How do we cross the chasm of knowledge, the enormous knowledge gap that exists in the sales arena? How do we help our sales people gain the knowledge necessary to have the business acumen their customers need them to have?If you’re in a leadership role or a management role, you need to understand the real disadvantage many companies face. Most sales organizations have the majority of their people working from home, meaning that they’re not rubbing up against each other, and they miss the day to day conversations that help the inexperienced learn from the experienced within your business.If that describes your company, you need to create the scenarios that will provide the opportunity for your people to gain business acumen. You need to let people without experience spend time with people who have the experience. They have to go out on calls, and, in the beginning, become mimics of the experienced people. Most good sales people start out mimicking what experienced sales people say.If you’re a new rep in a new industry, it is your responsibility to go on calls with more experienced people. Spend time with people who have experience you lack. Make a list of the questions they ask in their calls, and find out why they ask them. Write it down.When the customer says something, write that down. Then, when you leave the call, you need to interrogate the experienced rep. Ask them why they asked what they asked. Ask them what the client was trying to get at, what they were trying to get you to talk about. You need to enter every call with the mindset of “I’m here to be educated.” You will learn really fast if that is the approach you take.You also need to ask questions of your clients. Say to them “Help me understand your business.” People who care deeply about their business and what they’re doing love that question. They’re happy to teach you. They will explain everything to you because they want a partner who cares enough to learn their business. You can get smart much faster. You can bend the learning curve much more steeply in your direction and make it super fast if you go into it with that intention.Photo credit: Kathrin & Stefan Solitude via photopin (license)
Shedding its initial hesitation, the Odisha government on Thursday decided to be a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme and extend all support for its implementation in the State, a senior official said. The announcement was made on a day when a leading farmers’ body — Navnirman Krushak Sangathan — called for dawn-to-dusk strike against the State government’s “lack of concern” towards its demands.Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi said the Central scheme (PM-Kisan), which promises to provide ₹6,000 per annum to small and marginal farmers having cultivable land up to two hectares (about five acres), will be launched in Odisha on February 24, along with the other States.Earlier, after receiving a formal communication from the Centre about the mega farmers’ welfare scheme, the Odisha government had not shown any interest and dubbed it inferior to its own Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), also meant for providing financial assistance to farmers.Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the State was not implementing the Centre’s scheme for farmers over fears that all credit would go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Wednesday attacked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for depriving the farming community from taking advantage of the central scheme.Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Secretary Saurabh Garg said a list of around 12.45 lakh first-phase beneficiaries of the State government’s KALIA scheme will be given to the Centre for inclusion in PM-Kisan.According to PM-Kisan, the first tranche of ₹2,000 will be directly transferred to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts on February 24. The Centre will fund this initiative completely.Peaceful protestNormal life across Odisha was affected on Thursday due to the farmers’ strike. Though the protest — backed by the Congress as well as the BJP — continued peacefully, the police picked up about 200 protesters from different parts of the State, including 70 from Bhubaneswar.Holding placards and raising anti-government slogans, agitating farmers blocked roads in the city as well on national highways, prompting the police to undertake preventive arrest of the farmers.“We have made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack,” Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty told reporters.Mr. Mohanty claimed normal life in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack remained largely unaffected by the strike. Government offices continued to function with adequate attendance, but educational institutions, major shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport vehicles were off the roads.Situation in Ganjam, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal and Koraput districts remained by and large peaceful.NNKS leader Akshya Kumar alleged that the State government did not pay any heed to their demands for fair price, pension and prestige to cultivators, forcing them to call the strike.Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik, in a Twitter post, said, “Our ‘annadatas’ (providers of food) have suffered a lot due to the anti-farmer policies of the BJD and the BJP. Odisha Congress supports the bandh called by the farmers.” Odisha Agriculture and Finance Minister S.B. Behera termed the agitation “unfortunate”. “The timing is very wrong as it is being observed a day before the annual high school examinations… The strike has put mental pressure on students. It’s even more saddening that two national political parties have extended their support to the bandh,” Mr. Behera said.Authorities at Utkal University and Shree Jagannath Sanskrit University said they have postponed examinations scheduled for Thursday.
A government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.
