Technical training to give a boost to Rajasthan potters

first_img The RuTAG had earlier provided technical assistance for upgradation of kilns in which clay griddles are baked and modified the product’s design and thickness to suit the requirement of gas stoves and heaters in the cities. The earthy scent of the black soil, procured mostly from ponds in Bharatpur district, is maintained in the griddles after they are baked.Clay pottery is both a traditional occupation and the only livelihood option for the Prajapat community, also known as Kumhars, in the region. The demand for earthenware has soared among the health-conscious people residing in cities, who believe that the nutrients of food items are protected when cooked in earthen utensils. The traditional potters belonging to the Prajapat community in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district are being given technical training which is expected to help them hone their skills in their occupation.An ongoing tech-aided camp in Pahari town is training the youths in making earthen pots as well as terracotta decorative items which are in heavy demand in the southern States.The camp, being attended by two dozen Prajapat youths, will enable them make rapid strides in manufacturing cups, cutlery, mugs, pans, clay griddles, dishes, bowls and cookers.Master trainer Moti Lal, who learnt the technical applications at IIT Delhi’s Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), told The Hindu on Tuesday that the use of electric motors for the spinning of the potter’s wheel, innovative design interventions and new baking techniques would facilitate bulk production of earthenware quickly.Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation has joined hands with RuTAG to provide technical assistance to the potters.Mr. Lal, 52, said the Prajapat community hoped that the government bodies, such as the Khadi & Village Industries Commission, would provide mechanised potter’s wheels in remote villages.Lupin Foundation’s executive director Sita Ram Gupta said that while the training would help promote pottery industry, the earthenware produced in the district would be sent to various fairs and exhibitions across the country and also sold online with the help of web portals operating from Jaipur. “The training will connect traditional artisans with modern technology and help increase their income,” he said.last_img read more

You Really Don’t Want To Lie About These 5 Things On A Resume

first_imgIt’s tough to stay competitive as a job seeker. It seems everyone has the same qualifications as you, if not better. Maybe you’ve considered stretching the truth on your resume just to have employers give you a chance.Don’t, because there’s a good chance you’ll be caught.In fact, 56 percent of hiring managers have found lies on candidates’ resumes, a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,000 HR and hiring managers, conducted last May through June, found.Here are some of the most common things employers have caught job seekers lying about on resumes:1. SkillsSixty-two percent of employers have seen embellished skill sets on resumes, CareerBuilder found.Though you might not have all the skills the position calls for, this is not an area you want to embellish. It’s easy to think, “I’ll pick it up as I go,” but if employers find out you don’t have the capabilities you say you do, you’ll flag red as dishonest.Be honest about your skills and the areas in which you still need to grow. An employer would much sooner hire a candidate who knows him or herself realistically. In fact, employers in the CareerBuilder survey said they would still consider candidates who only fit three of five key qualifications for a job.2. ResponsibilitiesCareerBuilder’s survey also found 54 percent of employers have seen candidates lie about responsibilities they’ve had in previous positions.It may be tempting to change your job description to say you managed a project you just helped out with, but don’t. During your interview, employers will ask questions that will require you to talk about your role and experience. How you answer will reveal whether or not you really know what you’re talking about, or you fabricated a few things.Emphasize the responsibility you did have, like how you supported the team or ensured deadlines were met. Tell a story about a time when you were challenged to make a quick decision and what the outcome was.3. Dates of employmentFrequent job changes or long periods of unemployment don’t look good on a resume, so there’s no wonder why 39 percent of employers in the survey have seen false dates of employment.What’s worse than a spotty resume? Being caught in a lie. You may pass the interview, but when employers call previous employers to verify dates of employment and find you only worked a few weeks at a place where you said you worked a year, they’ll question the validity of everything else you said, too.Always tailor your resume for the position at hand, so if you have a lot of experience in different areas, include only the most relevant experience for that specific position. If employers point out holes in employment, explain you worked in another industry during that time frame. Decide which experience is most important to highlight for each job and cut the rest.4. Job titlesThirty-one percent of employers have seen fabricated job titles on resumes, CareerBuilder found.Saying you were a manager when you weren’t isn’t a good idea. Again, if the employer doesn’t catch you lying in the interview, he or she will find out the truth upon calling a reference or your previous employers.Realize titles aren’t everything. It’s what you do and your capabilities that matter most. As mundane as your real title might seem, highlight all that your role encompasses, especially the unique tasks that played a significant part in your growth.5. Academic degreesA false college degree might seem like something you can get away with — they don’t really check anyway, right? Wrong. In the survey, 28 percent of employers found phony academic degrees on resumes.No matter where you’re at in school, put down your highest level of degree completed and when you expect to graduate. If you’re taking a break from school, prepare a good explanation why (e.g., to save money, family issues, etc.). When the employer asks about school, talk about your course work, what you’ve learned, and how that influences your professional goals.In general, lying about anything on a resume or during an interview is a bad practice. Employers want candidates they know they can trust working for them. You don’t want to be hired for someone you’re not. It will be a stressful experience as you try to keep up with the lies, and you’ll likely get caught eventually.What are some lies you’ve seen on resumes? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

