When Steve Jobs returned to California in 1974 after dropping out of college, he found his first job through a newspaper ad that said, “Have fun, make money.”The employer was video game pioneer Atari. Jobs showed up in the company’s lobby wearing sandals and said he wouldn’t leave until he got hired. His long hair and sloppy appearance forced Atari’s chief engineer to choose between letting the “hippie kid” in the office, or calling the cops, Walter Isaacson recounts in his new biography of Jobs.Jobs was invited in and hired as a technician. He was paid $5 an hour.Since the 1970s, the appeal of having fun and making money by working in video games has only increased. “One of the things that attracts people to the industry is the coolness factor,” says Dan Fiden, a former Electronic Arts executive who recently left Gazillion Entertainment, a start-up gaming company, to join Signia Ventures, a venture capital firm where he will focus on gaming.“Anybody born since the mid-1970s grew up playing video games,” says Fiden. “This is an extremely important form of mass entertainment.” Gaming companies and start-ups are hiring like never before, and while gaming has become a $16 billion dollar industry, the sector still welcomes eccentric geeks.Whether you want to help work on Hollywood-esque productions like EA’s Battlefield 3, or help create the next Angry Birds or CityVille, opportunities are everywhere — if you’re willing to work for them.Here’s how:Go to Game SchoolThe number of college degree programs in gaming has increased by 37% since the 2009-2010 school year to 343 this year, according to the Entertainment Software Association, an industry trade group. Popular schools include the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and Redmond, Washington’s DigiPen.The University of Central Florida launched its Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy in 2005, offering a Master’s of Science in Interactive Entertainment, The school’s annual class size has grown from 12 in 2005 to 66 this year, says Ben Noel, the school’s executive director and a former EA executive.The program offers three degree tracks:Art: This is for people who want to create the look of characters and environments in games. Students study character modeling, animation and object modeling, while also learning how to use graphic design and animation software like Maya.Production: For future producers and executive producers. “They whip people into shape, keep everything organized” and make sure games get finished on time, says Noel. Producers also learn scripting and help write the story lines and dialogue for games. Students learn game design, project management and business skills.Programmers: The dream builders. They take the game play ideas and storylines of producers and turn them into digital realities. Students learn to program game engines that can be used to make games for a variety of platforms, as well how to contribute to game design.For the first time this year, the Florida program began allowing students to choose between doing an internship in their last semester or joining the “venture track” team, using their time to put together a model to found their start-ups. About half of the class chose the venture track this year, Noel says.The average starting pay for a FIEA graduate is about $50,000. There can be a steep learning curve at gaming companies, where tight deadlines and a high-pressure working environment is the norm, Noel says.“Everyone’s skeptical of young people coming into the gaming industry,” Noel says. “They have to shine quick.” At the higher levels of the gaming industry, Noel says, an experienced executive producer at a company like EA can earn as much $250,000 a year, and a lead programmer can make as much as $200,000.Diversify Your SkillsObsessive video game players often think that their passion for playing games is enough to get a job, says Tracy Fullerton, director of the University of Southern California Game Innovation Lab and an associate professor at the college’s School of Cinematic Arts. Conversely, people who don’t consider themselves hard-core gamers imagine that there’s no place for them at a games company. In reality, a mix of the two types is ideal to get a job in the industry.“I always tell high school students who want a gaming career, study math and science,” Fullerton says. “But also become well-rounded people with great writing and communication skills, and a real interest in popular culture so they can become the Renaissance person who is the best of what a game designer can be.”Become a Server EngineerAs gaming consumers increasingly expect to have their games connected to the Internet, companies are competing to bring in the best server engineers. These folks can command high salaries and good equity packages because they’re in demand from all industries, Fiden says.“These people are in demand in the banking world, at the Amazons of the Web world, YouTube, the people who run the iTunes stores — everyone needs these people,” he says. The appeal of the gaming industry, though, is that compensation can be competitive with other industries. It also has the sexiness of working on products that millions of people use.For an even more granular look at the jobs gaming companies have, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent report, “Work for Play: Careers in Video Game Development.”Try Data AnalyticsBecause games are going online, companies are collecting real-time statistics about what players are doing: when they find the game too difficult and put down the controller or what virtual goods they love to buy and which they avoid. The gaming industry needs data scientists, statisticians and product managers to make sense of all that information and incorporate it into changes within games.