Antetokounmpo then asserted himself in the lane, and Philadelphia was hard-pressed to contain the athletic 6-foot-11 forward with All-Star center Joel Embiid sitting out the game for rest.Dario Saric had 19 points to lead the cold-shooting Sixers, who were 2 of 26 from 3-point range a night after going 11 of 29 in a loss at Oklahoma City. Ben Simmons added 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bucks were 11 for 28 from 3-point territory, getting key long-range buckets off the bench from Tony Snell (11 points), Sterling Brown (10 points) and Dellavedova. His reverse layup with 4:15 left capped a 12-4 run to give Milwaukee a 15-point lead.Dellavedova also had a personal five-point run beginning with a 3 from the corner with 6:51 left and ending with two free throws after getting fouled on the break following a steal. Golovkin and Alvarez to meet in May 5 rematch LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, is tied up by Philadelphia 76ers’ Amir Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 18 rebounds, Matthew Dellavedova scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-85 on Monday night for their fourth straight win since firing coach Jason Kidd.Antetokounmpo picked up his 22nd double-double of the season to lead the Bucks, who tightened up their defense after allowing the Sixers to score 22 of their first 26 points in the paint.ADVERTISEMENT Khris Middleton scored 10 of his 19 points for the Bucks in a first half that ended with Milwaukee leading 55-53.The Bucks have been rolling since assistant Joe Prunty took over as interim coach when Kidd was dismissed last Monday.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid is set to play in back-to-back games for the first time when Philadelphia hosts Miami on Friday before visiting Indiana the next night. The 7-foot center has had an extensive injury history that includes foot and knee surgeries that have limited his ability to play since he was drafted third overall in 2014. Elected a starter for his first All-Star Game, Embiid scored 27 points in 35 minutes during a loss Sunday at Oklahoma City. He is averaging 23.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.Bucks: G Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup after a two-game absence with right calf soreness. He scored four points in 21 minutes. … G Eric Bledsoe did not return after playing the first three minutes. The Bucks said he was available, but had been dealing with a sore left ankle.UP NEXT76ers: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight Anna Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines competes against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals of women’s singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games lawn tennis competition Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur. Kumkhum prevailed, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Clarice Patrimonio had to settle for silver after running into a solid-steel Luksika Khumkhum of Thailand, 6-0, 6-1, Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games tennis women’s singles competition.The rain-marred finals at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex was a lopsided affair as the FIlipina could not find a way to get through the Thai, who once was ranked 85th in the world and has an Asian Games doubles gold under her belt (2014 Incheon).ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tennis, thus, failed to win a gold in the competition and will go home with two silvers and two bronzes.The other silver came from Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales in the men’s doubles last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKatharina Lehnert and Denise Dy also wound up third place in women’s doubles.Dy and Gonzales settled for bronze in mixed doubles which the country ruled two years ago in Singapore through Dy and Treat Huey. View comments MOST READ
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines–The Rockets were not happy with the MVP results, and they were not afraid to let be known.In a series of tweets shortly after the NBA Awards, the official Twitter of Houston Rockets demonstrated why they “respectfully disagree” with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP selection over their superstar guard James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine football chief READ: Giannis Antetokounmpo takes home 2019 NBA MVP honorThe Rockets listed Harden’s achievements in the recently concluded season, highlighting his no doubt impressive scoring exploits for the franchise, which bowed to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 ONE: Geje Eustaquio believes Eduard Folayang due for win vs Eddie Alvarez The tweets, though, have since been deleted, but not before earning the ire of basketball fans. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Giannis is currently one of the most beloved people in all of professional sports and the @HoustonRockets tweeted out all that mess that they already had ready to go just in case. That’s really messed up,” tweeted @SkinWade“Now that the ROY race is officially over can we all get back to what a national embarrassment the Houston Rockets are?” said @squish41.READ: James Harden spends day 1 of Manila visit with PH wheelchair basketball teamHarden, who is currently in the Philippines for a promotional tour, finished second in the MVP race to the 24-year-old Antetokounmpo, who received 78 of the 101 possible first-place votes. He got 23 first-place votes.ADVERTISEMENT POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC footballer Sunil Chhetri says training with coach-cum-marquee player Nicolas Anelka would improve not just him but the entire squad.Chhetri, who didn’t play in the inaugural edition of the ISL last year, is excited to train with Anelka, who played 69 matches for France before retiring in 2010. The 36-year-old played for top European clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City. “He’s a really good player. Just being there in training with him will improve all of us as players. Learning that he’s a coach-cum-player now makes you want to hear a lot from him,” Chhetri was quoted as saying by Star Network’s Let’s Football programme on Thursday.Speaking on the factors that motivate him, the multiple I-League winner said, “I keep reminding myself on why I chose to play football — the fans going crazy, the wins, loses, the effort — are the reasons that keep pushing me.Also read: Mumbai City FC sign Bustos, ertin, Piquionne”If I forget why I started playing football, then it’s probably over for me as a player. It’s all about the kids and I want to tell the kids through this medium to enjoy the game,” the 31-year-old said.Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, said he is impressed with ISL team co-owner and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor.”I’m really, really happy signing for Mumbai City FC, I’m really looking forward to it. I had a chat with Ranbir (Kapoor). I was happy he wanted me to play for Mumbai City FC. He’s a great guy who I know to be a very different man off-screen,” he said.advertisementChhetri concluded by stating he wants to impress the fans.”My job is to go there and give my best. It’s all about channelling my strength on and off the field. I aim to prosper in every way possible. I just want to promise the fans that I will give all I can for Mumbai City FC,” the striker said.
