After two decades, BSP to contest local body polls

first_imgIn a marked shift in its electoral strategy post the drubbing in the Assembly elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to contest the upcoming urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh on the party symbol.The BSP would be fighting urban body polls with a symbol after a gap of over two decades.Party chief Mayawati announced the decision during a closed-door meeting of State officer-bearers in Lucknow on Wednesday. Notifications for municipal corporation elections are expected to be issued by end of May.The BSP movement is at a “crossroads” and to tackle the “challenges” facing it, “a new strategy” and “energy” is required, the party quoted Ms. Mayawati saying in a statement. “There is a need to work at all levels with a missionary zeal,” she said.Sources said the party decided to contest upcoming local elections with a symbol with an aim to register its presence in those areas, mobilise its cadre and prevent further loss of vote share. Fighting with a symbol is also expected to ensure that the party cadre devote their energy behind a single candidate.“When the party fought without symbols, many members would stand against each other. There would be problems of indiscipline, sending a mixed signal to voters. The party feels that if it does not contest the election, after a big loss, it would become difficult to bring back those voters,” a senior BSP leader told The Hindu.Ms. Mayawati said that though the party’s base in urban areas was relatively weaker (than rural areas) it decided to fight on a symbol considering the improvement in the BSP’s support base in urban areas in the last election. “The party will fight with the support of sarv samaj and try to give better results,” she said.The BSP has been fighting local elections without issuing a symbol for over decades. A senior leader said the party had refrained from distributing tickets as it had to deal with multiple contenders and feared that favouring one would alienate the others. Asked why a similar scramble for ticket would not arise in the party now, the senior leader said that since the decision had been formally announced, there would be no such issues this time.The party will also for the first time form city-level committees. Since polls are near, the target is to complete them within 15 days.During the meeting, Ms. Mayawati also told her party members that a decision to form an alliance with other anti-BJP parties would be taken closer to the 2019 Lok Sabha election after “considering the political situation prevailing then.” For now, the instruction to members is to increase the mass base of the party, a source said.If and with which party the BSP aligns with in 2019, will be determined by the “support base of that party,” the source added, quoting Ms. Mayawati.The BSP chief also recalled how in the past the party had not gained much from alliances. While its vote bank transferred to the other party with all “honesty,” the votes of its allies did not transfer to it, she explained in the meeting, which was attended by BSP candidates, district and vidhan sabha heads, and zonal coordinators.last_img read more

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Rajasthan Congress launches padyatra for crop loan waiver

first_imgSeeking justice for lakhs of farmers in Rajasthan, the Congress on Tuesday launched a “Kisan Nyaya Padyatra” from the Krishi Upaj Mandi in Baran demanding a blanket crop loan waiver.The march will traverse about 100 km in south-eastern Rajasthan and culminate in Jhalawar, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home turf.Thousands of farmers, who attended the rally in Baran, declared that the “package” announced by the government following the farmers’ recent agitation in Sikar was not acceptable to them. The State government has only appointed a committee to see if it can grant a waiver of loans up to ₹50,000.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot will lead the padyatra in the Hadoti region in the next three days. AICC secretary Tarun Kumar and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Rameshwar Dudi would be accompanying him. Other State leaders and AICC functionaries will join at various points on the way.Addressing the rally, Mr. Pilot said though the Hadoti region had reported the highest number of suicides by farmers, no government representative had met their families or provided any relief. “Only yesterday, a debt-ridden farmer in Bundi district killed himself after his paddy crop was destroyed. This shows that the peasants have no faith in the government’s committee.”Mr. Pilot said no other State government had formed such a committee. Moreover, not a single representative of farmers had found a place in the panel.“Our struggle will continue until a complete farm loan waiver is announced. We will not let the [ruling] BJP to postpone the waiver announcement till the Assembly elections, because that will amount to reaping political advantage of the issue. Farmers are dying because of the government’s insensitivity,” he said.Mr Pilot added that other demands included fixing of MSP at levels 50% more than the weighted average cost of production, payment of bonus for all agricultural produce and bringing all crops within ambit of MSP. “It is most unfortunate that the BJP government has reduced subsidy on agricultural equipment, while the input costs have increased because of GST.”The Congress’s mass contact programme for four days in the Hadoti region, considered a stronghold of BJP, assumes significance in the wake of success of the farmers’ agitation in Sikar being attributed to the CPI(M)-led All India Kisan Sabha.last_img read more

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Lions, Archers duel for crown

first_imgThere was very little doubt at the start of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup that anyone who wanted their hands on the hardware would have to go through reigning NCAA champion San Beda.And for some, it might be a surprise that La Salle is  serving as the final hurdle for the Lions. After all, the Archers are coming off a turbulent campaign in the UAAP and its offseason was highlighted by a coaching staff revamp.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting La Salle enters the title series with just two losses, one of them an 83-78 defeat to San Beda in the elimination round.But La Salle has learned a lot since that loss.“We are healthier at the moment and able to get good performances from our starters and our bench,” coach Gian Nazario said. “We have some players with championship experience, but San Beda has more. So, it will come down to both experience and desire.”In other title duels, undefeated Xavier and San Benildo dispute the 11-Under crown at 9 a.m.Two other squads will try to complete a perfect run to the title in the high school division finals when Nazareth School of National University and San Beda, both sporting 6-0 records, duke it out at 12 noon.ADVERTISEMENT Working out in public motivates Pacquiao to train harder DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez thinks otherwise.“That team (La Salle) is not only well-coached, but they have very good players,” Fernandez underscored. “You cannot say they are rebuilding. They have veterans and top recruits who are also experienced. We will have to be at our best to match them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSan Beda and La Salle battle for the crown on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre, the highlight of a series of championship duels to cap the two-month run of the tournament.The Red Lions, unbeaten in nine matches, hope to win their third Filoil crown all at the expense of the Green Archers, who have won this tournament four times. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although both high school programs are unbeaten, Red Cubs coach Manu Iñigo feels his squad is the underdog in the title showdown.“I think NU having won the NBTC and the UAAP is the favored team. We can only give it our best and hope for the best,” he said.Tickets to championship on Sunday can be purchased at the gate of Filoil Flying V Centre or through Ticketnet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READlast_img read more

