LATEST STORIES Read Next — Tuesday’s start is the NBA’s earliest since 1980. It’s a week earlier than normal, with the maximum number of preseason games cut from eight to six.— Timeouts are reduced from 18 to 14, with each team having seven. They will be limited to two during the last three minutes of games, instead of the previous rule that permitted three timeouts in the final two minutes.— Teams can be fined $100,000 or more for resting healthy players during national TV games, and are discouraged from resting multiple healthy players in the same game or sitting them in road games.— Halftime will be 15 minutes for all games — and the league plans to be diligent about starting the clock as soon as the first half ends. There previously was a minute or two longer for national TV games, and sometimes the clock wouldn’t start until all players had cleared the floor.That change caught the attention of D’Antoni, who noted that in some arenas there is a longer walk from the benches to the locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They are losing time and timeouts, with fewer days to prepare before the regular season and fewer chances to talk things over during games.Throw in new rules legislating how they can rest players, and there are plenty of adjustments even for veteran coaches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think it’s good,” said D’Antoni, the NBA coach of the year with Houston last year. “Take stuff out of coaches’ hands, because we just screw it up anyway. So it’s better for the players.”Among the changes: Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the shorter preseason wouldn’t matter to most teams, since they usually run a similar system from year to year unless there was a coaching change, and there were none.His team is different. The Knicks are largely scrapping the triangle offense they ran when Phil Jackson was president and redefining roles with leading scorer Carmelo Anthony traded. They’ve had a number of nagging injuries and may not see some combinations play together until the games count.“It’s one of those years that maybe you wish there was eight exhibition games, but it is what it is and we just have to work,” Hornacek said.There’s also a change for general managers in the form of an earlier trade deadline.Previously the Thursday after the All-Star Game, now it’s the Thursday 10 days before it. Spruell said in discussions with GMs, they felt that would benefit the traded players, who would have the break to acclimate themselves to their new cities.So there’s plenty that’s new, but Spoelstra said they will all catch on.“Whenever there’s rules changes, regardless, players or coaches, you eventually adapt and we’ll do that as well,” he said. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president World Cup failure prompts calls for US soccer ‘revolution’ NBA Coach of the Year, Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets speaks on stage during the 2017 NBA Awards Live On TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TNT /AFPNEW YORK—Mike D’Antoni ran an offensive system known as seven seconds or less, so he likes things fast.Good thing, because NBA coaches find things come at them more quickly this season.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “So instead of showing 10 clips at halftime, you might only be able to show two or three,” D’Antoni said.Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, said the goal wasn’t to shorten the length of games, which run about 2 hours, 15 minutes. He said the league wanted the games to have a better flow, and worked with the coaches and Competition Committee, which includes some coaches, during the summer on the changes.Spruell said coaches were fine with the removal of the under-9 minute timeouts in the second and fourth quarters, feeling they came too soon after the quarters started. There will now be two mandatory timeouts in each quarter, at the under-7 and under-3 minute marks.Even at the end of games, coaches acknowledged there were too many stoppages.“As a head coach you always want more timeouts. You want to have that flexibility at the end of the game to be able to help your team,” Miami’s Erik Spoelstra said. “But when I’m watching games, I want there to be less. I do. I want there to be less timeouts and for the games to go a little bit quicker, particularly at the end. You want to just see the action.”All timeouts will now be 75 seconds. Full timeouts were formerly 90 seconds.“Before you have the little pow-wow for a long timeout, the coaches try to get reacquainted and figure out where you’re going to eat dinner,” D’Antoni joked. “But now you’ve got to go in and actually coach.”Spruell said the league didn’t get a lot of pushback from coaches on the suggested changes, even coming around on the resting rules.“I’m just happy Adam Silver gave us some good guidelines to follow when it comes to that so we don’t feel like we’re cheating our fans,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. “That was one good thing that came out of the coaches’ meetings, Adam Silver’s leadership on that.”Player health was one reason for the shorter preseason. By adding the extra week to the regular season, the league reduced back-to-back games and has no teams playing four in five nights for the first time. View comments
India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the demoralising effect he has had while bowling at the former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag.Talking in a chat show ‘What the Duck 2’, Ashwin recalled his tryst with Sehwag at a net session a few years ago.”Sehwag was never complicated. He had a demoralising effect on me actually,” Ashwin said.”There was an incident in Dambulla, where every ball that I bowled, first ball I bowled outside off stump, Sehwag cut me. Next ball I bowled on off stump, he cuts me. Next ball I bowled on middle stump, he cuts me. (Also Read: Team India likely to get new coach before ICC Champions Trophy ends)”The next ball I bowl on leg stump, he again cuts me. So I said ‘what the hell is happening’. So I just bowled a ball fuller, Sehwag stepped out and slugged me out for a six,” Ashwin recalled. (Also Read: India continue their dominance over Pakistan in ICC tournaments)Ashwin, who was struggling to earn a spot in the Indian team at that time, was clueless what to do.”So I said to myself either I am just not good enough or this guy is just way too good … which he was. But to the greater Sachin Tendulkar also, I didn’t struggle with bowling so much in the nets. I was very inquisitive. I observed this for a few days.”But then I couldn’t hold myself back, I went to him (Sehwag) and asked, ‘so what should I do to improve’. If I had asked it to Sachin, he would have given me some tips. If it were MS (Dhoni), he would have given me a perspective.advertisement”Viru said ‘You know what, I don’t think off-spinners are bowlers. They do not trouble me at all. I just find it easy smashing them’. I said ‘Sir you are cutting me’. He said, ‘Yeah, I hit off-spinners against the spin on the off side and for left-arm spinners, I will hit against the spin on the leg side. I said, ‘okay, fine’,” Ashwin recounted.”The next day I tried something in the nets he again started hitting me in different zones. He was actually treating me like a road-rag. Like how I would treat a 10- year-old kid, if I was batting against him,” he added.After being thrashed during net sessions on multiple occasions by Sehwag, Ashwin finally managed to figure out a way to get the better of the hard-hitting batsman.He found out that the best possible plan against Sehwag was to bowl every single ball as “best rubbish ball”.”So the best possible plan against Sehwag was to bowl every single single ball as best rubbish ball that you can give. And I got him out a few times in the IPL that way.Because what he expects is not what you dish out. Because he expects you to bowl good balls,” said Ashwin.”I realised one fine day that it was his ego that you needed to bowl against. Because he gave me a very interesting story. He said he had fever in a game at Rohtak and smashed Harbhajan for 12 sixes. ‘You know Harbhajan is a good off spinner.’ I said, ‘Yeah Harbhajan is a good off spinner.’ But that doesn’t mean you smoke him for 12 sixes with fever.”I even asked him for the story behind it. He said he opened the innings and hit him for 2 sixes and came back due to fever. He went in at number 10 and smashed for another 10 sixes. The wicket was spinning square, you know. I asked, ‘Sir, what did you do?’ He said, ‘Every ball because it was spinning, I decided to smack him over the leg side. He said that he hit him even from outside the pitch. Outside off stump and hit him for a six on the leg side,” Ashwin narrated.”So basically for Sehwag, it was very simple, he hit people on good balls. So my simple strategy to Sehwag was to bowl rubbish balls. And it worked. Because when you start bowling rubbish balls, he starts dictating the pace to you with your rubbish balls or your so-called against him.”Ashwin also said that Sehwag was least interested in team meetings to discuss strategy.”He (Sehwag) just wanted to see the ball and hit it. He used to be the least participative during team meetings.”There used to be team meetings or huddles, followed by a short speech addressed by Gary (Kirsten) . MS (Dhoni) would then take over, he would not utter a word and said everything is good. That was how team meetings would end,” revealed Ashwin.advertisement
