David Beckham has predicted England will play Argentina in the final of the 2018 World Cup.While England overcame gutsy Tunisia thanks to Harry Kane’s brace, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland.England won the World Cup only once – way back in 1966. Argentina were runners-up in 2014 when Germany lifted the title.Having led Argentina to an agonizing final defeat by Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He would need to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona for the eternal love of his compatriots.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThose who followed closely Argentina’s shaky qualification for the World Cup were not so shocked by the result against Iceland, and do not expect them to roll over Croatia despite their abundance of individual talent.For reasons hard to fathom, they have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli’s year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.However, Beckham, a former England captain, has backed Argentina to go the distance and seal a berth in the title clash. More significantly, he felt England could go through to the final as well. Their next match is scheduled against Panama on June 24 and then against Belgium on June 28.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham said. “I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.advertisement”I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Some of the hot pre-tournament favourites have not looked the part so fair in the World Cup. Germany were stunned by Mexico in their opening match while Portugal and Spain somehow held on for 1-0 victories against Morocco and Iran.Maybe Beckham feels, England and Argentina have a real chance now with some of the top teams struggling but it would be interesting to see how his prediction plays out over the next few weeks.(With Reuters inputs)
Manchester City Pochettino: Manchester City are the best team in Europe right now Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Clive Mason Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Arsenal Crystal Palace Premier League Pep Guardiola’s side have been irresistible so far this season and the Tottenham boss believes they are, at the moment, the best in Europe Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Manchester City are the best team in Europe following their immense start to the season.City have picked up nine wins from 10 Premier League matches and have a 100 per cent record in Europe, scoring a hatful of goals in the process.City 5/1 to win Champions League 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 Their record of 47 goals across those two competitions has them netting 3.35 times per match on average, highlighting how effective they have been going forward.Pochettino’s Tottenham have also been impressing and attracted significant praise for their 3-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid.But the Argentine believes City are on a different level at the moment.Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday’s match at home to Crystal Palace, Pochettino said: “They [City] are doing very well in the Premier League and Champions League, showing unbelievable performances.”The challenge for them is to be consistent for the whole season but they show great quality. Today, right now, they are the best team in Europe.”While Spurs can be expected to cruise against rock-bottom Palace, Pochettino is adamant the visitors will put up a fight and he spoke highly of opposing manager Roy Hodgson.Palace preparations #COYS pic.twitter.com/itaxEf2Y9Y — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 3, 2017 “It will be tough,” Pochettino said. “It is always difficult to play after a game on Wednesday and also because the result was massive, but we must be ready.”Crystal Palace are a good team. True, they struggled at the beginning of the season and changed their manager.”Roy Hodgson is very good, we had good relationship when he was England manager and his team will be organised.”The challenge is to be focused and forget the Real Madrid game and start to think Crystal Palace is another final for us because after defeat against Manchester United it’s important to win again in the Premier League.”
Prominent Oklahoma State athletics figures gathered at Stillwater Country Club for a golf outing in Stillwater and raised over $94,125 for the American Cancer Society on Monday afternoon.Your generosity has led to a donation of $94,125 to the American Cancer Society – a new record. Thank you, #OKState! #BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/Bd3iFbnHu0— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017The tournament featured OSU coaches Mike Gundy, Mike Boynton and John Smith, as well as alumni like Billy Bajema and Jimmy Graham and Morgan Hoffman.Some short-game work with @CoachGundy & former @CowboyFB TE Billy Bajema. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/FjaIDLnJND— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 That’s how the @PGATOUR guys do it. ??? @OSUCowboyGolf @KarstenCreek @Morgan_Hoffmann pic.twitter.com/AcGJu4DMg8— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Some #OKState celebs in the house as @okstate President @burnshargis & @OSUAthletics AD Mike Holder show their support. #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/xfsNHb8AsI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 Cowboy basketball is well represented at @OSUCvCGolf with @thacoachmike, Joey Graham & @KeitonPage tearing up Stillwater CC. #okstate pic.twitter.com/E2QRcMyt0R— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) May 22, 2017 Wouldn’t be a golf tournament without @OSUCowboyGolf & @OSUcowgirlgolf! Thank you to @OSUBratton & @CjonzeyOSU! #CowboyClassic pic.twitter.com/ys19rP43ZI— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How awesome is this? @CoachGundy with Luke, who designed the #CowboyClassic golf balls. pic.twitter.com/tPprbOVR15— OSUCvC CowboyClassic (@OSUCvCGolf) May 22, 2017Watch the event’s highlights here:A star-studded #okstate cast turned out to raise money for cancer research while having a good time today. pic.twitter.com/jgRtIOE9yG— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 22, 2017
Transfers What else should I have done? Dembele defends Dortmund strike Dom Farrell 19:13 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga Ousmane Dembélé The France international winger says he could not stand to see his dream potentially go up in dust Ousmane Dembele has defended his decision to go on strike in a bid to force through a mega-money move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.France winger Dembele completed a €105 million switch to Barca after refusing to train during his final days with the Bundesliga club.The 20-year-old’s actions drew widespread criticism but, back in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans and attempting to salvage an injury-plagued debut season at Camp Nou, Dembele asked critics to put themselves in his shoes. 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 “What else should I have done? If Barcelona cancelled their interest for the second time that would have been impossible for me,” he told Onze Mondial, referencing Barcelona’s initial interest during his breakthrough campaign at Rennes.”I’d like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.”I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that. That’s what I stand for.”Dembele made his seventh La Liga appearance on Thursday when he came off the bench for the last 15 minutes of Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas.Much of his first season in Spain has been troubled by a hamstring injury, which saw him miss almost the entire calendar until Christmas. Thereafter, he suffered a further muscular injury that prevented him playing for a month, and it is from that problem that he is currently being eased back into regular action.
