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6 steps to transform your company culture

first_imgCompany culture can’t be rigid and unadaptable, or the company will fail. An outstanding company culture requires outstanding leadership, and changing the company culture requires leaders who recognize the real need for change, and who aren’t afraid of it. Outstanding leadership demonstrates maturity: conviction, diligence, focus, optimism, and the ability to handle uncertainty.Leaders are able and willing to make positive changes to corporate culture to evolve with the times.Immature leadership, by contrast, does not bode well for strong corporate culture. Lack of leadership skills, illegal or unethical behavior, or character flaws are common to immature or ineffective leaders. Character and honor are between difficult to impossible to recover once compromised, and the executive leader falls from grace from a particularly dangerous height.Assuming your company has strong, mature leadership, transforming your company’s culture takes six critical steps. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Samsung Heavy to Build Two LNG Carriers for Celsius Tankers

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has secured a contract for the construction of two 180,000 cbm LNG carriers for Denmark’s Celsius Tankers. In addition, the contract includes two options.Celsius Tankers, which will pay USD 187 million for each of the vessels, is making its entry into the LNG business with this order.As explained, the LNG carriers will be equipped with Mark-Ⅲ Flex type containment system with re-liquefaction to lower BOR. The vessels will be also equipped for environmental regulations such as SCR and BWTS.They will also feature fuel-saving saving technologies including optimized hull design and propulsion customized for the owners’ operational needs.According to the shipbuilder, Celsius newbuildings will be the world’s first LNG carriers to be equipped with Samsung’s air lubrication system SAVER Air.Air lubrication systems are energy saving equipment that spray air at the bottom of the ship to form air layer between the hull surface and sea water to reduce frictional force. SHI has previously applied SAVER in 23,000 TEU mega containership order for MSC in 2017.According to Clarksons Research, gas carrier and containership newbuilding orders are set to increase with a steady global economy and seaborne trade growth. Strong LNG carrier spot rates and increasing usage of LNG as fuel as well as gas demands in power generation point at strong LNG carrier newbuilding market for years to come.“SHI would continue to secure LNGC orders with more available slots and technological edge,” a SHI representative said.SHI’s orderbook for 2018 now stands at 31 vessels and USD 3.3 billion, including seven LNG carriers, eight containerships, thirteen tankers, and three special purpose ships.last_img read more

