Aston Villa survived conceding an early penalty and a first-half injury to Christian Benteke to give Paul Lambert a 1-0 win at Carrow Road. The home side remained on top as Snodgrass and Redmond enjoyed relative success down either flank, although Villa showed when they countered that they held their own attacking threat. Christian Beneteke’s goalbound effort was deflected behind by Michael Turner before captain Ron Vlaar’s acrobatic effort from a corner flew wide. The Belgium forward then required treatment after an awkward landing and, despite coming back on, he was again struggling. Whilst Benteke was grounded Norwich came close to opening the scoring as Van Wolfswinkel rifled a shot just inches wide of Guzan’s post. Kozak then replaced Benteke and needed just two minutes to put the visitors ahead. The summer signing from Lazio saw a close-range shot saved by Ruddy but was on hand to force home Gabriel Abgonlahor’s resulting cross. The England goalkeeper then had to punch away a ball across his goal by the lively Agbonlahor as the Norwich fans began to vent their frustrations at their side’s inability to hold on to possession. The Canaries’ problems worsened as captain Sebastien Bassong was forced off with what appeared to be a leg injury, with Ryan Bennett replacing him at centre-back. The second half did not start with the same vigour as the first and there was not really a note of chance until Weimann bent an effort wide of the post with 52 minutes on the clock. Gary Hooper was introduced for his Norwich debut, with the summer signing receiving a rousing reaction from the home crowd, who then turned on Hughton when Redmond was hauled off for Anthony Pilkington. Leroy Fer flashed a cross low in to the Villa box that just eluded the on-rushing van Wolfswinkel as Norwich still struggled to test Guzan and his defence on a regular basis. Neither side could get a stranglehold on possession and it was Villa who created the next chance as Clark headed Leandro Bacuna’s corner just wide of Ruddy’s post. Kozak came close to a second goal as Villa caught their hosts on the counter attack but his 77th minute strike was deflected behind by Turner. The home side continued to commit more and more players forward and it was Van Wolfswinkel who was next to see a goalbound effort turned behind for a corner. Guzan was again the hero for Villa as he acrobatically tipped over a Hooper shot in the closing stages after the former Celtic striker had failed to truly connect with Javier Garrido’s cross. Lambert’s side then saw it the five minutes of added time without much incident to secure their first points since their opening day win at Arsenal. Lambert has now won on all three of his returns to Norfolk and the Scot also saw his side keep their first clean sheet in the league since December 8. His replacement at Norwich was Chris Hughton, who had said before the game that he was looking for a reaction from his players following defeat at Tottenham last weekend but, other than a dominant spell in the first half, they did not put in the sort of performance that warranted three points. It was a very open first 15 minutes, starting when Andreas Weimann wriggled his way through inside the first 60 seconds but stabbed an effort straight at John Ruddy. The Austria international again found himself in plenty of space two minutes later, this time his curling effort beat Ruddy but came back off the post, with Benteke flagged offside as he looked to tuck away the rebound. But it was the home side who spurned the best opportunity of the frenetic opening stages when Snodgrass passed up the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. Nathan Redmond’s deep cross was headed back across goal in towards Ricky van Wolfswinkel and struck the arm of the recalled Ciaran Clark with referee Chris Foy immediately pointing to the spot. Snodgrass struck a hard penalty but Brad Guzan flew to his left to push the ball away and keep the game scoreless. Norwich again missed a fantastic chance on 12 minutes as Redmond pulled Snodgrass’ cross back in to the danger area but Van Wolfswinkel could only throw his chest out towards the ball and direct it behind for a goal-kick. Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass saw his sixth-minute spot-kick saved before the visitors lost Benteke to injury, with his replacement Libor Kosak scoring the only goal. It was a first Villa goal for towering Czech Republic forward Kosak and it gave Lambert another victory at the home of his former employers with whom he spilt so acrimoniously after guiding them to the Barclays Premier League from League One in two years. Press Association
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After scoring two goals in two games to open the season, the Leafs dropped 15 against Fernie and Columbia Valley during the weekend — albeit, a dozen came against Ghostriders in a 12-3 shellacking.Morey believes with a little luck around the net, Nelson could be undefeated heading into the weekend.