Options are not extras

first_imgOptions are not extrasOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article With stock options increasingly a key part of US executives’ salaries, Richard Staines asks how the idea translates on this side of the AtlanticMany of the US’s senior IT professionals and board executives have got so used to stock options as part of their pay package that they raise cash to pay their weekly bills by selling on large amounts of their company’s shares.US companies have taken the equity stakes one step further, with many of their top executives being paid solely in their company’s stock.According to a report published last week by Manpower Services, this remuneration philosophy could be spreading to the UK and the rest of the world.Manpower claims this strategy is taking off in the UK, with 34 per cent of the UK’s HR managers claiming their companies offered stock options to executives (Personnel Today, 11 July).This finding means more UK companies than any other, including the US, offer the schemes – a viewpoint formed from interviews with more than 2,000 personnel professionals worldwide. The survey conducted in the UK, the US, Japan, France, Germany, Holland and Italy revealed companies in all the countries increasingly favour using profit sharing as an incentive.It seems to recruit and retain people at the top level, companies are under increasing pressure to reward them with super-generous company share schemes.But Rob Cooper, remuneration strategy expert at the consulting firm Bacon and Woodrow, denied Manpower’s claim that British companies are ahead of the US in their share strategies. He said the share-only pay schemes have become so popular Stateside that British IT companies are suffering as a result.Legal obstaclesBecause of legal obstacles, Cooper claimed British IT companies are unable to employ US staff who favour this radical if somewhat risky remuneration practice.The Manpower research showed 22 per cent of US companies, 29 per cent of Japanese companies and 19 per cent of UK companies offered share schemes to employees.Cooper said this kind of pay scheme was set to catch on in the UK, but disputed claims by Manpower that the schemes were more widespread this side of the Atlantic.“It is more developed in the US and share ownership in European countries is far less widespread than in the UK – governments in many European countries don’t favour share options as much as the British Government does,” he said.“Gordon Brown has taken on board the US way of doing things and is very heavily influenced by developments in the States.“There is definitely an expectation among employees in the US that they will be given some sort of stock in the company they work for.“It is particularly popular among start-up companies such as dotcoms, which may not have a lot of cash but can offer a stake in the success of their company in the future.”Cliff Weight, principal executive in compensation practice at William M Mercer, also said share ownership was far more common in the US.US pay set-upsHe said, “This is very much a trend. If you work in Silicon Valley, you would probably expect to be paid like this, and the whole pay set-up is very different in the US. As a result, more and more companies will be granting share options so they can get people on board.“Internet companies in particular have very little cash when they are in the ‘ideas’ stage and tend to pay in share options as a result – even though a high percentage of these companies fail.“Our research shows around 80 to 90 per cent of Internet companies fail – but people owning shares in those that do succeed can end up becoming multi-millionaires.”Mark Childs, global head of compensation at Fidelity Investments, said, “This is a world-wide trend – but the UK lags behind the US by a considerable distance in this. The rise of dotcoms has raised the profile of directors who get paid solely through share option schemes.“But some people are beginning to question the wisdom of stock options because of the risk involved – if your share price collapses then it is a short, sharp shock.”What is certain is that the Government has been quick to respond to the trend, with Chancellor Gordon Brown apparently embracing share schemes with open arms.Employees and directors can now receive shares with tax breaks under four schemes recognised by the Inland Revenue.The profit-sharing scheme, which will be phased out in 2002, the saving-related share scheme, the company share option plan allowing a maximum of £30,000 of shares per year, and Gordon Brown’s new all-employee share plan allow shareholders to pay minimal tax on their earnings through share schemes.www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/shareschemes www.manpower.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Ward comes back to honor ‘Positive Athletes’

