West Brom sack manager Tony Pulis

first_img0Shares0000West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis on Monday after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table.Pulis has won just two of his past 21 league games following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Chelsea and West Brom sit one place above the relegation zone after an 11-game winless run in all competitions. “These decisions are never taken lightly, but always in the interests of the club,” chairman John Williams said on West Brom’s official website.“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership.“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”Assistant head coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice.Owner Guochuan Lai watched the Chelsea defeat after flying over from China for a pre-arranged trip and is now tasked with finding a new manager, with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes — a former West Brom captain — linked to the post.Pulis, 59, replaced Alan Irvine when the Baggies were a point above the relegation zone in January 2015, eventually leading them to 13th.They finished 14th in 2015-16 and came 10th last season, but failed to win any of their final nine matches.In a statement released by the League Managers Association, which represents managers in England, Pulis defended his record at The Hawthorns.“Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion,” he said.“My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position.“We have achieved this year on year and I am pleased to have played a part in the club’s growth.“Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout the club’s transition of ownership.”Pulis, who boasts a proud record of never being relegated as a manager, has previously been in charge at Crystal Palace.He also had two stints at Stoke City, where he reached the FA Cup final and qualified for Europe during his second spell at the club.The number of top-flight sackings was already at a five-season high even before the Welshman’s exit, with four up to November 20 compared with the next highest mark of three by the same stage in 2015-16.The other managers fired so far this season are Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton) and Slaven Bilic (West Ham United).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bubble Life Could Have Had Armor

first_imgA headline posted by Science Daily is self-explanatory: “Clay-Armored Bubbles May Have Formed First Protocells: Minerals Could Have Played a Key Role in the Origins of Life.”  The operative words are may have and could have, which, being mere suggestions, are unfalsifiable.  If it didn’t happen here, it may have or could have happened on the planet Zorx in Sector 1906523-A.    The claybubble theory of life is a new twist on Jack Szostak’s old fatbubble theory (see (09/03/2004).  That story also had plenty of mays and coulds.  This version by Howard Stone and Anand Bala Subramaniam (Harvard) imagines air bubbles armored with montmorillonite, a clay mineral.  The advantage of claybubbles is one-way osmosis, allowing small “building block” molecules to get in, but keeping the complex molecules evolving inside protected, assuming they could self-organize into life somehow (10/08/2010).    “If there is a benefit to being protected in a clay vesicle, this is a natural way to favor and select for molecules that can self-organize,” Stone said.  He did not explore whether selection can operate without accurate replication (see online book).  He also did not speculate on how the building blocks became one-handed (see online book and 01/10/2011), or what might happen if a deadly toxin happened to grab the one-way key to the interior.    Grad student Subramaniam hedged his bets with a few more could words: “Whether clay vesicles could have played a significant role in the origins of life is of course unknown, but the fact that they are so robust, along with the well-known catalytic properties of clay, suggests that they may have had some part to play.”  It does not appear either of them speculated on whether sand grains, soap bubbles, or lava might also qualify for the suggestion that they may have had some part to play.Remember, these guys get paid for this.  Let’s sing verse 2 of the chorus introduced back in 09/03/2004 (read that whole commentary again, too):Surrounding them with armor of clayGets building blocks in trouble;They’re stuck inside forever to stay,Flop goes the bubble.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Three Elements Missing from The Only Sales Guide

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 One of the constraints you must deal with when you write a book is the word limit. Most business books are around 60,000 words. This is in large part about the costs of publishing and profitably selling the book, but there is also good reason to prune the writing, something that always improves the writing.When I wrote The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I started with 21 elements, losing 3 of them in the editing process. The 3 elements that are missing belonged in the book then, and they are still relevant now.The first thing to get cut was Empathy and Emotional Intelligence. The empathy part made it a natural fit for integration into Caring (Chapter 3), and so it was weaved into that section. The emotional intelligence was removed completely, even though it is an attribute that can be developed. One who is able to recognize another person’s emotions, as well as their own, is more effective in sales (and most everything else where human being are concerned).The next thing to be cut was Differentiation. That chapter was written as the closing chapter and had very little to do with the original chapter, where the skill was identified as being able to differentiate yourself and your offering from your competitors. The concluding chapter of TOSG is one of my favorites, but it didn’t do the work of providing guidance on creating the outcome necessary in modern B2B sales.There was a chapter that I wrote separately from the rest of the chapters. It was different from the rest, and in some ways more important. It was the mindset attribute of Passion. The idea there was one part being hyped on what you are doing, and one part giving yourself over to your work. If people were half as passionate about their company and their product as they are the sports teams they follow, they’d do a heck of a lot better work and have greater success.There may be a companion document for TOSG in the future to remedy these elements begin left out.last_img read more

