Kerber positive after narrow semifinal loss to Halep

first_imgGermany’s Angelique Kerber rests on the court after winning a point against Romania’s Simona Halep during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — No shame. It’s the simple summary of Angelique Kerber’s bid for a second Australian Open women’s singles title.Kerber’s competitive qualities almost compensated for that sinking feeling after succumbing 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 to top-seeded Simona Halep in a gripping semifinal struggle.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The 2016 champion didn’t lose the match — she forced Halep to win it after a gritty comeback so nearly launched the German lefthander into another Saturday night final at Melbourne Park.And this comeback after being down a set and a break wasn’t manufactured against some ranking underling. It was a sustained counter-offensive against the No. 1-player seemingly in total control of the contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My heart was on the court, that’s the most important thing for me,” Kerber said. “Of course, I’m a little bit sad, but I’ll go with a good feeling back home.”Even when Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, Kerber refused to yield and then saved two match points on serve in the 10th game to level the heavy-hitting duel. “Looking back if someone told me I would win so many matches, win a title and get to the semifinals here, I will take all the positive things from the last few weeks and keep looking forward,” she said. “I can play big matches in front of big crowds and my heart is there and I’m enjoying every moment.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Such was Kerber’s zest to keep the match alive that she eventually saved 13 of 22 break points on serve. She took advantage of every one of her seven breakpoint opportunities, including three in the third set, to maintain the pressure. And she made 16 fewer unforced errors. But the crushing weight of serving second in the tense third set just to stay alive eventually took its toll.While Kerber rued the two squandered match points when serving for the match at 6-5, it seems she’s back on track after the 2017 form slump when she reached only one singles final and slid from No. 1 to a year-end No. 21 ranking.Of those match points, Kerber said: “She played good, I could do nothing. I tried my best in the moment and she won those points.”It was Kerber’s first loss after a string of 14 singles victories in Australia this month — four at the Hopman Cup in Perth, five to sweep to the title at the Sydney International and five in the impressive run to the last four in Melbourne.She was the last major winner still in contention in the women’s draw after she beat Maria Sharapova in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hyeon Chung’s profile on rise with Aussie Open breakthrough LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

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Former Spain striker Fernando Torres announces retirement

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls PLAY LIST 01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP (FILES) In this file photo taken on May 20, 2018 Atletico Madrid’s Spanish forward Fernando Torres claps during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SD Eibar at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 20, 2018. – Fernando Torres, the former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea forward who won the World Cup with Spain, announced on June 21, 2019 he was retiring. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)TOKYO — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres says he is retiring after an 18-year career that included stints at Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and Italy’s AC Milan.“I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” the 35-year-old announced on social media on Friday, saying he will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday to explain further details.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Torres began his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001 and scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances.He was at his most prolific at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, when he scored 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTorres moved to Chelsea in 2011 and won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League before a brief stint at Milan in 2015.Torres returned to Atletico in 2016 and then joined Japan’s Sagan Tosu last July. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 4 young Filipino ballers make it to Jr. NBA Global Championship He struggled to regain his scoring touch in Japan and had only three goals in 28 games over two seasons.Torres made his Spain debut in 2003 and scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany before helping his country win their first World Cup in 2010.He scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for Spain, making him the country’s third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul (44).ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly added to stacked ONE: Manila card in August

first_imgPOC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ This will be Kelly’s second straight bout at MOA Arena where he will take on ONE Hefei Bantamweight Tournament finalist Xie Bin in a three-round featherweight bout.“I am really excited for this match,” said Kelly (12-6) who attempts to get back-to-back wins after scoring a technical knockout victory against Sung Jong Lee in April. “I have to admit there’s always a nervous feeling when you fight here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“But even back then, I wanted to keep on fighting. I was really happy when I heard that I’ll be fighting again and it’s here in Manila.”Other Team Lakay fighters will also be on the card with former ONE World lightweight champion Eduard Folayang taking on Eddie Alvarez while Danny Kingad and Honorio Banario are in the semifinals of their respective tournaments. To raise support for PH athletes, Go for Gold attempts to break Guinness World Record Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kingad will take on Kairat Akhmetov in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix while Banario came in as a replacement for Lowen Tynanes in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to go up against Timofey Nastyukhin.Kelly said that fighting in the same card with his Team Lakay brothers makes training more enjoyable with each and every one of them pushing each other to his best.“Everything is just enjoyable, the feeling of training everyday is lighter because we all want to be at our best on August 2,” said Kelly. “This is a very important match for me. I know I have to win this because I want to push on my dream to become a World Champion.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games View commentscenter_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—There will be a fourth Team Lakay fighter who will compete in the stacked ONE: Dawn of Heroes card after Edward Kelly was added to the August 2 event at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir set to make comeback in international cricket

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board will be keeping an eye on Mohammad Aamir, who he plays in the National T20 Cup in Pakistan which begins from September 5.According to a report published in Dawn , a Rawalpindi Region officialsaid the left-arm fast bowler was set to make a comeback in international cricket. The five-year-ban which was imposed on the fastbowler for taking money to bowl no-balls against England will be endingin September 2015.The official was optimistic about Amir’s chances, who is set to play for the T20 team Rawalpindi Rams, of playing for the national team. Also read: I will play cricket in Pakistan if ceasefire violations are stopped, says Anurag Thakur “We have high hopes from the pacer and believe he will surely get a chance in the national squad before the end of this year,” he said.The National T20 Cup’s qualifying round will be playedfrom September 1 and the main round will be played from September 5 inRawalpindi cricket stadium. Mohammad Amir, with his pace and swing, had troubled batsmen from all over the globe and was expected to the next big thing in world cricket. The 23-year-old has played 14 Tests and has scalped 51 wickets with three five-wicket hauls.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi Faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk But No Neymar For Ballon d’Or

first_imgParis: Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar.When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazil star’s name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists. Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year grip on the individual award organized by France Football magazine was broken by Luka Modric last December.Modric is also absent one year after he swept the Ballon d’Or and FIFA best player awards after a stellar 2018 with Real Madrid and Croatia.World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe is favored to add a Ballon d’Or to her FIFA award won last month.The United States star is joined on a 20-woman list by teammates Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan. Defending her title is Ada Hegerberg, winner of the inaugural women’s award, from Europe’s dominant club team Lyon which has six nominees.Neymar has twice placed third in Ballon d’Or voting, both times finishing behind Messi and Ronaldo. Moving out of Messi’s shadow in Barcelona, where they won a Champions League title together in 2015, has not delivered the personal acclaim Neymar sought.Messi won his sixth FIFA award last month, edging Van Dijk who starred in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning team.Van Dijk would be the first defender topping the poll since Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.The Liverpool center back was among seven teammates nominated, including Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino. They also won the Copa America with a Brazil team that managed without an injured Neymar.Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum also figured in the five nominees from a resurgent Netherlands team. No Dutch player has won since Marco van Basten in 1992.Liverpool forwards Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah are among a six-strong African challenge, including Man’s Senegal teammate, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The only Asian player on the list is South Korea forward Son Heung-min of Champions League finalist Tottenham.The awards ceremony is December 2 in Paris.MEN’S LIST:Sergio Agero (Argentina, Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Frenkie De Jong (Netherlands, Ajax/Barcelona), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands, Ajax/Juventus), Joo Flix (Portugal, Benfica/ Atltico Madrid), Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atltico Madrid/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Sadio Man (Senegal, Liverpool), Marquinhos (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbapp (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City), Son Heung-Min (South Korea, Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City), Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax), Marc-Andr ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona), Donny van de Beek (Netherlands, Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands, Liverpool), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands, Liverpool).WOMEN’S LIST:Kosovare Asllani (Sweden, Linkpings/Tacon), Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Lyon), Lucy Bronze (England, Lyon), Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon), Amandine Henry (France, Lyon), Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg/Linkpings), Tobin Heath (United States, Portland Thorns), Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden, Montpellier/Tacon), Sam Kerr (Australia, Perth Glory/Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (United States, Washington Spirit), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Marta (Brazil, Orlando Pride), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal), Alex Morgan (United States, Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (United States, Seattle Reign), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands, Arsenal/Atletico Madrid), Ellen White (England, Manchester City). Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ballon d’OrBallon d’Or awardcristiano ronaldolionel messi First Published: October 22, 2019, 1:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli settles down as a Twenty20 giant

