Mustafi reveals Arsenal team meeting after slump

first_imgShkodran Mustafi has revealed that Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker held a team meeting and called for an immediate response after a difficult spell for the clubThe German international revealed that Mertesacker held the meeting after losing four out of their previous five matches in February, which included two consecutive 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the space of just four days.“To be honest, this season has been more disappointing for us because we had bigger targets,” said Mustafi, as reported on arsenal.com“One really big positive thing is that to be able to recover from such a period when everything goes bad and you’re not in form, to be close together and come out of it as a team is a really big, massive thing.“I’ve been playing in a lot of teams across Europe and I’ve been playing in teams where we have been doing well, I’ve been playing in teams where we’ve been struggling, and it’s not easy to come out especially when you’re a big team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“You find yourself fighting in every game against every opponent. I think you have to give credit to the team because we managed to come together and go back to the basics. Everyone was fighting for each other to try to get back on a winning streak.“Everyone knew it was a difficult period. The meeting was about trying to listen to different opinions, different ideas and different feelings, and I think we found a way to try to change a bit.“It’s not that easy because one meeting is not going to change a lot, especially not during the season when you’re playing every three days, but it was important to speak our opinions out loud. Overall it was about giving 110 per cent to try to get out of it, and I think we managed it well.”Since the meeting, Arsenal have enjoyed an upsurge in form and have now won their past three matches. This included the defeat of AC Milan to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League and they will now turn their focus to their league game against Stoke City on Sunday.last_img read more

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Christian Pulisic named as a replacement for Willian at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea will step up their efforts to sign Christian Pulisic this summer if Willian opts to leave, reports the Evening StandardThe United States international has emerged as an exciting young talent in German football and Borussia Dortmund are now reportedly willing to cash in on the forward, if their asking price of £60m is matched.Jorginho and Rob Green are the only signings that Chelsea have made this summer, but new manager Maurizio Sarri is still planning on making some new additions before the end of the transfer window on August 9.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The former Napoli boss had been planning on a reunion with Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, but it appears that AC Milan have beaten him to it with reports emerging that they have signed the Argentina international on a season-long loan deal.Despite Barcelona having withdrawn their interest, Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt with Real Madrid now a shock possible destination for the 29-year-old.But Chelsea will not allow the Brazilian to go on the cheap and have set an asking price of £70m, which they intend to use to fund their bid for teenage sensation Pulisic.last_img read more

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Mbappe I was a leader for PSG

first_imgKylian Mbappe believes he has already become a leader at Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive second-half cameo inspired them to a 2-0 win over MarseillePSG manager Thomas Tuchel benched Mbappe along with Adrien Rabiot from Sunday’s Le Classique for disciplinary reasons after arriving late for the pre-game team talk.However, with the scoreline goalless, Tuchel substituted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Mbappe in the 62nd-minute and the youngster responded emphatically.It took just three minutes for Mbappe to score the opener for PSG before he later assisted Julian Draxler’s injury-time goal to seal a 2-0 win.Now the 19-year-old admits he feels like a leader for a team that wants to down in history.“The team needed this win,” Mbappe told Canal+.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“A great team relies on its leaders and they have to make a difference at key moments. I think I can take on that role and I did.“We have to continue on the right path. Marseille showed they have a team that plays with the ball. They had several sequences of play where we were in trouble, so all credit to them.“But we were able to be effective and we leave with the win. We are competitors. We want to go down in history. We mustn’t disregard any match.”Mbappe has now scored 12 goals and added four assists in 10 appearances across all competitions this season.PSG have also now won all eleven of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures this term, which hasn’t been accomplished in any of Europe’s top five leagues since Tottenham in 1960.last_img read more

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News Item on Tropical Storm Jose

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 6, 2017 – Nassau – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM JOSE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6AM WEDNESDAY 06TH SEPTEMBER 2017.… JOSE EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY TONIGHT …AT 5:00AM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JOSE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.5° NORTH ANDLONGITUDE 42.8° WEST OR ABOUT 1255 MILES EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES.TROPICAL STORM JOSE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT 13 MPH.  A SLIGHTLY FASTER WEST TO WEST-NORTHWEST MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 60 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST, AND JOSE IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY TONIGHT.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT NOON.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Related Items:last_img read more

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Magazine FASFAX Newsstand Decline Continues Subs Flat

first_imgThis is significant because those 25 titles account for almost 50 percent of the single-copy sales of all 521 magazines tracked on the newsstand by ABC.Among ABC’s top-ten single-copy gainers that sold more than 100,000 units, only one broke a double-digit percentage. Mother Earth News shot up 29 percent. The next highest gainer was Women’s Health at almost 9 percent. Four titles had positive newsstand growth in this range under 5 percent. [Note: this paragraph initially and incorrectly identified “overall” top-ten single-copy gainers. It has since been corrected to only single out the top ten that sold more than 100,000 units.]The six main celebrity titles—In Touch (-18 percent), Life &Style (-8 percent), OK! (-20 percent), People (-13 percent), Star (-14 percent), and Us (-3 percent)—were all notably down. However, the weeklies were particularly hard-hit when wholesaler Anderson News shut down in February, which caused sales losses and delays for its 25 percent marketshare.Nevertheless, this is the second period in a row the category has suffered decline. In the second half of 2008, those six titles were down more than an average of 25 percent.However, as reported last week, late second-half numbers may indicate an  upward trend on the newsstand. MagNet numbers show a 2.6 percent jump in single-copy sales in May and June and a 2.1 percent jump in revenue compared to the first four months of the year. “These numbers indicate to me that May and June may have changed the momentum on the newsstand for magazine publishers,” said Ken Godshall, MPA’s executive vice president of consumer marketing. “That’s a change in direction from what we’ve seen in the last couple ABC periods and may be a sign of hope for the future.”SubscriptionsTotal paid subscriptions remained relatively flat—up only .56 percent. Verified circ, which had grown as a source for many of the big publishers last year, was down almost 4 percent. Looking at the newsweeklies, Newsweek reported an 8 percent drop in paid subscriptions. Interestingly, its use of verified circ shot up 187 percent compared to same period last year. Time decreased its verified circulation by 88 percent and recorded a 2.6 percent spike in paid subscriptions. The Week remained flat with a .2 percent drop in paid subs and no reported verified use. Out of the top 10 paid and verified circ gainers with more than 100,000 circ, six were below 500,000 circulation; seven below one million. Global Traveller topped the gainers with a 48 percent jump in paid and verified circ. RELATED: Celebrity, Fashion Magazines Collect Dust on NewsstandsABC’s FAS-FAX report was released today and preliminary numbers show circulation and newsstand performance for the first half of 2009 did not do well. While overall paid subscriptions for 521 reporting titles remained flat, up about half a percentage point, single-copy sales are down 12 percent versus the same period last year.On the NewsstandAs a category, the top-selling 25 consumer magazines audited by ABC were all down save one—Real Simple squeaked out a 1.17 percent gain on the newsstand. Family Circle dropped the most, 22.55 percent compared to first-half 2008. last_img read more

