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As a women’s ministry director, it can be challenging to come up with ideas of gifts to give to the mothers in your church. Here are 12 ideas to help you with this decision:

1. A beautiful flower. This can be a rose, a carnation, a peony, a lily etc.

2. Chocolate. There are all kinds of options with this one, depending on your budget. You could present the mothers in your church with a chocolate rose or truffle(s) or other gourmet chocolaty treats.

3. A chef’s apron. This is a practical gift that will be appreciated by the busy mothers who spend a lot of time in their kitchen doing any kind of messy food preparation (frying chicken, baking cupcakes etc).

4. Perfumed hand or body lotion- if it’s a small bottle, you could put it in a tulle bag with a few chocolates and tie it with a pretty ribbon.

5. A stylish tote bag. This is another practical gift- great for trips to the library, or the beach, or going to soccer games.

6. Framed art, photo or scripture. If you have some images that you like, you could get them printed professionally and frame them yourself.

7. Girls Day Out. Celebrate Mother’s day as a group. Make plans to do manicures, pedicures, watch a movie, eat desserts or anything else the women would enjoy doing as a group.

8. A beautiful picture frame. She can use it to display the latest family photo or Mary’s latest artwork or even a treasured Mother’s Day card.

9. A quality (but pretty) pen. This is a handy gift, as she can use it to write shopping lists, make out checks, mark dates on the calendar etc. There are many styles available. How about choosing one with an inspiring message.

10. A beautiful notebook, journal or magnetic notepad and coordinating pen.

11. Mug or cup. How about filling it with a few gourmet tea bags, hot cocoa mix, chocolates or other candies. Wrap it with cellophane and a pretty ribbon and you are all set.

12. A gift certificate for a free drink and dessert for two, at a local coffee shop. Make a note suggesting that she invite a friend to go out with her.

So there you have it, 12 ideas of gifts to give away to the mothers in your church on Mother’s Day. Adapt these ideas to your own particular situation.

Topless women’s soccer team is one of the most awaited events in the sport. Many years ago, the sport was dominated by men but as the game emerged as one of the most famous sport in the world, it slowly provided opportunities for women to participate in the game. Women players have proved that they can be as competitive as men in the field.

This event attracts many crowds especially men, not only because of the sport but the excitement of watching beautiful sexy topless women make it more interesting. The players usually wear panties and bra but some were nothing but thongs in which their skins are painted with the color of their team. The event is participated by many women’s team from different countries.

In the recently held Euro 2008 match, the team of Australia made its first win when they were able to beat Germany’s team with a score 10-0 with the delight of the crowd. The event was organized by one of the chat room websites in the country.

The Australian team was very happy with their victory and hope that this would provide moral boosting for their male soccer teams. After the defeat of the Germans, showing great sportsmanship, they joined their opponent having some fun and danced at the beach nearby Danube.

Though it the game was not as serious as the men’s professional events, the crowd was satisfied and enjoyed a unique game of the topless women’s soccer team the most loved sport of all time.

Every game, which is bizarre and is extensively popular, has evolved from a form which one would really find strange and not relatable to the current form. The evolution of such sports, mainly incorporated in its introduction of some useful props, or lets rather call them commodities used by players. Even these essential sports materials, used by the players, have evolved with time due to modifications introduced in them with technological advancement. The sport, soccer too evolved with time. Obviously the ball itself underwent modifications. One other thing that has always been the prime interest for soccer lovers and players are the soccer cleats. It is rather astonishing that king Henry (VIII) of England was the first one to have soccer cleats which actually had flat outer sole. With time, awareness grew that in order to hold a grip on the grass and maintain balance, players need studded soccer cleats. It was in 1920s when the world got the modern soccer cleats with replaceable studs.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLEATS USED

