Fire on Ice! … Mayhew looks forward to historic bobsled competition

first_imgMeet 17-year-old Daniel Mayhew.He cannot drive a car, but he is quite competent, and on evidence, very comfortable guiding a bobsleigh downhill at 110km/h.The Charlemont High school student will head off to a training camp next week before taking his place as Jamaica’s first representative at the Winter Youth Olympic Games where he will feature in the Monobob competition.Remember that movie Cool Runnings?Well this is yet another version of Jamaicans defying logic and excelling on ice.Mayhew’s case becomes even more outstanding when the fact that he only stepped in a bobsleigh for the first time a mere 11 months ago at a Swiss training camp is taken into consideration.”I can’t recall exactly what I was feeling, but I know I was very nervous at first. They started me at the middle of the track, so that I didn’t get as much speed as I would if I started at the top,” Mayhew recollected during a recent chat with The Gleaner.HEARD HORROR STORIESHe heard many horror stories before that maiden voyage, but his first few runs were incident free, and as his confidence grew, so did his popularity among the other young athletes at the camp.The Jamaican, who lives in the St Catherine community Orange Field, which was also home to former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, went on to win two ‘B’ finals and book his place among the qualifiers for the February 12 – 21 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.”I am a little bit surprised. I was the underdog and coming out on top in the B finals shows that I am going somewhere and I can see that I am improving my driving skills and my overall performance,” Mayhew added.”Going to the Olympic Games is a really extraordinary feeling. When I finished my qualifying run and knew that I qualified, it was an overwhelming feeling. I am hoping to get a medal possibly even the gold. The potential is there for me to do it, all I have to do is listen to my coach and I know I can come out on top,” he said.It was that well-rounded coach Harry Nelson, his eighth grade physical education teacher, who took the academic enthusiast out of a class one day and greeted him with the words: “I am have mission for you. You are going to compete in the bobsled.”Hard words to process for a teenager, who had little interest in actually competing in sports. But Nelson, who was impressed with the form shown during eight grade PE, was convinced he had the potential.”At first I was not attracted to the sport, it all happened really suddenly … I really wasn’t that interested at first; who wants to do that (bobsled)?” he laughed. “It’s a very different experience, but it has been extraordinary.”Mayhew, who has passed eight subjects all with ones and twos has hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future but is, however, happy that he decided to take the leap in the bobsleigh and is looking to do his best in Norway.But has he seen the movie Cool Runnings?”I saw that movie before. It was really just like any other movie to me. It really wasn’t that interesting to me at first, but before I left I watched it again because I had a feeling people were going to ask me about it,” he laughed.Maybe his story will play a part in a sequel.last_img read more

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Steve Blank’s Lean Startup Model: Not Just For Startups Any More

first_imgRelated Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… rieva lesonsky How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#enterprise#innovation#startup The lean startup – as envisioned and explained by Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, associate professor at Stanford University and ReadWrite contributor – is no longer just for startups. “Companies are facing continuous disruption. Business-as-usual is not a credible response,” Blank writes in the cover story of the May issue of the Harvard Business Review: Why the Lean Startup Changes EverythingThis is a big deal. For years, HBR and most of the country’s leading business schools taught entrepreneurship as if the strategies, processes and techniques were some sort of amputated versions of the business models embraced by “real companies.” This no longer the case – the lean startup concept is being embraced by companies large and small, and is now taught at business schools globally.Keep Failing Fast Til You SucceedThe principles of the lean startup – failing fast and continually iterating and learning – certainly pose a challenge to traditional processes at corporate behemoths – but Blank argues that adopting the lean startup model is now “essential for the survival of business.”As Blank writes in HBR, “It’s already becoming clear that lean start-up practices are not just for young tech ventures.” Those tools now embraced by startups searching for new business models “also happen to have arrived just in time to help existing companies deal with the forces of continual disruption. In the 21st century those forces will make people in every kind of organization — start-ups, small businesses, corporations, and government — feel the pressure of rapid change.”“The pattern is the same,” Blank added in an interview, only “the scale is different.”“The world has changed. The rules that worked in the 1990s no longer work. It’s now a world of disruption.” Big businesses, Blank said, became so “focused on execution, they forgot how to innovate.”The Evolution Of The Lean StartupThe lean startup model is not new. Blank first started piecing together the concept in 2000 and created The Four Steps to the Epiphany in 2003. (The book was published in 2005.) The Startup Owner’s Manual was published in 2012.Blank’s revelation — that large companies execute while startups “search” — was the key to articulating the difference between big and small businesses. Blank recalls realizing there were “plenty of tools for execution, but no tools for search.” Ideally startups would be searching for answers, seeking the repeatable business model, finding out what’s salable.A few years later Blank was teaching agile engineering, which is the idea that “instead of building a product in one lump sum, people build it in increments.” One of his students, Eric Ries, later wrote a book about the concept and named it The Lean Startup. The final piece was to create a framework “to keep score.”The Evolution Of BusinessIn his HBR article, Blank predicts applying the lean start-up approach will help existing businesses “innovate rapidly and transform business as we know it.” Lean startup, he writes, is “a new strategy for the 21st-century corporation.”In our interview, he added the lean startup is now about “continuous innovation inside existing companies.” It’s all part of the evolution of business, Blank explained: “Never underestimate [the impact] of stepping out of the box. Think different. Ask, ‘Why is this different?’ ”The (Limited) Role Of Big DataLike almost everyone else these days, Blank had something to say about the important of Big Data: “It’s not just about collecting the data, it’s about having insight into the data you collect, about making connections from the data.”But Big Data analysis doesn’t spell the end of the time-honored business precept of going with your gut, Blank said. Rather he believes using the data to make better decisions is what makes a company “explosive.”Adding Big Data insights to business vision is the key: “Entrepreneurship will never be formulaic. Entrepreneurs see things other people don’t. They’re artists.” For example, he concluded, “Steve Jobs represented the best intersection of art and science.”Risk = Not Getting Your Hands DirtyIn the end, Blank believes companies get into trouble when they “fail to understand what customers want.” It’s easier to avoid failure if you “build a customer-centric business,” Blank said. “You need to get your hands dirty,” he said.Thats why Blank warned companies to stop chasing “the romance” — the way you think things are, and start pursuing “the realities” — the way things actually are.Steve Blank image from a 2012 Stanford Business School Interview on YouTube.last_img read more

