Germany’s World Cup defeat: five things we learned

first_imgIneffective OzilWhether it was down to a distracting pre-World Cup scandal or the result of an average season at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil was woeful.Ozil and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who were born in Germany to Turkish parents, drew the wrath of fans after posing for a photo alongside President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month.On Sunday, the attacking midfielder offered only token resistance during the build-up to Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal as the Mexicans tore through Germany’s midfield.Head coach Joachim Loew has said Ozil struggled emotionally after being booed by German fans in a warm-up friendly following the Erdogan incident.With fleet-footed Marco Reus in form, Loew may choose to start with a different playmaker against Sweden in Sochi next Saturday.Manuel Neuer is fitGermany midfielder Mesut Ozil was ineffective during their opening Group F defeat to Mexico at the World Cup © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVDespite twice fracturing his left foot in 2017, the world-class stopper was bossing Germany’s penalty area until his defence leaked and Lozano scored.Germany’s captain conceded just four goals in seven games during the successful 2014 World Cup campaign and looked sharp in Moscow despite nine months on the sidelines.Of the problems Loew has to fix, Neuer is not one and he had little to do in the second half as Germany pushed for an equaliser that never came.Germany lack out-field leadershipPhilipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger have retired since the last World Cup but the next generation of leaders failed to calm the situation when Mexico went ahead.When counter-attacks poured through the middle of the German ranks in the first half, experienced defensive midfielders Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, who was taken off after an hour, failed to stem the flow.With Ozil offering precious little and Thomas Mueller having a rare off-day, Timo Werner, Reus and Julian Draxler — none of whom are World Cup winners — looked like the men most likely to equalise.Loew has been guilty in the past of putting too much faith in his senior players and the German press are bound to raise the issue again.He has a contract with the German FA until the 2022 World Cup and defeat in Moscow is the first serious black mark against his name during 12 years as head coach.Werner needs more timeGermany’s defence was unable to snuff out Mexico’s first-half counter-attacks © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZWerner, the golden boot winner when Germany lifted the Confederations Cup last year, is still a work in progress and it showed in Moscow.The 22-year-old striker could not convert the half-chances which came his way, but with his pace, strength and willingness to help in defence, he deserves another chance against Sweden.Burly Mario Gomez, who came off the bench in Moscow, is an alternative or Loew could push forward Mueller, who scored a hat-trick up front against Portugal at Brazil 2014.Germany lack pace at centre-backCentre-backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng initially looked solid in Moscow, snuffing out attacks and clearing danger, but the German defence was badly caught out when Mexico hit the gas.The world champions were torn to pieces when Mexico attacked at lightning speed on the counter, leaving Boateng and Hummels to try in vain to plug the gaps.Boateng could not snuff out the danger during the crucial break and Hummels was out of position.The problems started further up as Kroos and Khedira failed to close the space and the attack failed to press.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s coach Joachim Loew is under intense pressure after the world champions lost their opening match against Mexico at Russia 2018 © AFP / Yuri CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Germany crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening World Cup match in Moscow on Sunday.AFP looks at five things we learned on a frustrating night for the reigning world champions at the Luzhniki Stadium:last_img read more

Field renovation nearly complete, Corning district officials say

first_imgCorning >> There was a bit of extra excitement around campus Wednesday for Corning High School’s opening day of fall semester. Construction crews remained busy working on the roughly $1.6 million project to renovate Cardinal Stadium and track. Associate Principal and interim Superintendent Jared Caylor said despite about a two-week setback due to issues with irrigation around campus, the project — funded by local taxpayers as a part of Measure K — will be ready Sept. 1 when Corning football …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180209_RyanMartinTwo dramatically different forecasts this morning over Ohio, depending on where you are. Over NW Ohio, snow is falling and will fall through most of the day. We don’t think this snow makes it much farther south than US 30 in NW Ohio. However, the action then kind of tails off farther east. We still see some good snows across Lake Erie, and up into Canada, but over north central and northeast Ohio are not as likely, as temps climb to near freezing. Farther south, clouds hold between US 30 and I-70 though a large part of the day, but south of 70, we can see some sun. In fact, lots of warm air is surging north over Ohio, and we could see three quarters of the state at or above freezing for highs this afternoon. Back to NW Ohio, snow totals there can be 3-8 inches down to US 20, and 1-3 down to US 30. But, again, snows tail off the farther east you go. The moderating air coming up over a large part of the state means this snow up north and west will be of the heavy, wet variety, which also weighs on our forecasts this morning. The map below shows snow accumulations through early tomorrow (Saturday) morning.We are not done with snow after this. In fact, we have a cold front that sweeps through tomorrow and Sunday that can bring an additional 1-3” to 80% of the state. This front brings in much colder air to the south, and should leave minor snow accumulations all the way down to the Ohio River. The biggest snow totals will run over the northern half to third of Ohio for the weekend.Bitter cold air is still on the way behind that frontal complex. We expect to wake up to subzero temps over almost all of the northern half of the state Monday morning. South of I-70, temps will also be chilly, but should remain in the single digits to low teens. Sunshine will dominate as we move through Monday. After the cold start to the week, we have temps moderate a bit Tuesday, before a front sags in for Wednesday. Cold air comes in behind this front and dominates over the northern half of the state, but south of the front, we see some moisture interacting with the front over the southern half of the state, and we think we need to put some .05”-.25” rains in for Wednesday morning and midday, from I-70 southward. Cold air races in quickly behind the rains. High pressure dominates next Thursday and temps climb again on Friday. We do have some scattered light snow showers possible overnight Friday night into early Saturday, mostly over the northeast quarter of the state. On Saturday, rains start to lift into Ohio for the afternoon. This will kick off an active pattern that goes right through the extended period.We see no change to the extended pattern, and expect it to turn more active again. Right now we are eying 3 systems in 5 days. One for the 17th-18th brings rain to start mixing with and changing to snow, and liquid equivalent precipitation of a quarter to half inch. On the 20th we see half to 1 inch of moisture coming through (liquid equivalent) and on the 21st we can see 1-2 inches of liquid, potentially coming as mostly snow. We should end the 11-16 day period with dry and cold weather through the 24th.last_img read more

When Little Data Is Bigger Than Big Data

first_imgBig Data is all the rage. And with good reason, too. There is so much data being created, captured, sorted, sifted through, analyzed, reported, sold, and shared that extraordinary business insights are inevitable. And we’re just getting started.But not so fast! With all this trumpeting of the “new” new thing, let’s not forget about what’s really important: Little Data.Little DataBig Data is the aggregated data from lots of individual consumer transactions (as well as all of the rest of the data in the digital wake now trailing behind each of us). The data is being used to determine how to sell to individuals and businesses. But you already have Little Data, and that Little Data can help you serve your clients and dream clients now.Over time, you’ve captured your client’s communication preferences. You know that they prefer phone calls to email, or in some cases, they prefer a text message. You know that they like a follow up call when they place an order. You know that sometimes they need to see your face, and sometimes they just want you to listen. You’ve got information about your client’s communication preferences in your sales force automation software right now.You’ve also captured information about your client’s ordering patterns. You know the big shifts in their business, their peak season, and their client’s ordering patterns. You’ve got this information in your system now.You have a lot of data about your clients at your fingertips now.Context and InsightIf you’ve done a reasonably good job capturing information from all of the interactions you’ve had with your clients and dream clients, you’ve also got something Big Data doesn’t necessarily give you: context.I bought my son the Hellsing videos on Amazon.com. I think I bought two separate sets of videos. Now, Amazon is recommending I buy all kinds of cartoons and manga. The data collected doesn’t come with context. It doesn’t recognize that I am not my son, that the videos were a reward for good grades, and that they are cluttering my experience with what their data tells them I want to buy. It’s not the perfect analogy, but Amazon’s algorithm says that if I bought Helsing, I am interested the stuff that other Hellsing buyers bought.You, on the other hand, know why your clients ordered what they ordered, when they’ll need to order it again, and how they might do better by doing something different.You are all the time collecting and capturing data about your clients and your dream clients. But to make this Little Data work for you, you have to use it to generate insights, ideas, and value for your clients and your dream clients. Sometimes Little Data is more powerful than Big Data.QuestionsWhat little data do you collect?What do you know about your clients that helps to you serve them better than anyone else could?What ideas and insights does your insight give you?Is your Little Data as important as any Big Data? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Your Greatest Assets?

first_img“Our people are our greatest assets.”These are easy words to say. There are not a lot of people who would disagree with this idea, and it appears on walls and on mission statements and in annual reports. It seems to be a universal truth for most companies, even if it is more often honored in the breach.Assets show up on a balance sheet. Expenses show up on a profit and loss statement. The money that employees are paid shows up on the profit and loss statement, and not a balance sheet. The words “our greatest assets,” might sometimes be in conflict with the reality that in some cases people are treated more like “a necessary evil.”Deep CaringA company can’t make people feel as if they are cared about. Only people can do that. Leaders can act in ways that make people know they are cared about. A person’s direct manager can make them feel as if they are valued. This is, in fact, what is necessary if people are truly your greatest asset.If no one cares about you at work, you are not going to feel like an asset. You’re going to feel like a number. Like a cog in a wheel. Deep caring for and about people is necessary.Investment in GrowthCompanies that believe people are the greatest assets invest in those assets. Some companies invest money to improve what they believe to be their greatest asset, their actual human resources. They train, develop, educate, and coach their people, helping them achieve greater and greater capabilities, confidence, and success. More still, they invest time and energy with the people who work for and with them.If you believe training and development is too great an expense to invest in your “greatest assets,” your behavior doesn’t match your professed beliefs.Meaning and PurposeThe most important things you can provide cost nothing and produce the greatest returns.Your “assets” want to do meaningful work. They want to do work that is purposeful. If your mission is to improve shareholder value, you are severely depriving people of both meaning and purpose.Many mission statements written on company walls are about as inspirational as the dust collecting on their frames and the even dustier and long forgotten binders the consultants gave the executive team when they were written.You have to help people understand how and why you create value, as well as how people benefit from their doing so.People are your greatest assets. But saying it doesn’t make it so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ahmednagar cop suspended for ‘anti-Modi’ WhatsApp post

first_imgPune: A policeman, who was serving as a bodyguard to senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat in Ahmednagar district, has been suspended after he allegedly penned an “objectionable” post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared it via social media, the police have said.According to sources, Ramesh Shinde was one of Mr. Thorat’s bodyguards at his residence in Sangamner, Ahmednagar.He allegedly criticised Mr. Modi in a WhatsApp post recently. The matter was taken seriously and an inquiry was ordered, the police said.Cyber cell inquiry“Action was taken against Mr. Shinde after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjan Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said.‘Many other complaints’Mr. Sharma said there were many other complaints against Mr. Shinde, besides the WhatsApp post. “Hence we initiated disciplinary action by suspending him,” he said. He said the policeman was suspended on Thursday.“His behaviour as a government servant was inappropriate, with regards to forwarding the objectionable post. There are certain norms to be followed in government service and Mr. Shinde violated them,” Mr. Sharma said.Mr. Shinde shared the post, which allegedly took a dig at Prime Minister Modi, to various WhatsApp groups. The post subsequently went viral, which prompted an investigation into it by the cyber crime police, who traced it to Mr. Shinde. — With PTI inputslast_img read more

WATCH: Fans scuffle in front of LeBron James after game 2

first_imgView comments Castro-led TNT routs Meralco, nears semis LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, James was in a foul mood himself after the demoralizing loss and decided to skip the post game press conference, Bleacher Report said.Game 3 shifts to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES: LeBron on doubters’ criticism: ‘I stopped caring a long time ago’NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series leadSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tensions were certainly high following the second straight victory of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs both teams were headed to the locker room following the final buzzer, Sports Illustrated captured an altercation between two fans in the stands.As seen in the six-second clip, three individuals engaged in a shoving match right in front of Cavs superstar LeBron James, who was on his way to the dug out. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fans started fighting near the tunnel of where the Cavs exit. LeBron James was approaching when the altercation started.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 5, 2017Both James and teammate J.R. Smith lingered a bit until security got a hold of the situation.As of this writing, it remains uncertain what caused the commotion or which teams the fans were rooting for.ADVERTISEMENT The Cavs’ postgame court exit was interrupted by a fight between fans pic.twitter.com/BwrxtwFtnH— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 5, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Messi hopes for early Christmas present

first_imgBarcelona Messi: Clasico win will give Barcelona a happy Christmas Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:17 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Lionel Messi Getty Images Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Argentina v Iceland Argentina World Cup Lionel Messi The Barcelona superstar hopes his men can head into the festivities on a high with a Clasico win over Zinedine Zidane’s men Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to beat Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico clash to ensure his side can enjoy a merry Christmas.Barca head to the Bernabeu to take on their old rivals with an 11-point lead from Madrid in the Liga table, Barca sitting six points clear from second-placed Atletico Madrid.Victory for Ernesto Valverde’s men would give Barca an overwhelming lead from last season’s champions, who have a game in hand due to their trip to the Club World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Messi, who missed out on this year’s Ballon d’Or to Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, is keen for Barcelona to go into the winter break on a high.”It would be important to win for what it means, it’s always a special game,” Messi said. “Real Madrid, at their stadium… winning is an important advantage.”There would still be a lot of league games left, but it would be nice to be able to end the year with a victory and spend a happy Christmas.”Messi, speaking at a gala where he collected the Pichichi and the Alfredo Di Stefano Trophy – to honour the top scorer in LaLiga for 2016-17 and the player judged to be the best in the division by Spanish newspaper Marca respectively – also considered the prospect of his Argentina meeting Spain at next year’s World Cup.”I do not know if a final with Spain would be a dream,” said the 30-year-old, who was denied by a 1-0 final defeat against Germany in 2014.”It would be something incredible to be able to play in a World Cup final again.”First we have to think about the group, which is difficult, and then we will see what happens.”Argentina have been drawn alongside Croatia and Nigeria in a tough Group D, with Messi’s men set to open their campaign in Russia against World Cup debutants Iceland.last_img read more