Belichick’s march towards greatness

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): He values the team’s overall culture ahead of its individual parts. He rules his team with an iron fist, and yet, instills that team with a sense of family. He can appear heartless – quick to say “goodbye” to those who no longer fit in – and yet, he is deeply loyal. He has hard-and-fast ideas about how to run his own team, but is never against learning and adding bits of others’ expertise to his own repertoire. Yes, this is a description of New England coach Bill Belichick, who can set himself apart today by winning a record fifth Super Bowl title as a head coach. It’s also a description of former coaches Chuck Noll of the Steelers and Tom Landry of the Cowboys and Alabama’s Nick Saban. As well as Gregg Popovich of the Spurs and former UCLA coach John Wooden and pretty much every other person who has cemented him or herself on the Mount Rushmore of the profession. “Xs and Os are the price of admission,” says John O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game project , who speaks often about the importance of coaching in society. “But great coaches, the first thing they do is connect. When you connect with people, they’ll run through a wall for you.” Belichick, a people person?  Famous are the stories of Belichick’s willingness to go the extra mile – especially in the film room – from the time he got his first NFL job, as an assistant to Colts coach Ted Marchibroda in 1975. “The impression he made on colleagues was almost universally favourable — open-minded, incredibly hard-working, absolutely committed to being a little better every day … a master at using film,” wrote David Halberstam in his 2005 profile on Belichick, “The Education of a Coach.” Another great coach took note of that. Before Nick Saban started winning his five national titles in college, he was Belichick’s defensive coordinator with the Browns from 1991-94. “I thought I knew something, and really found out that I was really in a position to learn a lot,” Saban said. “That time in Cleveland probably helped me as much as anything in developing the kind of philosophy and organisations that have helped us be successful through the years. I attribute a lot of it to Bill Belichick.”last_img read more

Tom Hoge stays steady, takes a 1-shot lead despite false missile alert

first_imgIran civil aviation boss ‘certain’ Ukraine plane not hit by missile PLAY LIST 00:58Iran civil aviation boss ‘certain’ Ukraine plane not hit by missile00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tom Hoge, center, hits his ball out of the rough back into play on the 16th fairway during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU — A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img If there was uncertainty about the push alert in Hawaii about an incoming ballistic missile, a different variety awaits on Sunday. No one can be sure what to expect in a final round with so many players in contention.Hoge was at 16-under 194 and was one shot ahead of Mayakoba winner Patton Kizzire (64) and Brain Harman (68).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKyle Stanley shot 65 and was another shot back. Lakers scrape past Mavericks in OT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Courts’ suspension Frustrates Party Litigants

first_imgSeveral persons whose cases were scheduled for hearing yesterday by courts at the Temple of Justice got frustrated when they were informed, on a short notice, about the suspension of courts’ activities for three days.To make matters worse, the entire compound of the Temple of Justice was like a ghost town as every courtroom was empty with no one in sight to explain the situation to party litigants.Meanwhile, some judges and lawyers were seen with their personal belongings on the grounds of the Temple of Justice, demonstrating their unpreparedness to handle any matter while the suspension remains in force.The suspension was enforced by an announcement posted at the Temple of Justice and aired on radio two nights ago – a mandate from Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor – “to give judges and lawyers opportunity to attend the pending national convention of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).”The convention, which takes place today, December 4, is expected to examine the impacts of lawyers and the legal system and the way forward for the LNBA.A similar action affects courts throughout the country.After hearing that the decision to close down courts yesterday was mandated by Chief Justice Korkpor, some of those with cases at the courts (party litigants) were openly heard complaining: “What kind of bad luck is this, when you continue to spend money on your case without any good result?” “Our cases have been around for years and the lawyers continue to collect money from us by giving us assurances that we will soon get justice. When will that justice come with these delays and financial burdens,” a woman believed to be in her 50’s furiously remarked.The courts will resume normal activities on Monday, December 7, one of the clerks announced. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MP calls for full disclosure of agreement between Govt and American Airlines