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Womens Health Steps Up Social Sharing of Content

first_imgBumgarner says that exclusive content will be delivered to its Facebook community via a new social reader app, called Get More Women’s Health, that, once enabled, can be customized so readers can pick and choose what information is relevant to them, and ultimately what they would like to consume. “It’s a Facebook articles page that allows you to read information from the website right there in Facebook in an essentially ad-free format,” says Bumgarner. “It’s similar to the social reader for Washington Post. It’s connecting social media to news articles—some are updated every day and some a couple times a month. We’ve embedded it with lots of extra information.”There are bonus workouts integrated into the social reading app in addition to a body mass index calculator, a health advice column and exclusive videos, among other things. Bumgarner says content that might have previously been put behind a pay-wall, or not always readily available, will be integrated for the brand’s Facebook fans. While the content is hosted within Facebook itself, some articles or videos link directly back to the brand’s own website, driving traffic from the social site to its ad-supported Web product.The move to have this exclusive content available on social platforms comes from audience habits.“Changing a diet or changing your lifestyle, sometimes those things are more easily accomplished when you feel like you’re doing them with other people,” says Bumgarner. “That’s the real power of this social community out there—it unlocks something new and dynamic for a Women’s Health reader that is looking to improve their life. In a way, it’s an ability to connect with people around you and decide to make those improvements together. The idea of social media can become relatively meaningful.”Bucking a Paid Content ModelIn addition to offering free content to Facebook fans, Rodale is also giving individuals the opportunity to digitally read some of its magazine free of charge, too. As tablets grow increasingly popular, publishers have breathed a sigh of relief knowing that individuals will purchase content digitally, a ship that seemingly sailed as the Internet developed. Yet, starting with its October issue, Women’s Health will enable iPad subscribers to share articles with non-subscribers—even those who receive an article without a tablet will still have the tablet reading experience regardless of the device.“We’re using a kind of new technology that’s part of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite,” says Bumgarner. “We think it’s great for Women’s Health because we have an amazingly social audience, and we can share what we’re doing in the tablet world with other people out there. They can get a taste of the tablet experience and as a brand it allows us to bring together the tablet edition, print content and social media.”If someone downloads the October Women’s Health edition, an individual can share a story across her own personal social media channels by clicking a button within the iPad edition that has been incorporated by Adobe. “The page posted looks exactly like the tablet experience,” adds Bumgarner. “If there’s a video on that page or a 360 degree animation, all of those things are included and in the same dimensions of the tablet page. It will feel like a tablet, being very vertical and having the same interactivity.”Once an individual views a shared tablet page, they have the ability to click to the table of contents and read one more article. If clicking for a third, a prompt to become a customer appears.According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s most recent Fas-Fax report for the period ending June 30, 2012, Women’s Health had a total paid, verified and analyzed non-paid circulation of over 1.6 million, selling about 300,000 copies at newsstands and almost 51,500 digital replicas.“We’re proud of what we’re doing with the tablet and we want to get it to the women’s audience,” says Bumgarner. “We know that not everyone has a tablet, but we do want to share what we’re doing. We thought this would be a great way to take the initiative and move it out into the world.” On the heels of a social summer, Rodale’s Women’s Health is looking to get even more engagement momentum through a variety of community outreach strategies aimed at cultivating its audiences.About 18 percent of the brand’s monthly Web traffic now comes from Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The brand’s Olympic Twitter Takeover campaign, which took place in July, generated over 30 million Twitter impressions. Additionally, WomensHealthMag.com has recently seen a 171 percent jump in referral traffic from Pinterest.“We really want to give something special to our social community because we feel like it’s an important part of the direction that Women’s Health is going in,” says Sean Bumgarner, Rodale’s interactive design director. “We’ve seen tremendous growth on all of our social outlets over the last year, and especially the last six months.”last_img read more

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CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Reading Cooperative Bank

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Reading Cooperative Bank, which has two locations in Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday May 11

