first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesIn years to come, there is a good chance west London tennis fans will want to brag about the time they were at Queen’s Club to witness the tournament debut of a fresh faced youngster from Canada.No-one who was lucky enough to see 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime get the better of Stefanos Tsitsipas will have been left in any doubt at all about the likely future for this newcomer.He was up against the world number six from Greece who has himself been nothing short of sensational in the past year – beating top names and reaching a Grand Slam semi-final already.And yet, the Athenian was made to appear almost ordinary by an unfeasibly assured young man who has variety in his armoury and ice cool veins when it comes to decision making and coping with pressure. Break points do not faze him, he merely goes up a gear to get out of trouble.Embed from Getty ImagesAuger-Aliassime looks a natural on grass and that first ATP singles title is only a matter of time. It could even be on Sunday.Tsitsipas has been superb this year, but here he was looking flustered. He lost three times to the man two years his junior before they turned professional and he had already lost the first competitive clash between the pair at Indian Wells in March.At one stage, he crashed his racket into the turf in frustration, as if envisaging 15 more years of agony at the hands of his nemesis. The pair are that good that this could be one of many clashes down the line.Tsitsipas admitted the prospect of getting the better of Auger-Aliassime could be a problem for him in the years ahead.“It does worry me,” he conceded. “I mean, it’s upsetting obviously that he’s better than me. I have to accept that he’s better than me. I might never beat him but if I think that way, just need to wait, years maybe, for that chance to come.“He’s beaten me every single time we have faced each other. He has the whole package to play big. I’m sure if he ever gets the difficult chance to play Nadal, Djokovic or Federer, he’s going to beat them, for sure. I will not be surprised if he gets wins over those guys. We will definitely see him in the top five.”And can the young man really go all the way and secure the Fever-Tree title? “No doubt about it,” Tsitsipas said. “I wouldn’t be surprised. I think he can win Grand Slams, to be honest with you.”Auger-Aliassime took the first set 7-5 after 51 minutes – the key being the winning of a high percentage of first serve points. He was patient in eking out an advantage, but once in front, he scented blood and went for the kill, breaking serve at the start of the second set to race into a 3-0 lead. He never let his opponent back into it and a time-out called by the Greek for a shoulder massage from the trainer seemed almost symbolic of the pain the teenager was causing him.Today, Auger-Aliassime takes on Andy Murray’s doubles partner Feliciano Lopez in the second semi-final of the day – the Spaniard having recovered from a set down to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in a long quarter-final encounter yesterday.In the first semi-final, Daniil Medvedev will fly the Russian flag after making short work of Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, 6-2, 6-2 in his last-eight tie. His opponent will be Gilles Simon, who prevailed in an all-French affair against compatriot Nicolas Mahut 7-6, 5-7, 7-6. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoZen HealthLittle Family Stars Confirm Very Sad NewsZen HealthUndoLifestly.comAt 78, Pele lives in this modest mansionLifestly.comUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – This is how She Does It!HappyTricks.comUndoSky-Elite-NewsHusband Illustrates Everyday Life With Wife In 19 PicturesSky-Elite-NewsUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoStyleReadsMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsStyleReadsUndolast_img read more

first_imgArcata >> Ja’Quan Gardner has had monster games before.He’s set records — a lot of them — and probably will do so at least a few more times in Humboldt State’s final four regular-season games.He’s put on his Superman cape and taken over games before.But in Saturday night’s 52-49 win over Azusa Pacific this past Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl, Gardner took things to a different kind of level. And it was the kind of level, one where he completely tore the APU defense apart, that his team …last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Clelin Ferrell played on a Clemson team that went 55-4 and won two national championships in four years.Back-to-back losses? Unthinkable.So how does the Raiders defensive end and first-round draft pick feel after taking consecutive losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings?“It’s the realization that this ain’t college no more,” Ferrell said Thursday as the Raiders (1-2) prepared for their Week 4 road game against the Indianapolis Colts. “You don’t get used to losing, …last_img read more

first_imgFrank Landman Startups are starting to launch without a central headquarters, or any designated office building, in an attempt to create “fully remote” businesses. The premise is simple; operate with all your leaders and employees working remotely, sometimes all over the world, to cut costs and broaden your potential employee pool.To conventional businesses, the notion seems absurd; they rely on in-house collaboration and the reputational allure of a headquarters. So how, exactly, are these fully remote startups succeeding, and is it reasonable to prioritize it over having an established location?The Benefits of Fully Remote BusinessesMost startups are attracted to the fully remote model because of one or a combination of the following benefits:Cost savings. First and foremost, offices are expensive. Smart city technology may one day make commercial space more appealing and less expensive, but for now, the average entrepreneur can expect to shell out thousands of dollars a month for leasing even a small office space, and even more money to keep the lights on. Eliminating the need for a physical office space means thousands of dollars of savings every month, which can then be spent on more important assets and improvements, like research and development or marketing and advertising.Management reduction. Keeping up with an office isn’t just a matter of money; it’s also a matter of time. Most businesses have a designated office manager, or some other combination of roles to ensure the facilities are clean, organized, and conducive to a productive work space. Fully remote models also reduce the need for this time expenditure, sometimes cutting out the cost of a full-time salary and other times freeing up more hours for productive work.Commute elimination. The average commute in the United States is something like 30 minutes each way, resulting in an hour a day, or 5 hours a week of lost time. On top of that, many workers come into the office in a bad mood because they got stuck in traffic, or end up with less family time than they’d like because they get home so late. Fully remote models completely eliminate the need for commuting, or at least greatly reduce it.Flexibility for workers. Working from home (or from another place of your choosing) gives workers a tremendous amount of flexibility. They can set up and customize a home office of their very own, or work from a local café or coworking space. They can wear a suit if it helps them get in a “work” mindset, or something typically inappropriate for a workspace, like pajamas and custom gold grillz. Workers can choose the environments that suit them best, which means they’ll work better and be happier at the same time. That means higher team productivity and higher morale.Branding potential. Some startups get clever with their branding, showing off their fully remote model to improve their brand reputation. For example, you could claim that you’re doing it to positively impact the environment, reducing the carbon emissions previously associated with vehicular commutes.Wider hiring options. Companies that operate fully remotely don’t need to restrict their hiring options to any one local area. Instead, they can hire people all over the world, broadening their employee pool. This could be beneficial because it allows you to hire people in other areas of the world for lower costs, or simply because the number of potential applicants you can consider skyrockets.Productivity. There’s significant evidence to suggest that people who work from home are more productive than their office-bound counterparts, though it’s not entirely understood why this is the case. It might be because workers have more flexibility, so they can work in a style that best suits their needs. It could be because working from home makes people happier, or because they’re less distracted by office conversations. It could also be that remote workers are eager to preserve their benefits, so they want to prove that they work harder under these circumstances. Regardless of the motivations, the benefits are real.The Drawbacks of Fully Remote StartupsHowever, some startups inevitably fail when trying to capture these advantages, because of the strength of these downsides:Communication issues. Communication issues can kill productivity, and when you’re working with people exclusively through digital communication channels, it’s inevitable that communication issues will arise. People will miss messages or not respond to them fast enough, and people will misinterpret the subtle tone of another coworker’s email. It may also be hard to tell who’s working on what project, resulting in redundant effort or missed deadlines.Client impressions and meetings. Open workspaces and excessive meetings can be annoying, but they are incredibly valuable for making good client impressions and settling matters as a team. Without a central office location, startups need to find some other way to meet with clients in person, or else resolve to merely communicate over the phone, or through digital messaging.Brand visibility. Having a designated office building in a high-traffic area results in better brand visibility. For some startups, this is crucial for attracting new customers and improving their reputation. For others, the loss of this brand visibility is no big deal.Team camaraderie. Teams of employees usually work best when everyone feels like they’re a part of something bigger, and when individuals have the chance to bond with one another. Because there will be fewer opportunities to talk face to face or bond with others, team camaraderie usually takes a hit in fully remote models.Work-life balance. Work-life balance is key to a team’s overall morale and productivity, and you might think that working remotely can actually improve this balance; after all, people are often working from home, closer to their families. But in reality, working from home tends to blur the lines between work life and home life, which can result in psychological distress, and a feeling like work is never really over.Technical issues. Fully remote models are possible thanks to fantastic advancements in technology, but what happens when those technological tools aren’t working? If your project management app goes down or your email servers aren’t working, it could derail the entire day. Plus, if an individual is in need of tech support, there’s no in-house IT department to pay them a visit and fix things up.The Startup AdvantagesStartups have some extra advantages that established businesses don’t, which is why they’re the typical proponents and progenitors of fully remote setups:Agility. Startups run leaner, with few employees and flexible business models. They don’t have existing assets to worry about, and don’t need to stay bound to a given formula. This allows them to make drastic changes on the fly, or adopt a business model that might not otherwise work.Limited budgets. Startups typically have lower budgets than their big business counterparts. Ordinarily, this is a weakness, but it provides a strong incentive to adopt a fully remote model. Not only does it cut down on operating costs, it also enables them to seek employees and contractors from other areas, who might be cheaper to employ.Employee options. Finding a talented core team is challenging for startups, so the extra breadth of the employee pool is valuable. Getting to select candidates from all over the world is much better than only relying on people in your immediate vicinity.Entrepreneurial VisionEven with all the advantages offered by the fully remote business model, there’s still no guarantee of success. The startups that have grown into large-scale businesses using a fully remote foundation have done so because they’ve established a workplace that recognizes and compensates for the possible disadvantages. Taking advantage of the benefits and putting new procedures, tools, and staff in place to minimize the impact of the downsides is the key to making a startup tech company succeed without a headquarters. Follow the Puck How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts center_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. 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first_imgMANILA, Philippines—It’s the year of Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gold was the luster of 2018 for the Baguio-based team as it ran through the competition in ONE Championship to become the most prolific organization in the promotion, making their story no. 2 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of the year.Mark Sangiao, the quiet and peaceful mentor of equally friendly warriors, guided Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and the iconic Eduard Folayang to World titles in their respective weight classes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionEustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four to become a World champion in 2018 when he unified the flyweight belts after a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June after reigning on an interim basis since January.Belingon (20-5) followed soon in July to become the interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen, which he followed up with a split decision victory over Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November. Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout “It’s our biggest year, we won titles, and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”RELATED STORIESRELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to ProtectRELATED VIDEO LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:42PH 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 Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pacio (13-2) was the next to hold gold in the bunch when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision for the ONE World strawweight title.And just before December arrived, Folayang (21-6) dominated Amir Khan to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion.Of the eight male champions of ONE, five are from the Philippines and four of those Filipinos are under the tutelage of Sangiao at Team Lakay.And the soft-spoken coach assured that his team is just getting started.“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop,” said Sangiao. “We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more