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England face post-mortem after Ashes capitulation

first_imgEngland will have to make some tough decisions about the futures of some of their most decorated senior players after they were ruthlessly exposed by Australia in a 15-day Ashes capitulation.Joe Root’s team head to Melbourne 3-0 down in the five-match series after being subjected to an innings and 41-run hiding in the third test at the WACA, where opener Alastair Cook and paceman Stuart Broad failed to deliver yet again.English hopes that Cook could channel the Herculean effort that saw him score 766 runs in their 2010/11 triumph Down Under have proved forlorn. The veteran left-hander has instead reprised his form from the away series of 2013/14 when he stumbled through a 5-0 whitewash under the yoke of captaincy.Despite being relieved of the leadership burden this time around, Cook has ‘supported’ his successor Root with only 83 runs at an average of 13.83 this series, comfortably the lowest of England’s specialist batsmen.Broad, meanwhile, has managed only five wickets at an average of 61.80 and suffered the worst Test figures of his career at the WACA, where he went wicketless for 142 runs.His pace partner James Anderson has battled manfully through a difficult campaign, but at the age of 35 the long-serving Lancastrian may not be able or willing to lead England’s pace attack far into the future.A TOUR TOO FARAustralia has often proved to be a tour too far for veteran England players, as was shown by the 2013/14 debacle which ended the careers of Graeme Swann, Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen.That whitewash also led to the departure of director Andy Flower, but current coach Trevor Bayliss says he is still the right man to lead the team.“You may not (think that), but I think our performances have gone pretty well over the last couple of years,” he told reporters at the WACA.“That’s for people above my pay grade to make that decision.”Bayliss has, however, offered no bright ideas on how to rejuvenate England or find faster bowlers that can compete on Australian pitches where they have now lost eight straight matches.“I haven’t got the answers,” said the Australian.“Over the last couple of years we’ve certainly been on the lookout for a few positions in the team and no one until this tour has stood out.”In Somerset seamer Craig Overton, who bowled with vigour in Adelaide and Perth until suffering a rib injury, England have at least unearthed an encouraging prospect.But the raw 23-year-old can scarcely be expected to cover the gaping hole which the absence of Anderson and Broad’s 900-odd wickets of test experience would leave.Middle order batsman Dawid Malan staked his place in the team with his maiden test century at the WACA, backing up his 140 with a half-century in the second innings.Cook, by comparison, contributed only 21 runs in his two innings at the WACA.A fine servant of English cricket with over 11,000 Test runs, Cook will be 33 when he lines up for the Melbourne Test on Boxing Day.After 150 Tests, Bayliss said, he would know the right time to step down.last_img read more

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Death threats probe clouds Colombia preparations

first_imgColombia head into their World Cup clash against Poland in Group H on Sunday under pressure to get a result and with their preparations overshadowed by a police investigation into death threats made to midfielder Carlos Sanchez.In a grisly echo of the killing of Andres Escobar, who was gunned down after scoring an own goal for Colombia at the 1994 World Cup, Sanchez received threats on social media after receiving a red card in the third minute of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss against Japan.Sanchez was sent off for a deliberate handball after trying to block a shot in the area and will miss the Poland match in Kazan on Sunday.The Jose Pekerman-coached team closed ranks on Friday, undertaking a private training session at their ski resort base outside of Kazan and declining to comment on the Colombian police probe and their preparations for Poland, who were upset 2-1 by Senegal in their opener.Queries remain over the fitness of talisman James Rodriguez, who was used as a 59th-minute substitute against Japan as he recovers from a calf problem.Argentine Pekerman would prize dearly the option of starting the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 Brazil finals against eighth-ranked Poland, and alongside midfield partner Juan Quintero.Sanchez’s absence may open the door for Mateus Uribe to slot into midfield next to Jefferson Lerma.After a stunning loss to Senegal, courtesy of a pair of howling errors, Poland might console themselves that they can only get better.The staff have promised changes for a team that has the ability to both score and concede lots of goals.With Senegal’s well-drilled backline keeping Robert Lewandowski subdued, manager Adam Nawalka will hope for more midfield drive to boost supply to the country’s record goal-scorer.The recall of defensive stalwart Kamil Glik, who missed the Senegal opener with a shoulder injury, would be a huge boost for Poland‘s hopes of stopping the likes of Rodriguez and front man Radamel Falcao.There are still doubts about Glik’s fitness, however, so Thiago Cionek, his replacement against Senegal, may keep his starting place despite scoring an own goal against the Africans.Poland, who have never reached the knockout rounds of a World Cup after losing their opening game, will need to shore up their defence in their first competitive match against Colombia if they are to defy their history.“It will be like a final,” said Colombia striker Falcao.“Each team will battle hard to keep the ball, and will close down the space for their opponents to operate in.”last_img read more

