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 Most of us can no longer find our way to the places that we go to without using a GPS. We’ve become totally reliant on our smartphones to help guide us from where we are to where are going. GPS is an enormous improvement over a map, and it is a far better experience to hear the directions being spoken aloud.But, this comes with a cost. In leveraging the technology, we have become dependent on it. It’s so easy, and so good, that we rely on it, sometimes completely. In doing so, we have lost our sense of direction and the ability to find our way without using global positioning satellites.Now, a lot of people are working on trying to apply artificial intelligence to sales. Some of the solutions I have seen lately are attempting to provide guidance, a few of them literally providing the salesperson with the words to use in a live sales conversation, and others using a sort of Cyrano de Bergerac-like technique to allow the sales manager to provide the talk tracks to the rep through their headset in real time.While there is nothing wrong with teaching salespeople how to have good and effective sales conversations, doing so can’t come at the expense of them learning to understand how to have these conversations without relying on technology to do so—or worse, relying on someone to feed them their lines in real time. You only need two things to be a trusted advisor: trust and advice. Without the advice, without actually knowing things, it’s impossible to be a peer or a consultative salesperson.It isn’t enough to help salespeople by providing them the words and the talk tracks that help them have better sales conversations. That outcome is too transactional. The development of a sales professional requires that one also teach them how to understand their client’s business, to understand how to create value for those clients, and to develop the business acumen and situational knowledge that allows them to serve their clients—as well as create and win opportunities.
UK’s growing debate over the role and relevance of the church in the state has found a voice of support from the country’s Hindu community. Related Items
Pakistan has allowed the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man on death row, to visit him on Dec. 25. An official from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad will also be allowed to be present at the meeting, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Dec. 8.The Indian Ministry of External Affairs had sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan on the safety and security of Jadhav’s wife and her mother-in-law if they visit, which Pakistan said it would ensure. The ministry also said that the two women should not be questioned or harassed, and that the Pakistan government would have to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany Jadhav’s family.A diplomat from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad will be allowed to accompany the women and they will be given security.Pakistan govt has assured safety of mother and wife of #KulbhushanJadhav during their stay in #Pakistan: MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar at media briefing in Delhi pic.twitter.com/O0mwEKGpuI— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) December 8, 2017External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had written a “personal letter” to Sartaj Aziz, the advisor to Pakistan’s prime minister, to request approval of visa application of Jadhav’s mother.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed it a “good humanitarian gesture” from Pakistan while Union Minister Jitendra Singh said Pakistan’s decision was a reflection of the efficacy of the Indian diplomatic outreach and its acceptance around the world.Jadhav was sentenced to death this April over allegations of being an Indian spy and being involved in terror attacks. India has denied these claims made by Pakistan. Jadhav is a former Indian Navy personnel who said that he was a businessman when he was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016.India approached the International Court of Justice to halt his execution, following which a 10-member bench heard the case on May 18 and restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The International Court of Justice told Pakistan to submit its response by Dec. 13 before furthering court proceedings.Until now, India has had no consular access to Jadhav, which Pakistan said was not allowed in case of spies. Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of the MEA, said that it is not known how much access the accompanying diplomat would have.#KulbhushanJadhav Q: Since an Indian diplomat would be accompanying Jadhav’s mother and wife, are you considering it as Pakistan granting consular access?@meaindia: pic.twitter.com/OZ3pH2YGXK— Devirupa Mitra (@DevirupaM) December 8, 2017 Related ItemsHuman RightsIndiaPakistan
India deported seven Rohingya Muslims who had fled their native Myanmar back to their country on Thursday, sparking concerns that the move could endanger their lives and violate international laws that protect refugees.The decision comes as India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has escalated its rhetorical attacks on migrants who have entered the country illegally. The party’s powerful president, Amit Shah, has repeatedly promised to deport all such migrants, and portrayed them as a security threat. At a public rally in September, he likened them to “termites.”The deportation also comes as the northeastern state of Assam, where the seven men were imprisoned since 2012, ramps up efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants.“If someone enters the country illegally, we will send them back,” said Bharat Bhushan Babu, spokesman for India’s Home Affairs Ministry. When asked whether that applied to people fleeing violence in their native countries, he said, “This is applicable to everyone.”The Rohingya community is a Muslim minority that has faced repeated persecution and violence in its native Myanmar, which is predominantly Buddhist.Forcing Rohingya people to return to Myanmar could constitute refoulement, a crime under international law, E. Tendayi Achiume, a Unied Nations human rights expert, said in a statement.“The Indian Government has an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalized discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection,” the statement said.Achiume also raised concerns about their extended detention in India and India’s failure to give the men adequate legal counsel.An exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2017 drew the world’s attention to Myanmar’s human rights abuses against its Muslim minority. The United Nations has called it a genocide. Myanmar’s government has repeatedly denied that charge, accusing Rohingya communities of setting their own villages ablaze to garner the world’s sympathy.An additional 40,000 Rohingya refugees are thought to be in India, although only 18,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Many of India’s Rohingya refugees came before the most recent wave of violence in 2017. A statement from UNHCR said that the seven men deported Thursday were not registered with the refugee agency.On Tuesday, India’s home minister said the government had asked states to start collecting Rohingya biometrics so they could be sent back to Myanmar.Under increasing international pressure to allow the Rohingya refugees to return, Myanmar’s government has issued publicity notices on social media purportedly showing a handful of Rohingya going back to their homes and receiving supplies from the government.According to officials who briefed The Washington Post on a recent media trip to Rakhine state, two families have been resettled. But experts have cast doubt about their authenticity, with news reports and locals in Rakhine state saying the repatriations were staged.The U.N. statement also said that conditions in Myanmar were not “conducive for safe, dignified and sustainable returns for Rohingya.”