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAccording to precinct reports from Baltimore’s race for mayor supporters of former mayor Sheila Dixon and Democratic nominee Sen. Catherine Pugh voted largely along racial lines with Blacks supporting Dixon and Whites supporting Pugh. We’ll have analysis of the mayor’s race and the demographic implications for the city with Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun, attorney Carrie Evans and Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s, State Circle. This story and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Hill Earns CoSIDA Hall of Fame Honor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROEd Hill was an understated spokesman for Howard University. In 30 years as sports information director for the Bison athletic program, Hill was more than a disseminator of information about the games students played. He was a mentor, instructor, confidant and friend for scores of young men and women who have played pro sports and ascended to prominent roles in the sports media industry.His professional life was highlighted when the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) inducted him into their hall of fame during the annual convention at Gaylord Resort at National Harbor.Former Howard University Sports Information Director Ed Hill (2nd from left) with members of the 2018 CoSIDA Hall of Fame class following induction ceremonies at the Gaylord Hotel in Oxon Hill, MD (photo by Mark Gray).“You couldn’t have written a better script,” Hill told the AFRO. “Hall of fame, Washington, D.C., all of my friends, family, and mentors here to share in this moment, it doesn’t get any better than this.”Hill, who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 athletic season, never wanted the spotlight. He mastered the art of putting the shine on the accomplishments of players and teams who made history. However, he did take one last victory lap through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference where he was honored by the schools in the league. Hill was treated as royalty by his MEAC brethren in a manner befitting a retiring pro athlete.On every campus, when Howard visited for their annual basketball games, the already minted MEAC hall of famer was showered with gifts and platitudes during his own special night. Ultimately it was his peers in the conference who lobbied for Hill’s place in CoSIDA history. It was as important to them, as it was for Hill, to make sure when he was honored amongst the all-time greats in his profession.“I’m quite proud to have Ed Hill as a longtime colleague and friend,” said former South Carolina State SID Bill Hamilton. “We pushed hard and lobbied vigorously to make sure that he would be honored in his own backyard, so his family and friends could share in his moment with him.”During the ascension of Black College football into the mainstream of college sports during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hill’s marketing acumen brought credibility to Howard’s program. His two best marketing campaigns were for Howard quarterbacks Jay “Sky” Walker and Ted “Sweet Flight” White. Both signal callers led the Bison to HBCU national championships and played in the NFL. Their visibility was increased by clever designs of media guide covers and the reliability of Hill to consistently provide quality information, making it easier to get coverage from conventional media.Hill’s career began as a sportswriter with the Winston Salem Chronicle which gave him a perspective on how to develop relationships with sports journalists. He was relentless in providing information and accommodating the press despite the lack of space in facilities that remain less than state of the art at Greene Stadium and in Burr Gymnasium. Despite Howard’s lack of resources Hill’s professional resilience continued.Beyond his acumen in media and public relations, Hill’s mentoring and guidance helped mold many of today’s most prominent sports journalists at major networks and media relations professionals from his cramped work office space inside Drew Hall. Today that mentoring carries on into the streets of D.C.“We’re facing a lot of problems and I’m hoping to coalesce with other people to make a difference,” said Hill.last_img read more

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Delhis little Tibet

first_imgMajnu ka Tilla, a popular name among the student populace of Delhi University, has a famous Gurudwara and a Tibetan colony. The colony was allotted in the early 1960s by then Prime minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru in order to give refuge to the Tibetan refugees following the mass exodus in 1959.The Tibetan colony at Majnu ka Tilla has several Tibetan stores and roadside stalls that offer traditional Tibetan clothes, handicrafts, Buddhist artifacts, jewellery, various types of pickles, bamboo shoots, dried Tibetan noodles as well as Tibetan traditional corn flakes, colourful face masks, socks, shoe-soles. Some made-in-China products like sandals, umbrellas and bags are also available here.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The colony is full of restaurants that specialise in Tibetan, Nepali, Korean and Bhutanese cuisines. Besides the mouth smacking Momos, Thukpas, and Shabalays, one thing that draws visitors from all over Delhi, is the non-alcoholic Fruit Beer, which is available in every restaurant in the colony. On Wednesdays none of the restaurants in Majnu ka Tilla provides non vegetarian food. In the year 2004, the colony was renamed after the late freedom fighter Aruna Asaf Ali.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe colony has about 363 permanent registered families in addition to many tenants and outstation students. “The temple we have in the courtyard is not a monastery, so it is only open twice a day during the morning and the evening prayer sessions. Our usual functions and festivals are performed in this courtyard only but sometimes they are also carried out in the school playground,” said an official. On asked about the timing of the lively stores, he added, “The stores here are generally open till 7pm in the evening and some of the restaurants till 10-10:30 at night which adheres to the government rule.” “The place is visited mostly by Delhi University students and foreign tourists for the good reputation of food. There are many good restaurants here that provides tasty Tibetan and Nepali food”, said Gopal Krishnan, a worker at a local Travels and Money Changer store. Since Majnu ka Tilla was gifted to the Tibetans by the Government of India, they are neither allowed to sell the land to Indians nor are Indians allowed to buy property there. The place is exclusively meant for Tibetans who are at a liberty to have Indians rent a store for business.“People mostly buy the Dream-Catcher from our store, amongst all the other artifacts and traditional items. The Dream Catcher is believed to catch the bad dreams and prevent one from having nightmares,” says Tenzin, a worker in one of the artifacts stores.According to an auto-driver, who ferries passengers to and from the Vidhan Nagar metro station to Majnu ka Tilla, the co-ed-school is only for Tibetan children from the colony and has till the 8th standard. Even though Indian children were admitted to the school previously, it had been forbidden for quite some time now.With all the colours and spices sprinkled over to flavour the place, Majnu ka Tilla still has several local residents who find it difficult to communicate with outsiders due to language issues. If only they interacted more with the visiting students and tourists in Hindi and in English they could have learnt the language and also be a tad bit more friendlier.last_img read more

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Iran says return of Haj dead delayed

first_imgThe repatriation of Iranians killed in the Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia has been delayed until at least on Wednesday, officials said, citing administrative problems and difficulties in identifying victims.With the uproar over the tragedy showing no sign of easing, President Hassan Rouhani arrived back in Tehran on Tuesday having left the UN General Assembly early, after citing Saudi “incompetence” at the Haj. However the families of those who died in the crush — 228 Iranian fatalities have been confirmed — are still waiting for the ceremonial return of their loved ones. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“A plane is supposed to leave for Jeddah tonight for the transfer of bodies,” said Ali Marashi, head of the Iranian Red Crescent’s medical centre in Tehran, which is organising the repatriation.But the task is proving difficult as the toll continues to rise — beyond the confirmed dead a further 227 Iranians were injured and 246 are missing.“God willing we will have the funerals tomorrow,” Marashi said on Tuesday.“As well as the previous 21 containers there are now more dead bodies. Work is very slow.” Iran’s health minister, Hassan Hashemi, arrived in Mecca early today to head the effort to return the bodies, having tried to go earlier but his plane was refused permission to land.last_img read more

