Barcelona says defender Javier Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks to recover from a right knee injury.Barcelona’s season is over, but the injury will rule out Mascherano from Argentina’s friendly against Brazil on June 9.Mascherano injured his leg early in Saturday’s final of the Copa del Rey, when Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to defend its title for a third straight season.He also cut his head during the collision with an Alaves player that produced the leg injury. He returned on crutches to join the team celebration.Argentina doesn’t play its next World Cup qualifier until it plays Uruguay on August 28.
With the average credit card debt nearing $5,000, according to TransUnion, it’s no surprise that paying off debts is a popular New Year’s resolution.If you vowed to pay off your debts and start living a more balanced financial life this year, we’ve got you covered.Here are the details one how to tackle your debts one by one:Make a listStart by gathering all your bills – current credit card statements, car loan and mortgage statements — all documentation, online or off, that shows what you owe.Can’t find a balance? Call the lender and ask for it.Now put it all in one place (ideally, your free Mint.com account) and list all your debts, along with minimum payments.Pick a debt to destroyOnce you have a list of your debts, pick one to focus on. There are two schools of thought on which to begin with – the debt with the highest interest rate, or the one with smallest balance.Mathematically, paying the debt with the highest interest rate makes the most sense. Motivationally, however, focusing on the smallest debts provides quick victories, which keeps you going.Whatever method you decide on, pick a debt and start destroying it. Pay the minimum on all other debts, but as much as you can on your target. Some personal finance experts recommend setting aside as much as 10 percent of your monthly income as a “debt destroyer.”Where will you find the extra money to create a debt destroyer?By tracking your expenses and squeezing every possible penny from your budget, of course. Use a free online tool to automatically track your expenses.Did we mention that Mint.com is free and tracks all your spending? Just sayin’.Start snowballingAfter you pay off the first debt, move on to the next on your list. While paying the minimum on your other bills, for debt 2, send in the minimum + your “debt destroyer” payment + the old payment from debt 1.After debt 2 is gone, hit debt 3: send in the minimum + your “debt destroyer” + the old payment from debts 1 and 2.Adding in old debt payments is called snowballing, and it’s a great way to pay off debts. Since you’re used to doing without that money, it’s easy to use it to help destroy all the debts on your list.If you can come up with a “debt destroyer” equal to 10 percent of your income, by using snowballing, you can pay off every debt you have – including a mortgage – in as little as 10 years.Finding the moneyDon’t think you have any extra money to create a debt destroyer? Once you start tracking your expenses, you might be surprised.For example, you can cut your cable bill (average of $75 a month) and switching to a mail-order DVD/live streaming subscription (about $7.99 a month). That one move will net you $67 a month you could use to destroy debt.Planning on getting in shape this year? Drop your gym membership and take up running, or rent exercise videos from the library to do at home. The average gym membership costs $42 a month. Put that toward your debt for six months, and you’ll have $252 paid off.Have a pet? There are some easy ways to save there, too. For example, professional grooming for a small dog can cost $70 a session. By learning to groom your pet, you can skip this expense entirely and put another $70 a month toward your debt.The bottom lineBy creating a “debt destroyer” and snowballing your payments, you’ll stay motivated and get your debts paid off. Make this the year you finally become debt free and on the path to financial freedom.“Tackling Your Debts One By One” was provided by MoneyTalksNews.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation
Grilling or roasting foods at high temperatures may lead to the development of high blood pressure.Regularly consuming well-done meat could pose a threat to your blood pressure, according to a new study. Researchers from Harvard suggested eating meat cooked using high-temperature methods such as grilling, broiling, barbecuing, and roasting could lead to a 17 percent increased risk of high blood pressure.The study followed and examined more than 100,000 adults in the United States, none of whom had high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the start. Over the following period of 12 to 16 years, 37,123 participants developed high blood pressure. Lead researcher Gang Liu and his colleagues then identified a possible link between cooking methods and the risk of high blood pressure.The risk was 17 percent higher in people who grilled, broiled, or roasted their meat more than 15 times a month compared to people who used such methods less than 4 times a month. The likelihood of developing hypertension was also 15 percent higher for those who consumed well-done meats compared to those preferred rarer ones.“Our findings imply that avoiding [these] cooking methods, including grilling, barbecuing and broiling, may help reduce hypertension risk among individuals who consume red meat, chicken or fish regularly,” said Liu, who is a research fellow in the nutrition department of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.In animal studies, cooking food at such high temperatures has induced oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Liu highlighted these pathways as a potential cause for the elevated risk of high blood pressure. Lack of exercise, obesity and poor diet are regarded as the main causes of hypertension. On a global scale, nearly 7.5 million deaths are caused by the condition, which has also been associated with stroke.The study had a few limitations and was not considered definitive since cause and effect were not proven. Questionnaires did not include certain types of meat and cooking methods. Also, since participants were mostly Caucasian, the findings cannot be applied to other groups yet. Previously, studies have linked grilled meat with health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. One study from 2014 also suggested chemical compounds produced in barbeque grills could cause cancer.Researchers have suggested reducing the frequency of consuming grilled meat can improve health. Additionally, stewing, poaching, or steaming meat and vegetables were recommended alternatives to grilling.“For the average American, though, I think if you’re grilling a few times a week, that should be okay as long as you’re being cognizant of the rest of your diet and you’re avoiding the really, really high temperatures for prolonged periods of time,” said Dr. Haitham Ahmed, director of cardiac rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic.The preliminary research, yet to be published, was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It was presented March 21 at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans.Source
