Neymar won’t play again at the Parc des Princes this season. The Paris Saint-Germain striker was given a three-game ban on Friday for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month, a punishment that capped another disappointing season for the Brazilian.The French soccer federation’s disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.PSG said in a statement it finds the sanction “severe” and has decided with Neymar to appeal the decision.After Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at the Stade de France, Neymar reacted angrily to a fan who was filming and verbally goading players as they walked up the stairs to collect their runner-up medals. Neymar exchanged a few words with the supporter then raised his hand to him. It was unclear if Neymar made physical contact with him.Other PSG players, including Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti, were verbally abused by the same person and ignored him.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel criticized Neymar for the spat and the Brazilian player later apologized.The ban starts Monday, ruling Neymar out of PSG’s last two league games. He can, however, play with the French champions at Angers on Saturday.The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3.Neymar has also been suspended for three games by UEFA for insulting the video review officials who awarded Manchester United’s stoppage-time penalty when PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.advertisementNeymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. But his two seasons with the French champions have been quite disappointing in comparison with the huge expectations.Neymar, who is in the second year of a five-year deal with PSG, has missed large chunks of both seasons because of a right foot injury that ruled him out of big games. He has scored 50 goals in his 57 matches with PSG but was unable to help the club in its goal to win the Champions League, the main reason behind his arrival in Paris.Neymar injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last year and missed the return leg of his club’s last 16 Champions League game against Real Madrid. He was also absent for both matches against United because of a recurrence of the injury.PSG has lost at that stage of the tournament in three straight seasons.Also Read | Eden Hazard nets winning penalty as Chelsea reach Europa finalAlso Read | David Beckham handed 6-month driving ban for using phone at wheel
The American Society of Magazine editors today unveiled the winners of its second-ever Digital Ellies awards. Conde Nast’s Epicurious took the General Excellence award for the Digital Media, Service and Lifestyle category as well as top honors in the category of Interactive Tool. Slate took the General Excellence award in the Digital Media, News and Opinion category. The awards were handed out in conjunction with the Magazine Publisher’s of America’s “MPA: Digital E-Reading” conference.Ten other magazines took Digital Ellies, including Esquire for Best Mobile Edition, The New York Times Magazine for Best Design, Digital Media and Life.com for Best Photography.Some smaller brands also received top honors, including Poetry magazine for Podcasting, The Oxford American for Video and Virginia Quarterly Review for Multimedia Package. Thirty-nine titles were nominated for the 2011 Digital Ellies, including nine online-only titles such as Chow, CNET, The Daily Beast, Epicurious.com, LIFE.com, Salon, Slate, Tablet magazine and Yale Environment 360. Click here for a complete list of winners
Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/13111119/US-TX-Giraffe-CR.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A baby giraffe was born this week at the Houston Zoo.Zoo officials say the unnamed female Masai giraffe was born just after nine a.m. Monday to mom Tyra.After spending a few days with mom, the baby will be on view for zoo visitors.The calf weighs 139 pounds and stands 6’3″.She is now the sixth Masai giraffe residing at the Houston Zoo. Share
X Still, 10 people were killed and 13 injured.Of course, there might have been more victims without the school’s preparations.Scott Hare is a retired police lieutenant and now with Armoured One. The firm provides active shooter training in school districts across the country.Lacking details, he wouldn’t comment on anything that might have mitigated the Santa Fe High School shooting further.In general, he said, it has to be a holistic approach and include every single staff member, including school bus drivers. “The world has changed and you may have to defend yourself or your students with deadly force because somebody’s using deadly force against yourself or your students,” Hare said. “And if they’re not prepared to take that action, unfortunately society is going to dictate that they need to think about a different job.”Other things could include bulletproof classroom windows and having staff monitor all kids that come into the school every day.Hare visited Santa Fe High School after Friday’s shooting. He said they’re learning new things after every school shooting and adjusting their training accordingly.Hare said he offered his firm’s services to the Santa Fe Independent School District and is waiting to hear back. 00:00 /00:45 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office via Twitter / @HCSOTexasLaw enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018.Santa Fe High School was already what some would call a “hardened” school.It had done active shooter drills and was considering arming some teachers. It even received a safety award. Two school officers were on site and stopped the massacre after four minutes. Share
Kolkata: The nationwide shutdown called by the Congress and Left parties against the fuel price hike on Monday evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal, with vehicular traffic remaining near normal. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) had previously opposed the strike and said the state government would take every possible step to ensure that the public life remains unaffected. In Kolkata, most of the shops and markets remained open while the city’s metro service functioned normally. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life However, the number of commuters were significantly less in the early hours on Monday compared to other working days. A large number of public and private buses were seen plying in the city’s important points including Shyambazar five point, Esplanade crossing, Jadavpur and Ruby crossing. The train service in Sealdah and Howrah section under the Eastern Railway was temporarily disrupted as the strike supporters blocked rail movements in Jadavpur and Sreerampur stations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, they were removed by the police within half an hour. No untoward incidents of violence or clashes were reported. Protesting against the steep hike in fuel price under the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Congress called for the shutdown on Monday. The Left parties including CPI-M, CPI, RSP has also called for a 12-hour long ‘hartal’ (strike) on Monday against the Narendra Modi government’s policies.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress will organise rallies in Delhi to oust the anti-people Modi government at the Centre, said Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.He was addressing a gathering to protest against the hike in the price of petroleum products at Dorina Crossing on Monday afternoon.Banerjee said the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up even on Monday and the Centre has made no attempts till date to reduce the prices of petroleum products. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said BJP had asked the state government to reduce state excise and VAT. Between 2014-18, Central excise has been increased nine times, while there has been “zero” rise in state excise and VAT.Banerjee alleged that to divert the attention of people, BJP has brought up the Hindu- Muslim issue. “This trick will not work any more. Whenever there is any major problem in the country, BJP immediately brings in Hindu-Muslim and communal issues to divert the attention of people.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said Trinamool is the first political party to raise its voice against the Centre. Immediately after the prices of petroleum products started soaring, party supremo Mamata Banerjee had criticised it. Trinamool Youth Congress started a dharna and held rallies in South and North Kolkata over the issue.”We will continue to protest against the anti-people government till it is ousted,” he said.State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said BJP national president Amit Shah has said that the party will remain in power for 50 years, but in reality if it stays for more than five days, people’s ordeal will go up.”Forget about BJP remaining in power at Delhi for 50 years. If they stay for five more days it will be bad for the country. It is a party whose only business is to loot people,” said Hakim.Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress leaders and workers took part in a rally to protest against the prices of petroleum products on Monday. The rally started from Moulali and ended at Dorina Crossing, where a meeting was organised.
9 min read Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of BasecampImage credit: BasecampThe Chicago-based software as a service (SaaS) pioneer, originally named 37signals, quietly makes millions every year selling monthly subscriptions to its no frills web-based project management app — all without a single salesperson, press push, ad campaign or outside money. (Well, almost. In 2006, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made an undisclosed “minority private equity investment” in the company, though Basecamp claims to have eschewed “over 100 VC and private equity investment offers over the years.”)Related: Want to Be More Productive? Move Across the World.Basecamp bucked the “go big or go home” trend — and basically said screw growth — from the very beginning. So far, it’s worked out incredibly well. Perhaps a better mantra for the bootstrapped tech renegade would be “Stay small and work from home.”Established in 1999 as a scrappy, three-person web design shop, now 44 employees strong, Basecamp says it helps “hundreds of thousands” of companies the world over organize, track and collaborate on millions of projects.Related: Radicals and VisionariesWe tapped Basecamp co-founder and CEO Jason Fried for the secrets to how his company is still going strong after 15 years in business. Here are his five unorthodox strategies for lasting success.1. Tell customers what you can do for them, don’t show them. When Basecamp went live with its first website in 1999, Fried says most other companies in the tech industry were creating busy bragbook sites crammed with images and work samples.Not Basecamp. Still called 37signals at the time, the company opted for a blank white landing page on its inaugural site. No background. No images. No slogans. It displayed one thing only: A short, snappy manifesto in list form that rattled off “37 nuggets of online philosophy and design wisdom.”“It became this lightning rod,” Fried says, “where people were like, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t sell websites and design services without showing previous work.’ Well, yeah, we can, actually, and we did.’”Taking a bold, barebones tell-don’t-show approach attracted the right kind of clients from the start, he says. Basecamp only showed work samples to potential customers who came to them first via the website. Related: Juggling Too Many To-Dos? Try These Helpful Task Management Apps. “We didn’t lead with the work. We led with our ideas and our minds, and the customers who believed in what we were saying and doing came. It was unusual and it gave us permission to do a string of other things that were unusual, and that why we’re still here 15 years later.”If you list it, they will come. Just ask Buzzfeed.2. Let your employees work wherever they want, anywhere in the world. While he recognizes that telecommuting isn’t for everyone, Fried remains an outspoken advocate for hiring the best people you can find, regardless of where they are. “The more you trust people to do their jobs, in front of your or not, the better work you’re going to get from them anyway.”In his best-selling book about the rise of telecommuting, Remote: Office Not Required (Crown Business, 2013), he argues that embracing remote work is “commonsensical,” offering “access to the best talent, freedom from soul-crushing commutes, and increased productivity outside the traditional office.”Fried says bosses spin all kinds of excuses not to hire telecommuters because they’re afraid it will take away some of their power. “Their job is to manage you, to oversee and to watch over, and if they can’t see people [employees], then they feel like they’re losing something themselves and they can’t do a good job.”Related: How the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Stereotype Is Killing EntrepreneurshipNo one’s looking over anyone’s shoulder at Basecamp. The company started as a core team of telecommuters and it still is today, only bigger. It now has just under four dozen full-time staffers flung across 30 cities throughout world, including in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Russia and Europe. Only 14 people, Fried among them, work out of Basecamp’s 10,000-square-foot headquarters, formerly Crate and Barrel’s photo studio, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.3. Just say no to PR, advertising and salespeople. If you position your value proposition — and your brand story — on your website in a straightforward, succinct and sincere way, you might never have to spring for marketing and advertising.“That’s why we don’t have any salespeople,” Fried says. “We never have, and we’ve signed up thousands of customers without a single one.”In its early days, he says Basecamp hired a PR firm but quickly ditched it. “It just wasn’t the thing for us. Instead we chose to be opinionated and share our stories openly and without pulling punches, without being afraid. When you do that, people pay attention and you build a really loyal following.”Related: When to Say No to Venture CapitalInstead of spending on marketing and advertising, Fried suggests regularly putting out your own high-quality content, just like a magazine or an author would, “and not just to build a customer base, but to build an audience, too.” Spin your own messages your way.“That way you won’t have to invest in expensive campaigns because people will already be waiting for what you have to say, and sometimes you’ll say you’re selling a new product.”4. Don’t be self-centered. It’s perfectly normal, even expected, that you talk up your brand from time to time. But it’s never okay to do it to the point of overkill, as in every day. Fried stresses only puffing up your own company “occasionally.”“No one cares about or wants to follow someone who’s just talking about themselves,” he says.To avoid brand burnout, Basecamp purposely breaks up announcements about its products and services by writing even more about topics its current and potential clients are most likely interested in.Related: 10 Legendary Maverick EntrepreneursFried and his colleagues do this passionately and often on Basecamp’s popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, which attracts some 100,000 readers per day, he says. It’s a long-form sounding board where staffers share their opinions on a smorgasbord of web content- and design-related subjects, like “why most copywriting on the web sucks” and “The problem with the tech world’s ‘swing for the fences’ approach.” Companies that are similarly “Bootstrapped, Profitable, and Proud” are called out on the site from time to time as well.“The blog helped us slowly but surely build up a fan base that was interested in products we launched, like when we rolled out the original Basecamp tool in 2004. Our readers were mostly designers, people who would actually be our customers. It’s been an organic word-of-mouth spread ever since.”5. Don’t act like a Silicon Valley startup. In Fried’s view, the stereotypical Silicon Valley darling asks people to put in ungodly hours, raises a bunch of money, raises some more, then tries to sell the company in a few years or go public. “To me, that’s about the end game. It’s not about building something that lasts, something with consistency and continuity.”He says companies big and small in the trendy tech hotbed tend to suffer from homogenous “groupthink,” which gives them a “distorted sense of reality” everywhere else. “Silicon Valley’s such a bubble that it’s hard [for companies there] to get a perspective on what customers really do care about on what’s really going on outside of that bubble.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask Before Allowing Employees to TelecommuteUnlike many Silicon Valley startups and corporations, Fried doesn’t ask his employees to put in 70, 80 or even 90 hours a week. “When you’re part of that, when you’re over there, when you’re in that world, that becomes normal and I don’t think it’s normal at all. There’s nothing normal about burning people out.”Fried’s solution for employee burnout: Let them work less. Every year, from May to October, Basecamp transitions to a four-day workweek (“not 40 hours crammed into four days, but 32 hours comfortably fit into four days”). The main benefit, he said in a New York Times op-ed, is better work. “When there’s less time to work, you waste less time.”Full disclosure: The writer of this article has been a paying Basecamp subscriber for several years and currently is.Related: When Does Switching to a Remote Workplace Make Sense? Want to make a killing in tech, now and for years to come? Don’t be cutthroat competitive. Don’t work ungodly hours. Don’t move fast and break things. And, please, don’t be another cocky TechCrunch headline.Instead, grow slow, stay small, blow off PR (yes, really), and get off your employees’ backs. And actually have fun when you work like when you play. This, in a nutshell, is Basecamp’s rebel recipe for long-lasting success. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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