first_imgby Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier In his first public appearance in Pittsburgh since his retirement, former Steeler Hines Ward stood in front of 26 student athletes that were honored from around the area and their families at the Heinz History Center. Ward established a partnership with Positive Athlete, a national organization based in Atlanta, to help recognize the accomplishment of those in the Greater Pittsburgh area.“I started this positive athletes program, just to inspire kids,” Ward said. “I like to encourage (youth) on taking on a new role of joining positive sportsmanship, hanging around positive people, and trying not hang around with negative people all the time. Really, just for them to be encouraging to others and to be a leader in the community.”A third round draft pick of the Steelers in 1997, Ward has served as an international model of what can be deemed a “positive athlete.” Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in NFL history, Ward is also noted for keeping a smile through the game’s toughest moments.“Hines is one of our lead guys for, not only what this program does in the city of Pittsburgh, but all over the country,” Positive Athlete Executive Director Scott Pederson said.More than 170 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents representing 75 different Western Pa. high schools, some as far away as Erie, Pa., were submitted through the Positive Athlete and MSA Sports websites.The event was emceed by KDKA sports anchor Bob Pompeani, with assistance from MSA Sports broadcasters Lanny Frattare and Don Rebel, and featured a special appearance by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens.Three youth from the Pittsburgh inner-city were honored at the April 21 event.Ben Swaby is a senior baseball star from Allderdice. He’s developed a reputation for being an ‘all-around’ athlete, with his 3.8 GPA and is known for always being positive.“I was initially surprised when I first won this award,” Swaby said. “When my coach first told me, I felt really fortunate and I’ve been looking forward to ever since.”He is torn between attending either the University of Maryland and Allegheny College to play baseball and major in pre-medicine.Christian Joiner, a senior at Central Catholic, is a multi-sport performer in basketball and track and field. His relaxed demeanor has helped his basketball team compete for a WPIAL championship and in the PIAA playoffs. In track, he participates as a long and triple jumper for the Vikings.“I’m in a positive, upbeat environment at my school,” Joiner said. “That’s one of the key things for me to have had on the way to this honor.”He is hoping to attend the University of Akron or Duquesne University in the fall.Brittany Jackson is a sophomore basketball player from Westinghouse. She was a guard on the city’s runner-up that competed with Allderdice all the way to the wire in the Feb. 25 championship game.“Usually, kids from the inner-city are automatically kind of put behind the eight-ball,” Ward said. “They get a misconception that they come from a bad environment and that they’re bad people. You have so many great people that live within the inner-city school district borders. I just think that sometimes it’s a little harder for them (because of) that negative connotation that they’re bad people because of where they come from.”“Hines told me when we selected him for this, that the kind of athletes he was looking for (to be honored) was the kind that would keep smiling after anything, both good and bad,” Pederson said. “I think that’s what we were able to do.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) OUTSTANDING MALE AND FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES—26 area athletes gathered at the Heinz History Center on April 21 to receive awards given for their accomplishments as students and citizens. last_img read more

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Sea Bright Talks Infrastructure and Flooding

