Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin “The core of your team gets built on the road,” said Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault on Sunday evening before the team hit the road for a trip out west. To him, road trips are great for a developing young team and there are plenty of lessons to be learned. “I love playing on the road. It’s a great test,” said Daigneault. “It’s strips away everything except for your team. It’s just you. I actually think road games, wins and losses, build a lot of chemistry because it limits a lot of distractions.” While these games are great tests, they’re extremely difficult to win. In fact, only two teams in the entire Western Conference have a winning record on the road this season. Oklahoma City is currently 13-21 away from Paycom Center in the 2022-23 campaign and facing a pivotal a four-game road trip. Over the course of the next week, the Thunder will play the LA Clippers twice, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers … [Read more...] about OKC Thunder To Face Most Pivotal Road Trip Of Season
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After Stanford, What’s Next For Haley Jones?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin While the 2022-23 season didn’t end the way Haley Jones envisioned it for Stanford — with a 54-49 loss to Mississippi that concluded Jones’ senior season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament — Jones’ multi-dimensional life plan means she’s just getting started on what’s on tap for 2023. “Yeah, my time at Stanford has been interesting,” Jones told reporters following the game Sunday. “I guess, you know, COVID, freshman year, that played into a lot of different things, and then the COVID season that's unheard of. I never expected that to be part of my college experience. “So then winning a National Championship, three Pac-12 Championships, 2 Pac-12 Tournament Championships; so I have a lot to be proud of for my Stanford career. It's hard to feel that way right now, but I know at some point that will hit and sink in. I'm happy with my time at Stanford and the relationships I've made that are going to carry on past my … [Read more...] about After Stanford, What’s Next For Haley Jones?
From France To The U.S.: Pension Reforms And The Retirement Age Debate
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin French President Emmanuel Macron took a bold step last Friday by raising the legal retirement age in his country from 62 to 64, bypassing parliament and potentially setting his government up for a vote of no confidence. The unpopular pension reform, Macron says, is necessary to address the financial deficits caused by pandemic spending and the European energy crisis. With the U.S. watching closely, could France’s pension reform serve as a blueprint for future changes to Social Security? I don’t envy Macron for making this tough call. The people of France enjoy one of the most generous pension systems in the European Union (EU). According to 2020 data, France spent a jaw-dropping 14.7% of its GDP on pensions alone. However, the sustainability of this pension system is being threatened by demographic changes. The Western European country has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and the expected years in … [Read more...] about From France To The U.S.: Pension Reforms And The Retirement Age Debate
Australian Veteran Charged With War Crimes In Afghanistan
A former Australian SAS soldier was arrested and charged Monday with murder after an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan. Oliver Shulz, 41, was arrested in New South Wales, and will face court Tuesday after becoming the first Australian veterans to be charged with a war crime, according to the BBC. If found guilty, he faces a life sentence in prison. Schulz is said to be Soldier C, who was shown in a 2020 ABC Four Corner documentary on alleged war crimes, shooting Afghan men in a wheat field, the BBC reported. Schulz reportedly fired at the men while they worked the field in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, in 2012. ‘Many Sins’: Congressman Destroys Biden A Year After Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal https://t.co/660FPu2uzH — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 15, 2022 The Brereton Report, released in 2020, uncovered “credible evidence” that Australian elite soldiers killed 39 people throughout the Afghan war, the BBC reported. Nineteen current and ex-SAS … [Read more...] about Australian Veteran Charged With War Crimes In Afghanistan
Four Challenges Western Businesses May Face When Entering The African Market
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Artiom Anisimov is the CEO of EOS Data Analytics , a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics for 20+ industries. Africa provides Western companies with a unique opportunity to become early entrants and establish businesses in promising niches. However, there are obstacles that entrepreneurs will have to overcome. Given the specifics of the business, economic and political environments, the African go-to-market demands meticulous and in-depth preparation. Our company, EOS Data Analytics, offers satellite-powered solutions to businesses and individuals around the world. Between 2020 and 2022, we entered the sub-Saharan region—namely Ghana and Nigeria—through established local partnerships. We faced a number of challenges and learned a lot about how to mitigate expansion risks. Challenge No. 1: Necessity For Local Presence A business that intends to enter a foreign country typically has two … [Read more...] about Four Challenges Western Businesses May Face When Entering The African Market
BSP tipped to raise key rate to 6.25%
Photo courtesy of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Facebook Page MANILA – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is expected to raise its policy rate by 25 basis points or 0.25 percentage point to 6.25 percent on March 23 amid lingering concerns about the health of the global financial system. This will represent a slower tightening that, according to ING Bank, might pave the way for a likely pause of hikes in May. Before the latest policy meeting scheduled on Thursday, the Monetary Board (MB) went for hikes of 0.5 ppt on two previous occasions—February and December 2022. This, in turn, followed a 0.75-ppt hike in November last year. Since starting the tightening cycle last May, the BSP’s key rate has risen by 4 ppt from a pandemic-prompted historic low of 2 percent. Commitment Nicholas Mapa, senior economist at ING Bank, said a smaller rate hike this week will serve as an “insurance” considering that inflation remained well-above the government’s target range at 8.6 percent in … [Read more...] about BSP tipped to raise key rate to 6.25%
Prepaid College Savings Plan Under Fire In Maryland: Should You Be Worried?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Prepaid college savings plans have long been an alternative to a 529 plans when it comes to saving for college. What is a prepaid college tuition plan ? Generally speaking, these plans let parents lock in college tuition at today's prices with the goal of funding school ahead of time. The idea behind these plans is letting families purchase college units or credits with a lump sump payment, or through regular payments, at which point the plan administrator invests the money on their behalf. With the money stashed away and invested, the goal of these accounts is growing the underlying funds to keep up with rising tuition costs until the child reaches college age. At that point, the funds are transferred to the school to cover tuition costs and other eligible higher education expenses. While that all sounds good and well, something is going wrong in the prepaid college tuition industry — at least in the state of … [Read more...] about Prepaid College Savings Plan Under Fire In Maryland: Should You Be Worried?