Oh, the horror of it! That loud, whining, brain-piercing sound! What will these Reds do next to poor U.S. diplomats?It made headlines and evening news flashes. The nasty Cuban communists were making life unbearable for the poor U.S. Embassy staffers who had the misfortune of being posted to this dangerous island. Wasn’t it bad enough that they had to suffer annual parades of a million singing and chanting people marching past their embassy? Or that the Yankees couldn’t miss seeing the Cuban flags flying provocatively right across the street!But now the commies were subjecting them to sonic blasts from who knew where. They couldn’t stand it any more. Something had to be done. So the State Department found U.S. experts to come and examine them and opine that they were being exposed to some diabolical new technology that weaponized sound and might have damaged their hearing. But how?U.S. personnel in Cuba made a recording of the sinister droning, gave it to the Associated Press, and it went viral. Unfortunately for the diplomats, a couple of scientists decided to analyze the recording. In early January they presented their findings to the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Alexander Stubbs of the University of California, Berkeley and Fernando Montealegre-Z of the University of Lincoln in England had come to what they call a “definitive conclusion” about the source of the sound.Crickets.The scientists analyzed field recordings of insects stored in an online database at the University of Florida. They found a striking resemblance to one species in particular: the Indies short-tailed cricket. They wrote that its love song matches “in nuanced detail, the A.P. recording in duration, pulse repetition rate, power spectrum, pulse rate stability, and oscillations per pulse.” (New York Times, Jan. 4)Case closed? Not yet. A mystery remains. Were the U.S. Embassy personnel so stupid they couldn’t tell the sound of a cricket from some infernal machine? Or were they just so bored with their jobs that they had to come up with a juicy story for the always-eager-to-bash-the-Reds media?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are looking for suspects after armed robbers stole a woman’s car then threw her 1-year-old son out of the vehicle. The crime happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say a 22-year-old woman was sitting at a stoplight with two men and her child. Three men armed with handguns came up to the car and ordered everyone to get out. Police say the woman pleaded with the men to take her son out of the car. One of the robbers grabbed the child by his coat and threw him toward his mother. The child hit the ground. Police did not say if he was hurt.
When are the EFL 2017/18 fixtures released? All you need to know… 1 Now the season is over, one of the things fans look forward to before the start of the new campaign is the fixtures release date.The first and last game of the season, derby day home and away and the clashes against the big teams are usually the first things we check out. All 24 teams have been confirmed in each division after the conclusion of the play-offs.READ MORE: talkSPORT becomes the new home of the English Football League In the Championship, the newcomers will be Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall.League One will welcome Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool.While in League Two Lincoln City and Forest Green Rovers will arrive from the National League, and Port Vale, Swindon Town, Coventry City and Chesterfield drop down from the third tier.Get these dates in your diary and check out all you need to know about the announcement below…When are fixtures for the EFL 2017/18 season released?On June 21, all 552 fixtures will be announced. These dates will be subject to change, due to television coverage and cup clashes etc.You will be able to see the full list of these matches on talkSPORT.com.When does the EFL 2017/18 season start and finish?The opening day of the new campaign is on August 5, 2017 and it will conclude on the weekend of May 5, 2018.The play-offs will follow the season’s end, with the finals taking place at Wembley on the weekend of May 26-28, 2018.talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals. The deal means our network will have more exclusive English football than any other UK broadcaster, with more than 220 games across the EFL’s three divisions, the Carabao Cup, the Checkatrade Trophy, EFL play-offs and Premier League in total. Read more hereREAD MORE: When does the Premier League 2017/18 season start and when will fixtures be released? All the information fans need to know
