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English women’s soccer targets titles, player development

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LONDON (AP) — England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams.



Tottenham Hotspur's Josie Green, left, tackles Manchester United's Leah Galton during the English Women's Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Hive stadium in London Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


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Tottenham Hotspur’s Josie Green, left, tackles Manchester United’s Leah Galton during the English Women’s Super League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Hive stadium in London Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Most immediately it’s deciding on a coach for the Olympics next month and whether Phil Neville should lead the British team in Japan.

Then there’s an expectation that Neville’s England successor, Sarina Wiegman, wins the European Championship in 2022 or the World Cup a year later.

But the English Football Association also has to think about long-term objectives and getting more girls to play the game from a young age.

So in a new four-year strategy called “Inspiring Positive Change,” the FA is aiming for every girl aged from five to 11 to have equal access to football at their school or club. They also want to create more ways for aspiring players to access clubs.



FILE - In this Saturday, July 6, 2019 file photo, Netherlands' head coach Sarina Wiegman attends a press conference at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France. England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. Most pressing is deciding on a coach for the Olympics next month and whether Phil Neville should lead the British team in Japan. Then there’s an expectation that Neville’s England successor, Sarina Wiegman, wins the European Championship in 2022 or the World Cup a year later. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)


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FILE – In this Saturday, July 6, 2019 file photo, Netherlands’ head coach Sarina Wiegman attends a press conference at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France. England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. Most pressing is deciding on a coach for the Olympics next month and whether Phil Neville should lead the British team in Japan. Then there’s an expectation that Neville’s England successor, Sarina Wiegman, wins the European Championship in 2022 or the World Cup a year later. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

For the third season, England is home to Europe’s only fully professional women’s league, which is subsidized by the FA but is proving increasingly attractive to foreign broadcasters buying rights.



Manchester United's Tobin Heath celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the FA Women's Super League match at Victoria Road Stadium, London, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)


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Manchester United’s Tobin Heath celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the FA Women’s Super League match at Victoria Road Stadium, London, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)

And England has become one of the most competitive international sides, reaching the semifinals of two consecutive World Cups and a European Championship.

The next edition of the Euros is on home soil in 2022 after being delayed by a year due to the pandemic.

Neville, whose side lost the 2019 World Cup semifinal to the United States, is staying around as England coach for the chance to win the continental title at Wembley.

And he’s not even certain to be getting the chance to go to Tokyo with the British team before Wiegman takes charge next September after leaving her job with the Netherlands.

“We will make that call and announce in November,” Sue Campbell, the FA director of the women’s game, said on Monday. “We, of course, want to win a major tournament. But to do that, we don’t want to just win a major tournament once. We want to continue to win a major tournament for years ahead.”



Manchester United's Tobin Heath celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the FA Women's Super League match at Victoria Road Stadium, London, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)


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DVIDS – News – Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility Pivots 3D Knitting Research to Face Covering Development

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The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) announced the commencement of a study and evaluation of 3D knitted face coverings. NCTRF is a business line of the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), whose parent command is Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). As such, in March 2020, NAVSUP directed NCTRF to pivot their 3D knitting research from Flight Deck Jerseys to personal protective face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“At the onset of COVID-19, when the Honorable James Geurts asked to pull together ideas to respond to COVID-19 and support the defense industrial base, the Navy’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) team rose to the challenge,” said Brian Shipley, Commercialization Program Manager, Department of the Navy’s SBIR/STTR Program Office. “This effort was quickly determined to be a way to pivot an existing SBIR Phase II project to support COVID-related efforts to assemble a solution using technology already in development in our SBIR Program.”

“The utilization of 3D knitting technology has proven to provide a more streamlined and efficient approach to producing an item,” said Laurra Winters, Director of NCTRF. “Our continued work with small businesses and new technologies like 3D knitting will continue to move technology forward and greatly benefit our Navy’s warfighters.”

Using the standards of the N95 mask as a baseline, NCTRF developed the laboratory evaluation protocol for these non-medical face coverings. The yarns used to construct the 3D knitted face coverings are evaluated for comfort and filtration efficiency and the designs are assessed for durability.

A wear test was conducted over the summer and included a broad range of participants within NAVSUP, NEXCOM and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Using data collected during the wear test of the initial prototypes, a second face covering prototype was developed with design and performance improvements. The wear test of the second prototype will occur this fall.

“Assembling a team and collaborating on solving a problem by identifying a technological solution has served as a great example of our ‘Team of Teams’ approach to innovation at NAVSUP,” said Karl Larson, Command Science Advisor and Innovation Program Manager, NAVSUP.

Seamless 3D knit technology enables rapid prototyping, short lead times and sustainable production of textile products. The evaluation of the second prototype is expected to conclude by the end of 2020, with anticipated commercialization in 2021. NCTRF will continue to pursue new technologies and present new solutions to meet the requirements of Sailors within variable Navy environments.

