Spending Time in the Woodshed

first_imgWhen I was 17 years old, I started a rock-n-roll band. I was a singer, and singers need other players. My brother played bass, and our friend played drums. We needed a guitar player, and there were plenty around.You didn’t know the kids that played guitar. You never saw them. They were like ghosts, really. They fell in love with the guitar, and then they disappeared into their bedrooms. They spent every waking moment, listening to their heroes and learning to play their songs. They took lessons to speed up the process. And after a couple years, they emerged from their bedrooms as guitarists—and some of them emerged as shredders. For the most part, your band was never going to be better than your guitarist or your singer.This process is known as woodshedding. It’s doing the lonely work of learning your craft, putting in the hours, becoming adept, and eventually, mastery.Woodshedding doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Hell, mastery doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves in an age that prefers instant gratification, the putting on of appearances, and dabbling. Why do the work when there are so many promises of results without having to do the work.This isn’t a post about sales, leadership, or coaching. It’s a post about success. The one variable of success that gets far too little attention is mastery. What looks like raw talent isn’t often what it appears to be.You never see the time the successful person spent studying their craft. You never see the time they spent being coached by masters. You don’t get to see them trying something, failing, and trying again, perfecting their craft. You never get to witness the critiques they received when something isn’t working and requires dramatic improvement. You don’t see the early mornings or the late nights.The success that you see was built in the woodshed long before you were aware of the person who has mastered their craft. How much time are you spending woodshedding? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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ScienceShot: Termite Architects Have Their Own Plans

first_imgTermites are notorious for ravaging wooden buildings. But they are actually sophisticated architects in their own right. As in other social insects, termite constructions emerge from the collective behavior of thousands of individuals. Each species appears to have its own approach, which is probably influenced by the environment. Two scientists in Japan wondered how much variety there might be among termite colonies of the same species if given identical surroundings. To find out, they brought eight colonies of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus from the forest into the lab. Each army got a block of compressed sawdust to build with. The scientists found dramatic differences in architecture between colonies (above, the results from two), the first time this has been shown. And the blueprints are an inherent part of the colony; when the colonies were split into groups, each group from the same colony erected strikingly similar “shelter tubes,” the researchers report this month in Insectes Sociaux. Further research, they say, could help explain how these self-organizing behaviors evolve. The source of the variation between colonies is not yet clear; genetics, diet, or other factors could play a role.See more ScienceShots.   Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Dev Anand Unplugged

