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  • 20 Aug 2017
    Nobody brags about eating junk. A healthy diet includes veggies and eschews too much sugar, and if you eat that way, you can feel satisfied that you are eating “clean.” But you know what? Eating clean is a trap.   Sure, it feels good to eat a “clean” meal or two. Nevermind that there’s no consistent definition of “clean.” I liked the word when I first heard it, because I took it to mean unprocessed foods (fresh vegetables, home-cooked meals) and it wasn’t wedded to any particular theory, like eating low-carb or low-fat. But the same vagueness that was once its appeal has been co-opted. Now anything can be clean if it’s sold by someone standing on a beach looking gorgeous.   This was probably inevitable. For years we’ve heard that diets don’t work; what you need to be healthy is a lifestyle change. So, breed that mostly sensible concept with our modern craze for the all-around enviable lifestyle, and what you get is an influencer (Instagrammer, movie star, supplement huckster, et. al.) who can paint you a picture of the amazing person you will be if you eat what they eat.   Here’s how the appeal works: each guru presents a simple idea held up by a scaffolding of half truths and cherry picked data. Debunk one small pillar, and the others still stand. Nobody has time to debunk them all, and if you try, you look like a killjoy. But from a distance, that one big idea looks like a beacon of clarity in a confusing world.   Here are some examples: You just need to eat nothing but vegetables. Or avoid most vegetables. Or cut out gluten. Or eliminate dairy, grains, and sugar. These aren’t variations on one basic idea of healthy eating; they’re each a different gimmick masquerading as common sense. Bee Wilson writes in The Guardian that we’ve been snookered by a “dream of purity in a toxic world” and “[w]e are so unmoored that we will put our faith in any master who promises us that we, too, can become pure and good.”   This fantasy backfires, though, when we look at the foods and diets and people who don’t qualify as “clean.” Does that mean that other foods, and the people who eat them, are “dirty”? It’s not like quinoa is that different from rice, or sweet potatoes are that different from regular potatoes. Coconut sugar is far more expensive than regular sugar, as Wilson points out, but nutritionally almost identical.   The same goes for processed food. It’s not as if processing is inherently bad. (Cooking is a form of processing, after all). Twinkies, for example, aren’t “unclean.” They’re just high in sugar and low in a lot of healthy nutrients, so it makes sense not to eat too many of them. Without the halo of clean eating, we’re back to evaluating foods on their merits, and figuring out whether they fit into the diet that makes sense for each of us. Sorry if that’s less romantic
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • Nobody brags about eating junk. A healthy diet includes veggies and eschews too much sugar, and if you eat that way, you can feel satisfied that you are eating “clean.” But you know what? Eating clean is a trap.   Sure, it feels good to eat a “clean” meal or two. Nevermind that there’s no consistent definition of “clean.” I liked the word when I first heard it, because I took it to mean unprocessed foods (fresh vegetables, home-cooked meals) and it wasn’t wedded to any particular theory, like eating low-carb or low-fat. But the same vagueness that was once its appeal has been co-opted. Now anything can be clean if it’s sold by someone standing on a beach looking gorgeous.   This was probably inevitable. For years we’ve heard that diets don’t work; what you need to be healthy is a lifestyle change. So, breed that mostly sensible concept with our modern craze for the all-around enviable lifestyle, and what you get is an influencer (Instagrammer, movie star, supplement huckster, et. al.) who can paint you a picture of the amazing person you will be if you eat what they eat.   Here’s how the appeal works: each guru presents a simple idea held up by a scaffolding of half truths and cherry picked data. Debunk one small pillar, and the others still stand. Nobody has time to debunk them all, and if you try, you look like a killjoy. But from a distance, that one big idea looks like a beacon of clarity in a confusing world.   Here are some examples: You just need to eat nothing but vegetables. Or avoid most vegetables. Or cut out gluten. Or eliminate dairy, grains, and sugar. These aren’t variations on one basic idea of healthy eating; they’re each a different gimmick masquerading as common sense. Bee Wilson writes in The Guardian that we’ve been snookered by a “dream of purity in a toxic world” and “[w]e are so unmoored that we will put our faith in any master who promises us that we, too, can become pure and good.”   This fantasy backfires, though, when we look at the foods and diets and people who don’t qualify as “clean.” Does that mean that other foods, and the people who eat them, are “dirty”? It’s not like quinoa is that different from rice, or sweet potatoes are that different from regular potatoes. Coconut sugar is far more expensive than regular sugar, as Wilson points out, but nutritionally almost identical.   The same goes for processed food. It’s not as if processing is inherently bad. (Cooking is a form of processing, after all). Twinkies, for example, aren’t “unclean.” They’re just high in sugar and low in a lot of healthy nutrients, so it makes sense not to eat too many of them. Without the halo of clean eating, we’re back to evaluating foods on their merits, and figuring out whether they fit into the diet that makes sense for each of us. Sorry if that’s less romantic
    Aug 20, 2017 0
  • 20 Aug 2017
    It happens with parents all the time. They sign little Everett up for kids’ soccer, and he’s good. Really good. So they put him in soccer summer camps, goalkeeper clinics, and spend every weekend lugging coolers and lawn chairs to his soccer games all over the state. They start daydreaming about college scholarships and professional contracts and how he might even become the next Christian Pulisic. Good thing they discovered his perfect sport so young, right?   Maybe not. According to new research published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, specializing in a sport at a young age does not seem to be related to future success in that sport at an elite level, and can even be harmful, leading to more injuries. Those required 10,000 hours of practice don’t apply to most sports, except for the ones where athletes compete at the Olympic level young, like rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating. For kids, it’s better to try different sports and activities, or just run around and play whatever comes to mind. (Remember when all the neighborhood children just knocked on each other’s doors and gathered to play tag in the field? Me neither, but let’s bring that back.)   Here’s why. Overtraining Can Lead to More Injuries Repeating the same movements over and over, like pitching a baseball, can put stress on the ligaments, muscles, tendons and growth plates. Kids’ bodies are not the same as adult bodies, and those who specialize in a sport have the additional risk of sustaining overuse injuries, according to the data. For example, in a study of 546 teenage female athletes who played basketball, soccer or volleyball, there was an increased rate of anterior knee pain in those who had specialized in the individual sports at an early age than those who played a variety of sports.   Specialization Can Lead to Burnout The pressure for kids to be “committed” to one sport is causing emotional burnout. That leads to them quitting the sport, and once they quit, they rarely return. About 70 percent of children drop out of organized sports by age 13. It’s too much pressure.   The Best Athletes Played a Variety of Sports When They Were Young In the study, which surveyed 3039 athletes at the high school level and beyond, only 22% of professional athletes said they would want their own child to specialize in one sport during childhood and adolescence. Most pro athletes played two or more sports at a young age, especially high school—check out the massive Wikipedia list. Participating in multiple sports builds up different muscles, and can help players become better all-around athletes. Several college football coaches even say they seek out multi-sport athletes on the recruiting trail.   The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against single-sport specialization, and instead recommend that parents: - Delay sports specialization until at least age 15 or 16.- Encourage their kids to participate in multiple sports.- Discuss sports goals with their pediatrician to see if they are appropriate and realistic.- Take time off from the sport if they do decide to specialize. They should take a break from their sport at least three months during the year, in increments of one month. They can still be active in other ways, of course.- Take one to two days off from their sport per week to decrease chances of injury.
