Transfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mourinho hopes for new Fellaini deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mourinho hopes for new Fellaini dealManchester United remain hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract, with Jose Mourinho eager to keep the versatile Belgian.The 30-year-old midfielder has entered the final six months of his current deal , meaning that he is free to speak with any interested parties outside of England.Galatasaray, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain have been mentioned as possible suitors of Fellaini. 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 Read the full story on Goal right here! Beckham wants Zlatan to stay at Man UtdDavid Beckham wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at Manchester United amid reported interest from the LA Galaxy.”No matter how you talk about him, he’s one of the best players, one of the best people, and if he comes to this league at some point it would be great,” Beckham told ESPN . “But at the moment he’s a Manchester United player and I’m happy about that, and I want him to stay there. But at some point he might come here.”Read the full story here on Goal! Cristante keeps Man Utd door openOn-loan Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has refused to rule out a summer move to the Premier League amid talk of interest from Manchester United.The 23-year-old has emerged as one the most promising talents in Italian football, with a senior international debut made in October 2017, and has previously expressed a desire to test himself in England.Read the full story on Goal. Man Utd & Barca monitor Monaco prospectManchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are among the clubs monitoring Monaco prospect Benoit Badiashile, according to Foot Mercato .The Red Devils are said to have already made an offer last summer for the 16-year-old centre-back, who has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.Red Devils lead Vidal huntManchester United currently lead the chase for Bayern Munich midfielder and are expected to do a deal in the summer, reports Bild .Chelsea have long been linked with the Chile international, but the Red Devils have now joined the chase and surged to the front of the queue.Bayern are prepared to part with the 30-year-old in the next window as they are set to welcome Leon Goretzka onto their books.Mourinho wants one moreJose Mourinho is eager to complete one more deal before the January deadline passes, according to The Transfer Window Podcast .The Red Devils have acquired Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the winter window, but they remain keen on bringing in another midfielder.Lucas travels to London complete Spurs moveParis Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is travelling to London to complete a £25 million move to Tottenham, Goal understands.The winger is not in PSG boss Unai Emery’s plans, with the manager telling the attacker to find a new club due to lack of available playing time.While Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked to Lucas, Lucas is headed to London to undergo a medical at Spurs that will take place Tuesday.Read the full story on Goal! Man Utd won’t block Ibra exitJose Mourinho will not prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from leaving Manchester United if the Swedish striker expresses a desire to move on.The 36-year-old frontman has struggled to fully recover from knee ligament surgery since linking back up with the Red Devils.He is now being heavily linked with MLS side the LA Galaxy and Jose Mourinho will clear the path for a move if he wishes to head to America.Read the full story on Goal. No Man Utd exit thoughts for MataJuan Mata is happy at Manchester United and is not thinking about leaving the club following the signing of Alexis Sanchez.The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Valencia, but United are expected to trigger a one-year option in his deal.Read the full story on Goal right here! Ibrahimovic nears Galaxy moveThe LA Galaxy are closing in on a move for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to ESPN FC .United’s recent addition of Alexis Sanchez has further limited Ibrahimovic’s prospects for playing time, opening up the possibility that the Sweden international will head to MLS.The Galaxy reportedly would not use one of their big-money designated player slots on Ibrahimovic, whose salary could be augmented by sponsors or other outside sources.Gala consider new Fellaini approachGalatasaray could come back in for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini before the close of the transfer window, reports the Manchester Evening News .Badou Ndiaye could be on his way out of the Turkish club after the Stoke City target was left out of Galatasaray’s squad to face Osmanlispor on Sunday.If Ndiaye leaves, then Galatasaray are reportedly ready to make a fresh approach for Fellaini, who is out of contract at United at the end of the season.
Mike Gundy and his team participated in fan appreciation day on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. This is always a fun time for folks (especially kids) to chat with and get autographs from their heroes. Gundy spoke about the importance of connecting with those who essentially pay the bills on the athletic department he’s helped build.“It’s a lot of fun,” said Gundy on Saturday. “You know it is long, it’s two hours or a little over two hours of signing. But once you get to it and you see the people so many families that come back each year and their kids are growing on up and they’ll show you pictures that you took with them when I had to hold them on my leg and now they’re as tall as I am that makes it a neat day.“Oklahoma State has always been special that way with our group that has been loyal to us. It makes me proud when the parents and the other families of people that have little ones here come and say how terrific our team is talking to them and engaging with them, not sitting there like a bump on a wall. They need to learn to work with other people and look people in the eye and shake hands and so forth and so we all need to do that and extend ourselves to people that come and watch us play. You know they’re the ones that show up and they’re at these games ten degrees or a hundred and ten degrees out here they’re yelling for us and that’s why it’s important.”That’s good stuff, and it’s why Gundy’s approval rating according to OKC Dave’s survey is nearly 100 percent.Oklahoma State football generated nearly $44 million in revenue in 2014-15 (the last year we have numbers for), and over $25 million of that was directly tied to the people coming out and shaking hands with Mason Rudolph and Jalen McCleskey. Fan appreciation days are a big deal.Gundy also noted his program has never run more smoothly.“We all know that there’s a lot of things that we do that are good, but if we don’t win, I’m not standing up here for 12 years, so it doesn’t make a difference,” added Gundy.“One thing that I think could be done that has changed that is enjoyable for me is when I’m at practice I can stand and watch. I think I could go out the gate and go north and go over there and hide behind that big pile of dirt where the construction is and practice would run itself. What that has done is that’s developing core values and a system we have in place here, and that’s what keeps us at the level we are. Because coaches come and go, players come and go, guys go out early and nowadays guys transfer but the core value in our system has not changed.“That’s the one thing that we’ve accomplished here, and that should allow Oklahoma State to perform at the high level for a long time, and that was not the easiest thing to accomplish.”Best CEO in the Big 12? He’s right there with Bob Stoops, Gary Patterson and Bill Snyder as a program-builder. And it’s hard to believe we’re about to be 12 years deep into the Gundy Era. 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.
