Gayle smashes T20 record fifty off 12 balls

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.last_img read more

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Humboldt State men overcome halftime deficit to down Antelope Valley in home opener

first_imgHumboldt State’s RaySean Scott Jr. gets to the rim for a key layup midway through the second-half of a 91-85 win over Antelope Valley, Wednesday night at Lumberjack Arena. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)RaySean Scott Jr. muscled his way through a foul to score a game-tying basket and added one from the charity stripe to give the ‘Jacks their first lead of second-half as Humboldt State men’s basketball erased a 7 point halftime deficit to defeat visiting University of Antelope Valley …last_img

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Building a Startup Culture that Encourages Wellness

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#culture of wellness#employee health#employee wellbeing#employee wellness#startup culture How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Andrej Kovacevic Related Posts Starting a business can be a professionally and financially rewarding experience. For founders and early-stage employees, however, it can also be a stress-filled and anxiety-ridden experience. Tight deadlines and thin margins force employees to do more with less and to put in unreasonable hours to keep a startup functioning as it attempts to gain traction in its market. To a certain extent, that’s an understandable part of the startup experience, but it’s one that can have dangerous consequences for employees over the long term. It is important to start building a startup culture that encourages wellness.The reason that’s the case is that startups establish much of their workplace culture early on in their development, and there’s a risk that they could enshrine some negative practices into the company ethos that won’t be easy to shake. That’s one of the factors feeding a burnout crisis within the modern workforce, as businesses become blind to the physical and psychological toll their expectations are having on their most valuable resource – their own employees.To avoid that situation, it’s essential for startups to make employee wellness a priority from the very beginning, in recognition of the fact that the wellbeing of the business’s employees will determine just how far the startup itself will go. For entrepreneurs and startup managers to get this right means crafting a culture of wellness that gives employees the support and tools that they need to take care of themselves and continue propelling the startup forward.WellnessBefore going into what it takes to build a culture of wellness in a startup, it’s important to more closely define the concept first. That’s because, in a business context, employee wellness is often seen as something best left to a benefits program; with companies handing off responsibility to a third-party provider and assuming the problem is solved.More often than not, however, workplace wellness programs suffer from poor employee participation rates, owing largely to the fact that the company culture doesn’t make wellness a measured and encouraged goal.Building a wellness culture goes beyond providing subsidized gym memberships and yoga classes – it’s instead all about designing a workplace environment that facilitates healthy habits and a management philosophy that makes it clear that employee health and wellbeing is of paramount importance.For example, taking a firm stance by capping the number of hours an employee may work each week and making paid time off mandatory sends an unmistakable message to employees that the company is putting their needs and best interests first, and that is the core of creating a culture of wellness in a startup.Where to BeginFor a startup to begin to create a culture of wellness, it must first deal with an issue that’s common to all fledgling businesses: a lack of overlapping skillsets. In general, most startups don’t prioritize the cross-training of employees, which makes every team member indispensable. That reality guarantees that employees will feel pressure to put in long hours and delay taking vacations because they know that their work cannot be done by anyone else.To remedy the situation, the first step is to create an organizational structure with pre-delegated task coverage and to make time for employees to train others in the specifics of their work. That will not only create continuity for business operations but will also help employees to feel more at ease and willing to take more personal time to relax and tend to their own health and wellness needs.Wellness is a Day-to-Day OperationPhoto: Vasyl / Adobe StockOnce the company has a functional organizational structure that’s prepared to accommodate employee needs. The employee’s needs are the next vital part of creating a culture of wellness. You’ll want to adjust the workplace environment to make it more conducive to employees’ wellbeing. To do this, startups should:Prioritize Movement – One of the easiest ways to promote employee wellness is to get workers up and moving around as often as possible. To begin with, offering standing desks is a great way to get employees used to getting out of their seats, as is making it a practice to hold walking meetings and encouraging face-to-face collaboration with others. If practical, it’s also a great idea to provide employees with fitness tracking wearables to build a reward system for those that make sure to walk as often as possible.Provide Healthy Foods – Hard working employees don’t often stop to consider the snacks and foods they’re eating throughout the day. One of the ways a startup can capitalize on this is to provide healthy food options in break rooms and in common areas (sorry, no more donuts). Also, holding periodic healthy cooking demonstrations and health-centric company lunches is a great way to get employees used to choosing better food options, both at work and at home.Offer Biometric Screenings – To help employees stay on top of their own wellness needs, it’s a good idea to offer periodic, in-office biometric screenings that measure things like weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Since most people don’t seek out such services on a regular basis, making them convenient and available goes a long way toward helping employees remain cognizant of their overall physical health.Consider Relaxation – It is difficult for any startup to eliminate stressors for their employees, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way to ameliorate its effects. To do this, create a comprehensive break policy and provide a closed, quiet, relaxing space for employees to unwind. If possible, offer complimentary essential oils and aromatherapy options – anything employees identify that will help them to relax. If it’s agreeable to the whole staff, consider making the office pet-friendly, which will help employees to feel calm throughout the workday.Allow Flexible Working Arrangements – Wherever possible, it’s a good idea for startups to embrace flexible working options, including work-from-home and non-standard work hours for employees that need them. Creating a work environment that helps employees maintain a healthy work/life balance by accommodating their needs outside the office will reduce their overall stress levels, give them the time they need to care for themselves, and help them to establish boundaries that promote their wellbeing.Encourage open communication and sharing of ideas – Doesn’t matter if you’re a janitor or a member of senior management, everybody likes when they feel respected and their ideas worthy of someone’s time. If your company has a reputation of a prison camp, where bosses bark orders and everyone else is keeping their mouth shut, that’s bound to crumble your business, sooner or later. Your workers will feel neglected and depressed, and will probably jump ship as soon as an opportunity presents itself. Even if you can’t accept everyone’s suggestion or criticism, your employees will feel better knowing they can get it off their chest. That is why it’s critical to foster open communication from day one. If you want to take it a step further, putting your employees through a course such as NLP, or organizing team building activities will certainly pay off in the future.For the most part, the components that help to create a culture of wellness in a startup have one thing in common: they’re all about creating a support structure. This goes beyond making certain perks and services available to employees; it instead aims at modifying the work environment to make it easy for employees to focus on wellness, without disrupting business or being heavy-handed. That’s why it’s important to note that none of the above concepts involve any mandatory tasks (save making taking vacation time a requirement). Creating any unnecessary inducements will serve to create another stressor, and will undo many of the benefits the startup is seeking to create.Making Wellness a Business ObjectiveAt the end of the day, startups have to make sure that they make employee wellness a business objective that they put on par with revenue and sales growth. That’s because, by their nature, startups tend to create the very forces that work against employee wellness in the first place, and anything less than a laser-focus on employee wellness will see the culture they’re trying to create fall short of the mark. But as the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink, and the same idea holds true when creating a wellness culture. The best the startup can do is create the conditions for wellness and communicate its importance in words and in deeds, and then it’s up to employees to embrace those cues to create a lasting culture of wellness for the life of the business. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Andrej is a dedicated writer and digital evangelist. He is pursuing an ongoing mission to share the benefits of his years of hard-won expertise with business leaders and marketing professionals everywhere. He is a contributor to a wide range of technology-focused publications, where he may be found discussing everything from neural networks and natural language processing to the latest in smart home IoT devices. If there’s a new and exciting technology, there’s a good chance Andrej is writing about it somewhere out there. last_img read more

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