“I think we could be 4-0 had we had better finish around the net,” he said.Rookie Ryan Cooper leads Nelson in scoring with five points in three games with Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie, Sawyer Hunt and David Sanchez tied for second, each with four points.Zimmermann leads the Leafs in goals with three.In goal is where Nelson has shined with Josh Williams currently in seventh spot in goalie stats with a stingy 1.50 goals against average in two games.Quinn Yeager is 14th overall with a 2.34 average.Injury updateMorey said forward Logan Wullum is very close to returning to the lineup. Wullum, out with a hand injury, played briefly against Fernie and is now considered day-to-day.Morey said the Leaf assistant captain should be back when Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.Meanwhile defenceman Michael Bladon is waiting for medical clearance.The rookie rearguard has yet to see action this season.Edmonton native Troy Glionna has left the team for personal reason and has been released.In three games with Nelson, Glionna did not register a point. Fresh from playing the past seven consecutive games at home — four regular season and three exhibitions — the Nelson Leafs venture out for a three-game road trip.The Leafs, 2-1-1, travel to the Lilac City Friday for a division rivalry game against the Spokane Braves.Spokane is off to a good start with the only blemish an overtime loss in four games. The early season result has the Braves tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins.Nelson will have a new face in the lineup as the Green and White acquired 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jaiden Laporte from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Leaf GM Lance Morey said Laporte became available after being a late cut from the Northern Alberta squad.“Jaiden is a power forward who processes a big league shot,” Morey said about the new acquisition.“I think it adds another dimension to help our offensive output.”“Adding another big body up front just adds to an already strong forward group that is becoming very tough to play against,” Morey added.The Leafs travel to Creston Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against a team from the Eddie Mountain Division.Next week the Leafs conclude the three-game road trip against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks before returning to the NDCC Arena to face Creston Saturday, September 30.Lack of finish around the net proves costly early in the season
7 September 2015Schoolchildren have been encouraged to take up maths and science and to work hard to achieve their dreams.Speaking at the handover of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) mobile science laboratory at Thubalethu High School in Eastern Cape, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams urged pupils to be dedicated and make good use the facility.“It begins with hard work and dedication,” she said on 4 September. “I urge you to make use of these facilities; tap the knowledge of your teachers and make science, maths and technology part of your life.”South Africa needed young people who wanted to work hard and who wanted to make the nation stronger and better.“Our country is facing a skills shortage and we need young people such as yourselves with technical skills to fill the skills gaps in our economy. The National Development Plan, our blueprint for a better tomorrow, identifies the important role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the country’s longer-term vision.”Open many doors“The science lab that has been provided by the NYDA will go a long way towards making your dreams a reality,” she told pupils. “It will help the school to unearth the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will help to move South Africa forward.”Science and maths were subjects that could get one into any field. “Believe me when I say maths and science gets you everywhere. Every sector of our economy has been transformed by technology, and there is no job where maths is not useful. For you to succeed in the modern world, you need maths and science and this message should resonate with you when choosing subjects,” the minister explained.A changing worldThis was alongside the government’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (Asidi) schools programme.Asidi was established by the Department of Basic Education to eradicate backlogs in school infrastructure in previously disadvantaged communities. It also upgrades the standard of schools.“Learners, I urge you to make use of the new science lab. The world we live in is rapidly changing and science, maths and technology are at the forefront of this change. Programmes such as this one are important because they support our objective of expanding access the world of maths and science.”Source: SAnews.gov
Extreme flooding events were in the news during much of 2018, from January’s heavy rains in Southern California to Hurricanes Florence and Michael in September and October. When many of us think about flooding, we think about events like these: major disasters that upend entire communities and trigger a large response from state and federal agencies. However, the new report, The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge, points out that events like these are only part of the story. This report focuses attention on the widespread and costly destruction caused by a lesser-recognized threat: chronic urban flooding due to city landscapes that cannot absorb or otherwise manage rainfall. Based on the results of a nationwide survey of stormwater and floodplain management professionals, the report (by researchers from the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University) demonstrates how urban flooding is a separate phenomenon from coastal and riverine flooding. It is more frequent, more localized, and not as well understood; in addition (as with other aspects of climate change), it is most likely to affect those who can least afford to deal with it. The triple threat of urban flooding Urban flooding is not just “flooding that happens in an urban area.” This isn’t what happens when a river overflows its banks or when a hurricane drives a storm surge across a coastal neighborhood. Instead, it’s caused by excessive runoff in developed areas where the water doesn’t have anywhere to go.RELATED ARTICLESFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemFlood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformHome Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past FloodsTwice-Flooded City Ponders Another Rebuild Urban flooding can be linked to a major disaster, like Hurricane Harvey and its 33 trillion gallons of rainfall. But more