Don’t get scammed: How to pick out faux online sellers

first_imgCharlotte County Sheriff warns of law enforcement impersonation scams March 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: onlineposhmarkscams SCAM ALERT: Collier County online pet scams February 24, 2021 Solar panel company claims they’re legitimate after CCPD scam alert June 10, 2021 CAPE CORAL, Fla. — One Cape Coral woman told police she was scammed while she was trying to purchase an $800 bag off Poshmark.Experts with FGCU said you should look up seller ratings and reviews before purchasing any items on sites like Poshmark or eBay. If a seller has multiple poor reviews, you should rethink your purchase.Another red flag is if a seller is trying to get you to purchase an item and pay a different way such as over the phone or on Venmo rather than on the Poshmark app or eBay site.If something doesn’t seem right, experts said the best thing to do is to avoid losing out on your money and try to verify the seller is real before making a purchase.center_img Beware of Collier County scammers posing as vehicle scratch specialists February 25, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

UCI confirms 45 pro cycling teams seeking registration for 2020

first_img Related Women’s first division and men’s first and second division road teams wishing to be registered for the 2020 season are required to submit a registration file to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The UCI, in association with external financial auditor EY, then assesses whether the teams are in compliance with the UCI Regulations.In accordance with its regulations, the UCI has published the teams that have submitted a registration file containing all the required documentation by the deadline of 1 October.There are 45 candidate teams: 20 men’s teams bidding for first division UCI WorldTeam status, 17 men’s teams applying as second division UCI ProTeam, and 8 women’s teams having applied for a UCI Women’s WorldTeam status.The latter category is the 1st division of UCI women’s teams, in line with the new organisation of women’s road professional cycling introduced in 2020.Decisions on the allocation or renewal of UCI WorldTour licenses are the exclusive responsibility of UCI’s License Commission and ‘shall be announced on 19 December at the latest’.Women’s teams applying for a UCI Women’s WorldTour licence and registration as a UCI Women’s WorldTeam:Ale’ Btc LjubljanaCanyon / /Sram RacingCCC – LivFDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine FuturoscopeMitchelton – ScottMovistar Team WomenTeam SunwebTrek – SegafredoMen’s teams applying for a UCI WorldTour licence and registration as a UCI WorldTeam:AG2R La MondialeAstana Pro TeamBahrain – MeridaBora – HansgroheCCC TeamCofidisDeceuninck – Quick – StepEF Education FirstGroupama – FDJLotto SoudalMitchelton – ScottMovistar TeamNTT Pro Cycling TeamTeam Arkea – SamsicTeam IneosTeam Jumbo – VismaTeam Katusha – Israel Cycling Academy (Under Review By The Uci)Team SunwebTrek – SegafredoUAE Team EmiratesMen’s teams applying for registration as a UCI ProTeam:Androni Giocattoli – SidermecB&B Hotels – Vital ConceptBardiani CSF Faizane’Caja Rural – Seguros RgaCorendon – CircusFundacion – OrbeaGazprom – RusveloNippo Delko Marseille ProvenceRally CyclingRiwal Readynez Cycling TeamSport Vlaanderen – BaloiseTeam Novo NordiskNeri Sottoli Selle Italia KtmTotal Direct EnergieUno-X Norwegian Development TeamWallonie BruxellesWanty Gobert – Tormanswww.uci.orglast_img read more

Omega Morgan opens Hillsboro facility

first_imgThe facility offers customers options for long and short-term storage and is available for rent immediately, said Omega Morgan. “The west side of the Portland metro area is booming and continues to expand, and with an abundance of new construction in the area, there has been a strain on temporary storage locations,” added Mark Shanholtzer, director of sales at Omega Morgan. Omega Morgan also has an additional 95,000 sq ft (8,825.8 sq m) of storage space available in the Portland metro area and 25,000 sq ft (2,322.6 sq m) of rental space available in the Tacoma, Washington area.www.omegamorgan.comlast_img read more