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The Mint.com Money Boo Boos Sweepstakes Wrap-Up: Week 3

first_imgSo you have debt. As you probably know, you’re suffering in good company. According to the Federal Reserve, total household debt is at a staggering $13.86 trillion — and has been steadily climbing. While you might be one of millions… Full Story,We’ve all heard the expression “less is more,” and the concept of minimalism embraces that fully. While it is not a new concept, the minimalism trend has gained popularity in recent years,  especially amongst Millennials in the United States. From… Full Story,Saving more money is one of those big goals that a lot of people have, but get stuck. I know this because we use to be right there too. The year would fly by and we were nowhere near our goal…. Full Story,Have you ever heard of “discretionary income” but felt unsure about exactly what it means? You’re not alone. Many people are aware of what they spend, but not the financial lingo behind it. Discretionary income refers to the remaining funds… Full Story,Mastering the personal finance basics feels pretty good. Getting a firm grasp on your expenses and budgeting like a pro is a reason to celebrate—you’re building the foundation for a solid financial future! This, of course, goes hand in hand… Full Story,While the traditional definition of financial freedom is that you have enough in investments, savings, and passive income that you don’t have to ever work for money again, it can also mean that you reach a point where you don’t… Full Story,Do you ever feel on edge because you’re not sure if you have enough in your bank account to cover your bills and put food on the table? If so, you’re far from alone. A recent study by the United… Full Story,Starting your journey toward financial fitness can be overwhelming. If you take a gander at the Center for Financial Services and Innovation (CFSI)’s eight key indicators of financial health, which include spending less than your income, having sufficient living expenses… Full Story,This Independence Day, as with each 4th of July, I’m reminded of the great leap of faith my parents took more than 37 years ago when they bought one-way tickets to the United States. Their move from their embattled Iran… Full Story,Earlier this month I had a major #fangirl moment. It was a full #fangirl evening, in fact, when I teamed up with New York Times bestselling author and Girlboss founder Sophia Amoroso to share in a very special money event…. Full Storylast_img read more

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Ask Farnoosh: Negotiating Debt Payments

first_imgMark asks: I’m looking to settle (close out) some debts with lump sum payments. Are there any tips to negotiate these transactions to work a little more in my favor?Debt got you down?Overextended borrowers that don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel may be relieved to know that they can negotiate to pay a fraction of what they owe to creditors. It’s called debt settlement. But the process comes with caveats.If you choose to work through a debt settlement firm, do your homework. Yes, they will negotiate on your behalf, but you may end up paying hefty fees for the service.Want to go it alone? It’s doable, but it helps to be strategic, says Bruce McClary of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a non-profit that negotiates better borrowing rates and payment plans for clients through a debt management program.For the fastest deal, it’s best to save up and offer a lump sum payment to close out the debt once and for all. “And be prepared to have a discussion about the financial reasons why a lump sum settlement is going to be best for you and the creditor,” says Bruce.No matter how you choose to proceed, know that the record of “settling” the debt will remain on your credit report for typically seven years. It may not impact your credit score, but the report could raise flags to future lenders and qualifying for a new loan or credit card could be challenging.That said, if this is your best bet for becoming debt free, keep reading. I have some more tips here to help ensure the settlement goes well.Know Your Debt DetailsIf you’re going to try to strike a deal for yourself on your own, it’s important to know all the details of your statement, including how long you’ve had the balance, when the last payment was made and your overall payment history. “The more you know, the better your negotiation position can be,” says McClary.Be Reasonable and Get it in WritingYou obviously would prefer to settle for pennies on the dollar, but realistically that won’t happen. “It’s unreasonable to ask for more than 75 percent of the balance to be forgiven,” says McClary. Instead, offer a 70 or 75 percent settlement and work your way down to an agreement from there.Once a deal’s been made, documentation is key. Get it in writing as soon as possible. The letter should include what the creditor has agreed to, when they need the payment, how much they’ll accept and that the debt will be reported to the credit reporting agencies as being “settled in full.”Follow-UpOnce you make the payment, make sure it actually goes through. Send a follow-up letter confirming receipt of payment after everything is processed, says McClary. Next step: check your credit reports to be sure the status of the credit account is correctly updated. “If it doesn’t show the new information then you need to go back to the creditor and tell them to quickly send updates to the credit reporting agency. If that doesn’t work, send copies of the agreement and letter to the credit reporting agencies.” All the reason to keep everything in writing each step of the way. Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

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8 Сheap Yet Proven Ways to Eliminate Dark Circles