The Navy Exchange Service Command is one of 11commands under Commander, NAVSUP. NEXCOM oversees six business lines that include Navy Exchange (NEX) stores, Navy Lodges, the Ships Store Program, the Uniform Program Management Office, the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility and the Telecommunications Program Office. NEXCOM’s mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. Since 1946, NEXCOM has given $3.6 billion to support Navy MWR quality

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Fashion – Origin and Development

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Just like hairstyles, the majority of 21st Century fashion trends are based on past politics, social movements and wars. Basically, fashion means the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories to offer yourself an admirable look. The very first fashion designer who got popularity for his work was Charles Fredrick Worth. He had played an integral role in the world of fashion in the 19th century. Worth was the very first designer who educated the world what to wear and when to wear rather than following their demands blindly.

Charles Fredrick Worth

It would not be wrong to say that it was Charles, who actually invented the term Fashion. He is known as the father of couture and style globally. He was born on October 13, 1825 in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England. He first started his job in London textile merchants and later on, moved to Paris that remained the center of fashion until 1845. Paris was the city where Worth established his status as a great designer. He also won the Great Fashion Exhibition in London held in 1851.

His experiences and knowledge of fashion made him a renowned designer and finally, in 1858; He started his own fashion business. His magnificent fashion skills made him a popular figure in the world of fashion. Charles got recognition as a fashion designer because of his wonderful skills for combining colors, shades and tones in the dresses.

Fashion is all about expressing your identity in an attractive way. It means to show someone who you are through fashion skills and using your apparel to represent your personality.

No doubt, following the right fashion trends can make your appearance glamorous and appealing to others. If we talk about modern fashion trends, then it is divided into two basic categories: ready-to-wear and haute couture.

The Haute Couture vs. Ready-to-wear

The haute tailoring is completely dedicated to a few fashion lovers and can easily be customized to fit these customers perfectly. If you are planning to start your own haute couture house; make sure to launch a latest collection twice a year presenting at least 30 outfits each time. On the other side, ready-to-wear dress means standard size. They can be divided into two types: designer and confection collections. If we talk about designer collection, then they are a bit expensive and high-quality dresses. Designer clothes are always created to add luxury touch to its wearer's personality. Both ready-to-wear and haute couture collections are presented at international forums for the sake of marketing.

Have you ever dreamed to become a designer?

The last but not the least; if you ever wished to become a fashion designer in the future, then creativity is the first demand of this field. To work as a designer, one need to have an artistic and imaginative personality. One should also technical knowledge of garment making. If you have strong drawing skills and good at expressing your ideas; trust me! You will rock the world. You can be a marvelous designer, …

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Fashion Development – A Historical Exposition

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Fashion has been an age long phenomenon that has always surfaced in every human society across the world. Human beings all over the world have great need to cover themselves and also makeup in order to look good. Fashion trends have always showcased in every nation on a regular basis. Different kinds of fashion accessories and other fashion related products have continued to be in great demand all over the world.

Actually, fashion development has been a progressive thing. Generally, the term fashion refers to popular styles and practices seen in the area of ​​clothing, makeup, footwear, furniture and accessories. However, the term mainly refers to clothing, makeup and accessories when considered in a strict sense. The development of fashion can be considered in four major phases namely, ancient, medieval, industrial revolution and contemporary phases. Let's examine each phase.

Ancient Phase
Fashion development in the ancient phase dates back to the pre-historic era when people made use of local materials in producing the cloths they put on. In those days, animal skin and fur were mainly used. This was seen in ancient historical era of various cultures of the world. In the ancient era, cultural traditions influence the kind of styles and patterns used in the production of local wears. There was no widely accepted pattern or approach used. Clothing materials were either homemade or handmade.

Medieval Phase
The medieval phase in fashion development made a great impact in the history of fashion all over world. The era witnessed the emergence of local tailors and other dressmakers who used local fabrics in the production of different kinds of fashion attires. Fashion production in the period continued to improve from one level to the other. The renaissance period of 14th to 16th centuries that marked the end of the middle ages also made great impact in fashion development. During this period, great ideas about fashion started springing up in the lives of great men and women who later become famous fashion designers.

Industrial Revolution Phase
Fashion development got a huge boost during the period of industrial revolution that swept across Europe and America in the 18th century. It was a great period of change which saw the introduction of diverse methods of production. There was a widespread adoption of diverse kinds of industrial methods of mass production in the era. Mass production of fashion products became the order of the day in the period. Several big fashion firms emerged both in Europe and in the US during the era. Diverse kind of approaches and patters were also introduced in fashion production during the period. Several attires, wears and fashion accessories were also produced. Great fashion designers also emerged during the era.

The Contemporary Phase
After the industrial revolution, the contemporary period came to the fore. It all started in the early 20th century and also entered into the modern day era as well. Fashion development in this era has actually reached its pinnacle. The world is now witnessing the establishment of …