Resisting the Urge to Splurge

first_imgBy Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceMarketing has made it both appealing and easy to want “more bang for our buck,” such as when we size up a meal at a fast-food restaurant or upgrade to a premium cell phone or cable package. Often, it can be very tempting to receive “more” for what appears to be a relatively small amount of additional cost. The extras, however, can definitely add up!Due to fast-paced lifestyles, many families are tempted to eat fast-food meals, which can be both unhealthy and expensive. We all make decisions every day about the type and quantity of food we eat. The average meal deal at fast-food restaurants costs between $5.00 and $7.00. If a family of four eats out three days per week, the family will spend nearly $4,000/year on fast food!Join us in saving this month by making small daily deposits July 1-30 to save $100 in 30 days.Food choice is just one example of how families are tempted to spend more in an effort to get more for their money. Cable television providers and cell phone carriers are examples of companies that commonly “bundle” services into larger, more expensive plans.Like many of our household bills, communication services, such as cable, phone, and Internet, should be reviewed on an annual basis. Compare your use of the services to the price you are paying. Consumers often do not fully utilize their contracted services.Do you pay extra for an unlimited data plan, but only use a small amount of data every month?Do you send a large number of texts every month, but only have a small number of monthly texts included in your plan?Do you have premium movie packages on your cable or satellite plan but find that you do not watch any movies?Do you have a land line telephone with unlimited long distance and have a cell phone with unlimited minutes?Bundling packages can be beneficial, if you need and use all of the services provided in the package. Although additional features and options can be tempting, review the terms and conditions of bundle offers. Evaluate each component of the bundle-deal separately. For example, if you are considering a home cable, internet, and land line phone bundle, price each option separately for the exact service or product that would best fit your needs.Reviewing each option individually allows you the opportunity to determine the service that best fits your lifestyle and budget.If you have an unlimited cell phone plan, you may decide to completely cut your land line or only need a very basic land line.If you like to watch movies, compare the price of adding on premium movie channels to online movie streaming services.Higher internet speeds are often very tempting, but do your research. How do you use the internet? If you are surfing the web and sending emails, a lower bandwidth may be sufficient. If you stream high volumes of content or online gaming, you may want a higher bandwidth.If you choose to bundle services with promotional pricing, be aware of long-term costs of the services and how to change your plan when the promotional period ends. Be certain to mark the date in your calendar so that you remember to take action.Families have many options for household expenses such as cable, satellite, phone, and Internet services. Shopping for different providers can help you find the service that best fits the needs of your family. If you find a plan with a different carrier at a lower cost, check with your current provider before switching. Many providers will have customer retention departments. Customer service agents will often work with you to offer a better plan to retain current customers.Contact Jennifer at jhunter@uky.edulast_img read more

Take the Path of Most Resistance

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Electricity follows the path of least resistance. So does water. And so do too many salespeople.Your very best prospects already have a partner who provides them with whatever it is that you sell. They trust that partner, and as far as they know, they are completely satisfied. On top of that, they’re busy, and they receive tons of emails from salespeople asking to pitch them. They have no idea who is worth talking to and who isn’t, so they say no to almost everyone.These dream clients are the path of most resistance.Like electricity and water, you can seek a path of least resistance. When your dream client refuses your request for a meeting, you can put them on a calendar, call them quarterly, and seek an easier path. There are plenty of people who will be receptive, but you can’t create massive value for them, and that means they can’t massively value you or what you do. They might buy from you, but they will buy like you are a commodity.The path of most resistance is a more difficult path to take.First you have to fight your internal resistance and your desire to find an easier path.You have to expend far more energy nurturing your dream clients and becoming known as a value creator than you would if you called on lesser prospects. The path of most resistance requires that you build a prospecting campaign and pursue different contacts at different levels within your dream client’s company until you find some opening, someone who is receptive to you.The path of most resistance is more difficult. But you will likely be one of very few willing to pursue that path when most others will simply give up, give in, and go home.Go where others fear to tread. Do what others dare not. Take the more difficult path.last_img read more

The Difference Between Busy and Productive

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Productivity is not a measurement of how many tasks you cross off your to-do list or how much work you do. It’s a measurement of the progress you make on important outcomes.It is very easy to busy yourself doing all kinds of things that make no difference to the results you are trying to achieve. You can say “yes” to all kinds of work and projects that consume your time and energy and, while interesting, do nothing to move your major projects or initiatives or goals.Narrow Your FocusBeing productive is about narrowing your focus. It’s about prioritization. It means that you carefully select what is important, eliminating things that are not so as to invest your time and energy where it makes a difference. It’s not a badge of honor to be busy, no matter how many things you get done in a day. A successful day is a day when you make major progress on what is most important.If you struggle with this idea, a time journal is one way to take a measurement and make adjustments. Start by writing down everything you do from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. Do this for three or four days, being completely honest with yourself. That means writing down that you spent 20 minutes in bed looking at social media on your phone, that you spent an hour on the phone with issues that belong to someone else, and that you spent just over two hours in your inbox. Maybe you spent forty-five minutes on your most important outcomes.Raise Your StandardBy looking at what you really do—and how little of it is related to the outcomes you want to produce—you create the awareness that always precedes a positive change. That positive change requires that you to raise your standard, that you decide and act on the idea that you are going to prioritize what’s most important instead of what makes you busy.If what you are doing is not moving you closer to your goals, then stop doing those things and do something different. There is no reason to be so busy that you are not productive.last_img read more