Saying “no” is important skill to master for the health and long term vitality of your creative career and the relationships that form it. Here are a few thoughts on learning when to say no. “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive” – Dale CarnegieSaying ‘Yes’ is easy because it pleases the person who asks, makes us look capable and opens up opportunity. Often we frame saying ‘No‘ in the binary opposite way. If I say no to someone then I might feel like I am letting them down, looking incapable and missing an opportunity. However, sometimes saying no is far more important to the long term health of your creative career than saying yes.Loyal OppositionWhen you’re working for a client you’ve been hired to do a job and do it well. Part of that “doing the job you were hired to do” is developing what my friend Jez call’s Loyal Opposition. Rather than always giving the client exactly what they ask for, give them what they really want. It’s about filtering their request, which might not reflect the best creative judgement (after all that’s what they’ve hired you for!) and providing a solution that does serve their need and the spirit of their request but does so in a creatively positive way – in a way that’s good for the project and for them. An example would be when the client gets overly fixated on ‘message’ and asks you to strip out anything that might otherwise make the project creatively interesting, diluting the end result into something pretty safe, but boring. This is work you’re not going to be in a hurry to show anyone.Developing this mentality of being able to say no, by gently pushing back on client requests that you know won’t serve them, or the project, in the best way is a very valuable skill to learn. The manner in which you do this is obviously the tricky part. One useful method is to ask questions that reframe the request in a way that draws out their objectives and motivations behind the request, rather than in a way that creates a client vs creative conflict. Why are they asking for a change you feel is detrimental? What are they hoping to achieve? Can you think of a creatively better way to deliver the same result?Delivering satisfactionObviously in any creative project the quality and efficacy of the end product is extremely important but service is what happens between people on the road to the end product. That journey is what is most often remembered after a job is finished. At the end of the day it’s the people you work with who will hire you, not the work. Being able to say no in creative discussions, budget meetings and feedback sessions is an inevitable part of that journey. So although loyal opposition is important it needs to be held in tension with delivering satisfaction to your clients. If you’re an obstreperous creative, always fighting to get your way, then you may produce what you consider great work, but you’ll be a nightmare to work with. Life’s too short for that.Ultimately you are there to work in service to your clients. So what if it comes down to a client vs creative request and they categorically want it their way? Give them what they want, after a bit of loyal opposition. The discussion is the part in which you seek to best serve them, rather than simply always saying yes. The product is what they’ve paid for, so they get the final call. But make the creative journey a pleasant one and they’ll be happy to take it again with you.Building a reputationImage from Brian Smithson on FlickrReputation is what other people say about you when you are not there. So how do you influence that conversation?“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale CarnegieThe first way potential new clients will encounter you is either through a personal recommendation or through encountering your work. Both are important but people come before product. As we’ve seen above, serving clients by saying no (and sometimes ‘no, but happy to serve you’) is a delicate tightrope to walk. But in walking it you will be strengthening your character in the process. Good character leads to a good reputation. Have the resolve to say no and offer up what you really think is a valuable part of your creative service. Being humble and gladly willing to serve the client, even when you think they are wrong, is also a great skill to cultivate. Hopefully the more your clients work with you, the more they’ll grow to trust your creative judgement and the more they’ll defer to your better judgement. Clients who trust you will lead to results you can be proud of.After all, protecting the product is an essential part of protecting your ‘brand’ over the long term (as prospective clients will always want to see the goods no matter what people say about you). Ensuring you come out with a finished product you and your client are proud of is the goal of ‘loyal opposition’ and ‘delivering satisfaction’. Having the deftness to navigate saying ‘No’ is a key part of that process.If you’ve got any great tips on saying no to clients with successful results – do share them in the comments below!