How to Customize a Job to Fit Your Life

first_imgEngaged employees use more than the skills their job descriptions detail to get work done.  They take the list of responsibilities that define their roles and filter those through their characters-enabling them to dig into that work and make it their own.Tweaking a role to suit your skills and personality, once you’ve lived in that job and you understand its nuances, is both a survival skill and a self-management initiative. Professors Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski coined the term “job crafting” to describe how employees use their personalities to reshape their roles and earn themselves a better fit in their work.  Dutton, Wrzesniewski and their colleague Justin Berg point out that job crafting is “what employees do to redesign their own jobs in ways that foster engagement, job satisfaction, resilience and thriving.” When crafting your role, you use your skills, character and connections to enact your work in ways that honor the individual you are. This makes your job more suited to you, and thus more meaningful. If you’re not already job crafting, here’s what you need to know.   Finesse your role Job crafting is about being engaged, alert, mindful and proactive. You’re not waiting around to be noticed. You’re using the opportunity you have to find fulfillment in your work.  In every job description, there’s a range of responsibilities and expectations; some are major parts of the role, some are minor responsibilities. As you work your way into your position, you are inclined to developed tricks, short cuts and collaborations that help you enact your duties effectively.   As you systemize your workflow, you may find yourself with room to explore the less-prominent responsibilities associated with your job. Grow these. Further develop a project that is at the edge of your scope of responsibilities. Dutton, Wrzesniewski and Berg point out: “Your job comprises a set of building blocks that you can reconfigure to create more engaging and fulfilling experiences at work.”Perhaps, for example, you have a marginal role entering data for your team. In your conversations with the database manager, you’ve learned about a new mode of reporting that you think could help your unit. You have the time and expertise to take it on. Talk with your manager. See if you can stretch into this. It would enhance what you produce for your team, and it would be exciting to dig deeper into the database component of your role.  How to Change CareersExpand your skill setIn the same way, you may have a skill that you’re eager to further develop in your daily work. Let’s say, for example, that writing is a minor part of your role. If you love to write, and you can streamline your other operations, you earn yourself more time to volunteer for new responsibilities that are aligned with your interest.  Make it your goal to take on more writing projects. As you grow and strengthen this skill, add it as a performance goal. Check with your manager to see if there are development resources that you can secure to grow the skill; perhaps there’s a writing or grammar workshop that you can attend, for example.  Identifying ways that you would like to deepen your role to be a better fit for your skillset is a win-win for you and your company.     3 Skills You Should Develop That Are Guaranteed to Improve Your Career ProspectsManage your moves If you have a hand in defining the trajectory of your work, using your talents and interests to streamline it, the work will feel more like yours. It will matter more to you, and it will help you evolve professionally. Wrzesniewski explains: “One trend that I think will continue is the likelihood that individuals will not be spending their careers in one firm or even a few firms. That’s going to necessitate taking responsibility for putting together your own plan for how you’re putting together the steps of your career, the skills that you’re building and the eventual impact you hope to have in a way that will be your responsibility as opposed to the responsibility of people who used to develop you in firms.” Job crafting is a self-management initiative, which gives you the power to find satisfaction in your work and forge your own development and trajectory.  20 Top Companies for Career Opportunities Hiring NowThe joy of selfWrzesniewski explains that most employees engage in some level of job crafting. Understanding what’s involved and directing it mindfully can enable you to do it strategically. It’s ideal when a manager notices that you’re doing great work and offers you a meaningful opportunity. But rather than holding your breath to get noticed, take responsibility for your own professional satisfaction. Job craft like no one is watching, because soon enough someone will be.      Authentic Self: Announcing Glassdoor’s Workplace Guide for LGBTQ Professionalslast_img read more

​REVEALED: Kante turned down PSG offer to join Chelsea

first_imgN’Golo Kante has revealed that he turned down the advances of Paris Saint Germain before deciding to join Chelsea. The France international moved to Stamford Bridge after famously leading Leicester to an improbable Premier League title win in 2015/16.Remarkably, Kante repeated his title success with the Blues last season, whilst also earning the PFA and WFA Player of the Year awards as well as the Premier League Player of the Year award.But all of this may never have eventuated had Kante decided to join his hometown club.”It is true that the PSG were there like the other clubs after my beautiful season in Leicester,” Kante told Le Parisien.”But I chose Chelsea after talking with the coach and the sporting director. And I do not regret it. In addition, I like the league and the style of play in England.”last_img

Southampton chiefs whittle down managerial shortlist

first_imgSouthampton chiefs have dropped three candidates from their managerial shortlist.Sky Sports says Saints are understood to have narrowed their managerial shortlist down to four candidates – with a decision expected this week.Last week, Borussia Dortmund’s highly-rated former manager, Thomas Tuchel, ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at St Mary’s.Former Bayer Leverkusen head coach, Roger Schmidt was close to agreeing a deal before choosing a big-money role in Beijing.Julian Nagelsmann was also an early contender, before recently extending his contract at Hoffenheim.last_img

​Leicester forward Vardy ‘buzzing’ after his academy has player sign for Stevenage

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy is overjoyed to see his V9 Academy for football rejects land a first professional deal for one of its players.The England international, who himself progressed through non-league, has set up the academy along with his agent John Morris with the aim of providing football-rejects with another opportunity.During a recent trial at the academy, striker Danny Newton managed to get a new deal with League Two Stevenage.Vardy said: “When John told me that Danny had received an offer from Stevenage, I was buzzing.”He was one of the first players that we recruited to the academy and he seems to have had a similar journey to myself.”last_img

​Benfica forward Willock posts Arsenal tribute

first_imgChris Willock has penned a tribute to his former club Arsenal.The 19-year old has agreed to join Portuguese giants, Benfica, on a long-term deal.Willock made two senior appearances for the Gunners – both in the EFL Cup last season.”Since the age of 5, all I’ve known is Arsenal,” Willock said. “I’ve gone through the youth ranks, trained and learnt from the academy.”I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Arsenal football club, staff, players, coaches, managers and the fans who have helped and influenced me to become the player I am today.”This was a huge decision for me and my family to make. And not one we made lightly. I’m excited at the opportunity to play for Benfica.”It’s a new challenge, new culture and new group of players! Looking forward to showing them what I’ve got!”last_img

