Spain leaves out Diego Costa

first_imgMADRID (AP):Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad because of an injury, coach Vicente del Bosque said yesterday. Del Bosque announced his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania.”Diego came off from a match with an injury in his quadriceps muscle, but four days later, because Chelsea had much at stake, he was made to play again and finished in some pain,” del Bosque said. “Although the doctors said he was getting better, we have opted not to include him.”Last Saturday, Costa was sent off in Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Everton for “improper conduct”. He was given a second yellow card after thrusting his head towards Gareth Barry before appearing to make a biting motion on the side of the midfielder’s neck. Both players later said there was no bite.Del Bosque said Costa’s behaviour was not a cause of concern.”There are two months to go before I choose my final squad for the European Championship and absolutely no one – not even Diego Costa – is currently excluded,” Del Bosque said.Costa’s place in attack was taken by Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and then clinched his team’s Europa League win with an away goal against Valencia.De Bosque said playmaker Andres Iniesta had also been left out because of a muscle problem.”He had discomfort and we considered it appropriate not to include him,” Del Bosque said.last_img read more

49ers Richard Sherman on Russell Wilson: ‘I’ve seen him throw 5 picks’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — You just knew cornerback Richard Sherman could find a way to spice up Sunday’s return to Seattle, his home the previous seven seasons before defecting to the 49ers this year.First off, Sherman didn’t berate Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson the way he famously did former 49ers Michael Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick five years ago. But Sherman sure wasn’t offering praise Thursday about Wilson’s …last_img read more

Mike Lutmer, June 13

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am going to finish up corn today. It is a little later than I’d like, but the ground is right and I don’t have very much left. I am a little concerned about planting this late but it is a 104-day hybrid and as long as we don’t have a super early frost I don’t think it will be a problem. We are down to the last couple of days planting beans. I’d like to get finished by Wednesday if the weather holds out.Within five miles I can go from ground that has water laying to a field that just got rain but hadn’t had anything for two weeks. We have places that are way too dry and places that look like a swamp.We made a good bit of hay the last two weeks. We are still fighting time to get all of the first cutting done the way I like it. The hay dried well and we had good quality. We sold it out of the field.The wheat is turning quickly. We have some that looks really good and some that is just OK. I am looking at cutting wheat around the last week of June. We had a little too much water in the fall that left it thin in some places. We haven’t had any blow down yet. We’ll bale the straw and double-crop beans.I still have a few loads of corn in the bin and I was going to sell it last week, but it kept going up. I may hold onto it for a few more days. The beans have rallied and we contracted some a few months ago and I’m glad I didn’t contract more than I did.All of the corn that is up looks great. We hope to get some sidedressing done in the next week. Some of the bean emergence I am not really happy with. In the really dry areas the beans have taken longer to get out of the ground.last_img read more

Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Every site has a story to tell, and the right house can help to tell that story. Located on the western coast of Bowen Island in British Columbia, this house is a good example. My clients, a professor of East Asian archaeology and a researcher from Kyoto, Japan, had worked the land for years, cultivating extensive gardens of ornamental plants from around the world. When they approached me to design a house for the property, they had only two requests: The home must fit the site, and it should have minimal impact on the landscape. The rest of the design was left in my hands. As a graduate of the University of Oregon, I have had a lot of training in passive design. It was only natural, then, to design around passive environmental systems that would use the natural elements of the site to improve the overall look, comfort, and performance of the house.Passive environmental systems are a basic part of good home design Passive systems harness natural elements—rain, wind, sunlight, soil—for the benefit of the house. They shouldn’t be confused with active systems, such as photovoltaic cells or ground-source heat pumps. A properly designed house uses more than one passive system, and it relies on the relationships between each system to enhance the building’s overall performance. The passive systems that I integrated into this house were based both on the general needs of the homeowners and on the specific demands of a challenging site. From the rainwater collection to the timber-frame joinery, each feature affects the way this home lives within its landscape. Photo taken at B on floor plan. A unique lot provided natural design opportunities On my first visit, I realized quickly that the property posed a unique… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Rise Of The Anti-Recruiters

