Rafael Benitez has dismissed criticism of Fernando Torres, insisting the Chelsea striker is “doing a great job” despite his goal drought.Torres has not scored in eight domestic matches and has continued to struggle since the appointment of Benitez, who brought the best out of him at Liverpool.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, now a television pundit, recently suggested that Chelsea’s players were reluctant to give the ball to the Spaniard.But interim manager Benitez countered: “I was not watching the analysis but I think Fernando is a great player and his team-mates know he is a great player.“If he’s in the right positions they will play it to him. If he’s in the wrong position then maybe not.”He added: “The main thing as a manager is what you can see on the pitch and in training, and Fernando is doing a great job.“Yesterday we had a training session with finishing and Fernando scored a lot. I think he has more confidence and his team-mates know that he is trying very hard.“As a striker we want to see him scoring goals but I would maybe like to see Fernando not scoring and the team winning by scoring lots of goals from different parts of the pitch.“Fernando is an important player us, but the others have to score as well.”See also:Benitez defends Torres after derby drawBenitez standing by Torres after defeatBenitez predicts more goals from 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Intimacy is difficult to fake. The tools that automate intimacy don’t produce the same outcome. Mostly, they detract from intimacy.One-to-One but really One-to-Many Emails: The first clue that you are faking intimacy via email is that your first name is in a different font. The second clue is the five hyperlinks carefully strewn throughout the email. The third clue is a lack of any real personalization. The fourth clue is that there is no real insight or ideas delivered, with the links there only to notify a human being that a link was clicked. Most automated marketing, despite the personalization, looks and feels like spam.Answering the Phone with the Person’s Name: If your name is Bob Jones, you might be convinced that the person calling your phone knows who you are, even though it’s unlikely. But when your name is Anthony Iannarino, no one pronounces your name right on the first try (or the second, or sometimes the third). What is supposed to feel like intimacy falls short. If you can’t pronounce someone’s name, you have no intimacy.Customer Surveys: Don’t get me wrong here, customer surveys are great. If you want to know how and what to improve, surveys are a useful way to discover what needs fixing. Even though the note accompanying the survey is a personal plea for your help in providing feedback, and even though they use your name, there is no person on the other end of that request. When the person who takes care of my car calls to ask how things are, then it gets intimate.Checking the Boxes: The birthday card from one of the stores you visit. The holiday gift from some other retailer. Dates like these are important to the people with whom you have intimate relationships, but not for people you don’t know, have never met, and who don’t even know who you are. Some marketing person responding to an executive’s request that they develop more loyalty thought it was a good idea to try to develop a relationship with you, and this was their less than half-hearted attempt.Your personal email might rise to the level of creating intimacy, but not nearly so much as a face-to-face meeting. Calling someone or recognizing their voice on the phone is a minimum requirement for intimacy. If the person calling you isn’t a contact in your phone, it’s unlikely you have an intimate relationship, commercial or otherwise.A call or a note to follow up on an experience generates much more intimacy than a survey, even if it provided less information. In fact, if you were more personal, that single call would be worth many times as many surveys.If you want intimacy, you are going to have to do some things that simply don’t lend themselves to scale. read more
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Twitter/@KevinOConnorNBA Duke returns to the court today for the first time since the dramatic overtime win against North Carolina, but the Blue Devils will be without star center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor will miss today’s game vs. Clemson after injuring his ankle late in the first half against the Tar Heels. He returned to that game, and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 41 minutes, so this is probably precautionary.Duke’s Jahlil Okafor will not play today for the Blue Devils. Suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s win over North Carolina.— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) February 21, 2015Duke and Clemson tip off at 4:00 p.m. Duke is 23-3, and in strong contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. read more
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)During today’s raucous championship celebration in Cleveland, NBA Finals MVP LeBron James has complimented each of his teammates on their roles in the title. Sasha Kaun did not play in the post-season, last getting run during the Cavaliers’ season finale against the Detroit Pistons, but James did not leave the former Kansas player out. During the speech, he recounted a discussion with another former Jayhawk, Mario Chalmers, during which he realized he has always had a KU player on his team when he’s taken home the title.LeBron admitting he needs our fellow Jayhawks to win titles 🙂 #RockChalk #kubball pic.twitter.com/B6r6Z9PAzz— ChiefsJayhawksRoyals (@CJR16255) June 22, 2016Here’s what LeBron said about Sasha Kaun to @mchalmers15 pic.twitter.com/cFT21fVJwk— Joe Davis (@ByJoeDavis) June 22, 2016 Take note, former Kansas greats. Team up with LeBron and you might win a title. This also applies to every other NBA player.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale read more
“We entered the winter time with more challenges,” said Finn. “Our trains are shorter so you need more trains to move the same amount of product. More locomotives and more crews. By the time we realized we’re into January, February we just didn’t deliver at the level we should have been. When its winter time we have set a target that the supply chain should allow us to spot 4,000 cars per week during the tough months of winter – January, February – to grain elevators in Western Canada. Once winter breaks, our target becomes 5,000 cars. We’ve done the last six weeks now almost 5,500 cars per week. When I say we’ve caught up, it is that the volume is moving. There might be issues at the port, there might be issues at the odd grain elevator, but when it comes to cars being spotted at elevators so farmers can deliver their grain and we can move it to market we’re already caught up quite a bit.”Finn added that there have also been several other factors outside of CN’s control that contributed to the shortage of empty freight cars for its customers over the winter.“The problem is, we load the cars but ultimately our customers decide what terminal it goes to. Some terminals are not necessarily as efficient as others and don’t operate seven days a week. You can load grain cars but if you move them to Vancouver and they sit there without being unloaded. CN have done its job to deliver, but we’re still waiting for those cars to cycle back to the elevators. Those cars are sitting one or two days not being unloaded, that takes two days out of their cycle time.”Finn said that CN will working on better communicating with its supply chain partners in order to try and alleviate the possibility of another freight backlog occurring in future years. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — One of CN Rail’s vice presidents says that his company has nearly cleared the backlog of grain from B.C. after a more severe winter than usual contributed to long service delays for the railway’s customers across the country. CN’s Executive Vice-President of Corporate Services Sean Finn was in Prince George on Wednesday touring his company’s operations in the community, which handles both north-south and east-west traffic. Finn explained that the company had seen 18 months of declining freight volumes, leading the company to lay off staff and park locomotives. In 2017, while the company forecast an average increase of three percent in freight volumes over the year, freight volumes had increased between 10 and 20 percent in the first four months of the year. Finn said that while the company began a hiring spree of 1,000 employees and ordered 200 new locomotives last year, it requires months both to train new conductors and build locomotives. read more
New Delhi: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has for the fifth consecutive quarter listed its majority shareholder ONGC as a public shareholder and not its promoter, but it will face a real test when the vacant posts of directors on the company board are filled. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) in January last year bought the government’s entire 51.11 per cent stake in HPCL for Rs 36,915 crore. HPCL thereafter became its subsidiary but HPCL management has continuously refused to recognise ONGC as its promoter. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a regulatory filing on shareholding pattern at the end of March quarter, HPCL on April 18 listed “President of India” as its promoter with “zero” per cent shareholding. ONGC was listed as “public shareholder”, owning “77.88 crores” shares or “51.11 per cent” shareholding of the company. Sources said HPCL may be taking shield of technicalities to not list ONGC as its promoter but it will face a real test when interviews to fill the post of Director (Finance) are conducted. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe chairman of ONGC, as a result of the company being the holding company of HPCL, should by rules be on the interview panel to select the directors and that would in a way end all the wrangling over promoter issue, they said. HPCL Director (Finance) J Ramaswamy retired on February 28 but interviews for the post haven’t been done yet by the government headhunter Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB). For selecting a director of a company where the government or its controlled company has more than 50 per cent stake, a PESB panel holders interview from among shortlisted candidates. The panel is assisted by the Secretary of the administrative ministry and the chairman of the company concerned. The Department of Personnel guidelines state “in the case of subsidiaries, the full-time Chairman of the holding Company is invited to assist the Board.” Sources said going by these guidelines, ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker should sit on the interview panel to select HPCL Director (Finance). They said Coal India Ltd governance structure, which the HPCL management has so often cited, clearly provides for the holding company chairman to sit on the panel for selecting directors of subsidiary companies. Coal India Ltd is a holding company and has seven subsidiaries. The board of each of the subsidiaries is headed by a Chairman and Coal India too has a Chairman and Managing Director to head the board. But on PESB panel to select director or even chairman of subsidiary companies, Coal India Chairman and Managing Director is invited. Sources said the government had earlier this year asked HPCL to add ONGC as its co-promoter but the oil refining company sought to delay it by seeking further clarifications. While the promoter tag does not bring any specific privileges to ONGC, a lack of it keeps it out of insider trading regulations as it get full agenda of every board meeting of HPCL and can be aware of price sensitive information. ONGC, which had to borrow Rs 24,876 crore for the acquisition that helped the government meet its disinvestment target for the 2017-18 fiscal, first raised the issue of being formally recognised as a promoter of HPCL in August last year. When the issue first arose in August 2018, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had clearly stated that ONGC is the new promoter of HPCL. ONGC, he had said, had invested in acquiring a majority stake in the company and so it is the promoter. “ONGC is the promoter of HPCL,” he had said. After ONGC bought out government stake, HPCL became its subsidiary. Since ONGC takeover in January 2018, HPCL has made five stock exchange filings about the shareholding pattern of the company — the first on April 20, 2018, then on July 12, 2018, then on October 19, 2018, then on January 21, 2019 and finally on April 18, 2019. In all four, ONGC is shown as the public shareholder and President of India listed as the promoter. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s rules, the entity that owns the controlling stake should be listed as promoter even if it was not the original promoter of the company. When Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) had bought the government’s stake in fuel retailer IBP Co Ltd, it was listed as the latter’s promoter in every instance after the deal. The same was the case when IOC acquired a majority stake in Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd (CPCL). HPCL Chairman and Managing Director M K Surana has retained the title of Chairman and Managing Director despite corporate governance structure require a group having just one chairman and subsidiaries being run by managing directors and CEOs. ONGC’s overseas subsidiary, ONGC Videsh Ltd, is headed by a Managing Director and CEO. Its refinery subsidiary Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), which is listed on BSE, too is led by a Managing Director and CEO. ONGC Chairman is the head of boards of both the companies. Since acquiring a majority stake in HPCL, ONGC has only been able to appoint one director to that firm’s board. read more