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first_imgBig goals are magic. Little goals, when they are not milestones on the way to big goals, are something less than magic. While they may not be completely impotent, they lack the power of big goals. There is a magic power in goals so big they scare you.The Problem with Small GoalsA small goal doesn’t require you to transform. It doesn’t possess the power to cause you to take massive action. While the goal might be helpful to accomplish, the size of the goal itself suggests that it isn’t all that important. Because the goal isn’t big enough to cause you to believe something different and take new actions, it doesn’t compel you to change, to transform, to become.Small goals are easy to reach. One of the reasons people make diminutive goals is because they know they can reach them without any real effort or struggle on their part. In some cases, people make goals that they have already reached, like the business that sets a goal for 5 percent growth, knowing they already all but achieved that goal.The only thing worse than small goals is having no goals at all, allowing “The Drift,” all the external forces in life, to take you in a direction that is not of your choosing.The Value in Big GoalsBig goals are everything that small goals are not.Big goals require much more of you. To reach big goals, you must start by being intentional and planning your approach, something that may not be necessary with small goals. The amount of planning required to reach the big goal you set is going to be proportional to the size of your goal. You are not going to be able to wing it and achieve big goals.You also must become the kind of person who can reach those goals, what is perhaps the best and most important outcome from setting your sights on something more substantial. Only big goals cause you to transform yourself. Big goals require you to change your beliefs, your actions, and your disciplines (I like the word “disciplines” and find it more powerful than the word “habit,” as one described intentionality and power, and the other suggests the opposite).Big Goals Mean Not SettlingWe don’t make big goals because we are afraid we will not achieve them. We hesitate to commit to them because we know that big goals require real change on our part. So rather than setting big goals, failing, and still producing transformational results, we settle.When you set small goals, you are settling. You are settling for being something less than you are capable of becoming. You settle for doing less than you are capable of and producing a smaller result than you might have created. You are settling for having less than you might have and contributing less than you could have.Not Stretch Goals. Goals That Stretch You.Big goals prevent you from settling. Instead, they force you to stretch. Instead of setting the target of 5 percent growth, you set a goal to double the business, an idea that any reasonable person would find outrageous.The first question one hears when sharing their big goal is the incredulous responses of people who are afraid of the big goal. The typical response sounds something like, “That’s impossible?” What you are hearing is another person’s belief about what they are capable of, not what is possible, and a response that says nothing about what is possible for you. The truth of the matter is that if someone else is already producing the result you defined as your big goal, that outcome is undoubtedly possible for you.The second question people ask about big goals is better, and it’s the question that contains a large portion of the power in big goals. The follow-up question is some variation of, “How on Earth do you propose to do that?” Indeed, how on earth do you propose to reach your big goal? Your big goals cause you to struggle with all you are going to have to change to reach your goal.Be AfraidThere is no reason to set goals that don’t frighten you. If the goal has no power to cause you to worry about how you are going to need to be different, as well as all the things you will need to do differently, then it isn’t big enough.When you miss reaching your big goal, the result you produce dwarfs any you would have created would you have set a smaller target. A goal that requires little effort on your part likely results in you giving it no effort at all. Goals that frighten you compel you to take the massive actions necessary to reach your big goals.last_img read more

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first_imgThe fierce public relations war over genetically modified (GM) food has a new front. A nonprofit group opposed to GM products filed a flurry of freedom of information requests late last month with at least four U.S. universities, asking administrators to turn over any correspondence between a dozen academic researchers and a handful of agricultural companies, trade groups, and PR firms. The scientists—many of whom have publicly supported agricultural biotechnologies—are debating how best to respond, and at least one university has already rejected the request.