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Firing Miguel Herrera was a bad move for Mexico

The FMF’s vote to fire Herrera is a decision that strips them of a manager who consistently overcame the obstacles in his path.

When the United States lost to Jamaica last Wednesday in the Gold Cup semifinals, calls for Jurgen Klinsmann to be fired reverberated. Despite the lethargic and poor displays from the United States, jettisoning Klinsmann would have lead U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati into an unnecessarily complicated period of deciding who would manage the team in the Confederations Cup playoff in October. That would have been followed by further questions on if that manager would be replaced after that game, regardless of whether they win or lose to the 2015 Gold Cup champion.

Thankfully, Gulati looked at the wider picture rather than going with a knee-jerk reaction. His rivals south of the border, however, seized on their opportunity to cut ties with a manager whose firing would’ve been controversial otherwise.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) decided Tuesday afternoon to fire Miguel Herrera after his alleged incident of punching a journalist at Philadelphia International Airport on Monday. That reported incident led to the emergence of a Univision video which shows a highly charged scene, but does not appear to show the punch Azteca TV reporter Christian Martinoli claimed Herrera threw. Whether Herrera did punch Martinoli or not, the FMF’s board of governors — a group made up of owners of Liga MX clubs — took their opportunity to fire the manager responsible for leading Mexico out of the catastrophe of almost missing a World Cup.

It’s a firing that, while it has solid legal grounding because of the assault accusation, makes less sense from a competitive angle. In fact, based on Mexico’s competitive record, it almost seems as though the accusation is simply an excuse to fire someone they already wanted to get rid of.

Mexico just won the Gold Cup — albeit thanks to two controversial knockout round wins — and insured themselves of a Confederations Cup playoff match against the United States. Miguel Herrera was able to lead his side to the regional title despite Porto star Hector Herrera looking like a weary version of his dynamic self, and not having the services of all three of his star frontmen for stretches of the tournament.

The assault accusation is simply an excuse for the FMF to fire someone they already wanted to get rid of.

Javier Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone before the tournament, Giovani Dos Santos suffered an injury before the knockout stages, and Carlos Vela being unavailable for the final are all factors against Mexico’s success that should not be discounted. Having one or both of Hernandez and Dos Santos would certainly have facilitated breaking down 10-man Panama with greater ease in the semifinal. It’s also not Herrera’s fault that Vela missed a boatload of chances against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, a match Mexico would have won easy if the Real Sociedad star had his shooting boots on that night.

Despite that success, though, Herrera was a divisive figure. Many fans and several members of the FMF’s board of governors chafed over the weaker squad Herrera selected to go to the Copa America last month, which Herrera justified as necessary to rest Mexico’s stars for the more important Gold Cup later in the summer. That decision coupled with his always-fiery personality lead him to feud with several members of the media as well, including Christian Martinoli, the man he allegedly attacked.

What more did Liga MX owners want from Miguel Herrera? Did they want him to win valueless friendlies that no one in Mexico would remember? Did they really expect him to lead a B-squad to a deep run in Copa America against full strength teams from CONMEBOL? Did they expect him to play all of Mexico’s top-shelf stars with so little time to rest between the Copa America and Gold Cup? And did they really expect, without Hernandez at all and without Giovani Dos Santos at full strength, that they would have an easy time winning against Costa Rica and Panama?

Clearly with this seemingly rash decision, Herrera was finished as Mexico’s coach in their minds before the Gold Cup’s latter stages. They just needed the ideal moment in their eyes to do it, and they were given it on a platter with Herrera’s alleged moment with Martinoli.

What more did the FMF want from Miguel Herrera?

