Corbett’s goal, Unsung Ones Foundation

first_imgFollowing the unexpected death of former national players and local football greats such as Winston ‘Twinny Bugs’ Anglin, Stephen ‘Shorty’ Malcolm and Peter ‘Jair’ Cargill, former national team captain, Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, was inspired to start a foundation in order to honour the memories of these greats who thrilled and entertained football fans in years gone by but passed on and left struggling families behind. Corbett, who is in the island lending support to national under-20 coaches Altimont ‘Freddy’ Butler and Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner at the request of the duo hopes to garner more support for his Unsung Heroes Foundation so the organisation can offer greater support to families of former nationals who have passed on. “Myself, Butler and (Michael) Tulloch started the Foundation about five years now. We built and registered the Unsung Ones Foundation because we want to help families of players who are not here anymore,” he stated. “Look at Jair (Peter Cargill). He was everything that we wanted to be when we were young. We wanted to play pro, Cargill played pro; we wanted to go to World Cup, Cargill did that; we wanted to coach the national team, Cargill did that, so he did everything,” Corbett pointed out. “Now he’s gone on and left his family, a single mother, who’s fighting to send the youth to school. So we need to spend time to find out and that is why we have this foundation trying to help. It’s tough because it’s just me and Tulloch trying to do everything, and we just would like some people to come in and help,” he told The Gleaner. The foundation has remained active in its over five years of existence, but only on a minor scale. However, the former football ambassador, who captained the national team for six years, wants the organisation to improve so it can really reach out to the families of outstanding former players who are truly in need. “Every year, we play some games and try to keep things alive, because it’s about 70-odd players who passed on. I would like players to come together and celebrate our lives. We want a day to play a game that we can say ‘Cobra’ (Barrington Gaynor), Peter, Twinny Bugs, Shorty, well done. “We want to carry it on because we don’t want to forget the past and the ones that are gone … so support the Unsung Ones Foundation and make it work,” he said. “We want to include everyone, we don’t want to exclude nobody, even the women who play ball, because we easily forget. So we need the foundation so these people can get help,” said Cargill.last_img read more

Does SOA consolidation run counter to basic SOA Philosophy?

first_imgMuch of the success of SOA and Web Services technologies has been driven by the benefits of loose coupling and easy interoperability of different services. The SOA philosophy allows and encourages a best-of-breed approach in selecting and combining services. And because of the modularity and building-block approach, many think that SOA will challenge large monolithic applications, like ERP, that have dominated the business horizon for the last decade.But it’s ironic that the success of SOA has led to vendor consolidation in the SOA tool space and the creation of suites of developer tools for building out SOA. “The SOA mega-suite is too un-SOA in philosophy,” Ron Schmeltzer of ZapThink commented. Big vendors like Oracle, IBM, and HP have embraced SOA and introduced SOA tool suites, combining technologies like Web Services, ESBs, Governance, and Registry/UDDI. Meanwhile smaller companies are consolidating to create comprehensive suites around SOA too. Progress Software, for example, has acquired and combined the Sonicwall ESB with Actional’s Web Services Management. Consolidated suites have the advantage of providing a tested bundle of software, but they may suffer from the same sort of weakness that SOA seeks to root out.last_img read more

Facebook Makes Web Browsing More Secure

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit For two years, Facebook has allowed users to implement a more secure connection to the site. But it hasn’t been the default for all users until today, when Facebook announced that it would move all of its 1 billion-plus users to Web browsing using HTTP Secure, or HTTPS. HTTPS is a more secure connection between browsers and the Web servers companies like Facebook run.In a statement made today on its website, Facebook reported that all traffic to www.facebook.com, the version of its site used by most desktop PCs, and 80% of traffic going to m.facebook.com, its mobile website, will be secure. The social media giant says that it’s not as simple as adding an “s” to the end of “http,” in its Web address. It outlined in-depth steps it had to undertake for the migration, and planned improvements for the fall. Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#HTTP Secure#HTTPS#now#security#social networks#Web browsers center_img readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Four Laws for Transformations (A Note to Leaders)