“It seems like a fishing expedition to me,” says geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California (UC), Davis, one of six UC researchers targeted by the requests. “I am very worried [the correspondence] is going to be used to sully the reputations of scientists.” The tactic is familiar in another controversial area, climate science, where researchers have faced an avalanche of document requests from climate change skeptics.The group, U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) of Oakland, California, says it has no vendetta. It has targeted only researchers who have written articles posted on GMO Answers, a website backed by food and biotechnology firms, and work in states with laws that require public institutions to share many internal documents on request, says Executive Director Gary Ruskin. USRTK is interested in documenting links between universities and business, he says, and is “especially looking to learn how these faculty members have been appropriated into the PR machine for the chemical-agro industry.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)(After this article was published, ScienceInsider learned that a number of the scientists receiving freedom of information requests from USRTK have no involvement with GMO Answers. In an e-mail, Ruskin writes that he was incorrect on this point and apologized for the error. He says he requested documents from the scientists with no connection to GMO Answers as a result of their public statements pertaining to California’s 2012 GM food labeling proposition, which was defeated.)Ruskin is no stranger to the GM food debate. He helped manage an unsuccessful 2012 effort to pass a California ballot initiative requiring the labeling of food products containing GM ingredients. Late last year, he helped found USRTK, which works “to expose what the food industry doesn’t want us to know. … We stand up for the right to know what is in our food and how it affects our health.” The group’s three board members include Juliet Schor, a prominent economist at Boston College. USRTK’s website says its sole major donor (more than $5000) is the Organic Consumers Association, a nonprofit group based in Finland, Minnesota, which has donated $47,500.In the requests, Ruskin seeks any letters and e-mails exchanged after 2012 between the scientists and 14 companies and groups. The list includes Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, major biotech and grocery trade groups, and communications firms including FleishmanHillard and Ogilvy & Mather. “The records disclosed … will be used in preparation of articles for dissemination to the public,” states one request obtained by ScienceInsider.Many researchers are awaiting advice from university lawyers on how to respond. Kevin Folta, a biologist and biotech researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville, would like to comply. But he anticipates trouble. “Unfortunately, when you skim through the 70,000 e-mails I have … [USRTK] will find opportunities to pull out a sentence and use it against me,” he predicts. “They will show I have 200 e-mails from big ag companies. While it is former students … or chitchat about someone’s kids, it won’t matter. They’ll report, ‘Kevin Folta had 200 emails with Monsanto and Syngenta,’ as a way to smear me.”USRTK has asked food allergy researcher Richard Goodman, a former Monsanto employee who has been at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, since 2004, for any correspondence with his old firm related to a controversial study led by biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France. The study, which claimed that GM foods caused health problems in rats, was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2012 but was withdrawn in 2013, the same year Goodman became an associate editor of the journal.Toxicologist Bruce Chassy, who retired in 2012 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, understands why he is a target. “I suspect a disclosure would make me look bad,” he says, noting he regularly interacts with firms that produce GM products and has urged them to do more to answer the technology’s critics. But the school’s lawyers rejected USRTK’s request on 4 February, noting Chassy no longer works at the university.USRTK says its requests are designed to promote transparency in a controversial research arena. But some researchers worry they will also have a chilling effect on academic freedom. “Your first inclination … is to stop talking about the subject,” Van Eenennaam says. “But that’s what they want. And I don’t want to be intimidated.”*Update, 13 February, 3:10 p.m.: This article has been updated to clarify that a number of the researchers receiving freedom of information requests have no connection to the GMO Answers website.last_img read more

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first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Anthony Joshua promoter says rematch with Andy Ruiz will happen Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from MPBLMANILA, Philippines—Former senator Jinggoy Estrada is about to get himself busy despite losing in the recently-concluded 2019 midterm elections.Estrada, who placed 15th in the senatorial race, said he’d turn his focus to his basketball team the San Juan Knights in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess In his first public appearance since the losing the senatorial race, Estrada said he has high hopes for the MPBL’s defending champions even likening his ball club to the iconic Barangay Ginebra franchise of the PBA.