Why I Deleted Your Email

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now I deleted your email because you didn’t really send it to me. There was no personalization.  You didn’t look me up on LinkedIn. You didn’t even try to know me. You didn’t even try to connect on a personal level. You’re spamming me.I deleted your email because it didn’t provide any value. Instead of creating value before claiming any, you just tried to claim. You tried to schedule an appointment without telling me what was in it for me. There was no compelling value proposition. You’re boring me.I deleted your email because you don’t really believe I am your dream client. If you did, you would have picked up the phone and called me. You would have nurtured the relationship over time, continually trying to create value for me. You’re afraid to call me.I deleted your email because responding would allow you to believe that the prospecting method you chose is effective, that it leads to engagement, that it leads to a real conversation. The sooner you decide to take prospecting seriously, the sooner you produce the results you need. I don’t want to mislead you. You’re doing it wrong.This is why I deleted your email.last_img read more

Two troopers of 18 Assam Rifles killed in Manipur blast

first_imgTwo troopers of 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six others injured in a bomb blast in Manipur’s Chandel district near the India-Myanmar border on Monday, sources in the police said.Suspected insurgents detonated a remote-controlled bomb on the roadside near the District Collectorate at 6 a.m. and Rifleman Indra Singh was killed on the spot, while Rifleman Sohalal died of his injuries within hours.The troopers, along with armed guards, were on their morning jog. Additional forces from neighbouring districts have been rushed to launch a massive combing operation.No outfit has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img

Rain or Shine makes semis, rolls past NorthPort

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Before the game started, i told the players the only thing I’m worried about is the first quarter because we haven’t played for at least three weeks,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.“I told them at any given time, you just have to step up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGarcia’s worries came true after Rain or Shine got off to a slow start but it didn’t last long with Nambatac sparking a strong second-quarter showing.Nambatac scored six of his 14 points in the second period while Daquioag and Mocon finished the game with 15 and eight points, respectively. As Final Four nears, La Salle sets sight on No. 2, twice-to-beat View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got a lift from its bench to breeze past NorthPort, 91-85, Sunday and book the first ticket to the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.Ed Daquioag, Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon came off the bench and combined for 37 points as the Elasto Painters took a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Cricketer Praveen Kumar joins Samajwadi Party, praises Akhilesh government

first_imgCricketer Praveen Kumar today Joined Samajwadi Party. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inducted him into the party ahead of the crucial UP Assembly election.Kumar said that the he met the chief minister and decided to join the party. He added that he will dedicate time and effort for the party activities.Kumar went on to praise Akhilesh Yadav stating that the chief minister has contributed a lot for the betterment of sportsmen in the state. He said that big stadiums were under construction in Lucknow and SaifaiApart from sports, Kumar said that Yadav has also worked towards all-round development of the state.Kumar currently plays for the Uttar Pradesh cricket team. He has been a part of Indian cricket team for six test matches and 68 ODIs.Sources said that Kumar is likely to contest from a Meerut assembly seat in the 2017 election.last_img read more

7 in 10 Employees Value Skills Training More than Degrees; Glassdoor Employment Confidence…

first_imgWhile 82% of college grads believe having a degree has helped them in their career, the value of an education remains an ongoing national debate. In fact, although most employees believe a degree is important, a majority of employees (72%) believe specialized training to acquire specific skills is more valuable than a degree in the workplace. This is according to Glassdoor’s Q2 2014 Employment Confidence Survey¹, revealing how employees value their own education and higher education overall as it relates to their careers and the workplace.Each quarter, the Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey also monitors four key indicators of employment confidence: salary expectations, job security, the job market and company outlook.How Employees Value EducationWhen it comes to what’s most important to advance their career and earn a bigger paycheck, more than three in five (63%) employees report learning new skills or receiving special training, compared to those who report receiving a college or graduate degree (45%), transitioning careers or looking for a new job or company (38%), and networking with professionals (34%), among other options.In addition, employers and hiring managers may be looking for something other than a specific degree as three in four (74%) employees believe their employers value work experience and related skills more than education when evaluating job candidates. Plus, half (48%) of employees with a college degree believe their specific degree is not very relevant to the job they do today, while four in five (80%) report that they have never been asked about their college GPA (grade point average) during a job interview. More than half (53%) of employees also believe a graduate degree is no longer necessary to be offered a high-paying job.Despite this, employees acknowledge that higher education still adds value in the workplace, as more than half (56%) also believe if they had a higher level of education, they would be more successful in their career.“The national conversation about the value of higher education and gainful employment is a topic alive within companies. While education is still valued as one piece of the puzzle for a successful career, we’re seeing a shift in the workplace in which most employees feel gaining the latest skills relevant to their job and industry is more valuable to help advance their careers, and they’re feeling it’s what employers are truly seeking to really help move business forward,” said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “For any employee looking to earn a bigger salary or move up the corporate ladder, they should do their research on how their industry is evolving, including identifying specific skill sets that are in demand. Going back to school may be one way to learn and improve, but there are also non-traditional ways, such as certificate programs, bootcamps, webinars, online non-degreed courses, conferences and more.”Pay Raise Expectations DropDown seven percentage points from last quarter, Glassdoor’s Q2 2014 Employment Confidence Survey reveals 37% of employees expect to receive a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months. This is down from last quarter, when it was at its highest level in more than five years at 44%. More than two in five (43%) do not expect a pay raise, while one in five (20%) are unsure.Job Market Confidence Remains High and SteadyThough employees are not as optimistic as last quarter about pay raises in the next 12 months, employees’ confidence (including those self-employed) in the job market remains steady. More than two in five (44%) employees believe it is likely they could find a job matched to their experience and current compensation levels in the next six months, remaining unchanged since Q1 2014.However, among those unemployed but looking, 32% believe it is likely they could find a job in the next six months, up from 31% since the first quarter.Check out more from our Q1 2014 Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, including our survey supplement which provides a detailed quarter-by-quarter breakdown of results.¹ The Glassdoor Employment Confidence survey is conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor. Browse Open Jobs 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Temecula, CA CNC Machine Shop Supervisor Optex Systems Richardson, TX 23 hours ago 23h 1.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.2★ Restaurant Manager Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Wilmington, NC Speech Language Pathologist Speech Pathology Group San Francisco, CA Electrician Penco Electrical Contractors Atlanta, GA Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Carmel, IN Marine Mechanic-Technician Captain Andy’s Sailing Eleele, HI Security Officer (PT) – $500 Sign-On Bonus Village Shalom Overland Park, KS 4.3★ 4.8★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN PRN – I C U Presbyterian Healthcare Services Rio Rancho, NM 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Kodiak, AKlast_img read more

Should You Take a Sabbatical?