Brendan VaughnLB15Freshman I like Hill in the No. 5. Shades of Keith Toston. I’m not as excited about Stoner in the No. 17. I thought 80 was a solid look for him. Jelani in No. 18 is obviously solid although I think we could get him to look about 7’7 wearing No. 11. Dillon StonerWR1780 Justice HillRB527 Lamarcus MortonCB13Freshman Korie FraustoWR83Transfer Patrick MaconLB44Transfer Kevin HenryLB3328 Tyron JohnsonWR13Transfer Arlington HambrightOL51Transfer Jelani WoodsQB18Freshman Oklahoma State likely won’t have new uniforms for the second year in a row, but the threads some players wear will have a different look. Redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner and sophomore Justice Hill are among those who have changed numbers going into 2017.Newcomers like Tyron Johnson, Patrick Macon and early enrollees Jelani Woods and Lamarcus Morton have also chosen their digits. Here is a look at the numbers to know as spring ball rolls on in Stillwater. Taaj BakariDT9098 Tyler MooreOL77Transfer A.J. GreenCB422 PlayerPosition2017 Number2016 Number Philip Redwine-BryantS3883 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.
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. In OSU’s inaugural junior college prospect camp earlier this month, the Cowboys came away with a commitment from a sleeper prospect at one of the team’s deepest positions.NEO wide receiver Patrick McKaufman, just days after picking up an offer from the Cowboys, shut down his recruitment and committed after his standout camp performance earned him a scholarship process. It was a wham-bam recruitment process. And the familiarity between the two parties had a lot to do with how it all transpired so rapidly.“Andre Sexton was a coach my first summer at NEO, and he left within days of us going into summer. He’s been at OSU for awhile now, and in February, he gave me a call and encouraged me to be working out, doing extra routes, stuff like that so I could show out at camp in June,” McKaufman explained. “But it actually goes back to high school when I was at Douglass, coach Duffie recruited me heavily out of high school. So they’ve kept tabs on me ever since then. Coach Yurcich also recruited me, too. He recruited me as a quarterback. Duffie wanted me as a defensive back. So yeah, they were aware of me as a prospect and I’d been on their radar for awhile.”AdChoices广告McKaufman’s whirlwind recruitment, which saw him pick up an offer, commit, and make plans to join OSU later this summer, is an interesting story. He went from sifting between offers from the likes of Northern Illinois to planning his class schedule starting in July. In the days that followed his offer and subsequent commitment, he says he’s talked with his family and he intends to redshirt next season with hopes of making a splash in 2018 when Marcell Ateman and James Washington take their talents to the next level.At 6-foot-5, he’s got the tangibles to make a big impact from day one. Even if he’s not planning to play right away, his presence on the practice field will only increase the competition among the most talented position group on campus. It’s a dream come true for the OKC-area native who fell in love with OSU at an early age.“Growing up, my dad was recruited heavily by OSU out of high school. When he decided to make a decision about school and his ACT scores weren’t quite up to par, he had to settle for a Division II school. Ever since I’ve known about football, my dad’s liked the Dallas Cowboys and the Oklahoma State Cowboys—he even named my first little league team we had the Cowboys. Pretty much I’ve been ready to be a Cowboy since I was young.He continued: “I actually fell in love with OSU around my ninth grade year. I went to Cowboy camp all the time, and I had the most fun at Oklahoma State. When I look back on my times and memories at Oklahoma State, you know, I mean even as a kid coaches were always engaging with me. Whether it was how to hold the ball or how to line up, they’ve always been engaging with me. And Gundy has always emphasized stuff with recruits that’s opposite of football, you know like how to treat your parents with respect, how to act in public—he was always interested in teaching you life outside football. When he said he doesn’t like a player who is uncoachable, it won my parents over. So anyone who can win my parents over, can win me over.”McKaufman plans to move in July 5, start classes July 10, and begin his summer weight training program under Rob Glass. He’s weeks away from a life-changing opportunity, and he’s still taken aback by it all.“It all happened very quickly,” he said. “Coach Dunn said he really liked me, said he’d try to pull a few strings, then next thing I know I was on the phone with Coach Gundy trying to determine when I needed to move in. Under Coach Gundy and Coach Dunn, I feel like they’re going to give me hard discipline. That’s what I like. That’s what I want. It’s always been a dream school for me.”
Arsenal Mertesacker will regain love for football, says sympathetic Wenger Matt Dorman 23:52 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Milan UEFA Europa League The Frenchman has hailed the Germany international defender for his honesty after a candid interview with Der Spiegel Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the retiring Per Mertesacker to rediscover his passion for playing soon after he hangs up the boots.World Cup winner Mertesacker recently revealed a desire to avoid being called upon during the final months of a career plagued by injuries.In a candid interview with Der Spiegel, the 33-year-old detailed his battles with anxiety and said he was eager to be “free” from the mental and physical demands of professional football. 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 Wenger sympathised with Mertesacker’s honest admission, although he believes the former Germany international will move past his frustration.”I think that will go very quickly. Once you stop for a few months you are ready to play again,” Wenger told reporters on Wednesday.”He has had a very long career. He never plays one minute without being totally focussed. That demands a huge amount of effort and that is why he has had the career he has.”To be a professional football player is to face a huge level of expectation. First of all from yourself, because these players are very demanding of themselves and that creates stress.”To play at the level they play today you need to have a huge resistance to stress.”To express what you want to do you need your body to be at your service. You never know how your body will respond, how you will feel, how much your reflexes in a game will be there. It is always an uncertainty and that creates stress.”Mertesacker, who will take over as the Gunners’ academy manager at the end of the campaign, has not featured since Arsenal’s FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Oklahoma State improved to 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa and escaped a trap game with exactly the thing it needed to capture leading into next week’s Big 12 opener: momentum.And better yet, dare I say it, the rarest kind for OSU: defensive momentum.While the 40-21 final isn’t going to elicit the same reaction a shutout would, the numbers and the adjustments mid-game should have OSU fans feeling a little dangerous as the Cowboys head to Austin to face No. 12 Texas on Saturday.“It was a really, really good job by our defensive coaches making adjustments at halftime, and then our players taking the information from the locker room to the field to shut them down,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. “Made those adjustments at halftime, came out and made plays, which was awesome by our defense — mainly our coaches for their adjustments.”The 21 points OSU surrendered seems good but maybe not great, but that number was only achieved in the first half. No one expects the OSU defense to pitch a shutout, but in the second half, the unit held the Golden Hurricane to a Golden Goose Egg.“They changed our alignments,” said Gundy of the defensive coaches. “Got another guy up closer to the ball.”That’s … it. Moved another guy closer to the ball by bringing a secondary defender down into the box, and bam — shutout?Bam, shutout.Now it won’t be that simple against Texas on Saturday, so don’t get TU and UT players confused — they’re both vastly different in total talent and have the backing of better coaches and better schemes.But if Saturday provides one thing outside of a tally in the win column, it’s the hope that just maybe, possibly — hopefully! — this beleaguered defense and the coaches holding the controls are starting to catch a groove going into the Big 12 opener vs. the Longhorns.“They got tired, they got it broke off on them in the second quarter,” said Gundy of the defense. “But then Jim made adjustments, we came out and they were better in the second half — a lot better. It’s hard to [make adjustments], but they got it done.” 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.