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • It happens with parents all the time. They sign little Everett up for kids’ soccer, and he’s good. Really good. So they put him in soccer summer camps, goalkeeper clinics, and spend every weekend lugging coolers and lawn chairs to his soccer games all over the state. They start daydreaming about college scholarships and professional contracts and how he might even become the next Christian Pulisic. Good thing they discovered his perfect sport so young, right?   Maybe not. According to new research published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, specializing in a sport at a young age does not seem to be related to future success in that sport at an elite level, and can even be harmful, leading to more injuries. Those required 10,000 hours of practice don’t apply to most sports, except for the ones where athletes compete at the Olympic level young, like rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating. For kids, it’s better to try different sports and activities, or just run around and play whatever comes to mind. (Remember when all the neighborhood children just knocked on each other’s doors and gathered to play tag in the field? Me neither, but let’s bring that back.)   Here’s why. Overtraining Can Lead to More Injuries Repeating the same movements over and over, like pitching a baseball, can put stress on the ligaments, muscles, tendons and growth plates. Kids’ bodies are not the same as adult bodies, and those who specialize in a sport have the additional risk of sustaining overuse injuries, according to the data. For example, in a study of 546 teenage female athletes who played basketball, soccer or volleyball, there was an increased rate of anterior knee pain in those who had specialized in the individual sports at an early age than those who played a variety of sports.   Specialization Can Lead to Burnout The pressure for kids to be “committed” to one sport is causing emotional burnout. That leads to them quitting the sport, and once they quit, they rarely return. About 70 percent of children drop out of organized sports by age 13. It’s too much pressure.   The Best Athletes Played a Variety of Sports When They Were Young In the study, which surveyed 3039 athletes at the high school level and beyond, only 22% of professional athletes said they would want their own child to specialize in one sport during childhood and adolescence. Most pro athletes played two or more sports at a young age, especially high school—check out the massive Wikipedia list. Participating in multiple sports builds up different muscles, and can help players become better all-around athletes. Several college football coaches even say they seek out multi-sport athletes on the recruiting trail.   The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against single-sport specialization, and instead recommend that parents: - Delay sports specialization until at least age 15 or 16.- Encourage their kids to participate in multiple sports.- Discuss sports goals with their pediatrician to see if they are appropriate and realistic.- Take time off from the sport if they do decide to specialize. They should take a break from their sport at least three months during the year, in increments of one month. They can still be active in other ways, of course.- Take one to two days off from their sport per week to decrease chances of injury.
    Aug 20, 2017 0
  • 20 Aug 2017
    I used to get in debates almost every time I drank whiskey on whether or not it was appropriate to add water to the stuff. A few aficionado friends would always argue that the only way to drink whiskey was straight up, and I was ruining it with a few drops of H2O. I’d argue most whiskeys were a bit better with a few cubes of ice or a tiny bit of water. The fact of the matter is you should enjoy it however you prefer it, but now there’s actual science to back up my water claims.   To be fair, I’m far from the first person who has claimed water improves the taste of whiskey. While once taboo, connoisseurs have been embracing the fact that water can release some of a whiskey’s aromatics and enhance its flavor for a while. When I was traveling in Scotland earlier this year, distilleries actually provided tiny water pitchers with every tasting and encouraged drinking some bottles a little diluted. We all know some whiskey can taste a bit better that way; however, a group of Swedish scientists actually set out to discover why.   According to their research, the ethanol and guaiacol molecules in whiskey stick together, and they don’t really mix uniformly with water. Guaiacol is the stuff that gives something like scotch whisky a smoky smell and taste.   Researchers found that when water is added to a whiskey, the guaiacol molecules make their way to the top of the glass rather than remaining evenly distributed throughout. That means you’re getting more of that smell and taste up front when you take a sip.   The higher the ethanol concentration is of the whisky when it’s bottled, the more it will benefit from having a few drops of water added when it comes time to drink it. According to the study, Cask-strength whiskeys (which tend to be higher in alcohol than others) in particular can benefit from a tiny bit of dilution in order to increase “the propensity of taste compounds at the liquid-air interface.” Read: the flavor you taste when you drink it.   Does that mean you have to add water to every whiskey? Absolutely not. I always suggest that when someone is trying a whiskey for the first time, they pour a small amount and drink it straight up. Afterwards, try another tiny portion with a few drops of water and decide which version you like best. Let me emphasize the few drops part. Don’t add more water than you have whiskey (or do, but I can’t support you in that endeavor).   I’ll add a small amount of water to most scotch whiskeys, but when it comes to Japanese whiskey I prefer to drink them straight up rather than adding anything or putting them in cocktails. In the end, it’s all up to your personal preference.   That said, if you’re a water fan sometimes like me, it’s nice that we have a little science to back us up in that next bar fight.  
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • I used to get in debates almost every time I drank whiskey on whether or not it was appropriate to add water to the stuff. A few aficionado friends would always argue that the only way to drink whiskey was straight up, and I was ruining it with a few drops of H2O. I’d argue most whiskeys were a bit better with a few cubes of ice or a tiny bit of water. The fact of the matter is you should enjoy it however you prefer it, but now there’s actual science to back up my water claims.   To be fair, I’m far from the first person who has claimed water improves the taste of whiskey. While once taboo, connoisseurs have been embracing the fact that water can release some of a whiskey’s aromatics and enhance its flavor for a while. When I was traveling in Scotland earlier this year, distilleries actually provided tiny water pitchers with every tasting and encouraged drinking some bottles a little diluted. We all know some whiskey can taste a bit better that way; however, a group of Swedish scientists actually set out to discover why.   According to their research, the ethanol and guaiacol molecules in whiskey stick together, and they don’t really mix uniformly with water. Guaiacol is the stuff that gives something like scotch whisky a smoky smell and taste.   Researchers found that when water is added to a whiskey, the guaiacol molecules make their way to the top of the glass rather than remaining evenly distributed throughout. That means you’re getting more of that smell and taste up front when you take a sip.   The higher the ethanol concentration is of the whisky when it’s bottled, the more it will benefit from having a few drops of water added when it comes time to drink it. According to the study, Cask-strength whiskeys (which tend to be higher in alcohol than others) in particular can benefit from a tiny bit of dilution in order to increase “the propensity of taste compounds at the liquid-air interface.” Read: the flavor you taste when you drink it.   Does that mean you have to add water to every whiskey? Absolutely not. I always suggest that when someone is trying a whiskey for the first time, they pour a small amount and drink it straight up. Afterwards, try another tiny portion with a few drops of water and decide which version you like best. Let me emphasize the few drops part. Don’t add more water than you have whiskey (or do, but I can’t support you in that endeavor).   I’ll add a small amount of water to most scotch whiskeys, but when it comes to Japanese whiskey I prefer to drink them straight up rather than adding anything or putting them in cocktails. In the end, it’s all up to your personal preference.   That said, if you’re a water fan sometimes like me, it’s nice that we have a little science to back us up in that next bar fight.  
