Going pro· Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly hired as a USC offensive coordinator. (Photo from Bleacher Report/Twitter)USC offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is leaving the team to take the head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. Kingsbury, who was hired on Dec. 5, will depart without coaching a single game for the Trojans.Kingsbury replaced Tee Martin as offensive coordinator 10 days after being fired from his position as head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s alma mater. The 39-year-old coach accepted the position at USC despite reports of significant interest from NFL teams.However, in the last week, Kingsbury’s future with the program was subjected to serious doubt. Reports that NFL teams wanted to interview Kingsbury for their head coaching positions resurfaced, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann blocked the Cardinals and New York Jets from interviewing Kingsbury, ESPN reported. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams. However, Swann then modified his stance and allowed NFL teams to talk to Kingsbury.Kingsbury interviewed with the Jets on Monday, according to The Athletic. NFL Network subsequently reported that Kingsbury was being interviewed by the Cardinals Tuesday morning — hours later, Kingsbury made the jump to the NFL, leaving USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions vacant once more.Although Kingsbury’s Red Raider teams struggled on the defensive end, he was widely pegged as the perfect candidate to improve a Trojan offense that underachieved in 2018. His sudden departure might be hard to fathom in the moment, but Swann and Helton will need to resume their search for a new talented offensive mind.Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost is a potential candidate. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. At USC, Yost would fill the same role as at Utah State while making an upward move to one of the blue-blood football programs in the country. Fans may question Yost’s accomplishments because they came at the expense of non-Power 5 opponents, but Utah State was competitive in matchups with ranked teams Michigan State and Boise State. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels.Fresno State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kalen DeBoer is another possible solution because of his ability to improve struggling offenses. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. By DeBoer’s final season in 2016, the Eagles ranked No. 35. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.
SEATTLE — The Oakland A’s rotation has taken blow after blow through the first half of 2019. But with the All-Star break on the horizon, there was finally a bit of good news.On Monday, Oakland ace Sean Manaea will make his first rehab start since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.Manager Bob Melvin said Manaea is slated to pitch three innings for Class A Stockton and progress from there.“Obviously it’ll be incremental each time,” Melvin said. “We have to get him to a point where he’s …
The Zulu culture comes under thespotlight in 2010 with the opening of anupmarket Zulu-themed venue in London.(Image: South Africa Tourism)An opulent new venue opening in April 2010 in London’s Camden district is themed around the famed Zulu king Shaka, and will offer the best of South African cuisine.The £5.5-million (R66-million) venue, also a nightclub, will accommodate almost 750 people, according to the British Hospitality Association (BTA).The multi-level venue is located in the Camden Stables market, northwest of the city centre. The historic stables market is part of the larger Camden Markets, several adjacent markets that are a popular shopping destination and tourist hotspot.The project is the brainchild of Roger Payne, who also owns The Cuban bar and restaurant in Camden Markets. Other restaurants in the area offer a choice of interesting world cuisine ranging from Moroccan to Thai and Malaysian. Payne and Camden Markets have entered into a joint venture to develop the African restaurant.Touted as “London’s hottest launch”, the upmarket Shaka Zulu will be located just below the glamorous pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh, in the heart of the Stables market.The BTA reports that the ground floor of the venue, which will double as a nightclub, will accommodate 400 people, while the mezzanine area will accommodate 340 people. Patrons will be able to sample the finest Cape-style seafood in one themed restaurant, and savour specialty South African meats in another.Speaking to Caterer Search, Payne described his latest project as “unique”. The restaurateur admitted to a boyhood fascination with King Shaka, and a long-standing interest in the differences between Zulu and British culture of that time.“It will be a Las Vegas-themed show bar with fine dining … destined to become London’s number-one nightclub,” he said. The UK‘s celebrities are expected to make Shaka Zulu one of their favourite haunts.Payne is also negotiating to bring South African food and beverage suppliers on board. Reports also say that the entrepreneur is in consultation with job creation enterprise Bayede, producer of a range of Zulu-inspired products ranging from fine beadwork and clothing, to accessories, bedding and even wines.Bayede is endorsed by the reigning Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife Queen Mantfombi, the daughter of Sobhuza II, former king of Swaziland.Sweeping scenes of AfricaPayne is sparing no expense – the cost of the interior décor alone, which will showcase 19th century Zulu culture, is estimated at around £2-million (R24-million). Enormous intricately hand-carved wooden panels feature majestic scenes from Africa – one of them, of an elephant, is said to be 20m high, 10m wide, and 2m deep.Guests may feel a little intimidated as they approach the entrance under the gaze of a 15m bronze statue of the feared ruler himself, which will stand by the door.The 2 400 square metre floor space will also encompass a VIP and cocktail lounge.To ensure authenticity, the developers have held extensive consultation with members of the Zulu nation in South Africa, including King Zwelithini.“We have also consulted the British Museum,” said a Shaka Zulu spokesperson. The cultural institution is famed for its vast African art galleries, which hold treasures gathered – although, some would say plundered – from all over the African continent.The Zulu king is said to have been invited to the grand opening as guest of honour.Royal warriorShaka was born around 1787 near KwaDukuza, formerly known as Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal.His father Senzangakhona, a Zulu chieftain, had 16 wives, and his mother Nandi was also of noble blood. Because Shaka’s parents weren’t married he and his mother were shunned by both sides of the family, and they eventually settled with Nandi’s aunt among the Mthetwa tribe, led by Chief Dingiswayo.As a grown man Shaka enlisted in the Mthetwa army. It was Dingiswayo who first saw the warrior’s leadership potential, and took him as his protégée, giving him the opportunity to rise through the ranks. Shaka was a ruthless commander, but his strict discipline and sharp military mind were an advantage for the army.When his father died, Dingiswayo supported the young man in a bid to claim control of his people. This Shaka did, and immediately began to assimilate neighbouring clans into his domain, although he remained loyal to Dingiswayo.The monarch died around 1818 and although it is suspected that Shaka played a covert part in this, there is no testimony to support the speculation. Shaka assumed the late Dingiswayo’s position and immediately began to expand the boundaries of his kingdom.Shaka’s only real rival was Zwide of the Ndwandwe tribe, whom he finally conquered in 1826. Many of the Ndwandwe warriors pledged allegiance to Shaka, boosting the ruler’s army tremendously.Shaka introduced a number of new military and social concepts during his reign. One was the iklwa, the short stabbing spear that was born of the long-handled assegai used for throwing. Shaka preferred his warriors to hang on to their weapons instead of throwing them, and to creep right up to the enemy and engage them at close range.He also perfected the crescent-shaped military formation, the main part of which would fight the enemy while those on the outer wings moved to surround the foe. The Zulu army under Shaka fought many bloodthirsty wars and left thousands of people as refugees. As undisputed ruler Shaka showed no mercy to those who angered him, inflicting often outrageous cruelties on them. It has been said that he was responsible for the deaths of over 1-million people.Shaka was on good terms with the occupying British colonial forces, traded with them, and allowed them to build a settlement at Port Natal, now the provincial capital Durban. During his rule there was harmony between the Zulus and the settlers.When his mother Nandi died in 1827, Shaka went berserk, putting large numbers of people to death simply because they did not appear to be suitably grief-stricken. His behaviour eventually became too much for his people and it was at this time that his bodyguard Mbopha and half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana fatally stabbed Shaka. The buried him in an unmarked grave near what is today the town of KwaDukuza.As Shaka had no children, Dingane succeeded him as king of the Zulu nation.
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Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#predictions IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Predicting the future is a sucker’s game. No matter how smart you think you are, events have a way of overtaking logic and making predictions not just wrong but completely beside the point. That’s why we have smartphones instead of jetpacks.That said, the ReadWrite team couldn’t resist the year-end opportunity to gaze into 2013 and come up with 14 things we just know are stone-cold locks to come true in the next 12 months, split evenly between consumer and business technology. In fact, this is just the first set of end-of-the-year predictions and wrap-ups we’re putting together on a wide variety of important technologies. Look for them as 2012 winds down.In the meantime, we absolutely guarantee that every one of these predictions will come true in 2013 … unless, of course, things change. Then all bets are off.Consumer PredictionsFree-to-Play (F2P) Gaming Goes Mainstream: No longer relegated to tiny little casual and mobile games, the free-to-play concept will expand with at least one big-budget, high-profile, AAA franchise game competing with the best the industry has to offer. Instead of demanding big-bucks up front, though, this game will try to recover its investment via advertisements and in-game purchases. If it succeeds, it will change the way games are sold forever. – Cormac FosterLouder Social Din Opens Opportunity For Aggregators: The social media din will get even louder and harder to understand. Aggregators that help curate these competing streams and tie together disparate services will become the new social media power brokers. –Taylor HatmakerSocial Media Erases the Line Between Citizens and Journalists: Real-time social platforms will continue to amplify the voices of citizen journalists around the world, all but dissolving the line between the news as we knew it and the relevance and urgency of crowdsourced reporting.– Taylor HatmakerFacebook Buys Something Big: Expect some big moves – and at least one really big acquisition – from Facebook as the company tries to make up for lost time on monetization and mobile. It could be Microsoft’s Atlas or some other ad platform. – Taylor HatmakerTwitter Gets Competition: Services like App.net, Branch and Medium will gain traction, stretching our collective attention spans beyond the mental claustrophobia of 140-character micro-thoughts. Google+ may be a joke now, but the so-called social ghost town will chug steadily into 2013 as Google patiently plays the long game, bringing its Web of products even deeper into the fold. – Taylor HatmakerMobile Security Meltdown: Security experts have been warning about mobile security vulnerabilities for years, but no one has really been listening. That will change in 2013 when a massive security issue plagues one or mobile platforms, stealing personal information, bricking phones and changing the way people use their devices. – Fredric PaulApple Will Release a Television Set: In the spring of 2013 we will see a genuine Apple television, not just the little streaming box that is currently known as Apple TV. The opportunity to make a big splash in the time between big tech conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress and South by Southwest means we should look for the announcement in March. – Dan RowinskiEnterprise PredictionsThe Enterprise Strikes Back: 2013 will see a continuing slump in startups that target consumer categories like social media and mobile and renewed strength in startups aimed at the enterprise. As venture capitalists come down from the bubbly days of Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, they’ll return to their senses and invest in companies that emphasize solid fundamentals, like paying customers and profits. – Tim Devaney and Tom SteinThe Enterprise Inflates a Bubble: The shift to enterprise is good news and bad news. The good news is the Valley will get back to solving real problems. The bad news is we’re going to see a huge bubble in B2B startups just like the one that just popped in B2C. By this time next year we’ll all be wringing our hands again, wondering what happened. – Dan LyonsGovernments Tighten Their Grip on the Internet: This year set the table for the government trying to regulate the Internet, with the SOPA and PIPA piracy controversies in the US, and ACTA in Europe. In 2013, a new mutation of the Stop Online Piracy Act will be duked out in Congress. Internationally, fallout from the United Nations-sanctioned International Telecommunication Union’s World Conference On International Telecommunications will likely cede more regulatory power to governments around the world, threatening to disrupt the Web’s very infrastructure. – Adam PopescuApple Cracks the Enterprise: In 2013, driven to the brink by the seismic changes in Windows 8, the difficulty of supporting Windows RT, and lackluster Windows 8 tablets, enterprises will adopt Apple devices with orders in the tens of thousands of units. This won’t be the end of Microsoft, but it will put the company back on the defensive after a year of innovation. – Jon Mitchell Cloud Rules: The early adoption phase of cloud computing is just about over. Up until now, many cloud deployments have been the purview of small capital-poor startups and department-level teams who need resources faster than corporate procurement can move. In 2013 we will see much broader adoption of the cloud across the entire enterprise, as the cost-benefits of elastic computing become too attractive to ignore. Expect some major deployment announcements as OpenStack-based products become more prolific and Amazon Web Services and CloudStack rise to meet the challenge. – Brian ProffittBig Data Consolidates: Big Data – defined as companies trying to glean useful insights from vast amounts of data – will be driven by massive investments by large corporations. With all that cash sloshing around, we’ll see a big uptick in merger and acquisition activity as traditional tech vendors put big-data startups on their shoping lists. – Antone GonsalvesGoogle Will Become an ISP: After a successful trial run with Google Fiber in Kansas City, Google will reveal pricing and options for Google Fiber Internet service in select U.S. cities by the end of 2013. The offering won’t have a mobile data component, just home and business Internet, VOIP, and TV. It will seem like a very good deal compared to existing ISPs. – Jon MitchellThere you have it, 14 can’t-miss technology predictions for 2013. Stay tuned for deeper dives into the technologies and trends that will shape our future in the coming year. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… fredric paul 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
I am right now in a program with a framework that goes against my deepest beliefs and habits. I’ve been familiar with this program for a long time, and I never engaged with the content they provide, believing the program would not benefit me. But all of my growth has come from looking at beliefs, ideas, and strategies with which I disagree. So, I engaged and opened up the opportunity to change what I believe.Moving Towards That With Which You DisagreeIf you disagree with a belief or an idea or a strategy, the fact that other people have found value in it is evidence that it might be useful. While the fact that other people have found something helpful is not proof positive that it will be helpful for you, it is enough that it should cause you take note. Most people avoid idea with which they disagree, seeking information that confirms what they already believe. Growth, however, comes from changing your mind.If the ideas and beliefs and strategies you have now are capable of producing the results you want, you’d already be producing those results. If you want things to be different than they are now, you are the first thing that you need to change.The more you are locked into what you already know and believe, the more you are locked in and limited to your present state. If you are unwilling to even look at ideas that you find challenging, you eliminate new ideas, new beliefs, new strategies—and the new choices you might have available to you.Change Starts in the 8 inches Between Your EarsTwice in as many weeks, I have encountered a strategy I find difficult. It’s a rather simple idea, and I believe it has value. But part of me continues to argue that it is not possible for me. The idea is that you carry two smartphones. The first phone is your main phone, and the first step is to eliminate all social apps and email from that phone (now you know why this is difficult). The second phone (or device) is for your social apps and your email. By removing these potential sources of distraction, you give yourself the gift of greater focus. You are also intentional about how you process your email and your use of social apps.When confronted by this strategy, my mind immediately comes up with an exhaustive list of all the reasons my email must remain on my primary phone. Even though I would have another device with email a few feet away from me. It’s difficult to overstate the amount of power these devices have over our behavior—and our lives. And since I hate the idea, there are now two phones sitting next to me.Growth requires change—and that change invariably comes with discomfort.If you want to help other people change, there is no better training than learning to change yourself first. What beliefs, ideas, and strategies are you willing to give up and replace with new ones?