Home Ownership: When is the right time?

first_imgThe Personal Finance group will present a web conference on the largest financial transaction most individuals or families make: purchasing a home. On May 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET, N.C. Extension Agent and certified housing counselor, Jayne McBurney, M.S. and Dr. Carolyn Bird, Principal Investigator of the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Professional Development Project, will present this important topic.There are a myriad of factors to consider before the purchase of a home. This decision can be more complex for military families who have the consideration of relocation. This conference will cover:The home buying processFinancial readinessHow to determine housing affordability and service-related considerationsSelected research articles and online resources have been identified to enhance this presentation for participants.To join the session, log on as “guest” just a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. on May 8. No registration is required.Click here to learn more about the Military Families Learning Network.For more information about this upcoming web conference, visit the event page.last_img read more

Top 10 Movie Editing Moments of All Time

first_imgThese 10 editing moments represent some of the finest in the history of cinema.Editing is one of the most under-appreciated roles in the filmmaking process. Maybe it’s the fact that it happens in a dark room instead of a huge sound stage, or maybe it’s because it goes almost entirely unnoticed to the audience. One thing is for sure, good editing is vitally important for a film’s success. Every movie is assembled through editing, but great movies use editing to enhance the storytelling process.The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. -Francis Ford CoppolaThere is an endless list of impressive film editing examples, but the following video created by Cinefix shows us their top 10 of all time. This list is opinion, so if you have any editing moments that you think should have made the cut (pardon the pun), share in the comments below.10. Opening Sequence – City of God9. Execution Scene – Bonnie & Clyde8. Phallic Metaphor – North By Northwest7. Baptism Scene – The Godfather6. The Odessa Steps – Battleship Potemkin5. Shower Scene – Psycho4. Eye Splitting – Un Chien Andalou3. Opening Sequence – Apocalypse Now2. Bone Match Action – 2001: A Space Odessey1. “Match” Action – Lawrence of ArabiaFor more detailed information about each editing moments check out the following video created by Cinefix.This video was first shared on the Cinefix YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Are there any editing moments that should have made the cut? Disagree with any of the films in the top 10? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

I Know All These Things. I Just Don’t Do Them.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The very first publisher that contacted me about writing a book asked me for a manuscript, and I delivered a completed manuscript. The title was 17 Elements: The Periodic Table of Sales Success. The book was really a competency model, including the mindset and skill sets one needs to succeed in sales now. Naturally, the metaphor was a periodic table, which I believed worked well because we are still identifying new elements, and we will no doubt add to the competencies needed to succeed in sales.The publisher read the book, and he hated it. He asked me, “Why would you start a book with self-discipline? What does that have to do with sales? Everyone hates discipline.” I knew that he had never worked in sales, so when I asked him if he had, my question was rhetorical, but he answered me in the negative. I did my best to explain, but it was clear we weren’t going to write a book together.Today, a salesperson described my work using the title of this blog post. He said, “When I read you, I think ‘I know all this stuff. I just don’t do it.” And here we find the root cause of many—if not most—challenges when it comes to producing results in any endeavor, but especially one like sales, one that requires consistent activity.Right now, while the world suffers a new version of neomania, one driven primarily by technology, things that are ancient don’t garner much attention. Much of what success is made of hasn’t changed for thousands of years, things like discipline, trust, caring, listening, resourcefulness, initiative, and accountability. While a lot of people try to hack their way to success, they’d be better off looking backward in time for the recipe than looking into the future for the quick hack. What you need to know to be successful has been known for generations. There are no secrets, and it has all been written down.Everything you need to know is known. You likely know everything you need to know now, and what you don’t know you can find in seconds. If you are not getting the results you want, it is because you aren’t doing what you know you need to do.Everything you need to know is known. You likely know everything you need to know now, and what you don’t know you can find in seconds. If you are not getting the results you want, it’s because you aren’t doing what you know you need to do.last_img read more

Now, Punjab farmers to protest

first_imgAs Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh remained on the boil two days after five farmers were killed in police firing, Punjab farmers have announced a protest for June 12 to highlight their plight.Seven farmers’ unions met at Moga on Thursday and took the decision.The demands of the unions included immediate farm loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report, which recommended that the minimum support prices for crops be fixed at 50% more than the weighted average cost of production. The meeting also condemned the “unprovoked” police firing on the agitating farmers in Madhya Pradesh and demanded action against the accused. “The Congress party came to power in Punjab by promising farmers loan waiver. The party should keep its word. Farmer suicides are rising in the State, so the government should act fast. We want all loans, whether private or government, taken by farmers and labourers waived immediately,” Surjit Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), told The Hindu.“We will stage a demonstration in all district headquarters on June 12 and submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioners,” Mr. Singh said. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said while his government was committed to farm loan waiver, the Centre should come up with a holistic policy to address the problem.last_img read more