Panaji, Mar 14 (PTI) Seizing on the RSSs stance on entry of women in temples, Goa-based Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has said that the Sangh should seek guidance from religious leaders before deciding on the controversial issue.”RSS has taken the decision to change the uniform of Swayamsevaks from shorts to full pants after a lot of deliberation and rounds of discussions. The saffron outfit, which took such a long time to decide on the uniform should not take a decision to change the religious practices and traditions in such a haste,” HJS spokesman Ramesh Shinde said in a statement issued here.”The RSS should seek guidance from Dharmacharya or Shankaracharya before taking any stand on equality of men and women in the field of religion and spirituality,” Shinde said.HJS statement comes in the backdrop of the RSS backing womens entry in temples, stating restriction on entry of women in places of worship was “unfair” and managements in such places should change their mentality.”In case any dispute was to arise as the time passes, Adya Shankaracharya has given authority to Acharya-Pitha, established by him to take appropriate decision. Just as political decisions are taken in the Parliament by the elected representatives of the people, similar decisions regarding Dharma should be taken in the Parliament of Dharma (Dharma-Sansad),” the statement said.”If such decisions were taken on the platform of organisations instead of Dharma-Sansad, it would create a lot of confusion in the future. Therefore, RSSs stand over the issue may project that the science of Dharma is false, which in turn may provide strength to anti-dharma progressive elements effortlessly,” Shinde stated.advertisementThe issue came into the fore after protesters led by activist Trupti Desai had recently demanded entry for women in temples at Shani Shingnapur and Tryambakeshwar. PTI CORR DK NM SRY BAS
Croatian supporters outnumbered their French opponents in the streets of Moscow on Sunday ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium.Croatia, who will be playing their World Cup final ever, are also expected to have more fans at the Luzhniki in a few hours time than their low-key French counterparts.This may be because of the fact that the Croatians are thrilled that their country is playing their first-ever World Cup final and the fans are going to be ‘on fire’ when the final gets underway in Moscow.The 20th-ranked team in the world eliminated hosts Russia in the quarter-finals and England in the semis, delighting their home country of 4.2 million people.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Whether we win today or lose, Croatia is going to be on fire,” said Croatian fan Kristjan Alapic, from the city of Velika Gorica, as he stood outside Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.”Tomorrow don’t expect anybody to show up for work. This brings the whole population together.”We’ve enjoyed meeting fans from around the globe on #WorldCup Daily at Russia 2018 Full episode: https://t.co/2ksRlXZj3t pic.twitter.com/8Obr0uvipA FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018When Croatia take on France at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday, the team hopes to settle an old score with the French dating back to the 1998 World Cup.That year, Croatia’s World Cup dreams were ended when France beat them 2-1 in the semi-finals before going on to win the tournament.”It is unbelievable to be in the final for such a small country such as Croatia,” said 47-year-old Croatian fan Denis Papac near Red Square. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Also read – France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final prediction:. Buyan the bear has a winneradvertisementAfter Croatia eliminated Russia, Croatian tour operators struggled to secure enough airplane space to get all the country’s fans to Russia for the World Cup.”There weren’t that many Croatians earlier in the tournament,” said 30-year-old Miro Susa from Osijek, who was on a square adjacent to the Kremlin.”This is a unique opportunity. This will maybe never happen again.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatia’s road to the finalThe Luzhniki joins an elite group of stadiums to host the #WorldCupFinal today…Where has been your favourite final venue? pic.twitter.com/sAZb7OwMjj FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018While Croatian fans were gearing up for the match, Russian police stepped up security, closing off traffic in central Moscow in preparation for the visits of high-ranking officials tied in to the World Cup.Ahead of the final Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on Sunday with Hungarian President Viktor Orban and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and was still expecting French President Emmanuel Macron.Also read – Google doodle dedicated to France vs Croatia World Cup finalAt Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, hundreds of security staff in civilian clothes were inspecting the premises.French fans were more reserved ahead of the final and seemed to be fewer in number than their Croatian counterparts.”I’ve been seeing a lot of Croatians. That has really hit me,” said 32-year-old French fan Benjamin Haddad. “The atmosphere is very Croatian right now.”Haddad could not explain why French fans were less visible on the streets of Moscow ahead of the match but suggested the enthusiasm of the Croatians could be tied to their team’s unforeseen success.”It’s the first final in Croatia’s history,” he said. “It’s a surprise for them to be here. It’s an even more historical moment for them.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Transfers Who is Arsenal signing Mavropanos? Meet Greece’s next big defender Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 01:55 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PAS Giannina composite Transfers Arsenal Premier League The 20-year-old makes his debut against Manchester United and Goal caught up with a journalist who has seen him play regularly in Greece Arsenal have completed the signing of PAS Giannina starlet Kostas Mavropanos for a fee in the region of €2.1 million (£1.8m) .The 20-year-old defender only made his professional debut in November 2016 but has gone on to become one of Greek football’s most sought-after youngsters.Goal caught up with Gazzetta.gr journalist Thodoris Vasilis, who gave us the lowdown on Mavropanos and what the deal means for Greek Super League side PAS. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “PAS Giannina are a defence-minded team who are well organised and low scoring,” said Vasilis. “The game plan is about having a solid defence and hitting the opposition on the counter-attack. That opened up a big opportunity for Mavropanos as PAS play with three defenders.”He showed that he’s very good in one-on-one duels. He’s not so much technically gifted, but very dynamic and good in the air. He is a similar player to Shkodran Mustafi if you are comparing him with another Arsenal defender.Konstantinos Mavropanos to Arsenal done. £1.8m (€2.1m) fee. Long-term contract. Player more likely to stay at #afc than leave on loan. https://t.co/wppxbqL9c9— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 3, 2018″He made his professional debut in November 2016 in the Greek Cup, after recovering from a meniscus injury which put his development back slightly. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract in January 2016 and was initially part of the Under-20 team before training with the first team because the coach believed in his talent. Giannis Petrakis trusted him enough to put him in the starting line-up for games against Veria and AEK Athens this season, and he was voted man of the match against AEK.”Speaking after that game, Mavropanos said: “I am very happy that my effort and performance are rewarded with this prize.“I waited for the whole year to be given the opportunity. I was handed a chance in the final game and I think my performance was good enough with the help of my team-mates, and the guidance and the instructions they gave me. It was what I expected and maybe more because they helped me settle into the group. Through my team-mates I try to improve myself.”Mavropanos is ‘the next big thing’Vasilis added: “He’s considered the ‘next big thing’ in terms of Greek defenders after the likes of Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen), Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) and Manolas (Roma) left Greece for Europe.”Olympiakos was close to signing him in October for €1m. However, it was not an official offer from Olympiakos. They wanted to have the first refusal on the player if he became for sale in January. PAS told them that if they received a better offer from outside they will accept it, which is why he is now heading to Arsenal.”The transfer fee will make a similar kind of impact for Mavropanos’ current club as Neymar’s world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain did last summer.”In terms of what the deal means for PAS Giannina, it’s huge,” said Vasilis. “Two million may not sound like a lot to those who follow the major European leagues but it will be the biggest in the club’s history. The deal is like Neymar joining Paris Saint-Germain – yes, that big!”Interestingly, Arsenal’s chief scout Sven Mislintat watched Greece Under-20s play last summer and signed young Olympiakos player Argiris Kampetsis (for Mislintat’s former club Borussia Dortmund). He clearly has knowledge of the Greek market and Mavropanos’ arrival could be the start of similar signings, if his previous work is anything to go by.”As for Mavropanos, there is no doubt that Arsenal have a big talent on their hands.”Mavropanos was handed his first-team debut for the Gunners against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 29, becoming the 200th player to be given his Arsenal bow by Arsene Wenger.
