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Competition for 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans no surprise for Broncos, but what comes next if he chooses Texans? – Longmont Times-Call

That the Broncos have competition in the pursuit of San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans is no surprise.

The 38-year-old is considered by sources to be at or very near the top of Denver’s candidate list for its open head coaching position. On Friday, the NFL Network reported Ryans is also a top choice for Houston and that he and the Texans are eyeing a potential second interview next week after the 49ers play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

The fact that Ryans is drawing interest from Houston doesn’t make him a less attractive option for Denver, but a source with knowledge of the Broncos’ process told The Post it’s unclear how long the Broncos’ search committee — headed by CEO Greg Penner and general manager George Paton, among others — is willing to wait on a decision. It’s also unclear what their next step is if Ryans accepts an offer by Houston.

Ryans played the first six years of his career for the Texans, became an All-Pro there, is among the franchise’s most revered players and has family connections to the area, as well. Houston also has two first-round draft picks each of the next two years and enters this offseason with about $20 million more in cap space than Denver. That’s a strong pull.

The Broncos have essentially a ready-made defense including elite secondary talent in cornerback Pat Surtain II and safety Justin Simmons.

“I can sell this roster,” Paton said in December. “We have a bunch of good young players.”

Penner, part of the NFL’s wealthiest ownership group, said during the same news conference that his next coach will have “every resource” necessary to be successful.

Which will prevail for Ryans? He held his initial interview with Houston virtually on Jan. 21, one day after meeting in person with the Broncos in the Bay Area.

While Ryans and the Texans look to a second interview, the Broncos have not held a formal second round of interviews but have kept in touch with candidates and candidates’ agents throughout the week.

It’s a familiar position for the Broncos but with a slight twist. A year ago, Nathaniel Hackett’s Green Bay Packers lost in the divisional round, while Kevin O’Connell’s Los Angeles Rams advanced to the NFC title game. That left Hackett open for a second-round interview in Denver, which he completed Tuesday before the championship games. But the Broncos would have had to wait until after those games to talk again with O’Connell.

Instead, they decided on Hackett not long after a report surfaced that he also had a second interview upcoming with Jacksonville.

After Hackett’s hire, Paton told The Post that O’Connell, “would have been in the mix,” had the Rams lost, but they felt good about Hackett and didn’t want to risk losing him to the Jaguars or another team if they waited too long. The Vikings hired O’Connell.

Denver showed more patience this year, but now must weigh the risk of waiting several more days for Ryans and then potentially ending up without a preferred candidate available if he chooses the Texans.

The Broncos’ next move, then, will tell much about the confidence level in beating out Houston for Ryans’ services.

If Ryans chooses the Texans or Denver decides it’s done waiting, where will attention turn? Sean Payton remains in the picture and has been all along. The Broncos were the first team to get permission to speak with him and the first team to interview him in person. Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh have both publicly taken their names out of the running for NFL jobs, but they at various points of the process were considered to be strong candidates in Denver. If Ryans comes off the board, Penner and Paton could circle back just to make sure.

After that trio, all of whom were identified almost immediately as potential contenders for the job, the Broncos would be working down their list of potential candidates. The others who interviewed for the job — defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, former Indianapolis and Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell and former Stanford head coach David Shaw — were all considered by league sources to be on the outside looking in as Denver narrowed its search this past week. Denver could work back through those options or even widen the lens further and try to identify new candidates if necessary.

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Students to present their business ideas inspired by Dimitar Berbatov 

Photo: Facebook /Teenovator

The football star Dimitar Berbatov will open the fifth edition of the “Weekend of Ideas” initiative in Sofia Tech Park, the organizers of “Teenovator” announced. 

Over the weekend, 500 high school students from all over the country together with their mentors will launch 86 business ideas. Representatives of companies and successful startups will inspire the youngsters with lectures on “The Rise of Platforms,” “How to Create a Cult Brand,” and “The Formula of Success.” A jury will evaluate their presentations. 

“Teennovator” is a program that develops the startup culture and business mindset of students in grades 10 and 11.

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Below Deck’s Kate Chastain brands Vicki Gunvalson ‘overrated’

Below Deck star Kate Chastain named her most ‘overrated’ Housewife (Picture: Bravo)

Kate Chastain didn’t hold back when she was asked for her opinion on the most ‘overrated’ Housewife, instantly naming Vicki Gunvalson.