first_imgVirat Kohli is a batting colossus. He is yet to complete eight full years in international cricket but the 27-year-old has achieved more than some of the greatest names in the history of the game. (IPL 2016: Full Coverage | Points Table)  Factor this. Kohli (25) already has more ODI hundreds than Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara. He is primed to overtake Sanath Jayasuriya (28) and Ricky Ponting soon. Given Kohli’s consistency, it would be safe to assume that these records will be broken before the end of next year. Next up, Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI hundreds could be under serious threat.Kohli has not done badly in Test cricket either. After a shaky start, the Delhi run-machine has racked up 11 hundreds. He has scored runs in Australia, South Africa and on turning pitches in India. There are some grey areas for Kohli, no doubt. He struggled against the swinging delivery in England back in 2014 and stiffer tests await him when he tours the country in the future.However, before the ordeal of swing and pace comes up again, Kohli has captured the imagination of a generation of fans around the world with his captivating stroke-play in T20 cricket. He admittedly is no big six-hitter like Chris Gayle, nor does he promise a frenetic strike-rate like AB de Villiers.What Kohli does on the field is simple – he looks for the gaps, runs like a hare and is always a couple of steps ahead of the opposition. There is no other like him in modern-day cricket. The likes of Gayle, de Villiers, David Warner, Brendon McCullum take your breath away with their audacious, unorthodox stroke-play but Kohli does it the old, classical way.advertisementThe approach has paid rich dividends. Kohli started off 2016 with a bang, hammering 199 runs from three T20 games against Australia. He was then rested for the three-match series against Sri Lanka but came back firing on all cylinders once again in the Asia Cup, smashing 153 runs from four innings.Kohli reserved his best for the ICC World Twenty20 and collected 273 runs at an average of 110. While the rest of the batting line-up struggled, Kohli held his own and brought Pakistan and Australia down on their knees . He was in top gear yet again against the West Indies but unfortunately, his unbeaten 89 in the semi-final counted for nothing.After India’s exit at the Wankhede Stadium, Kohli turned his attention to the Indian Premier League. After five matches, with scores of 75 (vs SRH), 79 (vs DD), 33 (vs MI), 80 (vs RPS), 100* (vs GL), he has amassed 367 runs at an average of 91.75. Kohli is sitting pretty on the top now, with David Warner at 294 runs a distant second. His hundred against Gujarat Lions last night was his first in T20 cricket. This has been a long time coming given his awe-inducing conversion rates in the other formats. Kohli has so far scored 992 runs from 18 T20 matches thie year at an average of 110.20. Before the T20 madness began, he had hammered 381 runs from five ODIs against Australia, including two hundreds and two half-centuries. (Kohli heartbroken despite maiden T20 hundred )Many feared a great vaccuum after Tendulkar’s retirement in 2013 but Kohli has stepped into those big shoes admirably. After an ordinary 2015, Kohli is eager to turn a new leaf and this could be the year that could launch Kohli into the league of extraordinary gentlemen.Eighteen years after Tendulkar’s Desert Storm, India have found another man who will carry the burden of India’s expectations, hopefully for another decade. Kohli’s credentials as a batsman in one-day and Test cricket were already established but over the past four months, he has shown the willingness to stand out even in the shortest format.Kohli, without a trace of doubt, is a new T20 giant, head and shoulders above the rest.last_img read more

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China will behave under my presidency: Trump

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 20 (PTI) Donald Trump has said China will “behave” and will be a “friend” of the US under his presidency even as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee asserted that he was not bothered if a trade war breaks out with the Communist trading giant.”Let me tell you something. China will behave and China will be our friend. Well do better under China with me and were also going to do better economically with me. They are going to respect our country again,” Trump told his supporters at an election rally in New Jersey yesterday.Addressing his first major rally in New Jersey yesterday along with its governor Chris Christie who endorsed him early in the primary season, he said: “These dummies say, Oh, thats a trade war. Trade war? Were losing USD 500 billion in trade with China. Who the hell cares if theres a trade war? Think of it. USD 500 billion and theyre telling me about a trade war,”.The 69-year-old real estate tycoon, who is likely to face Democrat Hillary Clinton exuded confidence that it is unlikely to happen as being alleged by his opponents.”Youre not going to have a trade war. Two things are going to happen. China devalues their currency, thats how theyre killing us, Ok? They devalue their currency. They are behaving very, very badly. And, on top of that, they are building fortresses on the South China Sea. And theyre doing things,” Trump said.Trump also asked his supporters to leave the economy to him. “A lot of you dont know the world of economics. And you shouldnt even bother. Just do me a favor. Leave it to me. Just go enjoy your life,” he said.advertisementLast year, China was the worlds largest merchandise trader, with combined exports and imports worth USD4,303 billion. The US was close behind in second place, with total trade worth USD 4,032 billion. PTI LKJ AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

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CSR: 2,351 cos spend nil, 776 firms engage NGOs

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) As many as 2,351 companies have not spent a single penny on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, while a total of 776 firms have engaged NGOs for implementing such tasks, Parliament was informed today.The new Companies Act mandates every company with a networth of Rs 100 crore to set aside minimum 2 per cent of their 3-year average annual net profit for CSR activities.An assessment of CSR expenditure of 4,257 companies indicates that these firms have spent about 72 per cent of the mandated amount on CSR activities, Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.Of these, 621 firms have spent more than prescribed amount, while 400 companies spent exactly the same amount as prescribed under the rules.Further, 261 firms have spent 66-99 per cent of the their mandated CSR fund, while 624 companies spent less than 66 per cent of the prescribed amount. As many as 2,351 companies have not spent any amount on CSR activities.Out of the total 4,257 firms, 776 have engaged NGOs for implementing CSR, he said.In a separate reply Jaitley said, “organising private sports tournaments and one-off activities are not permissible under CSR of companies under the Companies Act 2013 and the rules thereunder.” Separately, the minister said a total of 967 complaints are pending before the designated courts, filed by Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) as on date.Further, SFIO has received 1,375 complaints in 2015 and 797 in 2014. SFIO is the investigation arm of the Corporate Affairs Ministry. PTI SP ANUlast_img read more

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Aamir Khan spends last day in Rome with family

first_img(Eds: correcting headline)Mumbai, Jul 22 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan took time off from his shooting schedule of “Thugs of Hindostan” to spend some quality time with his family.The 52-year-old actor, who was in Malta to film the first schedule of the Yash Raj Films project, flew to Rome for a vacation.He posted two pictures on Twitter. In the first photograph Aamir posed for a selfie with wife Kiran Rao and in the second picture the couple were seen with their son Azad.In the pictures, Aamir was seen sporting the movies look. The actor has got his ears and nose pierced for his role.Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharaya, “Thugs of Hindostan” also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh. PTI SHD SSNlast_img read more

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Mint.com Facebook Fan Q&A: Should I Claim My Credit Reports All at Once or Throughout the Year?