first_img Learn More Before you take a sabbatical, it’s important to decide whether or not it’s the right time to do so. In general, it helps to be established enough in your career that you can pick right back up from where you left off, but not so senior that you would be missing out on game-changing opportunities. It can also be easier to take a sabbatical before you have certain responsibilities, like dependents or a home.Lia Saunders, owner of the travel blog Practical Wanderlust, shared how she knew the timing was right to take a sabbatical: “I don’t have dependents and I’m able to save money and take a year off — the time is perfect. I didn’t want to be on my deathbed wishing I’d traveled more and worked less. And I knew if I let myself wait until later, later might never come,” she said. “So I set myself a deadline when I started my career right out of college. I gave myself five years to get my career to a place I could leave and come back to without having to start over. Then, I committed to taking the leap, and did it!”If you’re not sure whether or not the timing is right, ask yourself these questions:Do I feel secure in my desired career path?Would taking an extended amount of time off set me back? If so, could I recover from it? Do I have any dependents? If so, will I be able to care for them when I’m not working?Are there any other obligations tying me to my current work and life situations? There isn’t one correct reason to take a sabbatical — people from all walks of life, in all stages of their careers and from all different circumstances take sabbaticals. Some of the more common reasons include:Wanting to travelWanting to take a break or rechargeWanting to spend time with familyWanting to give back or volunteerWanting to train for a new careerWanting to pursue a journey of self-discoveryThe extended time off that sabbaticals provide is a great way to explore the options above. Alternatively, you could also consider taking an extended vacation, requesting a more flexible schedule or going on medical or FMLA leave — it’s all up to you, and what you think is best for your life and your career. Think About Timing Evaluate Your Finances While there are many considerations worth taking into account before deciding to go on a sabbatical, there are undoubtedly benefits to it as well. Many of those who have taken sabbaticals come to treasure the memories they’ve made traveling, volunteering or pursuing their personal passion projects. Some simply take the time off to relax or take care of personal matters, which leaves them feeling refreshed and ready to take on new challenges at work upon their return. Others use the time to prepare for an entirely new line of work, honing the skills they need to secure their dream jobs. And still others emerge from a sabbatical with a more profound understanding of who they are and what they want out of life.“If your spirit is crying for change, and you just don’t know what that next step looks like, taking time off to simply ‘be’… to meander a while and follow your curiosities… can be incredibly renewing and insightful,” said Kim McCabe, U.S. Public Relations Lead + Brand Champion at G Adventures. “It’s only when we step off the treadmill that we can sometimes notice the subtleties on the side of the road.”center_img Common Reasons for Taking a Sabbatical Of course, you can’t take a sabbatical without thinking about how it will affect your finances. If you work for a company that offers a paid sabbatical — lucky you! — you’ll be able to continue earning a steady stream of income for however long your company policy dictates. If not, though, you’ll have to carefully reflect on your current financial state. Ideally, you should have a comfortable amount of savings already built up that won’t be completely depleted by a lack of income and expenses incurred during your sabbatical. To make sure you’re on solid financial footing, ask yourself these questions:Do I have enough money saved up to go without a steady income for a certain period of time? What will my daily/weekly/monthly budget look like while I’m on my sabbatical?Is there a way I can make money during my sabbatical? If so, how much can I reasonably expect to make?How much money do I want to have left over by the end of my sabbatical? Benefits of Taking a Sabbatical 14 Companies Offering Sabbaticals & Hiring NowHow to Talk to Your Boss About Taking a Sabbatical5 Ways to Overcome a Career Slump7 Reasons You Need to Schedule Vacation Time Now14 Cool Companies With Unlimited VacationHow to Spot Burnout Before It’s Overtaken Your Life3 Times It Makes Sense to Take a Career Risk12 Companies Hiring Now That’ll Pay You To Travel the World7 Affordable Cities Where Digital Nomads Can Live, Work & Save Money15 Companies With The Best Parental Leave Policieslast_img read more

Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.18 inches – 24 inches – 14 inches… SNOW & MORE SNOW – Is this a sign of things to come?One month has passed in 2011 and, in the midst of all the snow Boston’s been struck with, we at AYZH have been busy like never before:24 JANMA kits have been sent to Rural and Tribal Karnataka, India, thanks to support from Rotary and its members. JANMA is the clean birth kit developed by my organization, AYZH. The vision behind JANMA is that every woman should have a safe, clean, and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center, or in a government hospital. The JANMA kit is intended to give women the right to a clean delivery at a low cost. The kit focuses on “six cleans” recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO): clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating an economic opportunity in the communities we serve. JANMA is distributed through an established network of local pharmacies, clinics, and women-focused nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations.AYZH was short listed for Echoing Green (EG). Of 2,854 applications received only 7% were selected for the semi-final round. Seth Cochran, another Maternal Health Champion, has also been selected for the next round.AYZH has also been selected as a finalist at Unreasonable Institute (UI). Of 300 businesses from over 60 countries, 45 have been selected through an intensive evaluation process. We have an arduous task ahead to raise $8000 at the Unreasonable Marketplace to attend the six week intensive mentoring workshop. The first 25 organizations to raise this money will get to attend the Institute. If we are successful, not only will it help us steer our venture in the right direction, but it will also give us access to investors and mentors in the field. Please help us raise these funds by spreading the word among your networks and contributing anything over 5 dollars.Many great opportunities, like the snow in Boston, have been falling into AYZH’s hands. They will make for a very busy, but exciting year!Share this:last_img read more

MH Policy Dialogue Series Returns!

first_imgPosted on March 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, the United Nations Population Fund, and PATH for a discussion of: Please RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation. About the event“We cannot simply seek to do more of the same…using currently available tools and technologies,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in his recent Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health. In order to meet the challenges of improving maternal and child health, new tools and innovations must be developed that complement proven interventions and offer long-term solutions. The private sector’s unique capacity to develop and scale up technologies provides a significant opportunity for collaboration. The panel will discuss their experiences working across development sectors to create and disseminate innovative nutrition and health technologies for women and children and present recommendations for working with the private sector for better results.Hugh Chang, director of special initiatives at PATH, will present examples from PATH’s 30-year history of partnering with the private sector and address the effectiveness of these collaborations in meeting the needs of mothers and children. Laura McLaughlin, environmental engineer at Cascade Designs, Inc., will present a private-sector-perspective and discuss opportunities for collaboration with NGOs and governments to improve health in resource-poor-settings. Sandhya Rao, senior private sector advisor at USAID will discuss current U.S. government strategies for promoting innovation and technology to improve health and nutrition outcomes.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community.The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast on the Wilson Center’s website. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Innovations From Development to Delivery: Working With the Private Sector to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition moderated by Hugh Chang, Director for Special Initiatives, PATHLaura McLaughlin, Environmental Engineer, Cascade Designs, IncSandhya Rao, Senior Private Sector Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)center_img featuring Kari Stoever, Senior Advisor, Global Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Tuesday, March 22, 20113:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.5th Floor Conference RoomWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWlast_img read more