first_imgSometimes we wake up from a full night’s sleep and the first thing we see in the mirror is undereye dark circles. Dermatologists say that as we grow older, our skin lacks the ability to regenerate which leads to the increased visibility of dark circles. We can cover them temporarily with makeup, but it is not gonna help eliminate the problem in the long run.We have gathered 8 tips and tricks that won’t cost you a lot of money and won’t take up a lot of your time in your battle against dark circles. At the end, there’s a helpful bonus!1. Cucumber + rice flour + vitamin E + wheat flourCucumbers contain antioxidants that help vascular circulation and vitamin K which stimulates blood circulation. Rice flour has a whitening effect. Vitamin E is also a source of antioxidants which keeps skin fresh and young-looking. Wheat flour also helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.Recipe:Take one cucumber, cut it into small pieces and place it in the food processor/blender. Then strain it to get the juice.Add 3 tbsp of finely-ground rice flour to the cucumber juice.Add 1 capsule of Vitamin E and mix these 3 ingredients.Add 3 tbsp of wheat flour (if you don’t have wheat flour at home, you can use all-purpose flour instead.)Apply this mask to your under-eye area and leave it on for 15 minutes. You can use it every day until you are satisfied with the result.This mask can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 9 days.2. Cucumber + potato + honey + aloe vera gelPotatoes help transfer antioxidants such as vitamin C to the skin. They also contain enzymes which help brighten the skin. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the appearance of the dark circles and it also smoothes and moisturizes the skin. Aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and healing properties which work magic on dark circles.Recipe:Take 1 cucumber and 1 potato and grate them. Then strain this cucumber-potato mass to get the juice.Add 1 tsp of honey.Add 1 tsp of aloe vera gel and mix all the ingredients together.Refrigerate the mask for 10-15 minutes before applying the mixture on your dark circles for 15 minutes.This mask can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.3. Vitamin E + rose waterRose water nourishes and rejuvenates the skin naturally, making the dark circles a little bit less visible.Recipe:Mix 1 capsule of vitamin E and 4-5 drops of rose water.Apply it underneath your eyes before bedtime and leave it on all night.The blend of rose water and vitamin E keeps the under-eye area soft and hydrated and it also makes it brighter and healthier.4. Turmeric powder + tomato + yogurt + rice powderTurmeric is a powerful, natural antioxidant with great anti-inflammatory properties which minimize dark circles tremendously. Tomato serves as a natural bleach so it helps brighten the under-eye area. Probiotics and lactic acid in yogurt really helps lighten the dark circles and remove the dead cells.Recipe:Take 1 tomato and place it in the blender to make a tomato paste.Mix 1 tbsp of tomato paste with 1 tbsp of turmeric powder.Add 2 tsp of yogurt.Add 1 tsp of rice powder and mix all the ingredients together.Apply this mask under your eyes and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.5. Parsley + tomatoParsley has amazing lightning properties and it’s great for eliminating dark circles.Recipe:Take the parsley and remove the leaves from the stem.Take 1 tomato and make a tomato paste.Place the parsley leaves and tomato paste into the blender to mix them together.Take 2 cotton pads and put them into the mixture. Gently squeeze the cotton pads to get rid of the treatment excess and place them under your eyes. Leave them on for approximately 30 minutes.6. Orange juice + glycerinOrange juice mixed with glycerin reduces the appearance of dark circles and makes your skin more smooth and soft.Recipe:Mix a small amount of fresh orange juice with a few drops of glycerin.Apply the juice under your eyes with a cotton ball and leave it there for 2-3 minutes. You can repeat this regularly until you’re satisfied with the result.7. Mint leaves + lemon juiceMint leaves contain antibacterial properties that are great for constricting blood vessels. It also has a powerful cooling effect. Lemon juice is famous for its bleaching effect.Recipe:Blend fresh mint leaves to form a paste.Take fresh-squeezed lemon juice and mix it with the mint leaves.Apply the mask to the dark circles and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. This treatment can be used daily.8. Cold compressesCold compress can make blood vessels less visible which helps eliminate the appearance of dark circle.Take a clean washcloth and soak it in milk or cold water for about 3 minutes. Wringe the cloth and apply it under the eyes. Leave the compress on for 5 minutes.Bonus:Vitamin E is great for moisturizing the skin and improving its elasticity. It not only reduces wrinkles but also helps fight freckles, dark circles, and age spots. You can make your own cream using vitamin E, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and any essential oil.Recipe:In a double boiler, melt 3 tbsp of cocoa butter and 4 tbsp of coconut oil. Mix them together and let the mixture cool a little bit.Add 1 tsp of vitamin E and 4 drops of any essential oil that you like. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 1 hour.Whisk the mixture until it becomes lighter and then put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.Whisk the cream again until it’s fluffy and put it in a jar.It’s better to use this DIY cream at night so that it can be absorbed into your skin and make it soft and healthy.Sourcelast_img read more

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A New Fuel Source Can Power Kenya’s Industries While Saving Forests. So Why Isn’t it Taking Off?

first_imgGrowing Kenya’s Biomass Briquette IndustryThese problems are hardly unsolvable. If the briquette-making equipment could have been leased or rented, the entrepreneurs could use them without having to take a loan. Impact investors have poured money into the Pay-As-You-Go solar industry, but have largely bypassed the biomass sector. Raising awareness of this emerging waste-to-energy opportunity could bring more funding.These Kenyan entrepreneurs could also share their production equipment and pool their working capital. Entrepreneurs often come together when they are facing market challenges that they cannot solve individually. We’ll need innovative and audacious solutions to turn biomass briquettes into big business. Kenya’s forests are depending on the success of its clean energy entrepreneurs. Kenyan Entrepreneurs Explore a New OpportunityKenyan entrepreneurs from all walks of life are starting up biomass briquette companies, including three incubated at the Kenya Climate Innovation Center. Festus Ngugi, a sprightly 58-year old retired government executive, founded Kings BioFuel by putting his “retirement eggs in one basket.” Kenneth Kamau, a practicing advocate of the Kenyan High Court and author of a crime thriller, has invested his earnings into founding Olkaria Bio. Jane Lenny returned from Dubai, where she worked in a media production house, to start LeJan Energy from her courtyard, even as she was nursing her six-month-old baby.Kamau was drawn into the business because he was inspired by his father’s participation in the Green Belt Movement, led by the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. “Why chop, chop, chop?” Kamau is fond of saying. On the other hand, Ngugi and Lenny were drawn to the business opportunity before they realized that it could help solve an environmental problem.Kenyan tea factories are some of the country’s biggest users of firewood. Photo by Shared Interest/Flickr Some of Kenya’s Biggest Firewood Users Are ChangingTea factories and schools have historically been two of Kenya’s biggest institutional firewood users. They are starting to shift to briquettes, thanks in part to the emergence of clean energy entrepreneurs.Kenya is one of the world’s largest exporters of black tea, with the trade accounting for 26 percent of national export earnings. Kenya’s tea factories often burn firewood to dry and process tea. A typical tea factory can consume up to 60,000 trees in a year.Kenyan educational institutions use firewood to cook meals. Each of the country’s roughly 20,000 schools may be responsible for the clearing of 56 acres of forest every year, according to estimates by Nature Kenya.Tea companies and schools are switching from firewood to briquettes not only for environmental reasons. Using briquettes is cheaper because a smaller quantity is needed.Briquettes are flying off the shelves—so much so that entrepreneurs are struggling to keep up. On one summer day, Ngugi received an order of 100 tons of briquettes, but could only supply 30 because he did not have enough stock of dry raw material that he could process. Kamau said he sometimes does not pick up the phone because he is embarrassed to tell potential customers that he does not have enough stock. Lenny said she has enquiries for close to 5,000 tons per month that she cannot fulfill.Biomass briquettes can be made of sawdust. Photo by Andrew Wu/Flickr Kenya’s forests are the country’s lifeblood. But they’re also its fuel source.Firewood is the main source for powering industries and cooking meals. With demand for energy increasing, forests are feeling the strain—the country has lost more than 9 percent of its trees over the last 18 years.  But a handful of entrepreneurs are working to help power Kenya without contributing to deforestation. Biomass briquettes, made by compacting dry organic waste like sawdust and sugarcane stalks into solid blocks, have a high calorific value: Consumers can generate the heat they need with smaller amounts of briquettes than firewood. And better yet, briquettes don’t require cutting pristine forests.Kenyan women harvest firewood. Photo by The Advocacy Project/Kenya Entrepreneurs Need Money to Set Up Larger PlantsBriquettes are mainly made of sawdust procured from licensed timber factories, which produce so much excess material that they dispose of it within forests after they have run out of space. Bagasse, the residue left after sugarcane stalks have been processed, is another source. Kamau says there is so much excess bagasse at one sugarcane factory he works with that he can pick up only one-tenth of it.There is enough customer demand and more than enough raw material. Yet, Kamau’s, Ngugi’s and Lenny’s briquette-manufacturing plants run far below capacity.Ngugi and Lenny have one briquetting machine each, which they can never run to full capacity as they don’t have a dryer, so instead they must spread out the waste on the ground and let it air-dry for five days. Kamau has a larger facility with two dryers, but he cannot run both machines at once because the electric utility’s transformer does not have sufficient capacity to supply the plant.All three entrepreneurs are trying to raise money to invest in their production capacity. Kamau will have to pay Kenya Power, the national utility, to augment the transformer capacity and lay additional power cables. Ngugi and Lenny are each trying to buy a dryer and an additional briquetting machine. The output of one dryer can feed two machines, but the cost of a dryer is nearly four times that of a briquetting machine. All of them say they need their own trailers, as rented transport vehicles are expensive and unreliable.  They estimate that they each need about 10 million Kenyan shillings ($100,000) to streamline production.Raising even these relatively small amounts of money is hard, though. Kamau said that going to local Kenyan banks is a “waste of time.” Ngugi previously obtained a loan from Kenya’s IDB Capital Bank, but he must pay back his current loan in full before he gets a fresh one. Biomass briquettes can replace firewood. Photo by Gulhantr/Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