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Road rehabilitation ongoing in Mahdia, but contractors face challenges – MPI’s engineer

first_imgThe cries of residents in the mining community of Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni), are being answered through the rehabilitation of internal roads.Senior Hinterland Engineer, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Naeem Mohamed said that works on the internal roads are ongoing, despite challenges.Ongoing roadworks in Region Eight (GINA photo)In an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Mohamed said that the contractors are facing challenges with the removal of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) utilities. However, these are being addressed and the contractors are increasing the pace of work. To date 15 per cent of the work has been completed.The approximately $720 million allotted in the 2016 budget will see two kilometres of roads concreted, along with several drains, Mohamed explained.Additionally, works on the Mabura road will commence shortly. The contractors will be removing slush from the potholes and other areas, and in the dry season laterite will be added on, “so that the road will be more passable in times to come,” Mohamed claimed.The contracts were awarded to JR Ranch Incorporated, but due to heavy rains, works were delayed. Mohamed explained: “It is challenging doing the grading when the rain comes. When you do on surface road in the rainy season it gets more complicated, the material becomes more plastic and there is a difficulty in doing roads when these times come.”Mohamed pointed out to GINA that maintenance on the roads is usually executed annually, since it would not be economical to carry out periodic maintenance: “We also cannot allow lots of time to pass before we do work on the road so we have to choose the right time to get it done.”Early in 2016 when Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and a team visited Mahdia, they were apprised of the poor state of roads in the community.Minister Trotman had assured residents that works were slated to commence this year, since in the 2016 national budget funds were allocated for the paving of roads in Mahdia.A total of $1.702 billion has been provided for rehabilitation of hinterland roads in Bartica, Mahdia, Ituni-Kwakwani and the Cassandra Bridge, says GINA.last_img read more

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Bryans once again on top Down Under

first_img“It’s great to come out and start this year well,” Bob Bryan said. “Winning that first one is awesome.” It was the Bryans’ fourthstraight appearance in the Australian Open final and their second consecutive win. MELBOURNE, Australia – No chest bump, just a big hug. American twins Bob and Mike Bryan, from Camarillo, skipped their usual celebration ritual Saturday but were jubilant anyway after grabbing their fifth Grand Slam men’s doubles title by beating Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 7-5, 7-5 at the Australian Open. “To come down here and get to the finals four years in a row, to defend our first … that’s special,” Bryan said. Tour veterans Bjorkman and Mirnyi were seeded second to the Bryans’ No.1 and came into the match with a 4-4 record against the brothers but with three straight wins, including last year’s French Open final. But Mike Bryan’s powerful serve helped the brothers to dominate the match, and Bjorkman and Mirnyi scrambled to save five championship points in the last game before Bob Bryan slammed a forehand winner to seal the win. “I want to congratulate these guys,” Bryan said. “They are both friends of ours, they’re great doubles players, they are both legends. We were lucky today.” The Bryans have come to dominate men’s doubles in the past few years. The pair completed a career Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year, and Saturday was their 10th appearance in a Grand Slam final. center_img Going for a perfect 10: Roger Federer has beaten Fernando Gonzalez on clay in Monte Carlo, Hamburg and at the French Open; on grass at Wimbledon and carpet in Basel; and four times on hard courts. It adds up to nine for nine as Federer goes into today’s Australian Open final a heavy favorite for his 10th win in a row over Gonzalez. That also makes him a favorite to secure his 10th career Grand Slam singles title, moving him within four of Pete Sampras’ leading total. Federer said Saturday he’s wary of Gonzalez, who beat former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, No. 5 James Blake and No.2 Rafael Nadal en route to the final. And the Chilean player’s semifinal win over Tommy Haas was so overpowering that Haas admitted all he could do was watch. “I think it’s going to be a tough match,” Federer said. “Usually when you play against Fernando, you always know it’s going to be dangerous because he’s got the ability to suddenly steamroll. He’s been very consistent, very impressive.” Gonzalez, who had never advanced beyond the quarterfinals in 23 previous Grand Slams, is hoping he has improved enough to push the dazzling Federer, who hasn’t lost a set in the tournament so far. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Book bill spurs war of words

