Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The 14-time major champion has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“There’s no pressure. I think it’s a 17- or 18-man field, there’s no cut, he’s playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at,” Day said at the Australian Open in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“From what I see on Instagram and what he’s been telling me, he says he’s ready and I’m hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he’s hitting it very long.“And if he’s hitting it long and straight, then that’s going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He’s always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.” MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jason Day of Australia reacts to his tee shot during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International golf club in Shanghai on October 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HINJason Day assured Tiger Woods on Wednesday that he’s under “no pressure” ahead of his long-awaited comeback at an exclusive invitational tournament next week.Day, a former world number one, said Woods had told him he feels ready for his return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.“I have no idea where his game’s at because the last time I spent time with him he wasn’t even hitting full swings yet,” Spieth said in Sydney.“But he was confident coming off of this last surgery to get back into it and to be able to have the time necessary and strength to practise as much injury free as possible.”‘Best he’s felt in years’Woods has not played competitively since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.ADVERTISEMENT He underwent surgery in April, his fourth operation on his troublesome back, and has been posting videos of himself in practice.He announced he would be making his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event to benefit his charity foundation.“I did talk to him and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years,” said Day, a friend and confidant of Woods.“He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, ‘Look, it’s great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can’t live a happy, healthy life, then that’s difficult’.“I totally understand where he’s coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating.”Woods, who last won a major in 2008, has also battled personal demons. In May, he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by a roadside.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation. Late rally pushes Lakers past Bullslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

first_imgThis season, Juventus has already received 94 million euros ($106 million) from UEFA and that could rise to almost 130 million ($147 million) if the Italian team wins its third European Cup — and first since 1996.That figure doesn’t include ticket sales. Juventus made a record 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) on Tuesday from gate receipts, including hospitality. That beat the previous mark of 5 million euros ($5.7 million) from its 2-1 loss to Manchester United earlier in the season.And that will likely be surpassed no matter which team comes to the Allianz Stadium for the quarterfinals.Ronaldo hasn’t had the easiest time off the field after being accused of rape in the United States, but his influence on the field cannot be overestimated.Just look at Real Madrid, which had won the last three Champions League titles with Ronaldo but couldn’t even reach the quarterfinals this year without him. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the three goals it needed to overturn a 2-0 loss from the first leg.The win earned Juventus a spot in the quarterfinals, worth at least 16 million euros ($18 million) from UEFA and ticket sales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“That’s why Juventus signed me,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 24 goals this season. “I do my job and I’m very happy. It’s been a magical night.”The Portugal forward was brought in to help Juventus finally win the Champions League again after some tough losses to Real Madrid, a team at the time led by none other than Ronaldo. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Read Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Peaking at the right time Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TURIN, Italy — If you can’t beat him, buy him.The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title His goals against his old team on Tuesday have already proved historic. The result led Juventus back from a two-goal loss in the first leg for the first time in club history.The victory also helped boost Juventus’ share price on Wednesday morning. The rise was so sharp that trading on it had to be temporarily halted after opening on the Italian Stock Exchange with a 23 percent increase on Tuesday’s closing price.That same stock market had taken a hit three weeks ago, with the club’s share price dropping more than 9 percent after its 2-0 loss in Madrid.Juventus’ presence in the quarterfinals and the manner in which it qualified will also boost its coffers in a way that is hard to quantify: Brand improvement.That is something Juventus has been working on for several years and which included the changing of the club logo and the signing of Ronaldo, which increased its following on social media by tens of millions.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Blue Angels pilot dies

