Meralco takes 2-0 lead

first_imgAzkals fly to Doha seeking maximum points Allen Durham was virtually unchallenged all game long, scoring 18 points, grabbing 25 rebounds and tallying four rebounds and three blocks as Meralco’ s overpowering performance gave the Bolts a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.Star now needs to win three straight games to keep its bid alive and deny Meralco a semifinal berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt is a predicament TNT hopes to avoid because as far as coach Nash Racela is concerned, there’s no two ways about it: The Texters have to shape up or they’ll soon be shipping out.“If [we’re] not better come Wednesday, we’ll lose two straight. It’s that simple,” he said. And handing TNT a second straight semifinal loss is exactly what defending champion Barangay Ginebra will try to do when it takes the floor against the Texters Wednesday in Batangas City.Game time is 7 p.m.The Gin Kings hammered the Texters in Game 1, 121-94, flashing the form that helped them send off Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals. The win gave Ginebra a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series and sent TNT scrambling for solutions to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.“We have a lot of things to work on,” Racela said. “We were outplayed, we were out-coached, and we were out-hustled. Hopefully, [we can] correct everything [in Game 2].”Meralco certainly didn’t need to correct anything from its Game 1 performance.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Energetic guards Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia set the tone for the rout, shooting accurately from every angle that helped the Bolts race to an early 22-point lead in a wire-to-wire finish.The narrative of the one-sided contest hardly altered after that big bubble with Durham doing all things necessary as the reigning best import established himself not only as a defender but as a scoring threat as well.Star’s Kris Acox had no answer for Durham, who unceasingly collected rebounds on both ends, challenged every Hotshot attempt in the lane and hammered his bulky frame inside.Star coach Chito Victolero threw in the towel and pulled the overmatched Acox out of the battlefield early in the third with the Bolts piling on the lead to eventually reach the 30-point mark. For the second straight game, Acox failed to score in double figures.Making matters worse for the Hotshots, Paul Lee only showed up on the floor briefly in the opening period and rode the bench throughout with a battered right knee.Fiery playmaker Gio Jalalon also couldn’t get his high-scoring act going as well as fellow guard PJ Simon. Mark Barroca contributed 16 points but that hardly mattered.Meralco can now go for a sweep in their series in Game 3 on Thursday.Ginebra will try to put TNT in the same dire situation as Star’s and import Justin Brownlee, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in Game 1, hopes that their rout of the Texters won’t result in a laid-back Kings squad in Game 2.“We know TNT is a tough team,” he said. “They will come out and make adjustments and we just got to be prepared. Whatever we’re running, we just gotta run it with great purpose and do what we want to do. We’ll try to keep defending them the best way we can and try to force them into things they don’t usually do.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA, LAGUNA—The Meralco Bolts turned a supposed showdown into nothing more than a showcase of their collective prowess.With their offense clicking, the Bolts throttled the Star Hotshots, 98-74, Tuesday night in a crucial road trip in the PBA Governors Cup playoffs at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Pain strikes top wrestlers

