Chelsea linked with Stones as Luis is tipped to complete £20m move

first_imgTottenham have leapfrogged Chelsea and Arsenal in a race to sign Everton defender John Stones, the Daily Express say.It is claimed that the Blues want Stones but that Spurs have targeted him as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.The Express also say Gary Cahill will be offered a new four-year contract by Chelsea, while the Daily Mail reports that Filipe Luis is close to completing a £20m move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.The Mail also say Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.Cahill has been tipped to sign a new deal.There continues to be speculation that Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could join Chelsea rather than Arsenal.The north London club are ready to end their interest in Khedira, 27, because of his wage demands, according to the Daily Mirror.And the Daily Telegraph reports that Petr Cech has returned to full training three weeks ahead of schedule following his shoulder problem.The Chelsea goalkeeper, who is reportedly wanted by Paris St-Germain, was injured in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and missed the final matches of last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders report: 5 things we learned on Thursday

first_imgALAMEDA — Martavis Bryant stayed in the Bay Area even while he was a free agent, caring for his growing son and confiding in his girlfriend, mother, grandmother and godmother. The talented receiver cleared waivers after the Raiders released him on cutdown day amid reports he was facing his third drug-related suspension in four years, even if Jon Gruden insists the recently waived Keon Hatcher simply beat Bryant for a spot on the initial 53-man roster.Bryant didn’t watch Monday’s Raiders-Rams …last_img

6 First-Hand Tips On How Startups Can Cope With Success

first_imgStartups are fast-paced, sometimes hectic places to work. In the early days, everyone wears multiple hats and is expected to lend a hand where needed, leading to close bonds between team members.But when a startup stars to become successful – and outgrows its all-hands-on-deck philosophy – the founder’s job is to make sure that the company can properly scale to cope with the new reality. It’s a good problem to have, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.So we asked six successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share some of their growing pains and errors – and their advice for others in the same (lucky) boat. 1. Implement A Consistent Recruiting CultureA big mistake is not implementing a culture adept at consistently recruiting talent for all jobs. One summer, we had to hire 20 teachers within two months. Our HR manager felt pressured to hire fast and didn’t follow our interview process (blame me). We ended up hiring good teachers – but not excellent teachers. The excuses from the HR manager were pressure, time and the rigid interviewing process. The truth is that we hadn’t built a database since our founding, and we wasted time looking for new people when we could have followed up with previously approved, highly qualified candidates. – Derek Capo, Next Step China 2. Let Top-Level Players Focus On Their StrengthsMy CFOs and other finance professionals are financial experts and great at what they do. They also have strong client-service skills, but they are not salespeople. Business development is not their forte. When our company started expanding, I attempted to push my top-level players into that biz dev direction. I quickly realized that a growing company will be stronger if you manage your expectations about the strengths and abilities of your top-level team and don’t distract them with responsibilities better handled by someone else. Now, I let my executive team work to their strengths and look for other scalable ways to develop my business. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 3. Establish A Cohesive Company EnvironmentCompany culture sets the tone for work ethic, creativity and productivity at a company. When our team was 10 people strong, we regularly took company breaks and played soccer tennis at the park. Whenever we took breaks, we did it as a unit – ensuring that no one felt like they were working harder than anyone else. However, when we grew to 20 people, the company departments started branching off and taking breaks on their own and leaving the office at separate times. It eventually turned into a culture where different departments felt like the other departments weren’t pulling their weight. The company needs to define the work culture from the beginning and encourage team members to build a fun and productive environment. – Jun Loayza, Reputation Hacks 4. Encourage OwnershipAs the beauty salon industry is projected to grow, our clientele and our staff grows. Our company culture has to be clearly defined by our top-level players. During our mini-meetings and mid-year or annual reviews, I always ask, “What do you think (about our training, our team, the support you are receiving, etc.)?” We recently had to increase our work hours to accommodate our clients. Instead of making the executive decision to change everyone’s schedule, our top players gave me input on where to add hours. The biggest mistake I made was in hiring new employees without the input of top-level employees. We ended up with employees who refused to be respectful to teammates. Now, I have each employee meet candidates while I interview them to get to know them and ask questions. – Nancy T. Nguyen, Sweet T Salon 5. Offer Opportunities To LeadInterns test leadership potential and team dynamics. We’re gradually building staff, but the seasonal ebb and flow of interns give the staff an opportunity to lead a variety of personalities. Right now, we have 10 interns, but we’ve had as many as 20 people from every walk of life crammed into every corner of our office, challenging themselves and us in new ways while learning business skills. At this point, my team and I have worked with what feels like every type of individual out there. So even when it came to a direct hire for our Head of Marketing position, we knew that our top contender’s enthusiasm, love of ping pong and positive “team spirit” attitude was a great fit. In turn, he’s been an encouraging and collaborative leader. – Manpreet Singh, Seva Call 6. Create A Culture of LearningMy philosophy is that no matter how good we are at something, we could always be doing something better. Building a company is going to be messy, and mistakes are going to be made. In fact, if mistakes are not being made, I might argue that you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. The goal is to make the mistakes in non-critical situations so those mistakes will be avoided in a critical situation. I’m very transparent with our top-level team about where I’ve fallen short and what I’m doing to improve my skills as a CEO. This has helped to create a culture where we’re all learning together, and admitting you made a mistake is okay. – Anderson Schoenrock, ScanDigital AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… scott gerber How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts last_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDespite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Capabilities of Jamaica Customs Agency to Be Strengthened

first_img The Jamaica Customs Agency’s (JCA) capabilities will be further strengthened in 2018/19 as the Government positions the entity to continue driving economic growth through trade facilitation, revenue collection and border protection.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said that this year, the JCA will, among other things, improve the rate of detection of contraband, and prohibited and uncustomed goods through the procurement of more cargo imaging scanners, which will be deployed more widely at the ports of entry.He was delivering the Throne Speech under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’, during the 2018/19 Ceremonial Opening of Parliament at Gordon House on Thursday, February 15.Additionally, he said the JCA will intensify implementation of its Trade Facilitation Programme, further simplifying, harmonising, standardising and automating its rules and processes in order to boost trade and revenues.He cited upgrades in technology, including the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), to improve service delivery and reliability.Meanwhile, the Governor-General said the Administration’s priority policies will continue to be geared towards, among other things, enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macroeconomic policy framework that maintains low inflation, a stable exchange rate and competitive interest rates.He said other focus areas include improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable and competitive tax environment to enhance growth and ensure greater compliance; strengthening the public sector’s level of financial accountability and efficiency; strengthening of the Government’s capacity to effectively regulate financial institutions and ministries, departments and agencies, and combat financial crimes; and improving the internal efficiency and effectiveness of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.The Governor-General noted that the Administration has been steadfastly implementing the economic programme, consistent with its reform agenda.He pointed out that the benefits of the credible economic policies are evidenced by the resulting macroeconomic stability, low inflation, strong international reserves and lower current account deficits.“Macroeconomic stability has been supported by fiscal discipline, which has delivered the requisite primary surpluses to put public debt on a firm downward trajectory,” the Governor-General added. Additionally, he said the JCA will intensify implementation of its Trade Facilitation Programme, further simplifying, harmonising, standardising and automating its rules and processes in order to boost trade and revenues. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said that this year, the JCA will, among other things, improve the rate of detection of contraband, and prohibited and uncustomed goods through the procurement of more cargo imaging scanners, which will be deployed more widely at the ports of entry. Story Highlights The Jamaica Customs Agency’s (JCA) capabilities will be further strengthened in 2018/19 as the Government positions the entity to continue driving economic growth through trade facilitation, revenue collection and border protection.last_img read more