Poorly-organised felicitation function at National Stadium in Delhi mars Olympic celebrations

first_imgAn event meant to honour India’s Olympic heroes turned out to be chaotic. It was an eventful day for London medal winners who hopped from one function to the other, but the felicitation by the Sports Ministry at the National Stadium left a lot to be desired.It had all the makings of a hastily arranged programme without much thought going into it. One wondered why the stadium was not used for the venue, and instead a makeshift dais was put up near the gate. Hundreds of people strolled in without any security checks, making it a nightmare for police officials. Youngsters enrolled in the “Come and play scheme” of the Sports Authority of India and schoolchildren were called to attend the function. Besides, fans got too close to the dais, giving security officials a headache.Many of the athletes who were part of the India’s Olympic contingent had no place to sit and even the coaches were left to rue the mismanagement. Boxers Vijender Kumar and Manoj Kumar left in a huff while the hockey team quietly moved to a corner.”This isn’t the way to organise an event of this scale. We were felicitated after the Commonwealth Games at the same venue but that happened inside the stadium not in an open area like this,” said one of the athletes, part of India’s contingent in London.”It was a completely chaotic function. This could have been a security issue for everyone present here,” he added.Silver medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar, Saina Nehwal, MC Mary Kom and Gagan Narang all wore broad smiles as they were greeted by ministry officials. They were later taken in open jeeps to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate where they paid floral tributes to the martyrs. All the while the crowd followed them along with a strong media contingent.advertisementAt the stadium, Maken handed cheques of Rs30 lakh each to the silver medallists while the bronze medalists received Rs20 lakh each. Maken said that the government would continue its support to the athletes under the ‘Operation Excellence’ 2010 scheme.”We aim to win 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics. We will provide all assistance,” he said.A faux pax during the event spelled embarrassment for the medallists. Eyebrows were raised, jokes did the rounds when the master of ceremonies called Saina Nehwal ‘Sania Nehwal’.That was not all. Yogeshwar Dutt was welcomed as ‘Yogendra Dutt’, shooter Joydeep Karmakar was identified as an ‘archer’ and Gagan Narang’s bronze medal changed colour to ‘silver’. The athletes somehow maintained their poise.Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh slammed the ministry. “This is not the way to treat the national heroes and their family,” he told Mail Today. “There was no place to sit. There were four disciplines that earned us medals, but the names of federations were not mentioned,” he said.last_img read more

Australia’s ‘No Sledging’ Policy: Kohli happy to play “without altercation”

first_img(Eds: With Ishant Sharma’s comments in Delhi on sledging) Mumbai/New Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) The Australian players have of late refrained from sledging, which is perfectly fine with Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is happy to compete “without any altercation” during the upcoming series Down Under. The Australian cricket is going through a massive restructuring and the “win at all costs” strategy employed by teams of yesteryears, is not being encouraged anymore. Both Kohli and senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma felt that it is entirely up to the Australians as to how they play their cricket but assured that their players won’t be the first ones to indulge in any kind of sledging. “I think that’s (no sledging policy) a very personal thing for them. But when it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field or a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I have been completely ok with playing without the altercation,” Kohli told mediapersons at the pre-departure press conference. Kohli, once criticised for his overtly aggressive behaviour said that he has passed that phase in his career and more matured as an individual. “I am very happy within my own space, so on a personal level, I don’t find any need to go and find these things anymore. I mean, I have enough belief in my abilities. I can play without a reason to pump myself up and those are very immature things that I used to feel during the early days of my career,” the skipper said.advertisement As the leader of the national team, he already has too much on his plate and can’t afford to think about external matters of little or no consequence. “Now being captain of the team, you have no room for anything else but to think of what the team wants all the time. So you don’t find the need for these things at all and as you said they will not give it back,” Kohli said. However he reminded that his team has never started on anything and only reacted to situations. “We were always the ones giving it back. We were never the ones starting anything. So as long as it does not start, we have no problem in just focussing on our game and doing what we need to do. “We don’t necessarily need to go and look out for something. If they want to play a certain way, we will reciprocate in that way. That’s how the game of cricket goes but at the same time, in our minds, we will have to keep it competitive and not let our energies drop. That will be our main focus,” the skipper elaborated. Senior pacer Ishant said that he didn’t mind if Australians sledged like earlier tours because he has the ability to give it back if they start. “Let’s see what Aussies do. We will only come to know once we reach there. You don’t expect them to be really friendly and this is a man’s sport. You will go there and get tough conditions. When you play for your country, no one will give you easy runs or wickets. If it’s a tough sport, then you got to be tough and up for any sort of challenge,” Ishant said. PTI NRB KHS BS KHSKHSlast_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth point