first_imgThe pain wasn’t as bad for Alta Loma’s Alton Clark, who is going to Bakersfield, but only after losing twice and falling to fourth place in the 145-pound bracket. “(Friday) after a first-round bye, he went a long time without fluids,” Braves coach Tom Guenther said of Clark, who lost 15 pounds over the last week to make weight. “(The weight drop) has been a major factor the last two days.” It showed in Clark’s semifinal match against Rim of the World’s Isaac Whisner. Clark, the No. 1 seed in the weight class, took a 4-1 lead in the second period but withered down the stretch. Whisner tied the match to send it to overtime, where he caught Clark off-guard to record a takedown and win 6-4. Then in the third-place match, Clark lost 13-0 to Santa Ana’s Jose Navarro – whom Clark had beaten 5-3 in last week’s qualifying tournament. Still, with a week to recover, Guenther believes he will be fine. “We would like to place next week, and he’s got the potential to be a placer,” Guenther said. Johnson Jr. wasn’t the only wrestler to lose an undefeated record Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson lost during his first match of the day, 19-11 to Bobby Scofield of Dana Hills, the top-ranked 130-pounder in the state. “He looked competitive off the bat, took him down early, then it got out of hand,” Cougars coach Rangi Smith said of Eagleson, who is now 46-1. “He definitely wants another shot at (Scofield).” Eagleson, who had never been to the CIF state meet before this year, finished third. Teammate Corey Castillo is also making his first trip to Bakersfield after placing fifth in at 125. “Fifth in Southern California, this is the toughest region in the state, I feel pretty good,” Castillo said. “The hard work paid off.” With 341/2 points, the Cougars finished 19th in the team standings, won by Temecula Valley with 154 points. Huntington Beach Marina sophomore Victory Anthony, the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983, was eliminated in her first match Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It struck Diamond Bar senior Marcus Johnson Jr. at the worst possible time. With 1:12 remaining in his 215-pound championship match against Oxnard Pacifica’s John Hernandez, Johnson sustained a right shoulder injury that forced him to forfeit the match and ruined his 44-0 season. More significantly, it could keep him out of the CIF State meet for the second straight year. RIALTO – High school athletes, often wrestlers, are apt to denigrate and downplay pain. Pain is “weakness leaving the body,” to quote one popular T-shirt. Sometimes, however, pain is simply too great to ignore, as it was for three of the area’s top wrestlers on Day 2 of the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet Saturday. center_img “We probably won’t be able to tell until we take him to the guy who operated on him (last year),” said Marcus Johnson Sr., the wrestler’s coach and father. Johnson’s left shoulder was hurt at last year’s Masters meet and surgically repaired over the summer. Johnson Sr. said late Saturday the shoulder was still swollen and “really sore,” but that his son wouldn’t visit the doctor until Monday. Etiwanda heavyweight Marcus Austin’s injury was louder and even more damaging. Austin was wrestling Hesperia’s Ryan Hoover, needing only one win to qualify for the state meet, when Hoover sent him tumbling off the mat in the second period. Clutching his left knee, Austin screamed and writhed for more than a minute before being helped off the mat by his coaches. Eagles assistant coach Dave Doughty said the senior had “blown out” his ACL, almost certainly ending his season prematurely. last_img read more

Pearson fined £10,000 following altercation with supporter

first_img Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson 1 Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has received a £10,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban from the Football Association after his foul mouthed altercation with a fan last month.The Foxes manager attended a personal hearing in front of an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday after he accepted the FA charge of using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator” during their 3-1 defeat by Liverpool.The 51-year-old refused to apologise to the fan despite pressure from the Leicester City Supporters’ club to say sorry.The statement from the FA read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Nigel Pearson has been fined £10,000, will serve a one-match touchline suspension, and warned as to his future conduct, subject to any appeal, after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator.“The sanction will not come into effect until the end of the appeal period.“The Leicester City manager was charged following his side’s game against Liverpool on 2 December 2014.”A statement from Leicester stated Pearson and his representatives have requested written reasons for the sanctions.It said: “The club has concluded an internal review of the incident during the Liverpool fixture and considers its own review to be closed.”last_img read more

Army signs emergency contract for body armor

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Army, under pressure to issue more protective gear to its soldiers in Iraq, has signed a $70 million emergency contract with a California company to rush ceramic body armor to the front lines. The sole-source contract, with California-based Ceradyne Inc., was approved last week and announced Friday. It comes on the heels of a Pentagon study that found side armor could have saved dozens of U.S. lives in Iraq. The Army is planning to buy 230,000 sets of the ceramic side plates. Army spokesman Paul Boyce said that one company will not be able to deliver that order in the time required, so additional vendors are being sought through an open-bid process. “Our goal is to continue providing the American soldier with the best, most protective body armor in the world,” Boyce said. “We are working with soldiers, commanders, the medical community and industry to continue these improvements while ensuring the safety of our soldiers.” 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 The company is expected to begin shipping the armor plates in January and to complete the order by May or June. Each of the side plates weighs 2 1/2 pounds. Earlier this week, Army Secretary Francis Harvey said he thought soldiers should be required to wear the ceramic side plates even though they added weight and may limit mobility. While his pronouncement was not an order, it reflected the military’s ongoing struggle to answer criticism that soldiers are going to war without the armor they need. Soldiers have said the added armor will weigh them down and limit their fighting flexibility.last_img read more


