Hobbies – Guitar

Playing the guitar is one of the most popular hobbies in America. Millions of Americans play the guitar as a leisure activity; and why not? It is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn and the most popular music of the day is played on the guitar. Many people do not realize how easy it is to really learn to play the guitar. Some people, who first begin learning to play the guitar, try to learn a very hard song from the start. Then they start thinking they will never be able to learn to play, that they just do not have that “natural” musical talent that some people have, when really they just picked a hard song. Some people try to play the guitar for only about a week and expect to pick it up that quickly. If they cannot do it in a week, then again they think they just do not have that musical talent. All of that is nonsense

Not even an experienced musician would be able to pick up the guitar and learn it in a week. He or she would know how the music works and understand how the guitar is supposed to played, but it still takes a little time to develop the correct motor skills with your hands and fingers. Anybody can pick up the guitar and learn to play some of their favorite songs if they just stick with it for a little while and practice for only a short period of time each day.

To begin playing the guitar, all you have to do is learn a few chords. Most rock, country, or other popular genres or songs can be played with only a few easy chords on the guitar. They say with only three or four chords you can play most rock songs ever written. Most people I have taught to play the acoustic guitar or electric guitar, if they would just listen to me and try it for one week, they could get down three chords in that week or two weeks and then be able to play a song with those chords. I also teach them a strumming pattern to play the chords with. That is all you need and you are set with your new hobby of playing guitars.

I myself studied music for seven years or more before I tried to learn the guitar, so I did have a good grasp of music theory, but it still took me several months to learn to play well, because I had to develop the motor skills of moving my fingers on the strings and coordinating my fingering and strumming patterns. It also takes a little while to learn to sing on top of keeping the beat and playing the guitar. But it can be learned quickly as well, if you just stick with and give it a real try. I did not have anyone to teach me when I first began playing the guitar. I just bought an acoustic guitar and taught myself to play. Every now and then people would give me pointers or teach me how to play something. I have taught other people to play also, and noticed that with a teacher it is surprising how fast people can pick things up. I wish I would have had a teacher when I was learning. There are little tricks and licks on the guitar that only an experienced guitar player would know.

So if you are looking for a new hobby, one that you can do whenever you want, with friends or by yourself, then learn to play the guitar. It is like riding a bike. Once you learn it, you never forget. It will be something you can take with you for the rest of your life, entertaining crowds and parties and serenading that special someone. And, if you do not have a special someone, it will definitely help your chances of finding them. That is what we do at the online hobby store and more.



Source by Peter Jaystore

Is Automated Attendant Killing My Business?

A customer's first contact with an organization is often by telephone. What impression does your company give over the phone, and is it killing your business?

In any competitive business environment, it's essential that the first impression your potential client has of your organization is a positive one. That's why it's helpful to periodically evaluate how your organization receives and manages phone contact and identify opportunities to improve the quality and accuracy of your communications. In recent years, many companies have turned to Automated Attendants and IVR's to screen and direct callers, but many others continue to insist on a live person answering the phone. Is your choice killing your business? Let's evaluate.

For companies that are currently using Automated Attendant or IVR, or for companies who are evaluating the technology for the first time, there are a few important questions you need to ask. However, before you ask yourself these questions, you need to throw your personal opinion out the window for a moment. Your preferences may not be the same as your clients, and it is all to easy to assume that your clients will want what you want. That is most definitely not always going to be the case, so be as subjective as possible. Ask yourself these questions:

1. Who is your clientele? What demographic? (Age, technology savvy, etc)

2. What is your industry doing and why?

3. What is your daily call volume?

4. Do you get an incredible amount of nuisance sales calls?

5. Do you deal with the general public, or only with a few suppliers?

6. Do you use Voice PRI and DID's to bypass the IVR or AA for regular clients?

7. What is your market niche?

8. What image of your company do you want in the market?

9. What are the financial implications?

The answers to these questions will go a long way towards choosing the right route for your business to take, as well as determine if Automatic Attendant is killing your business. Let's expand on each of these questions for a moment.