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Farewell To An MIT Professor, Alex d’Arbeloff

first_img Originally published Jul 13, 2008 2:51:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Put your new employees on old projects…put your great, existing employees on new projects. passed away .  There are 9 of us here at HubSpot who graduated from MIT where Alex was a graduate, a lecturer, and a member of the MIT Corporation.  Alex was best known as the founder/ceo of Teradyne, a great company based here in Boston in the semi-conductor testing industry. This week Alex d’Arbeloff with great or poor results?  Do any of you follow the There are two tradeoffs with Alex’s advice.  The first is that a lot of new high potential hires want to work on new projects and are not anxious to join on an existing team/process that’s well defined.  The second is the obvious productivity hit you take on the existing project.   ”  His point was that in a growing company, you always have far more projects than people to execute on them and that it was most tempting to take your new hires and put them on the new projects while letting your existing employees keep cranking on the existing projects.  His feeling was that the new employees did not understand the culture, the vision, the systems, and the processes well enough to build a new project/process right.  He thought these new employees should be put on existing projects/processes where they could learn and increment while your existing stars should be put on net new projects with breakthrough possibilities.  This has benefit of challenging your stars with interesting work, ensures that new projects are in line with strategy/systems/etc and ensures that all employees are roughly on the same page.center_img Were any of you impacted by Alex/Teradyne?  Do any of you follow this idea of putting new on new and old on old I was fortunate to have Alex as a professor in one class.  There was one lesson particular lesson he taught that my co-founder and I often quote at HubSpot.  ” with great or poor results? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack new on old and old on newlast_img read more

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Website Redesign: Important SEO Considerations for Your Content Management System

first_imgFrom Google :If you’re thinking about hiring an SEO [consultant], the earlier the better. A great time to hire is when you’re considering a site redesign, or planning to launch a new site. That way, you and your SEO [consultant] can ensure that your site is designed to be search engine-friendly from the bottom up.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignThe other day, I published an article about  doing a website redesign process with search engine optimization in mind .When implementing a Content Management System (CMS) for your website, there are some very important SEO requirements that you should consider.When doing SEO on an ongoing basis, it’s important to be able to edit certain characteristics of each page on your site in order to include your target keyword phrases:Page titleURLHeadingsLink textMeta keywordsMeta DescriptionIncluding your target keyword phrases in these locations on a given page will indicate to Google and other search engines what that page is about.Often times, it makes sense to test keyword phrases for a given page. Then, modify based on success or lack of success. Also, it makes sense to try for harder and harder keyword phrases over time. For example, the HubSpot home page used to target “internet marketing software”. Now it targets “internet marketing”. We’re on the 1st page of Google for both of those searches now. So, next we’ll be targeting “marketing”.To do SEO effectively, you also need your CMS to be able to:Add new pages and sub pages to your site in order to target new keywords.Edit the content on your pages, as well as link to different pages on your site within text of other pages.301 Redirect pages you want to remove – to other pages on the site.Change the text used in your navigation.Your content management system should enable you to do all of these things. Most web designers and developers do not set you up and train you on a CMS that will enable you to be successful with SEO. And not all content management systems are created with SEO in mind.Web developers want you to come back to them and pay them to make these simple changes. Unfortunately, it’s tough to outsource SEO completely and most firms have no clue how to support you with an  iterative SEO process .  However, you need to consider whether you really want to be dependent on another firm for this or if you or an internal resource should be able to make these simple changes without expensive technical resources involved.A good CMS should make it possible for you to do all of these things without touching any code. Doing a website redesign without keeping these CMS requirements in mind will negatively impact your ability to increase traffic, leads and the sales that result from your ongoing SEO efforts. Don’t overlook these needs when doing a site redesign.Want more info on how to get the most from your website redesign? Download our Free Website Redesign Kit  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Jul 7, 2008 10:30:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Website Redesignlast_img read more