The Latest: Ohio Valley Conference makes fall postponements

first_imgThe Latest: Ohio Valley Conference makes fall postponements All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31.The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days.___ All fans must wear face masks.___Boxing and mixed martial arts competition may resume in California after the state athletic commission approved new safety regulations for the coronavirus pandemic.The commission will require a “quarantine bubble” around participants in every event, including referees and judges. The events also must be held without fans.Golden Boy plans to stage a boxing show Friday night in Indio as the first event since the end of the combat sports suspension. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his minor welterweight title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in the main event. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports That does not include a decision yet on OVC football due to what the league calls “existing contractual matters.”The OVC Board of Presidents announced the decision Wednesday. This delays the fall schedule for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis. The delay also applies to the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball. The board will be monitoring the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the OVC’s plans are supported by current medical evidence and guidance.___Mississippi athletic staffers, including football coach Lane Kiffin and men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis, will temporarily take double-digit pay cuts. Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine.Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month.Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. Petrescu played at Chelsea for five years from 1995-2000.___Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers with 84 RBIs and tying for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.Dozier said in a statement that he had been feeling “a couple of symptoms that go with the virus” and is now following the medical team’s direction by quarantining. He will need to test negative twice before returning to the club. “It’s not smooth, believe me,” he added. “I’m hoping that it’ll get easier — I don’t think it will.”___Two Phoenix Suns players — guard Ricky Rubio and forward Aron Baynes — revealed on Wednesday that they have tested positive for COVID-19.Rubio has been cleared and joined the team in Florida following a positive result in Phoenix. The team’s starting point guard was able to practice beginning Tuesday but wasn’t sure how much he would play in the team’s upcoming scrimmages.Baynes is still in Phoenix and said in a video interview with Stadium that he’s “trying to pass some steps to get re-united with the team out there in Orlando.” He said he hasn’t tested “passable” in about 30 days. Baynes said he the coronavirus hit him pretty hard and he “slept for four days straight” but he’s starting to feel better now. He said his wife and two kids also tested positive but had “very minimal” symptoms.___Toledo says football coach Jason Candle has tested positive for the coronavirus. The school says Candle will spend next 10 days self-isolating at home.A statement released Wednesday by the university says Candle isn’t showing any symptoms, and that he contracted the virus from someone outside the athletic department.___ ___The Atlanta Falcons have told season ticket holders that the team plans to have as many as 10,000 to 20,000 fans at home games this season.The Falcons said in Wednesday’s email that the reduced capacity meets local requirements as well as the social distancing guidelines set by the NFL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Season ticket holders who are current on their payments will be asked to rank the first four home games they’d like to attend, if any.The team says plans could be affected by changes in the coronavirus pandemic. Barring changes, the team plans to send a second survey in October for the final four home games. Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of college basketball game scheduled in China this November.Tulane was slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai.A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event, Alibaba and the Federation of University Sport of China.The decision to call off the game also comes amid rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The US State Department this week ordered China to close its consulate in Houston after the indictments of Chinese hackers who’ve allegedly sought to steal coronavirus vaccine research being done by institutions in Texas.China has condemned the order to close its Houston consulate and warned of a firm response.center_img The Royals still have catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, catching prospect Nick Dini and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo on the injured list with COVID-19. All-Star catcher Salvador Pérez, starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis, and third baseman Matt Reynolds tested positive but have been cleared to return.___Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus.Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday.Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice on Wednesday. July 22, 2020 He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose and that he’s feeling great now and ready to get to work with the Rockets, who open the season July 31 against Dallas.Westbrook, who wore a mask as he spoke to the media despite being inside the NBA bubble, urged people not take the coronavirus lightly and to wear a mask.“I’m not a doctor nor a specialist, but I do know that it’s definitely something to take very seriously,” he said. “To understand that wearing a mask can be between life or death honestly … there are people dying from this virus each and every day and it’s something that we all need to take very, very seriously.”___Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead. Associated Press ___Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been taken to the hospital.He will remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours.Petrescu currently coaches Romanian club CFR Cluj. Fourteen staff members and players at the club have tested positive in recent days. Three of those have since tested negative but will remain under observation.Clubs are considering suspending the Romanian league as the country registers a growing number of virus infections. There were 1,030 new cases in the last 24 hours. That is the highest amount since the pandemic reached Romania in February. “It’s a tough decision,” Davis said. “It’s not easy. It’s kind of boring sitting here not doing what I signed up to do.” New York opens the 60-game regular season Friday at home against Atlanta.Davis said he’s “very much in contact” with all the players and especially manager Luis Rojas and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater, who is subbing on site at Citi Field.Mets staffers send videos to Davis of batting practice and simulated games.“I do have a chance to watch what they’re doing on the field while I’m not there, and if there’s something that I see that I need to talk to someone about, then I will text them first and then call them and we’ll have conversations,” Davis said. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed the start of competition for fall Olympic sports until Sept. 17, and the league also plans to compete in conference only for women’s soccer and volleyball. The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020.Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger initially reported the cuts. Ole Miss confirmed Wednesday that staffers making $100,000 or more will take a 10% pay cut starting Oct. 1.Athletic director Keith Carter, Kiffin, Davis and baseball coach Mike Bianco will take 15 percent cuts.___New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus.The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home during the pandemic, doing his best to help Mets hitters throughout their summer training camp in New York this month. On a video conference call with reporters, he said he’s at risk due to underlying health conditions that he preferred to keep private.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Virginia beats Gardner-Webb but remains motivated by critics