Indian Man Loses U.S. Citizenship, Becomes First Case of Denaturalization Under Trump

first_imgA naturalized American citizen of Indian origin is the first person to be stripped of his citizenship under the Donald Trump administration that is on a mission to deport illegal immigrants. The Indian man, Baljinder Singh, received citizenship fraudulently, according to the authorities.Singh, a 43-year-old resident of Carteret, New Jersey, had married a U.S. citizen and received citizenship in 2006. His status has now been reverted to be a green card holder and that makes him open to deportation based on the Department of Homeland Security’s discretion, the Justice Department said.According to the petition filed by the Department of Justice in September 2017, Singh had concealed prior orders of exclusion and his deportation that were passed against him, and assumed a different identity that was used for naturalization in his citizenship application.“Singh’s denaturalization is the first arising out of a growing body of cases referred to the Department of Justice by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of Operation Janus,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.“The defendant exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalization, which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Justice Department will continue to use every tool to protect the integrity of our nation’s immigration system, including the use of civil denaturalization.”Singh had come to San Francisco in 1991 without travel documents or proof of identity. He said his name was Davinder Singh. He was ordered to be deported in January 1992 after he missed exclusion proceedings. In February 1992, he filed for asylum under the name of Baljinder Singh, which he then abandoned after getting married. He had said that he entered the United States without inspection.Two cases of individuals from Pakistan were also brought to the court under Operation Janus, which was launched to investigate cases where citizenship was obtained despite faulty documentation. “A Department of Homeland Security initiative, Operation Janus identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralized digital fingerprint repository. Among those cases, some may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalization process. These cases are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the two departments to investigate and seek denaturalization proceedings against those who obtained citizenship unlawfully,” the Justice Department statement said. Related ItemsGreen CardIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

Youth Congress begins campaign to ‘wake up Maharashtra’

first_imgThe State unit of the Youth Congress on Thursday launched its ‘Wake-Up Maharashtra: Today for Tomorrow’ campaign in Mumbai. “The Maharashtra Youth Congress has decided to come out with a manifesto especially aimed at the youth by engaging with them and listening to their concerns and inputs through this campaign. We will be engaging with four to five crore youngsters in the 18 to 25 years age group from across all tehsils and districts,” said Satyajeet Tambe-Patil, president of the Maharashtra Youth Congress.He said the youth would be involved in discussions, meetings, seminars, live dialogues, and other programs, in both online and offline formats so that their views could be heard and included in the Congress manifesto to be released ahead of the Assembly elections.The Youth Congress campaign is likely to add to the charged political scene in the State with almost all leading parties — Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party and Nationalist Congress Party — launching their peoples contact programmes. “India is a country of youth and the government had promised to provide 2 crore jobs every year. This did not happen even as the unemployment rate has reached a peak. We need to tell the youngsters that it is only the Congress which can deliver on jobs and attain economic growth,” said Mr. Tambe-Patil.last_img read more

Bats not to blame for bowlers’ plight, says David Warner

first_imgAustralia opener David Warner says flat pitches rather than bats with thicker edges are the reason batsmen have the upper hand in Test cricket.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting recently raised concerns about the rising imbalance between bat and ball and called for restrictions to be imposed on the willow sizes in the longest format of the game.Ponting said he would raise the issue at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) world cricket committee meeting at Lord’s next week and found support from Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who wants the advantage for batsmen to be negated.”If we look around the country, I think the wickets are pretty much dictating the Test cricket arena at the moment,” Warner told reporters in Sydney on Friday.CREDIT TO BAT MAKER”A lot of batsmen are scoring a lot of runs, there have been a lot of runs scored in the last 12 to 18 months; you can’t specifically come out and say it is the big bats, because everyone around the country and around the world is scoring a lot of runs.”It is a credit to the bat maker. He’s told he can use one cleft of wood. If he can use his brains and technology to make a bat light and large, then it’s credit to them.”Warner, whose bat sports one of the thickest edges in world cricket, said he actually used a smaller bat in Tests unless they were playing in the subcontinent.A report commissioned by the MCC in 2014 found the thickness of bats had marginally increased in the last century and that edges had broadened by 300 per cent, meaning mistimed shots could still find the boundary. (Paceman Josh Hazlewood echoes Ponting concerns over big bats ) advertisementAs yet, however, there have been no restrictions imposed.According to Warner, bats with thick edges were not always an advantage.”If you go back to the Ashes and have a look at my leading edges, I think it probably didn’t help me,” Warner said, breaking into a laugh. “So there’s pros and cons.”The 29-year-old was in fine form before he fractured his left index finger during the ODI tri-series in the Caribbean last month and was subsequently sent back home.The attacking left-hander is unlikely to be fit for Australia’s first warm-up game but is expected to partner Joe Burns at the top of the innings when the first Test against Sri Lanka starts on July 26 in Pallekele.”He probably won’t play the two-day game but should play the first-class game the tour game before we play the first Test,” coach Darren Lehmann told Fairfax Media. “Even if he didn’t, I am not too worried about that.”He is one of these guys who picks up a bat quite quickly. He has had broken fingers and injuries before and we have just plugged him back into Test cricket and he is fine.”last_img read more

