, cut and split, for you are almost near $200 delivered anymore,” Upp said. “So, that’s a lot of money… if I was only burning wood, I would go through a cord of wood in a month.”Upp still uses some wood and supplements with oil.Both Hamm and Upp acknowledge that burning coal isn’t ideal. They worry about the air quality. But they say the savings and convenience drives them and others to the beaches.“I think people are just trying to find cheaper alternatives,” Upp said. “I know it’s not the best thing for the environment, but right now, it’s just what I have to do.”Upp says she would consider other options such as natural gas if it was available, but for the foreseeable future, she will continue beach combing for coal.last_img read more

Journo assaulted during AL infighting

first_imgMap of LalmonirhatA local journalist was assaulted during a clash between two factions of Awami League that left nine people injured in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat on Tuesday, reports UNB.Witnesses said supporters of AL candidate in the upazila parishad election from Hatibandha, Liakat Hossain Bachchu brought out a rally in the upazila headquarters in the morning on the occasion of the Independence and National Day.The clash ensued in Badar area when followers of party rebel candidate in the election Sarwar Hayat Khan tried to take out another procession.A chase and counter-chase took place between the two groups during the brawl that left nine people injured from the both sides.The feuding groups also beat Asaduzzaman Saju, district correspondent of the Dainik Manab Kantho, as he tried to take pictures of the clash.Officer-in-charge of Hatibandha police station Omar Faruque said the situation now remained under control while additional policemen were deployed in the upazila headquarters to fend off further trouble.last_img read more

Researchers create twosegment nanotubes with distinct semiconducting domains

first_img Citation: Researchers create two-segment nanotubes with distinct semiconducting domains (2011, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from SEM and TEM micrographs of a research sample. Image: Science, DOI:10.1126/science.1210369 © 2011 High-mobility semiconducting carbon nanotubes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Supramolecular Linear Heterojunction Composed of Graphite-Like Semiconducting Nanotubular Segments, Science, 21 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6054 pp. 340-343 DOI: 10.1126/science.1210369ABSTRACTOne-dimensionally connected organic nanostructures with dissimilar semiconducting properties are expected to provide a reliable platform in understanding the behaviors of photocarriers, which are important for the development of efficient photon-to-electrical energy conversion systems. Although bottom-up supramolecular approaches are considered promising for the realization of such nanoscale heterojunctions, the dynamic nature of molecular assembly is problematic. We report a semiconducting nanoscale organic heterojunction, demonstrated by stepwise nanotubular coassembly of two strategically designed molecular graphenes. The dissimilar nanotubular segments, thus connected noncovalently, were electronically communicable with one another over the heterojunction interface and displayed characteristic excitation energy transfer and charge transport properties not present in a mixture of the corresponding homotropically assembled nanotubes. The team, led by Takanori Fukushima and Takuzo Aida and working out of the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Saitama, Japan, created the new nanotubes by growing first one segment from an HBC derivative, then adding bipyridine side-chains to help with metal binding. They then coated the outside of the segment with copper ions to stabilize them and to prevent them from clumping.Once they had the first segment, the next task was to grow another segment of a different type from one of the ends of the first segment. They did this by treating a second HBC derivative with just four fluorine atoms, which helped the two segments stick to one another while the second segment grew. The end result was a single nanotube with segments that had distinctly different electronic properties. In this case, one side was made of type p semiconducting material (which has relatively few electrons) while the other side was made of type n semiconducting material (which has a lot of electrons).Such nanotubes could be used to more efficiently move the hole in an electron-hole pair that strikes a solar cell, shunting it off to the p type semiconductor side of the nanotube and the electron to the type n material side. By making the heterojunction more efficient, i.e. maximizing the electron-hole separation without dissipation, the new technology could conceivably wind up replacing conventional methods used in solar energy and other technologies. Such nanotubes should also extend the life of many such charge carriers and could be grown in virtually any shape, making them usable in a wide variety of applications.The next challenge for the group will be to figure out a way to grow the nanotubes standing up so that the whole process can be standardized and then of course industrialized. Once that’s accomplished, the new nanotubes could be used in all manner of new devices, ranging from lasers to solar collectors to more efficient transistors. Explore further ( — A group of researchers working in Japan has devised a means of creating dual segmented nanotubes where each segment has separate and distinct semiconducting properties. The team describes how they were able to create the unique nanotubes which are joined by means of a heterojunction, in their paper published in Science.last_img read more

New Technology Doesnt Kill Companies Oblivious Leadership That Wont Adapt Kills Companies

first_imgNovember 28, 2017 It’s easy to laugh at the companies of days gone by — makers of buggy whips or VCRs, or even Blockbuster. The leaders in those industries didn’t see the demise of their industries coming. But with automation on the horizon, countless more industries could soon find themselves on the chopping block, too, if they are not prepared.Researchers working with support from the Engineering Sciences Department at Oxford University determined that about half of today’s jobs could be long-gone in a few years, succumbing to new inventions. The smartphone you use to make deals and the social networks you rely upon to distribute top-quality content have the power to destroy your livelihood.Related: There’s a Lot More to AI Than Just ChatbotsWorried? Don’t be. Like fire, technology can be both friend and foe. Make sure it’s the former, and you’ll be fine; look the other way, and you could fade into obscurity.Get the upper hand by leaning in.You don’t want to sidestep technology in favor of the “good old days.” At the same time, you shouldn’t feel like you’re at its mercy.The trick is to lean into technology rather than become consumed with fear, like forward-minded entrepreneurs in specific industries who love, not loathe, technological advances. Consider real estate. Millennials are snatching up homes, comprising more than a third of buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. But millennials go about home searches differently than past generations.Most millennials, as well as Gen Xers, use agents, but they supplement the agent experience with internet-based perusing and remote “visiting.” Instead of heading to afternoon open houses, millennials tour homes from the comfort of their devices. Is it any wonder that Oxford University’s finest believe artificial intelligence will replace 97 percent of in-person buyer-broker realtor experiences?Yet smart property managers and residential construction companies aren’t wringing their hands; they’re partnering with brokerage firms such as Marketplace Homes that offer high-tech solutions. Consequently, we aren’t reading those firms’ obits; we’re hearing about their buyer-friendly offerings that make discovering the perfect house a breeze.Related: Here’s Is a Strategy For Making Yourself Irreplaceable Before Artificial Intelligence Learns to do Your JobSet yourself up for fabulous reviews, not a sorry epitaph.Ready to ditch the panic and shift to a tech future? Whether you represent real estate, transportation, retail or manufacturing, you can use four strategies to stay relevant:1. Get knee-deep in demographics. It’s time for you to get down and dirty and really investigate the demographics of your target audiences. Find out what they want, what they need, where they’re getting assistance and how you can help them.By creating a psychographic chart for each of your prospective consumers, you can get a truer view of their personalities, attitudes, lifestyles, interests and so much more. Then, you can use this outline to make wiser predictions about their buying behaviors.Companies such as TeleTech are innovators that connect companies with tools focused on technology-enhanced customer engagement. The more streamlined your process is, the less likely it is that a “closed for business” sign will be inevitable.2. Offset everyday reality with virtual reality. In an era when behemoths such as Amazon, Kelly Services and American Express offer employees telecommuting options, location matters less and less. Although some types of businesses need brick-and-mortar spaces, work can often take place entirely in cyberspace.Could certain jobs in your company be handled remotely, maybe on a part-time or as-needed basis? Could you use this type of improved mobility to woo top talent and build stronger relationships between your company and customers? Look at what your biggest competitors are already doing in these arenas, and contemplate following suit.3. Be ready to adapt if a robot takes your place. Let’s be honest. Is it inevitable that your role will be replaced by technology at some point? As a business owner, you must accept that more jobs are being taken over by machines. Just check out the kiosks in McDonald’s that accept orders; you can conveniently order a Big Mac without interfacing with humans. And Uber? It’s testing driverless vehicles, disrupting transportation and shipping.Think you know that tools out there may one day replace you or the people you employ? Improve and enhance your skill set, as well as those of your key workers. Then, you can make the transition to a different role without feeling like you’ve been upended.4. Push aside the fears and don your Holmesian cap. Don’t allow yourself to focus on the question “Why me?” when “Why not?” is staring you in the face. Rather than see emerging technology as a fierce opponent, look at it as the beginning of a great problem-solving opportunity.Related: Artificial Intelligence May Reflect the Unfair World We Live inFor example, customers in your field might be madder than heck because they aren’t getting the service they deserve. Could you utilize gadgets, software, data or other tech solutions to turn your business into the superhero everyone wishes would save them? When many airlines were involved in nightmares, Southwest Airlines used the crisis to promote itself as the “friendly skies” oasis. It worked, and it gained share and accolades.Machinery. Automation. Tech. Call it what you will, but advancements have always edged out antiquated ways of doing things. The more optimistic you are in the face of big changes, the more apt you’ll be to ride into the future securely, no buggy whip necessary. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

