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  • State Income Tax for Mobile Workers: Senate Introduces Workforce Simplification Act

    first_imgTo address the complexity of state income tax for mobile workers, U.S. Senators introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2019.The act would create a nationwide standard for the taxation of mobile workers.A substantially similar bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017.State Taxing Authority LimitationThe act states that wages and remuneration earned by an employee working in more than one state will only be subject to income tax in the state:of the employee’s residence; andwhere the employee is present and performing employment duties for over 30 days during the calendar year.Current State Taxing AuthorityStates can tax any income earned in the state. The states have each adopted their own standard for taxing nonresident employees.Some states tax income, and require filing, when a nonresident works in a state for as little as one day. Other, states have adopted a set number of days a nonresident must work in the state before taxation. As an example:Connecticut requires 15 days;Maine requires 12 days; andNorth Dakota requires 21 days;Some states require that nonresidents must earn a certain amount of income before imposing tax:Georgia, once income exceeds the lesser of 5% of all income for services or $5,000;Minnesota, once the minimum filing threshold is crossed; andOregon, once income exceeds the standard deduction.There are also exceptions. States may not require a nonresident to pay tax if:the state has a reciprocity agreement with another state; orthe nonresident is in the state for disaster recovery work.Reciprocity AgreementsReciprocity agreements are made between individual states. Under the agreements, nonresidents earning compensation in a state do not pay income tax if they are taxed in their home state.For example, Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with:Indiana;Maryland;New Jersey;Ohio;Virginia; andWest Virginia.Alternatively, if the taxpayer is a Pennsylvania resident and works in any of the “reciprocal-agreement” states, the taxpayer pays income tax to Pennsylvania.Disaster Recovery Work ExemptionsMany states exempt out-of-state companies that enter the state to perform disaster recovery work from many taxes. The work must be performed:in response to a state disaster or emergency; andduring the disaster response period.The exemptions apply to a range of taxes including withholding and personal income taxes.Nonresidents traveling into a state for work need to research taxability each time they work in a new state. Complying with all these different requirements is not simple. The act would simplify compliance for mobile workers.Employer WithholdingUnder the act, employers will not need to withhold state income tax unless an employee is in a state for more than 30 days. In a state where the employee meets the 30-day threshold, withholding and reporting requirements would apply on the day employment began in the state.Current Withholding RequirementsState withholding requirements vary. Most states require withholding on nonresident’s wages earned in the state on the first day. Other states set specific thresholds, do not require withholding, or do not impose an income tax.Sometimes the thresholds for withholding are like those imposed on taxpayers. However, they can also differ.In Hawaii withholding does not apply to nonresident employees unless they work in state over 60 days. However, nonresidents must file tax returns when their gross income exceeds the amount of personal exemptions and the standard deduction.There are also exceptions to withholding for nonresidents. As an example, Arizona has exceptions from withholding for nonresidents if they:engaged in motion picture productions in Arizona;are employed by an individual, fiduciary, partnership, corporation or limited liability company having property, payroll and sales in Arizona, or of a related entity that has more than 50% direct or indirect common ownership;are physically present for less than 60 days;are working for common carriers paid for service performed both in and outside the state; andcan claim credit for tax paid to the state of residence.Employee DefinedThe act would allow states to define an “employee.” However, the term “employee” will not include:professional athletes;professional entertainers;qualified productions employees; orcertain public figures.Having a nationwide standard would make it easier for employers to comply with state withholding requirements.Senate ActionsSenators introduced the bill February 28.The bill has 34 cosponsors:16 Republicans; and18 Democrats.The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.Andrew Soubel, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

  • On the Extraordinary Value of Self-Discipline

    first_imgThe first publisher who asked for my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need,  hated the very first chapter because it was about self-discipline He said, “Why would you start a book with a chapter on self-discipline. Everybody hates that.” This what not exactly what you hope to hear about your work, let alone from a person who asked you for the book.Selling Exposes CharacterI patiently explained two idea to this acquisition editor. First, I explained that the things that I called “Mindset” in the book tend to be exposed more in sales than in other endeavors. I went on to explain how things that show a lack of character are amplified, and when one is deficient in these traits, they tend to fare poorly in sales.After explaining this first idea, I went on to explain that if a person is unable to keep the commitments they make to themselves, then much of what comes after self-discipline is of little or no use to them. If someone can’t will themselves to prospect or follow-up or keep their commitments, how can they be expected to succeed?The publisher parted ways at the end of our conversation. Fortunately, Portfolio understood that my book was a competency model, though one of my friends described it as “ If Anthony Robbins were mixed with Neil Rackham.”The Enabling Character TraitMy belief that the ability to will oneself to take action is still the first among disciplines has only grown stronger over the last couple of years. More and more, the gap between a salesperson’s results and their goals is not made up some deficit of skill. Instead, it’s a deficit of will—coupled with an absence of accountability.With few exceptions, we each know what we need to do to produce the results we want. When we don’t, that knowledge is available with a few keystrokes or a phone call. There is no lacking when it comes to discovering the recipe. What is more difficult, however, is following the recipe. For most of us, the largest obstacle between our current results and the results we seek stares back at us in our mirror each morning.As it turns out, the first acquisition editor was incorrect. Not everyone hates self-discipline. Those who know the power of self-discipline very much appreciate it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