first_imgSt John’s Point DunkineelyGuided nature walk will take place Saturday July 16 th at 11:00am (duration 3hrs)Meeting place: Beach area (take the 1 st left west of Dunkineely continue 8km to the beach). Bring food and beverages, no dogs please. Everyone is welcome. Naomh UltanA lot more endeavour will be needed from the senior team, if division III status is to be retained after a heavy defeat to Naomh Bríd on Saturday. Score; Naomh Bríd 2.13 Naomh Ultan 0-6. The reserve team showed more determination before going down to Naomh Bríd on a score line of 1.12 -1.06.The Kellogg’s Cul Camp commences for children on the 18th July until 22nd July at 10:00am. Enquiries to secretary Elaine Steele, 086 3405523. The u12 divisional final takes place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th July .There was no winner of the royal flush jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2, 4, 10, 15, Consolation prizes went to Des Byrne, c/o Marry Murrin’s, Colm o Sheilhleain of St John’s Point, Thelma Murray of Inver. Jackpot next week is €1,560. Thank you for your support!All the best to both Donegal teams in the Ulster Final on Sunday 17th in Clones.Local bingo in the Clubhouse (Dunkineely), every Friday at 9pm.Underage training every Saturday at 10:00amDunkineely Celtic FCWe would like to congratulate Kyle Mc Geoghan and Aaron O’Shea on being selected to take part in the FAI Emerging Talent Programme which is taking place in Raphoe from 6th July to 13th July and again from 10th August to 17th August. We would also like to congratulate them both on being selected to play for Co. Donegal Schoolboys team at the Foyle Cup, well done boys and the best of luck at both. The u8s and u10s recently finished up after taking part in football blitzs against local teams. Well done to all the boys and girls who took part. We would like to thank the coaches and the parents for all their help and hope to see you all soon.Family Fun day at Dunkineely Church Saturday 16 th July at 2-5pm Bouncy Castle, barbeque, stalls and colouring competition all welcome.Thank you for the support for the barn dance.O’Donnell School of Music We are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music Lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional MusicMc Intyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday At 9:30pm. All musicians and singers welcome.The Point 10kCharity Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Saturday the 13th August 2016. Same course with the addition of Chip timing added this year. The two main beneficiary of this year are The Good and New Cancer Bus and The Bruckless Boat Club. Let the training commence!Cemetery SundayCemetery Sunday for the Church of St Joseph and St Conal, Bruckless will take place on Sunday 31st July at 4:00pm.Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday &Wednesday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.DCL needs an office desk and/or chair. If you have one and no longer need it or if you know anyone who has we can collect and would appreciate your help. Please contact DCL by phone 074 9737678; or email us at or pm our Facebook page .Thanks in advance.We are looking to see what interest there might be in any of the following courses; please contact Dcl on 97 37678 or if you would like to do any of the following…1st Aid 1 day, Occupational 1st Aid (3 day), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Art Course, Calligraphy, Car Mechanicing/ Servicing, Carpentry, Change Makers, Complementary First Aid/Homeopathy, Creative Writing, Creel Making, Defibrillator, Family History, Getting the most out of your Smart Phone, Interior Design, Introduction to Computers, Make-up Artistry, More computer skills for beginners, Nature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore), Night-time Photography, On-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet Security, Photoshop, Pilates, Upcycling and Yoga.Going on a sun holiday? Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL officeDCL LibraryOne of the greatest gifts you can give a child is to teach him or her to read; it is something that will help them throughout their lives, and will bring them a lot of pleasure. It is sad to see so many libraries closing through lack of funding, but we are happy to report that Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000 books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (including ‘The Fault in our Stars’), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – ‘Pride and Prejudice’), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us atdunkineelycommunity@gmail.comDUNKINEELY NEWS: GUIDED NATURE WALK IN ST. JOHN’S POINT ON SATURDAY was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:DunkineelyNaomh Ultanst john’s point nature walklast_img read more

