Johnson adding to his already distinguished legacy

first_imgSeveral years ago there was this hockey game where a bunch of young Americas played against a group of seemingly invincible Russians. Those kids representing the United States won and went down in history as one of the best teams to play the game. Their stunning win could only be described as a miracle.Just ask Wisconsin women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson. He was there.Johnson may be a legend in the hockey world along with the rest of the 1980 Olympic team, but his focus is on his team now as a coach.There’s no denying Johnson had an impressive career as a player. Johnson played college hockey at Wisconsin and in 1980 Johnson made the cut to compete in the Olympics. He was the lead-scorer in the Olympics helping Team USA defeat that star-studded Soviet team and later upend Finland to take home gold.But Johnson doesn’t concern himself with his past success. Instead he’s bringing his knowledge to the rink, helping the Badgers win three national championships and continuing to work for moreSenior Forward Megan Duggan has been with Johnson since her freshman year, also traveling to the Olympics with him last year. While starting to skate with him at first may have been intimidating, now she cannot imagine her life without him.“Coming in as a freshman you want to impress your coach and to have a coach like him who is so well respected, so knowledgeable, and such a huge hockey person,” Duggan said. “Obviously you know that he’s expecting great things. Actually when I first met him I was playing for a team when I was 16 – it was a development camp team and I was in shock. It’s interesting now, you transition five or six years later and he’s just a coach we see everyday.”As a player Johnson has been put through every circumstance possible. With all of his experiences in tow, Johnson feels he can approach situations as a coach with a player’s mindset.He has certainly had his fair share of highs and lows.“I think probably one of the things that helps me out from a coaching standpoint, as a player I was in a lot of different situations,” Johnson said. “Some teams I played with I was a go-to player – played power play, killed penalties. When I first got in the National Hockey League I was a fourth-liner, sat out a few games. If I’m having a problem or I run up against the wall, I just put my feet into what they’re going through.”Taking a year off from coaching the Badgers, Johnson coached the women’s Team USA all the way to the gold medal game against Team Canada in the Olympics.Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the 1980 Miracle on Ice, and fittingly it was Johnson’s return to the Olympics. But in spite of this fact, Johnson was focused on leading his team and wanted everyone to know that.“To be honest, last year when I was part of the Olympic team, coach I think made it a huge point to make sure that the 2010 Olympic games were about us and not about him,” Duggan said. “That’s what’s so great about him. He’s a legend in the hockey world and anyone who knows anything about hockey knows him. I mean he’s so modest. You’d never know the experiences he’s had and the things that he has been through.”Even though the focus was on them, his stories from his personal experiences still helped the squad on their trip to the Olympics.“There was a bunch of stories along the way and on our tour,” junior forward Hilary Knight – who also skated on the Olympic team – said of his stories. “We got to meet up with a lot of his old teammates so that was cool. Each destination we were in, he knew somebody. He shares all sorts of stories. I think it calmed a lot of people knowing he’s been there before.”Team USA has not won a gold medal on the men’s side since that historic run in 1980. Last year was Team USA’s closest chance to get back to the top of the podium, but the team fell in the final to Canada. The men’s team surprised many in the hockey community with their silver medal-effort, and USA hockey appears to be on the upswing.Johnson credits the USA hockey family for the more recent success they’ve had since the 1980 Olympics.“It’s a tribute to all the people that work under the USA hockey umbrella,” Johnson said. “The time, the commitment that a lot of coaches have made, certainly the players have made to better themselves, the resources that USA hockey has put into the different programs have given the players the opportunity to – whether it’s Division I college or the NHL – for a lot of them, getting that chance to play for the Olympic team is pretty special. You’re representing your country and I think that’s probably the biggest thrill I think any player can get.”Although Johnson’s recent success as a Coach is his main focus now, it only adds to his importance in the hockey world.In all his experiences throughout his career as a player he admits nothing could get better than the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.“Obviously what happened in Lake Placid, you’re not going to beat that type of experience because that was a once in a lifetime scenario and I happened to be one of the 20 players that went through it,” Johnson said. “I played a long time in the NHL and had a lot of things happen and a lot of wonderful moments, certainly a lot of experiences that once you retire you take away from the game. Coaching is the same thing. I’ve had some great experiences on the men’s side, some great experiences on the women’s side. Hockey has been very, very good to me.”last_img read more

