Defending state champion Fortuna High varsity football is preparing for its 2018 campaign and returning quarterback Zac Claus, now in his senior season, knows his team will be playing with a target on their backs.“Everyone will give us their best shot this season because we won state last year,” Claus said. “I’m super excited to get this year started.”Fortuna beat Katella in the 2017 Division 5-A California Interscholastic Federation State Championship game 54-33, concluding what was a 14-2 …
Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#IoT#Lyft#self-driving cars#Uber#Volvo Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts While many experts predict the demise of individually owned autonomous cars, Volvo is hedging its bets on premium private self-driving vehicles.The Car and Driver blog featured an interesting discussion with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. In it he said Volvo sees a future in premium self-driving cars, with buyers willing to shell out $10,000 extra for fully autonomous functionality.This runs contrary to the views of many industry experts, including Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, who sees private car ownership vanishing within a decade.See also: Three reasons self-driving cars aren’t driving public supportThey anticipate it will be replaced with new technology that enables fleets of self-driving cars to operate more like public transit. And Volvo recent’s partnership with Uber indicates that it’s not completely ruling out ride-sharing models with self-driving cars.However, it still sees value in a luxury niche for private ownership.“I think you still need to have a car which is not just fulfilling the transportation demand, but giving customers emotional value—a premium car,” said Samuelsson. “To make a car even more premium is one of the most interesting things.”Not only is Volvo one of the few auto makers to indicate there’s a potential market for both self-driving shared cars and private vehicles.So…how much with autonomous cost me?It’s also one of the first to put a ballpark dollar figure on the premium luxury car owners are willing to pay for fully autonomous private vehicles.“Such functionality should, for sure, be something close to $10,000,” said Samuelsson. “At the end of the day, customers will have to decide how valuable it is, but this is something we believe makes a premium car very attractive, and it also, we believe, makes it more profitable.”He says Volvo is targeting the consumer who is willing to pay more to use their time more effectively. Such as for a motorist who, for example, was stuck in traffic jams for an hour each day.“That hour could be used for something much more interesting,” he said. “Telephone conferencing, reading something, having breakfast with the kids. That is something we think is very important for Volvo.” 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
An email from one reader asked what research he might do that would allow him to gain the commitment of time from his prospects. This is to overestimate the value of researching, and it is to misunderstand what it takes to gain a commitment for a first meeting (which is covered in greater detail in The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales).The Limits of ResearchThere is very little that you can learn about your prospective client through research that will cause you to gain an appointment with your prospective client.You may want to look at their work history to discern what they’ve done in the past, which may help you understand what kind of roles they’ve had in the past, and you may also find things they are proud of having done. You can look at their education, and you might be able to find some connection, like the fact that your prospective client went to the same university as your brother in law. On LinkedIn, you can see what groups someone belongs to, you can see what they found valuable enough to post, and you can see what their interests are, none of which is very helpful when it comes to gaining a commitment for a meeting.What comes next is going to be painful for some of you:You are researching your client because you have call reluctance. You have call reluctance because you don’t know what to say to gain an appointment, and you are searching for some way to make it easier. But if you already don’t know what to say, then saying, “You went to the same University as my brother in law,” is only going to make things worse for you.The key to gaining a commitment is having something worth trading time to acquire.What Are You Trading for Time?When you are asking for an appointment, what you know about your client specifically is not as important as what you know about them generally. Your dream client isn’t likely to meet with you because you stalked their social media to learn things about them personally. They’re going to meet with you because you have something of value to trade for that meeting.To gain the commitment of time, it’s much easier to trade what you can teach your prospective client about their business, about their opportunities, about their challenges, and about the decisions they are going to need to make in the not too distant future.Later, Do Your ResearchWhen you are prospecting, you need to do the minimal viable amount of research about your prospect, and the maximum research necessary to have a commanding disparity when it comes to business acumen and situational knowledge. Once that appointment is scheduled, however, you need to do more research, the kind of research that gives you some greater clues as to who you are meeting with before you have that meeting.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Champions League opponents Liverpool are stronger than last season.The Azzurri host the European champions this week.“Liverpool have grown because last season gave them so much awareness,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.