New Book: Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 27, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new book out this month, co-edited by our colleague Julia Hussein from the University of Aberdeen, provides global context and an analysis of interventions for improving maternal and perinatal health.Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries includes a chapter by our very own Ana Langer and should be of interest to a wide range of maternal health actors:The promotion of maternal health and mortality reduction is of worldwide importance, and constitutes a vital part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The highest maternal mortality rates are in developing countries, where global and regional initiatives are needed to improve the systems and practices involved in maternal care and medical access. Taking a practical policy approach, this book covers the background and concepts underlying efforts to improve maternal and perinatal mortality, the current global situation and problems that prevent progress. It includes case studies and examples of successful strategies, recommends good practices, and provides a critical analysis of knowledge gaps to inform areas for future research.For more information about the book, click here.Share this:last_img read more

Commentary stint over Ranji Trophy duties? Robin Uthappa clears the air

first_imgWhile his Saurashtra teammates were sweating it out at the GS Patel Stadium in Gujarat’s Nadiad against the hosts in a Ranji Trophy 2018-19 encounter, Robin Uthappa was seen wearing a commentator’s hat and analysing Wednesday’s first T20I between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.Uthappa and senior Delhi batsman Gautam Gambhir were the only two active cricketers to be part of the 15-member commentary panel for Sony Pictures India, the official broadcasters of the India-Australia tour in the subcontinent.Uthappa’s preference for commentary over domestic duty irked several fans. Questions were asked over why the 33-year-old had made himself unavailable for Ranji Trophy at a time when former cricketers are consistently expressing concerns over the absence of star players from the country’s premier domestic four-day tournament.Also Read – Sakshi Dhoni thanks Robin Uthappa for bringing her and MS Dhoni togetherUthappa thoug was quick to clarify his stand on joining the commentary panel amidst the Ranji Trophy season, saying he skipped domestic duty as he is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury. The World T20 winner insisted he has no plans to retire and that he would continue playing till he enjoying doing so.Also Read – Virat Kohli wins hearts at Gabba, obliges kids with autographs”Just to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically (sic) ,” Uthappa wrote on Twitter.advertisementAlso Read – India have a lot of problems that need to be solved: Harbhajan SinghJust to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically. #sonysix #INDvsAUSRobin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 21, 2018Uthappa got a nod of approval from his good friend and former India teammate Irfan Pathan as the left-arm pacer wished him luck for his commentary stint.The aggressive right-handed batsman last played competitive cricket in October when he turned up for Saurashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy – the domestic 50-over tournament. From eight matches, Uthappa hit 197 runs, which includes a highest score of 97, at 24.62.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDNotably, Uthappa had ended his 15-year-old association with Karnataka in the lead-up to the 2017-18 domestic season and made the move to Saurashtra.Read – Shikhar Dhawan feels poor fielding cost India in narrow loss to AustraliaDespite being a consistent performer for his Indian Premier League franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, Uthappa has found it difficult to return to the senior national side. His last international appearance came during India’s tour of Zimbabwe in 2015.last_img read more

BCCI Secretary won’t convene selection meeting: Committee of Administrators

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided that neither any officer bearer nor the CEO shall attend any Cricket Committee meetings henceforth. In fact, as of now, the Selection Committee had to keep the Secretary in the loop for any replacement sought or for posting of selectors to watch any game. The CoA has made it clear that the Selection Committee doesn’t need to do so anymore.”The Committee of Administrators have been informed that the practice of the Secretary convening and attending Selection Committee meetings has continued even after the new BCCI constitution has become effective. Further, it is learnt that the Selection Committees continue to address emails to Secretary to seek his approval in relation to any change or replacement in the team(s).”Similarly, the Selection Committees continue to address e-mails to the Secretary seeking his approval on travel arrangements and posting for selectors to watch and attend cricket matches. The Selection Committee does not need any approval either from the Secretary or the CEO in relation to any selection made or change or replacement in the team,” the CoA has declared.”Except on overseas tours, the chairpersons of the respective Selection Committees shall convene the meetings of the selection committees viz. (i) Men’s Selection Committee, (ii) Junior Selection Committee and (iii) Women’s Selection Committee.”The CEO will make the travel arrangement and other arrangements required for travel and posting of selectors to watch and attend cricket matches and emails in this regard shall be addressed to the CEO.”advertisementThe CoA made an exception in case of overseas tours wherein the administrative manager will be in charge of the meetings.”On overseas tours the administrative manager shall convene the meetings in accordance with the relevant provision of the new BCCI constitution. Neither any officer bearer nor the CEO shall attend any cricket committee meetings,” the committee has clarified.The Secretary will get the signed minutes of the meeting to be kept for record purpose.”The chairpersons of the respective selection committees or administrative manager (in case of overseas tour) shall prepare true and accurate minutes of every meeting and after the team or a selection or change/replacement is announced, the chairperson shall forward the said minutes of the meeting, duly signed by him to the Secretary so that the Secretary can keep and maintain records,” the CoA has said.Also Read | Selection of India squad for West Indies: Focus on MS Dhoni’s futureAlso Read | You had a great World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar told Kane Williamson after final lossAlso See:last_img read more

Ozil signs new Arsenal deal

first_imgTransfers Mesut Ozil signs new long-term contract with Arsenal Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(30) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Mesut Özil Premier League An excellent transfer deadline day for the Gunners has been followed by the news their Germany star has agreed a new deal Arsenal have confirmed that Mesut Ozil has signed a new long-term contract with the club.As revealed by Goal on Wednesday, the 29-year-old has committed his future to the north London giants by signing a new three-year contract which will keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2021.The Germany international’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season and there had been interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain, as well as big money offers from clubs in the Chinese Super League.”We’re delighted to announce that Mesut Ozil has signed a new long-term contract with us,” the club confirmed via their official website.”Congratulations Mesut – here’s to many more years of success.” 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 Writing on his official Instagram page, Ozil said: “It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk with everyone who’s important to me… “Good things take time! In the end I let my heart decide.”Arsenal had already lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in a swap-deal involving the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the Chilean’s contract entered its final six months.#WeveGotOzil – and he’s not going anywhere pic.twitter.com/s9hk8l8fyJ — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2018 But manager Arsene Wenger had been adamant Ozil would not be sold in the January transfer window, with the mercurial playmaker happy with life in London as he revealed in an interview with Goal last year. The news follows the club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million from Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.last_img read more