“These individuals should be allowed to make an informed decision about their return to Myanmar in the current conditions and/or access their right to seek safe asylum,” the statement said.Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, a senior police officer from Assam state, said the police were not considering the Rohingya’s ethnic or religious background when deporting them. “I’m not bothered if they are Rohingya or Muslim or Hindu or Christian. We’re not bothered by caste and creed. We are bothered about the law,” he said.The men are from Kyauk Daw township in central Rakhine. They were initially arrested and jailed at the Silchar central prison in Assam in 2012 charged with irregular entry, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs.The ministry said in a statement that Myanmar’s government had identified the seven men as “residents” of Myanmar, and provided “Certificates of Identity to facilitate the travel of these individuals to their hometowns in Rakhine state.” The statement said that the men had asked to be repatriated in 2016 and that the ministry on Wednesday had confirmed “their willingness to be repatriated.”Full citizenship – and not “residency” or “certificates of identity” – has been one of the key demands of Rohingya activists seeking repatriation.Rohingya leaders say Myanmar’s refusal to acknowledge the Rohingya’s long history in the country is a key reason for the discrimination against them. Rohingya are often incorrectly termed illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and referred to as “Bengalis” – stripping them of their rights as equal citizens of Myanmar.Human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan had earlier urged India’s Supreme Court to stop the deportations, or at least allow the United Nations to speak to the deportees to ensure they knew the risks of returning to Myanmar. On Thursday, Ranjan Gogoi, chief justice of India, said the court would not interfere with the deportation.Assam, where the men were arrested, has made huge efforts to “detect-delete-deport” illegal migrants in recent years. The state has a long border with Bangladesh and huge migration flows that many say threatens Assamese jobs and culture.In July, the state of Assam released a list of its citizens, but excluded 4 million people. Many, especially Muslims who were left off the list, fear it could lead to detentions and deportations.The Washington Post’s Shibani Mahtani in Hong Kong contributed to this report.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Items
People of color and different ethnicities face a high level of disadvantages, a Racial Disparity Audit report released by the Theresa May government on Oct. 10 shows. The audit was commissioned by British Prime Minister Theresa May in August last year to study racial disparities in the society.The report drew correlation between poverty and ethnicity, and showed that close to a fifth of Asian people live under “persistent poverty” as compared to a 10th of white British people falling in the category. Persistent poverty is when the income is low for this year and two of three previous years. Around 30 per cent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi people live in the poorest 10 per cent of neighborhoods. It also found that whites are more likely than black Britons to own homes and to be employed.Indian origin adults reported the highest average ratings for “happiness” and “the feeling that things they do in life are worthwhile”. British whites, however, are lukewarm, with a position in the middle. White candidates were also more likely to be appointed out of the shortlisted applicants for the National Health Service. As for being shortlisted in the first place, 18 per cent of whites were picked as compared to 11 per cent of ethnic minorities. While one in 10 Army personnel are from an ethnic minority background, the figure is miniscule in the Royal Air Force, with one in 50.The average length of a prison sentence also shows a skew — Black and Asians receive 23 to 24 months on average while whites get 18 months for the same offence. Black men are also three times more likely than white men to be arrested, with approximately 44 in 10,000 black men arrested as compared to the corresponding figure of 15 for white people. They are also six times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than white people.A substantial number of adults in all ethnic groups “felt they belonged to Britain”, according to the report. As for language, Polish is the most spoken language after English, with 1 per cent speakers. Punjabi and Urdu follow Polish.The audit has received a fair share of backlash from activists, with even Munira Mirza, the former London deputy mayor, calling the government’s approach “crude and tendentious” that could “harm the very communities they are aspiring to help”. In an open letter to The Times, Mirza and other signatories say: “All too often statistics are misused in a way that casts minorities as victims of racism and ‘white privilege’.”However, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid refuted these arguments against the audit. He said: “I think there will be people out there today taking note of this, whether they are from black, minority ethnic backgrounds or not, and thinking this is exactly the kind of thing they want their government to do.”First Secretary of State Damian Green’s statement concurred with Javid’s. He said the audit provided an unprecedented degree of transparency into the impact of ethnicity and would “tell us how well we are doing as a society in ensuring that all can thrive and prosper”.May, while commissioning the study last year, had said: “When I stood on the steps of Downing Street on my first day, I made clear that I believe in a United Kingdom by every definition – and that means the government I lead will stand up for you and your family against injustice and inequality.” Related ItemsDamian Greenethnic minorities Britainindian UKLittle IndiaRace Disparity AuditSajid JavidTheresa May
Hindi is the most spoken Indian language in the United States, followed by Urdu, Gujarati and Telugu. Bengali and Tamil are other widely spoken Indian languages, according to the American Community Survey 2016.The survey found that 810,877 people speak Hindi at home, double the number of Gujarati speakers (407,520). Hindi is the 11th most popular foreign language in the country.Urdu had more speakers than Gujarati, with 424,482 people conversing in the language, but it includes people from Pakistan as well. Telugu was the fourth most popular Indian language in the United States, with 365,566 people aged over five years speaking it at home. Nearly 3.6 million people in the United States speak Indic and Dravidian languages.The survey also found that Tamil, Telugu and Hindi speakers were most proficient in speaking English. Nearly 81 percent of Tamilian speakers and 79 percent of Hindi and Telugu speakers reported speaking English “very well.” By contrast, just 56 percent of Bengali speakers and 59 percent of Punjabi spoke English “very well.” Overall, 71 percent of Indian language speakers reported speaking English “very well.”The survey found that just 22 percent of Americans speak a second language at home. Spanish was the most popular foreign language with more than 40 million speakers, followed by Chinese with 3.4 million speakers.Source: American Community Survey 2016, US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2016. Related ItemsAmerican Community SurveyGujarati USAHindi speakers USIndian languages USLittle Indiapopular languages AmericaTelugu USA
