Pardew aims to make statement

first_img The Magpies face in-from Liverpool at St James’ Park on Saturday and then head to arch-rivals Sunderland eight days later in a pair of fixtures which could provide a telling indication of their current state of health. Six months ago, the same two clubs provided Pardew’s men with the rudest of awakenings when the Black Cats made the short trip to Tyneside and against all the odds, left with a famous 3-0 victory a fortnight before the Reds doubled the dose in more than one sense in a 6-0 rout. Alan Pardew has challenged his Newcastle team to make a statement about the destiny of their season as they attempt to right two horrific wrongs. “It’s that mixture that is probably why they are having such success. It gives a back four a problem. “But taking all of that aside, they are also great players and that makes it doubly difficult.” Fabricio Coloccini’s absence through injury may make the process of containing the Reds’ SAS strikeforce that much more difficult, although Pardew is hoping that his defenders will be up to the task. In addition, he is planning to cause the visitors a few problems of their own with Loic Remy in top form and Papiss Cisse having returned to goalscoring form in Senegal’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast in midweek. Pardew said: “There will be two different formations on the pitch and that will be important. “Liverpool will want to dictate with their formation and the most important thing for us is that we dictate. “Our offensive players, if they can get Liverpool on the back foot, then we can have some success. “Loic has been called into the French squad and he has had a little taster there, so it’s been a great start to the season for him, and that’s been on his performances – and strong performances – for us. “Not only his goals, but his all-round performance has been solid, so he has been a big player for us so far.” Saturday’s game will be played against the back-drop of a march organised by Time 4 Change, an umbrella group of fans, to protest against owner Mike Ashley’s continued tenure. However, Pardew, who was not adding to his own comments about Ashley’s ownership in a television interview last weekend, insisted he and the players could not allow themselves to be distracted by that. He said: “We just want to concentrate on the game, that’s what we want to do. That’s all I can focus on and that’s what, internally, we will do.” However, Pardew is hoping his players can gain a measure of revenge for both debacles and prove that they are far better than they appeared to be on either of those days. He said: “You hope so. I’d like to think it puts fire in your belly because that’s what it should do. “I have certainly got fire in my belly to get positive results and make sure they are distant memories.” If Newcastle are to achieve the first leg of their aim, they will have to find a way to shackle Liverpool front two Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Suarez was suspended for last season’s encounter, in which Sturridge scored twice, but the pair have formed a formidable partnership at the start of the new campaign, prompting manager Brendan Rodgers to suggest there are not many better double-acts around. It is a view with which Pardew agrees wholeheartedly. He said: “They carry a threat in front of you and in behind, which is the best threat you can have. “If you defend deep against them, they pick it up short and particularly Suarez starts running at you and causes you all sorts of problems, yet if you play a high line, then Sturridge’s pace is a problem in behind. Press Associationlast_img read more

Two local athletes moving on up

first_imgTwo local standouts have announced they’ll be taking their athletic careers to the next level, including one who has made the decision to stay close to home.On Tuesday, Arcata senior Kaylin Campbell signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Humboldt State in 2018, following in the footsteps of a handful of local players to join the Jacks program recently.Campbell’s signing comes just days after McKinleyville senior Hannah Hogan signed a letter of intent to play soccer this fall at Lake …last_img read more

Jacks drop home opener to Wolves

first_imgHumboldt State football lost its first home game of its final season 38-13 to visiting Western Oregon, Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl.The Jacks offense started slow and after a three and out punted on their first drive. The Lumberjacks defense started strong, however, and stuffed a third down rushing attempt to force the Wolves into a fourth down decision. Western Oregon elected to go for it on fourth down and converted with a short pass from Ty Currie to Thomas Wright. Six plays later …last_img read more