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Make running your New Years resolution

first_imgIf you are running out of ideas for your New Year’s resolution, consider running. Researchers have found that runners show greater functional connectivity in brain regions important for tasks such as planning and decision-making.“These activities (such as running) that people consider repetitive actually involve many complex cognitive functions – like planning and decision-making – that may have effects on the brain,” said one of the researchers David Raichlen, Associate Professor at University of Arizona, at Tucson in the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers compared brain scans of young adults engaged in cross-country running to young adults who do not engage in regular physical activity. Participants were roughly the same age – 18 to 25 – with comparable body mass index and educational levels.The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity within several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which is important for cognitive functions such as planning, decision-making and the ability to switch attention between tasks. The findings, suggest that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways similar to complex tasks like playing a musical instrument.last_img read more

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Boasting about busy life may be new status symbol

first_img‘Humblebragging’ – or boasting about how hectic your life may be the new status symbol, according to Harvard researchers, including one of Indian origin.Researchers found that being seen as constantly busy and overworked is the new way to prove that one is ‘in demand’.Taking the afternoon off for a round of golf or enjoying a beach holiday in a five-star resort were once signs of having social capital.However, phrases such as ‘I have no life’ and ‘I desperately need a holiday’ are now used to imply social standing, researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile ordering food shopping online is the perfect way to prove to neighbours that you are simply too busy and important to go to the supermarket.”Movies, magazines, and popular TV shows often highlight the abundance of money and leisure time among the wealthy,” said Neeru Paharia, an assistant professor at Harvard University in the US.”In recent years, featuring wealthy people relaxing by the pool or on a yacht, playing tennis and polo, or skiing and hunting are being replaced with ads featuring busy individuals who work long hours and have very limited leisure time,” Paharia told The Telegraph. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Displaying one’s busyness at work and lack of leisure time operates as a visible signal of status in the eyes of others,” she said.The study, carried out in the US, found that brands that marketed themselves as timesaving were becoming increasingly high-status, because of the people who used them.However, in Italy the effect was completely reversed. Italians still view a leisurely life as representative of high status, researchers said.last_img read more

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How do we keep our invoices from landing in clients bulk mail

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Bulk e-mail folders and “false positives” for spam filters are the bain of an honest company’s existence. It makes it so hard to get e-mail delivered to anyone.The best way to do this is to ask your clients to “white list” the e-mail address that the invoices come from. They can do this with the help of the IT department or, for smaller companies, the hosting company will be able to help create rules in their e-mail software to eliminate this problem.You might also want to look into an online invoicing system in which an actual invoice isn’t delivered, but a link to an online invoice is. Hope this helps,Lena August 14, 2008 Register Now »last_img read more

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Why the Internet Needs the WayBack Machine the Site That Archives the

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The Wayback Machine, a service offered through Internet Archive, provides access to online history by preserving and offering access to websites from the past 20 years.“The Wayback Machine is used by hundreds of thousands of people every day, presenting snapshots, back in time, from more than 1.5 billion websites,” says Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine.The site was founded by Brewster Kahle, who also sold Alexa Internet to Amazon and is in the Internet Hall of Fame.To celebrate the birth of the world wide web, we caught up with Graham to talk about the Wayback Machine, how it benefits the public and some surprising facts about the service:Related: 4 Reasons to Be Excited by the ‘Internet of Things’1. How does Wayback Machine work?The Wayback Machine offers access to the billions of web pages collected through many partners and technologies. Even though it is a huge collection, it only takes hundreds of computers to serve thousands of requests per second. It is a testament to how far our computer technology has grown.2. What do we risk if something like this doesn’t exist?Without things like the Wayback Machine, we would deny future generations an ability to explore and learn from history that is increasingly digital. Oh, and for historians to try to piece together what that whole Pokemon (see: Go Pokébarbarians at the Gate) phenomenon was about.3. Why is this an important service to have? How does it benefit people?The average life expectancy of a web page is only 100 days before it is changed or deleted. The web is a record of our time, and without a record will lose history.4. How many staff members did you have when you started? How many do you have now?There are 150 employees of the Internet Archive, but there are now more than 1,000 librarians in 400 institutions shaping the holdings of the Wayback Machine by curating thousands of individual web collections through the archive-it.org service.5. What does this service tell us about how the internet has changed?People love to share and people love to learn, and people love cats. What is changing is how people are doing this. The web’s evolution, which now includes Youtube and Facebook, is making this easier and easier.6. What are the most striking changes in how we use the internet that you’ve noticed?That it is no longer a “nice to have” but so influential that governments block access to certain websites, or the whole internet, when they think they are threatened. The other obvious difference is that most people now access the internet via mobile devices, which are location aware by default, supporting a wide range of services that require that information.7. What are some surprising uses you’ve seen for your tool?On July 17, 2014, Igor (Strelkov) Girkin, a Ukrainian separatist leader, claimed responsibility online for the downing of what he thought was a Ukrainian military transport plane near the rebel held Ukrainian city of Donetsk. When reports that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, with 295 passengers, had been shot down in the same area, his post was removed. But not before it had been preserved several times by the Wayback Machine, where it is available today.And on May 1, 2003, the White House issued a statement that said “President Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.”  Later the word ‘Major’ was added to the title and on Oct. 1, 2003, it read “President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.” Later still it was removed from the live web altogether, but you can see preserved copies of it.Related: Your Internet Signal Is Going To Be Transmitted Through Light8. What are some facts about the Wayback Machine that most people don’t know?That the inventory of more than half a trillion web captures is not the result of a single continuous crawling process but rather millions of separate crawls, defined by thousands of people, over the years.That the home for the Wayback Machine is a former Church of Christian Scientists, which is now a digital library where the hymnal page numbers of the wall have been replaced with mathematically significant numbers. We have a new beta that allows people to search for a site with keywords: https://web-beta.archive.org.9. What’s ahead?We are trying to help build the internet into the Library of Alexandria version two by making all the published works permanently available to everyone that is curious enough to want access (all books, music, video, software and web pages). That is the opportunity of our generation, and one we are trying to help make real.  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 4, 2016 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Amazon reInvent Day 3 Lamba Layers Lambda Runtime API and other exciting