first_imgYour Guide had an adulterous heroine. How did the censors spare it?Guide was made in two versions in the early and mid-1960s. Nobel Laureate Pearl Buck and I co-produced the English one with Hollywood’s Tad Danielewski as director. So that gave it an international halo, and suitably impressed people in India. I decided however to shoot the Hindi version afresh with Goldie as director. We wrote a new screenplay retaining the basic theme, but deviating somewhat from R.K.Narayan’s novel. The then I&B Minister Satyanarayan Sinha panicked, saying people are complaining to the ministry about the adultery angle. ‘Didn’t your government give the novel a Sahitya Akademi award at the hands of Pandit Nehru?’ I asked him. That settled it.But you had no qualms about our audiences accepting the heroine?Goldie and his collaborators made the heroine’s character sympathetic. I believe that nothing is taboo for the human mind as long as it can be justified. Even a murderer can garner public sympathy if people are convinced that his act is acceptable from an emotional standpoint. Take Bombay’s famous Nanavati case of the late 1950s. A young naval officer discovers his wife’s infidelity, loses his temper, and kills her lover – but wins over an entire nation’s sentiments. Many people thought I’d gone crazy to attempt a Hindi version of Guide after the English one had flopped. But creativity comes with a streak of madness!Guide was tough to make – its budget was huge. Worse, the distributors were wary of the adultery angle. When it was finally released in 1965, the first audience reaction was one of confusion. I remember we at Navketan were all so depressed. Then slowly, people began to find something thought-provoking in it. It grew on them, and snowballed into a major countrywide hit. That year the Bombay monsoon was delayed, and the city was thirsting for rain. And the day Guide – in which the hero fasts unto death for rain – was released, it poured over Bombay. Our posters said, ‘Guide Brought The Rains!’ Sometimes, even the elements favor you.You never released Guide’s English version in India? I saw no point in doing that. Thanks to Pearl Buck’s efforts, it was to be screened at the White House, though President Kennedy was assassinated before that could happen. The Hindi version was India’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, but it didn’t even get nominated. Several Hollywood personalities who saw both versions however thought the English one was no good, and that the Hindi Guide was outstanding.And what did the novelist R.K. Narayan think?After a pre-release screening of the English Guide, Narayan wrote me an effusive letter from America saying it’s simply beautiful. But after the movie was panned by the American critics and failed at the box-office, he began denouncing it publicly. I didn’t bother to get his response to the Hindi Guide because it wasn’t really his story anyway.After your long innings as an actor and film-maker, are you anywhere close to discovering the box-office mantra?There is no mantra, no formula. Several good films fail, while some average ones become hits. What’s a box-office hit? Something intangible in a film sets off a certain vibration in the audience’s collective mind. And all of a sudden, people are drawn to it. This phenomenon can’t be explained. You just have to let your instinct dictate your creative decisions. Relying on anything else is more dangerous. If you set out to make the greatest hit, it invariably turns out to be the biggest disaster. I’ve had my disasters – Ishq Ishq Ishq was an out-and-out musical with a very thin plot. Perhaps it might have worked with western audiences.Your recent brush with the censors brings to mind your 1977 protest against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency.I was the first from the film industry to oppose the Emergency. They pushed us to the wall, and I got annoyed. They banned Kishore Kumar from AIR and Doordarshan because he didn’t toe their line. And they called us over to Delhi to sloganeer for Sanjay Gandhi. I told I&B Minister V.C.Shukla: ‘I’ll do it only if you tell me we’re living in a police state.’ He backed off. Then Opposition leaders like Ram Jethmalani approached me for support. I spoke at their rallies, formed the National Party of India (NPI), and became its president. The NPI became so popular that several politicians wanted to join us. Even Indira Gandhi sent feelers. But I wound it up because we were disillusioned with the non-performance of the Janata coalition. Also, my film-industry colleagues were unwilling to fight the 1977 elections – they all wanted to be nominated to parliament. And I realized then that I was more in love with film-making. I’m not cut out for politics. You need a cold-blooded attitude to survive in it, and a willingness to abuse and be abused. Several film stars are now in national politics. Vinod Khanna represents Gurdaspur in the Lok Sabha.They’re enthusiastic, but what is their commitment and their contribution? Our entire political system is rotten. The level of poverty in India is appalling because we haven’t grown as a democracy. What sort of a democracy would allow tribal areas to exist, and encourage slogans of minorities and Dalits? Why should a Dalit be proud to be called a Dalit? So what’s your prescription for better governance?Get the country’s best people to make laws for us in parliament. And fill every administrative post according to merit. You can only fight today’s system with literacy. A literate, enlightened people will not allow goondas to rule them. Educated youths with liberated minds must enter active politics. India is a great nation, and we Indians have a raw intelligence that’s probably a legacy of our ancient culture. But our people are also very religious and emotional, and therefore easily swayed. As a film-maker, I take my ideas across through my films. If I were a politician, I’d reach out to people with plans to modernize the country – that was the NPI dream. And I’d do it the right way. When you’re a leader, you should look like one. Not only in your thinking, but also in your speech and dress.Are you suggesting a dress code for our politicians?Why not? Make the Nehru-style bandh-gala jacket compulsory. I’m sick of watching ministers in crumpled unbuttoned kurtas and worn-out chappals, with dhotis flying all over and exposing their hairy legs, taking the salute at military parades. A dhoti is fine at home in a hot country like India. But not at a formal function, for heaven’s sake! Leave aside the immaculately clad Western leaders, have you ever seen a shabbily dressed politician from China or Japan?Critics say your acting ability seldom goes beyond your mannerisms.A critic is one individual – the nation is a billion people. If it was a fluke, my success as an actor could not sustain for decades. There were no acting institutes when I started. My speech, my delivery, my pauses – that’s me, not a put-on. And most of my films were written around ‘Dev Anand’ – a city-bred boy with a modern outlook. So I just had to be myself, unless the character demanded something outside of my own personality. Look at the later parts of Guide, or the second half of Hum Dono where I modeled myself on a real-life major I knew.But you so often depend on props like headwear and scarves.That’s me again. I love wearing hats and caps. And people love it too when I wear them. My Jewel Thief cap became a style icon in the 1960s. Early in my career, the Prabhat bosses gave me a huge complex about the two gaps in my front teeth. They had me wear an uncomfortable filler which I insisted on taking off because I couldn’t speak my lines properly. And audiences liked me – gaps and all. It’s the total personality that counts.What’s the secret of your youthful personality?My mind. I’m mentally and therefore physically active. I can work 17 hours a day. My sorrows don’t stay with me because I’m an optimist. And I forgive easily. That’s a great quality – it makes you live long. I don’t follow any exercise regimen, but neither do I smoke, drink, or eat meat. I gave up smoking because it stained my teeth. I used to guzzle beer and colas, and stopped that too for my digestion. Man’s greatest disease is losing control of his habits. I threw and attended lots of parties earlier. I stay out of the current film-party circuit because it’s boring: the people, the conversation, the self-promotion.What relaxes you then?Any music that’s melodious. My love for music was instilled in childhood by my father. So my films had wonderful songs. Let’s face it: Indian