1. Who is your clientele? What demographic do they represent?

Having an Automated Attendant in certain businesses will absolutely shut you down. Do you own a business based on personal service and personal touch? Do you deal with an older demographic who prefers the way "things used to be" in the olden days?

For instance: Can you own a mortuary and send calls through an IVR or AA? No. How about a flower shop? Not likely if you want the business. Ordering pizza? You just lost a customer. They want service now.

Is the information you provide easily distributed without a live person, and is that all your client needs? This is such an in depth question, you have to know the answer to it.

2. What is your industry doing and why?

What are the most successful organizations among your competitors doing? This will often be an indicator of a wise decision based on real market experience, but it should not always be taken into consideration. Was this a choice made based on a larger or smaller company call volume? Do they have the same market niche and similar clientele? Either way, you need to know what the standard protocol is in your industry, because if you follow it, you most likely will not lose customers by repeating it. However, not following the norm may be a strategic move simply to gain customers who are unhappy with the status quo. Know what your competition is doing and why.

3. What is your daily call volume?

You need to know. Many organizations have moved to Automated Attendant to get more done. Plain and Simple. If your receptionist / secretary is so busy answering calls that he / she is not able to perform other vital income producing activities, it may make sense to run calls through an Automated Attendant or IVR to send your clients to the department where they need to go Without the assistance of the secretary or receptionist. Depending on the business, this may work just fine. Always program in the option to opt out so that your clients have the ability to choose to speak to the receptionist / secretary / live warm body by dialing zero. By doing so, you can avoid offending those who absolutely refuse to deal with automated attendants.

If you have low call volume, why would you consider this option? See the next question.

4. Do you get an incredible amount of daily nuisance sales calls?

5. Do you deal with the general public, or only a select few suppliers?

Let's deal with these two together, as they go hand in hand. When organizations get hundreds of calls a day, they have to ask what the calls are for, who they are for, and does it affect their business positively or negatively.

If you are a research firm that does contract work for a few select clients, you do not need calls from the incoming general public. You often are not staffed with anyone specifically to handle those calls, so it pulls someone vital to your operation into answering calls that do not seem to vital functions of your business.

If you want to buy something, you have the online yellow pages and Google at your disposal, so do you really need to take that sales call? Have you ever answered calls all day and not been able to perform your major job function? When that answer is yes, you may not only want an AA or IVR, you may not be able to deal without one.

6. Do you use Voice PRI and DID's?

Voice PRI (Voice T-1 Primary Rate Interface) and DID's (Direct Inward Dial numbers) allow your clients to call directly in and bypass the automated attendant by calling the number on your desk. For larger businesses that have a huge amount of calls, but who want to have their regular clients to have the ability to bypass the auto attendant or IVR, and to be directly connected to their regular company contact, it is essential to have the correct telecommunications Service set up by your carrier. A low budget option for a smaller business is to give out extension numbers so your clients can make quick work of that pesky AA. Having an Automated Attendant set up without these options may cause your regular clients frustration, as they feel treated like the "regular" folks, not as one of your "preferred" clients.

7. What is your market niche?

8. What image of your company do you want in the market?

Let's deal with these two together. Once you decide the market segment you are after, you need to know the preferences of that market segment. Does your niche call for high dollar clientele who wish to be handled with extreme attention and care? Is your niche the general masses and you need to deal in volume at the best price possible? How do you want your company to be perceived in the marketplace? Do you want to be viewed as a Wal-Mart type of company-Big bang for the buck? How about a 5 star hotel-You cost more but are worth it? Every business must choose its niche in order to be successful. Do you have a limo service? Who do you want to service? Prom kids or the social elite? It's very difficult to do both effectively, so choose your client's first call experience to your business with that in mind.

9. What are the financial implications?

What does it cost you to have a dedicated person answering the phone? Is it $ 24k annually? Is it a 36k or 40k person with tremendous ability that is tied up answering the phones instead of generating revenue for the organization and performing other vital functions? How much business would it cost you if you moved to an automated attendant? Would it cost anything at all? Would the loss be welcomed by how much more work would be accomplished internally?

Do you have only large clients? Would the loss of a single client who is unhappy with your approach cost you tens of thousands annually? Is the risk worth even considering?