first_imgBEAUFORT, S.C. – A Navy Blue Angel jet crashed during an air show Saturday, plunging into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the pilot. Eight people on the ground were injured, and several homes were damaged. Witnesses said the planes were flying in formation during the show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort about 4 p.m. when one dropped below the trees and crashed, sending up clouds of smoke. Raymond Voegeli, a plumber, was backing out of a driveway when the plane ripped through a grove of pine trees, dousing his truck in flames and debris. He said wreckage hit “plenty of houses and mobile homes.” “Our squadron and the entire U.S. Navy are grieving the loss of a great American, a great Naval officer and a great friend,” Walley said. Kasper said all possible causes of the crash are under investigation, and it could take at least three weeks for an official cause to be released. John Sauls, who lives near the crash site, said the planes were banking before one disappeared and a plume of smoke shot up. “It’s one of those surreal moments when you go, `No, I didn’t just see what I saw,”‘ Sauls said. The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 Hornets at high speeds in close formations, and their pilots are considered the Navy’s elite. They don’t wear the traditional G-suits that most jet pilots use to avoid blacking out during maneuvers. The suits inflate around the lower body to keep blood in the brain but could cause a pilot to bump the control stick – a potentially deadly move when flying inches from other planes. Instead, Blue Angels manage G-forces by tensing their abdominal muscles. The last Blue Angel crash that killed a pilot was in 1999, when a pilot and crewmate were killed while practicingat a base in Georgia. More than 100,000 people had been expected at Saturday’s show. The elite team is based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The 2007 team has a new flight leader and two new pilots; Blue Angel pilots traditionally serve two-year rotations. Kasper said the team would return to Florida on this afternoon. “We will regroup,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was just a big fireball coming at me,” said Voegeli, 37. “It was just taking pine trees and just clipping them.” Witnesses said metal and plastic wreckage – some of it on fire – rained into the neighborhood about 35 miles northwest of Hilton Head Island. The crash occurred during the final minutes of the air show, said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Walley, a Blue Angel pilot. The pilots were executing a maneuver that called for all six planes to join from behind the crowd and form a Delta triangle, said Lt. Cmdr. Garrett D. Kasper, spokesman for the Blue Angels. One plane did not rejoin the formation. Walley said the name of the pilot would not be released until relatives were notified. A Navy statement said the pilot had been on the team for two years. last_img

Wajir’s Al-Hayat crowned N. Eastern Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champ

first_imgSensational attacker, Ahmed Sabri once again proved why he is the best in the team when he notched a brace for Al-Hayat to inspire the Wajir side make a dramatic comeback after trailing 3-0 in the first half.Despite dominating the first-half, Ifpro were reduced to 10 men after defender Derow Ahmed was sent-off for a bad tackle on an Al-Hiyat player.Ahmed Sabri produced the man of the match performance after notching a brace for a strong Al-Hayat side and ensure the Wajir based side qualify for the final that will be played on Sunday at the same venue.Issack Abdiwali who was the star player for Ifpro opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Musa Rashid doubled the lead.The red card did not discourage Ifro as the deadly striker set-up Feisal Yussuf to net the third goal on the stroke of half-time for a 3-0 lead.Ifpro went to sleep mode in the second half to see them lose their lead after Abdikhamad Khalid pulled one back immediately after half time before Sabri scored the second in the 52nd minute then completing a brace in the 76th minute.Sabri was named the Most Valuable Player and top scorer after netting four goals.Sabri was named the Most Valuable Player and top scorer after netting four goals.Bashir Abirahi from Ifpro was named the Best Goal Keeper of the tournament.Al-Hayat, who went home with Sh200, 000 from Safaricom, will now join teams from Rift Valley (Kapenguria Heroes), Eastern (Mwingi Boys) and Nyanza (Ombek Red Devils) who have already qualified for the National Finals to be hosted in Nairobi in March.The tournament now heads to Coast Region this weekend, then go to Western, Central and culminate with Nairobi before the grand finale.The overall winner will pocket Sh1mn and earn a fully paid trip to London where they will meet and train with the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom ambassador, Victor Wanyama at his Tottenham Hotpur club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sensational attacker, Ahmed Sabri once again proved why he is the best in the team when he notched a brace for Al-Hayat to inspire the Wajir side make a dramatic comeback after trailing 3-0 in the first half.GARISSA, Kenya, Jan 7 – A spirited Al-Hayat FC from Wajir came three goals down to stun hosts Ifpro from Garissa 7-6 in post-match penalties in a breathtaking match hosted at a packed Garissa University on Sunday.This is after the match ended 3-3 in regular time to force the match to spot-kick that saw Al-Hayat goal keeper, Hassan Mahat make amends after squandering the opening kick when he saved one, while Ifpro player hit the bar in the sudden death penalty that determined the winner.last_img read more

