21 Dec

Raiders’ Gruden remembers what defeat smells like

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — After losing his first game in nearly 10 years, Jon Gruden used a little levity Tuesday to ease the tension.In addressing a question about the second-half struggles of quarterback Derek Carr, Gruden interjected at the first of his weekly day-after-game press conferences, “I heard a skunk got loose in our tunnel. I think that’s what screwed us up a little bit.”True enough, the skunk part anyway. Anyone who made the …last_img read more

19 Dec

Shosholoza’s story of Good Hope

first_img21 April 2006South Africa evokes the image of the sea that bathes its coasts – on one side the south Atlantic, one the other the Indian Ocean. It was a precarious coast for many mariners, as evidenced by the names given it: the Skeleton or Savage Coast, and the evocative Danger Point.The Cape: a mythical passageSucceeding the Phoenician sailors by about 2000 years – if we trust the Greek historian Herodotus – the navigator Bartholomeu Dias reached the Cape of Storms in February 1488 aboard the caravel Sao-Cristovao.The Cape was sailed again by Vasco da Gama in November 1497, five years after Christopher Columbus reached America.The King of Portugal, Johannes II, preferred to name the rocky spur swept by howling winds the Cape of Good Hope, to mark his interest for this pathway to India and its wealth.The new name did not prevent Dias from dying there 12 years later during an apocalyptic storm.Many other adventurers, travellers and sailors met the same fate, because this Cape remains a place for shipwrecks, especially when the icy southeasterly wind, nicknamed the “Cape Doctor”, bursts out.The history is such that yachtsmen of the world would shiver uncomfortably at the thought of the America’s Cup being sailed in the rough waters off Cape Town.Return towards Europe“We are not here to bring the America’s Cup to Africa. We are here to bring a part of Africa to Europe and the America’s Cup,” was the poetic explanation of Captain Salvatore Sarno when he introduced his Team Shosholoza to the America’s Cup world.It was as if, five hundred years after the arrival of the Europeans at the Cape, the wheel of history had turned, with Africa coming to make a conquest (albeit peacefully) in Europe.When announcing on 4 June 2004, under the Royal Cape Yacht Club banner, the first African challenge in the history of the America’s Cup, Sarno explained his team’s challenge as “an opportunity to show that all of South Africa’s citizens can work together, do well and have success together. In essence it is an opportunity to be part of the African renaissance.”An Italian by birth and an enthusiastic resident of Durban, South Africa for more than 20 years, Sarno is the South Africa president of a maritime transport company and an able yachtsman himself.He has been a tireless supporter and promoter of his adopted homeland, and with his friend Ian Ainslie (a South Africa yachting champion) has supported a sailing school for disadvantaged children in the Cape.In fact, a handful of the team members on Shosholoza have risen through the ranks of the Izivunguvungu Foundation created by Ainslie in 2001, which trains young people in yachting as a way of instilling discipline, pride and teamwork.It is another remarkable story arising out of the ashes of the difficult past in this country.Shosholoza: forging ahead“The Cup gives us the chance to present South Africa as a modern, dynamic, exciting country,” Sarno said. A country that forges ahead, as in the name of the team: “Shosholoza”.Shosholoza, the folk song of migrant labourers on South Africa’s mines, became something of a second national anthem after the country won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.The Zulu word “shosholoza” means “go forward”, “make way for the next man”, or “make your road, forge ahead” – more than fitting for a South African team engaged in the 2007 America’s Cup.“In the America’s Cup every team has its own story, but there is only one team who is the soul of sailing,” Sarno said.And as if to prove this claim, in April 2004 Shosholoza became the first syndicate to launch a newly built version 5.0 ACC boat.One month later, in Valencia, the magnificent Shosholoza (RSA-83), decorated by the graphics inspired by Zulu and Ndebele designs, was christened by the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barbera.After a difficult debut in the Louis Vuitton Acts of 2004, the team struggled to open the 2005 season. But the progress of the team since has been nothing short of spectacular, as Shosholoza concluded the 2005 season with a fifth place finish in the fleet races in Trapani.“The guys have been working hard and you can feel the hunger among the team,” was the assessment of one team member.The spirit of the America’s CupThe history of South Africa was darkened for a long time under the apartheid regime, and during these hard years South African yachting was isolated and underestimated.Nevertheless, sailing in the country has a long history, and was popular as far back as the 1850s, when the yacht America was beginning the story of the America’s Cup in England.In 1857, a local newspaper, the Natal Mercury, spoke of the regularly scheduled regattas organised by the Durban Regatta Club, which was succeeded in 1863 by the Royal Natal Yacht Club.Further to the west, in Cape Town, the introduction of yachting came later. Founded in 1882, the Southern Cross Yacht Club disappeared in 1888.Nevertheless, the Cape received occasional visits from some of the most prestigious navigators: Joshua Slocum with Spray in 1897 and, seven years later, Captain Voss with Tilikum.It may have been visits like these that inspired the foundation of the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1905. In the same year, sailors on the Cape were momentarily inspired by a book of illustrations showing the races for the America’s Cup – but nothing came of this premature exposure.In 1914, the Table Bay Yacht Club changed its name to the Cape Yacht Club and, on 28 May of the same year, the Royal Cape Yacht Club.Prior to that, an eminent member of the Table Bay Yacht Club, Sir Pieter van Blommestein, a pioneer of the former Southern Cross Yacht Club, obtained from Sir Thomas Lipton the gift of a trophy known as the Lipton Cup. The first challenge was sailed in 1911.In 2002, the Lipton Cup, now the most prestigious regatta in South Africa, was won by Salvatore Sarno’s L26 Class MSC Orion Donna Mia, skippered by Ian Ainslie.On board was 21-year-old Golden Mgedeza, the first black sailor to win the Lipton Cup. Mgedeza is the bowman of Shosholoza, as sure a symbol as any of the new South Africa.Source: Americascup.comlast_img read more