“There are roles that are critically important to the video game industry now that didn’t exist 10 years ago,” Fiden says.At Seattle’s PopCap Games, the company is looking for “monetization designers” who can figure out ways to create revenue streams from in -game purchases. A mixture of “analytical skills as well as pure game design skills” is ideal for people applying for these positions, says Pamela Sampel, head of global human resources.Job seekers with experience in Web services who understand how to analyze consumer behavior can make the switch into gaming. But these jobs are not for the faint-hearted.“The rate at which those companies evolve and the speed at which they work is just remarkable,” Fiden says. “Six months working at Zynga or Playdom is like six years working at some of the more traditional video game companies.” – Originally posted on FINS from the Wall Street Journal by Joseph Walker
Andre Villas-Boas claims he rejected an approach from Paris Saint-Germain while manager of Tottenham, a move he claims he now regrets.Villas-Boas spent just over a year at Spurs, finishing fifth in 2012-13, inspired by the brilliant displays of Gareth Bale.Bale joined Real Madrid after the conclusion of the campaign, for a then-world record £86 million, and Spurs struggled thereafter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spurs were eighth when chairman Daniel Levy wielded his axe to sack Villas-Boas, with his last game coming at White Hart Lane; a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. The club were also beaten 6-0 by Manchester City prior to the Portuguese leaving the club.However, he claims that PSG were interested in securing his services prior to his downfall in north London.“The first season was magnificent in all aspects. We had a ‘short’ squad in terms of depth, but a great spirit and so much will,” he told A Bola.“We picked up the most points in Spurs’ history with an incredible Bale who played behind Adebayor where he was free to move, but also with Lennon and Walker who allowed us to have a good counter-attacking 4-4-2.“I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”Villas-Boas has also criticised Spurs’ board for failing to back him properly in the transfer window prior to the 2013-14 season.Tottenham signed seven players following Bale’s departure, recruiting Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue, but Villas-Boas believes that the deals “destroyed” the club.He added: “In April, we started planning for the next season.”I offered some names to buy and sell, but during the transfer window, the board didn’t listen and quickly destroyed everything we’d created.”Villas-Boas has since managed Zenit in Russia and Shanghai SIPG.
A day before Supreme Court’s hearing on implementation of constitutional reforms, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Thursday informed that 12 out of the 37 state units (including North Eastern States) have submitted a common four-point suggestion to amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium.During the last SC hearing on May 1, the three-member bench headed by CJI Deepak Mishra had instructed all the affiliated units of BCCI to file their suggestions with regards to clauses which they are finding practically difficult to implement.Accordingly, 12 affiliated units — Andhra, Assam, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Railways, Tripura, Universities, Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha — have submitted their suggestions to the amicus curiae and they have reached a common ground.”The four points that the affiliated units want to be reconsidered are – one state one vote’, cooling-off period (after every three years), constitution of apex council, distribution of power and functions between elected representatives and professionals,” Choudhary told at hurriedly organised media conference.Contrary to perceptions that he did not show enough will to implement the reforms, Choudhary said that he has been constantly working with the state associations to reach a common ground.”I made an initiative to get in touch with state associations to work further. As many as 12 full members have come around to that view. Their agreement to the subject is in writing. They have also said in their letter of agreement that the matter may finally be brought to the notice of SC.”On May 1, the court itself directed any further suggestions be handed over to amicus curiae. I made sure my suggestions reached the amicus curiae.”advertisementThe acting secretary Choudhary’s media briefing today was even more significant as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in its seventh status report had sought his removal along with two of his colleagues — acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry.Interestingly, though, in an earlier status report (fourth), CoA had praised the former Jharkhand top cop for trying to bring the units around in incorporating the Lodha reforms in the new constitution.Asked as to why the CoA termed him a hindrance, Choudhary said: “The hindrance