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What are you doing this week to achieve goals?

first_imgKeith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, once said, “Follow-up is the key to success in any business.” That is certainly true when it comes to the success of your strategic plan. No matter what great strategies you create, if you don’t execute that plan with superior follow-up you just have words on paper.Think about your current 2015 strategic plan. How’s it going for you? Think about to your Fall planning schedule and meeting. How are those lofty goals, tactics and budget projections looking now that the first quarter is complete?With three months in the books, the second quarter is an ideal time to assess how your strategic planning follow-up is going. Here are five suggestions to ensure your follow-up is as strong as possible.Review weekly—You read that right: weekly. Too many times, strategic plans collect dust and we only look at them at monthly or quarterly updates. If you hold a “C” suite position at your financial institution, then every Monday morning (or even Sunday night) take 10-15 minutes to review your goals and strategy. Ask yourself, “what are we doing this week to accomplish these objectives?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chargers MHC Golf Results

first_imgMHC Tourney @ North Branch par 71.Team results: Southwestern Shelbyville 375; North Decatur 377; Hauser 413; Morristown 427; Edinburgh 451; South Decatur 469.Medalist: Bladen Hancock Edinburgh.North Decatur Collin Bryant: All-conference .North team scores: Collin Bryant 88; Trey Nobbe 94; Brendan Spears 95; Brady Espinda 100; Cejay Parmer 101.Comments: ‘There’s many ways we could go back and find 3 strokes from any of our five players and win but the bottom line is swest shelby was better than us today. Two key places they beat us was they had more para and fewer double bogeys or worse than us. We knew going in we would it be a close contest we just came up short. I’m proud of our players and also of Collin who made all-conference honors as a freshman. We will now get ready foe sectionals.’  Chargers Coach David Espinda.last_img read more

Cricket News Bangladesh Players Call Off Strike, India Tour Back On Track

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bangladesh’s players, led by Shakib Al Hasan, have finally called off the strike paving the way for the team to tour India for three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests beginning on November 3. The strike was called over pay and benefits and it was over after getting assurance from the country’s board that all their demands will be met. The deadlock between the players and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ended after a two-hour long meeting which went on close to midnight on Wednesday. Shakib attended the meeting alongside other senior players including Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal. The players added two more demands to the 11 made on Monday, asking for a percentage of BCB revenues and equal pay for women cricketers.  BCB president Nazmul Hassan did not commit anything on the two latest demands but said the original 11 will be fulfilled. Players had also demanded fresh elections in the players’ body and BCB agreed to that. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Shakib said the meeting was fruitful. “As Papon bhai (BCB boss Nazmul Hassan) said, it was a fruitful discussion. He and the rest of the directors assured us that our demands will be met as soon as possible. Based on their assurance, we will start playing the NCL and attend the training camp,” Shakib said. The strike was apparently triggered by the decision on the Bangladesh Premier League, which reduced the average professional cricketer’s earning. Players’ woes were furthered after the Bangladesh Cricket Board didn’t raise the match fees in the first-class competition. The major demands of the players was the Dhaka Premier League, which is considered as the premier tournament in domestic cricket, should not have a salary cap. The Bangladesh Cricket Board had stated that the Bangladesh Premier League would be not be franchise-based after a fall-out with the franchises earlier in September.Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Does Not Have Much Interest, Dislikes Test: Bangladesh Cricket Board ChiefOn Tuesday night, the Bangladesh Cricket Board  agreed to one of the key demands of the players – to bring back the Dhaka Premier League’s club transfer system – following a meeting of the Dhaka league committee. The players’ other main demands were: Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) must go back to franchise model, central contract salary should be higher, and include more players, higher first class match fees and players’ association to no longer have conflict of interest. last_img read more