Choose carefully which road you take, as the road selected will most likely have a financial impact one way or the other on your business. As always, consult with your local telecom professional to determine the best way to implement new technology to service your clients.



Source by Steve Norris

Engaging Today's Students in Active Learning (Part 4)

In Part 2 of this series we discussed barriers to active learning – various causes that impact students' ability or willingness to learn. In Part 3 we looked at strategies to grab students' interest and get them involved in their own learning. Now we'll examine teacher behaviors that impact learning.

Excellence in the Classroom: Modeling excellence increases the likelihood of teachers receiving excellence from their students. This generation of students displays a heightened sense of insight for mediocrity. They possess a greater ability than previous generations to discern genuine concern and ability (in other words, they are hyper-sensitive to phonies). Many teachers perpetuate a double standard; They expect more from students than they exhibit in the classroom themselves. Students take offense at this behavior and extremely demand more of teachers. In fact, this inconsistency is rarely forgotten, and most often becomes a rift in the trust relationship between student and teacher. Students need to see teachers perform in the classroom to the same high standard students are expected to perform. By the same token, teachers are not expected to be experts in every subject; In fact, students respond well in reverse-mentoring situations where teachers learn from students-providing a reciprocal relationship. Teacher attributions significantly affect their relationship with students.

The current student culture demonstrations short attention spans, a powerful need for immediate gratification, and a thirst for technology. Boring rooms lead to bored students. Teachers are tasked with stimulating energy and enthusiasm in even the most mundane subjects and students are very conscious of the effort teachers exhibit-or more more often, did not exhibit.

One of the most challenging yet exciting additions to curriculum in today's culture is multimedia technology. Teachers and administration are called upon to manage change amid the turmoil of addiction, while they maintain standardized test scores, as well as classroom composition.

The use of computers demonstrates an increase in student motivation to learn. Both teachers and students report a greater interest and motivation by the students when multimedia is incorporated into the curriculum. Research shows that students are able to remain on task longer when technology is involved in the learning process. Furthermore, the use of technology increases students' skills in note taking, information gathering, collaboration, documentation, and presentation design. It appears that from a behavioral perspective, today's students are often expected to perform in the same manner as students 30 years ago rather than as students of the current technological era.

Through the use of computers, this generation's students are able to achieve greater quantity and quality in a day's study. When students and teachers both have a basic grasp of technology, students show greater motivation through interest and time spent engaged in learning activities, as well as students' ability to maintain and incorporate what they learn.

Students of this generation already embrace technology. Greater than 90 percent of the teen population (ages 9 to 17) access the internet; Approximately 84 percent of those log into social media. Although the current trend in the work place is moving towards social media use on the job, it is more the younger crowd that expresses the technology. Teachers and students benefit through the use of social media since teachers could control when they log onto a service (better control than students having the teachers' phone numbers) and students experience a deficit sense of trust and genuine concern from the teachers. Students are able to request extra help or gain a defect explanation to an assignment without the added social consequences of their peers' observation. However, the majority of school districts prohibit teachers and students from connecting through social media at any time; In fact, teachers in such situations are immediately fired.

Asking students to email assignments as an alternative to handing in a hard copy reduces their need for printers, paper, and ink cartridges. Adding email as an option eliminates or reduces many excuses for late assignments.

Regularly posting and updating class web pages allows students to be independent and proactive about double-checking assignments, reviewing class notes or syllabi, and preparing for upcoming classes. Students feel more satisfied with their learning experience when they can participate through technology. Some theorists believe that students will not develop responsibility if assignments are posted on the school website where they can easily be retrieved; However, such a practice is far more consistent with this generation's use of technology to access assignments, information, research, and other tools via the web than any previous generation. Social media, internet use, email, and other forms of technology are part of this generation's toolbox. Their skilled use of these tools is essential to their future success. Teachers who guide this current generation would be wise to accept their unique abilities and guide them in using those abilities in a productive way.

When teachers show a concerted effort to understand and relate to the current generation of learners and extremely adapt teaching methods and merge technology to fit learners' culture, both discover a much more rewarding experience. Through repeated positive experiences, as discussed earlier, trust issues minimize and student / teacher relationships are more effective. Instead of arguing petty differences, teachers need to embrace this generation and adapt to the change in learning styles.

