The European Research Council (ERC) is about to get a new leader, although not in the form most people expected. The ERC, perhaps the most popular science program to come out of the European Union, funds more than 1000 individual researchers doing cutting-edge projects. It has more than €7 billion to spend between 2007 and 2013. Late last year, it announced a high-profile search for a “distinguished scientist” to head the ERC’s Brussels-based Executive Agency starting in 2011. Those plans have now been put on hold, the ERC announced this week. Instead, says Helga Nowotny, chair of the ERC’s Scientific Council, a new secretary-general has been chosen to replace Andreu Mas-Colell, who stepped down for personal reasons in September. The candidate is in contract negotiations with the European Commission, she says, and an announcement could come by the end of the year. At the same time, the ERC announced that a new task force will explore the possibilities for an entirely new management scheme that would put the ERC on a more stable legal and organizational foundation. “The goal is to come up with several models for how a future ERC could look,” Nowotny says.When the ERC was founded in 2007, it was set up as an Executive Agency within the European Commission. That was the most straightforward way to carve out a place for the ERC in the E.U.’s tangled rules and regulations. “It was a quick solution, which we had to take or there would have been no ERC,” Nowotny says. 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A review panel found in 2009 that the ERC’s management system was “obsolete” in the way it left nonscientist bureaucrats in charge of day-to-day operations, leading to constant low-level conflict and even “abusive” requirements of volunteer grant reviewers. Now, in the run-up to the E.U.’s next big funding program, the Framework Programme 8, the ERC has a window of opportunity to work out a new structure that fixes those problems, Nowotny says. The new director was supposed to help bridge the gulf between the ERC’s scientific council, which sets the scientific agenda, and the Executive Agency, which manages day-to-day operations. The review noted that the scientific council’s liaison in Brussels, the secretary-general, had no formal power. In response, the European Commission agreed to hire a scientist with experience in both research and science management as the next head of the Executive Agency. The secretary-general post was to be eliminated. But switching to a new leadership structure now would have been disruptive “and wouldn’t solve the real problem,” Nowotny says, so the Scientific Council decided to hire a new secretary-general after all. The new incumbent is aware that the post is “a position without executive power,” Nowotny says. “On the other hand, soft power can go a long way.” The task force, chaired by Robert-Jan Smits, director general for research at the European Commission, should start work before the end of the year, Nowotny says, and should present its results by next summer.
Courteney Cox, David Beckham to play a cameo in ‘Modern Family’ Former England football captain David Beckham and his singer-turned-fashion designer wife Victoria plan to throw a lavish £30,000 (approx Rs 26.5 lakh) New Year’s Eve party for their near and dear ones. The couple plan to invite around 20 friends and relatives for the bash with midnight fireworks at their Cotswolds (UK) estate. Victoria has even ordered her favourite tequila.Related News Courtney Cox’s pictures in hot tub with David Beckham confuses Jennifer Aniston David Beckham’s wife Victoria praises Duchess Meghan’s kind personality “David and Victoria wanted to do something fun and a bit different, so decided to host an intimate at-home soiree. David was keen to put on a united front, and show the world they’re happy after a tough few months. “It’s mainly family and kids, but David’s best pal Dave Gardner and his wife Liv Tyler are expected. It will be a child-friendly affair, but that’s not to say they haven’t gone all out on the champagne and vintage wine front,” a source told British tabloid, The Sun. The source added that the couple have all the arrangements in place. “They are spending £10,000 (approx Rs 8.8 lakh) on catering, £5,000 (approx Rs 4.4 lakh) on booze, £4,000 (approx Rs 3.5 lakh) on fireworks among other expenses,” it said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
Now that Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has been in office a year, she felt it was time to do some serious professional evaluation. Well Carol, we couldn’t agree more…especially given that we did try to offer some helpful hints after former CEO Jerry Yang left office and you took the reins.Yahoo! Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewLast Friday, Carol Bartz awarded herself a B- grade for her first year leading the notorious tech giant. So naturally we turn to Yahoo! employees to see how they feel Bartz has been performing. And based on the ratings submitted since Bartz took office, employees award her a 54% approval. By comparison, when Jerry Yang left office he had 34% approval. We have scoured the past 12 months of Yahoo! company reviews to shed some light on what they think Bartz could improve upon:“Provide a clear direction. Let the employees know what to expect in 6months, or at least prove that you know what to expect.” – Yahoo Software Engineer (Sunnyvale, CA)“Remove yourself from senior management, jettison the board and regroup with people who are knowledgeable and passionate about this field. The employees and stock-holders have no faith. We’re all looking for better jobs and selling our already undervalued shares.” – Yahoo Senior Director, Product Management (Sunnyvale, CA)“Listen more to your engineers, prioritizing some of their ideas. Product managers must understand that the engineers can provide and guide ideas for a technological company.” – Yahoo Software Engineer (San Paolo, Brazil)“The most important asset to an organization is the people! Hire talented, charismatic leaders who lead by example and earn respect of others.” – Yahoo, Technical (location n/a)“Simplify the core business.” – Yahoo Product Marketing Manager (location n/a)“It’s time to either come up with something innovative or just sell the business.” – Yahoo Employee (London, UK)Do you Yahoo! or are you a Yahoo! employee? If so, what do you think Bartz should do to improve the company and its offerings?