often it happens during more routine circumstances, appearing in the form of wet basements and sewer backups. Even small amounts of rain can overwhelm the deteriorated or inadequate infrastructure found in many neighborhoods, especially in impoverished, neglected, and/or socioeconomically isolated urban communities. Let’s take a look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) definition of urban flooding cited in the report: “… [T]he inundation of property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rain falling on increased amounts of impervious surfaces and overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems.” We can split the definition into three separate components: urban flooding is (1) caused by rain that (2) falls on impervious surfaces and (3) overwhelms local stormwater drainage capacity. Each of these components — heavy precipitation (which is expected to become more frequent due to climate change), increased urbanization, and insufficient or outdated stormwater infrastructure — presents a challenge in and of itself. With urban flooding sitting at the intersection of all three, it’s no wonder that this is a complex problem. Importantly, FEMA’s definition has no mention of floodplains, rivers, or coastlines. That’s because urban flooding has little to do with bodies of water. We usually assume that flooding is more likely along rivers or coasts; that’s the backbone of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain mapping efforts, and local flood-related planning. However, the report finds that urban flooding happens in places that are well outside of mapped floodplains. Urban flooding is decidedly unnatural and requires different solutions. “The flood losses gnaw away at their well-being” One important issue highlighted by the report is the cascade of effects on affected individuals and communities, “such as loss of hourly wages for those unable to reach their workplaces; hours lost in traffic rerouting and traffic challenges; disruptions in local, regional, and national supply chains; or school closings with resultant impact on parents.” The report’s authors point out that these effects are especially disruptive to lower-income and minority residents, who are more likely to live in flood-prone areas and less likely to be covered by flood insurance. “For those lacking critical resources (savings, insurance, etc.),” they write, “the flood losses gnaw away at their well-being.” That doesn’t even include the physical and mental health effects linked to chronic flooding, such as asthma resulting from mold exposure. A previous study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology found that 84% of people affected by urban flooding in the Chicago area suffered stress; 13% reported effects on their health or the health of someone in their household. It’s clear that urban flooding poses a threat to Americans who are already socially and economically vulnerable. In addition, urban flooding is often too localized to trigger a federal disaster declaration, even when it causes relatively large amounts of damage and disruption. This limits the public assistance available to victims, who are then left on their own to deal with the aftermath, over and over again. Why is urban flooding an under-recognized problem? One of the key observations in the report is that there is no clear responsibility or jurisdiction for urban flooding at the federal level. This complicates data collection, funding availability, and priority setting. Even at state and local levels, flood management and stormwater management are often overseen by different programs, whose responsibilities may not be clearly defined. The NFIP has a clear authority and access to large amounts of data, and it still struggles with a lack of transparency, outdated information, and inaccurate assessments of damage and risk. And because urban flooding often falls outside of the program’s jurisdiction, it doesn’t even have the data and documentation that support the NFIP. This also complicates risk communication, because the NFIP’s flood maps are often the only publicly accessible documentation of flood risk. These Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, indicate whether a property is located in a “special hazard flood area” based on FEMA’s mapped 100-year floodplains. The report notes that, because the NFIP maps generally do not provide information on urban flooding, “there is currently no tool available to communities to assist in similarly delineating potential levels of urban flood risk.” What can we do? The study team identifies several recommendations to address urban flooding, focusing primarily on additional data collection, better coordination among government agencies, and improved assessment of flood risk. An upcoming study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is expected to investigate some of these issues in more detail. Urban flooding has received some attention in Congress, too, with legislation introduced to define urban flooding and more accurately map areas at risk. However, the report’s most essential suggestion might be the following (emphasis added): Attention should be given at all levels of government to ensure that efforts to mitigate urban flooding reach areas that have the highest risk of flooding and cross all economic and social levels and that locally supported steps are taken to incentivize individual homeowner mitigation efforts. These mitigation efforts should include improved transparency, better risk communication, and more support for flood-weary residents who want to move out of harm’s way. And if 2018 was the year of talking about climate change, let’s make sure that urban flooding is part of that conversation as it continues in the new year. Anna Weber is a policy analyst in the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.
Learn how to break down the UI of popular social media sites and animate them to your liking.Understanding how to break down the UI of a specific site can be a helpful skill. You may have a client that wants to show how their business operates with a social platform or with a specific website. Being able to break down that UI will allow you to create an engaging animation.When breaking down a UI, you have to study the layout, research the typefaces, determine how the site operates, and grasp all other elements. In this Adobe After Effects tutorial, we will create the Instagram UI. This social media platform has a simple layout and, for the most part, a simple design. In the tutorial, we take a close look at font choice and careful positing to match the layout.The benefit of being able to recreate the Instagram UI is that it allows us to highlight specific elements that may be important to viewers. Editors typically record a screen video of a website when they need to include it in an edit. After watching our tutorial, you will no longer need to screen capture websites.DOWNLOAD FREE AE INSTAGRAM PROJECTWhat To Take Away from This After Effects TutorialWhether you are new to After Effects or have been using it for some time, there are several great takeaways from this tutorial:Breakdown the Instagram UI.Gather elements necessary for the layout.Use typography to replicate Instagram’s design.Create a variety of animations for every element of the UI.Understand the value of placeholders.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now An exhaustive list of all the reasons your sales results aren’t what you want them to be would require a vast number of posts. The menu here is what I see right now with some ideas about what you might do to eliminate them. None of these are easy to resolve, as they all require behavior changes and tough conversations. You have to solve the root causes of your poor sales results if you want them to improve.No Effective Role ClarityThe Account Executive, a pure sales role, is often found doing the work that belongs to an Account Manager. The Account Manager ends up doing the work of Customer Service (or some similar role). People in operational roles who are struggling to serve the client pass their challenges to the person most competent to deal with the problem—and the client. When you pull salespeople out of a selling role, their sales decline.Salespeople don’t spend enough time selling for many reasons, including distractions, being burdened with email communications, and time spent taking care of their responsibilities to their company. When there is confusion about their role and outcomes, they spend even less time selling. A lot of the things Account Executives spend their time on when it comes to taking care of their clients feels like work, but it isn’t the right work. They need to own the outcomes, not the transactions.Imposing role clarity doesn’t require a purity test that forbids the salesperson from being engaged in a serious challenge serving the client, but it does require removing them from the day-to-day management of their clients.Recently, more companies are trying to model SAAS companies, slicing the sales role into thinner and thinner slices. The idea is old enough to include Adam Smith’s division of labor and Frederick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management. These companies struggle when reality doesn’t match their theory about roles. By pulling their senior salespeople out of the prospecting role, they deprive their prospects of conversations with the person who is best prepared to help them.Whatever the design of your structure, it should both serve the outcomes, and provide clarity about each role’s responsibility.No Strong DirectionPeople need to be led. More still, they want to be led. They want to know what they’re supposed to do and how they are supposed to do it. They want to succeed in their role. When you deprive them of strong direction from leadership, they tend to struggle. Sales leaders who struggle with establishing noon-negotiables worry about being autocratic when they should worry more about setting high standards.Leaders are often too removed from their teams to provide strong direction. Their communication isn’t frequent enough, nor is it direct enough about what they want, why they want it, and how their teams need to go about producing results. The communication also isn’t consistent enough to make it believable as a real priority.I have spoken to a sales organization three years in a row, each year bringing a new primary goal, a new strategy, a new methodology, a new structure (or modifications to the existing structure), and a new compensation plan. What was most important just twelve months ago went unachieved.Strong direction and high standards are foundational to strong execution. For most sales leaders, the most effective new strategy they could pursue would be to execute their plans over many years with firm direction before ever looking at something new.No AccountabilityNo organization produces the results they are capable of without accountability. There is a lack of accountability in sales now, and you will find it in most organizations, invariably in the activities that fall under the category called opportunity creation. There is too little willingness to hold salespeople accountable for prospecting and scheduling first meetings with prospective clients. Managers don’t want to be micromanagers. Accountability is not micromanagement; it’s macro-management.Senior sales leaders look at forecasts made up of opportunities that will soon be celebrating their fifth anniversary of being entered into the CRM (I only wish I was exaggerating). Sales managers allow their salespeople to hide behind a couple of big deals they claim to be working, optimistic about winning them and avoiding any conversation about new opportunities. They also accept excuses for not prospecting because the salesperson suggests they were too busy taking care of their existing accounts (see Role Clarity above).Salespeople need to be accountable for precisely two outcomes: 1) opportunity creation, and 2) opportunity capture. Both of these outcomes require role clarity, strong direction, and accountability. While I don’t believe any sales leader would argue with these outcomes, there are too few who are willing to impose the necessary accountability. Instead, they tinker with the compensation plan, mistakenly believing that everyone on their team is solely motivated by money.If you want a result, you have to hold people accountable for producing it—and doing the work necessary to make it so.Avoiding Tough DecisionsAvoiding tough conversations and tough decisions lead to increasingly poor results.A person is allowed to remain in the wrong role indefinitely, even though they are failing and unhappy, and even though the leader is unhappy with their performance.The senior person who is negative and cynical infects others with their disease in private and public conversations is allowed to infect others with debilitating beliefs without consequence.The operations team passes their problems to the salesperson to solve, and no one has yet broached the subject of their hiring people with the competency to manage the day-to-day client issues that pull salespeople out of their role.There has been no accountability for so long that it is difficult to imagine how to start imposing it now. No one wants to hit the reset button and begin the process of transformational change.If you are a sales leader, I guess that you could very quickly write down the names of the individuals in the scenarios above (only because they are so universal that any leader would have no trouble with this exercise). Leaders are required to make decisions, including the tough, but necessary calls.Presenting Problems and Root CausesThe presenting problem is poor sales results. The root cause is something else, and probably many factors. Better sales results are only possible when you treat the root causes.