Rebisco PSL Manila settles for 8th place after winless campaign

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaja Santiago topscored with 10 points but was mostly stymied by Vietin’s solid net defense. Aby Marano and Rachel Daquis added seven each, while Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in five.But they were never in control — aside from the brief juncture where they held a 10-5 lead in the second — as the Filipino couldn’t shield against the torrid attacks of Pham Thi Jim Hue and Doan Thi Xuan who led Vietnam with 16 and 12 points.Vietnam is silver medalist in the SEA Games and the two games against them are seen as most vital gauge in preparing for the PH squad. Vietin also bested Rebisco in the groups stage (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14).Kim Fajardo had 44 excellent sets and three points, the same output of Maika Ortiz. Mika Reyes and Bia General scored one each. Also comprising the team are Gen Casugod, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Lourdes Clemente and Denden Lazaro.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View commentscenter_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Rebisco PSL Manila Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila came up with a lethargic performance against a vibrant Vietin Bank of Vietnam to yield a 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 loss Wednesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.The Philippine club wound up eighth and last in the tough field having lost all its six games in a telling development for a squad that would make up the national team.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals A heavy evaluation is expected to happen when the team goes back to Manila as the 13 of the 14 players here are included in the 18-player national pool being groomed for the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games in August.Rebisco PSL Manila, backed by Asics, Grand Sport and Turkish Airlines, managed to come up with a respectable performances against eventual finalists Supreme of Thailand and Hisamitsu Springs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut against a youthful Vietnam club, the Filipino players were simply shellshocked and appeared disjointed despite having some of the finest club players in the country.“It’s a defeat. We take it. We go back to the drawing board and study where we go wrong,” said head coach Francis Vicente who are assisted by Brian Esquibel, Ronald Dulay and Manny Calipes.last_img read more

Anil Kumble’s new contract to be discussed after ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgChief coach Anil Kumble’s fresh contract will be up for discussion after Indian cricket team’s Champions Trophy assignment in England.Kumble, who replaced Ravi Shastri (Team Director) last year as the chief coach before the tour of West Indies, was given a one-year contract till end of June 2017.”Yes, Anil Kumble’s contract as the chief coach will end with India’s campaign in the Champions Trophy. Obviously, there is every possibility that it will be up for renewal but that will only be decided by the general body after the tournament gets over,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI.Batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar have also been retained for the Champions Trophy.It was also learnt that any decision regarding Kumble’s appointment will need to be vetted by the Committee of Administrators (COA).”Till the time COA is in charge of BCCI functioning, every matter will need its approval. Whatever decision is taken regarding Anil Kumble, it will be have to be cleared by the COA,” the source said.Since taking charge of the national team, India have won five back to-back Test series. In the 17 Tests that India played during the 2016-17 season, they won 12 under Kumble’s guidance. The only defeat came against Australia on a vicious turner at Pune.India won 2-0 against the West Indies in the Caribbean followed by 3-0 win against New Zealand, 4-0 against England, 1-0 against Bangladesh and 2-1 against Australia.In the two ODI series that were played in India, hosts beat New Zealand 3-2 and England 2-1 respectively.advertisementIn terms of performance, Kumble has had a good time in his new role.Kumble is also the man who has been entrusted with the task of making a presentation to the CoA about what is kind of central retainership that Indian men’s team should be getting.Meanwhile, it has also been learnt that most of the state associations have spoken to COA chief Vinod Rai during their recent meeting in Delhi about the practical difficulties of having only three national selectors.”We told Mr Rai that during the domestic season when there are close to 30 teams playing Ranji Trophy, it is difficult to have only three selectors. He has heard our case and he will give it a thought,” the source added.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Good knock brother: Saha wishes Pant on his maiden century

first_imgWriddhiman Saha took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate young Rishabh Pant on his maiden hundred.The 20-year-old Pant scored 114 on the final day of the fifth Test against England at The Oval. He’s the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England.Congratulating Pant, Saha wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations @RishabPant777 for your maiden test 100! Good knock brother!”Congratulations @RishabPant777 for your maiden test 100! Good knock brother!Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 11, 2018Congratulations @klrahul11 and @RishabPant777 for your innings! Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 11, 2018It was a sweet gesture from a Saha, who would be competing with Pant in the coming days for the single spot of a wicket-keeper in the Indian Test side. After all, Pant’s entry in to Test cricket has been prompted by Saha’s injury.England vs India, The Oval Test, Day 5: Live UpdatesSaha took over India’s wicket-keeping responsibilities in Test cricket in 2014 after former captain MS Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game. The West Bengal cricketer has been India’s first-choice wicket-keeper ever since, with others failing to challenge him for his spot.Saha was expected to play the role same role during India’s tour of England but it couldn’t be as injuries forced him to miss the series.Saha has been out of action since the latter stages of the IPL after he suffered a finger injury. The 33-year-old had also suffered a shoulder strain during India’s tour of South Africa.@RishabPant777 brings up his maiden Test ton wit a majestic SIXLive – #ENGvIND (@BCCI) September 11, 2018The injury forced the selectors to pick Dinesh Karthik for the England series with Pant as his backup. Karthik, a 26-Test veteran, started the first two matches but his abysmal batting form and with India 0-2 down in the series, captain Virat Kohli decided to hand Pant his debut.Pant made his debut at Trent Bridge and impressed immediately in both the departments. On his debut innings, Pant slammed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a six on only his second ball to become the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six. He scored 24 not out in the first innings as India won the match by 203 runs.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test seriesHe also finished the match with seven catches – the most number of catches by an Indian wicket-keeper on Test debut.With the series in its last day at The Oval, Pant once again served another reminder as to why is he rated so highly. He scored a dogged hundred and stitched a 204 runs partnership with KL Rahul to delay England’s surge.With his maiden hundred, Pant also broke numerous records. Pant smashed a six when he was on 95 to bring up the century and in the process became the fourth Indian to reach to his maiden hundred with a six after Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.Pant now also holds the record for the highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in the 4th innings. Pant left former captain MS Dhoni behind to achieve the feat.Dhoni held the record for the 76 not out he scored against England at Lord’s in 2007. Dhoni’s innings back then had helped India to secure a critical draw as they went on to win the series 1-0 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy.last_img read more

Did Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba quarrell over timing of Instagram post?