ST: free IDE further expands STM32Cube microcontroller ecosystem

first_img Continue Reading Previous Simulation on-the-go with COMSOL Client for AndroidNext Meet the hidden figures of tech STMicroelectronics continues to make the STM32 family of richly featured and energy-efficient microcontrollers more easily accessible for designers through the STM32CubeIDE, a free all-in-one STM32 development tool now available as part of the STM32Cube software ecosystem.As easy to use as a commercial Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the STM32CubeIDE leverages ST’s 2017 acquisition of embedded-development-tool vendor Atollic. It is offered under industry-standard open license terms and adds dedicated STM32-specific features to simplify and accelerate STM32-based embedded designs. These include the powerful STM32CubeMX tool for configuring the microcontroller and managing the project build.The STM32Cube ecosystem is popular among developers, with downloads of STM32CubeMX currently averaging more than 250,000 per year. By combining STM32CubeMX with STM32CubeIDE, ST now creates a development environment that is more powerful than typical free tools offered by MCU vendors. The complete STM32Cube ecosystem also contains the STM32CubeProgrammer for MCU programming and STM32CubeMonitor series for monitoring application behaviour, as well as individual MCU-specific embedded software packages.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Why Yuvraj Singh wasn’t upset after remaining unsold in 1st round

first_imgYuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the Indian Premier League 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday but not before he was left unsold in the first round.Yuvraj Singh is one of India’s greatest match-winners in limited-overs cricket. The stylish all-rounder was key to India’s 2007 World T20 triumph and won the man-of-the-series award when India lifted the World Cup in 2011.However, Yuvraj Singh has been left out in the cold after the tour of West Indies in 2017. In the 2018 IPL, he played for Kings XI Punjab but managed only 65 runs from eight matches. He was released before the latest auction where three-time champions Mumbai Indians picked him up at a price they felt was a great steal.Overall, Yuvraj Singh has scored 2652 runs from 128 matches in the IPL. Although he last played for India in June 2017, Yuvraj Singh is a huge draw in the Indian cricket fraternity with a strong fan base. It, therefore, came as a shock to many of his admirers when Yuvraj was unsold in the auction.But Yuvraj Singh himself was not surprised. He said he understood the dynamics of team composition at auctions having played in the IPL for 11 years. He said he did not feel disappointed because he reckoned he may not be picked in the first round.”The reason is obvious, when you are putting together an IPL team, you will be looking at the youngsters. I am at that stage of my career where it could be presumed that I may be in the last stages of my career. I had hoped that there would be a buyer for me in the last round,” Yuvraj told Mumbai Mirror.advertisementThe moment we’ve all been waiting for!Mr. Yuvraj Singh in the MI Blue and Gold #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/Pt9lIkad2eMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj, however, somehow felt he would go to Mumbai Indians where he will reunite with the class of 2011. He is also close friends with Rohit Sharma, the MI skipper.Yuvraj Singh conceded he had a poor season with KXIP in 2018 but said the constant shuffling in the batting order did not help matters. “Agreed, that the last season was not great. But the point was I played at different positions in four-five games. I was not given one position to bat. This year I am very keen to make the best of the opportunity that will come my way.”Also Read | No relation between IPL price tag and my hunger to play for India again: Jaydev UnadkatAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See:last_img read more