Post navigation One of the most common travel questions is what is the best, and cheapest, way to get foreign currency when traveling abroad. It may seem like a complex subject, but technology and changing times are making it easier than ever.Follow a couple of simple rules and you’ll be able to stretch your money even further while abroad.Ignore Travelers ChecksTravelers checks are quickly becoming a thing of the past. What used to be one of the only ways to spend money while traveling are now rarely seen. Traveler’s checks come with high fees and some banks have even stopped carrying them altogether.Don’t Exchange Currency StatesideBecause of awful foreign exchange rates inside the US you shouldn’t be tempted to acquire foreign currency before you leave. There are notable exceptions, like when traveling to Cuba.Stick to Airport ATMsQuick and convenient, almost every international airport is full of ATMs. As long as you take money out as you arrive you will be fine. Just remember not to leave the airport without some local cash.If your trip is relatively short, I would say a week or shorter, try and only take out cash once. Before you leave estimate how much you will need for the whole trip and research if credit cards are accepted in most establishments. The less you use the ATM the less you will pay in withdrawal fees.You can avoid ATM fees, and in turn take out cash as many times as you want, if you use a card that reimburses ATM fees. Many banks are beginning to offer this, but I suggest Schwab. They are one of the best banking institutions to use when traveling abroad for a variety of reasons.Avoid Airport Currency Exchange BoothsWhen you arrive at the airport you will most likely see ATMs as well as currency exchange booths – like Forex and Travelex – close by. Try to avoid using these booths. They give the worst rates and sometimes even charge you a commission.Don’t Be Too TrustingI once was buying a subway ticket in a foreign country and watched the ticket attendant give back incorrect change to every nonlocal person in line in front of me. When my turn came around, I was short changed as well. He laughed good naturally and apologized quickly – a simple mistake, or was it?When paying in cash, for anything, make sure you receive the correct change back. While most locals are kind, and you don’t want to assume the worst about foreigners, there are some individuals who don’t care about shortchanging unsuspecting tourists.Credit Cards in Foreign CountriesAs I touched on above, before you head out, do some research on whether the country is credit card friendly or not. Some countries will surprise you! For instance, Iceland has moved to a completely cashless society – even in small towns with less than a hundred permanent residents. While Japan, who on first look seems extremely tech advanced, barely accepts credit cards anywhere and cash remains king.As long as your card has no foreign transaction fees, I would use it as much as possible. Not only are all your purchases are covered but cards are easily canceled if they are lost or stolen. Cash doesn’t have this advantage. Plus, if you plan to use your card more you can carry less cash around with you, which is definitely safer when traveling.Always Pay in Local CurrencyWhen you pay with a credit card, you may be prompted to pay with USD or the local countries currency. Always choose the later. If you pay in USD, not only will you get charged an inflated exchange rate but there is also a hidden 3-3.5% fee associated with this privilege.This rule also applies to cash. If they accept USD, prices tend to be higher – so stick with the foreign currency.Spend All Foreign CoinsAs your vacation comes to a close focus on spending all of your foreign cash, and especially all your coins. Most exchange booths won’t exchange coins at all to a different currency, so any coins you’re left with at the end of your trip you’re stuck with. Don’t be afraid to be “that guy” paying for 8 Euros worth of food all in coins.Coming UpGetting scammed while on vacation is rare, if you know the common signs to look for. My next article will teach you all about the most common travel scams and how to avoid them.Be sure to follow on Mint and follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss an article.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Think About Your Credit Cards When Traveling AbroadMarch 21, 2019In “Credit Info”How to Travel Europe on a BudgetJuly 6, 2016In “Budgeting”The Ultimate Guide to Taking Your Dream Gap YearSeptember 24, 2019In “Student Finances”
This week brings one of the largest environmental gatherings in the world, and arguably one of the most important—the World Conservation Congress. Held every four years since 1948, the Congress is one of the greatest demonstrations of grassroots, ground-up innovations in wildlife and ecosystem conservation. The United States is hosting the gathering for the first time, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ideas discussed are sure to generate ripple effects throughout communities and economies around the world.Conservation remains more relevant than ever for solving the world’s toughest problems. More than half of the drinking water in the United States originates in forests, which filter and regulate water for about 180 million people. Illegal logging and deforestation threaten the 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity that lives in forests, including undiscovered species that may provide the basis for developing new medicines and crops. And wildlife trafficking and illegal logging are increasingly linked with organized crime and the drug trade.Cleared forest in Orellana, Ecuador. Photo by Tomas Munita/CIFOR Yet despite these troubling statistics, the conservation landscape has evolved tremendously even since the last meeting in South Korea four years ago. Heading into this year’s Congress, three innovations offer promise for solving pressing conservation problems:A Technological RevolutionSince the last Congress, technology has transformed the way we observe and manage natural resources. From satellite monitoring of deforestation, smart phone usage to follow wildlife movements, and wood identification and timber tracking tools to combat illegal logging, the linkages between new technology and grassroots action on the ground are game-changers for conservation.Many of these important new tools will be previewed at this year’s Congress. For example, the Global Forest Watch platform uses satellites to monitor tree cover change in near-real time. The system is evolving to the point where forest managers like park rangers will be able to use it to spot illegal logging and other activities even in remote areas without an internet connection. The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, a U.S. government-supported effort, brings together more than 40 individuals and organizations to develop new technology to spot poaching routes, strengthen forensic evidence, reduce consumer demand for illegal wildlife products and tackle corruption. Others at the Congress will address fast-developing wood identification technologies based on the genetic, structural or chemical properties of particular wood specimens. These emerging tools can help authorities battling illegal loggers, timber businesses seeking to ensure their products are sustainable and legally harvested, and environmental watchdogs ferreting out illicit activities.New Political Commitments2015 saw the conclusion of two landmark global agreements, the Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Congress is the most important global event this year focused on the hard work of turning these political commitments into action to conserve nature.Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C can’t be done without drastically reducing deforestation rates. We’re already seeing moves in this direction, with several countries including anti-deforestation measures in their national climate plans submitted ahead of COP21 in Paris. But much more needs to be done, particularly to slow the loss of the planet’s remaining old-growth, primary forests, which are crucial for both combating climate change and slowing the loss of biological diversity. Achieving the SDGs will require massive investment in clean water, sustainable agriculture, marine conservation and more. The SDGs give countries and companies a clear signal to make these investments; the Conservation Congress is demonstrating how conserving nature can and should be a major foundation for achieving the lofty goals set out in the SDGs.Restoring degraded landscapes in Kenya. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI Better Conservation for a Better PlanetJust ahead of the Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea marine reserve northwest of the main Hawai’ian Islands. It’s now the world’s largest protected area, spanning a region twice the size of Texas.There is still room on this crowded planet to think big when it comes to conserving nature, if we realize that conservation is not the enemy of development. Done at the right scales, with the proper tools and always with the inextricable goals of improved human welfare and respect for the power, laws and limits of nature, conservation is a necessary part of development. A Growing Restoration MovementThe leaders and practitioners gathered at the Conservation Congress must, however, also deal with a sad legacy of the past. About 30 percent of the world’s forests have been completely cleared, and another 20 percent are degraded. In its rush to develop, humanity has left a significant part of our shared planet a wasteland, stripped of nature and not much good for people either. Here too, though, signs of hope have emerged in the past few years.A movement to restore these degraded landscapes into productivity is growing. The Bonn Challenge is a global initiative to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030, an area larger than the size of India. We’ve already secured commitments to restore more than 100 million hectares, and national and regional initiatives continue to emerge. Eleven countries and four sub-national groups pledged to restore nearly 28 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2020 as part of Initiative 20×20. And last December, African nations launched AFR 100, an effort to bring 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes under restoration by 2030.Albatross chick in Papahanaumokuakea reserve. Photo by Kris Krüg/Flickr
This article was originally posted on the WorldBank.org.From taxi apps to car sharing, from buses to the metro, from bike sharing to walking, not to mention personal cars, there are more transportation choices than ever before for that staple of modern life: the daily commute. The same goes for the transport of goods, which can get from A to B by road, air, rail, waterways and soon drones. There are currently more than 12,600 km (nearly 8000 miles) of metro or urban rail and 5,400 km (3,300 miles) of bus rapid transit (BRT), collectively providing 154 million trips a day in 250 cities. Increased access to transport and enhanced connectivity decreases travel time and generates higher rates of direct employment, keys to elevating overall economic opportunity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the increase in mobility options comes at a high price. The challenges associated with growing traffic, especially in cities, are significant and threaten to become insurmountable. And despite the wide range of ways to get around, there have never been so many people who lack access to transportation or the means to use transportation.Personal cars were a 20th century symbol of prosperity, but in the 21st century, they contribute to three pernicious trends:Congestion There are one billion cars already on the road, and experts forecast a doubling of that number by 2050. Cities like São Paulo and Nairobi are so clogged that low-income populations struggle to get to work, schools and health care facilities. In Cairo, only 15 percent of jobs in the metropolitan area are accessible in less than an hour. Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Transport accounts for 23 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and is a significant contributor to the air pollution in urban settings. Urban air pollution is estimated to cause about 9 percent of lung cancer deaths and 5 percent of cardiopulmonary deaths. Road Accidents Globally, about 1.25 million people die each year because of road traffic crashes. Ninety percent of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have only about 50 percent of the world’s vehicles. Half of these global road fatalities occur among the most vulnerable populations: pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. As if a fatality in itself is not devastating enough, road traffic fatalities cause economic losses to the victim’s family and society: traffic crashes cost countries between 3 and 5 percent of their GDP.In 2015 and 2016, the international community has made a series of global commitments, which provide a clear vision of what sustainable transport looks like: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III, the Brasilia Declaration on road safety, and the Ashgabat Declaration. These commitments frame the space within which governments, the private sector and civil society will have to act on transport for the next 15 years.Sustainable transport, as envisioned in those commitments, is defined by the following:Accessible to all Safety and secure Efficient and reliable Green, clean, and resilientTo transform this vision into a reality, all actors in the international transport community must come together. 2017 is a year of opportunities to shape the implementation of the global agenda. The policy vehicles of each agreement, like NDCs and SDGs, are more effective when implemented with an integrated vision, creating a strong, cohesive, and resilient future.To make best use of these opportunities, we need to act now. Articulating and implementing that vision requires leadership from governments, cities, the private sector, civil society and international organizations that will together galvanize action. This involves reaching a consensus among all actors around a set of common and ambitious goals, a global tracking framework to monitor progress, and a global program of actions. The solution is not to reinvent the wheel, but to create an umbrella initiative that can bring together existing programs and partnerships and that also can fill the gaps, where no program exists, for example on the key issue of accessibility.Overall, countries need strong policy guidance, and the private sector needs better visibility on the evolution of regulatory frameworks to drive tangible change. Concretely, this global program of actions should include a strong push for carbon pricing, urban sustainability action plans in medium and large cities, and climate finance reform – getting more Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for climate-friendly transport projects in developing countries can leverage public and private investment.We are excited to convene global leaders and experts this week at Transforming Transportation in Washington, discussing avenues to align transportation with the global agendas for climate and urban development. Co-hosted by the World Bank and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the central theme is Sustainable Mobility for All.The goal is to channel governments, the private sector and individual transport choices in the right direction. It is not about optimizing one form of transportation over another, but rather it is about increasing the opportunity for all to live in a more prosperous, healthy, and safe environment.
