How college football’s big event ended up in the Bay Area

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.SANTA CLARA — In the Bay Area, a pro-sports market by an overwhelming margin, college football doesn’t take a back seat. It takes a nosebleed seat.And yet, college football’s marquee event — the national championship game — will be played here Monday night, making the Bay Area the first West Coast site for one of the crown jewels of American sports.What in the name of Pop Warner was the College Football Playoff committee …last_img read more

Deep Field Survey Shows Oldest Galaxies Yet

first_imgAstronomers continue to find mature galaxies at higher and higher redshifts.  The latest record, reported in Nature,1 is z=6.96, interpreted to mean the galaxy was present 700 million years after the big bang (usually dated at 13.7 billion years ago).  A survey of distant galaxies from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), also reported in Nature,2 found 500 galaxies at z=6 (assumed 900 million years after the big bang) but only one candidate at z=7 to z=8 (700 million years).  They interpreted this to mean, “The simplest explanation is that the Universe is just too young to have built up many luminous galaxies at z approximately ~7-8 by the hierarchical merging of small galaxies.”  Are we, therefore, peering into the “dark ages” before the dawn of galaxies?  Richard McMahon, commenting on these studies in the same issue of Nature,3 noted that the HUDF study was restricted to an extremely narrow portion of the sky, so better instruments and more observations will be required; “Only then will the presence, or absence, of further galaxies be able to tell us whether we really are homing in on the era of reionization.”    This story was noted by Space.com, National Geographic; a press release is available on the Hubble Space Telescope site.  The European Space Agency press release includes pictures of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field survey, including a dramatic animation zooming in from a wide star field to the very narrow spot where one of the distant galaxies was discovered.  “The findings also show that these dwarf galaxies were producing stars at a furious rate,” it says, “about ten times faster than is happening now in nearby galaxies.”  The Hubble press release states, “Astronomers had not seen even one galaxy that existed when the Universe was a billion years old, so finding 500 in a Hubble survey is a significant leap forward for cosmologists.”  See also the 10/14/2005 and 04/06/2005 entries.1Iye, Ota et al., “A galaxy at a redshift z = 6.96,” Nature 443, 186-188(14 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05104.2Bouwens and Illingworth, “Rapid evolution of the most luminous galaxies during the first 900 million years,” Nature 443, 189-192(14 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05156.3Richard McMahon, “Astronomy: Dawn after the dark age,” Nature 443, 151-152(14 September 2006) | doi:10.1038/443151a.It must be remembered that things like starbirth rates and galaxy formation timelines are inferred from theory.  The observations show only colors, luminosities and chemical compositions of objects, along with other properties of spectra.  The shift of certain absorption lines from their normal wavelength positions is interpreted as universal expansion, except by the maverick astronomers (12/06/2004).  Even assuming the standard big bang scenario, though, it is a huge lumpiness problem for cosmologists to find galaxies already formed and producing stars at prodigious rates so near the beginning.  The sample sizes have been very limited so far.  Already, though, it is very surprising to think that whole galaxies could appear so soon out of a sea of particles by natural causes (05/11/2006).  Watch for new records to be set in future surveys.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Joburg school gets desks made out of recycled plastic