The type of cleat used mainly depends upon the surface type and the role of the player in the game. Most of the cleats are differentiated by the cuts and different arrangement of the studs on the outer portion of the sole of the cleat. Variation in field type and the player’s role leads to the usage of different types of cleats. For instance, when the game is on a hard field the players require wearing a basic sneaker type cleat with plastic studs. When playing on a wet or grassy field, cleats with screw-in studs prove to be advantageous for extra grip. Indoor football cleats have rubber soles, which increases the grip. There are cleats available now in the market for artificial grass too. There have been innovations in the cleats which were not really beneficial as they promised to be. For instance, in order to minimize injuries related to the ankle, bladed studs were introduced in soccer cleats, but they ironically proved to be the cause of injury and were banned. The studs are made of metal too in some type of cleats. Well, they have been banned in some places.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE MATERIAL OF CLEATS

Initially the soccer cleats were made of leather, but nowadays the materials used for their construction are mostly synthetic fibers which may be combined with leather sometimes. Now various leading companies are innovating in cleat material and are having copyrights and patents too for their material. One of the most astonishing innovations in this field is the environment-friendly cleats. This cleat is actually the lightest of all and is made up of recycled materials.

THE SMART CLEAT: THE BEST INNOVATION

These cleats are said to have brain as they have a chip, which captures data, installed in them. The chip can measure speed, no. of sprints, maximum speed, distance covered, step rate, stride rate etc. This cleat is a wonderful tool for analyzing the performance of a player.

Children at a very young age are very adventurous, playful and full of vitality and energy. They have the stamina that adults can not level up. For this reason, it would be best for us to train or expose our children into sport while they are at their best. As children are very flexible and easy to teach, they will absorb anything that is being taught to them.

If your kid is a boy, baseball or softball can be a good sport to start up with though girls can play with softball as there are women athletes playing this game. At a very young age you must introduce this game to your kids as a child play. Not as a serious game so that they will learn to love it as well as enjoy playing the game. You can already inculcate in them the basic principles of softball without them knowing that you are already teaching the basics of softball in a way that they will not get bored. Children have very short attention span, therefore, when you try to teach a child you must make your mentoring as interesting and enjoyable as possible.

When you can attain this, you are sure enough that the thing you have instilled in them will be deeply rooted, as it will become a habit. A follow up when they will mature will make their move perfect. Constant training will make them competitive and endurance will soon build up. Not to mention the skills they will be forming with them, as they grow older.

Another thing that will be a benefit for them is that they will grow up to be strong and healthy kids as they already have their own stamina and endurance to stress and other physical activities. Therefore training them while they are still young will give them the potential to become an expert or an ace in their field of sport when they become adults.

The only thing teachers must do is to make the training enjoyable and worthwhile, avoid strenuous and rigorous training at their early age. Since excess training is only intended for adults. Children should be handled with since our purpose is to make them love the game and enjoy it while they are learning the basic movement and techniques of softball. To inspire them to learn more you should appreciate their little deeds, as it will boost up their morale that yearning to play more will be the result.

It is very crucial that every child’s overall well-being and health are enough to keep him active and fit all the time. Thus the minimalism of a soccer game will just be perfect for him. Not much equipment is needed for this particular sport. Players will only need a ball, goal, and a safe flat surface such as a field to play the game. Boys and girls starting at 5 years old can play the game.

Young players can expand and improve their skills needed for the game by working in pairs. There are several activities that can be performed by young players when they are practicing with their pair which can include passing or juggling with their pairs as they attempt to keep the soccer ball above the ground with the help of their feet for a couple of minutes at a time.

Running for and dribbling with the ball using the feet are a very important skill which can be developed in several ways. One basic activity will involve forming pairs of cones to make sequence of gates which are all at diverse angles to one another. The players should be able to dribble with the ball between the gates and at the same time making sure that everything is within close control. This particular activity does not only aid players to learn about keeping close control, but also motivates them to pause and search to see the location of the angles and where other participants are.

