Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Facebook Share via Email Despite being near exhaustion due to a schedule that was as relentless as their high pressing game, the Americans had won what would eventually be known as the first Women’s World Cup. They did so to little fanfare as minimal broadcast coverage from one cable channel with a very short reach meant few at home could have watched them, even if they had known the tournament was taking place. Not that it bothered the winners. “I was not at all disappointed by anything,” said Heinrichs on Throw Back. “It meant the world to me. I’m in China, playing in a world event under the Fifa flag with national anthems and full stadiums.”Having been feted by their hosts, Team USA arrived home to be greeted by no more than a handful of people, including two reporters. Their success, however, laid the groundwork for a subsequent surge in popularity for women’s football in the US while that of the tournament opened Fifa’s eyes to the benefits of making the Women’s World Cup a permanent and increasingly popular fixture in their calendar. “It was kind of like a silent trigger,” said Heinrichs of a low-key triumph that continues to echo around the women’s football world. The brainchild of the Brazilian sports administrator, João Havelange, the controversial, long-serving Fifa president, this footballing jamboree was only retrospectively awarded its status as the Fifa Women’s World Cup 1991™. At the time, it was called the The Fifa Women’s World Championship For The M&Ms Cup, a none-too-subtle nod to Mars, who had bought the sole sponsorship rights. Fifa had been unwilling to commit its valuable “World Cup brand” to the women’s game before a ball had been kicked lest the tournament should turn out to be a commercial failure. Hopes that it would be a success were high, however. Three years before China had staged a Fifa Women’s Invitation Tournament, won by Norway, to test the feasibility of a proper international championship. On the back of what was deemed a huge success, China was subsequently awarded the hosting rights for the inaugural “World Cup”, not least because its efforts to secure an Olympics meant it was in its best interests to ensure everything ran smoothly.Matches were well attended in six stadiums ranging in capacity from 12,000 to 65,000. Workers from local factories were press-ganged into attending to ensure no seats were left empty while different sets of “fans” were allocated different teams to support. While 65,000 were present for the final it is unclear how many of those present had much of an idea what they were watching.While Fifa is to be commended for its commitment to further advancing the cause of women’s football, not least because it has turned it into such a popular cash cow, its desperation to make allowances for those playing in China was slightly contradictory. Despite a fairly punishing schedule that meant the finalists, Norway and USA, had to play six matches each across two weeks, it was decided that games would last only 80 minutes in case the players found a full-length game too exhausting.This particular wheeze prompted the USA captain, April Heinrichs, to joke that Fifa was “afraid our ovaries were going to fall out if we played 90”. Before the tournament Fifa also toyed with, but ultimately vetoed, the idea of using smaller footballs than those to which the players were accustomed. Twitter Amateur players like all their rivals, the American players arrived jet-lagged after a 36-hour journey, having taken a series of flights to cut costs. Each player got by on $10 per diems and they played in hand-me-down kit that had been worn by a male youth team. Playing an intense pressing game in searing heat they saw off Sweden, Brazil and Japan to top their group and set up a quarter-final against Taiwan (then Chinese Taipei), whom they swatted aside 7-0. They got five more in the semi-final, beating a Germany side that scored two to set up a final against Norway.Thanksgiving Day fell during the short gap between the semi-final and the final. The Americans gathered for a celebration with family members who had travelled with them and one very special guest, Pelé, who joined them for turkey with as many of the trimmings as they could find in China. In a recent edition of Sports Illustrated’s Throw Back podcast, hosted by Grant Wahl, Michelle Akers made no secret of her contempt for their opponents in the final. “We hated those damned Norwegians,” said the team’s star striker, who was part of a three-pronged American attack, known as “the triple-edged sword”, along with Heinrichs and Carin Jennings. “I loved the Norwegians personally but we hated that team because they were so good and tough and dirty.” She scored both goals in a 2-1 win, and earned the golden boot for her 10 goals. Facebook Reuse this content Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Like much of what is published on Fifa’s website, its account of what it calls “the inaugural Women’s World Cup” is served up with a healthy dollop of official spin and doesn’t quite tell the whole story. The basics are all covered, of course: staged in China in 1991 the tournament was contested by 12 teams and won by the USA, who beat Norway in a final staged at Guangzhou’s Tianhe Stadium and played in front of 65,000 people.Fifa boasts that, for the first time in the organisation’s history, six female match officials were appointed to help officiate at the tournament “in keeping with the true spirit of the celebration”. One of them, Claudía de Vasconcelos of Brazil, was given the honour of refereeing the third-place play-off when Sweden played Germany. There are, however, a number of far more intriguing vignettes that are notable by their absence from the official account of a tournament at which world football’s governing body claims that “women’s football celebrated its true coming of age”. They serve to demonstrate just how far the sport had yet to go and has since come. The first Fifa all-female referee team line up before the third-place play-off between Sweden and Germany. The