that you are talking about is non-existent. Had there been a hindrance on my part, I wouldn’t have been able to bring to you written commitment (of implementation of Lodha reforms) of 12 members. Majority in the board will go with this template.”Choudhary today made it clear that he has done his bit in trying to ensure that affiliated units implement all reforms which are practicable.”This process of reforms has been on from January 2017. The court had asked the office bearers (president, secretary and treasurer) to place an undertaking, stating their complete commitment (in implementing Lodha Reforms) within four weeks. All the three of us gave our undertaking in black and white,” Choudhary said.”After the general body meetings of BCCI, the SC also desired that the office-bearers put their suggestions on the draft constitution on record. We put our suggestions on record. I did so on October 12, 2017, and that is still awaiting adjudication.”Choudhary also explained some of the practical difficulties including that of a cooling off period of three years after every term as an office bearer.”If you look at the suggestion of cooling off period after every term, then you will have new faces after every three years and there will be no continuity,” he said.One of the massive bone of contentions is the distribution of powers between professional appointees (CEO, CFO) and elected office bearers. With CEO Rahul Johri being entrusted with the power to take all policy decisions, the office bearers under CoA regime have been rendered ineffective.”There are many aspects which require approvals on important issues which may impact the finances and the policies of the board, which is what the scheme suggests. There has to be some provisions about the decisions that will be taken by professional appointees.”About the formation of apex council, Choudhary said,”The apex council has provision for only one member representative from state units. India being such a huge country geographically, we have suggested that if at least one representative from each of the six zones (including North East) are included in it.”On suggestions of going back to national panel of five selectors from the present three, Choudhary said: “Yes, there is a suggestion considering the number of matches being played but if you see, we are doing fine with three,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs)
Mini has launched the 2018 Cooper facelift in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 29.70 lakh to Rs 37.10 lakh, depending on body style and engine on offer. Mini had revealed the facelifted Cooper model at its international debut in January this year.Similar to the previous model, the 2018 Cooper is available in three-door, five-door and convertible body styles. The three-door Cooper can be availed in both petrol and diesel variants. The five-door variant is only available in diesel, while the convertible only gets the petrol model.On the design part, the facelifted Cooper now gets front and rear LED lights as standard, with matrix LED high beams offered as an option. On the rear, the LED headlamps feature a unique Union Jack design, which was first seen on the 2017 Mini Electric Concept. There are three exterior colours – Emerald Grey metallic, Starlit Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. Also, the petrol models get an optional exterior piano-black finish instead of chrome around the headlights, tail-lights, and radiator grille.On the interior, the facelift now gets a new three-spoke steering wheel which also gets multi-function buttons, sports seats, brown leather upholstery and piano black finish on the doors and centre console. The Cooper gets an optional sunroof, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and Mini Wired Pack which includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, Mini’s connected apps, wireless charging, two USB ports and an added 20Gb of internal storage and compatibility for Apple CarPlay with a 360W Harmon Kardon 12-speaker system and an eight-channel amplifier.advertisementThe new Mini Cooper is powered by the same earlier 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine found on the Cooper S, belting out 192bhp and 280Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which can be availed with the addition of steering-mounted paddleshifters. The diesel variant is powered by the earlier 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-cylinder which makes 114bhp and 270Nm of torque. The transmission is unchanged and is the same as the earlier one, a 6-speed automatic transmission.The engines also get three driving modes – Standard, Green, and Sport. In the safety side, all the models get dual-front airbags, brake assist, three-point safety seat belts, stability control, crash sensor, ABS, Cornering brake Control and run-flat tyres.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 25, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 24th, found that the effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraception is superior to that of contraceptive pills, patch, or ring. This is important news for the global health community–especially in light of Melinda Gates’ recent announcement of her decision to make family planning her signature issue and primary public health priority.From the Time Magazine article about the study:The study involved 7,486 women participating in the Contraceptive Choice Project, run by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The women, aged 14 to 45, were given their choice of contraception for free and then tracked for up to three years for unintended pregnancy. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that longer-lasting contraceptives were up to 20 times more effective — that is, women using IUDs, implants or hormone injections were up to 20 times less likely to get pregnant — after three years than the shorter-acting methods of birth control.Read the study here.A number of news organizations have written about the study:Time Magazine, Which Birth Control Works Best? (Hint: It’s Not the Pill).The Wall Street Journal, Long-Lasting Birth Control Cuts Pregnancy RateABC News, Birth Control: New Research Gives Boost to IUD EffectivenessShare this:
