On Friday, long-time cartoon sitcom “The Simpsons” announced that non-white characters will no longer be voiced by white actors.“Moving forward, THE SIMPSONS will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the show said in a statement.While the main characters on the cartoon are white, there are several characters of color. Most notably, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who was voiced by Hank Azaria. In 2018, Azaria said that he would no longer voice the convenience store clerk after the show faced criticism that Nahasapeemapetilon’s character plays up Indian-American stereotypesSeveral other minor characters of color on “The Simpsons” include Officer Lou and Carl Carlson, both also voiced by Azaria.Earlier on Friday, Mike Henry, who voices Black character Cleveland Brown on Fox cartoon sitcom “Family Guy,” announced he will no longer voice Brown.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role,” Henry said.
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Most college students can’t wait to relax during spring break, eagerly planning their trips to beaches or mountain areas to unwind and do what they don’t have time to do during the school year. But Shabnam Irilian of Canyon Country, a marketing major at California State University, Long Beach, spent her week on a trip that had nothing to do with relaxation, but everything to do with feeling good. Irilian and 35 other students from the university traveled to Lake Charles, La., for “alternative spring break” – packing jeans, T-shirts and hard hats for a working vacation to help a region still trying to recover in the wake of last year’s Hurricane Katrina. Through their school’s chapter of the American Marketing Association, they created the Gulf States Rebuild Project and partnered with the national nonprofit group Rebuilding Together. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“On Sunday, we got to Cameron Parish, which is in the southwest corner of Louisiana and one of the hardest hit areas,” she said in a telephone interview during a work break. “Ninety percent of the community is gone. The next town over, 100 percent of the community is gone. They are about as close to the water as we are in Long Beach. We couldn’t believe the destruction. “In Cameron, there were 90 homes, only four were left standing and only two of those were declared rebuildable,” Irilian said. “We worked on cleaning those two homes; a lot of the stuff were things people wanted to take with them but couldn’t.” The group dug holes for framing posts, tore off damaged siding, framed a deck and painted the patio of a house belonging to the Nu ez family, a couple in their 70s. On Tuesday, the group moved to Lake Charles, where they were split into two smaller groups, each assigned one house to repair. The workers lived in a retreat center, where thankful local residents prepared meals and shared their survival stories. “We’re eating better here than we do at home,” Irilian said with a laugh. Her group was working on the home of a single mother with two young daughters whose flood insurance ran out two years ago because she couldn’t afford the premiums. “Her house is devastated,” Irilian said. “We’ve truly developed a relationship with her; she’s living in a FEMA trailer and is so thankful that we’re here. She hugs us every day. “At this point (Thursday), we’re inside the house and there’s nothing but framing. We’re racing to put up the drywall and ceiling and plastic around the house in case it rains. You can still see the mark where the water surged. I’m 5-10 and the water line was at my shoulder. “Everybody here is so appreciative, they want to know what they can do for us. Lake Charles is a very giving community. It will be hard for us to leave.” Irilian read a note, written on a beam in the house by the thankful homeowner: “To my friends from Long Beach, California: Help is always a couple of prayers away. Friends come from everywhere when you need them.” The homeowner asked each student to write something on the studs that would be hidden by the drywall so she would have them surrounding her in the years ahead. “That was an intense and overwhelming experience,” Irilian said. “This has definitely changed our lives. We knew when we were coming out that we could come back different people. Anybody can send money, but to have the first-hand experience, we are so fortunate to have made this happen.” Irilian said a lot of college students expressed interest in helping, but when it came down to committing had other plans or couldn’t afford it. “We know that when the Nu ez’s family’s house is finished, when they’re enjoying the color that their patio is painted, that we contributed,” said. “Here, I’m literally putting up the walls that they are going to hang pictures of their family on. We cherish the opportunity to give them a chance to return to normalcy.” For more information on the Gulf State Rebuild Project, visit www.myspace.com/gulfrebuild. [email protected] (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Motorists in Letterkenny are being urged to leave extra time for their journeys this Thursday evening due to slow moving traffic.Traffic gridlock has been reported on the Paddy Harte (Loop) Road, the Port Road, Neil T Blaney Road and many other connecting routes at 5pm this evening.It is particularly slow on all approaches to the Polestar Roundabout. Traffic is heavy approaching Lower Main Street due to roadworks.Travel alert: Gridlock in Letterkenny was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