first_imgFrom the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,There’s a specific conversation I frequently have with people around my age. As they get closer to middle adulthood and look back on everything they’ve learned about money, they start to wonder – why didn’t they teach us this stuff… Full Story,Depending on what you look for in a card, one of these may be a perfect fit your do-it-yourself projects. Follow along to learn more about these top five credit cards for DIYers. Full Story,In many ways, our credit determines our power as consumers. The strength of our credit profile and score enable us to rent an apartment, take out a car loan, and sign up for a cell phone number. Can you imagine… Full Story,Travel credit cards are available with a wide array of rewards, redemption options, fees, and bonuses. Weeding through so many general and branded travel rewards cards can be tough, so we picked out some favorites for a wide range of travel styles – so you can find the best travel credit card for your wallet.Full Story,Traveling abroad carries with it all sorts of potential credit issues. Some are just mildly annoying, but some can leave you stranded in Amsterdam, relying on the help of a broke friend you haven’t seen since high school. To avoid those issues and everything in between, here are some tips for using credit abroad. Full Story,The top reward credit cards cater to an array of desires. Whether you want to get cash back or earn miles and points toward free travel, the cards below are all a great place to get started.Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated by some of the links that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation… Full Storylast_img read more

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12 Tips to Help You Live Within Your Means

first_imgAmericans have a love affair with credit cards. According to the latest Federal Reserve figures, we collectively have $853 billion in credit card debt.Our nation loves to shop, but sometimes that consumerism leads to debt and a poor financial situation.If you need help managing money, here are 12 tips that’ll help you learn how to live within your means.Know your income and expensesThe first thing you need to know is what’s coming in and what’s going out.Make a list of any and all income you have from your job, side work, pension, or anywhere else. Then make a list of every bill you have, from rent to your car payment. (Don’t forget bills that may not arrive monthly, like car insurance.) Using a budgeting app can help you keep track of all your expenses and your income.These are your fixed expenses – the ones you have limited control over.The difference between your income and fixed expenses is what’s left for the expenses you can control: your variable and discretionary expenses.Most of us have sufficient income to cover our fixed expenses. After all, we wouldn’t have taken on obligations we couldn’t pay. It’s the variable and discretionary expenses that so often get out of control.Track your expensesA spending plan or budget is the single best way to ensure you live within your means.A spending plan is exactly what the name implies: It lays out what you plan to spend. To keep tabs on your progress or lack thereof, you’ll need to track your money as you spend it.This used to involve the laborious process of writing down everything you spent, dividing the expenditures into categories, adding them up, and comparing those totals with your plan.These days online budgeting services make the process easy.If you want to know how to live within your means and reach your goals, you have to track where your money’s going. It’s the only way to nip problems in the bud.Separate wants and needsWhen it comes to shopping, knowing the difference between a want and a need will help keep you out of debt.Before you make a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it. If you don’t, wait before you buy it. Try using the 48-hour rule.If you see something you want to buy but don’t think you absolutely need, wait 48 hours before buying it. You might find that, more often than not, you change your mind.Don’t competeDon’t fall victim to the keeping up with the Joneses mentality. Sure, your friends or neighbors might drive nicer cars, have the newest technology, or take expensive vacations, but that doesn’t mean you have to do the same.Think of it this way: Your neighbor might have taken a loan out for the Mercedes, put the new flat-screen on his credit card, or taken out a personal loan to pay for a vacation.Sometimes living within your means might not be as glamorous, but you will be much better off for it long term.Buy when you have the cashIt isn’t always easy or immediately gratifying, but adopting an only-if-you-have-the-cash lifestyle can save you from falling into a debt trap.For example, say that you’re about to move out of your roommate’s place and into your own apartment, and you don’t have your own TV. At first, you might plan to pay for one with your credit card — until you do the math.If you don’t have the cash to pay off your card immediately, you might start racking up interest payments. Don’t fall prey to credit card debt.Instead, save up for a few months. If you have a laptop, try watching your shows on that instead. After a few months of saving, buy your TV in cash, or put it on your card and immediately pay it off that month. If you can’t afford to buy something now, don’t reflexively pull out the plastic. Instead, save up be sure that you can afford it in cash — it’s a huge part of being financially independent. Keep an emergency fundLife is unpredictable. Your car might break down, you could get sick, your bike could get stolen, and you might find yourself flying across the country to visit family. Don’t fall into debt because you haven’t built up an emergency fund.A good general principle to follow is keeping three to six months’ worth of expenses saved up. That way, when something goes wrong, you won’t have to reach for your credit card or take out a loan to pay for it.Save money wherever possibleSaving money will help you stop overextending yourself financially. Try these tips to get started:Never walk into the grocery store unprepared. Before you shop, be sure to pay attention to which items are on sale, or which items you can buy in bulk to save (but won’t go bad). Also, be sure to use a shopping list — it’s all too easy to accidentally buy frivolous stuff. Stick to your list and save. Track your hobby spending. Decide exactly how much a month you want to spend on your hobbies, like concerts or skiing, and stick to that budget. Bring lunch to work. If there are good restaurants near work, you’ll be tempted to buy lunch every day. Skip the pricey meals and try bringing lunch from home. It’ll add up. Buy secondhand. You can find incredible deals at garage sales or thrift shops.Open a high-yield savings account. There are plenty of banks that offer around 2% APY on savings accounts. Check these out and make sure you’re making regular contributions once you open one.Cut down on expensesIf you’re still struggling to live within your means, take a hard look at your expenses. There is probably something you can cut out or at least cut down on. For example:Gym memberships.Hair and nail salons.Cable TV.Cell phone bills.Shopping trips.Go through your bills and cancel any service you don’t use frequently. For the stuff you do use, call the provider and see if you can get a better deal, or at least cut it down. Maybe you only need 10 gigs of data a month rather than unlimited. Boost your incomeOf course, an easy way to improve your financial situation is to boost your income. The most gratifying way is to make more at your current job by getting a raise. It’s probably the simplest way to ease money stress.If that’s not in the cards and you routinely find yourself struggling to make ends meet, it might be time to look for a better-paying job.Of course, there are many other ways to increase your income, from selling your stuff to side jobs that turn a hobby into a business. Where there’s a will, there’s often a way.Do it yourselfOne easy way to save money is, instead of always hiring a professional to solve problems, learning to do it yourself, or DIY.There are plenty of things with which you can learn to DIY. Perhaps there’s a piece of vintage furniture that you want to refurbish. Maybe you’ll learn to change your own oil, fix your own bike tires, or even cut your own hair. You’ll find that you can save a huge amount of money by doing these things yourself because you won’t have to pay for labor costs.It’s easier than ever to learn new skills. You’ll find plenty of valuable resources online, from how-to videos to blogs, and forums. Spend some time researching whatever it is you want to do, and try to reach out to online experts if you need advice.Don’t deprive yourselfWhen you hear terms like “living within your means,” especially when combined with words like “budget,” it’s natural to think about deprivation.You might think there’s no difference between “budget” and “diet.” They’re both about deprivation, right?Wrong. A diet is deprivation: Cottage cheese isn’t anything close to ice cream.Living within your means, on the other hand, doesn’t have to be about deprivation.Improving your spending habits at the grocery store doesn’t negatively impact your life. Nor does having a drink at home with friends instead of paying $8 each at a bar.In short, you can live within your means and still enjoy life.The trick? Substituting imagination for money. Think about what you really enjoy — then find a way to get it for less.Find contentment in your lifestyleIt’s one thing to know how to live within your means, but you can also be happy with them.Most people wish they had a more luxurious lifestyle: they wish they had more money, they wish for more expensive vacations, they wish they could buy more expensive things. This “desire for more” is exacerbated by social media, where everyone shares snippets of their supposedly glamorous lives.First, it’s important to remember that most people only use social media as a highlight reel. They only post about things that paint their lives out to be exciting, happy, and luxurious. But that’s not the reality. If people posted on social media about all aspects of their lives, we’d have lots more “unhappy” posts about financial struggles, monotonous jobs, and feelings of inadequacy. Those are just some of the realities of life that fall on everyone from time to time.The best thing you can do is learn how to unplug from social media. When you’re not comparing your daily life to everyone else’s highlight reel, you’ll be able to recognize all the great things about your life that are easy to take for granted. Be grateful for the simple things, like having a shelter over your head or having food on the table, and recognize that you don’t always need more material things to be happy. Sometimes, having a down-to-earth attitude can be the biggest budget improvement you can make!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedLiving Expenses: What Are They and How Do I Budget for Them?March 27, 2019In “Budgeting”18 Budgeting Tips to Make Money Management EasyFebruary 6, 2019In “Budgeting”How to Make a Budget Using the 50/20/30 Budgeting RuleJuly 20, 2016In “Saving” Post navigationlast_img read more