first_imgJack Sanders He also shared concern about the current government’s lack of transparency, made up of “mostly the same people” who have been in leadership positions for some time. “It’s developed a bubble,” he said. Specifically, Sanders said the council should be more transparent about development plans and potential school district changes. As an attorney, Sanders has been “dealing with holding governments accountable” for the majority of his career. He got involved politically in Sea Bright when developers proposed river-front development near his home downtown with little concern for potential flooding impacts, he said. John M. Lamia Jr. Samuel A. Catalano Brian Kelly Lamia is a former councilman and served from July 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017. During his time on council, he facilitated a fundraiser to replenish lost beach and lifeguard equipment, reestablished dunes, helped bring lifeguards to Anchorage Beach and more. He was a member of the grant, finance and Lead on the Beach committees. “I am committed to community progress, prudent spending, fairness, diversity and improved communication,” he said. If elected, Kelly said his goal is to keep taxes as low as possible, bring in revenue, be inclusive of people’s ideas and improve flood and storm resilience initiatives. During his time on council, Kelly said he has helped the borough benefit from more than $40 million in grants and insurance monies after Super Storm Sandy for economic recovery. That included seawall repairs, two new borough buildings, bulkheading and streetscape and beautification projects, he said. SEA BRIGHT – A newmayor will soon be named inSea Bright after seven yearsof leadership under currentMayor Dina Long. Long has endorsed current council president Brian Kelly for mayor. Kelly, a Republican, has lived in Sea Bright since 2000 and has been visiting the community since the 1970s. Kelly is the father of two children. He has been on the council for 15 years and served as council president for three. He said he is “always willing to assist a friend, neighbor and the community,” and added that he is a good listener and has “favorable understanding of what can go wrong with a proposed activity, which if considered in advance will typically minimize errors and oversight.” Kevin P. Birdsall Kelly, the president of Sea Bright Solar since 2003, said the opportunity to work with so many Sea Bright residents and business owners has been “a priceless, satisfying experience” that he hopes to continue as mayor. Noting his love for Sea Bright, Birdsall said he wants to run for re-election to keep things in check, especially overdevelopment. He voiced disapproval of high-rise development similar to that of Long Branch or Asbury Park. “ We really cannot support it. We’re a barrier island.” Currently the borough’s ordinance allows for a height limitof38feet.“We have a lot of areas in this town that could at any minute be sold to a developer and could just be overdeveloped,” citing any of the five marinas in town. His big concern right now, however, is flood mitigation. One way to do that is to keep the water in the river for as long as possible. Birdsall is also looking into ways to best keep flooding out of the streets and out of the sewer systems. Additionally, three candidates are vying for two open council seats in the November election: incumbent Independent candidate Kevin P. Birdsall, former councilman and Republican John M. Lamia Jr. and Democratic candidate Samuel A. Catalano. Candidate Lamia has been a Sea Bright resident for 13 years where he lives with his wife and four children. He has been involved with the YMCA as a community sports director, as a volunteer with the Sea Brighters Embracing Action and as a member of the Sea Bright Dunes Committee. He has 43 years of experience in problem solving and service delivery education, he said, nine with Exxon Corp. and 34 with Siemens, now ATOS Inc. Candidate Catalano has owned a home in Sea Bright for three years and has been in the area for about 10 years. He is the owner of Amerifence LLC and deals with large government contracts, which he said would be beneficial to borough projects and the future of the town. Kelly said some of the main concerns facing Sea Bright are the need to keep up revenues to of fset property taxes, manage borough operation costs for efficiency, finish bulkhead work, flood mitigation and public access along the downtown riverside, address the onerous regional school tax levy and to continually improve effective storm response. He also said he wanted to see the completion of new municipal facilities, a new Master Plan, storm readiness procedures, a Hazard Mitigation Plan and more. As a fisherman and boatowner, Catalano said he wantsto run for council because heloves the town and wants tokeep it the “best beach townit can be.” Democratic mayoral challenger Jack Sanders has lived in Sea Bright for five years with his wife and son. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and said moving to Sea Bright was a big step for him after living in the industrial Midwest. Running for one of the two open council seats, the incumbent Birdsall has lived in Sea Bright since 2012. He has worked in several fields including road and bridge construction, welding and corporate America. “You name it, I’ve done it,” he said. He has been a council member for about three years and said his background is helpful because he understands the functionality of what needs to be done in the borough, especially with construction projects. He hopes to continue Long’s momentum and all that she’s done since Super Storm Sandy. He feels some of the main concerns facing Sea Bright are flooding and traffic and he has been working with current councilmen Charles H. Rooney III and Marc A. Leckstein to brain- storm ideas to make things “run smoother.” He also hopes to keep taxes as low as possible with ratables.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Bantam Reps

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs looked unstoppable during a recent Bantam Rep Tournament in Osoyoos. The Reps ran the table to capture the tournament title Sunday in the South Okanagan City. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to congratulate the Bantams with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Brent Petrick, Carson Arcuri, assistant coach Kyle Mace, Logan Mengler, Keaton Roch, Amit Bhabra, Austin Tambellini, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne McGeady-Bruce and Trainer Chuck Brind’Amour. Middle, Justin Podgorenko, Logan Hascarl, Bryce Twible, Nolan Renwick, Everitt Hicks, Nolan Percival, Sawyer Hunt, Jayden Maida and Jacob Shukin. Front, goalie Jesse Beauvais. Missing, goalie Greg Markholm and Micah May.last_img

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Blaze displaces several

first_img The occupants all inhaled smoke but were not hurt, Boyd said. Her father, who suffers from congestive heart failure and diabetes, sat in an ambulance until paramedics were sure he was all right. Her youngest son, age 10, was upset, Boyd said. “He was just crying and holding on to his doggie,” she said. The fire damage seemed confined to the bedroom, but smoke damage was heavy throughout the house and the heat was intense enough to melt plastic objects in rooms that didn’t catch fire. Among the damaged furniture was a new pool table and a flat-screen television bought for Christmas. “Everything’s gone,” Boyd said, tears coming to her eyes. “I don’t have a lot of money. I have children. I have my daddy. I have my foster kids. All my dad’s medicine is gone.” Boyd rented three rooms at Motel 6 on Thursday night and was visiting relief agencies Friday looking for help. Boyd’s father has lived in the house for 16 years and she moved in after his health worsened, she said. They rent the house, but were arranging a loan to buy and had expected to sign documents next week. They have no insurance on their belongings, she said. Anyone interested in helping the family can contact Boyd through her sister Dorene Goldman at (661) 209-4034. Charles Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Fire officials estimated damage at about $80,000 to the house, which sits on an acre on Avenue R in Palmdale. Boyd said she was asleep when her children awakened her and told her their grandfather’s room was on fire. Her sister Shannon Reid and friend Michael Davis grabbed garden hoses and fought the flames until firefighters arrived. “It was just flaming up,” Davis said. All the occupants got out safely: Boyd, her sister, their father, Davis, Boyd’s three children and two teens she has taken in, and an invalid man and a woman she cares for. They had to carry the invalid man out. The family dog also got out. “The neighbors came to my help. They came out running in slippers, socks,” she said. PALMDALE – Nearly a dozen people were left homeless after a late-night house fire blamed on a portable electric heater under a bed in an elderly man’s bedroom. Samuel Goldman, 73, escaped unharmed only because he had awakened to get a glass of water before the fire started, his daughters said. “God saved him,” daughter Amy Boyd said Friday morning, standing outside the fire-blackened Spanish-style house. “Everybody’s safe, by the grace of God. I lost everything, though.” Firefighters said flames were coming from the roof when they pulled up just after 10 p.m. Thursday. It took them 25 minutes to knock down the fire, and one firefighter burned his hand battling the blaze. He was treated at a hospital and sent home. last_img read more

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Build Your Own Butt/Pedestal Dolly for under $140

first_imgAdd this versatile tool to your next shoot for hundreds less than retail.There’s a long history of tinkerers in the film business. In fact, most of the grip equipment we use today started as garage prototypes, built out of necessity by some handy guy. Walk onto any well-equipped grip truck, and you’ll find some homemade gadget that is a one-off item built specifically for an ambitious shot. Every film project I’ve worked on has required some rig or jig not found anywhere else in the industry. Challenging these self-taught engineers is fun, and more often than not, they come up with something that works really wellI certainly don’t have all the tools to fabricate something elaborate, but every now and then I come up with something that works, and I use it constantly.With these three inexpensive items, you can construct a dolly that is in wide use today. We used this this dolly every day on my last production and got some great shots very quickly. It can function as a camera pedestal dolly for low shots, but we mainly sat an operator on the seat with a handheld camera for great low-angle shots — while silently scooting around the set to follow the action.Necessary EquipmentThe bar stool seat was surprising cheap — $15. The adjustable boat seat pedestal cost $33 and is available at Bass Pro Shop. The “Down Under” plant caddy is a wheeled platform meant for rolling big, heavy pots around — $31.The biggest additional expense was changing out the plastic wheels that came with the plant caddy for soft, quiet skate wheels (available from “Coolcasters” — $9). If you want, you can spend way more for high-end, in-line skate wheels. I had the aluminum plates made for looks and a little more rigidity. Plates are totally optional.AssemblyThere isn’t anything complicated about putting these pieces together. The ½” plywood “washer” is the only the part that needs to be cut and pre-drilled; the pedestal plate itself made for a wonderful template. I made a similar plate for attaching the fluid head to the pedestal when you remove the seat.This dolly works great, is easy to put together, and costs hundreds less than similar units available online. Expand your grip tools with this versatile and customizable piece.Do you know other DIY gear hacks? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Steph Curry scores 28, carries Warriors over 76ers

first_imgWith Curry back in the lineup in the fourth, the Warriors squashed Philly’s upset bid in front of a sellout crowd that included plenty of Philadelphia Eagles and the first appearances of Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper jerseys. Curry buried a 3-pointer for a 111-109 lead, the Sixers tied it, then Curry scored the next six points over the final 2:35 of the game to do what he does best — carry the Warriors in the clutch.“We’re getting on this six-hour flight with smiles on our faces,” Curry said. “These feel good, these games where you figure out how to win in a playoff atmosphere.”The Sixers had one last shot to at least tie but Tobias Harris lost the ball out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. It was the final fumble in a series of miscues down the stretch, including Ben Simmons missing the rim on an intentional miss at the free-throw line.“I think there is a little bit of confusion because we have a whole new team and we’re trying to get guys in places,” Simmons said.Kevin Durant scored 34 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 25 to help the Warriors snap a two-game road losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Each team played without a franchise star: 76ers center Joel Embiid missed his fifth straight game with a sore left knee. Embiid, averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers, said he expected to return next week. Golden State’s Klay Thompson sat out with a sore right knee suffered in Thursday’s loss at Orlando.Without Embiid, Mike Scott scored 22 points and was a surprise star for the Sixers, until he botched a late intentional foul that gave Golden State life. Simmons had his second straight triple-double and 22nd of his two-year career with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had nine turnovers.Curry picked up his fourth foul with 8:15 left in the third and sat the rest of the quarter.“It was disappointing just because he got himself vulnerable,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We need him out there, especially with no Klay. I think he knows that and he was kind of disappointed in himself.”The game got wild without him. Damion Lee, former star at nearby Drexel, hit a pair of 3s in Curry’s absence that kept it a one-point game. Considered a throw-in as part of the Harris trade with the Clippers, Scott hit a pair of 3s that stretched Philly’s lead to five.Golden State’s stars put them ahead to close the quarter. Durant hit a step-back jumper and Iguodala, the once-popular former Sixer, connected on a 3 for a 93-90 lead to close the third.Curry took over for the Warriors in the fourth.“He’s the second-best point guard ever. Argue that,” Iguoudala said.TIP-INSWarriors: Big man Kevon Looney sat out because of right pelvic soreness. Alfonzo McKinnie left the game with a left hip contusion. … Kerr enjoyed Golden State’s only visit of the season to Philly. He apologized before he met the media for wiping his mouth after the final bite of a cheesesteak. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 76ers: Played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season.BRYCE IS RIGHTFranklin the mascot wore a Harper No. 3 Phillies jersey. Harper gave Simmons a shoutout in his press conference in Florida.“It’s amazing for Philly to have a guy like that coming here. We welcome him,” Simmons said.COMEBACK KIDZhaire Smith, a 2018 first-round pick acquired from Phoenix on draft night, made his return to basketball this week in the G League. He suffered a broken left foot, and he had a severe reaction to food allergies that dropped his weight to 164 pounds. Smith is up 206 pounds and will finish the Blue Coats season before it’s decided if he’ll play this season for the Sixers.WILT’S 100It was the 57th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game for the Philadelphia Warriors. Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the floor and an un-Wilt like 28 of 32 from the free-throw line to hit 100 in Philadelphia’s 169-147 win over the Knicks.UP NEXTThe Warriors play Tuesday at Boston. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts after a foul was called against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Curry has done it all in the NBA, so when he shook off foul trouble to score the decisive points down the stretch to again rally Golden State, the feat was met with not much more than a shrug.It’s what Curry does.ADVERTISEMENT Sixers host Orlando on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But maybe that greatness is sometimes taken for granted.“It’s interesting, because I think he’s still underrated,” Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala said. “I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCurry got the 76ers’ attention with five 3-pointers and 28 points to rally the Warriors to a 120-117 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.Curry seemed invisible in long stretches, especially in the third when he played just 3:45 of the quarter and watched the 76ers keep competitive in his absence. 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Roger Bannister, a gentleman who almost didn’t run race that defined him

first_img Read more Share on Pinterest “I was also unsure whether I should start my finish immediately or wait another 150 yards and overtake Chataway in the back straight. I decided I would stay a bit longer and then went. There was plenty of adrenaline then, I can assure you!”When his effort was spent he collapsed, almost unconscious. He described feeling like “an exploded flashbulb” but he had the record. And it changed him. As he put it: “I suddenly and gloriously felt free from the burden of athletic ambition I had been carrying for years.” June 1953 Spurred on by SanteeThe American Wes Santee runs 4 min 2.4secs. In response, Bannister runs 4min 2secs in an invitation race at Motspur Park, Surrey Share on Messenger Share on Facebook May 1951 ‘Someone will do it’Bannister runs 4min 8.3sec, the fastest time of his career, in America and discusses his chance of breaking four minutes: “I may not do it but someone will” Reuse this content Timeline How Roger Bannister’s record came about Share on WhatsApp The moment Sir Roger Bannister made history – video Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. His record lasted six weeks before the Australian John Landy lowered it by more than a second. But later in 1954, when the pair met at the Empire Games in Vancouver, Bannister emerged triumphant after an epic contest – later called, with complete justification, the Miracle Mile – coming from 15 yards down with a surprise sprint off the last bend.“I felt it was a piece of unfinished business to be able to reproduce the performance of my sub-four-minute mile in a race,” Bannister said. “And I ran the final lap in the last race I had in England beforehand in 53 seconds to persuade Landy that his best chance was to run me off my feet.“However at the half-mile he looked as though he was doing it. He was 15 yards ahead and I thought either he’s going to break a world record in 3min 56sec or he’s going to have to slow. But I managed to catch him by the bell – and then I just managed to choose the right moment to take him by surprise.”It is often said when someone dies that “we will never see their like again” but in Bannister’s case it is almost certainly true.For having won the Empire Games and European Championships in 1954 he then hung up his spikes aged just 25 – at his absolute prime – to focus on medicine.Bannister admitted in 2014: “If I were to start running today I could not combine training with being a medical student.“Most top athletes will train two-three hours a day, whereas I would run half an hour – very hard – five days a week.”But while the last of the gentleman athletes has left us – his legacy will endure for ever. Altogether now: 3:59.4. Even now, 64 years on, 3:59.4 is a number recognisable to every sports fan – and one that instantly unlocks sepia images in the mind’s eye. Of Sir Roger Bannister hurling his body across the line in a desperate bid to make history. Of an expectant crowd around him. And then the deafening roar – and the sweetest release – as the crowd hears he has become the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Topics Play Video May 1954 Pacemakers help record runBannister, with help from Chris Brasher and Chataway, runs the first four-minute mile, timed at 3 min 59.4secs at Iffley Road, Oxford. John Landy runs 3min 57.9secs only 46 days later Support The Guardian May 1953 Getting closer but no cigarBannister runs 4:3.6 in Oxford, with Chris Chataway pacemaking. A second attempt at the Coronation British Games a fortnight later is timed at 4min 9.4 secscenter_img Share via Email August 1952 Failing to fly at RAF StadiumBannister announces attempt to break mile record at the RAF Stadium in Uxbridge but performs badly, finishing in 4 min 13.8secs ‘We have lost a giant’: athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister Show July 1952 Dedicated to the causeBannister finishes fourth in the Olympic 1500m and decides to concentrate on breaking the mile record What is also forgotten is Bannister had felt “stale” a month before breaking the record and so had decided on a radical strategy: a three-day break to go hiking. It was, he admitted, “bordering on the lunatic”.But there was a method to the madness. It gave Bannister time away from training and took his mind off the record attempt. His key training session involved 10 repetitions of 400m with short rest periods between each lap – his aim being to do each one in around 60 seconds.Before his break he had struggled. Afterwards he took flight – and suddenly laps of 59 seconds felt easy. But Bannister still had to break a barrier many thought was physiologically impossible. When I spoke to him on the 60th anniversary of his achievement he talked through the race fluently but dispassionately. The anger he felt after a false start by his first pacemaker, Brasher. Then feeling so full of energy on the first lap he was shouting: “Faster!” And then the fear at the end of the 62.4sec third lap when the record appeared to be slipping away.“I heard the lap times as they went by,” he says. “The first was 58. The half-mile 1.58. But the three‑quarters was three minutes and one second so I knew I had to produce a last lap of under 59. Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Athletics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 0:59 Bannister runs 4min 8.3sec, the fastest time of his career, in America and discusses his chance of breaking four minutes: “I may not do it but someone will” Sir Roger Bannister obituary features Read more Since you’re here… Sir Roger was later to become a prominent neurologist but by then he already knew the power of the mind. As he admitted, he imagined bombs and machine guns would rain down on him if he did not go at absolute full pelt.Yet Bannister’s record for the ages, achieved on 6 May 1954, nearly never took place. For after working in a hospital that morning, he almost decided not to travel to the Iffley Road track in Oxford because of high winds.However a chance meeting with his coach, Franz Stampfl, convinced him otherwise. Stampfl told him: “If you pass it up today you may never forgive yourself for the rest of your life.”Yet it was only 30 minutes before the race was due to start at 6pm that Bannister decided he would compete. “My pacemakers Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway were getting a little impatient,” he told me in 2014.“They were saying: ‘Make up your mind!’ But it was I who had to do it. I was very concerned about the weather but when the wind dropped it proved just possible.”Bannister’s performance was more remarkable still given his lack of training. He would skip his gynaecology lectures, enabling him to run for 45 minutes at lunchtime, and did only 35 miles a week. Hide last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea have not signed Pulisic as Hazard replacement – Honigstein

