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first_imgWe measure so many things.Risks. Delinquencies. Hold times. ROA. Staff turnover. Assets.Take a look at any of those things. Your ROA may be .89.  Your assets may be $573 million. Your telephone hold time may be 37 seconds.Is that good or bad?How would I know?But hopefully, you know whether those are good or bad.  Quite often, though, the people I talk to do not.Where am I going with this? Ask Seth Godin. In a recent post, he argues that data in a vacuum is no way to say whether something is good or bad. For Seth, it all comes down to alignment.Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it’s a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. A company might spend almost nothing on customer service but still succeed in reaching its goals. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


ICC World Cup Virat Kohli’s behaviour in IPL was ‘immature’, he can’t take abuse: Kagiso Rabada

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Days before India take on South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada, while speaking about one of the incidents from the IPL, said Team India captain Virat Kohli’s behaviour was “immature” during a clash between the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In an interview published in The Cricket Monthly from ESPNCricinfo, Rabada recalled an incident from the IPL where he had a verbal spat with Kohli. The leading bowler revealed that Kohli’s reaction to the incident was “immature”.“I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse,” he said.“You have to think about what you are going to do, because the wicket was good. All it was a verbal fight. Something like that will not distract me. If anything, it is just going to wake me up to hit my areas a lot more consistently,” he added.Rabada also said the entire incident kept playing in his mind on the way back to the team hotel in the bus, as he kept wondering whether it was anger that made Kohli the player he is.”But later that evening, on the bus back to the hotel, I asked myself: ‘That guy [Kohli] always seems to be angry on the field. Is he really angry?’ Then I thought to myself what it would take for me to become really, really angry. That is going to happen very few and far times in between. And becoming angry like that – is that what gets him to play well? Do you know what I am saying? I can’t psyche myself to be angry,” he said.Rabada is expected to be fully fit for country’s World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5, according to team doctor Mohammed Moosajee.Rabada, became IPL’s highest wicket-taker with 25 scalps for Delhi Capitals before Cricket South Africa pulled him out as a precautionary measure after he complained of stiff back.Moosajee, though, is yet to put a comeback date for the injured pace duo of Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi, who are out with shoulder and side strain respectively.While there was no clarity on when Steyn and Ngidi would get fit, both are expected to travel with the squad to England.If they don’t get fit in time, there are enough players on stand by, said Moosajee. last_img read more


Maltina School Games: Beyond Unearthing New Champions

first_imgThe Regional Trade and Marketing Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Onitsha Anambra State Mr. Ikenna Igwe with the winners of the Boys 100 meters final at the Rojenny Sports Complex yesterday in Awka, Anambra State. Having made landmark and long-lasting impressions on teachers across the country with the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative, Nigeria Breweries’ Family brand, Maltina has done great again with students across the nation with the recently introduced School Games.The Maltina School Games is the latest intervention in School Sports by the country’s number one family drink from the stable of Nigeria Breweries Plc.It involves a series of track and field sporting competitions held Pan-Nigeria, as an inter-school sports competition to grow future sports champions in secondary schools across Nigeria. In just its maiden edition, the Maltina School Games has been regarded as a timely intervention to save the dying culture of school sports and more importantly helping produce quality young sound minds that could rightly be called leaders of tomorrow.The Maltina School Games platform is carefully designed to promote the development of children, from improving their social and leadership skills, to bettering their well-being through sports.All over the world, sports and education have been veritable instruments; lifting millions out of poverty and for Maltina with its School Games initiative, these twin platforms are getting the needed traction that would further aid development.Beyond these also, the Maltina School Games no doubt has fostered national unity and raising active kids with its one-month event from the State Prelims all to the national finals.To highlight the enthusiasm among Nigerian children in the Maltina Games, the just concluded maiden edition witnessed a huge turnout of schools with Lagos recording the most entries.Lagos had 182 participating schools coming from its six educational districts. There were 120 schools from Kano while Anambra had 124 and the Federal Capital Territory, 116 all registered for the Maltina School Games.From the over 20 million school children of both participating and non-participating schools that were impacted in this edition of the Maltina School Games, one name already ringing a bell in ears of many is 17 years old Joy Ojo.Ojo of Ijaye Housing Estate Senior High school emerged as the Overall Best Athlete (OBA) having won the sprint double in the 100m and 200m before adding the relay gold to her collection.For her splendid performance, the young girl has gotten a scholarship to any Federal University of choice courtesy of Maltina.No doubt, Ojo showed at both the Lagos State and National finals that she has what is required to take the global athletics world by storm in the not too distant feature.Aside from Ojo, some of the other children also showed a glimpse of promise that the hitherto moribund sports talent factory in Nigeria has been resuscitated with the Maltina School Games.“What the Maltina Brand has done is to provide a platform for the likes of Ojo and others to launch themselves to stardom, we hope others would learn from them because sincerely there are many talents yet to be discovered in this country,” Tayo Adewale and officer with the Lagos Education Ministry noted.With the former fastest man in Nigeria, Seye Ogunlewe also coming out to motivate the children, one can only hope for better years ahead.“Maltina has played its part by creating a talent expressive platform for young boys and girls to develop themselves. Unlike in my days, where we only participated in Inter House sports and occasionally Invitational School relay races, this platform from Maltina is one that will open the doors for more opportunities for young athletes.”“Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) must ensure that the organisation of such events should always be hitch-free so that a major corporate body like Nigerian Breweries Plc continues to support these events for a long time to come,” the foremost sprinter pointed out.The Maltina School Games no doubt as created huge awareness with sports in the Northern part of the country going by the large attendance recorded during the preliminary and the state finals held in Kano. The event also marked the first time most of the athletes would be having a sports meet outside their confines not to talk travelling several kilometres to the finals held in Lagos.The event no doubt has helped to build integration, unity, and fellowship among millions of youths in the country considering the fact all the participants will have stories to tell and the memories of their respective experiences will linger for a long time as well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Timberwolves almost drafted Kobe Bryant in 1996 NBA Draft

first_img“Uhhhh, I’m not going to answer that question,” Lin said. “Next question, please.”The question was still posed to him. After all, Lin has scored in double digits in 15 of the past 22 games despite seeing inconsistent roles as both a starter, reserve, point guard and off-ball guard. “I understand God is in control,” Lin said. “That’s the biggest thing for me. It doesn’t matter what’s happening around me. I don’t always understand. I’m not talking about this season, but in life. I don’t always understand what happened or why things happen the way they did. But I understand God has a perfect plan and he loves me.”Lin seemed more concern about a recent sinus issue that he believes he can recover from during the Lakers day off on Thursday as they travel to Toronto.“I might just sleep until Friday morning” Lin joked, “and see you guys at shootaround.” The Timberwolves acquired Garnett in a mid-season trade from Brooklyn, a move both to mentor Minnesota’s young players and possibly end his career with the team that originally drafted him. But the history between Bryant and Garnett mostly rest on the NBA Finals matchups between the Lakers and Celtics in 2008 (Lakers lost 4-2) and 2010 (Lakers won 4-3). But Saunders’ most definitive memory of Bryant and Garnett took place when he coached them in the 2004 NBA All-Star game.“Kobe was picking guys up at 94 feet,” Saunders said. “That’s his competitiveness and nature in wanting to win and play. KG is the same way. As long as they love playing the game, they’re going to keep on playing.” Staying calmLakers guard Jeremy Lin initially did not want to broach the subject. He was asked if he was surprised he sat out of the final 11:21 of the fourth quarter and all of overtime despite posting 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting and five assists. MINNEAPOLIS – The possibility still haunts and intrigues Minnesota coach Flip Saunders 19 years later. What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury. “We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.”Neither Bryant (right shoulder) nor Garnett (sore left knee) played in Wednesday’s game in what could have been the second-to-last matchup before Garnett’s possible final season in a storied 19-year NBA career. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Tour de France 2019: Thibaut Pinot wins 14th stage; Julian Alaphilippe increases lead

first_img Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe tightens yellow jersey grip with surprise time-trial win Alaphilippe passed another big test in the 73-mile ride from Tarbes to cross the line in second spot, stretching his advantage over defending champion Thomas by 36 seconds to 2:02.Alaphilippe claimed a surprise individual time-trial win Friday – the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey – and made another statement to his rivals in the mountains. Related News 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 642. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 423. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 37WHAT’S NEXT?The penultimate week will end with a 115-mile ride from Limoux to Prat d’Albis on Sunday. The climbers will come to the fore on a narrow, twisting final ascent of 7.3 miles. Alaphilippe stuck to Thomas’ wheel on the brutal final ascent of iconic Tourmalet – where he sealed the King of the Mountains title last year – and continued to press on after moving past Thomas in the final mile.Thomas looked weary as he lost time on a stage witnessed by French President Emmanuel Macron, but Steven Kruijswijk dug in to finish third and remain in the same position of the general classification standings. Egan Bernal, Thomas’ teammate, was fifth and trails Pinot by three minutes, while Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte struggled.Warren Barguil and Elie Gesbert attacked before being reeled in on the lung-busting final climb, and it was Pinot who emerged from a group of a dozen to take the win.Last kilometre – Col du Tourmalet Watch, listen, enjoy Regardez, écoutez, profitez #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/APufObsVZP— Tour de France(@LeTour) July 20, 2019 STAGE RESULT1. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 3:10.202. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) +0:063. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:064. Emanuel Buchman (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:085. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +0:08CLASSIFICATION STANDINGSGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 56:11:292. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +2:023. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +2:14Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2842. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 1913. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 184King of the Mountains Thibaut Pinot powered his way up the Col du Tourmalet to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, and Julian Alaphilippe increased his lead over Geraint Thomas on a memorable day for French cycling.Pinot summoned one final burst to secure a magnificent victory in the first high-altitude finish of this year’s race in the Pyrenees in his homeland, banishing the memories of his Stage 10 crosswind woes.last_img read more


Buccaneers’ Matt Gay sets Heinz Field record with first NFL kick

first_imgThe successful 55-yard field goal came at the end of the first half.Plenty of leg from the rook on NFL kick No. 1.#GoBucs | #TBvsPIT pic.twitter.com/PDabRUOBNS— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 10, 2019The rookie kicker was shocked when he found out about the record, but then came to the unfortunate realization this feat was accomplished during the preseason.“Really?” Gay told Buccaneers.com after the game. “Wow. That’s awesome. That’s cool to know. I don’t know if that would count because it’s preseason, but that’s cool to know. It’s awesome.”Gay’s kick beat the 53-yarder from former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey in 2016.Gay, a fifth-round pick out of Utah in this year’s draft, is competing against Cairo Santos for the starting nod in the regular season.  “It’s all about games,” coach Bruce Arians recently said about the kicking competition. “It’s not what you do in practice. It’s about what you do in games. Heinz Field is going to be one heck of a place to test them.”The long field goal certainly doesn’t hurt Gay’s chances. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t have much to celebrate Friday night, falling 30-28 to the Steelers, but Matt Gay likely won’t forget the game.On Gay’s first NFL kick, he booted the longest field goal in Heinz Field’s 18-year history.last_img read more