first_imgI started this week at Gerhard’s Sales 2.0 Conference in Philadelphia. G puts on a heck of a good show, and I always learn a lot. I was there to speak on Big Data, but I spoke on Little Data.Gerhard pushed all of us to share our best ideas about sales transformations. And he started at the speaker’s dinner on Sunday night. Here are the four big ideas I shared from my experience.Changing things isn’t a transformation. To transform you have to change from “this” into “that.” You know, like from transactional to consultative. From selling product to selling outcomes. From product to services. These ideas are on opposite ends of a continuum. But without a goal, changes aren’t necessarily meaningful change. What are you transforming into and from what?Know why you are transforming. If you want your change initiative to succeed, you have to provide a compelling reason to go with your future vision. But, seriously, why transform? Sometimes there is a good reason to turn everything and everyone upside down. But sometimes all you really need to produce results is execution and accountability. What’s really missing?Your transformation isn’t someone else’s transformation. Your company is in a different place. You have a different culture. You have a different strategy. Your company has a completely different DNA. Even though your challenges may be the same as someone else’s, that doesn’t mean that your path forward is the same as theirs. Your path is your own. One path fits one.Your progression from “this” to “that” is a continuum. As much as you want a radical change and a clean break from what you are, it doesn’t work that way. You have to install a new mindset (read: NOT EASY!). Then you have to help your people obtain the necessary skills (read: INVEST TIME and NOT EASY!). And then you have to put those changes to work. Imagine you are a car sliding on the ice. You turn the wheel into the slide and hit the brakes, but it takes a while to catch. That’s transformation.Transformation isn’t easy, whether it be personal or a whole organization. It’s more than just a change. But to succeed, you need a compelling reason why, that it’s personal to you, and you need to know where you are going.QuestionsAre you really transforming? Or are you just making changes? What do you believe to be the difference?Why is a transformation necessary? What forces are compelling you?Is your transformation your own? Are you following someone else’s path?What does the continuum look like? Where are you now? How do you move forward? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Global Cebu bows out of AFC Cup

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The result meant Global crashed out of the competition, 4-5, on aggregate, as another red card on a key player cost the Cebu side its slim advantage.Global had led for most of the two-legged affair and looked poised to claim a finals berth when Shu Sasaki’s header in the 49th minute put them on top, 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut Home United capitalized on the 71st minute dismissal of Dennis Villanueva to tie the count in the 89th minute, when Stipe Plazibat stabbed home at close range past Patrick Deyto. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What started as a promising campaign in the 2017 AFC Cup ended in heartbreak for Global Cebu Tuesday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Global conceded twice in the final four minutes in a 2-3 defeat to S-League side Home United in the second leg of their Asean zonal semifinal tie.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pocari shoots for outright semis slot Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

8 days agoCrotone striker Maxi Lopez: I’ve forgiven Mauro Icardi

first_imgCrotone striker Maxi Lopez: I’ve forgiven Mauro Icardiby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrotone striker Maxi Lopez says he’s forgiven PSG ace Mauro Icardi.Icardi, on-loan at PSG from Inter Milan, had an affair with wife Wanda Nara while she was married to Lopez and they were teammates at Sampdoria.“I chose to be happy and made a lifestyle choice. Things can go well or badly,” Maxi told Club 947.“My relationship failed, but I became a father from it. It was just a situation. Things go on and I chose to live like this: with energy and good vibrations.“I think I chose the best option. Everyone has problems and complications, but your life develops based on how you cope with them.“I’ve forgiven Icardi and I have no problems with him. My objective in life, besides football, in a human sense, is trying to find and give happiness to my children.“The only objective I have is that. The rest has already passed for me. It’s a page I turned a long time ago and it doesn’t put any strain on me at all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Umpires Are Less Blind Than They Used To Be

Umps are getting better, and they’re also remarkably consistent. An ump who makes more accurate calls in one year will likely do the same the next; an ump who misses more calls in a given season will likely be as bad the next. Umpire accuracy is more steady than a player’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA, and as consistent as OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wins above replacement.To see how this works, look at the performance of Lance Barksdale and Tim Welke. While they both follow the league’s general trend of increased accuracy — more about that later — they have, respectively, been one of the best and one of the worst umpires over the past seven years. The difference between Barksdale and a league average ump is about five correct calls per game; the difference between Barksdale and the league’s worst umpire is closer to 10 calls a game. On average, that’s about one judgment call per inning that a good ump is getting right and a bad ump is getting wrong. That might not sound like much, but if once every six outs a batter gets another swing after a third strike that wasn’t or a pitcher strikes a hitter out on a pitch that’s actually a ball, you can start to see the impact.Given their differences, umps develop reputations. Near the end of infielder Mark DeRosa’s 16-year career, he knew what to expect from the umpire calling balls and strikes. “You gain knowledge over the course of being in the big leagues for the course of a couple of seasons,” he said. “You understand which umpires are a little bit wider in their zone, who are a little bit more north-south, who’s going to force the pitcher to come tight.”Before games, he and his teammates would even talk about what they could expect during the game: “A comment would be passed back and forth, whether we should be pulling the trigger tonight or ‘this guy is normally a hitter’s umpire and likes to force the pitcher to come back over the plate, so let’s be a little bit more picky with what you’re going to swing at.’ ”An umpire who understands what calls he is missing is an ump who can improve. “It was amazing how my perspective of the strike zone changed when I got this technology,” Dellinger said. “I thought pitches were on the plate, until you get that data back. You see that some of those pitches were not on the plate. It wasn’t something that was done intentionally. It was just your perception of the strike zone. I was able to quickly make adjustments based on having that information, which was huge to me.”Seeing the data, however, can make fans less charitable. “They see a pitch that is out of the box, and they think, ‘Aw, he’s a bad umpire,’ ” Dellinger said. “I’m thinking, ‘You should have seen it 15 or 20 years ago.’ ”He’s right — ump accuracy has improved since 2008. But it has been on only one type of pitch: strikes.While umps call balls no differently than they did seven years ago, they’re accurately gauging strikes at much higher rates. This distinction is so large that Brian Mills, a professor of tourism, recreation and sports management at the University of Florida, cites the increasing size of the strike zone as accounting for about half of the league’s 50-point drop in OPS since 2008. In other words, steroid testing isn’t the only change responsible for MLB’s drop in offensive output. It’s also more called strikes.While the league and the umpires association have access to data showing that specific umps tend to be better at calling balls and strikes, it does not appear that they use this information to reward those who are the most accurate with choice assignments, like the All-Star Game or the postseason.2MLB declined to make specific umpires available for interviews but did let Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations, and Randy Marsh, director of major league umpires, talk.According to Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations, balls and strikes play a role, but don’t write Lance Barksdale’s name into your World Series scorecard just yet. “Once you meet a standard, you’re in the mix,” Woodfork said, likening the selection process to that of the NCAA tournament. Assignments are doled out using a mix of analytics and judgment: “Balls and strikes is taken into account along with field work, rules, instant replay and handling situations. Professionalism also factors into grading umpires. The plate work may carry more weight in the evaluation, but they are all important.”If plate work is important, it hasn’t shown in playoff assignments. According to numbers from BaseballSavant.com, umps who were No. 70, 71 and 76 in the accuracy rankings (out of 79) called balls and strikes in the ALCS last year, with only one of the top 10 umps receiving a league championship series or World Series spot. And this more exhaustive look at umps also finds that postseason spots do not appear to be linked to regular-season performance. “Like any other profession, you can go up and go down, but the consistency over time often helps,” Woodfork said. “We don’t ignore what you’ve done in the past, but that year carries the most weight.” If that’s true, expect our old friend Barksdale to receive a high-profile opportunity, as his 90 percent accuracy rate through July 1 is far and away the best single-season number in our data.But while decisions on postseason spots won’t come for several weeks, MLB has already had one opportunity to reward an umpire for past performance, getting to pick a home plate umpire for July’s All-Star Game. It chose Tim Welke — the same Tim Welke who has consistently had one of the league’s worst rankings since 2008. Dusty Dellinger knows how difficult it is to be an umpire. “There’s an old saying that they expect you to be perfect from day one and get better,” the former Major League Baseball official said over the phone. As the director of Minor League Baseball Umpire Development and the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, he knows how elusive perfection can be.Correctly calling 140 pitches flying 90-plus mph and breaking six inches or more is a near-impossible standard. And when mistakes are made, players and managers aren’t bashful. Jonathan Papelbon said D.J. Reyburn should “go back to Triple A” after a confrontation over balls and strikes. Joe Girardi complained about inconsistency. Larry Andersen did too after he retired, labeling the men behind the plate arrogant. You don’t have to look too hard for more examples.That’s led plenty of people to wonder when robots will come for the umps’ jobs. But lost amid those blue-sky dreams is what’s happened to the way we judge the blue behind the plate. Technology has changed how we can evaluate umps. It shows that umps are getting better, that there’s a significant gap between the best and worst, and that the best umps aren’t working the biggest games.After every game, umpires receive a report from the league office that informs them about their accuracy, their correct calls, and the ones they missed. Pitchers, hitters and fans have near-instant access to information on an umpire’s accuracy, too. The chart below shows the accuracy rates for calling balls and strikes for each ump since 2008, when MLB installed the PITCHf/x tracking system in every stadium.1The data was collected from BaseballSavant.com. Umps in the data set saw at least 3,000 pitches (called balls or strikes) in each season, with a smaller restriction (1,800 pitches) for 2015. read more

Former Ohio State football player Ray Small arrested on drug charges

Courtesy of MCTFormer Ohio State football player Ray Small was behind bars Friday morning after being arrested the previous night on numerous drug and gun charges.Small, 26, was indicted on a total of six felony drug possession and trafficking charges that were filed July 10.According to Columbus Division of Police, Small was held in the Franklin County jail after the gang unit found him in a condominium in Whitehall.The charges against Small were from an April search of his apartment in north Columbus.The indictment issued for Small said authorities captured drugs including heroin and oxycodone in addition to a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle. Another man, Anthony Jones of Detroit, was also named in the indictment for being connected with the alleged crimes.Small was caught up in the 2010 Buckeyes football memorabilia scandal, telling The Lantern he sold rings and other valuables for money. He also posted a video to YouTube in May apologizing to former OSU coach Jim Tressel among others for his role in the scandal as well as his drug problem. Small cites his upbringing in the video, saying that he did not receive much discipline and that he is “truly sorry” for his actions.Small was also indicted on drug charges and after he was found to have more than 200 oxycontin tablets in Meigs County in 2012.According to Fox 28 in Columbus, Small could face up to 33 years in prison if convicted of all charges.Small played wide receiver and returned punts and kickoffs for OSU from 2006 to 2009. He totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns in his career and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. read more

Commentary Major League Soccer should adopt European scheduling system

There have been recent talks that Major League Soccer could be adopting a schedule similar to that of its European counterparts.Currently, the MLS season begins in March and regular season play ends in October, with playoffs beginning soon afterward. If the league decided to convert to the schedule most European soccer leagues use, teams would begin their seasons in August and play until May, with a short break in December and January.Some of the most successful leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, use this type of schedule. If MLS changed its schedule, it would be more in accordance with these leagues. But what exactly would this schedule change mean for MLS?For starters, this alteration of the schedule would result in more competition in viewers and attendance, which MLS seems to be struggling with already.With its current schedule, the only other major league sport MLS has to compete with during the summer is baseball. If the league decides to go through with the change, it would be competing with the NHL, the NFL and NBA at some point during the season.If the league does change its schedule, weather would also prove to be a difficult issue in regards to attendance. With the change, MLS play would run during the winter months, and in certain cities where winters are harsh, this could cause a problem. The 2012 season set a record for MLS’ highest attendance since its first games in 1996, with an average of 18,807 spectators. Would attendance still increase or even be maintained during these cold months?In addition, some people might feel that MLS should not have to change its schedule or rules to match that of the European league. Unlike the European leagues, whose seasons end after regular season play, MLS has a playoff system, similar to that of other American sports.On the other hand, changing the schedule would align MLS to European leagues and FIFA. During the summer, there are an abundance of international games played because of it being the offseason for most leagues — but not for MLS. Players in MLS are always called up for international duty during the summer, causing them to miss many games and often become fatigued from all the back and forth travel they endure. This could easily be avoided by a change of schedule. And what of the World Cup, which takes place in the summer? The MLS will most likely take some time off, similar to what the teams have done in the past, but the league does not postpone its games for the entire length of the World Cup. MLS’ current schedule does not cater well to the needs of international players.So what does this all mean? Should MLS adopt a European-style schedule? In my opinion, it would be beneficial for MLS to alter its schedule to be more in accordance with the European leagues. Since MLS attendance has been rising in recent years, I have no doubt that soccer fans will not abandon the sport for football, basketball or hockey. The popularity of soccer in this country is growing, which can be seen through the EPL signing a huge $250 million dollar TV package with NBC here in the states. The change would also make it easier for the players, especially the players who serve international duty during the summer — they will no longer have to miss regular season games for international games.It is time for the MLS and the its to abandon its old ways, and come round to the idea of a new schedule. One thing is for sure, though; the transition, while necessary, will most likely not be an easy one. read more

Kenai Awarded Grant For New Library Books

first_imgTo receive the grant the director completes an application each year in order to receive these funds to continue the programs offered by the library. The Kenai City Council will be accepting the funds on behalf of the library at their council meeting on Wednesday, August 15. According to Joiner, certain minimum standards must be met in order to receive this grant. These include reporting requirements on expenditures and collection statistics, number of hours that the library is open to the public, minimum educational requirements for the Library Director and continuing education requirements. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai received a grant from the State of Alaska, Department of Education and Early Development for the purchase of new library books. According to a letter to the Kenai City Council from Librarian Mary Jo Joiner, the Kenai Library was awarded a public library assistance grant by the Alaska State Library in the amount of $7,000.last_img read more