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on a solid top order contribution and some disciplined bowling to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 35 runs in the opening match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday. (More IPL News)Asked to bat first by the visitors, Hyderabad posted a commanding 207/4 in their allotted 20 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.In reply, RCB were bowled out for 172 runs in 19.4 overs. (Match Scorecard)RCB started their chase in explosive fashion as Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh scored around 10 runs an over in the first five overs.The visitors suffered their first blow when a Rashid Khan delivery found an inside edge off Mandeep’s bat before hitting the stumps. (Yuvraj Singh’s form a good thing for Indian cricket, not for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli)They suffered a bigger blow in the next over when Gayle slightly mistimed a shot off Deepak Hooda only to offer a skier to David Warner at long-off.Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head gave RCB a glimmer of hope with a 56-run stand off 31 balls but Ben Cutting produced an excellent bit of fielding to run out Jadhav and put an end to what was shaping to be a promising partnership.It was all downhill from there for RCB as they lost wickets at regular intervals. (IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh riding high on confidence of successful comeback)By the time Ashish Nehra removed Shane Watson and Sreenath Aravind off consecutive deliveries in the 18th over with RCB still needing 52 runs, the match was almost as good as over.advertisementNehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan clinched two wickets each while Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma got one each.Earlier, Hyderabad rode on a solid top order contribution to post a commanding total.Opener Shikhar Dhawan (40) and one-down Moises Henriques (52) made up for the early loss of skipper David Warner (14) with a 74-run second-wicket stand.Veteran Punjab batsman Yuvraj Singh (62), then joined the run feast and together with Australian all-rounder Henriques, brought up another 58-run stand for the third wicket to take the hosts past the 150-run mark by the 15th over.Earlier, Rajasthan left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary could not have asked for a better IPL debut when he induced Warner with some swing to be comfortably caught by Mandeep Singh at backward point. The southpaw’s eight-ball knock was laced with two fours and a six.Thereafter, it was Dhawan and Henriques all the way, taking SRH past 50 in just five overs, as the visitors found it tough to handle the left-right combination.Dhawan, who has been out of the India selectors’ radar for quite a part of the domestic season, unsettled the RCB bowlers with his 31-ball knock comprising five fours, including four from RCB skipper Shane Watson’s first over.RCB had to wait until the 11th over to get their second wicket when Dhawan failed to clear the long-on boundary off Stuart Binny to be caught by Sachin Baby.Henriques, on the other hand, started with a flashy four and lost no time to settle down. The Aussie all-rounder helped SRH continue the momentum even after the fall of Dhawan and together with Yuvraj blasted the bowlers all over the park.Yuvraj, who was dropped on 26 off Choudhary, took full advantage of the life, rushing to his fastest IPL half century in just 23 balls.The 35-year-old’s 27-ball knock, comprising seven boundaries and three massive sixes, provided the much-needed impetus to the defending champions who left from where they left off in the last edition. He, however, fell to England quick Tymal Mills after failing to connect a fast good length delivery in the penultimate over of the innings.Deepak Hooda and Ben Cutting, then provided the finishing touch with some lusty blows to take the home side past the 200-run mark.
(Credit: United Way, Source: Peter Panepento/The Chronicle of Philanthropy)Social media is a fantastic tool to make your presence known online. But are you using it correctly? Many nonprofits are using it to promote themselves, but often in the wrong ways, said Peter Panepento, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, at the Washington, DC, edition of the Social Media for Nonprofits conference. He often sees nonprofits tweeting links to press releases or posting them on their Facebook page, trying to hijack their social media pages as an “official communication channel.”“Don’t use social media to be bureaucratic,” Peter told the conference. Social media is the perfect tool for PR, but only when the emphasis is on personal. Nonprofits should put a human face on everything and use social media to humanize your organization.” “You don’t need a big budget or to be particularly photogenic,” Peter said, you just need to be human. Here are three rules we learned from Peter on how to humanize your social media and tell a great story:1. Think like a reporter.Use your social media accounts to feature someone in your community that your group engages with such as donors, beneficiaries of your work, and local businesses that support you. Seek out someone that can answer the question, “Who cares? Why should this matter to me?” Remember that stories are about people, so feature the people who matter to your cause.2. Share your #fail.In 2010, the organization charity: water posted on Facebook for its September Campaign Live Drill. From Central African Republic, they produced a live broadcast when they attempted to drill for clean water-and failed. Peter highlighted charity: water because instead of trying to hide that something went wrong, they made it public, even writing a blog post about it. For every success, there is failure. “Followers really responded to seeing things that don’t work, you seem more genuine to your followers.”3. Give your supporters the megaphone.Think about how your supporters can help tell your story over social media. Invite them to talk about your work just like the United Way did for their 160th anniversary (as seen above). You can even encourage volunteers to be reporters by rewarding them: retweet them, call them out, and thank them. If you bake it into the volunteer experience, Peter said, “you’ll get more genuine language from people than you could otherwise compose.”For better social media engagement, follow these tips from Peter to humanize your organization. “If you can show the work that you’re doing and the people you’re serving, even if it’s not in a mud pit somewhere in Alaska but at your desk, that can be really helpful.”The Social Media for Nonprofits conference is coming to Austin, TX on August 13, 2013. Check out the conference agenda, and follow SM4Nonprofits on Facebook for the latest updates. Heading to Austin? Use our “N4G” discount code to save $20.
Flickr: World BankThere’s no question that compelling photos are a powerful component of a successful fundraising campaign. Many organizations go further by sharing donor, volunteer, and staff photos. That’s because, “a picture may be worth MORE than a thousand words. A new study shows that text is more credible when accompanied by photos,” says neuroscientist Roger Dooley.Despite the potential, positive impact there’s a significant challenge in taking and using “real people” photos and videos. Permissions are a must for every people photo. But the challenges for beneficiary or participant photos are particularly tough. A colleague recently asked:“Our recent campaigns were fueled by client stories that featured a photo or two. Naturally, I planned to feature the same kind of memorable profiles going forward. That plan changed radically last month, when our social workers urged us to put our clients’ privacy first and stop using client photos. We agreed to honor their request but now we’re stuck: How do I move forward with using client photos and videos?”My advice is to take these six steps and develop a photo policy that addresses both legal and ethical concerns:1) Talk with your program colleagues.Come together with your colleagues to share your fundraising goals and approach and learn about their front-line perspective.During your meeting, talk about how stories work, share examples from your organization if possible, and highlight why photos make them even stronger. If possible, use your donor management software to pull statistics from recent campaigns to show that the fundraising campaigns with photo-illustrated stories did better than campaigns without those stories or photos.The more your colleagues feel that they have a role in year-end success (and get that they’ll benefit from that success via increased revenue and the ability to provide more services to more clients, and keep their jobs), the more eager they’ll be to brainstorm on creative solutions to your donor-engagement dilemma.2) Listen to your colleagues’ point of view. Flickr: Scottish GovernmentInstead of making assumptions, dig in to understand what’s behind your colleagues’ concerns.Ask them about their worries. Are they concerned that showing the faces of clients or beneficiaries may put those individuals in danger of deportation, domestic abuse, or another threat? Are they uneasy about losing clients’ trust? Have they promised clients that their stories are confidential? Or are they concerned that photos are being taken and used without permission?All of these concerns are valid. You need to understand the specifics to develop the best solution. 