Sign up for Jan. 10 Farmington Hills blood drive

first_imgPress releaseThe Southeastern Michigan branch of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. between Middlebelt and Inkster in Farmington Hills.Anyone who is an attempting donor at the blood drive will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 gas gift cards.Members of the community are urged to “circulate the love” and donate blood to help counteract the shortfall that occurs in January due to the cold weather and the demands of the New Year. Blood donations are used for emergency and trauma care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases.To make an appointment to donate, call 248-473-1800 or register online at Enter the sponsor code “costickcenter” and follow the instructions to set up an appointment time for the blood drive.Giving blood takes approximately one hour. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. If a parent is present to fill out a permission form on the day of the blood drive, 16-yearolds will be allowed to donate blood.For more information, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice Expo feels the ‘Watch This’ vibes

first_imgTHE 14th annual Berbice Expo and Trade Fair got off to an exciting start last Friday at the Albion Sports Complex ground with an informative and captivating opening ceremony.The important aspect of the four-day event was mixed with presentations from prominent persons in the business community and some cultural items.It is no secret that Guyanese have a deep passion for cricket and that passion is amplified in Berbice as was evident when the members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Guyana leg of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 opened their booth as part of the expo.After the opening ceremony and during his official walkabout, Minister Gaskin visited the Women’s World Cup cricket pitch, picked up the ball and delivered a perfect first-ball yorker that sent the stumps crashing, to be the first winner of a tournament souvenir t-shirt. After that, hundreds of curious spectators swarmed the make-shift cricket pitch, which comprised stumps and boundary boards, to get firsthand information on the November 9 to 24 tournament and also to test their skills at batting, bowling and fielding for the opportunity to win branded souvenir t-shirts.The drills were conducted by former Guyana and West Indies fast bowler Colin Stuart, who is part of the LOC. Stuart was joined by Cricket West Indies Regional Sportainment Manager, Jahmal Thomas; Marketing and Sportainment Manager (Guyana) Rayad Boyce and Media Facilitator (Guyana) John Ramsingh along with the ‘Watch This’ models who interacted with the fans.Earlier, during the formal opening ceremony where the Honourable Minister of Business,, Dominic Gaskin, delivered the feature address to the gathering of spectators and booth holders, the Unique Arts Dance Troupe performed the theme song for the Women’s World T20, ‘Watch This’ that left the spectators and the officials wanting more.This resulted in the heavy traffic later experienced on the cricket pitch.The 10-team tournament bowls off on November 9 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, with three matches and a super concert with performances from Patrice Roberts and Shenseea the artistes who gave us ‘Watch This”.Tickets are currently on sale on line at while the local box offices will open on Monday, October 29. In all, there are five official warm-up matches and eight World Cup matches scheduled for Guyana at Providence from November 4 to 17. St Lucia will also host preliminary matches while the semifinal and final are set for Antigua.The Berbice Expo and Trade Fair which is organised by the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, runs from October 5 to 8 and features exhibitions from local businesses in the manufacturing and service industries. This year is it being held under the theme, “Advancing economic progress through professional standards and entrepreneurship”.last_img read more

These Liverpool fans were ‘gutted’ Fabinho didn’t start against Bayern Munich

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool fans are not happy to see Fabinho on the bench RANKED Klopp has surprisingly left Fabinho out of the starting XI Leaving Fabinho on the bench makes absolutely no sense but not much we can do about it. Really hope Klopp proves us all wrong but I’m seriously questioning his decision making now. It’s filled with biases, 3 runners will not compensate for technical quality against Bayern #LFC— Ragh (@redphoenixSD) March 13, 2019 When you realise Fabinho is not starting… #LFC— Ashley (@ash_tw1) March 13, 2019 Neither side could find the net in the first leg Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Why in must win games does Klopp always fall back to Milner and Henderson? It’s the reason we haven’t won in last 6 away CL games. Fabinho missing out again…crazy. #assisgoing #LFC #ChampionsLeague— Gareth King (@GARETH_KING1) March 13, 2019 Klopp is starting with his tried and tested midfield 3 which last won a big game………………………..🤔🤔🤔 and no Fabinho 🙄🙄 #BAYLIV #UCL #LFC— Man Like Matt @TFBS (@Matt_TFBS) March 13, 2019 3 3 3 huge blow I hope I’m wrong but Gini Henderson and Milner playing together hasn’t worked all season, I can’t believe Fabinho isn’t playing #LFC— Jamie McLaughlin (@theliverword) March 13, 2019 REPLY An obvious team selection from Klopp. Gutted Fabinho isn’t starting, he’s been our best midfielder for months #lfc #LFCFamily— King in the North (@Rushie27) March 13, 2019center_img BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Their wishes to see Fabinho play were granted on twelve minutes, however, as Jordan Henderson was forced off following a collision with James Rodriguez.Below you can see the best Fabinho tweets from these Liverpool fans. Fabinho should definitely be starting this game. We’ve left our best midfielder out of our biggest game of the season. I’m trying to tell myself the brexit midfield will replicate Roma at Anfield but too many performances this season would tell me otherwise. #BAYLIV #LFC— Tom W (@Valiant_Virgil) March 13, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won I wouldn’t say I’m surprised Milner starts, he’s a Klopp favourite in big away games. But I am definitely surprised that Fabinho misses out. #LFC #BAYLIV— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 13, 2019 When you see Fabinho on the bench #LFC #BAYLIV #UCL— Thomas M. Svendsen (@ThomasMSvendsen) March 13, 2019 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice It’s all to play for at the Allianz Arena as Liverpool take on Bayern Munich for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT now.The two teams start the game on level terms after playing out a goalless draw in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Anfield. ADVICE Fabinho not starting, what’s going off?? #LFC— Lewis (@lewislowbridge) March 13, 2019 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Bayern Munich vs Liverpool confirmed teamsKlopp said in his pre-match interview with BT Sport that Fabinho is on the bench because he has had a run of games, while the likes of Henderson and Milner, who didn’t feature against Burnley are fresher legs against a Bayern side who are expected to have lots of possession.Some Kopites are less than convinced, however and took to Twitter to voice their outrage at seeing Fabinho not make the starting line-up. The dreaded Milner-Henderson-Wijnaldum midfield again tonight. Hope Klopp finally realises that it does not work. Cannot believe Fabinho isnt starting. #LFC— Lewis Williams (@LewisLFC91) March 13, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made a shock admission from his starting XI, as midfielder Fabinho is dropped to the bench.The Brazilian played a full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s victory over Burnley on Sunday and has been one of their best performers all season.But Klopp has elected to play Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in the midfield three.last_img read more

Ramaphosa in South Sudan for mediation

first_img5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: read more

Social Websites As Games – How to Win at Digg, YouTube, Facebook

first_imgIn a comment on our recent post The Digg Effect, C. Weng pointed to an e-book he has written called The Web: Hidden Games. It is available for free on Weng commented that his book reveals “how websites such as Digg, Youtube and Facebook can be viewed as games (even though they weren’t designed as such), and how this perspective is beneficial to both web designers and users.”I downloaded the e-book and have started to read it. This description of Digg as a game rings very true:“So just how exactly is a hidden game? Certainly, it has no swordwieldingheroes who save fantasy worlds from evildoers, but it does have more charactersthan in any video game. With millions of users, Digg has a wide array of personalitiescontributing to the community. This makes it like a massive multiplayer online roleplayinggame, just without the slaying of monsters. There is a clear goal: to get to thefront page, and there are obstacles: not getting dugg up and having to keep tryingmultiple times. There is fierce competition between all Diggers for that top spot.Sometimes, they even attempt to discredit others‚Äô posts by commenting on poorgrammar, false information, and duplicate stories. Strategies are used to defeat otherplayers and they are numerous. Just as many plans for Digg domination through friendship exist though. Seeking out the different users and adding them to the ‚Äúfriends‚Äùlist is among the most popular and most successful methods. In the end, a win is onlywhen a story has hundreds of diggs, regardless of how you go about it. Everyone isstriving to be the best at what they do and this keeps them coming back to Digg for more.”The e-book goes on to tell you how to “win” at Digg and notes that “like all games, Digg‚Äôs system can be cheated.” It also compares YouTube to chess: “there are an infinite number of ways to win in YouTube but it only occurs under certain conditions. Every single method, strategy, and theory leads back to the essential factor: getting people to view your videos.” And as for Facebook, it is compared to The Sims: “The object of the game is more to monitor or to guide characters in daily life rather than to win at something. There‚Äôs no simple goal in sight but it is all about the process of playing.”It’s a fascinating e-book and thanks C. Weng for making it freely available on Lulu! Tags:#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The wait for luxury wheels gets longer

first_imgDespite the general slack in demand in the automobile sector, the market for luxury cars is still booming with most manufacturers having waiting period from three to 18 months.Dealers of luxury cars say that despite the general slowdown, the demand for luxury cars has not been hampered but is growing. “There is no slowdown in the luxury car market especially for the young super rich. People understand the value of luxury and they are not only ready to pay for it but are also ready to wait for it. We have buyers who are ready to wait as long as 12-16 months for super sports car,” a senior executive at Exclusive Motors, the sole distributor of Lambourghini in Delhi, said.Due to high demand and slow delivery, buyers for luxury cars brands, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Maserati, generally have to wait for six to eight months to get their car.”The demand is good in the luxury segment. The company booked 500 cars in the first five days for which delivery will be done by latest August. But the next slot of buyers may have to wait longer,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, told Mail Today.Waiting period is more in the super luxury segment. “For entry-level models, waiting period is maximum two to three months. Waiting period is more for imported cars as manufacturers import cars only against confirmed bookings and full payments. For cars which are assembled locally waiting period is less,” said a BMW showroom owner in Mumbai.advertisementFor some costly models of Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, waiting period is as high as 15 months. As these cars are customised as per specific needs of the buyer, delivery time is long, say carmakers.”Company’s aim is to satisfy customers’ needs. Cars are customised as per the buyers’ needs. That is why it takes time,” Sirish Chandra, head (communication), Porche India, said.last_img read more

17 days agoThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cupby Tim Grainey17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, we review another recent book that came out around the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Kieran Theivan (based in England) and Jeff Kassouf (the founder of the excellent U.S.-based women’s football site the Equalizer) have together written The Making of the Women’s World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sports Coming of Age (Robinson, London, 2019).The book is a solid review of the previous seven Women’s World Cups. This new work certainly has a lot of information about the American team, as they won three finals, lost another and hosted two World Cup Tournaments in 1999 and 2003. Delightfully, the book—rather than a straight history—looks at the past tournaments through legendary players and teams such as Marta and Brazil in 2007, Nadine Angerer and Germany in 2003 and 2007 and Kelly Smith and England in 2015.In Chapter 1—The Early Years—Jeff Kassouf makes the point that the first Women’s World Cup (not yet having that currently strong brand as FIFA was unsure of whether it would be successful but rather called it the First FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&Ms Cup) drew strong attendance in China (where officials encouraged people to attend to boost their bid on the 2000 Olympics, which they narrowly lost to Sydney, Australia). The Americans surprised the other teams with their different attacking, pressing style as 1991 Golden Ball Winner Carin Jennings (now Gabarra) said: “I think it was the start of the U.S. women’s national team programme and the start of a programme that won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. That was the start of the culture of the U.S women’s national team. That culture has never wavered. That is a culture of mentality, competitiveness and hard work, along with talent. So, I think it was the start of that. That has always been there. Every person who has ever played for the US national team is connected in that regard (pages 18-19).” Chapter 2—The Birth of the Lionesses—focuses on the 2015 event in Canada through the prism of England’s path to third place. Theivan profiles Steph Houghton (Manchester City) and her elevation to team captain at the comparatively young age of 26—over previous captain Casey Stoney (31)—by former women’s national team head coach Mark Sampson, even though Houghton had missed the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros through injury. Houghton recalled: “I’d just moved to [Manchester] City and I had been given the armband, but in terms of my international career I was nowhere near being a regular starter. So for me I just wanted to make sure I was in the squad. Mark said he saw me as a leader of his team, but obviously there were a lot of candidates like Fara Williams and Jill Scott, who had played a number of times for England, Kelly Smith was still involved at that time, and of course Casey, who was current captain….I will always remember sitting down with him at St. George’s Park around April. I’d had the armband a few times and no way did I think it would be a possibility for the long term, but I remember him saying what I brought to the team and the sort of things he was looking for in his captain, and then he asked me if I would take the role and be the leader of the team. Obviously, you’re delighted but the rest of the conversation was a bit of a blur….For me it wasn’t working against them [the senior players], it was a case of using their experience and using them as fellow leaders to create a team environment and a special environment where we loved playing for England (pages 26-27).” Houghton is still one of the core members of the team in defense and has over 100 caps for a side that has reached the semifinals of the last two consecutive Women’s World Cups (2015 and 2019) and it was fascinating to hear in-depth from her about England’s preparation and progress to a bronze medal in Canada.Chapter 7 on Kelly Smith was entitled England’s Golden Girl Arrives—and profiles one of the leading ambassadors of the game. The former English international forward emphasized the importance of league soccer for the development of the domestic game. Smith discussed the 2005 European Championships which England hosted, which were televised throughout Europe: “The 2005 experience was amazing because we didn’t have to qualify for that tournament, and obviously it was hosted in our home country. It meant we got to play in front of our home fans and we really wanted to develop the game, and TV coverage was starting to happen, so we really wanted to play well to get people talking about women’s football. It was great because you’d go to the grounds and you’d be playing in front of fifteen to nineteen thousand, which I think was a record at that time for a women’s game. It was a lot of fun to play in (page 121).” This reporter was in Sweden and Russia for most of the tournament, where the games were televised and the tournament was an important step in the growth of the game in Europe. Smith felt quite the let down when she went back to her domestic league, even though she played for Arsenal which won the European Club Championship at the end of the 2006-07 season: “It was difficult because you know mentally what is coming from international football. But when you’re not playing at that level week in, week out and you’re playing some league games that you had won before you’d even walked onto the pitch, it makes that step up more challenging. Some of the players would have friendly bets between themselves to see what the scoreline was going to be because that’s how it was. There were probably only a few teams you knew you’d get a good game against—Charlton and Everton. You’d get into bad habits when it’s too easy. You don’t do your defensive work because you can get away with it. But at international level you can’t do that. The players knew going into the big games that you had to be switched on, and we made sure of that because we knew the magnitude of the game. The players are fitter and faster at international level, and we need to adjust to be ready for that (Page 122).” England qualified for