MLS Atlanta United and USMNT midfielder Nagbe set to miss 2-3 months with groin injury Ives Galarcep 08:38 6/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Soccrates Images MLS Atlanta United The U.S. national team midfielder is set to miss considerable time for the current MLS leaders. Atlanta United currently boasts the best record in Major League Soccer, but staying on top will be a bit tougher now after losing a key starter to a long-term injury.U.S. national team midfielder Darlington Nagbe is set to miss two to three months with a right adductor injury, Atlanta announced on Tuesday. Nagbe suffered the injury during the Five Stripes’ 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.Acquired via trade from the Timbers before the 2018 season, Nagbe has settled into a steady role in Atlanta United’s midfield. Playing less of an attacking role, Nagbe has yet to score his first goal for his new club but has contributed three assists and started all 17 of the club’s matches this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Despite the lack of attacking stats, Nagbe has been effective in helping serve as a link between the Atlanta defense and attack, leaving the attacking duties to playmakers Miguel Almiron and Ezequiel Barco.Atlanta United coach Tata Martino won’t have an easy time replacing Nagbe’s ability to keep possession in midfield. Hector Villalba had been pushed to the bench with the arrival of Barco, but replacing Nagbe with Villalba in the lineup could leave Atlanta vulnerable defensively. Chris McCann is a more defensive-minded option in central midfield and could be asked to fill the void. A member of the U.S. national team squad that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Nagbe still figured to play a role with the national team going forward, though Atlanta United did not release him for the USMNT’s most recent friendlies. He last appeared for the United States in a starting role in a 1-0 friendly win against Paraguay on March 27.The injury will likely rule out Nagbe for the USMNT friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.Atlanta United returns to action on Saturday at home against Orlando City.
World Cup Heartbreak for Senegal and all of Africa as fair play makes for the cruelest of World Cup exits Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:25 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images World Cup Senegal v Colombia Senegal Colombia Sadio Mané African All Stars Powerade The Lions of Teranga suffered a devastating 1-0 loss to Colombia in Samara that allowed Japan to progress at their expense on yellow cards Senegal could and possibly should have squeezed past Colombia to book at tie with England or Belgium in the last 16, but they fell to a Yerry Mina header form a corner to end Africa’s involvement in the World Cup.After Nigeria pushed Argentina all the way in their final group game, Senegal became the latest African outfit to suffer heartbreak at the hands of South American opposition and their exit was arguably even harder to take. Aliou Cisse’s side didn’t just concede a late goal, they bowed out on yellow cards. Colombia’s 1-0 win saw them top the group but Japan and Senegal had the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded (all four), while they had drawn 2-2 in their matchday two meeting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, Senegal became the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated on fair play, as they accrued more yellows (6-4) than their rivals for a last-16 berth. Even more gallingly, it would have all been so different had they taken their chances in Samara.Senegal dominated the first half, completely nullifying the threat posed by Colombia’s much-vaunted attack. Indeed, they didn’t even allow Radamel Falcao & Co. a single touch in their penalty area during the opening 45 minutes, while at the same time creating the better chances.Sadio Mane ran rings around Mina only for the much-maligned Barcelona centre-back to have the last laugh. Senegal were, ultimately, victims of the narrow margins that decide games at the very highest level.They needed composure in the final third but they didn’t offer any, while they were let down at the other end of the field by the team’s only Africa-based player. Goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye could have done better as Mina leaped highest to score his fifth goal in 14 games for his national team.There will be regrets all round, though; N’Diaye shouldn’t be made the scapegoat for Senegal’s exit. They must also must also back and wonder how they failed to beat Japan, despite having created more than twice as many chances as their Asian opponents.Colombia also deserve huge credit for the way in which they responded to the loss of their talisman, James Rodriguez, who hobbled off in the 31st minute. In the second half, they gradually gained control of what felt like a home game for the South Americans, given the presence of some 30,000 Colombians in Samara.Falcao is an inspirational character for Colombia but Rodriguez will be sorely missed as Jose Pekerman’s side prepare to do battle with either England or Belgium in the next round. Still, the attacking midfielder’s injury was the one disappointment on an otherwise joyous day for the players and their supporters.There will be nothing but heartbreak in Africa, though. As the legendary Didier Drogba had told the BBC beforehand, all of the continent’s football fans had rallied behind Cisse’s side: “I want them to go through. They are the only African team left. We have put our hopes in them, and I think they can do it.”Unfortunately, they could not, and now, for the first time since 1982, Africa will not have a representative in the knockout stage of a World Cup.Senegal may have proved to be one of Africa’s finest sides in this World Cup, but they did not prove themselves one of the tournament’s best. At this cruel, unforgiving level, you have to be effective at both ends of the field and they came up agonisingly short in both regards.The long wait for a World Cup winner from Africa goes on…
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne in contention for Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could face Liverpool on Thursday night.The Belgian missed Sunday’s win over Southampton due to a muscle injury.City can cut the gap to the league leaders to four points with a victory, and manager Pep Guardiola could have his superstar back in action.”He trained today. Tomorrow we need to have another check in the morning, but he’s much better,” said Guardiola in his pre-match news conference.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 01: Former University of Michigan player Desmond Howard watches the action on the field during the game between the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard revealed earlier this morning that he’s picking multiple top-six teams to lose today.One of those picks is obvious, as No. 1 Alabama is playing No. 3 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. There’s a guaranteed top-six loss right there.The second pick is more surprising.Howard revealed at the end of this morning’s College GameDay show that he’s picking No. 6 Georgia to lose to No. 9 Kentucky.The ESPN college football analyst was the only member of the panel to pick Kentucky.We’re still proving them wrong. Let’s get it done today #BBN! #SECEast #SaturdaySelections #CollegeGameday pic.twitter.com/NhP6WKzkIx— Aaron Swayne (@A_Swayne) November 3, 2018Kentucky and Georgia are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.