3) Work together through the ethical dimensions of photo use. “When considering photography, it’s important to examine the motives for creating particular images and their potential impact. Not only must a faithful, comprehensive visual depiction of the subjects be created to avoid causing misconception, but more importantly, the subjects’ dignity must be preserved,” says photographer Margot Duane.”Margot’s statement reinforces the importance of ethical photo use.These reporting guidelines from UNICEF clearly reflect the organization’s ethical considerations:“Obtain permission from the child and his or her guardian for all interviews, videotaping and, when possible, for documentary photographs. When possible and appropriate, this permission should be in writing. Permission must be obtained in circumstances that ensure that the child and guardian are not coerced in any way and that they understand that they are part of a story that might be disseminated locally and globally. This is usually only ensured if the permission is obtained in the child’s language and if the decision is made in consultation with an adult the child trusts.” Angela Crist, executive director of Findlay Hope House, shared how her organization’s staff works together to ensure that ethical photo/video practices are in place:“I trust our case managers to tell me where their clients are and if it would be good or bad for them to be highlighted. We have stories we’ve never shared because a client’s life has taken a bad turn or they are struggling hard at the moment. We also have people whose stories, while triumphant, would potentially hinder them if they were publicly identified. So we never share those. We also hold back to avoid overexposure. One, to not become exploitative and two, especially for our folks in recovery, the exposure can have negative consequences to their recovery process.”Whether you decide to develop guidelines or develop a less formal policy, ethical photo/video use should be considered. Read: How to Achieve a Fundraising Win without Client Photos4) Collaborate on a clear, succinct approach to taking and using images.Consider how you will answer these questions:How will you use of photos of children versus those of adults?Is it permissible to feature photos of individuals who aren’t identifiable if you don’t have a release? Is there any situation in which you’ll use photos of individuals without permission?Will you use names and locations?How will use of client photos on social media differ from use in media with more limited distribution (e.g. a print brochure)?Will you include information about the services you’re providing to photo subjects?WaterAid addresses these issues in its Ethical Image Policy.:Accuracy – how to ensure our film and photos are truthful.Longevity – how long we should keep and use images.Integrity – how to produce respectful photographs that avoid stereotyping and ensure privacy.Manipulation – what is and is not allowed in post-production.Child protection – how to ensure that children featured in our photographs are safe from harm .Equality and non-discrimination – how to ensure that our photographic practice includes everyone, even the most marginalized.The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ clearly conveys its simple, but comprehensive photo policy in this brief summary included in its social media policy:“Always have parent/guardian permission before adding pictures or videos of girls online. Permission for photo and video release is on the Girl Scouts of the USA membership registration and included in the “Internet Safety Pledge” form. If parents/guardians have not given written permission, do not post pictures or videos of their daughter online.GSSI has media release forms available for leaders if they prefer to keep these for their records or to get permission to share images or video that includes a non-member, such as a non-registered parent.”Write out your policy, illustrated with examples, and integrate it into relevant guidelines such as social media policy, employee orientation, and style guides. Then, train your colleagues and others likely to capture and use photos about the policy.5) Going forward—Get (written) permission to take and use every “people” photo.Your organization must get permission to photograph and use photos of any subject for both legal and ethical reasons. I urge you to require written photo permissions from all beneficiaries and guardians of child subjects whenever possible. This practice will offer them with the dignity and respect they deserve, and ensure their confidentiality if desired.The good news is that there are many ways to get photo permissions. If necessary, consider these powerful alternatives to illustrating your stories when you can’t get photo permissions.6) Get as many photo permissions as possible.A standard release lets a person say “yes, you can take my picture,” and you can use it as you wish, in any format you want. See sample releases at the end of this articleFellow fundraisers suggest:Including a photo release (with an easy and clear way to opt-out) in your program registration, event sign in, or volunteer agreement. Then, for in-person gatherings, visibly identify those who opt out with a nametag sticker or, for children, a colored dot sticker to be affixed to clothing.Placing a sign at the entry to your event or gathering place indicating that by entering, all participants agree to have their photos taken and shared.Identifying strong candidates (especially good stories) ahead of time and talk to the parent or guardian about what you’d like to do and the possible implications for the child and family (i.e. exposure).The following index features several photo releases and policies from nonprofits nationwide. I hope you’ll check it out.What’s your approach to using photos of clients, donors, and other individuals? Please share your policies and methods in the comments below.Model Photo Releases and Policies*Photo Release FormsBoy Scouts of America: Pack 19, Erie PA (PDF)Hawaii State PTSA (PDF)Jessie Rees Foundation (interactive form)Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (PDF)Wesleyan University (.docx)Policies and Agreements incorporating image capture and useGirl Scouts of Southern Illinois (social media policy)Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape & Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (social media policy)Telecom Pioneers (volunteer agreement)UNICEF (reporting guidelines)WaterAid (ethical image policy)*Thanks to Beth Kanter, Jayne Cravens, Rachel Braver, Anysa Holder, Maggie Graham, and Laura Gauthier for sharing photo policy models and methods.
While many of us are still cleaning up from Labor Day barbeques and dragging ourselves out of a summer haze, let me wake you up with this sledge hammer:#GivingTuesday is less than 90 days away.30% of all nonprofit giving happens during the last month of the year, from #GivingTuesday through December 31. It’s a time when donors are in the mood to be generous, and even the smallest nonprofits have a chance to boost their bottom lines and get the dollars they need to fuel their missions in the coming calendar year. Here at Network for Good, we want to make sure you get your piece of the pie.Here’s a basic timeline of what you should be doing in the months ahead:September – Warm up your donors, plan your campaign, and make sure you have the tools you need to be successful.October – Write your appeals, continue to get ready, and keep your donors engaged with various communications that call their attention to your mission.November – Kick off your campaign on #GivingTuesday (November 28).December – Keep the momentum going with percent-to-goal updates, thank the donors who have already given, and push hard to December 30 and 31 (the biggest giving days of the year).January – Thank your donors, and develop a rock-solid retention plan to keep your supporters enthused and engaged throughout the year.What’s first?Right now, it’s time to focus on creating the best campaign for your organization. This means setting appropriate goals (both dollar goals and non-financial ones), getting your team in place, and making sure your nonprofit is equipped with the right technology to get the job done.Become a Network for Good customer now to take advantage of all our year-end customer benefits including:Easy to use Donor Management Software with email, direct mail, peer to peer and so much more all in one systemEligibility for cash prizes on #GivingTuesday.Exclusive End-of-Year eGuide for customers only.Exposure to new donors with a listing on our #GivingTuesday microsite.Inclusion in our Retention Wednesday activities (more to come).Templated emails and appeals built right into your donor management system.As the season progresses, check back for more tips, downloads and webinars to keep your year-end campaign on track.