360i and client Oreo were multiple award winners in this year’s CLIO Awards competition. We are honored to be recognized in this prestigious program alongside our client for ‘The Oreo Blackout Tweet’ and for our partnership in the Oreo Daily Twist program.‘The Oreo Blackout Tweet’ picked up two Bronze CLIO Awards in the Digital – Social Media and Innovative Media categories. The real-time content effort during Super Bowl XLVII resulted in 525 million earned media impressions for the brand – nearly 5X the number of people who tuned into the Super Bowl itself. Adweek listed the tweet as one of top five ‘ads of the night,’ and Wired declared Oreo as victor of the ‘Marketing Super Bowl.’Oreo also took home multiple awards for last summer’s Daily Twist effort. The campaign, also a recent recipient of the coveted Blue Award (Best in Show) in the Facebook Studio Awards, received a Gold Award in the Social Media category, a Silver Award in Content & Contact and two Bronze Awards in Engagement and Graphic Design.‘The Great American Bacon Barter,’ a 360i-led campaign on behalf of Oscar Mayer, was Shortlisted in the Social Media category.The CLIO Awards are one of the world’s most recognized international awards competitions for advertising, design, interactive and communications. The program, which receives more than 10,000 entries annually—65 percent of which come from outside the US—celebrates groundbreaking work and talent that push the boundaries of creativity.According to the CLIO Awards, fewer than 10 percent of submissions survive the first round to make the Shortlist and only three percent of all entries receive a statue. We’re honored to be a part of such a prestigious group and grateful to our clients for continuing to push the marketing landscape forward.Congratulations to all of the CLIO award winners!Cover photo via CLIO Awards
The average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Story
YOU DON’T WALK AS A TEAM.Power couples (think: Prince William and Kate Middleton) have in-sync walking patterns. “The goal is for couples to walk with their feet side by side on an invisible line,” Patti Wood, body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma told GoodHousekeeping.com. “When this walking pattern is disrupted, it indicates that there is disconnect between the couple.”YOU PULL AWAY FROM YOUR PARTNER.Some say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. Others argue that it’s exactly what tears relationships apart. “The ideal intimate zone is somewhere between zero and 18 inches,” Susan Constantine, human behavioral expert and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Reading Body Language, told GoodHousekeeping.com. “When one partner holds back from intimacy or turns it down, there may be some greater issues at hand.”YOUR PUPILS ARE SMALL.Eyes tell a story about one’s relationship. “When you’re sexually attracted to someone, your pupils will dilate in a moment of intimacy,” says Wood. “It happens subconsciously, so it’s a good indicator of your significant other’s interest in you.” So yes, check your partner’s eyes next time you go in for a kiss – they may show you exactly what you need to see.YOU’RE CLOSED OFF.When royals cross their legs, they can chalk it up to proper etiquette. But for the average Joe, crossed legs can show that someone feels detached from the situation -or worse, the person that they’re with. “If your legs are closed, your partner will pick up on your disinterest,” says Wood.”And a lack of sexual interest leads to a relationship’s downfall.”YOU SMIRK AT THEM.Smirking at anyone – your partner included – is extremely condescending. “By smirking at your partner, you’re showing that you think you’re the superior in the relationship,” says Constantine. You and your partner should be equals, which means you should both wipe those smug looks off your face.YOU FEEL IGNORED.Stonewalling is the original breadcrumbing. “When someone turns their back on their partner, hangs up the phone before the conversation is over, or tunes out, it is referred to as stonewalling,” says Constantine. Not taking your partner’s thoughts or perspective into consideration is a major red flag.YOU PAT EACH OTHER ONE THE BACK (LITERALLY) .Hey, we all need a pat on the back from time to time. However, it’s questionable when a romantic partner opts for a gentle pat instead of a intimate embrace. “If you partner begins to pat you on the back during a hug, it immediately desexualizes it, ” says Wood. “Let’s face it, you and your partner aren’t just teammates.” YOU TOUCH YOUR NECK DURING A CONVERSATION.In emotional situations, we all have a tendency to find ways to comfort ourselves. Women, in particular, typically touch their neck or throat. “Oftentimes, touching the neck or throat indicates that someone is keeping something from another person,” says Wood. “The throat is the gateway for words, and therefore it’s one of the most vulnerable parts of the body.”YOU HAVE FURROWED BROWS.Research from Dr. Gottman suggests that contempt is one of the leading causes of divorce. Furrowed brows are a clear indicator of criticism. “No one likes to be criticized ,” says Constantine. “When someone notices that they’re partner has ‘judgy eyes,’ they’ll immediately feel defensive and put up a fight.” And that leads to a new string of issues…YOU’RE DISTRACTED.How does your partner react when you give a play-by-play of your day? Or bring up last night’s episode of your favorite TV show? If they actively engage with you, you’re in the clear. But if they fidget, play with with their phone, or worse, completely ignore you, then you may have a few issues to sort out. “This reminds me of ‘1, 2, 3 squirrel,” says Constantine. “Your partner should want to completely focus on you, no matter the subject matter.”YOU PUT EACH OTHER SECOND.Dramatic change, especially when it comes to time and attention toward the relationship, is a cause for concern. “Time is a nonverbal action,” says Wood. “For example. if your partner used to be on time but is now late, then it should raise a few eyebrows.”YOU USE YOUR HANDS TO COMMUNICATE.When you want to prove a point, hand gestures might be necessary. And sometimes they’re totally fine, but other times, not so much. “Choppy hand gestures, in particular, lead to a ‘my way or the highway’ mentality,” says Constantine. The same goes for other rapid movements such as pouncing or pacing.YOU MIMIC ONE ANOTHER (IN A BAD WAY).It’s cute when couples morph into one another. Think: An elderly couple waltzing into the grocery store in matching sweaters. See? There’s no harm in that. But if you and your partner are mimicking one another out of spite, then that’s a totally different issue. “Mimicking, name-calling, ridicule, and sarcasm are all means of contempt, which leads to relationship sabotage,” says Constantine.YOUR FACIAL EXPRESSIONS DON’T ALIGN.Sometimes it’s important for partners to balance each other out. Opposites attract, right? Well, not when it comes to facial expressions. “It’s troubling when one person in the relationship doesn’t show the correct emotional response given the situation,” says Constantine. “If your partner is stressed, your face should reflect that. The same goes for any emotion that your partner feels.”YOU STAND WITH YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS.Yes, some of us put our hands on our hips out of mere comfort. But when someone stands in this stance while sternly talking to their partner, it means that they’re seeking control over their significant other. “This cocky stance is an obvious way to show someone who’s boss,” says Constantine. “However, this isn’t necessary in a strong relationship.”YOU CROSS YOUR ARMS (A LOT).Crossing arms isn’t a good look for anyone, including your S.O. For starters, it’s one way to immediately distance yourself. “Typically, people cross their arms when they’re trying to defend themselves,” says Constantine. “It’s a visible way to put your guard up, which is never a good thing in an intimate relationship.”YOU