The self-declared queen of ‘whooping it up’ was an original cast member of the Real Housewives of Orange County – the first in the franchise – when it hit our screens in 2006, but bowed out ahead of series 15.

She recently appeared on the second season of Ultimate Girls Trip, alongside best pal Tamra Judge, and was confirmed to be in the cast for the fourth outing of the spin-off.

Despite having been on our screens for nearly two decades, Kate confessed that she’s not a fan of the OG.

During an appearance on Page Six’s Virtual Reali-Tea podcast, she was asked to name the most ‘overrated’ cast member.

Wasting no time, the Below Deck icon replied: ‘Vicki Gunvalson, I don’t get it. I’m sorry.

Vicki was an OG on the Real Housewives of Orange County cast (Picture: Getty)

‘I just feel like she’s always angry and always screaming.’

Despite the savage comments, the mom-to-be explained that she was excited to see Vicki hopefully redeem herself on the upcoming series of Ultimate Girls Trip, after struggling in her debut.

‘I’m happy for her that she’s now going to Marrakech for a re-do,’ the former chief stewardess continued. ‘Because she was vulnerable at that time in Bluestone Manor.

She didn’t have a fun time ‘whooping it up’ on Ultimate Girls Trip (Picture: Peacock)

‘Hopefully, after this new Girls Trip, I will change my opinion, but as it stands, Vicki needs to change her vibe.’

When questioned over whether she was a fan of Vicki from the first few seasons of RHOC, she added: ‘Not really… Whoop it up? It’s not clever… it’s not something I would hang my hat on.’


Vicki and Tamra Judge were reunited on screen (Picture: Bravo)

Season four of Girls Trip is currently filming, and Vicki will also be popping up in the upcoming series of RHOC – including on a cast trip to Mexico with Tamra, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and newcomer Taylor Armstrong.

However, she is not returning to the fold as a full-time Housewife or in a ‘friend of’ capacity.

Discussing the news, she confessed that she was jealous Tamra was given a coveted orange instead.

‘I was jealous, mad,’ she told Us Weekly. ‘I thought the phone would be ringing for [me]. I’m like, “Hello, Andy [Cohen], you’re not calling me!”

‘She really wanted it more than me. She’s good TV,’ she added, before shedding light on her own scenes. ‘It was great. Loved it. Loved my girls.

‘I love my Tamra [and] Shannon and we’re good together.’

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New Music Director at Illinois’ Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Israeli conductor Yaniv Attar was chosen for the role out of nine finalists 


The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s (RSO) search for a new music director began in Fall 2019 but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of 200 applicants, nine candidates visited Rockford for a week each for the final round in January 2022. Yaniv Attar, like the other finalists, got to know the RSO community, plus rehearsed and performed a full concert with its musicians, who also filled out surveys after each performance.

Upon his appointment, Israeli conductor Yaniv Attar succeeds Steven Larsen in the role, who retired in 2019 after a 30-year tenure, and currently serves as RSO’s music director emeritus. Attar will perform his first concert in his role officially in Fall 2023. 

“Not only is Yaniv an incredibly talented conductor, he is also passionate about music, music education, and community engagement,” said RSO’s executive director Julie Thomas. “I’m excited for what’s ahead for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra under his leadership.”

A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School, London’s Royal College of Music, and McGill University, Attar studied conducting with Israel Edelson, Virginia Allen, Neil Thomson, and Alexis Hauser. He is the music director of the Bellingham Symphony, Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Northwest Sinfonietta. He was also assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra during a two-year residency. 

His conducting engagements have included the Cincinnati Symphony, Duna Szimfonikus Budapest, Dohnanyi Orchestra Budapest, Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan, Jerusalem Symphony, Lithuanian State Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Mihail Jora Philharmonic Romania, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Russe Philharmonic Bulgaria, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, among many others.

Also an accomplished classical guitarist, Attar was the first guitarist to win Israel’s Aviv Competition Prize and the Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition. His many accolades include first prize at the Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition Budapest, the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, and being a multi-time recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Award.


A video introducing Attar can be viewed below.