Posted on May 30, 2014November 4, 2016By: Annie Kearns, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)For the past nine months, the Adding Content to Contact (ACC) project at the Women and Health Initiative has been working to systematically assess the obstacles that prevent and the factors that enable the adoption and implementation of cost-effective interventions for antenatal and postnatal care along the care continuum. The project is also examining how these interventions can best be adopted and scaled up in resource poor settings to benefit women and children. As part of that process, the ACC team has been researching care delivery around the world. Today, we have published eight case studies highlighting various methods of delivering antenatal and postnatal care in a variety of settings:Focused antenatal care in Tanzania—Delivering individualized, targeted, high-quality careGroup care: Alternative models of care delivery to increase women’s access, engagement, and satisfactionHealth Extension Workers in Ethiopia— Delivering community-based antenatal and postnatal careJacaranda Health—A model for sustainable, affordable, high-quality maternal health care for Nairobi’s low-income womenLady Health Workers in Pakistan—Improving access to health care for rural women and familiesPostnatal care in Nepal—Components of care, implementation challenges, and success factorsThe Developing Families Center—Providing maternal and child care to low-income families in Washington, D.C.The Manoshi project—Bringing quality maternity care to poor women in urban BangladeshMembers of the ACC project team will be attending the ICM Congress in Prague, Czech Republic next week. These case studies will be discussed in detail during our session on Thursday, 5 June, 8:30am – 12:00pm in Room 4.3. We hope to see many of you there!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Planning a donor acquisition strategy is similar to planning any other campaign. Start off by reviewing your previous efforts and results. What worked? What didn’t? Your data is a great guide to determining new donor goals.Step 1: Review your current data.Use your donor management system to track information on your current donors and what campaigns attracted their attention and inspired them to give. Find ways to adapt that messaging to reach people unfamiliar with your organization.Look at both your quantitative and qualitative donor data. What trends and patterns do you see? Where did your current donors come from? What motivates them to give? Seek out similar people to grow your donor base.Pro Tip: If you don’t know why your current donors contribute, you may want to hit pause on your acquisition campaign and focus on donor cultivation and retention instead. No point finding new donors only to lose the ones you already have.Step 2: Make a plan based on your findings.Once you’ve reviewed your data, develop a strategy that integrates your development and communications departments. Three essential questions to answer as you plan your approach:How will you research prospects?What’s the best way to approach them?How will you track progress and measure success?An integrated communications strategy involves direct mail, email blasts, social media, and even advertising if it’s in your budget. The purpose is to increase brand awareness and recognition. That way, prospects will recognize you across channels.Step 3: Perform targeted outreach.Now it’s time to get the word out. An awareness campaign is the first touch in donor prospecting. People can’t give to your organization if they don’t know you exist.Amplify awareness by harnessing the power of search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your positioning in online search results.Google AdWords and social media ad campaigns are great ways to capture active donors and amplify awareness online for a small fee. Promote an individual tweet or boost a Facebook post to increase followers or website traffic.Step 4: Keep it simple.It may seem obvious but make it easy to donate. Incorporate these key methods into your online donation process.Feature a donation button prominently on your website.Make your online donation page visually appealing and easy to find and navigate.Clearly identify various donor levels and their respective benefits.Highlight a suggested giving level on your donation page.Encourage monthly giving.Make sure your donation page is secure and mobile-friendly.Include your Charity Navigator or GuideStar rating for additional credibility.Begin engaging donors immediately following their donation with a thank you message on your online donation confirmation page.Invite donors to share their support on social media and join your email list.Incorporate these steps into your next acquisition campaign and see the difference for yourself. For a deeper dive into acquiring new donors, download our eGuide, New Donors: Getting the Ungettable Get.