Transfers Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Spurs chasing Andre Gomes Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:20 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Spurs chase Barca’s Andre GomesTottenham will look to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona after losing out on Ross Barkley, says The Daily Express. The midfielder has barely played for the Catalan side this season and Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to lure him to England after backing out of a deal in the summer transfer window. Vidal told to find new club by Barcelona Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal has been told to find a new club as he is now surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, claims Mundo Deportivo. The versatile ex-Sevilla man has been linked with a move back to his former employers after falling out of favour at Barca. But while the newspaper affirms he has received offers both in Spain and elsewhere, the Andalucians are not among those who have called Barcelona so far.Coutinho arrival to prompt Barca exodusPhilippe Coutinho’s arrival will prompt several players to leave Barcelona, according to Don Balon. Arda Turan, Andre Gomes and Rafinha’s days at the club seem to be numbered, while future deals for the likes of Antoine Griezmann could also be impacted by the large outlay on the Brazilian. Coutinho makes €160m Barcelona moveBarcelona have completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a total of €160 million.The Brazilian signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Catalan side with a release clause of €400m, bringing an end to a lengthy transfer saga.Read the full story on Goal! Barca to sign Yerry Mina within daysYerry Mina will be presented as a Barcelona player on Wednesday after the Catalan club agreed a €12 million fee for the defender, RAC1 reports.The 23-year-old will make the switch from Palmeiras and will be confirmed just days after Ernesto Valverde’s side secured the €160m signing of Philippe Coutinho.Inter want Deulofeu on loanInter are hoping to take Gerard Deulofeu on loan from Barcelona, Gazzetta dello Sport claim.The winger has had no luck in securing a place in Barca’s first team and was challenged by coach Ernesto Valverde to prove his worth. The former Everton player may prefer to move on from Camp Nou, however, and hope the club accep Inter’s offer to return to Italy.Coutinho’s €160m deal details leakedBarcelona will sign Philippe Coutinho for a €120 million up-front fee in January with €40m of potential bonuses included in the deal with Liverpool, according to Sport .At least €10m will be easy clauses for Coutinho to meet at Camp Nou, while the other €30m depends on the Brazilian’s performances and Barcelona’s achievements.The €160m deal would make Coutinho the third-most expensive player of all-time behind Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.Suarez to make shock return to Liverpool?Barcelona may have snapped up Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool could use some of the funds from the Brazilian’s sale to make a move for Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon. The Reds secured €160 million from Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, and could be tempted to turn around and spend some of those funds on their former striker. Though Suarez is happy at Barca, Coutinho’s arrival along with Ousmane Dembele’s return from injury and a potential summer move for Antoine Griezmann could push the Uruguayan out of the line-up. Arnaiz threatens Premier League transferBarcelona forward Jose Arnaiz will demand a move to the Premier League if he doesn’t get more first-team opportunities, according to Diario Gol. The 22-year-old has impressed when given the chance with the first team this season, scoring three goals in three Copa del Rey games, but the rest of his appearances this term have been with Barcelona B. A host of Premier League teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are willing to pay Arnaiz’s £20 million release clause should he move to England.