Rakitic plays down seven point lead over Madrid

first_imgBarcelona ‘We must not fool ourselves, La Liga has just begun’ – Rakitic plays down Barcelona’s seven point lead over Real Madrid Goal Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Ivan Rakitic Sergio Ramos Barcelona Real Madrid 17082017 Getty Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Ivan Rakitić The Camp Nou side hold a big lead over their rivals, but the Croatian midfielder believes that Zinedine Zidane’s side will bounce back Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is urging the club not to get carried away with their excellent start to the 2016-17 season which sees them sit seven points ahead of rivals Real Madrid after just six games.Ernesto Valverde’s side have won all of their games in La Liga so far, and are four ahead of second-place Atletico Madrid and seven ahead of Real Madrid in fourth position. Barca recorded another convincing victory on Saturday, defeating Girona 3-0 to continue their 100 per cent record.Barcelona 6/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Rakitic is pleased with how the side have been playing under their new manager, but believes Madrid’s 5-1 aggregate victory in the Supercopa de Espana is reason enough to fear the challenge of Zinedine Zidane’s side.”No one expected us to be seven points ahead of Real but we must not fool ourselves, La Liga has just begun,” Rakitic told Goal. “Remember how Real smashed us in August? We must have looked like the worst team and they seemed untouchable. Now they have fallen down a little but they’ll lift soon.”Ivan Rakitic Barcelona Supercopa de EspanaValverde has been using Lionel Messi in a different position after taking the manager’s job from Luis Enrique, but Rakitic does not believe that the change in role is affecting Messi’s impact on the side.”Coach Ernesto Valverde brought some new things, you may have noticed Leo Messi doesn’t play on wing that much any more, coach asked him to be in the middle,” the 29-year-old continued.”Of course Leo has freedom, so sometimes he moves to the wing, but the coach wants him in the middle. And he moved me back to be kind of second holding midfielder.”Aside from the appointment of Valverde, Barcelona’s biggest story of the summer was the departure of Neymar, who joined PSG for a world record €222 million transfer fee. The Brazil forward has started life brightly in Ligue 1, with four goals and four assists in five games.Rakitic was sad to see the 25-year-old leave Camp Nou, but has indicated that he would like to be Neymar’s team-mate again in the future.”With Neymar, part of me left Barcelona too,” Rakitic exclaimed. “He was one of my best mates in locker room, we often talk to each other, he is very happy in Paris, and bought a house. “And he is happy to be playing in the club where half of his national team players are! I understand him, I wished him all the best and who knows, maybe we’ll play together again some time.”last_img read more

Misfiring Chelsea need Barkley boost

first_imgChelsea Barkley boost needed after Chelsea produce worst display in months Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 03:59 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Michy Batshuayi Getty Images Chelsea FA Cup Antonio Conte Norwich City The Blues looked toothless in the final third against lesser opposition and may need the spark that their new signing can provide Ross Barkley’s £15 million move from Everton loomed over a group of Chelsea players who needed to impress as they received a rare chance to play in Saturday’s third round FA Cup match versus Norwich City. However, the Blues’ heavily rotated line up didn’t function effectively, not recording a shot on target until the 50th minute, en route to a scoreless draw at Carrow Road.Norwich were the better team in the first half and could have been ahead as Willian, Pedro and Michy Bathshuayi began the game in the forward positions.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player David Luiz came back in the side but looked rusty as Chelsea’s second string made a below-average Championship side look like Premier League opposition. Barkley was only signed yesterday after completing his medical the night before and his creative abilities could be put to good use by Antonio Conte. Ross Barkley ChelseaPedro has lost that relentless energy he showed last season when Chelsea won the title, while midfielders like Timeoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater may also feel the pressure of Barkley’s arrival.Willian was bright but wasn’t able to influence the game, while Batshuayi was the first man subbed off as Norwich fans chanted: “What a waste of money.”Chelsea’s substitutes of Alvaro Morata and Charly Musonda failed to have the desired impact on the game which shows that Barkley has a place in this side to add an extra dose of creativity. Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard were both left out on the matchday squad with the Belgian getting a kick on his calf in the 2-2 thriller with Arsenal on Wednesday. Barkley could become Chelsea’s other creator having created 1.59 chances-per-game in the league at Everton. His 4.45 dribbles-per-game and 2.66 shots-per-game show that he could be a useful asset. However, he will have to turn that production into goals and assists in a Chelsea shirt. PedroThe Barkley signing was needed and Norwich showed that in a game that Chelsea should have dominated but could have resulted in an upset loss rather than just a third-round replay. Chelsea will likely get through in the FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge but that’s another match the club wouldn’t have wanted as they face a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal and a Champions League last sixteen versus Barcelona.Barkley has been injured for seven months but maybe the FA Cup replay match will be the perfect day to make his debut in front of his own fans.  Chelsea’s replay will be in mid-January so that’s a date for Barkley to target. As his competition fail to show why Conte should stick with them, he could find himself in the starting eleven sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Poll Question: Which past OSU Team Does This Year Remind You Of?

