Vuk’uzenzele: How to start a business in South Africa

first_imgYou have a great business idea, but how do you make it a reality? As part of our Vuk’uzenzele series, we will look at how ordinary South Africans can play their part and use their entrepreneurial skills to not only better their lives, but also the lives of people around them. In this infographic, we guide you through the process of starting your own business.Click to view larger imagelast_img

Minnesota Homestead: Choosing Windows

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is part of a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting, and their son Max. You can find their complete blog here. A list of their previous posts appears at the bottom of this column. This post was written by Matt. One of the important features of our house are the windows. The house is oriented with one of the long dimensions facing south with large windows on the main floor in order to allow the winter sun to heat the 4-inch-thick concrete slab in the living room and kitchen. In the 3D SketchUp illustration below of our house, on the left is the south-facing facade. The image on the right shows the north-facing facade. RELATED ARTICLESAdvances in WindowsHow to Order WindowsPassivhaus WindowsShedding light on WindowsWhat Windows Should I Buy? The north (right) and south elevations of the house show window placement.With a proper passive house design, solar gains can account for 20%-50% of the yearly heating cost. Ideally, the south facing windows should be an absolute maximum of 12% of the overall floor area. Any more than that and you will end up with overheating during the day and excessive heat loss at night. If you’re not carefully designing the structure to handle the heat load, a maximum of 8% is recommended. Some of the overheating during the day can be mitigated by providing a thermal mass to absorb the heat, evening out the heat gain and allowing heat to be radiated during times of shade or late in the day. Between 70% and 85% of the home’s windows should be south-facing to capture the most winter sun, which would be lost to windows facing north, east, or west. Several design iterations were executed to optimize the number and size of the windows to obtain the right ratio of windows-to-slab size. After factoring out the frames of the window so that glazing is correctly calculated, we have 273 square feet of glazing, with 196 square feet, or 72%, located on the southern face. The value is on the low side of the suggested value as other factors were considered, such as including operable windows upstairs on the north side for cooling. To make a proper calculation of the volume of the house to be conditioned, spaces such as the “open to above” area and the basement is counted in the overall square footage. Our total living space will be 1,732 square feet, but the total area of the house used for calculating conditioned space is 2,151 square feet. This number includes a 280- square-foot below grade basement (below one-third of the house) and the “open to above” area in the dining room. As such, the square footage ratio of south facing windows to overall floor area is 9.1%. Solar gain and U-factor To optimize solar gains and minimize thermal losses, the windows should have the lowest U-factor (the inverse of R-value) possible and highest solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). We thought that triple-pane windows would be out of our price range so our initial design plans incorporated Marvin Integrity windows. However, after thinking about the form of heating and cooling we were going to utilize in our build (two outdoor minisplit compressors paired two indoor units, centrally located, one upstairs and one downstairs), we thought it essential that we upgrade to triple-pane to minimize heat loss and convection currents that can make a room feel cold. We used the National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) certified product guide to get some ideas of which companies produce triple-pane windows that at least meet the version 6.0 of the Energy Star Guidelines for northern climates (U<=0.28, SGHC>=0.32). We sent our designs to Marvin, Zola, Wasco, and Accurate Dorwin and had each send us a quote. The specific product lines quoted were: Marvin Clad Ultimate, a wood-clad (pine) window with extruded aluminum exterior, double-pane Low E2 glass with argon fill. Wasco Geneo line, with frames made with a uPVC/fiberglass co-extruded material, argon-filled insulated triple-pane glass. Accurate Dorwins