officials are Linda Black of New Zealand (left), Claudía de Vasconcelos from Brazil and Zuo Xiudi of China. Photograph: Tommy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Mia Hamm (second left) clashes with Norway’s Agnete Carlsen during the final. Photograph: Tommy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images Women’s football Women’s World Cup game-changing moments Women’s World Cup features Twitter Twitter Front (top) and reverse of a ticket for the Fifa Women’s World Championship which was held in China in 1991 and sponsored by Mars confectionery company. Photograph: National Football Museum Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest USA women’s football team The Nigeria goalkeeper Oyeka Anna Agumanu and the defender Omon-Love Branch combine to thwart Germany’s Heidi Mohr, who still scored twice in a 4-0 win. Photograph: Tommy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 20, 2017 – Providenciales – In an effort to spread Christmas cheer and say Thank You for the contribution Flow has made to the Oseta Jolly Primary over the past few months, the students of the one of the islands largest public schools rendered several performances in the main lounge of the Flow Headquarters in Providenciales, today.These selections included a recital on the recorders, a dance rendition to Mariah Carey’s 1994 Classic, Jesus O What A Wonderful Child, and two choir renditions performing two Christmas favorites, Let Their Be Peace on Earth and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!#MagneticMediaNews#OsetaJollyperformsatFlowheadquarters Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OsetaJollyperformsatFlowheadquarters
Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s President Thursday, with Australia’s Prime Minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine’s leader urging Russia to withdraw.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a sharp critic of Russia since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in July over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, said Russia must honor a little-respected cease-fire agreement signed in September.Asked by a journalist if Australia was taking sides in a European war, Abbott replied: “The side we take is the side of freedom.”
Kolkata: The All India Minority Forum moved Monday a PIL before the Calcutta High Court seeking direction to the BJP to withdraw its West Bengal bandh call on Wednesday to protest the killing of two students in North Dinajpur district. Trinamool Congress MP Idris Ali, a practising lawyer, prayed before a division bench presided by Chief Justice J Bhattacharya for an injunction restraining the BJP from giving effect to the bandh call. The saffron party has called a 12-hour Bengal bandh to protest the death of two students at a high school in North Dinajpur district’s Islampur area in a clash with police during a demonstration for appointment of teachers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Moving the PIL, Ali urged for an urgent hearing of the matter since the bandh is to be held on Wednesday and submitted that citizens cannot be prevented from attending to their vocation forcibly. The division bench, also comprising Justice Arijit Banerjee, said that the matter would be listed for hearing on Tuesday. Submitting for petitioner All India Minority Forum general secretary M A Ali, Idris Ali said the Kerala High Court had held that bandhs are illegal and unconstitutional and that this order was upheld by the Supreme Court. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Trouble had brewed at Daribhit High School in Islampur over the recruitment of Urdu teachers as the protesting students said they needed Science and English teachers instead. The students and the locals had stopped two newly-recruited teachers from entering the school on Thursday, demanding that all vacant teaching posts be filled, resulting in a clash. The BJP alleged that ITI student Rajesh Sarkar and third-year college student Tapas Barman were killed in police firing while the police denied the claim. District Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar has maintained that police did not resort to firing during the incident.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 42-year-old man whose body was found in Mankad area of Bud Bud in East Burdwan on Wednesday morning.According to police, the face of the victim was disfigured. Police suspect that someone might have hit him on his face with a heavy substance. The investigating officers recovered vermilion, some garlands and threads from the place where his body was spotted. Police suspect black magic might have been performed in the area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim has been identified as Raju Hasda (42), a resident of Kuchidanga village in Budbud. The locals found the body on Wednesday morning and informed the matter to the police. They rushed to the spot and recovered the body. There were serious injuries on his face and head.The nature of his injuries suggest the victim was hit by a heavy substance like a chunk of concrete. The exact cause of his death is yet to be ascertained by police.After interrogating the neighbours of the victim, police came to know Hasda used to practice black magic along with a friend of him. The locals also told police that the victim was found consuming liquor with his friend on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have detained a person for interrogation.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that more than one person might have been involved in the crime.The body has been sent for an autopsy which might throw some light on the death of the victim.Police are investigating if there was any other angle into the incident. They are not ruling of a triangular love relationship which might have led to the murder.The investigating officers also collected samples from the place where the victim’s body was found. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.Some of the villagers are also being interrogated in this connection.