first_imgJose Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s relationship took a frosty turn and this time it looks like there is no coming back from it.On Wednesday, a video footage of Manchester United’s training ground was released by SkySports, which showed Mourinho saying something to Pogba, which left the Frenchman amused. It was followed by a few exchanges, where Mourinho was heard asking Pogba to go home before calling a support staff to explain the matter to Pogba.Apparently, if reports from The Guardian are to be believed, Mourinho was miffed at Pogba for a post on Instagram. The post which Mourinho was referring to was a Insta story that Pogba posted around 10.25 PM. In the video, Pogba was seen in a jovial mood alongside Andreas Pereira and Luke Shaw in the Old Trafford stands during Manchester United’s League Cup loss to Derby.Pogba was seen tilting the phone camera at the pitch, where the game was being played. The video was shot earlier but it was posted after the match got over due to wifi issues. But, Mourinho doesn’t believe so and according to him, Pogba was laughing at the 8-7 penalty defeat at the hands of the Frank Lampard-managed Championship side.Also read – Paul Pogba will not be vice-captain anymore but no fallout: Jose MourinhoThis comes exactly the day after Mourinho revealed to the press after United’s loss to Derby that Pogba won’t captain the club ever again.”The only truth is that I made the decision that Paul will not be a second (vice) captain anymore but no fallout, no problems at all,” Mourinho said after his team were knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by second-tier Derby County.advertisementThe Portuguese declined to give a reason for his decision to take the United vice-captaincy away from the World Cup winner.Also read – Manchester United crash out of League Cup after losing on penalties vs Derby County”The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore is exactly the same person that decides Paul was second captain myself.You will never captain Manchester United again, Mourinho reportedly told Pogba”I am the manager, I can make these decisions. No fallout, no problems at all just one decision that I don’t have to explain,” he said.Pogba has been United’s stand-in captain for three games when regular skipper Antonio Valencia has been missing and has a mixed season so far. While he has starred in some of the matches, his error led to a Wolves goal in the latest Premier League game and United failed to score after that and had to settle for a draw at Old Trafford.Also read – You will never captain Manchester United again, Mourinho reportedly told PogbaFollowing the match, Pogba was asked what United could have done differently to get a positive result? To which, he replied that the team should play more attacking football.”We’re at home, and we should play much better against Wolves. When we’re at home we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford. We’re here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake.”We should just attack and press, like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season. When we play like this, it’s easier for us,” Pogba said.And when was forced further to say what was stopping them from playing the attacking brand if football, Pogba said: “I can’t tell you because I’m a player,” said Pogba. “It’s not me. I’m not the manager, I cannot, like, say that, but obviously we should show more options of playing. But I cannot say that, because I’m a player. That’s my way of thinking – we should move better. We should move more.”It is believed that this is what irked Mourinho and has led him to take away Pogba’s vice-captaincy and again take a dig at the player publicly in the press.The pair’s relationship has long been questioned but it was believed that it was on the up after Mourinho decided to hand him the captain’s armband but Pogba’s social media activities and comments have not gone down too well with the United manager and things are again on the down.United will next play West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League and Pogba is expected to return to the starting XI after being rested for the tie versus Derby.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Special Battle Angel Edition launched alongside Mi 9: Key specs and price

first_imgXiaomi launched its 2019 flagship in China today. We are talking about the Mi 9 here. Alongside the Mi 9 Xiaomi also launched Mi 9 SE, which is basically a toned down version of the Mi 9. Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 SE for starting price of 1999 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 21,000. This price is for the base model of the Mi 9 SE which comes packed with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.The Mi 9 SE has been launched in two variants, as noted, the base model comes packed with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The second model of the phone includes 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This model comes for CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs 24,350). Compared to the standard Mi 9 models and the special edition of the Mi 9 with a transparent back cover, the Mi 9 SE is low in specs.As far as the specifications are concerned the Mi 9 SE comes packed with a 5.97-inch display which is quite smaller than the screen size of the Mi 9. On the hardware front the Mi 9 SE is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 chipset. In comparison, the big brothers of the Mi 9 SE, the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 special edition comes packed with Snapdragon 855 chipset which is Qualcomm’s latest processor that will power most flagship phones launching this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series which is set to launch tonight in San Francisco.As for the design is concerned the Mi 9 SE looks almost similar to that the Mi 9. The smartphone features waterdrop notch display which equips the selfie camera. On the back panel the Mi 9 SE sports a 48-megapixel main sensor. Most of the other specs of the Mi 9 SE are similar to the Mi 9.advertisementAlongside the standard Mi 9 and the Mi 9 SE, Xiaomi has also launched a special Battle Angel edition of the Mi 9. This special variant of the Mi 9 is possibly the companies Mi 9 Explorer Edition which succeeds the Mi 8 Explorer Edition from last year. Compared to the standard version the special edition of the Mi 9 is slightly costlier. The Mi 9 Special Edition comes with a transparent rear cover, 12GB RAM and 258GB storage. This special variant of the Mi 9 costs 3999 Yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 42,400. Interestingly all the versions of the Mi 9 come packed with an in-display fingerprint sensor.Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 in two variants — the base model with 4GB RAM/128GB storage for 2999 yuan (roughly translates to Rs 32,000), The second model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and costs 3299 Yuan, which roughly comes around Rs 35,000.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 launched with triple rear cameras, Snapdragon 855 chipset, and in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 Explorer Edition, Mi 9 SE set to launch today: Specs, expected price, how to watch livestreamlast_img read more