    Aug 20, 2017 0
  • 13 Aug 2016
    In this Guide, we are sharing SquareDroid app, in which you can crop pictures for set as profile pictures, Like Whatsapp or any other Social Networking site which allows only square pictures to be set as profile pic. This Guide will also work with other apps. So real full Guide from Below, I hope you like this Article. also have a look at how to enable chat heads in Whatsapp. whatsapp profile picture crop without cutting image. Follow Full Step by step procedure from below, for know more about this method.   So Guys, Just Follow Some of the easy steps now from below, for set Profile Picture in your Whatsapp without cropping it. With the help of this simple Squaredroid app, you will be able to enjoy setting any picture as your whatsapp profile picture, don’t ever worry about your profile picture crop system in whatsapp because this simple app will resize images for fit in square size without cutting the part of images. There are some easy steps with screenshots, have a look at it now from below.       At First, Install #SquareDroid — Full Size Photo app from here – Download #SquareDroid After Successfully install, Now open the app, & you will see a Full menu in it. about “Pick a Photo” “Take a Photo” “Settings” etc. Then Choose “Pick a Photo” option from here & It will show full menu, now select picture which you wanna set as profile picture without decreasing it’s size.
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • In this Guide, we are sharing SquareDroid app, in which you can crop pictures for set as profile pictures, Like Whatsapp or any other Social Networking site which allows only square pictures to be set as profile pic. This Guide will also work with other apps. So real full Guide from Below, I hope you like this Article. also have a look at how to enable chat heads in Whatsapp. whatsapp profile picture crop without cutting image. Follow Full Step by step procedure from below, for know more about this method.   So Guys, Just Follow Some of the easy steps now from below, for set Profile Picture in your Whatsapp without cropping it. With the help of this simple Squaredroid app, you will be able to enjoy setting any picture as your whatsapp profile picture, don’t ever worry about your profile picture crop system in whatsapp because this simple app will resize images for fit in square size without cutting the part of images. There are some easy steps with screenshots, have a look at it now from below.       At First, Install #SquareDroid — Full Size Photo app from here – Download #SquareDroid After Successfully install, Now open the app, & you will see a Full menu in it. about “Pick a Photo” “Take a Photo” “Settings” etc. Then Choose “Pick a Photo” option from here & It will show full menu, now select picture which you wanna set as profile picture without decreasing it’s size.
    Aug 13, 2016 0
  • 24 Jul 2016
    The battle of wits pitting Ulinzi Stars against Ushuru will be settled on Sunday when the two clubs will fight it out in a Sportpesa Premier League tie at Afraha Stadium.   Both teams shared the spoils with their opponents last weekend, with Ulinzi Stars settling for a 1-1 draw with Nairobi City Stars, while Ushuru put up a gallant show to hold defending champions Gor Mahia to a barren draw at the Nyayo National Stadium.   Though sitting in a respectable fourth spot with 28 points, Ulinzi coach Robert Matano expressed his reservation with the manner his team was playing by firing blanks leading to their dwindling fortunes.   The military side appears to be lacking firepower with their lead striker John Makwatta, experiencing a dip in form, and his strike partners Kevin Amwayi and Stephen Waruru yet to find their scoring prowess.   Unlike Ulinzi Stars who were very silent in their transfer exercise, the taxmen under coach Ken Kenyatta went full blast by signing 13 players that includes prominent actors with a rich history in their careers.   They include former Gor Mahia and Western Stima striker John Kiplagat, Lamine Diallo (AFC Leopards), Oscar Mbugua (Nairobi City Stars), Eric Mata (Mathare United), Daniel Kiptoo (AFC Leopards), Heriter Luvualu (Sofapaka), Fan Ngaira (Muhoroni Youth), Tony Nyang’or(Coastal Union, Tanzania), Barnabas Tiema (Sofapaka) and Ebrimma Sanneh among others.   Ushuru, have not lost in their last four games but this time they will go full throttle to avenge their first leg loss and haul themselves from position 11.
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • The battle of wits pitting Ulinzi Stars against Ushuru will be settled on Sunday when the two clubs will fight it out in a Sportpesa Premier League tie at Afraha Stadium.   Both teams shared the spoils with their opponents last weekend, with Ulinzi Stars settling for a 1-1 draw with Nairobi City Stars, while Ushuru put up a gallant show to hold defending champions Gor Mahia to a barren draw at the Nyayo National Stadium.   Though sitting in a respectable fourth spot with 28 points, Ulinzi coach Robert Matano expressed his reservation with the manner his team was playing by firing blanks leading to their dwindling fortunes.   The military side appears to be lacking firepower with their lead striker John Makwatta, experiencing a dip in form, and his strike partners Kevin Amwayi and Stephen Waruru yet to find their scoring prowess.   Unlike Ulinzi Stars who were very silent in their transfer exercise, the taxmen under coach Ken Kenyatta went full blast by signing 13 players that includes prominent actors with a rich history in their careers.   They include former Gor Mahia and Western Stima striker John Kiplagat, Lamine Diallo (AFC Leopards), Oscar Mbugua (Nairobi City Stars), Eric Mata (Mathare United), Daniel Kiptoo (AFC Leopards), Heriter Luvualu (Sofapaka), Fan Ngaira (Muhoroni Youth), Tony Nyang’or(Coastal Union, Tanzania), Barnabas Tiema (Sofapaka) and Ebrimma Sanneh among others.   Ushuru, have not lost in their last four games but this time they will go full throttle to avenge their first leg loss and haul themselves from position 11.
    Jul 24, 2016 0
  • 20 Jul 2016
    Fiorentina have to find a new club for Mario Gomez after the German international announced he wouldn’t return to Besiktas.   The striker spent last season on loan in Turkey and rediscovered his scoring touch with a whopping 26 goals in 33 Super Lig appearances.   He also earned a spot at Euro 2016 with his country and had seemed intent on remaining permanently.   However, today the 31-year-old announced via Twitter and Facebook that he “will not be playing for this great club in front of you wonderful fans in this unique stadium anymore.   “The reason for this is completely down to the political situation! There are no sporting or any other reasons that have made me make this decision. It is purely down to the terrible events that happened in the last few days. I hope you can understand that!   “I huge thanks to the club, to you fans and to all the people with whom my family and I had a lot of wonderful times! It was a fantastic year with the Championship providing the absolute highlight.   “I hope that these political problems can be solved in a peaceful manner soon. Then it would be my great wish to play for Besiktas again! The club and the country grew very close to my heart in this past year. Hope to see you again soon.”   His contract with Fiorentina expires in June 2017, so now the Viola must find him a new club or risk losing him as a free agent next summer.   Another option would be to terminate his contract early by mutual consent, therefore saving on wages.
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • Fiorentina have to find a new club for Mario Gomez after the German international announced he wouldn’t return to Besiktas.   The striker spent last season on loan in Turkey and rediscovered his scoring touch with a whopping 26 goals in 33 Super Lig appearances.   He also earned a spot at Euro 2016 with his country and had seemed intent on remaining permanently.   However, today the 31-year-old announced via Twitter and Facebook that he “will not be playing for this great club in front of you wonderful fans in this unique stadium anymore.   “The reason for this is completely down to the political situation! There are no sporting or any other reasons that have made me make this decision. It is purely down to the terrible events that happened in the last few days. I hope you can understand that!   “I huge thanks to the club, to you fans and to all the people with whom my family and I had a lot of wonderful times! It was a fantastic year with the Championship providing the absolute highlight.   “I hope that these political problems can be solved in a peaceful manner soon. Then it would be my great wish to play for Besiktas again! The club and the country grew very close to my heart in this past year. Hope to see you again soon.”   His contract with Fiorentina expires in June 2017, so now the Viola must find him a new club or risk losing him as a free agent next summer.   Another option would be to terminate his contract early by mutual consent, therefore saving on wages.
