Hooray! You’re Average!

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Average. It’s a number that expresses the mean, or the sum of values in a set divided by the number of values. For our purposes, it might also stand for mediocre, not bad enough to do anything about, and not good enough to deserve any special accolades. It’s middle of the pack as measured on a Gaussian function (read, Bell Curve).In grade school, I was an average student. At Catholic schools, I received a letter grade and a number grade. The letter grades were pretty much the same as public schools, but instead of A, B, C, we were assigned Excellent, Very Good, or Good (in some cases, I managed a Fair, the equivalent of a public-school D).What made Catholic schools grading worse than public schools was the fact that the letter grade was accompanied by a number that indicated the student’s effort. My grades were almost always C4, an indication that I did as little work as possible to score a passing grade. I managed to eke out a C4 with great precision, never doing one iota more or less than was necessary.My Mom was never mad at me for the C. She was apoplectic about the 4. Frustrated from having to tell me over and over again that she would accept a C1 or even a D1, but no grade should ever have any number lower than 1, or maybe a 2 (she’d hedge). Sadly, I disappointed her until I started college at 26 years of age.What was true about me may right now be true about you. You might be putting up average results with work of average quality and receiving the average compensation for your perfect mediocrity. But if you were to grade yourself on your effort, with a score of 1 being “I turned myself inside out to produce these results” and a score of 4 being “not a finger was lifted to do any more than was necessary,” how would you grade yourself?No one ever says, “Listen, make sure you put Jones on the big account. He is perfectly mediocre. They’ll love him!” Partly because they never even mention Jones, there being nothing much to talk about. The growth assignments go to those who score a 1 for effort, the person you can count on to go to the ends of the Earth to succeed.If you are a leader, then you have a part in all of this, too. No one ever said, “Old Man Johnson was the best leader I ever served under. He recognized that I held little promise and helped me become the average performer you see here today.” The best leaders are the ones who see something in you that you don’t see in yourself—and push you to grow up to be the person that comes after the one you are now.The rub here is this: If you score a 1 for effort, you can never, ever be average. Giving yourself over to something will pull you out of the pack, separating you from the field. Over time, that effort will be enough put you at the top of almost any stack ranking in which you might be measured.What score will you give yourself today?last_img read more

Indian-Americans In Tri-state Blaze a Trail In 2018

first_imgIndian-Americans in the tri-state area can take pride in a number of firsts in 2018. Beginning with the first Indian-Americans taking over as Attorney General and State Senator in New Jersey and ending the year with the first person from the community to be elected to the New York State Senate.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

India beat West Indies by 63 runs in first Test

first_imgIndia allowed the West Indies tail-enders to delay the inevitable before wrapping up the first cricket Test with a comfortable 63-run victory inside four days and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series in Kingston on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing a victory target of 326, West Indies never recovered from the twin-blow dealt by debutant Praveen Kumar dismissing Darren Bravo (41) and Shivanarine Chanderpaul (30) as they were all out for 262 in 68.2 overs.The final pair of Devendra Bishoo (26, 33 balls, 2×4, 1×6) and Fidel Edwards (15 not out, 54 balls, 1×4) frustrated the Indian bowlers for around 10 overs after lunch. It was Suresh Raina who effected a freak dismissal with the ball rolling onto the stumps after hitting Bishoo’s thigh-pads to bring an end to the proceedings.It was a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers with Praveen being the pick snaring three for 42 and ending with a six-wicket haul in his very first Test match.Ishant Sharma (3/81) bowled some poor deliveries but got crucial breakthroughs. The Indians blew away the middle and lower-middle order in the morning session where the home team needing a further 195 for a victory lose six wickets with an addition of 95 runs.This was India’s second victory at the Sabina Park having clinched the series with a win during their tour of 2006. This is also their fifth overall win on Caribbean soil.The two teams now travel to Barbados where the second Test match will be held at Kensington Oval from June 28.It was Praveen’s incisive morning spell that sealed the issue for the Indians after a 68- run stand for the fourth wicket stand between Bravo and Chanderpaul. From 148 for three, the hosts were suddenly struggling at 149 for five.advertisementThe track was deteriorating as some deliveries kept taking off from the good length spot while a few kept very low. In general, it was a struggle for survival for the West Indian batsmen. All the lower order batsmen like Ravi Rampaul (34, 32 balls, 6×4, 1×6), Bishoo and Edwards showed stomach for fight, it was pity that the top-order didn’t have enough gumption to do so.The first half an hour didn’t have any indication of what was to follow as Praveen got into the act. Bravo who had looked confident shuffled across as Praveen angled one into him that sent his leg-stump for a toss.Chanderpaul was one man who could have been depended for his doggedness but he too perished when a Praveen delivery stopped and came onto him as he committed onto a cover drive.All he could do was to lob a simple catch to Suresh Raina as it was virtually all over for the Caribbeans.Carlton Baugh (0) was done in by an off-break from Harbhajan that kicked up to take his glove off to the leg-slip.Darren Sammy (25, 11 balls, 1×4, 3×6) came in and blasted Harbhajan for three consecutive sixes but didn’t have enough patience to survive.Amit Mishra got into the act as his flighted delivery dipped in late as Sammy failed to check his shot and offered simple catch to VVS Laxman at covers. .Failing to get the ball out of square, Nash missed a long hop from Mishra as the ball kept low and hit him plumb on the sheen. Nash was the eight West Indies wicket to fall.Rampaul on the otherhand carried a grim battle with Fidel Edwards for company. He hit a few clean blows as the ninth wicket partnership yielded 35 runs and helped West Indies cross the 200-run mark.Ishant Sharma who came back for his second spell bowled a few needless short-pitch stuff to Rampaul. However the delivery that got Rampaul was snorter that suddenly rose from short of good length. The batsmen couldn’t get out of the way as it kissed his gloves on the way to Dhoni who had to jump in order to take a smart one-handed catch.For those who had labelled Praveen as a ODI specialist would be in for a surprise after his six-wicket haul in his opening Test match. With favourable conditions, Praveen could prove to be a handful for any opposition with his ability to move the ball both ways.This performance may just be good enough to seal his place in the Indian Test squad that will tour England next month for a four-match Test series. He could well prove to be a an ideal new-ball partner for Zaheer on overcast English conditions.The other positive aspect will be Suresh Raina getting back to form with a fantastic 82 in the first innings and the incisive spells bowled by Ishant Sharma.advertisement– With inputs from PTIFor more News, click here.last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey clarifies his future with Arsenal, even as club remain unmoved