fiberglass triple-pane, argon-filled, Sungate 400 glass. Zola Thermo Clad pine wood triple-pane, argon-filled. The Marvin Clad Ultimate were relatively expensive for the meager U-values obtained (~0.28) and whose cost was mostly dictated by the use of wood for the frames. Aesthetically, on the interior space where the wood would be exposed they would have been amazing, but we couldn’t justify the extra cost and insufficient U-values. Similarly, the Zola Thermo Clad windows were slightly more, again due to the inclusion of wood, but they have the best thermal properties with a U-factor of 0.14, half that of the Marvin Clad Ultimate. In addition, the cost of shipping ($4,000-$5,000) added 20% to the cost of the window budget. While beautiful, Zola windows were out. The Wasco Geneo line and Accurate Dorwin windows were similar in price with Accurate Dorwin being slightly less expensive but with slightly poorer thermal performance, U=0.15 for Wasco and U=0.20 for Accurate Dorwin. Accurate Dorwin had a version of the window with a U=0.14, but this sacrificed the SGHC and would only be appropriate for non-south facing windows. On the negative side, the Wasco Doors were 30%-60% more expensive than the Accurate Dorwin doors. (For a table showing doors and window specifications and prices, take a look at this blog entry). In the end, the thermal properties of the Wasco windows and doors and the 20% final discount on the entire bill led us to choose the Wasco Geneo line. In addition, Wasco is produced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my hometown, so we could go and visit the manufacturing facility and showroom. Mike Wilson from Wasco windows gave over an hour of his time showing us how Wasco windows are manufactured. We were able to see and touch the product lines which gave us confidence in our selections. Final numbers The total rough opening square footage was 354.5 square feet, of which doors were 83.4 sq. ft. and the garage windows were 28.7 sq, ft, (double pane). The total cost was about $17,000. Approximately $8,000 of that was for the three doors. The cost overall was about $48 per square foot. If you look at the cost for the triple-pane fixed and operable windows, the cost was about $33.5 per square foot. This is a totally reasonable price for the excellent thermal properties the Wasco windows provide. The costs mentioned here do not reflect shipping. Accurate Dornin came with free shipping, Wasco shipping was about $500 and Zola was going to be as much as $5,000. The 20% Wasco discount is not reflected in the calculations above. Installation We ordered a total of 18 windows and doors. That included 13 triple- pane windows, one each facing east and west, two facing north and nine facing south. There are three full glass doors — two swing doors and one sliding door. The swing doors face east (to patio) and west (main door), while the large slider faces south. The remaining two windows are simple double-pane windows that face north out of the garage, which is an unheated space. The windows are European style tilt-and-turns, which means they open inward rather than outward and depending on the orientation of the handle they can either swing open or tilt inward. They also have several attachment points when locked assuring that the sash seals tightly to the frame when closed. Installation was a difficult process due to the below-freezing temperatures we were having at the time, as well as some timing issues. We had been working with a particular individual at WASCO windows who had indicated he would come up with the windows and help do a couple of installs. Well, on the day of delivery we learned that employee had jumped ship so no installation examples were going to happen that day, which is probably good because our window openings had not been prepped due to subcontractor time constraints and the weather. The owner of the company David Paulus agreed that he would personally come up (a 4-hour drive) and help with the install a week later. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication and when he arrived our build team was not ready. At least he was able to look at our situation and give some guidance on what to do prior to his next visit a week later. We so appreciated that he agreed to make the drive again and the next time he arrived we had the men and materials to prep the openings and do the install. Other posts about the Minnesota Homestead: Why We Built an Energy-Efficient Home Energy Planning for a Net-Zero Home Nordic Rootslast_img read more

The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary Filmmaking

first_imgLearn the origin of the term cinéma vérité, the vérité tradition, and tips for creating your own cinéma vérité documentary projects.In the world of filmmaking, there’s perhaps no nobler style of film than the documentary. But, within the many sub-genres of documentary, the most pure and noble is perhaps the cinéma vérité style.There are some differences of opinion on what true “cinéma vérité” means. However, the style itself is unique and — when done properly — it’s one of the truest forms of filmmaking.Here’s how to harness the cinéma vérité style for your documentary projects.What Is Cinéma Vérité?French filmmaker Jean Rouch is attributed as one of the originators of cinéma vérité. (Image via Lusouser.)The origins of the term come from the French filmmaker Jean Rouch. He was one of the first filmmakers associated with the term, which translates to “truthful cinema.” Its roots trace back to the earliest days of filmmaking and cinematography, when the principles of documentary filmmaking were first becoming defined.Cinéma vérité is also called observational cinema or direct cinema (more on those terms below). Some of the earliest filmmakers working in the style were Robert Drew, Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, and the aforementioned Jean Rouch. Each began defining their own rules and styles for “true” documentary filmmaking in the 1960s.Observational Cinema or Direct CinemaFrom a modern filmmaking perspective, it’s important to understand the distinctions between the terms and individual movements and styles in regards to film history. However, outside of academia, the cinéma vérité term is often a catchall for pure vérité, observational cinema, and direct cinema styles when talking about documentary projects.From vérité films like Primary (1960), Dont Look Back (1967, filmed 1965), Grey Gardens (1975), through The War Room (1993), the vérité style evolved as many of the associated filmmakers refined their techniques and developed their own vérité-inspired methods.No Voice-Over or SubtitlesDocumentary filmmaking is meant for the viewer to reach their own conclusions about the “truth.” (Image via The War Room.)One of the early rules of cinéma vérité styles — like direct and observational cinema — was to remove any of the newsreel-style voiceover or title cards and subtitles from their documentary projects. The vérité style developed in direct opposition to contemporaneous war reporting and television news styles. Both war reporting and television news promoted quick facts and sensationalism over letting audiences actually see, hear, and experience events so they could come to their own conclusions.In modern documentary filmmaking, it’s rare to see a feature presentation completely devoid of voiceover and subtitles (as opposed to the now-popular Michael Moore-style documentary, where documentarians put themselves in the middle of the narrative).However, the vérité style is itself useful for certain projects and segments of other features as a stylistic choice. Vérité allows viewers to connect emotionally with certain scenes and situations.The Fly-on-the-Wall ApproachAs a filmmaker, being an observer rather than a participant is important in telling the true story. (Image by guruXOX.)Another loosely defined vérité rule is the “fly-on-the-wall” approach of direct cinema. In this purest iteration of cinéma vérité, the goal of the documentarian is to simply observe with as few artistic decisions or edits as possible.Having been on several vérité-inspired documentary projects, this approach is actually one of the most difficult to pull off. For filmmakers who often alternate between documentary, narrative, and commercial projects, the desire to “stage” scenes, set up interviews, and coordinate everything beforehand is second nature.Although, when you force yourself to simply observe, you can quickly discover how many preconceived notions and narratives you may have brought with you. Instead, allow the story to develop on its own.Aim for “Truthful Cinema”Being familiar with cinéma vérité is useful when your director or client asks you to shoot in this style. (Image by guruXOX.)At the heart of cinéma vérité is the simple definition of “truthful cinema.” If you work in film and video long enough, you’ll find yourself on shoots where a client or director may ask for “verite-style” shooting. This is usually quick-speak for run-and-gun without much direction or planning.However, if you find an interest in the roots of documentary filmmaking, reading up on the genre, watching the classics, and challenging yourself to explore the style, you can discover a great deal about the art of documentary filmmaking.Cover image via Grey Gardens.For more documentary advice and resources, check out some of these articles below.The 6 Types of Documentary FilmsComparing Documentary Styles: Cinéma Vérité to Modern DocsSupport Your Documentary Vision with a Thoughtfully Considered SoundtrackSundance 2019: Tips for Shooting Verité Documentary FootageA Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmakinglast_img read more

Things No Salesperson Should Ever Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now No salesperson should ever lie to win a deal, speak poorly about your competitor, exaggerate claims about what you sell, give up too soon, lack the resourcefulness to be creative in achieving your goals, be undisciplined, be pessimistic, be negative, be cynical, allow disempowering thoughts to guide your actions (or lack thereof), fail to follow up, respond to an RFP without reading and challenging it, believe they don’t need to plan a sales call, show up to a meeting without a pen and paper, rely on their company’s history to prove they’re worth doing business with, stop reading books on their craft, stop reading books that make them more conversational, fail to continuously improve their ability to create value for their clients, waste time listening to politics or sports between sales calls, leave the office without a list of phone numbers you can dial from the road, not carry something to shine their shoes in the car, pretend they can’t use the technologies necessary in sales now, believe that their business is so different that the principles of selling don’t apply to them, lead with pricing (when that is not your business model), negotiate with their sales manager before negotiating with the client, ask for the commitment to decide before going through a process that earns you the right to ask, leave a meeting without another meeting, treat the gatekeeper and other stakeholders as if they are unimportant, watch hours of television (or Netflix) at night, avoid a necessary conflict, fail to prospect every day, fail to build a pipeline that protects you from needing bad business, take on a nightmare client for the money, share your compensation model with your client, lack credibility, accept their lack of business acumen, avoid dealing with all the stakeholders who are going to be impacted by a deal, go without executive sponsorship, send a proposal by email, give the client a demo that shows them every feature, read the client your proposal out loud, or use a high pressure sales tactic to bully a prospect.last_img read more

The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgSimply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city. Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive,Simply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city.Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive Canon in the market, Canon India has introduced this advanced Cinema EOS range cameras to facilitate high quality filming without the huge load of equipment that usually needs to be lugged around. It offers a newly developed super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor with 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that of conventional professional cameras. This enables greater light gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise that is ideal for digital cinematography.Where: Nonac Services 305, Corner Point, Jetalpur Road, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 13, 90,000.Tel: 0265 2310099.Swift drivePowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you look at the R8 Spyder, the open high-performance sports car by Audi. The sporty Audi single frame and large air intakes are instant indicators that this is a smart, sleek and stylish sports car. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand-made V8 mid engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and the Audi R8 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The mid-engine concept ensures a balanced load distribution and excellent handling properties. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel-plus ergonomically shaped sports seats with high-quality seat covers.Where: Audi Showroom and Workshop, Surat Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 1,47,00,000.Tel: 09662515080.advertisementGame onThe perfect gift for a die-hard gaming fan, the Vita is a revolution in portable entertainment. This next generation device packs in countless innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-the-go. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touch screen has an optimised touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy what Sony calls Augmented Reality. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can also download games on the device which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various Gigabyte sizes. As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wi-fi connectivity.Where: Shop No 1 Piplod Plaza, Opp Lancer Army School, Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 0261 2720048.Power packedFor some, flying commercial is passe-travelling in your own aircraft is the utmost luxury. Invision air offers just this as the company provides high-end, ultimate-in-luxury, chartered jet planes, making long queues and security checks a thing of the past. The aircrafts boast of classic interiors and the airline company provides the client with all that they need for either a personal or a corporate trip. The company which began operations last year has been serving the flying needs of the rich and powerful in the state ever since and offers various ownership options. Currently two aircraft models, the Embraer Phenom 100, a four seater aircraft and Embraer Phenom 300, an aircraft that can accomodate nine passengers is available with Invision air. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the both the aircrafts. With the interior being designed by BMW Group’s Designworks USA, onboard conveniences include a wardrobe and refreshment centre, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet and satellite communications.Where: Purchase online at invisionair.co.inCost: Price on request.Tel: 18002665387 (Toll Free Number).Cool talkBrace yourself for lightning fast web browsing, remarkable picture quality and seamless gaming visuals. You’ll love the minimalist design and the camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos. It allows still photography even while shooting HD video. Plus, with Beats Audio you hear authentic, deep sound with true, finely-tuned details. The HTC One X features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super light. With seamless construction, the unibody combines a unique high gloss ‘piano’ finish and a matte back. The HTC One also has an amazing 4.7 inch, 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. HTC One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. The HTC One X handset is available in Polar White and Glamour Grey colours.Where: Bonkers, National Plaza, Alkapuri, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 42,999.Tel: 09898401694.Tech proAn ideal on-the-go companion that can manage your files, send emails, play music, movies and crunch numbers-the MacBook Air is everything you need and more. Being a little over an inch at its thickest end, it fits conveniently into any bag and has therefore been holding the title of the world’ thinnest notebook ever since its launch. After a series of designs and updates since its maiden version in 2008, the new Macbook Air comes with fancy features like a glossy LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, a large trackpad that responds to iPad-related multi-touch gestures like pinching, swiping and rotating. The Intel Ivy Bridge processor that runs the machine, sports HD 4000 graphics, has higher capacity storage and memory options as compared to the earlier version and comes with an improved 720p Facetime HD camera. When you flip open the MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life and apps launch quickly. So if you’re looking for a product that is high on aesthetics while doing the job as well, this is the gadget dreams are made of.Where: CROMA, Himalaya Mall, Memnagar, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 99,900.Tel: 079 6609 5000.advertisementMean machineWho doesn’t love a Harley? It’s what every biker’s dreams are made of. The Ultra Classic Electra Glide CVO takes those dreams a step further, leading a cruise into the future of motoring. Fitted with an air-cooled, dual exhaust engine with a torque of 150 NM @ 3500 rpm throttles, this wide-snouted bike is perfect for cruising on the highway. With an overall width of 970mm and height of 1448mm, the bike offers a ground clearance of 130mm. The machine has a fuel capacity of 22.7 litres and weighs 421.4 kg. Among its unique features are the anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brembo brake callipers and the CVO-specific inserts. The hydraulically actuated nine-plate clutch with high performance spring is complemented with a six-speed cruise drive transmission. The tubular frame of the chassis is made of mild steel and has a two-piece stamped and welded backbone, and the 41.3mm telescopic front forks come with blow-by valves. The Ahmedabad showroom currently offers a range of 15 models including variations of the Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and Touring models. In addition to the motorcycle line-up, the dealership offers a range of genuine Harley-Davidson riding gear, apparel, and parts and accessories to customize your bikes.Where: Nine Bridges Showroom, New York Complex, SG Highway, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 35.45 Lakh.Tel: 09824000707.Classic driveThe all-new Passat is the epitome of luxury and comfort. With electronic parking breaks, keyless entry and start options, there are plenty of hi-tech features available in this all-new version. The new front-end design gives the car an even more dominant, high-class look which is reinforced by the bi-xenon headlamps, along with rounded in-set headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The exteriors of the car are elegant and give it a unique appeal with chrome finished radiator grills. It is a fashionable yet practical mid-size sedan with impressive driving dynamics and a remarkable number of standard features and unique options. It is power packed with the new 1.8L, 1798cc TSI petrol engine, enabled with a six speed manual gearbox and direct injection supply system, making the engine both powerful and fuel efficient. Many advanced safety and comfort features are an added benefit too, like the ABS (Anti lock Braking System), Traction Control System, Cruise Control, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), 8 Air bags and so on. The Passat is just what you need to add that extra bit of class while you’re on the road.Where: Automark Motors Pvt. Ltd Gondal Road, Gondal Ahmedabad Bypass Circle, National Highway 8B, Vavdi, Rajkot.Cost: Rs 2,156,564 (for the basic model).Tel: 0281 6693333.advertisementCool glideWhy walk when you can glide on the new Segway I2 PT (Personal Transporter). It makes travelling short distances an exciting adventure while being good for the environment too. Segway entered the Indian market with two base models-the X2 and I2. The I2 is meant for indoor use while the more rugged X2 can be used outdoors. This little transporter lets you hop on board and scoot along to your destination with zero effort. Segway PT’s are highly intelligent transportation devices that run on Saphion lithium-ion batteries. For minimal maintenance you need to ensure that your PT never drains out of battery. Battery life depending upon usage and terrain can give a mileage of approximately 20,000 kms if used on smooth surfaces. Moreover, operating and maintenance costs are almost negligible.Where: Purchase online at birdsegway.com.Cost: Rs 5, 62,050 (X2) Rs 4,94,890 (i2).Tel: 9810399443.last_img read more

Kylian Mbappé has it all – even at £166m he could be a bargain

first_imgIt’s important to be clear about one thing: other sides will not give Kylian Mbappé as much space as Argentina gave him. He may never again find himself in a major game romping through such vacant pastures.There will be cones in training sessions who give him more of a race than Argentina’s defence did on Saturday, although they probably won’t kick him quite so hard or spend quite so much time grabbing at his shoulders. This was the perfect game for Mbappé. But he took full and ruthless advantage. The loneliness of Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani shows up – World Cup Football Daily Uruguay would have provided a very different threat anyway. Deschamps suggested that Mbappé needs more space than Ronaldo, and Óscar Tabárez’s team will not give him anywhere near as much of that as Argentina did. The quarter-final will be a different test and a different magnitude of test, but Mbappé is on the sort of upward trajectory that, within the confines of a tournament, makes anything seem possible. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Facebook Much was made of the fact that, at 19, Mbappé became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup knockout match since Pelé in 1958, but one 19 is not the same as another 19. By 19, Wayne Rooney was a fully developed player (and, given Euro 2004 was his peak, arguably already past his best as an England player). Mbappé, physically imposing as he is, has started only 44 league games.His career consists of half a season at Monaco when he seemed suddenly to emerge, fully formed, as a terrifyingly effective forward in the Champions League, followed by a season on loan in Neymar’s shadow at Paris Saint‑Germain pending a £166m transfer this summer.For a player so untested that figure seemed extraordinary when it was agreed but it is increasingly coming to look like a bargain. There is still a question of where he fits in a team dominated by the look-at-me self-indulgence of the Brazilian but, even in classes dominated by the greatest attention-seeking show‑off, the other kids can still learn. Getting to France, and playing alongside somebody as comparatively selfless as Olivier Giroud, who laid on his second goal with a deftly weighted pass, must seem a tremendous relief.Although Didier Deschamps, putting aside for a moment the grumpiness that has characterised his World Cup, was moved to indulge a comparison to the Brazilian striker Ronaldo, it was another star of the 1998 World Cup Mbappé more obviously evoked. Twenty years to the day after Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina, Mbappé produced a remarkable tribute to win the penalty that gave France their 13th-minute lead. It would be another five and a half months before Mbappé was born. There was, perhaps, less technical ability required for him than Owen – there was no feather touch with the heel to pull the ball into his stride, no sudden cut outside to go past the final defenders – but the sense of awe at the sheer pace of it felt familiar. That’s three goals now for Mbappé at this World Cup (Owen was the last teenager to score two at a tournament) but just as important is the sense of balance he has given France. “In such an important match, he’s shown all his talent,” said Deschamps. “And even if he was supposed to defend, he still did attacks, and very good ones.” That criticism was presumably, at least in part, a joke – they seem not to come naturally, but he did seem to signal he wasn’t being entirely serious by bearing his teeth for a moment as he waited for the next question – but the point of the system he has instilled is that it is necessary for Mbappé to play on the front foot.With Blaise Matuidi a more defensive presence operating on the left, if Mbappé does not get forward France’s shape, as it often did in the group stage, becomes a narrow 4-4-1-1. Mbappé breaking forward, going beyond Giroud, is as essential to their balance as Matuidi tucking in on the other side is. Matuidi will miss the quarter-final against Uruguay through suspension; Deschamps’s task is to retain a balance that allows Mbappé his freedom without compromising the stability of the midfield. Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 France Twitter Kylian Mbappé scores the first of his two goals against Argentina in their last-16 meeting. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images The running styles are different as well: Owen a blur of roadrunner legs, Mbappé an astonishingly smooth and graceful acceleration, broad chest cruising through the open space of midfield as Éver Banega and Javier Mascherano gave hopeless pursuit before the surge right past a panicked Marcos Rojo, who denied him his Owen finish by pulling him down. In truth, by then Mbappé may have overrun it, but it didn’t matter; he had induced sufficient fear to draw the mistake.His goals, though, would come. His first showed remarkable awareness to know where the space was in the box and technical ability to move across a thicket of players to find it. Franco Armani, perhaps, might have done a little better, seemingly caught between trying to save with foot or body, but credit is due Mbappé for striking the shot early enough that the keeper could not get himself set into a more balanced position. The second was perhaps easier, a low shot past an exposed keeper, but it followed the sort of breakaway that should over the years becomes a trademark. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest Share via Email features World Cup Listen Share on Messenger Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more

CM should to be trusted to decide JK interest Omar

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the chief minister of a state should be trusted to decide what is in the interest of his state, otherwise it was better to “dispense” the state governments and rule from the Centre directly. He, however, said that that the decision to release separatist leader Masrat Alam was J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s ploy to ensure that the discourse was about anything but the BJP-PDP alliance. “God knows I hold no brief for Mufti Sayeed but a CM has to be trusted to decide what is & isn’t in the interest of his/her state.last_img

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more