first_imgHunter led all scorers with 23 points and served as Virginia’s most consistent force throughout the contest. Mamadi Diakite emerged with 13 second-half points, the clear beneficiary of a halftime adjustment to attack the paint.While the Cavaliers were relieved to rid the King Kong-sized monkey off their collective backs, at the end of the day they were still just a 1-seed going out and doing what 1-seeds have always done. So Guy plans to keep his avatar for the foreseeable future, waiting for a potential national championship victory to move himself past the symbol of his darkest moment.“[The picture] is not just for that game,” he said. “That’s for everyone who has ever doubted me. Obviously, they doubted us last year, and they doubted us this year because of that loss. That chip on my shoulder will never leave, but at the same time, we’re past it. There’s more to play.” COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kyle Guy has no plans to change his Twitter picture.The image of Guy crouched in shock as UMBC players celebrated their 16-seed upset of his 1-seed Cavaliers will remain until a date to be determined. There is still unfinished business. Unlike last year, No. 1 Virginia’s season is alive after the first round, its title aspirations intact following a 71-56 win over No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Friday in South Region play. That’s not to say it was easy for the Cavaliers (30-3) to bounce back against an underdog opponent. They trailed by double digits late in the first half and entered halftime down by six a year removed from becoming the first top-seeded team to ever fall to No. 16 in the NCAA Tournament.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule”We came in knowing real well we were in for a battle,” said Virginia’s Ty Jerome. “[Gardner-Webb] punched us in the mouth, but we were punched before. It was about doing what we do and staying united.”With just over six minutes to go in the first half, Virginia faced a 14-point deficit. The pro-Gardner-Webb crowd seemingly increased in volume with every bucket.This time, though, Virginia remained level-headed.”I think this year you saw the growth of this team,” Guy said. “Nobody panicked. Last year it was like, ‘Oh, s—, this may happen.’ We all panicked. This year we were like, ‘Oh, s—, this is going to happen again,’ but nobody panicked.”Despite finishing the half strong, the Cavaliers trailed at the break. Last year, of course, they were tied with UMBC at the half before allowing 53 second-half points in a 74-54 defeat. There was no repeating that disappointment, though. Virginia went on a 25-5 run to begin the second half and forced five turnovers in five minutes. De’Andre Hunter laid down a monster dunk, and everything felt normal again, like it had before Gardner-Webb (23-12) landed haymakers in the opening 15 minutes of the game.BENDER: Cincinnati in familiar spot after first-round exit”That’s a pressure, and there’s no doubt about it,” coach Tony Bennett said. “When you’re in that spot, you feel the crowd. It’s something we had to go through. I’m glad I’m up here this year feeling differently. It’s the beauty of the tournament.”last_img read more

Heisler: Can the Warriors navigate a real test of their greatness?

