ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A few days ago, a friend asked me a favor. Since I’m a “financial expert” (Um, really? Oh boy.), she asked me to speak with her friend about credit card options. The other person had a challenging credit history with little financial knowledge at all.A Facebook Messenger request later, and the chat began. My goal was probably familiar to those of you working with members:Identify her challengesFocus on her goalsEducate on her optionsDevelop a knowledge base she could build uponProvide tangible actions she could take right nowGoing in, she was open to learning, guidance, and had a good grasp of what she didn’t know. Maybe not common, but refreshing. continue reading »
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Randy Staats was the first Syracuse player on the field on Saturday, more than 90 minutes before the opening faceoff.He walked out to the edge of the turf in a Syracuse lacrosse T-shirt and khakis and looked out at the field for the first time. He fidgeted with the tape at the end of his stick before ripping it off, throwing it in the trash and going to get changed.At that point there was no official word on whether Staats would return to the SU lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury, but he appeared to be getting ready even though no decision had been made.“I felt good all week when I was practicing with the team,” Staats said after the game. “Yesterday it felt good and in pregame. I was just feeling well and I think Coach made the decision to put me in.”In No. 2 Syracuse’s (8-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 17-15 loss to No. 4 North Carolina (12-1, 3-0) on Saturday, Staats started and had three assists, but didn’t score a goal in his four shot attempts. He didn’t play the whole game, though, because SU head coach John Desko said his injury — Staats had his left knee wrapped in ice after the game — held him back in his conditioning.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko said he thought Staats was rusty, but that he played well. And Staats said he planned to be ready for SU’s game against Hobart on Tuesday despite the short turnaround, joking that his three weeks on the sideline provided him with enough time off.“(He) may have dropped a pass or missed a shot or two,” Desko said. “All things considered, for how much he practiced, it was good to get him back out there.”Staats showed flashes of being the prolific piece that the Syracuse attack missed in his absence. He helped start the stagnant Orange offense 14 minutes into the game by getting himself open for a pass from Jordan Evans. He then dumped it back to Evans, who whipped a shot in the goal to cut the deficit to 5-1.He said the UNC defense did a good job sliding and playing physical defense. That, along with being self-admittedly a little rusty, played a factor in why he wasn’t able to score after totaling nine goals in the last two games he appeared in.“I only had like a week to practice,” Staats said. “I’ll bounce back these next couple days and take on Hobart.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 read more
Photo: © Munsterrugby.ie Munster CEO Garret Fitzgerald says they are working with the IFRU to find a replacement for Director Rassie Erasmus and Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber.It was confirmed today that Erasmus and Nienaber will leave the province at the end of December.Erasmus will take over as South Africa’s Director of Rugby. Munster CEO Garret Fitzgerald says while they understand Erasmus’ reason to return home they are disappointed to see both leave.