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If You Are Being Out-Hustled

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If there is one thing that is 100 percent within your control, it is your effort.You control how hard you work. Not your manager. Not your leader. Not anyone else. No one can or will stop you from working hard. The effort you make here is yours alone. If it isn’t enough, it’s all you.You control how many hours you work, too. The time you invest in work each day has nothing to do with your scheduled hours. It has nothing to do with whether you are paid hourly, salary, or straight commission. You can work as much as you want—or as little.The work that you decide to do is all up to you. This is true even if you have a day job. You can do your life’s work at 5:00 AM in the morning, when there is no one on earth who wants your time. You can work at 10:00 PM when other people are going to sleep. Like effort and time, the work you do is all you.If you are being out-hustled, it’s because you are allowing it.If someone is working harder than you are, they’re likely to produce more and better results. Even if they aren’t as smart, talented, educated, or well-connected as you.That someone who is working more hours doesn’t have one single hour more than you do each day. It’s just that they are investing their hours differently. Everyone has things that they have to do. And they always find time for the things they believe are most important. Right now, how you are spending your time is an indication of what is most important.There are very few things in life that are 100 percent within your control. Your belief system is one of them. Your attitude is another. What kind of effort you make is also one of the few things you can control.last_img read more

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‘New’ sports are bringing the glory