A sought after fundraising speaker and thought leader, Rachel Muir founded her own nonprofit, Girlstart, with just $500 and a credit card. A winner of Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three-time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named “Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation.” She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show; and leads retreats and online, classroom and custom training to transform people into confident, successful fundraisers.We caught up with Rachel for a few preview questions prior to her Masterclass Webinar “How to Upgrade Donors and Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys” with Network for Good.NFG: At 26 you founded Girlstart, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology; and have gone on to lead a successful fundraising consulting practice, and manage major gift portfolios for some of the country’s largest and most successful nonprofits. What attracts you to fundraising?RM: What’s NOT to love about fundraising? I think we have THE BEST jobs in the world as fundraisers because on top of making the world a better place we get to develop meaningful relationships with other people and learn how they want to make the world a better place, be significant, and then bring them opportunities to do just that. I know there are people out there afraid of fundraising but I’d tell anyone who feels a hint of fear about it that they’ve likely forgotten how amazing it feels to give. People get scared of making the ask and they forget how GREAT it feels to give. Giving is the neurological equivalent of WINNING THE LOTTERY! If you have forgotten how great it feels to give, go and give right now—your money, even your time. The #1 thing I never tire of is helping nonprofits give their donors deeply satisfying and rewarding experiences to feel delighted and satisfied that their gift made an impact.NFG: In Network for Good’s upcoming webinar, you’ll be leading a masterclass on donor surveys and how they can boost revenue. In your expertise, what have you discovered about surveys that have surprised you?RM: The most surprising thing to me about surveys is how frequently they are used in the for-profit world and how rarely they are used in the nonprofit sector. It’s a missed opportunity.NFG: You’ll go into more depth on this in the webinar, but what’s one-way surveys can grow a nonprofit’s major gift pipeline?RM: One of the greatest gifts we can give our donors is the gift of feeling known by us. A good survey done well helps you achieve that.NFG: And one for fun…complete this sentence: Fundraising is_________RM: A quest for empathy.Register today for a deeper dive into how to grow your major donor pool with Network for Good’s Masterclass Webinar, “How to Upgrade Donors and Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys.”
Posted on September 5, 2017September 7, 2017By: Yuval Cohen, Intern, Maternal Health Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center Click 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)“Disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is a very widespread phenomena with different manifestations,” said Rima Jolivet from the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) during a recent webinar hosted by the MHTF and Ariadne Labs on the need for respectful maternity care (RMC). Jolivet was joined by Katherine Semrau from Ariadne Labs, Rose Molina from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Ariadne Labs, Saraswathi Vedam from the University of British Columbia and David Sando from Management and Development for Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.D&A during childbirth can include physical abuse, non-consented care, poor rapport between women and providers, stigma and discrimination. However, “the absence of D&A is not the same as RMC…it would be possible to refrain from disrespectful and abusive treatment and still not be particularly kind and respectful,” said Jolivet.So what exactly does RMC look like? In a human rights-based framework, it is defined specifically by the presence of strong communication, respect and dignity, emotional support and motivated personnel, according to WHO standards for improving quality maternal and newborn care in health facilities. However, “what is perceived as respectful is subjective and may vary across settings,” said Jolivet; therefore we need more women-centered participatory research.Partners in Health (PIH), in conjunction with Ariadne Labs, is using the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist in Chiapas, Mexico. PIH’s interventions include transporting pregnant women and their companions to and from health facilities, providing them with food and lodging and creating a “culture of respect and dignity for women who come to deliver at the hospital,” said Molina. Before these services, many of the women in Chiapas felt they had little information on the details of their pregnancy, she said, and coordinators have found that communication helped to bridge this gap.Many mothers report feeling a lack of autonomy in decision-making during their pregnancy and the birth, according to a study conducted by Vedam and colleagues in British Columbia. The large majority of women (95.1%) who participated in the study, said Vedam, felt it was important that they lead the decisions about their pregnancies and child care. Feelings of autonomy and respect were consistently low for women who gave birth in hospitals, and feelings of D&A were often higher for Latina/Hispanic women, Black women and other women of color.Through increased communication with patients and providers on patients’ rights during pregnancy and childbirth, RMC is possible. Sando reported positive responses to an initiative piloted in Tanzania called “Open Birth Days,” which focused on improving women’s awareness of their rights and providers’ commitment to ethics in the workplace. We need to “name the problem, start the dialogue and engage stakeholders” to move towards a solution to disrespectful maternity care, he said.This post was slightly edited and originally appeared on the New Security Beat.—Watch a video of the webinar and download the presentation slides.Learn more about respectful maternity care.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Lionel Messi has “earned the right” to break his Barcelona contract if he so wishes, says Gerard Pique, but nobody at Camp Nou is overly concerned about such a decision being taken.It has been revealed by El Pais, with Goal able to confirm the news, that the mercurial Argentine has an exit clause in his current deal.Having turned 32, the five-time Ballon d’Or has the option to walk away from Barca at the end of any given season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? His terms are due to run until 2021, with the reigning Liga champions eager to discuss another extension for their mercurial talisman.Pique claims to have already been aware that Messi could leave if he fancies a new challenge, but the World Cup-winning defender is reading little into that as there is no reason to believe that a move will be made any time soon.“I already knew Messi is able to leave for free at the end of each season,” Pique told Cadena Ser.“But we all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all. He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club.”Messi last committed to a new deal with Barcelona in 2017, at the end of a long-running saga.Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has aired his desire to get the South American superstar tied down on another agreement.He told ESPN in April: “We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him.“Lionel’s managed to break down borders. Everyone admires him and he’s applauded at other stadiums by rival fans.“We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea. He is young – you can see that [in his performances] – and he still has two years on his deal.“He’s always improving, always innovating. I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona.“Messi is a one-club man. It’s more than what he does on the pitch – his relationship with Barca will last forever.“I use the example of Pele, who was always at Santos. We want Messi to always be at Barca, whether that’s playing or linked to the club [when he’s retired].”Messi has previously stated a desire to return to his roots at Newell’s Old Boys before hanging up his boots, but has offered no indication as to when a homecoming could take place.He told El Trece back in May 2018: “I’m increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club.“I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don’t know if it will happen but I have it in my mind. “It would be at Newell’s, nowhere else. I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen.”
Count Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith among them though.Like most college athletic department employees at this point, Smith is holding the NCAA company line, and raising some questionably salient points and concerns. From ESPN:“My concern with the California bill — which is all the way wide open with monetizing your name and your likeness — is it moves slightly towards pay-for-play,” Smith said, “and it’s very difficult for us — the practitioners in this space — to figure out how do you regulate it. How do you ensure that the unscrupulous bad actors do not enter that space and ultimately create an unlevel playing field?“One of our principles is try to create rules and regulations to try and achieve fair play.[…]Smith acknowledged that Ohio State, which has an enormous alumni base and abundant resources, would have an “unbelievable competitive advantage” over a lot of other schools from a system like this, but he is still against it.A few things:No one believes that we’re going to move towards some new model with no regulations.“Unscrupulous bad actors” are already incredibly prevalent in college sports. Go look at the scandals in college basketball. Anyone who believes college football is immune to similar forces is extremely naive. Go read Steven Godfrey’s excellent 2014 SB Nation feature “Meet the bag man” for how that works in major college football.College football already has a tremendously unlevel playing field. In a given year, there are maybe a half-dozen true title contenders, and that list is pretty static from year to year. There’s also an argument to be made that elite players could find more value in being a “big fish in a small pond” with a model that allows them to profit off of their likeness.Ohio State already has a huge competitive advantage. That isn’t going to change drastically, no matter what happens in the sport.The NCAA has floated ridiculous ideas, like the notion that it will cast out California schools if the Fair Pay to Play Act is implemented by 2023. People like Dabo Swinney swear that they’ll enter a new profession and give up their multi-million dollar contracts if players are able to get paid.In reality, that is all noise.Right now, elite programs collect tens of millions of dollars, and the players get scholarship money towards a degree that they may be able to use to study something that they’re actually interested in. That is often not even the case. It is very hard to argue that it is a fair system, and change feels more inevitable than ever.[ESPN] COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 04: Ohio State University athletics director Gene Smith listens during a press conference at Ohio State University on December 4, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. At the press conference head coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement and offensive coordinator Ryan Day was announced as the next head coach. Meyer will continue to coach until after the Ohio State Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)California is looking to change college athletics as we know them. The state has signed into law the Fair Pay to Play Act, which would bar the NCAA and its schools from preventing college athletes from profiting off of their likeness.The law is set to go into effect in 2023. Between now and then, you can expect the NCAA to try its best to fight it hard.California is not alone though. States as politically diverse as Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas have all floated similar laws.It is rare to see an issue with this kind of bipartisan support, and while not everyone is on board with athletes getting paid salaries by schools, the number of people against athletes being able to pick up outside endorsements is dwindling.