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Sell Online Marketing to Your Boss: 7 Euphemisms Everyone Needs

first_imgIn the marketing world, there are two groups: those who are using and advocating for the use of online marketing and social media strategies and those who are still using traditional marketing strategies. If you are reading this post, you are likely the former. One of the main problems existing between these two groups is language. To someone unfamiliar with online marketing, terms like blogging, RSS, and social media not only sound strange but are also unclear in terms of how they connect to business objectives. Topics: Next time you are working to educate co-workers and management about online marketing, please keep in mind some of these euphemisms, and use them to your advantage. 1.Instead of ‘ Blog,’ Use’ Content Publishing Platform’ – Blog is a strange word to those unfamiliar with online marketing. Instead, introduce it as something more descriptive and a little easier to understand when first explained, such as ‘content publishing platform.’ Originally published Oct 5, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Real-Time Marketing and PR Download this free eBook for easy SEO tips! 4.Instead of ‘ Search Engine Optimization (SEO),’ Use’ Increase Unpaid Search Engine Traffic’ – SEO is a term that is frequently mentioned on this and many other blogs but seldom makes its way into the corporate boardroom. By using ‘increase unpaid search engine traffic’ instead of SEO, you save a step of explanation and get straight to the value of the strategy you are advocating for. Find out how SEO can drive more visitors to your site through keyword research, on-page SEO, link-building, and more! Inbound Marketing 7 Online Marketing Euphemisms to Help Sell Social Media 7.Instead of ‘ Landing Page,’ Use’ Lead Generation Page’ – While landing page is a popular online marketing term, ‘landing’ doesn’t describe a business benefit. However, ‘lead’ describes a clear role in the customer acquisition process and will be better received by senior management. the word social media is strangely vacant from the title. On Twitter, Scott explained, “In many companies, the term ‘social media’ has a negative connotation, so I use ‘real-time media’ instead, and management pays attention.” Take this cue from Scott the next time you are trying to sell social media to a client or within an organization. What other euphemisms would you recommend adding to this list? 6.Instead of ‘ Pay-Per-Click (PPC),’ Use’ Click-Based Search Engine Advertising’ – Many non-digital marketers are confused about the difference between paid and organic search engine marketing, and SEO and PPC are partially to blame for this. As an alternative, use more direct terminology like ‘click-based search engine advertising,’ and also use images to help demonstrate the difference between paid and organic search engine marketing. 3.Instead of ‘ Social Media,’ Use’ Real-Time Media’ – In David Meerman Scott’s new book, So instead of trying to sound like a “cool kid,” it’s time to use some euphemisms to help new digital marketers and executives better understand online marketing strategies and tactics. Free Download – Learning SEO From The Experts Social Media 5.Instead of ‘ Social Network,’ Use’ Online Communities’- The term social network, like social media, can conjure visions of teenagers “playing” on the internet rather than a valuable marketing opportunity. Online communities or even online groups seem to generate more respect and attention within corporate walls. 2.Instead of ‘ RSS,’ Use’ Syndication and Subscription Technology’ – RSS is a term created by developers and used by developers and members of the online echo chamber. RSS powers much of the syndication and subscription that happens on the web today, so describe it that way when explaining it to someone who may be unfamiliar with the term. Photo Credit: Search Engine People Blog 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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Responding to Leads Within an Hour Generates 7x the Conversations

first_imgThere was an interesting stat out of  Harvard Business Review  on the importance of timely responses when it comes to following up with online leads.  The data originally came from a study of  2,241 U.S. firms led by a researcher at South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University. According to the report: “Companies that try to contact potential customers within an hour of receiving queries are nearly  7 times  as likely to have meaningful conversations with key decision makers as firms that try to contact prospects even an hour later. Yet only  37%  of companies respond to queries within an hour.”It’s incredible.  That’s how fast customers move.  How fleeting the attention span is.Download our free marketing tool that helps you generate more leads and learn about website visitors.So how do you make sure that you’re getting back to customers within that rapidly closing window?Get Your Sales Team an Espresso MachineThe best point of contact is a personal one.  Whenever possible someone from your team should be on top of providing that first welcome to your company or product.  How you handle that interaction is also critically important.   Reaching out to customers when the subject is most relevant is key, but you don’t want to rush or pressure anyone.  Make sure that that introductory touch point is a positive and informed one.  (Incidentally, there was an interesting discussion in the  comments  section of the HBR article about this).Set Up Alerts Tied to Given Customer ActionsPart of responding to leads quickly is having the right tools to do so.  There are two things here that are important.  Speed and Relevancy. Some activities are the equivalent of a customer hand-raise. When that “hand-raise” happens you need to be at the ready to respond. Do you know when a potential customer has viewed your pricing page?   How quickly does your team find out about customer inquiries?Speed is critical, but a rapid call-back without context can be a harsh experience for customers.   The best way to make that first conversation a positive one for the customer is to make it relevant. Make sure you have the analytics set up to show you what pages a customer viewed before requesting a quote.  In addition, your understanding of that customer experience prior to inquiring should span beyond the boundaries of your website.  Did they receive a targeted email from you? Have they ever requested assistance from your help desk?  What led them to this point?Automate Tailored ResponsesAn auto-responder can be a good back-up when an immediate personal response isn’t possible, but only if it’s not a canned response.  Make sure your auto-responders are personalized and reflective of the experience your customer has had up to this point. You could segment customers by the information they provide in the inquiry form or by their past purchase behavior.  With HubSpot’s new behavior-driven communications tool , you can also take it further by triggering tailored emails and notifications based on the pages customers have visited on your site or specific actions they have taken across channels, including social media, email, mobile etc.I’m curious to hear about your perspectives on the Sungkyunkwan study.  When do you think is the best time to call a lead after he or she has expressed an interest in your company?  What information is important to know prior to making that call? Lead Generation Originally published Jul 29, 2011 9:01:00 AM, updated September 06 2017center_img Topics: 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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15+ Stats to Know Before Running Your Next Social Media Contest [INFOGRAPHIC]