Member of the week: Taryn Simpson, writer

first_imgOur member of the week is Taryn Simpson. Taryn is a freelance writer living in Nashville, Tennessee, working primarily as a ghostwriter. Aside from ghostwriting, Taryn also does book promotion, including making book trailers and banners for websites and blogs. _”_The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road,â€? Taryn’s newest novel, was recently published and has a trailer on YouTube. Taryn discusses her experiences working on this project in our interview with her below. Check out Taryn’s blog to keep up with her projects, and take a look at her profile on our yellow pages to find out more about Taryn’s work as a freelance ghostwriter.1. What has been your most interesting project?No question, it would have to be co-writing and collaborating with another writer located in Beijing, China! We used email and instant messaging as our sole means of communication. When I created the blog to promote our book, he couldn’t even access it for a long time due to China’s strict internet laws.Even though my co-writer is a native New Zealander, he has taken on many Chinese qualities and I’ve learned a lot about people in that sense. The Chinese philosophy is much different than American business philosophy. A true sense of friendship or interest has to exist before business is done. That’s how it happened with us. We clicked immediately and I truly feel that this book was a blessing for me. He initially contacted me to “punch up” the book and our client/writer relationship immediately turned into friendship.The book also contains a sense of mysticism which is prevalent in Chinese culture. My co-writer bought a restaurant that sits upon a legendary Mystical road called Loi Kroh Road. The story goes that when King Mengrai the Great founded the city of Chiangmai in the year 1296, the superstitions of the East entered the city and lay in wait in the shadows of Loi Kroh Road where today, it is told, they still wait patiently. As planes land at Chiangmai airport, it is said that with every landing a fool steps off and enters Loi Kroh Road, never to be the same again or, in some cases, never to be seen again.The novel, “The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road” is a fictional novel but is loosely based on my co-writer’s life. It is a very powerful, emotional book and each time I read it, I am in tears. I’m extremely proud of this book and am in the midst of marketing it. It’s currently scheduled to be shown at the Beijing, China International Book Fair. And, if you can believe this, people have formed a Yahoo Group regarding the book!2. Why did you decide to go freelance?If you live in the U.S., that is a goal that most everyone aspires to, I think. The idea of choosing when to work, where to work and so on is very very appealing to me. Financially, it presents issues at times! But, when I look at the big picture, it is more than worth it. I just knew I wanted to write for a living and I was sick of the “Corporate America” life. Freelancing is the ultimate sense of self and empowerment.3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?I would highly suggest reading the Peter Bowerman books, “The Well-Fed Writer” series. Although I rarely do the type of writing he does, the principles and thought processes are the same. They are excellent books and I recommend them constantly to anyone that voices a desire to freelance for a living.I would also suggest joining groups such as the Freelancer’s Union and network network network. Also: SAVE AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF SALARY and make sure you have read the Bowerman books before you make the plunge! Everything you need is within you, but you need a plan and a sense of direction to be successful.4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?I really love the area where I live in Nashville, but I also enjoy the Music Row area during the day. You see a lot of musicians walking in the neighborhood-esque area going from studio to studio. The city is big enough and small enough for me. People are genuinely nice in the South and once I moved here and learned to “slow down” I fell in love with the place. People watching is interesting and you meet a wide variety of people from tourists to transplants from California, New York or Texas etc.5. What is your inspiration?I’m naturally driven, I guess. That’s a plus when you’re a writer! I can’t say it’s to gain fame, or have people know my name, necessarily, but I would like to be known for writing great, entertaining books. I hope that one day that happens. I keep going back to my latest book, “The Mango Tree…” but I have this thing inside of me that I could have 1 million agents say that the book stinks, and it doesn’t matter. I believe in the book that strongly. I am absolutely and thoroughly convinced that any person that picks that book up to read it will be affected by it. I know I am. I guess I have a dual personality, part writer, part promotional! Yet, I have to make myself network and so on. It’s a real dichotomy within myself.last_img read more

Collaboration, competition, and freelancing

first_imgMany freelancers occupy a unique niche in the world of work relationships: they are at once collaborators and competitors with one another. A Freelancers Union member, Taiwo Odunsi, has written a book about this phenomenon and its importance in the “Creative Era.” Collabetition focuses on how professional collaboration and healthy competition can lead you to greater creativity and success in your work. We found out about Collabetition when Sara (Horowitz, Freelancers Union Executive Director) met Taiwo at a freelance Meetup. If you haven’t joined a Meetup yet, now’s the time to do it!last_img

Election season comes early this year.

first_imgIn just a few days, over 1,000 Freelancers Union members will have the opportunity to share their vision for New York by voting for their representatives in Albany. There are four special elections taking place on February 9 to replace state Assembly members in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Westchester counties. These are typically very low turnout elections, which makes your voice even more powerful (but only if you vote!). In the next few days, Freelancers Union’s Endorsement Committee will meet to review the candidates and their responses to our questionnaires and then make recommendations based on who best understands independent workers and their struggles. If you’re unsure which district you live in, click on the links below to look at the maps or go to the New York State Assembly’s website and do a district search. The following districts are holding special elections on February 9th: Suffolk County’s 3rd district, vacated by Democrat Patricia Eddington, Nassau County’s 15th district vacated by Rob Walker, Queens 24th district vacated by Mark Weprin, and finally Westchester County’s the 89th district vacated by Adam Bradley. Look for Freelancers Union’s endorsements next week, but until then, let us know if you see any yard signs or get a phone call in your neck of the woods!last_img read more