Help your farm by helping pollinators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is easy to dismiss the growing concerns about declining pollinator populations as overreaction, activism-driven or “not-my-problem.” And, these things may all be accurate, though legalities may be changing the situation in the near future.Steam is building behind an effort to expand protection for a beloved North American pollinator — the monarch butterfly. The monarch is not currently listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or protected specifically under U.S. domestic laws. But, in early 2016, two environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety originally petitioned for the monarch’s protection in August 2014. In December 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched an official review of the butterfly’s status but has not yet issued a final decision.The 2016 lawsuit is forcing the agency to move forward on a final decision on the monarch’s protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will either propose protection under the Endangered Species Act, reject protection under the Act, or add the butterfly to the candidate waiting list for protection.“We can’t force them to protect monarchs but we can force them to make a decision,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups behind the lawsuit.If the monarch is deemed worthy of protection under the Endangered Species Act, those involved in agriculture who once thought otherwise, may quickly discover that the butterfly is indeed their problem.“Pollinators do a lot of work for farmers. Whether it is a bumblebee, butterfly, sweat bee or beetle, they are helping produce food. If we are losing pollinators we are losing parts of our food supply,” said Marci Lininger, transportation liaison for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and coordinator of the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI). “And we don’t want any pollinator to be federally listed. The monarch is being petitioned to be federally listed and some bumblebees are being petitioned as well. That is a wake-up call for us, not just in Ohio but nationwide. That tells us we have work to do. We need to establish more things in our landscape to provide pollen and nectar and host plants for pollinators.“A monarch federal listing is scary. It will impact all Ohioans. There will be a chain reaction of events. There will be restrictions for private landowners like mowing restrictions and herbicide and pesticide use restrictions. We’ll see a lot of lawsuits.”If listed, it will be illegal to intentionally kill monarchs or modify their habitat without a permit. Listing will also lead to designation and protection of areas deemed “critical habitat.” In addition, federal scientists will develop a recovery plan to guide efforts to restore long-term, healthy populations of monarchs.“Ohio has been selected to be a priority state for monarch butterflies because we get the fourth generation of the Monarch butterfly born here. That fourth generation completes the migration process for monarch butterflies so that next first generation can be born,” Lininger said. “We are in the migration path and we have monarchs heading north and going back south. We have a lot of responsibility here in Ohio to provide habitat for monarchs. We need to change something in our landscapes. We need to create and protect enough habitat to prevent listing. If everyone does all they can, where we can, we can help divert a potential listing of the monarch.”There are several ways Ohio agriculture can voluntarily address the problem of declining monarch butterfly populations.“There are lots of programs available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” she said. “I highly recommend that you reach out to the local Soil and Water Conservation District to find more information about the programs. Those groups are the first places to check for assistance in funding and cost share programs to help with pollinators.”There are efforts underway in working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to establish important host plants in ditches and along highways to reduce mowing, and there is a program to collect seed and re-establish pollinator plots in a wide variety of settings.“We need work in urban and suburban areas using parks, golf courses, cemeteries, airports and backyards. We are promoting cover crops, using fencerows, management of herbicides and pesticides and establishing beneficial plants in fencerows in rural areas. These habitats also work well with Pheasants Forever,” Lininger said. “For the Milkweed Pod Pilot Project, we started collecting pods as a pilot program. Last year, milkweed pods were dried and sent to Marion prison to process. They grew them in plugs in a greenhouse and provided 2,300 plugs last year.”Again this year, the OPHI in cooperation with Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is organizing a statewide milkweed pod collection starting Sept. 1 and ending Oct. 30. During September and October, everyone is encouraged to collect milkweed pods from established plants and drop them off at the nearest pod collection station.Here are some tips from OPHI:• To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant, it is best to pick them when the seed inside is brown. Do not collect pods when seeds are white or cream colored. If the center seam of the pod pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked.• It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks.• Avoid using plastic bags because they attract moisture. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until they can be delivered to the closest pod collection area.• Harvesting pods from milkweed plants does not have any effect on the population of milkweed in established areas.• All milkweed pods collected during this time will be processed by OPHI partners and all of the seed collected will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio.• Dress appropriately when collecting seeds, including gloves.• The majority of Ohio counties have a Milkweed Pod Collection Station, with most of them being located at the local Soil and Water Conservation District office.Then, in terms of establishing plots, it is important to plan ahead as pollinator plantings require consideration of species and site selection, site preparation, planting, and maintenance. The native plants (including milkweed) are not quick to establish and flower. It is important to be patient while native plants slowly emerge and set deep roots to pull moisture for the toughest growing conditions. Weed control of invasive species is one of the most challenging and important parts of establishing a successful pollinator planting. Pollinator plantings can range in size from a couple hundred square feet to a couple hundred acres.NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help Ohio’s farmers plant milkweed and nectar-rich plants along field borders, in buffers along waterways or around wetlands, in pastures and other suitable locations. NRCS also helps producers manage their pastures in ways that increase critical populations of milkweed and nectar plants.The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and remaining funds from the former Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) provide funding for this work. Additionally, NRCS is offering support for related enhancements through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to establish monarch habitat.NRCS accepts EQIP and CSP applications from producers on a continuous basis. Farmers interested in participating should contact their local USDA service center to learn more.Additional information can be learned at the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Symposium in the Rhodes Center at the Ohio Expo Center on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For more on the symposium call Scott Lucas at 614-644-6603.last_img read more

How You Changed Your Client’s Perception

first_imgYou have tremendous business acumen and situational knowledge. You understand your client’s business well enough, and you know where your business and theirs intersect exceptionally well. You were able to capture their mindshare by sharing with them an understanding of why they have the challenges they’re having, how to make changes that produce better results, and you gained their trust and support. You won the account on your merits as a value creator and someone worthy of being a strategic partner.But as you started to execute with your team, you and your client started to experience the day-to-day challenges of implementing. It required a lot more of your attention, and sometimes around the more transactional tasks that must be done. Even though these tasks do not belong to you, they either weren’t getting done or weren’t getting done fast enough for you or your client, so you jumped in there and became another pair of hands. You made sure that whatever needed to be done was done effectively.As time went by, your client depended on you to help them execute and achieve the outcomes you sold them. A lot of what started to show up was more transactional work that belongs to someone else on your team. There was that one time an order was lost, and they asked you to track it down because it was important. Another time they had an invoice problem and 11 invoices needed re-typed. You had a tough time finding somebody to do it, so you did it yourself. Your client was grateful for your effort. And then they called for help as they prepared for an internal meeting and needed reports. You generated the reports and added four-color charts to make sure that their meeting was a success.Because you owned the transactions and not the outcomes, you’ve managed to move from a peer, a trusted advisor, and a strategic partner, to a typist, a clerk, and an administrative assistant. Even though all of the things that you did were necessary, you’ve changed your perception from a value-creating change agent to something less than that.Bringing on the new, large, and important clients may require that you do whatever is necessary to produce the outcomes you’ve sold. None of this is to say that you cannot lend a hand to your team under certain circumstances. Instead, it’s a reminder that you are responsible for the outcomes you sell not all the transactions that surround that outcome. It’s also a reminder that the value you create for your clients must be something of greater and more strategic value.Stay in your lane. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s always gonna be a defensive struggle with Star. They really hit us hard in the beginning of our game and took us out of our offense,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Luckily for us, our defense held up and kept us in the game and eventually, our shots got falling and that gave us in the game. But again, it’s really going to be a defensive struggle against Star.”Meralco recovered from its dismal start when it was held scoreless for the first six and a half minutes of the game as Star took an early 20-3 lead and forced the Bolts to the lowest scoring quarter for the season with just seven points.But with the help of Dillinger, Meralco patiently chipped away the lead eventually tied the game at 41 after a Durham basket with 6:57 left to play in the third quarter.“It shows your ability to get back,” said Black on the Bolts’ third straight come-from-behind win. “We tried to do our best to surround Durham with floor spacers, so if we can just get those guys make their shots in the next games, we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT Baser Amer had 10 points, four assists, and three rebounds as the Bolts survived the absence of Chris Newsome, who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.Jio Jalalon paced Star with 15 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip from the charity stripe, with six rebounds and three assists.Paul Lee and Mark Barroca had 11 markers apiece, but lost their poise in the endgame for the Hotshots. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Meralco aims for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Jared Dillinger was instrumental in the heist and fired 15 points built on three triples to go with five assists and three rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fearless slasher drilled two treys in the final two minutes and sank the go-ahead layup with 1:02 left.Allen Durham topped Meralco with 23 markers, 23 boards, and four dimes, including the game-clinching bucket in the final minute. PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Defense once again did the trick for Meralco as it drew first blood with a 72-66 comeback win over Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday night at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Bolts locked down on defense down the stretch, forcing the Hotshots to commit six turnovers inside the last three minutes to complete their rally from 12 points down, 59-47, in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer defends Bailly: He won’t do it again

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer defends Bailly: He won’t do it againby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untited manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Eric Bailly following his sending off in Sunday’s win over Bournemouth.With United up 4-1, Bailly was shown a straight red for a clumsy challenge on Ryan Fraser in midfieldBut Solskjaer knows it won’t become a recurring theme for the Ivorian.”Eric knows it was a harsh challenge,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the match. “He doesn’t have to do that. Just stay on your feet, but once in a while you know the boys are excited, we want to win the ball back and sometimes you can mistime your challenges.”Eric is the first one to accept that he made his mistake.” last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paqueta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16. last_img read more

a month agoMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeat

first_imgMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner praised their away supporters, who stayed behind the team despite a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.Burnly won thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.”The support in every game since I’ve been here has been amazing,” he said. “We are really thankful, each and every player, even after a game like that they stayed behind us and tried to keep going. That’s amazing and it’s something special we have at this club. We will fight for them and I can only say thank you for the support in every minute of every game.”Leitner made a comeback from injury to feature at Turf Moor, replacing Alexander Tettey on the 12th minute, who had himself picked up a knock.”As a player, you always want to come back after injury but it’s not the most important thing,” he said. “The most important thing is the club, and today we had a bad day. We have to show a reaction.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more