‘Neville and Mourinho are warnings for Lampard’

first_imgFrank Lampard has seen Gary Neville and Jose Mourinho offered up as warnings of how icon status is no guarantee of success in management, with a Chelsea legend back at Stamford Bridge.The Blues have confirmed the appointment of a club legend as successor to Maurizio Sarri.A loyal fan base in west London has welcomed the return of a former favourite, but questions have been asked of Lampard’s lack of experience after just one season as a manager at Derby. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Former Blues star Pat Nevin is hoping to see the new man at the helm given time, but is aware that a tough job is being taken on by a relative novice and past achievements will count for little.He told BBC Sport: “First and foremost, when has there been a worse time to take over as manager of Chelsea?“There may well be plenty of money at the club but that isn’t going to help Frank in the short term if he cannot spend it. The two-window transfer ban is still being contested, but if Chelsea lose that fight then the coming season brings a whole host of problems to contend with.“Any boss would be worried after losing the irreplaceable Eden Hazard, who has left for Real Madrid. There could also be a gap to fill in midfield, with hints that Jorginho – a playmaker I like – may leave. Yes, they have signed Mateo Kovacic permanently from Real Madrid, but even a player with the engine of N’Golo Kante might struggle to fill the holes that remain.“Also, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek both suffered serious long-term Achilles injuries which may take as much as a season to fully recover from. A hugely experienced manager would find these difficulties hard to overcome, never mind a newbie.“Given all those challenges surely Frank, with his history, doesn’t have to be successful right away?”Frank Lampard Chelsea 07042019Nevin added on the challenges Lampard faces: “Is it disrespectful to question whether Frank is making the right decision by taking this job so early in his managerial career?“If things go wrong at the start it can destroy your chances going forward. Just look at the stick Gary Neville took after his stint at Valencia went belly up. Sir Alex Ferguson was sacked from his first job at St Mirren – although he did bounce back quite well!“You have to be good, but you also have to have good timing in management. Frank had the best timing I have ever seen in a footballer when it came to arriving in the box, but the timing of his arrival as Chelsea manager could have been better, even if it is through no fault of his own.“Football is littered with the names of club legends who went back to manage at their spiritual homes. When it doesn’t work out the dirty deed has to be done and for a while at least the legend is tarnished. I never want it to happen to Frank because I like and respect so much of what he has done and also the man he has turned out to be.“Had he taken this job four or five years down the line, his chances of success would have been much better, but he knows there is no certainty the chance would come around again.“Yes Chelsea have a habit of making that role available pretty regularly, but Frank would have had to continue being a success elsewhere, and sometimes it is not in your control to keep that success rolling on continuously. Club finances, ownership changes and something as simple as a bunch of injuries can lead to a fairly short-term bad spell and you know what that means in this industry.“Mourinho was the most legendary manager the club has ever had and he was sacked, twice!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

HMM’s Joining to The Alliance ‘Just a Matter of Time’

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) which has been ruled out of the new alliance forged between global carriers believes that its joining is “just a matter of time” and not a permanent exclusion.Namely, as the company is currently amid its restructuring process and in final stage of talks with ship owners on lowering charter rates, it was not possible for it to join the new alliance at this stage.However, HMM said that it was discussing its entrance into The Alliance in early June, when its business normalization procedure is expected to be completed, Yonhap news agency reports.Based on the latest reports, HMM is to become a subsidiary of state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) within a debt-for-equity deal so as to avoid the company from going bust.THE Alliance, revealed today, is scheduled to begin operation in April 2017 subject to approval of all relevant regulatory authorities and is composed of Hanjin Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.As a result of the announcement, HMM’s stock is reported to be affected, whereas the Hanjin Shipping stock is climbing up. Specifically, Hyundai’s shares were traded at KRW 11,450, up 10.20 percent (1,300 won) from the previous day’s closing price, while Hanjin Shipping’s stock was up by KRW 50 (2.62%) to KRW 1,960, the Korea Economic Daily writes.The reshuffling of container shipping alliances comes as a welcome move toward consolidation as the industry is suffering from overcapacity and lower than ever freight rates.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Thaw Risky for Trail Users

first_imgTrail users in the province should be cautious as warming temperatures lead to thawing and risky ice conditions. “Nova Scotia’s trails can be wonderful places for hiking, snowmobiling and other winter activities, but special care is needed at this time of year to stay safe,” said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Natural Resources. “Melting and thawing conditions present risks that trail users should watch for.” After storms in the fall and wet conditions this winter, there may be hidden cavities, or washouts, beneath the melting snow and ice. Soft ice and snow near open water is especially hazardous. Trail users, on foot or in a vehicle, should avoid unfamiliar areas and carry a staff to probe suspect sites or to serve as a rescue reach. “Outdoor recreation is a great way to remain physically active,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “As temperatures begin to rise, Nova Scotians should stay off ice that may be too soft.” Nova Scotians enjoying recreational trails at this time of year are encouraged to remember the 1-10-1 rule. Immediately after falling into cold water, a person has one minute to catch their breath, 10 minutes before losing muscle control, and one hour before hypothermia sets in. Keeping calm in the first few minutes is important. Someone who falls into a partially frozen lake or waterway should try to not panic. If the adjacent ice is not solid, the person should try to break it. If solid ice is near, the person should use a kicking motion to try to get up onto the solid ice and then roll to safety.last_img read more

2 held in Jhilmil factory fire case

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after three persons, including two women, were killed in a massive fire at a hardware factory in the Jhilmil area of Shahdara, the Delhi Police have arrested factory owners two persons in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said they have arrested Adnan and Naeem in the case. “They are the ones who were running the factory,” said DCP Meghna. According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials, the fire broke out at a rubber-plastic factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial Area around 9 am. Police said two women and a man were killed in the blaze. The deceased were identified as Manju, Sangeeta and Shoaib, she added. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTwo bodies were recovered from the second floor and one from the first floor. It took several hours to douse off flames and do off the cooling. The fire department had to connect pipes to a single fire tender because of space constraint. Black smokes were visible from distance. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the factory in Jhilmil area where a major fire broke out that killed three workers as he extended condolences to the family of the deceased. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I visited the site. Brave Delhi Fire Service warriors saved two lives in Jhilmil factory fire. Despite their best efforts, they cud not save the other three. Heartfelt condolences to their families. Reasons of fire still being investigated,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted after visiting the factory. In January last year, 17 people — 10 women and seven men — were killed in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area.last_img read more

