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Liverpool Can End English Soccer’s Cycle Of Embarrassment

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The Premier League has grossly underperformed on the biggest stage despite its riches.

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This suggests that Liverpool’s place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals — where it currently leads Roma 5-2 on aggregate — should come as no surprise. And yet, an English team still playing at this advanced phase of the tournament has become an anomaly. If Liverpool can hold off Roma on Wednesday, it will be the first English team to make the final in six seasons. That drought only underscores that for the top tier of English soccer, a seemingly bottomless pit of cash to spend on players has not translated into success. In recent years, the domination of the European superclubs — Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid — has combined with the English clubs’ own failings to leave English teams floundering in the Champions League.

A decade ago, this wasn’t the case — the Premier League dominated in the Champions League. In the five seasons from 2004-05 to 2008-09, six of the 10 finalists were English, with four separate clubs — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United — represented. The Adrenaline Walker 3 M Mens Walking Shoes Brooks xWqvF
season was the apogee of English supremacy: Chelsea and Manchester United met in the final, Liverpool was in the semifinals, and Arsenal made it to the quarterfinals. The following season, English clubs again made up three of the four semifinalists.

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But since Manchester United lost the final to Barcelona in 2009, the Premier League’s hold over the Champions League has loosened. From 2009-10 to 2011-12, six English teams, out of a possible 12, reached the quarterfinals; only two — fewer than in each of 2008 and 2009 — reached the semifinals. The downtick in all-around EPL performance in the event was masked by Chelsea, which won the competition in 2012.

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as the best league in the world. Yet recent results suggest that in terms of the pure quality of its top teams, it has been left behind. In the six seasons since 2012-13, the Premier League has produced six Champions League quarterfinalists. Over that same time period, Spain’s La Liga has had 18 — three every single season — and 11 have subsequently reached the semifinals. Germany’s Bundesliga has produced 10 quarterfinalists.

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The demand to improve your business continues to increase as expectations change, new technologies emerge and competition grows. An effective way to establish continual improvement within your organization is to conduct regular business process improvements (BPI) .

Business processes can be informal or formal and touch a variety of company functions: information technology, employee development and training, customer service satisfaction, etc. Regardless of the process you are trying to enhance, the improvement procedure follows a similar path. Today’s post will cover the four steps in the business process improvement cycle.

1) Identify the Need for Change: The first step in the BPI process is to identify the need for change. A useful way to discover improvement opportunities is by conducting a process audit. The audit will identify current issues or potential risks for your company. From the audit report you will be able to prioritize your areas for business improvement. At this stage, you should also review how each process impacts your organization, resources and stakeholders (employees, customers, students, partners, suppliers, etc.).

2) Analyze Current Process: Once you have decided which process you are going to improve you need analyze the current procedure. This way you can fully understand the process from A-Z and set realistic improvement objectives. Regardless of the tool you choose for analysis (process mapping, operational surveys, cause/effect analysis, etc.) you should consider the following questions:

3) Obtain Commitment and Support: The third step in the process is to solicit senior management commitment. This is possibly the single-most important element in the process as the success of the project hinges on managerial support. At this stage you need to clearly present the necessity for change and how it impacts the organization. It is crucial that management understands the need for change to ensure they will support recommendations. As process improvement can be time and resource intensive upper-management support is a must.

4) Create Improvement Strategy: With the process analysis phase completed you need to develop your strategy. It is recommended that you include what steps in the process are broken, why and how they should be improved and any financial and resource implications. Answering how the process can be improved is a springboard to create your improvement objectives. It is recommended that you set realistic and measurable objectives that align with your overall strategic goals.

Do you perform business process improvements in your organization? Do you follow the above stages? Comment and let us know.

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A few years ago, passing by a currency-exchange shop, I wondered how long it would take to lose all my money in commissions and fees by trading cash back and forth between different countries’ bills and coins. I was curious, but not curious enough to lose my own money. Last summer, though, I persuaded my bosses to give me $100 to try it, and my colleague buckle opentoe sandals White Marc Ellis 8eYwF
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On a warm August afternoon, we headed to Best Value Currency near Times Square to spend a few hours and a crisp $100 bill with Viran Patel. We left cash-poor but rich in knowledge of what currencies around the world look like, what kinds of trades cost the most money and how many trades it would take to complete our money-losing mission. You can see how it turned out in the video above and the table below.

* The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the currency of several members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Based on rates on Aug. 23, 2016. All purchases with dollars were for less than the total cash holdings at the time because the currency store didn’t have exact change in the currencies.

Sources: Best Value Currency, XE.com

We managed to buy and sell 17 currencies from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. We ended up with $8.20, not enough to buy any other currencies but enough to buy a pizza at a 99-cent-slice place around the corner. The other $91.80 went to Patel, but never in a flat fee. Instead, he made money — about $38 per hour just from us over the two hours and 26 minutes from first trade to last — in Modal Scarf Simply Grey by VIDA VIDA lOA6jYL
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Less anything Patel had to pay out in commissions if he ever needed to offload foreign currencies to wholesalers.

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Like many stores, Patel’s doesn’t let customers trade between two foreign currencies. That means that after each purchase of a non-U.S. currency, we had to sell it back for dollars in order to move to the next currency. We took our biggest losses when we were buying dollars, particularly with less-popular currencies, because those transactions left Patel with cash that he might be stuck with for a while. Buying Canadian dollars cost us a commission of less than 1 percent, but we took a haircut of over 31 percent when selling Colombian pesos.

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An advantage of exporting to AIFF is that lyrics or album art can be added to the file in iTunes, which is not possible with WAV files.

If you want to distribute your files on the internet (for example as a podcast), you should choose MP3 as the Format in the Export dialog, as this is a space-saving (although slightly lossy ) format that anyone should be able to play. To export as MP3 from Audacity you need first to download the LAME encoder and point Audacity to it (see Lame Installation ).

If you want to put the files on an iPod, or simply store them in iTunes in a compact form, MP3 is also a good choice. However, there are some reports that when run on battery, recent iPods can struggle or crash when playing MP3s created in applications other than iTunes. So you may want to export as WAV or AIFF from Audacity and Cady crêpe trousers MUGLER 9Iibx4Vrfd

Apple's proprietary format produces lossy, small, files similar to MP3, they are approximately the same quality as MP3 for a slightly smaller file size. The files are created with the .m4a extension.

AAC is useful for iPod or storage in iTunes due to its small file size and reduced disk occupancy, particularly if you have an iPod with a small disk. The minimum bitrate setting you should use for music is 160 kpbs though 256 kbps is probably to be preferred and in use on an iPod is unlikely to be distinguishable from WAV or AIFF (or Apple Lossless).

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. To export to AAC choose M4A (AAC) Files (FFmpeg) in the Export Audio window then type the file name. If you are exporting an AAC file for mobile devices, you can add the M4R (ringtone) or 3GP extension after the file name and dot as required by the device.

Apple Lossless Encoding (sometimes referred to as - Apple Lossless Audio Codec) is also an Apple proprietary format. Apple Lossless is, as the name suggests, Apple's size-compressed lossless codec. Like AAC it also uses files with the M4A extension.

Apple Lossless Encoder is quite similar to FLAC , producing larger files than AAC or MP3 but smaller than WAV. Typically an Apple Lossless file is around half the size of an equivalent WAV file and more than three times the size of an equivalent AAC 256 kbps file.

You cannot export directly to Apple Lossless from the Export Audio dialog. Instead, on Windows and Linux, install the optional FFmpeg library . On Mac, search for and download a standalone "ffmpeg" binary online. Then export using the (external program) choice. Click the Options... button, then enter the following command:

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