Daily Bullets (July 16): Big 12 Media Days Didn’t Disappoint

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. That flow. It’s ready. #okstate pic.twitter.com/SKSn5yYiEu— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 15, 2019• And would it really be Media Day without a story or two from the farm?Knew Mike Gundy had a farm but didn’t know this … #OKState pic.twitter.com/MG0BV9C2tN— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 15, 2019• Note: The time for OSU’s Oct. 5 trip to Lubbock is TBD.Gary Patterson said there’s one major difference between playing Texas Tech in Lubbock in the daytime and at nighttime:“They throw tortillas at us in the daytime, and they throw frozen water bottles at us at night.” #Big12MediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 15, 2019• Either the date on the trophy is wrong, or OSU has resigned itself to/is predicting back-to-back Liberty Bowl championships.OSU’s Liberty Bowl trophy on display. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ImfEYXnTJu— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) July 15, 2019PFB Takes on ArlingtonKyle Boone and Marshall Scott were on hand covering the event and each came out with some great stories. There’s much more coming as the week goes on, but here’s what we learned on Monday.• Boone on why Mike Gundy has a pep in his step heading into the fall.• Gundy on the ongoing QB race, “We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reins at this point.”• Check out the jersey digits for OSU’s newcomers. Langston Anderson’s is 👌.• Marshall’s Notebook will cover anything else you might have missed.Other OSU Bullets• Mike Gundy got some good news on his way back from Texas when Bixby athlete — and OBJ impersonator — Brennan Presley committed for the 2020 class.• 2020 linebacker commit Jeff Roberson came in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman‘s Super 30. This from Scott Wright’s story should get you excited about what the Choctaw product will bring to OSU.Roberson’s speed sets him apart, making him an ideal fit in Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where linebackers are asked to be versatile playmakers in the box and in the secondary.“He’s a freakishly athletic kid who plays extremely hard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He’s very fast, physical, and he’ll deliver a punch when he gets there. [NewsOK]Non-OSU Bullets• Guard yourself with a little self control so that Amazon doesn’t take advantage of you.• A fictional (for now) look at what effects censorship and regulation could have on online media. Arkansas Waterfall + 5 o’clock shadow = guaranteed 10 wins. #OKState pic.twitter.com/8SOKM7HDBo— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) July 15, 2019center_img Mike Gundy showed up to Big 12 Media Days awfully calm for someone without a starting quarterback established and with plenty of other questions about his team. His mullet was full and his buzz words were fitting (discipline and toughness).Bullets Rundown• Gundy didn’t name his starting QB (duh)• Les Miles is still a walking sound bite• Gundy feeling rejuvenated• OSU adds under-the-radar freakBig 12 Media Day Bullets• The biggest question facing OSU is the one nobody expected to be answered on Monday. According to Gundy, Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are 1a and 1b (or rather 1x and 1x) with neither having taken the reins of the offense yet.Bill Haisten recalled another QB competition including a highly-touted Texas passer. (For the record, Bill’s sticking with his prediction that Sanders starts the entire year).“We had to put the guy out there who gave us the best chance to make plays,” Gundy recalled. “Bobby wasn’t very healthy at times, and the other guy was making plays. Bobby had every chance to play, and to make plays. I don’t remember it being that stressful.”My memory of that time is totally different. I sensed a ton of stress, and it was my belief Gundy felt great pressure in having to bench a big-time Texas recruit like Reid. [Tulsa World]On Monday, Gundy looked anything but stressed. Hopefully that’s a good sign for OSU.• Tylan Wallace says Sean Gleeson brings something that has been missing from OSU’s offense, intensity and aggression. [heart eyes emoji]Stud WR @OfficialTylan2 stopped by the desk to talk about the expectations for the @CowboyFB offense.#Big12FB | #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/RSbSrimTbo— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) July 15, 2019• At the podium Les Miles was asked how the talent he inherits at Kansas compares to the what he had when he showed up in Stillwater. If he’s picking sides, he says going with the 2019 Jayhawks. Think I’m with OKC Dave on this one.FieldsBellRashaunBajemaD. WilliamsI’d take ’em against KU https://t.co/hrM8FAe5Ww— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) July 15, 2019• Shots fired. At least the Mad Hatter is confident in the league.Here’s how @CoachLesMiles would rank the Power 5 conferences. “Pac-12 would not be an issue.” “It’s us and the @SEC.” #Big12MediaDays pic.twitter.com/7m3oP0pZeA— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) July 15, 2019• As is the yearly tradition, Mike Gundy’s elongated locks stole the show.🎷🎷🎷 pic.twitter.com/303LfxsygZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 15, 2019last_img read more

10 commandments of communications

first_imgTo wrap up the week, I offer some last words from Luntz. Here are his 10 commandments of messaging. Bottom line: be able to explain what you do in one visual, compelling, intriguing sentence or phrase.1. Simplicity is key. What one word or phrase captures your work?2. Brevity: Keep it short, always.3. Credibility matters more than ever.4. Consistency is vital – stick to your message, and make your message sticky.5. Novelty: be fresh and use fresh language and stories.6. Sound and texture matter.7. Speak aspirationally.8. Be visual. Have one great picture that tells your story.9. Ask a question. Start conversations, not monologues.10. Provide context. Explain why your mission matters to your audience.last_img

‘Little sh*t’! Why Croatia fans have turned on Modric

first_imgCroatia ‘Little sh*t’! Why some Croatia fans have turned on Real Madrid idol Luka Modric Ante Buskulic & Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 15:23 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) croatia senegal - luka modric - 08062018 Goran Stanzl/Pixsell Croatia Croatia v Nigeria Nigeria World Cup The midfielder is popular with his club’s fans, but a recent trial in his homeland has turned him into a villain for the national team Luka Modric should be the star of the show for Croatia at the 2018 World Cup. The midfielder enters the tournament having won the Champions League for the third year in a row with Real Madrid. He’s a hugely popular figure in Spain, but fans of his national team do not hold the 32-year-old in the same high esteem.As a child during the Croatian War of Independence, Modric was forced to leave his home of Modrici, with his grandfather killed by Serbs who occupied the area. He was forced to live in a hotel in Zadar with other refugees, with his only comfort coming from playing football.A trial at Hajduk Split did not go well for the youngster, who was told he was too small and weak, forcing him to move once more, joining Dinamo Zagreb as a 16-year-old. A modest and humble player, he was initially greatly admired by peers, but Croatian supporters took their time to warm to him as they criticised him for not being attacking enough, preferring to pass the ball to the nearest team-mate or else backwards in order to keep possession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar This was magnified when he lined out for Croatia, with fans expecting him to replicate his performances from Tottenham and then Real Madrid for the national side. It was not until 2015 or 2016 that he finally began to convince supporters, helping raise his own game and that of his team-mates in the trademark red and white shirt.However, in recent times Modric has again become unpopular with many fans in Croatia. The reason for this is the midfielder’s association with the controversial agent Zdravko Mamic – a man labelled by his critics as the ‘godfather of Croatian football’ due to his widespread power and influence throughout the game in the country.Even as a teenager, Modric was associated with Mamic, who owned the Mamic Soccer Agency (MSA). Mamic helped orchestrate Modric’s move to Dinamo, and sought to help the young players who had signed civil contracts with him by helping them financially in return for a percentage of their salaries if they had successful football careers.It was speculated that Modric, Eduardo da Silva, Dejan Lovren and many others had signed these contracts with MSA, but Mamic insists that he was risking his future because these players may never have become successful.”It was a business risk I took! You always speak about Modric and Eduardo, but what about those players I invested in and never got anything in return because they failed to make a career?” Mamic explained several years ago.Despite Mamic’s claims that he was acting in his clients’ interests, the whole story went public when Eduardo sued Mamic, claiming that the deal was like an owner-slave relationship if he was forced to give Mamic a percentage of his salary until the end of his career.Eduardo argued that he did not understand what he was agreeing to when he signed the contract as he did not understand Croatian fluently. He had arrived in Zagreb as a 15-year-old, with Mamic paying for his surgery and buying a house for the player and his family which later allowed Eduardo to qualify for Croatia through residency.The court favoured Mamic over Eduardo in the case, but the agent was forced to close down MSA after becoming director and executive president at Dinamo. He insisted that his son Mario Mamic would also return his agent’s license to FIFA and not become involved in the transfer of Dinamo players, but it later emerged that no such thing had happened.Mamic’s influence also spread to the Croatian FA, where he had an impact on the selection of national team coaches and the association’s presidential elections. However, it was his relationship with Dinamo and his involvement in their player sales that was ultimately called into question, with Mamic brought to trial to assess whether he made illegal personal profits.Many big-name players were called as witnesses for Mamic’s trial, including Modric, and were asked to explain their relationship with Dinamo and Mamic. The judge ruled that, alongside the contract Dinamo had with players, they would also sign a deal that would regulate how transfer money would be split between the club and player, with the percentage assigned to the player eventually ending up in Mamic’s pocket.luka modric tottenhamZdravko MamicAt the time of his sale in 2008, Modric was the biggest transfer in Dinamo’s history when he was sold for €21 million to Tottenham. As part of his agreement, Modric agreed to hand his percentage to Mamic, but during the trial, the prosecution proved that the additional deal regarding the split of player/club income was signed after Modric’s transfer to Tottenham, rather than before.During his testimony, Modric changed some of his initial statements, saying “I don’t remember” when asked when the contracts were signed and, when he received money from the deal, as well as confusing the date he made his international debut. Modric claimed the authorities dragged him from the national team camp and questioned him for several hours in the night, leaving him too tired to properly understand the statement he had signed for them. During the trial, the changes from his statement benefited Mamic.This alteration in his statement to try to help Mamic was not well-received by football fans in Croatia. He was the target of some offensive graffiti in Zadar, Zagreb and Split, while fans sang “Luka Modric, little sh*t” during Croatian league matches.At the end of the trial in March of this year, Mamic was found guilty and sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, while Modric and Lovren face charges for perjury. Mamic escaped to Bosnia and Herzegovina the night before the verdict was given, claiming he will appeal.The trial has stained Modric’s reputation among supporters, with Hajduk Split supporters even cheering against Croatia due to Modric’s involvement. Other club fans still want the nation to do well at the World Cup, but now Modric will never be their hero, no matter what he achieves on the field.last_img read more

Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, TV and stream

first_imgWorld Cup Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Uruguay v Russia Russia Uruguay Powerade The hosts take on the well drilled South American outfit in a game that will help to decide their fate in the last 16, with Spain or Portugal waiting Uruguay and Russia will now have their eyes firmly set in this evening’s final fixtures in Group B, as they will face off against one of those nations. Portugal and Spain look to be the most likely teams they will face but Iran still have the chance of causing an upset.Uruguay were too good for Russia in the end and a 3-0 victory ensures La Celeste advance to the round of 16 with a 100% record from the group stages. The host nation struggled to deal with Uruguay’s two star strikers and know that this may be just the beginning of their challenges, as fierce competitors await in the knockout stages.FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 3-0 RUSSIA Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 90+3 mins: Third and final change for Uruguay, as Cavani is replaced by Gomez.90+3 mins: All five of Uruguay’s World Cup goals in 2018 have come via set-pieces.90+1 mins: We are into four minutes of added time.90 mins: GOAL! 3-0 Uruguay! Cavani finally gets his goal! The corner is whipped into a dangerous area and Godin rises highest to head at goal. Akinfeev makes a strong save but Cavani is there to tuck away the rebound.90 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez strikes a dierce shot from outside the box towards the top right corner but Akinfeev dives to superbly tip the ball over the bar.88 mins: Free-kick to Russia in a decent position but Samedov delivery is wasted yet again, firing too hard and straight behind Muslera’s goal.86 mins: OVER! Cavani just cannot get his goal! He weaves his way through the defenders in the box but sees his effort deflected over the bar.85 mins: A huge waste for Russia! Smolov surges down the left side and does brilliantly to make room but his low ball back across the face of goal is pounced on by Muslera.84 mins: WIDE! De Arrascaeta fires a corner towards the edge of the six-yard box, where Caceres misjudges his jump and flicks a header wide of the target.82 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez tries to beat Akinfeev from distance but his swerving effort is kept out.80 mins: WASTED! A huge chance for Cavani to open his account in Russia! The ball is sloppily given away to the Paris Saint-Germain star, who feeds a pass through to Suarez before it is cut back across the face of goal in his direction. However, he fails to get on the end of it.78 mins: Torreira has been fantastic today but requires some treatment after receiving a hit on his leg. Thankfully, he looks to be able to continue and is back on the field.76 mins: Neither Russia, or the fans in the crowd, have let their head drop despite the scoreline. The carnival atmosphere in Samara continues and there is still time for the hosts to grab a goal.74 mins: WASTED! Muslera sloppily concedes possesion and Russia break. Dzyuba cuts back onto his left foot and slices a shot well off target.73 mins: Uruguay make their second change of the game, bringing on Rodriguez for Nandez.71 mins: Dzyuba is down in the box after a coming together with Godin and VAR is on action to ensure there was no infringement. There was contact between the arm of the Atletico Madrid defender and the Russia striker but it was certainly unintentional.69 mins: Cavani, still without a goal at the tournament, drives inside from the left but drags his shot beyond Akinfeev’s right-hand post.68 mins: Uruguay, knowing their work is almost done, have taken their foot off the gas as Godin strikes an ambitious effort well wide of the target. 66 mins: Russia continue to put the Uruguay defence under significant pressure but they are unable to find room for a shot and Muslera remains unthreatened on his 100th cap.64 mins: Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass inside the area and tumbles to ground, appealing for a penalty, but neither the referee or VAR are interested in his appeals.63 mins: Uruguay make their first change of the game, replacing Bentancur with De Arrascaeta.62 mins:  Stanislav Cherchesov is on the edge of his technical area urging the fans in Samara to keep making lots of noise, as Russia enjoy a decent period of possession.60 mins: Russia make their third and final change, bringing on Smolov for Miranchuk.58 mins: Russia are showing they have the capacity to cause Uruguay problems when they push forward but the lack of creativity, with Cheryshev substituted off and Golovin on the bench, is limiting their ability in the final third.56 mins: Fernandes is quick to pounce on a loose ball but Miranchuk fails to get on the end of his pace through and a golden opportunity for Russia is wasted.54 mins: Better from Russia down the right side but Kuzyaev is unable to keep the ball in play.52 mins: Russia have not got going in the final third and the departure of Cheryshev in the first half will have certainly affected that. Uruguay, meanwhile, look to be in the mood.50 mins: Russia are playing with a much more contained style in the opening stages of the second period, looking to limit Uruguay’s threat moving forward, but Suarez and Cavani are still finding room to work with.48 mins: Cavani smashes an early free-kick into the wall as Uruguay begin the second period with the same sort of dominance we saw in the opening 45 minutes.46 mins: KICK-OFF! Back underway for the second half in Samara.46 mins: Russia start the second half by making a change, replacing Gazinskiy with Kuzyaev.Uruguay have not created too much but they have taken their chances in the first half. Suarez opened the scoring with a superb free-kick, before was unfortunate to deflect a Laxalt shot into his own net. Things got worst for the hosts when Smolnikov earned his marching orders for a second yellow card, reducing Russia to 10 men.Lucas TorreiraHALF TIME: URUGUAY 2-0 RUSSIA45+1 mins: We have entered two added minutes at the end of the first half.44 mins: Uruguay are taking a breather with the ball to escape the heat and look set to advance through to the round of 16 as group winners. There is still another half to play but Russia have not done enough in the final third.42 mins: Russia’s heads have understandably dropped and Uruguay are knocking the ball around comfortably, benefitting from the extra space.40 mins: Uruguay have not created many clear-cut opportunities but should now be able to with Russia