In an incident that led to widespread outrage in Kenya, a 32-year-old businessman of Indian origin was shot dead by the police inside his home in a case of mistaken identity recently. He was declared dead on arrival to the hospital. In a series of tweets on Nov. 5, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the Kenyan Police have regretted the incident, which happened during an anti-terror operation on Oct. 22. She said: “I have received the report from Indian High Commission in Nairobi. The deceased Bunty Shah was a Kenyan national of Indian origin. Kenyan security forces were conducting anti-terror operations on the building across Shah’s residence.” Swaraj added: “Bunty thought this was an intrusion by armed burglars and fired in the air. The security forces returned the fire resulting in Bunty’s death. Kenyan Police have regretted the incident.” Swaraj emphasized that the Indian High Commission will provide all assistance to the bereaved family, and expressed her condolences. She took cognizance of the incident when another Twitter user Neha Parikh approached her on the social media playform. The minister sought a report from the High Commission on Nov. 4 through Twitter. Suchitra Durai, the Indian Ambassador in Kenya, responded saying she would “revert shortly”. Bunty Shah belonged to the Gujarati family that owns Bobmil Industries Ltd, a mattress manufacturing company. He was cremated at the Hindu Shamshan Bhumi in Nairobi. He is survived by his wife and six-month-old baby. Shah’s family, however, is not satisfied with the version of events narrated by the police. They have written to the independent Policing Oversight Authority for a speedy investigation into his death, saying that they would otherwise get private investigators involved. The family called the police apology “too little too late”, the local media reported. The police are initially said to have denied that they had killed Shah during an anti-terror operation. The Nairobi Police, in a statement that was posted on their Facebook page, said that Shah kept firing at them despite being warned. The Shah family refuted this version of events. According to witnesses quoted by the The Nation newspaper, hooded people came into Shah’s compound in three vehicles after damaging the main gate.Shah’s uncle Vipin says he was shot at close range on his chest through the bedroom window when he woke up to find out the source of the commotion. Related Items
India ranks second on the list of countries with large outflows of high net worth individuals (HNWI) in 2017, with 7,000 Indian HNWI migrating to other countries, according to a new report released this month. Most ultra-rich Indians moved to the United States, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia or New Zealand, the report said.The 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review, published by the AfrAsia Bank, showed that 10,000 Chinese HNWI migrated in 2017, while the corresponding figure from Turkey was 6,000, giving it the third spot. Chinese HNWIs moved to the United States, Canada and Australia, while Turkish HNWIs moved to Europe and the UAE.Australia is the top destination for migration for millionaires, with an inflow of 10,000 super-rich individuals in 2017, with most of them migrating from China and India, among other nations. Australia beat its main rival, the United States, for the third year running.The report pointed out that approximately 95,000 millionaires migrated in 2017, compared to 82,000 in 2016 and 64,000 in 2015. The United States was the second preferred destination for HNWI, with 9,000 of them migrating to the country in 2017. Canada and United Arab Emirates shared the third spot, with 5 000 millionaires coming to these countries.The popular places in Australia that these rich individuals preferred included Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Perth and Brisbane, the report pointed out. “Australia’s location makes it a better base for doing business in emerging Asian countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. Australia was recently rated as the safest country for woman worldwide during our annual woman safety ratings. It is also a particularly safe country to raise children,” the report said, explaining the reasons for the preference of Australia over the United States.Many of the traditional arguments against immigration, including that immigrants place pressure on public healthcare and social services, and that they push down wages due to oversupply of cheap labor, do not apply to wealthy people. This is because HNWIs don’t take low-paying jobs and are very unlikely to claim benefits.The United States was the second most popular destination for migrating HNWIs in 2017, with most of them preferring to move to New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area.According to the report, global wealth rose by 12 per cent in 2017 — from $192 trillion at the end of 2016 to $215 trillion at the end of 2017. India was the world’s best performing wealth market in 2016-2017, with 25 per cent growth in that period. China and Malta followed India with 22 per cent wealth growth during 2016-2017.India is expected to be among the fastest growing wealth markets owing to the large number of entrepreneurs and good educational system. There is a strong growth forecast in the local financial services, IT, business process outsourcing, real estate, healthcare and media sectors, the report added. Related ItemsAustraliaUnited StatesWealth
South Korean tech giant LG has launched three new smartphones in India – Optimus L3, L5 and 4X HD. The Optimus L5 and 4X HD run Android 4.0 ICS, while the Optimus L3 runs Android 2.3 operating system.The LG Optimus 4X HD, powered by quad core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra processor, is a high end smartphone which offers high definition display of 720p. It sports a display size of 4.7-inch with IPS technology and Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistant.The LG Optimus 4X HD offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Having a 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card, the LG Optimus 4X HD is priced at Rs 34,990.Optimus 4X HD which aims to compete in the quad-core smartphone segment, boasts of a quad-core NVIDIA 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.With a touchscreen display of 4.0-inch, the L5 is a mid range smartphone providing a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The phone, powered by 800MHz Cortex A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, features 5 megapixel rear camera.That lack of front camera is a drawback with this phone, but it has an advantage of powerful 1500mAh battery.Priced at Rs 13,199, L5 has an 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM.However, the L3 version features 3.2-inch QVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 384MB of RAM, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 1500mAh battery and 1GB of on-board storage.