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Some of the Best Winter Activities to Enjoy in New Jersey

It’s winter in the Garden State and a time to enjoy some great activities that are perfect during the winter months in Jersey. We took information from an article posted by bestthingsnj.com that highlighted several “winter” activities to enjoy.



These are some really cool places to visit and I look forward to checking out a few that I haven’t already visited. Some of the suggestions, like Duke Farms, we have visited and really enjoyed the experience. I personally like to go outdoors during winter and enjoy that nice cold fresh air and exercise. Always feels good to get out of the house during this time of year and stretch the legs and get those steps in.


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Big SNOW American Dream, East Rutherford, NJ

“Big SNOW American Dream is a truly one-of-a-kind spot for winter fun. It’s the first and only indoor winter sports destination with real snow all year round. Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, you can partake in your favorite winter activities in any season.”


Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

“Duke Farms is a lovely place to enjoy the natural landscape of New Jersey, especially during the winter. Head to this Hillsborough nature preserve to take advantage of a variety of snowy hiking trails.”


Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ

“For a ski getaway or just a fun daytime adventure, Mountain Creek Resort has what you’re looking for. This beautiful ski resort is a destination for vacationers from far and wide as well as locals.”


Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, NJ

“The Tenafly Nature Center is a beautiful place to explore at any time of the year, but it’s a very different experience in the winter compared to the summer. This winter, enjoy the perfect environment for snowshoeing or sledding to your heart’s content.”


Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ

“Wolves are some of the most majestic animals associated with the winter, and the Lakota Wolf Preserve can give you a special look. Book your unique wolf-watching tour at this beautiful local wolf preserve.”


Get out and enjoy some great winter activities here in the Garden State and check out other excursions that bestthingsnj.com suggest for winter outings. Fun for everyone, just bundle up and maybe grab some hot coffee or hot chocolate for the trip.


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Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots–the Ozarks’ Branson, Missouri, or Arizona’s Lake Havasu–it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You’ll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country’s top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash’s prison blues.


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Philadelphia Eagles fans prepare for their NFC Championship game watch parties

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers is less than 48 hours away.

For fans not going to the Linc, they are making sure their party playbook will score a touchdown with friends and family.

“I’m going to make all types of stuff. Maybe some chicken alfredo, some chicken, Buffalo chicken dip,” said Cynthia Hart of Plymouth Meeting.

Dan Marchozzi chose to skip out on the big meals, instead making sure his pantry is stocked with snacks.

“We normally watch with family. Can’t change tradition, Birds need to win,” said Marchozzi of Lafayette Hill.

With the big game, comes big preparations.

At Altomonte’s Italian Market & Delicatessen, they say orders are coming in by the minute for their tomato pie with the word “Eagles” spelled out in cheese and Eagles-themed cannolis, cookies and other treats.

“We’re fans you know. We’re fans too, so we love doing this,” said Altomonte’s store manager, Angelo Manes.

“Especially in January, a slower time for us, when the Eagles and Phillies play well, it’s really good for us,” Mike Grispino: Store Manager.

Shoppers were also grabbing their last-minute gear at Rally House in Roxborough.

“We have bags of things. Always good luck to get a few more,” said Karen Clark of West Chester.

Kickoff is Sunday at 3 p.m.

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Colts’ head coaching search has included just about everyone – Indianapolis Business Journal

Have you checked your email lately?

How about your spam folder? (Make sure you have “Irsay, Jim” and “Ballard, Chris” on your trusted senders list.)

In the last week, there’s probably a decent chance you’ve been invited to interview for the Indianapolis Colts head coaching position.

The Colts’ expansive search, a list that has included 14 names over the course of the past month, has given a whole new meaning to the word expansive. From offensive wunderkinds (Shane Steichen) to defensive gurus (Ejiro Evero), from young (Mike Kafka) to old (Rich Bisaccia), and from two-plus decades of coaching experience (Don Martindale) to 2-1/2 months (Jeff Saturday), their targets have spanned the entire spectrum. It’s difficult to even guess what the Colts are looking for in their next hire because of the amount of variety in their candidate pool.

They’ve left everyone guessing. And that’s a good thing!