down to 10 men. It was surprising to see Cheryshev taken off though, as he has been the host’s best player throughout the tournament.38 mins:  Russia respond by making a substitution, introducing Fernandes in place of Cheryshev.36 mins: RED CARD! The game gets worse for Russia! Smolnikov lunges in on Laxalt and earns a second yellow card.35 mins: Heading into the final ten minutes of the half and Russia look to be increasingly frustrated. The hosts look like they would benefit from a half-time break.33 mins: Russia need to keep strong defensively before the break, as a third goal for Uruguay would put them in firm control.31 mins: Uruguay have scored two goals in the first half of a World Cup game for the first time since 1966 against France.30 mins: Russia increasingly exposed defensively as Suarez breaks through on goal but fantastic recovery from Iganashevich prevents the Barcelona man from trying for a second goal.28 mins: Smolnikov earns the game’s second booking after clattering into Cavani on the halfway line.28 mins: SAVE! The game is now opening up more for Uruguay, who come close to a third. Bentancur tries to tuck the ball through the legs of Akinfeev but the Russia stopper saves it, before the defence clear their lines.25 mins: Uruguay’s second goal may now knock the stuffing out of Russia and the hosts need to ensure they remain in the game edging towards half time. The support from the stands is still as magnificent as ever though.23 mins: GOOOAL! 2-0 Uruguay! The corner is headed away but only as far as Laxalt, who strikes an effort towards Akinfeev’s goal that takes a major deflection off Cheryshev – leaving the Russia goalkeeper with no chance.22 mins: Another set-piee opportunity for Uruguay, this time on the right. Torreira is the man to take, whipping a ball in towards Cavani, but Dzyuba clears the ball away for a corner.20 mins: The atmosphere in Samara sounds absolutely electric. Both sets of supporters have not been put off by the scorching heat.18 mins: Russia have certainly not been put off by conceding the opening goal, they are still playing on the front foot and remain looking confident.16 mins: Torreira, widely reported to be joining Arsenal after the World Cup, has impressed in the opening exchanges by sitting in front of the Uruguay defence and mopping up any danger that comes his way.14 mins: Suarez’s free-kick was the 6th direct free-kick goal at this years World Cup, surpassing the 2014 total of 5.13 mins: SAVE! Dzyuba heads the ball down to Cheryshev, who smashes at goal and forces Muslera into a save.12 mins: Russia have a free-kick in an attacking position on the right, allowing Cheryshev to deliver. He whips it towards the near post and Torreira scrambles the ball away.Luis Suarez Uruguay 2018 World Cup10 mins: GOOOOAL! Uruguay take the lead! Suarez steps up and drills a fantastic free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond the reach of Akinfeev. A fantastic finish and a goal that sends Uruguay top of the group as things stand.9 mins: Gazinskiy clatters into Bentancur on the edge of the box after Uruguay hit on the counter, earning the defender a yellow card.8 mins: The World Cup hosts are also attacking very quickly when they pick up the ball, not allowing Uruguay to set themselves defensively.6 mins: Russia have come out of the blocks flying and are showing plenty of willingness to attack, not allowing Uruguay time on the ball to build from the back.4 mins: Cavani is on the receiving end of a clattering but fair tackle and is furious with the challenge, earning a warning from the referee.2 mins: WIDE! Vecino surges forward from midfield and strikes for goal from distance but it bounces wide of the mark.1 min:  KICK-OFF! We’re underway in Samara, where Russia get us started.10 mins until KO: Russia have won six of their eight meetings against Uruguay. La Celeste last beat Russia at the 1970 World Cup.Russia make three changes to the side that defeated Egypt, including dropping Golovin to the bench as he is on a yellow card. Smolnikov, Kudryashov and Miranchuk all come in. Cheryshev has been the star of the show for the hosts so far, netting three goals in two matches.15 mins until KO: Uruguay make four changes to the side that defeated Saudi Arabia, with Coates, Nandez, Laxalt and Torreira all starting. Varela, Sanchez and Rodriguez drop out, while Jose Gimenez misses out through injury. Muslera earns his 100th cap for Uruguay between the sticks.Russia subs: Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Gabulov, Daler Kuzyaev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksandr Golovin, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Semenov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Mario Fernandes, Yuri Zhirkov, Anton Miranchuk.Uruguay subs: Martin Campana, Martin Silva, Cristian Rodriguez, Maxi Gomez, Guillermo Varela, Cristhian Stuani, Giorgan de Arrascaeta, Carlos Sanchez, Gaston Silva, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Maxi Pereira.Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Lucas Torreira; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Diego Laxalt; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.Uruguay have only managed to score twice so far this tournament, despite their devastating attack, and there is certainly more to come from La Celeste. Luis Suarez has not managed to grab the headlines so far, although with his track record that may be a good thing, but Oscar Tabarez will certainly hope to see more from the Barcelona man.30 mins until KO: The group stages come to a close this week and Russia have certainly been one of the surprise packages so far at the World Cup. Heading into today’s match, the host nation hold a much superior goal difference to Uruguay and know a draw will be enough for them to finish top. If they taste defeat, they will drop to second.45 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Uruguay and Russia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Confirmed Uruguay XI: Muslera; Coates, Godin, Caceres, Laxalt; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino; Suarez, CavaniUruguay subs:  Silva, Campana, Varela, Pereira, Silva, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Urretaviscaya, De Arrascaeta, Gomez, StuaniConfirmed Russia XI: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Miranchuk, Cheryshev; DzyubaRussia subs:  Fernandes, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Smolov, Lunev, Granat, An Miranchuk, Golovin, Zhirkov, Gabulov, ErokhinTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV One ITV Playerlast_img read more

