Groves weighs in ahead of Wembley clash

first_imgGeorge Groves weighed in at 11st 13lbs 6oz for his WBC world title eliminator against European super-middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse.Rebrasse was a couple of ounces heavier but also came in just under the 12-stone limit, weighing 11st 13lb 8oz.Saturday’s clash at Wembley Arena will be Groves’ first outing since his second attempt to take Carl Froch’s WBA and IBF belts ended in defeat in May.The European title and the vacant WBC Silver title will also be on the line when Groves, 26, faces the 28-year-old Frenchman.Hammersmith’s Groves, who has also been British and Commonwealth champion, said this week:  ‘’I’m chomping at the bit.“Obviously less is more at this stage but we’ve had a very good camp and we’ve enjoyed ourselves.“Now I can’t wait to get in there and rock ‘n’ roll. I’m counting down the seconds before I can get back in the ring and back to what I do best.’’Rebrasse has won 22, lost two and drawn three of his 27 professional fights.Groves, meanwhile, has a record of 19-2, having been unbeaten before his two losses against Froch.The first of those defeats was hugely controversial as the challenger had floored Froch and was ahead of the judges’ scorecards before the fight was abruptly stopped in the ninth round.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Google Opens Public Data Explorer Lab

first_imgGoogle looks to be following up the addition of its Google Chart Tools with a neat addition to Google Labs – the Public Data Explorer. The purpose of the new tool, Google says on the new lab’s page, is to make “large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate”. Google, with its access to an immense assortment of information, is in the perfect position to help us with ways to display this information.Just as with the Chart Tools, Google’s Public Data Explorer will allow users to directly embed charts and other visual tools onto their websites. The charts will be dynamically created, so if the data updates, so will the chart. Google first got into the public data game about a year ago and has been including this type of data in its search results.Right now, there are 13 datasets available, ranging from something as specific as Education Statistics of California to World Development Indicators from the World Bank. Google has just added five new public data sources: the U.S. Center for Disease Control (think Google’s Flu Trends), the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Eurostat, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and the California Department of Education.There are four choices for visualization styles – bar graph, line graph, map or bubble, and each has its advantage. After choosing a visual style, you can select what data points you would like to see and set variables such as time period.Just as with the chart tools, we look forward to seeing how useful a tool like this can be for all those smaller organizations that don’t have the resources to hire a full-time web design team, but want to visually display data to help visualize trends. This could be a great tool for smaller journalistic organizations to compete with some of the big dogs. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Survey Reports on Average Construction Time for New Homes

first_imgJust how long does it take to build a single-family house? It depends on who’s building it, and where it’s being built, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.The bureau’s 2017 Survey of Construction found that the average construction time was about 7 1/2 months, including one month from the time the project was authorized to when building actually began, an Eye on Housing report from the National Association of Home Builders said.On average, houses that took the least amount of time to build  were those built for sale (6.9 months). People who built their own houses on their own property took the longest — 12.3 months on average — while homeowners who hired a contractor to build a house on land they owned saw the house completed in an average of 9 months.Other tidbits from this year’s survey:Construction times varied substantially by region. In New England and the Mid-Atlantic, construction times were 10.4 months and 10.3 months respectively. In the South Atlantic region, the time was only 6.4 months. On the West coast, construction averaged 8.5 months.It took builders a minimum of two weeks to begin work after permits were issued, but the delay could be much longer. In the Mountain region, builders were relatively speedy and needed only 17 days to start work. In New England, the wait was an average of 36 days, while on the West coast it was 39 days.Builders in metro areas are speedier than those in rural areas. The difference between metro and non-metro completion times was in some cases significant. In the Pacific region, for example, single-family houses in metro areas took a little more than 8 months, on average, to complete while houses in non-metro areas took more than 14 months. But the spread in other areas was much smaller — in the South Atlantic region, for instance, the difference between metro and non-metro completion times was only a few weeks.The numbers have been trending slowly upward since the Census Bureau began collecting the data 47 years ago. In 1971, builders zipped through a single-family house in an average of 4.8 months — just 4.4 months for houses built for sale, and 7.2 months for owner-built houses.The surveys don’t directly explain why construction takes longer now than it used to, or why metro builders are faster than their country cousins. But other information collected by the Census Bureau may offer some clues. Houses, for example, are certainly bigger (a median of 2,426 square feet in 2017 compared to 1,525 in 1973). They also have more bathrooms (only 30,000 houses built in 2017 had 1 1/2 baths or less), and are probably somewhat harder to build as codes require more insulation and air sealing.last_img read more

Pete Turner on Cultural Understanding, Caring, And True Influence – Episode #57

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 55:09 — 50.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSVery few people have had the types of life experiences Pete Turner has had. His experience as a soldier and then later as a cultural consultant to the military and U.S. State Department during the Bosnian and Afghanistan conflicts gives him a perspective and skill set far beyond those of the average person. And you may wonder why a guy with that background is on a sales focused podcast. It’s because so much of what Pete has learned about culture and how to deal with people applies directly to the business and sales world. You’ll get it after you listen to this episode. It’s a bit longer than usual but you won’t care. It’s that good.Culture is like gravity, it is everywhere. Salespeople need to understand the culture they step intoClick To Tweet4th generation warfare and its relevance to business cultures.The term “4th Generation Warfare” is not a commonly heard phrase but it’s one that’s being used more and more to describe the way that warfare situations have changed in the last decade or two. Pete Turner brings his expertise in that realm into this episode of In The Arena to illustrate how there are many more things going on in every culture than most leaders and decision makers are aware of. And for salespeople, understanding the underlying cultural dynamics of a situation would win or lose the deal. You won’t be sorry you listened to this one. Spying (counterintelligence) is not really all that different from sales.Pete Turner spent a good deal of his military career in what is called “counterintelligence.” It’s spying, plain and simple – getting into the everyday life of a culture to discover important information that can help your side of the conflict. But Pete realized early on that his job was not to locate or identify the bad guys, his job was to get to know the culture and the people, to care about them, and to understand what his side of the conflict could to to win a lasting peace after the conflict was over. Sound anything like sales? It should. Be sure to listen so you can glean the insights Pete has to share.In human relationships show is fast and fast is slow ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetRelationships are key to getting almost anything done in a culture.In a military conflict, The American way is often to come into the situation with the assumption that help is needed and that “we” are the ones to give it. But Pete Turner says that his experience as a counterintelligence officer and cultural consultant to the military has shown him something entirely different. It’s impossible to truly help if you don’t know the real situation on the ground and military leaders and diplomats are characteristically bad at getting that kind of intel. Many salespeople do the same thing: they make assumptions about the business culture they’re stepping into instead of investing in the relationships required to make a sales change happen. You’ll hear Pete’s insight and see how they relate to the sales process on this episode of In The Arena.  Organizational cultures require that you come in with respect. Any culture has its own unique set of “rules” regarding the way things work between people. If you come into a culture as a gung-ho salesperson without taking the time to communicate respect for the way things are done (through getting to know people and asking questions), you’ll inadvertently disrespect something valuable to the culture and quickly become an outsider who is not allowed in. On this episode you’ll learn how to ask questions, learn, and demonstrate respect that builds the relational clout needed to become an influence on the culture from your place outside of it. Every salesperson needs to learn these lessons.Salespeople need to build the kind of relationships that will withstand the ask ~ Anthony IannarinoClick To TweetOutline of this great episode How you can get aboard the Bob Burg mastermind event. The concept of 4th generation warfare. Why Anthony invited Peter Turner onto the show today. Why the concept of 4th generation warfare appeals to Anthony. What are 4th and 5th generation warfare? Was the American Revolution 4th generation warfare? Why the military conflict is not the end of the war. Pete’s deep experience in these types of situations. The “sales” portion of counterintelligence (spying). Why relationships matter in conflict resolution and sales. Pete’s time in Afghanistan. How the accountability ladder works and why it doesn’t work. Why leaders often try to impose their will against the culture’s wishes. The problems on the ground are often not the problems leadership sees. Why organizational cultures require respect from those coming in. Key lessons for business people from Pete’s experiences. Pete’s current work consulting and advising. The most important book Pete has ever read and why. Who has had the biggest influence on Pete’s thinking. Pete’s most important lesson in life. What would Pete do if he weren’t doing what he does now? What Pete hopes to be remembered for. The break it down show.Our Sponsors:Bob Burg’s “Go Giver” Event: or email Kathy(at)theGoGiver.comResources & Links mentioned in this – Pete’s showwww.PeteATurner.comMark Safransky0743284917The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeYou have the watches but we have the time. The difficulty of 4th generation warfareClick To TweetWhy salespeople need to respect the culture of every business they encounterClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more