INTERRUPT ONE ANOTHER.In a relationship, you want your voice to be heard – and not sidelined by your partner. “If your partner cuts you off when you’re speaking, it means that they’re thinking of any answer rather than listening to you,” says Constantine. In other words, they’re focusing on me,me,me instead of connecting with you, you, you.YOU’RE NOT AS CLOSE AS YOU USED TO BE.If you notice that your partner (or even, yourself) are physically close to everyone except for one another, then it’s time to evaluate your relationship. “When examining the lack of intimacy between you and your partner, it’s important to think about if this is singular to you,” says Wood. “If so, that means there’s trouble in paradise.”YOU LEAN AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER.A loving couple has a tendency to lean toward one another with their bodies, legs, and even chairs. “If your seat is pointed away from your partner, then so is your body,” says Wood. “This is dangerous because it means that you’re disinterested in connecting with your partner.”YOU’RE CONSTANTLY ROLLING YOUR EYES.Yes, this annoying gesture should be left in the past (we’re talking your teenage days). “It’s simple: Eye rolling indicates a disapproval or annoyance with your significant other,” says Constantine. There’s clearly an issue in your relationship if your both rolling your eyes day in and day out – however, an eye roll from time to time seems totally normal.Source
If you can’t start your morning until you’ve guzzled down a cup of coffee, then we have some good news.In addition to a much needed shot of energy to get you moving, it turns out the beverage may also help you lose weight.It sounds too good to be true, but according to nutritionist Sarah Flowers, drinking a cup of Joe in the morning provides an added bonus besides perking you up.Flowers told The Express that coffee lovers should be drinking coffee first thing in the morning to “boost both concentration and energy levels” but also to aid weight loss.According to Flowers, coffee can help you slim down because it is capable of boosting your metabolism.She said: “Your daily cup of coffee can help boost your metabolic rate, by stimulating thermogenesis, helping you in turn to burn more fat.”In addition to giving your metabolism a kick, the beverage also contains the helpful weight loss aid Chlorogenic acid – capable of slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates and breaking down fat.But don’t start guzzling numerous cups of coffee just yet – as it turns out our bodies can become immune to the fat burning benefits if we drink too much coffee.Instead, Flowers recommends drinking just one to two cups a day to see the full metabolism-boosting results – and drinking it in the morning. Beloved coffee can also reduce appetite. While it is not a meal replacement, coffee can “stimulate thermogenesis (heat and energy)” which means a reduced appetite and a temporarily lessened need for food, according to Flowers.And, according to one study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, which studied the dietary habits of more than 93,000 people, those who drank more coffee had a lower risk of obesity and a decreased risk of type two diabetes.However, it is important to note that weight loss is linked to black coffee – and not sugary frappuccinos.While a dash of milk is okay, overly-milky or sugar-filled coffees can actually have the opposite effect on weight – as hidden calories in coffee-based beverages can lead to weight gain and increased insulin levels.Source
Recently, MITX hosted a panel about using social media for lead generation recently, and someone asked a question about what a traditional print design firm could do to leverage inbound marketing (social media, blogs, search engines) for their business. I captured two of the answers on video, and the common theme was “passion”.Chris Brogan a blogger and social media guy talks about how the Smart Car is a great design, and people are passionate about it, and maybe the print firm could talk about the good and bad aspects of the Smart Car design to demonstrate their design expertise. “Good design encourages us to take an action.”Chris Penn, a podcaster and blogger, talks about how passion is important and knowing what’s important to your audience. He starts his answer by mentioning how his passion for marketing led him to start a “Marketing Over Coffee” podcast series, and he continues with some ideas of what someone passionate about design might be able to talk about. Passion is Essential to Inbound MarketingI agree with Chris and Chris that the print design firm needs to think about what content it could create that would be interesting to marketing people (the people they sell to). Here are some other ideas for how a traditional design firm might use inbound marketing:Start a blog with images of good and bad design and how to evaluate design from a marketing perspectiveBlog about how to select the best print design vendor for youCreate a series of videos about how to get the most out of your print design firmCreate a group on Facebook dedicated to using print design in marketingNotice anything? Each of these ideas require someone at your company to be passionate about what you do, and then share their passion with the world. Who is passionate at your company? How do you share that passion with the world? Originally published Aug 1, 2008 10:08:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Topics: Inbound Marketing Social Media 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 Oct 10, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: They seem to be everywhere—on posters, subway ads, billboards, and brochures. But what exactly is the business value of QR codes?Similar in appearance to barcodes, QR codes (Quick Response codes) serve to refer readers to digital content on the internet. Their usage has rapidly increased with the widespread adoption of mobile devices. A February 2011 survey by MGH showed that most US smartphone users scan QR codes to get a coupon, discount, or deal.So in what ways can QR codes impact your business? This is the question we seek to answer in this episode of the Weekly Marketing Cast.Bridge Offline and Online MarketingQR codes present a great opportunity to bridge your offline marketing efforts with the online presence of your company, says David Meerman Scott. In this respect, they are similar to the functions of Meetup and Foursquare, which also aim to strengthen the connection between offline and online marketing.Event Marketing & QR CodesEvent marketing has proven to be one of the main uses of QR codes. For instance, you can reference something in your presentation slides and send traffic to a specific page. Or you can add QR codes to other event materials, such as the event’s agenda, handouts, and posters.Where online could you be referring people to? Here are a few options:Encourage people to enter a sweepstake or participate in a contest.Offer people to learn more about your products or services.Invite people to opt in to your email database.Connect people with your social media presence.Guess what? According to MGH’s survey, these are already activities many mobile users are engaged in. You can easily build a QR code using a site like GenerateQR or Kaywa.New Offline Measurement OpportunitiesOne of the most valuable features of QR codes is that they present a new opportunity for measuring your offline marketing efforts. Check out what the immediate results of your public speaking are. Compare the response to your different traditional marketing programs, and make adjustments accordingly.Anytime you drive people to your online presence, they get one step closer to doing business with you. So go ahead and experiment with QR codes today! Brand Experience Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