Arsenal Rodgers to replace Wenger? Merson will be ‘shocked’ if Arsenal don’t turn to Celtic boss Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:49 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Arsenal Celtic Premier League Premiership Arsène Wenger A summer change in the dugout is still being mooted at Emirates Stadium, and an ex-Gunner believes a former Liverpool boss will be handed the reins Brendan Rodgers deserves to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, says Paul Merson, with the former Gunner claiming he would be “shocked” if that appointment does not happen.A summer change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium continues to be mooted, with a frustrated fan base of the opinion that a fresh approach is required after 22 years of continuity.Wenger has helped to lift some of the pressure on his shoulders with back-to-back victories over AC Milan and Watford , but he is still scrapping to salvage a season which offers no guarantees of silverware or a top-four finish. 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 If Arsenal do decide to move in a different direction, then Merson believes a man who took Liverpool close to Premier League title glory prior to rewriting the record books at Celtic would be an ideal candidate to inherit the reins .The ex-Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports on Rodgers: “I don’t know why he doesn’t get the Arsenal job?“He fits Arsenal great. The nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long, long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic. To do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes – especially when you’re Celtic and know you’re better than everybody else.“But I think he now needs a change and needs to come back down [to England].“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job. I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”Rodgers, who took charge of Celtic in the summer of 2016, completed a domestic treble in his first season at the helm.He also oversaw a record-breaking 69-match unbeaten run and remains on course to secure more major silverware this season – with an Old Firm victory over Rangers on Sunday aiding that cause .Wenger, meanwhile, has Arsenal sat sixth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of the Champions League spots and relying on the Europa League to offer them a shot at a trophy.
MLS Can you name the 11 World Cup winners who have played in MLS? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images MLS World Cup With the MLS season underway in a World Cup year, can you list all the world champions who have played in the North American league? The 2018 MLS season is underway, with a host of MLS stars keeping one eye toward this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Just one of MLS’ current World Cup hopefuls has won the top prize in world soccer, but the league has seen its share of World Cup champions over the years. At present, 11 players who have lifted the trophy have also spent time in Major League soccer — and we wondered if you could name them all. 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 Not to fear, we’ve given you plenty of hints, including the team they won the World Cup with and the club they represented in MLS. So, do you think you can name all 11 World Cup winners who also played in MLS? Take our quiz and see if you can.
I became immediately concerned for our server space shortly after Marshall Scott wrote the following words on his look back at the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.Weeden finished with 399 yards, three passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown to Andrew Luck’s 347 yards and two touchdowns. I think I’m ready to say Weeden is the No. 2 quarterback in program history behind Mason Rudolph. By fractions. [PFB]Thankfully the servers held, and the reaction was actually [squints hard and stares into the distance] what is that … cordial? There were comments because there are always comments, but the discussion was good. One of the best responses I saw was this email from Kurt, who, like me, says Weeden > Rudolph.At QB, wins matter. You’re the captain of the ship. Stats matter at lots of positions, but wins are the measuring stick for greatness. For this reason alone MJ is the GOAT too. Dont @ me youngsters. Six championships, no finals losses, no game sevens either. Wins matter more than stats and longevity.I have seen a lot of QBs at OSU. Gundy was my first. I was 9. Now at 40, having seen 31 years of OSU football, I have concluded that wins matter. And memorable wins matter the most. Because of that Weeden is the GOAT at QB.Weeden in two years and one game went 24-3 with two of the program’s biggest wins ever, a Big 12 conference title and a BCS win against No. 4 Stanford. He had two seasons of 4200+ yards and had 34 TDs to 13 INT each year. His worst loss was at ISU(* forever). Also memorable wins at No. 8 ATM, UT, and the Route 66 at Tech. Probably had the best 2nd half debut at QB on national television until Tua. Rudulph had three losses in each of his three full seasons. His best win was vs. No. 5 TCU at home. His TD-INT ratio was better than BW’s but he only had one season with more than 4200 yards. Rudolph had a handful of not great losses. CMU (more **) being the worst. Stats are comparable, his wins aren’t.Mason was great. Heck, my parents named their new golden retriever puppy Mason. But he isn’t the GOAT.And if you ask me who Is No. 2, I’d say Zac. He did more with less talent overall and he had huge wins that changed the trajectory of the program. At Nebraska (their worst home loss EVER at the time), UGA to open BPS officially, and the best road win that put OSU clearly on the map, No. 3 Mizzou in Columbia.I love this. It’s a good reminder for those of us that go straight for the stats. Wins do matter, and Weeden won some monsters. The Rudolph truthers will point out that Weeden had Blackmon and a killer offensive line — both of which are true — but as Kurt pointed out, he very nearly won every single game he played at quarterback. There was almost no room for any improvement. I spent three years of Mason’s career hollering about how good he was, but even I can admit this … Weeden was (at least a little and maybe a lot) better as a quarterback for OSU. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tylan Wallace ended his breakout sophomore season as a second-team AP All-American. He’ll begin his junior season as a preseason AP All-American.Wallace is one of only two receivers on the AP’s preseason All-America team, which was released on Tuesday. The other: Alabama star Jerry Jeudy, who won the Biletnikoff Award over Wallace last season.Biletnikoff is the expectation for Wallace, who was snubbed last year from the award despite logging nearly 20 more receptions and 100 more yards receiving than Jeudy. If he’s able to put up similar stats as last year, he could exercise his right as a student-athlete to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. He’s on the radar, but Chris Trapasso of CBS says that possibility isn’t a done deal just yet.Last season in Stillwater, Wallace debuted as the Cowboys’ go-to target with 86 catches for 1,491 yards with 12 touchdowns. His receiving-yard market share was 37%. That’s a hefty figure for a receiver prospect in his final season in college. Wallace registered that as a 19-year-old redshirt sophomore.Oklahoma State runs a classic Air Raid system in which its wideouts are utilized on a variety of routes off the vertical stem. Wallace thrived getting down the field last year and flashed outstanding leaping ability and ball skills to come down with a plethora of passes in tight overage. Wallace looks like a 40-plus inch vertical type of wideout.His game is almost solely predicated on his long speed. While not someone who takes forever to get into top gear, he’s not a burst/twitch wideout and is most effective moving North-South. With more of a physical nature at the line, Wallace can further his game as one of the premier downfield receivers in this loaded class. [CBS Sports]Oklahoma State has had nearly 20 consensus All-Americans in its history, and receiver is the most repetitive spot it has claimed the honor. Justin Blackmon was a two-time consensus All-American, in 2010 and 2011. Dez Bryant (2008), Hart Lee Dykes (1988), James Washington (2017) and Rashaun Woods (2002) were all consensus All-Americans as well.
If you’re planning to be in Stillwater for the event, the venue opens at 6 and the Val Joe Gladden Band goes on at 7 p.m. As Scott Wright at The Oklahoman notes, seating will probably be limited, so bring a chair or two just in case.OSU vs. OSU is set to start at 9:30 p.m. CT on Friday night on FS1. A rhetorical question for you: is there any better combination than cheese fries and football?Based off the Oklahoma State Alumni Association’s calculations, they agree. They’ve partnered with Eskimo Joe’s for OSU football’s season-opening road game on Friday to host the official watch party in Stillwater, which will include an outdoor concert, inflatable toys, food, drinks and guest appearances. It will take place in the lot north of the restaurant and begins at 6 p.m. — 3.5 hours before the Cowboys’ season kicks off against Oregon State in Corvallis, Oregon.STILLWATER! Head down to Elm Street this Friday and pregame with @valgladdenband starting at 7pm! Live Grill, Full Bar, Inflatables, Party Pics, Giveaways and special appearances by @OSUPistolPete @OSUMarchingBand @osuspiritgroup and more! #GoPokes 🎶🏈👆🏼 pic.twitter.com/Oo5Hq5EDIJ— Eskimo Joe’s (@eskimojoes) August 28, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
I posted my 10 thoughts here, but it’s time to empty out the notes before moving on to the NFL Tulsa and settling in for the season. Here are a few notes, thought, tidbits and nuggets I had in my 📓 on Saturday evening.• The announcers were talking about A.J. Green as a pro as if this was a surefire thing. I love A.J., but … I don’t know that he’s a pro. Could be if everything breaks the right way and he lands in a good situation, but it’s far from the kind of bet these announcers were making it out to be.• McNeese on the back of the jersey doesn’t have the same effect as Army on the back of the jersey, does it?• What are the swagger power rankings right now for this OSU team? I think mine after 120 minutes of football look like this.1. Harvell-Peel188.8.131.52. Moore6. SandersI can’t get enough of KHP. If we want to talk about pros, let’s talk about pros. I also can’t get enough of C.J. Moore. Feels like we’re going to look back on OSU having Moore and Tylan at the same time and think, “Well, I’m not sure we even realized what we had there.”• I’m sorry — I don’t hate the grays — but you can’t wear gray this early in the season when it’s this hot. Every t-shirt wearing human knows you absolutely cannot go light or even medium gray on a tight shirt when it’s 90+ unless you want pit circles the size of hula hoops.• OSU has won 65 straight when holding opponents under 20. Last time they lost was the first game of the 2003 season when Nebraska got ’em 17-7. Can you imagine scoring only 7 points on Nebraska these days?• I loved this GIF.• Chuba pausing and dancing in the backfield for 0.5 seconds while reading the line has to give DCs heart attacks. He doesn’t do it on every run, but there were a few where he briefly hit the pause button, and it felt like a funny car revving its engine to 945 MPH or whatever they go to. Give me more.• Redwine-Bryant has to lay out to score on the pick. This is your moment, my man! That stonewall probably hurt at the time, but it’s going to hurt a lot more when he watches the film with his buddies and coaches this week.• McNeese’s drive chart is incredible.• Remember when Deondrick Glass committed to Oklahoma State and followed that up by saying he was going to win the Heisman. I’d like to see him just win the RB3 spot on the depth chart at this point!• How do I make this my Twitter photo?• I’ll always think Micah Cooper is Desmond Roland.• I love it when the offense runs everyone opposite of Jelani and Sanders. That’s terrifying. There was a play in the first half near the goal line where Chuba and everyone else went left, Sanders and Jelani went right and Tylan was doing Tylan stuff on the edge. Sean Gleeson figuring out the permutations there like …• Mike Gundy is now 15-0 in home openers, and Oklahoma State is 34-5 in its last 39 non-con games.• Dru Brown shouts Marcus Dove.• OSU is 9-for-9 in the red zone so far this season.• OSU had four passes of 50+ yards on Saturday, good enough to lead the nation after two weeks based on that performance alone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
