Pulis targets one more win

first_img The win takes Palace up to 12th but, with away games at Everton and West Ham in the next week, Pulis reckons a second season in the top flight is still reliant upon adding another victory before the end of the campaign. “You’re always looking to go on a run and pick these points up,” he said. “We are on 37 at the moment so let’s get to 40 and then we will talk about next season, 40 will keep us up. “We are not safe. I will talk about it when we have done it, that is the best way. Someone told me we had three points out of a possible 30 when I came into the football club and it has been really encouraging.” Villa started the brighter of the two sides but did not turn their early dominance into chances, whereas once Palace got into the game they looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Yannick Bolasie miscued after a well-worked free-kick routine and Cameron Jerome could only hit the crossbar from two yards out before Puncheon’s winner. The Eagles’ approach once again was at odds to the perception Pulis earned while managing Stoke, with the 56-year-old pleased his players have bought into what he has tried to do since replacing Ian Holloway in November. “You have to give credit to the players,” he said. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes his side need just one more win to achieve Barclays Premier League safety. The Eagles beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday to record their third successive league victory and maintain their seven-point gap over the bottom three with just five games remaining. Villa are now in a more precarious position, having lost four games in a row, and fell below Palace after Jason Puncheon’s second-half goal was enough to give Pulis’ side the points. “You can come in as a manager and put a philosophy into a football club, and if they don’t take to it they can cost you your job. These lot have really enjoyed it, they have enjoyed the work. “You get a stigma attached to you. At Stoke we used Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch and we used them in abundance because they are good players at what they do. “We haven’t got that target man here so we play through the pitch quicker and you need people who can come inside, like Bolasie and Puncheon do, into the pockets and we build up our momentum really through them. “A lot of time and a lot of work has been spent trying to get them to understand that and the team to understand it. I think the way they have taken to it has been first class.” Villa have now lost all four games they have played since beating Chelsea 1-0 on March 15, with Stoke, Manchester United and Fulham all taking maximum points from Paul Lambert’s side. But the former Norwich boss has a simple tonic to Villa’s slide into the relegation battle – beat Southampton next weekend. “We are a million miles from where we want to be,” Lambert said. “Anyone who knows me will tell you my ambition. If you can’t win a game of football it is what happens. We have to win a game of football. “You’re in that group and the only simple solution is to win the next game, that gives you the breathing space. “We try and keep the lads upbeat and keep them at it, those are the ones who have got to go and play. I never waiver from having the belief in them to go and win a game, the effort is there in abundance.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Use land productively, beneficiaries told

first_img23 April 2012Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has urged beneficiaries of land redistribution to use their new assets productively to help them participate in the mainstream of South Africa’s economy.“Our message to land claimants is that … once we give you the piece of land, you must use it productively to fight poverty and unemployment,” Nkwinti said at a ceremony marking the restoration of 12 503 hectares of land to the Lomshiyo Community outside Barberton in Mpumalanga province on Saturday.“This government is moving faster in redistributing land to its rightful owners through negotiated settlements with the private sector because the majority of our people want their ancestral land [for farming],” Nkwinti said.“We don’t want this timber plantation farmland to become a white elephant.”‘Like coming back to life from the dead’An estimated 2 593 people, comprising 485 households, of which 203 are headed by women, will benefit from the handover of the land.The chairperson of the Lomshiyo community, Mandla Mavuso, has big plans for its use and development.“Getting our ancestral land back feels like coming back to life from the dead,” Mavuso told BuaNews. “We are willing to work with those who have been using this piece of land. We want to keep this farmland productive.“We will also look at the possibility of turning this area into a tourist destination,” he added.The restored land was part of Shannon Properties – who have been using it as a timber plantation – as well as other surrounding farms. There are 58 farms in total in the area, and 90 percent of them are privately owned.‘Agricultural sustainability the goal’Nkwinti told BuaNews that the sustainability of South Africa’s agricultural sector was a key goal of the state’s land reform programme.Nkwinti added that he was pleased with progress made in the redistribution of land in Mpumalanga province, while the 16 outstanding land claims in the Free State would be finalised in June this year. The Eastern Cape still had 600 outstanding cases, he said.The government has set itself the goal of redistributing 30 percent of South Africa’s land to historically disadvantaged communities by 2014.“By speeding up the process of redistributing land to its rightful owners, we think that we are moving towards achieving that mission,” Nkwinti said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Adapting Your Leadership During Change