first_imgGuest author Josh Fox helped create FiveYearItch, which aims to help developers find better jobs.Like gnats at a picnic, recruiters are swarming around the miserable software developer. Irrelevant spam-offers are buzzing in your face, each aimed at some commodity developer, who’s not you.You can chomp and chew those annoying recruiters the way you would pesky gnats that blithely fly into your mouth, but don’t bother. Flame-mail won’t do any good. You might try spray yourself with recruiter-repellent by taking yourself off the Internet—like that’s gonna happen. There has to be a better way.But First, Sympathy For The RecruiterThose poor recruiters, they aren’t to blame. They just want to help. Think what’s happened to them in the last fourteen years. Way back in 1999, a recruiter’s job was to dig up résumés—paper résumés!—and blast them out to employers.Nowadays, there’s a treasure trove of developers on the Web—on LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. Yes, recruiters could dedicate themselves to unearthing those old-fashioned hold-outs from modern Web overexposure, the grizzled oldsters who need to be brought out of their hidey-holes. But in general, recruiters don’t know what to do with themselves.And, hey, recruiters, no: LinkedIn-spam is not your new job. Your new job is bringing together employers and employees in the best possible pairing to make both sides happy.Pity the poor recruiter. He has no clue about whether a given developer even wants job offers, and just as important, he can’t tell what the developer is looking for in her next job. In a world where stable careers are passé, and gathering interesting and different experiences is de rigeur, a recruiter just cannot know what wild and adventurous life-directions the pro is looking for.The job market’s splitting. Those who have top tech skills win, and everyone else loses. Hot-shot techies are getting kid-glove treatment once reserved for execs. Competition for those chosen few is getting ever fiercer.We need a new way to get software developers their next dream job.Recruiters Out, Matchmakers InIt’s time for a new generation—really, a new profession—of recruiter types who use tech, tact, and good taste to bring employees together with employers. Let’s call them matchmakers. Here’s how they’ll make us a match.1. They help active-passives come out of the woodwork.Good developers already have good jobs. They’re not scouring the job boards. Though many of them would consider an offer if it was a real improvement, they’re too cozy and comfortable in their jobs to bother to look around. A new breed of talent search engines like Entelo, TalentBin, and Gild is uncovering some of these passive candidates, mining the Web for signs of skilled professionals who might be willing to move.Even better than passives are active-passives, the ones who know they’d like to step up to a better job, are willing to say so (as long as their boss doesn’t find out), but who know that asking for a job for no good reason looks desperate.A new type of “reverse job board” has arisen to serve these developers. Sites like JobDreaming, Poachee and my own FiveYearItch let the professionals sign up quickly and anonymously and get a stream of good offers, vetted by automated algorithms along with the human matchmakers.2. They help employees lay out their real requirements, not the ones she thinks potential employers want to hear.Everyone’s different: One developer wants better salary or equity, another wants new tech, and a third wants his colleagues to be smarter than he is (smart guy!).Until now, employees kept their deepest dreams secret, afraid of pitching too high or too low. But why not make those secret dreams real? The trick is for the pro to stay anonymous while the matchmaker, potentially with the aid of a reverse job board, makes the arrangements.And if the employer can’t give the developer what it takes to budge her, well, tough luck for the employer.3. They work to bring in the best developers, not just to fill a slot.Today, employers are retaining fixed-fee contract recruiters or even hiring them in-house. That way, the recruiter is focused on making the right match, even if it takes a little longer. Just filling requisitions was good enough back when jobs were narrowly defined, but a developer today need the flexibility to take on a variety of tasks as needed, and finding people like that takes time.Such a matchmaker can do what it takes close the deal. He advocates for the professional, while the pro herself stays out of the line of fire. A good developer wants both to minimize noise and to learn whether employers can meet her special requests—but without coming off as needy. So the developer stays well-protected from any but the most useful communications, while the recruiter helps make the deal happen.Once a developer and an employer have caught each other’s eye, the matchmaker gently nudges the two toward each other while making sure that everyone’s happy.4. They grab the grey-hairs who aren’t puffing up their LinkedIn profiles, just crankin’ out kick-ass work.These Ancient Wise Ones need a matchmaker to help bring out their hidden talent.Employers should be on their knees begging the wizened wizards to come on board. But for some reason, newbies with a quickie code-camp course are more in demand than hardcore long-time devs. Sure, some of the oldsters are burned out, but there are a lot of good ones out there, too. Some of them have navigated their way through several generations of technology—they’ll pick up the next one quickly enough.Making The Best Pairings The RuleHere’s the sad situation today: A recruiter searches LinkedIn by keywords, sends a whole bunch of spammy emails. Maybe he finds one diamond in the dirtpile, while absorbing heaps of scorn as he sees how widely recruiters are despised.Here’s a vision of a better future: A new class of matchmaking sites arises, building on today’s talent search engines and reverse job boards. They transform the recruiting industry, just as a variety of dating sites remade a fragmented industry of personals ads and marriage brokers. These recruiting sites highlight developers with the right skills and the right requirements. Then semi-automated systems, consisting of modern software algorithms and a few empathetic matchmakers, help make the best pairings happen.Today, information efficiencies make hiring and job-changing a headache. In an open future, we’ll move towards an optimal world in which developers will find the best possible job and employers will find the best possible developer to fill it.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh foxcenter_img Tags:#developers#Jobs Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Your Sales Blitz Is a Bad Strategy

first_imgThere are many good reasons to have a sales blitz. If you want to accelerate the creation of new opportunities, an intense focus on increased activity can ramp up  the number of conversations, meetings, and, ultimately, new opportunities. If you have an initiative that is time sensitive, applying more resources, more time, and more energy to communicating that opportunity with your clients and prospects provides another good reason to have a sales blitz. If you want to shake things up, generate some excitement, and offer something for a sales group to do together, a blitz might be just the thing. However, if the only reason you are considering a sales blitz is that you are behind on your results, a sales blitz is a poor strategy.The Right Time to ProspectOne of the questions people ask most often is: “When is the best time to prospect?” The person asking wants an answer that includes a day of the week, the time of day, or both. The right answer is six months ago was the best time to prospect if you need new opportunities, and the second-best time is always right now. If you didn’t prospect six months ago, you are not going to catch up in a day.A sales blitz is either a proactive initiative or a reactive response to a lack of prospecting discipline.Accountability: If there has been no accountability for creating new opportunities, a sales blitz may provide a short-term increase in the number of opportunities in your pipeline, but it does nothing to solve the longer-term problem of consistent opportunity creation. Instead of a day-long campaign, you need to create a culture of accountability.Structures and Cadence: If the reason you are not creating enough opportunities is that there are no processes and structures in place to support the sales team in acquiring those new opportunities, short-term relief does nothing to address the root cause of the symptoms. If prospecting means calling this prospect and that dream client sporadically and without an intentional pursuit plan, making a full day of calls will not improve your results.Training and Development: There are a few variables to success in making calls and booking meetings. One is the ability to trade enough value to command an appointment. Another is your conviction, how deeply you believe you deserve your prospect’s time. There is also how well you communicate these things. Even though it is out of fashion to role play and prepare, there isn’t a better or faster way to develop—as long as you immediately put it to use and pick up the phone.It is a mistake to use a short term approach to a systemic problem. The method doesn’t match the significance of the problem or the impact on your results. Solving systemic issues requires a long-term approach.The Prospecting DisciplineThere is an enormous difference between eight hours of prospecting in a single day every three months or so and 90 minutes of focused prospecting daily. Because salespeople only do two things, create opportunities, and capture opportunities, it is not unreasonable to expect that prospecting must be a daily discipline. (Yes, I’m aware salespeople are asked to do all kinds of things that are not opportunity creation or opportunity capture, but if you want to improve your results immediately, limiting non-sales related work is as good a place to start as any.)There is no way to cram prospecting. Spending an eight hour day making calls is not the same as making an hour of calls every day. It is a mistake to believe that you can do all the prospecting you need in a day. You are free to think that a sales blitz is enough to make up for bad habits, but you are not free from the consequences of a decision to try to make up for the lost time.One of the reasons you can’t cram prospecting is that one of the factors that dominate prospecting results is the ability to reach people to ask for a meeting. When you limit that request to a single day, you give up the opportunity to make multiple touches in close succession that you reach someone to ask them for a meeting. It is difficult to be persistent when you go long periods without reaching out to your prospective clients, and because you go away for a long time, you reinforce your client’s decision to ignore you until you go away.Have Your BlitzIf you are going to have a sales blitz, you might as achieve a better, longer-lasting impact by framing it as the day when you will reclaim your prospecting discipline. The hundred or so calls you require during your initiative is to kickstart daily hour-long or ninety-minute blocks, as well as the accountability that ensures change, the structures and cadence you install, and the training, development, and coaching to improve results. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more