first_img Originally published Aug 9, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated August 28 2017 Looking to spice up your social media presence? Ever consider running a contest or offering special promotion for your followers?If you’re considering incorporating some gamification into your social media marketing strategy, you might want to check out this infographic created by Kontest, which is based on internal data from its contests platform for Facebook, the web, and mobile.Seeking to answer the questions marketers have about creating contests, the infographic highlights data about contest usage as well as tips for running a successful contest in social media. Check it out! (Click infographic to enlarge.)Have you ever hosted your own contests in social media? What tips can you share for making them successful? Topics: Social Media Campaigns 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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Google Gives Road Map to Retailers With New Analytics

first_imgThe more information a business has about its customers, the better that business can sell, right? It’s why marketers work so hard to develop buyer personas and then segment contact lists a million different ways—everything is designed to reach the customer exactly where they are and exactly when they’re ready to make a purchase.The problem, until now, is that data takes a long time to aggregate. You can’t know everything you need to know about a particular buyer the very first time he or she visits your ecommerce website. You need several visits, some onsite searches, a social media interaction, and maybe even an abandoned cart to really know what your buyers are looking for, right?Google Knows BestWho knows more about what consumers are looking for than Google? Whether those buyers want to order something online or head out to the closest retailer, one thing remains: they tell Google exactly what they’re looking for. That means Google has known way more about your buyers than you have. All they’d tell you was what you found in your Google Analytics report.All that has changed. Google added a new feature to their analytics. Now, retailers and etailers can determine who’s searching for what…and where they’re searching. Not only can brands now identify where the majority of their buyers live and what products they’re searching for, Google also tells those companies what type of device their customers are most likely to use.Make the Most of Your AnalyticsThere’s a sense of immediacy that’s removed when you track data over a long period of time, isn’t there? How many potential buyers did you miss out on because they were actually ready to make a purchase upon their first visit to your website? With the added convenience the latest technology has provided, buyers make snap decisions based on their current emotions and wants.The latest analytics from Google will allow you to recognize those “I want to buy…” moments so you can act quickly. When you know where your buyers are and what they’re buying, you can create new marketing strategies that reach across all channels—search, social, display, content, video—to snag those buyers as their making a choice.Your messaging will be more relevant when you know what is being searched, the terms used in those searches, and what questions the buyers are asking. And since 69% of online shoppers say that message quality, timing, and relevance influence their purchases, understanding who your buyers are also makes providing purchase opportunities easier than ever. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Ecommerce Marketing Originally published Jan 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

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Rishabh Pant overtakes MS Dhoni to fastest 50 dismissals in Test cricket

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant claimed his 50th wicket-keeping dismissal in the longest format of the game on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies to become the fastest Indian to achieve this distinction.Rishabh Pant got to the milestone when he caught behind Kraigg Brathwaite off Ishant Sharma. The young Indian keeper took 11 Tests to the feat and overtook veteran MS Dhoni in the process, who had taken 15 Tests to get his 50th wicket-keeping dismissal.Pant is now also the second-fastest keeper, alongside Adam Gilchrist, to have 50 dismissals. The fastest to the landmark is 10 Tests, by Mark Boucher, Jos Buttler and Tim Paine.The young Indian wicket-keeper is the frontrunner in the race to become India’s permanent No. 4 and is also earmarked as MS Dhoni’s successor in all three formats of the game.India captain Virat Kohli had also thrown his support behind Pant, saying the team is seeing the Delhi batsman as the ‘future’.”We are looking at Rishabh as the future, definitely. He has got a lot of skill and talent,” Kohli had said.”It is about giving him a bit more space and ease himself into international cricket and not put too much pressure. International cricket you need to tackle pressure differently. He has come a long way since he’s started.”On Day 3 of the ongoing Test against West Indies, India ended the hosts’ first innings at 117 after Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics on the previous day. With a 299-run lead, the tourists decided to bat again and set the host side 468 to level the series.advertisementAt stumps West Indies were 45 for 2 after India dismissed both their openers cheaply. Ishant Sharma removed Kraigg Brathwaite (3) early before Mohammed Shami bagged the wicket of John Campbell (16) during the West Indian chase. Darren Bravo (18*) and Shamarh Brooks (4*) were at the crease for the hosts when play was called for the day.last_img read more

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Is Henry really the right man to succeed Wenger?

first_imgPremier League Would Thierry Henry really make the perfect replacement for Arsene Wenger? Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent 01:00 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Theirry Henry Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City The Arsenal legend has been touted to take over from his former boss at the end of the season, but it’s likely to come too soon for the 40-year-old Two-hundred-and-fifty-eight Premier League appearances, 175 goals, a statue outside Emirates Stadium and legendary status among Arsenal supporters across the world; Thierry Henry has left an extraordinary legacy at the club he first joined from Juventus as a goal-shy winger in 1999.Can that legacy be further enhanced by taking his talents from the field and into a managerial role? It’s something fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp envisioned when, while sitting next to Henry, he tapped the Arsenal legend as the ideal replacement for Arsene Wenger. “Arsenal need someone young, fresh and hungry,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports. “And I think that man is sitting in the studio beside me [Henry].” 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 It appears ever likely Arsenal will be searching for someone new at the helm this summer as Wenger, the man who brought his compatriot to the club as one of his first major signings, attempts to cling onto the ever-decreasing power which seems to be slipping away with every game played this season.But, while the World Cup winner is undoubtedly one of the best players to have ever graced world football, it is necessary to separate the player from the potential managerial candidate when talking about the next steps in his career.It’s unknown who Wenger’s preference for the next Arsenal manager role would be, although he has previously mentioned Dragan Stojkovic. The pair worked together for two years when Wenger was manager at Japanese side Nagoya Grampus and Stojkovic has visited London Colney training ground to meet with the Frenchman on a handful of occasions over the years.“I would love Stojkovic to be my successor, there are a hundred reasons for that,” Wenger told Serbian paper Vecernje Novosti in 2011.”Our ideas are the same and we both strive for perfect football. I knew he was going to have teams playing attacking football with many passes. He has done that, showing he will be a great coach.”Henry quoteWenger keeps in contact with many of his hundreds of former players but the decision to issue an ultimatum to Henry last season may influence his opinion on whether he’s likely to recommend the former striker. The Arsenal boss told Henry that he could only carry on coaching at Arsenal’s academy if he devoted himself full time and quit his role as pundit on Sky Sports, which Henry unsurprisingly didn’t want to do.While Wenger is likely to be consulted over his replacement if his time at the club comes to an amicable ending, the most influential decision-makers in appointing the next Arsenal manager will be chief executive Ivan Gazidis and non-executive director Josh Kroenke, son of majority shareholder and owner Stan. The American billionaire’s decision to gradually give more power and influence to his son has the utmost relevance as he has a close relationship with Henry.Kroenke Jr. has a deeper and broader interest in football compared to his father but the final decision on the next Arsenal boss will almost certainly be on Gazidis’ shoulders. At this point it would be a gamble to appoint Henry. He has been assistant manager of Belgium for almost two years but Goal understands that his role is mostly as a figurehead – someone the players can look up to and receive first-hand advice from.That is not to downplay the value of that ability. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has praised Henry’s work alongside him and his importance to the staff. “Thierry has a big role,” Martinez told FIFA .”The quality of his work is impressive, he still has that high demand for excellence that he had when he was a player and which made him one of the best players in the world.”He also has that know-how and experience from winning a World Cup, and that is invaluable for us, as we will have to overcome the mental barriers to do that. In the national team, you don’t have long with the players, and Thierry helps us maximise the time spent with the players through his quality and his expertise.”For a forward, for example, to be able to talk to him about his movement in the penalty area is a huge plus.”Thierry Henry, ArsenalHowever, Henry’s limited input on the tactical side of things should be noted and compared to another potential manager Mikel Arteta.The Spaniard has seen his role at Manchester City evolve from an ex-player initially hired due to his Premier League experience and multi-lingual abilities to someone who is now consulted by Guardiola on tactics and team matters, which shows how highly regarded he is by the soon-to-be Premier League champions.Arsenal’s greatest-ever player has dreams of coming back to manage the team he is now a fan of, but those involved in the hiring process shouldn’t let romance get in the way of common sense.Henry needs first-hand managerial experience where he’s able to devote his entire working week to the game. Until he does that there will always be better suited candidates and names such as Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Luis Enrique will understandably be favoured ahead of the legendary Arsenal striker. 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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Pep doesn’t want to ‘damage’ City with ribbon

first_imgManchester City Guardiola does not want to ‘damage’ Manchester City with ribbon protest Dom Farrell 07:37 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Manchester City Guardiola Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal Premier League Videos The former Barcelona boss insists he will not allow his protest over Catalan political prisoners to cause harm to the club he now manages Pep Guardiola will not continue his yellow ribbon protest over Catalan political prisoners if Manchester City’s board ask him to refrain, while the prospect of a touchline ban would also persuade him to seek a resolution with the Football Association (FA).The FA charged Guardiola with breaching their regulations by wearing a political message last Friday.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss began wearing the ribbon last year to draw attention to the plight of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who were placed in custody as part of the crackdown that followed last October’s referendum on Catalan independence – a poll the national government in Madrid deemed to be illegal. 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 Despite the charge, Guardiola still wore his ribbon on the touchline during City’s 3-0 EFL Cup final win over Arsenal on Sunday , with thousands of City fans also wearing their own in a show of solidarity.Speaking in the aftermath of December’s Manchester derby, Guardiola suggested he was willing to be suspended by the football authorities over the matter but, with the FA having invited him to provide observations by March 5, the 47-year-old was in a seemingly more placatory mood ahead of the Premier League leaders’ trip to Arsenal on Thursday.”The club is in front of me,” Guardiola replied when asked whether he would heed a call from City to end the controversy by removing the ribbon.”It is more important what happens in the team than what is, in this case, my personal opinion, of course.”I think that is not going to happen but if it happens they are my bosses and of course I am going to accept. The club is more important than my personal opinion.”On doing likewise to avoid being barred from the dugout, he added: “Of course, I don’t want to damage my team. I don’t what to damage my club, not at all.”Pep Guardiola quoteGuardiola has been a vocal proponent of Catalan independence but insists the ribbon protest is one being made on humanitarian rather than political grounds – attempting to draw parallels with other causes that are openly supported in English football.”It’s like, for example, the pink ribbon. It is for breast cancer; it’s not about the right or left, democrat or republican,” he said. “If I bring a red ribbon it is to support the people who have AIDS, it is not right/left.”It is like how I wear the pin for prostate cancer. We have a lot of ribbons during the season. The idea is the same. The personal opinion is not a political opinion.”The people with yellow ribbons in Catalonia, some of them might be independence people but most of them, maybe not.”It is not about the political issue – the rights of the people who want to vote, it’s not talking about that.”I am pretty sure there are people in Catalonia who do not agree about being independent but they do not agree either with people being in preventative jail for more 140 days.”Of course, I am open to talk with the FA, to express what I expressed the last day and today.”Guardiola and City are back on the pitch Thursday with another match against Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.last_img read more

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‘Ronaldo was a frustrating player at Man Utd’

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Jonathan Spector says that Cristiano Ronaldo was a “frustrating” player during his initial days at Manchester United, but credited the Portugal star for growing into a player widely considered to be the best in the world. Ronaldo arrived in Manchester in 2003 after breaking through with Sporting CP as he went on to score six goals in his first campaign at Old Trafford before scoring nine in his second season.He’d be a part of three Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph during his time with the club, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he truly rose to individual success by claiming his first of five Ballons d’Or. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Spector, a team-mate of Ronaldo’s from 2003-06, says that the forward’s talent and potential were evident right away, but it took the right environment at Manchester United to truly bring out the best in the Portuguese star.”He was a frustrating player. You could see that he had so much ability but that he wasn’t a finished product just yet,” Spector said exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.”I think he owes a lot for the player he is today not just to the manager but the players that were around him. [Sir Alex] Ferguson did a great job of having players in the team that could help the players around them, make everyone around them better players. I think those formative years in his development to make him the finished product; he couldn’t have been at a better place than Manchester United.”You could see his final ball wouldn’t quite be there, you could see at times Ruud Van Nistelrooy might get really frustrated because he didn’t know how many step-overs Ronaldo was going to do before putting the ball into the box for him but his ability on the ball, to beat players one-on-one, it was clear to see that he was going to be a very special player.”Spector, who went on to say that Paul Scholes was actually the best player he ever played with, added that Ronaldo was never a player that received the famous “hairdryer treatment” from Ferguson.The manager’s dressing room tirades have become the stuff of legend, but Spector says there was a lot more than meets the eye to Ferguson’s explosions.”It’s funny, Ferguson never spoke to me that way either. I think Ferguson was incredibly clever with that because he knew how to speak to players, that they might not all react the same way to criticism,” he said.”Some players responded well to an arm around, some players responded well when you got into them and he knew how to speak to players, so he was very clever with that. But I never saw him scream at Ronaldo, but I don’t think it was preferential, he just knew the best way of getting the best out of his players.”He added: “I do remember a couple of times he got into players, I’ve seen it on a couple of occasions. There was one time with Kieran Richardson in the changing room, after a cup game. We had a number of younger players playing and he was the older player of that group, and I think Fergie was making an example of him rather than him being at fault.”It was an example that ‘to the rest of you, this is not acceptable’. Again, he picked on him as he was clever, as he knew Kieran Richardson could handle that, and it was an example to us that we don’t want to be on the wrong side of that.” 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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Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The IndyCar Racing Episode

first_imgAnd when we say “really, really fast,” we mean it — Dalton and Zach regularly top 200 mph. What’s it like to hit that speed? How do you prepare for a race? What’s the difference between IndyCar and Indy Lights? How cool is Mario Andretti? Dalton and Zach answer all of these questions and more. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux The two daredevils — of yeah, we forgot to mention they are fans of other equally dangerous sports — also talk to us about how they got into rock climbing and what they like to do in their free time, what little of it they have. We’re grateful they had a few extra minutes to spare while they were in The Manual office because we challenged Zach and Dalton to a mini-tournament of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch with some amazing (and competitive) folks from our brother site, Digital Trends. After a smidge of smack talk and bit of humble-bragging, we settled it all on the track. And the winner is … Editors’ Recommendations Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, Managing Editor Nicole Raney and our wonderful host, Greg Nibler, chat with two very special guests: Zach Veach and Dalton Kellet, professional race car drivers for the Andretti Autosport team.Zach and Dalton compete in open-wheel racing. Simply put, it’s the sport of driving really, really fast in a car with wheels on the outside of its body. Zach drives the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Dalton can be seen in the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda in the Indy Lights league. If that wasn’t already impressive, both of these speed demons are still in their early 20s. We were sad to see Dalton and Zach go, but we’re looking forward to their return to the Pacific Northwest for the Grand Prix of Portland the weekend of August 31 through September 2. Not in Portland? No problem. Take a look at the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights schedules to see when they’ll be heading your way. The seasons are wrapping up for 2018, but you can expect plenty of fuel-powered fun next year.If you have a question for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for our weekly podcast polls so you can join the discussion. You can also follow Dalton (Instagram and Twitter) and Zack (Instagram and Twitter) to stay up to speed (pun intended) on what they’re doing.Further ReadingHow to Start Road Racing on a BudgetWhat to Expect From Your First Road Racing ExperienceProtect Your Noggin With the Best Racing Helmets for Amateurs and ProsNatty Light Wants to Get You Hired By Putting Your Resume on a Race Car Previous 1 of 11 An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Next Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beerlast_img read more

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APM Terminals Buys Remaining Stake in Danish JV

first_imgzoom Netherlands-based container terminal operator APM Terminals, part of Maersk Group, has reached an agreement with its joint venture partner Aarhus Service Holding for the purchase of the remaining 40% of the existing APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S facility, located on the Jutland Peninsula, Denmark. The current business entity and ownership structure was created in August 2010, when APM Terminals Aarhus and Cargo Service A/S combined their adjacent facilities in a 60/40 joint venture now operating as APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S, in which APM Terminals is the majority shareholder.The purchase price of the stake, which will give APM Terminals full ownership of the facility, was not disclosed.With a depth of 15 meters, four super post-Panamax cranes and three post-Panamax cranes, APM Terminals-Aarhus A/S is able to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) and feeder vessels alike.Container throughput at Aarhus has grown consistently over the past four years by an aggregate total of 11% from 399,000 TEUs in 2012, to 442,000 TEUs in 2015.last_img read more

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Bill Would Provide Options for Employers and Workers

first_imgEmployers would be better able to retain key staff who are eligible to retire yet want to keep working, and provide new opportunities for workers approaching retirement under legislation introduced today, Oct. 22. In January, the Pension Review Panel recommended permitting phased retirements which would allow an employee who meets pension plan retirement criteria to continue working with their employer, and accrue additional benefits, while receiving pension benefits. “The demographic challenges facing our labour market require innovative solutions,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “We have an aging population and there is little doubt that businesses will have trouble finding replacements for retiring workers in the years ahead.” In 2007, the federal government made changes to income tax rules to allow workers to continue working, accumulate pension benefits and receive part of their pensions. Workers had not been allowed to contribute to a pension plan while drawing pension benefits from that plan. As well, there is no mandatory retirement age for most Nova Scotian workers as of July 1. Upon reaching retirement age, some workers may want to stay employed. For example, workers whose careers began late in life or were interrupted, may want to continue working longer to maximize pension plan contributions. Many employers would also like to offer older workers a reason to remain with the company longer because they know the business, clients, products and services. Under the proposed legislation, an employer would not be obligated to offer phased retirement to any or all staff; it would be a decision driven by business needs. The amendments would apply to 167 defined benefit pension plans registered with the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, for private-sector businesses and municipalities. They would not apply to pension plans for public servants, teachers, MLAs and judges. Those plans are administered by the Nova Scotia Pension Agency, under separate legislation.last_img read more

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