  • Ricci Rivero participates in Gilas practice

    first_imgRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero was finally an active participant on Monday’s Gilas Pilipinas evening training session at Meralco Gym as for the second straight week, coach Chot Reyes drew a complete attendance from his current pool.Veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood spearheaded the 12 members of the current pool.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Also attending the practice were Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.Sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Jio Jalalon were also in attendance, but remained on the sidelines for the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe current Gilas pool members continue their preparations for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, where they face Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before flying back home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.Aside from Rivero, nine players from the “23-for-23” cadet list also participated in the training namely Paul Desiderio, J-Jay Alejandro, Javee Mocon, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin, Juan Gomez de Liaño, and high school standouts Kai Sotto of Ateneo, Will Gozum of Mapua, and newcomer Carl Tamayo of Nazareth School of National University. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pyeongchang Olympics brings ‘real hope’ to divided Koreas, says Bach Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

  • Vernon Philander continues route back from freak injury

    first_imgFast bowler Vernon Philander will return to international action for the first time in eight months after a freak injury when he plays for South Africa A against Zimbabwe A in Harare in a four-day match starting on Saturday.The 31-year-old has been sidelined since November after damaging ankle ligaments playing a warm-up game of soccer while on tour with South Africa in India.The injury forced him to return home early and miss the subsequent series against England.But Philander has since made three first-class appearances for Western Province and Cape Cobras at the end of last season, taking 10 wickets, and sees playing for South Africa ‘A’ as a route back to the test team for next months two-match series against New Zealand.I never quite knew the severity of the injury until a couple of months after and its been coming and going, but these last few weeks its really been holding up.”I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing cricket again,?? Philander said in a Cricket South Africa statement on Friday.The return of the right-arm seamer would be a boost to South Africa, whose pace attack also missed the injured Dale Steyn as they lost 2-1 to England in the four-test home series.Philander, who has taken 126 wickets in 32 tests at an average of 22.08, is in the A team squad for two matches in Zimbabwe plus two in Australia at the end of the month.last_img read more

  • Real Madrid’s Modric not obsessed with FIFA award

    first_imgLuka Modric insisted he was not obsessed with possibly winning the Best FIFA Men’s Player award as he lamented Croatia’s performance against Spain on Tuesday night.Having led his nation to the World Cup final after a Champions League-winning campaign with Real Madrid, Modric was nominated for the award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.The 33-year-old midfielder is widely considered the favourite to win the honour, having already won the Golden Ball in Russia and UEFA’s best player award this summer, but Modric said it was definitely not his focus at the moment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “For me, the important thing is the collective, winning the prize is not what obsesses me the most,” he said after Croatia’s 6-0 loss to Spain on Tuesday.”If I do not win it, nothing happens.” Zlatko Dalic’s men were comfortably beaten in Elche, where goals from Saul Niguez, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo Moreno, Sergio Ramos and Isco, along with a Lovre Kalinic own goal, saw Spain sweep to another Nations League win.Modric rued his team’s display, highlighting their capitulation after going 2-0 down just past the half-hour mark.”A very tough game. We started the game in the first 20 minutes very well, we had two or three, let’s say, clear chances. We didn’t score, and when we conceded the first goal, and especially the second, we fell apart,” he said.”We started playing each for themselves, not helping each other, staying far from our players, and against a team like this that’s deadly. At the end, the result is poor.”It was a hard loss, but we need to draw lessons from this. If we aren’t at 100 per cent, if we aren’t in every game like we were at the World Cup, it’s hard to play against any team, particularly teams like Spain.”Croatia will resume their Nations League campaign on October 12 when they take on England, in what will be a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final.last_img read more

  • Petra Kvitova return adds sparkle to tough-to-call French Open

    first_imgThe comeback of Petra Kvitova will sprinkle some much needed stardust on this year’s French Open women’s singles, with the absence of household names Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams making the draw the toughest to call in years.Two-time champion Sharapova was denied a wildcard after returning from a doping ban and three-time winner Williams is expecting a child, while in-form Romanian Simona Halep has been struggling with an ankle injury.”The women’s is wide open I guess, because some of the top women aren’t playing. There is an opportunity for someone who has never won one to come through,” former world number one John McEnroe told Reuters.”It’s as wide open as it’s been for a long time. Difficult to pick someone right now.”Adding to the uncertainty for the claycourt grand slam which starts on Sunday, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who has not won more than three consecutive matches on the red dirt this season, was handed a tough first-round draw against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.”It’s very strange to find a first round with two past champions,” Muguruza told reporters on Friday.”And I saw her. I think she’s playing good on clay. It’s a good match to start.”Schiavone won the Bogota claycourt tournament and reached the final in Rabat, also on clay.The opportunity looks tailor-made for a new name to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup with many pundits talking up the chances of Kristina Mladenovic, runner-up in the Stuttgart and Madrid tournaments and bidding to be the first French winner since Mary Pierce in 2000.advertisement”(2014 runner-up) Halep was my pick but I don’t know how the ankle is? I’m hoping she will be healthy,” said 18-time grand slam champion Chris Evert.”Mladenovic has a had a great claycourt season and I think she will not be intimidated paying in Paris at all. She will revel in it. She has reached a couple of finals and had a great match against Halep in Madrid.”All eyes, however, will be on Kvitova when the Czech returns to competitive tennis after recovering from being stabbed during a burglary last December.Kvitova said her left, playing hand, was not in perfect shape but she was able to play.”The hand doesn’t have that power and the strength yet, but I’m working on it. Hopefully one day everything will be perfect,” the two-time Wimbledon champion told reporters.”I’m happy that when I’m playing I don’t have pain in my hand. I didn’t test it in a match, of course. Maybe will be different when the nerves come… but so far it’s okay.”last_img read more

  • From Shraddha Kapoor to Queen Mathilde, here’s all that happened in the world of fashion this week

    first_imgSHRADDHA’S STYLE MOMENT–Radhika BhallaTHE BLENDER’S Pride Fashion Pride hosted its 13th edition recently in Gurugram, and designer Manish Arora presented some of his favourite pieces from his decade-long work in Paris.”This show was about demonstrating that you can be creative in fashion,” he told LIFESTYLE, as the collection highlighted his characteristic vivid prints on fabrics like silk, velvet, duchess satin, crepe, chiffon and georgette.Actress Shraddha Kapoor walked the runway for him, dressed in a short black dress with sequins and pearls embroidered on the front. She wore her hair in a braided topknot with a golden bauble placed in between for added measure.Manish Arora. Photo: Mail Today Speaking about being the showstopper, she said, “I hope I’ve done justice to this outfit. I actually can’t believe I’ve walked for him today, I still have to pinch myself,” adding, “I think Manish is amazing; his designs are so representative of his unique way.”When asked about her favourite fashion style, she revealed her love for comfy clothing. “I can’t live without track pants, a nice T-shirts and sneakers – I think they should be worn even to formal events. As for heels, I have mixed feelings about them. Since I’m flat footed I can’t wear heels for too long, but I still love them.”As for beauty must-haves, the 30-year-old shared that she always carries lip balm in her bag, along with hand santizer because, “I like having clean hands.”Kapoor will be appearing in the upcoming movie Saaho, a trilingual action thriller film that has been written and directed by Sujeeth and costars Prabhas of Baahubali fame.advertisementAlso Read: Shraddha Kapoor’s recent look is a nightmare you’d never be able to forgetNEW BEAUTY HANGOUTDELHI divas are familiar with dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia’s daily Instagram beauty tips and the Lumiere Dermatology clinic in Panchsheel Enclave.Adding to these achievements, Lohia launched another clinic in the city at Block F, Vasant Vihar recently. The event saw a saxophonist play to the crowd, a live DJ set and cocktails from PCO bar.Dr Kiran Lohia (second from left) with Sunaina Kwatra and designer Narresh Kukreja. Photo: Mail Today Meanwhile, the clinic has been kitted out with equipment for a host of services to counter issues like pigmentation, anti-aging and stubborn acne scars through treatments like PIXI Focus and Pixel Perfect. Other services will include hair removal, fillers and laser facials.Also Read: Taapsee Pannu’s black net outfit was really as bad as Shraddha Kapoor’sFIT FOR A QUEENIT APPEARS that Mumbai-based designer Anita Dongre is turning into a royal favourite. After Kate Middleton sported the ‘Gulrukh dress’ during her visit to India in April 2016, Queen Mathilde of Belgium chose Dongre’s ‘Nadya Dress’ during her state visit in the Capital this week. The floor-length dress in blue and white has been made with digitally printed chanderi silk, and is priced at Rs 30,000.Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Photo: Mail Today Speaking with Lifestyle, Dongre shared, “We were contacted by the Belgian Queen’s office with details of the places and events she was scheduled for during the state visit to India.” Dongre then hand-picked a few garments that she deemed fit for the occasion and shared it with them. The designer further added, “It’s humbling to see Indian fashion being embraced by a global icon like her.Queen Mathilde of Belgium wore a dress by Anita Dongre for the state visit to India. Photo: Mail Today I admire her inspiring work with UNICEF Belgium, her caring efforts towards vulnerable sectors and positive changes she brought in early education and women’s health.”MAGIC OF MINAJ AMERICAN rapper and singer Nicki Minaj is the face of apparel brand H&M’s upcoming Christmas campaign, and she has brought to the fore her characteristic fierceness with an ethereal air for the shoot.Nicki Minaj. Photo: Mail Today In the images shared exclusively with LIFESTYLE (above), Minaj is seen standing in a garden with her arms extended in a short white dress. It boasts bell sleeves, a long trail and a plunging neck. Meanwhile, Minaj wears her black tresses parted in the middle, as silver-white strappy heels encircle her legs.The image also features a male model in black and grey, and female models in a red dress, hooded jacket and short boots. The range will be available at H&M stores from today onwards.last_img read more

  • COA strikes down SGM decisions, Ajit Singh stays Anti corruption head

    first_imgThe BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) has struck down decisions taken during an SGM held on June 22nd.A communication sent to BCCI office bearers as well as management team reads, “The Committee of Administrators has received a document from the Acting Secretary setting out the various resolutions that were purportedly passed during a meeting held at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi on 22nd June 2018.The said meeting was convened and held in violation of the directions dated 15th March 2018 issued by the Committee of Administrators.Accordingly, it is directed that no office bearer / committee member / employee / consultant/ retainer / service provider shall in any way implement, act further to or in aid of any resolutions that may have been passed during the aforesaid meeting.”State units unhappy with CoA, demand BCCI SGM on June 22In a COA meeting held in Mumbai on Wednesday, a lot of these decisions were struck down one after another.The SGM had resolved that former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar be given an extension as BCCI’s anti corruption head as the new appointment of Ajit Singh was non transparent.Ajit Singh, a former Rajasthan DGP went on to attend the COA meeting on Wednesday and made a presentation too, to strengthen the anti corruption unit.The SGM had resolved for Ranji trophy to revert back to Elite and Plate format. In the COA meeting, a new formula involving four groups A, B, C and D that also ensures participation of North Eastern states as well as Uttrakhand was deviced.advertisementThere was a presentation made by General Manger Saba Karim, explaining the COA of how the now contentious ‘yo yo test’ had been introduced as a fitness parameter for Indian team selection at the behest of team management.But there was no decision to draft a reply to Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary who had delivered a long questionnaire to COA, inquiring if any scientific method was followed before introducing yo yo tests in Indian cricket which has seen three cricketers losing their national spots on failing such test.last_img read more

  • Google Launches Dramatic Redesign of Google+, Emphasizing Context and Content Discovery

    first_img6) Stand-Alone Hangouts AppGoogle+ has also transformed Hangouts into a free, stand-alone application which includes text, photo-sharing, and live video features, available for Android, iOS, and the desktop. The revamped version of Hangouts features richer, more responsive messaging; conversation histories; notifications that sync across your devices (so you only see them once); and free, face-to-face video chatting. It’s also available practically everywhere — download Hangouts from Google Play, the App Store, and the Chrome Web Store, or access it via Gmail or Google+.7) New Photo Features The final set of new Google+ announcements has to do with its new photo features, which include cool things like …Automatically backing up pictures taken with your mobile devices, as you take themAutomatically highlighting higher quality photos and weeding out duplicates, blurry images, and bad exposuresAutomatically enhancing photos to improve elements like brightness, contrast, etc.Automatically animating a sequence of photos or grouping photos into a single collageHere’s What We’re Dealing With, MarketersIn thinking about the Google+ redesign, I’m picking up three main marketing themes here: 1) an emphasis on context, 2) an emphasis on content discovery, and 3) an emphasis on visual content.1) An Emphasis on ContextNo surprise here, especially given that context seems to be the overarching theme of the I/O conference this year — as well as a very hot topic for marketers these days. We’ve talked before about how leveraging contextual information to inform your inbound marketing can make it much more powerful and effective, and Google+’s new features like related hashtags are clearly aimed to help deliver more relevant and contextual content to its users. As a marketer, use this to your advantage, tagging your Google+ posts with relevant hashtags to make your content more discoverable. Which leads me to theme numero dos …2) An Emphasis on Content DiscoveryAside from the element of discovery that Related Hashtags bring to the table, the Pinterest-like redesign of Google+ makes content discovery much easier, surfacing more, better scannable content through the new tiled design. And while it seems like there’s an algorithm behind which images and video Google decides to display more prominently, marketers should recognize the chance that the visual content they share may get featured more prominently than text-based content. (Man, these segues are uncanny …)3) An Emphasis on Visual ContentWith its Pinterest-like resemblance, there’s no doubt that the Google+ redesign puts a much greater emphasis on visual content. It’s no surprise either, given the effectiveness of visual content in social media. The takeaway here for marketers is pretty straightforward — invest in visual content creation. Especially considering the chance that Google+ may feature your visual content more prominently, marketers who excel at creating visual content have a better opportunity to stand out from other content in users’ Google+ streams.What do you think of the Google+ redesign? What other takeaways do you think apply to marketers? Learn more about how to adapt your Google+ marketing strategy to the new design in our recently updated ebook, An Introduction to Google for Business: A Setup & Strategy Guide for Marketers. Google+ Marketing Now onto the specifics. Here’s what’s new and exciting about the Google+ redesign:1) Consistency Across DevicesAccording to a 2012 Google study about multi-screen usage, 90% of people move between devices to accomplish a goal. In other words, people may start reading an email on their phone on the train home from work, but finish reading it at home on their tablet — or maybe they watch a commercial on TV and then turn to their laptop to research the product. Based on what we know about users’ multi-screen habits, it’s no wonder Google’s design changes to Google+ attempt to achieve consistency across all devices. While the Google+ tablet and mobile apps had already accomplished a consistent look and feel, prior to the redesign, this same consistency had been lacking in the web platform. The Google+ redesign makes the experience across all devices much more cohesive through the following changes …  2) Multiple Columns Depending on the size and orientation of your screen, Google+ users may now see one, two, or three columns of content on their main Google+ stream, their personal profiles, and Google+ Business Pages. Here’s how this looks on HubSpot’s Google+ Page, for example:Very Pinterest-esque, am I right?3) Larger Sized MediaSimilar to the more prominently displayed starred content you see on Facebook, Google+ users will notice that certain media content such as photos and videos will sometimes span the width of the full Google+ stream, like you see in the example below. However, it’s not clear how Google+ decides which cards (i.e. the individual posts resembling tiles, or “cards”) get featured more prominently, and unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be something individual publishers or page admins have control over.Cover photos, both on personal profiles and on business pages, have been blown up significantly as well (obnoxiously so, in my opinion). As a result, it’s important for marketers to make sure the image they use for their business page’s cover photo is high resolution. When it comes to sizing, Google+ indicates cover images must be at least 480 pixels wide and 270 pixels tall.4) AnimationsGoogle+ users will also notice that a lot of features are animated now, boosting the interactivity of the social network. For example, the sidebar navigation slides out from the left when you hover over the home icon on the top left, the sharebox bounces toward the center of the screen, and the cards flip and fade (more on this shortly).5) Related Hashtags One of the limitations of the former Google+ design was that it lacked depth. While users could scroll up and down to scan posts, there was really no way to go deeper and explore a particular topic even further. The redesign solves for this by automatically adding hashtags to the content you share. Google+ will look at your post to determine what it’s about, hashtag it accordingly, and then rank relevant conversations across the network. When users click on the hashtag, the card flips, and users can browse related content right there (see below). Users can also add their own hashtags or remove the ones automatically generated by Google whenever they want. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img If you can’t remember, here’s a quick, very recent blast from the past screenshot showing you how Google+ used to look, thanks to TechCrunch: Originally published May 17, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 You may have caught wind of some of the announcements coming out of the Google I/O conference over the past couple of days. And while we made some high-level observations here yesterday about how this year’s emphasis seems to be on context, there was one announcement we thought deserved more of our attention: the complete redesign of Google+.Uhh … yeah. Did you miss that? We kind of glossed over it, too. So in this post, we’ll pick apart what’s different about Google+’s new look — which Google is rolling out over the next week — and what these changes mean for marketers like you.What’s New With Google+?First take a quick look at the changes to Google+ in this 57-second video from Google: last_img read more

  • Twitter Rolls Out Tweet Performance Analytics to All Users

    first_img Twitter Updates Topics: Originally published Aug 27, 2014 5:18:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Back in July, Twitter rolled out early access to its new analytics dashboard to select advertisers and verified users — and left the rest of us wondering whether we’d be able to access our own Twitter analytics dashboards, too.Well folks, it looks like the day has finally come. According to TechCrunch (and a tweet from Twitter’s front-end engineer Ian Chan), now everyone can see their Twitter analytics. Here you go: The newly unlocked activity dashboard.I can already hear marketers everywhere rejoicing. Here are the deets about who has access, what you get, and why it’s useful to us marketing folk.Who Has Access?According to Twitter’s support page, the dashboard is now open to every account that’s been open for at least 14 days, isn’t restricted, protected, or suspended, and primarily publishes tweets in English, French, Japanese, or Spanish.What Do You Get?You can choose from three options: Timeline activity, Followers, or Twitter Cards. Let’s see what happens when I click Timeline activity for HubSpot’s account.Timeline ActivityAs you can see, the dashboard gives me a summary of total impressions in the last month near the top, which Twitter compares to my last month’s performance.In the columns of data provided, I can see the number of favorites, retweets, and replies generated from each individual tweet, in addition to click data for any links included in my tweets. On the right-hand side of the screen, I can see how my engagements, link clicks, retweets, favorites, and replies have been trending over the last 28 days.I can even export this data into an Excel file by simply clicking Export data at the top right.The export includes the tweet copy along with the number of favorites, retweets, replies, link clicks, hashtag clicks, detail expands, embedded media clicks, user profile clicks, and follows.Good stuff! Now let’s see what happens when I look at Followers.FollowersJackpot!This dashboard shows our follower growth over time, highlights our followers’ most unique and top interests, the distribution of their locations and gender, and the top-most followed people our followers also follow. (I’ll give you a second to wrap your head around that last part.)Twitter CardsThis is a third option you can grab that lets you attach media experiences to tweets that link to your content. Most of you likely don’t have it set up. Click here to learn more about Twitter Cards, and here to learn how to set them up. Once you have them up and running, check out this article for help with analyzing their effectiveness.Why Twitter Analytics Are HelpfulBecause when are free analytics not helpful? Being able to analyze the performance of your tweets can provide a wealth of knowledge and insight into the effectiveness of your Twitter strategy.  By exporting your data, you can sort and analyze which tweets are your best performers. Which means if you were trying to expand your reach on Twitter, there are probably some lessons you could learn from those most retweeted tweets. What should you replicate? What didn’t work? Or, if you wanted to increase the engagement of your tweets, you could analyze which tweets generated the most replies and extract some insight from the content of those tweets. More data leads to better insights, which leads to smarter, more effective marketing. Not sure where to start? Think about the following as you analyze the performance of your tweets:How does timing (both time of day and day of the week) influence the performance of your tweets? Do certain times naturally lead to more impressions? What is your optimal tweet frequency? Are you burning out your audience by over-tweeting, or can you stand to tweet even more than you currently do? Test it and see!Compare the tone of your tweet copy. Is your audience more responsive to a fun and conversational tone or more business-like, professional-sounding copy?How does media perform in your tweets? Do people love videos and photos, or do they prefer text-based tweets?How does link placement in your tweets impact engagement?What kinds of calls-to-action (CTAs) generate the most engagement with your audience? Are blatant CTAs more impactful, or does your audience appreciate subtlety?How else can you benefit from Twitter’s analytics? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

  • What the Heck Does HTTP Error 503 (Service Unavailable) Mean & How Can You Fix It?

    first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Image Credit: Stack OverflowFortunately, there are five common solutions for troubleshooting most 503 Service Unavailable Errors.How to Fix an HTTP Error 503Reboot your server.Check to see if your web server is going through maintenance.Fix faulty firewall configurations.Sift through your server-side logs.Comb through your website’s code to find bugs. Originally published Jan 25, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated September 05 2019 Imagine someone searches for a topic and finds your website on page one of Google. When they click through to your website, though, their eyes land on a bland webpage that says “Service Unavailable”.What do you think they’ll do when they find your website on Google again? Odds are, they’ll skip over it and click on the next link. If visitors are looking for answers and you’re promising them those answers, but you can’t deliver because something’s wrong with your website, they’ll lose trust in your brand.Unfortunately, if your website experiences a 503 Service Unavailable Error, there’s no silver bullet solution. You have to investigate what’s actually causing the issue, because even though these types of errors indicate what happened to your website, they don’t tell you why it happened.To help you fix your 503 Service Unavailable Error and avoid losing potential customers, check out our guide on what exactly the issue is and its most common solutions.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This YearWhat does HTTP Error 503 mean?A 503 Service Unavailable Error is an HTTP response status code that indicates your web server operates properly, but it can’t handle a request at the moment. Since it’s just a generic error message, it’s difficult to pinpoint the issue’s exact cause. When your website is experiencing a 503 Service Unavailable Error, your site’s visitors will land on an error page, like the photo below. 1. Restart your server.Sometimes, there will be congestion in the server chain that hosts your website. One of the most effective ways to open up and refresh it is to simply restart your web server. If your website is hosted on multiple servers, make sure you restart all of them to get it running again.2. Check to see if your web server is going through maintenance.Most web servers shut down when they’re going through maintenance. If you can access your server’s administration settings, check the configuration options to see when automatic maintenance sessions are scheduled. If you’d rather have complete control over your server’s maintenance, you can disable these automatic updates in the configuration options, too.3. Fix faulty firewall configurations.Your firewall is your website’s gatekeeper, protecting your site from malicious visitors or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Sometimes, a faulty firewall configuration will cause your firewall to deem requests from a content delivery network as an attack on your server and reject them, resulting in a 503 Service Unavailable Error. Check your firewall configuration to pinpoint and fix the issue.4. Sift through your server-side logs.There are two types of server-side logs — applications logs and server logs. Application logs recount your website’s entire history, letting you see the web pages requested by visitors and the servers it connected to. Server logs provide information about the hardware running your server, revealing details about its health and status. Sift through both types of server-side logs to uncover any alarming information about your server or website.5. Comb through your website’s code to find bugs.If there’s a mistake in your website’s code, your web server might not be able to correctly answer requests from a content delivery network. Comb through your code to find bugs or copy your code into a development machine. It’ll perform a thorough debug process that will simulate the exact situation your 503 Service Unavailable Error occurred in and allow you to find the exact moment things went wrong. Topics: Technical SEOlast_img read more

  • JNU elections: ABVP gives tough competition to Left Unity

    first_imgJawaharlal Nehru University Students Union polls were conducted today, on September 06, 2019 where the fate of 14 candidates who were contesting the election was on stake. A large number of students participated in the campus election so much so that the ground was full of voters. The voting timing in the campus was from morning 9 am to 5 pm.While polling was underway, supporters of various political unions were seen raising slogans and convincing students with dhols and daphlis outside voting centres.The counting will commence from 9 pm onwards and the results are likely to be declared on Sunday.Candidates contesting the electionsSome of the top student leaders who are in fray for the top post in JNUSU this year are: Aishe Ghosh (Left Unity), Manish Jangid (ABVP), Priyanka Bharti (CRJD), Jitendra Suna (BAPSA-Fraternity), Raghvendra Mishra (Independent) and Prashant Kumar (NSUI-MSF).Student groups contesting elections The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students Federation (DSF) and All India Students Federation (AISF) are contesting together under the umbrella of Left Unity.With a strong nationalist wave, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is hoping to give a tough fight to the left unity this year.The other student organisations in the presidential race are the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) and the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Independent candidate Raghavendra Mishra who is seen clad in saffron robes is also contesting for the post of president. Two visually impaired candidates are also contesting elections this year.advertisementFace-off among different ideologies “We are confident of retaining all four seats. People outside may say anything but those in JNU are wise enough to see through what is being fed to the country in name of development, ” said Aishe Ghosh, who is contesting for the presidential post.ABVP’s presidential candidate Manish Jangid took a dig at the Left unity students’ union and said they could not even get themselves notified.”While the entire country rejoiced the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, the leftists were immersed in sadness. When one of our candidates was elected in 2015, we ensured that placement cell was made and got a fund of Rs 91 crore from the DONER Ministry. This time, we want to raise the demand for having sports quota in admission, access to libraries and new hostels for students,” he said.The student union at JNU will have 43 councillors as compared to 31 last year after a change in its constitution. Each select different councillors. The results are expected to be declared by September 8.While the campaigning and debates in the run-up to elections in JNU have been focused around national and international issues such as article 370, Kashmir and even Amazon fire, when it comes to the poll day it finally boils down to an extremely polarized campus divided between left and right sides of national politics.Also read: JNU admission session 2019-20 started from FridayAlso read: From speeches, clashes, lal salaam to Vande Mataram, JNU student union debate sees it alllast_img read more

  • Iranian woman sets self on fire over possible jail sentence for sneaking into football stadium

    first_imgAn Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported on Tuesday.The self-immolation death of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari has shocked Iranian officials and the public, becoming an immediate hashtag trend across social media in the Islamic Republic.It also comes as FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games, a ban in place since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.FIFA wants the issue resolved before October 10 when Iran – the top-ranked team in Asia – hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.Khodayari died on Monday at a Tehran hospital after suffering burns across 90 per cent of her body. She had been on a respirator since dousing herself with gasoline in front of Tehran’s Ershad Courthouse on September 2, according to the Iranian news website Rokna, which publishes in Iran with government permission.She had just learned she could be tried by a Revolutionary Court in Iran and be put in prison for six months, her father told the website.Khodayari’s sister told Iran’s pro-reform Shahrvand newspaper that her sister suffered from bipolar disorder. Her father said she had stopped taking medication a year ago.In March, Khodayari tried to sneak into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch her favorite team, Esteghlal, take on the United Arab Emirates team Al Ain.As in other matches, she disguised herself as a man by wearing a blue wig and a long overcoat, gaining the nickname the “Blue Girl.” However, police arrested her after an altercation and detained her.Khodayari spent three nights in jail before being released pending the court case. She reportedly returned to the court to retrieve her seized mobile phone and heard she could face prison time.News of her death ricocheted across Iran on Tuesday, with tributes hashtagged “BlueGirl.”Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi – who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women – urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums to protest Khodayari’s death.Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and also an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums should be named after Khodayari “in the future.”Female lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri called Khodayari “Iran’s Girl” and tweeted, “We are all responsible.”There was no report on Khodayari’s death from Iranian state media, nor its prominent semi-official news agencies. The conservative Shafaqna news agency acknowledged her death in a brief item Tuesday, noting that the case had drawn international attention and caused “counterrevolutionary media” to cry over the case.FIFA has been trying to push Iran to allow women in for matches. A partial exception came in November when hundreds of Iranian women, who were separated from male supporters, were allowed into the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch the Asian Champions League final.However, local matches have continued the restriction. Volleyball, another popular sport, similarly sees officials bar women from attending men’s games in the capital, Tehran, though women were allowed in some matches in other Iranian cities.Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their own interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men’s sports.However, that has drawn criticism from human rights activists abroad, as well as at home.”The stadium ban is not written into law or regulation but is ruthlessly enforced by the country’s authorities,” wrote Mindy Worden, the director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch.She added that Khodayari’s suicide underscores “the need for Iran to end its ban on women attending sports matches – and the urgency for regulating bodies like FIFA to enforce its own human rights rules.”Amnesty International separately said that as far as it knows, “Iran is the only country in the world that stops and punishes women” seeking to enter soccer stadiums. Saudi Arabia, a longtime holdout, recently started allowing women to attend matches under a push from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”What happened to Sahar Khodayari is heart-breaking and exposes the impact of the Iranian authorities’ appalling contempt for women’s rights in the country,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director.”Her only ‘crime’ was being a woman in a country where women face discrimination that is entrenched in law and plays out in the most horrific ways imaginable in every area of their lives, even sports,” Luther added.Also Read | US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil: Top officialAlso Read | Iran says British oil tanker could be released soonAlso Watch | Iran is fed up with up with Pakistani terrorism as welllast_img read more

  • Bangladesh T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan could miss India tour

    first_imgBangladesh are likely to travel India without their skipper Shakib Al Hasan for the upcoming T20I and Test tour of India, scheduled to start on November 3 with the first T20I in Delhi.According to Cricbuzz, Bangladesh skipper has only been part of one net session in the four-day preparatory camp held in Bangladesh before the team leaves for India.”We will announce the T20 team tomorrow [October 29] at noon. We need some more time to announce our Test team. We will announce it two to three days later,” Akram Khan, BCB’s cricket operations chairman said as quoted by the website.Notably, Shakib al Hasan was issued a showcause notice by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after he violated the terms and conditions of the board.Shakib had signed as the brand ambassador of country’s telecom major ‘Grameenphone’, which is a direct competitor of the team’s sponsor ‘Robi’.According to the central contract clause, this is a violation and an angry BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon had threatened legal action against country’s best player.However, Bangladesh’s CEO Chowdhury had said that no legal action will be taken against Shakib.Also, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan ‘Papon’ had alleged that there have been constant attempts to sabotage Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India and the strike by country’s top cricketers with 11-point demand was an extension of that.Talking about the availability of Shakib the BCB president had said: “Now after this, I won’t be surprised if I find that someone else pulls out at the eleventh hour when we would be left with no other options. I have called Shakib to have a chat. Now if he also pulls out, where do I even find a captain? I might have to change the whole combination. What do I even do with these players.”advertisementAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly confident Bangladesh will agree to playing day-night Test in Kolkatalast_img read more

  • Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft return to Australia Test squad for Pakistan series

    first_imgAustralia opener Marcus Harris has been dropped from the Test squad and replaced by Queensland batsman Joe Burns for the upcoming two-match series against Pakistan.Cameron Bancroft has also been recalled in the 14-man squad released on Thursday for the series, which begins on Nov. 21 in Brisbane, after being dropped midway through the Ashes in England.Uncapped bowling all-rounder Michael Neser has been included along with pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.Paine (c)BancroftBurnsCummins (vc)HazlewoodHead (vc)LabuschagneLyonNeserPattinsonSmithStarcWadeWarner#AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/08QnbZ4TLhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 14, 2019Cricket Australia announced earlier on Thursday that promising batsman Will Pucovski had withdrawn from selection for “mental wellbeing” reasons.Pucovski has ruled himself out of selection due to “matters pertaining to mental wellbeing”, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.The 21-year-old right-hander is the third Australian cricketer to report mental health problems to staff in just over two weeks, with former test batsman Nic Maddinson and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell both taking breaks from the game.Uncapped Pucovski was considered a good chance to be named in the Australia squad for the two-test series against Pakistan to be released later on Thursday.He reported his issue to team management in Perth while playing for Australia A against Pakistan, where he was out for five in the first innings and did not bat in the second.Squad: David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Michael Neseradvertisementlast_img read more

  • Hughes: Jese still part of Stoke plans

    first_imgStoke City Hughes: Jese still part of Stoke plans Ante Jukic 13:21 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jese Rodriguez Stoke City Premier League 12212017 Getty Images Stoke City Chelsea v Stoke City Premier League After receiving both disciplinary action and compassionate leave, the former Madrid forward can bounce back according to the side’s manager Stoke City manager Mark Hughes insists Jese Rodriguez is still in his plans, despite growing speculation of an imminent move during the January transfer window.Reports suggest former Real Madrid forward Jese, who is on loan from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, could have his deal cut short.Still, this weekend, the 24-year-old Spaniard is a chance to make his first appearance since coming on as a substitute against Liverpool in November. 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 “We’re not quite sure how much work he’s been able to do,” Hughes said. “It’s been difficult for him as he’s been in hospital for most of that time.”He’s not quite where he needs to be to be a factor for us. He might get back to the level he needs to be at very soon, hopefully.”Jese was handed disciplinary action for leaving the dressing room upon realising he would not come on as a substitute against Swansea City earlier this month, but was also granted compassionate leave for his son Nyan – suffering health complications after a premature birth.In spite of reports he could see out the season with his hometown Las Palmas under their new boss Paco Jemez, Hughes believes Jese wants to succeed in England.”Clearly the Premier League is where he wants to be, with us,” Hughes said. It’s just unfortunate because of his family circumstances that he hasn’t been able to commit to what he’s needed to do here to be effective for us.”You have to understand it’s something that couldn’t have been avoided. It seems like his family situation is settling down so he might be able to refocus now for a decent length of time.”Hughes will need an optimal performance from all his players on Saturday, however, with the Potters facing reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

  • Another TCU Hype Video is Just What you Need

    first_imgWhile 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 faces Big 12 foe TCU Saturday at 2:30. It’s a top 15 matchup in Stillwater with Big 12 title implications. In case you need more incentive to be hyped for today, this video will get your mind right just in time for the game.AdChoices广告last_img read more

  • This Is Not What You Want Emmanuel Ogbah to Say About You

    first_imgIt appears that Baylor’s backup QB Jarrett Stidham is going to play on Saturday. Stidham was struggling with a bad back which he injured against OU. Having a bad back is probably not a good thing to have against an Oklahoma State team that is fourth in the country in sacks per game.Also, this is not what you want Emmanuel Ogbah, who has a sack in 14 of his last 18 games, saying about you.“You can tell he’s still a freshman,” Ogbah told the Oklahoman. You can see in his eyes he gets nervous. I know he doesn’t want to run, he’d rather sit in the pocket and throw the ball. But we’re going to be prepared for that.”AdChoices广告This has to terrify any QB when facing #OkState this year. @Eman_OSU38 is a beast. pic.twitter.com/xJN9MDBMwk— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) October 11, 2015“Clark Kent by day, Superman by night,” Jordan Sterns told ESPN. “Great leader, easy going, genuine dude. Then he turns into a new person on game day, screaming, ready to play and be dominant.”Good luck, freshman. 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.last_img read more

  • Five Players Who Need to Step up Big for Oklahoma State in 2017

    first_imgWhile 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. Of course Richards is on this list and of course he’s number one.The decision to move him to safety is an interesting one on OSU’s part. Whether they’re confident in the decision or not, Richards had better be ready to make it a winning one.Oklahoma State’s crop of safeties is young so they moved Richards over, hoping his style of play would better fit the position. It left the cornerbacks at a disadvantage. Yes, Baker should help, but this move was a huge gamble for two positions on the field (although they can hedge because they have enough depth at safety to just move him back to CB).Setting the cornerback position aside, this move has to work at safety. If Richards lets guys by him like has done in the past at corner, it’s going to be a long year. If this move works, and Richards has finally found the perfect home on the field, he will end up being one of the most important players on the roster. To be honest, I’d be happy if it landed somewhere in the middle. We’ve spent a lot of time this offseason talking about why Oklahoma State could win the Big 12 and potentially reach the College Football Playoff. We know what to expect from Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Justice Hill. But there are plenty of others who have yet to prove themselves.For any team to reach its potential, some “other guys” are going to have to step up. For this team to realize its potential, there will have to be one or two unknown players step forward to carve their names onto Lewis Field.Let’s break down the five guys who, if they have a big impact this season, will help the Cowboys reach their goals of a Big 12 title and more.5. Matt Ammendola – KickerAdChoices广告[PFB]Regardless of your personal feelings about Ben Grogan, he was the all-time leading scorer at Oklahoma State for a reason. And he will be missed.His probable successor stands 5-foot-9 and goes by the nickname “Philly.” His first (and only) field goal attempt tied for the fourth-longest made at Oklahoma State, but he’s had some difficulties with consistency.With Oklahoma State expected to be ready to claim that second Big 12 title, can it really rely on a walk-on kicker with only one kick to his name? Whoever handles kicking duties for the Cowboys is going to get a lot of opportunities to put up points. Ammendola, if he is the man, had better be up to the task of at least being close to Grogan’s level.We know he can nail 50+ yarders, but the fact that Oklahoma State still hasn’t named him the starter makes me wonder. Ammedola has the leg strength to win the job. But all the strength in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t put it between the uprights.OSU expects to score a lot of touchdowns. When Rudolph and Co. can’t quite reach the end zone, they’re going to need to know they have a kicker they can rely on. Ammendola needs to step up and be that kicker.4. Darrion Daniels – Defensive Tackle[PFB]I feel like I’ve been hearing about how great Daniels is going to be for four years. Year three is often when the best players at OSU take a major step forward. If Daniels is going to become the player everyone has raved about, now is his chance.Daniels should get one of the starting spots at defensive tackle and be expected to replace the productivity of Vincent Taylor. Daniels, who backed up Taylor last season, is OSU’s leading returning DT despite only having 15 tackles in 13 games last season.Taylor had 51 including 13 tackles for a loss. Those are some big shoes to fill and if OSU is going to have an historic season, Daniels is going to have to fill them.3. La’Darren Brown – Running Back[PFB]A backup running back still hasn’t been decided. Redshirt freshman La’Darren Brown could be that back. We all know Justice Hill will be great, but he can’t do it alone. Someone has to be the Robin to his Batman, like Carson was last year.From a couple of statements by Gundy on Saturday, it doesn’t sound like Carr is going to be number two. That means a freshman, true or redshirt, will be holding down the back-up running back position for the next season. It would best if the second best guy on the roster was one who has already spent at least a year in the system. Enter LD Brown who is entering his second year in Stillwater.He looked good during the Spring Game, and will likely get carries this season whether he’s the No. 2 or not. But what the team really needs is to let the two incoming freshmen redshirt. That means one of the two redshirt-freshmen would be taking the back-up spot. If OSU is going to hit its apex on offense it will need a dynamic option No. 2. They need Brown to be that guy.2. A.J. Green – Cornerback[A.J. Green, Bryce Balous and Rodarius Williams. PFB]We talk a lot about Clemson graduate transfer cornerback Adrian Baker, and rightfully so. The experience he brings having started on a championship caliber team at Clemson is invaluable.But while one side of the field may be locked down with Baker, there is still another side.A.J. Green is expected to be named the starting corner opposite Baker. Talk about a lot of pressure. Especially early in the season, you can bet teams are going to test Green and test him often, throwing their best receivers to that side of the field and throwing his direction.Green is going to have to be ready. Especially if the worst-case scenario happens, Baker not living up to expectations.1. Ramon Richards – Safety(USATSI)last_img read more