first_imgI’ve been having some offline conversations with folks about what in the world this team is. I was at my in-laws’ house last weekend, and my wife’s uncle asked me, “are we any good?”I had no answer.This was my answer:¯\_(ツ)_/¯So I thought I would pose the question to you. OSU actually has a better record through five games than it did in 2013 and 2014. It was 4-1 through five games in both of those seasons.AdChoices广告Those years ended very differently though. In 2013, OSU nearly (should have) won the Big 12 title and played in the Cotton Bowl. Last year, it barely made it to a bowl game.Which team is this year’s squad more closely aligned with?[poll id=”17″] While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Transfer on OSU: ‘They Have an Opportunity to Compete for a National Championship’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s razor-thin depth at cornerback was bolstered this week with the addition of Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker, who announced he’s Stillwater-bound following the conclusion of the spring semester.The former Tiger made three starts for the national runner-up in 2015 and, had he not tore his ACL prior to the 2016 season, might’ve been one of the starters for the team that rolled past the Crimson Tide in the national title game in January.The former four-star recruit from Hollywood, Florida, isn’t the type of athlete OSU lands. For one, OSU barely sniffs the Florida region. And landing a four-star recruit from the clutches of Gator country isn’t something Gundy and his mullet aren’t typically known for doing, much less attempting.Nevertheless, winning is important to recruits. And the importance is only increased for a player with one year left in college hoping to make a final impression on NFL scouts. That’s part of why Baker chose to commit to OSU.“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”Some people might not see Oklahoma State as a national brand, but Baker fully realizes what they’ve transformed into. He feels like he was in a similar situation a few years ago. In a phone interview with sideline reporter Robert Allen on Triple Play Radio this week, Baker drew parallels between his current and future schools and their respective rises to national prominence.“I approach this situation the same way,” Baker said via The Oklahoman. “I look at Oklahoma State as like that team.”Perhaps the best experience he brings as a player is his experience playing (and beating) the reigning Big 12 champion Sooners. Clemson bullied on Oklahoma in its two games during Baker’s time with the Tigers, and it’s an area of expertise he feels he can bring to help at OSU.“In 2015, I had a big part on the defense, I played in the national championship,” Baker said. “I feel like I know what it takes. … If Oklahoma State can get over that hump and beat Oklahoma, I think that the sky is the limit. I think that the coaching staff and the guys that are there have done a good job of positioning the program to do that.“I’ve been in big games. I’ve helped the team win big games, beat Oklahoma twice. I’m not saying I’m the missing piece or anything of that nature, but I feel I can bring (something) to the table.”If he’s the missing piece that helps Oklahoma State get over the Sooners hump and into the top spot of the Big 12 standings, then this pick up will be even bigger than what some think. Baker will no doubt be a valuable piece if nothing but for depth alone. So if he can show out against the Big 12’s best, much like he did at Clemson, then OSU might have a chance to do what it hasn’t done since the 2011 season: Win the Big 12.And maybe more.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Has the Opening He Needs, Will Oklahoma State Capitalize?