I saw a stat the other day that I had to check out for myself. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has the second-most conference of all Big 12 teams. Wait, that can’t be right, can it? It is. And it gets crazier. Oklahoma State has the second-best winning percentage of all Big 12 teams going all the way back to 2006.For the sake of fairness, though, I thought I would look at Big 12 winning percentages (conference games only) since 2011 when the league moved to 10 teams and everyone played a round robin schedule. Only two teams (both from the same state) have won more than 70 percent of their games since then. That’s wild.Here are all 12 Big 12 teams since then (I took out one year from Texas A&M and Missouri as well as the final years of TCU and West Virginia in their old conferences).“There’s so much parity in our league right now that it’s just a matter of the teams that stay focused, and obviously make the plays – take care of the football, so on and so forth,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his press conference.”Oklahoma State has done those things as well as anybody in the conference over the last decade. And now they stand with OU as the two most outstanding programs. With the way Baylor is trending, I would expect the gap to only widen in coming seasons. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Mike Gundy Keondre Wudtee Hey, we have a photographer and a credential now, and here are some photos from Day 1 of Oklahoma State’s spring practice. Awesome work by Jackson Lavarnway getting some good shots of new and old faces on Monday in Stillwater. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. QB1 Jerel Morrow [PFB] Cornerbacks working out Tyron Johnson Rob Glass doing work Bryce Brown Tre Flowers and Co. Kasey Dunn
It’s never too early to talk some early college football lines, and that’s just what everyone was doing this week as Odds Shark and South Point Casino came out with several early CFB lines for the first week of the season and beyond. Here are the OSU-related ones. September 9TCU-6Arkansas October 28Oklahoma State-5West Virginia All of this looks fairly reasonable. I’d love to jump on OSU -17 if gambling was legal. I think right now I’d also like to take OSU -1 against OU. This season has “OSU will win at home and lose the Big 12 title rematch to OU and OU will go to the CFB Playoff” written alllllll over it.Here are some other Big 12 lines of note. September 16USC-12Texas August 31Oklahoma State-17Tulsa While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. November 4TCU-5Texas September 16Oklahoma State-4.5Pitt DateFavoriteLineUnderdog November 4Oklahoma-1Oklahoma State October 14Oklahoma-8Texas DateFavoriteLineUnderdog November 11Baylor-7Texas Tech I’m in on tOSU -8 and USC -12. Both of those teams will dust OU and Texas at that point in the season, I think. Also like Baylor -7. All the favorites! September 9Ohio State-8Oklahoma
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State got its season off to a quick start with a dominant performance over Tulsa in Week 1. The first quarter was the stuff dreams and had everyone looking up which bowls were hosting the semifinal games. But beyond the hyperbole and besides the flashy highlights and Tyron swag, what else can we glean from the season opener? Let’s take a look at the numbers.OSU Drive ChartThe Cowboys scored on the opening three possessions while burning up all of 4:31 off the clock. The first was a methodical but blazing-fast eight plays for 74 yards that culminated in Tyron Johnson’s first catch for his first touchdown at OSU. Two more quick strikes and the game was set on its fixed trajectory. Zach Sinor got just two shots to build his faux Heisman case.AdChoices广告On the empty side of the glass, a boneheaded mistake from Mason Rudolph resulted in a strip sack and Jalen McCleskey’s attempt at the most ill-advised punt return I can remember ended with six points on the wrong side of the board. Matt Ammendola missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide-left which Mike Gundy blamed on the sophomore getting in a hurry. Let’s hope Philly can slow down.Here’s a look at OSU’s pertinent numbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.33Points per drive (defense): 1.21Yards per play: 10.2Third-Down conversions: 5/9 (55.5%)Average starting field position: own 30-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/5Points off turnovers: 14Time of possession: 23:20The points-per-drive disparity was heavy in the Cowboys’ favor but could have been even more so had OSU not turned the ball over twice (giving up 10 points) and missed a short field goal. I want to say something smart like, “They won’t be able to get away with that against (insert team).” But I’m not actually sure. I’m not saying the needless giveaways should be ignored or that place kicker is not a concern. What I am saying is that this offense is really, really good and we knew that coming in. Let’s just not make a habit out of silly mistakes and I won’t have to be wrong.Tulsa Drive ChartYou know the saying “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.”? Well, Philip Montgomery might empathize. He wouldn’t admit to anyone (and possibly himself) who his starting QB was until kickoff. President, Skipper, President. I’m not just recalling random proper titles of leadership. That’s Tulsa’s QB rotation.With inexperienced leadership behind center and the passing game a work in progress, we all expected Tulsa to come out with an emphasis on the rushing attack. The Golden Hurricane finished 2016 as the eighth-best rushing team in the country with the Nos. 1 and 2 rushers in the AAC. No. 2 is back for 2017 — D’Angelo Brewer’s jersey number is 4 actually — and returns after a 1,435-yard, 7-TD season where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. On Thursday night, Oklahoma State held him to 33 yards on 22 carries for a rough 1.5 average. Tulsa ended up averaging 4.1 yards per carry but that was a bit inflated due to a garbage-time run for 55 yards by Corey Taylor II. Glenn Spencer cracked exactly one and a half grins during postgame availability — that’s a good sign.Here’s a look at Tulsa’s numbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.21Points per drive (defense): 4.33Yards per play: 4.4Third-down conversions: 16/26 (61.5%)Average starting field position: own 25-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/4Points off turnovers: 10Time of possession: 36:40So Tulsa couldn’t stop Oklahoma State. No surprise there. But its 61.5 percent on third-down is somewhere between head-scratching and concerning. Especially when you consider that Tulsa was 5 of 10 on third-and-long and 5 of 8 on third down with at least 10 to go. It was also 1 of 2 on fourth down.The Golden Hurricane actually started 0-for-4 on third-and-long until the second quarter when the score was 28-7. OSU’s defense then gave up five of the last six third-and-long situations. Like I said, it’s not ideal but it does fall into OSU’s lane of a “bend-don’t-break” defense. I’m not going to worry too much about it. If not for an unnecessary fumble by QB1 and a perplexing snafu by Jalen McCleskey, OSU wins the turnover battle 2-nil. I’ll take that, 1.1 points per drive and a 50-percent success rate on my opponent’s red-zone trips most days if I’m Spencer.