first_imgIt may be tempting for armchair critics to rubbish India’s campaign in the Guangzhou Asian Games as the gold medal tally has been abysmally low till now, with the shooters and lifters being the culprits.However, having traversed many miles from one venue to the other in Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan to the rowing complex outside the city, it is clear there is something positive which has emerged for India from these Games. Unlike the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where venues were in clusters and travel was easy for the average fan, it has been a different experience in this part of China.Just to jog the readers’ memory, when we saw empty stands at venues in New Delhi, the first question was whether tickets had been hoarded, or printed in fewer numbers.A 100 Yuan ticket may not seem a big price, but not every venue in Guangzhou has reported high attendance. Questions on this subject were posed to the Olympic Council of Asia bosses, but their answers were evasive as they spoke of more tickets being put up on sale and how sponsors had perhaps bought blocks of tickets.Without going into the nittygritty, one thing is certain and that is how there are several sports for India where gains have been tangible. An assortment of gold , silver and bronze in rowing, silver in wushu, bronze in tough sports like swimming and gymnastics plus good results till now in volleyball have been eye-openers.At the risk of sounding invidious, I am convinced that it is the new individual sports where India has done well that we need to take a hard look at.advertisementWay back in 1994, when pistol prodigy Jaspal Rana won the standard pistol junior gold medal in at World Championship in Milan, nobody knew what this sport was all about. Agreed, we had maharajas shooting for the country.But the way shooting has evolved as a sport in India and how shooters have been performing in a plethora of championships is praiseworthy.There is no doubt, India have failed in shooting this time at the Asian Games. This should serve as a wake-up call for those who run the sport in the country, where their fetish for holding trial after trial for shooters is ridiculous.Agreed, present performances should be given weightage, but a comprehensive selection policy is a must where one does not rely just on trial scores to pick teams.The second aspect relates to quality of coaching. While in rifle we had Stanislas Lapidus as coach and Marcelo Dradi to help in shotgun, the pistol shooters, barring Vijay Kumar, were orphaned. The National Rifle Association of India needs to urgently address the pistol shooters’ demands.Look at sport like swimming, rowing, wushu, gymnastics and even hockey. The pattern is very clear. Either you get the best coaches from abroad or ensure at home you have committed coaches, like Ismail Baig in rowing, who work with the team like a father figure.In fact, one of the oarsmen was saying that when the rowing team trains in Hyderabad, Baig will even cook up a meal if required.Enough has been written on how coach Vladimir Chertkov ditched our star gymnast Ashish Kumar. But the fact remains Chertkov has made a huge difference and we need to find the right replacement.As for wushu, it is indeed amazing how in a sport where speed, technique, reflexes and style matter, India won a medal through Sandhyarani Devi.What this means is that there is obviously talent at home in these sports and we need not weep that all is lost. From now to the 2012 London Olympics, we need harder training for our athletes. And it is medals from the ‘unknown’ sports which need further encouragement as from rowing to swimming, the cry is for more exposure and training abroad.If in an expensive sport like shooting, the government can spend crores of rupees, some planning has to be done for a pool of athletes who can aim for glory at the 2012 London Olympics.Minus funding, Olympic and Asian Games sport in India will be dead. Since the government has now more or less made up its mind that it will not host the Asian Games in 2019, the least which can be done is invest in Indian sport.We need to get rid of this pessimism. Reality is, today Indian athletes do not go abroad just for exposure. There are talented people in various sports yearning for more encouragement.advertisementSince we cannot adopt a Chinese model for sports promotion, the Indian government needs to fund sport with tight controls in place.Hopefully for that, one will not need to wait till the 2011 budget for getting more money!last_img read more

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SCOTS Corporate Touch Day

first_imgThe SCOTS PGC College inaugural Corporate Touch Day was held at Kearney Springs Sporting Complex in Toowoomba last Sunday. The carnival was a fundraising event for the College’s Touch Football tour to New Zealand in September and the support from McInnes Wilson Lawyers, Elders Real Estate Emerald, Blades, Australian Fresh Salads, Fuji Xerox Business Centre Toowoomba and Proterra Group was greatly appreciated.Director of Activities, Mr Andy McGregor Lowndes said, despite the cold weather the day was successful and everyone enjoyed themselves.  “16 teams competed on the day and all games were played in great spirit. The $5000 prize money attracted some very strong teams with six current Australian players who recently defeated New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series playing on the day,” he said.  Teams travelled from Brisbane, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast. The $5000 Cup Final was won by the Tigers, defeating 2Fresh in the final 7-3.Kertisha Thompson (Watch the Feet) won the $1000 ladies ‘Dash for Cash’ and Sam Brisby (Tigers) won the $1000 men’s ‘Dash for Cash’.  Sam was one of four current Australian Men’s players participating at the carnival and was awarded ‘Player of the Cup Final’.Other results included the Plate final won by Back to Basics against Honey Badgers 4-3, the Bowl final with Recognition Plus defeating Federal Hotel 10-2 and the Shield Final Mad C’s beat McCormack’s Mean Machine 4-1.Acting Principal of The SCOTS PGC College, Mr Ben Manifold thanked the Toowoomba Touch Association and the referees, some of whom travelled from Brisbane, for their support to ensure the highest level of organisation and officiating possible. The SCOTS PGCC College will host its annual Secondary Schools Invitational Touch Carnival on July 27 which is expected to again attract over 50 teams.Related LinksScots Corporate Daylast_img read more

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10 months ago​Makelele blasts Man Utd star Pogba for celebrations

first_img​Makelele blasts Man Utd star Pogba for celebrationsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaude Makelele is not happy with Paul Pogba.The legendary French defensive midfielder believes that Pogba’s goal celebrations are disrespectful.Pogba enjoyed some dance moves with other United players, such as Eric Bailly, after scoring twice in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth.But Makelele does not agree with such displays of flamboyance.Speaking on Astro SuperSport’s Sunday Night Live show, he said: “One example is Thierry Henry. When he scored a goal before, everybody was like, ‘F*****g hell, many goals, he’s never happy’.”One day I tell Thierry, ‘Why?’. He said, ‘It’s the way I celebrate my goal. I know people don’t like this, but I’m like this. I can’t change this.”Pogba, he’s like this, he can’t change this. We accept this – it’s Pogba.”For me, it means sometimes you don’t respect your opponent, you know?”It’s frustrating. I’m fronting Pogba. I want to tell him, ‘Listen, do this in the dressing room, not now. It’s frustrating. You win 4-0, you’re dancing in front of me.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_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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Northwest Syria clashes kill 51 fighters monitor