9 Dec

A Hierarchy of Leadership Approaches and Their Consequences

first_imgLeadership is based on the ability to get the people you are leading to take action to accomplish specific goals. There are choices available to a leader to motivate their team to act. Some choices are healthier and more effective than others.Force: You might be tempted to think that force doesn’t belong in a leader’s toolkit, that it shouldn’t be in the range of choices available to a leader. But a leader may, from time to time, need to rely on force in emergency situations. If the threat is great and doesn’t allow for time, doling out orders and requiring people to respond might be the right choice. You may need to make people do what is necessary under extreme circumstances.This choice should be used only in the rarest of circumstances, and great care should be taken to ensure that it isn’t needed. The military needs this choice. So do the police and fire fighters. Business people almost never do.Threat of Force: The threat of force, demanding something be done or consequences will be forthcoming, isn’t a choice that should be made often or taken lightly. The price to relationships is too high and the effectiveness too low. Ultimatums are a horrible way to produce results, and long term, they destroy the team you lead. This is the choice of last resort, and should rarely ever have to be exercised.If you’ve gotten to the point where an ultimatum is necessary, you have made mistakes as a leader and allowed a problem to go unaddressed too long.Manipulation: Manipulation is another extremely negative choice. Unlike force, there is never a reason to use manipulation to produce results. It does tremendous damage to your relationships, and it demonstrates to your team that you want what you want, and you’ll make whatever Machiavellian moves necessary to get your result. Manipulation is the choice of the sociopath.Manipulation sits in the middle only because it is something less than force and to remind you that it is a choice you may unknowingly make . . . read on.Persuasion: You might be surprised to find persuasion so close to manipulation. It doesn’t carry the same baggage as “manipulation,” but the only thing separating the two is your intentions. Making a rational, reasoned argument to convince someone isn’t negative. But anything deceptive or self-oriented quickly transforms persuasion into manipulation. Persuasion, in the positive sense of the word, is a choice a leader will need available to her.You will need to make reasoned, rational arguments to persuade others as a leader. But there are better choices that will limit the amount of persuading necessary.Influence: Influence is better than persuasion. When you have influence, your relationship does the necessary work in helping you to achieve results through others. Your character makes it easy for people to follow your lead without your having to persuade, manipulate, or command them.When you have influence, you never have to worry about whether or not the people you are leading are doing what they are supposed to be doing; they wouldn’t do otherwise. They know you care about them, and they would never dream of letting you down.Inspiration: There is a higher choice than influence. That choice is inspiration. When you lead through inspiration, you help people find and develop into the best version of themselves. You help them find meaning in their work, and you help them identify their purpose. The more you lead from this choice, the less you need to rely on any of the other lesser, yet still sometimes necessary choices.When you inspire people, not only would they never let you down, more importantly, they wouldn’t let themselves down.The higher you climb on this spectrum, the greater your relationship will be with those you lead, the better your results, the greater and faster your growth, the more leaders you will create, and  the greater your legacy will be.last_img read more