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 4, 2018May 4, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force’s Kayla McGowan recently had the pleasure of interviewing Saraswathi Vedam, Principal Investigator, Birth Place Lab, and Associate Professor, Division of Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia about her innovative study assessing the integration of midwifery across the United States (U.S.).KM: Your recent study, Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes, published in PLOS ONE took a first-ever look into the status of midwifery care in the health system and birth outcomes in every U.S. state. What drove you and your team of epidemiology and health policy researchers to conduct this research?SV: The idea for the AIM Mapping study started at a multi-disciplinary meeting we had back in 2011, the Home Birth Summit, where we had leaders from all kinds of perspectives, including clinicians—doctors, midwives and nurses—as well as health administrators, liability specialists, insurers, policymakers and researchers. Most importantly, we had an equal representation from consumers themselves and consumer advocates, so we had the whole system in the room—everybody for whom these issues of birth place have relevance. We realized that we were really talking about the whole maternity care system. There were many cross-cutting themes wherever people delivered.KM: And what came out of that meeting?SV: We found that a key challenge to delivering high quality care was the degree of integration, meaning the degree of communication and collaboration and systems that facilitated smooth transition from one setting to another or one provider to another or one system to another—that’s where the areas of disconnect, disarticulation and sometimes conflict often were.Our team—consisting of research, regulation/licensure and consumer experts—believed that if we could first define what we meant by integration, then we could start to see if there was a connection between model of care and outcomes.KM: Your team ranked each state according to the Midwifery Integration Scoring System (MISS), which measured scope of practice, autonomy, regulations and other indicators related to midwifery regulation, to get an evidence-based picture of the level of access to midwifery care in the context of state health systems. What were some of the states with both high and low scores? Were there any regional trends?SV: We found that there was a range of state integration scores from 17-61, but the total possible score was 100 points, so no state in the U.S. got a really high score. Across the states, Washington, New Mexico and Oregon had higher scores, while South Dakota, Alabama, North Carolina had the lowest scores. You can find an individual state score by looking at their report card on the website for my lab.As for regional trends, it depends on the outcome that you are looking at, but in general, the highest quartile of scores and optimal outcomes were in the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, New York and some places in New England. Generally speaking, the Southeast had the lowest scores and worst outcomes, but again, it depends on the outcome you are interested in.Midwifery Integration Map – Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping (AIMM) StudyKM: What were the most important findings related to MISS scores and maternal and newborn health outcomes? Was any of this surprising?SV: The findings line up with international data (from The Lancet Series on Midwifery and Cochrane systematic review of midwife-led care). The U.S. is later to analyze this and has lower utilization of midwives as part of the health system compared to other high-resource countries. Other high-resource countries in which midwives have a more active role in the health system benefit from better outcomes. Studies have shown that when midwives are part of the system, there is a clear trend toward increased cost-effectiveness, and fewer interventions. Very serious outcomes such as preterm birth and mortality also seem to reduce, and it seems to be true whether or not you are looking at low-risk populations.Our findings are not surprising considering what has been shown for midwifery care globally. It’s not a big surprise to see that there were higher rates of breastfeeding, lower rates of preterm birth, lower rates of cesarean sections or induction, higher rates of spontaneous vaginal delivery and lower rates of neonatal mortality in states where integration of midwives was high.When you look globally, when midwives are involved in the care, everybody benefits, including those with moderate or greater risk factors for complications. It’s not that midwives are necessarily better at providing acute care, it’s that the model of care allows for more relationship-based care and more continuity. People tend to have more of a longitudinal relationship with care providers and are more likely to share information that allows for prevention or treatment. It’s not a zero-sum game. It’s not midwives or doctors or midwives or specialists or family doctors or