first_img“I’m always willing to negotiate way before the budget was signed,” she said. “Nothing happened. I frankly was shocked that the governor wouldn’t come back and negotiate with us.” Escutia said she still is willing to negotiate about the best options to teach our students English without lowering standards. Her bill requires the state education board to develop an approach for teaching reading and writing that incorporates English instruction for non-native speakers. Advocates envision textbooks and teaching materials that help build vocabulary in an appropriate context. LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Several bills by Whittier- area legislators took key steps forward this week. The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved these bills by Escutia: SB 1059: Would authorize the California Energy Commission to designate electric transmission corridors zones for future construction of high-voltage transmission lines. SB 1205: Would increase penalties on air polluters and use the extra fine money to fund local children’s health programs. SB 1442: Would include the cost International Baccalaureate exam fees in an existing grant program for economically disadvantaged students that already covers the costs of advanced placement (AP) exam fees. In addition, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved AB 1935 by Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, which would increase the frequency of railroad inspections. Meanwhile, the Senate approved AB 2777 by Huff, which would add a number of veterans’ organizations to the five already recognized by state law. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Last week, state Sen. Martha Escutia threw down the gauntlet, accusing editorial page writers and political opponents of misleading the public regarding her bill to provide textbooks geared toward non-English speakers. This week, Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, fired back, attacking Democratic supporters of Escutia’s bill, SB 1769, for using what he described as strong-arm tactics in trying to get the bill through the Legislature. Huff said he didn’t like the fact the Democrats stripped the state Board of Education of funding when the board refused to approve the textbooks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It was a small group saying that if it doesn’t go their way, they’re going to play hardball,” Huff said. Huff said he also does not believe the state Legislature should ever overrule the board. The Legislature’s job is to set policy, while the education board’s job is to implement it, he added. “This is an elite group of legislators who believe they know better than everybody else,” he said. So far, though, Huff appears to be losing the battle. The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved Escutia’s bill on a 13-5 vote. Escutia has said that when legislators began talking about removing the money from the board’s budget, they thought Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would respond. But he didn’t, she added. last_img read more

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GARDAI HUNT GANGS BEHIND MOTHER’S DAY HOUSE RAIDS

first_imgGARDA detectives are hunting organised crime gangs who went on a theft spree last Sunday – while families were away from their homes for Mother’s Day.Homes were raided in Raphoe, Newtowncunningham, Carrigans, Burt and Lifford in a series of thefts.And in one raid in Burt they stole a family heirloom belonging to an 81-year-old pensioner as well as hundreds of euro worth of jewellery. The heirloom – a gold medal awarded to an aunt for her work at a hospital in Belfast in the 1920s – is described as ‘irreplacable’.The elderly victim said: “It was the ideal time to break into homes when many people were out enjoying Mother’s Day and they were only looking for money and gold.”“This is a one-off item that can’t be replaced,” said the pensioner. “All the other things you can go out an buy again but not this.”Burnfoot Garda Station on 07493 68105 want to hear from anyone offered the medal or other items in suspicious circumstances. Other items taken in the Burt burglary included a heavy antique gate bracelet with padlock; a gate-style necklace; one fine gold chain; a silver badge from the Ballymagroarty Women’s Institute; a gold cameo brooch; a gold brooch with pearls; an antique gold brooch with purple stones and a purse with Sterling change.endsGARDAI HUNT GANGS BEHIND MOTHER’S DAY HOUSE RAIDS was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fulham strike late to pile more misery on hapless Huddersfield

first_img Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas FAREWELL Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Alex Pritchard flashed a long range effort wide on seven minutes as the Terriers continued to look positive.Cavaleiro sent a curing effort wide a minute later after Kamil Grabara flapped at a cross.The forward then scuffed an effort straight at Grabara on 18 minutes following a surging run into the danger zTerence Kongolo headed wide from a 28th minute corner, before Pritchard won another corner a minute later as Huddersfield kept up the pressure.It led to increased frustration among the home fans as possession was squandered in key areas in the run up to half-time.Grabara got down well to keep out Joe Bryan’s fierce shot across goal on 41 minutes during a rare Fulham attack. 2 LATEST Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP OFF Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ New job Mitrovic blazed over at the start of the second half after his initial shot had been blocked by Christopher Schindler.Grabara turned an Anthony Knockaert shot away with his legs as the visitors started to turn the screw.And they got their reward when Mitrovic beat Tommy Elphick at the back post to head home on 51 minutes after Juninho Bacuna had initially made a mess of a clearance.But the lead lasted just six minutes when Grant got his third of the season after his header hit the post and was ruled by goal-line technology to have crossed the line.Grabara got the better of Knockaert in a one-on-one on 60 minutes as the game began to open up.And the Cottagers wrapped it up late on when Cavaleiro curled into the top corner after he had been given far too much space on the corner of the box. stalemate Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Huddersfield are still without a win since February deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January rookie error 2 Calls for Siewert to be sacked had grown earlier in the week after the Terriers were dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Lincoln.The under-fire German has won just one match as manager, with relegated Huddersfield failing to win a game since February.The Terriers enjoyed the best of the first half but once again their goal-shy attack, which has scored just seven times from open play in 18 games under Siewert, failed to deliver.Steven Sessegnon, who was making his league debut for Fulham, produced a brilliant lunging block to keep out Lewis O’Brien’s third minute effort as Huddersfield started quickly. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Fulham and Huddersfield fought out a close encounter Huddersfield suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Fulham as the pressure on beleaguered Terriers manager Jan Siewert intensified.Ivan Cavaleiro hit the winner with a beautiful curling effort ten minutes from time to sink the struggling Yorkshiremen.Karlan Grant’s third goal of the campaign had earlier cancelled out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener.last_img read more