first_imgThe second last day of Amazon re:Invent 2018 ended on a high note. AWS announced two new features, Lambda Layers, and Lambda Runtime API, that claim to “make serverless development even easier”. In addition to this, they have also announced that Application Load Balancers will now invoke Lambda functions to serve HTTP(S) requests and Ruby Language support for Lambda. #1 Lambda Layers Lambda Layers allow developers to centrally manage code and data which is shared across multiple functions. Instead of packaging and deploying this shared code together with all the functions using it, developers can put common components in a ZIP file and upload it as a Lambda Layer.  These Layers can be used within an AWS account, shared between accounts, or shared publicly within the developer community. AWS  is also publishing a public layer which includes NumPy and SciPy. This layer is prebuilt and optimized to help users to carry out data processing and machine learning applications quickly. Developers can include additional files or data for their functions including binaries such as FFmpeg or ImageMagick, or dependencies, such as NumPy for Python. These layers are added to your function’s zip file when published. Layers can also be versioned to manage updates, which will make each version immutable. When a version is deleted or its permissions are revoked, a developer won’t be able to create new functions; however, functions that used it previously will continue to work. Lamba layers helps in making the function code smaller and more focused on what the application has to build. In addition to faster deployments, because less code must be packaged and uploaded, code dependencies can be reused. #2 Lambda Runtime API This is a simple interface to use any programming language, or a specific language version, for developing functions. Here, runtimes can be shared as layers, which allows developers to work with a  programming language of their choice when authoring Lambda functions. Developers using the Runtime API will have to bundle the same with their application artifact or as a Lambda layer that the application uses. When creating or updating a function, users can select a custom runtime. The function must include (in its code or in a layer) an executable file called bootstrap, that will be responsible for the communication between code and the Lambda environment. As of now, AWS has made the C++ and Rust open source runtimes available. The other open source runtimes that will possibly be available soon include: Erlang (Alert Logic) Elixir (Alert Logic) Cobol (Blu Age) Node.js (NodeSource N|Solid) PHP (Stackery) The Runtime API will depict how AWS will support new languages in Lambda. A notable feature of the C++ runtime is its simplicity and expressiveness of interpreted languages while maintaining a good performance and low memory footprint. The Rust runtime makes it easy to write highly performant Lambda functions in Rust. #3 Application Load Balancers to invoke Lambda functions to serve HTTP(S) requests This new functionality will enable users to access serverless applications from any HTTP client, including web browsers. Users can also route requests to different Lambda functions based on the requested content. Application Load Balancer will be used as a common HTTP endpoint to both simplify operations and monitor applications that use servers and serverless computing. #4 Ruby is now a supported language for AWS Lambda Developers can use Lambda functions as idiomatic Ruby code, and run them on AWS. The AWS SDK for Ruby is included in the Lambda execution environment by default making it easy and quick for functions to directly interact with the AWS resources directly. Ruby on Lambda can be used either through the AWS Management Console or the AWS SAM CLI. This will ensure developers benefit from the reduced operational overhead, scalability, availability, and pay-per-use pricing of Lambda. Head over to What’s new with AWS to stay updated on upcoming AWS announcements. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon introduces Firecracker: Lightweight Virtualization for Running Multi-Tenant Container Workloads AWS introduces ‘AWS DataSync’ for automated, simplified, and accelerated data transferlast_img read more

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May 8 2015MSc in Sustainable Engineering Archite

first_imgMay 8, 2015MSc in Sustainable Engineering: Architecture and Ecology – a collaboration between The University of Strathclyde Glasgow and the Cosanti FoundationThe University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Scotland, and the Cosanti Foundation in Arizona are very pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative postgraduate course in Architecture and Ecology. The new course, a Master of Science delivered within the University’s internationally renowned Faculty of Engineering, will provide students with the unique opportunity to study for a Strathclyde Master’s degree while living and working at Arcosanti. Students will spend one semester studying at the city centre campus in Glasgow, completing classes in a range of topics from Sustainability and Urban Theory to Energy Resources and Project Management.  They will then travel to Arizona where they will complete a second semester consisting of a class in Arcology, and a practical group project which will work closely with the current research needs of Arcosanti, allowing students to apply knowledge and theory obtained during the course to real life research problems.Dr David Grierson, the Deputy Head of the Department of Architecture at the University, and Director of Internationalism for the Department, is an Arcosanti alumnus and Course Director of the MSc in Architecture and Ecology: “As the world increasingly wakes up to the unsustainable nature of urban sprawl, and its profligate use of vast amounts of energy and resources, the ongoing pursuit of a better ecological alternative at Arcosanti becomes ever more relevant. At the University of Strathclyde Glasgow we are delighted to have formed a partnership with the Cosanti Foundation to offer Masters’ students from around the world an exciting opportunity to critically study the relationship between architecture and ecology, and understand first-hand the theoretical and practical implications of this alternative, while living and working in Scotland and Arizona.” More information on this exciting new collaboration (including information about the University of Strathclyde, MSc course content, and application details) can be found at either Arcosanti’s dedicated information page,  or the course page from the University of Strathclyde.last_img read more

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Modern Times Groupowned youth music and lifestyle

first_imgModern Times Group-owned youth music and lifestyle broadcaster Trace has unveiled plans to launch three new regionally-focused music channels in Africa.The channels are targeted at southern, eastern and western sub-Saharan Africa respectively.Trace Africa will be aimed at southern Africa, serving viewers with a mix of music videos, specials and documentaries covering genres including Kwaito, House, Coupé-Décalé, Afropop, Rumba and Ndombolo.Eastern African service Trace Mziki will be, according to Trace, the first channel made in Swahili and English. Trace Mziki will provide music including Ugandan and Tanzanian hits and genres such as Bongo Flavas.For western Africa, Trace is launching Trace Naija, spanning genres including Afrobeats, Afropop and Hip Life.The channels will be carried by MultiChoice’s DStv platform.TRACE’s CEO, Olivier Laouchez, said: “Trace is already the leading music brand in Africa. These three new localised music channels will help promote more artists from the three biggest music hubs of Africa and they will better serve the strong need of the local audiences for great local content.”last_img read more