From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders started the 2019 Indian Premier League on an impressive note winning 4 out of their first 5 matches. However, they then went on to lose 6 in a row and as the playoffs race heated up, their dream of a 3rd IPL title turned into a bit of a nightmare. It was like KKR were put on the trajectory of a bell curve, with a strict direction to not slip off it.In the first two weeks of the 2019 IPL, Kolkata were among the toppers in the points table, riding on four wins in their first five matches. Their first loss came against Delhi Capitals via a Super Over. They then beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in Jaipur but since that win, Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled to return to winning ways.Now, KKR are in a race against time to make it to the playoffs, placed 6th on the points table, having suffered six consecutive defeats. From 11 matches this season, KKR have only 8 points to show. Also, four of their six last defeats have come at their fortress, the Eden Gardens.So what is the reason behind Kolkata’s downfall in the 2019 IPL?Actually, there are many!KKR batsmen have failed to produce consistent performances in the IPL season. The poor show from the batting side also resulted in some juggling in the playing order but they still haven’t managed to find the right combination there.Over-dependence on Andre RussellRobin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, and skipper Dinesh Karthik have all impressed only on single occasions. KKR were also blamed to be over-dependent on Andre Russell’s big knocks. However, Russell’s knocks of 65 off 25 balls, 45 off 21, and 50 not out off 44 have also resulted in losses, and it could be said it was mainly because he was brought in the games very late.advertisementRussell himself has been asking to be promoted to no. 4 as to get more time to play the match-winning knocks. Dinesh Karthik has also been playing at no. 5 or below and has failed to impress at those positions. The only time Karthik could contribute to KKR’s score with his unbeaten 97 was when he came up to bat at no. 4.Kolkata have also not been using Shubman Gill the way they should have. The 2017 U-19 World Cup hero, Shubman Gill was put to bat at no. 7 by KKR. But he is a top-order batsman and in one of the rare opportunities he got at the top, Gill had scored 65 off 39 when he was made to open against Delhi.Apart from the batting woes, KKR have failed to take early wickets and have leaked runs at the worst economy rate for any team this season (at a run rate of near 9.10), and have dropped catches.Remember the game where Jonny Bairstow was dropped thrice and he went on to smash an unbeaten 80 to win the match for Sunrisers Hyderabad? Those mistakes on the field have hurt the Knight Riders.KKR bowling unit has failed to deliverKolkata’s bowling department has also not clicked so far in the tournament. They have tried Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj on the pace front while their key spinner Kuldeep Yadav has proved terribly expensive this season.Kuldeep was dropped from the side after his figures of 59 off 4 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore.The perception this IPL has been that Eden Gardens is becoming into a graveyard for spinners, but Imran Tahir has produced his best IPL figures – 4 for 27 – at the Eden Gardens against Kolkata Knight Riders.With loopholes in all 3 departments, Kolkata Knight Riders are now left with only 3 games in hand and need to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs. KKR, RR and Royal Challengers Bangalore are tied on 8 points each but KKR have a better Net Run Rate than the other two and that places them sixth on the table.Also Read | IPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RRAlso Read | Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHAlso See:last_img read more