League Cup Arsenal hit record new lows as Man City set club best in Carabao Cup final Goal 03:18 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Premier League Both sides made history on Sunday, though Citizens fans will be far happier with how they’ve entered the record books… Pep Guardiola lifted his first trophy with Manchester City on Sunday, with his side setting a new club record due to the impressive margin of the victory over Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.The Gunners, meanwhile, set a a few records of their own, though it will make for grim reading for fans of the London side.The final saw City continue with the same stunning form they’ve showed all season, condemning their opponents to an embarrassing defeat at Wembley, with Arsene Wenger’s charges seemingly at a loss as to how to cope with the onslaught from Guardiola’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva secured a 3-0 win for the Manchester side, their best-ever result in a cup final, while the opposite is true for Arsenal – it’s their biggest ever loss in a cup final.It’s widely known that Wenger has never won the Carabao Cup (also known as the League Cup), but followers of the Emirates side will be aggrieved to know that Arsenal have lost six of their eight appearances in the final of the competition – including each of their last three.In fact, the Gunners are the first side in the history of the tournament to lose in three successive appearances in the final, with Wenger having led his squads to the ultimate match in 2007, 2011 and 2018.And with the French manager having it all to do again against City in the Premier League on Thursday – and Champions League football looking increasingly unlikely – fans will no doubt be wondering when significant changes will be made in order to restore some of the storied club’s former glory.
Transfers Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United Jamie Smith 22:28 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Manchester United José Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimović Premier League The Portuguese says the likelihood is that the former Sweden striker will depart the Red Devils in the summer Jose Mourinho says the decision over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic rests with the player, but the veteran striker is expected to leave Manchester United at the end of his contract.Injuries have restricted Ibrahimovic to a single Premier League start this term, in the home Boxing Day draw against Burnley, during which he was replaced at half-time.Ibrahimovic has not played since that game, although the 36-year-old has indicated he may come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mourinho handed Ibrahimovic a one-year deal in August despite his knee problems and the United manager conceded the forward is expected to depart at the end of the season, with a move to MLS mooted.”For Zlatan, we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and it will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” said Mourinho.”I think he won the right of choosing his life and his future – he’s such an amazing player with such an amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons that he could, and should, have with us. “This season has been really difficult for him. Is he injured? No, he’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy and totally ready and totally convinced that he’s in the condition to help the team at this moment? No. “But he’s such an honest guy and such a champion that he only wants to be back with that feeling of ‘I’m totally ready for it’. He’s working hard and, hopefully, his evolution brings him to that level that he wants to have a positive answer.”Ibrahimovic, who has been training with United, is not expected to play in Monday’s Premier League match away to Crystal Palace, but the striker thinks he could be back in action soon.”I feel good, I’ve been training with the team for two weeks and it feels good,” Ibrahimovic told Swedish media. “I need to practice, exercise and play to put the movements in my head.”Get more match-like situations because I’ve been away for quite some time now.”Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will also miss the trip to Selhurst Park.
Serie A Gattuso has restored AC Milan’s identity – Shevchenko Alex Fisher 21:52 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Milan Milan v Arsenal Genoa v Milan Arsenal Genoa UEFA Europa League The former striker insists that the ex-midfielder has made the Italian giants great again Andriy Shevchenko has praised former AC Milan team-mate Gennaro Gattuso for turning around the Rossoneri’s fortunes since replacing Vincenzo Montella.Milan were failing to reach their potential earlier in the campaign after plenty of pre-season investment, the club bringing in the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva.Montella was sacked in November with Gattuso stepping up from the youth team to lead the fallen giants. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It took him a while to get some consistency in Milan’s displays, but since the turn of the year they have been one of the form teams in Serie A and are closing in on a European place.Milan are now unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions as they prepare to face Arsenal in the Europa League last 16, and Shevchenko says it is all down to Gattuso.”Rino [Gattuso] changed the face of Milan,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.”He gave them their identity back, as well as a sense of belonging. He wants his players to be competitive and aggressive: he was like that as a player, so I’m not surprised.”He’s someone who won’t give up even a millimetre. Rino’s not afraid of anything, he’s been given his chance and he’s taking advantage of it.”I hope he takes Milan to the Champions League next season, even if a derby between Dynamo Kiev and Milan wouldn’t be easy for me.”