It was a pretty tough week for the Eureka sport fishing fleet.The south winds kept most of the boats tied up since the weekend, but they were finally able to get back on the water on Wednesday. The boats that went out ran all the way south to the Cape for rockfish, opting for the sure thing. Last week’s halibut bite never did take off, which took some of the luster off of an all day drift for one or two opportunities.But better days lie ahead. Calm seas are predicted for the next several …
In efforts to make improvements to society and contribute towards sustainable development in South Africa, the world’s largest food and beverage company, NESTLÉ partnered with the non-profit organisation, South African- Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). The partnership brings together stakeholders in education and nutrition sectors, both private and public, to find solutions aimed at boosting primary school learners’ mathematics performance.The collaboration focused on the launch of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge, an annual competition for primary school learners organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).The NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge aims to empower learners to become independent, creative and critical thinkers who will be able to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations that will allow them to solve problems. It promotes teamwork, enthusiasm and helps to develop future leaders and influencers in science, engineering, and marketing sciences across all walks of life. By building an enticing platform for both parents and children, the objective of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge is to support teachers and learners in making mathematics attractive and bringing it to the forefront as a subject needed to build a brighter future in South Africa.“We believe that Mathematics is a necessary enabler in the development of conceptual understanding, problem-solving skills, reasoning skills and the ability to apply knowledge in new situations. With decades of expertise in nutrition, NESTLÉ NESPRAY plays a supportive role in cognitive development and overall growth of our children. Together with our partner, the South African Mathematics Foundation; and our stakeholders, we are helping to address the critical situation of mathematics performance of our young children. By amplifying the platform, we aim to make mathematics attractive and to make a difference by giving our children the support and opportunity they need to multiply their potential,” says Adedoja Ekeruch, Business Executive Office, Dairy Nestlé South Africa.For more information visit www.nestle.com/nespray or http://www.samf.ac.za/en/sa-mathematics-challenge
Moving lots of dirt, looking for a team answerAfter solving the problem of the septic tank placement we were then confronted by the issue of how we were going to get all of this dirt moved.A mountain of dirt: What to do with all of the dirt removed during excavation of the basement became a major, and potentially costly, issue.When the excavator had originally come out, I had wanted them to bring a truck and haul the dirt to create a berm along our driveway. However, the same septic contractor had told the PM he didn’t need to worry about it. When they came out to do our septic tank and dispersion field, they would also backfill and haul – “No big deal.” This seemed strange to me (and as I write this I can’t believe how many warning signs I missed along the way). Why would you want to move dirt twice? But I didn’t question it at the time. Of course no prices were discussed. Stupid.Lesson 1: Don’t ever agree to something without talking pricesOnce he actually saw the pile of dirt, he clearly had no idea about the volume that we had been talking about. And so within a couple days, we received an “estimate” of $7,500! Wow, they just throw around thousand dollar price tags like it’s chump change.They had dug the basement for $2,500, surely it should not cost that much to move the dirt a couple hundred feet. Again, my blood boiled. I was really coming to my wit’s end with this septic contractor. But we were in deep with him: septic tank, septic mound, well hook up, water treatment, excavation/backfill, and electrical (they have an electrician on staff as well). We went with them in order to keep everything in-house. But at this point, I was feeling like we were totally getting taken advantage of.Lesson 2: Trust your instinctsAlthough we had avoided the massive cost of the deep burial septic tank, we were now facing a $7,500 bill for dirt removal (plus he had added another $3,000 to the septic system for crushed rock and topsoil) and he