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia praised goalkeeper Ben Foster after their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.Gracia believes his side should have won the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that ultimately their defending of set pieces cost them dearly.He said: “After scoring two goals I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do.“In that moment we conceded two goals from 2 free kicks and it was difficult to accept.“In the second half we tried to have more control, but first of all we have to defend the free kicks better because we conceded two goals from it.“We had the chance to kill the game with more control. We didn’t do it.”Watford came under heavy pressure in the second half and were saved a number of times by Foster, who received great praise from his head coach.Gracia said: “I think Ben Foster was very important in the second half for us.“I call him Big Ben. When I arrived in England, I thought it was in London but now I know it’s in Watford. He’s playing very well and is very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoRFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spain

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRFEF president Luis Rubiales is delighted with the early impact of Luis Enrique.The former Barcelona coach has quickly turned Spain’s fortunes around as national team coach.It was Rubiales who sacked Julian Lopetegui as Spain coach ahead of the World Cup after the trainer agreed to be Real Madrid’s next manager.He said that “we have a new coach who we believe in a lot, Luis Enrique”. Lucho is “in a phase of reconstruction in which I believe he will put a country like Spain where they belong.” last_img read more

23 days agoArsenal boss Emery reveals crunch Pepe, Ceballos talks

first_imgArsenal boss Emery reveals crunch Pepe, Ceballos talksby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is urging Nicolas Pepe to embrace the pressure of being their record signing.Pepe, 24, has struggled to live up to his £72million price tag since his deadline day move from Lille.But Emery is certain that, just like former Gunners idols Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, Pepe will be a sensation when he eventually comes to terms with the physical demands of the Premier League.He claimed: “Pepe is an amazing player and I am sure that he is going to have a big career here, but he needs time.“For a lot of great Arsenal players, the first month here was not easy, even the first year.“Every player needs time to adapt when they arrive in England but the process with Pepe is going in the direction we expected.“He still needs to get his confidence and to understand better with the other players. But his performances are getting better step by step.“The players are also human beings and they are all working under pressure because we are at a big club with very demanding objectives.“To be selected for Arsenal is a privilege and the pressure that brings is a positive.“I don’t think about how much the club has paid for a player or how much is his salary. For me, the money is not relevant and it is not important.“I was speaking with Pepe and with Dani Ceballos and they say that the intensity of the Premier League has been the biggest change for them.“The Premier League is the strongest competition in the world. Every match has quality players and physical players.“So I am going to work with Pepe and with Ceballos to help them with that adaptation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more

The Latest France detains 1220 after antigovt protests

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on the unrest in France (all times local):10 a.m.France’s Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years.Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating everything from heavy metal petanque balls to tennis rackets — anything that could remotely be used as a weapon.The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum reopened Sunday after closing amid Saturday’s rioting. Shops assessed looting damage Sunday and cleared out broken glass, after shutting down on Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season.Fierce winds and rain pummeled Paris overnight, complicating the effort to clean up Sunday. Used tear gas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.In the melee Saturday, protesters had ripped off the plywood protecting Parisian store windows and threw flares and other projectiles. French riot police repeatedly repelled them with tear gas and water cannon.___8 a.m.Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday, a day after running battles between yellow-vested protesters and riot police left 71 injured and caused widespread damage to the French capital.The man who unleashed the anger, President Emmanuel Macron, broke his silence to tweet his appreciation for the police overnight, but pressure mounted on him to propose new solutions to calm the anger dividing France.The number of injured in Paris and nationwide was down Saturday from protest riots a week ago, and most of the capital remained untouched, but the violence in neighbourhoods popular with tourists is tarnishing the country’s image.Exceptional police deployment failed to deter determined protesters, and some 125,000 took to the streets Saturday around France with a bevy of ever-expanding demands related to the country’s high living costs.Police and protesters also clashed in other French cities, notably Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux, and in neighbouring Belgium. Some protesters took aim at the French border with Italy. Some 135 people were injured nationwide, including the 71 in Paris.Saturday’s protests were a direct blow to Macron, who made a stunning decision last week to abandon the fuel tax rise that initially prompted the protest movement a month ago. His turnaround damaged his credibility with climate defenders and foreign investors — yet did nothing to cool tempers of the “gilets jaunes,” the nickname for the crowds wearing the fluorescent yellow vests that all French motorists must keep in the cars.The disparate movement now has other demands, from taxing the rich to raising the minimum wage and Macron’s resignation.The Associated Presslast_img read more