    Jul 20, 2016 0
  • 20 Jul 2016
    If you’ve ever found yourself flipping through the channels as a brief respite from binge-worthy content on streaming platforms like HBO GO and Netflix, the dumbed-down embrace of reality television is often the best option when you just want to shut your brain down.   For me, I’m a sucker for Shark Tank – in which wide-eyed entrepreneurs pitch their “once-in-a-lifetime” ideas to a group of rich men and women running the gamut from owners of an NBA franchise to some schmuck they call “Mr. Wonderful,” who I like to imagine made his money selling doll furniture. One guy in particular, Daymond John, always appealed to me. While most of his fellow gurus earned their massive fortunes in the tech space, John had built the fashion empire known as FUBU. ”Holy shit,” I thought. “If he’s sitting next to Mark Cuban who made enough money to own the Dallas Mavericks, Daymond must be swimming in it!” But as we all know, FUBU isn’t exactly flying off the shelves these days. What exactly happened to the company before, during, and after its massive success?   Daymond John was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens. He didn’t come from a family with money. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and he would never see his father again after the separation. “We went from middle class to poor,” he says. “I became the man of the house and started working at that age.”   Prior to launching his own line, John still looked to fashion as a means to make money. According to the Washington Post, “Initially, it was through printed T-shirts, but not my own brand. I went and printed up some shirts when the Rodney King riots were happening in Los Angeles, with lines like ‘What happened to poor Rodney King?’ Then Mike Tyson got incarcerated, and we did the whole ‘Free Mike Tyson’ shirts. We would sell them at events and on street corners. It showed me something about the reason people buy clothes – that when there’s an emotional slogan or an emotional connection, products sell quicker. That’s when I started thinking about this concept of ‘For Us, By Us.’”   On a 40-degree day, March 24, 1989, a then 20-year-old Daymond John hit the streets in Queens with his first batch of handmade, tie-top, wool beanies. At the same time, he had a regular job to pay the bills that he knew was an ends to a mean. “When you work at Red Lobster, you don’t take your job home with you,” John told Business Insider in 2015. “No one calls you up and says, ‘I need more tartar sauce.’”   By the end of the day, he had sold out of the hats and turned a $800 USD profit. He knew he was on to something – although he didn’t exactly have the capital to immediately capitalize on the momentum he had seemingly conjured out of thin air. “The next step could be how do I finance all of this?” he told CNN. ”Do I sell one or two hats and then re-up? Do I take out a loan from a bank or do I get an angel investor? Do I just chug along at $50,000 a year, $100,000 a year? When do I go balls out? Quit the job. Mortgage the house. Sell the car. Do I do this at all?”   While those were all smart questions to ask, $800 USD dollars worth of sales didn’t necessarily mean that he should quit everything. But that would soon change. According to CNBC, “During his off hours, however, John would hit music video sets and try to coax rappers to wear FUBU apparel in the shoot, a move that would ultimately pay off as millions of fans saw their favorite stars wearing FUBU clothing.” John explains, “First it started with Brand Nubian in one of their videos, then Ol’ Dirty Bastard wore it in a Mariah Carey video, then Busta Rhymes wore it on one of his videos, and LL Cool J decided to wear FUBU on the “Hey Lover” video with Boyz II Men. Our product was front and center on the biggest and most influential personalities for our core consumers.”   As legend has it, John also used a bit of guerilla marketing in his attempt at reaching the top. “One of the most well-known hits we had with LL was during a Gap commercial,” John remembers. “He was wearing a pair of Gap jeans and a Gap shirt, but he was somehow able to sport one of our hats during the commercial. Then during his thirty-second freestyle rap, he looks directly into the camera and says, ‘For Us, By Us, on the low.’ No one at Gap nor any of their ad execs thought anything of it. It wasn’t until a month later that someone at the Gap found out, pulled the commercial, and fired a whole bunch of people after they had spent about $30 million running this campaign.”   After an appearance at a trade show in Las Vegas, he and his partners – J. Alexander Martin, Carl Brown and Keith Perrin – had managed to sell $400,000 USD worth of clothes that didn’t exist yet. Ultimately, his mother took out a second mortgage on her home after John was turned down by 27 banks for a business loan.   Soon after, his partners moved in, and they turned the home into a makeshift factory. “It was a typical Queens house, the kind you see on All in the Family.” John remembers. “It had three levels: A basement, the first level with a dining room, living room and the kitchen, and then three bedrooms upstairs. After we took out the mortgage, we took all of the furniture out of the house, sold what we could, and the rest we burned in the backyard. We put all the raw materials down in the basement, and on the first floor, we converted the living room and put eight sewing machines there and we hired some seamstresses. In the dining room, we put a cutting table where we cut all the fabrics. The kitchen, well, the kitchen was still the kitchen.”   By 1998, FUBU’s reached its peak with sales over $350 million USD. John and his partners had used hip-hop culture and stars like LL Cool J – a fellow Queens native – to put FUBU’s clothing in seemingly ever rap video at the time. John and crew thought to themselves, “we should put out a record too…”   FUBU released the compilation album The Good Life on September 25, 2001 which featured the likes of LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, and Keith Murray. It lost the company an estimated $5 million USD. “We didn’t know our numbers, we didn’t look at our numbers, we were spending money like drunken sailors, we were getting caught up,” John told Fast Company. “What was the reason we were doing it? Did we get exposure? Yes, but from the business model, we died.”   In a book he co-authored, The Brand Within, John explained that one of the major factors that led to the company’s demise is that they had too much product. “Once you hit mark-down bins, it’s tough to climb out, because you’ve lost the sense that your clothes are fresh and vibrant,” he writes.   By 2003, FUBU left the U.S. market completely – except for its footwear division – and built business in Europe and Asia. Additionally, they acquired up and coming brands Heatherette, Drunkn Munky, Kappa USA, Coogi, and Crown Holder. Worldwide sales for those brands reached $200 million USD in 2009. Despite being absent from the marketplace, there was no catastrophic collapse or new people coming on board.   In 2009, John announced that FUBU would be making a comeback after a six-year hiatus with an aesthetic similar to “Carhartt meets Abercrombie.” In speaking with WWD, John said that he wasn’t “too worried about losing FUBU’s brand identity” since the kids nowadays have “a three-year memory span, so most don’t have a sense of the brand’s roots.”