It’d be understandable if they waited to part ways with Herrera if Mexico failed to win the Confederations Cup playoff against the United States on October 9th. But by giving him the pink slip now, the FMF could potentially repeat their embarrassing episode in 2013, when Herrera became the fourth manager within a one month span for Mexico. What happens to the Confederations Cup playoff manager, assuming he is just hired on an interim basis, if they lose to the United States? Will that man get sacked as well, or be guaranteed the job into the start of World Cup qualifying for 2018 regardless of the result? This confounding choice somehow makes Klinsmann’s current, tenuous situation seem comfortable in comparison.

The FMF has to understand that a different manager isn’t the one thing Mexico needs in order to join the true elite of the world and slap aside their regional rivals. Equally necessary are players living up to expectations in this “golden generation”, something Herrera was seemingly getting with how the team performed at the 2014 World Cup. He slowly got Vela back into the program after months of bad blood between the 26-year-old and the federation, and Herrera got Andres Guardado back to his best form with the national team in years, with Guardado earning a Gold Cup MVP trophy that no one could question.

Now Mexico are again without a long term manager and displaying volatility unbecoming of a nation that wants to be among the best. If they continue in this path, they will repeat the frustrating feelings of underachievement and annoyance they feel today. And no matter the United States’ own issues, it will look like paradise compared to the reality show drama of El Tri.

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Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos

legacy republic Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly.
Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly, meanwhile, has a similar mission of digitizing photos or, as Legacy Republic Brian Knapp put it, of “preserving family memories.” Read More

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California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a recall effort against him.

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Stunt driver sets world record by jumping 160 feet in a SEMI TRUCK

This is sports.

Behold: this is the new record for the longest semi jump! Pretty insane, if you ask me. I don’t think anyone else will be rushing to beat it anytime soon.

The best part is that stunt driver Gregg Godfrey meant to jump “only” 140 feet. Now that’s a humblebrag if I’ve seen one.

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Smithsonian’s Giant Leap Into Kickstarter Pays Off

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.52.31 PM Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon. Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a… Read More

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12 post-surgery life lessons : part II

