When Gerhard Bradner realized he couldn’t deliver his passengers on time to Denver International Airport – he did the next best thing. The Frontier Airline pilot ordered 38 pizzas for his 160 hungry passengers (out of his own pocket) and delivered a flight experience they will never forget. Frontier Airlines Flight 719, from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport bound for Denver, was already one hour behind schedule when stormy weather in the Denver area forced the plane to divert to Cheyenne Regional Airport in Wyoming. Sensing the frustration of his stranded passengers, Gerhard Bradner took action. According to Logan Marie Thomas, a passenger aboard the diverted flight, he announced, “Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.”After the passenger’s pizza party aboard the Airbus A320 aircraft, Flight 719 departed Cheyenne at approximately 10:30 p.m. and landed at Denver International Airport just past midnight.Since then, Bradner’s gesture of generosity has him landed him and Frontier Airlines international fame. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Bradner humbly stated, “No, I am not a hero. I just ordered pizza.” Bradner has now been reimbursed for his rather large pizza order by Frontier Airlines.
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One the most effective competitive displacement strategies available to you is to make the case for change.If your dream client could produce better results by doing what they are currently doing, they’d already be producing those results. If your competitor was aware of what they could be doing to help produce those better results–and if they cared enough to do so–they’d have already initiated those changes.When people need things to be better than they are, they are looking for change. They want a different result, and when they are serious about that change and ready to act, they make changes that allow them to do something better. This is when your dream client is most susceptible to change and your competitor is exposed to being displaced.But this isn’t about your competitor. It’s about you. What do you do when you are exposed to the risk of being displaced to the message of “Why change now?”I have written about the need to go from quarter to quarter, and year to year, always creating new value. You don’t counter a “Why change now” strategy with a “Why you should stay us with us” message.” You protect yourself from that threat with a “Why we need to change” message.The difference here is one of being reactive, on your back foot, trying to defend yourself from the knock out punch, or one of being on your front foot, being the effective aggressor, initiating change, never resting on your laurels, and dealing with the threat of complacency so you don’t have to deal with the losing a client.When you initiate change, creating the next plan for improvement and making changes on your side, you are protecting yourself from threats. You are also building the new value that creates the case for change, for improvements on your side and your clients, before anything that gives rise to the risk of you losing your client to the “why change now” message.If you are already recommending change, then you are proactively protecting yourself from downside risks… Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.
Pullela Gopi Chand was unable to win an Olympic medal himself, but on Saturday he realised a dream as his ward Saina Nehwal clinched a historic bronze medal in London.”It has been a long journey for Saina. It still seems like yesterday she had lost the quarter-final in Beijing and here she is today with a bronze medal for herself and the country,” coach Gopi told Mail Today.Showing almost no sign of emotion, Gopi was extremely happy that a sport which he has been associated with for almost two decades has got glory for the country.”It’s incredible. Winning a medal in badminton in the Olympics is huge and Saina has put in a very good effort,” he said.Asked about the conversation he had with Saina after her loss in the semi-finals to Wang Yihan, the proud coach said: “I told her all was not lost and she should focus on the bronze medal play-off. Today, the entire nation can celebrate the success.”At a time when in almost every sport there is a clamour for foreign coaches, Saina has stuck with Gopi. “It’s a very special relationship with Saina. We have been working together for years and from Beijing to here, it has been a long journey. There are several areas we worked together on, though it’s well known now how she has laboured on her fitness and speed,” said Gopi.So, would badminton become more popular thanks to Saina? “I would be most happy if Saina’s medal can spur on the youngsters, and a whole new generation. There has to be belief that we Indians can do it and more parents should push their children into this sport,” added Gopi.advertisementIn his view, Saina still has a lot more to achieve. “She is still young and has many more tournaments to play this year. But looking ahead, with an Olympic medal to boast of, she can look at those events where she has not done well,” he said.The Asian Games and All England Championship should figure in that list.