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Leitrim ladies back to winning ways, as Sligo league finals take place

first_imgLeitrim bounced back from their opening round defeat to Sligo to claim victory in the Connacht Intermediate Championship yesterday.They beat Roscommon by 2-13 to 1-10 in Kilglass.In club action, St Nathy’s beat Geevagh to win the Division One League title in Sligo yesterday, while Tourlestrane beat Eastern Harps in the Division Two final.last_img

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Systematic EVP

first_imgWe’ve reviewed the trajectory of Workforce planning for ages: Employee Recognition gave way to Employee Engagement which is now being called Employee Experience. These phrases more-closely resemble buzz words but there is a distinction to be made in the verbiage.Engagement references an arrangement to do something in a fixed time while Experience tilts toward observation; one interactive the other somewhat passive. These are not competing ideologies.People still like to be rewarded. People want to learn. People want to develop. People want to be part of a culture that elevates their work beyond their personal goals. Transactions happen, systems track said activity, and it all becomes part of a greater cohesive strategy.  Each organization’s Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is a six part strategy to synchronize base line objectives (work content and compensation) with the elevated goals of employee growth and development.Wrapping the collective arms of the Human Resource function around an all-encompassing EVP is an unenviable challenge: there are years of process to streamline (or undo), legacy systems and people who seek to disrupt where others see no need to rock the proverbial boat.Such is our conundrum…..But we can start with a systematic approach to progress.Scaling to AudienceSystem limitations almost guarantee program failure. Users want a platform that is designed with some flavor while promoting objectives centric to their core job function. If reward options are limited, users will plateau and stop using the system. If the design looks like it was created in 1977, program interaction will wane. If initiatives are limited to a few “pat on the back” functions, excitement for appreciation will be replaced by resentment of “another leadership initiative designed without compassion for those in the trenches”.Multiple Avenues of AttractionYou can build the best system in the world but if communication, training and intrigue are not part of your program strategy; your eco-system will remain dormant.Does your program have a title replicated in 12 other companies in your industry?Is finding the site difficult?Does it take 2 days and 5 approvals to recognize a colleague?You’ll need a branding strategy specific to your organizational culture, paths to intrigue that keep users coming back for more, and challenges that engage the competitive and collaborative motivational set in equal time.Do the hard work: dig into every corner of the culture and develop a strategy the synchronizes Human Development with Organizational Purpose.  Don’t Forget to Remember,Dave Originally posted on: Dave’s Weekly Thought Bloglast_img read more

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LPM Insider Survey Results: Readers Want More Training to Defuse Violent Situations

first_imgIncidents of violence in the retail setting have become an ongoing and consistent problem. Nearly every day there are occurrences that result in violent behavior, often resulting in someone getting hurt.For example, just last week in the LPM Insider, we reported incidents involving violent situations in the workplace every day. These and other incidents would suggest the ongoing need to enhance efforts to train both retail employees and loss prevention professionals on how to defuse all types of potential violent situations in the workplace.Last week we asked: should the retail industry do more to support education and training opportunities for retail employees and loss prevention professionals to help defuse all types of potential violent situations in the workplace?- Sponsor –  Survey ResultsOur survey participants overwhelmingly believe that the industry should do more to support education and training opportunities to help diffuse all types of potential violent situations in the workplace, with 100 percent agreeing at some level. Seventy-five percent strongly agree that the industry should do more to support education and training opportunities to help diffuse violent situations, 20 percent of respondents stated that they agree, and 5 percent say that they somewhat agree.Additional Comments“Training in how to handle escalating situations as well as how to make sure actions are correct and within the scope of their company guidelines, can improve awareness and safety. Protecting company assets which include the internal and external guests, is a tall order for all.”“These situations can quickly escalate into violence, immediately or later. This is not the type of matter where you can phone HR for advice – you need to know how to handle it to best protect yourself and others around you.”“Need more training recognizing body language and non-verbal escalation ques.”“In my experience, many of the companies I have worked for do a good job of teaching how to diffuse and back out of potentially violent shoplifter apprehensions. I think there is a great need for training in recognizing warning signs with employees at risk for workplace violence or self-harm and how to respond appropriately.”“Important topic that needs more attention.”“Both store management and LP professionals need additional training to improve upon this growing problem. Safety should always be our top priority.”Do you have any additional thoughts? Let us know what’s on your mind.   Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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