Is 2016 the year of the marketer and risk manager?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A year ago I suggested that 2015 might just turn out to be “The year of the grass manager?!” For those who had grass to manage, and converted it to lean muscle in the form of beef or perhaps lamb, indeed it has been a profitable year . . . especially for cattlemen who sold early! Will 2016 become the year of the marketer and risk manager?Despite the plunge in prices during the past few months, margins, particularly for those who utilize grass as the basis of their feeding program, remain good. Consider the comments offered by University of Tennessee economist Dr. Andrew P. Griffith in his weekly comments:. . . Prices are still higher than they were the first week of December 2013! Making that statement may seem like a stretch to some producers, but in the fall of 2013 producers considered calf and feeder cattle prices to be extremely strong. In actuality, market prices this week compared to December 2013 could be stated as steady to $2 per hundredweight higher. It is unlikely the sentiments of prices today being equivalent to prices two years ago makes anyone feel better about where the market is. . . . prices in December of 2013 and 2015 are essentially the same . . .Perhaps what is separating the average beef cattle farms from the most highly profitable ones has been the ability to manage risk and get cattle and calves marketed at times when income exceeded the cost of production.That being said, as this year winds down perhaps it’s time to offer two simple reminders about profitably marketing at a time when we are still seeing the second highest calf prices in history.The first suggestion would be to remember the key to effectively managing risk and remaining profitable is knowing the cost of production and accurately identifying breakeven prices. Second, consider the marketing alternatives beyond just cash sales. Explore forward contracts, futures/options hedging, contract feeding, livestock risk management insurance and perhaps some value added opportunities.During the first session of the Ohio Beef Cattle School webinar series on January 19, we’ll spend the evening focused on the markets as well as some of the tools available for sustaining profitability when opportunities are available. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, will kick off the evening with his insight into the beef cattle markets . . . where they’ve been, where they may be going, and how they could get there. Sam Roberts of Producers Livestock will also join the broadcast on the 19th and offer suggestions on market risk management.While the most astute grass and cattle managers remain positioned to capitalize at today’s prices, it’s important to maintain a plan that allows one to take the greatest advantage of profitable prices during the volatile times we’d expect to remain in the markets.Regardless what you might call the coming year, most importantly, prepare yourself to enjoy a great 2016.last_img read more

West Bengal assembly to hold special sessions to mark Constitution Day

first_imgThe West Bengal assembly will hold special sessions on November 26 and 27 to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution, Speaker Biman Banerjee said on Monday. The sessions will be addressed by Biman Banerjee and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This will be for the first time that the governor and the chief minister share a dais amid the tussle between them. The sessions will be addressed by several eminent dignitaries including former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, former West Bengal governor and national security advisor M K Narayanan. The winter session of the state assembly will start from November 29. Constitution Day will also be celebrated at the Raj Bhavan on Noavember 26, and Mamata Banerjee has been invited for the programme. Dhankhar, who took oath as the governor on July 30, has been locked in a war of words with the state government over a host of issues — ranging from seating arrangement at the Durga Puja carnival to his unscheduled visit to Singur. To mark 70 years of the adoption of the Indian Constitution, a joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament will be held on November 26 and is likely to be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides, members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, former presidents and prime ministers are also expected to attend the event, which will be held in the Central Hall of Parliament.last_img read more

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Draws Sharp Response From NFL

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)DALLAS (AP) — The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the NFL players’ union Monday and raised the possibility of another call to action by athletes who have kneeled during the national anthem.Executive Director DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association said the most provocative comments yet by Jerry Jones on the anthem controversy contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without retribution.“I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing,” Smith said. “We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue.”Jones’ comments on Sunday came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem. President Donald Trump tweeted after Pence’s walkout that he had told his vice president to leave if any players kneeled during the anthem.Following a 35-31 loss to Green Bay, the 74-year-old Jones said the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and said any Cowboys doing so will not play.“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” said Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. “OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”The Cowboys and Jones kneeled arm-in-arm before the anthem when they played at Arizona two weeks ago, a few days after Trump said at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any players who disrespect the flag. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked.Most Dallas players have stood on the sideline, many with hands over their hearts, during the anthem since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling last season in protest of police treatment of African-Americans.Several NFL teams have struggled with how to handle anthem protests. After Trump’s criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to stay off the field before the anthem. But Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive lineman, stood at the edge of a tunnel with his teammates in darkness behind him during the anthem two weeks ago.Villanueva said he was not making a political statement in defiance of his teammates, calling it a misunderstanding that was “very embarrassing on my end.”Miami coach Adam Gase recently set a new team policy requiring players either to stand or wait in the tunnel. Three chose to stay off the field, Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas. All three have kneeled in the past.“We were just trying to keep the team focused and not be a distraction,” Michael Thomas said. “It was a team decision. … The league heard us. They’ve heard the cry of the players.”Mara has told Giants players he wants them to stand during the anthem but supports their right to do otherwise. Jones had already made it clear that he felt strongly about standing for the anthem before his latest comments, and he isn’t the only owner who feels that way.Jones even suggested that standing for the anthem was more important to him that team unity.“The main thing I want to do is make it real clear: There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag. We will be non-supportive of each other,” Jones said. “We will not disrespect the flag.”Trump’s comments stoked a political controversy that had subsided somewhat since Kaepernick started it a year ago. The NFL defended the rights of players to protest.Lead NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart has said, “Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker room talk is.” It was an apparent reference to the “Access Hollywood” tapes in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Trump had chalked up those comments as “locker room talk.” read more

WBSEDCL receives Central Board of Irrigation and Power award

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has received the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) Award for ‘Best Performing Power Distribution Utility’ during the celebration of CBIP Day on January 4.Rajesh Pandey, CMD, WBSEDCL received the award from RK Singh, minister of state, Independent Charge Power and New & Renewable Energy at a programme held in New Delhi. The award has been conferred on WBSEDCL in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the nation by providing reliable and cost-effective electricity to its customers for industrial and overall economic development through optimisation of available resources in the distribution sector. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA press statement issued by the CPRO WBSEDCL, Biswarup Mukherjee said: “This is yet another jewel in WBSEDCL’s crown, an appreciation of endeavour to reach quality power and better service to consumers across the state. It may be mentioned that WBSEDCL earlier in December last year received an award for ‘one of the best innovations’ for ‘Energy storage through Hydro’ at IPPAI Power Awards, organised by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) at Belgaum in Karnataka. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe award was conferred on WBSEDCL for it’s innovation and sustainability at the 900 MW Purulia Pumped Storage Project (PPSP) and its futuristic approach for the upcoming 1,000MW Turga Pumped Storage Project and proposed 900MW Bandu Pumped Storage Project. Both Turga and Bandu projects are coming up in Purulia, adjacent to the site of the pumped storage project. WBSEDCL also bagged the prestigious SKOCH Award Energy Silver in December last year for Purulia Pumped Storage Hydel Project. The awards are in recognition of the pioneering projects undertaken by WSEDCL to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power supply to over 1.85 crore valued consumers. This is yet another achievement of West Bengal power sector.last_img read more

Airtable a Slacklike coding platform for nontechies raises 100 million in funding

first_imgYesterday, Airtable, a cloud collaboration service, has raised $100 million in funding. The company has raised the funds to expand its business with more talent and offices outside the US. The company has also catapulted to a $1.1 billion valuation. According to PitchBook, the company was only valued at $152 million, eight months ago in its last round. Airtable, the maker of a coding platform for non-techies was founded by Howie Liu, Emmett Nicholas and Andrew Ofstad. It uses a simple interface as a frontend to produce apps and other web-based experiences. This interface is built on spreadsheets and other tools familiar to knowledge workers. Airtable just had 30,000 customers, eight months back. But Airtable’s tools are now used by approximately, 80,000 businesses. One of the major advantages of Airtable is its Slack-like approach to the task of buildings things. Airtable make it easy for non-developers to code There are many tools for building apps and other products but usually, they are very technical and complicated. It becomes difficult for those who aren’t well versed with programming. Also, it’s equally difficult and expensive to build apps that solve this problem. Airtable identified this problem and has built powerful macros under the hood of standard-looking database interfaces. It has made things easy for people who aren’t good at coding. With Airtable, one can customize their own database as per their requirements without relying on someone’s DB model The competition and the market scenario Airtable is not the only organization working on this issue. Companies like DashDash and Microsoft and partners are also working in the same direction. Microsoft’s Excel is known to all, Microsoft and partners are now working towards enhancing the functionalities of the spreadsheets. It seems the competition is going to be tough in near future! Airtable also has a platform called Blocks. Blocks help its users to bring in data from a number of sources. It also lets users select different kinds of outputs. Users can decide how and where the data is to be used, whether it be a marketing campaign across text messaging, an AI-based bot, or a VR experience. Read more about this news on TechCrunch. Read Next Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools Is Microsoft planning to make Python an official Scripting Language for its Excel package? Manage Security in Excellast_img read more

Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA

first_img SAN FRANCISCO – After making strategic moves in recent months that included a new deal in Cuba and a groundbreaking agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), Airbnb is on track to become the world’s fourth largest online travel company by the end of 2016.As reported by Travel Weekly, the peer-to-peer accommodations service, which doesn’t disclose bookings or revenue figures, is expected to surpass the annual bookings of European juggernaut eDreams Odigeo this year. eDreams Odigeo is comprised of five brands, including OPodo, Travelink and Go Voyages, and generated 10.7 billion euros in bookings for the year ended March 31.According to research firm Phocuswright, Airbnb likely generated approximately US$7.5 billion in gross bookings in 2015. After this year, the company will trail only Expedia Inc., Priceline Group and China-based Ctrip in annual gross bookings.Earlier this summer, Airbnb filed documentation that indicated it will be raising $850 million in funding, which would put the company’s value at approximately $90 billion, reports Bloomberg News. More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlmost one in three U.S. travellers stayed at a home-based unit in 2015, up from one in 10 in 2011, Phocuswright said. Posted by Share Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more