This week, I published a personal post on my LinkedIn blog. I thought I’d share it here. I was asked by LinkedIn to post on the theme of “my best career mistake.” You can view the original post here. I welcome your reactions and thoughts.Eight years ago, I found myself scraping the tops off store-bought cupcakes in my kitchen at one in the morning. I was replacing the obviously baker-applied icing with hand-applied frosting so the cupcakes would look passably homemade when I brought them to my daughter’s school the next day to celebrate her birthday.What would possess me to do such a bizarre thing? Shame. Or, to put it more fully, it was the mistake of trying to do it all well – and the fear of facing in myself that I could not.Back then the icing switch-up seemed a better idea than turning up at school with obviously store-bought birthday cupcakes. After all, the school staff had made clear that home-made snacks were strongly preferred, and every other mother seemed capable of bringing lovingly hand-prepared, organic treats on birthdays. But I’d worked late that night, so the best I could do was cosmetic surgery on baked goods. My daughter didn’t care. A cupcake was a cupcake in her view, and we were going to bake a cake together that weekend when we celebrated as family. I was the one who cared. I was afraid of being The Bad Mom. Just as I feared being The Bad Worker when I was late to work because of school activities.It wasn’t about what other people thought that was the problem. It was what I thought of myself.Fast forward to last month, when I was on a panel discussing Women in Leadership. Every woman alongside me publicly admitted the same fleeting fears – and the same feelings of failure and fraudulence in their lives and careers. We know we can’t do it all, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling bad about that fact on any given day. It was an enormous relief to admit this – and talk about how we handle it.This theme arises in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and hearing it from someone that accomplished was another revelation for me. I’m glad she admits her own similar moments – and irritated by dismissal of how important this admission is. I’ve read many negative reviews of the book. Most boil down to one or all of these statements: – Shut up, Sheryl: This book is a solution in search of a problem, or it addresses the wrong problem. Women aren’t holding themselves back in the ways you say.– Mind your own business, Sheryl: You shouldn’t be telling other women how to lean in.– Easy for you to say, Sheryl: You are privileged and so leaning in works for you (you have lots of help). It won’t for the rest of us.I’m distressed by these reactions because many of them miss the point and make quite clear the critics haven’t read the whole book. And because fear of this kind of judgment of a life is exactly what drove me into the kitchen to fake my cupcakes.I feel it’s time for us to discuss, honor and learn from however we struggle or succeed – whether it’s from someone who has made it big or is making it day by day. To me, this is a major point of the book and the very purpose of this post. Having these conversations, openly, is good for everyone.Sandberg writes,“We all want the same thing: to feel comfortable with our choices and to feel validated by those around us. So let’s start by validating one another. Mothers who work outside the home should regard women who work inside the home as real workers. And mothers who work inside the home should be equally respectful of those choosing another option.”In addition to calling a truce in the gender wars, we should also find a peace with ourselves. By overcoming our own insecurities regarding our own paths, we can focus on something bigger and better: how all of us – men and women – can better support each other’s growth. We should find ourselves in fewer hidden cupcake moments and instead in more soul-searching, constructive reflection. As Sandberg notes: “We need to talk and listen and debate and refute and instruct and learn and evolve.”I’ll share my choice: to work outside the home and be a mother, however imperfectly. I try to lean in as well as to stop hiding that it’s sometimes hard despite my relative fortune. So I’m fessing up about those silly fake cakes and sharing what I wish I’d known in the wee hours eight years ago: We all have paths to take, whoever we are, and those ways of living all have trade-offs. We gain, not lose, power by owning that imperfect reality, living it without shame and learning from whoever else is willing to share their experience.To me, the real art of the lean-in is admitting the fear of falling short on my own path and pushing onward anyway. If I’d known it eight years ago, I would have showed up at school with plastic-encased, professionally frosted cupcakes in all their store-bought glory. And I would have known what mattered was that I was there, learning in to the experience of working motherhood and finding a way to be there to celebrate the most important of birthdays. After all, it doesn’t get any better than that.
I’m excited to announced that today, Characters Magazine is live. Master storyteller Mark Rovner and I founded this literary magazine to feature the writing of people who work for good causes and to inspire better storytelling in our sector. You can read it free online here. Thanks to everyone who submitted – as well as to the amazing editor and designers I highlighted in the following introduction included in the magazine. It was a labor of love to put this together, and I’m especially grateful to Mark for his partnership and creativity — as well as his willingness to take over the full reins going forward. He’s a Character, and so Characters couldn’t be in better hands.This magazine was born over breakfast one year ago, when I showed Mark the moving short story I’d been reading on the metro that morning. It was a prize winner in the Mississippi Review written by my cousin, Elisabeth Cohen, and it launched an impassioned conversation about why storytelling matters.The story was called “Irrational Exuberance,” which happens to be an apt term for the creative process. We fall in wild love with an idea, yet when we set it down in words, it becomes a deflated and devalued bit of what we imagined. This is the maddening twin truth of story. It packs such power that every other form of communication is flat and feeble by comparison. And yet, as Flannery O’Connor said it so well, “Most people know what a story is, until they sit down to write one.” A cracking good story could change the world, if only we could write it.We are hell-bent on trying, along with you. That’s because we spend much of our waking hours working with good causes, and we know that there are thousands of people among us who hold within them extraordinary stories. That includes you. Maybe it’s the story of who you are or what you do or why you came to care for a cause. Maybe it’s an incomplete tale, a slice of everyday experience, that – if told – would transport us out of ourselves and thrust us into your shared space, never to be the same. We don’t know what your story is, but we do know this: You must summon the irrational exuberance to try to set it down. Because it will make a difference in a way that taglines, mission statements or technological bells and whistles cannot. It is a direct conduit to someone else’s heart, because it came from your own.Because we think this is so important, we decided that morning to create Characters. It’s both a call to tell your story and celebration of good storytelling by people who are seeking to change the world. The first law of story is to show, don’t tell, so we are not telling you how to write a story (as if we could). We are showing you stories that matter. We called it Characters because in these pages are authors – characters trying to do good in the world – along with the characters within their own experience and imagination. It’s a motley, entertaining and inspiring crowd you will most certainly want to meet. Thank you to everyone who brought together these characters. First and foremost, Elisabeth, who agreed to be its editor. It is only fitting as she was the original character who started this story. Taughnee Stone and Jake Van Ness created the stunning design, and we are grateful for their talents. And last, but most important, thanks to everyone who had the courage to tell their story, in public, in these pages and on the Characters website. You show a cracking good story can be told, and that we can write it.
At this week’s Social Media for Nonprofits conference in Washington, DC, Avi Kaplan, Director of Online Strategy for Rad Campaign, challenged organizations to think about how they can break through the noise on social media when we live in a BuzzFeed world. Avi says the key to standing out is to focus on the right audience in the right context with awesome content. Here are just a few of the tips he shared with the crowd.Connect with the right people.Keep in mind that your social media universe is comprised of three segments: your die-hard supporters, people who are likely receptive to your message, and those who just aren’t that into you. Get more from your database. Look at your current donor list, email list, and social media followers. What do they have in common? Seek out “lookalike” populations as you connect with influencers and use this insight to inform paid social promotion.Prioritize. Don’t waste time on audiences that aren’t in your sweet spot. Focus on the people who are already passionate about your cause, interested in your issue, or are supporters of your organization. They will help you reach more like-minded folks and create ripples from your social media efforts.Understand the return on investment for specific audiences. Some segments of your audience are great sharers and likers, but other segments might be more likely to take actions like making a donation or volunteering. Learn the behaviors of each of your segments and plan your outreach accordingly.Connect in the right context.Being timely, relevant, and top of mind means hooking into the bigger picture. What else are your supporters interested in or talking about? Find appropriate ways to capitalize on trends, breaking news, and even memes to tap into the familiar. Don’t miss your opening. Social media conversations move fast. What may be timely today may be passé tomorrow. If it takes you a few weeks to create, approve, and publish content, you’ve missed the moment. Create a social media system nimble enough to react quickly and find your organization’s share of recent news or trending topics.Plan ahead. If you don’t have an editorial calendar to help you plan your content for social media and beyond, it’s time to create one. Avi shared that as part of your content calendar, you also need a “context calendar”—this is a space on your editorial calendar where you’ll plot out holidays, key milestones, seasonal topics,and more. Unlike breaking news or unexpected memes, these are events you can prepare for well in advance. Optimize timing. Tools like Buffer, Followerwonk, and Tweroid can help you understand the best times to reach your audience and schedule your messages for maximum effect. This is especially important if you have limited time to spend on social media management and content creation. You need to get the most out of the effort you’re putting in.Connect with awesome content.Once you’ve zeroed in on your primary audience and understand the power of context, it’s time to think about the content that you’ll share. Go beyond reposting the same pieces again and again and get creative with visuals and topics that are top of mind.Steal. Are you down with OPC? Other people’s content, that is. Some of your best social