Mary Kom created history on Saturday as she clinched the gold medal in the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.Fighting in front of a massive crowd, Mary Kom lived up to all the expectations and gave the fans exactly what they came to watch as she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg title fight.The 35-year-old broke into tears after she was adjudged the winner by unanimous decision and thanked the crowd for coming in large numbers to support her.World Boxing Championships Final, Live Updates”First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent. Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48 kg category.”I had to jump to other categories. The effort was very challenging for me. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I wasn’t able to qualify for Rio Games. I am still suffering.Mary Kom creates history with 6th gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships”I can easily give a gold in the 48 kg category, but 51 kg, it’s difficult because other boxers may have a height advantage,” an emotional Mary Kom said after the bout.Mary is now the most successful female boxer in the tournament’s history after having clinched the gold medal in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018.advertisementAnd ’s golden lady has done it; @MangteC is the current reigning light fly champion after she defeats Ukraine’s H.Okhota in an unanimous 5:0 decision at the #WWCHs2018 grand finale! Congratulations Mary! #PunchMeinHainDum #AIBA pic.twitter.com/EcILbkgCLOBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) November 24, 2018The 35-year-old pugilist had been in a dominant form throughout the World Championship in New Delhi and it was not much of a surprise when she entered the 48kg final with a unanimous 5:0 win over Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea.World Boxing Championship: Mary Kom eyes record 6th title, Sonia aims for firstThe last time Mary and Okhota met was in September this year in the semi-final of Silesian Open in Poland, where the Indian pugilist beat the Ukrainian with a 5:0 verdict in her favour.Heading into the final, Mary Kom asked for the prayer and support of the fans and said she will prepare well for the final.”Though I have beaten her [Hanna] in Poland this year, I will definitely prepare well for the final. But I would need the prayer of all my fans; they have been fantastic and supporting me all along. I would need their prayer on Saturday, too,” Mary said after her semi-final victory.Despite the passing years, Mary has only improved her reflexes and the vast experience helps her in analysing her opponents’ game quickly. Okhota faces a stern challenge as Magnificent Mary looks set to achieve a major landmark at home.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool winger Woodburn a target for Rangers boss Gerrardby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Ben Woodburn is a target for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.The Scottish Sun says Gerrard attempted to land the attacker, 19, in the summer before his loan switch to Sheffield United.But Gerrard’s been alerted to his availability again after his old club cut short Woodburn’s season-long stay at Bramall Lane due to a lack of game time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen for the Wales international to go back out on loan.However, Rangers face stiff competition with Blackburn, Brentford, Hull, West Brom and Wigan all interested.
In a day without marquee matchups in Brazil, the World Cup game that is most likely to feature two knockout-stage teams also projects to be the biggest blowout. France vs. Ecuador is the best of an uninspiring lineup. The match that could decide who advances in Group E will feature the tournament’s most-explosive offense.Argentina vs. Nigeria 12 p.m. EDTBosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran 12 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. France 4 p.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Honduras 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFIN DEPTHFrance has been peppering opponents’ goals: It leads the tournament in per-match rates of goals and shots on target from within the area. Karim Benzema leads all players with nine such shots, a relentless performance that could earn him a big raise from Real Madrid to ward off other teams.France also played one of the easiest schedules of any team at the tournament. Its two opponents so far rank in the bottom 13 of the 32 World Cup sides in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, and in the bottom eight in defensive rating. Ecuador is no defensive stalwart, ranking right at the tournament average, but Honduras and Switzerland make it look like a steel trap.Not much is at stake for France here: It has essentially clinched a spot in the knockout stage and has a 99.7 percent chance of winning the group, thanks to its mammoth lead in goal differential. Ecuador, though, has work to do. It’s level with Switzerland at three points, and though it has the edge in goal differential, it also has the tougher opponent Wednesday. If Switzerland wins, Ecuador will have to upset France to have a chance to advance.The early games include a matchup between the top two teams in Group F, Argentina and Nigeria. The harmonic mean of these two teams’ SPI is slightly higher than for France and Ecuador. But Argentina is so much better by SPI than Nigeria that the match also projects to be the day’s biggest blowout.A tie would be mutually beneficial for Argentina and Nigeria. Argentina would guarantee itself a spot atop the group; that’s especially valuable because it will face the runner-up in Group E, and that team will probably be much weaker than the winner, which almost definitely will be France. A tie would also mean Nigeria clinches second in the group, knocking out Iran.There is precedent for thinking that when two teams meeting in the last match of the group stage can both benefit from the same outcome, that outcome will happen. It happened in 1982, when West Germany beat Austria by a 1-0 score in a match that turned farcical in front of fans who called out “fix.” And it happened at the Euros in 2004, when the 2-2 draw Denmark and Sweden needed to advance and knock out Italy materialized. Two teams can arrive at a mutually desired outcome without any planning, simply by playing until they reach that score and not pushing hard afterward.Bettors haven’t taken into account the mutual incentive for an Argentina-Nigeria draw. The consensus probability of a draw on the betting sites whose odds are compiled by Oddschecker.com was 21 percent Wednesday morning, which is also SPI’s estimate. There’s a much bigger difference for Thursday’s U.S.