first_imgCharlie Weis’ last season as head coach of Notre Dame was in 2009. He went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator and Florida offensive coordinator after that before taking the head job at Kansas. Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly took the job in South Bend for the 2010 season. It was a position approximately 12,000 people were rumored for including Bob Stoops who had just had his worst season since 1999 as OU went 8-5.A fun game to play is, “How many Big 12 titles would Oklahoma State have if Bob Stoops had taken the Notre Dame job in 2010 instead of Brian Kelly?”Nobody knows the answer, but you could reasonably make the case that OSU would have four of those things, and nobody would really bat an eye. That staggering alternate reality has just merged with our present actual reality to create a future for Oklahoma State that looks as opulent as a future has ever looked.AdChoices广告I wrote on Wednesday after Bob Stoops retired that I think he made Oklahoma State better as a football program. I truly and vociferously believe that. I will always believe that. Mike Gundy had no idea what he was doing when he took over — no head coach ever does — and Stoops provided a blueprint for how to be awesome in the state of Oklahoma. The result is that OSU has, outside of that wily late-season game in Stillwater or Norman, more or less met OU stride for stride over the last decade.I also think Gundy is going to eject from this business in more or less the same manner Stoops did. He is going to be 50 in 65 days, is not a lifer, has more money than Wild Bill can ever charge him for and has submerged himself into a grind that is both 1. Unknown to coaches of yesteryear and 2. Likely unhealthy for a human being to withstand in the long term.Gundy will hang around for one final monstrous contract, negotiate for some Bass Pro stock, groom somebody new, hand over the reins much like Stoops and drive his tractor west down Highway 51 towards the setting sun. This is how it will go.What happens in the interim, however, will define his legacy.Gundy has won 104 games in his career at Oklahoma State. He is its most successful football coach by 10 miles and is on the Mt. Rushmore of OSU coaches (and maybe people) generally. Off the top of my head: Gundy, Gary Ward, Mike Holder, John Smith, Mr. Iba and Eddie Sutton. I don’t know who you’re taking off the mountain of that list of six, but it probably shouldn’t be Gundy. He has been the best coach in the most important sport at a time when the competition in that sport has never been deeper.And now he has a chance to ice the cake.There is an inane faction of Oklahoma State fans undeterred by the fact that Oklahoma State has played for four of the last six Big 12 championships (and five of seven if you include 2010 when the Bedlam winner went on to the Big 12 title game). This is an enormous deal. Playing for one conference title is difficult. Doing it four times in six years is a preposterous mark of consistency OSU has never known on the football field.But Gundy also only has one Big 12 championship to his name after 12 seasons of coaching the Pokes. A singular wondrous night in December 2011 in which Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Joe Randle put to bed all the demons and all the ghosts of so many fruitless Bedlam gatherings. OSU should have won in 2013, could have won in 2015 and outright put No. 10 in Bob Stoops rain coat pocket in 2016.It’s a new time for the Big 12, though. The head coaches of Texas, Baylor and OU — those teams have won or shared 12 of the last 13 titles (the only team to win it outright in that time was OSU in 2011) — have a combined 0 wins at their current schools.The logic, specifically as it relates to OU, is as follows: Unless you believe that 33-year-old Lincoln Riley will be 100 percent as good as (or better than) the best football coach in Big 12 history (Bob Stoops), then you must believe some sort of drop off is coming for the Boomers. If that is true, then the conclusion for me is that Oklahoma State is going to have a chance to win a handful of Big 12 titles in the coming years, starting with 2017.Think about it. How much worse would OU have had to be since 2010 for OSU to have just 2-3 more titles? 10 percent worse? 15 percent? 5 percent? We can all agree (OU fans included) that even a minuscule step down from the crimson and cream would have meant a largesse for the Pokes. They are currently (and have been) next in line to Stoops’ throne.Hey, maybe Riley is the next Stoops. Maybe he will rock. But the chasm between telling Baker Mayfield to roll out and hit 260-pound tight ends and leading one of the premiere football programs in a hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars industry is wide enough that I’m not sure even Uncle Rico could hit the other side on a post route. He’s one year older than I am. I can barely run a blog, and this guy is going to not skip a beat as the coach of OU? I’m dubious.And maybe Tom Herman will flip Texas and they will intercept the scepter that Oklahoma State fans badly want. But Texas has proven time and time again that it is a conglomerate that looks nice to investors and does well financially but has trouble letting real change wash over itself. Texas, might I remind you, has one more Big 12 title than Baylor in the history of the conference.So everything is coming up for Gundy in 2017 and beyond. He rode Stoops’ rising tide, and now he is arguably the best head coach in the league (depending on how you feel about Bill Snyder and Gary Patterson). He is in a position to take the mantle from Stoops. This season is big, though. If Oklahoma State can perform the way most of us think it will perform, it will put a stake in the ground. The Big 12 title could run through Stillwater for the foreseeable future.And that’s a nice reward for the Mullet Man after a decade of labor. He spent the first six years laying a foundation and the next six building his kingdom. Hopefully in this final six(ish) he’ll get to enjoy the fruits of his effort because in the wake of Stoops success and OU’s renaissance as a program, a Big 12 title or three would be mighty tasty. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Figo demands time for under-pressure Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid Figo demands time for under-pressure Real Madrid boss Zidane Ryan Benson 01:30 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) zidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Zinédine Zidane Lionel Messi The Merengue coach has attracted criticism as a result of the team’s recent struggles, but his old team-mate is adamant he is right for the job. Luis Figo believes some of the criticism levelled at Zinedine Zidane this season has been unfair, suggesting Real Madrid’s detractors have forgotten his previous achievements too quickly.Zidane enjoyed a brilliant start to his coaching career at the Santiago Bernabeu, leading Madrid to Champions League success within five months of replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January 2016.He then guided Madrid to a Champions League and LaLiga double in his first full season in charge, helping the club become the first to win Europe’s elite competition in its current guise for two straight years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp This term things have been somewhat more troublesome, with Madrid’s transfer activity coming under criticism and they head in to Tuesday’s away league clash with Espanyol 14 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.And, although Figo acknowledges pressure is something every Real Madrid coach needs to accept, he is adamant his former team-mate is the right man for the club.Speaking to Omnisport, Figo said: “The coach of Real Madrid is always under pressure and you know that you depend always on results.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past.”Zinedine Zidane deserves more time at Real Madrid despite their troubles this season, according to Luis Figo.#RealMadrid #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/bTi1aPJMQw— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) February 27, 2018″But sport is like that. For me, you can win every year. But since he picked the team, I think he did fantastic, great.”But the problem normally in football is it depends on what you do in the last games.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past. But I think the people are happy, the players are happy with him and that is the most important.”Part of the reason Madrid are so far behind Barca this season is the form of Lionel Messi, who has been sensational, scoring 22 and setting up another 12 in 25 LaLiga appearances.And his impressive performances have not escaped Figo, who lauded him as “one of the greatest of all time”.”It’s amazing what he is achieving and I think every time he doesn’t surprise us because he makes amazing things every game,” Figo added.”So this is very beautiful what he does in terms of football and his career. He’s one of the greatest footballers of all-time.”last_img read more

‘Hazard will have told his agent to get him out of Chelsea!’