“They have very, very good players. They have a good coaching staff. There’s a lot of ball left. I’m saying at least nine wins this year,” Meyer said. “I think they come back, I think they rebound. They get on a roll.”Got a bit awkward when Brady Quinn asked Urban Meyer if he’d ever consider taking the Michigan job if it came open pic.twitter.com/BfBBRpPlmp— Ross Martin (@PCBearcat) September 28, 2019Starting this weekend against Iowa, three of Michigan’s next four opponents are ranked. The Wolverines will face Penn State and Notre Dame as well this month.In November, Jim Harbaugh’s team has to battle rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. If Michigan wants to win the Big Ten title, they probably have to run the table in conference play.Easier said than done, but Meyer seems to think a big finish is coming. PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)At 3-1 and facing a gauntlet over the next two months, the time is now for Michigan to get things going.Fortunately for the Wolverines, they have a big believer in a former adversary: Urban Meyer.On Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff show this past Saturday, Meyer was asked for his thoughts on how Michigan will close out the season. He was also asked if he’d hypothetically have interest in the Michigan job if it opened up.Meyer had no desire to touch the latter question, but had plenty of praise for the Wolverines while answering the former.
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: The Ohio State Buckeyes cheers on the field before a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium October 20, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 24-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing one of their biggest home games of the season this week when they host the Michigan State Spartans. Ahead of the game, the Buckeyes have an important message for their fans.On Wednesday, the school announced that the ‘dress code’ for the Ohio State-Michigan State game would be all-black. They will be wearing their alternate black uniforms for the big game.Be Here & Wear Black – See you Saturday in #TheShoe vs Sparty! #GoBucksThe Buckeyes first started wearing their black jersey in 2015. They have beaten Penn State and Nebraska when wearing black.Given that it’s their first evening game of the season, the fans are definitely going to be into it. ◾️ Be Here & Wear Black ◾️See you Saturday in #TheShoe vs Sparty!#GoBucks— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) October 2, 2019Ohio State will be putting their 5-0 record on the line against the 4-1 Spartans, who are ranked No. 25 in the nation.It will be Ohio State’s first game of the season against a ranked team.Thus far, the Buckeyes have dismantled all of their opponents. Of their five wins, four of them came by 40 points or more.
Deepika Padukone takes fashion cues from hubby Ranveer Singh. Who nailed the look better?Deepika Padukone posted images from a recent photoshoot and the diva is slaying the denim game in it. She wore an Alberta Ferretti denim crop jacket over a white crisp shirt and high-rise denim pants.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 13:48 IST Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in similar outfitsDeepika Padukone is a fashion icon and there is no denying that. Same goes for her hubby Ranveer Singh, who is known for his quirky sense of style and choosing the most bizarre yet the coolest ensembles.And seems like the Chhapaak actor is taking cues from her hubby’s fashion book and her recent post on Instagram is a proof of that.Deepika posted images from a recent photoshoot and the diva is slaying the denim game in it. She wore an Alberta Ferretti denim crop jacket over a white crisp shirt and high-rise denim pants.Teaching us how to rock flashes of pink perfectly, Deepika paired the chic ensemble with pink stilettos, statement earrings by Valliyan and a sleek top-knot.While we love this classy look by Deepika, we couldn’t help but be reminded of a similar ensemble sported by Ranveer Singh few months ago.Ranveer Singh had opted for a similar pink denim look during the promotions of his film Gully Boy. He wore a pink denim jacket over pink pants, only replacing Deepika’s white shirt with a blue top.advertisementThese two clearly know how to take fashion cues from each other and turn it into a classy sartorial statement.On the work front, Deepika wrapped up her next, Chhapaak last month. It is being directed by Meghna Gulzar.She will also be seen alongside Ranveer Singh in his next, titled 83.ALSO SEE | Deepika Padukone: Had to clean my house to switch from Chhapaak’s Malti to 83’s RomiALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone and Prakash Padukone in conversation with Rajdeep SardesaiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranveer Singh
I accept my fate with all sincerity: Prithvi Shaw responds to BCCI doping suspensionIndian Test opener Prithvi Shaw has broken his silence soon after the BCCI handed him an 8-month suspension after his urine sample tested positive for the banned substance Terbutaline.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 07:57 IST Prithvi Shaw will be out of competitive cricket till November 15, 2019. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw has been suspended for 8 months by BCCIShaw has claimed that he inadvertently used a cough syrup for treatment of severe coldShaw has also accepted the verdictIndia batsman Prithvi Shaw has been handed a back-dated eight-month suspension for a doping violation after ingesting a prohibited substance Terbutaline, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday.The BCCI said Shaw, who made his test debut last year, admitted to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) but the 19-year-old asserted that it was ‘inadvertent’, ingesting the substance when he had used an over-the-counter cough syrup.Shaw released a statement later on Tuesday saying he accepted the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicines.”I accept my fate with all sincerity,” Shaw said on Twitter. “I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.”We as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter.”Shaw last played for India in a test match against West Indies in October last year and has not been picked in the squad for their tour of the Caribbean next month.However, Shaw will be allowed to resume training with his state team after midnight on Sept. 15.Here is his full statement:pic.twitter.com/KXYHcUcBR0Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) July 30, 2019″I have come to know today that I will not be able to play cricket till mid-November 2019. This is in light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough & cold while playing for my Mumbai team during Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in Feb 2019. I was coming back off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia & I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. However, out of my eagerness to play, I didn’t follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup.advertisementI accept my fate with all sincerity. while I’m still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me. I have to take this in my stride and I hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter & we need to always follow the protocol.I thank the BCCI for all the support and also my near and dear ones who have always stood by me. Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India or Mumbai & I will come out of this faster and stronger. Thank you again, everyone, for your support.”The BCCI also said that two other domestic cricketers – Akshay Dullarwar (Vidarbha) and Divya Gajraj (Rajasthan) – were suspended for eight and six months, respectively, for similar inadvertent doping offences.Also Read | Prithvi Shaw suspended by BCCI until November 15 for doping violationAlso Read | Could have won Khel Ratna if Punjab government had sent my nomination on time: Harbhajan SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Prithvi ShawFollow BCCIFollow Indian cricket