“Now that I don’t have work, I’d rather turn my attention to then team,” said Estrada in Filipino during the team’s press conference Wednesday at Café Ysabel in San Juan. “Also, I might go back to acting that’s why I’m getting some skincare in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEstrada, who co-owns the Knights, said his team has the same never-say-die attitude that has made the Gin Kings one of the most popular franchises in the PBA with 14 trophies.“The players have the determination, they have the heart to win, that’s why I think this is the Ginebra of the MPBL,” said Estrada. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img The Knights proved that in Game 5 of the finals of the past season against Davao when they came back from five points down, 84-79, with 1:48 left in dramatic fashion to win the title on the road.Jhonard Clarito spearheaded the Knights’ rally, scoring the team’s final four points.“Why Ginebra? They have that never say die attitude,” said Estrada. “If you remember our last game against Davao, that could’ve been a lost cause but the boys never gave up because they were really determined.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has vowed to come back stronger for the coming season after suffering a knee injury in Portugal’s triumphant Euro 2016 final earlier this month. (Also read: Usual suspects dominate UEFA’s Best Player in Europe shortlist)The Real Madrid forward, who is in this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after 25 minutes in the final against hosts France. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo shows why he’s the undisputed boss of world football)”I just wanted to thank all my fans,” Ronaldo said in a video on his Instagram account.”I wanted to tell them that all is well and that I will come back much stronger. Thank you, long live Portugal.”The 31-year-old, who racked up 51 goals in 48 games last season, scored the decisive penalty to seal Real’s second Champions League final success over local rivals Atletico Madrid in three years. (Also read: Knee injury will sideline Cristiano Ronaldo from European Supercup)La Liga runners-up Real begin their 2016-17 campaign, in what will be manager Zinedine Zidane’s first full season in charge, away to Real Sociedad on Aug. 21.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) The status of national sports of India was not confirmed, the Sports Authority of India told the Central Information Commission.Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu today directed the SAI to collect information from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the national sports and provide to an RTI applicant.One Keshav Khandelwal had filed an RTI application with the SAI seeking to know the national game of India and whether hockey was the national game of India or not.When he did not get a response, he filed a complaint against the SAI before the Central Information Commission, highest appellate authority in the matters pertaining to the RTI Act which heard the matter last week.During the hearing, the SAI official said the application was transferred to the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs but there was no further correspondence from it.”He stated that the status of national sports of India is not confirmed and the response to the RTI application could not be provided in the form of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, Acharyulu noted in the order.In the order issued today, the commissioner directed the SAI official to collect the information from the MOYAS regarding declaration of the national sports of India and provide it to Khandelwal. PTI ABS ABS DIPDIPlast_img read more

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first_imgNormally not known to be generous with superlatives, the great Ian Chappell found Cheteshwar Pujara “worthy of many privileges” in Virat Kohli’s “kingdom” for his tenacity and tons of runs.Pujara grafted his way to three centuries in the ongoing Test series against Australia, playing a key role in India’s dominance.”Not only did Pujara single-handedly bring the Australian bowlers to their knees he also paved the way for his team-mates to deliver the killer blows,” Chappell wrote in a column for ESPNCricinfo.While India are on the verge of completing a maiden Test series win in Australia, the former captain was not with praising Pujara.”Kohli may be the king of Indian cricket but Pujara has proven to be his loyal ally and worthy of many privileges in the kingdom. Many good things have happened for India in this series, not the least of them being victory, and most have emanated from the stubborn defiance of Pujara.”The eldest of the famous Chappell brothers, he added, “In scoring three centuries in a series in Australia, he joined an illustrious compatriot, the equally defiant Sunil Gavaskar, who achieved a similar feat in 1977-78.”In accumulating 521 runs in seven innings, Pujara was at the crease for a mammoth 1867 minutes and was not tempted by a high percentage of the 1258 balls he faced.”The other side of Cheteshwar PujaraFrom Game of Thrones references, an open challenge to beat him in table tennis to the silliest way he’s gotten out till date – we catch @cheteshwar1 in a never seen before avatar – by @28anandhttps://t.co/XEWDTdjWnB pic.twitter.com/2okHsZxyJeadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019’Pujara snuck up from behind and executed the perfect