first_imgIn this, the Warriors Era, brief as it has been at four seasons and counting, they have been everything the NBA could hope for in a marquee team.They’ve been entertaining, changing the game with their up-tempo style and 3-point shooting firepower.They’ve been lovable, led by Steph Curry, the first NBA superstar you could describe as “cuddly.”They’ve been great, posting win totals of 67-73-67 en route to three consecutive NBA Finals, of which they won two … and they would have won all of them if they hadn’t blown a 3-1 lead in 2016 after Draymond Green got himself suspended for Game 5. Unhappily, the matchup being in the conference finals leaves the real Finals looking like an anti-climax, raising the question of whether the league shouldn’t finally seed the playoffs regardless of conference.Departure from tradition that it would be, it would solve the age-old problem of anti-climactic East-West imbalance … which once tilted Eastward but not lately … while ensuring that any team deserving of a Finals berth has the chance to prove it.The over/under for this year’s Finals looks like five games, even if they’re weeks away and we won’t know which of the remaining four teams will be there. Whether it’s the young Celtics without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward or the Cavaliers with little more than LeBron, winning more than one game against the Warriors or Rockets looks like an upset.If the trick for the Warriors is reaching the Finals, not winning them, it comes after a long season with Kerr braced for trouble after three long postseasons.After beating second-place San Antonio by margins of 11-6-6 in the West, the Warriors saw Houston blow past them – and pulled up in the stretch, going 44-14 before the All-Star break, 14-10 after it. Kerr had to use 27 starting lineups, compared to 24 combined the previous three seasons, even with personnel changes like KD’s 2016 arrival. Curry left with a knee injury in early March and wasn’t back until the second round of the playoffs.Even with Kerr intent on biding his time, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick cites a dispirited one-sided loss to Indiana in April when the boyish coach bristled at their “pathetic” performance, noting it’s hard to win “if you don’t put forth any effort at all.”And now, the Rockets.The Warriors won Game 1 in Houston as Durant scored 37 points and the press ganged up on the Rockets for playing so much isolation.The Rockets won Game 2 by 22 as the press ganged up on Curry, who suddenly wasn’t getting good looks, going 2 for 13 from 3-point range in the first two games.Kerr, asked what percentage of Steph’s problem is his knee, joked, “13.7 percent” – perhaps just to show that things weren’t so dire he’d lost his sense of humor.Unfortunately for the Warriors, their wondrous pre-KD ball movement, which saw Draymond average 9.5 assists during the 2015-16 season, has devolved to throwing Durant the ball and making the occasional cut.Durant isn’t really a 7-footer as Houston Coach Mike D’Antoni keeps calling him. He was 6-9 in stocking feet at the 2007 pre-draft camp but with his length, high release and huge advantage over P.J. Tucker or whoever from D’Antoni’s small-ball lineup is assigned to defend him, KD looks like a 3-point shooting Wilt Chamberlain.It remains to be seen if the Warriors are as great with KD as they were before him. On one hand, he’s a No. 1 option who can always get a shot and get to the line in the clutch. On the other, their ball movement, which surpassed that of the Spurs as the best the game has ever seen, isn’t the same.For better or worse, they’re now dependent on KD. Green all but made it official, trademarking a new name for their starters – “the Hampton 5” – who met on Long Island recruiting Durant in 2016 (Curry, Green, KD, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson).That’s not quite the Basketball of Tomorrow the Warriors have been emblematic of … as proclaimed by Lacob in a 2016 New York Times profile (“We’re light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things”) … after six seasons as owner.Typically, Lacob again soared, metaphorically, ahead of his team this season, allowing himself to look past their fortunate present with KD, Steph, et al., to an uncertain future.“We’ll build around the core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t,” Lacob told Bay Area New Group’s Mark Medina, “but right now it feels pretty good.”Full-of-themselves Chicago officials talked that way in the Bulls’ 1990s heyday, signaling their players were replaceable – hastening the departure of key pieces like Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and perhaps even Michael Jordan. Never underestimate the tendency of people hearing their futures discussed over their heads to take it poorly.Great as both West finalists are, only one can sit atop the pyramid. If it’s not the Warriors, the press will really start in on them. Then we’ll see who Lacob is ahead of and by how many light-years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThey’ve been big box office with the three highest Finals TV ratings in the last 13 years for an Oakland-Cleveland ugly-duckling matchup against LeBron James and his supporting cast.The Warriors are building San Francisco glamor into their future with their self-funded $1 billion arena in the city, which will open in 2019.They made themselves financial giants with Forbes valuing the franchise at $3.1 billion, just behind the Lakers’ $3.3 billion, and ticket prices in the new arena set to jump 33 percent – along with a $35,000 “membership fee” for the honor of paying for the premium seats, which is refundable and serves as a mammoth interest-free loan.They’ve also been insufferable despite the presence of all-world good guys Curry, Kevin Durant and Coach Steve Kerr with owner Joe Lacob periodically trumpeting their greatness – or, actually, his greatness – as if reminding everyone who’s Numero Uno.Happily for the NBA, the Warriors now have a real test of their greatness, tied 1-1 with Houston going into Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, after having finished seven games behind the Rockets during the regular season.last_img read more