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Is massage the key to better sleep?

first_imgWith World Sleep Day fast approaching on Friday 16 March, we’re reminded that quality slumber is important for all health concerns, from how we age, to how much we eat and how we deal with stress – but in today’s digitally driven world we rarely feel rested.‘An astonishingly high number of people have what would be classed as “normal” sleep patterns, but still wake up feeling sleepy, dull and unfocused – unable to concentrate and generally feeling “below par”,’ says Karolina Maciejewska, UK manager of home-massage app Soothe.‘It is sleep quality, rather than duration or continuity, where the problem lies,’ she explains. We simply cannot get a good night’s sleep, meaning many of us experience ‘non-restorative sleep’ (NRS), the clinical term for problems with sleep quality in the absence of a disturbed sleep pattern.Can massage manipulate your sleep hormones?So how does this link to massage? Well, ‘Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques can be prescribed to address NRS,’ Maciejewska explains. ‘Plus research has shown that the chemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapy because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin and the creation of melatonin.’Beata Aleksandrowicz, a massage expert and the creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method, says that these two hormones, plus cortisol, play a vital role in our sleep patterns.;Levels of the hormone cortisol are often elevated in people who are stressed (yes – that’s most of us) which can lead to insomnia,’ she explains. ‘Massage helps to balance the hormonal system and it’s proven that massage can reduce the level of cortisol by an average of 30 per cent.’ We’ll take that.When it comes to serotonin – our happy hormone which influences our wellbeing, appetite, memory, sexual drive and sleep – Aleksandrowicz explains that, ‘Whilst it needs light and exercise to thrive, studies have also shown that massage can help to boost serotonin levels up to up 28 per cent.’In addition, melatonin, ‘the sleep-inducing hormone which increases with the darkness of the night’, as Aleksandrowicz puts it, can be triggered by the pressure applied during a massage.If you wanted another excuse to book in a massage, let Maciejewska provide one. ‘While improving the sleep experience, simply one hour of massage provides the body with benefits that are equivalent to a power nap,’ she says. Of course, while using Soothe (the Uber of massage) is one way to get one – as is employing the skills of your nearest and dearest, self-massage can be beneficial in boosting your sleep, too.Here Aleksandrowicz shares her wellness tips to help balance your sleep hormones for a naturally better sleep.Self-massage tips for sweet sleep1. Take a bath: ‘Add some soothing essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang or frankincense. Close your eyes and become present in the moment. Breath slowly, consciously and deeply from the diaphragm. The warmth of the bath will boost melatonin.’2. Massage your feet: ‘Sit on the edge of the bed and rest your left feet on your right knee. Use foot cream or body lotion and slowly massage your feet. Pay special attention to the sole of your feet and make circles with your thumb along different points of your sole. Take your time. Breathe. Do the same with the other foot.’3. Massage your hands: ‘You can sit on the edge of the bed or in the bed supporting your back with pillows. Using some lotion, massage the top of your hand and then turn your palm up and using the thumb circle your palm along different points and stretch your palm slightly in the same time. Make sure that you do it slowly while breathing all the time.’4. Massage your neck: ‘In the sitting position, using the fingers of both hands, massage the back of your neck along the line of your skull, starting from the middle out towards the back of your ears. Breath with every stroke and feel the tension released. Do this with purpose, focusing on each breath.’5. Try Yoga Nidra: ‘It is one of the best guided meditations I have found to help calm and soothe the mind.’6. Now go to bed: ‘Switch off the light, close your eyes and take deep breath. Visualise a place that is close to your heart, maybe the coast, mountains, or a beach. Breathe into it and let it soothe you like a lullaby.’It seems sweet dreams are made of massage. Sourcelast_img read more

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12 Popular Internet Beauty Tips That Can Seriously Hurt Your Health

first_imgThe Internet is full of weird — and sometimes dangerous — beauty tips and tricks. Some of them can cause a bad rash while others can lead to problems with vision.We have collected popular beauty tips from the Internet that can have serious negative health consequences.Careprost for eyelash growthThe patients who treated their glaucoma with Careprost noticed that after using it, their eyelashes started growing much faster and appeared stronger. However, some people’s eyelashes didn’t change at all. And some people even began to lose their eyelashes. So be careful when using Careprost.Using essential oils for masks and wrappingThere is really nothing bad about using essential oils. For example, citrus essential oils can help you get rid of cellulite. But don’t use too much of it if you do wrapping at home. Too much essential oil can cause burns complete with blisters and itching. It’s better to add just a few drops at a time to be safe.Using a toothbrush for peeling lipsOne more popular tip from the Internet is to massage your lips with a toothbrush after brushing your teeth. This peeling method can traumatize the soft skin on your lips. And any bacteria living on the toothbrush will be happy to move into the cracks of your lips.Mustard mask for hair growthOil, eggs, sugar, and mustard seem to be a great mixture for hair growth. However, it can cause a lot of problems such as burns, redness, peeling skin and so on. Remember: mustard can cause a serious allergic reaction leading to eye swelling, coughing and even suffocation and urticaria. Before you use such a mask, test it on your elbow and see what your reaction is.Solvent as a way to dilute dried nail polishNail polish remover is not the best way to fix a dry bottle of nail polish. You can both ruin the nail polish and your nails. Your nails can turn yellow and become cracked. So, use a special diluent when trying to loosen your polish.Warm oil with lemon juice for nail growthFor this mixture, warm up some oil, add lemon juice and soak your hands in it. This procedure is supposed to stimulate the growth of your nails. However, the lemon will just dry the cuticle, the skin and the nails which will make them more vulnerable to damage. And don’t forget that lemon juice is a strong allergen.Vacuum removal of acneThe Internet is full of commercials about the pore vacuum cleaner. “This small device will make your skin perfectly clear,” they claim. “Now, you don’t need to spend money on visiting doctors!” However, this is not as simple a solution as it seems. The device can leave marks on the skin and cause telangiectasia if the skin is susceptible to couperose.Cosmetic oil instead of facial creamUsing basic oils instead of facial cream is another popular lifehack when it comes to skincare. Oils can cause comedones, dryness and allergic reactions. If you can’t stop using oils instead of cream, use it no more than two times a week.Using soda for facial peelingSoda is one of the most popular things that people use as a scrub. It seems that it can clear the face well without damaging it. So why is soda a bad idea? It’s all because of your body’s pH-balance. The skin’s pH balance is 4.5 and soda’s balance is a 9. That’s why soda dries the skin, causes wrinkles, and premature aging.Using mayonnaise instead of hair conditionerMayonnaise consists of eggs and oil. How can such a safe combination do any harm? Because the sauce is very fatty, your hair may become heavy and sticky. As a result, you will have sticky hair that looks like icicles.Clearing skin with boric acidBoric acid is used in clearing tonics, washing gels and peeling agents. So, it seems that if you use just boric acid alone, the clearing process should go faster and the effect should last longer. However, this isn’t true. Pure acid won’t clear anything, it will only leave burns and skin irritation.Lightening hair with laundry detergentIf someone had a bad experience dying their hair and they don’t like the color, this method suggests they wash their hair out with detergent. Yes, some people really use this method! However, detergents contain harmful phosphates. They cause skin dryness, skin irritation, rashes, and hair loss.Sourcelast_img read more