Arsène Wenger overhauls Ferguson but legacy may prove a millstone

first_img Facebook Twitter Share on WhatsApp If some pockets of the Premier League were initially rather hostile towards this gangling outsider in the double-breasted suit jacket, with his yoga stretches, distrust of beer and chocolate bars, then 21 years down the line it must once again doff its cap in supplication. Although it is in its own way a perfect Wenger record – at once hugely impressive but also oddly hard to gauge, a candidate for constant revisionist debate on the scale of such an achievement.This is a Premier League-era record. It makes some sense to measure the last quarter of a century as a self-contained matrix given the top league’s violent, all-consuming transformation in that time. But if we accept football did not actually begin in 1992, then Ferguson still has another six years on Wenger and 500 more games managed in British football.Look a little further afield and the records of Guy Roux, who managed Auxerre for 44 years – not to mention Fred Everiss who was the secretary‑manager at West Bromwich Albion for 46 seasons – are out of sight, albeit Wenger is yet to specifically rule out managing Arsenal until he is 93.As ever, though, the noise around Arsenal will be dominated by that endlessly revised debate over the true achievements of two decades of Wenger‑ism, an argument that goes beyond matches won and into aspects of a club and a footballing culture that have been redefined under that unblinking gaze.“Is it too much to hope Wenger will usher in a new age of reason in English football as a whole and not merely at Highbury?” David Lacey wrote in these pages with remarkable prescience when Wenger was first unveiled. Never mind the cobwebs flushed out, the shiny new practices, not to mention the sheer will required to keep on pushing the machine along across two decades. It turns out Lacey was right. This has been one of the great transformative English football careers. Arsène Wenger There are still a few laps to run. This is not yet the moment for a full-blown Wenger retrospective, the chance to slice and dice the transition from booze‑soaked pre-modernity, through the white heat of the grilled broccoli years to the shining, moneyed, oddly baffling present.The real issue as Wenger enters his own extended Fergie‑time is how he sets about managing his departure, the process of laying down for a post-Wenger universe. It is here the significance of that record starts to creep in.Ferguson was able to sign off in grand fashion, spending games 772 to 810 hoovering up a final league title, the eighth in his last 13 seasons – compared with Wenger’s zero – and earning the right to proclaim with overbearing certainty his own legacy from the Old Trafford centre-circle. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Arsenal The stadium is practically Wenger-shaped, its pillars and columns and looming concrete facades coloured an austere Wenger grey Share on Messenger Read more comment Share on Twitter Behold, the age of Arsène. The past few years of Arsène Wenger’s extended Arsenal farewell have brought something new, a gradual piling up of gongs and garlands that have little to do with trophies won or goals scored but speak instead to his extreme, unyielding longevity. Longest-serving Arsenal manager. Longest-serving manager in Europe. As Wenger ticks these marks off like some stately old slugger gamely rounding the bases, tipping his cap to the bleachers, there is a feeling of end times about this.In July Wenger edged past Sir Alex Ferguson as the longest-serving manager in Premier League history, reeling in the Scot’s tally of 7,582 days. And now, five months on, he is back to finish the job. When Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Eve Wenger will take charge of his 811th league game as the Arsenal manager, overhauling Ferguson again to take top spot on games managed and stand alone at the head of the field in the modern era.center_img Alex Ferguson Sportblog Topics Arsenal have taken on Arsène Wenger’s personality during his team at the club. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Read more Share on Facebook Pinterest Reuse this content Arsène Wenger: ‘The goal is to make people happy but you don’t always do it’ There are similarities with Arsenal’s playing personnel at the same stage. Wenger’s best attackers and defenders are all ageing together. The seasickness over Wenger’s gallingly familiar methods, the same cycle of hope, the same baffled looks as the same flaws appear, have come to dominate. The absence from the Champions League this year, and probably next, will hurt. But it is the lack of a real sense of direction at the heart of this team, the lack of urgency and quality in the playing staff that will hurt his successor most.As it stands Arsenal have three ways to go from here. The first is the easiest, simply hiring the biggest name available and hoping it sticks. There are choices within this. Plenty of long-term Arsène observers would get a hair-shirt pleasure out of hurling some fuming disciplinarian at this current crop of players, slinging, say, Diego Simeone in through the doors, cracking his knuckles. But the effects could also be disastrous. Carlo Ancelotti usually gets a mention here. The past two years have taken a little off his gloss, so much so that Arsenal may even be able to get him. On the other hand Ancelotti is 58 and has been a manager for 22 years. Beyond him and the usual mess of methods and styles makes up the betting. Massimo Allegri, Joachim Löw and Leonardo Jardim have little in common beyond a certain pedigree and the fact none look as though they have spent that long dreaming of managing a post-Wenger Arsenal. Would they want it? Would it work?At which point the second option starts to look appealing, the idea of hiring another version of Wenger from the Thin White Duke era, scouring Europe for the hippest young tactician available – the latest fidgety, professorial German. Some brooding Portuguese with an entire unspent store of ambition and energy and state of the art ideas to throw at the post-Arsène void.Set against this is the high probability of failure. Thomas Tuchel is the bookies’ favourite but he has already been burnt a little. At the same age Jürgen Klopp had won the Bundesliga twice. Meanwhile, and lest we forget, André Villas-Boas is currently preparing to compete in the Dakar Rally. If Wenger’s 800 league games tell us anything it is that Arsenal’s ownership is powerfully risk-averse. Old Wenger may have dished up the perfect blend of prolonged commercial stability. Young Wenger would not get a look in now.All of which leaves the final option of fudged stability, some big name from the club’s recent past with the will and energy and enough dutiful good sense to keep the ship chugging on while learning on the job: Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Mikel Arteta, who has been around some pretty decent coaches. But it does feel a little far off.Hence the state of extended dithering. Hence those 800 games, the latest in an ever-lengthening roster of landmarks. With two more seasons to run this record speaks more to board-level uncertainty than sure-footed planning, of an endgame being played out right to the last.What does seem certain is that from here succession is all. And more broadly the Wenger supremacy has been an oddity, a glorious blip, a deviation from the curve so extreme it seems fair to say his final mark will never be passed. Resurgent Jack Wilshere’s discipline and craft give Arsenal rare balance Rightly so, too. Ferguson’s gift to United was a lasting glaze of success that has kept the money rolling in, the intimate wipes partners (Asia and surrounding territories) still lining up to feed the machine. But if he still has something to teach Wenger’s Arsenal it is that transition is a hugely difficult process, that there will naturally be a falling away, a crunching of the gears when an 800-game control freak finally vacates the premises.Like all institutions football clubs shape themselves to the most dominant presence. This takes place at every level. Manchester United still have eight first-team players and hundreds of club employees for whom a defining part of their professional and personal lives will always be Fergie flavoured.The same goes for Arsenal now, perhaps even to a greater degree. The stadium is practically Wenger-shaped, its pillars and columns and looming concrete facades coloured an austere Wenger grey. Squint a little and the Emirates Stadium even looks a bit like Wenger, the swoop of the cantilevered roof, the gleaming glass facade seeming to conceal some memory of that distinctive grey sweep of hair, that hawk-like frown.Like Ferguson, Wenger has been an enabler for an ownership regime seemingly intent on sucking the cash out of its investment. Throughout his own endgame Ferguson was the Glazer family’s winning ticket, a dream of frugal, orderly success, so firmly entrenched he could spend the last few years playing a game of big-ticket moneyball. Wenger has also been able to spend less than Chelsea, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs while maintaining a constant elite level income.There are some parallels on the pitch, not least in the playing personnel. For all its glories there was still a dwindling in the late Fergie years. United took that last title as a pared-back winning machine, propelled by the goalscoring brilliance of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, getting by on a good enough squad. Three managers down the line vast, destabilising transfer funds have been splurged. But this is a succession that is still burning through its own baggage, still wobbling about trying to find a fresh equilibrium. Share via Emaillast_img read more