March 9, 2016 7 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Growth Hacking, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.So you’ve heard of growth hacking and you want it. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’d be crazy not to want it. Growth? Hacking? Heck, yes! I’ll order three of those, please!Related: How Growth Hacking Is Redefining MarketingUnfortunately, growth hacking is often misunderstood. Because, the word “growth” is undeniably positive, and “hack” is a buzzword. But what we’re left with is an emotionally appealing word without a whole lot of substanceSo, how do you hire a growth-hacking ninja who will skyrocket your startup to the top?1. Understand what growth hacking is and what it is not.Let’s use Wikipedia’s definition to wrap our heads around the concept: Growth hacking is a marketing technique developed by technology startups which use creativity, analytical thinking and social metrics to sell products and gain exposure.In other words, it’s marketing where you are free to color outside the lines. Gone are the marketing conventions of Mad Men. In those admen’s place are a slew of social-media-oriented and Internet-powered techniques combined with other mystical ingredients that together make up today’s digital marketing milieu.Yes, growth hacking is all of that and more. But don’t let “techniques” throw you off. Growth hacking isn’t all technique. Growth hacking is a mindset — a way of approaching the whole idea of marketing. Sean Ellis — the man who coined the term “growth hacking” — defined it as a person whose true north is growth. And that definition says nothing about techniques.That’s why I want to emphasize growth hacking as a mindset — a focus, rather than a set of systems. Growth hacking requires outside-the-box thinking: skepticism toward conventional marketing methods, plus the ability to pivot and adapt to new situations. So, how exactly do you find the perfect person who possesses all of these characteristics?2. Look for a strategist, not a technician.You want to find someone who is a master of strategy rather than actual technical implementation.Let me illustrate. One growth-hacking technique is split testing (a method of conducting controlled experiments to improve a website). You could do one of two things: 1) Hire a conversion optimizer who is skilled at split testing; or: 2) Hire a growth hacker who tells you to do split testing (but may not personally be able to do it). See the difference?The growth hacker knows that you need split testing in order to have a website that is optimized for conversions. The conversion optimizer knows how to do the split testing and how to implement the winning variation.Strategists can pull together all the different pieces of marketing and growth, synthesizing them into a powerful force that allows you to grow at a ridiculous rate. They may not know the nitty gritty of every piece, but they recognize the importance of every piece and how they work together.Related: 5 Growth-Hacking Strategies to Increase Your App Downloads3. Look not for a ‘growth hacker,’ but a marketer with a growth-hacking focus.Here’s a classic rookie mistake. An entrepreneur wants a “growth hacker.” So, he or she prances off to Craigslist or LinkedIn to find one. But, hold up a sec.Remember, growth hacking is a mindset. It’s not a job description. It’s an approach to marketing. If someone calls himself a “growth hacker,” he may or may not indeed be a growth hacker. In some cases, he may completely misunderstand growth hacking altogether.Rather than look for a “growth hacker,” then, seek out a really good marketer who possesses a growth-hacking focus.4. Seek out someone who’s done it before.The best growth hackers are those who have hacked growth before. This should be obvious. Unfortunately it’s easy to get swept up in the hype and the verbiage, and in the visions of exploding growth. When the happens, you can overlook the basic qualifying feature of the growth hacker: Has she done it before?Sean Ellis became the consummate growth hacker of Silicon Valley when he discovered the power of disruptive marketing. He was able to think beyond techniques, to truly analyze the characteristic aspects of a business. And he got results. He didn’t have a playbook he could hand off to a “marketing guy.” Instead, he created systems and processes that could be scaled and maintained, to channel torrents of growth into a business.Can you hire Sean Ellis? Yes, kind of. But the more important thing is to find someone who has a few notches in his or her marketing belt — innovative approaches to marketing that have produced bottom-line results.5. Become a growth hacker yourself, and hire growth hacking specialists.One of the most direct routes to finding a kickass growth hacker is to be one. How, you ask?At this point, it’s become a mantra in this article, but I will reiterate it. Growth hacking is a mindset. It’s not a set of sexy techniques. It’s not a method. In fact, growth hacking can get wild and out of control. Why?Because it’s a mindset. Growth hacking is fueled by an insatiable desire to grow, come hell or high water. Growth hacking stops at nothing to achieve the goal of growth. Growth hacking rests on trial and error, sometimes to the point of losing touch with reality. But that’s kind of the whole point.Growth hacking doesn’t come with a how-to guide. Growth hacking feeds off innovation. So, here’s how to begin your personal transformation into a growth hacker:Understand marketing at a foundational level. I’m not talking about methods. I’m talking about the entire approach of marketing. You must know your customers, your market and understand data.Discover what’s working. Become familiar with growth-hacking techniques that have worked for other startups. Read about the growth sagas of Airbnb, Dropbox and Uber to learn how they did it.Innovate. Create. Test. You’ll find your greatest successes come from just trying stuff. As Sean Ellis wrote, “Since most growth ideas fail, it becomes critical to test a lot of them. The faster you can hack together an idea, the sooner you can start testing it for some signs of life.”ConclusionThe minute you think you understand growth hacking is the minute you forget what it is. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Growth hacking is an elusive concept. Nobody owns a definition. Just as there’s no single correct definition, so is there no single right profile for the ideal growth hacker. There are no lists of qualifications, years of experience or types of software a growth hacker needs to know.You’ll know your growth hacker when you meet him — or her. She’ll be wild-eyed talking about growth, and passionate about innovation. She will be experienced in the art and ready to make a positive impact on your business.Related: 6 Growth Hack Techniques You Can Try TodayHave you hired a growth hacker? What’s your experience?