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Intact Forest Landscapes Matter for Climate Change. Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

first_imgA new study in Science Advances found that since 2000, the total area of the world’s intact forest landscapes (IFLs)—vast swaths of unbroken wilderness that are largely unaffected by human activity—has decreased by 7.2 percent. This is troubling, since IFLs are a key component in mitigating global climate change.Here are three ways protecting IFLs can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.1. IFLs Account for Nearly One-Third of All Carbon Stored in TreesAnalysis of Global Forest Watch data reveals that 29 percent of the carbon stored in trees across the world is concentrated within IFLs. Those in the tropics are particularly carbon-rich, accounting for 23 percent of the world’s tree-stored carbon, despite making up just 13 percent of the world’s total forest area. This is because these intact landscapes hold, on average, nearly three times more carbon per hectare than non-intact forests—areas that have been disturbed by development, logging or other human activity. All told, trees in IFLs hold about 10 years’ worth of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.Despite their outsized importance in carbon storage, tropical IFLs are shrinking fastest. Nearly 60 percent of the IFL reduction (due to deforestation, degradation and/or fragmentation) recorded between 2000 and 2013 occurred in tropical areas, where the rate of forest loss in IFLs tripled between 2001-03 and 2011-13. Because trees in these landscapes store significantly more carbon, their deforestation and degradation has a larger impact than other forests on global greenhouse gas emissions.Industrial logging was found to be the leading cause of IFL reduction worldwide. Building new roads in intact forests, especially in the tropics, can lead to a cascade of land use changes and associated emissions. For example, selective removal of big trees (and the large quantities of carbon they store) leaves the remaining forest more susceptible to drought and fire. Roads can also increase access to these degraded forests, making them easier to clear for agriculture or industrial monoculture plantations, such as oil palm, which have lower carbon storage capacity. The result is a loss of almost all trees and declines in soil carbon, both of which increase emissions.2. IFLs Absorb One-Fifth of Human-Caused Emissions Every YearIn addition to storing carbon accumulated over centuries, IFLs mitigate global temperature rise by absorbing around 20 percent of additional human-caused emissions each year. Deforesting and degrading IFLs spurs emissions in the short term and weakens the global carbon sink that keeps heat-trapping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.Intact tropical forests absorb as much carbon from the atmosphere each year as all other boreal and temperate forests combined. Old growth forests, like those within IFLs, were once thought to no longer accumulate more carbon than they release, but recent research proves they continue to be a carbon sink even into very old age. And because inch for inch (or centimeter for centimeter) of diameter growth, large trees accumulate more carbon than small trees, conserving old growth forests could lead to big returns for stabilizing the global climate.The Paris Agreement explicitly calls for countries to conserve and enhance carbon sinks and reservoirs as part of their commitment to mitigate climate change. Protecting IFLs would be one of the best ways that countries could achieve this goal.3. IFLs Contain More than Half the Arctic’s PermafrostMany boreal IFLs rest on a layer of permanently frozen soil known as permafrost, which is found mainly in the Arctic. Scientists estimate that the amount of carbon stored in permafrost is greater than the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere today.Average annual Arctic temperatures are rising fast, leading to accelerated thawing of permafrost. When permafrost melts, the carbon it holds is released into the atmosphere as methane, a greenhouse gas about 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Emissions from permafrost thawing are not accounted for in current global prediction models, so we could be further from achieving global climate goals than we think. Methane bubbles up from an Arctic boreal lake in Alaska. Photo by  NASA Goddard/YouTube Trees within Arctic IFLs absorb enough carbon to make the region a net carbon sink. But continued IFL fragmentation due to fires, clear cutting and oil and gas exploration can expose more permafrost to warmer air that makes it thaw faster, releasing more methane. Protecting remaining IFLs from further human disturbance is essential to avoid turning the Arctic into a net carbon source.Intact Forests and the Paris AgreementTo reach the Paris Agreement goal of reducing economy-wide emissions, countries around the world must, in part, better manage forests, and especially IFLs, to both reduce emissions and increase global sinks. Over the centuries, IFLs have accumulated vast amounts of carbon, and our climate mitigation efforts must take the same long-term approach towards their protection. Restoration efforts, though valuable, can only partially reverse the climate impacts caused by losing IFLs. Countries with intact forest landscapes should make conserving these vital resources a priority in the fight against climate change.last_img read more

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The Man Who Stopped the Mine. Q&A with Prafulla Samantara, 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

first_imgWhat was the greatest challenge you faced in taking on Vedanta Resources?The company had few regards for any Indian laws, and it did not treat the Dongria Kondh as human beings. Both the national and state governments, along with the media, worked closely with the corporation, making it difficult for citizens to highlight environmental law and human rights violations.What legal systems and practices made this landmark victory possible?We have very good laws in India that protect the environment, but their application depends mostly on the willingness of the concerned government institutions to intervene when violations take place. In the Niyamgiri case, such institutions failed miserably. Government officials did not address the company’s violations of several laws: The Forest Act, Environment Act, PESA and The Forest Rights Act. We had to intervene in 2004 because all state institutions had failed to hold the company to account. How does improving citizens’ access to justice, particularly within indigenous communities like the Dongria Kondh, benefit the environment?Until the Vedanta Resources case, the Dongria Kondh tribe understood very little about laws governing forests or environment. They were unaware of legislation, like the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Area Act (PESA) of 1996 or Forest Rights Act of 2006, which legally protect their decision-making power. When they learned about these policies, they asserted their rights forcefully to protect their environment.What barriers prevent Indian citizens from accessing environmental justice?The state is not keen on sharing information about how to access environmental justice, as it is a low priority for officials. International pressure rather than individual conviction has motivated many countries, including India, to adopt environmental justice systems. But even when such frameworks are in place, educational barriers and illiteracy prevent the majority of people living in India’s resource-rich regions from learning about and accessing environmental justice on their own.Dongria Kondh women. Photo by Rita Willaert/Flickr You live in Odisha state, near the proposed mining site. What danger did the mine pose to your community?Mining bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills would have devastated the region’s ecosystem, which is well-known for its rich biodiversity, and degraded the habitat of many wild animals, including severely endangered Bengal tigers and Indian elephants. The project also threatened to pollute two perennial rivers, the Bansadhara and Nagabali, that flow from this hill range, providing a critical source of drinking and irrigation water to more than 5 million people in the South Odisha districts and Andhra Pradesh state.This forested land is also home to the Dongria Kondh, an indigenous population categorized as one of India’s Particularly Vulnerable Tribes. The proposed mining site has been the tribe’s only home for centuries. Their lives, culture and economy revolve around Niyamgiri and its ecosystem.Bengal tigers are one of many animals that call India’s Niyamgiri Hills home. Photo by Derrick Brutel/Flickr When British corporation Vedanta Resources needed aluminum, it set its sights on eastern India’s Niyamgiri Hills. The $2 billion project sought to extract 70 million tons of bauxite, an ore used to make aluminum. It would have destroyed more than 1,600 acres of forest, polluted a critical water source, and displaced members of the 8,000-person Dongria Kondh tribe in the process.But that was before Prafulla Samantara got involved.After seeing a newspaper announcement about the proposed mine, Samantara bicycled across the Niyamgiri Hills to mobilize the Dongria Kondh, who rely on the land for fruit farming, medicine, spiritual practices and more. Excluded from public hearings on the project, the tribe was entirely unaware that the government had appropriated their sacred lands to an $11.4 billion company. Indian officials had failed to obtain free, prior and informed consent from the Dongria Kondh, despite national laws protecting their land rights.Samantara also filed a lawsuit. After a decade-long legal battle between the Dongria Kondh, the government and Vedanta, India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samantara in 2013, and in 2015, Vedanta Resources announced closure of the refinery it had preemptively constructed to process ore. (The refinery is still open, but does not process bauxite from the Dongria Kondh’s land.)This David-and-Goliath story is the reason that Samantara was awarded the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, which recognizes environmental heroes from six continents annually. We recently sat down with Samantara to hear more about his incredible story:Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe. Photo by Rita Willaert/Flickr The case progressed with many ups and downs. Finally, after several central committees visited Niyamgiri following stiff Dongria-led resistance and effective mobilization against Vedanta Resources, the government of India had to say no to the project. The final verdict came on April 18, 2013. It respected provisions of the 2006 Forest Rights Act, which give the Village Councils in tribal areas the authority to decide whether or not a project will jeopardize their culture or habitat. Laws exist on paper in India, but without effective implementation, it will be difficult to ensure that they protect vulnerable communities, particularly illiterate societies.Women of the Dongria Kondh tribe. Photo by jimanish/Flickr “The ecosystems I defend are under greater threat than any threat to an activist’s life.” -Prafulla Samantara More than 280 human rights activists were murdered around the world in 2016 alone. With the increasing danger facing environmental defenders, what inspires you to keep fighting?The danger will always exist. These cases always involve enormous profits and powerful interests that often receive support from state institutions. Local voices are silenced to advance such projects. I am well aware of all these realities, but I am guided by my inner conviction.EDITOR’S NOTE: 4/27/17: A previous version of this story said that Vedanta closed its refinery in 2015. We have since amended the piece to indicate that Vedanta announced closure of the refinery in 2015. The refinery is currently still open, but does not process bauxite from the Dongria Kondh’s land.last_img read more