Bayern München Lewandowski breaks Elber’s goal record at Bayern Munich Stephen Creek 00:58 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Hamburger SV Hamburger SV The Poland striker’s hat-trick against Hamburg earned him the title of highest-scoring foreign player in the club’s history Robert Lewandowski has become the highest-scoring foreign player in Bayern Munich’s history after overtaking Giovane Elber.The Polish star scored a hat-trick in Bayern’s Bundesliga clash with Hamburg to take his total goal tally to 142 goals in 182 games across all competitions.His triple helped Bayern to a dominant 6-0 victory, keeping them 20 points clear of nearest challengers Schalke in the Bundesliga table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Having started the day level with Elber in Bayern’s all-time record books, Lewandowski’s treble means he now holds the distinction outright. Elber enjoyed six goal-laden years at Bayern between 1997 and 2003.The Brazilian moved to Lyon having scored 139 goals in 265 games for Bayern, making Lewandowski’s feat of breaking the record in 83 games fewer all the more impressive.The former Borussia Dortmund star also needed less than four seasons to set the record, two fewer than his predecessor.Another week, another record for @lewy_official … https://t.co/R6NgqAvrrh — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 10, 2018 Lewandowski, however, still has some way to go before he can challenge the overall Bayern scoring record. The striker currently lies fourth in the all-time standings, with team-mate Thomas Muller the next target on 171. Rainer Ohlhauser and current Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge lie further ahead on 215 and 218 respectively, but more than 300 goals clear looms the legendary Gerd Muller, who smashed an incredible 564 goals during his career at Die Roten.
Blogger Beth Kanter helped raise nearly $50,000 in the past three weeks for her favorite cause, the Sharing Foundation, with a Network for Good charity badge. I could not be happier today, first, because Cambodia is a cause close to my heart (I covered it as a journalist in the late 1990s) and second, because it shows the power of personal fundraising. According to Beth:There was lots of help from the Sharing Foundation family – board members, volunteers, and supporters — especially TSF’s founder, Dr. Hendrie, whose relentess attention to campaign made it successful. In addition, we received lots of support and help from the Cambodian adoptive parent community and their families, churches, synagogues, fellow employees, golf buddies, quilting clubs, book clubs, parents of their children’s school mates, high school and college friends, and beyond. The Cambodian American community also rallied for us too! The beauty of people-to-people fundraising is that it is based in two-way communication; it is a conversation between individuals rather than a speech from an organization. It puts your message in the mouth of the person most likely to prompt a donation: someone the audience knows. There are two useful social psychology theories at work here: liking and reciprocation. In a great book on these theories, Influence: Science and Practice, author and social psychologist Robert Cialdini explains liking this way: “People prefer to say yes to individuals they know and like.” He says we like people who are similar to us, who praise us, who are in frequent contact with us, who share common connections to us and – shallow as it is – people who are physically attractive. Pair this idea of liking with the principle of reciprocation, which states, “people give back to you the kind of treatment they have received from you.” It’s no mistake, says Cialdini, that a synonym for “thank you” is “much obliged.” When we like someone and perceive they’ve treated us well, we’re likely to return the favor. Cialdini uses lots of examples from sales in his book, but liking and reciprocation are also integral to our own work as fundraisers. His work shows us that it is a fundamental part of human nature to want to help people close to us and close to our experience. The fundraising work of the Sharing Foundation certainly shows what happens when liking and reciprocation are at work, when community members rally others, and when it’s easy and fast to make a difference. Think about who could be your best messenger – it’s probably someone outside your office, in a community of their own. Ask them to spread your message in the new year. It’s a good resolution to keep.
World Cup Neuer & Boateng out, Sane in: How Germany must rebuild after World Cup disaster Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty/Goal World Cup Germany South Korea v Germany South Korea Leroy Sané Opinion Die Mannschaft suffered a shock exit after winning just one of their group games and now face a huge rebuild ahead of Euro 2020 There is a little crest above the player number on the front of Germany’s World Cup jerseys. It denotes the current World Cup champions and is a special badge worn only by the holders.But until a new champion is crowned on July 15, this special crest will be nowhere to be seen in Russia. Germany’s humiliating exit from the tournament ensures a new team will earn the right to wear it on their chest, while Die Mannschaft must adjust to life with a new-look jersey.The nature of their elimination also means there will be plenty more adjustments for Germany in the next four years as they look firstly at Euro 2020 and then to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, trying to rebuild from the ruins of their worst World Cup in 80 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar But where exactly do they go from here? What needs to be changed once they recover from the shock?Germany players who should be droppedDespite the 2018 squad retaining some of the players who lifted the World Cup four years earlier, the 23-man panel Joachim Low brought to this summer’s tournament is not actually heavily-skewed towards players in their 30s. Manuel Neuer (32), Mario Gomez (32) and Sami Khedira (31) are the three oldest squad members, with the latter two unlikely to be around for the next World Cup.Neuer admitted in the mixed zone after the 2-0 defeat to South Korea that he had no plans to retire from international football and is likely to continue to play for many more years. He remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but with Die Mannschaft now needing to look to their medium and long-term future, should be no longer considered the guaranteed starter for his country.Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen has proved his abilities at club level and just turned 26 in April, making him a relatively young shot stopper with the potential to get even better in the next few years. Low selected Kevin Trapp as third-choice goalkeeper, but he is a substitute at PSG and could well be overtaken in the pecking order if Bernd Leno can get off to a good start at Arsenal.Jerome Boateng’s World Cup ended in disgrace as he was sent off against Sweden, forcing Low to play three different centre-back partnerships across the three group games. He is not the player he once was, with Bayern Munich ready to let him leave the club due to the fact they see 22-year-old Niklas Sule as a better option for the future. Germany should also jettison the 29-year-old, who has lost some of his pace and was left exposed to counter-attacking opponents in Russia.Mats Hummels is just a few months younger and could be reaching the end of his international career, while Mesut Ozil is another player due to turn 30 in 2018. The Arsenal midfielder was the centre of controversy before the tournament and did little on the pitch to distract from this, being heavily criticised by German media. He is becoming a luxury player that cannot be accommodated in the Germany XI if they want to build a new, cohesive side.With 31 goals in 78 games for his country, Gomez has been a great servant for Germany, but should not have gone to the World Cup ahead of younger, more in-form strikers despite his dressing room influence. He will likely retire from international football, allowing younger forwards to take his place.Germany players who should be called upLow only brought two proper strikers to the World Cup – 32-year-old Gomez and 22-year-old Werner. The latter’s pace was wasted as he was forced out wide by deep defending opponents, with his 31 first-half touches against South Korea all coming on the flanks. Neither striker scored in Russia, which should not be surprising considering they only had 22 goals between them in the entire 2017-18 Bundesliga season.The league’s runner-up in the top scorer race behind Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was Nils Petersen. He was handed his international debut in the pre-tournament friendly against Brazil before being cut from the final squad. However, he also turns 30 this year, so is not a long-term option.Instead, Germany could look to the three players who finished just a goal behind him in the Bundesliga, with 14 goals apiece. All of Niklas Fullkrug, Mark Uth and Kevin Volland are in their mid 20s, coming off their most productive seasons ever and can provide different options in attack to either replace or partner Werner.The biggest omission from Germany’s final 23-man squad was Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. With Germany needing width in the third game, Low decided to start central midfielder Leon Goretzka out wide. This failed spectacularly as the new Bayern Munich signing is not a natural fit for the position, whereas Sane scored 10 times and assisted 15 more to help Pep Guardiola’s side win the Premier League.Julian Brandt was taken to Russia in his place, showing glimpses of talent in brief cameos from the bench, but was ultimately wasted by Low. Sane would not have solved all of Germany’s problems at the World Cup but surely would have brought something different to a lacklustre attack.In 2017, Germany lifted both the Confederations Cup and the Under-21 European Championships with young, energetic sides. Many of these players should be under consideration for the senior squad. Emre Can, Kerem Demirbay and Max Meyer should be considered for inclusion in midfield, Jonathan Tah, Thilo Kehrer and Mitchell Weiser in defence and Serge Gnabry, Davie Selke and Max Philipp in attack.There were many calls for Philipp Max’s inclusion before the tournament, following an excellent season at left-back for Augsburg, but he has yet to make his international debut. Germany have plenty of young players coming through, but they need to be given time to adapt to international football – the Nations League kicks off in September and is the perfect time to bring through a new generation of players.Should Low stay as Germany manager?Before Germany’s final group game, DFB President Reinhard Grindel insisted that no matter what happened, the German football federation would honour its new deal with Low. “We decided before the World Cup for the contract extension, because we believe that the change that will take place after the World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the tournament, cannot be done better by anyone other than Jogi Low,” he told WAZ.However, when he said that, he was probably not expecting elimination before the knockout stage. His stance has eased somewhat, claiming that the DFB will hold discussions with the head coach in the next few days to decide what to do next.Low has not become a terrible manager overnight. He had reached at least the semi-finals of every previous tournament he had guided Germany to, but perhaps had gotten too comfortable in the role by the time the 2018 World Cup came around. The 58-year-old has the ability to get Germany back to its best, but may not be allowed continue after the embarrassing nature of their exit.The big problem for Germany is who would replace Low if they do get rid of him. They are unlikely to hire a non-German to be their next manager and all the best German coaches are under contract and unlikely to leave their clubs.Jurgen Klopp is the best choice for the job, but will definitely not quit Liverpool when he is trying to build a legacy there. Julian Nagelsmann has already agreed to join RB Leipzig in 2018-19 and is too young, which is probably also the case for Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco. Ex-players do not have enough experience, while Low’s coaching staff are not big enough names to earn a promotion. The 2014-winning assistant Hansi Flick was a methodical mind whose absence was obvious this summer, but has moved into a backroom job with the DFB and has not held a management job in over a decade.The time is right for Low to go, but there is probably nobody suitable or available to take over.How Germany should look at Euro 2020The problem in two years’ time could once again be an abundance of attacking talent but the need to shoe-horn in Werner making things difficult. Will Germany decide to stick with a 4-2-3-1 and a lone frontman? Could they attempt to replicate Leipzig’s 4-2-2-2 approach so Werner has a partner? Or will they move away from four-at-the-back like they did in the Confederations Cup?Many of the current crop could be gone by 2020, but Toni Kroos should definitely be retained despite making mistakes in Russia. He scored their fantastic winner against Sweden and kept things ticking over in midfield while his team-mates stuttered.Brandt needs more time than just substitute roles, while Goretzka will battle for a midfield spot against the likes of Gundogan, Can and Sebastian Rudy. Sane is a definite starter if he continues his club form, with Gnabry a brilliant option from the benchA 3-4-2-1 would also provide more defensive cover, meaning Joshua Kimmich could rove further forward and not have to track back as often, while questions over Max’s defensive failings would not be as big of an issue with him providing crosses and set-piece deliveries to create goals.