. “The Force” Originally published Feb 3, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 As with about every Super Bowl commercial, the writing, filmography, and editing was top notch. The commercials are funny, and speak to their core brand image. By releasing the videos a 5 days early, they got to capture an audience that wasn’t already overcharged with the latest Budweiser, Coors, and Lexus commercials. Download the free webinar Topics: Its only been one day since the videos were uploaded to YouTube, and they’ve already surpassed 1 million views. If you haven’t caught the videos yet, here you go: So How Does This Help You?While it would be great for every business to put together a Super Bowl commercial, its just not going to happen. Instead, you should be a little bit of a guerrilla marketer. Go for the quick hits that take your competition when they’ve dropped their guard. If you’ve got the next killer thing ready to launch, and you’re only holding back because of “timing” – just let it go, get it out the door. The quicker that its out there in the wild, the quicker you can start getting feedback and it can do its job. Make your competition react to you, not the other way around. Photo Credit: danorth1 Free Download: How to Use Online Video for Inbound Marketing How do you get started with YouTube, video podcasting, live streaming, or viral videos. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack A pair of interesting things came from Volkswagen yesterday – they purposefully leaked their two Super Bowl commercials on to learn how to use online video to grow your business with inbound marketing. “Black Beetle” Video Marketing YouTube
1K+Save Some Data to Take With You …Consumers who receive email marketing spend 83% more when shopping (Tweet This Stat)Email ROI = $44.25 for every dollar spent (Tweet This Stat)Email can be up to 20x more effective than other marketing outlets (Tweet This Stat)64% of people say they open an email because of the subject line (Tweet This Stat)69% of subscribers cite “too many” emails as the number one reason they unsubscribe from email (Tweet This Stat)Personalized emails improve clickthrough rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10% (Tweet This Stat)38% of emails are opened on a mobile device and 78% of U.S. email users will access their emails via mobile by 2017 (Tweet This Stat)Emails with social sharing buttons have a 115% higher clickthrough rate than those without (Tweet This Stat)Did any of the stats in this infographic surprise you? Despite a few years of “email is dead” chatter, I don’t think many would argue that email marketing remains at the forefront of many people’s digital marketing strategies.In fact, according to Sikich, 70% of digital marketers see email as the top medium for ROI and 62% of B2B marketers plan to continue to increase spending for email marketing.But is email actually, still, one of the most effective ways to reach consumers, or has it become yet another over-saturated and over-used channel? Furthermore, considering that marketers sent 838 billion emails in 2013, how can you ensure that people are actually opening and interacting with your emails?Well, this Sikich infographic addresses the effectiveness of email marketing in today’s digital world, as well as 10 tips to help you break through the clutter.1K+Save Email Marketing Metrics Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published May 15, 2014 1:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017
This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post. More and more companies and agencies are establishing remote working options for employees as flexibility in work schedule and location has become an important benefit for top talent. In addition, some agency owners have built their companies to be completely virtual such as SmartBug Media, which has a team of 25 remote team members. This structure has allowed Founder Ryan Malone to recruit the best talent from anywhere, and it gives his staff more options when determining the lifestyle and location they find most inspiring and fulfilling. However, managing a team of remote team members comes with its own challenges. And one of these is running effective meetings. When people are in various different environments, time zones, and even countries, things can start to get confusing. You need a process and structure for making these meetings work.To learn how to set up and run better meetings with remote employees, check out the SlideShare from Shoretel below. Originally published Apr 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Remote Working Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Dec 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated March 08 2019 Conducting Marketing Research In March of 1979, Harvard Business Review published an article about a business analysis model that countless MBA students still study to this day.Coined by Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business SchooI, Porter’s Five Forces is a model that draws from industrial organization economics to identify and describe the fundamental economic forces that shape every industry. More specifically, it explains how these forces dictate every industry’s competitive intensity, potential for profitability, and attractiveness to other entrants.Porter’s Five Forces has become a fundamental model that most businesses use to grasp the dynamics of their industry and, in turn, drive their business strategy. And it can help you do the same, too.But the way you apply this model to your own business is totally dependent on the nature of your industry. Once you understand these economic fundamentals, though, you’ll be able to extract insights from the model that are specific to your unique situation and apply them to your business.To help illustrate this, we’ve fleshed out the five fundamental economic forces at play in every market and provided an example analysis in each section, so you can see how each of these forces might play out in your specific industry.Click here to get started with our free market research kit.Porter’s Five Forces ModelPorter’s Five Forces is a business analysis model that identifies and describes the economic forces that shape an industry’s competitive intensity, potential for profitability, and attractiveness. The five forces are competition in the industry, potential of new entrants into the industry, power of suppliers, power of customers, and threat of substitute products.Porter’s Five Forces ExamplesCompetition in the IndustryCompetition plays a huge role in your industry’s profitability — the potential to produce a high return on investment — and, in turn, its ability to