first_img“We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal, but that is no longer the case. There will not be much problem for Aaron Ramsey to find a new destination after leaving the Gunners at the end of this season. The top European clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus have already shown their interest to rope in the 27 year old midfielder in the next summer transfer window and his national team’s manager Ryan Giggs also feels that Aaron Ramsey will be a good addition for any top European side at this moment. Advertisement “Everything has been going great with the club,” Aaron Ramsey Has Broken The Silence Over His Future At The EmiratesAdvertisementAaron Ramsey is on the verge of leaving the Emirates at the end of this season. The Welshman’s contract with the Gunners is going to expire within a period of less than a year. There are so much speculations about the future of Aaron Ramsey and finally the player has broken his silence about the matter.Aaron Ramsey Has Broken The Silence Over His Future At The Emirates.center_img “So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season and I’ll leave the rest with the club now.“That’s a decision that they have made. Things happen in football and you just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can.“That is all I am concentrating on and giving my best for Arsenal.” Aaron Ramsey expected to stay at the Emirates as he was slowly adapting with the style of play of the new manager of Arsenal, Unai Emery. He has also recently scored a brilliant goal for the Gunners against Fulham in the Premier League. The talks were going about his contract extension; but the club management have now refused to extend the contract of Aaron Ramsey. The former Cardiff City midfielder told,last_img read more

Rains add drama to Indo-Pak WT20 clash

first_imgKolkata, Mar 19 (PTI) Rain and thundershowers added drama to the already charged-up India-Pakistan World T20 cricket clash, keeping everyone on tenterhooks and adding twist to the tale. Intermittent rains continued for two hours, delaying the start of the match by an hour from its scheduled 7:30pm even as curious spectators filled up the Eden Gardens to the brim. The match was later reduced to 18-over-a side affair. Excitement was mixed with a tinge of confusion as Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan along with Pakistani classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali were seen taking a stock of the situation amid the drizzle with former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly. The Big B and Amanat Ali were here to sing the respective national anthems of the two countries. It was to be preceded by a formal function where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram and Bachchan were slated to address the gathering ahead of the high profile clash. Having faced a rain abandonment in the last international match it hosted, the Eden under Gangulys supervision was better prepared this time with ground relaid, and a new set of covers imported from England. With rains stopped completely by 7 pm, more than 100 groundsmen were pressed into action with four super soppers which took an hour to make the ground ready for the much-anticipated game. In the meantime, a dais was erected for the formal functions. The first spell of showers began around 4.45 pm and it lashed the stadium for more than half an hour accompanied by thunderstorm even as the stadium was less than half-filled. By 5.30 pm rain had stopped but only to re-appear to continue hide and seek till around 6.45 pm, forcing the groundsmen to stop taking any measure. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

10 Jobs Hiring Like Crazy in 2017

first_imgAmericans are living longer, more fulfilling lives. While this is great for AARP, it’s also a boon for a bunch of jobs in the health and wellness fields. Look for positions like nurse practitioner and dental hygienist to dominate job searches in 2017. Look, too, for some surprises. A chronic teaching shortage will boost demand for educators and may, finally, improve pay and working conditions. What you may be—and should be—searching for this year:10. Audiologist (See Open Jobs)The number of folks who can’t hear the TV as well or understand what people are saying is growing. Audiologists administer and interpret tests for patients for hearing aids or cochlear implants. The numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics come in loud and clear: Thousands of new jobs in coming years and a median salary already approaching $70,000.9. Statistician (See Open Jobs)What are the odds you’ll be working with numbers next year? Ask a statistician, who should be easy to find. These data wizzes for government, business, engineering and healthcare are at higher-than-average demand with salaries creeping towards $80,000, according to government data, no doubt assembled by some of their own.8. Translator (See Open Jobs)Keeping jobs in America may be Job One for the Trump Administration, but it’s still a global economy, and somebody has to help everybody understand each other. Enter the translator, who not only handles meetings and other voice interactions but also pores over documents so that everything is said just right. With so many businesses with overseas operations, a company’s bottom line could rely on the fact that nothing is lost in translation.7. Petroleum Engineer (See Open Jobs)Yes, gas prices are down and so is the oil industry. But the boom in fracking in the United States, plus signs OPEC will settle its internal differences and cut production to raise prices, brings hope for the energy field. Engineers make well over $100,000. Indeed, engineering in general—from biomedical engineers to civil engineers for anticipated infrastructure projects—is always a good career bet and consistently near the top of Glassdoor searches.6. Market Analyst (See Open Jobs)They know what you’re going to buy even before you do. Market research analysts examine the trends, collect the numbers, and formulate what services or products will be in demand, providing vital information for any marketing strategy. And right now the marketing formulas show the need for … more marketing formulas, with more than 100,000 analyst positions expected to open up in the next few years.5. Home Care Aides (See Open Jobs)With aging people wanting to stay home as long as possible, look for more home care aides. They give medication, monitor vital signs, and provided emotional support and intellectual stimulation. Despite the anticipated demand—estimates are more than 160,000 new jobs needed over the next few years—the pay still hovers around minimum wage. Skyrocketing costs of nursing homes and other facilities, though, could nudge up salaries.4. Nurse Practitioner (See Open Jobs)With Obamacare’s future uncertain and health care costs ever marching higher, patients may be seeing less of their doctor and more of nurse practitioners and affiliated professionals such as nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. These “advanced practice registered nurses,” or APRNs, are expected to continue to take over many of the duties of traditionally done by higher-priced MDs. Government data calls for a much-faster-than-average job growth with salaries already cracking $100,000.3. Dental Hygienist (See Open Jobs)Your next trip to the dentist likely will find you opening up for a dental hygienist. With more than 68,000 new positions anticipated in coming years, this position will see not only growth but expanding duties. Well-trained hygienists will not only do the usual teeth cleaning but cosmetic procedures like bleaching and important early detection of serious problems, including cancer.2. Physical Therapists and Assistants (See Open Jobs)Physical therapists and assistants will be much in demand over the next decade. Working in hospitals, homes and offices, physical therapists help patients with chronic conditions and injuries with their movement and pain. The related jobs of occupational therapists and assistants are also anticipated to enjoy big growth.1. Teacher (See Open Jobs)Don’t know much about history? Then teach math. A nationwide shortage of teachers, particularly in subjects like math and science, makes this one of the hottest jobs for 2017. In California alone, 75 percent of more than 200 districts report trouble filling teaching positions, with rural and low-income areas most in need. Of course, there’s a reason for the shortage: large class sizes, standardized tests, low pay, administrative interference. And Glassdoor shows only middle-of-the-road salary growth—so far. Maybe the demand will turn the tide.last_img read more

10 Qualities Recruiters Never Want to See in Candidates

first_imgWhen it comes to interviewing, there’s no such thing as one recipe for success — what a recruiter is looking for will largely depend on a company’s needs, job requirements and culture fit.But even though the things recruiters like to see in a candidate aren’t widely agreed upon, the things they don’t like to see often are — few recruiters, for example, would disagree that being late is a turnoff. And if you’re hoping to ace the interview, the more of these pet peeves you avoid, the better.We reached out to a handful of career experts to see which traits and habits drive recruiters crazy — read on to learn more, and avoid them like the plague.1. VaguenessWhen evaluating candidates, recruiters want to get into the nitty-gritty: metrics that illustrate the results you’ve achieved, specific ideas you have for the company, anecdotes from your previous work experience.“The interviewer is trying to gauge your skill and ability level from a short meeting — not an easy task,” says Jessie West of West Coaching and Consulting. “If you cannot provide examples and stories that prove you really have the abilities you promoted on your resume, they will not believe you are a good fit for the role.”Make sure to “prepare examples from past jobs that will highlight what you can do for the company and the type of employee you will be in the position. Practice telling the story of a past accomplishment to a friend and get their feedback,” West recommends.6 Anecdotes You Need to Rehearse Before Your Next Interview2. A Lack of LoyaltyWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: even if your former employer was really, truly awful, trash talking them will get you nowhere.“It’s never a good idea to bash your old employer or throw your former boss under the bus because it just makes you look petty… Employers are looking for versatile and adaptive employees, so harping on the bad things at your prior company will only make you look like a Debbie Downer,” says Wendi Weiner, Resume Writer & Career Transition Coach.Beyond that, “being a jerk will make us question whether you’ll do the same if someone asks you about us,” adds Bill Kennedy, Senior Recruiter at AWeber.Instead, if asked about why you’re searching for a new opportunity, “rephrase the negative into a positive. Consider focusing on the things [about the current company] that elicited you to search for a new role, such as a solid work culture, better growth opportunities or even work-life balance,” Weiner recommends.3. IndifferenceThe honest reason why you’re applying for a job might be that you need a paycheck — but even if that’s your primary motivation, don’t highlight it. It suggests a lack of enthusiasm for the company and opportunity at hand, which is guaranteed to rub employers the wrong way.“Recruiters and hiring managers don’t want to hire candidates who are looking for any job. Candidates who aren’t really interested in the job aren’t likely to perform well or stay long,” explains Chrysta Bairre, Career Coach at Live Love Work. “Throughout the hiring process, including [in] your cover letter, interview, etc., be sure to indicate why you’re interested in that particular job. Show your enthusiasm and interest in the opportunity and organization!”4. Excessive AgreeabilityJust because a company wants you to fit in with their culture doesn’t mean they want you to be a yes man (or woman).“Recruiters don’t want to see candidates that don’t have their own opinions or parrot things back,” says Elizabeth Becker, Client Partner and Career Expert at PROTECH. “Hiring managers want strong thinkers who can provide their own insight — not someone who simply says what they think is expected.”That being said, you want to make sure that you don’t come off as a steamroller, either.“Finding respectful ways to present counter-opinions to a recruiter or hiring manager is still essential,” Becker says. So share your thoughts, but don’t come across as insulting or condescending.5. DisorganizationDon’t arrive on time, have your resume on hand or remember the key achievements you want to highlight? Don’t expect a call back from a recruiter.“Interviewers never want candidates who are unprepared, as that suggests you might be unprepared when you show up for work,” Bairre says. “Come to your interview prepared with 3-5 talking points [and] supporting stories and accomplishments that highlight how you are uniquely qualified for the specific job you applied for.”5 Tips to Organize Your Life Like a Pro6. AbrasivenessIt’s pretty tough to find a job where you primarily work on your own without interacting with others — most companies today are highly collaborative. Because of this, verifying in an interview that you play nice with others is often top-of-mind for recruiters and hiring managers.“Being rude or disrespectful is a good way to remove yourself from consideration,” Becker says. “Since good recruiters have a strong relationship with their clients and hiring managers, it can reflect poorly on them to present a candidate with a poor attitude.”So make sure to say “please” and “thank you”, practice active listening and generally treat others the way you would like to be treated.7. ArroganceAnother way to prove that you’re a team player is showing humility. Otherwise, you risk looking like a know-it-all.“Confidence is a great skill to have — however, there’s a fine line between being confident and arrogant,” Becker says. “As a recruiter, I’ve had candidate proudly tell me their six months in the industry is equal to someone with three years of experience” — a major no-no.You want to flaunt your skills without making it sound like it’s your way or the highway. To do this, be realistic about your abilities, share stories that illustrate your wins rather than just saying “I’m awesome at XYZ” and make sure to give credit where credit is due.8. VerbosityWhen you first meet with a recruiter or hiring manager, you probably have about 15-30 minutes to make a lasting impression — so make it count. Avoid the flowery language and details, and get straight to the meat.“Recruiters and hiring managers never want your entire life story. Candidates who include too much information… make it harder for the hiring manager to sort through all the information and decide what information may be relevant,” Bairre says.Instead, Bairre recommends sticking strictly to your relevant experience and leaving out the rest.9. Ignorance About the CompanyIf there’s one way to become forgettable in an interview, it’s to reveal that you haven’t done your research on a company. Learning the basic facts about a company — like their industry, competitors and names of their executives — as well as a little interview prep is a must if you want to impress.“Always do your research about the position, department and company where you are interviewing. Read company websites, reviews on Glassdoor and ask your contacts for information” ahead of an interview, West advises.“Come prepared with questions like ‘What makes your most successful employees in this role thrive?’ or ‘What pain points/challenges can the right candidate in this role solve?’” adds Kennedy. “Coming with a pre-written list of questions and taking notes on the answers will really show me you are motivated for the role.”What to Look for When Researching a Company: A Complete Checklist10. A Lack of ProfessionalismNo matter how casual the office, you always want to mind your Ps and Qs. I’ve worked at places where employees dropped the F-bomb on a daily basis and hoodies were practically a required uniform, but if you displayed that same behavior in an interview, there’s no way you’d move past the first round. Interviews are all about showing your best self to your potential employer.“Using profanity or slang, mentioning personal or health problems, talking bad about a past employer are all considered unprofessional,” West says. “If you are not on your best behavior in the most professional of arenas (a job interview), hiring managers will see you as too much of a risk to represent the company to clients.”And “if you have any doubt whether something is okay to say in an interview, err on the side of caution and don’t say it,” West adds.Browse Open Jobs 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Hair Stylist – Licensed – POPLAR BLUFF, MO-3101 Oak Grove Rd. , 63901 Sport Clips Poplar Bluff, MO 3.4★ TRUCK DRIVERS, OFF WEEKENDS, $55,000 LOCAL OR $75,000 REGIONAL Houff Transfer Richmond, VA 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h Night Time Clean-Up Crew Carwash Avon, IN 3.3★ Electrician Vicon Machinery Pevely, MO See More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Certified Medical Assistant A Woman’s Answer, LLC Toledo, OH Restaurant Manager Red Lobster La Mesa, CA General Surgery Registered Nurse RN Henrico Doctors Hospital Parham Richmond, VAcenter_img 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 1.0★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Caregiver Rivera Mansions Portland, OR Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Boston, MA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A N/A Automotive Technician Olympic Auto Sales, Inc. 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How to Get a Job as a Graphic Designer

first_img Related Careers to Graphic Designer Graphic Designer Job Market There are two main avenues through which you’ll be hired as a graphic designer: full-time and freelance. Here we break down the hiring process for the two: Freelance As a freelancer, you’ll typically stitch together an income through contracting with multiple clients. You can find freelance graphic design positions through job search sites like Glassdoor, as well on sites that connect freelancers like Upwork and Fiverr. Typically, you’ll submit your resume and portfolio to the companies listed in these job postings. Don’t be afraid to send your portfolio far and wide, and see where it catches. Also, before you send out freelance applications, make sure you know how much you’re comfortable with charging for your work, so you have a metric to enter negotiations with. Full-TimeMany companies and independent design firms are constantly hiring full-time in-house graphic designers. Opportunities can be found through job search sites – for example, you can set a job alert on Glassdoor under the title “graphic designer”, and receive alerts each time new jobs are posted within your criteria of location, minimum salary, and more. Typically you’ll submit a resume, your portfolio, and in some cases, a cover letter. After that, you may be invited back for an in-person interview, and you may have to showcase your skills on a take-home assignment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 266,300 graphic designers employed in the United States in 2016. The rate of employment growth for graphic designers until 2026 is 4 percent. However, these statistics account only for the United States market, and because graphic designers can complete assignments from their computers, freelance employment opportunities are often open to graphic designers across borders. There are currently over 15,000 job openings for graphic designers across the United States on Glassdoor. How Much Do Graphic Designers Make? The Bureau of Labor Statistics put the median pay for 2017 for graphic designers at $48,700, or a median of $23.41 per hour. Of course, some graphic designers may make more or less than this, depending on whether they are employed by a corporation, work as freelancers, or have their own firms. As of 2019 according to Glassdoor salaries data, the national average salary for a Graphic Designer is $48,561 in United States. Salary estimates are based on 21,771 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Graphic Designer employees. In New York, however, graphic designers earn on average $55,242 per year, which is 14% above national average. Graphic designers in Texas report earning an average of $48,561 in the same time frame. How to Get Hired As A Graphic Designercenter_img Graphic Designer Interview Tips Graphic Designer Hiring Process If you’re invited to an in-person interview, it’s important to prepare all your materials ahead of time. Here are a few tips to nail your graphic design interview: Bring a paper copy of your resume, and if you can, paper copies of some of your design material. To showcase your profile digitally, you also might consider bringing a flash drive with files of your work, as well as bringing a tablet or computer you can show your work on. Dress sharp – graphic designers don’t have to adhere to the corporate dress code like those in other industries. Your clothes can project the vibe you wish to give off as a future employee, such as edgy, laid-back, or put-together, depending on what you wear.Research the company – learn what you can about the company’s values, its future goals, and any recent news you can find about the company, using either the company website or online news articles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that as of 2016, 18 percent of graphic designers were self-employed. The other major areas where graphic designers work are in specialized designer services, advertising and public relations, printing, and publishers of newspapers, books, and other print materials. However, the number of self-employed graphic designers is likely to rise as the freelance economy in the U.S. blossoms. According to a 2018 Gallup study, 36% of United States workers are self-employed, or part of the “gig economy”.  Degrees Needed To become a graphic designer, you don’t necessarily need an undergraduate education. Often, the quality of work in your portfolio and the caliber of the clients you’ve worked with will speak louder than the degrees in graphic design you’ve received. However, many people do choose to obtain bachelor’s degrees in graphic design, or in related fields such as industrial design, animation, or fine arts. In fact, some graphic design jobs require a bachelor’s degree in order to apply. There are also associates degree programs focusing on graphic design, which are a more cost-effective alternative to betting a bachelor’s. Graphic Design PortfolioA killer graphic design portfolio is your ticket to any graphic design job. Today, the majority of graphic designers upload their portfolios to a website, which can be either public or password-protected. Here are four easy steps toward building a great portfolio: Choose your best work — Find the samples that best show your artistry, creativity, and skill as a graphic designer. If you are applying for jobs in a specific sector, such as publishing or advertising, make sure to include samples that show your expertise in this area.Tell the story of each piece — For each sample you chose to showcase, write some words on why you chose it, what it was created for, and the process of its creation. Also mention if you worked on it with any other people, and what it was ultimately used for.Choose your website — As mentioned before, most graphic design portfolios will be hosted on a website. Popular platforms include PortfolioBox, Adobe Portfolio, Cargo, and Behance. If you’re an avid web designer, you can also choose to design your own website.Get your work on social – a great added component to a web portfolio is a social media account where you showcase your work as a graphic designer. You can send your graphic design social media page to prospective employers, as well as producing content in hopes to be discovered for your talents. ART DIRECTOR Median Pay: $92,500Degrees Required: Bachelor’s DegreeINDUSTRIAL DESIGNERMedian Pay: $65,970Degrees Required: Bachelor’s degreeDESKTOP PUBLISHERMedian Pay: $42,350Degrees Required: Associate’s degreelast_img read more

Liverpool legend Aldridge: Sell-on clause key to Van Dijk deal revival

first_imgLiverpool legend John Aldridge believes a sell-on clause could be key to reviving a deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.Aldridge reckons Liverpool can still sign the Dutchman, despite their climbdown earlier this month.He told the Sunday World: “Let’s look at the facts here: Southampton paid £13m for this guy a couple of years ago and they could end up making a profit of around £40m on him.”I believe Celtic have a sell-on clause in the contract that will give them a handy sum of cash, but Southampton will be in the money and the cash they get from selling Van Dijk could give their new manager a massive transfer kitty to work with.”So I still see this transfer happening one way or the other and I certainly hope it does because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.”Aldridge added: “I want to see some proven players arriving at the club and some money being spent because the Champions League play-off games not far away now.”Liverpool need to get their transfer deals done quickly this summer because there can be no excuses if they are not ready for the start of the season.”last_img read more

AC Milan chief Fassone hints Donnarumma situation can change

first_imgAC Milan chief Marco Fassone admits there’s been no progress over contract talks with Gigio Donnarumma.He rejected a new contract with the Rossoneri last week, but there has since been optimism that they can change his mind.“With the transfer market under way, there are some things you’ll still have to wait for,” Fassone told assembled reporters.“We wanted to make a large part of the squad available to [Coach Vincenzo] Montella right away.“It seems late, but the transfer market hasn’t officially opened yet, there’s still time to insert what’s missing.“As for Donnarumma, there’s nothing new. We’re still here waiting, but not for too long, for a number of things.“We’re working to get to July 3 [pre-season training] with more certainty.”last_img

Your inbox: the death spiral of reactivity

first_imgWhen I got back from vacation on Monday, I had more than 1,000 emails.After two days, I finished answering all of them. It was a hollow sense of accomplishment – sort of like eating the whole box of Thin Mints.This have been the worst two days EVER in terms of my mood and creativity.Then I read what Seth Godin said on this topic. Read his whole post – in fact, read his blog every day – but here are my favorite lines:Do you spend your day responding and reacting to incoming all day… until the list is empty? … and then you’re done.…Years ago, I got my mail (the old fashioned kind) once a day. It took twenty minutes to process and I was forced to spend the rest of the day initiating, reaching out, inventing and designing. Today, it’s easy to spend the whole day hitting ‘reply’.Carving out time to initiate is more important than ever.Then I read what Beth said:According to a new study from AOL, 59% of people check their email in the bathroom. The study of 4,000 users also showed people check their email from the following locations: • In bed in their pajamas: 67%• From the bathroom: 59%• While driving: 50%• In a bar or club: 39%• In a business meeting: 38%• During happy hour: 34%• While on a date: 25%• From church: 15% (up from 12% last year)This is warped. What’s worse – I think I have done most of these.No wonder I’m in a bad mood – I’m in reactive hell. Read email – send email – react – react – and, as Seth says, forget how to initiate.What’s the solution? Beth has some suggestions. They’re good.Here’s what I’m going to do: Get out of the email weeds and look at the rest of the world. Tomorrow, I’m hanging over my desk the top 10 things I need to get done to advance Network for Good’s mission. I’m going to spend more time checking that list than my inbox. I’ll let you know what happens. I’d hang it up now but I need to check the 10 emails I received while writing this post.last_img read more

Increasing Access to Public Health Data

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 11, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)17 major funders of public health research, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Hewlett Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Bank, have signed on to a document to promote the sharing of research data. The group’s vision is that:We, as funders of health research, intend to work together to increase the availability to the scientific community of the research data we fund that is collected from populations for the purpose of health research, and to promote the efficient use of those data to accelerate improvements in public health.Share this:last_img

Water and Sanitation Linkages to MH and FP

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 27, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this year, we ran a series of posts exploring linkages between water, sanitation and maternal health. WASH for Mothers included issues such as health systems, integrating maternal care and water delivery, and infection prevention, among others.This week, GlobalPost interviewed Ambassador Jan Eliasson, the former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Sweden’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs, about a growing population and the MDGs. One of the prominent topics involved clean water and maternal health:I see progress on water, but I see great problems on sanitation. At the rate we’re going, countries may have to wait for over 100 years for the sanitation MDG goals to be achieved. Toilets are more of a taboo than clean drinking water. But if we expand access to clean drinking water, then maternal health will improve dramatically. So many women are dying in childbirth because of lack of clean water.Share this:last_img read more

(Freelance) Life Is Beautiful

first_imgRiccardo has been freelancing since 2001. His company, Blitz Entertainment, produces a variety of video projects, from music videos to commercials to feature films. He’s happy to tell his freelancing story and really, really likes what he does. For me, the most rewarding aspect of freelancing is the freedom. The word “free” is beautiful, and it’s right there in what we do. My partner and I have had our company since 2001. We choose what projects we work on. If I had a 9-to-5 job, I’d never have the time to be creative. Freelancing lets me be creative. Now, I work for a client, but it’s always something that’s limited. I know they’re not going to be my boss for a long time.What can be hard about freelancing is you have to create your own income. You have to hustle. You can’t just wait for the clients to come to you. Sometimes you don’t get paid. You can ask for part of the money up front, but they don’t always pay you afterwards. It happened to me once. It was in another state, which just made everything more complicated. We had a lot of money that we paid out of our own pockets that we just lost. We didn’t get paid. No one who worked for them got paid. That’s why I recommend always have a contract, and why I used the Client Scorecard to rate them. What I’ve learned is that the most important thing with a client is communication. It’s better to email a hundred times so that we both agree. You want to make sure that nothing is taken for granted or assumed. When I came to this country, I had student health insurance. For a while after college I had a company in Italy that paid me if I went to the hospital. In Italy, health insurance is different. I never had to worry about what I had. Freelancers Union gives me more security and options for doctors and hospitals. I do most of my work at home. I have a two-bedroom apartment so I have an office at home with all of my editing equipment. On the one hand, having an office at home means I’m working all the time. But I really love what I’m doing. For me, working is more fun than getting a drink or going to a movie, because who knows, the movie might be bad. – Riccardolast_img read more

FIFA Fires Finance Director Kattner Over Bonus Payments

first_imgGENEVA — FIFA has fired its Finance Director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter Presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments.Markus Kattner’s exit on May 23 came after he spent several months in his highest profile role at the scandal-rocked world soccer body — as its interim top administrator promoting FIFA’s wish to change its tainted culture even as his links to other investigations added up.FIFA said Kattner was fired after an internal investigation said he allegedly broke his legal responsibilities to the organization “in connection with his employment contract.”The 45-year-old German official was due payments worth millions of dollars over a six-year period from 2008-14 from additions to his contract, a person familiar with the FIFA investigation said.The extra payments were known to then-President Blatter and then-Secretary General Jerome Valcke, Kattner’s immediate boss in that period.“We don’t yet understand why these payments were made,” the person said on condition of anonymity as details of the investigation are confidential. “These contract provisions were not known widely and not to the appropriate officers at FIFA.”It is unclear if the contracted payments which came to light last week could form part of a wider investigation of criminal mismanagement at FIFA conducted by Swiss Federal prosecutors, who opened proceedings against Blatter last September.“We are not in a position to determine the legality of the contracts,” the person said, adding that “the appropriate authorities are aware of the issue.”United States federal prosecutors — who have indicted and taken guilty pleas from more than 40 soccer and marketing officials, plus marketing agencies, in a sprawling bribery probe — have said they are monitoring FIFA’s commitment to genuine reform under President Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February.FIFA’s ethics committee is likely now to open an investigation against Kattner, with charges of conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA among potential outcomes.An emailed request for comment from Kattner was not answered.Kattner joined FIFA as director of finance in 2003 from the McKinsey consultancy firm, where he worked with the former FIFA President’s nephew, Philippe Blatter, on a project advising the soccer body.In 2007, Kattner got the Deputy Secretary General title after Blatter hired Valcke for the top administrative job.Kattner was promoted in an interim role when Valcke was suspended last September for financial wrongdoing and then fired in January.“Markus Kattner has been dismissed from his position effective immediately,” FIFA said in a statement. “FIFA’s internal investigation uncovered breaches of his fiduciary responsibilities in connection with his employment contract.”FIFA has already announced that United Nations official Fatma Samoura of Senegal is due to start work next month as the new permanent Secretary General.Kattner’s alleged wrongdoing came to light last Friday, the person with knowledge of the latest investigation said, one week after Samoura’s hiring was announced by Infantino.Kattner was at FIFA headquarters on May 23 before his firing was announced. His exit is unconnected with the timing of Samoura’s hiring and expected arrival at FIFA, the person said.“This is based on documentary evidence that is information which emerged in the last three days,” the person said, stating that no whistleblower was involved in revealing the case.FIFA is being subjected to an internal investigation led by lawyers it retained from U.S.-based firm Quinn Emanuel, which is working separately from investigations by federal prosecutors in the U.S. and Switzerland.As a central figure overseeing FIFA finances during most of Blatter’s Presidency, Kattner and his finance department have been linked to the American and Swiss cases, and investigations of other officials by FIFA’s ethics committee.American prosecutors have focused on $10 million paid through FIFA accounts, at the request of South African organizers of the 2010 World Cup, as alleged bribes for senior officials to vote for that country’s successful hosting bid.Valcke has been implicated as the money went through the FIFA finance department he oversaw. South African officials have said the money was for soccer projects to support the African diaspora.FIFA previously suggested the cash transfers were known to long-time FIFA Finance Committee Chairman Julio Grondona of Argentina. Grondona died in 2014.Michel Platini has said that his invoice requesting a $2 million payment for backdated salary from FIFA was sent to Kattner in 2010. The now-banned UEFA President got the money approved by Blatter in February 2011.In that case, Platini had a four-year ban confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month, and Blatter awaits an appeal at CAS to challenge his six-year ban for conflict of interest. They deny wrongdoing.Kattner is also expected to be sought as a witness in German and Swiss investigations of unexplained payments between FIFA and German organizers of the 2006 World Cup, including soccer great Franz Beckenbauer.When questioned at FIFA news conferences since October, Kattner has said he has been advised by FIFA not to comment on ongoing criminal and ethics cases.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)FIFA has punished Markus Kattner. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The best debut in English football? Micky Quinn’s four-goal start for Newcastle

first_imgIt was hardly the welcome Micky Quinn dreamed of when he signed for Newcastle United in the summer of 1989. Walking through the city with his girlfriend after agreeing terms with the club, Quinn was understandably cock-a-hoop. “I turned to Sheila and said: ‘Darling, this is one of the proudest moments of my life. It’s what I’ve been struggling to achieve since I practised kicking a tennis ball against a wall every night.’”But he was soon brought down to earth as he stumbled upon a protest group called the Boardbusters, who, as their name would suggest, were not best pleased with the Newcastle directors. The club had just been relegated from Division One and many fans were prepared to boycott matches at St James’ Park to get their views across to the club hierarchy. Quinn’s move from Portsmouth had apparently not improved their mood. Purchased by Jim Smith for £680,000 after a tribunal – Newcastle had offered £425,000, Portsmouth wanted £850,000 – Quinn must have wondered what he had walked into when he heard chants of “sack the board” and read a banner that openly questioned: “Who the fuck is Mick Quinn?” Twitter Championship Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Pinterest The centre-forward had attracted interest from other clubs, notably Watford, and could have been forgiven for questioning his decision to move to the north-east. Fortunately, Quinn provided an immediate answer to the question posed by the protesters on the opening day of the season. The crowd of 24,482 at St James’ Park were hardly filled with optimism for the visit of an expensively assembled Leeds United team that contained Mel Sterland, Vinnie Jones, Gordon Strachan and John Hendrie. Yet, come the end of the 90 minutes, Quinn had silenced the doubters and spread a little happiness around his new home city.“When the whistle went, I was like a pit bull terrier straining at the leash,” Quinn writes in his autobiography Who Ate All The Pies. When Jim Beglin conceded a penalty after tripping John Gallacher, another Newcastle debutant, Quinn was determined to grab the ball and make his mark. “It was a cocky thing to do in my first game, but I was desperate to score a goal. I wasn’t going to miss the chance of getting off the mark.”Placing the ball on the spot, Quinn followed his usual routine of facing away from the keeper until the referee blew the whistle. He span around and placed his penalty to Mervyn Day’s right to score his first goal for the club just 18 minutes into his debut. Bobby Davison pulled one back for Leeds before Ian Baird gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at half-time, but Quinn would not be denied. Just two minutes into the second half Mark McGhee flicked on a corner, allowing Quinn to head in from close range. More good work from Gallacher set up Quinn for his hat-trick 20 minutes later. “I went nuts and ran towards the Gallowgate, arms outstretched,” writes Quinn. “‘That’s who fucking Mick Quinn is!’ I screamed, almost tearful.”Gallacher capped a great debut by scoring Newcastle’s fourth. On any other day his performance would have been the main talking point on the terraces, but Quinn scored another goal to ensure that he would hog the headlines. Running on to a Kevin Dillon through ball, Newcastle’s new No9 rounded off the perfect day, scoring his fourth of the game and his 150th league goal of his career. “I unleashed a right-foot thunderbolt and the ball cannoned into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. I thought the roof was going to explode off the stands.”As Quinn left the field, he received a much warmer reception than he had from the Boardbusters. “You are a fucking bargain, Mr Quinn! Now, go and get us promoted,” Smith shouted. The manager later told the press it was “Roy of the Rovers stuff”. Reuse this content Premier League Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Quinn’s goalscoring exploits were not limited to one magical day in the August sunshine. He scored in his first six league games for Newcastle and his tally of 32 goals in the Second Division made him the most prolific striker in the Football League that season. The campaign was startlingly successful for Quinn but it was also a tough one to take for the club. Leeds won the title to earn automatic promotion alongside Sheffield United, with third-place Newcastle going into the play-offs, where they were beaten by Sunderland in the semi-finals.Losing out on promotion to their local rivals – who had finished sixth – wasn’t ideal, but at least the season had started with a bang. “I will never have to buy a pint in the Bigg Market ever again,” writes Quinn in his autobiography. Let’s just hope he leaves the plant pots well alone, though.• This article appeared first on That 1980s Sports Blog• Follow Steven Pye on Twitter Facebook Topics featurescenter_img Guardian Sport Network Share on Twitter Share via Email Quinn joined his dad for a few pints in the players’ lounge before meeting up with his uncles for a few more drinks, many of which were sent to his table by jubilant supporters. His glorious day was drawing to an end but he still had time to discover one more benefit of being successful in a Newcastle shirt. Desperate for a wee in his hotel, Quinn chose to relieve himself in a plant pot.“We got into the early hours and there were only a scattering of people around,” he recalls. “The toilet was downstairs and I was busting for a wee. I don’t advise it but there was a plant pot where the lifts were. There was nobody around so I went to have a wee in the plant pot and the manager of the hotel came over. He said: ‘Micky, if you score four goals every week you can have a number two in it next week if it makes you happy.’ That for me was ‘Welcome to Newcastle’. It is a club that worships its centre-forwards.” Share on Messenger Newcastle United Facebook How to ghost write a football book Micky Quinn pictured before the 1989-90 season. Photograph: Getty Images Read more Share on WhatsApp Twitter Leeds Unitedlast_img read more

Bailey should stay at Leverkusen – Voller

first_imgTransfers We wouldn’t be doing our job if teams didn’t want Bailey – Leverkusen Robin Bairner 21:08 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leon Bailey Bayer Leverkusen Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Bayer Leverkusen v Rot-Weiß Oberhausen Yeovil Town v Manchester United Bayer Leverkusen Club Friendlies FA Cup Rudi Voller has said that the attacker should not depart prematurely, despite reported interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal Bayer Leverkusen have indicated that they can keep hold of striking sensation Leon Bailey for as long as possibleThe 20-year-old forward has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal this January, but the Bundesliga club are hopeful that the Jamaica-born player, who has a contract until 2022, will elected to commit his future to them.Bailey has scored nine times in 18 outings this season and made headlines at the weekend as he scored spectacularly against Hoffenheim. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Leon loves this team and he needs his team-mates. He gives it back and that makes him all the more valuable to us,” sporting director Rudi Voller told Bild. “We would be doing bad work if other clubs were not interested in our players. At Leverkusen, he has the possibility to play in a team which enables such goals as against Hoffenheim.”He has been in Leverkusen for a year now, having arrived from Genk, and Voller, himself a World Cup-winning forward, is delighted with how the young attacker has progressed.“We’re happy with his development,” he said. “We had to sign him in the winter last year because of the threat of losing him to a competitor.”We had a difficult situation back then, but we were convinced by him and were not afraid of the risk.”Bayer head a logjam of teams on 31 points to sit second in the Bundesliga after 19 matches, though they trail league leaders Bayern Munich by a mammoth 16 points.last_img read more

World Cup: Senegal 0 Colombia 1

first_imgSenegal 0 Colombia 1: Mina header dumps unlucky Africans out in fair play first Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:01 6/29/18 Yerry Mina Getty Images Japan’s surprise loss to already eliminated Poland proved irrelevant as Colombia knocked Senegal out with a 1-0 victory in Samara. Colombia topped Group H thanks to Yerry Mina’s header in a 1-0 win over Senegal that sent the African side out of the World Cup by virtue of their fair play record – the first nation to exit the tournament by the method.Both teams were on track to move into the knockout stages with 16 minutes remaining in Thursday’s clash at the Samara Arena, due to Japan trailing 1-0 to Poland in Volgograd.But Mina – also on target in Colombia’s win over Poland last time out – proved the matchwinner for his side with a superb late header that was celebrated in style with a choreographed team dance. 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 Japan qualify in second place from Group H despite losing to already eliminated Poland. Senegal exit having received six yellow cards to Japan’s four.Senegal had a first-half penalty ruled out following a VAR review, while Colombia’s key man James Rodriguez was substituted before the break and could be a doubt for the knockout rounds.Group G’s top two England and Belgium await Colombia and Japan in the last 16, with Senegal unfortunate to be knocked out by the slimmest of margins.Celebration game on point #SENCOL 0-1 pic.twitter.com/Ttfr66aym3— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018M’Baye Niang missed an early opportunity but the opening exchanges were cagey before referee Milorad Mazic awarded Senegal a penalty in the 17th minute.After consulting VAR, Mazic judged defender Davinson Sanchez to have won the ball before making any contact with Sadio Mane.Colombia were struggling to gain a foothold and they were dealt a blow after half an hour.Star player James, who won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, was substituted with what appeared to be a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of Colombia’s 2-1 loss to Japan.News of Jan Bednarek’s goal for Poland gave a lift to fans of both Colombia and Senegal as the tension levels in Samara continued to rise.Mane’s slip as he took a free-kick in the 64th minute, the Liverpool forward sending the ball wildly off-target, summed up the lack of quality in the match.Kalidou Koulibaly got a vital touch on a Luis Muriel drive to deflect the ball narrowly wide as Colombia threatened to turn the group on its head.GOOOOOOOOOAL! Another #WorldCup goal for Yerry Mina! #SENCOL (0-1) #BarçaWorldCup pic.twitter.com/bo0XWtygAl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 28, 2018And in the 74th minute Colombia scored the decisive goal of the game, Juan Quintero’s cross perfect for Barcelona defender Mina to rise highest and crash home a stunning header that went through goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal knew they were heading out and responded well to Mina’s goal, Ismaila Sarr missing a fine chance after being picked out by Mane.Colombia settled for their one-goal lead and, despite growing increasingly desperate and frantic in the closing minutes, Senegal could not force in an equaliser to keep them in the World Cup, their fair play record giving them an unwanted piece of history. read morelast_img read more

What’s happened to PSG star Tim Weah?

first_imgTimothy Weah’s explosion was one of the stories of pre-season as he proved there is far more to his game than simply being the son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George.The teenager burst onto the scene with Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain and appeared set to have a significant role to play at Parc des Princes this season after scoring in the 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Monaco and then again off the bench versus Caen on the opening weekend of Ligue 1 action.It seemed that he had seized his opportunity, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the club’s frontline duo, fatigued having only just returned following World Cup duties with France and Brazil respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite scoring a goal for every 72 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season, Weah has subsequently faded from view and since playing one half against Guingamp on August 18 has not even appeared on the teamsheet for Tuchel.The arrival of Eric Choupo-Moting in the closing hours of the summer transfer window has seen him cast to the shade, despite the former Stoke man netting only once in 12 outings for the Parisians.This falls against a backdrop of the German showing his willingness to give academy prospects Stanley N’Soki and Moussa Diaby, whose contribution of three goals and five assists from only 534 minutes has eclipsed that of his fellow youth-team graduate, increased first-team exposure.Indeed, Weah has earned far more game time with the US national team, with whom he has played five games, including four starts, and totalling 359 minutes.Tim Weah GFXOtherwise, he has been restricted to training with PSG’s top team and flirting occasionally with playing in the B team, earning his spurs by scoring two goals in three outings in the French fourth tier, where games are often played on little more than public parks.Nevertheless, he knew there was this possibility when he sat down with his mother – who is the parent who has largely overseen his footballing development, despite his illustrious father – to discuss the best course of action during the summer.“My mom, she thought I am still really young and tender. There’s still some stuff to work on,” he said in September.“She thought if I did go to a lower team in the same league, there would be so many expectations to carry that team or potentially fight for a league winning spot. I don’t feel that I’m ready for that.“I’m always ready for a challenge but right now I feel like training with PSG, training with Neymar, Thiago Silva and getting better each day – I feel like that’s the way to go. That’s the choice we made.”Over the ensuing months, he has not changed his perspective, which is mature for an 18-year-old.“Right now, I’m not playing but I’m always looking for progress, to do more, watching others and learning from them,” he said, speaking in November. “I’m waiting for my chance, but I hope I can go on loan soon.”His chance is liable to arrive in the days ahead, with clubs from around Europe clamouring to play their part in the development of the son of a legend, who is a highly promising talent in his own right.Timothy Weah Kamil Glik PSG Monaco 04082018“Tim is in the ‘American mould’, always smiling, with his headphones over his ears, laidback and still needs a good relationship with his coach,” former PSG reserve both Francis Rodrigues told Paris-United. “I think that finding time with a Ligue 1 or even a Ligue 2 side would be good for him. He must now step up a level away from Paris, where the bar is set extremely high.”And of course, there is top-flight interest in France, with Strasbourg leading the way in that regard, though with Amiens hovering, too.RMC, meanwhile, report that there is interest from the Bundesliga, where another former PSG academy product Jean-Kevin Augustin has impressed for RB Leipzig since making the move in 2017. Stuttgart and Leverkusen would offer such options from Germany, while from Serie A, the likes of Sassuolo, Fiorentina and Lazio lurk.But while it seems that in the short term, Weah’s future lies away from the French capital, he has already shown himself sufficiently capable to have earned a longer future at Parc des Princes, where he is under contract until 2020.His exploits last summer were a glimpse of what he is capable of, but after this false start, his real breakout seems destined to follow.last_img read more

Iowa DL Makes Transfer Decision

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa junior defensive lineman Garret Jansen just finished his fourth year with the Hawkeyes but still has a year of eligibility due to a freshman redshirt. He was given the option to either stay at Iowa or transfer, and has apparently made his decision.On Thursday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced that Jansen would be leaving the Hawkeyes and will pursue a graduate transfer.“All of us are appreciative of Garret’s efforts and contributions,” said Ferentz, per a transcription from Hawkeye Insider. “Garret will seek a graduate program course of study that is unavailable to him here.”Jansen played in just one game in 2018 – a two tackle performance against Northern Illinois back in September.In three seasons since redshirting his freshman year, Jansen has nine tackles and one pass defended in five games for Iowa.Jansen was a three-star weak-side defensive end prospect in the Class of 2015, per 247Sports.Despite being well outside the top 1000 prospects in the country, 247Sports had him rated as the No. 11 prospect from the state of Iowa.last_img read more