obstetricians—when everybody collaborates, when everybody is part of the system offering care, both outcomes and experience improve.KM: How might better integration of midwives in the U.S. address persistent racial disparities in maternal health—in which African American women experience a two to four times higher risk than white women for both maternal and infant mortality?SV: We realized that integration of midwives is not the whole story with respect to health disparities, so we looked a little further. Maternal and fetal wellbeing are affected by a complex set of inter-related factors, so, since. there has been a lot of discussion in the literature and press about the differential increased rates in adverse outcomes that African American families are experiencing in the U.S, we decided to focus on race. We found that states that reported higher rates of black births were also the states with poorer birth outcomes and lower integration. We wanted to discover how much of those differences in outcomes were accounted for by race alone, and how much of those differences could be accounted for by the degree of integration. After controlling for the effects of race, we found that about 38% of variance in outcomes could be accounted for by race alone. An additional 10-12% of the improvement in outcomes could be accounted for by the degree of integration of midwives. That is, if midwives were part of the system, outcomes such as preterm birth, neonatal mortality and breastfeeding improved by an additional 10-12%. It doesn’t tell the whole story, but it tells an important part of the story.KM: The study found that states with higher MISS scores had a greater concentration of midwives per state and higher proportions of midwife-attended births across settings. How might states with lower MISS scores adapt to follow this model?SV: Midwives want to practice to their full ability, so many are going to set up practices in places where they are able to do that autonomously. States that have lower integration scores and concomitant low density of midwives could maybe look at developing local midwifery education programs as well as looking into their statutes and regulations—and their interpretations—to see how those are creating barriers to practice and access across populations.KM: Findings from this study also informed an interactive map providing data on midwifery integration, as well as density of midwives, and access to midwife attendants across birth settings by state. What are the next steps in implementing these findings and tools?SV: We encourage people to explore the interactive map and state report cards to understand the impact of regulation in their own communities. We hope that this analysis will help to inform initiatives to improve access to and integration of all maternity providers across settings.It’s important to consider that regulations are constantly changing, and these tools are based on statewide data. The AIM Mapping Study findings can support evidence-based development of a regulatory and practice environment that supports interprofessional collaboration, and consequently better health for families.KM: What are the implications for maternal and newborn health in the U.S.? Are there any key takeaways that can be applied to maternal and newborn health in other areas of the world?SV: The key implications are that access to midwifery care has to be part of the conversation whenever we are looking at maternal and newborn health outcomes anywhere in the world. By applying the International Confederation of Midwives’ standards on a country-by-country basis, along with the MISS scoring system, we’ll start to understand how we can better utilize midwives to address some of the most challenging problems in maternal and newborn health.—Read the full paper: Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomesTools[Video] Mapping Collaboration Across Birth SettingsState Report CardsInteractive MapShare this:
LAWRENCE, KANSAS – OCTOBER 05: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners watches from the sidelines during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Oklahoma just had about as awful of a sequence as any team could have in the second quarter against Kansas. The Sooners went from a first-and-goal opportunity to punting on fourth down.Jalen Hurts had the Sooners in position to increase their lead before halftime. Unfortunately an offensive holding call pushed the offense back to the 17-yard line.Following the holding penalty, the Sooners ran a trick play that resulted in a loss of 25 yards.The original design was for CeeDee Lamb to receive the ball on a double reserve. Once the Jayhawks sniffed out that play, the speedy wideout lateraled the ball to Hurts. Kansas brought down Hurts around midfield to set up third and goal. On third down, Oklahoma was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.Here is the play that really hurt Oklahoma’s drive:Yikes…(via @KU_Football)pic.twitter.com/8BrCliqnr1— B/R Betting (@br_betting) October 5, 2019Lincoln Riley is one of the brightest offensive minds in football. There’s no denying that it’s an interesting play design, but the execution was poor.Oklahoma responded nicely on the next drive as Hurts connected on a touchdown pass to Lamb.Even though Oklahoma entered this game as massive favorites, the Big 12 powerhouse only leads Kansas by 14 points.The second half of action will be available on ABC.