had a +/- 10% on his bills, which did not feel very comforting given how things were going.Murray, our new project manager, requested a meeting of all of the trades to try to sort out pricing, improve coordination and communication, and to get everyone on the same page and working to the same goal: a house delivered as designed, on time and and on budget (no simple task). As the meeting developed, we quickly recognized that the septic contractor did not at all share this goal. He blatantly stated that he “would not help with the budget.” He also demanded payment of his bills within two days (we are talking about $50,000 here)! And beyond this, he was rude, belligerent, and domineering in the meeting.Speaking over our project manager and telling him that he could “learn a thing or two by spending a day with him” and that he had “five minutes” to finish his meeting (when the meeting had just begun). It was really an amazing thing to behold. In my head, as this was all unfolding and I was getting madder and madder, I wanted to stand up and tell him he was fired. To get out. But at the same time, I thought, then what? We have to find new contractors for all of these jobs! That could delay the project by weeks! Maybe they will be the same price in the end?But I did say something, not exactly what I really wanted to say, but it was close. I essentially explained that the lack of communication to date (with him of course) had caused prices to rise and now had put us over budget. We needed communication and coordination and everyone was expected to be involved. To my surprise, he shut up, for the most part.The meeting went on. All of the other trades were excellent. Very knowledgeable and had a wealth of great information, thoughts, and discussions. I only wished that we had done this process right off of the bat, before we started any work.Lesson 3: Have a coordination meeting before you start your buildingAs we left the meeting, I was happy about the other trades but still fuming about the septic guy. I said to the PM, “I want him off of the job.” We have to get rid of him. I do not want to pay him a single cent.Lesson 4: Being a jerk can cost you $50,000 Perils of a very deep basementBefore building, we had to have a geotechnical survey of our land. Fortunately, the previous owners had already had one done (with a $5,000 price I was glad to know it was thrown in already). You see, even though we were 180 feet from the river and about 60 feet up from the water, there is still a risk of the land heaving. There isn’t much concern of erosion since we are on the concave side of the river bend and any erosion would happen on the other bank. Nonetheless, the survey said we had to have concrete pilings and a structural slab basement.As a result, the basement depth was affected by the following: walk-in main level, pilings, structural slab, 8 inches of under-slab EPS insulation (R-32), 9-foot ceiling, interior grade beam, and interior I-joists. All of this added up to a basement that was a whopping 11 feet underground at the back. That’s deep.Going down: Footings are supported by two dozen concrete piers 12 inches in diameter, some as deep as 22 feet.As he was digging, the excavator told the project manager he had never dug a basement that deep before.Getting home that night and seeing the hole in the ground was shocking. My first thought was, “Oh my God, our beautiful site is a mess!” Followed by, “Holy sh*t, that is a mountain of dirt!” Followed by, “What in the world are we going to do with all of it?” And lastly, “Whoa, that’s where our house is going!”It was surreal looking at that hole and realizing that we had made that happen. There was no more talking. Now we had some serious action.Due to the depth of the basement, the excavator had to dig a ramp so that the piling truck could drive into the site. Early the next week, 24 pilings were dug. Half of them were 22 feet deep and the other half were 18 deep. Incredible! There was no seepage and no water found, but they said that the clay they dug up was as thick as concrete. Zen and the Art of GradingAll About BasementsGreen Basics: BasementsHow to Insulate a Basement WallFixing a Wet Basement BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Is Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?Heating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateChoosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHow Small Can We Go?Picking High-Performance Windows The septic hits the fanOh boy, the excitement and speediness of the week prior came to a screeching halt when our project manager called notifying me that the septic contractor had not realized the depth of our basement. He would have to recalculate the cost of our septic system and get back to us. But he estimated the cost of this “mistake” (the basement being overdug) would be $12,000!I immediately felt sick to my stomach. The next three nights were completely sleepless. Over those days (and nights) I read more and learned more about septic tanks then anyone ever should. As the septic contractor told me, the maximum depth of a septic tank is 9 feet (meaning 9 