Shashank Manohar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, made a strong deposition as India’s witness and it marked the end of the three-day Dispute Resolution Forum hearing into Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claims.It is learnt that the three-member committee has kept its orders reserved as there have only been oral submissions from both parties.”Now there will be written submissions and after that the panel will write the order,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.PCB has claimed INR 447 crore compensation following allegations that the BCCI didn’t honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that required India to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.”We are very happy how the cross examinations went. Today Manohar’s deposition was very strong. He deposed as India’s witness not as ICC chairman. Even all the other witnesses also put up a strong case,” the official said.Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was Tuesday cross-examined, during which he justified India’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.Khurshid, who was the external affairs minister during the UPA-II government which finished its term in 2014, was presented by the BCCI as one of its prime defence witnesses on the second day of the hearing that began Monday.Manohar, himself a lawyer, was the BCCI president when erstwhile PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had visited India to meet him in order to convince the BCCI for a bilateral series at neutral venues.”Manohar is very well versed how the e-mail signed by Sanjay Patel is not binding. He is well aware about contractual obligations in bipartite agreements,” the official said.advertisementIndia and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the 1992 world champions toured India for three ODIs and as two Twenty20 Internationals.The two arch-rivals play only in multi-nation tournaments organised by ICC and most recently played two matches at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.(With inputs from PTI)
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Bestby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year.He beat Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the crown.Betting odds had Van Dijk as the favourite after winning the Champions League, but the Argentine rose above the Liverpool defender after finishing second in the first two years of the award, while he didn’t even reach a podium finish last year.”I want to thank everyone who decided to give me this recognition,” Messi said as he collected his trophy.”For me, individual awards are secondary and the collective comes first.”But today is a special day for me.”I have my wife and children here, and it’s the first time they’ve come.”Having them here to enjoy this is priceless.”They love football and they’re watching everyone around them shyly.”Messi dominated for Barcelona last season.Now, he’s favourite to go on and win the Ballon d’Or, as happened with Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Casualty actress Gemma Atkinson rode the 2014 Great Manchester Cycle for charity.Gemma Atkinson Completes The 2014 Great Manchester CycleCredit/Copyright: Royal Manchester Children’s HospitalThe former Hollyoaks star rode 52 miles for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity Event on Sunday 29th June.Gemma Atkinson Rides The 2014 Great Manchester CycleCredit/Copyright: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital8,000 riders took to the closed roads of Manchester for the event.Gemma – from Bury – rode the event’s longest distance of 52 miles to raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, a charity she has completed a number of events for in the past including the Great Manchester Run.The actress and model was excited to return to her home city do her bit for a local charity, as she’s recently been busy filming Casualty in Cardiff as her character, paramedic Tamzin Bayle, made a dramatic return to the series last month.“I’m really pleased to be able to do something for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and to help them raise funds,” she said. “They do wonderful work and it’s a very worthy cause and one I’m proud to be contributing to.”She continued, “I know the event is going to be spectacular and a really fun day for everyone taking part.”Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity raises funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.The Charity has three main areas of work: To support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses; To help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly; To provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.Find out more here.