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Buss didn’t attend the Lakers’ season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.“Earvin, I loved working side by side with you,” Buss wrote. “You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you.”Clearly blindsided by Johnson’s announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” it said. “We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise as a player, an ambassador and an executive. We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, (wife) Cookie, (children) Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and respected basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his ultimate destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie put Magic in charge of shaking up her storied franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.Immediately after taking the job, Johnson stated his plan to land at least two free-agent superstars to return the Lakers to immediate title contention. That plan rankled feelings around the league and got him in trouble when he publicly acknowledged the Lakers’ interest in George, which led to an investigation that eventually stuck the Lakers with a $500,000 fine for Pelinka making improper contact with George’s agent.Johnson made several personnel moves to clear salary cap space for his ultimate goal, notably trading guard D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn largely to rid the Lakers of Timofey Mozgov’s onerous contract in 2017.Johnson also criticized Russell for his maturity and playing style on the way out the door, but Russell has blossomed into an All-Star leader for the playoff-bound Nets. Some of Johnson’s other moves have worked out much better, including the Lakers’ drafting of Lonzo Ball, the acquisition of Kyle Kuzma and the bargain signing of center JaVale McGee. And though James was in charge of his decision to join the Lakers last summer, LeBron credited Magic with closing the deal in a meeting before he agreed to a four-year contract.But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year NBA career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention. The Lakers slumped before the trade deadline when Johnson aggressively pursued disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis in a trade that would have required the Lakers to give up much of their talented young core.James was shut down for the season late last month, and he watched the Lakers’ season finale in street clothes on the bench.The Lakers have missed the postseason in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over, and Magic didn’t stick around long enough to see whether his plan would yield another free-agent star this summer — when the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant should be in play — or next, when Davis should be available.The Lakers are finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22. They had never missed the playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Johnson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Magic claimed he didn’t finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers president DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
Shillong, Jul 6 (PTI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today said the four-month-old Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is “stable” and rubbished media reports of coalition partner People’s Democratic Front (PDF) pulling out of the alliance.The MDA comprises the National People’s Party (NPP) with 19 MLAs, the United Democratic Party (UDP) with 7 MLAs, the PDF with 4 MLAs, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP with 2 MLAs each, the NCP with 1 MLA and two Independents MLAs in the House of 60.”The government is stable. I had a talk with them (PDF MLAs) and there is no question of their withdrawal,” the chief minister said on the sideline of a programmehere.He said all MDA partners were “committed” to completing the five-year term.Sangma’s statement came in the wake of media reports of PDF chief P N Syiem, who is also the chief executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), reportedly threatening to pull out of the MDA.The chief minister said the PDF might have some issues within the party with regard to the coalition politics in the KHADC.He, however, added that the issues of the district council might not necessarily affect the alliance government, and cited the example of how the coalition partner UDP is supporting the Congress in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council.PDF MLA and Meghalaya Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh told PTI, “We are moving ahead with the policies and programmes of the government and we are not withdrawing support.”advertisementHe said it was childish on the part of Syiem to make such alleged statements without first consulting the MLAs concerned.Currently, the strength of the Meghalaya Assembly stands at 58 after Congress MLA Martin M Danggo and NPP MLA Agatha K Sangma resigned.Danggo resigned as he will join the ruling NPP while Agatha resigned to make way for Conrad Sangma to get elected to the state Assembly.Conrad Sangma is currently the Lok Sabha MP from Tura. PTI JOP RG IJTIJT
Infographics Originally published May 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 The hard truth about creating content online is the amount of time you put into it isn’t always proportional to what you get out of it. We all hope that everything we do is a grand slam resulting in traffic, leads, and reporters clamoring to talk to you. But that’s not always what happens.And while you can brush that off when you didn’t invest too much time in the content, when it’s something more resource-intensive — like an infographic — it stings a bit more.Luckily, there are few things we can do to infographics to hedge our bets a bit. So, we put together the following infographic on making highly shareable infographics — helping you rake in more views and conversion opportunities. Follow these tips, and your infographic will be much more likely to get shared. Editor’s note: We’ve included a few Easter eggs in the infographic to make it extra shareable. See if you can find them!Save 编辑触摸共享全屏此交互式图像使用ThingLink创建。在thinglink.com上查看此图像。接触图片分享图像…全屏Save Didn’t find the Easter eggs? Hover your mouse over the infographic to see them pop up. (My favorite’s in the top left corner!) We’re using a platform called Thinglink to add relevant context to the information in the infographic — and make it easy for you all to share the post. If you’re looking to maximize your shareability, you might want to try it out for yourself. Do you create infographics? What other tips do you have for making them shareable? Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Originally published Jan 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated September 05 2017 Topics: How to MentorAt its core, being a mentor is being a trusted advisor. Being a mentor involves making yourself available to support and advise someone when they need it, delivering that support in a way that makes sense to them, and always keeping that person’s best interests in mind.Take a minute to think about the best mentor you’ve ever had.This doesn’t have to be someone at work, although it certainly could be. But mentors come in all shapes and sizes: It can be your manager, a colleague, a parent, a friend, a coach, a college professor … anyone who’s been a particularly excellent advisor at some point in your life.Now, think of what made them stand out to you. Was it the example they set? That you felt like they really understood your communication style, your working style, or your goals? That they seemed to always point you to the right resources or give you the right advice when you needed it?At some point in your life (and, if you’re lucky, many times), you’re going to find yourself playing the role of a mentor to someone, somewhere. It can be both exciting, and a little confusing. What exactly does it mean to be someone’s mentor, and how can you really stand out in the role?Click here to download leadership lessons from HubSpot founder, Dharmesh Shah.Let’s touch on what a mentor is, including the three main types of mentors: peer mentors, career mentors, and life mentors. Then, we’ll go through 12 tips for being an amazing mentor.What Does It Mean to Be a Mentor?At its core, being a mentor is being a trusted advisor. It can mean a lot of different things, but it all boils down to making yourself available to support and advise someone when they need it, delivering that support in a way that makes sense to them, and always, always keeping that person’s best interests in mind.A mentor/mentee relationship can last for years, or it can last one coffee date. When you mentor someone long-term, you really get to know and understand their personality, learning style, and goals, which can set you up to offer richer, more relevant advice over time. But mentorship doesn’t have to be long-term. It can also be a one-off or short-term relationship, like when someone needs help working through a specific problem — such as a career transition or a problem with a coworker or manager. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Venture Capitalist Anthony T. Khan wrote about three types of mentors. Let’s explore each one below.Peer MentorsThis one is more of an apprenticeship than a mentorship. Whether someone is onboarding in a new job or simply at the early stages of their career, they may benefit from having a peer mentor working at their same company to help them settle in to their new job and climb the learning curve faster. A peer mentor focuses on helping with specific skills, working toward specific goals, and basic organization practices for how to get things done.Career MentorsWhen most people think of mentorship, they’re thinking about career mentorship. Career mentors are senior to their mentees at the same company or a former company. Their purpose is to serve as a career advisor and advocate, and to help reinforce how a mentee’s job contributions fit into their long-term career goals, and perhaps even how they fit into the bigger picture of the company’s goals.Some companies have career mentorship programs built right into their people development strategy. This seems to work best when it’s not a bureaucratic system, but instead more of a volunteer system where existing employees volunteer to mentor newer employees. “It should be something people know is embraced as part of the ethos of a firm,” writes Khan.Life MentorsA life mentor is usually someone outside of their mentee’s workplace. This person can serve as an objective sounding board when that person finds themselves faced with a difficult career challenge or is considering changing jobs. Khan writes that life mentors shouldn’t replace a peer or career mentor, but “they are there to impart career wisdom.”Chances are, you’ll be more than one of these types of mentors for multiple people, and you may have a few mentees at a time. There are a few pieces of advice that hold true regardless of the type of mentorship you find yourself in. Here are 12 tips on how to be an amazing mentor.12 Ways to Be an Amazing Mentor1. Approach each mentorship differently.While you can do your best to categorize a mentor/mentee relationship, every one is unique. When you first start out, it’s important to take the time to assess your own style and readiness, and think about what kind of commitment you can and want to make.Rebecca Corliss, who leads team development and culture for HubSpot’s marketing team, recommends asking yourself and reflecting on the questions on this list that are relevant to you:What kind of manager style do you naturally have/want?What expectations will you set in regards to your style and how best to work with you? How will you know when your mentee is successful?How will you communicate what success looks like to him/her?What do you hope your mentee’s development looks like over the course of your mentorship?How can you segment out his/her experience into phases to get to that point?How will you use one-on-one time?How will you explain your expectations for one-on-one meetings (if applicable) so you’re on the same page?2. Set expectations together in the very beginning.Once you’ve reflected on the questions from #1, both you and your mentee will find it helpful to sit down and go over expectations — especially if you’re just getting to know each other.For example, let’s say an alum from your alma mater sends you a cold email asking what it’s like to work at your company. You might be wondering if they asked you that because they want to work for your company, or whether they’re just curious about what a company in your industry is like. Understanding exactly where they’re coming from is going to help drive your discussion in the direction that’s helpful for both of you. If your company isn’t hiring or you aren’t comfortable helping them get a job, for instance, then you’ll want to set those expectations early.3. Take a genuine interest in your mentee as a person.A mentor/mentee relationship is a very personal one. You can give mediocre advice without really knowing a person, but to stand out as an amazing mentor, you’re really going to have to get to know your mentee on a personal level.You probably have some of the more career-oriented questions down: what their working style is, their dream job, goals for their current job, and so on and so forth. But what about the stuff that makes them … them? Getting to know your mentee on a deeper level will help you build a strong relationship, and it’ll also help you understand who they are as a person, their likes and dislikes, how they interact with others, and so on.So if your mentee tells you they had a great weekend, don’t just move on with the program. Ask them what they did, whom they did it with, or what their relationship is like with those people.One great way to get to know someone? Become an active listener. This is easier said than done: It means making a conscious effort to really, truly pay attention to what your mentee is saying, instead of thinking about what you’re going to say next. You might worry that you need to come up with something helpful right away, when in fact, the best thing you can do for your mentee is to listen closely to what they’re saying, ask open questions to dig deeper, and act as a sounding board.Which brings me to my next tip …4. Know when to wait before giving advice.When you’re mentoring someone, you might feel pressured to give them advice straight away. But not all feedback is helpful feedback, and giving unhelpful — or unwelcome — feedback can be detrimental to your relationship. An amazing mentor knows how to determine whether or not a situation lends itself to off-the-cuff feedback or really thoughtful feedback.Corliss calls this “hitting the pause button.””A good mentor knows when to hit ‘pause’ during a conversation,” she told me. “Once in a while, a conversation might catch us off guard. For example, maybe someone raises an HR issue or a serious problem with an employee. Maybe someone says something that makes you mad or upset. If you don’t have the right information, experience or emotional state to react to a scenario properly, hit ‘pause.’ That will give you a chance to get more information, talk to your resources, and come back with a clear and valuable response.”What might that look like in a real conversation? “Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m going to take some time and give this some serious thought before we continue. It’s important to me that I’m giving you the best possible solution. Why don’t we continue talking about it [tomorrow/next week/next time we meet]? I’ll book some time.”5. Improve your emotional intelligence.Being emotionally intelligent is a big part of being an amazing mentor. Any time you become a mentor for someone, you’ll find yourself getting to know their unique personality, their wants and needs, the experiences that have shaped them, and how they deal with different situations.The best mentors know how to unlock this information by asking the right questions, reading their mentee’s body language, being open-minded, and even acknowledging and controlling their own emotions. (Read this blog post for tips on becoming more emotionally intelligent.)6. Don’t assume anything about your mentee — ask.It’s easy to fall into stereotypes or not see a situation from another person’s perspective. But great mentors recognize that it’s their responsibility to break through common assumptions by asking questions and digging deeper. This is especially true if you’re mentoring someone who’s in the early stages of their career, or if the two of you are just getting to know each other and they aren’t sure how transparent to be.For example, let’s say you’re mentoring someone who’s having trouble getting through to their manager. Instead of launching into a story about a time you had communication issues with a manager of yours, spend time asking questions that draw out the important details of their problem. Ask your mentee detailed questions about their relationship with their manager. Don’t assume you understand their working style simply based off of the conversations you’ve had with them, as they probably work and communicate differently with their manager than they do with you.Only once you’ve gotten an honest background on a problem can you share helpful, relevant feedback — without making decisions for your mentee. That’s up to them.7. Be really forthcoming about mistakes you’ve made.Being open to sharing your own mistakes and failures is one of the best gifts a mentor can give. Not only is it helpful information for problem-solving purposes, but it also helps build trust, gives them permission