Finebaum: There’s A Major Rift Between Kirby Smart, Nick Saban

first_imgNick Saban and Kirby Smart, with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban (left) and University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart stand with the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after a Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Before becoming the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, Kirby Smart had been with Nick Saban for over a decade. He coached safeties under Saban with the Miami Dolphins, and joined him at Alabama, where he served as the longtime Crimson Tide defensive coordinator.At the end of the 2016 season, an Alabama national title year, Smart left to take over Georgia. While he is yet to break through for a national title in Athens, he did win the SEC in 2017, and took the Dawgs to the championship game vs. Alabama.Saban has had a number of top assistants go on to be prominent head coaches. Smart is probably the top example, and has come closest to replicating Saban’s success elsewhere, even if there is still work to do.Among the biggest factors is recruiting. In 2018, Georgia knocked Alabama from the recruiting throne, signing the No. 1 class in the country. It was the first time a non-Saban staff had pulled it off in years.Apparently, recruiting is a bone of contention between Nick Saban and Kirby Smart since Smart left for Georgia, and not just because they recruit many of the same players.In a recent radio interview, SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum hinted at a particular incident that drove a wedge between Saban and his former top lieutenant.Finebaum told 680 The Fan’s Cellini and Dimino that when Smart left, he used inside info of where recruits were on Alabama’s big board, and used it to recruit against his former employer.Via Saturday Down South:“They pointed towards Kirby and what really created the friction that exists to this day is that Alabama officials and coaches blame Kirby Smart for ripping off the inner sanctum recruiting room — which is in Saban’s office. If you go to the secondary office where they keep all the prospects, what I mean by that, Kirby went to recruits and said, ‘Hey listen. We want you, you are No. 1 on our list but I know for a fact Alabama has you third or fourth or fifth.’ And that cost Alabama some key recruits and they have not forgiven Kirby Smart yet in Tuscaloosa.”There are certainly no rules against that kind of recruiting tactic, but per Finebaum, it rubbed Saban the wrong way.Obviously Alabama isn’t hurting too much on the trail. The Crimson Tide bounced back for the No. 1 class in 2019. And wew’re definitely all here for the continuation of the Alabama-Georgia rivalry, even if it may only come in the form of SEC Championships or the College Football Playoff most years.[680 The Fan via Saturday Down South]last_img read more

Badhaai Ho director on Ajay Devgn’s sports biopic: It is a big responsibility, not a competition

first_imgBadhaai Ho director on Ajay Devgn’s sports biopic: It is a big responsibility, not a competitionDuring the recent media interaction in Mumbai, director Amit Sharma spoke about his upcoming sports biopic starring Ajay Devgn as Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The film has not been given a title yet.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 09:16 IST Amit Sharma on sports biopicBadhaai Ho director Amit Sharma, who is looking forward for his sports biopic based on the Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, says that it is a big responsibility rather than a competition.Amit has cast National Award-winning actor Ajay Devgn to play the lead in the biopic on the big screen. The director spoke about the competitive space of a sports biopic during the interaction with the reporters at Bollywood Film Journalist Award 2019 in Mumbai on Monday.”It is competitive, I think everything nowadays is competitive. I am just going with the story and how the story unfolds and what a great man he was,” Amit Sharma told IANS.”I am sticking with the story as much as possible, and the reality as well because it is a big responsibility to tell a story of a man who actually existed,” he added in his statement.”So I see it as a big responsibility rather than being in competition,” Badhaai Ho director further added.In July last year, the makers announced the sports biopic on Twitter. They wrote, ”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as the biopic on India’s legendary Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring Ajay Devgn.”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67xadvertisementZee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018According to an earlier report, Boney Kapoor, the producer of the film spoke about casting Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim to a leading daily.”I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He is an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh,” said Boney.”It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home,” he added.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film will tell the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership, Indian football team won the Asian games in 1951 and 1962.Amit has directed films like Badhaai Ho and Tevar and now is stepping into the shoes of biopics with the yet-to-be titled film. On the other hand, apart from this, Ajay Devgn has Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor in his kitty.ALSO READ: Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay DevgnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Ajay DevgnFollow Sports biopicFollow Badhaai Holast_img read more

Abercrombie & Fitch perfects stylish casual wear in new menswear collections

first_img Nothing New Turns Old Plastic Into Stylish, Sustainable Sneakers Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Lance Bass Says Bye, Bye, Bye to Boring Cocktails You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack Editors’ Recommendations In keeping with their mission to be the go-to brand for casual luxury clothing, Abercrombie & Fitch recently launched two new menswear lines, the Sport and Lounge collections, which feature stylish, no-frills options for everyday wear.Related: Dog Days: How to Dress for the Hottest Months of SummerThese lines are a far cry from the sweat pants and polo shirts of the brand’s early 2000s aesthetic. Here, the clothing is understated and timeless with clean lines in muted hues.When asked about what inspired the design of the Sport collection, Aaron Levine, Head of Men’s Design for Abercrombie & Fitch, hearkened back to the brand’s rugged early roots.“When we were designing the Sport collection, we were looking at these dirt-bag rock climbers tackling Yosemite in the 50s, 60s, and 70s,” he began.“Nothing was flashy, everything they wore was easy and functional,” he continued. “We loved the natural color palette that Yosemite itself provided…so we just looked at the colors nature gave us and coupled that with the attitude of those climbers.”This attitude manifests itself in a collection of tank-tops ($24), short-sleeve shirts ($28), long-sleeve shirts ($34), shorts ($48) and jogger pants ($68) constructed with breathable stretch fabrics, mesh panels and active zipper details in olives, maroons, grays and blues.Though the materials are technically beneficial (they move and wick sweat well), they’re not slick or sheeny, so they look and feel fashion-forward.For the Lounge collection, Levine said designers were inspired by the idea of the  “ultimate loafer” who wants clothing that “will take [them] seamlessly from the sofa to the fridge and back again in style.”“We had experts tirelessly nap and eat in their homes on the weekends,” he continued. “They reported back to us whether they felt the fabrics were soft and comfortable enough.”“If their loafing was in any way prohibited or restricted by our materials or the cut of these pieces,” he concluded, “back to the drawing board we went.”This attention to detail produced a line of shorts ($24),  sweatshirts ($60) and sweatpants ($68) that are as comfortable as they are practical. The pieces come in soft neutral tones, which are complimented by the lush textures of French terry cloth, flannels and sub knits.Like the pieces in the Sport collection, the lounge wear is built to move with its wearer as if it were a part of the customer himself.Check out both collections, here.last_img read more