Father of slain police officer expresses gun bill anger in letter to

first_imgOTTAWA – The father of a police officer who was gunned down in Quebec is angered and disappointed by the Liberal government’s firearms bill, saying there is nothing in the legislation that would have prevented his son’s death.Michel LeRoux’s son Thierry was shot dead in February 2016 by a man who then took his own life.In a letter this week to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, LeRoux says the current laws are flawed because they allowed his son’s killer to have firearms despite a history of violence and psychological troubles.Under the current application and renewal process, personal information helps determine whether someone is eligible for a firearms licence. In addition, “continuous eligibility screening” means criminal behaviour can be flagged for the federal chief firearms officer for review and possible investigation.Federal statistics show 2,223 firearms licences were revoked in 2016, with mental health concerns figuring in 424 of these.The federal bill introduced last month would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun. Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, personal history questions would cover a person’s entire lifetime.The government says this measure will help keep guns out of the wrong hands.LeRoux, who met Goodale last November, says in his letter that while the step is welcome, it would not have changed anything in his 26-year-old son’s case, since authorities allowed the killer to have guns despite being aware of his mental-health troubles.Goodale is deeply sorry for LeRoux’s loss and wants to carefully consider LeRoux’s letter before responding, said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for the minister.Goodale would also like to talk to provincial counterparts and others about the notion of requiring medical professionals to advise authorities about people with mental illness who are likely to put the lives of others in danger, Bardsley added.LeRoux says police had many interactions with his son’s killer and even confiscated his weapons at one point, only to return them due to what LeRoux considers a gap in the law.“Do you really think that maintaining the status quo is in the public’s interest?” he says in the letter, made available to The Canadian Press.There is still time to “bring in significant amendments” to the bill that would help protect the public, LeRoux adds.Bardsley said the government looks forward to hearing feedback from a wide range of witnesses during the committee hearings and that it is “open to constructive proposals to strengthen the bill.”The legislation has been criticized by other gun-control advocates as too weak, while some firearms owners have called the bill an attempt to revive the ill-fated long-gun registry.Under the legislation, gun retailers would be required to keep records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years — a measure intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes.The bill would also require the purchaser of a hunting rifle or shotgun to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Quick Facts Labrador

first_imgAPTN National NewsDuring the election, APTN will be profiling 51 ridings the Assembly of First Nations say Aboriginal voters can make a difference.Riding: LabradorCandidates:Incumbent: Yvonne Jones, LiberalConservative candidate: Peter PenashueNDP candidate: Edward RudkowskiGreen candidate: Mary Lou Harley Quick Facts: Prior to being elected MP for Labrador, Yvonne Jones, Metis, served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996-2013. She was Minister of Fisheries in the provincial politics under former premier Roger Grimes.Peter Penasue was the first Innu elected to the House of Commons in the 2011 General Election from Labrador and the first Innu cabinet minister in Canadian history.Penashue served as the minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.In March 2013, Penashue stepped down over ineligible campaign donations accepted in the 2011 campaign.NDP candidate Edward Rudkowski, Inuk, was born in Labrador City and raised in Wabush and works in the financial industry.Green candidate Mary Lou taught chemistry at the University of New Brunswick Saint John campus. She has published scientific papers in the fields of chemistry and biology and has particular experience addressing contradictory information in controversial industrial issues.last_img read more

As cold weather sets in UN agencies deliver winter aid supplies to

Inside Syria, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has now delivered vital aid packages to some 60,300 families, benefiting more than 300,000 people, spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “The goal is to provide such assistance to 500,000 people – or 100,000 families – by the end of this year.”Each UNHCR family aid package weighs 42 kilograms and contains blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans and hygiene materials. Deliveries so far this month have been made to the cities of Hassakeh, Aleppo, Homs, and in and around Damascus, the capital, Mr. Edwards said. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began over 20 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 440,000 refugees, while more than 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mobilizing more than 100,000 children’s clothing kits and around 160,000 blankets, including baby blankets, for displaced children in Syria and surrounding countries. Each clothing kit includes thermal underwear, long trousers, a woolen sweater, socks, woolen gloves and hat, shoes and a winter jacket. “Temperatures are falling fast, down to 5 degrees Celsius this week with expected lows around freezing point,” said the agency’s Deputy Representative in Syria, Ettie Higgins. “We urgently need to get clothing and other essential items to the most vulnerable children, no matter where they are.” UNICEF is particularly concerned about the impact winter will have on children’s health, including increased risk of respiratory conditions. Many of them fled their homes with only summer clothing and are already fragile from the ongoing stress associated with displacement and conflict. Health supplies that will benefit more than 225,000 children for the next three months are also on their way from UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, the agency said in a news release. These include half a million school bags, each containing stationery supplies. Further supplies are being sourced within Syria where possible. “Sourcing supplies from around the world and getting them into Syria is only half the solution,” said Ms. Higgins, adding that UNICEF urgently needs an additional $79 million to support its emergency response in Syria and the four surrounding countries – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. “We face enormous challenges on the ground because of the security situation, but with our network of dedicated partners we will do everything we can to ensure that children get the warm clothes and blankets that they urgently need.” UNHCR had previously warned that delivering aid throughout Syria has become increasingly hazardous, and Mr. Edwards noted that there had already been a number of security incidents, including the hijacking of three trucks during the last week of October, which were carrying some 1,500 mattresses, and a fire in an Aleppo warehouse reportedly caused by shelling that resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of aid items. Both agencies are delivering supplies to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, UNICEF plans to reach more than 24,000 children with clothing kits and clothing vouchers. In Jordan, 78 heated winter tents for use as child friendly spaces and classrooms will be set up over the next month. Solar panels are also being installed at refugee washing centres in both Jordan and Iraq to provide hot water. read more