feet of soil coverage).Our basement was 11 feet and then with the clear-out drain from the house this would put it at 12 feet. Three feet deeper then the maximum depth. This meant that he would have to get a “deep burial tank” specially fabricated to twice the thickness of the standard fiberglass walls. It would have to be structurally reinforced to withstand the pressure and he really couldn’t guarantee that we wouldn’t have problems with it.All of this just sounded terrible to me.But beyond this, I was pissed off that this was now being discussed. Why did we not know this before? Why did no one discuss the depth of the basement as a potential issue?Unfortunately for us, it was a total breakdown of communication. We had, in fact, had a meeting, reviewing a previous drawing of the house with the septic contractor. The depth of the basement was in there. But there was no discussion of maximum depths of septic tanks and no mention that the depth of our basement was an issue at all. RELATED ARTICLES Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Picking High-Performance Windows. The blog below was originally published in May 2015. Taylor from EcoSmart Developments (our contractor) was champing at the bit to get going. The same day that the pilings went in, he and his partner, Curtis, had the pilings filled with concrete and supported with rebar. The following day he had the void forms around the pilings and the forms built for the footing. And before the end of the week, we had the concrete poured for the footings and ready to cure for the weekend. The rapid progress, in one week, was amazing. We had the thought that this just might go faster than we had expected.That is, until the septic contractor came by the site and with horror asked, “What have you done?! Why is this basement so deep?”Oh no. A list of unpalatable choicesNonetheless, we had to figure this out. I got on the phone with Murray, the owner of EcoSmart (and its parent company, Integrated Designs), and explained the issue to him. He is a stickler for lean construction including target cost design, planning, and communication (in fact, he gives lectures around the country on avoiding these types of problems), and he was shocked by the issue, but assured me he would help to figure this out. There has to be a solution, he told me.So over the May long weekend, Murray, Taylor (the builder), the house designer, and I spent hours trying to figure out alternates to this septic problem. Possibilities ranged from reasonable to crazy:Fill in the hole with three feet of dirt and move the foundation over – redoing all of the piles and structural slab. (No, this would be more costly then the deep burial tank.)Replace toilets with composting toilets. (No, this did not solve the problem of the basement clear out drain for laundry, showers, sinks in basement.)Build the structural slab up by 36 inches. (Possible, but costly and would need to take back to the structural engineer to have this approved and redesigned).Use an effluent pump that literally pushes sh*t uphill. (Unfortunately, this is against the building code).Move the tank.The latter option was discussed immediately with the septic contractor, but he adamantly refused, saying that this would be impossible as the drain still had to pass under the 11-foot basement. However, we had had a topographical study done several months ago which detailed the site and the natural slopes of the land (which were impossible to see because of the mountain of dirt piled all around the house). We could see that in fact there were at least two possibilities of alternate positions. The best option being to the east of the house.Solving the septic problem: Moving the septic tank and adjusting the grade of the land were enough to keep the project moving — but other problems await.As you can see in the picture above, a little old outhouse (about 70 feet from the house) sits 10-foot-6 lower, which is nearly the same depth of the basement. We were going to grade and excavate from the east side of the basement anyway for the basement windows, so if we graded out a bit more then certainly we could make up the 36 inches and then some.However we needed the septic contractor to agree to this and then would need approval from the health region inspector.So on holiday Monday morning, we met at 7:30 a.m. at our site with the septic contractor, house builder, building company owner, and Darcie and I. After about two hours of walking the site, talking, debating, and going over the drawings, the septic contractor finally agreed that we could probably make it work.Hallelujah!