Pak must take verifiable steps against terrorism warns India

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Saturday said it expects Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF action plan fully by September and take credible, verifiable, and irreversible measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from its soil.In response to a media query regarding the FATF report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the FATF has decided to continue to keep Pakistan on its compliance document (i.e. Grey List) for the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) monitoring for its failure to complete the action plan items due in January and May 2019. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We expect Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF Action Plan fully within the remaining time frame i.e. by September 2019 in accordance with its political commitment to the FATF and take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from any territory under its control,” he said. FATF, the Paris-based global body, is working to curb terrorism financing and money laundering and has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of banned terrorist outfits in the country. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahIn June last year, the FATF placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing. In a statement issued at the conclusion of its Plenary meeting in Orlando, Florida, the FATF expressed concern “that not only did Pakistan fail to complete its action plan items with January deadlines, it also failed to complete its action plan items due May 2019”. The FATF “strongly” urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan when the last set of action plan items are set to expire. “Otherwise, the FATF will decide the next step at that time for insufficient progress,” the international financial body said leaving a strong warning to Pakistan. The FATF said Pakistan had taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT (anti-money laundering/combating the financial terrorism) regime, including the recent development of its terroe funding risk assessment addendum. However, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of Pakistan’s transnational terror funding risk. Reacting to the FATF’s warning, Pakistan on Friday said it was committed to taking measures needed to implement the action plan agreed with the FATF to come out of the grey list.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement But being an actor of color has by no way hindered my success in the commercial, theatre, film and television industries. Quite the opposite – it has propelled it.Though my acting career has been brief in comparison to some of my peers, I have been able to monetize my creativity and make acting a sustainable way of living. In the past year alone I have booked 4 Feature Films, 3 TV Pilots, 3 Web Series, 2 Professional Theatre contracts, and so many commercials I’ve lost count.This is not to “toot my own horn” by any means – but I am a busy working actor. My agent…she’s happy. It’s something every actress & actor strives for, and I don’t fully agree with the sentiments of some of my peers that the industry consistently conspires against us.Numerous times I’ve seen in social media groups, some of which are geared towards providing casting notices specifically to actresses & actors of color, people complaining about the lack of breakdowns for performers of color or specificity therein. I’ve seen the latest statistics on representation on screen and I understand that certain things do still have to catch up in terms of on screen representation in relation to proportion of the population (which I think is the fairest measure). But in fact when you read the reports, the trends are looking favorable for this, and in some cases representation meets or exceeds that of the proportion of population (more so when the total cast is taken as a whole and in television – leads still seem to be disproportionately white by the reports I’ve read that take the US population in account).Now I’m not here to argue the intricate details of that at the moment, though I understand that’s often that’s were the devil resides. It’s definitely a conversation we must have. What I’m suggesting is that we are moving past the tipping point of change in the industry in terms of opportunity, and that this is a great time for us actors & actresses of color. So let’s move forward with a more nuanced narrative that acknowledges this.I have never seen so many stars of varying ethnic backgrounds. From Dwayne Johnson to Danai Gurira, you only need to turn on your television and open your eyes to see the plethora of different people. Audiences want to see diverse casts and change has happened and continues to do so. This is the entertainment business after all – emphasis on business – and you don’t think that great financial successes like Black Panther have had an impact on casting considerations? Or that even older successes like Rush Hour didn’t catch attention? You really don’t think that those executives haven’t taken a long, hard look at demographic proportions and projections domestically and worldwide, and factored in the marketing benefits of having a diverse cast? Who their audience is and will be? Audiences are diverse and ultimately pay the bills of those who produce content. It only makes sense from a business standpoint.It doesn’t seem to me that there exists a “racist conspiracy” that intends to keep us down. If the system was so inherently oppressive, how else would a person such as myself be able to be thriving in what is arguably the most competitive market in the world? In addition, I’ve performed in (paid) productions that have covered stories based internationally from Afghanistan to St Lucia. Sure, call me an Uncle Tom if you like – but in my experience thus far, I have overwhelmingly received support in my career.CD’s from Mann, to Jules, Powerhouse, Jigsaw, Larissa Mair Casting, The Casting Group, Brunch Store and numerous independent and major production companies (just to name a few) – have all brought me in. And multiple times at that. I’ve competed for roles against white counterparts and I’ve gotten them. These decision makers are behind us, they pitch us to their clients and they fight for us.To them I have nothing to give but thanks – and I don’t think that we do that enough.The fact is is that success is now based more on personal merit and strategy then I think some would like to admit, and for performers of color it’s been bolstered by the increased marketability of diversity. The industry at large is not void of its fair share of superficiality and “looks” matter too of course, but our “look” is in demand and growing.Every single up and coming performer of color I’ve been following or worked with – works hard. Myself included. And every up and coming white performer I’ve seen that continues to remain viable – works hard. So what’s the common denominator? Work Hard. Be persistent. Embody change through your own excellency. It really does pay off with the application of gumption and strategic decision making.For us performers of color, the odds are becoming increasingly stacked in our favor. In my opinion, it’s easy to play the blame game rather than strap on your boots and hit the pavement. We didn’t choose an easy industry, it’s a difficult one all things considered. And when you insightfully take into account the totality of your experiences in this acting game and the opportunities that present themselves – the work is there for the taking.Besides, isn’t that what we want to be known for?by TARICK GLANCYCLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH TARICK GLANCYFOLLOW TARICK ON SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE:Facebook: : I am an actor of color.Well, partially if you want to get technical. My father is Canadian (pretty much as white as they can get) and my mom was born in Guyana. According to industry terms that all actors, directors and producers will be familiar with, the best way to describe my look is “ethnically ambiguous”. In daily life I am seen as “ethnic” of various sorts, or mixed – which I am.In fact what “seems to be” versus “what is” can be applied to my chosen career field to greater and greater degrees. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter After an illustrious 40-year career in broadcasting, Tony Tighe anchors his final Global News at Noonbroadcast on Thursday, August 2. Tony has become the city’s greatest advocate of righting consumer wrongs, earning many accolades for his investigations and feature reporting, including being honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  “Tony Tighe’s stellar reporting and support for community organizations have changed our city for the better,” said Chris Bassett, News Director for Global Calgary. “No one can cut to the heart of a story like Tony and we have been honoured to work with him for so many years.”Join Global Calgary in celebrating Tony Tighe’s career on Thursday, August 2, starting with The Morning News with Gord Gillies and Sue Deyell on Global News Radio 770 CHQR. In addition to anchoring his final broadcast of Global News at Noon, Tony will join the Global News Hour at 6 team to look back on some of his career highlights.Global Calgary has served the community for more than 60 years and was recently awarded the Kaleidoscope Award for Diversity and Canada’s Best TV Newscast (Large Market) by RTDNA. For more information about Global Calgary, visit* Source: Numeris PPM Data, SP’18 (Jan1-May27/18), A25-54 rtg%, ranker based on 3+ airings, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CALGARY, Canada – Global Calgary is expanding its focus on consumer and business stories as it bids farewell to the city’s most accomplished consumer reporter. Tony Tighe is retiring after spending more than four decades at the forefront of journalism in Calgary.  At the same time, the network is pleased to announce the appointment of Bindu Suri as anchor of Global News at Noon, and Tomasia DaSilva takes on the expanded role of Consumer and Business Reporter for Calgary’s number one news destination.*Global Calgary’s Bindu Suri moves from her role as weekend co-anchor of Global News Morning to lead the continued success of Calgary’s top noon-hour newscast as anchor of Global News at Noon. Bindu has built a robust audience as weekend anchor and brings a strong profile in the community to the News at Noon.Assuming the consumer reporting beat is Global Calgary’s Business Reporter, Tomasia DaSilva. Tomasia’s role expands from her ongoing “Minding Your Business” segment on Global News Hour at 6 to a new brand that will focus on consumer, money, and business stories that impact Calgarians. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Cong will win all 25 LS seats in Rajasthan Pilot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot on Saturday said the BJP had failed to tell people during the Lok Sabha election what had it done for them in the last five years and exuded confidence that his party would sweep the state by winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the ongoing polls. “Poll campaigns should be run on the issues of governance, investment etc. The Congress carried out a positive election campaign, unlike the BJP, which did not show its report card. No leader of the BJP is ready to talk about jobs, which is the core issue,” the Rajasthan deputy chief minister told reporters at the party office here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “There is a wave in favour of the Congress and we are going to accomplish our target of ‘Mission 25′ (winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan),” he added. The former Union minister said jobs and farmers’ problems were the core issues in the Lok Sabha polls, while alleging that BJP leaders were not taking about these issues and misleading people. Pilot said there was a new low in politics and the vocabulary used by politicians during the campaign, which was a cause of concern. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Those occupying top positions in the government are setting negative examples for the new generation,” he said. The deputy chief minister also claimed that the number of people working under MGNREGA in Rajasthan had increased from nine lakh in December last year, when the Congress government took over the reins of the state from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to 31 lakh now. Polling for 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan will be held on May 6. Thirteen seats in the state had gone to the polls on April 29 and the results will be announced on May 23. In the 2014 parliamentary polls, the BJP had swept the state by bagging all the 25 seats.last_img read more