first_imgEden Hazard ‘Hazard will have phoned his agent & told him to get him out of Chelsea!’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:11 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Manchester City Chelsea Getty Eden Hazard Chelsea Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Premier League Transfers Jamie Carragher believes the Blues winger will be seeking an exit from Stamford Bridge following his side’s poor performance against Manchester City Eden Hazard will be looking to plan an escape route from Chelsea as their Premier League campaign continues to plummet after their latest defeat to Manchester City, says Jamie Carragher.The Premier League champions drew a great deal of criticism for a tame performance after they went down 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday, their fourth loss in five top flight matches.Sitting fifth in the table and 25 points behind City, Chelsea’s struggles have only strengthened media speculation surrounding Hazard’s future, with Real Madrid reportedly determined to lure him to the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Carragher feels the Blues are only pushing him away with performances like that at the Etihad Stadium, saying the Belgian will already be urging his agent to find him a new club.”He’s the star player at Chelsea, but there has always been talk of him moving on,” the former Liverpool and England defender said on  Sky Sports .”I have no doubt that at the end of that game, as soon as he got on that coach or got home, he will have been right on the phone to his agent saying, ‘get me out of here’.”He will have been that frustrated thinking, ‘I should be playing in this team, they’ve got the ball. I should be playing in a team that actually dominates the game’.”Eden Hazard running around up there on his own, not getting a kick of the ball. You want to show everyone in the world watching how good of a player he is.”I think they will have a major problem keeping him after that.”Hazard, 27, is Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season with 11 strikes and three assists in 25 appearances. The ex-Lille star is contracted to the Stamford Bridge side until 2020.last_img read more

Why world-class Dembele has been compared to Ronaldinho

first_imgUEFA Champions League Why world-class Dembele has been compared to Ronaldinho and Maradona Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Ronaldinho Dembele Getty UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Newcastle United Premier League Opinion The 30-year-old has taken his time in coming to prominence in central midfield but his performances have been at an outstanding standard this year Mauricio Pochettino said last month that if he and his coaching team had got hold of Mousa Dembele when he was 18 or 19 he would have gone on to become of one the best footballers in the world.He compared the midfielder to Jay-Jay Okocha, Diego Maradona, Ivan De La Pena and Ronaldinho – all ex-teammates of the Tottenham manager – describing him as one of the five “genius” players he has had the pleasure of encountering in his career.Dembele’s ability on the ball has never been in doubt but it has been other factors limiting his potential. As an attacker, when he first came to England, he was not productive enough. He played throughout his time in the Netherlands with AZ as a No. 10 or a wide attacker and was signed with that in mind by Fulham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Futhermore, long-standing ankle problems were only rectified with surgery last summer and a long ban impeded his start to that campaign.But gradually his development into a deep-lying player – who often comes into contact with the ball – has taken place over the course of the last three seasons under Pochettino. This calendar year in particular Dembele has found himself as the focus of an increasing appreciation society.Spurs had a run of tough fixtures a few weeks back in which four of five games came against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus – in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.Dembele was arguably man of the match in all four. At the Juventus Stadium he ran the show, leaving Sami Khedira memorably trailing in his wake with one second-half shimmy.Pochettino, and Roberto Martinez, his Belgium manager for that matter, have no qualms about trusting Dembele in that position in tough away encounters like that, as evidenced by his selection for a qualifier against Greece in Piraeus in September.Mousa Dembele TottenhamOne thing he gives his teams – and what he could give any midfield – is a unique ability to tilt the pitch at will. Most deep midfielders take possession of the ball in the middle third and look to circulate the ball quickly.Dembele will quite often draw opponents in and seek to dribble. If he goes by one opponent, just one, then that is enough to ensure Spurs have a numerical advantage elsewhere on the field.The next pass may go to Christian Eriksen – in space outside the opposition box – or to one of the full-backs on the overlap. But it is unquestionable that initial instigation with a dummy, a feint or a dribble puts rivals on the back foot.Not only that but he is tough as nails. A strong lower body gives him the balance and the resilience to protect the ball and hold off opponents no matter what situation he finds himself in.A youth spent playing small-sided court football gives him that extra advantage, according to those who know his qualities well. He is also brave in possession and always looks for the ball.Marcelo Real Madrid Mousa Dembele TottenhamA video was doing the rounds on social media recently where a number of Spurs players were asked to name the best player at the club. Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Harry Winks all plumped for Dembele.That’s because he’s the type of player that can be trusted in possession and his good-natured personality mean he is respected as a silent leader in the dressing room.His presence allows teams to dictate the tempo of the play – particularly important for sides like Spurs and Belgium who demand most of the possession – and is incisive and penetrative with his passes in the final third.As Spurs are more likely to encounter well-structured defensive units given their improvement in possession under Pochettino, Dembele becomes an increasingly influential figure. Every single Spurs player we’ve interviewed says Dembele is the best player at the club!Is he the most underrated player in the Premier League? pic.twitter.com/McPrmButGZ — Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 20, 2018 His colleagues in an attacking sense appreciate his constant availability – and presence of mind to find space – as well as his ability to run games in-play.It can be hard to get attention in this Spurs team given the goal-scoring exploits of Harry Kane and the focus that goes on Dele Alli. Son Heung-Min, too, is in the form of his life, while the consistency of Eriksen is rarely overlooked.That means Dembele is free to work relatively unencumbered by expectations on scoring goals or giving assists. He is not harassed from the outside in going about his midfield work.It may have taken a while but the time to sing Dembele’s praises has come.last_img read more