Immigrant issue spurs division in Assembly

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – As several hundred immigrants rallied on the west steps of the Capitol, the Assembly on Monday voted for a resolution calling on President George W. Bush and Congress to reject extreme immigration laws. The party-line vote was symbolic, but the debate showcased the ideological emotions that have divided lawmakers in California and Washington, D.C. On one side, Democrats led by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez of Los Angeles said Congress should give an estimated 12 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally a path to citizenship. But Republicans insisted that immigrants who have crossed the border illegally should not be rewarded for breaking American laws. The Assembly passed the resolution 42-26. Republicans lined up against the measure, complaining that Democrats had polarized the debate by describing a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as “mean-spirited, shortsighted and anti-immigrant.” In December the House passed a bill that would make it a felony to be in the country illegally, criminalize people who help illegal immigrants and build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is considering a measure that more closely adheres to a proposal by President Bush. It calls for stronger enforcement, a new guest worker program and an eventual chance at citizenship for most immigrants in the country illegally. Seeking to add their voice to the national debate, the Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution asking Congress to stand up to “the extremists’ voices” that drove the immigration debate in the House. Assembly Republicans tried to weaken the resolution but came up short on the votes. “Using language like this I think is inflammatory,” said Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico. Assemblyman Mark Wyland, R-Vista, said the federal government should reimburse California for the $10.5 billion a year that it cost the state to care for illegal immigrants. “The immigration debate I think is about following the rules,” said Assemblyman Chuck Devore, R-Irvine. “While we all celebrate immigrants and understand many people would like to come to the United States, we ought to follow the rules.”last_img read more

Reed Fischer Takes 4th At USA Championship

first_imgFischer settled into fifth place after the first 5k and held that position for the majority of the race. For a brief period, a lead pack of four runners pulled away, but Fischer captained the chase pack and eventually reeled in the leaders.  Print Friendly Version With five laps remaining, Fischer made a move to the front and ran four strong laps to lead the field in front of friends and family on the Blue Oval and put himself in position to capture a USA Championship. “It feels incredible,” Fischer said shortly after his race. “I came in here with a chip on my shoulder. I’m a guy who works a full-time job and supports myself. It feels great to come out in fourth place. I felt controlled when I took over and I knew those guys would make a big move in the last 400 meters and I had to ride them to the finish.” “The group I was with didn’t cover that move and I knew that if I wanted to have the race I wanted to have, I had to close that,” Fischer said. “Once I reeled them in, I knew they wouldn’t pull away again.” However, with 500 meters left, Lomong and Shadrack Kipchirchir closed on and overtook Fischer who admitted that at this early stage of his career, he does not have the experience to withstand the kick from more experienced runners. “I came to Drake as a 4:30 miler and finished 11th at the Minnesota state as a senior,” Fischer said. “To come here five years later and walk away as the fourth best 10k runner in the U.S. is an indescribable feeling.”center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University graduate Reed Fischer has run thousands of laps on the Drake Stadium Blue Oval. Thursday night he ran 25 of the best laps of his career to take fourth place in the 10,000 meters at the USA Championships at Drake Stadium. The appearance at the USA Championship was the second of Fischer’s career and first as a professional. Following his Drake career, in which he won three Missouri Valley Conference titles, a Drake Relays championship and set three school records, Fischer moved to Boulder, Colo., to train with the Tinman Elite Team. He also maintains a fulltime job as the marketing and communications coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club. If Fischer’s history and career to date is any indication, that closing strength will be arriving soon as his success has been characterized by gradual, consistent and sustained growth as a runner. “We have this attitude as a team that we’re not just going to sit off the back and let others run our race,” Fischer said of assuming the lead and setting the pace. “Everything in my legs felt right and I knew the crowd would be behind me and push me through a few laps. It wasn’t planned out, but my legs felt good and my coach told me if ‘you have a moment where everything lines up and you feel like it’s your time, get after it.’ And that’s what I did.” Fischer, who graduated from Drake in 2017, led for four of the last five laps of the race before the more experienced Lopez Lomong bested the field in the final lap to win in 28:58.38. Fischer finished in 29:06.81.last_img read more