WHO concerned about respiratory disease cases in Hong Kong housing complex

The World Health Organization (WHO) said concern mounted this weekend about a possible outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the large housing estate of 10 35-storey blocks, which has some 15,000 residents. Of the 45 new SARS cases hospitalized on Saturday, 28 were all residents of the estate. The next day, 36 of the 60 new patients admitted with probable SARS were also from the same residential complex.The health agency said most of those affected were in vertically arranged apartments in a single block, suggesting that SARS in Hong Kong may be spreading according to a different pattern – still involving close person-to-person contact with bodily secretions. Epidemiologists are considering the possibility that these secretions containing the causative virus might somehow enter common systems linking rooms or flats.A total 213 residents of Amoy Garden in Kowloon District have been admitted into hospital with suspected SARS, according to the Hong Kong Department of Health. Of these, 107 patients resided in Block E, which is now under isolation and residents have been instructed to remain in their flats until midnight on 9 April.Hong Kong health officials said they have taken environmental samples from Block E and investigations are under way to determine a possible explanation for this apparent vertical spread. The results will also help determine the source of infection in and the mechanisms by which the pathogen has spread.Local epidemiologists have identified a possible “index” case in the Amoy Garden outbreak: a man, now hospitalized in Prince of Wales Hospital, who visited his brother in Block E several times.As of today, a total of 1,800 cases in 17 countries resulting in 62 deaths have been reported. read more

CEO iHeartRadio revenue hundreds of millions of dollars annually

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CEO: iHeartRadio revenue ‘hundreds of millions’ of dollars annually by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 7:03 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes “hundreds of millions” of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the range of Internet radio leader Pandora.Pittman revealed the figure in an interview about the service reaching a milestone of 50 million registered users and 97 million visitors in May. Clear Channel Communications Inc., iHeartRadio’s parent company, was taken private in 2008. It reports its financial results because of public debt, but has never broken out the financial health of its digital streams.According to its year-end regulatory filing in February, iHeartRadio averaged 143 million hours of listening per month last year, up 29 per cent from a year earlier. Pandora Media Inc., which posted $638 million in revenue last year, had 1.73 billion listener hours in May.“We’re in the hundreds of millions, not billions,” Pittman said. “IHeartRadio would be a very valuable company on its own. In the grand scheme of things, it’s an extension of the other businesses we’re in.”Its usage growth is frequently cited in filings as contributing to Clear Channel’s revenue, helping offset a decline in political ad revenue. Last year, Clear Channel’s revenue was unchanged at $6.24 billion.IHeartRadio provides digital feeds of some of Clear Channel’s 835 radio stations across the U.S. to computers, Internet-connected cars and mobile devices. It also allows users to create randomly generated playlists on their own based on an artist, song or mood. Streams are free with ads.Clear Channel has also put on concerts and awards shows with music’s biggest acts under the iHeart brand.In September, Clear Channel reached a deal with major recording label Warner Music Group Corp. to share ad revenue from traditional radio stations for the first time with artists in order to secure lower royalties on the digital side. As part of the deal, Clear Channel also promised to promote those artists more regularly. It was the largest of several deals following similar agreements with artists and independent labels such as Taylor Swift’s Big Machine Label Group in 2012.Pittman said there’s no pressure to cut more such deals and noted that they currently create more expenses than benefits.“We’re investing a lot of money because we believe it’s the right way to build the future,” he said. “I think we’ll get a payoff on it one day and we’ll build a digital marketplace in which everybody wins.” read more

Haiti Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom

Ambassador Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States, said the visit, which Council members carried out from 23 to 25 January, included meetings with political leaders, civil society and United Nations representatives, and had shed important light on the situation as the country headed towards elections.“Checks and balances are key,” Ms. Power said, as she described how encouraged she was by President Michel Martelly’s efforts in leading a multi-party Government and noted that Council members had been impressed by the newly-formed provisional electoral council’s commitment to independence.She said she remained concerned about the loss of the check on presidential power and called on all sides to redouble their efforts for constructive dialogue with an aim to ensure free and fair elections. Ambassador Cristián Barros Melet, Permanent Representative of Chile, which holds the Council presidency for January, echoed Ms. Powers’ views on the contribution made by the UN stabilization mission (MINUSTAH) through its various projects to the prospect of a brighter future for Haitians.He said the “fundamental goal” of the Council’s trip was to underscore the importance of an inclusive atmosphere for stability and to promote the prevention of conflict. Council members urged the various actors to work together to hold legislative elections that were free, fair, inclusive, transparent and in the interests of the people of Haiti.Members also had the chance to assess initiatives undertaken to strengthen the national police of Haiti and to promote more responsibility in the State and national authorities. They had recognised progress achieved while also stressing that it remains one of main areas where challenges remain, with particular significance as elections approach.The visit to a women’s prison in Pétionville showed Council members how clear the need for progress in guaranteeing the rule of law, including access to justice, was for Haitians, Mr. Barros Melet said, noting that the trip had also given members a chance to evaluate the implementation of resolution 2180 (2014).Both briefers discussed the visit to the country’s national memorial for all those who lost their lives during the 2010 earthquake, with Ms. Powers noting how moving the tribute – “a large piece of rubble which stands as a stark symbol of all that was destroyed” – was, and Mr. Barros Melet stressing how the Haitian people had shown resilience in the five years since the devastation of the earthquake. read more