first_imgBeirut: Clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces killed 51 combattants on both sides in northwestern Syria Tuesday, a war monitor said. Russia-backed regime fighters have for weeks been chipping away at the edges of the jihadist-run stronghold of Idlib — a province that borders Turkey — after bombarding it for months. But hardline rebels and jihadists on Tuesday attacked loyalist positions in the south of the bastion, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Violent clashes east of the town of Khan Sheikhun broke out at dawn after jihadist and opposition groups attacked regime positions,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. The attack was led by the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen group and another jihadist faction — Ansar al-Deen — he said. The fighting has killed 23 regime forces and 20 opponents, including 13 jihadists, the Observatory said. In the southeast of the bastion, eight rebels were killed trying to sneak through frontlines towards regime positions near the Abu Duhur military airport, the monitor added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Regime forces recaptured Khan Sheikhun last week, and have been massing north of the town in recent days as they prepare to push on with their assault. The town lies on a key highway running through Idlib province, and fully recapturing the artery would allow the government to reconnect Damascus to second city Aleppo. Heavy regime and Russian bombardment has hit areas north of Khan Sheikhun in recent days, in the vicinity of the town of Maaret al-Noman, the next stop north on the highway. On Monday, regime and Russian air strikes killed 12 civilians in the jihadist stronghold, the Observatory reported. The offensive comes despite a deal signed in September last year by Moscow and rebel backer Ankara to avert a full-blown assault on the Idlib region of some three million people. The presidents of both countries were set to meet in Moscow on Tuesday. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — extended its administrative control over the whole of Idlib in January, but other rebel factions remain present. A spike in bombardment since late April has killed more than 920 civilians, the Observatory says, and caused more than 400,000 people to flee their homes, according to the United Nations. The Syrian civil war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more

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Opinion Ohio State regains top form with JT Barrett starting

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter Saturday’s 49-7 win against Rutgers, it is apparent that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett has earned his starting position within the offensive unit.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced last week the news of Barrett starting over redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the first time in the 2015 season. Barrett was able to take the reins in the 2014 season as the previous starter, Braxton Miller, was injured before the season even began.Barrett went 11-1 as the starting quarterback before he was injured with a broken ankle in the fourth quarter against Michigan on Nov. 29 while the Buckeyes led 28-21. Jones then stepped into the starting position leading the Buckeyes through three major wins, one being the National Championship.After the celebration of the team’s success had finally settled down, the two quarterbacks geared up for one of the most publicized quarterback battles in college football history.The decision to claim one starter above the other seemed inevitable to all fans, but when it came down to it, the coaches had a much tougher decision, as both Jones and Barrett have a multitude of valuable qualities that they bring to the field.Jones’ confidence on and off the field gave him the ability to lead the Buckeyes to a 10-0 record as the starting quarterback. Meanwhile, Meyer has described Barrett as a “humble perfectionist,” which is shown through his leadership, as evidenced by the fact that he was voted as a captain this season.While both quarterbacks have different attributes that allow them to shine, the decision to claim one over the other as starter just didn’t seem possible. Within the first seven games for the Buckeyes, both Jones and Barrett saw significant time, allowing both athletes to make a case for why each deserves the big spot. With the OSU offense looking in disarray, the coaching staff looked for an answer, and they found it against Penn State.It wasn’t until the “Dark Night at the ‘Shoe” that the decision was clear. Barrett went from the red zone quarterback to taking over for Jones full time in the second half. Winning 38-10 over Penn State revealed the high-powered Buckeyes we all remember from the 2014 season.After Barrett was named the starting quarterback following his performance against Penn State, the stage was set for the game against Rutgers. He proved himself more than worthy of the starting position by leading the Buckeyes to their most impressive blowout of a lesser opponent this season. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 49-7 win in which he had 324 total yards of offense, with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.The Buckeyes’ offense finally revealed what the defending champions’ fans have been waiting to see this season. As the Buckeyes took the field with their new starting quarterback it was as if a sense of rejuvenation, readiness and confidence had been draped upon them; the team was and now is more ready than ever before.With Barrett leading the charge, we all witnessed the best game performed by OSU thus far.Although it may be eight games into the season, the Buckeyes finally look like they have a vision in mind for a second straight championship. As the captain led the team to victory, one can conclude that, with Barrett in the starting position, the Buckeyes have a bright future ahead. read more

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