As the young players get older, they are more prepared to attempt a higher level for skilled activities. Those who are under 10 years old can become a part of a game where they must catch the ball before it hits the ground. A group of equally young players can be further broken into two divisions where half possesses the ball and the other does not. They players then take several turns in catching and throwing the ball. This simple activity can help players develop their skills as well as learn more about the importance of teamwork, organization, and awareness.

Enrolling your kids to the Lonestar Soccer can help them develop several special skills needed for playing the sport such as dribbling, passing, blocking, anticipating and receiving. Furthermore, the Lonestar Soccer makes sure that every activity is fully packed with fun, exciting, and enjoyable things to learn that kids will surely love.

If your child or any other family member is looking to play soccer, then the right soccer training equipment will be needed. There are a variety of essentials and necessities for anyone that wants to get involved with the sport, and having the right soccer equipment will ensure that the game is played correctly, but also that everyone stays safe while they improve their skills and have fun. Check out this quick guide for all of the necessities for soccer equipment that you’ll need.

It doesn’t get any more basic than the soccer balls themselves. If you’re going to be able to practice at home or anywhere else, then you’ll of course need to have a ball. There are many different varieties of soccer balls, and one of the most important factors is the size of the ball, which for younger children will be smaller than regulation balls. The designs and materials will also be different for different selections, so find something that’s a good match for you.

From there, you’ll also need soccer cleats. Cleats are a piece of soccer training equipment which are essentially modified shoes, enabling you to get more traction in the grass or mud. They have individual spikes on the bottom of the shoe of varying width, length and material, to help you run faster and have better starts, stops, turns and overall maneuverability when playing.

You’ll also want to make sure that everyone is protected and has the right soccer training equipment to stay safe. Shin guards are one of the biggest necessities here. When you’re playing soccer there are going to be lots of errant kicks and body parts, and the shins often become an easy, if inadvertent, target. A good pair of shin guards can go a long way towards keeping you from suffering any injuries. You might also want to consider a cup or groin protector, which can also come in handy, and it’s something you’d rather protect than learn the hard way about why you need to protect it to begin with.

Of course, there are also numerous pieces of soccer training equipment which are designed to help improve your skills. For example, one of the necessities here are what they call rebounders. Rebounders can be designed in any way, but typically consist of an angled piece of netting which is strung tight, so that you can shoot or pass to it, and it sends it back to you. It’s an easy way to train without a partner at any time and from anyplace, which is convenient.

This has only been a quick guide to some of the necessities for soccer equipment. There is much more soccer training equipment that you might want to look into in the future, but with the above tools and products, you’ll be able to get started immediately and begin moving in the right direction. Soccer is a great sport for kids and adults alike, and the right equipment will make a big difference in your ability, safety and skill.

“Es complicado,” our Cuban guide, Lázaro, said in response to a question from one of our group

I was in a bus on a busy street in Havana with fourteen travel companions (thirteen women and two men) who were touring Cuba with Sisters Across the Straits, a group organized and sponsored by the Florida state chapter of League of Women Voters. Our purpose was not only to visit regular tourist stops but to become more knowledgeable about Cuba, the Cuban people and the country’s history.

Besides Lázaro, we were fortunate to be accompanied by Miami resident Annie Betancourt, founder of Sisters Across the Straits, a Board Director of the League and a member for more than three decades. We were the twenty-sixth group Annie has taken to Cuba. She later explained that ‘it’s complicated’ is the standard response Cubans use to describe any difficult situation. It’s a diplomatic way of saying there is no answer to your question or perhaps there is no solution. ‘It’s complicated’ became the password for our six day adventure in Cuba.

Annie was born in Cuba and lived there with her parents until she was thirteen years old. That was when the revolution occurred and Fidel Castro came into power. Her father, an engineer, understood the changes that were coming and, like hundreds of other Cubans, moved his family to Miami, hoping that their time in that city would be short. But Fidel remained in power and the family soon realized that Miami was their new home.

Annie’s hope is that these visits will improve mutual understanding after decades of isolation and distrust between the US and Cuba. The itineraries, as you will see, are designed to provide League members with opportunities to learn about Cuba’s history, culture and society and to meet both academic experts and ordinary Cuban citizens.

­Day 1.

Our flight from Miami to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana was just 45 minutes long, a reminder that Cuba is only 90 miles from the United States. As soon as our group passed through customs, we boarded the bus and started our tour with a ride through central Havana and the Plaza de la Revolucion. Annie had warned us that we were going to a third world country but it was still a shock to see so many buildings that looked as if they had been bombed. Other buildings appeared very fragile, as if they might collapse at any moment. However, they were obviously inhabited, with people going in and out of the entrances and others hanging wash from balconies ten or fifteen stories high. The American embargo and a failing economy had obviously had a huge impact.

After a lunch stop at an outdoor restaurant in a garden setting, we stopped at the Jose Fuster Studio, the home of a ceramist who has changed the area where he lives. The entire street looked like an immense modern painting with bright colors imbedded in every yard. But as I got closer, I could see the designs created with vibrant ceramics, each one different from the one before. The artist had begun this project by transforming his own gate into an elaborate scene created with ceramics. When neighbors saw the effect, they asked him to do the same to their homes. He never asked for money, always raising funds through donations and by selling his own work. Finally, he transformed his entire courtyard into a ceramic masterpiece. Because the American embargo had made ceramics and just about everything else difficult to obtain, he has been forced to travel great distances to find the tiles he needs.

After we checked in to our temporary home, the Hotel Sevilla, and had a short rest, we joined Annie and most of our fellow travelers for a walk through the Plaza and Calle Obispo – a pedestrian street in Haban Vieja (Old City). Our walk ended at a hotel where Annie had planned to have us eat dinner at its roof-top restaurant. However, like much of Cuba, the elevator was not working. A hotel employee invited us to use the service elevator which was located around the corner. It turned out to be a small, dark box that held five people including the elevator operator. Our group went up in shifts; I went up with my eyes closed and my fingers crossed, convinced that each bump meant we were about to plunge to the ground. However, the view of the city from the top made it all worthwhile. The food was another story.

After dinner, four of us walked down six flights (thank goodness there was a bannister) and made our way through the plaza, looking for a taxi. Finally, we found six of them, all 1950’s automobiles, patched up and roaring to take us back to the hotel. We were herded into the backseat of one and enjoyed a bumpy, breezy and gasoline infused trip back to the hotel. As we were getting out, I noticed that much of the ancient upholstery was held together by tape.

Day 2.

At breakfast, I heard about a lot of problems with the rooms. One of our group had hit the jackpot: her window wouldn’t close, the air conditioning didn’t work, and the door wouldn’t lock. My traveling companion, Pat, and I had been lucky. Although the room was basic (we weren’t expecting anything else), everything worked. In fact, the air conditioning was too cold and we couldn’t seem to turn it down but we weren’t going to complain. The hotel had a lovely swimming pool which we enjoyed almost every afternoon; except for the last day when it was closed down at 5:00 pm for mosquito spraying!

Our first stop was the Cuban Embassy to meet women who were members of the Cuban chapter of the United Nations. The Embassy building had been the home of one of the wealthy Cuban families who had left during the Revolution and it was still in good shape. Soaya E. Alvarez, Director of ACNU Associacion Cubana de las Naciones Unidas, spoke to us about Cuba and the United Nations and the importance of lifting the embargo. The Cuban people are suffering; salaries are $15 to $20 a month; Lázarus (who has a master’s degree) left a government job to become a guide because he could earn more money. Although health care is free, gas and some food is rationed and there is not much left over for luxuries. The Cuban dream is to come to the US; in 2015/16, 153,000 Cubans arrived in the US. People are leaving now because they are afraid the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows a path to citizenship, will be repealed. Thus, the Cuban workforce has been diminished and the population is aging.

Our next stop was a visit to El Quitrin, a women’s clothing shop sponsored by the Federation of Cuban Women. Annie had suggested we bring thread and needles as gifts for the women working here as these items, like everything else, are in short supply. At the time of our visit, most of the finished dresses and shirts in the shop were white cotton. The work on the clothes was amazing but I didn’t find anything to buy (for a change).

Later in the afternoon, we visited a conservative synagogue and heard about the Jewish population in Cuba from a young woman. There are 1200 Jews in Cuba and three synagogues; a typical situation for Jewish people in any location. But in Cuba, they are either conservative or orthodox; the modern reform movement has not reached Cuba. However, I was glad to hear that girls are having Bat Mitzvahs.

That evening, three of us took a taxi to a restaurant for dinner and made the acquaintance of a young driver who spoke excellent English. The taxi was brand new, had leather seats and purred as it made its way through town. Our driver told us it was made in China and purchased by the Cuban government. He was leasing it from the government and sharing it with another driver; each had three days on and three days off. He was married and had a toddler. When we asked him about President Obama’s visit, he said, with emotion, “Obama is our hero.”

Day 3.

Annie had arranged a visit to the newly opened U.S. Embassy. I was surprised at the amount of security – our passports were carefully examined and our bags were checked. We entered through a turnstile and were seated in a room right off the entrance. An embassy director who had been sent to Cuba to prepare for Obama’s visit gave us an overview of our country’s situation and answered all our questions. It was thorough and interesting. She encouraged us to interact with Cubans to dispel any negative impressions they might have about Americans.

At the end of the sidewalk in front of the entrance to the American Embassy, there is a football field of very tall black poles that look like they had been planted. Annie told us that, right after the Revolution, the American Embassy began running a ticker tape with a message about freedom along the top of the building. To retaliate, the Cuban government put up the poles and topped them with the Cuban flag to block out the tape.

Our next stop was Finca Vigia, the home of Nobel Prize laureate Ernest Hemingway who lived in Cuba from 1930 to 1960. Pat and I had seen the movie “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” just a few days before our trip so it was exciting to look in the windows and doors and see where the movie had been filmed. His fishing boat Pilar has been restored and is on display at the property.

We had lunch in Cojimar, a fishing village that was the backdrop of Hemingway’s novel, “The Old Man and the Sea.” I looked out at the water and could almost see the old man rowing the boat. Lunch was at a privately owned restaurant run by young local entrepreneurs and it was delicious. Many restaurants in Cuba are owned and operated by the government but more and more people are getting permission to open their own restaurants, a very good sign.

Day 4.

Breakfasts at the hotel were enormous; five large tables filled with everything from fruit to meats to pancakes or eggs and sweet breads. By now I knew our lunches would be huge – at least four courses – so I stuck to cereal, fruit and yogurt (at least I think it was yogurt) for breakfasts. I also decided I would not weigh myself for a week after I got home.

We walked through Old Havana and visited the plazas. There were dozens of stands selling books and street artists were everywhere, displaying their work on boards and boxes. One young man followed our group, drawing quick profiles of a few women and then trying to sell the sketch to the owner. He was remarkably good and we later found out he was an art student. One woman bought her sketch; then discovered that it looked more like another member of our group. Then we visited an artisans’ cooperative and I bought a small painting to take home (my first purchase).

In the afternoon we visited the Museum of Fine Arts- Cuban Collection and I was so awed by the art that I kept moving even when my body was telling me to go back to the hotel and take a nap. Of course the elevator was out here also so we did a lot of walking.

Day 5.

A day in the country! The bus took us through the countryside for over an hour and Lázaro kept us awake with a lesson on Cuba’s history. Now and then, Annie took over the microphone, giving Lázaro a rest and us some background from the American point of view. We arrived at lookout point in Valle Vinales in Pinar del Rio Province which is west of Havana. The unique hill formations (known as mogotes) are gorgeous; unlike anything I’ve seen before.

Then we moved on to a rum distillery (not sure that’s what it’s called) and then a tobacco farm. We watched a man actually roll cigars which almost made me want to smoke one. Of course I bought some for my husband; he smokes one occasionally but only when I’m not home.

Lunch was on the porch of a charming country restaurant. Annie warned us there would be a lot of courses and there were; one after another, each one better than the last. Dessert was the best flan I have ever eaten.

I thought I’d never eat again but by 7:30, I was at yet another restaurant eating the best eggplant lasagna I’d ever had.

Day 6.

Time to pack our suitcases for our trip back to Miami that evening. But in the meantime, we were still moving. We visited a local arts and craft market where I searched for (and found) a humidor in which to put my five precious cigars. I also bought a beautiful, hand-made white cotton dress for my granddaughter which will probably not fit but I couldn’t resist it. Next, our group visited an art community project in inner city Centro Habana. An artist named Salvador Gonzales Escolono first started developing art from graffiti until galleries opened and it became a street of art celebrating the African/Cuban experience. Salvador, who was leaving for Washington and New York the next day, was at his gallery and he told us to “enjoy my country but don’t try to understand it.”

Lunch was at an organic farm that also provides meals for people in need, painting and environmental classes plus classes for single mothers and seniors. When the government gave the land to the family that has produced all this, it was a swamp area. Now they grow 150 different varieties of fruits and vegetables (plus a little dog that kept getting underfoot). The lunches help pay for the free food and classes.

Next stop: The airport and the end of our adventure in Cuba. But first, I and several other travelers checked out all the duty free shops, trying to spend what was left of our Cuban money. I settled on two bottles of vintage rum which my husband tells me tastes like smooth bourbon.

Last thoughts:

A fellow traveler who has been to Cuba before was overwhelmed with the number of yellow cabs and even open-air double decker buses – all made in China. The Chinese have also built an automobile factory in Cuba. She noticed lots of tourists from Spain, France, and even a few from Switzerland. I spoke to two young men from Germany and a couple of English women who rode the hotel elevator with me. Also, there are a lot of new restaurants. Cuba, she commented, is catering to tourists.

The internet is still very difficult for Cubans to access; it’s expensive and slow. The government has begun to open up WiFi hotspots outside of some buildings where you will see lines of young people sitting, standing, leaning – all with computers in their hands.

Change is happening but it’s slow. Although the country is still under the Castro’s, I continually heard Cubans describe Raul as “pragmatic” compared to his brother. I’m assuming this means he is more open to change and to private ownership which we experienced during our visit. Personally, I believe that if the embargo was lifted and the Cuban Adjustment Act repealed, Cubans would be able to visit America, learn from all of us and then go home instead of seeking citizenship in this country. And the distribution of American products in Cuba would stop the rationing and improve every Cuban’s life immensely. The ferry will travel across those 90 miles once more and the Cuban people will be lifted out of poverty and into the twenty-first century. I know ‘es complicado’ but it’s way past time:

Lift the Embargo!

In our turbulent world, it is tempting to view America as surrounded by enemies intent on our destruction. Everywhere we look, we can see signs of American influence waning. Often-and especially in a time of economic turmoil-our mounting problems can seem insurmountable. But sometimes merely looking at the world through a different lens can help us gain some perspective. And if that lens is held by one of today's most perceptive observers of the world scene, it might even help us all take a deep breath and relax.

In Post-American World , best-selling author Fareed Zakaria takes a look at America's place in the world and explains why we have reason to be optimistic. Zakaria, who was born in India, came to this country as an awkward and naive eighteen-year old in the depths of the recession of the early 1980s. What he found then-and what he still sees all around us today-is a vibrant and expansive country, open to fresh ideas and eager to show the world what it has to offer. What has changed in today's world, he explains, in not America: rather, it is the merely rest of the world, racing to catch up with us. And while this new era-where American ideas and aspirations have inspired the world to follow us into the future-may pose unique challenges, they need not be as frightening as the pessimists and nay-sayers make them out to be. In his view, the key to understanding our changing world is to realize that America is not really lagging behind; rather, it is the rest of the world that is rising. And if we are tempted to respond by retreating-pulling into Fortress America, secure in our belief in our own supreme-then we are playing a game that has failed other civilizations in the past, and would likely surrender our leadership for the future.

Among the precautionary tales the author cites from history is the example of China, another great country that once stood at the pinnacle of greatness. Nearly a century before Columbus, in the early 1400s, a series of expeditions set forth from China, with several hundred vessels, each larger than an Spanish galleon, carrying thousands of men. They sailed eastern shores, down coast of Southeast Asia and into the Indian Ocean, impressing them met with majesty and might of Chinese civilization, and returning with treasures including precious stones, exotic plants and animals. Yet by the middle of the century, all this stopped: a new emperor had come to power-one who viewed these excursions as needless and expensive extravagances of little use to China. Before the end of the next century, building similar ships was hidden on pain of death, and vast tracts of forests were burned to make similar ventures impossible in the future. And so China, convinced of its own supremeity, turned firmly away from outside contact to withdraw within itself … and before long, the rest of the world had passed the stagnating Chinese culture in all manner of achievements. It has taken them six six centuries of struggling to approach the pinnacle again; and now, having learned the lesson of history, they seem determined not to repeat the mistake.

Today, though we are beset by dangers on many sides, Zakaria reminds us that we often fail to appreciate just how lucky we are to live in an age of plenty and an era of discovery and adventure. Now that America has led the way, the rest of the world is racing to catch up to us. But, he cautions, we should not treat their efforts with suspicion or disdain, but we should embrace the future envisioned by our own ideals-for it is those very ideals that have long inspired the world.

Foremost among our many resources are the American culture and people. Both are filled with resilience and optimism. The American spirit of innovation derives from the openness of our culture, and our empire of the off-beat and heretical-as well as the welcome we have shown to the best and the brightest from around the world. And despite the imperfections of our much-derided educational system, the author demonstrates that most of our problems stem from disparities within our own country: there is, the author notes, a greater disparity between students from our typical, middle-class schools and those from poverty-stricken, inner-city schools than there is between our best, and the best from the rest of the world. And while we bemoan our own lagging test scores, others are actually coming to the US to learn our techniques. And what impresses them most are the things we take for granted: the willingness of our students to challenge teachers; their courage to speak out in class; and their ability to be creative in applying what's taught to their everyday lives. While the rest of the world may beat us at teaching their students to take standardized tests, our system looks to excel at producing people who can be innovative, willing to challenge convention. Our culture seems drawn to the heretical and oddball; and since our schools do not quite squash this out of our students as well as some countries do, these same oddballs help keep our culture fresh.

Comparing us to the British Empire in its heyday, Zakaria notes that Britain, although blessed with gifted statesmen, was saddled with a dysfunctional economic and cultural system that stifled creative impulses of British society. In many ways America's challenge is just the reverse: we have a vibrant, dynamic culture that remains the envy of the world-but one that is saddled with a political system that often sees more intent on gaining temporary partisan advantage than moving the country forward. And where our culture benefits from the influx of immigrants-bringing energy, ambition, and new ideas along with them-we often mistake the challenges they bring as well for danger, rather than viewing them for what they are and have always been: a priceless source of renewal.

Insightful and well-written, filled with a global perspective often lacking in today's commentators, The Post-American World offers hope as well as perspective. It is written not in the lofty tones of academies, but with a precision born of thought and deep understanding. Those interested in understanding America's place in the world-past, present, and future-would do well to read it carefully. The world, after all, needs an America-embodying the free spirit and sense of adventure we have always taken for granted. That is, the author concludes, this country's real role in the world-and the reason that most people across the Earth still look to the United States with good will. It would be a pity if, through misguided attempts to hold back the future, we squandered the America we have … and forced the world to go looking for a new one.

In recent times ‘sublimation’ has emerged as a very popular printing method. In fact, it can be described as the inimitable face of digital printing technology that satisfies the countless desires of this dynamic consumer world. This particular process is used to print sublimated dyes on to a polyester base object or cloth with the help of a specially made inkjet printer. Heat and pressure when thrust upon the dye change into gaseous form and get absorbed into the fabric just like its own part and does not look as something imprinted. Want to know more about how this course of action is beneficial? Let this post walk you through the same.

Easy on the pocket: Screen printing needs a great deal of setting up- separate screens, films whereas this inventive modern-day technique does not involve any such detailed list of prerequisites. As such, it is touted as a cost-effective measure.

You get what you want! Since there is no cumbersome screen shuffling in this process, customization is effortless, unlike batch screen printing. With sublimation, soccer jersey designers can print each item keeping customer individuality in mind.

Resilient in nature: The print generally doesn’t fade away or rind and chink hence is long-lasting. Such printing is most suitable for sports-wear as the clothes have to undergo extensive washing.

A time-saver methodology: This new method of printing in a way saves time as with every change of print you do not need to switch back and forth the screens which was a must in the traditional style of printing.

Weightless prints: The prints carry no supplementary weight. They simply meddle with the fabric and turn out to be one. Though this procedure uses heat and pressure, you will be astonished to see the final product. The cloth texture remains just the same with the only addition of prints.

It should be noted that sublimation works only on polyester fabrics. Larger runs can be pricey if compared with screen printing but here again, you need to be sure what is it exactly that you want—- a customised work of art that suits your taste or old school screen printing that is by the book. Here is more of what you need to find out about them.

Sublimated soccer jerseys are almost inevitable when it comes to choosing over other sports attires as sportsmen are known to toil hours in the field as a result of which the clothes get all soiled up with dirt and grime. If it was not for this exclusive process, the numbers and logo prints would not last long and would dwindle with frequent washing. The next time you cheer your favourite soccer player you will know that the shine of sheath on the logo or number prints is the result of the much-talked course of action. What was the face of yesteryear printing technology has been taken over by this development? Future may bring better or more advanced changes but for now, this new digital printing technique is in vogue.

When attacking in football it is important to not have too many players up field leaving your goal open to the opposition. When attacking its best to have at most 5 players attacking leaving 5 players back to defend your goal.

Different types of attacking play within football can have various advantages but all have been designed to result in a goal being scored.

Types of attacking play in football are:

Counter-Attacking:

Counter attacking play can be made use of when your team is defending. When your team is defending make sure your forward players are around the halfway line so when you eventually get the ball there are options to make a through-ball to and make a counter attack. This attacking play is very useful when defending a corner kick.

Long Ball Play:

The long ball style of play can be useful when there are no on-the-floor options for a player to use. The long ball play is employed as a gamble method of attack but can have advantages if correctly done. By hitting the ball up the field from defence or midfield the hope is that the strikers will either latch onto the hopeful pass or take advantage of any mistakes made by the defenders.

Wide Wing Play:

The wings on a football pitch can be used to expand the opportunity given to a team to attack their opposition. By spreading the ball wide you allow a different angle of attack and offer a number of opportunities for the winger which can be to take on the fullback and drag central defenders out of position, cut inside and drive forward at an angle or supply a cross from for the strikers to attack.

Set Plays:

Set plays are very useful for teams that are losing as they give the team opportunities to overload the oppositions half and make an attack on goal. Teams that are losing a game will want to exploit all types of set plays such as free kicks, throw-ins and corner-kicks to hopefully make a break on goal.
Set plays such as free kicks are often performed with great skill by top premier league teams such as Arsenal Football Club.