movies cannot be made without music and songs. Our people love it, so why not give them what they love? If the songs are good and integrated seamlessly into the screenplay, there are very good chances that the film will be a hit.Your skills as a man-manager are well known. You got the best work out of a short-tempered eccentric like composer Sachin Dev Burman.His greatest compositions were created in the most informal sittings – Dada Burman playing around on the harmonium for hours, and I huddled next to him, rejecting one tune, and egging him on before approving another. It was a great feeling. But he had to be handled carefully. We once recorded a ghazal by an Urdu poet – which Dada composed and got Mohammed Rafi to sing. After the recording, Goldie and I thought it fell short of the mark. Baat bani nahi jo banne chaahiye thi. But we didn’t dare tell Dada right away. That night, I called him and asked how he felt about it. Bahut achha hua Dev, he said. I said, Dada usme kuch zarasi baat reh gayi hai, but I can’t explain what exactly is missing. He said, Nahi, nahi, bahut achha hua hai, and banged the phone down. I sensed he was mildly irritated, but also knew I’d succeeded in sowing a doubt in his mind. And the very next morning, he called to say he was coming over that evening. He came, played the harmonium for a little while and hummed the first notes of a new tune. And I said, that’s it. We summoned lyricist Shailendra who wrote the mukhda, and right there was born the famous Guide song: Din dhal jaaye, raat na jaaye. Rafi sang that one. But what made you select Kishore Kumar as your screen voice?Kishore Kumar got his break as a playback singer for me in Ziddi, which his brother Ashok Kumar produced. And his voice suited mine. I particularly liked its resonance. But there was always this discussion over whom to choose – Rafi or Kishore – till we finally arrived at a rule of thumb: Rafi got the ghazals, and Kishore got the geets.You chose Jaidev as music director for Hum Dono.Jaidev came to Navketan as assistant to Ali Akbar Khan who was our staff composer. After Aandhiyan, Khan left but Jaidev stayed on to assist S.D.Burman. And being in the company over the years, we gave him a break in Hum Dono. It’s his best work. But we didn’t really drop him after that. S.D.Burman was there all the time as the mentor. And Jaidev had branched out because he got outside assignments.What prompted the switch-over to R.D.Burman?Dada Burman was reluctant to do Hare Rama Hare Krishna – he was uncomfortable with the subject of drugs and hippies. So we decided to assign his son instead. Pancham – who had earlier assisted his father for our films – thus got his break as an independent composer for Navketan. And he scored in a big way.Do you miss working with your earlier composers?I do, but now one has to take the best of what’s available. The emphasis in film music today is on orchestration, so the melody suffers. And there’s very little originality: every ten years, song tunes get recycled with a little tinkering. Ditto for film stories, which come repackaged with superior techniques, particularly in sound recording. Some, like Devdas, are blatant remakes. Others are rehashes. I featured Aamir Khan as hero in Awwal Number. It was about cricket and politics – with a terrorism angle – and its climax had Aamir batting away to glory. His Lagaan had a similar theme.Several of your films were shot in the mountains – in Nepal and Sikkim.Mountains fascinate me. The green heights, the clean refreshing breeze, the trees, the valleys – they put fresh life into me. And their solitude gives me new ideas. Whenever I get the urge, I drive off to Mahabaleshwar hill-station. But I can’t afford to take time off frequently.As a busy star, have you been a good father?I educated both my kids in the best of schools abroad. Beyond that, I never intruded into their lives because I never let my father intrude into mine. My daughter Devina returned to India, found a boy, and that’s that. My son Suneil came home and joined the movie industry. He now runs my recording studio.Do you believe in role-models?To the extent that they charge you into bettering yourself. But you outgrow them. People said I looked and acted like Gregory Peck. I was thrilled – after all, he was a big Hollywood star. But I soon realized I’m my own man. And in fact, I’ve myself become a role-model for Indian actors. Sab logon ki acting mein main hun, mujhe maloom hai. (I know I have influenced the acting styles of them all.) It’s most apparent in the love scenes. Watch my films – the romance just flows effortlessly.Old-world chivalry?It’s natural, but never old or outdated. I’m more modern than today’s youngsters. They dress stupidly, and don’t know how to carry themselves – apart from exceptions like Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. They’re very fortunate that the works of the old masters of world cinema are now easily available: they can pattern their styles accordingly.Who were your favourite Hollywood actors?Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Muni and Spencer Tracy.And Indian?Ashok Kumar and Motilal.Your all-time favourite film star?Ingrid Bergman. What grace, beauty, and charm! And all this in a sweet, non-sexual kind of way. Any man would feel so good just being with her. Sadly, our paths never crossed.Your favourite films and film-makers? The great musical West Side Story and Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. I met Capra in Hollywood, and he came over later for a film festival in New Delhi, and we became good friends. I saw It’s A Wonderful Life with Guru Dutt in Poona, and we both had liked it so much, I remember we saw the film again in back-to-back shows. Elia Kazan was another fine film-maker. I met him in his Broadway office in New York City.Your favourite roles?Guide and Hum Dono.Your favourite book?Irving Stone’s Lust For Life, a biographical novel about Van Gogh. I met Stone and his wife at his home during a cultural-exchange trip to America in 1964. Over cups of coffee, we discussed literature. He was thrilled that I liked his book.Anything you wanted to do in life, but couldn’t?I wish I could play a musical instrument or dance. If I were both – a great musician as well as a great dancer – there’s no doubt I’d have conquered the world.In all your travels, which VIP of world renown impressed you the most?Jawaharlal Nehru. I met him after his paralytic stroke, but he was so pleasant and spoke with such intellectual authority. Soon after, I went abroad and read about his death there. No other international leader would have got so much media coverage. But I’ve outgrown that admiration too. The more I read about the Kashmir mess, the more I’m convinced that he and others of his ilk were responsible for it. Partition was the most horrible tragedy in world history. Any right-thinking person would have known what was coming. Trainloads after trainloads of slaughtered families crossed the border into Amritsar and Lahore. And in the communal riots that followed, human beings behaved worse than animals. The lust for power blinded leaders on both sides.Were you personally affected by the Partition?My maternal uncles and their families barely escaped getting killed. They left behind their belongings in Pakistan, and fled to Delhi as refugees. In my case, Muslim friends and neighbours who had grown up playing with me on the streets of Gurdaspur, and those who’d studied with me at Lahore, became aliens and enemies overnight. The creation of Pakistan was an unnatural phenomenon, and should have been avoided at any cost.Do your Muslim friends who migrated to Pakistan echo these sentiments?Over the years and across continents – London, Washington D.C., and elsewhere – several of my college-mates have lamented the separation. You’ll find many people in Pakistan too saying the same thing – maybe not as openly as I do. During our Lahore trip, I was taken to a posh restaurant where a Pakistani Muslim flautist in his 50s was playing the song Jaayen to jaayen kahaan from my 1954 film Taxi Driver. He claimed to be my ardent fan – he’d seen all my films and could play any song from them. I thought he was pulling a fast one. So, off the cuff, I mentioned Shokhiyon mein ghola jaaye from my 1970 film Prem Pujari. And he played it so well, I wondered: the same language, the same music, the same culture, the same cuisine, the same lifestyle, the same temperament – then why two hostile countries?Part ITo view Part I of the interview, click here: www.littleindia.com/India/oct03/evergreen.htm  Related Itemslast_img read more

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10 thoughts on Wes Lunt

first_imgYou all know the news by now: 1s is transferring, presumably to Southern Miss or Akron or somewhere he’s going to throw 60 TDs and haunt us for the next four years.[1. We’ll probably get housed by 12-0 Akron in the Fiesta Bowl in 2017 as he solidifies his first round draft status with 5 TD throws and 455 yards in Glenn Spencer’s swan song as defensive coordinator, but whatever.] Anyway, I have 10 thoughts on what was, what is, and what could have been…1. First things first — and I know everyone has an opinion on this — I think Lunt is going to be (was always going to be) a star. I know some of you disagree (“he’s fragile!” “he’s not mentally there!”[2. I have no idea how one can deduce this from the amount of football he played last year and what he did when he was on the field.] “he’s all show!”) but it’s all there. Go back and watch the Arizona game, I mean my gosh that was his second college football game and he was rolling like he’d been studying OSU’s offense since kindergarten.I could be wrong, I often am, but I think OSU fans are going to look back at this transfer as basically the opposite of Joey Graham or John Lucas transferring in to Stillwater — there’s going to be lots of “crap, I wish we still had that dude” going on.2. Some people on Twitter were complaining that Gundy misplayed this and that’s why Lunt is leaving but I don’t really think that’s the case. Obviously nobody knows what went on behind the scenes but I’ll never be convinced that Gundy shutting down media coverage of his QBs affected Lunt’s decision at all.There was definitely an “am I going to be the starter?” conversation at some point (probably recently) and whatever Gundy’s answer was to that (obviously “no”) wouldn’t have changed even if there wasn’t a restraining order on all members of the Oklahoman and Tulsa World. Now, I do think Gundy got burned long-term by his decision to start Chelf next year, but we’ll talk about that in a minute.3. This means Clint Chelf was always going to start. It has to. Gundy’s not rolling out there with J.W. against 10 Mississippi State defenders in the box. He’s just not. And why does it mean Chelf was always going to start? Because you don’t leave a conference favorite if you were going to be the starting QB. Gundy basically said as much today:.@OSUPoke2007 He felt that was in his best interest for the future, so we have to adjust. He left on good terms and we want the best for him— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) May 10, 2013 4. Based on what was in the Oklahoma this morning and this tweet from Gundy, nobody really saw this coming. That’s not surprising I guess, as Lunt is a notoriously quiet, reserved guy, but still it’s rather shocking. If you say you weren’t shocked by the news then you are much more clairvoyant than I am.5. 244 days ago Wes Lunt was the starting quarterback of 18th-ranked highest scoring team in the nation and Jenni Carlson had just basically a “he’s the next Warren Moon” column about him. At least he doesn’t have to deal with Jenni Carlson anymore?6. From his perspective I just….I don’t….get it. There had to be something going on other than Chelf being the starter because it’s not like Lunt thought he wasn’t going to beat out Walsh over the next two/three years. Even if Chelf started you still have to sit out a year if you transfer. Are there that many better places for a QB, who presumably wants to play in the NFL, to be than OSU?As is usually the case with stuff like this it was probably a combination of reasons but I’d put my money on him being homesick. I just don’t see his relationship with Monken being as important to him as everyone thinks. Go back and read this story by Kelly Hines from last year — he’s always been kind of a homebody (understandably so as an 18-year-old!) and maybe he just never got over that.7. Ok back to Gundy’s decision to start Chelf (or Walsh if you prefer that narrative…just somebody other than Lunt). I think Gundy though he could get Lunt to redshirt for a year and I think if he didn’t think that he might have started Lunt just out of obligation this year so we could have him for the next three.I think Gundy likes the way Chelf handles the team — his teammates seem to get more hyped for him than they do Lunt[3. I may or may not be basing this on a ridiculous social-media-campaign-turned-t-shirt-bonanza based around a phrase used when describing the velocity of an outdated form of cross-country travel. OK, I am.] and I think Gundy knows that. But I also think he knows that three years of Lunt > one year of Chelf + two years of J.W.Dare somebody to ask him on Twitter.8. I got killed on Twitter last night for my “Smart for one more year or Lunt for three?” question but I don’t really think it’s all that absurd. You guys have been so spoiled the last few years that you don’t know remember what it’s like to have an average QB like Walsh running the show. I don’t hate Walsh, I think he’s a gamer, but J.W. Walsh isn’t going to be winning you Big 12 Championships (and if he is, then I’ll gladly eat these words).Smart is great but one year is one year. I agree with the narrative that Smart is more important to hoops than Lunt was to football, but two years worth? Maybe, but I think you’re selling Lunt short.9. If a QB from Illinois plays football at OSU and never talks to the media during the football season, did he actually play football at OSU?10. Here’s another theory: from the second Monken got the job at Southern Miss, Lunt was always going to transfer there. The hole in this theory is that OSU’s season was over before the spring semester started so he could have transferred then but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as he still would have had to sit out the 2013 season.I don’t 100% believe something like this would happen but if the rumors are true and Yurcich really does want to run the ball more with his QB (Berry said so here) then maybe there’s something to it.Whatever the case, like I said yesterday, I’m super bummed out about Lunt leaving. I really felt like he had a chance to be an all-timer as a Cowboy. The leap you make from your freshman to sophomore year is usually ridiculous and I think his would have been no different. Plus he had the perfect backup in Walsh.OSU was set at the QB depth chart for the next three years.Now? Akron in 2017 in Tempe. You heard it here first.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 12:39 IST Hardik Pandya trolled on social media over his skin color.(Twitter/@hardikpandya)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya was trolled as ”Kaalu bhai” after an actress posted a picture with himPandya got support on social media after the cricketer was subjected to racismPandya has been facing backlash ever since his sexist comments on a TV chat showThere seems be no end to controversies when it comes to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Television actress Krystle D’Souza has been trolled after she shared a picture alongside Pandya on social media.One of the users even made a racist comment saying, “Kaalu bhai. Aap West indies team ke world cup squad main select kyun nahi huye?”Krystle posted the image on Instagram with a caption “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai #brotherfromanothermother”. The moment she shared the photo, a number of people trolled her for calling Hardik her brother.Krystle responded saying that the person was being “mean and obnoxious”.Actor Aparshakti Khurana told the user, identified as Sameer: “I think you should not write such comments and definitely not use such language. We all love Hardik because he is a performer. You should rather encourage the Indian team, especially before the World Cup.””That’s so well put! People are so mean and obnoxious and just because they are sitting behind a screen typing, they think they can get away with anything! I guess ignorance is bliss in this case! Their words make no difference to his superb performance… BUT thank you,” Krsytle also commented on Aparshakti’s reaction.Hardik has been facing a backlash ever since his sexist comments on a chat show “Koffee With Karan” alongside K.L. Rahul. Both cricketers had made sexist and misogynistic comments on the show which did not go down well with many people.advertisementThe two were even handed a provisional ban by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and were also fined Rs 20 lakh each.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | My daughter was sleeping when I hit my fifty: Rohit SharmaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Koffee with Karan controversy Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’Hardik Pandya was subjected to racism after actress Krystle D’Souza posted a photo with the crickter in her Instagram post. Hardik has been bearing the brunt on social media ever since his sexist comments on a Tv show.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Jason Mraz Helps Cox Charities Raise MuchNeeded Funds

first_imgThe 4th Annual Cox Charities Benefit Concert featuring Virginia’s own Jason Mraz and very special guests Raining Jane helped raise much-needed funds for the charity, bringing the 2013 fundraising total to date to $230,000.Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications, will use the funds to award grants to qualifying organizations for programs that further the academic achievement and development of young people in Cox service areas throughout Virginia.“We are so very thankful for the overwhelming support we received from the community for the 2013 Cox Charities Benefit Concert,” said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Virginia. “Our guests not only had the opportunity to enjoy an amazing musical performance, they also contributed to the bright futures of youth throughout Virginia. Fundraising events like the Cox Charities Benefit Concert allow us to continue to have an impact on our community through organizations that aid in youth and educational success.”In addition to the concert, other public events including the Score for Charity Golf Tournaments in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia along with Cox Charities Night at Party in Elmwood in Roanoke contributed to the year’s fundraising success thus far. All proceeds from Cox Charities events directly support youth and education programs in local Virginia communities within the Cox footprint through the Cox Charities grants program.Since 2009, Cox has donated more than $460,000 to 42 organizations serving children in Virginia through Cox Charities.The 2013 Cox Charities grant window is now open at coxcharities.org. Non-profit organizations supporting youth and education programs in the Cox Virginia footprint are encouraged to apply by visiting www.coxcharities.org. Applications for eligibility will be accepted through November 8, 2013.last_img read more

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Netflix deal doesnt solve real cultural issues

first_imgAs the fury over a sweetheart deal for Netflix rages, one thing it has exposed is how unwilling the Liberals are to address the hard issues affecting Canadian cultural policies – apparently as unwilling as their Conservative predecessors.When Quebec vowed this week to go it alone in an attempt to get Netflix to collect provincial sales tax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his commitment to let the American streaming service continue to escape the GST – because to do otherwise would raise taxes on the middle class. That kind of populist if nonsensical position – if middle-class Canadians chose to buy new services, why should we not pay existing taxes on them? – was the hallmark of Stephen Harper’s refusal to engage on the issue.Another tricky question that Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly never even raises in the 38-page report, titled Creative Canada, is that of foreign ownership. Canada has a series of laws and policies that prevent foreign control in a wide range of cultural activities from broadcasting television programming to selling books and distributing movies. (Canada is not alone in thinking like this; many countries, including the United States, have traditionally kept foreigners from buying their broadcasting networks.) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The notion has always been that Canadian control promotes Canadian content, although the relationship is not always that direct and depends more on a producers’ economic interests than patriotism: Foreign-owned companies can make money publishing Canadian books, for example, while the business model for Canadian broadcasters relies heavily on U.S. shows.Still, the scandalous Netflix deal does support one argument often made in favour of national ownership: It’s easier to get Canadian companies to play by Canadian rules. (Apparently in exchange for escaping any taxes, Netflix made a commitment to spend $500-million in production in Canada over five years, a sum that seems to represent what it would have been spending already and can include U.S. productions that are merely shooting in Canada.)READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

first_img“In terms of the Canadian economy, it is fair to say that the data released since our October (monetary policy report) have been on the disappointing side,” said Poloz.Poloz added that he remains hopeful that business investment will rebound now that much of the uncertainty surrounding the North American free trade has been eased following the signing of a new agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. OTTAWA – The negative impacts of low oil prices that have struck Western Canada will reverberate across the entire national economy, the head of the Bank of Canada said Thursday.But governor Stephen Poloz estimates the latest drop in crude prices will likely have less bite across the country than the 2015 oil-price crisis, which contributed at the time to a slight, technical recession.In prepared notes for a speech in Toronto, Poloz said oil and gas production now makes up just 3.5 percent of Canada’s economy, compared with six percent in 2014. “It is already clear that a painful adjustment is developing for Western Canada and there will be a meaningful impact on the Canadian macroeconomy,” Poloz said in an address to be delivered at a breakfast event hosted by CFA Toronto.“That said, given the consolidation that has taken place in the energy sector since 2014, the net effects of lower oil prices on the Canadian economy as a whole, dollar for dollar, should be smaller than they were in 2015.”Looking at the positive side, Poloz said the ongoing “oil-price shock” has also arrived at a time when Canada’s economy is running close to full tilt and the unemployment rate is at a 40-year low.The stronger economy has put the central bank on a rate-hiking path, to keep inflation from running too hot, for more than a year. It raised its trend-setting interest rate at its October meeting for the fifth time since the summer of 2017.But on Wednesday, the bank left the rate unchanged as it underlined fresh negatives, such as the recent drop in oil prices and an unexpected decline in business investment.Market watchers, many of whom had expected the bank to increase the rate in January, now believe the recent economic developments will delay the timing of future rate hikes.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John launches a new website

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City has launched a new website to improve usability, functionality and transparency for users of the site.The City shared there was an identified need for an updated redeveloped website wanting it easier for people to find what they are looking for and the new website will provide this.The redeveloped website has new features and improvements that provide information to users in an easier to understand format such as; Fully responsive design compatible with all major browsersUpdated design and improved navigation systemAbility to view active development applicationsSite-wide search and improve accessibility functionsCommunity event calendar“The new website is much more visually appealing and user-friendly. In addition to improving transparency, the new site will help ensure our citizens receive the best service possible,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman.Ryan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shares, “It was quite a process, this is a completely brand new backend, we completely moved away from the other website and redeveloped from the ground up.” He goes on to share that the City changed the architecture of the website and the placement of the pages on the site to help residents look for information.The Budget for the new website was $75,000 which was set in 2017 and all the images seen on the site are local content.Residents who currently subscribe for newsletters and updates will receive an email asking to confirm their subscription on the redeveloped site.last_img read more

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Alberta court ruling says pharmacist regulator can ban reward points for drugs

EDMONTON — A court ruling means Albertans will not be able to collect reward points for drug purchases or pharmacy services.The Alberta Court of Appeal on Friday overturned a 2016 ruling that said the body that regulates the province’s pharmacists did not have the legal power to impose a ban on consumer loyalty programs.The Alberta College of Pharmacists wanted the ban on pharmacists and pharmacies in 2014, but the Sobeys grocery chain challenged the plan.The college’s appeal argued that pharmacists are a key part of the health-care system and that it had the authority to ensure high ethical standards.A panel of Appeal Court judges, citing a similar case in British Columbia, ruled the Alberta college’s ban was reasonable.Greg Eberhart, registrar of the college, said consumer loyalty programs could disrupt professional relationships that should be focused on health care.He said some consumers were moving between different pharmacies to cash in on inducements.“In Alberta, pharmacists have what is among the broadest scopes of practice anywhere in the world,” he said. “They have the ability to assess and adapt prescriptions, prescribe medications, create care plans and administer vaccines by injection.“What’s most important to pharmacy professionals is the health of the individuals they serve.”Eberhart said the ban on loyalty programs in Alberta begins immediately.The college governs about 5,500 pharmacists in the province and 1,400 pharmacy technicians.Sobeys said it was disappointed with the ruling.“In addition to the professional services and trusted advice provided by Safeway, Sobeys and IGA pharmacists, we believe that we contribute to better patient care by offering rewards that help increase loyalty, adherence and ultimately improved health outcomes,” said Jedd Wood, vice-president of Sobeys National Pharmacy Group.“While this ruling has now taken away loyalty rewards from all Albertans, our pharmacists will continue to offer trusted professional advice and the best possible care to our patients.”The grocery giant said it continues to offer pharmacy pharmacy rewards in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The Alberta judgment follows a unanimous British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling in January 2016 in favour of bylaws passed by B.C.’s pharmacist regulator that banned incentives for prescriptions or pharmacy services.An earlier B.C. court decision had struck down the ban.The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia said it considered incentives such as redeemable points to be unethical, unsafe and unprofessional.Sobeys Inc. has 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper, Thrifty Foods and Lawtons Drugs.It is a subsidiary of Nova-Scotia-based Empire Company Ltd (TSX:EMP.A). read more

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International students meet with mayor about reflectors

Mayor Brian McMullan, third from left, met with student Shuaa Mutawally, Ana Haljkevic from Custodial Services and student Jing Luo about Brock’s reflector campaign.A group of international students met with the mayor of St. Catharines this week to encourage reflector use in Niagara, which ties in with a current fundraiser for East African famine relief.Brock, Niagara College and the African Association of Niagara are raising money for the Humanitarian Coalition. To help, Brock’s International Services and Programs Abroad, ESL Services and Custodial Services have launched “Save a Life at Home: Save a Life Abroad,” selling reflectors for $3 each.Reflectors are used widely in countries such as Finland, where the reflectors are manufactured, the students from International Services and Programs Abroad said in a letter to Mayor Brian McMullan this week.“As Christmas is coming, we truly believe these reflectors will be a great gift to show the genuine care of family, children, friends and the community,” they wrote.The reflectors can be purchased for $3 each at the International Centre (GLNB 210), Sub-cetera and the Campus Store, or by emailing isa@brocku.ca read more

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World not meeting pledge to slash hunger failure would be shameful UN