For as much as folks (including yours truly) have criticized owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Chris Ballard over the last few months, it appears the Colts have handled this process astutely. There was concern over whether Irsay would stubbornly dig his feet in on hiring Saturday, who is technically still a candidate, even after a 1-7 interim stint. But this search hasn’t seemed to indicate that.

Fans were also worried that the owner wouldn’t give Ballard, if he were even retained in the first place, the autonomy to conduct the search, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, either. In fact, reports from earlier this week stated that Irsay wasn’t even part of the initial interviews with any of the candidates.

Regardless of who deserves credit for it, the Colts have put together a long list of mostly qualified and impressive head coach options. That fact is critically important for a franchise that has been stuck in Nowheresville for the eight seasons since they were run off the field in the AFC Championship Game by the Patriots in January 2015. The Colts need their next head coach to not only stabilize a seemingly fractured locker room but also to groom and develop their presumed quarterback draftee into someone who can lead the franchise back to their 2000s-level excellence.

Here’s a look at the remaining candidates:

Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris encourages his players during an NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 8 in Inglewood, Calif. The Rams defeated the Raiders 17-16. (Kevin Terrell via AP)

Raheem Morris, defensive coordinator, Los Angeles Rams

As I mentioned above, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly the type of coach the Colts are looking for in this wide-ranging search, but if you’re looking for the candidate who checks the most boxes, Morris is likely it. While not a direct branch from the Tony Dungy Coaching Tree, he started as a young assistant for Dungy protegee Mike Tomlin in Tampa Bay, rapidly rising to the head coach’s office as a 32-year-old in 2009.

He was too green during a three-year, 17-31 stretch, but Morris has gained another decade of experience as a defensive coach in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles, spending the last three seasons as a coordinator. He’s well liked by his players and is overdue for another shot with the headset.

Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Rob Davis (at right) shows some still photos on a tablet to interim head coach Dan Quinn during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 2, 2021, in New Orleans. The Cowboys defeated the Saints, 27-17. (James D. Smith via AP)

Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator, Dallas Cowboys

Much like the Colts’ latest quarterback washout, Quinn’s legacy was forever changed by Atlanta’s infamous Super Bowl LI collapse. He never quite recovered from that loss in his second season, as the Falcons went 24-29 afterward, causing Quinn’s Frank Reich-like dismissal in the middle of the 2020 season.

He has two decades of NFL coaching experience, though, and his fiery demeanor is the anthesis of Reich’s calm nature. Quinn has had a good two-year stint in Dallas, turning around a defense that gave up a franchise-record 473 points in the season before his arrival.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen discusses a play with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) during training camp on Aug. 7 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Shane Steichen, offensive coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles

Once Detroit’s Ben Johnson publicly declared he was staying with the Lions, Steichen instantly became the hot commodity candidate to circle on the Colts’ list. Just 37 years old, Steichen oversaw Justin Herbert’s Rookie of the Year campaign with the Chargers and has been at the controls of Jalen Hurts’ impressive ascent in Philadelphia.

Known for adjusting his scheme to his quarterback’s preferences and maximizing his playmakers, Steichen’s Eagles offense led the NFC in both points (28.1 per game) and yards (389.1) this season, ranking third overall in the NFL in both categories.

Brian Callahan, offensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals

We know how much Irsay loves bringing up the past: How about choosing a candidate who coached the Colts’ greatest player and worked with the last head coach to take the franchise to the Super Bowl? After early stints in Denver as an offensive assistant with Peyton Manning and as a quarterbacks coach on Jim Caldwell’s staff in Detroit, Callahan has blossomed while running the offense in Cincinnati.

Obviously, it helps having guys like Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, but there’s a reason Callahan has been pursued by multiple teams in this latest head coaching cycle.

Jeff Saturday, interim head coach, Indianapolis Colts

Saturday inherited a bad situation, as most interim coaches do, but even with a makeshift coaching staff and busted quarterback carousel, it’s hard to fully excuse the Colts’ descent to worst team in the NFL by season’s end. The Colts were outscored by 87 points in his eight games and were barely competitive in the season’s final month, which was capped by a humiliating home loss to a Texans team with nothing to play for.

Saturday is an extremely likable personality and great representative of The Horseshoe, as Irsay calls it, but given his lack of experience and the poor results with the little experience he does have, you can’t argue that he belongs anywhere near the top of this list.