Before Argentina’s kids travelled to Japan in August 1979, Diego Maradona was just another promising youngster hoping to make his name at the elite level. By the time that team came home with the World Cup in hand, the curly-haired 18-year-old was ready to conquer the planet.Even today, exactly 40 years on, the Albiceleste’s exploits at the second World Youth Championship retain legendary status in Diego’s home nation. For Maradona himself, it was a giant step on a career that would thrill and outrage in almost equal measure.The story in fact begins just over a year earlier in the Buenos Aires suburb of Jose C. Paz. Maradona was just 17, but already boasted two full seasons as a first-teamer with first club Argentinos Juniors and the clamour to include him in the squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil had reached fever pitch. 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 Coach Cesar Luis Menotti, however, turned a deaf ear to those cries. Having earned a place in El Flaco’s 25-man preliminary squad, Diego was informed in the AFA training base that due to inexperience he would not make the final cut. El Grafico journalist Carlos Ares was covering the team in Jose C. Paz and remembers the teenager’s despair at being left out.“That day I stayed for dinner and when I left the base alone it was dark, it was very cold and I heard someone crying,” Ares recalled in the book Vivir en los Medios. “I saw the strongest image I can remember: it was Maradona, sitting next to a tree crying his eyes out. I told him what was obvious: ‘You know how many World Cups you’re going to play, right?’ But he answered me, weeping: ‘How do I tell my dad?’ He said he was never going to forgive Menotti”.“There, when I was left out of the 22-man list, ‘because I was too young’, I started to realise that anger was a fuel for me,” Diego himself wrote in his autobiography. Thankfully for the history of Argentine football, Maradona and Menotti were able to overcome that early setback in their relationship, and when the World Cup-winning coach took the reins of the youth side 12 months later Diego was his star forward and talisman.Qualification for the World Championship was secured in January 1979, when Maradona’s team finished second behind hosts Uruguay; a side inspired by their own magical No.10, future Internacional, Racing Club and Genoa star Ruben Paz. Alongside the Albiceleste prodigy was Ramon Diaz, later to star in Italian football and as player and coach for River Plate; together, the pair made a formidable striking duo.Menotti’s plans for Japan faced early, and potentially serious, hurdles. In 1979 Argentina remained in the grip of a military dictatorship, which would later gain infamy worldwide for its ‘disappearances’ of citizens and the ‘flights of death’ where drugged prisoners were thrown out of planes into the Rio de la Plata.Authorities continued to enforce obligatory military service, known informally as the Colimba (a portmanteau of the Spanish words Run-Clean-Sweep), and six members of the squad were due to enter that year: Juan Simon, Juan Barbas, Gabriel Calderon, Sergio Garcia, Osvaldo Escudero and Maradona himself.At the end of April the teenager entered induction, which caused him to miss several Argentinos games – not to mention shear his trademark curls. Two weeks later he granted an interview to Argentine state television: “I’m very happy because I’ve been treated well, but always trying to comply as much as I can. I have freedom to keep training and to meet up with the national team.”Thanks to their privileged status, however, not to mention the dictatorship’s fondness of using sporting success for its own ends, Argentina’s young stars were spared the worst privations of military service. “I never stood guard, I didn’t even touch a weapon,” Juan Simon told Clarin of his stint in the Rosario Military District. Barbas added: “I didn’t even get as far as the physical.” By the time of the World Cup Maradona and Co. were given leave from the colimba, on the proviso that they report back for duty once the tournament was over.Argentina’s first test in Japan saw the Albiceleste face footballing novices Indonesia, who were easily dispatched in a 5-0 walkover. Diaz hit a hat-trick, while Maradona chipped in with two goals of his own. But they were made to sweat a little more in the next encounter, a tense clash against Yugoslavia decided by Escudero’s solitary goal.First place in Group B would be decided with a clash against heavyweights Poland, who boasted a host of young talents that would go on to take bronze in the World Cup three years later in Spain and who had breezed past Yugoslavia and Indonesia without conceding a single goal. Nevertheless, it took Maradona just seven minutes to break down the Europeans, firing in a brilliant left-footed effort from outside the area to beat Jacek Kazimierski between the posts.From there a potentially tricky clash was all too simple. Calderon and Simon were both on target before half-time, with Andrzej Palasz also striking for Poland; and after the break Calderon added his second of the game to seal a 4-1 win that was a warning to the rest of the competition. The quarter-finals proved similarly straightforward, Maradona again opening the scoring before Diaz struck with his second hat-trick of the World Championships as Algeria were destroyed 5-0 to book a place in the last four.Like their Rioplatense neighbours, Uruguay had also taken Japan by storm. The Celeste won all four of their opening matches to make the semis, Paz scoring three along the way while keeper Fernando Alves (a future Penarol legend and member of the 1986 and 1990 World Cup squads) remained unbeaten in goal. The two South American sides now clashed in Tokyo in a game that was expected to decide the winner of the competition outright.This time it was Argentina who came out on top. Diaz scored early in the second half with a clinical finish past Alves, before Maradona finished off a blistering counter-attack by heading home the second to kill off the contest. Now only the Soviet Union stood in the way of the Albiceleste and a second world title in as many years.“Men, you are already champions, I don’t care about the result of this game, you have already shown you are the best in the world. No fouls or crazy stuff. Go out, play and entertain the 35,000 Japanese who are in the stands.” With those words, Menotti sent his young charges out on September 7, 1979 in front of a capacity crowd in Tokyo’s National Stadium, which had been enraptured by the Argentine side in general and Maradona in particular over the preceding weeks. They did not disappoint their admirers.Despite falling behind to Igor Ponomarev’s opener, Argentina came roaring back. Hugo Alves levelled 68 minutes in and Diaz completed the comeback moments later, but inevitably it was Maradona who had to have the last word. Ten minutes from time the Argentinos prodigy stepped up to fire in a tremendous free-kick from the edge of the area to make it 3-1, confirming his nation as world champions. Celebrations in Tokyo, though, were short-lived.The dictatorship’s insistence on taking the young team’s achievements as their own marked a slightly bitter post-script to the story. Once back in Buenos Aires the Argentina side took part in a public celebration of the title alongside the murderous de facto president Jorge Videla (pictured below). In a morbid twist, the ceremony was timed to coincide with a visit from the International Court of Human Rights, sent to Argentina to investigate reports of disappearances and other grave violations of international law, countered by a massive campaign declaring that the nation was, in fact, “Human and right”.Maradona and his five colimba colleagues, meanwhile, were forced to resume national service as soon as they returned to Argentine soil, including a meeting with the dictator himself in army headquarters.“Although we were champions of the Youth World Cup in 1979, that bastard Videla used us as an example,” Maradona fired on Instagram in a 2017 post. “He made us cut our hair and do military service. And that was with us bringing him the World Cup from Japan!” Escudero added: “In time we worked out that we had been used.”That forced celebration was particularly galling for Jorge Piaggio, who had seen limited playing time in Japan. Piaggio’s cousin was among those officially labelled ‘detained/disappeared’, having gone missing while carrying out military service in 1978. He remains missing to this day.