attract new entrants. If there’s a lot of competition in your industry, it’s harder to turn a profit. Customers have a rich pool of options to choose from, so if your prices are too high, they can just strike a deal with a supplier who will sell to them at their preferred price.In other words, customers typically wield more power than suppliers in competitive industries. This usually leads suppliers to undercut each other’s prices until their revenue barely exceeds their costs, plummeting their profits and discouraging new players from entering the market.If there’s less competition in your industry, it’s easier to turn a profit. Customers can only choose from so many suppliers, so if they want to buy your market’s product or service, they must accept the higher prices or else they won’t be able to buy it. This potential for high profitability encourages new players to enter your market.To help you examine the competition in your own industry, here’s an analysis of the competition in the aluminum baseball bat industry.From little league to college, baseball players all around the country primarily use aluminum baseball bats to train and compete. Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, Marucci, DeMarini, and AxeBat are the leaders in the high-end of this market. Their target customers are travel or college baseball players who are willing to pay a premium price for the best bats that can perform at a high level and stay durable for multiple seasons. Easton, Mizuno, and Adidas serve the middle of the market, and Anderson, Combat, and Dirty South serve the low-end of the market. Their target customers are less competitive players who probably just play baseball for fun and friendships.Download This Template For FreePotential of New Entrants into the IndustryIf new players can enter your market quickly and cheaply, they can sell their minimum viable product, which is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, at a much lower price than you and your competitors can while still covering their product development, marketing, and sales costs. As a result, they can snatch established player’s market share and threaten incumbents’ position in the industry more easily.The frequency of new players entering your market hinges on your industry’s barriers to entry. If it costs a lot of money and time to build a minimum viable product and cover essential overhead expenses, startups can only afford to build an unsophisticated product that’s sole differentiating factor is a slightly cheaper price. With these high barriers to entry, they wouldn’t be able to compete, discouraging them from entering your market.However, if building a minimum viable product and covering essential overhead expenses don’t cost that much money or time, your market’s low barriers to entry will encourage most start-ups to enter.To help you examine the potential of new entrants in your own industry, here’s an analysis of the potential of new entrants in the aluminum baseball bat industry.The barriers to entry of the aluminum baseball bat industry are very high. You would have to spend a lot of money on research and development to figure out how to differentiate your product in a saturated market, purchase a bunch of raw materials to manufacture the bats, and build expensive facilities and machines to actually produce them. You would also, at the least, have to hire a product, marketing, and sales team to run this startup’s daily business operations. This startup would have to charge close to an industry-average price to cover the initial overhead of creating a minimum viable product, crafting an enjoyable brand experience, and generating revenue. And since each incumbent in this industry would have a better, more trusted product than this start-up’s simple product, there’s no way they could compete with a slightly cheaper price as their only selling point.Power of SuppliersThe number of suppliers or competitors in your market directly affects your company’s ability to control prices. When there are only a few suppliers in your industry, each supplier holds a ton of pricing power because if a consumer doesn’t accept your prices, you and your fellow suppliers can easily find someone else who will.When there are a lot of suppliers in your industry, each supplier holds less pricing power. Your market’s customers have a rich pool of options to choose from, so if your prices are too high, they can just strike a deal with a supplier who will sell to them at their preferred price.To help you examine the power of suppliers in your own industry, here’s an analysis of the power of suppliers in the aluminum baseball bat industry.With 11 major suppliers in a massively popular industry — and five or less brands competing in each segment of the market — the suppliers hold a lot of pricing power. Almost every baseball player, from little league to college, needs an aluminum baseball bat to train and compete, so they’re very dependent on these suppliers, which gives them even more pricing power. Power of CustomersThe number of customers in your industry directly affects their ability to control prices. If there are only a few customers in your industry, they hold most of the power. Since suppliers depend on customers to generate revenue, suppliers must adhere to their customers’ pricing demands or their customers will just do business with one of the many other suppliers who are willing sell their product or service at a generous price.On the flip side, if there are a ton of customers in your industry, the customers hold significantly less power. Since customers depend on suppliers to purchase necessary products or services, they must accept the prices suppliers set or else they won’t be able to buy any of the market’s products or services — the suppliers can sell to plenty of customers who are willing to pay a prettier penny.To help you examine the power of customers in your own industry, here’s an analysis of the power of customers in the aluminum baseball bat industry.Every single baseball player, from little league to college, needs an aluminum baseball to train and compete, so each supplier in the aluminum baseball bat industry has a huge potential customer base to market and sell to. Since there are such few suppliers and so many customers in this market, the customers don’t hold enough power to drive the prices down.Threat of Substitute ProductsSubstitutes are products from different industries that consumers can use interchangeably, like coffee and tea, and they can significantly shape your industry. If your product has cheaper or superior substitutes, you not only have to compete with other players in your industry, but you also have to compete with businesses in other industries. This high multi-market competition can plummet your prices and profit.If your product doesn’t have cheaper or superior substitutes, though, the businesses who produce these substitutes don’t pose as much of a threat to you or your direct competitors. This low