Mike Kafka, offensive coordinator, New York Giants

After seemingly turning around Daniel Jones’ career, could the Chicago native and Big Ten alumnus return to his Midwestern roots? Just looking at the stats doesn’t do Kafka’s work justice, as he helped Brian Daboll transform the putrid Giants into a competent team and playoff game winner.

Given his age (35) and quarterback pedigree, Kafka is certainly one of the most intriguing names on the Colts’ list.

Ejiro Evero, defensive coordinator, Denver Broncos

You’d never know it from his age (42 years old), but Evero has already racked up 15 seasons of NFL coaching experience. In that time, he’s worked under respected defensive minds like Monte Kiffin, Wade Phillips and current Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Much like other members of this list, he’s a popular target and has already completed interviews with several teams.

In a hiring cycle with just four other teams, most of whom are facing similar quarterback conundrums, the Colts can be patient in picking their guy. However, unlike their hiring cycles in 2002, 2012 and 2018, they can’t pitch a surefire franchise quarterback to their candidates.

What Indianapolis can do is lean on its tradition of franchise stability and its place in what’s historically been the NFL’s most-winnable division. The Colts have mostly been competitive and competent over the last quarter-century, despite the turmoil they’ve put themselves through in recent years, and NFL turnarounds can happen quickly (see: Jaguars, Giants, Lions, etc).

As the franchise slides into also-ran status, it is absolutely critical that the Colts pick the right leader to drag them out of mediocrity. Facing the first major decision in the team’s most critical offseason in years, they know they have to get this fixed—and get it fixed now.

Irsay’s reputation and Ballard’s job likely depend on it.•


From Peyton Manning’s peak with the Colts to the Pacers’ most recent roster makeover, Schultz has talked about it all as a sports personality in Indianapolis for more than 15 years. Besides his written work with IBJ, he’s active in podcasting and show hosting. You can follow him on Twitter, @Schultz975.

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Business confidence “muted” in January, CFIB reports – Morinville News – Morinville Online

by Morinville Online Staff

The latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Business Barometer shows the 12-month index gained 0.5 points, reaching 51.4 index points in January of 2023, indicating that while small business confidence over the long term remained stable, it was low.

“Small business confidence seems to be better, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the economy. For this time of year, the levels are still quite low,” said CFIB Director of Economics Andreea Bourgeois. “Many businesses will continue to struggle under pandemic debt and rising prices unless the government takes action.”

CFIB reports that while skilled labour shortages are cooling off, they continue to be the top limitation for nearly half (46%) of small businesses. Sixty per cent of Canadian firms find wage costs above the historical average, causing cost constraints. Borrowing costs are causing difficulties for 37% of businesses.

The retail sector indicates the lowest optimism level over the long term (41.2). CFIB says this is the seventh month retail posted an index below 50.

CFIB is calling on the government to take action on rising prices, overall tax burden, and ensuring labour policies are reasonable for employers.

“We’re hearing from members who are concerned about their future and where the economy is headed as they continue to deal with pandemic debt, increasing taxes, inflation and labour shortage,” said Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President of National Affairs at CFIB. “These challenges are having a crippling effect on their revenues, ability to grow and mental wellbeing. Small businesses need some reprieve.”

CFIB sent a letter to Members of Parliament ahead of their return to Parliament on Jan. 30, calling on the government to implement various fiscal relief measures to support small businesses, including introducing a targeted Employment Insurance (EI) premium credit for 2023. The credit would reduce premiums for eligible employers to the same amount their employees pay.

To help small businesses alleviate some of their financial pressure, CFIB recommends the federal government:

  • Introduce a targeted Employment Insurance (EI) premium credit for 2023
  • Increase the maximum threshold for the small business tax rate (e.g., to $600,000), and index it to inflation going forward
  • Decrease the small business tax rate from 9% to 8%, at least for the next two years
  • Work with the provinces to offset the costs of the 2023 increases in Canada Pension Plan premiums through a targeted credit for small businesses

“Given all the challenges small businesses are facing, CFIB is calling on the government to help mitigate the impact of economic pressures on small firms,” Pohlmann concluded. “Give them some time and room to breathe and get back on their feet.”

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