Topics: I’ve always been the kind of person to dive headfirst into the pool, lake, ocean — whatever body of water is nearest. The thrill of the jump is exhilarating, but after a few too many head bumps, fish encounters and sharp seashells, I learned to step back and look at where I was going first. Try to think of marketing the same way — you are bound to both reap rewards and make mistakes, but sometimes you just need to take a step back and re-evaluate. This week’s top five marketing stories from InboundMarketing.com show that you need to evaluate what’s already been done, to look at things from a fresh perspective, and most importantly, to keep moving forward.1. Inbound Marketing: A Video Intro Author: Dylan SpencerThis video takes less than three minutes to watch, and provides all the basics about the benefits of inbound marketing vs. outbound (traditional marketing). What makes this seemingly simple video a stand out is that the video itself is a great example of inbound marketing. Dylan recognized that hundreds of people have already written articles on the topic, so instead, he made a straightforward, yet catchy video, then put it on a social media platform (YouTube) with relevant links and tags. A great example of content creation done right.Lesson: If It’s Been Done, Find A Way To Do It Differently, Or Better2. Driving Organic Traffic from Search EnginesAuthor: Shimon SandlerIt’s one thing to have a website. It’s a completely other thing to have an effective website that pulls in leads and drives loads of traffic. The difference between these two websites is content.As Sandler says in his article, SEO is a combination of good links and good content. A visitor may find your site through a link, but he can also leave your site if it has no relevant or interesting content. Lesson: Create Content to Drive (and Keep)Traffic3. With Organic Search, Content and Inbound Linking Is KingAuthor: Christopher Hosford Search engine optimization is, if nothing else, complicated. You need links, but they need to be the right kind of links. You need content, but it needs to be relevant and captivating content. You need to choose keywords and create landing pages, and you need to make all these pieces fit together.Hosford also points out that it is imperative to keep in mind your company’s goals and make sure that your content reflects those goals, and people will be naturally inclined to link to you.Lesson: Know Your Niche4. 12 Steps for Small Business Owners. Please Stop the Denial. (Part I)Author: Dan Ronken In this first post of two, Ronken takes the classic twelve steps of recovery and gives them a twist — getting small business owners involved in social media. The first post covers the first five steps, including admitting you can’t control everything said about your company, “identifying your true assets and liabilities,” and others.This post is meant not to tell small businesses what they are doing wrong, but to show that there are relatively painless ways to turn a business around or just give it the boost it needs.Lesson: Always Examine, Always Reflect, Learn to Reform5. Personal vs. Business Branding- 4 Reasons It’s SituationalAuthor: Suzanne Vara Vara poses an interesting question here: where do personal branding and business branding collide? She asserts that when these “brands” do come together, one type of branding will supercede the other, depending on the situation.Your interactions with family members may be viewed as purely personal branding by that family member, but what happens when they talk about your company to someone else, someone who doesn’t know you? They may attribute their views of the company to their views of you, whereas your family member might be more likely to attribute to the company what they see in you.Lesson: Business Branding Can Be PersonalPhoto Credit: Steve Jurvetson Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine.Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving blog. 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 Aug 7, 2009 8:51:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Inbound Marketing
Isco Alarcon is currntly with the Spanish ational team, who will play their first game under former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Saturday away to England in their opening match of the UEFA Nations League before hosting Croatia on Tuesday.The Real Madrid midfielder said on Thursday that the club have not been affected by the departure of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus during the summer transfer window. Isco said Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have improved after Ronaldo’s departure.”Obviously, Cris (Ronaldo) is an extraordinary player who secured the team 50 goals per season, but we know how football is, if we win people will say that we do not miss him and, if we lose, then we are missing him,” Isco told the press.Isco noted the improvement he and his colleagues have made under new head coach Julen Lopetegui.Isco looking forward to UEFA Nations League under new Spain coach”Now, we play very well as a team. There are players that last year did not score as many goals as they are (scoring now). For now we do not miss him (Ronaldo), but we have just started (the season). I wish we continue the same way and I (hope) it goes well with him in Juve,” Isco said.Ronaldo was edged out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for UEFA’s player of the year award.His goal-less start with his new club has stretched to three matches after he again failed to score in Juventus’s 2-1 win at Parma.advertisementRonaldo scored 26 goals in 27 Spanish league appearances last season. He also didn’t score in his first three Liga matches a year ago, though he did score in other competitions for Madrid during that spell.Still, the mere presence of Ronaldo and the constant danger he creates have helped Juventus win all three of its opening matches.Ronaldo’s 23 shots are the most of any Juventus player and he has played all 270 minutes.(With inputs from IANS and AP)
Visual Content While the actual designs themselves aren’t particularly special, it’s the style of the visuals that makes them brilliant. Bright colors and visible stroke lines that wobble — these playful, down-to-earth design elements make you think a real human is behind Dropbox. Furthermore, associating these images with Dropbox increases brand recognition whenever someone sees a similarly styled image online. And since Dropbox is trying to compete with internet giants like Google, it definitely helps to have extra compelling, recognizable content to set them apart. These visuals make Dropbox seem more humanized and user-friendly than its competitors, all without making use of a single screenshot of the product itself.2) Help ScoutHelp Scout, a company that makes help desk software, is no stranger to visual content creation. Unlike some of the other examples featured here, Help Scout’s visual content doesn’t hit you over the head right off the bat, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t contributed to the company’s success. So what is it about Help Scout’s visual content that makes it so compelling?In general, Help Scout uses stellar typography and bold color choices that always grab your attention. In the email example above, Help Scout uses a large image that’s a fairly simple design — a “Please Do Not Disturb” sign. The simple yet bold font, combined with the yellow-orange color of the sign (which complements the blue of the blog post title and the call-to-action) makes this email pop. In fact, switching to these image-heavy and design-centric emails from a simple RSS email roundup of the company’s latest blog posts contributed to a double-digit percentage increase in clicks on Help Scout’s emails.Help Scout also has a library of beautifully — and purposefully — designed ebooks. Its ebook designs are consistent with its email designs: They both feature bold colors and fonts to grab your attention, following many of our DIY design commandments, especially hierarchy in design. Notice below how Help Scout features numbers much more prominently than the rest of the titles on its ebook covers through sizing and font choice. Help Scout also uses vector images and icons — not stock photos — to draw readers in. The best part about Help Scout’s visual content is that almost all of it could be replicated in PowerPoint, which is great news for our fellow DIY designers.3) General ElectricUnlike our first two company examples, GE relies primarily on photos instead of graphic designs. And if you think GE’s photos would get boring quickly, think again. GE’s Instagram account is chock-full of gorgeous pictures of its products in action — but not in the way you might think. Instead, it shows off its products by sharing photos of other products it powers, such as huge engines and powerful machines.GE’s pictures are also perfect for Instagram’s audience because they are awe-inspiring, educational, behind-the-scenes photos. After all, how often do you get to see a jet engine up close? GE has the unique opportunity to bring those experiences to its followers, and showcase itself as the brand that delivers on it.GE also has an incredible presence on Pinterest. While GE does have some consumer-facing boards, its most popular Pinterest boards are B2B focused. In fact, one of its most engaging boards is Badass Machines, where GE posts a lot of the same content it does on Instagram — epic pictures of huge, powerful machines. But what sets this board apart from GE’s Instagram photos is how the company uses Pinterest’s user experience to its advantage.For example, given the nature of Pinterest, images posted to Pinterest can easily get repinned and shared by other users. Knowing this, GE purposely adds a logo to each