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • If you’ve ever found yourself flipping through the channels as a brief respite from binge-worthy content on streaming platforms like HBO GO and Netflix, the dumbed-down embrace of reality television is often the best option when you just want to shut your brain down.   For me, I’m a sucker for Shark Tank – in which wide-eyed entrepreneurs pitch their “once-in-a-lifetime” ideas to a group of rich men and women running the gamut from owners of an NBA franchise to some schmuck they call “Mr. Wonderful,” who I like to imagine made his money selling doll furniture. One guy in particular, Daymond John, always appealed to me. While most of his fellow gurus earned their massive fortunes in the tech space, John had built the fashion empire known as FUBU. ”Holy shit,” I thought. “If he’s sitting next to Mark Cuban who made enough money to own the Dallas Mavericks, Daymond must be swimming in it!” But as we all know, FUBU isn’t exactly flying off the shelves these days. What exactly happened to the company before, during, and after its massive success?   Daymond John was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens. He didn’t come from a family with money. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and he would never see his father again after the separation. “We went from middle class to poor,” he says. “I became the man of the house and started working at that age.”   Prior to launching his own line, John still looked to fashion as a means to make money. According to the Washington Post, “Initially, it was through printed T-shirts, but not my own brand. I went and printed up some shirts when the Rodney King riots were happening in Los Angeles, with lines like ‘What happened to poor Rodney King?’ Then Mike Tyson got incarcerated, and we did the whole ‘Free Mike Tyson’ shirts. We would sell them at events and on street corners. It showed me something about the reason people buy clothes – that when there’s an emotional slogan or an emotional connection, products sell quicker. That’s when I started thinking about this concept of ‘For Us, By Us.’”   On a 40-degree day, March 24, 1989, a then 20-year-old Daymond John hit the streets in Queens with his first batch of handmade, tie-top, wool beanies. At the same time, he had a regular job to pay the bills that he knew was an ends to a mean. “When you work at Red Lobster, you don’t take your job home with you,” John told Business Insider in 2015. “No one calls you up and says, ‘I need more tartar sauce.’”   By the end of the day, he had sold out of the hats and turned a $800 USD profit. He knew he was on to something – although he didn’t exactly have the capital to immediately capitalize on the momentum he had seemingly conjured out of thin air. “The next step could be how do I finance all of this?” he told CNN. ”Do I sell one or two hats and then re-up? Do I take out a loan from a bank or do I get an angel investor? Do I just chug along at $50,000 a year, $100,000 a year? When do I go balls out? Quit the job. Mortgage the house. Sell the car. Do I do this at all?”   While those were all smart questions to ask, $800 USD dollars worth of sales didn’t necessarily mean that he should quit everything. But that would soon change. According to CNBC, “During his off hours, however, John would hit music video sets and try to coax rappers to wear FUBU apparel in the shoot, a move that would ultimately pay off as millions of fans saw their favorite stars wearing FUBU clothing.” John explains, “First it started with Brand Nubian in one of their videos, then Ol’ Dirty Bastard wore it in a Mariah Carey video, then Busta Rhymes wore it on one of his videos, and LL Cool J decided to wear FUBU on the “Hey Lover” video with Boyz II Men. Our product was front and center on the biggest and most influential personalities for our core consumers.”   As legend has it, John also used a bit of guerilla marketing in his attempt at reaching the top. “One of the most well-known hits we had with LL was during a Gap commercial,” John remembers. “He was wearing a pair of Gap jeans and a Gap shirt, but he was somehow able to sport one of our hats during the commercial. Then during his thirty-second freestyle rap, he looks directly into the camera and says, ‘For Us, By Us, on the low.’ No one at Gap nor any of their ad execs thought anything of it. It wasn’t until a month later that someone at the Gap found out, pulled the commercial, and fired a whole bunch of people after they had spent about $30 million running this campaign.”   After an appearance at a trade show in Las Vegas, he and his partners – J. Alexander Martin, Carl Brown and Keith Perrin – had managed to sell $400,000 USD worth of clothes that didn’t exist yet. Ultimately, his mother took out a second mortgage on her home after John was turned down by 27 banks for a business loan.   Soon after, his partners moved in, and they turned the home into a makeshift factory. “It was a typical Queens house, the kind you see on All in the Family.” John remembers. “It had three levels: A basement, the first level with a dining room, living room and the kitchen, and then three bedrooms upstairs. After we took out the mortgage, we took all of the furniture out of the house, sold what we could, and the rest we burned in the backyard. We put all the raw materials down in the basement, and on the first floor, we converted the living room and put eight sewing machines there and we hired some seamstresses. In the dining room, we put a cutting table where we cut all the fabrics. The kitchen, well, the kitchen was still the kitchen.”   By 1998, FUBU’s reached its peak with sales over $350 million USD. John and his partners had used hip-hop culture and stars like LL Cool J – a fellow Queens native – to put FUBU’s clothing in seemingly ever rap video at the time. John and crew thought to themselves, “we should put out a record too…”   FUBU released the compilation album The Good Life on September 25, 2001 which featured the likes of LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, and Keith Murray. It lost the company an estimated $5 million USD. “We didn’t know our numbers, we didn’t look at our numbers, we were spending money like drunken sailors, we were getting caught up,” John told Fast Company. “What was the reason we were doing it? Did we get exposure? Yes, but from the business model, we died.”   In a book he co-authored, The Brand Within, John explained that one of the major factors that led to the company’s demise is that they had too much product. “Once you hit mark-down bins, it’s tough to climb out, because you’ve lost the sense that your clothes are fresh and vibrant,” he writes.   By 2003, FUBU left the U.S. market completely – except for its footwear division – and built business in Europe and Asia. Additionally, they acquired up and coming brands Heatherette, Drunkn Munky, Kappa USA, Coogi, and Crown Holder. Worldwide sales for those brands reached $200 million USD in 2009. Despite being absent from the marketplace, there was no catastrophic collapse or new people coming on board.   In 2009, John announced that FUBU would be making a comeback after a six-year hiatus with an aesthetic similar to “Carhartt meets Abercrombie.” In speaking with WWD, John said that he wasn’t “too worried about losing FUBU’s brand identity” since the kids nowadays have “a three-year memory span, so most don’t have a sense of the brand’s roots.”
    Jul 20, 2016 0
  • 12 Jun 2016
    UEFA Warn England and Russia they could be thrown out of Euro 2016 if there is further fan violence Fans of the two countries clashed both inside the ground and in the streets of Marseille before and after last night's 1-1 draw   UEFA have warned England and Russia they could be disqualified from Euro 2016 if their supporters are involved in further violence.   There were running battles on the streets of Marseille before yesterday's 1-1 draw between the two countries and trouble continued inside the stadium after full-time.   Russia fans stormed England supporters at the ground following their last-gasp equaliser, forcing many to run for safety. In a statement, UEFA said: "The UEFA Exective Committee has warned both football associations that - irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium - it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again. "We urge both the FA and the RFU to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner."   England fans who were at the game have claimed some Russian supporters even wore England shirts to blend in, before launching their savage attacks.   Ian Allsop, 45, from Luton, was beaten with a baseball bat by a Russian hooligan in the Old Port.   The builder, who has never missed an England away game, said he would never return to Marseille.   He said: “About 300 Russians came out of nowhere in the afternoon. They just walked straight through all the England fans who were standing about singing.   “They just started hitting anyone they could. One went to punch me and I ducked. But then someone took a wooden bat to my arm.   “It is killing me today. The Russians were completely organised. They wore gum shields, some had England shirts on to mix in.   “They were there to do the English. They were thick set stocky guys. People were getting bottles smashed on their heads, baseball bats smashed into them. Loads of people were hurt.   “I have got tickets for the semi final but I wouldn't come if it was here. It's toxic here. Later on the way to the game a group of locals starting spitting at us.   “We told them to stop and they took out knives on us. The police were nowhere then.”
