The legendary German footballer believes that in order to get back to the top, the Nationalmannschaft needs to enjoy football again.2018 was a year to forget for the Germany national team.The defending FIFA World Cup champions did not make it out alive of the Group Stage of the 2018 competition.And then it failed miserably in the UEFA Nations League tournament.Part of the blame is that the Nationalmannschaft is not enjoying football as before, at least this is what legendary footballer Oliver Bierhoff believes.“I am convinced that although it felt that way last summer, German football is not far away from being the world’s best,” said Bierhoff to the official Germany Football Association website.“We need more emotion again. Despite all the systems, we also need to create space for the development of individuals.”“We need more playground mentality again,” he explained.“Together with the league and clubs we aim to establish a successful German way,” he said.“We need to start making the most of our talent pool again, and also develop the boys and girls of our youth teams as best we can.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Our analysis has shown that at least a third of the talent available to us is not developed to its full potential,” he said on what needs to be changed.Germany’s 2018 World Cup run was the worst of any German national team in history.“We have one head coach and two assistants in our youth teams,” added Meikel Schönweitz, head coach of the national youth teams.“With that, with have three coaches in every team and three different types of coaches: the experienced one, the innovative one, and the specialist.”“My job is to help the coaches to further develop their expertise,” he continued.“We’re seeing things that we could take for our own work more and more. The goal is to get through to the players through the coach and fully develop talent. I see myself as a go-to for the players. We’re already looking at who has the upcoming tournaments in their sights and who could help us at EURO 2024.”Happy 28th Birthday to Christoph #Kramer! 🎉#DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/RiLJEXMH1X— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) February 19, 2019
By AFRO StaffRev. Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Pastor of St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church died on July 1. He was 74. Dr. Lawrence was installed as Pastor of St. Mark’s, located at 655 N. Bentalou St., in West Baltimore, which is the original church home of the legendary Dobson family of preachers: Spencer Dobson, Sr., the church’s founder and family patriarch and his sons Harold Dobson and Vernon Dobson.Rev. Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Pastor of St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md. (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Lawrence, a retired attorney for the Baltimore City Public Schools, was married to Karen Long Lawrence. His funeral was July 11 and he will be buried July 13 at Garrison Forest Cemetery in Baltimore County. Condolences may be sent to Karen Long Lawrence, 39 Sheraton Rd., Randallstown, Maryland, 21133.Members of Dr. Lawrence’s fraternity Omega Psi Phi presided over his funeral. (Photo credit: Keyon Smith)Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, Pastor of venerable Sharon Baptist Church, was among the attendees at the funeral for Dr. Lawrence. (Photo credit: Keyon Smith)
Uttarakhand – popularly known as the ‘Land of Gods’ is emerging as one of the best destinations for shooting films. The beautiful ambiance and pleasant weather had always appealed filmmakers, but after the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met some of the renowned film personalities under ‘Investor’s Summit’ in Mumbai, things changed for the better. Trivendra was appreciated for his initiative, which has changed the perspective of entire film fraternity towards Uttarakhand. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChief Minister met all the filmmakers present in the programme and asked them for suggestions on improvements that can be made in the state’s film policy. Minister further informed that state government is preparing a favorable environment for the film industry in the state. Nature has blessed Uttarakhand with so many things. Everything related to nature, which a filmmaker wants to capture in the camera, is there in the state.After taking suggestions from the producers and directors, the government will soon approve the new film policy, thereby opening the door to many big filmmakers. For attracting more and more filmmakers, fees for shooting movies have been waived off. Moreover, if any filmmaker applies for shooting in the state, he gets permission within seven days. As a result, six big Bollywood films have been shot in the state in the last six months. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The Director of Baahubali movie S S Rajamouli surveyed the shooting places few days back and will be seen with their crew in Uttarakhand soon. We have also made provision of Rs 1.5 crore for the films whose 75 percent shooting will be done in Uttarakhand,” he said, adding “We want that if a filmmaker comes from Mumbai for shooting, he should not have to bring a big team of technicians, spot-boy etc. We are planning to provide such skilled technicians at the local level, for which we have started the Film Appreciation Course in Dehradun.” Impressed by the film policy of Uttarakhand, this year, Uttarakhand was conferred with ‘Special Mention Certificate for Film Friendly Environment’ award during the National Film Awards.Talking about the initiative, film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur said that this initiative of the state government is commendable. It is rare that a Chief Minister himself invites the filmmakers to come to his state. There is a lot of potential in Uttarakhand.Filmmaker Narayan Singh said that he has shot Batti Gul Meter Chalu in Uttarakhand, in which state government has provided a lot of support. The quiet atmosphere and discipline he witnessed while shooting in Uttarakhand could not be found anywhere else.Film producer Boney Kapoor also spoke of giving support to the Uttarakhand government. Renowned lyricist Prasoon Joshi said that the people of Uttarakhand are very sensitive. We all should work together to create such an atmosphere, which will create a friendly atmosphere for shooting in Uttarakhand.On this occasion, Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said that the state government will provide every possible help to film producers and directors. Secretary Information Dilip Javalkar gave information to the filmmakers about the facilities given in the Uttarakhand Film Policy. Also, he sought suggestions for making amendments in the film policy. Javalkar said that proposals are being prepared for investment in the film city and studio during the Investors Summit to be held in October.Rishabh Chopra of Yash Raj Films, Sheel Nimbalkar of John Abraham Productions, Kulmeet Makkar of Film and Television Producer Guild of India, Parth Arora of Fox Star Studios, President of Indian Motion Pictures Producer Association T.P.Aggrawal, Producer-Director Hansal Mehta, famous singer Anuradha Paudwal, and several other renowned personalities were present in the programme.Principal Secretary Manisha Pawar, Secretary Finance Amit Negi, Managing Director Saujanya, Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Ramesh Bhatt and Industrial Advisor K.S. Panwar were also present in the programme.
Greta Garbo is the demure and elusive icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In her most iconic roles, she played tragedy and melancholy to perfection. Her portrayals of strong-willed heroines earned her three Oscar nominations and she was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1954 for her significant achievements on the silver screen.Garbo is as misunderstood as she is beloved, even her famous line “I want to be alone” is misquoted, as the actress told Life magazine in 1955, “I only said, ‘I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.”Publicity photo of Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina.Born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, she grew up in poverty in a grey and difficult Stockholm. Of her childhood home she said, “Where we lived, all the houses and apartments looked alike, their ugliness matched by everything surrounding us.”Even as a child Garbo was enamored with the theatre, an escape from the mundanity of her surroundings, and was cast in her first film in 1924.Greta GarboThat very same year, Garbo was spotted by Lewis B. Mayer in the film The Saga of Gosta Berling.Mayer was immediately taken with her onscreen presence and the luminosity of her eyes, a perfect siren for the silent-screen.At the age of 20, Garbo arrived in the U.S. to start her Hollywood career; she underwent surgery to straighten her hairline and teeth, had her eyebrows plucked and was told to lose 30 pounds.Greta GarboHer main co-star during those formative years was John Gilbert, and their on-screen chemistry sparked rumors that elevated both of their careers to the heady heights of stardom.At one time, John Gilbert was the most beloved leading man in Hollywood. His films regularly grossed over $700,000 (around $10 million in 2018), and he is generally credited with teaching Garbo the acting skills that would become a part of her iconic repertoire.Gilbert with Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs (1929).Legend has it that for John Gilbert it was love at first sight and within three weeks of meeting Garbo, he had proposed marriage multiple times.Gilbert got as far as setting a date and was devastated when, on the day they were to wed, Garbo didn’t show up.Garbo in Flesh and the Devil (1926) with John Gilbert.This episode seems to coincide with a decline in Gilbert’s stardom, and he would soon be just a memory of the silent screen.Garbo, on the other hand, continued her meteoric rise. She admitted later in life that Gilbert was the great love of her life and she owed much of her success to his watchful eye. She could not, however, bear the thought of being married to anyone; of the incident Garbo reflected, “I was afraid he would tell me what to do and boss me. I always wanted to be the boss.”Greta Garbo in 1925 by Arnold Genthe.From this point onwards, Garbo became a lifelong bachelorette and cultivated the air of mystery which became part of her enduring allure.Gilbert was undoubtedly a great love in Garbo’s life, but as we know from the lengthy correspondences that became public in the years after her death, he was not the only one.Greta Garbo in 1925 by Arnold Genthe.Starting in 1924, Garbo maintained a sixty-year-long letter exchange with her drama school sweetheart, Swedish actress Mimi Pollack.In her first letter to Pollack, Garbo describes how “The letter from you has aroused a storm of longing within me.” Garbo – whose stage name was said to have been invented by Pollak – describes herself as ‘slow, tired, boring’ when far from her girlfriend.In another letter from 1928, Garbo writes “I dream of seeing you and discovering whether you still care as much about your old bachelor. I love you, little Mimosa.” Two years later, when Pollak made the surprising announcement that she was pregnant, Garbo writes: ‘We cannot help our nature, as God has created it. But I have always thought you and I belonged together.’Later, in reference to the birth of Pollak’s son, Garbo writes: ‘Incredibly proud to be a father.’ The letters get increasingly intimate as time goes on.Garbo and Fredric March in Anna Karenina (1935).There had been rumors about Garbo’s sexuality for years, including a particularly scintillating one about an alleged affair with Marlene Dietrich. The writer Mercedes da Costa also claimed to having a lesbian affair with Garbo.For golden era Hollywood however, keeping up appearances was integral to keeping the cash rolling in; studios were adept at cover-ups, and its stars were contractually obliged to maintain a particular image. Which meant that if Garbo did indeed have inclinations towards other women, it had to be kept under strict lock and key.Portrait photograph of Greta Garbo.Garbo was not ashamed of her sexuality but knew better than to risk the wrath of studio executives and the strong opinions of members of the public.It is likely that Garbo’s isolation had as much to do with her dislike for publicity as it did with her longing and heartbreak for the long-lost love of Mimi Pollack that was not able to be spoken, or consummated.Read another story from us: The Seductive Aura of Marlene Dietrich – Golden Age Pioneer of AndrogynyThere were rumors and whispers during Garbo’s life, but if there was ever any doubt about her sexuality after her death, these letters show that, even during the throes of her relationship with John Gilbert, how deeply she loved and pined for her drama school sweetheart.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Tech giant Google has gobbled up Bump, the mobile app startup that allowed users to share files simply by “bumping” their smartphones. Yeah, kind of like a fist bump but with phones. And data is shared.The deal was announced yesterday on the Bump blog by co-founder and chief executive David Lieb. The Bump team will join Google and continue to operate as usual “for now,” Lieb said.”Our mission at Bump has always been to build the simplest tools for sharing the information you care about with other people and devices,” Lieb wrote. “We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms.”Bump had raised nearly $20 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. Google might have paid anywhere from $30 million to $60 million for the company, according to AllThingsD.Related: A Look at the Long, Contentious Road to Buying Dell Inc.Bump was founded in 2008 after Lieb, then a student at the University of Chicago’s MBA program, found himself daydreaming of an easy, efficient way to share contact information. The app launched in March 2009 and quickly gained popularity, with more than 40 million downloads in less than two years. Today, it has more than 100 million downloads.Bump has changed directions a number of times since its splash on the market. In 2011, for instance, Bump began allowing users to share photos, music, calendar appointments, and to become friends with other users over a Bump social network. But by early 2012, Bump 3.0 was released, effectively slashing many of the features that were added the previous year. No longer could users share calendars, music and apps. The social features disappeared. Bump decided to focus on the sharing of photos and contact information, instead.Last year, Bump launched Flock, a group photo-sharing app. Bump has also made money by licensing its technology to developers who have used it for things like exchanging money by touching phones.How Google might eventually utilize Bump is unclear. Google did not immediately return an email seeking comment.Update: A Google spokesperson sent us this statement: “The Bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they’ll be a great fit at Google.”Related: Fast Facts on Twitter’s Startup Buying Spree September 17, 2013 Register Now »
Paddle out and ring in the New Year in Hilo with KapohoKine << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Hawaii Special Edition, KapohoKine Adventures Travelweek Group Monday, December 10, 2018 Get ready for a show this New Year’s Eve! KapohoKine Adventures, a leading eco-adventure tour operator on Hawaii Island, is sponsoring Hilo Bay’s first-ever New Year’s Eve fireworks show, a free community event that is sure to usher in the New Year with a bang.To commemorate the event, the company is offering the ‘New Year’s Paddle Out Experience’, beginning at 10:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Guests can choose from a single- or double-seat kayak, two-seat clear hull canoe or stand-up pedal board, which they will then use to raft up with a guide to enjoy the overhead pyrotechnics and a complimentary champagne toast.This package is priced at US$89 plus tax, per person and includes equipment rental, guided paddle and champagne. It’s valid for Dec. 31, 2018 and is limited to 21 people.The first annual Hilo Bay New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show is free and open to the public, and will begin at midnight and last 15 minutes.For more information go to KapohoKine.com. Posted by Share