multi-market competition might only drop your prices and profits slightly.To help you examine the threat of substitute products in your own industry, here’s an analysis of the threat of substitute products in the aluminum baseball bat industry.Instead of buying aluminum baseball bats, players could buy wood bats from suppliers who only manufacture wood bats, like Baum Bats, Old Hickory, and Sam Bat. But the odds of this happening are extremely low. Even though individual wood bats cost less than individual aluminum bats, wood bats break much more frequently. For instance, one $250 aluminum bat can last longer than five $100 wood bats, so replacing aluminum bats with wood bats would actually cost more money. Players can also hit the ball farther with aluminum bats, which makes it the superior product. Additionally, wood bat manufacturers make the most money by focusing on a specific market of baseball players who only use wood bats, like professional baseball players, summer college league players, and top-flight travel baseball players. In sum, there’s a low threat of substitutes in this industry. Topics:
It sounds like I’m trying to justify Oklahoma State’s existence as an undefeated team … and maybe I am. But Oklahoma State is 30-6 at home since 2010 and now has three of four in Boone’s house with the College Football Playoff on the line.On Saturday @CowboyFB in a November matchup of unbeatens for the 1st time ever. The 2nd time ever could happen 2 weeks later. #okstate— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) November 2, 2015AdChoices广告So those games against Kansas State and West Virginia and Texas that could have been losses (easily) — maybe instead they’ll serve as a reminder that Oklahoma State knows how to get it done late in conference play.“We’re very good in the second half of games,” Emmanuel Ogbah told the Oklahoman recently. “We’ve had so many games like this, there was never any panic on the sideline,” added Austin Hays about the win over Texas Tech on Saturday.The General agreed.“After each one of these games, I just don’t think it’s possible, but we just keep doing it,” J.W. Walsh said. “It’s just unbelievable for our team to fight the way we fight. We just come together and play the way we play.”Raymond Taylor also agrees.“I love the fact that I’m with a team that won’t give up,” Taylor said. “(We) just keep going through, keep being confident and playing to win the game.”I think OSU is starting to believe that it is one of the 10 best teams in the country. That matters. But so does the iciness that comes with needing to beat three ranked teams late in a tense conference season.Baylor has had zero close games. OU has had zero close conference games. TCU has had a couple of close ones, but only one in which they needed a last-minute score for the win. OSU has had a host of them.Maybe that matters in November, maybe it doesn’t.But when the chips are down in college football’s greatest month, this team knows it can win close games no matter the opponent. The first two months have proven there’s no situation in which this squad will panic and change what it does. There’s no wayward play that can’t be solved by Glenn Spencer and Co. at halftime.This team sure sounds like it’s starting to kick destiny’s tires and maybe take her for a test drive or two.Man, it’s going to be some month, isn’t it? 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.
Carson and I were texting after the Baylor-OU game on Saturday night when he joked that OU would probably move ahead of Oklahoma State when the CFP rankings come out on Tuesday.Turns out … it might not be a joke.I woke up on Sunday morning to a pair of my colleagues at CBS writing that they would rank OU in the top four on Tuesday night instead of Oklahoma State. Even our friend Joel Klatt isn’t immune.My New CFB Top 10 (11/15)1) #Clemson2) #OSU3) #Bama4) #Sooners5) #OklahomaSt 6) #NotreDame7) #Iowa8) #Florida9) #MSU10) #Baylor— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 15, 2015AdChoices广告This would be pretty unbelievable, wouldn’t it? OU lost to Texas! Texas! OSU hasn’t lost.It would also go against what the committee did last year to TCU and Baylor. When the first rankings came out in 2014, TCU had already lost to Baylor and Baylor had already lost to West Virginia. The committee had TCU ranked ahead of Baylor every week until the final one.This tells me the committee punished a bad loss (which Baylor had — to West Virginia … and OU has) more than it valued a good win (which Baylor also had — over TCU). And here’s the thing, OSU hasn’t even lost yet. Why is everyone acting like that’s not a reality?It’s almost as if the committee is saying, “you know, you might have won 92 straight games by one point, but we really aren’t sure that matters because 8-5 USC just looks like a Playoff team.” Like I’ve been saying for the past two weeks, what’s the point of playing games then?We’re getting ahead of ourselves, I know, and I’m already loading up the hot take cannon. But you know OSU won’t get credit for running the table on the road in conference play and OU will get credit because it’s OU (this is a brand-name competition, remember).It seems unfathomable that OU would jump OSU on Tuesday night. OSU (No. 8 right now) should slide into the sixth slot behind Clemson, Bama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. And OU (No. 12) and Florida (No. 11) should probably follow in some order since, you know, they’ve lost. But the committee doesn’t operate like the normal polls (which I’m told is a good thing) so who knows what’s going to happen.I’m actually sort of rooting for OU to move ahead of OSU despite having lost to Texas for three reasons.1. Glenn Spencer gets a new deck of “nobody believes in us” cards to play and you know he doesn’t need many of them to get his squad fired up at home.2. Getting the opportunity to beat teams ranked ahead of us seems like it would be a good thing. I think. I might not have any idea about anything anymore.3. The hilarity and absurdity of it all would be outstanding. As a proprietor of a web property, I’m rooting for as much controversial madness as possible.Either way, Tuesday night should be fun. 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. Did you know Jordan Sterns got engaged this summer? I didn’t, but he chatted about it last week. Bonus points here for creativity in asking his girlfriend to be his wife.“I had friends and family over,” said Sterns. “She thought we were celebrating my birthday. We played a video. She thought she was tricking me into having everyone tell me happy birthday. I came on the camera after she said happy birthday and I stood her up and got on my knee and proposed. She was crying. I got a little emotional.”Did you cry?“A little bit. I ain’t afraid to admit it.”That’s awesome. Who didn’t cry when they got engaged? Good stuff from the preseason All-Big 12 safety who is projected as the sixth-best free safety for the 2017 NFL Draft.Congrats to these two.
