ALAMEDA — After playing their final Monday night game in Coliseum, another less glamorous farewell will take place against the Kansas City Chiefs.Farewell, infield dirt. The old cliche, “three yards and a cloud of dust” can be retired forever.When the Raiders host the Chiefs Sunday, it will be the last time the Coliseum has an NFL game with a dirt baseball infield. The Raiders leave town after Week 2 and aren’t back until Nov. 3 against the Detroit Lions. The World Series concludes Oct. 30, …
Fernando Pagés Ruiz is a builder and author. He has developed, built, and remodeled homes in California, Nebraska, and Wyoming, and has won a number of awards, including recognition from the National Association of Home Builders. The new business modelPatience: New Media is arguably a powerful way for any business to reach new prospects today. But social media works very slowly and cumulatively. If you start tweeting tomorrow, it won’t have an impact immediately. However, in time you will see more results from this effort than you will ever see with traditional marketing. Patience is exactly the opposite of faster.Generosity: Generosity is the opposite of cheapness. People have a hard time letting go of their money today, so you must be willing to give things away … on the internet. Even when you know that the majority of the people that will benefit won’t ever contact you or do business with you.Nowadays, traditional advertising teasers are considered spam, and spam turns people off. Traditional media is having trouble attracting advertisers because people skip past the commercials, or seek non-commercial media for entertainment. To engage potential clients you have to start an interesting conversation with them, and then they will engage you.The old way was to hold your cards close to your chest, protecting trade secrets. The new way is to get up on YouTube and explain exactly what you do and how. Eventually you will get known for this, and customers will come to you not because of your mysterious secret sauce, but precisely because they know exactly what you do and how you do it. They trust you.Connectedness: Connectedness is not the exact opposite of “better,” but it’s got a funky relationship to the concept of “new and improved.” To explain this “funky relationship,” Steve sited an example: “I founded a group called ‘The New Urban Guild.’ It’s a voluntary work group, a think tank of sorts, with some of the best designers I know. By working with this group of people, who are my heroes, I have gotten much better myself.“It used to be that if you got really good, you got really famous and everyone wanted to contact you, at which point you got ‘connected.’ Unfortunately, you also likely developed arrogance, which nobody likes. But if you start connected and get better through the connectedness, you understand where your expertise came from and it develops humility.” Putting it in practiceBy this point in the conversation, I was sold on the new business plan. It gave a hard-nosed basis to something I’m keenly drawn to by nature, which is being a nice guy. But Steve warned me, “Much of this is anathema to the old ways, so you have to decide what your prime virtues of business are. You can’t just do a part of it. You have to do it all or none. You have to decide if you’re part of the old or part of the new.”So I asked Steve for some practical examples of what it means to be “part of the new.”“When I am trying to get better by going to a conference, I listen and take notes. But instead of taking notes on paper, I take notes with Twitter. This not only gives me access to my notes later, it gives me public access as well. Not only am I getting better, but I am also getting 20 to 30 new followers each day because I am giving things always. So I am connected to and learning from my community while being generous, which brings new clients, and exercising patience because all of this may not bring immediate results,” Steve explained, wrapping all the virtues into one simple tip: take notes on Twitter.When a builder is sharing what he learns through social media, that builder becomes a lot more interesting than the other guy to a prospective client. And once a builder gets hooked on sharing what he learns, he becomes addicted to learning. The need for content forces him to develop expertise, becoming even more attractive to clients.The net effect of Steve’s three new business principles have is that you will learn; in time, people will find out that you know stuff; and you and your business will growTo learn more about Steve’s approach, check out “New Media for Designers and Builders.” True to his word, you’ll find two thirds of Steve’s material on the web absolutely free. A few of you will buy what’s missing. RELATED ARTICLES Architect Turned Master Marketer Writes a BookGiving Architects Free Rein to Go GreenHow to Solve the Energy Puzzle The green-building movement proved resilient during the Great Recession and beyond. While conventional builders went bankrupt, many green builders thrived. This trend continues, so when I heard that green-building guru Steve Mouzon, author of The Original Green, was holding a seminar on new approaches to building up green business, I wanted to know more.I spoke with Steve while he was on the road in Birmingham, Alabama, and I asked him, “What’s different about the new green business plan from the traditional builder’s approach?”His answer surprised me: “The building business, and really all business,” he said, “has changed more in the last ten years than it has since the Industrial Revolution.” I was skeptical.He went on, “For last 250 years it’s about better, faster, and cheaper,” he explained, “but now there’s a new business model that, in many ways, represents just the opposite.”The new business model is based on three very new-age sounding virtues that may not appeal to the hard-nosed businessman right away. But once you hear him out, Steve makes a lot of sense, as you consider how and why today’s super successful companies prosper.The three new business drivers, according to Steve, involve patience, generosity, and connectedness. If this makes as little sense to you as it did to me on first hearing, read on, because you will be convinced.
MANILA, Philippines—Geje Eustaquio put on an impressive showing against Kim Kyu Sung on Friday in ONE: Enter the Dragon in his first fight since losing the flyweight world title five months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “The kid is willing to win, that’s why he was unbreakable. That’s why I didn’t get the finish.”The 6-foot Sung’s glaring height and reach advantage also played a big factor in the fight particularly in the third round.Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao also had high praise for the 26-year-old Sung.“We did not expect that the kid would be that tough. Kim was really tough. He kept on moving forward, he kept on pressuring. Even when we were tagging him, he just won’t back down,” said Sangiao.Sangiao, though, never had any doubts that Eustaquio would pull through in the end.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “In the last round, Geje kind of slowed down, I noticed he was slowing down, I was kind of nervous at that time but the nice thing about Geje is he knows what he’s doing there,” shared Sangiao.“For all the things that he was doing, the heavy blows, the spinning kicks and fist, that takes a lot out of you, that’s why he got tired.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Of all people, however, Eustaquio was far from content with his performance in front of a sellout crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium.“I’m not a hundred percent satisfied with my performance. I’m looking forward to get better and I’m willing to go back to the drawing board and be a better athlete,” said Eustaquio,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, logisticsEustaquio beat Sung on points, a result that left the Team Lakay star disappointed.“I was starting to be dismayed by my performance. I was looking forward to take him down, put on an arm triangle or a marcelo choke but I have to be honest, he’s a tough guy,” said Eustaquio. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Manny Pacquiao relishes underdog tag vs undefeated Keith Thurman Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 View comments
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, [email protected] Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, [email protected] Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, [email protected] Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?
England no. 1 Jordan Pickford insists the team must build on their fantastic World Cup run.The England team impressed at the finals in Russia whilst also winning the trust of the fans and Pickford is confident the team will continue to thrive.The Everton shot-stopper was among the country’s brightest spark in the tournament as the Three Lions got to the semi-finals of a FIFA World Cup competition since 1990 in Italy.England failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 in a very disappointing outing. But Pickford insists this current crop of players will continue to push on.“I think it was down to us as a team to put on a show in Russia and we did,” Pickford said, according to Sky Sports.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The fans were the 12th man for us in Russia, we could hear them through the games and they spurred us. They showed real class and character.”“It was a good thing for us to experience and being fans of the country as well, they made us proud.”“The key for us at the beginning was getting out of the group stages and we did that.”“When we got to the semi-final, we started to believe we could create our own history. It was disappointing to have fallen short of glory but we can build on this success.”