The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters If you’re attending a holiday party this season, you can’t go wrong by bringing the host a bottle of nice wine, whiskey, or whatever booze they prefer to drink. We’re also fans of homemade gifts, especially when it’s something edible. But this season, we’re looking for a whole new way to impress our host, especially if they are a whiz in the kitchen. Forget about the wine this season and bring your host something that’s just as useful — a bottle of really nice olive oil.Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or only have a few dishes you really love to make, we’d guess that you always have olive oil on hand. By bringing your host a nicer bottle than what they usually buy at the grocery store, you’re opening their palate to new flavors and indulging them in a little luxury. Here are six gift-worthy bottles of olive oil that every home cook will appreciate.5 Olive Oil/FacebookFive Extra Virgin Olive OilWe think that Greek olive oil is sorely underrated, so it’s a perfect gift for the host who loves to try new things. Five Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made by cold pressing a blend of koroneiki and athinolia olive varieties in Finiki Lakonias, Greece. It has a low acid content, which gives it a buttery, fruity, and only slightly spicy flavor. Because this olive oil is bottled in a clear vessel, store it in a cool, dark place to maintain its flavor integrity.McEvoy Ranch Traditional Blend Olive OilThis award-winning olive oil took home gold and silver medals this year, and it’s easy to see why upon first taste of the greenish-gold liquid. McEvoy Ranch’s Traditional Blend Olive Oil is made from seven different Italian olive varieties, all of which are grown on the company’s California estate. It’s certified organic, and everything — including harvesting, milling, blending, and bottling — is done on premises. The flavor is grassy and fruity with notes of raw artichoke and green almonds that finishes with a mild, pleasant spice note. While you could use this olive oil for just about anything, we like to enjoy it as a simple accompaniment to a crusty loaf of bread.Villa Manodori Extra Virgin Olive OilIf this olive oil is good enough for a three-Michelin star chef, then it’s certainly good enough for your party host. Massimo Bottura of the famed Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy commissioned some of the country’s best olive producers to create this olive oil for his restaurant, and now you can snag it without ever jumping on a plane. Villa Manodori Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed from hand-picked mariaolo and leccino olives, which give it a smooth flavor and a green tomato tanginess. Use it liberally to dress salads, vegetables, and fish.Ruccello Picual Extra Virgin Olive OilWhile Europe gets most of the credit for churning out excellent olive oil, California also grows some of the best olives in the world. Ruccello Picual is a testament to the state’s wonderful bounty. This award-winning olive oil has a deep, herbaceous aroma with notes of grass and tomato vines. It hits the perfect balance between smooth and full-bodied, so it’s a crowd-pleaser, no matter the palate. We use Ruccello Picual for dressing salads and finishing fish, pasta, and roasted veggies.Kolossos Mild Greek Extra Virgin Olive OilThis is one of the smoothest, sweetest olive oils we’ve ever tasted. Kolossos Mild Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil is unfiltered and produced from manaki olives that are grown in Argolida, Greece. The flavor is downright buttery with notes of ripe olive fruit and sweet touches that are reminiscent of apple. This bottle is perfect for pretty much anything, from dressing salads to finishing fish and even for frying a perfectly lacy-edged egg. Kolossos also makes a robust version of this olive oil — made from koroneiki olives that are grown in Lakonia, Greece — that is perfect for a party host with bolder tastes.Raguso Grand Cru Olive OilIf money is no object and you want to spoil your gourmand host, then this elegant bottle is your best bet. The limited-edition Raguso Grand Cru Olive Oil is cold-pressed from organic Puglia olives, which give it a deep, intense flavor that isn’t for the faint of taste buds. Not to mention, the bottle design is worthy of being displayed for all to see. 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Editors’ Recommendations The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene
Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund as joined the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty to launch the State Index on Youth Homelessness – a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.According to the True Colors Fund: “The State Index provides a snapshot of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers that youth experiencing homelessness face. The State Index assigns all 50 states and the District of Columbia a score of up to 100 and provides concrete steps that states can take to protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness.”“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Kansas or California. In the United States of America, everyone deserves a place to call home. As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect the safety, health, and dignity of every young person experiencing homelessness,” added Cyndi Lauper, co-founder and board member of the True Colors Fund. “Youth who experience homelessness are the most resilient young people I know. It is our our dream for this State Index to help each state amp up its work to ensure these young people can reach their full potential.”To find out how your state scores, click here.
And at dusk on 14 January, militants attacked and ransacked the small border town of Rann, about 10 kilometers from the Cameroon border, which continued into the next day, targeting military installations, civilians and humanitarian facilities. At least 14 people were reportedly killed and an estimated 9,000 fled to Cameroon.“This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.Cameroon is currently home to more than 370,000 refugees, including some 100,000 from Nigeria.“I am appealing to Cameroon to continue its open door and hospitable policy and practices and halt immediately any more returns and to ensure full compliance with its refugee protection obligations under its own national legislation, as well as international law”, Mr. Grandi stressed.North-eastern Nigeria has been particularly hard-hit by the insurgency being waged in the region since 2009.Attack spreads fear among vulnerable populationMeanwhile, according to Edward Kallon, the country’s UN Humanitarian Coordinator, the deadly attack interrupted aid delivery to some 76,000 internally displaced people in Rann. “We are gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of all these people”, UNHCR said in a statement.On 16 January, 267 Nigerian refugees, who had crossed into Cameroon in 2014, were forcibly returned. Aerial view of Rann, Borno State, North-eastern Nigeria. 5 July 2018., by WFP/Inger Marie Vennize New arrivals in Gubio Camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, following the attack in Baga. As the camp doesn’t have enough shelters, people are sleeping on mats under trees., by OCHA/Leni Kinzli“The attacks on Rann, that are increasingly frequent, are having a devastating impact on the civilians taking refuge in this isolated town and severely affecting our ability to deliver life-saving aid to women, men and children in need,” he said.The attackers looted or destroyed a medical clinic, humanitarian supply warehouses and aid workers’ accommodations, and burned down the nearby market and camp shelters.At present Rann is inaccessible to international humanitarian organizations both by road and by air.”This attack has spread fear among an already vulnerable population, and humanitarian assets were also targeted”, stated Mr. Kallon. “I urge the Government of Nigeria to protect civilians, including aid workers”.Now in its tenth year, the conflict in north-east Nigeria has triggered massive displacement and caused a severe humanitarian crisis with more than seven million people in need.In addition to the Rann attack, clashes in other local government areas in northern Borno state have forced more than 43,000 people to flee their homes since November, with more than 32,000 taking refuge in Maiduguri, the Borno capital – many converging on already congested camps.
YOUTUBE HAS REVEALED the top ten trending videos in Ireland in 2013, based on the amount of people who viewed and shared each clip over the past year.From that proposal to that wedding speech to that fox, here they are:10. New Orleans Proposal: Rose of Tralee Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster9. Attraction Perform Their Stunning Shadow Act Source: Britain’s Got Talent8. Class Dublin Taxi Driver Source: keelan lynch7. Ron Burgundy on Love/Hate series finale in Ireland Source: paramountintl6. Irish Lad in Canada Wishes His Ma a Happy Birthday Nidge Style Source: S Gaffney5. Tom Fletcher: My Wedding Speech Source: Tom Fletcher4. How Animals Eat Their Food Source: MisterEpicMann3. Republic of Telly: You Know You’re Irish When… Source: RTÉ Republic of Comedy2. Sminky Shorts: Elephant Source: Sminky Animation1. What Does the Fox Say? Source: tvnorgeHow many did you watch this year? Are you surprised by number one? Let us know in the comments…As it happened: The crowning of the Rose of Tralee 2013>Hilarious Dublin Taxi driver dances to Get Lucky>
The House Armed Services Personnel subcommittee will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday, ahead of the full committee’s markup, scheduled for June 12.The subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), seeks to increase support and resources for military spouse employment, address widespread problems in privatized military housing, and authorize the administration’s request for 7,700 additional troops, according to a CQ report.It also authorizes a 3.1% military pay raise in fiscal 2020, the largest in a decade.For military spouses, the legislation would increase from $500 to $1000 the amount DOD can reimburse spouses for earning new certifications and licenses when moving from base to base.New privatized military housing language would require the Pentagon to study how to reduce and prevent mold in its privatized housing and create a new scale on home health hazards, including lead-based paint and other dangers.The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee will also address military housing in its NDAA legislation markup Wednesday.Here is a roundup of lawmakers’ important defense activity taking place on Capitol Hill this week:Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, commander, Air Force Space Command, to lead the new U.S. Space Command, Tues., 9:30 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity oversight hearing on the effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) programs, Tues., 10:30 a.m.House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee markup of its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation, Weds., 9 a.m. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee closed-door hearing on defense innovation and research funding, Weds., 10 a.m.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez ADC AUTHOR
5:11 Comments Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Amazon Rekognition is the company’s effort to create software that can identify anything it’s looking at — most notably faces. Business organizations and, yes, law enforcement agencies are already licensing that software for their own use. That means that you don’t need to use Facebook or buy a face-scanning iPhone or a fancy video doorbell from Google-owned Nest or Amazon-owned Ring in order for facial recognition to be a part of your everyday life. With Rekognition, maybe it already is. This is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition.And maybe you aren’t OK with that. Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color. Many — including some of Amazon’s own employees and shareholders — want the company to hit the brakes.The controversy caught the attention of Congress last year, and now, with the Senate recently proposing a bill that would limit businesses from collecting and tracking facial recognition data without consent, it seems that Rekognition might be in for a reckoning. All of which is to say that it’s a good time to dive in and get a better understanding of what Rekognition is, how it works and what it’s being used for. Read more: Facial recognition 101: Your face is your fingerprint What exactly does Amazon Rekognition do? Glad you asked. Let’s start by looking at what Amazon says:”Amazon Rekognition makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. You just provide an image or video to the Rekognition API, and the service can identify objects, people, text, scenes and activities. It can detect any inappropriate content as well. “Amazon Rekognition also provides highly accurate facial analysis and facial recognition. You can detect, analyze and compare faces for a wide variety of use cases, including user verification, cataloging, people counting and public safety.” Like a lot of what Amazon is up to these days, Rekognition centers on artificial intelligence and machine learning. If Alexa is Amazon’s effort to give AI ears and a voice, then Rekognition could be seen as the company’s effort to give AI a sense of sight and the intelligence to recognize what it’s looking at. The difference is that Alexa is built for consumers like you and me, while Rekognition is an enterprise offering intended for businesses and organizations. All of that sounds simple enough, right? It’s image- and face-detecting software that developers can license from Amazon for their own applications. But start thinking about the ways that businesses and organizations might be putting Rekognition to use — and some of the ways that they might in the future — and things get more complicated. How does Amazon Rekognition work? Amazon says that its Rekognition software is based on deep learning technology developed by computer vision scientists. It’s actually two separate software tools, or API sets: Amazon Rekognition Image, which analyzes images, and Amazon Rekognition Video, which analyzes video. Like other image recognition applications, Rekognition looks for common structural identifiers called “landmarks” in whatever it’s looking at. With an apple, that might be the shape and color of the fruit, along with characteristics like the stem. With a face, it’s the shape of the features and the distance between them. Once it’s scanned the evidence, the software assesses how confident it is that it knows what it’s looking at. That confidence variable acts as a threshold for declaring a match — one Rekognition user could say that anything above 75 percent confident is good enough to label as a positive match, while another user with a more high-stakes application might want to set the number at 99. The higher the confidence level, the more certain the software needs to be in order to declare a match.A lot of that confidence is dependent on the quality and angle of the image in question, but software like this that’s programmed to recognize what it’s looking at has come a long way in recent years. That’s thanks in no small part to intense research interest from the titans of tech, not just Amazon, but Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others. “Rekognition is always learning from new data, and we’re continually adding new labels and facial recognition features to the service,” Amazon says. With facial recognition, it’s important to note that Amazon doesn’t keep its own database of faces to match against. Instead, it’s up to the user to provide a “face collection” that they own and manage. For a photo storage service, that face collection could be the photos that users upload. For a law enforcement agency, the face collection could be an existing database of mugshots. What does Amazon Rekognition cost? Companies don’t pay an upfront cost to use Rekognition. They pay as they go based on how much they use it. “With Amazon Rekognition, you pay for the images and videos you analyze and the face metadata that you store,” the company explains, adding that customers can analyze 5,000 images and 1,000 minutes of video per month for free during their first year using the service. Rates after that vary based on region, but in the US, Rekognition customers pay 10 cents for each minute of video analyzed and $1 for every 1,000 images processed. Customers also pay to store the metadata from images and videos they analyze within Amazon’s servers. Discounted bulk rates apply for customers who process more than 1 million images. What’s Amazon Rekognition being used for? Enlarge ImageA sample of Rekognition’s “People Pathing” code, used to track an individual’s movement within a video feed. Amazon That really depends on who’s using it (more on that in just a bit), but Amazon lists the following use cases as examples: User verificationObject detectionText recognitionImage and video content searchUnsafe content detectionCelebrity recognitionOther uses include analyzing the demographic makeup or even the emotional state of whoever the software is looking at, as well as something Amazon calls “People Pathing.” Like it sounds, People Pathing uses Rekognition to track specific people as they move within the frame of a video feed. According to Amazon, it’s capable of tracking:The location of the person in the video frame at the time their path is trackedFacial landmarks such as the position of the left eye, when detectedAmazon did not respond when we asked if there was anything preventing any specific businesses, organizations or law enforcement agencies from using any of the different APIs for Rekognition’s different use cases. The fair assumption is that all of Rekognition’s tools are on the table for all customers acting in accordance with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) acceptable use policy. Who’s using it? That’s a good question, and one that gets to the heart of what makes Rekognition controversial.Though the company has highlighted Rekognition’s use by nonprofits such as Thorn and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to find potential leads on missing children and human trafficking victims, Amazon doesn’t disclose its Rekognition customers without their consent — and it wouldn’t tell me the number of total Rekognition customers, either. According to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union in May 2018, the list includes multiple US law enforcement agencies. (We have more reporting on some of the ways law enforcement agencies in places like Oregon and Florida are already using Rekognition, which you can read about here).Police around the world have been using facial recognition technology for years now, but the disclosure was still enough to raise questions about Rekognition’s capabilities, about how it might be used and about who exactly was using it. Before long, the ACLU was calling for Amazon to stop selling its Rekognition software to governments and law enforcement agencies altogether. “The rights of immigrants, communities of color, protesters and others will be put at risk if Amazon provides this powerful surveillance system to government agencies,” said Shankar Narayan, the technology and liberty director of ACLU of Washington. Some of those concerns have even come from within Amazon itself. In June of last year, a group of Amazon employees released a letter to Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos calling on the company to implement strong transparency and accountability measures and to stop selling Rekognition services to law enforcement agencies. “We already know that in the midst of historic militarization of police, renewed targeting of Black activists and the growth of a federal deportation force currently engaged in human rights abuses — this will be another powerful tool for the surveillance state, and ultimately serve to harm the most marginalized,” the letter reads. Amazon declined to comment in response at the time and didn’t respond to a request for comment ahead of this piece, either. In July of 2018, the ACLU claimed that Amazon Rekognition mismatched these 28 members of Congress with mugshots of criminals. ACLU Where do things stand now? The controversy hasn’t subsided. The ACLU continues to press its argument that Amazon shouldn’t be selling Rekognition to government law enforcement agencies, even releasing a report showing that the software misidentified 28 members of Congress as criminals when the confidence level was set to 80 percent. The false matches disproportionately affected people of color, the report notes. Amazon disputed that report, issuing the following testy rebuke via blog post: “When Rekognition is used as recommended for public safety (with 99 percent confidence levels), the same reports that the ACLU claimed contained 5 percent error rates yielded 0 percent error rates. This is inconvenient for the ACLU’s rhetoric, but these are also the facts.” Even so, in November 2018, eight Democratic members of Congress expressed their concerns with Rekognition in a letter to Amazon: “Facial recognition technology may one day serve as a useful tool for law enforcement officials working to protect the American public and keep us safe,” they wrote, “However, at this time, we have serious concerns that this type of product has significant accuracy issues, places disproportionate burdens on communities of color and could stifle Americans’ willingness to exercise their First Amendment rights in public.” The issue isn’t going away. In January of this year, a group of the company’s own shareholders urged Amazon to stop selling Rekognition software to law enforcement agencies. More recently, in March, a group of prominent AI researchers, including experts from Microsoft, Google and Facebook, as well as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Turing Award, penned an open letter warning of inherent biases built into Rekognition and calling on Amazon to stop selling it to the police. Perhaps complicating things is Amazon’s ownership of Ring, the makers of a popular line of smart video doorbells. Recent patents from the company lay out a vision for face-detecting video doorbells that keep an eye out for convicted felons, sex offenders and the like, then relay the information directly to police. Amazon has already begun to let owners of its popular line of Echo smart speakers use the things as makeshift security devices that listen for trouble whenever they’re away from home. “Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future,” the ACLU’s Jacob Snow said in a statement, “with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells.” “We are always innovating on behalf of neighbors to make our neighborhoods better places to live, and this patent is one of many ideas to enhance the services we offer,” a Ring spokesperson said in a statement. “However, patents do not necessarily reflect current developments to products and services, and this patent certainly does not imply implementation. Privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and we always design our services to include strong privacy protections.” What does Amazon say about all of this? Amazon didn’t offer any comments about Rekognition ahead of this story’s publication.This February, amid the criticism, Amazon wrote at length on the topic in a company blog post. Along with defending Rekognition, Amazon seemed to join companies such as Microsoft that have already called for greater oversight and transparency with regards to the ways facial recognition tech is being put to use. “In the two-plus years we’ve been offering Amazon Rekognition, we have not received a single report of misuse by law enforcement,” wrote Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, Michael Punke. “Even with this strong track record to date, we understand why people want there to be oversight and guidelines put in place to make sure facial recognition technology cannot be used to discriminate. We support the calls for an appropriate national legislative framework that protects individual civil rights and ensures that governments are transparent in their use of facial recognition technology.” The blog post goes on to lay out some suggested standards for facial recognition, which I’ll list here: Facial recognition should always be used in accordance with the law, including laws that protect civil rightsWhen facial recognition technology is used in law enforcement, human review is a necessary component to ensure that the use of a prediction to make a decision does not violate civil rights When facial recognition technology is used by law enforcement for identification, or in a way that could threaten civil liberties, a 99 percent confidence score threshold is recommended Law enforcement agencies should be transparent in how they use facial recognition technology There should be notice when video surveillance and facial recognition technology are used together in public or commercial settings “New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” the blog concludes. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.” “We will continue to work with partners across industry, government, academia and community groups on this topic because we strongly believe that facial recognition is an important, even critical, tool for business, government and law enforcement use.” Originally published March 19 and updated as new developments occur. 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Many ride on rickshaw getting no bus on 28 October, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloGeneral secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Osman Ali, on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike, reports UNB.”The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogues,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on 30 October.The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring engine oil on the face of a car driver.On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.Their demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.
Brandon Todd (Courtesy Photo)Allies of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser came away with the most votes in the recent D.C. Council special elections, but one has to endure a process of counting each vote to make sure she won her race.Brandon Todd, a resident of Ward 4 easily won the special election on April 28 in his ward but LaRuby May, who lives in Ward 8, is in a close fight with former Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White for the right to represent the ward.D.C. elections officials didn’t call the race in Ward 8 because of the closeness between May and White. They will do so after absentee ballots are counted.Todd defeated a field of 11 candidates, amassing 42 percent of the vote while union lawyer Renee Bowser came in a distant second with 21.57 percent. May led White, 26.94 percent to 24.55 percent, in their race.May said she is clear as to why she got into the race for D.C. Council.“To me, this race was never about politics,” May said to supporters at the Old Congress Heights School. “This race is about the people of Ward 8.”May seeks to take the place of the late D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry while Todd will serve out the rest of the term of his mentor, Bowser.In the Ward 4 race, Todd amassed significant amounts of money and support and it seemed he never was challenged seriously. Todd had the support of former D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp and D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis as well as a host of civic, political and business organizations.Todd attributed his victory to the hard work of his team.“I look forward to continuing the legacy of progress I’ve been a part of in Ward 4 over the last seven years,” Todd told supporters at the VIP club.Todd has worked for Bowser in her campaigns, council office and on committees that she chaired. May has done extensive community work in Ward 8, especially with the elderly and low-income residents.May had strong advantages in organization and money but had to deal with a possible sympathy vote for Marion C. Barry, the son of Marion S. Barry and an anti-Bowser movement during the election. Nevertheless, she had the support of former D.C. Council Chairman Arrington Dixon and former D.C. Council members Sandy Allen and Eydie Whittington.There is talk that Marion S. Barry wanted his son to take the council position. However, an acrimonious encounter with a bank teller that has criminal implications earlier this year raised concerns among Ward 8 residents that the younger Barry was not ready to assume the role of a council member.Barry got only seven percent of the vote.Sheila Bunn, who has worked on the staffs of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, ran a spirited campaign based on issues and her experience but she came in third with 10.63 percent of the vote. Despite losing, Bunn called for Ward 8 to come together.“While the D.C. Board of Elections has not officially called the winner of the Ward 8 race, I want to congratulate both LaRuby May and Trayon White for their showing at this point,” Bunn said. “At the end of the day, they and all of the candidates on the ballot share the goal of making the great Ward 8 even greater.”The final result of the Ward 8 race may not be known for several days, as the absentee ballots must be counted and the losing candidate may request a recount.