first_imgSchool desks are being made out of the recycled caps and labels of plastic bottles; 15 double-seater desks made this way have been donated to an inner city Johannesburg primary school.Tania Krain (left), deputy principal of CityKidz Pre- and Primary School, shakes hands with Chandru Wadhwani, joint managing director of Extrupet (right). Also pictured are several learners. (Images supplied)Brand South Africa reporterA class of 30 children at the CityKidz Pre- and Primary School in Johannesburg will start the year with new school desks made out of recycled plastic.The 15 double-seater school desks were delivered on Friday, 1 December 2017 to the school. They were donated by Extrupet, a PET and HDPE bottle recycling company; Petco, the PET plastic recycling company of South Africa; and Ashith Sodha of self-storage facility Akrara.PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is best known as the clear plastic used for water and cold drink bottles. HDPE, high-density polyethylene, has several applications, including packaging for foods and cleaners. It is also used for pipe fittings, trays and hinges.The desks – which look and feel like wood – are made from the caps and labels of plastic bottles that are recycled at Extrupet. They are almost indestructible, but are also comfortable, low maintenance and portable.Earlier last year, the 15 double-seater desks were pledged by Extrupet, Petco and Akrara as part of the Joburg City Clean-up. The pledge was made in an effort to combat the shortage of school desks.Janine Basson, Petco stakeholder relations manager, said the desks met a real need at schools; at the same time, they demonstrated the importance of sustainable waste management and highlighted the great value in so-called “waste” materials in a circular economy.“Petco believes that schools are a critical platform for promoting the understanding of important waste management principles, such as recycling, among young people and at their homes. This is why we are so proud to be making this donation,” said Chandru Wadhwani, Extrupet joint managing director.Wadhwani and Basson called on corporates to respond positively and donate similar desks to schools.Wadhwani said: “Other corporates can make a real and practical contribution to our children’s education and our transition to a circular economy in South Africa by simply donating desks like these to schools. We challenge corporate South Africa to match or exceed these donations.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How to Build a Great Salesperson From Scratch

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A sales organization can have no competitive advantage greater than an exceptional sales force, and an exceptional sales force is made up of great salespeople.How do you build the great salespeople that make up your exceptional sales force?Like this.Hire AttributesNothing after this line matters if you don’t hire people with the right attributes.You can’t build a great salesperson out of someone that lacks the character, the beliefs, the attitudes, and the attributes required to succeed in sales. Once you have a person that’s made up of the right stuff, only then you can build a great salesperson.You hire for attributes, train for skills.Combine Training and ExperienceYou build salespeople by giving them the training and development they need to succeed, and then you couple that training with experience. You train the fundamentals of selling and product knowledge in the classroom. You start to build a foundational understanding of the great game of sales inside your four walls.But learning to sell isn’t an academic exercise; you don’t learn to sell in a classroom. You build the salesperson by getting them in the field to use what they learned as quickly as possible. This is where your salesperson obtains the real learning outcomes; it’s where the academic discussion comes to life.But this training and gaining some foundational experience is only the beginning.Start CoachingIf you want to build a great salesperson, you have to help them make sense of what goes on in front of their dream clients. They learned some things in training, they attempt to use them in the field, some things go well, and some things go not quite so well.Training tends to come undone at first contact with a real prospective client.Coaching builds your salesperson by helping them make sense of their experience. It puts the training in context. It helps identify principles and their application. Was what went right on that sales call something the salesperson did well? Can you give them the positive feedback and reinforcement that makes that action their regular practice? Was went wrong caused by a mistake they made? Can you clear up their understanding of the principle they violated that resulted in that challenge? Can you give help them seeing the frame in which they are operating?Give More Training and Greater ChallengesBuilding great salespeople requires ongoing training. In fact, I’ve come to believe the second round of training is more valuable in producing better salespeople than the first round. But we too often quit after the first training, or at least let up.The experience between round one and round two totally changes what the salesperson gains from the training. In the second round of training, they’re looking for answers. They’re looking for help. And it’s no longer academic. Now that they’ve felt it, they have the kind of understanding that let’s you notch up their learning.Building great salespeople requires ongoing training and development, as well as providing them with greater challenges. Salespeople develop by tackling greater and greater challenges. Building them means making sure you help them find and tackle those greater challenges.Give Even More Sales CoachingThe top 20% of salespeople are coachable. They are always looking for an advantage, an edge. They are consistently trying to take on new ideas, anything that will allow them to succeed at an incrementally greater level.Ongoing coaching is the key to building great salespeople.Training and coaching isn’t something you can do once—or for a short time—and produce results. Growth and learning isn’t something that is accomplished in a single event. Building great salespeople requires a long-term commitment.QuestionsHow do you build an exceptional sales force?Can you build an exceptional sales force if you don’t hire well?What obligation do you owe your salespeople if you want to build champion?How important is coaching to growth and performance improvement?last_img read more

Alas relishes all-star break with PH Cup playoffs nearing

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess CALASIAO, Pangasinan —Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.ADVERTISEMENT New bonus scheme for PH betscenter_img Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.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, logisticsThe All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back.Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.“That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more