A green and happy La Carpio

first_img Gabe Dinsmoor Francis Rodríguez, from Nicaragua, makes gardens in old plastic bottles to help beautify her neighborhood. From the print editionIn La Carpio, a shantytown of 34,000 residents that sits between a trash dump and the Tobias Bolaños International Airport northwest of San José, a splash of paint, a pair of shoes and something green can go a long way.At least that’s the way Gail Nystrom, founder and director of the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF) sees things. Nystrom works every day in La Carpio, organizing and directing community-empowerment and educational programs while garbage trucks rumble through, and millionaires, diplomats and tourists zip by in jets overhead.“Most of these people are descendants of campesinos,” says Nystrom, giving a brief introduction about La Carpio’s history to CRHF volunteers. La Carpio is one of the poorest areas of Costa Rica, inhabited largely by Nicaraguan immigrants and Ticos from other parts of Costa Rica, Nystrom says. Thousands of Nicaraguans fleeing a bloody revolution in their home country, and later, a collapse of the economy, began settling in La Carpio in the 1980s. Photo Gallery  Photos by Tico Times photographer Gabe Dinsmoorcenter_img On Tuesday, a line of kids waiting for the new shoes outside La Libertad stretched two blocks through the community of corrugated tin shanties and dusty alleys. “Even people who grew up in Granada or Managua still had opportunities to go out in the country, because Nicaragua is not as urbanized as it is here. So, to live in La Carpio is really harsh. You’ve got toxic air, toxic water and toxic dust. It’s so hot because there are no trees,” Nystrom explains. “People are losing their resonance with nature. That’s what we’re trying to restore.”Green, healthy, happy“Part of La Carpio Green is to show how pleasant it is to have something to look at that’s not trash, not gray dirt, but an actual garden,” Nystrom says. She points to a small plot running alongside the school, one of the educational centers she helped the women of La Carpio start. A few rows of green plants poke out of black soil held by cinder blocks. A mural painted over a flap of corrugated tin shows a tree reaching into a night sky. “This is an actual garden that Francis has been working on,” she says, adding, “it’s very interesting [that] there’s a picture of a green thing on the wall, and then right in front of it is a beautiful green thing actually growing. This is a mentality that we want to promote so people will see how much nicer it is.”Nystrom started working in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1977. She founded CRHF in 1997, but had already been organizing development and educational projects since 1990.These days, her schedule is full. She founded three educational centers in La Carpio, one for each of the eight parts of the slum. Groups of volunteers rotate through the area almost daily, with Nystrom flitting around and putting them to work. She is a constant hum of activity. Her cellphone rings, and she counsels a 28-year-old who has been confined to a wheelchair since he was 8 – when he was shot in Tres Ríos. The man is expecting his first child with his girlfriend, and Nystrom tells him how proud she is, and how the baby will change his life. After the call, she explains that since being shot, the man on the phone has become a leader in the community, working with youth. She has known him since he was 10.CRHF’s strategy for La Carpio has three mantras: La Carpio Green, La Carpio Healthy and La Carpio Happy. Happy is the last stage, Nystrom says, because each stage builds on the one before it.La Carpio Green is an initiative to improve the crude caliche roads and haphazard constructions that visually define La Carpio into something prettier to look at. Building a sense of self-worth in a community requires it to look presentable. To this end, CRHF works with residents of the area. Those who help keep their blocks free of trash are eligible to get a new coat of paint or a mural painted on the exterior walls of their houses by volunteers. CRHF also provides “bottle gardens,” assorted plants potted in modified plastic bottles, to residents who want to decorate their spaces with something green and sometimes edible.“Some of our plants that we’re giving out are butterfly plants, the ones that attract butterflies,” Nystrom says. “So my vision is that in four years, this place is going to be full of green and butterflies and food to eat, even if it’s parsley or something that you grow in your own little place.”Eventually, Nystrom and Francis Rodríguez, CRHF’s “bottle gardener,” plan to distribute herbs like thyme, basil, spearmint, parsley and coriander, as well as potted cherry tomatoes, carrots and potato plants. “What we’re trying to do is show the beauty of their community, how they can make it more beautiful, and that you can find a piece of nature even in the most harsh conditions,” Nystrom says.Rodríguez moved from Nicaragua to La Carpio in 1990. Her home sits across the street from La Libertad Education Center.While 100 children are having their feet measured, washed and outfitted with new shoes by volunteers from Soles4Souls, an organization that donates footwear to kids in need, Rodríguez shows off her garden.She has four children and cleans the education center for steady work. In her downtime, she tends a small jungle of creeping succulents, cacti, herbs and localfruit. A few plants and a few flowers bring new life to a place, she says, and a flower or a fruit shows the world that God is thinking of them.“I’ve always thought that a house without flowers is a house without life,” Rodríguez says.Critical mass“Development takes time,” Nystrom points out. “It takes a generation and a half before it starts to turn, before you reach critical mass.”Sometimes, the hardest part of development is not educating community members, but rather the donors.“You cannot go in with a whole bunch of millions of dollars and build a school and then just walk out. That’s what I thought I was going to do. I said, ‘I’m going to build eight daycare centers, one in each section, and then I’ll give the women a three-week training session,’” she says. “What was I thinking?”That was 22 years ago.Today, beside the eight educational centers, CRHF has a farm where every kid from the community gets to go spend a few days a year “to swim in a river, connect with nature and see how a farm works.” Nystrom has faith in the durability of her projects, saying they are “sustainable in spirit, sustainable in infrastructure, sustainable in the services they give to people,” and that the women and men of La Carpio she has helped develop the program will keep things going.“Eventually, the part that’s tricky is financing,” she says. “Because no school is self-sufficient financially; even private schools have to charge a lot of money to be able to completely support themselves.”Still, as she looks around Cueva del Sapo (Toad’s Cave), an area of La Carpio with a reputation for drugs and violence, she says the CRHF’s time could be winding down in the area. Her work here could be done.“It’s happening now, and I think that between five and 10 years from now, the CRHF won’t be here anymore,” Nystrom says. “I mean they either got it or they didn’t get it.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more