photo it pins in order to keep branding consistent and recognizable no matter where the photo is shared from Pinterest. GE also smartly takes advantage of Pinterest’s layout by featuring a lot of long, vertically aligned content, such as vertical crossword puzzles and infographics. Because Pinterest’s layout only sets parameters for the width of content that gets pinned, GE’s long, vertical images stay within Pinterest’s layout guidelines, yet reap the benefits of a more prominent display to catch the attention of Pinterest users as they scroll through their feed.Ultimately, GE knows its audience on Pinterest and Instagram. Its products may not always be inherently visual like food or fashion, but how they’re used is. It just goes to show that the combination of knowing your buyer personas and a little out-of-the-box thinking can really take your company’s visual content to the next level.4) IntuitFeatured on the Intuit blog, this infographic has been shared and embedded in websites all over the world. Although it has a nice look and feel, the infographic design isn’t something that would immediately jump out at you. That being said, the reason we included it in this roundup is because it obeyed one of the most important of the DIY design tenets: “Thou Shalt Understand Thy Content’s Purpose.”This piece of content was perfectly optimized to appeal to the company’s buyer persona — small business owners who don’t have much time on their hands to evaluate new social networks. The infographic, which helps them decide if Pinterest is right for their business, is direct, simple and concise — a much better option for a time-strapped small business owner than a 2,000-word blog post about the benefits and drawbacks of using Pinterest.We especially love that Intuit is embracing the tenets of inbound marketing while also leveraging the effectiveness of visual content. This educational infographic is definitely something that would make Intuit top of mind for potential customers without being blatantly self-promotional.5) SquareWe’ve all heard the old saying, “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” and Square is certainly no exception. The company uses simple yet stunning photography on its website’s homepage to explain its product — a credit card reader for mobile devices — without little supporting copy. This photograph immediately grabs visitors’ attention and describes the product and its value proposition much better than any words could. While the Square product isn’t very difficult to describe, the picture of the product in action is perfect for the website’s homepage, which likely attracts a lot of new visitors who are just learning about what Square is and would appreciate a quick, easy-to-digest explanation.From a layout standpoint, we love how the homepage positions the photo of the product right next to the short form so website visitors immediately know what their next action should be. Visitors know what the product is and how it works, and then are in a prime location to convert into leads — straight from the homepage! The actual design elements of the page are also clean and simple, echoing the ease of use of the product. The takeaway here is that design, layout, and positioning can all help you convey your product’s message and drive lead conversions without the complexity of a lot of copy.6) KinveyKinvey is not just a software company serving developers with cloud infrastructure for mobile apps; it’s also an expert visual content creator. Although Kinvey produces a variety of visual content, we especially loved its recent SlideShare, “13 Tips For Getting the Most Out of a Hackathon,” because of its friendly, cartoonish design and the SlideShare form integration driving lead generation. 13 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of A Hackathon from kinveyLike Dropbox’s drawings, Kinvey’s doodles and “handwritten” fonts humanize the fairly complex and high-tech company — no awkward stock photos necessary. We also love the color choices used that help convey (hehe … get it?) a warmer and more human tone. The doodles, font choice, and colors all work together to drive home the point that there are real, engaging people behind the Kinvey brand, which is exactly how well-designed content should work.Although the design component is planned and executed superbly, what really makes us love this SlideShare is the subscribe form that appears when you click through the presentation (pictured below). Having a form directly within the presentation is a great way to use your visual content to drive conversions. Again, this is a perfect example of using the technology at hand to increase the effectiveness of your visual content. Slideshare’s forms, Instagram’s hashtags, or Pinterest’s vertical space, for example, can contribute as much to the visual content’s success as the design itself.7) American Marketing AssociationIn a recent campaign to increase membership, the American Marketing Association (AMA) used outstanding visual content in a launch email and dedicated landing page. Like Dropbox, AMA uses cartoon drawings to humanize the brand — a great strategy, especially since the company doesn’t sell a tangible product.While the drawings and design elements look cute, that’s not why we chose the AMA for this roundup. We love this campaign because it’s very clear that the organization uses these drawings to target specific buyer personas. All of these personas have different demands in their jobs and, thus, would respond to different language appealing to their specific needs in order to find value in AMA membership. So instead of bombarding all of these different personas with a one-size-fits-all message, the AMA gives the people who fall into each persona the choice to self-select which message they receive. This choice ultimately makes the marketing more relevant and engaging to visitors — a major step toward creating marketing people love.What other companies use awesome visuals in their marketing? Share your favorites with us below!Image credit: YannGarPhoto.wordpress.com Originally published Apr 22, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 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 Confession time: As a B2B inbound marketer, I sometimes get jealous of our B2C inbound marketing brethren. It feels like they have it so easy, particularly when it comes to visual content. For them, creating visual content can sometimes be as simple and effective as snapping a photo of their product and adding an Instagram filter.For us B2B folks, on the other hand, visual content can pose much more of a challenge. B2B products don’t tend to be inherently visual, so in order to ride the wave of visual content popularity, we usually have to go the extra mile and think outside the box. And when you already have a product that’s difficult to market (and a boss to impress), it’s easy to sweep visual content creation under the rug and focus on pushing your metrics in some other way. And while it may be easy to ignore visual content creation, it’s been proven that compelling visual content increases engagement online, and that’s not something you should ignore.Lucky for you, there a ton of ways you can get visual without taking screenshot after screenshot of your “boring” product. In fact, you already have the resources and know-how you need to create visual content right on your computer (or how to hire someone to help you out). Now all you need is a little dose of inspiration and creativity. So to help you get out of that non-visual rut and feel inspired to create awesome visual content of your own, we’ve compiled several noteworthy visual content examples from some B2B companies that have it right.Just keep in mind that effective visual content may not always make you gasp, “Wow!” Remember that intricacy of design and professional photography skills aren’t always necessary in order to create outstanding visual content that brings in new visitors, leads, and customers to your business.1) DropboxDropbox already made it onto our list of companies to admire for consistent, stellar branding, but what makes this company’s visual content so awesome is more than just its consistency. The cloud software file storage and sharing business uses colored-pencil drawings to showcase its playful personality. Just take a look at the email and Facebook post examples pictured below:
Brief Scores: India (252 all out) beat New Zealand (217 all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (FULL SCORECARD)Losing captain Kane Williamson was disappointed with his team’s effort in the fifth and final one day international against India in Wellington on Sunday. India beat New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth ODI to clinch the series 4-1.Williamson also praised India for their performance and said they “taught us a few lessons in our own conditions”.”Credit to India throughout this series. They’ve taught us a few lessons in our own conditions. They’re a world class outfit, they deserve the series win. We need to learn from these lessons. It’s a game of pressure. Throughout this series, they had us under more pressure than we would’ve liked,” Williamson said at the post match presentation ceremony.”We know how well India bowl on any surface. Their accuracy… If we could’ve taken the partnerships deeper, like with Tom Latham and myself, it could’ve been different,” he added.India’s top-order struggled again in testing conditions before Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya helped the side recover from 18 for 4 to post a fighting 252 at the Westpac Stadium.Rayudu, who hit 90 off 113, put on a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar (45 off 64) to arrest the slide. Pandya then blasted 45 off 22, including a hat-trick of sixes in an over, to give the bowling unit something to fight for.In reply, New Zealand kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 217 in 44.1 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal bagged three wickets while Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Pandya chipped in with two wickets each.advertisement”It was a different surface which certainly was a challenge. We saw that with the ball in hand. Got away from us towards the end which probably took them at par or probably more. Scoring rate never got away from us but it was just that we lost wickets at the wrong time. They did it pretty well through Rayudu with 90. For long parts they didn’t score. We knew it was going to be tough,” Williamson said.India and New Zealand will now play a three-match Twenty20 International series starting Wednesday.Also Read | We came together well as a team, 4-1 vs New Zealand great achievement: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says RayuduAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says Gavaskar