77 Brilliant Examples of Homepages, Blogs & Landing Pages You never get a second chance to make a first impression — that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important web pages on your website.For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door. If a new visitor doesn’t like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the “back” button.That’s right — unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover.Free Download: 77 Examples of Brilliant Web Design What makes a website’s homepage design brilliant instead of bland? It takes more than looks alone — it also has to work well. That’s why the most brilliant homepages on this list don’t just score high in beauty, but also in brains and creativity.But before we dive into the examples, let’s dissect some of the best practices of homepage design.What Makes a Good Website?A good website clearly answers “Who I am,” “What I do,” and/or “What can you (the visitor) do here.” It also resonates with your audience, has a value proposition, calls visitors to action, is optimized for multiple devices, and is always changing to adapt to new design trends.All of the homepage designs shown here use a combination of the following elements.Not every page is perfect, but the best homepage designs get many of these right. 1. The design clearly answers “Who I am,” “What I do,” and/or “What can you (the visitor) do here.”If you’re a well-known brand or company (i.e., Coca-Cola) you may be able to get away with not having to describe who you are and what you do; but the reality is, most businesses still need to answer these questions so that each visitor knows they are in the “right place.”Steven Krugg sums it up best in his best-selling book, Don’t Make Me Think: If visitors can’t identify what it is you do within seconds, they won’t stick around long.2. The design resonates with the target audience.A homepage needs to be narrowly focused — speaking to the right people in their language. The best homepages avoid “corporate gobbledygook,” and eliminate the fluff.3. The design communicates a compelling value proposition.When a visitor arrives on your homepage, it needs to compel them to stick around. The homepage is the best place to nail your value proposition so that prospects choose to stay on your website and not navigate to your competitors’.4. The design is optimized for multiple devices.All the homepages listed here are highly usable, meaning they are easy to navigate and there aren’t “flashy” objects that get in the way of browsing, such as flash banners, animations, pop-ups, or overly-complicated and unnecessary elements. Many are also mobile-optimized, which is an incredibly important must-have in today’s mobile world.5. The design includes calls-to-action (CTAs).Every homepage listed here effectively uses primary and secondary calls-to-action to direct visitors to the next logical step. Examples include “Free Trial,” “Schedule a Demo,” “Buy Now,” or “Learn More.”Remember, the goal of the homepage is to compel visitors to dig deeper into your website and move them further down the funnel. CTAs tell them what to do next so they don’t get overwhelmed or lost. More importantly, CTAs turn your homepage into a sales or lead-generation engine, and not just brochure-wear.6. The design is always changing.The best homepages aren’t always static. Some of them are constantly changing to reflect the needs, problems, and questions of their visitors. Some homepages also change from A/B testing or dynamic content.7. The design is effective.A well-designed page is important to building trust, communicating value, and navigating visitors to the next step. As such, these homepages effectively use layout, CTA placement, whitespace, colors, fonts, and other supporting elements.Now, get ready to learn about excellent homepage design through the following 23 real-life examples.Homepage ExamplesFreshBooksAirbnbPixelgradeMintDropbox (Business)4 Rivers SmokehouseCobb Pediatric Therapy ServicesMelyssa GriffinJill KonrathEvernoteTelerik by ProgresseWeddingBasecampcharity: waterTechValidateChipotleMediumDigidayKIND SnacksAhrefsA24 FilmsEllevestHubSpot Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: 1. FreshBooksVIEW ENTIRE HOMEPAGEWhy It’s BrilliantIt’s easy to consume. There is much debate on whether short or long homepages work better. If you choose to do the latter, you need to make it easy to scroll and read — and that’s exactly what this site does. It almost acts like a story.There’s great use of contrast and positioning with the primary calls-to-action — it’s clear what the company wants you to convert on when you arrive.The copy used in the calls-to-action “Get Started for Free” is very compelling.FreshBooks uses customer testimonials on the homepage to tell real-world stories of why to use the product.The sub-headline is also great: “Join over 10 million small business owners using FreshBooks.” FreshBooks expertly employs social proof — 10 million is a big number — to compel its target audience to join their peers and try the tool.2. AirbnbView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantIt includes the destination and date search form that most visitors come looking for, right up front, guiding visitors to the logical next step.The search form is “smart,” meaning it’ll auto-fill the user’s last search if they’re logged in.The primary call-to-action (“Search”) contrasts with the background and stands out; but the secondary call-to-action for hosts is visible above the fold, too.It offers suggestions for excursions and getaways Airbnb users can book on the same site as their lodgings to get visitors more excited about booking their trip on the site. It also shows which of these offerings are most popular among other users.3. PixelgradeWhy It’s Brilliant- You know right off the bat what are they all about: WordPress Themes. The big title, followed by a descriptive subtitle, lets visitors know what to expect.The design is simple, and the color combination does a great job of making the call to action stand out. The right side helps get a glimpse of how their WordPress themes look like, without having to scroll or dig deeper.4. MintView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantIt’s a super simple design with a strong, no-jargon headline and sub-headline.The homepage gives off a secure but easy-going vibe, which is important for a product that handles financial information.It also contains simple, direct, and compelling call-to-action copy: “Sign up free.” The CTA design is also brilliant — the secured lock icon hits home the safety message once again.5. Dropbox (Business)View entire homepage Why It’s BrilliantDropbox carries over its simple design and branding. It includes only what is important: A large, relevant image with supporting copy, and a “Try free for 30 days” call-to-action buttonDropbox’s homepage and website is the ultimate example of simplicity. It limits its use of copy and visuals and embraces whitespace.Its sub-headline is simple, yet powerful: “The secure file sharing and storage solution that employees and IT admins trust.” No need to decode jargon to figure out what Dropbox really does.6. 4 Rivers SmokehouseView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantDrool. That’s what I think when I arrive at the website for 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Combined with great photography, the headline “Brisket. 18 years to master. Yours to savor.” sounds like an experience worth trying.The parallax scrolling guides you on a tour through the services, menu, and people having a great time — a great use of this popular design trend.The only negative? I don’t live close enough to this place. Boo.7. Cobb Pediatric Therapy ServicesView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThe headline and sub-headline appeal to the visitors’ emotional side: “Work With a Company That Gets It”; “Trust us. We’ve been there too! We’ll find jobs where you can thrive.” That value proposition is unique and compelling.It’s hard to tell from the screenshot above, but the headline is on a rotating carousel that caters to specific personas, from job applicants to people searching for a therapist for their schools.There are several pathways visitors can take when they arrive on the page, but the calls-to-action are positioned well, worded simply, and contrast with the rest of the page.8. Melyssa GriffinView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantMelyssa immediately demonstrates social proof “Join over 200,000 others…”She qualifies a visitor’s reason for visiting her website with a quick survey, and each option links to a different content offer.She adds a face to her brand. She isn’t just a random website; she makes it clear she’s a human whom people can connect to.The page uses bright colors without being overwhelming and makes it easy to understand what Melyssa’s central business offerings are.9. Jill KonrathView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantIt’s simple and gets straight to the point. From the headline and sub-headline, it’s clear exactly what Jill Konrath does (and how she can help your business).It also gives easy access to Jill’s thought leadership materials, which is important to establishing her credibility as a keynote speaker.It’s easy to subscribe to the newsletter and get in touch — two of her primary calls-to-action.The pop-up subscription CTA uses social proof to get you to join her thousands of other fans.It includes news outlet logos and testimonials as social proof.10. EvernoteView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantOver the years, Evernote has turned from a simple note-saving app into a suite of business products. This isn’t always easy to convey on a homepage, but Evernote does a nice job packaging many potential messages into a few key benefits.This homepage uses a combination of rich, muted colors in the video and its signature bright green and white highlights to make conversion paths stand out.Following a simple headline (“Remember Everything”), the eye path then leads you to its call-to-action, “Sign Up For Free.”Evernote also offers a one-click signup process through Google to help visitors save even more time.11. Telerik by ProgressView entire homepageWhy It’s Brilliant”Stuffy enterprise” isn’t the feeling you get when you arrive at Telerik’s website. For a company that offers many technology products, its bold colors, fun designs, and videography give off a Google-like vibe. Just one important aspect to making visitors feel welcome and letting them know they’re dealing with real people.I love the simple, high-level overview of its six product offers. It’s very clear way of communicating what the company does and how people can learn more.The copy is lightweight and easy to read. It speaks the language of its customers.12. eWeddingView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantFor those love birds planning their big day, eWedding is a great destination to building a custom wedding website. The homepage isn’t cluttered and only includes the necessary elements to get people to starting building their websites.The sub-headline “Over 800,000 wedding websites built!” is great social proof.It’s included excellent product visuals, a great headline, and a call-to-action that reduces friction with the copy, “Start website.”13. BasecampView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantFor a long time, Basecamp has had brilliant homepages, and here you can see why. It often features awesome headlines and clever cartoons.The call-to-action is bold and above the fold.In this example, the company chose a more blog-like homepage (or single page site approach), which provides much more information on the product.The customer quote is a bold and emphatic testimonial speaking to the benefits and results of using the product.14. charity: waterView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThis isn’t your typical non-profit website. Lots of visuals, creative copy, and use of interactive web design make this stand out.The animated header image is a great way to capture attention.It employs great uses of video and photography, particularly in capturing emotion that causes action.15. TechValidateView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThis homepage is beautifully designed. I particularly love the use of whitespace, contrasting colors, and customer-centric design.The headline is clear and compelling, as are the calls-to-action.There’s also a great information hierarchy, making it easy to scan and understand the page quickly.16. ChipotleView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThe homepage is a great example of agility and constant change. Chipotle’s current homepage is all about the forthcoming holiday, which it uses as a unique value proposition to get you to start clicking through your site. When I think Chipotle, I don’t necessarily think about catering, but the site is a great reminder to consider different uses for the burritos you already know and love.The food photography is detailed and beautiful, and it actually makes me hungry looking at it. Now that’s an effective use of visuals.17. MediumView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThis is perhaps one of the best uses of whitespace I’ve seen. It allows Medium’s app tagline and photo to take center stage while still drawing your eye to the darker section titles on the site.Medium makes it easy to sign up — on the site, or with a simple text message to your mobile phone. I’m much more responsive to a text than an email, so this is a great strategy to keep people engaged in the signup process.The homepage uses social proof to get visitors to start clicking around: The “Popular on Medium” and “Staff Picks” sections let me know where to find high-quality content.18. DigidayView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantUnlike other online news publications that inundate homepages with as many headlines and images as possible, Digiday’s first section showcases just one article. Its featured image (in this case, a scary one) is eye-catching, and the headline is just asking to be clicked now that the visitor has an idea of what they’re going to read.The top of the homepage, where websites normally showcase a ton of different sections and options to click through, only has one icon to click — which leads you to a subscription page.19. KIND SnacksView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThe bold colors produce contrast, making the words and images stand out on the page.The CTA — “Shop KIND” — is clever. It urges the visitor to click to learn more while making a play on the word “kind” — implying that it’s a good choice to shop there.KIND Snacks’ tagline is straight up brilliant — when I read it, the message immediately resonated and made me want to read the snack bar’s label.20. AhrefsView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThe color contrast between the blue, white, and orange colors is eye-catching and makes the headline and CTA pop.The sub-headline and CTA are a compelling pair: To be able to start tracking and outranking competitors for free is a great offer.The homepage presents a multitude of options for the visitor, but it isn’t cluttered thanks to the solid background and simple typography.21. A24 FilmsView entire homepageWhy It’s BrilliantThe film company’s homepage is made up of only trailers for its new films. We know video content is format audiences want to see more of, and this is a great strategy to showcase A24’s work in a highly engaging way.At the top of the homepage, A24 immediately offers a myriad of ways to get in touch via social media and email — something I appreciate as a visitor when so many other sites bury contact information at the bottom of the page.22. EllevestView entire homepageWhy It’s Brilliant”Invest Like a Woman: Because money is power.” These headlines are powerful and make me want to learn more about the product — both as a woman, and as someone interested in making smart financial choices.The images show, rather than tell, one of the company’s value propositions: a desktop site and mobile app that move with you.”Get Started” is a great CTA — in fact, we use it ourselves here at HubSpot. When clicked, it takes visitors through a few simple steps to set up a profile and start investing.23. HubSpotView entire homepageWhy It’s Brilliant (If We Do Say So Ourselves)The LEGO characters catch your attention (because they’re cute), then they cleverly illustrate and reinforce the messaging in the headline and sub-headline.It bears another eye-catching “Get Started” CTA — with bonus microcopy detailing our free versions users can choose to upgrade in the future.Throughout the homepage, our bright blue and orange color themes keep returning to draw your eye to links and CTAs.Looking for more inspiration? Check out these incredible About Us pages. 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Star India gymnast Dipa Karmakar has just not yet given up on her dreams of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, insists long-time coach Bishweshwar Nandi, after his ward failed to recover in time for next month’s World Artistic Gymnastics Championship.Dipa’s Tokyo dreams suffered a severe setback, when she failed to recover from a nagging right knee injury to make it to the World Championships, an Olympic qualifier, to be held at Stuttgart, Germany from October 4 to 13.Long-time coach Nandi admitted that the road to Olympics would be extremely tough considering Dipa will need at least two months to get back to training.”Dipa was upset after missing the World Championship but she is mentally strong and I know that she will make a successful comeback to international gymnastics,” Nandi told PTI.”She is still undergoing rehab. I will start her training only after getting a clearance from the doctor and physio. As her coach, I need to think about (her) life beyond gymnastics as well. Hopefully by November end, we’ll get the go ahead and after that another two months of training and she should be back.”We are not yet giving up hope: Nandi on Tokyo Olympics qualificationAsked about the Olympics qualification, Nandi said: “There are three World Cups starting about three months after the world championship but it would be much tougher to qualify now.”She will need to win gold or silver in all the three World Cups next year to qualify. But she is taking it up as a challenge. We are not yet giving up hope.advertisement”If she unfortunately misses the Tokyo, there is 2024 Paris Olympics,” Nandi put up a brave front.Dipa, who had put Indian gymnastics on the world map after her fourth place finish at the Rio Olympics, was out of action for almost two years due to a knee injury lay-off.She had an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai and had to skip the Asian Championships at Thailand in May last year.Returning to action in July, 2018, Dipa claimed a gold at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.She also won a bronze at the vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany in November after making her first appearance following the recovery from a knee strain, which had forced her to miss the vault final in the Jakarta Asian Games.However, the 26-year-old from Agartala aggravated her knee injury during the vault final at the Baku Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in March this year and skipped the Doha World Cup.She had planned to make a comeback at the Asian and World Championships but couldn’t recover in time.”We never thought the injury would become so serious. She had suffered a jerk at the Asian Games but still she recovered to win a gold at Turkey, then clinched a bronze at Cottbus and then qualified at 3rd place at Baku but at the final, she had another jerk.”After that, we consulted with the doctor and he said she will not be able to play for 5-6 months. So it all depends on her recovery. I will completely go by the doctor’s suggestion.”Also Read | After US Open triumph, Bianca Andreescu has a day and street named after herAlso See:
Transfers Chelsea in talks for £15m Barkley move after failed summer approach Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 07:34 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Everton Premier League The Blues are making progress in their attempt to add the Everton midfielder during the January transfer window Chelsea are confident they can secure a £15 million move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley during the winter transfer window.The Blues have come back in for the 24-year-old after he chose to remain in Merseyside to continue his recovery from a serious hamstring injury, despite advanced talks on transfer deadline day in August. Barkley has only six months remaining on his contract, which means a reduced price could be agreed between the clubs after Chelsea offered double the amount in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tottenham are also interested in Barkley but look like outsiders to complete the deal at this stage with Chelsea making a strong approach, while Everton are resigned to losing their academy product, having been without him all season. Barkley is close to making his return to the pitch, and he could be lining up in Chelsea’s blue. Manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Chelsea are aiming to add more players for their undersized squad because the club are still competing on all four fronts.“For sure, the club will try to do their best in the market to improve the squad from a numerical aspect,” Conte said last week. “I’m a coach, I have to work with my players and my task is on the pitch. The transfer market is for the club and they must decide if they want to improve my squad.”He also added that no player will be sold or sent on loan until the Blues add a replacement. Goal revealed three weeks ago that Charly Musonda will decide on whether he wants a loan move later in the transfer window , and his former club Real Betis are just one team to have registered an interest. It is often hard for the biggest clubs to secure their best targets in the January transfer window, but Chelsea also have a long-term interest in Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, who has still yet to renew his contract despite ongoing talks.
Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Arsenal line up Vazquez move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal eye up Vazquez moveArsenal want to sign Real Madrid attacker Lucas Vazquez as the replacement for Alexis Sanchez, claims Don Balon .Alexis is desperate to leave Arsenal in the transfer window and wants to join Manchester City now, rather than wait to complete a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires.A string of names has been mooted to replace the Chilean, with Madrid’s Vazquez now an option for Arsene Wenger, who feels the Spaniard has the qualities to compensate for Alexis’s departure. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player David Luiz offered to MadridDavid Luiz’s representatives have offered the Chelsea defender to Real Madrid, in addition to Barcelona, reports Mundo Deportivo.The Brazil international is looking to leave Chelsea during the January transfer window, so that he can play regularly before the World Cup in Russia in the summer.Barcelona have already twice turned down the chance to sign the centre-half, with Madrid also offered the opportunity of a deal. Arsenal have also been linked with a January approach for Luiz.Dortmund rival Man Utd for MalcomBorussia Dortmund have joined the chase to sign Bordeaux’s in-demand winger Malcom, according to The Sun .Manchester United are expected to make a £40 million bid for Malcom in January, with a view to allowing the Brazilian to stay at Bordeaux for the rest of the season.Arsenal and Tottenham are also reported to be interested, and now Dortmund are considering an approach as they look for a long-term replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who joined Barcelona last summer.Wenger wants Walcott to stayTheo Walcott is still wanted at Arsenal following reports the winger is a target for his former club Southampton and AC Milan.The winger has struggled for regular playing time this season and has been linked with a move in January amid claims he has offered himself to Milan.A return to Southampton has also been mooted, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “I heard about that but I want him to stay.”Read the full story on Goal! Wenger denies Aubameyang interestArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.Reports had claimed that Wenger is considering an approach for Aubameyang, if Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez leaves the Emirates Stadium in the transfer window.However, when asked about any interest in signing the Gabon international this month, Wenger said: “No, that is not a possibility.”Read the full story on Goal! Walcott offers himself to MilanTheo Walcott has offered himself to AC Milan in an attempt to move on from Arsenal this winter, reports Corriere dello Sport .The England international has barely featured for the Gunners in the Premier League this season and looks set to depart in January.The Italian side would offer the 28-year-old playing time ahead of the World Cup, though he would not be allowed to play for the Serie A side in Europe this season.Wilshere ignoring foreign interestJack Wilshere is not interested in a move abroad, reports the Daily Mail . Despite not having a new contract with Arsenal just yet, the midfielder doesn’t want to leave the Emirates and is prepared to turn his back on a number of potential moves.The Gunners are said to be on the verge of offering him a heavily incentivised deal — with the promise of another new contract in the future if he can find his best form — to stay in London. Tarkowski staying with BurnleyThe news that James Tarkowski has signed a new long-term deal with Burnley has forced a re-think for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City as they look for defensive signings, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 25-year-old was also being chased by Chelsea and Arsenal, but has decided to stay at Turf Moor. The signing has strengthened talk of Jonny Evans, Samuel Umtiti or Inigo Martinez singing as City go in search of another defender. Arsenal turn to AubameyangArsenal will look to make a January move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Alexis Sanchez leaves during the transfer window, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Alexis continues to be linked with Manchester City as his contract continues to run down at the Emirates Stadium.And the Gunners have started making contingency plans, with Aubameyang their primary target given his willingness to leave the Bundesliga giants.Arsenal to move for young Spanish starArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on a move for Dinamo Zagreb’s Spanish attacker Dani Olmo, according to 24 sata . Olmo, 19, has represented Spanish youth national teams, but recently gained Croatian citizenship. Spain will reportedly call him up to their U-21 side in the near future to avoid the teenager pledging his international future to Croatia. Wenger will face competition for Olmo, with three other English sides reportedly interested. Jardim says Lemar won’t be sold in JanuaryMonaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.The 22-year-old is a long-term target of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Jardim says Lemar won’t be leaving Monaco until summer at the earliest.”Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here,” Jardim said.Read the full story here . Puel insists Mahrez is happy at LeicesterLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.Many of Europe’s biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. “He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing,” Puel said.Read the full story here . City willing to pay £35m for AlexisManchester City are ready to open the January bidding for Alexis Sanchez at £25 million but will go as high as £35m, claims the Daily Mail . The Arsenal forward continues to run down his contract, with Goal revealing that the Chilean is eager to push through a January switch to the Etihad .Liverpool eyeing shock Alexis moveLiverpool are considering a shock move that would see them sign Alexis Sanchez to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon . The Reds are on the verge of selling Coutinho to Barcelona, and while Alexis seems poised to join Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side reportedly are prepared to make a last-minute bid for the Arsenal star.
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. Baylor could be without two of its defensive tackles on Saturday when it comes calling in Stillwater. Beau Blackshear and Byron Bonds are both doubtful, according to Art Briles.Baylor injury update direct from CAB: DT Beau Blackshear (doubtful), DT Byron Bonds (doubtful).— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) November 16, 2015According to Baylor’s depth chart, Blackshear starts and Bonds backs him up. This will be an issue no matter what, but especially if Mike & Mike decide to thump with the pace a little bit. This is what happens when all your big boy games are at the end of the season. Throw Seth Russell, Jimmy Bean, Ryan Simmons and probably Blake Jarwin on that list and you have about 85 percent (for Baylor, less) of what these teams were from a health standpoint just a month ago.AdChoices广告
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. Oklahoma State was good not great this year on offense. It was, well, better than most in the Gundy era though. Last year was abysmal. OSU averaged 1.88 points per drive on offense. The worst since 2005, Gundy’s first year.This year, Mike Yurcich and Co. rebounded to a respectable 2.78 number which ranked No. 21 nationally. That’s pretty good considering Oklahoma State ranked No. 111 nationally in yards per rush. The average points per drive in the Gundy era is about 2.6 so this year’s team beat that average.Here’s a look at every year in the Gundy era.AdChoices广告Obviously this can change with bowl season but unless we get a monsoon like Baylor and TCU did (which took Baylor’s PPD down by nearly half a point!), this isn’t likely to change all that drastically. Like I said, it was a good (not great) year for Mike Yurcich. That number needs to rise as Mason Rudolph gets deeper into his career and OSU’s linemen continue to develop.“I’ve been very fortunate to be around some good football coaches on (the offensive) side of the ball,” said Gundy earlier this year. “Different styles of coaches. (Yurcich) certainly is very intelligent and very creative. He has developed into what I would describe as a good teacher.“He’s kind of a young and rising star in this profession. Fortunately, I’ve had him for three years now. Hopefully, we can keep him here for a while and let him develop. He’s done really well.”He has done well (especially this year), but I need to see more than one year above 2.5 PPD to call him a star.
In the Women’s 27’s division, the Hunter Western Hornets sit on top of the ladder and are the only team undefeated after the first day, with two wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras, ACT Pirates, Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions all have one win and one loss after the first day, with the South Queensland Sharks yet to record a win in the division. The Sydney Scorpions got out to a great start on day one of the NTL in the Men’s 30’s division, with three wins from their three games. The ACT are also undefeated after the first day, with two wins and a draw, followed by the Sydney Rebels with two wins and one loss and the South Queensland Sharks, with one win and one draw after day one. There’s not a lot separating teams in the Women’s 35’s division after one day of play, with the Central Queensland Bulls on top of the ladder with two wins from their two games, followed by the South West Queensland Swans with one win and one loss. The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Hunter Western Hornets are in third and fourth places respectively, with one loss and one draw each. The South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Scorpions are both three from three in the Men’s 40’s division after day one, and are closely followed on the ladder by the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones who recorded two wins on day one. The Hunter Western Hornets have two wins and a loss from their games while the Western Tigers have recorded one win and two losses so far. The Women’s 40’s division sees the Hunter Western Hornets team on top of the ladder after two wins on day one. The Sydney Scorpions and Southern Suns sit close behind, with one win and one draw a piece. The Northern Eagles and ACT Pirates sit in fourth and fifth place, yet to record wins. The Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks are on top of the Men’s 45’s ladder, undefeated after the first day of play. The Sydney Scorpions sit in third with two wind and one loss, while the Hornets are placed fourth after the first day following one win, one loss and one draw from their three games.The Men’s 50’s division is another close division, with the ACT Pirates and Southern Suns both three from three after day one. The Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets are placed in third and fourth respectively following their two wins and one loss each on Thursday. The Men’s 55’s division sees three teams with a perfect record after day one, with the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions all with two wins on day one. The Hunter Western Hornets, Northern Eagles and North Queensland Tropical Cyclones are all yet to record a win in this division. The Sydney Scorpions have made a strong start to the Senior Mixed division, with three wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras sit in second place, with two wins and one loss, followed by Tasmania and the Defence Warriors. To view all the results from the event, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0&a=COMPS
Ryan Day said Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is the “best quarterback by far we’ve seen.” Complimented him as both a runner and a thrower and described him as a “very talented young man” and a “great kid.” Day recruited Martinez when he was in high school.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 24, 2019The Buckeyes aren’t going to be taking Martinez and the Cornhuskers lightly. The dual-threat QB is a home-run threat from anywhere on the field.Through four games this year, Martinez has 1,052 passing yards, 234 yards on the ground and 10 total touchdowns. Many feel the best is yet to come for the young quarterback. Will Martinez play his best football yet on Saturday? He’ll be playing against a tough defense.The OSU defense is allowing just nine points per game this season. Nebraska’s offense, on the other hand, is averaging 38 points per game.Saturday will be a fun one. LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Buckeyes face a big challenge this Saturday in Lincoln. No. 5 Ohio State plays Nebraska in a pivotal Big Ten contest. While OSU has been dominant through its first four games, this will be its toughest test so far.The Cornhuskers are in their second year under head coach Scott Frost. This is expected to be a big bounce-back season after going 4-8 in 2018. While Nebraska is 3-1 this year, the record includes a disappointing loss to Colorado.Nonetheless, the Cornhuskers are hoping for a big win on Saturday. To do so, they’ll need a big performance from quarterback Adrian Martinez.Ahead of Saturday’s matchup, OSU head coach Ryan Day met with the media. Day had high praise for Nebraska’s quarterback.
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $30 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Aug. 29 will be approximately $33 million.
Alicia stated: “I stand with California and Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing for cosmetics.”With SRJ 22 California has sent a strong message to Congress and the President that it is time to modernize US cosmetics industry regulation to match consumer expectation and international progress for safe and humane cosmetics.Cruelty Free International, CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “We are thrilled to have Alicia Silverstone supporting our US campaign. She is a wonderful compassionate role model and her support will no doubt assist in getting the topic of animal testing at the forefront of the political agenda.”Alicia joins Mayim Bialik, Norman Reedus, Peter Dinklage, Ricky Gervais, Kunal Nayyar, Vanessa Marano, Lori Singer, and Ashley Bell in joining Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end all animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.Countless animals suffer each year in unnecessary outdated and cruel tests for the cosmetics we use. Visit www.crueltyfreeinternational.org to see what you can do to help animals. Animal loving actress, Alicia Silverstone, backs Cruelty Free International in backing Californian resolution and cruelty-free cosmetics.Alicia Silverstone backs Cruelty Free InternationalAlicia, long renowned for being a vegan and compassionate advocate for animals, has teamed up with Cruelty Free International to campaign for cruelty free cosmetics in the United States.Despite the fact that modern alternatives to animal testing are increasingly less expensive, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions than the antiquated animal tests they replace, there is no national law in place to limit animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act introduced by Representative Jim Moran, D-VA now has several co-sponsors. The phase out of the testing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States, will match progress made in other countries including the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India.The introduction of this ground-breaking bill is a reflection of the growing global concern and interest in this issue. Likewise the recent passage of SJR 22 the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution in California introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) reflects the interests of US consumers who, multiple polls show, support ending cosmetic testing on animals.The resolution passed the California legislature in June with tremendous bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate. The measure calls on the United States Congress to mandate alternative methods to animal testing, whenever scientifically satisfactory methods are available, and to establish reasonable deadlines for the prohibition of the testing and marketing of cosmetic products which have been tested on animals.
In a speech to the Seventh Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, held in the capital, Doha, Mr. Ban said globalization had made travel, shipping and communications much easier and made the benefits of trade “more evident than ever.”For this reason, he said there must be a successful conclusion to the Doha Round of trade talks. “The global trading regime needs to create opportunities for the poorest countries, instead of leaving them at a disadvantage.”Named after the city where they were launched in 2001, the Doha Round of trade talks stalled last year amid disputes between developed and developing countries over agricultural subsidies, but talks have resumed recently.Mr. Ban warned that if the latest talks fail, “serious damage will be done to those who can least afford it, to the multilateral trading system, and to multilateralism itself. Should this round of trade talks succeed, Doha will become synonymous not only with free trade, but also indelibly linked to development.”The Secretary-General told the Forum that while democracy was intrinsically valuable on its own terms, it also brought positive effects to trade and development, offering institutional certainty and stability and encouraging businesses to have greater confidence in a country’s economic outlook.“Democracy, development and free trade share a conception of men and women as free and autonomous individuals, capable of fulfilling their inner potential,” he said, stressing the closeness of the relationship between the three topics.He urged the world’s countries to work towards “truly free trade,” transparent governance and institutions based on the will of the people, and sustainable development and globalization that benefits everyone, and not just some of the world’s peoples.Earlier, Mr. Ban told reporters travelling with him on his four-nation official trip that he was frustrated by the pace of progress so far on the resumed Doha Round.While in Qatar, the UN chief has also met with the country’s Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and its Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad ibn Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani, as well as Finland’s President Tarja Halonen, who opened the Forum.His last stop on the trip, which began in Italy, will be Damascus, Syria, where meetings with senior Government officials, including President Bashar Assad, are expected.On Saturday in Geneva, Mr. Ban concluded the latest two-day meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together top officials from across the UN system.The CEB agreed to restructure arrangements for cooperation among UN entities to ensure a more transparent, cost-effective and coherent approach to developing common programmes, as well as to support the “aid-for-trade” initiative, which is designed to help poorer nations to take a greater role in the international trading system. 23 April 2007The current round of international trade talks must succeed, or the world’s poorest countries will slip further behind and the entire multilateral trading system will be in jeopardy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in Qatar as he urged Member States to re-double their efforts to reach agreement.
14 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the results of the summit between Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which was held in Damascus. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “notes positively the decisions to begin the process to establish diplomatic relations through an exchange of ambassadors, and to take steps towards the delineation and control of the borders between the two countries.”He encouraged both parties to begin implementing these decisions as soon as possible, in keeping with Security Council resolutions 1680 and 1701, both from 2006.Yesterday, both the Secretary-General and the Security Council condemned a deadly bombing in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, voicing hope that it will not impede recent political progress in the Middle Eastern nation.Mr. Ban “believes this attack should not hinder the positive steps that have been taken to return the country to normalcy,” according to a statement.