Although the proportion of people suffering from hunger in developing countries has gone down as the overall population has gone up, there are now more hungry people – 820 million – than there were 10 years ago when the World Food Summit (WFS) pledged to cut the number in half by 2015, the United Nations warned today. “Far from decreasing, the number of hungry people in the world is currently increasing at the rate of 4 million a year,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said, stressing that meeting the pledge would require cutting the number of undernourished by 31 million every year until 2015. “Today, I am deeply sorry to report that the situation remains intolerable and unacceptable, all the more so because 10 years have passed,” he added at the launch in Rome of his agency’s annual report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI), using the terms employed to describe world hunger by the leaders of the 185 countries who took part in the WFS.“Business as usual will not do” and failure to achieve the objective would be “shameful,” Mr. Diouf declared. The target of slashing the number of malnourished to 412 million is still attainable if concrete and concerted action is taken, such as focussing on poverty hotspots, enhancing the productivity of smallholder agriculture, and creating conditions for private investment, including transparency and good governance, SOFI said.Such measures would also include making world trade work for the poor, with safety nets put in place for vulnerable groups, and a rapid increase in the level of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) as promised. “We must step up dramatically our efforts to reach the WFS hunger reduction target. If the political will is there we can reach it,” the report concluded.According to SOFI, today’s estimated 820 million undernourished people represent a marginal reduction of 3 million as against the 1990-1992 WFS baseline of 823 million, but a 20-million increase when measured against the 1996 world total of 800 million.One in five people in developing countries were undernourished in 1990-92, and this has gone down to 17 percent. Projections suggest there could be a further drop to 10 percent in the next nine years.“This means that the world is on a path towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on hunger reduction,” the report said, referring to targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000. But the total number in 2015 is projected at 582 million, 170 million short of the WFS target. More than half of these hungry people would be concentrated in South and East Asia, with 203 million and 123 million respectively. Sub-Saharan Africa would be home to 179 million hungry – more than double the WFS target. In sub-Saharan Africa, “the task facing the region remains daunting,” SOFI said. There are currently 206 million hungry – nearly 40 million up from the 1990-92 baseline.The report was released within the framework of a week-long session of FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is being attended by ministers from some of the world’s poorest and richest countries. read more

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Boy drowns on hottest day of the year despite efforts of air

first_imgFriends visited the park yesterday to lay flowers at the scene where Robbie was pulled from the water.They told how the teenager got into difficulty while trying to swim to an island in the middle of the North Metropolitan Lake at the Lee Valley Park.Ryan Soltwell, 18, said: “I woke up and saw it all over social media and I asked a friend what happened.”She said he had come river-jumping and swimming and he drowned. One of Prince William’s final assignments as an air ambulance pilot has ended in tragedy, after he could not save a drowning 17-year-old boy. The teenager, named by friends as Robbie Lea, got into trouble in a lake at the Lee Valley Park in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire on the hottest day of the year. The Duke of Cambridge was scrambled to pilot an Air Ambulance helicopter to the country park after the emergency services were alerted.The Duke of Cambridge was scrambled to pilot an Air Ambulance helicopter to the country park after the emergency services were alerted.After an hour long search the body of a boy was pulled from the water. Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene, the first person this year to drown while out swimming in the recent spell of hot weather. “We’ve all done it before but nothing’s ever come out like this.”Morgan Harrison, 17, who also went to the scene, said: “He was just going out and having fun. I think it’s just really horrible.”Stuff like this happens, he wasn’t doing anything stupid I think he was just having a good time, it was a hot day and he obviously wanted to cool down he has not realised the danger.”I first heard last night.”I was in bed and I about to go to sleep and I got a text message saying people keep saying Robbie’s missing and he’s passed away and I couldn’t believe it and it was all over social media.”I was just really sad, distraught to be honest.”I didn’t really get to sleep I was just worrying about his family, my boyfriend and his friends, the people he was with.”I’ve just seen lots and lots of people posting pictures saying I can’t believe you’re gone.”I would like to say he’s got a lot of people missing him, he’s got a lot of support and that we all love him.”Robbie, who attended Goffs School in Cheshunt, had recently started studying engineering at Hertford Regional College. Think carefully before swimming in unsupervised areas and look out for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the location where you are swimming.Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen An eye witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We knew something was up when a helicopter was flying extremely low just over the Lee Valley Park.”We could see it was landing so ran over to see what was going on.”Little did we expect to see Prince William himself flying the helicopter.”It was a very surreal moment when he left the helicopter to help with the search and rescue, for he had no visible guards or protection.”He arrived in an East Anglia Air Ambulance with one other co-pilot.”The man said he did not see a body being retrieved from the river, but that a group of people nearby had to be ushered away from the scene. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that Robbie was found following an extensive bankside and water search.Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen said: “We were called yesterday evening to reports of a boy who had got into difficulties while swimming at Lea Valley Park in Cheshunt.”Following a search we recovered the boy from the water. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”Now that the weather is so warm it’s very tempting to cool off with a swim. Eyewitness Dave Samuels said: “There were two helicopters, one police and one air ambulance, there were emergency services everywhere including water rescue with people getting boats ready.”Whatever had actually happened, you couldn’t say the emergency services hadn’t tried, I have never seen so many.”A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: “A search led by the fire service was carried out.”The boy was recovered from the water but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.”There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner of Hertfordshire.”Lee Valley Regional Park is a 10,000-acre 26 miles long linear park which runs through the northeast of Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire.The area includes a network of rivers, canals and lakes.  Swimming and paddling is not permitted in the park. He wasn’t doing anything stupid I think he was just having a good time, it was a hot day and he obviously wanted to cool down he has not realised the danger.Morgan Harrison Prince William in the air ambulance at the lake at Lee Valley Park Videos taken at the scene show the Duke of Cambridge landing his helicopter, and then walking towards the scene at around 8.00pm on Thursday. Prince William at the lake at Lee Valley ParkCredit:Herts Mercury / SWNS.com Prince William in the air ambulance at the lake at Lee Valley ParkCredit:Herts Mercury / SWNS.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “However, even the strongest swimmer can get into difficulties and we would advise people to think carefully before swimming in unsupervised areas and look out for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the location where you are swimming.”The Duke of Cambridge, who is a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, landed the helicopter on the river bank at approximately 7.45pm.Paramedics and a water rescue team from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene. Prince William at the lake at Lee Valley Parklast_img read more