Brock launches 2014 Family Fundraising Campaign for faculty and staff

The following University-wide statement was issued Thursday, Sept. 25 by Brock University President Jack Lightstone: This past weekend was a time of celebration, reflection, and fun as we came together to commemorate Homecoming and Brock University’s monumental milestone of 50 years.Brock is a community of people who contribute daily to the legacy of the institution, and this weekend provided an opportunity to give thanks to the many community members who have advocated for, donated to, and built our University. The past 50 years have been a period of tremendous growth and success for Brock University, and now we look ahead to the next 50 years.Today I want to ask our faculty and staff to assist us in building for the next half century by offering your support to our Family Fundraising Campaign.The Brock University community is created by you and your commitment and dedication. Our faculty and staff work to make a better Brock University and to help our students prepare for the future.But you also see first-hand the challenges facing our students and the greatest needs of our University. Your financial contribution provides us with the opportunity to enhance the quality of education our university delivers.So I am asking that you consider giving a gift to your home institution, to Brock, where you dedicate so much of yourselves, to make it better.If you are a full-time employee you are able to direct your financial support to the programs and initiatives that are most important to you through online payroll deduction.Simply sign into the employee portal (login required) through this link: will be directed to the “Brock Campaign” payroll deduction form.Part-time employees can donate through our online giving tool: you need any additional assistance, contact George Yang at x4348.John Suk, Chair of Brock University’s Board of Trustees, has asked board members for 100% participation in this campaign, and I would like our faculty and staff to strive to reach the same goal.Regardless of the size of the gift, every contribution will help. To the faculty and staff that are already supporting Brock University, I thank you for your continued support and dedication.I look forward to updating you on our progress and success. I thank you for your contribution, hard work and your continued dedication to providing students with an outstanding educational experience. read more

World Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And F

As the eight World Cup teams in Groups E and F take the field Wednesday in Brazil, some things are not in much doubt. Argentina has clinched advancement in Group F. France has not technically clinched advancement in Group E, but its goal differential is so strong that it has advanced for all intents and purposes.Switzerland and Ecuador have a lot on the line, however. So does Nigeria, which is favored to advance but could fail to do so if it loses to Argentina and Iran beats Bosnia and Herzegovina. There’s even a possibility that FIFA could have to draw lots to determine whether Nigeria or Iran moves on. Let’s focus on Nigeria’s Group F first, which will kick off its final games Wednesday at noon Eastern time:Most scenarios in Group F are simple. Argentina will advance in first place if it beats or draws Nigeria, or as the second-place team behind Nigeria if it loses to it.Nigeria is an 88 percent favorite to advance in some capacity, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. The only way it could fail to do so is the case I mentioned: if it loses to Argentina while Iran beats Bosnia. That scenario could get messy.Say that Iran beats Bosnia 2-1 while Nigeria loses to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. Both teams will have one win, one draw and one loss. Both will have two goals scored and two goals allowed. FIFA’s next tiebreaker is head-to-head results, but Nigeria and Iran drew their match. That means FIFA would be out of tiebreakers and forced to draw lots to determine who advances.Mind you, this situation is unlikely. Iran is probably a weaker team than Bosnia and has only a 21 percent chance of beating the World Cup newcomer. Also, anything but the same scoreline in the two Group F matches would give FIFA some other way to resolve the tie. For example, if Iran won 2-0 and Nigeria lost 1-0, Iran would have the better goal differential and would advance. If Iran won 1-0 and Nigeria lost 2-1, the teams would be tied on goal differential but Nigeria would advance on the basis of goals scored. The chance that FIFA will have to draw lots is only 0.6 percent, according to our match predictor.An even bigger longshot than that scenario is if France failed to advance from Group E. Let’s look at the situation there:The FiveThirtyEight forecast lists each team’s advancement probability to the first decimal point and describes France’s chances at 100.0 percent; if we added a decimal place, they’d be 99.98 percent instead. The only way this extraordinarily unlikely scenario could come into play is as follows: France loses to Ecuador. Switzerland beats Honduras. Then France, Switzerland and Ecuador are tied atop Group E with six points each.This scenario is not all that unlikely: There’s a 10 percent chance that both Switzerland and Ecuador will win their matches. But France would also have to finish last among the three teams in the goal-differential tiebreaker. There’s almost no chance that will happen; France’s goal differential is +6 so far, while Ecuador’s is even and Switzerland’s is -2.But Switzerland and Ecuador’s advancement prospects are more complicated. Switzerland is guaranteed to advance if:It beats Honduras and Ecuador draws or loses.It draws Honduras and Ecuador loses.Ecuador is guaranteed to advance if:It beats France and Switzerland draws or loses.It draws France and Switzerland loses.Both matches in Group E are draws.Other cases, like the one where Ecuador and Switzerland both win, will go down to a tiebreaker.There’s even an outside chance (about 2 percent) for a three-way tie, in which Honduras could advance. That would require both Honduras and France to win — in which case Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland would be tied for second with three points each. Honduras would then need to win on the tiebreaker. That would probably require them to beat Switzerland by at least two goals while Ecuador takes a multi-goal loss to France.CORRECTION (June 25, 9:39 a.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the scenario of Iran beating Bosnia 2-1 and Nigeria losing to Argentina by the same 2-1 scoreline. read more