May 1, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I hate change. I really do. I like the comfort and contentment that comes with a successful status quo. The problem is that a successful status quo is the present, built upon a strong past. Unfortunately, the present is not etched in stone for the future. Whether I like it or not — the future involves change, and the change is, by nature, disruptive.The only thing I hate more than change is failure. Failure is what happens when you’re left in the dust when the change crushes our “present.”In my lifetime there have been many companies that have been crushed by disruption. The irony is that they could have actually led the disruption. The fact that they were crushed by other companies was because they chose not to lead. They chose to either ignore it or fear it. And leading with fear is a bad strategy. These three businesses are prime examples of what not to do.SearsSears was once America’s largest retailer. They began as a mail order catalog company using the postal service to deliver virtually anything, to anyone, almost anywhere, and it dominated its competition for many, many decades. Sears was Amazon more than 100 years before Amazon.In its day, Sears was the 800-pound gorilla that could, and did, decimate smaller retailers. Unfortunately, Sears was so entrenched in their brick and mortar stores that when the world-wide web was introduced in 1991, they did not have the foresight to lead the way and make the transition. In fact, just the opposite happened. Their reaction was to actually shut down their catalog two years later in 1993. Amazon.com was founded the very next year in 1994.KodakA friend of mine who retired from Kodak many years ago told me that he felt there were few corporate blunders as staggering as Kodak’s decision to ignore the digital camera market. This is especially true since Kodak invented the digital camera in 1973, and it went on to be issued a patent for digital cameras in 1978.Why, then, would the company that invented the digital camera not pursue this incredible opportunity? The answer, to them, was obvious. They did not want to interfere with their highly lucrative film processing business, and they did not believe that people would be interested in looking at photos on a computer. Wrong on both counts.BlockbusterWhen the winds of change swept through the video industry, Blockbuster was more of a brick than a weather vane.In 2000, Netflix approached Blockbuster with a request for Blockbuster to buy them out for roughly $50 million dollars. Blockbuster turned them down more than once. Jim Keyes, the CEO of Blockbuster said in 2008: “Neither Redbox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition.” By the time Blockbuster saw the success of the new Netflix model, they made several attempts to copy it. However, they were too late.Today, Blockbuster is bankrupt, and Netflix is worth over $100 billion.Changing the world is always disruptive. Today, more than ever, we need to choose to change before we are forced to change. By the time a business is forced to change, it is probably too late.Social scientists refer to this as the “threshold model of collective behavior.” For decades I have called this “concept recognition model.” When I was young, people didn’t think they needed answering machines — until enough people thought they did, and then they were everywhere, used by virtually everyone. Later, people didn’t see the need, nor the value, for fax machines. Until enough people did — and then everyone had one.In the 90’s I met many people that had no intention of ever using email. Now, I can count on one hand the number of people I know who don’t have an email address — and they are all over 70.Before people adopt a new concept, early adopters embrace the new process or equipment. Later the resistant population joins in, and, under the right conditions, there is a viral cascade of change.In today’s changing world, we will either manage the status quo which will eventually result in failure, or we can lead the disruption which is likely to lead to the reinvention of our business, and potentially the industry as a whole. So you must decide: be disrupted, or be the disruption. I vote to be the disruption. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read
Teacher unions on Friday rejected a government compromise proposal that left room for controversial cabinet decisions, which had triggered a row, to be amended, as Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris appealed for the rhetoric to be toned down and intensified talks to resolve the problems.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the three unions rejected the proposal during a joint meeting of the House education and labour committees.The unions said there was no question of discussion as long as the government decisions were in place.On Thursday, President Nicos Anastasiades said he was prepared to amend a July 4 decision that irked teachers and led to protests, provided it was warranted, amid an intensive dialogue based on a compromise proposal tabled on August 23 that had already been rejected by the teachers.Following its rejection, the August 23 proposals were withdrawn and the government implemented the ones it had taken the previous month.The spat has threatened to disrupt the smooth opening and operation of schools.Speaking after the session, Hambiaouris said there was a need to tone down the rhetoric “and enter an intensive dialogue to enable schools to open under the best conditions.The minister said the way out was the proposal tabled by the president on Wednesday “which I think all sides must adopt.”He said it contained very positive elements that could resolve differences and urged unions to have second thoughts.The unions did not make any statements after the meeting.During the meeting, House President Demetris Syllouris expelled the deputy chairman of the secondary education teachers’ union, Oelmek, after he posted an offensive comment about the auditor-general on his Facebook page.Pantelis Nicolaides, known for his militant manner, posted that the auditor was talking “nonsense” and “bullshit.”“Auditor-general talking nonsense in parliament now. Positions devoid of any scientific backing. Bullshit.”Following his expulsion, the educator removed the two offensive words.The crux of the matter are the July 4 cabinet decisions, which include hiring about half the teachers needed according to the pupil numbers.The cabinet decided to hire some 160 teachers while the other positions will be covered by reducing the number of exemptions teachers and union brass used to get.For instance, form teachers had their ‘free’ periods cut to one from two, and there was also a reduction in teaching periods dropped according to years of service.Under the current system, primary school teachers have their periods cut by two to 27 after 15 years, and to 25 after 21 years.They also provided that union officials would be obliged to teach and conduct union work outside school hours.On August 23, following three hours of consultation with the unions, the government submitted an improved proposal providing that two officials from each of the three unions would carry on being completely exempt from teaching.The proposals still included a reduction in the teaching exemption hours for a form teacher from two to one.At the same time, absence record-keeping would be undertaken by the school administrations.The reduction of teaching periods according to years of service also remained.The lost period would be compensated by an incremental pay rise.An early retirement scheme was also proposed for teachers in secondary education who are 60 and above and primary school educators who are 58 and above. Their incentive would be to keep a 12 per cent penalty for early retirees that is in place at the moment. You May LikeDailyArmyParents Really Did Text These to Their Kids – Try Not to LaughDailyArmyUndovortexpure.comWhat chemicals are lurking in your tap water?vortexpure.comUndoXoRead7 Best Foods to Cure Low Blood Pressure Naturally!XoReadUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboola