St Jago High, one of the surprise teams in this year’s Manning Cup, eased to a 3-1 win over Lacovia High in the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup at the National Stadium yesterday. The daCosta Cup teams had threatened to overrun their Manning Cup rivals in yesterday’s early matches at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and at Sabina Park, but St Jago and Wolmer’s Boys, who both won by 3-1 margins, helped to lift spirits among the Manning Cup schools. The Monk Street-based St Jago put their recent Walker Cup semi-final defeat to St George’s behind them with a clinical display. An own goal gave them the lead in the second minute. Midfielder Ryan Smart caused panic inside the Lacovia defence with a low cross in the six-yard box. Defender Kimar Thomas tried to clear, but only succeeded in slamming the ball into his own net. St Jago’s leading scorer, Shaqon Bryan, continued to find the back of the net and scored his tenth goal of the season. He pounced on a rebound off the cross bar rounded the goalkeeper before taking home in the 21st minute. Lacovia’s Oshane Staple pulled back a goal five minutes from the end before St Jago sealed the win inside stoppage time. Andrew Daley scored his second goal of the season with a thunderous 25 metres strike. Oshane Staple scored Lacovia’s consolation, and his 11th of the season. Coach Glen Laing said his team was cautious of Lacovia, but happy with the win. “It was an alright game for us. Goals win games and we try to get at least three each game, so we will try to correct mistakes and move forward,” he outlined. Other results St Elizabeth 3 Charlie Smith 1 St Jago 3 Lacovia 1 Glenmuir 3 Kingston College 2 Wolmer’s 3 Port Antonio 1
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Movie biz tax breaks disappoint
The result, they said, is that low-budget filmmakers will continue going to Canada and other countries offering a multitude of filming incentives. The Directors Guild of America, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Screen Actors Guild issued a joint statement criticizing the rules. “We do not believe that this is the outcome Congress intended,” the statement said. According to several industry studies, runaway production drains the U.S. economy of about $10 billion annually. Friday’s ruling further angered Tinseltown because of the length of time it took to create it. WASHINGTON – Long-awaited tax rules to help keep moviemaking in the U.S. were released Friday to immediate criticism from Hollywood leaders, who said the rules undercut Congress’ goal of curbing runaway production. Under a bill signed by President George W. Bush more than two years ago, producers with budgets of less than $15 million are allowed to write off production costs in a single year. But according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s new definition, residual payments and participations also must be included in that calculation. Industry leaders said that provision means producers close to the $15 million line won’t utilize the tax break because residuals are often based on sales and profits that can’t be known at the time of production. As one industry executive put it, “Why wait for two years to kick me in the teeth?” Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who helped push for the Hollywood tax breaks, was only slightly more diplomatic. Berman called the regulations a “huge disappointment.” Meanwhile, the entire tax break expires next year unless Congress reauthorizes it. “We’ll have to get back to work on it as soon as possible,” Berman said. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Prep baseball preview: Tripleheader
The scouts who show up for practices and form a small crowd even at winter-league games are the first giveaway that something is different. “We haven’t usually had that before,” Mike Moustakas said. “Not like this.” Moustakas is one of three preseason All-American seniors on the Chatsworth High baseball team, making the school a popular destination for scouts, but more important to the Chancellors, forming the foundation of hope that another change is in store. Chatsworth is hungry for a City Section championship after being upset in the final the past two years. There is no more trying again next year for the senior stars. The All-American trio of third baseman Matt Dominguez, outfielder Bobby Coyle and shortstop Moustakas make the Chancellors a favorite to return to the City final at Dodger Stadium. It also makes Chatsworth one of the top-ranked teams in the country, and puts the Chancellors atop the Daily News’ preseason rankings entering today’s season opener against visiting Alemany of Mission Hills. “Having lost (in the final) twoyears in a row is pretty hurtful,” Coyle said. “We really don’t want to experience that again, especially since it’s the last chance for some of us. Day in and day out, we’re doing what it takes to win.” Chatsworth’s winning history features 25 West Valley League titles, including the past four in a row. Moustakas and Dominguez began their Chatsworth careers knowing nothing but winning. They were freshmen starters on the 2004 Chancellors that went undefeated en route to a second consecutive national championship. “We knew it wouldn’t be like that every year,” Dominguez said. “But we’re 0-2 in the City final the last two years. We’ve got a little chip on our shoulder this year.” Moustakas agreed. “It’s more of a humbling experience than anything,” he said. “Losing the last two years, it lets you know you have to be in every game. We lost focus. The teams that beat us were good, but we didn’t have the focus we needed.” Chatsworth, ranked No. 5 in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball’s preseason national rankings, is aiming for a team-record fifth consecutive appearance in a final. The Chancellors return 11 players from last year’s team that went 30-3. “We definitely have a strong team,” Dominguez said. “I think it’s as good as any of the teams since I’ve been here.” In addition to the annual pursuit of a City championship, Dominguez and Moustakas have spent the past three years shattering program records. They had already broke the record for career home runs by the middle of last season, and Moustakas has set new single-season home run marks the past two years. Dominguez’s other records include 146 career RBIs. Both players were starters on last year’s U.S. Junior National Team that claimed silver at the World Championships in Cuba. Dominguez signed with Cal State Fulllerton and Moustakas has committed to USC. Baseball America ranks them among the top 30 high school prospects for the upcoming draft. “They’re getting attention, but they’re handling it great,” Chatsworth coach Tom Meusborn said. “You wouldn’t know it. They aren’t any different than when they were freshmen. They’re totally focused on winning a City title.” Coyle, a third-year starter who signed with Arizona, is the Chancellors’ other representative on the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team. He hit .426 last year. Chatsworth also returns senior center fielder Nick Devian, who batted .333 and did not make an error last season. Senior right-hander Trent Jones is back after going 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA to earn first-team All-City honors last year in his first varsity season. Junior left-hander Casey Fry transferred from league rival ElCamino Real of Woodland Hills, where he went 7-0 with a 1.75ERA last season, but he has yet to gain eligibility. “They’re good top to bottom,” said Simi Valley coach Matt La Belle, whose team faced the Chancellors during the winter and should rival Chatsworth as one of the best in the region. “They’ll roll through people even if they don’t have (Fry). Put those three guys (Dominguez, Moustakas and Coyle) in the lineup and they’ll beat anybody.” Talk of where they belong among the national elite is as taboo for the Chancellors as trying to impress those scouts on the sidelines. “We don’t want to get distracted by all that,” Moustakas said. “All we’re focused on is getting back to Dodger Stadium and winning. We try to stay away from all the rankings. Only we know how good we really are. We don’t have any control over rankings. We just stay focused on working hard and winning one game at a time and winning City, that’s what we can control.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
West has an easy victory to open up
Offensively, is West more than a one-player team? And defensively, because it surrendered 235 passing yards to El Segundo sophomore quarterback Mike Bundy and had difficulty pulling away from a Pioneer League team in the first half, will there be enough? “Experience was the big key,” West coach Greg Holt said. “We wanted to get these guys some game-time experience. Both our tackles are new. Defensively, I’m fine. We didn’t throw every package out there. I’m not going to blitz on every play.” The most important news for West was how well its tackles performed, considering neither played tackle last year for West. Clampitt was the starting left guard. Boyd moved into the area from Georgia. Each threw downfield tackles on separate touchdowns to help Baucham slice through El Segundo, which, like many teams will, struggled to match his speed. Baucham said he believes West (1-0) can win even if he has an off night. “Of course,” he said. “After a busted play, (Clampitt) went downfield throwing blocks for me. We got Boyd making blocks. We weren’t sure of the line until today. We saw that the line can hold its own.” Baucham scored on a 50-yard run with 4:57 to play in the second quarter. West only led, 7-0, at halftime, and El Segundo (0-1), which drove to the West 1-yard line in the second half, got the ball back at midfield when Jimmy Quinones intercepted West quarterback Marc Oslund. But on the next play, Kyle Yatabe fumbled a handoff. West’s Rodrigo Estrada recovered at the 48-yard line. On West’s next play, Baucham followed a Boyd block on the right side and escaped for a 52-yard touchdown run. Oslund (3-for-12, 102 yards, one interception, one touchdown) redeemed himself when he connected with Baucham for the 79-yard reception with 7:51 to play in the third quarter. Bundy did much connecting for El Segundo. The sophomore announced he is ready for the varsity level by completing 20 of 40 passes for 235 yards. El Segundo couldn’t generate any rushing offense. Its leading rusher, Gate Mortesen, rushed seven times for eight yards before leaving the game at halftime with a hand injury. Kevin Post had nine receptions for 126 yards and Joey Schaffhauser had five catches for 87 yards. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What was less certain entering the game was what kind of team West would assemble around him, coming off a 13-victory season with a largely refurbished offensive line and a sense that the Warriors were feeling out what kind of team this might really be. Playing in front of a packed home crowd, Baucham found enough openings in the El Segundo defense to lead host West to a 30-0 nonleague victory. Baucham rushed 14 times for 247 yards and scored three touchdowns. Running behind right tackle Mark Clampitt and left tackle Bruce Boyd, Baucham, the reigning Daily Breeze Player of the Year, scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 52 yards. He also turned a short pass into a 79-yard touchdown reception, and though West didn’t dominate quite like it did last year in a 60-0 season-opening victory between the two teams, it didn’t give many reasons to expect that the Warriors won’t have an opportunity to defend their Bay League title. Baucham’s performance answered only one question. As a junior he rushed for 1,990 yards. He left the game after the third quarter having shown that he is still an impact player. The other questions are more pressing for West. NONLEAGUE: Star Baucham runs for 247 yards and three TDs. By John Klima STAFF WRITER Brian Baucham was the fastest player on the field Friday night at West Torrance, proof that he can change the game with the correct cut and the right move at the right moment.
Exclusive – Lack of defensive focus will ‘come back to bite Arsenal’, claims ex-Gunner
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has criticised the Gunners side’s lack of defensive awareness following their below-par goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday night.The visiting Reds were all over the hosts in the first-half at the Emirates Stadium, and though Aaron Ramsey had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside, summer signing Petr Cech kept the north London outfit in it with a series of superb saves.Arsenal were dealt a blow ahead of the game as Calum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista were forced to form a make-shift central defence partnership with irst-team stars Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny both sidelined.That perhaps affected the Gunners against their top four rivals, as they looked nervous early on and often gave the ball away in dangerous areas.Wenger has admitted his side have looked ‘very average’ in their opening three games of the Premier League season, and ex-Gunner Robson believes their poor defensive set-up could be punished by ‘the very best teams’.“I’ve felt it for six or seven years that Arsene Wenger doesn’t deal with the defensive side of the game,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He feels that if his team pass it well enough – as that’s his philosophy – that they don’t need to defend too well, that they don’t need to work hard on it in training and they don’t have to have a defensive structure.“On occasions that will come back to bite him.“Arsenal are at their best when they play at a high tempo and win the ball back quickly, but there’s going to be games where they try and press the ball but, because they’ve got no structure, nobody is really sure where they should go – that’s where they look so woeful defensively.“Arsenal’s players do the attacking side of the game very well, but in the best teams every player on the field does a good defensive job.“Santi Cazorla is an excellent passer of the ball but he doesn’t have the athleticism, or the desire, or the knowledge to play in the holding midfield role alongside Francis Coquelin – which is where he was meant to be playing against Liverpool and he was too easily bypassed.“The same goes for Mesut Ozil, not so much Sanchez as Sanchez works hard, but when Theo Walcott came on, he didn’t seem to understand how to close down.“So that’s a massive problem for Arsenal when they play against the very best teams.”
Arsenal ‘submit £8million bid’ for left-back
gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most Popular Premier League Stories changes latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TOP WORK revealed predicted Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico could join Arsenal in January after the club submitted an £8million offer for his services, according to reports in Italy.The defender, who was part of the Argentina squad at the World Cup during the summer, has emerged as one of Unai Emery’s top January targets after impressing in the Netherlands. whoops The 26-year-old has been a star performer so far this term with the Dutch giants enjoying a strong start to the season.Newcastle were in hot pursuit of Tagliafico in the summer but couldn’t force through a move during the final days of the window. tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico in action Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 1 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? And now, according to Calciomercato, Arsenal are ready to trump Newcastle again in January after submitting an £8million offer for the defender.With interest in the Argentine continuing to grow, Ajax could well hold out for a lot more than the Gunners’ initial valuation as the race to snap him up in January hots up.
World News: Four of 12 schoolboys trapped in cave have been rescued
Four of the schoolboys trapped in a Thai cave for more than two weeks have been rescued.There are now high hopes to save the eight other boys and their teacher but the operation has been temporarily halted.The world has watched as a major worldwide rescue bid to save the boys was launched. The rescued boys were immediately taken to a field hospital where they were assessed by medics.In a press conference this afternoon, operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the four boys who have been rescued are in “perfect condition”.The rescue operation has been halted as they need 10 hours to prepare for the next mission.Eight boys and their coach are still in the cave and it could take another day to get them out. The operation has been temporarily halted and will resume in 10-12 hours to give rescuers time to prepare for the next stage.The mission – called “D-Day” by its leader – began this morning when rescue divers, including Brits, entered the flooded cave after almost a week of preparations.Officials acted quickly after torrential rain stopped falling, and they had warned that it could take about 11 hours for the first survivors to emerge, and possibly days for everyone to be extracted.The mission appeared to be moving swiftly as day turned to night.Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters he had met the children, adding they were in “perfect” health. It took about eight hours for the first two to emerge around 5.40pm local time.Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai’s health department and part of the rescue team, told Reuters after the first group emerged: “Two kids are out.”At least four boys had emerged from the the Tham Luang Cave, in northern Chiang Rai province, by 8pm local time.A senior member of the rescue team had told Reuters: “I have received information that six have exited the cave.” But Mr Osottanakorn told reporters that four had been led out and taken to hospital.The 12 schoolboys and their coach entered the cave on June 23.All were taken to Chiang Rai hospital, about 60 miles from the cave, by air and ground ambulances.An Australian doctor assessed the boys’ physical and mental health to decide who would be rescued first.World News: Four of 12 schoolboys trapped in cave have been rescued was last modified: July 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
South Africa steps up protection for gays, lesbians
30 April 2014 South Africa has launched a programme aimed at countering discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country. Speaking at the launch of the programme in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said South Africa’s courts would respond harshly to perpetrators of violence against the LGBTI community. He said there had already been a number of successes in the prosecution of perpetrators of such violence, adding that South Africa had also legislated against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the workplace. “Our Constitution lays the basis for the construction of a democratic, non-racial, non- sexist, united and prosperous society based on justice, equality, the rule of law and the inalienable human rights of all,” the minister said. South Africa is the only African country in which discrimination based on sexual orientation is constitutionally outlawed, as well as the only country in Africa to legally recognise marriage between people of the same sex. The LGBTI programme will include the training and sensitising of both government officials and the general public on the rights of LGBTI people. Radebe said work had started on an audit of training materials available for this purpose. The launch of the programme follows the establishment in 2011 of a national task team to develop a strategy for tackling sexual orientation-based violence, including so-called “corrective rape”, against LGBTI persons. The action plan developed by the task team includes the monitoring of pending and unresolved criminal cases involving LGBTI victims. The task team is made up of government and civil society representatives, as well as members of the South African Human Rights Commission and the Foundation for Human Rights. Also speaking at Tuesday’s launch, SA Human Rights Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana commended the Justice Department for speeding up the process of ensuring that the rights of LGBTI persons were protected. “Gender issues are still a sensitive issue,” Mushwana said. “We need to ensure that perpetrators of violence against LGBTI persons are prosecuted.” LGBTI activist Nonhlanhla Mkhize thanked the government for launching the programme. Referring to the country’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations – South Africa celebrated its Freedom Day on Sunday – she said: “We were freed to be who we want to be.” Source: SAnews.gov
Does Silicon Valley Look Like “Silicon Valley”?
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… I hit the streets of San Francisco on an all-too-warm afternoon with camera and notebook in tow, scouting for people wearing what I thought of as the “tech uniform”—the studiedly casual California look associated with startup culture.You know the look—company T-shirt, jeans, and the omnipresent hoodie. You’ve seen this fresh-from-the-dorm look in films like The Social Network and now in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” the series that cunningly stereotypes the Bay Area’s tech scene. Does reality reflect the Hollywood stereotype?I grew up in the Bay Area, so I already had an idea in my head, shaped both by pop-culture images and my own lived reality. Documenting the style, I hoped, might make me question my assumptions, as well as understand the genesis of this tech style—if indeed there was a singular style to be found.In my head, the tech uniform looked a lot like this:The Tech Uniform: Programmer Drag? As noted fashion thinker and ReadWrite muse RuPaul once noted, we are born naked. The rest is drag.So even as a software developer grabs whatever’s clean in his dresser, the choices he makes reflect the culture he lives and works in. Perhaps it’s not drag as much as code—an algorithm designed around efficiency. Whatever you call it, it’s a social construction, not something you’re born with or issued when your plane lands at SFO.The hints are all there: the branded tees and hoodies, the two-wheeled transportation, the stubbly face in transition from a goatee to a beard. Yes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made hoodies and Adidas flip-flops famous—or infamous. But this image isn’t based on any single person’s reality. It’s an amalgamation of many converging ideas of what startup culture looks like. The idea of a tech uniform, we should note, is also stereotypically male—not so much gendered as male by default, created with the presumption of a male-dominated tech community. It’s the intersection of many depictions of the “tech guy”, bred both within the culture and outside of it. As author and early Facebook employee Kate Losse wrote, the myth of the “brogrammer” is more a creation of the media than a reflection of reality. Now startup employees are emulating the stereotype, wherein lies its danger.What’s wrong with T-shirts and jeans, you might ask? On the surface, nothing. But the idea of a uniform, whether prescribed by authority or by social pressures, raises questions about who’s wearing it, and hence in the group, and who’s outside. Without a uniform, there can’t be an other to exclude.Clearly I need a company-logo hoodie. I appear to have violated the dress code. #OpenAir #San FranciscoStyle— Tekla Perry (@TeklaPerry) April 24, 2014Perhaps it’s the trickle-up effect within the tech community: Young startup entrepreneurs straight out of university carry their casual academic dress into the workplace, from whiteboard sessions to board meetings. In a culture that worships young founders, the startup boss in the graphic tee and cargo shorts sets the tone for the rest of the company.Suddenly, coworkers and investors are dressing to match the man—and so often it’s a man—at the top. Newer employees follow suit. Next thing you know, the whole company looks like it would fit in a lecture hall. There’s also a trickle-down effect, as external representations in film and TV weigh on people’s fashion choices.Think about Mark Zuckerberg. Now think about Jessie Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Then think about Andy Samberg parodying Jessie Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg in the The Social Network. Suddenly, the image of the “guy who works in tech” is not only cemented in the minds of the tech community themselves, through three layers of representation and imitation.Madame Tussauds recently revealed a waxen, shoeless Mark Zuckerberg, with a T-shirt, hoodie, jeans, and brandless MacBook. (Apple’s always so fussy about its appearance.) Along with being barefoot—not a look he’s styled for almost a decade—he’s also sitting in a chair cross-legged, which is pushing the chill factor pretty hard. This is the image that will greet tourists from all over the world, an image that will affirm and reify their idea of Silicon Valley. It doesn’t matter that the Zuckerberg figure doesn’t look much like the nearly 30-year-old man who took the stage recently at a Facebook developer conference. The tech guy turns into a costume, and programmer drag comes into existence.The Brogrammer Myth Becomes RealityIf brogrammers did not exist, the producers of “Silicon Valley” would have to invent them. As Losse, the early Facebook employee, noted in her essay on the myth of the brogrammer, the term, a portmanteau of “bro” and “programmer,” gained traction in the media in recent years despite starting as an inside joke, a mocking of overcompensatory masculinity among programmers who recognized that their profession was not particularly butch. A developer who rejected “typical” programmer personality traits like nerdiness and introversion in favor of the sporty gregariousness of a college jock or fraternity pledge would not have fit in well at Facebook or anywhere.Yet as startups and technology became a sexy, mainstream phenomenon, and programming widens in its appeal, the “brogrammer” myth, picked up by the media, turns into an ideal. You can have it all, kids—startup riches and bro-sanctioned masculinity! Thus the uneasy marriage of the hoodie and the Under Armour compression T-shirt, the hipster bike pants and the designer jeans in today’s Silicon Valley.If watching HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” which paints brogrammers as code-typing, conniving bullies in tight T-shirts with the wrong kind of Valley accent, hurts a little, it’s because it cuts too close to the truth. Take a stroll around San Francisco’s South of Market district, though, and you’ll see fewer fist bumps and spandex tees and more men who look like the show’s main character, Richard, in his button-up shirt and slacks.And that’s where “Silicon Valley” inches closer to the real deal. The parody approaches parity with reality.The Street Styles Of SoMa Marcus Ubungen of Goodby Silverstein wears a t-shirt, dark wash jeans, sneakers, a messenger bag, cap, and thick rimmed glasses.I wasn’t going to find the answers watching TV shows or reading essays on the Web, so I decided to set out and document San Francisco’s real styles.Kanyi Maqubela of Collaborative Fund wears a grey button up, jeans, Toms, and a backpack.Setting forth from ReadWrite’s San Francisco headquarters—at Third and Townsend, a block away from Caltrain and in the heart of SoMa, I began my search for the real tech uniform. Scouting people for photos in such an enclosed tech bubble is not an easy feat. Everyone has somewhere to go, lunch to get, people to meet. Avos’ Vijay Karunamurthy wears a plaid button up underneath a grey sweater, dark wash jeans, patent black shoes, and a gym bag.Marcus Ubungen, a film director who works out of downtown San Francisco at Goodby Silverstein, stopped to pose before hopping into an Uber—reminding us that the apps on one’s phone are as much a part of the uniform as the T-shirt on one’s body. The trend seemed to be stylishly casual from the start. San Francisco favors comfort over fussy and complicated outfits.Kanyi Maqubela, a venture partner at Collaborative Fund, says most of his colleagues wear limited-edition sneakers to work—an option that combines a studied ease with deliberate self-expression. I caught up with Vijay Karunamurthy of Avos in line at Philz Coffee. Karunamurthy, who helped create Avos’s Mixbit video app, doesn’t think Silicon Valley techies pay too much attention to what other people wear. That leads individuals to feel more free to be who they are. He calls it “casual with a purpose.”A Flock Of Codershttp://www.youtube.com/watch/gKftzAbfcGUHBO’s “Silicon Valley” paints groups of programmers as a stereotyped flock of five—”a tall skinny white guy, short skinny Asian guy, fat guy with a ponytail, some guy with crazy facial hair, and then an East Indian guy. It’s like they trade guys until they all have the right group.” This stereotype defied discovery—I couldn’t find a group like this if I tried. But I did catch this trio emerging from GitHub’s San Francisco headquarters. David Newman (left), Jake Boxer (center), and Fabian Perez (right) of GitHub.These three GitHubbers took a different stance towards tech culture’s widespread dress-for-comfort attitude. GitHub’s David Newman wears a pastel blue shirt under a darker blue, crew neck sweater. He pairs this with grey jeans, brown suede shoes, a gold watch, a thick rimmed glasses.GitHub’s David Newman describes that attitude as “intentionally casual.”He explained that often in a tech company, newer employees will want to wear clothes marked with the company logo in order to represent the brand. After the initial phase of decking themselves out in head-to-toe company merch, employees then go through a period of distancing from the brand.Jake Boxer of GitHub wears a dark blue t-shirt, dark grey jeans, black sneakers, a black GitHub hoodie, and thick rimmed glasses.The science of a tech company shirt is really complex. Wearing newer shirts could signify a newbie—a new hire. Non-company shirts may be worn by a longtime staffer comfortable in his role. Or these longstanding employees might also wear older company T-shirts, with outdated logos, to indicate all the years they’ve put in. At this point in the conversation I felt as though I was being taught the etiquette of a 17th-century French court.This idea that specific T-shirt customs within a tech company can follow certain rules and imply meaning, power, and hierarchy is a fascinating one.It’s an example of how the everyday fashion choices of bosses and coworkers influences others in the company. Employees may not judge one another for their brand of plaid for the day, but a 2008-era GitHub shirt? That alone speaks volumes.GitHub’s Fabian Perez wears a button up plaid shirt underneath a dark blue v-neck sweater. He pairs this with camel pants, dark blue sneakers, and sunglasses.Logowear also makes statements about class and attitude towards wealth.Jake Boxer, a developer at GitHub, points out that most people in tech just wear what they can get for free. That conveys a certain attitude towards material possessions that’s common in the tech culture.Yet there remains a yearning for more: Dressed in GitHub’s signature Octocat-branded hoodie alongside his sweater-clad colleagues, Boxer tells me he regularly looks towards his more fashion-forward coworkers for style inspiration, because as he puts it, using video-game-inspired slang, “We could all level up a little bit.” Not that one has much to aspire to. It’s hard to level up when the average level is so low. Fabian Perez, a designer at GitHub who comes from the northeastern U.S., finds fashion in San Francisco’s tech culture uninspired compared to what he’s used to.A Moving TargetLumen Sivitz (left) of Mighty Spring pairs a dark grey t-shirt with dark wash jeans, brown boots, a messenger bag, and tortoise shell sunglasses. Dan Wiesenthal (right) of MyProject also wears a t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, a messenger bag, and sunglasses.I caught Lumen Sivitz, CEO of Mighty Spring, next to his bike. Besides leaving a smaller carbon footprint, this choice of transportation plays a huge part in one’s work attire. (Try biking to work in a three-piece suit.)Sivitz says that his outfit depends on the context of his day. He’ll wear a button-up for business meetings, for example. He says none of his colleagues appear to invest too much in what he’s wearing—again, a theme that in tech, you dress for yourself.MyProject engineer Dan Wiesenthal agrees that the tech bubble is a relatively judgement-free zone in terms of fashion, where comfort and individuality take precedent over getting in the good style graces of a colleague. What I appreciated most was the idea that all that mattered in getting ready in the morning was their happiness for the day. Sivitz and Wiesenthal explained that “… it’s all about the right T-shirt,” paired with some brown boots or sneakers. So much meaning in such simple garb.So maybe TV does get it right sometimes. I saw bits and pieces of my stereotypical tech-guy avatar at various points in my photo journey; a fixie bike here, some Warby Parker glasses there, and company T-shirts everywhere.Like so many other styles of clothing, the tech uniform is a mishmash of street style and mainstream influences. Through it all, there’s a fundamental idea: Dressing not for success, but for happiness. It’s a dream we can all aspire to—if only putting on the uniform was all we had to do to live the fantasy of today’s Silicon Valley.Photos by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite, Illustration by Nigel Sussman and Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite stephanie ellen chan Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Brogrammers#Clothing#fashion#Mark Zuckerberg#Outfits#programmers#Silicon Valley#Silicon Valley Street Style#social network#soma#style 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
2016 Military Caregiving VLE #1 – Reflection
How well do you manage the three communication goals that influence every interaction that you have with others?Three goals have a profound impact on the outcome of every interpersonal exchange that we have with others. These goals are typically unstated and participants in the same conversation often have no idea which of these goals may be motivating those with whom they interact.During any given conversation, these goals may cooperate, compete or clash as they silently influence the course of each interpersonal exchange. Interactions with others are so profoundly impacted by these powerful goals that efforts to address our most significant needs may be jeopardized or completely abandoned. Imbalance among these goals can lead to interpersonal conflict and failure to achieve communication priorities.In the Military Families Learning Network training webinar, Communication for Interpersonal Relationships, Dr. Leanne Knobloch, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Communication at the University of Illinois explained that individuals may tend to be motivated more frequently by one of the goals than others in efforts to communicate. This may be especially true in times of stress.Learning how to recognize and manage each of the three hidden goals can help us more effectively navigate interactions with others. To assess the communication goal or goals that most frequently influence your communication efforts, see the chart below.Instrumental Goals – The priority is the achievement of tangible resources or favors that we would like to get from others. Relational Goals– The priority is preserving or altering the status of our relationship with others. Self-Presentational Goals– The priority is the projection of an image of ourselves to others.Dr. Knobloch offers evidence-based strategies to help reduce the dangers associated with juggling these communication goals. One strategy includes the use of High Person-Centered Messages. High Person-Centered Messages help promote a sense of mutual respect and have been shown through research to be effective in efforts to provide comfort.If you would like to learn more about using High Person Centered Messages and other evidence-based communication strategies, watch the Military Families Learning Network webinar: Communication for Interpersonal Relationships. Complete the post-session quiz to receive available CEU’s. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 9, 2016.