Transfers ‘Fellaini isn’t final title jigsaw piece for Man Utd’ – Neville supports new contract but only in squad role Chris Burton 08:36 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Premier League The former Red Devils defender is pleased to see the Belgian staying at Old Trafford but believes he will remain little more than a squad player Marouane Fellaini will “contribute” for Manchester United after signing a new two-year contract but can hardly be considered “the final piece” of a title-winning jigsaw, says Gary Neville.After several months of uncertainty regarding his future plans, the Belgium international has committed his immediate future to the Red Devils by penning fresh terms.He had been poised to drop into the free agent pool, with Premier League rivals Arsenal among those reported to be keen on acquiring the versatile performer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Neville believes retaining the 30-year-old is good business for United, as he has proved to be a useful asset under Jose Mourinho, but more is required if a challenge for the Premier League crown is to be sustained in 2018-19.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “Well he [Mourinho] wanted to keep him as a part of the club.“There was talk about if he was leaving, from my point of view it wouldn’t have made too much difference.“I don’t think he’s the final piece of the jigsaw which gets Manchester United back to winning the title.“He is someone, who within a squad of 22 players, can contribute during a season.“There’s always a lot of exposure of Marouane Fellaini in his position at Manchester United.“The reality is he does contribute during the season – if they needed to go long in a game, he can do it.“If he is part of a midfield pool of four or five players, then I’m satisfied with that.”United have already bolstered their midfield ranks this summer with the £52.5 million ($70m) signing of Brazil international Fred.They have, however, lost Michael Carrick to retirement, so further additions are expected.Mourinho is currently away on punditry duty at World Cup 2018, though, with recruitment drives across the globe set to be stepped up once the action in Russia comes to a close.
The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating an injury suffered by a man as he was arrested by Halifax Regional Police in Dartmouth. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, police stopped a car on Chappell Street, between Richard Street and Wyse Road, in Dartmouth, and arrested a 47-year-old man on an outstanding warrant. There was a physical struggle between the man and police officers. At that time, no significant physical injuries were detected. The man received medical attention later in the day, and three days later it was discovered he had rib fractures. After receipt of this new information, the man contacted the SIRT and an investigation began today, Dec. 21. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 902-424-2010. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. SIRT can independently launch an investigation or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As he assessed his state’s winning effort to lure 25,000 Amazon jobs to northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said the key may not have been the hundreds of millions of dollars that were promised if the company delivered on its job-creation promises — indeed, many states offered much richer incentive packages.Instead, he said what made Virginia’s bid distinct was “investments in our people,” particularly a $1 billion Virginia Tech University graduate campus to be built near the new Amazon headquarters that will churn out hundreds of qualified high-tech workers annually.“Virginia’s proposal to Amazon represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century,” Northam said in a celebratory press event Tuesday in an old warehouse that will be knocked down to create Amazon office space. “The vast majority of the commonwealth’s proposal is investments in our people that will align with Amazon’s long-term goals.”The linchpin of that investment is the “Innovation Campus” planned for the Potomac Yard neighbourhood of Alexandria, just a couple miles south of where Amazon will be.The campus will be part of Virginia Tech, and the first 100 master’s degree students will enrol next year in temporary space. When it’s finished, the campus will enrol 750 master’s degree candidates, train hundreds of doctoral students and will include on-campus housing, officials said.Stephanie Landrum, director of economic development in Alexandria, suggested that when Virginians look back on Tuesday’s announcement, the establishment of the Virginia Tech campus may be even more monumental than Amazon’s arrival. She said the campus will not only feed Amazon but other tech companies that have been drawn to the region, and are diversifying the region’s economy from its large reliance on the federal government and defence spending.Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat who represents the area, said he expects the campus to eventually rival Ivy League schools and MIT in prestige for developing high-quality tech workers.“The reason Amazon is coming is that they see already the talent that is here in northern Virginia,” Beyer said.Virginia Tech said the plans for the Innovation Campus mesh perfectly with the university’s longstanding plans to increase its footprint in northern Virginia and meet demand for computer science and other high-tech degrees. Amazon’s other new headquarters will be built in a New York City neighbourhood that is near a new technology-oriented graduate school called Cornell Tech.“We need to be where our partners are,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “Here we have the opportunity to be within 2 miles of Amazon.”The plan calls for the state and Virginia Tech to each commit $250 million to the campus. The rest will be raised through philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships, officials said.In neighbouring Arlington County, where Amazon will be physically located, officials echoed the sentiment that the incentives offered to Amazon mesh with existing plans for infrastructure and transportation improvements, and long-term plans to remake the Crystal City neighbourhood.Arlington’s incentive package — which includes hundreds of millions in transportation improvements, many of which were already included in long-range plans — is designed not so much to lure Amazon with cash but to ensure Amazon and the county have a mutually beneficial environment, said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.“This announcement not only aligns with our existing plans and serves Amazon’s needs but will also benefit our Arlington community,” Cristol said.Still, the incentive package was met by some with skepticism that the planned transportation improvements will be insufficient to alleviate traffic and that the incentives still amount to corporate welfare.“We’re going to be enriching some of the wealthiest people in the world at the expense of Virginians who work hard to make ends meet,” said Del. Lee Carter, a Democrat who represents Manassas and bills himself as a democratic socialist. “We’re going to crowd schools, clog roads, and we’re paying for the privilege.”Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press