REST IN PEACE: DEATH NOTICES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR DONEGAL

first_imgDeath notice and acknowledgements for Donegal for today, June 29th.McCORMICKThe death has occurred of Nelly MCCORMICK OF Mountpleasure, Churchill.Reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass in St Colmcille’s Church, Glendoan at 2pm on Tuesday, June 30th, followed by burial in Templedouglas Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Donegal Hospice. DUFFYThe death has occurred of Kathleen Duffy of Foffenagh, Ballymaga, Buncrana.Formerly of Drumaville, Lecamy, Moville. Reposing at her niece Kathleen Porter’s residence at Foffenagh, Ballymagan, Buncrana. Removal on Tuesday morning, June 30th, at 10am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Marys Church, Bocan, Culdaff followed by burial in the adjoining burial ground. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, in lieu to the Foyle Hospice, Culmore Road, Derry.COYLEThe death has occurred of Vera Coyle of Colehill, Newtowncunningham.Reposing at her nephew Eugene Coyle’s residence at 304 Colehill, Newtowncunningham on Tuesday, June 30th, at 10.30am to the Church of the All Saints, Newtowncunningham for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Brentwood Manor Nursing Home. REST IN PEACE: DEATH NOTICES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Death noticesdonegalobituarieslast_img read more

DD Motoring: One-Horsepower

first_imgThis week our Motoring Columnist Brian McDaid heads to Raphoe to meet with Terrence Quinn, the proud owner of Donegal’s first 182-Reg vehicle:The car showrooms all over Donegal were busy at the start of July as the first part of 2018 car number plates make way for 182. Every so often you’d spot a new motor on the roads of Donegal proudly displaying the second part of its annual registration but this year’s number one registration has gone to the commercial sector.There was a yarn once told about Mc Donald’s farm down in Burt. They had so many tractors and combine harvesters in it that they had a number plate registration all of its own. It was E.I.E.I.O. ! Advertisement If My Donalds Farm was considered the biggest farm back in the day, the town of Raphoe could be considered the biggest hub for farmers and all the road haulage associated with it.It was also a man named Mc Donnell who ended up with a very special numberplate in Donegal this year but he was from Co. Monaghan. The unique registration 182 DL 1 wasn’t for a tractor or a combine harvester, but was for something that would be bigger than both.Terence Quinn with his new Volvo 540 with the number 1 registration of 182 in Co. Donegal. Photo Brian McDaidMc Donnell is one of the main Volvo dealers for this part of Southern Ireland based in Co. Monaghan. They got the Number 1 number plate for the second part of 2018 for one of their customers in Donegal, a local haulier, Terence Quinn from Raphoe.That number “181 DL 1” now sits proudly on Terrence Quinn’s latest addition to his fleet of trucks all of which are Volvos. Advertisement Terence Quinn heading for Raphoe in style new lorry which is now part of the TC Quinn Fleet Photo Brian Mc DaidAll of Terence Quinn’s fleet are unmistakable on the road. Finished in Air Force Blue or Fiat Blue over white. His trucks will draw 30 tonnes of cargo on a good day and will average just 6 mpg. His fleet of trucks are well turned out, but the Raphoe man remembers when he started the haulage business in the humblest of ways.Forty years ago, that’s if you include the years before Terence Quinn was able to drive a truck. Terence started his transport business working in Raphoe delivering bundles of peat briquettes door to door with a hand cart.An old Leyland Comet not unlike the one that Terence Quinn’s late father Tom drove drawing animal feed.Donkey and Cart.As his business increased door to door in Raphoe, Terrence even bought a donkey and cart long before he could drive as orders increased around his home town.He still gets a bit of business working with household fuel but now it’s on a slightly bigger scale.Looking over at a lorry arriving in the yard, Terence apologised for the condition of one of his rigs covered in the black coal dust. The ten year old Volvo just return from Lisahally Docks in Derry where it spent the week as part of a team of articulated trucks which unloaded a coal boat of cargo of hundreds of tonnes on household fuel. Transport is in Terence’s Quinn’s blood, his late father Tom was also in the haulier business contracted in to drawing animal feed for the local Mills. Terence can still remember the old Leyland Comet he drove BIH 711.Those old trucks had no comforts for drivers like power steering and even though they could carry a lot less than the trucks of today The work was a lot more manual trying to negotiated the narrow lanes of Donegal farm yards, double clutching the straight cut gearboxes.Terence drives the same roads that his father did before him and works for the same people one or two generations on, and his business serves the same customers as well. Terence’s brother Martin also drives for the family business as does Terence’s nephew Mark Bonner from Convoy. Mark also has a keen interest in the detailing or the finishing of the fleet.Terence’s wife Tina originally from Letterkenny works on the administration in the family business as does their daughter Melissa who just joined the staff in the office in the last few weeks after she completed college. Melissa has not ventured behind the wheel of one of the big rigs yet but will do the steering of the business from the administration side. Terence Quinn pictured with his daughter Melissa who starting working in the family business this year. They are pictured at the newest lorry in the fleet a Volvo 540 FH4. Photo Brian McDaidReinvestment.A brand new 182 DL plate on the street might suggest Terence has his money made but the reality it’s just a reinvestment in the business, Terence’s trucks rack up around 120,000 kms annually. They need to be on the button all the time and ready to roll at the drop of a phone call.This latest 540 brake horsepower Volvo FH4 will be drawing a variety of loads but most of his trailers are specially designed to haul bulk animal feeds. Terence also has a variety of tipping units which can carry any load needed to be transported.Terence has gone the distance over the years on the road in his haulage business just as he did in the ring as a very successful boxer in his youth. The recession and soaring fuel prices puts massive stress on the haulage business. So every hour on the road needs to contribute to the business. On long hauls, “back loads” need to be secured to spread out the cost, but from a humble start with a handcart delivering Briquettes door to door in Raphoe, he went from one horse power to a fleet of well turned out haulage trucks.But as always, Terence is thankful to his team of drivers, his family and the farming community who have supported what is now the third generation of the Quinn Family in transport in Raphoe.Happy motoring folks.King of the road. Terence Quinn and his daughter Melissa away for spin in new lorry which is now part of the TC Quinn Fleet Photo Brian Mc DaidDD Motoring: One-Horsepower was last modified: July 18th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:motoringterrence quinnvolvolast_img read more

DeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fights

first_imgJames DeGale and Audley Harrison have weighed in ahead of their respective title fights.The former Olympic gold medallists, both from Harlesden, are in action on Saturday night.DeGale defends his European super-middleweight crown against France’s Hadillah Mohoumadi, 32, at Glow, Bluewater.It will be the 26-year-old’s first bout since signing with promoter Mick Hennessy after a long-running dispute with Frank Warren.Harrison, meanwhile, faces the daunting task of taking on heavyweight prospect David Price in the unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion’s home city of Liverpool in a clash dubbed ‘The battle of the Olympians’.DeGale, who has fought only once this year, came in a pound under the 12-stone limit .“My training’s been spot-on and I feel in great shape going into the fight,” he told West London Sport.“It’s been a frustrating year but I’m back and am ready to make a fresh start, so it’s an exciting time. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.“He [Mohoumadi] looks strong and is as big as me. He’s clearly well prepared and coming to fight.”Harrison scaled 17st 7lbs at his weigh-in at Anfield while Price – a bronze medallist in the 2008 Olympics – was two pounds heaver.Much criticised since turning professional – particularly after meekly losing a one-sided world title clash with David Haye two years ago – Harrison knows a defeat at the Echo Arena would almost certainly end his boxing career.But the outspoken 40-year-old insists he has a realistic chance of upsetting the odds.“This is about my legacy. My journey. This is where I produce an Olympic performance and remind people of the Audley that won that gold medal,” he declared.“I respect David Price. I respect his achievements. But I’m coming here to lay it on the line and prove people wrong.”See also:Harrison to take on Price in LiverpoolHarrison tipped to produce ‘something special’ against PriceHarrison aiming to halt Price bandwagonUpbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownMohoumadi out to cause an upset in title clash with DeGaleJames DeGale and Hadillah Mohoumadi go head-to-headDeGale discusses Saturday’s fight and his spat with Eubank JnrHarrison promises ‘Olympic performance’ against PriceDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 2 Wigan 1