The Best of Providence: Big City Travel in the Country’s Smallest State

first_img Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) Editors’ Recommendations The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States With Boston just fifty miles to the north, the small city of Providence has always had a bit of a Napoleon complex.But Rhode Island’s capital city has come a long way, especially in the past ten years. With great cocktail lounges, world-class beer bars, the famous Federal Hill Italian neighborhood, and a rich colonial history, it’s now a destination in its own right. Here’s the best of Providence, Rhode Island:DoAmong the city’s regular events, WaterFire is the crown jewel. It begins every May with an army of volunteer “firetenders” who light the 80+ fire basins that line the city’s Woonasquatucket River. Amid an atmosphere of wood smoke, world music, and throngs of locals that fill the waterfront promenade, it’s a uniquely beautiful and captivating event.The Providence food scene owes a great deal to the influence of its earliest Italian immigrants. Take a tour of the city’s (largely Italian) Federal Hill district with Savoring Rhode Island. On her three-hour walking food tour, local chef Cindy Salvato takes visitors through Rhode Island’s greatest culinary neighborhood with plenty of samples and history along the way.Eat & DrinkA short walk from downtown, the funky Julian’s Providence is one of the city’s not-so-well-kept dining secrets. Their all-day menus feature vegan options, unique takes on classic dishes (think braised short rib eggs Benedict), and a carefully considered craft beer selection. Be sure to go early as it’s frequently packed with locals from open to close.Long before food trucks inundated the U.S., Haven Brothers Diner became one of the country’s first restaurants on wheels. What started as a horse-drawn lunch wagon in 1888 has since become a Rhode Island institution and a staple of late-night dining in the city. The “Aluminum Room” as it’s sometimes called gets busiest after midnight, serving greasy burger and fry platters to the after-hours crowd.Trinity Brewhouse is the oldest brewpub in Rhode Island and still among the best spots in the state for a local craft beer. For a no-frills Irish pub, there’s no better than The Wild Colonial tavern. Located in a historic brick and beam building, the bar offers craft beer, a solid whiskey menu, and small plate sandwiches and finger foods. Tucked into a side street of the city’s Federal Hill district, The Avery is a signless, unassuming bar that’s easy to miss. It’s part sleek, speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge and part world-class beer bar, with the state’s most diverse craft brew selection.StayIt’s only within the last decade that boutique hotels have begun cropping up around downtown Providence. Hotel Providence is among the oldest and it’s still a great option for two reasons: the ideal, central location and the delicious Aspire restaurant. The latter offers not only some of the best locally sourced food in the city, but it’s also a great after-hours bar and lounge.For pure style points, check out The Dean Hotel. The one-time “gentleman’s club” was once among the sketchiest and most infamous buildings in the city. It’s since been transformed into Providence’s swankiest boutique hotel. Noteworthy amenities include an onsite karaoke bar, coffeehouse, beer hall, and cocktail lounge. 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Gamelast_img read more

Province Accepts Proposals for Surface Coal Resources

first_imgNATURAL RESOURCES–Province Accepts Proposals for Surface CoalResources The province has accepted proposals from three companies toexplore, develop and reclaim four areas, or claim blocks, in theSydney coalfield. The successful companies are Thomas Brogan and Sons ConstructionCompany, Coastal Construction and Excavating Limited and PioneerCoal Limited. Thomas Brogan and Sons and Coastal Construction are now entitledto apply for exclusive mineral rights to coal lying within theBirch Grove and Boularderie Island claim blocks, respectively.Pioneer Coal is eligible to pursue exclusive mineral rights tocoal within both the Point Aconi and Broughton resource blocks. “These companies have demonstrated that they are technically andfinancially able to conduct their proposed projects and havecorporate experience in the local area,” said Natural ResourcesMinister Richard Hurlburt. “We look forward to working with themas they move to the next steps.” “Cape Breton still has significant coal resources, which canprovide important economic benefits to our communities andcompanies such as the Cape Breton Central Nova Scotia Railway,”said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “These proposals support ourcommitment to develop these valuable resources in a responsibleway – a commitment we made to Nova Scotians in our energystrategy, Seizing the Opportunity.” In addition to making applications for the mineral rights, thecompanies must also obtain land access rights and adhere to allregulatory requirements, which include securing industrialapprovals and environmental assessments. Several of these sites require reclamation work to restore landsimpacted by decades of underground mining operations. Six companies responded to a call for proposals issued inDecember 2003.last_img read more

Sore throat Get it treated at Ayush centre PM to Khattar

first_imgChandigarh: The prime minister has offered some well-directed medical advice to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for his sore throat: get it treated at one of the newly launched Ayush centres. “These days the Haryana chief minister is touring villages and he is working very hard. I am seeing that he was unable to speak, this is the professional hazard we face. During poll time, even I have to go through this,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while inaugurating 10 Ayush health and wellness centres in Haryana through video-conferencing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”But I will tell you one secret, I do yoga, pranayam and bank upon Ayurveda, I make full use of these therefore I am able to manage. Now that Ayush and wellness centres have been inaugurated in Haryana, I will tell Khattarji to get his throat treated there,” Modi said jokingly as Khattar burst into laughter. The 10 Ayush centres inaugurated by Modi are in Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Karnal, Jind, Hisar, Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad and Nuh. Khattar was listening to the speech in Panchkula, where the Haryana government had organised a function. Several BJP MLAs and other party leaders were in attendance. Khattar expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for inaugurating the centres. Polls in Haryana are due in October and Khattar is touring the state as part of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’, which was flagged off from Kalka on August 18 by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The yatra will culminate on September 8 in Rohtak, where the Modi will address a rally.last_img read more