Christian Pulisic preserves unbeaten start under Gregg Berhalter

first_imgAnd USA shared the spoils in an entertaining encounter on Tuesday after Oscar Opazo’s ninth-minute equalizer at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.Berhalter said he would makes changes and he did just that with seven alterations to the starting 11. One was enforced after Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie suffered an ankle injury against Ecuador, though Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic was named in the lineup.WATCH HIM WORK! @cpulisic_10 puts away the opener in Houston! pic.twitter.com/SDGPLa6MGt— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) March 27, 2019Meanwhile, Chile, who was stunned by Mexico last time out, featured Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel and Mauricio Isla.It was a lively and open start to proceedings, with USA needing just four minutes to break the deadlock against the South American visitors.A delightful one-touch pass from Gyasi Zardes sent Pulisic through and the Chelsea-bound star scooped the ball over Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias — becoming the youngest USA international to double figures with his 10th goal.Not since 1983-84 under Alkis Panagoulias had USA kept four consecutive clean sheets to start a coaching tenure and Berhalter’s quest to tie the record was ended by Opazo.Play for the crest.Second half of #USAvCHI underway. Keep it  on ESPN2, UniMás, & UDN! pic.twitter.com/aQiuoGSoq2— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) March 27, 2019Responding well to falling behind, Opazo — unmarked at the back post — fired a powerful shot across Ethan Horvath and into the far corner of the net for his maiden international goal in the ninth minute.Both teams looked threatening but USA was dealt a blow 10 minutes before halftime when Pulisic was substituted hobbling off the ground.Chile gained control as the game wore on but Zardes almost restored USA’s lead 10 minutes into the second half after getting through on goal and creating a chance out of nothing, but his shot went over the bar.What does it mean? USA yet to taste defeatBerhalter’s 100 percent record as head coach came to a halt but the rebuilding Americans continue to move forward. They were forced to play on the counter against an impressive Chile side and managed to make it four games without a loss. Christian Pulisic scored as the United States stayed unbeaten under Gregg Berhalter thanks to a 1-1 international friendly draw against Chile.Pulisic opened the scoring inside four minutes for USA, who had won three successive matches without conceding a goal since Berhalter’s appointment, with a sublime scooped effort before suffering an apparent muscle injury. Zardes cementing his spotThe only player to play in every match since Berhalter’s appointment, Zardes impressed again on Tuesday. The Columbus Crew forward was a nuisance throughout, while he produced the moment of skill to unlock Chile and tee up Pulisic in the first half.Another injuryAfter McKennie was carried off on a stretcher in Orlando, USA star Pulisic was also forced from the field. Pulisic went down and received treatment before being replaced by Sebastian Lletget. It may be precautionary but USA and Dortmund will be sweating over his fitness.What’s next?Attention turns to respective tournaments for USA and Chile. A friendly against Venezuela and another yet to be confirmed will be followed by the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. Chile, meanwhile, will focus on defending their Copa America crown in Brazil.last_img read more