Johnson also has some deceptive wiggle and after-the-catch ability. He’s not violent or sudden, but has a smooth, gliding gait and the ability to shake a defender and then get going up the field, not wasting time with multiple moves. The smoothness hides some of the effectiveness.With his big play ability, OSU could utilize his talent in special teams, too, where he has proven to be a valuable contributor with his explosiveness. However they use him outside of receiving is just extra though. Getting a talent of his caliber to add to the receiving group for next year is huge. OSU will lose Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales, and Austin Hays this year after their eligibility is up and assuming James Washington stays for his senior year. Losing that much production will be tough to replace, but also suggests there’s a chance for immediate playing time in 2017. Johnson should be able to slip naturally into one of those roles and could be a big-play receiver from day 1 next year. Oklahoma State got a big boost to the football roster Friday, with former five-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson announcing his decision to play out his career in Stillwater. The New Orleans area native is a 6-foot-1, 190-lb. player who doesn’t jump off the page with his freaky height (a la Marcell Ateman), or his stupid 40-yard dash times (a la Ra’Shaad Samples.) But Johnson can bring a lot to the table for OSU and there’s not really a measurable on playmaking ability — which is exactly where he shines.Here’s what national analyst Bud Elliott wrote after scouting Johnson prior to his senior year:Johnson is a solid route runner, and is able to get some separation on underneath and intermediate routes. Most impressive are Johnson’s hands and body control. Johnson makes a number of excellent catches in traffic and in the red zone by controlling his body, gaining the positioning advantage over the defender, timing his jump, and snatching the football aggressively with his hands, never letting the ball get into his chest plate. That’s a set of skills that produces first downs, and in the red zone, touchdowns.[I interrupt this scouting report to bring you an example of that whole “snatching the football agressively thing.”] 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.
Oklahoma State and Josh Mabin received saddening news this week as Mabin, a third year player from Klein Oak High School, announced he has been diagnosed with a heart condition that will keep him from playing the game.Mabin was the No. 2 player on the depth chart at middle linebacker, behind returning starter Chad Whitener. And with Mabin retiring from football, another linebacker in his same recruiting class should get their chance.Justin Phillips, another class of 2014 player like Mabin, played sparingly in 2014 and was one of the stars of the Bedlam victory in Norman two seasons ago. In his true freshman year, he recorded 18 total tackles — 10 of those coming in the Bedlam upset.With the returning depth OSU had last season at linebacker, Phillips had the ability to redshirt as a sophomore, and comes into this season fresh, now likely to backup Chad Whitener in the middle.Listed at 6-0, 235-lbs. on the OSU roster, Phillips should be the player most impacted by Mabin’s retirement, and will likely see a hefty amount of playing time in the rotation in the middle of the defense this season. 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.