to share their own mistakes, and strengthens the relationship overall.”Junior people don’t always feel comfortable owning up to a mistake or admitting that they’re struggling in a certain area,” says Emma Brudner, who manages HubSpot’s Sales Blog. “If you cop to your failures and struggles, you make it okay for them to chime in and help them share with you.”Leslie Ye, who writes for HubSpot’s Sales Blog, agrees. She suggests reflecting on the problems you faced and what has tripped you up at the same point in your career that your mentee is in. “Hearing how someone else approached a challenge is always helpful for someone going through it for the first time,” she says. “Even if you don’t solve problems the same way as your mentee, it’s always useful to hear multiple perspectives.”8. Celebrate their achievements.Because people often look for or call upon a mentor to help them with tough situations, many mentorship conversations revolve around the negative stuff. When you take the time to highlight and even celebrate your mentee’s successes and achievements, you’re not just balancing out the mood of those conversations — you’re also building your mentee’s confidence, reinforcing good behavior, and keeping them focused and motivated. Depending on the relationship, mentees might also be seeking approval from their mentors — and acknowledging their success is a way to satisfy that psychological need for recognition.How you go about celebrating their achievements is entirely up to you. For example, if you’re a peer mentor helping onboard a new employee, you may choose to publicly acknowledge them either by sharing their success with their team or even just with their manager. 9. Give more than you ask for.I believe in the principle of “what goes around, comes around.” I like to think about my mentors who’ve gone out of their way to meet me for coffee, give me feedback on job choices, point me to resources, and so on. The best mentors I’ve had have selflessly offered their time and wisdom to me — and I’m sure the best mentors you’ve had have done the same. Think about the impact they’ve had on your career, and offer the same to your mentees.”Give more than you ask for,” is how Ye puts it. “Most mentees inherently have less to offer because they’re typically younger and less experienced. It can be hard to ask for help if you feel like you’re a burden on someone else. Giving advice or help freely — and making it clear you’re happy to do so — is a huge help to easing those anxieties.”10. Seek out classes or projects related to skills your mentee wants to develop.Great mentors look for situations — and some even create situations — where their mentees can get involved to learn some of the skills they’ve been hoping to learn. It doesn’t matter how much or how little experience you have in your mentee’s current or desired job or industry — you can still give them helpful resources to succeed.It can be anything from connecting them with someone with experience in their dream job or industry, or sending them a website to a conference or class they might want to sign up for. Take note of the areas in which your mentee wants to grow, and always be looking for opportunities to point them in the right direction.If you work at the same company as your mentee and have some involvement in their experience, Corliss suggests introducing new projects to them over time as a way to build a strong foundation.”First, start with something that gives context,” she says. “This could be something that requires research and is genuinely valuable. Then, hand off something small that you normally do for your intern or mentee to own, like a weekly email, or a blog post. This will help your mentee learn how to develop ownership over something, including how to execute and reach a goal on his or her own. Then, build upon that foundation.”11. Solve for the long-term.Work with your mentee as if you’ll be their mentor forever. That mindset will make it easier for you to give them long-term guidance, which will help them make decisions that outlive their time with you.This is particularly important if you work at the same company as your mentee because it’ll help them make a larger impact at your company. “Giving [them] a lot of ownership may leave a gap when they leave, but why limit the impact your intern can have in order to solver for an easier transition out?” says Corliss. “It’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never have loved at all. “12. Lead by example.Last, but certainly not least, be a positive role model. Your mentee can learn a whole lot from you by simply observing how you behave. They’ll pick up information about your “ethics, values, and standards; style, beliefs, and attitudes; methods and procedures,” writes E. Wayne Hart for Forbes. “They are likely to follow your lead, adapt your approach to their own style, and build confidence through their affiliation with you. As a mentor, you need to be keenly aware of your own behavior.”At the end of the day, being a great mentor takes practice and patience. The more you work with a given mentee, the more you’ll learn a lot about them: their communication style, how they process feedback, how they go about pursuing their goals. At the same time, you’ll learn a lot about yourself: how effectively you can explain ideas in a way others can understand, how well you’re able to control your emotions, whether you’re able to provide a vision that motivates others, and so on.In the end, being a mentor will likely be as rewarding an experience for you as it will be for your mentees. 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Nick Kyrgios continued his feud with umpire Fergus Murphy during his second round loss to Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday, loudly abusing the official before leaving the court to smash some rackets.The Australian faces a heavy sanction from the ATP after clashing with on-court officials for the second time in as many weeks and with Murphy for the second time this month as his frustration mounted during his 6-7(3) 7-6(4) 6-2 loss.Kyrgios confronted Murphy late in the second set and accused him of starting the shot clock too early. He was ultimately issued a point penalty at the end of the second set tiebreak after insulting the Irish umpire using an expletive.The unseeded 24-year-old then left the court for what he deemed a bathroom break, despite protests from Murphy, and television pictures showed him smashing his rackets in a tunnel.Kyrgios, who left the court without shaking Murphy’s hand, clashed with the Irish official two weeks ago at the Washington Open, which he went on to win, and also had a run-in with another umpire over a towel last week in Montreal.Murphy was also the subject of an expletive-ridden rant from Kyrgios at the Queen’s Club Wimbledon warm-up tournament in June.Russian eighth seed Khachanov kept his own cool throughout the histrionics and ended the match by winning three straight games to set up a meeting with France’s Lucas Pouille for a place in the quarter-finals.Unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff earlier resisted a Stefanos Tsitsipas fightback and Serbian teenager Miomir Kecmanovic beat fifth-seed Alexander Zverev in two big upsets.advertisementStruff, who has yet to win an ATP singles title in his decade-long career, was on top for most of the match against the 21-year old Greek.He served for the match in the second set but Tsitsipas managed to stay alive by taking the set on a tiebreak.However, the German refused to give up and sealed the 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(6) victory to set up a third round meeting with ninth-seed Daniil Medvedev, who beat France’s Benoit Paire 7-6(2) 6-1.I had a chance to serve it out at 6-4 5-4 but he broke back and that’s the quality he has, Struff said.The quality I had today was coming back from that, the chance to win the match in two sets, then at 6-3 in the (third set) tie-break and then from 6-6.He was playing very well. I was telling myself I have to go for it, otherwise I won’t win’.I’ve been working hard with my team on my fitness and it’s all finally paying off and I’m playing with greater consistency.Struff’s compatriot Zverev was less consistent as he served a career-high 20 double faults in his 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 defeat to the 19-year-old qualifier from Belgrade.The second youngest player in the top 100, Kecmanovic’s victory was his first against an opponent ranked in the top 10 and he is projected to advance into the top-50 next week.Among the other surprises on Wednesday, world number five Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6(2) 6-4 by Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka, while Canadian Denis Shapovalov also lost 6-4 6-4 to Lucas Pouille.World number one Novak Djokovic and third seed Roger Federer advanced to the third round on Tuesday.