first_imgBy Karen Shirer, PhD           Understanding the nature of changeNo matter what organization we work in, we deal with increasing complexity and on-going change.  In my own work, one of our largest Extension programs in Minnesota, SNAP Education, experienced a 30% budget cut during 2013.  We continue to deal with the effects of this unexpected change today.  How do we become more resilient in the face of these kinds of on-going change in our organizations?A first step to building our resiliency involves understanding the kinds of change we deal with and how the kind of change determines how we respond.  Some changes seem to come out of nowhere, like the funding cut to SNAP Ed on January 1, 2013 that came as a result of federal legislative maneuvering. Other changes are more predictable or routine (e.g., people leave and create openings) but still require us to manage the response to it. Still other changes are a combination of routine and unpredicted changes.  For us, the loss of SNAP Ed funding was this latter kind of change.  We needed to first figure out how we were going to cover our costs for the last 9 months of the fiscal year while at the same time designing a new structure that the reduced resources could support (i.e., staff reductions).What is your change?On June 25, the Minnesota Family Learning Network, Lifestyle Transitions Team offered its first webinar, focusing on Building Resiliency during Change – Finding Courage Within. You can view this archived webinar at https://youtu.be/Hnjdur_rxvM.  During the webinar, military Family Service Providers identified a number of challenges that they faced in their organizations and their work with families, including:  A lack of staff to provide services and turnover of staff, reduced funding levels, too much paperwork and red tape, and challenges getting information out to families.  At the same time, service members and their families were seeking services for reintegration problems, financial challenges, the emotional wounds of the service member, feeling isolated, and difficulties seeking employment.This feedback confirmed what I already believed:  military family services organizations face challenges on a number of fronts in their organization and with the families they serve.  The webinar provided valuable information on how to begin to address the personal stressors caused by these change. If you have not viewed it, please take some time to do so.  This blog adds to the webinar by providing you with information to help manage and lead change in your organization.Types of change that will help us understand what is happeningA popular saying is “nobody likes change except a baby with a wet diaper.”  Even if we do not like change, our work requires that we address it in effective ways.  Heifetz, Linsky & Grashow (2009),  researchers at the Harvard Business School, developed a model that outlines three kinds of change or challenges/problems that leaders and managers face in their organizations and strategies for responding. These changes are labeled as:  technical, adaptive and a combination of technical and adaptive.Technical problems are well defined and their solutions are known. Those with adequate expertise and organizational capacity can solve them.  For example, a father of young children seeks help with finding high quality childcare for his children so that he can continue working during his wife’s deployment. His care provider unexpectedly quit. The service provider consults available resources and connects the father with them. Solutions to technical problems are often straightforward.Adaptive problems are much more complex and not well defined. The answers are not known in advance but require innovation and learning. For example, a service member and his/her family may come in for service for multiple issues – PTSD, housing insecurity, job seeking help – for which you have few existing resources to offer them. You have resources to deal with one of these issues alone but the combination is beyond your organization’s ability to manage. There may not be established models and resources for working with this complex set of issues, especially in an environment where there are reduced resources. You need to find new models, partnerships and approaches to meet this family’s needs.Many times the challenges faced by family service providers involve a combination of technical and adaptive problems; sometimes described as complicated problems. These are still tough challenges but you can more readily define them more than adaptive challenges. But their solutions may not be clear and learning is required. Much of our work tends to fall in this arena. For example, the homeless family above may live in a community where there are complex array of services available but you may not be knowledgeable about them. Learning about them helps you point them in the right direction for addressing their issues. In addition, you learn in the process the importance of helping community resources understand the unique needs of military families.How to apply to your workThese three kinds of change are often placed on a continuum with complicated problems wedged between routine and adaptive problems (see figure 1).  Heifetz, Linsky & Grashow (2009) go on to describe the kind of leadership needed to address complex problems or changes as adaptive leadership.  Basic to this model is the idea that a leader understands the nature of the problem or change – whether it is routine, complicated or adaptive – and applies the appropriate strategies for addressing the problem.  We do not want to apply a technical solution to an adaptive challenge (i.e., it is not strong enough to effect change) nor do we want to apply an adaptive solution to a technical problem (i.e., it is over kill and wastes valuable resources).My experience is that the bulk of our work with organizational change lies in the middle of the continuum. At first, the situation seems overwhelming and very complex – adaptive.  But as we begin to learn more and work with others to address the situation, routine or technical problems emerge for which we can begin addressing. Oftentimes, though, we need to take adaptive approaches overall to effectively weather the changes.   These approaches involve thoughtfully defining the problem, changing our relationships and approaches to the work, including the people with the problem in the work of solving it, and experimenting with solutions (and permitting failure).Figure 1If you are interested in learning more about adaptive challenges and adaptive leadership, please see the resources listed below:Five Steps for Leading through Adaptive Changehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/brentgleeson/2014/08/10/5-steps-for-leading-through-adaptive-change/Technical Problems vs. Adaptive Challengeshttp://www.groupsmith.com/uploads/file/technical%20problems%20vs%20%20adaptive%20challenges.pdfPerspectives on Change:  Ron Heifetzhttp://changetheorists.pbworks.com/w/page/15475038/Ron%20Heifetz To end the story I began with …The budget cut for SNAP Ed I referenced at the beginning of this blog ended with the funding being reinstated in early 2014. Of course, this news was wholeheartedly welcomed but today we still are practicing adaptive leadership to invest the funds and deal with the negative fallout from staff layoffs. To address the budget cut, the program re-organized and down-sized its staff to meet the decreased resources. Now we are ramping up hiring of new staff to improve the quality and reach of the program.  This ramping up brings its own set of challenges and stressors. I’ve learned losing resources and gaining resources require adaptive leadership to address the challenges.  Take a few minutes to post your thoughts about your adaptive challenges and your experience addressing them.ReferencesHeifetz, R. A., Linsky, M., & Grashow, A. (2009). The practice of adaptive leadership: Tools and tactics for changing your organization and the world. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Press.last_img read more