28 Nov

LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: A screen battle is on the cards

first_imgAlmost all flagship smartphones for the year 2014 from giants like Samsung, HTC, Apple, Sony and LG are out. However, Apple is rumoured to launch its next iPhone on September 19 this year. Most of these phones were launched with new features and better specifications leading to a specs war.Models pose with LG G3 smartphones.The latest launch is from the South Korean tech giant LG Electronics, which has launched its 2014 flagship, the LG G3 this week with some new features. A few months ago, perhaps the most talked about smartphone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S5, from another South Korean tech leader was launched. Samsung has been claiming that its S5 has been as successful as its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4.Must read – LG G3 smartphone: Five features to notice Check out – Samsung Galaxy S5: Ten things to notice LG G3 versus Samsung Galaxy S5 is a battle between two titans from the same land–South Korea.Samsung Galaxy S5The first thing we look for in a phone is its price. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched for Rs 51,500 in India,  the price of LG G3 is yet to be announced officially. Its India launch is not confirmed.  LG G3 smartphones during launch.Screen battle: With the 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen (1920 by 1080 pixel resolution) with a slim bezel and Adaptive Display, Samsung claims to provide a superior viewing experience in Galaxy S5. The LG G3 comes with a quad HD 5.5-inch screen having a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. The G3 may trigger a screen resolution war. This is the first time a phone screen has got a pixel density of 534 per inch.advertisementCamera: The LG G3’s main camera stands at 13-meagpixels same as the LG 2. But this time LG has come up with some interesting additions to its 2014 flagship phone. As per its claims, the G3 can grab focus in 276-millisecond. The Galaxy S5 sports a 16-megapixel main camera. What makes its camera different is its auto-focus speed which, as Samsung claims, is 0.3 seconds.  Water Resistant: The Samsung Galaxy S5 claims to be a certified water and dust resistant handset, whereas the LG chose not to include water resistance feature to avoid sacrifice of “other key features and functions”. So, it defied the trend.Internal Storage, RAM: Both the G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 come in 16GB and 32GB variants with expandable memory via microSD cards. RAM storage can be expanded using microSD cards. The LG smartphone comes with 2GB and 3GB RAM options wherein the Galaxy all variants of the Galaxy S5 have 2GB of RAM.Battery: This is the biggest area of concern for any smartphone users. They all want a long lasting battery. The LG G3 has a 3,000mAh battery where as the Galaxy S5 comes with a 2800mAh battery.Others: The Galaxy S5 comes with features like health monitor and fingerprint scanner. These are not available on the G3. However, LG’s smart keyboard which it claims to reduce input errors by up to 75 per cent by tracking and analysing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what word the user intended to type and feature to adjust the height of the keyboard to better fit the user’s hands is unique.On the other specifications front, both the smartphones are almost the same as both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.last_img read more