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Every evening after dinner Herman Agbavor and his

first_imgEvery evening after dinner, Herman Agbavor and his 5-year-old son Herbert have a ritual. Little Herbert climbs into his dad’s lap, unzips his book bag and they go over his kindergarten homework.The two of them have been doing some variation of this homework routine since Herbert was 1. That’s when Agbavor first enrolled the boy in preschool.They live in a working-class neighborhood of Ghana’s capital city Accra — in a cement block apartment in a multifamily house that’s got a television and lots of books but no indoor plumbing.A few minutes into their session on a recent evening, they get to a page with instructions to trace some rectangles. The boy falters.”T-R-A-C-E,” says the father. “What does it spell?””Te?” offers Herbert in a small voice.”You’ve got to learn how to read,” Agbavor says intently. “It’s very important. I’m not supposed to be reading for you all the time!”Share your story on your school experiences. In Ghana right now there’s a lot riding on getting your child to read by age 5. No one can pinpoint precisely when these expectations started. But there’s a widespread sense that Africa is rising. Just last year Ghana ranked among the world’s fastest growing economies. And like many parents, Agbavor is convinced that all sorts of jobs could be opening up for people who know things — skills like speaking English and working with computers. And so there’s a trend here. Parents — even those with very low incomes — are putting their children in private schools at younger and younger ages.This hope around preschool is something you see around the world. In rich and poor countries alike there’s a recognition that quality preschool can give children an invaluable start in life. And in the U.S. there’s a major push underway to get more children enrolled. But in Accra — and in fact in many fast-growing African cities — they’ve already achieved that. It’s estimated that in Accra by the time children reach age 3, 80 percent of them are in preschool, twice the share in the United States.But there is a problem with this picture. The government has tested Ghana’s children as they move on to elementary school. It has found that the preschool boom is not fulfilling its promise. To cite just one statistic, among second graders tested in city schools one-third could not read a single word of a simple story. The results on basic arithmetic questions are similarly disappointing.In short, when it comes to preschool in Ghana, “children are not actually getting anything from it,” says Sharon Wolf, a professor of early childhood development at the University of Pennsylvania. “They are not actually learning.”Wolf is one of several experts the government has turned to in an attempt to address this problem. Three years ago officials asked her and several collaborators — including an international research group called Innovations for Poverty Action — to set up an experiment aimed at overhauling Accra’s preschools: A training program to get the teachers to completely rethink their approach to teaching.And at first the experimental training program was remarkably effective. But then the effort ran into a wall. The very people who are most desperate for Ghana’s kids to succeed — the moms and the dads — started getting in the way.A Teacher’s QuestFour hundred and forty-four teachers were selected for the training experiment. One of them happens to be Herbert’s current teacher, a 41-year-old with a round face and a beaming smile named Godaiva Gbetodeme.She was a particularly eager recruit — because she had been trying to figure out how to be a better teacher for years.Gbetodeme had gotten into teaching more than two decades earlier, at age 20, mainly because she needed a job. Her mother had died and she needed to support her younger siblings. She didn’t have any special skills, just the rough equivalent of a high school degree.”So I had to hustle here and there,” she says chuckling. And she had noticed there were all these preschools popping up around the neighborhood, most of them privately run. The owners didn’t care that she had no teaching credentials. Few of Ghana’s preschool teachers do.But what started as just a job had almost immediately turned into a calling for Gbetodeme. She just loved being around the children: “I realized that’s what God has planned for me.”And to her that meant she shouldn’t just wing it as a teacher. “I have to get into it fully.”She tried getting advice on how to be a good teacher from the owners of a succession of preschools she worked at. Their answer was invariably: “more homework.” As in: “Why don’t you give the children three homework [assignments]. Why don’t you give them four?”And that is what the parents seemed to want. They would open their child’s backpack in front of her, she recalls, “and say ‘Oh! there’s no homework in my child’s bag.’ So I would say, ‘Don’t worry. We will double the homework for your child on Monday.'”Gbetodome says her next attempt to learn how to be a teacher was a kind of spy operation. “Yes,” she says, giggling, “don’t laugh at me.” She had noticed that there was another preschool not far from her home that charged three times as much tuition as the school she was teaching in. Maybe she could learn something from them, she thought. So “I went there in a pretend manner” — masquerading as a parent to get the headmistress to show her around.And she was blown away by what she saw.”I was like, oh wow!” she remembers.Gbetodome’s own classroom was a spartan place — with bare cement walls, not a single poster for the children to look at. This expensive school’s classroom was filled with books and toys.”Legos in different shapes and sizes,” she recalls.Gbetodome tried to make the case to her own headmaster that they should buy things like this for her classroom. She says he told her, this is a school for working-class parents. We don’t have those kind of resources.”There is no money,” she recalls. “They always complain that there is no money in my school.”And so, Gbetodome returned to her classroom defeated. It wasn’t until the researchers came along that she would find out there was something she could do to dramatically improve her classroom — a missing ingredient that wouldn’t require money but rather a fundamental re-conception of how she should relate to her students.’Chew And Pour’Before launching the experiment to train teachers, Sharon Wolf, the researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, ran some tests on groups of preschoolers to figure out how much they know.”One way is by showing a picture and asking children to tell you what they see,” she notes. For instance a landscape with lots of animals. Then, you count the number of words the kids say as a way to gauge their vocabulary skills.But when Wolf tried this common test with Ghana’s preschoolers, “we would just get blank stares.” If the tester pointed to a specific animal the child could name it. But when the kids were asked, just generally, what do you see, they were stuck. They did not know how to offer their own observations and opinions in answer to an open-ended question.”It became very clear that children are not really getting