La’Vontae has also garnered offers from West Virginia, Kansas State, Illinois, Utah, SMU and Colorado. SMU and Colorado were the only two schools to extend an offer while Laviska’s recruitment was still open. He played behind his older brother and K.D. Nixon, two highly touted prospects who signed with Colorado, and could be primed for a big season at DeSoto after hauling in three touchdowns last season.2018 offensive line commit talks about comfort with HensonTuttle, Oklahoma offensive lineman Hunter Anthony committed early in the process after OSU brought back Josh Henson to take over coaching duties on the offensive line. He says his relationship with Henson was a major factor in his decision.“It’s a great relationship,” he told Nate Feken of KFOR, “especially when he’s here and his family is here. It made it easy. I really liked OSU before he was there. Then when he came there it really sealed the deal — I knew I wanted to be a Cowboy.”Below are some highlights of the 6-foot-7, 330 pound Anthony, who stands head and shoulders above his Tuttle teammates..@TuttleFootball’s produced a Heisman winner & a couple Cowboys recently. Get to know the town’s new standout — #OKState commit @huntera77. pic.twitter.com/s4zGwf9liU— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) May 29, 2017 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. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Three-star linebacker DaShaun White names OSU in top 7OSU is looking to add to its stable of linebackers in the 2018 class alongside inside backer Blake Barron and outside backer Kolby Peel, and North Richland Hills product DaShaun White has long been the top target. He narrowed his list of top schools from 20 to 7 this week, and included OSU along with Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, OU, TCU and UCLA.White is a versatile outside linebacker who said recently a connection with graduate assistant Andre Sexton has earned OSU a chance in his top group.“Believe it or not, I actually have my best relationship with [graduate assistant Andre Sexton],” he told Rivals. “He’s been talking to me since one of my games last season and started recruiting me early … He’s a coach that makes me feel at home, so with that, that’s really the biggest thing for me.White is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound talent who OSU is targeting at the star linebacker position.2019 receiver La’Vontae Shenault offeredIn the 2017 cycle, OSU was a major player for four-star wide receiver Laviska Shenault of DeSoto, Texas, and now OSU is in the mix with 2019 receiver La’Vontae Shenault — Laviska’s younger brother. La’Vontae is quickly rising on the recruiting trail with eight offers — six coming in the month of May alone.
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. We looked at Oklahoma State’s historical offensive efficiency through the years the other day, and as you can probably imagine, it’s pretty good. Today I want to look at the defensive efficiency which, maybe surprisingly, is also pretty good.The data I have goes back to 2008 when OSU (and the Big 12) looked completely different than it does now. I compared OSU’s points per drive numbers against the NCAA median from each year. Lower is better here.I should note that this data excludes garbage time drives.That 2013 defense was No. 5 in the country in PPD behind Michigan State, Florida State, Louisville and North Texas. The 2009 defense was nearly as good. In fact, from 2009-2011 were some of the better defenses OSU has ever had from a statistical standpoint.AdChoices广告That last three years? Not so much. OSU has been pretty average on defense for the entire year, although it has made up for it by continuing to create turnovers.Let’s look at how much better or worse OSU has been than the median NCAA team.Again, lower is better here. That 2013 team was absurd. The 2016 team was the first since that team to be better than the median.“You do enough to win the game,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer recently. “We all want to set goals. How successful are you (in scoring defense), turnovers and red zone defense. Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games.”“We were at 1.8 last year (in the Big 12), we finished second in the conference. We led the conference in red zone defense. We led the conference in turnovers. Is that a good year on defense?”Seems like it is!It may be true that when it comes to Big 12-only numbers, OSU was the best in the conference, but it has room to improve. OSU’s defense is like Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson’s putting. It only has to be slightly above average for them to find copious amounts of success because of their offense.The trend has been good, too. OSU has improved in each of the last two years in the points per drive statistics. If they do so again, and the offense does its thing, Spencer might find himself coaching well after New Year’s Day in 2018.
Lille VIDEO: Lille fans attack players after Montpellier clash Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:10 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages Lille Ligue 1 Lille v Montpellier Montpellier A 1-1 draw on Saturday was overshadowed by a violent pitch invasion, in which the home players were targeted on their way back to the dressing rooms Lille’s Ligue 1 clash against Montpellier ended in chaos when home fans invaded the pitch and accosted players on Saturday. The hosts were held 1-1 in a tight encounter, with Nicolas Pepe’s first-half goal for Lille cancelled out after the break by Montpellier. But the real drama began after the final whistle, when Lille fans streamed down from the stands to attack their own players. 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 Scary moments in Ligue 1 as Lille fans invade the pitch after their relegation-threatened club’s 1-1 draw with Montpellier. pic.twitter.com/RC3Ml3c3w0— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 10, 2018Pepe in particular found himself the target of aggression, while the rest of the team were barracked on their way back to the dressing rooms. All of this happened under the watchful eyes of Lille owner Gerard Lopez and sporting director Marc Ingla, who were present in the stadium as it unfolded. “We understand the reaction but we can’t accept that players have been attacked,” Lille’s Yassine Benzia said after the game. “There is a limit not to cross. I was already in the locker room but the group is quite young and some players were scared.”Lille currently lie 19th in Ligue 1, one point shy of safety after 29 games of the season.It was the second match in a top European league which suffered through fan violence, as West Ham supporters caused numerous delays in a 4-1 loss to Burnley, including one pitch invader who clashed with Hammers midfielder Mark Noble.