Molde, Lady Maroons, put off-court frustrations at bay in time for games

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “This is where our maturity should come in because we should be able to handle these types of situations,” said Molde in Filipino after their victory over the Power Smashers 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11, At Filoil Flying V Centre.“When we step inside the court we won’t bring our problems off of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYee, back in July 15, said he would leave UP but upon talking with school officials he decided to stay.This air of uncertainty hovered over the Lady Maroons and when Yee said he’ll be back, the team felt, Molde said, relieved because of the development. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Belo back in action for Elite, admits still groping for form FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Of course that lifted our morale because we didn’t know what exactly was happening with coach and we were caught off guard that he would be resigning,” said Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines hitter Isa Molde said Saturday their off-court issues have no space when they come inside the four lines of the volleyball mat of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.The Lady Maroons have been in the middle of the public’s curiosity for the past fortnight when head coach Jerry Yee flip flopped on his decision to resign from his post.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

Saskatoon police investigate starlight tour allegation alleged victim cant remember much

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSaskatoon police are investigating a claim that a man was taken on a starlight tour by officers resulting in him being hospitalized.A police news release said dispatchers received a call from a woman at approximately 1:40 a.m. saying a 19-year-old man had been driven outside of city limits and forced to walk home.The alleged starlight tour was said to have happened Monday evening.A starlight tour is when police pick up an individual and drop them off outside of town forcing them to walk back. It’s particularly dangerous in frigid temperatures. The temperature overnight in Saskatoon reached below -30 C.But alleged victim Drayton Bull told APTN National News he doesn’t remember much of what happened, including if he was in the back of a cruiser.Bull said he was at the casino to have a couple beers and then went to his brothers for a couple more. He was “highly intoxicated” and left to go to his dad’s house.He doesn’t remember what time he left but remembers waking up outside of his father’s at about 10:30 p.m.What happened between then is what’s in question.Bull said when he left his brother’s he remembers a police car going by “really slow” and trying to hide so they wouldn’t take him to the drunk tank.He then blacked out and came to again. He then remembers a man in black pants behind him. He blacked out again and was running on trails he jogs in the summer. The next thing he remembers is waking up outside of his dad’s home. His step-mom called Saskatoon police claiming they had driven Bull outside of town.“I am hoping (my memory) will come back in the next couple of days,” said Bull.Bull was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion. He also has a large sore on his head.Police said they take allegations of starlight tours seriously.Police said all patrol cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but none of their cars came up as being outside city limits during the alleged time.As of Jan. 1 police vehicles also have audio and video technology. The systems are activated when the back door is opened, or when the siren is activated.The GPS was a recommendation made at the inquiry looking into the death of Neil Stonechild. Stonechild, 17, was taken on a starlight tour in November 1990 by Saskatoon police. He died as a result.Police also said Bull was not a subject of a police computer check, either nationally or locally, during the alleged time frame.Police said they will check the in-car camera once they speak to him.This allegation comes about a week after a man in Brandon, Manitoba wrote on Facebook that he was taken on a starlight tour only to recant the statement hours later.APTN National News spoke to Jay Moosetail and he said police threatened to do it and roughed him up a bit but he was just mad and made it up. Moosetail was leaving a house party and waiting for a cab when approached by police.He was adamant Brandon police called him a “dirty Indian” and said “Idle No More mother****er” before [email protected]@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Yankees Ban Reggie Jackson From Club

Reggie Jackson’s back-peddling and apologizing were not enough to prevent the New York Yankees from banning the Hall of Fame slugger from being around the team indefinitely.Jackson, a special adviser to the team, was quoted in Sports Illustrated blasting Yankee Alex Rodriguez, saying, among other things, that Rodriguez’ statistics are tainted because of his admitted use of performance enhancing drugs and that old timers would not vote for him for the Hall of Fame.On Friday Jackson called Rodriguez, manager Joe Giradi and team officials to apologize. That did not temper the team’s anger. Jackson was not in Boston over the weekend, where the Yankees played the Red Sox.“A cooling-off period, but not a death penalty,” a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking called it Jackson’s banishment to ESPNNewYork.com.At some point, Jackson is expected to be back with the team, the source said.Rodriguez said he heard from Jackson but would not get into details of the conversation. “We’re going to keep that very private,” Rodriguez said Friday.In the Sports Illustrated article, Jackson said “Al’s a very good friend,” Jackson said of the Yankees’ third baseman, who has 642 career home runs, placing him fifth all-time.“But I think there are real questions about his numbers,” Jackson said. “As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”He went on to say that Rodriguez and Barry Bonds and others who have been part of the steroids scandal should not be in the Hall of Fame.“If any of those guys get in, no Hall of Famer will attend,” Jackson told SI.Rodriguez handled the disrespect with aplomb. But he did say, apparently jokingly, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”He might have offered that in jest. But if Rodriguez was serious, who could blame him? read more

Liquid Battery Offers Promising Solar Energy Storage Technique

first_imgThe all-liquid battery: discharged (left), charging (middle), and charged (right). Molten magnesium (blue) is the top electrode, in the middle is the electrolyte (green), and molten antimony (yellow) is the bottom electrode. Image credit: Arthur Mount. Recently, researchers from MIT have designed a new kind of battery that, unlike conventional batteries, is made of all-liquid active materials. Donald Sadoway, a materials chemistry professor at MIT, and his team have fabricated prototypes of the liquid battery, and have demonstrated that the materials can quickly absorb large amounts of electricity, as required for solar energy storage.”No one had been able to get their arms around the problem of energy storage on a massive scale for the power grid,” says Sadoway. “We’re literally looking at a battery capable of storing the grid.”The battery consists of three layers of liquids: two electrode liquids on the top and bottom (electrodes are usually solid in conventional batteries), and an electrolyte liquid in the middle. In the researchers’ first prototype, the electrodes were molten metals – magnesium on the top and antimony on the bottom – while the electrolyte was a molten salt such as sodium sulfide. In later prototypes, the researchers investigated using other materials for improved performance.Since each liquid has a different density, the liquids automatically form the three distinct layers. When charging, the solid container holding the liquids collects electrons from exterior solar panels or another power supply, and later, for discharging, the container carries the electrons away to the electrical grid to be used as electricity.As electrons flow into the battery cell, magnesium ions in the electrolyte gain electrons and form magnesium metal, rising to form the upper molten magnesium electrode. At the same time, antimony ions in the electrolyte lose electrons, and sink to form the lower molten antimony electrode. At this point, the battery is fully charged, since the battery has thick electrode layers and a small layer of electrolyte. To discharge the electrical current, the process is reversed, and the metal atoms become ions again. As Sadoway explained in a recent article in MIT’s Technology Review, the liquid battery is a promising candidate for solar energy storage for several reasons. For one thing, it costs less than a third of the cost of today’s batteries, since the materials are inexpensive and the design allows for simple manufacturing. Further, the liquid battery has a longer lifetime than conventional batteries, since there are no solid active materials to degrade. The liquid battery is also useful in a wide range of locations compared with other proposed solar storage methods, such as pumping water. Most importantly, the liquid battery’s electrodes can operate at electrical currents tens of times higher than any previous battery, making it capable of quickly absorbing large amounts of electricity.The researchers hope to commercialize the liquid battery in the next five years. As Sadoway explained, connecting the batteries into a giant battery pack to supply electricity for New York City would require nearly 60,000 square meters of land. Such a battery pack could store energy from enormous solar farms, which would replace today’s power plants and transmission lines as they become old.via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning (PhysOrg.com) — One of the biggest challenges currently facing large-scale solar energy technology is finding an effective way to store the energy, which is essential for using the electricity at night or on cloudy days. Explore further Citation: Liquid Battery Offers Promising Solar Energy Storage Technique (2009, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-liquid-battery-solar-energy-storage.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more