the 2007 WWC in China but as Kieran Thievan wrote: “But all the talent in the world wouldn’t be able to compensate for the current state of domestic football in England, with players only training two to three times a week with their club, and having to balance their daily lives with their football., even though Arsenal own the league title, two cups and what is now the Women’s Champions League title (page 128).” It will be interesting to benchmark the attendance figures and reaction in the country between 2005 and 2021 when England again hosts the European Finals, in which should be an outstanding event.Chapter 8—A Hat-Trick and a Worldwide Movement focuses on now-retired American forward Abby Wambach and the prelude to the 2015 Tournament in Canada, where the games were designed from the beginning to be played on artificial turf. Wambach led an international group of 40 players and positioned FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Federation that their plan violated European charters and Canadian law for gender discrimination equality as men’s World Cups never had nor would ever be held on turf fields. Wambach said in March 2013: “We’ve worked so hard as female athletes—not only here in the United States, but internationally—to grow the game and in my opinion, I think this is taking a step back. All of the men’s international players around the world would argue the same point. A lot of these guys will not play on an artificial surface because it is an injury-prone surface and I don’t blame them (Page 143).” Kassouf writes: “Wambach would state after a January 2015 meeting with FIFA officials that the playing surface decisions were set in stone, but she would also later point out that FIFA officials had promised her that there would never again be a Women’s World Cup played on artificial turf. That’s hardly a binding contract, but it was clear that this type of battle for equality was going to be necessary, whether in 2015 or down the line (Page 145).” In France this past summer, all the games were held on grass pitches and I believe that this is a non-issue now for future tournaments, and we have Wambach and other vocal players to thank for that. Kassouf continues: “Around that same time, FIFA announced an increase in prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which was a small victory that at least appeased players. Women’s players had long been told to be thankful for what they had. The two years of battling the bigwigs over what women’s players felt was, morally and legally, gender discrimination, proved to be the exposition to the approaching tidal wave for the fight for equal rights (Page 145-146).” FIFA doubled the prize money amount (from $15 Million to $30 Million) in late December 2018 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. We would expect that amount to continue to rise ahead of the expanded 32 team tournament in 2023.Kassouf also included interesting insight from Heather O’Reilly [who will retire from the sport at the end of this NWSL season for the reigning champions North Carolina Courage] who, “would describe the World Cups proximity to the U.S. as the perfect scenario: “The feel of a home World Cup without the pressure of being hosts (Page 147).” The level of American support in cities close to the border, particularly in Winnipeg and Vancouver, was overwhelming and a contributor to the American victory in the tournament.In Chapter 9—Australia’s Kids are Allright—the review of Australia’s Women’s National Team is a stellar job, focusing on the restructuring of the nation’s regional development system. The discussion of the Matildas 2007 World Cup campaign in China—where they opened the tournament by blasting Ghana 4-1, tied Norway 1-1 and then came back from 2-1 down to tie Canada in their last group game to advance to their first ever knockout round on an injury-time shocking goal from Cheryl Salisbury. I had covered three of Australia’s four tournament games in China—including that stunning draw in Chengdu that shattered the tournament dreams of the 2003 semifinalists Maple Leafs. Canada seemed to be cruising to a runner-up spot in the group and the knockout stage, including an 85th minute goal from Christine Sinclair, before Salisbury’s late goal just before the final whistle drew the Matildas level, vaulting the Australian side into second place in the group. Australia finished second on five points to Norway’s seven while Canada finished third on four points and the sight of the Canadian players crying and distraught on the field at the conclusion of the game sticks to me to this day. The game had been postponed a day because of a typhoon warning, though the media were not told about the delay until we were at the stadium, and the weather was not particularly threatening at that point from my standpoint. The Matildas then fell to eventual finalists Brazil 3-2 in another stirring match in Tianjin, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit and gave the favorites some troubling moments but never quit attacking; Brazilian forward Cristiane scored the winner in the 75th minute. Despite the narrow defeat to the ultimate 2007 runners-up, the Australian players after the match were cordial with the media and proud of their accomplishments; they had started a path for the national team that has led to their powerhouse status in present times and helped to propel the launch of the soon to be 12-year-old W-League the next year. The Australians, their coach Tom Sermanni and his vibrant and articulate group of players was one of the highlights of that tournament for me.This book is quite well researched and written by two experts in the game.Their focus on teams allow them to discuss key issues of the Women’s World Cup—FIFA’s initial reticence, equality issues in later years, development of youth programs and coaching regimes (Australia/Germany)—and leaves the reader with a solid understanding of the roots of the Women’s World Cup, the leading tournament and most highly visible advertisement that we currently have for the women’s game. This should be on all women’s football fans’ shelves.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey TagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more