In Part 5 we'll look at more strategies for engagement. Watch for my next article in this series!



Source by Candace Mondello

720p Vs 1080i HDTV

Is 720p vs 1080i worth being concerned about? Yes and no. If you’re a consumer looking for a new TV, you can happily ignore the 720p vs 1080i debate because every TV which is described as HDTV or HDTV Ready is required to support both formats.

NOTE: You should be aware though that lots of TVs which support 1080i have fewer than 1080 lines and so scale the 1080 signal down. That’s not a huge issue as even scaled down 1080i is far ahead of a regular NTSC signal. It is worth bearing in mind that more expensive HDTVs tend to have better scalers than cheaper ones, and this may be an issue.

However, for broadcasters it’s a live issue. Should they broadcast 1080 lines of interlaced video or 720 lines of progressive scan? They could just broadcast two signals, one in each format, but that would use up a huge chunk of bandwidth and be hugely expensive for very little gain.

To answer the question, it’s important to understand the difference between 720p vs 1080i. A 720p signal is made up of 720 horizontal lines. Each frame is displayed in its entirety on-screen for 1/30th of a second. This is know as progressive scan (hence the ‘p’)The quality is like watching 30 photographic images a second on TV. A 1080i signal comprises 1080 horizontal lines but all the lines are not displayed on-screen simultaneously. Instead, they are interlaced (hence the ‘i’), ie every other lines is displayed for 1/60th of a second and then the alternate lines are displayed for 1/60th of a second. So, the frame rate is still 30 frames per second, but each frame is split into two fields, which your brain then puts together subconsciously.

Most of the time interlacing works fine, but for fast moving images, such as sports like baseball and hockey it can cause problems which manifest themselves as a ‘stepping’ effect on-screen. Progressive scan signals don’t have this problem and so are better suited to sports.

ESPN puts it like this: ‘Progressive scan technology produces better images for the fast moving orientation of sports television. Simply put, with 104 mph fastballs in baseball and 120 mph shots on goal in hockey, the line-by-line basis of progressive scan technology better captures the inherent fast action of sports. For ESPN, progressive scan technology makes perfect sense.’

Bottom line? For us, as consumers 720p vs 1080i is not a debate worth worrying about, so you can relax and focus on all the other criteria on your list when you buy your next HDTV.



Source by Kenny Hemphill

The Era Of Minidisc

The MiniDisc (MD) was first introduced to the market by Sony in 1992 as a replacement to the audio cassette. Developed during the late 1980’s, MD used a magneto-optical system to store data recorded in real-time on a rewritable medium. The data could be randomly accessed allowing for quick seek-time and easy editing relative to the linear access of cassette mediums. The data was encoded and stored in a compressed format called Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC). The ATRAC compression rate of 292kbps, called SP, allowed for 60, 74, and 80 minutes of music to be stored on a disc that could hold 20, 25, and 28 minutes of music in CDaudio quality, .WAV format.

The first MD machine was the MZ-1 recorder, which retailed for approximately 750 usd. It had line-inputs for optical, RCA audio single-line, and microphone. It’s line-outputs were for headphone and optical, but the optical line-out was an option that was discontinued from later releases of portable MD units. Sony licensed MD technology to other companies and soon Kenwood, Panasonic, Sharp, and others were releasing their own MD units, both recorders and stand-alone players. To further the integration of MD as the replacement medium for cassette, Sony offered the first home MD deck, MDS-101, and the first in-dash car unit, C670RDS, in 1994. Throughout the 90’s and into the next decade, MD ruled supreme as the medium for portable audio and recording in East Asia but never developed a mainstream following in North America and Europe.

In 2000, Sony introduced a new encoding method, MiniDisc Long Play (MDLP), that had two formats LP2 and LP4. LP2 extended the capacity of an 80 minute disc to 160 minutes by recording data at a compression rate of 132kbps and LP4 extended the capacity of an 80 minute disc to 320 minutes using 66kbps. Both SP and LP2 used separate stereo coding with discrete left and right channels while LP4 used joint stereo coding.