media interactions will come from curating content from other sources, or creating derivative works. Reach out to collaborate, offer credit, and use discovery tools like crowdtangle to find amazing stuff to share or emulate. (Social media coach Andrea Vahl offers some other ideas for finding compelling content to share.)Learn what’s working through analytics. Don’t just mindlessly blast your followers with updates that are boring them out of love for your nonprofit. Measure which channels and topics result in the most engagement and action.Experiment and take risks. Put a plan in place to manage your social outreach, but remember these platforms are flexible and forgiving. Since the flow of social is much faster than other channels, you can learn quickly and adapt. Try new things to see what works with *your* supporters.Need more ideas for social media content? Download our new guide, 101 Social Media Posts, for suggestions that will help your nonprofit connect with supporters on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
Need help with that campaign email or direct mail letter due to drop last week? Ready to move from making mediocre messages to the most donor-delighting, highest-impact asks of your life? How about getting there via a captivating romp through the life—and laws—of one of the best fundraisers around?You can get it all Jeff Brooks’ Turn Your Words into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing. You’ll learn and laugh as you gobble your way through this guide to writing good—then great—fundraising messages.We’ve all been there: Overwhelmed by a huge writing to-do list for right-now campaigns, the annual fund, and probably some special projects thrown in just because we don’t have enough to do.Whether we’re newish to the field, sick of being stuck in the same old fundraising froth, or obsessed with breaking into the all-star league, there is a way out of this message mess. Jeff provides the specific, concrete and frequently counterintuitive to-dos—and the kick in the patootie—we crave.Let me share a few of his more surprising steps to fundraising message magic, and I think you’ll see what I mean:Your high school English teacher would HATE your most effective fundraising writing because it breaks almost every rule he taught you.Choppy sentences, fragments, drama and clichés top the fantastic fundraising list. You were taught NOT to use these techniques but they work beautifully to capture donors’ eyes, hearts and brains. Each one helps slow your busy prospect down so what you’re saying is more likely to seep in. They also make messages more conversation-like, so more compelling than most written content.Simple saves the day. Write for a fifth-grader to boost the likelihood you’ll capture attention and spur giving. Run your content through the Flesch–Kincaid readability test to ensure it’s accessible to all prospects.Repetition rocks, when done right. I remember when my 10th grade English teacher redlined each of the 15 times I made my key point in my final term paper. Think again, Mrs. Hunter! When you make your main point in several different ways—directly, or using a story, donor profile, or beneficiary quote—you’re doing everything you can to ensure your donor gets what you’re saying, and has the time to agree with you and act.Grab your copy of Turn Your Words into Money today! Jeff’s counterintuitive counsel of what to do and what NOT will guide you to create masterful messages for today’s campaign and every email, direct mail letter and conversation you craft going forward.Total win, with laughs. Nothing better!
Posted on November 4, 2013February 2, 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)On November 10, as the WHO convenes the Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, The Africa Network for Associate Clinicians, New York University and Columbia University are hosting a side event focused on the role of Associate Clinicians, health workers who play a variety of roles in delivering health services around the world – including as providers of maternal health services. The workshop will draw together a diverse group, including health policymakers, providers, and funding partners others to discuss issues surrounding the influence of different policy and regulatory environments, as well as training, policy implementation and the role of professional networks. Within this broader discussion, the session will highlight the experience of countries that have implemented task-shifting policies to deploy non-physician clinicians to deliver emergency obstetric care, such as cesarean sections.The event will be held on November 10 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Atlante Plaza Hotel on Av. Boa Viagem in Recife.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 26, 2016October 4, 2016By: Adebisi Bidemi Adenipekun, Lighthouse Global Health Initiative, Women Deliver Young Leader, World Contraception Day AmbassadorClick 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)Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to reduce inequality within and among countries. There are large disparities in the basic standard of living, life expectancy and livelihood opportunities available to people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) compared to those in high-income countries. For instance, the proportion of mothers who do not survive childbirth is 14 times higher in developing countries than in developed regions, and four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. In a global opinion survey commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, policymakers from around the world acknowledged that inequality in their countries is generally high and a potential threat to long-term social and economic development.In LMICs including Nigeria, women in rural areas are still up to three times more likely to die while giving birth than women living in urban centers. I remember one of my experiences during a medical outreach to a particular village in my country where I met a woman who was seven months pregnant with her fourth child. She had not been to an antenatal clinic and planned to deliver her baby at home without any medical care. This woman is just one of many women in rural communities who do not access quality health information and services during pregnancy, sometimes resulting in life-threatening complications.While some underlying factors such as poverty and illiteracy adversely affect the health and economic outcomes of people living in rural areas, other challenges to women’s and children’s survival in these communities include lack of access to comprehensive sexual education and contraception. In many of these