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A few weeks ago, I had surgery for the first time and last week I wrote about some of the life lessons I gained from the unsettling and unpleasant experience of undergoing surgery and facing some of my biggest fears — namely, anything related to doctors or medicine! (Check out PART I here.) It’s been a challenge to get back to the point where I’m able to do work and write again, but I’m so happy to be getting better day by day. Keep reading to discover some of the lessons I learned from having surgery and spending weeks recovering from it…
Before surgery, I never would have dreamed of taking a week to respond to an email or asking to push off a deadline for a month. When it comes to work (and even to simple things like text messages), everything always seemed urgent to me. I had to respond as soon as I could. I had to complete a task before it was due. I had to text back right away. But now — after rearranging my workload, getting back to people when I felt up to it — I’ve realized that there is very little in this world that’s urgent. Almost everything can (and does!) wait if you allow it to. That’s not to say I will be putting things off (that goes against my Type A nature!), but I’m hoping I’ll learn to chill out a bit more now that I’ve seen first-hand that not everything needs to be taken care of ASAP. 
When I’m faced with an unknown situation, my first instinct is to gather all of the information I can about it. Having a better understanding of a subject makes me feel more secure and prepared. So, of course, when I found out about my condition and the surgery I’d be having, I began Googling like a madwoman, gathering all the data I could so I’d know what my doctor was talking about and, more importantly, I’d know what to expect. This was both good and bad. On the bad side of things, I read some horror stories that made me more anxious than necessary. But on the good side, I got some great post-surgery tips that really helped (and that my doctor failed to mention) and I had some idea of what to expect. For example, I knew that there was a good chance I would have to have more than one surgery so, when I met with my doctor for my post-op checkup, I wasn’t surprised (or upset) when he told me another surgery would be necessary. Information is powerful (in a good and bad way) so be mindful of what you read. 
Surgery has taught me that you’ll learn things you never thought you would need to learn (like how to pull up your pants when you can’t properly bend your legs!). You’ll learn how to do very unpleasant pre-op prep. You’ll learn how to follow post-op instructions from your doctor. You’ll re-learn how to do basic things, like showering and sleeping. And you’ll learn to do things you’d never heard of before — and you’ll become good at doing these things. One of the great things about humans is how amazingly well we adapt to new circumstances. Things that seemed really difficult right after surgery are now second nature to me. Things I once thought of as gross don’t even faze me now. I’ve learned, in a very short time, how to take care of myself in new ways and it’s shown me that, no matter what we’re facing, we can and will adapt. 
If you’re an avid Positively Present reader, you probably know how much I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (read my post about it here), and the show taught me a very important life lesson that proved invaluable in the face of pain and fear: take it 10 seconds at a time. In the show, Kimmy gets through difficult situations by telling herself that she can get through the next 10 seconds…and the next 10…and the next 10. This little trick can be a lifesaver when you’re in pain (emotionally or physically). When faced with pain that feels as if it will never end, it’s so helpful to break it down to 10 second bits of time. You can do anything for 10 seconds, and when you think about it only as surviving through that short period, whatever pain you’re facing becomes more bearable. 
Who knew that simply taking a shower could be considered a major accomplishment? After surgery, I quickly learned that it was important to celebrate the little victories — no matter how small. Even the act of getting out of bed was something I could be proud of! Instead of focusing on what you can’t do (as I often found myself wanting to do since I felt immobile and unproductive), celebrating the little things you can do is a way to shift the focus away from complaints and toward gratitude. While there was a lot I wasn’t able to do, I was still able to do somethings and, as I recovered, I was able to do more and more things. Celebrating this little victories — even if it was just with a “Look at you! Good work!” — helped me feel as if I was making progress. 
The most important lesson I learned while recovering from surgery was this: do what you can while you can. Throughout my recovery, I was very frustrated by the things I couldn’t do, but I tried to transform that frustration by finding things I could do. For example, I was able to get a lot of reading done, which I loved. Due to the beauty of my iPhone, I was able to respond to emails while lying in bed and even draft this post! I downloaded some apps for my phone to keep me busy (like Colorfy and Boggle) and allowed myself to do some research for future work projects. I wasn’t able to do much, but I did the best I could to fill up my time with what I could do and this served two important purposes: (1) it distracted me from my pain at times and (2) it gave me a feeling of productivity. While I’m not saying we should always be doing something, I was glad to learn that, even when stuck in bed, there are ways to make the most of your time. 
Whether you’re going through a situation like mine or just looking for some inspiration, I hope theses lessons have inspired you in some way. I’ll leave you with one final thought that helped me get through recovery: try to envision yourself healthy again. As I was stuck in bed, I sometimes found my mind wandering to a negative place, thinking thoughts like, “I’m going to be in this situation forever.” or “I’m never going to be well again.”
Of course, those kinds of thoughts are immensely unhelpful when it comes to recovery and I knew it. So whenever I started to think this way, I’d remind myself to calm down, focus on the moment, and keep in mind that this was just one chapter of my life. As a greeting card I got from a friend said, “This is but a crappy chapter in your amazing life story.” When I focused on that thought — reminding myself that I would get better, eventually — I found it much easier to cope with the pain and frustration.
So if you ever find yourself in a tough spot in life, remember those words: This is but a crappy chapter in your amazing life story. It really does help to remind you that one day you’ll be in a another chapter and whatever you’re struggling with right now will be nothing but a memory.  


PPGTL-Get-the-BookWant to explore how to have a more positive, present life? Pick up your very own copy of my book, The Positively Present Guide to Life. The book is all about how to stay positive and present in various areas of life including: at home, at work, in love, in relationships, and during change. I’ve turned back to it often this year as I’ve gone through major changes and it’s been tremendously helpful. The book is filled with inspiring images that make it even easier to stay positive and present. You can learn more about the book and find out where to buy a copy here. (You can also get a sneak peek at the book, access a free download, and watch the book trailer!)