Liverpool could hand debuts to as many as eight players in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash with MK Dons, Goal can reveal.The Reds have selected a youthful squad for the third-round tie away at the League One outfit, with a host of youngsters in line to feature in the game.Harvey Elliott, the 16-year-old signed from Fulham in the summer, is one such player. The teenager, who made his professional debut for the Cottagers in the League Cup 12 months ago, is set for a first senior Reds appearance having began the season with Neil Critchley’s Under-23 side. He would become the second-youngest player in Liverpool’s history were he to feature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Elliott is joined in the squad by fellow new-boy Sepp van den Berg, while 18-year-old midfielders Luis Longstaff and Leighton Clarkson have also travelled. Longstaff scored for the U-23s against Leicester City last weekend, while Clarkson has impressed staff in training at Melwood while making a solid start to the campaign with Barry Lewtas’ U-18 side.Also in the squad are local duo Curtis Jones and Adam Lewis, Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever as well as the highly-rated Rhian Brewster, who will make his long-awaited first-team bow in attack, almost two-and-a-half years after his first call-up to the senior squad.Midfielders Herbie Kane and Pedro Chirivella could also feature, while Ireland U-21 international Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal ahead of the veteran Andy Lonergan.The squad will be bolstered by a number of senior players, with Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available. Naby Keita is back from injury and set to start, though Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a calf problem.Shaqiri joins Divock Origi (ankle) on the sidelines, while Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Gini Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson have all been rested entirely for the trip, with Klopp keeping an eye on Saturday’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United.The Liverpool manager left the pre-match media duties to Pep Lijnders, his assistant, on Tuesday afternoon. The Reds have exited the League Cup at the third-round stage in each of the last two seasons, but Lijnders told his press conference that “a Premier League team” would be selected at Stadium MK, and claimed that Liverpool would take the competition seriously. “Cup competitions,” he said, “are the soul of football”.Also on Wednesday, an U-21 side will take on Fleetwood in the EFL Trophy. Layton Stewart, the 16-year-old striker who has impressed for the U-18s this season, is expected to feature in that game. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
June 1st, 2018 – Summer is here and so is our new Partner of the Month. For the month of June, Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) will be Travel Planner’s International’s (TPI) Partner of the Month. Throughout the month, we’ll expose CCL to our 4,000+ agents in our “surround-sound” approach – featured on our agent-only portal, email signatures, and a private Facebook Live broadcasted to over 1,850 agents, among other avenues. Why Them?We’re obsessed with our Rockstar travel agents. We know they’re more than just independent contractors, they’re small business owners running a travel agency! Our Partner of the Month should have the same attitude. This made picking CCL a no-brainer. “[TPI agents] are a really great group of people who share the same enthusiasm and drive for building their travel business,” said Kirsten Sanchez, Business Development Director, Carnival Cruise Line. She adds, “I have never met a group of individuals with such passion for what they do. Carnival would not be the cruise line that we are without travel agents like TPI agents.” Sanchez is just as enthusiastic about being a resource to our TPI agents. In April, she hosted our Vacation Nights, a talk-show style presentation where agents and their clients can join in-house or tune in via Livestream.com. She’s also interacted with our agents on our hosted Facebook Lives, at ship inspections, and other TPI events. “At Carnival, we continue to be dedicated to your success and we hope to be your partner in Fun for many years to come,” said Sanchez. Being a resource and dedicated to the agent’s success is exactly why our agents keeping booking with CCL. Simply ask Adrian Teixeira, owner of NexCruise and TPI Agent. “Having worked directly with Carnival when I first started in this industry has given me a great advantage,” Teixeira said. “And it was one of the best experiences I had.” To find out why travel agents keep joining the TPI family, visit our Facebook pageand for more information on CCL, click here.