first_imgFine goals from Ross McCormack and Matt Smith gave Fulham the advantage despite Wigan controlling much of the play.The Whites began the game brightly and went in front after only four minutes.Sean Kavanagh rolled the ball to McCormack, who curled it brilliantly around Scott Carson from the edge of the box for his 13th goal of the season.But Wigan, in Gary Caldwell’s first game as manager, found their way back into the game and also converted their first chance, after 20 minutes.Having been restored to the starting line-up, Jermaine Pennant fired in a free-kick past Marcus Bettinelli after Scott Parker had fouled James McClean.With Fulham on the back foot for much of the half, McCormack almost grabbed his second, only to be denied at the last moment by a sliding challenge from Harry Maguire.And it was his strike partner who put Fulham ahead again 10 minutes before the break.Smith found a pocket of space 30 yards out and unleashed a sublime shot into the top corner to give the Whites an undeserved half-time lead.Fulham: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Turner, Burn, Husband; Hoogland, Parker, Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh; Smith, McCormack. Subs: Kiraly, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Ruiz, Kačaniklić, Woodrow, Rodallega.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Microsoft’s Biggest Windows 8 Competitor? Itself!

first_imgMicrosoft is betting the farm on its new Windows 8 operating system. Ironically, some of the biggest challenges it faces come from earlier versions of Windows – and Microsoft’s own mistakes. Case in point: Windows 8’s highly touted “Metro” interface may have to change its name just as the program is about to be released.What’s In a Name? Trouble!It seems there’s possibly a bit of trademark trouble with the “Metro” name from German retail holding group Metro AG, which, among other assets, owns two electronics store chains (Media Markt and Saturn).While an internal Microsoft memo appears to confirm that the Metro interface will be getting a new name, no one knows yet what the new moniker will be or officially why the change had to happen at this late date. The memo only cites “discussions with an important European partner” as the rationale. Microsoft has declined to comment. In the grand scheme of things, of course, this is not a big deal. After all, few consumers could actually name the interface now used by Windows Vista and Windows 7: Aero. The only people likely to notice a Metro name change will be technology professionals and ultra-fans. Developers may also be annoyed at having to rename things in the applicaitons the’re already working on.Still, it’s one more nagging headache that Microsoft didn’t need. Metro AG is not exactly unknown in tech circles. This should have been settled long before Microsoft invested any PR and marketing dollars on “Metro.”Windows vs. WindowsMicrosoft’s launch of Windows 8, already threatened by reports of declining Windows PC sales, has bigger issues than name changes.Sure, Windows 8 will go head-to-head with rival operating systems like Apple’s OS X and open-source Linux, but by some measures its biggest competitors will be Microsoft’s own earlier releases of Windows.You wouldn’t think that an 11-year-old operating system like Windows XP would be a big challenger for Windows 8, but it will be. According to the July 2012 survey from NetMarketShare, 42.86% of desktop machines STILL run Windows XP, just a smidge more than Windows 7, which is at 42.21%. (The epic fail of Windows Vista has fallen steadily from 9.09% in September 2011 to 6.60% in July 2012).Based on the trendlines, it looks like August will finally be the month that Windows 7 does what Vista never even came close to doing: overtaking Windows XP.This is the desktop market into which Windows 8 will be sold: 91.67% of machines already running Windows of some kind, and nearly half of those machines running an operating system that was released over a decade ago.Microsoft is well aware of the challenge: sources have already outlined potential upgrade paths for XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users.Upgrade or Switch?Of course, the vast majority of those machines will never upgrade their version of Windows. And that won’t be helped by incomplete upgrade schemes:. For instance, only personal data can be migrated from XP Service Pack 3 or Vista to Windows 8 (Vista SP1 users will be able to migrate user settings as well). Only Windows 7 users will have an “easy” upgrade path to Windows 8 that will carry apps, data, and settings along.Given that, the real opportunity clearly comes in selling new Windows 8 devices – from PCs to tablets. But getting users to abandon their existing Windows machines won’t be easy in the current economy – particularly for employers who have stubbornly refused to make the upgrade.Even more worrisome for Microsoft in the long run, every time someone gives up on an aging Windows machine is an oportunity for them to abandon the Windows platform, going with OS X or Linux (or even iOS and Android on tablets) instead of Windows8.In that kind of environment, with new Windows 8 machines competing with Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as OS X, Linux and various mobile operating systems, Microsoft can’t afford any stumbles. That’s what makes the Metro name change so worrisome. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts last_img read more