first_imgOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill has called for Government to disclose in its entirety, the agreement it signed with American Airlines to operate here.Opposition MP Juan EdghillThis call comes in light of recent reports which suggest that Government may have waived a significant portion of the landing and air navigation fees for the North American airline.“The Ministry needs to make public the entire agreement with American Airlines and to explain publicly why 90 per cent concession on the landing fees was required,” he said Monday.The MP was quoting a report in sections of the media.Edghill, who shadows the public infrastructure portfolio in the National Assembly, said Government needed to say how that agreement would benefit Guyana.“Is this compatible with any concession that has been granted to any other airline that has operated in Guyana in the past or is operating currently?” he questioned.The Opposition MP is also demanding that Government explain how this move will impact on the lowering of airfares to Guyana, stating that since the airline entered the market, airfares have not reduced.It is alleged that the US-owned airline is targeting high-end passengers who are coming to conduct oil business in Guyana.Not against concessionsEdghill said the Opposition is not against concessions, but noted that concessions must be granted with the aim of bringing value to Guyana.“It must be equitable, non-discriminatory and it must not be putting another airline out of business, because they have to pay more. It must be a competitive arrangement,” he explained.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe MP said at this stage, without having all the information – the Opposition was very concerned about it and is asking for transparency and full disclosure on this matter.Activist and commentator Christopher Ram has said that Guyana should not allow oil companies and any of their subcontractors to continue using American Airlines given the exorbitant travelling rates.American Airlines is said to be the world’s largest airline by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passengers carried, scheduled passenger-kilometres flown, and the number of destinations served.The airline started operations here in the latter part of 2018. It has an average of nearly 6700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.The airline uses an Airbus 319 with capacity for 120 passengers to fly to Guyana from Miami four times per week, departing from Miami at 18:00h and arriving in Georgetown at 22:40h. The return flight usually departs at 01:15h and arrives at 04:55h.However, the airline had the highest ticket prices for travel between Guyana and Miami. In some cases, the cost of a one-way ticket is as much as seven times higher than the cost of tickets to the same destination on other air carriers.Since these recent developments and media reports, Government has not been forthcoming with information regarding the agreement.Several calls were made to both Ministers of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson and Annette Ferguson. However, there was no success in getting a comment from either official.last_img read more

Lowell faces deeper cuts

first_imgWHITTIER – Even with plans to sell off one of its school sites this year, the Lowell Joint School District will still need to chop $1.85 million from its budget in 2006-07, officials said Wednesday. Interim Superintendent Ronald Randolph said each board member has been given a list of possible cuts next year for consideration, ranging from layoffs of certificated and classified employees to reductions in administration and supplies. School board President Janet Averill said layoffs are a certainty. “We will be laying off people, though we’re not sure how many at this point,” Averill said. “Of course, we’re not happy about that, but we’re trying to do the very best we can. “Whatever we do, we want it to be the least destructive as possible, and we want to maintain as much as we can.” Randolph said the cuts amount to about 8 percent of the district’s budget. “We went over the books in order to balance next year’s budget so that we’re spending only what we receive and we’re not deficit spending,” Randolph said. “And that’s how we found out we have to cut $1.85million.” The district’s financial troubles came to light last year, after officials with the Los Angeles County Office of Education rejected the district’s initial 2005-06 budget because it overestimated revenues, among other issues. As such, the district was required to hire a financial consultant, come up with a fiscal recovery plan and revise this year’s budget, which ended up with a $1.7 million funding gap. But because annual contracts protected most employees from layoffs, Randolph said the district’s best option for balancing the books was to sell its Grovedale site in East Whittier. Grovedale, which is being leased to the private Carden School, is expected to be sold by the end of May, said Averill. The district is asking for a $1.7 million down payment from prospective buyers to help shore up this year’s budget gap. Appraisers have not yet determined a fair market price for the 10-acre property. But the proceeds of Grovedale’s sale will only help this year’s budget, Randolph said. As such, board members will vote at their Jan. 30 meeting on cuts to save $1.85 million next year. Randolph said the list of cuts was prepared in such a way that “all services and all areas were looked at and cut with some equity. “The cuts could include, but are not limited to, layoff notices for certificated and classified employees, cuts in administrative personnel and in administration, and cuts in supplies and equipment,” Randolph said. The next board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the district office, 11019 Valley Home Ave. For more information, call the district at (562) 943-0211. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