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4 Ways to Make Your Corporate Web Site More Social

first_img Dell Idea Storm Instead, improve the web properties that you own for your business to make them more social. Originally published Apr 16, 2010 9:30:00 AM, updated July 03 2013 Inbound Marketing 2. Encourage Commenting – If you sell a product or a service, even if you are a B2B company that uses a distributor to sell your product, take a lead from some of the major online retailers such as – Allowing people to comment and share ideas on your site gives them a sense of ownership. While commenting could be as simple as having a Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Live Website Optimization: Using Website Grader For Marketing Success where your customers provide feedback for future product development. 3. Allow Customers To Curate Content As search engine optimization changes and social media becomes a bigger part of marketing, companies who build a social corporate web presence on their own site will be positioned for better rankings, more on-site activity and potentially more leads. – Do customers already log-in on your Web site? Many companies have customer log-ins to allow them to make orders, access certain information, or receive product support. If you are one of these companies, what is stopping you from making these log-in experiences more social? Companies in this situation are close to having their own social network. Think back to Amazon, it allows customer to log-in and perform many business functions, but it also gives them social features like forums, product reviews, and much more using the same log-in. If your web site is a social network, you can transition from being a place where customers only come when they have to, to a destination where customers find value. Every Tuesday at 1:00pm ET . On major retail sites it is simple for customers to review products they have purchased. Replace testimonials on your site with review functionality on your product pages. Let your customers help sell for you by putting their product insights along side the information that your business provides. 4 Ways to Make Your Corporate Web Site More Social and Why should your corporate web site be more social? Many reasons, but a major one is, because you own and control it.  Yesterday Ning, a company that provides a platform for individuals and businesses to build social networks, announcedthat it will no longer allow the creation of free networks. Many groups and business that were using a free network will either have to starting paying Ningor move the network to another service. Having to pay isn’t the real issue, it is understanding that as a business you don’t want to be forced to change how you communicate with customers and prospects because a vendor changes its business model. Web sitecenter_img Do you have anything planned to make your web site more social? Submit your site now Best Buy corporate blog 1. Product Reviews Amazon full of engaging content is hard, especially with limited resources. A solution again can be found by giving customers power to submit industry-relevant content that they create themselves or find online. On the web, where content is such a valuable commodity, empowering customers to become curators for the entire industry using your web site, means improved thought leadership and brand recognition for your company. Photo Credit: Corporate web sitesare mostly boring. These sites end up being a time and financial drain without delivering the appropriate value to current and potential customers.  One of the best things about the social web, is that it helps your customers to sell for you, by recommending your product or service to others online. Most corporate web sites also do a poor job of empowering customers to share with others, instead relying on testimonials, quotes and videos. Date & Time: , it could also mean things like customer forums or perhaps something like a 10ch  for optimization by HubSpot Experts! (2 will be selected) – Keeping a Topics: Join HubSpot Experts for a live session for website review and optimization, providing tips for getting found online. 4. Become a Social Networklast_img read more

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How to Make the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List

first_img third article ever published on this blog #1 – Find a Huge Market Where a Big Disruption Is Happening Topics: Insider Secrets on How to Make the Inc. 500 List It may be cliché to say, but the team The purpose of this article is to share with all the marketing professionals and business executives who read this blog what we think are some of the keys to building a hyper-growth company that has potential to make it onto the Inc. 500 list. #2 – Create a Blue Ocean by Entering That Market With a Unique Solution #4 – Assemble a Great Team Just “trying to build a big company” or “making a lot of profit” is not actually something that most people can get excited about. The reason why folks work on the weekend to build a new feature for our software or stay late at night to help a customer with a problem is not because the company will make more money. The passion behind the team that helps drive the success of the company is around our mission. HubSpot wants to help millions of businesses grow by enabling them to transform their marketing. This is a purpose or mission much nobler than just making money – and while we hope to make some money along the way, what drives us each and every day is seeing , making it easier to find top-notch people. thousands of customers using our software rd HubSpot Inc. 500 press release to learn more, but the basic concept is that you want to have a different product or service offering than everyone else so you don’t compete directly with other companies in the market. A classic example is how Southwest Airlines entered the market with much lower prices but also far fewer frills and only served secondary airports. The company’s differentiation may not better in every possible way, but it is different in a couple of important ways that appeal to an important set of customers. For HubSpot, there are lots of companies that offer tools for components of inbound marketing (for instance, a blogging tool, a social media marketing tool, an analytics tool, and email marketing tool), but we built a Read that article atmosphere that attracts a lot of candidates to us Of course you want to find a market where there are billions of dollars (or Euros, etc.) spent every year. However, just a big market isn’t enough; you need a market that is going through or will go through a big disruption. Without this disruption, the established players will have too much of an advantage. Some examples of companies who have successfully leveraged disruption include Apple’s capitalization on disruption in the market for music (originally driven by the creation of digital music formats and services like Napster) or Amazon’s ability to take advantage of the disruption in retail or commerce (made possible by the rise of the world wide web). For HubSpot, billions of dollars are spent on marketing every year, so the market we chose qualifies as big. But there is also a huge disruption happening that is driven by search engines, matter. Since I joined HubSpot in early 2007 (when the team was 5 people) through to today (we’re almost 300 now), I have always been impressed by the people. They are the smartest and most driven group of people I have ever worked with. We try to have a very thorough interview process; people usually sit through 6-8 interviews before they get hired, and I think we ask some really tough questions during that process. We also have created an If you start by growing your company using outbound marketing to purchase leads, perhaps you pay $50 per lead. When you are buying 100 or 1,000 leads per month, that isn’t so bad. But if you need to generate 40,000+ leads per month like HubSpot does today, you’d be spending in excess of $2 million per month on marketing. Ouch! For hyper growth, you need to build a marketing program that allows you to attract more and more potential customers at lower costs. Inbound marketing is critical for that – breaking the cycle of paying for each and every lead and building marketing as an asset that generates new leads at zero marginal cost. We’ve done that at HubSpot, and are spending far, far less than $2 million per month on our marketing while still generating well over 40,000 new leads per month to feed our growth. social media fastest growing company overall. We especially want to thank our 5,000+ customers – this award is actually for you. We just make the software, but you all bring it to life and are responsible for all the awesome results. If you want to read more about the announcement, click on over to the in a couple weeks. Sign up for that, and I will dive deeper into the topic and take live Q&A from those in attendance. And please let me know what other tips I might be missing in terms of building a hyper-growth company in the comments below. does #3 – Build a Scalable Marketing Machine Originally published Aug 23, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 was about Blue Ocean Strategy (published in September 2006, it is one of the top 20 most popular posts of all time and has generated over 800 inbound links). #5 – Have a Purpose or Mission . . Want more details? Did this article make you interested in a deeper dive into this topic? I will be hosting a free webinar about getting great results Inbound Marketing Today we’re super excited to announce that HubSpot has been named the second fastest growing software company on the Inc. 500 list and the 33 and . The complete inbound marketing software platform that brings everything together into an all-in-one system , the DVR, YouTube, mobile devices and more – all of which put the customer back in charge of the sales and marketing relationship. This disruption has given rise to an opportunity for all the companies that sell tools and services for inbound marketing, like HubSpot. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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How to Sex Up Your Google Search Results With Authorship Info