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea have not signed Pulisic as Hazard replacement – Honigsteinby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea signing Christian Pulisic is not a direct replacement for Eden Hazard, according to German football expert Ralph Honigstein.The American completed a move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and has been immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the 2018-19 season.Many Chelsea fans have feared Pulisic’s signing means Hazard will leave the club this summer. But Honigstein doesn’t think that is the case.”I’m not sure what this means for Hazard but he is not, at least not in my mind, a direct replacement,” he said.”He can play in the same positions of course but he is not going to add those goals necessarily.”He will provide plenty of assists and keep the ball, but I don’t see him filling the role that Hazard has – basically becoming both Chelsea’s playmaker and major goalscorer in the absence of a more prolific centre forward. I think we have to look at this move in isolation.” last_img read more

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9 months agoMorata arrival could see Diego Costa sold by Atletico Madrid

first_imgMorata arrival could see Diego Costa sold by Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Costa could be squeezed out of Atletico Madrid if a deal for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is closed.AS says Morata has already agreed terms with Atletico, which are now weighing up how to make room. Nikola Kalinic and Gelson could make way, but they do not rule out the possibility of Diego Costa departing.A move to China could be revived for the former Chelsea striker.Morata’s arrival could force Costa to the bench and there is concern that such a situation could see the striker kick up a fuss.Meanwhile, Atletico for now are pushing Chelsea to release Morata on a straight six month loan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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