Small brain means bigger sex appeal

first_img Promiscuity is known to make a difference in testicle size in some other mammals. For example, chimpanzees are promiscuous and have testicles that are many times larger than those of gorillas, in which a single dominant male has exclusive access to a harem of females. Large brains, meanwhile, are metabolically costly to develop and maintain. Pitnick’s research suggested that in those bat species with promiscuous females, the male’s body used more of its energy to enhance the testes – giving it the greater adaptive advantage – and lacked the energy it needed to further develop the brain. The study found that in more monogamous species, the average male brain size was about 2.6 percent of body weight, while in promiscuous species, the average size dipped to 1.9 percent. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Bats invest an enormous amount in testis, and the investment has to come from somewhere. There are no free lunches,” said Hoskens, who did not participate in the study. The relationship between the breeding system and relative brain size has received little investigation, said Pitnick, who teaches evolution and population biology and researches topics such as sexual selection and sexual conflict. Bats are the second largest group of mammals (behind rodents) with about 1,000 known species. Because of their exceptional navigational and flying abilities, bats have been the subject of countless studies, providing Pitnick and his colleagues – Kate Jones of Columbia University and Gerald Wilkinson of the University of Maryland – with a bounty of data without having to slink off into caves. Pitnick’s team looked at 334 species of bats and found a convincing contrast in testes size. In species with monogamous females, males had testes starting at 0.11 percent of their body weight and ranging up to 1.4 percent. But in species where the females had a large number of mates, Pitnick found testes ranged from 0.6 percent to 8.5 percent of the males’ mass (in the Rafinesque’s big-eared bat). “If female bats mate with more than one male, a sperm competition begins,” Pitnick said. “The male who ejaculates the greatest number of sperm wins the game, and hence many bats have evolved outrageously big testes.” SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For some male bats, sexual prowess comes with a price – smaller brains. A research team led by Syracuse University biologist Scott Pitnick found that in bat species where the females are promiscuous, the males boasting the largest testicles also had the smallest brains. Conversely, where the females were faithful, the males had smaller testes and larger brains. “It turns out size does matter,” said Pitnick, whose findings were published in December in “Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Science,” an online journal. The study offers evidence that males – at least in some species – make an evolutionary trade-off between intelligence and sexual prowess, said David Hoskens, a biologist at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter in England and a leading authority on bats’ mating behavior. last_img read more

Assemblywoman faces single primary rival

first_imgLANCASTER – The Republican primary field for the 36th Assembly District has shrunk to a battle between incumbent Sharon Runner and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford after Victorville schoolteacher Josephine Sotomayer failed to qualify for the ballot. The winner of the June 6 primary will face challenges from two other candidates in the Nov. 7 – Democrat Robert “Bo” Bynum and Green Party candidate Tom Bolema. Bynum and Bolema have uncontested primary races. As the field shrank, Runner released her first campaign-finance statement, reporting more than $113,000 raised so far for her re-election bid. Runner said she expects to raise more than $200,000 for the campaign. “It takes money to get your name out there and get your message out there,” Runner said. “When you represent 500,000 people, it takes money to let them know what you will do for them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Ledford said he was in the process of opening a campaign account. Ledford said he won’t be able to beat Runner in funding but expects to raise enough to help him win at the ballot box. “I think I’ll be in good shape,” Ledford said. “I’m optimistic I’ll be able to compete financially.” Runner is critical of Ledford for challenging her for what would be her third and final term under state term-limit laws, rather than waiting for the next election. Runner said she is having to spend time and money on her campaign for what should have been “a safe seat” instead of helping Republicans across California who might be in tight election battles. Runner said she has stepped up her fundraising efforts to include three extra events. Ledford said he will discuss his campaign-financing strategy later when he makes his formal announcement about his bid for the Assembly seat. Ledford, saying he feels the Republican Party lacks leadership from the incumbent, disputed her claim that he is hurting the party by running. The 36th District covers the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster and the rest of the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, as well as portions of western San Bernardino County, including the cities of Victorville and Adelanto. Republicans account for 44.9 percent of the district’s registered voters, compared with 35.3 percent for Democrats, according to the state statistics. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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