Liverpool Champions League draw can’t come soon enough – Salah trolls Manchester United Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:51 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Sevilla Manchester United Sevilla José Mourinho Mohamed Salah African All Stars The Egypt international might have found himself on the losing side at the weekend, but he thoroughly enjoyed United’s elimination to Sevilla Mohamed Salah was quick to troll Manchester United after Jose Mourinho’s side were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday.United’s dreams of lifting the European went up in smoke after a pitiful display at Old Trafford. Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to score a brace and send Sevilla through to the quarter-finals, United exiting 2-1 on aggregate after Romelu Lukaku’s consolation. 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 Salah was anonymous as Liverpool lost 2-1 against United in the Premier League on Saturday, with Mourinho’s men tightening their grip on second place in the table.But the Egypt international, joint-top scorer in the league this season, was speedy to show off about Liverpool’s place in the quarter-finals.”The UCL draw can’t come soon enough,” Salah wrote on Twitter, following by a smiling emoji.The UCL draw can’t come soon enough— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) March 13, 2018Liverpool knocked out Porto 5-0 on aggregate to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp’s men finding out their next opponents on Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
World Cup Rakitic: Modric and Iniesta came from different planets to play among mortals Dom Farrell 19:49 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Croatia Ivan Rakitić Croatia v Denmark Denmark The Croatia star feels priviliged to have played alongside two of the best midfielders in the world for club and country Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has hailed the otherworldly talents of Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta.Barcelona’s Rakitic and Real Madrid’s Modric have resumed their esteemed midfield alliance for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup to superb effect, with Zlatko Dalic’s side one of only three to progress through the group stages in Russia with a 100 per cent record.Iniesta has signed off on his decorated Barca career but remains a key part of Spain’s bid for glory before he begins a news chapter in Japan with Vissel Kobe. 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 Should they come through respective last-16 matches against Denmark and Russia, Croatia and Spain will meet in the quarter-finals and Rakitic has no doubt it would be a meeting of the very best.”It’s very difficult to compare them. It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals here,” Rakitic told a news conference at Croatia’s Roschino base.”Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions. It has been a great honour to play with Andres in the last four years at Barcelona and with Luka for the last 11 years for Croatia.”You try to enjoy it as much as you can, to learn from them. It’s the best thing that can happen to any player. If I created a football team, I would have both of them in my team.”I can thank God to have the opportunity to play with both of them. Hopefully with Luka I am not done yet; unfortunately Andres is not with Barcelona anymore but I wIsh him all the best.”They are both more than team-mates for me. Andres is one of my best friends and I see Luka as my big brother.”Samo naprijed hrvatska.!!! Idemo vatreniThe best way to go onto the next round We are ready to keep fighting for our dream #WorldCup2018La mejor manera de pasar a octavos Pero tenemos que seguir luchando duro por nuestro sueño pic.twitter.com/K9xHxEfF8j— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) June 26, 2018Croatia great Robert Prosinecki recently said four-time Champions League winner Modric had surpassed him as his nation’s greatest ever player and Rakitic is not about to disagree.”I would agree with him completely,” he said. “Not only that Luka is the best player, but he is a great person, a leader and we are following him.”Modric and Rakitic head a sublime generation of Croatian talent who first came to prominence at Euro 2008, with Russia 2018 seemingly their last chance to make a defining impact on the biggest stage.”I don’t know if this is the last competition for us, we will see about that. But, in any case, we would like to continue the same way we have been playing so far,” Rakitic added.”We have a great atmosphere in the team. We are fighting for each other, that is our strength. We want to continue on that same path.”Of course, the game against Denmark is in front of us. We are taking it step by step. If we at the end manage to lift this trophy, we go into international retirement happy.”
World Cup France star Mbappe earns Caniggia comparison from World Cup icon Maradona Tom Webber 20:25 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Kylian Mbappé Argentina France v Argentina France PSG Ligue 1 Lionel Messi The Argentina legend was frustrated by Marcos Rojo conceding a penalty to Les Bleus’ exciting frontman, who reminded him of a former team-mate France forward Kylian Mbappe’s stunning display against Argentina earned a comparison to a young Claudio Caniggia from Diego Maradona.Mbappe was in sensational form as France came from behind to beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16 at Russia 2018, becoming the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958.The Paris Saint-Germain forward showed incredible speed as he drew a foul from Marcos Rojo to earn a penalty that Antoine Griezmann converted, before his double put Les Bleus out of sight in Kazan. 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 Maradona sees shades of his former Boca Juniors team-mate Caniggia, a World Cup runner-up with Argentina in 1990 and a Copa America champion the following year, in Mbappe.”Argentina went out to attack France and made the mistake of leaving a lot of room for Mbappe, who is like Caniggia in his early days,” he told teleSUR.”[Rojo] let him enter the area and then knocked him down. That’s not what a national team player should do.”He had to go straight to the body and knock him down before Mbappe moved the ball forward.”Maradona highlighted Argentina’s difficulties in attack, with Lionel Messi deployed as a false nine between Angel Di Maria and Cristian Pavon against France.”We do not know how to attack, we do not know what to do when we have the ball. France are different: they have a counter-attack, variation, they have options on the right and the left,” he said.”I saw Messi very isolated, away from the box. I said if he played as a nine he had to go looking for the ball, link the play, set goals up and score them.”Then we are talking more about Patoruzu [an Argentine comic character that possesses superhuman physical strength] than Messi.”