opportunities to do this in school,” says Wolf. And as Wolf started visiting Accra’s preschool classrooms it became clear that this was the result of a very particular style of teaching.We get a sense of what this approach looks like on a recent morning when we walk into one of the preschools Wolf has been studying just as class is about to begin.About 40 toddlers take their place at rows of wood tables. Their teacher walks to the front of the room and turns to face them. “Attention!” she calls out crisply. The children rise as one, snapping their hands to their sides.Almost immediately the teacher launches into a vocabulary lesson in English — the language used by officialdom in Ghana but not the language spoken in these children’s homes. “Shoe!” she shouts, holding up a flashcard with a picture of a shoe. “Shoe!” the kids shout back. “Shoe! Shoe! Shoe!”Next up, a picture of a nose. “Nose!” shouts the teacher. “Nose! Nose! Nose!” shout the children.Then it’s time for Roman numerals.It looks academically rigorous, but there’s a serious deficiency, says Margaret Okai, the government education official in charge of Ghana’s preschool and elementary schools.The teachers are exclusively focused on rote memorization. “When you enter their classroom you realize they are not able to engage the children. They’d rather stand in front of the children,” she says — lecturing to the students and making the children repeat it back.When we describe the scenes we’ve been seeing in Accra’s preschools to Herman Agbavor — the father who was doing homework with his son Herbert, he immediately nods in recognition. “Back in school we used to call it chew and pour,” he says. Meaning, for each possible question the teacher gives you one correct answer to memorize — or “chew” — so that come test time, you can regurgitate it — “pour it” back to her verbatim.”And then,” adds Agbavor with a chuckle, “you forget about it. Nothing is retained.”People in Ghana laugh about chew and pour because it’s always been this way. It’s not something they expect to change. They complain about it the way Americans gripe about standardized testing or how children are given the whole summer off to forget everything they learned during the year.But the consensus among researchers and government officials is that at least in preschools, there’s an urgent need to scrap this method. Instead of forcing kids to stare at a chalkboard or a flashcard, Okai says, teachers need to come up with hands-on activities using objects that children can touch and manipulate. And most crucially, agrees Wolf, instead of training them to spit out set answers to a list of questions, teachers need to ask open-ended questions that “draw out children’s ability to think and reason.”This was the missing ingredient in Gbetodeme’s classroom.No KnockingSo how do you turn a chew-and-pour teacher into a different kind of educator?The experimental training program that Wolf designed took place three years ago. It consisted of a week of intensive instruction, followed by two shorter refresher courses and monthly classroom visits from a coach over the course of a year. And it was chock-full of practical tips — activities teachers could use to get students to express themselves.But for Gbetodome the most important takeaway was deeper. Sitting at the training center, she began to realize that if she wanted children to really answer, and not just give blank stares, she didn’t just have to ask different questions. She would have to become a different kind of teacher.”I learned that as a teacher I should be approachable. I should be their friend,” she says. Meaning she needed to get on the children’s level — even literally.”Like if they sit on the floor, I sit on the floor with them.”Until the trainers suggested this, Gbetodeme says it would never have occurred to her to interact with her students this way.”I felt that, ‘I’m the teacher. You are my students. I’m educating you,'” she says.In other words, her role was to be the authority figure — to command respect.At first she was skeptical. This idea of asking kids questions about their thoughts and feelings and waiting for them to answer — that might work in the United States, she thought. But “this is Ghana. We are supposed to handle kids our own way.”A child shouldn’t be the one to initiate a conversation with an adult. Kids shouldn’t look adults in the eye even. You were supposed to be afraid of teachers.”It’s part and parcel of us,” she says.She remembers a time one of her own teachers knocked her in the head. She was 16-years-old. He was the French teacher. He caught her trying to sneak a few peppers out of the cafeteria.”I had a severe headache for two days,” she says.When she became a teacher, she followed the French teacher’s example.”Let me be frank,” she says, “I knocked their heads. When they would do something bad I’d just …” She gives the table a hard rap.But in the experimental training program the instructors made the case against intimidation by bringing up brain science.”When we’re scared,” says Wolf, “those parts of our brain that can absorb information and are used in learning actually shut down.”And sitting there, Gbetodeme started to rethink all the experiences she’d had. “It kept flashing back into my brain.”Like that time the French teacher had knocked her in the head. It wasn’t just physically painful, she says. It was humiliating. She wasn’t allowed to leave the cafeteria until lunch was over. So in front of everyone she put her head down on the table, “and I wept.” Soon after she dropped his class. She never studied French again. “I didn’t even want to see his face. I hate him up until today,” she says.And reflecting on that memory, Gbetodeme realized that several years earlier she had done the same thing to one of her own students. A boy named Chris “was doing something naughty,” she says, “I don’t remember exactly what.” So she hit him hard. Now when she runs into him she sees the same hatred in his eyes that she feels toward her French teacher.”That boy,” Gbetodeme says sadly, “will not forgive me.”All those years that she had been following the traditional script, “I realized that I had been harming the children.” Gbetodeme came out of the training and made a vow to herself. She would never lay a hand on a child again. Never even intimidate a kid. It was going to be a different kind of space in her classroom. A different kind of Ghana.A Classroom TransformedWalk into Gbetodeme’s class today and the contrast with the typical preschools around the neighborhood is remarkable.Her room is awash in color. Every inch of the cement walls are covered with posters with numbers and words and animals. There’s a pretend shop filled with empty food boxes and household supplies where children can “buy” the items with pretend money. The training program taught her how to use everyday supplies to make teaching materials. Bottle caps, cardboard boxes, “even the tube inside the toilet [paper] roll,” she says.But the most notable difference is how Gbetodome treats her students. Gone is the knocking. She never even yells — just calls them to attention with a cheerful “Hello!” or a ring of a bell.And if they occasionally misbehave — she talks it through with them. When a boy shoves Herbert as they wait to wash their hands, she says firmly but soothingly: “Michael, why do you like fighting? We say children of God should not fight. Say sorry to him.””Sorry,” mumbles little Michael.There are still a few chew and pour exercises. But throughout the day Gbetodeme finds all sorts of ways to engage the kids in open-ended conversations.It starts with calling the children to a poster with faces on it — one happy, another sad, another angry, another surprised and so on. The children take a sticker with their name on it and place it under the face that reflects how they feel in that moment.Herbert puts his name under the grinning face. “Why are you happy?” asks Gbetodeme.”Because my mother will buy me a toffee,” he exclaims.”Oh!” says Gbetodeme, laughing. “Will you be bringing me some of the toffee?””Yes,” he says shyly as the other children giggle.The Preschool ParadoxGbetodeme is not an outlier. Across the board, Wolf found that this short, very basic program prompted teachers to substantially change their teaching practices. Best of all that change translated into better learning outcomes for their students — who scored higher on tests of pre-literacy, pre-numeracy and social emotional skills than children taught by a control group of teachers who did not get the training.”That was the thing that really floored me,” says Wolf. She also found that of all the various changes the teachers made — like more hands-on activities and no corporal punishment — what made the most difference in the children’s performance on academic tests was when teachers engaged in the open-ended questioning.This suggests something of a paradox: Ghana’s chew-and-pour classrooms may be unsuccessful at teaching early reading and math precisely because they are so squarely focused on teaching this material. And the teachers in the training program had more success at getting children to read and do math precisely because they moved away from such a strong focus on outcomes and focused instead on the process — basically building up the thinking and reasoning skills that children need to learn.”We didn’t train the teachers on how should you be teaching the alphabet,” notes Wolf. “We just trained the teachers on how to make their classrooms more child-friendly.”But then the experiment ran into an unexpected obstacle.Herman’s Hopes … And FearsHerman Agbavor says he enrolled his son, Herbert, in preschool at such an early age because he himself didn’t have that opportunity.Agbavor is stuck in a job he doesn’t love. And he thinks it’s because he didn’t get the right start. He would have liked to be a doctor, he says. Most recently he’s been working toward getting certified as an airplane mechanic. But right now he’s working at the airport, filling out paperwork on the planes that come in.For his son, “I would love for him to be a doctor or a pilot or a pastor,” Agbavor muses. But most important, he says, is that Herbert get to choose his passion. The thought that this future is within Herbert’s grasp fills Agbavor with hope. But also with anxiety.Because right now Herbert is not reading at the pace Agbavor thinks he should. He knows his alphabet, “but when it comes to reading a full word, he’s messing up,” says Agbavor. The realization feels like a punch to the gut for Agbavor. Herbert is only five years old, and already Agbavor worries he may be failing him.So earlier this Agbavor stopped by Gbetodome’s classroom to make a request.”He told me I should lash his son for him,” recalls Gbetodeme.She considers the boy eager to please and generally well-behaved. And yet here was his father looming before her, giving her this message.”He said, ‘Lash Herbert for me. He’s naughty. He’s not learning.'”Agbavor says he was just trying to “give her confidence” to get Herbert to buckle down more — and to let Gbetodeme know that he wouldn’t complain if she needed to put the boy in line.But Gbetodeme says it felt like criticism. And in that moment — despite all her vows to be a different sort of teacher, one who no longer relies on intimidation — she slipped a little.She says she called out to the boy: “Herbert, did you hear? Did you hear what your daddy told me to do to you?'” And she says, Herbert, normally so full of pep, “he became kind of timid.”As slips go, it was not hugely dramatic. But it’s telling because of another — less hopeful — finding from Wolf’s experiment. In addition to the group of teachers that got the training (Gbetodeme’s group), Wolf created another group, training the teachers but also bringing in parents of their students to see a video on the importance of activity-based learning and encouraging them to be more involved in their children’s education.Here’s what she found: The teachers in that group didn’t change their teaching style to engage the children in open-ended conversations. And the children didn’t make gains in test scores.Why this happened is a bit of a puzzle. But Wolf found what she thinks was a clue. In some follow-up interviews she did with both parents and teachers, it appeared that the training program made parents more prone to complain about their children to the teachers — to say things along the lines of what Agbavor told his son’s teacher. Wolf hypothesizes that giving up the chew-and-pour approach “was really going out on a limb” for these teachers. So in the face of even indirect pushback from parents, the child-centered approach “was the natural thing for teachers to step back on.”The Worries Of A One-Eyed ManAgbavor seems genuinely surprised to learn that Gbetodeme took his instruction to her as a criticism. He also was not aware that she had had the experimental training. He hadn’t even realized she was using a new approach in her classroom. He’s never actually observed her in action.When I fill in him, he’s intrigued.It would be great for teachers to give kids more opportunities for hands-on learning, he says.”I believe in the practical,” he says. “If you just have theory and you can’t practice, it’s useless.”But as we discuss how he, as a parent, can make sure that Herbert’s teachers do better, he reverts to the same focus on outcomes — on the trappings of learning — that gave rise to chew and pour.”It’s step by step,” he says. First the child needs to know the alphabet, “then from that to form sentences.””And If I tell [the teachers], by the end of this year he should be writing then they’ll know that.” They’ll make it happen.He doesn’t see how he can let up on his focus on results. He can’t just step back and put his faith in the school.”Herbert is my first son,” he says. “I don’t want him to regret in the future that, ‘my father couldn’t do the right thing for me.’ “Agbavor brings up an expression in his language, Ewe: “If you’re a one-eyed man, you don’t play with sand.” It could get in your eye and “you don’t have an eye to spare. A one-eyed man doesn’t play with sand.” SHARE YOUR STORY: Kids and parental pressureAs a parent, did you ever push your child in ways you now regret – or not push them enough? Or when you were a child, did you ever feel pushed too hard or not enough? Share your story in the tool below. We are collecting responses until June 27. We may feature your post on NPR. 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