Why Employees Quit Their Jobs

first_imgThe expense of losing an employee is more than the cost of bringing one on board, yet companies continually let good workers slip through their hands. The reasons employees leave vary, but one thing is for sure, employers don’t hold all the cards, even in a tough job market.“Companies can’t look at employees as expendable commodities,” says Pat Sweeney, human resource manager at Old Colony Hospice and Palliative Care. “There may be a high unemployment rate but it’s not all skilled people. If you’re just looking at your bottom line, you want to make sure your employees feel valued.”Turnover can be expensive. According to Salary.com it costs a company anywhere from 120% to 150% of the person’s salaryif they leave in one to three months. Not only do companies invest money and time orienting the new worker, there are also training, benefits and recruitment costs. Because of that, it behooves a company to create an environment where employees want to stay.From employing bad managers to not providing career growth, here’s a look at four actions that are sure to push employees out the door.Bad managementA lot of companies pride themselves on promoting within, but sometimes that strategy can backfire if the person they are giving a management role to isn’t up to the task. According to career experts one of the main reasons employees leave a company is because of poor management or a bad boss.“Leadership skills are not intuitive and well taught,” says Carl Robinson, Ph.D., a business psychologist and executive coach. “Really talented people will not put up with jerk bosses, they don’t need to. There’s a shortage of talented smart people.” Unfortunately Robinson says very few companies provide adequate management training so supervisors know how to interact and communicate with employees.Lack of career growthNobody accepts a position with the intent of doing the same job for their entire career.  People want to grow professionally and if they can’t, chances are they will eventually leave.  If your company needs to attract and retain highly skilled workers, then you better make sure you are providing developmental opportunities.“Companies owe it to their employees to invest in their development,” says Susan Heathfield, the guide to human resources for About.com. “It doesn’t always take an outside seminar or sending them away. There is much you can do internally.” Heathfield points to job shadowing of a higher up, mentoring programs and internal training as three examples that won’t break the bank. “Companies are not doing a good job of career development,” she says.Letting employees fend for themselvesIn every organization there are those go getters who make it known to anyone that will listen that they want to climb up the ladder and the introverted ones who do a good job but don’t possess the self-promoting skills. Often those in the latter camp will get passed up for promotions even if they are deserving of it, which will breed resentment and eventually result in their departure.“Often companies may be guilty of saying ‘you own your career, go find the opportunity,’ but for people that are not outgoing they don’t understand the concept of finding a mentor or finding career growth,” says Abby Euler, general manager at Salary.com.  Companies need to understand the different types of personalities and make sure there is clear communications as to how to find a mentor and move up in the organization, she says.Not valuing and respecting workersLet’s face it money and benefits do matter, but workers also want to feel valued, respected and that they are making a contribution. If a company can’t meet those basic needs, it will likely deal with lots of turn over.  Feeling valued not only means recognition for a job well done but being kept in the loop about workplace issues. If all of the major decisions are made behind closed doors and the workers are the last to know it will create uncertainty which could result in departures, says Sweeney.Employees also want to work for companies that actually care about their work/life balance. “Companies have to be sensitive to what employees need outside the office,” says Sweeney. They need to ask themselves are they listening to what their employees have to say, is there open communications and is their flexibility in schedules, she says.Are you an employer? Sign up for a free employer account on Glassdoor.last_img read more