-Germany match, another game in which a draw would aid both teams. There, the SPI-based model says there is a 22 percent chance of a tie, while bettors think there is a 33 percent chance.Wednesday also marks the end of South America’s group stage. All six of the continent’s World Cup teams will go through to the knockout stage if Ecuador’s day goes well. CONMEBOL could even win four of the eight groups if Argentina does the expected and wins Group F, and Ecuador accomplishes the nearly impossible and wins Group E.YESTERDAYAmid the controversy surrounding Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, his team defeated Italy 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16, where Group C winner and fellow CONMEBOL member Colombia awaits.The winning goal came from Diego Godin, who scored for his country for the first time in his last 72 matches, dating to Oct. 18, 2006. But Godin is no stranger to big goals lately; he scored the goal on the final day of the La Liga season to clinch the title for Atletico Madrid, and he scored the first goal in the Champions League final for Atletico.Godin scored the winner with his head, continuing a trend. All eight of his goals for Atletico this season were headers, and six of the eight came from set pieces, as was Tuesday’s.The turning point for the match came after Italy’s Claudio Marchisio received a red card in the 59th minute. Through the 59th minute, Uruguay had created two chances and had nine touches in the attacking penalty area. From the 60th minute on, the Uruguayans had eight touches in the box and created five chances, one of which led to the winning goalBy comparison, Italy managed to create one chance and had one touch in the attacking penalty area after Marchisio’s red card. Italy had three touches in the attacking penalty area all told, its fewest in a World Cup match in at least the past 50 years.Though Suarez’s most notable action may have been with his teeth, he also contributed with his feet, posting match highs with six shots and four shots on target. He also was tied for first among all players in chances created (two) and attacking penalty-area touches (three). — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHFrom their partnerships on energy and job creation to their pacts on prisoner exchange, Nigeria and Argentina have gotten closer in recent years. This increasingly friendly relationship is reflected in trade as well. According to OECD data, exports from Argentina to Nigeria have increased significantly from 2009 (in which total exports were worth $59 million) to 2012 (total exports were worth $289 million), the most recent year for which data is available. This is surprising given that the share of higher-value exports, such as machinery, decreased in this span. But it seems that the exports of wheat, maize and soybeans (62 percent of exports to Nigeria in 2012) have grown more than enough to compensate.Trade in the opposite direction doesn’t tell quite the same story, with Nigerian exports to Argentina dropping from $204 million in 2011 to $56 million in 2012. But even that number is a remarkable increase from the $931,000 in exports that Nigeria sent Argentina in 2009. The main cause for the overall rise is the incorporation of liquefied petroleum gases into the countries’ trade agreement in 2011. This new export was so dominant that it caused the previous main export, natural rubber, to diminish from a 72 percent share in 2010 to a 0.8 percent share in 2011. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And FYour ‘Luis Suárez Bit a Guy!?’ Reaction PostIn Praise of Cristiano Ronaldo
OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIt’s rarely a bad thing to have too much depth at one position.That can most certainly be said of Ohio State’s defensive end group. With reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis returning for a fifth year to join senior Jalyn Holmes, sophomore Nick Bosa and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, the Buckeyes boast arguably the most dominant quartet of defensive ends in college football.“Is it possible to have too many?” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked, sarcastically. “On defense, I’ve never thought about it. On offense it happened here. Every time I walk into a press conference, ‘Why did he only have four touches? What about this, what about that?’ Once again, I rather have that conversation than say we don’t have anybody.”With the defensive end talent, it can make the whole defense better, regardless of the set. Redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said the ability for the Buckeyes’ defensive linemen to put tons of pressure on the quarterback — even if the pressure does not result in a sack — makes the job of everyone else on the defensive side of the ball easier.“All those interceptions that Malik (Hooker) had and other guys, Marshon (Lattimore), a lot of times it’s, ‘Oh, did you see the Marshon play?’” Worley said. “But what you didn’t see was, down one through two or the two drives before that, the quarterback was probably hit six times upside the head and he was just trying to get the ball out and guys are making plays now.”With that depth on the roster, it could be challenging to fully maximize the talent. During the spring, the concept of a line that featured the four defensive ends with redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in a heavy-loaded front five surfaced as a possibility in 2017.“Coaches like to say that we have to hold the checkers,” Meyer said on April 6. “You got five really good checkers right there, play them all at once.”Three months later, Meyer and his team are still toying with the idea of using all those playing pieces at the same time.“We have five like we have right now. I’ve kind of tapped them on the shoulder and say all those five guys are playing,” Meyer said. “It’s fun to have checkers like that, move them around.”A key aspect of the plan involves standing Hubbard up and possibly play a few steps behind the linemen. He might be built like a defensive lineman, standing at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, but he still has the athleticism to play a unique form of defensive lineman.“I’ve never had this situation and it remains to be seen and I think (defensive line coach) Larry Johnson and (defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano know how to handle it or have had conversations that I’ve been involved into,” Meyer said. “I wouldn’t call (Hubbard) a linebacker but he might be something like that. Get him on the field.”Lewis believes that even though the team will not always be able to get all four defensive ends on the field at one time, there is nothing that separates those on the field from those who have to step off.“We don’t consider them backups,” Lewis said. “They’re just another asset to the starting lineup. That’s why they’re always featured in it. With a line this deep, it’s always fresh. Fresh rotation, nobody’s afraid of anything.”It is certain the team will not always utilize all four defensive ends at the same time. There’s even a chance it is just an idea that might not come to fruition. But Meyer has seemed adamant that with all that talent, there has to be some way to maximize those players.“You look at our four D-ends right now — that doesn’t include Chase Young or Jonathon Cooper — so we have four, and unfortunately we’ll probably lose three of them (to the NFL Draft),” Meyer said. “Bosa, Jalyn Holmes is in that same category, and Sam Hubbard. We have to find a way … to get them on the field.”