This Sunday, County of Orange officials plan to pull the plug on a five-year field agreement they struck with the youth football and cheer team back in 2017.,Back then, a frustrated County Supervisor Shawn Nelson engaged youth league leader, Fred Jung, to help revamp a local sports field that had been largely abandoned by the county parks department, just off Rosecrans Avenue, near Clark Regional Park.,Supervisor Doug Chaffee, a Democrat who now represents the Fourth District and is a former Fullerton Mayor, told me he has asked OC Parks to keep the City of Fullerton in charge of administering the fields on a “fair” basis to “all” teams.,Without any action from the county on the lease, the challenge now turns to Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer to consider the special circumstances behind the development of those sports fields and figure out a use agreement that can keep the Bears doing what they are doing for so many working class kids.,Indeed, County supervisors and their city colleagues should work diligently to ensure that any kid living in one of their districts could attend an inexpensive youth sports activity every day.

“When I went last year, it was very exhilarating to wrestle in front of a big crowd,” said senior heavyweight Ryan Knox, who is making his second consecutive trip to AC.,Joining Knox is fellow senior Derrick Rooney, who wrestles in the 182-pound weight class.,Being that they are close friends as well as two of the higher weight class Rams, Rooney and Knox spent much of their practice time sparring together.,Knox is hoping both he and his teammates can make some noise in this final match not only of the season, but also of their RHS careers.,“It feels so great to call myself a two time state qualifier but it would be even better to bring home some hardware by the end of the trip,” said Knox.

In his first budget address Wednesday, the new Democratic governor acknowledged the issue’s history, calling on lawmakers to set aside the squabbles over new casinos and expanded betting options at horse tracks that have derailed previous gambling expansion measures, and pass a stand-alone bill to legalize wagering on sporting events.,If lawmakers act quickly, Illinois could be the first Midwestern state to do so after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year overturned a prohibition on state-sanctioned sports betting.,Pritzker’s proposal has yet to be put into bill form, but the governor’s budget plan calls for creating 20 licenses for in-person or online sports betting that the state would sell for $10 million apiece.,Since gambling terminals went live in bars and restaurants in late 2012, machines have been installed at nearly 7,000 locations, and increased revenues from video gambling have helped offset stagnant state revenues from casinos and horse racing.,Ivan Fernandez, executive director of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, said his organization’s members — which own and operate the gambling terminals in bars, restaurants and betting parlors — should be allowed to offer sports betting.

“Giving ambitious employees the autonomy and opportunities to pursue passions is a great way to intrinsically motivate them, and provides ways for them to advance in their careers and make them feel fulfilled,” she says.,“It sends the message to your ambitious employees that their career is an important topic to you–and it provides an explicit platform for them to share their ambitions and get feedback,” says LeBold.,People change during their careers, and companies should be willing to change with them, says DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at open source software provider Red Hat.,While compensation is important, your best talent wants a sense of purpose within your company, says Amy Veater, head of people and culture at Avi Networks, cloud application services provider.,Or just focus on being a great employer While retention is top of mind, employers should start thinking about what makes a company a great place to work–that’s what keeps the most ambitious employees happy, says Tracy Cote, chief people officer at Genesys, a customer experience platform.

“Giving ambitious employees the autonomy and opportunities to pursue passions is a great way to intrinsically motivate them, and provides ways for them to advance in their careers and make them feel fulfilled,” she says.,“It sends the message to your ambitious employees that their career is an important topic to you–and it provides an explicit platform for them to share their ambitions and get feedback,” says LeBold.,People change during their careers, and companies should be willing to change with them, says DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at open source software provider Red Hat.,While compensation is important, your best talent wants a sense of purpose within your company, says Amy Veater, head of people and culture at Avi Networks, cloud application services provider.,Or just focus on being a great employer While retention is top of mind, employers should start thinking about what makes a company a great place to work–that’s what keeps the most ambitious employees happy, says Tracy Cote, chief people officer at Genesys, a customer experience platform.

R.C. Slocum spent nearly three decades coaching football at Texas AM, and if the rules changed, recruiting didn't.,But money, social media and the pursuit of national glory changed recruiting in the Lone Star State, at least at Texas and AM.,For the first time in 20 years, Texas, AM and Oklahoma will finish in the top five of the 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings.,Now that recruiting budgets at Texas and AM have climbed into seven figures, it's easier for coaches to go national as well as fly recruits in for visits.,Besides 10 Texas recruits this year, he signed players from Georgia, California, Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Washington D.C.

In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 photo, Brad Pick, marketing officer at Primebank, passes out copies of the bank's Hotsheet to Don Davis, center, and Cash Howe, both of Kingsley, at JJ Cafe in Le Mars, Iowa.,(Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP) less

In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 photo, Brad Pick, marketing officer at Primebank, passes out copies of the bank's Hotsheet to Don Davis, center, and Cash Howe, both of Kingsley, at JJ Cafe in Le Mars, Iowa.,... more read more

There is a plaque on the wall of a newly-built Kenyan school hall that reads: "Donated by friends and family, in loving memory of Jock Hobbs, 7th January 2019".,The plaque is but one strand to Hobbs' journey that has pulled together supporters from the United States and New Zealand, and seen his close friend, NFL safety Kenny Vaccaro, embroiled in a standoff with US President Donald Trump after protesting police brutality and racial injustice by sitting with 10 team-mates during the national anthem.,Hobbs in his playing days at North Harbour ... a visit to Kenya changed his view of the world.,His professor, Glenn Kramon, identified the value in the message, and under the title "The collateral damage of a petty NFL", Hobbs' piece was published in the New York Times.,The piece turned heads, sparking feedback and financial support from the New Zealand and US communities that pushed Hobbs' project over the line.

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Since the famous Marshmallow test took place in 1970 and numerous studies have proven how mental toughness is the most common trait among successful people.,According to the US psychologist, and bestselling author, Angela Duckworth the prime indicator of achievement isn’t IQ or talent, but the possession of “grit”, the ability to dig in and keep going despite the headwinds.,Habits are contagious, this is why people who exercise regularly are often more successful than people who eat junk food all day.,– Napoleon Hill

Who should you believe, your friend who says affirmations are silly or Napoleon Hill who spent his life interviewing the world’s richest and most successful men?,According to a 2010 study by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), long-term meditation strengthens your brain’s frontal lobes which are the same areas weakened by alcohol abuse, porn and drug addictions. read more