mugging’That the home team was entirely focussed on how to tackle Kohli prior to the series may have helped Pujara to play at ease.”While the Australian cricket team was keeping a wary eye on Virat Kohli, Pujara snuck up from behind and executed the perfect mugging. In addition to helping India win a series for the first time in Australia, he frustrated a top-class opposition attack to the point of submission.”The fast bowlers were worn to a frazzle by the end of the Indian first innings at the SCG, and India’s lower order, who for much of the series were the ducks in the shooting gallery, scored frequently and freely.”The series Down Under was a far cry from the tour of England where Pujara was dropped at the start of the series, which India lost 1-4.”Pujara is the most effective blunter of an attack in a cricket world where currently bludgeoning is the favoured submission hold. If he didn’t invent the term ‘bat time’, Pujara is certainly a disciple of the method.”The prolonged standing ovation Pujara received (at SCG) even though he had just put the nail in the coffin of an Australian side that was trying to rid itself of the ugly stain of Cape Town was testament to the esteem with which the Indian batsman is held.”If they had a hall of fame for batting obduracy, Pujara would be voted in unanimously.”Chappell lauds Pant for record-breaking ton at SCGChappell was also impressed by young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who struck a breezy 159 in the ongoing fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”Rishabh Pant displayed enormous talent with the bat early in the series but little discipline.”However, there were signs at the MCG that his approach was changing, and by the time Kohli declared at the SCG, the ebullient wicketkeeper had completed his makeover,” Chappell wrote.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso Read | Virat Kohli would be a champion in any other era: Ian ChappellAlso Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky PontingAlso Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also See:last_img read more

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first_imgWe have had too many of these “did or didn’t he get prison” stories this week, but former OSU recruit (and enrollee) Devon Thomas was on the wrong end of that equation this week when he got sentenced to 10 years.Thomas was imprisoned for a variety of things but primarily for his role in a pair of armed robberies. Here’s the Tulsa World on Thomas’ sentencing.An affidavit indicates in the 2015 incident Thomas pointed a black pistol at another man and demanded, “Give me everything you have.” He then pulled the victim from the vehicle and beat him until he momentarily lost consciousness.Tulsa District Judge James Caputo sentenced Thomas to 10 years in Department of Corrections custody for his role in both [armed robbery] cases. Caputo also ordered Thomas to be under post-imprisonment supervision for nine months to one year after his release, court documents indicate.Thomas’ story is sad if not familiar. It was nearly the way of Prentiss Elliott (now thriving for a semi-pro Oklahoma football team!) and/or Herschel Sims (graduated from Abilene Christian and appears to be coaching). It’s sad and destructive and the underbelly of the machine that is college athletics. It’s a kingmaker, to be sure, but these are the stories that get lost and forgotten about.Hopefully Thomas can reconcile his life to society over the next decade and eventually become a productive member of the Oklahoma culture.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTo understand just how dramatic a change in fortunes Chris Richards experienced in the early stages of his budding soccer career, you need only consider two flights he took that came just two years apart. The first flight was from Dallas to his home in Alabama. He spent most of it trying to sleep and not to cry after a failed trial with the FC Dallas academy that left him wondering whether he would ever make it. AdChoices广告The second flight was a charter from Munich to the United States, one he shared with the kind of soccer stars he could have only dreamed of playing with back when he was fighting back the tears on that rough trip home two years earlier.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Now, just six months after that charter flight, and less than a year after signing his first professional contract, Richards has been transferred to German powerhouse Bayern Munich after impressing during a six-month loan stint with Bayern’s U-19 team. Sources have confirmed to Goal that Bayern will pay $1.5 million for the starlet along with agreeing to a 40 percent sell-on clause . The 19-year-old is the latest in the growing wave of young American players honing their game in Germany, a trend that has made it almost normal for top American teenagers to make the jump to Europe in their quests to follow the trail blazed by the likes of Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Few would have pegged Richards to be on this path back when he was playing in Alabama as a talented but undersized central defender. He took a trip to Texas hoping to secure a place with the FC Dallas academy, one of the best academies in American soccer, but FC Dallas’ coaches saw a player they didn’t think was ready to handle the speed of play at the highest level of the Development Academy, American soccer’s elite youth league. “It was tough hearing. I thought my world was going to end,” Richards said. “That was my first time not making a team. “I was devastated. I was crying. I wasn’t good at rejection.” After a tear-filled phone call to tell his mother he didn’t make the team, Richards boarded a flight back to Alabama. He did his best to keep his composure, but admitted he broke down as soon as he sat in his mother’s car. A week after that painful trip, Richards received a call from Houston Texans, another top academy team in Texas.  “Once Houston gave me the call and told me they’d be playing FC Dallas I thought this was easy, I have to go to Houston.” Richards didn’t fly to Houston, he drove, knowing full well that another failed trial would mean a brutal ride home. That, along with the motivation to prove FC Dallas wrong, lit a fire in him that helped the youngster impress Texans coach and former MLS player Eric Quill. “Right off the bat I could tell this kid’s got something really, really good,” Quill told Goal . “But he hadn’t grown into his body much. He was sort of gangly. The body type that I could see some people not thinking he could play.” Quill RichardsAt the same time saw a potential star in the making in Richards.  “His ability to see the field and break lines with his passing – he’s a high-level passer from the back – and he’s just an athletic freak,” Quill said. “He can jump through the roof. He’s just a kid you could see a real high ceiling with.” Richards lived up to Quill’s lofty assessment, developing into a standout defender and helping lead the Texans to an improbable national championship run. Along the way the Texans defeated the same FC Dallas team that passed on him as a player, providing sweet revenge for the young defender. “Every team when they play Dallas in the [Development Academy] it’s like the World Cup for them,” Richards said. “I had extra motivation because of what happened in the summer. As soon as I got the schedule I circled FC Dallas.” Richards and the Texans defeated FC Dallas in league play, marking the first time the Texans had ever beaten Dallas in the older age groups. They went on to win the national championship, the first for the club, but before that victory, Quill had already begun to think about what would truly be best for Richards.   He believed his star defender would be better served by making a move to FC Dallas the next season. That led Quill to approach FC Dallas academy director Luchi Gonzalez with the selfless offer of sending Richards and midfielder Christian Cappis to FC Dallas. “Them coming back to [the Texans] would have been fine, but if they were going to really go somewhere in the game then time was of the essence and I wanted them to move on,” Quill said. “I told FC Dallas, ‘I’ve got these two players who are going to be pros at the highest level. I think you guys should take a look at them.’” When Quill first told Richards what he was planning to do the youngster thought he was joking, but once he realized his coach was serious, the teenager was faced with a tough decision. Would he leave the club that believed in him to join a bigger club that had rejected him just a year earlier? Richards eventually decided to follow Quill’s advice, and FC Dallas was on board, having just watched him lead the Texans to a national title. It didn’t take long for FC Dallas to realize that not only was Richards good enough for its academy, he was good enough for a first-team contract. The MLS outfit signed him to a homegrown player deal in April. At that point the only issue was finding him playing time.  Due to his limited time with the academy, MLS rules left Richards facing a year-long wait before he would be eligible to play with the first team. Luckily for Richards, FC Dallas had recently entered a player development partnership with Bayern Munich, and a deal was reached to have the center back play with German club’s Under-19 team on loan. The deal also included an option for the German giant to buy Richards. Having a chance to play with Bayern’s youth team would have been enough, but Richards quickly found himself in the improbable position of being called on to join the senior side for the summer’s International Champions Cup tournament due to the club being short of available defenders. “I walk into the locker room and the first player I see is Arjen Robben and I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way this is real. I was playing FIFA with him a few days ago. This doesn’t happen every day,'” Richards said.  “We were jogging around and I’m like, ‘These are the guys you see on TV at the highest level.’ But once we started playing I felt more comfortable and got over the nerves.” Tab Ramos RichardsRichards wound up playing against some high-profile opponents in the ICC tournament, including a starting role against Juventus in Philadelphia. Those matches, coupled with the chance to play and train alongside stars like Robben and David Alaba, provided the kind of education and confidence boost that helped Richards hit the ground running when he joined Bayern’s U-19s“You can learn a lot from just watching how they play and how they act on the field,” Richards said. “Whether it’s the speed of play, or how fast they do things. Their vision, they’re seeing things two and three steps beyond what a regular player sees.” Riding the confidence from the summer, Richards eventually joined Bayern’s U-19 team and he stepped right into a starting role, impressing through the fall season. And when he returned to the States and flashed his improving form while with the U.S. Under-20 national team during its run to the Concacaf Championship in November. “Out of all the center backs I’ve coached I think he’s the one with the most potential,” U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos told Goal . “He has unlimited potential. All the other guys you could tell they’re good. They’re solid. I look at [Matt] Miazga, [Cameron] Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown. I just think Richards has a really high ceiling. He also has great charisma, which other guys follow, and he makes a team better because of it.” Bayern saw those same qualities in Richards, leading the German club to buy him, and now Richards will have his chance to continue developing and to live up to the lofty expectations he holds in the eyes of those who have seen him up close. “This kid’s going to be the starting center back for the national team in the next World Cup. I completely believe that,” Quill told Goal . “He’s got more. He’s getting better and better and better. His ceiling is so high. He’s different than anything we’ve ever had as a center back because I think his range of passing is better than any center back we’ve ever seen in the United States.”last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Golar LNG Limited (Golar) has received an underwritten financing commitment for the December 2015 delivery of newbuild floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Golar Tundra.As informed, based on the current cost of the Tundra, the facility of up to $216 million, to be provided by China Merchants Bank Leasing, has a 16 year amortisation profile, will fund the FSRU on a charter free basis, and, at current 10 year interest rate swap levels, will have an all-in cost of less than 6%.Subject to an acceptable charter, Golar expects the facility amount and profile to increase. Golar said that the facility also provides for the Tundra’s eventual sale to Golar LNG Partners L.P.On the current charter free basis the facility will finance a minimum of $50 million more than the final delivery payment to the ship yard thereby releasing this additional cash to Golar.In addition, as part of this financing commitment China Merchants Bank Leasing will also provide a parallel facility to refinance the Golar Partners owned FSRU, Golar Eskimo.Upon drawdown, this new facility will refinance the vessels existing $156 million debt and provide approximately $100 million of additional finance that is expected to be used to repay the remaining $100 million balance of the Golar Eskimo vendor financing facility provided by Golar.As a result, Golar said that this joint financing for Tundra and Eskimo will provide around $150 million in cash that can be used to augment Golar’s existing liquidity position.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Gaelic community will have an opportunity to play a more active role in shaping and supporting the future of the Gaelic College in St. Anns, Victoria Co. Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey introduced legislation today, April 5, that will repeal and replace the Gaelic College Foundation Act in order to reflect? current operations, programs and the strategic direction of the college. The new act will change the composition of the college board of governors to be more inclusive and responsive to the Gaelic community. The board will be reduced to eight members, with seven positions to be elected by members of the Gaelic College Foundation and one appointed by cabinet. Currently, cabinet appoints six members of the 11-member board. “Government recognizes the many contributions Nova Scotia Gaels through their language, culture and identity make to our province,” said Mr. Delorey. “This is why we are strengthening the office of Gaelic Affairs, to further support the community and continuing to look at new and innovative ways to support Gaelic language and cultural development. We have listened and worked with the Gaelic College to make changes to the act that will allow them to meet strategic goals and build on their local, national and international reputation.” As part of the Culture Action Plan, government is working to strengthen Nova Scotia’s unique cultural communities. This change recognizes the significant role played by Gaels in shaping the province’s history and future. The Gaelic College was founded in 1938 and is the only institution of its kind in North America. “New legislation for Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College is vital to our overall governance structure and operations,” said Rodney MacDonald, CEO, the Gaelic College. “This bill is a reflection of a modern-day organization and ensures greater control in shaping our future.” Other changes to the legislation include a new date for the annual meeting, requirements for meeting notices, clarifying the roles of executive board members and the removal of outdated wording. The Gaelic College Act was proclaimed in 1980 and has not seen any amendments since 1999. The college is a world-class facility fostering Gaelic culture and language through programs, festivals and cultural workshops.last_img read more