communities, discussing sex is taboo, and some girls are still forced to marry shortly after onset of menstruation. Often women are not empowered to negotiate sex with their partners, families have poor child-spacing practices and parents lack knowledge of appropriate vaccination schedules for their newborns. These factors added to economic and geographic vulnerabilities have led to negative maternal and child survival narratives in rural communities.As a proactive measure to improve lives in vulnerable populations, especially women and girls in rural and slum areas, I provide leadership for a non-governmental organization called Lighthouse Global Health Initiative (LGHI). Through the LGHI platform, we implemented a program called the Rural Empowerment and Health Promotion Project and a number of medical outreach programs to rural communities within Nigeria. More recently, we started a digital storytelling project called the Rural Contraceptives Access Campaign to showcase levels of knowledge, uptake, access to and quality of family planning services available to adolescent mothers living in a rural community in Nigeria. The ultimate goal is to use the findings from this campaign to mobilize necessary support and commitments to ensure that people living in hard-to-reach communities in Nigeria and other developing countries have equal access to contraception.—Join the conversation on social media by using #WCD2016.Meet the other 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassadors.Learn about the importance of integrating family planning into maternal health.Read about other global leaders in maternal health in our latest blog series. Photo credit: David AlexanderShare this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 23, 2017June 27, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public 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)In India, the percentage of women who delivered in a health facility increased from roughly 35% in 2000 to 79% in 2014. Despite this progress, given India’s massive population, 15% of global maternal deaths took place in India in 2015, suggesting substantial gaps in quality of care at the time of birth. Researchers have noted that women in India tend to associate private facilities with higher quality of care compared to public facilities. While studies of public facilities in India have indicated generally poor quality of care, evidence from private facilities—particularly for normal labor and delivery—is scarce.Measuring quality of care in public and private facilitiesIn an effort to address this evidence gap, a recent article from the Bulletin of the World Health Organization assessed the quality of essential obstetric and newborn care during routine labor and delivery in Uttar Pradesh, India. The authors from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Sambodhi Research and Communications conducted clinical observations of 275 mother-newborn pairs at 18 public facilities and eight private facilities in Uttar Pradesh. For each clinical observation, the authors assessed 42 items related to quality of care and, using a comprehensive framework, mapped their observations onto 17 essential obstetric and neonatal care practices:The researchers found poor quality of care in both public and private facilities. Unqualified personnel were found to provide institutional maternity care in up to 59% of all deliveries, and a number of life-saving clinical practices such as partograph use for monitoring labor, screening for pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and active management of the third stage of labor were rarely observed. Additionally, researchers noted the provision of women-centered, respectful maternity care practices in just 4% of deliveries.Overall, 45% of recommended practices were completed for women giving birth in the private sector compared to 33% in the public sector. For obstetric care, private sector clients received 40% of the recommended practices compared to 28% in the public sector. Similarly, 51% of the recommended neonatal care practices were completed in the private sector compared to 39% in the public sector:Overall poor quality of care at the time of birthThe authors also found a statistically significant difference between sectors for specific indicators: Regular partograph use for monitoring labor, assessment of maternal blood loss after childbirth and measures for the prevention of maternal infection during childbirth were performed more frequently in the private sector compared to the public sector:Weighted estimates from the assessment of 42 items of obstetric and neonatal careImplications for research, policy and practiceAccording to the authors, the findings from this study have several implications for global maternal health research, policy and practice:“A systematic effort to measure and identify quality gaps during labor and childbirth is required, particularly in high-burden settings in India and elsewhere.”“There should be further research to identify the reasons for unqualified personnel providing institutional maternity services in both public and private sector facilities.”“The private sector provides a substantial and increasing proportion of maternity services across the world. Therefore, research, programs, policy and advocacy efforts to improve quality of care at the time of birth should also include private sector facilities.”“We need to develop tailored quality improvement initiatives at facilities in both sectors with regular auditing of the actual care processes and link these to functional accountability mechanisms.”Acknowledgements: The activities described in this blog were supported by funding from MSD, through its MSD for Mothers program, an initiative of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.Is your work related to measuring the quality of maternal health care? We want to hear from you!—Read the full article, “Quality of routine essential care during childbirth: Clinical observations of uncomplicated births in Uttar Pradesh, India.”Learn more about the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which is conducting multidisciplinary research on the role of the public and private health sectors in delivering maternal health care.Check out the 2016 Lancet Maternal Health Series, which contains six papers highlighting the importance of ensuring that women everywhere have access to high quality, respectful maternal health care.Search the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s curated database for publications, news articles, reports and other resources related to maternal health in India.Explore the MHTF’s Quality of Maternal Health Care blog series and topic page.Share this:
Frost: “we need to get a lot better at some Basic things.”— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 13, 2019After a night like tonight, that may be a good start. Nebraska has struggled in every phase of the game this season. And it all starts at quarterback.Adrian Martinez didn’t play vs. Minnesota due to an injury. But in every other game this season, he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone. Martinez was expected to be much better this season after an impressive freshman year. It appears he’s in a sophomore slump.On the defensive side of the ball, the Huskers are missing tackles left and right. Going back to the basics could be very beneficial for the defense.Nebraska needs to figure this out quickly. The Huskers need two more wins to become bowl eligible, but it won’t be easy.They have remaining games vs. Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa.Will Frost right the ship before the season’s over? LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during pregame activities before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost’s second year at the helm was expected to bring significant improvement. But it is not going well in Lincoln.The Huskers are 4-3 after a blowout loss to Minnesota on Saturday night. Frost’s squad didn’t even look competitive against a beatable Golden Gophers team. It looks like all those preseason aspirations were a bit premature.So where does Nebraska go from here? Frost appears to have a game-plan moving forward. It’s a bit more simple than you’d expect.Here’s what Frost had to say after the game:
U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis is open to managing a men’s team in the future, but has said she wouldn’t necessarily view that move as a step up.Ellis will leave her position in October following the conclusion of the USWNT’s five-game World Cup victory tour. After taking over in 2014, Ellis has led the U.S. to back-to-back World Cup titles, with the most recent of those coming when the USWNT defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 final in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ellis is likely to be in high demand when she decides to return to coaching, as one of only two people in history to win more than one World Cup – men’s or women’s. Some have suggested that Ellis, having conquered the women’s game, try her hand as a men’s coach. The English-born coach and Florida resident has already been asked about taking over at Inter Miami, the David Beckham-owned MLS expansion team set to begin play in 2020. While Ellis brushed that question aside, she spoke more about the possibility of coaching men ahead of the USWNT’s victory tour match against Portugal in Philadelphia. “People naturally see that as a step up and I don’t necessarily see it that way,” Ellis said of coaching on the men’s side. “I coach the best team in the world. I see it as not a ‘this’ move,” Ellis said as she put her hands above each other to indicate a step up. “It would be a ‘this’ move,” she said, pointing her fingers at each other to signify a lateral move.“I’ve never coached men. I went to the pro licensing and what I learned a lot in there was coaches, whether it’s MLS, USL, international, we deal with many of the same things in terms of management and tactics and such,” Ellis continued. “I wouldn’t rule anything out because I don’t think that’s how I’m wired, I’d just look at what comes down the pipe and right now I’m not looking.”Should she take on men’s position, Ellis would join a rare group but would not be the first woman to coach a men’s team in the first two divisions of a league. That honor belongs to current France boss Corinne Diacre, who coached Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot for three seasons between 2014 and 2017. Ellis saw her side defeat Diacre’s team in the World Cup quarterfinal this summer en route to another world title. The English-born manager has earned the right to land a top-caliber position next, whether that job is on the men’s side or the women’s side, according to one of her players. “Whatever Jill wants to do she probably can considering she’s won two World Cups,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said. “It’s a resume that speaks for itself.”
Chelsea dropped their third kit for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday to mixed reviews, with the club seeking to hark back to the much-celebrated mid-90’s era with a retro design.A black top, black shorts and bright orange socks complete the colour scheme, the top featuring a faint ‘CFC’ pattern that runs diagonally across – the font for which is nostalgically borrowed from 90’s matchday programmes.Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, said of the design: “The changes at Chelsea were reflective of the wider changes sweeping through English football in the early ’90s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “For the new season we’ve combined design elements from that era with our modern Nike innovations, and hopefully this kit will spark a few memories of what was a special time at Stamford Bridge.”Frank Lampard favourite Mason Mount echoed Hoppins’ thoughts, stating that he feels the outfit has something for every walk of fans.“You can see the ’90s influence in fashion at the moment, and I think the kit will appeal to pretty much everyone,” the midfielder said in the kit’s press release. “Younger fans will like that it has a streetwear vibe and older fans will appreciate the sentimentality, remembering club legends who donned the famous jersey and their memories of going to games.”Given Chelsea have been under the dark cloud of a transfer ban over the summer, the release of a new design might have been anticipated more highly for Blues fans than those of other clubs.And while the majority of the new release was met with praise, a squared-off collar lined with orange and black stripes was singled out for judgement by a large number of the Stamford Bridge fanbase.Wtf is that collar 🤮— Charlie (@Charlie160801) September 4, 2019The part that connects the collar looks stupid— – (@martinjw25) September 4, 2019pic.twitter.com/4QVS0LaWbY— Sam UTC (@samadamson001) September 4, 2019Awful collar— Ace Trainer Adham (@AceTrainerAdham) September 4, 2019This kit would be fire if it wasn’t for the stupid collar.— John smith (@John73844245) September 4, 2019Apart from the collar it’s so damn brilliant 🔥— 🌴 (@RealityHazard) September 4, 2019Chelsea will debut the new third kit against Lille when their European campaign on the road begins October 2nd. It is available now from nike.com and the Chelsea FC megastore Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.