27 Nov

Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Santos laughed the incident off and attributed to just being “part of the game.”“Nothing personal. Ano lang talaga, kasi gustung-gusto naming manalo talaga.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit passes away at 30 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments Arwind Santos taunts Anthony Semerad during the TNT-San Miguel quarterfinals game on Wednesday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos has made a name for himself as one of the PBA’s best defenders.The San Miguel Beer forward has also mastered the art of getting under the rival team’s skin and inside the opposing players’ heads along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He was in his element on Wednesday night in a knockout Game 3 against TNT.Arwind doing Arwind things. Stuff which bare results that won’t be found on the stat sheets, but rather on his opponents’ irritated faces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe more the KaTropa gave in to his antics, the more Santos became more effective.Santos also had the last laugh with the Beermen rolling to a 96-86 win on its way back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Ako, kahit hindi ako masyado naka focus sa opensa, talagang hindi nila ako iniiwanan din eh, ginawa ko yung part ko sa depensa tapos pambu-bully,” Santos said grinning after finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. “Gusto nila ng asaran hanggang sa dulo. Muntik na maging wrestling yung laban. Okay lang, sige ganun yan, kung yan ang gusto nila, walang problema.”Santos spared no one that even the usually mild-mannered Jayson Castro reached his tipping point.“Kanina nga si Jayson, inapproach niya ko, sabi niya, ‘Arwind, wag nang ganun, kasi bakit pa kailangan gawin yun, lamang naman kayo,’ ganyan. Kapag napikon yung mga kasama mo, di ko problema yun. Kasalanan nila yun. Sila napikon eh. Part ng game yun eh. Yun lang,” he said.Santos also got into Kelly Williams’ nerve while the two were fighting for position on a rebound midway through the third quarter.Williams and Santos got tangled up and the TNT big man slammed him on the floor out of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

23 Oct

First Teekay ECC Shuttle Tanker Starts Taking Shape

first_imgSouth Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has laid keel for Teekay’s first shuttle tanker newbuilding intended for the East Coast Canada (ECC) project.The milestone marks the end of the block building period as well as the beginning of the next phase – completion of the newbuilding with all its systems.The shuttle tanker, the Beothuk Spirit, is expected to be delivered in August of 2017.This shuttle tanker is the first of three newbuildings to be provided for loading crude at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.Construction on all three shuttle tankers has commenced with the first vessel now 65% complete and construction on the third vessel just underway.These three vessels, which have a total cost of approximately USD 375 million, are scheduled to deliver during the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018.They will replace two in-charters and one owned vessel currently servicing this 15-year, plus extension options, contract with a consortium of 9 oil companies.last_img read more

23 Oct

Ordering Activity at Chinese Yards Tumbles by Over 30 Pct

first_imgzoom Chinese shipyards have experienced a 31.5 percent decline in newbuilding order intake reaching 9.86 million dwt in the first five months of this year when compared to the corresponding figures from last year, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said.At the end of May, the orderbook backlog came at 85.15 million dwt, a drop of 30.7 percent year-on-year and down 14.5 percent in comparison to the end of 2016.However, the completion volume of new ships saw a steep growth. Namely, during the said period, the country’s shipbuilders completed 22.93 million dwt of newbuilding tonnage, up by 78.8 percent year-on-year.According to CANSI, the country’s 53 key shipbuilders completed 19.57 million dwt equivalent of new ships, up by 63.5 percent. Nevertheless, when it comes to new orders, the key shipbuilders had secured 8.74 million dwt of new tonnage, which is down by 37 percent year-on-year. At the end of May, the yards’ orderbook reached 80.61 million dwt, dwindling by 31.6 percent.The figures have been announced as the country’s shipbuilders launch its largest ship yet – the first 20,000 TEU containership COSCO Shipping Taurus. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more