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first_imgKabul: The Taliban launched an attack on a second Afghan city in as many days on Sunday, an official said, even as a United States envoy says the US and the Taliban are “at the threshold of an agreement” to end America’s longest war. The spokesman for the Baghlan province police chief, Jawed Basharat, said gunbattles continued on the outskirts of its capital, Puli Khumri. There was no immediate word on any casualties. The attack came a day after the Taliban attacked Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, in the province to the north and killed at least 16 people and wounded nearly 100. The interior ministry on Sunday said the Taliban had been cleared from that city but some fighters had fled to Baghlan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We hear the sound of blasts. The people are so worried,” Safdar Mohsini, chief of the Baghlan provincial council, told The Associated Press. “The Taliban are in residential areas fighting with Afghan security forces. We need reinforcements to arrive as soon as possible, otherwise the situation will go from bad to worse.” If the Taliban enter the city they will be very difficult to repel, Mohsini added, saying security forces at some checkpoints had run away without resistance. The city is 230 kilometers north of Kabul. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe attacks are seen as strengthening the Taliban’s negotiating position in the talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who for nearly a year has sought a deal on a U.S. troop withdrawal in exchange for Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a launch pad for global attacks. Critics have warned, however, that the Taliban are merely waiting out the US and that another US goal of the talks, a cease-fire, likely will not happen as foreign troops leave. Khalilzad said he was visiting Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan government on the details of a deal that is not yet final. The latest round of talks with the Taliban in Qatar had ended, he said. The new attack in Baghlan came hours after Khalilzad said he raised the Kunduz attack in his talks with the Taliban and told them “violence like this must stop.” Despite the warning, the US envoy appeared determined to move forward on a deal that plans for the withdrawal of some 14,000 remaining US troops in Afghanistan, where they train and support Afghan forces but also come to their aid with airstrikes and counterterror operations. The approaching agreement with the Taliban “will reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an honorable & sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country,” the Afghan-born Khalilzad said on Twitter. A US official with the negotiation team said Khalilzad in Kabul would meet with a wide range of Afghans, including the government leadership. “We can tell you that any potential peace deal will not be based on blind trust, but will instead contain clear commitments that are subject to our monitoring and verification,” the official said. “Any potential deal would bring together all sides for negotiation, enable the withdrawal of American forces and ensure the security of the American homeland.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter with the media. The official said that “if and when we are able to announce an agreement, the process will pivot to intra-Afghan negotiations where the Taliban will sit with other Afghans and together they will commit to a permanent and comprehensive cease-fire.” That reference to “other Afghans” instead of the Afghan government is another reminder of the challenges in any intra-Afghan talks ahead, as the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, calling it a puppet of the US.last_img read more

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The Malaysian police have arrested 10 Sri Lankans with forged passports, the Viet Times reported today.The Sri Lankans are among 19 people arrested by the Malaysian authorities during a raid. According to the Malaysian police the Sri Lankans were to travel to Geneva from Malaysia using the forged passports.Investigations have also revealed that two employees of the department of immigration at the Kuala Lumpur international Airport are involved in the racket. (Colombo Gazette)

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Early Wednesday evening the Council unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming that the UN should play a “central role” in supporting the attempts of the Afghan people to establish a new and transitional administration and government. The 15-member body also voiced its full support for the efforts of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, in leading such negotiations. Reacting to the Council’s action afterwards, Mr. Annan told reporters that the UN now had a formal basis for moving forward. “We’ve done quite a bit of contingency planning and Mr. Brahimi is doing his best to bring the parties together as quickly as we can,” he said. “We are beginning to send our staff back into Afghanistan to continue their humanitarian and other work and to provide whatever service and assistance that we can provide. And so in the next few days you will be seeing the UN streaming back into Afghanistan to do their work.” According to the resolution, the new Afghan institutions should be “broad-based, multi-ethnic and fully representative of all the Afghan people and committed to peace with Afghanistan’s neighbours.” They should also respect the human rights of all Afghan people, honour the country’s international obligations – including cooperating with the global fight against terrorism and illicit drug trafficking within and from Afghanistan – and facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance and the orderly return of refugees and others forced from their homes. The resolution also called on countries to support such an Afghan administration and government and asked them to provide urgent humanitarian assistance as well as long-term help for the social and economic reconstruction of the country. In addressing security concerns, the Council called on all Afghan forces to refrain from “acts of reprisal, adhere strictly to their obligations under human rights and international humanitarian law,” and to ensure the safety and security of UN and humanitarian personnel. The resolution also encouraged countries to support efforts to guarantee the safety and security of areas no longer under Taliban control, particularly Kabul. read more

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The seventh International Goalkeepers Camp in Omis (Croatia) will be held between July 1 – 7. The most famous project for handball goalies on the planet previously was taking place on the same coast – Adriatic, in cities of Makarska and Split.It is time for a new environment on a beautiful Adriatic Sea, but project lovers will stay satisfied with all what organizing team prepared for edition 2017.In the first six years of Camp, many TOP names were part of ambitious project like Thierry Omeyer, Kasper Hvidt, Roland Mikler, Mirko Alilovic, Marin Sego, Mirko Basic, Jelena Grubisic and a lot of other big names linked with handball goalkeepers.Get more info on: http://www.handballgoalkeeper.com/ ← Previous Story VIDEO: What Nenad Perunicic doing with baseball bat? Next Story → SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in biggest German derby read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While it may not be an immediate concern for Melburnians in 2016, rising sea levels could pose a serious threat to the city by 2100.According to a report by the Herald Sun, if climate change is not adequately addressed, suburbs the likes of Albert Park, Docklands and St Kilda could be swamped.This information has been provided by website Coastal Risk Australia, which was launched on Friday. The site gives people the chance to check the possible environmental impact of climate change on their area, and even on their own home. “Our main goal is to raise awareness of how sea-level rise will affect the places we live, but this will also help all Australians prepare for change,” said website co-creator Nathan Eaton.“We are anticipating the website to be used in planning at all levels of government, policy, conservation and community engagement.”With Google technology and local tidal data, Eaton and partner Nathan Quadros have managed to chart the entirety of the coastline Down Under to see how it would affect the areas under three different scenarios. According to information provided via the site, popular beaches such as Brighton, Ocean Grove and Bells could be a distant memory by the end of the century, if sea levels manage to rise by 0.74m.And you can add various locations through Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast to that list.The general public can also found out the estimated monetary impact on the value of their home and their insurance premiums via a separate website named Climate Evaluation.For more information, visit www.coastalrisk.com.au/ or www.climatevaluation.comlast_img read more

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first_imgHalfords is to cut bonus payments for some employees by a total of £2 million after the organisation failed to hit sales targets.Although total sales rose by 0.4% in the 15 weeks to 15 January 2016, the sales of car kit, such as de-icer, ice scrapers and batteries, decreased following the warm winter months.In order to help it meet profit targets, Halfords will implement several cost-cutting measures, including reduced working hours for store-based staff and decreased bonus payments for 1,000 head office-based sales staff and board employees.Jill McDonald, chief executive officer at Halfords, said: “We are pleased with the group’s performance, given the unprecedented weather conditions.“Particularly pleasing was the strong growth in service-related sales and we achieved a record day online over the Black Friday weekend, our highest ever day for total sales on 23 December and further improvements in customer service metrics. I would like to thank our colleagues for all their hard work over the busy Christmas period.”last_img read more

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first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who robbed a North Miami Beach CVS at gunpoint, Tuesday morning.According to officials, the man was armed with a machine gun.Authorities said he took off with cash from the store, located along Miami Gardens Drive and Northeast 18th Avenue.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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