Jazz: Host Miami on Wednesday.Thunder: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steven Adams had 22 points in the first meeting since the Jazz downed the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City overcame a 4-of-18 shooting performance by Russell Westbrook, who nonetheless managed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Oklahoma City has won 15 straight regular-season games at home against Utah, although the Jazz did beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game 2 during their playoff series. The Thunder have gone 17-4 since starting this season 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I’m going to just play hard,” George said about the chants. “If that happens at the end of the year, then so be it. That’s the least of my concerns. Right now, I’m enjoying playing with this group. We’ve got a special group here. We want to win. We want to win big. That’s first and foremost. Anything else after that, it’s appreciated, but that’s not the concern.”Donovan Mitchell battled foul trouble much of the game but led the Jazz with 19 points, while Rudy Gobert recorded his 23rd double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. It was the second lopsided road loss in two days for Utah, which fell 110-97 on Sunday at San Antonio. The Thunder jumped to a 6-0 lead, causing Jazz coach Quin Snyder to call a timeout just 68 seconds into the game. Oklahoma City gradually built its lead to 17 points before settling for a 57-46 halftime advantage.“We didn’t do enough on the defensive end, collectively, and that impacts everything,” Snyder said. “We usually weren’t efficient offensively — either didn’t get a good shot or turned it over. You put yourself behind the 8-ball and you almost have to be lucky or perfect to get back in the game and we didn’t play well enough.”George, who scored 25 fourth-quarter points during a 47-point outburst in a win at Brooklyn on Wednesday, nearly reprised that performance in the third quarter.George hit his first 3-point attempt 50 seconds before halftime, then hit his next four shots from behind the arc en route to a 17-point third quarter. That helped the Thunder build their lead to 26 points near the end of the period and the Jazz never seriously threatened after that, although they did cut a 29-point deficit to nine in the final minute.“He was real balanced, under control, took open shots, knocked them down,” Westbrook said of George. “He played at his own pace.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 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 Krauss View comments Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town Marcus Morris leads depleted Celtics past Pelicans LATEST STORIES 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George goes in for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George heard the “MVP! MVP!” chants from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and while the Oklahoma City star appreciated them, he was happier the Thunder had just beaten the foe that ended their season last spring.George went 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 31 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 122-113 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jae Crowder had 13 points and Derrick Favors had 12 for the Jazz.CLOSING TIMEThe Jazz outscored the Thunder 38-23 in the fourth quarter. Epke Udoh, from nearby Edmond, scored 10 points in nine minutes to spark Utah’s bench.“It’s good to see guys that compete and guys that contribute,” Snyder said. “Any time those guys, regardless of the score or situation, they come in the game, you expect them to play the right way and they did. It was good to see their activity. They really made an effort to get the ball to the rim and as a result they created looks for each other.”For a good chunk of the quarter, Thunder coach Billy Donovan stood on the sideline with a look something between bewilderment and frustration. But except for Westbrook, he didn’t bring his starters back into the game, choosing to let many of his reserves figure it out.“I didn’t think we defended the way we were capable of in the fourth quarter,” Donovan said.TIP-INS:Jazz: Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot at the first-quarter buzzer for his first points of the game, allowing him to avoid a second straight scoreless first quarter . Ricky Rubio, who had averaged 18.8 points during Utah’s previous eight road games, had 10 against the Thunder.Thunder: The Thunder are 14-1 this season against sub-.500 opponents, including the Jazz, who entered the game at 13-14 . 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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. They have cocked it up. They have cocked it up, they are responsible for this. Poor recruitment, poor selection of, well managers, going with them and then pulling off them.”Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him. Jose Mourinho they sacked him after two and a half years when they had given him a contract six months before.”They have pulled off managers in what would be the sort of thread of it and they have gone for completely different styles of managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.”They have now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the club in a completely different direction again, and if you change direction as a board every two years and you invest £250million along the way in each manager you are going to have big problems.”And Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to ensure that the clean up job that he is doing – which needs to be done because of the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he actually gets the opportunity to spend that £250million that the others have got to spend so that he can have an opportunity.”There are things out there that I like. There are things that I liked from Jose Mourinho as well, I didn’t want him to be sacked, but there were things I liked out there today.”
college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.Who do you have?
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license There should be more accuracy and transparency in declaration of cargo to shipping companies, Diego Aponte, President and CEO of Switzerland-based MSC Group said.“It is imperative that shipping companies are well informed on what is being transported in containers in order to safely manage dangerous or potentially dangerous cargoes. The public may assume the shipping line is at fault – it is our logo on the ship – but many of the tragedies that occur in our sector are down to incorrectly declared cargo,” Aponte said in the company’s Sustainability Report for 2017.In September 2018, New York District Court said that MSC was not liable for the explosion and losses related to the MSC Flaminia fire from July 2012 that claimed the lives of three crew members and destroyed thousands of cargo containers.Instead, Deltech, the manufacturer of the chemical transported aboard the ship, and Stolt Tank Containers B.V. (Stolt), responsible for trucking the chemical,were found responsible for not informing MSC of the dangers related to the storing of the chemical that eventually led to the incident.“And where there have been accidents at sea, we have always taken all necessary actions and moved promptly to rectify the situation to limit environmental damage and protect lives. No amount of technological progress or digitalisation, it seems, can help fix this relatively simple problem in our industry,” Aponte added.According to the report, in 2017 MSC achieved an 11% reduction in CO2 per tons of cargo moved on a per mile basis, compared to 2015.The reduction was ascribed to a comprehensive fleet retrofitting program, optimisation of bulbous bow and propellers, ballast water management, as well as installation of scrubbers.The company’s overall climate action strategy involves an investment of approximately USD 1.5 billion.“This enormous financial commitment was made possible by MSC’s growing and stable economic performance as well as by the continuous support of key financial institutions,” MSC said.Commenting on its path toward achieving compliance with the sulphur cap, MSC has been exploring the viability of three key solutions: scrubbers, LNG and low sulphur fuel.“Based on current forecasts and considering the size of our fleet, there is a strong business and environmental case for retrofitting our ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS). The systems are costly and complex to install, however, with drydock, manufacturing and installation capacity all being potential limiting factors,” MSC explained.As for LNG, MSC pointed to the shortage of global bunkering infrastructure, especially for bigger ships, while numerous concerns remain with regard to the quality, availability and reliability of new fuel blends.“Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) plays a significant role in our current fuel mix and we will continue to monitor developments,” MSC added.
Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWhen the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday night, only one team will remain unbeaten after 40 minutes. It will be one of OSU’s tougher tests in the early part of the season, as the Buckeyes look to move to 6-0 before a game with No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday. OSU has earned two quality wins over Navy and Providence through the first five games, so securing another solid victory against Marshall could help keep the morale high, and help propel OSU through some upcoming challenging games, both out of conference and within the Big Ten. Marshall, a 4-0 team from Conference USA, is OSU’s final game in the Global Sports Invitational. In the unbracketed event, both teams have wins over North Carolina Central, Western Carolina and Jackson State. The Buckeyes and the Herd each took care of NC Central and Western Carolina, but it was Jackson State that made the distinction. Jackson State was the most recent win for both Marshall and Ohio State, but while OSU took care of business on Wednesday with a 30-point win, Marshall was in a tight game, only edging the Tigers by 10 points, after trailing at half. However, OSU coach Thad Matta said that Marshall’s athleticism will bring challenges for his team. Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has experience in the NBA with his brother Mike D’Antoni, coaching in Phoenix and New York.“They’re wide open,” Matta said. “That’s their style … They got a heckuva point guard and guys that can flat out shoot the basketball.”For Ohio State, the key to the game will be keeping Marshall’s offensive productivity to a minimum. While the Buckeyes have yet to eclipse 80 points in a game, the Herd have exceeded that mark in all but one game. OSU has been a fairly stout defense, holding opposing teams to just 56.6 points per game and 42.5 in the past two games. The Buckeyes should be the toughest test for Marshall so far, and if the Herd can find a way to produce offensively like it has all year, there could be a shootout brewing.The Buckeyes strong-suit is their defense, but their offense has not been particularly bad this year, either. OSU averages 73 points per game and is led by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate who scores 13.2 points per game. Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle is coming off a double-double against Jackson State in which he had 11 assists. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and senior Marc Loving had 15 and 19 points, respectively last game. The Herd are led by junior guard Jon Elmore who averages 19 points per game. Marshall will be without starter Ryan Taylor because of a suspension after being ejected from his last game against Jackson State. Taylor averages 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is still questionable to play. He suffered a sprained ankle against Providence on Nov. 17 and sat out the last two games.
Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could be dealt with a heavy blow as the Buckeyes might be missing forward Andre Wesson for an undisclosed period of time, a university spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.Wesson has been undergoing tests for a medical issue over the summer, which was first reported by Eleven Warriors.The university spokesperson issued the following statement to The Lantern:“Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been undergoing testing and monitoring over the summer for a medical issue. Additional testing will be conducted in the coming weeks. The Ohio State men’s basketball program is optimistic Andre will be able to continue his athletic career with the Buckeyes this season.”As a freshman, Wesson averaged 11.6 minutes per game while appearing in 29 of the Buckeyes’ 32 games. The former three-star prospect averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He shot 36.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc, while succeeding on 53.6 percent of free throw attempts.Wesson is the oldest brother of freshman center Kaleb Wesson and the elder son of Keith Wesson, a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 1982-1987.