In 2002, Sony introduced NetMD, which allowed for the transfer of music files from computer to MD via USB connection. The software, SonicStage (SS), quickly developed a bad reputation for freezing systems, the occurrence of errors with operations successfully performed minutes earlier, restrictions on the number of times a file could be checked out, and requiring large amounts of system resources for operation. While SS, now called SonicStage CP (SSCP), has become a user-friendly and streamlined program, the memories of its first release and update are still recalled by product reviewers and DAP users when considering new Sony equipment.

The marketing by Sony also caused resentment among new users to MD via NetMD. On their websites and on the product boxes, Sony stated that NetMD could play MP3 files. What Sony failed to clarify was the MP3 file had to be imported into SS and recoded into ATRAC before it could be transferred to MD. The importing and recoding added time to complete the transfer to disc and decreased the quality of the original MP3 file.

Retailers of NetMD products also added to the negative sentiment by selling the product on merits that it did not have. Not being familiar with NetMD, many retailers erroneously informed customers that files could be transferred from the NetMD unit to the computer. Based upon this information, users would transfer files to an MD disc and erase the source file from their computer thinking it was available for reloading at a future time. The two-way transfer of files between computer and MD did not come about until the release of Hi-MD.

In 2004, Sony revamped the MD product line with the introduction of Hi-MD. This new format introduced 1GB disc memory, backwards compatibility with non Hi-MD discs, the ability to use Hi-MD as a USB connected drive, and the ability to upload ATRAC files encoded in Hi-MD file formats. For the field-recorder, the greatest improvement was the ability to record files in an uncompressed format called Linear PCM, which could easily be re-encoded into CD quality .WAV files. Unfortunately, no other companies opted to release Hi-MD portable units but Onkyo added Hi-MD to a series of home shelf stereos and mini-component systems. While Hi-MD has never found it’s way into home or car decks, companies such as Marantz, Teac, and Kenwood continue to release MDLP capable decks for such situations.

The latest release of a portable MD unit was the Hi-MD recorder, MZ-RH1, in April, 2006. This unit expanded upon the upload capabilities of the first Hi-MD units by allowing the upload of files encoded in the pre-Hi-MD file formats. This could be a sign that Sony wants to free itself of the MD legacy by allowing users to move all their data off MD and into their computer.

Regardless of Sony’s next move, the MD format has many adherents, both casual and diehards. The ability to copy music from external sources, in real-time, without being reliant on a computer keeps many radio users in the fold. With the variety of units and blank disc styles made available over the past 15 years, collectors have evolved who enjoy using their gear and displaying their collection on the internet and in person to anyone willing to look. Casual users of portable audio, field and radio recordists’, and collectors will keep MD alive even if manufacturers release no further products. MD is a format that requires a bit more personal attention than just downloading from an online music store and this creates a connection with the music and the medium which can’t be replaced by drop-and-drag digital audio players.



Source by Tommy Bland

Pajero Sport Test Drive: A Review

The Pajero Sport was earlier marketed by Mitsubishi as Challenger. Now, the Japanese automaker has made the vehicle available as a re-engineered version of the original Pajero. In this article, we will be discussing about the test driving experience offered by this amazing car.

Let us begin by the changes introduced by the automaker. The Sport has an absolutely new rear suspension. Mitsubishi has provided it with a smoother coil-spring set-up, which comes accompanied by a live axle at the vehicle’s rear. This combination offers great off-road results; the sturdy differential of the live axle lifts the Sport seamlessly out of the holes. This never happens in case of independent rear suspensions.

Another excellent feature added to this Mitsubishi creation is the company’s own version of terrain response. This gives people driving the car the opportunity of dialing up different settings for driving comfortably on rocks, gravel, sand, mud, and snow. In short, the vehicle can be described as a pretty brawny off-road performer. Its ground clearance is also pretty good at 250 mm; its wading depth, on the other hand, is 750 mm.