Liverpool have made an astonishing signing of a specialist in throw-in to further boost their prospects of winning silverware.Danish coach Thomas Gronnemark will work with the first team on a part-time basis.Gronnemark has enjoyed successful stints with Schalke 04, Hertha Berlin and FC Midtjylland with most clubs admitting success in set-piece plays.He holds the world record for the longest throw-in at 51.33m.“Midtjylland showed that the long throw-in could be a weapon if you can do it with the correct technique, precision, and tactical awareness,” Gronnemark said.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s very important that it’s a flat throw because if it’s too high, it’s easy to defend.“If you can make a long throw-in precise and flat, together with some tactical aspects, then it’s much easier to score.”Liverpool maintained their winning run in the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory against Brighton on Saturday to move top of the table.Klopp’s side will aim to continue their 100 percent start to the league campaign against Leicester on Saturday
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris feels that winning the World Cup for France is a thing of the past and is fully focused now on tasting glory at Tottenham.The 32-year-old won the biggest trophy of them all in football last July after captaining France to their second World Cup at Russia.Over six months later, however, the memory of lifting the golden World Cup trophy in front of the French supporters at Moscow following their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final is now nothing more than a distant memory for Lloris.Instead, the Frenchman’s sole concern now lies with Spurs’ current campaign where they hope to finally claim some silverware themselves in the near future.Mauricio Pochettino’s will host Leicester City today at Wembley in the Premier League, where they hope to claim victory to restore their five-point deficit to leaders Liverpool – who defeated Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday.“To be honest, the football and the time is going so fast,” said Lloris, according to FourFourTwo.“I don’t want to say that I’ve forgotten about the World Cup but, for me, it belongs to the past. I don’t have time to make a step backwards and think about the World Cup.“Every time people talk about this moment – it gives you a lot of positive energy. But as a professional and as a man I am just focused on today and tomorrow. Maybe when I will be retired, I will think in a different way but it’s not the case at the moment.”The Spurs captain added: “We are Tottenham and we have the humility to say in a different place, a different club, a bigger institution, they are used to winning – they won in the past, they win today and they will win tomorrow – because of the heaviness of the institution.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.“When you wear the jersey of some clubs, you have this pressure every day. It’s not the case in Tottenham. Historically there is a great history, it’s a great club in England. But it’s not the type of club that used to win every year. It needs more time.“For me the best way is to compare the club when I arrive [in 2012] and the club of today. We reduced the gap massively between the best teams in England and maybe in Europe, too.“And the process takes maybe more time than in some other places. But for sure we are going the right way because every season we are improving and improving and improving.”“It is important to believe in yourself but it is important to have sense, too,” he continued.“The main target for the club and for the team is to get the top four for the fourth time in a row. You need to look at the clubs behind because everything can turn very quickly. But you can look ahead, too.“We are in the position we deserve because in the league, we are quite consistent but at the moment there are two teams who have done much better than us.“We will see what will be in March and if we will be in a place to compete for the title or just the top four. That doesn’t mean we don’t have ambition.“The ambition is to win every game until the end of the season.”The Spurs and Leicester game at Wembley will begin at 2:30 PM (CET).BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate with team mates after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
WASHOUGAL — A plan that could have reduced Washougal’s annual upsurge in sewer and water rates is off the table.The city won’t pursue plans to partially privatize its water department. Officials proposed the plan to help defer costs associated with infrastructure improvements mandated by federal and state authorities.With a unanimous vote, city council members chose to ditch the plan at their Monday evening meeting.“If we screw this up,” city council member David Shoemaker said, “we don’t have the resources to fix it.”Councilors had voiced skepticism at the draft plan, which showed savings of only a few dollars per billing cycle, or between 7 and 14.5 percent of an overall bill. On top of that, the city could be tied down to a 15 year contract with a company.The city’s privatization plans were never fully formed, but they called for an outside company to operate and maintain the city’s new wastewater treatment plant.The city thought the proposal could help defray the costs of making $15 million in plant upgrades, while decreasing sewer, water and stormwater rates in the process.In 2013, Washougal’s ratepayers will shell out an extra $37 every two months on their stormwater, water and sewer bills.The bump is part of a five-year series of rate increases, which were approved by the city council in 2010.In August, the city signed a $45,335 professional services agreement with Science Applications International Corporation, a Seattle-based consultant, to look into the plan. It was unclear how such an arrangement would affect the city’s 29 public works employees.