Read more on The Nonprofit Blog Make fundraising a breeze with a system that does it all!Click here to try our nonprofit fundraising software for free.Click here to set up a live demonstration of our all-in-one donor management system. Diversity is more than just a buzz word or a politically correct action. And it’s about more than just appearances. Having a diverse board is essential for nonprofits. It provides a variety of perspectives, experiences, and networks; all of which make you stronger and more effective. Particularly for small nonprofits, diversity ensures that your board doesn’t all come from the same pool of contacts; which fosters a healthy, vibrant representation of the community you serve.Diversity on your board also leads to diversity within your organization, from staff to members to donors. We gravitate to communities where we feel welcome and included, regardless of whether we look or sound alike. When an organization’s leadership reflects the greater community—in age, gender, race, class, etc.—the community develops a greater trust in that organization. We are attracted to them because they “get” us.Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)It’s not enough to simply have people of different backgrounds on your board. To fully embrace diversity, you need to create a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Many nonprofits and boards are eagerly committing to DEI as a means of working from within to promote change.Diversity: embracing different backgrounds; including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, socioeconomic status, disability, and religion strengthens nonprofits.Equity: equal representation challenges biases (overt and implicit), exposes harassment, and confronts discrimination.Inclusion: welcoming all people and perspectives grows healthy organizations, inspires creativity and collaboration, and increases empathy.For a deeper look into DEI and how to incorporate this work into the core values of your nonprofit, we recommend these resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.Why Diversify Your BoardThe benefits to diversifying your board range from tactical to financial to personal. They are both obvious and discreet, but their impact is undeniable.Expand Your NetworkWhen was the last time you gathered a room of lawyers, artists, accountants, consultants, and retirees to discuss a common goal? If all of your board members come from the same general background, chances are they run in the same social and/or professional circles as well. Which means your donors and volunteers will come from the same pool; creating a homogenous, almost group-think atmosphere. When you diversify your board, you gain the benefit of myriad backgrounds dedicated to your nonprofit. You also gain the benefit of their networks.Enrich Decision MakingThe group-think atmosphere mentioned above is detrimental to decision making. Any board that agrees on everything is either uninformed or lazy. Think about it. If everyone in the meeting has the same opinion, then why should any one member do their homework? Why not just defer to the board chair? Through diversity, we gain unique viewpoints which spark questions that expand our outlook. Diversity creates deeper conversations which lead to more thoughtful decisions.Create Generational ImpactMany nonprofits are thinking about cultivating the next generation of donors. But what about the next generation of board members? A healthy board has term limits, usually 2-3 years. The benefit of diversifying your current board is that it will create a ripple affect throughout your entire organization. A multi-generational board attracts new supporters and advocates to your work. Cultivating that “new blood” will benefit your nonprofit for generations to come.What is your board’s current demographic breakdown? Are you creating a culture that embraces DEI from within? It’s a sensitive conversation to have, but your board—and your nonprofit—will be stronger for it. And your donors and greater community will notice.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 12, 2016June 23, 2017By: Colleen Lyon, Vice President of Public Relations and Communication, ayzhClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Clean birth practices are necessary to reduce maternal mortality. Each year, around 1 million newborns and mothers die from childbirth-related infections, and this burden is highest in low-resource settings. Clean birth kits (CBKs) provide simple tools needed for a hygienic birth, but more research is needed on how these kits are used and what effect they have on women and providers.Five years have passed since the Clean Birth Kit Working Group published the first policy brief, Clean Birth Kits – Potential to Deliver? This was right around the time when ayzh, a small social enterprise based in Chennai, India, started selling its JANMA Clean Birth Kit for use in health facility settings. At the time, there was debate surrounding the impact and public health value of CBKs, as well as the viability of a for-profit, commercial model in a traditionally philanthropic space. In response to this debate, ayzh set out to prove that given the chance, individuals in low-resource settings would purchase affordable products, if they were perceived to have value.What did we learn? There is still a market and demand from health institutions for clean birth kits, proven by our ability to sell more than 250,000 kits to more than 300 health institutions in India, Haiti, Honduras, Laos, Burma, Afghanistan, and several countries in Africa. We are working with the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke on a cost-consequence analysis of how our kits impact facilities and families. We are also exploring partnerships to measure impact on maternal health.I am honored to say that the Maternal Health Task Force was one of our early supporters, providing us with access to many peers and experts that validated the need for social enterprises like ayzh to make the right product available at the right place, time, and price, and to do it in sustainable way.But, what is the impact? This is the critical question we must answer. Today, as ayzh transitions to scale, I return to this community of experts to leverage your collective wisdom and create an open repository of impact data and opportunity around clean birth kits. Studies indicate that the use of CBKs can promote clean delivery practices and reduce rates of neonatal mortality. We hope to supplement this research with the knowledge, experience and opinion of global health experts, including your interpretation of existing evidence.Please take our survey to answer one or all of the following questions:How do you see clean birth kits making an impact?Can you share examples of papers and publications that support your views?Is there a particular research effort around clean birth kits you’d like to suggest?If you’d rather schedule a call to discuss your expertise and feedback on clean birth kits, please email email@example.com.Photo credit: Society of Community Health Nurses IndiaShare this: