Speaking last week, Gerrard said: “I had a conversation on Wednesday with Daniel and he said he wanted to go and speak to a team in Turkey. We’ve had an approach and we had a real adult conversation.“I said I wanted him to stay and fight for the shirt and be part of the squad but he said he wants to go and explore the situation in Turkey so we reluctantly but respectfully granted him permission.“I have to respect Daniel and keep a lot of the conversation private but it boils down to him wanting to be a regular starter as in every single game.”Gerrard has signed wingers Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones this summer while fellow new arrival Greg Stewart can also play the position and Jamie Murphy is returning following a season out with a knee injury. Daniel Candeias has completed his move from Rangers to Turkish club Genclerbirligi for an undisclosed fee.The newly promoted top-flight club announced on Twitter that the winger had signed a two-year contract with the Ankara-based club, where he will link up with former Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reluctantly allowed the Portuguese wide player to move on after Candeias decided to seek more regular football after being left out of the Ibrox club’s squad for their first Europa League ties.The 31-year-old was one of Pedro Caixinha’s more successful signings, hitting 14 goals in two seasons in Glasgow. He made 52 appearances under Gerrard last term.
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Anyone who has spent any time in the enterprise 2.0 business – for me, it’s been five years – will admit this, if pressured: by far the greatest challenge for the market is not corporate fear, cluelessness, or laziness – the usual scapegoats. The challenge is something far more elusive: getting people in the company to adopt the program meaningfully, persistently, and scalably. The truth is that many enterprise 2.0 programs fail to gain traction because they actually require work. In the enterprise, culture matters, and culture is not something you can easily add, game, or integrate, like the latest 2.0 widget.But that’s where the consensus ends. A large number of businesses have not been able to move forward with their enterprise 2.0 programs for lack of confidence on the right way to approach culture. One side of the consulting world has spoken up rather aggressively, with the message that culture can be addressed with something called “change management.” Giovanni Rodriguez is chief marketing officer at BroadVision, a provider of Web-based solutions for the social enterprise. He is co-founder and former managing partner of The Conversation Group, one of the first global social technology consultancies. You can follow him on Twitter @giorodriguez But the phrase alone is enough to scare off most of the market. It sounds too expensive – and it often is – and in many cases it just adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to a smaller set of things that can be done. Here are a few things that I observed work well, sometimes with the support of people in the consulting community who see the need for a leaner, meaner approach.The AuditIt might seem like a rather obvious place to start. But many businesses jump on enterprise 2.0 projects without first asking what their constituents are actually doing. What tools do employees, partners, and customers use? What are they using them for? Think broadly about these two questions before conducting your “audit” – a fancy word for listening – because we tend to think narrowly about social media. First, we tend to exclude services and tools that de facto are social, but because they originated in an earlier era, they do not enter our minds in this context. Second, we tend to exclude activities that are not directly related to communications and collaboration, but yet might have value to the enterprise social network. Several years ago, when I was in the consulting business, a large telecommunications company asked my agency for general recommendations on their social strategy. In our audit, we discovered that while an overwhelming number of people inside their ecosystem were loath to contribute or comment on blogs and social networks, a great number spent time networking with peers on LinkedIn groups. Neither the tool – LinkedIn – nor the activity – professional development – made the initial list of things to examine in our audit. But after this small discovery, the project moved on a faster track for the company.The MirrorIf the insights from the audit are good, an effective next step is to share them with managers in the company. Done right, this exchange of information does several things at once. First, it makes visible to the top of the organization what’s happening at the grassroots. Second, it educates managers on the range of immediate tools and ideas it has at its disposal (recall the little epiphany we had at the telecommunications company). Third, it helps stimulate conversation about how the company might support a promising trend. Some time after staffers at Best Buy began demonstrating the power of employee-driven communications – best evidenced in the now famous Blue Shirt Nation – my former agency prepared a number of documents, videos and other artifacts that essentially held a mirror to the organization (see Charlene Li’s “Open Leadership” for more color and detail). This exercise helped pave the way for other projects at Best Buy that had the support of management. As many early thought leaders in the Enterprise 2.0 world have noted, the most successful projects start at the bottom but meet at the middle, with support from the top of the organization.The MetatribeSometimes, the mirror takes the conversation to another place: how the programs that a company strategically decides to support might have a catalyzing effect on the entire company and its ecosystem. In the world of political marketing, we’ve learned how a few very diverse groups – e.g., women, Latinos, progressives, conservatives – can rally to a cause, despite their differences. Recent, I looked at how the 2010 elections inspired a number of operatives – on the Left and the Right – to court the big unwieldy Latino metatribe. Similar opportunities exist for large companies with diverse constituents who might come together if only they understood their part in the company’s social agenda. Best Buy’s Twelpforce – a big part of the company’s public brand – comes to mind, and there are perhaps a few others that demonstrate this principle. But a company may not even need to go there to enjoy the benefits of 2.0, nor will it need to spend much time to get something meaningful started. Best Buy and other companies that are featured at industry conferences as case studies all got started by listening, thinking and supporting. That’s the fastest path to adoption today, and I don’t see anything better on the horizon.Photo by nkzs IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… guest author 1
Courses to suit every golfer at Mission Hills-HainanThe Chinese have a penchant for the grandiose. But there’s nothing ostentatious or pompous about Mission Hills’ new golf resort in Hainan, though it is a testament to the equally legendary Chinese efficiency.Its genesis is the now typical China success story: 5,000 acres,Courses to suit every golfer at Mission Hills-HainanThe Chinese have a penchant for the grandiose. But there’s nothing ostentatious or pompous about Mission Hills’ new golf resort in Hainan, though it is a testament to the equally legendary Chinese efficiency.Its genesis is the now typical China success story: 5,000 acres of land, roughly the size of Hong Kong, savaged by half a century of stone quarrying and blanketed by lava rock, transformed in a mere matter of 18 months into a worldclass property with as many as ten golf courses, a five-star hotel, several clubhouses, even a spa.How do they do it? “We have many hands in China,” says Dr. Ken Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills, with a grin. Chu knows what he’s talking about. Mission Hills is the biggest developer of golf courses in China, and the jewel-inthe-crown resort at Shenzhen, on the mainland, is home to a staggering 27 courses built by Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, amongst other celebrated players-turned-designers.The enthusiastic team on the greens greet golfers with a cheerThe city of Haikou seems an obscure place for a project of this magnitude till you consider the relative proximity to Taiwan and Korea, both nations besotted by golf. “It’s not just the Koreans and the Japanese, although they do constitute the majority of our visitors. We’ve started getting visitors from Europe and even the United States,” he says.It doesn’t take long to figure out why the resort registers almost 800 rounds a day. The top-notch Blackstone course, spread over 350 acres is a serious championship layout, comparable to the best courses in Asia. It’s obvious, even at first glance, that the course, with its natural amphitheater green settings, has been designed with significant numbers of spectators in mind. It’s by no means a walk in the park as far as players are concerned. The difficult greens and serious length, a full 7,800 yards from the tips, mean that the more forgiving white tees are the only option for the mid- or high-handicapper.advertisementHainan has a dramatic volcanic landscape and the course designers, the Arizona-based firm of Schmidt-Curley Golf Design, have attempted to incorporate the inherent character of the dramatic rock into the courses. It’s probably the only common thread linking otherwise very diverse designs. “As the volcanic rock was so prominent, it just made sense, from both an aesthetic and economic standpoints, to weave it into each golf course to varying degrees,” explains Brian Curley.The lobby of the hotel at Mission Hills-Haina reflects the pared down, contemporary aesthetic of the propertyThe courses are very distinct in all other aspects. “This project is a celebration of my appreciation for golf’s great history and the many genres of courses found around the world,” Curley says.Sandbelt Trails is inspired by Australia’s Sandbelt courses, and is highlighted by large, distinctive bunkers and eucalyptus trees, while The Preserve is a user-friendly course with a more modern feel. Another striking configuration is The Vintage, which is fashioned after turn of the (20th) century courses with a natural undisturbed terrain. Wicker tee markers and wicker baskets for pins add to the old-world authenticity. “The oldest course in China is a new course in Haikou,” is Curley’s take on The Vintage.Lava Fields at 7,400 yards is no pushover either. The course gets especially tricky, especially when the wind picks up. Compared to Blackstone, there is hardly any tree cover, and the feel of big open spaces is exaggerated. The first hole is a mammoth 585-yard, par 4 which affords great views of the Haikou skyline. It’s a good time to get used to practicing a lay up on a par 4. Rest assured, you’ll end up doing that quite a few times on this new and somewhat tricky course.There is hardly any tree cover on the course and the first course affrods great views of the city skylineAfter you’re done with the day’s golf it’s a good idea to head to the colossal spa for a traditional Chinese massage. Mission Hills-Hainan is certainly a complete package. It’s not likely, thought, to catch up with Thailand as the preferred golfing destination for Indian players for a while. There are no direct flights from India to Hainan and the trip via Hong Kong or Bangkok takes close to 12 hours.Language can become another issue, especially if you want to step out of the Mission Hills premises and explore Haikou. The neighbouring city of Sanya with its sun-kissed beaches and gamut of water sports is an good getaway from a frustrating day on the greens. If you’re an inveterate golfer, simply the surfeit of courses within golf-cart riding distance is heady stuff. For the sheer variety and convenience, Mission Hills-Hainan is in a league of its own in Asia.advertisement Navigating the coursesBlackstone: A genuine championship layout spread over 350 acres interspersed with lakes and wetlands. 18 holes, 7,800 yards, par 72.Sandbelt Trails: Fashioned after the courses of the Australian Sandbelt region, this course features large bunkers and eucalyptus trees. 18 holes, 7,325 yards, par 72.The Vintage: Wicker baskets for pins and wicker tee markers are just a few of the features which give this course a decidedly vintage character. 18 holes, 7,363 yards, par 72.Stepping Stone: A pretty pitch-and-putt course. 18 (par 3) holes, par 54.Lava Fields: Similar to Blackstone; a long and intimidating championship layout. 18 holes, 7,400 yards, par 72.Meadow Links: Modelled after traditional US Open courses (of the eastern United States), this layout has ‘church pew’ bunkers and large greens. 18 holes, par 72.The Preserve: Beautiful landscaping and an abundance of palms trees and flowering shrubs make this one of the most scenic layouts. 18 holes, par 72.Double Pin: An interesting innovation of two pin options to play to every hole on this par-3 course makes for a unique experience. 18 (par 3), par 54.Stone Quarry: A tribute by the Schmidt-Curley team to their mentor, Pete Dye. 18 holes, par 72.Shadow Dunes: A short course with the biggest greens out of the 10 courses. 18 holes, 6,600 yards.
AC Milan name price for Newcastle target Laxaltby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United can have Diego Laxalt – provided they can fork over £10.7 million.Calciomercato believes that Milan are happy to sell the player, even though he only signed from Genoa six months ago.The 25-year-old left back has played just four games in Serie A from the start, coming off the bench nine times.Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to add an experienced defender, but even ten million seems like a sum that is out of their reach.The club is known for its limited transfer kitty, with owner Mike Ashley unable or unwilling to provide the manager with more financial backing. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received numerous found items from a local movie theatre located in Fort St John on July 8th, 2019.The found items had been left at the theatre from as long as 4 years ago before they were turned into the RCMP.Some of the articles turned over to the RCMP were: cell phones,a power bar,car keys,car fobs,house keys,wallets and purses.Anyone wishing to claim any property must provide a full description of the item to Cst Joe McDONALD who can be reached at the Fort St John RCMP Detachment located at 10648 100 St or reached by phone at 250-263-6393.
GENEVA – The UN’s human rights office Tuesday condemned violence involving militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli and urged the country’s government to bring the perpetrators to justice.“We condemn the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.The unrest erupted Friday when former rebels from the city of Misrata fired on protesters angry at the continued presence of militias in the capital. That triggered clashes that killed 43 people and wounded 450, marking the bloodiest violence in Tripoli since 2011.“We urge all sides to exercise the utmost restraint to avoid the escalation of violence and engage in peaceful dialogue,” said Shamdasani.The former rebels helped topple and kill veteran dictator Moamar Kadhafi in 2011, but have since banded into militias carving their own fiefdoms.Shamdasani said the UN was deeply concerned that several individuals were reportedly taken prisoner by the militias during the clashes, calling for their immediate release or, if appropriate, their transfer to the justice authorities.“We call upon the Libyan authorities to launch a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the violent incidents and to ensure that those found responsible for unlawful killings and other human rights abuses are brought to justice,” she added.On Monday, Libyan troops deployed in Tripoli and militias were ordered out of the capital in an effort to defuse tensions.
Tight end Marcus Baugh checks in at the team hotel before camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerRedshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has some big shoes to fill.The last two starting tight ends for Ohio State, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, were picked in the third round of the 2015 and 2016 NFL Drafts, respectively. Now in 2016, Baugh has a chance to make an impression as the next starting tight end for the Buckeye offense.Even though both Heuerman and Vannett were drafted fairly high in their respective drafts, the tight end position has not been a prominent role in the Buckeye offensive scheme for the past couple of seasons. Heuerman, in 2013, was the last OSU tight end to record over 20 receptions in a season.Despite tight ends combining for only 194 yards and one touchdown on 21 receptions last season, Baugh is confident that his group will play a bigger role in 2016.“Right now I have a pretty good role on offense,” Baugh said. “We changed some reads to where I’ll be the first read or on some, if the first read is covered, I’ll be the second read.”Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner made it clear that the reads Baugh was referring to are just quicker options for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to get the ball to the tight end on plays. Warinner is making sure that his offense, especially Baugh, are ready to contribute at a high level.“We have certain segments where we emphasize the tempo,” Warinner said. “We’re trying to find out who the consistent playmakers are. Marcus has shown that he can be one.”Baugh, a four-star recruit in 2013 from John W. North High School in Riverside, California, saw his first significant action in the passing game in the 2016 spring game. Barrett found Baugh over the middle numerous times adding up to seven receptions and 64 yards.It was a quiet but distinct performance in an objectively insignificant game. But that’s who Baugh is as a football player. “Marcus is quiet by nature,” Warinner said. “But in our small group with the tight ends, he does a great job … talking to them, leading them and trying to have them understand the Buckeye way and the right way to do things.”He leads a room of young, highly touted tight end recruits who could serve big roles in future OSU offenses, as well as this one. Redshirt freshman A.J. Alexander has been taking reps with the second-string, and freshman Jake Hausmann is close behind him.Warinner said that Baugh is taking steps toward ensuring the success of younger players below him on the depth chart.“They actually do know a lot,” Baugh said about Alexander and Hausman. “I don’t really have to tell them anything. I just got to get them to the point where if something happens and they go in, they’ll be ready.”With statistical expectations low, Baugh has the chance to surpass expectations for a historically underwhelming yet highly touted tight end position.
BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet Syracuse men’s basketball’s back court. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has long been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
Fifa claims World Cup referee Mark Geiger did not ask Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt during Portugal’s win over Morocco.The governing body cleared Geiger of any wrongdoing after Watford’s Moroccan midfielder Nordin Amrabat said one of Ronaldo’s team-mates had told him the official had sought a memento from the striker who on Wednesday became the highest scoring European in the history of international football.Fifa said in a statement via the Telegraph:“It has been claimed that Mr Geiger asked for the shirt of the captain of Portugal during the half-time interval. Mr Geiger strongly refutes these claims and categorically states that such a request was not made.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“Fifa unequivocally condemns the allegations supposedly made by a member of the Moroccan team.“Fifa referees are under clear instructions with regard to their behaviour and relationship with the teams at the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia and it can be confirmed that Mr Geiger has acted in an exemplary and professional manner as an appointed match official.“Fifa would like to remind teams of their duty to respect all principles of fair play.”
The former Italy national team footballer has asked Roberto Mancini to stop after the Azzurri coach changed nine of his ten outfield playersAfter Italy drew 1-1 with Poland, in the inaugural fixture of the UEFA Nations League, coach Roberto Mancini made lots of changes.He changed nine of his ten outfield players for the match against Portugal.And in Lisbon, the Azzurri lost 1-0 to the Portuguese.The 1982 World Cup winner Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli asked Mancini to stop with this experiments in an open letter on Instagram.“Ciao Roberto. It’s tougher than you thought. Others had passed up on the job because they wanted to find it all organized, but you turned down more money elsewhere,” he wrote.“However, in these two games with Poland and Portugal, you changed, even transformed, the systems and players, giving off the impression you are struggling and wanted to just see everyone.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I remind you of Enzo Bearzot, Azeglio Vicini, who knew the Nazionale had to be a target for everyone, not a chance to make experiments,” Altobelli added.“You asked for clubs to play more Italians, so you set the example! Good luck and always Forza Azzurri!!!”