first_img Originally published Oct 24, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Editor’s Note: Since this post was published, Google has removed Authorship functionality entirely. Read more here.Have you ever been cruising through Google’s search engine results pages to find that certain results are paired with a thumbnail-sized profile picture of the content’s author? Ever wonder how you could make it so your picture accompanies listings for the content you’ve authored? Then boy is this post for you!Through Google Authorship, Google allows you to associate the content you’ve published with your Google+ profile, pulling your profile image and other information into the search engine results for the content you author. The catch? While the process for applying is relatively simple, there seems to be no clear rhyme or reason to whose authorship requests Google chooses to approve. That being said, the application process is easy enough that it’s worth applying. In this post, we’ll cover exactly why this new feature is beneficial to marketers, explain the simplest way to apply, and disclose some Google-related nuances you should know before embarking on the application process.Why Apply for Authorship?In a nutshell, having authorship benefits makes your search engine listings sexier — in addition to giving them a heightened sense of credibility, professionalism, and transparency. Let’s take a closer look at the screenshot shown at the top of this post, picturing a particular search engine results page (SERP):Ask yourself — which results stand out? Probably the two with accompanying author images, right? And if your eyes did gravitate toward those two listings, it’s pretty easy to understand the benefits. In addition, listings with author images and information attached will likely benefit from a perception of credibility and appease any suspicions of spammy content.Those two listings aren’t at the top of this particular SERP either. This means Authorship could give your content a much better fighting chance against other results that might organically rank higher. This is particularly noteworthy considering not many users have taken the opportunity to apply for Authorship, making it well worth it to apply sooner rather than later when, well … everybody’s doing it.And while there haven’t been any data-driven reports to surface on the benefits of Authorship yet, we’ve anecdotally seen a noticeable improvement in the ranking of HubSpot’s content that has been associated with our various authors. In other words, it’s very possible that Google is rewarding Authorship users with improved search engine rankings. If you’re a content creator, that’s not a bad perk, huh?Finally, achieving authorship status also entitles you to even more data and statistics about the performance of individual authors’ content in search results. You can read more about that from Google here.How to Apply for Google+ AuthorshipConvinced it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to apply for Authorship? Here’s how to do it:Make sure your Google+ profile page has a profile photo that is a recognizable headshot.Make sure you have an email address (for example, jdoe@hubspot.com) on the same domain as your content (hubspot.com). If you don’t have an email address on the same domain, Google has an alternative method for linking your content to your Google+ profile. Learn how here.In the “About” section of your Google+ profile, add that email address so it’s easier for Google to associate your Google+ account with your domain.In addition, make sure each article you publish on that domain has a clear byline identifying you as the author (for example, “By John Doe” or “Author: John Doe”).Furthermore, make sure that byline name matches the name on your Google+ profile.Visit Google’s Authorship page, and submit your email address to Google. Regardless of how many articles you publish on this domain, you’ll only need to go through this process once. In the “About” section of your Google+ profile, make sure the profile discovery box, “Help others discover my profile in search” is checked. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Once Google approves your Authorship request, your Google+ profile will update with the domain on which you’re a content contributor in the “Contributor to” section of your Google+ profile (as pictured below). By default, it will also automatically make your email address visible to the public. If you want to keep your email address private on your page, you can change its visibility here.You may also receive an email confirmation from Google once your request for Authorship has been approved. It took about six days for Google to confirm my Authorship request.That being said, it took longer for other members of HubSpot’s marketing team to receive Authorship status, and some still have yet to be approved, so it’s hard to know how Google is prioritizing approvals. And as we mentioned before, according to Google’s Authorship information page, “Google doesn’t guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results,” which explains why some of our authors haven’t yet been approved.If Google does grant your Authorship request, you’ll start noticing that the search engine listings for content you’ve authored will start to be accompanied by your Google+ profile image, as in the example below:Furthermore, you’ll notice that the “by [author name]” link called out above in red sends people to your Google+ profile page, and the “more by [author name]” link called out in blue directs visitors to a more detailed page that lists the various indexed content authored by you, as you can see in the example below:Remember — if your website/blog has multiple contributors, it would behoove you to encourage your various authors to apply for Authorship. This way, even more of the search engine listings for your website’s content will be associated with its individual author.Some Notes About Google’s NuancesMany of you are probably aware of Google’s various little nuances, and those of you out there who have ever undergone a name change (myself included) — or whose business uses Gmail for its employees’ corporate email accounts (again, myself included) — are probably all too familiar with the headaches involved in linking and merging multiple Google accounts. Be mindful that if you do suffer from the unfortunate problem of multiple accounts (in addition to content that has been published under different names), Google doesn’t exactly make it very easy to sync the Authorship of all your articles to one single Google+ account.While Google has released a tool that enables you to transfer connections from one Google+ account to another and set it as the default destination, Google mentions that Authorship information and Google+ business pages that you manage with your source account will not get transferred to the destination account. In fact, I’ve personally come to refer to this particular scenario as “Multiple Google Account Hell.” My recommendation is to try to connect your Authorship with the Google+ account on which you have the most connections … and to cross your fingers that Google improves and streamlines this process in the future.Furthermore, while this post explains the simplest way of applying for Authorship, there are other routes you can take. In fact, the folks over at Search Engine Land were kind enough to publish an extremely comprehensive and technical article about those other options here.If you’ve applied for Authorship, have you noticed a boost in your search engine rankings?center_img Search Results Topics:last_img read more

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How to Diagnose Your Funnel to Create Predictable Growth