As they say, there’s no “I” in “team” … but there are a few in “hiring mistake.” And you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself if you make one.Hire well and you’ll have a high performing and happy team. Hire just one wrong person, fondly known as a “hiring mistake,” and you’ll spend a lot of time and emotional energy trying to fix your team. This is why hiring is arguably the most important job of a people manager.Download our free guide here to learn how to hire and organize an outstanding inbound team. To hire well, you need to have an effective process full of checks and balances in place. Notice I used the word “process,” as hiring consists of many more components than just the classic face-to-face interview.So to help set you up for success, we’ve detailed our process below. With tips designed to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that lead to costly hiring mistakes, the following information is perfect for anyone looking to build out their team. 10 Recruiting Steps That Avoid Hiring MistakesStep 1: Write a job description that depicts your ideal candidate.I’ve heard too many hiring managers say “I’ll know the right person when I meet him or her” when asked to describe the ideal candidate for an open position. Maybe that’s true, but that mindset can lead to terrible inefficiencies. Interviews are time consuming; you’ll waste a lot of time talking to the wrong people if you don’t take a first step of putting a thorough and accurate job description down on paper.The job description serves a couple of important purposes. First, it tells the candidate what the job will be like and who you are looking for. Second, it forces you to be thoughtful about the attributes someone must have to be successful in this role.The exercise of writing a solid “JD” (job description) will help you envision what this person will be doing day-to-day and what skills and experiences are required to do the job well. Be sure to include two sections:A list of the job responsibilities with descriptions of each.The set of skills, experiences and personal characteristics that the ideal candidate will possess.Step 2: Start your own sourcing online.Even if you have a recruiter supporting your hiring efforts (lucky you!) or a steady stream of inbound resumes, you should be doing some of your own sourcing. Here’s why: Looking at marketers’ profiles will help you better articulate to yourself and others what the ideal candidate looks like. Plus, you may find the perfect person who wasn’t in the job market and therefore never would have found your job description.Our advice? Start online. Community sites like LinkedIn and inbound.org have helpful filters and search functions to help you comb through profiles more effectively. Send a very personalized message to anyone who looks qualified. Keep in mind that candidates tend to be more receptive to hiring managers than recruiters — and even if they don’t bite, their response will help give you a pulse on the market. If you come across a few strong candidates, be sure to send them to anyone else involved in the hiring process to set expectations. Once you’re done combing through online profiles, get your networked involved. Employee referrals are ideal for a few reasons. For one, they often have a longer length of employment: 46% of employee referrals stay for three years or more while only 14% of those hired from job boards stayed, according to Jobvite. Not to mention, employees hired through referrals are hired 55% faster than those from a career site. To facilitate more referrals, post the JD on all of your social networks and talk the position up with your peers. There’s nothing more comforting than hiring someone who has experience working with a trusted friend or colleague. Remember, this process is designed to minimize risk and avoid hiring mistakes. Step 3: Review resumes with Google by your side.The old fashioned written resume still has its place, as it provides a candidate with an opportunity to market him or herself for the job. I always say, “How can I expect someone to market my product well if they can’t market themselves well?”In terms of what to look for, an effective resume should tell a story where your open position is the natural next chapter. It should be concise, well-written, include metrics, and demonstrate a record of goal achievement.When you find one the piques your interest, open your browser to get more of the story. Check out the candidate’s social media presence, website, and any publically available content such as blog articles. Be realistic about how much of an online presence this person should have based on their level of experience, and view anything you find with a critical eye. Do they understand fundamentals of digital marketing? Do they write in a voice that would match with your organization’s style? Do they use good judgment in what they chose to post about themselves?Step 4: Plan out the 30-minute screening meeting.You will probably have to talk to dozens of candidates, so be strict about keeping a first phone screen or coffee meeting to just 30 minutes. The goal is to use those 30 minutes really wisely. If you’re not prepared, you might end up hanging up the phone not knowing whether or not you should move forward with the candidate. To avoid this, create an outline of questions you plan to ask the candidate. I like to include a mix of questions that explore behavior, skills, and critical thinking. Have a set of questions that you’ll ask everyone so that you have some good points for comparison, as well as a set of customized questions for each candidate. The personalized questions should probe into areas you were uncertain about after the resume and online review you completed. Once you’re on the call, don’t fire off the questions like an interrogation. Instead, use your outline to help guide a natural conversation. If you need to get to a new topic, or find a candidate rambling, try interjecting with a transition such as “You’ve given me a great understanding of (topic x), so now I’d like to shift gears and talk about (topic y).”At the end of the conversation, go with your gut. Are you excited by the idea of talking to this person again? If no, prepare a thoughtful note explaining why they are not the right fit for the job. If yes, move them forward in the process. Even if you have a few uncertainties about their skills or experiences, the next step is going to be a really subjective checkpoint that won’t take much of your time.Step 5: Give candidates written exercises to complete.Every marketer needs to be a strong writer. All marketing jobs involve content creation, so the candidate should be able to create high quality content with ease. This stage of the hiring process is the perfect time to test someone’s writing skills by assigning a written exercise. This step won’t suck up much of your time, and it can be really helpful in determining the candidate’s interest in the roll.When designing a written exercise, think about real life scenarios — your own work, or that of team members with similar roles, can be a great source for ideas. Here are a few examples I’ve used before:Blog post. Ask the candidate to write a blog post for a specific topic, or have them come up with their own topic based on certain buyer persona for your business.Mock case study. Provide notes from a customer interview and ask the candidate to write up a mock case study.Landing page optimization. Create a worksheet with that includes organic traffic numbers and submission rates for a number of landing pages. Ask the candidate which they would optimize if they only had the time to do two, and why. You could also provide sample landing pages and ask for suggested edits.Competitive battlecard. Ask the candidate to create a one-page summary comparing one of your products or services to a competitor’s.Step 6: Assemble a strong interview team.If the candidate passes the written test, it’s time to bring them into the office for a round of interviews. You’ll want to start by having the candidate interview with one of your team members, your superior, and you. But don’t stop there. Always include the main stakeholders this person must work with well to be successful. It’s important to include them on the interviewing team to get their buy-in and get off on a positive foot. Also, they will likely add a different perspective than people on your direct team. You may also want to consider including additional interviewers who can add a unique point of view or who simply have a reputation as being great interviewers. For example, you might include someone to test for culture, product aptitude, or analytical skills.Step 7: Prep the interview team.It’s incredibly important to set up an interviewing strategy to use everyone’s collective time to the fullest. Doing so will create a better experience for both the candidates and the interviewers.The first step is to reflect upon what you know about the candidate so far. Then, consider how you can use each interviewer’s strengths and experiences to poke holes in the candidate and remove any uncertainty you have about them.Once you have decided on a strategy, send an email to the interviewing team including the following information: The Candidate Background. Include a few bullet points on what you think is most relevant, with a link to his or her LinkedIn profile and resume.Strengths. Make note of what you have observed and why he or she has made it this far.Weaknesses. Explain why you are willing to live with any weaknesses that you may have already identified.Uncertainties. Highlight the main areas the team overall will be testing for to finish the evaluation of this candidate.Competencies to Test Give each interviewer two or three areas to focus on. This helps them use their own time more effectively and allows you to test more competencies, more deeply. It also provides a better experience for the candidate: there’s nothing more annoying than being asked the same question four times in one day.Step 8: Conduct a thoughtful interview.As with the phone screen, preparation is key for the in-person interview. You’ve already done some of the work for the others on the team by giving them specific areas to probe into. However, if anyone on the team is not a very experienced interviewer, you may also want to provide them with example questions to ask.Interview questions will vary based on the role and the candidate’s experience, but I generally like to use the following structure:Resume review. When reviewing the resume, I’m looking to see how well they can market themselves for this specific role. I ask them to keep it to just two or three minutes since I’ve already read their background.Job interest. Always ask why the candidate wants to work at your company and in this specific role. It’s a good way to see how much homework they have done, if they truly understand what it takes, and how well they can sell themselves.Behavioral questions. I usually have three or four questions in mind that have either been sparked by something I saw on the resume or by something I think will be challenging in their role.Case questions. I like to use more open ended marketing case questions to test a candidate’s critical thinking, marketing acumen, and how they deal with ambiguity. Here are some marketing case examples from HubSpot’s CMO.Always allow at least five minutes for the candidate to ask you questions at the end, and at least ten if you’re the hiring manager. Their level of preparation and thoughtfulness behind their questions will give you a lot of insight into how they approach problems. It will also give you an idea of how comfortable and effective they are being in the drivers seat now that you’ve handed them the wheel.Step 9: Gather feedback from the interview team.As the hiring manager, the ultimate decision about whether to hire a candidate is yours. But remember that you assembled a whole interview team for a reason: to ensure you’d get a wide variety of perspectives. That said, be very thoughtful when considering the feedback of others. Hopefully, you’ll all be on the same page. But if someone has raised any uncertainty, don’t hesitate to go back to conduct additional interviews, present additional exercises, or check with references. This process is all about reducing risk, so the whole team should feel very confident about a hiring decision before you make an offer. Step 10: Share both good and bad news with the candidates.It’s important to follow up with every candidate, whether you’re delivering good news or bad news. And the faster you do it the better. Nobody likes to wait around wondering if they should be getting ready for celebration or consolation.Making a job offer can be incredibly fun and rewarding. If the candidate has other offers, it’s also an important time to do some selling. Go into the conversation prepared to discuss specific terms of the offer, such as salary. Or, if someone else will be having that discussion, let the candidate know up front when they can expect those details and who will be sharing them.On the flip side, it’s tough to reject someone for a job. Be thoughtful about whether it’s more appropriate to deliver the news on the phone or via email. That will depend on the candidate’s personality and the relationship you’ve developed with them. You should provide the reason(s) why they didn’t get the job, but you don’t need to be detailed. If they do ask for more feedback as follow-up, be constructive. You saw potential in this person when they applied, so why not invest just a little more time to help them develop? What are your favorite hiring tips? Share them with us in the comments section below. Recruiting Tips Topics: Originally published Jan 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated August 09 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Liverpool’s perfect start to the season continued with a 3-0 win at Burnley, a club-record 13th successive Premier League victory that quickly displaced Manchester City, 4-0 conquerors of Brighton & Hove Albion, at the top of the table.After four games, last season’s top two have broken clear of the pack although this time it is Jurgen Klopp’s side two points ahead as they go into the international break.On a day of several VAR controversies as English football continues to grapple with the new technology, Leicester City emerged as the nearest pursuers after beating Bournemouth 3-1 but there was more frustration for Manchester United and Chelsea, who were held by Southampton and Sheffield United respectively. West Ham United and Crystal Palace both won.At Turf Moor, Liverpool took the lead on 33 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross looped off Chris Wood’s head into the far corner of the net, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also scoring in another impressive performance.The club’s previous record run was set between April and October 1990, when the team was managed by Kenny Dalglish.City’s win was even more emphatic and never in doubt from the moment Kevin de Bruyne put them ahead in the second minute. With Sergio Aguero scoring twice to keep up his record of scoring in each of City’s four league games and substitute Bernardo Silva netting with his second touch, it was business as usual for City, who lost French defender Aymeric Laporte with what looked like a serious knee injury.advertisement”It doesn’t look good,” said Pep Guardiola.Frustration for Manchester United and ChelseaUnited failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority at Southampton where the home side played the final 17 minutes with 10 men after defender Kevin Danso was sent off for a second yellow card.Although United took the lead through Daniel James, who registered his third league goal of the season with a fine strike, Danish centre back Jannik Vestergaard headed the equaliser on 58 minutes.Southampton then held firm to frustrate the visitors under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said two points from their last three games represented “a dip in results but not form”.The Norwegian also rejected suggestions Paul Pogba could leave the club before Monday’s European transfer deadline.”Paul Pogba will be playing for us,” he said.Leicester City continue fine start to seasonThird-placed Leicester continued their excellent start to the season with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, with Jamie Vardy involved in all the home team’s goals.The striker scored twice and made a third for Youri Tielemans to complete a memorable week in which it was announced his wife is pregnant for the fifth time.Bournemouth felt Tielemans should have been red carded for a foul on Callum Wilson, a challenge that VAR considered but chose not to intervene on even though Wilson said he felt Tielemans almost ‘broke my ankle’.There was more controversy at Selhurst Park where referee Kevin Friend disallowed a late equaliser for alleged simulation by Jack Grealish.The decision enraged Villa manager Dean Smith who questioned why VAR did not step in, and Norwich manager Daniel Farke was also unhappy about non-intervention after a challenge on his defender Christoph Zimmermann did not receive a red card in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham.”This is a game where VAR didn’t work,” he said.Chelsea manager Frank Lampard looked close to securing his first home win of the season after Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first half but the promoted visitors showed plenty of fight to snatch a point with a strike from Callum Robinson and a late own goal from Kurt Zouma.Bottom side Watford, who had lost their first three games, eased some of the pressure on manager Javi Gracia by scraping a point in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.Also See:
Read more Yellow and Green Football Football quiz: how much do you know about the Copa América? Share via Email Brazil played Cameroon in November – in Milton Keynes. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Mauro Cezar, who covers the national team for ESPN in Brazil, agrees. “There’s a lack of sense from South American football directors when it comes down to economic reality. If you measure the Women’s World Cup against the average wage of French people, it’s completely disproportionate. The prices of tickets for the Copa are much higher. And remember we are talking about a World Cup here in comparison.”Things hardly improved over the weekend. Just 11,107 fans paid to attend the second match of the tournament – the goalless draw between Venezuela and Peru on Saturday – leaving the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre just 20% full. As Martín Fernandez pointed out in O Globo, the average attendance for the five games over the opening weekend of the tournament (25,034) is lower than six Brasileiro Série A clubs have attracted this season – and they have their own fair share of problems when it comes to attracting punters. Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Facebook Bolivia The organisers of the Copa América insisted the opening match between Brazil and Bolivia on Friday evening would sell out the 67,000-capacity Morumbi stadium in São Paulo. It didn’t. Just 46,342 fans paid for tickets, leaving the ground just 70% full. With the game still goalless at half-time, the deafening silence turned to boos as Tite’s men trudged off the pitch. Two goals from Philippe Coutinho and a superb solo strike from Everton Soares gave Brazil a 3-0 win, but much of the debate after the game was about the crowd’s antipathy to their own team.Manager Tite said he “expected” a negative reaction given the way his team played. “We need to understand. If we get forward and create chances they will applaud. Having been at big clubs, when you sometimes don’t produce, then don’t expect the fans to understand. They will boo. When you pass the ball along the back, from full-back to central defender to goalkeeper, the first thing you hear is boo.”Dani Alves put the poor reception down to São Paulo’s clubismo tribalism and a lack of unity between fans of its three main teams. “Whenever we come here to Sao Paulo, that happens,” said Alves. “The people cannot separate their clubs from the Brazilian national team. In Bahia the energy is different. People miss the Brazil team, that energy the Seleção takes wherever it goes. Surely there will be more excitement than here.”Alves was less forthcoming about the swathes of empty seats. “I don’t know if it was the price,” he pondered. His teammate, Thiago Silva, was more emphatic: “A lot of the time the ticket prices should be lower. It’s very expensive for our people. First of all, for us to create a greater spectacle, I think we need to be more sensible.” Share on Pinterest Venezuela Twitter Pinterest Peru fans watch their team play Bolivia at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Julio Cesar Guimaraes/EPA Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Twitter Brazil Twitter Facebook features There is another factor to consider in all this. “The Copa América is the third international event in the space of five years in Brazil, meaning there is likely to be saturation,” says Neto. “São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre had the opportunity to receive football’s biggest in the World Cup and, to a lesser extent, in the Olympic Games. The Copa América is on a plateau below these other two tournaments. The organisation only cared about high incomes and never took into account disinterest and a lack of social sensitivity that empty seats would provoke. The damage has already been inflicted.”If the organisers are motivated by gate receipts, they may not be too concerned about the low attendances. The opening game of the tournament brought in more than R$22.5m, a record for any game ever held in Brazil. This financial success has been trumpeted in Brazil, says Cezar, who believes the media have been complicit in the way profit has become more important than people. “There’s negligence from the press, which stands out in bold letters, with excitement, whenever million-dollar revenue rolls in from a match. You end up pushing the most common fans out of pocket. You lose people. In the long run it’s a dangerous thing.”• This is an article from Yellow & Green Football • Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter• And follow Tom Sanderson and Bruno Freitas on Twitter Brazil manager Tite is fighting for the Copa América – and his job Read more With tickets for the Peru v Venezuela game costing an average of R$216 (£44.30), it is little surprise so few people attended. Lance columnist Valdomiro Neto says the organisers of the tournament have shown “poor common sense” and “excessive greed”. “In a country with serious socioeconomic problems”, Neto explained to us, “it is very likely that more palatable prices would fill more spaces and make the competition capable of competing against popular forms of entertainment.”Though the prices may not appear excessive to people outside Brazil, it is worth noting that the local currency, the real, has almost halved in value since the start of a recession in 2015. When the minimum wage pays R$1,000 a month (£205), tickets are beyond the reach of most people. Brazil games are the most expensive of all. The average cost of a ticket for the opening game was R$485 (£100), half a month’s pay to some fans.A home Copa América could have brought together the Brazilian people and their once-cherished national team, but the extortionate prices are making that disconnect even worse. The Seleção was once a source of pride on the global stage, but it is now laden with stars who leave Brazil at such a young age that Brasileiro Série A supporters are unable to develop an affinity for them.On top of that, most of Brazil’s fixtures, apart from World Cup qualifiers, are played in other continents. Since their exit from the World Cup last summer Brazil have played two friendlies in the US, two in Saudi Arabia, two in England, one in Portugal and one in the Czech Republic. Local fans are rarely considered.“Nothing is being done to bring the Seleção closer to the Brazilian fan,” says Cezar. “They’re not trying and they’re not worried about that. So, those who end up going to the stadium are a concert audience. They’re financially healthy and can afford to pay R$600. Sometimes they might not even like who’s playing, but it’s something they can put on social media. Lots of people bought tickets thinking they would see Neymar.” Topics Copa América Share on Messenger Despite Alves’ hope that things would be “different” in Salvador for Brazil’s match against Venezuela, the team were booed off after a lacklustre 0-0 draw. “We have to understand the supporters,” said manager Tite after the match. “They want to see goals and if I had been in the crowd I also would have wanted to boo us.”Brazil’s next fixture – a group decider against Peru on Saturday night – will be played at the Arena Corinthians, the home of the fervently supported São Paulo club. The Gaviões da Fiel fangroup fill the north stand of the stadium every time Corinthians play, but their leader, José Cláudio Moraes, does not expect that fervent support to translate to the Seleção. “Today it’s no longer a Brazilian national team,” says Moraes. “With players playing far from here, identification with the people is difficult. There’s a select audience, an elite that participates when considering those orbiting prices.”“I haven’t been to Brazil games for a long time. Formerly there was a bond with Corinthians supporters, when players like Rivellino, Sócrates and others represented us in the national team and we went to games. Over time, this connection has faded and it’s no longer the people’s team. I identify myself more as a Corinthiano. I’m passionate, but I also used to cheer for the national team until a few years back. Until 2006 you saw Ronaldinho, Romário, Ronaldo, Kaká and others. Nowadays I don’t even know the squad. I’m Brazilian, but currently I’m not going to support them in the stadium”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s new five-year deal worth $22.25 million was released on Monday. In it, incentives regarding performance — including if OSU wins the Big 12, appears in a New Year’s Six bowl game, and beyond — were details that had not been previously released.Here’s a bullet-point breakdown of some of the high points you need to know. A link to the full contract can be found at the bottom of the page.Mike Gundy will make an average salary of $4.45 million per year for the first five yearsThe contract includes an automatic rollover, meaning one additional year will be added after every season unless the university provides written notice to the contrary within seven days of the final game of the season. Here’s the wording of that section. Gundy, President Burns Hargis and Athletic Director Mike Holder signed the contract in orange ink. Because of course they did.AdChoices广告There are also huge incentives for appearing in a New Year’s Six bowl game and beyond. Here’s the breakdown.Appear in a non-New Year’s Six bowl game: 1.5-month’s base salary. Per the Tulsa World: “Gundy’s base salary is $500,000 — the other $3.7 million falls under his talent and personal services contract and money given to his retirement program. So this would be a $62,500 bonus.”Appear in a New Year’s Six bowl game: $125,000Win the conference championship game, finish first (or tied for first) if there is no conference championship game, or participate in a College Football Playoff semifinal game: $150,00Appear in the CFP national championship game: $350,000Win the CFP national championship game: $750,000There are also terms of termination in the contract that state OSU will pay Mike Gundy 75 percent of the money remaining in the contract to be paid out over the course of the contract if the contract is terminated by OSU.Should Gundy terminate his contract without notice, he is responsible for paying $3 million in liquidated damages. From the Tulsa World: “The buyout will be reduced by $1 million if the contract is not automatically extended, but will increase back to $3 million if the term is later extended back to five years.”If you want to read the entire contract, you can do so by clicking here (via the Tulsa World.)