Pep slams ‘really, really poor’ Man City

first_imgManchester City Guardiola slams ‘really, really poor’ Man City after Basel loss Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:32 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City Guardiola Manchester City v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League Videos Despite taking an early lead the Premier League outfit fell to the Swiss side at home, and the Spanish manager was not pleased with their play Pep Guardiola took aim at his Manchester City side’s second-half performance against Basel, as the club fell to a 2-1 defeat in the second leg  of their Champions League last-16 tie. While City still cruised into the quarter-finals on the strength of a 4-0 win in the first leg, the Spanish boss was not pleased with how his side performed in a second half that saw them surrender a 36-game unbeaten run at Etihad Stadium .The Premier League leaders were largely dominant in terms of possesion on the night, completing 978 passes – the most recorded in a Champions League match since Opta began keeping the stats during the 2003-2004 season – but even that wasn’t good enough for the former Barcelona boss.  Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “We are happy to be in the quarter finals, we are so happy for that,” he said.”Second half we didn’t attack and forgot to even pass the ball… the second half was really really poor.”Guardiola singled out just one player, 17-year-old Phil Foden, who broke a Champions League age record by starting the match , for praise during the second period, which the manager believes lacked any form of aggression from his team.  “Phil was good and in the second he was perhaps the only one who tried to be aggressive,” he said. “It’s good for the rhythm of the future.”With the job done in the last 16, City will now turn their attentions to the Champions League quarter-finals, and Guardiola knows the next round will be much tougher on his team. “The difference in the quarter-finals, in that level all the teams will be so, so tough and demanding,” he continued.”We will try to be ready and to come back because we did it in the recent games.”City hold a commanding lead in the Premier League and will find out who they will face in the Champions League quarter-finals on March 16, with Juventus, Real Madrid and Liverpool the three other teams to have already confirmed their place in the last eight.last_img read more

Legacy Marketing

first_imgBy Jono SmithGraham Richards writes in from the UK to share a very successful legacy marketing idea he used when he was working for St. Gemma’s Hospice, the UK’s 4th largest hospice, which serves Leeds, a major city in West Yorkshire, England.St. Gemma’s relies on gifts in Wills to bring in around 25% of their voluntary income and, as such, are very proactive in communicating the message about this form of giving.Our ad agency, who give all their time for free, came up with a very simple idea, which any of your readers who have visited the UK might recognise. On buildings in towns and cities, you will see blue plaques, which commemorate a famous person. They tend to catch the eye of the passers by, as you don’t see that many around.Our agency designed a fake blue plaque, just like the real ones, but with the message: “It isn’t just remarkable people who can leave a legacy”, “Help St. Gemma’s Hospice with a gift in your Will”.We started off using A4 size posters, then we made some life-size laminated plaques, which were hung in the windows of our 15 charity shops. However, the most effective use of them was when we had two cast aluminium plaques made, which I then got permission to mount on buildings in the city centre (photo below).This was 2 years ago and last year saw our biggest legacy income to date at around £1.8million (approx $3.5 million), which is pretty good for a local charity in a provincial city. I’ve recently moved on to a new charity, the Ear Trust, who support cochlear implants in deaf adults and kids, but will be starting my legacy messagesto a whole new audience! Thanks, Graham!last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Has Reportedly Made A Decision On Whether He’ll Transfer From Alabama

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Ever since then-freshman Tua Tagovailoa led Alabama to a national championship in the second half of the College Football Playoff title game, Crimson Tide fans – and fans of other schools – have been wondering whether Jalen Hurts will be transferring ahead of the 2018 season. Well, we now have our answer.Hurts, who started every game for Alabama a year ago but was benched in the second half of the championship game, will reportedly be returning to Alabama this season. ESPN dropped the news on Tuesday.ESPN’s Sage Steele reports that Nick Saban told her that Hurts will be staying for the 2018 season. It looks like it has to do with more than just football too – he wants to get his degree from Alabama.Saban, however, told ESPN’s Sage Steele on Tuesday that Hurts told him he was staying at Alabama after the coach fielded a question about the quarterback’s future during SEC media days.“Jalen actually came to me and said … ‘I am going to be here. I am going to be here. I came here to get an education. I graduate in December, and I’m going to be here,’” Saban said Hurts told him.Hurts himself has not made such a declaration – but then again, he may not need to.Hurts has been one of the most dynamic players in the country the past few years, but Tagovailoa showed in one half of football why he could actually be an upgrade. It’s going to be one of the most fascinating quarterback competitions we’ve seen in quite some time.Either way, Alabama is stacked yet again heading into the 2018 season. They’re going to be the favorite in every game they play – regardless of which quarterback they start.last_img read more