Baylor’s Matt Rhule is Sporting News’ 2019 Coach of the Year

first_img“It’s just one of those things where my wife (Julie) and I just kind of made a decision based on faith,” Rhule told Sporting News. “We thought that this was where we were supposed to be. We knew Baylor was a great place, but that they had hit on hard times. We felt that we were uniquely suited to come here. We thought that we could turn it around. And really, turning it around, to me, meant turning it around off the field first. So we felt like if we could get it done off the field, then on the field success would follow.“Whereas a lot of people saw disaster, we saw an opportunity to go do something — not just something positive on the field, but also something really positive off the field as well.”MORE: Sporting News 2019 All-America teamRhule has turned that opportunity — from an 1-11 record in 2017 to an 11-2 campaign and Sugar Bowl berth this season — into Sporting News’ Coach of the Year for 2019.But wait: Did Rhule call Baylor “a great place” before he got there? What, in 2016, made Baylor a great place? From the Pepper Hamilton report, the exposés, the steady stream of statements and accusations, the convictions, the expulsions, the firings, even the Big 12 sanctions, there seemed little that was “great” about Baylor three years ago.Sure, there’s the company line about a commitment to excellence and high academic standards and competitive athletics and a strong Christian mission. Soon enough, though, Rhule returns to the heart of the matter — football — to explain why he took the job.“Unfortunately, despite having that mission, the football program wasn’t necessarily in line with that,” he told SN. “So I thought me, as the son of a high school football coach and minister, that maybe I could help get the football program back in line with the university and the university’s mission with a commitment to faith and service and leadership.”Rhule, 44, executed a similar on-field turnaround in his four years at Temple, taking the Owls from 2-10 in his first year to 10 wins in each of his last two in Philadelphia. He regards that first season in Temple as “our best coaching,” and said the same thing happened in Waco.The Bears “weren’t quite ready” to win in 2017, but those hard lessons from a 1-11 season produced five single-possession wins this year. The Bears twice took College Football Playoff-bound Oklahoma to the wire, including an overtime loss in the Big 12 championship game. They also tied a program-record 11 wins, and have a chance at one more.Winning football games is one thing, but winning back the Waco community and college football fans in general is something entirely different. Rhule’s players haven’t had any prolonged off-field issues since he got there. He said when he arrived, there were zero graduate students on the roster; now there are 10. Players are committed to community outreach projects. Family has become a centralized theme for the coaching staff.There are so many “How did you” questions for Rhule: How did you save your first recruiting class? How did you build this team up? How did you unite a fractured fan base?Start with recruiting. The departure of half the 2016 recruiting class, followed by a mass exodus of the 2017 group that left just one player — safety Jalen Pitre — meant Baylor’s future depended on much more than Rhule’s ability to parachute in and put out fires.“Kids hadn’t been on visits. Kids hadn’t been recruited,” Rhule said. “It wasn’t like there was a bunch of kids that had been recruited and then we just had a transition. We had to start over from scratch. It was really, really, really hard. But I think we looked at it as an opportunity.”Rhule’s first move was to hire David Wetzel, who was president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association and played receiver at Baylor under Hall of Famer Grant Teaff. Wetzel was an accomplished coach at Reagan High School in San Antonio. But Wetzel “knew all the right people” among the Texas coaching ranks, and was invaluable for his connections. So Rhule made him assistant athletic director for football relations.Wetzel introduced Rhule to another successful Texas prep coach, Joey McGuire from Dallas suburb Cedar Hill. Rhule hired him to coach tight ends (he’s now associate head coach and works with defensive ends). From there, Rhule hired former Baylor quarterback and Cedar Ridge coach Shawn Bell, who’s now the offensive line coach.“Those were three of his first hires,” said Baylor play-by-play voice John Morris. “That was the first move, and it was very well thought out, very smart.”A Yankee like Rhule — native New Yorker, played at Penn State, coached in Philly — could have crashed and burned in Waco if he hadn’t reached out and brought some of the Texas coaches into the fold. In that endeavor, hiring Wetzel, McGuire and Bell — along with Evan Cooper, who followed Rhule from Temple — was a vitally important first step.In two months, that first recruiting class grew to Pitre and 26 others, including 20 Texas schoolboys, 17 of whom are still on the team. The list includes three-year starting quarterback Charlie Brewer (Austin-Lake Travis), as well as All-American defensive end James Lynch (Round Rock), All-Big 12 linebacker Terrel Bernard (LaPorte), Big 12 title game hero Trestan Ebner (Henderson) starting guard Xavier Newman (DeSoto) and starting wideout R.J. Sneed (Cypress Ranch). Some of them had other offers, some did not.“There are too many kids playing high school football in Texas — there are too many great players — to not recruit well,” Rhule said. “There’s too many players in this state that can go play and play at a high level. So for us, we’re just on a mission to make sure that we do a great job evaluating. You know, I don’t want Drew Brees leaving the state. I don’t want Nick Foles leaving the state. I want to make sure that all these guys that end up playing in the NFL, that we evaluate and we get our arms around.”Rhule gets the credit for building that class, extinguishing the flames and winning those games because, it can be argued, he’s precisely what Baylor needed: an outsider. That was both the quickest and most lasting way to get the Bears past the dark times and into a brighter, more enduring future.This team was the doormat of the Big 12 before Briles, whose wide-open, sideline-to-sideline, up-tempo offense seemed to be the only way to turn a perennial loser into a contender.“But there’s other ways to do it as well,” Rhule said. While the big-play abilities of players like Brewer and Denzel Mims and Tyquan Thornton are still in place, this Baylor team is built on punishing opponents with the Big 12’s most physical defense.As for uniting the fan base, Baylor was largely split between “Coach Art Briles” and “anybody but Coach Art Briles.”“There were pockets of what you’d call ‘Briles people,’” Morris said. “There were people who said (after Briles was fired), ‘I’ll never give you another dime,’ and they may still be there. But Matt has done a great job of getting them back on board, getting Baylor together pulling in the same direction. We’re a small school. We don’t have a lot of alums. So we’ve got to have all our people on the same page pulling in the same direction to start with.”That includes athletic director Mack Rhoades, who hired Rhule in 2016 after unsuccessfully trying to lure him to Missouri in 2015. (“I wasn’t ready to leave Temple at the time,” Rhule said.) When Rhoades finally landed his man in Waco, he knew the rebuild would require patience.He demonstrated that faith and patience earlier this year — with Baylor coming off a 7-6 campaign and starting 2-0 in 2019 — when he extended Rhule’s contract through the 2027 season: essentially a 10-year deal.Said Rhule of the extension: “That contract and the length and terms said, ‘Hey, we believe in what you’re doing and we know that it’s built to last; it’s not just some flash in the pan, that we’re gonna have a sustained period of excellence here.’”For most fan bases, winning solves almost everything. Happy fans and generous boosters aren’t things Rhule outwardly concerns himself with, but he knows the importance of external harmony.In that vein, Rhule said so many in the Waco community were supportive of him and his team — even as they lost.“They would see us in the community,” Rhule said, “even as we were losing, they would see us pick the other team up, they would see us go out there and compete and play our hardest even though we weren’t good enough (to win). And while some people were probably disgruntled, other people were really positive. And that’s why, when I’ve had a chance to leave, I haven’t left. Because that first year, we walked off the field to, I think, three or four standing ovations. Even though we lost. And that’s really special in today’s day and age.”It’s in that community that Baylor football has changed the most. The football team has won the athletic department’s community service award twice already in Rhule’s three seasons. Giving back, he said, is its own reward, and he’s glad his players embrace that.“We’re supposed to be in the business of educating kids,” Rhule said. “I believe, and it’s been well said, that giving is the highest form of living. So our kids are very blessed to be here. They get scholarships and they get tutors and they get clothing and they get gear and they get this and they get that. And there’s an argument out there that they don’t get enough, and that might be true. But they do get a lot. And so, to whom much is given, much is required. And we want them to go out and impact the community. It’s one of the key tenets of our program.” Rhule, a father of three (15-year-old son Bryant frequently attends practice and is on the sideline for games), characterized himself as “a grinder.” But he makes himself and his staff take Thursday nights off during the season so they can enjoy at least a little family time in the midst of that grind.“My son and I are usually watching the college football games. My daughters and I maybe watch a movie because they’re younger,” he said. “But I think we work really hard and there needs to be a time when you can disconnect from the game plan, when you can disconnect from everything and you can just go out and be a dad. That certainly is my first job.“I love the fact that I was named coach of the year, but I’d rather be father of the year first every single year.” When Matt Rhule agreed to become the head football coach at Baylor in 2016, the campus was scorched, the athletic department was smoldering, and the football program was in ashes.He arrived in Waco that December at a university trying to recover from a sexual assault scandal that rocked the campus and saw coach Art Briles, university president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw lose their jobs. It was clear Rhule’s success wouldn’t be measured by just the on-field product.last_img read more