“However,” he said, “We are going to have to do something about this dirt. This is just too much to work with. We’ll have to move it a couple times to get in here.”All I could think was, “Oh God, how much is that going to cost?” On May 8, 2015, construction began. The night before we spent some time at the building site taking in the pristine landscape for one last time before it became a decimated countryside for the next year (or likely more). However, nothing could have prepared us for what we were going to see the next day.The morning came and the excavator was there at 7:30 a.m. I had a lot of paranoia about the depth of the basement. (Little did I know how this would come to haunt us later). I had heard several stories of excavators not digging basements deep enough — at times even going 3 feet too short and leaving an awkward-looking house poking out of the ground.I did not want a pimple on the prairies. We wanted our house to hug into the land and looking like it fit. We wanted to be able to walk from the grass to the house and only have to take a single step in. Because of that we had to dig the basement deep. Like really deep. Fixing the dirt problemThe dirt, which should have been moved on the day of the basement excavation, threatened to cause a variety of problems. Not only did it look horribly ugly and blocked what used to be our pristine river view, but it also threatened to interfere with access for a septic pumper truck as well as a water truck we would need to haul in drinking water.Framing could not begin until the dirt was moved and backfill complete. Meaning there could be huge delays if we could not get someone in quick. And we still hadn’t confirmed anyone to actually do the work — there were estimates of anywhere from 10 hours to 24 hours of work to move the dirt. When you are paying upwards of $400 per hour for all of the equipment, that is not reassuring.All and all, I was stressed.New contractor, new day. An unexpected piece of good news arrived in the form of M&L Backhoe Services, which in a single day backfilled and graded the site to get the project back on track.That is until I met Murray Perehudoff, the owner of M&L Backhoe Services. He was highly recommended from our builder. We explained the situation to him — how we had been screwed by our former septic/backfill contractor and were in a bind. Murray was willing to come out the following day and take a look at the situation. I was super-impressed (we are out of the way where we live). He checked it out and thought it would likely take one day of work! He could also do the septic system for us — two days tops, he said. (I’ll remind you that Mr. A-hole had projected 8 days for septic install, backfill, and dirt hauling).“Wow!” I said, “When can you start?”“I could probably move some other jobs around and be here on Monday for you.”Like this Monday? OMG, that was exactly the day that Mr. A-hole and his crew of buffoons were supposed to have come out! What a savior.If this worked out (and his price was reasonable) we wouldn’t lose any time on the project. And if it went as quick as he thought, well, we would gain five days! Could it be true?As if it could not get any better, he had a quote to us by the next morning. Not only was it reasonable, but it was 15% lower than the original quote from Mr. A-hole. We had decided to forfeit our septic deposit, grudgingly. But having the slightly lower quote balanced out this loss.By Monday at 8 a.m. they were ready to go. That day felt terribly long. All I wanted to do was to get home and see what they had done, how it looked, and (hopefully) to alleviate my concerns of spacing.And wouldn’t you believe it, by 4 p.m. they were done! All of the dirt moved, a berm created along the driveway, the basement was backfilled and the site graded. I have never been so excited to see a flat piece of dirt before.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now For some reason I was reminded today of the very first formal sale training I ever received. I was 24 years old. I was the only male sales rep in a room of fifty salespeople being trained. I was greener than green. But I was audacious and I believed.At some point in the training, we had to role-play asking for an order. Here was the scene they painted. The client is big. They spend $5,000,000 in your space. They have enough orders that they could give you an order and no one would ever miss it. The orders they have are all in your wheelhouse, and they have unmet needs right now. It’s a good role-play because it can be challenging, but there are a number of paths to a successful outcome.I was sitting at the end of the table, but I was called up somewhere in the first ten or so places. So, I did what I would have done in a real life situation: I asked for all of their open orders. The Regional Vice President playing the client smacked me down. I went back after her a second time. She was having trouble saying no, but she shut me down anyway. So I went after her a third time. She caved in and gave me half the orders.I thought I failed and sat back down. It felt like I failed. But no sooner had I sat down then my manager showed up to pull me out of the room. As we walked out, I noticed the Regional Vice President was waiting. Clearly, I was in trouble.She said, “Listen, you’re making a mess in there. Most of the people sitting in that room are afraid to ask for a single order. We’re trying to give them the confidence and courage to ask for an order. I love it that you ask for all of the orders. Please don’t stop doing that when you’re in the field. But in my room, I need you to play by my rules.”Before I could walk back in, my