Indian bowler Yuzvendra Chahal on Monday congratulated pacer Deepak Chahar for his hat-trick in a very quirky manner.Chahar recorded the best bowling figures in a T20I match and he also became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the shortest format of the game.Board of Control for Cricket in India shared a video on Twitter in which Chahar and Shreyas Iyer can be seen talking to the leg spinner on his talk-show ‘Chahal TV’.WATCH: Hat-trick of sixes, Hat-trick of wickets & a card trick to top it up. This is yet another Chahal TV special. @deepak_chahar9 @ShreyasIyer15 @yuzi_chahal – by @28anandFull Video here https://t.co/2Ni3uCykZT pic.twitter.com/HsBGoK0CHfBCCI (@BCCI) November 11, 2019″He broke my bowling record, such a shameless guy (Inhone toh bowling mein mera hi record tod diya, bade hi besharam aadmi ho yar),” said Chahal in the fun segment.Chahar ended the match with the figures of 6-7 and he surpassed Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis to create the record.The pacer dismissed one batsman on the last ball of the 18th over and then he dismissed two batsmen in the opening two balls of the 20th over.”I didn’t realize that I have taken the hat-trick, it’s a nice feeling to know that,” said Chahar in the video.Iyer provided the much-needed support to KL Rahul while batting. The duo mixed caution and aggression to keep the scoreboard ticking.Iyer did not allow Bangladesh to get momentum on their side as he kept on hitting big shots off the bowling of spinners. The right-handed batsman also smashed three consecutive sixes in an over.advertisement”I thought of hitting six sixes in an over, but the bowler bowled a wide yorker,” said Iyer.”Any batsman would have thought to hit six sixes in an over after hitting the first three-ball out of the park,” he added.India defeated Bangladesh by 30 runs on Sunday to win the three-match series 2-1. Chasing 175 for the win, Bangladesh was bundled out for 144.India and Bangladesh now take on each other in a two-match Test series. The first match will be played from November 14-18.Also Read | 3rd T20I: Yuzvendra Chahal beats Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin to become fastest Indian man to 50 T20I wicketsAlso Read | Deepak Chahar claims best-ever bowling figures in all T20Is during series win over Bangladesh
Mike Gundy had a pretty good day today. Not only did his unranked Cowboys knock off No. 10 West Virginia in homecoming, but he also earned his 100th career win as the Oklahoma State head coach.That calls for celebration.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
4. OU’s Offense Is the Opposite of Its DefenseThink Texas Tech with a beast mode running game. The numbers they’re putting up flirt with Sam Bradford’s 2008 Sooner offense… Just insane. For Pete’s sake two of ESPN’s top four finalists for the Heisman (as of November 29th) are offensive players for OU.Looking at stats in conference play, the Sooner O is putting up some pretty good numbers:Dede Westbrook is the next stud in line for the annual “only receiver with a pulse but it doesn’t even matter because the dude is filthy talented” award.Baker is the prototype OU quarterback, quoted about recently (in a tremendously insightful PFB podcast) by Sooner Scoop writer Eddie Radosevich as one of “the top five cockiest persons I’ve ever been around.” The ginormous tight end/slot Mark Andrews is a red zone target and those running backs … man.5. Bedlam will be a fun one.I would pay good money for a live feed of Mike Stoops this Saturday as he watches Carson plow over backers and McCleskey slide through the secondary like a hot knife through butter. He’ll need to take his heart medication when he wakes up that’s for sure. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we prepare for yet another Bedlam, here are five things you need to know about OSU and OU when they get together on Saturday to decide the Big 12 Conference championship.1. OU is the worstIn a likability sense, where does OU rank? I think somewhere between a speeding ticket and an ingrown toenail. Whether it’s the band’s only song they know how to play or the abundance of “gas station for a tank of gas and ball cap fans,” OU is not enjoyable.2. No “D” for Bedlam WeekIt is fantastic that Ohio State chooses to not use the letter “M” in honor of the game with hated rival Michigan. The Bedlam version of that could be if Gundy/OSU abstained from using the letter “D” in honor of what has been by far and away the Brothers’ Stoops worst defense in recent history.“Unacceptable at so many levels,” Bob Stoops said, “I can’t even begin to try and define it.”There was much lamenting post OU-Tech game this year and while there’s since been some improvement, some of that could be quality of opponent. The offensive juggernauts of KU and Iowa State struggled and Baylor sputtered without star quarterback Seth Russell/any sense of direction or morality as a program. West Virginia bludgeoned the OU front seven and Justin Crawford is still running.PS: If your co-worker tells you it’s just because middle linebacker Jordan Evans went down, Crawford had 178 yards at halftime (Evans went out in the 3rd).Justin Crawford has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week AND the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.STORY: https://t.co/2nWSjQ4c3e pic.twitter.com/q9Svx1CZOM— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) November 21, 2016PFB’s Kyle Cox did a fantastic job breaking down how the running game could fare against the Sooners, and a major highlight is how both teams fared over the last three games. The 240+ yards the Pokes are averaging over that time would put them within seven yards of leading the conference in running the football. OU is giving up 240+ on the ground, a number that would rank at the bottom of the barrel in what some refer to as the Conference Where No Defense is Played.Middle linebacker Jordan Evans is a player that holds down the middle of the field when he’s in and Bob is “fairly confident he’ll be ready to play by the end of the week.” Color me skeptical that Evans will be back to anything close to 100 percent for Bedlam — hamstrings don’t heal quickly. In addition to Evans, OU also lost a couple of stud defensive linemen up front, and now you’ve got a couple athletic guys running around without a nose for the ball.3. Porous Pass DefenseWhat do the football teams at New Mexico State University, UMass and Idaho have in common? They allow fewer passing yards per game than the no. 122 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. threw for 321, Tech’s Pat Mahomes went for an NCAA-record 734, UT-Frosh Shane Buechele went for 245 and my favorite, TCU’s Kenny Hill threw for 449 yards and five scores against the Sooners. Kenny is averaging 217.8 yards per game in B12 play and is benched every other week.One of the top rotation players in the OU secondary was booted for a violation of team rules recently What could he possibly have done to be kicked off the OU football team? Do you have to be video taped committing a felony not be a five star to be held accountable for your actions?A true freshman is starting at corner and the nickleback Will Johnson won’t be playing this week. Safeties Ahmad Thomas and Steven Parker are super talented, but one-on-one coverage isn’t what you’d call a strength.Much ado has been made for “all conference” corner Jordan Thomas who’s likely to draw The President assignment. Stat I can’t get over: DQ Osborne has the same amount of interceptions as this ballyhooed ball-hawk. Zach Sanchez left a year early and it’s left a hole on the back line.James Washington thinks it’s time to … Neither of the Bedlam opponents is untouchable, plenty of close wins on both sides of the fence. But there will be two offenses in this game worth the price of admission.When was the last time we felt really good about a team going into Norman? Chelf and Randle nearly stole one in 2012 but Luchador Landry and his mustache didn’t strike fear in the hearts of Cowboy fans.2016 features Mixon and Perine vs. Carson and Hill, Rudolph vs. Baker. Bob vs. The Mullet. Baker is pining for that trip to New York he missed out on in 2015 and will be ready to dance the night away.