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  • UEFA Warn England and Russia they could be thrown out of Euro 2016 if there is further fan violence Fans of the two countries clashed both inside the ground and in the streets of Marseille before and after last night's 1-1 draw   UEFA have warned England and Russia they could be disqualified from Euro 2016 if their supporters are involved in further violence.   There were running battles on the streets of Marseille before yesterday's 1-1 draw between the two countries and trouble continued inside the stadium after full-time.   Russia fans stormed England supporters at the ground following their last-gasp equaliser, forcing many to run for safety. In a statement, UEFA said: "The UEFA Exective Committee has warned both football associations that - irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium - it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again. "We urge both the FA and the RFU to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner."   England fans who were at the game have claimed some Russian supporters even wore England shirts to blend in, before launching their savage attacks.   Ian Allsop, 45, from Luton, was beaten with a baseball bat by a Russian hooligan in the Old Port.   The builder, who has never missed an England away game, said he would never return to Marseille.   He said: “About 300 Russians came out of nowhere in the afternoon. They just walked straight through all the England fans who were standing about singing.   “They just started hitting anyone they could. One went to punch me and I ducked. But then someone took a wooden bat to my arm.   “It is killing me today. The Russians were completely organised. They wore gum shields, some had England shirts on to mix in.   “They were there to do the English. They were thick set stocky guys. People were getting bottles smashed on their heads, baseball bats smashed into them. Loads of people were hurt.   “I have got tickets for the semi final but I wouldn't come if it was here. It's toxic here. Later on the way to the game a group of locals starting spitting at us.   “We told them to stop and they took out knives on us. The police were nowhere then.”
    Jun 12, 2016 0
  • 11 Jun 2016
    Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has denied a claim reported in a Spanish newspaper that he organised a sex party with prostitutes for teammates in which a woman was made to take part against her will.   "It's all false," de Gea said. The claims are contained in court papers in a trial against a pornography baron seen by El Diario newspaper. A witness claims the defendant forced her and another girl into sex with two Under-21 internationals in 2012. "I am the first one to be surprised by this report. I deny it, it is false and nothing more, it is a lie and false," de Gea told a press conference at Spain's Euro 2016 training base. "It is false what is coming out in the press and it will be in the hands of my lawyers," he added.The claims are part of a continuing case against pornographer Ignacio Allende Fernández, known as Torbe, who is accused of being the head of a prostitution network that abused Spanish and foreign women, some of them underage.   Torbe was remanded in custody in April charged with offences including sex attacks, sexual exploitation and child pornography. The protected witness, who claims she was forced into the prostitution ring, said she was taken to a Madrid hotel and introduced to another girl and two footballers. Once in a room with the other girl, the witness - known in police interview papers as TP3 - said that she was told by Torbe that she had to comply with the sexual demands of the two Under-21 internationals.When she said she did not wish to take part, she claimed to police that Torbe "grabbed her forcefully by the arm".   The witness said she had told Torbe in front of the footballers that she did not want to take part in the sexual encounter, El Diario reported. El Diario claimed the players said they did not want any recordings of the encounter to be made in case their playing careers were affected. The witness claimed the encounter had been arranged by de Gea, according to the police report published by El Diario.
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  • Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has denied a claim reported in a Spanish newspaper that he organised a sex party with prostitutes for teammates in which a woman was made to take part against her will.   "It's all false," de Gea said. The claims are contained in court papers in a trial against a pornography baron seen by El Diario newspaper. A witness claims the defendant forced her and another girl into sex with two Under-21 internationals in 2012. "I am the first one to be surprised by this report. I deny it, it is false and nothing more, it is a lie and false," de Gea told a press conference at Spain's Euro 2016 training base. "It is false what is coming out in the press and it will be in the hands of my lawyers," he added.The claims are part of a continuing case against pornographer Ignacio Allende Fernández, known as Torbe, who is accused of being the head of a prostitution network that abused Spanish and foreign women, some of them underage.   Torbe was remanded in custody in April charged with offences including sex attacks, sexual exploitation and child pornography. The protected witness, who claims she was forced into the prostitution ring, said she was taken to a Madrid hotel and introduced to another girl and two footballers. Once in a room with the other girl, the witness - known in police interview papers as TP3 - said that she was told by Torbe that she had to comply with the sexual demands of the two Under-21 internationals.When she said she did not wish to take part, she claimed to police that Torbe "grabbed her forcefully by the arm".   The witness said she had told Torbe in front of the footballers that she did not want to take part in the sexual encounter, El Diario reported. El Diario claimed the players said they did not want any recordings of the encounter to be made in case their playing careers were affected. The witness claimed the encounter had been arranged by de Gea, according to the police report published by El Diario.
    Jun 11, 2016 0
  • 02 Jun 2016
    [Download] Central Intelligence is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, alongside Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet and Timothy John Smith, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 17, 2016.   The film follows Bob Stone (Johnson), an overweight geek who was bullied in high school but grew up to be an extremely lethal CIA agent, who takes his old friend from high school, Calvin (Hart), on an adventure to save the world.
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  • [Download] Central Intelligence is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, alongside Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet and Timothy John Smith, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 17, 2016.   The film follows Bob Stone (Johnson), an overweight geek who was bullied in high school but grew up to be an extremely lethal CIA agent, who takes his old friend from high school, Calvin (Hart), on an adventure to save the world.
    Jun 02, 2016 0
  • 24 May 2016
    This is an uncharacteristically negative post, it’s not meant to be a rant or because of any personal reasons. The list merely provides some honest 3rd party advance. Most of the information online about teaching in South Korea, English ESL teaching and E2 sponsored stuff, is from recruiters trying to find people for their roles. At the end of the day a recruiter wants to get you a job in Korea because that’s how they make money not because they think you’ll love it here in South Korea.   Many (if not most) people reading this will think none of these ten reason apply to them, if so great. Take the next step in your ESL teaching in South Korea path. However other may benefit and not make a mistake by coming to South Korea on the wrong pretense. The reasons are also generalized and are not focused on any school or area.   Our 10 Reasons 1. TRAVELThis is a popular reason why people take E2 teaching jobs in Korea as they want to travel but for whatever reason they can’t do it backpacker / gap-year style. Traveling is for Travelers and Teaching is for Teachers. Yes you can travel a little when within Korea without much difficulty, however don’t expect to jet off somewhere new every month or so. Vacation (Holiday) time is low in Korea and international traveling is expensive, plus you have the pressures of a full time job to consider.   2. LOVE You shouldn’t come to Korea because you think that Korean’s (as well as fellow Expats) are easy and will jump into bed with you without any thought. Even on the less sleazy side, dating with Koreans is not easy and so if you can’t get a date (or laid) back home you’ll have no more luck here.   3. THE EASY LIFE An E2 teaching job in South Korea is full time role, with teachers working 5 days a week and having office hours sometimes over 10 hours a day. Also most Hagwon (private schools) teachers have no co-teacher so you will be alone with a group of kids you need controlling, entertaining and (of course) teaching for upwards of an hour. Then you have to do the same thing again. It is not an easy job.   4. BIG MONEYIt is true you can save good money whilst working in South Korea however there is a limit to the amount of money you can earn and even the most qualified and experienced teachers don’t make tons of money. It can be a stepping stone to working as a teacher either back home or in another country, but ESL teachers don’t make a future.   5. TO LEARN KOREANAlthough you’re in Korea, first and foremost you’re an English teacher and so every work day you’re expected to speak English even to your co-workers. So although you can study Korean in your free time, it will take much longer than if you were a student.   6. FULL IMMERSION OF KOREAN CULTUREThis is similar to learning Korean, your environment will be very English focused and so full immersion is not possible. Having said that you can still dive into what Korea has to offer at weekends and on vacations.   7. KPOPJust because you’re a fan of Big Bang or Girls Generation doesn’t mean that teaching English is the best job for you. Also just because you’re in Korea doesn’t improve your chances much of finding a job within the KPOP industry. However most of your students will like KPOP so you’ll at least have something to talk about.   8. JAPAN (OR OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES)If you love Japan, Japanese culture or the culture of any other Asian country that isn’t a good reason to come to South Korea. They are very different countries and if you love Japan you should focus on going to Japan. Don’t just come to South Korea because it’s easier or cheaper, come because you want to.   9. TO JOIN FRIENDS OR FAMILYJust because your friend from University loves teaching in Korea doesn’t mean that you’ll love it too. Social life in Korea can be great, however that’s just on the weekends. During the week you have a full time job. Family refers more to couples, taking a job in Korea needs to be a joint decision. If one of you really wants to go live and work in Korea but the other doesn’t, forcing this situation could cause issues in the future and could create unneeded tension within the relationship.   10. TO ESCAPE UNEMPLOYMENT (BECAUSE IT’S A JOB)Just because you can get a job as an English teacher in South Korea doesn’t mean you should take it. At the end of the day you could get a job at McDonalds back home just until you find your dream job. But moving 1000s of miles away from home and doing a job that you have no interest in is maybe a bad move. However life isn’t a sure thing and sometimes you need to take a risk or gamble. Maybe teaching is the career you were looking for. The point is this is that if you know what you want to do, do that don’t just settle for second best.  
    0 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • This is an uncharacteristically negative post, it’s not meant to be a rant or because of any personal reasons. The list merely provides some honest 3rd party advance. Most of the information online about teaching in South Korea, English ESL teaching and E2 sponsored stuff, is from recruiters trying to find people for their roles. At the end of the day a recruiter wants to get you a job in Korea because that’s how they make money not because they think you’ll love it here in South Korea.   Many (if not most) people reading this will think none of these ten reason apply to them, if so great. Take the next step in your ESL teaching in South Korea path. However other may benefit and not make a mistake by coming to South Korea on the wrong pretense. The reasons are also generalized and are not focused on any school or area.   Our 10 Reasons 1. TRAVELThis is a popular reason why people take E2 teaching jobs in Korea as they want to travel but for whatever reason they can’t do it backpacker / gap-year style. Traveling is for Travelers and Teaching is for Teachers. Yes you can travel a little when within Korea without much difficulty, however don’t expect to jet off somewhere new every month or so. Vacation (Holiday) time is low in Korea and international traveling is expensive, plus you have the pressures of a full time job to consider.   2. LOVE You shouldn’t come to Korea because you think that Korean’s (as well as fellow Expats) are easy and will jump into bed with you without any thought. Even on the less sleazy side, dating with Koreans is not easy and so if you can’t get a date (or laid) back home you’ll have no more luck here.   3. THE EASY LIFE An E2 teaching job in South Korea is full time role, with teachers working 5 days a week and having office hours sometimes over 10 hours a day. Also most Hagwon (private schools) teachers have no co-teacher so you will be alone with a group of kids you need controlling, entertaining and (of course) teaching for upwards of an hour. Then you have to do the same thing again. It is not an easy job.   4. BIG MONEYIt is true you can save good money whilst working in South Korea however there is a limit to the amount of money you can earn and even the most qualified and experienced teachers don’t make tons of money. It can be a stepping stone to working as a teacher either back home or in another country, but ESL teachers don’t make a future.   5. TO LEARN KOREANAlthough you’re in Korea, first and foremost you’re an English teacher and so every work day you’re expected to speak English even to your co-workers. So although you can study Korean in your free time, it will take much longer than if you were a student.   6. FULL IMMERSION OF KOREAN CULTUREThis is similar to learning Korean, your environment will be very English focused and so full immersion is not possible. Having said that you can still dive into what Korea has to offer at weekends and on vacations.   7. KPOPJust because you’re a fan of Big Bang or Girls Generation doesn’t mean that teaching English is the best job for you. Also just because you’re in Korea doesn’t improve your chances much of finding a job within the KPOP industry. However most of your students will like KPOP so you’ll at least have something to talk about.   8. JAPAN (OR OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES)If you love Japan, Japanese culture or the culture of any other Asian country that isn’t a good reason to come to South Korea. They are very different countries and if you love Japan you should focus on going to Japan. Don’t just come to South Korea because it’s easier or cheaper, come because you want to.   9. TO JOIN FRIENDS OR FAMILYJust because your friend from University loves teaching in Korea doesn’t mean that you’ll love it too. Social life in Korea can be great, however that’s just on the weekends. During the week you have a full time job. Family refers more to couples, taking a job in Korea needs to be a joint decision. If one of you really wants to go live and work in Korea but the other doesn’t, forcing this situation could cause issues in the future and could create unneeded tension within the relationship.   10. TO ESCAPE UNEMPLOYMENT (BECAUSE IT’S A JOB)Just because you can get a job as an English teacher in South Korea doesn’t mean you should take it. At the end of the day you could get a job at McDonalds back home just until you find your dream job. But moving 1000s of miles away from home and doing a job that you have no interest in is maybe a bad move. However life isn’t a sure thing and sometimes you need to take a risk or gamble. Maybe teaching is the career you were looking for. The point is this is that if you know what you want to do, do that don’t just settle for second best.  
    May 24, 2016 0
  • 23 May 2016
    If there is one thing you could admire about Louis van Gaal's reign at Manchester United, it is his bullish attitude in the face of adversity and there has been a lot of that since he arrived in 2014.   But after Sunday's insipid performance where United were thrashed 3-0 by high-flying Tottenham Hotspur, Van Gaal told reporters United gave Spurs "a good game" in what was the Red Devils' first loss at White Hart Lane in 15 years.   Apart from a piece of individual brilliance from Anthony Martial, United created nothing with their usual neat, tidy and sleep-inducing possession football.   Simply, it is these types of decisions and tactics combined with his stubborn attitude that has seen him break many unwanted records for Manchester United since his arrival.   His decision to continuously play Juan Mata as a right-winger has angered many United fans, and that decision was further scrutinised on Sunday when Tottenham's Danny Rose consistently flew past him with consummate ease.   Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement.   Van Gaal, 64, leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is currently discussing severance terms.   The former Netherlands boss is believed to earn around £6.4m a year.   Mourinho's appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday.   It is not yet certain what future Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal's assistant, has at Old Trafford or what will happen to the rest of the coaching team.   BBC Sport reported on Saturday that United's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace would be Van Gaal's last game in charge.   He arrived at Manchester United's training ground at 0845 BST on Monday.   Forty-five minutes later, League Managers Association lawyer Paul Gilroy QC also drove into Carrington.   Gilroy is the same employment barrister who acted for David Moyes when he was sacked as manager by United in 2014.   Gilroy arrived around 0930 and was initially refused entry.   He returned approximately 15 minutes later and was allowed in, refusing to answer questions about the reason for his presence.
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  • If there is one thing you could admire about Louis van Gaal's reign at Manchester United, it is his bullish attitude in the face of adversity and there has been a lot of that since he arrived in 2014.   But after Sunday's insipid performance where United were thrashed 3-0 by high-flying Tottenham Hotspur, Van Gaal told reporters United gave Spurs "a good game" in what was the Red Devils' first loss at White Hart Lane in 15 years.   Apart from a piece of individual brilliance from Anthony Martial, United created nothing with their usual neat, tidy and sleep-inducing possession football.   Simply, it is these types of decisions and tactics combined with his stubborn attitude that has seen him break many unwanted records for Manchester United since his arrival.   His decision to continuously play Juan Mata as a right-winger has angered many United fans, and that decision was further scrutinised on Sunday when Tottenham's Danny Rose consistently flew past him with consummate ease.   Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement.   Van Gaal, 64, leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is currently discussing severance terms.   The former Netherlands boss is believed to earn around £6.4m a year.   Mourinho's appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday.   It is not yet certain what future Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal's assistant, has at Old Trafford or what will happen to the rest of the coaching team.   BBC Sport reported on Saturday that United's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace would be Van Gaal's last game in charge.   He arrived at Manchester United's training ground at 0845 BST on Monday.   Forty-five minutes later, League Managers Association lawyer Paul Gilroy QC also drove into Carrington.   Gilroy is the same employment barrister who acted for David Moyes when he was sacked as manager by United in 2014.   Gilroy arrived around 0930 and was initially refused entry.   He returned approximately 15 minutes later and was allowed in, refusing to answer questions about the reason for his presence.
    May 23, 2016 0
  • 18 May 2016
    David de Gea to consider Manchester United future if Louis van Gaal stays David de Gea is giving new thought to his future at Manchester United because of his deteriorating relationship with the manager Louis van Gaal.   The Spain goalkeeper, 25, saw his proposed move to Real Madrid collapse last summer after the paperwork was not signed off in time. De Gea had been due to sign a contract worth £9.2m a year which ran until 2021, with Real’s Keylor Navas going to Old Trafford in return.   However, despite another excellent campaign that saw him named United’s player of the year for a record third successive season, it is understood the goalkeeper is waiting to see whether United make a managerial change in the summer before committing his future.   If Van Gaal does stay on to complete the final year of the contract he signed when he succeeded David Moyes in May 2014, it is believed that De Gea will press behind the scenes for a transfer.   United have been reported to have a pre-contract agreement with José Mourinho, who, like De Gea, is represented by the agent Jorge Mendes, and it is believed that their prospects of retaining the goalkeeper may rest on appointing the Portuguese. De Gea is said to be unhappy at the prospect of another season without Champions League football, although he signed a new four-year contract with United in September.   Reports in France on Monday night also suggested that the Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered a year-long contract by United with the option of another year – a claim that was dismissed as “not factual” by his agent, Mino Raiola.  
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  • David de Gea to consider Manchester United future if Louis van Gaal stays David de Gea is giving new thought to his future at Manchester United because of his deteriorating relationship with the manager Louis van Gaal.   The Spain goalkeeper, 25, saw his proposed move to Real Madrid collapse last summer after the paperwork was not signed off in time. De Gea had been due to sign a contract worth £9.2m a year which ran until 2021, with Real’s Keylor Navas going to Old Trafford in return.   However, despite another excellent campaign that saw him named United’s player of the year for a record third successive season, it is understood the goalkeeper is waiting to see whether United make a managerial change in the summer before committing his future.   If Van Gaal does stay on to complete the final year of the contract he signed when he succeeded David Moyes in May 2014, it is believed that De Gea will press behind the scenes for a transfer.   United have been reported to have a pre-contract agreement with José Mourinho, who, like De Gea, is represented by the agent Jorge Mendes, and it is believed that their prospects of retaining the goalkeeper may rest on appointing the Portuguese. De Gea is said to be unhappy at the prospect of another season without Champions League football, although he signed a new four-year contract with United in September.   Reports in France on Monday night also suggested that the Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered a year-long contract by United with the option of another year – a claim that was dismissed as “not factual” by his agent, Mino Raiola.  
    May 18, 2016 0
  • 16 May 2016
    Despite having previously promised to not move to another Premier League club, the Blues captain is modestly priced to complete a potential reunion with Mourinho at Old Trafford   Suspended for the rest of the season after a red card at Sunderland, legendary Chelsea captain John Terry looks to have played his final game for the club. Although yet to be confirmed, the 35-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season, bringing to an end 21 years and over 700 appearances’ worth of service. Having previously suggested he would not play for another Premier League club, the Blues captain is widely anticipated to join former team-mates Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole in America’s MLS.   Currently top of the betting with Paddy Power are New York Red Bulls at 4/1 (5.00), while Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy and Lampard’s New York City are just behind at 5/1 (6.00).   Intriguingly though, potential title rivals Manchester United are also placed joint second at 5/1 (6.00), raising the possibility of one of the most controversial transfers in Premier League history. That move would potentially cause a rebellion among Chelsea fans, who have already called for technical director Michael Emenalo’s head in protest to Terry’s impending departure. However, with Jose Mourinho still hotly tipped to replace the unpopular Louis van Gaal in the summer, it is not impossible to imagine the Special One attempting to rile up Roman Abramovich by luring his former protégé to Old Trafford.
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  • Despite having previously promised to not move to another Premier League club, the Blues captain is modestly priced to complete a potential reunion with Mourinho at Old Trafford   Suspended for the rest of the season after a red card at Sunderland, legendary Chelsea captain John Terry looks to have played his final game for the club. Although yet to be confirmed, the 35-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season, bringing to an end 21 years and over 700 appearances’ worth of service. Having previously suggested he would not play for another Premier League club, the Blues captain is widely anticipated to join former team-mates Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole in America’s MLS.   Currently top of the betting with Paddy Power are New York Red Bulls at 4/1 (5.00), while Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy and Lampard’s New York City are just behind at 5/1 (6.00).   Intriguingly though, potential title rivals Manchester United are also placed joint second at 5/1 (6.00), raising the possibility of one of the most controversial transfers in Premier League history. That move would potentially cause a rebellion among Chelsea fans, who have already called for technical director Michael Emenalo’s head in protest to Terry’s impending departure. However, with Jose Mourinho still hotly tipped to replace the unpopular Louis van Gaal in the summer, it is not impossible to imagine the Special One attempting to rile up Roman Abramovich by luring his former protégé to Old Trafford.
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  • 23 Apr 2016
      hayi le nsizwa iyangishela ithi ngigqoke kahle, kanti mina ngiqomile futhi ngeke ngilahle "hayi le nsizwa iyangishela ithi ngigqoke kahle, kanti mina ngiqomile futhi ngeke ngilahle" meaning this guy is asking me out, saying i am well dressed, but I have a boyfriend and I wont cheat. ''woza nana'' = come baby ''shisa nana'' = its hot baby   There are still no lyrics to this song tho we tried to ask around from our zulu's friends & that was the correct translation, hoodly when rhyming.
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  •   hayi le nsizwa iyangishela ithi ngigqoke kahle, kanti mina ngiqomile futhi ngeke ngilahle "hayi le nsizwa iyangishela ithi ngigqoke kahle, kanti mina ngiqomile futhi ngeke ngilahle" meaning this guy is asking me out, saying i am well dressed, but I have a boyfriend and I wont cheat. ''woza nana'' = come baby ''shisa nana'' = its hot baby   There are still no lyrics to this song tho we tried to ask around from our zulu's friends & that was the correct translation, hoodly when rhyming.
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