Beaton, Ramkissoon among top karatekas at GKF senior national championships

first_imgThe Guyana Karate Federation (GKF) concluded a successful Senior National Championships this past Sunday as Keith Beaton, Roger Peroune and others shined during the day-long competition.Karatekas of the 2018 National Senior Championships pose following a successful tournamentThe Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) came alive with top perfromances by the fighters in the two categories – Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring). The competition commenced with the Kata, which saw exceptional performances as Jayanti Ram emerged winner in the Female 14-17 Kata, earning herself the first place, with Jessica Callender and Rehuma Holder placing second and third respectively.In the Male 14-17 Kata, John McGrath copped the first place as Roy De Younge and Trevon Miller came in second and third. In the Female 18 and Over Kata, Wanda Agdomar came out on top, while Kristine Ramkissoon and Aolione Griffith placed second and third respectively.The Male 18 and Over Kata saw the match for the coveted first place between last year’s finalist and 2017 champ Peroune and Malcolm Francis (2017 runner-up). Peroune brought his A-game and earned the first-place spot once again, Francis placed second and Otho Harris placed third.First place in the Female Team Kata went to Team Association do Shotokan Karate-Guyana (ASK-G) comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith. Second place was taken by Team Guyana Karate College (GKC) – Genoveva Buelna, Ram and Nalini Rampersaud.Male Team Kata saw Team ASK-G comprising Peroune, Francis and Avinash Ramgolam coming out victorious; earning second was National Martial Arts Association (NMAA) with members Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Dillon Hyman and Team Berbice Shotokan Karate Dojo (BSKD) with members Mahadeo Ramotar, Shemar Parkinson and D’Andre DaSilva placed third.The Female 14-17 Kumite saw Callender gaining first place and Reheima Holder placing second. In the Male 14-17 Under 68kg Kumite, Shakeem Walcott earned first place, Kevin Bradford second and Roy DeYounge third.The Male 14-17 68kg and Over category saw Mark Wong placing first, Trevon Miller and Jerral Barker earning the second and third positions respectively. The Female 18 and Over minus 61kg Kumite saw Ram placing first in this division and Buelna earning the second place. The Female 18 and Over minus 76kg Kumite saw Griffith placing and Agdomar earning second.In the Female 18 and Over, 76kg and Over Kumite, Ramkissoon earned first place and Rampersaud second. In the Male 18 and Over, Under 67kg category, Ryan Alleyne won first place, Ramgolam second and Harris third.The Male 18 and Over, Under 84kg Kumite saw Parkinson win first place, Angelo Harris second and Rodwell Alleyne third. In the Male 18 and Over, 84kg and Over contest, Beaton won first place against Dillon Hyman who came in second (the two athletes have met in the finals of the senior nationals on numerous occasions) with Samuel Monroe earning third.In Female Team Kumite, first place went to Team ASK-G comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith, and second place was taken by Team GKC – Buelna, Ram and Rampersaud.Male Team Kumite saw Team NMAA featuring Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Hyman came out victorious, earning second was Team ASK-G, with Beaton, Parkinson and Ramgolam.Meanwhile, the organisers extended gracious and heartfelt thanks to the National Sports Commission (NSC) for all the assistance it offered leading up to this exceptional competition and thanked the volunteers, athletes, and the public as well.last_img read more