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Amazon Black Friday Deals

first_imgLG 42LD450 42-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV $478 ($749)AdChoices广告JBuds J3 Micro Atomic In-Ear Earphones $19.95 (Down from $79.95)Nikon Coolpix S1000pj 12.1MP Digital Camera with Built-in Projector $149 ($349)Joby Gorillatorch Adjustable and Flexible Tripod Flashlight $19.95 ($34.95)It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Seasons 1 & 2 $9.99 (Down from $39.98) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot… $1.99 Canon PowerShot SX210 plus Free Memory Card $199.00 (Down from $349)center_img As Amazon puts its, “You shouldn’t have to stand in a long line to get a great deal.” Fair enough. It’s sure to be a bit of a nightmare out there in local shopping malls, so Amazon is offering up some sweet deals online.After the jump, we’ve rounded up some great Black Friday deals from the site on products like HDTVs, cameras, headphones, and more.last_img read more

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Victorias Supreme Court in a twitter

first_imgVictoria’s Supreme Court is set to deliver all judgements via twitter in a bid to stop skewed information going to the public due to sensationalised headlines.Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren told ABC radio that “the courts are getting to a stage where they have had enough of the inappropriate criticism, the skewing of information in the media, and we really need to try and seize the day ourselves and give some information to the community”.“I’ve had a conversation about how we can have an anonymous judge blogging to reach out to the community, how we can use Twitter and how we can use our website in a much more effective way,” she said.“We may have someone tweeting from the Supreme Court. It will need to be done, probably, on an anonymous basis.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Report Milinkovic set for new Lazio deal

first_imgLazio have rejected bids for Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from top European clubs all summer and are now reportedly working out a new contract with a €150m release clause.According to Football Italia, Milinkovic has also decided to stay at Lazio after he was promised an improved deal.The Serbian’s current salary is believed to be €1.8m per year, will be improved to €3m plus performance-related bonuses in the new contract.It’s also reported that his agents want to add a release clause, but Lazio want nothing less than €150m.The 23-year-old was linked with the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Milan, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.It was reported today that Lazio rejected a €95m Real Madrid offer for Milinkovic before the Italian transfer window closed.Lazio signed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from KRC Genk in 2015 for €18m plus bonuses. His impressive performances have caused his value to sky-rocket.He has scored 24 goals and 20 assists in 123 competitive games for Lazio.last_img read more

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Arnautovic is happy at West Ham Pellegrini

first_imgThe Hammers manager says the 29-year-old does not want to leave the team as many rumors have appeared this weekThere has been much news about how West Ham United footballer Marko Arnautovic could leave the English Premier League team.But according to the Hammers manager, he’s happy to stay.“He has a contract, he is a West Ham player,” Pellegrini told the BBC.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He is happy here. Every player wants to play for the biggest team, but I don’t think he is thinking about that, but only about West Ham.”“We will see about [Samir] Nasri,” Pellegrini said about his other players.“He is working with us after a long time with his ban. We are giving him a hand to return to football.”“I hope he will be fit between now and the end of the year and if he is we will try to sign him,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Man arrested in University City area accused of stabbing another man

first_img Posted: January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 4, 2019 Man arrested in University City area, accused of stabbing another man SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 27-year-old man accused of stabbing and strangling another man in the University City area of San Diego was arrested tonight on suspicion of attempted murder.The suspect got into a fight with a 20-year-old woman about 7 p.m. inside of a home in the 7400 block of Charmant Drive and a 53-year-old man who was also at the home tried to break up the fight, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.The suspect grabbed a knife and stabbed the older man in the head by an ear, then punched him several times and choked him with both hands, Heims said. The victim did not lose consciousness, Heims said.The suspect ran from the home before officers arrived, but later returned and was arrested, Heims said.The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Heims said.Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call San Diego Police Department detectives at (858) 552-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Impression launches table tennis coaching programme

first_imgDigital marketing agency Impression has launched a table tennis coaching programme for its 30 Nottingham-based employees.The table tennis coaching programme, which was introduced in October 2017, forms part of the organisation’s employee wellbeing strategy, which emphasises that sustaining a healthy work-life balance and taking regular breaks during the day is essential in forming an effective working environment. The coaching programme has therefore been designed to encourage employees to take breaks during the day by partaking in table tennis games, as well as to build a friendly rivalry between employees that helps staff maintain a competitive attitude that they can bring to their work.Employees who are experienced players lead the training sessions, which gives five employees the chance to receive training during each quarterly coaching semester. The structured coaching programme begins at entry level and offers skills training on areas such as serves, backhands and rallies. Bespoke and ad-hoc lessons can be arranged if an employee wishes to improve a particular skill.The coaching programme is running alongside Impression’s in-house table tennis league, which started on 15 September 2017. The league currently has 18 active members, and is half-way through its first season.Impression also offers its staff benefits such as a beer fridge and table football.Edd Wilson (pictured), account manager and table tennis head coach at Impression, said: “Since we’ve launched the first semester, it’s been a real honour seeing the members of the team progress through the programme with the dedicated support from the more experienced players. We know that [employees] putting themselves under excess levels of work are less likely to work well within a team, as the pressure can mean less clarity of creative thought. The programme has therefore nurtured a collaborative environment within the team, as well [as] providing the coaches with many new skills in mentoring that directly lend themselves to business management.”last_img read more

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Teen found shot in leg after cop responds to speeding SUV

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen was taken to the hospital after a police officer responding to a speeding SUV in Sunny Isles Beach found him with a gunshot injury, Friday night.According to Sunny Isles Beach Police, the law enforcer found the teen shot in the leg in the garage of a high-rise along the 19300 block of Collins Avenue, just before 7:15 p.m.The officer had seen a beige, older model Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed, but when the car was located, everyone had fled.In addition to the shooting victim, police found two other occupants who were taken into custody. A fourth person remains at large.It remains unknown whether the shooting was an accident or a criminal act.If you have any information on the missing subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 rewardCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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