first_img Business Growth If I’ve learned one thing about companies and organizations that enjoy consistent growth, it’s that they’re maniacal about monitoring their data and numbers. They’re clear on what has to happen to achieve their goals.  In contrast, companies that don’t experience consistent, predictable growth also do not have clarity of their funnel metrics.So, the first step to creating predictability is to define, measure and track your funnel. In its simplest form (and the reality is that no matter how complex you make you measurement system, it still boils down to this), there are three phases of your funnel that need to be measured:The top of the funnel, where the focus is on traffic.The middle of the funnel, where the focus is on lead conversion.The bottom of the funnel, where the focus is on sales and revenue.The benefit of tracking your go-to-market efforts in such a manner is that you can diagnose problems often before they have a negative impact on your revenue results.From this perspective, there are only eight scenarios that you could be facing. Each scenario has its own set of opportunities and dangers.  By identifying which scenario applies to you, you can then initiate specific actions with confidence.The 8 Conditions of a Marketing & Sales FunnelWhen measuring these conditions, it’s important to note that strong or weak are relative terms. The goal behind this effort is to build a structural approach to growth.  It’s not about just making a sale today, or even growing this year. It’s about being able to do so predictably, sustainably and scalably.If you don’t have clear targets for traffic, conversion and sales, you’ll need to develop them before you can make an assessment.  For help, you can review our recent post on The 9 Metrics You Must Be Tracking to Scale B2B Sales or use our lead generation calculator.1) Strong Traffic, Strong Conversion, Strong SalesThis is the condition that everyone strives for.  Your top, middle and bottom of the funnel are all dialed in producing the results you need to maintain your growth rate.  When you find yourself here, your primary job is to develop the early warning systems to alert you to a changing condition (oh yeah, and don’t forget to celebrate a little).2) Weak Traffic, Strong Conversion, Strong SalesIn this scenario, you’re generating an adequate number of leads, and you’re meeting your sales targets; but you’re not driving new visits to your site and the top of your funnel is weak.  The danger here is that maintaining (let alone accelerating) your growth rate will be very difficult.Here are the three most important actions to take in this situation:Put more focus on the top of the funnel. You can do this by increasing the rate at which you are creating new content (like blogs), by ensuring your website is properly optimized or by encouraging your entire customer facing team to share your content through the appropriate channels.Identify potential “kindred spirits.” These are people or organizations who share a viewpoint with you, provide complementary products/services and communicate with the same target market. Engage with these people and empower them to share your message.Consider implementing a lead introductory campaign to entice targeted prospects to visit your site. It’s important to note that the focus of your campaign should be educational. If you get too salesy your efforts will backfire.3) Strong Traffic, Weak Conversion, Strong SalesThis is a very common condition among mid-market companies and among companies that have engaged in SEO and pay-per-click (PPC) efforts.  They’re driving plenty of traffic to their website, but they’re not converting that traffic into leads.  Despite that, the company is still able to meet its sales goals.The fundamental problem here is that far too much of the weight for making sales is falling on the sales side of the organization.  While marketing may be actively involved, creating awareness and driving traffic, those actions aren’t leading prospects to act.If you find your company in this situation, it’s a clear symptom of misalignment between your marketing efforts and your sales efforts.  There are three underlying causes for this problem:The content is not resonating with prospects.The traffic is low quality, and is not attracting the right type of people.The site is not designed to support the buyer’s journey and lead conversion.Here’s what you should do in this scenario:First and foremost, review your buyer personas (you have developed your buyer personas, haven’t you?) and confirm that a) the personas are accurate, and b) the content you’re creating resonates with what matters to them.  Map your prospect’s journey, paying particular attention to the Epiphany Awareness and Consideration phases. Do you have the right message and are you creating the right content for each phase of the journey? If your website and marketing materials are filled with “we-do’s,” it’s a pretty good bet you’re not going to see a good conversion rate.It may be time for a website refresh or redesign.  If your website isn’t built to directly support lead generation and lead management, it won’t convert. On several occasions, we’ve worked with companies who were getting plenty of traffic but little to no conversion. Within a couple weeks of a new website launch, we’ve seen conversion rates jump from under .5% to over 3%.4) Strong Traffic, Strong Conversion, Weak SalesIn this scenario, it appears that you have a strong marketing process and a weak sales process. I see this on a fairly consistent basis with companies that implement an inbound marketing or other lead generation approach.  Because you’re focusing on the top of the funnel and you’re generating conversion opportunities, you’re seeing your lead velocity grow; but it’s not translating to sales.This can be the most frustrating point in the journey of generating predictable growth. You’re doing the right things by focusing on lead generation, but you’re frustrated because it’s not translating to real opportunities or sales.The issue here is all about lead management, and there are specific actions you need to take to turn leads into sales.  Here are the highlights:Use a lead triage process to assess the quality of the leads you are generating.  If you find that you’re not creating an adequate number of quality leads, then you’ve got a conversion problem.  To solve that problem, refer to the Stong/Weak/Strong scenario above.If you’re generating enough quality leads, look next to your sales development approach.  Your prospects aren’t waking up every morning asking themselves, “What can I do to buy something from ABC Company today?” Regardless of how clear you think it is that a lead should know to reach out to you to discuss how you can help them solve their problems, they’re most likely not going to. You need to have an effective process to follow up with those leads and to turn them into sales opportunities.Lastly, be sure to develop effective lead nurturing processes to keep your leads engaged and to support them as they continue through their journey.As we move into the scenarios that have multiple weaknesses, I’m not going to restate the actions to take that I shared previously.  The most important thing to remember when treating multiple weaknesses is to always start at the top.  Your impulse will be to “solve for the bottom of the funnel.”  While this can lead to short-term improvement, the reality is that you’re not going to actually solve anything.  5) Weak Traffic, Weak Conversion, Strong SalesThe most likely causes here are either ignoring the top of the funnel altogether or a lack of clarity into who you are trying to attract.  Start by defining your buyer personas and then use your blog to consistently deliver content that is valuable to them.6) Strong Traffic, Weak Conversion, Weak SalesTake a look at your website and sales process.  It’s likely that you’re message is not resonating with your prospects and is in need of retooling. When you’re finished adjusting your message, determine what prospecting strategies you want to implement.7) Weak Traffic, Strong Conversion, Weak SalesThis happens when you create a very popular piece of content.  The key here is to dig deeper and figure out why a conversion path is so effective.  What’s driving the prospects behavior and what problem are they trying to solve?From there, find ways to recreate that type of content in other areas.  We had a client experiencing this precise problem. One piece of content was particularly popular.  It was responsible for about half of their conversions and the quality of the leads was very high.Using this piece of content, we built a series of follow up tools that brought prospects further down the funnel, leading to a free assessment.  Additionally, we recreated the approach for other content pieces. The result was stronger sales and an expanding top of the funnel.8) Weak, Traffic, Weak Conversion, Weak SalesThis is where everyone starts. If you find yourself with this scenario, it’s a great time to implement an inbound marketing approach.Looking to get started on improving your conversion funnel? Download our calculator today to forecast exactly what you need to adjust to hit your growth goals. Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Mar 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

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Chokers label for South Africa bit too exaggerated and unfair: Paddy Upton

first_imgSouth Africa need to embrace the ‘chokers’ tag rather than run away from it at the upcoming World Cup that will be held in England and Wales, according to the Proteas’ former Performance Director Paddy Upton.When it comes to ICC events, especially the World Cup, South Africa have not achieved the success they would have liked, considering the talented cricketers the country has produced in the last two decades. They had to face heartbreaks at the World Cups due to rain rule (1992) and a devastating run out (1999) and are yet to reach the final of cricket’s flagship event.”In every big tournament like the World Cup, only one team wins and seven or eight big teams end on the losing side. I think the ‘chokers’ label for South Africa is a little bit too exaggerated and it’s also unfair,” said Upton, here on Friday.”But I do realise that South Africa have struggled and could have performed better. They will, in time, win one of these big trophies. But for the time being, they need to embrace and not run away from the ‘chokers’ label and also not be weighed down by it. They just need to focus on their game and the job at their hands,” he added.South Africa coach Ottis Gibson had insisted that the team was not thinking about the ‘chokers’ label and were happy to go into the tournament ‘flying under the radar’.”We have decided that we are not going to speak about it. One team has to win and one team has to lose, and then it comes down to how you guys (the media) write about the loss,” Gibson said. “What’s in the past is gone. We’re not taking the past with us to this World Cup. It’s a new adventure for us,” he added.advertisementUpton also predicted that India, Australia and hosts England will make it to the semifinals of the upcoming World Cup and South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand will have to fight it out for the remaining fourth spot.”This format allows top teams with a better chance to make it to the semifinals. I see India, Australia and England making it to the semis and South Africa and New Zealand fighting it out for the fourth spot. West Indies on their day can surprise any team. So, it will be a wild card entry for the fourth semi-final spot among three teams,” said the 50-year-old.”Each of those four top teams will be able to lift the trophy and it will go down to which team has the most number of in-form players,” he added.South Africa will begin their World Cup campaign in the tournament opener against England on May 30.last_img read more

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