Let us now discuss about the Sport’s on-road performance. In this sector, the Sport beats the Challenger by a big margin. Due to the newly added driving features, the ride offered by the car is comfortable and soft. Turning the SUV is an extremely easy job; you will not need to be a professional to complete steep turns when driving the Sport. The car has a light steering and boasts a significantly impressive turning circle. Both vibration and noise remain suppressed; so, the passengers as well as the driver feel as if they are traveling on a silky road devoid of any potholes and bumpers.

The wheel articulation of this Mitsubishi creation allows it to beat massive obstacles without any difficulty. This quality of the car is enhanced even further with one of its most talked about features, the Super Select 4-WD.

The car’s engine performance will also impress the majority of the users. Some might say that it’s a bit off bit; however, no one would ever be able to call it unsatisfactory. The fuel economy of the Pajero Sport is rated at around 8 liter per 100 kilometers.

From the driver’s point of view, the biggest plus of the Sport is its ability to offer similar driving experience in all terrains. As a driver, you will not need to develop a different skill to take this SUV to a hilly or snowy terrain.



Source by Mehul G Brahmbhatt

Learning From Snowboarding Games

Let’s face it – snowboarding is a dangerous sport especially for children so parents are understandably hesitant about letting their kids enjoy the extreme sport; snowboarding has higher risks for injuries than alpine skiing. Fortunately, kids can still enjoy the extreme sport without risking their limbs and lives, thanks to the wide range of flash snowboarding games available in online sites.

Plus, kids can learn many lessons about snowboarding, safety in the sport, and sportsmanship as a snowboarder when playing these games. Just imagine the benefits that come from playing a single game for 30 minutes a day – play, after all, encourages learning.

Snowboarding as a Sport

Of course, flash snowboarding games are based on the extreme sport of snowboarding with designers adding elements that add to the realism of the games. Think of white snow, high slopes and safe snowboarding equipment, all of which are captured in great details in the games.

Kids, the more avid players of snowboarding games, will be encouraged to learn more about snowboarding just so they will have a better idea of the sport. Parents, in turn, can provide information about the sport, which can serve as another bonding moment for the family.

Snowboarding is a winter sport developed in the United States in 1960s although it was only included in the Winter Olympics in 1998. Snowboarders descend a slop covered in snow while standing on a board; the latter is attached to the rider’s feet with special boots set into its mounted binding. Think of skiing, sledding and skateboarding, all of which served as the inspiration for the sport, albeit with specialized equipment.

Snowboarding Styles

When playing snowboarding games, kids will also learn that snowboarding has several styles. Each of these styles involved specialized equipment, a fact reflected in the choices provided by game designers from the style to the equipment.

The most popular styles are:

• Jibbing. This involves riding, sliding and jumping on any surface other than snow such as rails, benches, and concrete ledges, thus, its popularity in venues like snowboard resort parks.

• Free riding. This refers to all-around snowboarding because of its emphasis on using the random flow of the terrain to the rider’s advantage. This is also the more common style used in snowboarding games because of the challenges presented to the player/rider.

• Freestyle. This involves the performance of tricks wherein the rider uses both natural and manmade features (i.e., logs, rocks, and rails) to perform tricks. This is different from alpine snowboarding because of the creativity that comes with it.

• Slopestyle. This is probably the most exciting style, thus, its popularity in snowboarding games. Riders perform tricks while descending down a slope or down terrain features (i.e., moving around, across, over, up and down).

• Big air. This is just as it sounds – riders perform tricks in the air (i.e., big air) while striving to achieve substantial height and distance from the jump-off point.

• Half-pipe. This is snowboarding over a semi-circular ditch while performing tricks. Riders are supposed to perform tricks while zipping from one side to the other as well as while in the air.

• Snowboard racing. Among all the snowboarding games, this is the most popular among kids for obvious reasons – a winner can easily be determined, for example.

And then there’s also the fact that playing snowboarding games encourages the value of sportsmanship among kids. Being a graceful winner or loser matters more than winning the gold medal, after all.



Source by Robert J Phillips

Boxing Politics, Still An Unavoidable Part Of The Sport

Even in 2015, the back and forth posturing is still frustratingly prevalent in the industry.

Boxing is one of the oldest sports there is and as such carries a lot of history, baggage and in some senses, old school ways.