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U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there.

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Brickyard 400 results: Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

It was Kyle Busch celebrating in Victory Lane for the third week in a row.

Be it injury or a constant evolving rules package, it doesn’t matter. Kyle Busch cannot be stopped, as he won for the third straight week and the fourth time in five races Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Busch was on his game through a serious of late restarts that decided the Brickyard 400. Leading with 14 laps remaining, Busch got the jump over Kevin Harvick, who spun his tires, then Joey Logano on a green-white-checkered restart.

Logano charged on the white flag lap, but couldn’t get close enough to attempt a pass. The win was Busch’s fourth in nine starts this season. He missed 11 races with a broken right leg and left foot sustained in a February crash during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The win was Busch’s 33rd career victory and the first for manufacturer Toyota at Indianapolis.

“I can’t believe what’s going on,” Busch said in Victory Lane. “It’s really a treat to win here at Indy. Toyota has now captured a win at every single active Cup Series race track — that’s pretty awesome for us to be able to do that.

“I can’t thank everyone that has stood behind me all year.”

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When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot

pure-internet1 If you have a physical product that you want to sell in more than one country, determining the price in different markets can be challenging. You might have to open an office in each country, or at least hire a consultant to assess local demand and analyze the competition. But if you have a virtual product — say an app for a mobile phone — setting the price for it in different… Read More

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Some Guantanamo inmates would go to U.S. under new plan: Obama aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military jail will call for the transfer to U.S. prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counter terrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents.

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Jurgen Klinsmann thinks the USMNT is just fine after worst Gold Cup ever

Stay the course.

Three days after losing to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals, the United States lost the third place game against Panama on penalties. This Gold Cup was really, really awful.

But even though the Gold Cup is historically really easy for the United States until the semifinals and this is their worst performance ever, Klinsmann thinks his team did really well to get out of their group!

It’s fine, this is a process.

And things will get better.

OK, Jurgen, what lessons did you learn from this tournament?

Oh, none. Cool. Looking forward to seeing more of these guys!

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Gillmor Gang: Fare Trade

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, July 25, 2015. Uber takes NY, while The Gang wonders what Windows 10 is or isn’t, whether Twitter ain’t broke so don’t fix it, and nothing whatsoever about Donald Trump. Plus, the latest G3 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, Luke Sontag,… Read More

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Mets acquire Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson from Braves, per reports

Atlanta will receive two minor league pitchers.

The New York Mets are trying to improve their putrid offense, acquiring third baseman Juan Uribe and utility man Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

The teams have not yet announced the trade.

The Mets enter Friday at 49-47, only three games out of first place in the National League East, despite an offense that ranks near the bottom of most offensive categories in baseball. New York is hitting just .233/.298/.357 as a team.

Uribe has already been traded once this season, from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Atlanta. Uribe is hitting .272/.331/.409 with eight home runs in 75 games, and is one of the better defensive third basemen in the National League.

The Mets have been without David Wright since April 14, and New York third basemen this season are hitting .241/.323/.336 with four home runs.

Johnson, 33, is hitting .275/.321/.451 with nine home runs in 62 games this season and has started games at left field, right field, first base and third base this season.

The Mets made history on Thursday with John Mayberry (.175/.235/.330 entering Thursday) batting cleanup and Eric Campbell (.179/.305/.283) batting fifth against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. They were shut out on three hits.

Uribe is making $6.5 million this season, and Johnson is making $1.5 million, which means the duo have roughly $3.15 million combined remaining the rest of the season.

Gant, 22, is 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 17 starts across Class-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this season, with 91 strikeouts and 36 walks in 99⅔ innings. He was drafted by the Mets in the 21st round in 2011.

Whalen, 21, is 45 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 games, including 14 starts with Class-A St. Lucie, with 61 strikeouts and 34 walks in 83 innings. The Mets drafted the right-hander in the 12th round in 2012.

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