“On the other hand, we’ve also grown because we’ve added more quality to their squad.“It’ll be a hard-fought match as we’ll be facing the best team in Europe. We hope to get the same result as last season.“As for formation, we mustn’t distort our identity and idea. We must take inspiration from the good things we’ve done and the problems we’ve been faced with.“We defended very well against them last season, and the defensive aspect is very important in games like these.“I expect a team capable of defending when necessary, attacking when the opportunity arises and keeping the ball when needed. We’ll need the perfect game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Burnley boss Dyche delighted with manner of goals for victory over Norwichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was delighted with the manner of their goals for victory over Norwich City.The Clarets boss celebrated becoming the fourth longest serving manager in the club’s history with three deserved points, thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.Wood struck twice in the 10th and 14th minutes, first with a near post header from a perfect Ashley Westwood corner and then with a smart near post flick to get on the end of Dwight McNeil’s delicious cross.“For the set piece I was pleased with my staff because there are certain things they work on and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” explained Dyche.“For the second, we know what a good young player Dwight is. He keeps developing all the time and he’s got great feet and pulls a lovely ball back.“Woody is on the spot and it’s a great bit of movement and a good finish because they are not easy.My only gripe was that we didn’t capitalise on so many counter-attacks in the second half, but they’ve shown me enough, yet again, that we are a force when we get things right.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
college football playoff field Twitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Just as Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State football team marched out of Happy Valley with a win on Saturday, the “other” football squad — OSU men’s rugby — performed lights-out on a big stage, defeating Northern Iowa 44-20 and securing itself a place in Saturday’s conference semifinals.Northern Iowa and OSU squared each other up for the first 20 minutes — in a game consisting of two 40-minute halves — until sophomore wing Gareth Williatt broke the stalemate in the 25th minute with not one, but two remarkable 40-yard runs.“Those tries were all him just reading the defense,” senior captain Mickey Franco said. “He kind of did his own work on the sidelines, broke a couple of tackles and it was just a real individual effort on his part.”In a matter of minutes, the Bucks were up 10-0.Shortly after, the Buckeye defense held and after an effective drive down the field, senior Eric Sanchez bulled the ball in for a try. A missed extra point (worth two points) by Alex Brust left the score at 15-0.Freshman Josh Holland was the next to step up for the Bucks. Holland had been making dazzling cuts for long gains all game. One time, he sprinted to a foot within the out-of-bounds line, stopped, made a 360 spin, and then sprinted for another 10 yards in the opposite direction. He broke a 25-yard run late in the first, and OSU led 22-5 at halftime.As the second started, Northern Iowa rumbled out of the gates strong, maintaining possession with short runs up the middle. NIU reached OSU’s goal line several times but the scrappy Buckeye defense refused to break. A few stands and a quality punt later, the ball ended up at the NIU 10-yard line. There, junior flanker Chad Cochran capitalized on a fumbled punt, making the score 27-5 and all but sealing the match.Northern Iowa volleyed back but only faintly. The score got as close as 27-15, but the speed of the Buckeyes was uncontainable. Quick-hit scores by Franco, Spencer Dye and Kyle Harmon made the score 44-15. A last-second try by Northern Iowa left the final score at 44-20, in favor of OSU. The combustive offense of the NIU game should come as no surprise. The Buckeyes bring a speedy but young back seven that starts four underclassmen, including three freshmen. Quick, elusive, and well-organized, they are the lightning to the thunder of the big boys on the front eight. In the NIU game, they scored on six of eight tries.“We’re running plays and we’re scoring,” Franco said. “Our backs have come together really well. We moved some guys around, and it’s starting to click now. We’re starting to know each other, get to know where each other are out there. … It’s looking real good right now.”Starting next Friday in Elk Heart, Ind., the Buckeyes take on Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference. On the other side of the bracket awaits Notre Dame or Indiana, with the winner of the league championship receiving the only bid to the 16-team National Championships, which starts in the spring. Bowling Green — though not currently ranked — was ranked No. 17 before the Buckeyes defeated them 43-19 Oct. 31. “We’ve been waiting four years to get that win,” Franco said. “They’ve been beating us for a while, winning the Midwest Championships.”After losing tough games to No. 3 Navy and No. 7 Penn State (twice), the team was 1-3. They beat Notre Dame and Purdue, lost to Indiana, and were 3-3 before squaring off against the Falcons.Now at 6-4, the Bucks find themselves ranked No. 23. They have won four of their last five games, averaging 40 points per contest while allowing just 15 points per game in those four victories. Only one team will advance from the Midwest and this weekend decides it. “We feel strong, real strong,” Franco said. “We feel ready to go, real confident. We feel ready to beat whoever stands in our way. … We’re excited about [the Midwests] and we’re ready to bring home some hardware.”
Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson (3) passes the ball during a game against Indiana Oct. 26 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter being shut out by then-No. 12 Northwestern, the Ohio State field hockey team (5-12, 0-6) is scheduled have a chance for revenge against the Wildcats Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes, who are seeded seventh in the tournament, are scheduled to take on the second-seeded Wildcats at 12:15 p.m.Despite the previous result against Northwestern, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the tournament is a new beginning for the Buckeyes.“To be in the tournament, starting fresh, it’s a new season,” Wilkinson said. “I think that (the players) are excited about it.”Senior midfielder Mona Frommhold said another chance against Northwestern is a great opportunity for OSU.“It’s a good chance to do something better … The last game we lost 5-0,” Frommhold said. “We just want to play differently this time. We want to win, actually.”Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson said this match will be different from the last because the team has a better idea of what to anticipate from the Wildcats.“Now we know what to except from (Northwestern),” Johnson said. “We worked on things specific to them so I think it should be a lot better game. We’re more focusing on what we can do in relation to how they play, but we are definitely focused on making ourselves better.”The Buckeyes need to focus on being able to finish the plays they have control over, Wilkinson said.“Really it’s our ability to execute,” Wilkinson said. “Statistically we had more corners than they did, but they finished their opportunities. So really we need to be able to execute our opportunities, so we worked on that with a little bit of pressure this week.”She said the main goal is to stop Northwestern from hitting dangerous areas on the field.“We have to be aware,” Wilkinson said. “They’ve got a lot of speed so we need to be able to shut down certain areas of the field. We need to recognize (their players) early, whether we can step and deny them the ball … we are trying to get some good matchups out there both defensively and on the attack.”Johnson said the other teams in the tournament might underestimate OSU because of its record, but that they shouldn’t count the Buckeyes out.“People might be taking us lightly but anything can happen in tournament time,” Johnson said. “We are all really committed to showing up this tournament.”OSU plays host to the Big Ten Tournament this year, with all games set to be played at Buckeye Varsity Field, and Frommhold said the home-team advantage will be a boost.“I think a lot of our fans are coming and will cheer for us,” Frommhold said. “We are all very excited for the tournament.”Wilkinson agreed.“We are excited but so is Northwestern,” Wilkinson said. “They are co-champions of the Big Ten and they’ve got a lot of quality players. We know it’s going to be a lot of work and we need to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that we get and really limit their chances.”The tournament is scheduled to open at 10 a.m Thursday with Michigan taking on Iowa. The Buckeyes are set to play after the first match.
AS Roma president James Pallotta has hit out against the “embarrassing” decisions that the referee made in their defeat against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe Giallorossi came narrowly close to repeating their shock comeback victory against Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico in the previous round by defeating Liverpool 4-2 in the return leg on Wednesday.Two late goals from Radja Nainggolan gave Roma hope that they could produce a miracle comeback, but they ultimately fell short with the visitors holding on for a 7-6 aggregate win.But things could have gone differently for the Serie A side had Edin Dzeko not been wrongly ruled offside earlier in the game and they were then later denied a clear penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot in the box.“It is very clear VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can’t let stuff like this happen,” said Pallotta, as reported on Sky Sports.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“You can all look at it yourself. Dzeko in the 49th minute wasn’t offside and he gets taken down by the goalie; the 63rd minute was a handball that was obvious to everyone probably in the world except people on the pitch; the 67th minute [Patrik] Schick gets taken down in the box.“I know it is difficult to referee but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that.“By the way, it should have been a red card which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute.“Liverpool is a great team, congratulations going forward, but if they don’t get VAR in the Champions League stuff like this is an absolute joke.”
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is in awe of teammate David de Gea after his impressive saves helped them to a 1-0 hard-fought victory at Spurs.De Gea put in a stellar performance at Wembley on Sunday as he pulled off a series of brilliant saves to deny Spurs an equalizer after Marcus Rashford gave United the lead just before the break.The Spaniard denied Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Heung-min Son in spectacular fashion with both his feet and hands in the second half.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He was excellent – but it was a normal day for him,” Lingard told the club’s website, praising De Gea.“When they looked like scoring, he saved us. We see that in training and it pays off when it comes to the big games.“With some of his saves, you’re like ‘oh my God’. ”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence.”