“Imagine the celebrations in my town and how I was received; a big fuss because a world champion had arrived,” he said later of his return to Argentina. “There I found out that my aunt had been in the square, with [protest group demanding information about those disappeared] the Madres (de la Plaza de Mayo), and that she had been attacked by police. She was in Buenos Aires trying to find out where her son was.“The return from Japan was very strange. We celebrated in Japan and clearly a phone call arrived: ‘You have to come back’. I remember we returned in haste; the Interamerican Human Rights Commission was already there, but we did not know. We didn’t even know who they were. We had all the innocence in the world.”That triumph in 1979 had another, rather happier legacy. As the first major international tournament hosted in Japan the World Championship kindled a new love of football in the country’s population, a phenomenon consolidated the following year when the Intercontinental Cup between Europe and South America’s champions was moved to the far east.Superstars like Zico, Renato Gaucho, Ricardo Bochini and, more recently, the likes of Boca idols Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez electrified Japanese fans, with the Xeneize in particular gaining a cult following in the country thanks to their exploits in the first decade of the 21st century in beating Real Madrid and AC Milan. But it all began with Menotti, Maradona and that unforgettable young Argentina team that made the Albiceleste world champions at both senior and junior level.Many of those players, as is inevitable, failed to make much of an impact in their professional careers, leaving Japan 1979 as the pinnacle of their footballing achievements. For Maradona, though, the best – and worst – was still yet to come.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has claimed Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is one of the most underrated players in the world, pointing to the striker’s varied skillset as what sets him apart from other recognised centre-forwards.PSG host the Spanish side on Wednesday with strong ambitions – the Ligue 1 powerhouse having made it their mission in recent years to lift the Champions League trophy, as evidenced in their signing of world-class stars such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.Money does not guarantee success, however, with PSG having failed to make it past the quarter-finals since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club back in 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And while Real Madrid lost potentially the biggest star in football, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Juventus last year, the French champions’ boss Tuchel is now more concerned by the threat posed by Los Blancos’ main man Benzema, whom he feels does not get the credit he deserves.”It feels like he’s been at Real Madrid for 25 years!” Tuchel said of the Frenchman, who has scored four goals in four Liga appearances this season. “We saw him against Levante and it’s scary – he’s one of the most underrated players in the world.”He’s top class and very difficult to defend against because he doesn’t only play as a number nine. He goes wide, he goes everywhere. He has a lot of quality and crosses well, he’s good at headers… what more can I say?”With Benzema returning to his native France for the Champions League clash he’ll have the chance to catch-up with former Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who switched the Santiago Bernabeu for Parc des Princes in the summer transfer window.The Costa Rican’s new boss admits that it will be a special reunion for the 32-year-old, but is counting on his goalkeeper’s experience against his former side.”Of course it’s special for him,” Tuchel said. “He was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper for a long time and had a lot of success in that team. “The goalkeeper position in special because you have to take responsibility for your mistakes alone, but he’s very strong mentally – that’s why he played at Real Madrid and I’m happy he’s with us. He’s always smiling, he’s calm and has a great spirit.”
When it comes to safety on the slopes, there is no substitute for a good ski helmet. It seems like every season we hear a few cautionary tales of crashes in the terrain park and run-ins with trees. This year though, we’ve done all the testing and legwork for you. After a few months of trying on every ski helmet we could get our hands on, we’ve selected our favorites. Whether you’re just getting on skis for your first time or are a seasoned terrain park phenom, we’ve got a ski helmet for you.Editor’s Pick: Smith Quantum $300Using Smith’s Koroyd material, the Quantum is incredibly light. Don’t let that fool you though. It will stand up to serious damage, and the included MIPS liner, BOA fit system, and Wayfinder straps keep it locked down perfectly. Due to the extra shock absorption of Smith’s Aerocore design, the Quantum can take bumps in side impact zones, outperforming most other helmets.Best All-Around: Shred Optics Bumper NoShock $170Shred Optics was founded by Olympic medalist Ted Ligety. With two gold medals, and five world cup titles to his name, you’ll be hard pressed to find a brand with more personal investment and knowledge. Using Shred’s NOSHOCK material, the Bumper helmet fits incredibly well, and is certified to take multiple hits before it is compromised. We especially like that it is outfitted with XStatic material in the liner, which is anti-microbial and odor fighting. It doesn’t hurt that the Bumper is standardized for both summer and winter sports, making this a perfect fit for the all-year athlete.Best For Backcountry Riders: Uvex p.8000 Tour $150Uvex’s all new p.8000 helmet (they’re not getting any awards for naming this time around) is the helmet for adventurers and expeditioners. The only helmet on the market that is certified for skiing, rock climbing, and cycling, this helmet is purpose built for athletes who just can’t sit still. Predawn bike ride to the trailhead? Check. A full day of climbing and skiing? Got it. Excellent fit for long hours of wear in gnarly conditions? Shut up and take our money.Free Ride: Marker Phoenix Otis $189The Phonenix tackles early morning powder lines, afternoon terrain park laps, and everything in between. Marker equipped this helmet with their MAP protection pads, aiding in shock absorption where you need it most. built over that is an EPS foam and had ABS plastic shell, giving you layered protection for sending huge lines. It doesn’t hurt that the fit is stellar, ensuring you’ll want to wear it in all conditions.For The Ladies: Pret Lyric X $140The Lyric X’s plush liner will keep your lady warm and comfortable no matter how hard it’s snowing. The shell boasts a MIPS liner, and RECCO reflector (the only helmet on our list with RECCO technology). Developed specifically with Pret’s athlete team, it is as stylish as it is protective. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking
Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes Mesut Ozil is able to play the style of football he advocates, but says that still might not be enough for him to feature in the squad, let alone the starting XI.The German playmaker was left out of the matchday squad as Arsenal dispatched Standard Liege 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday in what was an impressive display from a young, energetic side.He was also left out of the squad entirely for the club’s previous Premier League game against Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Bournemouth on Sunday, Emery said that Ozil is able to contribute to the same high-intensity style of play the Gunners showed in midweek, but will not get preferential treatment over other members of the squad.“He can play how I want, but now we have a lot of players being competitive in each position on the pitch, and they deserve to be able to help and to play,” the Spaniard said.“Now every player is the same and I want to train, I want them to be pushing to achieve one position in the squad, in the first XI.“If we continue being competitive and getting better, it is the best for our present and future.”Ozil has featured just once for the club in the Premier League this season, starting the 2-2 draw with Watford in September during which he was substituted after 71 minutes.The 30-year-old started the Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Forest last week, which the Gunners won 5-0, also captaining the side on that occasion.It is thought that the club will look to loan Ozil out in January if no teams show interest in signing him on a permanent deal, with his £350,000-per-week wages putting off many teams from making a move for the midfield creator.Ozil retired from international football following the 2018 World Cup and can now focus all his efforts on club football, but is struggling to get regular games at Arsenal.When the next transfer window arrives, it may be a question of him either choosing a lower wage, or continuing his bit-part contributions in north London. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have taken a slight wage cut in swapping Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018, but the Portugal star remains one of the biggest earners in football.His €100 million (£88m/$117m) move to Serie A means that he has had to get used to a change of scenery and adapt to the Italian game, but it hasn’t altered his appetite for business.The Portugal star has more than his fair share of sponsorship deals across a variety of industries and he has even added to his ventures since moving to Italy. Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But exactly how much is Ronaldo now worth? It’s difficult to say exactly but what is clear is that he will be firmly among the highest-paid athletes in the world for a while yet. What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth? What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary? What sponsorship deals does Cristiano Ronaldo have? What businesses does Cristiano Ronaldo have? What charity work does Cristiano Ronaldo do? How many social-media followers does Cristiano Ronaldo have?What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth? Most sources estimate the Ronaldo’s net worth to be between £200m and £250m ($250m-$310m), but no one can really claim to have a bulletproof idea of what Ronaldo is worth except his management company.According to Forbes, Ronaldo was the third on the list of highest paid athletes in the world in 2018, with earnings of $108m (£82m). He was behind Lionel Messi and boxer Floyd Mayweather, who came first, but came ahead of mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor.The Portuguese ranked 10th in the top 100 celebrities in 2018 – a fall of five places from 2017 – behind Dwayne Johnson, reality TV star Kylie Jenner and musician Ed Sheeran.Messi placed eighth on that list and Mayweather first, with McGregor and Neymar following closely behind Ronaldo among athletes in the top 20.What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary? Ronaldo’s contract at Juventus is believed to be worh €30m ($34m/£26m) a year, meaning he is by some distance the best paid player in Serie A. His contract is set to run for four years until 2022, meaning he stands to earn €120m for his trouble in Turin.Prior to his switch to Juve, Ronaldo had signed a new contract with Real Madrid in November of 2016, which was reported to be around £365,000 a week before bonuses.The Portugal captain’s contract earnings mean that he is among the most lucratively rewarded footballers in the world, along with his arch-rival Lionel Messi, whose latest contract has been reported to be worth in excess of £500,000 a week, and Neymar, whose Paris Saint-Germain deal is said to be worth a staggering £537,000 weekly after tax.Before those contracts were signed the only footballers who earned more than Ronaldo were Carlos Tevez, who was on a reported £615,000 a week during his time at Shanghai Shenhua, and Oscar, who is paid £400,000 a week by Shanghai SIPG. Timeframe Earnings Per second €0.95 Per minute €57.10 Per hour €3,424 Per day €82,191 Per week €576,923 Per month €2.5m Per year €30m *Based on reported Juventus salary What sponsorship deals does Cristiano Ronaldo have? Ronaldo’s most significant sponsorship deal is with Nike, which was renewed around the same time he extended his last Madrid contract.The latest agreement is said to be the second ‘lifetime’ contract the sportswear giant has handed out after it offered similar terms to three-time NBA champion LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers icon’s deal has been speculated to be worth in excess of $1 billion in total, though exactly how that breaks down year-by-year is kept under wraps. Naturally, many have assumed that Ronaldo has signed on a comparable basis. Though the $1bn figure seems extraordinary, it is worth noting that sponsorship analysts Hookit estimated that Ronaldo’s social-media presence alone was worth an incredible $474m to Nike in 2016.Prior to the new agreement, most sources had Ronaldo’s annual earnings from Nike at a few million less than his old Madrid salary.Beyond Nike, Ronaldo has had endorsement deals with the likes of Armani, Tag Heuer, Egyptian Steel, EA Sports, PokerStars and Castrol.What businesses does Cristiano Ronaldo have? As well as representing a number of brands, Ronaldo has created his own around the CR7 image. It is mostly centred on his underwear line but has also evolved to include various other clothing, leisure and home products.In addition, Ronaldo has two hotels – named Pestana CR7 – in Portugal: one in the capital, Lisbon, and another in Funchal, his hometown on the island of Madeira. In late2016, he expanded into gyms in a partnership with US health company Crunch, with the first outlet under the ‘CR7 Fitness’ name opened in Madrid.In March 2019, Ronaldo launched a hair transplant clinic in Spain called Insparya. “This project is going to be a success, as we want to help the Spaniards and the Spanish economy,” Ronaldo said at the opening.Expect to see the 34-year-old expand further into these area as his playing days draw to a close, with Michael Jordan proving that the names of the greatest players retain their value even after retirement.What charity work does Cristiano Ronaldo do? It would be unfair to say Ronaldo does not strive to put some of his fortune towards the greater good – in fact, in 2015 he was recognised by Dosomething.org as the most charitable sports star in the world.The website acclaimed Ronaldo for using his fame to promote “a variety of causes including childhood hunger, obesity and biodiversity” and highlighted an $83,000 donation to a 10-year-old fan in need of brain surgery as well as a $165,000 contribution to a cancer centre in Portugal that treated his mother.After the 2016 Champions League final, it was reported that the ex-Manchester United man instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to donate his €600,000 win bonus to a non-governmental organisation. Ronaldo has supported the likes of UNICEF, World Vision and Save the Children in the past.A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria. @SavetheChildren pic.twitter.com/Zsdvu2nuXd — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 23, 2016 In 2016, Ronaldo recorded a message for the children affected by the conflict in Syria and made what Save the Children described as a “generous” donation to their cause.How many social-media followers does Cristiano Ronaldo have? According to Hookit, Ronaldo became the first athlete to reach a combined 200 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.His Facebook page, in particular, is by far the most popular of any athlete on the platform. Ronaldo has over 122 million likes at the time of writing – far more than Messi’s 90 million and even further ahead of the top non-footballer, Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, who is back on 58 million.On Instagram, meanwhile, Ronaldo also leads the way among sports stars with 159 million followers. That places him second overall, behind only the official Instagram account, having gone ahead of Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande.