Uttar Pradesh govt. to fund fairs by three religious trusts

first_imgIn an outreach to the Hindu community during Navaratri, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday approved proposals to fund fairs held by three religious trusts in the State.These are the Ma Lalita Devi Shaktipeeth Amavasya Mela, Naimisharanya in Sitapur, Ma Pateshwari Shaktipeeth, Devipatan Tulsipur Mela in Balrampur, and Ma Vindhyavasini Shaktipeeth Mela in Mirzapur.The government will provide them funds of ₹ 60 lakh, ₹48 lakh and ₹41.49 lakh respectively, a statement said.The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Earlier, local municipal corporations arranged for these religious fairs, now it will be the responsibility of the respective district magistrates. The decision was taken with a view to providing proper facilities and successful arrangement of the fairs keeping in mind their inter-district, inter-State and international appeal, the government said, adding it had received proposals from district Collectors.Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna said the fairs would be funded to ensure basic facilities for all devotees.last_img read more

Photos – The Shawn Johnson Story

first_imgAdvertisementShawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast.She is the 2008 Olympicbalance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist.Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in 2007 and 2011, as well as titles in the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam in 2007.Johnson became a member of the U.S. senior team in 2007.She had one of the best rookie seasons ever recorded in the history of gymnastics, winning the all-around at the American Cup, Pan American Games, U.S. National Championships, and World Championships all in her first year as a senior gymnast.She is the 2007 individual all-around World Champion, 2007 World Champion on floor exercise, and a member of the 2007 gold medal winning U.S. gymnastics team.As well as being the 2007 U.S. Champion on balance beam and floor exercise, the 2008 U.S. Champion on floor exercise and silver medalist on balance beam, she is a three-time U.S. all-around Champion, winning once as a junior and twice as a senior.Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics on June 3, 2012.In May 2009, Johnson was the winner of season eight of Dancing with the Stars, and in November 2012 she earned second place on the all-star edition.Image Courtesy – Shawn Johnson (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

How to Breakthrough as a Woman In Product, According to Two Facebook Leads

first_imgIf you find yourself at a great company, in a challenging role but yet still unsure of how to really breakthrough to shine as a woman in tech, don’t worry, you’re not lost. Many of us feel this way at one point or another in our careers, stuck at the crossroads and unsure of which way to go. However, now more than ever there are resources to help you craft an inspired action plan for your career.Facebook Marketplace VP Deborah Liu and Facebook’s Head of Video Fidji Simo can absolutely relate to feeling stuck and “not seeing a path to the top jobs.” This is why they co-founded “Women in Product.” It wasn’t enough to be badass women at Facebook, they wanted to support product managers beyond the company’s walls. Their goal was simple: to build a community where women PMs could support one another and thrive together.On the eve of their annual conference “Women in Product 2018: Breakthrough,” we caught up with Liu and Simo to talk all things tech, career advice and how they are shaping future female executives.Glassdoor: What inspired you two to form Women in Product?Fidji Simo: Deb and I started hosting dinners for senior women in product to get to know one another about six years ago. During those dinners we realized that there was no community for women in product to meet, exchange ideas and find support, like Grace Hopper has for engineering. Since being a product manager (PM) is fundamentally about solving the problems you see in the world, we decided to fix this problem and create the Women in Product (WIP) organization, as well as the annual conference to make this community come to life every year.Deborah Liu: This community was built to be a place women PMs could support one another. Product managers are creators and builders, and we want to encourage more women to enter the field, grow, and thrive in their professions. Glassdoor: The theme of this year’s Women in Product conference is “breakthrough.” Can you elaborate on what the theme stands for and why you chose it? Fidji Simo: One of the issues we’ve heard from a lot of women in the last year is feeling stuck and not seeing a path to the top jobs. With our conference this year, we want to inspire them to look for these breakthroughs in their careers and get them past the current blockers they may feel. Additionally, Women in Product is fundamentally about women who innovate and invent the products of the future, so the breakthrough theme applies both to our careers as well as the products we want to launch into the world.Deborah Liu:  We want women PMs to be able to see themselves as leaders and to breakthrough impostor syndrome and stereotypes.  So often they feel the weight of being a woman in a male-dominated field to be hard.  It is important that diverse voices are leading the way in building the next generation of products for the world. The Top Women CEOs for 2018  Glassdoor: What career question do you hear most often from women in tech, and how do you answer it? Deborah Liu:  Many women ask me how they can overcome impostor syndrome.  I have fought it my whole career, and I decided long ago that I would be an expert in learning instead. Building great products is often not about having the most experience, but rather being the most willing to test, iterate, and adapt. Learn to learn better than anyone else.  Fidji Simo: Most women ask me about how to lead and be respected in a male-dominated culture, so that they can get the same opportunities as their male counterparts. While there is no easy answer, I advise them not to try to emulate the style of their male colleagues, and instead find their own style that is aligned with their own core values. Many women have to figure out how to walk the line between feedback that they’re not opinionated enough versus feedback that they’re too aggressive (both often given to the same person!), and the key here is for women to understand that they have the right to be strong and firm and not apologize for it, as long as they show care for their coworkers as everyone is supposed to do. Don’t hold back. Many times the thing most standing in your way is your lack of confidence. —Deborah LiuGlassdoor: What advice do you have for women product managers who want to step into leadership roles? Fidji Simo: “Go for it!” A lot of times these women need to internalize that they are already operating at that level, and just need to take the step and actually embrace their seniority. Imposter syndrome is real, and women need to actively look for a network of supporters and peers to help them see more accurately their own strengths, and give them confidence that they have a right to their ambitions. Deborah Liu:  Don’t hold back. Often women feel like they have to know everything to take on a role, and instead of putting their hat in the ring they tell themselves they are not qualified. Instead, value the strengths you bring to the table, and what you lack, seek feedback and learn.  Many times the thing most standing in your way is your lack of confidence.  How to Step Back Into Leadership After Maternity LeaveGlassdoor: What advice do you have for employers on creating inclusive workplace cultures for women product managers? Fidji Simo: Trainings on inclusion and biases are key to even start the dialog and help people realize what the lived experience of women in the workplace is, especially in technical functions. That’s how people can become more aware of the issues and turn into allies. It all starts with the small gestures every day: making sure women can finish their sentences, calling out when someone is appropriating a woman’s idea and giving her the credit back, etc. As more people become aware of the issues, these ally behaviors become natural and drastically improve the work environment for women. Finally, we need more people in leadership positions — obviously senior women, but also men — to actively spend time with women and sponsor them. Deb has a great view of the difference between mentoring and sponsoring.Deborah Liu: Women have mentors and men have sponsors.  Mentors give advice, and sponsors open doors.  Employers should actively ensure that women product managers have sponsors, senior people who are willing to open doors for the next generation of leaders.  Women bring another perspective to the table; having someone sponsor them, and when needed, amplify their ideas, helps.  I spent years advocating to build Marketplace, Facebook’s commerce product.  I saw how mom groups were using Facebook to connect with one other, and eventually, they found a place to buy and sell from each other.  I could see how our service could be a place for community-based commerce.  But many people around me couldn’t see it.  It took a sponsor to champion my cause to get support, and now more than 1 in 3 people on Facebook in the US use Marketplace each month. Glassdoor: How has Facebook created an inclusive and encouraging environment for women in product? What work do you still want to do within Facebook in this area?Deborah Liu:  One of the things we found early on at Facebook was that the technical degree requirement was limiting the hiring of more women PMs.  After all, only 18% of Computer Science and Engineering degrees are earned by women.  We actively removed the requirement, and we went further to remove the technical interview.  We found that the quality of our PMs went up as we opened up the pool of prospective candidates.  We went on to create a Rotational Product Manager Program to bring in people without any previous PM experience.  Each of these changes required us being willing to question the assumptions we made about our hiring and to try new things.  Hiring is just one part of the equation.  Retention and advancement are equally important.  Many of the women PM leaders at Facebook mentor and sponsor the women PMs at the company to ensure they are supported and growing.  We want to build the next generation of women leaders, and that is why we started the PM dinners six years ago and ultimately why we created the WIP organization.  Fidji Simo: We need more women in senior product leadership roles. As we grow the next generation of women leaders, Deb and I are investing a lot of time in making sure that these promising women see a clear path and feel supported along the way. Imposter syndrome is real, and women need to actively look for a network of supporters and peers to help them see more accurately their own strengths, and give them confidence that they have a right to their ambitions. —Fidji SimoGlassdoor: How would you describe the company culture for women at Facebook? Fidji Simo: What’s key is that there is one company culture that everyone feels a part of — not a company culture for women specifically. Facebook encourages builders — and we built WIP because we believe that women are exceptional at building the products of the future. That being said, Sheryl Sandberg’s fight for equality has certainly had a deep influence on our culture. It has educated a lot of people, earlier than in many other companies, about the challenges women and the importance of diverse teams. Facebook’s Head of Diversity: ‘Nobody Is Handing Out Jobs — We Want to Give Opportunities’Glassdoor: Both of you are mothers and encourage girls pursuing STEM. What should we be doing to create a different culture around STEM and tech for women/girls and make these fields more welcoming for them? Deborah Liu:  My daughter, Bethany, was interested in taking a coding class when she was 7.  Since she was on the younger side, so the instructor asked me to bring her in so he could test her skills.  After he worked with her for a bit, he confirmed she could start, but said, “By the way, if she wants to be with other girls you should enroll her in our weekend class where we have a couple.  We don’t have any girls coming during the week.”  I was shocked that a coding school in Palo Alto had nearly no girls participating.   Our culture tells girls that coding is something that boys do.  Girls are hearing and internalizing that message even at age 7, and they are deciding coding is not for them.  This story plays out all over the world.  We are subtly telling our daughters that tech is not for them.  We need to make STEM more accessible and engaging for girls.  If they feel like it is built for boys, they are less likely to feel comfortable pursuing it.   Glassdoor: A recent article by Quartz stated that “all career advice for women is gaslighting,” arguing that advice meant to empower women in the workplace is misleading and placing the burden on individuals to fix gender inequality in professional spheres instead of on their employers. How do we balance providing guidance to women on navigating their careers and holding employers accountable for discriminatory workplace cultures? Fidji Simo: It’s an obvious answer but we need to do both. We need to push employers to take this seriously; even for the ones who do, it take years to make a real difference — it’s a ground game. Meanwhile, we have an entire generation of women in tech who need help navigating all the situations that come up every day. That’s why we created WIP: we want women to have a community they can rely on to help them work through these issues, create opportunities and give a sense of support. I would worry that placing the burden only on employers puts women in a victim position instead of in the driver seat of improving their own situations. We can do a lot to advance our careers, solve issues with sexism, and to help lift other women along the way. Deborah Liu: It is not one or the other. We need to change companies, but we also need to change ourselves.  We want women to seek out those stretch assignments, but we also need companies to give them the opportunities.  I have sponsored many women over the years, and many of them struggle with confidence and turn down stretch roles because they fear they are not ready.  Women making changes without companies changing doesn’t work, but companies changing without women being willing to make the leap is equally important.  Glassdoor Study Reveals Which College Majors Lead to the Largest Gender Pay GapsGlassdoor: Lastly, what is one leadership mistake that each of you have made (separately) that you have learned the most from? How has that one moment informed the way you lead now?Deborah Liu: Not finding my voice sooner.  I really struggled with speaking up, especially as an Asian American woman. My immigrant parents taught me not to stand out too much, but instead to work hard and let my work stand for itself.  I’m fairly introverted, so this worked for me until it didn’t. American culture rewards those who make themselves heard.  I took a class in business school on organizational behavior where the final exam asked, “What will you change as a result of being in this class?” I hesitated for a moment and then wrote, “I will be an extrovert at work.” That is when I started to convey my true voice in the workplace. People want to know the real you.  It is hard to build trust with others when you are holding back. Being vulnerable and authentic are qualities I continue to strive for in my life.  Fidji Simo: Being overly focused on pleasing everyone. Earlier in my career I was so obsessed with people liking me that I was sacrificing my strong convictions just to make sure everyone loved working with me. I remember vividly telling my manager that I didn’t push back hard enough on something because it would’ve upset some people, and his advice was: “you shouldn’t strive to be liked; you should strive to be respected.” It stuck with me and while I obviously still place a lot of value on people enjoying working with me (you don’t get respect any other way!), it doesn’t come at the expense of speaking my truth anymore. Every day I have to make hard decisions on entirely new products where the right answer is all but obvious, so being comfortable with not pleasing everyone for the sake of setting a clear direction is absolutely key.  4.4★ Product Growth Manager Facebook Hyderabad Product Manager, Network and Telecoms Enterprise Systems (Facebook Connectivity) Facebook Tel Aviv-Yafo 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Product & Program Manager Service Excellence, Authorized Sales Partners Facebook Dubai Available Product Manager Jobs at Facebook 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 4.4★ 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See more Product Manager jobs at Facebook Product Solutions Manager, Audience Network (Greater China Region & SEA) Facebook Singapore Manager, Product & Process Quality Facebook Shanghai 4.4★ Managing Director Facebook Tokyo Product Marketing Manager, Greater China Facebook Hong Kong Product Manager Facebook Singapore 4.4★ Product Manager, Calibra (Blockchain) Facebook Tel Aviv-Yafo Product Manager, Android Platform Facebook Tel Aviv-Yafo 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★last_img read more

Man Utd ace Pogba hits out at Donnarumma critics

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has jumped to the defence of Gigio Donnarumma.The 18-year-old left Milan in a state of shock after deciding not to extend his contract with the club. And he was barracked by Italian fans during Sunday’s U21 Euros win against Denmark.Pogba, however, says the goalkeeper deserves respect for what he has done in his short career and has tipped him to become the best in the world. The pair share the same agent, Mino Raiola.Pogba posted to social media: “Donnarumma soon best in the [world]. Deserves only respect for all he’s done until now.”last_img

Sheffield Wednesday to snap up Burnley winger George Boyd

first_imgBurnley winger George Boyd is set to become Sheffield Wednesday’s first summer signing today.The 31-year-old will undergo at medical at Hillsborough after agreeing a two-year deal with the Owls, says the Mirror.Winger Boyd rejected a one-year extension with Premier League Burnley to make the switch to South Yorkshire on a free transfer.The Scotland international scored 12 times in 123 outings for the Clarets having previously enjoyed spells with Stevenage, Peterborough and Hull.last_img

The sound of the genuine

first_imgWe all know it when we hear it — the sound of the genuine. We hear it less and less these days, because marketing, politics and interpersonal communication often lacks honesty and authenticity. Stephen Colbert captured the erosion of genuine with the word “truthiness.” Here’s what he says in a new Rolling Stone interview by Maureen Dowd:“I’m not a fan of facts,” he boasts. “Facts can change all the time, but my opinion will never change.” Truthiness, a word he made up just before going on air, has been hailed by New York magazine as “the summarizing concept of our age.”Yep, it’s house of mirrors out there. I only feel worse after spending an afternoon at SeaWorld with my children. A lovely day and a great park, really, until we saw the Shamu show, which was themed “believe” with 20 minutes of video and speeches by the trainers filled with vapid platitudes about believing in anything/everything and an Anheuser-Busch salute to troops which had way too much beer logo to be authentic. My seven-year-old saw right through it in five minutes. She actually was laughing by the end. I could hardly glimpse Shamu amid all the truthiness.Fortunately, I spent the morning here in Orlando leading a session at the Multiple Sclerosis Society national meeting and the honest, transparent and effective marketers there made me so inspired that even the saccharine-coated insincerity at the Shamu show couldn’t undo my faith in authenticity.This is one place where we can and should claim our superiority as marketers: being genuine about our genuinely good causes.I will leave my last thoughts on the topic to Diva Marketer Toby Bloomberg, who hit the nail on the head with her blog post this week:Authenticity is difficult to mask… Meeting-up offline is one more reason for bloggers to stay true to the Blog Mantra of Honesty, Transparency, Authenticity and of course Passion. Honesty, Transparency, Authenticity are the building blocks of establishing trust. Sure is difficult to do business without it – online or off.last_img read more

Just in Nine Months

first_imgPosted on June 27, 2011June 19, 2017By: Peris Wakesho, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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)This blog post was contributed by Peris Wakesho, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It takes just nine months on average to carry a pregnancy to term. But these are not just nine months; they are months of anxiety filled with hope for every man or woman anticipating parenthood. However, there is no guarantee that a mother will carry the pregnancy to full term, deliver the baby alive and survive herself, or have a “normal” baby with no birth defects or any other congenital abnormalities. Despite all these uncertainties, many look forward to the joy of parenthood.You might be wondering where I am going with this: Just like the pregnancy period, with all its excitements, anxiety, and uncertainties, I embarked on a similar period when I left for the long journey to Northern Nigeria (Minna in Niger State) to work on maternal health issues.Throughout my fellowship program I kept reviewing my idea in the hope of having ”a baby” that will live to leave a mark on another’s life. I must admit, the experience had its ups and downs, but it was worth every bit of the time and effort. One major thing that I am taking home to Kenya with me is the women daycare schooling model.Niger State is an Islamic state where most of the population practices early or forced marriages. However, from what I gathered, in a bid to improve the lives of mothers, the government started women daycare schools. At these daycare schools you see mothers of all different ages and some carry their babies to school. The school operates during the morning hours which makes it convenient for the women, most of whom are married, to also attend to their families while getting an education.Kenya has long passed a return to school policy, aimed at giving a second chance to girls who mostly dropped out of school due to pregnancy. However, the implementation of this policy is still left at the discretion of head teachers, and some do not allow the girls back to school. For me the daycare model, though not meant to replace formal education structures, could offer another avenue to strengthen implementation of this policy. I know other issues of stigma, sustainability, and more will arise, but just like in pregnancy, though we anticipate that 15% of pregnancies will develop complications, we do not stop women from getting pregnant because of the risk. Instead, we let them know the possibilities and work with them to avert or manage complications — in essence, this is what the women daycare model will do.The daycare model will form an integral part of the Swahiba Club (a psychosocial support group for adolescent mothers, parents, and pregnant adolescents) and a second opportunity for learning. Through it is on a smaller scale, adolescent girls will be given a chance to complete or further their education, or take different vocational training to better their lot. The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008/9 clearly indicates that the majority of women with post-secondary education receive antenatal care, post-natal care, and have a delivery with a skilled birth attendant, and their children have a higher survival rate. Through the Swahiba clubs, which at the beginning will be groups of ten women in selected districts in Kenya, we will aim to give this agency to the Kenyan adolescent girl so that she can also negotiate for contraceptive use and family planning, in the hope that this will improve maternal health indicators in the country.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Global Mom Relay Mobilizes Social Media for Maternal and Child Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 17, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)Between March 8, International Women’s Day, and Mothers’ Day on May 8, the Global Mom Relay, is using social media to connect and mobilize support for the  UN’s Every Woman Every Child campaign to improve maternal and child health.  The relay invites participants to contribute to organizations dedicated to promoting maternal, newborn and child health by either sharing blog posts hosted on the relay site via email, Twitter or Facebook, or by making a $5 donation to the day’s featured organization. Through tomorrow, the relay features MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, and this week’s posts include a feature on Jill Sheffield, founder and President of Women Deliver, and by Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns.In today’s featured post, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant writes:Not every woman is lucky enough to give birth in a modern delivery room, like I was. But no woman, anywhere, should have to suffer a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. Obstetric fistula has affected mothers since women began giving birth, and it will continue to happen until all women have access to high quality maternal care.The relay was developed by the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with thegoal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe.  For more, visit the Global Mom Relay website, or follow the discussion Twitter, Pinterest or watch the Global Mom Relay video.Share this:last_img read more

Putting the fun back in freelancing

first_imgFreelancing can be hard.It is not unusual for freelancers to experience periods of overwhelming amounts of work followed by panic inducing lulls in business. And freelancers don’t just have to do their work. They also have to find their work, provide customer service related to the work, and pursue payment for their work. In this way, freelancers are administrators, marketers, book-keepers, and executives …all at once.In the midst of these challenges, it can be easy to forget that there are many benefits to freelancing. If you’re feeling burnt out or just want to take full advantage of being a freelancer, try one of the following ideas for putting the back in freelancing!1. Do Something Enjoyable in the Middle of the DayGo to the beach, a museum, the movies, or anywhere you think is fun in the middle of a traditional “work-day.” It’s what half of your 9-to-5 friends think you do every day anyway so you might as well try it.Yes, a day-time adventure may mean working late or sacrificing a week-end day, but the feeling of freedom and control over your own schedule is worth it.2. Meet Other FreelancersIt is a blast to commiserate with other freelancers. Freelancers are a diverse and fun crew whose personalities range from “corporate” to what can only be described as “wacky.” Freelancers also have a knack for finding interesting ways to make money. By talking to freelancers, I’ve learned about industries and gigs I didn’t even know existed.Organizing other people’s personal and business spaces? There’s a market for that. Marketing for CBD products (a compound found in cannabis)? There’s a market for that.How do you find freelancers? You can join your local Freelancer’s Union SPARK and attend one of their monthly events. Or, just go to a local coffee shop or the library during the middle of a work-day. Chances are at least one of the other people typing away on their MacBook is also a freelancer. (Ok, Ok. It could be a PC but MacBooks are so widely used by freelancers that they almost seem like part of the freelancer uniform.)3. Take on a Passion ProjectOne of the best parts of freelancing is that you aren’t limited in the type of projects you can take on. Try taking on a small side project in an area outside of your usual work. Go wild and do something completely out of your usual. I have an engineer friend who took on a paid side gig to paint custom corn hole boards. Or do something that is just incrementally different. If you’re a writer, write on a subject that is out of the norm for you.If none of these ideas resonate with you, I challenge you to choose your own adventure by answering this question: What’s something fun that you cannot do with a traditional 9-to-5 job? Now go do it.last_img read more

What does it mean to be a creative freelancer in post-election America?

first_imgIt’s been almost two weeks since the 2016 election. Over the course of that time, I have seen people unfriend people, block them, and engage in some of the most contentious conversations on social media. Some are rejoicing that America will be made great (again) and others lament that this is the end of the world as we know it.I have even seen some people comment that they are dreading the upcoming Thanksgiving season because of the cumbersome task of having to sit at the same table with family members who have diametrically opposed political views. Yes, unfortunately, this is not hyperbole.As I watch people volley back and forth, I can’t help but to think about those of us who are freelancers or creative entrepreneurs. In a world that is becoming increasingly more polarized, what is our role? Is there a place for creativity, for humanity in the political volcano that is erupting?The resounding answer is yes! Not only is there a place for us, our roles have become even more important and relevant.Think about your favorite song, piece of artwork, book, play, or musical. What draws you into that space? For me, the arts are a sanctuary. I can get lost in the words on a page, a melody playing in my ear or the pure simplicity of seeing a piece of artwork.Behind each of those creations is someone who had a vision for his/her artistic expression. The manifestation of that is then enjoyed and consumed by others. Paradoxically, some of the best art is born out of, or explores, times of peril, injustice, pain and yes, political unrest and strife.As creative entrepreneurs, our task is not to put our blinders on and pretend as if we live in a bubble where politics don’t affect us, our viability as artists, or our creative expression. As many women avowed in the 1970s, “The personal is political.”We can’t get away from this nor should we.My bias runs deep, not because I am a writer, but because the arts, literature in particular, helped to shape my worldview. I place the arts right up there with religion, education, and family when it comes to the things that I value the most.You see, I am not Irish, but Angela’s Ashes taught me about extreme poverty in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s. I have never experienced life-threatening financial deprivation, but Grapes of Wrath helped me to understand pure desperation. I do not have any learning disabilities, but Of Mice and Men taught me to have empathy for those who do. I was never an enslaved African woman, but Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl provided me with a lens to understand her physical, emotional and psychological pain.Like many others, I experience cultures other than my own through art for art has allowed me to understand life beyond my lived experiences. Most importantly, literature made me more empathetic and taught me how to engage in civil discourse. I may not agree with people’s political views, but I am not going to annihilate them in order to prove my point.What I see in post-election America right now is frightening and this has nothing to do with a particular political party or the President-elect, but everything to do with the reality that having authentic and healthy conversations across religious, socioeconomic, and racial lines may be too idealistic right now. Too many of us are operating in fear and that fear is usurping our ability to feel.So what can we do? We do what great artists, writers, musicians, and other creative spirits have done generations before us—we operate in our gifts.In a 2015 Nation article, Toni Morrison, reminded us, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”Not only does someone need your book, your song, your art, your play, or your musical that person may need it now more than ever.My pen is my protest—what’s yours?last_img read more

When freelancing and friendship don’t mix: a cautionary tale

first_imgMany of us have freelanced for friends. Perhaps a friend was getting married and needed a photographer or event planner or maybe a different friend wrote a book and needed an editor. It is not uncommon that friends and strangers alike seek out our services. In an ideal world, friendships will remain intact long after freelancing opportunities have faded.But unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Mixing expectations, money, deadlines, and a friendly bond can be disastrous as I recently learned. In fact, a 20-year old friendship ended over an unpaid invoice.A cautionary taleIn early 2017, a dear friend asked if I would be willing to help, in a freelancing capacity, with his book project. Prior to that point, I had worked on several projects for him with no problems. So I did not hesitate. I also did not adhere to my own process — the first of many mistakes that I would make.Like many of you, typically before starting any project I follow a process — a phone consultation/proposal, legal contract, deposit, deadlines established, project delivered and final payment. The process is seamless and clients are informed throughout.In this particular case, at my friend’s request, I agreed that I’d invoice him once the project was finished and that he could pay 30 days net. After several versions of the project were created; he accepted the final product and I invoiced him. From there, this story should have ended happily ever after — wrong!The waiting game30 days passed by, then 60, then 90, and my friend did not pay the invoice. I sent invoice reminders; I inboxed him on social media and I even reminded him during our sporadic phone calls. His reply was one of disbelief, “Have I never paid you?” In response, I would recoil with guilt because he was right; he did always pay.My life kept going and his invoice remained unpaid, tucked away in my electronic system until one day, I saw an advertisement for his book. Using the ad as a springboard, I sent him a congratulatory text and reminded him that I still hadn’t been paid. He asked me to send the invoice directly to his accountant and cc him. I did.Another 90 days would pass by and still no reply. My accountant thought that I was being too gracious and that I needed to treat this as I would any other unpaid invoice — especially one for this amount. I volleyed back and forth with her and continued to make up excuses for my friend. She finally blurted out, “I don’t think he is going to pay you.”As soon as she said it, my heart sunk. Clearly, he would not use our friendship to avoid his financial obligation? But that is exactly what he did. It wasn’t until my lawyer sent a demand letter that he paid the invoice. By that time, it was almost exactly one year since the original invoice was sent. A few weeks later, he sent me a text stating that I let money come before our friendship; I also learned that he said some disparaging things to some mutual friend. His version of the story failed to include the unpaid invoice. Needless to say, we haven’t talked since this all transpired.Lessons learnedAlthough I miss my friend, I know that the erosion of our friendship over business was much bigger than an unpaid invoice. It was a valuable lesson about following my own protocol and procedures, regardless of whom my transaction is with. It was also a valuable lesson about true friendship and integrity. A real friend would never take advantage of a friendship for personal gain.Since that time, I have freelanced for several other friends and those interactions have been healthy and mutually beneficial. Well after the freelancing has ended, the friendships have maintained. The key is to be clear about boundaries and treating the business-side of the relationship as if it is transactional — because that is exactly what it is. Another valuable lesson is not to deviate from a system that works for you and your freelancing business.Realistically, if someone is not willing to adhere to your policies or wants to alter things, including payment terms, in ways that you are uncomfortable with then you may need to walk away from that transaction. Ask: Is this really worth changing the nature of how I freelance? Our friendship?Friends who value your gifts, time, and talent will respect your boundaries and understand what many of us have advocated for years — freelance isn’t free, nor should it be.last_img read more

We have more sports films than medals: Anurag Kashyap

first_imgMumbai, Dec 7 (PTI) Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap today said his upcoming movie “Mukkabaaz” comes from the “irony” and the “sad situation” that the country has more sports films than medals.The film chronicles the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh, Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), who falls in love with a Brahmin girl. Things take a turn when he lands a punch to the head of the boxing federation and politician-gangster, Bhagwan Das, played by Jimmy Shergill.The film then sets out on the journey of the underdog who fights corrupt system, deep-rooted casteism and societal pressure for his boxing dreams and love.”We have more sports movies than medals. The film comes from that sad situation. In population, we are second after China, but in the medal tally we always lag behind. Why is it happening, why cant we produce sportsmen?”There is a problem in our sports system. Through this film and through a love story we are trying to explore that. Its a very pro-sports film. I call it the most pro-sports film,” Kashyap told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film.The “Gangs of Wasseypur” director said as a nation we tend to celebrate “small medals” so much that we often miss the larger picture.”We get a little something and burst into celebrations. We go crazy, dont understand whats happening. A small medal is celebrated so much that the person who won that doesnt even qualify the next time. The film comes from that irony.”advertisementThe film, which features Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kissan, Sadhana Singh, among others, is scheduled to release theatrically on January 12.”Mukkabaaz” had its premiere at MAMI recently, where it received praise.Kashyap said the film aims to have a larger commentary on the situation of sports in the country.”We worked under the radar for the film for a long time. The film looks at how in sports we have to deal with things which are not connected to it… Its only in our country that the sportsmen travel in economy class and the people taking them fly business class. The irony exists only in our country and then we expect medals.”When asked if patriotism overshadows the essence of a sports film, Kashyap said, “Patriotism has become a formula now. That formula has now come into films and in real life too. So, this film comments on that too but never gets overshadowed by it.” PTI JUR NP BKlast_img read more

PragmaDev gives away ETSI SIP conformance test executables

first_img Continue Reading Previous MicroSys: RTOS Microware OS-9 Version 6.1 with embedded graphics XiBase9Next ON Semi: rapid installation of battery-free smart passive sensors for IoT applications PragmaDev Studio supports different modeling and testing technologies which are ideal to describe the interactions between generic entities. The testing technology implemented in PragmaDev Tester module is the one used by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) to publish conformance tests to its protocols.The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a protocol for multimedia communications over Internet Protocol. SIP is a text based protocol and the standard defines the format of messages exchanged as well as the sequence of the messages. ETSI has published the conformance test cases in TTCN-3. The official test cases contain a few minor mistakes that have been corrected by PragmaDev team. The C++ code has been generated with PragmaDev Tester and compiled with GCC. The executable includes a command line interface to select and run the desired test cases. A log file is generated that indicates which test case did work or not. The interface with the System Under Test is socket based so it can basically be run on any standard computer. The test parameters are defined in a file that canbe freely edited with PragmaDev Tester. The resulting executable is free to download and to use from PragmaDev web site. This demonstrates PragmaDev commitment to support TTCN-3.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Honor Note 10 with 6.9-inch display, 6,000mAh battery leaked via official listing

first_imgSoon after Honor president Zhao Ming confirmed the existence of the Honor Note 10, some images and specs of the upcoming phablet have now surfaced online. The leaked screenshots of the Honor Note 10 was reportedly taken from the device’s official page on Honor.cn. The images not only reveal the design of the Honor Note 10, but also confirms some of the specs as well.The screenshots spotted by CNMO reveal that the Honor Note 10 will sport a tall 6.9-inch 2K AMOLED display with slim bezels for a possible 18:9 aspect ratio. This keeps in line with what we have come to hear about the phone in the past. The back, which is likely made up of metal, will sport a dual camera setup on the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor placed near the center. There is no way to confirm whether the design is true or not so one should take the report with a pinch of salt. As per the screenshots, the Honor Note 10 will be powered by a Kirin 970 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the phone will also feature the company’s GPU Turbo tech that was recently also featured on the Honor 10 GT. The technology will boost the phone’s graphic chip to enhance gaming experience. The Honor Note 10 will also house a large 6,000mAh battery as per the screenshot. If the latest leak is true, Honor will likely tout the upcoming flagship as an entertainment powerhouse.Lastly, the image also mentions a 16-megapixel sensor as the main camera on the Honor Note 10 with AI support that will be provided by the Kirin chipset. There is no mention of what the secondary camera and front camera will bring. Zhao Ming did not provide a timeline on when the Honor Note 10 will be unveiled, but considering how the phone was accidentally listed on the company’s official site, we could be just a few weeks away from its launch.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup fans explore underground Josef Stalin’s bunker of Nazi era

first_imgFor World Cup fans who are in Samara for the quarter-final clash between England and Sweden, there is still a day to go.As they gear up for the big clash on Saturday, some fans decided to explore the darker city of city that is hidden underground.Hundreds of visiting supporters went underground to explore the Josef Stalin’s bunker — the chambers that were dug out underneath the southwestern city in Russia to protect the leader of the Soviet Union in case of a Nazi German attack. Of course, the assault never happened.During the second World War, Samara, which was named Kuybyshev at that time, was chosen as the alternative capital of the Soviet Union should Moscow fall under the German attack. The bunker was built to be the headquarters of the Armed Forces, that were being led by Stalin.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”You get goosebumps. You can’t imagine all of that happened just here and only a few years ago. It is a very good experience to take back to our country,” said Mexico fan Josue Resendis.Supporters, many still wearing their team’s tops, carefully walk down flights of narrow stairs until they are 37 metres (120 feet) below the soccer celebrations.”To think that a place that today shows so much happiness has had a past in which children, women were carrying arms and building planes in order to have one human being fighting another human being because of an ideology…” Thiago Andrade from Brazil told Reuters.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Neymar joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi in mural clubIt is good that it is over and that things in the world are now solved in a different way.”The bunker was built in 1942, but remained a secret to Samara’s citizens until 1990, when it was uncovered and later turned into a museum.Its walls were built to withstand a direct hit from an aerial bomb and held enough provisions to feed Stalin and his entourage for up to five days.Stalin never had to use the shelter though.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyThe bottom floor contains two rooms: the main chamber which could accommodate 115 people and was meant to serve as meeting room, and Stalin’s personal chamber, the tourists’ favourite.Here they can sit at Stalin’s desk, pick up the handset and “call the Kremlin”.Legend has it, according to a museum guide, that the phone line used to be live until a French tourist called home and ran up an extortionate bill.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Bangladesh cricketer faces BCB investigation after social media controversy

first_imgBangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has landed himself in trouble once again, this time after allegedly abusing and threatening two fans on social media.The incident took place after Bangladesh’s second ODI against West Indies on Wednesday while the batsman is already serving a punishment for physically assaulting a child during a first-class game in December last year.The Bangladesh Cricket Board has said that they will investigate the matter.”Players, especially national players, are given definitive guidelines on how to behave with fans and on social media,” Chowdhury told Daily Star. “They have been told that they must be very careful when interacting with the public on social media. Since it is out in the public and when it has come to the board’s knowledge, if such a breach has occurred it will be referred to the disciplinary committee and appropriate action taken.”According to ESPNCricinfo, the threatening message also contained foul language was sent from the Facebook account named Shabbir Rahaman Roman, the same account is also used in BCB’s official emails to the players and media.The message was sent out after the fan posted a sarcastic comment on Rahman’s poor form with bat as he scored only 15 runs in two ODIs.According to the Daily Star, the account has now been deactivated after the BCB was notified of the event.Rahman had also got into trouble with BCB on two previous occasions. In 2017, he was stripped of his central contract and fined US$25,000 for assaulting a child during a Rajshahi Division first-class game. In 2016, Rahman was fined US$15,000 for disciplinary breaches during Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).advertisementlast_img read more

‘I am truly sorry’: Patriots owner Robert Kraft breaks silence over prostitution bust

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Kraft, the billionaire businessman whose Patriots won the Super Bowl last month and who is one of the most powerful figures in American sports, was said he had remained silent since the charges “in deference to the judicial process.”“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years,” Kraft said in the statement.“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.” Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Reuse this content New England Patriots … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more US sports Topics New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has broken his silence for the first time since he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution in Florida.“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said in a statement. “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” NFL Lawyers for Patriots owner Kraft want to block release of massage parlor recordings Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

The MLS Wrap: Home fortresses penetrated

first_imgMLS The MLS Wrap: Home fortresses penetrated, Union youth movement rewarded and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 07:02 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wil Trapp MLS Columbus Crew Toronto FC 03032018 Dan Hamilton MLS Los Angeles Toronto v Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo v Atlanta United Philadelphia Union v New England Orlando City v DC United Dallas v Real Salt Lake SJ Earthquakes v Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact Sporting KC v New York City LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United Toronto Portland Timbers Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Orlando City DC United Dallas Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Toronto, Kansas City and Seattle are normally some of the toughest places to play in MLS, but not so in the opening weekend of the 2018 season Leave it to the opening weekend of the 2018 MLS season to throw conventional wisdom out the window.Several of the teams considered title contenders stumbled out of the blocks, while some normally impenetrable home venues were breached by ambitious opponents.Among those opponents was Los Angeles FC, which made a memorable MLS debut to hand Bob Bradley a victorious return to the league after a decade away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Toronto FC and Atlanta United came into 2018 as the most hyped teams in the league. TFC as reigning champion, and boasting an even stronger roster, and Atlanta, featuring a high-powered attack that helped distract from valid concerns about its defense. Both teams suffered multi-goal defeats, including Atlanta United’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.Of course, we have to provide a reminder that overreacting to week one results is far too common and certainly not recommended. In fact, here is a stat that should bring some calm to the fans of teams who fell flat in week one: none of the past four MLS Cup winners won their season opener. In fact, none of the four even scored a goal.No, that doesn’t mean that teams such as Minnesota United and New England should be thinking about an MLS Cup title, but it should lend some pause to fans of Atlanta United, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers who might have wanted to read too much into their team’s season opening defeats.Here is a closer look at the opening weekend in MLS:NORMALLY IMPENETRABLE HOME FORTRESSES BREACHEDPeter Vermes MLS Sporting KC 03052018Of the four teams in MLS which only suffered one regular season loss at home in 2017, three of them matched that loss total in the opening weekend of the new season.Toronto FC fell at BMO Field, dropping a 2-0 decision against Columbus, the Seattle Sounders fell to a feisty Los Angeles FC side at CenturyLink Field, and Sporting KC suffered a 2-0 defeat at Children’s Mercy Park against New York City FC.TFC’s loss was probably the most surprising of the three. Not just because of how tough the reigning MLS champion normally is at home, but because Greg Vanney trotted out a close to full-strength squad rather than resting more players ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres. Toronto FC had the possession edge in the match, and the two sides were 13-12 on total shots, but TFC failed to finish its opportunities — hitting the woodwork twice — while the Crew put together a pair of excellent goals in the first 50 minutes to take control and put the pressure on the home side.It’s probably a stretch to look at the result as some sort of blueprint for teams to follow heading into Toronto. The reality is TFC had just played a CCL match against Colorado the previous Tuesday — a 0-0 draw that sent Toronto to the quarterfinals — and looked a bit sluggish at times.Seattle rested starters against LAFC ahead of its CCL quarterfinal clash with Chivas Guadalajara and it opened the door for a very game LAFC side to escape CenturyLink Field with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The result flattered the visitors on a night when Seattle had many more chances and dominated play in the second half, but it was former Sounder Tyler Miller who made seven saves to deny Seattle a chance at a comeback.Sporting KC’s loss to NYCFC shouldn’t induce panic, but it does show a gap between a true title contender and a team still working to get into that category. Sporting KC created some good chances, which was encouraging considering the fact Peter Vermes is still shopping for a top forward. The bigger cause for concern was how easily NYCFC was able to create good scoring chances against a defense that was the best in MLS in 2017. NYCFC worked with wide areas with ease, leaving us to wonder if Sporting KC might wind up paying the price for playing wingers as converted fullbacks against teams with the speed on the flanks to punish them.UNION’S YOUTH MOVEMENT PAYS EARLY DIVIDENDSAnthony Fontana MLS Philadelphia Union 03032018The Philadelphia Union entered 2018 considered a team likely to struggle. Ownership’s limited resources were going to lead the Union to have to lean on some young prospects to fill roles that others teams are filling with top international talent.The Union’s opening match was a dream start. Teenage playmaker Anthony Fontana scored his first career goal and fellow teenager Auston Trusty played very well in central defense in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution.”Great for Anthony to get the goal, great for Auston to play as well as he did, but overall a team effort from every player on the field,”  Union coach Jim Curtin said after Saturday’s win. “All 11 guys attacking, all 11 guys defending.”The performances by homegrown players Fontana and Trusty were particularly satisfying for Curtin, who began his time with the Union working with them in the Union academy.”There was a 40 x 40 patch of AstroTurf where this young group of nine-year-old kids were on the field that had a dream of maybe someday playing for the Philadelphia Union,” Curtin said. “You think Auston Trusty being there as well, with Ian Munro, Phil Karn with myself, and to see them now take this step in Talen Energy Stadium under the bright lights is something that is special.”The odds are still stacked against the Union in the tough Eastern Conference, but with those youngsters showing well, and with the looming arrival of newly-signed playmaker Borek Dockal, there is some reason for optimism for a team that has struggled to make its mark in MLS since joining the league in 2010.QUICK KICKSMauro Manotas MLS Houston Dynamo 030318The Houston Dynamo didn’t get much fanfare this offseason as a team to watch out for, in part because of no real high-profile signings and the departure of Eric ‘Cubo’ Torres . The Dynamo responded with a resounding 4-0 win against Atlanta United that has Wilmer Cabrera’s second season in charge off to an excellent start. Yes, the Dynamo need to be taken seriously in the wide-open Western Conference.Mauro Manotas could be the key to Houston’s push for supremacy in the West. He scored 10 goals in 2017 sharing time with Torres, but now that the Mexican striker has left the Dynamo, Manotas could be a darkhorse Golden Boot contender if his strong opening week showing is any indication.—Rookies are finding it tougher and tougher to break through and earn minutes in MLS, but a few managed to earn starts opening week, including the Orlando City tandem of Chris Mueller and Cam Lindley . Benefiting from Uri Rosell still working his way back to fitness and Dom Dwyer recovering from injury, Mueller and Lindley didn’t look out of place in Orlando City’s 1-1 draw with D.C. United.There were several MLS debuts for teenagers this weekend, including one for highly-rated D.C. United prospect Chris Durkin , who played 17 minutes in Saturday’s draw.LAFC played both of its first-round picks, with Joao Moutinho playing well at left back and Tristan Blackmon making an impact as a late-match substitute.—The Ola Kamara-Gyasi Zardes trade is looking good for both teams after week one, with Kamara netting twice in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers and Zardes scoring in the Crew’s 2-0 triumph at Toronto FC. Zardes looked sharp in preseason and has settled well into the Columbus attack, while Kamara could be a golden boot contender playing in front of the Galaxy’s stacked midfield.—Speaking of Kamaras, Kei Kamara looks right at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and their fast-paced attack will be tough to stop if Kamara continues to click with Alphonso Davies . The real question is how will newly-acquired midfielder Felipe fit into Carl Robinson’s plans. Veteran central defender Aaron Maund was solid playing in place of Tim Parker — who was traded to the New York Red Bulls for Felipe – but now Felipe will have to fight hard for playing time against Russell Teibert and Efrain Juarez . It will be very interesting to see who Robinson calls on for next week’s key Western Conference clash against Houston.—Patrick Vieira chose Ben Sweat over Ronald Matarrita to start at left back in NYCFC’s season opener, and the decision paid off, with Sweat helping set up the second goal in NYCFC’s 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Sweat thrived as NYCFC’s left back last season in place of the then-injured Matarrita. The Costa Rican fullback was expected to take his job back from Sweat this season, but early signs point to Sweat holding onto the job and thriving in the role.—The San Jose Earthquakes attack showed well putting up three goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Minnesota United, but how much of that was down to an improved attack, and how much is due to Minnesota’s faulty defense? Danny Hoesen looked sharp up top while the midfield wing tandem of Vako and Magnus Erikkson looked good in helping create chances and spreading out the Loons defense. We will have a much better sense of how much better this revamped Earthquakes attack is when they travel to take on Sporting KC on March 17.BEST OF MLS WEEK 1Alphonso Davies Vancouver Whitecaps MLSPlayer of the Week: Alphonso Davies . The young Vancouver Whitecaps standout delivered a goal and set up another to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Montreal 2-1 on Sunday.Team of the Week: Columbus Crew. Going into Toronto and beating the reigning champion is no easy task, and the Crew did just that.Rookie of the Week: Joao Moutinho. The first pick in the MLS draft turned in a steady performance as Los Angeles FC’s starting left back.Take a closer look at @LAFC ‘s first-ever MLS goal.    #SEAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/mvMZRSkCsa — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 4, 2018 Goal of the Week: Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan forward delivered an excellent finish to lead LAFC to a win, and register the first goal in team history:last_img read more

MLS has banner day in CCL

first_imgChampions League MLS has banner day in CCL but must get results next week to keep flag flying high Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 14:29 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Michael Bradley Enner Valencia Toronto FC Tigres CONCACAF Champions League Dan Hamilton Champions League MLS Toronto v Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders v Guadalajara Guadalajara Toronto Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders Liga MX Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders topped their Liga MX visitors but have work to do to make the semifinals of the tournament It is a banner day for MLS.All three teams remaining in the CONCACAF Champions League beat their Liga MX opponents in the first legs with Toronto FC topping Tigres 2-1 and the Seattle Sounders getting a 1-0 result over Chivas. The New York Red Bulls did it on the road, withstanding a furious effort from Tijuana to escape Estadio Caliente with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. MLS fans have been waiting for this moment. Well, not exactly this one. They’ve been waiting to have this moment, but next week. After the second legs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp These advantages are nice, but the celebration will become embarrassment if, say, the Red Bulls slip up at Red Bull Arena or Tigres flex their muscle at home and roll into an all-Mexican semifinal.Fans with long memories will recall both feelings – that MLS is finally going to break through and the crushing disappointment of another failure in Mexico. The 2013-14 CCL quarterfinals saw all three MLS teams get results against Liga MX opposition. Then, Cruz Azul beat Sporting Kansas City 5-1 in Mexico City, Tijuana topped the LA Galaxy 4-2 at the Caliente and Toluca beat the San Jose Earthquakes in a penalty shootout.Things are different this time around, though. MLS really has grown and done so in ways that make the league more competitive in international club competition. Some of the main issues that were keeping MLS teams from having any chance at regularly getting past Mexican competition have become less significant.TAM, the latest method permitting teams to spend more on individual player salaries and spend on the team in general, has been flowing – especially with the teams at the top. Toronto FC is the most expensive MLS team in history. It shows. Not only does TFC boast stars like Wednesday’s Man of the Match Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco, it also can afford to bring in a player like Gregory van der Wiel to defend Tigres’ left side even with other former European club players like Javier Aquino and Eduardo Vargas included.The other issue has been depth. The money helps there, too. More relevant, though, is that MLS teams are beginning to see fruits of the seeds planted years ago. Jonathan Osorio, whose spinning backheel winner should be put on a lenticular postage stamp if TFC wins the CCL, is a TFC youth product. Marco Delgado, who set up Jozy Altidore’s equalizer, is a Chivas USA refugee.The Sounders also had a mix of stars, like scorer Clint Dempsey, and youth products who coach Brian Schmetzer felt comfortable tossing into the mix against Chivas (the Mexican one, which still exists). Handwalla Bwana, who joined the Sounders Academy in 2015, didn’t look out of place at all going at the Chivas defense while it was homegrown Henry Wingo who set Dempsey up for the tally.The gap is closing between MLS and Liga MX. That’s been true, though, regardless of results in a tournament. The true test will be results over time. For now, that still heavily favors Liga MX.This matchday, though, gave fans in the U.S. and Canada positive evidence that things are changing, that their sides won’t be steamrolled every time. The Red Bulls, TFC and the Sounders can have hope that they’ll keep the MLS flag flying high throughout the CCL. Instead of another entry in the book like the 2013-14 tournament, 2018 may be a new chapter.last_img read more

Iceland vs Croatia: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Iceland vs Croatia: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Croatia Argentina World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Iceland v Croatia Croatia Iceland Powerade Iceland face an uphill battle in beating Croatia in their final group stage game who have already qualified for the last 16 phase Croatia make it three wins out of three and top Group D with nine points, they will now face Denmark in the next round. Argentina sealed the second spot with that late goal against Nigeria. Iceland finish bottom of Group D with just one point, which they picked up in the first game against Argentina.Iceland put in a terrific performance but they came just short, with Croatia showing their quality late on. Badelj put Croatia ahead midway through the first half, a great half volley after missing a good chance just moments earlier. Sigurdsson then leveled the scoreline shortly after with a penalty, following Lovren’s handball in the box. Iceland continued to press for another goal, a late Argentina goal gave them hope of securing qualification with one more goal. However, Croatia nicked all three points late on, after a superb strike by Perisic.FULL-TIME: ICELAND 1-2 CROATIA 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: Iceland are still going for it here, they haven’t given up on scoring another goal and are trying everything. However, time is really running out.90+1 mins: There will be a minimum of four minutes added time.90 mins: GOALLL! CROATIA LEAD 2-1! Perisic with a late goal to surely win it for Croatia. They worked it well, with Perisic powering the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle, giving the keeper no chance. Excellent finish.Badelj won the ball back in midfield, looked up and spotted Perisic making a good run behind the Iceland defence and he picked him out perfectly.SUB! Third and final Iceland substitution, with Bjarnason replaced by Traustason.88 mins: Argentina now lead against Nigeria! Iceland just need to find one goal to win this game and they can qualify for the next round.86 mins: Not long left to play now, can Iceland nick a late winner and possibly clinch the runner-ups spot in Group D? They need a goal.85 mins: SUB! Another Iceland substitution, with Alfred Finnbogason replaced up front by Albert Gudmundsson.84 mins: YELLOW! Saevarsson is the latest player to be shown a yellow card, after bringing Perisic down around 30 yards out from goal.83 mins: YELLOW! Tin Jedvaj is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Gudmundsson. Free-kick to Iceland deep inside the Croatia half, with Sigurdsson standing over it… Well punched away by Kalinic.82 mins: SUB! Final Croatia change, Mateo Kovačić is replaced by Ivan Rakitić.80 mins: Fantastic support in the Rostov Arena by the Iceland supporters, they are really getting behind their side, urging them forward. An Argentina goal in St Petersburg, will put them through, or if they can score two more goals against Croatia, that would also do it.78 mins: SUB! Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson attempted just three shots in his last game against Nigeria, with his first two shots landing on target in the first six minutes, and his other shot missing the target from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute.Gylfi Sigurdsson Iceland World Cup76 mins: GOALLL! Iceland are level, it’s 1-1! Gylfi Sigurdsson powers the ball straight into the back of the net, giving Kalinic no chance. The Everton man picked up the ball straight away, despite missing a penalty for Iceland in the previous game against Nigeria.74 mins: ICELAND PENALTY! The referee has awarded Iceland a penalty after the ball strikes the hand of a Croatia defender deep in the box.72 mins: What a chance! Iceland with a huge opportunity to get back into this game. Finnbogason breaks down the right, beating the offside trap and sprints towards the penalty area, with plenty of team-mates racing to get up there in support of him. The striker plays a great low ball across the penalty area to Bjarnason at the far post, he has a tap-in if he gets it right. However, it’s a tired effort and he fires it wide.71 mins: Here is the first Iceland change of the evening, with Ragnar Sigurdsson coming off and he has been replaced by Sigurdarson.69 mins: It looks like Iceland are now going to make a change or two of their own. They are still in this game, they look a threat going forward but Croatia are defending well in numbers.SUB! First, we have another Croatia change, with Marko Pjaca coming off and he has been replaced by Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren.67 mins: Decent effort. Sigurdsson works his way into the area, but is forced slightly wide after getting past Pivaric, he then fires high over the crossbar.65 mins: SUB! Croatia make the first substitution of the game, with Luka Modric coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Filip Bradaric.64 mins: Finnbogason slides in late on Kalinic, trying to get on the end of a deep pass into the penalty area. However the Croatia keeper got there first and the Iceland striker clattered into him.63 mins: Croatia have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four World Cup games, as many as they had in their previous 12 in the competition.61 mins: It’s now 1-1 in the other game in Group D between Nigeria and Argentina, so as it stands Nigeria will be the other team going through to the knockout stages with Croatia.59 mins: SUB! Hallfredsson is shown a yellow card after a late challenge on Pjaca.56 mins: CROSSBAR! Even closer from Iceland now. It’s Ingason once again, this time it comes from a corner, smacking the ball against the bar this time and over. So close. This is a really positive response from Iceland.55 mins: CLOSE! Almost an immediate response from Iceland. Ingason came up from the back for another long throw-in, he gets his head to the ball and it needs pushing over the bar by Kalinic.Croatia World Cup 201853 mins: GOALLL! Croatia lead 1-0! Badelj who went close just moments ago, now gets the ball in the back of the net. Modric moves the ball out to the left, it’s crossed into the middle where Badelj takes it on the bounce and fires it on the half-volley, powering it into the back of the net and leaving Halldorsson with no chance.51 mins: OFF THE CROSSBAR! Great strike by Badelj which takes a slight deflection off Ragnar Sigurdsson as it strikes the crossbar and goes out for a corner. Wonderful strike.50 mins: Croatia have already guaranteed their place in the World Cup knockout stages, just their second appearance. They’ve never finished top in the group stage, finishing in second place when qualifying in 1998.48 mins: Iceland have started the second half well, just as they finished the first half, showing attacking intent. Hallfredsson wins a corner off Jedvaj, but Sigurdsson’s delivery is cleared to safety.46 mins: The second half is underway!Croatia started the game well, dominating possession with Modric constantly on the ball in midfield and dictating play. However, they have faded as they game went on, losing concentration and playing sloppy passes which is certainly giving Iceland confidence, perhaps all those Croatia changes have had a negative effect as they are struggling to get going here. It’s still all to play for in Group D.It’s goalless at the break here, but Iceland have had a couple of chances to break the deadlock, but they are just lacking a clinical finish in the final third. The best opportunities coming towards the end of the half, with Gunnarsson and Finnbogason going close with long range efforts.Andrej Kramaric Croatia Birkir Bjarnason Iceland World CupHALF-TIME: ICELAND 0-0 CROATIA45+2 mins: SAVE! Gunnarsson fires a curling effort towards goal after excellent build-up play by Iceland. Kalinic makes a superb diving save to deny the Iceland skipper, tipping the ball around the post and out for a corner.45 mins: There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time played.42 mins: The Iceland supporters are making plenty of noise in the stadium, they are really getting behind their side and it’s working at the moment. They are well on top, just lacking a clinical final pass.40 mins: GREAT CHANCE! Iceland go close to opening the scoring, as Finnbogason fires an effort towards goal from 30 yards out, which whistles narrowly past the Croatia goal, rippling the side netting. Best opportunity of the game so far.38 mins: Not long left to play in this first half, can either side break the deadlock before the break? Iceland certainly look the more likely of the two sides at the moment.36 mins: Iceland’s only previous victory against Croatia came in the qualifying stages for this tournament, drawing one and losing four otherwise.34 mins: Good effort! A well worked Iceland corner almost leads to a chance at goal. Magnusson peels off at the far post, chests the ball down to Bjarnason who has his shot blocked.33 mins: Croatia have taken their eye off the ball in the past 10 minutes or so, sloppy in possession and Iceland are really taking advantage, they look the stronger team and are seeing plenty of the ball in the Croatia half.31 mins: CHANCE ICELAND! Iceland with a free-kick in a good shooting position, Gylfi Sigurdsson fired it towards goal and it almost sneaked into the bottom corner. However, Kalinic read the effort well and managed to gather the ball.30 mins: We’re midway through the first half now and Iceland are the team on top at the moment. It’s a very good little spell after having to chase the ball for much of the opening 15 minutes of the game. Can they make it count.28 mins: Another chance for Magnusson! Iceland had a corner, it was whipped towards the defender who rose above his marker and powered a header towards goal, but he couldn’t keep it down and it flies over the crossbar.27 mins: Iceland chance! Gunnarsson with a trademark long throw-in, deep inside the Croatia penalty area and it causes a few problems. Magnusson manages to flick the ball on at the near post and two teammates at the far post almost get to it. Luckily for Croatia, the ball drifts out of play.25 mins: The two goalkeepers have barely touched the ball so far tonight, there hasn’t been much quality in the final third by either side.24 mins: Iceland certainly look dangerous on the counter attack, Croatia have played a few sloppy passes in the last few minutes and it’s giving Iceland a real boost.23 mins: Iceland are looking to become the first World Cup debutants to make the knockout stages of a World Cup tournament since Slovakia in 2010.21 mins: In the other game in Group D, Argentina have just taken the lead against Nigeria, with Lionel Messi scoring for his side. As it stands the two-time winners are going through, but an Iceland goal would change all that.19 mins: Perisic gets his first chance to run at Saevarsson down the left wing, the winger drills a low ball into the box which is cut out by Iceland and Croatia have the first corner of the game. However, Iceland defend the set piece well and manage to clear the danger.18 mins: Bjarnason is now back on the pitch for Iceland, he looks to have overcome the knock and he is once again involved in the action.16 mins: No chances for either side yet, we haven’t had any shots at goals. Croatia still look the more likely to score as they are controlling possession, but the pace of the game is slow at the moment.14 mins: YELLOW! The first yellow card of the game is shown to Marko Pjaca, for the aerial clash with Bjarnason. The Iceland midfielder will need further treatment off the pitch to stop the blood pouring from his nose. It doesn’t look good for the Aston Villa man.13 mins: We have a break in play here, as Bjarnason is down receiving medical treatment following a clash with Pjaca.12 mins: Iceland look happy to let Croatia have most of the possession, it’s all in front of them at the moment and in the middle of the pitch so not really troubling the Icelanders. However, as soon as they get near their final third, they are increasing the pressure and once they win the ball back they are trying to break quickly on the counter attack.10 mins: Iceland and Croatia met in World Cup 2018 qualifying – both sides winning their home fixtures (Croatia 2-0 and Iceland 1-0).8 mins: Half-chance for Iceland. They shift the ball out to the right through Hallfredsson over to Sigurdsson, who drifts past Pivaric. The Everton midfielder drills a good low cross into the box which Finnbogason almost gets on the end of, but Corluka manages to deal with it and clear the danger.6 mins: It will be interesting to see how Iceland approach the game tonight, they know they need to beat Croatia tonight but how long will they wait to try and break the deadlock. Any gaps left at the back whilst venturing forward could be punished by this dangerous Croatia side.4 mins: Croatia have settled nicely into the game, they are dominating possession at the moment with Modric seeing plenty of touches on the ball and controlling the midfield.2 mins: The large number of Croatian changes could play into the hands of Iceland tonight, as many of these players haven’t had many minutes in the World Cup so far. However, these players may also be hoping to impress their manager in search of a starting spot in the knockout game.1 min: We’re underway!HERE WE GO…The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, it’s almost time for the game to start!Croatia will win the group if they pick up at least a point, or if they lose and Nigeria fail to win. Iceland will qualify for the next round if they win and Argentina win, as long as they both win by the same margin. Iceland need to make sure they have scored more group goals then Argentina. They could also qualify if Nigeria and Argentina draw, as long as they beat Croatia and they score two goals tonight. A little complicated.This will be the seventh different meeting between Iceland and Croatia but the first in a major tournament, with all of their previous encounters coming in World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile Dalic Zlatko has made nine changes to his Croatia side for this final group game, from the team that beat Argentina 3-0 only two players keep their place, they are Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic.Iceland have made three changes as they look to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Nigeria for tonight’s must-win game with Croatia. Johann Gudmundsson is the most notable change, he replaces Rurik Gislason in midfield. Meanwhile Sverrir Ingason and Emil Hallfredsson feature, replacing Kari Arnason, and Jon Bodvarsson.CROATIA SUBS: Ivan Rakitic, Domagoj Vida, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Strinic, marcelo Brozovic, Dejan Lovren, Danijel Subasic, Ante Rebic, Dominik Livakovic, Filip Bradaric, Sime VrasaljkoCROATIA (4-2-3-1): Lovre Kalinic (GK); Tin Jedvaj, Vedran Corluka, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Pivaric; Luka Modric (C), Milan Badelj; Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca; Andrej Kramaric.ICELAND SUBS: Samuel Kari Fridjonsson, Kari Arnason, Frederik Schram, Ari Freyr Skulason, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Rurik Gislason, Albert Gudmundsson, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Runar Alex Runarsson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Jon Dadi BodvrssonICELAND (4-2-3-1): Hannes Thor Halldorsson (GK); Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson; Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson (C); Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason; Alfred Finnbogason.Lets start with how the two teams will line-up this evening, starting with Iceland…For Croatia, they will need just a point to top the group, but they will want to make it three wins out of three. However, they may opt to rest several players in order for them to be fresh for their round of 16 game, after already clinching qualification to the next round.The Icelanders must beat Croatia, who are already through to the knockout rounds – in their final group game to give themselves the chance of qualification and currently have a better goal difference than Argentina.30 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Group D match between Iceland and Croatia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has made nine changes to the team that embarrassed Argentina 3-0 last time out with qualifcation already secured. Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Sime Vrsaljko and Mario Mandzukic one booking each away from a ban, while Danijel Subasic, Ivan Strnic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida and Marcelo Brozovic are simply rested.Heimir Hallgrimsson makes just three changes to the side that were beaten 2-0 by Nigeria in their last game, but there are some surprising selections nonetheless. Ragnar Sigurdsson starts despite going off injured in the last match, and it’s Kari Arnason who is replaced by Sverrir Ingason. Meanwhile, Johan Berg Gudmundsson is another of the walking wounded who start today, despite supposedly being ruled out with a torn muscle. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has been dropped for Emil Hallfredsson, shifting from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1.Confirmed Iceland XI: Haldorsson; Magnusson, Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Saevarsson; Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson; Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, J. Gudmundsson; FinnbogasonIceland subs: Fridjonsson, Arnason, Schram, A. Skulason, Sigurdarson, Gislason, A. Gudmundsson, Traustason, O. Skulason, Runarsson, Eyjolfsson, BodvarssonConfirmed Croatia XI: Kalinic; Pivaric, Caleta-Car, Corluka, Jedvaj; Badelj, Kovacic; Perisic, Modric, Pjaca; KramaricCroatia subs: Rakitic, Vida, Mandzukic, Strnic, Brozovic, Lovren, Subasic, Rebic, Livakovic, Bradaric, VrsaljkoTV 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 BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC Four BBC iPlayer Meanwhile Dalic Zlatko has made nine changes to his Croatia side for this final group game, from the team that beat Argentina 3-0 only two players keep their place, they are Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic. Croatia have settled nicely into the game, they are dominating possession at the moment with Modric seeing plenty of touches on the ball and controlling the midfield.last_img read more