Germany’s Thomas Muller releases children’s book ahead of World Cup

first_img 1 Muller posed with the book on Twitter On Twitter, the 28-year-old posed proudly alongside ‘My Way to the Dream Club’.He said: “My first children’s book My Way to the Dream Club.“The book from the publishing house Friedrich Oetinger is intended to teach young reading beginners the fun of reading and shows my story of how I came from TSV Pahl to Munich.”The book has been written alongside author Julien Wolff and illustrated by Jan Birck.center_img Thomas Muller has released a children’s book based on his career ahead of the World Cup.The kids story explains his rise from humble beginnings at TSV Pahl right the way through to reaching the top of the sport with Germany and Bayern Munich.last_img

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

first_img27 November 2009While the majestic Table Mountain and the internationally renowned Robben Island are among Cape Town’s best-known destinations, the V&A Waterfront – which is being transformed into a mega football village for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – is fast catching up.With the 19th edition of the Fifa World Cup™ fast approaching, the Final Draw taking place on 4 December has presented Cape Town with an ideal opportunity to showcase its beauty.The term “must-see place” is, to many, overused. Few, however, will disagree that it is applicable to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.Situated at the shores of this breathtaking city, the V&A Waterfront is one of the most tourist-probing places in Cape Town, boasting state-of-the-art facilities that include shops, restaurants and a gorgeous harbour.It is also one of the city’s few locations where you will have so many options at your disposal rather than having to travel around to find various activities.There are several hotel, shops, restaurants and cinemas. The shops are divided between several locations and include specific areas set aside for crafts, art and small business development. They are generally open until 9pm daily.There are also plenty of leisure activities available at the Waterfront, such as air and sea charters. Open spaces throughout the precinct are to be used as hospitality and match-viewing areas, while the main shopping arena buzzes with activities.The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found along South Africa’s long coastline. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town, and over 3 000 living sea animals – including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins – can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.The Maritime Museum is one of the popular places here, as it focuses on the history of shipping from prehistoric times to the present day. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are always some of the main attractions.At the heart of the Waterfront is the V&A Waterfront Marina, a residential development of prestigious apartments and penthouses, the quintessence of the Waterfront lifestyle.Some of the places to visit there include the Robben Island Embarkation Building, which was used to temporarily keep prisoners who were en route to Robben Island. Other places include the Clock Tower and Heritage routeSource: Fifa.comlast_img read more

And the April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Is…

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Write a Comment – Nominees for the February Geocacher of the MonthMarch 19, 2014In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month. These descriptions can be written in any language.Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Danie ViljoenDanie Viljoen, April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Share with your Friends:More Since beginning geocaching in 2008, geocacher Danie Viljoen has been an active member of the southern African geocaching community. After reading an article about geocaching and finding an excellent geocache near his house, he was hooked. And, Danie says, the game fit well into his personal interests. “As an engineer, the technical aspects of geocaching appealed to me.”There were less than 3000 geocaches in South Africa at the time.Danie finds GC11H2Z, and a view overlooking the Blyde River Canyon“I remember attending a technical event shortly after I started caching, where somebody said that there are 3 aspects of caching: finding caches, hiding caches and solving puzzles. Although I like all three of these, I want to add a fourth (my favourite) – generating statistics on finds, hides, locations, etc. I publish these on the local (South African) geocaching forum.”Geocacher Carbon Hunter adds: “[Danie’s] biggest contribution to geocaching, both locally and globally, has been his consistent and interesting inputs into the statistics of geocaching across Africa. His inputs on the forums are legendary and he was also used by Geoaware to develop statistics for the global Earthcache program on their 10th anniversary. This has provided unique insights to our game and added a lot of value to many people he is unlikely to ever meet.”Danie finds the cache…and a muggle nearby.When asked what the best geocache he’s ever found was, Danie shared a story about a geocaching expedition very few others can say they’ve had.“There are so many [geocaches] that stand out. I’ll answer with my most memorable cache: GC1KNCX – JohanChristel. I found this cache in 2009 and it has remained unfound since then! To get to the cache required quite a long walk in a reserve on a farm (7 km, 4 miles). The owner warned me that one of their leopards recently had cubs, so I was quite nervous during this walk (I was alone). On my way back I stopped to rest and to take a photo of a calf, and the next thing I heard was a bellowing bull, which chased me all the way down the mountain! Remarkable how that energized me.”We can only imagine.Thank you Danie for your outstanding contributions to the Geocaching community!last_img read more