Jose confident of Chelsea return – report

first_imgJose Mourinho is confident he has negotiated his way out of Real Madrid to set up a return to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.He is said to have had showdown talks with Real president Florentino Perez and director general Jose Angel Sanchez during the club’s Champions League trip to Istanbul.It is claimed that Mourinho and his representatives believe they have struck an agreement to allow him to leave at the end of the season, seemingly opening the door for him to go back to Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, a number of papers report that Blues stalwarts John Terry and Frank Lampard are likely to be left out for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.The Mirror declare that it signals the end of Chelsea’s old guard.And the Daily Telegraph suggest Ramires and John Obi Mikel will start in midfield with Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard playing further forward.This page is regularly updated.See also:Boost for Chelsea ahead of semi-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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gymnastic Enzyme Acts Like Logic Gate

first_imgAn enzyme named vinculin undergoes “drastic” conformational changes, reports William A. Weis in the July 29 issue of Nature.1  Vinculin, with over a thousand amino acid links, is important at membrane junctions for transporting materials in and out of the cell.  It helps cellular “glue” exit the membrane so that neighboring cells can adhere to one another, such as in epithelial tissues.    Weis reports on recent studies that show vinculin undergoes radical conformational changes during its action.  It will only build the adhesive junction when the necessary components are in place.  Nothing happens unless the participants are ready; “the binding energy of several partners is needed to overcome the thermodynamic and perhaps kinetic barriers to activation,” he says.  “Viewed in this way, vinculin functions as a logical AND gate, in which binding of two partners is required to generate an output, in this case a stable multi-protein complex”.  What’s more, this automatic regulation is essential for its function; it prevents inappropriate assembly if the amount of product is unstable.1William A. Weis, “Cell biology: How to build a cell junction,” Nature 430, 513 – 515 (29 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430513a.Logic, logic gates, regulation: this is the language of intelligent design.  Each of the contacts formed during the “radical” conformational changes of this complicated enzyme is finely tuned to its substrates, and finely tuned to the concentration of ingredients in the cell.  And these finely tuned contacts are determined by the specificity of the sequence of amino acids in this protein, each coded in another language—the language of DNA.  At every step, this system only makes sense in the context of intelligent design.    There is no suggestion in this paper how vinculin’s specificity in adhesive junctions might have evolved.  But in the latest ICR Impact article #374 (August 2004), organic chemist Dr. Charles McCombs provides very good reasons why unguided chemistry will never produce such functional complexity and specificity.  Unguided chemicals will always follow the laws of (1) chemical stability; i.e., whether the components will react at all, (2) chemical reactivity, or how fast reactants will react, and (3) chemical selectivity, or where the components react.  Working through these principles, he shows that amino acids will not join together without help, and even if they did, far more random, useless, nonfunctional polymers with damaging cross-reactions would result.  The resulting chain would always form blindly according to the relative binding energies of the amino acids.    It takes an organic chemist careful guidance at each step to produce a functional enzyme.  “Evolutionists say that nature is blind, has no goal, and no purpose, and yet precise selection at each step is necessary,” McCombs says.  Chemicals cannot think, plan or organize themselves, he reminds us, yet Darwinians invoke a false logic that unguided processes yielded logical living systems, like this example with vinculin.  The chemist remarks, “Evolutionists just hope you don’t know chemistry!”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