manager pulled me aside. I told him how bad I felt for failing. He said, “You didn’t fail. Everyone that asked for a single order got one. You asked for all of them and got half. If you’d have had a little more time, I think you’d have gotten the other half.”There are some benefits of being young and green. Believing so deeply in what you sell and your ability to make a difference can embolden you. It can make you audacious. It can fill you with passion, energy, and enthusiasm.I believed that my company was the best company in the world. I believed that my team could make more of a difference than anyone else.Believing is sometimes enough.QuestionsDo you remember your first sales training?Do you still believe so deeply that your emboldened by your beliefs?When was the last time you did something audacious?What are you passionate about? What puts the wind in your sails? What do you believe so strongly that it fills you with an energy that is contagious?Tell me your best sales training story?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday ruled out Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens as the venue for its first match of the World Cup between India and England on February 27. The Eden GardensAn ICC inspection team, which visited Kolkata on Tuesday, deemed the stadium unfit to host the high-profile World Cup clash as it was still undergoing renovation despite the deadline to complete the work lapsed thrice. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready, Lorgat said, adding, “This was no easy decision to take and while it is most unfortunate, it is absolutely necessary.” BCCI blames CABBCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla tried to play down the development saying that lack of preparation at Eden Gardens was responsible for it, not the BCCI. He told Headlines Today that the new venue for the match was yet to be decided. He also denied any politics in shifting the venue. “They checked the venues. After visiting the Kolkata venue they felt that it could not be used for World Cup matches. CAB was quite confident that all construction work would be finished in time… but sometimes it happens. They couldn’t complete it. Most state associations have completed their job on time, but Kolkata could not,” Shukla said. Sources said Bangalore was among the front runners to grab the India-England match. The ICC team, comprising Van Furren Eugiene, Campbell Jamieson and Chris Tetley, had inspected the venue for over four hours with the media barred entry to the stadium. None of the members spoke to the media after the inspection. Fate of other matchesadvertisementAs construction activity was still underway at the stadium, which hosted the 1987 World Cup final, the Jagmohan Dalmiya-led CAB missed the deadlines to hand over the venue to the organisers. Eden Gardens was scheduled to host four matches. Apart from India-England match, it was to host Ireland-South Africa tie on March 15, Ireland-Holland on March 18 and Kenya-Zimbabwe on March 20. As things stand, the much-talked about press box and VIP enclosures of the stadium were still not ready. The bucket seats have not been fixed in the upper tiers of five blocks of A, B, C, K and L. Even the basic amenities like toilets were in a spot of bother with building materials strewn all over. CAB cries foulCAB joint secretary Biswaroop Dey said he had no idea why the ICC took such a drastic decision. On the other side, cricket operations manager of the stadium, Naresh ojha, made an open challenge to the ICC. He said, if the ICC wants “Eden Gardens can host a match even tomorrow”. CAB president Dalmiya at the time of latest inspection of the stadium had said it was a “routine ongoing process that happens before every match”. He had blamed the media for giving a wrong picture of the renovation of the historic venue.
Robin van Persie, the legendary Dutch forward, has admitted he has been contemplating his future as his contract at Feyenoord is expiring as soon as the season ends.Van Persi, who turned 34, returned to his first ever club in January from Fenerbahce, where he played ever since his departure from Manchester United in 2015. Despite scoring the second goal in the 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar and winning the Dutch Cup on Sunday – his first major trophy in his home country – he admitted it is becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep up with his own pace.“There will come a moment where I have to be honest with myself — like now,” van Persie shared, according to ESPN.Report: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“But people don’t see the other side, which is that for the last three weeks, I have been going to bed at 10 p.m. every evening and that I eat the right things at the right time. There is a lot that comes with being able to deliver today and sometimes that is a struggle. … Sometimes the recovery takes a little longer than I want.”“I also really want it, but you have to be honest and people don’t see that other side,” Van Persie added. “And sometimes it really is a struggle and I get tired of it myself, to be honest.”