Call for mass protests against Citizenship Bill

first_imgCivil society groups and social activists in Manipur have given a call for a mass agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Thursday.Yumnamcha Dilipkumar, convener of Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC), told reporters on Wednesday that six students’ organisations in the State have extended their support to the agitation.People in Manipur have been opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which, they claim, is against the interest of the indigenous people of the region. The repeated assurances given to the people of the Northeast by Central leaders have failed to comfort them. There is also disappointment over the President not yet giving assent to the Manipur People’s Protection Bill, 2018.last_img read more

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Former pro Salvador hopes for one last shot at PBA

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I’m excited to play because it’s almost a year since I last played basketball. I’m the oldest here, so all I want is to help the aspiring PBA candidates like Jeron and share my experiences to them,” he said in Filipino.Salvador was at the Ynares Sports Arena bleachers on Monday as he watched the Thunder beat Gamboa Coffee Mix, 119-105 and stay unbeaten after two outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe wide-bodied enforcer, though, is willing to play the waiting game as he admits that he’s still far from his desired game shape.“I told them that I’m still not in shape. I’m just thinking here that I’ll try it and I practiced last Friday. I was able to keep in step, but I was out of air. I told coach Eric (Altamirano) to give me 10 days. I’ll be in condition again,” he said. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Teng not pleased with Thunder defense despite win View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Salvador also sees this opportunity for him get one last look from PBA teams, two years removed since he last saw action for the now-defunct Barako Bull.“If I perform well here, I may have the chance to be noticed again by the coaches,” he said.But the 6-foot-4 veteran is realistic enough to acknowledge that players like him are already at the twilight of their careers, and all he wants is to share valuable lessons to his teammates who are eyeing to move up to the PBA.“I’m telling them that in the PBA, they’ll be facing bigger and smarter foes, so they have to prepare themselves,” he said.“The reason why they got me in this team is to provide leadership. I’ve been a champion since I was in college, in the PBL to the PBA. I hope I can bring that winning attitude here.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jondan Salvador. PBA IMAGESIt’s been two years since he last laced up his sneakers, but Jondan Salvador is giving basketball one last shot.The 36-year-old big man is seeking to crack Flying V’s lineup in the ongoing 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup where he is hopeful to impart some wisdom to PBA aspirants, led by Jeron Teng.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao lighter for Las Vegas return

first_imgBroner, who is determined to wreck what will be Pacquiao’s first fight on US soil since 2016, came in at 146.5 pounds.Pacquiao smiled broadly as he faced off with Broner for the cameras following the weigh-in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe eight-division world champion later said he wants to prove that he still has the ability to be a force in the welterweight division despite turning 40 last month.“I’m happy to be back here and happy to fight tomorrow night,” Pacquiao said. MOST READ “Forty is just a number, it doesn’t matter that I’m 40 years old — I feel young,” he added. “Tomorrow I have something to prove: that at 40 I can still be at my best … I want to prove that Manny Pacquiao is still there.”Pacquiao (60-4-2, 39 knockouts) last fought in July last year, when he scored his first knockout in six years with a seventh-round stoppage of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur.Pacquiao, who holds the lesser version of the WBA’s two welterweight belts, is widely believed to be angling for a rematch with retired welterweight king Floyd Mayweather.Mayweather won their money-spinning first bout in 2015 in a contest that failed to live up to its “Fight of the Century” hype.Broner, 29, said Friday he is determined to seize his opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I feel good. It’s a helluva opportunity,” he said. “After I win tomorrow night I’ll be a legend overnight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening WATCH: Roger Who? Without ID, Federer can’t get past Australian Open security Manny Pacquiao poses on the scale during a weigh-in Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Filipino star Manny Pacquiao tipped the scales half a pound lighter here Friday for his WBA welterweight title bout against Adrien Broner.A trim-looking Pacquiao, who faces Broner at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, weighed in at exactly 146 pounds.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

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Boxing: Canelo Alvarez to reserve T-Mobile Arena for September return

first_imgAdvertisementSaul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin haven’t settled on their money split, but the venue already could be decided. Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, made a formal request to reserve T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 15 for the Mexican superstar’s ring return, according to a source close to the situation.The Nevada State Athletic Commission is expected to approve the request at its monthly meeting Thursday. The item currently is not on the agenda. Alvarez would be coming off a layoff after a controversial split draw against Golovkin nine months ago at T-Mobile Arena.The two were scheduled to meet for a rematch May 5, but Alvarez withdrew from the bout after twice testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. The commission suspended Alvarez six months, with the ban ending in August.Last week, Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, said they’re willing to come off their 50-50 purse split demand to make the mega bout happen in September. Loeffler said he’s been speaking with Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez daily despite Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy’s CEO, saying the bout was off.With Mexican Independence weekend only three months away, an official announcement on Alvarez’s future opponent soon could be coming.Advertisementlast_img read more

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OKS points at UAE as brawl instigators

first_imgA 2-0 win over UAE was supposed to bring about a celebratory mood but just the opposite happened after unwanted aggression led to a free-for-all towards the end of the match that led to the match officials calling the match to an end earlier than they would have wanted.As the match went into added time in the second half, UAE’s Mohammad Khalfan inexplicably launched a high kick on Adib Zainuddin and that sparked the brawl that ensued. Both sets of players got involved and matters spilled out onto the technical area as well.The 90 seconds that followed was action-packed with both camps either losing their heads or trying to stop the matter from escalating. An UAE official was also caught on camera taking a chair in full wrestling style and tried slamming it on Malaysian players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The fallout from it saw a Malaysian official with red marks on his back after he rushed in to stop the particular UAE official. Another Malaysian official also suffered heavy bruise to his right eye after he was hit when trying to restrain the situation.Ong was less than impressed with what had happened and blame it on pride that led to the match becoming increasingly hostile over the course of the 90 minutes The Malaysia U23 head coach is adamant that it all stemmed from the opposition and that his boys had to react to what happened.”When you play against the Middle East countries, they are used to beat us. But when we are on top of them, this is what normally happen. But at the end of the day, the boys have to learn. When we are leading 2-0, we don’t want this to happen.” “In a real game situation, it’s definitely not going to help us. Where probably action will be taken. So we must understand the situation where we can’t afford to have this kind of situation to happen that can kill our hopes to go further.”You can see that the incident all start from the opponent (UAE). We have to defend ourselves and our officials have to defend our players. Somethings that we need to do to protect whoever we can. We didn’t provoke anything. If we do provoke, yes I can accuse my players,” said Ong after the match.Ong also went on to reveal that none of the players are seriously hurt immediately after the incident but further checks and inspection will be done to ensure that remains the case.Football Association of Malaysia have already submitted a full report to Asian Football Confederation after overnight discussions were held with UAE Football Association. The governing body of Asia will now have to decide just what kind of punishment that will be handed out to Malaysia and UAE.last_img read more

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Boat?

first_imgHow much does it really cost to own a boat?I ask my husband this question every time he prods me about buying one.I would never buy a boat for our family if it were up to me, so researching the true cost of owning a boat gives me something concrete to cling to.With the answer in hand, I can argue that we cannot afford to buy a boat, or I can concede and make my husband extremely happy.As I suspected, there are many costs related to boat ownership. Many. (Yikes! I’m getting an expensive feeling already.)For this post, I’ll focus on owning a sailboat. Here are 13 to consider:Purchase price.This may be the one cost of boat ownership that you can truly control!I’m pushing for a teeny tiny sailboat, while my husband dreams of owning a powerful 40-footer.If we compromise in the middle on a J-22, which is 22-feet long, we could pick up a new 2010 model for about $23,000 or a used 2003 model for about $15,000, according to NADA guides.Cost: $20,000Taxes.State tax laws on boats vary.In Rhode Island, there is no boat tax. In other states, like South Carolina, boat owners pay a tax equal to 10.5% of the boats assessed value yearly if the boat spends more than 180 days in the state.Cost: variesInsurance.Rates average about 1.5% of the boat’s insured value.In this case, a $20,000 boat would cost about $300 to insure. Rates are higher in hurricane-prone areas. Cost: $300Registration.Just like a motor vehicle, the registration costs vary by state, from pocket change in some states to more than $250 in New Jersey for a boat 65-feet or longer.Cost: variesMooring.Wait lists for a mooring can run years, so if you’re lucky enough to get one, plan to spend anywhere from the low hundreds annually to as much as $1,000 per month for larger boats.Cost: variesAlternative: Instead of paying for a mooring, find a boat yard where you can store your boat in between sails for a seasonal fee. This also negates the need for No. 6 and No. 7.Little boat.If you get a mooring, you’ll need a row boat, dinghy, or kayak to get to your boat at its mooring.A basic row boat with oars will cost you about $1,000 new or about $500 used.You may be able to find one significantly cheaper (and significantly worse for wear) on Craigslist, where I saw an 8-foot dinghy going for $100.Cost: $500Alternative: A more expensive option is to keep your boat at the dock, a cost that is typically calculated by the foot. So the bigger the boat, the more you pay. Some docks have a flat fee for various size categories.Trailer.In the off-season, you’ll need a trailer to haul the boat to your backyard or winter storage facility.If you opt to keep your boat in your backyard year-round, your trailer will get a lot of use!A trailer for a 22-foot sailboat can run $300 used on Craigslist to more than $2,000 for a new one. You’ll also need to register your trailer with your state DMV.Cost: $1,000Winter storage.Unless you live in a warm climate year-round, plan on budgeting for winter boat storage.This annual fee includes paying someone to haul the boat out of water, shrink wrap it, and set it on blocks.Cost: about $2,000Alternative: Free if you park your boat in your backyard or driveway, but be sure to budget for marriage counseling to resolve disputes about the eyesore.Maintenance.Annual maintenance is roughly 10 percent of the cost of the boat, estimates Bloomberg.com.That includes painting the hull every year, cleaning the deck, and replacing the sails every few years. So for a $20,000 boat, that 10 percent comes to $2,000 annually.Cost: $2,000Gas.None! A sailboat is completely wind-powered.If you opt for a boat with an engine, remember to include costs like oil changes and mechanical repairs.Cost: freeSafety items.You’ll want to purchase a life jackets for each member of your family and have a few extra on hand for visiting crew.At about $70 a pop, a set of five life jackets adds up to $350. A safety kit, including a horn, visual flares, fire extinguisher, and other items, will run you about $150.Total cost: $500Navigation equipment.If you’re taking the budget route, plan on sticking to the harbor or very familiar waters so you can skip the GPS.But if you plan on venturing away from port or taking an overnight trip, a low-end marine GPS starts at $200. A fancy computer system can soar into the tens of thousands.Cost: $500Miscellaneous costs.What am I missing on this list? Fellow boat owners, speak up!The grand total.What’s the true annual cost of buying a $20,000 sailboat like a J-22?Purchase price: $20,000Taxes: variesInsurance: $300Registration: variesMooring or dock fees: variesLittle boat: $500Trailer: $1,000Winter storage: $2,000Maintenance: $2,000Gas: freeSafety Kit: $500GPS: $500The Grand Total For The First Year of Sailboat Ownership Comes to $26,800.The annual tab for upkeep, including insurance, winter storage, and maintenance comes to $4,300. That’s $358 per month.Neither of these estimates include taxes, registration, and mooring or dock fees so the real cost of owning a boat is even higher.In my wildest dreams, I did not imagine that owning a relatively small sailboat would cost so much money. I am loathe to spend our savings on the big first-year investment that buying a boat entails.And where would we find $358 per month to maintain this boat? That’s like a car payment.And you know I like to buy used cars outright to avoid the dreaded monthly payment.My goodness, for a lot less we can rent a sailboat when the seafaring mood strikes.Of course, this is a general estimate. There may be ways to economize, like buying all second-hand products, pulling favors with friends, and searching for local discounts or saving solutions.Still, it would be a significant investment for us.Would we get $26,800 worth of enjoyment from a boat? Would you buy a boat?Julia Scott helps people save money on everyday expenses at BargainBabe.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat You Need To Know About First- and Second-Year Home ExpensesJune 13, 2019In “Housing Finances”How To Teach Your Kids About Budgeting At The Farmer’s MarketMay 16, 2019In “Family Finances”9 Tips To Be Financially Free And Pay Off Your HouseJuly 4, 2019In “Housing Finances” Post navigationlast_img read more

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5 Easy Investment Strategies That Build Wealth

first_imgOne of the biggest tests for investors — and, for savvy investors, one of the biggest opportunities — is how they behave when the market gets rocky. There are essentially two things every investor can do when the market suffers a… Full Story,There are a number of reasons why it might be tempting to cash out your hard-earned 401k savings before retirement. From hefty car or home repairs to emergency medical expenses, sometimes unexpected circumstances cause us to seek out extra cash…. Full Story,2018 was a roller coaster for the stock market. If you’re an investor, you were probably impacted more than once – for better or worse. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500 each hit new all-time… Full Story,You’re bound to make a few rookie errors when trying out anything for the first time, whether it’s making homemade greek yogurt, growing heirloom tomatoes, or learning to drive. After all, learning is a process, and trial and error is… Full Story,It’s easy to think of investments as existing in a vacuum. You contribute money, wait a certain amount of time and watch your portfolio grow. Where that money goes – and how it grows – are questions most people would… Full Story,Out of the main pillars of financial wellness—earn, save, spend, invest, and protect—investing can oftentimes feel like the scary, unknown thing lurking in the closet. Being frugal, creating a spending plan, and buying insurance seem to operate within the warm,… Full Story,Getting ahead financially is a game of inches. It’s about finding every trick, tip, and loophole you can find to maximize the growth potential of your money. There’s no topic where the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is more relevant…. Full Story,When you make a mistake in daily life, you usually have the opportunity to immediately make things right. If you spill soda on the floor, you can mop it up. If you burn the chicken you’re roasting for dinner, you… Full Story,One of the precious, oh-so-sweet things you give up when you go freelance is an employer-sponsored 401(k)—along with any matching contributions. But on the flipside, freelancers have quite a few options when it comes to saving for a retirement nest… Full Story,As the VP of Investments at a fintech company, it’s my job to pay close attention to the ever-changing trends and progress within the world of money. Working at Fundrise also means I’m directly involved with the development of the… Full Storylast_img read more

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The one mistake we’re all making with our foundation

first_imgA makeup artist once told me that if you take the time to perfect your skin and base, your look will always be flawless.So when we found out this life-changing piece of foundation information, it only seemed fair to share it.While we all love to slap on our base in different ways, it turns out that lots of us are getting it all wrong when it comes to the application. Some dot large spots of foundation all over the face and blend, while others use their hands to slather it on everywhere.But there’s one particular method we should all be following: starting from the middle of our face and blending outwards.Not only is the centre of the face where coverage is most needed (looking at you, red nose), it’s also the area where our foundation tends to fade quickest.What’s more, starting in the middle and working your way outwards will help to create a natural finish that doesn’t look like a heavy mask.Fabio Sarra, Beyou Make-Up Artist and Senior Lead Make-up Artist at Charlotte Tilbury, adds, ‘It’s better to start from the centre of the face and work outwards when applying foundation as most people tend to have redness around the nose and cheeks.‘Blending from the centre outwards also gives a more natural looking base, focusing on the areas that need it most, rather than just covering the whole face.’Sourcelast_img read more

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7 Conditions That Feel Like the Flu – But Aren’t

first_imgConsidering the severity of this year’s flu season, it’s tempting to think every cough, muscle ache, and hint of a fever is a sign you caught the flu.The confusion is totally understandable: There are a ton of other illnesses with copy-cat flu-like symptoms.“Any overwhelming infection that stimulates our immune system can [produce] some of the same symptoms,” explains Cindy Weston, DNP, RN, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing.The only way to know for sure you have the flu is to get tested–but there are subtle clues to help you distinguish between influenza and something else. Here are a few of the many conditions that can cause flu-like symptoms.ColdsBoth colds and influenza are viral illnesses, they both tend to occur in the same seasons, and they have many overlapping symptoms, like a sore throat and a stuffy nose.The main difference is how quickly the symptoms come on. “A cold typically gradually progresses symptom by symptom over [several] days,” says Keri Peterson, MD, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “With the flu, the constellation of symptoms of high fever, cough, muscle ache, and severe lethargy comes on in 24 to 48 hours.”And even though so many symptoms overlap, colds typically don’t come with chest pain or body aches, which are more characteristic of the flu, adds Dr. Peterson.Strep throatThe flu and strep throat share many symptoms, but there are two you may find in the flu but never in strep: cough and nasal congestion.Strep throat may also bring swollen lymph nodes, swollen tonsils, a skin rash, or white blotches on the tonsils. None of these is typical of the flu.If your doctor suspects strep, he or she will probably swab your throat and test for the bacteria. If the test comes back positive, you’ll likely get antibiotics, which can usually clear up the symptoms quickly.PneumoniaPneumonia can come separately from the flu or it can be a secondary complication of getting sick. You may even look like you’re over the flu and then bang–you’re stricken with another infection. “People are getting the flu and maybe even riding it out, and a week or so later, they’re coming in with pneumonia,” Weston says.Normally, pneumonia that comes with or after the flu is caused by bacteria and can be treated by antibiotics. With this type of pneumonia, “the cough is pretty persistent and unrelenting and often associated with chest pain,” Weston says. “The fever could be low grade or higher. A lot of times there’s no appetite with pneumonia, and there can be some body aches.” A pneumonia cough also has mucus in it.Pneumonia that’s not related to the flu is often viral; viral pneumonia is also typically milder than the bacterial kind. You may also have some congestion, coughing, and fatigue, all of which could point to the flu–but in this case, they’re simply flu-like symptoms.Doctors can listen for telltale signs of pneumonia by putting a stethoscope to your chest, says Dr. Peterson.MononucleosisMono is also called the “kissing disease” because it can be passed through saliva (along with coughing, sneezing, and sharing utensils).Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It tends to hit teens and young adults more than other age groups.Symptoms often come on slowly, but they can mimic the flu; you might feel really, really tired, spike a fever, or have a sore throat and body aches. But other symptoms can help differentiate mononucleosis from the flu, including a swollen liver or spleen.Mono also drags on longer than the flu, often lasting two to four weeks–but sometimes six months or longer.MeningitisMeningitis is inflammation of the membranes (meninges) that cover the brain and spinal cord.Like pneumonia, meningitis can be caused by either a viral or a bacterial infection. Viral meningitis is more common and milder, but the symptoms of both are similar and look a lot like the flu: headache, fever, and fatigue. Meningitis, though, also comes with a stiff neck and sensitivity to bright light.Viral meningitis is like colds and the flu in that most people recover on their own in a week or so. Bacterial meningitis, however, can cause brain damage and even death if it’s not treated promptly with antibiotics.BronchitisAcute bronchitis not only has cold- and flu-like symptoms, it’s even caused by many of the same viruses.“Bronchitis has a lot of overlap–productive cough with mucus, lethargy, and a sore throat,” says Dr. Peterson. The main difference is that bronchitis doesn’t come with a high fever. Bronchitis symptoms also tend to center on your chest and throat, instead of the full-body aches common with the flu, she adds. The nagging cough of bronchitis can last up to three weeks, longer than a cough from the flu.There’s no test for bronchitis like there is for the flu, so doctors usually diagnose it by asking about symptoms and examining you. Bronchitis treatment consists of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and taking meds that can relieve symptoms.Respiratory syncytial virusRespiratory syncytial virus or RSV has symptoms that can also be mistaken for the flu (or a cold). “It can cause runny nose and cough,” says Afif El-Hasan, MD, a spokesperson for the American Lung Association and a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente.Unlike the flu, though, RSV symptoms usually appear gradually. They typically go away on their own as well–you just need to drink plenty of fluids and rest.Similar symptoms come from infection with what are called parainfluenza viruses. “They are like the flu, but they’re not as bad,” says Dr. El-Hasan.When to contact your doctorThis year’s flu is so bad that more people are going to the doctor for flu-like symptoms than usual–and rightly so. “If you suspect you have the flu, then you should see the doctor within 48 hours because [antiviral] medicine has to be taken very quickly,” Dr. Peterson says. “Err on the side of caution.”Most viral infections, including the flu, tend to go away on their own. But be on the alert for signs of trouble such as shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, dizziness, or dehydration. If you’re experiencing any of these in addition to your flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or head to an emergency room.Sourcelast_img read more

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Internet Marketing: Why You’re Not Getting Enough Respect From Search Engines

first_img website grader search engine optimization 5.  If your website has less than 2500 words, then it is basically penalized by the search engines.  A one page word document has about 500 words on it, so if you have less than five total pages on your site, you probably are being penalized. that have only one or two indexed pages vs 5-10 actual pages. 6.  The words in blue section at the top of your browser are your title tag which the search engines see as a key indicator as to what your site/page is about.  Many of the website addresses entered into our website grader have either nothing or just the name of the company/blog in the title tag, but they should contain words that describe your market/business that shoppers would search on. 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 SEO 7.  Your site is too new.  The search engines are increasingly considering the age and amount of time online of your site in their algorithm.  1.  They cannot find you at all because it uses a spidering technology that only finds you through links to you from another site.  If you do not have any links from other sites that Google (and others) sees, then it will never find you. 4.  They have trouble with your site because of the structure of your website address (url) string. I came across this great summary article on  website grader 2.  You have a lot of graphics or flash on your site which the search engines cannot see.  We often see sites that are very expensive with lots of graphics and flash that are interesting to look at, but no one gets to see them outside of the company’s rolodex because the search engines cannot read that stuff. . If you want to see how you are doing on some of this stuff, you should run your site through our  pitfalls.  It summarizes the reasons why you may not be getting as much recognition on the pages of the major search engines on searches for phrases in your marketplace as you think you should: Originally published Dec 20, 2006 2:25:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 3.  They cannot find some/most of your pages because the navigation buttons on your site are heavily coded.  I have noticed that this is the case with MANY of the website addresses entered into our — Brian Halligan. 8.  You do not have enough links coming into your site from websites that themselves have lots of links into them and who have similar content to yours.last_img read more

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Company Blogs Now Getting PR Pitches Like Old Media

first_imgMy how the world has changed.  Before inbound marketing, people used to “buy their way in with advertising, or beg their way in with PR” (quote from David Meerman Scott) in order to reach people in their market.  As a marketer, you would spend a ton of money buying ads in media of all types because the only way to reach your prospects was to get placement in the established media that had built an audience.  Or, you would spend a ton of time (and money on a PR firm) to beg your way into the editorial with public relations.What should you do today?  You should start a blog.  Or a podcast.  Or video blog.  Or something else.  Or all of the above.  But publish your own content.  You don’t need the media anymore.  You don’t need to pay for advertising.  You don’t need to beg your way in with PR.  Very cheaply and easily, you can build your own media outlet.We started this little marketing blog at HubSpot a while back, and now we have thousands of readers.  And guess what?  Now I am getting pitched as if I was in the media.  PR Firms are Now Pitching the HubSpot Blog Seriouly?  Yes!  Companies (who could themselves do exactly what we have done at HubSpot) are now hiring PR firms to email me bad pitches about things they want me to write about on this blog.  Each week, I now get 2-3 pitches about some crappy, boring announcement about a CEO of a marketing company who got a new dog or something (seriously, they are all that boring).At first, I thought that maybe these were really junior PR people that read this blog and thought I might be interested.  But after getting more than a couple of these pitches, and none of them referencing any relationship with me or even anything about them actually reading this blog, I got suspicious.  I talked to a few friends in PR at a cocktail party, and one of them was kind enough to search for me in a media database they use.  Surprise, surprise… somehow I got in there.  And now when people search on marketing blogs, they get me and an email address (lucky for me it is the general company box, not my personal one).  Here’s proof:PS – Chris Penn has been experiencing the same thing lately – see his tweet about it.Are you a blogger?  Do you get crappy PR pitches?  Do you get any that you like?  Leave a comment below and let’s discuss. Originally published Jul 17, 2008 1:03:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Topics: Business Pitches 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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New Data on Top Twitter Applications and Usage

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Twitter Marketing Data Topics: I love data.  For my use of Twitter I use the web interface for both Twitter and Twitter search (which I feed into Google Reader using RSS).  I know lots of “gurus” swear by TweetDeck, but I find the web and RSS to be a lot faster for what I like to do.  But… who cares about me!  Let’s look at a random sample of a half a million tweets and see what people actually use to post updates to Twitter.Twitter Interface TypePercentageWeb48.1%Desktop21.8%Mobile17.9%Aggregation / Automation11.7%Pictures0.5%Top Twitter InterfacesPercentageWeb46.5%twitterfeed9.2%TweetDeck7.3%txt4.6%twitterrific4.3%twhirl4.0%TwitterFox4.0%Tween2.0%TwitterBerry1.9%TwitterFon1.8%Over 600 Others14.5%The two graphs in this article by HubSpot are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Please link back to this article if you use the graphs. Like the article?  Find a lot more data about Twitter in our State of the Twittersphere Report and follow me (@mvolpe) and @HubSpot on Twitter! Originally published Feb 27, 2009 8:46:00 AM, updated October 01 2013last_img read more

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How to Use Web Analytics to Become a Better Marketer

first_img – Don’t focus on one metric.  For example you notice an increase in traffic one week, what was the cause of this increase?  First you notice there was a large increase of traffic from the blog, then after drilling down further you find that it was a specific article.  This shows you that this specific content is compelling to your audience, and it would be a great idea to create more content on this topic.   book 1)  Measure Offline Data 5) Close the Loop 2) Measure Traffic Sources Free Download: Marketing Data: 50+ Marketing Charts and Graphs 5 Ways To Leverage Web Analytics to Become a Better Marketer HubSpot has compiled over 50 original marketing charts and graphs on topics including Lead Generation, Blogging and Social Media, Marketing Budgets, Twitter and Facebook 3)  Measure Conversion Rates that promoted the website.  As a result, there could be an increase in traffic to that specific page.  Without marking this book as a campaign within your analytics, what would you attribute the increase in traffic too?  Having clear tracking for offline marketing like tradeshows is an important way to compare the results of your entire marketing strategy. 4) Ensure the data is clear Topics: will help to convert more of this traffic into leads for the business. Variant or A/B testing with Landing pages and calls-to-action allow you to test which are converting at a higher average.  Determine which keywords are giving you the best top, middle, and bottom of the funnel leads. Originally published Aug 6, 2010 10:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Pink Sherbet Photographycenter_img Web Analytics Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack – Most marketers are concerned about their Photo Credit: – All offline marketing campaigns should be tracked and measured as well as online campaigns.   An example would be if your founders just wrote a Download the ebook now! As a marketer, data gathered online can be a valuable tool for improving strategies, adjusting budgets and other enhancements. to have access to these charts for use in your own presentations – Find out how your visitors are finding you.  Finding out which sources are driving the most traffic to the website will allow you to determine how well the search engines index the content on your website. Additionally it will give you the information to know if social media is actually working and which email campaigns are driving traffic.  With the sources data, you can drill down further to strategize on what types of calls-to-actions you place on specific pages. , knowing where to devote more time, energy, and resources are important.  Closed loop marketing or finding out which campaigns are driving the most traffic, leads, and most importantly customers.  You want to devote your valued resources on marketing campaigns that are driving actual customers and business. calls-to-action – Getting visitors to the website is the first step, getting them to convert into a lead or business is the next.  Offering compelling content and clear marketing ROIlast_img read more

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4 Tips for Harnessing the Awesome Power of Guest Blogging

first_img 4 Marketing Advantages to Writing Guest Blog Posts There is nothing worse than reading a blog post that talks down to you. Readers come with varying degrees of knowledge, and they choose which articles they read (in blogs, in the news, etc.) based on how well their skill level matches with the writing and thought level of the article. Brad’s post wrote at a level that would be interesting to people familiar with venture capital, not to those who have never heard of it. That was appropriate because the readership of OnStartups.com is an educated one that has a built-in interest in funding for startups. But also keep in mind that Brad did not use obscure words or management-speak. He wrote in clear English that people could understand. Easily. Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to create a bit of controversy, but make sure your argument is based on facts and personal experience. The goal of a blog is to create buzz based on solid and useful content, not to create controversy just for controversy’s sake. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . Within a day, the article had 446 tweets, 18,000 visits, 35 comments, and was reposted on the feel free to contact us Inbound links There have been so many times when I’ve gotten proposals for guest blog posts that seem so self-serving. It’s all about how great the author and his/her company are – not about , and those who don’t. In the case of Brad, he works at HubSpot as the director of strategy and operations where he works for HubSpot Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Dharmesh Shah, whose blog is the popular OnStartups.com. That’s a close connection – and probably more the exception than the rule. But keep in mind, Dharmesh accepted his blog post because of its thematic connection to OnStartups.com and its obvious interest to his readers, not just because they were connected professionally. Takeaway: When it comes to accepting guest posts, blogs want a unique voice, expertise, and originality. Readers generally appreciate advice from someone who has personal and practical experience in the subject matter but hate blatant sales pitches. Make sure the guest blog post you’re pitching is about the readers, not you. That’s the point. While Brad is a wonderful guy (more on him later), he’s not that different from the thousands of other business people who blog or tweet. He doesn’t have a following per se like the Seth Godins and Chris Brogans of the world. He is well respected within his company and the people he deals with regularly. Like I said: just a normal businessperson. If he can get this kind of awesome response from one guest blog post, so can you. and 1. Use your network. Topics: maintain blogs with influence Let’s dissect what he did right. Every business person has a network, and it is one or several degrees of separation from those who . And that’s a pretty awesome win for both Brad So who is syndication on money.cnn.com Takeaway: Use your network to find access to the blog’s editorial decision maker(s), and make sure your pitch relates to that blog’s audience. for our readers. As a result, I have to play the heavy by turning down their submissions. Not fun. Originally published Jun 28, 2011 1:25:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 If you do it right and you get your post accepted by another blog, here are some advantages you can enjoy. If everyone agreed with everything written in blogs, the blogging landscape would be a pretty bland. Brad’s post asks the question of whether Google Ventures is disrupting venture capital. He poses a question that some could easily disagree with, especially those who don’t want to see the current venture capital world disrupted. Blog managers want their guest authors to educate, offer a new perspective, and challenge their readership because it often generates comments and intelligent discussion, which is something all blogs hope to achieve with every post. In the case of Brad, his post caught the attention of CNN Money and resulted in its It’s been said a million times – write about what you know. Brad clearly understands the VC world and has direct knowledge about how Google Ventures works. What makes this post feel completely authentic and original in thought is that Brad personalizes his experience with Google Ventures without ever promoting his own company. In the process, HubSpot indirectly gets plenty of coverage by being an integral part of the story. Takeaway: Write at the level that is best for the blog’s audience – not for everyone 2. your On June 21, Brad Coffey on HubSpot founder Dharmesh Shah’s blog, . And those numbers have increased since – proof again that blogs have lasting power. . But please, do your homework first. CNNMoney blog 2. Make it personal, not self-centered. valuable information 4. Know your audience. 1. Exposure beyond your normal readership. blog. 3. A relationship with the blog and a chance they may want to reciprocate by writing a guest post on from the blog to your website for SEO juice. – and limit your use of jargon. If you are interested in writing a guest post for this blog, 4. Public relations pick-up from other blogs and news media. , and why all the interest? wrote a guest blog post OnStartups.com OnStartups.com. 3. Challenge the status quo. Guest Blogging Brad Coffeylast_img read more

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7 Key Ways to Optimize Twitter for Search

first_img Topics: Originally published Dec 5, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Keyword Optimization Search engine optimization (SEO) is undeniably a crucial component of inbound marketing, but marketers often don’t think about how it applies to social media. Similarly, many just think of social media as simply a tool for expanding reach, brand awareness, and engagement — neglecting to think about how it impacts search results. To start getting your social media updates found better in search, an easy place to start is Twitter. Take a few minutes a day to optimize your tweets and help your business appear in search even more frequently. Here are 7 key ways to optimize your Twitter presence for search. (To participate in more discussion about search engine optimization, join our Twitter Chat tomorrow, December 6 at 3:30 PM by following the hashtag #InboundChat).7 Ways to Search Engine Optimize Your Twitter Presence1. Don’t completely believe the “nofollow” warning. While yes, once upon a time in the dark ages of social media SEO, networks like Twitter and Facebook were automatically marked with “nofollow” tags. This attribute signaled search engines to not give SEO authority to inbound links from these social networks, meaning those links wouldn’t help optimize your business in search. But this time last December, both Google and Bing confirmed in an interview that tweeted links are in fact a signal for a search engine’s organic and news rankings. So tweet away that content! It counts. 2. Build your reach. In the same aforementioned interview, Google and Bing both indicated their algorithms check the authority of the user tweeting the link. Google is quoted saying, “We do compute and use author quality. We don’t know who anyone is in real life :-)” This means that Google is basing your Twitter authority in search on your influence on Twitter. Building a stronger reach with high quality followers will help boost your tweets’ rankings. 3. Create a special subset of Twitter keywords. While your business should have a set of keywords it tries to rank for, all those keywords may not translate over seamlessly to Twitter–especially if they’re long. Analyze your keywords through various tools (HubSpot customers, use the Keyword Grader tool), and pick a subset of keywords specifically for Twitter. This set should be smaller, as Twitter is updating constantly, and as we learned a few weeks ago, Google updated its search algorithm to display the most recent results–so that tweet from yesterday is probably long gone! Try to have a small set of keywords and use them throughout the day in your tweets to help boost your rankings.  4. Ensure tweet lengths are retweetable. As if the constraint of 140 characters isn’t enough, here’s a little more limitation. First of all, try to integrate SEO-ready keywords into your tweets so that these updates appear in search. Then, make sure these tweets save a solid 10-20 characters of legroom so that users who “RT @username” don’t have to eliminate your keyword to make it fit! Try creating a formula for your tweets based off how long your Twitter username is (which brings up the importance of a short username).  5. Post remarkable updates that appeal to influencers. Now that you know the importance of authority and have learned the art of SEO retweeting, it’s time to ensure your content is remarkable enough that other influencers are also retweeting your posts. Search engines will register the value of other authority-holders and correlate them with the value of the link you posted, which would basically become the Twitter equivalent of an inbound link. Posting these updates that appeal to influencers will truly boost your optimization efforts.6. Make Twitter usernames spam-free. Many Twitter spammers have usernames that include a bunch of numbers (e.g. @Name546789). When Google’s algorithm scans links on Twitter, it often completely disregards usernames that includes numbers since there is no way to differentiate between who is real and who isn’t. Therefore, choose a unique and professional username, and try to use your company name if possible.7. Include keywords in your Twitter bio. Twitter allows 160 characters worth of information to be displayed on your homepage. This ‘about’ section is typically used to provide bio information. Don’t riddle this with keywords, but be sure to have at least one in there to reflect your business in an accurate way, while helping to improve search visibility. Keep in mind that search engine results often display your Twitter bio in the description of the link when a Twitter username appears in search. Make it attention-grabbing so that users are inclined to click on the link.Interested in learning more about search engine optimization? How about the science behind it? Join HubSpot for our second Twitter Chat tomorrow, December 6, 3:30 PM ET. We’ll discuss how to effectively leverage SEO in your business’ inbound marketing strategy and answer your burning questions on the topic. The hashtag to follow along is #InboundChat.Image Source: MaltaGirl 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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7 Ugly Truths a Pretty Website Can’t Hide

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Website Design Topics: Originally published Nov 8, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 A version of this post originally appeared on Inbound Insiders, a new section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Inbound Insiders.Have you ever heard anyone say “I chose my bank because its website has cool banners,” or “I always buy from that business because of their explainer video”?My guess is probably not.Let’s face it: Customers don’t buy from websites because they “look good.” Despite this, businesses and design agencies sometimes obsess over beauty at the expense of ROI, resulting in a great looking, lipstick-on-a-pig website.Design is only skin deep; true beauty lies within.Does your great-looking design really only serve to cover up some ugly warts? Let’s find out. Here are 7 ugly truths that even the prettiest website can’t hide.1) It doesn’t rank.Search engine visibility trumps beauty. Beyond the name of your company, search Google for the products and services you provide. If your website is off hiding in the woods, does it matter how pretty it is?For example, Bullet Proof Designs consistently achieves top five rankings for its three principle products:  “radiator guards,” “swingarm guards,” and “disk guards.”SEO Tips:Make sure your site pages are targeting topics and keywords your audience is searching for.Invest more in creating high quality, optimized content, and less on beautification.I think most metrics-driven marketers would agree traffic makes any site more beautiful.2) Your content sucks.The evidence is overwhelming that original, helpful, and sharable content wins business. If you’re not engaged in content marketing, you’re losing customers to competitors. Here are the facts:329 million people read blogs every month. Are they reading yours? (Tweet this stat!)27 million pieces of content are shared daily. How many shares does your site get? (Tweet this stat!)73% of customers prefer blogs and articles over advertisements. Are you marketing “your way” or “their way?” (Tweet this stat!)61% of consumers are more likely to buy from companies that publish content than those that don’t. (Tweet this stat!)Clicks from shared content increases the chance of sale by 500%. How many shares are you getting? (Tweet this stat!)Over 80% of content shares are happening in email, social media, blogs, and forums. How well are you marketing on these channels? (Tweet this stat!)(Source: Ditch Cold Calls. Why Content Is King.)Content Tips:Start blogging yesterday, and do it at least twice a week. If you’re in a competitive space, you may need to increase that frequency.Ask your salespeople and customer service the questions they regularly receive, and answer them in your blog content.Read your blog post out loud before publishing. If you could say it face-to-face to a lead or customer and be happy with parts being used as a quick clip on TV, it’s ready to publish.3) It’s running on an inadequate marketing platform.To build your traffic, leads, and sales, you need a platform that lets you publish content, build and test landing pages, nurture leads, and optimize conversion rates.Time spent messing around with extra tools and complex configurations — especially if all your tools and platforms aren’t well-integrated with one another — can double or triple the time it takes to execute good marketing. It can also complicate or hinder your ability to measure what’s working and determine what you should do next to improve results. Ask yourself these questions:Is your platform allowing your site to generate and nurture leads? How does it aid in creating keyword and SEO research data? Does it offer solutions for managing your social media marketingFurthermore, can you manage direct customer interactions? What about company processes and initiatives? Is there room to create and enable team collaboration within your platform?Can your platform manage email marketing and social listening? Can it help measure customer satisfaction? Does it allow you and your business to monitor marketing effectiveness?If your platform cannot do or at least produce an answer to these questions, how will you know if your platform can truly help to test new ideas and track KPIs? Ultimately, you need to ask if the platform is truly working the way it should be.Platform Tips:The ability to build out an idea, test how it works, and then improve your idea is integral to modern marketing. Look for tools that can help you test ideas on your website.Find a tool that works for you. If you spend more time fighting with a tool rather than creating content with them, it may be time to ditch the tool.4) It doesn’t generate leads.The internet is the top tool ever devised for effective targeted marketing. What TV failed to deliver regarding target marketing, the internet covers brilliantly. Today, really well-executed internet marketing has rendered traditional prospecting mostly obsolete.And if you aren’t using your website to drive awareness, generate leads, filter for fit, and deliver sales qualified leads, you’re missing the boat.  Generating leads is really all about crafting the right call-to-action (CTA) to take your customer to the next step in the buying process. From “Read More” to “Subscribe by Email” to “Grab your Free Copy” to “Request a Quote” to “Buy Now” to “Tell us how we did,” you should be putting the right CTAs to work on your website to automate the customer nurturing process.Lead Generation Tips:No traffic? Start a blogging campaign to target keyword phrases your target customers are searching for. Gather inbound links from relevant websites. Increase the shareability of your content. Guest blog on other sites.Traffic but no leads? Create offers that help customers better understand their needs and problems.  This will drive awareness of your brand and generate prospects for further marketing.Leads but no customers? Create and promote offers to help leads convert into customers, and use that content to nurture your leads down the funnel.5) You’re missing your target audience.Before you start firing off content and offers, make sure you’ve selected the best target audience, and that you understand how and why they buy, and how to reach them. A well-defined buyer persona means you’ve worked hard to understand their needs, identify their questions, anticipate the keywords they might use to ask those questions, and know how to address their concerns, overcome their objections, and offer solutions in a voice and tone that matches how they want to be sold.Once you know who you’re writing for, you can target them successfully.  Targeting Tips:Create buyer personas and use them as a reference point for your marketing content.Create a voice and tone document for your company so that you communicate in a way that resonates with your target audience.Ask Customer Service and Sales the objections they hear, and craft content to address those objections head on.6) Nothing changes.If you’re not continually innovating, something is broken! And stale websites can easily plateau and lose their effectiveness. Now, don’t go and overhaul everything … instead, constantly iterate with minor changes to your email marketing, landing pages, and conversion funnel, and use A/B testing to test what works best. Website Improvement Tips:Use A/B testing to test new ideas — whether it’s landing page content, lead nurturing content, or conversion buttons. The first idea you try is rarely the only idea you should try.Not sure what your customers like? Ask them! A well crafted survey to those who buy from you (and those who did not) will help you understand what you do well on your website, and where you can improve.Read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. It answers “what is lean?” and then explains how a lean methodology can help you innovate efficiently and effectively.7) It’s socially awkward.Most visitors don’t land on your site by accident, they certainly don’t leave your site by accident, and they don’t share your content by accident. Be the company that spreads the content that people love. Make it easy to share and watch your customers spread the word. It’s called social media for a reason, so give your company every opportunity to be seen, heard, and read about.Social Tips:For more likes, shares, and retweets, put 50% of your energy into the headline. After all, the headline is “the first impression” and, more importantly, may be the only thing someone reads! Work your butt off to make the headline great. Always include engaging thumbnails when publishing links on social media.Everything you share socially must be tracked, otherwise you can’t measure what works best and won’t continuously improve.Think long term. Google+, YouTube, and Twitter will play an increasingly important role in your exposure and search engine rankings in years to come.The Bottom LinePoor rankings and ineffective content will drive away potential customers from your website — if they even get there at all. An inadequate platform and missing your target audience will frustrate you and your team. Now that you’ve asked yourself the hard questions and given yourself the chance to uncover any ugly warts on your site, consider solutions that will turn it around, and make a difference to your customers, employees, and your company’s results.Kevin Barber is founder of Lean Labs, an inbound marketing agency with a passion for responsive web design. Kevin resides in Costa Rica and enjoys cycling, homesteading, reading, and professional development. More articles by Kevin Barber can be found at his inbound marketing blog.last_img read more

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You’re Going to Waste 31 Hours in Meetings This Month

first_img Topics: Originally published Jun 12, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Meetings Cue the collective groan.According to Atlassian, 31 hours are spent in unproductive meetings, and most employees are attending 62 meetings a month. I counted my calendar last month and I clocked in at 58 meetings. I asked my boss Joe Chernov, our VP of Content, and he clocked in at 70. A friend working elsewhere tallied up 51 meetings on his calendar in May.Based on this incredibly scientific study I conducted in about 5 minutes, it looks like Atlassian’s on to something. We’re mired in meetings, and it’s wasting a lot of time.Why Meetings Aren’t WorkingPut plainly, most of them are either useless or perceived as such. 90% of people in Atlassian’s study admitted to daydreaming during meetings. 73% did other work in meetings. 47% asserted meetings were the number one time waster at the office (take that, Facebook). But the root of the problem might actually have to do with the way our brains work in meetings.Research by University of Minnesota psychologist Kathleen Vohs indicated that we all have a finite amount of what they call “executive” resources — the cognitive ability to process information and make decisions. (Presumably, what you’re supposed to do in all those meetings you’re in.) Vohs and other neuroscientists found that those resources are rapidly depleted in meetings, and once that happens, there’s nothing left to give. Too many meetings is literally draining the productivity out of your brain.The C-Suite Might Be Hardest HitIf you’re wondering who spends the most time in meetings, CEOs might take the cake. The Wall Street Journal found they’re spending an average of 18 hours in meetings out of a 55-hour workweek — and that’s if you don’t include phone calls, conference calls, and business meals as meetings. Factoring those in, the number shoots up to 27 hours — 40% of their workweek.The C-Suite is always going to get hardest hit by the meeting plague, but a balance must be struck. There’s a dangerous sense among some that the more meetings you have, the more worth you have to your company — you’re important, and people need to talk to you. What’s really happening is wasteful meetings turn into time that you’re not getting any actual work done — so the value you bring to your team becomes less and less clear. And that can poorly impact their productivity and morale.There’s an Economic Cost to All These MeetingsAtlassian estimates that the salary cost of unnecessary meetings for U.S. business is $37 billion. So if you’ve found yourself wishing you could add another headcount to your team, cutting down on the quantity of meetings — and increasing the quality of the meetings you do have — could solve your problems. The other alternative is your team just ends up working more. According to Psychology Today, the Center for Work Life Policy reported a steady increase in the average professional workweek over the past decade, with some workers reporting a 60-70 hour workweek. It’s too simple to draw a straight line to meetings as an explanation, but consider this: American workers describe only about 35% of their day as productive work time. They rest is lost to distractions — instant messages, a tap on the shoulder, the internet, and yes, meetings. (Source: NYTimes)For employees looking to work their way up the corporate ladder — or just do a good job at they work the were hired to do — they’re going to make up that lost time somewhere, and it’s going to be nights and weekends. Until, of course, they’re tired of that, and you see your turnover shoot through the roof, and your acquisition and retention costs along with it.Not All Meetings Are Created Equal: You Can Make Your Meetings BetterThe answer, of course, is not to cancel all meetings — but to be pickier with what constitutes a meeting, who needs to be in it, and how it’s run.For instance, 67% of people from a Clarizen/Harris Interactive survey report they’re spending up to four hours a week getting ready for their next status update meeting. Instead of long and formal meetings to stay up to date on projects, institute more short, frequent, and informal “standup” meetings. Many of our teams here run 10-minute daily standups in which members of a sub-team tell each other what they worked on the day before, and what’s on their plate today. It keeps everyone on-target, prevents weeks of work being wasted preparing for meetings, and allows you to pivot quickly if you end up going in the wrong direction on a project.You might also find that a lot of the information disseminated in meetings can be communicated via email — and may be better consumed as such. But if you do find a meeting’s the best way to communicate with your team, see whether you can cut down on the time you allot. Bring down hour-long meetings to a half hour, or half hour meetings to 15 minutes — and set clear agendas for your time so everyone comes prepared and you stay on-topic. Psychology Today likens the phenomenon of time wasted in too-long meetings to a variation of Parkinson’s Law — meetings will expand to fill the time available. Finally, leaders should give their team permission to opt out of meetings they don’t need to attend — and should themselves be second-guessing who they need to add to the invite list. In fact, you might second-guess whether you need to hold a meeting at all.  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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Wenger won’t quit and vows to turn Arsenal around

first_imgPremier League Wenger won’t quit and vows to turn Arsenal around Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:18 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Arsène Wenger The Frenchman finds himself under intense pressure following a sorry run of form, but he believes he remains the right man to lead the Gunners Arsene Wenger maintains he can “turn things around” at Arsenal and is refusing to contemplate quitting his post.Calls for the Frenchman to walk away from a club that he has served for 22 years are mounting in intensity amid a sorry run of form.A 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday was a fourth in succession for the Gunners , and an eighth reversal in their last 13 outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Wenger has never faced such opposition during his iconic reign in north London, but he retains full confidence in his ability to steer the club through a testing period.He told Sky Sports following another disappointing display against Brighton: “It’s the first time it happens in my whole career, I must say.”It’s not easy, but I have enough experience and enough desire to turn things around and I must say that, at the moment, when you need to stay in the game we are making a few mistakes at the wrong moments.”We have to stick together and focus. We have no other solution.”Wenger can expect to face further criticism over the coming weeks and months, with it already suggested that he has outstayed his welcome , but the 68-year-old insists he has given no thought to resigning.He added:”You focus on your job. These are always the questions you get when you are in the situation we are in.”You do your job and you do the right thing and the things you think are right for the team and that’s it.”Speaking at the post-match press conference, Wenger said: “I must tell you, honestly, at the moment my future is not my main worry. My worry is to get Arsenal to win football games, and then we see where we go from there.”I will try to give my best as long as I am here, and do everything to get the team back to more confidence. We need to recover physically first. The program we have is at the moment a bit too demanding.”There’s no uncertainty [with the players about his future], I told you many times. What is the uncertainty is at the moment the quality of our performance. When you go through a difficult patch, uncertainty before the game is the quality of the performance we can give.”Look, I don’t want to talk about my future today. I’m long enough in the job to know what’s going on and I’m long enough in the job as well to know that what’s most important is to make sure you focus on what’s important, that you give absolutely your best with full commitment.”Arsenal have just one opportunity to salvage their season, with Wenger having conceded that a top-four finish is now beyond his side – as they sit 13 points off the pace.They have already suffered a Carabao Cup final defeat and a shock third round exit to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, with a defence of that trophy never getting started.Europa League success can still be secured, which would over the Gunners a route back into the Champions League, but AC Milan await at the last-16 stage and there are still several other heavyweight outfits setting their sights on continental glory. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Mineral Heights Primary Taken Off Shift

first_img Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in his remarks at the official handover ceremony on Thursday (September 13), informed that the nearby May Pen Primary School is next in line to be removed from shift. This follows the addition of 12 new classrooms under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon is the latest institution to be taken off the shift system by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Story Highlights The Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon is the latest institution to be taken off the shift system by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.This follows the addition of 12 new classrooms under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF).Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in his remarks at the official handover ceremony on Thursday (September 13), informed that the nearby May Pen Primary School is next in line to be removed from shift.He noted that infrastructure is needed to accommodate at least 1,500 students.“It (May Pen Primary) is one of the largest primary schools in the Caribbean. Already, my technical officers are in the field doing the verification, so that we can plan for that expansion and development,” he informed.He gave the Government’s commitment to enable the transition of all schools to full day institutions.“We still have primary and high schools that are on shift… so we have some urgency in which to expand our capacity to ensure everybody has an equal opportunity to attend school at the regular time and get the benefit of a full day programme,” Mr. Reid said.Mr. Sweeney, in his remarks, said that JSIF is committed to the advancement of education in Jamaica.“In our 21 years at JSIF, education has been the key aspect of our investment in communities. In excess of 40 per cent of all the funds we’ve received have been invested in education, and that is estimated to be close to $8 billion to date,” he pointed out.Principal of Mineral Heights Primary, Lanzeford Howell, expressed gratitude for the new classrooms.“Our students are now able to benefit from a whole-day education that provides them with the enriched activities that children are supposed to benefit from in primary school,” he said.He noted that teachers can now focus more on enriching the lives of students.“We are in the era of promoting learning, critical thinking, and this facility that JSIF has contributed to the school will help us in terms of getting our children to function as 21st century learners,” Mr. Howell added.Funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the BNTF makes provision for projects geared towards improvement in education, transportation, enterprise development, water and sanitation services in member countries across the region.Ten primary schools in seven parishes have benefited from upgrading through the BNTF at a cost of $642,497,824.28. From this investment, five of the 10 schools were able to transition from the shift system to full day school.In total, 82 new classrooms were constructed or rehabilitated with bathrooms and ramps for disabled students to access. Approximately 10,396 students and 313 teachers have benefited.The project includes improving the security at the schools through erecting perimeter fencing.Also at the handover ceremony were Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Hon. Mike Henry; and Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and Member of Parliament for Clarendon South East, Hon. Rudyard Spencer.last_img read more

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Pujoe Ananda gifts evening of joy to underprivileged children

first_imgKolkata: Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation (JBMF), a non-profit and non-political social organisation hosted the ‘Pujoe Ananda’ initiative on Thursday to spread joy among the underprivileged children of Joyjeet Das Memorial School.’Pujoe Ananda’, was an evening of fun and frolic for these children as there were attractions like magic show, music and food to enthrall them. JBMF also distributed new clothes and books on the occasion to the 128 children of the school. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMiss India International 2011-2012 Richa Sharma, Shimanti Das, Founder, Joyjeet Das Memorial School and Rakhi Basu, founder, Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation, were present at the programme. “Durga Puja, where the victory of good over evil is celebrated, is one of the best occasions to spread joy among the needy children. It is a very small effort to bring smiles to the faces of these lovely little souls. These children, coming from slums, are deprived of the joys of life that a child should get and are not much aware about the festive season and Goddess Durga. My wish was to present Durga Maa not only as Devi Shakti but also as the source of knowledge, food, health, love and abundance. Hence the celebration with new clothes, magic, food and music,” said Basu. Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation was founded by Rakhi Basu in 2011, to work for the betterment of future generations.last_img read more

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