The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making

Hakuho and fellow sumo wrestlers train. Tim Foley Snatch Hakuho from his peak, shove him into your DeLorean and send him into any point in the past — including the 1790s — and he will almost certainly be a favorite to stay in the ring, on his feet, against any human or human-like god-giant that he runs into. We know this.But considering his unprecedented domination of his competition, his broad skill set and, yes, even his controversial willingness to push boundaries in pursuit of victory, he can likely match any sumotori legend for legend as well. The shikiri (pre-match ritual) takes several minutes. The wrestlers clap to attract the attention of the gods, lift their hands to show they are unarmed, stomp the ground to scare away demons and throw salt in the ring to purify it. They repeatedly crouch as if about to start the match and then stand up after a few moments of glaring at each other. When they are finally ready, they creep toward their starting stance.There is no bell. The match starts with a tachi-ai (initial charge), which generally happens the instant the opponents are set.Harumafuji lunged from his crouch, low, exploding toward Hakuho in an effort to take control of the bout early. Instead, he caught a quick palm to the face — and then air. His momentum carried him clear out of the other side of the ring, like he’d tried to bull-rush a ghost.The match had lasted one second.Kisenosato scowled and walked out of the ring area. Commentators didn’t quite know what to say; one of the English announcers let out a long “hmmmmm.” The crowd booed its champion.This is not normally how a match of this scale plays out. Side-stepping an opponent’s charge is legal but considered beneath the dignity of top sumotori. The move is known derisively as a henka (変化), which translates to “change” or “changing,” while connoting the root “strange” (変). That it would be used by an all-time great in one of the most consequential matches of his career was strange indeed.With all Hakuho has accomplished, his greatness is unquestionable, but his legacy is an enigma. It is already beyond being measured by wins and losses, or even by yusho (tournament wins) or sansho (special prizes), so incidents like this now take on particular importance. But judging him by heel turns would be reductive. The best way to measure Hakuho’s legacy is to pit it against legend.Enter thunder and lightning. The final match of the 2016 Haru Basho — one of six professional sumo tournaments held each year — was a day-15 championship-deciding showdown between the sport’s top yokozuna.1Yokozuna, 横綱 (literal: “horizontal rope”), means “grand champion.” Named after the decorative rope that yokozuna wear during their ring-entering ceremony. Officially recognized as the highest rank in 1909. Hakuho, the White Peng,2Hakuho (白鵬) translates literally to “White Peng.” Peng is a mythological Chinese bird described in Zhuangzi as being so large that “his wings are like clouds draped across the heavens.” the dominant force in sumo over the past decade, was 13-1 in the tournament and hadn’t lost since his opening match.If he could beat rival Harumafuji — himself a winner of seven Grand Tournament championships — Hakuho would win a record 36th Emperor’s Cup, about the equivalent of a 24th major in tennis or golf.3Since 1926, the winner of each honbasho (official tournament) has received the Emperor’s Cup. There have been six honbasho per year since 1958. If he lost, he would have to wrestle again (almost immediately) in a tiebreaker against 13-2 ozeki4Ozeki, 大関 (literal: “great barrier”), means “champion” and is presently the highest rank besides yokozuna. (Before 1909, yokozona was a ceremonial title and ozeki was the highest rank.) Kisenosato, who was waiting ringside. Tegata are collectible autographs featuring a wrestler’s name and handprint. The one on the left is allegedly Raiden’s; on the right is Hakuho’s. These are not necessarily to scale. Raiden’s hands are said to have been 9.4 inches from palm to tip. Fish scales of greatnessThere is perhaps no more intricate ritual among sports fans than debating the relative merits of greats across eras.Over time, athletes get stronger, faster and better-trained, and benefit from accumulated institutional knowledge. NFL kickers, for example, have been getting better at a nearly constant rate for 80-plus years. So we have meta-debates about whether athletes should get more credit for dominating the competition in an earlier, top-heavy era or for excelling in a mature sport with a broader talent pool. For example, who’s the more impressive outlier, Dan Marino or Peyton Manning?If we want to imagine athletes from different times competing, do we assume they would have enjoyed all the advantages and disadvantages of the comparison era, or do we focus on strict time-traveling scenarios? And, crucially, in time-traveling scenarios, are you bringing present-day athletes into the past, or are you snatching past legends and bringing them to the present?From what we know about his career, Raiden won more often than Hakuho on a bout-by-bout basis. Yet though Raiden’s career was longer in years, it was short on matches. Here’s every Makuuchi division sumo career for comparison: Raiden, on the other hand, was well above average in height, weight and BMI. At 6-foot-6, he was just about 6 inches taller than his typical opponent, and his 373-pound weight gave him an 80-pound advantage. But there’s an important factor here: Relatively speaking, Raiden isn’t that much bigger than Hakuho. Raiden was about an inch and a half taller and 25 to 35 pounds heavier. Hakuho, by virtue of being less massive than many opponents, is especially strong and/or skilled for his size. In other words, because of the size difference across eras, Hakuho has the advantages of a smaller, more agile fighter without the disadvantage of being that much smaller than Raiden.Note that this is a minor variation from the standard “people get better over time” argument, because it applies relative to their era. It’s not only that Hakuho has been as dominant as he has been in a likely tougher era, but also that his dominance is a product of qualities (strength/speed/skill) that also would be likely to advantage him against Raiden. Tournaments grew in size, length and quantity throughout the 1900s, and in 1958, sumo adopted the current structure of six grand tournaments per year (one every two months), with 15 matches each. Both Raiden and Hakuho are clearly the top wrestlers in their given eras, but how good are they relative to how good we expect top wrestlers in their eras to be?For this chart, I’ve plotted historical win percentages for wrestlers ranked ozeki or higher, with the number of years they competed at those ranks represented by bubble sizes: Raiden’s career — like Hakuho’s — didn’t pass without controversy. It’s said that on account of Raiden’s dominance, some of his favored techniques were at least temporarily banned from the sport. And for reasons that appear to be lost to history, he was never awarded the title yokozuna. The Yokozuna Stone at the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine — home of the first professional sumo tournament — has the names of every yokozuna inscribed on it, plus one: the “peerless rikishi”6Rikishi, 力士 (literal: “powerful man”), means professional sumo wrestler. Raiden.This is the burden of Hakuho’s dominance: He is no longer competing with his peers; he’s competing with the peerless. The highest-ranked sumo wrestlers like Hakuho wear the yokozuna rope during dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremony). Tim Foley Hakuho — born Monkhbatyn Davaajargal and given the shikona Hakuho Sho — is the son of a six-time Mongolian wrestling champion and Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. Despite his pedigree, Hakuho was an undersized sumo prospect — weighing only 137 pounds when he started training at age 15 — and almost went unrecruited. Although he would eventually reach 6-foot-4 and competes at around 330-340 pounds today, he is lighter and thinner than the majority of his opponents. Taller, heavier wrestlers win (a little) more often — hence sumo wrestlers tend to be, well, big. But the relationship between size and success isn’t nearly as strong as you might think, and it gets weaker if you control for division and era.7In a regression to win percentage per tournament using height and body mass index (we use BMI instead of weight because height and weight are highly correlated) as variables, the r-squared produced is around .05 (meaning, roughly, that about 5 percent of the variance in tournament results can be explained by the height and weight of each