File Recovery and Other Innovative Solutions to Save Your Small Business Day

first_imgMurphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” That seems to be an adage that many small business owners often face. There is never a convenient time for “things to go wrong.” These always seem to happen at the worst possible moments. Typically, it involves some deadline. Plus, it results in a sudden drop in productivity with a correlating rise in stress levels.Many of us suffer from the same issues. However, there are innovative solutions for these unexpected issues to turn the day around.1. Lost Files and Document VersionsPerhaps one of the worst things to impact your day is to find that a version of your work wasn’t saved correctly or the file was lost completely. All that effort now has to be recreated, which is not something you want to do or you may not be able to. And, when those lost files or changes are part of a huge document, the frustration only grows.An M-Files study on document management determined that employees use at least 50% of their time trying to locate documents. Then, imagine after wasting all that time, they realize the files have been inadvertently deleted. Additionally, a Harris Interactive Knowledge Workers study found that over 80% of knowledge workers waste time trying to manage and find various versions of documents they created.Though you know Dropbox for cloud storage, you may not realize that they also have a file and document version recovery feature. Files that you store on this cloud-based system hang around for a while even when you accidentally delete that mission-critical file. Dropbox Basic and Dropbox Plus users can access these lost files for 30 days while Dropbox Business users and Dropbox Pro users get 120 days to recover what they deleted. Another beneficial feature is the version history tool so you can undo those changes you never intended to make and go back to the version that is correct. And, if anyone else makes changes or deletes a file, you’ll get notified.2. Power Surges and OutagesWhether it is an announced brief outage from the power company to improve infrastructure or it’s an unexpected outage, the loss of power can mean your work comes to a standstill. Additionally, power surges can also do damage to equipment. Both issues leave you without the ability to get work done.The 2017 Eaton Blackout Tracker Report noted that approximately 27 million people were affected by blackouts that lasted an average of 81 minutes per power outage. And, downtime from things like power outages can get expensive. According to an ITIC study, “Over 98% of large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees say that on average, a single hour of downtime per year costs their company over $100,000, while an 81% of organizations report that the cost exceeds $300,000. Even more significantly: three in 10 enterprises – 33% – indicate that hourly downtime costs their firms $1 million or more.”To minimize the impact that these electrical problems can cause, the ideal solution is to invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). For example, companies like CyberPower offer home office power solutions to ensure that power issues don’t impact your business day. Their UPS products also come with features like power management software, various backup capacity, and data line protection.3. Intermittent WiFiHow quickly we forget what work (and life) was like before mobile devices and WiFi. Now, our world nearly comes to a crashing halt when a Wi-Fi network falters or slows down. After all, we are supposed to be “always on.” When WiFi works intermittently as if we are in a Starbucks with 100 other laptop users, the day takes a turn for the worst. The issue can be related to distance from the router, dead spots in your home office, or not enough bandwidth.All these issues are fixable, especially when you upgrade to new mesh technology that provides the power to keep your WiFi optimized. The Velop Whole Home WiFi solution means you can work remotely without fighting with the family over who gets the bandwidth. The modular WiFi system can be customized to fit your space. There are nodes that connect together with each one accommodating 2,000 square feet. This innovative technology also can continue working even if one of the nodes stops working correctly.4. Forgotten Meetings and DeadlinesPerhaps one of the worst is dropping the ball on a deadline or forgot about an upcoming meeting. It may put a project further behind for yourself or colleagues. Not to mention, you’ve messed up your workflow for the day.Instead of letting it ruin your day, you can use an artificial intelligence-based tool like to an your time more effectively. It will schedule meetings and remind you about them so important tasks are never neglected again. Here are a few other time management tips to help you along the way.5. Email OverloadEmail does a lot to help business. However, it does the complete opposite when inboxes are full of hundreds of emails. Then, it works against your productivity goals and becomes unmanageable.  According to a McKinsey & Company report, the average worker spends 13 hours a week on email. For an average eight-hour workday over the course of a five-day week, that’s nearly two hours a day. Now, multiply that on a day where there happen to be even more emails than usual.Tools like SaneBox give you back some of that time so you can spend it on other things besides email. It uses algorithms to learn what is important and unnecessary in your email inbox. From there, it filters these out for greater focus. Plus, it tracks emails to remind you that certain correspondence needs to be addressed.All opinions are my own.  Dropbox is not affiliated with nor endorses any other products or services mentioned Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoTcenter_img Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more