There are many unfair and unwanted stereotypes associated with the sport regarding things like corruption and fixing, which in my view are totally inaccurate, uneducated and prejudice slurs pointed at the sport in today’s time of 2015.

I can’t comment on how things were in the past but what I can comment on is today’s time and since I got started out in boxing journalism over the last few years.

The sport is now run essentially by global TV networks, sports management companies and sports promotional companies. In 2015, you just would not get away with mass corruption in any sport anymore – you’d be found out.

I’m not saying that nothing untoward never happens in the sport, that would be naive. But in my opinion the same can be said about any professional sport or any professional business for that matter.

When money comes into the equation, there is always going to be unscrupulous individuals looking to make a quick buck or take short cuts.

One thing that I do not still exists in the game today is boxing politics. In this article I will not name any names for the purpose of fairness, balance and objectivity.

In a time where the sport is really flourishing again and on is well on its way back to mainstream media for a variety of reasons, including major TV broadcasters investing in the sport again and the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao super fight been made, we are still continuing to see a lot of big fights not getting made – which is highly frustrating.

A well known observer within the game recently defined the modern day boxing landscape quite well I thought, “It is annoying that the big fights we want are the ones we are least likely to see. Welcome to modern world of do what you like boxing”. How right he was.

In today’s time you still have promoters quarreling, that hasn’t change. What they quarrel over has though. Back in the day boxers were almost slaves to promoters’ less than fair contracts. That’s all changed now.

The promoters work for the fighters today and are more motivated by money than ever, due to arguably there being less money in the business for them compared to what they used to be able to exploit out of boxers years ago.

Today’s boxing politics are dominated by terms and arguments like “A side vs B side”, “we bring more money to the table then you do”, “Your fighter doesn’t do the numbers on pay per view that ours does”, etc.

Professional boxing has always been a money business, but now more so than ever in my opinion. You are seeing new age promoters and managers coming through at the moment, in the time of social media and almost public negotiation.

This has been meshed in with a lot of the old school key players’ less than willing nature to accept modern day technologies like social media and the internet.

Alas, they’ve had no choice at this stage but often times their egos do not allow them to engage with promoters and power players in the game who come from this newer, fresher, more transparent, technology drive generation – where the customer (the fight fan) expects a better product than ever before (the best boxers fighting the best boxers).

The sport of boxing is going through a lot of changes globally at the moment. Politics will always be there unfortunately, that’s just human nature in any business.

But with the way technology and the internet continues to influence the sport and indeed all sport, I believe the transparency of these politics will only continue to be brought to the surface more and more in the coming years.

Boxing has no choice but to change due to the many other combat sports products out there embracing new technologies and more importantly – putting on the best fights.

It will though. Boxing has been around for a long time and in my opinion, will return to it’s glory days before this decade is out.



Source by Niall Doran

The Sport of Cheerleading and Its Evolution

Before cheerleading became an integral part of professional sports as a way to help fans cheer on their team, it had its beginnings at the collegiate level. Through many decades it has evolved not only as a competitive sport in its own right, but has served as an emissary to bring attention to charitable causes and offer support in a variety of ways.

Cheerleading had its origins at the University of Minnesota. The very first cheerleader was a University of Minnesota student named Johnny Campbell. During a football game he stirred up the crowd by cheering, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-so-Tah!” The date was November 2, 1898. The university later put together a cheering squad made up of six male students who continued using Campbell’s original cheer. Although cheerleaders were originally all-male squads, by 1923 females were being incorporated and eventually made up the majority of participants. Cheerleading soon began including routines such as tumbling, gymnastics, and the use of megaphones during football games.

In 1948, a former cheerleader at Southern Methodist University named, Lawrence Herkimer, formed the National Cheerleaders Association. It was created to hold cheerleading clinics, and by the 1960’s, college cheerleaders hosted workshops across the nation teaching the fundamentals of cheering to teenage girls in High School. In 1965, Fred Gastoff, invented the vinyl pom-pon which was introduced in competitions hosted by the International Cheerleading Foundation. Today it is known as the World Cheerleading Association. Organized cheerleading competitions sprouted everywhere until 1978 when CBS broadcast the first Collegiate Cheerleading Championships, bringing wider attention to the sport. Although cheerleading rarely got much attention during the 1960’s, and cheerleaders were not exactly a reason to watch football, what did begin to emerge were organized professional cheerleading teams.

Before they became the famed Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the Dallas Cowboys had a cheer squad made up of male-female high school students called CowBelles & Beaux. During the 1970 football season, Cowboys manager, Tex Schramm, decided to completely overhaul the cheerleaders, making them an all-female squad over the age of 18, redesigning the uniforms, creating new dance style cheer routines, and forming an overall sexier look in hopes of boosting attendance. The women not only had to be attractive and have athletic abilities when they auditioned, they also needed to possess raw talent as performers. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders made their first appearance on the sidelines during the 1972-1973 NFL seasons. Since then, they have appeared on many television shows, toured throughout the U.S. and overseas, and have made regular appearances in the USO tours to support our troops.

Modern cheerleading has changed dramatically from its original function of spurring an audience to show their support for the team. It has become a sport in itself, competing outside of sporting events as well. Cheerleaders are found in most American middle schools, high schools, and colleges with organized squads made up of students. Cheerleading scholarships are even offered by colleges that compete at cheerleading competitions.

Cheerleading squads began to emerge in the 1980’s that didn’t have an association with a school or sports league. Their main objective was solely competition. Divisions and teams were created and sponsored by many different organizations and companies. The competitions are judged based on the difficulty and execution of the routines that include jumps, stunts, tumbling, creativity, showmanship, synchronization, and overall routine performance. These all-star team competitions are broadcast to global audiences that have led to thousands of cheerleading participants from countries worldwide.

Professional cheerleading has taken cheerleaders beyond the sphere of cheering at games. It has broadened their horizons doing charity work and philanthropy, television performances, advertising, modeling, and motivational speaking. Cheerleading has come a long way.



Source by Anna Kelly

A Look at the Pajero Sport 2015

The Pajero Sport 2015 must be described as a utility-based vehicle that will stand as the testimony of your class. In this article, we will be discussing about the most prominent features of this Mitsubishi creation. If you are planning to bring this new version of the vehicle in your garage, this discussion will surely help you.

The company has made this version of the Pajero Sport more handsome and distinctive by giving it an outstanding new face. The car’s rear has also been changed for better. Now it has an adventurous rear equipped with LED tail lights and much longer rear overhand. In short, the unit looks more attractive than ever before.

The best thing about the above mentioned changes is that they have not interfered with the off-road ability of the vehicle. Mitsubishi has kept the car’s ground clearance unchanged; it still has ground clearance of 218 mm. The Japanese automaker has also not altered the new Pajero Sport’s departure, ramp-over angles and carry-over approach. According to the company, those features of the SUV are already class-leading.

If you are wondering whether you will be able to take your new Pajero Sport everywhere you go, rest assured. Tests conducted in Japan showed that this Mitsubishi creation will offer great performance on all kinds of terrains. The feature that is primarily responsible for making the Pajero Sport an all-terrain car is its generous suspension articulation and under-body clearance.

Let us now talk about the most important feature of any car, its engine. This unit has borrowed its engine from the Mk5 Triton. To be more precise, the car comes equipped with the Japanese firm’s newest 4N15 2.4 l MIVEC 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. The engine is capable of generating power of 133 kilowatts at 3500 rotations per minute and torque of 430 Nm at 2500 rotations per minute.

The vehicle’s braked towing capacity has been augmented. Earlier it was 3000 kg and now the company has increased it by 100 kg. The car’s kerb weight has also been increased by 70 kg, which means the car now weighs 2070 kg without any passenger or luggage in it. In spite of increasing the SUV’s kerb weight, the automaker has managed to keep it lighter than the majority of its rivals. Rival vehicle models like Fortuner, Everest and Colorado weigh 2135 kg, 2495 kg and 2205 kg respectively.

Mitsubishi is saying that they have also improved the Pajero Sport’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Only time will be able to tell whether these claims made by the Japanese company are true.



Source by Mehul G Brahmbhatt