wrestler alone), which, again, weakens as you control for division and era. However, the sample sizes are large enough to pick up meaningful trends.For this chart, I’ve compared the relative importance of height and weight for predicting top-division wrestlers’ win-loss rate in a given tournament. Values above 2 are roughly “significant” for a given five-year period.8I ran regressions for each year over a rolling five-year period and recorded the t-value (strength of stat divided by standard error) for “height” and “BMI.” Also, each bubble is colored to show how many “wins above replacement ozeki” (WAROZ) each wrestler would be expected to win over the course of their career, based on their win percentage relative to their era and projecting as if they’d wrestled 90 bouts per year as healthy wrestlers do today. By this metric, Hakuho leads all with 182 WAROZ (and counting), with second-place going to Tachiyama (who had 115 wins and eight ties in 128 bouts between 1909 and 1918) at 175. Raiden finishes eighth with 143 WAROZ.Here we can see that top ozeki winning a huge percentage of their matches seems to have been almost expected hundreds of years ago. This is consistent with a number of things we know about sumo tournaments back then: With less focus on “winning,” they were a bit more like exhibitions. And we know that opponents were sometimes literally picked out of the crowd.11This is how Raiden’s mentor, Tanikaze, got his start. Hakuho, however, competes in an environment in which losses for top-level wrestlers are considerably more common than they were in Raiden’s time, but he has maintained an extremely high win percentage nonetheless.Behold the henkaYokozuna face a lot of pressure to retire the instant they start to decline. It’s considered dishonorable to hold the rank of yokozuna and not be among the best in the sport.12When a maegashira (the fifth-highest rank in sumo) beats a yokozuna, it is called a kinboshi (“gold star”) and earns the maegashira a special bonus payment — which they receive every tournament for the rest of their career. So a yokozuna sticking around past their prime is literally costly to the sumo association. So although we’ve made the argument that Hakuho might have an advantage over Raiden in both prowess and résumé, recent events raise a third, more fraught point of comparison: legacy.After Hakuho’s win by henka at the Haru basho, Mark Buckton of The Japan Times — a former amateur sumo wrestler who has covered professional sumo for 18 years — called for the White Peng’s exit. Addressing Hakuho directly, he writes:At its lowest ebb, following the hazing death of Tokitaizan and former yokozuna Asashoryu feigning injury the only yokozuna worth his salt in both performances on the dohyo and behavior off it was yourself.True, you are still the best there is in a mawashi.And that is how you should be remembered.Not as a man who resorts to a final day henka against a fellow yokozuna, on his way to yusho No. 36.Go now and you go in true Japanese fashion, falling on your sword for that Day 15 performance so unworthy of your name.In a phone interview, Buckton said that he thought Hakuho’s henka was disgraceful and that he was confident most Japanese sumo fans felt the same way. He said he believes the move was akin to an act of desperation — Hakuho sees his skills slipping and is resorting to dirty tactics in a last-ditch effort to stay on top of a sport that isn’t merely competitive exhibition but has its roots as a martial art in Shinto.That’s fair enough. But for cold-blooded empiricists obsessed with win-maximization, this may all seem strange. If henka aren’t banned, not using them is just bad game theory, right?Unfortunately, henka are hard to analyze with data. They aren’t considered a winning move themselves, and only winning moves are recorded. Hakuho’s win was scored as a tsukiotoshi (“thrust down”). What even constitutes a henka is not clear-cut — particularly in instances in which they fail.However, what little evidence we have suggests that they work. Lon Howard of Sumo Fan Magazine attempted to crowd-source some henka data by having readers nominate matches that contained possible henka and then asking the readership to vote on whether they actually were. Overall, the possible henka led to victory 63 percent of the time; among a subset of moves that voters were certain were henka,13Attempts with agreement and 10 or more votes. that figure rises to 92 percent.Although that data isn’t conclusive, it makes sense. If you’re playing rock-paper-scissors and your opponent does nothing but throw rock for 250 years, throwing paper may be very effective.Stigma-based policing of the sport’s standards is defensible. Normalizing the henka might fundamentally change the sport’s dynamics too much, but outlawing it may create a havoc of gray areas. But such a defense should anticipate that sternly discouraging the move may not prevent its selective employment by a wily rikishi with a New England Patriots-style commitment to winning.In a tear-soaked post-match interview, Hakuho appeared to express regret for the tournament ending the way it did. But he did not clarify his side-step’s strategic underpinnings, such as whether it was planned, or a response to something he saw while the wrestlers were getting set, or a reflexive reaction to Harumafuji’s charge itself.But regardless of premeditation, consider the story told on the faces of the competitors: A quarter-millennium of Sumo evolutionHakuho vs. Raiden isn’t a story of a sport that has stayed the same for hundreds of years, allowing us to make clean, crisp comparisons between the two champions. But it isn’t a story of a sport changing every couple of years either.Although there have been significant structural changes — like the setting of tournaments at 15 matches long, the introduction of tiebreakers, and the treatment of yokozuna as an official rather than ceremonial rank — the sport is always fundamentally about knocking the other guy down or getting him to step out of the ring first. Many trends happen over decades or centuries, caused by whims of history that can be hard to pick up in a data set.But some simple metrics — like wrestler height and weight — can tell a pretty interesting story. And to understand how Raiden and Hakuho match up with each other, it helps to understand how they compare physically to their eras. Raiden Tameemon. Explore 250 years of sumo data Hakuho trains in 2014. See more: A History Of Sumo, an interactive graphic by FiveThirtyEight showing centuries of sumo wrestlers, and The Sea of Crises, a 2014 Grantland article on sumo and Japanese culture.CORRECTION (May 13, 5:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a photograph that was incorrectly described as portraying Hakuho. It has been replaced with the correct photo. Hakuho and Harumafuji one second after the start of their bout in March. Kyodo The growing international talent poolIf a hypothetical tale of the tape across a couple of centuries is a little too abstract for you, consider that the dramatic shift in the balance of power in sumo’s demographics that has been taking place of late also has implications for our matchup.Before 1972, no non-Japanese wrestler had ever won a basho. The first was Takamiyama, a Hawaiian sekiwake (the third rank, behind yokozuna and ozeki) who otherwise had a relatively undistinguished career as a sumotori. But he then founded the Azumazeki stable — one of the regimented groups of wrestlers who live and train together and to which all active rikishi belong. There he recruited and trained Chad Rowan — a former high school basketball all-star from Hawaii — who took the shikona Akebono, became the first non-Japanese yokozuna and won 11 Emperor’s Cups.Today, international wrestlers have taken over the sport. In January 2016, then-31-year-old Japanese ozeki Kotoshogiku won his first tournament. This might have been an unremarkable event, except that it was the first tournament won by any Japanese wrestler since January of 2006. Of the 58 tournaments in between, 56 were won by Mongolians; the other two were won by a Bulgarian (Kotooshu) and an Estonian (Baruto).Here’s how this has played out since 1970: Note that Japan’s share of champions will improve by at least a tick in 2016, while Mongolia’s will decline, after the country’s three-year stretch of winning all the tournaments.Mongolia has had all this success with only a small fraction of the sport’s wrestlers — around a quarter of those in the top (Makuuchi) division and less than 5 percent of those who compete overall. This likely is because the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (the sport’s governing body) limits each stable to one non-Japanese wrestler, so the standards for foreign prospects are extremely high.This carries some likely implications:Most obviously, the non-Japanese pool of sumo talent is likely growing faster than the number of slots for non-Japanese talent. This probably advantages Hakuho’s strength of competition in our matchup because it implies that he could be the best of a much bigger talent pool than sumo wrestlers of the past. It also implies that while the non-Japanese wrestlers make the talent pool stronger than it was, limited roster slots for them keep it weaker than it could be.On the other hand, the sumo talent from Japan may be declining. Sumo requires major physical (putting on weight) and time (years of non-stop training) commitments. Sumotori lead rigid and structured lifestyles year-round, the potential for fame and fortune isn’t that great, and Japan has an advanced economy that may afford better opportunities to athletic Japanese youth.But even a relatively weak Japan today could be stronger than a relatively strong Japan more than 200 years ago. The population of Japan is now about five times the size of what it was when Raiden was active, making the pool of potential sumotori that much richer.10Moreover, the talent pool back then may have been even smaller relative to today’s than the population numbers suggest, as the vast majority of sumo wrestlers used to come from just the Hokkaido prefecture. This painting of sumo wrestlers by Utagawa Kuniteru II, shown in full on the lower right, is from 1867. In the closeup views at left and top right, Raiden, who is without a yokozuna rope, is pictured among several of the top-ranked wrestlers. The basic style and structure of banzuke have gone unchanged for hundreds of years. The one on the left, from 1796, lists Raiden as the top-ranked ozeki in the West division. On the right is a banzuke from 2012 that lists Hakuho as the top-ranked yokozuna in the East. The average height of sumo wrestlers appears to have declined between the mid-1700s and late 1800s but has been rising fairly steadily since.9Yes, according to the data, there was a wrestler in the late 1700s who was (allegedly) 7-foot-4. He was an ozeki named Shakagatake and had several (winning) appearances in the 1770s before dying at age 26. There is art depicting him as a giant.In the latter half of the 20th century, this upward trend has been aided by the arrival of non-Japanese wrestlers, who have tended to be tall. Note the non-red dots on the charts; they tend to be well above the overall trend.For BMI, we see a similar rise for all rikishi, but with a clear divergence between the tall and heavy Americans and the tall but relatively slender Mongolians.The American (green) wrestlers, all from Hawaii and of Pacific island ancestry, have tended to be huge — both tall and hefty for their height — and had a pretty good run for a while between 1989 and 2002. Konishiki won a few tournaments and then yokozuna Akebono and Musashimaru solidly contended for top honors (becoming the first two non-Japanese yokozuna in the process).But the Mongolians — who have had four yokozuna — tend to be less hefty than their Japanese counterparts, defying the trend of the past 50 years.Compared with the other top-level sumo wrestlers who have been active during his career, Hakuho, at 6 foot 4, is about 3 inches taller than average, but his top tournament weight (in our data) of 340 pounds is 5 pounds lighter than average (putting his BMI well below par). Before Hakuho (born in 1985), before Taiho (born in 1940), before Hitachiyama (born in 1874), before Jinmaku (born in 1829), before the United States of America (born in 1776), there was Raiden.A legend of Japan’s Edo period, Raiden set a standard for greatness in the sport that would last hundreds of years. With centuries separating the two legends’ careers, Raiden vs. Hakuho may be one of the most time-bending sports comparisons imaginable.Fortunately, we have data.The visual history of sumoAs far back as the 18th century, a banzuke listing each wrestler’s rank in the hierarchy of professional sumo has been made before each honbasho (official tournament), often with elaborate detail. Some have visual guides to the various wrestlers and act as a kind of program to the events; others resemble intricate box scores. These collectibles have preserved vital information about which wrestlers were involved in each tournament, including their shikona (ring names), ranks (seedings) and hometowns.Banzuke are the backbone of sumo stats-keeping; other information such as tournament and match results that are gathered from historical newspapers or books all tie back to them. Alexander Nitschke (a German sports data nerd) has a website called Sumo Reference where he has combined banzuke information with other sources of tournament data — including by hand-parsing thousands of lower-division match results for years — to make the most comprehensive sumo data set on the internet. It includes tournament results for most contestants going back to 1761 and individual match results for bouts back to mid-1909. He has let us use that database for this article.Below is a chart that outlines the entire recorded history of Makuuchi division (top-level) professional sumo, from the 1761 Fuyu (winter) Basho through the now-infamous 2016 Haru (spring) Basho. Before around 1900, height and weight had a fairly tenuous relationship with winning. It has gotten stronger in the past century, but size advantages have never been much of a guarantee of success. For a modern example: In the 1980s and 90s, Konishiki — an ozeki who topped 600 pounds — often faced off against Wakanohana, a future yokozuna who was an inch or so shorter and more than 300 pounds lighter. Konishiki went 2-8 against him.Sumo styles can broadly be broken down into two types: Oshi-sumo, or “thrusting” style, and Yotsu-sumo, or “grappling” style. The former is about brute force and pushing your opponent out of the ring; the latter is more about forcing your opponent to the ground or using their momentum against them.As one might expect because of their sizes, Raiden preferred the Oshi-sumo style, and Hakuho the Yotsu. The trade-off for height and weight is pretty basic: Being big makes a wrestler harder to move, but less agile; being small can make it easier for a wrestler to maneuver but leaves him vulnerable.In the 20th century, there appears to have been a period in which larger-than-average wrestlers were more successful than they had been in the past (or are today), at a time in which the average wrestler was growing larger than ever.In this chart, I’ve plotted the height and BMI for each of the top-division wrestlers for each tournament, colored by country of origin: Hakuho has won 36 grand tournaments, more than any other professional sumo wrestler in history. TIM FOLEY Although the discipline of sumo wrestling may have existed in various forms for well over a millennium, it isn’t the sport stuck in time that it is sometimes made out to be. It has experienced controversy throughout its history. In the 17th century, the unseemly practice of samurai wrestling each other for money was banned, only to be brought back with official sanction and standardized rules.The first known professional tournament was held in 1684, and the first sumo organizations began issuing written rankings in the mid-1700s — just in time to document the rise of sumo’s most legendary figure.Raiden was born Seki Tarokichi in 1767 — about 100 years before the Edo period ended — and competed under the shikona of Raiden Tameemon. Raiden is a combination of “thunder” (雷) and “lightning” (電) and translates roughly to “thunderbolt.” Mentored by the first non-posthumous yokozuna, Tanikaze, Raiden was a legend trained by a legend. He went undefeated in 24 out of the 35 tournaments he entered, and despite a much shorter tournament structure that had no method for breaking ties, Raiden finished with the most wins outright in 17 tournaments and tied for the most wins in 11 more. As there were no official tournament winners until 1909, none of these are considered official “yusho” or tournament wins, but no one would top 28 tournaments (officially or unofficially) for more than 150 years.The Thunderbolt was an absolute monster among men — 6-foot-6 and 373 pounds — large enough to physically overpower opponents of the day. His top-division win-loss record of 254-10 (96 percent) is easily the best in recorded sumo history.5If you adjust for draws, which have essentially vanished from the sport these days, Raiden’s effective win percentage drops to 93. But the gap between him and his closest competition grows, with no other wrestlers reaching 90 percent. Hakuho has won 85 percent of his upper-division matches, leading modern-era wrestlers. read more