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Despite the game, there were still winners all over the field on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the Bedlam winners and losers as we mourn yet another Bedlam L.Kyle BooneWinner: The running game (again) — Justice Hill and Chris Carson got the work done in the first half and they were the reason Oklahoma State even had a chance. They each nearly got 200 yards on the ground but, unfortunately, were the only real bright spot on offense.Loser: Mike Gundy — Riding a 7-game win streak they seemed to have some serious momentum, even as an 11-point dog in Norman. Winning on the road is tough no matter where you go. But you have to take risks to reap rewards (see Kliff Kingsburys game plan in Stillwater).I don’t care if Masons fingers were frozen cold with sleet. OU’s secondary has been borderline Kansas bad all year. They didn’t take risks downfield and, like many, I thought the conservative coaching potentially cost them a chance at their second Big 12 title.Kyle PorterWinner: Jordan Sterns — He’s a dog. Tied the school record with 19 tackles. Took on every dude over the middle. Took on Perine on every run through the heart of OSU’s defense. I’m going to miss watching No. 13 lace ’em up.Coming home to get the jersey dirty one more time! #210 pic.twitter.com/Slq1vXXq10— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) December 5, 2016Winner: Headline writers — I wept over how good this headline was on Sunday. The photo to go with it. The whole thing was one big ball of sadness for me but greatness for them..@TheOklahoman Bedlam sports cover – Baker Mayfield propels Oklahoma to its 10th conference title in the Stoops era. #Sooners #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/oRSSeJjlwi— James Poling (@James_Poling) December 4, 2016Winner: Alamo Bowl executives — They were getting two of OU, OSU, USC and Colorado so there is not really a loss here, but I’m sure they clinked a few glasses over getting two of the top 12-ranked teams in the CFB Playoff final rankings.Winner: Samaje Perine — Dude looks like he could be LeBron James’ father, and plays like he owns Bedlam. Probably because he does …Loser: OSU’s crootin odds — It really felt like Oklahoma State had a real chance to turn the tide on 100 years of recruiting futility (compared to OU) with a win in Bedlam. Alas, bring me more three-star guys. Bring me more Bedlam losses.Kyle CoxWinner: Baker — Who’s the best quarterback in the state of Oklahoma? No question. I don’t want to hear about rain or weather or wet balls.Winner: Mike Stoops — Yeah, the inept, stubborn, non-flexible, nepotism-aided window-assaulter held OSU to its lowest point total since last year’s Sugar Bowl and apparently didn’t have to try that hard.Loser: Mike Gundy — He lived up to the “little brother” moniker so many OSU fans loathe. I sincerely think OSU had a good shot at winning this game but the greatest head coach they may ever know simply laid down. Unacceptable.Loser: All OSU fans — A Big 12 title doesn’t come along all that often in Stillwater (once!) and neither do years when you have the talent OSU has this year. Got to take advantage.Steven MandevilleWinner: 2017 Cowboy Offense — We polled on Bedlam preferences related to Rudolph’s future and while the lesser preferred scenario occurred, it feels like a return for No. 2 is imminent. James Washington had quite a catch on Saturday but wasn’t himself on Saturday, coming back shouldn’t hurt him either (IMO).This is an insane catch by Washington. pic.twitter.com/gdtjH4e4qM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016Winner: Justice Hill — Gosh he was fun this year. He was solid on the ground in Bedlam, plenty of reason for continued optimism after he continued his climb over the “freshman wall.” Hopefully the studs coming in behind him will push him to keep getting better.Winner: Wal-Mart — Sooner fans are rolling hard towards some everyday low prices on Boomer Sooner Big 12 title tees.Losers: OSU Wide Receivers — Because of inclement conditions and a severe case of “road mason-itis”, one of college football’s strongest receiving cores missed out. Play back this game indoors and I think these guys really shine.Loser: Dede Westbrook — Best wishes on getting better but it’s safe to assume his Heisman numbers took a hit with him missing time.Loser: Zach Crabtree — Felt like Obo just did what he wanted to him today.. Tough day for what some felt was the Cowboys best road grader.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It looks like Chris Carson will not be the only Cowboy with a chance to impress in Indianapolis later this month. Per Robert Allen of GoPokes, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, tight end/”cowboy back” Blake Jarwin and safety Jordan Sterns have received invites to the NFL Scouting Combine.Per @RAllenGoPokes sources on Further Review just now, Vincent Taylor, Blake Jarwin & Jordan Sterns will join Chris Carson at NFL Combine.— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) February 6, 2017Vincent Taylor announced his intention to forgo his senior season to declare for the draft following OSU’s win in the Alamo Bowl. The game-changing All-Big 12 tackle led the team in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (13). According to NFL.com, Taylor holds a 5.35 draft grade (the highest grade is Myles Garrett at 7.6) and is their 17th-ranked defensive tackle.Blake Jarwin is an intriguing tight end prospect who could find himself a spot on an NFL roster. The tight end has seen a resurgence in the NFL with the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce putting up gaudy numbers. Jarwin has a 5.36 draft grade according to NFL.com and is their 14th-ranked tight end.Jordan Sterns left OSU as the leading career tackler in the Mike Gundy era. He posted three 100-plus tackle seasons but will be missed as much for his leadership as his production. Sterns is a little undersized for an NFL safety which may lead into his 5.02 draft grade and No. 17 ranking among safety prospects. Like the others, he will have a chance to improve his stock with a good showing at the Combine.The Combine will be held February 28 – March 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.