It’s great to be stylishly conscious, but it’s also good to be socially conscious.BANGS Shoes is both. The name BANGS is derived from the Chinese character for the word ‘help’. 20% of the proceeds are donated to the nonprofit organization, Kiva. Kiva helps poverty stricken people by connecting those in need though loans, and by helping individuals start their own businesses.Hanna Davis is the founder and president. She developed the company after college – her goal – to create shoes and save the world.The shoes are not only cool and sleek, they represent a movement towards giving people the necessary tools to stand on their two feet (we had to, sorry).You’ll find monochromatic styles like our personal favorite, the Fia Ola. A lightweight canvas sneaker in deep-blue, with matching laces and a black rubber sole. A small patch on the side of the shoe states “stand on issues”.So if you’re looking for a summer shoe with a purpose – check out the entire BANGS collection here.To learn more about Kiva, you can check out their website over here. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout What is Biodynamic Wine? A Quick and Easy Guide to the Buzzyworthy Trend The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algae
The Government is targeting a reduction in the timeline for processing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications to 60 days by 2019, with further reductions in subsequent years.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at a Blockchain Design Workshop organised by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA), at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in Kingston on Wednesday (April 11).He said the JSEZA, the agency mandated to manage and regulate SEZs, is undertaking work to achieve the target.The current timeline (as specified in the JSEZA Act) for the processing of applications without pre-approvals is 120 days.Minister Vaz said that aggressive goals have also been set for other types of applications, such as those with pre-approvals.SEZs are specially delineated locations that provide targeted incentives and services to encourage investments in Jamaica’s logistics-based industries.Minister Vaz noted that the improvement in the turnaround time for applications is expected to result in easier and faster company registration and growth in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)Other benefits include attracting more companies to the SEZs, with the attendant implications for job creation; growth in exports as a result of production output; improved country recognition; and improvement in Jamaica’s international ranking for doing business, as well as growth in gross domestic product (GDP).One of the methods the JSEZA is seeking to employ to reduce turnaround time for applications is the blockchain model, which is regarded as a leading business innovation platform.The Minister pointed out that enterprise blockchain technologies are perfectly positioned to address many of the challenges currently faced by the JSEZA in its endeavour to reduce the SEZ application cycle time.“A fundamental characteristic of a blockchain-relevant business is that a business network exists in which there is a need for organisations to share information, contribute to the evolution of that data, and collaborate efficiently and effectively,” he noted.A team from the United States (US)-based multinational technology company, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), will be working with the JSEZA over the next two days of the workshop to look at how the blockchain model can be employed in Jamaica.General Manager, Caribbean Region, IBM, Jason Nestor, said the company is looking forward to working with the JSEZA agency in introducing the model, which is the first time this is being done in the Caribbean.“At the end of the two days, we want to create a minimum viable product that you can then deploy to being a successful Jamaican Government, and it’s something that can benefit the whole country as well, and I think it will really put Jamaica in the forefront from a technology point of view,” he said.For Chief Executive Officer, JSEZA, Dr. Eric Deans, the employment of this model with greatly assist the Government in advancing the growth agenda.“We are going to be using this platform to put Jamaica ahead and achieve the growth targets that the Government has set for itself,” he said. The Government is targeting a reduction in the timeline for processing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications to 60 days by 2019, with further reductions in subsequent years. Story Highlights Minister Vaz said that aggressive goals have also been set for other types of applications, such as those with pre-approvals. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at a Blockchain Design Workshop organised by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA), at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in Kingston on Wednesday (April 11).
New Delhi: Northern India will continue to sizzle in the heatwave conditions for the next two days till Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Monday. The surging heat will pass over Vidarbha over the next five days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and south Uttar Pradesh during next two days, the IMD said. Severe heat wave conditions were likely to prevail over Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over the next 24 hours. Any decrease in intensity was likely only thereafter, it added. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Conditions, though were becoming favourable for further advance of the Southwest Monsoon into extreme southern parts of the Arabian Sea, some more parts of Maldive-Comorin Area, southwest, southeast and eastcentral Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours. It said an east-west shear zone at 3.1 km above mean sea level was very likely to develop across extreme south peninsula from June 5 onwards leading to favourable conditions for onset of the Southwest Monsoon over Kerala subsequently. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls was very likely over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during next four-five days, the IMD said. The minimum temperature here was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. While the maximum was likely to hover around 43 degrees Celsius. Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 57 per cent. On Sunday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum was 30.8 degrees, three notches above the normal.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police seized 410 gram of heroin from the city and arrested a person in this connection, a senior officer said on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, the Narcotic Cell of city police apprehended Hasil Mondal from Narkeldanga area on Monday late night and seized the heroin from his possession, he said. A case has been started at Narkeldanga Polilce Station against him, he said.
New Delhi: The US auto major Ford on Wednesday said it is engaged with Mahindra & Mahindra for strategic cooperation to help it achieve “commercial, manufacturing and business efficiencies” in India. Reports have said Ford is all set to transfer some of its key assets, including manufacturing plant in Chennai to a joint venture with M&M as the US auto major struggles to make a mark in India. “Forging a partnership for the future, we remain engaged with Mahindra to develop avenues of strategic cooperation that help us achieve commercial, manufacturing and business efficiencies,” a Ford India spokesperson said in an e-mailed response. The spokesperson further said, “We look forward to sharing more information at the appropriate time and can not comment on ongoing speculations.” M&M spokesperson declined to comment. Ford and M&M had in September 2017 inked a pact to explore a strategic alliance covering areas like product development, electric vehicles and distribution in India and emerging markets. Last year the two partners have agreed to develop new SUVs, a small electric vehicle and connected car solutions besides supply of Mahindra powertrains to extend Ford’s product range as part of several initiatives. Earlier this year, the two partners had signed a definitive agreement to co-develop a mid-sized SUV for India and other emerging markets.